Christianophobia

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I was reading through Lisa Graas’s blog the other day and she had some excellent material regarding Christianophobia. While I’m of course aware of it, being a Catholic Priest, I was unaware it was being addressed and called what it is to such a large degree in the international community.

I’m such a homebody at times.

Here’s a small sampling of articles on Christianophobia:

We can always start with one of the many articles on Pastor Youcef Naderkhani, the Iranian Pastor who converted to Christianity and refuses to convert back to Islam, and so is set to be executed.

On the world stage as he is, one would doubt Iran would be so dumb as to go ahead and execute him. But one never knows, hence the drama.

Anti-Christian Sentiment from Wikipedia, which is not always the best source, but one can always edit it oneself, or join in the conversation.

This also leads to Anti-Catholicism.

From Reuters in 2010, we havePope Benedict Decries Growing Christianophobia in Europe.

“I also express my hope that in the West, and especially in Europe, there will be an end to hostility and prejudice against Christians because they are resolved to orient their lives in a way consistent with the values and principles expressed in the Gospel,” he said in the message. “May Europe rather be reconciled to its own Christian roots, which are fundamental for understanding its past, present and future role in history.”

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Americans are among the most tolerant of peoples. No one demands that any dissenting adult or child be made to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, or join in Christmas caroling, or be forced to say a prayer before class, or go to church at Christmas. The Christian majority only asks that they be free to be themselves, to exercise their freedom to express their love of their Savior as the First Amendment has always guaranteed.

But what are we to make of Maplewood, N.J., where the Columbus High School brass ensemble was ordered not to play a single Christmas carol at their holiday concert, not even an instrumental version. Parents and students were outraged. “This is censorship at its most basic level,” said student Ryan Dahn. Correct, Ryan.

Does Egypt bomb blast signal rising ‘Christianophobia?’

Islamophobia, a sadly familiar term, and now has a parallel — “Christianophobia”

The bomb attack that killed 21 Christians leaving Mass in Egypt “offends God and all of humanity,” says Pope Benedict XVI, who is painfully aware of and dismayed by attacks on Christians around the globe.

An example might be this What’s at Stake in Religious Liberty iHosanna/Tabori Case which is saying that the Dapartment of Justice is stating that the religious exemption should not exist at all…

If, as the EEOC [via DOJ] urges, the Supreme Court decides the ministerial exception should not exist at all, the floodgates open for lawsuits claiming all sorts of “discrimination” by religious institutions that heretofore had been accepted as a legitimate form of religious expression.

(In other words, the Catholic Church could be sued by women for not hiring women as Pastors.)

Here’s an article expounding upon a rational and healthy fear of Islam

Is fear of terrorists inspired by Islam irrational? There have been 17,800 terrorist attacks carried out by Muslims in the name of Allah since 9/11. Is it unreasonable to be concerned that 30,000 shoulder-ready surface-to-air missiles have recently gone missing in the Muslim nation of Libya, where both government and rebels support the Islamic jihad against America and the West?

Would not a reasonable person be concerned about the attacks plotted and carried out by Muslims in the United States who claim to be inspired by the Koran and who regard themselves as holy warriors in the jihad declared by Osama bin Laden and other Muslim fanatics? These Muslim attacks include the successful massacre of unarmed American soldiers at Fort Hood by Nidal Hassan, a self-declared Muslim warrior whose anti-infidel rantings were ignored by the military brass.

Silence and Word: the Path of Evangelization

An article over at VISnews, Silence and Word, the Path of Evngelization, contains the following:

The extraordinarily varied nature of the contribution of modern communications to society highlights the need for a value which, on first consideration, might seem to stand in contradistinction to it. Silence, in fact, is the central theme for the next World Communications Day Message: ‘Silence and Word: path of evangelisation’.

In the thought of Pope Benedict XVI, silence is not presented simply as an antidote to the constant and unstoppable flow of information that characterises society today but rather as a factor that is necessary for its integration. Silence, precisely because it favours habits of discernment and reflection, can in fact be seen primarily as a means of welcoming the word.

We ought not to think in terms of a dualism, but of the complementary nature of two elements which when they are held in balance serve to enrich the value of communication and which make it a key factor that can serve the new evangelisation.

It is clearly the desire of the Holy Father to associate the theme of the next World Communications Day with the celebration of the forthcoming Synod of Bishops which will have as its own theme: ‘The New Evangelisation for the Transmission of the Christian Faith’.

Silence.

Beethoven first introduced it in music, shocking everyone along the way. (Think of the dramatic pauses in his Symphony #5, they’re there. Though, perhaps this isn’t the best example of it at all, especially this recording; I just like it. And I’d hate to not post Beethoven this morning on the Feast of St. Jerome.)

But in the spiritual life, we need silence to ponder upon God, to reflect upon the Word of God, and sometimes just to allow things to come together in our hearts and minds. The constant droning busyness which is capable of taking over our lives, needs to be shut off from time to time. (Preferably more often than not!)

Silence. It’s golden.

Fair Eve

Fair Eve

Whew! It’s amazing how much hard work has been going on around here. It’s almost all set for tomorrow night’s big opening of our Parish Fair.

Uh Oh

The kids kept very busy while everything was going on in the back field.

Fair Eve

And in general, everybody was kept pretty busy. Last night’s storm clouds and rain pushed a lot of work until tonight.

Fair Eve, a booth

But it’s all looking like it will be a great time. Starts tomorrow night at 6PM!

Archbishop Hannan funeral arrangements | wwltv.com New Orleans

Thank God for WWL-TV, who’ve posted the arrangements for Arhcbishop Hannan’s funeral
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Wake and funeral arrangements for Archbishop Philip Hannan:

Monday, Oct. 3 – Hannan’s body will be received at 5 p.m. at Notre Dame Seminary, S. Carrollton Ave.

Monday, Oct. 3 – Evening prayer service Monday for the priests of the Archdiocese

Monday, Oct. 3 – Wake will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will continue until 9 p.m. Monday at Seminary

Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Archbishop Hannan to lie in state at Notre Dame seminary from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Public may attend.

Wed. Oct. 5 – Lie in state at Notre Dame seminary from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Public may attend. At 2 p.m., a procession to St. Louis Cathedral, where visitation will continue until 9 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 6 – Funeral service at St. Louis Cathedral – 2 p.m. Archbishop Hannan will be buried in sanctuary at St. Louis Cathedral immediately following.

Hannan Roundups Continue

Here are a few more articles about Archbishop Phillip M. Hannan.

From the Catholic News Service.

And the memories linger….

Here, we have Hannan on Vatican II. He was the press spokesmen for the Council.

Recalling his time as a war chaplain, here he is Remembering the Death Camps.

He wrote about his ineractions with the Kennedy’s: Note on his Memoirs, regarding Jacqueline Kennedy O.

Also, Remembering the Funeral of Jackie O.

And in his work with social justice issues: Opens jail doors for Soviet defectors seeking asylum.

Amen.