Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
|Party Line or Art?|
Are Catholics obligated to praise it because it is in the Vatican?
Or, is it worthy of praise on its own merits?
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Though the article is well-written, I was quite disappointed in the article. Instead of the "in depth analysis" it purported to be, it was more of a simple chronological recounting of the entire Ave Maria-Jackson Labs controversy.
The article has a promising start:
Questions also have been raised about what relationship, if any, Ave Maria University (AMU) will have with any of the institutions that may become involved in this new research cluster. More to the point, concerned Catholics—including both critics and supporters of AMU—have asked whether AMU has opened the door to cooperation with embryonic stem-cell research.Good questions! Will we get answers? Let's see!
Should Monaghan have stopped the biomedical-research project before it began, by refusing to sell his personal interest in 50 acres of land to his development partners who, in turn, were donating it to the Jackson Laboratory? Insofar as the land in question belonged to Monaghan, not to AMU, could the university be held accountable for the business decisions of a founder whose personality still dominates the institution? The questions were pointed, and they were not unreasonable.
Mr. Lawler first mentions the NCBC position:
The NCBC replied that it saw "no moral obstacle" to the deal. There were no known or expressed plans on the part of the Jackson Lab to perform any research at its Florida facility that would contravene the teachings of the Catholic Church, the NCBC found.Unfortunately, Mr. Lawler doesn't go any further in his analysis of the NCBC position - and so, doesn't point out the important flaws in the NCBC position.
But then, Mr. Lawler references some of the significant concerns about JAX that I and others have pointed out in the blogosphere:
The announcement that Jackson Lab planned to set up a facility next to Ave Maria prompted some worried Catholics to scour the internet for evidence that the institution might be involved in embryonic stem-cell research. In April that search intensified, after a Jackson Lab spokesman acknowledged that the institution had hosted conferences at which such research was discussed and at which the propagation of human embryonic stem cell lines was demonstrated. Flyers on the site promoted the use of Jackson Lab mice for use in stem-cell research of all kinds.But instead of pursuing this line of thought, Mr. Lawler just falls back into a chronological description of the statements issued by JAX and by the Venice diocese.
So, in the end, Mr. Lawler doesn't answer the questions he raised earlier: Mr. Lawler offers no opinion on whether Tom Monaghan's connection to the new JAX facility is problematic or not, and no opinion on whether support for the JAX project is praiseworthy or not. That's disappointing.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Netflix just suggested it to me, and it was at best 2 out of 5 stars, so I promptly rated it as such.
How such a thin movie and unrealistic characters got so much pomp is proof that pigs with lipstick really can win beauty pagents if they are supported by the right apostolates because they rely on group speak to inflate their buzz.
Very similar to the way people rave about Monaghan and his endeavors.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
How to avoid negative things like getting pregnant or doing drugs . . .
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Apart from the sales pitches, I was most struck by his appearance. He looks totally different.
Here's a composite picture of him over the years:
|Father Corapi through the years|
Now, I can't help it, but, in my opinion, which I'm still allowed to declare in public freely, Father Corapi, with that new look and that darkened goatee, looks like Anton Levay now.
|Father Corapi or Anton LaVey?|
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
I spent some time this week going back to the days when Fumare was young. And in addition to the battles and debates and theological discussions, there was a fair amount of sexist humor. So I thought I'd offer this link, in the um... best traditions of Fumare.
Monday, October 04, 2010
Friday, October 01, 2010
The Ave Herald is rumored to be on the case.
FUMARE is here to help. The internet can assist here. Why drive around and hang out in a parking lot like some degenerate, when you can be degenerate in the privacy of the home temporarily lent to you?
Click the photo for assistance:
UPDATE!: A FUMARE agent has located a reliable, but not necessarily trustworthy source, who reports that he overheard a guy who overheard a gal overhear a telephone conversation between the keeper of the Post-It notes and the Town council that the council should consider a town-wide dress code banning women's pants and making it a misdemeanor for a woman to show the back of her knees in public. Apparently, at least one of the town lawyers was overheard stating that he was a victim of visual harassment caused by the exposed knees and the activity witnessed was merely a natural, uncontrollable response caused by the lack of appropriate attire. This update is all speculative hearsay based on parody, but we'll report more as time moves on.
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