Daily Archives: February 26, 2009

"Brain Death" test kills patients, says expert

Dr. Cicero Coimbra, head of Neurology at Federal University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, spoke at a conferennce on organ donation in Rome last week. He contends that the “apnoea test”, used to identify “brain death” in brain damaged patients, deprives the brain of oxygen for several minutes and, in fact, causes brain death–with organ donor officials standing by with papers in hand.

Liberal Catholics threaten to bomb Australian bishop

Now, we are repeatedly told that pro-lifers and religious conservatives are violent. We are always being compared to terrorists.

Yet, “peace-loving” liberals use threatening behavior all the time.

Consider this case: “Fr.” Peter Kennedy has been pastor of St. Mary’s Church in South Brisbaane, Australia, for 28 years. Here’s an assessment of this “Catholic” parish:

The Sydney Morning Herald described St, Mary’s as a “green-leftist New Age drop-in centre” that Fr. Kennedy is refusing to leave, despite repeated requests by the Archbishop.
“Footage of Mass – or whatever it was,” the Morning Herald description continued, “at St. Mary’s on ABC-TV this week showed a pony-tailed man – not a priest – in a bright shirt waving around a giant Communion host in a haphazard way, while people sat on the floor at his feet. It looked more like a yoga session, with meditation and lay people taking to the pulpit to give ‘sermons’ which have nothing to do with the Bible.”

Archbishop John Bathersby has dismissed Fr. Kennedy and ordered him to leave the premises. The priest is refusing to leave.
Some supporter of Fr. Kennedy has threatened to bomb the archbishop’s residence.

Here’s a thought: Archbishop Bathersby could do what Archbishop Burke did and just put the parish under interdict.

Parents say disabled kids’ host is "scary"

BBC has a kids’ show called the Bedtime Hour, and co-host Cerrie Burnell only has half an arm, due to a genetic disorder. Parents are complaining that they won’t let their kids watch the show for fear Burnell’s disability will scare the kids, or that the BBC is going “overboard with diversity.”


This is the same mentality that says, “Don’t talk to kids about death or illness. Lie to them.”

This is the same mentality that says, “Don’t let the kids watch ‘scary shows'”, not out of concern for their spiritual development but out of a desire to keep them “happy and carefree”, to avoid having to deal with any kind of sadness or pain.

Archbishop Chaput tells it like it is

Speaking in Toronto, Archbishop Charles “My name rhymes with ‘slap you'” Chaput recently called on Catholics not to engage in the “spirit of adulation bordering on servility” towards our new president. The speech in its entirety is pretty hard-hitting, but I particularly like this part:

“I think modern life, including life in the Church, suffers from a phony
unwillingness to offend that poses as prudence and good manners, but too often
turns out to be cowardice. Human beings owe each other respect and appropriate
courtesy. But we also owe each other the truth — which means candor.”

He also notes that we have no duty to respect our leaders when they violate natural law.

Archbishop O’Brien calls on the Legion to come clean

Baltimore’s Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, who previously ordered the Legion of Christ in his archdiocese to submit to the same reporting standards as other religious orders or be kicked out, has given the first statement by a bishop regarding the revelations about Fr. Maciel, and they’re scathing (pretty much what I’ve been saying since I first learned of this stuff 4 years ago):

Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien told the religious order’s director general that he cannot in good conscience recommend that anyone join the Legion or Regnum Christi, its affiliated lay movement.
. . .
“It seems to me and many others that this was a man with an entrepreneurial genius who, by systematic deception and duplicity, used our faith to manipulate others for his own selfish ends,” Archbishop O’Brien told The Catholic Review in a telephone interview following his Feb. 20 Rome meeting with Father Alvaro Corcuera, director general of the Legion.
“Father Maciel deserves our prayers, as every Christian who dies does, that he’ll be forgiven and we leave the final judgment to God as to what his life and death amounted to,” Archbishop O’Brien said.
Saying that the Legion’s founder “leaves many victims in his wake,” the archbishop called for the “full disclosure of his activities and those who are complicit in them or knew of them and of those who are still refusing to offer disclosure.”
. . .
“This is not about orthodoxy,” he said. “It is about respect for human dignity for each of its members.”