Tempera on pine, 87 X 68.5 cm
Christian Museum, Esztergom
Tempera on pine, 87 X 68.5 cm
Christian Museum, Esztergom
Outstanding Vox Nova! ... I saw this on Southern Appeal. I too fully support this effort at dialogue.
President-elect Barack Obama,
As American Catholics, we, the undersigned, would like to reiterate the congratulations given to you by Pope Benedict XVI. We will be praying for you as you undertake the office of President of the United States.
Wishing you much good will, we hope we will be able to work with you, your administration, and our fellow citizens to move beyond the gridlock which has often harmed our great nation in recent years. Too often, partisan politics has hampered our response to disaster and misfortune. As a result of this, many Americans have become resentful, blaming others for what happens instead of realizing our own responsibilities. We face serious problems as a people, and if we hope to overcome the crises we face in today’s world, we should make a serious effort to set aside the bitterness in our hearts, to listen to one another, and to work with one another
One of the praiseworthy elements of your campaign has been the call to end such partisanship. You have stated a desire to engage others in dialogue. With you, we believe that real achievement comes not through the defamation of one’s opponents, nor by amassing power and using it merely as a tool for one’s own individual will. We also believe dialogue is essential. We too wish to appeal to the better nature of the nation. We want to encourage people to work together for the common good. Such action can and will engender trust. It may change the hearts of many, and it might alter the path of our nation, shifting to a road leading to a better America. We hope this theme of your campaign is realized in the years ahead.
One of the critical issues which currently divides our nation is abortion. As you have said, no one is for abortion, and you would agree to limit late-term abortions as long as any bill which comes your way allows for exceptions to those limits, such as when the health of the mother is in jeopardy. You have also said you would like to work on those social issues which cause women to feel as if they have a need for an abortion, so as to reduce the actual number of abortions being performed in the United States.
Indeed, you said in your third presidential debate, “But there surely is some common ground when both those who believe in choice and those who are opposed to abortion can come together and say, ‘We should try to prevent unintended pregnancies by providing appropriate education to our youth, communicating that sexuality is sacred and that they should not be engaged in cavalier activity, and providing options for adoption, and helping single mothers if they want to choose to keep the baby.’”
As men and women who oppose abortion and embrace a pro-life ethic, we want to commend your willingness to engage us in dialogue, and we ask that you live up to your promise, and engage us on this issue.
There is much we can do together. There is much that we can do to help women who find themselves in difficult situations so they will not see abortion as their only option. There is much which we can do to help eliminate those unwanted pregnancies which lead to abortion.
One of your campaign promises is of grave concern to many pro-life citizens. On January 22, 2008, the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, when speaking of the current right of women in America to have abortions, you said, “And I will continue to defend this right by passing the Freedom of Choice Act as president.”
The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) might well undermine your engagement of pro-life Americans on the question of abortion. It might hamper any effort on your part to work with us to limit late-term abortions. We believe FOCA does more than allow for choice. It may force the choice of a woman upon others, and make them morally complicit in such choice. One concern is that it would force doctors and hospitals which would otherwise choose not to perform abortions to do so, even if it went against their sacred beliefs. Such a law would undermine choice, and might begin the process by which abortion is enforced as a preferred option, instead of being one possible choice for a doctor to practice.
It is because of such concern we write. We urge you to engage us, and to dialogue with us, and to do so before you consider signing this legislation. Let us reason together and search out the implications of FOCA. Let us carefully review it and search for contradictions of those positions which we hold in common.
If FOCA can be postponed for the present, and serious dialogue begun with us, as well as with those who disagree with us, you will demonstrate that your administration will indeed be one that rises above partisanship, and will be one of change. This might well be the first step toward resolving an issue which tears at the fabric of our churches, our political process, our families, our very society, and that causes so much hardship and heartache in pregnant women.
Likewise, you have also recently stated you might over-ride some of President G.W. Bush’s executive orders. This is also a concern to us. We believe doing so without having a dialogue with the American people would undermine the political environment you would like to establish. Among those issues which concern us are those which would use taxpayer money to support actions we find to be morally questionable, such as embryonic stem cell research, or to fund international organizations that would counsel women to have an abortion (this would make abortion to be more than a mere choice, but an encouraged activity).
Consider, sir, your general promise to the American people and set aside particular promises to a part of your constituency. This would indicate that you plan to reject politics as usual. This would indeed be a change we need.
I figured out some CSS things that I can use to actually make my iPhone rosary page LOOK more like a rosary and less like a Star Trek version of the popular devotion.
Stay tuned. I put up a working version for review ... IT DOESN'T WORK RIGHT IN IE. THE IMAGES SIMPLY ARE NOT THERE.
I added the following images ...
They are done in the cross pattern to be versatile in their use. The goal is to minimize download times so reducing the number of image files is a good thing.
Here are a few screen shots using the above images ... click the large image to see a full size version
Need a little work around the corners (literally) ... If I make corners and straight chains then anyone can take this code and make a rosary of any style.
Compare to the other version ...
Any comments would be appreciated.
Bishops warn Obama about abortion - I could quote the whole thing but I won't so go read it.
Scranton, Pa., Bishop Joseph F. Martino said the bishops must concentrate on reaching out to Catholic politicians who disagree with them, even if they have to threaten excommunication in the same way that bishops in St. Louis and New Orleans threatened segregationist Catholic officials in 1947 and 1962.What are the chances we will see some excommunications?
Part of me thinks it will come to a very vocal disagreement between the bishops and pro-abortion Catholic politicians. Pelosi still has an outstanding appointment with her bishop. Trust me, the press sure isn't going to allow the politicians to remain quiet. They want the sound bite.
"Speaker Pelosi what do you think of the recent statement issued by the USCCB"She has already proven willing to take the bait. In the minds of the press the excommunications would be news. Many think it would be the undoing of the relevance of the Church. Of course, I suspect the opposite would really happen. I think it would open the hearts of many pro-life Americans to taking the Catholic faith seriously.
I pray they all come around and Obama is stuck with a collection of instantly pro-life Catholic politicians.
The Anchoress has a post well worth pondering
Are our Ideologies our Idols?
“Ideas create idols; only wonder leads to knowing.”
Once upon a time I might have agreed with the statement that the left is all about “feelings and emotions” while the right was about thinking and issues. I’m not entirely sure I would, anymore. Both left and right are doing their share of emoting.The even scarier thing for conservatives is that the left is doing their share of thinking. The case that undermined McCain from the Catholic perspective was a calculated case. The knee-jerk cries of racism were not effective. Way too much time was spent pointing fingers and saying "ha ha look how irrational". Meanwhile leftist Catholics sought to appeal to reason. You can say it was based in irrationality. You can say that theirs is an "argument that deserves to met, not with engagement, but with contempt" all you want, but apparently it worked.
Its up to Republicans, in the future, to not only undermine that case but make it completely inarguable. Or, as St. Ignatius of Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises stated:
Every good Christian ought to be more ready to give a favorable interpretation to another's statement than to condemn it. But if he cannot do so, let him ask how the other understands it. And if the latter understands it badly, let the former correct him with love. If that does not suffice, let the Christian try all suitable ways to bring the other to a correct interpretation so that he may be saved.... "all this is clearer if you say it first in a positive way."
I know its tough to root for them BUT if the Cajuns win out and Louisiana Tech finishes well there is a chance that Louisiana can have THREE bowl bound teams this year. How bout them apples?
I am aiming to summarize, for my own understanding, the case for voting for Obama.
Republicans set themselves up for being undermined by not immediately coming down on Rudy in the primaries and allowing a pro-ESCR guy to win the nomination. They also set themselves up with their arguments for torture and zealous support for an increasingly unpopular war. They undermined their "pro-life" credentials. The logic from there goes like this:
1) The GOP is primarily interested in pro-life votes ONLY seeking to pass laws to pacify that end. They are, after all, politicians seeking votes and seeking to keep voting blocks in place. The GOP has little interest in reducing or eliminating abortion because they will lose a large block of hostage pro-life voters (the reluctant otherwise Democrat-leaning pro-lifers)
2) The laws they have passed have done very little to actually reduce abortion.
3) Other ways to reduce abortions such as fighting poverty and handing out contraception (consider most Catholics reject Church teaching here) and "education" will have more immediate returns in fighting abortion than the "divisive" legal route.
4) Even if we reverse Roe v. Wade then it returns to the states. States that have high percentages of abortions will retain the "right". This will not reduce abortions that much if at all.
In other words, the legal route will do very little and other means will have a better outcome. Consider it "outcome based" abortion elimination. They consider this a more pragmatic solution and thus use it to decide that the "proportionate reason" to support Obama exists because his OTHER policies will bear more fruit in reducing abortions. They also claim that other Obama policies are more in line with the Church. Remember, they don't see him as a platform Democrat. The change rhetoric was designed to set him apart from platform Democrats, and more importantly, set him apart from Bush.
IMHO the US bishops made the case against this reasoning and thus unequivocally against a vote for Obama. They argued the proportionate reason didn't exist ... The way *I* saw it, third party or a *very* reluctant vote for McCain were your two best choices.
Zippy Catholic is right ... the Catholics who voted for Obama have a responsibility to be first in line to fight him on FOCA. I expect others will remind them of their line of reasoning should Obama's policies fail to reduce abortions.
Now that we have a President elect, you see, there is no longer any justification for remote material cooperation in his wicked policies. Justified remote material cooperation with evil may have (I think it objectively did not, but lets set that aside) made it possible to choose him over McCain; but now we have the absolute condition of a chosen President. If proportionate reason ever existed for remote material cooperation with his evil policies before the election, they no longer do now. Now your obligation is reversed, as I alluded to earlier. Now your obligation is to oppose his evil policies with all your heart, mind, and strength; all the more so because of your choice to vote for him.Also, I think it best not to assign evil motive to those who voted for Obama. I might think their reasoning is greatly clouded but its uncharitable to go beyond that. Consider them works in progress and more importantly, ask for your own humility on that which you fail to understand.
Link to the iPhone Rosary
For larger versions of the images (amongst other images) go to the Art category of this blog.
I modified the pictures using mostly favorites of my own .... I may switch a few .. comments would be appreciated
Fra Angelico - San Dominic adoring the Crucifixion
1 Carl Heinrich Bloch - Agony In the Garden
2 William Bouguereau The Flagellation of Our Lord Jesus Christ
3 Unknown 1490 altarpiece - Crowning by Thorns
4 Master Thomas de Coloswar - Christ Carrying the Cross
5 Josse Lieferinxe - Crucifixion
1 Sandro Botticelli - Annunciation
2 Dominico Ghirlandaio - Visitation
3 Lorenzo Lotto - The Nativity
4 Philippe de Champaigne - The Presentation in the Temple
5 William Holman Hunt Finding Jesus in the Temple
1 Pierre Paul Rubens - Érection de la Croix
2 Garofalo - Ascension of Christ
3 Jean Restout - Pentacost
4 Poussin Assumption
5 Velazquez Crowning mary
1 Francesco Albani - Baptism of Christ
2 Marten de Vos - The Marriage at Cana
3 Carl Heinrich Bloch - Sermon on the Mount
4 Raphael - Transfiguration
5 Juan de Flandes - Last Supper
Hail Holy Queen
Tiepolo - Immaculate Conception of Mary
Added the Fatima prayer with the Glory be ... I will likely modify it to have two classes for it ... like everybody I know says it.
Link is up at the top (iphone rosary) ... still wouldn't mind feedback. Works on most browsers now.
I tried to map the Bishops that have spoken out on priority of life issues ... The blue circles are individual bishops that made statement and the yellow states represent a joint statement issued by a number of bishops in that state. Looks like the so-called battleground states were well represented.
Click for a larger version
From the CCC
2477 Respect for the reputation of persons forbids every attitude and word likely to cause them unjust injury.278 He becomes guilty:
First off Obama is our president. He deserves our prayers and our active participation in the system. I have not lost hope that a miraculous conversion of heart on his part will still give us a pro-life president of the "consistent life ethic" kind. It is the responsiblity of Catholics to fight against he evil he stands for and support the good he stands for. I am oddly calm but I think that has a lot to do with where I put my trust ... In God. I lost my trust in the Republicans when my becoming Catholic made quite evident their warts and I remain ever skeptical of the Democrats and Obama. I think both will eventually disappoint. They are human and their institutions are man-made.
I have read some Catholic commentary this morning mostly lamenting how "un-Catholic" our voting numbers turned out to be. How is it that Catholics supported Obama in the numbers they did? .... And worse, how is it that Evangelicals demonstrated by number that they are "more Catholic" than Catholics on life issues? ... Consider that
I think if you broke that figure down into Catholics who attend Mass regularly versus those who don't, you'd see something a little different. (source)I think this is a very important point. Protestantism (of which Evangelicalism is a subset) is a collection of denominations that, if thrust together, wouldn't look all that different from Catholicism. We have our dissenters within. Theirs just form new denominations or leave for ones more consistent with their worldview. Thus many of the more liberal folks magically disappear from the rolls of Evangelicals on election day.
A second thing I noticed is the immediate need for people to blame someone for the outcome. First and foremost in the minds of many Catholics is blaming the United States bishops. Before we lay blame at the feet of the bishops I think we first need to be a little realistic about what a completely galvanized effort by them would have resulted in. The same folks who already listen would have. A few more would have. The dissenters would have turned away. Its part and parcel of being a dissenter. We also need to keep in mind that over 100 bishops in the United States made statements of some sort urging strong consideration of life issues as first and foremost. Compare that to what you remember from the Kerry election ... too little too late? Maybe ... but certainly not completely passive and certainly not the cause.
A third thing that totally mystifies me is the relative silence of placing the blame on said institutions of men that I mentioned above. Shouldn't we level some criticism at the Republican party for drifting to the middle and offering up a candidate that was so easy for liberal Catholics to undermine with their "economics reduces abortion" and "well he ain't exactly pro-life" and "like the Republicans are really going to do something about abortion" cases? Furthermore the third party case was more compelling for Catholics in this election than in any election I can remember. Divided we fall ... its that simple.
Catholics make up some 25 percent of the population, but we exercise an influence far smaller than our numbers. We have been manipulated and divided by partisan political hacks: Whenever someone raises the point of the primacy of life issues in making political decisions, he is automatically considered by those on the Left to be shilling for Republicans. Whenever someone makes an argument for protecting those who are injured by the rough-and-tumble of the free market, he is automatically dismissed as a tool of the Democrats. Surely we can do better as disciples of Christ.Also when they (meaning the Republicans) are not with us we owe them no allegiance. Voting Republican is not part of the creed and as a whole they have been very poor at being "with us".
It will be interesting if the bishops will have any real solutions to the problem of a divided Catholic voice in American politics.
Finally this outcome is not unexpected and I suspect in the long run it will not be as doomsday as some people believe. Maybe that is my forever childish optimism. Meanwhile the correct course is this ... Be not afraid, pray, be an active citizen ... Our first battle will be FOCA. I have high hopes that this legislation cannot pass but it will take a concerted and UNDIVIDED effort by all who are pro-life.
a strange parody
In our neighborhood rich homeowners have huge stashes of candy. They earned those stashes by working hard. Some people want that candy and they want to give it to people who do not work. They think everyone deserves candy. They want control of it so everyone can have some.
Sadly on Oct 31 of every year "the system" coerces that candy from the rich and places it firmly in the hands of those looking for a handout. You are likely thinking to yourself that these wealthy candy owners should simply keep their candy or hide it in tax advantaged IRA's ... but its not that simple. For one thing it is not legal to put candy in tax advantaged IRA's. Who do you think is responsible for that? Worse, this candy is taken by a CIVILIAN POLICE FORCE OF SUPERHEROS, ALIENS AND GHOSTS. And you wonder why immigration is such a big issue? Residents are cornered by this mob and then they are asked questions ... the right KIND of questions. They are helpless in the face of the onslaught. To make matters worse this civilian police force is staffed mostly by children. These children sometimes come alone but they are often led by complicit adult offenders -- These adults may even be our own neighbors.
This egregious exhibition of wealth redistribution occurs mere days before critical national elections. Make no mistake. This scheme is designed with one purpose in mind. Who do you think the beneficiaries of this redistribution scheme will overwhelmingly vote for?
THINK ABOUT IT PEOPLE!!! For the sake of the youth and before its too late FIGHT THE SYSTEM... Next year hide your hard earned candy. They are coming for it and days later they will vote their candy filled pumpkins.
I am so happy its over. Now maybe Catholic blogs will be about Catholicism and not voting.
I am praying for a clear victory by the presidential election winner. No hanging chads and even if there are make it NOT MATTER. I could not stand this election lingering on any longer (like in 2000) ...
The end of Halloween
Its a good read because I quote a length Jimmy Akin's article on the Pagan Influence Fallacy. Go back and read it ...
Same neighborhood ... great Halloween this year.
I made some changes -- essentially commenting out the resize code and manually sizing the rosary to start off. It now works for IE.
It also works better for the iPhone
I'll deal with that in the future.
Nevermind ... easy fix. Forgot to include static scale value in one part of the code.
Remember the code is completely contained in the source. You can view it, save it, change it and whatnot ... The scaling for images I do is not necessary so if you retool it to remove that you can use static images.
Mark Shea had this linked in on his blog - Struggling with the Rosary
To which I commented:
I am glad to read this. I got frustrated when I read that some Catholics say that those of us who didn't pray the rosary were not good Catholics -- hell bound even. It was so hard to me being a convert to "buy in".If you are interested in looking at it ... there is a link at the top. It does not work in IE. It does work on the iPhone.
NOTE: A brief post I did during development that explains how the interface works
I feel a surge of deep satisfaction
Much as a king astride his noble steed
When I return from daily strife to hearth and wife
How pleasant is the life I lead!
I run my home precisely on schedule
At 6:01, I march through my door
My slippers, sherry, and pipe are due at 6:02
Consistent is the life I lead!
It's grand to be an Englishman in 1910
King Edward's on the throne;
It's the age of men
I'm the lord of my castle
The sov'reign, the liege!
I treat my subjects: servants, children, wife
With a firm but gentle hand
It's 6:03 and the heirs to my dominion
Are scrubbed and tubbed and adequately fed
And so I'll pat them on the head
And send them off to bed
Ah! Lordly is the life I lead!
A British nanny must be a gen'ral!
The future empire lies within her hands
And so the person that we need to mold the breed
Is a nanny who can give commands!
A British bank is run with precision
A British home requires nothing less!
Tradition, discipline, and rules must be the tools
Without them - disorder!
Catastrophe! Anarchy! -
In short, we have a ghastly mess!
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
-- Alexis de Tocqueville
I normally don't like to WND out of principle but this one is worth noting for discussions sake.
School holds surprise 'Gay' Day for kindergartners
Parents outraged at public elementary's secretive 'coming out' event
People need to remember that, and I stress this a LOT, according to current law parental rights end when you put your kid on the bus. The Ninth circuit went that way on the sex ed survey in school. I know conservatives were outraged but if it goes to the SC it is likely to not only stand, but it could be a 9-0 decision. If the majority of the parents keep electing folks who push that stuff then that is what the "needs of the state" are determined to be. As long as they are not violating some other law the "parenting" of your children at a public school is THEIR right to control. It would be too unwieldy and expensive any other way. They cannot send out surveys to the Protestants, Catholics, Muslims, atheists etc. to account for parenting and education desires for every child. Since the constitution does not enumerate those rights a "strict constitutionalist" interpretation would side with the schools on this stuff. You already know the "living document" folks would. They want control of the kids. I find it interesting that the Ninth Circuit becomes a strict consitutionalist court when it suits their liberal agenda but becomes very activist otherwise. Sooner or later the NEA will start fighting to eliminate parental notification on this type of agenda and, should the 9th circuit ruling hold, there will be NOTHING parents can do about it except pull their kids OUT of the system ... That is why homeschooling is a fundamental right ALL parents should fight for. Sooner or later you may have no choice.
I noted this elsewhere:
If Obama wins I expect the next 4 years to show a sharp increase in homeschooling and private schooling. At this point the system will realize it doesn't have control of a high percentage of the population and they will start to actively fight homeschooling.
Group asks IRS to investigate Catholic bishop against Obama
A church-state watchdog group has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate whether the Roman Catholic bishop of Paterson, N.J., violated tax laws by denouncing Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama.
Archbishop Chaput did mention him by name as well as "the most committed 'abortion-rights' presidential candidate of either major party since the Roe v. Wade abortion decision in 1973." ... facts are facts. He didn't exactly endorse McCain.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. With ~25% of voters in the US being Catholic I have a sneaking suspicion that the Democrats will be cowards and back off this. The Catholic vote they retain is not one they can afford to lose going forward.