Archive for October, 2010

The CCCB investigated allegations involving five such groups in Mexico. They concluded that the charges were “unfounded” and declared that CCODP was “cleared of suspicion”. Nevertheless, the bishops and CCODP launched a joint process of “renewal” for the organization, to be guided by the Pope’s social encyclical Caritas in Veritate.

I see the Catholic lapdog press wants to keep repeating the same old tired line.  How pathetic can they be when the evidence and the pictures from Mexico are staring them right in the face?  Hey, I just had a thought:  why doesn’t Fr. Rosica, CEO priest of our “Channel of Hope”, produce a documentary featuring the guy in the mask and ask him how the bucks from D&P has transformed his life?  I’m sure that would be one helluva production.  I pledge to buy 20 copies. 



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CORNWALL, October 29, 2010 ( – The annual Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) ended today. Some 90 Bishops gathered for a week (25-29 October 2010) at the NavCanada Centre in Cornwall for the event.

There had been hope by many Catholics that the bishops would finally announce major new policies regarding the on-going Development and Peace (CCODP) scandal where numerous groups being funded by the official Catholic aid agency have been found to be pro-abortion and opposed to other Catholic moral principles.

During closed-door sessions this week, the only development announced on the D&P issue is that there has been agreement on the creation of a new Standing Committee to advise the CCCB and CCODP. The new committee is to “further strengthen the close bonds that already exist between the Bishops and CCODP.” According to a CCCB press release, “It will provide a forum to share information and collaborate more closely on achieving their common goal, which is to help the world’s most vulnerable persons.”

A more detailed report containing further information on the work of the Ad Hoc Committee and the duties of the new Standing Committee is to be released before the end of next week.

During the Plenary, the Bishops also received a report from the Ad Hoc Committee for Life and Family. This committee was formed last year to discuss the leadership role of Bishops in promoting a culture of life and family.

“The Bishops need to exercise real leadership on questions of life and family,” said the Most Reverend Ronald Fabbro, C.S.B., Bishop of London and Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee. “These questions require a spiritual revival, a chance of hearts. It is the work of the new evangelization.”

The Bishops voted to extend the term of the Ad Hoc Committee by at least one year. During this time, says the release, “the Committee will reflect on a specific structure and concrete plan for future action, which would rely also on the resources, support and work of the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF).”

It looks like LifeSite News was permitted to be at the Plenary Assembly covering the D&P story.  So that means that the CCCB’s earlier media release asking for “media accreditation” was aimed exclusively at keeping uppity Catholic bloggers from attending.

Good thing too…’cause you never know what might have happened to all of those tables in the room. (I think it’s an appropriate video too.  We are, after all, dealing with money and the abusive of it.  Isn’t that what this is about too?)


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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Saint André of Montreal

October 30, 2010

Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the following statement today at a reception honouring the canonization of Saint André of Montreal:

“Your Eminence, Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop of Montreal; Father Grou, Rector of St. Joseph’s Oratory; Your Honour, Mr Duchesne, Lieutenant Governor of Quebec; Premier Charest; Your Worship Mayor Tremblay; Mr Circé of Les Caisses Desjardins, and Mr Savoie of the Knights of Columbus, Ladies and gentlemen.

“First of all, I want to thank Your Eminence for inviting me to take part in this wonderful celebration today. I was truly impressed by the mass honouring Saint André of Montreal, attended by over 50,000 people, including thousands of young people, which would make many rock bands very jealous. Read the rest of this entry »

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The CCCB has posted a slick media release on their website concerning the issues discussed in the closed door sessions of the Canadian Bishops this past week.  You can read it in its entirety here.  Let me give you my commentary on each section of the media release. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cardinal-designate Burke is doing a great service to the Church in this age.  He never minces words.  He makes the Faith so simple that even a child could understand:

“You can never vote for someone who favors absolutely the right to choice of a woman to destroy a human life in her womb or the right to a procured abortion,” the archbishop told Thomas McKenna, President of Catholic Action for Faith and Family, in an interview released this week. Read the rest of this entry »

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Some bishops are taking a stand.  It’s a delight to the soul.

The latest dissenting priest to get raked over the coals is named Fr. Charles E. Curran.  He used to teach at Catholic University of America until a Cardinal named Joseph Ratzinger, as head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, banned him from teaching theology at any Catholic school because his dissent was too extreme. That was way back in 1986.  The priest has criticized the Church’s teaching on abortion, euthanasia, masturbation, homosexuality, fornication, and divorce. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ding. Ding. Ding.

That big sucking sound is the conservative vacuum cleaner being turned on.  Pay no mind.

Come hell or high water, preach the truth in and out of season. 

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So the Plenary Assembly of Canada’s Bishops ends tomorrow (Friday).  We pray and hope that the Ad Hoc Committee responsible for cleaning up Development & Peace did its job, and that we will soon learn of its contents.

On the other hand, maybe D&P will sic their lawyers on the bishops to prevent them from releasing the report  :-D .

Whatever happens tomorrow or early next week, things are going to change in the “social justice” gig in Canada forever.  We’ve waited almost 2 damn years for this garbage to be cleaned up.  And we’re not going to wait anymore.  Frankly, it’s time for the bishops to sit down and do the business or get off the pot. (Believe me, if this scandal was about bottled water, they’d be choking on Al Gore’s gas fumes to get the thing fixed.)

#1 - If the report makes the right recommendations and neuters Development & Peace, mission accomplished and the blood money stops.

#2 - If the report does not recommend the necessary changes, this current crop of bishops can kiss their credibility on Life issues goodbye for the rest of their “careers”. Even the good things the precious few of them do on Life issues will always have an asterix * by them.   Needless to say, lack of credibility and lack of trust will have real consequences to the unity of the Church and the financial support a bishop can expect.  If we can’t trust you with something so basic as cleaning up this scandal and that you are still kosher with it, then we can’t trust you with much at all, can we?

#3 - If there is no report released and changes are not forthcoming and it’s just business as usual, see #2.


* – Failed to stop Catholic donations being sent to  fund radical and militant Marxist, pro-abort, anti-Catholic groups in the Global South.


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Polls show men leaning heavily Republican this year. That has Democrats and their backers trying in the campaign’s last days to spur left-leaning and independent women to vote, by emphasizing abortion and other social issues. (Source: Wall Street Journal)

This is a great development.  It puts the pro-choice crowd exactly where we want them. Read the rest of this entry »

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ZENIT news recently chatted with a few leaders of marriage preparation courses in the U.S. who are seeing powerful fruits from incorporating John Paul II’s Theology of the Body into the courses.  This is something that Socon or Bust has been advocating for quite some time for Canadian parishes.  It’s desperately needed!  The Canadian bishops need to take advantage of their Plenary to move in this direction. Read the rest of this entry »

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As trick-or-treaters dig out their witch costumes, cut scowling faces into pumpkins and hone their apple-bobbing skills, young Catholic parishioners throughout Italy are preparing for “Holyween.” Instead of dressing up as black cats or zombies, young faithful from some 30 Italian cities will spend October 31 hanging pictures of saints from their windows and balconies to celebrate the eve of All Saint’s Day. “We’re not against Halloween as such, it’s just that we celebrate All Saint’s Day and want to share it with other young people,” said Sara Bidinost, 23, a student from the Sentinels of the Morning group behind the initiative. “We’ll be hanging images of saints from the front of churches and gathering in the streets… last year it was great fun, people were fairly curious about what we were doing,” she added….read the rest here.

Yep. My family has ditched Halloween too.  Here’s last year’s version.

This year is looking even better. I’m gonna dress up too!

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Yet another reason why homosexual behaviour is a problem.  Those poor children will have their future compromised.  That’s not fair.

Children Raised by Homosexual Parents More Likely to Identify as Gay: Study

By Kathleen Gilbert

MANHATTAN, Kansas, October 25, 2010 ( – A study due out next month has found that children raised by homosexual parents are far more likely to identify as homosexual themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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This is the only way a Catholic can approach an election.  The case of Minnesota is extremely simple. Apply these principles to your state.

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Dear Supporters,

Today, Carleton Lifeline is beginning a new project on campus called “Choice”Chain which entails standing with hand held graphic images and asking people what they think about abortion. In light of the arrests and the attempt at exhibiting the “Genocide Awareness Project”, it is very uncertain at how this attempt to show graphic images will go. We have 2 advantages with “Choice” Chain that we did not have with GAP.

1) We do not have to book space. Because we are simply standing with signs (lots of students do this), to our knowledge we do not have to book standing space at the University- the idea itself is insane. Is the University going to regulate where one can stand and with what? We will find out

2) “Choice” Chain does not classify as an event because we have nothing to set up. In this way, the University cannot tell us we had to book the space to stand outside in high traffic areas.Please keep us in your thoughts today and that I will have the right words to say at the right time. Thank you all for your continued support!

Ruth President of Carleton Lifeline

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DAY 36

Ground Zero Report …from a Lifer in the U.S……

Today I went back to Planned Parenthood to retrieve an umbrella that I had left with a friend earlier in the day. As I stood in front of the clinic chatting with a fellow pro lifer a group of teenage boys approached us on the sidewalk. We were so engrossed in our conversation that we weren’t paying careful attention to the direction the “Pray to end abortion” sign was facing, which happened to be facing away from the teenagers. Read the rest of this entry »

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The members of Mount Calvary Episcopal Parish in Baltimore voted on October 24 to seek entry into the Catholic Church as an Anglican Use parish.

“I am saddened that members of this small congregation have found a need to leave the Episcopal Church, of which Mount Calvary has been a part since 1842,” said Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, the Episcopal Church bishop of Maryland. “For those who are leaving I wish God’s blessing upon them … We are a diocese that receives warmly traditionalists and progressives, conservatives and liberals, women and men, married and single clergy, and persons oriented to the same gender.” (Source)

That’s why they’re leaving, there, Eugene.  When you stand for everything, you’ll fall for anything.

Catholic or Bust. That’s where it’s heading. Get on the barque of Peter or perish.

Meanwhile the Catholic Church is looking more and more like her old self.

Brazilian bishops threatened with death after urging pro-life election vote

Television cameras roll as Hindu mob beats Catholic brother

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In an earlier post, I related an awesome speech by Bishop Robert F. Vasa, D.D. (diocese of Baker, Oregon).  He explained how authority in the Church belongs to bishops, not episcopenal conferences.  Bishops need to step up and assume their role.

The good Bishop also warned that over-sized episcopal conferences  can lead to conformism of bishops to the views of the majority, even if the majority is wrong.  According to Bishop Vasa, over-sized conference are also often a reflection of episcopal cowardice.  The conference provides cover for the weak-kneed.  I’m afraid we’re witnessing this in Canada.  For example, how else can you explain the 19 months of dithering about the Development and Peace scandal when the evidence is so blatant?

The episcopal conference has become a parallel magisterium.  In the words of the good Bishop: Read the rest of this entry »

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The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has announced “stronger policies and clearer mechanisms” to ensure that grants from the bishops’ anti-poverty agency do not support causes inimical to Church teachings.

The new policies include 10 commitments, beginning with a promise to “emphasize the principles of Catholic social and moral teaching in all CCHD materials and communications.” The reforms also include a requirement that applicants state their goals in terms of Catholic social teaching, and the creation of a review board to hear complaints about improper grants.

“These 10 commitments are neither an abandonment of CCHD’s foundations nor are they an effort to repackage ‘business as usual,’” the organization says. That statement underlines the difficult position that the CCHD now occupies.

The CCHD has been torn by criticism from conservative Catholics who have objected to the agency’s regular collaboration with left-wing activist groups, and especially its funding for groups that promote causes such as legal abortion and homosexual marriage. On the other hand, promises of reform have raised the hackles of liberal Catholics, who fear that the CCHD may forsake its historic commitment to community organizing. (Source)

The Americans are cleaning up their act.  More on this story, here.

Not sure what has been happening at the Plenary Assembly of the Canadian bishops which is going on this week, regarding Development & Peace.   Their website has said very little about it, except for a posted letter from the CCCB’s president to the Holy Father, promising “renewal” (my favourite word!) of Development & Peace in light of Caritas in Veritate.   We can’t be sure if that is code for “we’re going to finally going to hire a bulldozer and clean out the stalls”, or if it’s just more empty rhetoric.  In all honesty, do they really believe they can fool us with another whitewash report? I really hope not. Really.

Monday was open to “accredited media”.  That means that bloggers were not welcome. And certainly not critical blogs, like Socon or Bust.  And especially blogs which call attention to the abortion scandal of the Canadian bishops who send money to the abortion-pushers in the Global South.  We mustn’t cause scandal to the Faithful, after all.

Anyhow, today, tomorrow and Thursday are the “closed door sessions” which means they are closed to the media. 

That’s when we find out if, of the 90 bishops who are present, there’s at least a couple of testicles in the room.


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A campaign postcard the Minnesota Democratic Party sent to voters in the Midwestern state is causing a strong reaction from pro-life advocates. It claims the Catholic Church is more concerned with abortion than helping the poor.The postcard features a large photo of a older but faceless Catholic priest holding a Bible and wearing the clearly-seen Roman Catholic collar.

The priest sports a campaign button in a red, white and blue motif with the words, “Ignore the Poor.”

The ad, in the estimation of National Catholic Register writer Matt Archbold is blatantly anti-Catholic and meant to tell voters the Catholic Church is more concerned about abortion than the plight of the poor….read the rest here.

Good. It’s about time all of this diplomatic baloney end.  The Democratic Party is showing its true colours.  The Catholic Church, of course, is the biggest alleviator of poverty in the world.  It just goes to show how absurd and desperate leftists have become.  This can only be a good thing for the Catholic Church to unify itself and become a political force again.

If it continues on this blatant bigotry road, the Democratic Party might be the best thing to happen to the Catholic Church in decades.  You go, Donkey!  Tell us how to do “social justice”.

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