Monday, March 9, 2009
Personal Asides: Pulidos Candidacy The Sun-Times Gives the GOP Advice on Limbaugh (Huh?) Shaun GayleModel of Manhood for Young African-American Males Another Lenten Lesson from Old Saint Johns.
Council of Trent Meeting for Pulido.
With disgust building in Illinois against flagrant liberal Democratic incompetence for tolerating an arrested potential bribe-solicitor in the governorship who overspent the state to insolvency blocking the peoples right to vote for a U.S. Senator cave in to allow Roland Burris, a repudiated alleged perjurer to stay in the Senate opposing, along with Barack Obama a citizens right to use a hand-gun for self-defense after an intruder breaks into a house endorsing the killing of a live baby born after a botched abortion supporting same-sex marriage winking at illegal immigration and issuance of drivers licenses to the unqualified giving the go-ahead to Todd Stroger and his crew that has mismanaged Cook county to near bankruptcy
Chicagoland now has its first opportunity since last November to send a message to Washington and the liberal news media which is--
The special congressional election in the Illinois 5th district this April 7.
Thats less than a month away. You should know that although shes the Republican nominee and espouses solid conservative values she has not heard a word from either the RNC or Andy McKenna, the Republican State Chairman. Nada; zilch. Thats why her friends me included are mobilizing to help her now.
You dont have to live in the district to help send the message by turning out a powerful protest vote for the Republican nominee, Rosanna Pulido.
If you represent a group, no matter how small, join us--.
A special Council of Trent meeting of movement leaders will be held this Saturday March 14 at noon.
Here are the details: Council of Trent.
Noon, Saturday March 14
307 N. Michigan
Go to 23rd Floor
Then walk one flight up.
For the un-initiated, a Council of Trent is a conclave of conservative movement leaders anti-tax, pro-life, pro-2nd amendment etc. to mobilize to send a message. We did with Peter Fitzgerald; we defeated the GOP organizations favored candidate with Al Salvi. And it can happen again. We are looking for pro-lifers, 2nd amendment people, home schoolers, pro-voucher people, pro-legal immigration people, anti-taxers, pro-capital formation people anybody who fits into what used to be called the Reagan coalition.
If you represent such a group more than just yourself indicate on this email whether or not you want to attend. Make reservations by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell what group you will be representing at the Council of Trent. If you stay home this Saturday, dont go crying later on that the Congress has become indentured automatons of the socialist state.
Dems Siren Call.
The Obama White Houses siren urging to the GOP to ditch Russ Limbaugh as the face of the Republican party fooled no one but Michael Steele who by biting on the hook irremediably botched his tenure as GOP chairman to whom good riddance. Establishment media focus on two major assaults on Rush Limbaugh.
First they insist it is an outrage that Limbaugh has said he hopes Obama fails. For my part, I know for a certainty that Obama will fail given that he is recycling Roosevelt Redux. I earnestly want the public to understand the magnitude of the failure to come and not fall into the media trap of maintaining a foolish worshipful séance about another faux hero ala FDR and JFK.
Secondly, establishment media criticize Rush because he said Ted Kennedys death will be used in a campaign to pass socialized medicine. That, they say is cynical. The definition of cynical involves publicitors aka journalists from the Boston Globe (owned by the failing New York Times) on the Kennedy death watch, rip-and-read ghouls who have timed their effort to coincide with his imminent death which, they hope, will hype their sales and make them and their newspaper big bucks.
In truth, Kennedys slow death is in a Catholic sense, a blessing, a boon. It has given him the chance to reflect and conduct a serious several hours-long confession fitting for a lifelong skirt-chaser, wife abandoner and boozer who left a live woman gasping for breath in an overturned car in a pond she pushing forward to gulp the last breaths of air while he abandoned her because he was too concerned about losing his reputation to tell authorities about the accident and that she was dying in his car.
His blessing of a slow death gives him an opportunity to beg for absolution for decades of betrayal of his Churchs principles as he served the cause of abortion. Unfortunately, his trotting around picking up trinkets of adulation honorary knighthood et al indicate hes going to go down without remorse. Last Lion indeed.
Sun-Times Gives Us Advice.
Last week it was instructive to note similar advice from an editorial in the Sun-Times. Beware Limbaugh, it says, or the GOP will lose whats left of its acceptance. This from a page that relies on the great ballast of balanced judgment received from Neil Steinberg who while never ceasing to remind us he is Jewish, is also an untiring Catholic baiter Mary Mitchell who so regularly and with dispassion finds whitey the cause of racial hatred Richard Roeper whose mid-40s triumph over viscerally stunted adolescence provides so much maturity to exposition of ideas Mark Brown who towers over all as a gifted prose stylist and Carol Marin, monopolist purveyor of lofty lefty opinion on NBC-TV and WTTW-TV whose undisputed command of history and analytical sagacity has given her such recognized stature over her late S-T predecessor, columnist and historian Steve Neal.
Fr. Emerics Pre-Vatican II Theology. A Lenten Lesson.
It is coming near to the Christmas vacation period, December, 1946, December 15 to be exact, the first semester following victory of World War II. Saint Johns students are packed and ready to go to the Greyhound buses which will take them to the railroad stations (very few fly since the airlines have not yet fully returned to peacetime schedules). Fr. Emeric Lawrence, OSB, begins his lecture thus as always with a question.
I once again turn to the often hard-to-understand personage of Jesus Christ. And I begin with this question which I shall direct to lets see Mr. Eugene Sheehy. Mr. Sheehy, let me ask a very simple question: What did He come to this world for? You saywhat? Very good. You say He came to this world to save us from our sins and that His forerunner, John the Baptizer, gave a hint of what was to follow when John said he would be the Lamb of God: This is He who takes away the sin of the world. Foreshadowing His sacrifice. Excellent answer.
ButMr. Sheehyas good as your answer is, I am puzzled and I wonder if you could help me de-code the puzzle [laughter]. That laughter comes, Mr. Sheehy, from your wary colleagues who note that since this class began last September I am forever puzzled by answers I get here and persist in following-up with detailed examinations your answers.
I am puzzled, Mr. Sheehy, because if what you say as His purpose is correct, I cannot understand what He meant when He said as He did in Matthew 10:34 Do not imagine that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have come to bring a sword, not peace. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law and a mans foes will be those of his own household. What in the world is this, sir?
Now I have always understood that Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace that in this feast day we shall observe we are told He will bring peace to men of good will. You will note that I use the correct translation. Those who have corrupted it to say peace, good will to men have mis-led us. You cannot have peace until and unless you are of good willquite different. But I digress.
How do you as a potential biblical scholar [laughter] interpret that one, Mr. Sheehy? You say what? You say it is a paradox. Of course thats what it is, but how do you interpret it? Enough, Mr. Sheehy, I have put you through enough. Now I am looking for volunteers. Mr. Harry Arth. What say you? You say what? That He has used this metaphor of a sword to mean that He will combat evil. Not bad, Mr. Arth. Not as good as say Frank Sheed or Msgr. Knox put itbut not bad.
Mr. Vetter, no idea. Mr. Hall, I am not surprised: no idea. Mr. Roeser, the truth is often a very-very dangerous position to hold if we are to stand by it. Think of how unpopular you can be if you were to defend the articles of your faith or the canons of morality at every turn. If youre like a lot of people when youre in a mixed group and there is ridicule and laughter about morality or your faithas there is wont to be in this often debased worldyou decide youd just better shut up about it, that now is not the time to use a popular phrase. But rarely is that a right course of action. I have found literally that now IS the time. Mr. Roeser nods in agreement. Easy to do, Mr. Roeser when the professor suggests the answer [laughter].
Fr. Ernest has expostulated gentlemen in philosophy that there is absolute truth Aristotle and Aquinas have testified to it. Then our job is to testify to that truth. To the Roman Governor Pilate Christ said in John 18.37 What I was born for, what I came into the world for, is to bear witness to the truth. And in our own way, that is what we must do, gentlemen. He came to give His life as ransom for many. He came to save a world that was lost, a race in danger of perishing from sin. The least we can do the least is to pipe up when our philosophy, our beliefs are challengedwhich means tell the truth.
Is it tough? Of course its tough. I want to tell you this story. Some years ago a student I had was inflamed with the idea of standing up for the truth as Christ tells us to. It so happened he had a sister his favorite sister who left the Church and married a divorced man who belonged to another church. The sister asked my former student to be Best Man. He wanted to go to her wedding: he loved her dearly. She asked their father to give her away as its referred to walking her down the aisle in a traditional way. Well the father weakened in response to the entreaties of his wife who said you have to do it! Your absence will humiliate her and humiliate us all! So he did it.
My old student, I am glad to report turned down his favorite sister and declined being Best Man. I suppose you dont think he caught the very devil from his mother and the entire family (they were all Catholics). He felt like a dog and the repercussions are with him yet his sister is cool to him, his mother wont forget it, his father thinks my ex-student is a religious fanatic. He told me not long ago it was a baptism of fire. As Christ meant it should be. For him to have done what the rest of this I remind you Catholic family did would have been to agree tacitly that whatever suits the convenient need is what should be done. A baptism of fire is right.
That is why Christ likens truth to fire. He says It is fire that I have come to spread over the earthmeaning TRUTHand what better wish can I have than it should be kindled [Luke 12-49].
You are gathering up your books for that long Christmas vacation but the bell has not rung yet. And I have another question. In John 9.39 Christ says, I have come into this world so that a sentence may fall upon itthat those who are blind should see and those who see should become blind. Those who see should become blind? I thought He was here to make all of us see lets see Mr. George Borgerding. How do you interpret this. As you know, Frank Sheed has interpreted it. Lets see how well you do. Mr. Borgerding, you say what? Absolutely correct. Christ had just healed the blind man and caused him to see. The Pharisees were the blind ones, questioning Him. By describing those who see He meant the Pharisees learned in the law of Moses. But the persistent obstinacy of the Pharisees deprived them of seeing the truth.
When He pronounced this on the Pharisees, how did they respond, Mr. Borgerding? Right you are! They asked Him Are we also blind? And His answer rings through the ages: Now that you say `we see, your guilt remains. Theres the bell! Have a Holy Christmas.