Friday, May 31, 2013

California Senate votes to revoke Boy Scouts' nonprofit status.

As if we needed more proof that the statement "We're not trying to destroy Boy Scouts, we're trying to build it" is a load of Toro Tae, we have this:

California Senate votes to revoke Boy Scouts' nonprofit status.

"Even as the Boy Scouts of America moves to allow gay youths to join its troops, the California Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would revoke the organization's nonprofit status because it does not permit the participation of openly gay adults."

Thursday, May 30, 2013

One More Week.

This time next week we should be in Manila waiting for the plane for Dumaguete.

The three of us are looking forward to seeing everyone.The trip will be long and tiring. I won't have Internet access until we get settled in at Cathy's mom's place.I'd like to do as I did last trip and chronicle our stay.....I'll bring along a journal and write down thoughts on paper for later transcribing. Imagine. Resorting to pen and paper in this day and age.

Having made the trip by myself several times, it will be easier for me traveling with my family, but I'm sure J.P. will have a rough time on that long flight from JFK to Tokyo.

In the mean time, I still have to go work two more days this week and two next week - this will be a short post. I'm tired of writing about all the @#$!^%  I see going on around me; especially since nobody seems to be paying attention.

Until next time........

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Go Ahead, Unfriend Me...Part Two.

It's been four days since I last posted - Go Ahead, Unfriend Me - . In that post, I wrote how I had "unfriended" four people on my Facebook friends list over their support of the Boys Scouts of America's changing policy to allow gay boys to become scouts. I see this change as a first step in allowing adult homosexuals to become scout leaders.

I also asked in that post that any of my current Facebook friends who disagreed with me on this issue to "unfriend" me as well. Now, four days later, none have done so.
What can I take from this? That all of my friends agree with me? Hardly likely. I'm sure that more than one person probably believes I'm out of line on this.

Could it be that no one has read that post? I know some have read it, but it would be a good bet that the majority of my Facebook friends haven't even bothered to check out the link I posted on Facebook.

Pretty discouraging, huh?

Even though it may be a monumental waste of time getting some folks attuned to some of the problems we're facing, I guess I'll just slog along with these posts and hope someone, somewhere will pay attention.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Go Ahead, Unfriend Me.

I've just "unfriended" four folks on Facebook.

Like everyone else I know, many of my Facebook "friends" are people I knew growing up......people I haven't seen in ages but who I remember fondly from my youth.

I've decide to remove these former friends because of their support of the Boy Scouts of America's vote to allow openly gay boys .

Many of those who had been pressuring the BSA to accept gay boys have focused their attention on one boy in particular ...... an openly gay boy from Maryland,Pascal Tessier.

I went to high school with Tessier's mother, Tracie Felker, and she's one of the people I've "unfriended".

It's not that I particularly care if Tessier becomes an Eagle Scout or not; that's not really what I object to. This move to permit openly gay boys into Scouting is merely the proverbial camel's nose under the tent. The real goal is to change BSA policy to allow homosexual men to be Scout leaders.

From People:

"Not that the controversy is over. The Scouts' longstanding ban on gay adults remains in force, and many liberal Scout leaders – as well as gay-rights groups – plan to continue pressing for an end to that exclusion even though the BSA's top officials aren't ready for that step."

In an early article,Felker was quoted as saying,"We're not trying to destroy Boy Scouts, we're trying to build it."

It may not have been her intention to destroy Boy Scouts, but that will be the end result.

Religious groups charter 70 percent of the Scout-sponsoring organizations, and while the LDS church "has released a statement expressing their support for the Boy Scouts of America after the youth organization voted to allow openly gay members" , it's unlikely that the majority of Christian churches will follow.

As I've said, I've "unfriended" four Facebook "friends" over this. To my current Facebook friends,if you support the change and I've missed you, feel free to "unfriend" me.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Democratic Propaganda.

Leftists certainly know how to be provocative, if not accurate.

Not willing to let a tragic accident go unexploited, one such Progressive posted on Facebook a photo of a young boy aiming a handgun, along with the following words:

"How can you be a party of 'Family Values' when you believe a five year old child has the right to own a gun, but doesn't have a right to health care?"

I don't recall seeing either on the Republican Party's platform.

Not everyone who supports the 2nd amendment right to own firearms goes along with the idea of giving guns to young children. While in rural Kentucky, it may be ".........not uncommon for a 5-year-old to have a gun or for a parent to pass one down to their kid," it's unlikely that more than a very tiny minority of gun owners nation-wide think it's anything other than insanity to give firearms to young children.

For the Left to suggest that Republicans want children to have guns is simply an attempt to paint all gun owners as wacko nut-jobs.

The second point put forward is equally absurd. No one - absolutely no one wants to deny any child access to medical care. Most opponents of Obamacare object to the idea that the federal government should be in control of our healthcare system; government is not well known for it's efficiency and as much as Progressives may want to convince you otherwise, objecting to Obamacare is not the same as wanting little children to die.

Rather than post slick sounding one-liners, couldn't more be accomplished by addressing the real issues?

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Upcoming Vacation.

Our vacation trip to Philippines to visit the in-laws is just three weeks away. It's been far too long since we've been able to visit - we're all looking forward to it.

I'll be posting more about this as time goes on.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Pluralism's Hopes in Pope Francis Unfounded.

According to an article on, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu leaders have high hopes for Pope Francis, provided, of course, that he is willing to follow their advice.

The article claims that Francis follows "one of the most conservative and contentious popes in recent memory" but Mike Ghouse, a spokesperson for the World Muslim Congress and president of the Foundation for Pluralism thinks "Pope Francis can certainly repair the damage" done by Pope Benedict XVI.

The article goes on to say that the Hindu American Foundation hopes the new pope will "respect and privilege pluralism and interfaith relations" by his following more closely the Second Vatican Council's declaration, Nostra Aetate.

The article quotes Nostra Aetate,

"The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in [non-Catholic religions]. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men."

but goes on to say that "despite this official recognition of truth in other faiths, the Hindu American Foundation is concerned the Nostra Aetate doesn’t go far enough."

These pluralists will be in for a rude awakening.

First of all, while the Catholic Church "ardently implores the Christian faithful to 'maintain good fellowship among the nations' " the Church still maintains that salvation can only be found through Jesus Christ and Pope Francis has already stated clearly that people cannot be fully united to Jesus outside of the Catholic Church.

I realize that pluralists will not agree with the Church as I do, but those who hope that Pope Francis will turn against Church teachings are living in a fantasy world.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Angels and Saints at Ephesus.

The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, who released a highly acclaimed musical CD this past Advent (Advent at Ephesus) have just released another CD of religious music sung a cappella entitled Angels and Saints at Ephesus.


"The sisters' debut album, Advent at Ephesus, spent six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Classical Music Chart, and the Sisters ended up as the No. 1 Classical Traditional Artist of 2012, according to Nielson’s Soundscan".

Like their first CD, this one can also be found on Spotify.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Cardinal Dolan Denies Catholics Entry at Cathedral Because of Dirty Hands.

In a perfect example of poor reading comprehension, in response to a recent blog post written by Archbishop Timothy Dolan , HuffPo's "Catholic researcher" Joseph Amodeo wrote,

" Earlier today, a group of Catholics including myself gathered on the corner of East 46th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. We gathered for a simple purpose, to dirty our hands as we prepared to attend Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral. We were soiling our hands as a silent response to Cardinal Dolan's column last week in which he suggested that LGBT people were welcome in the church so long as they washed their hands."

How can anyone reading Dolan's blog post come away with the idea that Dolan actually suggested that LGBT people were welcome in the church so long as they washed their hands?

Sure, Archbishop Dolan did write "Simple enough . . . common sense . . . you are a most welcome and respected member now of our table, our household, dad was saying, but, there are a few very natural expectations this family has. Like, wash your hands!…" but he was giving an example of things that were expected from guests in his family's household back in the day when he was a child and using that example as a metaphor for people following the rules of the house.

Taking Dolan's metaphor literally, protesters gathered outside St. Patrick's Cathedral and attempted to attend Mass with filthy hands. Amodeo could not understand how the protesters could legitimately be denied Communion because of the dirt on their hands.

Did it never dawn on Amodeo and his fellow travelers that it would be a sacrilege to put the Blessed Sacrament in obviously dirty hands?

Ending his piece, Amodeo wrote, "With our clean hearts and dirty hands, we will continue to knock at the door of the Cathedral with hopes that one day, Cardinal Dolan might finally realize that we too are worthy to enter the church as children of God."

If his heart is clean as he claims, Amodeo will indeed wash his hand before presenting himself for Holy Communion.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Silence, by Shusaku Endo.

I've just finished reading another novel listed on Deal Hudson's list of 100 Best Catholic Novels. The book, Silence , by Shusaku Endo, is, as described by wikipedia , "..... the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan, who endured persecution in the time of Kakure Kirishitan ("Hidden Christians") that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion."

Graham Greene wrote that, "In my opinion one of the finest novels of our time". I'm not quite sure I'd go as far as Greene, but I will agree with Luke Reinsma, who wrote "Silence is an extraordinarily haunting novel."

In the novel, Endo addresses the question of mercy in both Christian and Bhuddist traditions as well as the issue of apostasy under the pressures of extreme torture.

Without giving away the ending - no spoilers here - I'd say Endo provides an interesting answer to the question, although I am not sure if his answer strictly follows Catholic teaching.

Silence is well worth one's time, but don't expect to feel comfortable reading it.