August 26, 2006

"Benedictine monk has been found to be free of occult blood"

That's quite some headline, isn't it?
It's true, but it can be misleading to some.
It's not about New Age or pagan practices.
Since I am definitely middle-aged now, I'm allowing medical professionals to subject me to my first physical examination in decades.
The term "occult blood" refers to amounts of blood that are present but too small to be seen.
The medical laboratory says I don't have any occult blood.
In my "end results" . . . .

Cloistered Benedictine nuns again "en-chanting" the media

Regina Laudis Abbey
Bethlehem, Connecticut

The article is online.
Click HERE for it.

Archbishop of Rome, Pope John Paul II

Since only archbishops have a pallium, it seems odd to me that we don't traditionally refer to the "Archbishop of Rome" but to the "Bishop of Rome".

August 25, 2006


Michelle Arnold, one of the bloggers, has tagged me.

1. Which famous person would you most like to learn that you are descended from?
Lazarus whom Jesus raised from the dead.

2. Which famous person would you hate to learn that you are descended from?
I would hate to be the immediate offspring (son) of someone like Adolph Hitler, Idi Amin or Saddam Hussein. Being more removed like a grandson, great-grandson or farther would be tolerable.

3. If you could be ancestor to any living famous person, who would it be and why?
Several organizations use the name “Ku Klux Klan”. I would get a kick out of being discovered to be an ancestor of the leader of whichever KKK organization is the largest. That way I could say,
“Hey, boy!
I’m Catholic.
I’m a priest
I ain’t white.
I’m an immigrant.
I’m yo’ grand-daddy.
You don’t qualify for the KKK.”

4. If you could go back in time and meet any known ancestor of yours, who would it be?
Well, I’ll answer with an unknown: that ancestor who was the first to bear my surname, “Pedrano”.

5. Tag five others.
Tim Jones of
Gerald Naus of
Thomas of
Any Shriner of the
He who blogs his own name at

What about Michelle Arnold?
Click HERE for it.

Who is "Meander"?

Someone visited my blog after doing a Google for "who is meander".

"Meander" is not a person.

"Meander" is a verb.

To meander is to turn, wind or wander.

Me monk . . . but me meander.

Bad monk!

Bad English!

Benedictines tend "The Pope John Paul II Commemorative Rose" inside the Vatican

Jackson and Perkins, an Oregon-based company, has developed the “Pope John Paul II Commemorative Rose.”

Ten percent of the sale proceeds are donated to assist the poor in Africa.

This summer a bed of several bushes of this new rose was planted within the gates of the Vatican City’s only monastery of cloistered nuns, "Mater Ecclesiae Monastery."

The monastery was established in 1994 within the walls of the Vatican at the personal request of Pope John Paul to enrich the government of the Church with the presence and prayer of nuns totally dedicated to contemplation.

The nuns maintain the private chapel of the pope, and now prepare bouquets of the John Paul II rose for the chapel.

The monastery was initiated with a community of Poor Clare nuns assigned from around the world.

By indication of the Pope himself, the community of the monastery changes every five years, the length of a staff assignment in the Vatican.

Carmelite nuns began their duties their in 1999.

Benedictine nuns (including at least one from the U.S.A.) have been serving there since 2004.


We are family
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up everybody and sing

We are family
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up everybody and sing

Everyone can see we're together
As we walk on by
And we fly just like birds of a feather
I'm not telling no lie

All of the people around us to say
Can we be that close
Just let me state for the record
We're giving love in a family dose, yeah....

August 24, 2006



The Body of All the Liturgical Books
according to the Roman Rite
Click HERE for it.

Why am I Catholic?

Click on the image to view the video. It's five minutes and thirteen seconds long.

I saw this on Dean Soto's blog, "FANATHOLIC— Because Mediocrity Is Not Enough."
Click HERE for it.

August 23, 2006

Aargh! I'm "it" . . .

. . . 'cause Michelle Arnold over at Jimmy Akin's blog tagged me— and it's for another book meme.



In other words, "I'll get to it."

What is it?
Click HERE for it.

God the Architect of the Cosmos

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I saw it on the blog of "THE ROVING MEDIEVALIST: A Spirited Defense of a Noble Catholic Culture and Its Lingering Spirit."
Click HERE for it.

Smoking area with anti-smoking message

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La bloggueuse, Mademoiselle Dilexitprior, referred to this in a comment on one my blogposts from a few days ago. She has her own blog, "Letters from a Young Catholic."
Click HERE for it.

Jesus without miracles and without divinity

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Thomas Jefferson believed that the ethics of Jesus were the best in the world, but he did not believe Jesus was God or divine.

He wrote, "I am a Christian, in the only sense he [Jesus] wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; and believing he never claimed any other."

Jefferson believed that the New Testament was written by unlearned apostles who often misunderstood Jesus and misrepresented his teaching.

The Smithsonian Museum is adding to its American history exhibit Thomas Jefferson’s “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth Extracted Textually from the Gospels in Greek, Latin, French and English.”

The Unites States of America's third president, Thomas Jefferson, taking the view of a rationalist, personally compiled this work.

He simply rearranged the Gospels, while cutting out the miracles, the references to the divinity of Jesus, and the repetitions between the Gospel writers.

Jefferson added a table of contents and parallel translations in three other languages beside the English.

The text is online.
Click HERE for it.

August 22, 2006

PUBLIC SCHOOLS: the place where children are most likely to be sexually abused by adults

The American Medical Association found in 1986 that one in four girls, and one in eight boys, are sexually abused in or out of school before the age of 18.
Two years later, a study included in “The Handbook on Sexual Abuse of Children,” reported that one in four girls, and one in six boys, is sexually abused by age 18.
[Michael Dobie, “Violation of Trust,” Newsday, June 9, 2002, p. C25.]
It was reported in 1991 that 17.7 percent of males who graduated from high school, and 82.2 percent of females, reported sexual harassment by faculty or staff during their years in school.
Fully 13.5 percent said they had sexual intercourse with their teacher.
[Daniel Wishnietsky, “Reported and Unreported Teacher-Student Sexual Harassment,” Journal of Ed Research, Vol. 3, 1991, pp. 164-69.]
In New York City alone, at least one child is sexually abused by a school employee every day.
One study concluded that more than 60 percent of employees accused of sexual abuse in the New York City schools were transferred to desk jobs at district offices located inside the schools.
Most of these teachers are tenured and 40 percent of those transferred are repeat offenders.
They call it “passing the garbage” in the schools.
One reason why this exists is due to efforts by the United Federation of Teachers to protect teachers at the expense of children.
[Douglas Montero, “Secret Shame of Our Schools: Sexual Abuse of Students Runs Rampant,” New York Post, July 30, 2001, p. 1.]
Another is the fact that teachers accused of sexual misconduct cannot be fired under New York State law. [“Schools Chancellor: Four Teachers Barred from Classroom,” Associated Press, June 12, 2003.]
One of the nation’s foremost authorities on the subject of the sexual abuse of minors in public schools is Hofstra University professor Charol Shakeshaft.
In 1994, Shakeshaft and Audrey Cohan did a study of 225 cases of educator sexual abuse in New York City.
Their findings are astounding.
All of the accused admitted sexual abuse of a student, but none of the abusers was reported to the authorities, and only 1 percent lost their license to teach.
Only 35 percent suffered negative consequences of any kind, and 39 percent chose to leave their school district, most with positive recommendations.
Some were even given an early retirement package.
[Charol Shakeshaft and Audrey Cohan, In loco parentis: Sexual abuse of students in schools, (What administrators should know). Report to the U.S. Department of Education, Field Initiated Grants.]
Moving molesting teachers from school district to school district is a common phenomenon.
And in only 1 percent of the cases do superintendents notify the new school district.
According to Diana Jean Schemo, the term “passing the trash” is the preferred jargon among educators. [Diana Jean Schemo, “Silently Shifting Teachers in Sex Abuse Cases,” New York Times, June 18, 2002, p. A19.]
Shakeshaft has also determined that 15 percent of all students have experienced some kind of sexual misconduct by a teacher between kindergarten and 12th grade; the behaviors range from touching to forced penetration. [Elizabeth Cohen, “Sex Abuse of Students Common; Research Suggests 15% of All Children Harassed,” Press & Sun-Bulletin, February 10, 2002, p. 1A.]
She and Cohan also found that up to 5 percent of teachers sexually abuse children. [Berta Delgado and Sarah Talalay, “Sex Cases Increase in Schools; Many Acts of Teacher Misconduct Not Being Reported,” Sun-Sentinel, June 4, 1995, p. 1A.]
Shakeshaft will soon be ready to release the findings of a vast study undertaken for the Planning and Evaluation Service Office of the Undersecretary, U.S. Department of Education, titled, “Educator Sexual Misconduct with Students: A Synthesis of Existing Literature on Prevalence in Connection with the Design of a National Analysis.” [The study is in draft form and is not yet available for quotation.]

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From “Sexual Abuse in Social Context: Catholic Clergy and Other Professionals,” Special Report by Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, February 2004.
Click HERE for it.

Hooray, Pope!

During the noon Angelus prayer at the Pope's summer residence, in Castel Gandolfo, outside Rome, Sunday, 20 August 2006

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August 22, the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary the Queen

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I have posted a homily for the occasion.
Click HERE for it.

August 21, 2006


"We have a king"

The Great Chief Tuheitia Paki

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The high chiefs of the Maori of Aotearoa ("New Zealand") named Tuheitia Paki as successor to the Maori throne. He was "crowned" today immediately prior to the burial of his mother, Lady Te Atairangikaahu. He is her oldest son.

The deceased queen's coffin is immediately to the right of the throne, off-camera.

The crowning of a Maori monarch consists in touching the monarch's head three times with a Bible.

The Maori women in the picture are observing the custom of wearing greenery on their heads as a sign of mourning.

Just before the queen's coffin was closed, three white doves were released. Two immediately flew off. One of the doves instead landed in front of the coffin, and stayed there, not flying away until the coffin was closed. In this photograph you can see the dove and the smiles it elicited from the mourners.

Want to read more?
Click HERE for it.

Russian Mafia tells Madonna they'll punish her for mocking the crucifixion

Russian gangsters have threatened to kidnap Madonna and her children if she takes her concert tour to Russia. In one concert number, Madonna enacts her own mock crucifixion which has angered the Russian Orthodox Church as well as the Catholic Church.

August 20, 2006

"Fishers of Men" priesthood vocation video by the Archdiocese of New York

Click on the image to watch.

Possible canonization process for Birmingham priest martyred in 1921 by a Methodist minister who was in the Ku Klux Klan

I have excerpted the following from an article written by Greg Garrison, The Birmingham News,, Sunday, August 20, 2006

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The Rev. James E. Coyle, who became pastor of St. Paul's Cathedral in 1904, was shot to death on the porch of the rectory, the priest's house, on Aug. 11, 1921. He is buried at Elmwood Cemetery.

The Rev. Richard Donohoe, current pastor of the cathedral, plans to seek Vatican approval for moving Coyle's remains.
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The planned new grave for a Catholic priest killed 85 years ago in downtown Birmingham has been dug next to St. Paul's Cathedral.
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… the possibility of asking for sainthood for Coyle is still in the early stages. Moving the grave will have to wait until that process begins….
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… supporters are still researching Coyle's life to make the case for sainthood.
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The new grave for Coyle has been dug … behind the cathedral. A vault has been placed in the ground, between two brick columbarium walls where parishioners will be able to purchase space for burial of their ashes.
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If Coyle's body is moved, it would be his second re-burial. He was first buried in the old Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery…. Those graves were moved to Elmwood in 1936.
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Minister shot him

Coyle became pastor of St. Paul's Cathedral during a period of rising anti-Catholic bigotry in Birmingham fueled by the Ku Klux Klan.

Future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black defended Coyle's killer, a Klan member, and gained an acquittal based on an appeal to the jury's ethnic and religious prejudice.

Coyle's killing brought Birmingham's religious and ethnic turmoil to a climax in an era dominated by Klan bigotry. The Klan of the time targeted blacks, Jews and Roman Catholics for persecution.

… Edwin R. Stephenson, a Methodist minister who conducted weddings at the Jefferson County Courthouse, gunned down Coyle after becoming irate that Coyle had officiated at the marriage of his daughter, Ruth, to a Puerto Rican, Pedro Gussman.

As defense attorney, Black had Gussman summoned into the courtroom and questioned him about his curly hair.

"Lights were arranged in the courtroom so that the darkness of Gussman's complexion would be accentuated," said an Oct. 20, 1921, newspaper account of the final day of the trial.

Years later Black renounced his Klan ties and became one of the most liberal members of the U.S. Supreme Court. After the acquittal, Stephenson once again was a regular at the courthouse, conducting marriages.

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The "Father James E. Coyle Project" is online.
Click HERE for it.

If you sing "Amen, Amen" backwards while doing so-called "liturgical" dance, it comes out as "Numa Numa"


The original!

Click on the image to watch the video.
It's one minute and thirty-seven seconds long.
The "Numa Numa" part of the song starts
about one minute into the video.

The "illicit" but also "invalid" ordinations of Catholic women as priests

In the Catholic Church the sacrament of ordination is an alteration of the soul of the one ordained, not just a granting of delegation to exercise ritual functions.

The mainstream media report that the Catholic Church holds the ordination of women to be illicit, meaning "against the rules".

However, the Catholic Church also acknowledges such ordinations to be invalid sacraments; and the media do not seem to have grasped what that means even when they quote the word "invalid".

An invalid sacrament is analogous to a "sex-change" operation: through surgery and the taking of hormones, a sex-change occurs in the physical appearances of the individual, though genetically no change takes place.

An invalid sacrament, such as an invalid ordination, is one in which the appearances of a sacrament are in place, but no sacrament has really occured.

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The organization that calls itself "Roman Catholic Womenpriests" has a website that tells outright historical LIES.

Earlier this month I posted an exposé.
Click HERE for it.