Thursday, July 12, 2007

Well, vas nu with you?

Is it just me or does this governor just not get it? The only reason we would need a special session is if there was a government shutdown as a result of having no fiscal budget in place. Seriously. What is the point for a special session if all Fletcher wants is to have more tax breaks for big business? Would he have done this last year had it been a gubernatorial election year? It's politics. That's all. It's like Congress trying to get a new constitutional amendment just because it's an election year. That's all. It's an election year and the Republicans are doing what they do best. Playing politics. Give me a break!

Here's a video on why boycotting Israeli products are bad.

Now, don't take me the wrong way on this one. I realize that I have readership from different races and religions. But there is one thing that I dislike so bad that I take it personal. This is one of those things where I find it uneasy to just sit idle and do nothing about it.
A measure intended to promote greater unity within the Roman Catholic Church by increasing the use of the Latin Mass is sparking confusion and controversy among Jewish groups as they scramble to understand the full extent of the decision.

On Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI issued a Motu Proprio, literally a declaration in the pope's own name, authorizing wider use of the Latin Mass, an older form of Catholic worship that includes a prayer read only on Good Friday for the conversion of the Jews. The pope removed a rule that had required a bishop's permission before the mass could be used. Now, the liturgy can be used on the authority of an individual parish priest.[...]

Leading the charge of those voicing alarm was the Anti-Defamation League, which even before the pope's decision had been made public, issued a statement calling it a "body blow to Catholic-Jewish relations."

The main question for Jewish organizations is whether the pope intends to permit churches to recite the conversion prayer on Good Friday. Allowing the prayer to be read, Jewish communal officials said, would appear to run counter to the spirit of Nostra Aetate, the landmark 1965 Vatican declaration, and subsequent reforms that absolved Jews of responsibility for the killing of Jesus and laid the groundwork for four decades of improved Catholic-Jewish relations.

In particular, Jewish groups say that a prayer to convert the Jews would undermine previous steps taken by the church recognizing the validity of Judaism.

According to a Vatican translation of the pope's decree, masses celebrated "without the people" -- that is, when priests celebrate mass on their own -- may be used at any time except for the three days prior to Easter, including Good Friday. No similar restriction is placed on the use of masses celebrated "in the presence of the people."

Some Jewish groups took a more cautious approach than the ADL, as they sought to gain a clearer understanding of the pope's decision. In a letter to the Vatican's point man on Jewish relations, Walter Cardinal Kasper, the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations sought clarification of the pope's ruling that the older liturgy not be used in the days leading up to Easter.
The last thing that anyone needs is a prayer to get people of one religion to convert to another. It's not right and it's not fair.

Blogging will continue to be infrequent but I plan to keep this thing active.

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