Archive for 28/04/2011
I used to be one of the grumps who would moan that the Royal Wedding was a waste of taxpayers’ money, a waste of time, an excuse to get gullible mugs to buy any old tat and for TV stations to vomit forth a wealth of awful Royal Wedding TV documentaries. I’d do anything to avoid the entire spectacle.
I’ve changed my mind.
Yes, there are ways in which this particular purse of actually relatively little taxpayers’ money could be spent for the greater good – but let’s face it, it wouldn’t be; and yes, there will be an inordinate amount of tat gracing the souvenir shops of this fair land; and there has been indeed a veritable bucket-load of Royal Documentary awfulness chucked up.
But here’s the thing: Anything that gets people an extra day off to spend with their friends and family, which gives people a reason for a party in these depressing times and which advertises the best of Britain worldwide is fine by me. Much more importantly, however, in the modern fundamentalist secular world of civil partnerships and living together and widespread derision of Christian values and traditions this wedding, and the enthusiasm and happiness it has generated, has put Christian Marriage at the centre of the national stage. It affirms the value and importance of marriage as being at the heart of our culture and it says clearly that there is no finer expression of the love between a man and a woman. It says simply that marriage is something to aspire to!
So I hereby declare myself a reformed grump and, whilst I may not race around our holiday home putting up bunting, I will have the TV on and raise a glass to two young people in love who are setting out on the great adventure. God Bless you, Wiliam and Kate and may you live a happy and joyful life together.
Hi All, just a quick post to wish you all a Happy and Holy Easter.
In Just A Catholic Dad 36, we’re on the road again; I talk about our trip to Welsh Wales and books and reading. Also, more about Caitie prayers, a trip to the Big Barn Church and I mangle several Christians’ names.
For information on pro-death charities, please visit Life Decisions International (www.fightpp.org). Please note that the resources in this site are not all free.
Health Warning: Libsyn is playing up again. I think that this is the complete file, but if not, please let me know!
‘Beer Run’ by Todd Snider
Links from Ian Maxfield (http://www.catholiclab.net/TheCatholicLaboratory/Home.html)
Pier Giorgio Frassati – http://www.frassatiusa.org/
The Anscombe Bioethics Centre – http://www.bioethics.org.uk
60 Second Saint – St Anicetus
End Music ‘Dream On’ by Carrie Pettit, available from Music Alley.
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I have a correction to the information contained in JACD35: ‘JDRF, as almost all charities devoted to medical research, does support embryonic stem cell research to some extent. HOWEVER, JDRF does recognize that embryonic stem cell research is morally unacceptable to some. Thus, JDRF does allow the donation to be designated to non-embryonic stem cell research efforts (i.e., the Artificial Pancreas Project), and that such money donated in that manner will NOT result in the diversion of other funds to support the embryonic stem cell research.’
We examine the bizarreness of the previous podcast, Caitie has insecurity worries and we look at the life of an inspirational young Italian, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. Also, we have some thoughts about the moral aspects of receiving medical care, vaccinations and life choices.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund www.jdrf.org.uk
‘Immunity From Evil?: Vaccines Derived from Abortion’ www.catholiceducation.org/articles/medical_ethics/me0044.html
‘Vatican says refusing vaccines must be weighed against health threats (CNS)’ http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0504240.htm
Daniele Rossi’s website www.stutteringiscool.com
End Music. ‘Still Small Voice’ by Bob Rowe, available through Music Alley.
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Hmmmm. Now normally, I give the podcast a really good listening to before I release it upon the unsuspecting world. Just A Catholic Dad 34, however, seems to have escaped my critical gaze! As you know, I wasn’t feeling too great when I recorded it – and I wasn’t that healthy when I edited it either, so I rushed it more than I should have done. As a result, when I listened to it today, I was horrified when I heard some of the awful editing and excessive blether during the ATC segment. I have therefore undertaken one more edit and tried to restore the podcast to the standard I usually try to achieve. So, please accept my apoplogies and, if you want to, delete your version from iTunes and redownload the newest version!