Sunday, January 22, 2012
‘God’-awful OWS mob steals sacred item from church: New York Post
At West Park, Rev. Brashear walked into the church for a morning service to find the 18-inch-diameter bronze basin and lid missing from the baptismal font’s 800-pound base. Holy water — straight from the River Jordan — had been poured from the missing basin insert into the base’s bowl.
This Presbyterian Church had been hosting 60 Occupy Wall Street protesters each night.
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Saturday, January 21, 2012
Biblical blunder at White House briefing: AP
"I believe the phrase from the Bible is, `The Lord helps those who help themselves,'" [Jay] Carney [White House spokesman] said.Attention must be paid to ignorance at this level.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:16 PM Permalink
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Michelle Obama 'Distressed' About Power Held in IL by 'White Irish Catholic' Families: Chicago Sun-Times
When Michelle Obama worked in Mayor Daley's City Hall in the early 1990s, she was "distressed" by how a small group of "white Irish Catholic" families -- the Daleys, the Hynes and the Madigans -- "locked up" power in Illinois.
She must have forgotten Harold Washington, the African-American mayor of Chicago from 1983 to 1987. He died at the start of his second term.
I will see if other how Catholic blogs cover this as I contemplate restarting this blog.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 5:48 PM Permalink
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of Global Public Authority by Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Mario Toso
You can google "Caesaropapism" or "Catholic monarchists" and see the deep roots of this: a theme throughout Christian is to put faith in princes [Ps 146:3] who have the power of the sword, and not in the appeal of the Gospel to people sitting in pews through the power of the word for voluntary offering. There's nothing in Mt 28:19, the commission given by Christ to the Church about banking.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:44 PM Permalink
Saturday, April 02, 2011
Disarm the Aggressor: Libya Edition
I could have sworn when the denunciation of the foreign military intervention in Libya began it fit the template of the demand by Pope John Paul II for foreign military intervention in Bosia, Somalia, Rwanda, (and those are locales I can recall).
New York Times: Pope Seeks a Disarming Of 'Aggressor' in Bosnia January 13, 1994.
So I will be reading news reports to see what's different about the circumstances in Libya.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:33 PM Permalink
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Small motor assisted bicycles
A hundred feet from my front door a rider of one of these was struck by a car and I saw the police and EMS response. Later I saw a few more of these bicycles. They don't have license plates. At this point I don't know if they are required. However, I saw that the riders in the street simply aren't aware of the cars around them and how slow they are travelling relative to the other traffic. I prayed for the person on the ambulance gurney. Maybe I haven't been paying attention but they just seemed to have appeared in September in Queens.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:22 PM Permalink
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Is Jesus just Savior, or is He Lord and Savior?
This is a point I have overlooked. I have internalized it. I have a debt to Rev. Mark D. Roberts on the Hugh Hewitt Show. Roberts remarked on Anne Rice who recently announced her apostasy (or it is a schism?) from Christianity. He suggested that Rice could accept Jesus as Savior but not as Lord. That struck me as a profound observation: We are told to take up the cross and follow Jesus. It is in two parts: carry the cross, and follow Jesus. We are not only the grateful receivers of unmerited salvation and grace, but also his followers.
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