Saturday, December 11, 2004
Catholic World News: a site worth subscribing to
If you want to be informed on what's going on in the Catholic Church, how the world is acting upon Catholic doctrine and moral teaching, then the source is the Catholic World News website. The Catholic World News is a independent news service, magazine, and website.
Years ago before I started this blog, I was a paid subscriber and as "extremecatholic" a frequent contributor on their feedback pages.
In the unlikely event that I refer enough subscribers to win their incentive prize, I will donate it to Good Counsel Homes as I donate my Amazon.com referral fees.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:11 AM Permalink
Friday, December 10, 2004
German cardinal says dialogue with Islam not possible: Catholic World News
Germany's Cardinal Karl Lehmann told a newspaper that he didn't think Christians and Muslims could engage in a productive dialogue. The Archbishop of Mainz said in the interview in Die Welt published on Thursday that Muslims do not consider Christians as equals and that Islam is a religion based on war and conquest.
From the Muslim point of view, religious tolerance in non-Muslim countries is a sign of weakness to exploit as a tactic to make a country Muslim by force or fertility.
There simply is no principle of religious freedom, or even individual rights "endowed by the Creator" in Islam.
Merely to point out that Muslims have no principle of religious freedom, only the status of dhimmi: a legal system established by the Muslim conquerors to rule those native non-Muslim populations is called prejudice.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:25 PM Permalink
Smash Jesus: Delaware and New York
An act of vandalism has shocked the congregation at the Saint Edmonds Roman Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach, Del. People attending mass Wednesday night were stunned by what they saw.Man charged with tossing Nativity into street: Newsday
For more than four decades, Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus have spent their Decembers tucked inside a Plexiglas case along Jericho Turnpike in Mineola, the holy family and their well-wishers forming a concrete homage to the Christmas season.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:29 AM Permalink
Thursday, December 09, 2004
Furor Over Scrapping of Christmas Play: Reuters
An Italian school's substitution of a Nativity play with Little Red Riding Hood so as not to offend Muslim children has raised the Vatican ire and sparked debate on how much traditions should change to accommodate immigrants.Of course, we're Christians are we're not supposed to offend anyone.
Actually, this insults Muslims. Here's why: They (or at least the ones I know) are not offended by the public expression of religious beliefs. They want religion to have a role in public life and are it's presumptive to believe they are offended.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:13 PM Permalink
Last Notice for today's Memorial Mass for Fulton Sheen
St. Patrick's Cathedral (50th Street & Fifth Ave), New York
3.30 pm Carols, 4.00 pm Mass
If you want to meetup after the Mass, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:54 AM Permalink
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's insult on MSNBC Scaraborough Country of Jennifer Gerow (?sp) "you're an ignorant peasant who doesn't know the Christian texts -- for God's sake"
I think he's just into being controversial for its own sake
The context is Christian praise for The Passion of the Christ Boteach is still attacking the film, so popular and so successful that it doesn't need to win the The Oscar ®
Boteach might wonder if he's giving fuel to the fire of the Jewish conspiracy being discussed now in the Dallas Morning News blog most of the items are by Rod Dreher.
Credit The Laura Ingraham Show
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:30 AM Permalink
See 'ya on Hollywood Squares, Frankie.
Cardinal George scores `hat trick': Chicago Tribune
Remember, it's all about fidelity to the Gospel.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:21 AM Permalink
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
"The Sexual Abuse Crisis is not over yet" Dept.
First, if you want to catch up with the events of the past few months, this article in the Washington Times of November 15,2004 is a good place to start.
Matt Abbot: ChronWatch. The Catholic Church Sex Scandal: A Letter to Andrew Greeley discusses the past statements of Andrew Greeley on a group of homosexual priests (one of whom is now a bishop) based in Chicago, the Boys Club
Domenico Bettinelli heard a rumor that the bishop who managed to see that the bishops evaded responsibility for the coverup of criminal priests, Bishop Wilton Gregorgy might be given the Archdiocese of Atlanta. I echo Dom's challenge: "Show how Bishop Gregory handled the crisis well." Everything the episcopal hierarchy does is a reaction to some outside pressure, there's no desire for reform generated internally. Here's a version in print of the rumor Dom reported.
With all those qualities going for him, a generally well-respected term as president, a high profile in Rome and a media-friendly star quality, some think Gregory is a natural to move up the ranks - leaving Belleville, should the pope promote him, for a larger, metropolitan diocese. Some say Atlanta, where Archbishop John F. Donoghue, 76, has sent his resignation letter to Rome, would be ideal for Gregory.
Bookmark this link to the Bradenton (FL) Herald when you hear someone talk about how careless bloggers are and how professional newspapers are:
Time and precedent, according to Gregory, were the most significant factors in dealing with the sexual abuse scandal during his term. The body of bishops, he said, often lean on the past when deciding how to respond to issues that affect the American church. make cuts and insert three subheds with coding below. Thanks, Charlie
Another great article on the Sexual Abuse Crisis
Self-interest explains why bishops would help priests accused of sexual abuse hide out from the law. But why would prosecutors, judges and police officers aid and abet their flight from justice?
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:19 PM Permalink
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Spokane diocese files for bankruptcy: Seattle Times
By becoming only the third diocese nationally to seek shelter in bankruptcy court, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane is hoping the court will help provide a clearer picture of its financial liability in mounting sex-abuse lawsuits and goad its reluctant insurers into paying some of the claims.
Something is missing from the article, but I won't tease you: the article doesn't mention the name of Bishop William Skylstad.
The nightmare scenario I predicted hasn't happened. There's no been a flood of damaging and embarassing disclosures made in the course of determining the financial condition of the diocese.
I don't understand why the diocese thinks the bankruptcy court can do a better job of determining its liability -- that's the job for the trial court hearing the abuse cases.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 6:05 PM Permalink
Another continent, another scandal
Father Athanase Seromba, the first Catholic priest to be tried for genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), will not have his trial joined to that of Gaspard Kanyarukiga, a former businessman in his parish.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 6:00 PM Permalink
Celebrity Wax Figures Make Up Nativity Scene: AP
Click on the link to find out who's who.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 5:55 PM Permalink
Vatican presses the UN to recognise 'Christianophobia' : UK Telegraph
The Vatican is pressing the United Nations to recognise "Christianophobia" as an evil equal to that of anti-Semitism or "Islamophobia".
So what is it? A "feeling" or an "irrational fear"?
True Christianity wants to convert the world. In the ideological and theological realm, we are opposed by secularists and Islamists -- but that's a good thing. We're not suppposed to be likewarm.
I think it's a bit of psychobabble mixed with a little political correctness to not names the names of the people who want to suppress Christianity in Europe and Asia.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 4:20 PM Permalink