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Notre Dame continues to persecute pro-life protesters April 20, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals.
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Via culturewarnotes, Fr. Jenkins and Notre Dame are continuing  to press charges against the 88 pro-life protesters arrested on the Notre Dame campus last May during Obama’s effort to peel off portions of the Catholic Church commencement address.  These folks must have really annoyed Jenkins, because a recent report indicates that Notre Dame failed to press charges against anti-military and pro-gay protestors less than 2 years before the Obama speech.  The pending prosecution of these people is wrecking their lives:

The prosecution of the ND 88 threatens serious harm to them. If convicted, they could be fined up to $5,000 plus costs and imprisoned for up to a year. Those with no prior convictions may enter a program under which, after successful completion of a year’s probation, the charges would be erased, but close to a half of the defendants do not qualify for this program. Moreover, while charges are pending there can be grave collateral consequences in terms of such matters as extension of credit and employment. One defendant and her husband have, in fact, been turned down as foster parents on this account.

Notre Dame has been involved in the design of this prosecutorial plan and thinks well of it. As Father Jenkins has written in response to alumni objections, “Notre Dame officials have been in regular contact with the prosecutor’s office on these matters” and believe the prosecutor’s decisions are “balanced and lenient,” even though the University “fully agrees” with the defendants’ pro-life position. 

However, this isn’t the case.  The univesity is not being “balanced and lenient,’ and it is not standing on precedent, because in the recent past, it chose not to prosecute other tresspassers:

I have interviewed by telephone two participants (one a priest) in the Catholic Worker anti-ROTC protest who were arrested by Notre Dame police in March of 2007 and one of the Soulforce pro-gay participants, together with the person in the Soulforce organization responsible for dealing with any consequences of these arrests. The participants all state that, after they were taken into custody and processed on the campus, they were released and heard nothing more. The Soulforce administrator confirmed this account. One of the Catholic Worker participants read to me the citation she received, a “Summons and Complaint” describing the premises and declaring that the individual would be obliged to appear in court when notified. In short, the cases were dropped after the arrests….[S]hould you wish to verify my report….I will furnish you the names of the persons with whom I spoke.

Notre Dame also failed to prosecute the many pro-Obama trespassers on campus during his speech. 

Why is Notre Dame being so severe with these pro-life protesters, when they did not similarly persecute similar protesters in the past?  Does the administration at Notre Dame find something particularly repugnant about those so strongly dedicated to the pro-life cause?  Or is it because Notre Dame has paid a steep price, in declining alumni support, for having presented Obama with an award in spite of his virulently pro-abortion positions, and was severely embarrassed by the incident?  Is Notre Dame trying to send a message to the pro-life community and the Church? 

We’ll see what becomes of these cases.  It is difficult to reconcile Notre Dame’s status as a Catholic university with these actions.

This cannot lead anywhere good April 20, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, foolishness, Society.
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Scientists at Newcastle Universtiy in Britain have announed the creation of a cloned human embryo, a baby, with ‘3 parents’ – a male and two females.  The scientists have proudly announced  that they could start, uh…..growing humans like this within 3 years.  

They just can’t resist playing God.  With tens of millions of abortions worldwide every year, and millions of parents unable to have children on their own and unable to adopt, can anyone not see the fundamental illogic here?  In addition, human beings are being destroyed to further this research, their tiny new lives mangled and injected with chemicals to satisy scientific megalomania.   Playing around with the fundamental building blocks of life is likely to prove a dangerous business with untold consequences. 

I pray that governments will be sane and move to block this kind of research.

Cardinal Mahoney inveighs against Arizona immigration law April 20, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, silliness.
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Cardinal Mahoney, the soon to be retired Primate of Los Angeles, doesn’t like a new immigration reform bill about to be passed in Arizona.  Fr. Z has the article and comments (in red):

Cardinal Mahony compares Arizona immigration bill to Nazism, Communism
April 20, 2010

Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles has offered strong criticism of a measure passed by the Arizona legislature that would require police to arrest suspected illegal immigrants who are unable to provide documentation. The bill, if signed into law, would also make it illegal to hire day laborers off the street and to transport an illegal immigrant. [Note well: At issue is the ability of people who are in the USA illegally.  They are “illegal immigrants”.]

[The Cardinal continues:] “The Arizona legislature just passed the country’s most retrogressive, mean-spirited, and useless anti-immigrant law [SB 1070, awaiting the expected signature of Gov. Jan Brewer],” Cardinal Mahony wrote on April 18. “The tragedy of the law is its totally flawed reasoning: that immigrants come to our country to rob, plunder, and consume public resources.” [I doubt that many people in the USA illegally are intending to “plunder”.  But some are.  It would be nice to be able to prevent those who have that intention from carrying out their plans to commit crimes.  However, I do believe that quite a few people coming into the USA illegally do have the intention of consuming public resources.  No?  And if it is only a matter of a very few, it would still be good to know who they are and what their reasons are.  Are they truly refugees?  Do they need other forms of assistance?]

“The law is wrongly assuming that Arizona residents, including local law enforcement personnel, will now shift their total attention  [“total”?  Why does it have to be “total”?] to guessing which Latino-looking or foreign-looking person may or may not have proper documents,” he added. [I am guessing that His Eminence is not a supporter of profiling.] “I can’t imagine Arizonans now [Here it comes:] reverting to German Nazi and Russian Communist techniques whereby people are required to turn one another in to the authorities on any suspicion of documentation.”  [That would be a “no” vote from Card. Mahony.]

Although the measure would require police to ask for documents if there is a “reasonable suspicion” that a person is an illegal immigrant, The Los Angeles Timesnoted that the bill “would not require people to report suspected illegal immigrants to authorities, as [Cardinal] Mahony intimated.” 

Now, keep in mind, we are talking about illegal immigrants.  People who broke the law to enter the United States. Reasonable people can disagree about what is the best way to deal with illegal immigration and still not call each others Nazi’s and communists.  People in the rest of the country have no idea how severe the illegal immigrant problem is in southern Arizona – it’s way worse than anywhere else, including the Texas-Mexico border.  Ranchers get murdered, livestock is killed, fences are cut, rape is epidemic, and law and order is overwhelmed.  The United States, as a sovereign nation, has the right to set laws regarding the control of their borders – as do the several states.  Mexico certainly feels that way- it has far more draconian immigration laws than the US, and enforces them brutally.

The Catholic Church does not teach that wealthy nations have to allow unconstrained immigration.   Nations can make laws regarding immigration regulating it, and immigrants bear the burden of meeting those laws.  That is not the current situation being addressed in Arizona.  While US immigration laws are a disastrous mess, that does not give people the right to break them with abandon.  If that were the case, none of us would pay federal income taxes.

More on Pfleger’s rant April 20, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, scandals.
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Wow.  I did not know he also said that he was against the bishops, the cardinals, the Pope, the whole Magisterium.  See video from Michael Voris:

This denial of the Magisterium, of the authority of the Church, makes Pfleger a protestant.  I mean, he believes what many protestants believe, why is he still Catholic?  What is it about so many of these dissent types that they want to try to force the Roman Catholic Church to become like a protestant church.  Why not just leave and join the protestants?  I don’t get it.  I don’t want them to leave, I want them to repent, accept the Church’s teaching, and stay, but for as long as they refuse to do that……why, exactly, are they Catholic?

This situation is more serious than I thought.  Pfleger has recanted his non-apology for his statements, and is now completely disagreeing with Christ on a huge number of key Catholic beliefs – the Authority of the Church, the Sacrament of Confession, the male priesthood, the Chair of Peter, the Magisterium, contraception, abortion.  This is not a guy who is just  a little hazy on one or two small issues – he has left the Church.   He is causing grave scandal and leading his congregation into serious sin.   How can this guy remain a pastor?

The saddest thing – seeing Pasty McDoughboy wearing pseudo-African tribal garb and trying to talk ‘urban hip.’  This guy has serious problems, he needs prayers.

Major news alert – not all teens ‘hook up’ April 20, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Society.
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Shocking!  There are some teens out there that don’t engage in the really sad practice of ‘hooking up,’ also known as a booty call – having casual, anonymous sex with someone you just met, generally after copious amounts of alcohol.  In spite of MTVs very best efforts, some teens are able to resist the siren song of sexual decadence!   Amazing!

Seriously, this hooking up phenomenon is very sad.  I’m sure the guys think it’s great, but it’s hurting them in ways they may never understand.   From the CNN article:

The term “hook up” is ambiguous, usually defined as a no-commitment, physical encounter with a stranger or acquaintance. Hooking up can range from just a make-out session all the way to sex. Other lingo for the no-commitment sexual encounters are “booty calls” or “friends with benefits.”

Various academic studies have cited at least 75 percent of women have engaged in hooking up on campus, and the number is usually higher for men. The activity is most likely precipitated by alcohol, studies show. Boyle’s decision to quit hooking up leaves her in the minority.

Evidence of the backlash on hooking up on campuses can be seen in the growing popularity of the Love and Fidelity Network, a secular, nonprofit group dedicated to helping college students open the discussion for a lifestyle that doesn’t involve casual sexual activity with anonymous or uncommitted partners.

The organization, which promotes sexual integrity and defends marriage though discussion and speakers, has gained a presence on at least 20 schools from Harvard University to the University of Notre Dame since its inception in 2007. There is no official count on the number of students who participate in the Love and Fidelity Network. But at Princeton University, about 40 students have joined.

Look, we’re all young, and we all do/did foolish things.  I sure did.  But that doesn’t mean that now that we’re older and hopefully wiser, we cannot advise the young amongst us that treating your gift of sexuality like it’s a Pez dispenser is not a way to life long happiness.  I’ve read and heard stories about things going on at high school and college parties that would have been unimaginable in my days, but would make Caligula proud.  We’ve allowed our culture to become so hyper sexualized that many kids today think nothing of giving away to anyone who comes along one of God’s greatest gifts.  Ultimately, this is the parent’s responsibility.  While no parent can perfectly insure that their child won’t do something they’ll regret, parents can make  a huge difference by instilling faith and morals into their kids that are consonant with the Catholic faith, and by trying to limit the exposure their kids have to the dominant culture.  This doesn’t mean you should lock your child away until their 25, but it does mean that parents should monitor what their kids watch on TV, what they listen to, their web-browsing, and most importantly their friends.  And while saying ‘no’ to your kids can be less than fun, it can make a huge difference in their lives.

There is a counter-cultural movement out there that rarely gets talked about, except in tones of sneering derision.  This is the deeply Christian homeschool, country-livin, courting movement.  This may not be for everyone, but it’s nice to know there are ways for young people to meet and move towards love without engaging in the ritual dances of our culture.

Occasional non-Catholic post April 20, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness.
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Shocking though this may be, I do have interests outside the Church and haranguing beleaguered priests.   In actuality, I never intend to do the latter but to merely to exhort.  Anyways, one thing I like is good country music.  I know, I know……country music has a bad rap, and perhaps deservedly so.  So much of what Nashville turns out is…..not good.  Very not good.  But, I’m not talking about Nashville music, or at least nothing Nashville has turned out in 20 or more years.  I like me some oldies.  No, I’m talking about alt-country/Americana/country music with some hair on it. 

Probably none of my readers have ever heard of Corb Lund.  It’s a funny name, but the guy has tremendous talent.  He’s a rancher/musician from Taber, Alberta and he does country better than anyone currently in Nashville and most ‘Texas music’ artists.  He’s playing at Love and War in Texas in Plano (NE corner of Plano Pkwy and 75/Central Expy) on Friday, starting around 8p.  Even if you don’t like country music, I encourage you to check him out.  You  might be glad you did.  Tix are $12.