Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Andrei My head is spinning

Our much traveled ex-Minister of Education, more latterly opposition spokesit for Education and even more latterly an independent MP is off to greener pastures.

He is off to Kabul apparently at the behest of the United Nations to tackle corruption there.

It hasn't been reported if his husband will be joining him there - if he does that will raise an eyebrow or two I'd posit.

Andrei Dessicated, dreary, dull, fun police

RTDs are disgusting things, not my thing at all. So I think we should ban them - NOT.

They are linked to crime and car crashes we are told, sniffly, and banning them will reduce both we are told.

And the fun police who resent anything that gives other people pleasure chalk up another victory.

My friends many many people enjoy RTDs (why remains a mystery to me but there it goes) and don't crash their cars or commit crimes.

And the people who get tanked up and crash their cars or commit crimes will get tanked up on mouthwash if that's all that's left to get tanked up on after the dreary have banned everything else and crash their cars or commit crimes as ever before.

Hands up anyone who believes that when RTDs have become a distant memory the disorderly members of our community will suddenly see the light and fill in their evenings by joining a sewing circle?

Related Reading: RTDs linked to crime, crashes

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Andrei Superstition

The Gods are angry with us apparently or is it Gaia?

It all goes to show just how irrational Socialists really are.

Andrei We will all be better off with Grandmothers not worker bees

Mr Key has received a letter, via Labour MP Grant Robertson.

The letter expresses concern about the epistler's mother, a sixty three year old woman apparently about to be made redundant from the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry.
In the letter, the woman says her usually "loving and vibrant" mother is now "depressed and anxious" after learning she is not likely to get one of the few vacancies left open.

"This has terrified her and she is in turmoil and worry about her future, something that a woman of her age does not need."

Her mother may have to leave her one-bedroom flat as she will no longer be able to afford the rent, apply for the unemployment benefit and state-funded accommodation.

Do you think that whatever woman is doing in the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry is mentally stimulating and emotionally rewarding?

Or has she been so conditioned to socialistic worker beehood that she cannot see time spent with her grandchildren might be the thing she should really be doing at her time of life.

A human being not a tiny cog in the machinery of state spending her declining years in meaningless drudgery.

Boy oh boy have the big Statists ever done a number on peoples heads.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Andrei Well look who Mr Farrar is earning money from today

This would be capitalism at its finest folks.

My guess is that Mr Farrar gets paid per click - so go to his site and if you see this banner click on it. Let's all move money from Greenpeace's bank account to Mr Farrar's.

Also if you like Tuna go and buy some Sealord Tuna today. Support the company.

From now on when ever Greenpeace campaigns against anything, I am going to buy it and so should you.

Andrei A blast from times less enlightened than our own

In the old days the BBC and the punters who watched it hadn't been told yet that this was offensive So for twenty years this show was very popular fare.

We all know better now and white men who are photographed with their favorite Rugby player better not dress up to look like him because that would be racist.

Andrei It's a penguin for goodness sake

There are people in this country who living in circumstances that if you kept an animal that way you would be prosecuted. But a penguin in distress ......

Fans in tears as Happy Feet makes tracks

Priorities priorities ?????????????????

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Andrei When the Government gets control of your children the result is not pretty

"Primary school may be the only big audience that our society has. The shared values that it teaches are very important. I would definitely like to keep this.

What do you suppose this man is wanting to keep? Do you want to see what it might be?

The story is here

Saturday, August 27, 2011

ZenTiger Obligation is counter-cultural

On discussing Holy Days of Obligation, I left this comment on another blog, I'd thought I'd file back here at NZC:

Reference was made to the idea that in a Christian/Catholic culture, we made time for going to Church. Indeed, it seemed that the Church, by setting multiple days of Obligation helped the population step outside their daily work-life and think about bigger things – their relationship with God, their family and life. It was good.

Now, we tip-toe around this word “obligation” because we understand that with Sunday trading (for example) we can’t be talking about obligations and responsibilities in this “new” society, for fear of putting pressure on people.

The key is to understand that we are now back in Roman times for the Catholic Church. We are now counter-cultural*.

It is understanding our obligations and responsibilities that will differentiate us from the main-stream culture that is currently suiciding. Obliged to go to mass? Oh, lets make it optional. Obliged to stay married? Oh, lets make it optional. Obliged to give birth to the life already created? Oh, let’s make that optional. Obliged to have responsibilities? Oh, that might generate a sense of guilt!

We practice the small things to help build the strength to take on the big things.

*I get this sense in a lot of discourse that we acknowledge our Christian heritage and note that it has put in place a lot of the cultural norms we enjoy today. But we have been riding the wave of history and not had to fight to build or establish anything special, even as we watch it crumble away.

The sanctity of marriage is a joke given how easy and common divorce is; the importance of the traditional family is treated as almost an embarrassment, for fear of alienating the growing number of single parent families. We either join in the culture and then ultimately secularize and trivialize the Church, or we concentrate on the deeper theological values that attracted the pagans to eventually turn Christian. Because here we are again, folks.

Andrei Buy Cottonsoft Toilet paper

And if you can't get it in the warehouse complain loudly and vocally to the manager.

Greenpeace are being exceptionally silly again and apparently the warehouse has buckled.

In a sane world we would round up the Greenpeace PIAs, relieve them of everything including their clothes and dump them in their precious rain forests and tell them to get on with it.

They could end their days as tiger food - and that would be a win, win

Andrei Where might the responsibility really lie?

Life in 21st century New Zealand
A mother is shocked that her 17-year-old daughter was raped after being "turfed out" drunk from a suburban Christchurch bar.
OK nobody should rape a drunk 17 year old, that is hideous and disgusting but there are repulsive people out there and we all have to live with that.

And it is not the alcohol's fault, nor the people who make it or sell its fault that this girl got drunk. Who should have taught her that over indulging is a bad idea and one that could have unpleasant or dangerous consequences - Hmmmmmmmm?

Of course it's hard to teach this - the elites have been undermining parental authority for years now and replacing it with their own destructive ideals - one of which is of course their disdain for old fashioned femininity.

And along with that the old fashioned notion that boys protect and value a girls honor and that it is shameful not to do so.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Andrei Friday night free for all

Another week. Another round of tests - no one said life was supposed to be easy now did they?

Andrei Condoleezza Rice's greatest fan?

Is quite possibly Moammar Gadhafi.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lucia Wow. The crowds of young people in Madrid to see the Pope just have to be seen to be believed

Damien Thompson, of Holy Smoke says:

The crowd-pulling power of Benedict XVI is almost miraculous, given the contrast with his openly charismatic predecessor, and his former image as a conservative “enforcer”. Who could have predicted that at World Youth Day in Spain – which was not even his first visit to that country as Pope – he would attract a crowd of a million young people?

Related link: Benedict XVI in Spain: a triumph for this 'meek man of mighty action' (despite the best efforts of the BBC)

Andrei Planet wrecking guitars or livelihood wrecking drongos

The Federal Government has raided Gibson Guitars - again.

Seeking evidence no doubt that their guitars are made from illegal wood.

It always strikes me as odd that nations which have developed themselves by clearing large tracts of forest are so against undeveloped nations doing the same.

Of course as the USA goes down the toilet and the queues of jobless grow there is an easy solution for Gibson - move their factories to China.

Lucia To destroy the West, the Church has to be destroyed

I'm not talking about some sort of a spiritual church, but the real incarnated physical Church on earth, set up by Christ Himself to whom He gave the promise that the gates of hell would not prevail. Doesn't seem to stop hell from trying, however.

Gramsci (1891-1937) was born in Sardinia, studied philosophy at the University of Turin, became a member of Italy’s Socialist Party and editor of L’Ordine Nuovo (The New Order). Shortly after founding the Italian Communist Party (1921), Gramsci, fearing imprisonment by fascist leader Benito Mussolini, fled to the Soviet Union.

In Moscow, Gramsci shocked his hosts by daring to dismiss Marxist nostrums on dialectical materialism, economic determinism, and the violent overthrow of capitalist systems by the proletariat. Instead, he argued that Marx’s “Worker’s Paradise” could not be realized as long as Christian culture had a hold on the masses. For Gramsci, the number one enemy was the Roman Catholic Church, not capitalism.

Realizing Stalin was not happy with his unorthodox views, Gramsci returned to Italy and in 1924 became leader of the communist delegation in Parliament. In 1926, Mussolini ordered his arrest and a mock trial sentenced him to a twenty-year prison term. Gramsci spent the remaining nine years of his life in his cell writing critiques of Marxism-Leninism and drafting plans communists could follow to conquer the West.

Unlike some anti-Catholics today, however, Gramsci was well versed in Thomistic philosophy. He warned Marxists that Christian workers were not defined by capitalist oppressors but by their faith-based culture. Hence, he believed, Marxists who violently seize power, eliminate private property, and govern by terror will ultimately fail.

In the post-World War II period, the Polish people were to confirm Gramsci’s contention. Communist tyranny only intensified their devotion to Christ and his Church. And it was the Church led by a Polish pope that brought down that totalitarian government.

Gramsci advised Marxists to achieve power by democratic means and then to use it to destroy Christian hegemony. “Gramsci’s principle,” French journalist Jean-François Revel pointed out, “was that [Marxists] must begin by influencing the culture, winning the intellectuals, the teachers, implanting itself in the press, the media, the publishing houses.” Somewhat surprisingly, Gramsci pointed to the Jesuits’ response to the Reformation as a model: Marxists had to create a cultura capillare (“capillary culture”) that would infuse itself into every nook and cranny of the body politic.

Radical leftists in the United States, Europe, and Latin America have adopted Gramsci’s methods and have made a point of infiltrating churches, universities, and media outlets. Ecumenical movements and peace and justice commissions have grown and have marginalized basic Catholic doctrine. University curricula teach that all cultures must be equally respected – even the ones that directly contradict Christian values. In the name of human rights, secular humanist organizations have promoted policies that have eliminated Judeo-Christian moral restraints.

Liberation theology based on Marxist doctrines and cloaked in Christian vocabulary became a force in many third-world nations.  Though it retreated somewhat after the fall of the Soviet Union, it remains the basic social template among radicals. Malachi Martin observed that “Liberation theology was a perfectly faithful exercise of Gramsci’s principles. . . . It stripped . . . any attachment to Christian transcendence.  It locked both the individual and his culture in the close embrace of a goal that was totally immanent: the class struggle for socio-political liberation.”

Today, Catholics are witnessing the effects of Gramsci’s “anything goes” strategy. In Europe, Catholic Churches are empty on Sundays.  Fewer than 10 percent of baptized Catholics attend Mass. In 2009, 37.4 percent of all European children were born out of wedlock – up from 17.4 percent in 1990. The number of births is significantly below the replacement rate. In fifty years the majority of the populations in the heart of old Catholic Europe – Italy, France, and Spain – may well be Muslim. Crime is also rampant. Between 2002 and 2008, violent crime rose in France by 15 percent, in Italy by 38 percent.

Pope Benedict XVI has wisely warned that the replacement of the West’s Christian roots with moral relativism has ushered in a “confused ideology of liberty [that] leads to a dogmatism that is proving ever more hostile to real liberty.” Because Gramsci’s heirs have “developed a culture that in a manner hitherto unknown to mankind excludes God from public awareness,” the Holy Father fears that the West may be entering a new Dark Age in which man exists solely for the benefit of a divinized state and will be stripped of his God-given human dignity.

Related links: Antonio Gramsci, the destruction of Catholic identity, and you ~ WDTPRS
The Anti-Church of Antonio Gramsci ~ The Catholic Thing

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Lucia Paedophilia conference in Baltimore

It's coming soon, the normalisation of adults having sex with children.  Society is almost ready for it.  The word just has to be redefined to "minor-attracted person" - that's a euphemism for a paedophile for those slow to catch on.  Then we have to think of them as being unjustly persecuted and the whole notion that children could consent to sex.  Just revolting where this is heading.
BALTIMORE, MD, August 23, 2011 ( – Pro-family advocates who attended a controversial pro-pedophilia conference in Baltimore last week say they were profoundly shaken by what they saw and heard.

“As a former law enforcement officer I’ve dealt with situations involving suicide, homicide and other violence. That said, I’ve never felt the level of spiritual oppression and evil that I felt in that room,” Liberty Counsel Action Vice President Matt Barber told LifeSiteNews.

"I've never felt the level of spiritual oppression and evil that I felt in that room,” Liberty Counsel Action Vice President Matt Barber told LifeSiteNews.

“These mental health ‘professionals,’ and self-described pedophile and ‘gay’ activists were inexplicably able to cavalierly discuss, in an almost dismissive way, the idea of child rape,” Barber said. “They used flowery, euphemistic psychobabble to give quasi-scientific cover to a discussion about the worst kind of perversion.”

The organization B4U-ACT sponsored the event in Baltimore last week, which was attended by pro-pedophile activists and mental health professionals. The conference examined the ways in which “minor-attracted persons” could be involved in a revision of the American Psychological Association (APA) classification of pedophilia.

Conference panelists included Fred Berlin of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Renee Sorentino of Harvard Medical School, John Sadler of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and John Breslow of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Speakers addressed the around 50 individuals in attendance on themes ranging from the notion that pedophiles are “unfairly stigmatized and demonized” by society to the idea that “children are not inherently unable to consent” to sex with an adult. Also discussed were arguments that an adult’s desire to have sex with children is “normative” and that the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) ignores the fact that pedophiles “have feelings of love and romance for children” in the same way adult heterosexuals and homosexuals have romantic feelings for one another.

I know what Matt Barber means when he says he felt spiritual oppression. It's like a heavy pressure around your head that feels really bad. It's a sign of an active demonic presence.

Read more: 'Evil': Attendees at prominent pro-pedophilia conference horrified by sessions ~ LifeSiteNews

Lucia The Catholic Ministry of Hospitality

This weekend, the Wellington Diocese is hosting a Stewardship Conference at St Patrick's College in Kilbirnie. Don't think about trying to attend as registration closed on August 8 and it would have cost you $220.  Not that there is anything wrong with charging for a conference.  I mention the registration and the cost, just in case any amateur journalists try to get in to report on the goings-on at the last minute.

I've been trying to find out more about this whole concept of "Stewardship" and why a conference is needed to teach it, but to no avail. A number of sites do promote Stewardship, but they don't really say what it is beyond a sentimental description that could mean anything. However, I eventually found the online brochure for this weekend's conference, which then linked to the an Australian website, which had a bit more information in some resource documents.  Here's the document on Hospitality:

Andrei Journalistic tosh

This is how Stuff in its wisdom decides to draw you into reading its story on the proposed extension of mining in Waihi.

The stories lede
A $1 billion plan to mine gold and silver under Waihi has divided the town with Newmont Waihi Gold denying claims it has bought the town's silence to ensure the proposal gets the green light.
Well they haven't bought "silence" have they since the reporter who wrote this found at least one person who would make this claim.

But there is nothing sinister in this is there?
Newmont spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in the township. That includes $100,000 on the town's six schools and college, and sponsorship of local sports teams and facilities. Waimata Primary School has just received new classroom computers.
For goodness sake the company is putting money back into the town and into the lives of the people who live there and anybody with half a functioning brain cell knows without the company there probably would be no town - there are plenty of ghost towns that would attest would to this.

A $1 billion dollar plan to mine gold and silver is good for all - unless you believe in the magical money tree that is.

Andrei Brain rot

Situations Vacant
Transgendered Sami pipefitter required to complete our team.

If you are a transgendered person with Sami heritage and working in a diverse environment appeals to you then we want to hear from you.

Pipefitting experience not required as we are willing to train a suitable candidate who meets our requirements.
NZX chairman Andrew Harmos has confirmed that publicly listed companies may soon be required to have a gender and ethnic diversity policy.

Harmos told a meeting of business people this morning that the NZX would propose a rule change mandating the policy and requiring companies to report back on how well they are doing at appointing more women and ethnic groups to their organisations.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lucia Judge wonders why foster mother was prosecuted in the first place

You've really got to wonder about the discretion of whoever decides whether or not to prosecute a case. This foster mother case for instance, where an elderly lady who had fostered more than 50 children was prosecuted for not ensuring her 13 year old foster child stayed in school, shows a complete lack of judgement and empathy by whoever gave the go-ahead for it.
Wellington District Court judge Tom Broadmore said the woman did not deserve a conviction and questioned whether she should have been prosecuted.

''It is not easy to see how anyone could have tried harder and over a longer period of time as a parent to get her to school,'' he said.

''It does make one wonder whether the prosecution was initiated without full consideration of the consequences.''

The judge said the woman, whose has raised over 50 foster children, had taken on the girl when she was two, after her adopted daughter all but abandoned her.

He said the woman had tried to get help, gone to CYFs and worked with social workers to get her to school but the now 13-year-old girl had refused to go.

If taken to school she would pretend to go in then walk out.

''You had made a constant effort since 2009 to deal with this as well as other issues,'' Judge Broadmore said.

I'm so glad that she wasn't convicted.

Related link: Foster mother escapes conviction

Lucia I am a slave of my parents [UPDATE]

In his Year 9 class, my oldest son who used to homeschool and is now discovering the joys of a secular education, told me yesterday that many children in his class considered themselves slaves of their parents. I kid you not.

My son was astounded. As he told me, they don't know what real slavery is. Many of them had a hard time getting their heads around a society with instituted slavery, where a person couldn't just beat up their master and run away. My son studied ancient Rome (and to a lesser extent, ancient Greece) while at home and thought his co-pupils were really missing out on a fundamental basic understanding of how the world works.

I'm not sure better literacy and numeracy is going to solve this problem.

UPDATE: It's seems I posted too soon. Joyful Papist has linked to another blog post where slavery is being redefined as being an earner by having the Government pay for a child's existence. Hmmm...

Lucia Pope Benedict XVI calls the young to a higher moral standard

In each World Youth Day message from the past, the Roman Pontiff has been the only world leader to consistently call youth to a high moral standard of living. He is the lone voice entreating the young to pursue greatness. In his message inviting the youth to participate in this year’s event, Pope Benedict XVI speaks directly to the attendees recognizing that the world has offered them the easier way, the choices which are “ultimately deceptive and cannot bring you serenity and joy.” He observes that the “eclipse of God” and moral relativism do “not lead to true freedom, but rather to instability, confusion, and blind conformity to the fads of the moment.” Not a bad description of the events in London.

The pope’s phrasing here highlights a common theme of his assessment of Europe’s moral crisis. By untethering the anchor of Judeo-Christian values, society has no moral grounding and begins to drift. If moral relativism is allowed to be the centering principle of one’s life and society all decisions are equally valid and “truth and absolute points of reference do not exist.” The economic and social “causes” for the riots in London (and now the “flash mob” crime scenes here in the U.S.) are really manifestations of a moral crisis in society.

Read more: World Youth Day and the London Riots

Monday, August 22, 2011

Lucia Pope Benedict XVI at WYD Mass: Faith is a gift of God

Andrei Oh the irony

Research presented today at a "National Diversity Forum" in Hamilton today reveals a "dark underbelly" of racism in on-line behaviour.

The researchers arrived at this conclusion by analyzing the comments threads on Youtube videos of Paul Henry and Hone Hawawira. Both videos featuring the protagonists making racially charged statements.

The researcher is one James Liu - Deputy director of Victoria University's Centre of Applied Cross-Cultural Research.

He frets
many of the comments were freely accessible to children on popular websites and social media.

"The worry is the younger posters are getting no civil education about how to be a good citizen and how to behave online. If they think this is alright and then go into a smaller community (with those views) there could be consequences."
without seemingly recognizing that the comments are in response to the pronouncements of public figures which are also freely accessible to children on publicly funded radio and Television and that Mr Harawira is a Member of Parliament, no less, and one who preaches racism to his core constituency.

A racebaiter if there ever was one but it is those who react to his provocations who are the racists - go figure.

Andrei The world is full of experts who always know what is best - well in theory

Well I'll be darned:
Naughty five and six-year-olds are increasingly being turfed out of school as experts say the behaviour of young pupils is getting worse.

One child psychologist says poor parenting is part of the problem, and exposure to drugs or alcohol in the womb is having a terrible impact of some children.
The story comes with it's very own opinion poll whereby you can express your opinion as to why the "behaviour of young pupils is getting worse".

In a Government guided by experts initiative, of course, a tool that had been in the parental arsenal for guiding wayward children for ever - the humble smack was ruled to be not only poor parenting but illegal besides.

And although a public opinion poll on the matter, a referendum no less, revealed that the ordinary New Zealander thought the tried and true smack was not poor parenting but in fact a way of instructing non conforming young children that their own will was not the be all and end all and that social norms need to be adhered to.

However big nanny Government knows best, and parents cannot discipline and socialize their kids and nor can school teachers for that matter.

Thus toddler tantrums persist beyond early childhood and appear in school rooms - and the hand wringing about could be possibly going wrong becomes more urgent.

Lucia A personal account of harassment and violence at World Youth Day

MUST READ: Young person’s account of harassment and violence at WYD ~ WDTPRS

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Lucia Counter thought for the day - Redemptive Suffering

I read with interest Not PC's thought for the day on suffering. He puts forward a quote from Ayn Rand who believes that "the work of the creators have eliminated one form of disease after another, in man’s body and spirit, and brought more relief from suffering than any altruist could ever conceive."

Suffering according to Rand is a disease, you see. The only problem is that suffering cannot be eliminated. The more you seek to avoid it, the more you lose empathy for those around you, the more selfish you become, the more useless you become to everyone around you and to yourself. So, here is an entirely different view of suffering as an antidote to Any Rand's view of suffering:
We live in a world that runs from suffering. Since the time of our youth, we have been conditioned to view suffering as an impediment to happiness. This worldview which is so imbued in our culture, tells us, that the less we suffer, the happier we will be. Yet, in the writings of the Saints, we find an entirely different reality; that it is precisely suffering that strengthens us, humbles us, and forges us into saints...

According to the Saints, when we seek to deny our wills and offer sufferings in love for Our Lord, we draw down from heaven more grace than any other action we can possibly make. In fact, the saints teach us that suffering is of such great merit, that it is greater than external works such as preaching, writing, or even working miracles. The defining moment of redemption for the human race was not when Our Lord healed the sick or preached in the synagogues. It was when the God-Man was nailed to a cross and drained of His blood out of love for mankind. We see then that there is no greater measure of our love than our willingness to follow in the footsteps of Our Redeemer, that is; our willingness to be affixed to a cross and to suffer, just as the apostles (Acts 5:41, 14:21, Rom 8:18, 2 Corinthians 12:10, etc.). By doing so, we join in the redemptive work of Christ through our sufferings (Col 1:24). We become little co-redeemers, and merit the conversion and sanctification of souls. This is the final end of suffering; the salvation of mankind. As Our Lady told the world at Fatima; "Many souls go to hell because there is no one to sacrifice themselves and pray for them."

Related link: Redemptive Suffering
Post on Mary the Mother of God shows how suffering converted atheists (watch part 4)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Lucia Evangelical Catholicism

Now for some good news!

The big picture is the following: World Youth Day offers the clearest possible proof that the Evangelical movement coursing through Catholicism today is not simply a “top-down” phenomenon, but also a strong “bottom-up” force.

Read more: Big Picture at World Youth Day: 'It’s the Evangelicals, stupid!' ~ National Catholic Reporter

Lucia Do they not care for our souls?

I read with sadness and frustration the other day a post that Bosco Peters has on the rebellious Catholic priests in Austria who are demanding certain changes to the Church. I had seen news items on these priests before, but like with a lot of bad news, just tried to ignore it. However, if this problem of disobedient priests were just limited to Austria, it would be easy to ignore, but it's not just limited to Austria. For I can see a great deal of the things that the Austrian priests want changed are also being pushed for here in New Zealand.
The Call [to Disobedience] speaks of “the Roman refusal of a long-overdue Church reform and the inaction of bishops.” The priests agree
  • to pray for Church reform at every liturgy, since “in the presence of God there is freedom of speech”
  • not to deny the Holy Eucharist to “believers of good will,” including non-Catholic Christians and those who have remarried outside the Church
  • to avoid offering Mass more than once on Sundays and holy days and to avoid making use of visiting priests–instead holding a “self-designed” Liturgy of the Word
  • to describe such a Liturgy of the Word with the distribution of Holy Communion as a “priestless Eucharistic celebration”; “thus we fulfill the Sunday obligation in a time of priest shortage”
  • to “ignore” canonical norms that restrict the preaching of the homily to clergy
  • to oppose parish mergers, insisting instead that each parish have its own individual leader, “whether man or woman”
  • to “use every opportunity to speak out openly in favour of the admission of the married and of women to the priesthood”
The name of their initiative, Call to Disobedience shows what spirit is leading them, and let me tell you any priest who includes disobedience to his rightful authority as part of his mission is not lead by the Holy Spirit.  This does not of course immediately invalidate the changes they want as a good intention might be done through wrongful means, ie the ends justifies the means type of thinking, which is wrong.  The ends never justify the means, good should not be done in bad way.  But in this case, every one of the changes listed above (except for the first) wanted by this group of disobedient priests is wrong.

In this post, I really just want to talk about the Eucharist and the Mass rather than take on each point, one by one.  The Eucharist is Jesus Himself under the form of bread.  In order to receive Jesus without incurring eternal damnation, a person has to be in a state of grace, in other words, they cannot have committed a mortal sin that has not been forgiven in the Confessional.  This is a very, very, very important requirement of receiving the Eucharist in Holy Communion in a Catholic church.  So to say that they don't want to deny the Eucharist to "non-Catholic Christians and those who have remarried outside the Church" shows an incredible loss of understand by these priests as to what the Eucharist really is.  As Archbishop Fulton Sheen says
Scripture gives considerable evidence to prove that a priest begins to fail his priesthood when he fails in his love of the Eucharist. Too often it is assumed that Judas fell because he loved money. Avarice is very rarely the beginning of the lapse and the fall of the ambassador. The history of the Church proves there are many with money who stayed in it. The beginning of the fall of Judas and the end of Judas both revolved around the Eucharist. The first mention that Our Lord knew who it was who would betray him is at the end of the sixth chapter of John, which is the announcement of the Eucharist. The fall of Judas came the night Our Lord gave the Eucharist, the night of the Last Supper.

The Eucharist is so essential to our one-ness with Christ that as soon as Our Lord announced It in the Gospel, It began to be the test of the fidelity of His followers. First, He lost the masses, for it was too hard a saying and they no longer followed Him. Secondly, He lost some of His disciples: "They walked with Him no more." Third, it split His apostolic band, for Judas is here announced as the betrayer.
So Judas could not accept what Jesus said in John 6, and rather than leaving, stayed and betrayed the Lord.  And in Austria we have priests who don't leave because they no longer believe what is taught about the Eucharist, and like Jesus stay to betray the Lord. For what is accepting all and sundry to receive Him without proper belief and preparation except a betrayal?

Then to their desire to limit Mass to once per Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation and replace the Mass on other days with a "Liturgy of the Word", which really is just a set of prayers and the giving out of Holy Communion.  The Mass is primarily a sacrifice, in fact it is the Sacrifice of Jesus the Priest and Victim to His Father in Heaven in order to save us from our sins.  To want to limit the celebration of the Mass is another betrayal, for this Sacrifice was done on our behalf and is freely given to us.  To have it denied because those who were called to celebrate it don't feel like it doing shows they don't know what they are there for, nor do they know who they are as priests.  This is probably why they are calling for women to become priests, for if you don't know what you are, how can you know that a woman cannot become what you are?

Archbishop Fulton Sheen, in his book The Life of Christ, in the Preface says:
The Western Post-Christian civilization has picked up the Christ without his Cross. But a Christ without a sacrifice that reconciles the world to God is a cheap, feminized, colourless, itinerant preacher who deserves to be popular for His great Sermon on the Mount, but also merits unpopularity for what He said about His Divinity on the one hand, and divorce, judgement, and hell on the other.  

This is why these priests want the remarried and every man and his dog (almost) to be able to receive the Eucharist.  They don't believe in what Jesus said about divorce, nor do they believe Hell exists and that is their job to save people from it.  Because Hell doesn't exist in their minds, then they do not risk the eternal damnation of the souls of the people that they give it to who are not in a state of grace, because none of that really matters.

Isn't it interesting that they want to give the Eucharist to all and sundry, yet they would deny all who earnestly wish to go to the Mass the ability to go every day?

This desire to equate the "Liturgy of the Word" with the Mass is something I have seen myself here in Wellington.  I have been told by a particular priest that he has noticed some people will walk out of the church when they see there is only a "Liturgy of the Word" on and go to another parish for a Mass, and that he didn't want them to do that.  This same priest has growled at me to use my hands when I received the Eucharist from him on the tongue.  I say growled, because that is what it sounded like.   This same priest has made it very difficult for those who work or go to school to go to Confession by changing the day of Confession from Saturday morning, to Friday morning. You can make an appointment, though, but how many people will do that? The Saturday morning Mass has gone.  The Monday Mass has gone, not even replaced by a "Liturgy of the Word", because it's priests' day off on Mondays.  On our recent Day of Obligation last week for the Assumption, both parishes this priest was the administrator for only had the one Mass in the morning, so that people working or at school would have had to take time off in order to attend.  The mentality that this priest has is very damaging to the faith, there's no notion that the priest is there for us, that he is concerned for the well being of our souls, that he cares if we end up in Heaven or Hell.

Which gets me to Marty's post at Being Frank on Dream Sequence where Marty points out that what the Bishops' Conference came up with as their vision for the Church in New Zealand is far from becoming a reality, in that steps to even make the vision real don't appear to have been taken. As if the vision is just a dream. He even lists the points in the vision, and they sound good. If the Church was on the way to that vision, none of my post here would even be necessary, except to point out the inanity of the position of the priest in Austria.

You know, it almost reads like a fictional creative writing excursus.

What practical measures have we seen in place to effect these far-reaching changes?

Have we seen anything?

What we have seen instead are steps taken to make sure the vision never actualises.

Last Sunday, a priest in Wellington said that we should not be denying people access to the Sacraments, just because of the laws of the Institution (ie, the Church). The vision will never actualise if priests here have separated the Church from the Institution as they are one and the same.

On Marty's post, Chris Sullivan advises that a lecture that is coming up in August next week in Auckland by Fr Michael Trainor. Another commenter, Bamac links to an article by Fr Trainor which shows that he is of the same spirit as those in Austria.

When I arrive on this particular Thursday and before the meeting, I join the pastoral team and other parishioners in the church for the Liturgy of the Word, led by one of our parishioners. This is the regular weekday Liturgy. Some of the parishioners are slowly warming to it though most would still prefer daily Mass.

Indeed they would, especially since a priest would have been available to them.  From Eucharist as Sacrifice - Sacrament you can see why.

The most serious challenge to the Catholic faith in the Eucharist was the claim that the Mass is not a real but merely a symbolic sacrifice. To defend this basic Eucharistic mystery, the Council of Trent made a series of definitions. Originally drafted as negative anathemas, they may be reduced to the following positive affirmation of faith.

  1. The Mass is a true and proper sacrifice which is offered to God.
  2. By the words, "Do this in commemoration of me" (Luke 22:19; I Corinthians 11:24), Christ made the apostles priests. Moreover, He decreed that they and other priests should offer His Body and Blood.
  3. The Sacrifice of the Mass is not merely an offering of praise and thanksgiving, or simply a memorial of the sacrifice on the Cross. It is a propitiatory sacrifice which is offered for the living and dead, for the remission of sins and punishment due to sin, as satisfaction for sin and for other necessities.
  4. The Sacrifice of the Mass in no way detracts from the sacrifice which Christ offered on the Cross (Council of Trent, Session XXII, September 17, 1562).

Andrei Charming Photo

A picture is worth a thousand words and this one says a great deal. A bizarre protester with rainbow flag haranguing praying teenagers.

I didn't even know World Youth Day was happening in Madrid until Sean mentioned it here.

On trying to find out more it seems the most interesting thing for the media who care to report on it is the protests against it.

And that says a lot in itself.

More pictures here.

Andrei Gloops

What on earth are these nongs doing? I'll give you a clue, they are RAISING AWARENESS about something.

None the wiser? Your awareness hasn't been raised?

Never mind Oswald will explain if you care know more.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Lucia Friday night free for all

Bit of a strange week it was, what with an advertising campaign aimed at the sexually active, trying to get them to "abstain for the game". Not that there is anything wrong with abstaining from sex, any unmarried person should do so, and married persons should be able to as well when they are trying not to have children. But I couldn't quite see how abstaining from sex was supposed to help the All Blacks.

Maybe it was some Grace from above that misfired in the minds of those that came up with the ad that inspired it, given that this week started with the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Monday, which is the Patronal Feast of the Church in New Zealand.

Maybe there is hope for us yet!

Lucia Shut up socialists - Michael Voris in Spain for World Youth Day

Michael Voris begins his chat with the socialist protests in Spain against World Youth Day and the visit of the Holy Father. They say that Spain cannot afford such an extravagance in a period of economic downturn, as if the Government is paying for the event. Yet the Government of Spain is not paying, World Youth Day is entirely financed by attendees. Obviously truth does not matter to the opponents of the Catholic Church.

Andrei Idiotic reason why we need an ETS #4598

Another thing I wont be loosing sleep over reported in the Guardian
It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim.

Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth's atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control – and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain.

Andrei Teacher of the year 2010, pariah 2011

If you think "Gay Marriage" is wrong and you are a Floridian teacher you had better keep it to yourself because if anyone finds out you will be find yourself in serious strife.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Andrei What a crybaby

Boo hoo hoo the nasty Labour people are campaigning against me and hope to tip me out come November.

Unbelievable own goal!


Andrei Aint nothing like a feel good story to brighten your day

And this one's a beauty - Where doing the right thing for the right reasons brings its own rewards

Andrei Peeing on planes

What's with this, we are getting a succession of stories about men taking a leak in the passenger compartments of airplanes.

Is it a fashion or something?

Gerard Depardieu joins the ranks of the urinators

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Andrei More genderless nuttiness

A man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple will have his name stripped from their child's birth certificate after a successful legal bid by the birth mother's ex-partner.

The woman took the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, and biological father, to court in May to have his name replaced with her name in the document.

Ok- so this little girl now officially has two (seperated) mommys and no daddy.

Wont genealogists of the future have fun.

Lucia Catholics should be Catholic in public as well as private

Archbishop Chaput, in talking about the desire of secularists to push religious faith out of the public sphere makes the point that we are either Catholic all of the time with our faith guiding how we live and make decisions, or we are phonies.

We can't claim to be a faithful husband or wife and then cheat on our spouse. And we can't claim to love God and be a "good Catholic," but then ignore what it means to be Catholic in our business dealings, our social policies and in our political choices. Christian faith is always personal but never private. It either guides our behavior all the time, both in public and in private, or it's phony. And if it's phony, we should stop trying to fool ourselves. We need to be faithful Catholics first. If we're good at that, then every other quality of fruitful citizenship will follow.

Related link: Abp. Chaput urges Catholics to fight "for their ideas in the public square"

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lucia The Rite is out on DVD

I have been waiting for The Rite for most of the year and last week it finally came out on DVD in New Zealand and we watched it on Saturday night.

The Rite is a movie on exorcism, and a young man's struggle with his faith. Afterwards, my ten year old said he could see why I was waiting for it and that it was like watching a movie with battles, but the battles were fought with prayer.

A movie worth watching and Anthony Hopkins was great!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Andrei The big news out of the National conference is a big nothing

So there is to be a shake up of beneficiaries - jolly good.

The hopeless young with no future will be given food stamps.

What they wont be given is a future.

How depressing.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Andrei Paradoxically a warmer world means it gets colder

Damn it is cold today.

I'm so glad our Government is on top of it though. By adding a surcharge to everything to make it more expensive they are able to control the weather so that it doesn't get too hot.

And I am really appreciative of the Government's success in this area as I struggle to keep warm while the snow continues to fall outside.

The carbon traders will be happy though, more dosh rolling in as they collect their cut from the money extracted from the shivering peasantry struggling to keep warm via the power companies and coal merchants to those running the "carbon sinks".

I might throw another log on the fire, it's not having much success in warming my living room but it is apparently helping to melt the North Pole.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Lucia Monday is a Holy Day of Obligation for NZ Catholics [UPDATE 2]

Blessed Virgin Mary Icon, dated to before 750AD, stolen in Wellington in the 1960's.

On Monday Catholics celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, when she was taken up into Heaven, body and soul, when she had completed her earthly life.

This day is a Holy Day of Obligation for all Catholics in New Zealand, which means we all need to go to Mass just as if it were Sunday or Christmas. The Assumption is also the Patronal Feast for New Zealand.

So, given all that, you'd think that a big deal would be made in Parish bulletins and websites alerting people to the fact that they need to incorporate Mass into their schedules on Monday. But no, have found no parish that even mentions that people need to be turning up on Monday.

I've checked a few major parishes in Wellington and very few have online newsletters or keep their websites up to date. In Wellington, the current newsletter for the Cathedral is dated April 3, so can't tell if Monday is mentioned. St Mary of the Angels just has an advertisement up for a public lecture talk on the 17th by Fr Justin Taylor on their home page. Saints Peter and Paul in Lower Hutt have a What's On in our parish page, but nothing about the Assumption either.  If anyone knows of any parish anywhere in New Zealand that is actually making a big deal of the Assumption of Our Lady on Monday, please let me know.

Update 2: A reader has informed me that his priest of  the Holy Cross parish in Miramar told the congregation last Sunday about the upcoming Holy Day of obligation.  So, big kudos to Fr Purcell.

Related link: Pompallier Madonna

Andrei Fail

Phil Goff is wearing gumboots and jeans with mud on them and wielding an axe.

The Labour Party leader is chopping wood and putting some sweat into a stubborn ring from the privets he felled on the 20-acre farm he and wife Mary own in Clevedon.

This piece has a knot running through it but he's not going to let that stop him.

He chops and chops, splinters are flying and everyone takes a step back.
Thus begins a dire puff piece in the Weekend Herald on Phil Goff.

For some reason I am reminded of this.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Lucia Friday night free for all

Once a nation ceases to believe it begins to obey. As William Penn warned: "Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants."

Archbishop Fulton Sheen on The Christian order and education

Andrei Bizarre

There have been some pretty strange opinion polls on the Stuff site in days past but this one takes the cake.

Do you want Seseme Street characters Bert and Ernie to get married?

Everyone knows that puppets can't get married - how silly can you get?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Andrei Do you remember what happened when this lady met this gentleman?

Click here to see what happened when they encountered each other

Andrei More gender diversity pap

The face of 21st century masculinity?
So the NZX is "considering "mandatory gender diversity reporting" and in a related story the Herald is reporting that Goldman Sachs reckons we should be using females to rebuild Christchurch.

Meanwhile it is only a matter of time, apparently, before we have our first penisless member of the SAS. Which is all very modern and wonderful, I'm sure.

And in the brave new world we are creating there are two female graduates to every male graduate. And the only people having significant numbers of children are the underclass. And our world is becoming completely feminized.

What's wrong with having feminine females and masculine men.

And why have we lost sight of the fact that raising children is as an important economic activity as digging for coal - because without a new generation who hold our values to carry on from when we are gone we are nothing.

Related Post - Lindsay Mitchell: Men failing

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Andrei The speech 2011

I wouldn't normally embed something like this, with language like this but given today's news it is probably worthwhile disseminating this.
This is a fucking realtiy. Allow out burning peoples property.
Allow out burning peoples shops that they work so hard to start their business.
Do you understand?
That lady is trying to make her business work and you lot wanna go and burn it up?
For what? To say your war-ing and your bad man?

This is about a man who got shot in Tottenham. This aint about having fun on the road and burning up the place.
Get it real black people. Get real. Do it for a cause. If your fighting for a cause then fight for a fucking cause.

You lot piss me the fuck off! I'm shamed to be a Hackney person. Because we are not all gathering together and fighting for a cause. We are running out of Footlocker and theifin shoes. Dirty thiefs ya know. Tut

Lucia Riots in London and moral relativism and lack of respect for authority

If you are looking for an explanation of what is behind the “civil unrest” that seems to have taken everyone by surprise, here is an account from two girls in my childhood home, Croydon:

Just showin the Police and the rich people we can do what we want” about sums it up, I think. “I can do what I want” is the net result of moral relativism applied by the ordinary teenager affected by original sin and educated in a system that undermines any real foundation of duty to God, country or neighbour.

Few people have noted the irony of the appeals by the Police to parents to “contact their children.”

For several decades our country has undermined marriage, the family, and the rights of parents. Agents of the state can teach your children how to have sex, give them condoms, put them on the pill, give them the morning-after pill if it doesn’t work, and take them off for an abortion if that doesn’t work – and all without you having any say in the matter or necessarily even knowing about it. Now all of a sudden, we want parents to step in and tell their teenage children how to behave.

I heard something similar from another teenager involved in the riots on a NewsTalkZB news item at 2pm, along the lines of: "You disrespect us, we disrespect you. You need to show us respect." This is also a lack of respect for authority, authority of any type. Parental authority is the first authority that children come into contact with and if that is undermined, then there will be no respect for any authority whatsoever.

Related link: A shout to my friends from London ~ WDTPRS

Andrei Well this will help his kids

When the Government decrees how kids are to be raised there will be casualties along the way, even amongst those who administer the new regime.

CYF worker loses employment case.

I'm sure his kids lives will be so much better now that he has lost his job.

Andrei Political posturing on milk

So we are going to have an inquiry into the price of milk?

An inquiry driven by the Greens and Labour, now supported by National.

Of course this inquiry will not touch upon things like the ETS component in the price, something which both Labour and the Greens want to increase by bringing dairy farms into this wacko regime.

And intensification of dairy farms, which of course produces more milk, more cheaply, is also something both Labour and the Greens oppose with all their might.

What a crock!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Andrei Today's Puzzle

There is a bit of tsk tsking going on today over events in dear old blighty. And what is happening over there is not good. That's for sure.

But before jumping to too many conclusions over these matters perhaps it is worth pondering this photograph.

Can anybody identify these people and the circumstances in which it was taken, which was less than a month ago?

It is highly relevant I promise.

An electronic chocolate fish for the first person answers it.

Andrei Here's an intelligent solution to the current financial crisis

Monday, August 8, 2011

Andrei Just don't brief the prick

Goff to pick ex-minister as SIS third party.

The law says the Leader of the opposition, a man who has proven in the past to be entirely untrustworthy, has to be given security briefings by the head of the SIS.

It does not say that they have to be given to anybody else, that the Leader of the opposition chooses to have present and indeed if somebody else is present they should not be given.

Somebody fed a line of pap to a journalist based upon an SIS investigation, that very few people knew about, in order to try and overshadow the Prime Minister's trip to the USA by beating up a "spy scandal" in the midst of it.

And somebody was mighty quick off the mark when that story appeared in print to get out the line the the Prime Minister needed to Come clean over Israeli suspicions. So quickly in fact it seems as though that somebody must read the Southland Times while munching on their weetbix.

You might be tempted to think that somebody knew that that story was coming and were itching to get their "Come clean over Israeli suspicions" line into the media as quickly as possible.

And that same somebody has been making a lot of noise about not having seen the briefing upon which that story was based.

To quote Shakespeare, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

Lucia Social liberalism and welfare

What we do in our bedrooms matters to everyone, yet social liberals just do not get the link between sexual activity unconstrained by the bounds of marriage and our ever increasing dependence on welfare in New Zealand. It's as if sex should be exempt from consequences!

Related link: ACT and social liberalism ~ KiwiBlog

Saturday, August 6, 2011

ZenTiger A choice between hell and reason

a civilisation mécanique vient de parvenir à son dernier degré de sauvagerie. Il va falloir choisir, dans un avenir plus ou moins proche, entre le suicide collectif ou l'utilisation intelligente des conquêtes scientifiques [...] Ce n'est plus une prière, mais un ordre qui doit monter des peuples vers les gouvernements, l'ordre de choisir définitivement entre l'enfer et la raison.

So wrote Albert Camus on the 8th of August, 1945. A translation reads thus:

"Mechanized civilization has just reached the ultimate stage of barbarism. In a near future, we will have to choose between mass suicide and intelligent use of scientific conquests[...] This can no longer be simply a prayer; it must become an order which goes upward from the peoples to the governments, an order to make a definitive choice between hell and reason.

The problem with that thought is that the use of reason isn't necessarily a choice to avoid hell. There were reasons aplenty given for dropping the bomb. Perhaps one reason was simply that people spend more time reasoning and less time praying. If Hiroshima represented a choice between mass suicide and intelligence to Camus, with the definitive choice between hell and reason, his answer probably came a lot sooner than he expected. It only took a day.

In the broad spectrum from realism to just war doctrine to pacifism, I come closest to the Just War approach, and therefore see Hiroshima as unjust and unethical. It wasn't a choice between hell and reason though. It was reasoning that lead us to this hell. Wars have taken on a new character since the age of reason - we've not only got better at killing, we now kill more civilians than combatants in most wars. There's a new angle to "women and children first".

This post wasn't really meant to be an anti-war cry (Just War, not pacifism) but it is certainly the day to stop and reflect, to remember and, in spite of Camus' resignation, to pray.

See also: Grim Memories at Eternity Road

Andrei What Clare Curran doesn't realize is the media are doing her a favor

Clare Curran has made a Post from an E-mail from a student.

It says in part

However, the real issue of my email concerns media sensationalism by the New Zealand media of Otago University students. Today many well-behaved, hard-working and politically engaged students held an anti-VSM protest.
The writer (and Clare herself, presumably) believe the media are ignoring their little tantrum during John Key's visit yesterday out for partisan reasons.

They are probably right - the media doesn't want to reveal what a rude bunch of nongs these people really are.

Don't believe me? Click here to see what the media is really hiding from you.

ZenTiger Limited Liability Countries

Here's an interesting idea I'm still trying to get my head around, in the realm of "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em".

The people of Iceland have now twice voted not to repay international debts incurred by banks, and bankers, for which the whole island is being held responsible. With the present turmoil in European capitals, could this be the way forward for other economies?

Unlike America, the people of Iceland got a vote on how they felt about being taxed into subsistence until the end of the world (not that long according to AGW alarmists). And they decided that they would act like fat cat company directors and simply declare limited liability - make it some-one else's job to pick up the pieces.

This is a more democratic approach than simply paying the bills, or perhaps nationalizing all foreign ownership.

So why exactly does the New Zealand government have to bail out so many companies? Why do tax payers always ultimately guarantee debts?

An interesting way to upset the status quo, and a worthy topic for musing over all of the ins and outs. Or we could just sit back and pay careful attention to what next happens in Iceland.

Iceland gives a cold shoulder to the debt collectors: Just say No.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Andrei Spinning

This sort of spinning I can really appreciate, unlike most of the spin we are being barraged with constantly

Andrei Tourist tack is a fact of life

Michele Duff has written a story about various Maori artists concerns about a flood of cheap Maori artifacts and art entering the country for sale during the world cup.

The people quoted have a real point of course and the only point of concern this story raises for me is
The WAI262 claim report from the Waitangi Tribunal, issued last month, recommended a commission be set up to hear objections about the use of taonga-derived works on art, with the power to stop commercial use if it was deemed "derogatory or offensive".

Wellington patent lawyer Lynell Tuffery Huria said this could potentially stop the sale of some mass-produced souvenirs, at least in New Zealand. "But it wouldn't be able to stop them from producing them in China."
The reality is that if you go anywhere in the world there is cheap touristy rubbish for sale. You want to go to Rome and see some of the stuff you can buy there.

My opinion is if some Philistine from where ever wants to pay top dollar for a plastic tiki more fool them.

You know the old saying A fool and his money.... Well why not let them part with it here?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Andrei He really has been a silly Philly - again

Labour Leader not shown Israeli document.

Mr Slater has played Mr Goff like a fiddle and he is dragging out his misery until 6pm this evening.

And Phil Goff would be Prime Minister?

Andrei shakes his head in disbelief

Update: Looks like the Whale couldn't wait and has administered the coup de grâce

Update 2: There's more to come? This really is death by 1000 cuts for poor Mr Goff. As for that lunchtime press release - well what can you say? It's just plain bonkers.

Andrei Formulating public policy in Roman times

In Roman times one way of determining how to proceed on matters of national concern was to slaughter and examine its entrails. The future, it was believed, could be foretold in this manner and public policies thereby formulated. This was practice called haruspicy.

We have advanced since those primitive times and are much wiser. We no longer slaughter animals in order to formulate public policy.

Nowadays we can use old trees and count their rings. This is called dendrochronology and some of its practitioners have been behind some of the most expensive public policy decisions of our age.

Apparently the tree rings are telling us that the North Pole is going to melt in 100 years and the polar bears are all going to die.

And to appease the Goddess in the hope she will prevent this calamity we must all go on a strict low carbon diet.

Lucia The Norweigan Killer - more on evil and sin

Chuck Colsen tries to explain the senseless slaughter in Norway and how it can be understood, not as the actions of some one who is mentally ill as the Norweigans will most likely think of him as, but as a person who made a decision to do evil. He may have justified it to himself, he may have thought it was for the greater good, but evil is never justified as a means for good.

July 27, 2011 ( - Norway is one of the most beautiful places on earth. A Nordic paradise of fjords, coastline, glaciers, forests. Norwegians are rightfully proud of their prosperous, peaceful society.

Well, today, Norway is in a state of absolute, total shock in the aftermath of one of the most cold-blooded, heartless acts of terrorism since 9/11. The Norwegians are desperately trying to explain this senseless slaughter. The killer has been described as a right-wing extremist, a fundamentalist Christian, an anti-immigrant fanatic, and mentally ill. Most likely, in my opinion, a fascist.

But here are two root causes of this horrible act that few in Norway, or the rest of the Western world for that matter, will acknowledge: Evil and sin.

You see, Norway is one of the most secular countries in Western Europe. Hardly a shred left of the Christian faith that once dominated the country.

So, without that Christian understanding of fallen human nature, the people of Norway are left in mourning, but without an explanation for the horror that has befallen them.

I can’t help but think of a visit I made to a maximum-security prison outside of Oslo back in the 1980s. I tell this story in my book How Now Shall We Live? I was greeted by the warden, who was a psychiatrist. She gave me a tour of the place, which seemed more like a laboratory than a prison. We met so many other psychiatrists that I asked the warden how many of the inmates here were mental cases.

She replied, “All of them, of course.”

I was stunned. Really? “Well,” she said, “anyone who commits a violent crime is obviously mentally unbalanced.”

This was the ultimate expression of the therapeutic model. People, the reasoning goes, are basically good, so anyone who could do something so terrible as this must be mentally ill. And the solution is therapy. It is a tragically flawed and inaccurate view of human nature. And, as I learned just a few days later, a very dangerous one.

During that visit I preached the Gospel to the prisoners. They were completely numb to the message. But as I was leaving, a young correctional officer, a Christian, came up to me. She said she had prayed for someone to confront the prisoners with the message of sin and salvation. She was frustrated by the corrections system in Norway, where there was no concept of personal responsibility, and therefore no reason for prisoners to seek personal transformation.

Only days later, I learned the tragic news: The young officer I had met was assigned to escort an inmate out to see a movie as part of his therapy. On the way back to prison, he murdered her.

The point is this: when we attempt to explain away moral evil, we will fail to constrain it. We cannot account for human behavior without recognizing that we are fallen creatures prone to sin.

As a sad footnote to the Oslo tragedy, the maximum sentence a criminal can receive in Norway is 21 years. Thus, barring some extraordinary event, the Oslo terrorist will back on the streets in 2032. An Oslo police spokesperson put it this way: “What the world needs to understand about Norway, is that this incident represents our loss of innocence, because we’ve been a very safe country to live in until now.” She then added: “There’s been no reason to keep people in prison for life.”

But there has been and always will be. It’s called sin.

Related link: The terror of evil and sin: the tragedy in Norway ~ LifeSiteNews

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Lucia The spirit that makes war

This address by Fulton Sheen in 1940 was referring to WW2, but it can just as easily be transferred to today's times. He refers to prayer, penance and reparation as the only way to defeat this spirit. He diagnoses the characteristics of it which are it's irrationality, it's violence and it's atheism.
We know what it means to be rational; namely, to think before we act. We do not just suddenly find ourselves, for example, standing in a telephone [boo]th; a reason preceded and determined our presence there. As St. John expressed it: “In the beginning was the Word” (John 1:1) – first the Word, the Idea, the Thought, Reason; then the action: (hand the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).

The irrational is just the contrary. It is the primacy of action over idea: First you act and then you think why you did it. As Goethe put it: "In the beginning was the Deed." Reason exists, according to this philosophy, merely to justify action, or to rationalize an evil. Ideas are, as one jurist in America believes, just "instruments of power”; that is, one uses an idea to further one’s power, and then when it ceases to be useful, one scraps it and substitutes another. Not justice but opportunism becomes the rule.


That the modern world is inspired by irrationality is further proved by the fact that practically all revolutions were initiated without ideologies; and even if a program was elaborated before the Revolution, it was abandoned soon after. First the power is seized, then a program developed. Law thus becomes not a mandate of reason, but of the will whatever the dictator decides is right!


The second characteristic note of the modern world is violence. And violence, be it noted, follows from irrationality. Reason is the faculty which gives us goals, purposes, ends, and ideals. When a man loses the purpose of living, he becomes mad. A boiler, for example, has a purpose – namely the retention of steam at a given pressure for heat and power. The boiler receives its purpose from a human reason – the mind of an engineer. The moment the boiler loses the purpose imposed upon it by human reason, it explodes. And the moment society loses the purpose given to it by the Eternal Reason of God, it revolts.

Violence follows irrationality. Of course, there has always been violence in the world, but the violence of our day is different from the violence of the past in two respects. Violence in the past was based on an affirmation: Men loved something so much they resorted to force to achieve it. But today violence is grounded not on an affirmation, but on a negation: Men are violent not because they love something, but because they hate something.


A few years ago I encountered a young atheist in the vestibule of a Catholic Church in London who, boasting of her atheism, shouted: "Every night I go out to Hyde Park and talk against God. I urge my listeners to drive the illusion from the earth. I circulate England, Scotland, and Wales with pamphlets denouncing a belief in God." When she drew a deep breath thus giving me my just opportunity to speak I said to her: "Suppose I went across the street here to Soho Square and every night talked against 20-footed ghosts and 10-legged centaurs; suppose I circulated England, Scotland. and Wales with pamphlets denouncing a belief in 20-footed ghosts and 10-legged centaurs. What would happen to me?" She said: "You would be crazy; they would lock you up." "Correct," said I "Now, tell me, why don’t they lock you up? Don’t you put God in exactly the same category of illusion as that in which I put a 20-footed ghost and a 10-legged centaur? Why would I be crazy and not you?” I had to tell her the answer: "Because if I attacked ghosts or centaurs the reason of men and the tradition of mankind would tell me I was attacking a figment of my imagination– which is a mark of insanity. But when you attack God you are not attacking an illusion but something just as real as the thrust of a sword or an embrace. It is the reality of God which saves you from insanity and it is the reality of God which gives substance and energy to your attacks." And she answered: "I hate you!” To which I answered: "Now you have answered me. Atheism is not a doctrine, it is a cry of wrath.”

Universalize the case and you have the explanation for the vehemence and ferocity of modern atheism. It could not so hate a myth. lf there were no God, the rage of atheism would be without foundation. They destroy only because there is something to be destroyed. In a word, they believe. Only where the image of God is can there be the counterfeit; man can set himself up as God only because he came from God.
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Morality, piety, love of God, are constant reproaches to the atheists immorality and their burdened consciences. They falsely believe that remorse of conscience, a sense of guilt, and the effects of sin, are the creation of priests and religious; if they could kill all priests, ministers, and rabbis, and raze all churches and synagogues, they could sin with impunity, do wrong without feeling guilty, and lift themselves up to the insane stage where there is no longer a distinction between good and evil and therefore one where man is God and God is naught. They cannot drive God out of the world, but they seek to banish His representatives. That is why they persecute! But instead of scaling the heavens and making themselves as gods, they only lay waste the earth.
Related link : The Spirit that makes War ~
Inspired by: Bring it on? ~ Crusader Rabbit

ZenTiger The Conservative Party of New Zealand

So there's a new party launching itself into the New Zealand scene, and it's calling itself "The Conservative Party".

They even have a test to see how conservative a voter you might be.

My first impressions are that the questions they ask are notable by what's missing as much as what they've put up. Very limited range of topics, and very slim dimensions taken, with sometimes two different ideas in the same question, making it hard to answer the question directly.

The first press release I read was a general winge about being over-taxed:

I am also opposed to the never ending cycle of increased taxation and bigger spending. With 3 tax increases (Emissions Trading Scheme, increased GST rates and cancellation of ability to claim depreciation on buildings) by the current government along with increased compliance costs (Unit Titles Act 2010) there is an ever growing burden on the New Zealand tax payer.

and the profile of the over-taxed person, Colin Craig:

Colin Craig is a New Zealander. He was born and raised in Auckland where he now lives with his wife and daughter. He has been a successful business man starting five businesses and his current company manages property worth 1.3 billion dollars...

speaks again of money, not Conservatism.

Not the opening gambit I would have gone with had I been launching a Conservative Party. On this basis they will allow the media to cast them as another ACT or "far right National". On the other hand, a new party entering into the political scene with a nod to Conservative values is a welcome event.

I'll have a further look later.

Andrei I love a good conspiracy theory

And this one's a doozy.

Andrei Proof that "climate scientists" are not scientists at all

You may know that New Zealand's climate "scientists" are refusing to debate Lord Monckton on the matter.

Here is what one has to say as to his reasons
Climate scientist and Victoria University professor Martin Manning said the scientific community had decided not to engage with him because that would mislead the public. The science was done and there was no debate to be had, he said.
This is what I would say to Professor Manning:

"The science is never done Charlie Horse. Science only progresses because people challenge the prevailing wisdom and in the process expand our knowledge of how the world works."

What a waste of space - such abysmal ignorance of how science works should be a sackable offense.

Andrei Breaking News: Farmers children don't live forever

Children of livestock farmers 'face cancer risk'

Is there anything of usable value in this, probably not.

The story doesn't really tell us how old these people where when they died only that the sample contained people aged between 35 and 85 and that they died of blood cancers.

So is it anything anybody should loose sleep over, absolutely not.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Andrei Has Labour passed its "use by" date

The news is out the Televised leaders debate will between John Key and the Labour leader, which Whaleoil's blandisments notwithstanding will presumably be Phil Goff.

Do I care that the leaders of the "minnow" parties don't get to preen before cameras in a debate with John Key?


Does beg the question though, if Labour gets a well deserved trouncing come November do they actually join the ranks of the minnows and if so what of the election in 2014?

I am firm advocate of voting MMP out come November and I have been looking at the "quality" of the MPs that the party lists actually deliver.

And Labour's list MPs contain a woeful bunch (National's are not much better, to be frank). But Labour's newer ones are dominated by people who have targeted politics since their "uni" days.

They sure as hell aren't the Labour of Norm Kirk, they are not traditional Labour. They are actually for the most part the scions of privilege, and real labour, i.e. swinging a 16lb sledge and the like is as foreign to them as Kyrgyzstan's komuz music.

Dunno - it might be a good move to hold my nose very tightly and vote the Greens to help bury the rotting corpse that is the 21st century Labour party.

Just a thought for now.

Andrei Let's send "Crusher" Collins to Chechnya

Maybe she can sort them out and we'd be rid of her. But I doubt she would get very far, they are just about ungovernable.

Coming as we do from a society where we are increasingly wrapped in strangled by cotton wool there is something magnificent about these dumb dzhigits following an age old wedding custom and having fun. Watch the whole thing it is quite a ride.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Lucia Confession proves Christ is God

The late Archbishop Fulton Sheen on the requirement for Confession/Sacrament of Penance:

In order that there might be a Sacrament of Penance, two things are required, both of which are, from a human point of view, almost impossible to find. First, one must create the penitent and, secondly, one must create a confessor. To create a penitent, one must take a man in his pride, enveloped in a glacial silence, which refuses to unburden its guilt, and say to him: "Thou shalt come to a man and kneel before him—a man who is perhaps no better than you are—and you shall tell him what you hide from yourself and your children. You shall tell him that which makes you blush; and you shall do all of this on your knees."

However difficult it may be to create a penitent who will confess everything with a firm purpose of amendment, it is even more difficult to create the confessor. Where find one empowered by God with authority to forgive sins? How train the human heart to heal the wounds of others, and then seal his lips forever that what he has learned as God's representative be never revealed to men?

Only God could bring these two creations together, for outside of His power and mercy, we would say: "Humanity is too proud, you will never have penitents"; "Humanity is too indiscreet, you will never have confessors." And yet the sacrament exists. There are penitents because there are confessors, and there are penitents and confessors because Christ is God.

Related link: The Sacrament of Penance - I, II and III.

Andrei Things that greatly irritate me

"Greatly irritate" of course is a euphemism for what I can't put in the title of a post on a family friendly blog.

And this one would be a murderer with a long line of sexual offenses appealing that his sentence the murder of a woman in 2001 is too harsh given that it contains a non parole period of 15 years.

What a waste of time and money dealing with this sort of trash - there is no doubt he is guilty, he's not denying that he did it.

I think most of us would be quite happy if they just threw away the key, which is what should happen with people like this.

Lucia Atheists on religious blogs

I know, to all you atheists out there that even as you protest, even as you sputter, your hearts are still very attentively listening. ~ Fr Barron.