Monday, June 25, 2012

Notes: Tuesday, May 22-Monday, June 25, 2012 (part 2 of 2)

9.2 Year Book Australia 2012, by Brian Pink/the Australian Bureau of Statistics, No. 92, ABS Catalogue No. 1301.0, ISSN 0312–4746:$file/13010_2012.pdf

Labels: demography, social trends

9.3 Census 2011:

Labels: demography, social trends

10. "[In Britain in 1952, o]nly 5 per cent of children were born to unmarried mothers, compared to 47 per cent today."

Labels: demography, social trends

11. "Cardinal-designate Francesco Coccopalmerio, President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, with Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta, Secretary, has forwarded to Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan the Pontifical Council’s observations on the matter (Prot. N. 13095/2011). The observations, which were formulated in consultation with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, clarify that married permanent deacons are not bound to observe perfect and perpetual continence, as long as their marriage lasts."

(That came to my attention via this CathNews post.)

The comments at the web-page to which that Liturgy article hyperlinks as the source for the quotation in item 11's headline are worth at least skim reading. Of particular interest are this comment by Fr. Van Hove and this comment by one David J. White.

Labels: celibacy, Deacons

12. "Now [Family Planning NSW] train[s] most of the GPs in NSW."

(That article came to my attention via the version of it which was published as "Pioneer gave birthing choices", by Nathan Klein, p. 17 (on the "NSW Woman of the Year"), the Sydney Daily Telegraph, Thursday, May 31, 2012, Vol. 1, No. 2554.)

Labels: Family Planning NSW

13. "''Today no one would say, 'keep your sexual identity at home or in the club', but we feel able to say 'please don't bring your religion into our space'.''"

Labels: social trends

14. The latest on the push for Gay-favourable blood donation policies

(That came to my attention via this post by Terra.)

See also this Notes post from 2010.

Labels: G.L.B.T., Red Cross

15. "Uganda has announced a ban on 38 non-governmental organisations it accuses of undermining the national culture by promoting homosexuality."

Labels: G.L.B.T., N.G.O.s, Uganda

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Feast of St. William, Abbot, A.D. 2012

Notes: Tuesday, May 22-Monday, June 25, 2012 (part 1 of 2)

1. "Twenty-two US states after the Second World War supported past motions that supported world Government."

The quotation in that headline comes from Dr. (at the time, Senator) Bob Brown as recorded in the transcript for the Monday, April 23, 2012 episode of ABC TV's Q&A programme, which (transcript) is available here:

It came to my attention via the opinion piece "Brown displays special version of free speech", by Andrew Bolt, p. 13, the Sydney Daily Telegraph, Thursday, April 26, 2012, Vol. 1, No. 2525, available on-line here:

Labels: U.S.A.

2. The text of the questions to, and answers from, Msgr. Coleridge at a press conference on April 4, 2012:

Labels: Mark Coleridge

3. More from Prof. Feser in relation to A Universe from Nothing:

(The last of those came to my attention via this blog post by Prof. Feser.)

Labels: atheism, God's Existence, philosophy, theology

4. "I[ , Dr. Robert Brown,] have little use for the theology (and its method) that dominated the Church from 1500 to 1950"

Labels: Robert Brown

5. How heterosexual degeneration is a precondition for the implementation of the Gay agenda

5.1 A "child, born in April, 2010, now has [a Gay couple] as parents, with the birth mother agreeing to no longer be recognised on the birth certificate"

(That came to my attention via the version of it which was published as "Two dads and a surrogate create legal landmark", by Amy Dale, p. 04, the Sydney Daily Telegraph, Friday, June 1, 2012, Vol. 1, No. 2555.)

Presumably, birth certificates for I.V.F.-conceived and surrogate-carried babies record, and have recorded for some time, as parents the opposite-sex couple which commissioned the surrogacy and the I.V.F. conception rather than recording the surrogate mother and the respective sperm and ovum donors as parents, so there would have been, from a legal positivist perspective, no great logical, legal, or practical difficulty in doing likewise for a same-sex couple.

Labels: birth certificates, G.L.B.T., law

5.2 The legalisation of divorce as a precondition for so-called Gay marriage:
[John ]Pilger's same-sex marriage blind spot is not uncommon among left-wingers his age. Many older lefties retain an outdated view of marriage as an instrument of male domination over women, the middle class's domination over workers, and God's domination over us all.

They refuse to see that the institution has been reformed, at least in the West, so that women, workers and non-believers now have much more autonomy to decide how, when and if they wed, how they conduct their marriage (including whether or not they have kids), and if and when their marriage will end.

They refuse to acknowledge that it is precisely this change which has made same-sex marriage an issue: now that marriage is a choice for the majority, it makes sense to ask why it isn't a choice for the minority.

(That article came to my attention via this Australian article.)

See also the letter by one John Challis here.

Labels: divorce, G.L.B.T., marriage

5.3 "Only when husbands and wives have legal equality and are approaching economic parity does it make sense for there to be a household made up of two husbands or two wives."

Labels: economics, G.L.B.T., law, marriage

5.4 Prof. Bouma on the recent history of marriage

Labels: divorce, G.L.B.T., history, law, marriage

6. Ms Bryce summarises the victories of Feminism:
AS the first female Governor-General and former federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner, you've been a trailblazer for women. What do you regard as the biggest steps forward for women during your lifetime?

The most important steps have been in education - girls completing secondary education and going on to tertiary education and training in every field. Family planning advice, maternity leave, the Sex Discrimination Act and childcare have been the others.

(That came to my attention via the version of it which was published as "10 Questions", Greg Callaghan interviewing "Quentin Bryce, Governor-General, 69", in the "Foreword" ("People & Observations") section, p. 8, The Weekend Australian Magazine, May 26-27, 2012, The Weekend Australian, May 26-27, 2012, Second Edition, No. 14819, ISSN 1038-8761.)

Labels: feminism

7. "the federal Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, is holding an inquiry into consolidating the Commonwealth's four separate anti-discrimination laws. Her Department's position paper says that there will be exemptions for churches, schools and other oganisations. Yet, numerous GLBTI and radical human rights groups have told the Attorney General's inquiry that there must be no such exemptions."

Labels: discrimination

8. Dr. Wiker on 'Gay marriage' in ancient Rome

(That came to my attention via this AQ post.)

Labels: G.L.B.T., history, marriage, Roman Empire

9. Some recent releases from the Australian Bureau of Statistics

9.1 Some figures regarding childcare

Labels: childcare

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Feast of St. William, Abbot, A.D. 2012