John Paul II was the Pope of my youth. He inspired me greatly in his life and in his writings. He was the “Pope of the Unborn” and the “Pope of Truth”. For many of us in our 40s, he helped define and shape us as Catholics and also to focus our efforts against what he termed the “Culture of Death” and to build up and promote the “Culture of Life”. For me personally and for many of us pro-life activists, we have devoted much of our lives to answering his call. This was a man that was sent by God to show us the way in an increasingly dark world. And he did that, even to his last days, which perhaps taught us more than all of his magnificent writings.
He wasn’t perfect and there are some legitimate criticisms of how he governed the Church. But none of us can deny his incredible pro-life legacy, his amazing witness, and his rock solid teachings. Like my wonderful wife keeps reminding me, our greatest strengths sometimes are our greatest weaknesses. It’s a great ironic truth. And we should all keep that in mind in assessing his significant legacy, indeed any legacy. He was able to reach as many people as he did because he became the first ever truly metropolitan, universal Pope in the world.
My fondest memory of John Paul II, even tough I had never met him personally, actually occured on Apr.9, 2005, a week after his death. That was the day 15,000-20,000 Canadians assembled on Parliament Hill to support the traditional definition of marriage. I’ll never forget it, really, because that day for me secured the certainty that one day John Paul II would be declared a saint. On April 9 2005, John Paul made an indelible imprint on Parliament Hill as the hundreds of placards bearing his face testified to. To be honest, I was rather taken aback by the display and marvelled at it. I knew instantly that he was with us on the Hill that day, and was more powerful and real than he ever was when he walked this earth. In looking back at it all, even my speech had JPII written all over it, which makes his witness even more personal and remarkable for me.
Something told me that day that he would return to take care of unfinished business in Canada. I firmly believe that when we put a stake through the beast of abortion in this country, it will have a lot to do with John Paul II’s strong arm in heaven doing the pounding.
XXII. In the other camp you have, in essence, the Catholic faithful, not as uniformed and uneducated and unqualified and obtuse as might be assumed (this is a great shock to “professional Catholics”). Representative examples would be LifeSite News, Catholic Insight, The Interim and a rag tag team of bloggers. Its members are generally younger in age and its priests/religious tend to be more traditionally-minded. Lay people see the internet as the answer to a prayer made long ago and now wield it to the terror of the bureaucratic establishment. For years this second camp has suffered in silence, putting up with the lies, distortions and opportunism said and done about the Faith, all the while watching Catholicism fade out of Canadian society whilst under the watch of the liberal dissidents. Now they’ve pretty well had it and effectively say: “Take your social justice and shove it up your ass”. Not because they are “uncharitable”, not because they are right, not because they demand a new guide to steer them through a society increasingly pagan and atheistic. But because the Magisterium is right, the Magisterium is the guide for Catholics, to which they refer and defer. How this war will turn out is a hard call. No doubt things are going to get ferocious during the interim. The wildcard in this whole situation is the bishops. Not The Star Chamber as a body, but individual bishops with authority, like a Prendergast, who have the courage and faith to opt out and do something decisive. My personal opinion is that most of Canada’s sheppards have been de-balled by Political Correctness, so I don’t expect much. I would love to be proven wrong on this issue.
The Development & Peace Abortion Gravy Train just keeps rolling.
Before this out-ting, Socon or Bust had previously reported on 49 groups who were promoting (some aggressively so) abortion, contraception, the homosexual agenda, or general anti-Catholicism. (We even discovered tacit support of infanticide among D&P’s partners and cultural relativists.)
Now we can round up the number to a cool 50.
If you visit D&P’s website, you will discover that they’ve scrubbed most of their more notorious partners from the public’s view, but that doesn’t mean they are not still funding them. In fact, we have no idea of who they are continuing to fund, and we have no idea of any new groups that they are funding…because they refuse to tell us. And we all know why, too. The problem, however, is that when you are so thoroughly corrupt as Development & Peace is, you can’t hide everything…even when you are trying your best.
Some interesting factoids that I was not aware of, like this one:
The word Thomas Rosica repeats over and over again is “scandalous”. He’s referring to the way in which churches tend to remain segregated, isolated, interested in their own. If you spend any time talking to Rosica, he will tell you just how frustrated he gets when he hears how Roman Catholic priests speak in chauvinistic ways about salvation in the “Catholic Church”. He doesn’t even like when they constantly refer to themselves as Catholics, when the word “Christian” not only would have been good enough, but preferable. [M. Gervais, "Basilian deacon puts sharing at forefront of religious aims", The Windsor Star, January 18, 1986, p. E6.]
In some ways, he regards the Roman Catholic Church’s reluctance to permit Catholics and Protestants to take communion in their churches as an embarrassment… “shared communion” with Protestant denominations at times of mixed marriages and funerals should be encouraged… “We have a right and a duty… to take objection with these young people (including young professors), who, through their theology courses and rigid beliefs, wish to move the Ecumenical movement back to a time it knew no possibilities for growth”… The next step is to work on “twinning” churches, where churches begin to do some real sharing and experimenting with liturgies. [Ibid.]
It makes perfect sense, of course, considering some of the positions that Fr. Rosica espouses. It puts the whole Kennedy fiasco and his “Catholic blogs against Obama” comments in their right focus. It also puts his other slippery comments into focus as well:
Father Tom Rosica, who helped bring World Youth Day 2002 to Canada, found he was able to embrace all the contradictions of this 21st century Pope. “There are a lot of things he did which don’t appeal to my taste or the taste of other Catholics, but many things which he believed and stood for are the core and the kernel of my faith,” Rosica said. “And that is what is so important.” (Source)
Earlier this month, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast cancelled the visit of a Mexican priest named Fr. Luis Arriaga, who is the head of an organization called the Miguel Pro Centre for Human Rights. The reason for the cancellation, according to the Archbishop, was “the Centre’s support of groups in favour of abortion rights in Mexico.” The Miguel Pro Centre for Human Rights is funded by Development and Peace.
So who’s this Miguel Pro character?
First off, his name is actually Father Miguel Pro. He was a Catholic priest, a Jesuit.
Secundo, it’s Blessed Miguel Pro. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1988.
Third, he’s a martyr.
He lived in turbulent times during the Mexican Revolution. The Church was severely persecuted, as the government was seeking to abolish Catholicism in Mexico. After becoming a priest, Blessed Miguel Pro showed heroic faith and courage by secretly bringing the sacraments to Mexican peasants, sometimes wearing disguises to avoid detection by the authorities.
He was eventually arrested and executed in 1927 for a crime he didn’t commit and without a trial. Before being killed by the firing squad, he forgave his executioners and cried out “Long live Christ the King!” (Viva Cristo Rey!).
His feast day is November 23, the day he died and was born into eternal life.
What an awesome man! Martyred for the Faith at the age of 36! A great model for our age. I don’t suppose he’s too thrilled with the abortion ties of the Centre that bears his name.
Watch the video below to learn more and see pictures of Blessed Miguel Pro. You can read more here.
Blessed Miguel Pro, pray for us! Pray for the clergy! Pray for Development and Peace!
Thank God for Benedict who pulls no punches and tells it like it is…which is not what we get in this country from this nation’s bishops.
The Canadian bishops are basically the NDP of the Church, and there’s no reason to believe that the gravy train is changing course either. Clueless and liberal bishops keep getting shuffled around and being appointed to lead us.
And that’s why, sadly, a split is coming. Open rebellion against Peter is not too far away.
Most of us knew that there was something very fishy about how D&P and the CCCB conducted their “investigation” of the original five pro-abortion partners in Mexico. It turns out that the Whitewash report wasn’t written by the two bishops who signed it, after all.We’re all just shocked - shocked! - at this finding:
OTTAWA, April 21, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Archbishop Martin Currie of St. John’s Newfoundland has said that a report that exonerated several pro-abortion groups funded by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P) and that slammed LifeSiteNews.com (LSN), was actually written by D&P along with the then-General Secretary of the Bishops conference, Mario Paquette. Archbishop Currie, one of the two Canadian bishops who traveled to Mexico in 2009 with D&P representatives to investigate the groups in question, and whose signature appears on the official report of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), made the comments in a telephone interview with LifeSiteNews.com Wednesday…. (Source)
That’s right folks.CanChurch wrote the sham investigative reportof…. itself! Then it was sold to clueless Catholics as a pseudo independent assessment by two bishops. If your kids were allowed to write their own report card, do you think they’d ever fail? (Actually, that’s not fair to our children who have more ethical principles in their pinkies than the entire soft-on-abortion cabal in CanChurch.) This is worse than the banking fraud that led to the financial crisis of 2008 and the Great Recession. At least the bankers were clever enough to use a third party to rubber stamp their financial statements and give the impression that they were squeaky clean.
As we explained in another post, this fraudulent report has been cited time and time again by those who want to stop the truth from being revealed so that the blood money could continue to flow. For instance, in a June 2009 Salt +Light TV interview, Archbishop Weisgerber, then president of the CCCB and the current champion of D&P’s anti-water bottle campaign, made this astounding comment:
“Well, the bishops don’t know Mexico and they don’t know the network and they don’t know the work. So Michael Casey’s job was to bring them together, to get them to see everybody. The bishops created the agenda. The bishops spoke with these five groups at very, very great length. They spoke to the bishops’ commission and the bishops—only the bishops—wrote the report.” (Source)
Did you catch that? Archbishop Weisgerber said that “ONLY THE BISHOPS” wrote the report which is a direct contradiction to what Archbishop Currie has now just admitted.
In the Icon, Jesus Christ stands victoriously in the centre, robed in heavenly white. He is surrounded by a mandorla of star-studded light, representing the Glory of God. Christ is shown dramatically pulling Adam, the first man, from the tomb. Eve is to Christ’s left, hands held out in supplication, also waiting for Jesus to act. This humble surrender to Jesus is all Adam and Eve need to do, and all they are able to do. Christ does the rest, which is why He is pulling Adam from the tomb by the wrist, and not the hand. Surrounding the victorious Christ are John the Baptist and the Righteous of the Old Testament (Abel is shown as the young shepherd-boy). Those who predeceased Christ’s crucifixion descended to Hades (Limbo of the Fathers), where they patiently waited the coming of their Messiah. Now they are freed from this underworld, and mingle freely with Christ and His angels. And what of this underworld, Hades? It is shown in the aftershock of Christ’s descent into its heart – in utter chaos with locks broken open and nails bent (having suffered violence). And in the dark, under Christ’s cross, is Satan, the strong man bound by someone more powerful.
For those of us embroiled in the fight for innocent unborn life, we need to remember that our victory is assured. The Resurrection tells us so. And just like with the Resurrection of Our Lord on this Glorious Easter Sunday, the victory over abortion and its peddlers will come as sudden and miraculous as the moment when the stone was rolled away. In fact, it’s already happening and they don’t even know it. CHRIST IS RISEN! ALLELLUIA! ALLELLUIA!
Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her. (John 20:11-18)