Saturday, December 04, 2004
"He's a Widera guy" or "He's one of the Ramos ones." Finding Strength in Pain: Los Angeles Times
Some of the victims, meeting for the first time, realized they had gone to the same school. The common ground, in many cases, was even more intimate. Most of the priests in question were repeat offenders. In the hallway, one victim would often refer to another by his abuser's name: "He's a Widera guy" or "He's one of the Ramos ones."I know you've read a lot of clergy abuse stories. This article is a bit different in taking you inside the process where these multi-million dollar settlements are reached.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:48 PM Permalink
Greepeace protests research on human embryos
Ice blocks containing baby dolls are lined up by environmental group Greenpeace during a demonstration in front of the seat of the German lower house of parliament in the Reichstag building in Berlin, December 3, 2004. Greenpeace is protesting against scientific patents on human embryos. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:26 PM Permalink
Thursday, December 02, 2004
God has changed his mind. Join our Church before he changes it back.
God is still speaking
There's a blogstorm on the commercial from the dwindling membership of the United Church of Christ and it's “Still Speaking” compaign (video link)
Dawn Eden is covering this and so is Amy Welborn.
The commerical shows people who might not be recognized outside of New York or LA. They are bouncers who determine if you fit the profile for who gets into the church.
The commercial claims that these denominations exist but the UCC is not one of them.
I don't know of any denomination that excludes people for being Latino, poor, etc. so I see it a form of false Phariseeism/Pharisaism on the part of the UCC: More inclusive than thou
If the UCC were honest, they might say: We're a denomination that no longer believes that our members sin. Sin is what the Catholics and Evangelicals do, 'cause they believe in it.
The idea of velvet ropes in front a church is nothing new if it happens to be the (Episcopal) Church of the Holy Communion at 47 W 20th St. which became the notorious gay club Limelight. It was closed for a few years and became Avalon another dance club.
It's a small building but the entire New York City membership of the UCC could fit in it at one time.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:46 PM Permalink
Boycott Target Target May Face Backlash on Salvation Army: AP
A backlash could be brewing against Target Corp. after it decided to ban Salvation Army bell-ringers and their red kettles from its store entrances this holiday season.This, of course, was a change in Target's practice in prior years.
Yeah, the want the spirit of gift-giving but limited only to stuff you can buy in Target.
If Target wants to make Target a conscience-free zone, then I can easily avoid Target.
Expect appeals from secularists to shop at Target and avoid the stores where the Salvation Army is present.
In New York, also, the Salvation Army is in court to maintain that it is qualifies for a religious exemption.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:16 PM Permalink
The newest icon of giving and generosity is Donald Trump.
I've heard the commercials on radio: yuck!
From the advertising news web site: Media Post
Also launching a holiday campaign is Office Depot. Keep up with me, people. Office Depot has compiled a list of the Top 100 Gifts for businesspeople. Dubbed "Gifts That Mean Business," the list highlights Office Depot's commitment to helping customers find the perfect present for the businesspeople in their lives. The campaign consists of TV and radio spots, direct mail, e-mail and in-store displays. The two thirty-second TV spots were created by BBDO New York. Titled "Because" and "It's for you," the ads feature several items from the company's Top 100 Gifts list. "Because" focuses on various small business owners giving gifts to people that help their businesses succeed and "It's for you" promotes Office Depot's exclusive deals on select HP and Compaq desktop and notebook computers. The radio spots tout Office Depot's relationship with Donald Trump. TV spots debuted on Nov. 24 and are running on both network and cable TV during primetime, late night and early morning.
Remember: Trump is the reason for the season.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 7:17 PM Permalink
A lesson for the liberal elite: Bernard Moon, Boston Globe
In a recent speech at Tufts University, Andy Rooney reflected on the election and said, according to The Tufts Daily, that Christian fundamentalism is a result of "a lack of education. They haven't been exposed to what the world has to offer."A home run. Read it.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:27 AM Permalink
Writing sample from a company that specializes in communications
It reinforced relationships with a number of major multinational clients, strong agencies in Europe to develop Red Cell, Bates Asia, a number of ex-Zenith media planning and buying operations, effective healthcare and retail-rooted branding and identity operations, and a number of specialist public relations and event management capabilities.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:27 AM Permalink
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
The Society of Saint John is suppressed
Bishop voids scandal-ridden organization: Scranton Times-Leader
Noting that the Diocese of Scranton had to arrange a $2.6 million bailout for the troubled Society of St. John, Bishop Joseph Martino has "suppressed" the society.The Society of St. John website has no mention of this supression.
I learned about this back in 2002 from this article by Rod Dreher in NRO and Dr. Jeffrey Bond's letter to then-Bishop Timlin.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:41 PM Permalink
St. Blog's tracker robot repaired
Because Ringsurf, the host for the Catholic webring known as St. Blog's Parish changed the listing format my parser of their listings stopped working.
I've corrected that problem so you can look at the list of recently updated blogs again. And they will be updated every 8 hours approiximately.
I also have a list of related RSS/Atom feeds autodiscovered.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 4:21 PM Permalink
Street Justice Crowd Pounds “Thug” :New York Post
Stunned Queens residents yesterday watched in horror as an out-of-control stolen car struck a young woman and pinned her against a home — then angrily dished out vigilante justice by beating the driver when he kept racing the engine, witnesses said.This is located in Jamaica-St. Albans.
This is getting to be common at accidents. In fact, there's an exception to the fleeing the scene of an accident law if you immediately call 911 and drive to a police precinct or go to a place where the police can locate you if you believe that you are threatened by remaining at the scene of an accident.
I wonder what would have taken place if someone was on the spot with about 40 feet of strong rope.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:44 PM Permalink
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Pro-abort vandals suspected in church desecration: Boston Herald
Vandals spray-painted a statue of the Virgin Mary outside a Cambridge church this weekend and put a crown made of coat hangers on her head.
What does being progessive have to do with it? Fr. Collins, do you think that you could appease these vandal by offering a public dissent on the Church's teaching that abortion in the taking of a human life?
Meanwhile, looking for this reported in the agenda-driven Boston Globe, I couldn't find the story but I found this old stupid story on the Virgin Mary in the grilled cheese in the Globe.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:17 PM Permalink
DaVinci Code, the movie
Some interesting discussion already on this on the Internet Movie Database.
I agree with the comment that you can't build a three movie deal on the premise that "the Catholic Church is really, really evil".
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:30 AM Permalink
Monday, November 29, 2004
Knights Templar seek papal apology for 700 years of persecution: UK Independent
Seven hundred years after they were denounced as heretics and condemned to torture and death, the Knights Templar are calling for a public apology from the Roman Catholic Church.
More fallout from the DaVinci Code nonsense. There is no group today that can call itself "Knights Templar" with any legitimacy.
The original order were thoroughly suppressed and its properties given to the monarchs or to the other military orders (i.e. St. John, etc.)
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:54 PM Permalink
Is there even a debate in Europe? (outside of Vatican City)
Looking at the Irish media and talking to some people who are actually there, it seems that I've been presuming that there's a debate taking place that isn't taking place.
Should Ireland (or Europe) become secular and intolerant of religious freedom, especially in its public expression?
Guardian UK: President issues call to tame Celtic Tiger
Note: this is not about any NBA or MLB team.
Everyone appears to be apathetic except for militant secularists and Muslims.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:52 AM Permalink