Thursday, October 21, 2010

Catholic News Roundup 10-21-10

This is kinda whacky --  The editor of the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, makes the claim that both Homer and Bart Simpson are Catholic.  This seems quite bizarre on the surface, but I wonder how plausible (or implausible) Father Francesco Occhetta claim actually is?  Do you think that it's possible that Bart and Homer could be Catholic?

Fr. Z has posted Fr. Sirico's Advice to the Tea Parties with some added commentary of his own.  While a majority of the article "hits the nail on the head" with regards to the Tea Party movement, there is one part that I question: "And so we come to what may be the real deficiency of this popular movement — it has yet to define a set of clear principles that permit it to consistently outline its view of society and the proper role of the state."  The Tea Party movement has defined principles in the "Contract From America" but it does seem like the Tea Party needs to refine their principles in more detail.

The Pope names 24 new Cardinals. This is great news! Two of the Cardinal-electors are Archbishop Raymond Burke, the American-born prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, and 20.Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, DC.  They both seem like good picks.

Archbishop John Nienstedt made headlines when he distributed dvd's which explains and reiterates the Church's teaching on marriage. He is defending the Church's involvement in this issue and encourages other Catholics to do the same:

From InsideCatholic: "We're part and parcel of the culture, so it's important for us to be involved with those discussions and have our say," Nienstedt said. He said Jesus Christ directed his followers to "either be hot or cold, but if you're lukewarm, I don't want that. So we want people who live their faith."

. . . [Nienstedt] said Catholics need not fear a smaller church, and the threat of one is not a reason to abandon core tenets.

"I believe that it's important that if you're going to be Catholic, that you have to be 100% Catholic," Nienstedt said. "That you stand by the church, you believe what the church believes and you pass that on to your sons and daughters and your grandsons and granddaughters."

This is not merely a political issue but rather a cultural and a religious issue. This is a direct attack on the traditional family and family values.  We must continue to battle against these attacks.  

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