Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Monday, February 27, 2006
spam, spam, spam, chips and spam
(And that's genuinely how I read it - not a contrived pun, I'm afraid.)
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Travels of a EFL fraud
Ah leave ma hoose, this is what is taking up half of the parking spaces on the street. And this after the Big Thaw a few days earlier.
My tram stop, looking south, as I cross to catch the tram going north.
Ducks! Two or three stops before mine, this is the corner of Krolewska and Marszalkowska, I will at some point get round ot putting up the photos I took of the crowds here leaving the Pope's funeral (on giant screens on a square through this park) These are the ones that weren't there when I wanted to show you them, Bettina. I was glad to learn that it is not the Chinese food kiosks across the road that clear up the ducks in the evening: they have a wee house somewhere in the park, apparently. The ducks, not the Chinese food kiosks (unless they are Baba Yaga kiosks on feet, I suppose.)
Crossing the road after getting off the tram
Walking through the park looking back at the street just crossed
My back to the street, I reach the buildings on the other side of the park
I turn into this little courtyard to walk through to the next street
I turn into this little courtyard to walk through to the next street
Thursday, February 23, 2006
(work going badly; long dark teatime of the intellect...)
' Die Veranstaltung wird mit dem Titel „Echt kryptisch“ beworben, da die Katechesen in der Krypta stattfinden werden. '
(Disclaimer: I know nothing about this bishop beyond this interview, and don't wish to mock him; I just thought that line was rather amusing.)
Calling a spade a spade:
Comments box star The Glaswegian, proffering a selection of Tunnock's finest: 'Hydrog?'
Why prelates should all have fluent Latin: so that when the final persecution has come, a secularist empire is about to wipe out all Catholics, and the hierarchy is down to the Pope and twelve Cardinals in a hut near Jerusalem, they can communicate easily and discreetly.
Mantilla-tip to The Devout Life.
Does this count as 'other'?
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Enough of this devotional mush
If enacted as it stands, we believe the Bill would make it possible for the Government, by delegated legislation, to do (inter alia) the following:
- create a new offence of incitement to religious hatred, punishable with two years’ imprisonment;
- curtail or abolish jury trial;
- permit the Home Secretary to place citizens under house arrest;
- allow the Prime Minister to sack judges;
- rewrite the law on nationality and immigration;
- “reform” Magna Carta (or what remains of it).
Proposal to campaign for various things, including a Bill of Rights. Squeaks of dismay at Spectres of the Endarkenment, but given the record of our Foolish Leader perhaps carving habeas corpus in stone would not be a bad idea.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Monday, February 20, 2006
Sub fusc under threat?
At this point I feel I should say something clever about ritual and performativity, but don't think I'm quite up too it.
Perhaps more importantly: carnations would look silly if one didn't have sub fusc on...
(Question: what, if anything, is the usage of sub fusc in Tabland?)
Friday, February 17, 2006
Below Poland rank only: post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia (as many children aborted as born), the Chech Rep (v. atheist), Lithuania, the Ukraine, Macau, Singapore, Macau and Hong-Kong.
What is wrong? Where are the babies? Lack of hope, life, love... Poland has such a treasury of spiritual and cultural wealth to share, but does it really have to first hit the real bottom - and rank last - before it starts to bounce back and start reversing trends? How this must pain our former Holy Father, R.I.P - or perhaps it doesn't, I'm sure he must understand why it is so...
We can't escape (even if so in error as to want to) from the facts:
1. that motherhood can not and should not be severed from fatherhood and that both, being gifts, have great dignity just as life has dignity,
2. and that motherhood and fatherhood together are special 'sacraments' (reflections of unseen Grace) of God's Fatherly love (in His image he created them) ,
3. and derive their inalienable intrinsic dignity from no less than God (not from the State, consensus or any such thing) .
.....HENCE the ramifications of 'braking asunder" what "God has put together" (eg. motherhood from fatherhood, the marriage bond, the procreative from unitive aspects of sexual love, procreation from the marital embrace context, body language from love etc...) has such deep and far-reaching destructive ramifications as can be observed, and comprises one of the most dehumanizing phenomena of our world... (it strikes at - affronts - the core (not incidental, periferal, 'purely-spiritual-if-such-a dimension-at-all-exists") meaning of human sexuality and human dignity as most fully realised in the gift of self).
The world at large is beginning to see, sometimes, that the truth lies in this direction and hungers for this truth so much - this truth which the Church has never lost = so it is our mission to carry it forth... we can't expect anyone else to do so for us - and let's use our treasuries of tradition in this regard to do our job well (examples of some such treasures).
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Vatican Assassins out of print
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Ahhaaaa haaaa haaa ha ha ha haaaaaaaa!
Well, I knew that Ratzinger would never be elected because it would be too good to be true. So . . .
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Muslim parents disrupt school Mass
"We grieve the more that this [the Reformation] happened there because we and our predecessors have always held this nation in the bosom of our affection. For after the empire had been transferred by the Roman Church from the Greeks to these same Germans, our predecessors and we always took the Church's advocates and defenders from among them. Indeed it is certain that these Germans, truly germane to the Catholic faith, have always been the bitterest opponents of heresies, as witnessed by those commendable constitutions of the German emperors in behalf of the Church's independence, freedom, and the expulsion and extermination of all heretics from Germany. "
Sacerdotium et Respublica
31 gennaio 2006
Santità, le scrivo a nome di alcune signore georgiane della mia parrocchia "Sancta Maria" a Trabzon (Trebisonda) sul Mar Nero in Turchia. Me l'hanno dettata in turco, la traduco come è uscita dalla loro bocca così gliela faccio avere in occasione della mia venuta a Roma. Io sono don Andrea Santoro, prete "Fidei donum" della chiesa di Roma in Turchia, nella diocesi di Anatolia, qui residente da 5 anni. Il mio gregge è formato da 8/9 cattolici, i tanti ortodossi della città e i musulmani che formano il 99 per cento della popolazione. Sarebbe lei Santità, sia il vescovo della mia diocesi di partenza (Roma) sia il vescovo della mia diocesi di arrivo dal momento che si tratta di un "Vicariato apostolico". È a questo doppio titolo che le recapito la lettera delle tre georgiane.
"CARO PAPA, a nome di tutti i georgiani la salutiamo. Da Dio chiediamo per te salute nel nome di Gesù. Siamo molto contenti che Dio ti ha scelto come Papa. Prega per noi, per i poveri, per i miseri di tutto il mondo, per i bambini. Crediamo che le tue preghiere arrivano dirette a Dio. I Georgiani sono molto poveri, hanno debiti, senza casa, senza lavoro. Siamo senza forze. Viviamo in questo momento a Trabzon e lavoriamo. Tu prega che Dio ci benedica e crei in noi un cuore nuovo e pulito. Noi non dimentichiamo la vita cristiana e per i turchi cerchiamo di essere un buon esempio nel nome di Dio, perché per mezzo nostro vedano e glorifichino Dio. Noi abbiamo molte cose da dire e da raccontare ma, Inshallah, se verrai a Trabzon potremo parlare faccia a faccia. La tua venuta sarà una festa felice. Da Dio chiediamo e auguriamo per te salute e pace e vita cristiana. Baciamo le tue mani. Saremo contenti che tu ci risponda e ci mandassi una foto con la tua firma. Tu come papà comune prega per don Andrea e Loredana, che Dio dia loro forza e a Trabzon per mezzo loro la chiesa cresca e si moltiplichi. Maria, Marina e Maria". A nome degli altri cristiani georgiani ti invitiamo a Trabzon per la tua prossima venuta a Novembre in Turchia.
Santità, mi unisco a queste tre donne per invitarla davvero da noi. È un piccolo gregge, come diceva Gesù, che cerca di essere sale, lievito e luce in questa terra. Una sua visita, se pur rapida, sarebbe di consolazione e incoraggiamento. Se Dio vuole... a Dio niente è impossibile. La saluto e la ringrazio di tutto. I suoi libri mi sono stati di nutrimento durante i miei studi di teologia. Mi benedica. E che Dio benedica e assista anche lei.
don Andrea Santoro
Prete "Fidei donum" della diocesi di Roma in Turchia,
diocesi di Anatolia, città di Trabzon sul Mar Nero,
chiesa di "Sancta Maria".
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
The Two Germanies
When Adenauer was liberated by the Americans in 1945 he told them that there are two Germanies: the Germany of Prussia, Militarism and the will- to-power, and the Germany of Austria and Roman civilization. I was surfing the net today looking for a some images to illustrate how nationalism turned nasty over the course of the nineteenth century and I found these two from 1848 and 1914. I don't know how to illustrate Adenauer's point more beautifully. If nations exist by a disposition of nature (as Pius XII says) no doubt the two cities lurk in this way in the bosom of every country.
Monday, February 06, 2006
Thus, NBC is celebrating Easter this year with a special edition of the gay sitcom "Will & Grace," in which a Christian conservative cooking-show host, played by the popular singing slattern Britney Spears, offers seasonal recipes -- "Cruci-fixin's." On the other hand, the same network, in its coverage of the global riots over the Danish cartoons, has declined to show any of the offending artwork out of "respect" for the Muslim faith.
Which means out of respect for their ability to locate the executive vice president's home in the suburbs and firebomb his garage.
Sunday, February 05, 2006
"That on the altar men are cooking for women is - admittedly - a sloppy way of describing what happens in Holy Mass. One could also compare it to a Romeo singing below the window of his Juliet. The essence of Christian liturgy is the Holy Communion - the meeting - between God and man, which takes the form of the encounter of Christ, the bridegroom, with the Church, his bride. The cooking or singing metaphors must be understood in this context.
"Check out the Gospel of John, in order to see how Christ, especially in the beginning is presented as the bridegroom. And connect this to the words of the prophets - especially Jeremiah - who speak about the punishment of Jerusalem by saying that the voice of the bride and the voice of the bridegroom will not be heard any more in the city. After that, the prophets turns silent - until the voice of the bridegroom and the bride is heard again...
"This is, by the way, also the - rarely mentioned - reason for clerical celibacy or for the fact that clergy must be male.
"Regarding Central and Easter European women and families there are indeed a few things to be said. I was surprised when once our Polish parish-priest here in Moldova said to me that "this society is characterized by matriarchat". I had suspected this for a long time. Matriarchate in the situation I am living at the moment means that the mother is responsible for the family and its survival whereas the husband very often - obviously not always - "sleeps under a palm and drinks votka". The consequence of this is that women here indeed seem much more developed and active than men. This is evident when one watches interviews with average citizens e.g. in the Romanian state TV. The differences between men and women is - as a rule - enormous. It is enough to see the facial expression or language/pronounciation/capacity of expression of the average male Romanian as compared to a female. Women give - on the average - a much better impression than men. Why? Because they are [forced to be] in charge of things.
"Matriarchate begins in the families when mothers prefer their sons to their daughters - and mothers have a tendency to do this. While the daughter is quickly put into the situation to help and to contribute to the daily work in the house, the son remains the preferred pupil of the mother who is allowed to do nothing. He is protected, is always right and can do what he wants. This is the best way to educated him into the kind of gipsy baron he will be one day. Once he gets married, he will will continue behaving the way he did while at home with his mother. The so called patriarchate is once successful and - now failing - attempt of the women to make men do something.
(I'm never going to give up drawing up conference plans if it means receiving letters like this - but meanwhile I'm sharing the treasures coming my way)
Dissent allowed? On the implementation of the Vatican instruction about excluding homosexuals from seminaries
My gut feeling is that life can be hard and no one ever said that striving for holiness is to be easy and leaders need to be as hard on themselves as they need to be on their flocks - so if those responsible for seminaries and religious orders, out of a soft mushy pseudo-compassion, can't be manly enough to tell young men who are not emotionally mature enough to be husbands and fathers that they are also unfit for the priesthood, then they are ill equipped to be of service to poor laity who come up against pressure to contracept, marital breakdown, saying no to re-marriage, 'crisis pregnancies' and the like, not to mention the day-to-day toil of etching out a living. And what can be said of all those young girls who fall in love with young men who are still mama-boys and need to address the shortfalls of their loved ones in time in order to avert future turmoil before it is too late and they end up left alone as abandoned wives? Life is such that twenty-year old girls are often faced with harder decisions than that which the Vatican instruction asks bishops to face up to! We need manly priests - and so all the more manly bishops - please, please, non abbiate paura!