Sunday, April 25, 2010

A worldwide business enterprise

In the federal lawsuit, attorney Jeffrey Anderson makes the novel argument that the Catholic Church is a worldwide business enterprise, with the Vatican controlling every detail of the "commercial activity" down to the parish level.

A most humorous assertion. Though if it were the case, at least we could get some of the nuttier parishes toned down a bit.


Thursday, April 22, 2010


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Albany Vocations

The Diocese of Albany has a pretty awesome site for promoting vocations. There are neat clips featuring the Sisters of the Resurrection, and some interesting facts. Can you name which US Olympic speed skater is now a Franciscan Sister of the Renewal? Or the major league baseball player who joined the priesthood?

PS: I'm doing a 5k run for vocations in the Albany Diocese on Saturday. Please support me by pledging prayers for vocations. Just shoot me an email with your pledge. Thanks!

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I was for paedophilia before I was against it

As Mr. Dawkins gets caught in a little situation where something he previously said was fine is now to be considered a crime against humanity. Oops.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Greatest new software feature

New version of Trillian detects rickrolls.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Hindu-Catholic Dialogue

I have a friend who is going through a difficult time personally and spiritually. I hit roadblocks in giving spiritual advice, because she is Hindu. Aside from encouraging her to pray, I'm not sure what to do. She has admittedly tried to pray, but it is difficult, because she understands suffering as an effect of karma, and she has trouble seeing why she deserves to suffer so much. I'm not trying to convert her, because this is definitely not the right moment, and she is not open to that. But she does express some jealously that I can turn to my faith and God for solace, and she has trouble doing the same. I just wish I could bring God's mercy and love to her, but aside from just being a good friend and listening, I don't know how to tell her that God loves her, and that her suffering is not a punishment. Any advice?


Sunday, April 11, 2010

The evils of celibacy

If celibacy is really so dangerous, should we, for example, prevent celibates from being anywhere near young children as one former government minister here in Ireland once suggested? How many lay teachers would that affect?

While in general I would agree that I am not a good influence on children, the author does raise a good point.

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Scandal summary!

Two woots to these priests for their useful summary of the facts.

Again: the truth MUST come out if the Church is ever to continue to be a force for good in the world. It will be embarrassing; it will be awkward; it will be painful and, yes, some heads will have to roll. But, the truth will always be something through which good will come.

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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Shea on biology

Put quite concisely, as usual.

He notes, in brief, that to support abortion one must create various theories about ensoulment and when life becomes life, etc. Whereas the opposite position is quite simple and scientific - right number of chromosomes, right species, it's a person.

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