Tuesday, October 31, 2006

First Friday - First Saturday; World Apostolate of Fatima, Holy Trinity South St Paul Nov 3-4

An all-night prayer vigil sponsored by the World Apostolate of Fatima will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 749-6th Avenue South in South St. Paul. For information, contact Bill Tysavy at 952-892-7153.

Pro-Life Action Ministries at Epiphany Parish Bazaar Nov 4-5

Pro-Life Action Ministries will have a booth at the Christmas Bazaar being held at Epiphany Catholic Church in Coon Rapids, Mn. They are asking for donations of homemade craft items such as embroidered cloths, wood items, cards, ornaments, wall hangings, canned items: jams, fruits, pickles, or sauces. To donate, please contact Pattie Sullivan at 651-771-1500, ext 219.

Regional Catholic Bloggers Who Post Frequently: Oct 31


I.C. at
The Ironic Catholic) (Humor)
A Catholic Halloween Treat (for all you mystics)
Caption Contest #7
New Deadly Sin Added By The International Theological Commission
(insert primal scream here)

Cathy of Alex at
Recovering Dissident Catholic (Spiritual, Baseball)
Bat Boy Urges Catholics to Vote!
Farm Family in a Field
Abortionist Dies
All Fools Day

Terry at
Abbey-Roads) (Spirituality, Arts, Culture)
Failure to thrive.
Halloween Costumes...
Leaving Las Vegas
"The sin of the Gentiles is they lack charity."
Why are the blind and the lame with us?

Adoro at
Adoro Te Devote) (Young Catholic)
Darkness Into Light
Jesus, Son of David...have pity on me!
Priest Appreciation
Suicide, Mercy, and Redemption

Sr. Edith at
Monastic Musings) (Sociology Professor)
Who Do You Say That God Is?
Who and Where We Are
Learning By Pushing the Limits
Blaming Obesity

Sharon at
Clairity’s Place) (English Instructor, Photographer)
The Invisible Cage
Pigeon River Falls
Adolescents Have to Question

Mary at
Veritatis Splendor (Young Catholic)
Bleg: Pro-life credit cards?
Mass on All Souls' Day
A change "Pro Multis"...
New Blog Alert!

The Hadleys at
Our Word (Music, Arts, Literature)
Bobby's Reflections
October Surprise
Callas Part II
From the Bookshelf

Father “Z”, Rome, at What Does the Prayer Really Say) (Translations, Vatican Subjects)
Interesting changes in the Curia
3rd Glorious Mystery: Descent of the Holy Spirit
AFQB: Confession If No One Speaks the Language
Roman Sunday “Tridentine-ness”


“Love2Learn Mom” at
Studeo) (Home Schooling)
Bias and History
Prayer Request
The God in the Cave, Part VII
Novena for Life for upcoming Elections


James from Winnipeg at
Convert Man
Wow I just saw The Prestige. Amazing. I delight...
Slow Down The other day, a fella stood behind me ...
Double-Defiling the Precious A bit of a furor has... If This Is True... ...I'm Never Getting a Cellpho...

Monday, October 30, 2006

South Dakota voters will pass judgment on the nation's toughest abortion law

There were only about a half dozen of them, but it was the first time they'd shown up at the state's single abortion clinic: veteran protesters in the abortion wars, carrying placards depicting bloody fetuses and aiming cameras at people headed for the clinic run by Planned Parenthood, a simple one-story structure on busy West 41st Street. One protester, in a hooded sweatshirt and camouflage jacket, called a woman leaving the lot a "baby killer" and when asked whom he represented, responded, "Jesus Christ."

Their arrival in this sparsely populated state, a little more than two weeks before voters here will decide whether to overturn a nearly complete ban on medical abortions, infuriated none other than Leslee Unruh, a leader in the state's journey to the March passage of the most restrictive law in the nation. In the process, she has earned a national name by helping to rewrite the antiabortion playbook. "I can't stand the way they do things," Unruh said last week about the protesters' in-your-face strategy. "The anger approach doesn't work because they have no compassion for the women going in there."

During an interview at the Sioux Falls headquarters of Vote Yes for Life, the organization she heads that's campaigning to uphold the state ban, Unruh spoke about her own abortion years ago and her campaign to focus not on confrontation but on the personal stories of women like her who have had or considered abortions. But activists on both sides are riveted by the bottom-line question voters here will answer next week: Can Unruh's new sell persuade South Dakotans to endorse a state law that ignores a U.S. Supreme Court precedent and makes no specific abortion exceptions in cases of incest or rape, or when a mother's health is threatened?

If the answer is no, then the probable conclusion-pending litigation of some sort-is that even abortion opponents aren't willing to so dramatically limit the rights of the mother. But if the answer is yes, then similar legislation is likely to move forward in other states, and so is a legal challenge that could reach the Supreme Court. National abortion-rights groups, alarmed by that possibility, have been working with a state coalition of medical workers, abortion-rights activists, and others to convince voters that the law should be repealed. The group, South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families, gathered enough signatures earlier this year to get a challenge to the law on the ballot, arguing that it is unconstitutional and will compromise women's health.
"This is not just a ban; it also jeopardizes doctors who even want to talk to their patients openly and honestly," says Jan Nicolay, 64, a former educator and GOP state legislator who speaks for the coalition.

The law, on hold pending next week's vote, makes abortion a felony unless the woman's life is in danger. It also bars anyone-physicians and pharmacists included-from providing emergency contraception, except in cases where a pregnancy has not yet been determined by "conventional medical testing." Unruh argues that the law's minimal emergency contraception allowance provides a rape and incest exception. Planned Parenthood State Director Kate Looby calls that an "inane argument" because emergency contraception is only effective up to 72 hours after sexual contact and is already difficult to access in many parts of the state.

Fine print. South Dakota is one of only three states-Mississippi and North Dakota are the others-with a single clinic offering abortion services. Both sides in the debate converged on Jackson, Miss., this past summer as antiabortion protesters tried unsuccessfully to close that state's only provider. South Dakota already has few abortions-814 in 2004-and some of the nation's most restrictive laws. Those include a 24-hour abortion waiting period, a parental consent requirement for minors, and a law that allows pharmacies to refuse to provide contraception.

Though an early poll showed that voters in this conservative, antiabortion state thought the new law too severe, the numbers have tightened, and both sides say it will be a fight to the finish. The abortion question is one of 11 statewide ballot measures, but it's the one garnering the most attention. Final campaign finance numbers won't be filed until the end of October, but preliminary reports indicated that the move to overturn the abortion ban had received hefty support from Planned Parenthood and lots of individual donations from liberal bastions like New York and California. The campaign supporting the ban received most of its individual donations from South Dakota residents.

Privacy? No matter what happens next week, the South Dakota battle has renewed the national conversation on abortion, and there is much speculation about how the new Supreme Court members, Chief Justice John G. Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, might vote if the case makes its way to the high court. Even with the two new conservative justices, however, the court, by a 5-to-4 margin, is expected to continue to support the 33-year-old Roe v. Wade privacy right that assumes abortion is an issue to be decided by a woman and her doctor. But that's not the only abortion question for the justices: The day after the election, the court will hear two cases dealing with "partial-birth" abortion.

Back in South Dakota, a recent candidates' forum at St. Mary Catholic School in Dell Rapids, just north of Sioux Falls, opened with a communal recitation of the Lord's Prayer. But the forum quickly turned to issues-rural economic development, methamphetamine and alcohol abuse among the young, state-sponsored video gambling, and a proposed cigarette tax. The ballot voters will mark here next week is chock-full of weighty questions-on same-sex marriage, for instance, and medical marijuana. But hanging over the evening was the specter of the abortion ban, the divisions it has created in the state, and the prospect of years of expensive legal battles, no matter who wins. "This is a tough deal for South Dakota," says Arnie Hauge, a GOP candidate for the statehouse who supports the ban. "It's like a tug of war, and this is where you grab hold of the end of the rope and hang on." U.S. News & World Report

Priests for Life Prayer for Elections

Prayer for our National Elections 2006

November 7 is Election Day in the United States. Priests for Life again calls on all Christians to join in a Double Novena of Weeks – two periods of nine weeks of prayer, starting on the Fourth of July and concluding on Election Day.

The intentions for this Prayer Campaign are as follows:
1. That believers will be active citizens, will register to vote, and will cast their votes in the 2006 Elections.
2. That voters will base their choices on principle rather than on mere party loyalty or self-interest, keeping in mind that the first duty of government is the protection of human life.
3. That as a result of this year’s elections, our nation may come closer to embracing a Culture of Life, in which the unborn and all the vulnerable are protected.

A Prayer for our National Elections

O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord, Not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.

We thank you for the privilege Of being able to organize ourselves politically And of knowing that political loyalty Does not have to mean disloyalty to you.

We thank you for your law, Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged And recognized as higher than any human law.

We thank you for the opportunity that this election year puts before us, To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote, But to influence countless others to vote, And to vote correctly.

Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened. Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation, Their response to you requires that they be politically active.

Awaken your people to know that they are not called to be a sect fleeing the world But rather a community of faith renewing the world.

Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer Are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth; That the same eyes that read your Word Are the eyes that read the names on the ballot, And that they do not cease to be Christians When they enter the voting booth.
Awaken your people to a commitment to justice To the sanctity of marriage and the family, To the dignity of each individual human life, And to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin, And not one moment later.

Lord, we rejoice today That we are citizens of your kingdom.

May that make us all the more committed To being faithful citizens on earth.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for South Dakota

Father, you are the Lord of all Nations, And the security of all your people.

As we approach Election Day, We ask you to pour out your wisdom on your people. May they protect the gift of life by their vote. May the people of South Dakota Uphold the law that will restore protection to their children, And may you hasten the day When that protection will sweep our entire nation.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

By our vote and by our voice, Grant that we may build a culture of life In your name. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Priests for LifePO Box 141172Staten Island, NY 10314Tel. 888-PFL-3448, (718) 980-4400Fax 718-980-6515 Email mail@priestsforlife.org

The Novena for Life for The Upcoming Elections Starts Today!

A novena started today will finish up on election day. There are a lot of life issues (especially S.D.'s abortion ban, a constitutional amendment referendum in Missouri, parental notification laws in several states, embryonic stem cell research issues and lots more) wrapped up in the upcoming election . Here's a suggested novena sent by a reviewer of blogger Love2LearnMom who blogs at Studeo in Wisconsin.

Novena for the Culture of Life

This year's election offers another opportunity to further the Culture of Life. Please join us in praying a novena for the victory of the Culture of Life at all levels in the upcoming elections, and in the Supreme Court decision on the federal Partial-Birth Abortion ban (hearing scheduled for Nov 8).

The novena begins on Monday, October 30, and ends election day, November 7, 2006. The suggested prayer is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, but feel free to substitute the Rosary, daily Mass, or another prayer of your choice.

Here's the info on praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy using a regular rosary:

1. Our Father ...

2. Hail Mary ...

3. I believe in God ... (Apostles' Creed)

4. On the "our Father" beads: "Eternal Father I/we offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world."

5. On each "Hail Mary" bead: "For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."

6. At the end (after 5 decades), pray 3 times: "Holy God, holy mighty One, holy immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world."

Regional Catholic Bloggers Who Post Frequently: Oct 30


I.C. at
Ironic Catholic) (Humor)
Caption Contest #7
New Deadly Sin Added By The International Theological Commission
(insert primal scream here)
US Congress Observes A "Chapter Of Faults," Still In Closed Session
The Mystery of the Power of Prayer

Cathy of Alex at Recovering Dissident Catholic (Spiritual, Baseball)
Abortionist Dies
All Fools Day
Matthew 25:31-46
Slash and Burn

Terry at Abbey-Roads) (Spirituality, Arts, Culture)
Leaving Las Vegas
"The sin of the Gentiles is they lack charity."
Why are the blind and the lame with us?
An Infinity of Little Hours

Adoro at Adoro Te Devote) (Young Catholic)
Jesus, Son of David...have pity on me!
Priest Appreciation
Suicide, Mercy, and Redemption
Why I am Catholic

Erin at bearing blog) (Home Schooling, Science)
I'd say "Get over yourself," except that....
Time with children.

Sr. Edith at Monastic Musings) (Sociology Professor)
Who and Where We Are
Learning By Pushing the Limits
Blaming Obesity
Church Sign

Mary at Veritatis Splendor (Young Catholic)
Mass on All Souls' Day
A change "Pro Multis"...
New Blog Alert! SJV/SPS - Borromeo Weekend!

Sharon at Clairity’s Place) (English Instructor, Photographer)
Adolescents Have to Question
Of Exorcisms and Introspection
Big Babies
Letting the World Go

Father “Z” at What Does the Prayer Really Say) (Translations, Vatican Subjects)
AFQB: Confession If No One Speaks the Language
Roman Sunday “Tridentine-ness”
2nd Glorious Mystery: The Ascension
About “pro multis”
Articles on “pro multis”


“Love2Learn Mom” at
Studeo) (Home Schooling)
The God in the Cave, Part VII
Novena for Life for upcoming Elections
Frankly Speaking II
The Face of Innocence

South Dakota

Basil from Eden, SD, student teacher and rancher, at
A Country Boy Writes
so much has been happening! (Bishop Swain’s ordination)

Father Dana from Sioux Falls at
White Around the Collar
More Liturgical News From Rome
Bishop Morlino on Liturgical Music
Bishop Swain's Coat of Arms, Motto and Apostolic Succession
Bishop Paul Swain Ordination Ceremony

Chris from S.D. at
The Moral Status of the Human Embryo

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Regional Catholic Bloggers Who Post Frequently: Oct 28


Cathy of Alex at “Recovering Dissident Catholic” (Spiritual, Baseball)
Matthew 25:31-46
Slash and Burn
Near Occasions of Sin
Divine Mercy billboards

Terry at “Abbey-Roads” (Spirituality, Arts, Culture)
Hanging with your Mom...
Every night is Halloween
The Devil made me do it.

Adoro at “Adoro Te Devote” (Young Catholic)
Priest Appreciation
Suicide, Mercy, and Redemption
Why I am Catholic
The Meaning of Loss, the Sacrifice of Love

Sue at “Desperate Irish Housewife” (Humor, Political)
Still Sleazy
Oh for pity's sake.
One Down...

Erin at bearing blog (Home Schooling, Science)
Looking for an oddball volunteer project?

Sr. Edith at “Monastic Musings” (Sociology Professor)
Would We Do It Again If We Knew?
Should Humans Be Enhanced? Dr. Edmund Pellegrino
Catholic Carnival 90 is ready!

Sharon at “Clairity’s Place” (English Instructor, Photographer)
Of Exorcisms and Introspection
Big Babies
Letting the World Go
Bodily Enhancement

Father “Z” at “What Does the Prayer Really Say” (Translations, Vatican Subjects)
About “pro multis”
1st Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection


“Love2Learn Mom” at “Studeo” (Home Schooling)
Frankly Speaking
A Chocolate Cake Farm?
Company and a Rosary for Priests
Sorry - No Chesterton Post Today

A Rosary for Priests and Vocations

Love2LearnMom, who Home Schools in Wisconsin and blogs at Studeo, posted intentions for the 20 decades of the Rosary today that are dedicated to the Priesthood and to more vocations. She got the idea from a blind relative who was working on an older version of the intentions as a class project in her blind correspondence school where she is working on her high school diploma:

The Joyful Mysteries

The Annunciation
For future priests, especially those in the womb.

The Visitation
For priests who help the sick and the dying.

The Birth of Our Lord
The priests may promote a culture of Life.

The Presentation in the Temple
For older priests and priests who are suffering.

The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple
For young priests and priests who teach the faith to children.

See the rest HERE.

Friday, October 27, 2006

St Scholastica to Field A Football Team; If NDSU can almost beat the Gophers, why not the Saints?

My Mom's sister, Sister Ann Edward Scanlon, O.S.B., [the names of my grandparents] was the last nun to be president of the College of St Scholastica. She became "emeritus" in 1967. I spent a little time with her when she took a sabbatical and traveled through Europe for a year and I escorted her around a bit of Bavaria at that time. I was in the Army and had not looked forward to that "escort duty."

It turned out to be a marvelous weekend when we visited some of the same places that Pope Benedict visited last month. That's where her Benedictine order, cloistered in Germany, was founded.

I didn't think at the time to ask her about whether or not she was a Vikings or a Gopher fan, but since she died only a couple of years ago and now her College is starting their own team, she must have secretly worn team colors underneath her habit (normal in those days, not the colors, but the habit).

The College of St. Scholastica will begin fielding a football team in 2008, the school announced Friday. The team will compete in NCAA Division III and the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. St. Scholastica, with an undergraduate enrollment of 1,985, already has 18 varsity sports. The board of trustees approved the move Thursday.

School officials said it will cost about $3.9 million to start a football program, which will include building facilities and hiring a coaching staff. The school will finance the costs through bonding and about $1 million in fundraising, said Patrick Flattery, a vice president for finance. Pioneer Press

Día de los Muertos -- Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead celebrations combine Roman Catholic and indigenous traditions to honor the cycle of life and death.

There's nothing morbid about Day of the Dead.

In Minnesota and anywhere those of Mexican heritage make their homes, Nov. 1 and 2 are devoted to the Día de los Muertos festival, a vibrant ode to mortality and memory that mixes Roman Catholic ritual with ancient Aztec customs and adds a dash of magical realism.
It's a time to honor -- colorfully and joyfully -- family members and friends who have died, as well as long-dead ancestors.

At Catholic churches that serve Minnesota's growing Hispanic population -- the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis now counts 150,000 Spanish-language Catholics in its fold -- altars will be festooned with flowers, food and ancestral photos next week, and prayers and remembrances will be lifted up. At Mexican bakeries and candy stores on Minneapolis' Lake Street and St. Paul's West Side, pan de muerto (bread of the dead), candy skulls and other merrily macabre delicacies will fly off the counters.

And at cemeteries, gravestones will become tables for food and candles, though that custom is far
less popular in Minnesota than in Mexico, where night winds are warmer and the bones of most ancestors lie buried.

Honor and healing

In the broader U.S. culture, Halloween, with its commercial mania and kitschy gothic customs, gets most of the press. But along with the increased influence of Hispanic culture, the Day of the Dead is being more widely observed every year. It's "a very big observation" for Hispanic Catholics, said Anne Attea, director of Hispanic ministry for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

For Catholics, Nov. 1 is All Saints' Day, Nov. 2 All Souls' Day. The former, Attea said, "focuses on the communion of saints" and the latter has become linked to "the Latino tradition in which ancient religious traditions practiced by indigenous people and Christianity meet."

Western theology doesn't offer anything quite like Day of the Dead, "with its connection with ancestral spirits and honoring of the soul's long journey," Attea said. "We are grateful for this gift from the Latino community. It looks at death in what is perhaps a more natural way."

At Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Paul, where the observance is called Día de los Difuntos, Nov. 1 will bring a daytime service to honor the saints and Nov. 2 a night mass to remember the dead, said Deacon Martin Jaques.

"We'll have a special altar covered with pictures of family members, food they liked to eat -- bananas, apples and candy -- and flowers," he said. "We remember them in prayer and honor them." Particularly for those who have lost loved ones in the past year, "it helps with healing," Jaques said. "It's a community thing -- everyone is focused on it, and that helps people who are grieving feel better, less alone."

Ray Gonzalez, a poet, fiction writer and professor of English at the University of Minnesota, grew up in El Paso, Texas, on the Mexican-U.S. border, where he was steeped in Mexican Catholic traditions. The home of his grandmother, who came from central Mexico, was decorated with calendar pictures of the Virgin Mary and saints, and Mexican knickknacks that paid homage both to Roman Catholicism and her Yaqui Indian heritage.

Gonzalez said Día de los Muertos observances at home, church and in cemeteries taught him that individuals and families are part of a broader history, both of a distinct people and of the human family. And it taught him that all -- rich and poor, mighty and humble -- are subject to the great leveler, death.

"You are a little boy, you bring food and flowers to the cemetery at night, and you're told that your great-grandmother and your grandfather are buried here or there, and all of a sudden you're learning about your ancestors," Gonzalez said. "Nowadays you can learn all about Day of the Dead and its traditions on the Internet, but that doesn't come close to observing it in a cemetery."

Native traditions, he said, "had such power that the early Catholic church was compelled to embrace and incorporate them."The Mexican Roman Catholic Church is heavy with ceremony and ritual, and maybe not as dogmatic as other forms of Catholicism," he said. It incorporates American Indian closeness to the Earth and natural cycles, as well as a belief in the soul's long journey "to a better state or world."

By celebrating that journey, Gonzalez said, Day of the Dead can help ease the fear of death. "Death is not represented by darkness or anything morbid, like you might find in some Western traditions," he said. "Part of the appeal is that it's one of the few times you can actually acknowledge the sense that there's a spirit world. You've got candles, rosaries, flowers, feasting, celebration. It's visually stunning, and it affects you deeply."

To be sure -- right down to the bones. Star Tribune

Sioux Falls' New Bishop Paul Swain Started Off At A Gallop Yesterday!

Bishop Paul Swain came out swinging Thursday. Within an hour of being ordained a Roman Catholic bishop and installed as the eighth leader of the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls, he had spoken out on two issues on the Nov. 7 ballot."I'm proud to say that the first vote I will cast as a South Dakotan will be yes for Referred Law 6," Swain said, to applause and a standing ovation.

Referred Law 6 is the abortion ban, which was passed by the state Legislature earlier this year and will be decided by voters. It outlaws all abortions except those done to save a pregnant woman's life.

"This law is not perfect legislation, but it will better respect and protect the vulnerable," Swain said. He also said he would vote yes on Constitutional Amendment C. Approval of Amendment C would amend the South Dakota Constitution to recognize marriages between only a man and a woman.

Swain said he was not judging or demeaning anyone by doing so but preserving the common good and encouraging family life.Swain now leads the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls, which includes almost 130,000 Catholics who live east of the Missouri River.About 975 people attended the Mass. Many more will have a chance to meet Swain in the next two weeks as he travels to nine other communities.

Swain was ordained by Archbishop Harry Flynn of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Bishop Robert Carlson of Saginaw, Mich., and Bishop Emeritus William Bullock of Madison, Wis.Carlson is the seventh bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls and served here from 1994 to 2005. Swain comes here from the Diocese of Madison.
Swain converted to Roman Catholicism when he was 39 and was ordained into the priesthood five years later.

The Bible verses he chose during the Mass spoke to his own experiences, including Jeremiah 1:4-9, in which God says, "Before you were born, I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you."The Gospel reading came from John 21. In it, Jesus asks Simon Peter, who later denied him three times, whether the disciple loves him and instructs him to "feed my sheep."
"Like Peter, I denied Christ more than three times, and like Peter, I wept bitterly for my failings," Swain said.

But many of his remarks were light-hearted, displaying a dry wit."Most of you here don't even know me, and I suspect when the appointment was announced, you said, 'Who?' " Swain said. "My response was a little longer: 'Who, me?' " [....snip] Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Regional Bloggers who post frequently: Oct 27


I.C. at Ironic Catholic (Humor)
New Deadly Sin Added By The International Theological Commission

Cathy of Alex: “Recovering Dissident Catholic” (Spiritual Subjects)
Slash and Burn

Adoro at “
Adoro Te Devote” (Young Catholic)
Suicide, Mercy, and Redemption

Sr. Edith at “Monastic Musings” (Sociology Professor)
Would We Do It Again If We Knew?

Sue at “Desperate Irish Housewife” (Humor, Political)
Oh for pity's sake.

John Paul at “Orbis Catholicus” (Student in Rome)
Ciao from Tuscany...Catholic legions as they assemble in Rome...
Press Corps: Paparazzi...!
Roman etiquette: how to greet a Bishop...

Sharon at “Clairity’s Place” (English Instructor, Photographer)
Big Babies
Letting the World Go
Bodily Enhancement

Dan at “Faithmouse” (Cartoonist)
Michael J. Fox Goes Back To The Future
Flying Faithmouse

Father “Z” at “What Does the Prayer Really Say” (Translations, Vatican Subjects)
Full Day
5th Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion

Tim Drake, St Joseph, MN, Sen. Writer at the Nat'l Catholic Register
From National Treasure to Eternal Treasure Jon Voight Reflects on his life and faith
‘Jane Doe’s’ Story: An Interview With Sandra Cano

American Chesterton Society
Distributism Without the Cow

samrocha” from Maple Grove at Debate, Relate and Pontificate
Quotes on Life Issues by Important Catholic People: Do war and capital punishment have justification in the eyes of the church?

Thomas from a tiny town in way SE MN at Epiphany
Reuterville's misleading again

Scott from South St Paul at Viam Pacis


“Love2Learn Mom” at Studeo (Home Schooling)
Sorry, No Chesterton Post Today
Age Quod Agis Gets Around

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Presenting, His Excellency Paul J. Swain, Bishop of Sioux Falls, SD


Catholics in Eastern South Dakota have a new leader. The Sioux Falls Diocese spent 22 months without a bishop. But that changed Thursday afternoon. Leaders from the Catholic Church installed Bishop Paul Swain during a three-hour ceremony at the Cathedral in Sioux Falls.

He's now the man more than one hundred thousand people will look to for spiritual guidance. The event brought more than 20 bishops, including former Sioux Falls Bishop Robert Carlson, the Pope's representative to the United States, Archbishop Pietro Sambi and Archbishop Harry Flynn from Minneapolis and St. Paul.

They were honored guests who joined eastern South Dakota in welcoming the dioceses' next leader. In front of thousands Thursday afternoon in Saint Joseph Cathedral, Monsignor Paul Swain became Bishop Paul Swain, filling a 22 month vacancy in the Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese.

Archbishop Pietro Sambi says, [sic] “We appoint you Bishop of Sioux Falls together with all the rights and obligation.”

Catholic traditions at Thursday's celebration embodied everything it means to become a bishop.

Sambi says, [sic] “Today the church in Sioux Falls rejoices as Father Paul Joseph Swain from the clergy of Madison, Wisconsin is ordained to the fullness of the priest hood.”

Archbishop Harry Flynn says, [sic] “The tradition handed down from the beginning through the unbroken succession of bishops is preserved from generation to generation and the work of the savior continues and grows even in our times.” With hundreds filling the Cathedral, hundreds [???? Only hundreds? Pretty expensive television, one could say.] more watched on TV and the web as Archbishop Harry Flynn gave instruction to Swain. Flynn says, [sic] “Gladly and gratefully therefore, welcome our brother Paul whom we the bishops now admit into our college by the laying on of hands.”

Bishop Swain was given a Shepard [Shepherd!!] staff, symbolizing that he is now the chief Shepard [See, it wasn't an accidental typo.] of the diocese of Sioux Falls. Bishop Swain will now take a 10 day pilgrimage starting October 29th in Pierre. KELOland TV

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Tenth Annual Family Forum at STU, Oct 28

The 10th Annual Family Forum is commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Familiaris Consortio, The Role Of The Christian Family In The Modern World with a special conference titled, “Celebrating The Family: A Communion Of Love.”

The event will be held at the University of St. Thomas Brady Education Center from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Included will be talks by Father Peter Laird, Father Britto Berchmans, and a Mass with Archbishop Flynn as Celebrant.

Topics include: god-parenting, parenting, marriage preparation, family formation, domestic violence and special needs. The cost is $10 per person of $15 per couple. Click here for a flyer

Father Robert Altier on "Communion in the Hand"

"Martial" who has been blogging for some time now at "Laudetur Jesus Christus" has begun transcribe some tapes that he has found on line. Here is one by Father Robert Altier on the common practice of receiving Holy Communion in the hand. I have provided the paragraph breaks.

"The Church is very clear in Her documents that she desires that we would receive Holy Communion on the tongue and not in the hand." Monday September 10, 2001 Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading (Colossians 1:24-2:3) Gospel (St. Luke 6:6-11)FATHER ROBERT ALTIER:

In the first reading today Saint Paul, in his Letter to the Colossians, talks about how, in Christ, is hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge. This is because He is almighty God; He is the Creator of the universe; He is the Savior of the world; He is God, absolute and perfect.

Saint Paul says at the beginning of the reading that he makes up in his flesh for what is lacking in the suffering of Christ, for the sake of Christ's body, the Church. In Christ, now, there is no suffering, but only in the Mystical Body.

But there is one place, which I would like to address this morning, where I believe that Our Lord is truly grieved. I want to challenge you in that area: That is, the manner by which we receive Holy Communion.

The Church is very clear in Her documents that she desires that we would receive Holy Communion on the tongue and not in the hand. The bishops of America, as well as a few other countries in the world, have allowed Communion in the hand as a dispensation. But the Church is very, very clear that She does not want us receiving Communion in the hand.

Let me explain a little as to why. First of all, to receive is something that is passive. The priest takes Holy Communion because the priest is the one who offers the Victim in sacrifice. Therefore, the one who offers the Victim must also take part in that Victim.

But the people of God are to receive Holy Communion. To take the Host from your hand and put It into your own mouth is to take Communion, not to receive Communion; and so it is an active thing, not a passive thing. The Lord desires to give Himself to you as a gift, not to be taken by you. We need to be very careful that we do not lose the symbolism of what is happening in the Blessed Sacrament.

Also, if you will notice, during Mass after the Consecration, my fingers remain together because of the particles of the Host that are there.

When we take Holy Communion in the hand, there are particles of Our Lord that are on our hands and on our fingers. That is why, after Communion, the priest will purify his fingers- because of the particles of the Host. But how often the people of God, after receiving Holy Communion, simply brush the particles onto the ground and walk on Our Lord. Or they put their hands in their pockets, and Our Lord is right there on their clothing. The abuses that this opens them up to are very grave. Not that anyone is intentionally doing that, but I think it is something that weneed to consider exceedingly carefully.

What I always tell people is that you can look forward to the Day of Judgmentand ask yourself how you intend to approach Our Lord, because He is your Judge. The same Lord you approach in Holy Communion is the same One you will approach on the Day of Judgment. Do you assume that you will put your hand out to Our Blessed Lord on the Day of Judgment?Is your view of judgment that you will shake Our Lord's hand and tell Him how wonderful it is to see Him? Or is your view that you will do great reverence to Our Blessed Lord?

My view is that I will be flat on my face - not shaking His hand.

We do not put out our hand to God. Scripture says that God holds us in the palm of His hand. We should not be holding God in the palm of ours. He created us; He made us in His image and likeness. He is the Creator; we are the creature. We must approach Him with the greatest reverence, the greatest respect.

If we simply look at the fruit that has been borne by Holy Communion being taken in the hand, it is not good: the loss of reverence for the Blessed Sacrament,the familiarity. Thankfully it is not happening here, but go to most churches and ask yourself if you see people praying before Mass or if they are chatting, goofing around, and talking. We have lost the reverence for the Real Presence because Jesus is just "our buddy" when we put our hand out to Him; He is not our God when we do that. So we need to be very careful.

But beyond that, we can look also at what has happened spiritually to the people of God. Since we have been receiving Communion in the hand, we have lost sight of the idea of going to Confession, of our own sinfulness, of the reverence we must have for Our Lord. We have made Communion so easy a thing and so nonchalant a thing that people have lost that sense of reverence, of awe, and of respect in the Presence of Our Lord. I challenge you to think very seriously about this issue.

The bishops, like I say, have allowed it; it is not a sin if you receive Holy Communion in the hand. In some places in the early Church they did that; Saint Justin talks about it.

But the Church stopped it because of the abuses against the Blessed Sacrament that were occurring. I ask you to really pray about that.

Look at Jesus in the Eucharist and ask yourself, "Do I really, truly believe that this is God? That this is my Creator and my Redeemer? How, then, do I desire to approach Him?" I really believe, if you pray that through, that there is only one conclusion to which you can come.Then, I beg you, do not remain silent about it. Tell your friends. Tell your family. Bring that word to others because all those good people out there, I do not think that they are willfully trying to do anything that would grieve Our Lord; they are doing what they have been told to do.

But again, look at what has happened in the last forty years of this particular practice and ask yourself if the fruit it has borne has been good. Obviously, you love Our Lord: You are here at daily Mass; you are here every morning. The love of Our Lord is evident in you. Bring that love of Jesus out from here. Thelove that is in your heart, proclaim it to others and ask them in the same way to consider their actions toward Our Lord. Let us bring the reverence to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament back so that wecan give Him fitting worship and praise because He is God, in whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are contained.

This text was transcribed from the audio recording with minimal editing

Vatican Rumors; Probably Better Than Appointments

Father Z, the St Agnes parishioner and now expatriate doing "secret translation work" within sight to St Peter's dome, who blogs at W.D.T.P.R.S?, is as excited as a little kid about something that is supposed to happen soon. He has posted on it two days in a row:

[....snip] As I said in my other entry, I simply don’t want to talk too much about what I have heard about a few issues. I think you all know the old phrase from wartime: Loose lips sink ships. Making a big splash about something could stir the opposition and lead to our hopes being delayed or derailed. Also, there are confidences to respect. Still, we need to hope for good things in a way that is not expectation macerated in bitterness. I am not trying to tease, just encourage.

So, may I kindly ask you to join again today your petitions to a prayer of thanksgiving in advance? Years ago, I had the opportunity on a couple occasions to say Mass for Mother Theresa’s sisters, who have a center of their activity in Rome next to the Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio where I was working. Mother was there occasionally. I remember her saying that when we pray to God for something we should always thank Him together with the petition. This is what I think we ought to do right now.

You readers will have various hopes pinned to my statement that I have good news. For some people it will be A, for others it will be B or C. What really charges some people up, might leave others a little less than impressed. Suffice to say that I am delighted by what I heard and I will be even more delighted when it is a matter of public record.

In the last couple months I believe we are seeing His Holiness shifting into a higher gear. You might want to go back and put together a list of things that have caught your attention in his speeches and actions in the last couple months, and then sit down and stare at it for a while, absorb it.

This is a very active and thoughtful Pope. He thinks deeply before he speaks and writes. Once he has thought something through, he acts with determination. This gives many of us reason to be very hopeful for all sorts of changes and/affirmations. [....snip] More

Bishop Swain's Consecration in Sioux Falls on Web-TV at 2:00 Central

The Diocese of Sioux Falls, with one of the best looking web pages, not just Catholic Web Pages, has arranged to have the consecration of its new and long awaited bishop, Paul Swain on web-TV this afternoon at 2:00 central time.

Borromeo Weekend Nov 3-5 at STU with 40 Hours of Eucharistic Adoration

Borromeo Weekend, which comprises 40 hours of Eucharistic adoration, will begin with Mass at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, north campus, followed by a procession to St. Mary's Chapel at the St. Paul Seminary.

The remaining weekend hours of Eucharistic adoration will continue around the clock, interspersed with various devotions and the recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours. Adoration will close with Mass at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, in St. Mary's Chapel.

To view the schedule of prayers and devotions for the weekend, visit the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity Web site and click on "Borromeo Weekend Schedule" under the "What's happening at SPSSOD" section located on the right-hand side of the main page.

Borromeo Weekend is named after St. Charles Borromeo, patron saint of seminarians. One purpose of this weekend is to foster greater fraternity between the men of the St. Paul Seminary and St. John Vianney Seminary through various forms of prayer and opportunities for fellowship.
This weekend also will provide an opportunity to open the doors of the seminary to the greater university community, outside of its regular liturgical schedule. It also is a chance for seminarians, other students of the university, faculty and staff to pray together in the presence of the Holy Eucharist.

Tip O' the Hat to Mary at Veritatis Splendor

Regional Blogs who post frequently - Oct 26


Ironic Catholic (Humor)
(insert primal scream here)

Cathy of Alex at Recovering Dissident Catholic
Near Occasions of Sin

Terry at Abbey-Roads (Spiritual Subjects)
The Devil made me do it.

Adoro Te Devote (Young Catholic)
Why I am Catholic

Sr. Edith at Monastic Musings (College Sociology Professor)
Should Humans Be Enhanced? Dr. Edmund Pellegrino

Sue at Desperate Irish Housewife (Humor)

Erin at bearing blog (Mom, Engineer)
As depressing as it gets, at least regarding toy yetis.

John Paul at Orbis Catholicus (Student in Rome)
Hallow your Halloween in Rome with us...

Sharon at Clairity’s Place (College English Instructor, Photographer)
License to Academicize

The Hadleys at Our Word (Modern Culture)
October Surprise

Mary (The Roamin’ Roman) at Veritatis Splendor (Female Catholic)
SJV/SPS - Borromeo Weekend!

Dan at Faithmouse (Cartoonist)
Michael J. Fox Goes Back To The Future

Future Priests of the Third Millennium (SPS Seminarians)
Cardinal Martino celebrates Mass and declares holiday

Father “Z” at What Does the Prayer Really Say (Translations, Vatican Subjects)
It’s a matter of priorities

South Dakota

Father Dana at White Around the Collar (Sioux Falls)
Liturgical Music Guidelines

Mpls NIMBY's Sue City To Prevent DeLaSalle Football Stadium For Inner City Youth and to Preserve Their Private Domain from the Unwashed

The fight over whether DeLaSalle High School should be allowed to build an athletic stadium on Nicollet Island went into overtime Wednesday as opponents filed a lawsuit.

The long-simmering issue pits the interests of those who want to keep the Nicollet Island parks and neighborhoods the way they've long been against those who want to build a 750-person-capacity stadium on park land adjacent to the school near downtown Minneapolis.

The stadium would be located on and across the eastern half of historic Grove Street and on regional open-space parkland on the island, in the St. Anthony Falls Historic District.

Plaintiffs include Friends of the Riverfront, which is a group of home-owners and others who use parks on Nicollet Island, and condo owners in the Grove Street Flats Association. Defendants named in the suit are the city of Minneapolis, the Park and Recreation Board, the Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Agency, DeLaSalle High and City Council President Barbara Johnson, who is on the executive committee of DeLaSalle's board of trustees.

The plaintiffs want the court to determine whether Johnson has an ethical conflict and should be barred from voting on, or in any way influencing, city decisions on the facility. "The obvious and fatal problem with DeLaSalle's proposal is that it is in a completely inappropriate location -- namely on nearly 3 acres of regional open-space park land [if it is open-space park land, how is it that homes and schools and a nearby Central Business District are allowed there?] and across a whole block of a historic street in the upper residential area of historic Nicollet Island," the suit contends.

DeLaSalle has failed to look for a "feasible and prudent" alternative site, say the plaintiffs, who are seeking an injunction and recovery of legal costs and fees.

Supporters say the high school, which serves many inner-city youth, has never had a stadium and that it would benefit the community.

In August, the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission voted against the project. But in March, the Park Board voted 6-3 in favor of two measures that would allow DeLaSalle to build the athletic facility. Star Tribune

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Wisconsin Death Penalty Debate Heats Up

When people are convicted of first degree murder in Wisconsin - do you believe they should be put to death for their crime? That's one of the questions you'll be asked to answer when you head to the polls in two weeks. The capital punishment referendum is drawing some strong arguments from both sides.

At one time Wisconsin did have the death penalty but in 1853 the state voted to abolish it. Now more than a 150 years later the question of capital punishment is back in the minds and hearts of Wisconsin residents.

"Killing the criminal neither restores life to the dead nor heals the living," says Bishop Jerome Listecki of the Catholic Diocese of La Crosse. It was not your typical church gathering. Faith leaders ranging from a Catholic bishop to a Jewish rabbi put aside their differences on Monday (10/23). They are standing together against the death penalty in Wisconsin. And though they made religious statements, like only God has the power to kill. They also came prepared with secular arguments.

"The death penalty is implemented unfairly those who are racial minorities and poor are more often put to death than those that are white or who are of a higher economic status," says Rev. Karen Ebert of First United Methodist Church of Wausau.

"I don't think the death penalty is an affirmative action type of an issue quite frankly," said Senator Alan Lasee of De Pere in a phone interview. Senator Lasee, who pushed to get the question on the ballot, says capital punishment would be handed down to those who commit truly heinous crimes, no matter what ethnicity or background. He argues Wisconsin needs a stronger punishment for offenders. "I would say that 38 states have it and it's used very minimally. It's used in those cases...that cry out for a more appropriate punishment other than life in prison," says Senator Lasee.

It's a debate that is not likely to die down any time soon. Neither a 'yes' or 'no' vote on the referendum will directly change the law. The legislature and the Governor will still have the final say.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

PRO-DEATHrs Vandalize Numerous Pro-Life Signs in South Dakota as Referendum Nears

Pierre, SD (LifeNews.com) -- The pro-abortion organization that is opposing the statewide abortion ban in South Dakota is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to televise ads against the ban. Though they have outspent pro-life advocates by a 2-1 margin pro-abortion activists have tried to silence the pro-life campaign for the ban by vandalizing their signs.
The pro-abortion vandalism has included painting coat hangers on the signs, changing the wording to urge people to vote against the abortion ban or advocate violence.
While abortion advocates claim to support women's rights, a spokeswoman for Vote Yes for Life, the pro-life group whose signs have been trashed, says they don't speak for her.
"The people who did this do not stand up for women like me," Kayla Brandt told World Net Daily.
"Vandalism like that reminds me that the pro-abortion movement didn't care about me when I was facing an unplanned pregnancy. And they still don't care about women like me now," Brandt added.
So far hundreds of signs across the state have been vandalized and another Vote Yes for Life official encourages property owners to file police reports and look out for the culprits.
"We want to keep our eye on the goal," campaign spokeswoman Kimberly Martinez told WND. "When this happens it usually means you're being effective, and getting the message to the people."
In addition so the vandalism, some campaign signs have been burned or stolen. The actions have also included defacing the cars of pro-life advocates and stealing crosses in pro-life displays at churches.
A Catholic high school and Catholic church have been defaced with spray painted pro-abortion slogans and another incident of vandalism included spray painted messages advocating the eating of unborn babies.

Canadians Seem to Have Lost their Rights to Free Speech; This is How it Happened!

I've been looking for an article like this for quite some time now. Canada has had a revolution that few of us have noticed.

Canadians’ right to speak freely: By Fr. Alphonse de Valk Issue: November, 2006

In October the Minister of Justice, Vic Toews, reflected on the need for a Defence of Religions Act. “The nature of the concerns that are being raised with me are relating to freedom of religion and freedom to practice religion [and] freedom of expression” (Globe & Mail, Oct. 4).

A Defence of Religion Act—dubbed DORA by the media—is much needed, except that to the word “religion” we should add the word “speech” (DORSA). It is free speech that is as much under attack as religion. The right of churches to decline same-sex “weddings” is protected, even in the 2005 SSM (same-sex “marriage”) legislation. Therefore, that is not an issue here.

The real issue is the right to publicly oppose the homosexual lifestyle in speech and writing, and even the right to not want to be involved in promoting this lifestyle—in business, schools, and as owners or employees of companies of any size.

Why has it come to this? There are several reasons. First, the Supreme Court has arrogated powers to itself which it should not have. Not only has it presumed to read into the Charter of Rights the concept of ‘sexual orientation,’ and did so even though the term is undefined, but it then went on to create this concept into a human right, in defiance of the framers of the Charter, as well as of science, reason and the natural moral law. Secondly, through these actions the Supreme Court has distorted an already one-sided Charter of Rights even further, by propounding the lifestyle of a tiny minority (1-2%) of Canadians into a universal right at least equal, if not higher, to the right of free speech and conscience of those who disagree.

Thirdly, the Liberal governments of Chrétien and Martin saw fit to enlarge the Hate Crimes Act by adding sexual orientation. This re-inforced the homosexualist denial of the Christian principle, “hate the sin, but love the sinner,” a principle also rejected, for example, by the Ontario Press Council and the Globe & Mail. In the eyes of “gay” activists, all opposition is now “hatred” or “a hate crime.”

This development explains the vehement, and intolerant language of out-of-the-closet MPs Svend Robinson, Bill Siksay, and Guy Ménard during presentations to the parliamentary hearings on SSM, and from others in letters to the editor, and in cartoons. Recent letters in the Globe (12 letters published; 10 against DORA, 2 in favour) and in the Post, claim that (religious) opponents are “bigots,” “homophobics,” “demonizers,” “intolerant,” and “hate-filled.”

What has been the consequence of this verbal violence? During the last ten years homosexual activists, by appealing to Human Rights Commissions and the courts, have succeeded in bullying away the right of speech and action of the following Canadians:

1995: Twelve or more city mayors, coerced to proclaim Gay Pride Days.
1996: Trinity Western University’s teachers, deleted for Christian moral standards.
1998: Surrey, B.C. parents, for rejecting same-sex Kindergarten books;
1999: Robert Davies in Nova Scotia, censored for opposing special gay union status; Manitoba professor, denounced for listing 18 homosexualists “myths.”
2000: Ontario printer Scott Brockie, for refusing lesbian/gay advocacy business.
2001: P.E.I. couple, for refusing to rent bed and breakfast to “gays;” Abstinence-only youth group, for being “one-sided;” Saskatchewan’s Hugh Owens, for quoting scripture in advertisement.
2002: Calgary Pastor Stephen Boisson, for writing letter to editor; Manitoba Mennonite camp, for refusing access to homosexualist choir.
2003: B.C. teacher Chris Kempling, for writing letter to the editor.
2004: B.C., Manitoba and Saskatchewan marriage commissioners, for disapproving of SSMs; Royal Bank-Toronto employees, for refusing to display rainbow triangles on their desks.
2005: Calgary bishop, for posting pastoral letter on website; B.C. Knights of Columbus, for not renting hall to lesbians.
2006: PSAC Ottawa union member, for wanting to change dues from union to charity; Cape Breton Univ. professor David Mullan, docked two weeks’ salary for discussing Anglican “gay” disunity on website; parents and students in B.C., Nova Scotia, and Ontario, for rejecting mandatory SSM school classes; Calgary’s Craig Chandler, for opposing “gay” way of life on website.

Finally, in October 2006, Darrel Reid was declared unfit to hold a political post by MP Bill Graham, interim leader of the Federal Liberals, because Reid is an evangelical opposed to gay “marriage.” Reid is now a symbol of millions of believing Canadian Christians, Protestant or Catholic, whose right to speak and write is under siege. Catholic Insight

20th anniversary of “Celebrating the Season” concert at the Basilica of Saint Mary

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University will mark their 20th anniversary of “Celebrating the Season,” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis.

This year’s concert also commemorates the sesquicentennial year of the Order of Saint Benedict’s establishment in Minnesota and the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Performing groups include the Amadeus Chamber Symphony, CSB/SJU Brass Choir, CSB Campus Singers, CSB/SJU Chamber Choir, St. John’s Boys’ Choir, and SJU Men’s Chorus. The groups are conducted by Br. Paul Richards, OSB, Phil Welter, Dale White and Axel Theimer. Kim Kasling will return as organist.

Music with special significance to both the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University will be featured in this performance, including two movements of the “Missa de Angelis,” a setting of the traditional Latin Mass based on the Gregorian chant Mass by the same name, by Minnesota composer Paul Felter. “Missa de Angelis” was commissioned by Saint John’s in the late 1970s to honor the 1500th birthday celebration of Saint Benedict in 1981.

Mozart’s “Inter Natos Mulierum” will be performed by the CSB Campus Singers, CSB/SJU Chamber Choir and SJU Men’s Chorus, accompanied by the Amadeus Chamber Symphony. It was originally written for the Austrian Benedictine Abbey of Seeon. The text is taken from the Offertory for the Feast of John the Baptist, patron saint of Saint John’s Abbey and University.

There will be opportunities throughout the concert for audience members to join in singing a number of favorite Christmas carols, such as “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Stille Nacht” and “Lo, How A Rose.” Other treasured favorites will include “Personent Hodie,” “Gaudete,” “Glory of the Father” and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”

A special donation to Catholic Charities of Minneapolis and The Dorothy Day Center of St. Paul will be made on behalf of CSB/SJU.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children 12 and under. Tickets are available online at www.csbsju.edu/finearts but senior, children and student discounts are not available online. Tickets can also be purchased through the CSB/SJU Fine Arts ticket office at 320-363-3577. This event has historically sold out, and advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. CSB/SJU

BBC in Internal Memo Admits Anti-Christian Bias!

What will the Rumored-To-Be-Almost-Catholic Tony Blair Do Now?

The British Broadcasting Corporation has admitted to a marked bias against Christianity and a strong inclination to pro-Muslim reporting among the network’s executives and key anchors, in a leaked account of an “impartiality summit.”

The Daily Mail reported Sunday on the secret London meeting of key executives, called by BBC chairman Michael Grade and hosted by veteran broadcaster Sue Lawley. The report revealed that many senior executives are deeply frustrated with the corporation’s commitment to “political correctness” and liberal policies at the expense of journalistic integrity and objectivity.
BBC executives admitted the corporation is dominated by homosexuals. They acknowledged that ethnic minorities held a disproportionate number of positions and said the BBC deliberately encourages multiculturalism and is more careful to avoid offending the Muslim community than Christians, .

Tossing the Bible into a garbage can on a comedy show would be acceptable, they said, but not the Koran, and if possible they would broadcast an interview with Osama Bin Laden, giving him the opportunity to explain his views.

“The BBC is not impartial or neutral,” said Andrew Marr, senior political commentator with the corporation. “It’s a publicly funded, urban organization with a abnormally large number of young people, ethnic minorities and gay people. It has a liberal bias not so much a party-political bias. It is better expressed as a cultural liberal bias.”

Senior executives raised a chorus of complaints against the corporation for bias against the United States and strongly anti-national reporting. Justin Webb, Washington correspondent, said anti-American sentiment runs so deep in the corporation that the U.S. is treated with scorn and derision and given “no moral weight.”

“There was widespread acknowledgement that we may have gone too far in the direction of political correctness,” said one senior executive. “Unfortunately, much of it is so deeply embedded in the BBC’s culture that it is very hard to change it.”

Mary Fitzpatrick, who oversees the corporation’s “diversity” policies, said Muslim women readers for BBC News should be permitted to wear veils while on air, if they choose, after a female newsreader caused a stir by wearing a visible cross on air. Ms. Fitzpatrick also defended the BBC against internal accusations of selective reporting on issues critical of the black community.

Andrew Marr, in an interview with the Mail, said, “The BBC must always try to reflect Britain, which is mostly a provincial, middle-of-the-road country. Britain is not a mirror image of the BBC or the people who work for it.”

During the recent international upheaval over Pope Benedict XVI’s comments on Islam, the BBC was accused by media watchers of deliberately inflaming the Muslim community worldwide through biased and inflammatory coverage. Political commentator David Warren, writing for the Ottawa Citizen, said the BBC was “having a little mischief. The kind of mischief that is likely to end with Catholic priests and faithful butchered around the Muslim world.”

The international uproar led to retaliatory attacks in Israel against Christian churches and clergy, and the murder of a nun in Somalia. Daily Mail