I started this whole mess when I was unemployed and laid up sick. That was 2007. Now, in 2011, I’m unemployed and laid up sick. So, finding myself with little else to occupy my time, I return, like the dog to its vomit, to FIB.

I was inspired by my friends Colleen and Matt Swaim who have resurrected their own blogs though now joined together, containing within the new construct the most powerful elements of their once-powerful individual blogs. Like Serpentor . I figured, “hey, if my younger, more talented, and more attractive friends with jobs and three published books between them can reappear on the ‘sphere after a long dry spell, why can’t I?”

Let’s see what we can do here, shall we?

-wac

The entire post is pasted here, without permission, from the infidel professor’s blog, after the jump.

(Warning:  It may be a near occasion of sin for some to read the following anti-God, anti-intellectual diatribe, and the picture may make you think violent things.  Pray in reparation for this horrid crime, and remember, Our Lord’s body has undergone worse things as a consequence of our sins.) sacrilege

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This is out of the blue.

I’m looking for another copy of the pre-reform breviary, so I Googled the word “breviary” and an ad for the notorious apostate “Most Holy Family Monastery” came up in the sidebar, where you have to pay to get your link published.

For those of you who don’t know, the so-called “monastery” is run by two brothers named Dimond who started as Feenyites, progressed through the normal chambers of traditionalist bushwah, and came out as self-professed (literally) religious who run thei

Unbelievable:

From the AP:

Authorities are investigating whether a Catholic charity violated state and federal law by helping a 16-year-old illegal immigrant who was in the organization’s care get an abortion.

Workers with Commonwealth Catholic Charities helped the girl travel to and from the procedure in January and signed a consent form for the abortion, Joanne Nattrass, the charity’s executive director, said in a statement Thursday. She declined further comment.

Four of the Richmond-based charity’s workers were fired, according to a letter by David Siegel, head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ refugee resettlement program.

The federal department is looking into the charity’s actions and the role played by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The conference receives $7.6 million a year in federal funds to place unaccompanied illegal immigrant children in foster care until they’re reunited with relatives, sponsored, or returned to their homeland. The girl is from Guatemala but was living in Virginia when the abortion took place.

Federal law bans the use of federal money to pay for abortions with exceptions for rape, incest or threats to the life of the mother. Virginia law requires parental consent for an abortion for a girl under 18.

Commonwealth Catholic Charities serves children in the Richmond area as a subcontractor of the bishop’s conference. The conference “appears to have been aware of Commonwealth Catholic Charities’ actions,” Siegel wrote in his April 23 letter to HHS’ deputy inspector general, Timothy Menke.

In a letter nearly a week later, the conference acknowledged some responsibility for the incident and said it has revised agreements with the more than 1,700 Catholic Charities offices nationwide to explicitly bar services that contradict Catholic teachings. Catholics are strongly opposed to abortion, and it isn’t clear why the organization assisted the teen.

“There were significant supervisory errors that resulted in a failure to do everything possible to avoid the abortion,” said the letter, signed by Bishops Francis X. DiLorenzo of the Richmond diocese; John C. Wester of the Salt Lake City diocese; and Michael P. Driscoll of the Boise, Idaho diocese. All have some link to the youth resettlement program.

Federal officials were surprised and disappointed that the Catholic charity used funding to help a minor get an abortion, said Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the Administration for Children and Families in HHS.

“That is at odds with federal policy and is a possible violation of Virginia state law, so we have referred this case to HHS’ inspector general,” Wolfe said in a statement. “Our agency is one that supports human life and we take that responsibility seriously.”

wac

When I was a kid, I noticed that a lot of people were flying POW/MIA flags. I found this odd because I had been told that all of the POW’s and MIA’s to date had been (or were on their way to being) classified as KIA by the government. I thought that the sign of solidarity for those whose status was unclear (but who were most likely dead) was misplaced and Pollyanna-ish, the stuff of Rambo fantasies and conspiracy garbage. It wasn’t until I was older that I understood that the motivation shown by folks flying the now-ubiquitous black flag was not a display of their own hope, but rather for the sake of the memories of missing themselves; that the awful thing that happened to them in pursuit of freedom would not be left in doubt forever, and that there were still people at home who would not rest until every single man was definitively accounted for. In this way, the forces of evil would not have victory over their memories.  In the end, the brave will find their true home, and the valiant will, at last, have their rest.

Which brings me to the point of this post. There are thousands of unaccounted-for clergy behind the Bamboo Curtain, and one remarkable case of a Catholic “MIA”  bears retelling, if for no other reason than that Holy Mother Church has been keeping solidarity with the memory of Francis Hong-yong Ho for decades. In October, he will celebrate his 102nd birthday, and he is currently be the oldest reigning bishop in the world, if not the entire history of the Church.

The Most Rev. Francis Hong Yong-Ho (born 12 October 1906) was made Vicar Apostolic of P’yong-yang, Korea, by Pius XII in 1944, and ordained Bishop the same year. When the Chi-Cons invaded and installed their puppet, Kim Il-sung (the father of the present butcher in charge of North Korea), Bishop Hong was, first, imprisoned in 1949, and then later disappeared. In solidarity with Korean Catholics suffering under the Red Yoke, Pope Bl. John XXIII errected P’yong-yang as a diocese and named Bishop Hong as its first (and, to date, only) ordinary on 10 March 1962.

The sign of solidarity against the Communist outrage is ongoing. The Pontifical Yearbook continues to list Bishop Hong as Ordinary of P’yong-yang, with a footnote: “(missing)” Bishop Hong has been the bishop of record in P’yong-yang for 46 years and counting.

See also: Wikipedia.

wac

The host of Meet The Press died suddenly today of a heart attack. He was slated to give the keynote speech at the annual Catholic Common Ground Initiative lecture at CUA later this month.

In your charity, pray for his soul and for his family.  May he rest in peace.

wac

Things are getting very chummy b/w the President and His Holiness, and the Italian rumor mill is grinding away.

Remember, Bush has a few Catholic relatives on his brother’s side (including his brother.)

wac

The Philippines legislature has approved a UN-inspired bill that, if enacted, will give preferential treatment to children of families with two children or fewer.

The Catholic Church has decried the bill as statist, totalitarian, and satainic. Religous leaders are calling for a presidential veto. 

Read it all here-and pray for the people of the most Catholic country on earth.

 

Mr. WAC

No kidding! There is a service that will email documentation and final messages to loved ones who may be left behind after the rapture.

From their website:

WHY?

We all have family and friends who have failed to receive the Good News of the Gospel.
The unsaved will be ‘left behind’ on earth to go through the “tribulation period” after the “Rapture”. You remember how, for a short time, after (9/11/01) people were open to spiritual things and answers. (We are still singing “God Bless America” at baseballs’ seventh inning stretch.) Imagine how taken back they will be by the millions of missing Christians and devastation at the rapture. They will know it was true and that they have blown it. There will be a small window of time where they might be reached for the Kingdom of God. We have made it possible for you to send them a letter of love and a plea to receive Christ one last time. You can also send information based on scripture as to what will happen next. Each fulfilled prophecy will cause your letter and plea to be remembered and a decision to be made.

“WHY” is one last chance to bring them to Christ and snatch them from the flames!

[. . .]

Our purpose is to get one last message to the lost, at a time, when they might just be willing to hear it for the first and last time.

* Programmed and run by Christians, for Christians
* Annual re-subscription fees will drop proportionally to the number of subscribers
* Messages sent out 6 days after the rapture
* You can edit your documents and the recipients any time
* Your sensitive documents are stored encrypted
[. . .]

Document storage and “Rapture” triggered email messaging system.

* Store up to 250mb of documents
* Send to up to 62 individual email addresses
* 150Mb encrypted document storage
* 100mb unencrypted document storage
* You can edit documents any time
* Write your own documents or choose from some of ours

Services Overview

We have set up a system to send documents by the email, to the addresses you provide, 6 days after the “Rapture” of the Church. This occurs when 3 of our 5 team members scattered around the U.S fail to log in over a 3 day period. Another 3 days are given to fail safe any false triggering of the system.

And it only costs $40 a year!

Wow. What value.

H/T to Feddie.

wac

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