Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Cardinal to Boycott Graduation

Cardinal Keeler will boycott the Loyola University Graduation because Rudolf Guliani is the commencement speaker.

I am not sure I agree with this. Rudolf Guliani maybe pro-choice but he is not against people holding pro-life views. I think that is what is most important. Mother Theresa was booed at Harvard but she was allowed to speak. Here is an excerpt from an interview with her and Time magazine

"Time: You and John Paul II, among other Church leaders, have spoken out against certain lifestyles in the West, against materialism and abortion. How alarmed are you?

Mother Teresa: I always say one thing: If a mother can kill her own child, then what is left of the West to be destroyed? It is difficult to explain , but it is just that.

Time: When you spoke at Harvard University a few years ago, you said abortion was a great evil and people booed. What did you think when people booed you?

Mother Teresa: I offered it to our Lord. It's all for Him, no? I let Him say what He wants.

Time: But these people who booed you would say that they also only want the best for women?

Mother Teresa: That may be. But we must tell the truth.

Time: And that is?

Mother Teresa: We have no right to kill. Thou shalt not kill, a commandment of God. And still should we kill the helpless one, the little one? You see we get so excited because people are throwing bombs and so many are being killed. For the grown ups, there is so much excitement in the world. But that little one in the womb, not even a sound? He cannot even escape. That child is the poorest of the poor.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Archbishop (soon Cardinal) Levada Promoted

Archbishop Levada has been appointed the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. This is good news. I am sure he is glad to go even though I am sure he will miss San Francisco. We wish him well in his new endeavor. I have only met him twice. But both times he seemed somewhat distant and more than anything diplomatic. But always seemed like he was in a hurry to get somewhere else.

We will survey his tenure here later.

Monday, May 09, 2005

10 Years of Baptism Invalid

How Does Your Church Baptize?

Archbishop John Bathersby of Brisbane, Australia commented to the press that baptisms performed at St. Mary's Church for the past 10 years were invalid and re-baptism would be needed. This was according to canonical advice he received. The Archbishop said, "The words of scripture can't be adjusted to suit our own taste. The next thing we'll be getting rid of is Christ himself."
For more than a decade, Fr. Peter Kennedy had been baptiz-ing infants by saying: "In the name of the Creator, Liberator and Sustainer", rather than, In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit."
In November, Archbishop Bathersby published a letter in which he said that it was up to the priest and to the people if they wished to remain in communion with the Catholic Church. "They either want to be in communion or not. If they decide that they don't want to follow the authority of the Church, then they have made the choice not to be a part of the uni-versal Church."
Does your priest baptize "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"?