Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Have Wand, Will Wander

Just in case you missed the Pagan Pride Day, here is a link to the article. Just click your mouse pointer on the link. Or touch your wand to it.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Mumbling in Latin

Mumbling in Latin serves no purpose. Thus said Bishop Nogaro, upon canceling the planned mass from the 1962 Roman missal at the Shrine of St. Anne. The bishop wanted people to "pray properly", since "to mumble in Latin serves no purpose". Well, too bad the good bishop wasn't around for the benighted, past 1500 years of the church, when clergy went around "mumbling in Latin". He could have taught them all how to "pray properly". Only---what language would those proper prayers have been in? He would have had to translate them into dozens of different languages, probably hundreds of different dialects---I guess he would have been a pretty busy man! As the months stretched into years, he would have probably eventually exclaimed in frustration: this is taking too long! We need just one, agreed-upon language for the Church. My word---what a novel idea! I wonder what single language could fit that need...You can read about it here.

Mass Still Valid; Pope Still Catholic

Here is some really shocking news for you: The Latin Mass that has been in use for centuries is still valid (usually referred to now as the Extraordinary Form of the Mass). Now for more shocking news: The Catholic Church is still the True Church, and the Pope is still the Pope. You can read all about this stunning, new development here. Mark Shea points out that there are "people who have somehow gotten it into their heads that there are two Churches, pre-Vatican II and post-Vatican II." Hmmm...isn't that marked outside on the church message board? "St. Swithin's---a pre-Vatican II Church".

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Stuck in Traffic

Here is part of What's Wrong with the World: Massive traffic jams. And it's getting worse. Commuters are wasting the equivalent of one to two weeks a year stuck in traffic. "Drivers waste nearly an entire work week each year sitting in traffic on the way to and from their jobs, according to a national study released Tuesday." You can read about it here.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Summorum Pontificum

Today, on the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross, the Summorum Pontificum goes into effect--- Deo gratias.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Maybe She Should Consider the Bus

"A woman who went to court to pay a traffic ticket drove there in a stolen car and ended up behind bars, authorities said." She had already "...been in court less than a week before and was acquitted of possessing a stolen tag but convicted of driving without a license..." You can read about it here.

Well, at least she was going to pay her ticket!

Collyridianism encore?

"Calling it a "very grave situation," the Vatican has excommunicated members of a controversial Quebec Catholic movement, the Army of Mary, for their heretical beliefs that derive from the writings of Marie-Paule Giguère, an 86-year-old mystic who claims to be a reincarnation of the Virgin Mary....In her writings, Mme. Giguère described visions and messages she received from God, explaining that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is fully divine, and also that, as her modern incarnation, so is Mme. Giguère. Rather than the traditional Catholic Trinity - in which God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are each fully divine and part of a three-part deity - the Army of Mary now speaks of a "quinternity," including Mary and Mme. Giguère...They would say that they would not subscribe to some of the limitations that we would put on the creed." You can read about it here.

Well...isn't that what the [Nicene] Creed is for? To describe who God really is (and is not)? The "limitations" are there to make sure that we are proclaiming the Truth about who God is, and not error.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Stand up comedian Kathy Griffin won an Emmy last weekend. 'In her speech, Griffin said that "a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus."

She went on to hold up her Emmy, make an off-color remark about Christ and proclaim, "This award is my god now!" '

She is a fallen-away Catholic that became an atheist. Now I suppose she is an "Emmy-ist". Since she claims that the Emmy is her god now, it might be useful for her to inquire whether this new god will forgive her sins and lead her to heaven. You can read about it here.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Quote for the Day

"Progress should mean that we are always changing the world to fit the vision, instead we are always changing the vision." ---G.K. Chesterton--- Orthodoxy, 1908

How Many Sexes Are There?

According to Argentinian doctors, there are two sexes, male and female. Well, since the human race has been in existence for untold thousands of years, I'm glad they finally straightened that one out!
Unfortunately, that's sure to be controversial in Europe and North America, where agenda has sometimes been allowed to triumph over Science, or even Common Sense. You can read about it here.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Quote for the Day

"Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." - ILN, 4/19/30.
G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Quote for the Day

"The act of defending any of the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration of a vice." - A Defense of Humilities, The Defendant, 1901. G.K. Chesterton.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Quote for the Day

"It is the main earthly business of a human being to make his home, and the immediate surroundings of his home, as symbolic and significant to his own imagination as he can." -G.K. Chesterton.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Folk Singer Pete Seeger Chastises Stalin

Folk singer Pete Seeger finally chastised Soviet ruler Joseph Stalin in song. It's good that Mr. Seeger recognized that "Uncle Joe" was really "Bad, Old Uncle Joe", but what took him so long? Stalin died in 1953 and Pete Seeger himself is 88 years old. Right there on the cutting edge of political commentary.

Superman---A Venezuelan Citizen?

Apparently Superman voted in the Venezuelan election. Make that two men claiming to be Superman (or was it the same one voting twice?) And I didn't even know he was a Venezuelan citizen! You can read the story here. It's not clear if Superman voted for Hugo Chavez, but one of the "Supermen" was interviewed on state television. I rather doubt he would have been interviewed if he had voted for the "incorrect" party. The report unfortunately doesn't tell us how Batman, the Flash, or the Green Lantern voted.

No Good Comic Operas?

"We have had no good comic operas of late, because the real world has been more comic than any possible opera." - The Quotable Chesterton. This image comes courtesy of the American Chesterton Society blog.