Tuesday, June 05, 2007

The Renovation of Winona's Cathedral

Looks pretty ugly to me.

They moved the sanctuary to accommodate for a "Gathering Space" and made the front door be the side door for people to use, since most enter from the parking lot. Not having seen it in person, I suppose I shouldn't judge - but from the pictures, the beige walls in the sanctuary look rather incongruous with the rest of the architecture. I wonder where the piano will go.

A spokesman for the Cathedral said that the use of fixed pews and chairs allow for multi-use purposes, such as civic events as well as diocesan gatherings:
"The Cathedral will have a new seating arrangement that will provide individual seating and will include attached kneelers. We will use a combination of pews and chairs to provide maximum flexibility in our seating. This will allow us to create a wide range of seating options for both parish and diocesan events. It will also provide possibilities for other cultural or civic events for the Winona community." - Cathedral FAQ sheet on the renovation.

The consecration takes place this afternoon:

"Sixty priests, 20 bishops (three of them archbishops), one cardinal (Cardinal Adam Maida of Detroit) and more than 650 people will come together at 2 p.m. today to rededicate the renovated Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, the spiritual center of the Diocese of Winona." - Winona Daily News


Monday, June 04, 2007

The Fetus Feels Stress...Really?

"New research conducted by doctors in England shows that unborn children can face emotional stress during a pregnancy as the baby's mother faces stress herself. Pro-life advocates say the study has implications for abortion as society learns more about the amazing development of children before birth.

The British Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists released the results of the study on Thursday and says that unborn babies as early as 17 weeks into pregnancy suffer from stress.

The stress results when hormones transferred from anxious mothers reach the baby through the placenta." - "Unborn babies face emotional stress during pregnancy"
Makes sense to me!
I'll bet that is what happened to me! (Why I am so nuts, that is.) My mother was kind of nuts, divorced-remarried-to-my-wife-beater-dad, she had been a Roman Catholic nun-wanna be in her youth, laden with guilt and fear that she was going straight to hell because of getting married outside the Church and giving birth to a bastard. Fighting and drinking was a growing problem in that marriage, thus it must have been rather stressful.
Of course, after birth - that's a good name for me! - things did not get much better. My dad's mother, grandma - as we liked to call her (she was nuts too), tried to kidnap me out of my mother's arms, in a big scene in downtown New Richmond, Wisconsin. (My mother won.) Nevertheless, as years went on, her depression and drinking got worse, as did my dad's, and there were a lot more fights.
So yeah, stress probably does affect the unborn child, maybe prepares him for a stressful life. This new, groundbreaking study, similar to those which say that fetus thing can feel pain too, is maybe going to affect the abortion mentality - so the pro-life advocates and researchers claim. I'm wondering if Planned Parenthood will simply turn this around and and use it as another excuse to abort, fearing that infants with emotional damage will not make very good prospects as adults.
Sometimes, when I grow impatient with the abortion thing, I'm tempted to agree with the views of Nathan Lane's character in the "Birdcage", playing the role of Albert, dressed up as Mrs. Coleman. When discussing abortion with Senator Keeley, he/she replied, "Well, why not just kill the mothers? - Oh, I know what you're going to say. 'If you kill the mother, the fetus dies too.' But the fetus is going to be aborted anyway, so why not let it go down with the ship? "
Have a nice day!

Blogger's block

Once again I am blocked from accessing Abbey-Roads2. I don't know what happens that this occurs - is it the update on my firewall that does it? I don't know. It is annoying nevertheless. Last time it happened, it lasted the weekend and suddenly I had access again, twice before that, I had a tech in to fix the problem. Don't know why, don't know how, don't really care. If this keeps happening, this blog, Abbey1 will most likely become my default blog once again - I don't know - we'll see what happens.

I'm kind of tired of being online so much anyway.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Breaking News! Blogger admits to dressing like a slob for Mass!

News Bulletin:

(St. Paul, MN 6/3/07)
Today, fashion conservative, Cathy of Alexandria revealed that she hasn't always dressed like Jackie Kennedy when she attended Mass in the past. The local blogosphere has been reeling ever since the announcement, prompting Adoro te Devote to scream; "I knew it! I knew it! I knew it!" (She had to be sedated.)

Ms. Cathy broke the news in a poignant editorial entitled, "Does blogging make you better?" Reprinted here is what she had to say for herself:
"I have been known, on more than one occasion, to go to Mass in jeans or shorts and a t-shirt. I've worn flip-flops to Mass before." - Cathy of Alexandria
(Shocking as the admission may be, all in all it is a thoughtful, if not provocative post, so be sure and check it out.)

Many in the blogging world are now speculating if Cathy may have started a new trend of "true confessions" in blog posts. Who will be next to "tell all"? Will Ray finally respond to the suspicions that he is a spy for a certain local Diocesan newspaper, commissioned to infiltrate the underworld of bloggers? Will the elusive Hadleys finally reveal that they spend hours watching re-runs of "Cheers" and "Will and Grace" and have never been to an opera in their entire lives? Will a certain Catholic blogger in Hollywood finally reveal she isn't an ex-nun but really Roger Ebert in drag? (He hasn't been on "Ebert and Roeper" for a long time you know.)

It will be interesting to see what develops from the ground breaking revelation made by Cathy of Alexandria today. (Oh, and she is not from Alexandria, Minnesota either...which is another misconception some people had - I doubt it was intentional on her part however.)

The truth comes out!
(Sorry Cathy, I couldn't help myself.)