Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I think I'll have a heart attack and die from this surprise ...

Bp. Bernard Fellay (©2011 CNA?)
From Catholic News Agency:

Pius X Society says Vatican's current offer not acceptable
By David Kerr

.- The Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X says he will inform the Vatican “in the next few days” that they cannot give the doctrinal reassurances required of them to advance reconciliation with the Catholic Church.
“It is true that this Doctrinal Preamble cannot receive our endorsement,” said Bishop Bernard Fellay on the society’s website, Nov. 28.
However, Bishop Fellay said his understanding is that the document is “not a definite text” and that it “can be clarified and modified.” In particular, he would like to discuss what the Vatican means when it says that there is “leeway” for a “legitimate discussion” on the documents and legacy of the Second Vatican Council.
“What is the extent of this leeway? The proposal that I will make in the next few days to the Roman authorities and their response in turn will enable us to evaluate our remaining options,” he said.
Y'know, if this were a 1950's romance, I'd say the SSPX were being rather coy about the matter, and playing hard-to-get.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

How the last thirty years have changed me!

Okay, first watch this YouTube clip of Barbara Streisand and Niel Diamond singing "You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore" (judging from the hairstyles, I'd guess this was about 1978):

If you're lucky to have "friended" Catholic Answers Live's Patrick Coffin, you know he occasionally posts on his status random, offbeat reflections on song lyrics. Today he commented, "It doesn't occur to her that perhaps her abusiveness toward him, and his opting to no longer bring her flowers, are causally related."

Sunday, November 27, 2011

It's here! It's here!

©1966 Turner Entertainment Co.
Yes, the new English translation of the Roman Missal is finally here. And all the "Spirit of Vatican II" grinches couldn't keep it from coming. They ranted and wrote and petitioned and raved ... and still it came.

♫♪ Nanny-nanny-boo-boo! ♪♫

I can't count the number of times I've heard ordinary people in the pews, like my sister Peggy, say, "I don't know what the fuss is all about. There are just a few minor changes, like saying 'And with your spirit' instead of 'And also with you', and 'It is right and just' instead of 'It is right to give him thanks and praise'." 


I speculate that the left wingnuts griped not so much because the words are so hard to say and understand — I mean, if you can say and understand transubstantiation, you can say consubstantial — but because in a sense the new translation represents a loss of ground gained, that they have suffered a defeat while they were alive to witness it.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'll be down in Austin with my family the next two days. Oh, and you might want to consider duck or goose this year ... doesn't look like Tom is gonna take it anymore ....

Monday, November 21, 2011

Maybe LarryD is right ....

LarryD at Acts of the Apostasy ran a few movie quotes through Google Translate and came up with some interesting effects (keeping in mind, of course, that the software has problems with getting grammar and syntax correct, and has to guess between synonyms). But one movie quote was missing, and I tried to supply it. 

At that point, the OCD that makes me fuss about my English made me fuss over the Latin ... and I'm not really Latinate! So on LarryD's page, you have the first attempt, then a correction. Now here's the beta test:

Now ... if I could only get in the outrageous accent ,,,,

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Back to the BK Theory

My uncle Jim Walker (God be good to him) owned an auto-parts salvage yard. In his front office, he had posted one of those signs that used to be Xeroxed and passed around (and now are Photoshopped and sent via email and Facebook) which read: THIS AIN'T BURGER KING ... YOU GET IT MY WAY OR YOU DON'T GET THE SUMBITCH!

What a character; I loved him dearly.

Back in February on Ye Olde Other Blog, I wrote a post on the denial of Hell titled "Our Heavenly Grandfather and the BK Theory of Christianity". It was brought on by a hysterical screed against the doctrine of Hell written in what Father Z is pleased to call The National Catholic Fishwrap by Carol Meyer. Moreover, it was posted in their regular feature "Eco Catholic", which (if Meyer's post is any indication) simply means a syncretic combination of Nature-worship and the "emergent God" with an occasional mention of Jesus. The crucial line comes early on: "I don’t care if scripture mentions hell or Jesus talked about it, if saints had visions of it, or if it’s a time-honored Catholic teaching. It simply can’t be justified on any level [emphasis mine]."

Sic volo, sic iubeo: the perpetual chant of what Kate of Australia Incognita calls “the Magisterium of Me”. So Martin Luther said when asked to justify throwing out certain epistles from the New Testament: “Thus I will have it, thus I order it, my will is reason enough. … Doctor Luther will have it so, and … he is a Doctor above all Doctors in the whole of Popery.” We can call it the Burger King Theory of Christianity, where you can “have it your way”.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dodging a second bullet (and a snippy response from SNAP)

Bp. Robert W. Finn

The Kansas City Star reports that Bp. Robert Finn has entered into an agreement with Clay County prosecutor Daniel White for a diversion program. The program consists of monthly meetings with White to discuss any allegations against Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese clergy or staff, as well as the steps taken. Reporters Glenn E. Rice, Judy L. Thomas and Mark Morris note, "Other Catholic dioceses around the country also have averted criminal prosecution by striking agreements with authorities, including Manchester, N.H., Phoenix, Cincinnati and Santa Rosa, Calif."

Bishop Finn has already pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of failure to report in his handling of the allegation of child pornography against Fr. Shawn Ratigan, now in federal custody. This charge, in Jackson County, is not affected by the agreement with Clay County.

SNAP board member Peter Isely complains, “Finn has now done here what bishops have almost always done — make any promises, payment or plea deal to avoid having to face tough questions in open court about their disgraceful and irresponsible deception. Catholics, citizens and children need and deserve the truth. The truth surfaces in court. That’s what bishops work overtime to avoid. And that’s what Finn has achieved here — he’s taken the cheap, easy, convenient way out, avoiding real scrutiny and concealing damaging misdeeds.”

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

This can't be good either ...

Pamela Anderson w/ Russell Peters
According to The Hollywood Reporter [H/T to Deacon Greg], former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson will be playing Mary the Blessed Virgin in "A Russell Peters Christmas Special".

Kinda like Carson Kressley playing Frank Gilbreth, Sr. in an adaptation of Cheaper by the Dozen, right? That had to be half the joke of casting Ms. Accidental-Porn-Star right there. I don't even wanna know where CTV and Comedy Central are taking the script from there; given recent trends in comedy (see – or rather, don't see – A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas), a little respect for Christian beliefs would be a lot to hope for.

Olivia Hussey as Mary
Aren't I doing pretty much the same thing that various Jewish critics did about The Passion of the Christ — condemning without first watching? To which I respond: Russell Peters, Comedy Central, Pamela Anderson as Mary ... how much do I need to see? The hand has already been tipped! "Let's wait for that asteroid to hit the earth before we decide whether it will wipe all life out!"

You get the feeling some people think Christmas would be a better holiday if it weren't for all that stuff about the Nativity? Ah, well ... I still have Jesus of Nazareth in my DVD collection. Olivia Hussey is far more credible. Besides, she looked the right age.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Crazy he calls me ...

A big ol' hat tip to The Anchoress for pointing out this obvious bit of pseudo-science, courtesy of HotAir:

Bad news: New study shows conservatives far more likely to have antisocial personality disorders or something

posted at 9:11 pm on November 11, 2011 by Allahpundit

Finally, an explanation for why tea-party rallies are so depraved while Occupy protests are run shipshape. Looks like we all owe Martin Bashir an apology for doubting him.
Baby, when the University of Tampa drops some science on you, you can take it to the bank.
The paper, by University of Tampa professor Marcus Arvan, claims to find “significant” correlations between key antisocial personality traits and bedrock conservative views, like opposition to gay marriage and support for capital punishment. Specifically, the research claims to find elements of narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism, also described as “deception,” among test subjects…

Happy birthday!

I don't own the copyright.
My friend Stacy Trasancos' blog Accepting Abundance is a year old today!

I'm sure it could be every day you could celebrate the birth of a blog, but it doesn't happen very often. And there are a couple blogs where I'm not sure which date should be celebrated. For instance, do we celebrate the day Katrina Fernandez opened up The Crescat or the day she officially moved it to Patheos? Do we celebrate the first post Webster Bull wrote for Why I Am Catholic, the day Frank Weathers took it over, or the day it also docked in Patheos' waters?

I'm glad to celebrate it, though, because Stacy is a formidable presence at the barricades, with her Ph.D. in chemistry and background as a former atheist and feminist turned wife, mother of five and future theologian. As successful as her writing has been this last year, it won't be long until she's in the front ranks with people such as Dr. John Zmirak, Fr. Robert Barron and The Blogger Who Must Not Be Named.

God bless you, my friend!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Lest we forget (Part II)

Thank you to all who have served our country
with honor, fidelity and courage.
God bless. And Semper Fi.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Lest we forget (Part I)

[H/T to Frank Weathers!]

This can't be good ...

Lady Gaga (© Parivartan Sharma/REUTERS)
From Randee Dawn at Today's The Clicker:

Well, the costumes sure won't be turkeys!
That's the first thing many will undoubtedly think once they learn that ABC will air "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving" on Nov. 24. [Not my first thought.] The 90-minute primetime special was "conceived and directed by Mother Monster herself," according to MTV, and Lady Gaga is expected to perform eight songs, including her new single, "Marry the Night" and her duet with Tony Bennett, "The Lady is a Tramp." [Too ... many ... jokes .... Must ... mock ... Gaga ....]
She'll also sit down for an interview with Katie Couric taped at the singer's alma mater, Sacred Heart Catholic School in New York.
"We all know Lady Gaga is a phenomenon," Couric said in a statement. "This is a chance to see more of who she is beneath the wild costumes and staged musical numbers ... Lady Gaga as a high school student still bruised by being excluded from the party. Lady Gaga as a devoted daughter and caring sister. Lady Gaga as a 25-year-old woman embracing fame and fortune that seemed to come overnight. She will impress you, delight you and surprise you." [I will be at least delighted and surprised if dinner isn't part of her costume.]
And because you couldn't have a Thanksgiving special without food, chef Art Smith will be on hand to share recipes — including his personal holiday favorite, deep-fried turkey and waffles.
Gaga and waffles ... and you and your family. What a way to start a new holiday tradition!

Yikes. That's all I can say ... yikes.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

"The Christian ideal has not been tried ..."

And the embarrassment continues, with two recent news offerings. 

First, we learn that the German bishops' conference and dioceses own 100% of the shares of Weltbild, a publishing company that offers ... well, by German law it's not pornography, just erotica. I suppose that makes a difference to modern lawyers and Pharisees, to whom scrupulous adherence to the law is an adequate substitute for a moral compass. But is there something peculiar about the German hierarchs' minds that they can't see how owning a publisher of erotica just might be a cause of scandal?

Second, we learn that the bishop emeritus of Cheyenne, +Joseph Hart, is facing a sixth lawsuit alleging molestation when he was a priest of the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. "The previous five lawsuits were settled in 2008 as part of a $10 million agreement that involved 47 plaintiffs who sued 12 clergy members, including Hart," according to "The 38-page complaint, filed with the Circuit Court of Jackson County in Missouri, makes accusations of sexual molestation, harassment and negligence against Hart. It also claims Hart committed fraud by attempting to cover up his actions." +Hart, 80, retired in 2001.

I'd be angry if I weren't so saddened by the mess.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Time's up for Cardinal Law—UPDATED

Father Z reminds us that today is Bernard Cardinal Law's 80th birthday.

What does this mean? Well, for one thing, according to the law laid down by Paul VI in Ingravescentem Aetatem II.2 in 1970, Cdl. Law can no longer participate in any future conclave. 

But II:1 also says that cardinals who turn 80 "cease to be members of the departments of the Roman Curia and of the other institutions mentioned in [Article I]". So +Law loses membership in all Vatican posts and councils; the one post he retains is his position as archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

I've grumbled and gritted my teeth a few times whenever someone from the chattering classes has said that Cdl. Law was "kicked upstairs" after his resignation from the Archdiocese of Boston. Secretary of State is a kick upstairs. Cardinal Camerlengo is a kick upstairs. Prefect of the CDW is a kick upstairs. Archpriest of a basilica – even a papal basilica – is not a kick upstairs for a cardinal once responsible for one of the largest archdioceses in the US; it was a kick to the sidelines which effectively made little more than the pastor of a church, albeit a major historic church. The other Vatican posts he's held until today he had prior to his resignation.

Free the Sea World Five!

Objectifying women for the sake of animal rights since 1980!

PETA lawsuit seeks to expand animal rights
By DAVID CRARY, Associated Press – Oct 25, 2011

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal court is being asked to grant constitutional rights to five killer whales who perform at marine parks — an unprecedented and perhaps quixotic legal action that is nonetheless likely to stoke an ongoing, intense debate at America's law schools over expansion of animal rights.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is accusing the SeaWorld parks of keeping five star-performer whales in conditions that violate the 13th Amendment ban on slavery. SeaWorld depicted the suit as baseless. ...
The suit, which PETA says it will file Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Diego, hinges on the fact that the 13th Amendment, while prohibiting slavery and involuntary servitude, does not specify that only humans can be victims. ...
Overall, under prevailing U.S. legal doctrine, animals under human control are considered property, not entities with legal standing of their own. They are afforded some protections through animal-cruelty laws, endangered-species regulations and the federal Animal Welfare Act, but are not endowed with a distinct set of rights.
However, the field of animal law has evolved steadily, with courses taught at scores of law schools. Many prominent lawyers and academics have joined in serious discussion about expanding animal rights.
Rutgers University law professor Gary Francione, for example, contends that animals deserve the fundamental right to not be treated as property. Law professor David Favre of Michigan State University has proposed a new legal category called "living property" as a step toward providing rights for some animals. ...
Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe, who in past writings has proposed extending legal standing to chimpanzees [but not to unborn children], also expressed doubt that the courts were ready to apply the 13th Amendment to animals. But he welcomed the PETA lawsuit as a potentially valuable catalyst for "national reflection and deliberation" about humans' treatment of animals.
"People may well look back at this lawsuit and see in it a perceptive glimpse into a future of greater compassion for species other than our own," Tribe wrote in an email. [That ought to make you sit up and take notice. The logical complement to treating animals like people is that soon people are treated no better than animals.]
Tribe noted that some Americans might find it bizarre or insulting to equate any treatment of animals to the sufferings of human slavery. But he argued that the 13th Amendment was written broadly, to address unforeseen circumstances, and could legitimately be applied to animals. ... [This is very typical of Tribe's constitutional philosophy; he's been an archexponent of judicial activism since before Judge Robert Bork's Senate confirmation hearing in 1988.]
And so PETA retains its record of lampooning animal-rights activism better than any collection of comedians you could put together on one stage. As for Lawrence Tribe et al., how can anyone better than they expose the defectiveness of the American legal profession's moral compass?

I'm all against animal cruelty; I just don't consider killing them for food "cruelty" so long as it's done as quickly and painlessly as possible. Humans have been wearing animal skins for warmth since we developed opposable thumbs and began using flint tools; while for those of us in the modern industrial world no longer need to do so, I don't object to it in principle. After all, making sheepskin and leather coats is better than just letting these byproducts of the slaughterhouse go to waste.

When PETA, ALF and ELF all concede that killing an unborn human child is cruel and wrong, THEN – and not a moment before – they can lecture me about eating animals not of my own species. Until that day comes, this is what PETA means to me: