Showing posts from September, 2009

Is it necessary?

On the Laura Ingraham Show, Raymond Arroyo reported that the Met's new season opener, Puccini's Tosca, features a very disturbing scene.
At the end one of the acts, the baritone who plays Baron Scarpia apparently simulates the sexual act with a statue of the Virgin Mary. When the curtain rises again, he is found caressing the statue.
We would never see this type a scene perpetrated with a statue of Mohammad. But, as usual, we Christians are fair game.
I cannot see how this is necssary in the name of art and must be offensive to many. One show I will be avoiding if it comes to the UK.


“The example St Jean Marie Vianney leaves to priests is that saintliness is possible in the ordinary ministry. Jean Marie did nothing exceptional, he simply lived every moment of his life as a man of God”.
Pope Benedict XVI

Atheists are a dying breed

Data is rare in this area, but what they do have suggests that atheists are a dying breed. Austria is the only country which records the religious belief of parents but their figure, of 0.85 children per atheist woman, is far below replacement rate (2.1) and below even the most barren European country’s average rate, which is about 1.2. And since most people inherit their parents’ political and religious world views, this is bad news for Team Dawkins. says: This is very bad news for atheist pin-up boy, Mr. Dawkins, as he and his chums have just spent a fortune on tee shirts claiming atheists ‘never dun nuffin’ wrong’, unlike people of faith who cause wars and other nasty things. Hard to believe this Oxford don hasn’t heard of the atheistic murderers: Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, et alia!! Still, one wonders whether the tiresome …

Swiss consider banning Dignitas and assisted suicide just as Britain considers relaxing its own laws

It's a sad day today as Britain changes the laws on assisted suicide. Members of the Swiss Government want the laws on assisted suicide tightened up - at a time when Britain considers relaxing its own laws.
As the Swiss prepare for a debate into assisted suicide, the Director of Public Prosecutions for England and Wales said new legal guidance will set out the circumstances in which friends or relatives can help without fear of prosecution.
More than 100 people have travelled from Britain to the Dignitas clinic Read more:

In attempting to 'clarify' the law on assisted suicide, Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer is in severe danger of achieving exactly the opposite.
Helping someone to kill themselves is a crime punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment under the 1961 Suicide Act.
But prosecutions are rare and convictions of those whose m…

Haydn- Insanae Et Vanae Curae (St. John's College Choir.)

Bloodmoney Trailer

Holiday Time

We visited my sister. This is her with her daughter who looks a lot like my youngest daughter and us at the top at the theme park. We visisted Whipsnade Zoo and St Albans (St Alban was the first Christian Martyr) and Wicksteed Theme Park which was founded by a gentleman who believed in building social housing and was originally from St Asaph and the son of a minister. He was also friends with the Booths (Salvation Army).

Today's Tract

"No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick. We are only as strong as the weakest among us." If you agree, please post this as your status for the rest of the day.

Daily Reflection

"If we are incapable of finding peace in ourselves, it is pointless to search elsewhere."
Francois de la Rochefoucauld
A relationship can bring you life's greatest joy or its worst pain. In the cartoon strip "Peanuts", Charles Shultz portrayed in his characters a lot of human traits with which we can identify. Charlie Brown personified a joyful yearning for a special relationship and the painful experience of unrequited love. It was devastating to see him rejected so often. How do you handle rejection or betrayal?
Fr. Robert O.P.

Petula Clark - DownTown

I Just Don't Know What to do With Myself - Dusty Springfield

Lulu - Boom bang-a-bang

Cilla Black - "You've Lost That Loving Feeling"

Sing along time


Single Mothers in UK

Parenting a child well is a worthwhile, necessary, demanding full time JOB OF WORK. To put a parent with no working partner under pressure to work (under threat of financial penalty) when a child is under 5 may cause long term psychological damage to the child. Research shows how personality problems are formed in children traumatised before the age of 5. These lead to future (costly) social problems. Vulnerable children need love and stability with their biological parent/s. Why destroy a child's developing sense of self, learned through family love, security and discipline by paying a childminder when you can pay the parent to do the job she/he is biologically programmed to do. Children left with trauma find it easy to turn away from family to gangs for security and recognition. Children of all ages are vulnerable to abuse as they grow up looking for love they can't find at home. These are some of the problems exacerbated because our culture does not appear to value good par…

Home Schooling Moms

Single parent who are home schooling should not be forced to look for another job by signing on to Job seekers allowance (JSA), but they should be awarded financially and be commended by the government for the job they are already doing without a salary. They should be allowed to continue on income support or the government should introduce a new benefit assessment/regime to reflect the job they are doing or give them support in developing a business around their home schooling work.

Sign the petition here:

Pensions for women

Interested in what is happening to pensions for women - sign one of these petitions as your pension is slowly being eroded.

Did you know that you only receive half the second pension as a widow now?