Experts Struggling To Figure Out Why More Dolphins Are Dying Along S. Jersey Shore

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By Molly Daly, Cleve Bryan

LONG BEACH ISLAND, N.J. (CBS) — The last couple of weeks have been hard on dolphins at the Jersey shore.  Since July 9th, the carcasses of 21 dolphins have washed up, from Monmouth County to Cape May.

One was found Wednesday on the beach in Atlantic City, and another in the waters off Cape May.

All but one were bottlenosed dolphins.

Bob Schoelkopf, of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, NJ,  says generally just a few wash up in a normal season.

“This is an unusually high number, and the fact that they’re coming in multiple numbers like this per day indicates a problem out at sea,” Schoelkopf tells KYW Newsradio.

Schoelkopf says in 1987 there were 90 dolphin that washed up because of a morbillivirus which similar to measles in humans.

Necropsy reports for four dolphins in New Jersey…

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A different viewpoint – Bishop Gracida on the FFI situation

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Bishop Rene Gracida is an inspiration to me. The man is right around 90 years old, yet his mind is clear as a bell and his comments always Hist16Linsightful.  I frequent his blog regularly.  He has a post with his own thoughts on the situation with the Franciscans of the Immaculate, and also posts some text from an interview Pope Francis gave to a Russian news agency, which does have bearing on the Liturgy in the Latin Rite.  I continue to pray for Bishop Gracida’s health, he is a very valuable source of information and views, and possibly the most orthodox bishop in the United States right now (if retired!):

I first read Sandro Magister’s column printed below and I was shocked.  I seemed as though Pope Francis was possibly going to undo all that Pope Benedict had achieved with his motu proprio,  Summorum Pontificum, in which he decreed the freedom of everyone to celebrate…

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A Soldier’s Epic Quest to Find His Missing Dog


When First Lieutenant Brandon Harker left the country for a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan, he also left his beloved dog, Oakley, in the care of a friend in Washington State. But upon Harker’s return home this month, the serviceman discovered that his friend had gotten rid of his yellow Labrador retriever.

Now, Harker is on a mission to get the dog back.

Since the dog’s temporary caretaker didn’t know the name or phone number of the dog’s new owner, the serviceman has taken his rescue mission to the internet. He posted a Craigslist ad asking for information about Oakley’s whereabouts on July 24, noting, “I am just trying to get him back to me since he was wrongfully given away or sold with out my permission while I was deployed.”

His Facebook group “Help Find Oakley” has already garnered over 5,000 likes and received scores of messages from people who…

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Benedict, Francis, And Gays

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His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI Pays A State Visit To The UK - Day 2

Ross contributes to the debate today, making roughly the same argument as I have but stressing more firmly that there is no actual doctrinal change (and even, according to Ross, no change in the blanket discrimination against gay seminarians). Juan Cole is even more dismissive:

[I]t seems to me that Pope Francis is just saying what many evangelicals say– hate the sin, love the sinner, celibate gays are welcome in the congregation, etc. And he’s putting a further precondition on acceptance, that gays not band together as a pressure group. So they have to be celibate and seen but not heard, sort of like children.

But both Cole and Douthat note a very different change in tone from Benedict’s stern strictures about “objective disorders” to Francis’ expansive “They are our brothers.” So the question becomes: does this tone mean something substantive in the life of the church? Or is…

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‘Pontifex’ Succumbs to the Roman Gay Lobby

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The whole head is sick
(Is. 1.5)

Although denying that there is in the Vatican a gay lobby among the higher hierarchy, the contradictions made by the ‘Pontifex’ in the plane on his way back to Rome clearly indicate what really made Pope Benedict XVI, who issued a document stating that “men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies” should not be made presbyters, to resign from the ‘presidency’ of the Neo-Catholic [Dis-]Order – the mock-Catholic-Church (cf., our post “The Year 1929“) bred by the non-militant civic-progressist (the ‘Enlightened Liberalist’ fraternity of the Feemasons, cf., our post “A Perilous ‘Catholic’ Voyage“) and the savagely militant (the Communists) dummies of the Synagogue of Satan (Apoc. II.9; III.9), cf., our post “Anti-Christian Conspiracy – Scriptural Truth and Historical Fact“. When something self-contradicts* itself, it does not really stand on the Truth for there can never be even…

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