The Curt Jester links to Fr. Powell’s excellent post on the differences between a parish priest and a priest of a religious order. I actually didn’t know there was a difference in vows:

In the Catholic Church there are two kinds of priests: religious and diocesan. The primary canonical difference between the two is based on who serves as an immediate ecclesial superior. For RP’s the immediate ecclesial superior is the local prior, abbot, or major superior; that is, a member of that priest’s order/monastery who exercises canonical authority in virtue of holding an office within the order/monastery. My immediate ecclesial superior is the prior of this convent. For DP’s, the immediate ecclesial superior is always the bishop of the priest’s diocese.

Very informative and worth reading.

UPDATE if you came here from the Dissenting Justice link it was wrong. The actual post you want is here but this post does have some background on the subject.

I’ll have to find the podcast but it looks like this was something heated and full of passion. I saw only the tail end and it was something.

Here is my personal take, there are two sides to this a legal and a moral one: Continue reading “I missed the great Morning Joe “Torture” debate”

My cunning plan to spread the gospel of Big Finish doctor who episodes progresses.

I let her listen to the end of The Girl Who Never was and the First few minutes of The Condemned. She was intrigued.

I have loaned Big Finish Cd’s number 16-19 Storm Warning, Sword of Orion, The Stones of Venice and Minuet in Hell all featuring the 8th Doctor and Charley Pollard to one of my friend’s teenage daughters.

With any luck I will have created another Big Finish fan who will go for the CD’s as much as me. And if she likes them she’ll tell her friends and so on and so on and so on.

Thus my cunning plan to assure that sales of Big Finish episodes will continue into old age is assured!

Well today from Netflix the first cd from season 7 of Red Dwarf. It is an excellent choice for a Chinese home picnic.

Very simple instructions for said picnic:

  • Clear the den floor
  • Lay down a blanket
  • Order from Dragon Express
  • And eat it on the blanket with either a good movie or a fun TV series on the set.

©BBC.  If the embedded version dies you can watch this sequence here.

I must confess I am a sucker for Ace Rimmer and any situation when Nazi’s are getting beaten up.

I’ve been going back and forth in comments with Bob Goldman concerning the reasons for liberal people are so willing to believe the worst of Israel and Jews but give other a pass.

This article from Francesca Segal supports Bob’s answer while giving a possible a possible answer to me:

In August 2001, I turned 21 and my parents gave me a Star of David necklace. Then a month later, the world changed and my mother, with remarkable foresight, began her campaign to rescind the gift, begging me to take it off because she was frightened it would make me a target in the wake of mounting evidence that fanatical Islamism was tightening its grip on the country. My argument was always the same – when I am no longer safe being identifiably Jewish on the tube, I don’t want to live in England.

Now it’s happening and I am devastated. It was bluster. I am resolutely, irreducibly British. I love Marmite and Labradors and Sunday lunch. If you step on my foot, I will reflexively apologise. New York, where I will go if I have to leave the UK, does not feel like home for me nor, I suspect, could it ever. But as the British establishment sides with the appeasing of Islamism at home and abroad and as the word Zionism is increasingly bastardised, hijacked by a new definition comprising traditional antisemitic libels and demonising conspiracy theories, and as the liberal media and campaigning groups single out Israel disproportionately among all other countries for criticism, perpetuating the myth that Israel is responsible for mushrooming anti-western sentiment, I feel increasingly that I cannot stay.

My little sister arrived back at her university last week to discover buildings had been daubed with antisemitic graffiti. Across north London, the same scrawled vitriol has been appearing – “Jihad to Israel”, frequently accompanied by the message: “Kill Jews.”

Our Islamic friends clearly don’t have a problem with the whole “death to the Jews” thing. I never see any Islamic groups condemning this type of behavior.

The fact is that as Glenn has pointed out again and again violence and intimidation works. Just look at South Park Mohammad censorship for God’s sake.

Considering the appeasement of Islam it will be interesting is when Islamic belief conflicts with something like Abortion or Homosexuality both condemned in Islam, both legal in Israel. What will our liberal friends say then when there is a conflict on that subject in the west?

Via hot air.

Update: Yet another example.

He added: “Our comments were directed to ‘insulting’ and/or ‘controversial’ remarks made by Mr. Naik in relation to Christianity. This was no more than religious debate under the general principles of British law and within the Ofcom Code. No intemperate language was used on our show.”

In a reply, Javaid Ullah, the director of the radio station, terminated the Rev Masih and his co-presenter’s “voluntary agreement… with immediate effect”. He said that they had “failed to remain neutral and as such allowed the guest to make comments which led in [to] offending various members of the community.”

He added: “The comments made in your letter were inaccurate and not true. The tone of the letter was deemed offensive to the management of Awaz FM.”

The Rev Masih told The Sunday Telegraph: “I am very distressed at the way I have been treated. I presented the show for six years and am sad to have been forced to give it up.”

Drip , drip drip.

Went to the Steve’s son’s JV game it was a mass of action.

The fact that Leominster are the Blue Devils and St. Bernards are saints showed as the game was very physical.

There were some excellent hits but at times it seemed that Leominster was more interested in making hits than scoring. On at least two occasions a Leominster player out of position for a centering pass near the crease because he concentrated on a hit or a shove. first. #2 in particular seemed to manage a hit away from the puck hits at every chance. He must have thought he has Keith Magnison as the red hair was a giveaway. There was a fair amount of pressure on goal but St. B. Goal was equal to the task.

The real star of the game however was the goaltender of Leominster. St. Bernards had several excellent chances, 2 on ones, first rate centering passes and action near the crease. It seemed his body was everywhere. Even the St. Bernards fans were applauding
him as he made saves that nobody has any business making.

He was particularly fine late in the 3rd when St. B was working on a power play. Nothing was getting by them.

I was never much for schoolboy sports, but if this is any indication I think I’ll be attending more.

Some thoughts on the snow.

It kept the crew from coming to try out that talisman expansion, will have to do it this afternoon.

Figured with all the snow people might be shoveling and not calling into unemployment yet, I was right got through on the 2nd try!

Had to dig out to get Steve’s son to hockey this morning as he is staying with us this weekend. I don’t know how he and his wife manage all the events with 4 kids.

I noticed the long list of protestant churches and Jewish synagogues closed on the news. You never see a Catholic Church closed. Mass is always held but the faithful are advised not to risk life to get there. Since the priest usually lives in a rectory next door this isn’t a problem. Also in a city like mine the Church are neighborhood churches so many people can walk to mass. I don’t know how it is in more rural areas.

Notice when things seemed to be getting warmer everyone cried Global Warming, now since things are cold it is “Climate Change”.

Our city had budget problems before the market crashes, I can’t see how we are going to pay for our snow removal this year.

I’ll have more to say on that but I have shoveling to do. Read you in a few hours.

Given the theme of CNN’s reality challenged stuff and the inability to get the question answered as to why Israel and the Jews are the only evil things in the universe.

Since 2001, Islamic terrorists have carried out more than 11,188 separate attacks on Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, women and others. These attacks were the Zionists' fault.

In 2007 TROP reported that the Muslim and Jewish holy days overlapped for ten days. During this period, "Muslims racked up 397 dead bodies in 94 terror attacks across 10 countries... while Jews worked on their 159th Nobel Prize."

It was the Zionists' fault.

It was all the Zionists' fault.

Read the whole thing. (via glenn)

I don't remember where I read it so I can't take credit for this line but if how is it that when Israel hits Palestinians it "creates" suicide bombers and the left gives it as justification while when 6 million Jews were slaughtered the Jews answered by creating one of the most advanced, pluralistic and successful states in the world.

You know our liberal friends must have a low opinion of Arabs and Palestinians since they choose to justify uncivilized behavior rather than expect better?

I think however that people are people no matter who they are or where they come from and as individuals or as groups are just as good as anyone else. Therefore I demand the same standard of civilized behavior from our Arab friends that I would from anyone else. Why don't our liberal friends do the same?

Update: Can someone explain to me why when Arabs protest over Israel there is violence and hate while the reverse isn't true?

Two posts at Instapundit:

IN FORT LAUDERDALE: Protester Calls for Jews to ‘Go Back to the Oven’ at Anti-Israel Demonstration.

UPDATE: Israel Acts Because the World Won’t Defend It. I’d say a lot of the world is actively working toward its destruction, or at least cheering those who are.

I am a minor and obscure blogger, Reynolds is the blogfather. I’m apparently not the only one who has been seeing this stuff and so I ask the question again: Why is the left so obsessed with Israel and Jews to the exclusion of other stuff? Why are death and destruction not worthy of protest if a line can’t be drawn to either Israel or America?

Note: for some reason this was saved as a draft, better late than never.