Friday, August 27, 2010

Mullets on Parade

I posted some old band photos on Facebook from the last two decades. It was an amusing visit to the past. I'm sure my old bandmates are thrilled with being tagged on them.

See the parade of bad haircuts here.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sen. Coburn on Life

"We now record fetal heartbeats at 14 days post-conception. Re record fetal brainwaves at 39 days post-conception. And I don't expect you to answer this, but I do expect you to pay attention to it as you contemplate these big issues. We have this schizophrenic rule of law where we have defined death as the absence of those, but we refuse to define life as the presence of those."

Coburn makes an excellent point here, but as others have put it, since we do not know when life begins, we should deal with such matters with caution. Conception results in a unique human being—genetically and spiritually. Disimissing that fact is what leads to such schizophrenic rules of law.

HT to Julie D.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Fr. Barron responds to Anne Rice

I've been reading with some sadness many of the rather tart if not caustic comments about what Anne Rice recently wrote concerning Christianity and her rejection of the label Christian. It saddens me because I saw someone who truly wanted to come back but perhaps was seeing through a glass darkly. I reviewed Ms. Rice's two books on the early life of Jesus here, both of which I enjoyed, and she was kind enough to drop by and comment. I truly believe she wants to find the truth, and I also believe the Church is the place she will find it. However, it seemed to me that she was responding less to the teachings of the Church and more to personal attacks on her struggles with those teachings. The responses just proved her point. Christians, and particularly Catholic Christians, can be an uncharitable lot. I'm not saying anyone should discard the truth for a lie, but we should speak the truth in love. When we don't, we look like the caricature she has in her mind of us. How do we say that we don't support homosexual activity, abortion, and contraception because we love, then we turn around and act hateful? We have to act on love in our insistence of the truth about the teachings of the Church.

Fr. Robert Barron of the Word on Fire ministry posted what I think is the only really compassionate response I've seen, which is why I haven't posted anything myself. At the end, he posts, "Come back, Anne. We need you!" To which I agree. We need all the members of the Body of Christ and their gifts. And also importantly, come back, Anne, because you need the Church.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Michael Totten in Israel

Michael Totten, a blogging photojournalist who works extensively in the Middle East, is currently in Israel. He posts this very interesting interview with an Israeli friend on how different the perspective on Israel is from the inside. Something he notes that many people are blissfully unaware of is that 70% of Jewish Israelis emigrated against their will: that is, they were either run out of Europe before, during, or after World War II, or run out of other Middle Eastern countries after the partition. One of my colleagues there had a family who had lived in Damascus who finally had to leave during the 70s because of the persecution of Jews there.