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From: Socon or Bust Reader

Sent: August 19, 2010 12:45 PM

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Re: Development & Peace

Dear Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops:

We were sorry to learn that Development & Peace is using the hard-earned money of faithful Catholics to fund a pro-abortion group in Haiti, according to the August 18 LifeSiteNews [].

Obviously it would be unconscionable to donate to Development & Peace until this latest scandal is addressed.

Catholics are not interested in killing babies. Thank you for your kind attention.

Yours truly, in Christ,

<Socon or Bust Reader>

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How I.C.E. and its Ontario allies let Catholics down
Catholic Insight, September 2010 (republished with premission )

In mid April 2010 Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty hurriedly backed down on a new Sex Education program supposed to start in September this year. The Ministry of Education had posted it in January but it went unnoticed until April when there was an outcry against it. What surprised the Ministry most, apparently, was the vocal opposition of some Catholic educational leaders and the Archbishops of Toronto and Ottawa. The Ministry had thought the Catholics were “on board.” The question, therefore, is: where did Ontario education officials get the idea that Catholics would accept their “Equity and Inclusivity” strategy, which is so obviously “gay” partisan?

There is no doubt that the Ministry consulted with Catholic education officials. In an interview with Life Site News a Ministry spokeswoman, Patricia MacNeil, “emphasized that the strategy was developed in conjunction with the Institute for Catholic Education.” Sr. Joan Cronin, in turn, confirmed that she had been included in the process:  “I think that Catholic education has always been about equity and inclusivity,” she said (Patrick Craine, “Ont Gov’t won’t say whether Cath Schools can teach beliefs on homosexuality,” (LSN, Jan 8, 2010) Read the rest of this entry »

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HAITI, August 18, 2010 ( – The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development & Peace (D&P) is using funds collected for Haiti’s post-earthquake emergency relief effort to give an extra boost to at least one of their pro-abortion partners in the country.

The information surfaced in a report by the Catholic Register’s Michael Swan at the end of July, and was highlighted by John Pacheco at his SoCon or Bust blog.

D&P programs officer Debra Bucher told Swan that D&P is using their current partnerships in Haiti to take a long-term approach in rebuilding the country.  “Our specialty is not emergency relief where we go and buy 20,000 tents and feed 500,000 people for three months,” she said. “Our forte is in the partnerships we have with local organizations. Our forte is much more in the area of reconstruction.” Read the rest of this entry »

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QUEBEC, August 16, 2010 ( – Amidst the congratulations and best wishes imparted this week to Cardinal Marc Ouellet as he heads to his new post in Rome, the head of the Quebec Bishops’ Assembly has publicly criticized certain aspects of the Cardinal’s efforts to restore faith and morality in the once vibrantly-Catholic province.

In an interview with the Canadian Press on Friday, only days before the Cardinal’s farewell Mass, Bishop Martin Veillette of Trois-Rivières called Ouellet “an emotional person, who reacts quickly enough and who sometimes gets carried away by emotions, feelings, affection.”

Bishop Veillette noted that Ouellet is a teacher, and as such “his desire was to emphasize certain points of view that he considers important.”

“The bishops here have also taught, but in the way to do it, at the time to do it,” he continued.  “There are times when it is more important to keep silent than to speak.  There are things like that, sometimes, that you need to know how to manage.  It’s a bit delicate.”

The bishop remarked further that the cardinal’s long absence from the province caused an “inevitable” gap between him and Quebec society.  Apart from a couple stints in Canada, Ouellet has spent much of his career as a seminary professor in Latin America and Rome, as well as serving at the Vatican before his appointment to Quebec.

Quebeckers who spend a long time away, explained Bishop Veillette, lose touch with the province’s religious and social landscape.  “When they return, they are a bit uneasy, they have more difficulty understanding the situations where we have arrived,” he said.  “It’s not surprising that Cardinal Ouellet, who was absent for many years, does not have the same grasp of the questions, the situations.”

There are so many subtle insults here, it’s hard to know where to start.  Well, actually I do know where to begin. 

Let’s start here to give us a bit of background on Bishop Martin Veillette and his diocese of Trois-Rivières.

Now back to the story above….

According to the bishop, Cardinal Ouellet is an “emotional person who gets carried away”.  What does this say if not, “the man’s unbalanced and not very prudent, unlike me, of course”?

Then there’s “certain points of view” that Cardinal Ouellet “considers important”.  Like what?  Publicly opposing abortion, for instance?  That’s a quirky belief of Cardinal Ouellet, after all.  Not something apparently shared by the province’s bishops.  Makes sense.  Look at the state of Quebec and the Church there.  It’s a disaster.  In truth, it cannot be much worse.

“There are times”, the bishop says, “when it’s important to keep silent.”  Indeed, the silence of the Quebec bishops on life issues these past 50 years makes you wonder if they will ever break their self-imposed and bogus vow of silence.  You’d think that seeing their culture being completely destroyed would cause them to open their mouths and actually teach the Gospel of Life once in a while. 

But why don’t they?  Well, folks, the bishop tells us:  “it’s a bit delicate“.  

I bet.

When you’re endorsing radical feminist and pro-abort groups on your own diocese’s website, things can get very delicate indeed, considering you’re supposed to be representing the Catholic Church.

I don’t doubt the situation around Auschwitz was “delicate” too, as the gas chambers were exterminating thousands of innocent people.  But unlike Auschwitz, speaking out in this case might actually save lives. Then again, when you’re in the tank for the feminists, what’s to talk about?

These men are not acting like bishops. They’re acting like marshmallow elites who are drowning themselves in delicacies and diplomacies instead of facing the verities like men of Christ.

“When they return, they are a bit uneasy, they have more difficulty understanding the situations where we have arrived,” he said.  “It’s not surprising that Cardinal Ouellet, who was absent for many years, does not have the same grasp of the questions, the situations.”

For some reason, this Scripture seems wholly appropriate as a response:

Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains. (John 9:10)

It is not Bishop Veillette who has a correct understanding of the situation in Quebec.  It is Cardinal Ouellet who has the correct understanding of the situation in Quebec.  And, as a bonus, he’s lived outside the limp-wristed ghetto which the Church has become in that province these past 50 years.  He’s gained a fresh perspective on how things should work. 

Besides, over the next 10 years, as Prefect for the Congregation for Bishops, he’ll have the satisfaction of not only approving Bishop Veillette’s successor, but approving most of the bishops in the province, as well.  Thanks be to God.

When his term is over (if he’s not elected Pope first), Cardinal Ouellet will have reshaped the Quebec hierarchy in Christ’s image, while Bishop Veillette’s milk-sop views and tragic abdications will be a sad memory of a disastrous and tragic era of the Church.

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A prominent Vatican consultant has encouraged Africa’s Catholic bishops to guard against the acceptance of a “gender ideology” that is being advanced by some international organizations.

Speaking recently to a meeting of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Msgr. Tony Anatrella observed that some relief organizations and international bodies bring an unhealthy ideological approach to African problems, promoting ideas that are in conflict with the truth about human nature and natural law. In particular, he said, “the theory of gender is the most worrying sign of the current ideas about man.”

Msgr. Anatrella, a psychoanalyst who is a consultant to both the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, defined the gender ideology as the belief that “human nature does not exist because the human being is merely the result of culture.” This radical ideology, he said, has a revolutionary impact much like that of Marxism, except that “class struggle” is replaced by “the war of the sexes.” This approach, he said, cannot be reconciled with Christian thought. (Source)


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…First is the effect on the gargantuan Boomer generation of a lifetime of listening to their own voices. The movies being created by and for the Boomers today are a very unentertaining mix of “Never regret! Life starts at 70!” and “Life is a cruel joke, ‘full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.’” Movies like It’s Complicated showcase a bunch of grey hairs still acting badly, swallowing their shame and ignoring their appropriate role as the wise mentors of the younger generations. The Dorian Greyish dark echo of this kind of story are movies like There Will Be Blood and the chillingly titled No Country for Old Men, in which the characters’ lives of narcissism and greed devolve into cynicism and brutality. Read the rest of this entry »

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East Timor, July 16, 2010 ( – “The Church,” said Bishop of Dili, Dom Alberto Ricardo Da Silva, “has a duty and a call to contribute to the well-being of women and children and their families.”

For this reason Catholics should work for the health of both mother and the unborn child, despite the “fashionable trend” of promoting abortion as a means of population control, as a number of NGO’s –including at least two that are funded by the Canadian bishops’ official development arm – have recently done in East Timor. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ukrainian Catholic and Orthodox bishops in Kolomyia have joined in a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a new church, which they are building as a joint project to celebrate the 1022nd anniversary of the “Baptism of the Rus,” the establishment of Christianity in Ukraine. The joint project is a remarkable breakthrough in a country that has seen persistent tensions between the Orthodox Church and the Byzantine-rite Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Catholic Bishop Mykola Simkaylo and his Orthodox counterpart Ivan Boychuk said that the new church reflects their “joint purpose: to build a unique church in Ukraine. By holding joint events we unite our faithful in one Christian family.”

The Ukrainian Catholic Church, which is by far the largest of the Eastern-rite churches faithful to the Holy See, has long sought to establish a Catholic patriarchate in Ukraine. While some Orthodox clerics have hinted that they might welcome that development and even adhere to an Eastern Catholic patriarchate, the suggestion has drawn heated opposition from the Russian Orthodox Church, which claims Ukraine as its “canonical territory.” Bishop Boychuk represents the Orthodox Church of the Kiev patriarchate, which has broken away from the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow. The Orthodox faithful in Ukraine are divided among three competing groups: the Kiev patriarchate, an Orthodox body remaining loyal to the Moscow patriarchate, and a 3rd autonomous body. (Source)

True Christian unity, not that water-downed pap we’ve been fed for the past 40 years, is closer than we think.

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…fisher of men.”

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This video is very instructive and prophetic, especially the last part of it which talks about “birth” and “rate”; that is, biology and math.

Sooner or later, we have to get past the hand-wringing and navel-gazing and get down to the unpleasant analysis of being honest with ourselves.

And what is the honesty of which I speak?

It’s simply this:  the culture of  “sex as entertainment” and only for entertainment (without responsibility and procreation) has left us vulnerable to Islamic infiltration.

No babies? No future.  That’s how biology works, folks.  You can thank Feminism and its spawn for that.

In political terms, more of them means more power to them.  A lot more of them means more power to them sooner.  More power to them sooner means Shariah law.

Shariah law means the sex party is over. 

For all the homosexuals out there who have been busy busting the scary “Christian right” these past 40 years, my goodness, what will become of you under Shariah?  Going to push for diversity training with the local Imam, eh?

For the rest of us, it also means our basic freedoms are gone…unless of course we convert to Islam.

And regarding this last point….if we are so spineless to stand up to Islam now when we still have control over our laws and destiny, can you imagine how much more spineless we will be when courage and sacrifice are actually required to push it back? 

There is a reason why heroism and martyrdom are taken up by so few.  It’s because most of this Western population would rather go along to get along than to die for something like freedom and faith.  Indeed, why would the West die for anything at all? 

It doesn’t believe in anything at all except maybe condoms and narcissism.

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Mexico City, Mexico, Aug 12, 2010 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Spanish Royal Federation of Soccer (SRFS) offered the World Cup trophy Spain recently won to Our Lady of Guadalupe at the basilica in Mexico City.

During the emotional ceremony, the president of the SRFS, Angel Maria Villar, presented to trophy to Msgr. Diego Monry, fulfilling a promise made during his last visit to Mexico. The Spanish officials were accompanied by the president of the Mexican Soccer Federation, Jacinto Desio de Maria, and other members of his staff. Read the rest of this entry »

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As John reported in an earlier post, the Catholic Register is lamenting the possibility that the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), a social justice organization, might have its government funding cut.  Boo hoo.  This could have been a tragedy if CCIC was doing great work.  As it turns out, they’re just another left-wing rag pushing abortion and contraception in the Global South.

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You know what the good book says…”the fool says there is no God”.

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+ Practical advice from a former atheist.

Here’s another cool site.

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This is promising. Maybe D&P is next on the chopping block.

This is also promising. Maybe the wind blows north.

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On July 13, 2010, the Newsboys released a new album entitled Born Again.  This is their first album since their lead singer and composer, Peter Furler, left the band.  He is replaced by Michael Tait, who had great success as a member of dc Talk.

The Newsboys have been one of my favourite bands for years.  I was also a big fan of dc Talk and was very disappointed when the band split up.  So I was eager to see how the transition from Furler to Tait would unfold.  I had no doubts about Tait’s voice.  He’s a great singer, without question.  But I was curious to see how his song-writing skills would unfold within the Newsboys, because his solo career after dc Talk didn’t yield too many big hits.

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There are so many reasons why people don’t believe in God.  In some cases, it is related to pain and suffering.  Some have been greviously wounded by Christians and therefore cannot accept any religion.  Others have gone through so much sickness or death among their loved ones that they find an insurmountable obstacle in the age-old question of “how can a loving God allow so much suffering?”

However, others have a more intellectual objection to deity.  These are frequently very educated and intelligent people, who have been trained in critical thinking and have too often become serial cynics about anything that isn’t empirically verifiable.  A recent article by R.R. Reno, a senior editor of First Things, sheds some great light on the driving force behind these intellectually-based objections.

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