The next Mass on our Pilgrimage Journey to pray for the establishment of a Pro-Life Centre in Ottawa takes place on Saturday October 29, 2011 at 10:00 am at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Parish 95 Somerset Street West Main Celebrant– Father Vincent Pereira
Join us after Mass for refreshments provided by theSisters of The Queeenship of Mary Directions by car: When travelling Hwy 417 exit at Nicholas (exit # 118) Turn left at Laurier Ave, left again at Elgin St, another left at Somerset St The church is at the corner of Somerset and Cartier Streets.
Directions by bus: Phone OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 Please note that the Pilgrimage continues:
November 26 – St. Monica Parish, 2080 Merivale Rd, Nepean December 10 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, St.Patrick’s Basilica, 220 Kent St, Ottawa
Good grief. Well, at least they are using the language which doesn’t leave much doubt of where their allegiances lie.
I guess the facts don’t ever get in the way of socialism and “social justice”.
The fact that this scandal is still going after nearly three years, only goes to show just where the Catholic Church is at these days.
When you have to explain some simple morality (and Catholic morality at that) to supporters of D&P and they look at you with blank stares and repeat the talking points, there’s really not much to talk about.
For all of the hand-holding dialogue pushed by the boomer generation which has caused such destruction to society and the Church, there’s not much true dialogue and admission of the truth.
The document recently released by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace on the current economic turmoil carries no magisterial weight and even if did, Catholics could disagree with it.
The problem today is that Catholics don’t know what they can legitimately dissent from and what they cannot.
The creation of a central body the way Socialists want is NOT the answer. The exact OPPOSITE is the answer.
The problem with focusing on form instead of substance is that it can lead to totalitarianism.
If the Catholic Church’s official organs concentrated on transforming the inner person through the preaching of the Gospel instead of wading into the politics of proposing more damn useless structures, we would be much farther ahead.
More structures and regulations are for a society which is corrupt. It has to rely on the external trappings of control and form in order to put off the inevitable but the inevitable always comes. Why? Because without authentic internal ethical or moral guidelines based on a Christian culture, society eventually collapses. Why? Because God invented it that way to show He’s no fool and we are, if we think we can go on as we have.
When a society is as corrupt as we are, no amount of law or regulations or stipulations will save us. The outside might be beautiful but that’s not what holds up the house.
You may have heard the hysteria in the media this week over a document published by a little-known office of the Vatican called the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Based on the media reports, you’d think the Pope was calling for a one-world government and setting economic policy for the world.
OTTAWA — Canada’s national broadcaster found itself under fire from several fronts Tuesday, as it was forced to defend its economic value and societal relevance while the country’s access-to-information watchdog suggested the broadcaster may be automatically denying information requests.
At a parliamentary committee, CBC president and CEO Hubert Lacroix faced attacks from some MPs who slammed the broadcaster, questioning its objectivity, its appeal to the country’s diverse population and its worthiness of taxpayers’ dollars. (Source)
On one of the early days of the campaign, a man approached the 40 Days for Life vigil in Madrid and read the sign one person as holding: “Pray for an end to abortion.”
He stared for a moment, then unleashed a tirade of rude words and gestures — and passersby reacted by laughing. The vigil participants just kept praying — and the man kept hurling insults.
It appeared he had been drinking for some time. He was carrying a beer — which he tried to pour on the volunteers. They responded by praying for protection from evil.
At that point, things changed. Another man came along and told the guy with the beer to move along. Instead, he broke the beer bottle against the ground. The plaza then cleared out, leaving only the vigil participants and the man who had stepped in to help.
They had witnessed spiritual warfare — but God had come to their rescue.
Two weeks later, the man with the beer bottle was spotted again — sober and well-dressed, this time. He was seen in church — on his knees … and in tears.
“This strikes us as quite noteworthy,” said Frank in Madrid.
FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK
A woman passed the 40 Days for Life volunteers in Fredericton and called out to them. “My husband made me have an abortion,” she said. “It’s never over.”
To make sure she was heard, she came closer and repeated herself. The volunteers then began to pray for her.
A little while later, a young man approached. He had just received a text message from his wife announcing she’d had an abortion.
He did not want the abortion. His wife apparently felt she couldn’t handle a fourth child. They were supposed to discuss it further. He was shocked by the news.
The mother said the pregnancy had been terminated at seven weeks. The volunteers carried an image of a baby at eight weeks. He was very much moved. He said, “I knew we shouldn’t do it.”
In her text message his wife had mentioned that said she had been assured her it was “just a bunch of cells.”
“How unconscionable,” said Peter in Fredericton. “How could anyone who cares about women lie about anything so fundamental?”
The volunteers and this distraught young dad had a prolonged conversation. They told him about the help available for post-abortion counseling. The young dad and volunteers parted with hugs. “God bless you,” he said.
“Our 40 Days for Life volunteers were exactly in the right place at the right time, both for the hurting mom and the young dad,” Peter said. “It was divine providence — the grace of 40 Days for Life at work. Praise God!”
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the anti-poverty program sponsored by the US bishops’ conference, will no longer support a New York group after pro-life activists demonstrated that the group was distributing condoms.
The CCHD—which has faced steady criticism for years because of grants to agencies that have opposed Church teachings on sexuality—announced that the New York AIDS Housing Network is not eligible for funding under current criteria. The Reform CCHD Now Coalition had presented evidence that the group, which has received CCHD funds in past years, is involved in condom-giveaway programs.
The CCHD claimed that past grants to the New York AIDS Housing Network came only after a “vigorous vetting process,” and said there was no evidence that the condom-distribution campaigns were in place when the CCHD grants were awarded.
Slowly but surely, social “justice” is getting squeezed. Thanks be to God.
CBS News is facing criticism from a women’s group that educates about the link between abortion and breast cancer because it recently ran a story supposedly debunking falsehoods about breast cancer that claims the link is false. That’s even as one of the top breast cancer surgeons in the nation points out that 53 of 66 studies concerning breast cancer and abortion published in medical journals in the last 54 years shows the link exists.
“Myth: Having an abortion raises your risk of getting breast cancer,” CBS News writes. “Reality: Because abortion is believed to disrupt hormone cycles during pregnancy and breast cancer is linked to hormone levels, numerous studies have investigated a causal link – but found no conclusive evidence for one.” h
The CBS News publication of the 25 myths is a reproduction of a document at Health.com that makes the same erroneous and misleading statements about the abortion-breast cancer link.
Karen Malec, the head of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer organization, noticed the CBS News and Health.com publication, which she says have damaged their credibility by publishing statements that falsely claim the abortion-breast cancer link is a myth. She challenges both organizations to a debate over the issue.
“We expect CBS News and Health.com to duck the challenge, just as other organizations have whose leaders would rather see women die of breast cancer than expose the truth that abortion is not safe,” she told LifeNews. “After behaving like snipers, they cut and run. They should be ashamed of themselves.
“If medical texts and medical authorities say childbearing reduces breast cancer risk, then who has the greater risk – the woman who aborts or the woman who has a baby?” Malec asked. “The Breast Cancer Prevention Institute reported last week that 53 of 66 epidemiological studies reported an independent link between abortion and breast cancer, meaning that abortion leaves the breasts with more places for cancers to start (in addition to the loss of the protective effect of childbearing). That doesn’t count the biological and experimental evidence that supports the link.”
Malec also points out that National Cancer Institute branch chief Louise Brinton co-authored a 2009 study on use of the birth control pill and triple-negative breast cancer. She and her colleagues included abortion among “known and suspected risk factors” for the disease and found a statistically significant 40% increased breast cancer risk among women who had abortions. They concluded abortion is a risk factor for breast cancer.
“Try to debunk that, CBS News and Health.com,” demanded Malec. (Source)
Nobody believes the mainstream press anymore about abortion. Even pro-aborts know not to tune in for real science, just politically correct ideology. It makes them feel better.
I am being more and more convinced of this every day. There’s just too many loose ends. Lots of ambiguity and lots of room to drive heretical nonsense right through its doors. This one about “collegiality” in particular is extremely important to address. One of the main impediments in fighting the culture of death and beginning a true evangelization are these Episcopal Conferences. The ecclesial structure of the Church has been seriously wounded by these conferences. The bishops are now merely puppets of these conferences in many ways. They have ceded their responsibility to the episcopal bureaucracy that prevents them from exercising their individual judgement because, for instance, Bishop LameBrain who sits on the Sodomy sensitivity subcommittee of the Education Committee thinks the Equity program is just swell.
The CCCB, for instance, has done little good for the Church in Canada. In fact, with the Winnipeg Statement, it has come close to destroying her. The legacy has been simply a disaster. There is simply no other honest conclusion. These Episcopal conferences have seriously weakened the role of the individual bishop. They have no theological basis.
Education, Social “Justice”, Contraception, the Liturgy, and on and on and on it goes. We just saw another perfect example at the recent plenary Assembly of bishops here in Canada. They’ve taken on a jackboot-like persona by bouncing pro-life media who have a right to ask bishops of this country some direct questions. So now one or two bishops, backed by an overzeaolous communication director with some obvious control issues, can now stop access to the entire body of bishops in this country? By whose authority?
There’s simply no grass that this truck hasn’t rolled over and not virtually destroyed. The Church needs to ditch this insidious structure (at least as it has currently developed). But that can only come from a decree from the Pope, defining their roles on what they can and cannot do. The Holy Father, of course, already has a low opinion of these conferences and for good reason. They’re a blight on our Church and stumbling block to the Faithful.
The Left once complained that bishops were mere altar boys of the Pope. That was never true, of course. But what is certainly true is that they have become the altar boys of their Episcopal conferences. And we have the clear evidence and the consequent destruction over 50 years to back it up.
You will recall that a faithful priest in El Paso, Texas was removed from his parish by his bishop a month ago because he was teaching boldly on homosexuality. What authoritative document did the bishop quote to justify his action? None other than the tax code of the IRS! Talk about giving up God to serve money.
But the faithful in the diocese aren’t giving up the good fight. In fact, they’ve set up a vigil in front of the bishop’s office, reminiscent of the 40 Days For Life. Watch the video below.
This says a lot about the state of Catholicism in the West. The faithful are being forced to divert their efforts away from evangelizing the world to instead focus on evangelizing their own bishops. The Enemy must be laughing as our spiritual efforts must be redirected to a much more defensive position.
I wonder if this type of manifestation is going to pop up elsewhere? Perhaps a new “Occupy the bishop” movement?
While Protestants and Catholics differ on many points of doctrine, we tend to forget that we have lots in common too. In particular, we can be strong allies in the current culture war. God willing, we will someday become a united flock again, as Jesus wanted for us. In the meantime, we should be honest about our commonalities and our differences.
A particular area of importance for Catholics is about receiving communion in Protestant churches, for example at a friend’s wedding. Please take a moment to read Fr. Z’s explanation here. In a nutshell, he explains that Catholics are never to receive communion in Protestant churches. A Catholic may only receive sacraments in churches that have valid orders and sacraments, such as Eastern Orthodox Churches, the Polish National Catholic Church, pre-Calcedonian Churches and so forth. But even in those churches, Catholics should only receive their sacraments if it is physically or morally impossible for them to approach a Catholic minister and if the reception of the sacraments is required by necessity or a genuine spiritual advantage commends it, and provided the danger of error or indifferentism is avoided.
So you see, there are a lot of conditions here. Even for churches with valid sacraments, you would be advised to refrain from receiving communion in most cases.
The next time you hear some lefties arguing for a legalization of prostitution, point them to the public inquiry into hearings the Robert Pickton case. There, you will read about the horrible tragedy that prostitutes live through on a daily basis: poverty, violence, sex abuse, rape, post-traumatic stress disorder and drug abuse to make the mental anguish go away.
These women are crying out for our help. Legalizing prostitution will not liberate them.
I once met a prostitute in Ottawa. She had just been kicked out of the house of her latest “client”. She was crying and yelling at the man through the door. My friends and I couldn’t understand what she was saying, but I suspect that he refused to pay and just muscled her out the door. Read the rest of this entry »
…In response to LifeSiteNews’ question about the statement, CCCB media relations director Rene Laprise explained that D&P cannot always obtain the local bishop’s permission for a project.
Have I missed something? So now the CCCB media relations director is talking to LifeSite after bouncing them from the Plenary a couple of days ago? Can someone fill me in on what exactly is going on here? Has the CCCB brain trust finally figured out that banning pro-life news media from their Assemblies is not exactly the way to “communicate” their message? I sure hope so, otherwise, we’re dealing with some serious schizo issues here.
“There will … need to be [flexibility], especially in situations when communication is difficult within a diocese, such as during civil war, or when government is antagonistic toward Church efforts on behalf of literacy or democratic movements, or during other forms of social unrest,” Laprise said.
In such situations, he continued, D&P may need to consult with a neighboring bishop or the local bishops’ conference instead.
“There are times when a local Bishop cannot authorize a CCODP project without endangering himself or his diocese,” Laprise said.
Oh pulease! Is that the gist of what Bishop Fred Henry was getting at in his interview? Civil War? Give me a break. He didn’t even come close to suggesting that. He made it sound like it was ultimately D&P’s decision, regardless of what the local bishop said, otherwise there would have been no point in bringing in the “nihil obstat”.
Besides, this excuse doesn’t really cut it. The conditions Mr. Laprise raises are virtually irrelevant and moot.
#2 – Unless the bishop is under arrest and in prison, under what circumstances would it not be possible to communicate with him? Rome is still able to communicate with underground bishops in China, after all.
This clarification by the CCCB is an EPIC FAIL of a communication because either Bishop Henry’s original comments stand or the CCCB’s media director’s comments are reflective of the true intentions of the working policy.
Well, which is it? Because they are very different.
I invite Mr. Laprise on to this blog to reconcile Bishop Henry’s comments with his own “clarification”, as reported by LifeSiteNews.
For me and the pro-life community, the rubber hits the road on the single most important requirement: if the local bishop rejects the group, there should be absolutely no partnership. PERIOD. Bring on the nihil obstat!
“One of the purposes for the CCCB Standing Committee for CCODP is so Development and Peace can talk these challenges and difficulties over with our own Bishops, and also so the CCCB can work with CCODP in helping it extend its contacts with Bishops in the Global South.”
Bishop Henry, who serves on that standing committee, has in the past maintained that it is acceptable for D&P to fund projects run by “pro-choice” groups.
“CCODP is not supporting abortion but a project to help the poor and their partners also happen to [be] pro-choice,” the bishop wrote in an e-mail to concerned pro-lifers in 2009. “There is an important difference between the two.”
“Lifesite’s position seems to suggest that before we cooperate with anyone or any organization in supporting a good action, our opening question must be: ‘What is your stance on abortion?’ and that as the litmus test should override everything else. I don’t think that this would be the starting point of Jesus.”
Frankly, yes, your Grace. For the Catholic faith and Catholic partnership, abortion is the litmus test, among many such non-negotiable tests. It’s all about re-establishing our “Catholic identity”, as the Pope has insisted we do. The thing about identities is that you need boundaries in order to form them. Boundaries help to form identity. It keeps muddled thinking and the drugged-up “spirit” of Vatican II out, and provides some coherence and consistency to what we believe as Catholics.
The fact that you don’t get it only serves to show us why you should excuse yourself from this Committee. Perhaps your past and current tragic support of the Winnipeg Statement has something to do with your original position on the issue of supporting pro-abort groups. The Winnipeg Statement, as you may or may not realize, provided the foundation for your original position on funding pro-abort groups, and continues to obviously impact your reticence to come around fully and respect the Church’s ecclesiological nature as well.
For you and the rest of the Canadian bishops, it’s a question of obedience and deferrence to ecclesiatical authority that is not your own.
And as for a “starting point of Jesus is concerned”, it is certainly true that Our Blessed Lord was very open to gently correcting the woman caught in adultery. But, we must admit, He wasn’t so keen in plundering His ministry’s treasury to finance her existing lifestyle, which I’m sure was not all just about sexual immorality or prostitution.
Ontario taxpayers demand that abortion be defunded
TORONTO, Oct. 19, 2011 – On Saturday, October 22, 2011, Ontario taxpayers will gather at Queen’s Park in Toronto to demand that the Ontario Legislature delist elective abortion as a service covered by taxpayer dollars. A recent poll shows that over 60 per cent of Ontarians oppose the status quo of paying for all abortions. A Defund Abortion Rally has been organized by Campaign Life Coalition Youth to send the newly elected government a strong message: “Stop using our tax dollars to pay for an elective procedure that is not medically necessary.”
“The Defund Abortion Rally shows a growing movement of young people who acknowledge that pregnancy is not a disease, injury or illness and that abortion is not a medical necessity and therefore should not be covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan,” said Alissa Golob, Youth Coordinator for Campaign Life Coalition and organizer of the rally. “Every year, at least 30 million dollars of taxpayer money funds elective abortion surgery inOntario, while genuine areas of health care such as elder care, doctor shortages, life-saving equipment and treatment for autistic children are neglected,” added Golob.
The Defund Abortion Rally, which is the first of its kind in this province, will take place from 1-4 pm in front of the Ontario Legislature. In addition to youth leaders from across the province, speakers will also include medical professionals who will speak on the physical and psychological complications of abortion, a parent of an autistic child whose treatment is not covered, and a post-abortive woman who will testify to the money drain that abortion has on taxpayers.
The Canada Health Act (CHA) requires provincial health insurance plans to fund medically necessary services, but it does not define abortion as medically necessary. As a result, if Ontariolegislators deem an elective procedure to not be medically necessary, it does not get insured. For more information go to http://www.campaignlifecoalition.com/defund
About Campaign Life Coalition
Campaign Life Coalition is a national, non-profit organization involved in political action and advocacy for legal and cultural change inCanadawith respect to protecting human life and the family. It is non-partisan and encourages voting based on principles, not party. For more information visit www.campaignlifecoalition.com.
Jack Fonseca, Campaign Life Coalition 416-204-9749
Alissa Golob, Campaign Life Coalition Youth 416-204-9749