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Amy Winehouse is Dead

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Ending a life that was never really lived

Amy Winehouse, the singer, has been found dead at her home at the age of 27.

Miss Winehouse, who came to fame with her debut album Frank in 2003, was found at her flat in north London this afternoon, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed.

They say that they received a call at 4.05pm calling for help for a woman in Camden. Paramedics were called to the scene, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death is “unexplained” but not thought to be suspicious, according to police. Sources have told the Sunday Mirror that an overdose of drink and drugs is the suspected cause of death…

Miss Winehouse had several bouts of treatment for drink and drugs, the most recent in May. Her 2006 album Back to Black featured a song called Rehab, which documented her drinking problems and refusal to seek help…

Rehab was not enough…

Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

July 23, 2011 at 18:56

Anders Behring Breivik

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This is the man that has been taken into custody in connection with yesterday’s horrific terror attack in Norway:

And here is more on him:

The Norwegian charged with going on a killing spree in which at least 91 people died is a former member of a populist anti-immigration party who wrote blogs attacking multiculturalism and Islam.

The suspect, detained after 84 people were gunned down at a youth camp and another 7 killed in a bomb attack on Friday, has been identified by Norwegian media as Anders Behring Breivik.

Website entries under Breivik’s name criticized European policies of trying to accommodate the cultures of different ethic groups, and claimed a significant minority of young British Moslems back radical Islamic militancy.

“When did multiculturalism cease to be an ideology designed to deconstruct European culture, traditions, identity and nation-states?” said one entry, posted on February 2, 2010 on the right-wing website

“According to two studies, 13 percent of young British Muslims aged between 15 and 25 support al Qaeda ideology,” said another entry dated February 16 last year.

Police searched an apartment in an Oslo suburb on Friday, but neighbors said the home belonged to Breivik’s mother, whom they described as a nice lady.

Deputy Police Chief Roger Andresen would not speculate on the motives for what was believed to be the deadliest attack by a lone gunman anywhere in modern times. But they said the man in custody had described himself on his Facebook page as leaning toward right-wing Christianity.

Breivik had also been a member of the Progress Party, the second largest in parliament, the party’s head of communications Fredrik Farber said. Breivik was a member from 2004 to 2006 and in its youth party from 1997-2006/2007.

And as Deacon Greg Kandra (HT) rightly asks, is this the new face of terror.

Wikipedia already has a page on Anders Behring Breivik here.

At the same time the Apostolic Nuncio to Norway,  Archbishop Paul Tscherrig, has called the attack, madness:

A Norwegian gunman disguised as a police officer shot his victims one by one, claiming at least 84 lives. The massacre at an island youth camp has horrified Norway.

The island tragedy Friday unfolded hours after a massive explosion ripped through a high-rise building housing the prime minister’s office in Oslo, killing seven people.

It is the biggest disaster to hit Norway since World War II. This is the assessment of Archbishop Paul Tscherrig, the Apostolic Nuncio to the country. He called the attack a “great catastrophe”, and emphasized Norway is a peaceful country, which is very democratic and free, and this violence is a gigantic blow to the entire population.

“It is madness,” Archbishop Tscherrig told Vatican Radio. “All these actions are irrational, and difficult to comprehend, whether they had personal or political reasons. In any case, it is always an unbelievable thing.”

He said Catholic Church is praying for the victims, and will remember the dead during their Sunday mass.

UPDATE:  You can check out his hate-filled Manifesto here.

Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

July 23, 2011 at 17:05

$50 Million Cash Offer Made for Crystal Cathedral by Catholic Diocese

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After having suggested that the Catholic Diocese of Orange in California may be interested in purchasing the massive Crystal Cathedral, a $50 million cash offer has now officially been made:

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange said Friday it has made a $50-million offer to buy the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral.

The cash proposal would allow the Garden Grove church to lease portions of the property for 36 months. At the end of the lease, the ministry would have to find a new location, with the help of the diocese. The lease for each building on the property would be negotiated separately.

“We wanted to be as flexible as possible given their situation,” said Alan Martin, a bankruptcy attorney for the diocese.

The Crystal Cathedral, founded by the Rev. Robert H. Schuller and the home of the weekly “Hour of Power” broadcast, filed for bankruptcy in October, citing more than $50 million in debt.

As the bankruptcy unfolds, the cathedral has received several offers for the property, which includes the glass cathedral, designed by famed architect Phillip Johnson, and a 234-foot prayer spire.

A real estate group has offered $46 million for the 40-acre site in Garden Grove, as did Chapman University. Both bids would allow the church to lease back its core buildings with the possibility of purchasing the cathedral back.The proposal by the Catholic Church would allow creditors to be paid back in full before the end of the year and would preserve the cathedral’s cemetery.”We think it would be as quick as a resolution as possible,” Martin said.

Orange Bishop Tod Brown has said the diocese needs a worship space for the more than 1.2 million parishioners in the area and the 3,000-seat cathedral is a less expensive alternative to building a new cathedral. The diocese has considered a project in Santa Ana that would cost at least $100 million.In recent weeks, the Catholic Church has made it clear that an offer would be solidified. On Friday, the diocese submitted formal proposals to both the Crystal Cathedral board and the creditor’s committee.

Marc Winthrop, an attorney for the cathedral, declined to comment Friday.The diocese said it would work with the cathedral to find an “acceptable alternative worship space,” possibly another Garden Grove diocese venue, upon expiration or early termination of its lease.The Catholic Church would renovate portions of the cathedral to bring it in line with worship practices.”It’s in their hands at this point,” said Steve Bohannon, a spokesman for the Catholic Church.

A spokesman for the Crystal Cathedral could not be reached.

Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

July 23, 2011 at 09:01

The Implementation of Anglicanorum Coetibus in Canada

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Here is Archbishop Thomas Collins, the Archbishop of Toronto: 

HTFr Christopher Phillips

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July 23, 2011 at 08:20


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