Daily Archives: March 23, 2009

French, Germans, and Americans hate the Pope, but the Angolans love him!

Ugandan AIDS activists thanks Holy Father for opposing condoms

This article is hilarious

It’s one of those “abstinence education doesn’t work” bits.

I would agree: teaching “abstinence only” doesn’t work. Problem is, you can’t teach “values” in public schools, and, even if you can, it’s “values” detached from morals, which are in turn detached from metaphysics, which in turn is detached from theology, so the “values” are, ultimately, meaningless.

*Chastity* education works very well.

But what’s hilarious is this comment Dr. Mitzi Kalin, a psychologist:

Kalin, who is the mother of two young children, compares it to her 2-year-old son trying to play with the light socket. Just telling him no doesn’t work.
“You have to help them see how sex can impact their lives and keep them from achieving their goals,” she says. “It’s an ongoing process.”

So, is Dr. Kalin suggesting that we put rubber gloves on our two year olds and say, “it’s OK to stick your fingers in the socket if you wear protective gear”?

The way to keep a two year old from sticking his fingers in a socket is by teaching him when he’s one not to do it. You put protective covers in the outlets. You keep him confined to an area where he can’t get to the outlets. You tell him he’ll electrocute himself and die if he touches it. You swat his bottom or his hand if he goes to touch it.

Kalin’s example is self-defeating. Because “sex education” is like giving the toddler a rubber glove and saying, “Go for it.” Instead, you teach the teenagers the psychological and physiological consequences of premarital intercourse. You teach them respect for themselves, for their elders and for their peers. You keep them supervised.

Teach them NFP and that both men and women have high libidos when the woman is fertile. If your daughter wants to go out on a “date,” you ask to see her charts first, and don’t let her go out on a date till 3 days after Peak.

According to Lori Lamerand, chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood in Mid and South Michigan, study after study shows that abstinence-only education is mostly a failure. The only thing that really works to prevent teen pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases is comprehensive sex education and access to contraceptives, she says.

Gets back to the question of what we’re trying to *prevent.* Conservatives want to prevent *fornication*. Planned Parenthoood wants to prevent reproduction.


Obama to give commencement address at Notre Dame

Does this really surprise anyone? Of course, Joe Scheidler, and ALL, and the Cardinal Newman Society, are calling “boycott.” Cardinal O’Connor called for a boycott of Notre Dame 16 years ago.

At one of my Ph.D. program interviews back in 1997, the guy asked, “You sound like you’re better suited to a Catholic college. Ever consider Notre Dame?”
I said, “Philosophical differences.”
“Oh, you’re not Catholic?”
“No, I am.”

Pope Benedict calls on clergy to fight witchcraft

His Holiness, Benedict XVI, called on Angolan priests to preach the Gospel to those who believe in animism and witchcraft and encourage their conversion. He also called on Catholics to not mix their faith with superstitions. (Good time to quot ethe Letter to Thyatira in Rev 2:18-29).

French, Germans, and Americans hate the Pope, but the Angolans love him!

St. Teresa of Avila on Worldly Confessors

“And if we deal with virtuous persons discreetly and moderately, especially confessors, we will benefit. But if you should become aware that the confessor is turning toward some vanity, be suspicious about everything and in no way carry on conversatinos with him even though they may seem to be good, but make your confession briefly and bring it to a conclusion. And it would be best to tell the prioress that your soul doesn’t get on well with him and change confessors. That would be the most proper thing to do–if you can do it without hurting his reputation” (Way of Perfection Ch. 4, para 13).

“Thus they must speak to spiritual and learned persons. If the appointed confessor is not spiritual and learned, they should at times seek out others. and if, perhaps, they receive orders not to confess to others, they can speak otuside of confession to the kind of person I mentioned” (Way of Perfection, Ch. 5, para. 4).

Kings: Good TV

Apparently, NBC first announced the new series Kings over a year ago. They’re very supportive of this drama, but, unfortunately, its premiere didn’t do very well (ranked last in last week’s ratings).

But the show is really good. It’s basically “VeggieTales” for adults.

“Hi, I’m Bob the Tomato!”
“And I’m Larry the Cucumber–“
“And we’re here to answer your questions!”
“We’ve got a letter here from Lt. Vincent Falcone of Fayetteville, NC. Lt. Maynard is presently stationed in Iraq, and he has a question:
‘Dear Bob and Larry,
Recently, a unit in my division was captured by terrorists in an ambush. We were given orders not to rescue them, but I really don’t want to see them suffer. What should I do?'”
Larry says, “That’s funny, Bob, because *I* have a letter from Sgt. Conrad Hauser of St. Louis, MO, and he has a question, too!
‘Dear Bob and Larry,

I’ve won so many military awards that the Army wants to promote me to officer and give me a desk job in DC. I’d rather stay at the front of the action. What should I do?'”

Bob: “I think we have a story that might answer *both* those questions! . . . Uh, Moms and Dads, you may want to consider having your younger kids go watch Dave and the Giant Pickle in another room. This story’s probably gonna be a little violent. . . .”

Actually, for a soap opera based upon the Old Testament, it’s fairly clean-cut. In the pilot, “Goliath,” there’s some violence and gore. Maybe some foul language (I honestly don’t remember). But other than suggestive dialogue, the only sexual content was some ladies in skimpy dresses and a *very* brief scene of David french kissing Michelle (aka Michal).

God is mentioned frequently, both in the genuine sense and in the “hypocritical politician” sense. Rev. Samuels (guess who that is) is a very intriguing character. The King (named Silas, not Saul) is an appealing tragic villain: power-wielding and compromised but not evil.

It’s a promising series. Sadly, NBC has announced that it’s only running the 13 episodes that have been produced, as a “mini-series.”

You know, people complain about “nothing good on TV.” They complain, complain, complain. Then a network creates a family friendly, religious oriented show. And it puts a lot of momentum behind it, hoping to draw those religious viewers who are always complaining.

Then, guess what? That show tanks, because the complainers don’t watch, anyway, and the non-religious people won’t tune in.