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Thursday, July 31, 2014

From God's Mouth to Nancy Pelosi's Ear

God has spoken to noted theologian Nancy Pelosi, and Nancy says "Thanks, God!"

Noted Theologian Nancy Pelosi
From the Daily Caller:


Nancy Pelosi is so happy that border control legislation will go untouched by House Republicans before congressional recess begins on Friday, she believes it might be a gift from God.
“Oh my god. It was so awful,” House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, told reporters of the fallen Republican bill. “Thank god.”

Something is Fishy


Since when was it OK for big business in America to show anything GOOD about the Catholic Church??? Smiling kids, grown-ups having fun and a priest...A PRIEST...overseeing it all!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

We Salute You, Archdiocese of San Juan!

The See of San Juan de Puerto Rico was canonically erected in 1511 as the Diocese of Puerto Rico on the island of San Juan. The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista was built in 1521, but was destroyed by a hurricane in 1541. It has undergone some restoration and shape changes since then. In 1924, the diocese changed it's name to the Diocese of San Juan in Puerto Rico.

Juan Ponce de Leon founded a settlement in 1508 and named it Puerto Rico, or "Good (Rich) Port". Christopher Columbus had already named the island after John the Baptist, so officially the settlement was called San Juan Bautista de Puerto Rico. By the mid 1700s, the settlement (Puerto Rico) and the island (San Juan) had changed names.

 The Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico is the metropolitan see for the  Caguas, Fajardo–Humacao, Ponce, Mayagüez and the Arecibo.


The Cathedral is the second oldest cathedral Catholic Church in the Americas. The oldest? The Cathedral of Santa María la Menor in the Domincan Republic....

Islamic Outreach, Part L

From an earlier post on this blog:

Pope Francis spoke to the diplomatic corps and amongst other things, said, "Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam."

Meanwhile, in Germany....




During Friday prayer in the Al Nusra mosque in Berlin on July 11, Danish imam Abu Bilal Ismail urged listeners to kill Jews, Die Welt reports.

In a Youtube video clip of the sermon to which English subtitles have been added, the imam is filmed saying that all Jews should be killed.
“Count them and kill them to the very last one. Don’t spare a single one of them. Make them suffer terribily,” the subtitles read. He urged God “to destroy the Zionist Jews … to kill every last one of them and not have pity on any of them … Shake the ground under their feet, make them suffer.” He also said Jews “act like sole rulers of the entire world and disseminate corruption.”

Monday, July 28, 2014

Unicorns of Little Faith


FYI - Cell Phones Can Not Be Used For Collect Calls

A Polish priest claims he has been getting hate texts - from a demon.
Parish priest Father Marian Rajchel from Jaroslaw, a town in south-eastern Poland, said he started getting the texts after carrying out an exorcism on a teenage girl.

But he said that the attempt to drive out the devil from the girl's soul clearly failed, and that it was now using the teenager to attack him by using mobile phone messages.

He told local media: "The author of these texts is an evil spirit who has possessed her soul."

He said that the devil and his followers were not shy about using modern technology but that in many cases their actions were not identified as being the work of evil.

Father Marian Rajchel
He said: "Often the owners of mobile phones are not even aware that they are been used like this, however in this case it is clear."
He said one of the text messages read: "She will not come out of this hell. She’s mine. Anyone who prays for her will die."

He said however that he had prayed for her and sent back another text message, getting the message in return: "Shut up, preacher. You cannot save yourself. Idiot. You pathetic old preacher."

He added: "Clearly this young girl has been possessed, and needs further help."

Shut Up, He Explained




Huh? From the New Liturgical Movement:

Translation of the Italian:
 


The fourth Sunday of Lent, John XXIII was once again among the crowd, at Ostia. (about 15 miles to the south-west of Rome.) Thousands of people were waiting for him along the street, in the piazza, in the church. They wanted to see him, to applaud him. They did not know that afterwards, he would rebuke them, in a good-natured way, in his simple , spontaneous, familiar way of speaking.
“I am very glad to have come here. But if I must express a wish, it is that in church you not shout out, that you not clap your hands, and that you not greet even the Pope, because ‘templum Dei, templum Dei.’ (‘The temple of God is the temple of God.’)

Now, if you are pleased to be in this beautiful church, you must know that the Pope is also pleased to see his children. But as soon as he sees his good children, he certainly does not clap his hands in their faces. And the one who stands before you is the Successor of St. Peter.”







Friday, July 25, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Islamic Outreach, Part XLIX

From an earlier post on this blog:

Pope Francis spoke to the diplomatic corps and amongst other things, said, "Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam."

Meanwhile....



Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the jihadist group that now controls one-fourth of Syria and 40% of Iraq, stormed a Syrian Catholic monastery on July 20 and expelled the monks.
Mar Behnam monastery is located in Bakhdida (Qaraqosh), a largely Christian town of 50,000 located 20 miles from Mosul. The monastery dates from the 4th century, according to an Agence France-Presse report.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Islamic Outreach, Part XLVIII

From an earlier post on this blog:

Pope Francis spoke to the diplomatic corps and amongst other things, said, "Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam."





Meanwhile...

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamist insurgents have issued an ultimatum to northern Iraq's dwindling Christian population to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or face death, according to a statement distributed in the militant-controlled city of Mosul.

It said Christians who wanted to remain in the "caliphate" that the Islamic State declared this month in parts of Iraq and Syria must agree to abide by terms of a "dhimma" contract - a historic practice under which non-Muslims were protected in Muslim lands in return for a special levy known as "jizya".

"We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword," the announcement said.




Thursday, July 17, 2014

I have a Suggestion...

The Catholic school system of Vancouver has agreed that a 11-year-old transgendered student at a Catholic school, who was born as a boy but now prefers to live as a girl, will not be required to use the boys’ bathroom. 


The parents of Tracey Wilson had filed a complaint against the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese (CISVA), saying that the schools’ policy requiring the child to use the boys’ bathroom was a violation of human rights. The CISVA settled that complaint by adopting a new policy to accommodate transgendered students, and paying an undisclosed sum to the Wilson family. 

Here's my suggestion:

The parents can try, like little Trey....or Tracey... to prefer to live as  Catholics.

Most little kids I now would prefer to live as Batman or one of the Disney Princesses. It doesn't MAKE them that.

Venice

One of my favorite writers and bloggers, James Lileks just visited Venice. Here's a part of what he had to say....

If you walked 100 paces you’d find another (Church), and another beyond that; if the door was open, the crepuscular interior had visual riches that stunned you to silence and reverence — if not for God, then for the mind of man who could conjure such froth and frosting out of stone, throw the ceiling high in the air, and decorate it with clouds and robed saints twisting up into the empyrean beyond. They are places of joy and wonder.

They are also deserted.

 Not just because showtime comes later. In Europe you get the sense that religion is an outdated operating system that won’t load on modern terminals. There’s no way Venice, a city of 50,000 souls — roughly, Fargo, N.D., in 1976 — can support this many enormous churches. The weekly take on Sunday isn’t enough to cover the cost of floor wax, let alone patching a roof from the days of Christopher Columbus.


 A storm rose around six, and apocalyptic clouds rolled in and lanced the sea with lightning bolts....
 
I took shelter in a church by our hotel, expecting the usual astonishments, and was not disappointed. An altarpiece depicting the life of Moses rose above like stone smoke unraveling into the heavens. Heard some Latin; in the corner, a priest was finishing Mass for a half-dozen people. So it wasn’t over for them after all. There were still a few who came here for shelter. Afterward the priest and the congregants had a conversation, and I eavesdropped.

They were all Americans.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ugly Churches, Installment #6

I couldn't believe that this was a Catholic Church....but it says it is on the intertubes, so who am I to question it?

 I found the original photo at RealClearReligion, and this at focloc.com:

Uvari is a coastal village with about 3,000 households and a population of 10,000 in the Tirunelveli district in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It is about 50km from Tuticorin, 75km from Tirunelveli and 45km from Kanyakumari.

The Kappal Matha church (our Lady of health) located at Uvari is in the form of a ship carrying an airplane. The church built in 1974 is the  replaced version of St.Mary Church that was destroyed due to sea erosion. This place has three shrines and many grottos.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

World Cup Prediction : Argentina 3, Germany 1

Argentina 3, and Germany 1

The Trouble With Jesuits, Part 21

The Jesuit Loyola University of Chicago has awarded its 2014 Coffey Award from the Gannon Center of Women and Leadership to Judith A. Mayotte, PhD (MUND '62). Whom, you ask? Here's the University's summary:


Dr. Mayotte is a devoted humanitarian and advocate for refugees and people displaced by conflict.

What else do we know about her?
Mayotte is a former chair of the board of directors of the Women’s Refugee Commission, a group that advocated against the Mexico City Policy, which forbade federal money from going to international organizations that provide abortion or abortion counseling.
Mayotte is also a director emeritus of Refugees International, which advocates for access to“reproductive health care,” even calling it a “vital service” for refugees. Melanie Teff, the group’s senior advisor on human rights, advocated U.S. funding for family planning and abortion counseling on the Refugees International website.  Also on the organization’s website, board member Roya Hakakian wrote critically of the loss of abortion rights in Iran as part of an article about a “war on women.”
Mayotte also recently served on the host committee of an event called 25 Years of Leading Change, which states on its website, “Refugees need reproductive health care, too.”  Co-founder Susan Martin describes “ensuring access to reproductive health” including “birth control” as one of the “most significant accomplishments” of the organization.
- See more at: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/3389/Loyola-Chicago-Honors-Alumni-with-Ties-to-Groups-that-Oppose-Catholic-Teaching.aspx#sthash.nWY9ZwFY.dpuf


Mayotte is a former chair of the board of directors of the Women’s Refugee Commission, a group that advocated against the Mexico City Policy, which forbade federal money from going to international organizations that provide abortion or abortion counseling.



Mayotte is also a director emeritus of Refugees International, which advocates for access to“reproductive health care,” even calling it a “vital service” for refugees. Melanie Teff, the group’s senior advisor on human rights, advocated U.S. funding for family planning and abortion counseling on the Refugees International website.  Also on the organization’s website, board member Roya Hakakian wrote critically of the loss of abortion rights in Iran as part of an article about a “war on women.”


Mayotte also recently served on the host committee of an event called 25 Years of Leading Change, which states on its website, “Refugees need reproductive health care, too.”  Co-founder Susan Martin describes “ensuring access to reproductive health” including “birth control” as one of the “most significant accomplishments” of the organization.

She used to be called  Sister Mary Vivia, when she was a member of the crackpot Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Who else got an award from the Jesuits? How about the winner of the Damen Award which reportedly recognizes "the qualities of leadership in industry, leadership in community and serviceto others" to alumus James Lobianco. Remember him

Lobianco is listed as an “Activist” for Equality Illinois and he acted as one of the “March Captains” in the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality in 2013.

Or maybe you remember him from 2011:\
Jim LoBianco, executive director of Streetwise, is one of 13 people advising Emanuel on social services and health care issues.
Last year, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that LoBianco had resigned his $119,184-a-year job as the city’s deputy commissioner charged with providing shelter and emergency services for Chicago’s homeless after getting into an accident in a city car while allegedly driving drunk.
- See more at: http://www.windycitylawfirm.com/blog/chicago_dui_attorneys/chicago-mayor-elect-backs-dui-arrestee/#sthash.nUa5IzrS.dpuf

For the second time in three weeks, an embarrassing revelation has surfaced about a member of Rahm Emanuel’s transition team that apparently slipped the mayor-elect’s vetting process.



Jim LoBianco, executive director of Streetwise, is one of 13 people advising Emanuel on social services and health care issues.



Last year, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that LoBianco had resigned his $119,184-a-year job as the city’s deputy commissioner charged with providing shelter and emergency services for Chicago’s homeless after getting into an accident in a city car while allegedly driving drunk.





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