Work has been really intense the past few weeks and that will continue through the first few weeks of June.
Then I go on vacation :)
Then I go on vacation :)
Work has been really intense the past few weeks and that will continue through the first few weeks of June.
Then I go on vacation :)
Is a Houston church deceiving Catholics?
This is a sad story ... There are a few things I would like to point out ....
The priest had a wife and children — something the Roman Catholic church forbids.There is a pastoral provision that allows an Anglican priest to be received, reordained etc. into the Catholic Church and retain his marriage. This is one possibility. Second, many of the Eastern Catholic rites in communion with Rome ALLOW married priests. As for the Roman Rite, they are correct. It is a disciplinary law (and I think a good one).
Misahel Lopez was so upset that he didn’t set foot in a church for three years. He felt cheated, hurt and guilty for baptizing his son in a different denomination. ... The Lopez family is yet to return to any church. While they would like Mishael to grow up a good Catholic boy, only a re-baptism by a real Catholic priest and in a real Catholic church would convince them to go back.This reeks, to a slight degree, of superstition.
I am guessing the fact that the baptism was valid is a sticking point that is keeping this man and his family out of church. As long as the baptismal formula is valid the baptism is valid, no Catholic church will re-baptize his son -- they might conditionally depending on the circumstances of the baptism but its unlikely if the formula was correct. He is already baptized. From the old Catholic Encyclopedia (Rebaptism)
To complete the consideration of the validity of baptism conferred by heretics, we must give some account of the celebrated controversy that raged around this point in the ancient Church. In Africa and Asia Minor the custom had been introduced in the early part of the third century of rebaptizing all converts from heresy. As far as can be now ascertained, the practice of rebaptism arose in Africa owing to decrees of a Synod of Carthage held probably between 218 and 222; while in Asia Minor it seems to have had its origin at the Synod of Iconium, celebrated between 230 and 235. The controversy on rebaptism is especially connected with the names of Pope St. Stephen and of St. Cyprian of Carthage. The latter was the main champion of the practice of rebaptizing. The pope, however, absolutely condemned the practice, and commanded that heretics on entering the Church should receive only the imposition of hands in paenitentiam. In this celebrated controversy it is to noted that Pope Stephen declares that he is upholding the primitive custom when he declares for the validity of baptism conferred by heretics.
I have opted for the second version with the larger screen for displaying Sacred Scripture texts, prayers and mystery images.
The code is more readable now but needs some commenting. Just view source ...
OK, I made a modification ... I like it. My wife likes it BUT it removes some of the initial design in favor of actual usable real estate for reading prayers and viewing the mystery image. Let me know what you think ...
The original: http://earlychurchfathers.org/fullcircle/rosary.php
The larger center: http://earlychurchfathers.org/fullcircle/rosaryb.php
This afternoon I am going to add the mystery to the title bar when it is selected. Also, when you flip over the image, initially it is blank. I plan to add a scripture passage for each mystery. That way everything you might want to meditate on is easily available.
I am experimenting with writing an iPhone rosary. If anyone is interested you can find at http://earlychurchfathers.org/fullcircle/rosary.php. Apparently I have been told that using pixed pixel sizing is causing problems with some iPhones. Check it out and give me some feedback. I would really appreciate it.
This is not an application but a simple web site that is geared more towards use with the iPhone. I asked some of my friends with iPhones to try it out and they indicated that it had scaling issues. I spent some time working on that and it scales great in Firefox and in Safari on my PC. The cool part, from a nerd perspective, was my need to scale background images on the center button. You are fairly limited here. My solution was to write a small block of PHP code that takes a JPEG URL and a scale factor and returns a scaled JPG. That way I could reference it like any other image and it would work when the screen was rescaled. For example, here is the header image above rescaled to 40%:
You don't have to have an iPhone to try the interface out. Just use your mouse like you would use your fingers on the iPhone. Click away.
Here is a brief overview with some screenshots ...
First screen, contains Apostles Creed (gray), Our Father (red), 3 Hail Marys (black), Glory be (green). The prev and next buttons move forward or backwards in the rosary. At each phase it resets the prayers to the darker color (unsaid).
When you click on them they turn a lighter color
This is an example of a decade with an image of the mystery
Clicking on the center image hides it. Clicking a prayer after that shows the text of the prayer (for dolts like me who have yet to learn them all)
This final shot is of the last screen which is reserved for the Hail Holy Queen (purple)
I have only done ONE mystery. The others will happen as I select images. I may even change the colored squares to bead like images. Its workable on an iPhone ... even with the small text. You can zoom in slightly to make even the Apostles Creed readable ... well, at least I think so.
Seriously ... I would appreciate feedback.
Posted this on a forum answering the question of a Protestant inquiring about the faith (reposted today) -- Originally posted Nov 11, 2006
I have some theories of my own, as a revert... you will likely find yourself asking the same question regarding sin -- "by your fruits you shall know them" (see my conversion story essay: My own struggles with the people in the pew next to me) ... There are several compounding factors here.
Cultural Catholicism - I live in south Louisiana and I see this all the time. In fact to a degree I am from it. Never underestimate the power of "mama", who may or may not understand her faith to any degree, to pressure her kids to "be" Catholic. My wife and I went to an engaged encounter long before we were even considering converting. We were the only completely non-Catholic couple there. A significant percentage of them were going because their parents wanted them to get married in the Church. Threats of being disowned were involved in a few. If you were to ask those people what they are, they will tell you Catholic. Its just how they were raised. They, nor their parents attended mass, but they are Catholic because all Cajuns are Catholic, or French, or Italians etc. To get a better idea of what I am talking about, think Big Fat Greek Wedding. It can become a cultural religion devoid of its meaning -- something you just do because it is part of who you are. Some older branches of Protestantism suffer this same reality (the mainlines certainly) ...
The "Here I stand" mentality vs. "schism is totally out of the question" - When I was Protestant, if I didn't like the direction the church was taking, I would simply leave and find more like minded congregation. If the church started to gather into two opposing factions on a particular doctrinal point they would simply divide, the elect to go one way and the damned the other. This led me to be in contact with people who hated the same sins I hated and emphasized the same doctrines I emphasized. In essence, everyone around me looked darned near perfect. In the Catholic Church UNITY is certainly emphasized. Consider if you took your average, doctrinally conservative, evangelical Protestant church with, say 200 members. Now, add 200 very liberal Universalists with no desire to leave. Then toss a doctrine staunchly held by all dictating that under no circumstances can you split or leave the church. How different would things seem? Half your congregation would seem nuts to you. That scenario is a reality in the Catholic Church.
Poor catechesis - This is a significant factor, especially in recent generations. Sadly, in some places it isn't getting much better whereas in others there is great cause for hope. I just complained to some Catholics the other day about the catechesis program we are using. It focuses very heavily on response as opposed to the teachings of the Church. Thats kind of putting the cart before the horse and what you end up with are a bunch of socially responsible people who have no idea what they believe. The WHAT, WHO and WHY is important. My wife and I have decided since to cover the material, read related scriptures to the kids and allow the Holy Spirit to do the work. I pray it works better that way. It did with me.
Pilot light Catholics - This is actually the hopeful portion of the masses of ignorant Catholics you meet. They cannot figure out why they go after all these many years but they keep coming. You see, there is something very real about receiving Christ. They walk into a grand cathedral or even a moderately well done local parish and they are just struck. They cannot put their finger on it but they remain drawn to it. Those people are having grace poured all over them and as I am sure you know it doesn't take much of an open door for Christ to flood you over.
That is just four of my reasons. I have seen all of this. I was raised Catholic, went through an agnostic phase, then something clicked in college in very Protestant north Louisiana and over 10 years I found myself gleefully back where I started.
---A followup to my post contained the following regarding ex-Catholics who say they were taught things that are clearly against the teachings of the Church.
There's a fifth piece, which I might as well call "selective memory", even though that's a little more pejorative than I mean it to be. If Mr. X converted from Catholicism thirty years ago, and if he's been told in those intervening thirty years that Catholics believe X and Y and Z, he might well end up believing that he was taught X and Y and Z as a Catholic.
Originally posted on November 16, 2006 - reposting for the 100th anniversary of the event.
In Nov 2006 we had a small tornado outbreak in southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi which sadly included at least one death and several injuries. This caused me to recall that one of the deadliest (#7 in the top 10) tornadoes in the history of the United States began just a few miles from where we currently reside. On April 24, 1908 an F4 tornado took the lives of 147 people and injured 770 in Louisiana and Mississippi. The tornado left only 7 of 150 structures standing in the city of Purvis, MS where a significant percentage of the total deaths occurred.
Anyway, when doing a little research I discovered a writeup on the 1908 event. Here is the portion that refers to the local tornado
TORNADOES IN LOUISIANA, APRIL 24,1908. By I. M. CLINE, District Forecaster. Dated New Orleans,La, June 12,1908.
Weather historians will quickly notice that the author of this writeup is Issac Cline about which the Wikipedia notes:
A well respected man in his time, Cline was the first meteorologist to provide reliable forecasts of freezing weather. He also provided some of the first available flood warnings on the Colorado and Brazos rivers. However, in 1891, he wrote an article in the Galveston News in which he gave his official meteorological opinion that the thought of a hurricane ever doing any serious harm to Galveston was "An absurd delusion". Many residents had called for a seawall to protect the city, but Cline's statement helped to prevent its construction.
I finally read Spe Salvi. The following hit me like a ton of bricks ...
We can try to limit suffering, to fight against it, but we cannot eliminate it. It is when we attempt to avoid suffering by withdrawing from anything that might involve hurt, when we try to spare ourselves the effort and pain of pursuing truth, love, and goodness, that we drift into a life of emptiness, in which there may be almost no pain, but the dark sensation of meaninglessness and abandonment is all the greater. It is not by sidestepping or fleeing from suffering that we are healed, but rather by our capacity for accepting it, maturing through it and finding meaning through union with Christ, who suffered with infinite love.I'll try to comment more tomorrow.
OK, OK so it doesn't follow that we are headed that way but this is certainly interesting ....
CWS has a summary here .... Historical argument favors Communion on the tongue
... concluding that the early Church quickly developed the practice in which lay people Communion on the tongue while kneeling. Only ordained ministers were allowed to touch the consecrated Host with their hands.I had read this in my research on the early fathers years ago. While it is true, as some commenters have pointed out, that many accidents have occurred with people who DO receive on the tongue, these accidents would be virtually eliminated with altar rails and patens (which to my understanding should be used anyway). Also, in my experience altar rails seem much faster than the way one typically receives today which would reduce the need for extraordinary Eucharistic ministers.
See Te Deum laudamus!: Historical-Liturgical Notes on the Rite of the Eucharist by Bishop Athanasius Schneider.
Also a recent email to Fr. Z has prompted him to repost his PODCAzT about Communion in the hand.
John Henry Cardinal Newman To Be Beatified
As Opinionated Catholic said -- Good news for Brits and for converts.
John Henry Newman was born in 1801. As an Anglican priest, he led the Oxford Movement that sought to return the Church of England to its Catholic roots. His conversion to Catholicism in 1845 rocked Victorian England. After becoming an Oratorian priest, he was involved in the establishment of the Birmingham Oratory.As someone who converted partially on the strength of his writings I say this is a most welcome "development". :)
In all of this mainstream papal coverage I have noticed three things.
1. The Pope can never do enough to please Americans. Americans as a whole think the world revolves around us. To the Pope we are one nation, with one set of problems. He cannot drop everything when genocide, AIDS and other problems combat a very real world outside of the US. Either he never does enough or he has his hands in things too much.
2. I should collect all of the articles with the statement "what the Vatican can learn from us" ... A bunch of people with limited experience in solving their own problems is going to tell the leader of a 2000 year old religion that is still around despite the botching of its own leadership at every step of the way how to go about stepping into the "real world". Be more liberal. Be more conservative. Be more democratic. Be this. Be that. Yeah, the timeless teachings of an increasingly wise Church will take deference to the whims of people who think their thoughts haven't been tried and found wanting in the past.
Catholics generally regard the survival and success of such a flawed institution as evidence of divine favor. The church has managed to outlive all of its scandals -- and all of its critics. (source)or
The Catholic Church is the only thing which saves a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his age. --GK Chesterton3. The Pope is painted an arch-conservative bad guy when he speaks about abortion, stem cell research. He is an enlightened liberal that can teach Bush a thing or two when he speaks about peace, the Iraq war and environmentalism.
But for many, this most peculiar papacy still sets Catholics apart. The Pope, of all things, would seem to stand outside our common values as Americans. The Pope is what we’re not: regal, authoritative, indifferent to polling data, able to ask that we follow without giving us a vote on the issue.In the more Catholic coverage much ado has been made about the music at the mass in Washington. I have heard nothing but priases about the mass from people who were there despite their displeasure with the selections of music. I think it is important for us to realize that we have a long way to go when it comes to making liturgy better for the future. For the priests that were there, they got to concelbrate mass with the Pope. For the laity in attendance it will likely be a memorable experience they will never forget. Second, liberal Catholics are all up in arms that deacons and priests were in roles often performed by the laity at your average parish mass (altar servers, distribution of communion). Yeah, lets not encourage our seminarians who are making a huge sacrifice to pursue their vocation. Further ado was made of Kerry receiving communion. He likely received from a deacon without authority to do much about it. He also likely didn't know until Kerry was standing two inches from him who he was if he even knew at all. I am prone to give somebody here the benefit of the doubt. As for Kerry, Scripture has choice words for his situation:
Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are ill and infirm, and a considerable number are dying. If we discerned ourselves, we would not be under judgment; -- 1 Cor 11:27-31I am not sure I want him receiving for his own sake much less for the scandal to Our Lord and His Church.
The Pope should come to America more often. It is truly an exercise in humility for all of us. After all he is a shepherd and he is here to teach us. I think rather than pontificate ourselves it might be time to listen.
Unless you are under a rock ... The Pope is in the states
Follow the coverage at American Papist
Pope Expresses Deep Shame Over Priests’ Sexual Abuse
Former Protestants and former Catholics
Steve Ray included a stat box from Christianity Today noting that 10% of Protestants are former Catholics. It also notes that 8% of Catholics are former Protestants. Its important to point that out. In most analysis of the situation everyone focused on the 10% number without giving much thought to the 8% number.
A Catholic Wind in the White House -- this is fascinating speculation that GWB may pull a Tony Blair when he leaves office. There is some traction to the speculation:
Moreover, people close to Bush say that he has professed a not-so-secret admiration for the church's discipline and is personally attracted to the breadth and unity of its teachings. A New York priest who has befriended the president said that Bush respects the way Catholicism starts at the foundation -- with the notion that the papacy is willed by God and that the pope is Peter's successor. "I think what fascinates him about Catholicism is its historical plausibility," says this priest. "He does appreciate the systematic theology of the church, its intellectual cogency and stability." The priest also says that Bush "is not unaware of how evangelicalism -- by comparison with Catholicism -- may seem more limited both theologically and historically."I am with Mark Shea, on this ... I have hope that he will pull a Tony Blair and it wouldn't shock me if he did. I have speculated privately about this in the past. His brother, after all, is a convert and every once in a blue moon someone comes out with a rumor regarding it. I am not, however, going to put any great hope into it. Creative Minority Report is more skeptical.
All of that said, Opinionated Catholic links to an interview with Bush on EWTN that ends with something that certainly is interesting:
Mr. President, final question.Film at 11 ... Apparently this is a squeaky clean blog ...
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Hitler ... in German advertising?
A hat company has broken a German taboo by advertising its products using an image of Adolf Hitler.
Tuition-free Catholic schools
Of particular interest is the story of the Wichita, Kansas Catholic School System. With but 120,000 Catholics in the diocese Wichita maintains 39 Catholic schools. 36 of these are parish schools (including 34 elementary schools), one is a free-standing preschool, and four are Catholic high schools. According to the report, "What makes the Wichita system truly unusual in this day and age is the fact that all Wichita Catholic schools have eliminated tuition for Catholic students."This would cause me to give serious consideration to send my kids to school.
Yes, Greasemonkey is why you should use Firefox.
Interesting conversation over at Catholic Dads
“What’s this, then? The selfishly child-free yuppie mass?”:)
I try to avoid using them because they are often used to let kids simply run around and for some parents to catch up on their weekly scoop. Besides, I have gotten MUCH better behavior out of my kids by taking them TO the main mass and using the back of the church rather than the cry room.
Let the little ones come to me ... - JesusIMHO people are more tolerant of wiggly children than parents might think. Nothing gives me greater hope than to have a little old lady walk up to me and tell me my kids were great when I thought they were difficult. Fact is, when I am standing in the back with the baby while my wife has the other three, I cannot hear them at all. To us they sound like jets flying over at 500 feet but to the people around us, they really are not nearly as loud. Over the years I have learned better what IS worthy of correction, leaving or whatnot. Its more than you initially think when you have your first child in mass.
I have seen exceptions to the compassion I typically hear but the way I see it the fault for that lies in Catholics antagonistic towards children failing to understand the plight of those of us who have children. They can have their pious frowns and their slightly imperfect masses. My children will be in mass.
Our hardest child at mass is 14 months old. The rest may ask to go to the bathroom more than I would like but they are generally well behaved. After all, we made it through an Easter Vigil service with all four (ages 6,4,3 and 1). For once I felt triumphant as a parent -- never fear, God always keeps me humble. My children really are getting it about mass.
This is a reminder for me to start using the Knights of Columbus CCC because it contains links to referenced documents.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
Good stuff ...
The rice shortage and the folly of blaming the Catholic Church -- from the Philippines.
I'll be honest. I read this because the word "folly" was in the title. I am glad I did.
When you demand that the Church change its doctrine so that the dreaded increase in population might be curbed, you are working with the assumption that doctrine is something akin to a political platform or policy that can be changed when it meets with too much popular resistance. This is not the case. The Church proclaims a message that it gratefully receives as a gift. ... Of course all this is anathema to a nation that lives by surveys and makes decisions about national life by counting noses.Five more points for using the word anathema. Of course, the better argument against the complicity of the Church in population and other related problems was succinctly summarized in an article discussing the Vatican's involvement in the AIDS crisis in Africa.
Two doubtful ideas run through all these criticisms. The first is basically this: African Catholics are so devout that if they have sex outside of marriage, dally with prostitutes or take a third wife, they will piously refrain from using condoms because the Great White Father told them not to. Ms. Toynbee darkly invokes "the Vatican's deeper power... its personal authority over 1.3 billion worshippers, which is strongest over the poorest, most helpless devotees."- from "Was Karol Wojtyla the Greatest Mass Murderer of the 20th Century?" no longer hosted online ... the way back machine has it here..
**1 see also ABC and the division of sex from marriage
For a basic "natural law" understanding of this teaching see Why is the Catholic Church obsessed with sex?
My wife and I went to Another Broken Egg with the kids yesterday. There was a 15 minute wait so we stayed outside to let the kids get a little energy out. While we were out there they were playing some songs from the 60's. One of them was a song I had never heard except as a sample in another song --
The 60's song was "Blue on Blue" by Bobby Vinton (1962) which I had only heard in "So Easy" by Röyksopp. I spent a good part of the afternoon scanning my favorites from Bent, Four Tet and Wagon Christ thinking they were the ones responsible for the new version. I hadn't listened to Röyksopp in a few months so I was pretty sure they were not the ones who used the sample. I found it on this samples database BUT they cited the Gals and Pals version (1967) (which was a remake of the Bobby Vinton version). Very cool site if you listen to a lot of electronic music.
In the end, I gained an appreciation for both the Bobby Vinton and the Röyksopp version. Now try getting that sample out of your head :)
and its boring. In fact its SUPER boring. - Gabriel
I walked from the kitchen towards the stairs and I could hear what sounded like national morning news. Out of the mouths of babes.
... in our homeschooling group. It seems to be coming up everywhere as it often does.
Fr. Z has a good take:
To be clear, I maintain that there is no longer any obligation under the Church’s law for this, but I think it is a good custom that recommends itself for various reasons.Jimmy Akin provides this good entry regarding the old canon law (1917) and the new canon law (1983). It summarizes the case against it being a requirement.
Obviously the main sources FOR veiling are the following
1917 Canon Law, 1 Cor 11.
The main case against it being a requirement is 1983 Canon Law abrogating 1917 Canon law and a recent (relatively - 1976 IS recent in Church terms) authoritative CDF document with emphasis on that particular verse in 1 Cor.
Another objection [to a male-only priesthood] is based upon the transitory character that one claims to see today in some of the prescriptions of Saint Paul concerning women, and upon the difficulties that some aspects of his teaching raise in this regard. But it must be noted that these ordinances, probably inspired by the customs of the period, concern scarcely more than disciplinary practices of minor importance, such as the obligation imposed upon women to wear a veil on the head (1 Cor 11:2-6); such requirements no longer have a normative value. However, the Apostle's forbidding of women "to speak" in the assemblies (cf. 1 Cor 14:34-35; 1 Tim 2: 12) is of a different nature, and exegetes define its meaning in this way: Paul in no way opposes the right, which he elsewhere recognizes as possessed by women, to prophesy in the assembly (cf. 1 Cor 11:5); the prohibition solely concerns the official function of teaching in the Christian assembly. For Saint Paul this prescription is bound up with the divine plan of creation (cf. 1 Cor 11:7; Gen 2:18-24): it would be difficult to see in it the expression of a cultural fact [Inter insignores 4].(source)Tempers fly with people insisting it is a current requirement for Catholic women to veil at mass. Others in the antagonistic fray claim it is a bad thing that should be prohibited. The two are not mutually exclusive. One can appreciate the practice all the while knowing that women are not damning their souls to hell when they don't veil. I think verbage like saying its prideful NOT to veil (because its biblical) is about as useful as saying that it is prideful TO veil (that whole self-righteousness, letting people see you while you pray bit) ... It usually gets there in due time. By then the discussion is out of control, neither side budges and everyone comes away hurt.
My opinion ... I think the case for the practice is quite good. I think the case for it being a requirement is next to impossible to hold. Why it can't be left at that is beyond me.
I finally got some negative feedback on my homeschooling negatives post just as I predicted:
... it could get picked up by homeschooling apologists, misinterpreted, unread and commented on in a vitriolic manner.I won't respond point by point because I don't have the time. My response was as follows:
As the author of the homeschooling negatives copied in above I wanted to point something out that was excluded...The defense against all manner of negatives regarding homeschooling from some proponents is certainly a detraction in the minds of most. Its like the posts are not read at all. That fact in itself leads people to believe that homeschoolers are incapable of handling criticism. That is a negative perspective that transparent discussion about homeschooling would go a long way towards defeating.
UPDATE: Ha! Apparently my response was given a thumbs down.
UPDATE II: In the last 500 visits I have been searched using the following terms
8 homeschooling negatives 8 negative aspects of homeschooling 7 negatives of homeschooling 3 negative aspects of 2 homeschooling negative 2 negative homeschooling 2 negative homeschooling experience? 2 homeschool negative 2 negative about homeschooling] 2 homeschool negatives 2 homeschool negative aspects 1 negatives on homeschooling] 1 negative aspects to homeschooling 1 negatives about homeschooling 1 negative points homeschooling issue 1 negative of homeschooling 1 negative homeschool survey46 hits on the negative homeschooling topic.
Posted this elsewhere on the web ...
... in New Orleans. It was kind of spur of the moment because we were down there and it happened to coincide with a weekend my wife and I were taking.
Pardon the randomness of my thoughts ... I skip around a good bit ...I have been listening to classical masses this week at home.
U.S. FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY INCREASES 75 PERCENT IN 2007
Louisiana is 41st in foreclosures per capita. For once I am proud to say "good to see Louisiana at the bottom of the heap".
Removed referenced picture for performance issues -- please click the link.
Spanking Raises Chances of Risky, Deviant Sexual Behavior
I want to point out some positives and deficiencies I perceive with this study ...
First off, the statistical difference is not small (5% of those who were not spanked had X behavior as an adult vs. 25% that were spanked) .. That is a 5-to-1 increase which is statistically significant all other things being equal. Here is my problem with it. In the non-spank group the percentage of those suffering from physical abuse is likely close to 0%. If the parents are not spanking, they certainly are not beating .. The spank group is the ONLY group where physical abuse can occur so its not exactly comparing apples and apples.
What I would like to see is if there is a correlation between frequency of spankings, strong physical abuse and sexual deviance. I suspect greater abuse is more the cause. Still this is an interesting study. I consider it evidence and continue to add it to the wealth of evidence I have read for each case ... (at some point I should present all of that here for peer review :) )
I think its important to point out that 90% of people in jail were spanked not because it is a good statistic but because I think that number likely mirrors society as a whole. The key thing I take from it is that there are people in jail who were spanked and those who were not meaning that other factors outside of spanking are more likely to be the cause than spanking or not.
The Church is not likely to come out one way or the other and I think that is a wise position ... Trust me, I have looked into this extensively from a Bible/Magisterium/Lives of the saints perspective and a statistical/science perspective. St Margaret of Scotland spanked her kids and I want to say most of them were saints. St. John Bosco advised against spanking. The argument for spanking from Proverbs, Sirach 20 is strong (quite frankly I think the metaphorical rod interpretation is weak in light of Sirach 20). The argument that things changed with baptism, grace and the NT citing the way Christ dealt with revoking the penalties of the law vs. "go and sin no more" and the "do not provoke your child to anger", millstone verses are compelling in favor of no-spank (or at a minimum infrequent spanking). The Church, in the end, leaves it up to the wisdom of parents -- you know, the ones God gave the kids to.
I think the danger for parents who spank is to consider it the only tool for rearing. I think the danger for people who don't is to fall into a completely permissive method of parenting (and yes I understand one can discipline children without spanking them). I know I have wavered from one side to the other and have made BOTH mistakes. Parents who hang the tag of good parent on whether or not someone spanks their kids is missing out on the significant effort required in other areas of parenting that go into the whole of rearing a child to responsible adulthood. I cannot tell you how many times I have been criticized for not spanking my kids in circumstances and been told how wrong I was when I did spank my kids in different circumstances. You can't win in the eyes of others.
I think the danger for everyone is to lay heavy burdens on parents by telling them their kids are going to hell if they do or don't do this, that or the other. Its a good way to drive a parent having a hard time adjusting to life with children to suicide. I have heard it said more than once ... and who loses there?
Well -- really -- my employer got me an iPhone ...
All in all I like it ...
Intuitive and clean interface
Does most things I want it to do. It makes calls. It plays mp3s. I can check Gmail on it. I can read Google Reader on it.
Seems stable (at least with a weeks "compliant" use -- see unlocking below)
If you are dialing up a number that is going to require you to enter a number afterwards (like an extension) you have to click the numberpad button AFTER dialing to get back there ...
Doesn't have a Flash plugin.
It won't allow you to install third party apps without "unlocking" it. This doesn't bother me that much. I am not planning on using a device that size in place of my laptop. It also has a built-in camera which I would be tempted to slam except that I used it to take 130+ pictures of a family visit to Afton Villa in St. Francisville. We forgot our regular digital camera. The photos are not great but they captured some moments that would have been lost otherwise.
I have managed to work around some of the clunky cons for my purposes (streaming audio, instant messaging) ... Meebo.com handles the instant messaging flawlessly. Orb.com allows me to stream content from a Windows machine which allows me to listen to my Yahoo Music content remotely. Its KIND of slow so I am not thrilled with the solution but one can say it DOES work. It sometimes misses small blocks of the songs. I may try the Orb 1.0 interface and see if that resolves the issue. I have heard people have had problems with 2.0. -- I know using a Windows middleman is not a true Mac die hard solution BUT I am not a Mac die hard. I am a realist that needs to use the iPhone.
Jott + Google Calendar + any phone - I am using this as my primary calendar because its real time. I do not have to sync my phone to keep it up to date. I make a phone call to Jott
Jott: "Who do you want to Jott?"Within three minutes it is on my schedule and usually spelled right (the example above is real). No sync required. In fact, I have removed all appointments on the Calendar application on the phone itself. I simply don't like it. Google Calendar has every option I need. I can sync with Outlook now using Google Calendar Sync.
First off a late Happy Easter to everyone!
Matt 18:2-4 He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."written Easter Sunday 2008
Today my wife and I took the kids to the park to fly their kite. It was easy to get the kite into the air as it was quite windy today. Each of my children had multiple opportunities to display their kite flying skills.
Unfortunately, disaster struck. Our oldest son flew the kite into a tree. The boys ran to me and asked me to do something about it. I fought valiantly like a fisherman hauling in his catch and finally the string broke. I told the boys that it was over. The kite was stuck in the tree and we would never be able to get it down. They both looked down and moped with me for a moment ... As we were walking away from our lost kite my four year old son asked me "Daddy can you pray that God would get the kite down" ... With little faith, I responded to his request, knowing that the kite was as much a part of that tree as the trunk. "Dear God, please help the kite to find its way out of the tree." My two boys responded ... "Amen" ...
Time passed and we went from slide to swing. At least an hour passed. All the while the kite was staring at us from across the park some thirty feet off the ground, stuck in its fixed branch fate. Finally my youngest son asked to go to the bathroom. Being as this is a park and the bathrooms are none too clean I figured I could be of much assistance. Also I did not want to leave my son alone anywhere in the park ... Yes, dad to the bathroom is a must. Afterwards my son wanted to get a drink of water, which at the park means he wants to spend time filling up the water fountain to the point it overflows onto the grass and THEN get a drink. After spending some quality time at the water fountain we started to head back over to the slides. Meanwhile my wife was headed towards the swings so we slightly diverted that way to meet her. I took a glance over at our poor stuck kite. Just as I looked I noticed it shift slightly up the branch in a way more favorable to catching the wind. I walked towards my wife to tell her that the kite moved some and maybe, just maybe it might come down. I turned back to look and it lifted off the branch and started sailing across the park.
I took off towards it and met it landing towards the ground. After a little maintenance, I handed it to the kids. I overheard the two boys. My four year old exclaimed "you know, we prayed to God and He came through." My six year old responded "Yeah, after all He is risen from the dead" ...
Matt 18:10 See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.