Thursday, December 29, 2005

New Cardinals On The Horizon?
I sure hope CWN is wrong about one of 'em

Speculation out of Rome concerning the possibility that The Holy Father will be naming new Princes of The Church as soon as next week. A cursory glance at all the named Archbishops in the CWN story didn't give me much hope in any of them for a turn towards Tradition.

But hey, God works in mysterious ways.

One name, however, did leap off the monitor at me. Archbishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, Prefect of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Yes the same Archbishop Fitzgerald who presided over the recent Ecumenical Congress in Fatima, Portugal.

The purpose of such was concerning the establishment of an Interfaith Shrine at Fatima. Buddhist, Hindu, Islam, Protestant, everyone... just a big ecumenical group hug. The conference logo has this abomination tagged "The Present of Man: The Future of God". Whoaaa cowboy. "The Future of God"? "The Future of God"??!! I have a funny feeling this isn't going to pass the smell test.

I did some more digging, here's what I found. First off, what I've posted below is just a wee bit of the article. Do yourself a BIG favor... read the entire article. But here are the high (low) lights;

Featured speaker, Father Jacques Dupuis (a Jesuit... big shocker there), openly showered contempt on this defined truth and on the teaching of the Saints and Doctors of the Church. On the point of "outside the Church there is no salvation", Father Dupuis said in disgust, "There is no need to invoke here that horrible text from the Council of Florence in 1442".

Does that give you an idea of how much of his statement went?

Later, Archbishop Fitzgerald said that he agreed with Father Dupuis that "the unity with God is not confined to the people who belong to the Church". The Church, according to this new union, should not proselytize. Nor is the purpose of dialogue to "convert" the "other" to Catholicism. This is pointless, since members of all religions, according to Dupuis, are already part of the "Reign of God". Rather, "the Church" says Fitzgerald, "is there to recognize the holiness that is in other people, the elements of truth, grace and beauty that are in different religions," and "to try to bring about a greater peace and harmony among people of other religions"

Wonderful... and this guy's name is being bandied about as a future Cardinal? Great.

As if all this wasn't nauseating enough, we have this pearl;

Later the same day, a small group of young traditional Catholics questioned Jose Cardinal da Cruz Policarpo of Lisbon about the new interreligious orientation. A youth quoted to the Cardinal a passage from the book of Sister Lucy, Calls from the Message of Fatima, where she faithfully explained the First Commandment. The Cardinal responded, "Sister Lucy is no longer a point of reference today since we have such a good one in the Second Vatican Council".

I guess there's no chance of me being Pope for a day, is there? How 'bout an hour? Five minutes? Five minutes is ALL I NEED!


Blogger Scarlette said...

I'll let you be pope for five minutes when I'm God for a day. I will get a lot done. I have a to-do list.

And, I hate to tell you this but the music that you like, won't be allowed. Neither will Dad's, or Paul's. Sorry.

1:00 AM  
Blogger Gaufridus said...


If you're female, you wont be God for a moment, letalone for a day. But, your comment concerning nsd's favourite music is right on. None of it would pass a traditional Catholic common sense test. Round it all up and burn it, I say.

God bless you,


7:12 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

LOL!!! OK... for the both of you two music critics, TAG!!

And just how soon will the world see your Top Ten list, hmmmm?

BTW, like I've said befoe, God works in mysterious ways... all those albums influenced me in my youth. The one thing that most of 'em have in common (especially the Jazz influenced ones) is intricacy and precision.

Hmmm... intricate and precise... what does that sound like? (hint, it's a certain religious persuasion that I discuss endlessly on this blog))

7:35 AM  
Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

That's OK, Scarlette, I can take a day off from my favorite rock music. Can I still listen to my Scottish bagpipes CD?

10:38 AM  
Blogger Rick Lugari said...

Well, I had deliberately stayed out of the Best Albums post, because I know my taste in rock music too good for the average man. The commoners tend to think that beauty is found in diversity of genre. The seasoned connoisseur recognizes that there are only a handful to truly exceptional bands and that all the diversity one needs can be found in their catalogs.

First and foremost, to discuss "great" rock bands and albums and not mention Pink Floyd is a mortal sin. I expect to see you all in line for confession tomorrow. Don't worry...I'll be there too. I have to confess my sin of ommission for not speaking up sooner. I am atoning for it at this moment.

The first five slots in the top albums catagory could have easily been filled with Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, and the Final Cut.

The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Trick of the Tail and Wind and Wuthering by Genesis would have all been appropriate selections.

The awesome late-comers (mid 80's) to the scene, Marillion (with Fish) could have filled four spots, but certainly Misplaced Childhood and Clutching at Straws belong for sure.

Personally, I'd place The Royal Scam on the list before Countdown to Ecstacy. And if I could throw the single, Here at the Western World up there I'd have to include that well as Grendel by Marillion.

Less considered by many would be Supertramp, but Crime of the Century is near perfect.

Now, beating your breast, repeat after me, "Mea culpa, mea cupla, mea maxima culpa."


7:17 PM  
Anonymous Scarlette said...

I have been a music connoisseur since I was ten years old. I can teach you all a thing or two about REAL music. I have listed my choice of bands and people who have more talent in their little finger than any one band you all have here goes:

New kids on the block (Joe is such a hottie!)

Leif Garret(love those locks!!!)

Shaun Cassidy (so dreamy)

The Captain and Tenille (I do love a man in a uniform)

Tiffany (I got to see her perform at the local mall and it was the best show EVER!!!)

David Cassidy (dreamier than his brother...almost.)

‘NSYNC (2 words: Lance Bass!)

Backstreet Boys (don't you dare call them The Backdoor Boys, either!)

Menudo (I have their posters all over my wall. And they are hard to get, let me tell you.)

Milli Vanilli (It's still real to me, dammit!)

Now, if God let's me take over for a day, I will be assigning real music for you to enjoy...not the trash you listen to. These are artists in every sense of the word and I think you will be better people for it.

Caveman: The Partridge Family

Paul: The kilt-wearing Bay City Rollers

Dad: The entire Godspell and Hair soundtracks plus Helen Reddy

Rick: Donny and Marie Osmond

gaufridas: The Spice Girls

8:40 PM  
Blogger Gaufridus said...

My "Top Ten" music list? Hmm... Never really thought about it. Well, I dont know about albums, but here are a few of my all-time favourite songs:

10. "Die Fahne Hoch"
9. "Aces High March" from the movie soundtrack, "The Battle of Britain"
8. "Nessun Dorma" from the opera, "Turandot", performed by Luciano Pavarotti
7. "Holy God We Praise Thy Name" performed by the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra
6. "Mit Tränen in den Augen ist man blind" performed by Julio Iglesias
5. "Dixie"
4. "Con Te Partirò (I'll Go With You)" by Andrea Bocelli
3. "Shenandoah"
2. "Maryland, My Maryland"
1. "A Pirate Looks at 40", by Jimmy Buffett



P.S. What is/are "The Spice Girls"?

6:38 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Golf Deuce, you left out Panzer Lied??!! Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over!!?? (Ahhh.... Great great great grandfather Nicholas Weithmann would be proud!)

Scarlette, what... no 1910 Fruit Gum Co... no Paper Lace... no BO DONALDSON AND THE HEYWOODS!!!???

Rick, anyone with THAT MUCH Floyd... well, you're not gonna start smelling colors or stare at your hands for five or six hours, are you?

8:35 AM  
Blogger Rick Lugari said...

Milli Vanilli (It's still real to me, dammit!)


well, you're not gonna start smelling colors or stare at your hands for five or six hours, are you?

Nahh... I've been listening to that stuff since my late teens and never had a bad trip, man. It's excellent stuff...however, Roger Waters is a leftist ideologue, so you have to be able to enjoy his brilliant writing while discarding his political sentiments.

Substance induced self-destruction plays a central role in (original) Marillion's stuff, but it is hardly a ringing endorsement. Intricate composition and movements coupled with poetic style rich in imagery and clever use of language is what sets this relatively known band (in the USA), apart from the rest. I'd have to say they are my favorite.

10:41 AM  

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