October 31, 2004
What a Bunch of Crap!!!
USC almost loses to three unranked teams this season and they never drop from Number 1 ("You see how these unranked teams play up when they play a team as great as USC"). Louisville loses to Miami earlier in the season, and they go up in the polls. Oklahoma barely beats OSU and they stay at Number 2. Michigan takes three OTs to beat Michigan State and they go up two slots.
But LSU eeks out wins against two unranked teams and they drop in the polls. Right.
Trick or Treat
I'll be using Halloween this year as a means for evangelization. Along with the candy I'll be giving out, I'll also be placing invitations to Holy Mass in the kiddies' bags. Hopefully, this might lure a few pagans, I mean parents, back to Mass.
October 30, 2004
Sister Madonna Buder, a 74-year-old Catholic nun, has been a premier athlete for almost 25 years, and she estimates that she won her age group competition in nearly every one of the almost 300 triathlons that she has entered.
Gay Brown Shirts on the March
This article is from one of the local Houston rags. It is called "The Reorient Express" and all you need to do is read the first few lines to see what the author thinks of reparative therapy for homosexuals.
As is typical, for the author, there can be no chance at all that a homosexual can renounce his lifestyle and orientation. Folks like this are "open-minded" but not just to ideas that contradict their ideology.
The Pixies are circumventing Clear Channel by selling mp3 of all their shows on a special site... Only $12 a show? Now I can get the Houston show!
October 29, 2004
See you there.
October 28, 2004
Thanks to the ever intrepid Dawn Eden for finding this Planned Parenthood video game.
Why don't the folks over at PP make an abortion video game? Might hurt sales though.
Does he suit up over his temple underwear?
October 27, 2004
Could A Catholic Vote For the Anti-Christ?
A friend of mine posed the question if a Catholic in conscience could vote for the Anti-Christ, that is if the voter was not voting for him because he was the Anti-Christ, but because of other issues on which he agreed with him. At first his answer was a firm NO, but after further reflection this was his conclusion:
I apologize for my e-mail yesterday in which I stated in a very “absolutist” way that you cannot vote for the antichrist. Many people have pointed out to me that in fact we cannot be “one issue” voters, i.e. I will not vote for the antichrist because he is the antichrist. Rather, it is necessary to thoughtfully and prayerfully consider the full spectrum of issues, taking into account all of the different positions taken by a candidate, and therein discover that candidate who will work for the greatest “common good.” Thus, one might not vote for the antichrist because he is the antichrist, but you may vote for him if you think that his positions on farm subsidies and increases in minimum wage are enough to offset his being a puppet for the prince of darkness and ushering in armageddon.
I hope that you will appreciate my much more enlightened position, which is the product of a healthy dialogue and discussion of issues. If you can’t compromise then you can’t get along with others, and after all, that is what Jesus was about!!
The Roman Catholic Church says the veneration of St. Death is growing in Mexico despite attempts by priests to stop it. There are 40 shrines to Death in Mexico City and about 400 nationwide, says David Romo Guillen, bishop of the Traditional Catholic Church Mex-USA, which runs the Mercy Church and has become the most visible promoter of St. Death.
This seems to have occult origins, but nonetheless, it is very POD.
October 26, 2004
Eucharistic Reflection #2
In John 6, after the Multiplication of the Loaves, the crowds ask Jesus to show them a sign so that they might believe in him” (cf. John 6:30). It is after this request that Jesus launches into his famous “Bread of Life” discourse where he gives his teaching on the Eucharist as being his flesh and blood and the necessity for those to believe in him to eat of it in order to have eternal life. Thus, it is apparent that the Eucharist is the sign that Christ gives to us so that we might believe in him! What a crucial message for those who do not know Christ or those who are struggling with their faith in him – if you want to know who Christ is you must approach the Eucharist. This great sacrament is the “sign” he gives to us so that we might believe in him and the one who sent him. So often we look for miracles or phenomenal revelations to increase our faith in Christ, while in every tabernacle around the world is the sign which we are looking for, the sign which Christ left for us so that we might know who he truly is. Shrouded in mystery, he will reveal himself to us there in the great sacrament of the Eucharist.
The text on the ads says: "Human lives for pharmaceutical products? Law
for the consumption of embryos: NO!"
The US Bishops are also fighting this with ads.
It's not known for sure why the dance is so rigid, although one theory is that it symbolizes the English oppression of the Irish, Hanley says. Another theory is that stiff arms seem less provocative than moving arms, and therefore more acceptable to the Catholic Church.
you were already lost.
October 25, 2004
October 22, 2004
School district bans Halloween... because it might be offensive to witches.
"Witches with pointy noses and things like that are not respective symbols of the Wiccan religion and so we want to be respectful of that."
In other similar news, Space Alien ignored... because people thought he was wearing a costume!
Dr. Von Hildebrand to Speak in Lafayette
Dr. Alice von Hildebrand returns to Lafayette, LA to speak on whether our society is pagan or apostate.
She will be speaking on Friday, October 29, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Pius Elementary School Auditorium (205 East Bayou Parkway Lafayette, LA 70508).
Please get the word out!
New Apologetics CD on the Church
For those interested I have a new apologetics CD available entitled "Did Christ Found a Church?" You can get it through Embrace the Grace Communications. The CD is not on their site, but if you contact them and ask for it specifically, they will send it to you.
Is it misogyny or misobgyny?
I prefer misandry.
Great books and now great articles. They even have thier own blog.
Hey Sister, are these Menthols? You know I only smoke menthols...
In the Most Recent New Atlantis
I've praised previous editions of The New Atlantis before, and the new volume is no exception. Just about every article is worth reading. Christine Rosen has another though provoking article, this time on cell phones. There is also a fine one on the "pornography culture." Thomas Hibbs also has a fine analysis of TV and Contemporary Culture.
October 21, 2004
This is so totally bizarre and I have been so tramautized that I do not think that I will be able to post anything to this blog for the rest of the day. Thank you Dungeon Majesty.
October 20, 2004
Will Their Be Great Rejoicing Tonight?
Curt Schilling - Yankee Slayer.
I Would Not Allow This In My Church
Eucharistic Reflection 1
During the course of this Eucharistic Year I will be attempting to publish a different relflection on the meaning of the Eucharist in my parish bulletin (and also on my weblog). Here is the first installment:
Everyone hears about the “crisis” in Eucharistic faith in the United States today – that only 30% to 40% of Catholics believe in the Real Presence. A disturbing fact, but one I think that is related to another disturbing fact – the number of Catholics who support both abortion and embryonic stem-cell research. Both the true presence of Our Lord and the tiny embryo remain hidden and shrouded in mystery - Jesus under the appearances of bread and wine, and the tiny developing child in the warmth of the mother’s womb. Many consider both of them too small, one that fits in the palm of your hand and the other visible only under a microscope, to be such a profound reality as true life, either human or divine. And finally, many judge by appearances - the tiny host does not look like the bearded Messiah, nor does the embryo look like a human child. The connections will seem insignificant or meaningless to some, but at the onset of this Year of the Eucharist and with the crime of abortion still legal in our nation, it would serve Catholics well to see if an increase of Eucharistic Faith might also increase our passion for to put an end to abortion.
You can now read this article in German.
October 19, 2004
A Great Gift Idea
Wine in itself is an excellent thing. - Pope Pius XII
What Catholic house would be complete without a Hand Carved Wooden Pope Pius XII Wine Bottle Stopper? Have the wise and benevolent Pontiff who guarded the deposit of the faith guard your favorite bottle of vino.
If you are interested in purchasing one of these one-of-a-kind items please contact Mr. Robert Friedl.
October 18, 2004
I Am A Prophet
Let us remember back to September 7, 2004 when on this blog I said that it was a pipe-dream to think that the Saints would make it to the Super Bowl (more like the Toilet Bowl). And boy, was I not correct. Anhow, read this guy's reflections from the local paper after last night's defeat.
The Pixies at the Reliant Arena
I am happy to say that The Pixies concert last night in Houston was one of the best concerts I have ever seen (having to wait 15 years to see them added to its greatness I am sure). The Reliant Arena was packed (although not sold out) and thankfully most of the crowd was older, by that I mean 25-40 years old, and not high school and college kids coming because it is the latest fad in music. No, it seemed everybody there had been fans for a very long time.
We got to see the second opening band, The Killers - and they were killer. A mix between The Strokes and A Flock of Seagulls. I am planning on buying the album. Anyhow, The Pixies came on at a "merciful" 9:50pm and rocked non-stop until about 11:30pm (including a small encoure after receiving accolades from the crowd). It was amazing - the sound quality was loud and clear and they played all of my favorites (including most of Doolittle). They sounded much tighter than at Coachella. My $40 bucks could not have been better spent on a concert.
The only disappointment was that there were not selling CDs of the concert after the show. I know they were doing that early on, but Clear Channel stopped them (this is why I do not listen to radio). If anyone can get a copy of the show though, I'd love one.
October 17, 2004
Motorway to Roswell...
Well, actually to Houston. I am heading out now to see The Pixies.
October 15, 2004
Holy Innocents School of the Northwest was started 30+ years ago by a former professor at Seattle University. He has a BS in Physics and an MA in Theology and taught in both departments while there. He became fed up with the university as it transitioned into a "more relevant" kind of university and decided to start this school. They're building a really neat chapel there that is designed to accommodate Latin, Byzantine, and Marionite (sp?) liturgies. The chapel will also feature an organ that the school's founder built himself and will be used not only in the liturgies, but also in the portions of the curriculum where chant is taught. The three teachers take no salary (two of them work outside jobs to cover the school's expenses) and are able to keep the tuition down to $1800 per year per student. The school has 30 students and covers K-12. It really is a gem and should definitely be included in any such list of true Catholic "powerhouse" educational institutions.
A Few Reflections on the Nature of Baseball
As I sit weeping that the Astros have dropped the first two games to the Cardinals, I will brighten your day (and mine) by offering you the readers this brilliant exceprt on baseball from an article in the recent edition of The New Atlantis.
Every spectator sport reflects back to the world symbols and portents of the drama inherent in all life. The drama inherent in baseball uniquely captures the drama of ordinary life in America. It is a drama of daily labor and ordinary toils, mundane in themselves but vital in their accumulation. It is a drama rooted in the certainty of failure: the best batter will fail to get on base more often than he will succeed, and the best pitcher will give up three runs for every nine innings pitched. It is a drama of repetition and domesticity, not martial grandeur. Youth is served in the spring; the old and lame depart in the fall; and man toils under the sun in the summer.
Unlike football, basketball, soccer, and hockey, baseball does not partition the playing field into “ours” and “theirs”; teams do not march up and down an imaginary battleground, seizing and surrendering territory. Unique among all team sports, baseball moves in a circle. The drama focuses on the home—leaving from it, defending it, returning to it, just as all men do in the paths of life. Baseball is bourgeois life, at once made smaller and grander.
But the real drama of baseball—the heroic dimension of baseball—is beyond bourgeois. To hit a single home run in a major league baseball game is to defy the edges of the expected; nearly all home runs fly past the boundaries of the baseball field, well outside the prescribed zone of play—outside of the realm that the stadium itself defines to be normal. One home run is a great victory. To surpass all men in all recorded history in home runs struck in a single season is beyond belief. And beyond belief is where heroism is found.
Wok around the Clock
For some reason the other day I remembered a show I used to love watching in grade schoool before I'd go to school in the morning - "Wok with Yan." I was with this crazy Chinese fellow (Chinaman, to be politically incorrect) who'd cook all of these stir fry dishes and make stupid puns on the word Wok. Anyhow, this is all I could really find about it on the Internet.
October 14, 2004
POD Nuns = POD Blog
The very POD looking Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey have a very POD looking blog. Look at the heading of this post to see how these nuns oppress women everywhere by using the non-inclusive word "men."
One of the Sisters has even written a book, which is obviously about being POD.
From a Reader... Who Had to Vent
We've all read about the horrid Novus Ordos out there, but when you actually have to go to one, it's really traumatic.
Have you ever gone to a REALLY bad one? I had to go to one in upstate NY yesterday. We knew we were in for some trouble when we saw the ugly bomb shelter of a building...nasty seventies art stained glass windows, long and narrow along each wall. Like mean eyes. Tabernacle off to the side where everyone can easily ignore it, and did.
Only one greeter, but no missals. I had to ask for two (I was with Angelica). There were only three available, for morons like us who have to read along...
First bad sign: when someone comes to chat, far too loudly, with you, wanting to know who you are, where you come from any why you're there...and it's the priest. I whispered to his every loud-voiced question. I don't think he understood why. And yes, we were "greeted" at the beginning of mass, from the altar. Yet another time where it's good to be tall. You can shoot disdainful looks right over the heads of most.
I always wondered what do feminazis do with the words "He is our God...". And the answer is: "Here is our God!" Just dandy. The mass was gender neutral. When it wasn't ad-libbed all together.
No Gloria was said. I'm surprised, because one could make a case that Gloria is a girl's name and so, should be mentioned as an objectively superior thing.
No altar boys OR girls...that would mean they are "special" and since the entire congretation is "special", everybody gets a turn on stage, uh, I mean, up on the altar. And no one has to wear any of those silly robes...First all the kiddies get invited up... Another kid gets to light the candles, etc. Then, a couple come right after the man-less Nicene Creed to "set the table"...unfold the tablecloth, nice nice. Puke, gag, vomit.
After the hand-holding/orans-postured Our Father (no, no one sat next to me...unfortunately...heh heh) the priest changed "protect us from all anxiety" to "bad feelings". Wasn't working, Padre. I was feeling mighty bad right around then.
The rest of the priest's spoken parts were all ad-libbed. Hey, did you know that Jesus didn't have disciples? He had FRIENDS!! Yeah!! Just like me-n-you!! As in "...gave it to his friends and said, Take, eat..." All done holding the Eucharist with one hand. Difference for differences' sake. It must be better. Gotta love it.
And of course they all stood after the Lamb of God...except for me and my daughter. Goodness, how un-inclusive of them. Didn't they realize that they weren't being very tolerant of our tradition? My culture does things differently, and isn't that the superior thing? Neanderthals.
And naturally the person behind me never expected me to bow before receiving communion, so my butt bumped him. Maybe he thought I was doubled-over laughing.
But my favorit-est part was the closing song (and of course you knew that it was a guitar and electric piano, right? I got misty-eyed thinking of the time Fr. Rutler told the Sisters of Life that no, they could NOT bring a piano into his church...that was just too Methodist! Mother Superior agreed.)
Anyway, how to convey the, uh, happiness of this song in an e-mail? Try this: Clap your hands. No, faster. No, even faster! That's it! Are you bobbing a wee bit? Good; now you've got it! And you're white, right? Not even a drop of Hispanic blood in you? Nor anyone in your tighty-whitey congregation, right? Oh, heck, let's just PRETEND we are and sing, "...I say YES! my Lord; digo SI!, senor!!...."
I was tempted to start singing a loud Te Deum on my way to the parking lot, but I thought that might be a bit much.
Thanks for listening. I feel a bit better. My heart breaks most for the kids of that parish (which did have a school!) And believe it or not, I am sooooo lucky to live here...right near NYC! - whoda thunk it?...driving distance to at least three indult Tridentine masses, at least two Byzantine Divine Liturgies and at least three devout NOs, one of which is so cool, it's ad orientum, a magnificent choir singing magnificent music, many altar boys (only), lots of incense and an altar rail. Deo gratias.
I know this is an old story, but I was not able to post it earlier. Although this is about another Shrine in the Holy Land, a reader thought it relevant:
The Church of the Nativity is a shabby mess, a result of quarreling religious orders. The Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and Roman Catholic priests have staked out Nativity turf with the acrimonious precision of teenage brothers sharing a bedroom. A locked steel door prevents direct access from the Roman Catholic chapel to the Manger Grotto, which has to be reached through the Greek Orthodox monastery where there is a particular 'Armenian beam' that Greek Orthodox monks stand on to sweep the area above the grotto entrance, making the Armenians so angry that, according to my guidebook, 'in 1984 there were violent clashes as Greek and Armenian clergy fought running battles with staves and chains that had been hidden beneath their robes.' What would Christ have thought? He might have thought, 'Hand me a stave,' per Mark 11:15: 'Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers."
Cf. P.J. O'Rourke's new book, Peace Kills, p. 48.
George Tiller's late-term abortion mill, Women's Health Care Services in Wichita, Kansas, was closed on October 3, 2004, for the 21st consecutive Saturday, in spite of advertising that indicated that the clinic would be open for first trimester abortions that day. This closure follows on the heals of the departure of another abortion nurse in September, the ninth Tiller employee to leave WHCS since Operation Rescue implemented its "Year of Rebuke" Campaign in January.
A number of my parishioners go up there several times a year to protest. Glad to see we are winning the battle on that front.
Although I don't like her as much as Ann Coulter (speaking of, I just received an autographed copy of her latest book), a reader tells me that she has been having "Catholic Week" on her show this week, and that she is a convert to Catholicism herself. It seems that the ever intereptid Fr. Roger Landry was on her show yesterday. Did anyone hear him? What wisdom did he have to impart to the world?
Finally, being hosted by Geocities was making him look like a fraud!
Back from Retreat
I have plenty of things to post, so check back over the next day or so.
October 04, 2004
Away on Retreat
I leave today for my yearly canonical retreat. I will be away until next Wednesday, October 13. God bless you all and you will be in my prayers.
Feel free to smite some nuns while I am away.
Here is Mother Teresa beautified.
The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) is pleased to release our list of the 40 most influential people in sexuality and reproductive health and rights.
October 03, 2004
From the look of it, it seems that Klingons also designed the web page.
The question of wheter Klingons could be Christian makes me think of Aquinas on extraterrestrial life.
To cite but one of many examples, it (the 9/11 Report) states that Saddam Hussein--wanting to curry favor with other Arab governments wary of Osama bin Laden--was not responsive to a 1996 request by bin Laden for safe haven in Iraq when the Sudanese government was poised to give him the boot. After bin Laden declared war against the U.S. in 1998, two al Qaeda operatives went to Iraq to meet with Iraqi intelligence. Later, a delegation of Iraqi officials traveled to Afghanistan and offered to set bin Laden up. Taliban leaders, concerned with the increasing possibility of retaliatory strikes by the U.S., urged bin Laden to go. During heated discussions with other Clinton administration policy makers about the effect of launching missile strikes on bin Laden's camps in Afghanistan, then-NSC Counterterrorism Coordinator Richard Clarke worried that bin Laden would "boogie to Baghdad" where he would put his network at Saddam's service and be all the harder to root out, given Saddam's formidable security apparatus.
"Excitement rushes through your body when you see a squirrel and you say, 'I've got to shoot it,'" said Alycia McDaniel, the homecoming queen at Pine Prairie High.
I haven't read it yet. I hope ti can clear up some questions on "proportionate reasons."
October 01, 2004
The topic will be "The Church Living from the Eucharist."
Now, that message refers to a Ms. Mary Ann Collins, a supposed former Catholic Nun, who is busy exposing the errors of Catholicism and working against the "Roman Catholic Undertow." It is filled with articles. Now don't confuse Mary Ann Collins with Mary Ann Mobley.
Me, I'm a handshake guy still trying to find my way in a hugging world, always unsure of whom I'm supposed to embrace and why.
Not that I have anything against hugging - if I haven't seen you in a year, fine - you can give me a hug. But if it has been a day or two, a handshake will do just fine.