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Westfield, MA

State House of Representatives -- Member Donald Humason: ...

Don, we're begging you - DON'T vote for the casino's - we don't need the minimum wage jobs, the crime, and people just throwing their money away - money that will NOT come back to the community. This is a vast black hole that only makes the developers and owners rich - and does nothing for the community!  (Sep 14, 2011 | post #1)

Westfield, MA

Mayor Daniel Knapik: Really great information during Irene

During hurricane Irene Mayor Knapik was right on top of things in the "command center" down at city hall - he was also updating his facebook page every five minutes - letting folks know where the flooding was, which parts of town were being evacuated, and pretty much giving the city a blow-by-blow description of what was going on. He was really great!  (Sep 14, 2011 | post #1)

Roman Catholic Church

Anti-abortion priest-activist suspended by bishop

If you read the article - Fr. Pavone is national director for Priests for Life - a PRO LIFE organization. Calling it "anti-abortio n" is just playing word games. He never drew a salary from Priests for life, and you might want to notice that when ordered by his bishop to return to the Diocese, Fr. Pavone has immediately obeyed. This speaks well for him. The article never says that HE is accused of wrong-doing, simply that there MAY be some irregularities in the finances. I know a lot of local community entities, in just about every city, that end up with problems because staffers steal, or use funds inappropriately for personal gain. If there is some irregularity uncovered when the audit is completed, I can guarantee you that it won't be Fr. Pavone who's behind it.  (Sep 14, 2011 | post #2)


"Pregnant Man" Gives Birth to Girl

I once counseled a man - born male - who was sexually abused fairly severely as a foster child "in the system" - for years. Later, as an adult, he decided he was "really" a woman "trapped " in a man's body. He was diagnosed, long before I came along with a Disassociative Disorder and a Gender Identity Disorder, as well as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - all fairly severe disorders that are classified as mental illnesses in the DSM-IV-R and by the APA. The mere fact that this person kept their female organs "just in case" shows a great deal of ambiguity and ambivalence in this circumstance. I'm amazed than any reputable surgeon would do the treatment under those conditions. Given the situation, I'd have to wonder if the procedure was carried out outside the US, due to issues with mental health stability. There are generally years of testing and quite rigerous requirements before sex-change reassignment surgery will be done - and then it is never done "half-way " deliberately like this "just in case". So if there was so much ambivalence.... I'd have to wonder, from the psychological point of view - was there really total psychological stability? The issue of maleness - femaleness is not "philosophica l" - it's simple biology - and these days we can change biology if the will and desire are strong enough. Don't go all mumbo jumbo. Sex-reassignment surgery corrects a percieved disfunction. If a person is mentally uncomfortable with their biological sexual characteristics, but is emotionally stable enough, they can apply for the surgery. No mumbo jumbo needed. Of course, this is the same type of disorder as those people who seek surgery to remove other body parts because they are manifestly uncomfortable, so they try and have limbs amputated - perfectly healthy limbs, I might add - because they don't "feel right" and it "drives them crazy" to have a healthy hand or foot at the end of their limb. They may even try and remove it themselves - as one patient I know tried to remove his own penis. Because he wanted to be a girl. But in our Politically Correct world, the guy who was molested in the barn at age 9, and grows up hating his own sexual organs, and is ill for the rest of his life, will be allowed to mutilate himself in the name of "rights" - and the person who tries to cut off his foot will be rightly given the treatment he so desperately needs. Go figure....  (Jul 4, 2008 | post #12)

Roman Catholic Church

Catholic bishops condemn embryonic stem cell research

Creating embryos simply to use them as "spare parts" can ONLY be considered immoral. There is no way this can be justified in any civilized society. To say that because we are creating living beings with the intent of experimentation, or to tear them apart, or to throw them away as "discards " trivializes each and every single human being from the moment of conception. For the Church to say that this attitude is immoral is simply the Church stating it's ongoing position - that every single human life is precious and unique. If you don't get that - then this entire discussion is moot. And don't forget that the Church has NO objection at all to adult stem cell research - people always like to bandy about the phrase "stem cell research" as if there is only one type - and there have been many cures and breakthroughs with adult stem cells, that have not destroyed any embryos - that have NO ethical issues involved - cures such as "reprogrammed " adult stem cells that work on Parkinson's. You know, the illness that Michael J. Foxx has? The guy that was lobbying for embryonic stem cell research? Well that didn't work.... and the treatments also resulted in tumors. But adult stem cells have now had a break through... just one of hundreds of breakthroughs and cures obtained from adult stem cells. Just last May a report was issued that said - In a boon to cancer treatment and regenerative medicine, scientists have discovered that a trick used by tumor cells that allows them to migrate around the body can cause normal, adult cells to revert into stem cell–like cells. Large quantities of these reverted cells could be used to treat anything from spinal cord injury to liver damage without the risk of tissue rejection, said Robert Weinberg, a biologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. http://www.sciam.c om/article.cfm?id= adult-cells-steal- trick-f  (Jul 4, 2008 | post #15)

Roman Catholic Church

Damien miracle passes papal muster

Father Damien was an amazing man, and the work he did at Molokai was wonderful. I am so glad he is being recognized, and I am so glad the people who prayed for his intercession were healed! I hope that many more people are healed, by his help, by the grace of God, for the glory of the Lord!  (Jul 4, 2008 | post #4)

Roman Catholic Church

Va. Catholic bishop sorry after abortion mixup

Those who obtain an abortion or help someone else to do so can be excommunicated. " WRONG - ARE EXCOMMUNICATED - not "can be" excommunicated - ARE excommunicated - the Times is having a duh moment... it's automatic - it does not have to be declared. "Latae Sententiae" is an "automatic " excommunication. It's that dire. You excommunicate yourself. ======== DELICTS AGAINST HUMAN LIFE AND FREEDOM (Cann. 1397 - 1398) Code of Canon Law #1398: "A person who procures a completed abortion incurs a latae sententiae excommunication. " Can. 1399 "In addition to the cases established here or in other laws, the external violation of a divine or canonical law can be punished by a just penalty only when the special gravity of the violation demands punishment and there is an urgent need to prevent or repair scandals." Catechism of the Catholic Church - 2272 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. "A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae,"b y the very commission of the offense," and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. ======== Therefore - Any Catholic who deliberately and knowingly obtains a procured abortion commits a mortal sin and is also automatically excommunicated, under canon 1398. Under the laws of secular society, if one person commits a crime, then anyone who deliberately and knowingly provides essential or substantial means for that person to commit that crime is called an accessory to that crime and is also subject to the penalties of law. Similarly, any Catholic who deliberately and knowingly provides essential or substantial means for any woman to procure an abortion also commits a mortal sin and also incurs the same sentence of excommunication. Any Catholic who substantially assists another in the deliberate sin of abortion is also guilty of serious sin and also incurs a latae sententiae excommunication. I believe we have hear an excommunicated bishop here....  (Jul 4, 2008 | post #2)

Roman Catholic Church

Springfield diocese, insurers reach $8.5 million settleme...

A lot of this is because former Bishop Dupres not only covered up massive abuse in the diocese for years - but it turns out he was an abuser himself. I am so glad that the diocese has settled with the victims - I grieve so much for their pain. It is so painful for the whole diocese to go through this. We can only pray for healing now, for all the people hurt by this. And make sure we do everything we can to make sure it never happens again. We've had safety measures in place for a long time - even volunteers have background checks via CORI, and safety trainings, and can't be left alone with kids. But I think the real change that needs to be made is not on the level of the direct care staff - but in the "higher ups" - when something is suspected and reported - they need to DO something - which is were Medeiros, Law, and Dupres fell down. And that's how decades could pass before kids got safer. I know that they say that the majority of priests are good men. That "only" 2% nationwide were ever even charged. Even one person is too many. Yet I also know that the Church has made huge efforts, and really made sweeping changes. Whereas other industries that work exclusively with children have done NOTHING - and are still hiding their hideous crimes. Teachers - national statistics show that an estimated 10% could be sex offenders - yet they can slide from school to school for years - there's a "conspiracy of silence" - schools are afraid of being sued. Our litigeous society at work.... There is no over-riding nationwide organization that watches what teachers or camp counselors or childcare workers do.... so our kids are always going to be at risk from these predators. We just have to be careful, aware, and alert.  (Jul 4, 2008 | post #1)

Honolulu, HI

Pope clears way for Belgian priest to become saint

It's so wonderful that Fr. Damien is being recognized in this way! And I am so happy that Ms. Toguchi was cured. Lord be praised!  (Jul 4, 2008 | post #4)

Roman Catholic Church

Roman Catholic priest moves closer to sainthood

In the tradition of the Catholic Church, "saints" are proclaimed by the Church to the world via documented miracles - after the person is deceased - and the purpose of this is not to glorify the deceased person who is called "a saint" - for we are ALL called to become saints, by the way - we are all called to become holy people - read your Bible - but the purpose that God has intended by these miracles is to encourage the faithful and to stimulate faith in those who are lacking. His grace pours down on those who are open to it - and through His grace only are these miracles possible - NOT by any possibility of anything that any human person could accomplish. When we ask a person to pray for us and with us for a cure - it is for the purpose that the glory of God might be seen by all and be praised - that's it. If you can understand that - then you can understand the Catholic reverence for saints. So - we really need to remember that we are all called to be saints - as it says in the Book of Isaiah - nothing that is not holy can be in the presence of God - and as Christ also says "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48) - what does that mean, except a call to sainthood, for each of us? So - we must each recognize our own individual call to holiness. There are no class distinctions in the Church or in the Christian life. Nor are there any obstacles in the lay life that prevent one from striving and achieving a deep spiritual life. We all need to look at the obstacles and see them for what they really are: opportunities. There are enough opportunities, enough suffering, enough challenges and, above all, enough grace for all of us to be as passionate about God as the "big" regognized saints are. And remember - not all saints are martyrs or nuns or priests - and that those who have been declared by the Church as saints became known to us not because of the so-called great deeds they performed, but because of the love of God and neighbor that drove them. We don’t have to look hard to find the truth of this. All we need are the words of St. Paul: “If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. “If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).  (Jul 3, 2008 | post #51)

Roman Catholic Church

3 : Morgentaler proud to receive Order of Cda, says Cda s...

Good for Father Lucien Larre - who is returning his award - received 25 years ago for his HUMANITARIAN work - as opposed to working as a BUTCHER! Lord have mercy on a nation who honors a man for his success at murdering it's unborn children! Cor Jesu Sacratissimum Miserere Nobis!  (Jul 3, 2008 | post #1)

Roman Catholic Church

Roman Catholic church only true church, says Vatican

Elizabeth - I think you need to actually read the document - NOT the news reports or other people's comments. I think that's what we ALL should do - with any of these Vatican statements - especially if they sound confusing or the media makes them sound divisive like this. Truly - if you say the Creed each Sunday at Mass, then you agree with what the Pope has stated - that there is one true Church, that it was instituted by Christ. All that he is saying is that the Catholic Church has maintained an unbroken line of what is called "apostolic succession" from the time of the first Pope - Saint Peter - until today - that the same Church that Christ established has never failed, until today. That all the other Christian communities have good things - but they are offshoots of this "one true Church" that Christ established" - and most of them over the last little bit of time, actually. This is the most important statement - Notice the last paragraph - Pope Benedict is not saying that Christ is not present in the other faith communities - but is emphasizing that they are NOT in full communion with the Catholic Church - and that for various reasons they are incomplete. And you have to admit the Protestant communities are - they have set aside the Sacraments. They do not have a valid Eucharist. If you, as a Catholic, do not see the immense value of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist... then I'm not really sure what we're talking about. Here is the text: ===== Question: "What is the meaning of the affirmation that the Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church?" RESPONSE: Christ “established here on earth” only one Church and instituted it as a “visible and spiritual community”, that from its beginning and throughout the centuries has always existed and will always exist, and in which alone are found all the elements that Christ himself instituted. “This one Church of Christ, which we confess in the Creed as one, holy, catholic and apostolic …. This Church, constituted and organised in this world as a society, subsists in the Catholic Church, governed by the successor of Peter and the Bishops in communion with him”. In number 8 of the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen gentium ‘subsistence’ means this perduring, historical continuity and the permanence of all the elements instituted by Christ in the Catholic Church, in which the Church of Christ is concretely found on this earth. It is possible, according to Catholic doctrine, to affirm correctly that the Church of Christ is present and operative in the churches and ecclesial Communities not yet fully in communion with the Catholic Church, on account of the elements of sanctification and truth that are present in them. Nevertheless, the word “subsists” can only be attributed to the Catholic Church alone precisely because it refers to the mark of unity that we profess in the symbols of the faith (I believe... in the “one” Church); and this “one” Church subsists in the Catholic Church. http://www.vatican .va/roman_curia/co ngregations/cfaith /documents/rc_con_ cfaith_doc_2007062 9_responsa-quaesti ones_en.html  (Jul 3, 2008 | post #38749)

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Westfield, MA

Local Favorites:

Teapot Gallery, Jester's, The Tavern, Stanley Park - the Japanese Garden

I Belong To:

Holy Trinity parish, The Westfield Athenaeum, Catholicity, CINPorch

When I'm Not on Topix:

Working, hanging out with my son or my Mom, sleeping, playing games, praying the Rosary, making Rosaries

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It might be fun?

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Third Day - "Offerings"

Read This Book:

"The Seven Secrets of the Eucharist" - by Vinney Flynn

Favorite Things:

Dark fudge truffles, the smell of wet grass, tree branches limmed by ice in the winter, Holy Communion, Hugs, chocolate chip cookies, Smiles

On My Mind:

I wish I could tesseract! Yeehaa! That would be the way to travel! But you'd miss the giant ball of string on the way... LOL

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God, Divine Mercy, possibility of change for the better, grace