Sunday, April 30, 2006
On a note of personal speculation, I would suspect that the Holy Feast of Pentecost would probably be the most likely venue for such an announcement. This is because the feast deals with such themes of reconciliation, renewal and of course -- language. That's my GUESS anyway, and I am quick to admit that it's only a guess.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Ash Wednesday mass at St. Gervais church in Paris.
(Sunday attendance is higher.) Worship is declining across Europe.
Across Europe,the conflicting currents of secularism, Christianity, and Islam are compelling Europeans to wrestle with their values as never before. In this first installment of a three-part series, the Christian Science Monitor examines the forces that are shaping European identity - and explores why the Continent is debating what role, if any, religion should play in public life....
read full story here
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: As the above photograph illustrates, Christianity in Europe is all but dead. Secularism has failed and the occult has left Europeans spiritually empty. What young Europeans face today is a choice. Either they can return to their Christian roots, or embrace the emerging European Islam. Based on the latest opinion polls, it could go either way.
California Senate Votes Against America
The planned boycott of American businesses on Monday by groups who support "rights" for illegal aliens has gained a new ally: the California Senate. In a mind-boggling move, the legislative body passed a resolution which supports the "Great American Boycott 2006." In other words, the California Senate is siding with illegal aliens and against the overwhelming will of the American people...
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: You know, this is starting to get ridiculous. American politicians have been 'asleep at the switch' for so long on this whole illegal alien thing, that I'm starting to think our country deserves whatever it gets. California (my childhood home) has been so overwhelmed by illegal aliens that a good chunk of the California economy is virtually dependent on them. So profoundly so that California politicians would rather side with Mexican illegals than the people of the United States. I've said for years that California already has the economy and resources of a small country, and as soon as the State realizes that it doesn't need America anymore, IT WILL secede from the United States. Now initially it will probably try to become it's own country, but as soon as the secession happens, California will be inundated by illegal aliens from Mexico, all demanding the right to vote. Liberal politicians (who run the State) will give that right to them of course, and once they do, it won't be long before California is annexed by the Mexican government.
Friday, April 28, 2006
Opus Dei: A Closer Look at the Orthodox Catholic Group
WASHINGTON -- The image of Opus Dei that filmgoers will see when The DaVinci Code opens May 19th is of a secretive, sinister, sometimes violent organization within the Catholic Church....
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: When I read slanderous stuff like this, it makes my blood boil. Nothing could be further from the truth. Now that millions of Americans will be exposed to this lie, I think I just might join this alleged "secretive, sinister, and sometimes violent organization" just so I can tell people I'm a card carrying member. You know, maybe I can give them a cheap thrill if they believe that kind of nonsense. Just think of the "sinister" sound to it: "The Catholic Knight of Opus Dei." Why, it almost sounds like it could be the title of another Dan Brown novel.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Now consider this. If 'Roe v. Wade' were overturned in favor of states' rights, than what would happen to the population demographics in the various colored states?
The light colored states would get lighter, as their population grows due to fewer abortions in those states. That population would have a much higher pro-life percentage, thus securing their pro-life status. The middle and darker colored states would also get lighter, do to the fact that those who favor abortion would be far more likely to kill their unborn, thus reducing their numbers. Pro-Life groups in those states would slowly increase in number, mainly because they are the only groups reproducing. As that demographic increases, the darker colored states would slowly become lighter, as state laws begin to reflect the sentiments of the growing Pro-Life population in those states. The process of transition from dark state to light state would probably take about 30 to 40 years, but it would eventually happen. Simple reproductive demographics would mandate it.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
I strongly support Senate Joint Resolution 1, the Marriage Protection Amendment, which will be brought up for consideration in early June. It would amend the U.S. Constitution to state that “Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman.” Marriage is more than a lifestyle choice. It makes a unique contribution to the common good of society by providing a way for a man and a woman to bring children into the world and to care for them in the context of a loving, committed, lifetime relationship. I ask that you vote in favor of S. J. Res 1, in order to permanently protect the institution of marriage.
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Sunday, April 23, 2006
Church cannot stay out of public square when rights of mankind, religious freedoms are in question
Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, the Vatican’s secretary for Relations with States, granted an interview with the Indonesian newspaper ‘Kompas’ this week, in which he explained the Catholic Church’s unique role in public life throughout the world, arguing its essential nature as a voice for morality and the fundamental rights of mankind...
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Saturday, April 22, 2006
Howard Dean to Churches: Give up Religion or Stay out of Politics to Keep Tax Exempt Status
CHELSEA, MI, April 21, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Fidelis, a national Catholic based advocacy group, called on Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee to explain himself after telling the Christian Science Monitor Wednesday that "The religious community has to decide whether they want to be tax exempt or involved in politics."
Fidelis President Joseph Cella responded: "Howard Dean's statement makes it clear that he wants to muzzle America's churches and religious groups from professing what they believe on important issues facing our society. When it comes to debates over public policy and issues, Dean should be welcoming the voice of America's churches, not attempting to silence them. Instead Dean has shown utter disregard for people of faith by threatening the historical and treasured role of religious groups and churches in American public life."
"Under Howard Dean's rules, pastors, priests, and rabbis wouldn't have been able to mobilize people of faith to join the civil rights marches in Selma and Montgomery," said Cella.
Dean's statement is the latest in a series of comments directed toward conservative Christians. Just last year, Dean told the San Francisco Chronicled, "they are not very friendly….they all behave the same, and they all look the same."
Cella continued: "Dean's blatant hostility toward any church or religious group calls into serious question his supposed outreach to values voters following the 2004 elections. In essence, Dean is saying that if religious groups want to continue to speak out, then the hand of government is going to exact a penalty. Comments such as these continue to place Howard Dean and the Democratic Party in jeopardy of further alienating religious voters."
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Friday, April 21, 2006
Democrats To Clergy:
'Shut Up Or Lose Tax-Exempt Status!!!'
In the April 20 edition of the Christian Science Monitor, Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman Howard Dean is quoted as saying, “The religious community has to decide whether they want to be tax exempt or involved in politics.” Commenting on this is Catholic League president Bill Donohue:
“Howard Dean’s ultimatum to priests, ministers, rabbis and other members of the clergy plays to the stereotype of Democrats as the party of the faithless. Dean knows full well that houses of worship and religious organizations are afforded a tax-exempt status by the IRS for the same reason that colleges, universities, foundations, non-profit organizations and most hospitals are—they service the public good. He also knows that tax-exempt institutions are not allowed to endorse or contribute to candidates for public office, and that a mechanism is in place to punish those who violate this condition. And he must know that members of the clergy do not forfeit their First Amendment right to freedom of speech simply because of their clerical status. So what is his point other than to chill the speech of the clergy?
“This kind of demagoguery is not an isolated instance. For example, on April 19, the DNC announced a new radio ad campaign aimed at the Spanish-speaking community on the subject of immigration reform. The position that the Democrats have staked out on this issue is something many Americans, myself included, feel is superior to that of the Republicans. That is why it is so distressing to read the DNC’s statement on this matter: it literally accuses Republicans of supporting a plan that would ‘criminalize immigrants, families, doctors, and even churches just for giving communion.’ (My italics.) This is a lie—there is not one scintilla of evidence to support the idea that if the Democrats don’t win on this issue then we are faced with the prospect of cops arresting priests for giving Holy Communion to illegal immigrants.
“If Howard Dean is the true voice of the Democratic party on matters religious, they’re in big trouble.”
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Opus Dei Asks for 'Da Vinci' Disclaimer
ROME (AP) - The conservative religious group Opus Dei has asked for a disclaimer on the upcoming film based on the best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code."
Opus Dei, portrayed as a murderous, power-hungry sect in the novel by Dan Brown, wrote in an April 6 letter to Sony Corp. (SNE) that a disclaimer would show respect to Jesus and to the Catholic Church...
read full story here
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Though I am not officially a member of Opus Dei, I have investigated the organization, and regularly use some of their materials. In fact, most Catholics do. Opus Dei publishes the only 'Daily Roman Missal' in one complete volume. Millions of Catholics, all across North America, regularly use the meditations of Saint Josemaria Escriva (founder of Opus Dei), published inside this Missal. This is a good organization, which helps Catholics be better Catholics. I would reccomend their materials to anyone. It's sad that this organization has been so maligned by this fictitious story called "The Da Vinci Code."
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
By Tom Allen, Editor and President of Catholic Exchange
We've been reporting the previews for weeks, but now the time has come to finally enjoy positive commercial television in prime time - programming that affirms the Catholic Church, and honors vocations to the priesthood and the witness of faithful young Catholics.
This Easter Sunday, April 16th, on the A&E Network, a five-part "reality" series entitled God or the Girl premieres, giving viewers a personal encounter with four Catholic young men who allowed A&E to journey with them as they contemplated the most important decision of their lives - the choice between priesthood or marriage - God or the girl. Catholic Exchange has been involved in this project since its inception and we are encouraging our viewers to tune in!
Although it sounds decidedly "pop culture-ish," this USCCB-endorsed docu-series takes a surprisingly sober and serious look at the vocations discernment process. Its portrayal of what pious young men endure in deciding between a life of full-on service to the Church versus a family and business career is powerful.
This is a unique opportunity for the Catholic Church and the culture at large. Just as the movie industry relies on box office sales to measure the "vote" of the American public on opening weekend, the television industry relies on ratings to decide whether to continue certain types of programming. Therefore, the more families that tune in to God or the Girl this Easter Sunday the better. So let's bring the show to the attention of our family and friends, and together show the television industry what sort of programming we want to see. If this show is successful, you can bet that more of its kind will be on the way.
How can you help?
- Please suggest to your pastor that he make an announcement this weekend to tune in. Easter Mass is famous for attracting non-regular church attendees - the type of folks who would really profit from seeing this type of serious and respectful treatment of our Faith on secular TV.
- Send an e-mail or two to friends and family bringing God or the Girl to their attention.
- Log on to the A&E website discussion board and share your thoughts about the show and A&E's decision to carry this series.
- Visit the website GodortheGirl.com and download support materials to help spread the word and start vocational study groups in your parishes.
- Touch base with your Diocesan Vocation Director and make sure he or she knows about the series and the study materials that have been prepared for their use, free-of-charge, at the GodortheGirl.com website.
The full series schedule is as follows:
PART I - EASTER SUNDAY APRIL 16, @ 9PM EASTERN/8C MOST IMPORTANT
PART 2 - EASTER SUNDAY APRIL 16, @ 10PM/9C
PART 3 - EASTER MONDAY, APRIL 17, @ 9PM/8C
PART 4 - MONDAY, APRIL 17, @ 10PM/9C
FINALE (PART 5) - SUNDAY, APRIL 23, @ 10PM/9C
To read the USCCB's positive review of the series, click here.
At a time when the European Union appears to be falling apart at its seams, European citizens and politicians are gradually turning to the leadership of one man for solutions.
Looking northward from his balcony at the Vatican must spur some disheartening, even frustrating, thoughts in the mind of Pope Benedict xvi. A bevy of problems are erupting across virtually the entire continent of Europe. Millions of rioters fill the streets in France. Germany is trying to prevent the same. Islam‘s imprint is intensifying in more than a few European nations. National economies are ailing. Added to all this, the pope is acutely aware that for years Europe has been deteriorating spiritually. Large factions of European society are no longer governed by a lucid moral compass.
It’s abundantly clear: economically, politically, socially, morally, religiously—Europe lacks leadership.
As he surveys Europe’s ailing landscape today, the pope surely ponders the greatness of the Continent’s history, when it was heavily influenced and even dominated by the Roman Catholic Church. As the pontiff contrasts today’s Europe with the Europe of yesteryear, a solution to the Continent’s ailing condition must ring clear in his mind: Europe needs a dominant Vatican.
The restoration of Europe to its Catholic roots lies at the top of the pope’s to-do list. No issue is more important. Read his books; read the lines and between the lines of his speeches; watch where he travels, look who he talks to—Pope Benedict xvi is on a quest to restore Europe to its Christian roots.
This isn’t something he is trying to play down or hide: Pope Benedict xvi has clearly and publicly delineated that he wants the restoration of Europe to its Christian roots to be the defining theme of his papacy....
read full story here
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
PROMOTE, PRESERVE, PROTECT MARRIAGE
Statement of the Administrative Committee
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Issued on September 9, 2003
Reaffirmed on March 14, 2006
The Catholic Church believes and teaches that marriage is a faithful, exclusive, and lifelong union between one man and one woman, joined as husband and wife in an intimate partnership of life and love. Marriage exists so that the spouses might grow in mutual love and, by the generosity of their love, bring children into the world and serve life fully.
Moreover, we believe the natural institution of marriage has been blessed and elevated by Christ Jesus to the dignity of a sacrament. In this way, the love of husband and wife becomes a living image of the way in which the Lord personally loves his people and is united with them. God is the author of marriage. It is both a relationship of persons and an institution in society. However, it is not just any relationship or simply another institution. We believe that, in the divine plan, marriage has its proper meaning and achieves its purposes.
Therefore, it is our duty as pastors and teachers – a responsibility we share with the Christian faithful and with all persons of good will – to promote, preserve, and protect marriage as it is willed by God, as generations have understood and lived it, and as it has served the common good of society.
To promote, preserve, and protect marriage today requires, among other things, that we advocate for legislative and public policy initiatives that define and support marriage as a unique, essential relationship and institution. At a time when family life is under significant stress, the principled defense of marriage is an urgent necessity to ensure the flourishing of persons, the wellbeing of children, and the common good of society.
Our defense of marriage must focus primarily on the importance of marriage, not on homosexuality or other matters. The Church’s teaching about the dignity of homosexual persons is clear. They must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Our respect for them means we condemn all forms of unjust discrimination, harassment or abuse. Equally clear is the Church’s teaching about the meaning of sexual relations and their place only within married life. What are called “homosexual unions,” because they do not express full human complementarity and because they are inherently non-procreative, cannot be given the status of marriage. Recently, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a statement emphatically opposing the legalization of homosexual unions. Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, welcomed this statement and further articulated our own conviction that such “equivalence not only weakens the unique meaning of marriage; it also weakens the role of law itself by forcing the law to violate the truth of marriage and family life as the natural foundation of society and culture.”
We call on Catholics and other persons of good will to join with us in advancing this positive view of the importance of marriage for children and for society, and to defend these principles and the institution of marriage. This is especially important when popular culture, media and entertainment often undermine or ignore the essential role of marriage and promote equivalence between marriage and homosexual relationships.
We will do this in our teaching and preaching, but also in our public policy advocacy at the state and national levels and in the important dialogue about how best to protect marriage and the common good in the U.S. Constitution and in our society as a whole. We offer general support for a Federal Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as we continue to work to protect marriage in state legislatures, the courts, the Congress and other appropriate forums.
Thus, we strongly oppose any legislative and judicial attempts, both at state and federal levels, to grant same-sex unions the equivalent status and rights of marriage --by naming them marriage, civil unions or by other means.
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:
So in other words, it's your Catholic duty to oppose same-sex marriage with vigor. Saying you're against it is not enough. You actually have to get up off the couch and do something! One possible way is by writing your congressmen and telling them to pass the "Marriage Protection Act." To help you do that, I've included a sample letter HERE.
Saturday, April 8, 2006
Vatican quiet after Pope's meeting with Curia
Vatican, Apr. 07 (CWNews.com) - Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) met with leaders of the Roman Curia on Friday morning, April 7, but the Vatican issued no announcement about the topics that were discussed or any decisions that were reached.
At a previous meeting of dicastery leaders on February 13, the main topic of conversation was reportedly a plan to restore communion between the Holy See and the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X. The same issue was also discussed at a meeting of the College of Cardinals on March 23.
The April 7 meeting took place amid rumors that Pope Benedict has already signed a document allowing broader use of the Latin Mass....
read full story here
Friday, April 7, 2006
Cardinal Mahony Designates Wednesday, April 5, As Special Day Of Prayer & Fasting For Just And Humane Immigration Reform
Cardinal asks Catholics to pray for legislators who are debating immigration legislation this week, and asks Catholics to fast in solidarity with undocumented immigrants.
read full story here
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:
I guess I can just chalk up one more reason why I don't like Cardinal Mahony.
If I recall correctly, this guy has been in trouble with the Vatican on more than one occasion.
Illegal aliens have broken our laws. I can't blame them for wanting to come here, and I sympathize with their plight. However, by breaking our laws, they show no respect for our country. They insult us this way, undermine our economy, reward employers who exploit, and they put our nation at greater risk for terrorist attack.
My entire family immigrated to this great nation over the last 150 years, and my own grandmother immigrated from Cuba in the late 1920s. All of them were DOCUMENTED and PROCESSED according to the laws of this land. All of them earned their citizenship according to the laws of this land. I'm sorry, but no matter how poor you are, there is NO EXCUSE for doing what these illegal aliens from Mexico are doing. IT MUST STOP!
I am in favor of a "guest worker" program, in which the flood-gates can be opened to allow even more Mexicans into the the USA. However, they must all be DOCUMENTED and PROCESSED, according to the laws of this land. While those who have already broken our laws must be deported immediately and go to the back of the line to apply for "guest worker" permits. If not, than Washington DC owes my grandparents an apology for putting them through the immigration process decades ago, when these undocumented Mexicans can just get amnesty for breaking the law.
I believe Cardinal Mahony's prayer was answered today. God always answers prayer, but I don't think it was what Cardinal Mahony expected. He wanted "just and humane" immigration reform, and that's exactly what God gave him -- the current law. I'm glad the new Senate legislation on immigration reform failed today. It was nonsense. We already have good immigration law in this country. All we have to do is allocate the necessary funding needed to ENFORCE IT!!!!!
Wednesday, April 5, 2006
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has OFFICIALLY responded to the claims of "The Da Vinci Code" movie and book with it's own interactive web site and movie. You can view them here: Jesus Decoded.com
On March 21, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a unanimous resolution condemning the Vatican for “meddling” in the city’s customs and traditions. The proximate issue was the Catholic Church’s teachings on marriage and sexuality, especially its opposition to gay adoptions.
In response to this resolution, the Thomas More Law Center has agreed to represent the following plaintiffs: the Catholic League (including the 6,000 members it has in the area) and two individuals (one of whom is a member of the Catholic League).
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, spoke to this issue today:
“Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren Burger, writing for the majority in a 1984 decision, stated that the Constitution ‘affirmatively mandates accommodation, not merely tolerance, of all religions, and forbids hostility toward any.’ Had the San Francisco Board of Supervisors respected this dictum, there would have been no lawsuit. But because they have shown nothing but hostility to the Catholic Church, holding in contempt its right to craft its own teachings, this was deemed a matter for the courts. Make no mistake about it, resident Catholics have been told, however indirectly, that the government does not look kindly on their right to publicly express their religion.
“Imagine what would have happened if the Vatican had condemned the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for ‘meddling’ in the internal affairs of the Catholic Church simply because the two entities disagreed on a public policy issue? Separation of church and state cuts both ways, and when agents of the state accuse the members of any religion of interfering in municipal affairs—merely because the two sides hold contrary views—the ineluctable result is the creation of a chilling effect on the rights of the faithful.
“This is a matter so serious that no apology can ever suffice to undue the injurious effects that the resolution triggered. A legal remedy is needed.”
Saturday, April 1, 2006
Now, let's ask ourselves one single question. WHY?
Why would mother nature program a person, mammal, or some other organism to be "gay." We can only conclude one of two things. Either it's a genetic mistake, the equivalent of a chromosomal hiccup like a birth defect, or mother nature fully intended to let this happen. If the former is the case, than homosexuality is nothing more than a genetic disease -- sort of like alcoholism. If the latter is the case, and mother nature fully intended homosexuals to be that way, than there is only one reason why that would be the case. She has naturally selected them for extinction.
This is because homosexuals cannot reproduce, unless they go against their genetically programed behavior, and engage in heterosexual sex. So if they just do what mother nature supposedly intended them to do, because she made them gay, than it's obvious that she never intended them to reproduce. If she never intended them to reproduce, than she has obviously selected their genome for extinction.
Don't ask me why homosexuals have been naturally selected for extinction. Who knows the reason why? The reason for the selection may have nothing to do with homosexuality at all, but clearly homosexuality (if genetic) is the method mother nature uses to accomplish their extinction.
So, if homosexuality is genetic, than it's either a birth defect (disease), or else it's mother nature's polite way of saying she doesn't want a certian genome around anymore.
That's not bigotry folks. That's just biology.