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Faith & Values in the News

Religious Banners Removed at Catholic School

God forbid that young people at school events should get a taste of traditional American liberties, like freedom of religion and freedom of speech… NOT!  Schools can teach science and the faith of atheism but are to make no mention a Creator.  Schools can teach safe “promiscuous” sex and give away condoms, but not a penny is available for abstinence education.  Schools are forbidden to teach the 10 Commandments and then wonder why youth misbehave and get in trouble with the law.  All manner of vulgarity is tolerated but not a bible verse on a sheet… yep, these girls are real trouble-makers, but the right kind.  When Islamic religious fanatics burn the flag, destroy property and commit murder… we target our sights upon peaceful Christian cheerleaders at a school football game.  Ah, the world is insane!

Muslim Prayer Room Opens at Catholic High School

How many Catholic chapels are there in Islamic schools?  Where does courtesy end and religious indifferentism begin?  How does one reconcile this with the insistence that “Catholic identity” is not at risk in our parochial schools?  Do the Jewish children get their private prayer space as well?  What about the Wiccans and Satanists?  Do they get chapels to honor the goddess and/or the horned beast?  Certainly, we would not want to discriminate or be judgmental… would we?  Ah, the plight of radical tolerance!

7-Election 2012

It does not look good for Romney… vote with a cup of coffee.  The trouble is that the Tea Party is into another type of drink!

Ex-Priest Sues the Catholic Church to Clear His Name

If what he says is true, I really feel sorry for this guy and there needs to be justice.

The New York Times Remembers Sister Mary Rose

Rest in peace, Sister, and many thanks for saving children and Covenant House.

Children Freak When Disney Channel Cartoon is Interrupted by Porn

If trash television were not trasmitted at all then such accidents would not happen.  The truth is that our children are exposed to unhealthy and vulgar images all the time.  We cannot trust television to babysit our children.  It is a compromised media.  The providers are more interested in making money, even with virtual prostitution, then in helping parents to raise kids of good moral character and virtue.  In any case, if adults are themselves corrupted by this media, then how can they pass on anything of value without the poison of hypocrisy?

One Response

  1. Father Joe, as a fortunate fellow in the mid to late 70’s, I was given the task of composing and reading the benediction at my public high school graduation. This was the prayer: Dear God , as we stand before you today we face a great number decisions which will affect the rest of our lives. Grant that as we live the rest of our lives, we will find the faith to live as your son, Jesus, taught us to , even in the hardest of trials. Grant also that through this faith, we will find the love to use our talents to thier fullest for the glorification of your name only. For it is through faith, and love that we will conquer the greatest decision of our lives; the decision to live as your disciples. Looking at it again, this prayer could be interpreted as a multifaith prayer. However, in today’s P.C. america this prayer does not see the light of day on such an occasion. I just wanted to contibute. Thank you Father for your wonderfull blog.

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