Saturday, November 17, 2007

Pope Benedict Quickly Appoints New Bishop For American Armed Forces

Wow this was quick. In case people are keeping track my little ole Diocese of Shreveport is still Sede vacante.

Whispers in the Loggia has a important post on the man that will head archdiocese for the Military Services USA (AMS) and its fold of 1.4 million Catholics. Go see Father-General: Nuncio's Four-Star Homecoming. Here is a part:
Not even seven weeks after Archbishop Edwin O'Brien -- the military's shepherd of a decade -- was installed in the Premier See of Baltimore, the homecoming of the 55 year-old veteran diplomat, a former chief of staff to the Secretary of State, would come with a speed unseen in recent times for an American appointment. The rapid pace of the succession process would seem to signal the import with which the Holy See holds the pastoral care of the nation's armed services spread across the globe, but would also match the DC-based post with a prelate keenly aware of the Vatican's oft-critical views of American policy, both at home and abroad.

I shall try to learn more about him over the weekend.

Senior Vatican Diplomat Lashes Out at Israel Over Vatican/Israeli Relations

I am very much pro -Israel in many ways. However this diplomat in this story I think pegs it right on. It is a scandal how largely Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Clergy and their faithful have been treated. Every few months there is another "crisis" that is brought on by the State of Israel. Again I have very hawkish like views generally that are supportive of Israel. However, American Christians must be aware of how Christians are treated in Israel. Especially as to their rights.

Senior Vatican diplomat says ties with Israel worsening
VATICAN CITY: A senior Vatican diplomat who served as papal envoy to Israel has described Vatican-Israeli relations as worsening, blaming the Jewish state for failing to keep promises related to church land, taxes and travel restrictions on Arab clergy.
Archbishop Pietro Sambi lashed out at Israel in an interview posted Friday on Terrasanta.net, an online publication about the Holy Land.
"If I must be frank, the relations between the Catholic Church and the state of Israel were better when there were no diplomatic ties," said Sambi, interviewed earlier in the week in Washington, where he now serves as Pope Benedict XVI's envoy to the United States.


"The Holy See decided to establish diplomatic relations (in 1993) with Israel as an act of faith, leaving to latter the serious promises to regulate concrete aspects of the life of the Catholic community and the Church" in Israel, Sambi said.

Among the issues hanging are the status of expropriated church property, services that Catholic groups perform for Israel's Jewish and Arab population, and tax exemptions for the Church.
The Vatican diplomat also cited a current sore point — the granting of permits for Arab Christian clergy traveling to and around the West Bank.

Israel has rescinded some travel privileges for those clergy because of security concerns.
Israel and the Palestinian territories are home to a small Christian minority.


Sambi complained that the Knesset, Israel's legislature, has failed to give necessary approval to various accords that had been signed by both sides, and noted that an impasse over taxes has been discussed on and off for nearly 10 years without resolution.
He blamed the situation on Israel's "absence of political will."


"Everyone can see what kind of trust you can give to Israel's promises," Sambi said.
Asked about Sambi's criticisms, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said: "Israel is interested in good relations with the Vatican and Israeli and Vatican officials are working to overcome gaps that exist."


Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the interview with Sambi "reflects his thinking and his personal experience" during the diplomat's former posting in Israel.
Lombardi said the Holy See reiterated the hope, expressed in September when Benedict met with Israeli President Shimon Peres, for a "rapid conclusion of the important negotiations" and a common solution to "existing problems."
Earlier this year, tensions developed between the Vatican and Israel when the Holy See's ambassador to Israel initially decided to boycott a Holocaust memorial service because of allegations that during World War II Pope Pius XII was silent about the mass killings of Jews
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Louisiana Voters Please Vote For Royal Alexander Today

I have known Royal for some time. He is a good man. He also is a good Catholic. Despite all the misleading ads you are seeing on TV that might indicate otherwise he is the best man for the job.. Did you know that this so called "Alliance for Justice" that is sponsoring these horrible ads against Royal is just a post office box in Baton Rouge!!!!!!!

Even though I am a Republican I voted for Fotti for Attorney General in the primary. I did that for several reasons. IT was a tough vote for me. One of the main reasons was because I feared that Royal would have not the money to hold off Caldwell. I was very disappointed that so many New Orleans area voters went with Caldwell. They have no clue what the area that Caldwell is a public official at is like.

East Carroll and Madison Parishes are places where time has forgot. The corruption is unreal. Caldwell, as a part of the good ole boy network, did little to police it. IF it had not been for the FBI and the Justice Department no one would have been sent to prison up there.

The ads against Royal ALexander are so over the top it has even shocked me. Fotti, though controversal, was honest. It will be a step back for Louisiana if Caldwell wins tonight. It is really a shame that South Louisiana media did not come up here and see the train wreck he has presided over as District Attorney for 20 odd years. That would have been a nice service to their readers and viewers.

Please vote for Alexander and keep the trend of reform that we saw a month ago keep going.

Louisiana Catholic Blogger Roundup(Special Opinionated Catholic Birthday Edition!!)


St Edmonds Catholic Church in Lafayette Louisiana.

Because of time limitations yesterday , I was not able to do the daily Louisiana Catholic blogger roundup. Here is the post that Louisiana Catholic Bloggers have been doing since I last updated on Thursday.

Full Circle has a couple of good posts up . Go see Pope gets radical and woos the Anglicans, Vatican-Orthodox commision agree on primacy of Pope . I agree 100 percent with his post here. That is Oh that wonderous modern music in our liturgy .

Thoughts & Ruminations from Fr. Ryan hits the Boston Globe article that is about the lack of Pro-life Democrats and that cities Cardinal feelings about that. Go see his post From the Boston Globe:

Cajun Cottage Under the Oaks has a very nice post here Time for Thanksgiving. She also gives us a sneak peak at another book she is writing here at Sneak Peek... A nice post here at Poetry Friday: Where We Do School on Cold, Blustery Autumn Mornings . She also has a Book Walk Up-Date.

Alive and Young has a post here that tell us of a Cardinal Sin that happened. The puring out of so much good Jack Daniels. Go see NOT THE JACK! . Also see his post Preparing for Christmas Part 1: Parking

Catholic Underground has their weekly update as to their podcast. A podcast that has a worldwide following I not looking at their past comment sections. Go see Episode 58: No Matter How You Slice It. The description is "In this episode, we talk about forming a Catholic Open Source movement, our CU pick of the week is in there somewhere, and a very merciful bishop attempts to save the souls of some lady sheep. Also, some audio backChat, no news is good news on the CatholiCon front, and we chat a little about scripture and tradition. Wow!"

Arrival : The Parousian Weblog has a very nice post here An Ecstatic Suffering .

From The Recamier had a very good post yesterday which is located here. She starts out with the Saints we honored yesterday. That is Saint Margaret of Scotland (died 1093). This by the way is the Patron Saint of the Church I attend in Homer. I have always thought that was an appropriate Saint for Catholic Parish in this region. Mainly because of the Scottish ancestry of so many people here. Imagine if we started asking her intercession. We might have many converts in my my neck of the woods. She also hits on Saint Edmund Rich of Abington, Bishop (died 1241) and Saint Gertrude the Great, Virgin (died 1302). She also is talking about a comet that perhaps we can see. I am not sue if we can see ti tonight but if we can I shall post on it.

Catholic Tube has several vids up since I last checked them out on Thursday. Go see Pope Benedict XVI Plans U.S. Trip , and Fr. Groeschel - Attack of Hedonism. His latest one is Father John McCloskey speaks on the subject of disordered views of sexuality on the Road To Cana TV series.

A Number of Things has a a great recipe up at Baked Spaghetti.

Astonished, Yet at Home! is in need of our prayers. Go see In the Hospital Again .

I will end with the posts and links that The Brown Pelican Society has for today.
Cardinal O’Malley Rebukes Democrats on Abortion: Voting for Pro-Abortion Candidates 'Borders on Scandal'....Endangers One's Salvation!
Use of Contraceptive Pills Icreases Risk of Uterine Cancer
Pope is Working on Three Documents Simultaneously, Vatican Sources Say
No One is Talking About Giuliani's History of Liberal Judge Appointments
IF IT WASN'T CLEAR BEFORE, IT'S CRYSTAL CLEAR NOW: DEM CANDIDATES WANT PRO- ABORTION JUSTICES
DISTORTING THE TRUTH: CNN Misleads on Catholic Bishops’ Abortion Views, Quotes Only Liberal Dissenters
URGENT PRESS RELEASE From Eduardo Verastegui, Lead Actor and Producer of Film "Bella"
Bozell Says Media 'In Lock-Step' With Clinton Campaign; Pitching Her Softball After Softball
Colorado Supreme Court Permits Embryonic Personhood Ballot Measure
Mike Huckabee: Pro-Life, Pro-Family Republican
Presidential Nominee(let me say that while good, this article has many misconceptions about Mike Huckabee that are largely myths)
TODAY'S GOSPEL & MEDITATION - The Best Scenario Possible
TODAY'S SAINT - St. Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)


Geaux Tigers , GO Dawgs, Go to Hell Ole Miss

What a great football weekend for my birthday. It did not start out well last night. Homer just got slaughtered by St .James. I was so so impressed with St James. People have commented how Homer has speed. That speed is nothing compared St .James. It was just unreal. I see why they upset John Curtis. They are for real this year. One of the best High School Football playoff games that was played last night was West Ouachita and HOly Cross. Two every evenly matched teams. Holy Cross won by 24 to 17. AHHH ESPN I BET IS MAD. West Monroe was upset last night. I suspect ESPN after investing all that money in covering them and doing that special were anticipating them going to the dome.

Very excited about today. THe Ole Miss game is on TV this afternoon. After that I will be rushing to LA Tech to watch them play Sna Jose State

Friday, November 16, 2007

No Louisiana Catholic Blogger Update for Today

Time has run out. My Homer Pelicans are preparing to battle the No. 2 seed St. James at home tonight in the High School football playoffs . So I have some things to do before going to watch what will hopefully be a upset. However I will post and link all posts by Louisiana Catholic Bloggers that occurred since we looked at them yesterday afternoon. That will be in tomorrows roundup

Are the Democrats in Line With the US Bishops on Iraq?

It is clear the US Bishops were not big fans of Bush's invasion of Iraq. We can see that here in their 2002 statement. Now I do not wish to argue the merits of that 2002 document. There are many Catholic and Christian bloggers that are doing that in reality right now. I have made tried the case that no matter what your position is on the initial entry of Coalition Forces into Iraq that we are WAY WAY WAY past that point. Debate it if you like as to what lessons should be learned for future policy of the United States. However I find the debate if the war was "just" or to put it exactly the choice to invade Iraq was just or not has little bearing on what to do now as to Iraq.

It appears the US Bishops agree. That is my take in their latest Document on the Iraq War. That is A Call for Bipartisan Cooperation on Responsible Transition in Iraq. Now I take issue with parts of this document. But on the whole it is very responsible. I do think there is a glaring and tragic omission. That is a call to the Catholics in the pews and Catholic Organizations to actively support our fellow Christians in Iraq. Their only statement on this is:
A neglected policy priority is the dire situation of refugees outside the country, internally displaced persons within Iraq, Christians and other vulnerable minorities. The suffering of the Christian community has a particular claim on our hearts and consciences. We remain in solidarity with the suffering Catholic Church in Iraq and welcome with joy the naming of Chaldean Patriarch Emmanuel-Karim Delly of Baghdad to the College of Cardinals by our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.

Perhaps this document is not the place to make such a plea to the faithful. But if not there then where and when? There are other parts of the document that I am not thrilled with. Again much is omission. It would have been helpful if the Bishops would have taken note of some of the progress in Iraq the last few months. The situation on the ground has changed radically in some areas of Iraq since their last statement of January.

The statement is also followed by a interesting Question and Answer section. Now I think its clear that the Bush Administration wants to start a withdrawal from Iraq. In fact the whole Surge that we started seeing earlier this year was based around the FACT that a withdrawal would be happening. The US military and the Bush Administration know that having so much of the US military in Iraq is untenable and in fact presents a long term danger in the ability to respond to other possible global events.

What I find ironic is this. That the conventional wisdom promoted by some many that the Democrats are radically more in line with the US Catholic Bishops than the Bush Administration. I shall quote the Bishops in "LSU" purple and the the Democrats in "Ole Miss" red. My commentary will be in black.
The dangerous political stalemate in Iraq that blocks national reconciliation finds a parallel in our own nation. We are alarmed by the political and partisan stalemate in Washington. Some policy makers seem to fail to recognize sufficiently the reality and failures in Iraq and the imperative for new directions. Others seem to fail to recognize sufficiently the potential human consequences of very rapid withdrawal. These two forms of denial have helped contribute to partisan paralysis.

The Senate was voting Friday on a $50 billion bill that would pay for combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan about one-fourth of the amount that President Bush has requested but which would also require that troops start coming home. The measure sets a goal of ending combat by Dec. 15, 2008.

The House tonight passed a $50 billion Iraq funding bill that sets a "goal" of having all U.S. forces out of the country by Dec. 2008, the latest move in the ongoing political struggle over the war.
The "Orderly and Responsible Iraq Redeployment Appropriations Act" was adopted by a vote of 218 to 203, with only four Republicans - Reps. Phil English (Pa.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Christopher Shays (Conn.) and James Walsh (N.Y.) - backing the measure
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Now let me suggest that setting that taking a date out of the air of Decemeber 2008 and stating that all US Forces must be out is not responsible. Thought that appears to be a long way off it is not. That is is the very essence of rapid withdrawal. As I posted earlier the withdrawal is happening now as Iraqis themselves can take over security. I do take issue with the Bishops that the political stalemate in Iraq is so bleak. An expert for the Council of Foreign Relations commented on this in very enlightning article. He said in part:

Has there been any sign yet of any effort at high-level or even middle-level reconciliation talks between Shiites and Sunnis?
Lots of talks, but not much legislative progress. If you look at the big five legislative initiatives that we’ve been trying to pursue, for example, none of them has been signed as a law yet. But I think what’s going on, on that front, is quite interesting. Take for example hydrocarbon legislation and de-Baathification, the biggest of the big five. There are no laws passed yet on either one of them, and yet the government is distributing oil revenue to Sunni provinces proportionately to their populations. And the government is hiring Sunnis into the Iraqi security forces.
You get this very bizarre situation in which, even though they won’t pass the laws we’re leaning on them so hard to pass, they’re behaving as though the laws had been passed
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I think this phenomenon of the government behaving as though it has passed laws it refuses to pass warrants a couple more observations. I find this bizarre, so I don’t have a complete answer, but let me spin out a hypothesis as to what might be happening. One hypothesis might be that the Shiite government is still scared to death of the Sunnis and they’re reluctant to legislate iron-clad guarantees for the Sunnis yet. What they want to do instead is kind of dip their toe in the water and do some trial experiments with reconciliation.
For example, they are not willing to mandate that they absolutely must give the Sunnis oil revenue, but maybe they’re willing to try it a little bit as long as they retain the right to withdrawal it if it doesn’t work.
But if it works, maybe they’ll take another step forward. And I think a lot of this again has to do with their change in perception of the U.S. role here. If it looks as though the Americans have stabilized things and are willing to stick around, it becomes safe to engage in these little trials, this toe-dipping phenomenon. So maybe if we allow it to continue, it will blossom into something more
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The Bishops Continue:
Our Conference encourages our national leaders to focus on the morally and politically demanding, but carefully limited goal of fostering a “responsible transition” and withdrawal at the earliest opportunity consistent with that goal. The moral demands of this path begin with addressing the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and minimizing further loss of human life.

Again are we not doing this?

We do not have specific competence in political, economic and military strategies and do not assess particular tactics, but we can, as teachers, share a moral tradition to help inform policy choices. Our Catholic teaching on war and peace offers hard questions, not easy answers. Our nation must now focus more on the ethics of exit than on the ethics of intervention. The grave moral concerns we and others raised prior to the war now give way to new moral questions. In the current situation the traditional principles of “noncombatant immunity” and “probability of success” suggest these questions: How can we minimize the further loss of human lives? What actions will do the most good and least harm? What elements of a responsible transition are attainable? How can theybe achieved? What actions should be avoided? How can decision-makers take into account both the realities and setbacks in Iraq and the likely human consequences of rapid withdrawal? What are the financial costs and global consequences of continued war and occupation? And, how can our nation effectively counter the perversion of religion and ideologies that support terrorism, which in all cases merits condemnation?

I think that sentence is quite welcomed. That is "Our nation must now focus more on the ethics of exit than on the ethics of intervention. The grave moral concerns we and others raised prior to the war now give way to new moral questions".

That has been what I have been screaming. That is the moral questions we face before intervention are now quite frankly not that relevant as to what we do now in Iraq. Yet many Catholic and Christian bloggers and writers continue to say that the the Vatican and the Bishops want our troops out now period. That is a rapid withdrawal. The Bishops here are quite clear that while withdrawal is needed how that happens and at what rate gets far more complex. Are the democrats asking these questions?

The responsibility for stabilizing and rebuilding Iraq rests primarily with Iraqis, but the United States as well as other nations have a practical and moral obligation to act. Given the extensive devastation in Iraq, the U.S. has a unique and inescapable obligation to continue to offer major and continuing support for economic development and reconstruction. Respect for Iraqi self-determination suggests that our nation should reiterate our pledge not to seek permanent military bases in Iraq, nor control over Iraqi oil resources.

Now I think it clear we are not going to be controlling Iraqi resources. In fact the Iraqi people it is becoming clear believe this also. I shall pass over the issues of military bases. It will be up to the IRAQI people to decide if they wish for a continued presence of the US military. To be honest I don't see that occurring unless it is a long term presence in sufficient numbers on the Iranian/Iraq borders to deter Iranian ambitions in the region. Or something akin to a peacekeeping force in Kurdistan where relations with Turkey are to say the least explosive.

My only major complaint , besides the fact that the Bishops seem to the ignoring real progress on the ground, is the continued use of the word "occupation" ,At what point is it not a Occupation? For instance are we still occupying Germany? Now of course US bases in 21 century Germany is quite different than Iraq. Still it appears that the elected Iraq Govt wants us there. More to the point so do the locals. AJ reported a few days ago on a major event that happened in Vermont. Go see Anbar Awakening Shiek Comes To America To Give Thanks.
An important sheik from an Iraqi province had a reunion on Thursday with some Vermont soldiers at the state National Guard headquarters.
(Abu Risha) (voice in Arabic, then translator) “We would like to express our appreciation to the National Guard and to the state of Vermont.'’
(Host) Sheik Ahmed Abu Risha spoke through a translator. He said his province has overcome terrorists and insurgents.
(Abu Risha) (voices shift back and forth from Arabic to English) “Today in this state … we present this victory … to the families of the victims of the soldiers in Iraq … and specifically express our appreciation to the state of Vermont.'’
(Host) He was one of three officials from the Al Anbar province who visited the US
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Again the ethics of withdrawal.
In the question and answer section:

2. What does USCCB mean by a “responsible transition?”“Responsible transition” is a morally and politically demanding, but carefully limited goal that allows for a responsible withdrawal at the earliest opportunity. The moral demands of this transition begin with minimizing further loss of human life and addressing the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, the refugee crisis in the region, and human rights, especially religious freedom.Each course of action in Iraq should be weighed in light of the traditional moral principle of “probability of success,” i.e. the likelihood that the action will contribute to a “responsible transition” and withdrawal as soon as appropriate and possible.

I think that is significant. That is the Bishops talking about "probability of succcess". I will say that Catholics and Christians that oppose much of the current policy in Iraq largely shy away from talking about the real success we are seeing period. They have a ways to go to change their mindset into thinking about "probabilty of success" IMHO. I hope to se it.

An interesting document to say the least. In the end it does not endorse the Bush Policy or the Democrat policy. However it is pressing those that have opposed thios intervention from the start to think differently as to the moral questions we are facing. I think that is important

More Evidence of How Pope Pius the XII Saved Jews

A few weeks back I posted a incredible story about Pope Pius the XII and the Jews. That was Pope Pius XII: Be proud to be a Jew!” If you notice there was blogger in the comments that disagreed with my defense. He said in part:

These private words you quote are nothing compared to the failure to condemn any of the leaders of the AXIS nations, almost every one of whom was a Roman Catholic!!! See http://JesusWouldBeFurious.Org/RCscandal .

and later.

If you read my site, as recommended, you'll see how empty those common excuses are. Briefly, the fate of the Jews in Holland had nothing to do with the pope's timid complaints, as demonstrated by the fact the the Protestant Jews suffered the same fate at the same time, despite the fact that their clergy had kept their mouthes shut and had NOT spoken out against Hitler.And Rabbi Zolli "converted" to Catholicism after he and his family had been given refuge in the Vatican but left most of his congregation to do so. He became a Catholic because his own people "excommunicated" him. By the way, the Vatican has about eleven THOUSAND rooms (that's not a typo), enough to house ALL of the Jews of Rome. I devote a whole page to the Vatican Palace.

Now his blog is a rather fun anti Catholic site. I might later spend some time in a entry attempting to responds to many of his allegations against the Catholic Church. TO respond to all of it would take a hundred entries but I might give it a try in the future. Sadly many of a Catholic will wander there and believe all that nonsense. It is the same ole allegations that have been refuted time and time again. Still we can't pretend that blogs like that don't exist.

Father Z has a must read today. That is Another testimony about how Pius XII and the Vatican saved Jews .

Here is a part:
Silvio Ascoli, Roman, class of 1945, was emotional as recounted the story of his father Bruno, "of the Jewish race" according to the norms of the infamous racial laws, whom the Vatican saved from deportation by enrolling him in its Guard. Last June the Cardinal Secretary of State spoke about this: "In October 1943, aside from the police and the Swiss Guard, there was also the Palatine Guard. To protect the Vatican and the extraterritorial holdings there were some 575 Palatine Guards.. Thus, the Secretary of State asked the powers occupying Italy to be able to take on another 1425 people for inclusion in the roles of the Palatine Guard. The Jewish Ghetto would just a little distance away…". ........

In October 1943, after the arrival of the Germans in the capital, Bruno Ascoli became a wanted by the police. "One day the fascists and nazis showed up at the house and asked for my father. Luckily, he was out. My family managed to let him know not to come back." Bruno escaped and briefly found a place in the loft of the repair shop of a tire dealer. "He stayed there for two week, and my mother went secretly to take him something to eat. But at the end of October, the tire dealer made him leave because it had become too dangerous to keep him there. That is when, thanks to the concern of an uncle who worked in the Vatican Museum as an usher, my father came to be enlisted in the Palatine Guard." Bruno Ascoli became an auxiliary of the Pope’s honor guard, and could live at the Vatican."He saved his skin! He stayed there for a few months.

There are photos which show him in the Palatine Guard uniform within the walls of the Vatican. In December 1943 he got precious safe-conduct papers from the Holy See attesting to his membership in the Pope’s honor guard." Silvio, the son, explained that he was in a kind of rotation, in the attempt to save as many persecuted people as possible."In the first months of 1944, the Holy See told my father about another hideout, in the Via Mocenigo, near the Vatican walls, close to a wood warehouse. This proves there was an organized network of aid and assistance. I also told this to my children: if the Vatican had not helped my father, I would not be here. I believe that Pope Pacelli chose well: no public denunciations which would have provoked acts of repression – I don’t dare imagine what would have happened had the SS entered the Vatican – but rather give concrete help to the persecuted."

Now the Nazis were not idiots. They knew the Vatican was hiding Jews. Yet many, like the above blogger, think and in fact promote that the Pope should have declared open war on Hitler. Even though such a declaration would have caused to SS and other Nazi arms to crash down upon the Vatican itself and its many Churches. Now of course if that would have happened all those JEWS would be killed. It should be remembered that the Pope was and is the Bishop of Rome. Those Jews he was protecting were very much his responsibility. I am often amazed that for anti Catholics are so quick to demand that the Pope sentence tens of thousands of Jews to death by making a statement that would have not been worth a hill of beans.

London Newspaper Gets Pope Benedict Right!!!-radical

It is very tempting not to blog the rest of the day so that this article doesn't get lost in all my verbage today. The London Telegraph has an excellent story on Pope Benedict and what is truly going on. It is refreshing to see a secular newspaper do serious stories on religion. They actually inform their readers.

Go see Pope gets radical and woos the Anglicans. Here is just a part
"Two and a half years after the name "Josephum" came booming down from the balcony of St Peter's, making liberal Catholics weep with rage, Pope Benedict XVI is revealing his programme of reform. And it is breathtakingly ambitious.

The 80-year-old Pontiff is planning a purification of the Roman liturgy in which decades of trendy innovations will be swept away. This recovery of the sacred is intended to draw Catholics closer to the Orthodox and ultimately to heal the 1,000 year Great Schism. But it is also designed to attract vast numbers of conservative Anglicans, who will be offered the protection of the Holy Father if they covert en masse.
The liberal cardinals don't like the sound of it at all.


Ever since the shock of Benedict's election, they have been waiting for him to show his hand. Now that he has, the resistance has begun in earnest - and the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, is in the thick of it.
"Pope Benedict is isolated," I was told when I visited Rome last week. "So many people, even in the Vatican, oppose him, and he feels the strain immensely." Yet he is ploughing ahead. He reminds me of another conservative revolutionary, Margaret Thatcher, who waited a couple of years before taking on the Cabinet "wets" sabotaging her reforms
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When I converted the liberal wing of the clergy and religious were still in full control. Though there were signs of weakness. This progressive wing spent much of their time trashing Pope John Paul the II and using the Liturgy(really abusing) to advance a progressive agenda. Often there was talk about how all Ecumenical this was. I often thought that was a crock. It certainly was not helping relations with Orthodoxy. Also despite trying to become more like the liberal wing of the American Anglican Church .the trampling of the liturgy was sure not to even attract that crew. Despite having women "priests" at least many Anglican services give the appearance of the sacred.

It is ironic but the "progressive" wing of the Church that was always proclaiming "openness" to the world was actually a active roadblock in Catholics rediscovery and reclaiming their Eastern Church heritage. This is largely contained in Eastern rite churches in Communion with Rome and Eastern Orthodoxy. For the the talk of being ecumenical it was largely and actively anti ecumenical.

Good Article

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Is George Bush Closer to The Catholic Bishops on Iraq Than the Democrats?

Looking at at what I am watching on TV that appears to be the case. I shall make my argument tonight after I return from Shreveport.

Louisiana Catholic Blogger Update for Nov 15

A very small Louisiana Catholic Blogger update for today. As usual it is eitherfeast or famine it appears as to how fellow Louisiana Catholic bloggers update.

First keep Astonished Yet At Home in your prayers. See No Blogging Today, Maybe Tomorrow .

Alive and Young has a post up called Writer's Block

Cajun Cottage Under the Oaks has a couple of posts up. Go see I'm on Podcast.... Also check out Review of Tea and Cake(by the way you can win that book if you email her!!!!).

Arrival : The Parousian Weblog has a nice post up. Go see God Desires Our Human Love and Its Perfection, Part Two . I really enjoyed that and am going to print that out to read before Mass tomorrow morning.

From The Recamier has her daily post today. She is honoring no Saints today but she still has a lot of good facts for the day

Catholic Tube has a vid up as to what men are looking for in a spouse. Sadly the part about being a football fan and the important aspect of liking to hunt, Clean, and cook deer is missing

We end with the Brown Pelican Society.
Go see:
REAGAN ON GOVERNMENT: "...Make It Work -- Work With Us, Not Over Us...."
Humanae Vitae at 40: 80 Groups Spotlight Birth-Control Encyclical
What Every Parent Should Know About "The Golden Compass"
Faith & Morals: Interview with Archbishop Charles Chaput
HOMILY OF THE DAY: The Spirit Is Already within You
Speciesism and Rights for Animals
Wednesday General Audience: Let Your Actions be in Accordance With the Word of God, Exhorts the Pope
ATHEIST TALK-RADIO HOST FORCES ILLINOIS JUDGE TO BLOCK 'MOMENT OF SILENCE' LAW
San Fran Approves ID Cards for Illegals, Transgenders
Dems Criticized for Stripping Border Security Funding From Defense Bill
Restoring Personhood to Human Beings From the Moment of Fertilization.....
Congressman Introduces Abortion Bill (again) Saying Life Begins at Fertilization
AN ENDORSEMENT TO BE ENVIED! (this is National Right to Life related . I am not endorsing this allegation but I am researching what went on)
Catholic Bishops Vote for Document Saying Abortion Should Guide Voting
Terms "father", "mother, "wife", "husband" Being Legally Suppressed in More Nations by Homosexuals
TODAY'S GOSPEL & MEDITATION - A Kingdom Within
TODAY'S SAINT - St. Albert the Great (1206-1280)

Mrs Mike Huckabee and Chuck Norris- What a Combo

Tip of the hat to Vox Nova that the comments of our hopefully New First Lady. Go the to the link top learn the scoop but here is a tidbit:
Huckabee, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, said in an interview that she once shot a grenade launcher at a National Guard training camp in Arkansas.
"I have fired a grenade launcher and hit the target two out of three times, so I think that's pretty good odds for me," she said, noting that she had a special interest in military matters and has also jumped out of an airplane, flown in an F-16 and shot an MP5 submachine gun.
"I just was at the National Guard training camp at Camp Robinson and they just said we just want to, you know, introduce you to some of the equipment and some of the military guns that they have. And so one of them happened to be a grenade launcher, and so I shot it, and they said, 'You're good.' And I said, 'Thank you.
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Sound like my kind of Lady. Very Dolly Madison saving the pictures out of the White House when the British were invading like.

One commenter said:
Grenade-launching wife… Chuck Norris heading up fundraising… I only wish Mike Huckabee could convince Ah-nold to get on board.
Vee vill crush you girly-men, roundhouse kick your face, and grenade-launch until you vote for Huck!
After Sunday morning services, of course.
Posted By Kalvin Tupelo, Miss : November 14, 2007 6:55 pm
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:)

Great News For the WAC and Louisiana Tech- Miss State to Do Home and Home

Wow great news for the Louisiana Tech program and the Western Athletic Conference. Mississippi State has agreed to do a one and one with Louisiana Tech. Go here for the details. Mississippi State shall be playing at Louisiana Tech in Ruston next year.

This is a major contribution by Louisiana Tech in furtherance of the WAC plan. That plan is to actively discourage so many "money games" and for member schools to get "one and one" with schools from major BCS conferences. According the above link:
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech Athletic Director Jim Oakes announced Thursday that he has signed a contract for a two-game football series with Southeastern Conference foe Mississippi State starting next year.Tech will open the 2008 season Aug. 30 with Mississippi State at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston. According to the Tech record books, it will be the first time a current member of the SEC has played in Ruston since the Bulldogs hosted LSU in 1913.

Kudos to Louisiana Tech. If handled right this could become a long term engagement. It does give Miss State some benefits. Especially as to alumni and presence in the region.

Cardinal OF Boston Says Lack Of Pro-Life Democrats A Scandal

Tip of the Hat to The Anchoress who has the link to the good Cardianal's comments. He is really laying the wood to the Democrat party here onthe pro-life issue. Go to the Boston Globe piece here to see it.

This all is quite significant because the Bishop's have just released a important doucument on Catholics and Voting!!! In the beforementioned piece Cardinal O'Malley said as to this:
In the past, there was always the fear that we were considering sort of the smorgasbord of issues, but without any prioritizing, or giving the impression that all issues are of equal value, and I think the emphasis on trying to help people form conscience is very, very important," he said. "The church is not trying to impose Catholic doctrine on the world, but we are trying to invite our people to take seriously their obligation to vote in a way that respects the moral law, the natural law, and takes into account the common good, care for the poor, and particularly the gospel of life, which is always the center of Catholic social teaching."

The Globe reports further:
The document declares that "as Catholics we are not single-issue voters," but says, "a candidate's position on a single issue that involves an intrinsic evil, such as support for legal abortion or the promotion of racism, may legitimately lead a voter to disqualify a candidate from receiving support."

By the way this Document can be downloaded in PDF form at this Vox Nova link. I am sure a lively discussion will be taking place in that comment section over this.

Again this is another document I need to digest. I will post on this later after I have read it it full.

Nice Event on St Augustine in Alexandria Louisiana Tonight

This is nice. I had no idea this was happening. This is a reminder I need to start doing the Catholic Papers of Louisiana review. I hate to miss this.

Augustine of Hippo topic of Cavanaugh Public Lecture tonight at Alexandria Museum of Art

Writer and translator William Griffin brings the genius of fifth-century philosopher, saint and church father, Augustine of Hippo, to life tonight in Alexandria.
The fifth of the Cavanaugh Public Lectures will be held 6:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Museum of ArHumanities.Augustine is considered a critical figure in the development of Western Christianity and the author of the first autobiography, the release states.The lecture will focus on Augustine’s personal life, which included womanizing tendencies, a high-maintenance mother and high anxiety.Griffin has been an editor at Harcourt, Macmillan, and Publishers Weekly and written three biographies including one on C. S. Lewis, three novels, numerous plays and translations of Latin spiritual classics, the release states.Currently, Griffin is the president of the local theatre group, Spectral Sisters.This lecture is free and open to the public.The public lecture was recently renamed the Cavanaugh Public Lectures to honor former Chancellor Robert Cavanaugh’s contributions to advancing Arts and Humanities in Central Louisiana, the release states.For more information, contact Richard Collins at
rcollins@lsua.edu or 473-6581.
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Pope Benedict’s 2nd encyclical( Spe salvi?)is ready

Very interesting. Father z at his blog What Does The Prayer Really Say? has some early details at his post Pope Benedict’s 2nd encyclical is ready: Spe salvi? .

Major Document Between Orthodox and Catholics Is Out-

Well I have been looking forward to seeing what this document will look like. It has been released. Go to at the Vatican Web Site:




This deals with the issue of the role of the Petrine Primacy. That is the Bishop of Rome
First a Caveat. As you can see at the top of the link the Vatican is saying:
The following is the original English text of the ‘Ravenna Document’ which was discussed and unanimously approved by the members of the Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church during the tenth plenary session of the Commission held in Ravenna from 8-14 October 2007. Thus, the document represents the outcome of the work of a Commission and should not be understood as an official declaration of the Church’s teaching. The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity has provided translations of the text in Italian, French and German.


The secular press is starting to react. Let me give the standard Opinionated Catholic warning as to the secular press when it reports on religion. They often get it wrong. However this early piece by Reuters is quite good. Go see Vatican hails "step" to healing Orthodox rift.


I thought this was important:
But the document made clear neither side yet agreed on what power came with that rank. The Orthodox in the old Byzantine Empire rejected the universal authority of the Roman Pontiff and gradually developed autonomous national churches with no papacy.
Cardinal Walter Kasper, head of the Vatican department promoting Christian unity, said the document gave Catholics hope but cautioned there was still a very long way to go before Catholics and Orthodox could speak of any kind of unity.
"This document is a modest first step and as such one of hope. But we must not exaggerate its importance," he told Vatican radio late on Wednesday ahead of the document's release. "This will not be easy. The road is very long and difficult
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Still it should be overlooked. There are elements in Orthodoxy that are quite hostile when their leadership comes to agreements or even talks to the Bishop of Rome. The eastern Orthodox monks of Patmos are just one group that leaps to mind. Thus it does take some courage for Orthodox leadership and clergy to do this. More later as the European Press starts analyzing it.


Still again it is significant. I have not had a chance to read the document myself but intend to give it a read this afternoon. Heaven and indeed all the Saints are smiling today

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

National Signing Day For LSU and Louisiana Tech Roundup


Update Nov 15- So far the signing day period is going good for both schools. I was a tad delayed because the electricity kept going off in town every 10 minutes last night. However this post will be updated as the day goes on. I expect a lot more on Softball for bot . schools today.

It is National Signing day for most college sports besides football today. SPORTS NOT INCLUDED ARE football, field hockey, soccer, cross country and track and field. This period runs through Nov 21st though most will sign today.
I shall have all the available information for both LSU and Louisiana Tech here. I will be hitting all sports. Not just basketball or baseball. I intend to put all news articles(including their local papers) up regarding these kids I can find. This will be updated through out the night(as new info comes online) and through the 21st. Therefore you might wish to bookmark.. For those heretics that don't love LSU or Louisiana Tech- Please visit the rest of my blog. Remember to bookmark for updates. IF you don't see your sport or player be patient it shall be up. I will be up till at least 2 am tonight to post all articles I can find on teams and individual players. If you other info leave a comment and I will add it.

LSU-

Baseball-
Randy Zeigler- a left-handed pitcher and position player Calvary Baptist Academy of Shreveport Louisiana
Chris Matulis - left-handed pitcher from Lake Worth, Fla.
Tyler Hanover- second baseman from East Forsyth High in Kennersville, N.C.
Grant Dozar, an infielder from Morgan City High.
Austin Nola, an infielder from Catholic High in Baton Rouge
Jon Michael Redding, a right-handed pitcher from Florida Community College in Jacksonville, Fla.
Matthew Ott, a right-handed pitcher from Holy Cross High in New Orleans
Shane Riedie, a right-handed pitcher from Slidell High -
William Delatte, an infielder from St. Amant High
Beau Didier, an infielder from Bellarmine High in Tacoma, Wash.
Articles-
Calvary's Zeigler is LSU bound -Shreveport Times Nov 13
Chris Matulis has comments on signing day in Palm Beach Article Star swimmer takes next step (Nov15)
Short blurb and Background on Hanover at Hanover signs to play baseball at LSU in the Winston-Salem Journal(Nov 15)
This article has a nice section on Beau Didier. Turns out his Granddad and Uncle have quite a history with LSU. Go see his signing day story at Sign here, and college is taken care of in the Tacoma Washington's The News Tribune

Women's Basketball
LaSondra Barrett, a 6-2 forward from Murrah High School in Jackson, Miss
Ayana Dunning, a 6-3 post from Eastmoor High School in Columbus, Ohio;
Destini Hughes, a 5-10 guard from Kennedale High School in Ft. worth, Texas;
Taylor Turnbow, a 6-2 forward from Tucker High School in Stone Mountain, Ga.; Crystal Riley, a 5-5 guard from Hillcrest High School in Memphis, Tenn.;
Courtney Jones, a 6-2 forward from Midfield High School in Midfield, Ala.;
Swayze Black, a 6-3 forward/center from Brookhaven High School in Brookhaven, Miss.,
and Erica Brown, a 5-10 guard from Tallahassee Community College and Dillard High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Articles-
Overview article on Women's Signing Class from LSUSPORTS.NET
Nice overview in the LSU Newspaper-LSU signs 8 new recruits
Blurb on LaSondra Barrett from Jackson Miss Paper -Murrah basketball player LaSondra Barrett signs with LSU
Nice Article on Courtney Jones-Midfield's Courtney Jones top girls basketball prospect in state Birmingham News (Novv 14th)


Mens Basketball
6-10 center J’Mison Morgan of Dallas (Texas) South Oak Cliff High School;
Storm Warren, a 6-6 forward from Richwood High School in Monroe, La.;
Delwan Graham, a 6-7 small forward from Dunwoody (Ga.) High School;
and, Dennis Harris, a 6-10 combo forward from Jonesboro, Ga., who attends Mundy’s Mill High School
Articles-
Overview Article on Men's Signing Class from LSUSPORTS.NET
LSU men's basketball lands four signees(Picayune Nov 14)
Richwood's Warren signs with LSU today from News Star World(with signing picture) on Storm Warren(Nov 14)
Storm' watch set for LSU: Richwood star signs with Tigers today (much more extensive article that appeared in News Star World on Storm Warren(Nov 14)
Hitting the goall-Richwood's Warren realizes dream; signs with LSU(has Photo as well) From the News Star World Nov 15

Volleyball-
Michele Williams of Magnolia High School in Magnolia, Texas,
Lauren Waclawczyk of Poth High School in Floresville, Texas.

Articles-
Nice overview of both players From LSU sports net. at Volleyball Signs Two in Early Period Plus nice photo gallery of Lauren Waclawczyk signing

LSU Softball-
Juliana Santos of Orestimba in California
Articles-
Santos makes some sgining day comments which can be found in this article from the Modesto Bee In Cali.

Swimming and Diving-
Morgan McGee of Caddo Magnet High School in Shreveport Louisiana
Articles-
Article on McGee COSST swimmer to sign with LSU in the Shreveport Times(Nov 14)

Men's Golf-
Josh Jones -Texas
Sang Yi-Texas

Articles-
Very Nice article on Jones and Yi in Golfweek at Texas twosome leaves for LSU

Womens Golf-
Jacqueline Hedwall of SWEDEN(yes the country).
Tessa Teachman -Baton Rouge
Articles-
LSU Sports net article on Hedwell
Nice article on Tessa Teachman in the Democrat and Chronicle(Rhode Island) Nov 16
Gymnastics
Gloria Johnson of Baton Rouge.
Articles-
Nice article here at LSU sportsnet-Gymnastics Inks Baton Rouge Native Gloria Johnson


LOUISIANA TECH-
Louisiana Tech Men's Basketball
Holton Hunsaker of North Salt Lake, Utah

Articles-
Bulldogs Sign Prep Standout in Early Period- LATECHSPORTS.COM on Hunsaker.
Bulldogs secure future of point guard position Article on Hunsacker in News Star World(Nov 15)

Louisiana Lady Techsters-
Jasmine Bendolph 5-foot-7-inch point guard from Mobile at Davidson High School in Alabama
DeAngela Sword 5-foot-10-inch shooting guard at Carver Montgomery High School in Alabama
Kiara Young 5-foot-9-inch guard at Lauderdale County High School in Alabama

Coach Long said the Lady Techsters plan to sign more players during the late signing period.
Articles-
Techsters sign three from Alabama(Shreveport Times Nov 14)
Techsters-Bama pipeline lands guard trio(News Star World Nov 15)

Louisiana Tech Baseball-
Brian Colson pitcher from Rayville Louisiana signing Thursday morning
Alan Williams of Mangham will sign at his High School Friday morning
Sterlington middle infielder Ashton Hughes -will no thave public signing but will send in papers this week.Hughes will finish his high school career at Neville
Alex Williams -Holy Savior Menard in Alexandria Louisiana
Dan Breazeale -Alexandria Senior High in Alexandria Louisiana
Articles-
News Star World takes a look at Colson,Williams, and Hughes in this informative article Diamond 'Dogs to bring three players from area (Nov 15)
The Town Talk has a very nice article on Alex Williams and Dan Breaszeale at Baseball Bulldogs: Menard's Williams, ASH's Breazeale sign with La. Tech.(Nov 15th). Note there are really two nice signing day photos at the article.


Louisiana Tech Volleyball
Krysta Cicala of Northville HS in Northville, Mich.
Articles-
La Tech Article on Krysta Cirala

Note On National Signing Day For LSU and Louisiana Tech

It is not National signing day for College football but it is for others sports.

Today is the signing day for many sports – most prominently basketball, baseball and softball. There are also numerous “non-revenue” sports that are included in today’s signing day festivities, including gymnastics and swimming/Diving etc.

I am going to start a post about 7 pm that will cover who signed at LSU and Louisiana Tech. I shall also try to put in news articles. I am going to be staying up late to update the post with news articles that are hitting the tomorrows papers. SO it will be a post that shall be updated.

Therefore if you are a fan of LSU or Louisiana Tech stay tuned. That should start around 7pm

The Need to Engage Good Eastern Orthodox Bloggers

I have wanted to hit more on Catholic /Eastern Orthodox relations. I think there are some elements in the Catholic/Orthodox world that just go to war on each other. I have to admit I have honest and fruitful discussion with SOME Eastern Orthodox bloggers and forum chatters tedious at best. However I am not alone in thinking this is important. In fact the healing of this schism is important.

One Catholic , Ascent to Mount Carmel, who is on the way to the priesthood echoed similar thoughts at his post Faith and Philosophy. Now there are some Eastern Orthodox blogs such as the one highlighted here at The Canterbury Tales in today's post Pope Benedict XVI Falsely Accused of Nestorian Heresy that are just out to lunch. There are others that seem to respond to Catholics with the line "It is Eastern thing, you with your Western viewpoint and Latinizations JUST CAN"T UNDERSTAND!!!!"

Well of course this is not helpful. I have seen Catholic offenders too. Before Father Kimel shut down Pontifications it got quite lively there between the Orthodox and Catholics. Sadly nothing though has replaced the far ranging discussion we used to have at the good father's blog. At least as I have see.

However there are good blogs on the Catholic side and Orthodox side that are doing good stuff. One of those is Cathedra Unitatis-An Eastern Orthodox Christian Looks at the Church of Rome. I will try to update this post tonight with some other good quality Catholic and Eastern Orthodox blogs that interact with each of OUR traditions. In the end it should be one tradition. The more I like look at this supposed disagreement many issues seem to be looking at different sides of the same coin. For instance see the above mention Orthodox blogger and her post on purgatory at Another tortured East-West issue. The issue of "Original Sin" was another hot button issue over the Spring that I am pretty much convinced we are all on the same page about.