Friday, September 19, 2003

They don't call them DUMB JOCKS for nothing

The violent criminal thugs from Mepham High School who sodomized and tortured 3 younger jocks have all been stopped from playing football for the season. Big deal. There should be at least 3 of these monsters in jail by now, and dozens more should be held as accessories. Some background: This school is in Bellmore, where most of the parents don't seem intellectually capable of understanding just how evil their little darlings are. Fortunately, Bellmore is home to an ever growing number of conservative jews who actually use schools for study, not rape.
Pair pleads guilty to aiding Taliban

Anger over adultery stoning case

"Pressure is mounting on the Nigerian government to spare the life of a Muslim woman condemned to death by stoning for adultery. "

I don't want the war on terror to stop with Al Queda, I want it to destroy the entire fundamentalist culture of the middle east.
Victor David Hanson on the War on Terror and our former allies

"More people, remember, fried in France this August while its social utopians snoozed at the beach than all those lost in Kabul and Baghdad together. I think an American pilot who flew over the peaks of Afghanistan or a Marine colonel now patrolling in Iraq was far more likely to ensure that his aged mother back home lives under humane conditions than was a Frenchman this summer on his month-long vacation on the Mediterranean coast. So remember, this August Americans lost 100 brave soldiers fighting selflessly for the liberty of others while thousands of Frenchmen perished through their children's neglect and self-absorption."


This is the latest brilliant article by Daniel Pipes

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Fr. Charles Mangano and his sister Laurie, a model, perform concerts and have released 5 albums. Here is their website.
Ever Ancient, Ever New

Zzzzzzz??? I figured this blog would start up again with the new school year but so far no.
My parish has quite the turnover right now, the "leader of song" has left and the organist decided to follow her and retire. So we are looking for those positions to be filled. At the same time we were looking for a youth minister, which has now been filled by a young woman who I know is very orthodox and works all the time with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.
Dr. Philip Blosser is the philosophy professor who put my Catholic Howl poem on his website. I have now added his homepage to my links on the right because he has so much good stuff there. Don't believe me? Check this out-- The Monty Python Philosopher's Song!

Someone out there paid to have the ad removed my blog a long time ago and I want to thank whoever it was.
Fr. Apostoli mentioned in his talk on Tuesday night that Pope John Paul II had intended to elevate Mother Teresa to Sainthood in October. He said he has now agreed to beatify her only. Apparently many expressed concerns about a too quick process and the Pope was convinced to go the traditional route. I am glad, as I do think that the traditional, slow, steady step to Sainthood is the best way for the Church to proceed. The beatification will take place on October 19th and Fr. Apostoli also mentioned that on that same day, 60 Minutes will run a segment on the Sainthood process. I don't remember exactly but he may have said he would be in the segment due to the cause of Bishop Sheen. Anyway mark your calendars.

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

I love to look at the Sitemeter to see where visitors to this blog came from-

1) "Catholics are very classy people" aol search

why thank you...or were you being sarcastic??

2) "Tai Chi vs. Catholicism" yahoo search

According to practitioners, practice of tai chi releases blockages of chi in the body--in Catholicism we recommend bran for that

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Mel Gibson and Me

What a week so far! First, Jeff Miller advises me that my blog inspired the name for the great Genesis X parody blog. Now it turns out I am 2.5 degrees of separation from Mel Gibson! Tonight I attended a night of recollection run by Lay Preachers at Kellenberg Memorial High School's retreat house. The evening consisted of an hour of Adoration, then a catered dinner, then a talk by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, then a Mass. (Fr. Apostoli just offered the funeral Mass for his mother yesterday-she died peacefully in her sleep). The dinner and talk was in a new room in the retreat house that is stunning-it is a huge room filled with stained glass windows, intricate woodwork and overlooks an incredible garden. It was designed by and built under the supervision of Fr. Philip Eichner, the president of Kellenberg and former president of my alma mater, Chaminade. When I got home, I read the new Catalyst, the newsletter of the Catholic League. Fr. Eichner also happens to be the chairman of the league's board of directors and as such was able to view a copy of Mel’s Passion movie with him. Mel also joined the Catholic League while he visited their Manhattan offices. So I was just in a room designed by the priest who recently viewed Mel’s movie with him. Ok, that IS a pretty stupid degree of separation! I still can't wait to see this movie though.

Monday, September 15, 2003


This blog comes up first if you search for "stereotypical long islander" in google.
Another Gen X blogger!

This had me laughing out loud, which is rare--The Curt Jester is just an awesome site!!!
Mark Shea at Catholic and Enjoying It posted this from Peggy Noonan:
What I Told the Bishops
Thoughts on the crisis in the American Catholic Church.

My favorite line:

"We ask them to discuss the pressing issues of the moment, such as cloning--we're entering a world in which industrial fetal farms may grow replacement people for replacement parts--and instead they issue new directives on how it would be better if people sang songs during the mass after communion, and hugged each other instead of shaking hands during the moment of peace."

Ms. Noonan's book called John Paul the Great will be out on November 10th. Her book, What I Saw At the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Era was excellent!