In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!
America the Beautiful
Just in time for Memorial Day (albeit from an Australian):
IN praying to the omnipotent God at mass, George Pell contends, it is not appropriate to "talk in the same way we do at a barbecue".
In other words, he favors the new translation of the Mass.
Barbecue lingo it is not, but when the new translation of the Catholic mass is introduced, its striking changes may prove to be a "barbecue stopper" at church gatherings and possibly beyond. Because, in introducing them, the church has struck a powerful blow in the culture wars against postmodernism and meaninglessness in favour of rigorous scholarship and precision of language....Barbecue lingo it is not, but when the new translation of the Catholic mass is introduced, its striking changes may prove to be a "barbecue stopper" at church gatherings and possibly beyond. Because, in introducing them, the church has struck a powerful blow in the culture wars against postmodernism and meaninglessness in favour of rigorous scholarship and precision of language.
I for one am looking forward to this newer, improved, more faithful and reverent, and more beautiful translation. Advent cannot come quickly enough.
Tip of the derby cap to Fr John Zuhlsdorf.
Also of importance is the release of some more details concerning the immanent Apostolic Visitation to Ireland. Among the members of the Apostolic Visitation is His Excellency Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York.
"I am happy to accept the Holy See’s invitation to serve as a member of the upcoming apostolic visitation to the Church in Ireland, with special attention to their historic seminaries."
"My love for the faith of Ireland, and my own background in priestly formation, make me grateful for this assignment, and I look forward to close cooperation with my brother bishops, priests, religious, and the faithful of Ireland. I await further information and instruction from the Holy See on the specifics and timing of the visitation."
My prayers go with this visitation, as it is needed every it as much as the Apostolic Visitation to the US.
To call holy that which is unholy--nay, that which is evil, wicked, or malevolent--is the very epitome of blasphemy. Perhaps this is why Planned Parenthood has decided to do just that. From Mr Marcel Lejeune of the Aggie Catholics:
[The] people [are] dedicating the [largest abortion clinic in the US by] saying a prayer. During this prayer, they call the clinic "sacred and holy ground".
Then there are the diversionary tactics of calling their "services" more than just abortion. This is rhetoric designed to drive the conversation away from the intentional ending of human life. So, I will cut to the chase - to call evil a holy thing is blasphemy.
God have mercy on our civilization, for ours is the Culture of Death.
Speaking of the Culture of Death, Mrs Christina Dunnigan's blog is always worth a visit. A couple of days ago she asked the interesting question, "Will Mississippi become the first abortion-free state?"
Jill Stanek posted about a fundraising letter begging for money to keep Mississippi's last abortion mill open. The subject was "Urgent: Mississippi clinic threatened".
I think the "threat" is the threat of bankruptcy.
While looking up abortion rates in Mississippi, I found this interesting map showing what percentage of babies in each county get aborted. Clearly, the further a woman is from the abortion center, the less likely she is to snuff her baby.
There is a reason why the Planned Parenthood/NARAL types are constantly lamenting a) crisis pregnancy centers and b) the "lack" of abortion mills in the majority of US counties. When presented with an actual choice--including access to some or all of the resources needed--a great many women will choose life. That costs Planned Parenthood money. Meanwhile, many women who would have chosen abortion out of "convenience" fail to do so when it's not convenient to travel to the abortion center. Mrs Dunnigan's more recent entries are also worth the read.
One more on abortion before I move on: Mr Paul Cats has a good response to Mr Nicholas Kristof's ill-informed (and just plain ill-"conceived!") column concerning the excommunication of Sr Margaret McBride.
From the Catholic Church's standpoint, an abortion is never permissible. However, when the termination of a pregnancy happens as a secondary means, it is deemed tolerable because the termination of the pregnancy is not willful. The best example of this is with the [ectopic] pregnancy. An [ectopic] pregnancy occurs when a developing embryo implants, most commonly, in the the fallopian tubes of the mother. This happens because the fallopian tubes of the mother are infected, scared, diseased or not functioning properly to some degree. When an [ectopic] pregnancy is treated by doctors what is being addressed is the diseased tubes. The common medical procedure for treating this kind of pregnancy is the removal of the diseased fallopian tube, which will result in the termination of the pregnancy as a secondary effect of the treatment of the mother....In short, because Sr. Margaret appears to have consented to the willful termination of the pregnancy as the means of treating the condition, she has brought upon herself the consequences of her actions. If you want freedom and freewill, you must be willing to accept the consequences of your actions. Also, if Sr. Margaret had proposed treating the mother's conditions first and foremost, and this path of treatment followed, the response of the local Bishop would have been otherwise.
The indispensable Fr John Zuhlsdorf also has some advice concerning stipends for priests after a wedding. His might be biased (he is, after all, a priest who might benefit from a higher stipend). On the other hand, it is nice to get feedback from a source not directly involved with the wedding, since there is a bit less pressure from a third-party, and it is also good to hear the priest's side of things in this context. It's nice to get some actual advice on that one, since it's the "awkward" question which nobody wants to think about during the lead-up to the wedding, and since it's basically up to the bride and groom to set the stipend.
Finally, my latest poem has been published on the Nicene Guys site:
Dark rumors surface in whispers which
Escape the lips of of the self-styled "street informants,"
A scandal once hidden is now unearthed.
It's been taken by the gutter press and used:
In their hands, it is little more than a cudgel,
Meant to batter, to bludgeon their target.
Soon the mainstream press discovers the secret,
And in their hands it becomes a sword unsheathed,
Swung wildly, still it can be used to smite,
Though emboldened by this weapon they overplay
Their seemingly unstoppable hand--they swing at too
Much--and so themselves are exposed.
Continue reading it here.
That's it from me today, so have a happy Memorial Day (or should I just say "Happy Holiday?")!