Tuesday, May 26, 2009


FINDING TRUTH WHEREVER IT MAY BE FOUND: “Forlorn France at that century’s turn labored under far more than weariness; it had become spiritually dispossessed, in a kind of Babylonian captivity of its own devising. Under the sway of ruthlessly secular authorities, the Church had gradually recovered for itself the bracing counter-cultural vitality of early Christian history, and it was this hardiness, the unshakable appeal of an irrational power, which Napoleon shrewdly saw fit to co-opt with the concordat.” From Thomas Nevin’s, “Therese of Lisieux

QUOTE II: “(La Mannais) became convinced that Christianity was itself true democracy; - it alone recognized the equality of all souls.” Ibid


Thank you for all of you who took part in the penance poll. I gave me some food for thought.

I was not able to make it but C. said that "The Human Experience" reported here was fabulous and if you get the chance you should see it!

Fashion Rebels!

The Diocese of Cleveland Enewsletter reports, "Following President Obama's March 9 executive order, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has proposed guidelines for federally funded embryonic stem cell research. The guidelines would - for the first time - use taxpayer funds to encourage the killing of embryonic human beings for their stem cells.The public has until Tuesday, May 26, 2009 to submit comments." Read more here.

From the same source: "Did you know, the Catholic War Veterans of the United States of America is the preeminent veterans service organization for our nation's Catholic military veterans?"

Now this is interesting: "The new media of Facebook, the iPhone, YouTube and Wikipedia are increasingly becoming the new forum where the Catholic Church dialogues with the world. As Pope Benedict XVI noted in his message for the 43rd annual World Communications Day, the Internet is a place where young people need to develop true friendships which spring from an encounter with the Risen Christ. With this awareness and the courage to enter into the world of social networks, the project Pope2You was started with the idea of helping these networks become authentic places of friendship and true dialogue.

"Pope2You ( HYPERLINK "http://www.pope2you.net/" \o "blocked::http://www.pope2you.net/" www.pope2you.net) was created in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Social Communications as an experiment in providing a new forum and channel of communication using the latest platforms. The Pope2You website provides a new way for Pope Benedict XVI to reach out to young people around the world. The site can be viewed in five languages and allows young people to learn more about the Church and Benedict XVI through his own writings, starting with the message for the 43rd World Communications Day. While the site aims to generate the interest of young people, it is also meant for people of all ages. It features news on the Catholic Church and details on the pastoral activities of Benedict XVI incorporating content from the Vatican’s YouTube channel. At the same time, a new application for the iPhone and iPod Touch has been created by the Catholic news agency H2Onews, with plans to add other mobile platforms later.

"These new applications highlight the latest example of the Church reaching out in new ways in the world of social networks – a forum where the Church can meet new people, make new friends, dialogue and offer solidarity."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Papa Benedict is right in line with Paul VI's Inter Mirifica all the way unto unto JP II's apostolic letter for those in the ("rapid development") multimedia age. I really detest the audacity of some folks insisting that even Peter come into the 'net et al--it's not always beautiful in cyberspace, and there's much we'd shield him (and his brothers) from--but one always has choices.. I suppose if mediaworld is where it's at for us per the Holy Spirit, I'll have to suspend my arguments for hardcopy text. May we not lose that, at least.