Saturday, February 07, 2009

News Updates, 2/7

Translations Better, Public Relations Worse
If you want to really understand why the Church is developing a new translation of the Mass, look no further than the brilliant address on this subject given by the new Archbishop of Detroit, who is also a member of the U.S. Bishops' Worship Committee. Archbishop Allen Vigneron spoke at the Gateway Liturgical Conference in St. Louis in November.

Archbishop Vigneron's talk has been published in the latest issue of the Adoremus Bulletin. It is the best thing I've seen, making everything wonderfully clear, and including excellent examples: The Art of Pastoral Translation at the Service of Communion.
Bishop Martino Writes Sen. Casey a Letter About the Mexico City Policy
Bishop Joseph Martino of Scranton continues to demonstrate leadership on the life issues. He has written a letter to Pennsylvania senator Bob Casey, Jr. asking him to reconsider his vote against reaffirming the Mexico City Policy. If only every bishop in the United States would write a letter like this to the Catholic members of Congress in their dioceses who voted to end the Mexico City policy!

Cardinal Bertone chides Spanish government on dignity-of-life issues
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone-- whose visit to Spain this week has been hailed by the country's Socialist government as the beginning of a "more constructive" relationship with the Catholic Church-- has chided that government for its policies on issues related to the dignity of human life.

Child Porn Pandemic as Police Estimate 600,000 Americans, 65,000 Canadians Trading Child Porn Online
Dr. Judith Reisman, an internationally-recognized author, scientist, and educator told LSN that someone who sees no connection between "legal" porn and the child porn pandemic is "in denial."

Porn Lawyer Has a 'Confirmation Conversion' at Senate Hearing
David Ogden, nominated by Soetoro/Obama to help lead the Department of Justice, was grilled by lawmakers yesterday during his confirmation hearing. Ogden’s nomination has been a source of controversy, due to the fact that he has a long record of arguing against child pornography laws, and for a virtually unlimited abortion license. He has represented clients such as Playboy, Penthouse, and the ACLU.
[Thugs, pimps, liars, tax-cheats, frauds, marxists, socialists, traitors and just plain wicked men in league with Satan-the whole lot of them]

Vatican Radio ends commentary by chairman of firm making contraceptives
Daniel Vasella, the chairman of the Swiss drug company Novartis has been informed that he will no longer be asked to provide occasional commentary for the German-language broadcasts of Vatican Radio. The broadcaster said that it had only recently realized that the firm markets contraceptives...

The National Ponzi Scheme
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was set up to combat fraudulent practices. The SEC's website explains that "Ponzi schemes are a type of illegal pyramid scheme named for Charles Ponzi, who duped thousands of New England residents into investing in a postage stamp speculation scheme back in the 1920s." It goes on to say, "Decades later, the Ponzi scheme continues to work on the 'rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul' principle, as money from new investors is used to pay off earlier investors until the whole scheme collapses." That is how the SEC described the recent Bernard Madoff $50 billion Ponzi scheme, "a stunning fraud that appears to be of epic proportions."

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