Monday, May 28, 2007
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But I was a bit disappointed on Pentecost Sunday, the Church's Birthday with a homily that described Our Lord Jesus as not having the strength to over come his sadness at not being accepted as the Messiah and so had to ask the Heavenly Father to forgive them, cause he couldn't.
"Father forgive them, for they know not what they do..."
What? Jesus in his weakness could not forgive those that Crucified him? That's a new one for me.
Then as we closed the worship celebration with the exit song being "God Bless America" in light of the Memorial Day celebrations the next day, three quarters of the congregation emptied the church before the end of the first verse.
I don't know...I'm I being too picky?
Thank you Heavenly Father for the Church you gave us, for the Holy Spirit you sent to guide us and for our soldiers that protect us.
Since B16 appointed the head of the CDF and agrees with it's findings, I might like to read their (the 130 theologians) petition as a matter of interest, but I'm relying on the Vatican's stance.
Well that's a no brainer for me. I trust the judgement of B16 over 1000 of these liberal theologians.
as a matter of interest:
Carl Olsen of InsideScoop has posted a piece by Canon Lawyer Ed Peters that clarifies this question. It's one that I think needs to be read.
I learn so much from guys like these...
Thursday, May 24, 2007
This last Saturday morning meeting we had the opportunity to discuss 'Salvation Outside the Church'. And so this timely article from Crisis Magazine by Mark Shea
'Just Exactly Where Is the Church? Unam Sanctam, Vatican II, and the Salvation of Non-Catholics'
The average modern reader concludes (AFTER READING THRU 'UNUM SANCTAM') that these words mean: “We know exactly where the Church both is and is not. It’s in the visible Catholic communion and only members of the visible Catholic Church go to heaven.”
After this basic assumption has been made, most people go on to assume it is simply a matter of deciding what you think about that proposition. Generally, people fall into one of the following groups:
1. Those nice people who say hopefully, “That statement was not dogma, but just Boniface’s opinion.”
2. Those progressive dissenting Catholics who say, “That statement used to be narrow-minded Catholic dogma, but Vatican II thankfully contradicts all that. How the Church has grown!”
3. Those anti-Catholics who say derisively, “That statement used to be unbiblical Catholic dogma but Vatican II reversed all that. Now the supposedly infallible Church has flatly contradicted the Bible and itself!”
4. Those reactionary dissenting Catholics who say, “That statement used to be glorious Catholic dogma, but Vatican II betrayed all that. How the Second Vatican Council has corrupted the One True Faith!”
5. Those orthodox Catholics who say, “Unam Sanctam’s definition is still dogma, and the teaching of the Second Vatican Council does not contradict it or the Bible. Rather, the council develops the Faith of the Church infallibly taught since the apostles, a faith that has never demanded we believe that the Church is found solely in the visible Catholic communion, nor that only members of the visible Catholic Church can go to heaven.”
Let’s look at these five views of Unam Sanctam...
Another good source is Fr. William Most:
'Is There Salvation Outside the Church' This was a cool document because it outlines this issue goes back to the Early Church Fathers.
I just finished reading a piece by Francis Beckwith (ex-President of The Evangelical Theological Society) about his reasons for deciding to enter the Catholic Church. In Mr. Beckwith's "My Return to the Catholic Church" , he mentions ...
"... in January, at the suggestion of a dear friend, I began reading the Early Church Fathers as well as some of the more sophisticated works on justification by Catholic authors. I became convinced that the Early Church is more Catholic than Protestant and that the Catholic view of justification, correctly understood, is biblically and historically defensible. Even though I also believe that the Reformed view is biblically and historically defensible, I think the Catholic view has more explanatory power to account for both all the biblical texts on justification as well as the church’s historical understanding of salvation prior to the Reformation all the way back to the ancient church of the first few centuries. Moreover, much of what I have taken for granted as a Protestant—e.g., the catholic creeds, the doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation, the Christian understanding of man, and the canon of Scripture—is the result of a Church that made judgments about these matters and on which non-Catholics, including Evangelicals, have declared and grounded their Christian orthodoxy in a world hostile to it. Given these considerations, I thought it wise for me to err on the side of the Church with historical and theological continuity with the first generations of Christians that followed Christ’s Apostles. "
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Religious Tolerance and the Common Good: Carl Oslen (Insight Scoop) brought this to my attention with an article at First Things - Archbishop Charles Chaput
YouTube Catholics Tim Blake of The National Catholic Register discusses new and old online technology to spread the faith
A Soldier's Sacrifice Also from The National Catholic Register. 'No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.' Remembering Sgt. Tollett and all those who died for us.
US Bishop's Conference Responds To 18 Catholic Legislators (Democarats) Who Took Pope Benedict To Task For His Support Of Mexican Bishops Who Denounced Catholic Politicians In Their Support Of Abortion. Not the strongest statements that we'd like to hear from this group of Church leaders...but it's something.
A Million Moderate Muslims on the March Not something you hear about much in the news...." A moderate Muslim? What's that?"
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
"Baby A" weighed 4 pounds, 11.4 ounces, and "Baby B" weighed 4 pounds, 11 ounces.
Birnbaum said she felt great after delivering the two boys. "This is so wonderful, I feel so relaxed. It has been a great experience," she said.
Birnbaum, who is a psychologist, and her husband Ken, a Manhattan attorney, have three other children — a 6-year-old son, a 29-year-old daughter and a 33-year-old son. READ MORE
Monday, May 21, 2007
Caracas, May 21, 2007 / 10:29 am (CNA).- The president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, is demanding that Pope Benedict XVI apologize to the indigenous peoples of Latin America for having “denied” the “aboriginal holocaust” during his discourse inaugurating the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Conference.
“Something much more serious occurred here than during the holocaust of World War II, and nobody can deny that this is true, and neither can his Holiness come here, to our own land, and deny the aboriginal holocaust,” Chavez said over the weekend on Venezuelan radio and television.
“So, as a head of State, but clad in the humility of a Venezuelan farmworker, I implore his Holiness to apologize to the peoples of our America,” Chavez demanded.
Chavez said he paid close attention to everything the Pope said in Brazil, and that after hearing him say that the gospel was not imposed upon the natives, he called Venezuela’s Minister for the Indigenous Peoples, Nizia Maldonado, who said she did not share the Pope’s opinion and that it was “difficult to support, for God’s sake!”
“Is that why the Catholic Church is losing more believers every day?” Chavez said. “I think it’s because of this.”
What I think Chavez is really upset about is the real message of B16 pertaining to Catholics in his country. "Give Christ to the Poor". It makes sense that Chavez would divert attention of the poor in his country by trying say B16 insulted them. Hugo is more than willing to give away oil to sway Americans to side with him than to feed his own countrymen.
His attempt to pick a fight with B16 in order to try to convince those in his country and the world that somehow the Pope (The Catholic Church) is somehow responsible for a "aboriginal holocaust". This after he hosted the President of Iran who deny's the Jewish Holocaust.
Sorry, Hugo you lost me there...
It's just Hugo trying to alter the focus of the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops' Conference.
The Archbishop of Brazil has the courage to stand up for the faith "The Spirit gives Christians courage to proclaim authentic gospel values...Archbishop Geraldo Lyrio Rocha"
My only concern is for the Catholic Church in Venezuela. He will definitely try to put more pressure on the Church there.
Let's keep them in our prayers.
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Thursday, May 17, 2007
Los Angeles, May 16, 2007 / 08:52 am (CNA).- Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles announced yesterday that the archdiocese will have to sell its headquarters so that it can meet its financial obligations to “the alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse.”
The sale will include other “non-essential real estate properties” such as those previously purchased for establishing “new parishes, schools, various charitable institutions, convents, etc.” or are being “held for future parishes, future schools, and similar ministry purposes."
I haven't seen the video yet (... our company has banned all streaming video and audio) but I don't see the comparison, at least in a positive lite that her campaign would like to have it.
Here's a hint the article provides:
The video, which can be viewed on YouTube (www.youtube.com), contains an image of Hillary and Blessed Teresa at approximately 2:26 into the video. When the picture appears, the former president can be heard saying: “Hillary, in effect, was the face of America…in India”.
The video then goes to a clip of the former First Lady’s address at the 1995 Beijing Conference, where a push was made to declare abortion a fundamental “human right.”
I don't' get the comparison... more like the face of Death instead of the face of America. And I'm don't mean her looks, but Hillary bringing her influence to support abortions in India.
Mother Teresa I'm sure is appalled to know her efforts in India are equated to Ms. Clinton's campaign.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
First, I was disappointed with Sam Brownback, a fellow Catholic, who just didn't seem strong. Yes he was pro-life so that was a big plus in my column for my vote. He just seemed to get lost among the other nine. I was hoping for more from him.
Huckabee's remarks about Giuliani's stand on abortion was another plus in my column at least as far as this debate is concerned. He's Edward's was funny, but I wasn't' looking for funny.
Giuliani, as expected was strong on defence and more in line with my views on the WOT. I don't think we can afford to lose this fight. Rudy's now famous 'Robert De Niro' confrontation with Ron Paul showed he's not afraid to continue to stand up for what he believes.
On the other hand I wish Rudy would defend the rights of the unborn as he defends the rights our soldiers & troops. I still will not vote for anyone who is pro-choice.
Well, still a ways to go before election time. I'm still looking for a candidate who will get my vote. No clear cut leaders for me so far.
Faith, not politics, will save
Pope Benedict began his address by noting that the culture of
The same materialism that characterizes Marxism, he said, can also be seen in secular societies based on consumerism (plenty of that here...), "where the distance between rich and poor is growing constantly, and giving rise to a worrying degradation of personal dignity through drugs, alcohol and deceptive illusions of happiness."
Assessing the religious life of the continent, Pope Benedict praised the "notable degree of maturity in faith" among lay evangelists. But he added that "one can detect a certain weakening of Christian life in society overall and of participation in the life of the Catholic Church, due to secularism, hedonism, indifference and proselytism by numerous sects, animist religions and new pseudo-religious phenomena." (Bingo!... nail on the head) He later added his concern about "a flight toward emotionalism, toward religious individualism." READ MORE...
Lot's of comparisons to
For you coffee connoisseurs, the Aussies are crazy for this tastee delight.
CAT POO COFFEE
CANBERRA (Reuters Life!) - Cafe-crazy Australians in the last decade have embraced coffee in all its forms, but they've saved the most expensive -- and excremental -- for last.
Kopi Luwak, made in neighboring Indonesia from coffee beans excreted by native civet cats, is reputedly the world's rarest and most expensive coffee, painstakingly extracted by hand from the animals' forest droppings.
When roasted, the resulting beans sell for around $1,000 a kilogram ($450 a pound) and brew into a earthy, syrupy, coffee acknowledged by connoisseurs as one of the world's finest.
I hope this doesn't show up on the Star Bucks menu... coffee breath would be unbearable.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I tend to avoid interfaith dialogues. But I made an exception when I heard that Cardinal Scola was participating in what was billed as a "Distinguished Dialogue." It would be held on January 17, at the John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. Angelo Cardinal Scola, the Patriarch of Venice, would exchange views with Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi, the Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County, Calif., and the past President of the Islamic Society of America. (Venice, for some reason, has a patriarch rather than an archbishop.) Their topic: "The Primordial Relationship between God and the Human Person in Catholicism and Islam."
Let the Holy Spirit do the talking...
"In the last year alone, two women who have undergone egg extraction in the United Kingdom have died after developing severe ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), which causes rapid accumulation of fluid in the abdomen, chest, and around the heart. Symptoms include severe pelvic pain, nausea, vomiting, weight gain, ovarian enlargement, respiratory problems, blood clots and liver dysfunction," says Cook, who is operations assistant for Concerned Women for America and a graduate of Notre Dame University.
Opponents argue that if egg harvesting becomes widely used for the purposes of stem- cell research and therapeutic cloning, the number of cases of severe OHSS will rise considerably. Dr. David Prentice of the Family Research Council points out that of the 80 million women who would be required for egg harvesting to treat diabetes alone, as many as 800,000 would experience OHSS.
Updated: 4:10 p.m. ET May 12, 2007
May 13, 2007 - Conflicting movements, hopes, and expectations shaped the religious and political climate around the time of Jesus’ birth. Judas the Galilean had called for an uprising, which was put down by the Romans with a great deal of bloodshed. Judas left behind a party, the Zealots, who were prepared to resort to terror and violence in order to restore Israel’s freedom. It is even possible that one or two of Jesus’ twelve Apostles—Simon the Zealot and perhaps Judas Iscariot as well—had been partisans of this movement. The Pharisees, whom we are constantly meeting in the Gospels, endeavored to live with the greatest possible exactness according to the instructions of the Torah. They also refused conformity to the hegemony of Hellenistic-Roman culture, which naturally imposed itself throughout the Roman Empire, and was now threatening to force Israel’s assimilation to the pagan peoples’ way of life. The Sadducees, most of whom belonged to the aristocracy and the priestly class, attempted to practice an enlightened Judaism, intellectually suited to the times, and so also to come to terms with Roman domination. The Sadducees disappeared after the destruction of Jerusalem (A.D. 70), whereas the pattern of life practiced by the Pharisees found an enduring form in the sort of Judaism shaped by the Mishnah and the Talmud. Although we observe sharp antagonism between Jesus and the Pharisees in the Gospels, and although his death on the Cross was the very antithesis of the Zealot program, we must not forget that people came to Christ from every kind of background and that the early Christian community included more than a few priests and former Pharisees.
Monday, May 14, 2007
The public is invited to view the full-scale, tennis-court sized model, talk to scientists about the next generation space telescope, learn about its mission, and build subscale Webb Telescope models using Lego(r) blocks.
The Webb Telescope, designed to succeed the Hubble Space Telescope, will be NASA's premier space observatory following its launch in 2013. It will travel almost a million miles from Earth into deep space to peer some 13 billion years back in time, capturing infrared images of every phase of our cosmic history -- from the first luminous objects to the birth of stars, assembly of galaxies and formation of planetary systems.
The Webb Telescope is currently being built by Northrop Grumman and its teammates under contract to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The team, including Ball Aerospace, ITT Industries and ATK, is using cutting-edge design, manufacturing and optical technologies to construct the first deployable telescope ever to go into space. It features an ultra-light weight 6.5-meter diameter primary mirror and a unique, five-layer sunshield for passive thermal control.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
The Pope was asked whether he supported Mexican Church leaders threatening to excommunicate leftist parliamentarians who last month voted to legalize abortion in Mexico City.
"Yes, this excommunication was not an arbitrary one but is allowed by Canon (church) law which says that the killing of an innocent child is incompatible with receiving communion, which is receiving the body of Christ," he said.
This will probably be ignored by our own catholic politicians but they can't say that they don't know what the Churches teachings on abortion is.
And as Catholic voters, we should understand what the Holy Father is saying to us. What are the Presidential Candidates views on this important issue.
During the Democrat debates the question was posed to them about what they thought of the U.S. Supreme Courts decision to uphold the Ban on Partial Birth Abortion. Their answer was not surprising but we tend to ignore this answer (...they are for allowing PBA) because we may like what they have to say on other issues.
The Republicans aren't any better. I look at the candidates jocking for position and the pack leaders are afraid to admit there support for abortion. What are they thinking? They can fool us into liking what the say on other issues?
I'm not impressed and a little frustrated at the selection. But I'm still looking and collecting data. I don't consider myself Democrat or Republican or even Libertarian or Independent.
I will vote for whomever I feel is best for office and I will vote with my Catholic conscience.
Monday, May 07, 2007
HAVING large families should be frowned upon as an environmental misdemeanour in the same way as frequent long-haul flights, driving a big car and failing to reuse plastic bags, says a report to be published today by a green think tank.
They claim that one child is equivalent to 620 airline flights. Why would anyone lower the value of a human life and equate that to an airline flight is beyond me.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
(photo: Los Angeles Times)
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
More than 1 million copies of the new book by Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth, have been sold in just 2 weeks. (CWNews.com)
The Italian edition of Jesus of Nazareth has sold 510,000 copies, while the German edition has sold 480,000, and the Polish edition 100,000, the latest figures show. The book went on sale on April 16, the Pope's 80th birthday.
The English-language version of the book, to be published by Doubleday, is due to appear on May 15.
I'm also looking forward to his other new book on Evolution.