Thoughts on the Late Pope, Among Other Things.

Okay, before anyone panics, really I’m just posting this because a good friend and I have been discussing lots of random religious topics and she recommended I post my thoughts on Pope John Paul II here because, well, We Had Our Reasons.

(The Deputy Headmistress inserts some further background here: A Somebody – not the friend mentioned above- in our circle of friends and relations had said something along the lines of not seeing what the big deal about the Pope was, because he’d never ‘done nuffing much.’ Another Somebody in our circle of friends and relations had expressed a similar dismissive point of view, another said the Pope just wasn’t a ‘big deal.’ The following post isn’t actually by way of rebuttal (since at least one of those Somebodies does not even read The Common Room, being ignorant as yet of its existence), but rather the sort of thing one writes out when thinking of this, that, and the other and a collection of isolated events and discussions come together in one’s mind at once, producing posts like this one)

Let us begin by understanding that I am not a Catholic; I never will be a Catholic, and that frankly, my issues with Catholicism are many, and they run deep.
These issues include issues with the papacy, particularly the idea that a mortal man may be referred to as “Holy Father” when he isn’t, and be believed to speak for God, outside of Scripture,when Scripture expressly forbids mortal men to do so.

But my subject reads not “Thoughts on the Papacy.” It reads “Thoughts on the Late Pope.”

The first thing to be remembered is that he is the late Pope, and became so very recently. Whether or not he should have been a Pope, the fact remains that he was very dear to many people, and they are sincerely upset right now. A bit of tact, therefore, would not be out of bounds.

Secondly, all questions about the rightness or wrongess of his office and actions aside, the fact remains that he was a very powerful public figure. Like him or not, you can’t ignore him and pretend he wasn’t a Big Deal. He was.

We are talking about a man who grew up in Poland during World War 2 and was as devoted to the cause of bringing down Communism as only men who grew up in his time can be. He wasn’t just devoted, he was effective. He helped accomplish this end. We are talking about a man whose voice was often the loudest in the Pro-life movement, and frankly people, if you are anti-Catholic and this upsets you, all I can say is, shame on your sect or denomination or congregation or whatever you call it for not making your voices heard, too. Somebody had to stand in the gap. (That was a freebie. Sorry.)

He was The Supreme Head of an organization that has dominated European culture and even government for over a good thousand years, people. (The DeputyHeadmistress is sorry to be a bother, but she must beg that readers not write to tell us our math is wrong. The Equuschick said what she meant) If you would like to call him a Big Deal but a bad one, you are free to do so. What you can’t do is pretend he wasn’t influential.

I, personally, am of the opinion that Pope John Paul II was positively influential. I say nothing of the dubious religious position he took upon himself, and I say nothing of his eternal destiny, but his time upon the earth was spent, in my humble opinion, as a powerfully influential and highly moral man. “

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“It doesn’t bother me.” – We haven’t lost moral relativism.

The April 9 issue of World magazine has many excellent articles on pro-life issues. I highly encourage readers to visit their website and look at the articles or, even better, subscribe to the magazine.

The National Silent No More Awareness Campaign’s goal is to “make the public aware of the devastation abortion brings to women, men, and their families.” Since its inception more than 2700 women have registered to share their stories of the grief an abortion causes.

The Pro-Abortion* side, of course, has its own campaign in response. There is a website called the Abortion Conservation Project and another one called I’ There are about 300 pro-abortion stories on I’
*pauses to reflect the fact that there are 9 times as many women who have registered their regret as have shared what a great thing abortion was for them*
I also would be interested in the scientific data of these stories: how recently were these abortions performed? Sometimes emotional baggage takes years to accumulate. Sometimes we hide behind other issues and say that those are the cause of our afflictions, rather than facing the real problem.

World has an interview with the founder of I’, Patricia Beninanto. Reading it provides an interesting glimpse into the attitudes of those who regard human life as cheap.

World: [on multiple abortions] “Do any of the stories..make you think, wow, that’s taking ‘choice’ a little too far?”
Beninato: It doesn’t bother me at all…

World: There is no longer a debate about whether a fetus is a living baby. Yet, … a Salon article notes that ‘most abortions in America are about convenience.’ Morally speaking, what do you think about that?
Beninato: It doesn’t bother me.

Thus there is no objective answer for abortion activists. It’s all about what bothers us and what doesn’t. That’s a scary prospect.

Let’s continue on with Beninanto’s response to the question:

Beninato: I believe in the Planned Parenthood axiom “every child a wanted child.”
[so does the HeadGirl. Every child, born or unborn, is wanted somewhere.]
Beninato: Yes, a fetus is alive. But weeds are life and mold is life and bugs are life and we destroy those on a regular basis.

So an infant in utero is comparable to weeds & mold? Isn’t it amazing how we’ve gone through thousands of years of history and never really come up with that comparison before?

* The HeadGirl prefers to use the proper term Pro-Abortion rather than Pro-Choice. No one is trying to deny women the right to choose to engage in an act that could very well lead to pregnancy. That is the choice, because killing should not be an option.

(excerpts from the 4/9/05 issue of WORLD Magazine –

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Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott

This is JennyAnyDots.

I am reading Kenilworth right now; I have great expectations of it.
It is set in the 1500s around the time when Elizabeth 1 is queen. I have met a man named Michael Lambourne, he apears to be a little more pleased with how he looks, and not who his friends are. I have also met a man going by the name of Tressilian, who apears to be the opposite of Lambourne.

I am looking forward to finishing this book.

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There is no frigate like a book

To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!

~Emily Dickinson~

While helping to set up our local library’s booksale, I bought two books. One, a hardback copy of “The Silver Chair,” by C.S. Lewis. I don’t believe we have a hardback copy, although I’m quite sure we have at least one paperback copy.
Two, “Old Swedish Fairy Tales,” by Anna Wahlenberg, illustrated by Jeannette Berkowitz, translated from the Danish. I like fairy tales, fantasy, legends, and myths a great deal, and this has beautiful illustrations to go along with it. I can’t wait to read it all.

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Mae Magouirk- What Do You Know About Her?

Find out here, here, here, and here.

Based on these stories, it appears that Mrs. Magouirk is 85 years old, has glaucoma, and a couple weeks ago had an aortic dissection and was hospitalized. She did not have a terminal condition (other than age), was not comatose, PVS, or otherwise braindamaged (not that I think this matters).

Her granddaughter, Beth Gaddy (a schoolteacher) came to the hospital and said that she had medical power of atty, and that Mrs. Magouirk had a living will and did not want to be kept alive in these circumstances.

Mrs. Magouirk was transferred to hospice, is being denied food and water, and being medicated for the pain.

However, Beth Gaddy did not have a medical power of atty. Mrs. Magouirk’s living will specifically states that she does not wish to be denied food and water unless she is comotose or vegetative. She is neither.

Furthermore, according to Thrownback:

“under Georgia law, if there is no power of attorney specifying a health care decisionmaker, such authority is given to the closest living relatives. Mae’s brother, A. B. McLeod, and sister, Lonnie Ruth Mullinax, are both still alive and capable of making such decisions. They opposed Mae’s transfer to hospice, and are fighting to save her life. But in spite of the lack of a power of attorney, and the fact that there are closer living relatives who should be given precedence by Georgia law, Ms. Gaddy sought an emergency appointment as guardian from the local probate court. The probate judge, Donald Boyd (who, I am told, is not an attorney and does not have a law degree), granted Gaddy’s request, thereby giving her the power to starve and dehydrate Magouirk to death, though such an action is contrary to the provisions of the living will.”

The granddaughter, Beth Gaddy, was quoted as saying, “Grandmama is old and I think it is time she went home to Jesus.”

Here is a list of people to contact.

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