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They Sang What At Mass?

  /   Monday, March 31, 2003   /   Comments(0)

This one happened quite a while ago, but I heard this as the closing hymn at a school Mass. Although there were children present, I find it objectionable even for children. I object to dummying down the Mass for children for the simple reason that introducing silliness into the Mass only leads to a casual attitude towards the Mass. The lyrics went something like this:

If I were a tree I would be your shade. If I were the sky I would rain on you, and I’d be your umbrella, too. God covers us with a banner of love.

Sorry, I don’t have barf bags to mail you.

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Wish List for Bishops

  /   Monday, March 31, 2003   /   Comments(0)

I agree wholeheartedly with Kairos’ wish list for bishops. Away with that Reflections on Covenant and Mission garbage, and give me the real faith. I stated this in the comments of this blog:

A great concern of mine today is that I rarely hear that which I don’t want to hear.

Of course, I’m talking about the real teaching of the Church. I hear plenty that is just not worth saying on a pulpit (e.g. the difference between unity and identity). However, I want to hear about the real faith and be trained to evangelize for real (If anyone from the Diocese of Memphis is reading, let me just say that the Disciples in Mission program does not cut it as an evangelization program, and the Immersed in Christ program is more of a personal spirituality program.).

If we had this, we could transform the world.

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Sin Unto Death

  /   Monday, March 31, 2003   /   Comments(0)

I recalled today a discussion that a fellow Frassati Society member had with a Protestant about 1 John 5:16-17. The Protestant claimed that all sins were equal, but that there were some sins that would bring death as a punishment. When asked where the newly deceased would go, he replied “Heaven.”

Hmmmm. . . . if this is true, then I think we should all commit adultery so that we can die and go to Heaven. Why not?

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Only Jeff Miller

  /   Saturday, March 29, 2003   /   Comments(0)

Only Jeff Miller would find something like this, and only in California could someone think in this manner. Funny how a city government would, rather than attempt to make the city safer, try to cover up the problem. This is the same city in which the diocese is building a new cathedral that Michael Rose describes in his book as “a giant clamshell.”

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Fighting the Secular Sex Ed

  /   Thursday, March 27, 2003   /   Comments(0)

I haven’t been on Catholic Exchange in a while, but I have found that they have published a lot of good stuff while I was away. Here is an answer from CUF about how to fight a Catholic school’s secular sex-ed program. It makes quite a bit of sense after the principal and the bishop don’t listen to bring this and the fact that they didn’t listen to the Catholic media. Either fix your @#@@!$@ problem or we will smear your name so bad that no faithful Catholic will ever attend your school again. Once you have given the officials an ample opportunity to respond, not only is it no longer detraction, but it may be your duty to expose them publicly.

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Sacraments for the Dying

  /   Wednesday, March 26, 2003   /   Comments(0)

In a time so difficult as having a dying child, there is comfort in the Sacraments available. Pete Vere published an excellent article on this. He also posts some great insights as to why some priests may violate the canon law regarding this and not be aware of it.

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Analysis of Pope’s Comments

  /   Wednesday, March 26, 2003   /   Comments(0)

I don’t know if non-subscribers to Catholic World News can see this, but this is an interesting analysis of the Pope’s statements on the war. According to this analysis, the Pope has not outright condemned the war on Iraq, and all of his statements have been leveled at both sides.

Well, I think it is arguable that this analysis downplayed the Holy Father’s opposition to the war. It probably did. It does show that the Pope is not taking sides in the conflict as many may think. Even the European pacifists wish the Pope would condemn the war more strongly, but then again pacifists have always seemed to me to be people who don’t bother to use their God-given common sense. They may not be a reliable indicator.

In any event, I maintain that the Pope may or may not be right about this war, and we do have an obligation to pray for peace. If the people of Iraq are being oppressed, then there is no peace. If Hussein threatens us with nuclear warfare, then there is no peace. I have a hard time believing that Hussein is amenable to peaceful resolutions any more than Hitler was. To seek a peaceful solution, you must work with someone who genuinely cares about the welfare of others. Hussein has demonstrated time and time again that he does not.

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I Didn’t Know This

  /   Tuesday, March 25, 2003   /   Comments(0)

I just found out from a friend of mine that Marty Haugen, a prolific writer of awful liturgical music, is Lutheran. Read Dennis’ post from having heard him speak. No wonder Catholics can’t sing.

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HMO of Death

  /   Tuesday, March 25, 2003   /   Comments(0)

Quite interesting that an HMO would be looking for doctors willing to euthanize patients. It’s scary to see a health insurance agency talk like this since they may decide to deny health care on the grounds that it is cheaper to kill you. Add this to the fact that many doctors today are being educated in relativistic ethics or are at least being told that these are “complex issues,” and you have a recipe for trouble.

With this being said, I do not necessarily agree with the author’s views on the alternative remedy. So much of it is quackery that I would have to say that the FDA approval or lack thereof may well mean something. Granted, this man was on his deathbed as it was, and it is difficult to determine if the mineral solution had anything to do with his death. Let us not be too quick to jump to the defense of alternative medicine. Some of these products were found to contain much less than the stated dose of active ingredient.

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Possible Light Blogging

  /   Monday, March 24, 2003   /   Comments(0)

I am the on-call pharmacist for my company this week, so I don’t know how much blogging I’ll be able to do. I may not hear from many people, or I may be paged to death. Not to worry though because the majority of the calls are not real emergencies.

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