Thursday, March 24, 2011

Catholic Culture Clash Links 3-24-2011

Aggie Catholic gives us some good news. We don't have to abstain from eating meat tomorrow due to the Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord falling on a Friday.  This is great! Somehow I have managed to remember to avoid eating meat on Fridays during Lent so far this year.   I am usually so very awful at remembering to abstain from eating meat on Fridays.  Canon 1251 says:

Can. 1251 Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

The Vatican has been silent on the military action in Libya.  I find this quite strange since usually either the Pope or authorities in the Church speak out when a military conflict arises. Sandro Magister from ExpressOnline is even questioning this. He has further thoughts on the matter here.  Do you think that the U.S., France, and Great Britain should have gone into Libya?  Do you think this military action is just or unjust?  

Then we have a radical priest who has crossed the line into absurdity on a number of occasions.  Father Pfleger is a disgrace to the priesthood.  Cardinal Francis George recently had a talk about with him about moving him from the parish, St Sabina, that he's been at for over 30 years to taking a leadership role at St. Leo High School.  This "priest" plays the race card and supports extremist political causes. ChicagoNow points out that: 

"Father Pfleger has indecently involved himself in numerous political causes. His favorite activism is to organize news camera grabbing pickets. He's picketed TV shows, business owners, and companies. He's called gun shop owners murderers and Threatened their lives, he's tried to get radio stations shut down, and he's erected billboards attacking musicians.

Father Pfleger needs to be kept on a shorter leash on my opinion.  He has caused great scandal to the Church.  I just can't help but wonder why Cardinal Francis George hasn't done more to reprimand him or stop his radical political escapades.  Here are just a couple examples of how radical Fr. Phleger is: 

Do you honestly believe that Fr. Pfleger should be allowed to be in charge of school children?  


Patrick Button said...

In regards to Libya: Even if military action is morally justified, the President needs Congressional authority to go to war, something that Obama has not even bothered to get. I would be all for covert action to help the rebels but an open air war is less than legal.

Patrick Button said...

To modify my previous statement, it is possible that Obama's actions are in fact Constitutional, but I still think they are unwise.

Teresa said...


Before we went in to help the rebels we should have found out whether they are connected to al Qeada or the Muslim Brotherhood or not. I've been listening to different political talking heads and I tend to agree that Obama's actions are unconstitutional. Regardless of International law I think that the President is obligated to ask Congress for authorization to use military force. Although, I did hear something about there being a small window (3 days?) after he authorizes the use of military force to gain congressional approval.

Is Saudi Arabia and Syria next on the list?