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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Islamic Outreach, Part XCVI

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.",

A Florida college student was suspended after he challenged a Muslim professor who claimed that Jesus’ crucifixion at Calvary was a hoax.
Marshall Polston, 20, was suspended March 24 by Rollins College in Winter Park after an argument with his Middle Eastern Humanities professor over the historical validity of Jesus’ death, a failing grade, and a Muslim’s student’s allegedly violent rhetoric during a discussion on Sharia Law. The professor, Areej Zufari, claimed he was harassed, although video surveillance obtained by a local paper suggests otherwise.
“It was very off-putting and flat out odd,” Mr. Polston said of his professor’s claims about Christianity, The Central Florida Post reported March 25. “I’ve traveled the Middle East, lectured at the Salahaddin University, and immersed myself in Muslim culture for many years. Honestly, it reminded me of some of the more radical groups I researched when abroad.”
Mr. Polston said he was upset by his grade, but baffled as to how his inquires warranted a report to the Dean of Safety and a suspension.

By the way, Rollins College was founded in 1885 by New England Congregationalists.

Bishop Gomez Channels Noted Theologian Nancy Pelosi

When I become Pope, I am making it mandatory that all Bishops be required to take a course in Constitutional Law and Macroeconomics.

.- In recent months, national debates over immigration and deportation have reached a fever pitch in the wake of President Trump's election.
But for Archbishop Jose Gomez, both Catholic principles and the history of America as a home to people from a variety of backgrounds means that the immigration debate has higher stakes than just law enforcement or national sovereignty.
“For me, and for the Catholic Church in this country, immigration is about people. It is about families,” the archbishop said in a March 23 talk at the Catholic University of America.
“We are talking about souls, not statistics.”
How about this statistic? Mexico deports more illegal aliens per year than the United States. Not only that, it is a FELONY to be an illegal alien in Mexico.
 “These are just ordinary moms and dads – just like your parents – who want to give their kids a better life.”
Yup. Just like my parents. Except for the whole braking the law thing.
The archbishop noted that almost all Americans are of immigrant heritage. “But immigration to this country has never been easy.” He pointed out that immigrant groups like the Irish have faced discrimination and hardship.
The Archbishop is right - it wasn't easy to leave the home country for a new life in America. But they did it anyway. LEGALLY.

We 'benefit' and depend every day on an economy that is built on the backs of undocumented workers. It is just a fact. 
Supply and demand, Bishop. Increased numbers of unskilled workers drives down the price paid for workers. Somebody suffers - poor citizens, especially young Black men.
“Something we should think about: the first non-indigenous language spoken in this country was not English. It was Spanish. We need to really think about what the means,” he said.
I've thought about it and have one question - so what? There are no states that are predominantly Spanish speaking. None of the original states had a lot of Spanish speakers. The Roman invaders of England spoke Latin, which means it was spoken in England before English (which is Germanic anyway).

Catholic GPS

First a Wall, Now This

It's getting harder and harder to figure out was is moral and what is not.

.- On Tuesday, Pope Francis acknowledged the difficulty of totally eliminating nuclear weapons, but said the challenge is still a necessary undertaking, especially given what’s at stake.
“The ultimate goal of the total elimination of nuclear weapons becomes both a challenge and a moral and humanitarian imperative,” he said in a message to United Nations members March 28.
I would just add that if the United States had been nuclear free during the Cold War, we would all be Socialists now (instead of just the Democrats).

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

She Now Has Something For Her First Confession

The Swiss Guard have arrested Estella Westrick from Atlanta, Georgia for several felony offenses Tuesday after she attempted to steal Pope Francis’ zucchetto in broad daylight.
The three-year-old was arrested on charges including theft, assault on a public figure, and resisting arrest from her father after throwing a temper tantrum.

Just after 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday, the Swiss Guard were forced into action after an assault complaint was made from a visibly shaken Pope Francis. Guards on scene determined the suspect attempted to force the zucchetto behind her back where no one would take it from her. Guards subsequently located the zucchetto in Westrick’s hand and immediately took her into custody.
She was arraigned early this morning, and her bond was set at 50,000 Ave’s. Westrick could face up to 1,000 years in purgatory or possible excommunication.

Spit Take Alert!

.- Amid charges that a selective public high school excluded Catholic school students from admission, the principal insists it was due to a clerical error but still faces heavy criticism.
Maspeth High School, in the New York City borough of Queens, gives admission priority to students who live nearby and attend information sessions or open houses.
The school selected about 250 prospective students out of 1,000 applicants in its lottery.
However, the principal had failed to mark for priority status 207 students of Catholic schools who had attended an information session for Maspeth. Priority status would have placed them in the random lottery.
Instead, none of those 207 students were accepted, the New York Post reports.
Principal Khurshid Abdul-Mutakabbir told parents the omission was due to a “clerical error.”

Mexican Bishop Logic

Mexico’s biggest Catholic archdiocese says that any of the country’s citizens who help build President Trump’s planned border wall will be immoral traitors.
A blistering editorial in Desde la fe, the archdiocese’s weekly publication published, urged the government on Sunday to push back  is against companies looking to profit from the wall, Reuters reported.
“Any company intending to invest in the wall of the fanatic Trump would be immoral, but above all, its shareholders and owners should be considered traitors to the homeland,” the editorial said.
Got that? It is IMMORAL to try to stop someone from doing something illegal. Ergo, it is MORAL is you DON'T try to stop them. And black is white. I get a feeling the bishops of Mexico are trying to reduce their work loads.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

A man lived alone in the Irish countryside with only a faithful pet dog for company. One day the dog died, so he went to the parish priest and asked, "Father, my dog is dead. Could you say a mass for the poor creature?" The priest replied, "I'm afraid not — we cannot have services for an animal in the church. But there are some Baptists down the lane, and there's no telling what they believe. Maybe they'll do something for the creature." The man said, "I'll go right away Father. Do you think $5,000 is enough to donate to them for the service?" The priest exclaimed, "Sweet Mary, Mother of Jesus! Why didn't you tell me your dog was Catholic?

Sunday, March 05, 2017

We Could Use a Pope Like Clement XIV Right Now

The Pope who banished the Jesuits! Order now!
Order here.

Upon Further Review...

My first thought was that is sounded like something the Pope would say (my expectations are low), but after finding out that a discredited hoaxster like Paul Ehrlich was involved...never mind.

ROME,  March 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- “Pope Francis has urged us to have fewer children to make the world more sustainable,” a panelist at a Vatican-run workshop on “how to save the natural world” claimed on Thursday. 
This solution to securing the world’s sustainability was presented by botanist and environmentalist Peter Raven during a press conference that concluded the “Biological Extinction” workshop that took place at the Vatican earlier this week. 
"I just want to be right ONCE!"

The Biological Extinction workshop drew particular controversy because it featured a paper by notorious pro-abortion population control advocate Dr. Paul Ehrlich. At the event Ehrlich, and co-author Dasgupta, said that the Catholic teaching of “responsible parenthood” in determining family size has “result[ed] in collective failure” in reducing the world’s population.

Fasting? I'll Drink to That!

As Ash Wednesday kicks off the Lenten season, Catholics enter into 40 days of abstaining from sweets, technology, alcohol and other luxuries.
But did you know that Catholic monks once brewed beer specifically for a liquid-only Lenten fast?
Back in the 1600s, Paulaner monks moved from Southern Italy to the Cloister Neudeck ob der Au in Bavaria. “Being a strict order, they were not allowed to consume solid food during Lent,” the current braumeister and beer sommelier of Paulaner Brewery Martin Zuber explained in a video on the company’s website.

They needed something other than water to sustain them, so the monks turned to a common staple of the time of their region – beer. They concocted an “unusually strong” brew, full of carbohydrates and nutrients, because “liquid bread wouldn’t break the fast,” Zuber noted.
This was an early doppelbock-style beer, which the monks eventually sold in the community and which was an original product of Paulaner brewery, founded in 1634. They gave it the name “Salvator,” named after “Sankt Vater,” which “roughly translates as ‘Holy Father beer,’” Zuber said.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

The Trouble With Jesuits, Part 59

.- Not only is there a good deal in common between Muslims and Christians, but Catholics are called to respect and work together with those who practice the Muslim faith in recognition of truth and goodness they do possess, said Islam scholar Fr. Thomas Michel.

The major “common point” between Christianity and Islam, Fr. Michel said, is that both faiths believe in the existence of only one God, and that both are trying to do what this one God wants.

Of course, Muslims say that Jesus was NOT the Son of God. So what does St. John say about that?
Who is the liar? Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist.23No one who denies the Son has the Father, but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well.

But hey! Father Michel is a scholar! An ISLAM scholar! AND a JESUIT!