Friday, August 28, 2015
(1) because he can see no significance in death and such things of a literal equality;
(2) because he introduces different first principles, making debate impossible: and debate is the life of democracy;
(3) because the fading of the images of sacred persons leaves a man too prone to be a respecter of earthly persons;
(4) because there will be more, not less, respect for human rights if they can be treated as divine rights.
― G.K. Chesterton
via The Transom
Thursday, August 27, 2015
This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans.
One of the deadliest hurricane's ever, Katrina left a trail of destruction in its wake--both literally and figuratively. Beyond the loss of life, the hurricane became the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, with damage topping $100 billion. There was also a political price to be paid. Katrina effectively ended George W. Bush's presidency just seven months after he was inaugurated to his second term. A decade later, New Orleans still hasn't fully recovered from the hurricane. The city's population is down nearly 25 percent from before the storm.
Somehow, it's simultaneously hard to believe that it's already been ten years and that it's only been ten years. I haven't given the storm much--if any thought--in recent years. But the coverage of this week's anniversary takes me back.
When Hurricane Katrina made landfall, I was just days away from starting my senior year at the UW-Madison . The storm had already caused damage throughout the Caribbean and in Florida, but the question on everybody's mind that last week of August was whether Katrina would make a direct hit on New Orleans. When it became increasingly clear that it would, the world watched and waited to see how severe the impact would be on a city already situated below sea level.
When Katrina reached the Louisiana Coast, I spent most of the night glued to cable news coverage with my roommate Jay. As the storm drew near, it was amusing to watch reporters kill time or conduct interviews with stubborn, sometimes crazy residents who refused to leave town.
The amusement, of course, wouldn't last long. When the storm finally passed, daylight revealed that the city had suffered massive damage. The levees failed, and 80 percent of the Big Easy was under water. Countless houses were destroyed. Refugees scattered about the country found themselves without homes to which they could return.
And they were the lucky ones. Around 1,500 people who tried to ride out the storm didn't make it--their bodies strewn about the city.
A Des Moines Catholic group has been told it can no longer host Mass after allowing a woman to perform sacramental services in December.continue at Des Moines Register
Bishop Richard Pates of the Diocese of Des Moines ordered the Catholic Worker House to cease holding services in a letter dated May 5. An article explaining the ruling appeared in the August issue of "The Catholic Mirror," the diocese's monthly newspaper.
"This matter has been reviewed by the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Des Moines," the letter reads. "Members expressed great offense at this action of a rite that is so precious to them and others."
The council of priests voted unanimously to strip the Des Moines Catholic Worker House of its authority to hold Mass "for the time.”
The article's author seems to either not understand the details of this story or to simply be advocating for her own personal opinion.
Bp. Ricken asks for intercession of the Holy Innocents in pro-life cause, 200+ attend Appleton prayer vigil
continue at The Compass
I asked the people to pray to the Holy Innocents to intercede from heaven to close down that place. We pray to the Holy Innocents of Jesus’ day, who were slain because King Herod ordered the slaughter in order to kill Jesus. Did you realize that there have been 57 million abortions in this country since 1973? All of those innocent children are in the heavenly court. Can you imagine if even a fraction of those children intervene with God to change people’s hearts? We asked the Blessed Mother, Queen of Heaven, to send those holy innocents to intervene to close that “business” down.
University of Wisconsin faculty defends baby parts sale, confirms research needs freshly killed babies
In July, Reps. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere) and Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) introduced legislation that would ban the sale of fetal body parts in the state of Wisconsin and not allow federal funding to go toward Planned Parenthood. The LaCrosse Tribune reported that the legislation was a response to the scandal surrounding Planned Parenthood buying the body parts of aborted babies.continue at LifeNews
Now, nearly 700 faculty members from University of Wisconsin have signed a letter arguing that the bill would cut off “hope for patients” and deter biomedical students and the biotechnology industry from coming to their University because it shows “that Wisconsin is no place to do business.”
The letter says, “We wonder whether legislators have considered the ethical implications of denying current and future patients the benefits of the research that would be blocked by this legislation. Research done with cell lines derived from fetal tissue has benefited millions in the form of vaccines and treatments for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, heart disease, and viral and bacterial infections.”
Then, the letter alleges that prohibiting research on aborted babies’ body parts would “ risk untold numbers of lives” because they use it to find critical vaccines. The faculty explained, “The cell lines derived from fetal tissue are commonly used for research in laboratories worldwide. Other tissues and cells, such as those derived from miscarriages cannot be substituted for this research, despite the claims of the proponents of this ban.” [Get that?]
Important to remember that the University of Wisconsin wanted a late term abortion site on campus so they could get (as Jill Stanek pointed out about StemExpress) "organs from very freshly killed babies."
In fact, that is exactly what UW just stated in this letter, they need freshly killed babies. Let's read it one more time.
"Other tissues and cells [oh yeah, and organs and heads], such as those derived from miscarriages, cannot be substituted for this research, despite the claims of the proponents of this ban."UW seeks to deflect and turn this into the same as the embryonic vs ethical(or "adult") stem cell debate, although that hardly is a scientific debate anymore considering what a bust embryonic research has been.
Unclear if the signatories support some of the laws broken by Planned Parenthood recently, including sale of parts without consent of the mother.
"There is no suitable substitute for the HEK293 cell. To attempt to find a replacement for these or for cells derived in the future, in all their diverse applications, would cost billions and risk untold numbers of lives."It's probably best for UW if the body count is left "untold." One has to wonder if billions of dollars were spent on ethical research, could an alternative flu vaccine be created. After all, there are ethical alternatives to many vaccines used today.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The Wisconsin health department released new abortion numbers today and they provide additional evidence that cutting taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood and enacting additional pro-life laws saves unborn babies from abortion. Specifically, 662 babies were saved from abortions in the latest year for which abortion data is available compared with the year before.continue at LifeSite
The newly released Department of Health Services Reported Induced Abortions in Wisconsin report shows there were 6,462 abortions performed in 2013 and 5,800 in 2014.
Those numbers come three years after pro-life Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill to cut taxpayer funding to the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
That's a large loss of "product" to the abortion profiteers.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
continue at Superior Catholic Herald
“Sunglasses?” one asks. “Are they essential?”
The boys are cadets in the Troops of Saint George, an apostolate that pairs virtue and Catholic values with outdoor recreation and adventure.
Founded in 2013 by Dr. Taylor Marshall, a Texan and former Episcopalian priest who converted to Catholicism, the program is an opportunity for fathers and sons to bond, “to use the outdoors as our canvas and the sacraments as our path to light the way for the formation of Holy Catholic men and boys.”
Although the Troops are a fledgling organization, awareness of the program is spreading. The Polk County group is one of only two in the state – the other is in Kenosha – but the Twin Cities area is home to several troops.
Louisiana native Randy Borne is the captain of Troop 73, which meets twice monthly in the Town of Farmington, a few miles south of Osceola.
Borne’s son was in the Boy Scouts when, in 2013, the Boy Scouts of America changed its policy on homosexual members. He wanted his son in a program consistent with Catholic teaching, so when another parent passed him a sheet of paper with information on the Troops of Saint George, Borne was interested.
The Troops of Saint George have only two chapters in Wisconsin, there are several active and growing chapters in Minnesota. https://troopsofsaintgeorge.org/find-a-troop/
In related news, the Diocese of La Crosse reiterated their support for The Boy Scouts of America in a recent issue of The Catholic Times. They feel they will not be forced to capitulate and are given an exception under the latest BSA Adult Membership Resolution.
In the July 27 letter signed by NCCS(National Catholic Committee on Scouting) chairman Edward Martin and NCCS national chaplain, Father Michael Hanifin, the NCCS acknowledged the BSA’s reaffirmation of local autonomy in its policy statement while remaining cautious about how the policy will work in practice.
The Latin Mass Society of Northeast Missouri offers this ‘home video’ documenting their journey and interviews with attendees of the Latin Mass offered by the Fraternity of St. Peter priests. It captures the sacrifice and vitality that is exhibited in Latin Mass communities, no matter how restricted they are often permitted to be – and how difficult they often are to find.http://unavoce.org/2015/05/26/why-video-documents-5-a-m-75-mile-journey-from-missouri-to-illinois-to-nearest-sunday-latin-mass-video/
I am not entirely sure what this is, so I thought I’d open it up to the readership.continue at Father Z
It might be Sophia giving birth to the World Soul over the deep primal waters in the beneath… rather like what the LCWR is into.
Any other guesses?
continue at Casa Grande Dispatch
Sister Carol Seidl grew up in Luxemburg, Wisconsin.
“It’s a small farming community, 960 people,” she said. “I grew up on our family farm, a dairy farm, now a third-generation dairy farm.”
Her family was religious, she said. She attended a Catholic school taught by nuns and had a first cousin who was a nun.
“They were my inspiration,” she said.
Seidl took the vows of obedience, poverty and chastity with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, which was founded in Wisconsin.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
continue at JS
Orthodox praying at 40 Day for Life in MilwaukeeThree Eastern-rite Christian churches from across the Milwaukee area are collaborating on a first-of-its-kind festival celebrating their Middle Eastern heritages and traditions from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 3126 95th St. in Sturtevant.
The festival will bring together members of St. George Melkite Church in Milwaukee; St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Cedarburg; and the Maronite Mission of Milwaukee, which worships at St. Sebastian.