Archive for February, 2010
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We’ve all heard of the phrase “preferential option for the poor”. Well now it turns out that Bishop Nicola De Angelis of the diocese of Peterborough has decided to opt for another kind of preference – the option of permitting Catholics in his diocese to decline giving money to the pro-aborts in the Global South. While this is not the best solution, it is a good step in the right direction. First of all, it means a loss of revenue for Development & Peace. To what degree is yet to be determined, but even if it was a salutory percentage – say 20% – that is 20% less funds the pro-aborts will be getting from Peterborough. That is a small, but practical victory for us. Secondly, the Catholic Church is now officially recognizing the thousands of Canadians who have previously refused to give to Development & Peace because of their Marxist slant. Until Bishop De Angelis’s initiative, faithful, knowledgeable Catholics had no way of officially participating in the Share Lent campaign because all of the money was going to Development & Peace. Now there is an option – perhaps we can call it a “preferential option of the unborn” – to redirect that money to truly life-saving and life-affirming efforts, perhaps even towards overtly pro-life causes too! Thirdly, Bishop De Angelis’s action provides us with the critical momentum to keep on moving forward. He is now the third bishop to take pro-active measures to address the abortion scandal of Development & Peace. It is my hope that we use this momentum to convince other bishops to move to restrict the management decisions of Development & Peace, an organization which has never admitted to the facts of funding pro-abortion groups in the Global South.
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Folks, check out this site which another Catholic blogger has started. (These damn trouble-making Catholic bloggers are revolutionizing the Church!)
The time is right now to ask your bishop to join the list of bishops restricting the enabling of abortion advocacy in the Global South. We need to pick up on the recent momentum and finish the job.
March 21 is the Lenten Collection here in Ottawa. For Ottawa residents, I ask you to write to Archbishop Prendergast and respectfully ask him to follow the lead of Toronto and Pembroke. Ask for a public statement also. Catholics have a right to know where their money is going. So far, the bishops have not been forthcoming with this information despite the overwhelming evidence against Development & Peace. Frankly, I’m not sure which is a greater scandal: the fact that Canadian Catholic money is going to pro-abort groups or the fact that the bishops continue to keep Canadian Catholics in the dark about it!
It’s matter of trust. Stress that fact in your letter to them. Once you break trust in a relationship, it spells a lot of pain and suffering in the future. If we can’t trust them with something so basic as this issue, what right have we got to trust them on anything at all?
Write the letter. Do it today.
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Interesting times ahead for the Conservative Party.
The originator of “multiculturalism” as a policy and ideology was Pierre Eliot Trudeau and his cadre. Canada now has the highest per capita immigration rate in the world. The multiculturalist ideology then spread throughout the Western world – our chief export.
While the birth dearth of European peoples has since made large-scale immigration a virtual necessity the policy actually began before this was clear, back in the early 1970s. It appears Trudeau wanted to weaken the bi-cultural (English-French) nature of the country and its Christian identity. It had nothing to do with increasing the work-force. Yet now everyone, including Church leaders, sing the praises of the success of this insidious ideologically driven program. This reminds me of a quote from Dostoevsky: “It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?”
As we can see below similar not-so-innocuous purposes have been at work elsewhere. The West is effectively fulfilling historian Arnold Toynbee’s observation that civilizations are not murdered, they commit suicide. And liberal/leftists have been our Doctor Kavorkians.
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“When we resist this last move, we will be forced to go underground as a Church.”
I told them so. ..but they wouldn’t listen. And they’re still not listening.
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The thing about pushing a lie and making money out of it is that…it can come back to be really financially uncomfortable. Lay low, Al and don’t flash that Nobel prize too prominently.
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PEMBROKE, February 22, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bishop Michael Mulhall of the Diocese of Pembroke has announced that he is following the lead of Archbishop Thomas Collins of the Archdiocese of Toronto in placing restrictions on the disbursement of diocesan funds to the development arm of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops – the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P).
In a letter to his diocese Bishop Mulhall identifies the reason for his action as “information … which raised questions regarding the work of certain partners of (D&P) in the area of abortion advocacy.”
That information, the result of a series of investigations into D&P partners by LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) last year, showed that D&P was funding numerous groups which advocate for abortion. While the D&P funding ostensibly was intended for projects not associated with abortion, bishops and pro-life groups in those nations where the groups were active expressed serious concern that the Catholic Church of Canada would fund groups that actively oppose them on the issue of the right to life of unborn children.
Bishop Mulhall’s letter notes that he restricted last year’s contribution to D&P and also intends to restrict the 2010 collection currently underway. The diocese is stipulating that its funding is to be used only for D&P’s emergency relief work. According to a 2009 ShareLife brochure from the Archdiocese of Toronto, emergency assistance makes up only 6% of D&P’s allotments. The lion’s share (71%) of D&P funding goes towards “strengthening social movements,” “democracy and participation,” and “women’s empowerment.”
The Diocese of Pembroke had previously given 75% of its Lenten collections directly to D&P to be used as D&P saw fit.
Bishop Mulhall’s letter notes that in 2009 the 75% allotment, totaling $114,960.00, “was sent to Development and Peace to be forwarded to Caritas Haiti for immediate earthquake relief.”
The 2010 Lenten collection will be restricted even further, with an undetermined portion of the collection going to D&P and only for emergency relief work.
The bishop notes that the bishops of Canada are engaging in a ”broad study of the status and goals of Development and Peace” and he is awaiting the completion of the evaluation.
See Bishop Mulhall’s full letter here.
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Latest from The Catholic Legate here.
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…then it must suffer the consequences….
When I was planning the March for Marriage back in 2005, I had the opportunity to speak to 2 bishops who were open to promoting the rally in Ontario. In the course of the conversation, I mentioned to them that marriage was not the end-game for the homosexualists and the leftists. It was merely a stepping stone for their real goal of enforcing total and complete acceptance of the gay lifestyle in society. There were many steps along the way. In 2005, the step they were about to land on was marriage. After that, it would be education. After all, if we have same-sex “marriage” recognized in law, then who can really object to these relationships being taught to our children? Right now, of course, the next ascendancy is over control over our children. (If you haven’t heard Douglas Farrow’s speech on this, you should really listen to it…it’s a real eye-opener.)
And so my conversation with the bishops continued.
“Your Graces“, I said, “All of this is about the Eucharist. That is the end game for them. Because to receive the Eucharist is to reach the end and summit of acceptance: Communion with the Catholic Church and God Himself. When we resist this last move, we will be forced to go underground as a Church.”
There was an uncomfortable silence. I sensed they did not get it. I wonder if they are starting to get it now. Probably not.
Saying yes to sterile sex is a real bitch. It has pretty ominous consequences for the Church and all of humanity.
And why are we at this point? Fighting losing battle after losing battle? It’s a simple answer, really: the rejection of Humanae Vitae and refusal to teach it vigorously.
Teaching HV is the only thing that is going to turn this thing around. But you know, I don’t have a funny looking hat or wear colourful robes. So I’m not qualified or competent enough to call out the elephant in the room…or at least that’s what my critics tell me.
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If you have ever wondered why a man like this can still be a priest today in the Canadian Church, you will understand why after reading Suzanne Fortin’s deft and tenacious investigative reporting of the Diocese of Trois-Rivières in Québec which I have reproduced below this preamble.
I can attest to personal encounters with liberal diocesan bureaucracies on a professional level. If you ever get a chance to get behind their doors and into their working spaces, be sure to pay special attention to the books and magazines they display in their libraries and conference rooms. Also be sure to check out their bulletin boards. You’ll learn all you need to know about what is going on in the Catholic Church in Canada today.
A very large number of bishops in Canada are basically feminists with mitres.
Next time a Canadian bishop opens his mouth to “defend the rights of the unborn” or to lament the moral state of our country, quietly point out to him that he protests too much. Gently instruct him that the real problem is him. He is the problem. Just like David was….
“The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.” David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”” (2 Samuel 12:1-7).
From Big Blue Wave….
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Shortly after the earthquake in Haiti, Socon or Bust reported that Caritas Haiti was “likely an abortion supporter” based on statements that were made on their website and other information gathered which is typically associated with anti-family activities. I later then amended my reporting and tempered my original assessment because a reader challenged me to compare my conclusion to the statements made by Caritas Haiti.
Today, another reader alerted me to a communication made by Caritas Haiti last week. Father Serge B. Chadic, the Director General of Caritas Haiti posted a denial of the allegations on their website. (The link is also located near the top of their homepage).
Paycheck in Contraception, Eco-Frauds
Catholic families live on faith in Jesus Christ…not through the secular messiahs of the U.N. with their population and environmental scams.
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It is very different from the serenity of spirit to be found in parents who are surrounded by a rich abundance of young lives. The joy that comes from the plentiful blessings of God breaks out in a thousand different ways and there is no fear that it will end. The brows of these fathers and mothers may be burdened with cares, but there is never a trace of that inner shadow that betrays anxiety of conscience or fear of an irreparable return to loneliness, Their youth never seems to fade away, as long as the sweet fragrance of a crib remains in the home, as long as the walls of the house echo to the silvery voices of children and grandchildren.
Their heavy labors multiplied many times over, their redoubled sacrifices and their renunciation of costly amusements are generously rewarded even here below by the inexhaustible treasury of affection and tender hopes that dwell in their hearts without ever tiring them or bothering them.
When there are many children, the youngsters are spared the boredom of loneliness and the discomfort of having to live in the midst of adults all the time. It is true that they may sometimes become so lively as to get on your nerves, and their disagreements may seem like small riots; but even their arguments play an effective role in the formation of character, as long as they are brief and superficial. Children in large families learn almost automatically to be careful of what they do and to assume responsibility for it, to have a respect for each other and help each other, to be open-hearted and generous. For them, the family is a little proving ground, before they move into the world outside, which will be harder on them and more demanding.
Even externally, a large, well-ordered family is a kind of visible shrine: the sacrament of Baptism is not an exceptional event for them but something constantly renewing the joy and grace of the Lord. The series of happy pilgrimages to the Baptismal font is not yet finished when a new one to Confirmation and first Communion begins, aglow with the same innocence. The youngest of the children will scarcely have put away his little white suit among the dearest memories of life, when the first wedding veil appears to bring parents, children, and new relatives together at the foot of the altar. More marriages, more Baptisms, more first Communions follow each other like ever-new springtimes that, in a sense, make the visits of God and of His grace to the home unending.
Pope Pius XII
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FROM THE FRIDAY FAX:
Well, folks, this is a sad day. You’ll notice that the mandate of the bishops’ “special committee” is merely to ensure that every project sponsored by Development & Peace is in conformity with Catholic teaching. (Even here, without the direct funding of abortion programs, Development & Peace’s Marxist orientation is decidedly anti-Catholic, but that is hardly something that the bishops are going to move against.)
In other words, it likely will be business as usual in enabling pro-abort, anti-life, anti-Catholic groups to continue their work. Neither the bishops nor the management of Development & Peace have denied that they have been supporting pro-abort groups. They have never denied it. Indeed, how could they deny it, given the overwhelming evidence?
Instead, the Bishops are falling back to their true position which is that only the project or program itself cannot be directly promoting abortion.
Why didn’t they just tell us that from the beginning? Why not just say, “we have no problem with funding pro-abort groups.” It would have saved us a lot of expectation and faint hope.
To be honest, this is what I expected. If you were interested in addressing the allegations, you’d have to start engaging with those who are bringing forth the evidence. But when the evidence – even if corroborated – does not point to any problem, why bother? The point is rather moot.
I will wait for the final resolution to this question. I hope that I am wrong in my assessment. I pray that I am wrong. But, if I am not, if the bishops of Canada agree in principle to prop up the pro-abortion juggernaut in the Global South, there will be ominous consequences to that decision.
Faithful pro-life Catholics WILL NOT ACCEPT IT. Perhaps, since the bishops will have broken our trust in their pastoral judgement, a targetted yet comprehensive financial boycott of the Catholic Church is in order. We shall see.
Socon or Bust continues to urge Catholics to boycott Development & Peace.
Catholics should neither directly give nor directly enable the political aspirations of pro-abortion groups.