Saturday, February 15, 2003
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Weekly Standard: Anti-French Sentiment in the American Street
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Friday, February 14, 2003
Reuters: Meeting Report on the Pope and Aziz
The sound bite for me is concrete commitments.
Aziz came with the old lies: we don't have WMD's and we have, do now, and will always obey UN resolutions.
The Reuters account repeats the utter nonsense regarding the UN role in inspections -- it is not Iraq hides and UNMOVIC seeks. Rather the inspections are to review the evidence to be presented by the Iraquis of how all those WMD's were destroyed between 1998 and 2003. Their failure to provide that evidence is, of course, the smoking gun.
I'd be as happy the Pope to learn that the WMD's were destroyed, but think it a near impossibility that they have been.
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A new focus in the Vatican
Watching the Vatican statements for weeks I've been blogging I've been asking -- when are they going to start to focus on Iraq's defiance of UN resolutions to disarm?
Today the wait is over. I think that the signal the Vatican is giving is the ball is in Iraq's court -- they must disarm.
I'm trying to extract from the various press accounts what Vatican's new position is with respect to Iraq Is it?
(1) Disarm or face serious consequences
or (2) Disarm or listen to us ask you to disarm (again and again...)
The clock for the surrender of the WMD's in Iraq started on the day of the cease-fire -- March 3, 1991.
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Let me add that I intended to post a link to my piece below on Mark Shea's blog, but his commenting system HaloScan is down as I write this.
This is intended to respond to Kevin Miller's blog De Virtutibus and his comments on Just War
I have also added on my site some links which advocate that the policy of the United States as conforming to Catholic Just War doctrine.
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Just War to bring about Justice in Iraq
First of all I think it prejudical to the topic to talk of a "preventive war". This semantically loaded term is the corked bat of a discussion of the Iraq War. Does this mean we have to accept another Perl Harbor or 9/11 before self-defense is possible? It's seems that nothing short of that is going to be satisfactory.
Facts are not helping the advocates of this being a unjust war. Saddam is preparing the oil fields for destruction and a even greater ecological arson than 1991. Missile batteries are being brought to the perimeter of Mosques. Saddam is evil and his army must be disarmed. A long-range rocket was discovered. What's coming next? Resolution 1441 demands that Iraq disarm or face serious consequences.
"the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain"
The capusle version of my position and Just war thinking starts with a “presumption for justice,” not a “presumption against violence.”
Pacificism, specifically in the case of Iraq, is a call to inaction.
Inaction serves to allow Saddam's cache of weapons of mass destruction to
grow and become more deadly.
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Thursday, February 13, 2003
AP Yahoo: Human Shields Gather
As they lie down next to the air defense radar and missile installations, I wonder if they will get naked and spell out "No War". This is suicide by stupidity.
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Timing of the war: Abraham the Patriarch is responsble
I live next door to a Muslim. He's a religion teacher and so am I. We ask each other questions, so today was my turn: "Why is this the special week for the Haj to Mecca?"
As we celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday on the pseudo-holiday of President's Day, Muslims are now celebrating an event, most unlikely to have ocurred in history -- Abraham's visit to Mecca -- where he prayed and offered Ishamel to God.
My friend was unaware that as Christians (and Jews) have the story -- Abraham went to Egypt and Jerusalem.
I'll probably put together a web page on the Catholic view of who Abraham was and what Abraham did, and we'll exchange ideas.
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AP: Update on Cardinal Etchegaray
A number of articles call the Cardinal a "negotiator" -- which is false -- rather he is a messenger and a symbol of the Holy Father's intentions for peace.
In fact, a lot of people are suggested as negotiators Nelson Mandela, Kofi Anan, Hosni Mubarak, etc. but that misses the point. Saddam has had plenty of warning of serious consequences should he fail to disarm. Really, at this point, the only thing that I think is possible to stop the war would be to just invite in the armed forces of the United States to roam freely through the country and destroy the weapsons, and agree to leave in 90 days, and leave Saddam intact.
The so-called survivor Saddam has overplayed his hand, and Iraq will be disarmed -- as early as 2/15 or whenever Blix reports back to the United Nations. I don't think the United States is going to support any "second resolution" and will just go in on the basis of 1441.
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WCBS Radio: Bishop Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Center has a public statement
He should resign. Rather than getting this information before the public -- as the public has a right to know -- regardless of the statute of limitations -- he concealed it. He's been caught, and he's sorry he's been caught.
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CathNews: Reversing Baptism
Upon request, priests in Italy must note alongside baptism information the will of adults to leave the Church. Bowing to pressure from lobby groups who call the act 'unchristening,' the Italian Bishops Conference (CEI) recently outlined the procedure.
I think this is terrible precedent. It's a cooperation with a process that undermines the theology of the sacrament.
Thanks to Relapsed Catholic for this.
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Times (UK) reports on what's next:
The Vatican is hoping to engineer a meeting between Mr Aziz and Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary-General, who arrives in Rome on Monday February 17. We might be at war by then.
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Catholic World News
Cardinal Roger Etchegaray arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday, February 11, telling waiting journalists that he would urge Saddam Hussein "to cooperate with the UN on the basis of peace and international law."
Disappointed that there's no news on this as of early Thursday.
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Newsday: on the Duct Tape Crisis
How I responded: while America was buying Duct Tape, Wall Street was buying the stock of companies that manufacture the stuff.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2003
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Rod Dreher of NRO found an article that makes the connection between the so-called anti-war movement and the hate Israel/blame America first.
Lerner's crime: he had dared to criticize ANSWER, an outfit run by members of the Workers World Party, for using antiwar demonstrations to put forward what he considers to be anti-Israel propaganda. That ANSWER objected to Lerner is not surprising. The WWPers in control of ANSWER are socialists who call for the revolutionary overthrow of capitalism, who support Slobodan Milosevic and Kim Jong Il, who oppose UN inspections in Iraq (claiming they are part of the planning for an invasion aimed at gaining control of Iraq's oil fields), and who urge smashing Zionism. Last month, referring to an upcoming ANSWER demonstration, Lerner wrote, "In my view, the organizers of this demonstration have allowed far too many speakers who believe that this war is being done because Israel wants the war, far too few who share my view that this war is not in the best interests of either Israel or of the United States." Yet Lerner didn't let his differences with ANSWER trump his opposition to the war; he encouraged people to attend the rally. After that protest, he told The New York Times, "There are good reasons to oppose the war and Saddam. Still, it feels that we are being manipulated when subjected to mindless speeches and slogans whose knee-jerk anti-imperialism rarely articulates the deep reasons we should oppose corporate globalization."
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Cleveland Scene has a great cartoon: The Muslim World - An average American's View
Blogger credit to Disordered Affections for the link.
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A Protector or A Predator?
By Carol Eisenberg Staff Writer
Glen Reynolds on MSNBC (a/k/a InstaPundit) has a real insight into what's going on with the perception in the world of the United States. What if... the United States acted like the imperial power it is accused of being? Excerpt: What about the “Arab street?” The answer would be machine guns, labor camps, and bulldozed mosques.
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New York Times: Long Island Diocese Tricked Victims of Sexual Abuse
Joanne C. Novarro, a spokeswoman for the Rockville Centre Diocese, called the grand jury report unfair and insisted that the diocese had taken all cases of sexual abuse by priests seriously and had improved its methods of handling such cases under Bishop William Murphy, who took over the diocese last year.
I don't know what "seriously" means. It certainly doesn't mean reporting criminal sexual abuse to the police as this was not done in any of the cases. Zero
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Miracles: Episode 3 The Patient
4/4 stars. The setup: a disease they made up called "Sadowsky's Disease" which to me looks a lot like cerebral palsy. Our trio shows up because Alva (the dull one) thinks that there's paranormal associated with some people afflicted with this disease. Paul falls in love. Plenty of twists and turns. I really like the spooky music. More paranormal than your average show. So may little details, I'll stop the synopsis here so I don't spoil the surprise.
See it, because Clarence Williams III gives a really good performance as the tortured doctor. In fact, all of the actors appearing for their roles in this one episode really did a good job -- even the guy in the wheelchair who reminded me of Captain Pike from Star Trek: TheOriginal Series.
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Monday, February 10, 2003
Parent Alleges Harassment for Exposing 'Fistgate'
Mark Shea started discussing this in his blog. I picked up a more recent story.
Parents Rights Coalition has its own web site
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Three more links on Al Sharpton appearing at a Catholic Church
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The most I could find about Al Sharpton
Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post a journalist for journalism comments on Sharpton's appearance in a Catholic Church.
First person accounts:
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I thought the Simpson's was funny without being hateful towards religion This summary from Simpson's FAQ
When Flanders wins a half-time money shot during a WNBA game, Homer decides his neighbour's secret to success is praying. Homer starts praying to get his way with everything...and it works. He even prays himself into an injury lawsuit against the Church and is awarded with the deed to the property. Homer promptly moves the family in, while Helen and the Reverend have been relocated to the Flanders and reduced to preaching at the Bowl-a-rama. It can only take a miracle to make Homer see the error of his ways
I thought it was funny how while everyone believes in God, they have different ideas of how He answer prayers. Marge has a great line when she compares Homer's idea of God to a conceierge.
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Newsday got the Grand Jury report on the Diocese moving around priests who were accused of, or admitted to sexual abuse before the public disclosure
You probably forgot about the document dump that was demanded by Suffolk county (Long Island, New York), I didn't. It's out now. I think it will have a big impact locally, but it's not going to be a national story. Later on, I'll post an excerpt and some comment.
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Sunday, February 09, 2003
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Hindustan Times presents The One Truth
In my 36 years of teaching and research in Theology, the one truth that I have learnt is that there is no monopoly of Truth," Fr Jacques Dupuis SJ, Professor Emiritus of Theology at the Gregorian University, Rome, told a gathering priests, nuns and seminarians in Kolkata on Saturday.
(No, you're not reading Mark Shea's blog...) ...then 36 years wasn't enough to learn that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
Back to The Book, Pere Jacques.
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Attacking the Vatican for attacking New Age
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Does this mean that Cardinal Etchegaray will be flying EAST and the same time Tarik Aziz is flying WEST? Like ships passing in the night.
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CNN reports POPE SENDS ENVOY: Pope John Paul II is sending a special envoy to Baghdad, a Vatican spokesman said Sunday. Cardinal Roger Etchegaray will travel to Iraq on Monday with the goal of helping Iraqi authorities consider the situation that faces them, cooperate toward peace and secure the best resolution for the Iraqi people, the spokesman said. The pope has repeatedly voiced his opposition to war against Iraq and his support for a diplomatic solution to the standoff.
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Has one of my prayers been answered?
News Agency of Agentina: The Vatican has its foreign policy, and it would be "inappropriate" for a government member, who has no responsibility in foreign policy to comment on its policies. This was the response given by Defence Minister Antonio Martino to those asking him for a comment concerning the upcoming visit to the Pope by Tarek Aziz.
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Zenit: Where is God?
The Vatican took notice that the so-called Constitution of Europe doesn't mention God, or acknowledge the juridical status of Churches
And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth (Luke 18:7-8 RSV)
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In preparing a new talk on the Church (its foundation, its mission, its identity, the necessity of being in it) I came across the following theory: if we all share a common ancestry, then it does make sense that we are created in some way equal, but we could all be equally created in darkness and without freedom. It's what we are created as, that makes a difference. There's something more to solidarity than commonality. It's awareness of that commonality that creates solidarity. The consequences of awareness and the thoughts and solidary that give it a visible dimension. This is why signs and symbols are so powerful to communicate that solidarity.
For centuries, millions were unaware of the commonality of ancestry from Ghenghis Kahn. But UPI makes us aware
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There was no blogging yesterdate (pick the reason):
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