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Friday, July 02, 2004

Communion and pro-abortion politicians
I can certainly be convinced that we shouldn't deny Communion to pro-abortion politicians. (I think we should do so but am open to why I'm wrong. I just haven't heard a convincing argument yet. I understand that we can't know the state of someone's soul, but fail to see how a pro-abortion politician can not be in a state of mortal sin. Everybody knows the Church's teaching, so he either denies the Church's authority or its teaching power. Either way seems mortal sin-ish to me.)

I did like what Bishop Saltarelli wrote. I was surprised he took it that far, even (rightly) urging pro-abortion non-politicians to refrain from receiving. It does raise questions though which I would have liked to see him address: namely, how do we define "support"? Voting or campaigning for pro-abortion politicians, whether because of or in spite of their support? Making public statements of some sort in favor of the "right" to abortion? Obviously, material support of the abortion industry or support of a specific abortion should be considered such "support".

I think Bishop Saltarelli, and the bishops as a whole, will need to start getting specific or their pronouncements will be taken with the same gravity as their previous pro-life announcements have. In my opinion, it's about time the gloves came off.

Independence Day Quotes
"The American Revolution remains unique in human history: a revolution -- and a nation -- founded on a moral principle, the principle of individual rights." --Michael Berliner

"The Declaration of Independence is literally the birth certificate for our Nation, but the United States was forming months and even years before its delivery on July 4th, 1776. Life truly did (and does) begin at conception." --Wesley Allen Riddle

"We live in an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create our Declaration. Our Declaration created them. The things of the spirit come first. Unless we cling to that, all our material prosperity, overwhelming though it may appear, will turn to a barren scepter in our grasp." --Calvin Coolidge

"I have long believed that the guiding hand of Providence did not create this new nation of America for ourselves alone, but for a higher cause: the preservation and extension of the sacred fire of human liberty. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of these United States are covenants we have made not only with ourselves, but with all of mankind. Our founding documents proclaim to the world that freedom is not the sole prerogative of a chosen few, they are the universal right of all God's children." --Ronald Reagan (1991)

The People of Iraq v. Saddam Hussein
Very funny.

Virgin Mary invoked by pro-abortion activists
Some people just don't get it.

It's interesting though. Catholicism has such a strong hold on people that they can't let go of it even as they move away from it.

Bishop Saltarelli's Statement on Abortion and the Political Life
Not just politicians, but all Catholics who promote abortion should refrain from Eucharist:

The promotion of abortion by any Catholic is a grave and serious matter. Objectively, according to the constant teaching of the Scriptures and the Church, it would be more spiritually beneficial for such a person to refrain from receiving the Body and Blood of Christ. I ask Catholics in this position to have the integrity to respect the Eucharist, Catholic teaching and the Catholic faithful.

This is a good point:
No one today would accept this statement from any public servant: "I am personally opposed to human slavery and racism but will not impose my personal conviction in the legislative arena." Likewise, none of us should accept this statement from any public servant: "I am personally opposed to abortion but will not impose my personal conviction in the legislative arena."

Our Catholic institutions will not honor Catholic politicians who take pro-abortion legislative positions or invite them to speak at our functions or schools. While they are to be treated civilly, respectfully and with gospel charity, they should never be put forward as a model of a Catholic in public life.

The Wilmington News-Journal's Coverage

Sen. Joe Biden and Rep. Mike Castle, both Catholics, had no comment Thursday on Saltarelli's statement, according to their spokespeople. Biden has repeatedly declined to comment on the issue, but Castle said in May he supported the rights of members of the church and elected officials to hold differing views on issues.

When running for re-election in 2002, Biden said abortion is a personal decision and the government should remain neutral; he said he opposed efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. Castle said then that he supported Roe v. Wade.

Lt. Gov. John Carney, who is Catholic and a Democrat, is on vacation and was unavailable for comment Thursday, said his spokesman, Doug Gramiak. A Carney spokesman said in late May that, as a personal belief, the lieutenant governor does not favor abortion, but in terms of policy, believes every person should have the right to choose.

We knew Castle was a RINO (Republican in Name Only), now he's apparently also a CINO (Catholic in Name Only). About Carney's comment, see the second quote from the bishop's statement above.

My comments:
As I've said, I tend to prefer to explicitly ban pro-abortion politicians from Communion, but I am open to possibility that I'm wrong. I guess I just am not aware how someone can consistently support abortion and not be in a state of mortal sin. The Church's teaching is clear. If a Catholic doesn't know the Church's teaching, they're abvioulsy not in Communion in some other way. (And they're not paying to the news, the Internet, etc. Seriously, how can someone not know the Church's position?) Or they deny the teaching power of the Church, which would seem to be a mortal sin (for a Catholic) in and of itself.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

A Conservative in Hollywood
Rob Long is hilarious. (He used to write for Cheers, as evidence.)

Here's how he explained (in NR recently) why the entertainment industry tilts Democrat: "If you've spent all day lying on the telephone and screwing your client out of his money and yelling at your assistant for bringing you the wrong kind of water and paying your Guatemalan maid sub-minimum wages, then maybe you, too, might need a little John Kerry in your life to make you feel good about yourself."

"I got home exhausted but happy. Exploding at the inanities on NPR is about the only release we repressed, uptight Republicans allow ourselves."

Holy fluerking Schnit!
A Catholic lawyer has filed heresy charges against Sen. John Kerry with the Archdiocese of Boston, accusing the Democratic presidential candidate of bringing "most serious scandal to the American public" by receiving Holy Communion as a pro-choice Catholic.

The question many bishops hoped would go away has now been forced. (Who even knew something like this was possible?)

By the way, was that Kang or Kodos who said the subject line?

Link via The Corner.

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

FOX News Channel Garners More Than Half of Cable News Audience During Second Quarter
I don't regularly watch FOX news, but there two possible conclusions those who says it's a right wing news channel should draw

1) Fox News isn't as conservative as people think if its ratings are that large
2) America is much more conservative than Fox News's critics would like to think

At least one of those has to be true.

Shroud of Turin could be legitimate

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

San Francisco rolls out the red carpet for the Clintons
There's so much in this article to mock....

"We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton

Again, liberals know better than you do how to spend your money. Anything can be rationalized as "the common good" if you try hard enough. Plus, it's not the government's money!

At one point, Clinton stopped the fast-moving line of fans to pose for a photo with 14-year old Thomas Nelson and his 12-year old brother Joseph, who had traveled 50 miles with their father from Petaluma.

"I've never shaken the hand of a president," said Thomas, who added that he had one grandma who couldn't stand Clinton and one who thought he was the best president ever.

"Even better than George Washington," said Thomas.

Sheer hyperbole. Can anyone actually believe this?

"He was here so dad gum much when he was president that outside of Arkansas, his highest level of support is probably the Bay Area," said Martha Whetstone, executive director of the Bar Association of San Francisco and a longtime friend of both Clintons. "And San Francisco has always been Hillary country. They get her here -- there's a real appreciation for independent, intelligent women."

<cheapshot>If they appreciate "independent, intelligent women" why won't men from San Francisco marry them?</cheapshot>

<anothercheapshot>If he's so popular in Arkansas, why couldn't he carry it for Gore in 2000?</anothercheapshot>

St Irenaeus on Tradition
What if there should be a dispute about some matter of moderate importance? Should we not turn to the oldest churches, where the apostles themselves were known, and find out from them the clear and certain answer to the problem now being raised? Even if the apostles had not left their Scriptures to us, ought we not to follow the rule of tradition they handed down to those to whom they committed the churches?

I'm guessing this was written in the late 2nd Century (before 200 AD). Here we have one of the great Church Fathers promoting the use of Tradition in addition to Scripture, arguing even if we didn't have Scriptures, tradition would suffice.

Good advice to remember

Is there a better pencil than the Dixon Ticonderoga #2 Soft? If there is, I don't want to know about it. I hate having to use anything else.

Pride and Baseball Players
It must be hard for a player to retire. I means giving up a game you've been playing for years and also admitting you're no longer capable of playing it at a level you're used to.

I think this is what a lot people don't understand about major league ball players. Sportswriters and fans frequently complain that players are only in it for the money. While there are no doubt some players for whom that is true, I would just about guarantee that every player originally got into baseball because they love the game. And giving up the game you love must be hard. Look at Rickey Henderson. He's still playing in the independent leagues hoping to get back to the majors. (He's not even hitting well there but he can't give up the dream.)

So, as much as it sometimes if obvious a player neds to hang 'em up, it's still somewhat touching when they refuse to. I can sympathize with them.

Device will let you choose your dreams
Kirsten Dunst will be in my dreams even more often....

Sacred Tradition
2 Thessalonians 2:15
So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.
This passage is one of texts that bears the strongest witness to the fact that the Apostles did not simply hand the gospel down to us by writing Scripture, but by handing on a whole life in the Sacred Tradition of the Church. The Tradition handed down by "word of mouth" refers to the whole unwritten Tradition — the common life, worship, and teaching of the apostolic college — which was handed to the Church in union with the inspired writings of the Apostles and their cohorts. Why did they do things this way and not just write everything down? Because they were handing on the Way, the Truth and the Life, not just a legal brief, a technical manual, a theological treatise, or a copybook of Improving Maxims. Just as parents do not issue handbooks filled with detailed instructions, philosophical proofs, and studies in case law in order to pass on who they are and what they believe to their children, so the Apostles did not limit the way in which they communicated the Life which had been entrusted to them to merely written form. God revealed Himself in a human way in Christ, so the Apostles passed Him on to the Church in a human way too: a way which included, but was not limited to, the written word.

Catholic Exchange's Words of Encouragement are always enlightening.

Overall Supreme Court rulings were a victory for the President

Jay Nordlinger's Impromptu's
Always worth reading.

"We always have been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France." - The Duke of Wellington
But if Bush's critics don't like his "brand of conservatism," by golly . . . they should try ours!

"My job duties now are the duties that I create for myself"
Kempski said her new duties include attending civic and County Council meetings and helping people who have problems with the office, although Monday she couldn't recall solving any problems.

Her new job duties sound suspiciously like campaigning for a new elected position. Essentially, she has found a way to get the county (really the state) to pay her as she campaigns for County Council President.

Monday, June 28, 2004

My current reading

Unfortunately, as I discovered only after buying the book, it doesn't really discuss how his Catholicism affected his political views. Hopefully, as I read, I'll be able to "fill in the blanks" and understand that. I'm especially intrigued by his apparent opposition to free trade. I'll have to see what that's about.

President of US Bishops Conference Urges Support for Federal Marriage Amendment
If our Catholic senators would start voting like Catholics, this has a good chance of passing.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
This email was forwarded to me by my aunt.

These are some things about the guard at the Tomb that I never really ever
thought about. Makes me proud to be an American!!!!!!!!!
Couldn't have a better time than this to forward such a message.
God Bless America!

This must take a special kind of person.
Did you know.......

1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of
the Unknowns and why?

21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest
honor given any military or foreign dignitary.

2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return
walk and why?

21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1.

3. Why are his gloves wet?

His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.

4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time, and if not,
why not?

He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his
march across the path, he executes an about face, and moves the rifle
to the outside shoulder.

5. How often are the guards changed?

Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365
days a year.

6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?

For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between
5' 10" and 6' 2" tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30.."

Other requirements of the Guard:
They must commit 2 years of their life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks
under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest
of their lives.

They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and
cannot disgrace the uniform {fighting} or the tomb in any way.

After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel
signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400
presently worn.

The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up
the wreath pin.

The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and
cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top
of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt.

There are no wrinkles, folds, or lint on the uniform.

Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.

The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone,
nor watch TV.

All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest
in Arlington National Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they are
and where they are interred. Among the notables are: President Taft,
Joe E. Lewis {the boxer} and Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy,
{the most decorated soldier of W.W.II} of Hollywood fame.

Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard


I don't know if you saw this in the news but it really impressed me.
Funny, our US Senate/House took 2 days off as they couldn't work
because of the expected storm.

On the ABC evening news, it was reported that, because of the
dangers from Hurricane Isabelle approaching Washington, DC, the military
members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
were given permission to suspend the assignment.

They respectfully declined the offer, "No way, Sir!"

Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm,
they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the
highest honor that can be afforded to a serviceperson.

The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.

I'd be EXTREMELY proud if this email reached as many as possible.

We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve.

God Bless them.

Sports can Promote Peace
Maybe not for English soccer fans, though....

Seriously, I always felt that Jackie Robinson might have been the single most important figure in the civil rights movement.

This Mayor must be a Democrat

I'd love to see someone try this

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