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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gone Fishin'

CS Image/Even Dragonflies Need To Rest*

Blogging will be light for the next week or so.

Thank you to all who visit on a regular basis, and thank you to new visitors for dropping by.

Looking to the near future, a few forthcoming titles:
  • Hell.No. A Meditation
  • Disorganized Religion
  • Ecumenical or Interfaith?
See you soon.
—The Catholic Sacristan.

*... and no, the image is not photoshopped. Photograph taken at a Thetis Lake picnic/August 2014.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Building Better Babies

A controversial technique known as cytoplasmic transfer, developed some 15 years ago and used to produce some 30 IVF  "three-parent" children worldwide, is the foundational technological inspiration for the latest attacks on human beings.
Medical dilemma of 'three-parent babies': Fertility clinic investigates health of teenagers it helped to be conceived through controversial IVF techniqueThe Independent, Tuesday August 26, 2014.

A private fertility clinic in the United States has launched an investigation into the health of 17 teenagers who were born as a result of a controversial IVF technique that produced the world’s first “three-parent” embryos more than 15 years ago, The Independent can reveal.

The technique – which the US government halted in 2002 – involved mixing the eggs of two women so that the resulting IVF babies inherited genetic material from three individuals in a similar process to that planned in Britain for women carrying maternally inherited mitochondrial disorders.

About 30 IVF babies worldwide are believed to have been born (with countless embryos likely destroyed) by the technique, known as “cytoplasmic transfer”, including 17 infants at the Saint Barnabas Medical Centre in New Jersey who, until now, have not been checked for any long-term health problems resulting from the technique.

The British government has said it intends to introduce legislation to allow donor eggs to be used as a way of ensuring that women with mitochondrial defects do not pass on the mutations to their children. However, like cytoplasmic transfer, it will result in IVF babies with genetic material from three people – the woman who donated the egg and the child’s two biological parents. (Ahh, Britain! A people that once fought against an evil regime that promoted the evolution of man by eliminating what they held to be weakness now embraces with zeal so much of what the mad Führer could only dream about.)
Super babies! Beyond the smokescreen of "improved health" is an attempt by the next generation of eugenicists to cull the herd by eliminating "imperfections". Getting rid of disease—sure, a great idea. Reengineering humans and IVF? Not a fan. IVF produces extra embryos that are destroyed or repurposed for medical experimentation. In brief, human life is cheapened, made disposable by destructive technologies.

Should certain people get their agenda enacted, it's only a matter of time that the human designers demand we proceed to larger or more profound corrections that will "improve" the human race and make for a better world. Sure, better for the genetically enhanced who will, undoubtedly, have all the power over the weak, infirmed and the elderly. How much longer until governments decide that natural conception is too risky and leads to unnecessary medical conditions that amount to a financial burden on society? How much longer until the day arrives when unaltered human beings are seen as the disease? Shades of Gattaca, the movie?

In the words of Captain James Tiberius Kirk...

Memory Alpha: Wrath of Khan

Monday, August 25, 2014

Islamist IS militants recruiting in Canada according to Imam

Imam receives death threat, says IS recruiting in Canada23AUG2014
excerpt from AFP :: http://www.afp.com/en/node/2754710
Syed Soharwardy, founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada (ISCC), called on Canadian and Western authorities to intensify the fight against jihadist movements.

"Absolutely I am convinced that this recruitment is going on right here in this country, under our noses, in our universities, in our colleges, in the places of worship, in our community," he told CBC public television.

Soharwardy added that a Muslim man from Ottawa who was fighting with IS in Mosul in northern Iraq had sent him a death threat on Facebook.

"He was condemning me for condemning ISIS, and he was saying that 'You are a deviant imam and your version of Islam is not the right version,'" Soharwardy said, using another acronym by which IS is known.

In February, intelligence services said at least 130 Canadians were fighting with IS in Iraq and Syria.

"Three Calgarian young fellows died in Iraq and Syria fighting for ISIS. One of them was very known to me," he said.

"These people are brainwashing people here in this country," he added.
There is little reason to doubt the imam's claim that islamic militants are recruiting in Canada. This isn' the first time militants have received support from Canadian muslims or have conducted operations from within Canada. Young, impressionable minds are fertile ground for cult leaders, and that is exactly what Islamic State is, a violent cult headed by a megalomaniac who convinces idealistic young men and women to take up a cause which promotes the sacrifice of innocent men, women and children in order to realize his dream (our nightmare) of an IS-lamic state.

We can ill afford to be naive in any respect. Militant Islam in its various sectarian flavours poses a great threat to the security of our nation and all nations.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake | Napa Catholic Institutions

Diocese of Santa Rosa: http://www.santarosacatholic.org/

St. Joseph Health, Queen of The Valley Hospital: http://www.thequeen.org/
A Catholic non-profit, full-service diagnostic and therapeutic medical facility, Queen of the Valley Medical Center was founded in 1958 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange and is part of the St. Joseph Health.
Quake's toll: 120 treated at Napa hospital
UPDATE: ABC7 NEWS reports 221 people treated at Queen of The Valley Hospital: http://abc7news.com/news/south-napa-earthquake-causes-damage-injuries/278683/

Napa, California: area parishes and schools

Holy Family Catholic Church (American Canyon)
101 Antonina Ave, American Canyon, CA, United States. 707-645-9331

St Apollinaris Catholic Church
3700 Lassen St, Napa, CA, United States. 707-257-2555

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
2725 Elm St, Napa, CA, United States. 707-255-2949

Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church
960 Caymus St, Napa, CA, United States. 707-226-9379

Saint Apollinaris Catholic School
3700 Lassen St, Napa, CA, United States. 707-224-6525

Saint John the Baptist Catholic School
983 Napa St, Napa, CA, United States. 707-224-8388

We pray today for the safety of the residents of Napa, and everyone working to provide safety and functioning services there.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

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Archbishop Charles Chaput

The ultimate goal of our laws is to make us morally good. Our laws should help us accord with the design God has written into human nature. Thus, Maritain writes, civil law “should always maintain a general orientation toward virtuous life, and make the common behavior tend, at each level, to the full accomplishment of moral law.”—Law and Morality in Public Discourse: How Christians Can Rebuild Our Culture

Ministry & Life of Priests

Therefore, the priest, while placing at the service of the Eucharistic celebration all his talents to make it come alive in the participation of the faithful, must abide by the rite stipulated in the liturgical books approved by the competent authority, without adding, removing or changing anything at all297. Thus his celebrating truly becomes a celebration of and with the Church: he does not do “something of his own”, but is with the Church in dialogue with God. This also promotes adequate active participation on the part of the faithful in the sacred liturgy: “The ars celebrandi is the best way to ensure the actuosa participatio. The ars celebrandi is the fruit of faithful adherence to the liturgical norms in all their richness; indeed, for two thousand years this way of celebrating has sustained the faith life of all believers, called to take part in the celebration as the People of God, a royal priesthood, a holy nation” (cf. 1P 2:4-5.9) 298.—Directory for the Ministry and Life of Priests, New Edition (2013), p. 95.


Cf. Ecumenical Council Vatican II, Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium, 22; C.I.C., can. 846, § 1; BENEDICT XVI, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis, 40.


BENEDICT XVI, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis, 38.

Hebrew, Latin & Greek

(A)nother reason to make sure we have some Latin (and Greek and Hebrew) in the Mass: If we say/chant the Kyrie, if we say/sing Alleluia, and if we say/chant Agnus Dei, we will in the Mass connect to the titulus, the sign Pilate posted on the Cross, “The King of the Jews” written in Hebrew, Greek and Latin so that all would understand it.—bsjy at Liturgy Guy blog.

G. K. Chesterton

Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.