Mallon's Media Watch

Mallon's Media Watch

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Today someone sent me, anonymously, a $1,000 cashier's check in the mail. I don't know who you are, but I want to say Thank You, Thank You, Thank you. I don't know who you are, but God does, and I have asked a priest friend to say a Mass for your intentions.

Because I'm scrambling to earn money I don't have much time to devote to this Blog so I am thankful to those who are faithful visitors.

Although I do have the PayPal button on this site I am reluctant to ask for donations through it.

I have been without a regular job (except for working in a store over Christmas) since October 2002.

I was forced out of my job as a diocesan newspaper editor because of my orthodoxy in a very vicious power play by dissident clergy. The resultant extreme stress affected my health very severely especially my ability to focus and concentrate, making finding other full-time work difficult. I try to write it off to the cost of discipleship. I thank God I am not in a Gulag somewhere or bearing a heavier cross I may not be able to endure.

I am getting by on free-lance assignments.

Theologically trained, I am extremely reluctant to work again for a bishop. As the saying goes among my colleagues, if you are orthodox and work for a bishop, you will be either compromised or traumatized. Thanks be to God I was not compromised. But, of course, thanks to the scandals of 2002, lots of money dried up even for the non-profit orthodox groups.

It is awkward saying all this in public, but I think of the orthodox world as family so there it is.

As for my anonymous donor, this story: In the 80s in the midst of my conversion, I fell on my knees begging God, "Lord, I just need some money!" The next day an envelope arrived with no return address with two crisp $100 bills in it. I fell on my knees again, thanking God, saying, "Lord, I don't know who sent this! What if it was somebody I was unkind to?" The Lord replied, "Just treat everyone you meet as if they sent it."

Gulp. It so happens that last night I also said the same prayer, "Lord I just need some money!" and an annonymous $1,000 appears.

If I've treated anyone unkindly, please forgive me!


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Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Two of my young priest pals have started a Blog! Go there and tell them Mallon sent you!

Catholic Ragemonkey


Catholic World News (CWN)

"The Forum: The Back Alley Pill

by John Mallon
special to

Apr. 05 ( - Ostensibly, the main argument for legal abortion over the past 35 years or so has been to rescue women from the horrors of resorting to 'back-alley' abortions. Of course, pro-lifers reject this argument claiming there is no such thing as 'safe' abortion even when it is legal under civil codes. It is fatal for the child involved one hundred percent of the time--a fact most abortion proponents refuse to deal with. Some, if they do acknowledge the humanity of the child at all will flatly state they do not care--the woman is more important.

Pro-lifers also argue that abortion has terrible after-effects on the woman as well. Abortion proponents often choose to be in denial of these as well, not only the well documented physical effects--there is no way abortion is safer than normally carrying a child to term--but also the more subtle--at first anyway--emotional and psychological effects which can ruin a woman's life.

Pro-lifers would also argue that there is enough love to go around, that a woman need not be abandoned or alone in her predicament, but that mother and child can be welcomed, cared for, and loved. The heroic work of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers bears this out. It may not always be easy but I have never heard of a woman being sorry she chose life, while the same cannot be said of women who chose abortion.

Now, from those who brought us 'safe, legal' ways to disinvite a child into the world comes a new innovation that hopes to move the back alley as close as the local drug store and into a woman's own bathroom.

Steve Mosher of the Population Research Institute (PRI) of Front Royal, Virginia, reports in the group's weekly briefings of March 5 and 12: 'This May, the FDA is expected to either approve or disapprove over-the-counter availability of so-called 'emergency contraception' --the morning-after pill.' " Continued...:


Catholic World News (CWN)

The Forum: What a Kerry presidency would mean for Catholics

by Phil Lawler
special to

Boston, Apr. 05 ( - Many CWN readers are worried that having John Kerry in the White House would be disastrous for the United States. I share their concerns. But right now I want to offer a few thoughts on what a Kerry presidency could do to the Catholic Church. " Continued...:


Monday, April 05, 2004

Kerry takes Communion in Protestant Church in violation of Catholic teachings - Election 2004 News: `Blessed' Kerry back on trail