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Feb. 6th, 2006 @ 08:20 pm Wonderful blog entry
I don't know if anyone here is familiar with the Liberal Catholic News blog at http://liberalcatholicnews.blogspot.com/ but if you aren't, the latest post (February 3) was very thought provoking. Seeing it with real numbers staring you in the face really makes it obvious that the priorities of this country are really skewed. I highly recommend everyone take a look.

X-posted to various Christian/Catholic/Liberal communities.
Dec. 18th, 2005 @ 04:34 pm (no subject)
Does anyone have a list of Catholic Democrats running for office in Washington State or overall in the Federal legislature?

Also, I'm starting a new community for people who are converts, like me, called convertscorner that I hope some of you might stop by and give your opinions on things, like our book discussion (January Called to Communion by Ratzinger, now Pope, and Conclave by John L Allen Jr) Even if converts like me start congregating on the site to discuss things, without people that have been Catholic longer and have maybe a different perspective, its going to be like the blind leading the blind in many respects, so I'd really appreciate some of you showing up too if you have the time.
Dec. 4th, 2005 @ 09:29 pm Operation Home for the Holidays
Hi! I'm writing to let you know about a little anti-war performance I did
with my family over Thanksgiving weekend. I heard about this lady on the
radio doing it (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5021524)
and we copied it.

We took toy soldiers and put a label on them that says "bring me home from
Iraq for the holidays" and we placed them all over stores -- in Best Buy and
the supermarket - and then customers or employees find them on top of
granola bars or iPods, etc.

The idea is to confront consumers for a brief moment -- to ask them to think
about Bush's approach (failure!) and what they're going to do about it. It
also offers an encouragement to other activists, citizens of conscience, and
military families, in that someone is doing something to bring soldiers

So, it's extremely easy (and relatively cheap) to do! Look for toy soldiers
at your local dollar, toy, or department store, glue them on to some paper,
and write/print "Bring Me Home from Iraq for the Holidays," then walk around
stores and leave them (in)conspicuously on shelves!

We're psyched, we wanna get it in blogs and news media and work a snowball
effect and have this protest-performance-action sweep the nation, and be the
next Cindy Sheehan anti-war strategy.

I've started a blog to keep track of where these are popping up. Please
send in pictures of actions you've done (or seen):

in peace & solidarity,
"Femme Egale"
Jun. 9th, 2005 @ 08:40 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: confusedconfused
According to this site we can't be Catholic or pro-abortion. Last time I checked, we weren't pro-abortion, but pro-choice.....

Jun. 5th, 2005 @ 09:43 pm Damn it!
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated

May. 14th, 2005 @ 06:26 pm Supply Side Jesus
This is just a fun little comic series dedicated to supply side jesus... a jesus who embraces trickle down theory and fights against enabling the poor through handouts... have fun

May. 11th, 2005 @ 10:01 pm (no subject)
Guess what? We're not really Christian!


I guess these idiots were out of Sunday School the week they covered the first 1500 years of the Church.

I don't know how OnT this is, but, hey! Who doesn't like a good rant?
proud member of the religious left
May. 5th, 2005 @ 01:19 am Stop Genocide in the Sudan
This is x-posted like crazy b/c it needs to be:

Take Action

Please spread the word.
Apr. 24th, 2005 @ 05:26 pm Church and Politics...
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
In an article about the Catholic Church and political leaders, Jeb Bush had the following to say...

"I take advice from the leader of my church very seriously," Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida said at a press conference the afternoon before the Mass.

"I also have a duty to uphold the laws of the state. I don't believe this necessarily has to be in conflict," he said, adding that religious leaders have a right to take a stand on political issues.

"It's wonderful to have moral leaders that are not ambiguous about what's right and what's wrong," he said.

Asked how he reacts when his views might go against those of church leadership, as in the Iraq War or on capital punishment, the governor admitted the divergence caused him concern.

"I get uneasy when the Vatican writes me letters when a death penalty case is about ready to take place in Florida. That gives me pause. It makes me pray harder," he said.

OK. So first he says that he takes the teachings of his Church very seriously and that it is great to have moral leaders who are clear about right and wrong, but then goes on to admit that he doesn't follow the teachings when it comes to war and the death penalty.

His answer? He prays about it.

Well...I guess that makes it OK.
Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 02:10 pm A Profile of Benedict XVI
from the BBC News website

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, 78, has been chosen to succeed John Paul II as Pope. He will be known as Benedict XVI.

Cardinal Ratzinger was born into a traditional Bavarian farming family in 1927, although his father was a policeman.

His studies at the seminary were interrupted during the war when he was drafted into an anti-aircraft unit in Munich.

His supporters say his experiences under the Nazi regime convinced him that the church had to stand up for truth and freedom.

But his critics say he stands for suppressing discussion within the church.

Wolfgang Cooper, a commentator on religious affairs in Germany, said before his election that the cardinal could become a divisive figure.

"I think if Cardinal Ratzinger was pope, a large distance could grow between the leadership of the Church and the faith," he predicted before the result was known.

The cardinal is a "scientist" who "prefers intellectual discussions", says Mr Cooper, whereas many Catholics want priests and bishops "who will touch the hearts".

Cardinal Ratzinger has been a head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - the Vatican's guardian of orthodoxy since 1981.

As such, he has also taken some uncompromising political positions, calling for pro-abortion politicians to be denied communion during the US election campaign for instance, or arguing that Turkey should not be admitted into the European Union.

As the 265th successor to St Peter, he is expected to give the Church a clear, if sometimes radical voice.

crossposted to catholics catholicprogrss and azathar