Saturday, October 22, 2005

MSM Wrong Again

I love the acronym, MSM, for Main Stream Media, because I devour MSM and, not to any surprise, read very eagerly its coverage of the Catholic Church. The people who brought you Jayson Blair and Palme-gate devoted a major first page story some weeks ago to rumors that Benedict XVI was about to issue an edict banning all homosexuals from the priesthood. Needless to say, all the lesser MSM worthies followed in quick order. A short time later when it became evident that this was not the case, a small buried item on page xxth carried that news. No correction, no explanation of how they came to the erroneous conclusions they had previously trumpeted. Now the Synod is ending and there is no revivial or emphasis on the pre-Vatican liturgy. The MSM had led us to believe that Benedict and the bishops of the Synod would restore it as a way of re-vitalizing the Church. "Not an issue," was the way one of the Synod participants summed it up. As a friend of mine said about a book he looked at that contained obvious factual errors, "If they can get this wrong, what else have they missed?"

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Cancer News

As some of my friends and readers already know, I am now off the primary cancer drugs that I have taken for the past 8 years. One drug, pamidronate, was causing a bone problem in my mouth. The other 2 drugs, Interferon and Decadron, seemed to causing extreme fatigue. This week my oncologist checked me out and was pleased on my reactions thus far. And I return in 2 months. This is uncharted territory, so please keep me in your prayer. I suppose there is never charted territory when cancer in involved.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Blog Heaven

BELIEFNET offers a great resource here for listing religious oriented blogs.

Blog Heaven

The Abortion Debate No One Wants to Have

Read this moving and powerful account in the Washington Post. Some will dismiss it astoo emotional and personal but it does lay out the horrible terrain of decision making that confronts women, men, families and our society. What do we value? What warrants our highest respect and care?

The Abortion Debate No One Wants to Have

Saturday, October 08, 2005


A commentator said last week, on the day that John Roberts was confirmed and then sworn in, "this is probably the last good day that George Bush will have in the White House." The commentator was pointing to all the agony and harsh reviews of all aspects of the Iraqi War and the occupation, the continued debriefing of the administration incompetence of disaster preparation and aftermath, and now the impending flu epidemic which has already caught the US administration ill-prepared. Now Bush tries to get his own personal lawyer on the Supreme Court, only this time to encounter furious opposition and questioning from his right wing base. The common thread running through so much of these debacles is the loyalty that is shown to those who have been faithful to the Bush family: Cheney, Rummy, Rice, Powell, Rove etc. Croneyism as never before! At least since Teapot Dome.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Long life Celebrated

There were a few tears and choked voices yesterday when I presided at the funeral of a 93 year old man who had 5 children and lived long enough to see 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. It was a time only for gratitude and memory. I was there because of connections with my brother and I did not even know all the family. But for me, it was a grace to celebrate his life as a larger manifestation of the enormity of the gift of life. In the midst of Iraq, Katrina/Rita, scandals in so many institutions, especially close in our church, I found a welcome few moments of perspective which allowed me to see forever. And its was a very clear day.