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  • Donít rob them of hope, Brittany (plans to kill herself on November 1 b/c brain tumor. But...)

    10/25/2014 12:04:55 PM PDT · 39 of 41
    Mrs. Don-o to moehoward
    I feel sorry that she died suffering uncontrolled seizures. It must have been a fearful way to go. It's even worse to think that --- as I understand it --- that is absolutely not necessary.

    Good anti-seizure anti-pain meds for the terminally ill may predictably shorten life expectancy, but that's OK. Suppressing that kind of symptoms is possible, it's legitimate and it's emphatically not suicide.

  • Donít rob them of hope, Brittany (plans to kill herself on November 1 b/c brain tumor. But...)

    10/25/2014 11:57:47 AM PDT · 38 of 41
    Mrs. Don-o to MeshugeMikey
    It's truly wonderful, Meshuge. Unfortunately, I was unable to do anything with the code. :o(

    BTW, I would probably prefer it said "Journalist -Theologian - Tobacco Heretic". "Scholar" implies a University background, or at least scholarly publications with footnotes.

    I don't know if GK ever in his life bedecked his writings with footnotes --- more like bits of cigar ash and brandy spots --- and he was a college drop-out.

    As so many of the good 'uns were and are.

    One of the many amazing things about GK is that he WAS a journalist. Most of his writings appeared in newspapers --- something to read today and line your parakeet cage with tomorrow ----hastily written, to be hastily read--- in other words, ephemeral literature. And yet you can still read his stuff 100 years later and say "Here's a guy who 'gets' what's happenin' now."


  • A Google Exec Just Beat The World Record For Highest-Altitude Jump From The Stratosphere

    10/25/2014 11:39:18 AM PDT · 9 of 17
    Mrs. Don-o to prisoner6

    Hey, hold my beer an’ watch this...

  • Cardinals Blocking Pope Francis Move on Gay and Divorced Catholics 'Unaware' of Real Life Ė Bishop

    10/25/2014 11:38:07 AM PDT · 3 of 17
    Mrs. Don-o to marshmallow
    If I can say this in a re-a-a-a-ally nice, ecumenical way:

    Shut up, Anglican delegate.

  • Donít rob them of hope, Brittany (plans to kill herself on November 1 b/c brain tumor. But...)

    10/25/2014 11:36:41 AM PDT · 32 of 41
    Mrs. Don-o to MeshugeMikey
    Well done.

    There's only about 10,000 good Chesterton quotes you could work into that gif!

  • Pope Francis: 'Corruption Is a Greater Evil than Sin'

    10/25/2014 11:34:28 AM PDT · 29 of 33
    Mrs. Don-o to Ouchthatonehurt

    Pope Francis talks way too casually and way too much. How I miss Benedict’s beautiful precision.

  • Donít rob them of hope, Brittany (plans to kill herself on November 1 b/c brain tumor. But...)

    10/25/2014 11:24:14 AM PDT · 29 of 41
    Mrs. Don-o to MeshugeMikey

    Where’d you get that? And how’d you post it?

  • Donít rob them of hope, Brittany (plans to kill herself on November 1 b/c brain tumor. But...)

    10/25/2014 11:21:59 AM PDT · 28 of 41
    Mrs. Don-o to moehoward
    And why not palliative care that could have stopped the seizures and pain?

    Not every terminal patient can pass through the doors of death in a perfect state of "pain-free, calm and alert." (THOUGH A LOT CAN -- A LOT MORE THAN WE REALIZE.) But everyone can go at least in a state of "no consciousness of pain, no seizures."

    Excellent palliative care is,I would say, a right (and ought to be much more available.) Suicide is not. It's just part of the general crime of homicide.

  • Pope Francis: 'Corruption Is a Greater Evil than Sin'

    10/25/2014 11:03:02 AM PDT · 20 of 33
    Mrs. Don-o to Jeff Chandler
    Sloth and laziness? More like Gay Pride Incorporated vs the occasional poor bugger.

    There's such a thing as an ongoing, almost institutionalized or culturally-embedded, socially-sponsored sin, vs. the random individual failing. The individual failing in much easier to repent of, easier to forgive, even easier to eradicate, than the pattern of sin embedded in, and protected by the media, academia, the legal system, etc. etc.

    An institution, however imperfect, which calls sin "sin" is far, far less corrupt than an institution that calls sin "Pride" and says "Let's have a parade."

  • Donít rob them of hope, Brittany (plans to kill herself on November 1 b/c brain tumor. But...)

    10/25/2014 10:52:51 AM PDT · 22 of 41
    Mrs. Don-o to lee martell
    Supposedly women made a lot more suicide attempts than men do, but men succeed more often. Women suiciders usually use methods which include a possibility of rescue (e.g. drugs) whereas men' methods are more decisive (nooses, guns.)

    It seems further linked to women's desire both to kill themselves and to talk abut it --- suicide as an ongoing theme--- contrasted to men's desire to just get it over with.

    I wonder if somebody offered Brittany a TV interview on November 8, if she wouldn't put off her suicide a week...

    This is not to malke light of her condition. But it could be like the 1001 nights of Scheherazade: one more reprieve, one more story...

    I do hope she listens to the palliative care people. Excellent palliative care would ensure that she lives and dies comfortably, without anyone being implicated in murder or the mainstreaming, fawning, conniving "acceptance" of murder.

  • Pope Francis: 'Corruption Is a Greater Evil than Sin'

    10/25/2014 10:20:08 AM PDT · 6 of 33
    Mrs. Don-o to Dr. Thorne
    It's plain from context that he means "a greater evil that individual sin."

    I do wish I were his communications czar. He makes a dozen bumbles a day that a good editor could squelch. I would remind him daily of the First Rule of Good Communication: Never pass by a brilliant opportunity to keep your mouth shut."

    “Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them." --- Flannery O'Connor

  • Pat Buchananís Dishonesty

    10/25/2014 10:12:11 AM PDT · 33 of 33
    Mrs. Don-o to BlatherNaut

    I guess we’ll have to disagree.

  • Donít rob them of hope, Brittany (plans to kill herself on November 1 b/c brain tumor. But...)

    10/25/2014 10:07:56 AM PDT · 11 of 41
    Mrs. Don-o to Jarhead9297
    First, there is no reason whatever why she would "live her last days in excruciating agony and pain." If there is one thing modern medicine CAN do, it is eliminate pain in terminal illness.

    And this has long been true. A favorite and very experienced doctor --- Dr. Jose Espinosa --- told me 30 years ago, "I have never seen intractable pain, BUt I have seen intractable doctors and nurses."

    Second,what she proposes to do affects not only herself, but many, many other persons in a disastrous way. Legal "assisted" suicide deeply corrupts the medical, legal, and political professions. It turns medicine, law and government away from the desiderata of what is naturally good, and in favor of mere demand.

    Anyone who wants to commit suicide on their own can do so, and 30 minutes' worth of mousing around on the Internet can tell you how.

    But don't insist on "authorization" or "participation" from church or state or medico or politico. Surely in the name of autonomy, a would-be suicider can take care of business without insisting on corrupting everybody around them.

    A self-respecting suicider (I am not recommending this) should be responsible for himself. This "legalized" "physician-assisted" crap just puts more death-dealing power in the hands of the State, to be used against persons far more vulnerable than this proud, attractive, articulate, but terminal and terminally self-serving lady.

  • Donít rob them of hope, Brittany (plans to kill herself on November 1 b/c brain tumor. But...)

    10/25/2014 9:52:10 AM PDT · 5 of 41
    Mrs. Don-o to Kackikat
    A Ballade of Suicide
    by G.K. Chesterton

    The gallows in my garden, people say,
    Is new and neat and adequately tall;
    I tie the noose on in a knowing way
    As one that knots his necktie for a ball;
    But just as all the neighbours–--on the wall–--
    Are drawing a long breath to shout “Hurray!”
    The strangest whim has seized me. . . . After all
    I think I will not hang myself to-day.

    To-morrow is the time I get my pay–
    My uncle’s sword is hanging in the hall–
    I see a little cloud all pink and grey–
    Perhaps the rector’s mother will not call–
    I fancy that I heard from Mr. Gall
    That mushrooms could be cooked another way–
    I never read the works of Juvenal–
    I think I will not hang myself to-day.

    The world will have another washing-day;
    The decadents decay; the pedants pall;
    And H.G. Wells has found that children play,
    And Bernard Shaw discovered that they squall,
    Rationalists are growing rational–
    And through thick woods one finds a stream astray
    So secret that the very sky seems small–
    I think I will not hang myself to-day.


    Prince, I can hear the trumpet of Germinal,
    The tumbrils toiling up the terrible way;
    Even to-day your royal head may fall,
    I think I will not hang myself to-day.
  • Kasperís Apparently Intentional Ambiguities

    10/25/2014 9:45:48 AM PDT · 4 of 5
    Mrs. Don-o to E. Pluribus Unum
    Yeah, Kasper is a liar, presently flailing and sinking under the weight of his ignominy.

    It's possible --- you may argue about probabilities, but it's possible --- that Pope Francis is playing a longer game. Kasper seems likely to hang himself with his words, and Pope Francis may be giving him enough rope.

    Wittingly or unwittingly, Kasper fatally damaged his credibility with the "relatio" debacle and the later, schadenfreud-o-licious unforced error of his comments about the Africans.

    After a bad couple of weeks, October 16 was a good day for me. It was clear there was going to be be plenty of hoistings on plenty of petards.

  • Donít rob them of hope, Brittany (plans to kill herself on November 1 b/c brain tumor. But...)

    10/25/2014 9:34:00 AM PDT · 1 of 41
    Mrs. Don-o
    " the private online discussion groups for brain tumour patients which I have observed for years, as opposed to the open forums anyone can join, your peers overwhelmingly express prayers and sympathy for you but reject your approach. The drive to approve assisted suicide as a “solution” for patients like them does not ease their burden but aggravates it."

    Statistically, suicides happen in clusters. One person goes for the the self-pitying or accusatory note, the drama-queen announcement or the sullen silence punctuated by the discharge of the gun, and then 3 or 4 copycats --- sometimes old school friends, siblings, or persons similarly situated --- do the same. Because human hope is a shared thing. One person's hope holds back the deluge of despair for many; conversely, one person's treasonable defection to death make many think, "What's the use?"

    G.K. Chesterton, depressed and almost despairing, seriously considered suicide when he was in his 20's. He turned from this temptation and became one of the funniest commentators on the passing scene, and at the same times, one of the sternest rejectors of suicide that I have ever read. (In fact, I did not understand his sternness toward suicides until I read that he himself had passed through that dread crisis and had emerged on the other side, on the side of life.)

    I agree with this author, and with G.K. Chesterton: Suicide --- especially, especially "rational" suicide--- is a kind of treason.

  • Kasperís Apparently Intentional Ambiguities

    10/25/2014 8:51:56 AM PDT · 1 of 5
    Mrs. Don-o
    There's a kind of studied, even carefully crafted, ambiguity often found in the writings and speeches of a certain kind of churchman. (Oh, in a certain kind of churchwoman, too: they are sometimes even slippier than their brethren at ecclesiastical bafflegab.)

    To my mind, Kasper is a fox. But these foxes are fairly easily baited with the hope of yet another morsel of puff-pastry publicity. Look at how Kasper made his unforced error with regard to the Africans (God bless them.):

    Kasper: Don't Listen To Africans...

  • Liberal Diversity: All Four 'View' Hosts Bash Catholic Church

    10/25/2014 8:06:41 AM PDT · 19 of 28
    Mrs. Don-o to massmike

    It does make me proud to be a Catholic, when the Catholic Church is singled out for “critque” by the likes of these dames.

  • Kenya Catholic Bishops criticise Tetanus vaccinations (Tetanus Vaccine Sterilize Women)

    10/25/2014 7:26:03 AM PDT · 26 of 26
    Mrs. Don-o to LadyDoc

    Question at #25 is also for you.

  • Pat Buchananís Dishonesty

    10/25/2014 7:14:41 AM PDT · 31 of 33
    Mrs. Don-o to ebb tide
    That's a moral judgment on his motivation; something we are not entitled to do. Haven't you ever heard of the allied faults of rash judgment, detraction, and slander?

    I myself have an objection to Mills' headline, by the way. It might not be "dishonesty" imputable morally to Buchanan; it might be less witting than that.

  • Kenya Catholic Bishops criticise Tetanus vaccinations (Tetanus Vaccine Sterilize Women)

    10/25/2014 7:11:45 AM PDT · 24 of 26
    Mrs. Don-o to LadyDoc; Black Agnes
    As I understand it (and you may have better info here) hCG is secreted by the early embryo, from pre-impantation up through more mature development, not by the mother. IN other words it is not a maternal hormone ptoperly so called,, buta baby hormone secreted by the growing zygote-embryo-fetus to initiate and to maintain implantation.

    Therefore an anti-hCG drug wouldn't necessarily have any health effect on the mother directly, it would mainly cause her to develop antibodies which would attack the embryo, which is to say, she would have an immune reaction that counteracts the embryo's hCG and therefore disrupts implantation.

    Am I right?

    And β-hCG is used in the Philippines, Nicaragua and Mexico as a birth control method, am I right?

    Now tell me: is there any way to get an effective tetanus shot without the shot being laced with β-hCG? Or is it right that the price of tetanus vaccination would be abortifacient immunity to all your subsequent offspring?

    I don't want to misunderstand you with any false assumption, but you seem to write as if early abortions by hormonal disruption are not morally problematic.

    From a public health point of view, it would be much better --- would it not? --- to use a Tetanus shot which has no abortifacient side-effects, and a birth control method which is fully reversible, under the control of individual women themselves, without side effects, and not pushed on them by the "motivating" or coercive power of the State?

  • Kenya Catholic Bishops criticise Tetanus vaccinations (Tetanus Vaccine Sterilize Women)

    10/24/2014 7:01:12 PM PDT · 19 of 26
    Mrs. Don-o to LadyDoc
    As I'm sure you know, for at least 40 years WHO has been supporting and coordinating the development of a birth control vaccine based on human chorionic gonadotrophin (β-hCG). The majority of this work has been carried out in the laboratories of Dr V. C. Stevens at Ohio State University. Tetanus Toxoid vaccine (TT) laced with Beta human chorionic gonadotropin (b-HCG) sub unit has been used in Philippines, Nicaragua and Mexico to vaccinate women against future pregnancy. Beta HCG sub unit is a hormone necessary for pregnancy. When injected as a vaccine to a non-pregnant woman, this Beta HCG sub unit combined with tetanus toxoid develops antibodies against tetanus and HCG so that if a woman’s egg becomes fertilized, her own natural HCG will be destroyed rendering her permanently infertile. In this situation tetanus vaccination has been used as a birth control method.

    I am sincerely interested understanding the above information. It's not like "they might use" or "they are accused of using" β-hCG to sterilize women. They do it intentionally as a birth control method. Except often the women are told it's just a tetanus vaccine.

    Important as it is to prevent tetanus, don't you think that simultaneously sterilizing the women without their informed consent is unjustified?

  • Kenya Catholic Bishops criticise Tetanus vaccinations (Tetanus Vaccine Sterilize Women)

    10/24/2014 5:50:42 PM PDT · 17 of 26
    Mrs. Don-o to LadyDoc
    I'd be interested in your comments on the evidence I brought out in #10 about the use of the ovine luteinizing hormone, beta hCG:alpha oLH, which is known to severely suppress normal fertility and has been known to do so for years. Women en masse are being injected with this without their knowledge or consent, under colors of having to have universal tetanus vaccination.

    As opposed to about 50 other things which they really need more.

    This round-up-all-the-women scare was promoted on the grounds that local midwives are, for instance, using unsterilized scissors to cut umbilical cords. Wouldn't it be somewhat more efficient to give every midwife a couple gallons of bleach and show her how to sterilize her scissors?

  • Kenya Catholic Bishops criticise Tetanus vaccinations (Tetanus Vaccine Sterilize Women)

    10/24/2014 5:45:09 PM PDT · 16 of 26
    Mrs. Don-o to LadyDoc
    I would urge you to look up the discrepancies between the official prospectus for the rubella immunization program, and the way it was actually carried out on the ground in Brazil.

    They were sending TROOPS to remote villages to collect women in their mid 40’s for the mandated vaccination. Including women with DOCUMENTED prior cases of rubella...

    Even little girls who had DOCUMENTED prior cases of rubella.

    They force vaccinated every single woman in those age groups for a disease that 400 people (people, total, not just pregnant women...) in the entire country had had before.

    Because THAT was the MOST pressing healthcare/infrastructure need?

    Not clean drinking water, better sterile/antiseptic practices at health clinics, treatment of diabetes and hypertension in pregnant women, prenatal nutrition, good transition foods for babies at weaning age?

    Do a lookup on brazil and rubella vaccination.

    and then look at their fertility rate over the past decade.


  • Student allowed to bring religious knife to class

    10/24/2014 5:31:43 PM PDT · 43 of 50
    Mrs. Don-o to Red_Devil 232

    No. Sikh.

  • Pat Buchananís Dishonesty

    10/24/2014 5:17:36 PM PDT · 26 of 33
    Mrs. Don-o to ebb tide
    You don't need to ask me; you might try reading Mills' own explanation.

    " He’d done so for journalistic reasons, and good ones, I might note. I would have covered the story were I him.

    “In hindsight,” he says, “that was a mistake, because another unintended impression was generated: that we were criticizing the pope.” ChurchMilitant.TV is an apostolate dedicating to “further[ing] the cause of the Church,” he explains, not a merely journalistic work. For that reason, “it was wrong to air the story.”

    So: he says there were good journalistic reasons for covering this story, so he would have covered it. Then he quotes Voris saying that for him (Voris), good journalistic reasons alone are not enough, because his is an apostolate dedicated to furthering the cause of the Church.

    Thus I assume there are additional requirements: like the ones taught by Fr Frederick William Faber (Spiritual Conferences): not just "Is this true?" But also "Is this edifying?" and "Is this necessary?"

    So the coverage --- at least in the form in which it was presented --- arguably passed the journalism test but flunked the apostolate test.

    I wouldn't call that hypocrisy. I'd call that discretion.

  • Pat Buchananís Dishonesty

    10/24/2014 3:17:07 PM PDT · 23 of 33
    Mrs. Don-o to ebb tide
    Please help me out here. I googled

    "David Mills" "Michael Davis" "Cardinal Burke"

    And pulled up basically nothing. Could you tell me where I can find this story?

  • West Chester priest arrested on child pornography charges

    10/24/2014 2:11:02 PM PDT · 3 of 12
    Mrs. Don-o to Dr. Thorne

    I suppose you’re referring to tampering with evidence or obstruction of justice. Any proof -— no, any tiny shred of evidence —— on that “delete button” remark of yours?

  • Pat Buchananís Dishonesty

    10/24/2014 2:02:07 PM PDT · 21 of 33
    Mrs. Don-o to BlatherNaut
    But that wasn't Mills' topic. He wasn't writing on the synod, on the relatrio, or on the Bergoglio pontificate in general. He was writing on Buchanan's critique of Pope Francis' end-of-synod homily.

    If he were writing about the synod it would have been a different article. I'd not be surprised if he agreed with a lot of what you wrote.

    I personally have been a Buchanan fan for decades. His article on the homily, however, was poorly thought out. Defense of doctrine needs better than that.

  • Francis: Church has One Year to Mature. In the Meantime, its Doors are Wide Open

    10/24/2014 7:30:50 AM PDT · 82 of 82
    Mrs. Don-o to detective

    Did you find yet where Pope Francis said come in and keep sinning as much as you want?

  • Pat Buchananís Dishonesty

    10/24/2014 7:22:39 AM PDT · 14 of 33
    Mrs. Don-o to gusty; don-o; Jeff Chandler
    I think you have generalized something which was, in fact, quite specific: a particular piece of writing by Pat Buchanan which was full of rhetorical cheap tricks.

    Pat Buchanan knows as well as anybody --- or should know --- that on a topic as important as the defense of Doctrine, you've got to be accurate. Mills carefully explains why.

    "Carefully explaining why" is not a totalitarian tactic.



  • Islam: Victors Vanquishing Victims-the brutal extermination of Christianity in the Middle East

    10/24/2014 7:14:07 AM PDT · 9 of 14
    Mrs. Don-o


  • What every LGBT "ally" needs to know

    10/24/2014 7:11:03 AM PDT · 5 of 9
    Mrs. Don-o


  • Pat Buchananís Dishonesty

    10/24/2014 7:06:14 AM PDT · 13 of 33
    Mrs. Don-o to Jeff Chandler; Mamzelle; afsnco
    Jeff: Mills wasn't talking about the whole Francis papacy, the whole synod or even the whole Kasper-Marx-Baldisseri hijack operation. He was writing about how Buchanan took one text --- the end-of-synod homily --- and cut it up with a jigsaw, and then put the pieces in a different shape.

    It would be too bold for me to put words in Mills' mouth, but if we're thinking along the same lines, then what we want is for Pope Francis and other prelates to be criticized clearly and fairly, because there are plenty of critical judgments to be made which are both true and urgent. What doesn't help, though, is getting quotes twisty-tailed around in the way Buchanan did in his article.

    There's plenty of true dangerous synod-shenanigans out there that need to be opposed, plain as day. One doesn't need to misstate the end-of-synod homily, which was, if anything, too unexceptional, too bland.

  • Pat Buchananís Dishonesty

    10/24/2014 6:54:08 AM PDT · 11 of 33
    Mrs. Don-o to Steely Tom

    Suprisingly. Kinda.

  • Pat Buchananís Dishonesty

    10/24/2014 5:08:18 AM PDT · 1 of 33
    Mrs. Don-o
    In my judgment, David Mills is an uncommonly wise observer of the current scene, and though I like Buchanan too --- an incendiary device does at times serve its purposes --- Mills makes some direct hits on Buchanan's over-the-top rhetoric.

    I especially appreciate Mills' inclusion of longer quotes from the Pope's end-of-synod homily. It really irks me when people use their tiniest manicure scissors to extract a one-liner quote embedded in a rich context,and then, with a tweezers, insert it into their own imaginative extrapolations in order to explain said quote, when really it is only justly interpreted within its own paragraph (or even couple of paragraphs.)

    This manicure-scissors-and-tweezers operation is the hallmark of eisegesis.

    I think Mills takes it down nicely.

  • The Crisis That Changed Pope Francis

    10/23/2014 7:29:54 PM PDT · 12 of 23
    Mrs. Don-o to ebb tide
    I ask because Google turns up no such story anywhere, except in Newsweek and the various blogs and aggregators (including Free Republic) which are quoting or reprinting Newsweek.

    Who knows, it's even possible it's true. (And whether it's complete is another question. The Pope didn't even take a breath? Didn't add, "We'll get him back to Mass. There's no safe place in this world, except in Christ"? Never said another word about "He needs the Lord, so we must pray for him that he makes a deep connection to our loving Jesus and His Church"?)

    If so--- if he never said another word about the kid's desperate spiritual needs --- it would be pathetic. That endangered kid needs Our Lord in the Mass and the Eucharist far more than any power on earth to save him from the squalor and sin of his surroundings.

    But it's funny that such a poignant story exists noplace else in cyberspace. It makes me wonder.

  • The Crisis That Changed Pope Francis

    10/23/2014 7:18:02 PM PDT · 6 of 23
    Mrs. Don-o to ebb tide

    I’m curious. Does the author give the source of that story?

  • Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

    10/23/2014 6:51:56 PM PDT · 162 of 171
    Mrs. Don-o to Dutchboy88
    "... but now dislike what is publicly being promulgated and reject the “Vicar of Christ’s” opinions."

    Ah, but the Pope's "opinions" are not in any way privileged in terms of what the faithful must or must not think. There have been stupid popes. Stupid popes spout stupid opinions. There have been corrupt popes. Corrupt popes spout corrupt opinions. The Holy Spirit neither annihilates their personalities, nor guarantees their whims, nor deprives them of their free will, when they become popes. Thus they are as subject to error as Dutchboy88 or Mrs. Don-o Her! Very! Self! :o/

    In matters disciplinary, they are to be obeyed--- and why? Beause they are lawful superiors--- and as with any legitimate superior, that means, in commands which do not constitute sin. They may constitute foolishness --- or wisdom for that matter --- but if it's mere foolish in our opinion, they are still to be obeyed. They may be based on faulty information --- or on wonderfully complete and accurate information. But if it's just a matter of different assessments of "information," (prudential judgment),they are to be obeyed.

    This is simply because they have lawful authority --- an analogy would be a military commander in relation to the enlisted men--- to be obeyed for the sake of unity and good order, BUT NOT IN SIN. If a Pope were to command what God precisely forbids, or forbid what God precisely commands, then it's obviously a no-go.

    Example: Pope says to Cardinal Burke: leave your job as Top Canonical Judge, I'm gong to make you chaplain of an old folks' home at Our Lady of the Mudhole in Lower Slobovia. It would be a stupid move on the Pope's part, but Burke would obey because it's not a sin to be a chaplain for the geriatric faithful.

    However if the Pope were to say, "Burke, I want you to write up an interpretation of Canon Law that says divorced people can form subsequent, adulterous unions with new partners, and that's no detriment to Communion," Burke would be morally obliged to say, in a word, "NO." "No, Holy Father. Neither you nor I, nor anyone on earth has the authority to do that."

    However, the Pope will not command --- in a fully authoritative sense, explicitly intended as binding on the whole Church --- any error. Why? Because God would stop him, maybe by giving him wondrous miraculous laryngitis like poor old Zachariah, maybe by stopping him dead.

    That's what "infallibility" consists of. It is not positive inspiration (like the Holy Spirit telling Matthew, Mark, Luke and John what to say.) It is a strictly negative safeguard. It is the way God protects His beloved Church from the worst possible effects of bad popes.

    Have you seen "How to Explain Papal Infallibility in Under Two Minutes"? (LINK)

    Let me recommend it. It's worth your 2 minutes. Have a chuckle. Zany but true.

  • Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

    10/23/2014 3:30:33 PM PDT · 123 of 171
    Mrs. Don-o to Dutchboy88
    I am on the teaching team for our parish RCIA program -- you'll hear Catholics talk about that, it's religious ed for adult converts. Over the past 5 years our parish has had a total about 60 -70, at least in the English program. I don't know about the Spanish.

    What I can say is, our adults are for the most part longtime Christians, educated, have already pretty much decided they want to be Catholic, stick with it even though they have to go through 9 months of instruction, already get that the Catholic Church was founded by Christ, and therefore want the Catholic Church to be Catholic.

    (You undoubtedly think they're wrong from the git-go, but that's not my point.)

    My point is, I worry that they'll get freaked by apparent Episcopalian-type conflicts within the household of the Faith, on basic doctrines like the indissolubility of marriage. That doctrine ain't going away, never in a million years, but just creating the appearance that it might, is baffling to them and a real morale-buster.

    That's why I say --- sardonically, but there's some truth in it --- that "confusion is mightier than the catechism."

    I once debated Frances Kissling on the radio. She was he longtime head of "Catholics for Choice." She is not even a nominal Christian, never went to Mass, rejected the Faith and Morals which have come down to us from the Apostles and all the rest of it --- a total fake, really. But she was full of pseud-scholarly argle-bargle about the history of Canon Law, which she completely misconstrued. As in, lied about.

    She openly admitted to me (away from the microphones) that she realized that the Church would never, ever, ever say abortion was OK, but no matter: she just had to introduce the idea that this moral law was debatable. That it was dubious. That it was up in the air. That there could be some merit on both sides.

    I did a lot of debating way back when, and faced all kinds of abortion supporters, scores of them I suppose, but there were only two that I thought were intentionally, knowingly, consistently lying: Bill Baird and Frances Kissling.

    Creating doubt, creating confusion is their whole strategy.

    That's why I think this run-up to the 2015 Family Synod was a disaster. No change of doctrine of course. Won't happen. But creating the impression that it's up for grabs gets the devil's job done nicely.

    I have to say that for this, Pope Francis is responsible --- or he's irresponsible.

    I understand that the smackdown of Cardinal Kasper and his clique on October 16 was pretty muscular, and indicates that the doctrinally strong Bishops will have time to organize, now that the "wolves in shepherds' clothing" are pretty much unmasked. Thank God for Africa.

    Evil won't win but --- as usual --- the good have to get in there and fight.

  • Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

    10/23/2014 2:02:20 PM PDT · 44 of 171
    Mrs. Don-o to dfwgator; Gamecock
    Such an unnecessary digression into his own opinions, which is the essence of clericalism: "This is my opinion, and it's gotta be interesting to you because it's MY opinion." As if he were the Master, and not the Minister, of the doctrines of the faith.

    I wish Pope Francis would stick to preaching Catholic Doctrine.

    A good iteration of which is in the Catholic Catechism, which puts equal emphasis on the DUTY of the state authorities to protect society from unjust aggressors,and to use the death penalty when necessary, and otherwise,m when possible, to isolate aggressors from society via life imprisonment.

    I read somewhere --- and I can't find the source, google though I may, so somebody help me if you can find the source --- I read somewhere on the internet that 500 people are murdered every year --- by perpetrators who have already been convicted on at least one previous homicide -- in California alone

    So much for a state that does not have, IN PRACTICE, life imprisonment without parole.

    Many homiciders live in confidence that they will NEVER get a genuine life sentence because of

    • plea bargains
    • re-sentencing hearings
    • probation
    • mandated released because of prison overcrowding
    • stupid appeals based on technicalities
    • and of course, escape!

    The system is criminal in itself.

  • The real reason California is in droughtÖ

    10/23/2014 12:33:12 PM PDT · 19 of 32
    Mrs. Don-o to Banjoguy
    I've long thought the same thing. I was in central CA 45 years ago and people were talking then about the water crisis and the fact that they'd tapped out their Ice-Age aquifers and ere going for water imported from British Columbia.

    I thought, "Why not desalinize ocean water?

    Ten years go by.

    Twenty years go by.

    Thirty years go by and somebody's raising a stink about Delta Smelt.. Forty years and they're still talking about investing major money in Bullet Trains that nobody rides, and Embryonic Stem Cell technologies which have not and will not cure anybody.

    Israel gets four plants currently in operation, all built since 2005, and a fifth slated to go into service this year. Each of Israel’s plants cost between $300 million and $450 million to build.The plants are privately owned and operated, under a contract with the government, which buys the water from the plants. The budget for water purchases comes from water charges to consumers. The plants are not subsidized.

    Meanwhile in California, the greatest farmers on the greatest farmland in the world are ruined.

    There have been revolutions for less than that.

  • Kenya Catholic Bishops criticise Tetanus vaccinations (Tetanus Vaccine Sterilize Women)

    10/23/2014 12:16:50 PM PDT · 14 of 26
    Mrs. Don-o to Madam Theophilus

    A lot of people approach “social problems” with a kind of idiot arithmetic, consisting solely of subtraction.

  • Mom Regrets Not Aborting Son With Down Syndrome: I Wouldíve Killed Him if I Could

    10/23/2014 12:04:46 PM PDT · 98 of 112
    Mrs. Don-o to cherry; wagglebee
    Well, if she's "being honest", she's being honest about the depth to which her soul has sunk. She says she wishes she had murdered him when he was small. "Every day." Every day!

    People do grow weary, of course. There can be such a thing as "compassion fatigue." But ordinary people can grow to greater and greater compassion when they respond to the everyday stimulus of need. She has --- if her words are indeed honest --- shrunk and shrunk to greater and greater resentment.

    I hope she's just in a temporary bad patch, and she'll come out of it eventually. That's a possibility. Maybe she isn't getting the respite she's been needing. That can be very tough.

    But if it truly has been chronic, that abiding homicidal ideation on her part is the result of her own daily resentful response. I do feel sorry for her, but I feel sorrier for her son, still living with his mother's radical I-wish-you-were-dead rejection after 47 years.


    10/23/2014 11:52:41 AM PDT · 25 of 26
    Mrs. Don-o to metmom; St_Thomas_Aquinas; aMorePerfectUnion
    I for one, will not and have nor ignored the decay and corruption within the Catholic Church; nor will, I think, most Catholic FReepers. In fact, a significant percentage of them are making a kind of cottage industry over daily maximizing the public impact of the corruption (witness the almost no-popery publicity focus of some of the sedes here.)

    There is, indeed, a lot of damage being done by hierarchs with low motives in high places. Very grieving to me and, I'm pretty sure, to the Holy Spirit.

    However, when Catholics puts this into a realistic perspective by saying that this is not the formal promulgation of error in an official and authoritative form, they're saying they believe the backstop promise of Christ. The last link on the chain won't break and the last fiber on the frayed rope won't give.

    Nevertheless, bad discipline negates sound doctrine; and confusion is mightier than the catechism. Perversions are being mainstreamed and souls are being lost. That is a mighty big problem, not entirely resolved by references to Matthew 16:18.

  • Mom Regrets Not Aborting Son With Down Syndrome: I Wouldíve Killed Him if I Could

    10/23/2014 9:27:40 AM PDT · 16 of 112
    Mrs. Don-o to wagglebee

    What if she had a “normal” baby who was hit by a car at age 7 and was gravely and permamently disabled? I suppose you could extend abortion up to the 35th trimester or so? Nothing that a jolly good OD of liquid morphine wouldn’t cure, eh?

  • The German Position

    10/23/2014 9:20:27 AM PDT · 5 of 8
    Mrs. Don-o to Slump Tester

    What a truly stupid thing to say.


    10/23/2014 9:09:41 AM PDT · 21 of 26
    Mrs. Don-o to aMorePerfectUnion
    I think, historically, in Catholicism when a guy (or gal) thought, "Such-and-such desperately needs to be done and the Church ain't doin' it ---or ain't doin' it right" this person started a new religious order. Most of the Church's splendid religious orders were founded by people who said "Yikes, looks like the Holy Spirit wants ME to do this."

    In Protestantism, such an inspired person would likely start their own denomination/ Ministry.

    In terms of small-group sociology, there's something to be said for each model. Mr/Mrs Inspired Protestant can get a quick start: all that's needed is a storefront, a P.O. Box and a Web Page. Mr/Ms Inspired Catholic gets off to perhaps a slower start, but preserves the visible unity of the Church. Plus maybe, gets restrained before they do something truly whacko, e.g. doing faith healings by the invocation of pagan gods, or getting married to a divorcee by Sun Myung Moon (just recalling the excommunication of the former Abp Milingo of Lusaka Diocese.)

    Yeah, it can get rocky.


    10/23/2014 8:48:40 AM PDT · 18 of 26
    Mrs. Don-o to aMorePerfectUnion

    So it appears.


    10/23/2014 8:37:48 AM PDT · 16 of 26
    Mrs. Don-o to aMorePerfectUnion
    I must sorrowfully report that most of our Universities were lost in 1967 --- yes, that long ago --- when most of them adopted the so-called "Land 'o Lake Declaration" in which they declared their independence from Catholic "constraints."

    Meanwhile, 23 years later --- the mills of the Church grind slowly --- Pope John Paul II issued an Apostolic Constitution called "Ex Corde Ecclesiae" which set up certain standards for Catholic colleges and Universities, and charged the local bishops, basically, with enforcement.

    Most bishops put it in the big file cabinet that stands alongside the "Priorities 1-50" file cabinet, which reads "Priorities 50 - Infinity."

    The problem is disobedient bishops who don't hold themselves bound by either authoritative Constitutions nor Canon Law.