Archive for May, 2011

Church Ladies With typewriters .. . .

They’re Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:  

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 Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM . Please use the back door.

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 A Jesuit priest representing a pro-abortion organization recently cut off by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P) has left office following the cancellation of his April speaking engagement in the Archdiocese of Ottawa.  Fr. Luis Arriaga, the now-former director of the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights (PRODH), was scheduled to speak in Ottawa in early April as a funding recipient of D&P.  Following a series of LifeSiteNews exposés on the pro-abortion activities of PRODH, Archbishop Prendergast contacted Catholic Church authorities in Mexico, who confirmed their own “concerns” about the organization, according to a D&P letter sent to its members earlier this month….Fr. Arriaga’s exit marks the end of a 22 year career with PRODH.  Since Arriaga rose to the leadership position of the organization in 2007, PRODH signed multiple pro-abortion “human rights” declarations, urging the decriminalization of abortion in Mexico in accordance with Mexico City’s abortion-on-demand law, which permits and even finances abortions for any reason during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The organization also put its name on a declaration published in Guadalajara denouncing the State of Jalisco’s proposed pro-life constitutional amendment, and held at least one press conference at its offices in which “Catholics for the Right to Decide” promoted its pro-abortion stance….(Source)

Well, folks, there you have it.  Whether Fr. Arriaga’s departure was in any way connected to the controversy which happened here in Ottawa, we can’t say for sure but it is one helluva coincidence if it wasn’t.

And all because us pesky little bloggers lit the match….and kaboom…there goes the pro-abort neighbourhood. 

No more scrubbing websites. No more calling on Catholics for the Right to Decide to scrub their websites of Fr. Arriaga’s direct involvement with their organization.  And most importantly, no more Canadian Catholic money either!

I hope LifeSiteNews monitors PRODH in the coming months to see if the same pro-abort sensitivities are present under the new slate of Professional Catholics.  If it isn’t, we can almost be certain that the shakedown which just occurred happened in large part because of a few keyboard strokes thousands of miles away in Ottawa.

We bloggers have been called every name in the book by the bishops and their professionals in the social justice business.  And yet, we need to ask how is it, then, that the social justice deck of cards continues to fold?  How do the Professionals explain that?   All lies and innuendos, perhaps?  All just one big misunderstanding, maybe?

By the way, did you get a load the three Jesuits and their threads?  They look like corporate executives.   Then again, Professionals always wear suits.

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From a reader…

Dear Esther,

I was at the March for Life this year, as I have been for many years. For the first time ever, I saw the official CBC trailer on Parliament Hill. It was an impressive sight. However, I was genuinely shocked when I heard the CBC radio report of “five thousand participants” that night. I later listened to The National online, and heard the same number of participants repeated by CBC television. This is not acceptable journalistic practices. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bookmark it.  It’s what’s for dinner in the Church and Culture.

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(Rough English translation here with Google)

Dans la lettre du 18 mai dernier annonçant la cessation du financement au Centre ProDH, Développement et Paix avoue ce qui suit:

Durant la visite du père Arriaga au Canada, l’archevêché d’Ottawa a demandé des clarifications de la part de l’archevêché de Mexico quant au statut du Centre, afin de fournir un « nihil obstat » (aucune objection). Ceci visait à assurer une continuation du programme de conférences qui avait été prévu pour le père Arriaga, dans le cadre de la campagne Carême de partage. La réponse reçue de la part de l’Église du Mexique indiquait qu’elle avait encore de sérieuses préoccupations quant au travail du Centre ProDH. C’est pourquoi nous avons cessé notre partenariat avec le centre.

Bien que les projets de DEVELOPPEMENT ET PAIX impliquent souvent des groupes qui ne sont ni catholiques, ni mêmes religieux, nos partenaires ne peuvent pas être en opposition aux valeurs et principes de l’Église. Nous sommes un organisme catholique et notre financement vient en grande partie des dons recueillis par les diocèses catholiques du Canada. (Source)

“Sérieuses préoccupations” et “opposition aux valeurs et principes de l’Église”.  Le choix des mots est grave.   Read the rest of this entry »

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The CBC has finally responded to my complaint about their false reporting of the March for Life.  As Socon or Bust readers are aware, the CBC had reported that 5,000 people attended the March for Life.  Below is the official response.  My commentary follows, as indicated.

Dear Mr. Pacheco:

Thank you for your e-mails of May 13 and 16 (including links to posts on Socon or Bust) addressed to Kirk LaPointe, CBC Ombudsman, concerning what you take to be inaccurate information about the number of people at the annual March for Life demonstration in Ottawa on May 12.

No, Ms. Enkin.  I am afraid that I must strenuously disagree with your relativistic portrayal of the facts in question.  It is not, as you say,  “what [I] take to be inaccurate information“.  On the contrary, it is objectively inaccurate information, as I have already demonstrated on my blog.  It is not merely a matter of opinion, as you suggest, but an undeniable fact.  And that’s what the CBC really needs to address.     Read the rest of this entry »

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You know the pro-life movement is becoming increasingly “mainstream” in our culture when secular satirists start targeting Planned Parenthood using pro-life arguments and terminology.

The Onion, a secular website that specializes in satire of daily events and news, recently produced this gem at the expense of Planned Parenthood.

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Divorce story here.

Divorce (and remarriage) is the foundation for abortion.  It’s the first separation which must come before the other two.

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From: jason.kenney@parl.gc.ca <jason.kenney@parl.gc.ca>
Subject: Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces new maternal, newborn and child health initiatives
To: mperkins221@rogers.com
Date: Friday, May 27, 2011, 8:46 PM

Hello friends,

I wanted to update you on Canada’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) initiative launched at the Muskoka G-8 summit. I am proud our Conservative government continues to champion the health of mothers and children in the world’s most vulnerable regions without bending to an ideological agenda.

Sincerely,

Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MP

Calgary Southeast

From a Socon or Bust reader….

Thank you Minister Kenney for the update on Canadian initiatives in maternal and child health care. For the most part these are positive steps. However, one of the initiatives includes,  “and increasing access to contraceptives..” Medical evidence has strongly confirmed that many contraceptives are abortifacient and not only kill the child but also do grievous damage to the mother. This runs contrary to the goals of your program.

Natural Family Planning is substantially more effective and has virtually no cost. Instead of funding contraceptives, provide education to these couples. We have seen also that the use of NFP has drawn couples closer together. 

Natural Family Planning is not 100% effective (contraceptives far less so) and therefore couples must always be open to new life.  Joy must be the mode and not anger.  Would not people who eat without being hungry and not welcome the fruit of this nourishment be considered gluttons?

Yours truly,

Tony L.

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With the proliferation of relativism, the Catholic Church has been more susceptible to schismatic and heretical cults within its own boundaries.  One of those cults is called the Intecessors of the Lambs.  A reader of Socon or Bust has forwarded me some information here on this cult which has followers even here in Canada. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’m not a big hip hop fan, but I can recognize the beauty in that form of art. Once in a while, a really good hip hop song is released that appeals to many people who aren’t into hip hop. A recent example of such a song was Background, by an artist named Lecrae. The  song also features a singer that goes by the name C-Lite, who sings the refrain.

Although the song has a catchy refrain, what really caught my attention was the depth of the lyrics. Background is the humble plea of a music star who is begging God to not allow him to become prideful and self-absorbed amid his growing fame. He wants God to remain the centre of his life, while he stays in the background.

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The Vatican’s assertion of control over the policies of Caritas International should be recognized as a “palace revolution,” writes Jean-Marie Guénois of Le Figaro. By insisting that the agency must preserve a distinct Catholic identity, he observes approvingly, Pope Benedict has regained control of “an entire sector of the activity of the Catholic Church.” (Source)

Benedict the Buster!  The man is taking no prisoners.  In the past, I have spoken approvingly of what this bishop or that bishop has done because it’s what they should have done, but Benedict is cut from a completely different cloth.  When Socon or Bust can say “Whoa there Holy Father…you’re going too fast!”, you know things are going in the right direction. 

You go, Holy Father, and don’t stop for anyone.

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Jason Jones, the producer of the wonderful film Bella, is putting the finishing touches on a new film called Cristiada. You can watch the trailer below. John and I had the honour of dining with Jason during a recent visit to Ottawa in early May.

The movie relates one of the saddest episodes in Mexico’s history, when the communist government was trying to exterminate the Catholic Church from the country in the 1920s. The persecution was severe and many Catholics were killed.  Some courageous Catholics fought back, however. Known as Cristeros, they had few weapons but lots of heart.  Their rally cry was Viva Cristo Rey! (Long live Christ the King!).  The resulting civil war is known as the Cristiada.  Both the words Cristeros and Cristiada and derived from Cristo, the Spanish word for Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

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ROME, May 27, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an address to 400 participants of the General Assembly of Caritas Internationalis – the umbrella group for Catholic charity groups such as Development & Peace in Canada – this morning, Pope Benedict XVI stressed that since Caritas groups are distinctively linked with Bishops they have the responsibility of letting themselves “be guided by the Church’s Pastors.”  Benedict XVI added: “The Holy See is also responsible for following its activity and exercising oversight to ensure that its humanitarian and charitable activity, and the content of its documents, are completely in accord with the Apostolic See and the Church’s Magisterium, and that it is administered in a competent and transparent manner.”…(Source)

Transparency has been one of the big issues that Socon or Bust has been insisting on.  So far, we’ve got none of that from Development & Peace. We don’t know who most of their pro-abort partners are.  It’s all clouded in a shroud of secrecy.  I wonder what that is?

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The United Church continues to press the “self-destruct” button with all the vigor of a teenager pulling the trigger on an arcade machine. Sadly, it’s working. Membership at the United Church of Canada is falling off a cliff. Yet, they “press on” (pun intended) with their efforts to “blur the boundaries between religion and the broader society.”

Recently, the Moderator of the United Church said that she wants to “help heal creation” by reducing humankind’s “carbon footprint.” Good grief. How about reducing humankind’s sin footprint ? But I guess when the Moderator refuses to state the minimum that her members should believe, the whole notion of sin becomes as obsolete as the Hula Hoop.

I’m sure they have good intentions, but they are tragically misguided on a number of levels. Read the rest of this entry »

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Three D & P members have created a video, each giving their perspective (in French) regarding the crisis of Development and Peace.  It appears that D & P members are upset that their autonomy is being questioned. One member evokes the conservative anti-union big business “hidden agenda” of LifeSiteNews.

http://youtu.be/LGWO86aTlYM

http://youtu.be/dhYKq-sPRPg

http://youtu.be/DEF2Fo82s8c

Scratch the surface and we see where the true fidelity of these people reside.  It’s not with the Church or her teachings. It’s with themselves and the “social justice” agenda.

A YouTube response from Socon or Bust  will be released next week.  I’ve been trying to get at it for some time, but now I have an excuse.

Light ‘em up, boys.  It’s show time.

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I must admit that the fringe group opposing pro-life reforms at Development and Peace has lots of contacts in high places. Once again, they’ve managed to trot out some big names to support their cause. Their latest act of desperation comes in the form of a letter signed by the Provincial Superiors of the Jesuits in both Canada and Mexico in support of Fr. Luis Arriaga and the Centre PRODH.

You remember Fr. Arriaga? He’s the leader of that Mexican partner of D&P that was so involved with abortion advocates that Archbishop Prendergast of Ottawa (also a Jesuit, by the way) had to essentially deport him from the archdiocese and D&P had to subsequently cut all funding to him.

While an endorsement from the Provincial Superiors of the Jesuits may sound impressive, it’s kinda like hiring the Terminator but only equipping him with a water pistol. There’s no substance here. Read the rest of this entry »

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…Although it is true that PRODH’s focus is not the advocacy of abortion “rights,” the organization itself has been clearly and directly involved in advocacy in favor of the pro-abortion cause, as LifeSiteNews has meticulously documented over the last two years.  LSN has even shown its readers a full page newspaper ad signed by PRODH and displayed in the Guadalajaran newspaper Publico, objecting against a state pro-life amendment. We have also published a translation of the same document in English.

In addition, PRODH has repeatedly signed other “human rights” statements that endorse or advocate the legalization or decriminalization of abortion, all of which LSN has published. Despite protests to the contrary, PRODH was not merely a “contributor” to these odious documents.  It always endorsed the statements clearly, and in one case even signed at the highest level of endorsement: as a “presenter.” Clearly, the work of PRODH more than “related” to abortion. It is a pro-abortion organization….(Source)

There’s some serious miscommunication going on by the Executive of Development & Peace towards its membership.  Why won’t they tell the truth? What are they afraid of?

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that’s what this is all about.

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The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has challenged Caritas Internationalis–the Church’s confederation of charitable and development agencies–to recognize its role in the Church’s work of evangelization.

“In testimony to Christ’s charity, through works of relief and development, Caritas is part and parcel of evangelization,” the Ghana-born Cardinal Peter Turkson said in an address to the confederation’s general assembly. “We may note several challenges in this regard: excessive professionalism, proselytism in two senses: one, an abuse of the gratuitous charity we are called to offer; the other, an excessive caution about proselytism which would block legitimate and necessary evangelization.”

“We should not draw a fictitious distinction between ‘professionalism’ and evangelization,” he continued. “The power of the Gospel calls us to be professional in every action, but it also expects us to be motivated by faith and values when we offer this service in the name of Jesus and of His Church.”

Quoting Cardinal Robert Sarah, he added that “the task before us is to re-establish the ‘link between evangelization and charity. The Church’s charity is not directed solely at social progress, but wants to draw man toward God, the source of all good.’”

In their advocacy efforts, the Church’s charitable and development agencies should not “employ a kind of ecclesiastical authority for positions which are matters of prudential judgment,” Cardinal Turkson added. (Source)

That’s exactly what the social justice cliques have become:  their own ecclesiatical authorities which have operated so long without oversight that they now see themselves as effectively autonomous from Catholic authority.  This is, of course, part and parcel of the larger crisis of fatherhood in our society…beginning with the bishops of the church.  They have forgotten how to father.

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