Jun 6, 2007

The Motu Proprio - Update

Brian Mershon combines a lot of information on the coming Motu Proprio re the old Latin Mass here.

Corpus Christi - KC Procession

The two Kansas City dioceses are sponsoring a Corpus Christi procession on Sunday afternoon, June 10, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Bishop Robert W. Finn, of the Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, will lead a procession from St. Thomas More Parish, 11822 Holmes Road to Avila University, 11901 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri. Hundreds of people expected to make the 0.75-mile procession that will bring the presence of God to bless and protect the community. See Mapquest street map, although the route may not be as pictured.

At 1 pm the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration in the church, and opportunities for sacramental confession and reconciliation will be offered. At 2 pm the procession will form and proceed to the college, where Benediction will be sung.

Archbishop Naumann has asked specifically for many young people to participate and is offering t-shirts for the first 500 people that attend from the Kansas Archdiocese!

I highly encourage attendance at this procession, especially because honoring Our Lord's Body and Blood in the Blessed Sacrament is the best way to strengthen our faith for the coming days.

Jun 3, 2007

Chinese Leadership & One Child Policy

An official Chinese news site identifies the former occupations of the leaders of the Communist Party of China. Based on the success of the new Chinese technical revolution, I was not too surprised that ALL nine men were trained as engineers.
Hu Jintao--Civil/Hydrological Engineer, hydropower stations
Wu Bangguo--Electronics Engineer, radio electron tubes
Wen Jiabao--Geological Engineer, surveying and prospecting
Jia Qinglin--Electrical/Mechanical Engineer, electric motor and appliance design and manufacture
Zeng Qinghong--Electrical/Mechanical Engineer, automatic controls
Huang Ju--Electrical/Mechanical Engineer, electrical machinery manufacturing
Wu Guanzheng--Mechanical Engineer, thermal measurement and automatic controls
Li Changchun--Electrical/Mechanical Engineer, electric machinery
Luo Gan--Mining and Metallurgical Engineer, machine casting
Engineers are mostly pragmatists--they generally act according to what they observe to work successfully. Therefore, I believe the Chinese leadership will determine that the one-child family is bad for society and the terrible policy will not endure as long as planned. In fact, this may already be happening according to the Wikipedia article on the Chinese one-child policy:
However, some 30 delegates called on the government in the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in March 2007 to abolish the one-child rule because they believe "it creates social problems and personality disorders in young people." and "It is not healthy for children to play only with their parents and be spoiled by them: it is not right to limit the number to two, either." The proposal was prepared by Ye Tingfang, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, who suggested that the government at least restore the previous rule that allowed couples to have up to two children. According to this scholar, "the one-child limit is too extreme. It violates nature’s law and, in the long run, will lead to mother nature’s revenge."[39][40]
May God grant further insights for the Chinese leaders/engineers to see the bad results from abandoning God and His laws of nature. Unfortunately, abortion is still considered the answer to social problems, as in Xi'an Reaches out to Pregnant Girls with Center.