Saturday, April 02, 2005

Not Even Fit for Birdcage Lining

Powerline has the scoop on the New Yuck Times' apparent inability to find someone who liked JP II.
The Persecution Continues

The Captain's Quarters notes that despite worldwide reports of Pope JP II's impending death, the ChiComs have stepped up their crackdowns on so-called underground (i.e., non-governmentally approved) Catholic churches. One can only speculate that the ChiComs' actions are based on a belief that the pope's illness and death will only inspire "illegal" Catholics in China to be more "subversive" in their behavior. If this is in fact the case, it certainly provides powerful testimony to how valuable and influential even the most infirm person in this world can be.

Friday, April 01, 2005

"Quality of Life"

A most disturbing term as applied to end of life issues, since it necessarily implies that at some point, a person ceases becoming a person or human being, and therfore can be disposed of like an old pair of shoes. This is basically why Terri Schiavo was starved to death, and we should all be frightened over the fact that the government has given its official stamp of approval to how this term "Quality of life" is being used.
A Life of Suffering That Was Well Worth Living

I can find no other way to describe the incredible life of Pope John Paul II, who, it seems, will soon have the burden of being Christ's visible vicar on Earth lifted from his shoulders.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

The Blessed Sounds of Silence

A real nice tribute to JP II by Marc Thiessen at NRO. (via Michelle Malkin, who also links to a CNN report about the pope being given "last rites.")

How blessed we are to have such a teacher in our midst; to receive the precious gift of his suffering; and to be living witnesses to what may one day be considered the greatest days of the greatest papacy in history. John Paul was once asked why he does not retire, and is said to have given this reply: "Because Christ did not come down from the Cross." The Lord will take him from us when He is ready. 'Til then, give us this silent pope.

Monday, March 28, 2005

In Propria Persona

You know that saying about a person who is his own attorney has a fool for a client? I sort of saw this today with a non-attorney litigant who will soon be getting a fairly intimidating written lesson on local pre-trial rules and procedures.