Archive for March, 2011
It’s beautiful to see a bishop step up to the plate and proclaim the Truth without compromise. Check out these powerful words by the Bishop of Fargo (North Dakota), Samuel J. Aquila, at the 10th Annual Symposium on the Spirituality and Identity of the Diocesan Priest. Preach it, Bishop!
Paycheck in Pro-Life Activism
Friday March 25th: Prayer Vigil for the Unborn
Come and pray with us at the abortuary (65 Bank St. in Ottawa) on Friday March 25th, 2011, the Feast of the Annunciation and also the International Day for the Unborn Child (see also Argentina, and other locations, and HERE). We invite each parish and church group to provide a prayerful presence for one hour (or more) during that day (between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm) … visit: http://helpersottawa.org/en/Helpers_March25_2011.pdf.
This is an opportunity for a Lenten sacrifice that will help us grow closer to God by experiencing the mystery of His Cross. By denying ourselves comfort, we will better find out what Calvary is like. Praying for the unborn in this public way will also help us to clearly realize Christ’s personal love for each one of us, and know the joy of having responded to His call. In doing this, we also learn to pray, offer penances, abandon the results of our labours to God, and recognize that it is God’s power and love which will overcome the evil of abortion and soften the hearts of those who participate. For more details, email: email@example.com
In 2007, Pope Benedict issued an Apostolic Letter called Summorum Pontificum which granted greater freedom for the use of the Latin Mass. As I was doing some research on the web, I came across the reaction of Fr. Raymond Gravel. Not surprisingly, he was outraged (outré) by the announcement. He called it a concession to “integrists and traditionalists”.
What really caught my attention, however, was the way he disdainfully described the Latin Mass:
No, Father, the priest isn’t facing a wall. He’s facing the Tabernacle, in which dwells Jesus Christ, the God of the universe.
This is not the first time that Fr. Gravel makes statements that are suspect with respect to the Real Presence in the Eucharist.
Please pray for him.
Read this interesting article on how the “social media” helped save Baby Joseph.
Thanks to all who worked for Baby Joseph. A few good people can make a difference. Even big players can be toppled when we work together!
Squeaker in American Politics, International Politics
Good piece by Rex Murphy on President Obama’s lack of leadership.
Paycheck in Development & Peace
Well, it’s that time of year again when the Catholic bureaucracy in this country revs up the Share Lent machine to suck in all the donations from gullible Catholics. Yes, folks, it’s that time again for “Social Justice” where much of our hard- earned money goes to really worthy causes of poverty and disaster relief financing anti-life and anti-Catholic groups who push for reproductive “health” and gender mainstreaming.
The machine took a big hit late last year in its direction and many of their partners were not “renewed“. That we can’t deny. But none of us should be under any delusion that everything is OK. Far from it. We need to keep the pressure on, remembering that these changes were not made without intense pressure from LifeSite and the Catholic blogosphere.
As Socon or Bust predicted, the job is only partially done. There’s still a big room for improvement. In point of fact, there are still some big problems with Development & Peace. Read the rest of this entry »
Squeaker in Catholic Education
These pressures are going to keep increasing.
First of all, kudos to St. Joseph’s school for taking a stand.
Notice how McGuinty takes ownership of all the schools, both public and Catholic. And he’s right. From a legal standpoint, the “Catholic” boards aren’t really much different from the public schools. The bottom line is that the government is paying for those schools, which gives them the legal right to enforce whatever policy they want. That’s the problem with taking government money.
The only solution for Catholics to have a genuinely Catholic education is to found private schools. It would be hard and costly, but it’s the only way. If a bishop were to undertake such an endeavour, I think he would find lots of support from the faithful. It’s very doable. If we work together, we can definitely pull it off. John has already founded one such school. I’m sure he’s game for a few more. :-)
Squeaker in Catholicism
That’s what Socon or Bust has been saying for quite some time. Somebody please send the memo to the Canadian clergy.
Squeaker in Abortion
Pro-choicers are starting a feud among themselves.
What is Kissling’s horrible crime, you ask? She wrote the following in a Washington Post column:
Sounds reasonable to me. But Furedi is a hardliner. Here’s what she thinks:
Even though Kissling is the more moderate of the two, I think Furedi is more honest with herself when she says that “early and late abortions carry the same moral burden.” That’s what pro-lifers have been saying. Her mistake is to consider both early and late abortions to be acceptable because they only kill a “potential human life” rather than an actual one.
The feud doesn’t surprise me. As I’ve said before, people who are profoundly pro-choice are not to be trusted:
Paycheck in American Politics, Social Conservativism
I hope he learned something.
Squeaker in Religion
This is so absurd. What’s the point of calling it “communion” if it doesn’t reflect a communion of faith among those who receive?
Yet, if you can give it to a dog, why not to unbaptized humans? I don’t suppose the dog was baptized?
The Anglican Church in Canada is flooring the accelerator as they approach the cliff. They haven’t understood that when you try so hard to be inclusive, to the point of compromising on almost everything you supposedly stand for, you end up standing for virtually nothing and become irrelevant. That’s why they’re disappearing.
At that rate, there will be none left in Canada in 38 years. Personally, I don’t think they’ll last that long.
The recent disaster in Japan has caused a lot of people to start talking about God again. And many of the conversationalists are agnostics and atheists. Apparently, God has become a source of conversation again now that natural disasters are back in the news. It’s amusing, really, that our Godless friends somehow don’t see the need to bring up God in the good times, but have a healthy contempt and scorn for Him whenever bad things happen. How can there be a “good” God when evil things happen like Genocide or Natural Disasters? The answer, of course, is the same for both tragedies.
First the Glics.
Now the Lutherans.
I always had a disdain for the modern approach to “ecumenical dialogue”. In many respects, it was dishonest and goofy.
Good to see REAL unity – that is, Christians being united with the Pope – is starting to gain some traction.
One more example that the liberals are losing ground fast.
Squeaker in Same-sex "marriage"
Fr. Rosica’s recent intervention with regard to thet Fr. Gravel lawsuit against LifeSiteNews and Campagne Québec-Vie is not surprising. It fits perfectly with his pattern displayed during the Development and Peace scandal and the Kennedy funeral fiasco. There at least two commonalities:
Let look at each case briefly: Read the rest of this entry »
Squeaker in Pro-Life Activism, University Censorship
Another campus victory! We’re slowly gaining ground. Soon, they’ll be no stopping us.
Squeaker in Catholic Education, Catholic Scandals
The Catholic school board in Toronto is working on a new policy that doesn’t smell good. It’s still too early to draw any firm conclusions. Stay tuned.
Squeaker in Islam, Religion
The Holy Spirit is stirring in Kurdistan and throughout the Middle East. Could the recent uprisings in this region also be part of His plan?
LifeSiteNews wrote a well-balanced piece here. Here’s a key excerpt: