Thursday, March 30, 2017
When I become Pope, I am making it mandatory that all Bishops be required to take a course in Constitutional Law and Macroeconomics.
Washington D.C., Mar 30, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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).
It's getting harder and harder to figure out was is moral and what is not.
Vatican City, Mar 28, 2017 / 08:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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.
New York City, N.Y., Mar 27, 2017 / 06:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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.
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
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
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
Vatican City, Feb 28, 2017 / 06:02 am (CNA).- 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.No 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!