Friday, May 30, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
NOTE: I know that, by mentioning "Escriva" and "Opus Dei", there are some of you reading this who now have the "Imperial March" from Star Wars bouncing around inside your head, but stay focused, okay?
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
My confrere Fr. Guy has a blog entry about a bunch of bishops that look the way I feel when I'm stuck in traffic.
But I have the cure to "turn those frowns upside-down".
An ingenious person took two of my favorite things from the 1970s (Star Wars and The Benny Hill Show), and put them together.
It's a winning formula: Anything becomes funny if you speed it up and add "Yakkety Sax" to it.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Monday, May 05, 2008
"But let no one among you be made to suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as an intriguer."
- To look upon that which is someone else's might well be to cast covetous eyes upon it. That is how both the Latin Bible and Calvin take this word - to mean that the Christian must not be covetous.
- To look upon that which belongs to another might well mean to be too interested in other people's affairs and to be a meddling busybody. That is by far the most probable meaning. There are Christians who do an infinite deal of harm with misguided interference and criticism. This would mean that the Christian must never be an interfering busybody.
- There is a third possibility. Allotrios means 'that which belong to someone else'; that is to say, 'that which is foreign to oneself.' Along that line 'allotriepiskopos' will mean 'looking upon that which is foreign to oneself.' That would mean, of a Christian, entering upon undertakings which would not befit the Christian life. This would mean that a Christian must never interest himself in things which are alien to the life that a Christian should lead.
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Fiancée of British royal abandons Catholicism to preserve succession
May 2, 2008 / 02:16 am (CNA).- A woman engaged to a member of the British royal family has renounced her Catholic faith to maintain her fiancée’s position in the line of succession.
The Times Online reports that Autumn Kelly, 31, was received into the Church of England. She is to be married to Peter Phillips, Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest grandson, on May 17.
British monarchs and their heirs are barred from becoming or marrying Catholics according to the 1701 Act of Settlement. Phillips, who is currently eleventh in line to the throne, would have had to renounce his claim had she not converted. (So Peter's at the ready in case his grandmother, three uncles, six cousins, and his mother should all go home to God. You think someone's a little miffed that his parents didn't want him to have a royal title?)
Kelly was reportedly advised for several months before deciding to convert. “She was not asked to do this; she did it of her own accord,” a source told the Daily Telegraph.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman confirmed the conversion had taken place and said that, "She was welcomed into the Church of England some time ago."
Kelly, a management consultant from Canada, met Phillips at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal in 2003. She moved to the United Kingdom to be with him shortly thereafter.
Her parents are said to be enthusiastic about their daughter’s engagement (well, c'mon, how many weddings involve Buckingham Palace? It's gotta beat a wedding reception at the local VFW hall!). I’ve met him a few times and he’s a great guy, a really nice person,” her mother, Kathleen, told the Times Online (Your future son-in-law, the man marrying your little girl, and the best you can say is that he's "really nice"?).
She said that she did not think that there would be a problem with her daughter being a “foreigner”.
“I think attitudes to things like that have changed,” she said. “Autumn is a very serious and intelligent young woman. She may be young, but she knows the world. And he’s a great guy. Isn’t that what counts?” (Well actually, no.)
It is not known whether Kelly was a practicing Catholic, though she was educated at Catholic schools. (NEWSFLASH: and I could spend 9 years in a zoo and it wouldn't make me into a practicing giraffe!)