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Thursday, December 06, 2007
 
John Kennedy was wrong

The famous speech that John Kennedy gave in West Virgina has been received by the popular culture as an excellent example of how a deeply religious person could reconcile belief in God, in particular Christianity and more in particular the Catholic faith.

Kennedy said that "my Church does not speak for me" Kerry twisted that into "my Church does not speak -to- me."

Both politicians wanted to show their identification with this "tribe", but were willing to ignore its teachings, and yet unwilling to break their association with it.

For Kennedy the issue in 1960 was direct state support for Catholic schools. (He was opposed to it.) This issue reappeared in the 1980's as the movement for school choice.

Kennedy was politically correct in his speech and it helped get him elected. What has been the consequence to his soul is a matter for God, what has been the consequence to Catholic schools is another matter for parents and students today.

Romney, I suspect will echo Kennedy and not Kerry.

text of John Kennedy's speech 'I Believe in an America Where the Separation of Church and State is Absolute' September 12, 1960, address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association

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Monday, December 03, 2007
 
Gibbons apologizes: Guardian

I have a great respect for the Islamic religion and would not knowingly offend anyone and I am sorry if I caused any distress.
It's probably cheap courage on my part to suggest that Gillian Gibbons should not have apologized but have been defiant.

But like the global Muslim support for suicide bombers and calls for the assassination of cartoonists, and this demonstrates that Islam really is different religion, state, and culture in what emotions it inspires. I don't envy the job of apologists for Islam as a religion of peace given what has been going on in Sudan and in the suburbs of Paris.

The apologizers for Christians excesses are busy as Mark Steyn point them out.

If the real threat of death for allowing her student to name a teddy bear did not reduce the great respect that Gillian Gibbons has for that religion, what would it take to change her mind?

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(reviving an old feature)

Today's Guest Theologian

Will Smith on MSNBC

“I was introduced, [to] it [Scientology] by Tom and I’m a student of world religion,” Smith said. “I was raised in a Baptist household, I went to a Catholic school, but the ideas of the Bible are 98 percent the same ideas of Scientology, 98 percent the same ideas of Hinduism and Buddhism.

But that adds up to 294 percent. Hey! I said he was a theologian and not a mathematician.

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Mental Eval Ordered for Hostage Suspect (AP)

In his 2002 lawsuit in Suffolk County Superior Court, Eisenberg sued former Archbishop Bernard Law, alleging that a priest at St. Catherine Church in Westford, Massachusetts, molested him in the early 1980s. The priest denied abusing Eisenberg, who claimed the abuse when he was about 21.

Leeland Eisenberg with a fake bomb threatened to blow up the a New Hampshire campaign office of Hillary Clinton and took hostages demanding to speak to Mrs. Clinton.

Of course, Cardinal Law is not a former Archbishop, he is the former "Archbishop of Boston", he is currently assigned as Archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore {Saint Mary Major Basilica}

I don't know whether this allegation is credible or incredible -- but I suspect many people have found another reason to hate the Catholic Church -- for they infer was the cause of Eisenberg's problems later in life.

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Sunday, December 02, 2007
 
The Mystery of the Incarnation

There is a priest who I admire, but he sometimes makes mistakes. It is my misfortune to be around when he does. I will avoid a sin of detraction by not identifying him.

Christus natus est.

Christ is born. We celebrate this liturgically and in the secular world on Christmas Day. December 25.

Christus incarnatus est.

Christ is incarnated. Christ takes on a human nature. We celebrate this liturgically on the Solemnity of the Annunciation. March 25.

Life begins at conception. Am I pedantic?

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