|Core: noun, the most important part of a thing, the essence; from the Latin cor, meaning heart.|
|Needless Commentary from Small-Town America|
The Weblog at The View from the Core - Monday, January 24, 2005
A young weblog.
"Scalia: Faithful Live for Christ"
Would that more bishops talked like this.
Thanks to Steve for notice of this article on Justice Antonin Scalia, yesterday:
.... U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Saturday [Jan. 22] that people of faith should not fear being viewed by "educated circles" as "fools for Christ." ....
Scalia praised "traditional Catholics" who say the rosary, go on pilgrimages, kneel during the Eucharist and "follow religiously the teaching of the pope," adding that "intellect and reason need not be laid aside for religion. It is not irrational to accept the testimony of eyewitnesses who had nothing to gain. There is something wrong with rejecting a priori (deductively) the existence of miracles."
The outspoken conservative justice known for his views on religion in America didn't shy from them during his visit to south Louisiana Saturday. He didn't discuss any specific issues before the high court, but did tell those in attendance they had "no greater model" for their faith than St. Thomas More.
The Catholic martyr and considered the patron saint of lawyers, repudiated Martin Luther and refused to endorse King Henry VIII's plan to divorce Katherine of Aragon or recognize the king as the supreme head of the Church of England. More was found guilty of treason and beheaded in 1535....
Terry Schindler Schiavo Case
Short Breviaries in 20th Century America
For all you church geeks out there.
March for Life 2005
Today is the 32nd annual March for Life in Washington DC. NRO reprints today a powerful editorial, originally published Jan. 26, 1998:
.... The abortion regime was born in lies. In Britain (and in California, pre-Roe), the abortion lobby deceptively promoted legal revisions to allow "therapeutic" abortions and then defined every abortion as "therapeutic." The abortion lobby lied about Jane Roe, claiming her pregnancy resulted from a gang rape. It lied about the number of back-alley abortions. Justice Blackmun relied on fictitious history to argue, in Roe, that abortion had never been a common law crime.
The abortion regime is also sustained by lies. Its supporters constantly lie about the radicalism of Roe: even now, most Americans who "agree with Roe v. Wade" in polls think that it left third-term abortions illegal and restricted second-term abortions. They have lied about the frequency and "medical necessity" of partial-birth abortion. Then there are the euphemisms: "terminating a pregnancy," abortion "providers," "products of conception." "The fetus is only a potential human being" — as if it might as easily become an elk. "It should be between a woman and her doctor" — the latter an abortionist who has never met the woman before and who has a financial interest in her decision. This movement cannot speak the truth.
Roe's supporters said at the time that the widespread availability of abortion would lead to fewer unwanted pregnancies, hence less child abuse; it has not. They said that fewer women would die from back-alley abortions; the post-1940s decline in the number of women who died from abortions, the result of antibiotics, actually slowed after Roe — probably because the total number of abortions rose. They said it would reduce illegitimacy and child poverty, predictions that now seem like grim jokes....
Also at NRO, an article by MRC's Tim Graham, Feb. 4, 2003, looking at the commonly repeated errors about Roe v. Wade:
.... Abortion enthusiasts have spent much of the last 30 years touting the line that Harry Blackmun's majority opinion in Roe created a utopian America where any curtailment of abortion on demand meant the whittling away of the Supreme Court's "landmark" ruling. In legal reality, the supposed moderation of Blackmun's clumsy trimester-dividing opinion — allowing regulations for late-term abortions if they didn't infringe on the health of the mother — was swallowed up by Roe's companion case, Doe vs. Bolton, which made it clear that "health" would be defined so broadly that the "exception" swallowed the rule. The reality was abortion on demand....
Even conservative media outlets make this mistake. In their largely sympathetic account of the March for Life on January 23 , Washington Times reporters Denise Barnes and Arlo Wagner reported "The Supreme Court voted 7-2 on Jan. 22, 1973, to legalize abortions in the first three months after conception. Pro-life demonstrators said 42 million abortions have been conducted since the decision was handed down."
Supreme Court justices, like other political actors, can often say one thing, and intentionally or unintentionally, the reality becomes something else entirely. The public expects journalists to be able to make fine distinctions, to deliver the news with judgment and context. Too often on this issue, reporters have played games of rhetorical confusion to make America sound more in favor of abortion, as citizens and as human beings, than they really are.
Also, CNS headline ticker.
As is common on weblogs, I will often include on the main page only the beginning part of a longer entry. Previously, this has been indicated by a "Complete Entry......." link at the bottom of the entry on the main page. I am thinking, though, that some of you may have found it annoying to find out so late that the entire entry was available only on the individual and daily archive pages. So, while continuing the previous practice, I have also added a smaller "Complete Entry." link at the beginning of each such entry, providing a clue from the start that only the beginning of the entry is displayed on the main page.
We Will Be
An officer writes at Soldiers for the Truth, from Southeast Asia, Jan. 20:
It has been three weeks since my ship, the USS Abraham Lincoln, arrived off the Sumatran coast to aid the hundreds of thousands of victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami that ravaged their coastline. I’d like to say that this has been a rewarding experience for us, but it has not: Instead, it has been a frustrating and needlessly dangerous exercise made even more difficult by the Indonesian government and a traveling circus of so-called aid workers who have invaded our spaces.
What really irritated me was a scene I witnessed in the Lincoln’s wardroom a few days ago. I went in for breakfast as I usually do, expecting to see the usual crowd of ship’s company officers in khakis and air wing aviators in flight suits, drinking coffee and exchanging rumors about when our ongoing humanitarian mission in Sumatra is going to end.
What I saw instead was a mob of civilians sitting around like they owned the place. They wore various colored vests with logos on the back including Save The Children, World Health Organization and the dreaded baby blue vest of the United Nations. Mixed in with this crowd were a bunch of reporters, cameramen and Indonesian military officers in uniform. They all carried cameras, sunglasses and fanny packs like tourists on their way to Disneyland.
My warship had been transformed into a floating hotel for a bunch of trifling do-gooders overnight....
I’m all for helping the less fortunate, but it is time to give this mission to somebody other than the U.S. Navy. Our ship was supposed to be home on Feb. 3 and now we have no idea how long we will be here. American taxpayers are spending millions per day to keep this ship at sea and getting no training value out of it. As a result, we will come home in a lower state of readiness than when we left due to the lack of flying while supporting the tsunami relief effort.
I hope we get some good PR in the Muslim world out of it. After all, this is Americans saving the lives of Muslims. I have my doubts.
I have no doubts whatever.
Katz's Top 40
Over at Dust in the Light, fellow-blogger Justin Katz has listed his Personal Top 40 blogs, and your Humbled, Faithful Blogster is happy to say that The Blog from the Core is listed as fourth right between a professor and two cartoonists. :-)
Justin's Top 40 follows, below. I don't have a Top 40. But I do have a couple of short lists for you, Faithful Reader.
Consistently Worth Visiting More Than Once A Day
The Most Consistently & Continually Best Catholic Thinkers and Writers
Justin Katz's Personal Top 40
Seventh Day of Christian Unity Octave 2005
|The Blog from the Core © 2002-2008 E. L. Core. All rights reserved.|
|Needless Commentary from Small-Town America|
|The View from the Core, and all original material, © 2002-2004 E. L. Core. All rights reserved.|
|Cor ad cor loquitur J. H. Newman Heart speaks to heart|