Saturday, April 02, 2005
How does the next Pope follow this act? (Fox 5 News New York 10PM 4/2/2005)
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:18 PM Permalink
"The Holy Father died this evening at 9:37 p.m. in his private apartment."
When I got the news I was doing Catholic evangelization in Grand Central Terminal with the Catholic Evidence Guild
I spent last night and early this morning scanning and printing pictures of the life of the Pope so that people would walk over and share their thoughts on the Holy Father.
I also prepared two tracts, one on euthanasia and another on the care of the disabled. using the Catechism and the addresses of the Pope on these subjects.
Today was unusual in that many non-Catholics and non-Christians stopped by to say they admired the Pope. One person discussed his role in support of the Polish revolution as if it were a secret he would share with me.
One picture that I didn't show on the posters came up in a discussion of the improvement in Catholic-Jewish relations that Pope John Paul II initiated. So I pulled from my folder this picture of the Pope visiting Auschwitz.
Many people shared their memories of the Pope in Yankee Stadium, Central Park, and Aqueduct Race Track where he celebrated Masses.
The most frequently asked question: "Do you know if the Pope has died?" and the second most frequently asked question: "How do I get to St Patrick's Cathedral".
There were no "why do Catholics worship Mary" questions for a change.
How fitting it was that the Pope who described and promoted the new evangelization died while we were bringing the good news to people on the way from the street or Metro North Railroad to the subways.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:37 PM Permalink
Friday, April 01, 2005
Made the 10 O'Clock News on RNN (as New York/New Jersey cable news channel)
In the interview they cut it all down to 10 seconds. This was a man-on-the-street interview, not as a guest in the studio. This is what they chose to run with:
The Pope has left a great legacy but it's not the end -- the Church will continue until Christ returns.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:06 PM Permalink
Research on the Papal Elections
On the election of the Roman Pontiff : Pope Paul VI October 1, 1975 [Apostolic Exhortation]
Universi Dominici Gregis (On the Vacancy of the Apostolic See and the Election of the Roman Pontiff) February 22, 1996 [Apostolic Constitution]
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 3:39 PM Permalink
Just on the wires. The Pope has died.
Update: Some retractions now of the story that Pope has died.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:36 PM Permalink
12 Noon Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral
A big turnout. Many more tourists attending Mass today than is usual.
Upon leaving the Cathedral I was interviewed by a television reporter from RNN.
I praised the Pope and said that we are praying for whatever God wants, either to restore him to health, or bring him to glory.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:02 PM Permalink
More Reading: Irish Elk - Mark Sullivan
Has a good post on the dynamics of the lawyers and court process in the Schiavo case.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:46 AM Permalink
Overheard in the office
People think that the suffering of the Pope just started.
They also assume the since the Catholic position was to let Terri live, the Pope will want all extrarodinary means brought to bear to kill himself alive.
That I can understand. It is ignorance. The Pope has been suffering greatly since his assassination attempt, his broken hip, and his Parkinson's disease. In reality, his suffering is nearly over. The Pope is not going to seek extraordinary means to prolong his life if he is truly dying.
What saddens me though is that my co-workers see no value in suffering. If they believe in God, they believe that God plays games with us. It's the text of the Book of Job coming to life in New York in 2005.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:17 AM Permalink
Neither Shalt Thou Kill Thy Spouse : (or crimen explained)
A Canonical Aspect of the Terri Schiavo Case By Edward Peters : Catholic Answers
For those readers who may have been quarantined from the American media for the last several months, a brief explanation may be in order. Terri Schiavo is a brain-damaged Catholic woman in Florida. Her husband, Michael, through the instrumentality of the courts and with the widespread support of the mainstream media, wants to eliminate her. The fight to save her life has been taken up by her parents, Florida governor Jeb Bush (a Catholic), the majority of the Florida legislature, and thousands of right-to-lifers around the world.Time to read this again for the first or second time.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:45 AM Permalink
Why I care
The alarms raised by the pro-life side of the culture war are not the boy crying wolf. For once the comparisions to the Nazis are not a mere rhetorical ploy. They started out by killing the disabled, and you know where it went from there.
Felos has an achievement -- the withdrawal of food and water was until now a bright line distinction. It is no more. He's provided a huge push for this nation push down the slippery slope to euthanasia to kill people who are not dying.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:29 AM Permalink
Peta Protest : AP
Artist Benjamin Schmidt wears a pig mask as he is crucified by a member of the international animal rights organisation PETA in front of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Memorial cathedral in Berlin on Thursday, March 24, 2005. PETA wants to inform with this action that more than 600 million animals are killed for food in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. (AP Photo/Fritz Reiss)
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:01 AM Permalink
Thursday, March 31, 2005
Checks and balances failed
All over the blogosphere, culture of life bloggers are being hammered by the claims that legally every "i" was dotted and every "t" crossed.
Some questions now come forward:
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:24 PM Permalink
Daniel Pipes has a Casablanca connection in his criticism of Islamic schools
So long as Muslim leaders simply declare themselves, in the spirit of Capt. Renault in the movie Casablanca "shocked, shocked" whenever news of Islamist supremacism leaks out, this cancer will continue unabated. The Islamic schools, the mosques, and other Muslim organizations like CAIR and CIC will continue their cat-and-mouse game so long as it works.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:18 PM Permalink
Meta-discussions on Terri Schiavo
A lot of the online discussions miss the point. Terri is dead. She was an innocent human being starved and dehydrated to death by govenment warrant.
The court found...
So what? Courts have been wrong before and will continue to be wrong. A lot of the legal process was just cut and pasted from some earlier document. There was surprisingly litte investigating actually done. We know now it was a legal farce and a mockery of due process. Unfortunately, the judicial branch closed ranks and chose to ignore incovenient facts.
I don't believe it. There's just a string of improbabilities which for me does not add up to "clear and convincing" evidence. Michael only revealed "Terri's wishes" after he had obtained a malpractice settlement. There was no coorboration from anyone other that people related to Michael.
The Terri Rule...
Any decision that Greer had discretion over that would move the case towards killing Terri in terms of witnesses, material evidence, and procedure, went in Michael's favor and never in the Schindler's favor.
A Private Matter...
Missing the point on the precedent this sets for thousands of disabled but not dying people.
Is this just one family's tragedy. Certainly not. This is the point driven home:
Demonstrating in her wheelchair with a "Feed Terri " sign in Florida this week, Eleanor Smith -- a self-described lesbian, liberal and agnostic -- told Reuters: "At this point I would rather have a right-wing Christian decide my fate than an ACLU member."
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:06 PM Permalink
Jane Fonda confronts her past : AP
Jane Fonda says her 1972 visit to a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun site, an incident that brought her the nickname "Hanoi Jane," was a "betrayal" of American forces and of the "country that gave me privilege."
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:50 PM Permalink
Autopsy Can Shed Light on Questions About Terri Schiavo : AP
The lawyer for Terri Schiavo's husband, Michael, has said the chief medical examiner for Pinellas County, Fla., where she died has agreed to perform an autopsy. That could shed light on two questions that have been publicly raised:
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:47 PM Permalink
The dumbest thing that Jonah has ever written : NRO
WELL... [Jonah Goldberg]
Someone's going to have to post something after that news. So: now that she has passed let us hope and pray that Michael Schiavo was right and her parents were wrong, even if we don't believe that to be the case. Rest in peace.
R.I.P. [K. J. Lopez]
Terri Schiavo has died. Posted at 09:55 AM
Let me give you the analogies:
Now that the six million Jews have died, let us hope and pray that Hitler was right and the world was wrong, even if we don't believe that to be the case.
Now that 46 million abortions have occurred in the United States, let us hope and pray that pro-aborts were right and the pro-lifers were wrong, even if we don't believe that to be the case.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:03 PM Permalink
Who killed Terri?
I am not letting the courts, Greer, Whittemore, and the whole judicial system off the hook. In a case where the family has a dispute over the long-term care for an non-terminal disabled person, the decision is to care for them.
It was an extraordinary intervention on the part of the court to allow Michael to starve Terri.
Michael and George Felos by themselves could not have legally killed Terri. They had willing accomplices.
One thing I am not buying is that incompetence of the part of the US Senate, House, the President, or the Governor was responsible. Everyone is second-guessing their moves and saying if they only did something else, Terri would have been saved.
The only misstep that I saw was the press conference where Governor Bush said he had the statutory authority to take custody of Terri. I think the Governor should have used that statutory authority and not merely asserted it. Judge Greer issued a a possibly unconstitutional ruling denying Bush's authority to take custody of Terri.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:30 PM Permalink
Farewell to Terri : Maggie Gallagher
It's not dying, or even being killed, that scares me. It's the willingness to kill. Even more, it's the way we are transforming killing into an act of compassion, a new human right.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:34 AM Permalink
Words from Fr. Pavone
This is not only a death but a killing.Amen.
He also confirmed that he refused to allow her family in the room at the moment of her death. As she died, she was surrounded by police who were there to prevent her from being held by her mother and father.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:32 AM Permalink
Terri Schiavo has died
Terri Schiavo Dies After Battle By Parents to Keep Her Alive
Associated Press March 31, 2005 10:01 a.m.
Michael Shiavo's attorney says Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged woman whose parents fought a long court battle against her husband to keep her alive, has died.
The feeding tube that has been keeping Ms. Schiavo alive at a hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., was removed March 18. Doctors at the time said that unless it is reinserted she likely would die within two weeks.
The news comes after the Supreme Court on Wednesday once again refused to order Ms. Schiavo's feeding tube reinserted, the latest in a series of setbacks to her parents' attempts to keep their severely brain-damaged daughter alive.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:05 AM Permalink
Wow. Check out this GIRM-based liturgical earthquake
From ther Diocese of Charlotte
1. It is the right of all of Christ’s faithful that the Liturgy, and in particular the celebration of Holy Mass, should truly be as the Church wishes, according to the stipulations as prescribed in the liturgical books and in the other laws and norms.1 The norms set forth here, therefore, are presented to insure the prayerful and worthy celebration of the Sacred Mysteries within the Diocese of Charlotte so that all of God’s faithful might celebrate with one heart and one voice.And it just gets better.
Blogger Credit: Catholic World News
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:52 AM Permalink
Terri Schiavo: Judicial Murder : Nat Hentoff
For all the world to see, a 41-year-old woman, who has committed no crime, will die of dehydration and starvation in the longest public execution in American history.A well-written summary from one America's strongest non-religious pro-life advocates.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:16 AM Permalink
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Someone ought to tell Sean Hannity
Since he went on the air he's been talking about another appeal.
The only appeal that was made was to the 11th circuit which was denied. There will be no re-vote in the Florida State Senate on the bill to require living wills to be written.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 5:14 PM Permalink
I expected that there would be some news on Terri's case. There isn't any.
Jesse Jackson was unable to get any state senators to make a motion to re-vote.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said it would consider having a hearing without stating when it would decide, or what prevents them from an immediate hearing.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:10 PM Permalink
Madonna and husband dress as nun and Pope for Purim party Pope Dope : New York Post
Catholic-turned-Kabbalah-kook Madonna has a bad habit of displaying poor taste, and now her boy-toy director hubby has stirred up more controversy - by dressing as the pope while John Paul II is seriously ailing.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:06 AM Permalink
This is Blogger's last chance
I had a lot to post and the time to do it last night, but Blogger was down.
It's been this way for weeks. Sometimes I'm too patient.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:33 AM Permalink
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
He's feeling betrayed by school ax : Dennis Hamill : NY Daily News
"Then one of the 12, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests and said unto them, 'What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you?' And they covenanted with him for 30 pieces of silver." Matthew 26:14-15.
It's not at all clear what happened on Wednesday of Holy Week, as Hamill mentions the plan to close schools was announced in February.
The problem is not money but enrollment. These schools planned to be closed were told what the minimum enrollments were and for whatever reason failed to meet them as other schools were able to meet the minimum.
I don't know the details that some schools were shown favoritism, but I don't think that makes a compelling case for St Thomas Aquinas. I think it's unfair that Hamill didn't get any comment from Msgr Hardiman or St Finbar's which is slammed in this column.
(full disclosure: Msgr. Hardiman is my pastor.)
The Daily News is in the midst of its own scandal and boycott. They started a circulation game with some scratch-off numbers. The DL Blair Company that prints up the materials for these sorts of contest got the winning number wrong (at least from the News' point of view) and generated about $50 million in winning numbers. The News according to the fine print is not obligated to pay, but it was a huge blunder.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:45 PM Permalink
Religion on TV News: Secular Orthodoxy Still Reigns : Media Research Center
After all the dramatic events of last year’s religion news, from the installation of an openly gay bishop and the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s historic pontificate to Mel Gibson's movie The Passion of the Christ, religion coverage on the broadcast TV networks could be expected to decline.
Most of the reporting comes from this secular and hostile to religious faith point of view.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:23 PM Permalink
The Jack Ruby Connection
As Jack Ruby watched the preparations for the funeral of the assassinated President John Kennedy in November 1963, he became convinced that he was chosen by destiny to kill his assassin Lew Harvey Oswald and bring about swift justice and spare Jackie Kennedy, his widow, the stress of a trial.
He did so on Sunday morning as Oswald was being transferred.
Hundreds of millions around the world later saw that murder on television including seven-year-old me.
I can't help but thinking that there's a Jack Ruby out there now gathering information on George Felos and Michael Schiavo and intending to murder one or both of them.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:50 AM Permalink
Monday, March 28, 2005
The 'No good deed goes unpunished' Watch
Police yesterday dismissed a Long Island mother's chilling claims that a stranger lured her developmentally disabled 8-year-old daughter into his van in a failed kidnap attempt.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:13 PM Permalink
Holy-Smoke Heroes : New York Post
An off-duty firefighter saved Easter for parishioners at a Queens church yesterday, hurdling over pews to help put out a blaze that sent hundreds fleeing.Neighboring parish.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:13 PM Permalink
Government Intervention in a Private Family Matter
Laura Ingraham and others are making a point that this was a family dispute where Michael Schiavo went to the government to have his wishes enforced with the authority of the government.
Once the government was involved, the standards of fairness, truthfulness, respect for Terri's right to light, etc. were engaged. There's no washing of our hands once the government was involved.
The typical family civil case doesn't end with a death warrant.
All the actions of the past few weeks were to stop the clock and examine a lot of conflicting evidence and testimony.
She referenced this New York Times chronology.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:54 PM Permalink
Sunday, March 27, 2005
Brain Whitman on Terri Schiavo
He says that last Sunday he advocated the reinsertion of her feeding tube because it was the moral thing to do.
This Sunday, it is no longer the moral thing to do. He doesn't define his own morality, he lets the judicial system do it for him. So the starvation of Terri, for Brian Whitman is now a moral act.
He's also making a big deal of the politically-motivated reporting of the end of the life of Tom Delay's father.
U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who has helped lead a congressional effort to keep Terri Schiavo alive, joined members of his own family nearly 17 years ago in allowing doctors not to take extraordinary measures to extend his father's life, a newspaper reported Sunday.Some differences that demogogues dismiss: Charles DeLay was at the end of his natural life, dialysis is substantially different from food and water, the family was not divided in their decision-making, how much longer he would live even if given dialysis was limited.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 7:32 PM Permalink
Madonna and Guy Ritchie at a Purim party : News of the World
She may be devoted to the mystical Jewish faith Kabbalah, but Madonna just can't shake the, er, habit of dressing as a nun.
via Drudge Report
I think Madonna's record of blasphemy kept by the Catholic League is in no danger of being surpassed.
She's 46 and looks 56. Her popularity peaked in 1992 with the "Blonde Ambition" tour. Like Elizabeth Taylor, she's coasting on celebrity obtained over a decade ago.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 6:12 PM Permalink
Celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord, the Resurrection of the Faithfully Departed, and Our Anticpated Resurrection
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:26 PM Permalink
A Reading from the Gospel and from the popular culture
Simon Peter asked him, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus replied, "Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later."John 13:36
Ilsa: When I said I would never leave you. Rick: And you never will. But I've got a job to do, too. Where I'm going, you can't follow. What I've got to do, you can't be any part of. Ilsa, I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that. Now, now... Here's looking at you kid.Casablanca
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:09 PM Permalink
Better for you than one man should die instead of the people (John 11:50)
Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.
Better that Terri should die and we beat our chests and proclaim that we are a nation of laws -- one nation under God -- indivisible with liberty and justice of all.
There will be an accounting for this before God as judge.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:52 PM Permalink