Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Christopher West on the right to marry a dolphin

One Step Toward Greatness

Rome, Jan. 30, 2006 (CNA) - In a radio interview, Fr. Slowomir Oder, a polish priest, postulator of the cause for Beatification of Pope John Paul II, revealed what would be former pope Woytila’s first miracle.
The extraordinary event would have happened in France in October 2005, revealed Fr. Oder, who is working for the Vicariate of Rome, in an interview to Rai Uno of Italy. Read the rest.

One step closer to John Paul the Great!

Monday, January 30, 2006

"Not an event, but a movement"

SAN FRANCISCO (National Catholic Register) – Turnout for the second annual Walk for Life West Coast Jan. 21 was double last year’s, despite a day that dawned rainy and cold.

BISHOPS LEAD WALK FOR LIFE – Auxiliary Bishops Ignatius Wang and John C. Wester of San Francisco, center, join the second annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco Jan. 21. About 15,000 people from around California took part in the pro-life event. (CNS photo)

Fifteen thousand pro-life supporters walked along San Francisco’s waterfront for more than a mile, behind a banner that proclaimed “Abortion Hurts Women.” read the rest.

Sexless love and loveless sex

Reagarding sex: Great commentary on how the world, for all its good intentions has got it wrong, and the Church, with all its sinful members, has got it right. Read it here.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Archbishop Chaput: A look at language and marriage

A look at language — and marriage
The Christian case for marriage is one of liberation and real human dignity
How we frame our thinking about a question helps to shape the answer we arrive at. The language of a discussion is a crucial part of the discussion itself. If we don’t examine and challenge the vocabulary of a debate, we can count on losing it. Read the rest.

Maryland Legislature Set for Stem Cell Research Debate Next Week

Well, it looks like my native state is coming to be the center for the current debate over stem cell research. This past spring, the President of the University of Maryland said that he wanted to do embryonic stem cell research on our campus. And right now, "Maryland lawmakers are primed for a ferocious debate about taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research next week. Lawmakers who back the unproven research are planning to bring up their bill for a vote while opponents are vowing to filibuster the bill in the state Senate."

Read the article from Life News here.

When all else fails...

I love nature. I dislike pollution. Praise God for creation, for it is truly majestic. How much more awesome and glorious are humans? After the coming of Christ, we are the pinnacle of all of creation. More splendid than the galaxies and all the trees in the world put together!

Since the National Council of Churches has been morally bankrupt for quite some time, it has very little to offer man. Since taking a stand on thinks that dehumanize us, like abortion, contraception, homosexual acts, cloning, etc. might not sit well with many Protestant leaders, they choose to remain silent. Therefore, they are now taking a stand for the trees. Everyone loves trees.

"Wilderness and Wild Landscapes:NCC Eco-Justice focus in 2006"
Read the rest here.

Don't get me wrong, I pray daily for the unity of all Christians. But that unity will come through Communion with Christ. It will not come through finding the lowest common denominator that we can all agree upon.

Back to Basics

A secretary for the CDF, Cardinal Amato, said that the Holy Father's first Encyclical is an "invitation to return to the basics of Christianity." This does not mean that we throw out 2,000 years of Tradition, but we rather refocus our lense so that we can see the beauty of that Tradition all the more clear.

This is what the second part of the Encyclical does by describing the response of the Church to God's charity through inventing hospitals, universities, food banks, and all the other organized charitable services. The Pope brings out an interesting point. He says that "Love thus needs to be organized if it is to be an ordered service to the community" (no. 20).

There are two important points illustrated here. First, God is love- and that is a powerful statement. His "fire and brimstone" has been crucified. His justice has been satisfied when His only Son offered Himself in our place. All that is left is His Love. A major implication of that is the "fire and brimstone", "doom and gloom" and "foam mouth preaching" does not adequatly represent who God is.

Second, Love is organized. It does not react to our feelings or sediments. We should not be charitable only when we feel like it, but all the time. Also, we should not practice charity isolated, but as a community. For we can do more together than alone. This is truly fitting for children of the one loving Father.

Girld under 16 can kill baby under parents nose

London court authorizes abortion for minors without parental consent
London, Jan. 26, 2006 (CNA) - The High Court of London has ruled that girls under the age of 16 can obtain an abortion without the consent of their parents. The ruling comes as the United Kingdom posts the highest rate of adolescent pregnancies in Europe. Read the rest.

What's wrong with the pro-life movement?

Good article found on Catholic Exchange. Every pro-lifer should read it.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

TOB for Pagans

In section 3 of Deus Caritas Est, Papa B offers a great insight about the difference in the words that are used for "love". He says that 2000 years ago "eros" was the predominant word used in the Greek speaking world. However, when folks like Saint John speak of the love of God, they did not use the common word but the obscure "agape" in hopes of showing that the Christian understand of love is new, fresh, and fulfilling.

However, I find it interesting that without the help of Revelation, but purely based on Natural Law, their instincts, and concupiscience, the Greeks saw sex as a sort of "fellowship with the Divine." In a certain sense it is- correctly understood, of course. For the pagan, they took that truth and turned it into a "counterfeit divinization" (cf. No. 4) by employing temple prostitutes who were supposed to assist in reaching the divine. However, the Holy Father points out that even though they might have been on the right track, this misuse of eros "actually strips it [love] of its dignity and dehumanizes it. Indeed, the prostitutes in the temple, who had to bestow this divine intoxication, were not treated as human beings and persons, but simply used as a means of arousing the 'divine madness': far from being goddesses, they were human persons being exploited." (ibid).

The Holy Father goes on the challenge the audience to use eros, that erotic desire that all of us have, as the foretaste to beatitude! If we stop at eros, we cheat our selves- we dehumanize ourselves and the beautiful act. However, if we "discipline and purify" that desire it can serve as a way actualize the meaning of our existence, which is to love God in this world so we might reign with Him in the world to come.

I think the most surprising thought about this insight is the fact that our culture has reverted, in more ways than one, into pagan Greece. It is time to take the Theology of the Body to the streets and reclaim this "anit-culture"!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Great Quotes

We are in the midst of collecting great quotes that help explain the Theology of the Body. So, while you are doing your spiritual readings and come across these great lines from Sacred Scripture, the Saints and other great scholars, be sure to post them here for everyone to read.

Second Look Project

This morning, I heard a commercial from the Second Look Project about why abortion was bad on the radio on a station that plays music that fits between Motown and Hip-hop (my boss at works listens to it). I thought this was amazing. Good work USCCB.

Deus Caritas Est

The First Encyclical of Papa B!

God is Love!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Baptize the Internet

Date: 2006-01-21

Baptizing the Internet

Where Religion and New Media Meet

ROME, JAN. 21, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The advent of the Internet and other new media technologies is rapidly expanding the ways for churches and religious organizations to promote their message. On Jan. 3 the Fides news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples published the first part of a dossier, "The People of God on the Internet." The report says that in Italy it is almost impossible to count the number of Catholic sites due to the rapid growth in this sector. The number of links gives an idea of how the Catholic sites are flourishing. Links to one of the most popular sites, www.totustuus.it, can be found on almost 50,000 Web sites. Another site, www.siticattolici.it, has more than 10,000 Catholic sites from Italy registered. Almost a quarter of the total belong to parishes; another 2,000 belong to private groups and organizations. Religious and missionary institutes account for 1,222, and sites associated with official Church structures and pastoral activities total 589. In descending order are: personal Web pages of Catholic nature -- 589; universities and cultural centers -- 403; and associated media sites -- 353. The turnover of sites is notable, with 1,400 sites no longer available compared to two years ago. But the growth rate in the overall number of sites is strong, with an increase of 25% in the last two years. Growth has been particularly strong in the field of Christian music, an increase of 33.6%; Catholic radio and television, 32.8%; and religious art, 31.5%. The United States, of course, is also home to a flourishing Internet culture on religious matters. Jonathan Last, online editor of the Weekly Standard, gave an overview of the situation in the December issue of First Things magazine. Blogging In his article, "God on the Internet," Last cited a 2004 Pew survey that found 64% of users -- 82 million people -- say they use the Web for religious purposes. Of these, 32% reported they use the Internet to keep up with religious news; 17% use it to look for places to worship; and 11% go online to download spiritual music. And the more recent phenomenon of blogs is not exempt from religious use. A blog -- short for Web log -- is a Web site in which journal entries are posted on a regular basis and displayed in reverse chronological order. The total number of blogs in the United States is thought to be around 8 million. Last October saw the first religious bloggers convention, GodblogCon, organized by John Mark Reynolds, a philosophy professor at Biola University, a Christian school in California. Reynolds told Last that there are "literally millions" of religious bloggers. Among these there are a couple of thousand who write for a market that is wider than the immediate family or community. The readership numbers vary widely. A smaller Godblog may only receive about 115 page-views a day, while others can get thousands. Even priests are getting into the act; Last estimates that around 50 priests now have their own blogs. Last also notes that almost every church in America has its own Web site. Protestant churches generally having more advanced sites compared to Catholic sites, although this disadvantage is partly offset by the enormous popularity and depth of the Vatican site. The proliferation of activity on the Web is not without its drawbacks, adds Last. Anyone can start up a site or blog -- so users need to be wary about the quality of information. Then, the nature of the medium lends itself toward trivialization or polemics on occasion. Commercialization is another trend to be wary of, as sites spring up to part users from their money selling all sorts of goods. Downloading the good word The growing popularity of iPods is opening up new ways to transmit religion. IPods are a type of portable digital audio players. They handle podcasts, a kind of publishing that uses downloadable audio files. Now, podcasts are becoming Godcasts, reported the British newspaper Telegraph last Aug. 5. A growing number of people are using their portable music players to download homilies. The article recounted how an Anglican vicar, Leonard Payne, was stunned when, within a short time, more than 2,400 users had downloaded one of his posted sermons. And this was for a vicar in a remote rural parish. On Aug. 29 the New York Times reported on the growing use of downloading religious audio material in the United States. In just one month last year, July, the number of people or groups offering spiritual and religious podcasts listed on one site grew to 474 from 177. Among all religions, Christian groups have been the most active in the area of podcasts, the Times said. One popular Catholic site, run by a Dutch priest, Father Roderick Vonhögen, already had more than 10,000 listeners for each program. Vatican Radio also makes available material to download in a number of languages. Another popular means of communication are SMS -- text messages sent via mobile phones. There too religion is finding a space, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper in Australia reported Oct. 6. The Bible is now available for sending via SMS. So instead of reading in Genesis how: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth," it will now be a case of: "In da Bginnin God cre8d da heavens & da earth." The initiative came from the Bible Society in Australia which translated all 31,173 verses of the Bible into text. They can then be accessed over the Internet for free and people can send individual verses to family or friends as SMS. "The old days when the Bible was only available within a somber black cover with a cross on it are long gone," said Bible Society spokesman Michael Chant. It took just one person about four weeks to convert the entire New and Old Testaments to text. "The idea is that the Bible can be used and be relevant and up-to-date, just like getting a verse of the day or reading a horoscope," said Chant. Big-screen churches New media techniques are also being used to liven up church services. So far the tendency is more common in Protestant churches. Last Saturday the Los Angeles Times described how the Santa Margarita United Methodist Church, in Orange County, uses large screens to put up the words for hymns. When the pastor gives his sermon he uses film clips from movies to accompany his words. Three cameras record everything for use on the church's Web site. According to the article, last year more than 60% of the nation's Protestant churches used a large-screen projection system, up from 39% in 2000. And the percentage of congregations using video services doubled over the same time, to 61%. Some churches also send out material via e-mail and podcasts. The technology doesn't come cheap. The Orange County church spent about $75,000 in equipment, plus $15,000 a year for staffing and maintenance. Not all are enthusiastic about the changes. Baptist pastor Ken Uyeda Fong said some people don't see the new aids as being very religious. Others aren't keen on people just staring at screens in church, instead of more active and traditional means of participating. At the individual level multimedia programs are also flourishing. Annual sales of religious software have reached the $80 million mark, the Boston Globe reported Jan. 2. A multitude of programs exist offering Bible translations, images, commentaries and other material. God's word, it seems, is indeed spreading fast.

Co-Habitation still, and always will be, wrong

Date: 2006-01-23

Bishop: Cohabiting Couples Shouldn't Receive Communion

LETTERKENNY, Ireland, JAN. 23, 2006 (Zenit.org).- A bishop has insisted publicly that cohabiting couples must not receive Communion.

Bishop Philip Boyce of Raphoe delivered that message in a homily at St. Eunan's Cathedral in Letterkenny, County Donegal, last week, according to the Irish Independent. The 65-year-old prelate based his homily on a scriptural reading which dealt with the Church teaching "that love in marriage was exclusive and indissoluble." He insisted, however, that unmarried couples should come to church and partake in services. He said it was up to individuals not to accept Communion but, in some cases, priests might discreetly discuss the subject with the couples.

Massachusetts Governor to push abstinence only education

From David Dowd:

"Fox News is reporting Gov Romney is introducing an abstinence only sex ed. He is advocating abstinence only education in Massachusetts Public Schools. He is quoted in the report stating children should wait to have sex.

The program is particularly important for the underprivileged in our communities including black and hispanic neighborhoods.

This is good news. The sexologists in public schools harm our children, when, speaking with the authority and credibility of a teacher, they introduce the use of contraceptives as strategic behavior to avoid pregnancy.

The strength of Romney backed program is our youth are taught NO... and here is how you can practice abstinence.

Of course some will say this is politics. If this is politics, it says a lot about the puny legislators who could not back a sitting Governor when the Governor has to use his status as a national candidate to introduce this .

Of course the immoral sexologists will cease being a pipeline for the destruction of morals in our youth. And some people will use the media to raise their dispute.

Angus Mcquilken of Planned Parenthood.... a male spokesman for the most blood thirsty organization on the face of the earth... disputed Romney's position behind abstinence only education... so what else is new... the corruptors of our youth and profiteers on the $$$ they make on cutrate of intrinsically evil contraception and abortion is all their bloody business is all about. The devil loves to kill, steal and destroy...

Massachusetts youth is targeted, make no mistake. Planned Barrenhood is a bloody instrument in evil's attack on our youth. Destroy morals, destroy faith.

Pray for the employees of Planned Parenthood and pray for success of our Governor's courageous stand."

Did Jesus exist?

There is a court in Italy that has just demanded that the defense lawyers for a parish priest appear in court to defend the priest's statement that Jesus did exist. He is being sued for saying such. This might just be one of the weirdest cases I've ever seen. Read more.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

It is about dignity

Chilean Bishops told prominant homosexual activist that the Church defends the dignity of the human person. This is the fundamental principle why the Church opposes homosexual acts, contraception, pornography, abortion... read the story.

"Christian, realize your dignity!" - Pope Saint Leo the Great.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Vatican prayers for Christian Unity

Rome, Jan. 17 (CWNews.com) - The Vatican has announced Scripture themes for each day of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which begins January 18.
The overall theme for this year's observance is taken from St. Matthew's Gospel: "Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them." Individual themes for the different days were approved by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the World Council of Churches. They are:

January 18: United through the presence of Christ. "One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism" (Ephesians 4: 5, 6).

January 19: Building Christian unity with Jesus in our midst - daily ecumenism. "You also ought to wash one another's feet" (John 13: 14).

January 20: Praying together in Jesus' name. "The Lord waits to be gracious to you" (Isaiah 30: 18).

January 21: From the past to the future - forgiveness and healing of memories. "Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy times seven " (Matthew 18: 22).

January 22: God's presence among us: a call to peace. "The Lord is with us" (Psalm 46).

January 23: Mission in Jesus' name. "So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost" (Matthew 18: 14).

January 24: Recognizing and welcoming God's presence in the other in Jesus' name ?"Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me" (Matthew 18: 5).

January 25: One in hope. "On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you" (John 14:20).

Don't confuse lust with love!

This is the reported thrust behind the first encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI. Could this be yet another affirmation that we are headed in the right direction?
read the rest of the story here.

Viva il Papae!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Future of Hollywood

If anyone watched the Golden Globe Awards last night, there can only be a doubt in any faith left in Hollywood right now. Let's just look through some of the winners of awards:

Best Drama, Movie - "Brokeback Mountain" (a movie about gay cowboys)
Best Director - "Brokeback Mountain"
Best Screenplay - "Brokeback Mountain"
Best Song - "Brokeback Mountain"
Best Actor, Drama - Phillip Seymour Hoffman for playing homosexual writer Truman Capote in "Capote" (Heath Ledger from "Brokeback Mountain" was also nominated for this)
Best Actress, Drama - Felicity Huffman for playing a transgendered person in "Transamerica"
Best Actress, Comedy TV - Mary-Louise Parker for "Weeds" (this about a pot-smoking mom, and she beat out four of the actresses from "Desperate Housewives" - they were the only 5 people nominated)

Summation - if a movie or TV show has lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, sex, or drugs, it is what America wants to watch.

Huffman stated this, "I know as actors our job is usually to shed our skins, but I think as people our job is to become who we really are and so I would like to salute the men and women who brave ostracism, alienation and a life lived on the margins to become who they really are."

Lord have mercy on our country.

Pope reflects on the Word made baby

Pope Benedict gave a homily Christmas Eve about how we must protect life when it is tiny and vulerable, especially in the light of God becoming tiny and defenseless.

The Supreme Rector of the Universe also commented during the general audience for the Feast of the Holy Innocence that Psalm 139 clearly refers to an embryo.

Fides, a news publication of the Curia, has published a dossier about abortion. In this publication, they mention that world wide, there are 87 babies murdered every minute of every day!

Read more here.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

War on Catholic sex...

Once again, the State has determined that its utilitarian, neutered, and gravely disordered view of sex is the only acceptable one. Religious Liberty? That only applies if you are a Unitarian and your beliefs don't really stand for anything. If you actually have convictions, you have to rights no actually live them out.

The State of New York ruling yesterday is yet another affirmation of how much work the Crusade has to do. I guarantee that every person ruling on that appeals court does not have an "adequate anthropology"- that is to say, they do not know what it means to be human.

Read the sad news here.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Sin and psychology

How modern secular psychology does a great disservice to man by ignoring sin. Read a great interview here.

Why sperm donation violates human dignity

The story linked here describes how a person who is conceived through anonymous sperm donation will still face some daunting battles with self identity.

It just goes to show that we were created to be born in loving families. It shows that we naturally desire to have brothers and sisters, to be raised in a family community. On the flip side, it also shows that women have a strong natural urge to have children. But at the end of the day, more than anything, this story demonstrate when we toss God's plan for sex and marriage to the side for the sake of fulfilling our own desires, there are serious consequences.

Bibles Banned out of respect

Bibles, Crucifixes, and Saint Christopher medals will no longer be allowed by employees of British Airlines. What is the danger? Do terrorists typically carry Bibles? No. The risk is we might offend a Muslim. Read the rest.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Holy Father protects the family

Pope: "Legitimate Family" Must not be Obscured by Legal Recognition of Other Forms

By John-Henry Westen

VATICAN, January 12, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Pope Benedict XVI addressed Italian politicians today noting the importance of laws protecting life and family. In Italy, homosexual 'marriage' has already surfaced in political debate. The Pope told the assembled politicians, "It is a grave error to obscure the value and the functions of the legitimate family based on marriage, attributing to other forms of union inappropriate forms of legal recognition, for which there is no real social need."

Benedict also informed his listeners that it was not a Catholic or even religious matter, but one of protecting society from harm. "What we are talking about here are not norms particular to Catholic morals, but elementary truths that concern our shared humanity. To respect them is essential for the good of the individual and of society. These truths, then, appeal both to your responsibility as public administrators and to your normative duties," he said.

The Holy Father also asked that attention be given to "the protection of nascent human life," that there be no lack of "concrete assistance" to pregnant women experiencing difficulties, and that there be no introduction of drugs "that hide in one way or another the severity of abortion as a choice against life. In an aging society," he added, "help for the elderly and all the complex problems concerning the health care of citizens become ever more important."

(with files from the Vatican Information Service)


News from the Darkside:

Planned Parenthood is offering a whole line of keychains that also serve as condom holders, just like the one shown above.

Just one more example as to how the culture of death has a completly wrong view of love, sex and the human person. Taking the example above, you can see how they even mock God, the Author of all life, and suffocate His life and love giving attributes with latex!

God does not offer us suffocation, but freedom and liberation from this nonesense!

You can view the rest of these crazy desigs at here.

Pope to the world: Procreate

“In the modern social context,” he said, “families with many children represent a testimony of faith, courage and optimism, because without children there is no future.”
Read the rest of the story.

Why oppose condoms?

The Catholic bishops' conference of Tanzania has voiced its opposition to a primary-school curriculum that introduces young students to the use of condoms.

"We reject the section of the curriculum that allows the teaching on condom use, with the aim of protecting the erosion family values and protecting God's plan," said Cardinal Polycarp Pengo of Dar es Salaam, in a statement released to the media on January 9.

The cardinal added that the Church recognizes the need to protect people from infection with AIDS and other diseases, but any approach to the spread of disease must respect human dignity and protect the family as well. Cardinal Pengo added that reliance on condoms to prevent disease is a mistaken approach, since condoms are not always effective in preventing the transmission of the HIV virus.

"It is wrong to tell people to board a ship that is has 15 or 20 percent likelihood of failing," he said. The cardinal said the Church would insist that children should be taught abstinence and marital fidelity, rather than condom use, as the truly reliable means of preventing AIDS.


Abortion Linked to Mental Illness

A pro-abortion athiest from New Zeland finally chastised the American Psychological Association for ignoring the fact that a mother will not be well after she [often by force] kills her baby. Read the article.

May our culture of death come to its senses and start to realize that we are created for love, not abortion.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Three cheers for Bishop Olmsted

Michael ClancyThe Arizona RepublicJan. 9, 2006 12:00 AM

No pills. No patches. No condoms.

Birth control is a grave wrong that is at the root of many of the problems afflicting American society, Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted said in a series of articles that reopened a contentious debate in the church and augmented his credentials as one of the most conservative bishops in the nation. read more...

Friday, January 06, 2006

Bishop Pilla asks to retire early...

CLEVELAND, January 6 - Cleveland Bishop Anthony M. Pilla, 73, has asked Pope Benedict XVI for permission to retire as head of the Cleveland Diocese.

Pilla is the former president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and a proponent of suburban alliances with shrinking city parishes, has asked Pope Benedict XVI for permission to retire as head of the Cleveland Diocese. read more

Anti-Catholic Strategy in Supreme Court Fight

Fr. Euteneuer, the president of Human Life International, recently criticized politicians and certain groups for using the Catholic faith as a litmus test for Supreme Court nominations. Praise God that someone is talking about it. Read here for more info.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Saint John Neumann

May this holy man who brought the 40 hours devotion to the United States pray for a renewed devotion to the Most Holy Eucharist!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Archbishop O'Malley leads New Year's Eve Prayer Vigil & Mass

I got an e-mail from a friend from Boston. Praise God for Bishops who make the effort to spread the Gospel of Life. Archbishop Sean O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap., exposed the Most Blessed Sacrament for adoration for an hour at 10:30 PM and followed it with the Mass for the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God at 11:30 PM. These were offered in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Project Rachel in Boston! Talk about a great aid to the pro-life movement. Offering a midnight Mass is amazing!

Please keep Archbishop O'Malley in your prayers that he may continue to preach the Gospel of Life to a diocese that needs it.