Daily Archives: June 16, 2008

This week’s liturgy

Traditional Liturgies, 5th Sunday After Pentecost:
Byzantine: Matthew 8:28-9:1: Gadarene Demonaics
Latin: Matthew 5:20-24: Exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees; don’t be angry; forgive
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Cycle A: Matthew 9:36-10:8: “The Harvest is Plenty”
Cycle B: Mark 4:26-34 Some Parables Concerning Seeds
Cycle C: Luke 7:36-8:3 The anointing of Jesus at the home of Simon the Pharisee; the Holy Women

This week’s reading for Cycle A was the “Harvest is Plenty” and the Commissioning of the Apostles. St. Francis Xavier, in the reading for the Office of Readings on his feast, condemns the many priests who sit in cushy university jobs, battling over theological minutiae, when they could be out in the missions, reaping the Lord’s harvest.

Similarly, the Cycle B reading from Mark features two of Jesus’ many agricultural parables. In the first, the sower plants the seeds, lets them grow on their own, then reaps them. Like many of the Kingdom of God may be likened to”, this can be read in two ways: God is the sower, who creates and sanctifies, lets us grow, and then comes back to see what He gets; or we plant the seeds and let God do the rest. The second concerns the mustard seed being small but growing into a huge tree: just as the Church would grow from being small to being great, just as God alwas chooses the weak things of this world that no flesh may glory in His sight.

Cycle C would be the anointing of Jesus by the woman with a bad reputation. Now, three figures get conflated in the popular mind, and the pairing of this reading with Luke 8:1-3 makes it more ambiguous. All the Scripture says of St. Mary Magdalene (Mary of Magdala) is that Jesus exorcized seven demons from her (though commentators argue that the “seven demons” are the seven deadly sins, meaning she’d “done it all,” to quote Mother Angelica). Mary of Bethany was the sister of Lazarus and Martha. Mary, Martha and Lazarus of Bethany (as opposed to Magdala) are Jesus’ friends, mentioned once in Luke and twice in John. John tells us of how Mary–at her own home, that of her brother Lazarus–anointed Jesus and was scolded by Judas. Luke tells us the famous vita contempliva versus vita activa story of Mary and Martha. Luke also tells us this story of an unnamed woman bursting in, while Jesus dines at the home of a Pharisee named Simon, and does something similar to Mary of Bethany. Therefore, people conflate these two incidents, to say that Mary of Bethany was an adulteress, and then confuse Mary of Bethany with Mary of Magdala.

Jesus uses the incident to make the point that the one who is forgiven much cares more about the forgiveness. She represents the seeds referred to in Mark and the Harvest referred to in Matthew, if we are to continue my theory that, in addition to merely giving the sequences of the Gospels, there is a parallel unity in the different liturgies.

Now, let’s go to the traditional calendars. The Traditional Latin Mass reading is from the sermon on the Mount and gives Jesus’ explication of the Commandment “Thou shalt not kill”: “do not be angry,” with the admonition to forgive. The command to exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees, of course, presumes that they are righteous. Today, we tend to think of Pharisees as “bad guys,” so this sounds like a “lowest common denominator” thing, but Jesus is setting the bar *really* high.

The Byzantine reading is the one where Jesus drives the demons into the pigs, and they run into the sea.

Other than the stretch that the Apostles are commissioned to drive out demons and that Jesus exorcised Mary Magdalene, I don’t see a connection there.

"Render Unto Caesar"

Catholic Insight, a Canadian magazine, has had to pay $20,000 in legal fees so far to defend itself against a harrassment campaign by advocates and practitioners of the Sin Against Nature.

Peron’s Legacy Lives on: Argentina forces "sex education" on all schools, including private

The supposedly “Catholic” nation of Argentina is imposing “sex education” including “tolerance” and “diversity,” on *all* Argentinian schools, including private schools, at all grade levels.

Remember that Juan Peron was excommunicated for legalizing divorce in Argentina.

Meanwhile, the “Organization of American States” (never even heard of it till now) has passed a “homosexual rights” resolution, introduced by the supposedly “Catholic” country of Brazil.

So, Liberation Theology is not heretical?
The Charismatic Movement is perfectly orthodox, proven by its prevalance in South America?

Australian researchers find hope for Parkinson’s in adult stem cells from patients’ noses

Actually, they use the stem cells to stimulate dopamine in the brain. That should have implications for a lot of things, including chronic pain.

What’s the point of letters to the editor if you’re gonna arrest people for ’em?

More voices on what constitutes "Proportionate Reasons"

Apparently, the same-sex marriage movement is finally giving bishops backbones!

AMA wants to take away Pharmacists’ Right of Conscience

Does that mean they’ll also take away Physicians’ rights of conscience not to practice abortion or contraception?

And, if practitioners can’t make decisions based upon moral or religious viewpoints, where does that take us? Can they take away the right of conscience of doctors who refuse to help patients with Natural Family Planning?

A new "Silent No More" Campaign: the Real Lesbians want their name back

Citizens of the Island of Lesbos are suing homosexuals for misappropriating their name and defaming them.

Georgia Woman Given only a year for forcing a minor to have an abortion

This woman’s son was the sperm donor for the unborn baby. She didn’t want her son to have to “pay for his mistakes,” to borrow Barack Obama’s terminology, so she paid for them, instead.

She talked the teenaged girl into an abortion. She posed as the girl’s mother, and the Clinic did not seek any proof of her identity. She then paid to have her own grandchild killed.

The girl’s parents filed charges, and she was given only a year for impersonation.

Self-congratulatory Incrementalists

OK, know, one of American Life League’s basic arguments against incrementalism is that it’s a waste of resources.

Hasn’t a federal partial birth abortion ban been passed? And, even though this ban is *completely* unconstitutional, usurping authority in an area where the federal government *has* no constitutional authority, the Supreme Court has upheld it.

So why are they bothering fighting for state-level PBA bans?? “Look at us! We re-banned something that’s already been banned! Aren’t we great! We could’ve used this legislative time to actually do something else to help unborn babies, but we’d rather do something safe to look good!”

According to the media, the US bishops "decided" to condemn ESCR

More precisely, they “decided” to use the kind of decisive language they’re not known for using. Wow!! Embryonic stem cell research is “killing,” and state funding of it is making taxpayers complicit. That’s pretty bold for the USCCB.

Polish Volleyball Player sacrifices her life for unborn child

Inspired by the example of St. Gianna Baretta Molla, Agata Mroz performed the same act of heroic virtue. Note: The Church teaches that it *is* permissible for a woman to accept medical treatment that *may* pose a danger to the unborn child, so long as there is no direct attempt to harm the child. Therefore, to *refuse* such treatment constitutes heroic virtue, going above and beyond the call of duty. Her bishop has already labelled her love heroic, and the president of Poland is giving her a posthumous award for “extraordinary and distinguished service,” the Polonia Restituta.

Now, the life of Gianna Molla has raised some discussions in Catholic motherhood circles. For the Church, raising her to the altar has given an opportunity to argue that career women can also be “holy” and all that Vatican II stuff. But for stay-at-home, attachment parenting, homeschooling moms, there’s some debate about the kind of role-model St. Gianna forms. On the other hand, considering that, in my own family, the wife has to work, and that our pediatrician is a working Catholic mother, I tend to stand on the pro-St. Gianna side. St Therese’s famous and possibly soon-to-be beatified mother, Ven. Zelie Martin, was also a working mother.

I was already puzzling over the implications of a possible canonization of a modern-day professional athlete when I searched Google for an image to go with this article and found some results that weren’t necessarily consistent with the virtuous nature of her death.

1. Canonization really involves whether a person exhibited heroic virtue and likely went to Heaven. I think both those criteria are met here, given the extraordinary virtue represented in her death.

2. Also, there may be a whole “conversion” factor involved here.

3. However, given the whole “role model” aspect of things, the Church may have a problem with some of her actions.

4. Yet again, it would inspire some interesting discussions on what exactly constitutes acceptable art.

Way to go, Ireland!

I have never understood why the Irish would spend centuries fighting for independence from the Bloody British–authors of most of the evil in the modern world–particularly the freedom to practice their Catholic faith–and then sacrifice it all to join the aptly-named E.U. (“Ee-eww”)
St. Patrick, pray for us!

Planned Parenthood is just plain arrogant

This week’s liturgy

Traditional Liturgies, 5th Sunday After Pentecost:
Byzantine: Matthew 8:28-9:1: Gadarene Demonaics
Latin: Matthew 5:20-24: Exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees; don’t be angry; forgive
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Cycle A: Matthew 9:36-10:8: “The Harvest is Plenty”
Cycle B: Mark 4:26-34 Some Parables Concerning Seeds
Cycle C: Luke 7:36-8:3 The anointing of Jesus at the home of Simon the Pharisee; the Holy Women

This week’s reading for Cycle A was the “Harvest is Plenty” and the Commissioning of the Apostles. St. Francis Xavier, in the reading for the Office of Readings on his feast, condemns the many priests who sit in cushy university jobs, battling over theological minutiae, when they could be out in the missions, reaping the Lord’s harvest.

Similarly, the Cycle B reading from Mark features two of Jesus’ many agricultural parables. In the first, the sower plants the seeds, lets them grow on their own, then reaps them. Like many of the Kingdom of God may be likened to”, this can be read in two ways: God is the sower, who creates and sanctifies, lets us grow, and then comes back to see what He gets; or we plant the seeds and let God do the rest. The second concerns the mustard seed being small but growing into a huge tree: just as the Church would grow from being small to being great, just as God alwas chooses the weak things of this world that no flesh may glory in His sight.

Cycle C would be the anointing of Jesus by the woman with a bad reputation. Now, three figures get conflated in the popular mind, and the pairing of this reading with Luke 8:1-3 makes it more ambiguous. All the Scripture says of St. Mary Magdalene (Mary of Magdala) is that Jesus exorcized seven demons from her (though commentators argue that the “seven demons” are the seven deadly sins, meaning she’d “done it all,” to quote Mother Angelica). Mary of Bethany was the sister of Lazarus and Martha. Mary, Martha and Lazarus of Bethany (as opposed to Magdala) are Jesus’ friends, mentioned once in Luke and twice in John. John tells us of how Mary–at her own home, that of her brother Lazarus–anointed Jesus and was scolded by Judas. Luke tells us the famous vita contempliva versus vita activa story of Mary and Martha. Luke also tells us this story of an unnamed woman bursting in, while Jesus dines at the home of a Pharisee named Simon, and does something similar to Mary of Bethany. Therefore, people conflate these two incidents, to say that Mary of Bethany was an adulteress, and then confuse Mary of Bethany with Mary of Magdala.

Jesus uses the incident to make the point that the one who is forgiven much cares more about the forgiveness. She represents the seeds referred to in Mark and the Harvest referred to in Matthew, if we are to continue my theory that, in addition to merely giving the sequences of the Gospels, there is a parallel unity in the different liturgies.

Now, let’s go to the traditional calendars. The Traditional Latin Mass reading is from the sermon on the Mount and gives Jesus’ explication of the Commandment “Thou shalt not kill”: “do not be angry,” with the admonition to forgive. The command to exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees, of course, presumes that they are righteous. Today, we tend to think of Pharisees as “bad guys,” so this sounds like a “lowest common denominator” thing, but Jesus is setting the bar *really* high.

The Byzantine reading is the one where Jesus drives the demons into the pigs, and they run into the sea.

Other than the stretch that the Apostles are commissioned to drive out demons and that Jesus exorcised Mary Magdalene, I don’t see a connection there.

"Render Unto Caesar"

Catholic Insight, a Canadian magazine, has had to pay $20,000 in legal fees so far to defend itself against a harrassment campaign by advocates and practitioners of the Sin Against Nature.

Peron’s Legacy Lives on: Argentina forces "sex education" on all schools, including private

The supposedly “Catholic” nation of Argentina is imposing “sex education” including “tolerance” and “diversity,” on *all* Argentinian schools, including private schools, at all grade levels.

Remember that Juan Peron was excommunicated for legalizing divorce in Argentina.

Meanwhile, the “Organization of American States” (never even heard of it till now) has passed a “homosexual rights” resolution, introduced by the supposedly “Catholic” country of Brazil.

So, Liberation Theology is not heretical?
The Charismatic Movement is perfectly orthodox, proven by its prevalance in South America?

Australian researchers find hope for Parkinson’s in adult stem cells from patients’ noses

Actually, they use the stem cells to stimulate dopamine in the brain. That should have implications for a lot of things, including chronic pain.

What’s the point of letters to the editor if you’re gonna arrest people for ’em?