Saturday, April 30, 2005

Lingua Latina

I LOVE this guy! Too bad I'm not in Rome, or I'd be in his classes in an instant.
"Foster is the Vatican's leading expert on Latin — expert enough to be charged with the official translation of papal documents into what was until 40 years ago the official language of the church... "Without Latin you are missing out on the whole of Western culture! Without Latin you should just stay in bed!" he exclaims. "The schools don't teach it! The church doesn't use it anymore! Latin is being lost, and because of that we are losing our history!"...But Foster says the language is no less relevant now. He rattles off the names of some of the great thinkers who wrote in Latin: Cicero, Galileo, Augustine, Horace, Aquinas and Ovid. Can't they be read in translation? Foster waves his hand. "That's like giving a translation of Shakespeare to a Chinese man," he says. "No doubt about it, something's going to be lost." [This is COMPLETELY true. I've tranlated Ovid, Cicero, Augustine, Horace, and in no way do the translations do them justice.] He says he would be thrilled to see the pontiff go to New York and address the United Nations in Latin. "The pope could stand there before the nations of the world and say, 'Vobiscum loquar lingua Latina! Haec mihi videntur facienda esse!' ('I am speaking with you in the Latin language! It seems to me that these things need to be done!')," Foster suggests."


Friday, April 29, 2005

Round of Today's News

First- Jimmy Akin has a GREAT write-up over the British "Observer" newspaper. A must-read, it made me and David laugh. Loudly.

Second, it looks like the Church in China (the real one, the undergound one) has been gaining a foothold lately, also a very interesting article.

Third, there is an appalling news story out today about creating embryo's to harvest for use so that their parts may help siblings with disorders. I don't even know how to articulate how disgusting this is, and the doors it may open...

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

B16 Cartoon!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Spin on our motto!

The motto of the Blog is "roma locuta est, causa finita est."

I really like this motto too, however: "Roma locuta est, cafeteria finita est!"

Also, I stumbled upon this, and you simply gotta love what Fr. Sibley is selling!

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Sunday, April 24, 2005

The German Shepard

I do love that nickname- the German Shepard, our protector and guide.
If anyone was interested, here is the text to his inagural mass.

PopeAn excerpt:
"And now, at this moment, weak servant of God that I am, I must assume this enormous task, which truly exceeds all human capacity. How can I do this? How will I be able to do it? All of you, my dear friends, have just invoked the entire host of Saints, represented by some of the great names in the history of God’s dealings with mankind. In this way, I too can say with renewed conviction: I am not alone. I do not have to carry alone what in truth I could never carry alone. All the Saints of God are there to protect me, to sustain me and to carry me. And your prayers, my dear friends, your indulgence, your love, your faith and your hope accompany me. Indeed, the communion of Saints consists not only of the great men and women who went before us and whose names we know. All of us belong to the communion of Saints, we who have been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we who draw life from the gift of Christ’s Body and Blood, through which he transforms us and makes us like himself. Yes, the Church is alive – this is the wonderful experience of these days."

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Catholic-ese

The media needs to learn English, or at least Catholic-ese:

Catholic is Catholic. We are not conservative or liberal, right-wing or left-wing, we are orthodox or heterodox- one either adheres to the teachings of the Church or not. If not, that doesn't make them "liberal," that would make them heterodox. The term anathema comes to mind as well...ah, the good 'ol days...

Please, MSN, CNN, FOX, take this to heart!

Now we shall see what happens to, how to say, the liturgical innovations which many American parishes seem to have divised while discarding the GRIM.

In addition, can we say that "The Cafeteria is Closed."

Vivat Papa!!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Papal Reactions

+JMJ+



On msnbc.com

Disappointment. I was hoping for a Pope that was futuristic and willing to take the Church into the Third Millennium. We will now continue to look to the past and hang on to beliefs that were created over time not by our founder, Jesus, but by men. Men who made numerous errors in judgment throughout the centuries including bigotry, murder, abuse, discrimination and more. This church needs to continue to encourage world peace among all nations and peoples, to admit to past discretions, and to continue the discussion of the uneven distribution of wealth in this world. BUT we also need to assist the family by allowing and encouraging comprehensive birth control (even if prohibiting abortion). We need to have a 2-tier approach to the priesthood by allowing priests to marry and have families if they wish. We need to allow all Catholics their right to the sacraments. This church has always leaned towards punishing its members for its transgressions. I was hoping to see it lean towards love and acceptance.

Susanne Reeves, Riverton, Utah


First off, let's be clear: the Sacraments are NOT a right. Absolutely, unequivocally, not even close to a right. We don't deserve the Sacraments. We really don't. Were God only just, we would all go to Hell. But He is merciful also, and so He freely gave, not out of an obligation or duty to respect our rights, but freely gave us grace, and a normative means to recieve that grace, the seven wonderful Sacraments. Also, as someone who plans on becoming a priest: please, keep us celibate. We've got enough to worry about. Good grief. My love life (and yes, I do have a love life as a celibate) doesn't have the ability to focus in on one person. I want to share! What can I say, my kindergarten teacher taught me well.

Secondly, the logic of "we look back to the traditions of the past, but the traditions of men not Jesus', which are the ones we should be looking at, therefore, let's look to the future..." is shaky at best. And as far as punishing transgressors, we actually have a Sacrament where you can be forgiven of absolutely anything that you did. All you need is honest to goodness contrition. With open arms, the Church waits to embrace anyone who should decide to rejoin the fold.

Perhaps if Benedict started wearing a Starfleet uniform, would he be "futuristic" enough? Personally, I prefer the ones from the movies. And not the pajamas they wore in number one. I'm talking like the ones from "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan". Now there's a uniform! I might even trade in my cassock for one of those bad boys. Heck yeah!


+Ad Majorem Dei Gloram+
"If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.The highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing.”-St. Thomas Aquinas

Habemus Papam

+JMJ+

He took Benedict XVI! I am so incredibly excited about this, wow!


The first words of Pope Benedict XVI:

Dear brothers and sisters, after our great pope, John Paul II, the cardinals
have elected me, a simple, humble worker in God's vineyard,I am consoled by the
fact that the Lord knows how to work and how to act, even with insufficient
tools, and I especially trust in your prayers. "In the joy of the resurrected
Lord, trustful of his permanent help, we go ahead, sure that God will help. And
Mary, his most beloved mother, stands on our side. Long live Pope Benedict! Tu
es Petrus.

+Ad Majorem Dei Gloram+

A New Low

+JMJ+


Someone in Iowa evidently decided to sell a Eucharist that he claims was consecrated by Pope John Paul II. His explanation:"I am not a Catholic and do not believe I'm going to [H]ell for selling this collectible..." Source

The diocese of Sioux City, Iowa contacted e-Bay and had the transaction terminated. One man, a Knight of Columbus from California who wanted to remain anonymous, put in a $2000 bid to keep it out of the hands of people who would use it for blasphemous purposes. The bid never finished, so the man never had to pay, but sir, you have my finest compliments, and a hearty Aggie WHOOP!

+Ad Majorem Dei Gloram+

"Lord, what fools these mortals be!"
-'Puck' to 'Oberon',A Midsummernight's Dream III:ii:115, William Shakespeare

Monday, April 18, 2005

WHOOP Ratzy!

Here is an excerpt from his homily Sunday, April 17th:

"How many winds of doctrine we have known in recent decades, how many ideological currents, how many ways of thinking… The small boat of thought of many Christians has often been tossed about by these waves – thrown from one extreme to the other: from Marxism to liberalism, even to libertinism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism; from
agnosticism to syncretism, and so forth. Every day new sects are created and what Saint Paul says about human trickery comes true, with cunning which tries to draw those into error (cf Eph 4, 14). Having a clear faith, based on the Creed of the Church, is often labeled today as a fundamentalism. Whereas, relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and “swept along by every wind of
teaching”, looks like the only attitude (acceptable) to today’s standards. We are moving towards a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires.However, we have a different goal: the Son of God, true man. He is the measure of true humanism. Being an “Adult” means having a faith which does not follow the waves of today’s fashions or the latest novelties. A faith which is deeply rooted in friendship with Christ is adult and mature. It is this
friendship which opens us up to all that is good and gives us the knowledge to judge true from false, and deceit from truth. We must become mature in this adult faith; we must guide the flock of Christ to this faith. And it is this faith – only faith – which creates unity and takes form in love. On this theme, Saint Paul offers us some beautiful words - in contrast to the continual ups and downs of those were are like infants, tossed about by the waves: (he says) make truth in love, as the basic formula of Christian existence. In Christ, truth and love coincide. To the extent that we draw near to Christ, in our own life, truth and love merge. Love without truth would be blind; truth without love would be like “a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal” (1 Cor 13,1)."


WHOOP Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger! WHOOP WHOOP WHOOP!!!

The Rock

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Dead Man Walking

+JMJ+
"Whosoever shall shed man's blood, his blood shall be shed."
-Genesis 9:6


A while back, Tim Robbins made a second adaptation of Dead Man Walking, a book by Sr. Helen Prejean,C.S.J. based on two personal experiences she had with the death penalty, this time for the high school stage instead of the silver screen. Impressed with the Jesuit Order's record in social justice ministry, he decided to distribute it to select Jesuit high schools to be perfomed as a "test balloon" of sorts. Originally, I had only planned to write one simple review of the version I saw at my alma mater, Strake Jesuit of Houston, TX. I should have known in advance that anything written about the Southwell Players (the drama troupe of the school, of which I was honored to number myself during my senior year) would be anything but simple, brief, or singular, particularly when you see the performance twice, even more particularly when it deals with such a myriad of issues as this play did. Then I thought "hey, I should make this a week long serial sort of thing!" until I realized that it is rare for me to make 5 posts a week, or one a day, though I may get into that habit if I post on a web log that I do not share. So I decided to go upon a golden mean, being the good Aristotelico-Thomist that I am. I'll write a few, probably three, within the span of a week, if possible, but I've got a calculus test Friday, so if I'm delayed, forgive me.
The performances were all brilliant. The first thing to remember about any play is that it is very much like a living person. I may be happy one day and then sad the next. A play can emphasize one aspect of the story one day and another the next. Friday I saw the humanity of the man, Saturday the inhumanity of the system that killed him. Sunday, out of curiosity, I watched the movie, which drove me to the question: "what is it in us that demands such a thirst for blood when it is spilled by another?" Make no mistake: the families in the story did not simply go along with the State, they wanted this. They wanted the murderer of their children dead. I don't just wonder if they would have him raped as the girl, Hope Percy, was raped, if they could have. Perhaps Hobbes was on to more than we would care to admit. Or maybe St. Augustine.
The leads, Sr. Prejean (Karen Cook) and Matthew Poncelet (Jared Hardin) were both excellent. In Prejean, there was an initial confusion about what to do, left only with a rock-solid faith in God to stand upon and pull her through, and a frustration with Poncelet that came out beautifully as she tried to make him realize the stakes and attain salvation. Particularly wonderful with this was the scene where Poncelet quips that the execution of Christ and his own are similar because of why they were killed, at which Prejean snaps at him for even thinking such a thing. Poncelet came off with enough badness to force you to believe that this was indeed a man who killed two people, one after raping her. Yet there was just enough of him that wanted to reform, who knew that this was his last chance, so that with some coaxing from Prejean, he came about in the end.
The leads, though, are just the tip of the iceberg. They are what you see most of the time, but without a solid base, without good supporting actors and actresses, the best lead will only be the ringmaster of a circus gone terribly awry. There were no such problems here. Of special interest were the Percys (Ugo Egbunike and Christina Agenend) Mr. Hilton (Ed Roman) and Mrs. Poncelet (Kelly Reese), Matthew's mother. The hurt of the Percys, which festered into anger towards everything, finally manifesting itself in a bloody vengeance, the grounded hope and zeal of Hilton, and the unconditional love of a mother and the state of Matthew's home life shown by Mrs. Poncelet, all real, all incredible, all haunting.
Among other things that I plan to write about on this vein are an examination of the death penalty in general, and the role of the chaplain in the play. Let's face it, when you have a hopeful to the priesthood seeing a play where a preist is involved in a controversial role (chaplain for death row inmates, which means that he makes money from the death row system) I'm going to write about it.
To anyone who accuses me of bias, that because I was once part of that theatre my judgement is naturally going to be favored towards them, allow me to reassure you that I would not dishonor the Players by declaring a horrible performance good.
Just as a matter (or matters, I should say) of trivia: during the sequence of photographs that played during the pardon board hearing, you could see a shot of a classic Fightin' Texas Aggie Bonfire (WHOOP!) and on the inside of Poncelet's right bicep, there was tattooed a rather curious yet strangely familiar land animal... I wonder what it could have been?
+Ad Majorem Dei Gloram+
"Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord, I will repay."
-Romans 12:19
UPDATE:
+JMJ+


How could I possibly post something about the theatre without complementing those behind the stage? How silly of me. Yes, come to think of it, I think a special technical award should go those fine daring devils who selflessly manned the perilous projectors of the private prep. place. (that's alliteration, for those who are curious). Ward, Danny...cheers!

Having only spent a day helping Audrey with the myriad of lights, I would like to commend her and anyone else who was even remotely involved with the lighting during the show for not putting a damper on an already "heavy" show by commiting suicide. Y'all rock!

Sound guys...Trey, possibly Tim (?), very nice. We all knew you'd come through. The sound used for this play was in an unusually large amount. The amount of music used might actually compare with the amount used in a movie of the same length, plus the endless stream of gunshots, phone rings, heartbeats, cell doors opening and closing, and of course, the electric buzz of "ol' sparky", as they refer to it in Huntsville.

A job well done all around.

+Ad Majorem Dei Gloram+



bonfire



WHOOP! One Fightin' Texas Aggie Bonfire, coming right up!!! (this is actually the same photo used in the sequence I mentioned last time.)

Saturday, April 16, 2005

The Best Line....

Earlier, a friend said to me:

"If Aristotle is wrong, then everything I have been learning from you[fj], David, and Aquinas is also wrong."

Ha!

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Cartoon Memorials to JPII

The Cause of 1/2 Newborn Deaths...

This is incredibly sad, to put it mildly.

Belgian doctors are directly responsible for nearly half of the 253 deaths
of newborn babies during a year-long period, a new study reports.



If another Flood was sent, it wouldn't even begin to atone for the direction the civilized world is going, and the U.S. seems to be following quite closely behind. It remains to be seen if we will follow in their footsteps. I hope our country waits, sees the damage which the "culture of death," among other things, has done to these countries, and turns the tide.

Whoa!

I almost spit my muffin all over my computer this morning. Why you ask?
I was reading the Curt Jester....and came across this line:

"The unfortunate side effect would be more Left Behind books... they are like Freddy Krueger on steriods, just wen you think thye published the last one, then out comes another one."

Yes. It is funny. Or perhaps a result of four hours of sleep, you be the judge.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Ah-Nold and JPII

Now here is a compliment for our beloved JPII I had not heard before:
Pope John Paul II was "a very physical guy and very good at sports," California
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday, expressing admiration for the pontiff's
devotion to physical fitness... He also talked to me about his exercise regime,"
the Catholic Schwarzenegger told KNX radio in Los Angeles.
"That he worked out at 5 o'clock in the morning every day. He did his push-ups and sit-ups," the former Mr. Olympia said. "You know he was a very physical guy and very good at sports and very good skier and soccer player."

Sunday, April 10, 2005

The NYT

A few gems from the New York Times:

"It is highly unlikely that the new pope will depart from his conservatism on contraception, divorce, women as priests or the range of what the church considers to be "sanctity of life" issues, from stem cell research to abortion and euthanasia."

No, things are just declared as doctrine to mess with the mind!


"Joaquín Navarro-Valls, announced that the cardinals had decided unanimously ... "to avoid interviews and contact with the media," whose members were "invited to abstain" from seeking out comment."


I doubt the media will entertain this idea. Perhaps they can consider it mortification of some sort? Anyway, their endless speculation will make the new pope come as even more of a suprise non-catholic peoples. And Heeeeeereeeeee we go:


"The cardinals are loath to mention names, but from the comments of many, the field seems to be wide open."


Now, to the more serious issues:


"The issues on the minds of Catholics who would like to see their church liberalize its position on contraception, divorce or women priests are not under discussion, the cardinals said in interviews."


Frankly, I'm suprised that was published....then again, I suppose the idea of not changing doctrine really is sensational, from observing non-catholic churches.


"A reporter asked Cardinal Francis George of Chicago in a news conference last week whether the church would consider approving the use of condoms to prevent AIDS in places like Africa.
"Your solution is to exterminate the poor?" he said, referring to the births that contraception would prevent. "The doctrine of the church isn't going to change, and so you work with it as best as you can." "


WHOOP to Cardinal George! I LIKE that man :D

Takin' Bets..

... on the next Pope.

What are the odds on your candidate?

Every time I see that webpage, I just about die laughing.
Currently the best odds are for Arinze at 11-4.

Demolition

Sorry for all the changes everyday. Although any good website is constantly evolving, this one is currently in demolition and re-build mode at the moment, so you never know what you may see! If there are any crazy-huge problems which are NOT resolved within an hour of being noticed, leave a comment please :).

Well, it appears comments cannot be left. I shall be working on that!

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Not Sand, but a ROCK!

+JMJ+

"And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Mt. 16:18)

It was decided yesterdy by the College of the Cardinals that the Conclave, wherein the next pope is to be elected, will begin on April 16th. Many questions have been circulating: who will he be? Will he be conservative, moderate, or liberal? Will he change the teachings of the Church? On Ordination? Celibacy? Abortion? Much uncertainty abounds, and rightly so. But another thing exists which should not be there: fear. It is natural to fear what we do not know, and we do not know the future or what it will bring. Nevertheless, we should not. It is natural to think of the pope as only a man, the magesterium as only men, who are fallible, prone to error, which all men indeed are, and so fear that what it means to be Catholic will change. Nevertheless, we should not. It is natural in this time of sadness to, from time to time, forget that Divine Providence reigns supreme, and that nothing will happen that is not in accordance with God's will, especially with His Beloved Bride, the Church. Nevertheless, we should not.

The image of the rock is used throughout Scriptures. It refers to many things: safety, (Ex. 33:22) refuge, (Ps. 103:8) and God Himself (2 Kgs. 22:2). Here it refers to Peter and those who succeed him, the popes. More importantly, it refers to what our Church is built on. We stand on a firm foundation with our faith. Christ described in Matthew the difference between a house built on sand and on rock. When the rain comes, a house on sand collapses. A house on rock stands firm. The sands change with whatever wind is blowing at the present. It is all you can do to keep head above it all with so much change. The rock stands defiant, resolute in its mission and charge from God. On its solid foundation, much can be built. A firmer understanding of who we are, what God wants, and how we should best live our faith that can only come if you are not constantly trying to change with the world and keep up with it. We observe the happenings of the world around us from our secure position. We are aware, but unconcerned. We know all will turn out for the best. We do not change our beliefs, but build on them, make them stronger, better, richer.

Many recall the days of the Middle Ages and Early Rennaisance when the Church was in a slump. For many today, it is the time when we could do no right. Popes sired children, made war in the Holy Land, burned dissenters at the stake. Yet, as Peter Kreeft points out, the Church may not have always practiced what it was preaching, BUT IT NEVER CHANGED THE PREACHING. The popes used only certain Doctrines to justify themselves, but diregarded others. They killed for faith, but forgot hope and love, the greatest of which is love. (1 Cor. 13:13) People ask what is wrong with deciding for yourself which of the Church's teachings are to be believed, and that is the answer. It is a bad rule on the whole, because when you alter the teachings, you destroy the rock and what has been built up. You destroy the foundation that Christ set down for us. It is in the darkest times when we forget that God is there. But it is in the darkest times when He is there the most, making sure that it doesn't get darker. It is said that God never gives us more than we can handle. If this is true for individuals, why wouldn't it be true for His Church, the community of believers that He founded all those years ago? The distance of the popes in those days from the Doctrine may have corrupted the popes, but it saved the Doctrine. God may not have cared much for the behavior of the corrupt ones, but he cared very much for the flock they neglected, and would not have allowed them to drift into error. "They that worship must worship in sprit and in truth." (Jn. 4:24) Those little ones whom God loves so, He would not have guided into falsehood, or allowed that others may do so. "He is our God, and we are His people, the flock that He shepherds." (Ps. 94:7)

To say that the magesterium is a group of men without the guidance of the Holy Sprit is to say that there is a body, but no soul. It is to deny the existance of the very thing that makes the thing what it is. Christ promised this when he said that He would "ask the Father, and He shall give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with you for ever. The Spirit ofTruth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, nor knoweth him: but you shall know him; because he shall abide with you, and shall be in you." (Jn. 14:16-17) The Sprit is with us all, make no mistake about that, it guides us all and gives gifts to us all, but it does so with the bishops in a special way, not for the sake of the teachers but the students. No clergyman exists for his own sake. In the example of Christ, the clergy exists for the laity (Mt. 20:28). God will not fail us. The Holy Spirit will not fail us. And so the Church will not fail us. It will always be the Church, and will always teach as the Church, ever growing, ever developing. Stable, firm, reliable, though not stagnant. It is the splendid and special love of Christ for His Church, His Bride, His Beloved, which keeps it safe and gives it life.

So we should be not afraid, and when the new pope emerges onto the balcony over St. Peter's square, we should joyfully cry out "Tu es Petrus!" and think with gladness how much Christ gave us, and what He will still give us, in this magnificent gift of a Church.

+Ad Majorem Dei Gloram+
Quote of the Day:
"Love takes up where knowledge leaves off."
-St. Thomas Aquinas

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

A Competitive Sport (?)

+JMJ+

I am noticing two things. First, all of my titles thus far involve a question mark. Second, in my previous two posts, I used a latin phrase. The quote of the day is nothing new, and a time honored tradition in any communique from me to the world, but nevertheless, the other two intrigue me.

Speaking of intrigue, there was a charter bus out by the University Centre. It had those sun blockers that you put on windows to keep the insides from overheating, and in the windshield, there was a hand written sign "Girls Gone Wild Tryouts 2pm". This really begs the question (heck, it begs a whole multitude of questions): is there such a clamor to be on this that they felt the need to hold auditions now? I had always been under the impression that the only requirement be that you be willing to remove your top and do interesting things after this, a willingness generally aided by some kind of intoxication.

Perhaps its a quality control thing. After all, the people who buy this sort of thing demand nothing but the best sleazy entertainment, true connosieurs of the art of filming drunken college girls doing things that are probably best left unsaid. (And if you don't think that those videos aren't the slightest bit sleazy, you've got some serious issues with morality.) The image that keeps running through my head, though, is that of the Saturday Night Live skit where Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley are trying out at a night club to get the sole chippendale slot. You know the one I mean. O tempora, o mores!

+AMDG+
Quote of the Day:
"God hath to them more power given,
Than to any angel that is in heaven;
With five words he may consecrate
God’s body in flesh and blood to male,
And handleth his maker between his hands;
The priest bindeth and unbindeth all bands,
Both in earth and in heaven;
Thou ministers all the sacraments seven;
Though we kissed thy feet thou were worthy;
Thou art surgeon that cureth sin deadly;
No remedy we find under God
But all only priesthood.
Everyman, God gave priests that dignity,
And setteth them in his stead amount us to be;
Thus be they above angels in degree."
-The Character called "Five-Wits", Everyman

Will that be 'for here' or 'to go'?

+JMJ+

"Other states are trying to abolish the death penalty... mine just put in an express lane!" -Ron White

In central Washington, churches of the United Methodist Church and the Disciples of Christ have recently allowed Planned Parenthood to set up "express health centers". I am not entirely sure what services are provided, as not all of their services are abortion-related per se, however given the fact that, as I understand, there are no other clinics or similar facilities in the area it is entirely likely that there are abortions happening in churches. I suppose on the bright side for the unborn, if you have to die (I'm being tame and civil), where better than a church?

I have heard the arguments in support of abortion: freedom, choice, personal dignity, economic mobility, privacy, mental health, physical health. Is it worth it? Would you truly sacrifice the life of a child for this? We are not a civilized nation. In the past, human sacrifices were offered to appease the gods and win favors and fortunes. We did it then, we're doing it now. The people haven't changed. The action hasn't changed. The alter and god may have changed, but when it boils down to it, its all the same.

Below is the article from planned parenthood. Please note that I absolutely and unequivocally do NOT advocate hate mail or violent measures to be taken against them. One day, the materials used for bombs, bullets, guns, knives, and swords will all run dry. Love will always be there. Love is more powerful, far more powerful, than any of these things. These things are but things of man. Love is a thing of God. To love your enemy, to charitably and gently correct them of errors, is more effective than any of these things. Even if you are unsuccessful at first, there is a thing called "ministry of presence". People will notice your calm behavior, your patient manner, your loving attitude, and will slowly but surely come to respect this, far more than fanatical ravings and screams. When St. Augustine began his friendship with St. Ambrose of Milan, who was instrumental in his conversion, he said that "I began to love him, at first indeed not as a teacher of truth, which I utterly despaired of finding in Your church, but as a person who was kind to me." (Conf. V) Kindness and love, then, not hatred and anger, are the order of the day. Ite, missa est!


+AMDG+
http://www.plannedparenthood.org/pp2/portal/files/portal/webzine/insidepp/ipp-050325-church.xml

Quote of the Day: "If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then, America, defend life. All the great causes that are yours today will have meaning only to the extent that you guarantee the right to life and protect the human person."
-Pope John Paul II

Sunday, April 03, 2005

When in Rome...Plug Your Ears With Wax?

"ROMA LOCUTA EST, CAUSA FINITA EST; UTINAM ALIOQUONDO FINIATUR ERROR." ("Rome has spoken, your cause is finished; I would only that your error were so quickly done with.") So said St. Augustine in Book I of his Sermons. If only that would work these days. Last night on CNN, people were talking about how now that John Paul II (may he rest in peace) is dead, perhaps the new pope will change things like women's ordination. Clearly the word infallible, which was in fact used by the Vatican to describe that particular teaching, has lost all meaning. I'll let Ratzinger deal with them.

The Pope will always be remembered. He was a brilliant philosopher and theologian, staunchly orthodox, who while defending the faith and strengthening the papacy, also reached across religious lines to people of all faiths. His insights into the nature of human sexuality, what it means to be male and female, how that relates to the greater question of what it means to be human, of suffering, evil, death, and life were incredible. Particularly life.

In a time when hedonism has come back up, and a sort of neo-stoicism has arisen, where a life that is unpleasant should be ended immediately (this is called "killing" or "murder" for those of you who don't can't quite wrap your arms around the issue.) he had the courage to say that life is precious, that no matter how bad it gets, we should press on. He was able to draw lines that God knows I don't have the skill to draw, and in a way far too tasteful for it to be mine. His was the papacy of life. He was truly more "humanist" than any of the so-called "humanist popes" of the rennaisance. The human being was always exalted, their very existance a sacred reality. Yet he was always mindful that as great as the creation is, so much greater is the Creator. The more he exalted man, the more he exalted God.

May God bless you, Pope John Paul II. Soon enough, the history books shall call you "St. John Paul the Great" It is with this in mind that I dedicate this site, and I pray to you, now gone Holy Father, to impart upon humanity the wisdom and faith which you aquired in your life, enhanced by your sufferings.

"A Prayer at the Time of Death", by St. Thomas Aquinas:

I recieve You,
Price of my redemption,
I recieve You,
Viaticum of my pilgrimage,
For love of Whom I have
studied
kept vigil
labored
preached
and taught.

Never have I said anything against You.

If I have, it was in ignorance, and I do not persist in my ignorance. If I have taught anything false, I leave correction of it to the Roman Catholic Church.

Amen.


+Ad Majorem Dei Gloram+