October 19, 2017

Medical Update …

Filed under: General — Tom @ 10:16 pm

… Well, the “few days” plan has turned into a “few weeks” and outpatient surgery that I will almost definitely be unable to avoid, and which will take place at a near-future date yet to be determined.

I’m at about 75 percent of decent health, and gradually gaining ground. Thanks to reduced commitments in other areas of my life, I’m hoping that it will look like I’m at 100 percent from a blogging standpoint until the surgery takes place.

I greatly appreciate all the encouragement and prayers directed my way.

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October 24, 2017

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102417)

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October 23, 2017

Violent Leftist Threats Force Dana Loesch to Move Her Family; Ex-CNNer Piers Morgan Is OK With That

When they’re not ignoring these matters completely, the press usually only reluctantly notices when conservative business owners and public figures are harassed, threatened, have their property destroyed, and are sometimes even physically harmed. Beyond that, some press members seem to and sometimes actually act as if the victims should know, understand and accept that this kind of treatment comes with the territory when one expresses views that offend leftist sensibilities. One such person is former CNN and current Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan.

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102317)

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Positivity: Philippines mourns Cardinal Vidal, who leaves a legacy of service

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Cebu, Philippines:

Oct 18, 2017 / 01:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, who was Archbishop of Cebu from 1982 to 2010 and a leading Catholic figure in the fall of Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, died Wednesday at the age of 86.

Pope Francis praised the cardinal’s “untiring and devoted service to the Church” and his “constant advocacy of dialogue and peace for all the people in the Philippines.”

“I commend his soul to the infinite love and mercy of our heavenly Father,” he said in an Oct. 18 telegram, voicing condolences to Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu and the clergy, religious, and laity of the archdiocese.

In the early 1980s Vidal became vice-president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. He served as the conference’s president from 1985 to 1987. With Cardinal Jaime Sin of Manila, he took a lead role in what has become known as the People’s Power Revolution.

He issued a famous letter denouncing the results of the country’s February 1986 snap elections that gave a slim victory to longtime ruler President Ferdinand Marcos over his challenger Corazon Aquino. The elections were denounced for widespread fraud. After widespread non-violent protests, Marcos would leave office to live in exile.

During another period of political tensions in 2001, Cardinal Vidal urged then-president Joseph Estrada to resign amid allegations of corruption, ABS-CBN News reports. The cardinal later convinced Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to pardon Estrada after he was convicted.

Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato remembered Vidal as “a true servant-leader, rather than a ‘prince’.” He said the late cardinal left a legacy of outstanding character, CBCP News reports.

The cardinal showed humility and had a low-profile style, according to Quevedo. He was approachable and was able to listen to opposing views. He showed prudence in political issues, charity towards those considered “enemies,” and “courage” in presenting the Catholic bishops’ position ahead of the People Power Revolution.

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October 22, 2017

AP Covers Up ‘Honor’- and Muslim-Related Aspects of Cleveland Murder

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 10:21 pm

On Tuesday, a man admitted that, as written up at Cleveland.com, the website of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, that he killed his 27-year-old daughter in September 2016 “because he felt she disrespected his rules about coming home late and failing to clean up her room.” One of those rules was clearly: Don’t date non-Muslim men.” Though he avoided using the actual term, PD reporter Adam Ferrise at least gave readers enough information to show that what took place was a de facto Muslim “honor killing” — something a related Associated Press report was determined not to enable readers to discern.

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The Associated Press Has Become Less Transparent and Accountable

In recent months, it has become quite obvious that the Associated Press has made conscious moves designed to make its output and jounalistic operations less transparent. It’s also reasonable to ask whether these moves are also motivated by a desire to hide what appears to be a significant shrinkage in its available resources and perhaps even its number of personnel.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102217)

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Positivity: England’s Buckfast Abbey to celebrate 1,000 years of foundation

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Plymouth, England:

Oct 18, 2017 / 06:01 am

In 2018 one of England’s historic monasteries will celebrate the millennium year of its foundation, offering a prime example of the contribution of monastic life to society amid an increasingly fast-paced world.

For the Benedictine monks who inhabit Buckfast Abbey in Devon, reaching such a significant anniversary means “we are the inheritors of a great tradition,” Abbot David Charlesworth told CNA.

“Place matters for Benedictines, so the fact that we are in a place that has been established for many centuries before we came is important.”

Not only to Benedictine monks take the traditional vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, they also make an additional vow of stability, meaning that when they are assigned to a monastery, they stay there. While they might travel or even spend time in other monasteries, they will always be attached to the original, as an individual would be to their family home.

Charlesworth, who served as Abbot at Buckfast from 1992-1999, and was re-elected in 2009, said that in general, human beings “like the idea of roots.”

The concept of monasticism is ultimately rooted in the Gospel and expressed through the Rule of St Benedict, he said, but it is also rooted “in place, in a place, and it is from there, out of that place, that we then live our Baptismal vocation expressed through our monastic vocation.”

When it comes to living this vocation in modern times, the millennium landmark “helps to sort of galvanize our approach as to what we’re doing for the future,” Charlesworth said. This, he added, encompasses “what we’re doing personally, what we’re doing as a community, and what we’re doing as members of the Church of the Southwest of England.”

The abbot spoke to CNA about the millennium anniversary during a sit-down interview inside one of the two main guest houses at Buckfast Abbey, located in Buckfastleigh, about 25 miles northeast of Plymouth.

The abbey was founded in 1018 during the reign of King Cnut and entrusted to care of the Benedictines. …

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October 21, 2017

Despite Rigging the Sample, AP Poll Finds That Las Vegas Massacre Didn’t Change Gun Control Views

On Friday, Lisa Marie Pane and Emily Swanson at the Associated Press betrayed more than a little sadness that “The slaying of five dozen people in Las Vegas did little to change Americans’ opinions about gun laws.” This unfortunate (in their view) polling result was achieved despite a ridiculous weighting of the poll’s sample towards Democrats accompanied by a failure to identify the overall political outlooks (vs. party affiliations) of those who were sampled.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102117)

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Positivity: Five keys to Catholic education, according to Cardinal Versaldi

Filed under: Education,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Santiago, Chile:

Oct 19, 2017 / 12:04 am

Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, proposed last week five keys for pastoral education “to respond in depth to the current challenges of society.”

The cardinal participated in Chile’s Sixth National Congress on Catholic Education, Oct. 12-13, organized by the Chilean bishops’ conference and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

In his keynote address, Cardinal Versaldi explained that education “must be careful to avoid two extreme and opposite dangers: that of an educational program imposed on the student without respecting his autonomy and requirements; and an educational program that simply goes along with whatever the students ask for, or without any consideration for their personal growth.”

The cardinal then proposed five keys for education in Catholic schools:

  • Proclamation of the Christian lifeThe witness of charity
  • Ongoing formation of teachers
  • Working together with the Church
  • Providence as a guide

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October 20, 2017

Cuckoo New Yorker Writer: Kelly ‘Used Language of the Military Coup’ at Thursday Press Conference

Three NewsBusters posts on Thursday documented attacks by far-leftists and members of the media on Trump administration Chief of Staff and retired General John Kelly’s reaction that afternoon to Florida Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson’s accusation that President Donald Trump, during a private phone call to the widow of fallen soldier La David Johnson, “disrespected” him. Not to be outdone, Masha Gessen at The New Yorker accused Kelly of using “the language of the military coup” — which Gessen seems to believe may have already been effectively accomplished, given her contention that Kelly has his job because “he was sent in to control the President.”

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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102017)

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Positivity: Kidnapped priest in Nigeria released, doing well

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Benin City, Nigeria:

Oct 18, 2017 / 10:54 am

Fr. Maurizio Pallù, an Italian missionary who was kidnapped in southern Nigeria last week, was freed Tuesday.

He was freed late in the evening of Oct. 17, according to authorities, and is doing well.

“The devil is cowardly, he wants to make us afraid but he has chosen the wrong way because we are poor men, that have fear, but are sustained by the grace of God,” Fr. Pallù told Vatican Radio Oct. 18.

Noting that it was actually the second time he’s been kidnapped in Nigeria, Pallù said that it was more difficult this time, but he saw “the miracles that the Lord did, just great miracles that the Lord did to keep us alive.”

“It means that the Lord has a big plan in this country because the devil is attacking with great force to destroy the work of God in this nation.”

Pallù, 63, is a member of the Neocatechumenal Way. He has served as a missionary in Nigeria for three years. He and two companions were kidnapped Oct. 12 by armed men near Benin City.

According to Vatican Insider, the kidnapping was carried out by a group of criminals who robbed the priest and others while they were travelling from Calabar to Benin City by car.

Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano told Radio Capital Wednesday that Pallù had been freed and is doing well. “We await him in Italy soon,” he said according to Italian news agency ANSA.

They had the intercession of the saints and of the Blessed Virgin Mary over these last few days, Pallù said, pointing out that both times he’s been kidnapped, it has been on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

The first took place Oct. 13, 2016. He was released after only an hour and a half.

This time, he was taken captive on the eve of Oct. 13 and kept in the woods along with a Nigerian student and brother for five days.

According to Vatican Insider, Pallù had called his mother on Sunday night to tell her he was well and would be released soon. Pallù’s mother, Laura Pallù, made the phone call public during a prayer vigil for her son’s release in parish of Santa Lucia La Sala in northern Florence.

The priest said he has been asked to return to Italy for the time being, though he would like to stay in Nigeria if he can.

The devil “is keeping millions of people slaves here with lies, cowardice and corruption,” he said, “and when they allow me to return I will return here very happy and offer my poor person for the evangelization of Nigeria.”

Fr. Pallù is a native of Florence. As a member of the Neocatechumenal Way, he was a lay missionary for 11 years in various countries. In 1998, he entered the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Rome.

After serving as a chaplain in two parishes in Rome, he was sent to Holland, where he was a pastor in the Diocese of Haarlem. From there, he was sent to the Archdiocese of Abuja. …

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