Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Catholic Standard - The Weekly Update

Sorry about this being so late, but I thought that the story of the Archbishop honoring John Sweeney(AFL-CIO President) would be a more important story, esp. since he (Sweeney) supports same sex marriage, abortion as part of health care, etc. Oh, did not see it, scroll down a bit.

So, here is your weekly update...

Well, it is time for a review of this week’s Catholic Standard, and it is a filled with so much stuff, I don’t know where to begin. So, let’s just dive right into it…

The main story, with a special insert, are the new Catholic School Policies. The Standard only puts the policies in a Q & A format. You really need to read them to get a full understanding. They are available on the Archdiocese website. Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to compare the draft with the final, to see what was changed. Hopefully, I will be able to do it soon.

Speaking of education, we have a new religious education program for teaching the faith. This is under the direction of Mr. Harry Dudley. I look forward to hearing and seeing the results of this program.

We have a story on the Kennedy funeral. There has been so much written on this – was it the right thing or wrong thing to do -- I will not even begin to comment.

There is a nice story on the new Our Lady Star of the Sea Church at Solomons. The new church will hold between 700 and 800 parishioners. The original only 275.

We see a couple of pages on the fight over marriage in DC. I would recommend that instead of calling it “traditional marriage,” I would call it the fight over “true marriage.” I have to applaud the Archbishop on this one.

There is a one pager on the shooting of a new film regarding St. Josemarie Escriva de Balaguer, the founder of Opus Dei.

The back page is a continuation of the story of the newly ordained Fr. Andrew Morkunas. He is an inspiration for all of us.

Now, since it is a Labor Day issue, there are a number of stories, as expected on this topic.

“A Retired Worker Reflects on Labor Day 2009.” Personally, it is a pretty poor article if you ask me. But what is important is what it leaves out. The author of the article is Bob Stewart. Now that may not ring a bell, but Mr. Steward is the Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) Chapter President and serves out of Holy Trinity. I mean, it is on the VOTF website and Holy Trinity website. (See below.)

Notice how conspicuously it is missing from his bio on page 11 of the Standard? I wonder why the Standard, which is the voice of the Archdiocese, given an opportunity to a dissident leader, someone who is looking to radically change the Roman Catholic Church? I mean, it is on the VOTF and Holy Trinity website but Either Mr. Zimmerman looked the other way or did not do his homework.

Well, on Page 12 we see a small article the SOAR (Support Our Aging Religious) Benefit Dinner in November. This is a “Special to the Standard” piece, which means that it was either written by the Communications Office or that someone told the paper to include it.

As the readers of this blog know, in August I pointed out that SOAR is honoring two pro-abortion, pro-homosexual marriage, etc. Within a few weeks, Msgr. Ensler of the Archdiocese was no longer the chair of the group. However, attempts to reach SOAR for a comment on why they would do it, were not replied to.

The most important point is: Why would the Catholic Standard advertise an event which helps to honor two people who are opposed to Catholic teaching?

Remember, as always, if you don't get the Standard, pick one up in your parish. Remember, they are required to carry it (and pay for it) -- whether they like it or not.

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