Monday, September 28, 2009

Please Pray for the Flood Victims in Manila

Manila was hit with 13.4 inches of rain in a period of 6 hours on Saturday from typhoon Ondoy. The flooding is reported to be the worst Manila has seen in over 40 years. The official death toll is at 140 last I heard, but my brother in law told me personally that the real number will be much higher. Many of the places affected are areas that I have frequently visited while in the Philippines.

Please pray. And if you can spare some change, my charity, the Philippine Aid Society, has established a relief fund. To make a tax deductible donation, simply indicate "flood relief" in the comments/note field. 100% of your donation will be designated to the relief effort.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Bad Arguments Against the Magisterium

I want to heartily recommend a post by Dr. Liccione entitled "Bad Arguments Against the Magisterium." I was just preparing a post on this very topic for CTC when I caught his and instead of re-inventing the wheel, I'll point my readers to his blog.

I especially liked this thought:
Assuming Christianity is true, the fact remains that no particular believer, not even the pope, can ever be absolutely certain that their own understanding of a particular doctrine is as free from error as the doctrine itself. Rather, and as a matter of fact, they trust implicitly that the doctrine is true and seek to conform their mind ever more closely with that of the Church, for which the Magisterium speaks, on the doctrine's subject matter.