June 23, 2012 7 Comments
The Huffington Post is reporting that the Vatican has brought in a Fox News correspondent to help improve its communications strategy.
June 23, 2012 1 Comment
Via the ever vigilant Stephen Cavanaugh:
Msgr. Steenson with five ordinariate priests from Baltimore & Washington, DC following the ordination of 3: Revs. Ed Meeks, Rick Kramer & Mark Lewis.
This was the tweet that went out earlier:
June 23, 2012 2 Comments
According to the Bible, as calculated in the August 1972 issue of Applied Optics:
The temperature of Heaven can be rather accurately computed from available data. Our authority is the Bible: Isaiah 30:26 reads, Moreover the light of the Moon shall be as the light of the Sun and the light of the Sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days. Thus Heaven receives from the Moon as much radiation as the Earth does from the Sun and in addition seven times seven (forty-nine) times as much as the Earth does from the Sun, or fifty times in all. The light we receive from the Moon is a ten-thousandth of the light we receive from the Sun, so we can ignore that.
With these data we can compute the temperature of Heaven: The radiation falling on Heaven will heat it to the point where the heat lost by radiation is just equal to the heat received by radiation. In other words, Heaven loses fifty times as much heat as the Earth by radiation. Using the Stefan-Boltzmann fourth-power law for radiation
where E is the absolute temperature of the Earth: 300K. This gives H as 798K absolute (525°C).
The exact temperature of Hell cannot be computed but it must be less than 444.6°C, the temperature at which brimstone or sulfur changes from a liquid to a gas. Revelations 21:8: But the fearful and unbelieving … shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone. A lake of molten brimstone means that its temperature must be below the boiling point, which is 444.6°C. (Above that point it would be a vapor, not a lake.)
It’s not clear to me whether Isaiah chapter 30 is describing Heaven or “Zion at Jerusalem” – fulltext of the chapter here.
June 23, 2012 25 Comments
“The criteria and guide for the understanding of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council are to be the whole Tradition of the Catholic Faith, which on its part makes clear certain aspects of the life and doctrine of the Church, which are not yet formulated, but implicitly present in it. The affirmations of the Second Vatican Council and of the Pontifical Magisterium of the past relative to the relationship between the Catholic Church and the non-Catholic christian confessions are to be understood in light of all of Tradition.”" The source is Father Pflüger, First Assistant Superior General of SSPX at a conference on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at the school of Saint-Joseph-des-Carmes. It is a return to the 1988 formula of accession.
So as Ecce Homo cleverly comments-no more ” altar girls, Mass facing the people, Communion in the hand, and all the other innovations that Vatican II never permitted-not to mention no more compromise with other religions when it comes to ecumenical dialogue.”
And definitely no more stealth priestesses and the liturgical abuses which have recorded over many years on this blog!
If this is passed, liberal Catholicism is over, at least formally (one cannot but remember that repeated declarations would studiously ignored in the early part of the last century) and one can ask what was the point of the Council?
All of which makes me wonder what the SSPX position on the Ordinariates (Anglicans coming in) would be? Probably not that positive, I somehow think, but I would be open to correction here. Although, then again, with the Ordinariate announcing that its liturgy will be eastward facing, coupled with the restoration of a number of other ancient usages, perhaps they won’t mind all the joining Anglophones?
June 23, 2012 2 Comments
I suppose we all make mistakes:
Add this to the impoverished American pop culture evidence file. Or maybe it’s just a transparent attempt to boost the CV blog traffic on a Friday afternoon.
While hosting the teenage pop singer Thursday, David Letterman asked about his new tattoo that reads “Believe.” Beiber downplayed its significance before Letterman jokingly asked him to avoid going too far with a big tattoo mural on his body like the Sistine Chapel.
To which Beiber replied: “I am not going for the Sixteenth Chapel.”
I’m not exactly sure what he is going for either. But back to school might be a good place to start.