Daily Archives: July 11, 2007

Upside-down world: WHO and Johns Hopkins say the Rhythm Method works!

OK, weird. A few years back, Georgetown came out with what they call “cycle beads“. Basically, it’s rhythm with a string of beads instead of a calendar. Many NFP teachers called them a gimmick, warning against it.

Advocates of sympto-thermal NFP, Billings, Creighton, etc., say, “NFP” and doctors, politicians, liberals, etc., shoot back, “Rhythm doesn’t work.”

Yet now, we have WHO and Johns Hopkins saying that cyclebeads, a modern version of “rhythm,” are “safe and effective birth control” for “women with regular cycles” (the operative condition, of course, since how many women actualy have “regular” cycles?)

But that’s pretty astounding.
IT’s also astounding that they acknowledge the dangers of chemical contraception.

We have a Motu Proprio!

It’s been reported all over. Benedict has finally done what we prayed for him to be Pope so he’d do.

Both his election and this motu proprio were things I’d waited for my entire life, but the M.P. seemed, after all the anticipation, somewhat anti-climactic.

But *what* Benedict has done with this document is rather interesting. Most reports emphasize the “widening” of the Traditional Latin Mass, but Benedict has done more than that. He has permitted the readings in vernacular, and he has permitted the use of modern feast days and the modern calendar (both of which JPII specifically forbade in _Ecclesia Dei_). It would be cool if he took the step of allowing the optional use of the modern lectionary.

This document actually does a great deal to heal not just the outcast feelings of traditionalists, but also to heal a key division among conservative and traditional Catholics.

On the one hand, there are supporters of the Traditional Latin Mass.

On the other hand, there are those who advocate the use of the Paul VI Mass in Latin, as it used to be done on EWTN, with only the readings and certain prayers in the vernacular. Really, this is the way Vatican II intended the Mass to be. It’s what every major liturgical document from Rome calls for. It’s what Cardinal Arinze advocates.

It’s what most of us who’ve been to such liturgies prefer.

But it’s the one that’s least done. Traditionalists and Progressives alike call it a “weird hybrid,” even though it’s advocated by all the actual documents.

Last year, I read where a Vatican cardinal advised against widening use of the TLM for fear that people would *not* say the modern Mass in Latin.

So Benedict is trying to bridge the gap between the *traditional* Latin Mass and the *modern* Latin Mass.

Anti-Defamation League is Anti-Latin Mass-go figure

Apparently, some members of the Jewish community think it is anti-Semitic of Catholics to want them to go to Heaven. Weird. I always thought that, if you *hated* someone, you wanted them to go to Hell or you wanted them to die. I alwas thought that inviting someone to join your community and hoping for them to go to Heaven were signs that you *liked* that person. Go figure.

If a doctor gives me a prescription or diagnosis I disagree with, I ignore the doctor and find another one. I may argue against him or her, if necessary, and I may question the doctor’s professional knowledge, but I wouldn’t assume the doctor *hated* me just for bad judgement or ignorance.

Intellectual disagreement does not constitute hatred. Hoping for reconciliation with the person you disagree with is not hatred.

But, according to the ADL, it is. And it’s not just their position on the Traditional Mass. (Isn’t it anti-Catholic to say that we can’t have our traditional form of worship because they don’t like it?)

They “make their case” that Pat Buchanan is an “anti-Semite” with a bunch of out of context quotes that don’t even sound so bad out of context. For example, suggesting that a Nazi scientist who came to the US and did a lot of good may have reformed himself and shouldn’t be castitgated for past mistakes. Or where he points out that we overthrew the Nazis, but there are various regimes committing similar atrocities uncriticized. Or where he just describes the “merits’ that helped Hitler win control of Germany, while acknowledging the man was reprehensible (see here).

Or Buchanan is “anti-semitic” because he criticizes US policy regarding Israel.

Not according to the ADL. According to them, if you invite Jewish people to come to your church, you’re a hateful anti-Semite. According to them, if you hope Jewish people can make it to Heaven, you’re anti-Semite.

But then, let’s look at what they say on their own homepage about anti-Semitism:

New Swiss bishop sounds great; his flock needs serious conversion

Apparently, Swiss Catholics are as full of holes as their cheese, since they refer to anyone who actually upholds church teachings as “ultraconservative.”

You could say that Swiss laity are downright cuckoo.

In any case, this article refers to the allged “right of women to become priests.”

It used to be that the only “rights” were “life, liberty and property.” Now, the right to life is almost non-existent, but anything people *want* is considered a “right”: right to privacy, right to socialized health care, right to socialized education, right to fornicate without any worldly consequences, and so on.

No one has a “right” to be a priest. Men certainly do not have that “right.” Men are “eligible” to be selected for the priesthood, but the Church has the right to reject them. Being ordained is a privilege, and while the Church has often selected the wrong people for this privilege, or perhaps rejected some who may have been great priests, we must remember that Jesus ordained Judas to the priesthood.

There are two categories of “rights.” There are “human rights,” unalienable rights given to us by God and His Natural Law in virtue of our being human, and then there are “civil rights,” which are given to citizens by their governments in virtue of being citizens. While the natural law provides guidelines about what should or should not be civil rights, there is no mandate in the Natural Law for society to grant them.

Eligibility for the priesthood is the purview of the Catholic Church. Even setting aside God’s role in things, if it is to be called a “right,” it is, at best, a civil right. And only the government of the Catholic Church has the “right” to declare what is or is not a “civil right” in the Church.

Today is World Eugenics Day! Let’s Celebrate!

Apropos of women brutalizing other women for being disabled, today is apparently “World Population Day”! Whoopee!

Today is World Population Day, when countries focus on their commitment and actions to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/Aids and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.

Where is the dignity and respect in having their womanhood stripped away so that they can be treated as sex objects without consequences?

What does preventing HIV/AIDS have to do with “World Population”? I mean, if these people are so concerned about population, you’d think they’d be fans of HIV/AIDS for killing off huge segments of it?

“Every birth is safe”? Yeah, right.
“Every pregnancy is wanted”? Uh-huh.

You know, all of these things can be truly achieved by teaching abstinence until marriage.
Yet I sincerely doubt that’s what these people are talking about.

Disabled woman brutally assaulted by mob of other women: a sign of the Apocalypse

IT used to be just men who engaged in this kind of brutality.