Tuesday, May 31, 2005

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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Frijole days of obligation 2005

About dawn tomorrow we fly out of Milwaukee for our fifth time on our parish mission trip. A change of planes and a couple hours by bus on the Pan-American highway, and we'll be at Guadalupe Homes (Los Hogares de Santa Maria de Guadalupe), an orphanage in Santa Apolonia, Guatemala.

We can't drink the local water, assuming it's running, but the orphanage does have internet access. It's one of those National Geographic "Guatemala, Land of Contrasts" things, like seeing a peasant walking a donkey loaded with firewood past the cell phone tower in the middle of the village. If I can't post, you can get the idea from my accounts of some of the prior trips:
May 11th through May 23rd 2004;
June 10th through June 18th 2003; and
July 5th through July 13th 2002.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Passion, faith fuel search for truth, respect

Joanne Weintraub wrote in yesterday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on two upcoming television specials involving natives of small-town Wisconsin.
Of the two, [Peter] Isely is probably better known in Milwaukee, a result of his high-profile work as a spokesman for the Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

His story, along with those of other abuse victims, is told in "Holy Water-Gate: Abuse Cover-up in the Catholic Church," which makes its American TV debut tonight on Showtime.

And if the title "Holy Water-Gate" doesn't deter you, the program will be shown again next Wednesday.
Isely came forward with his claims in 1989, sought a meeting with then-Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee and was rebuffed.

No surprise there. There must be enough material around for a sequel to Paul Wilkes' The Education of an Archbishop. I'd suggest The Education of an Archdiocese as a working title.

The other Wisconsinite is Sister Rose Thering.

In "Sister Rose's Passion," a nominee for best documentary short at this year's Academy Awards, Thering describes growing up in a farming community where everyone was white and - with the exception of a single Protestant family - Roman Catholic.

Then a new pharmacist comes to town, and he's rumored to be a Jew, and she's read and heard the Jews described as the people who killed Christ. That started her toward an eventual career.
The passion of the film's title is her advocacy for Judaism as a respected elder sibling of Christianity, not its enemy.

The latter interpretation, Thering believes, is at the root of the anti-Semitism that ultimately led to the Holocaust and other horrors.

Not really.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Society of St. Pius I

Don’t be fooled by PHONY "Vulgate" neotraditionalists, who claim to protect tradition, and yet still defend the RADICAL and totally UNCATHOLIC reforms of the 4th century A.D.

So-called "trads" pretend to be against the modernism of the last hundred years, but where were they when the original Rite of Rome, the Greek rite USED BY ST. PETER AND THE APOSTLES was being totally gutted and revised by unknown scholars and translated into the vernacular language of Latin?

(via Open Book)

Which somehow reminds me that when I was teaching public school eight graders Church History in our parish Christian Formation program, our text said one goal of the liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council was to restore elements of the ancient rite, such as the Sign of Peace, and remove subsequent accretions. Then when I was on Parish Council, one of the Liturgy Committee's members said their goal was to add one thing to parish practice from each seminar or workshop they attended. Then, in our recent building program, the chapel that looked a bit neo-gothic in the fund solicitation was conventionally contemporary when completed. Due to these and other similar experiences, I call it the Chapel of the Cross-purposes.

Monday, May 16, 2005

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star

The Simpson Archive summarizes this second of last night's episodes,
Bart makes friends with a young priest (voiced by Liam Neeson) he meets in a Catholic school after he is expelled from Springfield Elementary, despite the fact that he's correct when he says, "I didn't do it"

This episode was scheduled to air on 10 April 2005, but after Pope John Paul II died on 2 April, Fox moved this episode to May 15

Despite the show's dependence on cultural references, the Catholic Church has been almost invisible during its run. Maybe it's because the writers have only a vague knowledge of Catholicism. Not that the episode wasn't funny, but it was a send-up of the Church about as it was in "Going My Way," except with the clerical sexual abuse scandal in the distant background. For example, Bart's new teacher is a nun who raps his knuckles with a yardstick. It's not only been a long time since many Catholic school students have seen someone rapped on the knuckles by a nun, it's been a long time since they've seen a nun.

Marge doesn't join Homer and Bart in exploring Catholicism. In an emergency coffee shop prayer meeting with Reverend Lovejoy and Ned Flanders, she has a vision of being separated from Homer and Bart for all eternity. She is playing croquet in Protestant Heaven, while Homer and Bart break pinatas, drink chianti and eat pasta, and Riverdance in Catholic heaven. Funny, and flattering in way to see Jesus being blanket-tossed in Catholic Heaven, but still more a time warp than a vision. Even Rev. Lovejoy's church, to which every Christian character in the series belongs, is generic evangelical, not croquet-playing Episcopalian. (Lisa, being Buddhist, wasn't in a Heaven.)

In a classroom scene, Bart had correctly expained transubstantiation. Despite that, in the end, he mouths the opinion that the differences between Christians are insignificant. If only Comic Book Guy had been there to point out this inconsistency.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Haiti's chance for peace begins with the restoration of President Aristide

While leaving church after Mass at our parish, I picked up a copy of the May/June 2005 issue of Catholic Peace Voice which contained the above article. In it, Bishop Gumbleton says,
The U.S. government, some elements in Haiti, and some former supporters of President Aristide insist that the violence is a result of his encouraging his supporters to turn to violence. Supposedly he is still doing this from South Africa. But there is no evidence of this. From my knowledge of President Aristide, and his deep commitment to nonviolence, I know that this is not the case.

Change the situation to accusations of sexual abuse, made against a priest of whom a bishop had a favorable opinion.

Update: [7:30 PM May 16th] a reader responds.

Saw your weblog post of May 15 regarding Bishop Gumbleton's view of Haiti. I'm not an expert on the political situation in Haiti but I have gone down there almost annually since 1999 on a surgical mission which is part of the Haiti Project of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee. I just returned from our annual trip a couple weeks ago and I don't have the sense that there is a lot of support for Aristide. He is viewed like many others before him corrupted by power by virtually every Haitian with whom I spoke when down there. I wouldn't hold my breath that his return would calm things in Haiti, in fact I would expect just the opposite.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

"See, I Am Doing Something New!"

Subtitled "Prophetic Ministry for a Church in Transition," this was presented to the 20th Annual Spring Assembly of Priests Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Rev. Bryan N. Massingale. As you might surmise from the subtitle, one premise of the speech is a special prophetic calling of the speaker and his audience; never hurts to start with flattery.
The prophetic vocation begins with listening to the community's groans and giving them voice.

How about, "Oooh, nooo, not another Massingale speech!"
As I listened to the groans of this presbyterate, it dawned on me that our cries have a context and a catalyst, namely, the events of the spring and summer of 2002. That was two years ago, but in some ways it seems like only yesterday. Remember how it was. Recall the incessant headlines and shocking new stories of scandal, abuse, and coverup; the nightly jokes about priests and the Church by David Letterman and Jay Leno; the heartbreaking allegations and revelations about those who were and are still dear friends and colleagues; the anxiety of seminarians who didn't know whether to loyally defend the Church or hastily leave the seminary.

Seems like something's missing. Let me think...hmm. Oh, yeah, the kids who were sexually abused by those dear friends and colleagues.
... I recall these events because we seldom have spoken publicly about what I consider to be this presbyterate's most difficult yet finest hour.

Good historical parallel, if it had been the RAF bombing London in the Blitz.
Many of us are doing all we can-and more than we should-to manage a priest shortage that we didn't create (and many believe doesn't have to be).

And we know that's what they believe when they publicly dissent from Church teaching on ordination in their Vocation Sunday homily.
Deeper still, from some there are groans that convey a sense of betrayal, as the Church increasingly seems to be in retreat from the vision of Vatican II.

Not, of course, vision in the sense of being there to see it, as John Paul II and Benedict XVI were.
How often have we priests heard, or said, or felt: "This is not what I gave my life to." "This is not what I fought for." "I feel like they're telling me that everything I learned, everything I did, and even the way I prayed ...was wrong."

How often? As often as they have a seance and channel Archbishop Lefebre.

Finally, we get to the sex.

I am not against "chaste celibacy" or "celibate chastity." But these phrases become pious cliches when their use evades, hides or avoids the complex and sometimes messy realities of human sexuality. Spiritual piety is no substitute for sexual honesty.

Hey, let me try that.
I am not against "sexual honesty" or "honest sexuality." But these phrases become impious cliches when their use evades, hides or avoids the complex and sometimes messy realities of chastity and celibacy. Sexual honesty is no substitute for spiritual piety.
Can't we have someone in Archdiocesan I/T write up a script to generate this stuff, so Fr. Massingale could be assigned to a parish?

Next groaners are the bishops.

. . .As a humorous example, consider the plight of the poor bishop who now must inform his priests that the precious ceramic chalices given to them by their parents at ordination, and the $2,500 set of crystal wine decanters and goblets purchased by the parish, are now proscribed as "grave liturgical abuses."

Must consider the feelings of big spenders, you know. How about when the "chalices" look like stemware from Target, like at our parish?
For example, many bishops fear that they are becoming a little more than "liturgical police" enforcing laws that they did not write, were not consulted about, and really do not agree with.

And the parish Liturgy Committee doesn't consult with me, either.

But the bishops have to deal with conflicts among the clerical, episcopal, Vatican, and American cultures.

As an example, the tension of mediating these various cultures become evident as one witnesses the bishops wrestling with the dilemmas of being pastorally responsive to both the victims and perpetrators of clerical sexual abuse in the context of an American adversarial legal system.

Maybe they should ask some Central American bishops how they've wrestled with meeting the pastoral needs of those who have assassinated other Central American bishops.

The laity, too, is groaning, according to Fr. Massingale, among other things

...for an honest account of the relevance of faith in a world of military consumerism (e.g., what does it mean to be a person of faith while living on an island of affluence surrounded by an ocean of misery?)

To say nothing of "the precious ceramic chalices ... and the $2,500 set of crystal wine decanters and goblets... ."

Fr. goes on to say that except for fulfillment of a detailed progressive agenda, the future is unknown and unknowable.

Having concluded the diagnosis, he gives hope of a cure.

There are two dangers or temptations that arise in times of transition. The first is nostalgia, which essentially is a state of denial. The strategy of nostalgia denies that the loss has happened or is happening: with increasing desperation it attempts to cling to a way of life and faith that are no more.

No, isn't. For example, nostalgia would be looking back fondly at a time when a priest would look up the actual meaning of a word like "nostalgia," not thinking that we still live in such a time.

The other danger is despair.

...among the ways that the prophets pierced the veil of the community's numbing despair and energized it with new hope was by offering symbols and images that nourished an alternative vision. In that spirit, I want to offer an image that speaks to me of hopeful endings and new beginnings:

You can't make this stuff up.
the image of hospice.

From here on it's mostly Life of Bryan.

What Does It Mean to Be a Reform Catholic?

Went to hear Father Ken Smits, OFM Cap., at a meeting of the local Voice Of The Faithful (VOTF). I took detailed notes, but afterward was talking with someone I know from our parish who is reliably on the other side of the relevant issues. He said Fr. Smits had nothing to say that he hadn't heard before. I have to agree. The VOTF folks came to hear a "red meat" talk, or in their case, perhaps "blue meat." Even with this inspiration, it's hard to imaging VOTF taking to the barricades. At least locally, VOTF is people in their 60s and 70s with an agenda from the 60s and 70s.

There was one questioner who disagreed with Fr. Smits from an orthodox perspective. (No, not me.) Oddly, people who had spent time earlier decrying the "silencing" of Fr. Reese could not let this fellow finish a sentence, either during the Q and A or after.

Likewise it seemed odd that VOTF invites the press to these meetings (though without success), yet Fr. Smits talks about things he does that he claims he doesn't want his bishop to know, such as that he was later going to be ministering to a local Dignity group. If what you hear at a VOTF meeting would be different if the press were there, then "transparency" has an idiosyncratic meaning within VOTF, as "integrity" does.

The First Warrior

A 1983 Marquette University basketball program explains the Marquette University "First Warrior" symbol then in use, and then goes on to explain more.
The name, "The Warriors," was adopted by Marquette University at the first meeting of the Student Senate on May 13, 1954. The adoption of this name ended a 20-year search and replaced the names Golden Avalanche and Hilltoppers, neither of which was deemed suitable.

Which raises the question how a university president could, forty years later, not only usurp this prerogative of the students through their elected government, but also ignore the indication that a nickname including "golden" was unsuitable. It's even more surprising that the successor usurpers have learned nothing by subsequent experience. They appear certain that focus groups and public relations can produce better results than such quaint processes as a discussion across twenty years of students.

(via Sykes Writes)

Friday, May 13, 2005

Process Begins for John Paul's Sainthood

Venerable John Paul II.

Great he may be, but "the Great" fits him like the papal tiara.

But I wasn't going to argue that point with Fr. Neuhaus, who spoke last night to open this year's Pallium Lectures, and referred throughout to John Paul the Great.

Fr. Neuhaus spoke on Ecumenism since Vatican II. He expressed disappointment that what should be breakthroughs, like the joint Lutheran-Catholic statement on justification, or the encyclical Ut Unum Sint, produce no response. Later he spoke of the Catholic-Evangelical "ecumenism of the trenches," the closer relationship from working together on things like pro-life issues. The latter might help explain the former. From what I've read, there are leaders in the Orthodox and Protestant churches who can see the way to reunification, but they cannot proceed until they can bring their people with them.

I recognized Karen Marie Knapp from her photo and her rosary-knitting, and we finally met non-virtually.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Marquette to start over on nickname

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the latest nickname, Gold, is on its way out. Golden Eagles is not back. And, according to university president Father Robert A. Wild,
"While I recognize that some people are disappointed that we are not reinstating the Warriors nickname, we cannot teach one principle about respect for human dignity in our classrooms and then fail to act by that same principle when making decisions," he said.
Fr. Wild had stated publicly that he had favored a return to Warriors in the Board of Trustees deliberations, among other contradictory statements by the MU administration and board in this matter. It's to the point now that I'm hearing sports broadcasters make on-the-air commentary along the lines of "How about that, priests lie."

There's what almost seems a trend in Catholic clergy of turning into their goals what they once called the slanders of their worst detractors. The sexual abuse of altar boys is the most prominent example. In Marquette's case, it appears someone in Public Relations stumbled across "Jesuitry" in the dictionary and convinced the MU board and administration that it was a great new paradigm.

As for a nickname, "Culture Warriors" fits.

Update: [6:55 PM] an email "Message about Marquette University's nickname" includes the full quote from Fr. Wild.

"While I recognize that some people are disappointed that we are not reinstating the Warriors nickname, we cannot teach one principle about respect for human dignity in our classrooms and then fail to act by that same principle when making decisions," Father Wild said. "The Warriors nickname will always be part of our proud athletics tradition, and we will honor that tradition. But we live in a different era than when the Warriors nickname was selected in 1954. The perspective of time has shown us that our actions, intended or not, can offend others. We must not knowingly act in a way that others will believe, based on their experience, to be an attack on their dignity as fellow human beings."
As I read it, he says that Christians are morally obligated to refrain from actions, including the use of words, which are neither objectively offensive nor subjectively intended to be offensive, if any other person believes them to be so.

He obviously cannot mean that, since the MU administration has been handling this issue in way demeaning to students and alumni for over a decade, and its proposed further handlng continues this. This standard, rather, applies only to designated victim groups, and on the terms demanded by those who MU decides are such groups' representatives.

Even the Nicene Creed could not be proclaimed under such a standard; its assertions offend some who hold other religious beliefs, or none, or the equality of all beliefs. So, as I have recounted before, it should come as no surprise that my freshman Theology prof at MU repeatedly denied the existence of the Holy Spirit. I'm tending to conclude that sometime after that, the Holy Spririt ceased believing in MU.

Europe, the Pope, and Sour Grapes

Karl Keating emailed yesterday, just back from vacation.
1. April 19 found us in Vienna. In the late afternoon church bells began to peal. It wasn't the top of the hour, so we suspected that white smoke had come from the Sistine Chapel.

We turned on the television in our hotel room. Sure enough, the camera was focused on the stovepipe.

Once the new pope was announced, bells all over town started to ring, and some of them rang for a good half hour--a nice touch that probably wasn't replicated in any American city.

Maybe he's a touch sour, too. I happened to be downtown when Pope Benedict was elected and our Cathedral's bells and those of other churches could be heard ringing.

Keating later says

13. When I got home I found in the diocesan newspaper the latest syndicated column by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser. I never have thought much of his writings, and my opinion was strengthened by this column.

He said, "Cardinal Ratzinger wasn't my first choice and may have been in fact my last choice [why be coy? of course he was your last choice; he was the last choice of every liberal commentator], but, after some initial disappointment, I've made my peace with his selection."

That column was also in last week's Catholic Herald. With Fr. Richard McBrien, that means two out of three of the paper's regular op-ed columnists were opposed to our Pope's election.

When I heard the bells ringing, I went to our Cathedral. I doubt anyone could find fault with the workmanship of the renovation of a few years ago. The problems are with the new design; Karen Marie Knapp unintentionally describes its incoherence. That incoherence shouldn't surprise; if he could have, Archbishop Weakland would have torn it down and built an enormous replacement.

Monday, May 9, 2005

The At Large Blog by Peter Chianca

A reader suggests this weblog of a Massachusetts columnist and weekend radio personality.

Sunday, May 8, 2005

Pallium v. VOTF

Today's parish bulletin includes items for two events coming up this week.

The item for the Pallium Lecture says it is on Thursday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cousins Center. It does not name the speaker or the particular topic. It gives an archdiocesan telephone number for further information. Actually, the speaker is Father Richard John Neuhaus of First Things, who will speak on Ecumenism, as you can see from the series flyer at the Archdiocese's web site.

By contrast, the item for the Voice Of The Faithful event gives not only the date, time and place, but also the speaker, topic, and a brief outline. Last week's bulletin had a full page flyer for the event as an insert.

Lady in Red

Photo of the Week in the Catholic Herald of May 5, 2005.

(via Diogenes at Off the Record)

MU chairman, president favored Warriors

The president, the chairman, the alumni, the students; so what's the problem?
In an interview afterward, Bergstrom said he was a fan of the Warriors. "I was one of those people," Bergstrom said. "I wanted it to be Warriors. But there was no way when I really delved into it. When you met with Native American leaders, when you really got down to talking to them, it was clear it was offensive to them. And that's against what we are about."
What they are about is using phrases like "What we are about." If MU can't use words with connotations to which identifiable groups would claim offense, "Catholic" and "Jesuit" are much higher on the list than "Warrior." But, then, many alumni see those words largely erased from MU, as well.

But grant the case against Warriors, for the sake of argument. The real problem, the source of controversy, regarding Golden Eagles was that it replaced Warriors. The new new nickname Gold is the new attempt at a replacement. To take up a new new nickname indicates the board of trustees failed to fully grasp the nature of their problem. And that gives reason to lose confidence in them, even if the original dropping of the Warriors name were sound.

For him, Latin is liveliest language

Tom Heinen reports in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Carmelite Father Reginald Foster, a Wisconsin native who serves as the Vatican's Latin expert. Father Foster takes his work seriously.
This is how Foster reacted when Karol Wojtyla began signing papal documents in Latin as "Joannes Paulus II" instead of "Ioannes Paulus II" after being elected pope 26 years ago. He quickly pointed out to a papal adviser that there is no letter "J" in Latin.

"I said, 'By the way, friend, there's no J,' " Foster recalled. "And the answer kind of came back that the pope said,

'There is if J say there is.'? Not quite; he replied,
'Well, now there is.'
What did "now" mean? Father Foster explains.
Well, fine, fine. He's the boss. And if you look at his tomb, the J is gone. One of my brethren said, 'Well he enjoyed his J for 26 years, and now it's gone.' His tombstone has 'I.' "
Sic transit J.

Saturday, May 7, 2005

Vatican II: 40 years later

What was Vatican II 40 years later than? Pope Benedict.

On closer inspection, I see that this National Catholic Reporter October 4, 2002 cover article meant 40 years later than Vatican II. However, I stand by my answer.

Friday, May 6, 2005

Priests Council hears, accepts archbishop's apology

The May 5, 2005 Catholic Herald reports that Archbishop Dolan concedes he should have consulted with the priests of the Archdiocese before promulgating regulations permitting, among other things, unannounced searches under certain circumstances.
When Archbishop Dolan signed off on the policies in December, he thought he was "signing approval to begin the process" of consultation.
And the policies didn't have a "Sign Here" sticky, so he had no excuse. Anyway, our Archbishop's abject apology seemed to satisfy disgruntled priests.
Fr. [Jeffrey R.] Haines [moderator of the Priests Council and a member of its executive committee] said he himself "entered the meeting with anxiousness" because the documents had touched priests' nerves. "I was very pleased with the way it (the meeting) came out. It was almost a dream come true," the moderator said.
Sounds good if you've forgotten a Nantucket Dream that almost came true.

Some priests, at least, view the scope of consultation broadly.

Fr. Kenneth Mich, spokesman for the [Milwaukee Archdiocese Priests] alliance and pastor of Good Shepherd, Menomonee Falls, told the Catholic Herald, "Consultation has occurred, but not consistently on all issues."

He cited Archbishop Dolan's decision requiring children to celebrate their first confession before receiving their first Communion as one on which the priests were not consulted. Prior to the archbishop's decision, which sacrament was celebrated first was a parish decision.

"We want to be consulted on matters on a significant level, matters that have an impact on the lives of the priests and the faithful," Fr. Mich said.

Fr. Mich is quite mistaken. The proper order of first confession and first communion was the subject of two Vatican documents.
Fr. John Schreiter, dean of District 5 in western Waukesha County, said that one of the concerns priests have about documents developed since 2002, e.g., the Dallas charter and its accompanying protocols, are their tone.

"The feeling priests have is that they are presumed guilty until proven innocent," he said. "(The thinking among the public is) if something is brought up, it must be true. Our fear is that we are presumed guilty."

Based on what Fr. Mich says, they might well be presumed scofflaws. If they have to be consulted about complying with Vatican decrees, do they think they need to be consulted about complying with the Dallas Charter?

New pastor

Heard this morning and confirmed that our new pastor will be Father David Meinholz. Fr. Meinholz was ordained a priest in 1994, and is now assisting at St. Peter Alcantara Church in Port Washington. I understand our parish will be his first as Pastor.

The Mission Statement & Philosophy of St. Peter Alcantara says

We, the members of St. Peter's Congregation, view as our primary mission to foster a spirit of community as reflected in the hopes and aspirations of the Gospel. Inspired by this mission, we worship together, share with one another, support all our members, and serve all the family of God to the limits of our resourses. In faithfulness to the Lord and with appreciation of our roles as servants of God, we pursue this mission through liturgical, human concerns, educational and community building programs.
That's much closer to English than we're accustomed to in such a document at St. Alphonsus.

Our current pastor will move to Saint Sebastian, across town. Note that the news of the pastoral change is on its web site. I assume Fr. Dick's first order of business will be to explain to them why it is impossible to keep a parish web site current in this way. Or perhaps he will do this indirectly by reassigning web site maintenance to someone who doesn't have time to do it.

Saint Sebastian's online welcome is largely in contemporary church committee-speak.

We are a welcoming and reconciling openness to all people, celebrating the diversity of our urban neighborhood; We are witnessing to a contemporary understanding and practice of the Church's teaching, in the light of the Second Vatican Council; We are living out our call to discipleship by offering sacramental life, service, teaching, and healing to all God's people, which will, at times, involve a cost to ourselves; We are nurturing in our lives a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord.
(I'm not a northsider like Fr. Dick, but I believe sentences are not supposed to end with a semi-colon, even up there.)

Update: [May 8th 1:00 PM] Fr. Meinholz is listed at St. Peter's in the 2005 Archdiocesan Directory but since its publication became administrator at Blessed Trinity, near 38th and Hampton on Milwaukee's north side. Its Mission Statement & Philosophy says

Because we believe, we celebrate together and reach out to all.
Churchspeak, but brief.

Thursday, May 5, 2005

Blogging: a head to head debate

Chris Bertram v. Jeremy Stangroom at TPM Online.

Benedict XVI: The balloon is up!

S&P Cuts GM, Ford Credit Ratings to 'Junk'

Reminds me of the Chevrolet Monza and Ford Pinto I owned. They rapidly reduced to junk, too.

Blogger who gave unauthorized tours bounced from Disneyland

The blogger and tour guide was Jim Hill.
Hill said his blog is read by Disney insiders, and that his tour isn't particularly racy, but includes tidbits of history that don't fit with The Walt Disney Co.'s carefully groomed image.

Such as the fact that Walt Disney occasionally enjoyed a cocktail after a long day at work.

Hardly seems controversial. Unless the cocktail was a Tom & Jerry.

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Marquette's new nickname ... the 'Gold'

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was there.
The highly anticipated announcement came from university president Robert A. Wild at a news conference at the Alumni Memorial Union.

"We live in a different era," Wild said in regard to the debate over whether to reinstate the Warriors nickname.

They sure do; the Diulio Era.

A May 2, 2005 "Dear Marquette Alumni and Friends" email said

The question before the Board is whether or not Marquette should reinstate Warriors as the athletics nickname going forward or whether we should honor it as part of our past history. In either case, we must and will choose a course that does not compromise our values and respect for the dignity of all members of our human family.

So what, to the board of trustees, upholds MU's values? Gold!

The paper also solicited suggestions for a new mascot. Mine

A golden calf. The cheerleaders can worship it during the half-time show.

I heard worse in freshman Theology.

MU set to reveal choice of nickname

Will Marquette University's board of trustees change its teams' nickname back to Warriors?
The debate effectively began in late 1993, when the school, sensitive that the word "Warriors" might offend Native Americans, decided to change the nickname. The next year, the Warriors became the Golden Eagles.
Can't be too careful! Conceivably there's some Marquette alum somewhere who found some Willie Wampum memorabilia at a rummage sale.

So far, I have found no alum who thinks the board will vote to return to Warriors. But, then, I have found no alum completely free of cynicism about MU.

Update: [6:10 PM] Reports say the board wanted something lame, which suggested lamé, which lead to Gold. Reminds me of the gold I left at MU. Why not call teams the Marquette Bursar?

I Link, Therefore I am

It's been reported that a 54 year old West Nyack, New York, man was found dead at his computer, his death attributed to starvation secondary to obsessive blogging.

(via inter alia via WisBlawg)

Monday, May 2, 2005

Universal Catholics

A reader saw this letter from John Hewko to the editor in today's Washington Post and asks "Is this so?"
...not all of the cardinals at the conclave were Roman Catholic.

The Universal Catholic Church, under the tutelage of the pope, comprises many particular churches or "rites" and includes Catholics who belong to one of the many Eastern Catholic churches, such as the Ukrainians, the Maronites, the Chaldeans, the Melkites and others. ...

My grandfather was a Ukrainian Catholic priest; he was, and I am, as Catholic as Pope Benedict XVI. But we are not Roman Catholics.

Yes. This was what made more interesting the possibility that Cardinal Lubomyr Husar from the Ukraine could have been elected.

The secret vice of Benedict XVI

Bruce W. Griffin reports at President Aristotle.

Sunday, May 1, 2005

From the Pastor

Today's parish bulletin had this message about the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Before giving a summary of cuts and freezes, he says
The entire Parish Budget is available in the Parish Office for any parishioner who would like to stop and get a copy.
It could have been posted on the parish web site, or he could offer to email or mail it. This is another example of the parish policy against communication. He goes on
...until everyone is willing to see stewardship or tithing or sacrifice as part of our parish's life, and is willing to look together at fuller ways of sharing our faith with one another, these losses will continue.
The lack of communication is part of the lack of community; if we fall behind on our pledges we'll hear from them, but they have to be asked for a copy of the budget.

Florentine makes tragic tale of love sing

Went to this entertaining and moving production of La Boheme last night. It uses one of opera's familiar and slightly implausible formulas: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl, girl dies of consumption. As to the boy,
Four young "bohemians" (a poet, painter, a philosopher and a musician), share a dismal, decrepit garret in the Latin Quarter of Paris. The four are barely eking out an existence, choosing to pursue their dreams.
Why they can't hold jobs that at least pay for food and rent while pursuing their dreams is not spelled out.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Recommended reading:
Reading Rat


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You get what you pay for. Die Gedanken sind frei.

Can you prove that it didn't happen?
--Criswell 'Plan Nine from Outer Space'

in the years ahead Enron, not September 11, will come to be seen as the greater turning point in U.S. society.
--Paul Krugman

Paul, if you want to go fly airplanes, you're going to be all right.
--Enola Gay Tibbets

The shock of hearing a suicide-bomber's video testament delivered in a Yorkshire accent—hitherto more associated with cricket commentary than terrorism—spelled the end for multiculturalism.
--The Economist

anyone who can remember Santayana's maxim is condemned to repeat it.
--Walter Isaacson

You are not bound by any expert's opinion.
--Wisconsin Jury Instruction (Civil) 260

Sometimes, indeed, one encounters individuals for whom the universal eradication of something has very great value while its eradication in some particular cases has almost no value at all; individuals who care about people in the abstract while, apparently, not having much care for any particular people.
--Robert Nozick Anarchy, State, and Utopia (1974) p. 266 fn.

...equivocation is always the mother of error.
--Martin Luther

All things die--only words live
--George Jessel

Not consensus--that's no way to lead.
--Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland

Anytime you ask someone who doesn't know a lot about a thing himself if there is a hidden motive operating beneath the surface which might be detectable by the clever, though it be invisible to the naive, you are pretty clearly leading him in the direction of an affirmative answer.
--James Bowman The New Criterion, April 2006

Mr. Baris I'll hold you in irons if you don't shut up. --Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) to Federation Undersecretary for Agriculture Nilz Baris (William Schallert) from "The Trouble With Tribbles" Episode Number 44, Season 2, Original Airdate 12/29/1967, Stardate 4523.3, (October 2267), Teleplay by David Gerrold

I'm always afraid to say anything about God. What if there is a God?
--Howard Stern

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

As the Italians say, se non e vero, e ben trovato, English translation: 'Even if it's not true, it sure sounds good.'
--Archbishop Timothy Dolan

It's too laugh at your own jokes repressed Catholic for my tastes.

Personally, I like the University. They gave us money and facilities, we didn't have to produce anything. You've never been out of college. You don't know what it's like out there. I've worked in the private sector. They expect results.
--Dr. Raymond Stantz

In this struggle, I believe there are white men who are black and there are black, middle-class men who are white. I think I'm black.
--Fr. James Groppi, in "Left Wing Catholics" by Warren Hinckle, Ramparts, November 1967, p. 14, at p. 18

He [Pope John Paul II] felt that the Church had gone too far, and, basically, he was right.
--Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, in The Education of an Archbishop (1992), by Paul Wilkes

... ignorance rarely prevents one from having a view, and I do have one.
--Kenneth Karst

If the younger generation ever profited by the experience of their elders, the progress made by the human race would surpass our wildest dreams and fondest hopes.
--Mortimer J. Adler

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