Saturday, April 10, 2010

Happy Easter!

What's that you say?  I'm a week late?

Not at all!  In the Catholic Church, Easter lasts for eight days.  It's called the Octave of Easter.  It runs from Easter Sunday until the next Sunday.  And every day during the Octave is celebrated as if it were still Easter Day.

Easter is such a big deal that Catholics want to celebrate it for eight days.  And every one of those days is a solemnity, which is the highest type of feast in the Catholic Church.  Talk about a party time!

If you pay attention, you'll notice that during every Mass of the Octave, the preface to the Eucharistic Prayer says "We praise you with greater joy than ever on this Easter day, when Christ became our paschal sacrifice."

So while stores are busy placing all their Easter chocolate on sale, because they've put Easter behind them, Catholics are still celebrating Easter and taking advantage of all those discounted chocolates :-)
Enjoy the remainder of Easter Day!  

Christ is risen!  Truly he is risen, as he said he would!


Friday, April 9, 2010

Bishop Lahey accused of sexually abusing boy

Up to now, we had only heard of Bishop Lahey being charged with possession and importing child pornography.  But now, a man has come forward claiming that Bishop Lahey sexually assaulted him many times in the early 1980s when he was between 9 and 13 years old.  Read the story here.

I personally think that there is a link between child porn and pedophilia.  I've read stories about convicted pedophiles who admit that child porn was a driver of their addiction.  

Keep in mind that none of these accusations against Bishop Lahey have been proven in court.  Of course, the accusations could be false, a clever scheme of an opportunist seeking to cash-in on the current scandals.  But these days, I'm not inclined to put blind faith in any clergyman.