Forlorn.of.thee (fa'lo:n ŭv thē), p, my only strength and stay,forlorn of thee, whither shall I betake me, where subsist?
Paradise Lost by John Milton
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Necessary Change?

Being a Catholic is not easy, there are more 'thou shall nots' than 'thou can'. It's no surprise to read that Father Peter Kennedy has been sacked as the Catholic priest of St Mary's parish in Brisbane for allowing women to preach, for blessing gay couples, for denying the Virgin birth and for claiming that the Church is dysfunctional.

But then, it's never easy doing anything and sticking with it, be it a diet, exercise regiment or ones beliefs. Too often, you have to choose, black or white, never gray. One is either a Catholic or one is not. You believe or you don't. You can't be a Catholic and claim that Jesus was a mere mortal and that Mary was not a virgin.

Pope Benedict was none too happy with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic who supports abortion rights. She said on NBC - Meet the Press "The point is, is that it shouldn't have an impact on the woman's right to choose."

On several issues, Obama's Democratic administration is at odds with the Vatican. Issues like abortion and stemcell research.

Would acceptance of the right to abortion, gay marriages, women priests be viewed as corruption of the fundamental beliefs, metaphorically speaking, a crack in St Peter's rock?

And I tell you that you are Peter,
and on this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

~ Matthew 16:18

Is there a growing confrontation directed against the Magisterium, that threatens the very foundation of the Church*?

Necessary change or evil corruption, what say you?

* Taken from Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (for Religious and Laity)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Why am I not surprised...


...that Brodie Cambourne's solicitor, is from Slater & Gordon.

The Queensland woman was given emergency first aid by St John Ambulance officers while visiting Victoria is suing and says her treatment was unlawful assault. She alleges volunteer medics permanently damaged her shoulder when they rushed to assist her at a Lorne surf carnival. Read more here.

The writ claims treatment administered by the unnamed first-aid officers constituted "unlawful assault and battery".

Let her suffer !

Related:
  1. California Supreme Court allows good Samaritans to be sued for non-medical care.
  2. No Win No Fee is a TM of Slater & Gordon.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

On Circles, Cycles and round things...

The Sun is round, our world goes round in circles, Stonehenge, boobs and even atoms, all round. We are surrounded by round things, our universe governed by circles.

As certain as night follows day, sadness and happiness, down and up, why shouldn't cycles and circles prevail.

On money

There's the short business cycle (I'd put that around 7 years, much like a 7 year itch) or longer Kondratiev wave (40 - 60 years).

The good times will return, it's just that we can never pick the bottom nor estimate the timing.


On religion

Have we Christians had our turn? With the Crusades, we nudged out the Saracens. Has the circle turned, we've had our 500 years and now it's time for Islam to be the dominant religion.



On civilisations.

The industrial revolution ushered in the great western power. Industry, capitalism, mass production and consumption.

The Eastern civilisations all but disappeared. The Spanish conquest crushed the Aztecs. We're now probably seeing the resurgence of the Chinese, Indian and South American empires.

So many questions, no bloody answers.