Thursday, February 17, 2005
St. Paul's tomb believed found : Catholic World News
Vatican archeologists believe that they have identified the tomb of St. Paul in the Roman basilica that bears his name.One of the challenges in communicating the truth of the Catholic faith is that people think it was all made up. People differ among themselves as to the point where the truth becomes a fable.
What's been remarkable abut the time that I've been alive is how much archeological and linguisitc research turns out to be support for revelation as we Catholics define it in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. Often debunked, the idea that both Sts. Peter and Paul were martyred in Rome has growing accumulation of evidence to sway the doubtful.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:08 PM Permalink
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
The Bishops take time to tell Congress what to do.
The U.S. bishops have urged Congress to think of the needy here and abroad when they consider the national budget.There's no need for act of individual alsmigiving when you have the power of the state to collect it. Why didn't Jesus think of this shortcut?
One of the basic functions of government is to raise sufficient resources so that it can undertake efforts to promote the common good.What goverment on earth "raises"(?) "resources"(?)? The creation of wealth is a function of individuals and not the state.
I'm not going to drag Friedrich von Hayek, Milton Friedman, or Ayn Rand into this, but the "provision for the common good" ought to be the domain of individual initiative. The state's function is to do what can't be done by individuals.
The bishops have failed to remove priests from ministry when credible allegations of sexual abuse and other crimes are brought to their attention. This led to a financial collapse and bankruptcy in the diocese of the man honored with the presidency of the Conference, Bishop Skylstad.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:25 PM Permalink
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
The solution to Catholic Education...
Near term Pray for this miracle: Lots of funding from public and private sources with no strings attached. No compromise of the Catholic mission of Catholic schools. Children from families with low income can attend.
Long term Pray for this miracle: Vouchers for parrents for the education of their children which include eligible religiously-affiliated schools.
I attended Catholic schools from grades 1 through 12 — I don't think I've mentioned that. Also, my pastor who attended one of the schools of low enrollment and which now borders his parish and mine, recused himself from the decision regarding that school and our own parish school.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 6:13 PM Permalink
Monday, February 14, 2005
Bringing this story to my few readers Gawker: New York Post A Snake in Eden?
Looks at the case of Christian blogger Dawn Eden of The Dawn Patrol and false allegations made regarding the termination of her employment.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:53 PM Permalink
No magic money beans in Catholic Education
Making Catholic elementary education affordable to the working poor and offering a living wage to teachers who are not vowed to poverty requires money from some source.
When the school has a significant number of non-Catholic students, or students whose families are Catholic but not participating in the life of the parish, or a significant number of the teachers are non-Catholics, parishioners question if this is sustaining the Catholic life of these children at all or just running on inertia and nostalgia.
A Call to Action If the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens closes 26 of its schools, it will be a loss for all New York City. The Catholic schools in this city have provided genuine choice for children from low-income and working-class families for more than 150 years. What is more, they have established a solid reputation for safety, academic standards and moral values. All of this has been supplied at a nominal cost to families and at no cost to taxpayers.On the contrary, they are leaping for joy at the Ford Foundation and Gates Foundation that there fewer alternatives to the monopoly of public education.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:18 PM Permalink
Sunday, February 13, 2005
I was suprised that "Super-AIDS" wasn't a national story.
New York's first diagnosed case of highly drug-resistant HIV in a person never before treated for the virus is "a wake up call" to anyone who has unprotected sex, the city's health commissioner said Friday.
You know what they say: "education" is the cure for HIV/AIDS. They might find a way to connect this to the Catholic Church in time.
A plan to feature AIDS prevention posters on subways gets derailed by the MTA. The Gay Men's Health Crisis wanted to run an HIV prevention campaign featuring Manhattan draped in a condom.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:24 PM Permalink
Sr. Lucia has died.
Pope John Paul II meets Sister Santa Maria Lucia of the Immaculate Heart May 13 2000 in Fatima. Pope John Paul II is in Portugal for the beatification of the two dead shepherd children, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, who where witness of the Fatima miracle (the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared to the children and gave them three messages) in 1917 along with her cousin Lucia Dos Santos, who is now 93-year-old and lives as a nun under the name of Sister Santa Maria Lucia of the Immaculate Heart. jd/Photo by Artuto Mari REUTERS
Sister Lucia, the last survivor of the three shepherd children to whom the Virgin Mary is said to have made a series of apparitions in 1917, has died aged 97, state television RTP has reported
We pray for the repose of her soul, and that she may come to be in the compmany of Mary and her Son in eternity.
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