I have change up my banner some. It is LENT but I think to have a visible reminder of our people in Iraq might be a nice change for a few days
More pics and articles from Fat Tuesday in Baghdad at
Baghdad for Mardi Gras? No Problem of Life
Mardi Gras Parade in Baghdad -None Wounded vs. Seven shot in New Orleans
Tip of the hat to Soliders Angels Louisiana
Saturday, February 28, 2009
I have change up my banner some. It is LENT but I think to have a visible reminder of our people in Iraq might be a nice change for a few days
Friday, February 27, 2009
One wonders if we shall see this rumored explosive Social Enyclical before Peope Benedict leaves this Earth. I am losing count how often the Vatican has held this back at the very last minute of anticpated publication
Well this race just got very interesting. The only problem Cooksey is sometimes is about boring as watching paint dry. But a good guy.
I feel much better about Cooksey now. I sort of had some past hard feelings because one of his family members got on a State Wide Radio show and accused me of engaging in dirty tricks when I was supporting Suzie Terrell against him.
This could present problems for Vitter. Cooksey is a legitmate threat. The problem is can Cooksey get Vitter's vote in the New Orleans Metro Parishes that are very Republican
This is a fascinating and tragic part of Catholic, Italian-American, and Louisiana history. See Lecture on the 1891 New Orleans Lynching
I very much recommend the book
This is nuts. Creative Minority Report has Charity is the New Smoking?
Question Don't you think the Bishops are oing to act quick to kill this idea ! I hope so. Lot of rich folks fund important items for their Dicoese.
Time for the Bayou Catholic Blog Update Post!!!
From The Recamier has her Daily Update: February 26, 2009
Catholic Underground has their new podcast to the world . See CU Episode 97: Dangerously Close
Works and Prayers of a Fils Prodigue has haitus
Brown Pelican Society of Louisiana has the following today:
Gov. Jinal: There is “…an Honest and Fundamental Disagreement….
ObamaNation — The USSA: “The Era of Profound Irresponsibility…”
April 10, 2008: Obama the Magician; Master of Misdirection.
Hide the Amendments
INSPIRING! The Battle Hymn Of The Republic
Christ, Be Our Light
Obama’s Economic Vision Reminiscent of Karl Marx’s
Valuing the Individual Over Government
MALKIN: ACORN’s Foreclosure ‘Victims’
Obama Paving Way for Health Care Rationing, Say Budget Committee Republicans
Pontiff Highlights St. Paul’s Lenten Example
It’s Obama Spreading Panic: Having Inherited a Recession, His Words Are Creating a Depression!
Ex-KKK Member, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.V.) Cagey on White House Czars
The Ethic of Control: Margaret Sanger, Eugenics, and Planned Parenthood
Leadership Has its Privileges… and its Responsibilities
Bishop Martino Asks Misericordia U. to Discontinue its ‘Diversity Institute’
GOSPEL & MEDITATION: Time of Fasting
TODAY’S SAINT: ST. ALEXANDER
Teen Catholic has CALLING ALL CATHOLIC BLOGGERS!!!!!!! (Good Idea) and A Great Way to Begin Lent
Stranger in a Strange Land has Father Patrick Healy, SJ (Cool History fact), Take Responsilibility for Our Failures , Pslam 103 , and A Seed in Briar
ALIVE AND YOUNG has Biblioteca de la Florecita
North Louisiana Diaconate has Lenten Aid
Cajun Cottage Under the Oaks has Today's Lenten Meditations, Big Government, and Thursday Meditation
Thoughts & Ruminations of Father Ryan has a link to the podcast CU Episode 97: Dangerously Close
Maudie in Mandeville has Don't punish Obama with His grandchildren
Our Deacon In New Orleans Life on the (L)edge has I HOPE YOU LIKE* and HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BB
Finally expat Priest currently in New Jersey Da Mihi Animas has 2009 Practices of Lent and The Highwaymen: Highwayman
Ah the IRONY!!! See “We Are Church” whiners feel “cheated of their aims”!
See Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor set to be first Roman Catholic bishop in Lords since 16th century
MAYBE HE CAN GET SOME OF OUR STOLEN PROPERTY BACK :)
Christopher Osgood has the vid at Vocation Commercial?
Ville Platte Catholic Youth Group has an interesting post up at Check Out Our New Banner. .
The banner that runs across the top of this blog was taken from the St. Brigid Catholic Church website. Here is the full piece of artwork:
Let me quote the website’s description of the artwork:
“Our Stations of the cross were completed in 1948 by Dom Gregory de Wit, who, like our first pastor, Msgr. Van Veggel, was Dutch-born. Born in 1892, Jan Aloysius de Wit entered the Benedictine order in Belgium in 1913 and as ordained in 1918, taking Gregory as his monastic name. He was a monk, priest, painter, and designer.
He was a true Renaissance man who spoke four languages; his artwork is scattered across Europe and North America. In addition, he designed vestments, statues, and furniture in wood and marble, and was also a prolific painter of religious and secular scenes in every artistic medium.
Dom Gregory studied art in Belgium, Germany and Italy and by 1929, had had several art exhibitions in Holland and Germany. He began creating murals in the 1930’s, painting on dry plaster.
The artist came to the United States in 1938 at the invitation of the Abbot of St. Meinrad Abbey in Indiana. In his mid-40’s, he there began his most productive years. Most of his major American works are in Indiana and Louisiana.
Our Stations are unique in that they are murals and are not episodic, but a continuous procession of events leading to the Crucifixion. They clearly display Byzantine iconographic influences and the humanity of Christ as he walked to Golgotha.
In many of his works, Dom Gregory included contemporary figures in the Stations. If you look carefully, you will find the faces of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.”
I have encountered his wonderful art before and it shows the interesting sense of humor before. For instance at St Josephs Abby in Louisiana there is a Last supper scene that has among other things salt and pepper shakers. He also had a wicked sense of humors. Monks that got on his nerves ofter were portrayed in the facial features of work.
In Baton Rouge Louisiana there is a stunning example of his work at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. There is a brief discussion of that here.
Much more about the man and his work is located in this very interesting PDF file
From Abita Brewery
Go to Big Beers in Big Bottles Are Here for the locations in Louisiana
When it rain it pours. First the paper mill in Bastrop, the GM plant in Shreveport is in danger and now!!!
Pilgrim's Pride to shut operations at 3 plants
2/27/2009 11:03:47 AM
PITTSBURG, Texas (AP) â€” Pilgrim's Pride Corp. said Friday it will cut 3,000 jobs, or about 7 percent of its U.S. work force, as it shuts operations at three of its 32 chicken processing plants.
The closures, which will reduce the company's chicken production by roughly 10 percent, are designed to save the company $110 million a year as part of an ongoing restructuring. The company filed for Chapter 11 protection in December under a heavy debt load.
The company expects the closures to cost $35 million, not including asset write-downs it may take in the second quarter.
The plants are expected to close by mid-May. They are in Douglas, Ga.; El Dorado, Ark.; and Farmerville, La.
The move also affects 430 independent chicken farmers, the company said.
The company also said it would combine its protein salad production operation in Franconia, Pa., with its Moorefield, W. Va., facility. END
Via the Dead Pelican
As Law Prof Ann Alterhouse said today I don't know how even to articulate an argument that it's constitutional to give a vote to a D.C. representative in the House. But this naked power grab is occurring
Now this seems not only wrong but also unfair to many in Louisiana. Since you know we have to abide by the rules (Otherwise Known as the Constitution) and do the Census thing and as result we shall likely LOSE a Congressman next year.
But Heck since Congress is giving away Congress votes we have a solution- Let every military base have a Congressman!!!
Let's Have Even More House Members [Robert Alt]
Since the Senate has now passed the bill to give DC a voting representative, I have a modest proposal for the House as it takes up the bill next week. Let's have even more representatives. After all, as long as Congress is using its authority under Article I, Section 8 to "exercise exclusive legislation" for the District of Columbia to add another member to the House, why stop there? That same section authorizes Congress "to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings . . . "If Article I, Section 2's requirement that the House be composed of Members chosen "by the People of the several States" isn't a problem for adding a House member for the District, then it shouldn't be a problem for military bases either. And let's face it, members of the military are chronically underrepresented given their transient status. The 2000 and 2008 elections both saw major problems with having military absentee ballots counted — a problem that would be more effectively addressed if bases had their own individual representatives. Let their voices be heard.The House could seek to add representatives for big bases, like Ft. Hood in Texas, bases in the co-sponsor's home states, or just add one representative for every domestic base. If there are concerns that some portion of the base population already counts toward the now discredited theory of "State" representatives, then choose smaller bases, where the population wouldn't substantially effect the current composition.Of course, someone might object that this is wrong — that Congress really can't just vote to add new representatives under this section of the Constitution; that this isn't what Article I, Section 8 means when it gives Congress the authority to exercise exclusive legislation; that clearly the other provisions of the Constitution regarding the composition of the House still apply, and you can't just ignore them. Of course, they would be correct, just as those arguments are correct when it comes to the question of illegally adding a representative for DC relying on that very same constitutional clause.
— Robert Alt is deputy director of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation.
02/27 09:44 AM
If you cant beat them join them. This unlawful grab for Power thing is easy once you get the hang of it . Plus Louisiana gets two more Reps!!! Cheers!!!!
There is a big announcement of the 19 months, but I think, in the end, the president is not going to be foolish if it looks as if he has to slightly slow down. He will.
And the parameter is the end of 2011. That's going to remain the main parameter.
But what disturbs me is the way the president speaks about Iraq dismissively and grudgingly. He talks about leaving it and ending the war without ever speaking about what we have achieved.
He speaks about the courage and the sacrifice of our soldiers, but he never connects it with the soldiers' mission, meaning what they have created and done.
He talks about the Iraq the way he did as a candidate who opposed the war. He is now commander and chief, and he is responsible for the troops and the war and its success.
And I think he needs to speak about achievements, establishing a democracy, and having the strategic ally in the region, and not speak about it as if it's a simple albatross he wants to unload.
02/27 10:15 AM
Great stuff here. Father Z has the letter at Bp. Martino instructs Sen. Casey on the Mexico City Policy
I have posted before the quite fun blog of Testosterhome. She is the mom of 5 boys. I suspect I am one of her many male readership. I was a only child much loved but at times even at my age I very much wished I had brothers and sisters.. So her blog is sort of a window or nice escape of when I think what if.
Anyway she had some post on doing the rite of passage for young boys in the cub scouts the infamous Pine Wood Derby. Which seems to be a much bigger deal for the dads involved.
SO HOW DO YOU WIN THAT THING
She has the link to the secrets
See Bookmark this one
Thursday, February 26, 2009
What you are hearing is a considerable amount of Obama voting Democrat voting Jews throwing up among others. The Democrat New Republic Magazine is in an uproar.
Nice!! This is just breaking. A good quality out of Conference game. Much more here . Bad news does this mean we have to listen to that horrid John Denver song at the games :) (not my favorite) . But I guess I can't complain since we play "Calling Baton Rouge" by garth Brooks at the LSU games
Tiger Rant discussion Thread here
Time for the Louisiana Catholic Blog Update post- Hurrah!!!
Ville Platte Catholic Youth Group has Check Out Our New Banner ( I plan to highlight something about this post again), and Evangeline Parish Lenten Missions
From The Recamier has her Daily Update: February 25, 2009
Footprints on the Fridge has Small Successes
The Brown Pelican Society of Louisiana has the following:
Thursday After Ash Wednesday
Pope Calls Catholics to Prayer and Sacrifice During Lent
The Standard is Poor: People Respond to Obama’s Rhetoric; the Market Responds to Reality
Late-Term Abortion Practitioner George Tiller Will Stand Trial After Court Ruling
White House Officials Admit Abortion, Tiller Holding Up Kathleen Sebelius Pick for Health Secretary
Fasting vs. Loving One’s Neighbor
LIVING LARGE: ‘09 BUDGET SPENDS $11,833 FOR EVERY AMERICAN
Mapping Political Persecution
The President and the Governor
Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI for Lent 2009
Today’s Funnies…Not So Funny!
Archbishop Chaput Speaks on Forming the Faithful
Obama’s Planned Tax Would Hit Highest Earners Hardest: “It’s More Obama Robin Hood”
Denver Archbishop To Toronto Audience: “We Can’t Build a Just Society With the Blood of Unborn Children”
Do What You Are Doing: Lent is a Time to Increase the Power of Perception.
Lent Calls Us to Combat Injustice With Good, Pope Writes
GOSPEL & MEDITATION: Suffering: A Highway to God
TODAY’S SAINT: St. Porphyry of Gaza (353-421)
The Wolf Den has Lent
The Everyday Catholic Podcast has what appears to be another great podcast. See Episode 6 Lent! And I don't mean from your Dryer
Stranger in a Strange Land has What A Wonderful World , Pope Benedict XVI on Lent , More Great Thinking at Boston College , and Descend into Our Darkness
ALIVE AND YOUNG has Happy Inappropriate Card Day , On Marriage and Sex , I Can Heard Dat! , and Coffee Shops Gone Wild
Thoughts & Ruminations of Father Ryan has his Ash Wednesday Sermon on audio here and a link to another podcast here at cusixty: 25 February 2009
Cajun Cottage Under the Oaks I am sure has updated (she generally does) but I am having my computer freeze up on her blog for some reason today. Be sure to check her out.
Our expat priest in Houston Fr. Victor Brown’s Catholic Daily Message has his thoughts at Feast of Saint Paula of Saint Joseph of Calasanz (26 Feb 2009)
Last but not least our Expat Priest in New Jersey Soprano Land Da Mihi Animas has Turning to God on the Colbert Report! , a nice vid here at Confession: Making things right!
Confession , and My Deliverer
Ah this is depressing. This gives a new twist on the meaning "The Red Coats are Coming!!"
What do Americans Commanders do if we find Americans doing this? I really don't know what the rules or the law is. I am generally anti Death Penalty in most cases but if the law allows it I would convene a military Tribunal on the spot and execute the traitors. I suspect we can't do it but it would be effective. What did we do when we found American Japanese or Germans fighting our guys in WW II?
Which Side of the War Would You Like to Be On? (Cont) [Mark Steyn]
A footnote to my weekend post: I said in America Alone that the difference for America and Europe is that across the Atlantic the war on terror is basically a civil war. It's becoming ever more literally so. The Daily Star reports that for the United Kingdom the Afghan campaign is now a war between two rival bands of British subjects:
THOUSANDS of British-born Muslims have joined the Taliban in Afghanistan.
UK troops say they are facing a mini civil war as more Brits head out to fight for the enemy. Senior officers said British-born Muslims from the West Midlands and Yorkshire have travelled to Helmand province and other parts of southern Afghanistan.Interception of Taliban communications has revealed the sound of jihadists speaking with West Midlands accents.One senior military source said: “It is the Punjabi and Kashmiri Urdu speakers who fall back into English in, for example, Brummie accents.
“You get the impression they have been told not to talk in English but sometimes can’t help it.”If it's a civil war for the UK, for Americans this must be the highest number of British subjects killed by US troops since ...the War of 1812? the Revolutionary War?
In some ways, this is merely a domestic extension of what was called the "flypaper" strategy. Luring jihadist Brits overseas and killing them in Afghanistan is certainly a swifter response to the problem than having them sitting at "home" plotting to blow up Glasgow Airport while the government makes ever more desperate efforts to appease them. But no doubt some obliging judge will soon rule that it's in breach of the European Human Rights Act for British troops in Afghanistan to shoot at British passport holders.
02/26 10:49 AM
You know like Slavery and in violation of the 13th Amendment!!! It appears she tried to crawfish out of it but the evidence is pretty damning
I am sure Doug Kmiec will be right along to explain all this :(.
By the way since Prof Kmiec was such a supporter of Obama's when are we going to start seeing all this Natural Law via the Declaration of Independence legal minds that hold the position he purportly does.
I hope the slander stops soon against this past Holy Pope. Great stuff here at Catholic Herald: Documents show Pius saved Jews from Nazis
I would agree with this.
A unusual editorial today in Il Giornale, a secular newspaper. Translation Via the Ratzinger Forum here
Why the Pope is under attack
By the Editors
February 26, 2009
Theologians, intellectuals and newspapers, unbridled - all have accused Benedict XVI of being a monk isolated in an ivory tower, of living 'castled' in the Vatican "as if he were in the Kremlin" [Marco Politi] and of transforming the Catholic church 'to a sect' [Hans Kueng]. Pope benedict XVU us in the line of fire, enemy fire for the most part, but also 'friendly fire'.
Indeed, enemy fire also clearly has the intention and the hope of potentiating friendly fire. The newspaper La Repubblica is at the center of this double play in Italy. In Marco Politi's book on a Church of 'No's, he mostly talks to 'friendly fire' resource persons - he makes militant progressivist Catholics carry the fight against the Church and the Pope. Yesterday, in an inerview for La Stampa, Hans Kueng attacked the Pope for the nth time, accusing him of 'betraying the spirit of the Second Vatican Council". It is not so much Pope Benedict who is the target but the role of the papacy.
Paul VI had to face ecclesiastical dissent that was even more radical, and thought he had to formally draw up a new creed for the People of God, so much was he alarmed at how the foundations of the faith were being shaken. Many times, especially with the encyclical Humanae Vitae, the dissent from bishops and theologians was strident. But Paul VI sought to fulfill his mission as Pope to keep the unity of the Church in time, keeping tradition intact as the foundation of the Church.
John Paul II circumvented dissenting bishops and theologians through his apostolic travels throughout the world, using the simple faithful as a barrier against the ascendancy of the deformed teachings coming from the dissenters.
As a Pole who had expressed the freedom of the Church in its truth in the face of Communism - and as the straw that finally broke the back of the Soviet empire - earned him universal honor, but not the consensus of those bishops and theologians who thought papal power should be reduced to nothing more than inter-episcopal coordination - and that theological debate should carry on without doctrinal or disciplinary considerations. Pope Benedict is therefore in good company.
The occasion for the most recent barrage of 'friendly fire' was his revocation of the excommunications of the 4 FSSPX bishops, one of whom is a Holocaust denier. The Pope's detractors have circulated an idea of a monkish theologian Pope enclosed in his study and with his liturgies: a Pope intent on being spiritual, when the times demand that he should govern and look after his image in the world along the mediatic model set by John Paul II.
With Pope Benedict, the relationship between the Church and other cultures and religions has become intense and doctrinal. He has acted profoundly on Catholic relations with Judaism and Islam. He has correlated such external relations with the doctrinal identity of the Church instead of simply reducing them to diplomatic relations or relationships pro forma.
Benedict's Pontificate is dense with significances and has not limited external Church relations to Vatican diplomacy - he has sought to imprint these relations unequivocally with the identity of the Church as the mystical Body of Christ. John Paul II's Pontificate derived its greatest strength from his communicative success which depended on the personal qualities of Karol Wojtyla, not to the figure of the Papacy itself. And Benedict XVI has proven the measure of his commitment by seeking a conformity between the doctrine of the Church and its actual life - for instance, asking the Synod of Bishops to confront the line between modernism and anti-modernism, in terms of relating the historico-critical analysis of the Bible to its value as a document of Christian faith impregnated by both Revelation and Tradition.
The decades which divide the early part of the 21st century from the 1960s - the Vatican-II years - weigh like centuries. Modernity ended with the collapse of communism. And in the postmodern world, the crisis of capitalism has brought on new problems added to historic ones. The Muslim challenge ranks alongside the secularist challenge in a common attempt to reduce the Church to an insignificant post-modern miniority.
The West and communism were much more internal to Catholic culture than what we may now call post-capitalism. Meanwhile, benedict XVI has given a spiritual and intellectual profile to the Catholic Church in our time, in which the religious question is reinforced by the very contradictions of the world in which she must function. In the non-Catholic Christian world, the most vital communities today are the Orthodox Churches and the Pentecostal communities - all similarly marked by a deep belief in spiritual experience and the mystery of the Christian event.
On the other hand, the Christan churches which have delivered themselves over to modernity and post-modernity - like the Anglical Communion and the Lutheran and Calvinist churches, the churches of the Reformation - appear to have exhausted their religious life. Benedict XVI as Pope has continued the work and mission of the Popes, placing firmly the identity of the Catholic Church in a historical praxis, uniting mystery and message, orthodoxy and communication. And it is for this that he is the target of both enemy fire and friendly fire.
I am going to be talking a lot more about the Louisiana Coastal Crisis on this blog. I urge all Louisiana bloggers to do the same regardless of political outlook, faith, or type of blog you have. If you have a blog that talks about sewing I hope you post on Louisiana Coastal erosion.
I was reading two blog entries on this issue at LaCoastpost. See Jindal at the Alamo and Growing disconnects between Obama and Jindal-Vitter could portend serious coastal consequences.
The main point of these posts seem to be that because Jindal and Vitter are critics of President Obama that well we might be punished as to Coastal erosion funds.
I think this is buying into the SERF mentality that sadly is the reality as to Louisiana relationship to the rest of the country.
I pray to GOD that President Obama knows Louisiana will live or die on his watch. That on his watch year after year we are coming closer to a National Security problem regarding the national energy supply. May I humbly suggest that if the President is so vain to punish the State of Louisiana because Jindal is being vocal then we have no hope at all.
Is Bobby right to criticize nearly a billion dollars to be spent on a monorail? Yeah with the United States losing a acre of land every 40 minutes down here perhaps he is right about weird priorities. For the record I was critical of Republicans that wanted to build some multi billion dollar Great Wall of China boondoggle on the Mexican border as our land is going into the Gulf.
Why do we buy into this?. Can you imagine people in California having that attitude that they should not criticize the President so they could get their money for their levee system? Why do we buy this serf mentality?Can you imagine the reaction in Florida if they were punished as to the Everglades because their Governor criticized the President!!!
I was a young kid when I sent my first letter to then Gov Buddy Roemer and my then State Senator Randy Ewing. Since then we have gone through Republican Presidents and Democrat Presidents. We have gone through a Democrat Controlled Congress to a Republican controlled Congress and back to a Democrat controlled congress.
They have never cared. Why was this problem not addressed when we had Senator John Breaux who at the height of his influence under the Clinton administration could not even make significant headway?
Now we are led to believe that if only Jindal and Vitter quit being a pain in the ass on unrelated Coastal issues that we might be saved!!! Where is Senator Mary Landrieu in this? Is she now a non actor?
Too often the nations' actions and their influence on Louisiana are ignored. While many talk about the need for increased ethanol the fact that this causes a huge dead zone off our Coast because of the fertilizers coming down the river is ignored. Countless forests have been cut down talking about not drilling in the Alaskan wasteland but hardly nothing on the dead zone issue.
If the saving of Louisiana depends on Senator David Vitter not speaking out on issues such as "Card Check" so not to anger Daddy in Washington then I would suggest the game is up. People down south might as well prepare to move north of I-10 and rice farmers suffering salt water infusion better start looking for farm land in Mississippi.
It never seems to occur to him that he and allies are largely responsible for the Crisis we are in.
See Theologian's criticism of pope draws Vatican response
This part is nuts:
"Benedict XVI has always lived in an ecclesial environment. He has not traveled much. He's always remained closed in the Vatican -- which is quite similar to how the Kremlin was at one time -- where he is safe from criticism," Father Kung said.
What is he talking about? This is not even close to the truth as to the facts.
I don't think he does.
As we are reading about a billion for monorail to from Vegas to Disney land about Coastal projects to save our coast and our land? Pretty soon there will be nothing left to stimulate except the Jellyfish. Vitter and Landrieu need to combine the to shut the down Senate till the Feds release the money because soon there will be no money left for it
This last ten years is crunch time and if not addressed will cause a not only a crisis in Louisiana but a National Security and Economic Crisis nationwide
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
McNamara's Blog is just always so darn interesting. It should be a stop everyday for people interested in Catholic History in the United States.
I thought this post was very cool Catholic Cemetery Home to Early Baseball Players
I am suprised that the Bishop over Hershey Pennsylvania has not sent out a Emergency Nationwide Pastoral urging Catholics and others not to give up Chocolate for lent. :)
I thought this was a interesting news report that Alive and Young has up at Chocolate Companies Face Economic Woes During Lent This Year
It is rather a slow day no doubt because Louisiana Catholic bloggers are engaging in major Penance for Ash Wednesday. You know hairshirts, sackcloth, watching Alabama play sports on ESPN etc.
Ville Platte Catholic Youth Group has a number of great links. See Jimmy Akin Explains Ash Wednesday, Daily Scripture Reading For Lent, Lenten Resources From Your Bishops, So, that’s what makes it finger-lickin’ good!, and Check Out “No Question Left Behind”
From The Recamier has her post Daily Update: February 24, 2009
Brown Pelican Society of Louisiana has the following
PA Senator’s Solution to ‘Greatest Problem’ for Deficit — Terminal Patients Should Die Faster
The Octomom Controversy
Obama’s Goal? Directed Chaos
Jindal Offered a Positive Vision of Conservatism for America
Top 10 Obama Blunders in Just One Month
Adult Stem Cell Treatment Leaves College Student Free of Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
God’s Love-Power Can Change Hearts
CNBC’s Rick Santelli’s Tea Party
CNBC’s Rick Santelli: White House Issues Veiled Threat
Obama Plays God and Santa Claus
40 Days for Life Pro-Life Campaign Targeting Abortion Begins on Wednesday
In Constant Need
Who Needs Lent? We Do.
He Who Has Earmarks, Let Him Hear
ASH WEDNESDAY GOSPEL & MEDITATION: The Joy of Lent
TODAY’S SAINT: BLESSED MARIA ADEODATA PISANI
Teen Catholic has My Last Happy Mardi Gras of 2009!
Stranger in a Strange Land has We as the Laity , and The Litany of Desire
For The Greater Glory has not posted in a while!!! Should we call the State Police and do a missing person report?
ALIVE AND YOUNG has A Swift Kick In The Ash: What Do Those Ash Wednesday Ashes Mean? and Chocolate Companies Face Economic Woes During Lent This Year
North Louisiana Diaconate has Lenten Thought
Cajun Cottage Under the Oaks has Ash Wednesday Meditation
Our expat Priest who is now in Houston Fr. Victor Brown’s Catholic Daily Message has his thoughts here at Ash Wednesday (25 Feb 2009)
Finally our expat Priest up in New Jersey Da Mihi Animas has What's Fasting Got to Do with It?
This is very exciting!!!! The Brown Pelican has more at Adult Stem Cell Treatment Leaves College Student Free of Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
Good Grief. I think this must qualify as a nominee for the Liturgical Abuse Award 2009. Oh and it gets far worse. See Welcome to The "Mickey Mouse" Mass
Tip of the hat too Ten Reasons
Hopefully Priests and Liturgical Parish Committees are not ordering the "Supersoaker" for liturgy in great numbers
Update Full Text of Bishop's Economic Speech located here (absent Q and A)
I have posted on Archbishop Chaput Talk on Catholics, Obama, and politics here at Denver Archbishop Talks Obama and The Catholic Political Vocation (Full Text) and Archbishop Chaput Warns Against Worship of Obama .
He also talked to Businessmen and I am looking for a transcript or vid of that. There is a summary here Archbishop Chaput Tells Business Leaders to "Light the Marketplace"
Also see from two people that were there Friar Rick’s Weblog and Chaput in Toronto and from Salt and Light the post More Valuable than Every Great Empire.
Friar Rick notes something that gave me a laugh
There were a couple of “interesting” questions… one of them being about how the Obama stimulus package was going to to bring, get this, socialism, to the United States. What are the bishops going to do about this? Archbishop Chaput was agile in responding that he and most bishops don’t know much about economics and should stay out of it.
Now I sort of agree and disagree with this. I expect Chaput was put in a difficult spot here too. Even if he is Catholic Archbishop is still an American and no doubt being critical of your President on foreign soil(even one you opposed) still feels bad. Also it is a political hot potato. he is on sure ground on abortion but on the multiplier effect of the stimulus not so much
Still it is a tad refreshing. One gets a sense that many Bishops statements on the economy is done by some committee and they just vote yes on it.
The attitude Bishops and the Church should have I thought was laid well by Pope Benedict.
In fact a good overview is at Against the Grain at Pope Benedict's Critique of Capitalism . In that post the Holy Father says:
A morality that believes itself able to dispense with the technical knowledge of economic laws is not morality but moralism. As such it is the antithesis of morality. A scientific approach that believes itself capable of managing without an ethos misunderstands the reality of man. Therefore it is not scientific. Today we need a maximum of specialized economic understanding, but also a maximum of ethos so that specialized economic understanding may enter the service of the right goals.
So the Church talks about the economics and must. I think Chaput would agree with that but also seems to be saying that many of the the Bishops themselves well they are not experts in what the Pope is talking about above and perhaps they should engage various thought on this subject
I hit this yesterday at Archbishop Chaput Warns Against Worship of Obama . Of course he talked more than Obama. The full very interesting text is here at Full Text: Archbishop Chaput on Catholic Political Vocation
Now what should not be overlooked and is a very interesting side story to this is that this is taking place in Canada. The faith and in fact the freedom to bring the faith into the political square is under awesome attack in Canada. I would be curious if there was a question and answer session.
The whole thing is a good read. He states
Obviously I’ll be speaking tonight as an American, a Catholic and a bishop -- though not necessarily in that order. Some of what I say may not be useful to a Canadian audience, especially those who aren't Catholic. But I do believe that the heart of the Catholic political vocation remains the same for every believer in every country. The details of our political life change from nation to nation. But the mission of public Christian discipleship remains the same, because we all share the same baptism.
On Abortion a great truth
Every new election cycle I hear from unhappy, self-described Catholics who complain that abortion is too much of a litmus test. But isn't that exactly what it should be? One of the defining things that set early Christians apart from the pagan culture around them was their respect for human life; and specifically their rejection of abortion and infanticide. We can't be Catholic and be evasive or indulgent about the killing of unborn life. We can't claim to be "Catholic" and "pro-choice" at the same time without owning the responsibility for where the choice leads -- to a dead unborn child. We can't talk piously about programs to reduce the abortion body count without also working vigorously to change the laws that make the killing possible. If we're Catholic, then we believe in the sanctity of developing human life. And if we don't really believe in the humanity of the unborn child from the moment life begins, then we should stop lying to ourselves and others, and even to God, by claiming we're something we're not.
And let me say I am in the Amen corner on this
many years, studies have shown that Americans have a very poor sense of history. That's very dangerous, because as Thucydides and Machiavelli and Thomas Jefferson have all said, history matters. It matters because the past shapes the present, and the present shapes the future. If Catholics don't know history, and especially their own history as Catholics, then somebody else -- and usually somebody not very friendly -- will create their history for them.
Let me put it another way. A man with amnesia has no future and no present because he can't remember his past. The past is a man's anchor in experience and reality. Without it, he may as well be floating in space. In like manner, if we Catholics don't remember and defend our religious history as a believing people, nobody else will, and then we won't have a future because we won't have a past. If we don't know how the Church worked with or struggled against political rulers in the past, then we can't think clearly about the relations between Church and state today.
If you are in the Diocese of Baton Rouge or near it the Catholic newspaper for their Diocese has a nice Lent publication that not only contains tons of Lent Recipies but also list all the Lent Events in the Diocese. From weekly devotions to retreats to talks etc. Go here for the PDF download.
Nice thing to print out and keep handy
I mentioned a few days ago that the President needs a Commander in Chief moment to buoy the troops our allies and send notice to our foes. Strangely Obama did not even go there last night. In fact as to National Security it was pretty much a no show altogether. This is becoming more of a increasing concern.
See About Last Night where the Peter Wehner states in part:
What was perhaps most striking in the speech is what it ignored: national security. It is kind of extraordinary, really: last week President Obama ordered an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan, yet there was no effort in last night’s speech to put this decision in any larger context. The same is true of Iraq; almost nothing was said about it. It was almost as if America was not at war and militant Islam has evaporated as a threat. It hasn’t, of course. We can only hope that Obama’s lack of rhetorical interest on national security affairs doesn’t reflect a governing indifference to it. If it does, there are grounds to be quite alarmed. Obama is the only commander-in-chief we have; he cannot simply continue to pretend that part of his job description is an after-thought. As William Kristol put it, “This was not the speech of a man who thinks of himself as a war president. But he is.”
Also see The Insular President
Ah Father at Standing On My Head has done it again. See Alternative Ash Wednesday Liturgy
By the way this is the second time he has talked or alluded too this odd practice of Lent desert scenes . Is this going on in some American Catholic Churches? I have never seen this around here.
Since every Catholic blog is talking Ash Wednesday I am sure I don't have much to add that is new.
The Anchoress has a very good post up though and is gathering some of the better links on Ash Wednesday and Lent. See Ash Wednesday 2009 w/Poll
Update- AHH much better watch the vid at my link Bobby Jindal On the Today Show- Day After Response to Obama
After the LSU game I watched the President's Address to Congress and my Governor's response. It was not one of Jindal's best performances. He seemed to be a tad off which is unusual for him. Plus is it me or was there weird sound problem going on? But it was a Speech that got better as it went along.
However I don't think it was a disaster. Looking at the net responses seem to be mixed. Needless to say it was nothing close to the disaster that was Bill Clinton's introduction to a national audience in 1984 where he later had to go on the Tonight Show and poke fun at himself over it.
I agree with Krauthammer here
Jindal didn't have a chance. He follows Obama, who in making speeches is in a league of his own. He is in the Reagan-esqe league. And there is nobody like him, and he had, as Brit indicated, a wonderful, glorious backdrop behind him, and a setting that was as grand a setting.
Jindal can only make the case, which right now is not going to be a ringing and popular one, but I think in time it might be, of Republicans being the grinches here at the big spending giveaway.
After all, the stimulus is the largest giveaway in American history, and that is what Obama is defending, and he is defending even more without ever speaking about getting revenues except for the two percent of Americans, the richest two percent, who apparently are going to fund all of these programs ad infinitum, which, of course, is a pipe dream.
But his case is an austere one, and right now it's not one people want to hear. So Jindal had a really hard task, and he tried the best he could.
Of course does this really matter? I have no idea why serious people that talk about politics think Jindal is running for President in 2012.
It is almost an impossibility for him to do it. He can't run for Governor in 2011 and at the same time travel and set up organizations and raise money for campaigns in Iowa , New Hampshire, and South Carolina. Can't be Done!!!
Plus a good bit of that work would have to be done not only while is running for re-election but while the Louisiana House and Senate are in session Now he might take the VP nomination but the timing makes it's impossible for him to run for Prez .
It is 2016 for him not 2012
Governor Palin I suppose is a better position but in reality not much better because of timing. She is up for re-election in 2010 so at least it is doable for her. For Jindal I don't see how he could do it if he wanted too.
A few other thoughts.
Republicans need to get over the whole praising Obama and all his historical firsts like Jindal did in his lead off. He as well as others need to be a tad more tough
I am the only one in Louisiana that thinks perhaps bringing up the late Sheriff Harry Lee is a tad dangerous? I mean he is revered in many quarters in Louisiana as a folks hero but needless to say he has baggage and is controversial.
I though Jindal could have been really clever on the military issue and National Security issue. Obama has some weak spots there and Jindal could have gotten him more.
Overall not memorable but lets be honest how many of these things are. Will Quick who gave the response to Bush Last year? Can you even recall it?
I am a big believer in confession. I can't help but note that when a Parish has long lines at Confession they are often fire. I saw a Church I attended turn around from the spiritual doldrums to being alive when the people in the pews started taking Confession seriously. There is power in that Sacrament!!!
Again back to the basics!!!
Ten Reasons has a great article/post on the Parish where this is happening at "450 confessions every week"
This is just an average Parish. Why not yours. How much you want to bet that Parish will produce Vocations, untold Saints, and other things in the years to come.
I don't know rather to laugh or cry.
But Thank God we don't have Palin in there!! You know from a State like Louisiana that supplies the nations energy but no one thinks about till like the oil production and transport comes to a stop.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Oh golly I need to be really careful with this post before I hit the submit button.
Baptists Today Blogs that contends it provides us " unrestricted news, thoughtful analysis, and inspiring features" calls to takes the poor editor of the Louisiana Baptist Convention newspaper, Baptist Message and tell him on the issue of racial discussion he as well as others should just shut up and listen. See A time for not talking about race
I don't know what got John D. Pierce all fired up about this column that was pretty well thought out but it did.
Lets looks at his post:
The editor of the Louisiana Baptist Convention newspaper, Baptist Message, addressed the controversy over a political cartoon in the New York Post that many considered offensive — believing it to portray President Obama as a chimp. These racial sensitivities are understandable since for generations such racist portrayals have been common.
Except the Chimp had nothing to do with Obama. Should we not use primates in political cartoons? Goodness Bush was portrayed as a CHIMP forever
But white-guy Boggs is quick to give his white-guy perspective with comments like: “I saw nothing racial in the Post cartoon.” “So long as some in our country see racism behind every wrong, every comment and in every cartoon, we will never make progress on the issue of race or be able to put the real racists in their place.” “I do not believe that the Post cartoon contained any racial message.”
I find it odd that graduate of Berry College, Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. would just put this man's opinion's in the white guy's box. White guys criticizing other white guys I suppose
Then Boggs quotes and agrees with the equally white, religious right figure Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council — who said that the solution to racial reconciliation is found “in a more aggressive church where we unite around ideals rooted not in skin color but in Jesus Christ.”
Tony Perkins is not my favorite politico (though most of the public does not know he can be funny as hell in person) but is not what Tony Perkins actually saying correct. In fact would it not be correct if it came from a white or black guy? As a Catholic I have heard Popes say the same thing.
While such lofty affirmations sound so-o-o spiritual, they ignore the reality that white evangelical churches have been a major part of the problem, not the solution to racism. An “aggressive church” is where racial discrimination was theologically justified and its related prejudices were reinforced within the faithful for decades.
This is not 1960 or 1970 here. I agree the Christian Church should have been more aggressive but I rarely meet racist evangelical preachers. Also lets be clear!!! Most Christian Churches problems were not that they were an aggressive Church but they were too sacred to rock the boat.
Therefore, the words of white (especially Southern) evangelical Christians ring hollow. And Boggs is in no position to tell African Americans what they should or should not find offensive.On this subject in particular, white evangelical Christians need to shut up about how to “fix” the race problem and spend more time seriously contemplating why our own history of race relations is so deeply marred. Southern evangelicals have no more moral authority to speak on issues of race than the Roman Catholic Church does on sexual ethics. Such authority is granted — not grabbed.
Please note the author of this post is white evangelical Christian. I have not grasped yet why he for some reason has become the big pontificator on who should be talking about race issues. He seems to feel exempt from the the "shutting up". I will bypass his arrow at the Catholic Church but refer him to top Baptist Predators. org for his further reflection.
Long reflection, ongoing confession and honest repentance must precede any meaningful proclamation. Maybe years after humbly confessing our sins — and acknowledging our capacity for hate and our inability to read Scripture correctly when it goes against the grain of our culture and economic benefit — then we can offer a fresh word.
What nonsense. A honest dialogue requires a honest dialogue. I can recall with horror seeing a little black girl that attended a Catholic School in New Orleans say on TV that she knew the white folks and Bush BLEW UP THE LEVEES during Katrina. A couple of weeks later a black man that I knew here and there took me aside and asked me if I thought that was true!! Good Grief!!! Has not the Southern Baptist Convention and other groups confessed their sins to this issue like decades ago!!
How could we have missed such a basic biblical truth as the equality of all persons? How could we treat fellow Americans — even sisters and brothers in Christ — as of less than equal value? Why has racism been fostered by the very persons who claim Jesus as Lord? How could so-called Christian churches not even open their doors to people of all races?
What Churches are these? Would it be more helpful to call those people out?
President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder — the first African Americans to hold their respective positions — have rightly called for more open, honest dialogue about race. But the best contribution from many of us would be to shut up and listen
Ditto to what I said above
White evangelical Christians are not going to bridge the racial divide with proclamations that attempt to define what is and is not racism or try to quick-fix the centuries-old problem with spiritually-wrapped statements of simplicity.
Why do I have a sense that the problem here is not race but some intra Church feud between factions of the Baptist Church and race and this cartoon controversy and column is just a vehicle to score some points.
Sure, it is more satisfying to tell other people the answers to all of their questions than to wrestle with our own. And we Baptists and other conservative Christians aren’t very good at the hard work of reflection, repentance and relationship building. We like to talk — and act as if our latest opinion is the right one for everyone else to embrace. But our past actions do not afford us such a position on the subject of race. It is a time to shut up, reflect deeply and listen to others.
How can you build relationships if people are afraid to talk and are being told they have no standing to talk because of what there Grandaddy and his pastor did in 1967?
I am adding two Louisiana Catholic blogs to the Louisiana Catholic Links and thus to the "daily" Louisiana Catholic Blog update post I do.
First we have North Louisiana Diaconate. Pretty pumped about this one since he is Clergy and yes from my little ole Diocese of Shreveport Louisiana. He is also the Deacon at the big ole Cathedrals -ooh ahhh
Second we have Teen Catholic from the Diocese of Baton Rouge.
There will be a little pruning of the Louisiana Catholic links as well as other links in the next month or so to get rid of blogs that are sadly it appears have gone dead. Hopefully they will rise again before I hit the dreaded delete button :(. So I am looking for more additions!!!!
Again here goes my plea. If you know of a blog that is in
(2) is Catholic
(3) and talks about the faith on a somewhat regular basis
Let me know and I will add them to the links and include them in my Louisiana Catholic blog post I try to do several times during the week.
My main way of finding Louisiana Catholic blogs is going to Google blog search and putting in the search terms "Louisiana" and "Catholic". Sadly I feel this does not turn up most Louisiana Catholic blogs. For instance I can't believe in the most on fire Catholic region of the State in the Diocese of Houma I don't have a single Catholic blog. Oh and don't get started on the Archdiocese of New Orlean. I bet I am missing a ton there too.
Anyway if you know of any let me know and I will add them!!!
I posted this on today's Louisiana's Catholic blog update but I wanted to highlight this great story. Stranger in a Strange Land has a great post up here at Louisiana Couple Married for 80 Years
Wow Pretty hard hitting and yet TRUE!!!
The Brown Pelican Society has the story at Denver Archbishop Warns Against ‘Spirit of Adulation’ Surrounding Obama. Here is just a little
in democracies, we elect public servants, not messiahs.” . . . He warned that in the U.S., Catholics need to act on their faith and be on guard against a . . . “spirit of adulation bordering on servility already exists among some of the same Democratic-friendly Catholic writers, scholars, editors and activists who once accused pro-lifers of being too cozy with Republicans. It turns out that Caesar is an equal opportunity employer.….
I missed doing the Monday edition of the Louisiana Catholic blog update so that mean we have to catch up on what Louisiana Catholic bloggers have been saying since Saturday. Here we go
Ville Platte Catholic Youth Group has Leper Priest To Be Canonized (lots of Great Links) and God of This City by: Chris Tomlin
Footprints on the Fridge has A Footprints Daybook ~ Lenten Preparations
The Catholic Underground has their podcast up. See CU Episode 96: I Can Haz Salvashunz? The description is "Austria’s New Auxilliary and apossible Red Herring about Katrina; Old Errors, New Labels, Blogs take to the air, and Conversions in our picks of the week; The news, our Questio of the Week, and some merch updates".
From The Recamier has a new post up but she seems to be hit by some massive spam problem. Be sure to check back on her blog.
A Number of Things. has baked beans revisited
University Catholic- has Knights of Columbus and Christ the King at LSU or new post... finally
Brown Pelican Society of Louisiana has the following post for today
Back to the Fundamentals: Training for Holiness
Lenten Series: The Seven Deadly Sins
Denver Archbishop Warns Against ‘Spirit of Adulation’ Surrounding Obama (WOW)
GOSPEL & MEDITATION: The Journey Away From Self
TODAY’S SAINT: BLESSED THOMAS MARIA FUSCO
Stranger in a Strange Land has a ton of great entries. See How Sacred is the Mass? , Making Space for God , Imagine the Divine , Almost Forgot - It's Mardi Gras , Louisiana Couple Married for 80 Years , Pope Benedict XVI on the Sunday before Lent , St. Polycarp , Three Conversion Stories to Prepare for Lent , The Fruits of Your Christain Life , Pictures at an Exhibition: Esa-Pekka Salonen (1 of 4) , Pope Benedict XVI Warns of the New Eugenics , and He Knows What He is About and finally Pope Benedict XVI on Freedom & Service to Others
Thy Nose to the Marble. of Father Decker has a post on Chaput's Remarks here that another blogger linked above
Alive and Young has Catholic Q & A: Ask a Question and Get a Catholic Response , Hope , and Not Said By Jesus Sunday
Astonished Yet At Home has Happy Mardi Gras from Baton Rouge . . . , Mardi Gras In New Orleans , Art and Aaron Neville-Mardi Gras Mambo-Live at Jazzfest , Mardi Gras Mamou Style , Savoy Music Center Jam Session , Mel Gibson as Butt Kicking Colonel Sanders , and Father Maciel Scandal Coverage in New Orleans
Cajun Cottage Under the Oaks has Sappy Sweet, Meditative Lenten Daybook @ Cajun Cottage, and Eskimo Kisses w/ Nanny
The Lake Charles Latin Mass Society has important Latin Mass info here at Lent and Ash Wednesday
Thoughts & Ruminations of Father Ryan has CU Episode 96: I Can Haz Salvashunz?,
Episode 96 Shownotes, Episode 95: Z-axis ,
and a hilarious picture here
Maudie in Mandeville has to g_d-d_mned hell with the first amendment , Positioning Obama for failure, then re-election , and Groundswell?
Our expat priest in Houston Fr. Victor Brown’s Catholic Daily Message has his thoughts at Feast of Saint Modestus (24 Feb 2009)
Da Mihi Animas our expat Priest in NJ has
Fr. Mario Balbi, SDB, Rest in Peace
Rollover: A 1981 film that was prophetic!
Saint of the day: Polycarp
Milwaukee Takes Manhattan: Dolan Named to New York
Impact of Archbishop Fulton Sheen!
Get ready for the next Boston Tea Party!
Vatican education prefect defends Catholic school funding
Date set for final approval of Blessed Damien's canonization
The Martyrs Walk: Remembering St. Robert Southwell
Finally our Catholic Deacon in New Orelans Life on the (L)edge has BACCHUS SUNDAY!! and HAPPY MARDI GRAS!
It is on freaking Mardi Gras Fat Tueday Night ( Students and others are out on break) . What braintrust decided this was the night to to do this? There IS A REASON LSU has not played on Fat Tuesday since 1994.
It is the same time as President Obama's Speech to Congress with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Giving the Response!! Maybe Bobby can sneak in a good Geaux Tigers!!!
Anyway it is on ESPN at 8 pm central!!!
Geaux Tigers Beat the evil Jort Wearing Florida inbreds