Daily Archives: August 16, 2011
And so it came to pass that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz was scheduled to speak at a “mega church” in the United States. The ecclesial community in question seems to be rather prominent, and has in the past been honoured by speeches from the likes of Bill Clinton (no doubt, talking about the spiritual possibilities afforded by cigars).
It turns out that after a community of perverts decided to criticise the ecclesial community as (you guessed it) “homophobic”, valiant Mr Schultz decided that the best thing to do was to wet his pants and cancel the appearance.
I frankly begin to think that street workers are shining beacons of morality compared to these servile CEOs, ready to brown their noses at every possible and impossible occasion.
I invite you to send your own message to Starbucks that this behaviour is counterproductive, by banning them from your wallet for a certain period of time. Let your wallet speak, and let all your friends and acquaintances know about this.
If you want Starbucks to know why they don’t get their money, you can contact them clicking here. Make sure to click “other” from the menu.
It is truly astonishing that big multinational companies be led by such sissies. Show them that if they want to be so idiotic, they’ll have to do it without your money.
As you can read on Rorate Caeli, the person who has maintained the beautiful “Divinum Officium” site to which I also link under Online Breviary, Mr Laszlo Kiss, suddenly passed away on July 11.
May he rest in peace. An “Eternal Rest” or ten for a man who has dedicated so much time to such an endeavour is certainly in order.
On a more pressing level, there are now doubts as to the survival/maintenance of the site.
Rorate Caeli launches an appeal to discover
if perhaps any members of our readership who are internet and computer-savvy would be interested in working on a project to repost the site using the downloaded files, so that the site may be kept alive and any edits can be made so that it remains accurate.
A priest is available to help with the text part, but he needs someone able to work on the technical side.
It would be ideal if a Congregation or Particular Church could host such a site… In the meantime, if you believe you can help Father in this project, with ideas and other relevant suggestions, please contact us: newcatholic AT gmail DOT com, with the subject “Divinum Officium”.
This is to help the search. In case someone were able to help, please contact Rorate Caeli directly at the above mentioned address.
First of all, a suggestion: may we start explicitly avoiding using terms like “pro-choice”, “family planning”, “and “gay”?
Choice doesn’t apply to the murder of babies; planning children means actually planning to have them, and “gay” doesn’t mean homosexual.
Coming to the point: the already mentioned Bishop Aquila (one who takes his job seriously, as you can read here) has given an interview to the Catholic World Report, letting drop something rather similar to a bomb concerning the way a bishop should deal with Catholic Pro-Abortion politicians. Let us read him:
How should the Church respond to Catholic politicians who support legalized abortion?
Bishop Aquila: Their particular bishops can use the process of correction that is given to us in sacred Scripture, especially in Matthew’s Gospel. Our Lord tells us to speak to the person, and then take two or three others with us if he does not change.
If he still does not change, the Church can speak to him, which is done through the bishop. [The bishop] exercises the authority of Christ. Christ then says that if that person is still obstinate and will not change, treat them as a tax collector or Gentile. Expel him.
We do this out of love for the person, seeking his conversion. He needs to understand that the salvation of his soul is in jeopardy because of the positions he is taking.
Catholics are called to defend human life, particularly that of the unborn. The Church’s teaching is clear. If we don’t challenge public officials who reject this teaching, we leave them in their sins and confuse the faithful.
One doesn’t know how to begin, so many are the points which Bishop Aquila makes very clear in just a few words:
1) At a certain point, a bishop must act and excommunicate the politician.
2) The bishop must do it out of love for the man, and desire to save his soul.
3) Catholics are called to defend human life. It’s not an option for anyone, much less (so much is clear from Aquila’s words) for a bishop.
4) The Church’s teaching is clear. No ifs, no buts, none of the excuses used in the last decades. Abortion goes against Church teaching. It must be fought against.
5) The bishop who doesn’t act: a) fails to help the sinner, and b) confuses the faithful.
You know, and I know, and everyone knows, that there are at the moment a handful of bishops who are, in this particular juncture, specially called to action by these words. I frankly can’t imagine that bishop Aquila’s words may have been spoken without having those particular situations in mind.
I do hope that in the coming weeks and, if must be, months, more and more US Bishop will raise their voice not only defending the point in principle but, like Aquila, elegantly suggesting to their colleagues the way to react to what happens in their dioceses.