Saturday, August 23, 2003
Reuters: Convicted Pedophile Priest Geoghan Dies in Prison
BOSTON (Reuters) - John Geoghan, a defrocked Boston-area priest and convicted child rapist who was a central figure in the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal, was killed in prison on Saturday, a Boston radio station reported.
He didn't deserve to die. He was killed by another inmate, Joseph Druce, who is already convicted of murder and serving for it. Had the death penalty been available and applied to Druce, he wouldn't have been alive to kill Geoghan.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:25 PM Permalink
This is a test of my Amazon Associates Bookstore. Mark Shea is too humble to keep promoting his own book, so I will recommend it here. Trimumph is an excellent history of the Catholic Church full of subtle humor and it is now available in paperback
Later on I hope to expand it to a full bookshelf.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:24 PM Permalink
Friday, August 22, 2003
Snopes: Nine months after the Great Blackout of 1965, the birth rate in New York City increased dramatically.
And, of course, everyone is on birth control now, so this makes it even more unlikely in 2003.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:16 PM Permalink
Diocese claims relics stolen by former shrine worker
An attorney representing the Catholic Diocese of La Crosse on Thursday filed a theft complaint with La Crosse Police claiming that when an employee of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe left her position last year, she took 60 relics with her. According to the police complaint, filed by Attorney Jim Birnbaum on behalf of the diocese, the woman worked at the shrine at 5250 Justin Road, from July 1 to Aug. 8, 2002.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:41 PM Permalink
(to borrow the phrase from The Weekly Standard) THIS IS NOT A PARODY
For centuries it has played an important role in spiritual worship, or simply been used to create a relaxing atmosphere in the home.Where to begin?
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 6:28 PM Permalink
Yet another fire in my neighborhood!
Linked story also has a video clip. The subway line should look familiar to you. It's been in several movies, most recently Spiderman.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:16 AM Permalink
Thursday, August 21, 2003
Chile: Vatican flag burned in front of Cathedral
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:57 PM Permalink
Ceremonial Deism: The First Amendment Reduced to the Absurd
The Court found that the display, viewed in the context of the holiday season, was not a purposeful or surreptitious effort to advocate a particular religious message. The Court found that the display merely depicted the historical origins of the Holiday and had "legitimate secular purposes." The Court held that the symbols posed no danger of establishing a state church and that it was "far too late in the day to impose a crabbed reading of the [Establishment] Clause on the country."
In the dissent in this case William Brennan used the phrase "ceremonial deism". This strange phrase is an attempt to reconcile all the obvious references to God in public life -- like "In God We Trust" and the oath "...so help me God." which are tolerated as "ceremonial deism" -- and not the "establishment of a religion" like the allegation is made regarding the Ten Commandments monument.
Another phrase is "rote repetition" but both add up to the same thing: an otherwise prohibited expression of religion is toleration because it (apparently) lacks any religious meaning.
I think the controversy in Montgomery serves the purpose of waking up people who have been asleep to the realization that there is a unrelenting attack on the public expression of religion -- by groups who conceal their Agenda under some patriotic-sounding names.
Religious freedom is at risk. The only religion that will be allowed will be inside homes or churches, synogogues, or mosques.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:16 PM Permalink
My first bleg
When did the common word "practical" get replaced with the awkward "praticable" and do they mean the same thing? I did a little google seaching of this and found they get used interchangably even within the same paragraph.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:26 PM Permalink
Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Blog connections you could never imagine: "Catholic" and "Linux/SCO dispute"
The obfuscated sample, which contains networking software, could have been legitimately copied in the Linux source code, because it has been released under a BSD license, Perens said.
Catholic schools producing open source software -- yet another reason to financially support Catholic schools.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:54 PM Permalink
psst.... readers of Mark Shea's Catholic and Enjoying It!
A link to help you learn The Science of Sarcasm
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:49 PM Permalink
New York Post: PHISH'S BASSIST IN A JAM
A member of the multi-platinum "jam band" Phish has been accused of endangering the welfare of a minor after he was caught taking "art photos" of a Hells Angel's 9-year-old daughter after a concert in Jones Beach, authorities said yesterday.
I don't think that appeals to keep things quiet for the sake of the band, and a promise that Gordon would obtain some psychological help for his disease were well-received by the Hell's Angels father.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:20 PM Permalink
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Local priests urge optional celibacy
Married men could ease shortage, 163 clerics say in letter
I didn't see this discussed in my favorite blogs. I hope this ignites the topic in St. Blog's.
Celibacy for priests is a good thing. It is a discipline of the Church and therefore reformable. The link to MJS above links to the actual text of the letter -- but don't bother clicking. The reason for the letter is a guess on the part of the priests that if the requirement of celibacy was removed, there would be more candidates for the priesthood. This is an old and unpersuasive argument.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:45 PM Permalink
NY1: Queens Warehouse Gutted By Three-Alarm Fire
Firefighters are trying to figure out what caused a three-alarm fire that gutted a warehouse in Woodside, Queens, Tuesday night.The owner is wrong. There are no restaurants located at the back of the building. It's a mystery to me why he would say such an obvious lie as anyone familiar with the area knows the nearest thing to a restaurant is a SUBWAY sandwich restaurant over a block away which was undamaged.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:38 PM Permalink
Yahoo/Retuers: Who Says They Cleaned Up Times Square?
Adult film actress Jenna Jameson is shown on a three-story billboard advertisement at the northern end of Times Square in New York, August 20, 2003. Times Square, once a notorious pornogrphy district, has in recent years been revived as a family friendly tourist destination. The billboard, which went up August 19, promotes Jameson's web site. REUTERS/Peter Morgan
In contrast to what is holy in Montgomery, Alabama we have this display overlooking Times Square -- which as anyone who has been to the area in the last 10 years knows -- is thoroughly transformed into a middle-america mall of stores, hotels, and theaters.
It got mentioned in the New York television and radio news cycles today.
UPDATE: My good friends at Gawker thought it blog-worthy
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:26 PM Permalink
Sean Hannity has called this "the last lap" for people opposed to religion in public life.
I don't think it is the apocalypse but I was surprised that neither appeal to the Federal Circuit Court or to the Supreme Court granted a stay to the order of U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has no other legal remedy. Thompson has the initiative now, either to hold Moore personally in contempt or the State of Alabama, -- by fine or imprisonment and (or) to to immediately enforce the order.
In terms of enforcment, it works pretty much like the civil rights days of the 1960's. Armed United States Marshalls would arrive and enforce the order of the court, or if met with resistance, Thomspon would have recourse to the National Guard and the regular Army.
The Attorney General of the State of Alabama issued a statement that he would obey a federal order to remove the Ten Commandments.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:56 PM Permalink
A fire a block away from my house -- no injuries, thanks be to God
The crowd gathers nearby
A interview of the owners of a burning building across the street from this Chinese Restaurant. (open for business)
A reporter (Ti-Wah Chang) for WNBC New York ("Saints and Sinners" in the background)
Lots of fire, police, and EMS equipment.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:22 AM Permalink
Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Tolerance for Me but not for you
WESTLAKE, Ohio -- A church janitor suspects three men beat him because the pastor preached against homosexuality, according to police in this Cleveland suburb.
So according to Buck, it was a pre-emptive attack.
As I expected, no major news outlet picked it up.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:26 PM Permalink
Still milking the blackout story for a Catholic angle
This is from the very New York blog Gawker
We have a winner in Gawker's search for dirty blackout stories. A very special reader writes in with this little gem:"Emboldened by blackout booze and the quickly fading rush of having been stuck on the roof earlier in the evening, my boyfriend and I climbed the stairs of a church near his apartment on the Upper West Side and boffed against the dungeon-like rectory door. Alas, we used protection, so there will be no blackout-baby Satan-spawn for us next May."
My first reaction is to pray for these people. No. I'm not outraged. I have to add this -- since more rectories -- including the midtown Manhattan St. Patrick's and St. Agnes have security cameras, I caution that this behavior should not be attempted when there is electrical power unless one was a permanent record of the event preserved.
It is the mortal sin of fornication, and the sacrilege of doing it in a holy place. It is as if they intended to commit as many sins as possible in one act.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:04 AM Permalink
Monday, August 18, 2003
While I'm on my monster movie focus...
The Manhattan exodus brought to mind three great SF films.
The Day the Earth Stood Still: In this film, the alien, Klaatu, not only shuts off the electric but interferes with anything working on the principles of electro-magnetism. It seemed fantastic in its day, but such a weapon exists in reality now, the EM-pulse bomb.
Godzilla: The original version and the remakes had scenes of a disorganized movement of masses of people through city streets -- fleeing in panic. Well, there wasn't panic on 8/15 but it was not a population following an evacuation plan -- because there is none.
Kronos: A power-hungry monster marches across the United States attacking all the sources of electrical and nuclear power.
My predictions about the ultimate cause:
A brief account: At the Albany steam generator
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:50 AM Permalink
Sunday, August 17, 2003
Mother and Grandfather.
Is the Frankenstein-like appearance of the model a coincidence? You be the judge.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:39 PM Permalink
Images of a powerless New York
And the following images as courtesy of Reuters and AFP:
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:44 PM Permalink