Friday, September 26, 2003

STRUGGLING
Stories like this are a struggle for me.

On the one hand, I want to shout it from the rooftops. It shows how Planned Parenthood really isn't all that interested in "women's health." It shows the lie of "safe" abortion.

On the other hand, it feels exploited. A woman had died, and I want to use her death to score political points? Sure, the pro-choice crowd does this all the time with their "back alley" rhetoric, but I want to be better than that. This woman didn't ask to be a pro-life talisman. In fact, her taking of the pill probably reveals that's about the last think she'd like to be.

Is there a way to tell this story that doesn't exploit?

Sunday, September 21, 2003

ST. LOUIS
One of the more entertaining things about living in St. Louis is seeing how each year the St. Louis Post-Dispatch picks a different city that St. Louis should model itself after. Previous entries included Protland, Cleveleand, and Minneapolis(I think).

This year's entry is San Diego.

Because when you think of cities that have a lot in common with a midwestern town with cold winters and notoriously steamy summers best know for a beer company, you immediately think of a seaside town on the Mexican border with a large military base and temperate year round temperatures.

To his credit, the author realizes it's a tough sell, but cites three similarities between San Diego and the St. Louis of the future:
  • Biotechonology
  • A new downtown baseball stadium
  • Downtown housing


The baseball stadium comparison is laughable -- the ballpark in in San Diego hasn't even opened yet. So calling it a success, let alone something St. Louis should model itself after is laughable. This also ignores the fact that St. Louis already has a downtown baseball stadium!! The proposed site for the new one is right across the stree from Busch Stadium. It's just not going to make that big a difference.

St. Louis needs to be St. Louis, not pretend it's San Diego.

Sunday, September 14, 2003

ON THE CHANCERY SIEGE PLAN
I have many thoughts -- this is from a comment I made on the Disputations, with whom I agree on this plan...

It is our job, as laity to confront the culture with the Truth. What efforts like this reveal to me is a basic lack of seriousness about that task.

If fetal farms come, they won't come because Jennifer Granholm ate lunch with some high school girls, or Call To Action held a meeting on Church grounds. It will be because we (the Catholic laity) failed to effectively witness to the Truth of its immorality.

Are there things the bishops could do that might make it easier? Sure, and that's why the meeting earlier this week was probably a good thing.

But if our response to that is to turn our focus inward, onto these petty political fights, I think we're taking the coward's way out.

Sure, we may make CTA have their meeting at a Holiday Inn instead, but what does that do to help the unborn? How does that witness to what marriage is?

It doesn't.

We in the Catholic laity have important work to do, and we haven't been doing a very good job of it, if you look at the culture. Let's focus on our jobs, rather than obsessing over telling the bishops how to do their job.

UPDATE: "coward's way out" is probably a bit strong. What I mean to say is that we are picking and easier and less important fight than the one we have to win.