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2005 Catholic Blog Awards - Polls Open

You can now vote for your favorite Catholic Blogs on the 2005 Catholic Blog Awards Page.

My blog isn't up, but I didn't really expect it to make it, anyways - many new blogs didn't make it because not too many people have heard of them.

I encourage you to vote for The Meandering Mind of a Seminarian in the 'Blog By a Seminarian' category, A Saintly Salmagundi in 'Best Blog by a Priest or Religious' and The Curt Jester in 'Most Humorous Blog' (note: some of these blogs appear in more than one category, so you can vote for them multiple times!).

Read my earlier post concerning this topic.

Tolerance - A Misunderstood Aspect of Ecumenism

I post for you a paper I have recently written for my Catholic Morality class:

“My friend gets drunk every weekend. I know it’s wrong, but what can I do about it? You know, if he’s going to do that, then that’s his problem—I shouldn’t have to do anything about it.” Sadly, statements such as this are heard all over our country today. In our culture, ‘diversity’ is praised and ‘tolerance’ is a popular buzzword. According to popular culture, to be ‘intolerant’ of anything someone else does, even if it opposes Natural Law, is a heinous crime against an individual’s freedom. According to popular culture, you should accommodate everyone else’s belief systems, even if they are opposed to Catholic morality, lest you be labeled intolerant and closed-minded.

Rockin' Concert Today - Priestie Boyz Premiere (UPDATED)

Today I will be attending and helping run the first-ever Priesty Boys concert at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque parish in South St. Louis County. If you read this entry before 1:00 p.m., please pray that the Priesty Boys and I have a great show (I'll be the sound dude!); if you read this entry after 1:30 p.m., know that we have finished, for better or for worse.

The Priesty Boys is a great three-man-band from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, and they have been together for a year or two now, but they finally 'got a gig' performing for the gradeschool of one of the band's members during the "Catholic Schools Week." I will have pictures (and, hopefully, a video) of the concert soon -- I promise!

UPDATE: I just returned from the concert, and it was AWESOME! Pictures and audio soon to come; video will have to wait a short amount of time (due to other obligations).

If You Can Spare a Prayer...

It seems to have been a big week in terms of prayer requests. And it's not over yet. A friendly and outstanding blogger in the blogosphere has been completely and misguidingly smeared by Women's Wear Daily. You may read the story in full: "Dawn of the Desk".

The article states:

"Dawn Eden, apparently embellished a Jan. 18 editorial about stem-cell research during the editing process. Her version of the story — which slammed New York Senate Minority Leader David Paterson’s plan for a state-sponsored stem-cell institute as a “harebrained scheme” — made it into print."

And Dawn replies:

Pope John Paul II Taken to Hospital with Flu Complications (UPDATED)

Pope John Paul II

From Catholic Online (via CNS):

"Pope John Paul II was taken to a Rome hospital late Feb. 1 with severe breathing problems caused by an inflammation in his throat, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls told reporters in a statement issued at midnight.

The pope, 84, came down with the flu Jan. 30.

About 10:50 p.m. Feb. 1 he was rushed to the Gemelli hospital for what Navarro-Valls called "acute laryngeal tracheitis and a crisis of laryngeal spasms."

When he arrived there he did not need intensive care treatment and was admitted to his 10th-floor room where he has stayed on previous hospital visits, Navarro-Valls said.

Because of advancing Parkinson's disease, Pope John Paul has chronic difficulty breathing, complicating the possible effects of the flu and the inflammation of his throat. Laryngeal spasms make breathing more difficult.