Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Senate Approves Rooney for Vatican Ambassador

The US Senate unanimously approved Francis Rooney as the new ambassador to the Holy See. The vaticanisti questioned who this guy was back in August.

In the hearing, Rooney, the chairman and CEO of Rooney Holdings Inc., an investment and holdings company, touched on future relations between the U.S. and the Vatican. "The United States and the Holy See share the fundamental values of the inherent dignity and right to freedom of each person," he said. "Pope Benedict XVI has made clear that he intends to continue the work of Pope John Paul II in defending human rights, promoting human dignity and working to advance dialogue among people of different faiths, races and ethnicities."


Blogger granny redhead said...

Off-topic :

Me likes the new look. :))

5:36 PM  
Anonymous orthodox observer said...

Cool new look.

Why is Catholicism always so much better on the internet than in real life?

5:49 PM  
Blogger vaticanisti said...

Yes, the new look is refreshing...a bit of aggiornamento.

10:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooooo, he speaks italian too.

11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pretty booooring blog these days . . .

10:03 AM  
Blogger vaticanisti said...

Well, your insightful comments don't exactly make it anymore interesting. Yawn. We need some episcopal appointments...

12:05 PM  
Anonymous banquo said...

Mariette! Where have thou art gone? The quick wit? The verbal lashings? The graceful poesy? My soul yearns for your return. Let not my fate be that of Papabile!

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think I can help you, buddy. I don't think more information about episcopal appointments will help to spice things up here either. Nor any breaking news on priest abuse, arguments about anticipated liturgical permutations, or forcasts on the mechanical nuances of germinal Vatican documents. Let's face it, the stuff that interests you people is about as exciting as cow pie. You need to wake up and join the human race and stop wasting your time thinking about an institution that is about as relevant to the modern world as the doctrines of the late, great Zoroastrians. It is time for vaticanisti to call it a day, throw in the towel, call it quits, retire, abscond, retreat, dismantle. I have an idea - let's put the past in the past and move on. ok? You're next idea: investortips.com. Or: startafamily.com. Or: embracesciencenotreligion.com. Sound more relevant? I think so.

2:23 PM  
Blogger granny redhead said...


So the Church is irrelevant.

That's probably why you're reading this blog.


3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once in a blue moon I visit this blog of antiquities because some who are responsible for its maintainence are among those whom I still deign to count as being within the vast group of persons who are called my "friends." I am concerned for their character development. Let's hope they soon put aside these fairy tales fogging their minds and learn to walk proudly into the daylight of modern times afforded by an updated study of science, philosophy, and history.

4:15 PM  
Blogger Sainte Chopin said...

I've always wondered why those that preach "tolerance" or anything thematically involved with that word are generally the most intolerant folk. I understand the intolerance of stupidity and falsehood, but crap people, is it so hard just to pish-toosh things off in the name of "what's the point?" ?

On the subject of reletivity, how in the hell is science without its human counterparts history and relational philosophy (one of the easister and most common being the 10 commandments) relative to humans? Sure, you understand how foods goes from one chamber of the stomach to another and maybe even why we sneeze but it doesn't give much credit to love, anger, bitchyness, etc. -- the major players in our day to day experiences.

Personally, and who am I? I find those options by anon really boring. Maybe we stick around for all of the accidental crap or maybe because it keeps us regular or maybe even for the simple reason that its nice. Whatever it is, we all seek peace and to each his own.

Walter Kasper might think otherwise, but hey, I'm a kid, what the fuck do I know?

Much love, ya'll.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Sainte Chopin said...

woops, *relativity

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sainte Chopin,

I never preached tolerance for a day in my life, so your argument in the first paragraph, which seems to try to take aim at me, is directed at a red herring.

Your second paragraph, as far as I can divine using powers of logic and philosophical and linguistic analysis, is incomprehensible. So again, I commend the study of philosophy as a fog-clearing mind enhancer.

The interesting if poorly phrased questions you raise in the second and third paragraphs are well handled through a study of philosophy, science, and history - as I said before. The human sciences hardly leave unanswered or undiscussed questions about relativity, the relation of body to soul or mind, and the meaning of it all. What I recommended to the Vaticanisti was that they take up the serious study of these problems and issues rather than settling for the mythical answers supplied by that archaic if well-meaning institution, the Roman Catholic Church. I also suggested that the topics discussed on this blog are boring (as in dull)because they have so little relevance to the lives of contemporary persons, at least, if not to all persons at all times and in all places - the appointment of bishops, the broken down and uninspired liturgy, et. al. These were burning issues in the thirteenth century. They are no longer.

That's the best I can do, given the overall fogginess, vagueness, and confused presentation of your thoughts.

kiss little one,

7:12 PM  
Blogger John said...

Aggiornamento? Oh No Vatican II Lingo. Maybe we should get a Pope who is a bit more concerned about Morals and the Catholic faithful saving their souls instead of being a humanist!

4:28 PM  
Blogger Sainte Chopin said...


Oh, of course, because humanism is diametrically opposed to morals and salvation.

Oh wait, that's what Aetheists believe.

God I hate stoics.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous JMC said...

The Church is archaic and out of touch with modern humanity. That's the usual cry of people who do not with to accept any authority outside themselves.
How is the Church archaic? Because it stands firm on its traditional teachings? Check this out: Within the Church, there are two sets of laws working together. Central are those given to us by God Himself. Linked to them are those made by the Vatican, which the Catechism calls the precepts of the Church. The man-made rules can, and often have been, changed. Those made by God cannot.
And how do we know these were made by God? Because they are in the Bible, the inspired word of God. Of course, if you're like someone else I know, who insists that the Bible is nothing more than a 2000-year-old desert-survival manual, then nothing in this argument will hold water.
Man is the one who changes, and not always for the better.. The Bible tells us that "God is the same, yesterday, today, and tomorrow." That is why the laws of God cannot be changed by man.
Oh, and as for the study of philosophy? Someday I'll have to collate a list of all the people I know or have heard of whose conversion to Catholicism came about because of that very study...

3:15 PM  
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