Saturday, March 04, 2006
Keeping the title doesn't help reconciliation with the East, dropping the title doesn't help reconciliation with the West. You can't win with these guys!
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict has dropped one of his nine official titles, giving up "Patriarch of the West" in a discreet step apparently intended to help promote closer ties with the Orthodox churches of the East.
Perhaps it's a concession to feminists: "Down with Patriarchy!"
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:36 PM Permalink
What you always assumed to be true, is according to the Italian government
Citing new photographic analysis, an Italian parliamentary commission has concluded that top Soviet leaders were behind the failed plot to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981...Agca might be insane with his legion of stories, each one different, about how he came to shoot the Pope.
I've always thought the Italians were wrong to release him without a verifiable confession from Agca identifying and implicating the people who paid him, gave him phony id, weapons, etc.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:20 PM Permalink
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Lenten Practices of the Catholic Church
Alms, Fasting, Abstinence, Flagellation
Today we practice voluntary acts of self-denial. The tradition of mortification of the flesh and flagellation has passed from the mainstream of Catholic culture.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:29 PM Permalink
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Father John Cavanaugh
Today was his funeral. He was my father's cousin and close to him in age. So, until today, he was always exactly 31 years minus 1 day older than me. It was somewhat strange to hear stories of his life in the last 30 years because that's when I knew him the least. He entered the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in 1968 when I was 14. He was ordained when he was 48. At that age, some priests are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their ordination. He concelebrated at my wedding and at the funerals of my parents. His parents came over from Ireland right after World War I. My parents came over from Ireland right after World War II so his family was tasked with turning my parents into "Americans".
I didn't realize it at the time, but he was providing a model of faith for me when I was about 10 years old.
This is the obituary that appeared in the Press of Atlantic City
CAVANAUGH, FATHER JOHN J., M.SS.CC. 83 - of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, in Linwood, died February 22, 2006 at Shore Memorial Hospital, Somers Point. Father was a native New Yorker and came to South Jersey in 1990. He was born in New York City the son of the late Patrick and Helen Cavanaugh. Father Cavanaugh entered the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts in 1968 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1971.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:40 PM Permalink
Sunday, February 26, 2006
A new book from my blogfather
I got into blogging two years ago after reading Mark Shea's blog Catholic and Enjoying It for a few months and now he's got a new book. I've pre-ordered it.
I've got to get prepared for the anti-Catholic tsunami coming with the DaVinci Code and you should be as well.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:22 PM Permalink
There's a weird twist in this article on the celebration of New Orleans from ABC News
New Orleans celebrated the first masked Mardi Gras in 1837, and the first float parade in 1857. The Roman Catholic Church licensed Carnival, which translates "farewell to the flesh," as a celebration of indulgence before adherents begin the fasting of Lent.It's an odd word to use "licensed". License can mean approval, or it can mean the acting without responsibility.
With so many of the old citizens of New Orleans, gone and never to return, it seems strange that people from all over and going to this place where they behave badly, acting in drunkenness and lewdness. It's the urge to sin that can't be stopped.
Tourism to New Orleans this year takes on an notion of merit: I'm not merely having a good time, but "I'm bringing tourist dollars to this devastated area". I think it's really a donation to self-interest: If Mardi Gras was a financial failure this year, more carnival-related businesses would close and there would be less partying next year.
Meanwhile, thousands of families still are getting hotel vouchers, and when you divide the money spent by government on all levels by the number of people affected, it's approaching $100,000. For a family four, you can do the math.
Thousands of checks and $2,000 debit cards to people whose identities and claims FEMA never checked. (USA Today)
I don't have an issue with helping people after a disaster, but at this point for the Katrina victims, it's a case of charity fatigue.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 6:43 PM Permalink