Daily Archives: January 26, 2009

National Girls and Women in Sports Day is Wednesday, Feb. 4. . . . NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports. Hyman died of Marfan’s [sic] Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

From Vatican YouTube: Human Life is Inviolable

Text of Dignitas Personae available on EWTN’s Library

Conference speakers: Pro-Life Bloggers a necessary part of reorganization

The pro-life movement will now depend more than ever on the entrepreneurship of average pro-lifers who harness the power of the Internet, said pro-life experts and bloggers at the Bloggers for Life Conference last Thursday. Speakers at the conference included Sen. Sam Brownback and conservative MEP Nirj Deva, head of the pro-life caucus in the European parliament.
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Blogger Shaun Kenney said that, at a time when the mainstream media refuses to cover pro-life news, blogging “enables the community to start being the leaders themselves.” “The change isn’t going to come from some new organization in Washington,” said Kenney; rather, change is going to come from “those who are able to reach out … through alternative means – namely, new media. It’s free, and it’s effective.” Kenney said pro-life activism should be guided by the principle of “centralized command, decentralized execution.” “We’ve marched from a very narrow drumbeat, and that needs to change,” he said.

Diocese of Charleston News Release on Bishop Guglielmone

And the statement from Msgr. Laughlin

Protestants discover religious life (sort of)

National Girls and Women in Sports Day is Wednesday, Feb. 4. . . . NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports. Hyman died of Marfan’s [sic] Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

From Vatican YouTube: Human Life is Inviolable

Text of Dignitas Personae available on EWTN’s Library

"Team of Rivals"? Hardly

Much is being said of Obama’s so-called “team of rivals” (e.g., having Hillary Clinton as his Secy. of State). Now, if he had given John McCain a cabinet position–as some of us were expecting–it *might* have made this claim seem more valid.

However, most of his “team” members so far are died-in-the wool liberals and Clinton-era veterans, so it’s hard to see how they constitute a “team of rivals.” Yes, maybe he’s kept one or two Bush people, but Bush kept some Clinton people (e.g,. Condoleeza Rice) and Clinton kept some Bush, Sr., people. Nothing new there.

Anyway, I happened to read yesterday’s Doonesbury, which deals with this subject, and found it a tad amusing.

Conference speakers: Pro-Life Bloggers a necessary part of reorganization

The pro-life movement will now depend more than ever on the entrepreneurship of average pro-lifers who harness the power of the Internet, said pro-life experts and bloggers at the Bloggers for Life Conference last Thursday. Speakers at the conference included Sen. Sam Brownback and conservative MEP Nirj Deva, head of the pro-life caucus in the European parliament.
. . .

Blogger Shaun Kenney said that, at a time when the mainstream media refuses to cover pro-life news, blogging “enables the community to start being the leaders themselves.” “The change isn’t going to come from some new organization in Washington,” said Kenney; rather, change is going to come from “those who are able to reach out … through alternative means – namely, new media. It’s free, and it’s effective.” Kenney said pro-life activism should be guided by the principle of “centralized command, decentralized execution.” “We’ve marched from a very narrow drumbeat, and that needs to change,” he said.

Diocese of Charleston News Release on Bishop Guglielmone

And the statement from Msgr. Laughlin

Protestants discover religious life (sort of)

Bl. Pope John XXIII on the Sabbath Rest

For all the “liberal” Catholics who say that they must cooperate with the world, and for all the “conservative” Catholics who say, “Mater si! Magistra No!” Here is a section from Mater et Magistra dealing with the obligation of Sunday rest.

248. Allied to what We have said so far is the question of the Sunday rest.
249. To safeguard man’s dignity as a creature of God endowed with a soul in the image and likeness of God, the Church has always demanded a diligent observance of the third Commandment: “Remember that thou keep holy the sabbath day.” (52) God certainly has the right and power to command man to devote one day a week to his duty of worshipping the eternal Majesty. Free from mundane cares, he should lift up his mind to the things of heaven, and look into the depths of his conscience, to see how he stands with God in respect of those necessary and inviolable relationships which must exist between the creature and his Creator.
250. In addition, man has a right to rest a while from work, and indeed a need to do so if he is to renew his bodily strength and to refresh his spirit by suitable recreation. He has also to think of his family, the unity of which depends so much on frequent contact and the peaceful living together of all its members.
251. Thus, religion and moral and physical well-being are one in demanding this periodic rest, and for many centuries now the Church has set aside Sunday as a special day of rest for the faithful, on which they participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the memorial and application of Christ’s redemptive work for souls.
252. Heavy in heart, We cannot but deplore the growing tendency in certain quarters to disregard this sacred law, if not to reject it outright. This attitude must inevitably impair the bodily and spiritual health of the workers, whose welfare We have so much at heart.
253. In the name of God, therefore, and for the sake of the material and spiritual interests of men, We call upon all, public authorities, employers and workers, to observe the precepts of God and His Church and to remember their grave responsibilities before God and society.

Obama’s idea of a "punishment"

A really good article on the failure of both political parties and the success of Grassroots pro-life activism.

ZENIT "Believe it or not Cancer Drug"

A Hungarian, Catholic organization has an alternative cancer treatment that is 75% effective at curing early tumors and reducing advanced stage tumors. It is based upon improving the function of the body’s own stem cells.

It has been around for 25 years, but was uknown because Hungary was Communist when it was developed. And the company that owns the rights to it is non-profit, so they haven’t even considered trying to break into the profit-based system of the FDA.

Instead, they’re trying to get Western attention through Italian hospitals.

Self-described "devout" Catholic Nancy Pelosi says contraception will help economy!

How, exactly, will increasing the cause of the global economic crisis solve said crisis?

When will people stop buying into this stuff?

Daschle supports health care "rationing"

I hate being right. I really do. I like to see some good news now and then, to have evidence that my pessimism shouldn’t turn to cynicism. In the Church, reassuring good stuff happens all the time. But when it comes to the World, it just keeps getting as bad as I expect more quickly than I expect.

Every time I debate “universal health care” with Catholics, I argue that socialized medicine will lead to “health care rationing” and forced euthanasia of those with serious health conditions.

Judie Brown reports that our incoming secretary of Health and Human Services, ex-Catholic (excommunicated for divorce and remarriage without annulment) Tom Daschle favors the policies of the British National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE–same acronym as the evil bio-engineers in C. S. Lewis’s _That Hideous Strength_). In other words, the government may set up rules for “health care rationing” even *before* a “National Health Care System”!

NI(H)CE advocates a “duty to die” for the elderly and those with severe mental conditions, as well as rationing for those with degenerative health conditions. It also uses a very wide definition of so called “brain death.”

Here’s a blog post about the New York Times advocating health care rationing. It starts with a long quotation about a fellow in Britain who was denied access to an experimental kidney medication because his chances of survival were so slim. Says Wesley Smith:

If an HMO did such a thing, the Times would never stop screaming. But with the prospects of a nationalized health care system growing, attitudes at the Gray Lady are apparently changing, with the term “evidence based” health care as the euphemistic honey to help the bitter medicine go down.

From Scott Gottlieb at The Wall Street Journal:

The centerpiece of their plan is $1.1 billion of the $825 billion stimulus package for studies to compare different drugs and devices to “save money and lives.” Report language accompanying the House stimulus bill says that “more expensive” medical products “will no longer be prescribed.” The House bill also suggests that the new research should be used to create “guidelines” to direct doctors’ treatment of difficult, high-cost medical problems.

What constitutes “more expensive” medical products? Cozaar versus Tenormin?

The bill gives incoming Health Secretary Tom Daschle wide discretion to set
priorities, and he’s long advocated a U.S. approach modeled on the British agency, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Mr. Daschle argues that the only way to reduce spending is by allocating medical products based on “cost effectiveness.” He’s also called for a “federal health board” modeled on the Federal Reserve to rate medical products and create central controls on access.

So, we’ll have a “federal” health board modeled after the “Federal” Reserve? You mean a non-government entity owned by the Rockefellers but nominally appointed by the government?

Hypocritical "Ecumenism"

What is the point of so-called “Ecumenism”? If you listen to the people most involved in the ecumenical “movement,” it sounds the point is for everyone to engage in “dialogue” so they can “agree to disagree.”

Nothing offends an ecumenist more than ecumenical dialogue leading to successful reunification.

So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many liberal Catholics are offended by the Pope’s olive branch to the Society of St. Pius X–even though it’s only one step in a long process.

But it really doesn’t make sense: the Pope reaches out to separated members of his own religion, people who really are only separated from him by a couple theological points and a number of legalistic issues, people who (unlike, say, Martin Luther when he was offered a similar olive branch) are actually open to dialogue.

And the main argument *against* this “olive branch” is that it is potentially offensive to people who don’t even have the same religion we do, people who, if honest, would admit that, according to their beliefs, Catholics are idolators who worship a false prophet.

I don’t get it.