Archive for November, 2009

Despite South Korea’s prohibition on abortion, some 350,000 abortions still take place annually. Now a group of obstetricians is working to enforce the law, even if the former abortionists among their membership must implicate themselves in their own illegal acts. The number of abortions in South Korea is only 100,000 fewer than the 450,000 babies usually born each year.

The Korean group of obstetricians called Gynob has launched a movement against abortion, Joon Ang Daily reports. Their spokeswoman, practicing obstetrician Choi Anna, said she intends to advocate against abortion until the practice is entirely wiped out though she has reportedly received death threats from other private obstetricians who say her activities are bad for business.

“Our group has made it clear that we as obstetricians won’t rely on abortion for a living anymore,” Anna said.

The 43-year-old Anna admits to having once profited from abortions at her hospital. She told the Joon Ang Daily that Korean society’s tacit consent to abortion has prompted many obstetricians to secretly provide the procedure.

“The country is now suffering from a low birthrate,” Anna said, attributing it to a past population control policy that encouraged abortion. “The government seems to be reluctant now to clamp down. But we believe when doctors halt abortions, births could increase by more than 100,000 in one to two years.

“If this movement becomes successful, obstetricians won’t have to provide abortions for a living,” she added.

read the rest here.

When the doctors refuse to perform abortion, the supply-side of the question solves the problem of abortion.

That’s why governments today — the thugs that they are — are trying to trample on conscience rights and force doctors to perform them. 

Abortion is being assailed on all sides.  It’s just a matter of time before the whole thing collapses.

You’ll see.

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Please spread the word that Save A Family Plan supports “Gender Mainstreaming”.

If you didn’t catch it the first time, read Socon or Bust’s latest investigative report here.

The section on gender mainstreaming starts about a quarter of the way down the page. Look for the heading, “Gender Mainstreaming”.

Sad.

Catholics must act to challenge these groups, or divest from them and invest in legitimate 100% Catholic charities.

Get them to clean out the rot or move on.

Just like the ING guy says, “Save Your Money”….

and instead invest wisely in real charity programs.

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WASHINGTON, DC, November 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) said in an interview Sunday that Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has instructed him to refrain from Communion because of his pro-abortion political position.  In response to Kennedy’s statement, Bishop Tobin has clarified that his request was issued in 2007 and was not the result of the recent highly public exchange between Kennedy and himself.

“The bishop instructed me not to take Communion and said that he has instructed the diocesan priests not to give me Communion,” Kennedy told the Providence Journal.

The admission comes after a verbal fight between Kennedy and Bishop Tobin, sparked by Kennedy’s saying that the Church was fanning the “flames of dissent and discord” by opposing the health care bill then in the House, which would have brought about federally-funded abortions. Kennedy also questioned whether or not the bishops were really “pro-life” based upon their opposition to the health bill.

Bishop Tobin responded by calling Kennedy a “disappointment to the Catholic Church and the citizens of Rhode Island.” 

The most recent exchange between the two is the first since Kennedy said that he wanted to cease discussing his faith in public, after a projected meeting between Kennedy and Tobin fell through about two weeks ago.

In a response to Kennedy’s latest statement, Bishop Tobin said he was “disappointed and really surprised that Congressman Patrick Kennedy has chosen to re-open the public discussion about his practice of the faith and his reception of Holy Communion.”

He continued by pointing out that he had in fact asked Kennedy to refrain from Communion approximately three years ago, in light of Kennedy’s consistent opposition to Church teaching. “On February 21, 2007, I wrote to Congressman Kennedy stating: ‘In light of the Church’s clear teaching, and your consistent actions, therefore, I believe it is inappropriate for you to be receiving Holy Communion and I now ask respectfully that you refrain from doing so,’” said Tobin.

Kennedy had declined to say when or how Bishop Tobin had told him not to receive Communion.  He has also said that he has since received Communion.

Bishop Tobin explains in his response that his request came in the light of a USCCB document that says that if “a Catholic in his or her personal or professional life were knowingly and obstinately to repudiate her definite teachings on moral issues, he or she would seriously diminish his or her communion with the Church. Reception of Holy Communion in such a situation would not accord with the nature of the Eucharistic celebration, so that he or she should refrain.”

Furthermore, Bishop Tobin has disputed Kennedy’s statement that he told diocesan priests not to give communion to Kennedy.  “If I had told 300 priests of the diocese in any format not to give Communion to Kennedy or anybody else, you think that would have remained confidential?” Bishop Tobin asked.

Nevertheless, in another interview Bishop Tobin said that he might have “a little conversation” with any priest who gave Kennedy the Sacrament.

Bishop Tobin also said that he has “no desire to continue the discussion of Congressman Kennedy’s spiritual life in public.”

The bishop has declined to say whether he has made similar requests regarding the reception of Communion to Sen. Jack Reed, a Catholic Democrat from Rhode Island who supports abortion, or to Rhode Island Rep. James R. Langevin, who has supported embryonic stem cell research.  Sen. Reed has said that any discussions between him and the bishop will remain private.

Tobin wrote that he had intended to keep his correspondence with Rep. Kennedy similarly private. “It was never intended for the public domain,” he said.

“At the same time,” his letter states, “I will absolutely respond publicly and strongly whenever he attacks the Catholic Church, misrepresents the teachings of the Church, or issues inaccurate statements about my pastoral ministry.”

Tobin was asked by the Providence Journal whether his firm public stand was designed to advance his career within the Church.

“No,” he said. “Bishops who tend to be really outspoken don’t tend to get promoted.

“It’s simply one bishop – me – doing my job as best I can.”

And there y’are folks. The bishop said what we all knew.  The Marshmallow clique in the church don’t let you advance if you ruffle feathers. 

But thank God, some American bishops have the cahonays to bypass “promotion” and do their job.  This is not good news at all for the Marshmallow wing of the Church. Not. At. All.

So while Ted Kennedy is getting canonized by Cardinal O’Malley and the rest of the gang, Bishop Tobin has barred Ted’s son (who has a much more modest record in supporting abortion “rights”) from receiving Communion.  During the funeral mass for Ted Kennedy, what do you all think the chances of Patrick Kennedy receiving Communion from Cardinal O’Malley were?  Pretty damn good, if you ask me.  We’ll never know for certain, of course, because the cameras panned away just when we were going to find out

I’m afraid that if the Marshmallows want to stay in Communion with the Catholic Church in the near future, they’d better toughen up and straigthen up because rough times are ahead.


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The Manhattan Declaration.

Why don’t we have one here in Canada?

What’s the hold up?  Where are our leaders?


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…he’s gonna get one. Big time.

We’re coming!


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Praised be to God!

They’re making an impact here and here.

Do you part and sign up for the greatest human rights movement of all time!

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ROME, November 20, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Germany, the juggernaut of the European economic scene, could be facing a critical downturn over the next five decades because of its dramatically shrinking birth rate and dropping population, a new government report has said. The falling and aging population will result in the eventual disintegration of Germany’s generous social welfare programmes, including old-age pensions, the report warns.

The Federal Statistics Office projected a drop in population from 82 million in 2008, the largest in the European Union, to between 65 million and 70 million. By 2060, 34 percent of the population will be older than 65 and 14 percent will be 80 or more, up from 20 percent and 5 percent respectively last year.

“While the number of older people increases, fewer and fewer people will be of an age at which they can work,” Roderich Egeler, the head of the statistics office said in the report. “This will have consequences for the social security system”.

Germany’s 82 million citizens make it the most populated country in the EU, accounting for 16.4 per cent of the total European population. This is followed by France with 64 million, the United Kingdom with 61 million, and Italy with 60 million. None of these countries have a birth rate that allows for the population to remain steady and all rely upon immigration to maintain population and the work force.

Germany Latvia, Slovenia and Italy are among the EU countries with the lowest percentage of young people. In these countries, only 1 out every 8 inhabitants is under 14. This is contrasted with countries in Africa who have some of the youngest average populations in the world.

In Burundi, the median age for men is 16.5 years and for women it is 17 years with the birth rate at 41.42 births/1,000 population. 6.33 children are born per woman. Life expectancy is low, however, at an average 51.2 years for men and 53.01 years for women.

In Germany, the median age for men is 42.6 years, for women, 45.2 years with 8.18 births/1,000 population and an overall fertility rate of 1.41 children born per woman. Pensions must stretch over an average life expectancy of 76.26 years for men, and 82.42 years for women.
 
The government’s report follows a report from another think tank last week that said Germany has one of the most elderly populations of the 27 states of Europe and is facing an eventual demographic “catastrophe” and bankruptcy of its welfare programmes.

The Federal Statistics Office report said that the number of pensioners who will have to be supported by working-age people could almost double by 2060.

Here’s a brilliant insight:  the countries who actually care about life and family and supporting them are the ones who will be able to survive.  It’s a radical idea, I know.  You need young people and a workforce to keep a country going.  But that’s just my speculation, so you have to take it with a grain of salt.

Sooner or later the elephant is going to be so old it’s just going to collapse, right through the living room floor and flatten everyone in the room just below who are having kinky sex.

Social liberals simply refuse to believe that there is an independent reality apart from their twisted world view, but sooner or later the consequences of that reality have to be dealt with.

And when it hits…how great the cry in Sodom will be!

When it does hit, though, many children will actually grow up and understand that their sexual proclivities have a direct bearing on how society functions. 

That’s when abortion, contraception, and all of the other “reproductive rights” are going to be thrown under the bus.

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 FETAL EUTHANASIA

In December 2008, LifeSiteNews.com broke the scandalous story of the early induction procedures at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital in London, Ontario.  The long and short of the story was that this Catholic hospital was engaging in fetal euthanasia by artificially and unnecessarily ending the life of unborn children.   The credibility of these charges led the bishop of London, Most Rev. Ronald Fabbro, to launch an investigation into the practice at the hospital, in order to discover whether the current guidelines are consistent with Catholic teaching. The matter was also referred to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.

Earlier this month, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops announced the appointments of two auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Toronto.  One of them was Fr. William McGrattan, the current rector of St. Peter’s seminary in London, Ontario.  The Diocese of London has a few press releases on the elevation of Fr. McGrattan to the episcopacy. You can read them here.

During the course of the story about the fetal euthanasia scandal at St. Joseph’s hospital, the National Post decided to also cover the controversy as well.  Charles Lewis, the National Post’s religion columnist, wrote an article on the controversy.  You can read it here.  As part of the article, he consulted Fr. McGrattan, who also sits on the board of St. Joseph’s ethics committee.  This is what Lewis wrote:

Father William McGrattan, rector of St. Peter’s Seminary, and another member of St. Joseph’s ethics committee, concedes there are some people within the pro-life movement who come to a “premature conclusion and judgment that this is direct abortion.”

“But the action being done is not an action that is direct killing of the child,” he said. “It is an action that is trying to recognize that the life of this child is dying and we’re trying to support that process in a natural way and balance that with the complications to the health of the mother.” (Source)

Fr. McGrattan’s position appears to be deficient and imprecise.  It also appears to be at odds with the Catholic Church’s teaching on this matter as expressed by the American Bishops.  In 1996, the US National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Doctrine Committee issued a statement entitled “Moral Principles Concerning Infants with Anencephaly” that declared:

“In other words, it is permitted to treat directly a pathology of the mother even when this has the unintended side-effect of causing the death of her child, if this pathology left untreated would have life-threatening effects on both mother and child, but it is not permitted to terminate or gravely risk the child’s life as a means of treating or protecting the mother.

 Hence, it is clear that before “viability” it is never permitted to terminate the gestation of an anencephalic child as the means of avoiding psychological or physical risks to the mother. Nor is such termination permitted after “viability” if early delivery endangers the child’s life due to complications of prematurity. In such cases, it cannot reasonably be maintained that such a termination is simply a side-effect of the treatment of a pathology of the mother (as described in Directive 47). Anencephaly is not a pathology of the mother, but of the child, and terminating her pregnancy cannot be a treatment of a pathology she does not have. Only if the complications of the pregnancy result in a life-threatening pathology of the mother, may the treatment of this pathology be permitted even at a risk to the child, and then only if the child’s death is not a means to treating the mother.

 The fact that the life of a child suffering from anencephaly will probably be brief cannot excuse directly causing death before “viability” or gravely endangering the child’s life after “viability” as a result of the complications of prematurity” (Source)

This teaching, of course, is consistent with the pro-life ethic of the Catholic Church. Catholic moral principles are clear that the good result not be a direct causal result of the bad result. In other words, one may not do evil so that a good may happen.   The evil in this case is hastening the death of the unborn child, and “the good” is the act of saving the health of the mother.  And yet, even this particular scenario is not really in play at St. Joseph’s since it is even dubious whether mothers, who have been subject to early induction, have had their health at real risk at all.  At the very least in two cases that we know of (and probably many more), the health of the mother was not at issue at all.  So, in other words, there is some question about the motivation of these acts of euthanasia, and whether they represent a subtle form of fetal eugenics.

In point of fact, the current guidelines and practices of St. Joseph’s hospital have been roundly criticized and condemned by several respected Catholic health professionals and theologians.


GENDER MAINSTREAMING

A second major possible concern with Fr. McGrattan is his involvement with a Catholic development and aid charity called Save A Family Plan (SAFP).  Fr. McGrattan sits on their board of directors, and he was vice president for the 2007-2008 fiscal year. In the 2007-2008 Annual Report where Fr. McGrattan is listed as vice president, for instance, we read:

Gender considerations have been mainstreamed in all SPED II activities, with results indicating less discrimination against women, and increased acceptance of women as decision-makers and participants in the community and in the home. Significantly, SAFP was invited to make a presentation at a CIDA Roundtable on Gender Equality at the Canadian High Commission in Delhi, India in March 2008.  (Source)

In and of itself, there is nothing very problematic in the above paragraph, but it’s the euphemisms that need to be picked out and examined to ensure that there is no advancement of radical feminist and pro-abort agendas.  The report makes mention of “gender” being “mainstreamed”.  This is a very akward sounding initiative, at the very least, and it could smack of a certain feminist agenda, at worst.  As a minimum, it deserves further investigation.  In their program called “SPED-II: A Community Driven Initiative for 2006-2009, they engage in funding an initiative called “gender mainstreaming”.  Their Spring 2006 newsletter tells us that one of their objectives is:

“to empower and strengthen the capacities of community and their grass root organizations for improving access to local resources and for addressing local socio-cultural, gender, environment, and other development issues by participating in local governanace process and networking.”

Although this agency does much good and is even funded by well-meaning but ignorant Catholics (gee where have we seen this before?), there could be a serious problem with the initiative of “gender mainstreaming”, which they list in the same newsletter:


Gender mainstreaming is not some off-the-cuff phrase that Save A Family Plan just made up, either. It has a universal and unambiguous meaning in the international anti-family mafia.  The U.N. and other socialist, secularist organizations use the language to advance their anti-family and anti-Catholic goals and objectives in traditional Catholic countries.  Various pro-family and pro-life sources have outed this euphemism as being an initiative that is absolutely lethal to the family:

It has long been the project of the radical feminist and homosexual movements to change the understanding society has toward men and women. This was the reason the word “sex” to define men and women was changed to the more malleable “gender.” If gender is a social construct and has no basis in nature then there is no basis for sex roles. It means that any girl can be trained to want to be a fighter pilot and any boy can be raised happily as a girl.

In the UN system, the idea of “gender as a social construct” comes in the guise of “gender mainstreaming.” According to a paper issued by the UN Special Advisor on Gender “mainstreaming the gender perspective in all types of activities is a globally accepted strategy for promoting gender equality. Mainstreaming involves ensuring that gender perspectives and attention to the goal of gender perspectives and attention to the goal of gender equality are central to all activities – policy development, research, advocacy/dialogue, legislation, resource allocation and planning, implementation and monitoring of programs and projects.” (Source: C-FAM)

Here is some more information about “gender mainstreaming”: 

“Gender mainstreaming,” an ideology that proposes to erase the foundational unit of western society, the natural family, is being infiltrated into laws and institutions around the world under the rubric of “equality” legislation and guidelines, says author Gabrielle Kuby.

Kuby, the author of a 2003 book, endorsed by the former Cardinal Ratzinger, warning Christian parents of the danger of the Harry Potter book series, has written on the threat of the work of ideologues on the far left who are working to create a “new man” who can arbitrarily decide whether he is a man, a woman or some other “gender” unrelated to the natural distinctions of biology. “According to them,” she writes, “there are not two sexes, but six or more, depending on sexual preference.”

“Behind the facade” of equality, “lurks the general attack on the moral standards to which we owe the Western culture. Without it, neither the family nor Christianity can survive.”

In her article, “Gender Mainstreaming – The Secret Revolution,” to be published in German in this month’s edition of Vatican magazine, Kuby warns that the new ideology is being carefully inculcated into international law and particularly into the materials made available to educators to create school curricula. Kuby writes, “This view of freedom and sexuality, according to the will of the UN, EU and most European governments is to be imprinted onto the minds of children from the nursery onwards.”

In the case of one national government, Germany’s, the “gender mainstreaming” ideology is part of the guiding principles of every ministry of the government. The homepage of the German government’s Ministry of Science says, “The Federal Government has established an equal opportunities policy based on the political strategy of gender mainstreaming as a universal guiding principle.”

Kuby’s contention is supported by John Smeaton, head of the UK’s Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, who wrote this weekend that people in Europe who adhere to traditional Judeo-Christian values and ideas are under threat by anti-family ideologues working to enforce their anti-family policies and silence dissent.

“Pro-life and pro-family campaigners,” he wrote, “must expect to see the publication of documents, funded by the European Union, which promote abortion, euthanasia and other anti-life and anti-family practices – with a special emphasis on zero tolerance for dissent.”
 
Kuby’s thesis also corresponds with that of Babette Francis, a long-time campaigner for life and family at the international level who in 2004 told LifeSiteNews.com that the fight over the definition of “gender” has become the cornerstone of UN and other internationalist ideology. This ideology also links closely to the efforts of the international agencies to impose legal abortion on countries in developing nations.

Francis said that the gender ideology was first raised at a seminal conference on women, Beijing +5, in 1995, when delegates argued that gender was a socially malleable concept and that human beings could not be restricted to the mere biological categories of male and female. The argument was that there is a “continuous spectrum and that there were all kinds of genders.”

Kuby also relates that the gender ideology first found fertile ground when it was brought forward by a powerful group of feminist and lesbian NGOs at the Beijing conference. Since then gender mainstreaming has been pushed into international law with the Treaty of Amsterdam (1999) and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights of Nice (2000). As a negation of the traditional values of the family, Kuby writes, “abortion follows automatically as part of the global agenda” of the gender ideologies.

Kuby concludes with an admonition that Christians fight the incursions of the new ideologies.

“At this stage of history, the main attack of evil is in the field of sexuality. Christians need to meet the enemy there, otherwise they will have lost. If the young generation is pushed into moral degeneracy, the human condition of family and faith will be further destroyed and abortion will never be overcome.” (Source)

It is unclear, however, whether the “gender mainstreaming” funded by SAFP is identical in nature to the “gender mainstreaming” promoted by the U.N.  More pointed and specific questions need to be asked, and an investigation of  SAFP needs to be conducted to answer this question. 

There are, however, some indications that strongly suggest that the “gender mainstreaming” referred to in SAFP initiatives are indeed synonymous with those used by the anti-family, globalist forces. 

First of all, the fact that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), a pro-feminist/pro-abortion federal agency, sponsors 75% of SAFP’s budget is not a good indication of SAFP’s initiatives in “gender mainstreaming”. 

In SAFP’s 2007-08 Annual Report, we learn about some of the conferences and workshops SAFP staff attend. One of these conferences was called Women and Social Change: Perspectives from Canada and India, May 2007, Montreal, sponsored by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and McGill University.  One of the speakers at this conference was the Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality at Alberta University, Dr. Cressida J. Heyes.  The title of her talk was “Feminist Work on the Self and the Work of Social Change (Source).  In and of itself, this might not be that significant, but it does raise questions about the themes and messages conveyed at these training sessions which SAFP staff attend and the influences these sessions have on the eventual policies promoted by SAFP.

Much more troubling evidence, however, comes from their own newsletters.  In their Winter 2006 Newsletter, SAFP covers their “gender equality” objectives and activities.  While there is nothing overtly anti-Catholic or anti-family in the newsletter per se, the euphemisms and jingos employed are the same kind of language used by the secular feminist NGOs to advance the anti-family agenda.  They also point to the idea that gender is a socially malleable concept, being “socially constructed”.  Here are a few selections:

 


This is not exactly the kind of development and aid work conducted by the Sisters of Charity, is it?  And we have to ask the question whether SAFP’s “gender mainstreaming” objective is really interested more in changing or confusing a family rather than saving it.  We also have to ask whether Save a Family Plan (an ostensibly Catholic organization) and Development & Peace look more like satellites for CIDA or the Feminist NGOs that stalk United Nations “women’s empowerment” conferences than they do authentic Catholic relief agencies. 

The purpose of this report is not to embarrass Fr. McGrattan.  I am sure he has fine qualities to become a very good and holy bishop one day.

However, the two concerns raised in this report still remain to be addressed.

1) That Fr. McGrattan’s position in support of the current ethical guidelines of St. Joseph’s practice of fetal euthanasia has not yet changed.

2) That Fr. McGrattan must clarify what his knowledge of “gender mainstreaming” is, and what “gender mainstreaming” really means to the groups which Save A Family Plan funds.

We do not know the extent of Fr. McGrattan’s involvement in the formulation and application of the moral decisions concerning fetal euthanasia which has been going on at St. Joseph’s.  Nor do we have any idea if Fr. McGrattan knows about the sinister side of “gender mainstreaming” and Save A Family Plan’s involvement.  I would like to think that Fr. McGrattan has not played any direct role in knowingly supporting either of these scandals.

Both of these issues surrounding Fr. McGrattan’s elevation to the episcopacy do not only concern him but the entire episcopacy in North America and the rest of the Western world.  

They have enormous implications for the future of Canada and the advancement of anti-family, anti-Catholic views around the world.  Regarding the issue surrounding the scandal at St. Joseph’s, we are in the midst of a full-scale assault on the elderly and the disabled in this country with the advancement of euthanasia and assisted suicide.  The tolerance shown to such a practice on infants at St. Joseph’s hospital compromises the Church’s witness on this issue, and sends the message that once this debate goes into high gear, the bishops of this country will be as active as they were when abortion and same-sex “marriage” were imposed on Canadians; that is to say, not very active or serious about the issue at all.  The reason why moral and social abominations like abortion, sodomy, and euthanasia are successful in gaining traction and eventual acceptance in our culture is because the bishops, as our spiritual fathers, do not actively and vigorously confront the issues.  And they do not do so precisely because they have not accepted or understood the full pro-life ethic, having compromised themselves in one fundamental respect concerning the question at hand. In the case of abortion, they accepted contraception which paved abortion’s road to acceptance in Canadian society.  Likewise, the indirect support of St. Joseph’s fetal euthanasia guidelines by the Canadian hierarchy will once again neuter the strong witness that is required to fight what we consider conventional euthanasia.  No doubt, letters will be sent to politicians and parishioners to ensure that we are all theoretically and theologically correct on this issue, but as far as what it takes to PASTORALLY fight euthanasia, we’ve been already been bought and sold down the river in practice, not just at St. Joseph’s but likely most, if not all, Catholic hospitals. (And please, folks, let us not drink the Koolaid here and believe this is an isolated incident, OK?)

In regards to the “gender mainstreaming” issue, this is, once again, another instance of the Church hierarchy, whether bishops or influential priests, not being fully informed about how the feminist/abortion juggernaut works.  The mere sound of the phrase, “gender mainstreaming” should have bells and lights going off with faithful Catholics.  Are we not to expect AT THE VERY LEAST the same reaction and alarm from our superiors?  Are faithful Catholics to believe that Development & Peace was not just a one-time controversy, but points to a much more fundamental problem with the episcopacy in this country; namely, that their pastoral orientation to fighting the culture war is largely muted and impotent?

It sure looks like it.

In the future, it would be advantageous and prudent for the bishops of this country to consult with pro-life organizations and individuals who might provide them with relevant and important information when making decisions concerning issues impacting the protection of human life and family.  It would also be prudent for them to reserve an afternoon with pro-life activists at their next Plenary Assembly to assist them pulling their collective heads out of the sand and be educated on the culture war, and our opponent’s tactics and their euphemisms.  I respectfully submit that it would be the best few hours the CCCB’s annual plenary assembly will have spent since its existence.

Having said all this, I congratulate Fr. McGrattan on his election.  I invite him, however, to re-examine St. Joseph’s “early induction” guidelines and his role on the board of an organization that could very well be funding groups who are pushing a very anti-family, anti-Catholic agenda.

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Dear Friend,



You may or may not have signed the UN Petition for the Unborn Child and the Family. I am being a pest and sending this to you again because if you haven’t helped this campaign, I am asking you to do so now. If you have helped this campaign by signing the petition, I am asking you to send an appeal to all your friends and family to help this campaign. If you have already done that, please do it again!



The only way these types of internet campaigns work is by millions of people working together and sending repeated calls for help!



We intend to deliver one million names to the UN in support of the unborn child. I run C-FAM. We have been doing UN pro-life work full time for 12 years. You can check us out at http://www.c-fam.org to see that we are legitimate. We are in a unique position to run this campaign and to deliver one million names to our friends at the UN and to the UN Secretary General.

Read the petition HERE in one of 18 languages and then sign it, if you have not already. And then, I implore you to send a notice about this campaign to all of your friends and family, to your whole address book! We have gathered 611,998 as of 1:32 pm November 15. We have gathered 126,404 new names in the last six weeks. We need to move faster than that!



Please go HERE. Read the petition, sign it if you have not already and send the petition with your note to all of your family and friends. Do it now. Do not wait!



Yours sincerely,



Austin Ruse

President

C-FAM

PS When we reach one million names we will present all the names at a UN press conference and to the Secretary General. 


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….Presented to the European Parliament on Wednesday, the report said that the situation of the family in Europe is “a desolate panorama.”

“Europe is plunged in an unprecedented demographic winter and has become an elderly continent, with a large birth deficit, fewer marriages and more of them broken, homes emptying.”

“The aging population, critical birth-rate, escalating abortions, the collapse of marriage, the explosion in family breakups and the emptying of homes are the main problems of Europeans,” the 2009 Report on the Evolution of the Family in Europe said.

The study found that the annual number of abortions in the EU equals the entire combined population of its ten smallest member states, with the three top aborting countries being Britain, France and Romania. In Europe there is one abortion every 25 seconds, for a total of more than 1,200,000 abortions a year. 19 percent of all European pregnancies end in abortion and 28 million children have been killed by abortion since 1990, making abortion the main cause of death in Europe…(Source)

Scratch the surface and you’ll find some “Catholic” development and aid agency behind it all.


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Over the past several months, Catholics across North America have been shocked by stunning revelations that the Church’s development and aid agencies have been funding pro-abortion, pro-contraception, and anti-Catholic groups.  In Canada, the Canadian bishops’ official foreign development and aid agency, Development & Peace (D&P), was caught funding over 40 of these groups.  Evidence comes from these groups’ own websites, audio interviews with their employees, credible third party reports, and even eye witness reports.   A short documentary video of the scandal can be viewed here.  It got so bad that even the Peruvian bishops rebuked their Canadian counterparts.  In the United States, of course, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) was caught doing much the same thing except on a domestic scale.

Now, there are more questions about yet another Canadian Catholic poverty relief organization called Save A Family Plan (SAFP) based in London, Ontario engaging in questionable initiatives. In its 2007-2008 Annual Report, for instance, we read:

Gender considerations have been mainstreamed in all SPED II activities, with results indicating less discrimination against women, and increased acceptance of women as decision-makers and participants in the community and in the home. Significantly, SAFP was invited to make a presentation at a CIDA Roundtable on Gender Equality at the Canadian High Commission in Delhi, India in March 2008.  (Source)

In and of itself, there is nothing very problematic in the above paragraph, but it’s the euphemisms that need to be picked out and examined to ensure that there is no advancement of radical feminist and pro-abort agendas.  The report makes mention of “gender” being “mainstreamed”.  This is a very akward sounding initiative, at the very least, and it could smack of a certain feminist agenda, at worst.  As a minimum, it deserves further investigation.  In their program called “SPED-II: A Community Driven Initiative for 2006-2009, they engage in funding an initiative called “gender mainstreaming”.  Their Spring 2006 newsletter tells us that one of their objectives is:

“to empower and strengthen the capacities of community and their grass root organizations for improving access to local resources and for addressing local socio-cultural, gender, environment, and other development issues by participating in local governanace process and networking.”

Although this agency does much good and is even funded by well-meaning but ignorant Catholics, there could be a serious problem with the initiative of “gender mainstreaming”, which they list in the same newsletter:

 

Gender mainstreaming is not some off-the-cuff phrase that Save A Family Plan just made up, either. It has a universal and unambiguous meaning in the international anti-family mafia.  The U.N. and other socialist, secularist organizations use the language to advance their anti-family and anti-Catholic goals and objectives in traditional Catholic countries.  Various pro-family and pro-life sources have outed this euphemism as being an initiative that is absolutely lethal to the family:

It has long been the project of the radical feminist and homosexual movements to change the understanding society has toward men and women. This was the reason the word “sex” to define men and women was changed to the more malleable “gender.” If gender is a social construct and has no basis in nature then there is no basis for sex roles. It means that any girl can be trained to want to be a fighter pilot and any boy can be raised happily as a girl.

In the UN system, the idea of “gender as a social construct” comes in the guise of “gender mainstreaming.” According to a paper issued by the UN Special Advisor on Gender “mainstreaming the gender perspective in all types of activities is a globally accepted strategy for promoting gender equality. Mainstreaming involves ensuring that gender perspectives and attention to the goal of gender perspectives and attention to the goal of gender equality are central to all activities – policy development, research, advocacy/dialogue, legislation, resource allocation and planning, implementation and monitoring of programs and projects.” (Source: C-FAM)

Here is some more information about “gender mainstreaming”: 

“Gender mainstreaming,” an ideology that proposes to erase the foundational unit of western society, the natural family, is being infiltrated into laws and institutions around the world under the rubric of “equality” legislation and guidelines, says author Gabrielle Kuby.

Kuby, the author of a 2003 book, endorsed by the former Cardinal Ratzinger, warning Christian parents of the danger of the Harry Potter book series, has written on the threat of the work of ideologues on the far left who are working to create a “new man” who can arbitrarily decide whether he is a man, a woman or some other “gender” unrelated to the natural distinctions of biology. “According to them,” she writes, “there are not two sexes, but six or more, depending on sexual preference.”

“Behind the facade” of equality, “lurks the general attack on the moral standards to which we owe the Western culture. Without it, neither the family nor Christianity can survive.”

In her article, “Gender Mainstreaming – The Secret Revolution,” to be published in German in this month’s edition of Vatican magazine, Kuby warns that the new ideology is being carefully inculcated into international law and particularly into the materials made available to educators to create school curricula. Kuby writes, “This view of freedom and sexuality, according to the will of the UN, EU and most European governments is to be imprinted onto the minds of children from the nursery onwards.”

In the case of one national government, Germany’s, the “gender mainstreaming” ideology is part of the guiding principles of every ministry of the government. The homepage of the German government’s Ministry of Science says, “The Federal Government has established an equal opportunities policy based on the political strategy of gender mainstreaming as a universal guiding principle.”

Kuby’s contention is supported by John Smeaton, head of the UK’s Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, who wrote this weekend that people in Europe who adhere to traditional Judeo-Christian values and ideas are under threat by anti-family ideologues working to enforce their anti-family policies and silence dissent.

“Pro-life and pro-family campaigners,” he wrote, “must expect to see the publication of documents, funded by the European Union, which promote abortion, euthanasia and other anti-life and anti-family practices – with a special emphasis on zero tolerance for dissent.”
 
Kuby’s thesis also corresponds with that of Babette Francis, a long-time campaigner for life and family at the international level who in 2004 told LifeSiteNews.com that the fight over the definition of “gender” has become the cornerstone of UN and other internationalist ideology. This ideology also links closely to the efforts of the international agencies to impose legal abortion on countries in developing nations.

Francis said that the gender ideology was first raised at a seminal conference on women, Beijing +5, in 1995, when delegates argued that gender was a socially malleable concept and that human beings could not be restricted to the mere biological categories of male and female. The argument was that there is a “continuous spectrum and that there were all kinds of genders.”

Kuby also relates that the gender ideology first found fertile ground when it was brought forward by a powerful group of feminist and lesbian NGOs at the Beijing conference. Since then gender mainstreaming has been pushed into international law with the Treaty of Amsterdam (1999) and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights of Nice (2000). As a negation of the traditional values of the family, Kuby writes, “abortion follows automatically as part of the global agenda” of the gender ideologies.

Kuby concludes with an admonition that Christians fight the incursions of the new ideologies.

“At this stage of history, the main attack of evil is in the field of sexuality. Christians need to meet the enemy there, otherwise they will have lost. If the young generation is pushed into moral degeneracy, the human condition of family and faith will be further destroyed and abortion will never be overcome.” (Source: LSN)

It is unclear, however, whether the “gender mainstreaming” funded by SAFP is identical in nature to the “gender mainstreaming” promoted by the U.N.  More pointed and specific questions need to be asked, and an investigation of  SAFP needs to be conducted to answer this question. 

There are, however, some indications that strongly suggest that the “gender mainstreaming” referred to in SAFP initiatives are indeed synonymous with those used by the anti-family, globalist forces. 

First of all, the fact that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), a pro-feminist/pro-abortion federal agency, sponsors 75% of SAFP’s budget is not a good indication of SAFP’s initiatives in “gender mainstreaming”. 

In SAFP’s 2007-08 Annual Report, we learn about some of the conferences and workshops SAFP staff attend. One of these conferences was called Women and Social Change: Perspectives from Canada and India, May 2007, Montreal, sponsored by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and McGill University.  One of the speakers at this conference was the Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality at Alberta University, Dr. Cressida J. Heyes.  The title of her talk was “Feminist Work on the Self and the Work of Social Change (Source).  In and of itself, this might not be that significant, but it does raise questions about the themes and messages conveyed at these training sessions which SAFP staff attend, and the influences these sessions have on the eventual policies promoted by SAFP.

Much more troubling evidence, however, comes from their own newsletters.  In their Winter 2006 Newsletter, for instance, SAFP covers their “gender equality” objectives and activities.  While there is nothing overtly anti-Catholic or anti-family in the newsletter per se, the euphemisms and jingos employed are the same kind of language used by the secular feminist NGOs to advance the anti-family agenda.  They also point to the idea that gender is a socially malleable concept, being “socially constructed”.  Here are a few selections:

 

 

This is not exactly the kind of development and aid work conducted by the Sisters of Charity, is it?  And we have to ask the question whether SAFP’s “gender mainstreaming” objective is really interested more in changing or confusing a family rather than saving it.  We also have to ask whether Save a Family Plan (an ostensibly Catholic organization) and Development & Peace look more like satellites for CIDA or the Feminist NGOs that stalk United Nations “women’s empowerment” conferences than they do authentic Catholic relief agencies. 

This represents, once again, another instance of the Church hierarchy, whether bishops or influential priests, not being fully informed about how the feminist/abortion juggernaut works.  The mere sound of the phrase, “gender mainstreaming” should have bells and lights going off with faithful Catholics.  Are we not to expect AT THE VERY LEAST the same reaction and alarm from our superiors?  Are faithful Catholics to believe that Development & Peace or Catholic Campaign for Human Development was not just a one-time controversy, but could be indicative of  a much more fundamental problem with the episcopacy in the West; namely, that their pastoral orientation to fighting the culture war is largely muted and impotent?

It sure looks like it.

In the future, it would be advantageous and prudent for the bishops of North America to consult with pro-life organizations and individuals who might provide them with relevant and important information when making decisions concerning issues impacting the protection of human life and family.  It would also be prudent for them to reserve an afternoon with pro-life activists at their next Plenary Assembly to assist them pulling their collective heads out of the sand and be educated on the culture war, and our opponent’s tactics and their euphemisms.  I respectfully submit that it would be the best few hours they will have spent in a very long time at these conferences.

Update:

Calling Out SAFP’s Support for the Social Reconstruction of Gender

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Late last year, LifeSiteNews.com broke the scandalous story of the early induction procedures at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital in London.  In the context of this story, the “early induction” procedure relates to the induction of labour in pregnant women in cases of diagnosed “lethal fetal anomalies”. In an “early induction”, the mother is induced into labor at a point so early in the pregnancy that even a healthy child would be unable to live outside the womb without specialized intensive care; under such circumstances, a severely disabled child would likely not live more than minutes.

Needless to say, the Catholic Church’s position is unmistakable.  In 1996, the US bishops issued a statement titled “Moral Principles Concerning Infants with Anencephaly” that declared:

“It is clear that before ‘viability’ it is never permitted to terminate the gestation of an anencephalic child as the means of avoiding psychological or physical risks to the mother. Nor is such termination permitted after ‘viability’ if early delivery endangers the child’s life due to complications of prematurity. Only if the complications of the pregnancy result in a life-threatening pathology of the mother, may the treatment of this pathology be permitted even at a risk to the child, and then only if the child’s death is not a means to treating the mother”.

The U.S. bishops recognized that a child may be permitted to die in a medical procedure only in circumstances which follow a clear set of moral conditions encapsulated in the principle of “double effect”:

1) The action contemplated be, in itself, either morally good or morally indifferent;

2) The bad result not be directly intended;

3) The good result not be a direct causal result of the bad result (i.e. evil may not be used to cause good);

4) The good result be “proportionate to” the bad result. (Note: the context of “proportionalism” understood within the context of all four conditions stated here is not the same situation condemned by John Paul II in his encyclical Veritatis Splendor which sought to condemn this principle when applied apart from other moral considerations).

The most common application of these moral principles is in the case of an ectopic pregnancy.  In the case of an ecoptic pregnancy, an ethical approach is to remove all or part of the fallopian tube i.e. salpingectomy, and to not attack the unborn child directly.  See discussion of this approach here.

In regards to the principles listed above, they play out this way:

1) The act of removing the fallopian tube is morally neutral.

2) Removing the fallopian tube is for the purpose of directly helping the mother; not for killing the baby which is an unintended result.

3) The good result of saving the mother’s life is not caused DIRECTLY by the death of the unborn child. It is caused by the removal of the fallopian tube.

4) Saving the mother’s life is proportionate to saving the life of the child.

In the case of St. Joseph’s hospital, its guidelines on this subject do not even really broach this area, however, because the reasons for hastening the death of the child was not to address the pathology of the mother as in the case of an ectopic pregnancies, but rather the pathology of the child, so-called lethal fetal anomalies like anencephaly and trisomy 18These are two separate and distinct areas for moral consideration and application.  St. Joseph’s guidelines do not apparently make this distinction, and therefore they represent a significant point of departure from Catholic teaching. [Other pathologies affecting the mother include preeclampsia, pregnancy inducted hypertension, and other issues related to preeclampsia, such as eisenmenger’s syndrome and ballantyne syndrome. Other pathologies of the child include cardiac myopathy, fetal alcohol syndrome, turner syndrome, fragile X syndrome, triple X syndrome, etc.]

In point of fact, “early induction” for lethal fetal anomaly has been condemned as illicit by the US Bishops’ Doctrinal Committee and called “direct abortion” by the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC).  A more accurate description, however, of this procedure is to consider it fetal euthanasia as it is hastening the death of an unborn baby.  As Dr. John B. Shea explains:

It should be noted that the fact that a fetus has a lethal fetal anomaly is not associated with a threat to the life of the mother. “Fetal viability” is the age beyond which the fetus has a good chance of surviving delivery. The normal fetus rarely survives at less than 22 weeks gestation, at which time it has a 10% chance of survival. In fact, he or she has difficulty surviving at less than 28 weeks. Estimation of fetal age is not precise and, depending on when tested for, can be plus or minus 2 to 3 weeks above of below the true fetal age.

Furthermore, the diagnosis of fatal fetal anomaly is not always correct. Since there is no risk to the mother’s life, the diagnosis of fetal disease may be inaccurate, and early induction cannot help the fetus with ‘lethal fetal anomaly’. Early induction is equivalent, not to abortion, but to euthanasia, if the baby does not die until after birth. If the infant dies as a result of the early induction before birth, early induction is an abortion.

On the information released so far by St. Joseph’s Hospital, their practice of early induction does not appear to be justified. (Source)

As a result of that original story by LSN, a mother came forward to testify about how she was pressured to terminate her pregancy of a Trisomy 18 child, despite her health or her life not being in any danger.  And in spite of the expected disapproval by the Church hierarchy at these revelations, LSN stood its ground, and was successful in getting the bishop to start an investigation into the hospital’s guidelines.  

This investigation was launched back in March, but it’s now November and we still haven’t heard about the results of this investigation.

Why not?  What’s the hold up? It’s been long enough.

Is fetal euthanasia still happening at St. Joseph’s?

If so, why has there not been a moratorium put on the procedure, at the very least?

It’s time for answers…not delay, denial, and deferral.

See also Steve’s blog post on the subject here.

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Full story here.

I sent Raymond Arroyo an email on the weekend, giving him some of the sordid details of what is happening here with Development & Peace.   I asked him to mention it next time he does a show to give his viewing audience the complete panaroma of the corruption of the Catholic Church and the episcopacy in the Western world.  And… please, please…let us call a spade a spade. This is not just about bureaucrats.  It’s about the bishops and their lies, distortions, and manipulations. 

I”m having a really tough time staying in communion with these bishops.  It’s something that I am struggling with right now, and I hope to get over it one day soon.   Deep down, it’s probably a sign of my own pride.  I know this.  

But when I see crap like this and the treacherous reaction by the bishops? I burn with anger.  Whatever I am and whatever they are – whether one of us is Catholic and the other is not – is, in some respects, not the issue. The issue is that we have very little in common where it counts in the practical struggle against the culture of death.  We are a broken body being held together by thin ligaments. 

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Preface.

Third Paragraph Down.

Cool!

I’ve been out of the apologetics gig for a long time. Must confess I have an itch to get back into it.

I’ve collected overwhelming and near conclusive proof on Mary’s perpetual virginity, a pet topic of mine.  A friend of mine, Mark Bonocore, and I have found some ground-breaking evidence never presented before which all but proves the Catholic case (and preserving the Church’s teaching that St. Joseph was celibate too).

Problem is…I’ve got this gig right now shovelling the dung out of the stables here in the Church to get to it!

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…I suppose they always were, but the perception is different now and the assumptions have been transformed. While orthodoxy varies from diocese to diocese, very few devout and serious Catholics now regard themselves as being alone and in the besieged minority.

As for The Catholic New Times, it folded because nobody was reading it. The poor old brown crayon? The rumour is it became a New Age devotee of internet paganism and left Canada long ago. It will not be missed. (Source)

 Change.  Real Change. Good Change.

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…The movement also condemned the persecution of the Jews as the “most frightful crime against human dignity, a crime that is unparalleled in the whole of history”.

The language of some of the pamphlets directly echoed the theology of Cardinal Newman, who died in Birmingham in 1890 and who is likely to be beatified during a visit to Britain by Pope Benedict in September next year.

According to Mr Knab, Sophie introduced Newman to her friends and to her boyfriend, Lieutenant Fritz Hartnagel, an officer in the German army. “For some friends of the circle of the White Rose Newman’s theology of conscience was a marking factor,” wrote Mr Knab.

“When on May 20 1942 Sophie Scholl and her fiancée saw each other for the last time she gave him two volumes of John Henry Newman’s sermons among other [books] as a farewell present.”

Lt Hartnagel was then deployed to the Eastern Front and saw corpses of soldiers murdered by their German guards, and began to hear reports of mass killings of local Jews.

“What a fallacy it is to take nature as our model for our actions and to describe its cruelty as ‘great’,” he later said in a letter to Sophie in July 1942. “But we know by whom we were created and that we stand in a relationship of moral obligation to our creator. Conscience gives us the capacity to distinguish between good and evil.”

Mr Knab has identified Hartnagel’s words as taken verbatim from a sermon given by Newman called “The Testimony of Conscience”.

Cardinal Newman taught that conscience was an echo of the voice of God enlightening each person to moral truth in concrete situations….(Source)

And here we are 67 years later and the Church is still insisting on the dignity of every human person…and just like Hitler and his National Socialist Party, the socialists today are still denying it.

When will we rid ourselves of the scourge of socialism infecting society and the Church?

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While Barry O is tripping over himself trying to find his middle name, George is showing some real class.

Despite his slick suits and teleprompters, Barry can’t hold a candle to George in all areas that count in being an American president.

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Just when Italians are outraged by a European Court of Human Rights ruling that crucifixes should not be displayed in schools, Bonnechere Valley Township council has decided it’s time for the pendulum to swing the other way and has decided to bring the Lord’s Prayer back into the council chambers.

The decision to recite the prayer again was made last Tuesday night and came about quite innocently. Since the prayer was removed from many local council chambers more than a decade ago, because one individual found it offensive to recite the Christian prayer publicly and caused a county-wide uproar, BV council has instead been reciting a generic prayer prior to the start of meetings.

However, after all these years, council members who choose to recite the prayer still have to read it from a sheet of paper or computer screen, and it excludes members of the gallery because it is written to suit council members’ duties and responsibilities. After the generic prayer was read last week, Mayor Zig Mintha commented he just cannot remember the prayer and always has to read it from paper. Councillor Merv Buckwald agreed, saying, “Me neither, that’s why I have it on my computer screen.” That prompted Councillor Charlotte Neitzel to say she had been contemplating for some time bringing a motion to the table to re-introduce the Lord’s Prayer which brought agreement from Councillor Cairine Cybulski because of the number of emails she receives from people who are fed up with the disillusion of Canadian society.

The matter was tabled briefly until other items on the agenda were dealt with, but when it came time for new business, Coun. Neitzel put forth a motion to bring the prayer back. Mayor Mintha didn’t disagree but he expressed his fear that council would likely receive opposition from someone. “I’ve said this prayer all my life,” he said. “This is what I was born and raised with.” Coun. Neitzel said bringing the Lord’s Prayer back has been on her mind since her election to council three years ago. She said the prayer council members have been reciting for the past several years just doesn’t do anything for her. “The Lord’s Prayer is a generic religious prayer,” she said. “It’s not that I don’t have respect for other religions, because I do.” She added that by reciting the Lord’s Prayer it also allows anyone else attending the meeting to join in reciting it. “They are included with this prayer because it is our prayer,” she said.

Coun. Cybulski noted that not one member of council has memorized the generic prayer in the six years they have been on council. “I think anyone can respect the fact that we are just praying to a higher power,” she added. “For a Christian, it’s God, for a Muslim, it’s Allah. “At least we won’t have to read it off a piece of paper,” she added. Mayor Mintha said he was sick and tired of the changes in society when a person can’t say their own prayer anymore. He noted too the Lord’s Prayer is recited in the Ontario legislature, although there was a movement afoot a few years ago to remove it from the provincial chambers. Councillor Bob Peltzer was absent from last week’s meeting. The ruling by the European High Court in Strasbourg, which Italy plans to appeal, said crucifixes on school walls — a common sight that is part of every Italian’s life — could disturb children who were not Christians.

The prayer that many municipal councils use in place of the Lord’s Prayer goes as follows: Almighty God, we give thanks for the great blessings which you have bestowed on Canada and its citizens, including the gifts of freedom, opportunity and peace that we enjoy. Guide us in our deliberations as a municipal council, and strengthen us in our awareness of our duties and responsibilities. Grant us wisdom, knowledge and understanding to preserve the blessings of this country for the benefit of all and to make good laws and wise decisions. Amen. (Source)

This is a very encouraging sign. It means Canadians are slowly starting to turn against the cyanide of politically correct, means-nothing-to-no-one “religion”.  Either we’re Christian or we’re nothing at all.  So let ‘s all just stop pretending.

If the one or two bitter atheists can’t handle it, our response should be, “tough”.  And there’s the door.

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Three important items in this e-mail …

 1.) O’Reilly Factor video and transcript
 2.) Transparency about financial challenges
 3.) How to DOUBLE your money in a down economy :-)

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God has truly blessed 40 Days for Life. We’re still receiving reports from local campaigns, and the number of babies (and mothers) saved from abortion
during this fall has now risen to …

605!!

Two clinics where 40 Days for Life vigils were held are closing their doors forever — and there’s now a “for sale” sign on at least one other location!

Eight abortion industry workers have quit their jobs this fall, including Abby Johnson, director of the Planned Parenthood abortion center in Bryan/College Station, Texas — where 40 Days for Life began — who experienced a spiritual conversion and left her job after seeing an ultrasound abortion and having a change of heart. Abby has now joined the prayer efforts outside of her former workplace.

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From a Socon or Bust reader…

Hi John,

I was watching EWTN Raymond Arroyo, and they were talking about exposing similar problems in the American version of D & P, called the Catholic Campaign for Human Development

The ministry leading the charge:
http://bellarmineveritasministry.org/campaigns/cchd/

also:
http://reformcchdnow.com/

The official website:
http://www.usccb.org/cchd/


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