Another cyberspace disappearing act has occurred regarding Fr. Luis Arriaga, the abortion-enabling priest who’s visiting the Archdiocese of Ottawa. He’s got that magic touch: incriminating evidence of his organization’s abortion advocacy just disappears from the web after being reported on LifeSiteNews!
On the website of the Mexican group called Catholics for the Right to Decide (Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir), there’s a page celebrating their 15th anniversary. Or as they put it, “15 years of experience in the promotion of sexual and reproductive rights”. They speak openly about abortion on this page, so there’s no doubt about what they mean by “sexual and reproductive rights.”
To mark the occasion, they organized a forum in August 2009. The second panel of the day went to the heart of the organization’s mission to spread abortion in the Church. The panel was called “What are the challenges that we face as a Church in the 21st century with respect to the exercise of human rights by women, specifically their sexual and reproductive rights?” The panel featured a who’s who of dissenting Catholic religious and priests from Latin America. A Jesuit, a Dominican, a Missionary of Mary Immaculate and a Baptist pastor.
However, if you look at the cached version saved by Google on March 20 (the link will only be available for a few more days, but I’ve saved a copy), you will see Fr. Luis Arriaga listed among the panelists in his capacity as his organization’s director:
El segundo panel titulado ¿Cuáles son los desafíos que enfrentamos como iglesias en el siglo XXI en lo que se refiere al ejercicio de los derechos humanos de las mujeres, específicamente sus derechos sexuales y reproductivos?…Fray Julián Cruzalta OP, de la Comunidad Ecuménica Magdala y consultor de CDD; y el Mtro. Luis Arriaga Valenzuela SJ, y Director del Centro de Derechos Humanos “Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez”. Durante el panel se habló del carácter patriarcal de la jerarquía Católica… (Google Cache here.)
Yes, that’s Fr. Luis Arriaga. The one and only. A Mexican radio station, Radio Bemba, also reported on the event. Their reportincludes Fr. Arriaga as a panelist. No scrubbing there. Yet.
Here’s a curious lacuna for all Socon or Bust readers out there: Did Development & Peace have enough indirect influence with Catholics for the Right to Decide to pull reference to Fr. Arriaga off of this pro-abort website? Did they just phone them up? Send a quick e-mail? Or did they go through Fr. Luis himself? What is the relationship between Development & Peace and/or Fr. Luis Arriaga and Catholics for the Right to Decide in Mexico?
And what was the summary of the discussion of this panel? You’ll be sorry you asked:
Durante el panel se habló del carácter patriarcal de la jerarquía Católica, especialmente de la falta de reconocimiento de la autoridad moral de las mujeres para tomar decisiones sobre sus propias vidas y cuerpos, así como de la fuerte percepción cultural que existe todavía en algunos lugares del país al considerar que el valor de la mujer mexicana no está determinado por su propia identidad, sino por el número de hijos que puede proporcionar a su marido. Asimismo, los panelistas hablaron sobre el principio de la libertad de conciencia, enfatizando que todos los católicos tienen la libertad para disentir cuando no están de acuerdo con las enseñanzas de la jerarquía, sobre todo cuando éstas dificultan su derecho a una vida digna.
During the panel, they spoke of the patriarchal character of the Catholic hierarchy, especially the lack of recognition of the moral authority of women to make decisions regarding their own lives and bodies, and of the strong cultural perception that still exists in some areas of the country to the effect that the value of a Mexican woman is not determined by her own identity, but by the number of children that she can bear to her husband. Moreover, the panelists spoke of the principle of freedom of conscience, emphasizing that all Catholics have the freedom to dissent when they are not in agreement with the teachings of the hierarchy, especially when these render more difficult their right to a life of dignity.
Note that they’re not just talking about dissent in the abstract, but rather dissent in the specific context of the theme of their panel, i.e. abortion in the Church.
I guess my obvious question to the Archbishop, on this eve of Fr. Arriaga’s talk at the Diocesan Centre, would be: if this priest is so open about Catholics’ right to dissent, what makes you think, your Grace, that he won’t embarrass you in front of a packed room? Or worse yet, at the Life Teen Mass, which is especially for teenagers who are learning about their faith? Would you entrust their souls into this priest’s hands?
The guest speaker at the Archbishop’s home this weekend is Fr. Luis Arriaga, who heads a Mexican group that advocates for abortion rights. There’s so much evidence of their anti-life stances on the web. Here’s another example.
Last November, some anti-life “human rights” groups held their “Hermila Galindo” award ceremony to celebrate the achievements of some of their militants. Think of it as the Oscars for Lefties. I’ll spare you the details and get straight to the point.
The prize for Person of the Year 2010 went to María Consuelo Mejía Piñeros, a member of an organization called PUEG. Here’s how they describe the “achievements” that earned her the award (bear with me, it’s a long sentence):
As a result of her ample experience with respect to defense of themes related to reproductive rights and access to legal and safe abortion, as well as her work in evaluating policies on reproductive health and themes related to women’s sexual and reproductive rights, and human rights, gender equality and equity and the position of women in the Catholic Church, María Consuelo Mejía Piñeros received the Hermila Galindo Award in the category Person of the Year 2010, from the hands of the researcher of the College of Mexico, Elena Urrutia. (Source)
Many left-wing militants were in attendance and were quoted in the article heaping praise on the various winners of prizes. Here’s what is reported of Fr. Luis Arriga and his comments about Consuelo Mejía, the pro-abortion woman above (“CDHDF” mentioned below is the group hosting these Oscars):
The President of the CDHDF gave the floor to Luis Arriaga, Director of the CentroProdh, who exclaimed that the feminist movement has taught great lessons and its beckoning is and will always be necessary to build new modes of human relationships. He recognized the invaluable support provided to the CentroProdh by the activities advanced by Consuelo Mejía and the PUEG.
So this woman’s abortion advocacy is not a problem in his eyes? What kind of a Catholic operation is Fr. Luis running?
As you’ve heard by now, Fr. Luis Arriaga, who heads a Mexican group that advocates for abortion rights, has been invited to give several lectures in churches in the Archdiocese of Ottawa. Fr. Arriaga is the leader of an organization called the “Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights,” which has signed its name to various pro-abortion policy statements in Mexico.
This post provides some gory details on one such statement. The document in question is a March 2010 report to the UN Human Rights Committee prepared by organizations forming part of a network called “All Rights for All” (Todos los Derechos para Todas y Todos). Fr. Arriaga’s group is proudly listed on the second page as a signatory of this statement. Read the rest of this entry »
Pro-lifers have been respectfully dialoguing with the Archbishop on this matter for several days, and the discussions will continue. However, the Archbishop has chosen to continue with the event, apparently under pressure from advisors in his entourage. Our planned prayer vigil is a last recourse, having exhausted all other options.
I have a simple question: if Fr. Luis Arriaga’s activities and positions are above reproach, then why is his organization scrubbing their website of their association with Catholics for the Right to Decide? Can someone explain that to me?
Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. – John 3:20
…There, Knight asked, “Is there a uniquely Catholic approach to the global HIV pandemic? And if so, what is it?” Her first answer: “I fear that there may be people here in Vienna this week who would answer that it is one characterized by dogma, hypocrisy, moralizing, and condemnation.” True enough, given the attitude toward the Church’s sexual ethic prevalent in the INGO universe. But did Ms. Knight challenge this caricature? Not really. The best she could manage was to lament that Catholic AIDS workers (the largest group of non-governmental care-providers for people suffering from AIDS) “are still dogged by these criticisms…” (Source)
There’s really nothing worse than a self-righteous progressive. But the good news is that the Vatican is now playing hardball…and that can only be a good thing where Development & Peace is concerned.
If you are confused about what real social justice is, check out this video. If you want to give to a worthy charity, check out the site of this incredible young woman who was featured in the video. Yes, I know, it’s not run by Professional Catholics and you won’t get a tax receipt either. That’s why we should support it.
Archeologists have uncovered some new images of the Apostles in the catacombs of Rome dating to the 4th century A.D. So we now have additional evidence that early Christians had a devotion to the Apostles.
“This is a very important find because these are the earliest known images of Andrew and John. For Peter there are depictions from the first half of the fourth century, but never alone in an icon,” said Barbara Mazzei, the archaeologist who led the project under the auspices of the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archaeology.
“The discovery is testimony to the introduction and spread of a cult of the apostles in the early years of Christianity.” (Source)
In an article about the event published by the pro-abortion news service CIMAC, Arriaga is also quoted as saying that in the struggle for women’s rights, “we recognize the support of the activity carried out by Consuelo Mejía and the PUEG, who have taught us lessons about new types of human relations, for the consolidation of an egalitarian society.” (Source)
WHY: To expose the pro-abort corruption in the Catholic Church and witness to the Truth…no matter who our opponents are or the power they wield in the Church.
PROGRAM: To be announced.
Socon or Bust reminds his grace, Archbishop Prendergast, that he must stand for the Gospel of Life at all times, and not give cover or be seen to promote the activities of pro-abortion-enabling priests. In the name of the Unborn Child, Socon or Bust calls on the good Archbishop to withdraw his participation in this event and cancel the event entirely.
In August of 2009, after LifeSiteNews had already uncovered his organization’s pro-abortion stance, and after the group had made similarly vague denials of involvement, Arriaga personally attended and participated as a panelist in the forum “Catholics for the Right to Decide: 15 years of struggle and hope in favor of the human rights of women and young people,” which celebrated the 15th anniversary of the group. Catholics for the Right to Decide is an organization whose primary goal is to achieve the legalization of abortion on demand throughout Latin America. Its parent organization in the USA, Catholics for Choice, has been roundly condemned by the American bishops for it’s advocacy of the murder of the unborn. (Source)
Sometimes, folks, it’s just like living in the twilight zone when the hierarchy insists on being everyone’s friend….but this can’t continue forever.
The Lord cannot be mocked indefinitely by his own priests. Fr. Luis must be corrected. Something has got to give.
I’d like to add some useful context to John’s findings. A key feature of the two groups outed last week is that they both support the UN’s Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, knows as CEDAW. While the title of CEDAW appears laudable, it includes much more that banning unjust discrimination towards women. It also contains an aggressive pro-abortion policy thrust. That’s why the Vatican never ratified CEDAW. Listen to what the Holy See had to say about it:
“[T]here are portions of this Convention that made it impossible for the Holy See to take part. One of those difficulties can be found in Articles 12, 14 and 16. These make mention of the rights of women to access to family planning services. Since then, family planning services have been defined to include reproductive health services which might include abortion … a definition that the Holy See has never accepted and something to which the Holy See can never agree”. (Source)
Given how much toxic sludge we’ve uncovered on so many of D&P’s partners, it’s no longer a logical option to assume that they simple overlooked or missed this evidence. If D&P had done any effort at vetting their partners based on their adherence to Catholic principles, there’s no way they could have missed this. It’s just so obvious and easy to find. They would have found it if they had cared enough to look. But they didn’t care. They admitted as much in March 2009, at the outset of the scandal. Remember this?
When confronted with the fact that his organization is funding pro-abortion groups in Mexico, Gilio Brunelli, Director of International Programs at CCODP, admitted to LifeSiteNews that the organization has no policy of refusing funds to such groups, and that the CCODP does not thoroughly review the overall activities of groups that it supports.
“The criterion is not pro-life or pro-abortion,” said Brunelli. “If the piece of work they propose to us is something we want to support it is something that is within our parameters, if yes we support them, if not we don’t.”
“We don’t have a policy for or against” abortion, he added. “So your organization doesn’t have any policy for or against abortion at all?” LifeSiteNews asked for clarification. “No we don’t,” he responded, adding that such matters are “not our role. It’s the role of our bishops.” (Source)
No policy. No review. They just didn’t care.
Let’s hope the bishops can straighten them out. In the meantime, not one red cent.
OTTAWA, March 24, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – With a federal election campaign now underway after this afternoon’s vote of non-confidence in the Canadian parliament, the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued an election guide. The guide lists “Respect for life and human dignity: from conception to natural death” as the top issue in voting.
While recognizing there are times when “choices may prove very difficult,’ the guide quotes the Vatican saying “a well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law in which the fundamental content of faith and morals is replaced by the introduction of proposals differing from this content or opposing it.” (Source)
While this is an excellent statement, I’m afraid that most Catholics, even practicing ones, will never hear about it. After searching on the web, I couldn’t find a single mainstream media outlet that covered the news. Only a handful of Catholic sites and LSN reported on it. As such, its reach will be very limited unless it is preached from the pulpit. That’s what we really need.
Besides, I couldn’t help but notice the hypocritical irony of their quote from the Congregation from the Doctrine of the Faith:
“a well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law in which the fundamental content of faith and morals is replaced by the introduction of proposals differing from this content or opposing it.”
Change a couple of words and you get to the heart of the Development and Peace scandal:
“a well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to make donations to a charitable organization in which the fundamental content of faith and morals is replaced by the introduction of proposals differing from this content or opposing it.”
It’s so hard to take the statements of the CCCB seriously while the D&P scandal remains unresolved.
We’re already well passed the one-third point of Lent. This is a good time to take stock of how your Lent is going. Lent is an especially opportune time to reconsider aspects of our life that are not Christ-like. The last thing you want is a stagnant spiritual life. We all need to grow. If you’re not making progress on any front, it’s still not too late. This would be a good time to reboot your Lent. Read the rest of this entry »
Speaking of Milwaukee, the 40 Days for Life team has its green smocks again – the ones that look almost exactly like the ones Planned Parenthood’s escorts wear. In fact, they even say “parenthood volunteer” with a cross-like design that resembles the style of Planned Parenthood’s logo. Here’s a picture of green-smocked volunteers in Milwaukee:
Planned Parenthood tried to pull a fast one – they switched to orange smocks for their escorts. “They looked really pleased with themselves,” Dan said. But his team was ready – they pulled out orange versions of THEIR OWN smocks! He’d seen one of the orange Planned Parenthood smocks earlier and sensed that something was up.So they had some orange “parenthood volunteer” smocks on hand just in case Planned Parenthood switched colors. The vigil participants put on the orange and Dan says the smiles on the escorts’ faces “turned upside down – WAY down!” (Source)
Boy, would I like to roll with these guys. They’re my kind of fighters.