For days I avoided the story, as I know many others have. Coming on the heels of the atrocities of the Islamic State, the take-over of Mosul (now a holding camp for kidnapped Yazidi “brides”) the purging of the Iraqi Christians from their ancient lands and the pursuit of genocide — the disheartening knowledge that, despite the official pivot away by our government, there are still thousands on Mount Sinjar who will not be rescued, because they are very old, or very young, or very weak — who could take any more? Who could read about 15 years of rape and abuse, happening while authorities feared breaking the rules of political correctness by questioning cultural practices?
What Rotherham puts me in mind of is the behavior of the conqueror. One of the terrible after-effects of invasion and war has been the subjugation of the women, the rape of wives and daughters, the seed of the conqueror, inserted into a culture and a society — yet another tactic meant to subdue and eradicate.
And yet, there has been no old-fashioned “invasion” and no “war” in the southern part of Yorkshire. This conquering was invited, and it was invited throughout Europe, where Rotherham will be discovered to have been replicated. Why wouldn’t it be? Who in Europe would dare to prosecute?
Rotherham will not be the last “conquest”. There are radical Islamists, living in the West and determinedly unassimilated to it, on every continent.
She's got much more, go and read it all.
Things are going to have to change in the West or they will be changed for us.
There will be no hope with that forced change.
What will it take to wake us from this slumber?
What will it take?
Sometimes I see my role as father as the enforcer, the protector, but I should never forget to be the example. Let's face it, kids learn so much about the world through watching their parents. What we value they learn to value. What we fail to prioritize will be downplayed in their mind. Sometimes the best thing any parent can do is to simply live out the faith.
I still remember very clearly something that happened when I was young. My mother was on line with me to buy movie tickets for Rocky II for the entire family. There was an old man standing in front of us on line and as he attempted to purchase the ticket he learned that it cost more than he had and he walked away. My mother bought him a ticket. He at first refused to accept it but he finally did and thanked her. I learned a lot that day. My mother didn't have to explain anything that day but I learned.
And with fathers, there's something about seeing the most powerful force in your life, the man who provides and protects, take to his knees to pray every day. It tells you all you need to know.
Read the whole thing and see who inspired Mr. Archbold's post.
I wish my sons might've seen me on my knees more as they were growing up.
“And isn’t the whole point of things—beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty?” — Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
Ever wondered why some Catholic ladies wear the chapel veil? Wonder no more:
I was especially moved by the young man saying that wearing the veil is about "not hiding your beauty but revealing your dignity and your beauty is being expressed in a different way."
I think the young lady nails things when she said, "Any woman, despite what she's wearing, is beautiful, by wearing the veil, it enhances your femininity. You're recognizing your beauty but you're recognizing it in such a way that you know that God is on the altar and that He is far more beautiful than you are."
I'm of the firm belief that we so very badly need to be connected to a larger beauty. I love the fact that for some ladies, and for men who see those ladies and understand what they're doing, the chapel veil makes that connection.
Hip-hop and rap “love songs” seem to be ever more about the person singing or rapping, and about their sexual prowess, power, or wealth (aka “bling”), than about the object of their affection. It’s so self-absorbed it’s embarrassing, or at least it would be if their fan base took the time to think critically about lyrics, or in some cases, if they didn't glorify self-absorption. Katy Perry is one of the more recent top 40 offenders.
In Perry’s music video, “Dark Horse,” she appears as an Egyptian goddess who encounters several men she literally destroys with her beauty. Note that she wrote the song and decided on the direction of the video. Embarrassed for her? You should be.
One of the men she destroys is turned to ash when she looks at him and smiles. Another who raps, "I thought that I might hit it and quit it" (to translate for you, "hit" is sex, and even more tragically, "it," is another human being; in this case, Perry) finds himself “addicted,” reduced to a panting dog, and begging for more. He is literally transformed and has the body of a puppy and face of a man at the end of the video. (It’s important to note that Perry is very popular among middle school girls.)
In other words, he thought he might turn her into an object and use her but she “wins” by sexually dominating him. And of course the world’s liberated view of sexuality and feminine “power” is so much healthier than our repressed, guilt stained Catholicism with its antiquated notions of self-mastery and life-giving self-donation, right? (I hope you’re catching my sarcasm.)
What might strike the average pre-teen fan as funny about the video actually offers a striking glimpse into the demonic nature of contemporary culture’s treatment of sex. Yes. I just did that. I just called the modern world’s approach to sex “the devil.” But before you accuse me of going all “Church lady” on you, let me explain.
And explain he does, more than adequately.
Read the rest and minimally walk away a tad more enlightened about how beauty, something God given and meant to draw us toward the person of His Son is instead today being used to draw us away from Him.
All this made all the more revealing when you understand Katy Perry was once an aspiring Christian singer.
The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’
Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change.
But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012.
To put it another way, an area the size of Alaska, America’s biggest state, was open water two years ago, but is again now covered by ice.
The most widely used measurements of Arctic ice extent are the daily satellite readings issued by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, which is co-funded by Nasa. These reveal that – while the long-term trend still shows a decline – last Monday, August 25, the area of the Arctic Ocean with at least 15 per cent ice cover was 5.62 million square kilometres.
This was the highest level recorded on that date since 2006 (see graph, right), and represents an increase of 1.71 million square kilometres over the past two years – an impressive 43 per cent.
Other figures from the Danish Meteorological Institute suggest that the growth has been even more dramatic. Using a different measure, the area with at least 30 per cent ice cover, these reveal a 63 per cent rise – from 2.7 million to 4.4 million square kilometres.
The satellite images published here are taken from a further authoritative source, the University of Illinois’s Cryosphere project.
They show that as well as becoming more extensive, the ice has grown more concentrated, with the purple areas – denoting regions where the ice pack is most dense – increasing markedly.
Crucially, the ice is also thicker, and therefore more resilient to future melting. Professor Andrew Shepherd, of Leeds University, an expert in climate satellite monitoring, said yesterday: ‘It is clear from the measurements we have collected that the Arctic sea ice has experienced a significant recovery in thickness over the past year.
‘It seems that an unusually cool summer in 2013 allowed more ice to survive through to last winter. This means that the Arctic sea ice pack is thicker and stronger than usual, and this should be taken into account when making predictions of its future extent.’
It should but it won't because the Church of Chicken Little remains strong and vibrant.
There's a lesson here. There are many who ridicule Christ's faithful, who find believers in traditional and orthodox Christianity irrational and foolish and yet would be the first to defend and promote the faith that Al Gore and his minions peddle to the gullible and easily led.
Faith is alive an well in this culture. It's what we choose believe that makes the difference.
What do you believe?
Texas firefighters finished mowing the lawn of a man who suffered a heart attack mid-mow and comforted his wife in an act of kindness that has brought together an entire community.
Firefighters from Bayton, Texas, responded to a 911 call on Tuesday for a man who suffered a heart attack while mowing his lawn, according to a statement released by the City of Bayton on its Facebook page.
After taking the man to a hospital, members of Bayton Fire Department's Station 4, A-Shift returned to the man's home to finish mowing his lawn. They then put the lawnmower away and locked the garage.
They also left behind a note with comforting words for the victim's wife.
"We felt bad that your husband didn't get to finish the yard," the firefighters said.
The firefighters also let the woman know they would be there for her in the future.
"We are very sorry that your husband became ill, we hope he has a speedy recovery," they said. "Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you out."
Unfortunately, the man did not make it.
God rest his soul and comfort his wife and loved ones left behind.
And God, move in the hearts of more of us as You moved in the hearts of these firefighters.
Deacon Greg brings us to these thoughtfully heartfelt and insightfully challenging words given by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Catholic University of America Chancellor, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception yesterday:
Before we conclude this wonderful, beautiful and inspiring celebration of the beginning of this academic year, I want to share just one very, very serious thought with you. This is a time that’s so very different from the ordinary time when we come annually to open the academic year. We hear so much today of the word “solidarity.” It’s a word that has become a part of our vocabulary in the past 20, 30 years. Today our solidarity with brothers and sisters of our faith and of other faiths in a part of the world where there is clearly an effort to eliminate them is something that we simply cannot in conscience ignore. Often we’re asked, “How is it possible that in human history atrocities occur?” They occur for two reasons. Because there are those prepared to commit them and there are those who remain silent. And the actions in Iraq and Syria today, what’s happening to women, children, men, their displacement – as the least of the things happening to them – is something that we really are not free to ignore and sometimes all we have to raise is our voice.
I’m sharing these thoughts with you because I don’t want to have on my conscience that I was complicitous in something as horrendous as this simply by being quiet. And I ask myself where are these voices? Where are the voices of parliaments and congresses? Where are the voices of campuses? Where are the voices of community leaders? Where are the voices of talk show hosts and radio programs? Where are the voices of the late night news? Where are the voices of editorial columns? Where are the voices of op-ed pieces? Why a silence? I think each one of us has at least the power to raise our voice and be in solidarity with people distant from us, unknown to us, not a part of this campus, not a part of this family, not a part of this university, not a part of our nation. But they are a part of our human community. I think it should rest on the conscience of each one of us. Atrocities happen because there are those who commit them and those who simply remain silent.
The words are powerful when read... but all the more so when watched and listened to in the following video:
President Obama admitted today that his administration does not yet have a strategy to combat the militant Islamic group ISIS that has seized large chunks of Iraq and Syria.
When the president was asked if he would seek Congressional approval for U.S. attacks on ISIS targets in Syria, he responded, "I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet."
The president said he would consider his military options today with the National Security Council.
“The options that I’m asking for from the Joint Chiefs focuses primarily on making sure that ISIL is not overrunning Iraq,” Obama said during a news conference in the White House briefing room, using another acronym for the militant Islamic group ISIS.
Earlier this week, the president approved military surveillance flights over Syria, but air strikes in that country have not been authorized. U.S. military planes have carried out over 100 airstrikes in Iraq.
“As commander in chief, I will always do what is necessary to protect the American people,” he said today. “Our military action in Iraq has to be part of a broader comprehensive strategy to protect our people and to support our partners who are taking the fight to ISIL."
Obama said he is dispatching Secretary of State John Kerry to the area to work with allies, and ordered Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to prepare “a range of options” for dealing with ISIS.
“It also means that states in the region stop being ambivalent about these extremist groups,” Obama said. “This should be a wake-up call to Sunni, to Shia, to everybody that a group like ISIS is beyond the pale; that they have no vision or ideology beyond violence and chaos and the slaughter of innocent people."
I guarantee you that this guys has a strategy when it comes to golf, but when it comes to dealing with a potential threat to national security, he's got nothing, nada, zilch.
And isn't that call by the President for states in the region to stop being ambivalent about extremist groups so very telling? That coming from Mr. Ambivalence himself.
He is to ambivalence what Kim Kardashian is to big butts, what Miley Cyrus is to sleaze, what Harry Reid is to incompetence.
I still struggle with the fact that this man was not only elected but re-elected by a majority of Americans.
We are in such deep doo-doo.
The majority of people of influence in the West either don't "do religion" or they keep religion out of their public lives. In a secular society, religion is something one does on the weekend—like golf, shopping, or visiting your mother. We are not only supposed to keep religion out of politics, but we are also expected to keep religion out of the classroom, out of the boardroom, and out of the bedroom. The preference for the term "freedom of worship" as opposed to "freedom of religion" implies that one may worship in any manner, but that activity is to stay within the church, temple, synagogue, or mosque and go no further.
Since, in that case, religion is a private matter, it is also assumed that this means one dares not impose one's religion on another person. Religion becomes a matter of taste, not a matter of truth. Therefore, when it comes to the variety of religious experiences, one deals with the religious marketplace as one does everything else in a consumer society. "You pay your money and you make your choice." If the modern secularist thinks of religion at all he thinks of it as a lifestyle choice, and the main virtue of those lifestyle choices must be that they all respect, or at least tolerate, any other religious lifestyle choice.
The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, in a prophetic message to the West, has pointed out that these liberal, tolerant values are not only not understood and appreciated by radical Muslims, but they are despised by the radicals. The radical Muslims believe their religion is true, and if it is true, then it must be accepted by everyone. If the way to get people to accept it is by force, then they will offer conversion or the sword.
It is absolutely crucial for the survival of Western civilization for those in the secularist West to start to "get religion." They had better start "doing God." They had better start trying to understand the religious mindset because the vast majority of the world's population is not secular. Most people in the world are religious and the religious majority is not shrinking, as some atheists would like to believe. The opposite is true. The burgeoning population in the Far East, Africa, and South America are religious. Religion is surging back in Russia and the former Eastern bloc countries, and the rise of Islam across the world is impossible to ignore.
Religion is surging because human beings want and need something to believe. It is natural for humans to be religious, and like the radical Muslims, it is natural not only for people to be religious, but for them to believe that their religion is true, and not only true, but more true than any other religion. The idea that all religions are equal and that the heart of religion is to be tolerant of all other religions is, itself, an idea that is antithetical to the vast majority of religious believers around the world. Until the secularists understand this, they will not "get religion" and will continue to see the present conflicts through shortsighted geo-political, economic lens.
If it is natural for religious people to believe their religion is true, then how does one deal with the truth claims of so many different religions? In a shrinking world with mass migration and global travel how should religious people deal with other religions? In the face of competing religions there are only four ways of resolution.
You must read the whole thing but particularly focus on the fourth of four ways to resolving the problem of competing religions.
Do it and walk away at least better informed but perhaps much more than that, the latter being my personal prayer for you dear reader.
“... and its struggle to find a place in modern society.”
That and much more, all of it worthy, over at Crisis Magazine in this piece by George Rutler called Benedict XVI: Pope as Prophet:
If a prophet is not without honor save in his own country, a great prophet is not without honor save in the whole world. Pope Benedict XVI bent under that mantle in 2006 when he spoke in Regensburg. His only miscalculation was to assume that civilization might still be civil enough to respect reason. Quoting the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus, himself a remnant of a decaying civilization which still distinguished good from evil, he considered how the Islamic notion of a divine power divorced from reason, whose absolute will is its own justification, could ransack the dignity of man. He condemned no one, and spoke only for truth without which the votaries of unreason, for whom there is no moral structure other than the willfulness of amorality, and whose God is not bound by his own word, rain down destruction.
The response of some, who protested with violence, proved by that very violence the Regensburg hypothesis, if the Incarnate Christ whose word is truth, can be called a hypothesis. Pope Benedict said: “Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul…. God is not pleased by blood—and not acting reasonably is contrary to God’s nature. Faith is born of the soul, not the body. Whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats.… To convince a reasonable soul, one does not need a strong arm, or weapons of any kind, or any other means of threatening a person with death….”
Later, the distinguished Egyptian Jesuit scholar, Father Shamir Halil Shamir, wrote: “Benedict XVI is probably one of the few figures to have profoundly understood the ambiguity in which contemporary Islam is being debated and its struggle to find a place in modern society. At the same time, he is proposing a way for Islam to work toward coexistence globally and with religions, based not on religious dialogue, but on dialogue between cultures and civilizations based on rationality and on a vision of man and human nature which comes before any ideology or religion. This choice to wager on cultural dialogue explains his decision to absorb the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue into the larger Pontifical Council for Culture.”
The president of Argentina, the problematic Christina Kirchner, said that the Pope’s remarks were a “diatribe” and “dangerous for everyone.” A supporter of Kirchner, the left-wing “investigative journalist” Horatio Verbitsky, adept as a conspiracy theorist, claimed in the journal “Pagina/24″ that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, at that time archbishop of Buenos Aires, had distanced himself from the Regensburg address, and the cardinal’s spokesman, Father Guillermo Marco, was quoted in Newsweek Argentina as saying that Bergoglio was “unhappy” with what Pope Benedict had said. The London Daily Telegraph made the same claim with nothing more substantial than the article in Newsweek Argentina. It is the case that another Argentinian archbishop, Joaquin Pina, criticized the Regensburg thesis, four days after which the Holy See accepted his resignation, but he already was one year past retirement age.
These few years since have seen written in the suffering of distressed souls what Pope Benedict described calmly and charitably. Such a short time can sharpen perceptions, and Pope Francis, whom we are assured is close to Benedict, has recently said from his humble abode: “The news coming from Iraq leaves us with dismay and disbelief.” Consequently, the Holy See conceded that military action may be needed to stem the atrocities of the Islamic State of Iraq. Only time will tell if that is a day late and a dollar short. Pythagoras’s belief that history repeats itself is a notion contrary to Christian progress, but all history attests that mistakes can repeat themselves, and the only way out of that fatal trap is to admit error and make amends. Both Benedict and Francis continue to grace the world with their obedience to the Logos. Should the God of Love call Benedict first to his heavenly home where humility’s only advertisement is the peace which passes all understanding, may Francis or another successor of Peter, declare Benedict a Doctor of the Church. Of one thing we may be certain: like the bold prophet Jeremiah, the benign prophet Benedict will never say in this world or from the next, “I told you so.” Reality has said that already by events more than words.
The prayer of every decent person must be that radical Islam succumb to international pressure for peace absent the need for violent confrontation.
Dear God let it be so... and give guidance and direction should that international pressure fail as it appears, in our humanity, that it will.
And up through the ground came a bubbling greenhouse gas. Researchers have discovered 570 plumes of methane percolating up from the sea floor off the eastern coast of the United States, a surprisingly high number of seeps in a relatively quiescent part of the ocean. The seeps suggest that methane’s contribution to climate change has been underestimated in some models. And because most of the seeps lie at depths where small changes in temperature could be releasing the methane, it is possible that climate change itself could be playing a role in turning some of them on.
Most of the seeps are thought to be fed by methane stored in hydrates, crystal lattices of water ice that form under low temperatures and high pressures. Harvesting methane from hydrates in the sea floor has already aroused commercial interests; both Japan and the United States have embarked on pilot extraction projects. But the hydrates are also significant for climate scientists: This immense reservoir is thought to contain 10 times as much carbon as the atmosphere. The gas, if it reaches the atmosphere, is far more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat trapper. Even in the more likely event that aerobic microbes devour the methane while still in the ocean, it is converted to carbon dioxide, which leads to ocean acidification. Some scientists have implicated runaway methane hydrate releases in the catastrophic extinctions of marine life at the Permian-Triassic boundary, 252 million years ago.
The present study, published online today in Nature Geoscience, is based on data collected in a survey from 2011 to 2013 by the research vessel Okeanos Explorer. Equipped with a multibeam sonar along its hull, the vessel not only mapped the sea floor along a swath off the coast of North Carolina to Massachusetts, but also recorded reflections in the water column. Gas bubbles of methane stood out as a distinctive signature. Most of the seeps were found at depths of 180 to 600 meters along the upper slope of the continental margin. This is the area where the continental shelf rapidly falls to the 5000-meter-deep abyssal plain of the ocean.
“So far everybody has been looking at small spots. This is the first time anyone has systematically mapped an entire margin,” says Christian Berndt, a marine geophysicist at GEOMAR in Kiel, Germany, who was not involved in the study. It was also a surprise because seeps are typically found above known methane reservoirs, or above regions of active tectonic activity. The continental margin was thought to be virtually devoid of seeps—until scientists studied the sonar data. “They found that there was much more methane coming out than was suspected beforehand,” Berndt says.
For a handful of the seeps, the researchers were able to take pictures with a remotely operated submersible. They found carbonate rocks associated with the seeps that would have taken several thousand years to form. But some of the seeps are shallow—and are at the critical depth where hydrates fall apart—so they could be sensitive to rising ocean temperatures on much shorter time scales, says Carolyn Ruppel, a co-author of the new study and chief of the gas hydrates project at the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. “There are reasons to believe that some of the present seepage has been triggered by changes in oceanographic conditions,” she says.
Proving that climate change is directly responsible could be difficult, Berndt says. In January, he and colleagues published a study in Science on methane seeps in the Arctic Ocean off the coast of the island of Svalbard, where temperature changes are occurring more rapidly. Berndt found evidence that the seeps there had existed for at least 3000 years and saw no evidence that the ocean sediments had been heating up—and releasing methane—on the decades long timescales associated with climate change. At the very least, though, he says, the Atlantic Ocean study shows that ocean and climate modelers should start to incorporate methane inputs from many more types of seafloor terrains around the world. “We have this extra source here,” he says. “Not much attention has been paid to it.”
So... given some of what I bolded in the excerpt, and what has been said in the past by the global warmingologists, we should be able to conclude that man-made climate change, though difficult to prove, is responsible for the catastrophic extinction of marine life some 252 million years ago.
Hey... it's science... and who the hell are you to dissent?
Fans who stream into the Navy Yard district before Nats games are now greeted with increasingly varied entertainment choices, from Yards Park for fresh air and views of the Anacostia River to the Fairgrounds for frat-rock music and adult refreshments to a variety of neighborhood restaurants and taverns, with more to come.
On Sunday afternoons this summer, they’ve had another option: a Catholic church service. Or, as the local St. Vincent de Paul church calls it, “Nats Mass.”
“For me, it was kind of a no-brainer,” said Rev. Andrew Royals, 34, a Montgomery County native who became the pastor at the South Capitol Street church about two years ago. “On game days we had thousands of people walking right in front of our church. I was like, ‘Well, I’m sure some of these people would like to go to church.’…And we thought there’s no reason people can’t do both.”
And thus, Nats Mass was launched in May, a noon service that runs about 40 or 45 minutes, getting attendees out the door in plenty of time for a 1:35 first pitch.
The first session, a trial run that wasn’t publicized, attracted a crowd of five. But then the church – which is located at the corner of South Capitol and M streets – put up a sign touting the Nats Mass service. It publicized the service on Facebook. It used the #NatsMass hashtag on Twitter. And the crowd has grown at each successive mass.
Royals is expecting between 75 and 100 people for Sunday’s service, the seventh of nine scheduled Nats masses this season. By next season, he hopes to reach the church’s capacity, which is about 150. The church has long held an 8 a.m. Sunday mass for regular parishioners, and it recently added a Sunday evening mass for the younger demographic, but Royals expects that Nats Mass will eventually be the parish’s biggest event of the week.
“We’re shattering attendance records each Sunday,” he said. “That’s what gives me hope. I’m pretty sure at some point I’m going to start mass one Sunday, and I’m going to look out and see a church filled with Nats fans.”
It's the New Evangelization in the flesh, pretty cool. And hey, the Nats have won 5 of 6 since the launch, not bad. It's win-win all around I'd say.
Hats off to Father Royals for the idea and to CMR for the find.
If Satan directs people to mock that which are a sacrilege to God, then he seems to be divided against himself. So here, we find something of an argument for the Real Presence of the Eucharist, and the sacredness of the Catholic Mass. Here is my reasoning:
- If the Real Presence of the Eucharist is a false doctrine, then the Catholic Mass is a form of idolatry, sacrilege, and blaspheme (premise).
- The Catholic Mass is a form of idolatry, sacrilege, and blasphemy, and Satanists are directed by Satan to mock and blaspheme the Mass, only if Satan is divided against himself (premise).
- If Satan is divided against himself, his kingdom will not stand (premise).
- Satan’s kingdom will stand (premise).1
- Satan is not divided against himself (from 3 and 4).
- It is not both the case that the Catholic Mass is a form of idolatry, sacrilege, and blasphemy, and Satanists are directed by Satan to mock and blaspheme the Mass (from 2 and 5).
Now, given that I think that there are demonic forces in this world, I think it is reasonable that those who invoke the very name of Satan, Satanists, are influenced by him with regard to their Black Mass in its form and ritual. I think this is so, even if they explicitly claim to be atheist or reject the supernatural. One may still be influenced by the demonic even if one claims not to believe in it. So:
- Satanists are directed by Satan to mock and blaspheme the Mass (premise).
- It is not the case that the Catholic Mass is a form of idolatry, sacrilege, and blasphemy (from 6 and 7).
- The Real Presence of the Eucharist is a true doctrine (from 1 and 8).
For those wondering what has prompted Daniel's compelling and logic filled piece, it's this event slated to take place in Oklahoma next month and the fallout that has resulted.
I found Daniel's post via Lex Communis who asks this relevant question:
When was the last time we heard about Satanists mocking a Presbyterian service?
“If no one is Pope, EVERYONE is pope!” Without a visible head, there is no principle on earth for unity in the Church. The Protestant experiment tried to replace the Pope with Scripture and gave it sole authority. But Protestants cannot agree on what Scripture says and have no earthly way to resolve their conflicts. While they say that authority resides in Scripture alone, the fact is, in claiming the anointing of the Holy Spirit and thus the ability to properly interpret Scripture, they really place the locus of authority within themselves and become the very pope they denounce. Having denied that there is a pope they become pope. If no one is Pope, everyone is pope.
I have read that some objectors think Catholics arrogant in asserting that we have a pope whom we trust to be anointed by God to teach us without error on faith and morals. But which is more arrogant: to claim there is a pope (not me), or to in fact act like one myself?
In the end, the Protestant experiment is a failed one. Many estimates place the number of Protestant denominations as high as 30,000. Personally, I think this is exaggerated—but not by much. Protestants all claim the Scriptures as their source of the truth but differ on many essential matters such as sexual morality, authority, the necessity of baptism, whether once saved is always saved, etc. When they cannot resolve things they simply subdivide. There is an old joke, told even among Protestants, that goes,
Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, “Don’t do it!” He said, “Nobody loves me.” I said, “God loves you. Do you believe in God?” He said, “Yes.” I said, “Are you a Christian or a Jew?” He said, “A Christian.” I said, “Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?” He said, “Protestant.” I said, “Me, too! What franchise?” He said, “Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?” He said, “Northern Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?” He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?” He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region.” I said, “Me, too!” Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?” He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912.” I said, “Die, heretic!” And I pushed him over.
A strange little joke, and not entirely fair since most Protestants of different denominations that I know get along fine on a personal level. But the truth is, the denominations disagree over many very important things. The Protestant experiment is a failure that leads only to endless division. The Church needs a visible head. The Bible alone does not suffice, for there are endless disagreements on how to interpret it. Someone must exist to whom all turn and who all agree will resolve the differences after listening.
Read the whole thing.
I don't resent in any way my Protestant friends who have problems with Catholicism. I had problems for years but something (the Holy Spirit I'm now convinced) kept me returning, in one sense or another, to the Catholic Church, the Church I now call home and will never leave.
She is the fullest representation of the truth, a conclusion I've drawn after much reading and study. And she points me in the direction of Christ, through Mary His Mother, through the Saints, through tradition, through Scripture, through the liturgy, through her Bishops, Priests and Deacons, through her monks, friars and nuns.
I drifted through the morass that Protestantism had for me become and landed, thankfully, on the Rock upon which Christ built His Church.
And I will forever be grateful.
I'm seeing a smattering of my fellow believers using Matthew 6 to criticize the ALS ice bucket challenge:
Teaching about Almsgiving.
“[But] take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them;a otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites* do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
I'm no theologian, no Scriptural expert and despite the fact that I've slept at a Holiday Inn Express numerous times, I'm not going to play one now.... however... my thinking on this begins with the notion that plucking a Scripture out of its context is problematic and particularly so here.
Isn't Matthew 6 about giving to the poor and destitute? The ice bucket challenge is about giving to research purposed in finding a cure to a devastating disease. I'm not seeing the connection though perhaps I'm being a tad too literal.
But if we're going to engage in Scriptural swordplay, I can't help but think of two more Scriptural references, beginning with Luke 18:
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.
He then addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else.
“Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity—greedy, dishonest, adulterous—or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’
But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’
I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Verse 11 being the verse that speaks loudest to me.
But let's go back to Matthew and particularly the Beatitudes and use Scripture in a way that seems to trumpet events like the ALS ice bucket challenge:
You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.
Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.
Is the ice bucket challenge a good deed? Isn't a light being shone on it? I'm thinking the answer is yes to each question.
I'm seeing the concerns voiced by many that the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (ALSA) uses embryonic stem cell research in the attempt to find a cure and that's a fair criticism. Thankfully there are alternatives to the ALSA and many, including myself, have taken advantage but that doesn't seem to be the gist of the criticism I'm seeing when the Matthew 6 verses are being bandied about.
There's lots in the culture we Christians need to be critical of. Lots. But there are also good things out there happening that we need to be encouraging, paricularly when the cause is so clearly positive.
I would, carefully, ask that those who are critical of the ice bucket challenge spend some time with a family having to deal with ALS.
I think an hour or two would do it.
This is, to me, a good cause. And if Jesus is willing to participate, I'm thinking we should all be willing:
Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has reversed an earlier decision to allow two Catholic universities to eliminate coverage of most abortions for employees, saying state law requires health insurance plans to cover all abortions.
The state had previously allowed insurance companies to offer plans to Santa Clara and Loyola Marymount universities that denied coverage for "elective" abortions, and allowed it only for abortions needed to save a woman's life or prevent serious health damage. Loyola Marymount, in Los Angeles, implemented its policy in January, while Santa Clara's was due to take effect next year.
Urged by abortion-rights groups and university employees to reconsider the issue, Brown's Department of Managed Health Care, in letters to be sent Friday to insurers for both universities, said the exclusions violate a 1975 state law that requires group health plans to cover all basic services - defined, by the law, as those that are "medically necessary."
"Abortion is a basic health care service," the department's director, Michelle Rouillard, said in the letter.
In addition, she said, "the California Constitution prohibits health plans from discriminating against women who choose to terminate a pregnancy. Thus, all health plans must treat maternity services and legal abortion neutrally."
How nuetral is the mandating of abortion coverage at Catholic institutions?
And think on this... to treat two things neutrally means to treat them equally. California is stating that we should treat the bringing of a child into the world the same as killing said child in said womb.
The New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) has ruled that the Roman Catholic owners of an Albany-area farm violated the civil rights of a lesbian couple when they declined to host the couple’s same-sex “marriage” ceremony in 2012.
Robert and Cynthia Gifford, who own and operate Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, were ordered by DHR Judge Migdalia Pares and Commissioner Helen Diane Foster to pay $10,000 in fines to the state and an additional $3,000 in damages to the lesbian couple, Jennie McCarthy and Melissa Erwin for “mental pain and suffering.”
Additionally, the Giffords must provide sensitivity training to their staff, and prominently display a poster highlighting state anti-discrimination laws.
The Giffords’ attorney, Jim Trainor, told LifeSiteNews that the two-year-legal drama and resulting fines all stemmed from a single brief phone call in 2012 that caught his clients off guard.
“The entire interaction between the Complainants and the Giffords transpired during a two to three minute telephone conversation which, unknown to Mrs. Gifford, was being tape recorded,” Trainor said.
“After communicating the fact that they chose not to hold same-sex marriage ceremonies at the farm because to do so would violate the Giffords’ sincerely held beliefs (that God intended marriage to be between a man a woman only), Mrs. Gifford invited the couple to visit the farm to discuss handling their wedding reception, which the couple refused.”
The Giffords draw a line, Trainor explained, between a ceremony that solemnizes a homosexual relationship and a reception that celebrates the union after the fact. To participate in the former, they argue, would be a violation of their own religious beliefs, especially because marriage ceremonies on the farm typically take place in and around the couple’s home, where they live full-time and are raising their two children.
But the Giffords are willing to serve gay couples in other ways – for example, they allowed another lesbian couple to throw a birthday party for their adopted child on the farm.
You should be outraged by this. You should recognize the threat.
The land of the free isn't.
The home of the brave now particularly applies to those brave enough to face down the gay fascist movement in the attempt to practice their faith.
God bless the Giffords. God bless all those attempting to live up to the tenets of their God given beliefs. God grant them wisdom and guidance and continued passion. God grant more faith to those sitting on the fence about this issue.
And God convince and convict Gay fascists of their wrongness.
That and a heckuva lot more from... ready for this?
When Barack Obama first ran for president, he theatrically cast himself as the man alone on the stage. From his address in Berlin to his acceptance speech in Chicago, he eschewed ornaments and other politicians, conveying the sense that he was above the grubby political scene, unearthly and apart.
He began “Dreams From My Father” with a description of his time living on the Upper East Side while he was a student at Columbia, savoring his lone-wolf existence. He was, he wrote, “prone to see other people as unnecessary distractions.” When neighbors began to “cross the border into familiarity, I would soon find reason to excuse myself. I had grown too comfortable in my solitude, the safest place I knew.”
His only “kindred spirit” was a silent old man who lived alone in the apartment next door. Obama carried groceries for him but never asked his name. When the old man died, Obama briefly regretted not knowing his name, then swiftly regretted his regret.
But what started as an affectation has turned into an affliction.
A front-page article in The Times by Carl Hulse, Jeremy Peters and Michael Shear chronicled how the president’s disdain for politics has alienated many of his most stalwart Democratic supporters on Capitol Hill.
His bored-bird-in-a-gilded-cage attitude, the article said, “has left him with few loyalists to effectively manage the issues erupting abroad and at home and could imperil his efforts to leave a legacy in his final stretch in office.”
Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, an early Obama backer, noted that “for him, eating his spinach is schmoozing with elected officials.”
First the president couldn’t work with Republicans because they were too obdurate. Then he tried to chase down reporters with subpoenas. Now he finds members of his own party an unnecessary distraction.
His circle keeps getting more inner. He golfs with aides and jocks, and he spent his one evening back in Washington from Martha’s Vineyard at a nearly five-hour dinner at the home of a nutritional adviser and former White House assistant chef, Sam Kass.
The president who was elected because he was a hot commodity is now a wet blanket.
The extraordinary candidate turns out to be the most ordinary of men, frittering away precious time on the links. Unlike L.B.J., who devoured problems as though he were being chased by demons, Obama’s main galvanizing impulse was to get himself elected.
Almost everything else — from an all-out push on gun control after the Newtown massacre to going to see firsthand the Hispanic children thronging at the border to using his special status to defuse racial tensions in Ferguson — just seems like too much trouble.
There's a part of me that finds hope in this sort of thing. Finds hope in people recognizing what it is Obama stands for and who the man really is but... let's not kid ourselves.
There may be more now in the media who are recognizing what Obama is doing to the country but trust me when I tell you that they'll be the first to circle the wagons should it come down to it because, in the end, he's still a kindred spirit.
Maureen Dowd may be disappointed with Obama but let's not not be blind. Her worldview, her mindset, her ideology will continue to be a threat to what is right, pure, good and decent.
That's a fact.
... absolutely has to be more:
A high school student was allegedly suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed.
Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County High School, said bless you to her classmate who sneezed and the teacher told her that the term was for church.
When she defended her actions, the teacher told Turner to see an administrator. The student said that she had to finish the class period in in-school suspension.
The girl’s parents were told by school leaders that their daughter shouted “bless you” across the room and that it was a classroom distraction.
School officials told her parents Tuesday that the teacher claimed that their daughter was aggressive and disruptive.
Let's all hope that there are details forthcoming that can explain this.
There are two bloggers whose posts I cannot wait to read.
One is The Anchoress. She has has become a goto person for me for all things Catholic and has been a tremendous boon to my faith. Of course I recognize she's human and will at some point let me down, nevertheless, she's a must read for me personally.
The other is Tod Worner and his latest piece confirms for me why I love to read what he puts up:
We are observing the wreckage of ISIS from positions of great privilege. From our convenient perches in the West, we can wear several layers defending against an autumn chill, warmly sip a cappuccino, peer through our half-moons at the full expanse of the Sunday New York Times and shake our heads at the larger world we live in. As we consider the groceries we’ll order or our next iPad upgrade, we find ourselves jarred by the image of a refugee child, a grown man on his knees pleading for his life before execution (in vain) and a woman our mother’s age navigating a rocky mountainwith a walker. Whether we know it our not, in this moment – in this very moment – we are being confronted with a truth that shatters all the “enlightened” theories we have been dreamily nursed on for years.
In the post-modern world, we have been led to believe that truth is relative to person, place, time and culture. This notion has led many to approach different faiths, cultures, nations and people with the exalted virtues of open-mindedness and tolerance. By allowing our “firmly-held” principles to be subordinate to the principles of others, we are commended as being enlightened and unofficious. But there are two important logical conclusions that follow from this practice.
Now, there's lots of context here so please, do yourself the favor of reading the whole thing and to consider passing it along.
It will be beneficial, for you, and for others who'll read it.
By now you've likely heard about the horrific video purporting to be the ISIS snuff film of journalist James Foley who was kidnapped by rebels in Syria back in November of 2012.
What you may not have heard of is the following letter written to his alma mater while being held captive in Libya back in 2011:
Phone call home
A letter from James Foley, Arts ’96, to Marquette.
Marquette University has always been a friend to me. The kind who challenges you to do more and be better and ultimately shapes who you become.
With Marquette, I went on some volunteer trips to South Dakota and Mississippi and learned I was a sheltered kid and the world had real problems. I came to know young people who wanted to give their hearts for others. Later I volunteered in a Milwaukee junior high school up the street from the university and was inspired to become an inner-city teacher. But Marquette was perhaps never a bigger friend to me than when I was imprisoned as a journalist.
Myself and two colleagues had been captured and were being held in a military detention center in Tripoli. Each day brought increasing worry that our moms would begin to panic. My colleague, Clare, was supposed to call her mom on her birthday, which was the day after we were captured. I had still not fully admitted to myself that my mom knew what had happened. But I kept telling Clare my mom had a strong faith.
I prayed she’d know I was OK. I prayed I could communicate through some cosmic reach of the universe to her.
I began to pray the rosary. It was what my mother and grandmother would have prayed. I said 10 Hail Marys between each Our Father. It took a long time, almost an hour to count 100 Hail Marys off on my knuckles. And it helped to keep my mind focused.
Clare and I prayed together out loud. It felt energizing to speak our weaknesses and hopes together, as if in a conversation with God, rather than silently and alone.
Later we were taken to another prison where the regime kept hundreds of political prisoners. I was quickly welcomed by the other prisoners and treated well.
One night, 18 days into our captivity, some guards brought me out of the cell. In the hall I saw Manu, another colleague, for the first time in a week. We were haggard but overjoyed to see each other. Upstairs in the warden’s office, a distinguished man in a suit stood and said, “We felt you might want to call your families.”
I said a final prayer and dialed the number. My mom answered the phone. “Mom, Mom, it’s me, Jim.”
“Jimmy, where are you?”
“I’m still in Libya, Mom. I’m sorry about this. So sorry.”
“Don’t be sorry, Jim,” she pleaded. “Oh, Daddy just left. Oh … He so wants to talk to you. How are you, Jim?” I told her I was being fed, that I was getting the best bed and being treated like a guest.
“Are they making you say these things, Jim?”
“No, the Libyans are beautiful people,” I told her. “I’ve been praying for you to know that I’m OK,” I said. “Haven’t you felt my prayers?”
“Oh, Jimmy, so many people are praying for you. All your friends, Donnie, Michael Joyce, Dan Hanrahan, Suree, Tom Durkin, Sarah Fang have been calling. Your brother Michael loves you so much.” She started to cry. “The Turkish embassy is trying to see you and also Human Rights Watch. Did you see them?” I said I hadn’t.
“They’re having a prayer vigil for you at Marquette. Don’t you feel our prayers?” she asked.
“I do, Mom, I feel them,” and I thought about this for a second. Maybe it was others’ prayers strengthening me, keeping me afloat.
The official made a motion. I started to say goodbye. Mom started to cry. “Mom, I’m strong. I’m OK. I should be home by Katie’s graduation,” which was a month away.
“We love you, Jim!” she said. Then I hung up.
I replayed that call hundreds of times in my head — my mother’s voice, the names of my friends, her knowledge of our situation, her absolute belief in the power of prayer. She told me my friends had gathered to do anything they could to help. I knew I wasn’t alone.
My last night in Tripoli, I had my first Internet connection in 44 days and was able to listen to a speech Tom Durkin gave for me at the Marquette vigil. To a church full of friends, alums, priests, students and faculty, I watched the best speech a brother could give for another. It felt like a best man speech and a eulogy in one. It showed tremendous heart and was just a glimpse of the efforts and prayers people were pouring forth. If nothing else, prayer was the glue that enabled my freedom, an inner freedom first and later the miracle of being released during a war in which the regime had no real incentive to free us. It didn’t make sense, but faith did.
Assuming the beheading video is real, and there's little reason to believe that it isn't, Mr. Foley becomes yet another Christian martyr murdered by ISIS.
I'm not usually an alarmist. Not usually. But I've been experiencing an unease unlike anything I've sensed before.
I believe we're on the verge of something big, something I'm thinking is about to happen, something military might and resolve alone will not be able to overcome.
My thinking is that we need to draw as near to God as we're able.
Do so please.
Amel Shimoun Nona, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Iraq, who is now living in exile, warned that his diocese is now run by radical Muslims and that “liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here,” adding that “Islam does not say that all men are equal,” and if Westerners “do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed into your home.”
The Chaldean Catholic Church is an Eastern Rite church, under the authority of Pope Francis. In an interview with Corriere della Sera, Archbishop Amel Nona, now living in exile in Erbil, in Kurdistan Iraq, commented on his diocese in Mosul being overrun by radical Islamists.
“Our sufferings today are the prelude of those that you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future,” said the archbishop. “I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive.”
“Please, try to understand us,” he said. “Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims.”
“Also, you are in danger,” said the archbishop. “You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles.”
“You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal,” said Archbishop Nona. “Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.”
Words of wisdom.
Horrific news for Pope Francis this morning. CNN with details:
Two of Pope Francis' grandnephews and the boys' mother were killed early Tuesday in a car crash in the pontiff's homeland of Argentina, police said.
The pontiff's nephew, Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, was critically injured in the crash on a highway in Cordoba, said Carina Ferreyra, a Cordoba police spokeswoman.
Emanuel Bergoglio, 35, was taken to a hospital in Cordoba, where he was in critical condition Tuesday morning, Ferreyra said.
Pope Francis was "deeply hurt" by news of the crash, a Vatican spokesman said.
"The Pope has been informed of the tragic accident that took place in Argentina involving some of his family members," said the spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi. "He is deeply hurt.
"He asks to all of those who participate in his sorrow to be with him in prayers."
Terribly tragic... God rest those who've passed and welcome them into His arms.
God comfort loved ones left behind and the Pope himself and wrap His arms around them each.
Via The Blaze:
An Iraqi television host started crying on-air over what ISIS has done to his country’s Christians, according to a video and translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
“They are our own flesh and blood,” Nahi Mahdi said on Asia TV in late July, covering his face as he wept. “Some of them have left for Sweden or Germany …. Who does [ISIS] think it is to drive out our fellow countrymen?!”
“Our country is like a rose, and its petals are the Christians, the Arabs, the Kurds, the Sabians, the Shabak people,” Mahdi continued. “These are all our countrymen.”
Another panelist agreed, adding: “The Christians have done nothing wrong. They haven’t hurt a soul. On the contrary, they are peaceful people, who love all sects. They are honorable people, with high moral values.”
“We stand one hundred percent in solidarity with them,” he concluded.
Here's the video:
God inspire more to be like him in the Muslim world. And protect him from harm.
PICKING up where a high-school chemistry class might end, ''Nova,'' the public-broadcasting science series, offers the nonmatriculating viewer an advanced course in worrying. The cause of the concern is all the carbon dioxide that's being pumped into the industrialized and motorized air. The hourlong broadcast is called ''The Climate Crisis: The Greenhouse Effect,'' at 9 tonight on Channel 13.
The conclusion, conveyed with great authority by several big-league climatologists from government and private research organizations, is terrible: by the year 2000, the atmosphere and weather will grow warmer by several degrees and life - animal, plant, human - will be threatened. The experts say that melting ice caps, flooded cities, droughts in the corn belt and famine in the third world could result if the earth's mean temperature rises by a mere two or three degrees.
The documentary swings between pictures of green lands and smokestack skies. This, of course, is familiar to readers and documentary viewers, going back at least to Rachel Carson's ''Silent Spring.'' The pleasant educational lesson on ''Nova'' illustrates planetary ecology. In an interesting analogy, we learn from the writer-producer Richard Broad, of Boston's public-television station WGBH, that a single trans-Atlantic flight consumes all the energy that an acre of forest produces in 100 years. The oceans and forests absorb carbon dioxide; that's the good news. The bad news is that these natural safeguards could be imperiled if tropical forests are cut down for agricultural use.
Millions of tons of coal are burned annually around the world. In small amounts, carbon dioxide is necessary, but with the ever-growing consumption of fossil fuels (mainly coal), the air becomes polluted at an intolerable level. The scientists explain that the carbon dioxide released into the air acts like the glass in a greenhouse, sealing the earth in its own warmth - creating the ''greenhouse effect.''
Looking at the clouds of industrial smoke, and then at the crowded highways, a scientist from the National Center for Climate Research says: ''The industrialized West keeps the furnaces burning. This is the high price we pay for prosperity.'' It is a grim prognosis. The scientists on the program issue warnings but they cannot quite tell the world to stop the clock of industrialization. The advances made on antipollution devices on automobiles might be applied to cutting down industrial smoke, too.
''The Climate Crisis'' was originally produced by WGBH in 1983. It would be useful to do some re-editing, cut down a bit on the original documentary and bring it up to date, even if only with a brief new introduction or conclusion.
Hopefully you noticed that the piece is a little dated... as in... nearly 30 years old. Hopefully you also noticed that doom and gloom was supposed to have taken place, as predicted by these experts with athority, by the year 2000.
It's been nearly 15 years since that doomsday and the predictions, though still coming, continue to slip doomsday's date... with authority.
Priests in white lab coat vestments utter prophecies “with great authority”. Apocalyptic language abounds. People perpetually speak of their belief and disbelief in global warming. Indulgences called carbon credits are offered. As somebody who knows little of the science but something of the language of faith, I find it fascinating. Nobody ever asks me if I believe in hydraulics or jet propulsion.
Mark's point is clear and is why on this blog, whenever I post anything on the myth that is man-made global warming, I put it under the category of the Church of Chicken Little.
It's the most apt and descriptive subject to put these kinds of stories under.
He plays a sport dominated by exactness and a long tradition of honor and truth and rule adherence — and pro golfer Cameron Tringale found himself facing a possibility he couldn’t shake.
But along with the cash, Tringale also had a guilty conscience.
His was a momentary, miniscule miscue — if it happened at all. He’s not even sure.
But all the same Tringale, 26, felt he may have missed a stroke when attempting to tap in the ball on the 11th hole last Sunday, noted Yahoo Sport of UK and Ireland. Thing is the possible missed stroke never made it on his scorecard — and Trinangle signed the scorecard.
So he told officials what was on his mind — knowing full well the consequences.
“Realizing that there could be the slightest doubt that the swing over the ball should have been recorded as a stroke, I spoke with the PGA of America and shared with them my conclusion that the stroke should have been recorded,” he noted to Yahoo Sport.
More from Yahoo Sport:
Nobody saw it. The man himself isn’t even sure whether he did it or not. He’s not even sure if it should have counted as a stroke or not, since it’s a grey area as to whether or not he had actually addressed the ball to make his stroke (and if you’ve not addressed the ball to try and hit it, there is no penalty).
But signing an incorrect scorecard means a disqualification — and bye bye to his prize money.
Bye bye to prize money, hello to moral clarity and the sacrifice that goes at times with putting it on display.
Hats off to Cameron Tringale, may more rise up like him.
“As someone from Hawaii, that water [at Martha's Vineyard] is still a little cold”
That next day, Catholic News Service released the following video, one that shames Obama's vacation complaints:
Militants in northern Iraq have massacred at least 80 men from the Yazidi faith in a village and abducted women and children, reports say.
The killings took place over the space of an hour, said a Yazidi MP, Mahama Khalil, who reportedly spoke to survivors.
A resident of a nearby village said an IS fighter from the same area had given him details of the bloodshed.
"He told me that the Islamic State had spent five days trying to persuade villagers to convert to Islam and that a long lecture was delivered about the subject today," said the villager.
"He then said the men were gathered and shot dead. The women and girls were probably taken to [the city of] Tal Afar because that is where the foreign fighters are."
Hadi Pir, a Yazidi activist and member of the Yazidi Crisis Management Team in the US, also said a deadline to convert had been given to the villagers.
The villagers were assembled at Kocho's only school, after which the men were shot, the activists said. Remaining villagers were then put on buses for an unknown destination.
The report includes references to U.S. drones attacking nearby ISIS military vehicles in response, starkly countering Obama's siege is broken words spoken during Thursday's press conference.
The wider siege is far from over. More will have to be done. Western power will have to be used.
There's an international chill in the air making the waters off Martha's Vineyard seem balmy Mr. President.
You need to focus sir.
"We broke the ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) siege of Mount Sinjar. We helped innocent people reach safety and we helped save many innocent lives. Because of these efforts we do not expect there to be an additional operation to evacuate people off the mountain and it’s unlikely that we are going to need to continue humanitarian airdrops on the mountain."
Yazidi leaders and emergency relief officials on Thursday strongly disputed American claims that the siege of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq had been broken and that the crisis was effectively over, saying that tens of thousands of Yazidis remained on the mountain in desperate conditions.
Speaking from her hospital bed here, Vian Dakhil, an Iraqi member of Parliament and a Yazidi leader who was injured in the crash of a helicopter delivering aid to the mountain on Tuesday, said she was aware of the American claims and had discussed them with Yazidi leaders still in the area.
“It’s not true,” she said.
“It’s better now than it had been, but it’s just not true that all of them are safe — they are not,” Ms. Dakhil said. “Especially on the south side of the mountain, the situation is very terrible. There are still people who are not getting any aid.”
She estimated the number of Yazidis trapped on the southern flanks of Mount Sinjar at 70,000 to 80,000.
Ms. Dakhil’s assessment of the seriousness of the Yazidis’ plight was supported by United Nations humanitarian officials, who on Thursday were unequivocal that there remained a major crisis among the Yazidis on Mount Sinjar.
“The crisis on Mount Sinjar is by no means over,” said David Swanson, the spokesman for the United Nations coordinator of humanitarian affairs in northern Iraq, interviewed by telephone from Dohuk, in northern Iraq. “Although many people managed to escape from the north side, there are still thousands of others up there, under conditions of extreme heat, dehydration and imminent threat of attack. The situation is far from solved.”
Ms. Dakhil, who said she was in touch with Yazidis in the Mount Sinjar area, suggested that the American military team must have visited the northern side of the mountain, the only area that can be reached by helicopters easily, whereas the greatest problem lay to the south, closer to positions held by ISIS militants and therefore dangerous to travel to by helicopter.
Given this administration's history, who do you believe?
UPDATE: This news in late today:
Islamic militants killed 90 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority in a northern village, sources told Fox News on Friday.
The Kurdish-speaking ethnic and religious group, which numbers in the hundreds of thousands in Iraq, has been persecuted in the north by Islamic State militants, with at least 500 killed prior to Friday's news, according to Iraq's human rights minister.
Shortly after receiving reports of civilians being attacked, U.S. forces conducted airstrikes on Islamic State vehicles near Sinjar, according to a statement released by Central Command Friday.
The latest killings came just a day after President Obama said U.S. air strikes and humanitarian aid drops on Sinjar mountain, where thousands of Yazidi have been stranded in an Islamic State siege had been ended.
"[Militants] arrived in vehicles and they started their killing this afternoon,'' senior Kurdish official Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters. "We believe it's because of their creed: convert or be killed."
A Yazidi lawmaker and another senior Kurdish official also said the killings had taken place and that the women of the village were kidnapped.
Anyone expect the media to follow up with Obama?