Daily Archives: March 16, 2010

The media’s campaign to smear Pope Benedict XVI continues

I have been asked, in a typically off-topic fashion, by our pro-abortion terrorist friend Operation CounterStrike, to address the recent slanders against Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, aka Pope Benedict XVI.

Here’s a summary statement by the Vatican press secretary:

In a note read on Vatican Radio on Saturday, the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said it was “evident that in recent days there are those who have tried, with a certain aggressive tenacity, in Regensburg and in Munich, to find elements to involve the Holy Father personally in issues of abuse.” He added, “It is clear that those efforts have failed.”

It started when the media and government focused on the Regensburg-Domspatzen choir and boarding school, where Monsigneur Georg Ratzinger, the Holy Father’s older brother, was choirmaster for 30 years. Msgr. Ratzinger has not been charged with any kind of sexual misconduct. He has been asked to testify–and has agreed to do so–in any potential prosecutions (note that they aren’t even prosecuting anyone yet!), but says he knew of no abuse.

Then, as usually happens in these witch hunts (look at the ambiguous and limbic proceedings surrounding Fr. Christopher Buckner of Virginia!), the definition of “abuse” was stretched to the limit, so that Fr. Ratzinger has himself been accused of abuse for boxing kids in the ear!

Now, my own feelings on corporal punishment are mixed, especially as a matter of default disciplinary practice, but as Andy Griffith would say, “Come awwn!” Speaking of Andy Griffith, I guess we need to bring him up on charges for advocating child abuse on the air, since there are several references to belts and switches on The Andy Griffith Show. And don’t forget those horribly offensive Laura Ingalls Wilder books!!

Now, idiots who have no idea how Church hierarchy works, are trying to implicate then-Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger in the case of one Fr. Peter Hullermann, who was merely reassigned rather than disciplined in an abuse allegation while Ratzinger was archbishop of Munich. Gerhard Gruber, who was the vicar general at the time, claims full responsibility, but enemies of the Pope find that hard to believe.

You know, I was no fan of Bernard Cardinal Law, but I always felt the attacks against him were unfounded, as well. An archbishop, particularly a Cardinal Archbishop, has many responsibilities. Any given cardinal serves on various Vatican commissions, travels around the world, gives talks, etc. Cardinal George is also president of the USCCB–do you think he spends much time governing the diocese of Chicago?

This is why archbishops usually have auxiliary bishops, not to mention parochial vicars and others.

The enemies of the Church want to perceive a vast conspiracy of child molestors covering each others’ backs. If they are talking about the Legion of Christ or the Jesuits, or even certain Archdioceses, they’re not going to get much dispute in these quarters. However, that is not always the case . The overweening problem is one of downplaying complaints, the old problem of clericalism (like I was talking about in my recent post on censorship and the downside of the Index of Forbidden Books).

So, there’s an accusation against a priest. Diocesan bureaucrat says, “Oh, just another disgruntled parishioner making something up” (that does happen, you know!). If he’s just trying to brush it under the carpet, do you think he’s going to go running to the archbishop and talk about it?

No; he’s just going to reassign the priest and be done with it.

In any case, any reputable news agency is recognizing that, whatever mistakes he may have made in the past–mostly in regard to his own stated view at one point that these cases were overblown and largely the result of a media campaign against the Church–the Pope has done an outstanding job of dealing with the situation as it has come to greater light over the past 8 years.

When public school principals stop winking at guidance counselors who summon scantily clad thirteen year olds for lengthy “counseling” sessions on a daily basis, or teachers who openly fondle students in the hallways, maybe the secular world will have some room to talk.

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Novena to St. Joseph, Day 6

O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.

O Saint Joseph, assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

O Saint Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. Amen

O Saint Joseph, hear my prayers and obtain my petitions. O Saint Joseph, pray for us, in particular for Josef Vincent, my brother Joe and my dad.

A Prologue

The universe is a work of art. From the patterns of galaxies and the patterns of subatomic structures to the diversity of the mountains and oceans, everything in the cosmos exhibits beauty: precision, harmony, elegance and color. Nothing in nature is truly chaotic, and nothing in nature is perfectly orderly. Perfect order is boring; art is about variation.
Among the many marvels of creation is the miracle of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, a complex molecule that amounts to a rudimentary computer program. The DNA molecule somehow is able to replicate itself in a way other molecules cannot, and it copies its code onto another molecule called ribonucleic acid, RNA, which then conveys messages to other complex molecules for the creation of amino acids and proteins. This process occurs over and over, billions of times, to create life as we know it.
Yet the marvel is that, in a process that occurs so many times over and over, the DNA almost always remains the same. The vast majority of the time, it copies itself exactly, and only rarely does the process go wrong, resulting in what we call mutations. From these mutations arise the diversity and variation in life.
The universe was created in love by Love Himself. For God is Love, and God is Beauty, and God is Perfection, but God wanted to extend love outside the Trinity. He created the angels with free will and the ability to love. He created the material world to express beauty, and to image love in their relationships, whether the gravity of stars or the reproduction of animals. Yet He created man with three abilities: to love, to reflect beauty and, in the quality which separates man from both beast and angel, the ability to create.
Angels can think, and angels can love, but angels, as spiritual beings, are incapable of creating. Animals procreate, but they have no free will in their procreation. They are driven entirely by the rules of nature programmed into their DNA.
Among the animals, only Man is capable of applying will to the process of procreation, and among thinking beings, only man is capable of conceiving ideas which he then constructs into material form.
Thus man is made “in the image and likeness of God” in that, unlike all other creatures, He is capable of art. Unlike all other creatures, man reflects God’s love, God’s intelligence, God’s will, and God’s ability to create.
A perfect vision, it would seem. Yet the vision is hardly reflected in our daily experience of wars and famines, bills and bad weather. Where is the beauty in a terrorist? Where is the love in a drug dealer? Where is the creative ability in a wastrel? How could a loving and beauteous God have created a world where such ugliness and hatred occur?
The mystery is, of course, tangled up in the mystery of our own freedom to love, our freedom to choose, but what of another level?
What of the storms, the earthquakes? What of the mutations that cause death and pain and disorder, which seem to bring discordance to the harmony of the human body?
Did God make a mistake? Did we?

Some of these aberrations are more common than others. Once in every 10,000 to 20,000 conceptions, statistically speaking, there is a sour note in the formation of a small gene that scientists have labeled FBN1, located on Chromosome 15. Maybe some of the base pairs get changed. Maybe part of the gene just breaks off. Something goes wrong, and the result is one of those children whose very existence either decries or demands the existence of God. For how can a God who created a universe of beauty, in which human beings are supposedly the pinnacle of that beauty, have created human beings whose very DNA causes them to lack harmony in their bodies, disproportionate and distended? How could a loving God have allowed those who are allegedly His most precious children to suffer so horribly by design? How could such pain and death result from a nature that is orderly and beautiful? And, yet, most importantly, how could such an unfortunate creature, born into so cruel and loveless a world, find meaning in the pain? Could such a person, whose existence seemingly mocks the idea of order and beauty and love, yet personify these ideals?