Daily Archives: February 3, 2009

Daschle Withdraws name from HHS

ex-Senator and ex-Catholic Tom Daschle has resigned his name from the nomination to be secretary of health and human services.

“He said he’s withdrawing because he’s not a leader who has the full faith of
Congress and will be a distraction. “

I think that was true *before* everyone knew he was guilty of $120,000 in tax evasion.

Huffington post tries to grasp the Truth

It’s a basic principle: if you want to understand “the other side,” read them. Don’t read what someone else tries to interpret. For example, many Catholic converts admit that, for most of their life, everything they heard or read about Catholicism came from other sources. If they were Fundamentalists, they read all sorts of Fundamentalist books “about” Catholicism, rather than looking for themselves: and it was precisely when they looked for themselves that they found out those books were lying.

If you want to understand “what Communists think,” you go to Communist literature, not to anti-Communist literature.

So I find it hilarious to read columns by liberals that try to explain to other liberals “what pro-lifers really think,” even when they’re *trying* to be fair.

One such column appears in the Huffington Post: Steven Waldman of “BeliefNet” tries to explain the “paradox” of pro-lifers opposing contraception.

Why should there be a “paradox”? It is not a paradox if our beliefs conflict with *their* first principles.

Patriarch Kirill will be "cautious"

I haven’t posted much on this subject yet because most of the articles don’t really say anything.

So, a fairly “liberal” Russian Orthodox bishop has been named patriarch. He’s “friendly” to Rome (whatever that means), open to dialogue (whatever that means), but still complains about Catholics trying to convert Russians to Catholicism. That basically sums up every article on the new Patriarch of Moscow.

Kasper is one thing; Schoenborn is another

Walter Cardinal Kasper has long been one of the most liberal voices of the Vatican curia, so the idea that he’s criticizing Pope Benedict is no surprise–the idea that Pope Benedict has not yet replaced him *is* surprising.

It is more surprising, however, that Christoph Cardinal Schoenborn is *apparently* taking the Kasper side of this debate, claiming that the Vatican didn’t look closely enough at Bishop Richard Williamson’s record.

Someone goes to prison for, say, theft. Spends 10 years in prison. Does his time and gets out. Now, as it happened, that guy who was already guilty of theft was engaging in some other crime–maybe some kind of white collar crime. Maybe the authorities *know* about this, but they really aren’t able to get enough evidence to arrest him.

So, the guy gets out of prison. Are the authorities to be blamed for letting him out of prison for the crime he actually went to prison for? No. Would it be just, without trial, to *keep* him in prison for a crime that was not part of his original sentence? No.

The Society of St. Pius X bishops were excommunicated for illicit ordinations. They were not excommunicated for holocaust denial, anti-semitism or anything like that

Now, it’s very likely that Cardinal Schoenborn gave a more detailed explanation of the situation than what is presented in the press.

“I think this pope consults very little,” said Marco Politi, a biographer of Pope John Paul II. “In three years he has succeeded in creating strains with two of the world’s leading religions. It raises the question about the governance of the niversal church.”

Why? Because the Holy Father is doing his job?

It’s funny how “liberal” John Paul II has become since his death. I seem to recall some comments *he* made that the media went into firestorms, like when he pointed out that Buddhsm–which teaches that souls reincarnate over and over until they achieve nothingness–is not a “religion of salvation”.

A family’s witness about giving to the poor

Great story.

His Arrogance, Cardinal Roger Mahony, is "mystified" that anyone would investigate him for fraud

The current investigation is based upon “a federal law against scheming ‘to deprive another of the intangible right of honest services.'”

It’s directly related to the covering up of sex abuse (and let’s not forget the homosexual orgies that go on the Archdiocese of LA), but it should really just be applied to his entire episcopacy.

I mean, if a person comes to a church that claims to be “Catholic” and comes seeking a “Catholic” Mass and “Catholic” sacraments, and then is treated to something else, shouldn’t that constitute fraud?

Is not transubstantiation the most important “intangible service” someone can provide, and yet Cdl. Mahony, at best, ignores transubstantiation in favor of talking about “communal meals.”

He claims to be “pro-life,” yet he endorses numerous pro-choice politicians.

Kid starts ‘no profanity’ club and gets death threats for it

First, the basics, as reported by Brent Bozell:

McKay Hatch is a 15-year-old boy from South Pasadena, Calif., who people clearly hate. He’s received over 60,000 negative e-mails, most of them vicious, some including death threats that have spawned police and FBI investigations. What has this boy done that’s caused such anger? Was he caught dealing drugs? Did he rage? Did he kill? No. He started a No Cussing Club.

The No Cussing Club has 20,000 members, but the Hatch family is getting barraged with hateful messages and threats. People call their house 24 hours a day, etc.

Bozell goes on to discuss Britney Spears’ latest single, “If You Seek Amy”–in which the refrain, phonetically, spells out the F-word.

It’s amazing, really. Conservatives talk about the Ten Commandments and whatever, but it’s amazing how many “conservatives,” how many “Christians,” and how many “Catholics” think that the first three Commandments are dismissable.

The hatred being spewn at the Hatch family is irrational–as is profanity itself. It is, truly, Satanic–as is profanity itself.

Fr. John Corapi, SOLT, has said it many times: when you use profanity, you pray to Satan.

There are really two categories of bad words. One category is technically “profanity” or “cursing”: words that directly violate the Second Commandment: using the Lord’s name, “Hell,” “Damn,” and other spiritual terms as expletives. When a person says, “God damn you,” it doesn’t matter if the person *means* it; that is a curse, a prayer to Satan. Fr. Gabriel Amorth reports that almost all cases of extraordinary demonic activity start with a curse such as this. He says he saw one entire family who were tormented by demons because the senile grandfather peppered his speech with these words.

The other category is “vulgarity,” which originally referred to biological functions that were considered unspeakable in polite company, such as references to excrement. In one sense, this, too, is mortally sinful, since it violates not the second commandment, but the fifth (and possibly the sixth): it demeans the dignity of the human person.

Then there are words which pertain to sexuality. Going back to Britney Spear’s wordplay, the use of sexual reference as profanity takes several forms. One of those forms is a curse, thus violating the second commandment: to say “$!#@ you!” or something to that effect is, again, to wish ill of the person, to curse that person, to pray that that person engages in, or is the victim of, some kind of sexual sin or even sexual assault.
Then, since they refer demeaningly to the human body, which is sacred, sexual profanity, like other scatalogical references, violates the fifth commandment.
And, quite obviously, it violates the sixth commandment, becuase it pertains to the proper or improper use of the sexual aspect of our nature.

Plus, profanity and vulgarity are completely unnecessary. They are not only mortally sinful, but they are also unmannerly and unsophisticated.

These people who are attacking the No Cussing Club are doing so precisely because their addiction to profanity (and, no doubt, to other sins) has put them solidly in the grip of the Devil. Their many prayers have been answered: they are possessed.

So, let’s clean up the language.

University of Calgary charges pro-life students with trespassing

For putting up a display that’s been allowed for several years.
Following the logic of the ancient Romans and today’s “hate speech” crowd, here’s what the administration had to say for itself:

The University justified it demands saying that it had received sanonymous complaints about the graphic display, and said that the display could provoke violent reactions.

A new pro-life celebrity, for as long as his career lasts

Gary Graham, who played “Ambassador Soval” on Star Trek Enterprise, has published a piece on his conversion to the pro-life cause, as someone who himself paid for three abortions..

Mostly, the article is a summary of the most basic pro-life arguments, but he presents his arguments in the context of vivid personal experience (with some strong language)

No. I’m going to say it. I’m going to say what millions know in the front of their brains, and many, many more millions know in the depths of their hearts…but won’t allow themselves to think it, much less feel it. And believe me, I know I’ll be hated for saying it, I’ll be hated by people who don’t know me, have never worked with me, have never golfed with me, had a drink with me[. . .] . They’ve never met me, don’t want to meet me…but they will hate me. I’m going to say it anyway: Abortion is murder.

He says there was a time he would have cussed out anyone who suggested that basic fact.

Well I do know. And I stand condemned. I’ve paid for three of them and was responsible for probably several more, I’m not really sure. But it breaks my heart. Because I’ve been convicted in my soul. It took years after the fact, but I was shown the Truth. And not to get mumbo-jumbo, oogly-boogly on you, but it was a spiritual awakening that did it. It happened unexpectedly, and it threw me to my knees in sudden tearful epiphany of what it meant for a man to be with a woman, what sex was really designed for by our Creator and… what abortion is.

It’s pretty impressive. Apparently, he has a regular blog/column at this site.