Saturday, July 24, 2004
(Australia) Catholic News: Nuns banned from Philippines "rebel mountain"
Government, military, community and Church leaders in the southern Philippines have told nuns to stop serving an indigenous community after the nuns were accused of "irresponsible" dealings with communist rebels.
Maybe these nuns need to kidnap and threaten to kill a truch driver to get the government to change policy.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:39 PM Permalink
NY1: Slab Of Concrete Falls On Grand Central Parkway In Queens
Drivers who use the Grand Central Parkway are facing a traffic nightmare Saturday morning after a chunk of concrete fell from an overpass injuring a driver.
Just a few blocks away and a stretch of road I travel almost every day. It could have been me.
Another reminder to always be in the state of grace, have a paid-up life insurance policy, and prepared for death.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:32 PM Permalink
AP: Paris Hilton "breaks up" -- a news story
She wasn't not single (i.e. double negative alert) before -- because she wasn't married.
Publicists at work, I suppose.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:32 PM Permalink
Friday, July 23, 2004
Maggie Gallagher: The Meaning of Intolerance
I don't know whether to laugh or to cry. Is the headline in The New York Times letters section an example of dangerously Orwellian doublespeak or an amusing form of self-parody: "Religious Intolerance Among Americans"? Beneath the headline, Americans are judging religions they disagree with. For readers of The New York Times, that means Christian fundamentalists.
I missed this one earlier in the week. It's another look at the people who believe there is a nobility to hating Christians. What could be more righteous than condemning Christians in the New York Times?
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:43 PM Permalink
Michael Rose: RICO suit filed against Tucson diocese, Lavender Mafia
A former Catholic seminarian is suing the Diocese of Tucson, its bishops, and Bishop Wilton Gregory, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops among other high-ranking American prelates. The suit alleges a pattern of racketeering activity exemplified by fraud and obstruction of justice.
This might be the proverbial big one -- evidence of a conspiracy among bishops to obstruct justice -- and to systematically destroy the people who brought to them evidence of immorality and sexual abuse.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:19 PM Permalink
Thursday, July 22, 2004
Priest Attacked By Intruder Inside Brooklyn Rectory
A Brooklyn priest remains hospitalized Thursday, as police continue to search for the robber who broke into his rectory earlier this morning and attacked him as he slept.
A very bad beating. The above story has a video link.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:41 PM Permalink
UK Spectator: The triumph of the East (free reg. reqd.)
There's no plot, says Anthony Browne:
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:27 PM Permalink
The Ecumenical Vandal Newsday: Homeless Woman Charged
A homeless woman was charged early yesterday with vandalizing approximately 60 cars at Ramp Motors in Port Jefferson Station and defacing three Suffolk County churches over the weekend, Suffolk Police said.
And yes, that should be "St. Frances Cabrini Church"
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:03 PM Permalink
Junior Gotti indicted in conspiracy to kill Curtis Sliwa
I'll link to the stories when they show up.
A federal racketeering indictment unsealed Thursday charges John A. Gotti, the son of the late Gambino boss John Gotti, with multiple crimes including the 1992 attempted murder of Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:13 AM Permalink
WKMG-TV Central Florida: Crowds Flock To See Jesus Image In Window
Crowds are flocking to a hardware store in Rio Grande Valley, Texas, to see an image of Jesus that has appeared on a tinted window at the business.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:03 AM Permalink
Gloria Arroyo -- what a Catholic!
[de la Cruz] was due on Friday to attend a Catholic mass with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who risked close ties with Washington to save the life of a worker she described as a Filipino Everyman.
You'd think that Washington was the real enemy by reading these accounts.
I'm still looking where she claims her Catholic faith required her to turn the other cheek.
I'll apologize if she never has to turn the cheek again, but I think the next slap is coming soon -- and the Philippines will be the slappee and not the slapper.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:43 AM Permalink
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
A follow-up on Michelle Malkin and Philippine appeasement
I fear and many Filipinos fear that Arroyo's thanking the terrorist for releasing de la Cruz and calling Islam a religion of peace and mercy is only going to increase the resolve of the terrorists to exploit the weakness of the Philippines government.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:25 PM Permalink
Michelle Malkin on the release of Angelo de la Cruz by the terrorists
Go ahead, [President] Gloria [Arroyo]. Keep working to pay off the Islamofascists. No doubt there's a Nobel (Ap)Peace(ment) Prize for you already in the works.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:48 AM Permalink
Mark Steyn on the terrrorist practice run
What do you make of this story about 14 Syrian musicians whose in-flight bathroom use was more coordinated than a synchronized swimming routine? It sounds a lot like the kind of dry run James Woods witnessed and which I recounted in this excerpt from The Face Of The Tiger.
Also being discussed in Dallas Morning-News blog
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:29 AM Permalink
"I'm willing to ask questions if [Bishop Timlin] stops screaming," Bendell said.
New court documents reveal two more witnesses who say they were molested by the Rev. Carlos Urrutigoity, one of two priests at the center of a lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct by the priests and negligence by the Scranton Diocese, former Bishop James Timlin and others.
And they say homosexuality has nothing to do with the crisis.
For these bishops to have a retirement in good standing without a word of criticism is another scandal. No one in the Church is holding them accountable.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:00 AM Permalink
Same Sex Marriage: My Thoughts Now
The Catholic Church has much to say about marriage. It is a profoundly moral matter and for Christians, family and marriage are models of the relationship of the God and the Church made explicit in scripture. It is the state and politics that have intruded upon marriage and not the reverse. Those boundaries have been moved around.
The domain of hospital visitation rights, inheritance, rent-control apartments, health insurance, etc. are separate civil matters. In fact, in New York City, more pairs of people who have no sexual contact are signing up as domestic partners than pairs of people with sexual contact. You might call this a scam, others are calling it a right. Same sex advocates are divided on this point as much as others.
The Court preempted any laws which criminalize or restrict homosexuality. This led to obvious next goal: It's incorporation into society by changing the defintion of marriage. Skillfully, its advocates changed the burden from there changing the definition of marriage to show that it was not always included in its definition - and show that this development is no different from laws prohibiting marriage of one man and one woman of different races, or where one had cognitive disability. There's a big difference: marriage is about children.
Society has an interest in stable families which include children. That's not disputed. What's a matter of dispute is whether marriage is the correct form for society to encourage and nurture families or something else like day one day car, Head Start, etc. rather than having a father around. Children need a mother and a father.
Same sex advocates have two points to make here:
In some debates I've seen online there's what Curtis Sliwa calls the "verbal rope a dope" -- when refuting the first claim that second claim is introduced, when refuting the second claim the first claim is introduced.
There's abundant information online that shows the experience of children raised by same sex couples is not happy. The counter-argument to the those studies which reached negative conclusions is that the experience of single parent children is worse. There's always something worse.
The second claim I've considered is the tough one. It's the appeal to the power of 1 vote on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. The law is whatever we say.
Here's where we need to understand what "We, the People" is all about. We are not under a judicial tyranny.
In the long term, we're going to be either like the Americans of centuries past and able to control the government, or we're going to let self-government slip through our fingers like the first century AD Romans.
Here I think I'm off the page from my fellow extreme Catholics (in the sense of being prepared for a martyr's crown) -- I'm in a jurisdiction, namely New York, where a popular vote would probably support unrestricted killing of the unborn. Not only the mother would have a choice, but they'd probably vote to also accept third party petitions that would judically order the unborn dead if the mother had doubts of the wisdom of bringing into the world a child with a cleft palate. Likewise, the vote for gay marriage and even group marriage would probably be affirmed. Whatever we, the people vote for, we deserve. We will certainly be accountable for how we vote in this life.
So I hope for a Federal Marriage Amendment and for a Right to Life Amendment. In a practical sense, I believe the only way to turn this into reality is to vote pro-life when the pro-life candidate has a reasonable chance of winning. Otherwise vote Republican, since this party is the only one open to any restriction on abortion. I urge that you let the Republican party know that you are voting on their line because they are sometimes pro-life.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:42 AM Permalink
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Newsday: Man Falls Under Subway, Lives
A man who fell onto the tracks after experiencing a seizure suffered only minor cuts and bruises after four cars of a subway train passed above him in Queens Friday.
The New York Post article of the same story is not online. It added:
This is a question or rather a sentiment that I hear often. The answer is that God doesn't have to have a church. We have to go to church. We have the need. If God is important to us individually and in community, then we need to have a time and a place to focus: to ask God, to thank God, and to praise God.
If I ever fall beneath the tracks and survive than I'm going to go to church and you can't stop me!
This happenned on Friday just a few hundred feet away, I walked to the train but did not hear the trains running at 7:45AM. The trains started to roll at 8:10AM, in the meantime I prayed that it wasn't a death but an accident that someone survived without serious injury.
Maybe in heaven I'll learn that my intercession aided Brian.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:14 PM Permalink
New York Post: Brooklyn Nun Mugged (from Sunday 7/1/8/2004)
A beloved Brooklyn nun dressed in habit and veil was knocked down and mugged yesterday by a thug who made off with her rosary beads and about $60 — and she already forgives her attacker.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:27 PM Permalink
My visit to the archives This was not the national archives or anything to do with national security.
I visited The Long Island Division of the Queensborough Public Library. Which contains archive information for Brooklyn, Nassau, and Suffolk as well as Queens, i.e. the geographical Long Island.
Access to this part of the library is through a elevator that has a guard standing in front of it (this elevator connects to the staff areas as well as the archives). I have to hand over my drivers license which is photocopied and given a pass. Bag inspection.
I present the pass to a librarian who is going to give me the materials.
I'm watched as I handle the materials. Everyone is watched. No pens. Only a pencil.
Bag inspection on the way out.
There's nothing about a visit to serious archives that isn't serious. Sandy Berger admitted to theft and security violations. I can't believe it was inadvertent.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:45 PM Permalink
Terror in the Skies, Again? follow-up -- not
John Derbyshire in the National Review Corner mentions the absence of journalistic follow-up is laziness and incompetence.
Rod Dreher, also in the Corner called for an Amber Alert for 14 Syrian musicians.
I agree. There's a lot of background to this story that would help prove it's real and futhermore whether or not it was a case where terrorists were probing the air marshall procedures.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:26 PM Permalink
Added to the blogroll
another events-driven conservative mostly-politics blog.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:21 PM Permalink
A small pipe bomb packed with gunpowder and BBs exploded in a subway station last night, injuring a transit cop and throwing several blocks near Times Square into chaos.
A judge yesterday handed a victory to protesters at the upcoming Republican National Convention, ruling cops cannot unreasonably restrict access to demonstrations or search bags unless there is "a specific threat to public safety."
The pipe bomb was in -- guess what -- a knapsack.
I think every knapsack is a threat to public safety.
If you're not from New York, know now that every enclosed space and some unenclosed spaces like fruits and vegtables stands have a sign that reads: "By being on these premises, we have the right to search all purses and bags".
Even St. Patrick's Cathedral now has this sign.
Judge Sweet lives in a 9/10 world.
I also think that a lot of strange things are going on that are attempts to probe how we react and how fast our response time is to threats.
Another example of this which is particularly well-written is Terror in the Skies, Again?
If there are enough false alarms, it deadens our alertness.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:36 AM Permalink
Shut Up and Sing!. Dept
And you'll thank me for using a 27-year-old photograph.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:36 AM Permalink
Monday, July 19, 2004
New York Post: Amber Frey via her father, Ron Frey, speaks
In an exclusive letter to The Post and Fox News Channel, Ron Frey says his 29-year-old daughter is proud of the choices that led to her having two children out of wedlock.
If you have a culture that disparages virginity, you have a culture that disparages fidelity in marriage and motherhood. (I know that's not an original line but my blogspiration, Mark Shea is temporarily off-blog.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:23 PM Permalink
New York Daily News: Opens bank book at scandal church
In hopes of restoring his parishioners' trust, a priest at a scandal-rocked upper East Side church laid open the Good Book - and the ledger book - yesterday at Mass.
I only posted this to show that this really is a big deal and not one of my famous exaggerations.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:13 PM Permalink
I predicted this.
By filing for bankruptcy, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland has begun a complicated legal process that could backfire - perhaps forcing church officials to reveal documents they would rather not disclose and give up assets, legal experts say.
I wonder if the Archdiocese had gotten in touch with any non-profits that had been through the bankruptcy process before to get an understanding of how little privacy and confidentiality is going to persist for any transaction in the Archdiocese that involved money, goods, or services (i.e. temporalities)
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:02 PM Permalink
By AMY RICHARDS as told to AMY BARRETT
The abortion adovcates now feel bold enough to present the choice to kill these unborn children as something as frivolus as this person's pathetic lifestyle.
Now you know what abortion for any reason or no reason at all entails.
The dehumanization is instantaneous, what were called "babies" in the previous paragraph have become a "them".
There's no reflection on this choice, no consultation with family, friends, strangers, of God. No thought of adoption as an alternative to murder. The emotion is arrogant pride, self-satisfaction.
She's looking to be affirmed as a murderer and nothing less.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:54 PM Permalink
Sunday, July 18, 2004
Exceptionalism is another word for uniqueness
The anti-American left has fallen in love with a word "exceptionalism". To them it's a code word for hypocrisy and failure to follow the lead of France and Germany.
To the Mullahs in Iran their take on American exceptionalism is along the lines of "If the United States can have nuclear weapons, why can't we?". Other countries have different views of American exceptionalism, but the one that concerns us now is the one from the axis of evil.
The common French and American anti-American complaint is that the United States is too big, too proud, too imperial, too bellicose, etc. France' s claim to be a world power was greatly diminished by the loss of Canada at Montreal in 1759 and the loss of India at Plassey in 1757, and, of course, Napoleon at Waterloo 1815. Can't blame the United States for any of that. The French problem is not being conquered but rather the humbling experience of gratitude to the United States for its victories in World War I, World War II, and the Cold War.
The United States isn't in Iraq to colonize it as the French were in Indochina or Algeria. The United States would have preferred that 9/11/2001 would have been as forgettable as 9/10/2001.
The big American exception is that America was attacked. We have to take the war to where the enemy is.
In an interview we some American Special Forces serving in Afghanistan, one of them remarked. The thought we'd been like the Russians and kill them without a reason. Now they know we're Americans and don't do that. To Iran: we don't need to use those nukes which we already have to achieve national strategy objectives. The Iranian nuke is for conquest, our nukes are for deterrence.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 5:53 PM Permalink