Saturday, January 31, 2009
You won't see it on Super Bowl Sunday. Since NBC doesn't show ads involving “political advocacy or issues.”
Funny...all this time I thought NBC and the other major news outlets liked the new president.
Source: Catholic News Agency
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Actually, two words: it stunk.
First, the blatant cruelty–to say nothing of tackiness— of the "worshipers."
As outgoing President George W. Bush—you remember him, he saved your butt from terrorists, saved babies from being slaughtered not just in the womb, but after they were born, yeah, that guy—made his appearance, the beautiful people booed, jeered, and cursed him. Class act, you lefties.
And let's not forget the so-called "benediction" by The Reverend Joseph Lowery.
A "benediction" is a prayer. This was no prayer. It was the words of a man using the name of the Lord to spew hatred. And bigotry. And intolerance. And racism.
When was the last time you heard an Asian referred to as a "yellow?" Or a Native American as a "red man?"
From The Reverend Joseph Lowery:
"...we ask you to help us work for that day when
black will not be asked to get in back,
when brown can stick around,
when yellow will be mellow
when the red man can get ahead, man,
and when white will embrace what is right.”
Please do not tell me that this crap is "okay" because the speaker was (a) a one-time civil rights worker, or (b) because he's a "man of the cloth" or (c) because his skin is dark. That doesn't wash.
But then again, is The Reverend Joseph Lowery to blame?
Perhaps the new President, whose "worshipers" flayed John McCain for not properly "vetting" Sarah Palin prior to choosing her as his running mate (I mean, after all, her daughter had the nerve not to have an abortion after her pre-marital pregnancy!) should have "vetted" his chosen one's choice of words in his so-called "prayer."
Of course, perhaps he did...and found the insults just fine and dandy. I mean, hey, his audience evidently did. The fools shouted "amen" after being ordered to by The Reverend Joseph Lowery.
Friday, January 23, 2009
And to those"pro-lifers" who (a) thought George W. Bush was a monster, (b) equated John McCain with the last president and (c) "soothed their consciences" by directed votes from McCain by either sitting it out or voting for a third party candidate?
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Uh...couple o' points, Mr. Prez:
1.) If you're talking about "alive sons," i.e., the sons who are fathers of unborn babies? They generally have no rights. You've got it backward, sir. Fathers of unborn babies don't have much of a say in whether their children live. Like it or not, it's the mom's call. 'Scuse me, "choice." No, sorry, "right." However you want to spin it.
2.) If you're talking about "unborn sons," well...from what I'm hearing from you, many sons and daughters—around 50 million and counting—don't legally deserve the most basic right: to live.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
National Sanctity of Human Life Day, January 18: the one zillionth reason why I support, and am grateful to, George W. Bush
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
All human life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique, and worthy of protection. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our country recognizes that each person, including every person waiting to be born, has a special place and purpose in this world. We also underscore our dedication to heeding this message of conscience by speaking up for the weak and voiceless among us.
The most basic duty of government is to promote the life of the innocent. My administration has been committed to building a culture of life by vigorously promoting adoption and parental notification laws, encouraging teen abstinence, and funding crisis pregnancy programs. In 2002, I was honored to sign into law the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which extends legal protection to children who survive an abortion attempt. I signed legislation in 2003 to ban the cruel practice of partial-birth abortion, and that law represents our commitment to building a culture of life in America. Also, I was proud to sign the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004, which allows authorities to charge a person who causes death or injury to a child in the womb with a separate offense in addition to any charges relating to the mother.
America is a caring Nation, and our values should guide us as we harness the gifts of science. In our zeal for new treatments and cures, we must never abandon our fundamental morals. We can achieve the great breakthroughs we all seek with reverence for the gift of life.
The sanctity of life is written in the hearts of all men and women. On this day and throughout the year, we aspire to build a society in which every child is welcome in life and protected in law. We also encourage more of our fellow Americans to join our just and noble cause. History tells us that with a cause rooted in our deepest principles and appealing to the best instincts of our citizens, we will prevail.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 18, 2009, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. I call upon all Americans to recognize this day with appropriate ceremonies and to underscore our commitment to respecting and protecting the life and dignity of every human being.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
GEORGE W. BUSH
Source: The White House
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I can't find the exact footage, but while covering the crash, at least one CNN news reporter was heard to ask for prayers for the people on board the plane.
God is good!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Rooted in the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, the hospital's mission is to be both a Catholic hospital and medical center, consistent with the ideals of the Order of Malta, and an educational center for Haitian health care workers.
Care is free to patients who cannot afford it, yet patients who can afford to contribute financially are asked to do so. “We are not on a rescue mission, says hospital spokesman Dr. Joani Paterson. We want to help the Haitian people help themselves.”
Hospital president Peter J. Kelly, M.D. (no relation!) will talk about this extraordinary apostolate on CatholicTV's live talk show "This is the Day" on Tuesday, January 13, at 10:30 AM Eastern Time. The show will be available on the site's archives beginning tomorrow night.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Father Neuhaus publicly announced his battle with cancer at the end of his First Things column on Dec. 5. He wrote: "I cannot begin to respond to the deluge of assurances of prayer and concern about my health. Please be assured that I am grateful and count mightily on being remembered by you before the Throne of Grace. Or, as Catholics are wont to say, on your storming the gates of heaven.
Please storm the gates for Father Neuhaus!
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Hosted by David and Angela Franks, professors at Boston's Saint John's Seminary, "The Future Depends on Love" covers topics such as natural family planning versus artificial birth control, chastity, marriage as a vocation, Theology of the Body, sex, love, and more.
Guests run the range from clerics like Sean Cardinal O'Malley and other bishops, to athletes like former Giants Super Bowl champ Chris Godfrey, and college students.
The show is viewable each week on Mondays (5:30 PM), Tuesdays (1:30 PM), Wednesdays (3:30 AM), Thursdays (11:30 AM and 8:00 PM), and Sundays (3:30 PM). Check it out on television or watch it online at these times by going to the CatholicTV website. It's free! You can also watch full-screen, archived episodes of the show at this site anytime.
(All times are Eastern Standard.)
Friday, January 02, 2009
H/T to Patrick Madrid
Thursday, January 01, 2009
But if the second word did exist, it would more aptly describe the "atheists" I've come into contact with recently...it isn't as if they simply do not believe in the existence of God, or gods...they dislike, and are actually antagonistic to God, or gods. They are against God.
This confuses me.
I mean, it's like the difference between an "amoral" person and an 'immoral" one. In the first case, the person simply doesn't care about morality one way or the other. In the second, however, the person understands morality, but acts contrarily toward it. See what I mean?
I guess my question is this:
Why on earth do "atheists" really give a bleep if so-and-so believes in God, or gods? By definition, it should make no never mind to them, one way or another.
'Course, I'm looking at this from the perspective of one who has read what atheists have written. It could be that those who claim to be "atheists" really aren't...and in fact simply can't stand God or those who believe in God, for reasons of their own. And that true atheists really and truly don't care.
If that's the case, though...wouldn't you think that the former might consider calling themselves something other than "atheists?" Because, you know, it just doesn't seem very honest of them...God love 'em.