Papal Preacher is No Fr. James Martin, SJ

Fr. Jim Martin, SJ had words that everyone should have read yesterday:

Good Friday, though, reminds us that Jesus went to his crucifixion freely and surrendered his life for something greater, which came on Easter Sunday. This profound image may help the Catholic Church meditate on what it is invited to do. But that means that something has to die.

What needs to die is a clerical culture that fostered power, privilege and secrecy. An attitude that placed a priest’s reputation above a child’s welfare. A mindset in which investigations of dissident theologians and American Catholic sisters were more swiftly prosecuted than investigations of abusive priests. What needs to die is a certain pride. All this needs to be surrendered freely.

I think Fr. Jim should be promoted to “papal preacher” especially when we heard this from the actual papal preacher yesterday. (From the London Telegraph)

The “coincidence” that Passover falls in the same week as Easter celebrations, said Rev Cantalamessa, a Franciscan, who offers reflections at Vatican Easter and Advent services, prompted him to think about Jews.

“They know from experience what it means to be victims of collective violence and also because of this they are quick to recognize the recurring symptoms,” the preacher said.

Quoting from the letter from the friend, who was not identified, the preacher said that he was following “‘with indignation the violent and concentric attacks against the church, the pope and all the faithful of the whole world.”‘

“The use of stereotypes, the passing from personal responsibility and guilt to a collective guilt remind me of the more shameful aspects of anti-Semitism,”‘ Cantalamessa said his friend wrote him.

Better start vetting the homilies now. Talk about a stupid statement! Let me not pile on here except to say that death and extermination does not and never will equal character assassination. While the Pope has come under attack for his own role in allowing the abuse of children and perhaps has been treated unfairly by some in the media, this should not ever be compared to the Holocaust.

Apologies from me today to our Jewish brothers and sisters, especially my sister and brother in law and their children.

And a note to the papal preacher. Get a clue and think about what you’re really saying when you try to equate two tragedies.

Glenn Beck Couldn’t Pick Dorothy Day Out of a Police Lineup, But Knows She’s a Marxist


From the Sojourners blog today and Robert Ellsberg.

It was surprising to see Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker movement, described on the Glenn Beck show as a Marxist. Beck himself acknowledged that he had no idea who “the Marxist Dorothy Day” is, though he supposed she must be known to other Marxists.

Hold on, he doesn’t know who Dorothy Day is? I wonder if he’s alone in that? Well, Ellsberg fills you in here and the link gives you and him a neat biography of her.

Day, who died in 1980 at the age of 83, was accustomed to being called names. Though no Marxist, she was an unapologetic radical — which meant, for her, a determination to get to the root of social problems — both in human selfishness and greed, and in the social structures build on selfishness and greed.

Day indeed looked to change the social order and was always working not just for charity but for change. If that’s Marxism or Communism, then there were a lot of poor people in Russia who wish that Dorothy Day would’ve told people that her Catholic Worker ideal was all they needed to make a go of it.

Day was inspired by saints. But she also wondered why they didn’t do more. Ellsberg continues.

“Where were the saints to try to change the social order, not just to minister to the slaves, but to do away with slavery?” Dorothy Day’s vocation was planted in that question. Where were the saints to try to change the social order? It was a question she answered with her own life.

Indeed. She also didn’t want to be “dismissed too easily” by people calling her a saint–even if she was one. She thought her work was the work that we were all REQUIRED to do as a demand of our faith.

Amen. This week may we ask ourselves who is too hard to love? And may we look at the cross and realize that it is because of our failure and Jesus’ heroism in loving the least of our brothers and sisters that Jesus went to that cross–not just for you or for me, but for everyone.

Even Glenn Beck who I wish an enlightened holy week.

“When I Think of Hitler and Stalin…I think of social justice”

Fr. Jim Martin, S.J. jumped on the Colbert Report to discuss the Glenn Beck “social justice is communism rant.” Hysterical.

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Live Tweeting Abortion

Angie Jackson has taken micro-blogging to a whole new level.

The New York Daily News reports one of the more tasteless stories I’ve heard about in a long time. A woman live-tweeting and you tubing her abortion by using RU-486 in order to “demystify” abortion.

Angie Jackson is an athiest who can’t stand that people believe in God–which is really the point of her video channel where she uses the moniker antitheistangie.

“I’m doing this so other women know, ‘Hey, it’s not nearly as terrifying as I had myself worked up thinking it was.’ It’s just not that bad,” Jackson said on her YouTube video.

I won’t post her video here because I don’t think she needs any extra publicity from me but here’s some thoughts:

1) Athiests just can’t stand that religion informs some people’s opinions and they can’t seem to unhinge themselves to “live and let live” but then use the same argument when religious people say that they believe abortion to be murder.

2) Ms. Jackson has a child with special needs and that is why she’s choosing abortion. Once again, I wonder how much support might have been offered to her to help her raise not only her unborn child but also her child who has special needs. Clearly fear is at the heart of this, even if she keeps repeating that the procedure is “not that scary.” It may indeed not be, but that doesn’t make it any more moral.
As I often say…If we really cared, this wouldn’t be a problem.

3) This is bizarre. Clearly this is a woman who needs to bring attention to her own cause. And in this case it’s not merely abortion, but rather atheism. However, technology has made it to the point where indeed in a free society people can post anything they please.

4) She’s received death threats and her son has as well. I’d like to take a moment to apologize to Ms. Jackson for those in the so-called pro-life movement who have disparaged her and threatened the life of her and her family. It’s amazing how people who are pro-life will resort to threatening murder and some even carrying it out. Um…last time I checked we were against murder. Ms. Jackson, I don’t agree with what you are doing, but I also see no need for people to issue threats and vile words towards you.

Now all that being said, I think this woman is a bit bizarre and hope that she stops giving people too much information and keeps her atheism to herself.

In Case of Rapture, Feed My Dog!

Shannon Shark over at the Mets Police (which is an excellent sports blog BTW) points us to this hysterical post. Eternal Earthbound Pets is a site that says that atheists will care for your pet in the event of the rapture.

But how do you know that the atheist will stay an atheist? That and other questions are answered here:

Q: How do you ensure your representatives won’t be Raptured.
A: Actually, we don’t ensure it, they do. Each of our representatives has stated to us in writing that they are atheists, do not believe in God / Jesus, and that they have blasphemed in accordance with
Mark 3:29, negating any chance of salvation.

Q: When the Rapture occurs, how long before my pet is rescued?
A: The timing is contingent on the number of subscribers we have in each state/region and travel distance. Our rescuers know that this is a time sensitive service. Pets’ lives are at stake. We will limit the number of subscribers in each zone so that any given rescuer will not be over burdened. Naturally, we must anticipate that there will be widespread chaos and confusion immediately following the Rapture that could impact travel times. Thus, we are targeting a maximum of between 18- 24 hours from realization of the Rapture, to animal rescue.

Q: What if one of my family members are left behind. Will you still take possession of my pet?
A: That depends. When the rescuer arrives, if your loved one wants to retain possesion of the pet, the pet stays in the home. We expect in these circumstances that the pet will offer the family member some comfort and stability given the trauma of what has occurred. If the family member prefers, we will adopt the pet per our contract.

There’s a whole lot more on the site and it’s possibly the funniest thing I’ve seen in awhile. They claim it’s no joke but I wonder how many clients they have?

My big question would be “Why wouldn’t my pet be raptured?”