Saturday, March 02, 2013

More Discussion of the Former Roman Pontiff's Title

Italian Catholic periodical, Civiltà Cattolica would prefer to call Benedict XVI “Bishop Emeritus of Rome”. Canonists contest Ratzinger’s choice
Went to the grand opening of a music studio of a friend from HS, ER; was looking forward to catching up with him, though we have very little in common now. I had known through his posts at a certain social networking website that he's taken some lumps in life. Today I found out that he's an alcoholic, and his friends who were concerned about his condition were pressing for an ambulance to be called since he had passed out again did not seem responsive. The paramedics came and took him to the county hospital for observation and evaluation (I am guessing). Kyrie eleison.

Some observations - the two teams of FD paramedics each had two tall men and one short woman (5'4" or so). The local PD also came, 3 male officers, all rather tall. (6'0 or taller.) Ethnicity? All white, except for one of the female paramedics, who might have been mixed Asian.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Carrie Rodriguez at the Freight and Salvage tonight. I enjoyed the country and Texan swing/waltz. I think arguably at least one of her songs (more jazz-influenced) and her playing could be said to be too sensual.

The cashier at BurgerMeister (Berkeley) reminded me of Sarah Shahi (whose episode on Person of Interest as another kick-ass female was shown several weeks ago - at least she is finding work after Fairly Legal was cancelled). I may have to try the ribs there once Lent is over.

I saw a recruitment poster for BART Police while on the train. All of the officers shown in the poster were memebers of minority groups, and the only white was a woman. (There may have been another white in the poster, but I doubt it.) Does this reflect the actual ethnic composition of the department? The women in the poster were of course much shorter than the men. I don't have a problem with a department striving to reflect the ethnic composition of the communities it serves - being policed by those who are perceived as being "outsiders" (in this case, because they are white) does not help community-police relations. And the poster may be a necessary tool for marketing the department to certain areas in the Bay Area. But I doubt the poster is representative of reality.

I actually saw two Bart police officers tonight - both women. One older blonde [white] woman at the Downtown Berkeley station, just hanging about near the BART agent booth (not standing at attention, but in a rather relaxed stance, leaning against something else), and there was a black woman on the train - she couldn't be taller than 5'3." Not really an imposing presence, is it? Should we be surprised if male criminals who are taller may be willing to take a chance to assault a police officer if he thinks he has good chances of escaping or overpowering her and taking her gun?

"What a joke."

Recruitment attracts more than 700 applications for BART Police Officer Trainee
The spin: "BART attracts more than 700 applications for its most recent Police Officer recruitment, confirming that enforcing transit safety and security is a popular career."

Rather, I think people are rather desperate for a good paying job in the Bay Area.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Two boys (1st grade, VN) crying for more than 5 minutes today... too young for someone to tell them to toughen up?

Modern Babylon Kills the Spirit

So much for the traditional [Confucian] virtue of filial piety...

Dying Alone Becomes New Normal as Japan Spurns Confucius
In Korea, Changes in Society and Family Dynamics Drive Rise in Elderly Suicides

Andrew Sullivan comments on the second piece of news: How Capitalism Creates the Welfare State
Two Santa Cruz County Police detectives were killed yesterday. This was mentioned on talk radio this morning; the two hosts were guessing that this latest sad news would be used by Democrats to further their legislative agenda. I read in the Mercury that a majority of Californians support greater restrictions. Were enough of those living in the "red" parts of the state were polled to give the poll sufficient statistical credibility? I am not surprised that those who live in the blue areas think in this way - again, it makes me question long-term prospects for remaining in this state.


From California:
Adam Christianson, Stanislaus
Jon Lopey, Siskiyou
Tom Bosenko, Shasta
John D’Agostini, El Dorado
David Hencraft, Tehama
Dean Growden, Lassen
Dean Wilson, Del Norte
Mike Poindexter, Modoc
Thomas Allman, Mendocino
Mike Downey, Humboldt,
Margaret Mims, Fresno
Greg Hagwood, Plumas
Bruce Haney, Trinity
Martin Ryan, Amador
Jerry Smith, Butte
James W. Mele, Toulumne

Is it a meaningless gesture, though, since California's laws are worse than those of the Federal government?

The TEDx Food Conference

TEDx Manhattan - Change the Way You Eat - 2013 Videos.

Digesting the TEDx Food Conference

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Scratch That.

The information conveyed in this post.
Pope Benedict's new name revealed
It’s official: Benedict XVI will be “Pope Emeritus”

EWTN News: Pope has 'cleaned up the episcopate,' nuncio says
More ultra-montane propaganda? “The nuncio went to these bishops and said, ‘The Holy Father is asking you for the good of the Church to resign from your post.’”

So how were those who refused to resign removed from office? “There have been two or three instances in which they said no, and so the Pope simply removed them,” he explained. “This is also a message to the bishops: do the same thing in your dioceses.”

Some speculation over at The Remnant: A Bishop Dressed in White? by Robert J. Siscoe

Model for the Country, My...

Conn Carroll: What happened to the Golden State? (via Rebellion) - first of a five-part series.

With that questionable Catholic Jerry Brown at the helm, what could possibly go wrong?

KCET: Full Text and Analysis - YT
Capital Public Radio


Monday, February 25, 2013

Amazon Cloud Player

How many people make use of this service/app on their portable electronic devices? With the rise of dadta caps for cell phones, Amazon must rely on those who have wi-fi connection or a land-line connection to use Cloud Player? Currently Amazon has a program in which the purchase of certain albums ("Auto-Rip-eligible albums") is accompanied by the free addition of those songs in mp3 format to your Cloud Player library. (There is currently a 700 song limit to the library of Amazon customers.) Is Amazon trying to compete with Apple iTunes?

It may actually be quicker to rip mp3s yourself and to store them on your computer rather than downloading them (depending upon the speed of your computer and its components and your internet speed). But, for those who have access to the internet on some portable device, this may be a convenient way to access the music one "owns" without having to go through the trouble of accessing one's CD collection.

What is Amazon's strategy here? To get more people to purchase mp3s? Or is it rather an incentive for people to buy the hard media, the CD, rather than buying mp3s? Do CDs have a higher markup than mp3 albums? Or is it the case of getting people to buy a whole album rather than just a few mp3s from that album? I don't think this is a wholly altruistic move on the part of Amazon, a bonus for customers.

No More Twitter for the Pope

Unless his successor decides to revive the account - Pope Benedict XVI shutting down @Pontifex Twitter account.

The Reform Traditionalists Want?

Begun on February 25, 2013.

A post at the Orthosphere refers to this articlet by Christopher Ferrara from last year: The Legislating Church: ‘Vatileaks’ and Other Iceberg Tips.

Is not the Roman Curia not a part of the administration of the papacy itself? How can one decry "the legislating Church" that devastated changed the Roman rite, if it had not received the power to do so from the pope in the first place? We cannot say papal authority has been usurped, as it has been delegated "properly."

Mr. Ferrara outlines the changes in the Roman Curia and the great power that was accorded to the Secretary of State:

In 1967-68, under the authority of Pope Paul’s apostolic constitution Regimini Ecclesiae Universae, the Curia underwent a dramatic restructuring designed and implemented by then Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Jean-Marie Villot, another suspected Mason. The aim was to eliminate, as much possible, what we are now told is the old “monarchical model” of the Church in favor of the new “model” of collegiality. Before the Council, the Curia was indeed structured along monarchical lines. The Pope was Prefect of the Holy Office, to which all other Vatican dicasteries were subordinated, while the Cardinal in charge of the day-to-day business of the Holy Office was the Pro-Prefect, reporting directly and only to the Pope. The Pope, as Vicar Christ on earth, was thus at the head of a chain of command over which he wielded his authority directly or through the Holy Office.

Under the “reform” engineered and carried out by Villot, however, the Holy Office was renamed, becoming the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF)—the name “Holy Office” being far too old-fashioned for the Church’s “new orientation” after the Council. The Cardinal Secretary of State was placed above all the Vatican dicasteries, including the CDF. Worse, the Pope was no longer Prefect of the former Holy Office, which (as the CDF) would now be under a Cardinal Prefect organizationally subordinated to the Secretary of State. In short, Paul VI “enhanced the powers of the Secretary [of State], placing him over all the other departments of the Roman Curia.” (Cf. “Cardinal Secretary of State,” /wiki/Cardinal_Secretary_of_State).

Since the Council the Vatican Secretary of State has been constituted a kind of Vicar of the Vicar of Christ, with a resulting functional detachment of the new Legislating Church from direct papal control. This decidedly unfavorable development was only exacerbated by John Paul II’s apostolic constitution Pastor Bonus...

Apparently traditionalists like Mr. Ferrera want a purified or restored monarchical papacy and a reconstituting of the various offices of the Curia. The [post-conciliar] preference for "collegiality" gets the blame for the shift in power:
Today it appears that the Vicar of Christ has become a captive of the democratization of the Church according to a model of “collegiality” that purports to replace the monarchy which the papacy established by Christ the King really is. It seems that the Pope views himself as but a cog, albeit the biggest and most important cog, in the vast clockwork of a Legislating Church whose “decisions” must be allowed to operate autonomously and by consent of the governed in keeping with the collegial and democratic mechanisms of the new model. No longer seeing himself as a monarch with the prerogatives and peremptory authority of a monarch, the Pope of the Legislating Church feels constrained to rely on mere suasion and appeals to procedural due process in the hope of effectuating what he wishes to see done.
But would such ecclesiastical micromanaging desirable, even if possible? (And I do not think that it is possible.) Maybe the pope could better curb the bureaucrats and exercise greater oversight. Or we could reconsider the nature of the pope's authority and the limits to his powers, relating this to the structure of the Roman curia and its necessity.

Collegiality does not refer to the bureaucracy, but to all of the bishops, working together for the good of the Church. Small wonder that the Orthodox are concerned about the pope being a "super bishop," when traditionalist Catholics are holding on to this understanding of the papacy.

What would traditionalists recommend be done about "rogue" or "errant" bishops? How are they to be handled or disciplined? The inaction of John Paul II (and now Benedict XVI?) with respect to heterodox bishops and the like had been defended on the grounds that it was feared schism might result. But have they (and those attached to them) already cut themselves off the Church if they have knowingly rejected the Church's teaching in favor of their own opinion? What about incompetent bishops?

(Again, the question of who has control over Church property, especially here in the United States.)

Instead of acquiescing in the decision of some bishops to permit altar girls, what could the pope (or the curia) have done instead? This action pertains to "discipline" and not to the teaching of faith and morals... (Though it arguably pertains to the [practical] observance of faith and morals.) Would it have been better to be firm on this point and let he laity be exposed to the scandal of bishops and priests who are in disobedience? Was this a "hill" that the pope did not want to die on? Or was it necessary to give the image of a "united" Church?

What is to be done about the "patriarchate of the West"?

Marie Miller, "You Are Not Alone"


Her website; FB and MS.


Archbishop Chaput on Immigration Reform

Justice, Prudence, and Immigration Reform by Archbishop Chaput

Agreeing with the USCCB:
The bishops of the United States have suggested at least five key elements needed for any serious reform: (1) a path to citizenship for the undocumented; (2) the preservation and enhancement of family unity, based on the union of a husband and wife and their children; (3) the creation of legal channels for unskilled laborers to enter and work legally in this country; (4) due process rights for immigrants; and (5) constructive attention to the root causes of migration, such as economic hardship, political repression or religious persecution in the sending countries.
In their desire to be "humane," the bishops have become democrats.

They assume that the economic status quo will continue forever, not that we are in a contraction that will eventually end in the termination of the American way of life.

his old page at the Archdiocese of Denver

Susan Boyle feat. Donny Osmond - All I Ask Of You

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Army Propagandists At It Again

From the US Army Facebook page:

Capt. Tamara DeJesus, the commander for 2nd Brigade Combat Team "STRIKE",101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), battle-buddy carries Capt. Marcus Morgan, the commander for Strike’s Company A, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, during Strike Leaders Physical Training held at U.S. Army Fort Campbell's Johnson Field, Feb. 19. Photo by Sgt. Joe Padula

She's not an infantry officer, she's actually HHC BDE commander. (HQ support staff) Note that the man she is carrying is of a similar size, possibly shorter, and the caption does not tell us how far she carried him.

But the FB cheerleaders don't care.

It's like this weekend's UFC fight between two women (Rousey-Carmouche) and Danica Patrick's participation in the Daytona 500. The system deserves to die.

Holding On to the "Spirit"

Preparing Pentecost With Ecclesial Movements
Father Pedro Barrajón of Regina Apostolorum on Formation and Evangelization

Since the article is from Zenit and the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum is organizing an international congress on ecclesial movements, naturally the article has the fingerprints of the LCs all over it. Shouldn't the order finish cleaning up its house and that of Regnum Christi before taking such a task upon itself? Such an act does smack of hubris and the following of the wisdom of "the world." As for ecclesial movements, it is unlikely that any pope will be able to rein them in on his own - he needs the cooperation of the bishops.

Confirmed and Renewed in Faith
An interview with Fr. Deomar de Guedes, LC about the Year of Faith
Farewell to Benedict XVI From Leader of Legionaries of Christ

Over at Life After RC: Legionary semantics.

Pope Benedict's Final Angelus Address

Benedict XVI: I am not abandoning the Church (YT)

Último Ángelus Benedicto XVI - 24-02-2013
[HD] - Ultimo Angelus Del Papa 24022012 Last Angelus Pope

Pope Benedict XVI's farewell Angelus: I will never abandon the Church
Catholic World Report
Zenit: On the Transfiguration
The Lord is Calling me to Scale the Mountain,

Pope's last Angelus: I will not abandon the Church. I will serve in a different way
Saying Farewell to Benedict XVI in his last Angelus

Related: Benedict XVI: A Brief Theological Appreciation
Pope's Address At Conclusion of Lenten Spiritual Exercises

If I Ever Return to Scranton...

I'd like to visit the Center for Eastern Christian Studies again, which has been renamed Ciszek Hall for Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J. I saw the chapel briefly, but I don't think I took a photo. I'd like to attend a Byzantine-rite liturgy there.

Ignatius Press
Walter Ciszek by REV. GEORGE W. RUTLER
The Canonization Of Walter Ciszek
Walter Ciszek, SJ: Control the Controllables—by Focusing Your Energy Where It Counts By Chris Lowney
Jesuit Father Walter Ciszek: A Life in Service
Posts Tagged ‘Jesuit Father Walter Ciszek’ @ Jesuits

Slut-Shaming: It's Also for the Benefit of Women

The slut and the alpha widow: a guest post

Kevin Gutzman at the Liberty County Forum

Fr. Benedict Ashley, O.P. Has Passed Into Eternity

Notice from Communio.

Requiescat in pace.

When Fr. William Wallace meets His Creator and Savior, who will be left to represent the River Forest School?

I didn't know Fr. Ashley had written an autobiography.

How the Great Books seminar turned a radical poet into a philosopher and priest. by Benjamin Recchie, AB’03 (Ordo Praedicatorum)

The Dominicans
St. Catherine and Contemporary Spirituality

The Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Albert the Great
Aquinas Institute

Credo: Timothy Danaher finds rich rewards in austere monastic life

Miguel Rincón: J.S. Bach Sonata BWV 1001 Adagio

Carpe Diem Records