Saturday, April 26, 2003
First I've seen of it -- recently published. I'm going to be getting it.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:58 PM Permalink
Reuters: Priests Calendar Causes Stir
ROME, Italy (Reuters) -- Twelve young priests have raised eyebrows in Italy by posing for a glossy calendar -- albeit somberly dressed in long, dark robes and broad-rimmed, traditional hats. The priests featured in "Calendario Romano 2004," which aims to promote tourism in the Italian capital, are photographed standing in front of famous Rome landmarks.The article says that the profits are not going to charity. Where are the profits going anyway?
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:04 PM Permalink
Friday, April 25, 2003
BBC: Criminal claims help from Pope
[Julian Evans] used false references from the Pope which he bought on the internet in an attempt to get a lighter court sentence. The court heard how he had sent the offensive e-mails to staff at the T-Mobile centre in Merthyr Tydfil after he was turned down for a job there.My dear friends in Christ, I regret that we have been unable to protect the church from this scandal in the case of Julian Robert Evans. The entire church, the bride of Christ in afflicted by this wound (crime).
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posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:10 PM Permalink
Batchelor and Alexander WABC Radio
The 3 questions for captured Iraqi leaders
Also revealed: evidence that the UN inspectors were all compromised. The inspectors were given false information by the US as a test to see if the Iraqis would react -- meaning that the inspectors transmitted the information to Iraq -- knowingly or unknowingly.
They failed every single time -- the Iraqis reacted. So the United States never fed real information to the inspectors.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:58 PM Permalink
Hi Pakistan: Pope's coded rebuke to US
The Pope delivered a coded rebuke to Washington on Easter Sunday when he urged Iraqis to take charge of the rebuilding of their country while working closely with the international community.
I predicted this spin. I predicted it.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:37 PM Permalink
Anchorage Daily News: Big Lake pastor kills 2 men robbing chapel, troopers say
BIG LAKE -- A church pastor shot and killed two men he caught burglarizing his small chapel early Thursday morning, Alaska State Troopers said.
I guess Rev. Mielke never heard of the Bishop of Digne from Les Miserables.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:24 PM Permalink
CNN: Aziz in custody
All the accounts of his capture note that he met with the Pope in Ferbruary. What the Vatican should do is say that they don't expect him to receive special treatment, that he's just another detained war criminal -- Waiting for a Nuremberg-like competent court to judge him.
What I expect the Vatican to do is to demand his immediate release. I'm surprised this didn't happen yet.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 4:50 PM Permalink
Santorum Controversy Illustrates Dilemma of Catholic Politicians
Religious conservatives defended Santorum yesterday as a politician who did what, in their opinion, politicians should do: carry their personal religious convictions into political life, rather than try to separate those realms.
So I gave up waiting for Sodano, Martino, and Tauran to acknowledge the success of the US/UK liberation of Iraq and the UN's failure. Now I'm waiting for someone in the Catholic hierarchy to say something affirming what Senator Santorum said -- even if they do not mention him by name.
All over the United States there are attacks on marriage -- giving the legal recognition of traditional marriage to unrelated pairs and groups of people upon application for a domestic partnership or civil union or allowing several men or women to be recorded as "mother" and "father" on a birth certificate.
It looks like Protestant Evangelicals are the only one doing the heavy lifting in this important intersection of Church and State.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 4:38 PM Permalink
The Blood of Servant of God, Cardinal Cooke
Amy Welborn wrote today (sorry, no permalinks there) of Cardinal Cooke whom I remember fondly. Here's the old story that she refers to an update of the cause for Cardinal Cooke.
Lawsuit Says Doctor Loaned Out Deceased Cardinal's Blood
Canonization cause continues for Cardinal Cooke, remembered at birthday Mass
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:03 AM Permalink
Thursday, April 24, 2003
The Desert Sun: Remind me why we need married priests
Rev. David Tyrell Moore, who led Southwest Community Church for 14 years, resigned Nov. 23 after photos surfaced of him in a hot tub with his wife and another woman. The women were topless. His resignation also came amidst questions of financial improprieties.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:47 PM Permalink
About the nude picture of the Dixie Chicks
It seems to me that it was photoshopped -- Why does Natalie Maines appear 40 pounds heavier when she's wearing clothes? All three of them may just have their faces cut and pasted over thinner models.
The unfortunate thing is that my nine year old son saw this when he was out with friends. Now I've got to explain what motivates this sort of thing. My answer: (1) They do it to get attention. (2) They want a distraction from "I'm ashamed that President Bush is from Texas".
The most bizarre reaction to this picture I saw today was on a blog: "Unless they show bush, the terrorists will have won". I'm still trying to figure that out, but it sounds funny.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:39 PM Permalink
Counterpunch: Bush's "Christian" Blood Cult Concerns Raised by the Vatican
Bush's blood lust, his repeated commitment to Christian beliefs, and his constant references to "evil doers," in the eyes of many devout Catholic leaders, bear all the hallmarks of the one warned about in the Book of Revelations - the anti-Christ. People close to the Pope claim that amid these concerns, the Pontiff wishes he was younger and in better health to confront the possibility that Bush may represent the person prophesized in Revelations.
Please email me or leave a message in the comment box regarding who these many devout Catholic leaders or journalists close to the Vatican are.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:43 AM Permalink
What has Jerry Nadler Done for New York?
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:56 AM Permalink
First Commandment Watch
Astro Boy rendered as an idol suitable for worship. Yes -- those are diamonds, rubies, emeralds. 100 million yen is about $830,000.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:41 AM Permalink
Santorum discussed on Hannity and Colmes
Hannity defended Santorum in front of Congressman Jerry Nadler. Hannity said that Santorum in making the distinction between the homosexual attraction and homosexual acts was repeating the teaching of the Catholic Church.
Congressman Nadler is that bigoted? Answer: "Yes". But then the backpedaling started. This story doesn't have legs.
It's CCC 2357 for those of you who don't have it bookmarked.
If homosexual acts cannot be criminalized, then I think that you can't make a case for any consensual adult sexual behavior to be criminalized. I think the logic is inescapable: that laws against bigamy, prostitution, incest, are all going to be unconstitutional if there's a liberty declared around homsexual acts inherent in Griswold's privacy ruling.
A transcript for H&C would be $9.95, that's too much for me.
Rush Limbaugh has some details on how Santorum was actually misquoted: Senator Santorum did not use the word "gay" in his comments.
William Donohue of the Catholic League has commented as well -- stating that one man/one woman marriage should be protected.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:03 AM Permalink
Wednesday, April 23, 2003
BBC: Scottish Churches to locate Post Offices on their premises
Concern is growing over closing sub-post offices. Senior church figures have called on congregations throughout Scotland to allow sub-post offices to be based on their premises.
Speaking of separation of Church and State....
I don't know the local situation in Scotland, but it's hard to imagine that there's no other retail locations for the Royal Post Office than to be located in a Church or Church hall. The article implies that operating a post office is akin to operating a charity. There's something wrong with that picture.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:15 AM Permalink
Wichita Eagle: New VHS/DVD release of film critical of the Mexican Catholic Church
Controversial, Oscar-nominated 'Padre Amaro' on DVD today Director Carlos Carrera takes on corruption and hypocrisy in the Mexican Catholic Church.
I wonder if Hollywood would ever "greenlight" a movie about a contemporary heroic priest?
The last great priest movie I think was To Kill A Priest which is a fictionalized story of Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko, the Solidarity priest.
And some think highly of The Third Miracle in which the virtue of an American woman as a candidate for canonization.
I mention both of these as they star Ed Harris. In the former, a priest-killer, in the latter , a priest.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:01 AM Permalink
Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Batchelor & Alexander: The failure of United Nations inspections was pre-planned
There are three ways of getting a message to Saddam's Secret Service: telephone, telegraph, tell a U.N. inspector.
Iraqi scientists and former members of the Secret Service are coming forward to report the UNSCOM and UNMOVIC were thoroughly compromised. Apparently several members of the team were bribed or blackmailed. There were ZERO suprise inspections, each one was known far in advance by the Iraqis.
Blix will never be invited by the Americans or Iraqis to restart the "verification" of the destruction of WMD's.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:48 PM Permalink
Santorum Seeks to Clarify Remarks on Gays
WASHINGTON -Rick Santorum, the Senate's third-ranked Republican who is under fire from gay-rights groups and Democrats, says he has "no problem with homosexuality - I have a problem with homosexual acts."
If you thought the attacks on Dr. Laura were bad, the attacks on Sen. Satorum will be ten times worse.
Rick Santorum is a wonderful pro-life Catholic. I share a special bond with him as well: At about the same point in his wife's pregnancy and my wife's pregnancy we were informed of fetal defect that is fatal -- the same one, a closed urethra. Our doctor knew that we would not abort the child, so with trust in God, we worked with the doctors and gave our son the best short life we could. Our son, John, lived for 11 months. The Santorum's son, Gabriel, lived for two hours.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:23 PM Permalink
Monday, April 21, 2003
Albany Times Union: Details on the Assassination Attempt on former President Bush in 1993 in Kuwait
An Iraqi assassination attempt on former President George Bush in 1993 makes the planned U.S. crackdown on Saddam Hussein acutely personal for President Bush.
Of course, the assassination of a head of state is an act of war.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:24 PM Permalink
Sunday, April 20, 2003
Zenit: John Paul II's Easter Message
"Let There Be an End to the Chain of Hatred and Terrorism"
Some press accounts see a slap at the United States in that. I think it's a stretch.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:45 PM Permalink
New York Times: 'Let Them Arrest Him,' Tariq Aziz's Aunt Says
By DAVID ROHDE. QARAQOSH, Iraq, April 20th — She has a picture of Tariq Aziz meeting Pope John Paul II on her living room wall, but on this Easter Sunday she had few kind words for her nephew.
Such honesty about Iraq is rare in the New York Times. Enjoy this small bit of truth while you can.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:39 PM Permalink
Guardian (UK): Freedom of Conscience Law passed in Slovakia
The Guardian's own headline was Morality pact boosts Vatican's power in Slovakia. It seems strange to me -- since the law empowers individuals and not the Vatican.
Slovakia is planning to seal a pact with the Vatican on conscientious objection, vastly increasing the influence of Roman Catholicism in the country's schools, hospitals, courts, and security structures.Such laws should seem natural in the United States. Alas, this is not the case. So few doctors in training in New York opted to be trained in abortion procedures that the state legislature required the course in killing the unborn for a OB/GYN license in New York.
Let's pray that such laws as Slovakia's are more common than New York's law.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:30 PM Permalink