Good Fridays: Good health, good news and good grief!

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It’s been a good week.

U.S. Seminaries in overall good health

After the Catholic Church’s PR battle in the US over the recent decade and the U.S. priest shortage, it is great news to hear that conditions are improving in the seminaries.

A bailout for the porn industry?

In a public statement about the bailout request, Larry Flynt said the economic downturn has made people “too depressed to be sexually active,” and therefore “it’s time for Congress to rejuvenate the sexual appetite of America.” And the only way to do that, he argued, is through a bailout to the porn industry.

While it’s not likely that the government would truly consider bailing out the porn industry – the good news here is that the porn industry is hurting.  That’s one of the good things about hard times – it lets us trim the fat.

And while Larry Flynt may think lower porn sales means people are “too depressed to be sexually active” – I think that just further shows his lack of understanding of the true meaning and purpose of sex.  Anyone think he’d be interested in reading JPII’s Theology of the Body?

Obama picks a bishop for innaugural prayer

Ok, so it’s an actively and openly gay Episcopal Bishop.  And although it is denied by the Obama camp, this was obviously done to please the gay community who was up in arms at the pick of Rick Warren for the invocation.  Obama, in true bipartisan fashion, decided his inauguration should offer spiritual representation that reflected a good balance between both extremes of non-traditional Christianity.  Notice the absence of any Catholic officials.

Ok, so that one wasn’t good.  But good grief!

Bush can take a break

Bush made his final address to the nation as president.  After 8 years on a job that never stops, and constantly getting beat up in the media, I’m sure he’s ready for a break.  He deserves it and he’s still my homeboy.

January 18th is now known as National Sanctity of Human Life Day

President Bush gave the pro-life community one last reason – in addition to this – of why he has been a good president in this regard.  That’s good.  And if we could just get everyone to agree that babies are human, that would be even better.

A better stimulus plan

This is how stimulus plans should ideally work.  Now if we could just get the government to stop over taxing us we might be able to do more like this.  Politicians and big government – take notes.

Planned Parenthood Federation laid off 20% of employees

Best news of the week.

“While taking this action is never easy, we want to ensure the millions of women and men who rely on Planned Parenthood as a health care provider that the reductions will not impact our ability to deliver care to those in need.”

Maybe the cut will help them to focus on actual health care instead of spending so much time ending the lives of voiceless humans.

Miracle on the Hudson

Yesterday a US Airways plane crash landed into the Hudson River.  All 155 people aboard lived for a second chance at life.  Truly remarkable…unbelievable, in fact.  More of the story here.

It’s a good reminder of how precious life is and yet how much more precious the second chances are.  So let us also remember that second chance that we all get…paid in full on one Good Friday long ago.  Have a Good Friday.

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Paul in the GNW January 16, 2009 at 5:07 pm

RE: Larry Flynt

It’s not clear that the industry is actually hurting. I think they would say anything to a) get on the news, and b) maybe get some money. I don’t think there is any public reporting of what the business climate is actually like in porn.

I hope and pray it dries up and blows away!

Paul

Doug January 16, 2009 at 11:46 pm

I’m glad W is getting a break, that means the USA and the world will be getting a break. Not that I expect much from Obama either. W got a pass on a lot of issues from the media, not surprising, as it’s the corporate media. LF still knows how to get free PR, I hadn’t read his remarks, till I read the here. :) Some one must be keeping tabs on the porn industry business climate or anti porn crusaders are pulling their facts out of thin-air. As I read the quote Flynt didn’t say the porn industry is ailing How does Fr. Breen’s stimulus work any different than W’s or whatever Obama has in mind? Other that the Federal stimulus packages aren’t contingent on having children enrolled in a particular school. Have a good weekend, all I can say the Friday post was interesting.

Matthew Warner January 17, 2009 at 12:04 am

Good it’s supposed to be interesting!

And there are numerous reports that have claimed the porn industry is hurting in this recession. Not hard to find.

And the fact that some people don’t see the difference between Fr. Breen’s “stimulus” and the Governments is part of the problem.

I’m willing to wager that close to 100% of the money used by Fr. Breen actually went to help people. The government is lucky to not waste HALF of it first. And then they pay a bunch of people to go give the money away to people they don’t know and who largely abuse the system.

When it’s done in a smaller community you don’t get all the corruption, red tape, and waste. And you are less likely to have people who take advantage of the system.

The government is the most inefficient institution in the country. The idea that we want them to DO MORE stuff that can be handled in other ways is INSANE. And the fact that people don’t see the stark contrast between the efficiency and effectiveness of a local church or organization helping those around them and a Nanny state spending money they didn’t earn, earmarking billions for special interests, wasting half of it, and keeping alive the largest (and still growing) beaurocracy on the planet is exactly the problem.

Doug January 17, 2009 at 1:30 am

While understanding that the “government” is not the be all to end all, I never was one to make the government this big bad boogeyman. I’m uncomfortable with having faith based groups being given tax money to distribute charitably, I don’t trust them to not to discriminate. Special interests abound, chances are those profiting the most from the cradle to grave, vote conservative and think themselves part of the faithful. I’m unconcerned one way ore the other if the porn industry is struggling, so I won’t be bothering to search out any financial data, that may exist. Time to hit the sack.

Paul in the GNW January 17, 2009 at 2:06 am

Fox Story hear

The porn industry generated $12 billion in 2007, and it is not showing any real signs of slowing down.

In fact, some filmmakers at the crowded AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas said they enjoyed record business the last few months.

Matthew Warner January 17, 2009 at 2:19 am

Paul you may be right, but here are the numerous sources suggesting otherwise: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=porn+industry+stimulus&btnG=Search

And Doug, I never once called it the boogeyman. Just called it what it is and we should treat it like that. And most of all we should always recognize the big differences (strengths AND weaknesses) of private industry vs government when finding solutions for any problem.

Paul in the GNW January 17, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Which mainly proves that Larry Flynt can get a lot of press, and the MSM loves to run with a good salacious story. The day that broke every news program on the local channels was using it as teaser before or during commercial breaks to try to keep people listening.

A bad information repeated and repeated is still bad info.

Paul

Eddie January 17, 2009 at 3:12 pm

In regards to your reference to Gene Robinson, I thought his comments on NPR were very revealing.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99311912

Among other things, he says:

“I’ve actually read back over the inaugural prayers of the last 30 or 40 years and frankly I’ve been shocked at how aggressively Christian they are. And my intention is not to invoke the name of Jesus, but to make this a prayer for Christians and non-Christians alike. Although I hold the Scriptures to be the Word of God, you know those Scriptures are holy to me and to Jews and Christians, but to many other faith traditions they have their own sacred texts. And so rather than insert that and really exclude them from the prayer by doing so. I want this to be a prayer to the god of our many understandings. And a prayer that all people of faith can join me in.”

“Yes, you know I was in treatment for alcoholism three years ago and am grateful to be sober today. And one of the things that I’ve learned in 12 step programs is this phrase “the god of my understanding”. It allows people to pray to a god of really many understandings, and let’s face it each one of us has a different understanding of God. No one of us can fully understand God or else God wouldn’t be God.”

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