Saturday, September 16, 2006
The Vatican has spin doctors too.
(Pictured, Hitler and his Grand Mullah ally.)
Even though the Pope was not attacking Islam but citing a quote from history - a very apt quote for our times - there is going to be a lot of diplomatic spin on the entire affair. From now on Benedict XVI will be obliged to speak in veiled terms, as Pius XII was obliged to do in WWII.
I think we know what the Holy Father was saying. I think we know what the Muslims are doing - it is so obvious by their irrational rants, demonstrations, riots, and now attacks upon Palestinian Churches.
Pray for the Holy Father that he doesn't listen to his curia.
Friday, September 15, 2006
A Muslim Burlesque - sorry! Burka-esque!
A highly educated individual cites a historical comment about Islam in an effort to make a statement upon the inappropriate of use of religion as an excuse for violence...
And he is burned in effigy and denounced throughout the Islamic world.
So tell me they are not a violent people.
Dutch cartoons lampooning Mohamed are one thing - but this?
Our Lady at Fatima was correct, "The Holy Father will have much to suffer."
We better get the Rosary Crusade started and Pope Benedict should not travel to Turkey - nor should he candy-coat what he said - someone has to speak the truth.
(Look how fanatical their protest is! Are these reasonable people?)
Sadly - they are going to react violently - that is their religion. Now, not only Americans, but Roman Catholics are definitely their targets.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Benedict's words got them angry...
My earlier post today about the Holy Father's comments concerning Islam was right on target. The truth hurts obviously. Muslim leaders are crying foul. I just hope the Pope - or his 'handlers' don't try to sugar coat what he stated. The facts stand for themselves and history testifies to his words. Here is the article:
"Muslim religious leaders have accused Pope Benedict XVI of quoting anti-Islamic remarks during a speech at a German university this week.
Questioning the concept of holy war, he quoted a 14th-Century Christian emperor who said Muhammad had brought the world only "evil and inhuman" things.A senior Pakistani Islamic scholar, Javed Ahmed Gamdi, said jihad was not about spreading Islam with the sword. (Is he brain dead or what? What the hell is happening in the world? What a pack of liars!)
Turkey's top religious official asked for an apology for the "hostile" words.
In Indian-administered Kashmir, police seized copies of newspapers which reported the Pope's comments to prevent any tension.
A Vatican spokesman, Father Frederico Lombardi, said he did not believe the Pope's comments were meant as a harsh criticism of Islam." [snip] BBC News
I'm concerned about the Holy Father's upcoming visit to Turkey however. Let us pray for his safety. The third secret of Fatima said the Pope was killed - we don't want this to happen to him. Pray!
My friend sent me a collection of photos of some fashion models. Rather thin models. Recently Spain has set up rules governing how thin the runway models may be for the fashion houses. Here is the article:
Sept. 10, 2006 — The organizers of Spain's fashion week in Madrid are rocking the fashion world after saying the standard for runway models is too skinny. Now, to walk on the Spanish catwalk, a model who is 5-feet-9-inches tall has to weigh at least 123 pounds.
In fashion centers such as New York, Paris and Milan, models have to be more than just thin to land on top runways. They have to be super thin. The average runway model is 5-feet-9-inches tall, and weighs just 110 pounds. [snip] Read more, link.
Interesting that Spain is so concerned about how skinny models are, yet approves gay marriage and abortion. (It is an in-trade decision - not legislative, yet it still shows the misplaced concerns of modern thought. Granted it is important to help women such as these, but the other blatant immorality endorsed by the West causes this voluntary starvation for money and fame to seem insignificant by comparison. Nevertheless, women subject themselves to all of this.)
When a woman is as thin as these women, fertlity is usually no longer an issue...
Benedict XVI speaks on Islam.
From Time we have:
"This is indeed Benedict doing it on his own terms. Rather than tackling the challenge of fundamentalist terrorism with a pithy remark packaged for the 9/11 anniversary or reaching for a John Paul-inspired sweeping gesture, the professor Pope went digging into his books. He went so far as to quote a 14th century Byzantine emperor´s hostile view of Islam's founder. "The emperor comes to speak about the issue of jihad, holy war," the Pope said. "He said, I quote, 'Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.'" Benedict added "I quote" twice to make it clear these were someone Else's words. Nevertheless this reference was undoubtedly the most provocative moment of a provocative lecture. In a sense, explicitly including the Muslim prophet by name, and citing the concept of jihad, was a flashing neon signal to the world that the soft-spoken Pope intends to make himself heard clearly on this defining tension of our times.
It is not the first time he has entered the fray. On his last trip to Germany, to Cologne for Catholic World Youth Day in August 2005, he told a group of Muslims that they have a responsibility to try to halt the violence carried out in the name of their religion. Even earlier on this trip to Bavaria, which ends Thursday, he seemed to refer to Islam's negative view of a Western society that has too little faith, and cited it as the cause for tensions." [snip]
(Gerald from The Cafeteria is Closed has an interesting post on the Holy Father's speech as well. Don't miss his great photo's of the Pope's visit to Barvaria either.)
It seems to me those in authority, including Bush, are now calling a spade a spade when it comes to Islamic fundamentalism. It's about time. AND - the reason Islam can make such headway into Western culture is indeed our lack of faith and morality, our rejection of God for secularist materialism. We better repent. Maybe our Holy Father will call for a Rosary crusade after all.
How would one go about petitioning him to do so?
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Princeton Professor Peter Singer.
Every Sunday I see this lovely family ahead of me at Mass. The father holds one child throughout Mass and takes her to Communion with him and the priest gives her a blessing. She is so cute and sweet. I don't know if she has Downs-syndrome, or what, but she is disabled. For me she is an angel and I love looking at her. I have a fondness for disabled children and adults. I see such a purity in them - there is something about them that moves me to compunction - it is not pity for them however. I see something so valuable in them and a sign from God for all of us who do not have obvious disabilities. Their being invites us to a participation in the virtue of charity - the very life of God. The little girl I see is so fortunate to be loved the way she is - her family loves her and it is so obvious she is an important and active member of that family. It fills me with joy, for she is blessed.
Today on Lifesite News I came across this monstrous man. He advocates killing disabled children, at least he is honest in so far as he states there is no difference from killing an unborn foetus as opposed to killing an infant. How can a spokesman for the culture of death be so straightforward in such a belief? Because abortion is legal. The Nazis were pretty straightforwrd about this stuff too. Here is a snippet from the article:
Princeton Professor Singer: "And I repeat, I would kill Disabled Infants"
PRINCETON, September 12, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a question and answer article published in the UK's Independent today, controversial Princeton University Professor Peter Singer repeats his notorious stand on the killing of disabled newborns. Asked, "Would you kill a disabled baby?", Singer responded, "Yes, if that was in the best interests of the baby and of the family as a whole."
People who oppose Singer's position have maintained that Singer is the logical extension of the culture of death and that society will eventually embrace his stance if there is no shift to the culture of life. Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition commented to LifeSiteNews.com about Singer saying, "at least he's consistent." In fact, Singer himself uses the abortion debate to justify his murderous stance.
"Many people find this shocking," continued Singer, "yet they support a woman's right to have an abortion." Concluding his point, Singer said, "One point on which I agree with opponents of abortion is that, from the point of view of ethics rather than the law, there is no sharp distinction between the foetus and the newborn baby."
Singer's position, similar to the culture of death, is that there is no inherent dignity in man, there is no sanctity of human life. Man deserves no special treatment since, Singer rejects that man was created in the image and likeness of God. [snip] Lifesite News
I believe this guy teaches ethics. Scary, huh? The Netherlands already allows infanticide, it may well happen here.
Monday, September 11, 2006
This is Time's cover story for the week - Does God want you to be rich?
(Pictured, The Rich Man and Lazarus.)
It deals with the slick new mega churches, the prosperity church. We have seen versions of these on television, Jim and Tammy Baker more or less set the stage, if you will, for these churches that proliferate the suburbs. It's a church without liturgy, mostly preaching and singing and feel good stuff. They also do charitable work. Lot's of dramatic preaching however, especially on how God wants you to have abundance in your life. Tithe, tithe, tithe, and you'll get it back in abundance. Oprah preaches the same sermon. It seem s to work - for them. Oprah is rich and so are most of these preachers.
One TV pastor is quoted in the article saying this about the new prosperity 'theology';
"Who would want to get in on something where you're miserable, poor, broke and ugly and you just have to muddle through until you get to heaven?" asks Joyce Meyer, a popular television preacher and author often lumped in the Prosperity Lite camp. "I believe God wants to give us nice things." (A lot of people seem to think that. I'm sure God does, but remember what Our Lady said to Bernadette, "I can't promise to make you happy in this life, but in the next.")
I love how pastor Meyer included ugly, she might have included the lame, the crippled, the retarded, and mentally ill, conjoined twins, the blind and hearing impaired, or old folks abandoned in nursing homes and slums. Don't forget the third world living in cardboard shacks. (Although, to be fair, I think some of their charities may attempt to help persons in these situations. The congregation contributes generously, hoping to receive a hundredfold in return. Would that mean they already have their reward if they do?)
Think of the saints who chose to follow Jesus by renouncing wealth and worldly honors. I can think of one ugly saint right off the bat, Blessed Margaret of Costello - yep, her prosperous parents got rid of her. Jesus himself cautioned against riches and the Old Testament notion that these were a sign of God's favor. To the contrary, Our Lord chose to be poor, born in a stable of a poor Virgin, raised by a poor carpenter. His poverty was such, he proclaimed, "The Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head."
He taught his disciples, warning them that for a rich man to be saved it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. Now whether he meant a sewing needle, or a gate in the city wall that was difficult to traverse, he was clearly stating that riches can be a hindrance on the road to salvation. (I mean, he repeated himself, saying, "How difficult it is for a rich man to be saved.) In another place, warning against riches he states, "where your heart is, there is your treasure also - a man cannot serve both God and riches."
The entire Gospel praises poverty, humility, penance, prayer, and even suffering. Jesus calls the Christian to deny his very self and take up his cross and follow him, affirming to Philip, "You know the way - follow me." What is the way Jesus walked? Nothing less than, poverty, humility, penance, prayer, and even suffering.
The prosperity churches seem to be a contradiction of the Gospel. I know one woman, who had been a Catholic but now attends a local mega church. She is divorcing her husband who is dying from severe heart disease. She wants the house and all of the assets. She attends her church at least three times a week. Something is askew there.
Of course there are similar stories in every denomination of Christians - perhaps these are aberrations, I don't know. I know wealthy Catholics, devout and charitable, albeit rich, they are poor in spirit. I also know wealthy Catholics that are very proud of their wealth and like to flaunt it. They count every penny and yet live extravagantly, looking for deals whenever, wherever they can. Status and wealth are extremely important to them. They remain aloof from those 'beneath' them, unless these people can benefit them in some manner. I'll never forget hearing about a retired couple, who have a very nice bank account, asking their doctor if he could give them a break on their bill because they were on Social Security. Riches can be a trap for anyone. That is why I don't trust the prosperity gospel - it contradicts Our Lord's teaching and example.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
I'll write about it! (Didn't that sound so NYC?)
(Pictured, OL Sorrows, 9/11. I don't really like the icon but I appreciate the sentiment, the devotion, the empathy, the sorrow that went into it.)
I am really very pleased that the entire nation is stopping to remember this tragedy. Do you realize fragments of bone and other human pieces are yet being found on rooftops in downtown Manhattan? I do not want people to forget. As Fr. Welzbacher pointed out in his homily today, it appears Osama bin Laden had a symbolic purpose in the date - which coincided with an earlier attack on Western Civilization in the siege of Vienna by the Turks. They were defeated in 1683 by John Sobieski on the following day, the 12th of September. (Hence the feast of the Holy Name of Mary, up until then a locus sancti feast day, was extended to the Universal Church in gratitude to Our Lady for the victory. It is one of the great victories attributed to Our Lady through the prayers of the Most Holy Rosary.) Yet bin Laden seems to have been sending the signal that the reconquest had begun once again on 9/11 - or was it Heaven's warning that it had?
On that fateful day I was just ready to turn off "Good Morning America" on my way to work. Dianne Sawyer and Charlie Gibson broke in with footage of the first tower with smoke billowing out, saying a plane may have hit it. As I watched another plane flew into the second tower. I saw it live! I dropped to my knees, crossing myself, knowing immediately we were under attack. I wept and prayed. I drove to work, listening to the news, praying the chaplet, weeping. Everyone knows the rest.
There has been the 100 years war, 30 years war, many long wars in the history of the world. This war has been called the war on terrorism, a global war. It's a world war. It's going to last a long, long, long time. Unless Our Lady intercedes, as she did at Lepanto and Vienna. Militant Islam has a patience of biblical proportions - never underestimate the oriental intelligence. It's so not over. We have not won any war yet.
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.