Bishop Jose S. Vasquez appointed as ordinary for the Diocese of Austin. Excellent choice. I met the good bishop while serving as a deacon in Houston. He came to the priory to visit a sick friar who had preceded him as pastor in a parish in San Angelo. His respect for our elderly brother was exemplary. Very impressive.
Activist behind the ACORN pimp/prostitute video stings has been arrested for trying to wiretap the office of a LA Senator. If convicted, he and his friends will spend ten years in jail. If this allegation is true: dumb, just plain dumb.
Socialist experiment in Israel bends toward private property rights. This happens in religious life as well. Communitarianism (the model for religious life) is not socialism, but sometimes the drum beat of "community life" can drown out the fruitful contributions of the individual. As always, there's a via media that balances both community and the individual. It ain't easy.
On facing east at the altar. I think this is going to catch on big time in the RCC. There's no problem here really, but the people in the pews need to be properly and thoroughly catechized about the why's of doing it. Ad hoc changes are always a bad idea.
Personhood Initiative in Kansas. On the face of it, amending the Constitution to recognize the personhood of the fetus seems like a good idea. But we need to be careful and think through the legal implications of doing so. Yes, it would make abortion a crime. But would it open mothers to lawsuits by grown children for failing to eat properly, for drinking/smoking while pregnant, for knowingly bringing a child into an abusive home, etc.? Lawyers are very creative. Caution.
Paralyzed for want of a definition: Tom K. busts the wafflers on "torture." Just in case there's a question. . .the Church is against it.
Apparently, if there's any doubt in your mind that your baby will grow up to be anything other than the Next Einstein, the Next Mozart or NFL quarterback, you should just kill it. Do we really need anymore pedophile rapists?
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