Christian One-Liners (sent to me by a friend who l…

Christian One-Liners (sent to me by a friend who lives in the deep south)

Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you couldn’t

belong.

The phrase that is guaranteed to wake up an audience: “And in

conclusion.”

If the church wants a better preacher, it only needs to pray for the

one it has.

God Himself does not propose to judge a man until he is dead. So why

should you?

To make a long story short, don’t tell it.

Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

Peace starts with a smile.

I don’t know why some people change churches; what difference does it

make which one you stay home from?

Be ye fishers of men. You catch them – He’ll clean them.

Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.

Don’t put a question mark where God put a period.

Don’t wait for 6 strong men to take you to church.

Forbidden fruits create many jams.

God grades on the cross, not the curve.

God loves everyone, but probably prefers “fruits of the spirit” over

“religious nuts!”

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.

He who angers you, controls you!

If God is your Co-pilot – swap seats!

Prayer: Don’t give God instructions – just report for duty!

The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.

Harry Potter Casts Spell Over Animal Kingdom Too! …

Harry Potter Casts Spell Over Animal Kingdom Too!

Hope this doesn’t have anything to do with the plot of the new book. I’d hate to be accused of crossing paths with J. K. Rowling who is suing the Daily News for big bucks!

Iraqi Information Minister Revisited I fear tha…

Iraqi Information Minister Revisited

I fear that the Iraqi Foreign Information Minister may reimerge in the coming days as a spokesperson for a group that is under fire from the media and seems incapable of rising to the occaision of dealing honestly with the heat. Rather we are likely to hear that “there is no problem”, “this is a fabrication of the media”, and maybe even “there never was a bishop named O’Brien in Phoenix.”

While the antics of the “information” minister in Iraq were amusing, one cannot say the same for those who follow the one that said “you shall know the truth and it shall make you free.” My hope is that within the tight knit group there is a holy man who will rise up and lead the Church both honestly and truthfully. This bishop would rally the many good bishops and leave behind those who are more comfortable blaming everyone else for their personal failures and insist on trying to drag the lot of bishops down to their level.

Please offer your prayers these days that such a bishop (and they are there) might be moved by the Spirit of God to take on this role.

Governor Keating Defends Himself in the NY Times T…

Governor Keating Defends Himself in the NY Times Today

From the NY Times:

A few opponents of the board have said we went too far, engaging in what one resistant diocesan newspaper termed a “witch hunt.” Again, I do not agree. This is not about pilfering Saturday night bingo proceeds; it concerns horrific actions by a small cadre of priests who have victimized hundreds — perhaps thousands — of children and adolescents, and defiled the institution they claimed to serve.

Sexual abuse leaves lifelong emotional scars. In the past year, I met with many victims of abuse. I heard their heartbreaking stories of damaged lives and broken trust. I pledged to them that they would have a voice, and I am convinced that they will continue to be heard, if only because most Catholics know that right is on their side.

Sadly, a few church leaders, including some in large dioceses, chose to resist and obstruct the board. When we asked valid questions, they gave us few or no answers. Where information and cooperation was called for, we received delay or an outright refusal to help.

These few leaders turned to their lawyers when they should have looked into their hearts — and I expressed my disgust with them. I am a candid person, and that makes some people uncomfortable. So be it. Obstructing justice, excusing and concealing those who victimize innocent children: these are not the actions of holy men. They are sins — and they are crimes. God may hold them accountable in the next world, but we will certainly hold them accountable in this one.

Those who have sought to block the board are few, and I am convinced they will remain ineffective. From Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, to the many parish priests and members of the laity who wrote or called me, I am grateful — for their support, but most of all grateful that they understand how vital it is to restore trust in our church.

That work continues. With God’s help, it will succeed in cleansing the church of a vast stain.

Index of Leading Catholic Indicators Interestin…

Index of Leading Catholic Indicators

Interesting new book that examines statistical data concerning all things Catholic. Here you will find an interview with the author Ken Jones. Here is a bit to whet your appetite:

The devastation of religious orders of women since Vatican II can only be described as shocking. In 1965 there were almost 180,000 nuns in the United States. Today there are 75,000, with an average age of 69. By 2020 we have projected that there will be 21,000 below age 70. It is not being an alarmist to say that within our lifetime, there will be virtually no nuns in the United States – a stunning turn of events since 1965.

Do the statistics show anything about the ordinary life of Catholics? Again, in all areas there has been a dramatic decline. In 1965 there were 1.3 million infant baptisms, in 2002 there were 1 million. (In the same period the number of Catholics in the United States rose from 45 million to 65 million.) In 1965 there were 126,000 adult baptisms – converts – in 2002 there were 80,000. In 1965 there were 352,000 Catholic marriages, in 2002 there were 256,000. In 1968 there were 338 annulments, in 2002 there were 50,000.

Attendance at Mass has also plummeted. A 1958 Gallup poll reported that 74 percent of Catholics went to Sunday Mass in 1958. A 1994 University of Notre Dame study found that the attendance rate was 26.6 percent. A more recent study by Fordham University professor James Lothian concluded that 65 percent of Catholics went to Sunday Mass in 1965, while the rate dropped to 25 percent in 2000.

What about Catholic education? This is one area that particularly surprised me, because I was not aware of how dramatically enrollment has declined at Catholic schools since the Council. For example, between 1965 and 2002 the number of diocesan high schools fell from 1,566 to 786, and the number of students dropped from almost 700,000 to 386,000. At the grade school level, there were 10,503 parochial schools in 1965 and 6,623 in 2002. The number of students went from 4.5 million to 1.9 million.

Some people say, “We know the numbers have declined since the Council, but the downward trend started before the Council.” How do you respond? I respond by saying it’s simply not true. An especially helpful feature to my book is that my statistical analysis starts in the 1920s and 1930s, so trends can be discovered. For example, look at the number of total seminarians. There were about 9,000 in 1920, 17,000 in 1940, 25,000 in 1950, almost 40,000 in 1960, and 49,000 in 1965 – a consistent trend upward. In 1970 there were 28,000 seminarians – a decline of over 41 percent in just five years. In 2002 there were 4,700. This pattern is reflected in every area – a steady increase until the Council, and a dramatic decline afterwards.

Alleged Victim of Clergy Abuse Nearly Drowns in Po…

Alleged Victim of Clergy Abuse Nearly Drowns in Pope John Paul II Park

From Boston Globe Online:

One of the alleged sexual abuse victims of convicted child molester and defrocked priest John J. Geoghan nearly drowned yesterday afternoon in the Neponset River in Dorchester’s Pope John Paul II Park, authorities said.

Patrick McSorley, 28, of Hyde Park, was in critical condition last night at Boston Medical Center, where he was taken by ambulance after a friend found him splashing and struggling in the river, said David Procopio, the Suffolk district attorney’s spokesman.

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