Below are various headlines pulled from catholicculture.org's recent daily updates. An explanation of what to make of these headlines is inserted in this bold type face.
JESUIT PROVINCE IN NORTHWESTERN US FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY FEBRUARY 18, 2009
-I can't help but recall the words of Fr. Ilo, "take all the money away, we're better off being a poor church." Don't forget the nature and purpose of mendicantism and the vow of poverty--If God continues to want your order's existence, then God will provide. Sometimes God calls the loan and it's time for foreclosure. There are orders that can hardly make room for all their recruits, the Jesuits have had empty, decrepit halls for quite some time. I recall the Ignatian retreat I made some years ago with the Jesuits at Santa Clara University. The freezers full of Hagen Daz bars (to which I had full access and took full advantage) were delightful, but hardly conducive to a disciplined, ascetic, prayerful life of service and poverty...let alone a disciplined retreat experience. The liturgical concepts of Form and Matter have long been misaligned with this order. Incidentally, this bankruptcy stems from sexual abuse lawsuits
MIXED RESPONSES AFTER CRUCIFIXES RETURN TO BOSTON COLLEGE CLASSROOMS FEBRUARY 12, 2009
Students, faculty members, and administrators at Jesuit-run Boston College are divided over the return of crucifixes to classrooms, Boston newspapers report. "The Christian art reflects our pride in and commitment to our religious heritage," Was this pride missing for a period of time? said Jack Dunn, the spokesman for a school that has been prominently identified with dissent from Church teaching on many recent occasions. But the head of the Slavic-language department said that the appearnce of religious symbol is is " contrary to the letter and spirt of open intellectual discourse that makes education worthwhile and distinguishes first-rate universities from mediocre and provincial ones." So censoring the history, heritage, and focus of Catholicism is somehow conducive to the open exchange of ideas and meaningful discussion? The chairman of the chemistry department agreed that it is "offensive." Would it be offensive to see the slain lord displayed in art anywhere, or only on the campus of Catholic institutions? Neither professor indicated a desire to leave the university. Who gives up tenure...you can say anything, do anything and face no real consequences. The only catch, your employers promote things which you find "offensive" and "contrary to...intellectual discourse." and makes you a proponent of a "mediocre" institution...Its seems these prof's are likely violating their own consciences for the sake of personal gain. Be honest! If it is truly offensive and truly a violation of what you believe, don't be a part of it.
FRENCH GROUP TO FILE CHARGES AGAINST BISHOP WILLIAMSON FEBRUARY 12, 2009
The International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism will file charges against Bishop Richard Williamson for “contesting crimes against humanity.” The thought police strike again...funny parallel to the crucifixes at Boston College and open discussion of events/facts leading to mediocrity. The SSPX bishop questions evidence and says "I haven't seen the proof." For this he is on the verge of prosecution?