For myself I love eucharistic adoration. I never have done it without feeling much closer to God. Since John Paul II also approved of it in his letter DOMINICAE CENAE, I guess I will just have to bear up under the strain of being thought backward by Professor McBrien. Father Z gives McBrien his patented fisking here.
You know, tenured dissenters like McBrien have a real problem on their hands in the age of the internet. It is very easy now for ordinary Catholics to have access to church teaching by a few clicks and read what John Paul II wrote:
Of course Pope Benedict’s views are well known and are set forth here. When we have such easy access to the words of Peter, it is much harder for Catholics to be bamboozled by flim-flam artists like McBrien seeking to distort the teaching of the Church in service of their personal agendas. The modern world provides many challenges to the Church, but I think in the long run the internet may become a great advantage to the magisterium of Holy Mother Church.
Hattip to Instapundit. John Steele Gordon has a first rate article here detailing how we landed in the debt morass our nation is now bogged down in. His last sentence is a completely accurate assessment of our options: ” Only necessity will force Congress to control long-term spending on its own. And unless the body politic forces the needed changes, that necessity in the form of overwhelming debt is inescapable.”
From the only reliable source of news on the net, the Onion. How terrible to devote one’s life to a study only to end up completely bored by it. Lawyers of course never have that problem. Well, at least he made the talk show host look foolish so he did not live in vain! For those considering anteaters as pets, this article does a good job of putting some lipstick on the ant chow hounds.
Bob Hope was a Republican, but, above all, he was a comedian, and he never let politics stand in the way of a good punch line. A death bed Catholic convert like John Wayne, he will be the subject of a future post here on AC.
On this day on which we celebrate the workers of America, it is good to recall a simple day laborer who became one of Spain’s most beloved saints. Also known as Saint Isidore the farmer, he was born around 1170 and lived his entire life in the vicinity of Madrid, in service as a farm laborer to the family of Juan de Vargas. Some of his fellow workers complained to Vargas that Saint Isidore was late for work due to his habit of attending Mass each day. Checking up on his worker, he found Saint Isidore praying while an angel was doing the plowing! Eventually Vargas made Saint Isidore bailiff of his entire estate. Tales of miracles surround Saint Isidore. One relates how he brought the daughter of his employer back to life. Another tells how he found water during a time of drought. He was noted for his charity to the poor and to animals.
O Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations, to work with gratitude and joy, in a spirit of penance for the remission of my sins, considering it an honor to employ and develop by means of labor the gifts received from God, to work with order, peace, moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties, to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, having always death before my eyes and the account that I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after thine example, O Patriarch, St. Joseph. Such shall be my watch-word in life and in death.
Cardinal O’Malley of Boston defends his participation at the funeral Mass for Ted Kennedy here. Erin Manning at her blog and sometimes tea, gives his remarks a fisking to be remembered here. The master of the fisk, Father Z, also puts the Cardinal’s remarks through his patented fisk machine here.
The simple truth of the matter of course is that Ted Kennedy, in so many ways, was a disgrace to the Catholic Church in this country. As a Catholic who received the Last Rites, it was right to give him a funeral Mass. It was wrong to allow that Mass to be transformed into a “Tribute for Teddy” and a Democrat Party infomercial. Archbishop O’Malley sat there and allowed this to take place and now he has the audacity to defend his nonfeasance. One would have thought that silence would have been a wiser course rather than attempting to defend the indefensible.
Obama on September 8 is going to have a large audience for one of his speeches. This in itself is unusual in view of the declining TV ratings of his speeches. Even more unusual is the audience: most of the elementary public school kids in the nation. Why is he doing this? The US Department of Education has thoughtfully prepared a study guide for teachers here. It is untrue that it comes bound in a little red book.
Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. Youtube videos for political arguments is one of the more fascinating developments of the internet age. At little cost anyone can become a participant in a political debate, post a you tube video and have it seen by potentially millions of viewers. I like it! It interjects citizen particpation in what had been a big money game. The pro-ObamaCare video is from “Engio”. The video response is from “How the World Works”.
On the anniversary of the beginning of World War II, I recall this speech of Churchill, and his presentation, before the beginning of the Battle of Britain in 1940, of alternative futures for mankind based upon how the war came out. For all our problems since the Allied victory in that war, the mind recoils from what the world would have been like after an Axis victory.
From the only reliable source of news on the net, the Onion. I have never gotten into the Massively Multiplayer Online scene, no doubt due to being too cheap and lacking time. I prefer sensible games like War in the Pacific-Admiral’s Edition, where, if you are lucky, you can complete a game in a little less time than the war took. Ah, we computer gamers are a wild and crazy breed, with the emphasis on the last part of the equation.
Robert Schindler,Sr., the father of Terri Schiavo has died. National Right to Life has released this letter:
“NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE MOURNS THE LOSS OF ROBERT SCHINDLER, SR.
WASHINGTON – The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nation’s largest pro-life group, today joined with pro-lifers nationwide in mourning the passing of our dear friend Robert Schindler, Sr., the father of Terri Schindler Schiavo. Mr. Schindler died this morning in St. Petersburg, Florida.
“Bob Schindler was an extraordinary father, husband and friend,” said Wanda Franz, Ph.D., National Right to Life President. “His death is a profound loss for all of us in the pro-life movement. Today, our thoughts and prayers are with his loving wife, Mary and their children, Bobby and Suzanne.”
Despite facing legal setbacks at virtually every turn, the Schindlers, with their children at their side, fought unceasingly to defend the right of their daughter, Terri Schindler Schiavo, to receive food and fluids. Their brave struggle ended on March 31, 2005, when Terri died from a court-ordered withdrawal of nutrition and hydration.
Following Terri’s death, the family began advocating for other medically dependent and disabled patients facing similar circumstances through the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation.
In 2007, the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund honored the Schindler family with the Proudly Pro-Life Award for their dedication and public witness to the cause of life.
“In life, Bob, and his wife Mary, never sought the spotlight. They only wished to care for their beloved daughter, Terri. Through their selfless dedication to Terri, they showed the nation and the world what it means when someone says they are ‘pro-life’,” added David N. O’Steen, Ph.D., National Right to Life Executive Director.
The National Right to Life Committee, the nation’s largest pro-life group is a federation of affiliates in all 50 states and 3,000 local chapters nationwide. National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide.”
Terri Schiavo of course was judicially murdered by the State of Florida in 2005 at the behest of her “loving husband”, Michael Schiavo. A few comments about that judicial travesty:
Doug Kmiec, betrayer of the pro-life cause, future ambassador to Malta and spiritual descendant of Richard Rich, the subject of few posts on this blog, see here, has taken the opportunity of the death of Ted Kennedy to engage in some predictable spaniel like fawning over Obama and ObamaCare. The ever cogent Erin Manning at her ever readable blog and sometimes tea, fisks the resulting mess here, so you don’t have to.
Canon Lawyer Ed Peters has some thoughts here on the Ted Kennedy funeral. Distressingly the funeral had on full display the tendency of modern Catholic funerals to have eulogies that “canonize” the deceased. I prefer the traditional Catholic practice of banning eulogies and merely requesting prayers for the soul of the deceased. There are other venues to praise the deceased. The funeral Mass is not for praise, but rather for the sacrifice of the Mass and for prayers. A good post on the subject is here.
“On the right to choose abortion, he was fully pro-choice. He supported the right of women who got their medical care from the government whether they were federal employees, in the military or on Medicaid to the same right of conscience that women with their own money or private insurance have. And, on every other issue related to reproductive health and rights, he voted for women.