Saturday, August 30, 2003
Cincinatti Enquirer: He believes in ideals of the Catholic faith
For most of his childhood, Ken Jump was certain he was going to hell.
It's ironic, I sometimes read that Catholics leave the Church because they did not develop a spiritual relationship with God.
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Friday, August 29, 2003
WSJ Bernard Lewis: Put the Iraqis in Charge
At first sight one would have expected that Afghanistan would be difficult, Iraq easy. In the one country, we ousted a religious regime, which had the prestige of having liberated the country from the plague of warlordism; in the other, we overthrew a universally detested Fascist-type tyranny. Afghanistan is a remote, mountainous country, with poor and difficult communications; Iraq consists largely of flat river valleys with quick and easy communication. Afghanistan has a strong tradition of regional independence and limited experience of central control; Iraq has known millennia of centralized government, run by a sophisticated and ramified bureaucracy.
I'm a big fan of Bernard Lewis. He is written several outstanding books which have helped me understand Islam both historically and as it relates to curent events.
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My computer at home was occupied by my daughter's projects so I didn't get a chance to blog here or in Mark Shea's blog on the subject of forgivness. I give this subject a lot of time in my class when it comes to understanding how God forgave Adam and Eve, Cain, the brothers of Joseph (whom Joseph also forgave), ... Saul and David, ... and Jesus forgiving us all from the Cross.
The Lord's Prayer An excellent summary of the idea: God forgives us (whom we all offend thru sin), and we forgive others who offend us. It is the prayer of the community but we can only forgive in our name individually and not on behalf of the community.
Third Party Forgiveness My encounter with this was the rather aggressive forgiveness given to the killers of 12 students and one teacher at Columbine High School in April 1999. "We forgive you: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold " banners appeared before the bodies of the dead were cold.
I called that "cheap forgiveness". Borrowing from the legal realm, there has to be "standing" for someone to offer forgiveness. Could I open the window and shout "I forgive you all for everything." What meaning would that have?
I think there's a lesson in this: if a family member of mine was murdered, could I forgive the killers?
Each sin affects us all This is a world (a universe, really) wounded by sin. This doesn't work like a class grade point average. It's more like this: in a factory that's full of volatile chemicals and fumes, there's a need for everyone to show vigilance. If a person is indifferent or careless, not only is he or she at risk personally but could harm everyone. (We're all children of Adam)
On the happier side, our prayers and other acts of merit have an impact on ourselves but also raise all of humanity. It's a Communion of Saints (We're the children of God by adoption.)
Collective Guilt The question of collective guilt is quite common:
I don't accept the concept of collective guilt. The responsibility for sin is the sinner's.
Collective Forgiveness I imagine that if a judge discovers than DNA evidence conclusively shows that a person in prison was not responsible for the crime of which they were convicted, then that would be an example of collective forgiveness, since the person was put into a jail in the name of the people and the judge was merely the agent of that.
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Women kissing women
No pics here, and pay no attention to it. It is a sign of despreration on the part of 45 year old Madonna (Louise Veronica Ciccone) - the world champion of celebrity self-promotion - to get her face in the paper.
For those of you who track these things: she's been able to stretch that 15 minutes of fame to 20 years.
August 31, 2003 -- Has the big lesbian TV kiss become the new "Murder, She Wrote"? - you know, the last-gasp TV shot for stars who fear their careers (or shows) are tanking faster than the Andrea Doria.
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Thursday, August 28, 2003
Boston Globe: Geoghan's death voids conviction, prosecutors say
Upsetting victims of clergy sexual abuse, prosecutors who won a guilty verdict against John J. Geoghan for molesting a 10-year-old boy said yesterday his conviction will be erased because the former priest died while appealing the case.
So, in the end, the only justice here is what the Lord gives to us. Regardless of the conviction, and the fact that guilt was not admitted, and that an appeal was pending, John Geoghan gets a Catholic funeral.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2003
My comment box provider is Backblog which is currently down. No idea when it will be back.
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Comedy Central Colin Quinn: Guest Joke
The whole city is driven by the stock market. When you have these stockbrokers not making their million dollar bonuses, that's going to affect the cocaine dealers and high-end escorts. Then the escorts, they don't get their nails done as much and it affects the Korean community. It affects everybody."
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:35 AM Permalink
New York Talk Radio:
The conspiracy theorists are out in force: the death of Geoghan was a hit at the orders of the Catholic Archdiocese to help it avoid more payouts for Geoghan's crimes.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:33 AM Permalink
Tuesday, August 26, 2003
The pundit who comes closest to my views:
But there is a major obstacle to all of these proposed solutions, and it illustrates that our problem transcends the activist judiciary. To accomplish these changes you need widespread popular support. Good luck.
The solution is not going to be in civil disobedience in that one Alabama courthouse.
The political solution is to give President Bush our full political support, and that means holding our noses as we vote for pro-abortion Republicans.
The cultural solution is to wake up the sleepyheads who are our neighbors and unplug them from The Matrix and let them know that there's a cultural war being fought to suppress Christianity, marriage, and other aspects of life as we know it.
The spiritual solution is to pray -- not that the righteous fire fall from heaven or that avenging angels kill the heathens among us -- but full of hope that each of us commit ourselves to a personal conversion of heart. Then having got those planks removed from our own eyes, to assist the Church in its mission to lead all souls to heaven. (Don't fall for the line that even with grace, the planks are permanently installed)
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AP: Schiavo's Husband Asks Treatment to Stop
[Parents' attorney] Anderson said she also planned to file a motion with [Judge] Greer asking for testing to determine if Schiavo can be kept alive by spoon-feeding after her feeding tube is removed.
What a world it has become when you need the permission of a judge to spoon-feed your sick daughter.
Remember Terri Schiavo in your prayers.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:06 AM Permalink
Monday, August 25, 2003
TheMilwaukeeChannel.com - News - 8-Year-Old's Death Ruled A Homicide
The Milwaukee County district attorney's office and Milwaukee police are stepping up their investigation into the death of an 8-year-boy during a church service, which has been ruled a homicide.
A sad consequence of the disunity of the Christian Church is that the spiritual and physical human needs satisfied in the sacraments are discarded in favor of strange and sometimes dangerous rituals like this.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:13 PM Permalink
morons.org - This Just In: The Catholic Church Is Evil
The Pope speaks out about the lack of morals in the EU and the dangers of same-gender marriage, yet fails to acknowledge the immoral and illegal activities of his Church.Readers are invited to read and respond there.
UPDATE: I replied
As a matter of historical reality, Europe is what it is: formed by 20 centuries of Christianity. Since the current political leaders deny this fact, one would expect Christian leaders and historians to remind them of this.
UPDATE: some replies to mine are starting to arrive.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 7:42 PM Permalink
More about the blog
My inspirations are in my about page: Mark Shea, Rod Dreher, and Matt Drudge
The reason I use the photographs is that I'm getting very good at using Google's image search to find interesting pictures. From feedback I believe I get extra readers from including so many photos.
The reason I include auto-biographical information is that it helps create a personal connection between the author and reader that develops over time.
Most Catholic bloggers are rural and suburban. Although this blog is not unique in the sense that it is being written from an urban perspective, I think it's unique in dealing with the mockery and marginalization of religion in popular culture and mass media, and along with that the Catholic ideals of marriage, parenthood, and modesty. I work a few hundred feet away from the news headquarters in New York for the big three networks, Fox, and CNN... and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Think of me as the Catholic "embedded" reporter among the lost and struggling souls of New York which is called "The New Babylon of Revelation" by many.
This is how I think my blog gets used: people read something here that they can forward to someone else that they may have missed in the news cycle. A blog like mine is a news filter and spotlight for stories that have an emotional or moral aspect to them.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:25 AM Permalink
New York Times: Thieves Take Figure of Jesus, but Not the Cross By ANDREA ELLIOTT
Who made off with Jesus?
Has the New York Times ever been so glib when it comes to the violation of a Baptist church in Harlem or a Jewish synagogue on the West side?
The caretaker and parish secretary were quoted, no word on why the pastor was not available for comment.
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Sunday, August 24, 2003
Newsday: Whole Lotto Trouble For this LI couple, a $25M win was the ticket to court
Love is a four-letter word, while Lotto is a five-letter one. And therein lies the tale.
It seems that this will be a no-brainer: the winnings are marital property and it doesn't matter whose money was used, or who exactly bought the ticket, or who picked the numbers.
In the event of a divorce (he's already filed for one) the split is 50/50. Connie Parker must have acted entirely on impulse in kicking out her husband as there's no way she would have received legal advice to do so.
I'm suprised this didn't get more exposure on television -- perhaps there's a reverse sexism here -- if the husband had kicked the wife out on the street, perhaps there would have been a great deal more publicity.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:29 PM Permalink
Time: Reconsidering the Draft
With the Army running low on troops, should the U.S. bring back the draft? The Pentagon—and the rest of the U.S. Government—is strongly opposed. Resurrecting compulsory service would be a hard sell politically. Also, the military believes that volunteers make better soldiers than young men who would rather be somewhere else.The Vietnam War was still being fought at the time I turned 18 (1972) and the draft lottery was conducted in 1972 for men who were turning 20 in that year. As the years progressed in college the war was winding down and the armed forces didn't need me. I wasn't exactly anti-war (in the sense that I would evade the draft by illegal means) but I didn't think the armed services needed me and I didn't need them as a career.
I joined the Peace Corps and worked in a corner of Africa in Togo. I was recently reminded of my time there by opening up a book for children simply called "The Peace Corps" and saw that one of my own group of rural construction workers was the picture on the title page. In 1974 the administration of the Peace Corps was very happy to have people joining for its own mission and not to escape the military draft.
I learned of the fall of Saigon on a shortwave radio in Bafilo, Togo, April 29, 1975.
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Rita Cosby who is a celebrity news report is the wrong person to anchor Fox News.
She said she read the Supreme Court decision and full of confidence, delight, and excitement announced that "it was a big win for Gore".
Tonight, as she concluded an interview with a Israeli journalist after the announcement that Israeli armed forces had killed four Hammas terrorists in Gaza.
"Well, it's been a crazy day in Israel".(I wonder if she said "It's been a crazy day in New York and Washington" on 9/11)
Roger Ailes, I know you personally insisted on firing Matt Drudge. I don't know what's keeping Rita Cosby on the air.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:21 PM Permalink
Amy Welborn's Open Book: Arnold Schwarzenegger is a "Conservative Gentile Zionist"
Amy has summarized a story from the UK Telegraph which I include here. Richard Major is reporting from the familiar-to-extremecatholic readers, The Bizarro California!
UK Telegraph: The Terminator seeks a helping hand from God By Catherine Milner, Arts Correspondent
His earthly election team is packed with heavyweight economic and political advisers. Last week, Arnold Schwarzenegger sought to show that God will also be on his side as he bids to become the new governor of California.
The reporter omits the fact that Warren Buffet donated tens of millions, perhaps over a hundred million to organizations advocating abortions. It's Buffet's right under the American legal system to do so, but it is immoral. Since Schwarzenegger is pro-abortion and is not likely to have any political decisions to make regarding its restrictions, many regard this as a moot issue.
The manifest ignorance of the United States, of California, of the Catholic Church, "the Christian Right", etc. is a bit much for the low standards of British newspapers.
Can you imagine a priest who hears in the confessional personal tragedies in the sin of abortion comment "...and abortion is a no-no."?
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