Monday, September 28, 2009

Speciesism - Give The Dog A Bone, Or Else!

"A Rat is a Pig is a Dog is a Boy."  That's the title of Wesley Smith's forthcoming book on the "human cost" of the animal rights movement. Who would have thought that we would have to worry about animals being given rights and how they might be considered as equal to, or even superior to, human rights? Are animals able to have rights when they are not able to fulfill any responsibilities? The answer according to those who espouse the doctrine of "speciesism" is a resounding "yes."

SPECIESISM is a dangerous concept promoted by Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton University.  Singer, one of the driving forces behind the modern animal rights movement, argues that one species exercising power over another is a wrong that is comparable to racism or sexism.  He blames speciesism on the Judeo-Christian "prejudice" against animals  that began with the creation accounts in Genesis whereby God gave man "dominion" over the animals.  According to Singer, this was an injustice and animals have been suffering ever since.

While we are getting used to the educational "elite" on college campuses promoting strange philosophies,  who would have thought that these views would reach to the highest levels of government?  The administration's newly appointed regulatory "czar" , Cass Sunstein, explained in a 2002  Harvard paper  that  he could see a time in the future when animals would be granted the right to sue in court.  The idea sounds ludicrous, but Sunstein, wrote, "We could even grant animals a right to bring suit without insisting that animals are in some general sense 'persons,' or that they are not property."

OK, let me repeat that concept "...grant animals a right to bring suit"!!  

This would be funny if it weren't being proposed by one of the most powerful men in our society.  I'll be posting some more on the problems of animal "rights" advocacy and speciesism at a later date, but right now I have to go see if any of my neighbors are walking their dogs in the rain.  Maybe I can find some new clients who are being subjected to adverse weather conditions by oppressive members of another species!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

North Dakota Bishop Asks Priests To Pray Outside Abortion Clinic

Bishop Aquila of North Dakota has asked his priests to pray one hour outside an abortion facility during 40 Days for Life. According to LifeSite News, Bishop Samuel Aquila sent a letter to all of his priests in the diocese of Fargo, saying:

"I ask that each of you schedule at least one hour of prayer outside the abortion facility during these 40 days. I realize this will require great sacrifice for some of you in terms of miles traveled and time away from other pastoral duties. Yet I am confident that much fruit will come from your time spent in conversation with God at the site of this modern day, legally protected holocaust. Please also encourage your parishioners to take up the cross of Christ for the most vulnerable among us."

40 Days for Life began on September 23rd. It is an ecumenical effort of prayer and presence to bring an end to abortion. Please join your prayers to support this effort.

"I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life... "
Deuteronomy 30:19

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Year Of The Priest: Pope Benedict Teaches That The Role Of Priests Is Irreplaceable

Academicians, here is a story released by the Vatican Information Service on Thursday, September 17, 2009:

This morning in Castelgandolfo the Holy Father received a group of prelates from the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (Northeast 2), who have just completed their "ad limina" visit.

 Highlighting the functions of the various members of the Church, the Pope explained how "the particular identity of priests and laity must be seen in the light of the essential difference between priestly ministry and the 'common priesthood'. Hence it is important to avoid the secularisation of clergy and the 'clericalisation' of the laity".

  "In this perspective", he went on, "the lay faithful must undertake to give expression in real life - also through political commitment - to the Christian view of anthropology and the social doctrine of the Church. While priests must distance themselves from politics in order to favour the unity and communion of all the faithful, thus becoming a point of reference for everyone".

  Benedict XVI indicated that "the lack of priests does not justify a more active and abundant participation of the laity. The truth is that the greater the faithful's awareness of their own responsibilities within the Church, the clearer becomes the specific identity and inimitable role of the priest as pastor of the entire community, witness to the authenticity of the faith, and dispenser of the mysteries of salvation in the name of Christ the Head".

  "The function of the clergy is essential and irreplaceable in announcing the Word and celebrating the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist. ... For this reason it is vital to ask the Lord to send workers for His harvest; and it is necessary that priests express joy in their faithfulness to their identity".

  The Pope made it clear that "the shortage of priests must not come to be considered as a normal or typical state of affairs for the future". In this context he encouraged the prelates "to combine efforts to encourage new priestly vocations and find the pastors your dioceses need, helping one another so that all of you have better-trained and more numerous priests to support the life of faith and the apostolic mission".

  Referring then to the 150th anniversary of the death of the "Cure of Ars", which the Church is currently commemorating with the Year for Priests, Benedict XVI indicated that St. John Mary Vianney "continues even now to be a model for priests, especially in living a life of celibacy as a requirement for the total giving of self, expressed through that pastoral charity which Vatican Council II presents as the unifying center of a priest's being and actions".

  The Holy Father concluded by assuring the prelates of the existence of "many signs of hope for the future of particular Churches, a future that God is preparing through the dedication and the faithfulness with which you exercise your episcopal ministry".

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hard Hearts at Notre Dame

As part of a group of pro-life lawyers, I had the privilege to assist in the defense of several priests, religious and laypeople who were arrested for praying the Rosary "too close" to abortion clinics back in the 1990's during the Clinton administration. As anyone who has been wrongfully arrested can tell you, when the full weight of our legal system comes bearing down it takes a lot of resources, strength and stamina to withstand the assault. Our clients were ultimately found not guilty by a federal judge who was a devout Catholic. However, this was not enough for that extremely pro-abortion administration, who took the case all the way up to the full bench of the federal appeals court. The defendants, a small group consisting of a priest, a bishop and a young friar, were ultimately let go. I will always remember this case for the requirements imposed on the legal team by the defendants: we were only to use natural law in their defense. They were willing to go to jail to defend the unborn.

Now, here we are, over a decade later and I can't believe my eyes. I am reading a column from Catholic Exchange written by an attorney, Thomas M. Dixon, of Indiana. He has been recruited to represent 88 defendants who have been arrested for praying at the University of Notre Dame in protest of President Obama receiving an honorary degree. This group includes clergy and lay people, young and old, ordinary people and well known people. According to attorney Dixon, Father Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame, refuses to meet with him to discuss the case or to hear about the plight of these defendants. Can this be true? The "Catholic" university that was using the defense of dialogue to justify its honoring of the most pro-abortion president in the land, is now refusing to meet with the representative of the people they have had arrested. Where is the dialogue? Can they show no mercy to these protesters?

Please help with the defense of the "Notre Dame 88". I know that the costs involved in litigation can be enormous. Most of these people do not have the resources and the attorneys are working pro bono. There is a website entitled "Free the Notre Dame 88" with further information. In addition, contributions can be made to the Thomas More Society in Chicago ( a wonderful organization that has defended other pro-life advocates. May God bless these dedicated attorneys and the people they serve. And, may God change the hearts of the administration of Notre Dame.

Spirituality For Catholic Jedi, Part Five

We are exploring spirituality for Catholic
Jedi by examining three related themes:
First: What Is “The Spiritual Life?”
Second: What Is Prayer?
Third: How Should We Pray?
We continue with the Second Theme: What is prayer?

Our Lord Jesus calls you and me to abide in Him. He calls you and me to an intimate, personal relationship with Him. This relationship is a matter of experience.

By experience I do not mean a passing emotional state, but experience as a personal involvement.

The Lord calls you to experience Him, to experience a PERSONAL relationship with Him.

The Lord calls you not only to know about Him, but to know Him as a person.
  • The essential expression of our personal relationship with God is called prayer.
  • The essential activity that allows us to experience our personal relationship with God, is called prayer.
AND prayer is quite simple: Essentially, prayer is remaining in the Lord "unprotected," with no defenses, no masks, no disguises, no camouflage.

The Gospel Of Saint John points out that we share in God's own divine nature when we remain in Our Lord Jesus and His love --- like branches on a vine [John 15: 1-11]. Because, in fact, the Holy Spirit of Christ unites us to him.

As we hear in the First Letter Of John [1 John 4:13-15]: “By this we know that we are abiding in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His own Spirit. . . . Whoever confesses that Our Lord Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.”

The only begotten Son of God gives His Holy Spirit to human beings -- especially to those who are united with Him in faith. On THEM, He bestows all kinds of holiness:
  • He makes them relatives and sharers in His and the Father's nature;
  • He nourishes them with love;
  • He pours into them the knowledge of all virtue and goodness.
To enable us, to give us the ability to pray, Our Lord Jesus and the Father send us their Holy Spirit. And, through the Spirit, the Father and Son come to us and dwell in us -- as The Gospel According To John [John 14:23] says: “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”

This divine indwelling changes us: We exist in a new way, in the Holy Spirit:
  • We are enabled by the Spirit in us to know and love God in a personal way.
  • We call this new way of existing, “grace.”
Prayer is, above all, God’s grace, His gift.

My prayer, even though it is my own activity, is a gift from God by which I enter into an interpersonal relationship with Him:
  • A truly personal relationship in which I know and love God;
  • And a truly personal relationship in which I accept God's knowledge and love of me.

Praying is about dropping all the defensive camouflage and shields, to stand naked before God and remain in Him.

Be very cautious with too much reading about prayer, too much talking about prayer, too much thinking about prayer: Reading, talking or thinking too much about our praying can be used by our sinful human nature to shield us from the Lord, hide us from Him, make us partially present to Him! Prayer calls for our TOTAL presence to the Lord, that He may take possession of us. And He will!

The purpose of prayer, the reason you and I even exist: is to stand exposed before God and remain standing before Him. But we have to WANT to stand before God -- we have to want it with an overpowering desire.

So . . . do YOU want to stand surrendered before God? When you sit yourself down to pray, ask yourself: WHAT DO YOU WANT? If you want God to take possession of you, then you are praying. That is fundamentally what prayer is!

Prayer is not always easy. But it is simple: If you desire to stand surrendered before God, then stand there; absolutely nothing else is needed.

Praying is simply abiding in the Lord -- being poor, with no defenses, and with a willingness to be trimmed clean to bear more fruit.

To Be Continued . . .

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Terri Schiavo's Dad Dies... Of A Broken Heart

Mark Pickup, a Christian blogger, triplegic and disability advocate writes of his friend, Bob Schindler, the father of Terri Schiavo:
His death certificate may say he died of cardiac arrest but those of us who knew Bob know he really died of a broken heart...
"Bob and Mary Schindler loved Terri and wanted to take her home and care for her. All that was needed was for her husband to agree and give up guardianship. He would not. He wanted her dead. Unfortunately, a Florida Judge by the name of George Greer agreed...

Terri did not need to die. Michael had moved on with his life, hooked up with a new woman, and even started a family with her. He was obviously in a conflict of interest regarding Terri Schiavo’s best interests. There were people who loved her and wanted to care for her but Michael would have none of it. He was determined she must die rather than live disabled...

On March 18th 2005, Terri’s gastric feeding tube was removed and her slow, torturous starvation and dehydration death began under a Florida court order. It took thirteen terrible days for her to die an agonizing death. All the Schindlers could do was watch. If Bob or Mary even raised an ice cube to her cracked lips, they would have been arrested on the spot by a burly police officer posted in the room to ensure nobody stopped the court sanctioned killing of Terri. If the Schindlers were arrested Terri would have died without them."

Robert Schindler, Requiescat in Pace.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Useless Eaters - Disability Excuses Genocide

Back in 2002, Mark Mostert a professor at Regent University, wrote a chilling article entitled "Disability as a Genocidal Marker in Nazi Germany." After the First World War, Germany suffered terrible privations, food shortages and extreme economic hardship. Who were the first to be denied care and food? The physically and mentally disabled, especially those who could not "contribute" to society. Their disability was sufficient to deny them life.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the United States and Germany were both being influenced by the thought of Charles Darwin. In particular, social Darwinism which holds that not only biological traits, but social traits are genetically determined. That thinking laid dangerous groundwork for the mass slaughter of the mentally and physically ill. If an undesirable trait existed in a person, the further spread of that trait could be stopped by killing the person. Does this sound familiar? It's done in abortion clinics every day when an unborn child with a "defect" has its life terminated.

The Eugenics movement developed out of Darwin's thought and took hold in the U.S. and Europe. This ranking of human worth based on mental and physical ability opened the door to forced sterilization of the mentally retarded in the United States, and we know what it led to in Germany.

At a time when Newsweek can publish an article entitled "A Case for Killing Granny", without any qualms, we must remain on guard against this type of thinking taking hold in our society and in our health care.

September 15th - Our Lady of Sorrows

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Person's A Person No Matter How Small

Matthew Archbold at Creative Minority Report writes about the socialized health care system in England that recently denied care to a baby because it was born two days too early. Little Jayden Capewell was born at 22 weeks and 5 days gestation. Guidelines under England's health care legislation state that care not be given to children born prior to 23 weeks. According to the baby's mother, Jayden had a strong heartbeat, but doctor's ignored her cry for help and told her to "enjoy the time she had with her son." This is what happens when you turn health care over to bureaucrats. The doctors say they follow the national guidelines and would have treated the child if he was born two days later. As Matthew says, it sounds eerily similar to the "we were just following orders" defense.

Health Care For Me, But Not For Thee

There is just one question to ask the politicians who are devising the new health care plan..."Will you and your employees on Capitol Hill be covered by this plan?" So far the answer is "No." Congress has exempted itself from the proposed health care coverage it wants to impose on the rest of us. Congressman Dean Heller of Nevada (no relation) introduced an amendment to the bill that would require Congress to opt into the public plan, but the amendment was defeated.
Soooo.... Maybe we should ask Congress to give us the health care coverage that they keep for themselves. It's known as the "Federal Employee Health Benefits Program." We pay for up to 75% of the premiums for members of Congress. They have no waiting period for coverage and there are doctors, technicians, nurses and a pharmacy on site. Yes, this is similar to some employer coverage, however, the difference is that there is very little accountability. And, again, if the proposed legislation is so great, why aren't we all in this together?

Stupid Catholics Of The World: Unite!

Jeff Miller, in his Blog, The Curt Jester, has a biting commentary on the latest Fr./Mr. Richard McBrien pronouncement from atop Mount Notre Shame.

Jeff writes, “Leave it to Fr. McBrien to actually write: ‘Eucharistic adoration, perpetual or not, is a doctrinal, theological, and spiritual step backward, not forward.’ So, Jeff Miller accurately interprets what McBrien is stating: “Eucharistic Adoration is for stupid people, not thinking Catholics.”

As a priest, my first reaction to “McEgo” is this simple request: Would someone, please, boot this genius through the goal posts of Notre Shame? 

Why is McBrien still teaching at Notre Shame?   Enough of his heretical positions, arrogance, and exaggerated sense of his own importance!   Enough of the hypocritical religiosity he parades on TV. As a matter of fact, the only time we ever see McBrien in a roman collar is when he gets paid by some TV news show to spew all the ultra-liberal, anti-Catholic things that the anti-Catholic media people curl up and purr over.

So, McBrien impugns that Eucharistic Adoration is for backward, stupid people. Stupid?  Want to know who’s really, really stupid?  How about:

The Apostles, Saint Ambrose, Saint Anselm, Saint Anastasia, Saint Anthony, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Athanasius, Saint Augustine, Saint Andrew Avellino, Saint Basil, Saint Benedict,Pope Benedict XVI,  Saint Bernadette Soubirous, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Blessed Andre Bessette,  Saint Bonaventure, Saint Boniface, Saint Bruno, Saint Catherine Of Alexandria, Saint Catherine Laboure, Saint Catherine Of Siena, Saint Charles Borromeo, Venerable Charles de Foucauld,  Saint Charles Lwanga, Saint Chrysogonous, Saint Clare, Saint Columba, Saint Cyprian,  Blessed Damien de Veuster, Saint Dominic, Saint Dominic Savio, Saint Edmund Campion,  Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Saint Ephrem, Saint Faustina, Saint Felicity, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini,  Saint Francis Of Assisi, Saint Francis Xavier, Saint Gerard Majella, Pope Saint Gregory The Great,  Saint Helen,  Saint Hilary Of Poitiers, Saint Hippolytus, Saint Hugh Of Lincoln, Saint Ignatius Of Antioch, Saint Ignatius Loyola, Saint Irenaeus, Saint Isaac Jogues, Saint Jane Frances de Chantal,  Saint Jerome,  Saint John Of The Cross, Saint John De Brebeuf, Saint John Eudes, Saint John Fisher,  Saint John Neumann, Pope John Paul II, Saint Joseph Of Cupertino, Saint Juan Diego, Saint Juliana Of Norwich, Saint Justin Martyr, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Saint Katherine Drexel, Saint Lawrence, Pope Saint Leo The Great, Saint Leonard Of Port Maurice, Saint Louis IX, Saint Lucy, Blessed Margaret Of Castello, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Saint Maria Goretti, Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, Saint Martin de Porres, Saint Martin Of Tours, Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Saint Mel, Blessed Miguel Pro, Saint Nicholas Of Tolentino, Saint Pio Of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), Saint Pancras, Saint Paschal Baylon, Saint Patrick, Saint Paul Of The Cross, Blessed Pedro de Alcantara, Saint Peter Julian Eymard, Saint Philip Neri, Saint Polycarp Of Smyrna, Blessed Raymond Of Capua, Saint Raymond Of Pennafort, Saint Richard Reynolds, Saint Rita Of Cascia, Saint Robert Bellarmine, Saint Rose Of Lima,  Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, Saint Sarapion, Saint Sebastian, Saint Simeon The Stylite,  Saint Simon Stock, Blessed Father Solanus Casey, Saint Sulpice II, Saint Terence Of Metz, Blessed Mother Teresa Of Calcutta, Saint Teresa Of Avila, Saint Therese Of Lisieux, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Thomas Becket, Saint Thomas More, Blessed Thomas Reynolds, Saint Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo, Saint Urban, Saint Ursula, Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Vincent Ferrer, Saint Virgilius,  Saint William, Saint William Of Bourges, Blessed Yvette, Saint Zachary, Saint Zozimus.

And that’s not even a tenth of all the “stupid” and “backward” Catholics who love Eucharistic Adoration.   If they are “stupid” then I want to become asinine!

Do, Re, Mi -- Track 17

The scene: Central Railway Station in Antwerp, Belgium
The date: March 23, 2009
The time: 8:00 am
The story: Without warning, on the station's public address system, passengers hurrying through the Station began to hear a recording of Julie Andrews singing 'Do, Re, Mi.'  
As the confused passengers watched in amazement, from the crowd and from station entrances, some 200 dancers began to gather in the center of the station.
They created this amazing stunt with just two rehearsals!
It was a promotion stunt for a Belgian television program that was looking for someone to play the leading role in the musical of "The Sound of Music".
(Sorry -- I'm not available; I have a wake that night.)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Don't Push Us Around!

(shamelessly cribbed from The Crescat)

Sorry, but all of the "smart people" telling the rest of us why we're too ignorant to understand how wonderful it will be to have the government provide our health care is beginning to get to me.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled blog.

Suicide is Not Painless

For some reason, probably best known by God, our society is heading down a road towards disposal of human life when it becomes "burdensome" or inconvenient. Not so long ago, Dr. Jack Kervorkian was viewed as a monster who took advantage of the sick and weak and pushed them into killing themselves. Today we see a shift in the media view of suicide. Now it's called "choice in dying." The Hemlock Society has changed its name to "Compassion & Choices." Don't feel don't have to be a burden on your family or society, you can take a pill and be done with it. Where is the compassion in this?

Wesley Smith has a gripping cover article for the National Review entitled "The Creeping Culture of Euthanasia." In it, he writes:

Today, the most important assisted-suicide advocates tend to be affluent and well-tailored liberal women who travel the country pitching “aid in dying” to elite society and the mainstream media. They and their groups are well funded, by organizations such as the leftist Tides Foundation. (Compassion & Choices operates with a seven-figure annual budget.) Changing the movement’s image has made a difference in its results.

Please be aware that Compassion & Choices was actively involved in drafting the provision of the health care bill before Congress that requires end of life conversations with health care providers. We must stay vigilant and spread the word about this creeping malignancy. It is the elites who are preaching assisted suicide, but they are imposing it on others, not themselves.

Terminal and serious illnesses almost always have a mental health component. Being seriously ill brings about depression. What a sick person needs is care, not guilt about being a burden. We need to be there for the sick. We need to take on their burden. We have supernatural help in this work. Wasn't it the Lord who told us to yoke ourselves to Him...that His burden was easy?

The assisted suicide movement is a sure sign of what happens when society loses faith in God and its ultimate destination. May we have the strength to be the light that the shines in this darkness.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.


 Grrr!  That's All I Can Stands,
And I Can't Stands No More!

Part of a series of periodic rants and occasional tirades, that will boil over periodically into this Author's posts.
In this installment:


Grrr! That's all I can stands, and I can't stands no more!  
I have had it!  I cannot take all of the wanton use of God's name everywhere -- on the street, in movies, in TV commercials and shows, on the radio, in the newspapers, on Blogs, on social web sites, as a web site's name, when "texting", and in a musical number from the Broadway show, "Legally Blond"!

Hey, folks! Perhaps you vaguely remember something involving a Commandment from God Himself, prohibiting the casual, disrespectful, purposeless use of His Holy Name.  It's called the Second Commandment.  In that Commandment, God states, "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain."  [The Book Of Exodus 20:7; The Book Of Deuteronomy 5:11; The Gospel According to Saint Matthew 5:33-34.]  

It makes my blood boil when I hear people saying, "O my God!"  They use "God" in the same fashion as they inject other overused, unoriginal and trite exclamations: "Whatever!"  "Cool!"  "Way!"  "Awesome!"  "Da Bomb!"  "Kickin'!"  "Totally!"

People, the word "God" is not slang; it's a Name -- it belongs to Our Creator. "O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth" (Psalm 8:1)  What are people really trying to say when they resort to "OMG!"?  They are trying to say:
     "What a surprise!"     "I'm shocked!"     "That's wonderful!"
     "That's horrible!"       "Amazing!"         "Huh?"
     "Oh no!"                    "Oh yes!"            "I'm telling you... ."

Say what you mean.  Mean what you say. Or as Our Lord Jesus put it, "You have heard that it was said to the men of old, 'You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.' But I say to you, Do not swear at all.... Let what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything more than this comes from the evil one." [The Gospel According To Saint Matthew 5:33-34,37; The Letter From James 5:12; The Catechism Of The Catholic Church, paragraphs 2142-2167]

The same principles apply to the sinful and vain use of the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, of His Blessed Mother, and of the Saints. 

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Not Daniel, But Kevin In The Lions' Den

This is a jaw dropping achievement by Kevin Richardson, the so-called "Lion Whisperer."
Take a look (as you nervously sit on the edge of your chair!).  
By the way, I did not create the title you see above the video. 
I hate that "o m g" business!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Did You Know?

Here's an intriguing video, Did You Know?, filled with some astounding facts and figures about the progression of information technologies (which are bringing you this Blog).

Did You Know?
also contains some eye-opening data about birth rates and educating children to master these frighteningly powerful technologies.

Considering that this cyber-/artificial Academy is the product of these technologies, and is using these technologies to help champion the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Church, I thought it apropos to showcase this video on the Catholic Jedi Academy Blog.

Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!

Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!
Take a moment and visit the MOSJ website.