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Oh, That Explains It

  /   Wednesday, June 30, 2004   /   Comments(0)

I remembered going to Ave Maria University’s site to find the picture of the glass oratory missing. Now I know why. Apparently, they aren’t going to build it after all. I was wondering about this. Surely the designer of the glass oratory could not possibly live in that area. They would be spending a fortune on air conditioning.

Besides, if the oratory was to have fourteen confessionals, would they be made of glass, too? This would be worse than the windows they are putting in confessionals in some areas. Ok, I know, that was a bad joke.

In other news, it appears that the original Ave Maria College in Michigan will close in 2007.

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Peter Kreeft is Awesome

  /   Wednesday, June 30, 2004   /   Comments(0)

Franciscan University of Steubenville’s newspaper, The Troubadour published a great interview with Peter Kreeft. In it are some real pearls such as:



Read the whole interview.

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Viewpoint Discrimination

  /   Wednesday, June 30, 2004   /   Comments(0)

Pro-life obstetrician W. David Hager has been re-appointed to an FDA advisory panel. Planned Parenthood welcomed the appointment as a chance for people of diverging viewpoints to share and discuss their views on the issues in hopes of arriving at a general consensus. It is thought that through debate and discussion, all might benefit.

No, wait, that’s not quite what happened. If a pro-abort had been denied an appointment, we would have heard every cooky liberal group come out of the woodwork to decry this “viewpoint discrimination” and cry out about the need for “diverging views on this controversial issue” to be represented. Put a pro-life doctor in the office, and suddenly he’s got an “ideological agenda” which “compromises the scientific integrity of the FDA.” In other words, you aren’t a good scientist unless you think killing babies is an okay thing.

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Current Workings

  /   Monday, June 28, 2004   /   Comments(0)

I’ve been tinkering with some scripts trying to figure out the best way to do my web page. Now that I’ve learned some Cold Fusion, I want to get my hands on some ASP and ASP.NET. I started reading a book that I bought two years ago on ASP. The database connectivity is a little complicated, but other than that, it appears that it will be no sweat. Since my main web page is relatively simple, classic ASP may be the way to go. If my blog performance causes problems, it may be necessary to change languages for that, too. I hope to get started on my site soon as I am tired of the ugly thing that’s there.

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You Know What I Miss

  /   Monday, June 28, 2004   /   Comments(0)

I went to Victor Lams’ blog to see that he had a link to the now-inactive blog Spiritual Pyromania. I must admit that I miss it. I say this even though I wonder why people link to it but not my blog. I wrote a high percentage of the posts. Probably my favorite post of mine is this one, where I explained why liberal dissent from Church teaching won’t last long.

I wonder if I could revive it someday. I took it down when I revised the Frassati Society web page because it was pretty much dead anyway. We have a few people who weren’t with us when this was active, and I’m tempted to see what the interest is. Darn, if only I’d made this blog software able to accept multiple users.

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Not Above Criticism

  /   Sunday, June 27, 2004   /   Comments(0)

One great thing that has come to me in blogging and reading other blogs is a series of concrete examples of how orthodox Catholics can hold diverging views in certain areas. This is done without losing any orthodoxy whatsoever. Harry Potter is a good example. Faithful Catholics can and do disagree on whether his writings are harmful. Personally, I don’t care. I don’t plan to read the books because I have too much else to do and no real reason to read them.

As an orthodox Catholic, I strive for 100% fidelity to the Magisterium. Does this mean that every post that I write will be in total keeping with what the Church teaches? I hope so, but I can misunderstand things as well as anyone. There is plenty of room for growth in my faith life. This is not to excuse those who oppose clear Church teaching on grounds of needing “growth,” but it is rather a statement of fact from someone who hopes to know, love, and believe the Church’s teachings.

For example, I read this post by Dale Price. He is writing concerning an article that criticized some of Scott Hahn’s views. I have not read the article and am not in a position to comment, but I wonder if the brouhaha is really little more than anger that someone would criticize someone who has done so much good for the Church.

Indeed, I think that Dr. Hahn is contributing greatly to the re-evangelization of the Church in the United States. Here is someone on fire for the Church and her teachings. However, just like anyone else in the business, he is not above criticism. For example, I find his view of the serpent in the book of Genesis as having threatened to kill Adam and Eve if they didn’t eat of the fruit to be out in left field. He also said that those who forget to go to Sunday Mass are still committing mortal sin because the commandment is to “Remember the Sabbath.” Those who forget “didn’t remember.” If he is speaking about people who genuinely forget, this is plain wrong. You can’t accidentally commit mortal sin. Of course, it is possible to deliberately forget. I don’t believe he made the distinction in his writings.

None of this nullifies the contribution he has made to the Church. Likewise, our own mistakes will not nullify our contributions either. However, we should always be willing to learn and grow in the faith.

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Low Carb Everything

  /   Sunday, June 27, 2004   /   Comments(0)

I am waiting for someone to invent “low-carb sugar.” They might as well. I’ve heard rumors that someone is coming up with low-carb pasta, but this really seems like a contradiction in terms. Even stores are opening up on this craze. I wonder how long it will last. Maybe it will turn out to have been a real breakthrough. Maybe it won’t. The low-carb thing seems to be difficult to stick to.

I’m not on any of those diets (maybe I should be), but I decided to try the new C-2 Coca Cola. It’s supposed to have half the sugar of regular cola. To tell you the truth, it tastes kind of like Diet Coke. This could be because it contains aspartame, just like Diet Coke does. Why not just drink Diet Coke if you are going to drink this stuff?

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Over 900 Entries

  /   Saturday, June 26, 2004   /   Comments(0)

I’ve been looking at my database as I’ve had to transfer it to a Windows server. I have over 900 entries here. I can’t believe it. Then again, I’ve been at it for almost two years now. I believe July 6 is the date. With any luck, I can make it to 1000 on that date. Then again, with the deleted entries there probably won’t truly be 1000 entries.

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Death Penalty Article

  /   Saturday, June 26, 2004   /   Comments(0)

Dr. Jeffrey Mirus writes an excellent article on the Church’s teaching on the death penalty.

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The Ancell Compendium of Political Apologetics

  /   Saturday, June 26, 2004   /   Comments(0)

In case you wanted my political apologetics posts, I have put them together in this article.

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