Monday, June 30, 2008

Catholic News-Monday Evening (6-30-2008 AD)

CVSTOS FIDEI EVENING EDITION Grave New World - Jeff Miller, The Curt Jester Bishop Knew of Abortion Plan - Did Nothing! - Patrick Archbold, CMR Living Together Dangerously - Fr. John Flynn, Zenit Christianity and the Politicians - David Carlin, Inside Catholic MSM Ignores Black Ministers March For Life - Ken Shepherd, NwsBstrs Beware Green Zealots - Henry Ergas, The Australian India: Killing of Baby Girls Triggers Social Upheaval - Sonya Fatah, TS Bonus Commentary: Pope: Rome Was Key for Peter and Paul - Zenit Bonus Apologetics: Who Said This About the Evils of Contraception? - BFHU, Blck Crdls Secular Commentary: The War Inside NBC - Jed Babbin, Human Events Tunguska Explosion Mysterious 100 Years Later - Charles Choi, Spc (Biretta Tips: Kevin Knight & Lucianne)

Catholic News-Monday Morning (6-30-2008 AD)

CVSTOS FIDEI MORNING EDITION The Cafeteria Is CLOSED - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report Children of Same-Sex Parents - Jean Heimann, Catholic Fire SSPX: "No Thanks" - Steve Skojec, Inside Blog SSPX Response: Undeterminable - New Catholic, Rorate Cæli He's Not Just for Catholics - Robert Kumpel, St. John's Valdosta Blog LA Times Clueless on Catholicism - Dave Pierre, NewsBusters Dodgy English Cthlc Church Website - Damian Thompson, Holy Smoke Bonus Commentary: NY Times: Where All the Babies At? - Patrick Archbold, Crtv Mnrty Rprt
Thursday, June 26, 2008

Catholic News-Thursday Evening (6-26-2008 AD)

CVSTOS FIDEI EVENING EDITION SSPX Bp Williamson, "Our Answer Will Be Negative" - Rorate Cæli U Might Not Be Catholic If U Read Vox Nova - Matt Archbold, CMR SSPX: The Plot Thickens - Steve Skojec, Inside Blog Parish Nixes Altar Girls - Predictable Outrage Ensues - Fr. Z, WDTPRS Anglican Bishop to Defect to Rome - Damian Thompson, Holy Smoke The Best Hope for GAFCON - Fr. J, The Black Cordelias The Red Shoes of the Fisherman - Jeff Miller, The Curt Jester ABC Interview Ignores Radicalism of Fr. Pfleger - Scott Whitlock, NB The Case Against Barack Obama - Deal Hudson, Inside Catholic Bonus Commentary: Lengthening Communion Fast to 3 Hours Again - Fr. Z, WDTPRS USCCB Stands Up For Hindus, Not Catholics - Matthew Archbold, CMR The "Question" of Lutheran Orders - Bonetus, Rorate Cæli Dobson & Obama's Theory of Abortion Relativity - Lee Cary, Am Thnkr Saving Sarahs - Robert Kumpel, National Catholic Register Bonus Apologetics: Rosary vs. Repitious Prayer - BFHU, The Black Cordelias Bonus News: Study Finds Casual Sex is Emotionally Harmful to Women - LfStNws Religious Commentary: Fight Against Muslim Holocaust Denial - Damian Thompson, Hly Smk
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Catholic News-Wednesday (6-25-2008 AD)

CVSTOS FIDEI EVENING EDITION Pope: Return to Communion in the Mouth - Tito, Custos Fidei The Darkened Intellect Serves the Fallen Will - Mark Shea, Inside Cth A Return to an Older Style Papal Pallium! - Fr. Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS Fr. Andrew Greeley: Bp Tim Russert? - Margaret Cabaniss, Insd Blg The Alternative Abp of Canterbury - Damian Thompson, Hly Smk A Tale of Two Churches - Ed Lasky, American Thinker Card.: Muslims Should be Free to Convert - Richard Owen, Times The Name Game - George Weigel, Denver Catholic Register Religion in the Hook-Up College Culture - Matthew Archbold, CMR SSPX News Update - Tito, Custos Fidei Bonus Commentary: Wake Up! 'Gay' Rights Movement Gaining Traction - Deal Hudson, IB I Got Nowhere Else to Go! - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report Faith in the Age of Science - Donald DeMarco, National Cthlc Register Bonus News: Cal: Ct Revisits Ruling of Illegal Homeschooling - Jenna Murphy, LSN Shameless Blog Plug of the Day: What Does The Prayer Really Say? by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf Religious Commentary: Turkey: Khomeini-Type Return of Muslim - Paul de Bendern, FW Young Jewish Boy Savagely Beaten in Paris - Phyllis Chesler, FPM Secular Commentary: Pelosi: I Want to Bring Back Fairness Doctrine - Ken Shepherd, NB (Biretta Tips: Kevin Knight, PewSitter, & Lucianne)

Pope: Returning to Communion in the Mouth

I just got this from the Associated Press that "Pope Benedict XVI intends to return to the old way of distributing Communion at Masses" according to Msgr. Guido Marini.
Benedict's master of liturgical ceremonies said in an interview Wednesday in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano that the pontiff will place the Communion host in the mouths of the faithful who kneel before him. ... Benedict gave Communion to kneeling faithful during his trip this month to southern Italy. The aide, Monsignor Guido Marini, says that distributing Communion the old way helps faithful be devout.
We know how the secular media can get some of the most basic details of the Catholic Church twisted or misinterpret some poor old nun and state that Catholic teaching has changed. So maybe Msgr. Marini may have been interjecting that the Pope will continue to offer Communion to the more pious and devout who choose to receive Communion in the mouth. Or this could actually be true!
(Biretta Tip: PewSitter)

Catholic News-SSPX Update (6-25-2008 AD)

CVSTOS FIDEI SSPX EDITION Pray Now for the SSPX! - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS Tornielli: The Five Points were for Bishop Fellay - Fr. Z, WDTPRS SSPX Prospects and My Ruminations - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS What SSPX Supporters Think - Ches, The Sensible Bond Be Wary of "Schism" - Steve Skojec, Inside Blog Do SSPXers Think New Rites of Ordination are Valid? - Fr. Z, WDTPRS SSPX Deadline Looms This Weekend - Damian Thompson, Holy Smoke Terra's Take - Terra, Australia Incognita
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Catholic News-Tuesday Evening (6-24-2008 AD)

CVSTOS FIDEI EVENING EDITION I Want Mass to Have Top-10 Music - Matthew Archbold, Crtv Min Rep Quebec Awakes - John Burger, National Catholic Register Bobby Jindal's Choice - Thomas Lifson, American Thinker Morality -- Trotskyite vs. Christian - Pat Buchanan, Townhall No One Sees God - Michael Novak, First Things Abortionist Testified Live-Born Baby Stabbed to Death - LfStNws The Virgins That Await Suicide Bombers - Simple Sinner, Blck Crdls Does Money Make you Happy? - Arthur Brooks, CSMonitor Clock Ticking as Church Calls SSPX's Bluff - Tom Heneghan, FthWrld The Holy See's 5 Conditions for the SSPX - Fr. Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS Bonus Commentary: Michelangelo: Anti-Catholic Kabhallist - Matthew Archbold, CMR Battle Over a Single Word - Daniel Kuebler, National Catholic Register Bonus Apologetics: Jesus Didn't Found the Church - Fr. Thomas Williams, NCRegister How Do Catholics Get to Heaven? - BFHU, The Black Cordelias Bonus News: Homosexuals to Protest World Youth Day - Joel Gibson, Sydny Hrld Secular Commentary: Th. Sowell: Why Imitate Failed Euro Economics - B. Saint-Paul, TIB (Biretta Tip: RealClearPolitics)
Monday, June 23, 2008

Catholic News-Monday Evening (6-23-2008 AD)

CVSTOS FIDEI EVENING EDITION Pope to SSPX: Now or Never? - Patrick Archbold, Crtv Mnrty Rprt Rome-SSPX Agreement Near - New Catholic, Rorate Cæli Neo-Catechumens Must Adhere to the Roman Rite - Fr. Z, WDTPRS PB16: Eucharist is Mystery of Alliance Not Meal Among Friends - CNA Neocatechumenal Old Form Mass Is Illicit - Sandro Magister, Chiesa Bp Murphy Blasts Gov Over 'Gay Marriage' - Irene Lagan, Inside Blog Big Box Abortion - Brian Burch, Fidelis Blog Americans Divided on Hollywood Influence - Ed Stoddard, FthWrld Simon: Jindal Would Hurt McCain - Mark Finkelstein, NewsBusters Diocese of Camden to Shrink by Half - Jim Walsh, Courier-Post Planned Parenthood: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing? - Harry Jackson, Th Romania Fights EU Push for 'Gay Marriage' - Hilary White, LSN Bonus Commentary: Bishop Loverde's Gross Mismanagement - Steve Skojec, Inside Blog Ultra-Lefty Natl Cth Reporter Ban on Lay Preaching - Fr. Z, WDTPRS Bonus News: Lake Charles, LA: Solemn Gregorian Rite Mass - Fr. Z, WDTPRS Abort Clinic Owner Who Posed as Doctor Jailed - LifeSiteNews Shameless Blog Plug of the Day: What Does The Prayer Really Say by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf Religious Commentary: Ancient Roman Vestalia Revived in Italy - Fr. Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS Hizballah in Venezuela: Will the US Move - Gustavo Coronel, Hu Ev (Biretta Tips: Kevin Knight, PewSitter & Lucianne)
Sunday, June 22, 2008

Catholic News-Sunday Afternoon (6-22-2008 AD)

CVSTOS FIDEI AFTERNOON EDITION SF Catholic Charities: A Who's Who of Homosexual Marriage - CCD The Situation in Gaza - Irene Lagan, Inside Catholic Phoenix Newspaper: Latin Mass "Boring" - Fr. Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS Let God be the Boss - Fr. Philip Powell, Domine da mihi hanc aquam Latin Hymns for the Liturgy of the Hours - Gregor Kollmorgen, NLM Cardinal Ruini Bids Goodbye - Argent, by the Tiber Uncle Walter Appears As An Angel Of Light - VSC, Cthlc Cavemen 'Gay Marriage' Ruling May Aid McCain - Marelius/Ainsworth, SDUT Tiananmen Crackdown: Catalyst for Christian Boom - Chi Trib Bonus Commentary: New English Roman Mass Translation - Christopher Zehnder, CCD Christ, King, & Priest Forever - St. Faustinus, Argent by the Tiber Bonus News: Catholic Church Celebrating 'Gay' Pride - Jeff Miller, Curt Jester Bonus Apologetics: Why Do Catholics Pray to Mary? - BFHU, The Black Cordelias Questions of the Day: What Happened to Thomas More's Kids? - Rich Leonardi, 10 Rsns How to Increase Participation in the Latin Mass - Rorate Cæli Religious Commentary: Young Brit Muslims Turning to Extremism - Patrick Sawer, Tlgrph Obama Bows to Muslim Demands - Austin Hill, Townhall Muslim Refuses Shake, Loses Prize - Foley/Tighe, Times Secular Commentary: Obama the Sell-Out - Rick Moran, American Thinker Conservatives’ GOP Anger May Be Downfall - Jim Kouri, CFP Sarkozy Muscles Up French Military - Christopher Dickey, Newsweek (Biretta Tip: Lucianne)
Saturday, June 21, 2008

Catholic News-Saturday Evening (6-21-2008 AD)

CVSTOS FIDEI EVENING EDITION The Internet & New Evangelization - Jennifer Fulwiler, Insd Cthlc Bartholomew I to Eastern Catholics: Dual Unity - Fr. Z, WDTPRS Comics: Mass, Gradual, Alleluia, & Tract - Eric Pavlat, Insd Blg LAT Advocacy Journalism of 'Gay Weddings' - Dave Pierre, NB Gas, Marxist Tactics, & Crisis Revolution - AWR Hawkins, AT Have faith in Middle America - Salim Mansur, Toronto Sun The End Of Free Speech - Editorial, DNR Online Bonus Commentary: Spotlight on YouTubes, Blogs, Podcasts... - Tim Drake, NCReg When Your Faith Is Illegal - Gerald Russello, National Cthlc Register Secular Commentary: Why Do We Call Them 'Democrats'? - Lance Fairchok, Amrcn Thinker (Biretta Tip: Lucianne)
Thursday, June 19, 2008

My Blogging Exhaustion

I have been having a wonderful time at my new job these last two months and I have been working with gusto during my initial project. Only now am I recuperating from the long hours so my blogging has suffered. I am truly amazed at many of my peers in the Catholic blogosphere that seem to be able to blog each and every day while having a family and keeping down a job such as Jay and Paul. I am simply amazed and in awe at how these guys and many others are able to juggle their responsibilities and still blog. I will continue to blog, especially posting my favorite stories of the day in addition to my occasional original posting. My idea for my blog is evolving each and every day but it will still have the same theme to it, an apostolate of news and commentary. For example I want a similar feel such as RealClearPolitics and a similar scope such as American Thinker. The Creative Minority Report, Pro Ecclesia, and Inside Catholic come close to what I am attempting to achieve in scope but with postings of my favorite stories that PewSitter is doing. This is a lot that I want to accomplish with my simple blog. I will be updating or changing my background, possibly to a type of blue. If you are curious as to what all that Latin is that I'm using as my background, it is a section of Trajan’s column commemorating him. In addition, I am looking for someone to join my blog. I would like someone who is witty, but yet charitable, in Catholic commentary on the secular or Catholic (or both) worlds. Anyone interested can contact me at "tito"."benedictus"at"gmail"."com" and recommendations are also appreciated. God bless you all.
Friday, June 13, 2008

Papa Bene’s Witty Exchange with ‘W’, If Only

Patrick Lyons of the New York Times wrote a quick story of an exchange of pleasantries between President Bush and Pope Benedict XVI (emphasis mine): Seven years into his tenure, it will no longer surprise many people to hear that President Bush is not the most formality-minded person ever to hold the office. The irreverent nicknames he makes up for the people around him are legend, and it is not unusual for him to err a bit on the casual side in diplomatic encounter that, in other presidencies, might have been protocol-ed to a fare-thee-well. Even so, an eyebrow or two arched today at the way Mr. Bush addressed Pope Benedict XVI on meeting him in Rome: "Your eminence, you’re looking good," Mr. Bush said, the A.P. reported. We’re not talking about the Fernando-esque second clause, which was unobjectionably friendly if perhaps a tad over-familiar in tone. It was the "your eminence" part. That’s supposed to be how you address Catholic cardinals. Popes are "your holiness." (It isn't the first time Mr. Bush has put a foot wrong in pontifical etiquette. At a meeting last June, Mr. Bush appalled the Vatican hierarchy and created a small stir in the media by addressing the pope several times as "sir," which was taken by some as a failure to show appropriate respect, though a blunder rather than an intentional slight.) In any case, the pope evidently did not succumb today to any temptation to respond to Mr. Bush’s errant greeting with a hearty "So are you, Governor." I've heard many times that His Holiness has a sense of humor, I wonder what was in his mind in order to respond to W's inarticulationizing tone.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Catholic News-Tuesday Evening (6-10-2008 AD)

CVSTOS FIDEI EVENING EDITION Cardinal George's One Week Suspension - Deal Hudson, Inside Blog Fathers and Families - Ronald Rychlak, Inside Catholic Muslim Boy Finds Healing in Church - Eric Scheske, Nat'l Cthlc Rgstr Obama: The Next Step in Evolution? - Patrick Archbold, Crtv Mnrty Rep Prof. Rick Garnett on Kmiec's Nonsense - Jay Anderson, Pr Eccls Justin Martyr on Baptism - David Bennett, Per Christum Pope's & Bishop's in the Early Church - BFHU, The Black Cordelias The Case Against John Lennon - Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal Pope: Science & Technology Will Not Redeem Mankind - CNA Obama Promise: Unrestricted Abortion Over Individual States - LSN SF's Most Holy Redeemer Church's Homosexuality - Cal Cthlc Daily Bonus Commentary: How to Talk to an Atheist about Christianity - Inside Catholic Press Spins Sins - Donald Demarco, National Catholic Register Another Bookish Link - Julie D., Happy Catholic Canadian Government to Christian: Renounce Your Faith! - WND Religious Commentary: Muslim Parents to Blame, Children Turning to Extremism - Tlgrph Secular Commentary: Cocky Ignorance - Thomas Sowell, RealClearPolitics (Biretta Tips: National Catholic Register, PewSitter, & Lucianne)
Monday, June 9, 2008

Catholic News-Monday Evening (6-9-2008 AD)

CVSTOS FIDEI EVENING EDITION Retreats - Ironic Catholic, Stuff Catholics Like Obama's Catholic Advisory Council Dissolved? - Jay Anderson, Pr Eccls Obama the Enlightened - Margaret Cabaniss, Inside Blog No Freedom of Religion in Canada - Jeff Miller, Curt Jester Religious Foes Billboards by Secularists - Electa Draper, Denver Post Pastoral Punt - Larry D, Acts of the Apostasy "Positive Representations of Queer Lives" - California Catholic Daily Bonus Commentary: Kathryn J. Lopez: "Catholics for Obama?" - Jay Anderson, Pr Eccls The Wife John McCain Callously Left Behind - Sharon Churcher, Mail Obama Makes Promise to Planned Parenthood - Jennifer Mesko, CL Latin (Mass) Lovers - Valerie Shmalz, National Catholic Register Bonus News: Envoy Says Orthodox-Catholic Unity Unlikely - Interfax Religious Commentary: Southern Baptists in Decline? - Ed Stoddard, FaithWorld Secular Commentary: Five Minutes that Saved France - Conrad Black, National Post (Biretta Tips: National Catholic Register & Lucianne)

Catholic News-Early Monday Morning, 6-9-08 AD

CVSTOS FIDEI EARLY MORNING EDITION Obama's Victory Will Seal Liberals Culture War Win - Mary Grabar, Th Obama Inspires Lambs to Lie with Lions - Matthew Archbold, CMR Will Media Report Anti-Semitic Obama Article - Noel Shepherd, NB I Feel I Have a Vocation to the Priestesshood - Jeff Miller, Curt Jester Catholic Adoption to Defy 'Gay Rights' Law - Jonathan Petre, Mail Alternatives to Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Cthlc News Agency Liberal Christianity's Denial of Decline - Tito, Custos Fidei Bonus Commentary: Pulpits in Peril - Harry Jackson, Townhall Voting Marriage - Editors, National Catholic Register Bonus News: Excommunicated St. Louis Board Member Reconciles - Jeff Miller, CJ Religious Commentary: Great Moments in Anglicanism--Not - Patrick Archbold, Crtv Mnrty Rep McCain's Evangelical Problem - Robert Novak, RealClearPolitics US Textbooks Redefine Jihad With No Violence - Warner Huston, NB An Obama Supporter Rips Jewish Lobby - Rick Moran, Amrcn Thnkr Secular Commentary: 2008 PC - Mike Adams, Townhall (Biretta Tip: PewSitter)
Sunday, June 8, 2008

Catholic News-Sunday Afternoon (6-8-2008 AD)

CVSTOS FIDEI AFTERNOON EDITION Rome: First Mass of new FSSP parish in Rome - Shawn Tribe, NLM Dictatorship of Positivist Reason - Argent, by the Tiber CTSA Rips the Papacy - John Allen, All Things Catholic Changing Names to Reverse Decline - Tito, Custos Fidei Pope Benedict at this Morning's Angelus - Rocco Palmo, Whispers Catholic Comics: 'Lavabo' & 'Secret' - Eric Pavlat, The Inside Blog World Heterosexual AIDS Pandemic Over - Jeremy Laurance, TI Bonus Commentary: It's a Girl! - Sarah, Recapturing our Catholic Patrimony Bp. Gemma: Vatican Will Reject Medjugorje - Simon Caldwell, Herald Bonus News: New Catholic Legal Blog: Fidelis (blog) Fr. Pfleger to Return June 16 - Mary Wisniewski, Chicago Sun-Times Bonus Secular News: The Fall of the Newspaper Industry - Rosslyn Smith, Amrcn Thnkr (Biretta Tip: Lucianne)

Catholic News-Sunday Morning (6-8-2008 AD)

CVSTOS FIDEI MORNING EDITION I Do Not Try to Please Men, But God - Argent, by the Tiber Honoring Medieval Saints is Alive & Well in California - Cal Cthlc Daily Crisis? What Crisis? - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia We Must Not Make the 'Right to Die' Legal - Alasdair Palmer, Tlgrph NC Catholics Get It Wrong Again... - VSC, Catholic Cavemen Announcement Likely on Disaffected Anglicans - George Conger, RI Changing Names to Reverse Decline - Tito, Custos Fidei Sermon on Justification by Faith - Jorge Flores, Per Christum Religious Commentary: Homosexual Bishop vs. Heterosexual Bishop - David Van Biema, Time Why Islamists Persecute the Baha'is - Amil Imani, American Thinker Secular Commentary: Obama's Associations May Haunt Bid - Associated Press (Biretta Tips: PewSitter & Lucianne)

Changing Names to Reverse Decline

Today the Washington Post has an interesting article by Brigid Schulte about Baptist Temple Church of Alexandria, Virginia that recently changing their name to Commonwealth Baptist Church in hopes of reversing a decline in their numbers. The thinking behind this was that 'Temple' had negative connotations arousing images of snake handlers and affiliations with the word 'conservative'. The name 'Baptist' brought a whole host of problems as well since it conjured up the 'Bush' administration and the Religious Right. You see Baptist Temple Church now called Commonwealth Baptist Church is a 'Progressive Community of Faith' as their newly minted moniker states. Ironically the word 'progressive' is a recent creation by liberals to distance themselves from well being called 'liberal'. Commonwealth Baptist Church says they are open to 'gays', blacks, Asians, and converted Jews which seems to them as counter the message of Jesus. They are proud of their history but at the same time don't want to distance themselves from being what they think is their brand of being a 'Baptist', that is progressive or more accurately liberal brand of Baptist. Dear Commonwealth Baptist Church, your problem isn't the name. Because why would you want to distance yourself from a healthy, vibrant, and growing denomination that are the Southern Baptists (despite Brigid Schulte's claim). The problem lies in their theology period. I don't know what they preach but just reading about 'progressive' and 'open' in the Washington Post article I can pretty much discern that they teach a form of Christianity that has adapted to the world around them. A world that glorifies every imaginable sin and denigrates virtues taught by Jesus Himself. They are ultimately diluting the Christian message until it's unrecognizable. We Catholics have the same problem with the leftists, Spirit of Vatican 2 folks, and dissidents within. Repackaging and renaming themselves a 'New Voice' of the Church or 'Call To Action' when essentially all they are are a bunch of cultural Catholics pushing an agenda that is the antithesis of Catholicism altogether. These cultural Catholics will study patristics, theology, holy scripture, encyclicals, and philosophy among others and twist their words to propagate their agenda. They'll cloak themselves with their intellect and education to disguise their true intentions of undermining the authority and teaching of the Magisterium. They'll rename communism to 'democratic socialism' and claim that this can be found in Catholic Social Teaching. They'll belittle good Catholics with sob stories for cheap cover so they themselves will remain immune to criticism if their own profane teachings be challenged. Well here's a rule of thumb, if it walks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's a duck and not a swan. According to the Book of the Prophet Isaiah it states: Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter (Isaiah 5:20)! The new Commonwealth Baptist Church may fool some people, but they can't fool most people all the time. The same goes to cultural Catholics and their agenda to pervert Catholic teaching and lead others astray. Because whoever causes other Catholics who believe in Jesus to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea so says Jesus Himself (cf. Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 18:6) Go ahead and change your name, in the eyes of the Lord He knows what is in your hearts no matter how you repackage yourselves. To read the original article click here. (Biretta Tip: Lucianne)
Saturday, June 7, 2008

Catholic News-Saturday Evening (6-7-2008 AD)

CVSTOS FIDEI EVENING EDITION Rome's Spiritual Treasures Brings Pilgrims - Jane Wooldridge, FWST St. Ephrem of Syria - Jean Heimann, Catholic Fire Catholic Adoption Closing Due to Pro-Homosexual British Law - CNA PR Nightmare Outside PP Fundraiser - Sue Lopez, Cal Cthlc Daily Nightmare on Prom Street, Or is it Porn Street? - Brent Bozell, Th Theologian to CTSA: Hierarchy is Not An Enemy - John Allen, ATC Bonus Commentary: British Baby Survives Abortion Attempt - Catholic News Agency Movie Review: Adam Sandler's Zohan of Hate - Tito, Custos Fidei

Adam Sandler's Zohan of Hate

I just finished viewing Adam Sandler's latest comedy, 'You Don't Mess With The Zohan'. Where an Israeli super agent, Zohan, leaves the service of his country to pursue his dream of being a hairstylist in New York city. I was expecting the subtle homosexual agenda that his recent films have pushed but there wasn't any obvious promotion of it in this film. It was a pretty funny film, although it could have done without the heavy sexual innuendo and nudity, but that's what I expected of an Adam Sandler film. The film entertained with Mr. Sandler's off the wall comedy while delicately dancing around the minefield of Middle East politics. The always funny Rob Schneider plays a hard working Palestinian New York city cab driver only to accidentally discover that Israel's super agent is a hair stylist in one of New York's newly famous hair salon--no thanks to Zohan himself. After this discovery the film rolls through all the funny caricatures you can extricate from middle-eastern stereotypes. It was equally offensive all the way around. It ends with a happy note of course. Two scenes from the film stick out that clearly were over the line and subtly offensive enough to point out, which is an understatement. The first of the lesser of two evils was the denigration of McCain and Obama's wives with repugnant sexual innuendo and of course throw in Chelsea and Hilary while you're at it. Say what you will about their politics, but that was clearly offensive and over the line. I do understand what Adam Sandler was aiming for, but this one was a bit too much and very unnecessary. The Second and the most offensive of the two scenes was the films villain element that would bring the two communities of Israeli and Palestinian New Yorkers together, Rednecks and Mel Gibson. The cheap Mel Gibson jokes were well enough within bounds, but painting roughly 20% of Americans by playing up an old stereotype of southerners driving around with gun racks and the stars and bars blazoned on their pickups was pretty mean-spirited. Adam Sandler ingeniously painted a large chunk of conservatives and Republicans with a wide enough brush to create as his villains. Maybe I'm a little sensitive, maybe Mr. Sandler went a bit over the line. Though he could have chosen some other obscure group to act as the villain in his film, I don't know, maybe skinheads? Probably the comedic appeal of Rednecks was too much for Mr. Sandler to resist poking fun at. During the film I noticed a couple of people leaving the movie theater, which was a bit surprising, but I thought about it and I realized that even I had been desensitized by the film itself on it's portrayal of 'red' America. In the end it's only a movie. A movie I had a difficult time resisting to watch because I'm a big Happy Gilmore fan and I was hoping to see that Mr. Sandler would have hit my funny bone once again. I know one thing for sure, I just watched my very last Adam Sandler film. UPDATED: I was pretty hard on Mr. Sandler and I may still watch some of his films that don't promote anti-Americanism and are counter to Christian values. But I won't retreat from calling him out when he does his "social" agenda films again. I'm sure he is a good guy, but his films are overtly anti-American and promote the homosexual agenda of sexual license which we as Americans don't need or want.

Catholic News-Saturday Afternoon (6-7-2008 AD)

CVSTOS FIDEI AFTERNOON EDITION How Long Will Evangelicals Be Pro-Life? - A Simple Sinner, Blck Crdls Give It a Rest Already, Professor Kmiec! - Jay Anderson, Pro Ecclesia The War on Common Sense - AWR Hawkins, American Thinker WaPo Promotes Gay-Left Concert As 'Good Cause' - Tim Graham, NB You Offended Baby Killers? Wow! - Matthew Archbold, Crtv Mnrty Rep Thinking About America's Socialist Revival - Paul Hoffmeister, RCP Christianity & Islam 'Neither Twins Nor Strangers' - John Allen, ATC Traditional Anglicans Coming Home? - Randy Sly, Catholic Online Bonus Commentary: 3,000 New Catholics - Stephen Mirarchi, National Catholic Register Secular Commentary: The D-Day story the MSM didn't tell again - Lee Cary, Amrcn Thnkr
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Catholic News-Tuesday, June 3, 2008 A.D.

CVSTOS FIDEI EVENING EDITION When an 8 Year Old Asks for Baptism - Elizabeth Scalia, Inside Blog Pilgrims at Tomb of Peter as in Ancient Rome - Sandro Magister, Chs Does Obama Believe in Sin? - Matthew Archbold, Crtv Mnrty Rprt Obama the Theologian - Jeff Miller, The Curt Jester 'Every Concealment of Truth Will Exact a Price in the End' -LSN Fr. Ragheed & Companions, Martyrs Of Iraq - S. Sinner, Blck Crdls Rationalizing Evil - Cranky Con, The Cranky Conservative Same-Sex 'Marriage' & Persecution of Civil Society - Jay Anderson, PE 5 Myths about No-Fault Divorce - Stephen Baskerville, Inside Cthlc James Carroll Against the Church - William Doino, First Things Bp. Brown Brushes Out Sexual Predate - Diogenes, Off the Record Bonus Commentary: A Sociologist against Women's Ordination - David Carlin, Inside Cthlc Kmiec Being Denied Communion - Jay Anderson, Pro Ecclesia Put Up or Shut Up - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report Bonus News: School Harasses 6th Grader Wearing Pro-Life T-shirts - LfStNws Algerian Christian Converts Fined - BBC News Fr. Pfleger Suspended Two Weeks - Rocco Palmo, Whispers Shameless Blog Plug of the Day: Pro Ecclesia * Pro Familia * Pro Civitate by Jay Anderson Secular Commentary: Obama's Irrelevant Apologies - Thomas Sowell, RealClearPolitics (Biretta Tip: Kevin Knight)
Monday, June 2, 2008

Catholic News-Monday, June 2, 2008 A.D.

CVSTOS FIDEI EVENING EDITION But Paul Rebuked Peter - BFHU, The Black Cordelias Faith Behind Glass - Maureen Mullarkey, First Things Cold Water on Vatican-Moscow Ties - Tom Heneghan, FaithWorld The Suffering Continues - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia You Can't Preach the Bible Here, This Is a Muslim Area - Daily Mail Scientists Reveal Dangers of Older Fathers - Laura Donnelly, Tlgrph ALL vs. NOW: Pill Protesting Heating Up - Tito, Custos Fidei ABC Religious Expert Explains Away Obama Church - NewsBusters Demographics and the Electoral College v. Obama - Eric Pavlat, TIB Pfleger's True Trinity - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report John McCain is Losing the Religious Right - Deal Hudson, Insd Cthlc Gov Signs Sexual Orientation Anti-Discrimination Bill - LfStNws Bonus Commentary: World Council of Churches & Zionist Catastrophe - Mark Tooley, FP Lampooning Messianic Portrait of Obama - Ken Shepherd, NwsBstrs Breaking News: Obama To Join New Church - Patrick Archbold, CMR Our Lady's England: Shrine Destruction - Bryan Berry, NC Register (Biretta Tips: PewSitter & Lucianne)

ALL vs. NOW: Pill Protesting Heating Up

I received the following email that I thought was important enough to post... WASHINGTON, D.C. (02 June 2008) – As pro-lifers across the nation prepare to protest the birth control pill this Saturday, June 7, the National Organization for Women (NOW) seeks supporters for counter-protests. "The pill can kill preborn babies, which is why American Life League decided this campaign would be the best way to reach as many women as possible," said Marie Hahnenberg, researcher for American Life League and project manager of Protest the Pill Day. "We fully welcome the opportunity to present the truth to anyone who attends our protest." Protest The Pill Day '08: The Pill Kills Babies is American Life League’s latest effort to educate women about the abortifacient effects of the birth control pill. Supporters across the country will be joining the protest by wearing The Pill Kills T-shirts and holding signs outside of Planned Parenthood facilities and pharmacies that sell the birth control pill. NOW is claiming on its website that it will show up for counter-protests. "Shortly after we announced Protest The Pill Day, NOW and various pro-abortion blogs erupted in response," said Hahnenberg. "They all deny the fact that the pill does in fact cause abortions, even though the package insert specifically states that the pill may prevent implantation." Jodi Wagner of Pharmacists for Life, Dr. Marie Anderson of the Tepeyac Family Center and Peggy Hamill of Pro-Life Wisconsin are joining American Life League on June 6 for a press conference in the National Press Club on the abortifacient effects of the pill. "It’s good to see that our protest is causing some heat with the opposition," said Hahnenberg. "The first step in coming to the truth is to talk about it." American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to natural death. For more information or media inquiries, please contact Michael Hichborn at 540.659.4171. # # # For more information: American Life League: Protest the Pill Day '08 http://www.thepillkills.com National Organization for Women: Expose the Lies: Protest Birth Control http://www.now.org/issues/reproductive/protect_birth_control.html Choice Words Blog: Join the Counter Protest: Planning is Power (5-30-08)http://www.choiceusa.org/blog/abortion/join-the-counter-protest-planning-is-power/ SoCon or Bush Blog: Protest the Pill Day – June 7 (28 May 2006)http://www.socon.ca/or_bust/?p=997 Catholic News Agency: Pro-lifers prepare to protest birth control pill (5-26-08)http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=12738 Mich News: Pill Protest Gaining Momentum (24 May 2008)http://www.michnews.com/artman/publish/article_20318.shtml Life Site News: More and More Seeing that "The Pill Kills" (13 May 2008)http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/may/08051209.html Chicago Tribune: In Sprint 2008, Anti-Feminism is in Full Bloom (5-12-08)http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-oped0512kathamay12,0,133527.story Is Anybody There (blog): Protest the Pill Day '08: The Pill Kills Babies (5-10-08)http://al007italia.blogspot.com/2008/05/protest-pill-day-08-pill-kills-babies.html Pro Woman Pro Life (blog): The Pill Kills (09 May 2008) http://www.prowomanprolife.org/?p=609 Youth for Life (blog): The Pill Kills (08 May 2008) http://youth-for-life.blogspot.com/2008/05/pill-kills.html Catholic Exchange: The Pill Kills - Believe It or Not (08 May 2008)http://www.catholicexchange.com/2008/05/08/112400/ Feministing: American Life League Launches Anti-Birth Control Campaign (5-6-08) http://feministing.com/archives/009140.html Church Gal (blog): The Other Shoe Drops: Anti-Choicers Don't Want You to Have Contraception (5-6-08) http://churchgalposts.blogspot.com/2008/05/other-shoe-drops-anti-choicers-dont.html RH Reqality Check: 'Pro-Lifers' Plan National Protest of Contraception (5-5-08) http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2008/05/02/pro-lifers-announce-national-day-to-protest-the-right-to-use-contraception
Sunday, June 1, 2008

Catholic News-Sunday, June 1, 2008 A.D.

CVSTOS FIDEI EVENING EDITION Writing to the CDWDS & Remaining Anonymous - Fr. Z, WDTPRS? Police: Muslim Area Gospel Free Zone - Damian Thompson, Hly Smk Pope avoids Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - Malcom Moore, Tlgrph Jindal the "Christian Right" & the "Catholic Issue" - Austin Hill, Th Women Cannot be Priests is Infallible - Christopher Zehnder, CCC Pews You Can Lose - Mark Steyn, The Corner Made by God to believe... - Fr. Philip Powell, Domine First Friday Devotion Comics - Eric Pavlat, The Inside Blog Variety Hates Religious Theme of Movie - Warner Huston, NwsBstrs Video Commentary: Fr. Neuhaus: Do People Change After Marriage - Jean Heimann, CF Religious Commentary: UK Muslim Mother who defied Islamists Gunned Down - Observer Bonus News: The Curt Jester blog back online - Jeff Miller, The Curt Jester Bonus Obama & Church Commentary: Stupid Is As Stupid Does: Obama - Patrick Archbold, Crtv Mnrty Rprt Decision to Leave Church 'Not Political' - Mark Finkelstein, NwsBstrs Obama Finally Quits his church - About Time? - Rick Moran, AT Reuters Gives Another Christ-like Obama Photo - Warner Huston, NB Obama's Double-Talk on Leaving Church - Jennifer Rubin, Cntntns Obama's Character Shines Through - Tito, Custos Fidei Father Pfleger Bashed Clintons...Again - Jake Tapper, Pltcl Pnch (Biretta Tip: Lucianne)

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