Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Notes: Tuesday, March 22-Wednesday, March 30, 2011 (part 2 of 2)

10. "Apostolic Nuncio to Britain on Russian Orthodoxy"

See also:

Labels: Antonio Mennini, ecumenism, R.O.C.

11. Figures on annulments in the U.S. in recent decades

Labels: annulments, marriage, U.S.A.

12. "Cardinal to Launch Groundbreaking Intellectual Journal"

Labels: Solidarity (journal)


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Labels: education, Fides et ratio, John Paul II. Wojtyla, seminaries

14. Interesting new academic/news website: "The Conversation"

Labels: Conversation (website)

15. "Gender Bender Moonbattery" (in the U.N. and elsewhere)

Labels: G.L.B.T., U.N.O.

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Notes: Tuesday, March 22-Wednesday, March 30, 2011 (part 1 of 2)

1. "A Statement of Reservations Concerning the Impending Beatification of Pope John Paul II" (with an interesting list of signatories)

Labels: John Paul II. Wojtyla

2. "[A] a regular Green voter" on, among other things, The Greens' defence policy

Labels: Greens

3. "US hails world move to end violence against gays"

Not just violence, though, but also criminal sanctions:

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

4. Text of Cardinal Burke's recent Australian speech

No mention of 'separation of Church and State' (cf. item 7 of this Notes post of mine):

Labels: Church and State, Raymond Burke

5. A couple of recent developments in Ireland

5.1 "Meet Ireland's new Minister for "Justice, Equality, Defence," Immigration and much, much more"

Labels: Alan Shatter, Ireland, Jews, State of Israel

5.2 "Irish govt. to take 50% of schools away from the Church"

Labels: Ireland

6. "The Greens have pledged to introduce private members' bills [in New South Wales] to remove abortion from the NSW Crimes Act, and legalise voluntary euthanasia"

Labels: abortion, euthanasia, Greens, N.S.W.

7. 'Sidere mens eadem mutato' in nineteenth-century Australia

I was interested to read the following the other day:

Prince Alfred, who excited colonial Australia with a six-month tour in 1867-8, was greeted as a bearer of civilisation by colonists building new cities and towns in the ''wilderness''. English, Scots, Germans and even Chinese lined up to present their guest with loyal addresses declaring that ''in changing our skies, we have not changed our minds''. Australians used the visit to demonstrate all too eagerly that they were not, in fact, Australian. Aboriginal people were displayed at missions to show the prince how they had adopted the culture of the colonisers.
[my emphasis,

The mid-nineteenth-century-founded University of Sydney's motto is "Sidere mens eadam mutato", which means something like 'though the skies change, the mind remains constant'. Perhaps this was a popular theme of the time.

Labels: history, University of Sydney

8. Dr. van Gend on euthanasia

Labels: euthanasia

9. "A new analysis of abortion data across all 50 U.S. states has found solid evidence that legislation intended to reduce abortion, such as parental involvement laws, is effective"

Labels: abortion, law

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Notes: Wednesday, March 16-Monday, March 21, 2011 (part 2 of 2)

8. A couple of recent Australian developments regarding so-called gay marriage

8.1 "Same-sex marriage ban hurts economy"

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

8.2 Ms Gillard on, among other things, her opposition to 'gay marriage'

Labels: G.L.B.T., Julia Gillard, marriage

9. "Recriminalise prostitution in ACT, urges Church"

Labels: A.C.T., Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, vice

10. Mr. Raj, once again, on, among other things, multiculturalism as a justification for the so-called gay culture

Labels: G.L.B.T., multiculturalism

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Feast of St. Benedict, Abbot, A.D. 2011

Notes: Wednesday, March 16-Monday, March 21, 2011 (part 1 of 2)

1. A couple of recent articles regarding the Russian Orthodox Church

1.1 Reasons not to be too optimistic about the prospects for Rome-Moscow relations

Labels: ecumenism, R.O.C.

1.2 "Russian Orthodox Church hierarch calls for strategic alliance with Catholics, Protestants"

Labels: ecumenism, R.O.C.

2. An AQ thread on, among other things, the requirements imposed on F.S.S.P. priests regarding Vatican II and the Novus Ordo Missæ

Labels: F.S.S.P.

3. Mr. Assange on the Internet as "the greatest spying machine the world has ever seen"

Labels: Internet

4. A couple of interesting items from this month's edition (the first for the new year) of the Sydney Archdiocese's Life, Marriage and Family Centre's monthly e-mail

4.1 Dr. van Gend on same-sex 'marriage', same-sex parenting, and Lord Russell's views on marriage

Labels: Bertrand Russell, G.L.B.T., marriage, morality, parenthood

4.2 The survival of the pro-life movement as a reason for hope in the face of the argument that opponents of 'gay marriage' are 'on the wrong side of history'

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

5. Mr. Muehlenberg on the re-definition of marriage

Labels: Katrina Fox, marriage, morality

6. "Philosopher argues against abortion through reason alone"

Labels: abortion, Christopher Kaczor, morality

7. "New documents reveal inner workings of papal birth control commission"

Labels: contraception, Magisterium, morality, Paul VI. Montini

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Feast of St. Benedict, Abbot, A.D. 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Notes: Tuesday, March 8-Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (part 2 of 2)

6. "MEDIUM and large businesses will be spot checked, forced to report on the number of women employed and face fines for non-compliance"

Labels: feminism, work

7. Cardinal Burke supports 'separation of Church and State'?

The Weekend Australian reported the following about His Eminence:

European nations that fail to reverse the population collapse, he says, are at risk of becoming Islamic states in the long term, losing the benefits that flow from the separation of church and state in democracies with Christian roots.

He regards that separation as vital, but wants religious leaders to play a vigorous role in the national conversation, as Thomas More, one of his heroes, did in Tudor England.

But I cannot find the full transcript of the speech in which His Eminence reportedly said those things. Does anyone know where to find it?

Labels: Church and State, Raymond Burke

8. A good comment on the 'methodology' of (at least some) detractors of the S.S.P.X.

Labels: Magisterium, S.S.P.X.

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Notes: Tuesday, March 8-Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (part 1 of 2)

1. A couple of recent developments regarding euthanasia

1.1 "TASMANIA is poised to become the first state to legalise voluntary euthanasia"

Labels: euthanasia, Tasmania

1.2 "SUPPORT for voluntary euthanasia in NSW is running at 83 per cent, with only 10 per cent of people implacably opposed"

Labels: euthanasia

2. An amusing example of gay outrage

When I blogged in late 2008 on the revelation that the N.S.W. State government was directly to fund the Sodomites' Parade, a commenter asked jokingly

But, Pole, it's so *colourful* - how could you possibly object?

Luckily I didn't say the following, or I might have been reported to some Anti-Discrimination Commissar:

“With respect, there’s a difference between colourful and disgusting in some cases.”

Mr. Tim Dick wrote about the fiasco in a column in Saturday's Herald:

... on Monday, Channel Ten's Ron Wilson suggested elements of the parade crossed the line from ''colourful'' to ''disgusting'' during an interview with the organisation's co-chairman, Pete Urmson. He batted the suggestion away without too much difficulty, and at the end of the discussion, Wilson congratulated him on the success of the festival and parade.

But it prompted a brief bit of predictable ''outrage'' nonetheless. He was homophobic, he was ignorant, he was narrow-minded. His prejudice was the disgusting thing. Something must be done, and someone inevitably threatened an anti-discrimination complaint.

Wilson was duly back the next morning to apologise for any offence caused, and for good measure threw in some support for the gay marriage campaign.

I wish he hadn't. The over-apology was an over-reaction to an over-reaction.

Journalists are supposed to ask difficult questions, and despite Wilson using a clanger of a word, it was one reference in a longer interview generally positive towards Mardi Gras. ...


Labels: G.L.B.T., Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Ron Wilson

3. "Catholica no longer appears on the [Australian Catholic Bishops Conference] list of links"

Labels: A.C.B.C., Catholica Australia

4. Launch of a proposal for a N.S.W. Bill of Rights

Labels: Bill of Rights, N.S.W.

5. Two "openly gay" N.S.W. Liberal election candidates "support ... removing exemptions to the Anti-Discrimination Act"

Labels: Adrian Bartels, Bruce Notley-Smith, discrimination, G.L.B.T., Liberal Party, N.S.W.

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