Res & Explicatio for A.D. 3-5-2009

Salvete AC readers!

Here we have today’s Top Picks in the Catholic world:

1. I discovered today that Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas was the only obstacle that would have prevented the nomination of Pro-Abortion Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius  to be nominated for Secretary of Health and Human Services.  President Barack Obama did not want to nominate Governor Sebelius without the support of Senator Brownback.  President Obama made a personal phone call to Senator Brownback last week to ensure his support, which would have pre-empted any problems with Governor Sebelius nomination in the Senate.  So Senator Brownback had the opportunity to strike a blow for the Pro-Life movement, but instead succumbed to worldly praise of his president.  Senator Brownback you have advanced Satan’s agenda of the increase in the murder of innocent children, shame on you!

Here is the link:

http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/mar/09030405.html

2. Late last night His Excellency Most Reverend Joseph Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City was quoted by the archdiocesan blog, The Catholic Key Blog, that he is “concerned personally” for Pro-Abortion Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius.  He has also said that “she is a very bright and gifted leader“.  Archbishop Naumann has called her nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Services “particularly troubling”.  He further goes on explaining the problems associated with her public stance by quoting the great film A Man for All Season, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul, but for Wales?”.

Here is the link: http://catholickey.blogspot.com/2009/03/archbishop-naumanns-column-on-sebelius.html

3. Late yesterday afternoon His Excellency Most Reverend Joseph Martino of the Diocese of Scranton posted a statement on the diocesan website reinforcing his earlier position in a charitable yet forceful manner about the “Teaching of Diversity and Tolerance” at Misericordia University.  Fr. John Zuhlsdorf breaks down this reflection by Bishop Martino on his blog.  Here’s a preview of the good bishop’s reflection:

I also offer this postscript to those who criticize me for taking public stances that may not be popular or “politically correct,” or may not agree with their own personal notions of what “progressive” Catholic doctrine should be. My job as a Bishop is to promulgate the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church to all the faithful. I will continue to do so.

Here is the link: http://wdtprs.com/blog/2009/03/bp-martino-my-job-as-a-bishop-is-to-promulgate-the-authentic-teaching-of-the-catholic-church/

4. Thomas Aquinas College (TAC) is one of those gems that needs to get more exposure for the brilliant and orthodox Catholic education that it offers.  TAC offers a classical order and division of liberal studies, its central curriculum is philosophy and theology.  They replace textbooks with “Great Books” and offer classroom conversations in place of lectures.  TAC is situated in gorgeous Santa Paula, California and they are going to dedicate their beautiful new campus Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel this Saturday, March 7.  The next day, March 8, they will have a dedication Mass celebrated in the Extraordinary Form at 8am, followed by a 10am Ordinary Form Mass.  The chapel will be the 12th building opened on the campus where they plan on opening three moreThe Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College says:

“It is the only Catholic college that has exclusively focused on the Great Books. There is an impressive intellectual rigor at TAC that is matched by a commitment to orthodox Catholicism.”

I have had the pleasure of knowing of TAC alumni and students and I am extremely impressed with their balance, maturity, and intellect.  They carry an interior joy of Jesus that is contagious and refreshing.  If I were a high school junior or senior, I would seriously consider TAC as an option, right up there with Christendom College and Franciscan University of Stubenville.

Here is the link:

http://www.calcatholic.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?id=ea144662-5d7f-4f5b-9286-6511618abdec

5. Call me slow, but I just discovered Ave Maria Radio online!  Simply brilliant.

Here is the link: http://avemariaradio.net/

11 Responses to Res & Explicatio for A.D. 3-5-2009

  • Gerard E. says:

    1. Brownback’s support of Sibelius- inexplicable. Inexcusable. Keep in mind. Always.

    2. Bravo Archbishop Naumann. Appears to be job requirement as Archbishop of KC- lay down smack on Sibelius. He does it well.

    3. So which bloody lab coat does Tiller the Killer wear at the confirmation party?>

  • Flambeaux says:

    Brownback is eyeing the KS governor’s mansion. With Sebellius in DC, his path is now clearer.

    What profiteth a man, indeed.

    Good news on all the other points.

  • Still trying to wrap my head around Brownback … American Papist speculates here:

    So what’s going on here? Politics.

    Brownback and Sebelius are home-state rivals from Kansas: she the pro-abortion governor, he one of their two pro-life senators. Speculation has been going for months that in 2010 Sebellius and Brownback could well collide for an elected office: either Sebellius challenging Brownback for his senate seat or Brownback trying to become Kansas governor.

    Brownback, therefore, can be personally relieved that it appears Sebelius will be “kicked upstairs” by this HHS nomination (presuming that all goes well). It saves him two worries.

    But I think it was a wrong move.

  • FD says:

    Tito,

    My friend, please I know it is hard but cut Senator Brownback a bit of slack, he has done more for the pro-life movement than any other senator I can think of.

    Just because Brownback is a Catholic though, doesn’t mean he can’t be pragmatic. Even the great Thomas More knew that sometimes you have to play politcs and pick your battles.

    No matter what Obama is going to pick a rabid pro-choicer for this spot. Even if Brownback and the whole of the Republican party drew a line in the sand and made this into an epic battle Obama would just keep picking pro-choicers until he got what he wanted.

    As to people implying that Brownback just wants Sibelius out of the way so he can run for gov. She already is out of the way, she is in her final term by the laws of the state of KS. If she didn’t get this cabinet job though she planned to run (and probably win) Brownback’s old seat (as he has pledged to not run again for senate.)

    The fact that Brownback probably will end up as Gov. of KS in 2010 is a very good thing for the pro-life movement in that state but should not be misread as mere oportunism. Trust me, Sam Brownback would not sell his soul to be Gov. of KS.

    What he is doing is being smart and looking down the road, in 2010 do you want KS to have a pro-choice dem senator? The KS seat is one of the few the Republicans can probably hold based on current trajectories. Trust me you don’t want Obama to have a super-majority in the senate.

    Brownback has put it all on the line before for truth and justice, the fact that Catholics are turning on him so quick for this bothers me.

  • Matt McDonald says:

    FD,

    My friend, please I know it is hard but cut Senator Brownback a bit of slack, he has done more for the pro-life movement than any other senator I can think of.

    he just undid it. We have to be non-partisan here and criticize soundly any politician who support the abortion lobby directly or by providing them cover like Brownback has done.

    Trust me, Sam Brownback would not sell his soul to be Gov. of KS.

    he already has. This IS mere political opportunism.

    Thomos More did not endorse evil, he did at times refuse to speak and condemn evil until the right time, that is NOT what Brownback is doing.

    Of course Obama will get his nominations through (at least the ones who aren’t scofflaws), what you’re missing is that when they get support from conservative Republicans it weakens our ability to oppose their evil policies, it also undermines the Church which is attacking this nomination, to have a Catholic endorse her.

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