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Missionaries of Charity celebrating! August 12, 2010

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The Dallas Missionaries of Charity are holding or participating in many celebrations over the next few weeks, in celebration of their foundress, Mother Teresa, and the 100th anniversary of her birth!  The activities include:

This year is a special year for the Missionaries of Charity and will be commemorated as follows:
On Sat Aug 21st, a Mass at 900am will be celebrated at the shelter by Bishop Deshotel  on the anniversary of the founding of their order.
On Aug 26th, a 630pm Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral by a Bishop in honor of the 100th birthday of Mother Theresa
From Aug 27th thru Sep 3, a novena of Masses will be celebrated by different priests at St James parish at 630pm each day and will conclude on Sep 4th at 900am with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Seitz.
The Sisters asked that we spread the word and that everyone come and ask for Mothers intercession for all your needs during these special times. 
  Amen to that!  I pray that many are able to make it out and celebrate with the Missionaries of Charity!  I need to get down there and visit,  myself.  I doubt they are at the LCWR conference.  I don’t think they make time for that  kind of activity.

The great Cardinal Pell schools greens, leftists August 12, 2010

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Ah, it is too bad that God did not see fit that George Cardinal Bell should have headed the Congregation on Bishops.  I think we should have been very gratified had he been granted that priviledge.   In a recent op-ed in the Sydney archdiocesan newspaper, Cardinal Pell castigated Australia’s ‘green’ party, saying they were watermelons – green on the outside and red on the inside.  He said much more than that:

When asked by young adults about how to vote in the upcoming elections, Pell recounted in a column Sunday that he did not endorse a specific party but encouraged his audience “to examine the policies of the Greens on their website and judge for themselves how thoroughly anti-Christian they are.”

The prelate also pointed out that Green leader Robert Brown helped author a book in which it was claimed that “humans are simply another smarter animal, so that humans and animals are on the same or similar levels depending on their level of consciousness.” The book was coauthored by Princeton University philosopher Peter Singer, a notorious supporter of infanticide and euthanasia.”This Green ethic is designed to replace Judaeo-Christianity,” Pell warned.

Some Green politicians, he noted, “have taken this anti-Christian line further by claiming that no religious argumentation should be permitted in public debate.” “Not surprisingly they are often inconsistent on this issue, welcoming Christian support for refugees, but denying that any type of religious reasoning should be allowed on other matters,” wrote Pell.

He called one wing of the Greens “like water melons, green outside and red inside,” saying that “a number were Stalinists, supporting Soviet oppression.”

“Naturally the Greens are hostile to the notion of the family, man, woman and children, which they see as only one among a set of alternatives,” he wrote. “They would allow marriage regardless of sexuality or gender identity.” Pell also criticized the party’s environmentalist platform, saying that while “we all accept the necessity of a healthy environment,” the party’s ideas “are impractical and expensive, which will not help the poor.”

The leader of the greens retorted, stating that they were actually the “faithful ‘christians'” by their support for gay marriage, since (they claim) most ‘Christians’ support same sex marriage.   That’s quite a statement.  So, to the greens, ‘faithful christians’ are those that reject Scripture, the traditional teachings of their faith, and the natural law, and apparently settle doctrinal issues on the basis of a popularity contest.  If one day people should become violently hostile to greens and their hyper-environmentalism, do you not think that Mr. Brown, the leader of the greens, would very quickly find himself pining for someone to exercise Christian charity in defending him? 

Cardinal Pell is correct when he states that greens, both in Australia and around the world, have used campaigns of subterfuge, misinformation, and outright lies in order to advance their radical, misanthropic agenda.  These groups almost invariably support wide policies that are highly antithetical to the doctrine of the Church – support for abortion, euthanasia, gay marriage, and economic policies that would inflict horrid suffering, especially on the poor.  I am very gratified to see a prominent figure in the Church opposing these groups.  While we all need to preserve God’s creation, the extremism represented by these groups is, as Cardinal Pell shows, decidedly anti-Christian.

I have an urge to make folks cry August 12, 2010

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Heck, it got me a bit.  If you’ve never been out to greet the troops coming home at DFW, you should do it!  It’s fantastic, very moving.  Those guys are still covered Mideast sand when they come off the plane, but it is awesome to get to greet them.

CatholicVoteAction had this video of troop homecomings.  The reactions are so full of love and happiness…..

And guess who was just there a day or two ago?  W. 

I don’t think W was a very good President.  I think he harmed the country on a number of issues, including not pressing for recapitalization/modernization of the armed services when he had the chance after 9/11, but there is no doubt he is a very classy guy.  I don’t like a number of his policies, but I respect Bush as a man.

The deja vu, the green tint, the oppressive sense of something very wrong…… August 12, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals.
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……..no, not the Matrix.  The LCWR are holding their annual conference right now, here, in Dallas!  Oy vey! 

All kinds of interesting stuff about this – either LCWR, or the Diocese, or both, have essentially banned media coverage of the meetings, save for a couple of speeches being given towards the end of the conference.  Bishop Farrell apparently gave an address to the sisters, welcoming them Tuesday night – were that I could have hung on the wall to listen to that, although in reality, it probably didn’t say a great deal other than bland pleasantries.  I doubt Bishop Farrell took off his shoe and started pounding it on the table, pointing his stubby finger at the women religious, giving a ringing exhortation in defense of orthodoxy, and concluding with “We will bury you!” (literally, these sisters are getting old).  That would have been SO awesome………

I don’t know if I have any sociologists as readers, but I think going down to Reunion Hyatt Regency and scouting around, hiding behind potted plants with your long lens camera like Diane Fossey, could be quite a sociological experiment.  I am so tempted to be very catty, noting the prevalence of loud pantsuits and white hair (and butch!), but I’ll defer, and note some of the truly scintillating speakers lined up for this conference:

I’m sure there is more, but you get the idea.  The sisters have blocked media access from most of the conference, and have very little in the way of conference materials available online – the better to prevent prying eyes from being able to see just how far off the rails the sisters are willing to go this year (previous talks, which got the sisters in trouble with the Vatican, had leading LCWR members describing their communities as “post-Christian,” having a faith “bigger than Christ,” and leading towards new communities that won’t belong to any formal religion – pride goeth before a fall, and all that). 

If I had the time, and dear Lord, I’m going to try, I’m would get down there as a roving reporter.  Maybe I should see if I can score a fedora and make a little ‘press’ card to put in the hat.  Anyone want to go scout around the Hyatt Regency with me?  I am so busy at work, but this just sounds like TOO much fun.  Do you think I might experience any feigned charity?  Anyone wanna go with?