Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Canon Law Blog Update -- Fr. Jenkins discovers canon law. Not.
From: Edward Peters
Date: Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 3:08 PM
Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins continues to flail about for an adequate response (though short of resigning, there isn't an adequate response) to his monumental gaff of bestowing an honorary doctor of laws degree on a president who has spent his entire political career seeing to it that millions of human beings are excluded from the protection of law. Jenkin's latest lunge is for the life ring stamped "canon lawyers we consulted". Figures.
Read more about it: http://www.canonlaw.info/2009/04/fr-jenkins-discovers-canon-law-not.html
LightoftheLaw URL: http://www.canonlaw.info/blog.html
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven;
if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever;
and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh."
The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying,
"How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
So Jesus said to them,
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you;
he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life,
and I will raise him up at the last day.
For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father,
so he who eats me will live because of me.
This is the bread which came down from heaven,
not such as the fathers ate and died;
he who eats this bread will live for ever."
This he said in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum. Many of his disciples,
when they heard it, said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?"
But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at it, said to them,
"Do you take offense at this?
Then what if you were to see the Son of man ascending where he was before?
It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail;
the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
But there are some of you that do not believe."
For Jesus knew from the first who those were that did not believe,
and who it was that would betray him.
And he said,
"This is why I told you that no one can come to me
unless it is granted him by the Father."
After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him.
Jesus said to the twelve,
"Do you also wish to go away?"
Simon Peter answered him,
"Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life;
and we have believed, and have come to know,
that you are the Holy One of God."
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread,
and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said,
"Take, eat; this is my body."
And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying,
"Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Madison WI Capital building briefly evacuated!
Man Suspected of Stealing Plane in F-16 Chase Was Trying to Commit Suicide
Tuesday , April 07, 2009
WAUSAU, Wis. —A man suspected of stealing a plane in Canada and flying erratically across three states was trying to commit suicide, hoping he would be shot down by military fighter planes, a state trooper said Tuesday.
Adam Dylan Leon, 31, was arrested at a convenience store in Ellsinore, Mo., shortly after landing the single-engine, four-seat Cessna on a rural Missouri road Monday night, ending a six-hour flight, police said.
The plane was tracked as a "flight safety issue" and was not believed to be a terrorist threat, Mike Kucharek, spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, said in a telephone interview from Colorado Springs.
The Missouri state trooper who arrested Leon said on ABC's "Good Morning America" that the pilot told him he had hoped to be shot down.
"He made a statement that he was trying to commit suicide and he didn't have the courage to do it himself. And his idea was to fly the aircraft into the United States, where he would be shot down," Trooper Justin Watson said on ABC.
Watson said Leon apparently hitched a ride to the convenience store after landing on a highway and taxiing the plane to a side road. He didn't appear surprised when the officer entered the convenience store to arrest him.
Leon said "he didn't have any ID, but he was the person we were looking for," Watson said.
He said Leon "gave me no indication that it was anything other than he was having personal problems and was in an attempt to end his life."
"He did state that he thought at one time he was getting shot down, but apparently the Air Force were just shooting flares," the trooper said.
Leon was in the Butler County Jail on Tuesday in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
The plane was reported stolen Monday afternoon from Confederation College Flight School at Thunder Bay International Airport in Ontario. It was intercepted by F-16 fighters from the Wisconsin National Guard after crossing into the state near the Michigan state line.
The pilot was flying erratically and didn't communicate with the fighter pilots, Kucharek said at the Aerospace Defense Command.
The pilot acknowledged seeing the F-16s but didn't obey their nonverbal commands to follow them, Kucharek said.
The plane's path over Wisconsin prompted a brief, precautionary evacuation of the Wisconsin capitol in Madison, although there were few workers in the building at the time and the governor was not in town.
Catholic Senators vote against 'Conscience Law’
Yet, 16 Catholic Senators still voted against the protection of these "human rights" including: Begich (D-AK), Dodd (D-CT), Kaufman (D-CT), Durbin (D-IL), Harkin (D-IA), Landrieu (D- LA), Collins (R-ME), Mikulski (D-MD), Kerry (D-MA), McCaskill (D-MO), Menendez (D-NJ), Gillibrand (D-NY), Reed (D-RI), Leahy (D-VT), Cantwell (D-WA), Murray (D-WA).
The nine Catholic Senators that voted for the amendment were; Murkowski (R-AK), Martinez (R-FL), Risch (R-ID), Brownback (R-KS), Bunning (R-KY), Vitter (R-LA), Johanns(R-NE), Voinovich (R-OH), and Casey (D-PA).
White House Confirms it got 2 million+ Red Envelopes
MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH
White House confirms it got 2 million red envelopes
President's mail worker claims letter campaign 1 of largest in 35 years
Monday, April 06, 2009
From the Thoenes -- Google Removes Historical Reference
Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 6:02 PM
Two days ago we posted
the headlines from February 22, 1935
in which Reich's Chancellor Hitler
gave unprecedented power
to the Finance Minister
to regulate German businesses.
The Constitution of Germany
was destroyed within months
The amazing connection to Obama's Congress
granting unprecedented power
to Secretary of the Treasury
is both shocking and frightening.
Geitner now has the power to set wages and
close down any business which he alone
decides should be shut down.
Our U.S. Constitution
and your FREEDOM
are being rapidly destroyed
Our web site was shut down
for most of the day yesterday.
Since then Google has made it difficult to find all
archive references to Hitler's economic policies,
German loans, the buying of bad assets,
the nationalization of business.
What was available for you to research
only 3 days ago
has been deep-sixed by Google
because it matches the present
We personally own
old fashioned micro film files
and so no matter how hard Google
and the New York Times
may try, we still have access
to the facts.
The similarities between the destruction
of the German Republic in 1933
and the rapid destruction
of the United States of America
are chilling and accurate.
READ VIENNA PRELUDE!
GET THE FACTS!
HISTORY IS REPEATING ITSELF!
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell research
Science Matters #1: Dr. Oz explains to Oprah and Michael J. Fox why embryonic stem cell research is dangerous and won't cure Parkinson's, but Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell research will!
- Downloadable PDF of successful adult stem cell treatments of Parkinson's patients, including a study where the patients reduced 83% of symptoms!
- More information on iPS research under #1 of article: "9 Things the Media Messed Up About the Obama Stem Cell Story"
Click here to see the entire Oprah segment:
More stem cell info at
Stem Cells: Dr. Oz on Oprah with Michael J Fox
My readers know that I have been speaking against Embryonic Stem Cell Research for a LONG time. It isn't needed, and has NOT produced any results, while other forms of Stem Cell Research have!
Watch the video from Oprah's program, but know ahead of time that Dr Oz does use a very real human brain to explain....
Date: Sun, Apr 5, 2009 at 11:18 AM
Stem Cells: Dr. Oz on Oprah: National Catholic Register
Stem Cells: Dr. Oz on Oprah
BY Tom Hoopes
Saturday, April 04, 2009 4:14 AM
Here's Josh Brahm explaining this Oprah spot, in which Dr. Oz comes out against embryonic stem-cell research on scientific grounds (Warning: In it he handles, pokes and slices a real human brain).
Catholics remember sadly that Fox was a huge proponent of clone-and-kill stem-cell research. How ironic that President Obama, who claims to want to "follow science" is funding precisely the kind of research that the medical community is abandoning. See Josh Brahm's essay "9 Things the Media Messed Up About the Obama Stem Cell Story."
On the Oprah show, Dr. Mehmet Oz handles the brain of a 50-year-old male ("a member of our studio audience," he jokes) explains where Parkinson's disease damage lies, and how stem cell therapy is supposed to work, regenerating brain tissue.
Then, he announces: "Now, I'm going to say something that's going to be a bit provocative."
"I think, Oprah, the stem cell debate is dead, and I'll tell you why."
Oprah looks on with a certain horror (she knows the political ramifications) as he explains: "The problem with embryonic stem cells is that embryonic stem cells come from embryos, like all of us were made from embryos. And those cells can become any cell in the body. But it's very hard to control them, and so they can become cancer."
He then explains the advances in pluripotent stem cells (he doesn't use their name) that have been made in recent years. He defends his scientific credentials by saying he believes the right-to-life fight (he doesn't call it that) over stem cells has slowed down research. But he says that, within "single digit years" moral, adult stem cell therapy (he doesn't call it that either) will find a cure for Parkinson's.
Whether that's true or TV hype or not, I'm not sure. See Brahm's commentary in the video.
Here's how Tim Drake reported the new developments in the Register:
"The big news of the past two years is that we have other sources of pluripotent stem cells that do not involve human embryos," said Legionary Father Thomas Berg.
Recently, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles were able to create motor neurons using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, which are embryonic-like cells reverted to a pluripotent state from their adult state. Such cells could hold promise for treating such diseases as ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
British and Canadian teams have recently honed the process for making pluripotent iPS cells. According to a report in Nature, the cells are reprogrammed by inserting four genes, which are removed once the process is complete, thus making it even more likely that soon these cells could be safely used for human therapeutic applications.
Earlier attempts at creating iPS cells, though promising, had the drawback of leaving genetic alterations in the cells which, if transplanted into human subjects, could cause tumor formation or genetic abnormalities.
Recent inroads, however, pioneered by the Medical Research Council Center for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, do not use viruses to transport the genes. Rather, an electronic shock opens a temporary "gate" in the cell membrane, allowing the DNA fragment to pass through.
"We have found a highly efficient and safe way to create new cells for the human body which avoids the challenge of immune rejection," said Andras Nagy, a scientist at the University of Toronto who is leading the research work on the technique.
Such advances also avoid the numerous moral and scientific problems that plague embryonic stem-cell research.
Obama's executive order not only rescinds former President George W. Bush's limits on embryonic stem-cell research, but also rescinds the previous order's explicit required funding for alternative methods, such as iPS.
It is the Honorary Degree that bothers me even more than just the Speech, because it honors him for his work--legally. The Commencement Speech is bad enough, with all that he has done to push his anti-life agenda. But to honor him by giving him an Honorary LAW degree is beyond the pale.
Fr Jonathan has posted this on his facebook site.