Saturday, January 08, 2005
Edward Peters Canon Law Blog on the admission the children of gay parents
echoes my comments: "Where do Catholic parents go when they want their children to be taught the fullness of Roman Catholic doctrine?"
...The issues raised by admitting into Catholic grade schools children from same-sex households are much deeper than implied by the statements offered so far in favor of or in opposition to such admission. Catholic schools are dogged by the impression that they are basically refuges for the rich fleeing failed public education.
More updates on this story: as you know that the child and parents have not been identified, I've been looking for an indication that the parents themselves are Catholic. Please reply if you've seen it mentioned in the stories on this.
And William Donohue is not used to getting praise from the homosexual communuity, he has it won it on this issue siding against Catholic parents and with the unidentified gay couple. Here is his opinion in a Catholic League press release and here is his kiss from the Gay City News
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:22 PM Permalink
Friday, January 07, 2005
Shock and Awe for Manhattan's Catholics
I must decrease, Trump must increase
Officials of the Archdiocese of New York, one of the city's largest property owners, expect to sell off a significant number of church buildings, schools, and charitable facilities in the next year, to compensate for shifts in Catholic population concentrations, a church spokesman said yesterday.This is a bit odd because piecemeal parish closings have been going on for some time now already.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:45 PM Permalink
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Christian Crisis: NRO
Iaq's Christian minority is being driven out of its ancestral homeland by a wave of persecution as devastating as any tsunami. In less than four weeks, a pivotal election will take place in Iraq that represents this community's best hope for finding a secure home there, yet they find themselves marginalized and pushed aside in the electoral process — not only by their tormentors but, perhaps inadvertently, by the U.S. government.
If Iraq is to have democracy, then Iraq is going to need to be free to make Iraq as inhospitable or as hospitable to the ChaldoAssyrians as the Islamic majority provides for. So yes, send money to the Assyrian American National Federation so they can have a nice media buy or whatever money buys you in the Iraqi elections, and get some ChaldoAssyrians elected.
ChaldoAssyrians may have a hard reality to accept, whatever pragmatic forces which existed to hold back the jihad from them ? when the Muslims killed or exiled the Christians of Armenia and later the same to the Jews of Iraq ? these forces may not be held back in Iraq's Islamic democracy.
Pray for a miracle: that when it comes to limiting government and establishing minority rights there's more Jefferson than Jihad in the recipe.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:39 PM Permalink
On the Media Watch: Beauty and the Beast
Ever since Esquire declared that "fat guys and their hot wives" is TV's "Least Believable Trend" back in September 2004, the Fat Men/Hot Wives meme has been spreading like... well, like those fat guys.
In two decades of TV acting, Courtney Thorne-Smith has never stopped looking like a cheerleader. She has the kind of large, startled eyes that suggest school spirit (this look of bug-eyed alacrity grew to almost supernatural intensity during her starvation years on Ally McBeal) and a sturdy jaw that appears custom-tooled for the cheerleader's main task of spelling out inspirational words very, very loudly.
I'm happy I don't watch any of this nonsense. It's mostly EWTN, History Channel, and Fox News at my place.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:23 PM Permalink
Silver Stolen From Church On Staten Island: NY1
Police are searching for a burglar who took silver from a Staten Island church, including religious artifacts more than a century old.This was much more common during the period where much crime was driven by drug addiction. It will be interesting to see if the thieves ripped open everything or just the places where the chalices were kept, indicating this was an "inside job".
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:52 AM Permalink
Archbishop threatens to withhold sacraments : St Lous Times-Dispatch
St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke has threatened to withhold the sacraments of the Roman Catholic church, including Communion, from board members of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in a dispute over control of the church.
As I learned more details about this controversy I moved from my initial position supporting the parish board to supporting Abp Burke.
Supporters of the board have mentioned the by-laws of their corporation were signed by Apb Kenrick and that it's the Church that is attempting to renegotiate the "deal" in bad faith.
I learned that what had happened was the board in 1978, 2001, and 2004 had revised the by-laws since the diocese did not have a "rule" that specifically prohibited the board from removing the authority the diocese had over the parish since 1891. It was, in my opinion, a stupid lawyer trick. This isn't a cultural center or hospital but a parish where the connection to the hierarchy of the Church is intrinsic and essential.
The board appealed to the Vatican, was denied the appeal, and then the board ignored the Vatican's authority. This was also bad faith negotiation, as they would have demanded that Apb Burke would comply with the Vatican's order if the appeal had been held in their favor.
This is a St Louis Dispatch article shortly before Christmas:
In a cover letter to the decree itself, the congregation's secretary, Archbishop Csaba Ternyak, addressed the board, writing, "Through careful and premeditated revisions of the By-Laws of the civil corporation, you have attempted to make the role of the pastor impotent, attempted to wrest control from (Burke), and attempted to transform St. Stanislaus Parish into an entity which has no resemblance to a parish as envisioned by either the tradition or current law of the Roman Catholic Church."
The board is saying in effect, that it had from 1891, the right to separate itself from the Catholic Church -- and in 2005 will do so -- from the by-laws changed to make this possible.
I mentioned elsewhere that by failing to act in a timely way when they by-laws were changed and by continuing to assign a priest to the parish that it took on the appearance of being a settled matter: that the diocese had no authority over the parish.
This is a mess but we can't turn the clock back.
I'm not sure suggesting that there will be a decree of an interdict is the prudent, pastoral thing to do, but this the archbishop's call to make.
What's an interdict anyway?
It's like and in some non-technical ways indistinguishable from an excommunication.
no liturgical acts, no sacraments, no funerals.
The word interdict usually refers to an ecclesiastical penalty in the Roman Catholic Church. The most common usage is a penalty which suspends all public worship and withdraws the church's sacraments in a territory or country. An interdict issued against a country was to it the equivalent of issuance of excommunication against an individual. An interdict would cause all the churches to be closed, and almost all the sacraments not to be allowed (i.e. preventing marriage, confession, extreme unction, the eucharist).
An appeal of this interdict to the Holy See would be an interesting event, but at this point I don't think the board members will be doing that -- nor will there be a civil action to compel Archbishop Burke to lift the interdict.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:08 AM Permalink
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
This is going to sound harsh, but I look at it as a waste of money
Those intending to file a sexual abuse claim against the Archdiocese of Portland must do so by April 29.
Check out the photo of Portland OR Archbishop John G. Vlazny. The circulation of this photo in conjunction with stories like this cannot be good for the image.
If the Archdiocese didn't follow the letter of the law with respect to the "Notice of Deadline", there'd be more problems down the road. In this respect, it's not a waste of money. It's all part of the consequences of deciding to go bankrupt. A great deal of money goes to the lawyers and others that is not directly intended.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:38 AM Permalink
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
(Rant mode on) Get over it
What's with the media obsession with the first four hours of the president's public response to the tsunami?
Why do talk radio hosts think this merits more debate with the anti-Bush partisans?
I'm turning the radio off when this subject comes up again. ugh... Ingraham, Hannity, Limbaugh...
We're doing the right thing now. Find something else to talk about. (Rant mode off)
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 4:38 PM Permalink
The Churches Move Around and Around
Church for Sale: WSJ (paid subs. reqd.)(The Limelight was formerly the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion.)
The above story leaves out an important detail -- where are they going. On their Washington Square United Methodist Chuch website, they inform us that they are moving to the Catholic Center of New York University. It's own Washington Square Park South chapel has been locked up for some time as the campus ministry merged with the local territorial parsh, St. Joseph.
The term used in the article is "rent", but we can be fairly certain that the number of priests and students desiring to attend Catholic Mass will not increase in the near future, so this is likely to make permanent the loss of the this chapel to the Catholic community.
It is not a big loss in my book, although, had I known, I would have photographed the Lego® Jesus and some of the ugly art inside. I assume that it's all be removed already.
Fr. Maguire, O.P. and the lay staff of New York University Catholic Center are terrific Catholics and Mass is celebrated with reverance at St. Joseph's every day. So it is possible to attend NYU and keep the faith.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:57 AM Permalink
To understand what's going on in Iraq you need to understand that the Sunnis are only 15% of the population
Although the Western media generically calls the men who do such things “Iraqi” insurgents, there are precious few involved who are not Sunni Arabs. The Sunni Arab tribes have ruled Iraq since its inception and they see themselves as Iraq’s natural aristocracy, blessed by heaven to rule over the ignorant Shiites and the barbarous Kurds. They were the primary beneficiaries of Saddam’s nepotistic thugarchy. And they seek, with this uprising, to put their hands back on the levers of national power. The only problem with their plan is that they are just 15% of the population of Iraq. The Arab Shiites constitute an overwhelming majority of the country (60%), while the non-Arab Kurds comprise another 20%.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:14 AM Permalink
Married Minister applies to be Catholic Priest: Express-Times
A Bethlehem native has applied to become a married Roman Catholic priest in a Pennsylvania diocese.
This process (and I don't know if it has a special name) isn't automatic. Eric Bergman can be received into the Catholic Church, but his ordination in the Episcopal Church is to quote a papal bull on the subject "utterly null and void."
Married priests, as such, are not given an assignent to parishes, I believe the reason given is that it confuses the faithful regarding the requirement of celibacy. I think the real reason is that it would engender jealously on the part celibate cradle-Catholic priests that the ability to be married and serve as a Catholic priests is a bonus given only to non-Catholic priests.
Perhaps the pressure in Scranton is so great that the will fast-track all the Protestant clergy who come to the Catholic Church.
Excellent work in this area is being by the The Coming Home Network
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:50 AM Permalink
More on parents demand that parents live by Catholic doctrine to enroll their students
I like this part of the letter:
"This is not a radical or mean-spirited approach to Catholic education," read the letter. "It is a straightforward assurance to any prospective parent that their child will be taught the fullness of Roman Catholic doctrine."But Father Martin Benzoni, "released a new policy stating that a child's education comes first and that a family's background ‘does not constitute an absolute obstacle to enrollment in the school.’"
So Father Benzoni, where do parents go when they want their children to be taught the fullness of Roman Catholic doctrine?
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:23 AM Permalink
Monday, January 03, 2005
Knowing what to say and when.
The definition I've given my kids of the difference between "smart" and being "wise" is that a smart person knows what to say and he says it, and a wise person knows when to shut up a listen.
There are two things that are circulating now in the old media and the new. You've heard them.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 5:45 PM Permalink
The Sepent Spits Its Venom: Mona Charen
In Rome, the semi-official Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, accused Israel of refusing to help flood victims in Sri Lanka. The paper scolded that it was time for a radical and dramatic change of perspective among people who are too often preoccupied with making war. Israel, the paper continued, should transcend the "small-minded approach that restricts their horizons" in what "should be a time for unconditional solidarity." The Vatican newspaper was misinformed. In fact, Israel had immediately dispatched a Health Ministry contingent to Thailand, and search and recovery teams to other stricken nations.
Ouch! The CWN retraction/apology didn't catch up with Mona Charen.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:12 PM Permalink
Dentists office opens in former Catholic Church: AP
MERNA, Neb. -- Admitting that "nobody likes to go to the dentist," a Nebraska doctor has turned to a church for help.
As last it wasn't sold to be a nightclub.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:59 AM Permalink
Early Contender for the Slippery Slope Award for 2005
Superintendent Says If Boys Barred, Other Students Would Be Too
Rev. Gerald M. Horan is too clever by half. I don't know if there's an existing policy in place to admit only students whose parents "pledge to abide by Catholic teachings", but it would be a good one to have. He blends in a lot: divorce (which he should know is not itself sinful), "birth control" which is a sin but is not manifest, or being "married outside the Church" which may be sinful or not depending on circumstances. But what makes the story blogworthy is the appeal to the slippery slope, saying, in effect, perhaps I could stop the child related to these homosexual men from being enrolled, but for the sake of consistency I would have to do x.
Recently this consistency argument was made to block The Salvation Army from making its solicitation in front of Target. Here there's a slippery slope that's inverted: by insisting on pledge to following Catholic moral teaching, we'd be going "down" not up.
He's lost his sense of direction.
As readers of the news (and especially this blog) know that there's an agenda here we can anticipate: the child (or children) will either be teased by the other children and become a victim, or when presented in class with the Church teaching that marriage is the lifelong union of a man and a woman then sparks will fly -- as incidentally they do in any class -- where marriage is presented as ending in death and not divorce or that abortion is a great moral evil and a mortal sin.
Homosexuality and eligibility of homosexuals to adopt children can't be all that bad if they let these kids attend St. John the Baptist.
I wonder if kindergarden pupil parent Katie Flores read the Gospel beyond Let he who is without sin cast the first stone to read the admonition of Jesus Go, and sin no more.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:39 AM Permalink
Sunday, January 02, 2005
Back from my road trip to return my son to Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh.
and maybe I will have time to blog later.
Happy New Year 2005.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:42 PM Permalink