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!
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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?”.
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.
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 more. The 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.
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5. Call me slow, but I just discovered Ave Maria Radio online! Simply brilliant.
Here is the link: http://avemariaradio.net/