Saturday, February 04, 2006
The post-post-Vatican II Church emerges on Long Island
Rockville Centre Bishop William Murphy announced a major shakeup of religious education yesterday that reconfigures the program that produced a generation of lay Catholic leaders, as well as many members of Voice of the Faithful, an activist group that has demanded the bishop's resignation.The people who turned 21 when Vatican II opened in 1962 are set to retire this year. The Bishop is just giving them a little nudge.
My plea is Give orthodoxy a chance
As the bishop's spokeman honestly observes the old programs have failed to keep Catholics going to Mass. Even if you are a progressive, the ought to mean something to you.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:58 AM Permalink
Friday, February 03, 2006
Killer of Kitty Genovese denied parole : AP
The man who killed Kitty Genovese in New York City while 38 people heard her screams but did nothing to help has again been denied parole by a state panel.One of the three news stories I recall from my earliest memories. The others are the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, and the 1963 Kennedy assassination.
There's a dispute about the culpability of the local residents of Kew Gardens.
Moseley was fortunate to have been convicted around the time that the appeals process for death row inmates became extended. In his case, he was alive at the time all the death sentences were reduced to life imprisonment in 1972 by the United States Supreme Court.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:38 PM Permalink
Nativity Scenes are still against the law in New York City, while the Menorah and Islamic crescent are legal
A federal appeals court has upheld a city policy on holiday displays for its schools that allows Santa Claus, reindeers, Christmas trees and symbols of Jewish and Islamic holidays but prohibits nativity scenes...This should have been a no-brainer: either all religious symbols or none. Of course the petition was to include all religious symbols. More from the article...
[Petitioner Andrea Skoros] said in her lawsuit that the policy promoted and endorsed the religions of Judaism and Islam and conveyed a message of disapproval toward Christianity.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 6:02 PM Permalink
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Colo. bishops blast limitation lifting legislation : Catholic Online
Colorado's three Catholic bishops blasted proposed state legislation which would lift the statutes of limitation on sexual-abuse cases, noting that this would unequally punish the Catholic Church while exempting public-school teachers and coaches accused of abuse.
The free bishops of Colorado disagree with the unfree bishop of Spokane who also is the president of the Conference of Bishops.
The Catholic League is all over the aspect that it applies only to non-public schools and leaves public schools off the hook. I wonder if they got input from the victims on that?
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:28 PM Permalink
Double Standards: Sensitivity to Islam. Mockery of Christianity.
Michelle Malkin is covering this story. She's put up the cartoons that mainstream media refuses to.
She puts this in context with the sort of mockery of Christianty that everyone in the United States gives a pass under freedom of speech. To use very recent examples we have the now-cancelled Book of Daniel and the Rolling Stone cover featuring a phony Christ wearing the crown of thorns.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:21 PM Permalink
Iraq Church Bombings : New York Post
At least three people were killed yesterday when bombs rocked the Vatican's mission and several churches in Baghdad and Kirkuk, police said.
This probably missed the expectations of the terrorists in having an impact worldwide -- because of the wounding of Bob Woodruff, ABC Anchor.
I've heard terrorism experts say it -- this may be a hopeful sign: That terrorists no longer go after the military and police but pick on softer targets now. The number of terrorist-active areas in Iraq continues to drop.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:51 PM Permalink
The road to Hell. Now paved with "nonfinancial concessions"
That's rare as in "infrequent" and not "undercooked" -- featuring rare nonfinancial concessions by Bishop William S. Skylstad.
It appears to bind the diocese to a pepetual agreement with the state. A similar sort of concession made in Phoenix. There is justice in a status of limitations. An accusation of child abuse should be allowed until the victim is 30.
An unlimited statute of limitations is a potential source of unlimited mischief. An unscrupulous person can wait until a priest dies and then come forward and accuse him and demand a settlement from the diocese. The diocese doesn't have a means to defend itself and the accused is no longer around to admit or deny guilt.
Even if the bishop felt like lobbying for this change, why accept the authority of the state to be compelled to do so? Saint Thomas Beckett accepted death rather than this.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:34 PM Permalink
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
To help you catch up...
Read the rest of Maggie Gallagher reflecting on the moral state of the union.
Odd, perhaps, that at the very start of his pontificate, Pope Benedict (in his new encyclical "Deus Caritas Est") would choose to take on Cole Porter's old question. Or maybe not. Scroll through the newspaper.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:42 PM Permalink
The talent of a lapsed Catholic
Crumb became famous for his "adult" comix. I hope that his new work will be clever and funny and not obscene.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:31 PM Permalink
A combination of hardware problems and paying more attention to my family resulted in a blog interruption. With God's help and some time management discipline on my part, I'll get more items into the blog.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:14 PM Permalink