First, a very brief update on the Chesterton conference. I took the kids with me to hear the talk on Chesterton and Pascal: Not All Mathematicians Go Mad. I'm not a mathematician, but it was a mad idea to take a two and four year-old to the conference. I heard Pascal's name mentioned, Jesuits and Jansenists, in between running interference with my kids and eventually bagging the whole idea and heading home.
Made it to the conference after dinner. I mentioned to my husband that it was Father's Day weekend and that meant he should have some bonding time with his kids. I quickly ran out the door before he could muster a retort.
Met up with Ray at the conference and caught the last two talks of the night (Joseph Pearce's, The Orthodoxy of Shakespeare, and Father Longenecker's talk on The Romance of Orthodoxy: Why Heresy is Dull and Deadly. Both talks were excellent. I gained an appreciation for Shakespeare that I hadn't had previously, and enjoyed Father Longenecker's talk, which both Ray and I thought started off slow, but turned into a great presentation - delivered completely using the style and cadence of Chesterton.)
And, Dale Ahlquist is a hoot. He was mentioning that someone from the Wall Street Journal was there, and that, in fact, Chesterton had been quoted in the WSJ that day. And, it was a quote from Orthodoxy, tying in with the 100th anniversary of the book. Dale provided the quote from Orthodoxy that was in the WSJ and a was quickly corrected about the correct quotation. Not missing a beat, Ahlquist quipped with a smirk, that Chesterton had been misquoted in the WSJ...implying that Ahlquist was merely reading the incorrect quotation instead of misquoting Chesterton as the case really was.
Any hoo, on with Jeopardy. Here's one honoring Chesterton's Father Brown, because you might have to do a little sleuthing (not much, I'm sure) to figure this one out.
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What do Kitty Kelley, Beverly Cleary, Kyle McLachlan, Dawn Wells, Dale Chihuly, Patrick Duffy, Jean Smart, Julia Sweeney, Richard Karn, Kenny G and Ann Rule have in common?
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"Even suffering is part of the truth of our life. Thus, trying to shield the youngest from every difficulty and experience of suffering, we risk creating, despite our good intentions, fragile persons of little generosity: The capacity to love, in fact, corresponds to the capacity to suffer, and to suffer together." ~Benedict XVI
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Fides et Ratio Encyclical
Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.
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Words of Father Corapi, for all my politician friends and relatives and those who vote for them
"Catholic office holders, whether presidents, senators, congress men or women, or judges at any level must adhere to Catholic teaching or run the risk of separating themselves from the Body of Christ. In such egregious and chronic cases of gross moral evil such as instituting and perpetuating abortion and the structures of sin that surround it, it is quite probable that such Catholic officials are excommunicated in virtue of the acts themselves. A latae sententiae (automatic) excommunication is likely triggered when they vote for laws, funding, and structures that enable and perpetuate such obvious and egregious evil (Cf. Code of Canon Law, Canons 1364,1398; Canon 1329, par. #2). They are in turn forbidden from approaching the sacraments as the result (Cf. Catechism of Catholic Church #1463)."
"It is not morally possible for any Catholic to support abortion, euthanasia, fetal stem cell research, human cloning, or same-sex marriage. There are no ways around this, no justifications whatever. Why? For the simple reason that the Church holds these things to be intrinsically evil. They are evil in themselves, and no circumstances or subjective conditions can ever change that."