Sunday, October 31, 2010

PJ O'Rourke Gets Out the Vote

From the Weekly Standard:
They Hate Our Guts
By P.J. O'Rourke
Perhaps you’re having a tiny last minute qualm about voting Republican. Take heart. And take the House and the Senate. Yes, there are a few flakes of dander in the fair tresses of the GOP’s crowning glory—an isolated isolationist or two, a hint of gold buggery, and Christine O’Donnell announcing that she’s not a witch. (I ask you, has Hillary Clinton ever cleared this up?) Fret not over Republican peccadilloes such as the Tea Party finding the single, solitary person in Nevada who couldn’t poll ten to one against Harry Reid. Better to have a few cockeyed mutts running the dog pound than Michael Vick.
I take it back. Using the metaphor of Michael Vick for the Democratic party leadership implies they are people with a capacity for moral redemption who want to call good plays on the legislative gridiron. They aren’t. They don’t. The reason is simple. They hate our guts.
They don’t just hate our Republican, conservative, libertarian, strict constructionist, family values guts. They hate everybody’s guts. And they hate everybody who has any. Democrats hate men, women, blacks, whites, Hispanics, gays, straights, the rich, the poor, and the middle class.
Democrats hate Democrats most of all. Witness the policies that Democrats have inflicted on their core constituencies, resulting in vile schools, lawless slums, economic stagnation, and social immobility. Democrats will do anything to make sure that Democratic voters stay helpless and hopeless enough to vote for Democrats.
 Read the rest here. 

H/T: Cartago Delenda Est

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Spiritual Warfare

Dymphna reminds us that there's a war on:
It's a spiritual war and not all the players are flesh and blood. A Muslim man joined liturgical dancers in England and tried to stab a bishop. He is said to be crazy. Another Muslim man danced rather badly on the altar in a Venetian cathedral. He is confined to a hospital and is said to be mad as a March hare. A 69 year old bishop in Canada was severley beaten in his rectory and a priest who came to his aid was also attacked by a man whom authorities say is deranged. Earlier this year a bishop was stabbed to death by the man the Turkish government had sent to be his driver.
Read the rest here.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Friday is Still a Day of Penance

The USCCB requires Catholics in the United States to do penance on Friday throughout the year, not just during Lent.  Abstinence from meat is a recommended penance, but other types of penance can be substituted.  The CCCB similarly instructs our Canadian compadres..  I'm ashamed to say that I had never heard of this requirement until recently.  I was under the impression that abstinence on Fridays was done away with by the Second Vatican Council.  Tomorrow, we will have an opportunity to offer penance in union with Christ and in obedience to the Church.  Let's take that opportunity. 

USCCB Regulations

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Catholic Field Guide to the Undead

Catholic Phoenix has produced a Catholic Field Guide to the Undead.  Some highlights:

The attributes of the human:
  • possessing a spirit,
  • having a material body,
  • under the natural law,
  • endowed with free will,
  • made in God’s image.
It seems to me that culture, perhaps unwittingly, agrees with the Church in this matter because so many of it’s horror stories begin with a deviation from the recipe.

Zombies are re-animated corpses with no sense of right and wrong. Easily identifiable by their decomposing flesh and stiff legged gait. Lacking free will and conscience, they eat human brains. Zombies do not naturally reproduce, but can be created from cadavers or possibly by a contagion spread among the living. Notable examples are seen in the “Living Dead” movies and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Vulnerable to: Beheading.

Vampires are undead humans, like their zombie cousins. These former-humans retain their rational capabilities. These charming villains might have some access to a damaged sense of right and wrong.  Vampires are notoriously difficult to kill in a manner such that they will stay dead. Native to Transylvania and Washington State, these shape-shifters subsist on human blood, and are identifiable by their elongated canine teeth and sparkly skin. Notable examples are Nosferatu a.k.a. Count Dracula, and someone named Edward. Vampirism is spread to bitten humans as if by a virus. Vampires do not naturally reproduce. Vulnerable to: Crucifixes, holy water, garlic, wooden stakes through the heart in combination with beheading.

 Read the rest here.

Funny Videos: Communist Monopoly & Barbara Boxer

Content Warning: One half of a bad word (My mom reads this blog)

Call me Senator ad directed by David Zucker

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Church of England Diocese Conquered by Muslims

On the face of it, the impending closure of the Diocese of Bradford is not a bad thing.  Perhaps some of the displaced Anglicans will discover that the Church founded by Christ is superior to the one founded by a syphilitic sociopath.  Unfortunately, the C of E Diocese is being supplanted by the followers of Mohammad, a guy who had even more wives than Henry VIII.   
The Daily Express reports:
The Dioceses Commission is believed to be drawing up plans to break up the cash-strapped Diocese of Bradford in Yorkshire and merge it with neighbouring Ripon and Leeds.
Attendance in Bradford churches fell to 8,700 in 2008 while there are an estimated 20,000 regular Muslim worshippers in the city. . . .  A spokesman for Bradford’s Council For Mosques said: “On Friday, all the mosques are full. In the bigger ones, it is not uncommon to see 2,000 worshippers or more in a day.”
Church attendance in Britain is declining so fast that the number of regular churchgoers could be fewer than those attending mosques within a generation.
Whenever I get depressed about the state of American culture, I can always say to myself, "It could be worse, at least you don't live in England!"

B16: States Have the Right to Defend Their Borders

The New York Times reports:
States must treat migrants with dignity but have the right to regulate immigration and defend their borders, Pope Benedict XVI said on Tuesday.
He said everyone had the right to leave home to seek better conditions of life in another country. 
"At the same time, states have the right to regulate migration flows and to defend their own frontiers, always guaranteeing the respect due to the dignity of each and every human person," he said.
Take that Mahony!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Illustrated Dictionary of Papal Paraphernalia

The traditional headgear of Bishops, mitres have been worn by Popes in liturgical celebrations up to the present day.  Pope Benedict XVI replaced the Papal tiara with the mitre as his official hat.

Piscatory Ring
The "Ring of the Fisherman" features an image of St. Peter on a boat with T Pain.

Papal Cross
The pastoral staff of the Holy Father.  It is carried in the same manner as a crozier.

Papal Loafers
Official red loafers worn by Benedict XVI

Cappello Romano
Now that's a real Spaghetti Western Cowboy Hat!

God bless the Vicar of Christ!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Satan Loves Bad Theology

Satan has a blog.  It's not Screwtape but it's pretty darn good (or rather evil).  Satan writes,
Did you know I love theology?
Yes, it’s a fact.  But it’s not just any theology I love, but any one of a whole boatload of false theologies.  And when I say a boatload, I’m talking cruise ship—big, comfortable, and full of smiling people trying to escape reality, if only for a moment.

You see, there is one way to get theology right, and about a gajillion ways to get theology wrong to one degree or another.  As an astute student, professor, and promoter of wrong theologies, I’ve always been amused at how easy it is to propagate false gospels, counterfeit Jesus’s, and overall flawed theologies.  It’s easy because I’ve observed a great propensity of all humans to adapt their theology (and all human beings have one) to their personal taste, sort of like making God in man’s own image.

Read the rest here.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The LOL Saints Annunciation

Fortunately, Our Lady payed attention to Gabriel and became the Theotokos, God Bearer.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Lousy Catholic Voting Guide

Bishops Conferences are not known for giving good political advice, and the Florida Catholic Conference's voting guide does not help their reputation in that regard.  I'm living in Kansas right now but I'm a registered Florida voter.  Before filling out my absentee ballot, part of my online research included the candidate questionnaire from the Florida Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of Florida bishops.  The Conference sent an issues questionnaire to all the Floridian candidates for Congress or the state legislature.  The congressional questionnaire asked if a candidate supported or opposed the following proposals:

MARRIAGE:   Defining marriage as the exclusive union of one man and one woman?  
FAMILY REUNIFICATION VISAS:  Increasing the number of family reunification visas available to reduce lengthy waits for legal U.S. entry?  

 ALTERNATIVE ENERGY FUNDING:  Funding development of alternative energy sources such as wind and solar to reduce dependence on oil?

NUCLEAR WEAPONS REDUCTION:  Continuing negotiations to verifiably reduce deployed nuclear weapons of both the United States and the Russian Federation?

EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE:  Reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to ensure that all public and nonpublic school children receive the educational services they need?

ABORTION FUNDING BAN:  Prohibiting the use of federal funds to pay for or provide insurance coverage for elective abortions?

CONSCIENCE PROTECTION:  Preventing federal agencies and states that receive federal funds from discriminating against health care providers who do not perform or participate in abortions?

The problem with the questionnaire is that it seems to give equal weight to every question.  Unlike CatholicVote, which assigns each issue a different level of importance, the Florida questionnaire lists the questions in no particular order and offers no comment on the relative importance of each issue.  This is especially problematic when some of the questions are not even about absolute moral issues.  It is possible to be a Catholic in good standing and oppose federal funding of windmills, but it is not possible for a conscientious Catholic to support abortion.  In fact, the questionnaire doesn't even ask the candidate if he or she wants to ban abortion.  There are plenty of pro choice politicians who (at least in theory) oppose public funding for abortion and support conscience protections.  Asking about these issues instead of abortion itself is obfuscation intended to make pro choice Democrats appear more palatable.  Marco Rubio, the pro life Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, said that he supports traditional marriage, conscience protections, and a prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion.  He offered no response  to the other questions.  In contrast, Rubio's Democratic opponent Kendrick Meeks claimed to support every item except for traditional marriage.  The questionnaire makes Meeks look like a borderline viable option for Catholic voters when in fact, Meeks supports abortion and embryonic stem cell research.  The candidate questionnaire is yet another instance of American bishops who think that a leftist idea of social justice is more important than the lives of unborn children.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Planned Parenthood Houston Megacenter

Huh.  The design of this building reminds me of something...

Yup.  That's it.

Heroic Virtue

On heroic virtue, Pope Benedict XVI writes,
"In order to be heroic a Christian virtue must enable its owner to perform virtuous actions with uncommon promptitude, ease, and pleasure, from supernatural motives and without human reasoning, with self-abnegation and full control over his natural inclinations."
For example, supernatural motives are required to surrender oneself to suffering or death for the sake of God and neighbor.  Just as the Medal of Honor is awarded for actions that go "above and beyond the call of duty," heroic virtues are above and beyond normal piety. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Who were the Church Fathers?

Jimmy Akin has a new book out, The Fathers Know Best.  This one goes on the Christmas List!

Pure Awesome

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H/T: Mark Shea

Blog Recommendation

Zippy Catholic is no longer updated, but it is well written and thought provoking.  Zippy has a lot of good stuff on moral theology, including some advice on the moral dilemmas at the ballot box.  Check it out!

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Pro-Abort Politician at The Pearly Gates

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EU Court Rules Spanish Men Can Take Breastfeeding Leave

From the Department of You've Got to be Freaking Kidding Me:
via The Telagraph
Europe's top court has declared that working fathers in Spain are entitled to take 'breastfeeding' leave' everyday, even if the mother of the child is not employed.
The European Union Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled on Thursday that the Spanish law caused an "unjustified discrimination on grounds of sex" because fathers do not have the same rights as mothers.
That's because fathers don't have the same anatomy as mothers!

NARAL Uses Babies to Support the Killing of Babies

NARAL has a photo gallery of pro-choice parents with their kids!  This is some sick irony.  May God change the hearts and minds of these people.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

2nd Timothy 4:1-5

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

St. Paul tells us to "rebuke and encourage."  It is good to be reminded of our calling to reject error and instruct others.

The Great Canadian Schism

Unfortunately, the Canadian Schism is very real, not like that weird Canadian "bacon".  On September 27th, 1968, the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops issued The Winnipeg Statement, the official CCCB response to Humane Vitae.  The document declared that Canadian Catholics need not obey Church teaching on contraception.  The Winnipeg Statement has never been rescinded.  The Heresy Hunter,  one my favorite blogs, has posted some excerpts from Recovering Humane Vitae in Canada by Msgr.Vincent Foy.  The Msgr. writes,
In Canada dissent remains widespread and rarely checked. . . .  In truth, by the Winnipeg Statement, Canadian bishops became promoters of mass murder and complicit in turning thousands of sewers into tombs.
May God have mercy on us.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Depressing Statistics

According to the Center For Applied Research in the Apostolate,via Msrg. Charles Pope,  over 70% of weekly Mass attending Catholics believe that premarital sex is not always a sin.
This chart represents polling data over the last 40 years:

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Compare these statistics to Protestant responses:

On the issue of pre-marital sex, Protestants are more in line with Catholic teaching than Catholics are.  I'm happy for the Protestants, but I'm saddened by Catholics' rejection of Church teaching.

The Folly of Perfectionism

Fr. Dwight Longeneker has written a great post on his blog     
Standing on My Head.
 He writes,
[Perfectionism] is a heresy because it is a form of salvation by good works. It turns religion into a set of table manners. It tames Aslan. It confines the Holy Spirit and reduces the vital and radical religion of Jesus Christ to a code of ethics for respectable people.

Note: By "good works" Father means works alone as opposed to faith and works.

A Tale of Two Archbishops

 Bishop John Broadhurst, Bishop of Fulham in the Anglican diocese of London, is to resign his post later this year to join the Pope’s Ordinariate.
In the midst of this epic coolness, I thought it would be a good time to make some comparisons between the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the leader of Roman Catholics in England.  As for the nature of the comparison, if Sesame Street can do it, then so can I.  For those who have no idea what this is all about, here is the original Old Spice Commercial.

Archbishop Nichols: 
Hello Anglicans

Look at Your Archbishop

Now Back to Me

Now Back at Your Archbishop

Now Back to Me!
Sadly, your Archbishop is not me
But if he converted, he could be Catholic like me

I'm on a Horse

 Doo Da Doo Da Doo Doo

Friday, October 15, 2010

Joe Biden: Obama's Brain is Too Big for his Skull

The AP reports:
Introducing Obama at a Democratic fundraiser Friday, Biden said his boss has "a backbone like a ramrod." He added, "I kid him he's got a brain bigger than his skull, and he's got a heart to match both."
Having a backbone like a ramrod just sounds uncomfortable, but having a brain larger than your skull seems like a really gross and potentially fatal medical condition.  As a commentator on Mark Shea's blog notes, it will be sad to see Biden go when Obama is voted out of office.  He is an endless source of entertainment.


Facebook Wall Photos: The Greatest Hits Vol. 1

This is a collection of Catholiky photos previously posted on Facebook.  Enjoy!

Mass on Iwo Jima

More awesomeness after the page-break! 

The ACME Bulletproof Bible

 This is kind of awesome.

From ACME Approved,
Introducing the Bulletproof Bible. Level IIIA Kevlar pad with steel trauma plate. Withstands a minimum .44caliber magnum strike.

Anima Cristi

For my first post, one of my favorite prayers.

Anima Cristi

Anima Christi, sanctifica me.
Corpus Christi, salva me.
Sanguis Christi, inebria me.
Aqua lateris Christi, lava me.
Passio Christi, conforta me.
O bone Iesu, exaudi me.
Intra tua vulnera absconde me.
Ne permittas me separari a te.
Ab hoste maligno defende me.
In hora mortis meae voca me.
Et iube me venire ad te,
Ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem te
in saecula saeculorum.

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds, hide me.
Separated from Thee let me never be.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
At the hour of death, call me.
To come to Thee, bid me,
That I may praise Thee in the company
Of Thy Saints, for all eternity.