Saturday, December 03, 2005
Is it "sin makes you stupid" or "stupidity makes you sin"
Virginia Voiers thought she was taking part in a rambunctious holiday custom, but a carriage driver thought differently and called police when he saw the 70-year-old grandmother stealing the baby Jesus from the city's nativity scene.There are some days when a blog is easier to write than others and this is one of them.
Well, let me look at the New York Post today. I see that there haven't been any multiple homicides recently... hmmm... that gives me an idea.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:59 PM Permalink
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Note to talk show guests and callers:
Do not. Repeat Do not use the "throw the baby out with the bathwater" methaphor in dicussing abortion.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:46 AM Permalink
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Order and Disorder (part I)
The natural order for men to is be attracted to women.
It is disordered for men to be attracted to men.
How can be made more clear than that? Lust and masturbation are disordered as well.
This is all from the constant teaching of the Church and paragraph 2351 and following.
Popular opinion may classify same sex attraction, lust, and masturbation as all choices that one can make, but all sin starts with a choice.
What the Church teaches (and what I believe) is that same sex attraction is an objective disorder to human nature.
By human nature I do not mean merely occurring in nature because, of course, all types of physical and psychological disorders occur in the natural world.
I do not support discrimination against homosexuals or people afflicted with other disorders. It was this desire not to discriminate that made people of all types, including the very influential American Psychiatric Association in 1973, go silent on the question of it being a disorder.
Today advocacy of homosexuality and it's thematic lifestyle name, gay, is being shouted from the streets, rooftops, and several cable channels. Anyone speaking to it as a disorder is marginalized, called hateful, and silenced. It's a paradox that gay advocacy still has campaigns that present the inverse of the world as it is now -- that one speaking out favorably on homosexuality risks being silenced -- it's called The Day of Silence just in case you forgot what April 26 is for.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 5:52 PM Permalink
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Follow-up Man pushed in front of train during argument : Newsday
...the incident occurred shortly after both men left a bar at 4:30 a.m. and were seen arguing on the Flushing-bound platform of the 52nd Street station in Woodside, police said. The two were quarreling over a 16-year-old girl they had met in a bar, a police source said.
The accused murderer, Molina is 19-years-old. The minimum drinking age is 21.
The girl is 16. Where are the parents in this?
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:01 AM Permalink
Monday, November 28, 2005
Tales of the Roe Effect
When Tina Roggenkamp and her husband, Mark, decided to keep their marriage free of children they took a lot of things into account.Blogger credit: Catholic World Report
I wonder if they reflect what the world would be like if everyone shared their view of "environmental concerns" and or if, at the very least, their own parents were childless by choice.
They are just getting a headstart on becoming the "greedy geezers" who will expect other people's children to fund their social security and medicare in 40 years.
On the positive side, think of it as culling the selfish and self-centered from the herd.
The Roe effect describes the demographic changes brought on the larger society by the practice of artificial birth control and abortion.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:48 PM Permalink
The Jaffa gate of Jerusalem changes hands -- or does it?
Christian leader signs secret document nixing sale of key Jerusalem propertiesGreek Orthodox control of this area which is adjacent to the hotels just outside the old city is for all practical purposes Palestinian control, so the transfer of this land to Jewish groups represents an full of political as well as religious considerations.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:11 PM Permalink
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Believers Flock to 'Crying' Virgin Mary : AP
Carrying rosary beads and cameras, the faithful have been coming in a steady stream to a church on the outskirts of Sacramento for a glimpse of what some are calling a miracle: A statue of the Virgin Mary they say has begun crying a substance that looks like blood.The diocese has no comment.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:54 PM Permalink
500 feet from where I live...
A Queens bakery worker was killed yesterday morning when a man his family described as a friend and former co-worker threw him into the path of an oncoming subway train during a fight, the police said.It was very quiet this morning at 7:30 when I went to buy the New York Times and the New York Post. I chatted with my newspaper seller. She said that from the time she arrived the train had not been running. My family and I went off to our retreat at the St. Ignatius Retreat House in Manhasset and then we learned what happened.
This part of the subway is an elevated train. As the television account put it graphically, the body parts rained down from the tracks 30 feet overhead.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:41 PM Permalink