September 9, 2016

Egan at NY Times: Trump on Immigration Was ‘Hate Speech’; O’Reilly Hits Back

On September 2 (appearing in the Sept. 3 print edition), New York Times op-ed columnist and correspondent Timothy Egan moved the smear meter to 11 reacting to Donald Trump’s August 31 speech in Arizona on immigration.

Thanks to the intervening holiday weekend, it took Bill O’Reilly at Fox News a bit of time to hit back at Egan — but when he did Thursday evening, he made it count.

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Oh No, They’re Not Worried

I say, yes they are, big time:

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And yes, this is arguably a veiled invitation to do physical harm — and everyone knows that if a Republican or conservative said something similar, EVERYONE in the establishment press would be saying so openly.

Positivity: Mass in sign language? Over 20 Spanish priests celebrate it every week

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 2:45 pm

From Madrid:

Sep 8, 2016 / 03:13 am

In the Catholic Church, the spoken language is central to the liturgy: we recite the Nicene Creed as one, we praise the Lord with the Gloria that we sing, and we bow our heads to hear the blessing we receive at the end of Mass.

But there’s a different reality for hearing impaired and deaf Catholics around the world.

Father Sergio Buiza, the national director of the Spanish Conference of Catholic Bishops Deaf Ministry, said their goal is to “bring the Gospel to the maximum number of people,” including, of course, the deaf and hearing impaired, Europa news reported.

Fr. Buiza is just one of several priests who celebrates Mass in sign language at one of many Catholic churches in Spain. He celebrates a sign language Mass at the Santiago Cathedral in Bilboa, Spain each week.

There are around a million people in Spain affected by different levels of hearing loss. Some 1,250 of them attend Mass in sign language every week at one of the 24 churches where they are held.

In the parishes where this pastoral care is provided, all types of services are offered: from Mass to catechesis, Bible study groups, wedding celebrations, and confessions.

However, Fr. Buiza explained, the biggest issue is that there is just one parish for the deaf per diocese, forcing those with hearing impairments to travel long distances each week. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (090916)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.