Monday, December 28, 2009

Coming Home

I just read a post by Jill Stanek about Dr. Gerard Nadal who recently started a pro-life blog, on the suggestion of Jill and her moderators Bethany and Carla.  He is a great addition to the pro-life cause, not only in America, but the whole world.  Dr. Nadal is a PhD in molecular biology so this is a plus.  Of course, he is also pursuing an M.A. in Theology through Franciscan University, in Steubenville.  And we know much good is coming out of Steubenville.

Check out his blog at Coming Home.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

12 days of global warming

A little late, but you can still sing along:
And this may not be too late a gift as well. (H/T: Planet Gore)

Lux fulgebit hodie super nos

I reprint in toto Pope Benedict XVI Urbi et Orbi message on December 25, 2009.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Rome and throughout the world, and all men and women, whom the Lord loves!

“Lux fulgebit hodie super nos, quia natus est nobis Dominus. A light will shine on us this day, the Lord is born for us” (Roman Missal, Christmas, Entrance Antiphon for the Mass at Dawn)

The liturgy of the Mass at Dawn reminded us that the night is now past, the day has begun; the light radiating from the cave of Bethlehem shines upon us.

The Bible and the Liturgy do not, however, speak to us about a natural light, but a different, special light, which is somehow directed to and focused upon “us”, the same “us” for whom the Child of Bethlehem “is born”. This “us” is the Church, the great universal family of those who believe in Christ, who have awaited in hope the new birth of the Saviour, and who today celebrate in mystery the perennial significance of this event.

At first, beside the manger in Bethlehem, that “us” was almost imperceptible to human eyes. As the Gospel of Saint Luke recounts, it included, in addition to Mary and Joseph, a few lowly shepherds who came to the cave after hearing the message of the Angels. The light of that first Christmas was like a fire kindled in the night. All about there was darkness, while in the cave there shone the true light “that enlightens every man” (Jn 1:9). And yet all this took place in simplicity and hiddenness, in the way that God works in all of salvation history. God loves to light little lights, so as then to illuminate vast spaces. Truth, and Love, which are its content, are kindled wherever the light is welcomed; they then radiate in concentric circles, as if by contact, in the hearts and minds of all those who, by opening themselves freely to its splendour, themselves become sources of light. Such is the history of the Church: she began her journey in the lowly cave of Bethlehem, and down the centuries she has become a People and a source of light for humanity. Today too, in those who encounter that Child, God still kindles fires in the night of the world, calling men and women everywhere to acknowledge in Jesus the “sign” of his saving and liberating presence and to extend the “us” of those who believe in Christ to the whole of mankind.

Wherever there is an “us” which welcomes God’s love, there the light of Christ shines forth, even in the most difficult situations. The Church, like the Virgin Mary, offers the world Jesus, the Son, whom she herself has received as a gift, the One who came to set mankind free from the slavery of sin. Like Mary, the Church does not fear, for that Child is her strength. But she does not keep him for herself: she offers him to all those who seek him with a sincere heart, to the earth’s lowly and afflicted, to the victims of violence, and to all who yearn for peace. Today too, on behalf of a human family profoundly affected by a grave financial crisis, yet even more by a moral crisis, and by the painful wounds of wars and conflicts, the Church, in faithful solidarity with mankind, repeats with the shepherds: “Let us go to Bethlehem” (Lk 2:15), for there we shall find our hope.

The “us” of the Church is alive in the place where Jesus was born, in the Holy Land, inviting its people to abandon every logic of violence and vengeance, and to engage with renewed vigour and generosity in the process which leads to peaceful coexistence. The “us” of the Church is present in the other countries of the Middle East. How can we forget the troubled situation in Iraq and the “little flock” of Christians which lives in the region? At times it is subject to violence and injustice, but it remains determined to make its own contribution to the building of a society opposed to the logic of conflict and the rejection of one’s neighbour. The “us” of the Church is active in Sri Lanka, in the Korean peninsula and in the Philippines, as well as in the other countries of Asia, as a leaven of reconciliation and peace. On the continent of Africa she does not cease to lift her voice to God, imploring an end to every injustice in the Democratic Republic of Congo; she invites the citizens of Guinea and Niger to respect for the rights of every person and to dialogue; she begs those of Madagascar to overcome their internal divisions and to be mutually accepting; and she reminds all men and women that they are called to hope, despite the tragedies, trials and difficulties which still afflict them. In Europe and North America, the “us” of the Church urges people to leave behind the selfish and technicist mentality, to advance the common good and to show respect for the persons who are most defenceless, starting with the unborn. In Honduras she is assisting in process of rebuilding institutions; throughout Latin America, the “us” of the Church is a source of identity, a fullness of truth and of charity which no ideology can replace, a summons to respect for the inalienable rights of each person and his or her integral development, a proclamation of justice and fraternity, a source of unity.

In fidelity to the mandate of her Founder, the Church shows solidarity with the victims of natural disasters and poverty, even within opulent societies. In the face of the exodus of all those who migrate from their homelands and are driven away by hunger, intolerance or environmental degradation, the Church is a presence calling others to an attitude of acceptance and welcome. In a word, the Church everywhere proclaims the Gospel of Christ, despite persecutions, discriminations, attacks and at times hostile indifference. These, in fact, enable her to share the lot of her Master and Lord.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, how great a gift it is to be part of a communion which is open to everyone! It is the communion of the Most Holy Trinity, from whose heart Emmanuel, Jesus, “God with us”, came into the world. Like the shepherds of Bethlehem, let us contemplate, filled with wonder and gratitude, this mystery of love and light! Happy Christmas to all!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Total Submission

I quote portions of Glenn Beck in his December 14 article. And it is not because he says so -- I have said it many times, the extreme environmentalists, including the alarmists of the green kind, are really out to take control and if it means getting you and me (including those who will come after us) out of the picture, hell they'd do it:

Ah, now it works: Earth, government and you. You must serve the planet — the planet replaces God; it's fixed.

It all comes down to this: The climate cult wants more than just your recycling bin. If that was all this was about, I'd gladly join in. We recycle here at work, I recycle at home. I believe that we have a responsibility to be good stewards of this planet. But what they want is total submission.

It will start with legislation to limit your energy use. It will involve huge taxes — national at first, then global. They will, through the smart grid, control your home thermostat. They will limit the amount you can travel by car. But ultimately, it won't be enough, as the article in Canada's Financial Post points out.

The only way to really stop their imagined disaster is to limit the number of human beings on this planet. One child per family is negative population growth. I am against that and I think the science is settled that I'm not alone.

Who are these people that think they can tell us when we can procreate? Where are the people who've shouted: government out of my uterus; government out of my choice; government out of my bedroom?

Was it all a lie for you?

Ah, but in the end, their uterus sacrifice will be worth it because the cave-dwelling Piute trout and the salt marsh harvest mouse will finally be able to really thrive. Polar bears could number in the millions — maybe even billions. That will be the ultimate Utopia.

On another note, the Cornwall Alliance has this to say:

The Cornwall Alliance’s findings show that global warming policies would produce unethical results that would:

  • destroy millions of jobs.
  • cost trillions of dollars in lost economic production.
  • slow, stop, or reverse economic growth.
  • reduce the standard of living for all but the elite few who are well positioned to benefit from laws that unfairly advantage them.
  • endanger liberty by putting vast new powers over private, social, and market life in the hands of national and international governments.
  • condemn the world’s poor to generations of continued misery characterized by rampant disease and premature death.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sounds like a plan (for the worse?)

I hope that the Philippines's plan to cut emissions is well thought of and not just because of the bandwagon effect.  Even as many say the science is made, there are still a lot of us who believe that AWG is all hot air and that there is still a need to clarify matters. 

In whatever case, the government must assure us that the expenses for emissions cut will not take away funding for whatever Filipinos need the most, and I can say climate change mitigation is not the most important.  I am thinking that the plan is based also on a dreamed-of financial aid from the developed countries.  This is a dangerous assumption. 

I will again also make some noise (hoping to get a toldjah moment in the future) that the plan might also include pandering to the anti-life, population control movement.  Cash for contraceptives and the like. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Opportunity loss

The One, no the other one, continues to tell lies.  His lackeys are only to eager to stop anyone from asking questions.  Of course, journalist and film maker Phelim McAleer isn't just anyone.  The One is just so afraid of Phil.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

This thing called "leak"

A couple of weeks ago, emails from CRU at East Anglia were hacked.  Although those of us in the right side (as opposed to left or wrong?) of the issue of AGW have the distinct feeling that these emails were leaked, not hacked.  A few days into the Dopenhagen "last chance" conference on climate change, again, a leak.

A leak of a draft text for a possible agreemant has infuriated many of the developing countries who feel that they will not again get what they have been seeking:  the moolah to fight against climate change.  Or, they are furious that the right-side is again right (hehe):  nothing-doing in Copenhagen.  We told you so.

The Guardian,
reports, among other things that the agreement will:

• Force developing countries to agree to specific emission cuts and measures that were not part of the original UN agreement;

• Divide poor countries further by creating a new category of developing countries called "the most vulnerable";

• Weaken the UN's role in handling climate finance;

• Not allow poor countries to emit more than 1.44 tonnes of carbon per person by 2050, while allowing rich countries to emit 2.67 tonnes.

Oh well, feels good, really good.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

I lived with a saint

Recently, I heard of the news of the passing of Msgr. Francesco Angelicchio. And just now, got a link to a post about his death here.

It is true, "que era un sacerdote muy sacerdote y con gran sentido del humor." He was very holy. I know, I had the great fortune of being with him in the same center of Opus Dei for more than 5 months in 1990. In the summer, when Don Francesco was away on a seminar, the director told me to use the room assigned to Don Francesco for some weeks. Hoping the odor of sanctity rub off me.

Msgr. Angelicchio was then the parish priest of the Parocchia di San Giovanni Battista al Collatino, a church within the grounds of Centro ELIS. Here's a youtube link.

Friday, December 04, 2009

40,584 tons of hot air

The 12-day Copenhagen meet on climate change will rack up carbon emissions equivalent to Morocco's 2006 emissions. That's according to estimates by the UN itself, and aptly reported here.

Talk about your global warming . . . When an estimated 16,500 delegates, activists and reporters descend upon Copenhagen Monday for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, a lot of hot air will follow.

The U.N. estimates the 12-day conference will create 40,584 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, roughly the same amount as the carbon emissions of Morocco in 2006.

Those greenhouse gas emissions are comprised of two parts: international travel and local emissions from hotels and transportation venues. Organizers will also reportedly lay 900 kilometers of computer cable and 50,000 square miles of carpet, along with more than 200,000 meals to be served and 200,000 cups of coffee.

And for what really?

It will not produce a concrete agreement on climate change, meaning a universally-accepted international agreement with targets and timetables. It will, however, produce a statement that there’s been a breakthrough even though there will not have been.

For a chance to listen to hear Al again? Ooops, he isn't making that speech. Climategate giving him cold feet or it will just really be cold in Copenhagen?

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Do as I say, not as I do?

Article III Section 4 of the Philippine Constitution states:
Section 4. No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.
In recent days, there have been rallies and similar types organized by different groups to protest the killing of more than 60 people in Maguindanao last week. Many of the rallies were organized or led by media groups, rightly so, as about half of those killed were media persons.

The funny thing, yes, in some sense, at least one rally showed that "freedom of speech, of expression" seems to apply only when media wants to exercise these rights. Do as I say, not as I do? For why would they not want a government representative (called him what they wanted) to even "be given the chance to address the public"? Story here: Inquirer

I thought to ask: would the news be as extensive as what we have seen the past days if there were no media persons involved? Even in this communications age, some things can still be kept secret, although a lot more difficult. Unless there are witnesses. Still, if all the witnesses are silenced, then the secret remains. The fact that half of the group were media persons was irrelevant. They are witnesses, they had to be eliminated as well. They were probably in more danger because they were from the press. Not that I believe that if they were not, they probably would have been sent off. They would have been dead no matter what.

Someone I had a conversation with on the Saturday before the Massacre Monday told me that Maguindanao was relatively peaceful and that big agricultural businesses there were doing well. It did not seem strange to me that that was the case as the powerful families there had effectively kept the MILF at bay. This friend said that in the past when he would be in the area of Buluan, he would feel uneasy. In recent years, when he gets to Buluan, he would heave a sigh of relief (Hay, salamat, Buluan na -- Thank God, I am now in Buluan). That can account for something. I would not know now.

Last year I travelled that area and I did not feel threatened at all. In the 70's and 80's, when vacation time came around, I remember that my Dad would ask his brother in Cotabato City if it was safe to take the road trip from South Cotabato. My uncle would consent to a trip depending primarily on the time that elapsed since the last ambuscade of military personnel by the MNLF. A recent ambush meant that the military stepped up their checkpoints. The trip will take us about 8 hours. But we were safer on the road.

Now would be the safest time to make a road trip in and around Maguindanao. I would not know if my dear Mom would consent that I make a trip. Maybe she will. She's Maguindanaoan. We find common ancestry with both the Ampatuans and Mangudadatus.

Update 12/7:
Pres. Arroyo declared martial law in Maguindanao two days ago. I don't know how this situation changes things on the ground, but as always, we pray everything works out for the good.