29 April 2009
36,000 people. From where does this statistic come? And is it true?
From The Vaccine Book, by Robert W. Sears, M.D., F.A.A.P. (this book, due to its subject matter, tends to focus on children and vaccines, hence the references in the following passages to child statistics; but the larger point applies to the source and limitations of the usual statistics):
Is the Flu Serious?
Mostly no, but sometimes yes. Virtually all cases of the flu pass without consequence. However, there is an average of 100,000 hospitalizations each year because of complications from the flu. Most involve elderly people.
There is a misconception about how serious the flu is in infants and children. This is because the most common source of flu data comes from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) database. This is what most doctors review when they investigate flu data for any given year so they'll know how to educate their patients about the risks of the flu. The MMWR reports deaths from the flu and from pneumonia all in the same group. So most doctors (and regular people, too) can't easily look up how many people died from just the flu in a given year. In addition, the MMWR doesn't tell us how many infants and young children die compared with the number of elderly adults. All the MMWR does tell us is that over the past several years, about 36,000 people have died annually from the flu and pneumonia. This is the statistic most commonly referred to when people talk about the flu. Most informational materials that promote the flu vaccine cite this statistic from the MMWR, giving the false impression that 36,000 people actually die from the flu every year. In reality, this is the number of deaths from the flu and pneumonia combined. I was reading an Associated Press news release from May 1, 2006, about a new flu vaccine, and sure enough, there it was: "Each winter, flu kills 36,000 Americans, most of them elderly." No wonder people panic over the flu. Other press releases even go so far as to say, "36,000 people die every year from the flu, most of them infants and the elderly." Such statements give worried parents the false impression that thousands, if not tens of thousands, of infants are killed each year by the flu.
What is the actual number of flu fatalities every year? Relatively few. How do I know this? Because the National Center for Health Statistics, a lesser-known database that doctors don't commonly read, does collect data on all causes of death in the United States. This center, along with the American Lung Association, published a paper in 2004 that detailed the number of deaths from the flu alone in various age groups over the past twenty-five years. They found that there had been fewer than twenty deaths reported each year in each of the following age groups:
- infants under 1 year
- kids ages 1 to 4 years
- kids ages 5 to 14 years
- young adults ages 15 to 24 years
- adults ages 25 to 34 years
This adds up to only about 100 deaths reportedly caused by the actual flu virus, or complications thereof, each year in children and young adults combined. The same paper says the total number of deaths from the flu each year in the United States averages about 1500. Over 90 percent of those deaths are in people age sixty-five and older."
28 April 2009
"Furthermore, in this one Church of Christ no man can be or remain who does not accept, recognize and obey the authority and supremacy of Peter and his legitimate successors. Did not the ancestors of those who are now entangled in the errors of Photius and the reformers, obey the Bishop of Rome, the chief shepherd of souls? Alas their children left the home of their fathers, but it did not fall to the ground and perish for ever, for it was supported by God. Let them therefore return to their common Father, who, forgetting the insults previously heaped on the Apostolic See, will receive them in the most loving fashion. For if, as they continually state, they long to be united with Us and ours, why do they not hasten to enter the Church, "the Mother and mistress of all Christ's faithful"? Let them hear Lactantius crying out: "The Catholic Church is alone in keeping the true worship. This is the fount of truth, this the house of Faith, this the temple of God: if any man enter not here, or if any man go forth from it, he is a stranger to the hope of life and salvation. Let none delude himself with obstinate wrangling. For life and salvation are here concerned, which will be lost and entirely destroyed, unless their interests are carefully and assiduously kept in mind."
The Catholic faithful are required to profess that there is an historical continuity — rooted in the apostolic succession — between the Church founded by Christ and the Catholic Church: “This is the single Church of Christ... which our Saviour, after his resurrection, entrusted to Peter's pastoral care (cf. Jn 21:17), commissioning him and the other Apostles to extend and rule her (cf. Mt 28:18ff.), erected for all ages as ‘the pillar and mainstay of the truth' (1 Tim 3:15). This Church, constituted and organized as a society in the present world, subsists in [subsistit in] the Catholic Church, governed by the Successor of Peter and by the Bishops in communion with him”.
From the site:
The Date: Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
The Time: 7:15 pm
The Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Philadelphia Phillies
The Oratory has terrific tickets. Who’s coming?
The Cardinals are back for four home games next week, starting with the Phillies on Monday and Tuesday. A generous benefactor has provided the Oratory with 15 seats in a luxury suite at Busch Stadium for Tuesday night’s game against the Phillies, last year’s World Series Champion.
For a minimum donation of $100 per ticket (SLC note: I think this is actually the face value of the ticket), you and your companions will see the Cardinals resume their home game advantage from a luxurious vantage point. In addition to comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, the luxury suite includes a big screen TV to see the replays, as well as convenient restroom facilities (a bonus during the flu season).
Come support the Oratory and enjoy a great evening with friends and family in a venerable American tradition - at the ball game!
To reserve your tickets, please contact the Oratory as soon as possible. Call (314) 771-3100 and ask for Jon Roche or Dana Cole, or email email@example.com, and arrange payment by check made out to ”The Friends of St. Francis de Sales, Inc.”
27 April 2009
Banquet Center Owner Takes Stand for Unborn
In a recent Jeff City Update we shared with you information about an awards banquet held last night by a group calling itself "Faith Aloud." The banquet was organized by pro-abortion activists to "honor" representatives from Planned Parenthood and current and former legislators for their support of the abortion industry. We were disappointed to learn that the event was being held for the second straight year at Orlando Gardens, a prominent south St. Louis County banquet center. We encouraged you to send e-mails to the management expressing disappointment that they would host a party for those celebrating the killing of unborn children.
As a result of those contacts, we are delighted to report that the owners have had a change of heart. General Manager Mike Orlando shared his decision in an e-mail to us: "The Orlando Family is PRO LIFE. Therefore, our family will refuse to receive any profit from this event and donate all of the event's proceeds to the Respect for Life Apostolate at the St. Louis Archdiocesan office. Furthermore, Orlando Gardens will not be hosting any future events for Planned Parenthood."
Praise God for this victory. Please take the time to e-mail Mr. Orlando and thank him for taking this courageous stand on behalf of justice for the unborn. He has demonstrated that he is a businessman of true integrity and conscience.
You can reach Mike Orlando at firstname.lastname@example.org
26 April 2009
TODAY!! Sunday April 26, 2009 40 Days for Life St. Louis is partnering with Defenders of the Unborn to stand in prayerful protest at the Abortion Banquet that will be held at Orlando Gardens on Watson Rd.
This banquet is hosted by Planned Parenthood and the Coalition for Reproductive Choice each year to "honor" those in our community who have worked hard to keep abortion "Alive."
This event is an added offense for Catholics because it is held again this year at a banquet center that is owned by a Catholic family.
When they were asked why they would allow this event to be held at this facility the response from Mr. Orlando was, "well times are bad and we need the business." Orlando Gardens is taking money from an organization that kills children for a living. The money from this banquet is paid with the blood of our children. We will stand in peaceful, prayerful protest from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Please contact Mary if you are able to attend @ 314-346-9052.
TODAY!! Sunday April 26, 2009
5PM - 7PM
8352 Watson Rd
Webster Groves, MO 63119
Let's stand together to let Planned Parenthood and those who celebrate abortion know that the Christian community does not approve.
I hope that you can make it!!
40 Days For Life St. Louis
P.S. Thank you to all those who have filled out our survey. There is still time to fill it out...Please take just a few seconds to voice your opinion and help to shape the Fall 40 Days For Life. www.40DaysForLife.com/stlouis/survey
25 April 2009
Say what you will about the SSPX, they are not afraid to put it out there.
"It seems to us that the moment is come to launch a substantial offensive, deeply anchored in the message of Our Lady at Fatima, in which she herself promised the happy ending, for she announces that, in the end, her Immaculate Heart will triumph. It is this triumph that we ask her, by the means that she herself requests, the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart by the Supreme Shepherd and all the bishops of the Catholic world, and the propagation of the devotion to her Dolorous and Immaculate Heart. It is for this that we wish to offer her, with this purpose, from now to March 25, 2010, a bouquet of 12 million Rosaries, as a crown of as many stars around her, accompanied by an equivalent sum of daily sacrifices that we may be able to fulfill most of all in the faithful accomplishment of the duties of our state of life, and with the promise to propagate the devotion to her Immaculate Heart."
24 April 2009
Vatican Information Service has reported that Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday morning delivered an address to 30 members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission upon the completion of teir plenary assembly, which was dedicated to the theme of "Inspiration and Truth in the Bible."The complete Italian-language text of the papal allocution may be read here. I do not yet have access to an English translation, so for now here is the summary of the Pope's address as reported by VIS, with emphasis added:
Benedict XVI began by underlining the importance of the chosen theme, which "concerns not only believers, but the Church herself, because the Church's life and mission necessarily rest upon the Word of God, which is the soul of theology and, at the same time, the inspiration of all of Christian life". Moreover, "the interpretation of Sacred Scripture is of vital importance for Christian faith and for the life of the Church."
"From a correct approach to the concept of divine inspiration and truth in Sacred Scripture derive certain norms that directly concern its interpretation", said the Pope. "The Constitution 'Dei Verbum', having affirmed that God is the author of the Bible, reminds us that in Sacred Scripture God speaks to mankind in a human manner. For a correct interpretation of Scripture we must, then, carefully examine what the hagiographers really sought to say and what God was pleased to reveal with their words."
"In the second place", he added, "Scripture must be read in the context of the living Tradition of the entire Church. . . . In her Tradition the Church carries the living memory of the Word of God, and it is the Holy Spirit Who provides her with the interpretation thereof in accordance with its spiritual meaning. The third criterion concerns the need to pay attention to the analogy of the faith; that is, to the cohesion of the individual truths of faith, both with one another and with the overall plan of Revelation and the fullness of the divine economy enclosed in that plan."
The task of scholars, the Holy Father went on, "is to contribute, following the above-mentioned principles, to a more profound interpretation and exposition of the meaning of Sacred Scripture. The academic study of the sacred texts is not by itself sufficient. In order to respect the coherence of the Church's faith, Catholic exegetes must be careful to perceive the Word of God in these texts, within the faith of the Church."
"The interpretation of Sacred Scriptures cannot be a merely an individual academic undertaking, but must always be compared with, inserted into, and authenticated by the living Tradition of the Church. This norm is essential in order to ensure a correct and reciprocal exchange between exegesis and Church Magisterium. Catholic exegetes do not nourish the individualistic illusion that biblical texts can be better understood outside the community of believers. The opposite is true, because these texts were not given to individual scholars 'to satisfy their curiosity or to provide them with material for study and research'. The texts inspired by God were entrusted to the community of believers, to the Church of Christ, to nourish the faith and to guide the life of charity."
"Sacred Scripture is the Word of God in that it is written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Tradition, on the other hand, integrally transmits the Word of God as entrusted by Christ the Lord and by the Holy Spirit to the Apostles and their successors so that they, illuminated by the Spirit of truth, could faithfully conserve, explain and spread it through their preaching."
"Only within the ecclesial context can Sacred Scripture be understood as the authentic Word of God which is guide, norm and rule for the life of the Church and the spiritual development of believers. This means rejecting all interpretations that are subjective or limited to mere analysis [and hence] incapable of accepting the global meaning which, over the course of the centuries, has guided the Tradition of the entire people of God."
In truth, the VIS quotes from the Holy Father do not say anything that Benedict XVI has not said on this subject before. It is noteworthy that in portions of his allocution not quoted by VIS, he refers to Leo XIII's Providentissimus Deus and Pius XII's Divino afflante Spiritu, which, though they are neglected or ignored by modern Catholic exegetes (as the Pope seems to hint at), provide the key for a proper understanding of Dei Verbum 11...
23 April 2009
Hitler ordered the kidnapping, according to historians, because he feared that Pius would further criticise the Nazis' treatment of the Jews.
Pius, who was Pope throughout the war, told his advisers "the person who would leave the under these conditions would not be Pius XII but Eugenio Pacelli" – his name before he was elected Pontiff – thus giving permission for a new Pope to be elected.
"It would have been disastrous if the Church had been left without an authoritative leader," said Father Gumpel.
I was thinking that the Catholic world doesn't have enough haiku-ing going on. So, I am here to remedy that sad situation.
Homeschoolers will recall that a haiku is a Japanese poem with three lines, following a pattern of 5-7-5 syllables. Enjoy these, from the deep recesses of my mind.
Until you can name
Nine fruits of the Holy Ghost
Keep reading St. Paul.
No kneeling allowed,
Our pastoral team insists--
We no longer believe.
Never tell Bozek
Catholics don't want Moonies
And you'll get along.
Oscar hits Saturday Mass
New flip-flops flapping.
Latin had to go--
Audience now understands
When we should applaud.
Yearning for the past,
Each of the dissenting nuns
Re-reads Karl Rahner.
Took out the altar, for what?
Old coffee table.
Posted on this blog,
Only troglodyte stories--
Stick with NCR.
Tell no one I'm here
At the Traditional Mass--
All I need, says Jane,
Is to dig that Orans thing
Now Our Father's here.
By Hilary White
Zollitsch said that Christ "did not die for the sins of the people as if God had provided a sacrificial offering, like a scapegoat."
Instead, Jesus had offered only "solidarity" with the poor and suffering. Zollitsch said "that is this great perspective, this tremendous solidarity."
The interviewer asked, "You would now no longer describe it in such a way that God gave his own son, because we humans were so sinful? You would no longer describe it like this?"
Archbishop Robert Zollitsch was appointed to the See of Freiburg im Breisgau in 2003 under Pope John Paul II. He is he sitting Chairman of the German Episcopal Conference, to which he was elected in 2008 and is regarded as a "liberal" in the German episcopate.
He told Meinhard Schmidt-Degenhard, the program's host, that God gave "his own son in solidarity with us unto this last death agony to show: 'So much are you worth to me, I go with you, and I am totally with you in every situation'."
"He has become involved with me out of solidarity - from free will."
Christ, he said, had "taken up what I have been blamed for, including the evil that I have caused, and also to take it back into the world of God and hence to show me the way out of sin, guilt and from death to life."
However, Article 613 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the definitive work issued by the Church explaining the dogmas and doctrines of the Catholic religion, describes the death of Christ as "both the Paschal sacrifice that accomplishes the definitive redemption of men, through 'the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world', the sacrifice of the New Covenant, which restores man to communion with God by reconciling him to God through the 'blood of the covenant, which was poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins'."
The Catechism continues, "This sacrifice of Christ is unique; it completes and surpasses all other sacrifices. First, it is a gift from God the Father himself, for the Father handed his Son over to sinners in order to reconcile us with himself. At the same time it is the offering of the Son of God made man, who in freedom and love offered his life to his Father through the Holy Spirit in reparation for our disobedience."
To express concerns:
OK, use your imagination a little while David Clohessy of SNAP waits desperately for that telephone call from the local press. (What? the third day since the new Archbishop was appointed and I haven't been on camera yet!?)
Scene: the local newspaper, city desk
Players: progressive editor; religion editor; political correctness editor; (not pictured-- reporter who owes religion editor money)
Time: well, any time really, but in this case, last night
Religion editor: Boss, can we finally run that hit piece on Carlson?
Progressive editor: Who?
Religion editor: Carlson. The new Catholic Archbishop. (gets blank stare) You ran a story on him today.
Progressive editor: Oh, some Catholic. Sure, fire away. Wait, what do you think, Ms?
Political correctness editor: (in metallic monotone) Yes, run the story. Be sure to emphasize the oppression of the Catholic Church. Women and poor are always hardest hit.
Progressive editor: Whatever. Get on with it. What's your angle?
Religion editor: No problem. I've written this same story for years. Or maybe I'll just dress up the NCR piece on that reactionary Finn. (Turns to leave, then halts) Oh No!
Progressive editor: What is it?
Religion editor: I already promised those leftist nuns that I would cover their bowling tournament/healing touch workshop. Darn.
Progressive editor: So, get someone else to do it-- the story writes itself.
Religion editor: You're right, I'll get Bryce to do it. He owes me money.
Saint Louis Catholic, no stranger to the world of investigative reporting, has surreptitiously obtained a copy of the template used in such stories. I will apply it to this completely unrelated story appearing in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today, just for instructional purposes. I can't show you the actual document, as it will compromise my sources.
__________________________New St. Louis archbishop shepherded conservative change in his former diocese
BY Phillip O'Connor
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Bishop Robert James Carlson arrived in Saginaw, Mich., in 2005 with a reputation as a rising star sent to reel in a renegade diocese [Begin by drawing the analogy: liberals= rebel alliance, led by Luke, Han, and Leia; Catholic Church= evil empire, led by Darth Vader.]
Carlson — named archbishop of St. Louis [Remind readers that Church doesn't allow its members to choose their leaders.] on Tuesday — was a big adjustment for the Saginaw Diocese, which over four decades had become what some considered among the most liberal in the country, priests and parishioners there say. [Relate the destruction of the veritable new Eden he wreaked in his last gig.]
Carlson replaced a bishop whose views often put him at odds with the Vatican. [He replaced Luke Skywalker, in other words.] Untener led the Saginaw Diocese for 24 years and often spoke about the church's need to re-examine its stance on fundamental issues such as abortion, birth control and the ordination of women. [Emphasize the liberal's "prophetic voice"--hee!-- and run this little quote on the front page along with another story about how teenagers can now legally buy the abortion pill; our readers' irony meters aren't functional.]
"It was considered a progressive, forward-looking diocese, in some ways, a model," said the Rev. James E. Falsey, a parish priest who served under Untener. "Of course, if you were conservative, it was considered a suspicious district." [Insert quote from heroic hippie priest who can properly lament the passing of the perfect Vatican II playground and insinuate that Catholics, er, "conservatives", are paranoid.]
Some parishioners felt the diocese and its leader at times strayed too far. [Power to the people!]
Within church circles, Carlson — who first led a diocese as bishop of Sioux Falls, S.D. — was known as a conservative who embraced moves by Pope John Paul II [Huh? Oh, yeah, the template does say John Paul II was "traditional"-- but what does that make the new guy?] and Pope Benedict XVI to return the church to its traditional doctrine.
When Carlson accepted what looked to some like a lateral appointment to Saginaw, the message seemed clear: Change was in store for the diocese of about 130,000 people bordering Lake Huron. [Cue Gestapo music: change we can't believe in.]
"He was sent here with a particular charge from higher-ups and that was to shake this diocese up ... to make sure the practices of the diocese were in conformity with the expectations of Rome," said the Rev. Tom Sutton, who was administrator of the diocese before Carlson arrived. [Get quote from an ousted adversary who can imply the Catholic can't think for himself.]
By that time, many of the 100 or so churches in the diocese had loosened some traditional practices, such as kneeling, and allowed lay ministers, including women, to play a prominent role in church functions. [Emphasize the fact that the Church wants to keep women and ordinary people down, and women, too. Did I mention women?]
Seventeen parishes were administered by lay people, many of them nuns drawn from other parts of the country where bishops wouldn't allow them to preach. [Praise the Red Brigade volunteers at least twice in this story.]
Carlson followed Vatican orders and called for ending those practices, a move that angered some and pleased others. [Nuremberg!]
"He works for the pope not the people," said Virginia Phelps, 87, a retired lay minister at a diocesan parish. [Get quote from the youngest liberal left to emphasize our youthful zeal--huh, 87 is the youngest? oh well...] "I don't think he was a shepherd of our flock. I don't think he listened to what people had to say." [Power to the people!]
The Rev. John Sarge, another parish priest, said Carlson emphasized that a church is bigger than a parish or diocese. Still, Sarge said it was difficult to see changes dismantled that he'd supported during 35 years in the diocese.
"Putting the brakes on is psychologically hard for a lot of us," he said. [Feel their pain, you cruel Catholics!]
Many priests say Carlson simply conformed with the wishes of church leaders."What's going on there is a bishop implemented what the church has asked us to do ... nothing more, nothing less," said the Rev. Denis Heames, 36, a former seminarian who followed Carlson to Saginaw from Sioux Falls [I suppose you must quote at least one toady of the new guy. Do so here.]
Some parishioners, including Leonard and Gerry LeFevre, both 76, thought the changes Carlson helped enact were long overdue. [Remember to get a quote from the oldest conservative you can find, to emphasize their dead, reactionary ideas.]
Both said they had grown unhappy with the direction of the diocese and uncomfortable with a bishop that talked about priests being allowed to marry and the ordination of women. [Prudes.]
"I don't believe in that," Gerry LeFevre said.
While some described Carlson as warm and caring, others said he had a hard time connecting with people, including priests. Some say he had a tough act to follow. [Stalin had a tough act to follow.]
Untener often shed his clerical collar and mixed easily with priests and parishioners, playing hockey, drinking beer and playing piano at gatherings. He died from cancer in 2004. [Don't draw the obvious conclusion that shedding one's clerical collar causes cancer.]
Carlson, on the other hand, often came across as reserved in dress and manner, some said. [Boo!]
The Rev. Jim Heller, 67, who was Carlson's vicar general, said he was disappointed to see the church reverse changes made over the past 40 years that he said created excitement and encouraged experimentation in the Saginaw Diocese.
"I feel like Moses. I've seen the promised land, but I probably won't get to enter it," Heller said. [Viva la revolucion!]
In St. Louis, Carlson follows an archbishop cut from similar cloth, Raymond Burke, who left to head the Vatican's supreme court. Carlson, who like Burke, is a canon lawyer, will be installed as leader of the Archdiocese of St. Louis within two months. [See if you can't get a quote from that Bozek guy-- "We need a Bishop who is a shepherd, not a lawyer." What? He's out? Oh, well...]
"He's being promoted upward for being a good, faithful servant," Sutton said. [End with some quote that emphasizes that the new guy is just some flunky.]
22 April 2009
21 April 2009
2653 Ohio Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63118
21 April 2009
The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, with the St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis, welcomes wholeheartedly the Archbishop-elect, the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson. After several months of generous prayers for a new bishop we joyfully assure His Excellency of our continued faithful support and prayers. The clergy and staff at the Oratory together with all the faithful share in the gratefulness of the whole Archdiocese for the appointment by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI.
Therefore on Sunday, April 26, a Solemn “Te Deum” will be sung after the 10 am Mass at St. Francis de Sales Oratory. (The Te Deum is a hymn of thanksgiving, expressing the sentiment of deep gratefulness toward God Almighty for His benefits.)
Join us in praying for the new Shepherd of our Archdiocese!
Canon Michael K. Wiener
Episcopal Pro-Delegate for the Implementation of the
Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum in the Archdiocese of St. Louis
Ordinary schedule of Masses at the Oratory:
Daily: 8:00am Low Mass
Tuesday: 6:30pm Low Mass, followed by Perpetual Help devotions
Wednesday: 8am; 12:00 NOON, Low Mass
Thursday: 7:00pm Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament with Benediction
First Friday: 7:00pm Solemn High Mass
Holy Days: 8:00am, and 12:10pm, 7:00pm Solemn High Mass
Confessions/ Holy Rosary 30 min. before all Masses