Archive for February 10, 2009

Obama dances the little side step…

Posted: February 10, 2009 by datechguy in fun, opinion/news
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Am I the only one who watched this:

And saw this:

Uh Oh here comes the bread and circuses

Posted: February 10, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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Listening to Rush while I work on a customer’s system I’m getting worried as people are asking the government for Stoves, cars, unemployment to cover 100% of pay and extra work benefits.

I’m also worried by college students who can’t talk but I digress…

You know it is very easy to sit back and collect unemployment, particularly if you are able to cover the bills with it. If you make it easy and comfortable then people aren’t going to be inclined to go out and find work.

Once people decide that the government is going to give them everything we are finished, and remember a government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take it all away.

Tell me this would have happened…

Posted: February 10, 2009 by datechguy in catholic

…if the pope didn’t remove the excommunication on the St. Pius X society:

The rehabilitated bishop at the heart of a Vatican uproar for denying the Holocaust has been dismissed as the head of an Argentine seminary. The seminary announced the dismissal on Sunday in a statement that said the bishop, Richard Williamson was no longer the director of the La Reja seminary on the outskirts of the Argentina capital.

The light that the church put these guys on the spot and it made a difference. There are a lot of people who would rather see a different church and a different pope, one idiot has even suggested Obama but the church is the church is the church. If people don’t like it there are plenty of alternatives.

Promoted from Hotair Jumping ahead

Posted: February 10, 2009 by datechguy in catholic
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Was going to wait on this since today I was going to write on the existence of Christ but this link at Hot Air annoyed me. It is one of my pet peeves The idea that indulgences are “returning” is nonsense, they never left.

Like the Latin Mass and meatless Fridays, the indulgence was one of the traditions decoupled from mainstream Catholic practice in the 1960s by the Second Vatican Council, the gathering of bishops that set a new tone of simplicity and informality for the church. Its revival has been viewed as part of a conservative resurgence that has brought some quiet changes and some highly controversial ones,

There is a method to all of this, to encourage the sacrament of confession:

Getting Catholics back into confession, in fact, was one of the motivations for reintroducing the indulgence. In a 2001 speech, Pope John Paul described the newly reborn tradition as “a happy incentive” for confession.

“Confessions have been down for years and the church is very worried about it,” said the Rev. Tom Reese, a Jesuit and former editor of the Catholic magazine America. In a secularized culture of pop psychology and self-help, he said, “the church wants the idea of personal sin back in the equation. Indulgences are a way of reminding people of the importance of penance.”

“The good news is we’re not selling them anymore,” he added.

To remain in good standing, Catholics are required to confess their sins at least once a year. But in a survey last year by a research group at Georgetown University, three-quarters of Catholics said they went to confession less often or not at all.

Under the rules in the “Manual of Indulgences,” published by the Vatican, confession is a prerequisite for getting an indulgence.

The mocking of the church in comments let to the following rant that I repeat here… I will go in to more detail when the time comes later in my writing on Christianity. (more…)