September 24, 2009
Gene Michael is putting his blog, RochesterCatholic, on hiatus. When I moved back to Rochester and looked for Catholic resources, Gene’s blog was there. His combination of news and commentary made his blog a frequent read, in particular to note the dissent du jour.
The blog will stay up to keep track of the rosary count, but because Gene is discontinuing the daily posts, he wrote a heartfelt farewell piece. When I saw him after Mass on Sunday, he sounded very excited about his new business. I wish him and his family the best and God bless.
September 22, 2009
Catholic Online has the story about two women attacking an older man who carried a text-only sign. The women yelled profanities at the man, tried to take away and destroy his sign, and wrestled him to the ground.
September 21, 2009
New York magazine offers this reflection on Archbishop Dolan’s first few months in NYC.
September 21, 2009
One of the things that comes in threes is the number of blogs by DoR seminarians.
In Washington, DC:
Peter Mottola’s Declina Paulisper
and two in Rome, Italy:
Greg Rupik’s Southern Tier Seminarian
Peter vanLieshout’s The Rochester Seminarian
September 17, 2009
Last night, Anchoress put up a pair of YouTube videos of Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary and Henry Gibson of Laugh-In and I went to bed with the words to Puff, the Magic Dragon in my head, thinking what a different world it was then.
I mention it on this blog because people commenting on Catholic blogs today usually write about the Sixties, the time of Vatican II, through the lens of today. For a good many of them, it’s a time they only know about from history books with the inevitable photo of Woodstock and movies like Field of Dreams. In that sense, I can understand the comments about “those long-haired, jeans/peasant skirt/bell-bottomed, drug-smoking/stoned protestors carrying flowers, love and peace, “No More War,” and “Save the Whales” signs and singing Beatles songs on guitars.
It’s so easy today to caricature that time. Usually there’s an unspoken “if I was there, I wouldn’t have done any of that stupid stuff.” Silly people. There were, of course, some who weathered the storm better than others, but there seems to be a lack of understanding of a) how engulfing the storm was and b) the decades in question were not a unique aberration, but a focal point, a “perfect storm.”
For now though, the deaths of Henry Gibson and Mary Travers brings back good memories. Whatever political humor that was in Laugh-In was completely lost on me as I was too young. I just thought it was very funny. Then again, I’ve always had a soft spot for one-liners.
Peter, Paul and Mary provided much of the music of my childhood. Puff the Magic Dragon was a staple that I associate with families and young children. Leaving on a Jet Plane connects with John Denver’s songs: music which, to paraphrase a commercial of that time, was part of the fabric of my life.
September 16, 2009
Here is the Flint, Michigan article about the memorial service today (Wednesday) for James Pouillon, the pro-lifer who was murdered last Friday. Several blogs have posted the Catholic News Agency’s article about the double standard in reactions. Newsbusters notes the discrepancies in MSM coverage.