“He said a few Hail Marys”

Passengers In NY Plane Ordeal Marvel They’re Alive

AP – In this photo taken by a passenger on a ferry, airline passengers egress a US Airways Airbus 320 jetliner …

NEW YORK – Shock, relief, gratitude. Most of all, the soaked and freezing passengers of Flight 1549 just seemed amazed to be alive.

All of them.

“You’ve got to give it to the pilot,” said Jeff Kolodjay of Norwalk, Conn., who was aboard the US Airways jet that ditched in the frigid Hudson River after an apparent collision with a flock of birds. “He made a hell of a landing.”

Click here for the whole story, courtesy of Yahoo and the the Associated Press

Vatican finds U.S. seminaries in overall good health

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The trouble spots highlighted by the report include: an “incomplete grasp” of the difference between the ordained priesthood and the priesthood of the laity; faculty who subvert the Church’s teachings; the need to screen seminary candidates for irregularities and impediments at the beginning of formation; a lack of supervision of seminarians by the rector and the bishop and a discouragement of traditional forms of piety.

One area sure to receive attention from media coverage is the area of seminarian’s moral behavior. The report sums up its findings on the matter by observing:

“The apostolic visit was obliged to point out the difficulties, in the area of morality, that some seminaries have suffered in the past decades. Usually, but not exclusively, this meant homosexual behavior. Nevertheless, in almost all the institutes where problems existed, at least in the diocesan seminaries, the appointment of better superiors (especially rectors) has ensured that such difficulties have been overcome. Of course, here and there some case or other of immorality — again, usually homosexual behavior — continues to show up. However, in the main, the superiors now deal with these issues promptly and appropriately.”

Click to read the whole article, courtesy of Catholic News Agency

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Explain the Holy Trinity in the simplest terms possible

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Q: Explain the Holy Trinity in the simplest terms possible.

A: The Holy Trinity is three divine and distinct persons in one true God.

The Son is eternally begotten of the Father, and is of the same godly “stuff”. Hence, the Son is also God.

The Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son, and is also of that same godly “stuff”. Hence, the Holy Spirit is also God.

So … all three persons are God, and all three are eternally united in an infinitely perfect and loving way.

 Hence, they are truly one.

1 x 1 x 1 = 1.

Get it?

Added later, in response to the comment: In this context “begotten” explains the “source” of the 2nd person of the Trinity, the only Son of God. Begotten, as opposed to being created. And since this has ALWAYS been the case, from eternity, we say that Jesus is eternally begotten. In other words, the Son of God has always existed. (God was, is, and always will be.)

The Nicene Creed explains it in more detail (courtesy of newadvent.org). Click the links for more detail :

We believe (I believe) in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, and born of the Father before all ages. (God of God) light of light, true God of true God. Begotten not made, consubstantial to the Father, by whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven. And was incarnate of the Holy Ghost and of the Virgin Mary and was made man; was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried; and the third day rose again according to the Scriptures. And ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father, and shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, of whose Kingdom there shall be no end. And (I believe) in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father (and the Son), who together with the Father and the Son is to be adored and glorified, who spoke by the Prophets. And one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. We confess (I confess) one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for (I look for) the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.”

“Planned Parenthood of Indiana tacitly approves of child-adult sexual relations”

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“The Mona Lisa Project demonstrates how Planned Parenthood clinics knowingly help sexual predators hide their crimes against young girls by offering secret abortions.”

Click here to read the article, courtesy of California Catholic Daily

USCCB & Francis Cardinal George Send Letter To Obama and Congress

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“We lead the largest community of faith in the United States, one that serves every part of our nation and is present in almost every place on earth,” the letter continued.

“From our experience and our tradition, we offer a distinctive, constructive and principled contribution to the national dialogue on how to act together on issues of economic turmoil and suffering, war and violence, moral decency and human dignity.”

Click here for the whole story

Why do people blaspheme the Roman Catholic Church, when it is the only path to salvation?

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Q: Why do people blaspheme the Roman Catholic Church, when it is the only path to salvation?
                                          
A: You’re certainly right about the blasphemy. The Catholic Church was born of the Holy Spirit on the first Christian Pentecost. Of that there is no doubt.

Anyone who knowingly and intentionally ascribes the work of the Holy Spirit to the devil is truly blasphemous. And that may well be blasphemy of the worst kind … the unforgivable sin.

The Catholic Church is the only Church that Jesus ever founded, authorized, constituted, empowered, and eternally guaranteed. Jesus did all that personally, while he still walked the earth, and he never did anything even remotely similar for any other person or group.

Anyone whom God might choose to “save” will be saved by the application of the grace that Jesus Christ obtained for us on the cross … grace that he has already entrusted to the Catholic Church, for the purpose of our salvation.

God is sovereign, and he can save anyone for any reason, with no qualifications at all, if he cares to. But anyone who gets invited into heaven, no matter what their religion, will first be purified and transformed by the grace of Christ, and somehow, the Catholic Church, the universal sacrament of salvation, will remain an absolutely essential part of that mysterious process.

So … you are absolutely right in all that you say.

Troubled Kmiec Blows Off Steam, Brags, Issues Veiled Threats

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Note: Douglas W. Kmiec was the “front man” for Barack Obama’s “Divide and Conquer” strategy for winning the Catholic vote in the last election … and the stategy obviously worked. 

Now Kmiec says he’s kind of sorry and wants to be forgiven, but he conveniently forgets that authentic repentance is also typically required.

Just a few questions for Mr. Kmiec:

 … What is it that you do not understand about Barack Obama’s often stated public position that clearly supports unqualified and unrestricted government funded abortion and infanticide?

… Why is it so difficult for you and your pals to understand that using a Catholic person’s tax dollars to pay for the slaughter of innocents is a much greater offense than prohibiting other people (faith or no faith) from wantonly slaughtering their own children? 

 … How can you or any Catholic EVER hope to reconcile Obama’s extreme views with traditional Catholic positions on social justice and the common good?

… What were you and Martin Sheen thinking, when you set out to do this evil and bloody thing? And do you really think the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Marty’s namesake, would have approved?

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January 16, 2009/ Volume CXXXVI, Number 1  

ARTICLE

A Tangled Web

The Election & the Blogosphere

 

Douglas W. Kmiec

Now the great and historic election is behind us, and America watches, amid an economy in free fall, as the president-elect assembles his team. By the strength of its appointments and the steadiness of its demeanor, the administration-in-waiting has demonstrated its readiness to govern. Such strength and steadiness helped boost Barack Obama’s remarkable victory in November, a victory that included capturing 54 percent of the Catholic vote.

Yet not everyone in America is cheered by this triumph. Indeed, within certain embittered precincts, the penalty for having supported Obama can be stiff. As the author of a book whose title asked Can a Catholic Support Him?-and whose contents answered with an enthusiastic “Yes, we can!”-I have felt the animosity of those with an insatiable desire for political payback.

A longtime Republican who served in the Reagan administration, I nonetheless endorsed Obama last spring. Ever since, I’ve been subjected to unrelenting personal attacks launched from right-wing Catholic keyboards-blogs (and bloggers) so coarse and uncivil they make the insults of talk radio sound like actual journalism. Further, the lack of civility that rules the right-wing Catholic blogosphere has infected mainstream Catholic journalism as well. In a syndicated assessment of the 2008 election, one usually thoughtful conservative columnist employed the following descriptions of Catholic Obama supporters: “decadent,” “tribal,” “immoral,” “certainly stupid,” “mindless,” and in need of basic “adult education.” And those were all in a single paragraph! Such highly concentrated rhetorical venom is not calculated to invite discussion.

Article Courtesy of Commonweal Magazine. Click here for the whole story.