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This is about as low as it gets in politics.

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Yahoo News fired its Washington bureau chief on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he was caught on an open microphone saying that Mitt Romney and his wife, at the Republican convention in Florida while a hurricane was approaching Louisiana, were “happy to have a party with black people drowning.”

Company spokeswoman Anne Espiritu said Wednesday that David Chalian’s remark was inappropriate and does not represent Yahoo’s views. (Source)

There’s only so much stupidity that even the lefties can tolerate before they feel embarrassed. Good on Yahoo for firing him and not making excuses for him.

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Yesterday, I reported on an excellent letter by Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison on key voting principles. There’s one passage that got me thinking.

It is not for the bishop or priests to endorse particular candidates or political parties. Any efforts on the part of any bishop or priest to do so should be set aside. And you can be assured that no priest who promotes a partisan agenda is acting in union with me or with the Universal Church. (Source)

That may be so, but I suspect the bishops are way too passive during elections. Let me explain. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Bishop of Madison, Robert C. Morlino, published an excellent letter a couple of weeks ago in which he provides some basic instructions on how to vote responsibly. He clearly distinguishes between intrinsic evils and other policy issues that do not involve intrinsic evils:

Some of the most fundamental issues for the formation of a Catholic conscience are as follows: sacredness of human life from conception to natural death, marriage, religious freedom and freedom of conscience, and a right to private property.

Violations of the above involve intrinsic evil — that is, an evil which cannot be justified by any circumstances whatsoever. These evils are examples of direct pollution of the ecology of human nature and can be discerned as such by human reason alone. Thus, all people of good will who wish to follow human reason should deplore any and all violations in the above areas, without exception. The violations would be: abortion, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, same-sex marriage, government-coerced secularism, and socialism.

In these most fundamental matters, a well-formed Catholic conscience, or the well-formed conscience of a person of good will, simply follows the conclusions demanded by the ecology of human nature and the reasoning process. A Catholic conscience can never take exception to the prohibition of actions which are intrinsically evil. Nor may a conscience well-formed by reason or the Catholic faith ever choose to vote for someone who clearly, consistently, persistently promotes that which is intrinsically evil. (Source)

Exactly. The above-mentioned issues are pass/fail criteria or a litmus test for any candidate. If a platform violates those fundamental rights, the candidate must be discarded, unless all the alternative candidates are equally dismal.

When it comes to matters not involving intrinsic evils, the bishop explains that Catholics can disagree with each other on the best policy approaches. Read the rest of this entry »

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Some interesting scientific findings:

Two new peer-reviewed studies released this week by the academic journal Social Science Research challenge the claim that there are no differences in outcomes between children raised by parents who have same-sex relationships and those raised by their biological mother and father in intact, stable marriages. (Source)

These two studies are a devastating one-two punch to the social engineers who advocate for homosexual parenting. The first study thoroughly reviews the 59 studies reference by the American Psychological Association and finds that not a single one is based on solid science. So the first study basically throws the existing “literature” into the garbage.

The second study presents empirical findings of its own based on a unprecedentedly-large sample of almost 3000 young adults. The study compares the outcomes of these individuals based on the type of parents they had. Compared to children of intact biological families, they found that children of homosexual parents had higher incidences of criminal behaviour,  use of drugs, anxiety, depression, contagion with sexually transmitted infections, infidelity, and sexual abuse by their parents.

On that last point, when asked if they were ever touched sexually by a parent or other adult, the children of lesbian mothers were 11 times more likely to say “yes” and the children of gay fathers were 3 times more likely to say “yes” than the children of intact biological families. Get this: 23% of the children of lesbian parents said they were touched sexually by a parent or other adult. That’s 1 in 4! Are you kidding me? That’s an epidemic. How do the lefties explain this away?

I don’t know how much longer society can ignore these facts. Something will have to give eventually.

 

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Some times, I just wish I would wake up from this nightmare.

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Some people do.

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…According to statistics provided by the newspaper Ta Nea, the suicide rate in Greece in 2011 reached 411 cases, which, according to Reuters, is an increase of 40 percent over the past year alone. According to the official numbers, over the last three years the number of Greeks who committed suicide grew by 20 percent, and therefore, the daily newspaper Kathimerini wrote recently about “the most brutal chapter in the history of the financial crisis in Greece.” Before the economic crisis for quite some time suicide rate per capita in Greece was the lowest among other European countries – 3.5 suicides per 100 thousand residents.

Experts blame the increase in suicides on tough belt-tightening policies imposed on the citizens of heavily indebted countries. A few days ago in the water of the city of Kozani the body of a 45-year Greek woman who drowned herself in despair was found. The local bishop refused the family in the funeral services according to the Orthodox rite. The church bells were silent when her body was buried….(Source)
 
What our Church elites who truck for “social justice” just don’t seem to get is that Welfare States which borrow and go into debt end up fueling the culture of death and despair.  Greece is the first but it won’t be the last.  The cries in Sodom will be great indeed all around the world.   And if you believe that “social justice” is not necessarily about spending more than you have or not living within your means, when was the last time you heard the disciples of social justice talking about “restraint” or “fiscal responsibility”?  I don’t think that’s even in their vocabulary.
 
The era of social justice is going to be squashed by reality…much to the chagrin of CanChurch.
 
God has a lot to say about money in the bible and it’s the exact opposite of what the social justice clique in the Catholic Church say today.

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You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pope Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light*, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world. (Source)

 

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A few months ago, on the Hugh Hewitt show, I was asked to respond to President Obama’s remarks to the National Prayer Breakfast, at which he said that he believed in “living by the principle that we are our brother’s keeper.” And I reprised a bit from my book, After America (out next month in paperback!):

In a TV infomercial a few days before his election, Obama declared that his “fundamental belief” was that “I am my brother’s keeper”.

Hmm. Back in Kenya, his brother lives in a shack on 12 bucks a year. If Barack is his brother’s keeper, why can’t he shove a sawbuck and a couple singles in an envelope and double the guy’s income? Ah, well: When Barack Obama claims that “I am my brother’s keeper”, what he means is that the government should be his brother’s keeper.

Dinesh D’Souza met Barack’s brother, George Obama, earlier this year for his new documentary. A couple of days ago he got a call from him:

He was a bit flustered, and soon informed me that his young son was sick with a chest condition. He pleaded with me to send him $1,000 to cover the medical bills. Since George was at the hospital I asked him to let me speak to a nurse, and she confirmed that George’s son was indeed ill. So I agreed to send George the money through Western Union. He was profusely grateful. But before I hung up I asked George, “Why are you coming to me?” He said, “I have no one else to ask.” Then he said something that astounded me, “Dinesh, you are like a brother to me.”

In fact, as D’Souza points out, George’s actual brother is “a multimillionaire and the most powerful man in the world” who talks repeatedly about our obligation to be our brother’s keeper:

Yet he has not contributed a penny to help his own brother. And evidently George does not believe, even in times of emergency, that he can turn to his brother in the White House for help.

So much for spreading the wealth around. (H/T Deborah Gyapong)

Obama’s really hip to helping the poor when it’s other people’s money.  Like this example generously shows, for a liberal, “brother’s keeper” means when it’s not their brother and not their money. 

Also, did you notice that it was D’Souza who forked out the bucks? Just like real life:  socialists spend and conservatives pay.

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Catholic schools that fail to uphold Church teaching may be stripped of their affiliation with the Church, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) warned last week.  “If we are a Catholic school, we should not teach anything contrary to the official teaching of the Church,” Archbishop Jose Palma, the CBCP’s president, told CBCPNews, the conference’s official news service….(Source)

See?  The Filipino bishops know the score and are playing hardball.  We did not get that here in Ontario when the bishops caved on Catholic education in favour of the Gay clubs.  I’m not sure just exactly how long we can go on by passing the buck, but it can’t be that long.  The good news, of course, for any of us who really care about the Catholic faith, at least we’ll have a clean slate to build on.  It won’t be built on pseudo Catholicism.

Off to pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament in a little while.   I’m more and more resigned to the collapse of the culture and CanChurch and am more and more unwilling to put up much effort to stop its demise.  Instead, I think it’s time to think outside of the box. So far, we’ve been busy trying to salvage what was once part of our culture and Church.  I don’t think that’s really the ticket out of this.  In fact, there is something to letting the existing edifices collapse, and let the full weight of it come down on the architects who built it and the “religious” cowards who propped it up.

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The problem is that logic is no longer very common these days…

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Looks good.

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The whole Al Smith Dinner Scandal involving New York’s Archbishop, Cardinal Dolan is now in full swing.

There was a time when Socon or Bust would have joined the band wagon denunciation, but frankly I see no point any more.  The hierarchy just don’t get it, and the word “scandal” has become completely meaningless in the Catholic Church today.  What’s the point of blowing your stack when your opponents are the bishops and whose vocabulary does not include the word?

We’ve become the tower of Babel.  We speak languages that the other cannot understand.  The Bishops do not understand the language of Humanae Vitae.  They pay lipservice to it but are unwilling to accept the consequences of what it means for their ministry in this cuture of Death.  We don’t like to admit that it is not possible to solve the problem.  We think that more “dialogue” is the solution – both with our opponents within the Church and our enemies outside of it.  It’s the endless dialogue that permeates everything in the Church today.  The dialogue never ends and it’s usually a subtle self-deception to avoid the Cross.  Problems, conflicts? Not a problem…just engage in dialogue forever and ever Amen, and never bring down the hammer.  Is that how Jesus did it?  Ask the Pharisees about how long He “dialogued” with them.

It’s not unlike the “courtship” in today’s relationships between men and women which never seem to end.  They just don’t end up marrying until their 40s or 50s, if ever.   Actually, if you think about it, the endless dialogue that happens today is like contraceptive sex:  all of the pleasure and none of the consequences.  Ask yourself, honestly, if this is not exactly  what he have today. 

When you have real sex, there are real consequences.  Lives and relationships change forever.  Some people are euphoric.  Other people not so much.  But when you are in a state of perpetual “sex without consequences”, it’s the same, sterile results. Nothing changes for the better.  In fact, it gets worse.  So too it is with the Church of Perpetual Dialogue.  Talk, talk, talk. Make nice. Try to see the good in the Devil himself, if you can.  It’s just misunderstandings that dialogue can overcome!  No declarations. No judgements. No consequences.  And as a result, No change either.  Just more talk.

When an intelligent young woman figures out that her boyfriend isn’t really interested in marriage, she dumps him. She does this, of course, because she’s interested in the long haul, not a short term fling where she is used and thrown overboard once the next best thing comes along.  But today’s Church is like the foolish young woman who thinks that if she sticks around long enough, compromises and scandalizes herself, that everything will eventually turnout.  In the end, we know how that sad spectacle turns out, don’t we?

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Voris is bang-on.

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A new study was released last month by researchers from Stony Brook University. Maybe you should start wearing a hat and occlusive clothing inside your home:

“Our study revealed that the response of healthy skin cells to UV [ultraviolet rays] emitted from CFL bulbs is consistent with damage from ultraviolet radiation,” said Professor Rafailovich. “Skin cell damage was further enhanced when low dosages of TiO2 nanoparticles were introduced to the skin cells prior to exposure.” Rafailovich added that incandescent light of the same intensity had no effect on healthy skin cells, with or without the presence of TiO2. (Source)

Titanium Dioxide (TiO2), by the way, is a chemical used in personal care products such as makeup and sunscreen. That’s right, folks, the TiO2 in sunscreen leads to more damage to skin cells from CFL bulbs even though it apparently helps against UV rays from the sun.

Considering earlier research on the dangers of mercury in CFL bulbs, you should banish those bulbs from your home. It’s a shame, because they use a lot less electricity. But the dangers far out-weigh the benefits.

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Here.  Pretty slick, if you ask me.  The comparison to the eating with tax collectors and sinners was pretty lame and hardly comparable on many fronts, however.  A more relevant example would have been Christ before Herod, but that would not suit ++ Dolan’s perspective, now would it?  Jesus didn’t dance across Herod’s swimming pool in Jesus Christ Superstar.

Believe it or not, I’m not that spooked by ++ Dolan’s response, provided that he uses the occasion to really lay into Obama or embarrass him or both.  It doesn’t even have to be nasty or mean, but it certainly does mean communicating to Obama and the rest of the Secular Fundamentalists out there that people of Faith have rights and freedoms too.  And more importantly, we will fight for them until our very last breath.

The Cardinal can even smile when he points the finger at Obama and tells him to stop trampling on our rights.  The evening doesn’t have to be all “nice”.

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…means the Old Mass.

In the near future, I will be introducing my family to the Latin Mass.

I see it as the future for the Catholic Church.  If you’ve got kids, it’s best that you prepare them now.

When they’re 40, it will be a different ball game.

The biological solution is going to put an end to a lot of the problems we are facing now…so there’s hope in death.

Because after death comes resurrection.

Funny how that works, isn’t it?  There’s only one body that can die and be resurrected.  Every other player in history has come and gone. The Catholic Church alone, because of Her Founder, is the only one who rises again.

I once told a young man in a discussion:  “On your last breath of this earth, the Catholic Church will still be here with the same substantial teaching. Remember what I’ve said and think about it.”

You are Rock.  And the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.

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