Friday, March 15, 2013

Scrolling around...March 15, 2013

Francis' Agenda: "To Walk, To Build, To Profess Christ Crucified"
Here, a Vatican English translation of Jorge Mario Bergoglio's first extended message on Peter's chair – which, in a shift from papal protocol, wasn't delivered from the chapel's throne, but with the new Pope standing at the pulpit (above), sin miter... not to mention a braccio (that is, off-the-cuff)...

The Pope From Beyond the Seas
Philip Jenkins "...In crude terms, the choice of Cardinal Bergoglio meant symbolically picking a pope from the Global South, while in fact opting for the most European alternative and the closest thing to an Italian..."

The First American Pope
 George Weigel: "The swift election of Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, S.J., as bishop of Rome is replete with good news — and not a little irony. To reverse the postmodern batting order, let’s begin with the good news..."

Dr. Albert Mohler Reflects On Pope Francis
"Well, that’s why I think being a Jesuit indicates a deliberate kind of activist distinction from that. John Paul II was a philosopher. Benedict was a true theologian. I mean, he was heart and soul committed to doctrinal theology as his focus. And I think what you’re going to find in Francis is probably going to be a more pastoral activism, which evidently the College of Cardinals thought that the Roman Catholic Church needed at this time."

Obama couldn’t eat at Hill meeting without food ‘taster’
...“Unfortunately, you know, the president can’t,” said Collins when asked if Obama ate at the lunch meeting.
“He looked longingly at it,” Collins continued. “He honestly did look longingly at it, but apparently he has to have essentially a taster, and I pointed out to him that we were all tasters for him, that if the food had been poisoned all of us would have keeled over so, but he did look longingly at it and he remarked that we have far better food than the Democrats do, and I said that was because I was hosting.”...

Obama's Approval Ratings Worldwide Plummet from 2009
By the time Barack Obama reached his fourth year in office in 2012, the world had grown far more disenchanted with American leadership, according to a new Gallup poll. Obama's erstwhile worldwide popularity dipped by the end of his first term. In 2009, 130 countries were polled, and the median approval level of United States leadership was 49%. That number dropped to 41% in 2012, which was approaching worldwide approval numbers posted for George W. Bush’s last two years, when his numbers stood at 38% in 2007 and 34% in 2008....
Obama’s Second Term Troubles Have Begun

Bishops to Meet With Gov. Cuomo to Stop His Bill for Late-Term Abortions
...The Catholic Bishops of New York State will meet with Cuomo on Tuesday at the State Capitol in Albany. Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, archbishop of New York, will be unable to attend the meeting as he will still be in Rome, where Pope Francis’ formal Mass of Installation will be held that same day...

MOVIES: The profanity counter vs. the eye-rollers
...At the end of a press screening for some R-rated film, I discussed the subject with a fellow critic who views movies from a decidedly secular viewpoint. As I often do, I brought up the picture's offensive language. He said he didn't mind bad language in a film ... so long as it wasn't gratuitous. A bit perplexed, I remember responding, "They used the f-word nearly 70 times. How gratuitous does it have to get?" He had no answer. But at least he was gentleman enough not to roll his eyes...

Court Rules Fifth Grader Can Invite Classmates to Church Party
A U.S. Appeals Court ruled on Tuesday that a then-fifth-grade student should have been allowed to pass out fliers to her classmates to invite them to a Christmas party at her church as it wouldn't cause "substantial disruption."...

Hateful school play mocking Bible and religion with blatant homosexual themes attracting national attention
...The school is performing the play, "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told," by Paul Rudnick. It's billed as a "comedy." But it's described by many as "blasphemous and hateful." The play retells stories from the Bible using homosexual characters in a pornographic and mocking fashion.

The play begins with a retelling of Genesis using a homosexual couple, Adam and Steve, instead of Adam and Eve, along with other homosexual characters who are are very sexually explicit in their speech and actions. As one review puts it, this re-telling of Genesis "gets so specific as to be a gay how-to sexbook."

It includes a depiction of Steve having a sexual relationship with an animal during the Noah's Ark scene. After several other hideous defamations of Bible stories, the first act ends with Adam and Steve being two of the wise men at the Nativity. The second scene appears to be a modern-day depiction of the birth of Jesus in a New York apartment with the "wise man" Steve now being HIV-positive and the pregnant Mary being a lesbian who (among other things...

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Scrolling around...March 14, 2013

America’s New Theocracy: Liberals and the Gospel of Banning
Please take a pew while we kneel reverently and pray the Gospel of Banning.

Guns. Soda. Salt. SUVs. Trans Fats. Plastic bags.

Have I mentioned:

The Bible.
Rush Limbaugh.
Conservative talk radio.
Fox News.
Plastic bags.
Shark fin soup.
Paper Bags
The internal combustion engine.
Incandescent light bulbs...

City University of New York officials raised some eyebrows last week when they revealed that 80 percent of the high school grads who enroll in CUNY can’t read, write, or do basic arithmetic. If you’re a New York City high school grad, that means eight out of ten.

Not to worry: tests administered by the U.S. Dept. of Education show that, nationwide, only 30 percent of eighth-graders in the public schools—that’s just three out of ten—can read like eighth-graders.

Do you still wonder why Obama’s president?...

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Physicists say they have found long-sought Higgs boson
...The elusive particle, called a Higgs boson, was predicted in 1964 to help fill in our understanding of the creation of the universe, which many theorize occurred in a massive explosion known as the Big Bang. The particle was named for Peter Higgs, one of the physicists who proposed its existence, but it later became popularly known as the "God particle."... image

White House tour move backfires on Obama
With Obama’s poll numbers dipping to near 50 percent, Republicans have seized on the issue, criticizing the president for canceling the tours as a stunt to hurt Congress, where lawmakers have long arranged White House tours for their constituents...

President Obama Meets with Hezbollah-Defending Groups ahead of Mideast Trip On Monday, President Obama prepared for his trip to the Middle East by meeting with around 10 Muslim and Arab officials that provided him with “recommendations.” The attendees included representatives from the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, two anti-Israel groups with a record of pro-Hezbollah advocacy. The meeting came four days after his meeting with Jewish leaders...

Germany To Legalize Anonymous Hospital Birth
The German government wants to allow women to use false names when giving birth in hospitals while still ensuring that children born this way can learn the mother's name after turning 16...

Porn is destroying a generation of young people: expert
An expert on sexual ethics and pornography has used a disturbing new report out of the UK to describe how the culture of easy access to pornography and sexual promiscuity is destroying a generation of young people... Scotland: “Police chief: If you don’t curb porn, number of sex crimes will rise”

Religious-based adoption services may be leaving Colorado
Religious-based adoption agencies might be forced to close when civil unions for same-sex couples become law.
A measure allowing civil unions for gay couples has cleared the Colorado Legislature and is headed to the governor's desk, where it's expected to be signed...

My father, the hate preacher: Nate Phelps on escaping Westboro Baptist Church Pastor Fred Phelps, whose bizarre protests have made his tiny church reviled around the world, has a terrifying hold over his congregation. But one escapee is now Fred’s fiercest critic – his own son...

Quiet thunder in Argentina

This profile of Cardinal Bergoglio first appeared in The Catholic Herald on October 7 2005
By Jose Maria Poirier
Wednesday, 13 March 2013

José Mariá Poirier explains why the self-effacing Archbishop of Buenos Aires may well be the next pope

What a surprise: it turns out that the main opponent to the unstoppable Joseph Ratzinger in the April conclave was none other than the severe, shy figure of the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. The revelation comes in the “secret diary” of one of their colleagues in the Casa Santa Marta – a cardinal’s account of the election published recently in an Italian magazine.

The spotlight the news has placed on Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio – whether or not it is true – will be agony for this notoriously media-shy Jesuit, whose face will have gone even redder with the speculation by vaticanisti that Bergoglio should now be seen as the leading contender to replace Benedict XVI when his time comes: the first Jesuit, and the first Latin American, in Church history to occupy the See of St Peter.

For Bergoglio’s enemies, the revelation will come as no surprise. It only proves, they will say, what we thought all along: that behind all that humility what Bergoglio really cares about is ambition. the rest

Pope Francis: A Disappointment for Catholics Who Don't Like Being Catholic
How can we tell that the conclave made a good decision in elevating Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the papacy? Exhibit A (through at least D): liberals are annoyed. But leftists' problems with Pope Francis, well-emblazoned as they were within hours of the announcement, reveal some crucial truths about the Church that even many Catholics are loath to confront...

Found this at First Things: Coincidence?

Francis I a friend to Argentine Anglicans
The Bishop of Argentina and former primate of the Iglesia Anglicana del Cono Sur (Anglican Church of the Southern Cone), the Most Rev. Greg Venables, has applauded the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio saying the Argentine Archbishop is a devout Christian and friend to Anglicans, who has stood in solidarity with the poor against government corruption and social engineering.

In a note released after the election of the new Pope, Francis I, on March 13 Bishop Venables wrote:

“Many are asking me what Jorge Bergoglio is really like. He is much more of a Christian, Christ centered and Spirit filled, than a mere churchman. He believes the Bible as it is written. I have been with him on many occasions and he always makes me sit next to him and invariably makes me take part and often do what he as Cardinal should have done. He is consistently humble and wise, outstandingly gifted yet a common man. He is no fool and speaks out very quietly yet clearly when necessary. He called me to have breakfast with him one morning and told me very clearly that the Ordinariate was quite unnecessary and that the church needs us as Anglicans. I consider this to be an inspired appointment not because he is a close and personal friend but because of who he is In Christ. Pray for him."... 
Also: Justin Welby greets the 265th successor of St. Peter

Pope Francis on Same-Sex Marriage: 'A Move of the Father of Lies;' 'A Total Rejection of God's Law'
...Then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio made these observations in a letter to a group of monasteries in Argentina, in which he asked the sisters for their prayers in defeating the same-sex marriage legislation...

New pope slips out of Vatican for morning prayer visit

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Habemus Papam Franciscum

The First Latin American Pope: Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires

Pope Francis Makes His First Appearance

Abp. Chaput on New Pope: "A Man from the heartland of the Global Church"

Slideshow: Growing Up Argentine: Pope Francis

New pope elected: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina
Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected in a surprise choice to be the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church today, and said he would take the name Francis I.

Pope Francis, 76, appeared on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica just over an hour after white smoke poured from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel to signal he had been chosen to lead the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics...

The New Pope: Bergoglio of Argentina
...Formerly the head of the church’s influential Jesuit order, Francis is known as a humble man who led an austere life in Buenos Aires. He was born to Italian immigrant parents and was raised in the Argentine capital...

Wikipedia: Pope Francis

Pope Francis, first South American pontiff, cheered by crowd
Throngs jamming St. Peter's Square roared with joy as Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, stepped onto the balcony as the new pope and leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
The crowd grew silent as Bergoglio, 76, recited the Lord's Prayer and a Hail Mary.
"Let us pray for the whole world," he told the crowd.
"I ask you a favor: Before the bishop blesses the people, I want to ask you to ask the Lord to bless the bishop," the new pope said, according to a translation by NBC News. "Please, pray in silence for me."...

Vatican sends first tweet under Pope Francis I
The official Twitter account for Pope Francis has sent out its first tweet under the new papacy.

"Habemus papam franciscum," tweeted the pope's official account @Pontifex. The Latin phrase translates to "we have a new pope [Francis I]."

The Twitter account for the Vatican was changed to reflect that a new pope had been chosen shortly after it was announced from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City...

Monday, March 11, 2013

Anglican Unscripted Episode 67

Mar 11, 2013

This week your dynamic duo talk about George's surgery and the election of the new Primate of Tanzania. Kevin and Allan talk about South Carolina, San Joaquin, and the Witness Intimidation Accord. Peter Ould brings news of border crossing in England.

Scrolling around...March 11, 2013

The Vatican's 'Room of Tears' is ready for next Pope

Cardinals Arrive at Vatican Before Papal Conclave
Catholic cardinals at the Vatican gathered for their last pre-conclave talks Monday morning before shutting themselves into the Sistine Chapel to elect a successor to Pope Benedict...

Obama’s Approval Crumbles in…New York
...President Barack Obama’s approval rating in New York fell precipitously in the last month, according to a poll released Monday, and three-fifths of the state’s registered voters now believe the country is heading in the wrong direction...

In the beginning, 'The Bible' off to commanding ratings lead
...The sprawling series — a Greatest Hits of sorts, spanning from Genesis through Revelation — attracted more eyeballs that night than any other show on television. It ranks as cable’s most-watched entertainment program this year. Network executives reported unprecedented traffic on History’s website last Sunday, when #TheBible was a top trend on Twitter...

BBC lent talk compares Jesus' suffering with that of homosexuals
The BBC has broadcast a message by the founder of a gay news website comparing Jesus' abandonment by the Jewish people and God the Father with his own fear of abandonment by Jewish people and God for pursuing a homosexual lifestyle....

When We Lie about Praying for Others: Seven Thoughts
...It is not my intention to lie. It is not my intention to fail to pray for that person. I simply forget after I tell them...

Swordsman Shortage May Halt Saudi Beheadings
...A joint Saudi committee composed of representatives of the ministries of interior, justice and health is mulling the replacement of beheading with firing squads for capital sentences due to shortages in government swordsmen, Saudi daily Al-Youm reported on Sunday....

CDC Data Shows Alarming 16,000% HIV Risk Increase in the Homosexual Population
...The rate of HIV diagnosis in homosexual men is 6.67 higher than in heterosexual men. (78.7% / 11.8%). Using the higher CDC population estimate of 4% for homosexual men, there are 24X more heterosexual men. That means that homosexual men are 160X more likely to contract HIV then heterosexual men (6.67 x 24). The same analysis using the lower population estimate of 2% homosexual men yields a 327 fold increase in risk. Restated on a percentage basis, homosexual men have a 16,000% to 32,700% increased likelihood of contracting HIV over a heterosexual man...

Sitting is the new smoking
"What you're doing right now, this very moment, is killing you," she told the thousands of TED attendees seated in the Long Beach Convention Center. "Sitting is so incredibly prevalent, we don't even question it. Sitting has become the smoking of our generation."

‘Toaster Pastry Gun Freedom Act’ proposed in Maryland
A Maryland state senator has crafted a bill to curb the zeal of public school officials who are tempted to suspend students as young as kindergarten for having things — or talking about things, or eating things — that represent guns, but aren’t actually anything like real guns...

Women's falling life spans
A study published Monday in the journal Health Affairs suggests life span for women in some parts of the country is actually falling, a finding that generated a lively discussion among Wall Street Journal readers. On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal spoke with the authors of the study—David Kindig, a health-sciences professor at the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute, and Erika Cheng, a Ph.D candidate at the university—about what factors may be behind the result. Here is an edited excerpt...    [Of course, I never see abortion mentioned as a factor in the mainstream media.]