Saturday, April 10, 2004
Saturday Night Live... ... never can find anything funny about Senator John effin' Kerry.
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We interrupt this blog...
The blogging has been light and will be light until Tuesday. My father-in-law passed away. You can read Mike A'Hearn's obituary in The Asbury Park Press. Your prayers are always appreciated.
What's not in the obituary is that all the children and grandchildren were going to Point Pleasant to celebrate his 76th birthday on Friday.
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Friday, April 09, 2004
The 4/11 Commission
Mr. Ben Veniste: Ms. Rice, Is it not true that the Bush administration did not build a time machine so they could go back in time and prevent the crucifixion of Jesus and thereby create a comprehensive solution to the mideast crisis. Yes or No, Ms. Rice. Don't filibuster me.
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Easter Greetings from Easter B
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Thursday, April 08, 2004
New York Times: Laurie Goodstein: Kerry, Candidate and Catholic, Creates Uneasiness for Church
The senator is aligned with his church on many social justice issues, including immigration, poverty, health care and the death penalty. But he diverges on the litmus issues, like abortion and stem cell research, that animate church conservatives and many in the hierarchy.
Your reaction is likely the same as mine: there she goes again: Laurie Goodstein's defective knowledge of what it means to "align" with the Catholic Church.
Immigration, proverty, health care, and the death penalty. That's 4 issues! To this might be added: closing the "School of the Americas", the destruction of all nuclear weapons, right to a living wage, land mines, higher minimum wage, right to shelter, ... the list goes on. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is the Democratic party at prayer.
Those insignificant "litmus issues" -- abortion and the harvest from the dead unborn: stem cells. It's like 2 vs. 10 -- so isn't Kerry a great Catholic?
Do you think I exaggerate?
Visit bloggy who quotes the same passage that I do and writes without parody or irony:
In this helpful New York Times article, we learn what really matters to the Catholic Church.
UPDATE: Also discussed in Domenico Bettinelli's blog
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Wednesday, April 07, 2004
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More on the Archbishop O'Malley Watch
American Spectator: George Neumayr: Blame the Bishops
In America's political theater of the absurd, Protestant politicians receive communion from Catholic priests while Catholic politicians take communion from Protestant ministers. In 1998, Bill Clinton, a Baptist, slipped into the communion line at a Catholic Church in South Africa. John Kerry, a Catholic, took communion this past Palm Sunday at an African Methodist Episcopal Church. Clinton spent Palm Sunday in 1995 soaking up a standing ovation from Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahony and his congregation in Los Angeles. Kerry spent this Palm Sunday soaking up an endorsement from pastor Gregory Groover. Normally opposed to the mixing of pastors and politics, Kerry didn't mind receiving Groover's endorsement from the pulpit: "We're thankful that there's going to be a revolution in this country?a new movement?And we say, God, bring him on, the next president of the United States."
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:34 PM Permalink
ExtremeCatholic Prolife Award
Reuters: Mexican Woman Performs Own Caesarian to Save Baby
A woman in Mexico gave birth to a healthy baby boy after performing a Caesarian section on herself with a kitchen knife, doctors said Tuesday.I hope there are no complications. The procedure was done under non-sterile conditions.
I wonder what brand of liquor was on hand as a tranquilizer.
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New York Newsday: Catholic parish in disarray
A Roman Catholic pastor resigned this week after objecting to what he called anti-Catholic teachings and bookkeeping problems at his Manhattan parish — and the eight-member lay parish council went with him — in a Holy Week protest aimed at the Archdiocese of New York.
I met Fr. Murr when I visited St. Francis de Sales parish a few weeks ago to hear a talk given by Fr. Joseph Wilson. Fr. Murr seemed to me to be good priest.
A lot of damage has been done already. Cardinal Egan's reputation for being indecisive and spineless is cemented.
The story broke on Free Republic and is being discussed in various blogs now.
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Try explaining this Reuters photo to the crowd at the Rev. Al Sharpton for President rally
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 5:18 PM Permalink
Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) for Senate.
This is for a New York City meetup for supporters of Pat Toomey.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 4:26 PM Permalink
Troy Record: Fr. John Minkler's death is called suicide
After more than three months of examination, autopsy results reveal that Minkler did commit suicide just days after allegations surfaced that he wrote a 1995 letter to the late Cardinal John O'Conner [sic] condemning Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard and other priests for having alleged homosexual relations.
Fr. Minkler was discovered dead on February 17. On February he made and attempted to make phone calls to several people involved in the exposure of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. The reports from people he spoke to did not indicate that he was contemplating suicide.
I doubt that this was being investigated until April 6 (that's 52 days, almost 2 months), and why does the reporter reach the Coroner at his house?
I will have to post again when the details are disclosed.
Capital News 9 (has video link)
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 4:14 PM Permalink
More examination of John Kerry's statement on his Catholic faith
National Review: Holy, Holy Fisking -- John Kerry?s errant preaching.
This would seem to demand a little fisking.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:39 PM Permalink
AsiaNews.it: Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo has been arrested again.
The secret police there haven't gotten the memo that the leadership in China has granted religious freedom to Christians.
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Guest Blogger: Kathryn Jean Lopez
National Review Corner (quoting the NYT as I did earlier)
Huh? Freedom of conscience on abortion? Call me a paleo/theocon Inquisitor, but it does seem like some bishop (his own? the bishops' conference?) has an obligation to use this moment--when the most prominent Catholic in the U.S. is speaking nonsense about Church teaching--to educate. Intervening in such a way--to dissect what Kerry's said and explain what's wrong about it--would not be a partisan act, but leadership.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:56 AM Permalink
Archbishop O'Malley Watch
John Kennedy declared that . "I do not speak for my church on public matters--and the church does not speak for me." He kept that promise.
Mario Cuomo declared that he agreed with the Church, he was personally opposed to abortion, but in public office he had to follow the law of the land after Roe v. Wade was handed down.
Cardinal O'Connor eventually admonished Cuomo, but the governor did not repent.
John Kerry in his own clumsy way declares his positions are in accord with Catholic teaching. In essence, he is speaking for, actually defining the Catholic teaching on abortion and civil unions.
It's time to move beyond the criticism of John Kerry. ( Amy Welborn mentioned me in this regard in her blog.)
It's time to stop the confusion: the public confusion over what Catholic teaching is and who speaks for the Church. It's time for the sake of John Kerry's soul and the millions of Catholics who hold similar beliefs Kerry to admonish them. John Kerry separates himself from the Catholic Church by his public advocacy of abortion and infanticide in the form of partial-birth abortion.
It can't be bloggers, Phil Lawler, Bill Donohue, or Deal Hudson, it must be said by Archbishop O'Malley.
Both justice and mercy demand it.
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Tuesday, April 06, 2004
NY Times: Kerry sees 'plenty of time' to counter Bush camp's attacks on him
...He became combative when told that some conservatives were criticizing him for being a Catholic who supported policies like abortion rights and civil unions between people of the same sex that are at odds with Catholic teaching. "Who are they?" he demanded of his questioner. "Name them. Are they the same legislators who vote for the death penalty, which is in contravention of Catholic teaching?"
Here we meet the real CINO [Catholic In Name Only] John Kerry, who pulls this off with a lot less class than John Kennedy, Pat Moynihan, and Mario Cuomo.
Who are they?
It's not a "they", it is the Catholic Church, founded by Jesus Christ Himself, to lead all souls to salvation in His Name until He returns in glory.
It is Jesus Christ who has promised the Holy Spirit as a guide to the Catholic Church to sanctify, to teach, and to govern.
John Forbes Kerry: this Church to which you claim communion with teaches that abortion is intrinscially evil and that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
Your opinion on these matters is your opinion, but you are in error to deny that this is what the Church teaches. It's not subject to a vote.
The Kerry-esque answer to the question "Who are they?" is "None of your business."
The Death Penalty is in contravention of Catholic teaching
If "they" are right on abortion and wrong the death penalty -- is that a moral equivalence? No, of course not, because the baby killed in an abortion is innocent, and in this country a person subject to the death penalty is found guilty beyond reasonable doubt.
Church teaching on the death penalty is that it is the right and duty of the state. That teaching has not changed since the Church does not assume the power to protect public order and the safety of persons. Statements that the Church and in particular Pope John Paul II always include the word "if". The magisterium is not applicable to prudential and contingent decisions in the same way it is to definitive teaching on faith and morals. The Pope is not just one man with an opinion but applies his experience and knowledge to the world as we find it today, so I do not dismiss his comments. On the final question, I side with Catholic Justice Scalia and his experience and knowledge on this question.
Your oath applies only to your office. Your conscience is applied to your immortal soul. You don't have an "oath" with God. Your purpose in this life is to know God, to love God, and to serve God [CCC 358, Gaudium et Spes, and the Baltimore Catechism of your youth]
Your profession of faith and witness to faith in Jesus Christ is not private but public. The Constitution's Article VI states that there is "no religious test".
Consequently we can't determine what you mean by an "oath defined in the Catholic Church by Pious [sic] 23rd".
Conscience and Choices
We can't determine what you mean by "freedom of conscience for Catholics with respect to these choices". A conscience cannot be formed on erroneous judgments regarding morality. It must conform to the will of God, otherwise the word "conscience" merely means "what I want".
It's not "choices". Chocolate vs. vanilla is a choice. Morality is expressed in the words "good" and "evil".
Separation of Church and State
The Constitution does not separate Church and State. This only appears in a 1947 Supreme Court decision "Everson v Board of Education". For 160 years, we followed the first amendment's two restrictions on the power of Congress: not to establish a religion and to prohibit the free exercise of religion.
The separation that John Kerry has to look out for is John Kerry and his salvation.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:11 PM Permalink
Treating terrorists as common criminals: the consequences
Commentary: The Intelligence Failure: How It Happened
...In 1995, just before trying the blind sheik (Omar Abdel Rahman) and eleven others [for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing], I duly complied with discovery law by writing a letter to the defense counsel listing 200 names of people who might be alleged as unindicted co-conspirators—i.e., people who were on the government’s radar screen but whom there was insufficient evidence to charge. Six years later, my letter turned up as evidence in the trial of those who bombed our embassies in Africa. It seems that, within days of my having sent it, the letter had found its way to Sudan and was in the hands of bin Laden (who was on the list), having been fetched for him by an al-Qaeda operative who had gotten it from one of his associates...
This article is full of new insights like the one above and worth reading slowly.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:46 PM Permalink
AP: Indiana Monks Receive $26 Million Donation
ST. MEINRAD, Ind. - Monks in a monastery here may have a harder time with their vows of poverty now that they've got $26 million in spending money.The money is going to be a burden as much as it is a blessing.
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Relations with Muslims
Real dialog with anyone or any group includes criticism or calls for self-examination, otherwise it's "I'm OK. You're OK."
The dialog that 's happening between Christians and Muslims taking place at the Vatican and elsewhere always sounded phony to me and I think I now know why.
Authentic dialog can't happen with the threat of terror being present.
The terror bombing in Spain that resulted in the announcement of withdrawal of their troops from Iraq as terrorists demanded only led to further acts of attempted terrorism.
The demand is now to withdraw from Afghanistan. What will be next? A call to withdraw from Granada and to restore that caliphate of al-Andalus?
If the dialog isn't critical of terrorism and isn't calling upon Muslims to renounce terrorism, it's just more appeasement.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 3:00 PM Permalink
NY Post: Lethal Birth Control
The 18-year-old fashion student who collapsed in a Midtown subway station and died - supposedly after her boyfriend pushed her minutes earlier - appears actually to have succumbed to a rare but deadly side effect of a birth-control device, cops said yesterday. Based on new information from the medical examiner's office, probers now believe that Zakiya Kennedy formed blood clots as the result of using the "patch" contraceptive - and that one of the fatal clots eventually moved into her lung and killed her, law-enforcement sources said.
I couldn't improve upon the title the New York Post used.
Everywhere, and especially so in New York City, there's a massive propaganda campaign to get these girls and young women to use birth control with the subtext of approval of their choice to be sexually active. It's a "choice".
These campaigns never mention the associated risks. The death of Zakiya Kennedy will be forgotten so and this patch will continue to be distributed with all its risks.
The only reason this particular death got to the press what that the initial cause of death was rather mysterious: was it a fall on some subway stairs, was it beating she had received from her boyfriend?
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Glasgow Evening Times: The British are a nation of history dunces with many believing Adolf Hitler never existed.
Researchers found many of the 2069 adults questioned could not tell fact from fiction. More than one in 20 thought the sci-fi classic War of the Worlds, in which Earth is invaded by Martians, was a historical event.
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Monday, April 05, 2004
The new defense of partial-birth abortion: safety
Witnesses called for defense of abortion-type ban
A pediatric surgeon testified Monday about the medical reviews that new surgical procedures undergo as Justice Department lawyers opened their defense of the constitutionality of a federal ban on a type of abortion.
Safe enough for a partial-birth abortion? Safe enough to deliver the child as a living human being.
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You're asking "Can it be that bad?" Yes it is. I'll have to blur the original image before I post it here.
The article has "crucified" and "blasphemous" in scare quotes. That's shows a bias against the claims that the model is crucified and the ad itself is blashphemous.
UPDATE: I've blurred the image. Clicking on the thumbnail will give you the size of the image as it appears on the offending web site.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:28 PM Permalink
Miami Herald: Chavez lashes out at Catholic leaders
President Hugo Chávez on Sunday accused Venezuelan Roman Catholic leaders of betraying the interests of the country's impoverished majority.
I wish I could read Spanish to see some local accounts of this.
A few people I know from Venzuela think Chavez wants to turn the place into a another Cuba.
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Sunday, April 04, 2004
ic Liverpool:Gospel according to The Simpsons
A vicar is planning a series of evening classes on the Christian message in the popular cartoon series The Simpsons.
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A Crucifixion in Peoria
Peroria Star: Firing spurs protests
PEORIA - Angry students, parents and supporters of former Notre Dame High School coach and head dean Cindy Clark assembled outside the school early Monday demanding to know why she was fired.
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Trinity Mirror UK: Gay Activists in church protest
Gay rights campaigners clashed with Catholic clergy and churchgoers as they protested at a Palm Sunday procession.
This account reveals a lot. The idea of a "peaceful protest" taking place at religious services doesn't bother the author.
The protesters are quick to play the victim card: they were "manhandled". (I guess the English still uses the that sexist term).
The response from the Church: upset and reduced to tears.
The response from the Church should be condemnation and a promise that if the police won't or can't protect religious services from invasion, a militia of Catholics will.
This may not be in London's history, but it became necessary at least twice in the history of New York.
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