Thursday, November 30, 2006
But first some tracking. I saw the post on TNLM on Tuesday evening - Liturgical Thunder from Down Under - and made a simple comment. I refrained from posting that night fearing that someone might mention it on my trip to Sydney and I will be seeing the Cardinal there. Anyway, I got a great shock when I saw this story on CathNews of all places. Man that service has improved! It's reached a whole new level. I'm impressed that the editors read TNLM and possibly other great blogs. This was followed by a mass of comments at TMNL original posts and a second post.A venerable priest noted to me today that the ghastly Pelican Ambo (above) is a play on Pell's name. Below is the proposed new altar design.Maybe ACSA should launch a campaign to stop it...???
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Yes I’m going. Hopefully everyday except most of Monday which I have a University meeting after lunch at the National Wine Centre. What should I do – Day 4 of the Test Match or free lunch and drinks at the Wine Centre?
I went to a WYD thingy tonight. I didn’t really know what to expect when I arrived but it was a bit unusual. I probably thought it was a Q&A forum with suggestion but it turned into a kinda early stages of forming working committees for the events in Adelaide in the lead up.
Anyway, it was pretty bad except that I met LYL from Purcell’s Chicken Voluntary!!! And there were a couple of other worthwhile people. The problem was it was just disorganised and there were a couple of mad ladies on my table – ‘WYD should be about the Indigenous and social justice’ – What about Our Blessed Lord??!!!
Suggestions included a Mass by the River Torrens... I refrained form suggesting that it would be great only if it were ad orientem. Maybe I should have stacked the meeting and hence the committees!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Pro-cloning activists hide nasty truth
A FINAL vote about human cloning is looming as the debate begins in the House of Representatives this week.
Hidden among the promises of cures and hype about a biotech boom is the assumption that thousands of women will merrily undergo hazardous egg harvesting procedures to hand over their eggs to the cloners.
Foreshadowing an egg shortage, Loane Skene, the acting chairwoman of the Lockhart committee, has suggested that eggs could be removed from women after their death and used to produce cloned embryos for research. Dead women would be raw material for cloning research and become mothers to embryos, to be exploited in turn, in the name of research, scientific kudos and corporate profit.
If that doesn't already take the yuk factor to a new level, it's now emerging that senator Kay Patterson, the sponsor of the cloning bill, wants researchers to be able to help themselves to eggs from dead female fetuses as well.
During the Senate committee inquiry into cloning, Ms Patterson was asked what the public would think of her Bill's proposal to allow the harvesting of eggs from aborted female fetuses to make embryos for research. She wouldn't answer.
Likewise, when confronted with this question on ABC radio, the Australian Stem Cell Centre's Stephen Livesey was evasive: "That's sort of science fiction. I think we should stick to the facts." Mr Livesey was told the Bill's provision to create embryos using the immature eggs of aborted female fetuses had been confirmed by former members of the Lockhart committee. "Misrepresentation," he claimed.
It's time we faced the facts. Although Ms Patterson, Mr Livesey and other pro-cloning activists don't want to admit it, the Bill passed in the Senate by one vote would turn aborted female fetuses into the mothers of embryos that themselves would be destroyed in research. The Bill allows scientists to "create human embryos using precursor cells from a human embryo or a human fetus, and use such embryos". As defined in the existing legislation "precursor cell means a cell that has the potential to develop into a human egg (ovum) or human sperm".
Well, I’m back working full-time for the summer. I’m working at ASC information about which you can find here. It’s busy and the working hours mean I tend to get up at 6am to leave by 6.40am and I tend to get hame after 5.15pm. (Pretty bad for little old Adelaide.)
Saturday I went on a wine tour of the MaClaren Vale with the Adelaide Young Liberals. I’ve actually never been on a wine tour before and it was loads of fun. A mate and I decided to treat the Liberals to a few hymns on the way home: Help of Christians – J .P. McAuley and Faith of Our Fathers along with a few Irish ballads
The whole family except for my 18yr old sister were also away for the past 7 days staying at Coffin Bay near Pt Lincoln. They got home today. I just helped with 3 loads of washing! Guess the house won’t be as quiet again for another year…
An up coming event is the Society Ball in Sydney. It’s hosted by the Sydney University Catholic Chaplaincy and I’m going top look into booking plane flights to come over. Cardinal George Pell & Bishop Julian Porteous will be in attendance and will launch the Universities World Youth Day Campaign during the night. I’m definitely not one for dancing but would be good for me to be there. Guess I can always hide with some beers in the corner with a few mates…
Only three sleeps now until the Adelaide Ashes Test Match!
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Man replies "Haven't got a father; I'm going to jump."
The copy goes through a list of relatives, mother, brothers, sister, etc. Each time man says "haven't got one; going to jump."
Desperate the cop yells up "Don't jump! Think of the Blessed Virgin"
Man replies "Who is that?"
Cop yells "Jump, Protestant! You're blocking traffic!"
However, Victoria's legislation has prompted a new case, raised by the pro-life group, Endeavour Forum. The question arisies over whether telling Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott to keep his rosaries off a women's ovaries freedom of speech or religious vilification?
Mrs Babette Francis of Endeavour Forum claims T-shirts bearing the words "Mr Abbott, keep your rosaries off my ovaries" vilify Catholics and incite violence. The Greens Senator Kerry Nettle wore such a T-Shirt in Parliament at the time of the debate over RU486.
The YWCA, (yes, the one and same Christian organisation!) which makes the T-shirts, fought yesterday to have her legal action struck out, arguing it fails to meet the strict parameters of the Racial and Religious Vilification Act.
Read the full story from the Herald Sun here.
1. Go to Wikipedia
2. In the search box, type your birth month and day but not the year.
3. List three events that happened on your birthday
4. List two important birthdays and one death
5. One holiday or observance (if any)
- 1328 - Antipope Nicholas V, a claimant to the papacy, is consecrated in Rome by the Bishop of Venice. (Quite relevant considering Fr. Tim's antipope theme at the moment!)
- 1982 - During a procession outside the shrine of the Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal, security guards overpower Juan Fernandez Krohn before he can attack Pope John Paul II with a bayonet. Krohn, an ultraconservative Spanish priest opposed to the Vatican II reforms, decided that the Pope must be killed for being an "agent of Moscow."
- 1881 - In North Africa, Tunisia becomes a French protectorate.
- 1820 - Florence Nightingale, English nurse (d. 1910)
- 1907 - Katharine Hepburn, American actress (d. 2003)
- 1003 - Pope Silvester II
- 1012 - Pope Sergius IV
- International Nurses Day
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Although "for many" is the literal translation of the Latin phrase, the translations currently in use render the phrase as "for all." Equivalent translations (für alle; por todos; per tutti) are in use in several other languages.So we'll be seeing quite a bit more of this:
Cardinal Francis Arinze (bio - news), the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, has written to the heads of world's episcopal conferences, informing them of the Vatican decision. For the countries where a change in translation will be required, the cardinal's letter directs the bishops to prepare for the introduction of a new translation of the phrase in approved liturgical texts "in the next one or two years."
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Also, if you have a blog of your own and link to me (and you post on a regular basis) please let me know and I'll add you to my sidebar.
I do house my favourites elsewhere - just above my desk for easy access. Besides the Dictionary and Thesarus these include:
- The Constitution of Australia - signed by John Howard
- The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite - Fortescue and O'Connell
- Against the Tide - BA Santamaria (his autobiography)
- The Howard Factor
- The Cube and the Cathedral - George Weigel
- The Early Papacy - Adrian Fortescue
- Farewell to Cricket - Don Bradman
- The Prince - Machiavelli
- The Courage to be Catholic - George Weigel
- What were the Crusades - Jonathon Riley-Smith
- What We Can't Not Know - Budziszewski
- Latham and Abbott - Michael Duffy
- Ill-Starred Captains Flinders and Baudin - Anthony J. Brown.
- The Fall of Constantinople 1453
- The Great Disruption - Francis Fukuyama
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
I have a million-and-one things to do now too. I have to catch up on alot of ACSA business which includes beginning to start fundraising and hopefully meet our target of $20-25,000 before next July.
We are also struggling with a location. We would very much like to go to Canberra for the National Conference but can't find accomodation there. It seems none of the residential colleges 'kick-out' their students for the mid-year break as many others do. This has also put us in the awkward situation where we can't tell His Grace Archbishop Chaput where we will be hosting him. He has agreed to come and be our major guest speaker - I must contact him this week too.
The cloning bill before Parliament is also rumoured to be due to be debated in the House of Representatives from next Thursday.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Most Holy Redeemer Parish, located at 100 Diamond Street (at 18th Street) has existed as the Roman Catholic religious center of the Castro neighborhood in San Francisco since 1900. Located just 2 blocks from the heart of the historic Castro district, the parish reflects the diversity and excitement of the surrounding neighborhood.
MHR prides itself in being an inclusive Catholic community -- embracing all people of good faith -- Catholics as well as those people interested in learning about the Catholic experience -- regardless of their background, gender, race, social status or sexual orientation.
Most Holy Redeemer Parish is a Christian Community in the Roman Catholic tradition. The parish draws people from isolation to community, from searching to awakening, from indifference to concern, from selfishness to meaningful service, from fear in the midst of adversity to faith and hope in God.
The community of Most Holy Redeemer shares God's compassionate love with all people. The parish offers a spiritual home to all: senior citizens and youth; single people and families; those who are straight, gay and lesbian; the healthy and the sick, particularly persons with HIV disease.
As a parish community, we celebrate God's loving presence in our lives. In worship and sacrament, especially the Eucharist, we are nurtured and challenged to extend God's kingdom of justice, truth, love and peace by growing in the spirit of Jesus, the Most Holy Redeemer.
Roman Catholic tradition...?
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
I found out this afternoon that my local council bid wasn't sucessful. Nevermind. Just about all the candidates standing for re-election throughout the entire council got up again except the Mayor. No regrets about throwing my hat in the ring.
In fact, maybe it's a blessing I didn't get elected. Even though I'm in exam mode for 2006 I've been deciding on and organising my Final Year Project for Mech Eng next year. I've chosen, and was chosen for, the Design and Build of a Hybrid Solar Car. Now this will be challenging and will be completed by a group of 10 of us Mech Eng along with 4-6 Elec Eng. This is the whole project form start to finish which includes raising money and sponsorships etc. It's expected that we each put in over 20 hours per week for less units on our academic record than a 3rd year Arts subject! Anyway, I'm looking forward to another challenge in my life.
Exam is Thursday morning so hopefully more regular postings will resume then.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Remembrance Day is the day we remember those who have died in war. At 11am on 11 November we pause to remember the sacrifice of those men and women who have died or suffered in wars and conflicts and all those who have served during the past 100 years.
On the 11th November 1918 the Germans and their allies accepted the Armistace offered to them which ended World War I. Over 60,000 Australians were killed out of ther 350,000 that served overseas.
You can find out more here including the significance of the poppy.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Friday, November 10, 2006
One exam to go... I have a week to learn (as opposed to revise) the course -- Embedded Computer Systems. I'm terrible at programming so am aiming strictly for a pass. I've also signed up for my final year honours project - Design and Build a Hybrid Solar Car. Should be a massive challenge but very interesting.
And then it's a summer of work and cricket! (Not neccessarily in that order of priority!)
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Now that is high! Something tells me that it might be because a huge number of priests are buying up and refreshing themselves...!!!
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
BY ONE measure, Labor senator Stephen Conroy would seem an unlikely candidate for an ethically controversial path to fatherhood.
A practising Catholic, he has been labelled "the altar boy" by Liberals from across the chamber. He underlined his socially conservative credentials this year by voting against the abortion drug RU486 in a conscience vote.
But when it came to having his own child, the Victorian senator best known as a right-wing factional headkicker took anything but a conservative course.
Yesterday, his first child, Isabella Conroy, entered the world courtesy of her surrogate mother.
Isabella is a gift to her ecstatic parents, Senator Conroy and his wife, Paula Benson, from two altruistic women: a surrogate mum and an egg donor, both of whom have chosen to remain anonymous.
There is, I expect, another story brewing out of Victoria. I have word that a woman MP in Victoria has publically announced her support for changes to the abortion laws (negative changes) in that state... this woman is a 'Special Minister of the Eucharist' at her local Catholic Parish.
Update: CathNews' story worth a read with comments from Card. Pell and Arch. Hart.
Update: Card. Pell's comments in The Age - Cardinal fears for Conroy baby's future
Update: Conroy may have to flee law
Update: This is how the Third Reading vote stands:Notable absences are Fiona Nash (proponent of this years RU486 Bill and National Party) and Stephen Conroy (against RU486 and one of the headkickers of the Labor Right in Victoria)
The bill will now go to the House of Representaives later this week or next week. Numbers there are, as always, hard to tell.
Update: For those who want a bit more background visit Cloning.org.au and Make a Stand also has some info. Sorry I can't give more. I really should calm down a bit, relax and get some sleep right now before my exam tomorrow which I haven't really done much revision for.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been sentenced to death by hanging after being found guilty of crimes against humanity in ordering the deaths of 148 Shiite villagers.
Visibly trembling, Saddam cried: "Long live Iraq. Long live the Iraqi people. God is greater than the occupier."
Four guards took him away with his hands held behind him after the sentence was read.
The court hearing began early this evening in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone.
Saddam former vice-president, Taha Yassin Ramadan, was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the 148 killings while Saddam's half-brother, Barzan al-Tikriti, was also sentenced to death.
Three Baath party officials also charged with the killings were sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Only one of the defendants, Baath Party official Mohammed Azzawi al-Ali, was cleared of any involvement.
People condemned to death in Iraq are hanged if they are civilians or go before a firing squad if they are members of the armed forces.
Saddam, who was sentenced to death by hanging, had earlier said he would rather face a firing squad.
"Remember that Saddam was a soldier and that therefore, if he is condemned to death, he should be shot and not hanged," he said on July 26, speaking of himself in the third person during his trial in Baghdad. More...
I've been quick of the mark and interested to know your thoughts... so I created a new poll.
Anyway, I shouldn't be thinking about that now, rather concentrating on my next exam which is on Wednesday - Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide in 20th Century Europe. We have to answer two essay questions out of six in the two hours. I know three of the case studies well so I should be able to pull through this one which will be my last assessment for my B.A. (majoring in History).
I have to work all day Tuesday so I apologise in advance if I don't post anything before then.
Friday, November 03, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
So pay them a visit - they'll be up on my sidebar soon. (Lovely pull-shot from the skipper!)
1 Dies iræ! dies illaWhy did I post the Latin when I normally post a good English translation? Because I didn't have the time to type it out and I couldn't find a really good translation online in a short time. I reckon I found three or four different translations in the short time I searched. Anyway, it's better in the original.
Solvet sæclum in favilla
Teste David cum Sibylla!
2 Quantus tremor est futurus,
quando judex est venturus,
cuncta stricte discussurus!
3 Tuba mirum spargens sonum
per sepulcra regionum,
coget omnes ante thronum.
4 Mors stupebit et natura,
cum resurget creatura,
5 Liber scriptus proferetur,
in quo totum continetur,
unde mundus judicetur.
6 Judex ergo cum sedebit,
quidquid latet apparebit:
nil inultum remanebit.
7 Quid sum miser tunc dicturus?
Quem patronum rogaturus,
cum vix justus sit securus?
8 Rex tremendæ majestatis,
qui salvandos salvas gratis,
salva me, fons pietatis.
9 Recordare, Jesu pie,
quod sum causa tuæ viæ:
ne me perdas illa die.
10 Quærens me, sedisti lassus:
redemisti Crucem passus:
tantus labor non sit cassus.
11 Juste judex ultionis,
donum fac remissionis
ante diem rationis.
12 Ingemisco, tamquam reus:
culpa rubet vultus meus:
supplicanti parce, Deus.
13 Qui Mariam absolvisti,
et latronem exaudisti,
mihi quoque spem dedisti.
14 Preces meæ non sunt dignæ:
sed tu bonus fac benigne,
ne perenni cremer igne.
15 Inter oves locum præsta,
et ab hædis me sequestra,
statuens in parte dextra.
16 Confutatis maledictis,
flammis acribus addictis:
voca me cum benedictis.
17 Oro supplex et acclinis,
cor contritum quasi cinis:
gere curam mei finis.
18 Lacrimosa dies illa,
qua resurget ex favilla
judicandus homo reus.
Huic ergo parce, Deus:
19 pie Jesu Domine,
dona eis requiem. Amen.
Note to self: must also listen to Mozart's Requiem today.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
The NLM had an idea at the suggestion of a bishop close to the Pope himself. Email B16 to tell him how much you are looking forward to a relaxation of the rules regarding the Tridentine Rite. Apparently the Holy Father keep tab of the number of letters regarding certain issues and this is a way to counter the French bishops' pleas.
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
00120 Via del Pellegrino
Citta del Vaticano
Of course you don't have to write to him only on this issue. Tell him it's your birthday too!
Hmmm... Fr. Frank Brennan. What can I say? The picture below shows him in a tie and jacket and I don't think he knows what a Roman Collar is.
and then there is this photo...
The Age's story: Mick factor makes for a warmer world
The Australian's version
How CathNews saw it
Fr. Frank Brennan's speech
Introit: Let us all rejoice in the Lord, celebrating a festival-day in honour of all the Saints: at whose solemnity the angels rejoice, and give praise to the Son of God. Ps. Rejoice in the Lord, ye just; praise becometh the upright.
Gradual: Ps. 33. 10, 11. Fear the Lord, all ye His saints; for there is no want to them that fear Him v. But they that seek the Lord shall not be deprived of any good.
Alleluia: Matt. 11. 28. Alleluia, alleluia. V Come to Me all you that labour and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. Alleluia.
Postcommunion: Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that the faithful people may always rejoice in paying reverence to all Thy saints, and may they be helped by their unceasing prayers.