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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Monday, August 30, 2010

AMU Seminars on Jackson Labs

The Naples News reports:
The prospect of a large, secular biomedical research complex close to the campus of Ave Maria University will spark "heated controversy over the role of religion in science," AMU president Nick Healy said in a speech Thursday night.

To explore issues raised by the proposed Jackson Labs biomedical village, AMU faculty will organize "a series of panel discussions, lectures and seminars, open to the public, as to the interface between Ave Maria University's mission as a Catholic university and a secular scientific research institute," Mr. Healy said near the end of his annual welcoming address at the start of the academic year.
I'm glad to see that AMU will be providing a forum for engaging the controversy over Jackson Labs. Let's hope someone challenges Healy's, the NCBC's, and AMSL Dean Milhizer's (erroneous) claims that Jackson Labs does not cooperate with any evil when it comes to human embryonic stem cell research and that, in fact, Jackson Labs's practices are consistent with Catholic Church teaching.

Fumed by Thales at 6:36 PM. |

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Ask Ludmilla: Modesty, Covering the head, and other topics

Recently, a discussion of modest attire was posted by Advocatus Miltaris.  This thread generated some comments that cause Ludmilla to nearly choke me because of the insanity and backwards logic therein.  In order to preserve my own life, I am posting, at gunpoint, Ludmilla's insisted explanations.

----  begin content from Ludmilla -----

Halo, and thank you for reading the FUMARE.  I am Ludmilla and I wish to tell you how women are to be modest like we know form old country.  But first I must tell you about this comment that men must cover there heads with dignified hat.  Ludmilla do not know anything of this because Ludmilla read real Holy Bible which say, in first of epistle to Corinthians, the chapter 9 and the verse 10:  <<The woman is commanded to cover her head in the church,to indicate that she is under the dominion of the man; whereas the man uncovers his head, because there is no one over him but God .>>

Comment say thing backwards.  Man do not wear the hat, woman do.  Enough with hat.

Young women need to fetch man.  In old country, we teach them to dress to catch good man.
Like this:

Look at beautiful curves of these women. They will be married soon because men will come running to meet them. Same with these:

Very nice.

Even in Church, we cover head, but look how beautiful:
And look at Ludmilla family at the Divine Liturgy:

Here is another friend of Ludmilla:
When you get old like Ludmilla, then you dress like this all the time because you can sit easy.  Ludmilla is on left with computer.

Instead, you dress you young women like old widow, and your old women try to dress like yound girl looking for husband.

It is backwards.  Modesty do not mean to be frumpy and old like Ludmilla.  Ludmilla is ashamed of people who say this.

Fumed by Casimir Pulaski at 5:57 PM. |

The Devil Speaks Latin

It has been a common experience of exorcists that the demon possessing the individual will oftentimes speak in ancient languages, including Latin. I don't know why I thought of that.

Fumed by Advocatus Militaris at 10:56 AM. |

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Men Like Women

A note came to my inbox the other day that references this article. This is a reflection of that larger piece. (No pun intended!)

Men like women. Men like women's curves. Men like it when women dress in a way that highlights those curves. Case in point:

Men have an especial cross--thanks to Adam--that places them in need of grace to control what Aquinas calls "the desire to preserve the race in existence." Yet it strikes this writer that one doesn't have to deny nature, Manichaean-like, to accomplish the fact. Likewise, the eroding of common sense in actually suggesting that a man should in any way tell a woman how to dress is an even more grievous violation of nature in that it is one of those things that cries to heaven for vengeance (or in the alternative, demands a good kick in the nuts). [I will say here that this is not the place for a debate on the proverbial homeschooling mom uniform or--on the oppposite side--the meretricious adornments of South Beach.]

The so-called orthodox Catholic would have us believe that a woman should dress like this:

Hey pal, never had a thing for nuns. Usually the guys who suggest such fashions are unmarrried middle-aged men who are members of TFP with names like F. Thurston Howell, III. Alternatively, they are dreaming millionaires who look to create a utopia on earth in the midst of a tomato patch.

Personally, I like it when Mrs. Militaris shows her curves. I can tell where to give her a pat when I want to thank her for doing a good job washing the dishes.

Fumed by Advocatus Militaris at 10:50 AM. |

Friday, August 27, 2010

Irony: Kmiec reported to crash car, killing nun.

I don't have anything to add beyond the word "irony."

For the airheads who comment here from time to time, they won't get it, but for the typical FUMARE reader, that's a sufficient comment.

See the report at the ABA Journal.

Fumed by Casimir Pulaski at 4:30 PM. |

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ave Town's Uniqueness All Goes Back To Tom Monaghan

The Naples News has an interesting article by Ave Maria Town resident Peggy Stinnet. Ms. Stinnet's article is about some of the unusual, unique, and interesting things to see in Ave Maria Town. Ms. Stinnet tells us, "When in Ave Maria, there are some sites that are hidden behind the scenes that add to the uniqueness of this community that many do not know about."

The article is pleasant and light-hearted, but I was amused to note that every unusual thing listed by Ms. Stinnet somehow goes back to Tom Monaghan (though I suspect that Ms. Stinnet did not intend this when writing her article).

Here is Ms. Stinnet's list:
-"memorabilia from the Domino's Pizza days," like the first corrugated pizza box that Tom Monaghan designed and the Dominick's sign from Monaghan's original restaurant.
-"a great collection of Detroit Tiger mementos, the team purchased by Monaghan that went on to win the World Series in 1984".
-a collection of unusual seats and chairs. (Monaghan is fascinated by and loves to collect chairs.)
-an autographed copy of Monaghan's biography, "Pizza Tiger," at the AMU bookstore.
-finally, the huge Annunciation Relief that is being carved out of Carrara marble and that is scheduled to be dedicated on March 25, 2012, the Feast of the Annunciation.

Wait, how does the marble relief go back to Tom Monaghan? Well, it's clear that Monaghan has a particular affinity for the Feast of the Annunciation: "Ave Maria" are the words of the Annunciation, "Annunciation Circle" is the central drive of Ave Maria Town, and Ave Town's street grid is positioned specifically to catch the sunrise on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation. Oh yeah, March 25 is also Monaghan's birthday.

Fumed by Thales at 10:14 PM. |

Friday, August 20, 2010

In the 20th century they were "Fat Ladies in Stretch Pants." But it's the 21st Century and now we have "Gloved Handbell Ringers."

Even Luther and Calvin had a little more style than this!

Fumed by Advocatus Militaris at 3:57 PM. |

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Farewell, AveWatch

AveWatch is closing:
On August 17, 2006, AveWatch published its inaugural post. Exactly four years later, after logging four hundred articles, the site was closed. The decision to shut down was planned in advance to coincide with this anniversary. The choice was completely voluntary and not done in response to legal threats or third party pressure from desperate opposition. In years past, AveWatch quietly faced down both forms of intimidation from Tom Monaghan and Ave Maria... and did so without compromise or breaking stride. AveWatch stands by every post published. Simply put, the time had come to address matters by other means.
More information here.

UPDATE: I closed the comments because the discussion had veered off onto the topic of the recent tragedy at Ave Maria Town. Let's continue to keep all those affected in our prayers. ~Thales

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Feast of the Dormition / Assumption

In giving birth, O Mother of God, thou hast retained thy virginity, and in falling asleep thou hast not forsaken the world. Thou who art the Mother of Life hast passed over into life, and by thy prayers thou dost deliver our souls from death.

Neither the tomb nor death had power over the Theotokos who is ever watchful in her prayers and in whose intercession lies unfailing hope. For as the Mother of Life she has been transported into life by Him who dwelt within her ever virgin womb.

It is truly meet to bless thee, 0 Theotokos, who art ever blessed and all-blameless, and the mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim, thou who without stain barest God the Word, and art truly Theotokos: we magnify you.

So glorious is she that she was taken body and soul.  She is truly deserving of our best, and of purity in things done in her name.

Fumed by Casimir Pulaski at 10:18 AM. |

Friday, August 13, 2010

Ave Maria School of Law Ranks 1st Place

(Caption Contest)

Catholic News Service reports that Ave Maria School of Law, located in sunny Naples, FL ranks 1st among Catholic colleges and universities for failing to pass the Department of Education's Financial Stress Test for 3 years running (along with Our Lady of the Elms, located in less sunny Massachusetts) according to the Chronical of Higher Education.

Fumed by Columcille at 8:38 AM. |

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tuesday Evening Blues: Muddy Waters

Fumed by Advocatus Militaris at 8:50 PM. |

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Ave Maria University Regent Supports Jackson Labs

AveWatch has the scoop.

Yet another person from Ave Maria is supporting Jackson Labs, so add him to the list. Ave Maria University Regent Carlos Figueroa, a resident of Ave Maria Town, spoke out in support of JAX at the July 27 County Commissioner meeting and published a letter of support in the Naples Daily News. Figueroa is also the 2006 recipient of AMU's Ex Corde Ecclesiae Medal, awarded to a person from the South Florida community who has done the most to support AMU's Aquinas Center mission to evangelize the Catholic academic world. He is also the founder of The Apostles Foundation, an organization for promulgating the Catholic faith through the study of theology.

Figueroa's Naples News letter concludes with "I can't think of a better legacy for future generations than a research center that will provide quality jobs, foster education and maybe find a cure for the many ailments of our "baby boomer" generation." Figueroa makes no mention of JAX's association with human embryonic stem cell research (something which the Venice Diocese expressed concerns about five days earlier).

Figueroa is a man who has committed himself to, and been honored for, evangelization and promulgation of the Catholic faith, and yet he completely ignores the Catholic moral concerns about JAX? Is it cluelessness, naivete, or willful ignorance? Regardless of the answer, I call it.... disappointing.

Fumed by Thales at 10:02 AM. |

Ave Maria's "I Support Pro-Abortion Politician Charlie Crist" Fieldhouse Takes Shape

The Naples News has the story and pictures.

Fumed by Thales at 9:57 AM. |

Monday, August 02, 2010

Tragic Sudden Death

St. Joseph, pray for us! Tragedy befell the Klucik family this weekend when their eldest son suffered a sudden death in a car accident. An awful circumstance for anyone and we should pray for them and for the repose of his soul. Alex's father graduated in the inaugural class and many of us have kind memories of Alex as he was growing up. May his memory be eternal.

Here's the Naples News story.

Fumed by Casimir Pulaski at 11:41 AM. |