Monday, April 18, 2011


Beautyof the Truth 
 
by Thomas Storck

"Beauty is truth, truth beauty," - that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. - Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn"

As the good denotes that toward which the appetite tends, so the true denotes that toward which the intellect tends. - Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae


When I converted to the Catholic faith early in 1978 at the age of 27 I was motivated by only one thing: my conviction that Catholicism was true, that Catholicism's account of reality was in fact the way things really are. But long before that date, when I did not yet believe that the Catholic religion was true, I found myself increasingly attracted by the beauty of the Faith. And though I would never urge anyone to become a Catholic simply because of the beauty of the Faith or of Catholic life, nevertheless I am still convinced that not only is the Faith true but that it is compellingly attractive and beautiful, even exciting. Moreover, I think that the beauties of the Faith are not merely accidents, but are close to the heart of what God has done for us.

Though I had little contact with Catholics or Catholic things while I was a boy, my father's library did contain a few important Catholic books. These included part of Aquinas's Summa contra Gentiles, Chesterton's The Everlasting Man, Ronald Knox's The Belief of Catholics and the Baltimore Catechism. As I was growing up I read some of these books and parts of the others. And two things about the Catholic Church gradually impressed themselves on my mind.

The first was the fondness of Catholicism for clear thinking. Distinctions were distinctions. If A was A, then, dammit, A was not B. If something was proved true, then it was true, whatever we felt about it. In contrast I found most of the other religious ideas I encountered, either in people or in other books, mushy and vague. (I exempt C. S. Lewis from this charge.) But though it is easy to see how I became aware of the tight logic and clear distinctions of the Catholic mind, I am less clear on the second thing. Indeed, I am not sure I can even define or name it very well. But I must try, for I think it is one of the most salient features about Catholicism, and something that ought to be attractive, especially to those of my generation...Read it all
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Filling the Gap

By Allison Backous

Our family’s kitchen table was my mother’s “sitting spot,” where she piled ashtrays next to the mail and sipped her coffee before the day began. Growing up, I often spent my mornings sitting next to her, listening to the details of her life, her understanding of why everything happened the way that it did. She often cried, her round face wet with tears.

“I never knew my mother,” she would weep, her throat clogging with a raw sob. “And I’ll never know—because I didn’t have a mom—how to do the right things.”

In the dull spread of sun and cigarette smoke, I heard my mother’s account of her painful childhood, her estranged mother, the daily liturgy of her memories.

And, over the past decade, I have been fashioning my own string of memories, phrases, words that acknowledge my mother’s place and hold on my life...More

--->The Fateful Hoaxing of Margaret Mead...

--->ForeclosureGate Deal – The Mandatory Cover Up. The Times noted that twelve million homes will be lost by 2012. Home equity values are down by $5.6 trillion since the real estate crash. The draft...

Neither do I condemn you...go and sin no moreOn The Sermon on the Mount: Why is it, I read someone asking, that so much of the Sermon on the Mount is treated as though its beatitudes and spiritual prescriptions are unattainable and impractical? Think of the matter of wars, think of not judging others while upholding the Truth; think of the warnings against greed and exploitation and self-righteousness; think of His calling for simplicity, even voluntary poverty and generosity towards all neighbors...But "Now as in days gone by," this person wrote, "the chief sins of humanity are reduced [by some] to the bedroom and not the battlefields," as if those sins, often sins of weakness and deliberate decadent cultural conditioning (click) when committed by ordinary people, were the only serious practical sins one should be most ashamed of and confess. Are we not out of all balance in that? And yet Jesus, the Master and Suffering Servant of Israel (click), unlike so many of the Pharisees, was not so. His Woes (click) did not target the weak but the strong and powerful, the truly wicked...

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--->Update Advent 2012. Since the previous URL for this blog expired, the blog itself (unbeknownst to me) sunk also (also unbeknownst to me). So I was forced to revert to the original URL seen now above. The same with the other blog at https://cultureevents.blogspot.com/ where I said and repeat now here:

When I looked at my
half-baked stumbling life over the past decades I sometimes think it is absurd to call myself a Christian at all. Yet, despite being a sinner and ever a penitent, I know an even more absurd reality which I could never overlook or deny, namely the obvious lies told to us by the increasingly nihilist media and academia which not only wallow in sin, and constantly urges it on others, especially the young, but which even denies the existence of sin at all.

This is the greatest absurdity, to justify one's crimes by denying the existence of them. 51,000,000 babies butchered since 1973 in this country and the powerful are raising glasses and congratulating themselves? This is all the fruit of madness, the madness of rejecting our Maker and Redeemer who has revealed Himself and the 'why' of creation, in history, in His Word, and in every human conscience. What a shock poor smirking rebels have coming - if we do not turn around. Meanwhile take the meat an leave the bones here an elsewhere.

Malcolm Muggeridge was right when he said ours is not an "enlightened" time but rather a new Dark Ages wherein Christ will ever be the only true Light. And how He shines when it is darkest without.

It is never too early, too late or too much to ponder the message(s) of Alexander Solzhenitsyn (follow label "Solzhenitsyn" throughout at bottom of each post

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


For Tolstoy and Russia, Still No Happy Ending

Ellen Barry and Sophia Kishovsky

"...last year Russians wrestled over Tolstoy much as they did when he was alive. Intellectuals accused the Russian Orthodox Church of blacklisting a national hero. The church accused Tolstoy of helping speed the rise of the Bolsheviks. The melodrama of his last days, when he fled his family estate to take up the life of an ascetic, was revived in all its pulpy detail, like some kind of early-stage reality television....

Ambivalence toward Tolstoy is new in Russia.

The Soviets planted him at the top of their literary pantheon, largely because of the radical philosophy he preached amid the early rumblings of the October Revolution. The publication of “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina” made Tolstoy so famous that one contemporary described him as Russia’s second czar. He used that position to rail against the church, as well as the police, the army, meat eating, private property and all forms of violence.

Lenin loved Tolstoy’s “pent-up hatred.” He anointed him “the mirror of the Russian Revolution,” ignoring his pacifism and belief in God. As the 50th anniversary of his death approached, the Central Committee of the Communist Party began preparing two years in advance, so a monument would be ready for unveiling...

Vladimir I. Tolstoy, Tolstoy’s great-great-grandson, who oversees the museum at Yasnaya Polyana, the author’s estate [has been trying to mend the wounds]...

Tolstoy's great grandson, Vladimir I. TolstoyMr. Tolstoy, 48, has the slender, avid look of a professional intellectual, but his last name has called on him to wade into politics. He worked on one of Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin’s presidential campaigns and does favors for area officials when they need “the authority or prestige of Tolstoy,” as he put it.

Ten years ago he asked the church to revisit the 1901 ruling that excommunicated his great-great-grandfather...More

Note: Regardless of how the Bolsheviks and Communists shamelessly exploited him for propaganda purposes, Tolstoy's stories, long or short, and whatever his confused political views, represent the best in the Western canon, with precious few peers.
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--->Prison Phone Rates Exploit Prisoners’ Families With Kickbacks to States...

--->Quinn Matney, UNC Student, Allegedly Faked Hate Crime Report...UNC freshman Quinn Matney claimed that he was branded on his wrist by a unknown male on campus April 4. Matney, who is 'gay,' said...

--->Bill Gross Dumps Government Bonds, Billions. What does it mean? Does It Matter? Mr. Gross says the Fed is now helping the US government implement a ponzi scheme...

More / Guardian: World's largest bond investor Pimco dumps US Treasuries...

--->Europe: The risks associated with iodine-131 contamination in Europe are no longer "negligible"...

--->Rabbi Accused of Bribing Witness in Case Against Other Rabbi...

--->New Economic Order? Emerging economies face watershed moment at summit. The leaders of the world's largest emerging economies gather this week in southern China for what could be a watershed moment in their quest for a bigger say in the global financial architecture...

--->Just what the doctor ordered...LA acting studio begins mission to create actors with ‘spiritual integrity’...

--->WSJ: There Is No Longer a Male-Female Wage Gap...

--->Martin Sheen reveals wife was conceived in rape, talks about ‘strong’ anti-abortion views...

--->Actor Martin Sheen says his Catholic religion saved him, says ‘we all look for the sacred’...

--->First Things Magzine: Abortion and the Negation of Love...

--->Prof Suspended For Having Lap Dancers Perform in Business Ethics Class (and Charging Students $150)...

--->Justin Bieber under siege in Israel...

--->Oregon woman en route to interview at convent sexually assaulted inside airport as employee’s walk past..

--->London. A curiously peaceful, famous, crossing live-cam scene, especially when raining at night...(click) It may take a moment or two, or click twice if it says "temporarily" down.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lawmaker Takes On Gallery of Indecency and Hate

A GOP lawmaker from Georgia is breaking ground on the party's ambitious new agenda by calling for a congressional investigation into a recently removed artwork in the National Portrait Gallery that featured a controversial video showing a figurine of Jesus Christ covered in ants.

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) spoke on Fox News Wednesday morning and explained his outrage over the critically acclaimed installation.

"This is a museum that gets $5.8 million in taxpayer dollars and in the middle of a high deficit, 15 million unemployed Americans, they decide to have money to spend like this. This is a museum that, by the way, has next to it a display of the American presidents, on the other side, Elvis, and then you go through this -- which is really perverted, sick stuff -- ashes of an AIDS victim, in a self-portrait, eating himself. Male nudity, Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her own breast - lots of really kinky and really questionable kind of art."...Read it all

Note: Attacks on decency are not art, but a substitute for art, a substitute which betrays the lack of art and sometimes talent. It is the same when it happens on television, in some so-called 'comedy' or film. It's been a long time now since we Americans have seen real talent which, when it exists, does not need offensive shortcuts and juvenile substitutes. Real culture worthy of the name requires great minds and hearts. Those who fund and produce this offensive material be noted and legally targeted, at the same time that real artists, screenwriters and film / television makers, producers of quality, are brought back from out of the woodwork where they have been shoved by too many decadent moguls for way too long. There is a huge market waiting for producers of decency.
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--->Japan ups nuke crisis severity to match Chernobyl...

--->National Post: Catholic, without apologies...by Michael Coren

--->Photo: Sitting Bull Wore a Crucifix...

--->Gas Prices Climbing Toward $5 Per Gallon...

--->Cardinal Zen: Vatican officials have blocked Pope's plan for Chinese Church...

--->Next front of the Spiritual War Against Apostasy: In a 22-page report released yesterday, The Cardinal Newman Society says it found more than 150 “current and past connections” between U.S. Catholic colleges and universities and Planned Parenthood – the nation’s largest abortion provider....

With or without themNote: Colleges and universities in particular are too often inclined to pose as hip, "progressive," propelled by an obvious inferiority complex. John Paul II attempted to clean this bloody mess up (Click), but as the report shows, there is much left to do.

--->Moral relativism paves way for Satanism, says Catholic expert...

---This child must be treated and groped like a suspect Terrorist? Mad and outrageous...

--->Sunset for the Conformists and Politically Correct Nonsense Criticism: New Missal translation called by them ‘archaic, sexist’...

--->WSJ: Pakistan Tells U.S. to Halt Drones...

--->Mainstream media regurgitates exact same news on Fukushima, word for word...

--->Huff: Economy Faces Test With End Of QE2, Rising Oil Prices, Debt Limit Fight...

The people's money looted--->Matt Taibbi: The real Houswives of Wall Street. Why is the Federal Reserve forking over $220 million in bailout money to the wives of two Morgan Stanley bigwigs...?

--->Jim Curley, real, whole, man...(click) (See my BTR interview with him also)

--->More Black Men Now in Prison System Than Were Enslaved...

--->How little we know about the brain! This boy is not brain dead. But he has no cerebellum...

--->Nepali Migrant Workers Unknowingly Being Sold Into Slavery In The Middle East...

--->Cardinal George Pell and an unorthodox priest down under...

--->Protestant theologian N.T. Wright on the Lisbon Earthquake, Post-modernity / the Enlightenment and the Novus Ordo Seclorum...

--->Catholic League: Shifting the Blame on Sexual Abuse...(click 1) Note: Donahue is only telling the truth, hard as it is for the Church's foes to swallow, even as they cynically ignore the massive sexual abuse of children at all levels of American society...(click 2)

--->Psychiatrists question Philadelphia investigation, defend priests. "False accusations are made for a number of reasons, including a desire for financial gain, excessive and misdirected anger, jealously, mental instability, prejudice, a sociopathic personality disorder and, in regard to priests, a hatred of the Church... MORE

Jesus Christ like never before: The temptation of Israel and much of the Islamic world is never to forget, and so never forgive. John Paul II called for the "purification of memory" relative to the sad chapters in our respective memories. And we all have them. Only through this purification of memory can better relations be forged, by seeing the present moment as a New time in which to live. Too often the memories of the difficult past amount to chains. Jesus Christ decisively broke those chains when he announced the forgiveness of the Kingdom of God, and urged all to remember something New: That a New life is possible, & that all who live by the sword die by the sword. The challenge is to turn around which is the meaning of repentance, breaking through to the New, the Kingdom of God present among and within us.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Salvador Dalí and the Jews

By Jillian Steinhauer. Dalí's 'Aliyah' showed Israel in a positive light, but the painter was also a fan of Hitler and Franco

"...Did the artist feel some kind of empathy for the Jewish people? Or, conversely, was he simply trying to build a Jewish market, even exploit the Jews for commercial benefit? The picture is complicated by the fact that Dalí displayed an intimate fascination with Hitler and Franco in the 1930s and ’40s, much to the dismay of his fellow surrealists. And “Aliyah” is not his only Jewish-themed work: He produced other paintings, as well as two sculptures, “Menorah” and “Western Wall,“ whose images he licensed to a man named Jean-Paul Delcourt in 1980. Delcourt has since built a small industry of Dalí Jewish art products.

"What to make, then, of a man whose political leanings seem at odds with his artistic output? For Blumenthal, the contrast is not as harsh as it seems. “I think that Dalí was not ideologically a racist, anti-Semite, communist, socialist, fascist or anything,” he said. “He was an artist. He absorbed everything from the environment, took it in, and then transformed it and sent it back out again.” (For those who remain skeptical, it may be helpful to refer to George Orwell, who, in a 1944 review of Dalí’s autobiography, mused, “One ought to be able to hold in one’s head simultaneously the two facts that Dalí is a good draughtsman and a disgusting human being.”)...Read it all

--->Dali on Hitler (another interpretation, for what it's worth--SH): "There is little scholarship on Dali’s fascination with Hitler. It is generally glossed over, probably because it manifested itself most strongly in the post-war years after Dali’s "golden age" of painting was over. Still, Dali’s obsession perfectly ties into the distinctly Freudian themes that run across the spectrum of Dali’s work. His anxiety over impotence is manifested in the flaccid blob-like shapes featured in paintings spanning virtually his entire career, from Surrealist Composition (1928) to Rhinocerontic Figure of Phidias’s "Ilyssos" (1954). The teardrop that hangs precariously from the end of the telephone receiver in The Enigma of Hitler (above last) is a typical example of his recurring drooping, impotent shapes. Adolf Hitler had no children. He was, however, a huge promoter of breeding, and his warped master-race concept was founded on virility...More

--->What the Luddites Really Fought Against. The label now has many meanings, but when the group protested 200 years ago, technology wasn't really the enemy...

--->It is a mistake to see Freemasons as a sealed tight monolith. They fought each other on both sides of the American Civil War after all...

--->John Perkins: A Militarized Economy Cannot Balance the Budget...

Garden of Gethsemane today--->First Latin Mass Celebrated by a Bishop in Korea...

--->No need to argue...

--->Restored tomb of St Francis to reopen...

--->The Web is a rollicking, revealing record of life in the 21st century. But preserving it for future historians is a monumental technical challenge...

--->Brother of assassinated Minister asks for pope’s help in Pakistan...

--->Armchair Archeology and the New Atheism...

--->The Localism Index. We aren't dead yet... way to go!

--->Huxley, Orwell And The Challenge Islam Faces." Electronic media have a decentralizing effect. They permit every single individual to be a center without margins. There is no analogue in the natural world that can challenge its scope or authority. The problem is when we permit such innovation to eclipse the human person....

Note: The writer states along the way in this interesting piece, "The current canard that Israel cannot be both Jewish and Democratic reveals a most pernicious apocalyptic vision of political craft". That would have to be a mystery to most of us I suspect, a strange "democracy" where none 'other' would ever be allowed a legal majority and route to power. But it's the same for any kind of strictly Islamic "democracy," even if there is more of a decisive racial-ethnic factor with Israel. In either case "democracy" seems something of a mirage to the Western eye.

--->Report: Radiation Found In San Francisco, CA Tap Water — Rainwater Radiation 18,100% Above Drinking Water Limit...

The forgiveness of Israel--->For the Love of Lazarus by Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio...

--->Nuns ask Goldman Sachs bosses whether they're really worth $69.5m...

--->Father Joseph: On the Way to Jerusalem. "One would think that after their beloved Master had just told them of the horrors He was about to endure, they would have been overcome with grief. But no..."

--->Texas Flood Creates Canyon Rapidly. Didn't Take Millions of Years...

--->Grounded: FBI documents indicates Roswell 'saucer' was part of balloon...

--->For the Love of God and Pity's Sake, 'The world needs food more than it needs iPhones'...

--->Senate to Vote Thursday on De-Funding Planned Parenthood...

--->Counting the ‘Blessings’ of Insomnia? "I have done my share of meditation in that frayed state of wired exhaustion," Gordon Marino writes, "but unlike the Romanian writer E.M. Cioran, I never learned to take serious instruction from sleeplessness. Born in Transylvania in 1911, Cioran hardly ever shut his eyes...Read it all

--->French full veil / burqa ban goes into force...

--->Ivory Coast's Gbagbo held after French troops move in...

--->Iceland Stands Up to the Banksters...

--->Church and state: The bishop hacked to death by his own king. Stanislaus (1030-1079), the patron saint of Poland, was killed by King Bolesław II after using his position as bishop of Kraków to denounce that monarch...

--->Japan ups nuke crisis severity to match
Chernoby...

--->Jerry Brown: California, Country Facing ‘Regime Crisis’ Similar To
The Civil War...

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Brief Reflection on Transhumanism

Note: As Sandro Magister in Rome pointed out in a January column, French philosopher Fabrice Hadjadj recently made a radical, blistering criticism of the founding fathers of UNESCO right on the premises of the organization, in the presence of its directors. Hadjadj is from a Jewish family; once on the far left he is a convert to the Catholic faith.

by Fabrice Hadjadj

... We can borrow a word invented by Dante and say that man is made to "trasumanar." But how does he "trasumanar"? And how should "transhumanism" be understood? This word must echo in a special way within these walls. Because the substantive, "transhumanism," was coined in 1957 by the biologist Julian Huxley, who was the first director general of UNESCO. What is interesting is that this first director general of UNESCO did not at all mean what Dante did by "transhumanism." His thought, in fact, goes radically against that of the "Divina Commedia." But it has the advantage of making manifest the only alternative that is posed today in the modern world.

Brother of Aldous Huxley, the author of "Brave New World," Julian Huxley might have been expected to be inoculated against any temptation to eugenics. Instead the opposite is true. Not that Julian Huxley was inconsistent; no, he was consistent in the extreme. In 1941, at the very time when the Nazis were gassing the mentally ill, Julian Huxley wrote with a certain audacity: "Once the full implications of evolutionary biology are grasped, eugenics will inevitably become part of the religion of the future, or of whatever complex of sentiments may in the future take the place of organized religion." These statements were written in 1941. But it was in 1947 that they were published in French, when he was already director general of UNESCO. Not one line was changed on that occasion. Of course, Huxley was anti-Nazi, social democratic, and above all anti-racist (which nonetheless did not prevent him from writing, in the text previously cited: "I regard it as wholly probable that true negroes have a somewhat lower average intelligence than the whites or yellows"), but Huxley presumed to replace the traditional religions with biotechnology.

Of course, Julian Huxley is not on trial here. I would only like to highlight an ideology so widespread that it it did not spare this place [UNESCO], and that it even had its first director general as an illustrious representative. If, in 1957, this first director general of UNESCO invented the substantive "transhumanism," he did it in order to avoid talking further about "eugenics," a word that had become difficult to use after Nazi eugenics. Nonetheless, the same thing is intended: the redemption of man through technology. I cite the 1957 text that invented the term; it presents this "new principle": "[The] quality of people, not mere quantity, is what we must aim at, and therefore that a concerted policy is required to prevent the present flood of population-increase from wrecking all our hopes for a better world." Julian's "better world" is not so far from the "New world" of Aldous. It is precisely a matter of improving the "quality" of individuals, as one improves the "quality" of products, and therefore, probably, of eliminating or preventing the birth of everything that would appear as abnormal or deficient.

Julian HuxleyThe Very Definition and Future of Man

You understand that it is the very definition of man that is at stake in our encounter. And therefore the very future of man. Man is seeking something beyond. He is transhuman by nature. But how is the "trans" of the transhuman realized? With culture and openness to the transcendent? Or with technology and genetic manipulation? [...] Of course, UNESCO is a global organization devoted to the protection and development of cultures. But like every contemporary organization, it is also overrun by technocratic logic, the desire to solve problems instead of recognizing the mystery. Proof of this is the ambiguity to which its first director general gives witness.

So then, here is my simple question: should we take Julian Huxley as our guide, or should we take Dante? Is the greatness of man in the technical facility to live? Or is it in this laceration, in this openness that is like a cry to Heaven, in this appeal to what really transcends us? [...]

This is the opportunity of the Courtyard of the gentiles: to take note of this new situation. This is not a matter only of "dialogue between believers and nonbelievers." It is a matter of asking the question of man, of recognizing that what gives him his specificity is not being a super-animal more powerful than the others, but being this receptacle that receives every creature with love, in order to send it, with words, with prayer, with poetry, toward its mysterious source. [Source: Sandro Magister]

Shock: "This is a terrible thing to say. In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say, but it’s just as bad not to say it."---Jacques Cousteau, famed oceanographer, interview with the UNESCO Courier for November 1991.

Note: Cousteau's monstrous proposal is largely being accomplished today not by firing squad but for profit through abortion and The Pill, what Malcolm Muggeridge called the "humane Holocaust".

--->Perpetual War for Perpetual 'Evolution'...

--->The Fundamental Philosophy Of Freemasonry: Darwinism

---What is the Courtyard of the Gentiles dialog? Deacon Keith Fournier explains this aspect of the New Evangelism...

--->Like the China butchers? Organ Donation by Death Row Inmates - Get Ready to Start Hearing More About How it's "Good" for Everyone...(Click 1) [Boy, would the jails begin filling up with jury-pressured death penalty "meat" then! As it stands now the US prison population already dwarfs other nations...(Click 2)]

--->Speaking of China - Dr. Alveda King (Niece of MLK): Genocide – Gendercide – Sex Selection: What’s the Difference? Killing is Killing...(Click 1) Also by Alveda King: "Planned Parenthood Stop Lying About My Uncle...(click 2)"

--->Opinion: Julian Assange: Why the world needs WikiLeaks
...(Video)

--->Vatican calling Catholic bloggers...

--->Malcolm Muggeridge on the beauty of Truth...

--->Malcolm Muggeridge: Liberal Intelligentsia Sleepwalking to Ruin...

--->Malcolm Muggeridge on the
Great Liberal Death Wish...

---> Russian security service wants to ban Skype and Gmail. The Russian security service has proposed banning Skype, Hotmail and Gmail as their "uncontrolled use" could pose a security threat, a service official said during a government meeting on Friday...(Click) [Russia is not dumb]

--->Forked Tongues: Gates: U.S. troops could stay in Iraq for years...

--->Peter Schiff on Bretton Woods 2...

Click typical daily locations of visits to this site before 12 Noon EST, Statcounter.com
--->March 2011 ended up as the coolest March globally since March of 1994...

--->GMO Foods Linked to Organ Disruption in
19 Studies...

--->By His Own Reckoning, One Man Made Libya a French Cause...Bernard-Henru Levy, 62, [Jewish] is such an inescapable figure in France — of mockery, admiration, amusement, envy — that he is by now unembarrassable. Making his mark young as a philosopher, he was satirized neatly by a critic with the words: 'God is dead, but my hair is perfect' ... [Click 1]...More, [Click 2]

--->NYT: Average CEO Salary: $9.6 Million...

--->Sick cell call is strongest clue in search for Long Island serial killer...(click) "Cops began to triangulate the phone, pinpointing the caller's location to Times Square, Madison Square Garden and Massapequa, a short drive from Gilgo Beach".

--->Forbes: Radiation Detected In Drinking Water In 13 More US Cities, Cesium-137 In Vermont Milk...

Saturday Report: Israeli Embassy in Cairo Under Siege...

--->Bretton Woods II and Globalist George Soros: America, (This Commentator Asserts of Soros' View), Should Be Replaced By a World Government With a Global Currency Under UN Rule. Soros is spending $50 million in New Hampshire to bring together up to 200 academic, business and government policy leaders under his Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET)....(Click) Note: In his books, Soros has denied aiming for "world government" so we will just have to see.

--->Gaza-Israel violence rages on as 4 militants killed...

--->Egypt’s military forcibly breaks up Tahrir Square protest; 2 reported killed...

--->As many as 25,000 feared dead in Japan quake, Tsunami...

Friday, April 8, 2011


New European Convention Defines "Gender" as Social Construct

By Samantha Singson

STRASBOURG, April 7 (C-FAM) The 47 Member States of the Council of Europe are close to finalizing a new convention that defines “gender” as a social construct, rather than as a distinction grounded in biology.

According to the new Council of Europe convention on eliminating violence against women, gender “shall mean the socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for women and men.”

Even though “gender” has appeared in other documents, no binding definition of the word has ever been accepted by Council of Europe members. This draft Convention would be the first international treaty to add a sociological component of gender to the universally understood biological context.

Luca Volontè, a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, told the Friday Fax, "The ideological thrust of many movements and lobbies linked to the ideology of 'gender' has ruined the text of a convention that could be very important. Defending women and combating discrimination is a necessity, but this text makes the situation worse and creates new barriers and discriminations.” Volontè said that it was now the responsibility of the Committee of Ministers to change the gender definition or “permanently give up the text.”

This new “social construct” definition is at odds with the definition in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court – which this new convention cites. The Rome Statute states that: "For the purposes of this Statute, it is understood that the term "gender" refers to the two sexes, male and female, within the context of society. The term 'gender' does not indicate any meaning different from the above.”

Patrick Fagan, family scholar at the US-based Family Research Council, said that the use of a social construct definition of gender is “evidence of thought so divorced from reality as to be a form of mental illness, possible only to those who have spent years being miseducated in the upper levels of the modern university.” Fagan warned that the implications are “massive” as “it puts all forms of sexuality, including deviance, on the same level.”

At a UN meeting last month, many delegations were baffled by the staunch resistance of the EU to reference the ICC definition of gender despite wide support for the proposal. The EU tried to quell any fears by reassuring that the ICC definition was unnecessary because everyone was clear on the definition of gender. As negotiations dragged on, one delegate rebuffed the EU explanation retorting, “If it’s really not a problem, then why can’t we plainly state what it means?”

Further to the redefinition of gender, the new convention adds controversial new non-discrimination categories based on gender, sexual orientation and gender identity. According to a backgrounder on the convention these terms include “categories of individuals such as transgender or transsexual persons, cross-dressers, transvestites and other groups of persons that do not correspond to what society has established as belonging to ‘male’ or ‘female’ categories.”

The committee of ministers will take action on the draft convention in the coming days.

Note: Hallucination Row. Yup. There IT is, proof (if we needed any) that we are being farmed by Crazies, the "Aliens" Belloc warned us about (click). They've popped all their buttons. Began long ago. For years I have tap, tapped, tapped on this keyboard without really surveying too much of the Internet. I confined my searches in an issue-oriented way. But lately I've taken a sustained tour of more of it and must conclude that Strawberry Fields is a House of Horrors. Lucy in the Sky is a mental patient in a psychotic break, but the lords of the Revolution---real flesh and blood powerhouse moguls---are far beyond poor Lucy. They are the real Thing and are constructing an Hallucination and calling it Reality. Combine Salvador Dali, Lenny Bruce, Gloria Steinem, Caligula, Nietzsche and psychotic warmongers into one New Man and we will not have told half of the story. Tighten your seat belt then and keep your eye on the spiritual oxygen mask above because we are surely headed into turbulence. ---[This post edited 1x]
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--->Speaking of crazies, they have spawned many cross eyed little ones. Take St. Michaels College for instance...

Libby Edwards--->Neo-Pagan Witch Convert: Libby Edwards...

--->George Soros convenes Brettenwoods II this weekend...plans to "rearrange the entire financial order..."

--->Gates Admits US Troops To Remain In Iraq Beyond 2011

--->Glenn Beck Wears Masonic patch on April 1st broadcast...(click 1) Then see the broadcast here (Click2) [Follow posts throughout the Freemasonry Label threads below this post for more on this worldwide occult society. Click "Older Posts" at bottom of each page for more / previous posts]

--->Former Reagan administration official in the Department of Justice delivers Articles of Impeachment against President Obama over Libya attack...

--->The Future Expansion of Unmanned Drones Over The U.S. (Video)....

--->Google Agrees to Antitrust Deal on Travel Software Purchase...Google Inc. on Friday agreed for the first time in its history to routine oversight of its operations by an antitrust regulator, as part of the US Justice Department's approval of the company's $700-million purchase of travel software provider ITA Software...

--->Obscene: JPMorgan Chief, Gets A $19 Million Raise as More and More Americans Suffer...

--->Serbian authorities told to halt forced evictions of Roma...

--->Assisi Peace meeting changes & the New Evangelism: There will be two major differences between the global interfaith prayer for peace which Pope Benedict has called for in Assisi on 27 October, and the two previous ones called by Pope John Paul II in 1986 and 2002. The first is that the representatives of the different faiths will not actually pray together. The other is that even atheists will be invited this time...More (See Sandro Magister links within this piece)

--->Cleaning House: Michael Manning, TV Priest, Takes Leave Of Absence After Affair With Cousin. Michael Manning, 70, will be leaving Wordnet, the worldwide television ministry he founded in San Bernadino in 1978...(click) [The Church is cleaning house like few others, but the culture? It profits from decadence and does not even believe in sin...More]

--->Video: Pope Benedict's ordination to the priesthood on June 29, 1951...
Time Out: Be Home Soon


Blessed is the marriage that has felt these thoughts cut into the heart time and
again...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tradition and "the Devil's Gateway"

Some well-meaning traditionalists seem at times to come close to denying any development of doctrine---not mutation, but development from seed, as it were, to the fullness of understanding over time as new questions were put to the Church through the centuries. One prominent traditionalist thinker, the late Rama P. Coomaraswamy, M.D., (1929 - 2006) once told me (in the 1990's) that Cardinal John Henry Newman's famous essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine was a fountainhead of error and directly responsible for the "heresies" of Vatican II. Coomaraswamy ultimately went on to reject communion with the Church altogether proving that a little error in the beginning can often become a great error in the end. He went beyond constructive, legitimate criticism into extremism.

An Example

One example may help to illustrate the problem. Had the otherwise good doctor, and not Newman, been correct, the Church would have had to disfigure its theology of women, freezing it in earlier ages of thought, coloring women as something less than the full image of God. The Church would be teaching the following from some prominent Church fathers---who in accidental ways were conditioned by their times---regarding women:

The famous Church father Tertullian (160-220 AD) wrote,

"By every garb of penitence woman might the more fully expiate that which she (sic) derives from Eve – the ignominy, I mean, of the first sin, and the odium of human perdition...Do you not know that you are each an Eve?...You (sic) are the Devil’s gateway; you are the unsealer of that forbidden tree; you are the first deserter of the divine law...You destroyed God’s image, man. On account of your (sic) desert – that is, death – even the son of God had to die."---On the Apparel of Women

That statement can still be understood in a strict chronological sense but to say it is colored by dimness is an understatement. In the brief selections that follow we have far less than a fully positive Christian understanding of women in any final theological sense, such as was seen in the way Jesus broke taboos about women who were among his most ardent and appreciated followers from first to last.

Understanding came slowly at times. St. Augustine, for instance, had such a dim view of women in general as the temptress that after his conversion he had almost no contact with them and, theologians point out, refused to even mention his sister in his Confessions, though she was head of a Convent in Hippo. For Augustine even marital sex, it is hard to deny, was seen as something of a necessary evil. One could multiply references, even as one strains to find more balanced statements, which do exist but not independently of his suspicion of women and sex, more than men. He also legalistically thought that unbaptized babies went straightway to Hell which, needless to say, the Church did not adopt as her own view, thankfully, but clarified in time. Not every aspect of Augustine's old Manichean pessimism was apparently converted. And his theology is a long way from the fullness of a theology of marriage found developing (again, not mutating) for centuries and culminating in John Paul II's Theology of the Body. It is true that one can find this disfigurement in Protestantism also and in other religions, but here the Church is our concern and how the Spirit guides her into all truth (Jn chs 14-16).

Gratian, the great 12th century theologian, wrote,

"The image of God is in man (sic) and it is one. Women were drawn from man, who has God’s jurisdiction as if he were God’s vicar, because he (sic) has the image of the one God. Therefore Woman is not made in God’s image. Adam was beguiled by Eve, not she by him. It is right that he whom woman led into wrongdoing should have her under his direction, so that he may not fail a second time through female levity"--- Decretum

From this one must only marvel to observe that it is surely men more than women who have always shown themselves to be the "weaker" sex (and more cunning) relative to sins of the flesh, while women generally tend to be pressured by men and sometimes economic hardship (which men exploit) into public transgressions and perversions. Almost everyone knows that the largest consumers of pornography are men, far, far more than women even in our easy access technological day.

More: The great theologian St. Thomas Aquinas (13th century), carrying over some aspects of Aristotle's anthropology into his theological reflections, wrote,

"As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten (sic), for the active force in the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of woman comes from a defect in the active force or from some material indisposition, or even some external influence, like the south wind, for example, which is damp.

"The image of God, in its principal signification, namely the intellectual nature, is found both in man and in woman…But in a secondary sense the image of God is found in man, and not in woman: for man is the beginning and end of woman; as God is the beginning and end of every creature."---Summa Theologicae

One could go on and on quoting such statements from some of the fathers, statements which the Church has not affirmed as her own. And for good reason. Because it is the living magisterium (click) which judges and determines what is of lasting value in particular statements and assessments from the fathers and mothers of the Church, separating the wheat from the chaff, and not vice versa in terms of private judgment of their writings. Again, this is not to say one cannot attempt to balance such statements with others in the same or other fathers---that is precisely what the work of the Ressourcement movement did in theology as it sought a greater balance from the Church's Tradition, from other somewhat neglected fathers in the direction of a more decisive theological assessment. Dr. Coomaraswamy got ithttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif wrong as do those few who are like him today. Thankfully most who call themselves traditionalists do not follow these few. Tradition is far larger in breadth than the extremists who freeze it in particular moments in time allow. And that is good news.

The Image of God: "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them"---Gen 1:27

Among the early radical, schismatic "traditionalists," the Donatists: E,g. "Donatists celebrated December 25th as the birth of Christ, but the schismatics refused to celebrate Epiphany on January 6 since they regarded Epiphany as a new feast without a basis in Apostolic Tradition. The Donatist schism originated in A.D. 311" (quoted from Dr. Taylor Marshall)

"No man ought to sever himself from the unity of the Church before the time of the final separation of the just and the unjust merely because of the admixture of evil men in the Church." – St. Augustine, On Baptism

Monday, April 4, 2011

Jim Forest's St. George and the Dragon

"St. George and the Dragon," engagingly written by well-known author and Dorothy Day biographer Jim Forest and strikingly illustrated by iconographer Vladislav Andreyev. The book will be available from St. Vladimir's Seminary Press (click) in summer 2011

Jim Forest writes, True stories become streamlined into legends and legends become compressed via symbols into myths. The St. George of myth was a knight in armor who fought a dragon to save a princess, but the real George never saw a dragon nor did he rescue a princess in distress. We are not even sure he had a horse or possessed a sword.

A Christian convert born late in the third century after Christ, George was one among many martyrs of the early Church.

What made George a saint among saints was the completely fearless manner in which he openly proclaimed his faith during a period of fierce persecution when many other Christians were hoping not to be noticed. According to one ancient account, George went to a public square and announced, "All the gentile gods are devils. My God made the heavens and is the true God." For this George was arrested, tortured and beheaded. The probable date of his martyrdom is April 23, 303, in the town of Diospolis in Asia Minor -- today’s Turkey. His witness led to the conversion of many and gave renewed courage to others already baptized.

In early icons, George was shown dressed as a soldier and holding the cross of martyrdom, but in the course of centuries the dragon legend emerged. It has been told in many variations, but in its most popular form it concerns a dragon living in a lake who was worshiped by the unbaptized local people, who in their fear sacrificed their children to appease the creature. Finally it was the turn of the king's daughter, Elizabeth, to be sacrificed.

While going toward the dragon to meet her doom, Saint George appeared riding a white horse. He prayed to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, then transfixed the dragon with his lance. Afterward Elizabeth led the vanquished creature into the city. Refusing a reward of treasure, George called on the local people to be baptized. The king agreed, also promising to maintain churches, attend church services and show compassion to the poor.

From a journalistic point of view, the dragon story is a complete invention, yet what better way is there to symbolize the evil that George actually confronted and defeated than to portray it in the form combat with a fire-breathing dragon? George fought and was victorious over an adversary which enslaved and terrified most of the people of his time. The white horse George rides in the icon, a graceful creature as light as air and as fearless as his rider, represents the courage God gave to George as he faced the power of death. It is the courage God gives to any Christian facing martyrdom or, for that matter, much smaller challenges.
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--->GOP Presidential hopefuls demand full defunding of Planned Parenthood...

--->Google Said to Be Possible Target of U.S. FTC
Antitrust Probe...

--->Justice. Supreme Court rules in favor of Ariz. religious schools...

--->Nihilist Imagination Propaganda Involving Lust and Bloodlust, to become Warner Brothers Movie, Dished up for Young People Especially.

According to one site, "Fans of classic indie comic Elfquest, tired of waiting on Warner Brothers to get cracking on the official movie, recently finished work on a "fan trailer" featuring some of the series' female characters. Shown off at Wondercon by creators Stephanie Thorpe and Paula Rhodes -- with the blessing of original authors Wendy and Richard Pini -- the live-action scene-setter captures the saga's weird combination of European and Native American (revisionist even for) folklore. It was among the first indie comics to be sold in bookstores or to attract a significant female audience. It's also credited with hitting some transgressive notes back in the 70s: mixed-race relationships, genre-spanning stories, matter-of-fact violence, and a free-love lifestyle made apparent in events such as war orgies and bisexual goings-on in the night."

Note: Warmongering nihilist "elfs"--- clearly the movie, like the comic books, has an obvious serious intent to further deconstruct traditional morality by lies. We would do well to look at and remember all the names which are backing and producing the Warner Brothers movie. It's high time decent peoples begin planning to take back large shares of media from the decadents--- not only Christians but all who do not want their children turned into lying fairies and whores. A survey of the Internet in 2011 has shown me it is all much worse than even I thought. Licentious and extremely violent material is now being served free to lure people---esp the young---into becoming paying customers. A nation which allows and taxes all this for revenue is a nation which activelly promotes and thrives on it (alongside war), whatever its pious rhetoric at election time. Even audio venues like Blog Talk Radio are infected.

--->HuffPost columnist says Internet doing more harm than good to marriages...

--->Latest super close-up footage of Fukushima wrecked nuclear reactor...

--->Serious. Federal government seeking to make forms of bartering illegal after court ruling...

--->Milwaukee Budget Cuts Hit Bus Lines -- And Keep Residents From Jobs...

--->Report: Working Long Hours Is Bad For Your Heart...

--->Japan's ocean radiation hits 7.5 million times legal limit...Drudge calls it
"Nuclear Sushi"....

---Report: Pope May Offer the SSPX a
Personal Ordinariate...

--->The Next Theologian to be Censured by the Church will be...

Cristiada


Ask your local theater to run this true story film Starring
Oscar Isaac, Andy Garcia, Peter O'Toole, Eva Longoria

--->How much did each of our families pay for war this year? Click to calculate here...

--->New overlords return to Ireland to
inspect finances...

--->India bans Japan food imports, says radiation
spreading...

--->Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%....by Joseph E. Stiglitz. "Americans have been watching protests against oppressive regimes that concentrate massive wealth in the hands of an elite few. Yet in our own democracy, 1 percent of the people take nearly a quarter of the nation’s income—an inequality even the wealthy will come to regret...."(Click 1). Who is Joseph Stiglitz? (Click 2)

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Hip Hop Artists Are Not Ultimately To Blame

Hip Hop artists are not to blame. It is the media moguls who have determined to frame Black men and women in terms of their worst caricatures.

Qui bono? Follow the money and see the social engineering which seeks to actively promote racial conflict and general moral collapse.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Colorful Medieval Women Were Oppressed?

H.W. Crocker III writes, "..that the Catholic Middle Ages were an era of oppression against women...that's rather hard to square, on the face of it, with medieval devotion to the Virgin Mary; the medieval invention of courtly, romantic love; the practice of chivalry; and the existence of queens and princesses. In every case, we have men making pledges of loyalty, fidelity, honor, and protection to women -- women, it might be noted, with power and favor, whether it be royal, romantic, or divine.

The New Testament has a rather higher estimation of women than does the Koran. Jesus consistently treats women with respect. Christians, from the beginning, did as well. The idea of woman as a "sex object" is profoundly un-Christian in a way that it is not unpagan or un-Islamic. Christianity has no temple prostitutes or harems, no slave girls or houris. The New Testament never recommends scourging women, nor does it compare women to a field to be plowed (as the Koran does). In Islamic law, divorce is a matter of three words ("I divorce you"); women are property, and women have essentially two purposes (you can guess what these are).

In the medieval West, both polygamy and divorce were illegal. Women could govern from thrones or pontificate from the libraries of nunneries, and they could rule the roost of a middle-class home just as any other Western hausfrau has done over the last 2,000 years. Women were free to dress as they liked and could go to the tavern -- even brew the beer -- if they liked. They held jobs and learned crafts and trades. If peasants, they worked the land with their husbands. They could become saints and lead men into battle (like Joan of Arc). Especially if they were in religious orders, they were well-represented in elementary education, nursing, and the other "caring professions" (as we would call them today).

Folk medieval hammered dulcimer music



If they were noblewomen, they inherited and wielded property (and received all due feudal obligations), joined their husbands on hunts (or on Crusades), and went to a court school where they were taught art, manners, and household management (everything from medicine to oenology, from sewing to accounting, from gardening to how to handle servants). They were also patrons of the arts.

If women were barred from classical schools and universities, which they were, it was less on Christian grounds, strictly speaking, than on classical ones -- on the Aristotelian insight that women are the subordinate sex. [But see how highly educated many women were through homeschooling, as in the case of St. Thomas More's family. They were educated far beyond the quality of many Ph.D's today: Latin, Greek, Logic, Philosophy, Theology, Mathematics and Astronomy!]

Just how "subordinate" women were might be seen in the bawdy -- and quite "liberated" -- Wife of Bath in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. She should put paid to any idea that medieval women were oppressed. The Wife of Bath, after all, selects her husbands -- five in total -- on the basis of money (she boasts of picking the first three clean of cash before they died) or manly chests, including the handsome pallbearer of the fourth. She finds happiness with her fifth (and favorite) husband after trading blows with him and convincing him of her rights. (The fight starts when she angrily rips a page from the book he has been reading aloud, The Book of Wicked Wives.)

The late Michael Davies pilgrimaging in shorts to Chartres, France on a hot day for the Tridentine Mass
In all this, she cites Scripture, noting that "I have the power during all my life / Upon his proper body, and not he: / Right thus the Apostle told it unto me, / And bad our husbands for to love us weel."

Her tale -- and life -- is rather more hilarious and scandalous than today's http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif"medieval" Islam would allow. In the Western Middle Ages, however, she was a recognized type, as she would be if she were plopped down in your living room today."---Five Myths About Christianity, Islam, and the Middle Ages, Inside Catholic

Note: Real "liberation" for women can exist only where every worker is paid a living wage (capable of sustaining affordable housing, food, and family), where women may freely enter any decent profession, not where they are hounded into the workplace by vicious social engineering. CEO pay today (like 'entertainers' also) shifts what should provide just wages for all workers (not equal but just) only upwards and thus is obscene, anti-family and therefore anti-human. Justice matters in economics, and any economic system that undermines the family, the basic unit of every tribe and nation and our very future, is not just.
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--->April 3: It was on this day in 1968 that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his final speech in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had come to support striking sanitation workers. I'm sorry to say that racial / identity politics appears alive and well on the Internet. King however laid down a high moral law which today remains instructive for each and every one of us, that none "be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character". Seriously, can any ask for more than that? There is of course nothing wrong with loving and nurturing one' own national traditions and tribes (we certainly should!), reasonable immigration laws, etc., but in the end there is only one human family created by God. Loving one's own does not mean hating or deceitfully undermining any other. King's standard, considered in itself, as laid down in his most famous speech, reflects a simple and profound justice.

--->Possible first ever portrait of Jesus? The incredible story of 70 ancient books hidden in a cave for nearly 2,000 years... "booklets – found in a cave in the hills overlooking the Sea of Galilee is one reason Bible historians are clamouring to get their hands on the ancient artifacts...

--->Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio on the Healing of the blind man...He could have simply issued a majestic command. But, instead the Divine Physician chose to spit and make mud...what could be the meaning of this rather earthy therapy? Read on...

--->Latest Satellite Imagery From Fukushima Tells Sobering Tale...

--->David L. Gray on why he opposes the death penalty: "God found me in prison and I've seen Him possess the hearts of many men there, so I know full well that His loving grace works sinners behind the fences. Moreover, being that Jesus commanded us to visit prisoners (Cf. Mt. 25:35-45), so that we might share His love and good news with them, why would a Christian ever opt to murder prisoners?"...Read on

--->Why Aerial Warfare is Immoral...Dan Nichols

--->I was thinking today what an act of genius it was for my generation to forbid all serious discipline in classrooms just as it had been decided that henceforth most education would become sociology. Today a High School student in the United States can call one's wife a whore, and if you slap his mouth you go to jail. Genius!

One more thought on that, What can one make of a society which will execute criminals but forbid most local intermediary disciplinary acts for the incorrigible, acts (reasonable corporal punishment, not abuse) that might teach and reinforce right and wrong before that extremity administered by lethal injection? It is schizophrenic, no?

Paul, Christian hermit--->"You hear it all the time: We humans are social animals. We need to spend time together to be happy and functional, and we extract a vast array of benefits from maintaining intimate relationships and associating with groups. Collaborating on projects at work makes us smarter and more creative. Hanging out with friends makes us more emotionally mature and better able to deal with grief and stress. Spending time alone, by contrast, can look a little suspect. In a world gone wild for wikis and interdisciplinary collaboration, those who prefer solitude and private noodling are seen as eccentric at best and defective at worst, and are often presumed to be suffering from social anxiety, boredom, and alienation. But...

--->Is poetry really dead as this fellow says? If so what killed it? Lack of pay, the advertising industry, a world without rest? Will that which may or may not be dead make a comeback...?

--->As someone wrote in the comments, "These poor Walmart employees are paid little then forced to do stupid pep rally dances..." like children. It's humiliating...! (Thanks to Judith Moriarty for this)

---> An older article: Ruminating on Predestination, Mystery
and Laughter...

Cornel West on the Left Today and
Barack Obama


--->Quick definition, NWO: The so-called New World Order represents a global transformation wherein sin, indecency and planetary war are institutionalized, protected by law; and where traditional morality is publicly mocked and sometimes persecuted.

--->Artist Ai Weiwei still missing after being held by Chinese police...

--->Ad tuendam fidem: Three Categories of Catholic Doctrines...

Every step or stumble on the way to the Way (Jn 14:6) is, we find, Ok, as long as one keeps walking in the right direction towards the Light of the world. I try never to judge anyone truly seeking, asking and knocking---because we're all doing it all of our lives, all the way to Him. "All the way to heaven is heaven," Dorothy Day said truly.

--->David L. Jones: US/ Transforming Culture through Politics..?

St. Hildegard von Bingen's Liber Divinorum Operum, 1165 AD--->"The glory of God is man fully alive," St. Irenaeus said. The media is always deliberately and cynically caricaturing Catholics as kill-joys, when the truth is Catholic's believe in both fleshly joy (click) and the joys of the spiritual life, per the wonders of created life.

The calling to the oblation of celibacy, Jesus said, is a very special, not ordinary, calling for chosen souls who give themselves for us all in Christ.

What wholeness the Church represents! No aspect of the human person is shut off from all other aspects, whereas sheer decadence / nihilism (our culture) shuts off and represses the most important aspects of whole humanness, the spiritual, God's commandments (human obligations to God and man!) except for neo-pagan perverted kinds that reinforce decadence, ala Alan Ginsberg's perversion of Zen.

--->Dorothy Day's funeral procession, November 1980...courtesy of Jim Forest...

--->This "pastor" must be mad, criminally insane...(click)

Uta Ranke-Heinemann--->History: Hans Kung and Charles E. Curran were not the only ones to myth the Boat: Uta Ranke-Heinemann, a student with Joseph Ratzinger under Karl Rahner was, as Wikipedia points out, the first woman to ever hold a chair in Catholic theology, and the first woman to lose it after declaring the Virginal Conception of Christ a mere metaphor. Born in 1927, the eldest daughter of former German President Gustav Heinemann (1969 – 1974), Heinemann converted to Catholicism in 1953 and studied in Munich alongside Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), becoming a professor in 1970. In 1985 she began teaching at the University of Essen (now known as the Duisburg-Essen University) but lost her position in 1987. She was also a vociferous critic of traditional sexual morality. In 2001 she announced her departure from Christianity...She considered herself excommunicated (latae sententiae) according to can. 1364 §1 CIC and can. 751 CIC for doubting an article of Catholic faith (the virgin birth), but no explicit excommunication (ferendae sententiae) was pronounced against her. Since then she held a chair of the history of religion until her retirement. ---Wikipedia and The Wild Reed

--->New York City's totalitarian Nanny Mayor is putting the City Health dept on a diet: "No deep-fried foods served at agency lunches. No cookies and cakes at the same time (What!). And no beverages over 25 calories per ounce...[prescribes] bagels and muffins..." instead. Imagine if Bloomberg or any like him were President! The horror. ...More (More choices would be one thing, but breastfeeding city workers is over the Big Top). Gosh, Wally, even Mom lets us have cookies and cake sometimes...(Update: Overturned in 2014)

--->Celente's Shocking Jeremiad: The First Great War of the 21st Century...(video)

--->Noam Chomsky: Libya and the World of Oil...

--->858 Military Dead in Afghanistan Since Obama Was Inaugurated in 2009...

--->Bernanke Predicts High Level of Foreclosure Starts
in 2011...

--->ElBaradei: We'll fight back if Israel
attacks Gaza...

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