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  • At Least Three Dozen Democrats Still Undecided on Healthcare Vote: CBS News and The Hill

    03/20/2010 7:57:08 AM PDT · 80 of 83
    walden to kabar

    Yeah, i don’t believe anyone is truly “undecided.”

    OTOH, if Pelosi had the votes, she would have called the vote and gotten it done. Which means, she doesn’t have the votes.

  • Questions About Keeping the Ashes on Out in Public

    02/18/2010 8:23:11 PM PST · 55 of 55
    walden to agere_contra

    The priest at my old Episcopal church said that if you feel conspicuous and really want to wash it off, then leave it on. But, if you’re feeling kind of good about yourself and want to leave it on, then wash it off. ;-)

    Sounds like a good rule to me! I left mine on the first half of the day because of where I was and who I was around, then I washed it off the second half of the day because I was in a different place around different people.

  • Sarah Palin = Dan Quayle (There's no way she will be president)

    11/21/2009 8:34:56 PM PST · 212 of 243
    walden to ICCtheWay

    You are right. And, she’ll have to fight the big-wigs in her own party— a bunch of losers. But, she could actually do it. And, if she won, I think she has enough humility to bring in stellar talents to fill the cabinet— I can definitely see Condi Rice back there, for instance.

    A strong, charismatic, humble President with the right principles would be unstoppable. I can see it!

  • The Uninsured [NY Times Editorial for DNC & Obama!]

    08/22/2009 8:18:10 PM PDT · 9 of 19
    walden to Steelfish

    If you figure that 18,000 die a year due to lack of insurance, that makes 180,000 in 10 years. If that trillion dollars is a ten year figure (I have no idea and the article doesn’t say), then basically the Times is advocating spending $5.5 million dollars per life, if I’ve done the math right.

    Consider— if someone went to court with a wrongful death lawsuit, would any court award that amount? For most people, I very much doubt it.

    A trillion dollars is a LOT of money. People can’t put it in perspective.

  • US 5yr Bond Auction Effectively FAILS

    07/30/2009 10:24:15 AM PDT · 46 of 55
    walden to FromLori

    Reuters reports today that the 7 yr auction went well. Is that true?

  • The Abortionist's Eye Is On Us

    07/20/2009 7:41:53 PM PDT · 13 of 13
    walden to Leftism is Mentally Deranged

    No. I’m 50 years old, and for many years (my teens and twenties especially) it was common terminology. Just a cluster of cells, just a blob of tissue. Remember, that was before ultrasounds, or before they were widely available and commonly used, so it was easy to believe.

    The world has changed in lots of ways, but technology has helped in this area enormously.

  • Whispered Worries About Obama

    07/01/2009 8:01:55 PM PDT · 73 of 80
    walden to william clark

    Is that a real bumper sticker? I want one!!!

  • Please do the world a favour: VOTE!!!! (Vanity)

    11/02/2008 8:39:33 PM PST · 18 of 36
    walden to Aussie Dasher

    Already voted, and also praying. Thank you for your prayers. But, whatever happens, remember that the soul of the U.S. is strong— many people are deluded, but if the worst happens, that delusion won’t last a first term. And, Americans can express ourselves strongly even against a strong governing party. In effect, we can cow them if they go too far. Remember HillaryCare! ;-)

  • So Long, Democrats (A speechwriter for Obama, Edwards, and Clinton on why she’s voting McCain)

    10/29/2008 7:09:21 AM PDT · 19 of 36
    walden to Maelstorm

    “I still believe the best of America and the strength of it will rise and win the day.”

    Me too. Keep the faith!

  • McCain, Obama may skip bailout vote

    09/28/2008 8:59:33 PM PDT · 24 of 43
    walden to Kleebo151

    They’re not scared of anything— both of them know how the vote will go (it won’t be close) so their votes don’t matter. So, they’re getting back to campaigning. Very sensible.

    You know, both of these guys are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. McCain got all sorts of flack for going back to Washington to help with the negotiations— not at all a done deal when he went— and now he’s getting all kinds of flack for not sticking around when his presence has no purpose.

    This whole thread is pointless nit-picking. I hate it when politics gets like that.

  • Because Other Stuff IS Still Happening: Abortion Ping

    09/27/2008 8:30:02 PM PDT · 3 of 3
    walden to pharmamom
  • Greenspan’s sins return to haunt us

    09/20/2008 8:22:05 PM PDT · 16 of 18
    walden to WashingtonSource

    No, actually I think that was Paul Volcker (he and Ronald Reagan were a helluva team).

  • Blessed By Misfortune - McCain’s Speech

    09/04/2008 9:04:34 PM PDT · 11 of 46
    walden to Saundra Duffy

    Yup. I told my husband, I’m a McCainiac now!!! He was just wonderful, and I learned things about him and his life that I didn’t know before. It’s funny, he’s been in public life forever, and I thought I knew him, but I learned so much more tonight. I’m totally down with him— so much so that I’m sending money,

  • Sarah Palin(Superhero).....VANITY/HUMOR)

    09/04/2008 9:01:11 PM PDT · 3 of 24
    walden to Old Sarge

    Too cool!!! I hope this is real, but even if it is photo-shopped, it’s real. She is one awesome lady!!!

  • Women in Politics

    08/30/2008 8:22:50 AM PDT · 3 of 5
    walden to imintrouble

    Yes, prayers do work.

    But, politics is not the whole of life — it’s hard to remember when we read so much of it or see it on tv. I try to remind myself that no matter who gets elected, people will still work hard, take care of their families, enjoy time with friends, and pray. Life goes on.

    Over the course of any of our lifetimes, the political scene swings like a pendulum. Often, I can’t see it until much later, but I think a lot of negative things pave the way for a greater positive— it’s hard to imagine Ronald Reagan’s first landslide in 1980 without the disaster of Carter’s preceding 4 years. So, no matter how the election goes, it will be fine in the long run.

  • The odd choices in Barack Obama's career

    08/20/2008 6:12:45 PM PDT · 46 of 55
    walden to Beelzebubba

    Are you a lawyer?

  • Why I blessed gay clergymen's relationship

    06/19/2008 9:14:48 AM PDT · 32 of 33
    walden to rabscuttle385

    “What really irritates me is the new public perception, no thanks to the homosexual lobby, that two (platonic) male friends must be gay.”

    The same is true for friendships between women. Women are usually more physically affectionate with friends— hugging, patting, linking arms, cheek-kissing, etc., but women friends today are much less likely to be like that, and the reason is that people are so much more likely to assume that they are lesbians. If sin is whatever separates us from each other, then the legitimization of homosexual relationships in the general culture is one great big sin.

    Women friends can’t even live together anymore, unless they’re quite young (college age and a bit after) and therefore assumed to be poor. So women stay isolated and lonely in their houses after being widowed or divorced. It’s sad.

    As you can see, this is a major peeve of mine as well.

  • Expert explains Church’s criteria for confirming Marian apparitions (Catholic Caucus)

    05/08/2008 7:16:37 PM PDT · 37 of 43
    walden to NYer

    Daily rosary— 53 “Hail Mary” prayers.

  • The Eucharist: The Body of Christ? ("Respectful Dialogue" thread)

    04/29/2008 6:39:29 PM PDT · 1,197 of 1,945
    walden to OLD REGGIE

    Thank you.

  • The Eucharist: The Body of Christ? ("Respectful Dialogue" thread)

    04/29/2008 2:12:35 PM PDT · 1,104 of 1,945
    walden to OLD REGGIE

    It is one thing to theorize about the Eucharist, and another thing to celebrate it. In the Episcopal church in which I was raised, we celebrated it once a month (”low” Episcopal). In the one to which I returned in my forties, we celebrated it weekly (”high” Episcopal), and also had lay ministers who took it to the elderly and ill. In the Catholic church, of course, I can attend daily celebrations.

    But, I am not at all familiar with the practices of other Protestant denominations. Can you enlighten me?

  • The Eucharist: The Body of Christ? ("Respectful Dialogue" thread)

    04/27/2008 6:38:41 PM PDT · 468 of 1,945
    walden to markomalley

    I was raised Episcopalian and am now becoming Catholic, but I can say that, whatever name is used and however the process is described, I have always believed that Jesus Christ makes himself present to us in the Eucharist in a way that we cannot understand.

    I have never understood why this is an issue between Christians, and I hope that someday it will cease to be such.

  • Report from Mexico

    01/24/2008 9:17:57 AM PST · 8 of 83
    walden to Manfred the Wonder Dawg

    “Randall did not imply praying to the Pope was “acceptable Catholic practice” (if you mean by that - official doctrine). But how do you know whether or not a lot of RCCs do so?”

    I never heard of such a thing. Catholics do pray FOR the pope, as well as for all other clergy and for the church universal. Maybe your confusion stems from those prayers.

  • The Security of Having Nothing to Lose

    01/18/2008 7:48:10 AM PST · 6 of 7
    walden to gobucks

    Powerful stuff, thank you.

  • Banned From Church

    01/18/2008 7:42:09 AM PST · 19 of 32
    walden to Esther Ruth

    Very useful document, thank you for posting that link.

    For anyone struggling with a church following these principles, I would suggest visiting your local Catholic church. I was raised Episcopalian but now attend a Catholic church— the preaching is absolutely bed-rock scriptural, very solid. Never once have I heard anything from the priest or the deacon that wasn’t absolutely biblical. Of course, I know that the Catholic church isn’t perfect either, but they haven’t bought into new management schemes to achieve growth. In fact, Pope Benedict said once that he thought that maybe God wanted the church to become smaller and stronger, a more powerful witness to this lost and broken world. I think that’s entirely possible— after all, God abhors the lukewarm believer.

  • Afghan Women Burning Themselves to Death at an Alarming Rate

    09/22/2007 1:02:34 PM PDT · 9 of 54
    walden to null and void

    NOW just wants to be sure that they can get abortions.

  • Please pass the ontology

    09/20/2007 7:13:50 AM PDT · 4 of 19
    walden to tiki

    Do Catholics see a Protestant baptism as functioning exactly the same, in this respect, as being baptized into the Catholic church?

  • Rapid rise in bipolar diagnoses among U.S. youth

    09/04/2007 7:46:24 AM PDT · 25 of 226
    walden to camle

    Never ask the barber if you need a haircut.

  • Valedictorian's Speech About Christ Prompts Controversy

    05/29/2007 9:43:17 PM PDT · 24 of 39
    walden to CharlesWayneCT

    Actually, it all depends on the rules of the school. Apparently this school allows the valedictorian to write his or her speech, and allows it to be delivered un-reviewed by any school authority. If so, she was completely within the rules, if not quite wise in choosing to do what she did in the way that she did it. Unsurprising, as she is 18 or so years old.

    I was valedictorian of my high school, and the rules were different. The valedictorian didn’t even give a speech (for which I was PROFOUNDLY grateful!)— instead, the top students, if they wished, submitted written proposed speeches for approval, and the winner gave his or her speech.

    At any rate, as long as this young lady followed the rules, I have no problem with it. She will learn something from this controversy, as will many of her co-believers. Speaking the truth in love is important— but one must make sure that the other parties to the communication KNOW that the love is present. It doesn’t look as if that was the case for all of her auditors. At any rate, she’ll learn, and I expect that, in time, she’ll become a formidable advocate for Christ.

  • I am losing my Religion

    05/19/2007 7:44:58 PM PDT · 62 of 120
    walden to Rytwyng

    “My yet unanswered question is, why couldn’t Catholicism spark a “personal” faith in myself or legions like me? Why’d we have to leave the Church to find God? “

    Your last question is too hard for me, but I have some thoughts on this one, because I was raised Episcopalian, lost my faith for 20 years, found God, went back to the Episcopal church a few years ago, and am now becoming Catholic. So, I, too, have questions. The only thing I can figure out is that I had to really suffer before I could become truly a Christian— the faith I lost was only a child’s faith, and the faith I found so much later (outside of any church) is as solid and unchanging as God himself. So, I don’t think denomination has anything to do with it— I just think that after one studies enough, and prays enough, that Catholicism will be see to be the best way for many of us to go.

  • I am losing my Religion

    05/19/2007 7:36:42 PM PDT · 60 of 120
    walden to Gamecock

    “Here is my measuring stick: Did Jesus have to die to make the message I am hearing from any given pulpit true?

    If the answer is no, I am hearing advice, or even worse, false teaching, rather than good news.”

    (I have nothing to add to this, I just wanted it to be posted again on this thread. Thank you for this thought.)

  • WHAT IS THE NATURE OF CHRISTIAN LOVE? --It's full depth and breadth

    04/23/2007 4:52:24 PM PDT · 23 of 123
    walden to Mad Dawg

    I haven’t read the discussion thread that you’re referring to, but I can say that, being myself in the process of becoming a Catholic, I am sensitive to criticisms of the church as well. I just try to remind myself that we are all sinners and this is a fallen world, and each of us need to belong to the church that, in our judgment, most clearly and vibrantly teaches the truth. That, in my judgment, is obviously the Catholics (and maybe Eastern Orthodox, I believe they’re doctrinally very close.) And, I believe that some other Christians, knowing of problems both past and present in their own denominations, are perhaps a bit jealous of that. Jesus told us to be glad when we are persecuted for His sake, and I take that to mean no matter who it comes from, or what their claims may be.

  • WHAT IS THE NATURE OF CHRISTIAN LOVE? --It's full depth and breadth

    04/23/2007 4:51:24 PM PDT · 22 of 123
    walden to Mad Dawg

    I haven’t read the discussion thread that you’re referring to, but I can say that, being myself in the process of becoming a Catholic, I am sensitive to criticisms of the church as well. I just try to remind myself that we are all sinners and this is a fallen world, and each of us need to belong to the church that, in our judgment, most clearly and vibrantly teaches the truth. That, in my judgment, is obviously the Catholics (and maybe Eastern Orthodox, I believe they’re doctrinally very close.) And, I believe that some other Christians, knowing of problems both past and present in their own denominations, are perhaps a bit jealous of that. Jesus told us to be glad when we are persecuted for His sake, and I take that to mean no matter who it comes from, or what their claims may be.

  • KofC Ping List Owner Needed

    04/01/2007 6:05:34 PM PDT · 23 of 134
    walden to Frank Sheed

    Thank you to everyone.

  • KofC Ping List Owner Needed

    04/01/2007 12:09:54 PM PDT · 11 of 134
    walden to AlaninSA

    I was raised Episcopalian but am in the process (very slow, for me) of becoming Catholic. Can you tell me of Catholic discussion websites that would help me learn more? Thank you.

  • Catholic Replies: Inviting relatives (living in sin) to family gatherings

    03/27/2007 6:58:53 PM PDT · 88 of 155
    walden to swmobuffalo

    "I can't figure out how these "families" think that the sin of someone else is somehow going to pervert the gathering. If that were the case, no one would have family gatherings ever!"

    I can. I was cut off by my family (at my father's insistence) for the same sin-- but not because it was against God's will (my father recognizes no God but himself), but because it wasn't proper. What will the neighbors think? He claimed to be afraid that my behavior would lead the children astray, but I suspect that deep down, he was worried that the children would discover that the sinner was a kinder and better person than the righteous man.

    Truth be told, though, it was a good thing. Without that separation from my family, I don't think that I would have ever found God. And, after I did, when I knew for sure that God was real and that Jesus died for my sins, my longtime sweetie and I got married. God has been sorting out my life and the lives of my beloved husband and children ever since. We are very blessed.

    Sometimes I miss my mother, but she has done what she thinks was right, and biblical, and I don't fault her at all.

    I think anyone seriously considering cutting off a family member in this way needs to be ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that there isn't even the tiniest element of pride in the decision. Or any other sin. Pray hard on it. I can't say that it would never be the right thing to do, but asking God what to do is always the right thing to do first.

  • We need to stop pornography, now

    03/21/2007 1:45:03 PM PDT · 40 of 201
    walden to Hemingway's Ghost

    I do see the irony, from a worldly point of view. But, I also know that the truest book I have ever read that dealt with love and marriage was "Love and Responsibility" by Pope John Paul II. The Catholics "get it"-- in fact, I think that they're the last true romantics left in this world. They KNOW what a marriage is supposed to be. Whether that came from the bible, or the Holy Spirit, or centuries of study of human nature, I don't know. But if you don't believe me, read the book.

  • Two New Documentaries Combine Science, Scripture to Prove Historical Jesus

    03/19/2007 1:16:14 PM PDT · 7 of 8
    walden to Cooking101

    Excellent post, thank you!!!

  • Followers of the Antichrist

    03/08/2007 5:49:52 PM PST · 9 of 9
    walden to mnehrling

    That's a paraphrase of a thought often expressed by G.K. Chesterton.

  • ABC's 'The View' is obsessed with Catholicism

    02/28/2007 8:38:08 AM PST · 25 of 74
    walden to pax_et_bonum

    "I'm Catholic and anti-Catholicism bothers me much less than indifference.

    We must be doing something right. "

    I remember at the time the "Passion" was released, there was a Catholic priest on tv on a show talking about it-- and he said that the job of the church was to "comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable." I like that. ;)

  • To the Traditional Anglican Ping List (and FRiends)

    02/20/2007 5:33:42 PM PST · 35 of 48
    walden to sionnsar

    Well, thank you so much for all of your hard work-- it has helped me a lot. Enjoy your rest.

  • Churches back plan to unite under Pope - ANGLICAN

    02/18/2007 7:06:53 PM PST · 38 of 103
    walden to freedomdefender
    "Yes, it's bizarre - to "annul" a marriage is to say it never existed in some objective sense; but to say that about a longtime marriage that produced children is pretty farcical."

    I am not yet Catholic, but I have studied this issue a bit, and it seems clear to me that the Catholic definition of annulment is widely misunderstood. My understanding is that annulment is a process whereby the divorced person comes to terms with the terminated marriage, and his or her part in that, repenting of whatever sins they are guilty of. Finally, the official annulment is NOT a statement that the marriage never happened, nor does it at all deny the legitimacy of the children, if any, of the union. It is a religious, not a legal declaration, which states that the marriage was not a sacramental marriage in the eyes of God. One common reason is immaturity on the part of one or both parties to the marriage, which, as most people who have been divorced, and have honestly come to terms with that experience can attest, is frequently the case.

  • Mark Steyn: Why the Iraq War is Turning into America's Defeat

    02/18/2007 5:51:10 PM PST · 70 of 97
    walden to beckett

    "It has turned into an historic mistake."

    History requires a long view. The first, most preliminary historical assessment of the Iraq war can be made about 30 years from now. Live long enough and you'll understand. History ain't about the last 15 minutes.

    My bet is that we're still going to be fighting these Islamic psychos when my children are old people, and George W. Bush is going to look like a visionary then.

  • Mark Steyn: Why the Iraq War is Turning into America's Defeat

    02/18/2007 5:42:09 PM PST · 69 of 97
    walden to y6162

    "The question is how to revive pulblic support for the war."

    I think Bush has finally figured that out-- take the gloves off and win the damn thing. Then, EVERYONE will support the war effort. A done deal-- that's it.

  • All European Life Died In Auschwitz

    02/18/2007 6:35:25 AM PST · 106 of 197
    walden to Man50D

    "The large cache of weapons they acquired and used proves they were willing to kill anyone who was not a member."

    This is absolute hogwash. I know a LOT of people who enjoy shooting, many of whom participate in competitive recreational shooting events, and you would be absolutely stunned at the number and variety of weapons that many of them own. You would be even more stunned at their proficiency with those weapons.

    A weapon is just an inanimate object, neither intrinsically good nor intrinsically evil. Possession of such items does not, in itself, demonstrate evil intent on the part of the owner, no matter how many of them he or she owns.

  • Islam, Protestantism and Divergence from Catholicism

    02/18/2007 5:34:53 AM PST · 104 of 226
    walden to Iscool

    I fell away from the church and from faith, and for more than twenty years I was agnostic. I received the Holy Spirit then, at a time of great struggle and suffering in my life. Only later did I go back to church.

  • Crossing The Windsor Line: the Truth about Consequences

    02/17/2007 7:00:07 PM PST · 4 of 6
    walden to sionnsar

    He's right. I think it just may be the case that the conservative primates from the rest of the world are more naive than Americans are. We've all seen, and struggled with this sort of behavior from liberals far more often, and in far more venues than they have. It never ends unless the conservatives end it with finality.

    The arrogant and errant child, so convinced of the rightness of his cause, simply has to learn through slow painful experience of the world. But it is no help to that process to even pretend that their views and arguments have any plausibility. That pretense is exactly what the "listening" process amounts to. The adults are pretending that they might, after enough "listening", decide that sin really isn't sin, and that the bible doesn't really say what it does say.

    I don't know what the eventual future of the Episcopal church and the Anglican communion are, but I do know for certain that our only hope for the future is to hold fast to the gospel, to the faith we received down through the ages. The world is wrong-- but, as I think about what I know of history-- the world has ALWAYS been wrong. The job of the Church is to hold fast to the TRUTH, no matter the changing fashions of this, or any other age.

  • Islam, Protestantism and Divergence from Catholicism

    02/17/2007 6:34:45 PM PST · 71 of 226
    walden to livius

    I was raised in the Episcopal church, but have been attending a Catholic church for the last several months, and am (and have been for a year or so) slowly becoming Catholic. I'll take the formal classes later this year.

    So, I think I have a perspective that most don't have. When it comes to women, the Catholics seem to have a much greater respect for women AS women, while Protestants seem to respect women only when, and to the extent that, they are like men. For example, women can become Episcopal priests, but the only mention of Mary in the service is in the Nicene creed. I can't tell you what a shock it was to me the first time I showed up early for mass, and they were praying the rosary, and there were as many, if not more, men kneeling as women. Mary is revered for her role as a MOTHER, which is what most women want to be, to do, and to see men honoring that just amazed me. (For the record, I have never heard a women preach in the Episcopal church who didn't remind me of a kindergarten teacher-- I don't know why that is, but I really don't like it.)

    The other striking difference in my experience of Catholicism is my view of heaven. As an Episcopalian, I always got the idea that heaven was kind of a lonely place-- God was there, and Jesus, but I just didn't have a much bigger picture of it than that. But with the Catholics, heaven is lively! God, and Jesus, and Mary, and all of the many, many saints, and all of the dead we pray for, all of the good Christians down through the centuries, and our own loved ones who have died. Heck, that's where the party is! It's where you want to go.

    Just my $.02. ;)

  • The Early Church Fathers on Contraception - Catholic/Orthodox Caucus

    02/16/2007 5:34:26 AM PST · 107 of 210
    walden to Kolokotronis

    ""What does this word mean? : "theologoumenna"
    Its the plural of theologoumennon. :)"

    You're a smart-aleck! But I figured it out from a post later in the thread. ;)

  • Response to and Refutation of the Wholly Inadequate Communion Sub-Group Report

    02/15/2007 6:08:28 PM PST · 4 of 7
    walden to sionnsar

    You really understand all of this stuff. Would you care to put in easily understandable language what you think is happening at the current meeting? If you would rather not, I understand.

    Thank you.

  • The Early Church Fathers on Contraception - Catholic/Orthodox Caucus

    02/15/2007 5:41:10 PM PST · 40 of 210
    walden to Kolokotronis

    What does this word mean? : "theologoumenna"