The Pope Utility Vehicle or P.U.V.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 \PM\.\Tue\.


The Italian Civil Defense administration was given a specially designed Fiat Docato Panorama for Pope Benedict XVI to ride in while he tended to the earthquake stricken areas of Abruzzo.  The Fiat van is part of the fleet of cars that the Civil Defense uses for disaster relief efforts.

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Mass of Reparation

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 \PM\.\Tue\.


Bishop Thomas Wenski of the Diocese of Orlando offered a mass of reparation on May 3, 2009 at the request of Notre Dame alumni.  Father Z’s comments in regard to the Bishop’s homily, as always, are incisive.  Here is the text of the Bishop’s homily:

“Today’s Mass is offered in reparation for the sins and transgressions committed against the dignity and sacredness of human life in our world today.  We do this at the initiative of Notre-Dame alumni here in Central Florida who, like many other Catholics across the country, are confused and upset that their alma mater would grant an honorary doctorate to President Obama despite his rather extremist views on abortion.  In granting this honorary degree, Notre-Dame chose to defy the Bishops of the United States who have said that “the Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”

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The Hebrew Catholics Of Israel

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 \PM\.\Tue\.

With the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Israel there are many stories that come to the surface that I find especially intriguing.  For example, I came a cross an interesting article on the small community of Hebrew Catholics living in Israel.  They consist of:

Christians married to Jews, monks and nuns who live in Israel out of solidarity, Christians who immigrated from the former Soviet Union and Jews who converted.

There are approximately 4000 in all of Israel today.  They are in full communion with the Catholic Church.  Probably the only difference between them and Latin Rite Catholics is that their liturgy uses Hebrew and they celebrate the Jewish holidays as well as those contained in the Catholic liturgical calendar. 

I’d like to point out some historical nuances with certain Hebrew words that are used in their unique liturgy.  For instance certain words are updated to remove the negative connotations that the Jews themselves had attributed to Catholic terms and names.  An example is the name of Jesus:

Linguists say the modern Hebrew word for Jesus, Yeshu, is derived from the word, Yeshua or Yehoshua, which was given by rabbis in the Middle Ages and which is in fact an acronym of the expression “may his name and memory be obliterated.”

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Evidence That The Tide Is Turning

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 \PM\.\Tue\.

A refreshing news story from the mainstream media that portrays the Catholic Church in a positive light.  A ‘min-comeback’ is the thread of the story, though I disagree with the main reasons for this being the distance from the priest sex abuse scandals combined with the U.S. recession. 

This video exhibits more evidence that the tide is turning towards Catholicism.

(Biretta Tip: Creative Minority Report)

Harry Caray Wept.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 \PM\.\Tue\.

Hattip to Hot Air.  After this rendition by Denise Richards, Take Me Out To The Ball Game will never be quite the same again.  If you have a fondness for that song, baseball, or the Cubs, you might wish to skip the above video.  Seriously.

Joyce Kilmer And The Fighting 69th

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 \AM\.\Tue\.


I THINK that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

That poem written by Alfred Joyce Kilmer, better known as Joyce Kilmer, in 1914 is, unfortunately, all most American Catholics remember today about that remarkable man.  That is regrettable, because he was a devout Catholic and an American patriot and he deserves better than relative historical oblivion.

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