30 June 2010
For I give you to understand, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For neither did I receive it of man: nor did I learn it but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion: how that, beyond measure, I persecuted the church of God and wasted it. And I made progress in the Jew's religion above many of my equals in my own nation, being more abundantly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased him who separated me from my mother's womb and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the Gentiles: immediately I condescended not to flesh and blood. Neither went I to Jerusalem, to the apostles who were before me: but I went into Arabia, and again I returned to Damascus. Then, after three years, I went to Jerusalem to see Peter: and I tarried with him fifteen days. But other of the apostles I saw none, saving James the brother of the Lord. Now the things which I write to you, behold, before God, I lie not.
28 June 2010
25 June 2010
Ordinations - Visit from Gricigliano - Feast of SS. Peter and Paul - Grant Applications
Dear Friends of St. Francis de Sales Oratory,
1. Ordinations in Florence, Italy
On July 1, feast of the Most Precious Blood, His Grace, Archbishop Raymond L. Burke will ordain three deacons of the Institute to the holy priesthood: Abbe Aaron Huberfeld, Abbe Michael Stein (both are Americans) and Abbe Antoine Boucheron (French).
The Sacrament of Holy Orders will be conferred at the magnificent Church of Santi Michele e Gaetano in Florence, Italy. For those able to attend, the four-hour ceremony would pass as if only half an hour, as the enormous grace which is made available through this sacrament is manifested.
In the words of Father Paul Philippe, O.P., “Priests are, therefore, made, participate in, and are, in a way, sacramentally identified with the very being of Christ the Priest, by the mere fact that they are priests, independent of their sanctity or personal mission.
Saint John Eudes said as much to his priests in excellent fashion: ‘You are clothed with his Royal Priesthood, and your own priesthood is but one with his, and you are but one priest with the Sovereign Priest. You are Jesus Christ living and walking on earth. You represent his Person, you hold his Place.’”
Please join the whole Institute on this joyous occasion in prayer: for the ordinands, and in thanksgiving for the enormous graces of Holy Orders.
2. Seminary Society of the Institute of Christ the King
In order to generate effective spiritual and material support for the Institute’s International Seminary, the Seminary Society serves to help the Institute raise awareness and interest among the faithful in the formation of our seminarians.
A prayer program has recently been launched at the Oratory which will encourage the faithful to support individual seminarians through personal prayers. If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact the office or Mrs. Mary Hayworth and ask for a sign-up sheet. We then will send you a confirmation form with the name of the seminarian who will be assigned to you, together with his photo.
Part of a seminarian’s formation is to spend part of the summer in an Institute apostolate. For a month this summer, we will welcome a seminarian, Abbe John O’Connor, to the Oratory. Abbe O’Connor arrives on July 9. On Sunday, July 11, the Seminary Society will sponsor a reception to welcome him after the 10:00 AM Mass, in the hall. Please plan to join us.
3. Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Tuesday, June 29
As early as the fourth century, a feast in memory of Sts. Peter and Paul has been celebrated on the same day. Observed on June 29, it is a liturgical feast in honor of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles; the date selected being either the anniversary of their death or of the translation of their relics.
A solemn High Mass will be celebrated on this first class feast at 6:30 pm, with Fr. Michael Houser as the celebrant. This will be a farewell Mass for Fr. Houser as he will leave for Rome to continue his studies. Please come join us.
4. The Oratory has begun apply to various foundations
Grateful as we are for the wonderful, grace-filled community life which continues to develop here at the Oratory, we are still at a stage of development where our weekly revenue from the sacrificial tithing of our families is just sufficient to cover the operating expenses of our large campus. In our effort to restore this church, not only for the Oratory’s families, but for the cultural heritage of St. Louis, we are now applying to various foundations for funding which will be applied to the restoration work. Please pray that this effort will be fruitful!
Canon Michael K. Wiener
Rector, St. Francis de Sales Oratory
What is your beef with law enforcement, anyway? Are you one of those liberal puke criminal defense/greedy trial lawyers I was told to hate in political campaign ads? Or are you one of those anarcho-capitalist libertarian nut-jobs who think that highways and bridges spontaneously appear ex nihilo, and who deny original sin? In other words, what is your major malfunction? If I read another cop-beats-idiot-who-had-it-coming whine on your blog, I'm cancelling my subscription and demanding a refund.
-- Go Back to Canada
Dear Go Back,
Nice to hear from you. I am not one of those you describe. I am not anti-police, but I am anti-misuse of power. It goes without saying that you shouldn't verbally abuse a fellow human being. It just seems that if I electrocuted the person who verbally abused me, I might have to bring that matter to the confessional. If you still insist on a refund, I will send it to you. Just respond with your specific address, precinct and badge number.
P.S. Please don't taze me.
Dear tin man,
The other seekers in my faith community were sitting around a bowl of steaming incense sharing our faith journeys during our weekly faith-rap, and the subject of right-wing bloggers came up. The current facilitator of the week said that you think women shouldn't vote. I know your bigotry extends to womenpriests (tm), but I can't believe even you would be against women's suffrage. Is it true?
--Hoping Your Faith Vision Excludes Misogyny
Dear Miss Ogyny,
Unfortunately, it's true. I don't think women should vote.
But don't worry, I don't think men should either.
Wishing you the best on your faith journey,
You really do alienate a lot of real Catholics with your holier-than-thou rad-trad smugness. Isn't it enough that Pope Benedict let you guys back into the Church (he didn't ask me, btw), do you have to take it over? I like my good-old-reliable English language Mass. I like the music, too-- I even play the tambourine in our Music Ministry Minstrels group. And the thought of kneeling down on these old legs with some priest's hands trying to stick the bread on my tongue gives me the shakes. Leave the Mass alone!
--Sense of Irony Gene Missing
You simply don't know what's best for you. Let me and my team of like-minded liturgical experts tell what kind of Mass you get. Then wait several decades, because we know that these things always take a generation or so to really take effect. In the meantime, I would consider granting a limited indult for one novus ordo Mass a month (preferably on a Saturday, in a hotel, mausoleum or hospital chapel) for those persons who are stubbornly clinging to the old ways.
In the "Spirit of Trent",
You don't know me, but I read and enjoy your blog. "Timman", hee hee. Anyway, I was perusing my latest issue of Latin Mass Magazine, and I noticed that only 72% of the women pictured were wearing chapel veils. I really, really, really like chapel veils. Do you?
Well anyway, I noticed in your Burroughs post, that none, and I mean none, of those girls wore any kind of head covering. None. And the rest of their attire was fairly scanty. Do think they should wear chapel veils? If they did, they might avoid that night in hell. And then some.
But I digress. my real question is this: what is your beef with law enforcement, anyway?
--Go Back to Canada
Dear Go Back,
I like veils.
Dear Ridiculous "Blagger" Who Calls Himself "thetimman",
You chose lawyer bully Burke as Saint Louis Catholic of the Year in 2007 and 2008. Yet you didn't chose no body for 2009. Could it be that you don't dare choosing obvious winner for fear you are exposed as the losering man you are? Ha! Only one pastor growing and growing his church and opening communion with real christian types. Only one pastor with big-time endorsement deal with BMW. I still here but Burke not here. He is no here, right? Give me what I deserve.
Dear Mr. B,
Forgive me for failing to post an update to the blog. I changed the title of the award last year to "Vatican Catholic of the Year." The winner was Archbishop Burke.
Or, as you might say, "Rejoice, St. Louis; beware, rest of world."
'Don't Taze My Granny!'
By TIM HULL
(CN) - Police Tasered an 86-year-old disabled grandma in her bed and stepped on her oxygen hose until she couldn't breathe, after her grandson called 911 seeking medical assistance, the woman and her grandson claim in Oklahoma City Federal Court. Though the grandson said, "Don't Taze my granny!" an El Reno police officer told another cop to "Taser her!" and wrote in his police report that he did so because the old woman "took a more aggressive posture in her bed," according to the complaint.
Lonnie Tinsley claims that he called 911 after he went to check on his grandmother, whom he found in her bed, "connected to a portable oxygen concentrator with a long hose." She is "in marginal health, [and] takes several prescribed medications daily," and "was unable to tell him exactly when she had taken her meds," so, Tinsley says, he called 911 "to ask for an emergency medical technician to come to her apartment to evaluate her."
In response, "as many as ten El Reno police" officers "pushed their way through the door," according to the complaint.
The grandma, Lona Varner, "told them to get out of her apartment."
The remarkable complaint continues: "Instead, the apparent leader of the police [defendant Thomas Duran] instructed another policeman to 'Taser her!' He stated in his report that the 86 year-old plaintiff 'took a more aggressive posture in her bed,' and that he was fearful for his safety and the safety of others.
"Lonnie Tinsley told them, 'Don't taze my Granny!' to which they responded that they would Taser him; instead, they pulled him out of her apartment, took him down to the floor, handcuffed him and placed him in the back of a police car.
"The police then proceeded to approach Ms. Varner in her bed and stepped on her oxygen hose until she began to suffer oxygen deprivation.
"The police then fired a Taser at her and only one wire struck her, in the left arm; the police then fired a second Taser, striking her to the right and left of the midline of her upper chest and applied high voltage, causing burns to her chest, extreme pain and to pass out.
"The police then grabbed Ms. Varner by her forearms and jerked hands together, causing her soft flesh to tear and bleed on her bed; they then handcuffed her.
"The police freed Lonnie Tinsley from his incarceration in the back of the police car and permitted him to accompany the ambulance with his grandmother."
Tinsley says the cops capped it all off by having his grandmother "placed in the psychiatric ward at the direction of the El Reno police; she was held there for six days and released."
"As a result of the wrongful arrest and detention, the plaintiff Lona M. Varner suffered the unlawful restraint of her freedom, bodily injury, assault, battery, the trashing of her apartment, humiliation, loss of personal dignity, infliction of emotional distress and medical bills."
They seek punitive damages for constitutional violations, from the City of El Reno, Duran, Officers Frank Tinga and Joseph Sandberg, and 10 Officers Doe.
Don't worry, I'll help you out. This is just a lawsuit-- the plaintiffs' side only. I seriously doubt police would ever taze an unarmed old lady. Oh, wait... um, well:
Whew! I thought we had a problem, but clearly, she "had it coming."
The former pastor at St. Raphael just got 80 months in prison; while not excusing the grave matter involved and the immorality of his intended actions, it is ironic that the act he was arrested was to have an email correspondence with a middle-aged sheriff pretending to be someone else. In deeply scandalous and unprecedented news, the palace of the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels was sealed off and searched by Belgian authorities, as well as the residence of the former Archbishop, Cardinal Daneels (for the record, I will hasten to add there is no suspicion of the current Archbishop, sent to clean up the mess) to investigate child sexual abuse. The chickens are coming home to roost. If you don't believe in the Holy Ghost, remember the not-that-long-ago buzz about Cardinal Daneels being papabile.
I try to avoid discussion these kinds of matters on my blog, as there is nothing good to be said. The evils inflicted by perpetrators are obvious, and it tends just to gin up an opportunity for some to heap opprobrium on the Church. The New Springtime obviously didn't begin--if it has begun-- in 1962, to say the least.
In short, sin has consequences. And prayer is constantly needed.
I was wondering if you would be so kind as to let your readers know about a 40 Hours Devotion that is taking place at Queen of All Saints Church in Oakville, MO this weekend? There will be a Solemn Mass (Ordinary Form) at 7PM on Friday June 25th, to open the devotion. The Most Blessed Sacrament will remain enthroned on the Altar throughout the day and night until Sunday June 27th and there will be a Solemn Benediction at 4PM on Sunday. Fr. Brian Harrison of the Oblates of Wisdom will preach at the Benediction on Sunday. The Blessed Sacrament will be reposed in the tabernacle for the normal weekend Masses: Saturday at 8AM, Saturday at 5PM and Sunday at 7:30, 9, 10:30AM and noon.
We are also hosting in the Gymnasium this same weekend the Vatican International Exhibit on Eucharistic Miracles of the World. This will be open Saturday from 2PM to 7PM and Sunday from 8AM to 2PM. There is more information on this exhibit at:
24 June 2010
1 58 And her neighbors and kinsfolks heard that the Lord had shewed his great mercy towards her: and they congratulated with her.
1 59 And it came to pass that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child: and they called him by his father's name Zachary.
1 60 And his mother answering, said: Not so. But he shall be called John.
1 66 And all they that had heard them laid them up in their heart, saying: What an one, think ye, shall this child be? For the hand of the Lord was with him.
1 67 And Zachary his father was filled with the Holy Ghost. And he prophesied, saying:
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Please continue to remember Sister Marie and her special intention in your prayers.
Novena to St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)
Dear God, Thou hast generously blessed Thy servant, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, with the gifts of the Spirit. Thou hast marked his body with the five wounds of Christ Crucified, as a powerful witness to the saving Passion and Death of Thy Son. Endowed with the gift of discernment, St. Pio labored endlessly in the confessional for the salvation of souls. With reverence and intense devotion in the celebration of Mass, he invited countless men and women to a greater union with Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
Through the intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, I confidently beseech Thee to grant me the grace of (mention your intentions here). Amen.
Recite three Glorias.
The following litany of St. Pio is not part of the novena, but of course may be prayed in conjunction with it:
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, graciously hear us.
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World,
have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
have mercy on us.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for us.
Beloved of God, pray for us.
Imitator of Jesus Christ, pray for us.
Good shepherd of the people, pray for us.
Model for priests, pray for us.
Light of the Church, pray for us.
Adorer of the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.
Faithful son of St. Francis, pray for us.
Marked with the stigmata of Jesus, pray for us.
Patient in suffering, pray for us.
Helper of the dying, pray for us.
Director of souls, pray for us.
Heart of gold, pray for us.
Apostle of mercy, pray for us.
Worker of miracles, pray for us.
Consoler of the afflicted, pray for us.
Lover of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.
Helper of souls in doubt and darkness, pray for us.
Comforter of the sick, pray for us.
Example of humility, pray for us.
Source of wisdom, pray for us.
Mirror of the divine life, pray for us.
Lover of Jesus Crucified, pray for us.
Resigned to the will of God, pray for us.
Doing good upon earth, pray for us.
Filled with the spirit of self-sacrifice, pray for us.
Our help and hope in all our needs, pray for us.
Vessel of the Holy Ghost, pray for us.
Leading us to Christ, pray for us.
Our spiritual father and advocate, pray for us.
Crowned with glory in Heaven, pray for us.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Let us pray:
God our Father, You helped St. Pio to reflect the
image of Christ through a life of charity and self-sacrifice.
May we follow your Son by walking in the footsteps of
St. Pio of Pietrelcina and by imitating his selfless love.
17 June 2010
A few days ago, I participated in a “focus” group directed by a politically-correct “liberal” organization. Each of us was asked to make a brief statement about five politically-oriented groups. One of them was UNICEF. My statement was that it is “an international organization that uses children as an excuse for the expansion of governmental power; that whenever legislation is proposed to ‘help the children,’ you should run.” A woman sitting next to me — and who works for a state bureaucracy to “help” children — responded: ”but that’s the work I do.” I replied: “then you know what I mean.”
16 June 2010
Non avertas faciem tuam a me; in quacumque die tribulor, inclina ad me aurem tuam.
In quacumque die invocavero te, velociter exaudi me.
Quia defecerunt sicut fumus dies mei, et ossa mea sicut cremium aruerunt.
Percussus sum ut fenum et aruit cor meum, quia oblitus sum comedere panem meum.
A voce gemitus mei adhaesit os meum carni meae.
Similis factus sum pellicano solitudinis, factus sum sicut nycticorax in domicilio.
Vigilavi et factus sum sicut passer solitarius in tecto.
Tota die exprobrabant mihi inimici mei, et qui laudabant me adversum me iurabant.
Quia cinerem tamquam panem manducabam et potum meum cum fletu miscebam,
a facie irae et indignationis tuae, quia elevans allisisti me.
Dies mei sicut umbra declinaverunt, et ego sicut fenum arui.
Tu autem, Domine, in aeternum permanes, et memoriale tuum in generationem et generationem.
Tu exsurgens misereberis Sion, quia tempus miserendi eius, quia venit tempus,
quoniam placuerunt servis tuis lapides eius et terrae eius miserebuntur.
Et timebunt gentes nomen tuum, Domine, et omnes reges terrae gloriam tuam,
quia aedificavit Dominus Sion et videbitur in gloria sua.
Respexit in orationem humilium et non sprevit precem eorum.
Scribantur haec in generatione altera, et populus, qui creabitur, laudabit Dominum.
Quia prospexit de excelso sanctuario suo, Dominus de caelo in terram aspexit,
ut audiret gemitus compeditorum, ut solveret filios interemptorum;
ut annuntient in Sion nomen Domini et laudem eius in Ierusalem,
in conveniendo populos in unum et reges ut serviant Domino.
Respondit ei in via virtutis suae, paucitatem dierum meorum nuntia mihi.
Ne revoces me in dimidio dierum meorum; in generationem et generationem sunt anni tui.
Initio tu, Domine, terram fundasti; et opera manuum tuarum sunt caeli.
Ipsi peribunt, tu autem permanes; et omnes sicut vestimentum veterascent,
et sicut opertorium mutabis eos, et mutabuntur.
Tu autem idem ipse es, et anni tui non deficient.
Filii servorum tuorum habitabunt, et semen eorum in saeculum dirigetur.
15 June 2010
This is an excerpt from a post by Tim Townsend at the STLToday religion blog:
Archbishop Carlson visits St. Cronan’s, Kleba
By Tim Townsend
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Continuing his march of reconciliation, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson celebrated Mass at St. Cronan Catholic Church in St. Louis Saturday.
In his year as head of the Catholic church here, Carlson has celebrated Mass at scores of churches. So what’s the big deal that he was at St. Cronan’s?
In November 2007, two women were ordained as priests in a group called Roman Catholic Womenpriests. The ordinations were hosted by Central Reform Congregation, though they were not recognized by the church, which does not ordain women as priests.... Four months later, Burke – who is now the prefect of the Vatican’s Apostolic Signatura, or supreme court - declared the two women excommunicated.
A month after the ordinations, the pastoral leadership of St. Cronan’s – known for its progressive social activism – asked CRC’s rabbi, Susan Talve, to an Advent vespers service. ... about 150 St. Cronan members gathered under a tarp in the street next to the church and held the service – with Talve – in the freezing rain.
The two ordained Womenpriests – Rose Marie Hudson and Elsie Hainz McGrath – were there. As were Seán Collins and Sister Louise Lears – the two members of St. Cronan’s pastoral team under the church’s pastor, the Rev. Gerald Kleba. Both Collins and Lears had also been to the Womenpriest ordinations at CRC. Kleba did not attend the ordinations, and was not at the prayer gathering in the rain outside his church a month later. ... The archbishop eventually placed Lears under the canonical penalty of interdict.
Two weeks after Lears’ original hearing, Kleba was also summoned to meet with Burke. Kleba later said Burke told him the archbishop believed the vespers service with Talve had been organized “to undermine his role as leader of the diocese.”
...Carlson seems to have been on a war path of reconciliation. He made a point to tell the press, on the anniversary of his first year in St. Louis that he had worked “very closely with St. Louis University,” and was “back on the board at Cardinal Glennon.”
Burke had a strained relationship with St. Louis University’s president, the Rev. Lawrence Biondi. He resigned from the board of Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center Foundation over the appearance of singer Sheryl Crow at a benefit concert because of her support for embryonic stem cell research.
“Every journey begins with a first step,” Carlson said last week. “Maybe that would characterize my year.”
And then he went to St. Cronan’s.
14 June 2010
Now that the great Feasts of Corpus Christi and the Sacred Heart are past, we enter into that time of hopeful waiting until the end of the liturgical year, with its great feasts of Christ the King, All Saints and All Souls. This period was known traditionally as the Time after Pentecost; in the new calendar it is painfully labelled "Ordinary" Time.
I realize that the term "Ordinary" is derived from the fact that these Sundays are numbered-- think "ordinary" as in "ordinals". It is not meant to signify that there is nothing special about this time. Be that as it may, the term fits like Cinderella's slipper, as a cursory look at both calendars will show.
In the Traditional Calendar, this past Sunday--the Third Sunday after Pentecost-- is followed by these feasts and ferias, Monday-Saturday:
•St. Basil the Great, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of the Church
SS. Vitus, Modestus and Crescentia, Martyrs
•4th Wednesday after Pentecost
•St. Gregory Barbadici, Bishop and Confessor
•St. Ephrem, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of the Church
•St. Juliana Falconieri, Virgin
All of the feasts are class III except SS. Vitus, et al., which is class IV.
In the New Calendar, this past Sunday-- Sunday, Week 11, Ordinary Time-- is followed by these feasts and ferias:
•Monday, Week 11, Ordinary Time
•Tuesday, Week 11, Ordinary Time
•Wednesday, Week 11, Ordinary Time
•Thursday, Week 11, Ordinary Time
•Friday, Week 11, Ordinary Time
•St. Romuald, Abbot
The feast of St. Romuald is an optional memorial, similar to a Class IV feast in the Traditional Calendar.
I know of people who have a particular devotion to St. Basil, but I haven't yet met anyone with a particular devotion to Monday, Week 11, Ordinary Time.
OK, cheap shot--perhaps-- but the point is there to be made. The spiritually-barren geniuses who gave us the novus ordo also gave us a matching calendar. See, you, the ignorant lay Catholic, are not smart enough to realize that the Mass is about Jesus. You are distracted by the feast days of Saints. You must be provided with liturgical blinders so you focus on Christ.
Unfortunately, like many plans of experts, it doesn't really work, and the focus on Christ Himself has been unnecessarily blurred in the new Mass.
Of course the value of any Mass is infinite, daily Mass is to be encouraged, and a devout Catholic will make time to go to a Mass regardless of the particular feast or lack thereof. But come on-- we are human beings. The happy accidents of our faith-- the seasons, the feasts, the colors, and all the little attentions to our brethren in the Church Triumphant-- mean something to us. They motivate us. Is it just possible that the weary Catholic peering up with one eye on the alarm clock might just swing their feet out of bed for the Mass of one of their favorite saints, yet hit the snooze button for the Monday, Week 11 of Ordinary Time?
Also worth mentioning are the many traditional Votive Masses that can be said on ferias or Feasts under a certain class. This further encourages pious devotions, such as those to St. Joseph, or the Sacred Heart, or the Immaculate Heart of Mary, etc.
Ask yourself: Have we seen a dramatic increase of Christ-focused Catholic warriors following the General Sherman-like slashing and burning of our traditional Calendar, or just the opposite?
Related to the calendar--not by necessity but by historical accident-- is the revised Lectionary. Proponents point to the greater amounts of scripture contained in the three-year cycle of readings. Yet even if this point is granted for argument's sake (it is the subject of an entirely different post), it is more than offset by the total lack of correspondence of any particular reading in year C, cycle II to the Mass of any particular day. The natural connection to season and feast is severed. The Traditional Mass readings and Gospel are tailored specifically to the feast day, thus reinforcing the lex credendi with the lex orandi, so to speak.
Reform of the reform should include, and perhaps start with, the Calendar. Saints canonized after 1962 could be added as appropriate, the way it was always done.
The Holy Father has, at least for now, decreed that there are two forms of one Roman Rite. He indicated that there was room for the forms to enrich each other. Restoring the Calendar would be one such enrichment, and much more easily decreed.
By now it is almost a cliché that the old ideological points of reference are no more; that left, right, and center cannot be identified even with a scorecard. One way of describing these changes is to say that left and right have been collapsing toward the center, that is, toward the locus of power. Interests of state have increasingly taken over, leading the "responsible" elements within each ideological group more and more to resemble one another.
We have reached the final pages of Orwell's Animal Farm, in which the pigs, who had previously been the vanguard of the successful animal revolution against man, now walk erect and even live in the farmhouse, and "the creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from Pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which." Specifically, it has become almost impossible to distinguish "responsible" National Review conservatism from right-wing social democracy or from neoconservatism, and even, in some respects, from left-liberalism or the democratic socialism of the Robert Heilbroner variety.
How much difference is there, after all, among William F. Buckley, Sidney Hook, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Nathan Glazer, Norman Podhoretz, and Irving Kristol – or even between them and Heilbroner and John Kenneth Galbraith? Admittedly there are differences of style, of traditional rhetoric, of ethnic roots, and especially, different persons and institutions each of these thinkers will salute on days of ritualistic obeisance. But the substance is all too similar.
11 June 2010
Just for fun, I looked at how fast the Gulf of Mexico is filling with oil.
•The Gulf’s volume is approximately 2.5 quadrillion cubic meters, 660 quadrillion gallons (660,000,000,000,000,000 gallons) or 600,000 cubic miles.
•Estimates of the oil released vary from 40 million to 100 million gallons. Let’s use 66 million gallons to make the arithmetic easy.
•The amount of oil released is 1/10,000,000,000 of the volume of the Gulf (one ten billionth).
•If it has taken 53 days to release 66 million gallons, it will take 530,000,000,000 days to fill the Gulf of Mexico. That’s 1.45 billion years.
•If the earth is 4.54 billion years old, it would take 1/3 the life of the earth to fill the Gulf.
•If the universe is 13.75 billion years old, it would take 1/10 the life of the universe to fill the Gulf.
Stop! This is not possible. Here’s another view:
•Tiber field (on which the platform was drilling) contains 250,000,000 barrels of oil (at 42 gallons per barrel).
•At 66 million gallons per 53 day period, it would take 8,400 days to drain Tiber field (23 years).
•If emptied, Tiber field would cover the 615,000 square miles of the Gulf surface with 0.00098 (about 1/1000) inch of oil after 23 years.
The point of all this is perspective. We are very small so everything looks big to us. When journalists report massive oil plumes underwater, or foot deep oil collections on shore, we should be aware that things are still very, very small relative to the enormity of the Gulf of Mexico. The plumes may not actually be massive, and the oil may not be 1 foot deep everywhere. None of this is intended to excuse BP—it’s just perspective.
If this is too rational for you, just go the opposite way and commiserate with this loon (KSDK's video won't embed, but make sure you click on it for a good idea why we as a nation are swirling around the toilet drain).
A partial indulgence is granted to those who recite this prayer. A plenary indulgence is granted if it is publicly recited on the feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. This prayer was prescribed to be recited on this feast by Pope Pius XI .
IESU dulcissime, cuius effusa in homines caritas, tanta oblivione, negligentia, contemptione, ingratissime rependitur, en nos, ante altaria tua provoluti, tam nefariam hominum socordiam iniuriasque, quibus undique amantissimum Cor tuum afficitur, peculiari honore resarcire contendimus.
MOST sweet Jesus, whose overflowing charity for men is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate before Thee, eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries to which Thy loving Heart is everywhere subject.
Attamen, memores tantae nos quoque indignitatis non expertes aliquando fuisse, indeque vehementissimo dolore commoti, tuam in primis misericordiam nobis imploramus, paratis, voluntaria expiatione compensare flagitia non modo quae ipsi patravimus, sed etiam illorum, qui, longe a salutis via aberrantes, vel te pastorem ducemque sectari detrectant, in sua infidelitate obstinati, vel baptismatis promissa conculcantes, suavissimum tuae legis iugum excusserunt.
Mindful, alas! that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we humbly ask Thy pardon and declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation, not only for our own personal offenses, but also for the sins of those, who, straying far from the path of salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow Thee, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the promises of their baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of Thy law.
Quae deploranda crimina, cum universa expiare contendimus, tum nobis singula resarcienda proponimus: vitae cultusque immodestiam atque turpitudines, tot corruptelae pedicas innocentium animis instructas, dies festos violatos, exsecranda in te tuosque Sanctos iactata maledicta atque in tuum Vicarium ordinemque sacerdotalem convicia irrogata, ipsum denique amoris divini Sacramentum, vel neglectum vel horrendis sacrilegiis profanatum, publica postremo nationum delicta, quae Ecclesiae a te institutae iuribus magisterioque reluctantur.
We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against Thee; we are now determined to make amends for the manifold offenses against Christian modesty in unbecoming dress and behavior, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and holydays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against Thee and Thy Saints. We wish also to make amends for the insults to which Thy Vicar on earth and Thy priests are subjected, for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which Thou hast founded.
Quae utinam crimina sanguine ipsi nostro eluere possemus! Interea ad violatum divinum honorem resarciendum, quam Tu olim Patri in Cruce satisfactionem obtulisti quamque quotidie in altaribus renovare pergis, hanc eandem nos tibi praestamus, cum Virginis Matris, omnium Sanctorum, piorum quoque fidelium expiationibus coniunctam, ex animo spondentes, cum praeterita nostra aliorumque peccata ac tanti amoris incuriam firma fide, candidis vitae moribus, perfecta legis evangelicae, caritatis potissimum, observantia, quantum in nobis erit, gratia tua favente, nos esse compensaturos, tum iniurias tibi inferendas pro viribus prohibituros, et quam plurimos potuerimus ad tui sequelam convocaturos.
Would that we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood. We now offer, in reparation for these violations of Thy divine honor, the satisfaction Thou once made to Thy Eternal Father on the cross and which Thou continuest to renew daily on our altars; we offer it in union with the acts of atonement of Thy Virgin Mother and all the Saints and of the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of Thy grace, for all neglect of Thy great love and for the sins we and others have committed in the past. Henceforth, we will live a life of unswerving faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the Gospel and especially that of charity. We promise to the best of our power to prevent others from offending Thee and to bring as many as possible to follow Thee.
Excipias, quaesumus, benignissime Iesu, beata Virgine Maria Reparatrice intercedente, voluntarium huius expiationis obsequium nosque in officio tuique servito fidissimos ad mortem usque velis, magno illo perseverantiae munere, continere, ut ad illam tandem patriam perveniamus omnes, ubi Tu cum Patre et Spiritu Sancto vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mother, our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation; and by the crowning gift of perseverance keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to Thee, so that we may all one day come to that happy home, where with the Father and the Holy Ghost Thou livest and reignest, God, forever and ever. Amen.
From the Raccolta, #256 (S. P. Ap., June 1, 1928 and March 18, 1932); Enchridion of Indulgences #26.
10 June 2010
It's that time of year again, when thousands of well-meaning St. Louisans will descend on Downtown, pony up money, and engage in the Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure". The Saint Louis Archdiocese has consistently maintained its opposition to this event because of the fact that many Komen affiliates provide funding to Planned Parenthood, and because the group supports embryonic stem cell research, which necessitates the cloning and murder of human beings.
The Post-Dispatch has covered the Archdiocese's opposition here, and the Archdiocese's position on the Komen group can be found here.
What I'd like to focus on in this post is the absolutely predictable reaction by local worldlings. Allow me to highlight and respond to a few of my favorites--though they are all very fine in their own ways. From the STLToday article:
(all comments include original spelling and grammar)
Does anyone really care anymore what the Pediphile infested, self important, arrogant, out of touch, guilt feeding, criminally involved, self proclaimed superior, Archdioces and its band of blind employed and self important sychophants think?
Your or rather the followers of the religion you represent come to the church (not your church) to worship the lord, not you , not your personal beliefs , but rather, God, Jesus Christ, the Ten commandments, and the written word… PERIOD!
Look back at current history, look further back at ancient and midevil history…Just look back…Do you think the various Archdioces have anything to be proud of? The Papacy? Your overall history? Please stop before you lose all faith in your abilities, and at best try to preach things that you might be able to understand, because you possibly have done more than read a book or follow some other arrogants, lead…….
OK, I am off to a bad start. I am absolutely speechless in the face of this type of eloquence. Let's try another one.
this is typical of the church leadership, rather thatn concentrating on Christ’s mission and promoting all the good that the church has done, a few old, out of touch men in dresses, make policy and decisions that constantly gives the church bad publicity and drives people away. This being the STL archdiecese, I am surprised they have not excomunicated all Catholics who participate in this walk for cure.
Well, if you restated it as excommunicating all Catholics who participate in the walk knowing it supports Planned Parenthood and supporting this fact, then you would be saying something. Of course, the "men in dresses", as you put it, really aren't supposed to be most concerned with bad publicity or whether they get members like it was some kind of club. They are supposed to care whether Catholics go to Heaven or hell, and it seems to me that taking a stand against killing babies, and calling on Catholics to avoid supporting those who kill them might just accomplish that goal better than to allow their flock to be ignorant of the issues.
Over 60,000 survivors, participants, family members, and friends are all not wrong.
I lost a sister to this, I have friends who are survivors, and someone I care about who have all gone through this. I volunteer for it and if the Catholic church doesn’t like it, tough. They are welcome to come downtown and excommunicate me on the spot.
How about praying for these women? How about a special mass at the cathederal on the day of the race?
How about coming downtown and blessing the crowd? When or if someone should lose her life to this, rest assured the priest from her parish will stand before the family and friends telling them what a great individual, mother, and wife she was. But judging from the statement from Lindell will they mean it or are these just words? Ask the Arch Diocese or the Arch Bishop; What would Jesus say or do? Who knows, he might run too.
If the relative numbers are dispositive of truth, then I suggest this writer become a Mohammedan or Buddhist. If numbers were indicative of the correct course of action, then you would have to fault Our Lady and St. John at the foot of the cross. As for praying for the women who suffer from breast cancer, of course Catholics do this. Start with St. Peregrine.
I seriously, seriously doubt Jesus would run to benefit a group that supports the killing of babies. After we die, we'll probably know for sure.
And now, my favorite:
This annoys me so much. The Catholic Church is showing that they truly care more about controlling where some money MIGHT possibly go (even though SGKCure St. Louis is NOT affilliated with …Planned Parenthood) than helping to find a cure for Breast Cancer! It’s disgusting that the Catholic Church values the use of my [SLC Edit: let's just say "special purpose"] more than the life of my being. Why isn’t my LIVING EXISTENCE as sancrosant as an unborn fetus? Their “Pro-life” stance is baloney! They just proved it. They care more about the unborn than the living. It’s about controlling people’s lives and making sure there are more Catholics born to support the church. Living Women ARE as valuable as fertilized eggs and unborn fetuses! And my money is going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure-St. Louis! They can spend it how they see fit!
Logic is not the strong suit of the modern abortion supporter. Her first sentence assumes facts not in evidence, and not merely the lie that the Church cares more about where some money MIGHT possibly go than helping to find a cure for breast cancer. It also assumes that killing babies will advance a cure for breast cancer. The failure of embryonic stem cell research to provide any effective treatment for any medical issue of the day is documented, as is the great success of adult stem cell research to actually provide effective treatment to many. Of course, whether or not procured abortion increases the risk of breast cancer, it certainly does not prevent or cure it.
Her next sentence, Forrest Gump-like, stumbles into a very profound truth, which does more to explain and support the Catholic Church's actions in this matter than anything else in the story itself. The Church does care HOW one behaves more than "the life of my being", if by that she means her biological life. Why? Because eternal death is infinitely more serious than biological death. Because eternal life never ends and earthly life does. Because only in Christ is there found true life that will never end. What good would it do (to paraphrase Our Lord) to cure one's cancer if it came at the price of eternity in hell? Of course, such notions don't motivate most people in the so-called Christian West anymore. But for all of that, they are not any less real. Good for the Church to stand for the Truth, and the Life.
The writer's next point, that "living" people are "just as" valuable as unborn babies, doesn't lead to any conclusion that they are "more" valuable. And hence her own emphasis on paying attention only to the born is nothing more than a power play. Even under her type of utilitarian thinking, there are far more aborted babies than people who suffer from breast cancer, even should taking a lap around Kiener Plaza cure them all.
Lastly, the bankruptcy of her position is capstoned by the declaration that she doesn't care where the Komen group spends her money. This is a lie, of course. Let Komen give the money Rush Limbaugh, British Petroleum, the Daughters of the Confederacy, or--gasp!-- the Catholic Church, and hear the howl.
Folks, if you don't think we as a faith will face martyrdom I want to know why not. I think most faithful Catholics have considered that our lives may in fact one day be required of us in order to witness for Christ. But what I haven't often thought of-- and what is made absolutely clear by the comments at the STLToday site-- is that our killers are not likely to be witty, erudite partisans who respect our differing opinion. No, I suspect Satan will gape at us in idiotic spite as we are led to the slaughter.
I don't claim the strength to endure it, let alone desire it. I pray for grace for us all.
From the UK Guardian:
Madrid gay pride march bans Israelis over Gaza flotilla raids
A delegation of gay residents of Tel Aviv has been banned from joining a gay pride march in Madrid because authorities in the Israeli city have not condemned the recent attack on the Gaza flotilla.
"After what has happened, and as human rights campaigners, it seemed barbaric to us to have them taking part," explained Antonio Poveda, of Spain's Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transexuals and Bisexuals. "We don't just defend our own little patch."
The Tel Aviv group have reacted angrily to the decision, claiming that the Madrid activists were getting their priorities wrong by mixing the nine flotilla deaths with gay pride.
"I cannot recall anyone asking the Tel Aviv city hall to either support or condemn in this case. That is not their job. I also don't recall Madrid's gay organisations condemning any of the Palestinian terrorist attacks on cafes or buses," Eytan Schwartz, a spokesman for the city told Spain's El Mundo newspaper.
"Don't they know that Islamist fundamentalists don't just want to finish off Israel, but that they also believe homosexuals should 'cure themselves' or die?"
"It is shameful that they should join with pro-Palestinian and fundamentalist groups which are not exactly tolerant with homosexuality," he said.
"Why do they mix politics with a gay pride procession? We were invited as an apolitical association and we do not represent the government," Mike Hamel, one of the Israeli invitees, said.
Schwartz said that Tel Aviv had also extended an invitation to Madrid to send a gay delegation to the city.
Among other things, Tel Aviv had planned to take the Spanish organisers of the march to Gaza so they could witness a place "that is controlled by the fundamentalists of Hamas, who do not respect any human rights and believe that homosexuals should be killed," Schwartz said.
"We invited the organisers of the gay pride event in Madrid to join a march this Friday in Tel Aviv, the only place in the Middle East where you can be gay in public," he said.
"They would be able to talk to Arab gays who travel here secretly because they would be murdered at home if they revealed their sexuality."