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Your Turn / Re: Does this theology cause harm?
« on: February 25, 2021, 01:10:09 PM »
An important point to make would be to differentiate between pain and harm. Much healing involves pain. But it is not harmful. Much that harms us is quite painless.

Your Turn / Re: LifeStiteNews and Project Veritas
« on: February 12, 2021, 09:33:18 AM »
I take no real pleasure in saying this, but will point out that amongst those involved with Respect Life work for dioceses and similar institutions, one of these organizations was referred to regularly as Lie Site News given that they were at times economical with the truth. And I saw this for a fact. A portion of my time was dedicated to stamping out brush fires caused by their “inaccuracies.”


President Biden has told us that we are in a dark winter. He is correct. Over 400 Thousand have died of a terrible plague. But on this 22 of January, I ask you all to consider that we are in an other dark winter. Over 63 Million have been killed. I am talking of the plague of abortion. The current pandemic would have to rage on unabated for 156 years to catch up to the number of people killed since the implementation of Roe.

Just stopping by-

Good resource is Not My Own: Abortion and the Marks of the Church.

Also- there is another book, whose name escapes me, that is useful.

One of the key arguments knocks a hole in the "argument from silence" in the Scriptures. It points out that both OT and NT have nothing good to say about wizardry or witchcraft (Sorry, Potterphiles!  ;)) It  goes into the research regarding the practitioners of those dark arts in that time frame. Turns out that a major cash stream for them was abortive services. They were the Planned Parenthood of their day. So the condemnation of witchcraft would include the condemnation of abortion. YMMV.

Statistically speaking, everyone has a significant portion of postabortive women in their parish. Knowing what the issues are and how to address them is very useful. Does LFL have anything like Rachel's Vineyard, or the USCCB's Project Rachel? In Catholic circles, there is counseling available for any woman seeking help dealing with postabortive trauma and guilt. And for men. My journey into the prolife movement began by seeing the damage done to a friend whose fiancee aborted their child. Abortion is harming men as well.

Your Turn / Re: Rev. Paul T. McCain, RIP
« on: December 02, 2020, 05:48:48 PM »
Having crossed paths with him on this site a few times, and having been on the opposite side of the argument a few times, I appreciated his faithfulness and zeal. So this afternoon , my Mass intention was for the repose of his soul, and he was named in the canon.

Your Turn / Re: Protests and Federal Involvement
« on: July 27, 2020, 12:16:28 PM »
Going back, w-a-y back in our history, to the days before 1776, let us look at the opposition to King George III and British troops on our colonial soil, the abolitionist movement, opposition to the laws saying escaped slaves had to be returned, the "Underground Railroad," the struggle for women's suffrage, the "Bonus Army," the lunch-counter sit-ins of the 1960s,  the opposition to the Vietnam war, the American Indian Movement, and probably a couple of other "movements" I have not mentioned.
And what do we discover? That all of these efforts to correct political and social ills or to advance basic human rights included people who were impolite, vocally and/or physically rude, and who broke quite a few laws along with some windows.
I also dare to say that none of these efforts to correct political and social ills or to advance basic human rights would have gained traction or succeeded without those people.
And before the howling begins, I say clearly: I do not encourage, nor do I support violence or destruction of property.

Remember Charlesp, it was John Adams who defended the Government troops who shot the “unarmed” civilians during the alleged Boston Massacre. And, as he said, “Facts are stubborn things...”

Your Turn / Re: Protests and Federal Involvement
« on: July 27, 2020, 10:59:27 AM »
Is it the opinion of people here that there are no peaceful protesters?

To rework the old lawyer joke, "It's that 90% of protestors who are giving the 10% a bad name!"

Your Turn / Re: Baptisms during COVID
« on: July 26, 2020, 08:31:27 AM »
 Who doesn't heat up the water before baptism?

It was a life hack given me right before I began my ministry as a Lutheran pastor. By the time you get to the point in the Liturgy for the Baptism, the water is tepid. Pour tepid water on sleepy baby, it stirs, and maybe gurgles and coos. Pour cold water on the same baby and watch what happens when the startle reflex kicks in.  22 years of baptisms, only two children who ever cried.

Your Turn / Re: White Fragility
« on: July 26, 2020, 08:16:21 AM »
Interesting information on the author:

It's like that great Demotivator Poster slogan-
"If you aren't part of the solution, there is still good money to be made as a consultant."

Your Turn / Re: Baptisms during COVID
« on: July 25, 2020, 10:53:15 PM »
I am envisioning a scenario where the pastor is, to the best of his knowledge, uninfected,  but also taking the precaution of hand washing before administering the sacrament. I was focusing on the idea of "shared water" and the transmission of the virus from child to child. And again, my thought was that of the water poured out by shell, etc, avoids the eyes/nose/mouth then I don't see a great risk of infection, at least as I have been following the information. Sneezing and coughing would be a greater threat than water that does not interact with those areas that spread or receive the virus. But again, I would check with an epidemiologist, or infection control specialist.

Your Turn / Re: Baptisms during COVID
« on: July 25, 2020, 09:45:04 PM »
Thanks, Jeremy, glad to know. We’re having four next Sunday. Did anyone raise any concerns about shared water?
Easy for me to say, I haven't done a baptism in years. My current congregation is almost exclusively retirees.

If there is a concern for shared water, perhaps some hydrogen peroxide in the water as a disinfectant? Also, especially if your font has a wide rim, perhaps at the beginning of the baptismal service take glass custard dishes (clear glass and somewhat elegant in appearance), one for each child and before the first baptism scoop up water in custard dishes (one for each child) and place them on the rim. Then each child will have his or her own water that can then be poured back into the common font. Just occurred to me, I haven't done it. Individual glasses works for communion, perhaps for baptism?


If the water is going to poured oiver the babies' heads  seriatum, and if you are careful to avoid the eyes and nose/mouth, I would think the risk of nfection would approach 0%. You would need an infected individual to shed virus, and so far, it is in nasal/oral discharge. So It's a good question to ask, but if you could talk to n epidemiologist or an infection control  specialist, it would be good.I don't see infection from water that has been external to the crown of the head. If you are immersing children, then I see an issue.

Your Turn / Re: Protests and Federal Involvement
« on: July 25, 2020, 08:19:16 PM »
The summary of activity in Portland - July 24 - from the Department of Home Security's own site:

Counties is Eastern Oregon have the signatures to leave their state and join Idaho, at least to put it up for a vote this Fall.  Now this is an interesting, sort of like the pot vote helped progressive candidates in their races I wonder what this will do to/for Oregon.  It suggests people outside the metro areas are annoyed enough to organize and walk away.

The term "Greater Idaho" is a little unnerving. Like the North Minehead by-election.

Your Turn / Re: A gentle request on anonymity...
« on: July 25, 2020, 08:16:55 PM »
Bp. Benke's statement on stickball reminded me of days gone by when a HR was 2 storm drains down.

And I notice folks getting worked up, so I give you a little NY musical interlude:


Your Turn / Re: Protests and Federal Involvement
« on: July 25, 2020, 12:04:03 PM »
I guess that I also am in a battleground state, but I have a solution for campaign ads. I hardly ever watch TV in real-time. I record everything on DVR and zip through commercials, both sides.

One of the concerns that I have with Biden is that although he may wish to be more centrist (I don't know) and his handlers may certainly want to portray him as more centrist for the election, does he have the intellectual and personal fortitude to actually follow through with centrist governance? The kind of intellectual prowess that he shows when unscripted makes Trump look like an intellectual powerhouse by comparison. That is scary, especially when it looks more and more that the Democratic Party is falling into the hands of those who want to deconstruct American government and rebuild it along Marxist/Socialist totalitarian lines. Trump is by no means the only one in American government enamored with authoritarianism. Many progressives look to government to impose their vision of the just society and individual rights (which they may not believe really should exist anyway, group rights are the way they swing) will not long get in their way if they get enough control.

Why do you claim that President Trump is "enamored with authoritarianism"?  Can you give any examples?  Especially examples that would exceed the authoritarianism of, say, President Obama's "I have a pen and a phone"?

Steven- the language of his texts, and the fact that he is an obvious fanboi of some of the various strongmen around the world, including Putin. But, as the post indicates, he is far from alone. Everyone seems to forget the Clean and Articulate One’s desire to have extra constitutional power for just 72 hours, “like they do in China.” Boy, I was so happy to hear a newly sworn in president and alleged constitutional scholar say that.

Your Turn / Re: Hagia Sophia--A Mosque Once More
« on: July 24, 2020, 01:05:56 PM »
The Sisters liturgical calendar had this morning as a Votive Mass to the Precious Blood of Jesus.

I talked about the fact that that precious blood was first spilled for us on the Cross- an instrument of state power and intimidation. And that Erdogan's decision was just one in a long line of people thinking that they had the last say in the matter.

But the blood that was poured out first on Calvary is still poured out for those whom he loves. And the tyrants of the world, through two millennia have attempted to staunch that flow. But to no avail.

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