Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Awakening the Conscience

Death Certificates Proposed for Abortions
Legislation introduced in Tennessee would require death certificates for aborted fetuses...Rep. Stacey Campfield, a Republican, said his bill would provide a way to track how many abortions are performed. He predicted it would pass in the Republican-controlled Senate but would have a hard time making it through the Democratic House.

Currently, the state only records abortions after the baby is 22 weeks old or weighs at least one pound.

This is far from perfect, but at least this would be a step toward recognizing that, during the abortion, something significant had occurred: this despicable action is not the removal of pink tissue but the ending of a human life.

Incidentally, look at that last line; still think it doesn't matter who you vote for?

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The 12 Great Feasts of the Western Rite

Our friend Fr. Matthew Thurman has a good post on the Western Rite equivalent of the Byzantine Rite's "12 Great Feasts." Short version:
  1. Epiphany
  2. Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Candlemass)
  3. Annunciation
  4. Easter
  5. Ascension
  6. Pentecost
  7. Trinity Sunday
  8. Corpus Christi
  9. Assumption of the BVM
  10. St. Michael and All Angels
  11. All Saints
  12. Christmas

Read the whole post here.

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Congratulations to Father John Fenton

Belated congratulations to Fr. John W. Fenton and his parish of Holy Incarnation Antiochian Orthodox Church in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. (They will soon meet in Taylor, MI.) Fr. Fenton was ordained to the holy diaconate last Saturday, February 10, and to the holy priesthood on Sunday, February 11, by His Grace Bishop MARK of Toledo. The ordination took place at St. George Orthodox Church in Troy, Michigan.

Holy Incarnation will celebrate its initial Mass this Sunday. Best wishes to Fr. Fenton and his congregation.