Friday, January 30, 2009

Stem Cell Aid MS patients

Stem Cell treatment, according to this study, has stabilised and in some cases reversed the disorder in multiple sclerosis patients who under went this treatment.

NOTE: First they removed defective white blood cells that, rather than protecting the body, attacks the fatty sheath, called myelin, that protects the nervous system.

The immune systems were then replenished with so-called haemopoeitic
stem cells -- extracted from the patient's bone marrow -- capable of giving rise to any form of mature blood cell. (from article below)


These stem cell were taken from the patient themselves (the patients own bone marrow).

To date I've not seen any such results published that can point to embryonic stem cell positive treatments of this like kind.

Stem cells 'reset' immune system inMS patients: study

Stem cells transplanted into early-phase multiple sclerosis patients stabilised, and in some cases reversed, the debilitating neurological disorder, according to a study published Friday.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that impairs movement and coordination, while causing muscle weakness, cognitive impairment, slurred speech and vision problems


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Science and Religion Can't Be Reconciled

I consider myself strong in my faith.

As a Catholic, I believe in God, the father almighty, creator of heaven and earth... and in Jesus Christ his only son our lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilot, was crucified died and was buried...

... I believe in the catholic church, the communion of saints, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.

I think it's important hear those of dissenting views, to help understand myself their positions, and to correct any misconceptions the they have.

Conversions are in God's hands. I'm only his instrument.

I say all this because I'd like to introduce an article presenting an opposing view to the believer.

I'm posting it for your review and hopefully, some feedback.

So, tell me what your thoughts are after you read it. Opposing or promoting views are all welcome.

Just tell me what you think.

Seeing and Believing: The never-ending attempt to reconcile science and religion, and why it is doomed to fail. (h/t: LGF)

Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809--the same day as Abraham Lincoln--and published his magnum opus, On the Origin of Species, fifty years later. Every half century, then, a Darwin Year comes around: an occasion to honor his theory of evolution by natural selection, which is surely the most important concept in biology, and perhaps the most revolutionary scientific idea in history. 2009 is such a year, and we biologists are preparing to fan out across the land, giving talks and attending a multitude of DarwinFests. The melancholy part is that we will be speaking more to other scientists than to the American public. For in this country, Darwin is a man of low repute. The ideas that made Darwin's theory so revolutionary are precisely the ones that repel much of religious America, for they imply that, far from having a divinely scripted role in the drama of life, our species is the accidental and contingent result of a purely natural process.

And so the culture wars continue between science and religion. On one side we have a scientific establishment and a court system determined to let children learn evolution rather than religious mythology, and on the other side the many Americans who passionately resist those efforts. It is a depressing fact that while 74 percent of Americans believe that angels exist, only 25 percent accept that we evolved from apelike ancestors. Just one in eight of us think that evolution should be taught in the biology classroom without including a creationist alternative. Among thirty-four Western countries surveyed for the acceptance of evolution, the United States ranked a dismal thirty-third, just above Turkey. Throughout our country, school boards are trying to water down the teaching of evolution or sneak creationism in beside it. And the opponents of Darwinism are not limited to snake-handlers from the Bible Belt; they include some people you know. As Karl Giberson notes in Saving Darwin, "Most people in America have a neighbor who thinks the Earth is ten thousand years old."

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

"Soilant Green Is People !" - Patrick Madrid Article on Contraception

Patrick Madrid has a post on 'The Aging of America' through the contraception issues of today. I've already pointed out the economical affects and claims the Madam Pelosi has proclaimed on national T.V. on a previous post.

Patrick puts some nice points and gleans some light on the medias distorted view on the whole contraception push.

Kind of brought to mind Mr Heston's cry " Soilant Green is People !"

If you are contracepting, you're a part of a very big problem

Global aging, combined with plummeting birth rates, is a catastrophically dangerous menace that only a few people seem to be waking up to. You may not be familiar with terms like “global aging” and “demographic winter,” but you will be soon.

I've been giving public lectures on the problem of global aging for the past 7 years or so, and my audiences are always shocked and dumbfounded as I explain how the West's ever expanding population of old people (due, thank God, to the ever-improving capabilities of bio-medical science), while a good thing in itself, will soon become a prime target for the forced-euthanasia crowd as the decline in birth rates among women of child-bearing age throughout the West (as well as major non-Western countries like Japan and Russia) forces an ever-shrinking number of younger, working citizens to shoulder the economic burden of paying for the retirement benefits consumed by the ever-expanding population of retired, old folks.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Pelosi "contraception will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government."

Pelosi says contraception funding should be a part of the proposed Democrat controlled Congress stimulus package.

I'm not a doom and gloom guy, but these next four years don't look like prolife will be the theme of this administration and congress.

We need some serious prayer as well as major letter & phone action.


Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi boldly defended a move to add birth control funding to the new economic "stimulus" package, claiming "contraception will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government."

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Vatican responds to Obama's 1st act in Office

The Vatican is disappointed with President Obama's action to restart funding for International pro-abortion groups.

Fisichella said in an interview published Saturday in Corriere della Sera that "if this is one of President Obama's first acts, I have to say, in all due respect, that we're heading quickly toward disappointment."

I can think of better words to use in place of 'disappointment'. And as Obama flies his true colors without reservation, I hope the Vatican will use stronger language.

Messiah on Donkey - Obama style

An artist sculpture portrays Obama riding into the Iowa Capital riding in on a donkey complete with palm fronds and Secret Service.

We all know that our Lord Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey.

Artist have the freedom to create as they choose.

... but this conception tweeks me. I have only ONE MESSIAH - JESUS CHRIST

Obama's triumphal entry: gentle, riding on donkey
Artist creates messianic parade as 'adorers' wave palm fronds

DES MOINES, Iowa – Amid the pomp, circumstance and celebration of welcoming a new president, an artist in Iowa created an inaugural parade sure to draw attention, even hundreds of miles from Washington, D.C.: Barack Obama, riding on a donkey, complete with waving palm fronds and "Secret Service" escort.

As WND reported, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan declared in October that when Obama talks, "the Messiah is absolutely speaking." But artist Matthew J. Clark's parade – marching Obama through the streets of Des Moines in similar fashion to Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem – takes the messianic imagery even farther.

The Bible describes Jesus' procession into Jerusalem in the 21st chapter of Matthew as the fulfillment of the prophet Zechariah's words, "Behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass," or as the New International Version paraphrases, "gentle, and riding on a donkey." As the celebrated Messiah entered the city, the Bible also tells of adorers spreading their cloaks at Jesus' feet and waving palm fronds.


Obama and the era of Abortion

Catholic Exchange has a good article reflecting on the state of Abortion and the new Obama Presidency.

Abortion and the Obama Presidency

Pro-lifers in the United States were generally disappointed and discouraged by the results of the 2008 national elections. Barack Obama—as measured by his own record and campaign promises, the most pro-abortion presidential candidate the United States has ever seen—was elected with 52.6 percent of the popular vote. It appears inevitable that the modest but significant political gains made by the pro-life movement since 2000 will be eroded or undone when the president-elect takes office. In some areas the short-term damage may be even more extensive than veteran pro-lifers anticipate.
To step back for some perspective, when Roe v. Wade, the infamous Supreme Court decision striking down state anti-abortion laws nationwide, turned 25 years old in 1998, the pro-life movement was at a low point. Just five years under then-President Bill Clinton had wiped out what little political progress there had been during the Reagan and Bush (I) administrations.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Catholic News Roundup: RealCatholic T.V.

REAL Catholic T.V.

Catholic News Roundup

Also: Message from Archbishop Chaput

California Makes "Shameful" History

For the first time the U.S. Government has given the green light for a Northern California Bio-Company to administer Embryonic Stem Cells to 8 to 10 human patients.

Governor 'Terminator' Arnold has promised billion toward stem cell research, specifically embryonic, in the hope of putting California on the business map as the leading State in pursuit of this unproven research.

This is pretty sad folks. With so many other promising stem cell research studies (umbilical cord blood, adult stem cells), why pursue this one?

First Ever Human Embryonic Stem Cell Study OK'd

In a major medical breakthrough, the U.S. government has given the go-ahead for the first study ever using embryonic stem cells. CBS 2's Lisa Sigell has the pulse on the story.

Experts say the approval is a milestone and offers hope to people, who suffer from spinal cord injuries, as well as other illnesses that could be helped by stem cell therapy.

Stem-cell research is about to take a giant step forward with the world's first human study using embryonic stem cells.

"So far everything has been kept in the culture dish or in animal models, so now we're finally taking it to patients who actually have clinical problems," Dr. Neil Theise of Beth Israel Medical Center said.

YouTube: The Vatican Channel


The Vatican has decided to launch it's own YouTube channel.

I've placed it on my blog... check out the video of the "Vatican Ghost"

Obama Re-Institutes Funding for Abortion Abroad

Today Obama re-instituted "U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad."

This is just the beginning folks. Why any Catholic would thing the Obama's policies will in the long run mean less abortions, leaves me totally baffled.

Let's see, we seem to be having a bit of trouble with our economy, but we are turning the spigot back on to fund baby killing in other countries, specifically poor countries.

That must be Mr. Obama's way of saying thanks you world for supporting me in my Presidential run.

Read the horrible news, but let continue the fight.

Obama lifts Restrictions on Abortion Funding

President Barack Obama on Friday lifted restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, reversing a policy of his Republican predecessor George W. Bush.

The Democratic president's decision was a victory for advocates of abortion rights on an issue that in recent years has become a tit-for-tat policy change each time the White House shifts from one party to the other.

When the ban was in place, no U.S. government funding for family planning services could be given to clinics or groups that offered abortion services or counseling in other countries, even if the funds for those activities came from non-U.S. government sources.

"For the past eight years, (the restrictions) have undermined efforts to promote safe and effective voluntary family planning in developing countries," Obama said in a statement. "It is right for us to rescind this policy and restore critical efforts to protect and empower women and promote global economic development."


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Inaugural Speach: Where have I heard this before?

Jon Stewart has some unexpected insight regarding yesterday's earth shattering speech.

Change and Hope... ahhh, just check out the video

Jon Stewart Video

...nail on the head

Obama + One: The Day After...

(photo: Drudgereport)
Okay, so now what?
Today celebrants are waking up with hang-overs from all those 'Obama cookies' and chocolate mints. Some are sore from caring arms full of Messiah posters and inaugural trinkets.
And yes we have a new President.
Only time will tell what well happen next. We have no crystal ball to look into, but we can take a look at campaign promises of 'Change' and the rumblings of the present Congress.
... and for the Catholic, it seems that that 'change' will bring about some trying times.
Former Supreme Court nominee Judge Robert Bork has predicted that upcoming legal battles will have significant ramifications for religious freedom. He names as issues of major concern the continued freedom of Catholic hospitals to refuse to perform abortions and the likely “terrible conflict” resulting from the advancement of homosexual rights.

Speaking in an interview published Tuesday by Cybercast News Service, Judge Bork discussed the contentious nature of modern politics.

“Everything is up for debate these days. I can’t think of anything that isn’t,” he said.
“You are going to get Catholic hospitals that are going to be required as a matter of law to perform abortions,” he claimed.

“We are going to see in the near future a terrible conflict between claimed rights of homosexuals and religious freedom… You are going to get Catholic or other groups’ relief services that are going to be required to allow adoption of a child by homosexual couples. We are going to have a real conflict that goes right to the heart of the society.”

Asked whether there was a freedom of conscience clause anywhere in the Constitution that might prohibit the U.S. government from compelling a religious hospital to perform abortions, he replied: MORE

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inaugural Day Message

January 20, 2009 Inaugural message from Father John Corapi (Thanks Paul)


We have passed the threshold into one of the most important weeks in American history, and a convergence of three very important celebrations reminds us of it. Monday we celebrate the remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, who worked so heroically and tirelessly to insure that all men and women might share in the American dream equally. Tuesday we celebrate the inauguration of the first African American president, Barack Obama. That an African American can be so elected is indeed a cause to celebrate. However, thursday we pray and do penance on the anniversary of the most infamous court decision in United States history, Roe v. Wade. All three are related.

Dr. King fought long and hard and suffered many things that all men and women in the United States of America might enjoy those truths that we hold to be self evident: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. He was an American hero for so doing. This week we should rightly celebrate the fact that an African American can be and has been elected President of the United States. This is surely progress, both political and moral.

This all being said, it has to plague the conscience of any thinking person that in this country there is yet the most immoral and deadly form of prejudice and persecution imaginable against the most innocent and vulnerable class of human beings—the unwanted unborn. No matter what advances this country makes, moral, economic, social, or technological, so long as that blight on our national identity remains, all else will ultimately pale into relative insignificance.
God is not a disinterested spectator in the affairs of man. He knows every child by name from all eternity. He loves each one with His infinite love. God’s holy Catholic Church teaches that abortion in a single case is homicide. I assert that if this is the case, and it is, then the 50,000,000 homicides through abortion that have taken place in the United States since Roe v. Wade constitute genocide. God will not favor such a country, regardless of any other progress. Unless this outrage against God and humanity is stopped very soon, the United States of America, and in turn all of the Western world, will realize the death wish that it has manifest for several decades.

Every Catholic, Christian, Jew, and all people of good will and right reason must pray and do penance rigorously and daily from now on for the defeat of this heinous evil we call abortion. If we fail, then Western society as we know it will soon collide with a disaster it will not survive.
May God have mercy on us.

Fr. John Corapi

Let us pray for the leaders of our country...

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Mavericks Watch! - Surfs Up?

For Surfers around the world this is the one they wait for all year. They hope to catch the occasional 50 foot wave!
Only the best are invited.

The Maverick Surf Contest is located at Half Moon Bay, California. They are on official 'swell watch' and their website has a live stuff. It also has a bunch of info, even a local food eats list.

Check it out!
(Picture: Maverick website)

MIA - Catholic Clergy at Obama Inauguration

The newspapers, online news, blogs and on TV has a plethora of stories about the coming Obama Inauguration, the millions that are projected to attend.

Including the unprecedented 150 million price tag... but that's another story.

AmP also has a piece on the up coming inauguration, only it's one probably that,s not going to be mentioned by the MSM.

It's been an ongoing tradition to invite various pastors and clergy to the ceremony, sort of as a sign of unity perhaps.

Let's see, we have Rick Warren and wife of the Saddleback church here in SoCal and the Episcopal bishop, Gene Robinson and I would include his partner.

But what about Catholic Clergy...

...hmmm, I guess the invite got lost in the mail?

Catholics shunned at Obama Inauguration

Here in DC it seems that everyone and his brother is coming into town for the Inauguration of Barack Obama.

Well, actually, scratch that. It seems that Catholic clergy aren't being invited to the official events: MORE

...I'm sure there will be plenty of catholics in attendance that voted for him. Sheeeessss!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A Veiw of the Media - From the Inside

Here's a new book out by Teresa Tomeo of EWTN.

Teresa Tomeo is one of my favorite hosts on EWTN. She climbed through the ranks of the secular media, to become a lead anchor.

What she found out was that her Catholic faith conflicted with her secular goals and the ultimate clash between her faith and worldly fame was inevitable.

Teresa's new book NEWSFLASH gives the reader an insight, a behind the scenes look at the secular media. She tells her story as she moved through these media circles and shows us that compromising our Catholic faith for secular riches is a path which can lead to destruction.

It sounds like a really good book. I plan to pick a copy up.

Check out the article on

Catholicism: Not for Wimps!

Newsflash! is Teresa’s powerful testimony in which she shares her public and private tragedies and triumphs. Like a listener of Archbishop Chaput’s message, Teresa’s isn’t for the faint of heart as she calls each and every Catholic to live out his or her baptismal vows in a more conscientious way. As Teresa pointedly admits, “Being a Catholic isn’t for wimps!’

Monday, January 12, 2009

In Defense of Bush

I've read a few of the 'Bush Obituaries' in the headlines this morning and they ALL smell of "The History Changing Media" or at least those that have an agenda not familiar with the term "Truth".

I don't need to reference them here. Just visit the usual MSM websites.

While I will agree that some of their points are valid and many mistakes were made during Bush's 8 years in office, I don't agree that his legacy is anything close to "..the worst president to date" title bestowed on him.

I did (finally) find one article that gave 10 points that should be mentioned in defense of President Bush...

I don't mind pointing out the mistakes (which can be debated), but I don't see objectivity in many of the condemning articles.

Bush's Achievements

The postmortems on the presidency of George W. Bush are all wrong. The liberal line is that Bush dangerously weakened America's position in the world and rushed to the aid of the rich and powerful as income inequality worsened. That is twaddle. Conservatives--okay, not all of them--have only been a little bit kinder. They give Bush credit for the surge that saved Iraq, but not for much else.

He deserves better. His presidency was far more successful than not. And there's an aspect of his decision-making that merits special recognition: his courage. Time and time again, Bush did what other presidents, even Ronald Reagan, would not have done and for which he was vilified and abused. That--defiantly doing the right thing--is what distinguished his presidency.

Bush had ten great achievements (and maybe more) in his eight years in the White House, starting with his decision in 2001 to jettison the Kyoto global warming treaty so loved by Al Gore, the environmental lobby, elite opinion, and Europeans. The treaty was a disaster, with India and China exempted and economic decline the certain result. Everyone knew it. But only Bush said so and acted accordingly.

Selling Virginity for Masters Degree

My daughter came back from Escondido (near San Diego, Ca) on Sunday where she attended a weekend Retreat.

We sat awhile Sunday night and had a great talk as she described her experience. The theme of the retreat was 'Discernment - What does God want me to do with my life?' and was well attended by young college grad's and young adults. Some continuing in advanced degrees some not, some looking to enter a tough present day work force, but all seeking a weekend of discernment.

From what my daughter describes, they had plenty of quiet time for reflection, confession, prayer and mass, but also a host of speakers ranging from, a newly married couple, a seminarian, a nun, a lay person who has consecrated her life to the single life and a resent college grad.

My daughter said it was the best retreat she had attended, especially at this time in her life. Being a resent college grad herself, she told us it is a time of discernment for her.

"What does God want me to do?" she would often ask herself out loud.

While that discernment process will still take awhile, she said she came away from the retreat with some new insights, that one, she is not alone. There are many that young adults, if not all that are in some sort of discernment stage.

Some will be properly guided as in the opportunity that my daughter took advantage of this weekend (I am thankful for that). Some will seek their guidance focused our Creator, some will seek their guidance from elsewhere.

Little did I know that just a few miles to the south of Escondido, there was a different type of discernment taking place.

Natalie Dylan 22 of San Diego looking to extend her college education with a Masters Degree, took a different path. One, I believe, will not end with her best interest.

she has decided to auction off her virginity to the highest bidder to pay for your Masters. With a degree in Women's Studies, I can't help but wonder what she was taught in class.

Let's pray for Natalie (and her sister who ventured down that same path) and all young college grad's and for our youth in general.

Discernment can lead down many a path. Some will lead to darkness and turmoil for the soul. Without seeking the guidance of our Creator, their decisions could be devastating.

A student who is auctioning her virginity to pay for a masters degree in Family and Marriage therapy has seen bidding hit £2.5million ($3.7m).

Student Auctions off Virginity for Offers Of More That $3.7million.

Natalie Dylan, 22, claims her offer of a one-night stand has persuaded 10,000 men to bid for sex with her.

Last September, when her auction came to light, she had received bids up to £162,000 ($243,000) but since then interest in her has rocketed.

The student who has a degree in Women's Studies insisted she was not demeaning herself.
Miss Dylan, from San Diego, California, USA, said she was persuaded to offer herself to the highest bidder after her sister Avia, 23, paid for her own degree after working as a prostitute for three weeks.

She said she had had a lot of attention from a wide range of men, including "weirdos", "those who get really graphically sexual about what they want to do to me" and "lots of polite requests from rich businessmen".

Miss Dylan said she did not think it was particularly significant to be willing to sell your virginity and insisted that she was happy to undergo medical tests for any doubters.

She said: "I get some men who are obviously looking for a girlfriend but I try and make it clear that this is a one-night-only offer.

"I know that a lot of people will condemn me for this because it's so taboo but I really don't have a problem with that.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Father Richard John Neuhaus

We have lost a great one.

Father Neuhaus passed away today.

Droll of wit, upright of character, lover of Christ.

As First Things Editor Joseph Bottum wrote: “My tears are not for him—for he knew, all his life, that his Redeemer lives, and he has now been gathered by the Lord in whom he trusted. I weep, rather for all the rest of us.”

Our loss is truly great for a truly great champion of freedom, justice, and life has passed. His work as public intellectual was summed up thus by John Podhoretz editor of COMMENTARY:

Richard John Neuhaus, perhaps the most important and influential religious intellectual in the United States since the passing of Reinhold Niebuhr, died last night. A Canadian by birth, he was a Lutheran pastor who came to the United States and served as the minister of a congregation in a poor Brooklyn neighborhood. A liberal in the model of Niebuhr, Neuhaus found himself migrating rightward once the Supreme Court inaugurated the age of abortion on demand with the Roe v. Wade decision in 1972. In 1984, he wrote the book for which he will be remembered, The Naked Public Square — a concise masterpiece about the role of religion in a democracy and the danger posed to a democratic society in the notion that public life should be effectively atheistic.

…[H]e completed his own religious journey when he converted to Catholicism and became a priest of the church and an intimate of Pope John Paul II.

…[I]n the end, his work was his life, and whether he was ministering to fatherless youths in Brooklyn or offering his considered and always highly informed opinion on the matter of stem-cell research, Richard John Neuhaus did what he did and said what he said for the betterment of humankind and for the greater glory of God.

RIP dear Father....
Jimmy Akin as some good links: RIP Richard John Neuhaus

Mysterious Roar From Outerspace

Astonomers detected a louder than expected noise or more specifically radiowave coming from another cosmos, deep in space.

Space is typically thought of as a very quiet place. But one team of astronomers has found a strange cosmic noise that booms six times louder than expected.

The roar is from the distant cosmos. Nobody knows what causes it.

Of course, sound waves can't travel in a vacuum (which is what most of space is), or at least they can't very efficiently. But radio waves can.

Radio waves are not sound waves, but they are still electromagnetic waves, situated on the low-frequency end of the light spectrum.

Many objects in the universe, including stars and quasars, emit radio waves. Even our home galaxy, the Milky Way, emits a static hiss (first detected in 1931 by physicist Karl Jansky). Other galaxies also send out a background radio hiss.

But the newly detected signal, described here today at the 213th meeting of the American Astronomical Society, is far louder than astronomers expected.

There is "something new and interesting going on in the universe," said Alan Kogut of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

A team led by Kogut detected the signal with a balloon-borne instrument named ARCADE (Absolute Radiometer for Cosmology, Astrophysics, and Diffuse Emission).

In July 2006, the instrument was launched from NASA's Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas, and reached an altitude of about 120,000 feet (36,500 meters), where the atmosphere thins into the vacuum of space.

When they plotted out the radiowaves it kind of looked familiar... they just could but the finger on it...

(Heavenly choir perhaps?)

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

How to Read a

Carl Olsen of InsightScoop cracks me up with this post.

How to Read a Book

Christian Bashing '08 -Top 10

Creative Minority Report has an interesting list of ten examples of Christian bashing of the 2008 year.

Number 10 and 9:

#10: Jack Black Musical VideoIn a short video posted on entitled, "Prop 8 The Musical," an all star cast of Hollywood celebrities perform a low budget musical farce that defames Christ, mocks Christians and distorts the teaching of the Bible. Jack Black played the lead role of Jesus.

#9: Bill Maher Gratuitously Attacks PopeBill Maher, host of the HBO program Real Time, made light of the Pope during his recent visit and the tragic sexual abuse scandal. Maher said, "Now I know what you're thinking, Bill. You can't be saying that the Catholic Church is no better than this creepy (radical Mormon polygamist) Texas cult. For one thing, alter boys can't even get pregnant. But really, what tripped up the little cult on the prairie was that they only abused hundreds of kids, not thousands all over the world. Cults get raided; religions get parades... If you have a few hundred followers and you let some of them molest children, they call you a cult leader. If you have a billion, they call you Pope."


...if Christianity isn't important, why the attention ?

You know the answer...

Monday, January 05, 2009

Debate: Atheism/Religion

If you're in the Boulder Colorado area on Monday, January 26th at 7 pm, there will be another great debate between Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great) and Dinesh D'Souza (What's so Great About God).

Dinesh is a very good debater and has defended Christianity against the Atheist argument in numerous debates against the likes of Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, Michael Shermer.

He does so without the specific use of scripture (which the atheist gives no authority to) but on a platform of both faith and reason.

He is Christian and I believe Catholic. There are a number of his debates online. His book I highly recommend 'What's so great about Christianity'

Here's the article:

Two influential speakers will face off next month at the University of Colorado in a debate titled: "What’s so Great About God? – Atheism vs. Religion." The debate, organized by the school’s Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought, will feature Dinesh D’Souza and Christopher Hitchens presenting their cases for and against organized religion, its influence on world history and impact on current events.

The debate is scheduled to take place on Monday, January 26 at 7 p.m. at the University of Colorado – Boulder. Organizers are expecting a crowd of 2,000 to hear Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything; and Dinesh D'Souza, author of What's So Great About Christianity to debate the impact of religion on society.

"We are thrilled to host an event featuring two of the most outspoken and influential individuals in the contemporary debate on religion," said Father Kevin Augustyn, director of Campus Ministry at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center in a press release. "One of the primary goals of the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought is to promote dialogue on the most important and pressing issues of our time and this debate is an effort to do that on CU's campus."

...wish I could attend.

Twitter me this...

Okay, so I've taken the dive.

I've been Twitterpaded.

You can follow me here: @wstcstcatholic


Cheeseburger Tax - Greenhouse Gas

Okay, so we're starting out the new year with one giant step into the ridicules zone.

The EPA has a way to curb greenhouse gases caused by livestock.

Tax the Cows !

Which will in turn raise the price of beef...

... which will in turn make the price of cheeseburgers go up !


You bet.

You pet lovers are next.... they poop too.

Read on:
EPA 'Cow Tax' Could Charge $175 per Dairy Cow to Curb Greenhouse Gases

Call this one of the newest and innovative the ways your government has come up with to battle greenhouse gas emissions.

Indirectly it could be considered a cheeseburger tax, but one of the suggestions offered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) for regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act is to levy a tax on livestock.


Friday, January 02, 2009

Work of Fire: Epiphany

Fr. Barron of 'Word on Fire' gives his audio homily on the Feast of the Epiphany

Epiphany: Second Sunday of Christmas

Link: Work On Fire

Epiphany: It's message

Welcome 2009

Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. I read this Epiphany message from Father Thomas Rosica of Canada this morning.

Thought I'd post it as my first post of 2009.

Nations Will Come To Your Light

What "stirring" readings we hear in the Epiphany liturgy! Consider the scene from Isaiah's prophecy (60:1-6). Gentiles come from distant places, attracted by the splendor of Jerusalem, bringing gifts and tenderly carrying the sons and daughters of the Holy City! Though darkness may have surrounded the people, the glory of the Lord allows the light to burst forth and shine like a bright new dawn. What a fitting way to describe what we have just celebrated at Christmas!

Matthew's Gospel story of the magi [2:1-12] reveals to us the inevitable struggle that God's manifestation in Christ implies for the world. If we read the story carefully, we realize that far from being a children's tale, it is a tragic adult story. The battle lines are drawn and the forces are being marshaled. A child is born at the same time as a death-dealing power rules. Jesus was a threat to Herod and to them: to the throne of one, to the religious empire of the others.

At home in their distant, foreign lands, the magi had all the comfort of princely living, but something was missing -- they were restless and unsatisfied. They were willing to risk everything to find the reality their vision promised. Unlike the poor shepherds, the magi had to travel a long road; they had to face adversity to reach their goal. The shepherds also knew adversity, and it had prepared them to accept the angels' message. But once they overcame their fright, they simply "crossed over to Bethlehem" to meet the Christ Child.

The magi, on the other hand, had a much more difficult journey to Bethlehem. It was anything but a romantic, sentimental pilgrimage that we often see in our manger scenes! The magi were not just holy visionaries or whimsical religious figures; they were willing to wager their money, their time and their energy, and perhaps even their lives to seek out someone who would bring true peace.

The magi were not completely lost upon their arrival in Jerusalem -- the city did not stop their pilgrimage. In fact, in Jerusalem, they were redirected to Bethlehem. These men of the East, foreigners in every sense of the word, were guided not only by their own wisdom and knowledge of the stars, but were aided by the Hebrew Scriptures that now form the Old Testament. The meaning of this is important -- Christ calls all peoples of all nations, Gentiles as well as Jews, to follow him. We could say that Jerusalem and the Old Testament serve as a new starting point for these Gentile pilgrims on their road to faith in Jesus. The people of the big city, indeed even Herod himself, were instrumental in leading the magi to Christ.

What could this mean for our own pilgrimages to the truth today? More than the obvious fact that the Old Testament must be a central part of our path to Christ, might it not also mean that our own cities, with all of their confusion and ambiguity, might also serve as a starting point for our journey of faith?