This is kind of an amusing story...meet Antoniu Petrescu, a Romanian-born parish priest in Sorbo, Italy, who moonlights as an Elvis impersonator. Fr. Antoniu's website has separate sections for himself as a priest and an artist. You can view Fr. Antoniu performing and download his music if you wish.
Your thoughts? Is this beneath the dignity of the priesthood, or a novel approach to making the best use of his talents?
What might one conclude when weighing Ron Paul's ignorance of world affairs and U.S. troop positioning against the fact that the Paulbots seem to think that his ideas about foreign policy are the most compelling reason for choosing to support Ron Paul?
The Republican party is being hurt by the self-centered grab for power by men who have no business running for the Republican nomination. Giuliani, Romney, McCain, and even Ron Paul, shouldn't be running and they're dividing the party by doing so. It may be good for the party to debate its core principles and sort of find its way back from the moderate policies of both Bush presidencies, but not at the expense of losing an election when we're so close to having a Supreme Court with a strict constructionalist majority.
Huckabee is a problem for the Republican party. He's using his Christian identity to grab votes, and it's apparently working, but at the expense of the Republican party and the conservative base.
I'm hoping Huckabee's poll numbers don't reflect his actual standing among voters and that he turns out to be the new Howard Dean.
Liberals are salivating at the idea of Huckabee as the GOP nominee, because Huckabee is loathsome to their base and he'll bring their base o the polls in the same way Hillary will bring the Republican base to the polls. They also love the fact that he's going to be an easy target. Republicans are already queasy from Huckabee's use of religion for political gain.
Success for Huckabee now will only help Rudy Giuliani or possibly John McCain. That's why FOX News (which is clearly pro-Giuliani – to the point of ignoring Fred Thompson in much of their coverage of the primaries, especially on The O'Reilly Factor) is building up Huckabee's candidacy. If Huckabee can knock out Thompson (the only electable, consistent conservative running, and the apparent favorite in the blogosphere and on the internet) and/or hurt Romney, then Giuiani and McCain (who are currently tanking in the polls) have a chance to come back, because Huckabee can't carry states without a big evangelical base, many sensible conservatives won't like his betrayal of conservative principles, and many conservatives will eventually realize Huckabee is not the best nominee to go up against the Democrats in the general election.
"If we can choose a candidate who is pro-life and anti-same-sex marriage and good on national security, illegal immigration, taxes, and spending, why shouldn't we choose that candidate? Why do we have to choose somebody who's trying to get a redefinition of conservatism to comport to his views? By the way, this is not just about Huckabee. This has been my lament from the moment this campaign began, if you recall."
I'm hoping conservatives in Iowa who support Huckabee or Romney realize Fred Thompson is best for conservatism and the pro-life movement.
Otherwise, Republicans may well have to deal with Giuliani as the nominee, which will seriously divide the Republican party.
I'm baffled as to why Huckabee, whose own brand of "compassionate conservatism" will produce the same kind of fiscal policies that caused George W. Bush to fall out of favor with many conservatives is suddenly okay for Mike Huckabee.
A Christmas celebrated without mention of the birth of Christ is an "empty holiday," said Benedict XVI in a meditation given during the final days of Advent.
"What sense does it make to celebrate Christmas if we don't acknowledge that God has become man," the Pope asked today upon delivering a reflection on Christmas at the general audience in Paul VI Hall.
The Holy Father began his address with a commentary on justice. "We all await justice," he said, but "the Christian significance of waiting for justice, implies that we begin to live under the eyes of the Judge, according to the criteria of the Judge."
Being vigilant during Advent, said the Pontiff, "means to live under the eyes of the Judge and to prepare ourselves and the world for justice. By living under the eyes of the God-Judge, we can open the world to the arrival of his Son, preparing our heart to welcome 'the Lord who comes.'"
Benedict XVI continued: "The Child, adored 2,000 years ago by the shepherds in a cave of Bethlehem, never stops visiting us in our daily life as we, like pilgrims, walk toward the Kingdom.
"As he waits, the believer becomes the spokesperson for the hopes of all humankind; humanity longs for justice, and thus, though often unaware, waits for God, waits for the salvation that only God can give us."
The wait "is marked by assiduous prayer," said the Pope, so that the arrival of the Son of God comes more quickly.
"This faith in the Creator Logos, in the Word that created the world, in the one who came like a Child, this faith and its great hope seem to be far from our daily public and private reality," the Pontiff lamented. "The world is becoming more chaotic and violent: We witness this every day. And the light of God, the light of Truth, is being put out. Life is becoming dark and without a compass."
"It is therefore very important that we are true believers, and as believers, that we reaffirm forcefully, with our lives, the mystery of salvation that comes with the celebration of Christ's birth," he said. "In Bethlehem, the Light which illumines our life was made manifest to the world; the Way which leads to the fullness of our humanity was revealed to us."
Does this mean "the holidays" aren't just a winter festival?