The occasional, often ill-considered thoughts of a Roman Catholic permanent deacon who is ever grateful to God for his existence. Despite the strangeness we encounter in this life, all the suffering we witness and endure, being is good, so good I am sometimes unable to contain my joy. Deo gratias!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Through the Looking Glass...Again!

Every so often I come across news stories that cause me to suspect that I've wandered into Wonderland. Here are a few that cannot be ignored.

The Extremist Catholic Church. The U. S. Army has apparently classified the Catholic Church (among others) as a "religious extremist" organization. You think I'm joking? Think again. As you can see, the following slide, from a U. S. Army Reserve PowerPoint presentation, lumps the Catholic Church and Evangelical Christians, into the same category with the Islamist terrorist organizations al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Hamas. 

Since Catholics and Evangelicals make up over 50% of our population, it's interesting that the Department of Defense believes a majority of the people it serves and protects are extremists. The real reasons behind the inclusion of the Catholic Church on this list are well known: the Church's stance on both abortion and so-called same-sex marriage. For today's leftists -- and make no mistake, today's DoD is managed by the left -- these issues trump everything else. If the Church would only agree to kill the babies and let the sodomites marry, it would immediately be removed from the list. Of course, the Church will never change it's teaching because it reflects divine law, something which no man can change. Ironically, the Army author of the presentation used the Southern Poverty Law Center as his primary source. The SPLC is perhaps the leading hate group of the American left. 

At this point I suppose I can now claim, without fear of contradiction that, as an ordained member of the Catholic clergy, I am officially a religious extremist who can reside comfortably on President Obama's enemies list. For more on this story, check out these links:

Original story from The Washington Times.

Follow-up from  Human Events.

Images from The Daily Mail.

Jesuit colleges in need of reform. Many Catholics expect Pope Francis to initiate reforms within the Church and especially within the Vatican's Curia. Personally, while I'm sure some reform of the Curia is needed, I really believe the new Pope should first turn his attention to his own order, the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). My reasons stem from a couple of other Wonderland stories:

Loyola Marymount University, a Jesuit institution of higher learning located in Los Angeles, has a Bioethics Institute which, according to its mission statement, enables "students to reflect systematically on contemporary issues in bioethics and healthcare principally through the prism of the intellectual heritage of the Roman Catholic philosophical and theological tradition." One would think, therefore, that this "Catholic philosophical and theological tradition" would reflect the teachings of the Catholic Church. One would also expect the director of the Institute to agree with these teachings. Such expectations, of course, do not take into account that Loyola Marymount is run by the Jesuits. 

It seems the university is conducting a search for a new director of the Bioethics Institute, and that two of the three finalists are -- irony of ironies -- pro abortion. One of the candidates, Professor Ann Mongoven of Michigan State University, has stated that abortion and contraception are acceptable beliefs within the Catholic tradition. Another candidate, Professor Denise Dudzinski of the University of Washington, has also written about the moral permissibility of abortion. The question, asked from beyond the borders of Wonderland, is why are these two people finalists? Read more about it here: National Catholic Register.

Not to be outdone by Loyola Marymount, those who administer Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, another Jesuit institution, have decided not to recognize the Knights of Columbus as a student organization because...drumroll...the K of C is a Catholic organization and, sin of sins, limits membership to men. That's right, the Catholicity of the Knights betrays the university's “commitment to non-discrimination and inclusivity.” One certainly has to be careful in today's Catholic university, especially one run by the Jesuits, and not be too Catholic. Interestingly, the Knights are the largest fraternal organization in the world. Read more here: The Daily Caller

Turning my attention to Florida, I read that Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity have been issued a "notice of violation" by the city of Miami, Florida alleging that they are "operating a business without a license." A certain city inspector, a bozo named Cornellius Pierre (May I call someone a bozo? Sure. Why not.), issued the violation despite the fact that the good sisters have been ministering to Miami's poor for more than 30 years and doing so with the city's full approval. Read more here: Catholic News Agency

There are more similar stories, many more, but I am being paged by my visiting three-year-old granddaughter, who must be obeyed.

Pax et bonum...

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