Archive for December, 2010

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Additional Sigs Collected (Paper): 960

Total @ Dec.31, 2010 = 1999

We need one more signature to make it a cool 2000.

Never will we let the Canadian Bishops forget their UNREPENTED betrayal of the Faith.

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Short but effective post from Big Blue Wave.

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it’s so obvious.  Just why can’t you see it?

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Pope Benedict recently issued an ominous warning about the future of the world.  John Pacheco has been warning of this collapse for some time.

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…At the time, I remarked to peers in medicine and to groups I was invited to address that there had to be much more to this story than meets the eye. No Catholic hospital faithful to the ERD’s ad the Magisterium, within a stone’s throw of several other hospitals, makes such a decision, especially without consulting the local bishop. I opined, and was pilloried for it, that Sister McBride was presiding over a shadow healthcare system that was active in promoting an agenda that ran counter to the mission of the Church. Nobody commits first-degree murder as a first crime. No Catholic hospital administrator, especially a professed religious, signs off on such an abortion for the first time in the manner in which Sister McBride conducted herself. There was an arrogance, an independent and defiant air about it that pointed to something deeper and darker, something that would eventually come to light. This past week, Bishop Olmsted shared with the world the extent to which there has been a shadow system operating for over a quarter of a century, performing abortions, sterilizations, and dispensing all manner of contraception.  Sister McBride, as it has now been revealed, is hardly the compassionate administrator who made a good-faith, though horrific decision…(Source)

 Socon or Bust readers are aware of the travails we undertook against Development & Peace in 2009 through to 2010.  Many of you might be thinking, in light of the Development & Peace’s about-face this past Autumn on funding pro-abort groups, that the battle is now over.

Well, it’s not

In fact, it’s only just begun against the social justice clique and just about every strata of Church bureacracy where “professional Catholics” reign supreme.   It’s nothing short of a civil war.  We’re tired of the lies and garbage which we’ve been fed the past 40 years and we’re not going to take it any more.

Bishop Olmsted’s necessary and courageous action could very well jolt the Catholic Church back to life, and force the lavendar mafia in the Episcopacy out into the open to either declare themselves for or against the Catholic faith.  In fact, it’s already started to happen.  Sad to say but much of the Catholic Church is controlled by homosexuals, homosexualists, feminists, communists, socialists, eco-freaks, heretics, and limp-wristed, cowardly men. 

It’s the truth and everyone knows it.  On the bright side, however, if you want proof of her Divine origin, you only have to wonder in amazement how those who hold the levers of power have not been able to change her divine teaching.

In this country, we will continue to shine the light and turn up the pressure on Church officials – bishop and bureaucrat alike.  No one is safe.  And no one will be spared.  No matter who they may be.  (This is not hyperbole either.  When one invites noted dissenters to the address the club, you know the club needs to be shaken and cleaned out.)  If an allegation is true and any Church official is playing fast and loose with human life or going against magisterial teaching,  we’re going after them with everything we’ve got.  That’s not something that we like to do.  It’s something we engage in with trepidation and a cold sobriety, but it is work that must be done nonetheless.

In Canada for instance, St. Joseph’s “Catholic”  fetal euthanasia centre is still humming along on all cylinders, from what I can see.  Has there been a change in policy there?  I don’t think so. If there has been, there’s been no report about it. In fact, back in March 2009, Bishop Fabbro  “ordered” an investigation into the anti-life practice of St. Joseph’s:

“The investigation is still in process,” Mark Adkinson, spokesman for Bishop Fabbro said. “The bishop does see it as a priority.” Fabbro has written to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, the Church body responsible for maintaining Catholic doctrine throughout the world, to advise them of the situation. (Source)

March 2009.  In a few months, it will be March 2011. Two years and we will still have not heard a word.  Some priority.

2011 is going to be a year of shifting, purging and pain.

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“What ought not to be questioned, however, is that the American Proposition rests on the forthright assertion of a realist epistemology,” asserts Murray. “The sense of the famous phrase is simply this: ‘There are truths, and we hold them, and we here lay them down as the basis and inspiration of the American project, this constitutional commonwealth.’” Over and against positivists, Marxists and pragmatists, the Founding Fathers thought that “the life of man in society under government is founded on truths, on a certain body of objective truth, universal in its import, accessible to the reason of man, definable, defensible.”

“If this assertion is denied, the American Proposition is, I think, eviscerated at one stroke,” argues Murray. “For the pragmatists there are, properly speaking, no truths; there are only results. But the American Proposition rests on the more traditional conviction that there are truths; that they can be known; that they must be held; for, if they are not held, assented to, consented to, worked into the texture of institutions, there can be no hope of founding a true City, in which men may dwell in dignity, peace, unity, justice, well-being, freedom.”

Murray says “we hold these truths because they are true. They have been found in the structure of reality by that dialectic of observation and reflection which is called philosophy.”

In the Catholic world prior to Vatican II, the issue of American religious pluralism was problematic. Indeed, Father Murray’s writings were restrained from time to time by Rome. Yet, as can be seen in the teachings of Benedict XVI and John Paul II, the American constitutional system is now viewed as a positive good, not out of any tolerance for moral relativism, but due to a greater appreciation of the handiwork of James Madison, the First Amendment, “a great act of political intelligence” according to Murray…. (Source)

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When Christianity wanes, Jews suffer.

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On this feast of the Holy Innocents, when we remember how so many babies were ordered to be slaughtered by Herod, shortly after the birth of Jesus, Catholics have traditionally also remember the death of countless unborn babies through abortion.

Today, I’d like to thank Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix for being an impressive advocate to protect the sanctity of life. He seems to understand that an effective bishop cannot hide in a closet and preach to the choir. He also has to step outside the parish walls and take some public stands, even if it means taking some heat. Sometimes that’s the only way to reach people.

Back in 2009 he wrote a letter to University of Notre Dame president Fr. John Jenkins condemning the invitation to President Obama to offer the school’s commencement address and receive an honorary law degree.  He called Fr. Jenkins’ actions a public disobedience to the authority of the bishops.

In March 2010, Bishop Olmsted publicly condemned an abortion that took place at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

Last week, the good bishop has stripped St. Joseph’s of its “Catholic” title. No more shenanigans.  The hospital refused to comply with the bishop’s orders, including a promise to no longer perform abortions. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Canadian energy company called Cenovus Energy recently put out a TV ad giving prominence to the unborn child.

They probably didn’t intend it, but this is the type of “subliminal” message about the humanity of the fetus that we need to see more often.

Click here to watch the TV ad.

They also have a print ad, shown on the right.

Good stuff.




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Today is the feast of St. Stephen, my patron saint. I admire St. Stephen because Scripture describes him as a very holy and brave man.  He was the very first martyr of the Church. A man of heroic virtue who exemplified fortitude.

We all need to exhibit fortitude in our lives, otherwise we are unworthy of the name of Christian.  Watch the video below.

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By Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life

Today I want to share with you the following email I received from a pro-abortion person who visited the Priests for Life website and saw the pictures of aborted babies. She wrote,

“Hello, I am a sixteen-year-old female and I just finished looking at the pictures on your site and reading what actually happens during an abortion. Up until five minutes ago, I was extremely pro-choice. But within 3 minutes of viewing your website, my face was covered in tears. Those pictures just really hurt to look at. … I cannot express how grateful I am that you have shown me the truth about abortion. God bless you.”

Invite others to view these images at priestsforlife.org. You may email and print them. Nothing is more effective to end abortion. (Source)

This is also why the good folks at Carleton Lifeline are doing such great work for the pro-life movement.  And maybe that’s why the repression from Carleton University has been so severe.  These images are powerful and I’m sure they have touched the hearts of many students.

Praise God for Priests for Life and Carleton Lifeline.


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At Christmas time, we typically see lots of people at Mass who aren’t regular church-goers.  It’s nice for them to come. I pray that the Lord touch their hearts and bless them abundantly.

Some of these good people are not totally familiar with the parts of the Mass, the prayers or the hymns.  That’s perfectly understandable since they don’t come often.  But they excel at one thing: they aren’t afraid to shake your hand when it’s time to exchange a sign of peace.

Sadly, the easiest way to distinguish the “regular” church-goers from those that come less frequently is that the regulars are scared to touch anybody.  Now tell me, dear reader, how are we supposed to make our parishes warm and welcoming when nobody touches anybody with a 10-foot pole? Do you think we have a winning image here? Read the rest of this entry »

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This is a great 4-minute summary of the basic Gospel message and the meaning of Christmas.  It’s a very good link to share with family and friends.  Succinct, simple and effective.  Spread the Word this Christmas!


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Steve and I wish all Socon or Bust readers a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

While things are getting darker, there are also rays of hope piercing the darkness.  We can’t lose hope.  That’s what this Christmas season teaches us.

And remember, Christmas begins on Christmas eve.  It does not start and end on one day.  We need to kick out Secular Santa and bring back the feast of St. Nicholas (celebrated Dec. 6), and put Christmas in its proper place.

Christmas: December 25th through The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

The Christmas season begins with the celebration of the birth of Jesus, Christmas day, or as a vigil on Christmas Eve. The Feast of Christmas lasts 12 days, until Epiphany. However, the time from Epiphany until the Baptism of the Lord is also included in the Christmas season. Traditionally, Epiphany had been fixed to January 6th, and the Baptism celebrated on the octave of Epiphany, which was January 13th. In most countries, the Epiphany is now celebrated on the Sunday closest to January 6th, and the Baptism celebrated the following Sunday. The Christmas season is a time of rejoicing in the Incarnation.

The liturgical color of Christmas is white.  (Source)

Merry Christmas everyone!


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I highly recommend reading this excellent article from Patricia Paddey that was published in the National Post. She points to a recent survey showing that there are more Americans that teach their kids to believe in Santa Claus than in Jesus.

Lord have mercy on our unfaithfulness.  No wonder our civilization is crumbling.  We’re getting what we deserve.

Here’s a brilliant quote that says a lot about our modern culture:

Think about it: today’s Santa is the perfect deity for our day; he’s a god-man who is eternal, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, who judges and rewards good and bad behaviour. He is a vehicle of undeserved love, forgiveness and grace. Children are taught to adore him and to please him with sacrificial offerings of milk and cookies. He dwells far off in another realm but promises to return regularly to the benefit of those who believe in him. The fact that he’s also one of the great underpinnings of the world industrial economy doesn’t hurt his appeal.

Children clearly have the openness for God, but parents have stopped teaching them.

How about you?  How are you raising your kids?  Can you honestly stand before Almighty God and say that you’re doing everything in your power to raise them in faith and holiness?  Make that your Christmas gift to your kids this year.

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As we prepare to welcome the Baby Jesus, let’s not forget that there are some very disturbed people in this world, like this lady that bakes cookies of bloody fetuses.  Please lift her up in prayer this Christmas.

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Socon or Bust occasionally comments on demographic trends and how they’ve been influenced by the Culture of Death. One of these trends is that pro-choicers are getting old and scarce, seeing that they have less kids than pro-lifers.  This will  obviously have major ramifications for the political landscape in the U.S., as described below. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has issued a statement to deal with misunderstandings and outright misinformation resulting from Pope Benedict’s statements regarding the use of condoms in the recent book Light of the World. You can read the brief statement from the CDF here.

Although the statement is short, direct and clear, here’s my abbreviated version:  NOTHING HAS CHANGED WITH REGARD TO CHURCH TEACHING.  Specifically:

  • Prostitution is still wrong.
  • Using contraception is still wrong.
  • Prostitutes who are HIV positive and who use condoms to prevent infection of their clients are still wrong.
  • Anybody claiming otherwise or trying to rationalize the use of contraception is deceiving himself and others.

Any questions?

By the way, the CDF points out that an HIV positive prostitute that knowingly has sex with someone else is guilty of a sin against the Fifth Commandment, i.e. “You shall not kill”, because they’re consciously putting someone else’s life in danger.  That may sound like a no-brainer to most people but sadly our legal system hasn’t caught up to reality in the 21st century.

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