Month: August 2011

News Flashes

(a tough stance for tolerance)

Prime Minister David Cameron addressing the Munich Security  Conference said, “We will not defeat terrorism simply by the action we take outside our borders….We will no longer truckle to politically correct notions  of passive tolerance.”

Germany’s  Chancellor, Angela Merkel stated that her countrymen’s attempts to live side by  side have failed, utterly failed.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said, “The truth is that in all our  democracies we’ve been too concerned about the identity of the new arrivals and  not enough about identity of the country receiving them.”

In Englandand Ireland, effective 9/16, Catholic will go back to the obligation to abstain from meat on  Friday. (Comment: Hurrah! This is a  positive step in demonstrating our Catholicism. And what do you think about  this?

After being accused of sabotaging efforts by  Catholic Bishops to report clerical sex abuse cases to the police, the Vatican made  the rare move to recalling its ambassador to Ireland. (Comment: Ouch!)

(A positive  step toward tolerance) Ronald Levy, a Stanford professor was the first Jew to  receive King Faisal International Prize in Medicine (known at the “Arab Nobel


Today’s  Martyrs

Fr. Hguyen Van Ly, who is recognized as one of Viet Nam’s most prominent advocates  for religious freedom and related human rights, has been re-arrested after being temporarily released from his 8-year prison sentence because of having suffered several strokes and a brain tumor. On July 25, the bastard Viet Nam authorities took him from a home for retired priest and returned him to jail.  The U. S.  Commission on International Religious Freedom has condemned the Vietnamese  government for this act.


My favorite priest, layperson, breathing  saint or organization

Allen Hunt is  my kind of a man. For his background, he is a fellow Southerner — from Georgia, he has  also made several major changes in his life, and he, too, is a Catholic  convert.

After achieving a successful career in the business world,  he got his Master of Divinity degree at Emory School of Theology and a PH.D. in  New Testament and Ancient Christian Origins at Yale University.  For several years he was a popular minister in Methodist churches in the Atlanta region, including  a leading mega-church with a 7,000 membership.

As a new ministry venture, he initiated The Allen Hunt Show, which began as a  local talk radio show and soon became a nationally syndicated weekend show. He  then had to step aside from ministry to devote full time to his radio  show.  Then in 2008, he converted to the Catholic Church. The following year, Allen was named to the prestigious Talkers Magazine’s 100 heavy hitters in  talk radio.

The success of the Allen  Hunt Show is achieved by Allen’s talent in addressing issues of morality  and faith in a comfortable way.  His charisma vibrates through the air waves. In addition to the masses of devoted listeners whom he reaches each weekend, Allen is a fireball in his many charitable endeavors, such as his annual Allen Hunt Show Luncheon to benefit the Murphy-Harpst Children’s Home in Cedartown,  Ga.

I would enjoy hosting a lunch for Allen and my London friend, Canon Stuart Wilson. With these two  spiritual giants, I would sit back, keep my mouth shut and listen with delight.

Now, tell me about your favorite Catholic priest,
layperson or organization that is making a difference 


Interesting Sayings

Let our heart be holy and unpolluted, as far as is  possible and may be. For so shall we follow Christ, according as he gives us  the grace, and he will dwell joyfully in us.

Saint  Cyril of Alexandria  (died in 444)

We must be cheerful, ready to receive things much  greater than ourselves. Let us be like children clapping their hands and giving  vent to their joy in shouts and laughter. We have but one thing to do – a very  easy thing at first sight – just to admire the handiwork of God, to live it for  its beauty and riches, to clap our hands in our surprise at its glories and its  mysteries. Dom Anscar Vonier, O.S.B.,
abbot of Buckfast Abber in Devon, England (died  1906)

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a  member of Congress. But then I repeat myself. Mark  Twain

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others,  whenever they go. Oscar Wilde

Interesting Signs:

(In a  restaurant)  Unattended kids will be given a  shot of espresso and a free puppy

(On  a roadside) Drive Slow — See Our Village

Drive Fast – See Our Judge

(Historic Area- Fire Hazard  notice) Don’t even fart in the forest


I think it was sacrilegious for you to picture Christ  holding a glass with an alcoholic drink! 
Mildred Rutledge, Jackson,MS

(Reply: Sorry, Mildred, but at the Wedding Feast at Cana,  I don’t think Christ ordered a diet Coke.)

As Joyful Catholics, in our day-to-day existence, we  must demonstrate visceral Catholicism.
Ellie Jacobs, Houston,  TX

 Jean-Baptiste Lamy, the first archbishop in Santa Fe, NM, wrote, “Let  there be a bonding with Jesus Christ. We deserve to be united with him by an
eternal love and joy.”
Charles  Wiggins, Seattle,WA

 I am convinced one of the reasons many are  leaving the Church is    because Vatican II removed some of the pitons necessary in  practicing our Faith. Matilda  Miller, Cambridge, MA

It’s time to end the horseshit mentality war between  Jews, Christians and Muslims. Nostradamus, org.

Thank you for acknowledging the effective work  Missions-Connect is doing in helping the poor in Cambodia.   Khmer You, RT 

Chuckle  Time

Two nuns were embarrassed  when they went to the corner grocery store to get a 6-pack of beer for their  piazza party that evening. One explained to the grocer, “We use beer to wash  our hair. We call it the Catholic shampoo.”

He smiled and added a bag of pretzels, saying, “The curlers  are on the house.”


Why They’re Leaving The Church


We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.  

My motto…
“Be happily and uncomplicatedly

Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop
of Santa Fe


Why they’re leaving the Church- (Part 1 of 4)

(Let’s be aware of these problems and consider how we Joyful Catholics can help in the solution)

 This has been a rough time for me because some people who are special in my life have given up on Catholicism. A relative, who for her 40-plus years on this planet has been an active and happy Catholic, has now joined the Episcopal Church. Her comment was, “I suddenly realized how lonesome I was as a woman in the Catholic Church. Also, I wanted to quit a lifetime of playing a minor role – a second-rate citizen in a male dominated organization.”

I have empathy for her because I appreciate the splendid accomplishment and acceptance of women in the past seven decades. In the 1950s when I worked for the Hartford Insurance Company (then the largest USA insurer), it was company policy that women could only be typists and secretaries. The excuse for this  restriction was because “Our agents would not feel at ease talking with a  female underwriter.”  Twenty years later, I had a battle to get the bank board on which I was serving to add a woman director. They finally resented and the next year my woman board member was so popular they made her chairman of the important audit committee. Today, 15 of the Fortune 500 companies have women CEOs, and this number is increasing.

A Christian Brother friend, who counsels those who are shaky in their faith, told me that most women agree that at some point we should return to being a church of the
people, but few of them believe it will be anytime soon. They understand that  the aged bachelors who are calling the shots in the Vatican
move with a speed that would make a snail pace seem like an Olympic racer.

As a sign of the times, last month 300 Austrian priests have signed a “Call to Disobedience”, which calls for a parish to have an individual leader – whither man or woman, and for admission of women to the priesthood.

In her book There Is a Season, Joan Chittister, O.S.B., writes about the need for spiritual re-builders—those who take what other people only talk about and make it the next generation’s reality. She is right in that we should join together in our effort to make sense of relationships within our Church. We have made improvement in that the conservative priests who refused to let little girls serve on the altar are now in their dotage or have passed on to the next life. And although most of us can’t wait until 2111 when I predict the Vatican  will accept female deacons, we should now take positive steps to profess our admiration and appreciation for our woman church members. Mother Teresa said, “Holiness is not a luxury for the few; it is not for some people. It is meant for you and me, for all of us. It is a simple duty because if we learn to love, we learn to be holy.”

How do you think this can be done? (


 Other recommended Catholic blogs

Catholic Cuisine

The Shrine of the Holy Whapping




“The Church and the Eucharist” in June/July Homiletic
& Pastoral Review

“It Doesn’t Sing” in July 13, Commonweal.

 “My Water, His Wine” in July-August Touchstone.


of Joyful Catholic Priests

The media loves to publicize bad priests, and we should give recognition to our Joyful Catholic Priests. Send me your recommendation for ones you think merit membership in this splendid group. (

Rev. Robert
Aufieri (NYC)

Rev. Edward
Gorman, O.P. (DE)

Fr. Andrew
Gries (DC)

Msgr. Edward
Filardi (MD)

Jerome Listecki, (MN)

Bishop Dennis
Madden (MD)

Fr. Joseph
Marini (CA)

Fr. John Mericantante (FL)

Msgr. Thomas
Modugno (NYC

Rev. John
O’Donoghue (TX)

Fr. Matthew
Ruhl, S.J. (KS)

Fr. Michael
Scanlon (OH)

Rev. Richard
Trout (FL)

Rev. Hayden
Vaverek (NYC)

Rev. Malcolm
Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (DC)

Canon Stuart
Wilson (London, UK)

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics!

“Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of SantaFe

News Flashes
Henry Borga, in Palm Springs, paid $10 to add Osama bin Laden’s name to those to be prayed for during Sunday Mass. Over the objection of the church secretary. Pastor Father Gavin Badway stated it was a request they had to honor. He said, “Some people, from their emotions, don’t want us to pray for him. I understand that, but we cannot do that. We are to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.”

In the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh there are 10,000 adult  conversions every year. (In 1978 it was illegal for Christians to enter the

Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien has denounced UK foreign policy as “anti-Christian” after the government announced it would double foreign aid to Pakistan. 

Today’s Martyrs

The study, A Question of Faith, published by the Jinnah Institute in Pakistan, find that Christians are the primary targets of religious persecution in Pakistan and reviews two critical questions confronting Pakistani society: will the state continue to discriminate against its citizens and “turn a blind eye to the spread of cultures of cruelty and vigilantism,” and will the majority of Pakistanis “condone and collude in the discrimination
and persecution of minorities”?

The report was warmly welcomed by the Rev. Mario Rodrigues,  director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Pakistan. Then he warned, “I do not  think, however, that the government will seriously address the question of religious minorities’ status.”

My favorite priest, layperson, breathing saint or organization 


(Now, tell me about your favorite Catholic priest, layperson or organization that is making a difference


Interesting sayings

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few   drops on yourself.      Ralph Waldo Emerson

I  have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.      Clarence Darrow

Don’t worry about avoiding temptations. As you grow older, it will avoid you. Winston Churchill 

In an envelope marked personal, God addressed me a letter; personal I have given my answer  Langston Hughes 


Let your tongue speak what your heart thinks.  Davy Crockett

Prove the Gospel in everything you do, and use words if necessary St. Francis of Assisi


Does Archbishop Sheehan’s motto – “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic” mean just be stupid and let us do the God thing for  you?  Hiwaychristian

(Reply: No way. I am sure the message is for  the clergy and lay people to be a Joyful Catholics and not get mired down with  details that detract from the guts of our magnificent faith.)


(referring to Muslim riot in Ethiopia)
I don’t know what will be next: first they burn our churches and house. Are they going to kill us now? I don’t care who started the violence. The fact is that thousands of local Muslims, my neighbors, have participated in it. That’s why I don’t see a future for me and other Christians in this town anymore.

Wolde Giorgis, an elementary teacher in Asendabo,Ethiopia


 Your “The Devil Was Right” was a joy to read!  Thank you for being thought-provoking and balanced.

The joy of every Catholic should be palpable at all times!

Roger Whitehead,Dayton,OH

Chuckle  Time

In Dublin, Mrs. Donovan lamented to Fr. O’Sullivan,
who was leaving for an assignment in Rome, that after three years of marriage, she and her husband were childless. He agreed that when he arrived at his new post, he would light a candle in the Vatican for the Donovan couple, asking that they have a family.

A year later, when he returned to Irelandon vacation, he met Mrs. Donovan who happily announced that she had just had triplets. When he congratulated her and asked about her husband, she said, “He’s not here. He’s gone to Rome
to blow out your friggin’ candle.”