Thursday, September 04, 2003

A Reminder:

The World Over Live will present the first English interview with Cardinal Ratzinger tommorrow night on EWTN. I will get out my Cardinal Ratzinger Fan Club mug (Putting the Smackdown on Heresy since 1981!) and enjoy a drink while watching--I should have bought the stein!. Mugs available at The Cardinal Ratzinger Fan Club, a truly great website.
For a complete list of all people murdered on September 11th go here.
Fear of New Attacks Eases, But WTC Terror Scars Remain

"For most Long Island residents, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks remain a personal tragedy that is unlikely to disappear even as the fear of another act of terror recedes, according to a poll for Newsday and NY1 News.

More than three out of every five Long Islanders knew someone who was killed – or knew their family, the survey found."

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

August 22, 2003

On Wednesday, September 10, 2003, Bishop Murphy will celebrate a Mass at 7:30pm in St. Agnes Cathedral in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and for their families and friends, also remembering the heroic efforts of countless police officers, fire fighters, and emergency personnel.

I went to the Mass the Bishop celebrated last year on September 11th-my parish and several others held ecumenical services which I had no interest in attending. I will probably go to the Cathedral again this year.
An essay from a writer who informs his readers that he has decided to leave the Anglican Church and become Catholic.

I found the essay at Traditional Catholic Reflections and Reports
Another reason I love my satellite dish-Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg. Last night and tonight was a repeat of a two part show on Irving Berlin.

Monday, September 01, 2003

Jesus Christ Beyond Thunderdome

Pretty standard article from Reason magazine on that Gibson guy who actually thinks he has a right to be a film producer and a devout Catholic. There is only 1 thing that disturbs me about this article and it is this paragraph:

"Few people worry about an outburst of violent anti-Semitism in the United States. But in its own way, the attitude of some champions of "The Passion" is troubling. A few seem positively gleeful about the distress caused by the movie -- and quite in-your-face about it. 'I want to see any movie that drives the anti-Christian entertainment elite crazy,' conservative commentator Laura Ingraham has been quoted as saying."

Just what about this is troubling??????? The fact that people who have been very aware of anti-Christian bias are gleeful about seeing some of it exposed?? The fact that some people adopt an in-your-face attitude much the same way that supporters of anti-Catholic films and art do?? Perhaps this really explains the trouble with Mel Gibson, who by most accounts was not always the devout Catholic guy he has become. He is now taking his politically incorrect and unapproved faith (traditional Catholicism) and using it to make a film about Jesus, without the express written consent of the elite. I have adopted such an in-your-face attitude with this film that I intend to see it more than once, even though I will be looking down into the popcorn bucket during most of the violent scenes. The Faith on Tap group I belong to will probably get together and see it as a group, and I will be sure we adopt an in-your-face attitude. And yes, this makes me positively gleeful!

Sunday, August 31, 2003

Yet another funeral for a victim of the World Trade Center attack

"A funeral for Brooklyn Firefighter Michael Ragusa will be held Sept. 8 — making him the last of the 343 firefighters killed in the World Trade Center attack to have a service in his memory."
As the anniversary of the Muslims' attack on September 11th is coming up, I would encourage everyone to go to Daniel Pipes' website. I read Mr. Pipes' column in the NY Post and he is very factual and relentless in pointing out the evil, vile, racist, and violent behavior of radical Islamists.
From the people who brought you September 11th:

Sirens Over Africa
Where there are stonings, there is jihad.

"If her appeal of this conviction is denied, she will be buried up to her chest, and the surrounding throng will throw stones at her until she is dead. The stones used must not be so small that they will inflict no damage, nor so large that they will kill her too quickly. She must die slowly and painfully in front of the crowd. "