Friday, September 30, 2005

Beyond Gay

In a post yesterday about Get Religion's article on the ethics of using anonymous gay priests as sources for articles about the upcoming visitation, Amy Welborn plugs David Morrison's book Beyond Gay, which describes Morrison's conversion from being a gay man to a celibate, "same-sex attracted" man.

What a thrill it was to read the book's introduction, penned by my bishop, Charles Chaput.

Here's an excerpt from the Archbishop's intro:

"Suffering can bend and break us. But it can also break us open to become the persons God intended us to be. It depends on what we do with the pain. If we offer it back to God, He will use it to do great things in us and through us, because suffering is fertile. It can grow new life."

We sure are blessed here in Denver.

Standing By Their Men

The New York Times reports today that leaders of men's religious orders in the U.S. are planning a trip to Rome to ask the Vatican not to issue a ban on gay men in the priesthood.

The article notes that about a third of U.S. priests belong to religious orders such as the Dominicans, Franciscans, and Jesuits, and that at least two Jesuit superiors have written to their priests and seminarians assuring them that as long as they are chaste and celibate that they will not be dismissed due to sexual orientation.

I'm of two minds on this issue. On the one hand, a gay priest who remains celibate and faithful to the Magisterium is a terrific example of heroic virtue that all of us can emulate. On the other, I've come across some flaming Jesuits, one of whom confessed to me that he doesn't follow everything Rome says. There's also the oft-cited problem of the so-called Lavender Mafia controlling entry into the seminaries, forming cliques, and turning off heterosexual seminarians -- that is when they are not turning them away from the priesthood. Not to mention the clergy abuse in the U.S., the majority of them being adolescent boys in their teens, not children, per se, and therefore more readily classified as homosexuality, not pedophilia.

I suspect the Vatican is not concerned with the holy priest who just happens to have a same-sex attraction so much as it is worried about fidelity. That would explain the other 55 questions on the seminary visitation questionnaire that the media have ignored in favor of the 1 mandatory question about homosexuality. These questions speak to spiritual, moral, and intellectual formation and fidelity for both the seminarians and formators.

For all the talk in the media of a "witch hunt", Pope Benedict XVI knows what he is doing, due in no small part to the "Friday penances" he performed during his years as Cardinal Ratzinger. As head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Ratzinger was the person to whom weekly clergy abuse reports were sent. There's probably nobody in the Church more informed than this pope and I have faith in his decisions.

I've Evolved!!!

Or is it intelligent design? Either way, I'm back to flappy bird status thanks to you, my faithful readers!

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Scales Falling From Eyes

Remember the Atlanta hostage story from this past March? Ashley Smith now says that she shared some of her crystal meth stash with Brian Nichols after he took her hostage last Spring. She then read to him from Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life, convincing him to turn himself in to police for the shootings he committed at an Atlanta courthouse. Smith says the ordeal led to her realization that she is a drug addict and that she hasn't touched drugs since.

One Christian observer commented that Nichols' vision of Smith being an angel leading him to God could be attributed "to crank rather than conversion," implying that the outcome of this scenario is less of a miracle because of the illicit drug use.

To the contrary. That Nichols saw Smith as an angel rather than a demon is miraculous considering the death and suffering he had caused just hours ago. That he later peacefully turned himself in, presumably once the meth had worn off, is yet another miracle. Christians should need no reminding that God uses the greatest sinners, drug addicts, prostitutes, tax collectors, and murderers, to do his work.


As a result of being away from my blog for a week, I went from being a flappy bird to an insignificant microbe in The Truth Laid Bear Ecosystem.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Making Love Visible In The World: A Response to Susie Bright

"I never thought sexual liberation was a set list, but rather the process of figuring out your own erotic philosophy and acceptance of your own body, temperament, aesthetic, desire. The other part would be having respect and compassion for others, whether that means privacy, boundaries, or tolerance" - Susie "Sexpert" Bright in response to my post On Our Backs: How Feminism Contributed to Raunch Culture.

The problem with Susie Bright's philosophy is that there are two bodies involved in the act of sex, and figuring out "your own erotic philosophy" is as helpful as trying to speak using a language only you understand.

Pope John Paul II spoke of the "language of the body". As Janet Smith writes at Catholic Education Resource Center, each act we perform with our body has a meaning beyond what we communicate verbally and we should not commit our bodies to acts that they do not mean.

As Smith writes: "Sexual union means `I find you attractive”; “I care for you”; “I will try to work for your happiness”; “I wish to have a deep bond with you.” Some who engage in sexual intercourse do not mean these things with their actions; they wish simply to use another for their own sexual pleasure. They have lied with their bodies in the same way as someone lies who says “I love you” to another simply for the purposes of obtaining some desired favor."

Susie advocates "acceptance of your own body, temperament, aesthetic, desire," but, when it comes to intentions, as Laura Garcia writes, "in practice the most noble tend to lose out to the most urgent."

The other part would be having respect and compassion for others, whether that means privacy, boundaries, or tolerance.

Susie Bright's theory of sexual revolution is focused solely on the self and leaves the other out of the equation except as an after thought. Even then Susie defines compassion as mainly leaving the other person alone, rather than being in union with them. Though she doesn't mean to, Susie espouses a sexuality that ultimately lacks in compassion because her emphasis is focused mainly on getting, not giving.

Garcia cites John Paul II's idea that God made the human body to be a body that expresses the person, as opposed to an animal's body, which cannot express anything.
If our bodies express personhood, then it would follow that our actions speak a language that is of divine origin. As Garcia writes, "The human body has a divine mission; it is meant to make love visible in the world." By sacrificing noble intentions for the urgent, we've traded in our divine inheritance for a sexuality that diminishes our humanity rather than expresses it in its fullness.

Catholic Megasite

Another great Catholic link site at OSV. Hat tip to Open Book.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Who's Your Father?

My Padre Saint Pio post seems to have attracted the attention of some evangelical Protestant types who want to argue me out of my cradle Catholicism by insisting that I may not admire any mortal men, or call them father. One commentor even went so far as to wonder whether this practice was idolatry. This, of course, is completely untrue: Idolatry is what we do with relics and statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, not mortal men.

(Had you going there didn't I? Just a little ecumenical humor there, folks. Don't get upset)

To clarify: No, there is nothing in the Scriptures that says we can not call humans who did not procreate with our mother "father". As Envoy, a top Catholic apologetics site, notes, Jesus, St. Paul, and St. James all referred to Abraham as "father". St. John twice refers to Church leaders in letters as "fathers", and St. Paul refers to himself as "father" in I Corinthians: " 'I do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.'"

As for me, I'll continue regarding Padre Pio as my spiritual father, that is, when I am not busy snapping mackerel and worshipping the pope.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Padre Pio Feast Day

September 23rd is the Feast Day of Saint Padre Pio. I suppose that technically you're supposed to call him Saint Pio, but I can't think of him without the "padre" in front of his name. Maybe it's because he is a spiritual father to me.

I'm reading Man of Hope by Renzo Allegri. It's a terrific read, and meticulously researched. Probably the best introduction to San Pio out there.

On Our Backs: How Feminism Contributed to Raunch Culture

Holy Fool and Contemplating the Laundry link to Wendy Shalit's Wall Street Journal review of Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy, which examines feminism and its link to sexual promiscuity.

Ms. Shalit notes that Ms. Levy went to college in the 1990s. I too went to college during that period. It was a time of "safer sex" workshops, where students were counseled that sex with a person covered in latex was "hot".

One person symbolizes that period to me. Lesbian Susie Bright, aka,"Susie Sexpert" was a former clerk at Good Vibrations, a sex toy store. She hit the big time on the college lecture circuit during the '90s for her numerous books on the joys of (safer) sexual depravity. I learned that all of these, at least in theory, were okay: Pornography. Group sex. Sadism and Masochism. Gay rights. Abortion on demand. Why not? Sex was fun and if women were in control, where's the harm?

It wasn't until the late 90s, newly single (my long-term boyfriend broke up with me after I refused his offer of a polyamorous marriage.), that I realized something. In order to have sex, (i .e., to have approval, to be attractive, and not lonely) I would have to allow pornography, homosexuality, and polygamy into my life. Sexual openness didn't mean I was free to experiment sexually, it meant I no longer had the option not to.

I chose celibacy. At the time, it was just until a "real relationship" was on the horizon. Later, I reverted to Catholicism, and decided to remain celibate until marriage. I'm still unmarried. But I am not in pain. I am not confused and hurting and no knowing why I hurt as I was 10 years ago, when everybody around me told me that sex was just fun and games, and as long as I'm in control, there's no harm. Some other folks apparently learned the same lesson: The aformenentioned Susie Bright's star sunk pretty fast in the late 90s after she gave birth, and then married the child's father. Apparently, monogamous heterosexuality doesn't sell books or get you a lot of invites to lecture at colleges.

I've learned some things, thanks be to God. I've learned that sex is sacred. I've learned that it's a gift that God gave men and women to bond with each other and God in the creation of life. I learned that God means for us to unite body and soul through sex. In short, that everything that the Culture of Raunch has to offer is sad and degrading for both women and men and that the Culture of Raunch is really the Culture of Death in disguise.

Phil(th)adelphia-- The Grand Jury Clerical Abuse Report

Rocco Palmo is all over the Philadelphia grand jury report on predator priests. My former parish priest's name is not there, much to my relief. (Pathetic isn't it? That it has come to this -- being relieved that the guy who gave you sacraments isn't a pervert.)

Rocco is very critical of the clericalism in Philadelphia. My impressions of Philadelphia Catholicism is that most folks were Christmas/Easter Catholics, going to church about twice a year and doing whatever they wanted the rest of the time. In my parish, Sunday Mass attracted at most about 2 dozen people, and even the Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul was about half empty most Sundays. And still, I found a high degree of clericalism in the attitudes of even the self-proclaimed lapsed Catholics. Philly is hardly an exception when it comes to Mass attendance and you can be a cultural Catholic and clericalist, but I still think it's a strange combo.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Blogging will be light for the next day or so

I'm having Internet access issues. Keep checking back though. I should be up and running in no time.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Blogs4God Is Back Online

Plug your Christian blog or read up on the doings of the Christian blogosphere. Either way, get your spirit fed here!

If We Forget the Poor, We'll Go To Hell version 2.0

Will the papal envoy's criticism of U.S. stinginess towards our own get more, or less, media scrutiny than the seminary visitations?

How Cool Is This? "Arrested Development" Star Is A Christian

I've been with "Arrested Development" since the very beginning. It's a show that follows its own vision and does everything a little different. So it's no surprise that one of it's stars is also defying expectations. Tony Hale, who plays Buster, is openly Christian. In Hollywood, as Barbara Nicolosi can tell you, professing Christianity tends to not help your career. Hale talked about his faith to the Boulder Daily Camera. (Click on the title of this post to get to the article.Registration may be required.)

DC: You started a Christian group called The Haven in New York — tell us more about that.

TH: It was an artist fellowship that was really faith-based. A lot of times artists coming from the church don't feel supported by the church. It encouraged artists whose faith is really important to them to continue being artists.

DC: That's great — are you doing anything like that in L.A.?

TH: My wife and I just try to be careful — in this town where you have to promote yourself all the time, we try to remember to get your eyes off yourself sometimes. Actually, this Saturday the whole cast is doing Habitat for Humanity.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

God's Justice

Our priest said in last week's homily that God is merciful, sure, but He is also just and though He dispenses mercy, He also demands justice. The priest's words gave me anxiety because I know that if God demands justice from me, I will most likely go to Hell.

The Magnificat this week features a meditation on Sunday's Gospel reading by Father Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, that describes God's justice by citing none other than Luther citing St. Augustine, who said, "Just as the salvation of the Lord means the salvation by which he saves us, so 'God's justice' means the justice by which, through his mercy, we become just."

Much to my relief, Fr. Cantalamessa in his essay reminds the reader that "now God's benevolence has been manifested to men, that is, his good will towards man, his forgiveness; in a word, his grace."

What the Christian Blogosphere might look like, if it existed

By Oengus Moonbones. (I think you'd find Christ-Haunted somewhere along the Shea Coast.)

"Earth My Body, Water My Blood, Fire My Spirit ... Air My Head"*

*Blog title taken from a particularly apt comment at the Curt Jester.

Women's ordination. Sure, its heresy, but when the proponents are so darned amusing, it's tempting to just chuckle and leave them to their bunny hops and earthenware.

But I am frightened by this Catholic Insight Online report on women's ordination conferences. It's scary that there are people who believe that the entity envisioned by "womenpriests" -- an entity that invokes the four elements, worships "the Goddess/Christ Sophia", celebrates homosexuality, and wants to get rid of the pope -- would be an improvement on the Church we've had for millenia.

Aesthetically, this feminist church is a disaster: the felt banners, the bunny hops, the earthenware, but spiritually it is far worse. I've never been able to define exactly what makes my spirit shrink away from this Church of What's Happening Now, but it's the same revulsion that I feel for Satanism. In the case of both Satanism and the Church of the New Age, we are witnessing people who are jealous of God worshipping themselves in place of Him. It's sickening but I am no better, because I am an idolator too and my god is also myself: my ego, my vanity, my ideas. So perhaps what repulses me when I look at paganism is the sight of my own sinfulness and how I am tempted to ask God not to deliver me from evil, but to leave me to it.

Friday, September 16, 2005

20 Million Prayers

The archbishop of New Orleans is requesting prayers for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. H/t to A Catholic Life.

Farewell Brother in Christ

Read on Mark Shea's site that a Mundelein seminarian named Matty Molnar died a couple of days ago in a car accident. His blog is still online and his writings and pictures suggest a beautiful, spirited, JPII seminarian in love with the Lord and his Church.

Matty had just turned 28 a week ago. There were three other seminarians with him in the car. One of them, Jared, is in critical condition. The other two are stable. Pray for them.

It's eerie looking at Matty's site, seeing glimpses of his personality (I never knew him), and knowing that the things that he hoped for -- some of which he wrote about -- will never come to pass. Comments from those who loved him and miss him are heartbreaking and it's tempting to shake one's fist at the Lord and ask, "Why? Why did you take this man -- this future priest -- from us?" I must admit I'm struggling with this one.

Update: I just read that Jared, the critically injured seminarian, passed away today. How devastating for those who knew Matty and Jared. Prayers are needed.

Update: Amy Welborn has more news. Charges have been filed against two other seminarians in the car who survived the accident.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The Purpose-Driven Catholic

Anybody know anything about Matthew Kelly? I've heard raves about the guy, but from what I've seen on the Internet, the guy sounds like another Rick Warren -- a one-man, self-help industry with Christian overtones, but superficial in matters of the faith. Am I right or wrong?

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

According to the Magnificat, today's feast day is associated with the dedication of the basilica of the Resurrection. The feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross falls between Yom Kippur and the feast of Booths, which celebrates the dedication of the Temple.

From the dedication of the basilica:

"Now we know that the Letter to the Hebrews interprets the sacrifice of Christ in reference to the Day of Atonement (Heb 9: 6-12), and that it was during the feast of Booths that Jesus declared, If anyone thirsts let him come to me" (Jn 7:37).

The Magnificat concludes that,"For Christians the cross is the sign of the hope of the kingdom that the Jewish people celebrated at the feast of Booths."

Monday, September 12, 2005

The Golden-Mouthed Saint

St. John Chrysostom wrote The Divine Liturgy used up to this day by the Orthodox Church. September 13th is the Feast Day of St. John Chrysostom, the Golden-Mouthed Saint whose writings remind me of St. Paul's letters; Both men wrote with great love for the gospel. Here's a sample of the Golden-Mouthed one from today's Office of Readings:

Let the world be in upheaval. I hold to his promise and read his message; that is my protecting wall and garrison. What message? Know that I am with you always, until the end of the world!

Abortion Not Safe, Not Rare ... Let's Make It Not Legal

I can't tell you how many times I've heard pro-abortion folks say something along the lines of: Having an abortion is safe; x times safer than childbirth, as a matter of fact. In fact, this was a key consideration in Roe v. Wade.

Turns out women are three times more likely to die after having abortion, according to a report found at After Abortion.

First For Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Mount Athos in Greece, the first time a Russian head of state has ever visited the 1,000-year old Orthodox monastery. Supposedly, Putin is a devout Christian, something I would have never suspected. Wonder if he and Bush fellowshipped when he visited the president's ranch in Texas.


Christianity Today highlights Christian love in action at the Astrodome. The magazine has put together some other fascinating articles on Hurricane Katrina this week, available on its homepage.

They Returned Home By Another Way

An online project for those who attended World Youth Day. H/t Amy Welborn.

Update: Godspy has an excellent reflection on Cologne 2005 describing World Youth Day this year as being more of a contemplative retreat than "Catholic Woodstock", thanks to our humble Benedict XVI.

Friday, September 09, 2005

"If We Forget The Poor, We'll Go to Hell."

In 2004, Archbishop Chaput of Denver told a crowd of 5000 at a Mass in Colorado to repeat after him: "If we forget the poor, we’ll go to hell."

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, as news footage on the disaster began airing on television, and pictures of hysterical, dying, Americans were being beamed into homes across the planet, my sister called me up and reminded me of Chaput's homily. "We're seeing it right now," she said, meaning hell.

In America, we've forgotten the poor. Actually to say we have forgotten them implies that we had some regard for them in the first place. The truth is we have ignored them to death. This has become apparent in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. There's a lot of folks across the blogosphere asking why this is so. Why don't we love the poor, as we are commanded to do?

I think asking why over and over is fine as far as that goes, but to limit ourselves to mere navel gazing would be a tragedy. The fact is, our Lord and Savior has commanded, not suggested, not hinted, but commanded, as clearly as can be, for us to love the poor. Imagine if Christians started living the Beatitudes. What if we became as organized and unflinching about poverty as we are about abortion? What if we started picketing sweatshops (or companies that do business with them) the way we picket abortion mills. What if our bishops started teaching their sheep that we can not in good conscience vote for politicians whose votes do not conform to Catholic teaching on social justice? What if bishops were to begin banning public figures from speaking at Catholic institutions who promote or support policies that hurt the poor? And why don't we Catholics demand that our leaders do exactly that? After all, that is what people who were committed to the Beatitudes would do.

If every Catholic in the United States would make a conscious effort to live out Christ's words in the Sermon on the Mount, we could learn to love the poor. We would love the poor in our families, in our neighborhoods, in our cities, in our counties, and in our nation and maybe even the world. That alone would change everything. (Look at the way individuals have stepped forward on their own to give Gulf Coast survivors food, a place, to live, etc.) If every Catholic in America lived the Beatitudes, we would not tolerate politicians who gave lip service to being "compassionate". We would rise up against them the way we rose up last year against a Catholic presidential contender who gave lip service to being "personally pro-life."

We can love the poor. All we have to do is follow Jesus. All we have to do is be Christian. It's what we are commanded to do.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Get Rid of Brownie

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, as fires continue unabated, the mayor of New Orleans begs for more firefighters. So FEMA calls in 1,000 firefighters and ... sends them to Atlanta. For training. To be "community relations officers." H/t Andrew Sullivan who has some criticism for the feds regarding Hurricane Katrina's aftermath as well as accounts from eyewitnesses.

Update: The Bishop of Corpus Christi comes to the feds' defense. H/t Bettnet.

The Birth of the Joy of All The World

Today is the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Today's Magnificat reading explains that the liturgy of Mass on this day echoes Saint John Damascene's exclamation: "Come, one and all, let us joyfully celebrate the birth of the joy of all the world! Today, departing from the nature of earth, heaven has been formed upon earth. This day is the beginning of the world's salvation."

The Anchoress has more on Mary's birthday.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

No Wonder I Like His Prayer

You are Saint Francis of Assisi! You don't care
what you look like (or smell like) as long as
you can live simply and help the poor. You
should be receiving your stigmata any day now.

Which Saint Are You?
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Archbishop of N.O. Issues Statement on the Devastation

Says to keep in mind the words of St. Paul.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Banishing OCP Might Help

The Archdiocese of Denver is offering a workshop on getting parishioners to sing during Mass. It's called, I kid you not, "Let My People Sing."

Raymond Arroyo's Note to Readers

Raymond Arroyo tells us Mother Angelica put up the Arroyo family after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the EWTN anchor's home. (H/t Catholic Fire.

What's Old Is New

Found out about something called "The New Monasticism" from The Anchoress. Like her, I am skeptical about anything with "The New" in front of it. This article confirmed my doubts. The author describes two Christian communities in Philadelphia and Camden combining social justice and contemplation. As a former Philly girl, I have to object. Philadelphia has for decades attracted activists/witnesses living in community, be they Catholic, Quaker, anarchist ... or whatever. But I guess calling this "The New Monasticism" lends the article that "news" hook. Worth a read anyway.

Soul Music

One generous man on his way home to L.A. from New York stopped past the Houston Astrodome to provide some music therapy for the survivors. Sounds like he just might stay for awhile.


Mark Shea's Catholic and Enjoying It! is back in the blogosphere!

Monday, September 05, 2005

Katrina Aid Weekend

I moved this post up to the top of the page, where it will stay throughout Monday. Money and prayers still needed. Also, check the bottom of this post for updates and scroll down the page for more content.

Katrina Aid Day(9/1/05) has been extended into Katrina Aid Weekend. By the way, if you've donated, please go to Truth Laid Bearand log it. The blogosphere is raising a lot of cash so far, and it's great to see what's been given.

It's also gratifying to see people looking ahead to cleaning up the destruction. The Anchoress notesHugh Hewitt's idea to rebuild the Gulf Coast. This is a creative and resourceful nation of doers who can solve just about any problem. We will rebuild.

By the way, the Anchoress is donating proceeds earned this month from sales of books and goods purchased through via her Bookshelf.

Finally, pray for the people of Louisiana, that they suffer no more evil. Moneybags has a great idea over at A Catholic Life to say the Rosary. I ask that everybody who reads this blog would say one decade this weekend for all victims of Hurricane Katrina.

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Update: Knights of Columbus pledges aid.

Update: Links are fixed. If any don't work, it's because the site is down. I got rid of the Hugh Hewitt link but you can find it at the Anchoress's site. Also, if someone could tell me how to link to older blog posts of mine, I'd appreciate it.

Update: The Cukierski Family Apostolate is accepting cash donations for direct aid to survivors, and
Gulf Coast crisis pregnancy centers are also in need of donations.

Update: A volunteer liveblogs from the Astrodome.

Update: Happy Catholic has loads of post-Katrina links including one from Electric Mist liveblogging triage efforts at LSU.

Update: Money bags notes aid relief efforts by nations and corporations.

Update: Half of New Orleans' priests are missing.

The Saint of the Gutters

Eight years ago today, Mother Teresa died. At the time, I had not yet reverted to my faith, but I admired Mother Theresa, as did so many, for her works of mercy.

She saw Jesus in the poor:

He makes himself the hungry one - the naked one - the homeless one - the sick one - the one in prison - the lonely one - the unwanted one - and he says: You did it to me.

After her death, it was revealed that Mother Teresa suffered dark nights of the soul that lasted nearly 50 years. Yet she continued working with the poorest of the poor, and became the Saint of the Gutters.

I have no doubt that Mother Teresa right now is with all who suffered because of Hurricane Katrina -- both living and dead -- many of them the poor, the sick, and the forgotten. These are the people whom she loved so much.

Let's celebrate Blessed Teresa's feast day with joy, remembering her by remembering the poor, especially those who are suffering in the Gulf Coast right now. They need our money and our prayers.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Quote of the Week

God has no need of your money, but the poor have. You give it to the poor and God receives it." --St. Augustine. (Hat tip Catholic Fire)

Haunted Katrina

Get Religion notes an intriguing site that offers help to journalists chasing religion ghosts in Hurricane Katrina news.

Scroll down this page for more Katrina-related blogging.

Does Contraception Cause Pregnancy?

My tongue is only partially in cheek here, but when the Guttmacher Institute reports (via Zenit and Catholic Online) that more than half of the women seeking abortions were using contraception when they got pregnant, it does make one wonder.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Words Fail

CNN compares the difference between official FEMA remarks on the scene in New Orleans, and eyewitness accounts. The FEMA guy is basically dodging and spinning while reports from doctors at hospitals, reporters, evacuees, etc., are horrifying. Reading this and accounts like this makes my brain stop -- just wipes all thought out of my mind.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

America Opening Hearts, Homes to Katrina Victims

People from across the nation are offering housing and relocation assistance to refugees via Craigslist.

Check out also:
Baton Rouge listing
Mobile listing
Houston listing

Update: Locally, Operation Share Your Home is coordinating efforts out of Shreveport to find Hurricane Katrina refugees a place to stay while they get back on their feet.

Hurricane housing is connecting people with homes to share with the refugees.

Survival of New Orleans blog

Liveblogging from New Orleans. H/T to Domenico Bettinelli.

Kyrie Eleison

Please say a prayer for all the people posting to this blog.

Boy Explains Bioethics And Moral Theology

Joshua Heldreth, the 10-year old boy who was arrested on Good Friday for trying to give Terri Schiavo a glass of water as she lay dying, wrote a letter of apology to the Court as part of his sentence for trespassing on the grounds of the hospice where Terri was warehoused. Heldreth's sentence also included 25 hours of community service.

According to Lifesite, which links to the full text of the child's letter, Heldreth wrote:"I knew she would die without water and I am called by Jesus to be a defender of the defenceless. So I had to go on your property to try to bring her a drink."

Meanwhile, Terri's killer, Michael Schiavo, has been invited by a guy who calls himself "Dr. Humane Death" to appear at an ethics conference, and in Missouri, the state has redefined feeding tubes and respirators as optional and Medicaid will no longer pay for them. In the Terri Schiavo case, lawyers for her husband had successfully argued that feeding tubes were medical procedures and not basic care.