Thanks to an Obamacare regulation that took effect on Aug. 1, health care plans in Oregon will now be required to provide free sterilizations to 15- year-old girls even if the parents of those girls do not consent to the procedure….(Source)
Why? Because Humanae Vitae was rejected. That’s why.
The following letter was sent by a concerned Catholic. The sentiments and expressions used in the letter do not reflect Socon or Bust’s views of the controversy. At the very least, the pressure will be on for ++Dolan to show up and lean into Obama at the Circus.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Diocese of New York
1011 First Ave
New York, NY 10022
Subject: The chief priest answered, “We have no king but Caesar”
I am very concerned regarding your extending President Obama an invitation to the Al Smith dinner. Let me provide some background:
God tells us, You shall not distort justice; you must be impartial. You shall not take a bribe; for a bribe blinds the eyes even of the wise and twists the words even of the just. Justice and justice alone shall be your aim, that you may have life and may possess the land which the LORD, your God, is giving you (Deu 16:19-20).
And God says that when we are unjust and our hands are full of blood, He doesn’t even listen to our prayer: When you spread out your hands, I close my eyes to you; Though you pray the more, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood! . . . Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil . . . Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow (Is 1:15-17).
Cardinal Dolan, today, I believe the Lord is again being crucified by the chief priest, to be more specific, by you. Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your king?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. (John 19:15-16)
When our bishops, today’s chief priests, forsake the Lord and His demand for justice while pandering to pro-infanticide, pro-abortion, and pro-same-sex marriage politicians – Obama, for example – they cry out loud and clear, “We have no king but Caesar,” no different than the chief priests who persuaded Pilate and the Roman soldiers to crucify God Himself.
In following Christ we are not to regard the position or status of others in their treatment. The Pharisees and Herodians knew that Jesus was truthful and impartial in His teaching and treatment of others. Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion, for you do not regard a person’s status (NAB Mat 22:16); for you do not regard people with partiality (NRSV Mat 22:16); for you do not regard the position of men (RSV Mat 22:16). I don’t believe there is any evidence in the Gospels that Jesus pandered or watered down His teaching to give advantage to Temple or civil leaders, in fact concerning the Temple (church) leaders, He demonstrated just the opposite, I believe we must do the same.
It appears to me that you, Cardinal Dolan, are showing “partiality,” showing “regard” for Obama’s “position” or “status,” You’re not being “impartial.” You don’t have the aim for justice. Inviting Obama to any dinner and giving him a platform is putting him above the unborn, above the faith, above justice. Your invitation, in my eyes and the eyes of many others, suggests support for Obama’s evil behavior. It appears to me that you are, in effect, saying, “We have no king but Caesar.”
According to canon law, it is the diocesan bishop alone that is responsible for what goes on in his diocese, not the politically correct USCCB, not the Catholic Conference of his regional area – in this case NY – not a vote of all the priests in his diocese – the responsibility is his alone. Unlike the bishops responsible for Notre Dame and Georgetown, you need to, and you will, be the one and ONLY one responsible for this decision.
The Catholic faithful’s expectations are higher for chief priests (cardinals, archbishops, bishops) than for others. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more (Luke 12:48).
Yet, Cardinal Dolan, as a cardinal and a Catholic, you, in a most public and obvious way, not only violate God’s word and Canon Law (287-1, 386-1 & 387) but you violate the USCCB guideline, your own guideline, “They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions” (USCCB – Catholics in Political Life – 2004).
Am I making a judgment on your behavior? Yes I am. As Dr. Peter Kreeft has pointed out: It is wrong to be judgmental as regards persons, but it is equally wrong to refuse to judge actions.
With all due respect, I suggest you pray to Saint Thomas Moore who said, “I die the king’s faithful servant, but God’s first.”
…One of the social consequences of a contraceptive culture is that, what was once a single mating market—men and women paired in marriage—has now become two markets. There is the classic “marriage market,” that represents the market for marital relationships, and a “sex market,” which represents a market for sexual relationships. Because of ready access to contraception, both men and women frequent the “sex market” earlier in life, and then inhabit the “marriage market” later in life. With supposedly more reliable contraception, assurance is provided that participation in the sex market will not result in pregnancy. This separation into markets is not necessarily adverse to either sex, assuming that the amount of sex being had is the same. It only becomes adverse to one of the sexes when there are imbalances in the “price” that is paid. The price the women pay is much higher than the men.
The two markets are not equally populated by men and women. At a certain age, because of their biological clocks, most women will inhabit the marriage market rather than the sex market. Men do not enter the marriage market at the same time, or even at the same rate. The imbalance comes in that, in the sex market, women have more bargaining power than men, since they are the scarce commodity, and can command higher “prices.” The picture is flipped over when women make the switch to the marriage market, in that there is a relative scarcity of marriageable men. Over time, however, women cut deals and settle for less of a man. Thus, men take more and more of the “gains from trade” that marriage creates, and women take fewer and fewer….(Source)
When are women going to wake up to the fact that contraception is a scam for them? It’s actually a scam for us guys, too, robbing us of the joy of parenthood in our earlier years and making it more difficult later on. But the brunt of it falls on women. It’s all very sad.
…So why the code of silence from LGBT leaders? I can only speculate from where I’m sitting. I cherish my mother’s memory, but I don’t mince words when talking about how hard it was to grow up in a gay household. Earlier studies examined children still living with their gay parents, so the kids were not at liberty to speak, governed as all children are by filial piety, guilt, and fear of losing their allowances. For trying to speak honestly, I’ve been squelched, literally, for decades….(Source)
Doesn’t fit the Gay Agenda’s meme, does it? Great article. Read it all.
I am more and more convinced that the misinterpretation of the documents of Vatican II are at the root cause of the disaster in the Catholic Church and with it, society at large. For as the Catholic Church goes, so goes the West and the world. Our enemies know it, but we have largely forgotten it. Many Catholics believe that the Church is just “one of many” players in the culture. That’s false. We’re the player on which everything hangs or falls. Read the rest of this entry »
“So if the bishops of the United States ever find themselves opposed, in a fundamental way, to the spirit of our country, the fault won’t lie with our bishops. It will lie with political and cultural leaders who turned our country into something it was never meant to be.”
Well, with respect, your Grace, if the bishops find themselves in the place that they are, it’s because, quite frankly, they failed (or rather, refused) to evangelize or bear witness to the truth on contraception for the past 50 years. That’s the truth and until your brother bishops and their predecessors “man up” to that fact, then pointing fingers at the children they let run wild without any discipline is hardly going to do the trick.
Sooner or later, a nation based on a degraded notion of liberty, on license rather than real freedom—in other words, a nation of abortion, disordered sexuality, consumer greed, and indifference to immigrants and the poor—will not be worthy of its founding ideals. And on that day, it will have no claim on virtuous hearts. (Source)
This is true, but where are the virtuous hearts? The virtuous hearts that your precedessors were charged with guarding have been corrupted. It is now the Church’s job to do a little self-examination and ask herself, honestly, if fighting for “religious liberty” is going to transform the corrupt to the virtuous. Freedom is not a virtue. It is a result of virtue. It is an error to believe that the Church can regain its liberty without a concerted effort to regain virtue. Fighting for freedom and not attacking the widespread practice of contraception which got us into this mess in the first place is going to fail — and waste precious time and resources that we can hardly afford.
…Cordileone is a leading figure in this Vatican attack on liberal Catholics. In 2006, he led an unsuccessful effort to place the use of contraception on a list of sins so great that those who committed them would be denied the sacrament of communion. It’s probably good for Cordileone that this effort was repulsed, because its enforcement would likely tear the church apart… (Source)
A man after God’s own heart. The homosexualists just don’t get it. It’s not just about them, it’s about the contraceptive sex of both straights and gays.
The appointment of the “Lionheart” to San Francisco comes at a time where the reputation of the bishops is at the bottom of the barrel. Thanks be to God we have a man in an important diocese in North America who seeks to unite himself with the Magesterium’s teaching and with faithful Catholics. This separation and rebellion that the North American bishops have been stoking these past 50 years is getting pushed out. And, really, it can’t come soon enough.
“…Today I’m doing a piece on the appointment to the diocese of Portsmouth of Bishop Philip Egan, who astonished Church-watchers like myself by saying, out loud in a public place, where there were microphones present, that Humanae Vitae, the encyclical of the last century most hated by the hip, groovy, Spirit-of-Vatican II bishops, was in fact infallible Catholic doctrine. I could hear the noise of episcopal forks clattering onto breakfast tables, fallen from suddenly-numb bishops’ fingers, all the way over here. …” (Source)
Woopee. It’s a new game in town, folks. +++Benny is on the beat!
“Only 30% of children born in Russia are healthy; 50% of newborns lack either iodine or calcium, the leading causes of brittle bones and mental retardation; seven in every ten newborns suffer from some kind of disorder; and one in twelve babies is born underweight.” (Source)
Add to that their crazy abortion rate, and the Russia of tomorrow will be very different than the Russia of today.
Only those nations who respect human life and promote the family will survive and prosper. The rest will simply fade from the scene.
Mark my words carefully because we will see it happen in our life times: larger families will be a necessity for survival.