Monthly Archives: May 2008

Bill Donohue on the Intellectual Dishonesty of the Catholic Left

In particular, he makes an interesting point about the Clintonian “Safe, Legal and Rare” argument:

Their problem is that they have never figured out a way to explain why
abortion should be rare. By contrast, consider our First Amendment rights:
freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of
assembly. Americans who treasure these rights don’t want to make them rare —
they want them to be robustly exercised every day of the year and by as many
adults as possible. Moreover, when they are exercised, everyone cheers.

So why is it different when it comes to abortion? Why does the
Catholic Left want to safeguard a right it prefers no one will exercise? And why
does no one cheer when the right is exercised? This is the central question that
continues to haunt them. It also explains their undoing.

A clue in the Mystery of _The Simpsons_

There have been many articles written over the years regarding the favorable treatment of religion on The Simpsons. There is even a book called The Gospel According to the Simpsons, dealing with the show’s religious themes. Religion played highly in the recent movie.

Creator Matt Groening has pointed out in several interviews that The Simpsons are just about the only TV family left that is depicted going to church every Sunday.

All in all, while he’s supposed to be Homer Simpson’s antagonist, Ned Flanders, the devout neighbor, is depicted mostly in a favorable manner. I’m particularly fond of when movie-mania hits Springfield in “A Star is Burns,” and the Flanders try to shoot a Biblical epic, with Todd as baby Moses. The basket gets caught in a stream, and Ned shouts, “Flanders to God! Flanders to God! Get off you cloud and save my Todd!”

Then, in “Bart the Lover,” when Ned is trying to figure out where one of his sons has picked up a “potty mouth” (the answer is hearing Homer next door), he asks Maude about his son’s TV viewing. “Well, he used to watch Davey and Goliath, but he thought the idea of a talking dog was blasphemous.”

Catholicism is usually mentioned in a manner that, if mocking, tends to mock liberal Catholicism.

For example, there’s the infamous “Sunday, Cruddy Sunday” Super Bowl episode from 1999. The episode features a fake Super Bowl ad where a guy pulls up to a small nondescript building for a drive-through Communion served by women in skimpy outfits, and a voiceover says, “The Catholic Church: We’ve Made a Few Changes.” Obviously, this is making fun of *liberal* Catholcism, but Bill Donohue inexplicably took umbrage, and Fox censored reruns of the episode.
Then there’s the episode “Little Girl in the Big Ten” where Lisa gets vision of John F. Kennedy–a vision which depicts him lying several times–and, at the end of their conversation, says, “See you in Heaven!” And Kennedy replies, “Uhh . . . Heaven?” He starts sweating, grabs his collar nervously, a hole opens in the floor, and he’s consumed in flames.

Then there’s “The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star,” a 2005 episode delayed because of John Paul II’s death, for fear of a Catholic League protest. Homer and Bart convert to Catholicism. The episode is highly favorable of Catholicism in contrast to Protestantism, although it ends with a call for religions to “just get along.”

Then there was a statement by Fr. Mikhail Prokopenko, a spokesman for the Moscow Patriarchate, praising the Simpsons for being favorable to Christianity.

Wikipedia has an entry on “Religion in The Simpsons

Well, I recently discovered that Luis Escobar, one of the Simpsons animators, is a conservative Catholic and maintains a really cool blog, dealing with his career, pop culture, and religion. He posts original cartoons dealing with pop culture issues and Catholicism. I used one of his cartoons in a recent post. It’s really worth a look.

Very biased Canadian article on Billings Ovulation Method

The Billings Ovulation Method has received the seal of approval from the
Catholic Church—an organization that still can’t decide whether condoms are a
public health miracle or the work of the devil—and, in 1969, its co-founder John
Billings received a papal knighthood, while his wife followed up in 2003 being
bestowed a papal dame.

Umm, I believe that’s been decided.

Trivia question: the Catholic Church “decided” condoms were evil in which of the following:

a) Humanae Vitae
b) Costi Conubii
c) The Didache

I heard in graduate school that condoms were invented during the English Renaissance. In fact, the first known condoms appeared in Egypt ca. 3000 B.C.–they just used to use animal parts instead of rubber.

Job posting at the University of South Carolina

USC is looking for a person to provide contraceptives, HPV Vaccines (derived, of course, from aborted fetal tissue), advise people to have abortions, teach about “sexual awareness,” etc. Most offensive of all is a hotline about “LGBTQ hate crimes.” How about hate crimes committed against Christians??

Here’s the description:

Oversees a comprehensive campus-wide sexual health education program for both male and female students that covers a range of topics such as: building healthy relationships, gender development, sexually transmitted disease risk reduction, contraception and pregnancy option counseling, interpersonal violence prevention, sexual orientation, etc. Includes the development and evaluation of presentations, workshops, and campaigns for the campus to address the range of topics. Campaigns include: Sexual Responsibility Week, World AIDS Day, Cervical Cancer Vaccine, Homophobia Awareness Week, etc. Develops and coordinates University 101 (U101) sexual health program titled: Sex & the College Student and assist with the U101 interpersonal violence program. Responds to cases of sexual assault, relationship violence, and LGBTQ hate crimes as part of an on-call staff. Renders assistance by providing support, information and options, advocacy for the legal and student judicial systems, safety plans, and direct assistance when requested.

Bishop Aquila explains the difference

Last fall, Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo spoke on conscience and politics at Loyola College in Baltimore. In one key paragraph, he hits on the key difference in “proportional issues”:

Catholics in the political arena must recognize that opposition to intrinsic
evils, such as abortion, euthanasia, genocide, embryonic stem-cell research and
same sex unions is always required by the faithful Catholic. Because these
intrinsic evils are direct attacks on human life and marital dignity, they are
nonnegotiable for every Catholic. Catholics must recognize, too, that in the
other human life issues — such as immigration, capital punishment, the economy,
health-care and war — the dignity of the human person must first and foremost
be taken into consideration in seeking solutions to these questions.

That is the difference. Some issues involve intrinsic evils, which are always wrong. Other issues, such as immigratino, capital punishment, economics, health care and war, do not involve moral absolutes, but they do involve the dignity of the human person. In these cases, Catholics must always consider that dignity. But as long as that dignity is considered, there is room for a variety of opinions.

One might give the example of war. When many Catholics expected the Holy Father to condemn the war in Iraq when he visited the U.S., Pope Benedict instead praised soldiers for upholding human dignity by fighting for the freedom of others. I oppose socialized health care because I believe it is an affront to human dignity.

People are trying to say the same thing about abortion: that they are still looking out for “human dignity” even while they support legalized abortion because they support “prevention” and/or the “dignity” of the mother. The difference is that abortion is a moral absolute, while those other issues are *not* moral absolutes.

Enter the Man-Bat, the Centaur, the Spider-Man, Zartan, Cobra’s Venom Troops. . . .

The idea of a human-animal hybrid dates back to the efforts of ancient mythmakers to make sense of their visions of angels and demons. The modern idea of combining human and animal DNA has been a staple of science fiction for decades. In some ways, it’s always seemed like one of the more “plausible” sci-fi scenarios.
You’ve got Spider-Man, for example. Then there’s Batman’s adversary, the Man-Bat. Then there’s Zartan with his chameleon DNA, and then the Cobra V-Troops of G. I. Joe’s “Valor vs. Venom” line. I can’t think of any other examples off-hand, except about a third of the characters in Masters of the Universe.

Anyway, not only have human-animal hybrids become a scientific reality, but the United Kingdom of Satan has now legalized the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos.

Archbishop Chaput to Obama Supporters: Convert Him

Based upon his own penitence for overlooking the abortion views of Bobby Kennedy and Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Charles Chaput has called upon Obama’s Catholic supports to not just overlook his position on abortion, but to try and convert him.

It is amazing to hear someone actually say this, but it shouldn’t be. This is what we’re supposed to be about. This is the very point of my post yesterday: what ultimately bothers me about liberal Catholics is that they seem more concerned about money than about salvation of souls. Liberation theologians want to liberate people from temporal worldly problems–nice enough, but, ultimately, irrelevant. They show no interest in liberating people from slavery to Satan or from the future chains of Hell.

Back when Bill Clinton had his heart troubles, I commented on some boards that I was praying for his conversion. People took this as an insult. I said, “Of course not. I pray for the conversions of every politician, and even moreso for someone near death.” (Pause to offer an “O Blood and Water . . . ” for Ted Kennedy).

I pray for the conversion of George Bush. I pray for the conversino of Osama bin Ladin. I pray for the conversion of the Clintons. I pray for the conversion of John McCain. I pray for the conversion of Barack Obama. I pray for the conversion of Antonin Scalia and the conversion of Nancy Pelosi. All of them need conversion in varying degrees. We all need it.

But we don’t *do* it. We dont’ convert ourselves. We don’t pray for the conversion of others. For liberals, praying for conversion is *wrong*. Look at all the fighting over the Good Friday prayers in the Tridentine Rite.