A Shepherd's Message

Here, a thoughtful response to Pope Benedict’s lifting of excommunications (etc…), and to Notre Dame’s invitation to Obama: A Shepherd’s Message, from Daniel Cardinal DiNardo.

I sometimes receive letters from people who mar their otherwise intelligent or well-taken arguments by such nasty invectives that the whole argument or point of view is put in jeopardy. Vigorous and heartfelt discussion, even debate, needs to be placed in the arms of charity for effectiveness.

Particularly troubling is the Honorary Law Degree since it recognizes that the person is a “Teacher,” in this case of the Law. I think that this decision requires charitable but vigorous critique.

Hanging on to Lent

Whew. And what a Lent it’s been so far.

So much happening in the world, and in my own life that I haven’t really known where to start blogging.

It’s amazing when you think of praying your way through situations, and in general. I had started Lent with a series of meditations on the Sorrows of Jesus, and the sorrows of Mary. Easter was creeping into my thoughts more and more, and everything started to take my focus away from prayer … so today I reigned in my thoughts and actions anew.

I brought my thoughts to bear once again on the sorrowful mysteries of Christ, and the sorrows of Mary; powerful memories swept over me again, and my thoughts turned to a more objective meditation on my own sorrows. Helen Keller’s famous quote is beautiful: Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

Sorrows and trials limn the joyful moments of life.

Change I Can Believe In

Yes, I apologize. I hit ‘Publish’ instead of ‘Save Draft’, and sent this out to numerous persons blindly.

Rather than commenting frenetically on climate change, it occured to me to research Catholic teachings on the subject in more depth.

Catholics and Climate Change has a lot of info. And the coordinator publishes with the USCCB. And there’s a tugboat on the river outside?


Excuse me. I’ve just never seen that before.

Anyway! Here’s the Good News on Climate Change.

Archbishop Migliore acknowledged that although not all scientists agree that climate change is occurring, other environmental threats, such as indiscriminate deforestation, water pollution, the lack of potable water in parts of the world and depletion of fish stocks, demand action from the world community and individual Catholics alike.

True not everyone agrees on climate change. And, there’s no doubt pollution is rampant and we can all be better stewards. Here, here!

Archbishop Migliore, the Vatican’s Ambassador to the U.N. says people can adopt lifestyle of Voluntary Simplicity; it comes down to “working less, wanting less, spending less.”

Work less. Want less. Spend less.

I can handle that.

So…. if you need me I’ll be out on the veranda working less. And contemplating the goodness of creation, boats in the flooded river, staving off the spring chill…

And I have to prepare for Human Achievement Hour: tonight, 8:30-9:30PM.

Cooling off the Warming

I’m no great supporter of anthropogenic global warming theories, and articles such as this one about Freeman Dyson help to demonstrate why.

FOR MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY the eminent physicist Freeman Dyson has quietly resided in Prince­ton, N.J., on the wooded former farmland that is home to his employer, the Institute for Advanced Study, this country’s most rarefied community of scholars. Lately, however, since coming “out of the closet as far as global warming is concerned,” as Dyson sometimes puts it, there has been noise all around him….
Dyson is well aware that “most consider me wrong about global warming.” That educated Americans tend to agree with the conclusion about global warming reached earlier this month at the International Scientific Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen (“inaction is inexcusable”) only increases Dyson’s resistance. Dyson may be an Obama-loving, Bush-loathing liberal who has spent his life opposing American wars and fighting for the protection of natural resources, but he brooks no ideology and has a withering aversion to scientific consensus….

(He doesn’t like the idea either.)

Adding fuel to the growing scepticism are interesting articles such as the one entitled U.N. ‘Climate Change’ Plan Would Likely Shift Trillions to Form New World Economy

A United Nations document on “climate change” that will be distributed to a major environmental conclave next week envisions a huge reordering of the world economy, likely involving trillions of dollars in wealth transfer, millions of job losses and gains, new taxes, industrial relocations, new tariffs and subsidies, and complicated payments for greenhouse gas abatement schemes and carbon taxes — all under the supervision of the world body….

I’m not quite in line with most Bishops on the matter, though they do agree that prudence should be involved in the matter. And that it should not become a political movement bereft of scientific inquiry.

Who Am I Kidding?

Sometimes, learning how to design a weblog is just not worth the effort. And in the interest of simplifying my life… here it is.

And aside from all of my worries over the appearance, that really doesn’t matter.   Because there’s no content. 

Time to fix that oversight.