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  /   Wednesday, August 31, 2005   /   Comments(0)

I found myself in a conscience discussion not too long ago, and I thought I’d pass along some resources.

This one is from EWTN.

There are two, here and here that may be useful from Catholics United for the Faith. If you aren’t a member, I recommend considering them.

Essentially, you can’t set your conscience against the teachings of the Church and then excuse yourself on grounds that you are following your conscience. This is true regardless of whether the teaching is recognized as infallible.

Here is my favorite quote from Veritatis Splendor:

(from Article 63) It is never acceptable to confuse a “subjective” error about moral good with the “objective” truth rationally proposed to man in virtue of his end, or to make the moral value of an act performed with a true and correct conscience equivalent to the moral value of an act performed by following the judgment of an erroneous conscience.

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  /   Sunday, August 21, 2005   /   Comments(0)

I just heard the Holy Father’s homily at World Youth Day on EWTN. I just got cable this summer after having not been able to watch the coverage Pope John Paul II’s funeral, and I’m glad I did. The Holy Father said he would continue the Year of the Eucharist, and his Eucharist-themed homily shows that he meant what he said. He reminded us of the union with Christ that we achieve that also unites us to each other in the Church.

At the end of the homily, the crowd chanted “Benedicto,” the Italian pronunciation of Benedict. The Holy Father just smiled and waved to the crowd. Well, now we see how the youth respond.

I must say that I do have high hopes for one term used by the Holy Father to become as famous as Pope John Paul II’s “Culture of Life” and “Culture of Death.” Before the election, then-Cardinal Ratzinger told the College of Cardinals that they must fight the “Dictatorship of Relativism.” This term, I hope, will soon become the theme for this papacy. The best way to restore a Culture of Life is with a Culture of Truth. Pope Benedict XVI has just gotten started, and I hope he lives long and is able to do much.

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Big New Toy

  /   Sunday, August 21, 2005   /   Comments(0)

I think I’m a sucker for no-interest financing. I can get it when it’s available at most places nowadays, and I buy a lot of my big stuff that way. Circuit City was offering 18-months no-interest financing on computers, so I walked out of the store with a new Hewlett-Packard Windows Media Center PC. It’s a Pentium D, meaning that it is dual-core and supposedly can handle multiple tasks. I’ve been told it’s built for upcoming 64-bit operating systems.

This thing is fast. My laptop was really getting slow, and to make it worse, the hard drive was probably due to fail any day now. I’ll be taking it in for service soon. Now that I have this desktop with a new monitor, I realize just how hard-to-read the laptop display is compared with the desktop. This 19-inch flat-screen monitor is amazing.

My only concern with it was whether I’d still be able to get Internet Information Service on to test web pages. It turns out that Windows XP Media Center Edition does come with IIS. I have already put PHP and Cold Fusion back on it.

Now, I just have to stop spending money for a while. I’ve got some great new toys, but I have to be careful not to go to far with this. I do hope that I will be able to put these to use, not only for my own entertainment, but also for the service of others.

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New Article Posted

  /   Wednesday, August 17, 2005   /   Comments(0)

My poor, neglected web page has a new article on it. This is something that has weighed heavily on my mind a lot. I’ve wondered how one can say their “religion” is separate from their work or other aspects of their lives while somehow acknowledging that there is a God whom they will stand before in judgment. Well, really, they can’t.

I have had thoughts about having more printer-friendly versions available. Not only to I have PDF, but I also have Flash Paper on my system, which will allow for much faster loading. Maybe at some point I can even write more articles.

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Just Hanging On

  /   Sunday, August 14, 2005   /   Comments(0)

Hello to my readers again. I am still here. I wish I had more to blog about. It seems I’m always busy or tired. Well, I won’t give up. I just finished an article that is about something that is heavy on my heart. If you know me personally, you may be able to guess what it is. I should have it posted soon. I can’t do it from here because I’m stuck at the office. Someone here decided that construction needed to be done on Sunday morning, and since I’m on call, I get to be here. They should be gone soon, and I can lock up and leave.

Meanwhile, I’m having a terrible time thinking of a good design for my main page. I have all this sophisticated software, but I just can’t figure out how I wish to use it. As soon as I do, I hope to have something that is much better looking than this.

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Yet Another Firing

  /   Saturday, August 06, 2005   /   Comments(0)

I thought it was bad enough to see that Allstate had fired an employee for writing against gay marriage. Now, I’ve seen worse. According to LifeSite News, the Red Cross fired an employee for voicing objections to Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. There is no doubt that many people contribute to the Red Cross to help in their life-saving work. Now, it seems that the organization that works to save lives is also working to damn souls.

It’s fortunate that the Red Cross is very scrupulous about using earmarked contributions only for the purpose they are given. However, one never knows when that will change. I have made it a practice some time ago never to give to the Red Cross except when the money is earmarked, and I don’t think I’ve even given to the Red Cross at all in recent years. The reason for this is that some of their literature supports condom use to prevent the spread of HIV, which is immoral. After seeing this, I doubt I will ever be able to contribute another dime to them for any reason. I am very grateful that my parish’s collection for tsunami relief went to Catholic Relief Services instead of the Red Cross.

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Who Started Your Church?

  /   Wednesday, August 03, 2005   /   Comments(0)

I was on another site and happened to find this site entitled “Who Started Your Church?” You have probably seen this information before, but this is a convenient way to get to it. Have fun!

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