Saturday, October 31, 2009

Salve Regina

Our schola sings "Salve Regina" in the solemn tone at the Charlotte Eucharistic Congress. Thanks to the Crescat for video taping it. (Note, the recording is a camera phone or digital camera of some sort - not built for high quality audio recording!)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Thirty Thousand Montagnards Convert to the Catholic Church

Of course everyone has heard of the new Anglican provisions made by Pope Benedict which will pave the way for (probably) hundreds of thousands of conversions, this story about the Montagnards (indigenous people of the central Vietnam highlands) hit home with me because I taught English to Montagnard refugees for two years. I still have many good friends from the Jarai tribe although I have unfortunately lost touch with most of them. (That reminds me...) Anyway, last year 30,000 Montagnards became Catholic and there are currently 20,000 more preparing to convert.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

When God Lets You Down

Saying that "God will never let you down" has almost no relevance. Can you name an instance or example of God letting someone down? I mean what would it take for you to say that God had let you down? Something inconceivable. Saying "God will never let you down" is like saying squares will never be circles. Tell me something I don't know...

The phrase must be of American origin; notice its self-centered orientation. Is it God who stands in need of meeting our standards? Just some thoughts.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Setting the Record Straight on Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

Although Protestants frequently cite the sex abuse scandal as evidence against the holiness of the Catholic Church based on what the secular media has told them, the factual information would actually have the Protestant communities looking a lot worse if the world hated them with the fervor that it hates the Catholic Church:
The Christian Science Monitor reported on the results of a national survey by Christian Ministry Resources in 2002 and concluded: "Despite headlines focusing on the priest pedophile problem in the Roman Catholic Church, most American churches being hit with child sexual-abuse allegations are Protestant".1 Sexual abuses within the Jewish communities approximate that found among the Protestant clergy.2
And as for the lame accusation that priestly celibacy is to blame for the abuse: That is, if the Catholic Church allowed married clergy, the problem would go away or diminish, it can be easily refuted by pointing to the fact that teachers, who are allowed to, and often are, married, are guilty at much higher rates:
The author of the study concluded that the scope of the school-sex problem appears to far exceed the clergy abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church and concluded in an interview with Education Week "the physical abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests".4
Read the whole article on the Sex Abuse Scandal with sources.