Prayer Requests & Housekeeping

Okay, it’s a hodge-podge, but I have a lot to cover.

First up, if you are inclined to prayer, please pray for a boy in critical condition: Ben had a heart attack a few days ago on the soccer field. His heart attack it turns out, was from a huge blood clot in his leg, which has since been amputated below the knee. He is stabilizing but still in need of much prayer.

Also, some may recall praying for blogger Greg Cotharn’s sister-in-law Lisa as she underwent some adult-stem-cell therapies. Sadly, Lisa died a few days ago, of a heart attack, as Greg writes here

Okay, now for the housekeeping:

My RSS Feed; Apparently there was a blip and many people lost it. here it is

Ann Althouse does not touch public doorknobs. And neither do I.

If you haven’t taken a trip over to First Things’ blog, First Thoughts, you might want to. Just keep scrolling; it’s all good.

Added to my blogroll: A terrific blog written from a very faithful but center-mildlyleft position, Why I am Catholic, and Bill Whittle’s Afterburner Page, which will keep you current with all of his terrific PJTV videos. If you have not seen his latest on American Exceptionalism, take the 15 minutes to watch it while you’re eating lunch, or something. I am absolutely allergic to long internet videos, but Bill’s work is always worth the time; it’s “exceptional,” in fact.

Meanwhile, the SCOTUS Justices who hung on to survive Bush’s presidency are wasting no time giving Obama the control he wants and needs over the Supreme Court. Maybe we’ll get another judge as “exceptional” as Sonia “they keep reversing me” Sotomayor.

Well, if Obama does get complete control of the SCOTUS that will make it easier to re-interpret our constitutional protections, anyway, or are those our increasing rights?

Obama is said to be dropping the public option. Difficult to believe when I’ve completely lost trust in him, and when we know that anything can happen “in committee,” but we’ll see. Will he shoot for the Healthcare Sister Souljah Moment? Obama clearly wants to have something he can call a “healthcare reform victory” by the end of the year. I posted something below that looks at the value of love over efficiency

Sometimes it is allowed in a politician, and sometimes it is not. Evolution is a tricky theory, apparently.

How stupid is the Mainstream Media: The guy they destroyed their credibility for and carried into the White House and incessantly carry water for, demonizes them for profit, and they say “thank you sir, may I have another.”

The Church and the Gay Marriage Debate: Washington’s Archbishop Donald Wuerl, jumps into the fray. (Via) Over at America Magazine, Michael Sean Winters (who is perhaps less than pleased with yer girl, just now) writes a thoughtful commentary:

The Church does not owe anyone an apology for stating our belief in the importance of traditional marriage, nor for the argument that our society should continue to privilege this unique, life-giving form of human friendship and loving that is marriage. But, we must also be clear that our opposition to anything that would detract from the centrality of marriage is not rooted in any bigotry against gay and lesbian people. Nothing in the Church’s teaching insults the human dignity of anyone else, but even a cursory reading of the Book of Genesis leads to the conclusion that the equality between the sexes is an equality of difference, and that marriage is founded on that equality of difference as something that is integral to our sense of what it means to be human. The Church should resist any attempt to paint us as bigots but it also must make sure that no one speaking in Her name betrays any bigotry.

One of the ways to show that the Church’s position on traditional marriage has nothing to do with anti-gay bigotry is to adopt what could be called “the Levada solution.” In 1996, when San Francisco decided that agencies contracting with the city had to extend health benefits to same-sex partners, then-Archbishop Levada negotiated with the city to achieve a solution that worked for both the city and church. The city mandated that the employees of agencies working with the government could designate anyone who was legally domiciled with an employee to receive the benefits. It could be a same-sex partner, an unemployed cousin, a retired aunt. The Church was only blessing the extension of benefits and did not need to inquire further. Gay and lesbian couples were able to enjoy the societal benefits that are not intrinsic to marriage but which have for a variety of complex reasons become associated with marriage.

I agree with this, and have for a while now been arguing that ultimately it would be in the church’s best interest, (and perhaps society’s) if we separate the legal function from the sacramental when it comes to marriage.

Let me help you with this naming problem: The National Endowment for the Arts needs to call itself the National Endowment for the Arts in Service to Obama. There. Fixed it.

Astroturfing Churches: It’s sort of like a virus, isn’t it?

A closer look at A Rep. Shea-Porter ejectee. What a terrorist!

Socialist Propaganda: Against the Church

Lessons about Bullies
: And why they need to be learned and ummm bullies must always be doubted

Global Warming: Oh, look! Sunspots make the earth warmer! G’wan, yer kidding!

Spengler: Why should America Support Israel?

Interesting: Building Blocks of Social Media for Business h/t a tweet from Melissa Clouthier, who is very sharp on Social Media.

A golden Oldie: from Fr. Neuhaus, on Anti-Semitism

The Idle Young: In the UK

For your Netflix list: 50 great Catholic films

Soap in my Sidebar: the Dominican Nuns need to sell a lot of soap to raise the last $10,000 they need for their construction. The soap is fantastic. The Oatmeal Hand Creme is even better.

Rather endearing: Posing as a leftist in a healthcare crowd

The Fires of LA: Great pics

Feel the Gleichschaltung
The Worth and the Witness of Women Bloggers
Oh, nuts! Obama Speech Reax
One governor who can dash Hillary’s ambitions, for good
About Elizabeth Scalia
  • mrp

    On the 50 Great Catholic Films topic, I would include the French movie “Le dialogue des Carmélites” (1960) based on the Georges Bernanos play.

    Here is a link to an extract:

  • dry valleys

    Right, so Portillo bemoans welfare dependency then boasts about how he worked for Thatcher, on whose watch unemployment, single parenthood, crime & just about every negative indicator there is soared.

    The fact is, as we enter a recession, we should be avoiding the mistakes that were made in the 80s when a generation of young people, denied the jobs their parents had taken for granted, were left to rot.

    Yes, it was a mistake in 1945-79 to let whole towns become reliant on industries that were always going to decline. But simply berating people about why they should pull themselves together doesn’t work under any circumstances, let alone those in which the economy is shedding jobs.

    He should come & visit this city & others like it before making bigoted generalisations about people out of work, but he won’t deign to acquaint himself with real people, which is one of the many reasons he is regarded by left & right alike as an oily little wretch.

    This also confirms my view of the Times as utter filth & bilge.

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  • Edmund

    I see how the Church might benefit from a distinction between sacramental marriage and legal contract (civil union), but I don’t umderstand how this does not constitute a retreat from the battle over the soul of the society. Would we not be hiding the lamp under the bushel?

    As a result of 2000 years of Christianity we have the “traditional” marriage model. Now, it seems, we are going to retreat to the catacombs.

    So gay marriage won’t come to the local school curriculum to redefine a sacrament. Does that make it OK?

    So we can hang our crosses and our 10 commandments tablets in private–no problem–as long as we don’t clamor for their public appearance. Isn’t that what the world wants us to do?

    Anchoress, what am I missing?

  • Gina

    Ann Althouse does not touch public doorknobs. And neither do I.

    I was horrified when on Facebook, a friend’s admission that she flushes public toilets with her foot prompted a series of “so do I’s” from her other contacts. I guess growing up on a farm makes me less cootie-anxious. I do wash my hands often, but it seem to me that foot-flushers and toilet-hoverers make more of a mess than what they’re trying to avoid. So long as you’re opening doors with your sleeve, though, I guess that’s ok.

  • cathyf

    I’ve always been pretty uncomfortable with the Church choosing gay marriage as an issue to fight about, while pretty much ignoring “serial polygamy” and it’s devastating effect on the adults and children in the families that are broken up again and again.

  • Gina

    As a result of 2000 years of Christianity we have the “traditional” marriage model. Now, it seems, we are going to retreat to the catacombs.

    I agree, Edmund. I think this is exactly where rabid secularists want us, and I for one am not ready to cede the ground.

  • JuliB

    cathyf, The Church considers remarriage after divorce (without an annulment) to be a serious sin which separates one from the Church and Sacraments.

    Given that there’s no social argument about it, no one attacking the Church’s stand on it, I’m not sure what you expect? The Church has many programs and does preach in its favor. But, there’s no political or social battle going on right now about it.

    This makes me think of when people complain that Rome is ‘obsessed with sex’. Ummm, no… it’s that the Church is responding to the issues and controversies of the day.

  • Maureen

    Bill Whittle’s work on Afterburner is well worth the time. Plain-spoken factual good sense. In fact, everything I’ve seen on PJTV is worthwhile: I got a subscription recently, but you don’t need one to view most of the best stuff.

  • cathyf

    The Church considers remarriage after divorce (without an annulment) to be a serious sin which separates one from the Church and Sacraments.

    True — but notice that the Church is not going to the mat to deny health insurance to spouses of Church employees in invalid marriages.

  • saveliberty

    Prayers added for Ben and Lisa.

  • Bender

    All that “death panel” talk is a lie?
    Claims that ObamaCare will indeed end up killing people are fraudulent?
    Such a thing would never ever happen here?

    What to make, then, of the report that a doctor admits euthanizing patients during Katrina, and the Louisiana Attorney General says he is not going to do anything about it.

  • Ellen

    I was a biology major. Trying to avoid germs is impossible – if you knew how many germs were on your money you would faint dead away.
    People who won’t touch doorknobs probably have no trouble handling money, and yet I will be willing to bet there are more germs on the money than the doorknob.

    Just wash your hands often, keep you hands away from your face and quit obsessing. You will be a lot happier.

  • Myssi

    While you pray for Ben and Lisa, please continue to remember Heather K., the cancer-stricken young mom that Elizabeth has so kindly mentioned before. She is going to try one more round of intense chemo and that’s it. Either God heals her or God takes her home. For the sake of her children – who are 9 years old and 3 months old – I am praying for healing, but mostly I pray for the family to see God’s hand in this. Heather’s faith has inspired me for a year now to live what I believe the way she has lived it. It’s a rare thing she’s done: willingly sacrificing her own life so that her son can live.

    Ben and Lisa have been added to my list as well.

  • dry valleys

    General rubbish to link to.

    Will modern-day flaneurs help rebuild fragmented communities?

    One of my favourite things to do on holiday is to get a street map & walk round whichever town I’m in- always alone, none of my friends or family are interested in doing that & would rather be in the hotel or a bar just after unpacking- but I prefer to be alone anyway to get a real sample of the place & I think it gives me a better experience than some.

    Can never speak the language though- I am a monoglot (we are all really bad at languages in the Anglosphere, aren’t we?)

  • J

    Perhaps, in reference to the supreme court, the reason the dem politicians are speaking as our rulers rather than elected officials is that, between the power given to organizations such as ACORN (over our election processes)and the power the supreme court will have to legislate, they do not have to consider the wishes of the “governed” any more.

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