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Plus c’a change, plus c’e la meme chose May 24, 2012

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Liberty junkies everywhere ought to be celebrating the fact that the Roman Catholic Church here in the US is sticking it to the GodKing and his fawning sycophant, Kathleen Sebelius, in suing over the HHS mandate.  12 separate lawsuits by over 40 different Catholic identities.  Awesome.  And more awesome, Notre Dame (NOTRE DAME!!!!) is on the list of litigants.  That same Notre Dame that invited the GodKing to be commencement speaker in the recent past.  The Democratic Party, I am sure, is muttering in its lattes about this, reassuring themselves that there is no way these suits can succeed; but also knowing deep down that such rationalizations are just that.

But, despite the fact that this represents the largest religious lawsuit in the history of the nation, there is much outrage in the Catholic Blogosphere that the MSM, in its Full Metal Tankage for its anointed GodKing, has said virtually nothing on the subject. (See here for an initial look at this as well as links to outside sources).

 

Really, is anyone truly surprised?

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Honestly, I could just beat my head against a wall till the brains start flying out. May 10, 2012

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Facebook is such a. . .place.  Some wonderful stuff happens, and some dreadful stuff.  But what is at once delightful and utterly maddening are the peeks one gets into the minds of others, and the stunning lack of thought and insight that often may be found there.

The Facebook status of a woman about my age, who also happens to be a church-going Catholic, also like me:

Just because someone has a different opinion than yours doesn’t mean they’re ignorant or stupid. Moral issues are a matter of personal choice, and we are all entitled to our beliefs. Respect mine, and I will respect yours. Just sayin’.

This status then proceeds to be “liked” by 20 other people (a rather high number for the circles we keep on FB), including 2 other “faithful” Catholics.

Many of you, especially anyone out Plonk mining, will say that the surface nonsense posited by the status above is either harmless, or a fine summation of what passes for critical thought in regard to social interaction and the origins of moral strictures.  And if you’re one of the 225 million lemmings with the cortical capacity of an artichoke here in the US, I guess that at least represents a form of consistency.  And if it came from the postings of a callow, 17 year-old idealist, I at least could then be patient.  To quote Churchill: “To be 17 and a conservative is to have no heart.  To be 37 and a liberal is to have no brain.”

But dammit all, the woman who posted this (who’s past 37) and the two other deadheads (also past 37) who endorse this are Catholicsand they know better.  But, much to my rage -as I teach a class on Christian Morality- they wimp out and go for the flabby, internally inconsistent and flat-out wrong, default-current-vogue belief that morality is entirely relative.

What.

Utter.

BULLSHIT.

Look at what she said: “Morality is a matter of personal choice.”  That is utter bullshit that won’t stand 45 seconds of real scrutiny.  Don’t think so?  Try stealing her stereo.  She’ll then claim that I can’t do that.

“But I can.  My personal morals state that all property is public property.  What is yours is mine, so I can use it anytime I want.  You just said that morality is a personal choice.  OK.  I choose to believe all property is public. AND you have to respect that.  You said so yourself.”

At which point, she’ll make an appeal to higher authority, if for no other reason than our “moralties” are in conflict.  (And we aren’t really talking about moralities, but incredible vague and effectively meaningless ethical structures) Which is fine.  I can then point out that morality is not personal, but stems from something higher than just me and you, as you are now making an appeal outside of us for what is right and wrong.  What that thing is leads to further debate, true enough, though it is undeniable that her position is utterly untenable and meaningless.   So, for God’s sake, can we please get away from such flabby, useless pablum?  That statement is pathetic, and all the more so in that it came from a Catholic woman, college educated, who for-the-love-of-Christ OUGHT TO KNOW BETTER!!

On When a Liberal Media Bias Might be a Good Thing for the Church and Prove the Existence of God, to Boot. April 30, 2012

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Perhaps you’ve heard about this story.  I’ll freely confess, when I first saw it, I thought; “Damned liberal media.  Taking it to the Church again.”  And then I thought, “You’d not hear about this in terms of such high outrage if it had been a simple public figure.  Heck, for most people, you would not hear about it at all.  Stop picking on the Church, for heaven’s sake.”  You simply cannot help yourself with that holier-than-thou mentality when it comes to priests.

And I also thought, “That priest is an idiot, and an incompetent one at that, if for no other reason than he didn’t actually proof his PowerPoint before his meeting.”  I hold no brief for saying a man is condemned for porn, gay or otherwise.  Just as I hold no brief for a man to be condemned for drunkenness, gambling or serial infidelity.  We all have our shortcomings, yes even the priests.  ALL of these things are bad, evil acts.  They do not then translate the person into an evil person.

Love the sinner, hate the sin, you know.

But then I thought a bit more on that.  That priest showed that material at a public meeting.  For First Communicants.  Second graders!!  He deserves to be taken out to the shed for that.

And not just that.  But also for being a priest.

I’ve often concurred with Mark Shea’s tongue-in-cheek assertion that if we allowed educators to marry, then abuse would not happen.  Waitaminnit. . .  And his point still holds.  But I’ve used that as a larger cudgel, to object to the media using a double-standard with us.  They hit educators on pedophilia, but they REALLY nail the Church on it.

And this time it hit me.

The media really should hit us harder.  They really should.

Let me repeat that: The media is correct in hitting the Catholic Church harder on pedophilia than hitting other organizations.  And here’s why:

We are the keepers of the guttering flame of Truth.  We are the heirs to those Irish monks on the west coast of Britain who kept the flame of Antiquity’s wisdom while Europe was convulsed with pagan lawlessness.  In short, WE KNOW BETTER.  And the press knows this instinctively, so they beat us like a gong  every time we veer from the path.

Are they delighting in our errors?  Of course.  Are they drooling, microcephalic hypocrites?  Of course.  BUT THEY ARE CORRECT.

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But here’s the really wonderful thing:  WHY does the press react as it does?  We keep hearing the message that Christianity is outdated, passe, meaningless.  We ought to pay it no mind.

But if it is really that meaningless, then the peccadilloes of erring priests such as the unfortunate mentioned above should be no cause for concern.  “Pay that fool no mind, modern thinker.  He’s going the way of the dodo.”  If it’s that meaningless, why does the Dawkins/Harris/Dennett/Myers Kraken react so violently to our little turns?  Why the vociferous, violent chortles of glee at yet another wayward priest?  If we’re marginalized, why bother?  If we’re meaningless, why does Dan Savage waste so much energy on us?

Deep down at the core, they know there is something to us.  We have the truth, they know it, and they hate us for it.  But in that moment comes proof of the Moral Argument.

If we’re protecting an outdated morality, then why the outrage when we violate it?  We ought to be welcomed by the Saturnalians as finally agreeing with them.  But they know; they grasp the Absolute.  They help prove that Moral Realities exist, and from that rather easily comes the idea that a Creator of those Realities must therefore also exist.

There is nothing to say. . . . July 24, 2008

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. . .about the pitiful, pathetic Paul Myers that has not already been said -most pithily- by Mark Shea.

Except perhaps for this. Paul Myers’ sad display is nothing if not suggestive of the teen or pre-teen boy who has been foiled in some act by a higher authority; his father, the state, a local cop. . .whatever. And he then commits some act of defiance against that authority, smearing shit on the cop’s front stoop, scratching the paint job on Dad’s car, spraying graffiti on City Hall. And then he brags –ad nauseaum– to his friends about it and about how he got away without further punishment. ANd of course his friends, being arrested at the same level of pre-adulthood Paul is, chime in about how brave little Paul is and how he Stuck It To The Man.

Whereas Cop/Dad/Mayor has some idea who did it, but for reasons known only to Him, is reserving his punishment.

Maybe with the understanding that Junior is too fracking stupid to learn the lesson just now.

Mark Shea’s Blasts on PZ UPDATED July 16, 2008

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Oh my. Lovely.

You get the feeling that they are genuinely surprised to find that Catholics are attaching far more importance to the descration of the Eucharist than, say, the desecration of a Rosary. They seem to have reeled a bit at the volcanic response. Now they are getting their footing and realizing this *really* ticks off Catholics and so, like eight year olds, they are enjoying being in (they think) the position of saying, “Take one step closer and I’ll torture your cat!”

I won’t mince words. Myers is an evil man. (I won’t go that far, but he is an asshat of the first water and engaging in evil acts.-ed) And as evil men, particularly evil intellectuals, tend to be, he is also a mad man as are most of his acolytes and followers. One need only read Pharyngula to know this. Not all atheists are driven mad by their atheism. Many are quite respectable human beings. But those who make it their raison d’etre tend to be made crazy by it. That’s the tragedy of sins of the intellect. They don’t just make you stupid. If you persist in them, and particularly if you persist in them to this degree, they make you crazy.

(snip)

The hatred breeds lies like, “I’m just exercising freedom of expression”.

No. You are committing theft, vandalism, and incitement.

Or else you lie and say, “Unless Catholics can prove the Eucharist is actually the Body and Blood of Christ and not a worthless cracker, I’m just guilty of being rude.”

No. Catholics are under no obligation to prove that in order to show that you are guilty of theft, vandalism and incitement.

(snip)
Yet another demented lie to cover up your naked act of aggression is to play the victim:

It’s just so darned weird that they’re demanding that I offer this respect to a symbol that means nothing to me.

The answer to this lie is that *nobody* is demanding Myers offer respect to the Eucharist. He’s blasphemed the Eucharist on his blog off and on since forever. Catholics are free to disagree with him, just has he is free to disagree with them. That’s the first amendment in action and I, for one, am glad to live in the land that is not Canada where even demented professors whose careers are stuck in Wilbur Weed Boxtop Diploma Mill can have a voice in the public square, if only to serve as a warning to normal people of what hatred of God can do to the human mind.

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Myers’ logic is that of Kristallnacht, punish all Catholics everywhere with theft, vandalism and incitement because of the (alleged) actions of a couple.

OoohWEE!! Read it all. Wonderful.

ALSO, a a great round-up at The Daily Kraken.

Kevin Jones also thinks PZ is an asshat and deserves reprimand, at least.

UPDATE: Somewhat interesting combox exchange at Mark’s with some of the more lucid Pharyngulites.

It is instructive to note that even these calmer people toss out “challenging” questions -as if no one has ever thought of them before- and are then directed to consult proper Gospel commentaries.  And guess what?  All they do is re-phrase the question, and suggest that our lack of actual response indicates sure evidence that the Church is bogus.

PZ Idiocy Linkfest July 14, 2008

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In part cause he says that he absolutely intends to follow through on his desecration.

The man reminds me of a rabid homophobe who has secret homosexual tendencies.  The more he raves at the object of his secret obsession, the safer he feels.

Minnesota Indy interview (full of softball questions.  The comments are typical, though tjswift is hilarious.

Anchoress.

Cartago Delenda Est.

Frances Beckwith here and here.

Catholic League news release.

Fox News on the original foofaraw that got PZ’s panties all in a bunch.

Washington Times.

Fr. James Martin in America.

Then PZ went and posted all the public information on a couple of lintheads who sent him evil threatening e-mails.  PZ ended up taking them down, because his sycophants went crazy on the lintheads.  PZ re-wrote the post, with this classic quote:

It is most definitely not intended to incite harassment. I do not want you to be dunning these people with email, threatening them back, signing them up for spam, or otherwise being a jerk. For one thing, we can’t be certain that an innocent’s account hasn’t been hijacked; for another, we’re supposed to be better than that.

Res Ipsa Loquitur.  They cannot be better; philosophically, logically, they are acting exactly as they should; with malice and venom.  PZ knew that was going to happen, and he simply didn’t care.  Orac, another ScienceBlogs writer, took PZ to task on this idiotic action of his with great charity:

What on earth did you expect, P.Z., posting the e-mails and the entire headers?

Clearly you didn’t think things through.

Posted by: Orac | July 14, 2008 4:57 PM

But he did.  PZ is a sanctimonious, hypocritical asshat, a fundamentalist prophet of the Church of Atheism, but he is not stupid.  He knew what would happen.

Anyway, there is more, much more, more than one could possibly care to stomach over at Pharyngula, but those can be searched for by others.

I for one, am very curious to see exactly what he does to commit sacrilege to the Eucharist.  Not for any real harm that can come to Christ; I am confident that He can take care of Himself.  No, I am more curious to see how it further illustrates PZ’s consistent, pathological hatred (that word is used carefully) of religion, particularly Christianity.

Myers puts his foot in it July 11, 2008

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(link). . .and Dawkins runs to his aid. (Beckwith claims that Pharyngula has been taken down, but as of the time stamp on this post, that is incorrect. PZ is still blathering full bile ahead.)

Mark Shea says it best:

The guy’s a bag lady screaming at the traffic–on the Minnesota taxpayer’s dime. Tell me again what the hell any of this has to do with science?

All this has spurred on a perfect storm of imbecilic comments (from BOTH sides) all over Myers’ pestiferous blog.  More than I have ever seen.  Illiterate commentary espousing violence from putative Catholics makes for a lousy witness (not that PZ would ever actually pay attention to a witness example, but that doesn’t absolve us from the responsibility to try), and the sanctimonious responses from Myers’ Sycophantic Horde is no better.

And that’s all I’m going to say on this. Res ipsa loquitur.

A quick muse on Ted Kennedy May 21, 2008

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Politically, the man is a disaster. As a public figure, he is one of the worst models known to man. As a Catholic, he would normally be laughable.

But as a human being, he is being forced to live out a great terror now. Despite his myriad flaws -and we all have our own to wrestle with-, and to their great shame the fact that the press is pimping his unfortunate situation, he is in dire need of our prayers and our sincere hope that he might recover.

Lapsed Catholic has a great reflection on this.

Lord have mercy on me and bless Teddy Kennedy and his family in this dark time for them.

B16 April 18, 2008

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I have very little to say.  I’ve been following a bit on the Internets.  Much of the expected stuff comes floating up.  Democrats don’t want to endorse Benedict as he is so relentlessly Pro-Life:

(Senator Barbara) Boxer(D, Cal) put that on display once again today, when she temporarily blocked the passage of a Senate resolution honoring the visit of Pope Benedict XVI.  The resolution, offered by Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, was deemed offensive to Boxer in two areas, and wouldn’t allow the measure to move forward until the language was removed.  One of the clauses dealt with religious expression in public places.  Boxer certainly can’t have that.

But the line in the sand clause to Boxer was this one, which you can read at Politico.com.

“Whereas Pope Benedict XVI has spoken out for the weak and vulnerable, witnessing to the value of each and every human life;”

Boxer can’t handle that.  Big surprise.

And that B16 is getting all kinds of stuff about the abuse scandal.  Mark Shea and Anchoress have fine comments on that.

In the end, I have little to add, as I’ve mentioned earlier due in part to the fact that I am busier than I have perhaps ever been.  Ever.

Sad, in that so much of how I identify myself is through my Catholicism, and this Pope is doing bang-up job of continuing and amplifying the legacy of JPII.  I was excited when he was elected, and I’ve never lost that excitement.

But that’s all I have to add.

Great overall round-up to be found at the Anchoress here.

Lenten meditation February 21, 2008

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via The Anchoress.

My wife is not of the blogging sort, but being a devoted Catholic, I have directed her to The Anchoress as she is one of the rare few on the Internet that has her head on straight with regards to almost everything (save her fondness for the Yankees).

Her meditation provided for today has two points that I wished to catalog here:  One is her quote from St. John of the Cross:

In order to arrive at having pleasure in everything, Desire to have pleasure in nothing.
In order to arrive at possessing everything, Desire to possess nothing.
In order to arrive at being everything, Desire to be nothing.
In order to arrive at knowing everything, Desire to know nothing.

– — St. John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel, book I chapter 13, section 11

The second is the video meditation upon graveyards that she attached to it.  The images are striking, but when combined with An Ending (Ascent) from Brian Eno’s seminal ambient work, Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks it makes for a breathtaking and vivid visual meditation.

I cannot recommend it highly enough.