Friday, May 13, 2005
Date: May 21, 2005 9:00AM - 4:00 PM
Place: AUDITORIUM Archbishop Stepinac High School 950 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
THE EUCHARIST AND THE LEGACY OF POPE JOHN PAUL II
Pope John Paul II brought certain new dimensions to Our consideration of the Eucharist after 2000 years. His unique insights will assist us in our own spiritual lives.
Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R. Director, Office of Spiritual Development, Internationally known speaker, retreat director, author, radio and frequent presenter on EWTN
THE LAMB'S SUPPER
Each time we celebrate the Mass we enter into the heavenly liturgy which is so powerfully and beautifully described in the Book of Revelation. Scott will help us to understand the Book of Revelation in the light of the Mass. Scott Hahn, Ph.D. Dr. Hahn is Professor of Theology and Scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, founder and director of St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and author of several books, including The Lamb. Frequent presenter on EWTN.
And I will be conducting a workshop with the Catholic Evidence Guild.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:24 AM Permalink
I attended a Jesuit High School, Brooklyn Prep. I graduated in 1971 and the school closed the next year. By the way, this is the school that WABC-AM radio host Curtis Sliwa was expelled from -- for violating the dress code at this boys-only school. The dress code at Brooklyn Prep was jacket and tie.
Fast forward to the present day and I had thought that dress codes were something that I didn't need to have an opinion on, but I recently saw some video of kids in California school and now I have an opinion: if kids and their parents can't dress their kids so they are not a distraction to others, there needs to be some intervention.
Some of the kids were asked about rules on clothing and they were all against it, "anything goes". Then in one story, where the written dress code applied to teachers, students, staff, and parents, one mother was incensed that she was told that she would not be allowed in the school in clothing that violated the dress code.
Maybe I'm too old-fashioned for this century.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:09 AM Permalink
Don't pin the pro-life medal on Thomas Suozzi
Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi and Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre deserve credit for the courageous stands they took on abortion Tuesday.
This puts Bishop Murphy in a difficult position of needing to endorse Suozzi while at the same time not back-tracking on abortion. The Diocese of Rockville Centre was hostile to the pro-life movement during the McGann years, now somewhat reversed with the arrival of Bishop Murphy.
Like every diocese around here, no photo op with a pro-choice Catholic politician was ever avoided (except the infamous confrontation between Ferraro and Cardinal O'Connor) Nevertheless Newsday hated, hates, and will hate the Catholic Church. It's a mess.
Suozzi is no Rodham-Clinton. The Dems will give him the late Bob Casey treatment. He's dead-man walking politically for breaking lock-step on maximal abortion rights.
Abortion is the killing of innocent unborn human life.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:14 AM Permalink
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Mother in Communion case to talk with bishop Tuesday : AP
The Monmouth County mother of a 9-year-old girl whose first Holy Communion was declared invalid will meet privately Tuesday with Trenton Bishop John M. Smith. Liz Pelly-Waldman hopes Smith will take up the cause of Haley Waldman, who has a digestive disorder that makes it unsafe for her to consume wafers containing wheat.
The mother claims that a fragment of a low-gluten host is going to trigger the celiac sprue disease and that for medical reasons, nothing containing alcohol can be consumed by her child either.
Bishop Smith is probably being played here. The build-up for this meeting is that Walman will walk in, state her demand, and the bishop will submit to her logic.
I hope the "cause" that the bishop takes up is the doctrine of the Holy Eucharist.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:59 PM Permalink
Legal/Illegal what's the difference
While the bishops reject the rule of law where it concerns illegal immigration, on what other areas do they reject the rule of law?
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:50 AM Permalink
(Fictional Story, also about a Bronx priest) "Doubt" is awarded Best Play : broadway.com
John Patrick Shanley's Doubt was named Best Play, and Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman was awarded Best New Foreign Play when the New York Drama Critics' Circle announced their annual awards on May 11. Despite a plentiful crop of musicals this season, the committee chose not to name a Best Musical.What a name for someone to write a play on the subject of sexual molestation by a priest. You couldn't force me to see this play. For all I know, Doubt may have been the only new play of the season. An award like this is good for getting a movie deal and that's where the big payday comes from.
Doubt has eight Tony Award nominations as well. Attention must be paid.
Culture Vulture has the details of the play but no spoiler ending.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:56 AM Permalink
True story (followup) Prayer & justice for his attackers : NY Daily News
The Bronx priest savagely beaten by a gang of teens while jogging last week forgives his attackers - but he still wants to see justice done.
I saw the press conference on TV. A week later, his face is still a mess and his voice was full of pain.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:47 AM Permalink
"It's a done deal," a senior Vatican official told TIME on Tuesday.
No, it isn't. (Apb Levada of SF to head the Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith)
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:41 AM Permalink
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Fr. Peter Stravinskas : April 18, 2005 : Nothing since then
Allegations of fraud at a south Omaha church have parishioners up in arms. Police are investigating whether a priest at St. Anthony's Parish used church funds for personal business.For reasons that aren't clear to me, Fr. Stravinskas ceased being editor of the Catholic monthly, The Catholic Answer in 2004.
It's quite a surprise to me that this story just stopped.
Ignatius Insight has an interview with Fr. Stravinskas from 2005.
I held off blogging this until I could get more info, but it never came.
Cui Bono is a blog devoted to this parish, St. Anthony in the Archdiocese of Omaha.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:00 PM Permalink
Catholic Leaders Launch 'Justice for Immigrants' Campaign
Catholic Church leaders, including Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, D.C., plan to unveil a new immigration reform program on Tuesday.
I asked a bishop if he thought that all restrictions on becoming a citizen of the United States should be removed and he replied he could support that.
In the view of the bishops, one "right" that America doesn't have is to control its own borders.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:37 PM Permalink
Two priests in pornography cases end ministry : AP
Two Roman Catholic priests accused of viewing child pornography have ended their ministries.
Is this a profile in courage on the part of Apb Curtiss? Read below how he took swift action against a whistle-blower.
A 50-year-old priest who formerly served northeast Nebraska parishes has received one year of probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor pornography count.
A teacher at a Catholic school says the archbishop of Omaha asked her to resign because she told police that a priest had used a church computer to look at child pornography on the Internet.More comment on Amy Welborn's blog.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:34 AM Permalink
Judge's Ruling Against Sex-Ed Program Grabs National Eye : Fox News
A judge's order on Thursday evening to halt a new public school sex-education curriculum in the affluent suburbs of Washington, D.C., could have significant ramifications throughout the rest of the country.This so-called health curriculum was full of one-sided statements hostile to religion. It is interesting to see if secular humanism, if that's what this text and worldview can be called, gets to be labelled a religion.
There's some advocacy links in the Fox News article.
More at American Daily
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:36 AM Permalink
The Fall of Orthodox England : Free Republic
This link from 2002 was mailed to me today. It's interesting because of the very confusing history and theology it presents. The claim is that the Church in England in 1066 of Harold II, Godwinson was in communion with Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem and not Rome. It's flavored with the conspiracy theory the Rome seeks to dominate the world.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:22 AM Permalink
Newfoundland Diocese to sell all its property
A Roman Catholic diocese in eastern Canada plans to sell all its churches and missions to raise money to pay the sexual assault victims , a bishop said Monday. The Catholic Diocese of St. George's will sell about 150 properties to raise $10.5 million for the victims of the Rev. Kevin Bennett, convicted in 1990 of hundreds of sexual assaults over three decades as a priest in the province of Newfoundland. The diocese will seek donations to buy back some sites.Sell the residences and schools before you sell the churches.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:15 AM Permalink
There's a rumor about Archbishop Levada of San Francisco
that he is to be appointed to the number 1 or 2 position at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.
This was discussed in Amy Welborn's blog where in the middle of composing the following she disabled comments on that item.
The only thing that Abp Levada did that ever came to my attention was the fact that while he initially opposed the SF law for domestic partnership which must be recognized by all public and private employers, in the end he accepted it and made future opposition to similar domestic partnership on Catholic grounds of other bishops nearly impossible because of the precedent he created. He looked to me like a Catholic Neville Chamberlain where Winston Churchill is called for.For background, try this google search: Levada domestic partner
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:09 AM Permalink
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
The New York Times projects its own suicide on the the Church
Here in Latin America, the great remaining heartland of Roman Catholicism, some Catholics have a blunt warning for Pope Benedict XVI: unless the Catholic Church changes course, it may come close to committing suicide.
Kristopf piece is a self-parody that screams "You don't get it" back at its author. He probably thinks a phrase like universal call to holiness refers to a phone bank in the the Vatican.
So what else is going on in Brazil?
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- It was Orgasm Day Monday in Espertantina, a small town in northeast Brazil : APThis might be a hoax, if is isn't, Freud must be pleased, whereever he is.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:30 PM Permalink
Monday, May 09, 2005
NewsMax: Catholic League Website Hacked
The website of a Catholic civil rights group was hacked over the weekend, apparently by Islamic extremists.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:44 PM Permalink
Schindlers do not know where Terri's ashes are : AP
Original headline: Schiavos [sic] don't know where Terri's ashes are
MIAMI (AP) - The family of a severely brain-damaged woman who died after her feeding tube was removed in March said Friday they still have not been told where her remains will be laid to rest.
The Michael defenders are out in force: the Schindlers are liars. Michael told them. (Nancy commenting in OpenBook)
Defenders: Terri's ashes are not buried after 39 days? Hey, Michael is only following Terri's wishes. And Michael doesn't have a feud with the Schindlers. The Schindlers hate Michael. He's the real victim here.
You can also look at how the controversy is handled in the Wikipedia where I am trying to get the non-burial added to the article.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:16 PM Permalink
Sunday, May 08, 2005
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:15 PM Permalink
Jesuit Watch / Left Intolerance Watch
A student who claims he was expelled from a training program for prospective teachers because of his support for corporal punishment and his opposition to multicultural education filed a $40 million lawsuit yesterday and demanded to be reinstated.Credit to a reader of extremeCatholic who emailed me a link to Erin O'Connor's blog
There's nothing about this on Le Moyne's official site.
The school was so clumsy in their approach to this, I'm surprised they lacked any sophistication in creating a plausible cause for the expulsion other than thought crime.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:53 PM Permalink