Posted on March 8th, 2014 by Squeaker in Uncategorized
Yesterday, I reflected on the usefulness of the Holy Father’s interviews. I reported an article by CNN that distorted the Holy Father’s latest interview statements. If you read the CNN article in question, you’ll get this excerpt of damage control from the Vatican spokesman:
“The Pope did not choose to enter into debates about the delicate matter of gay civil unions,” said the Rev. Thomas Rosica, a consultant to the Vatican press office.
“In his response to the interviewer, he emphasized the natural characteristic of marriage between one man and one woman, and on the other hand, he also spoke about the obligation of the state to fulfill its responsibilities towards its citizens.”
“We should not try to read more into the Pope’s words than what has been stated in very general terms,” Rosica added.
So Fr. Rosica is now doing public relations for the Vatican. A man so conflicted should not be in such a position. Mind you, the way things have been going, it’s probably a lot more penitential than Fr. Rosica had anticipated.
Why does Fr. Rosica call the issue of gay civil unions “delicate”? Why does he speak of “debate”? Does he think there’s room for debate on this issue in the Church? Does a poor layman like me need to remind the Vatican spokesman what the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith wrote on this subject in 2003, under Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, and explicitly approved by Pope John Paul II?
There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family.
Those who would move from tolerance to the legitimization of specific rights for cohabiting homosexual persons need to be reminded that the approval or legalization of evil is something far different from the toleration of evil.
In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty.
Inhale deeply and savour it. I love the smell of Ratzinger orthodoxy in the morning. Ah, the good ‘ol days.
This doesn’t sound like a “delicate” or “debatable” issue, eh? Certainly these truths must be presented with charity, sensitivity and tact, but there’s no wiggle room on the teaching itself.
Hopefully the Holy Father’s new evangelization could start by re-evangelizing some members of his staff.
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Posted on March 7th, 2014 by Squeaker in Canadian Politics
Get a load of this statement by Obama on Crimea’s independence referendum:
“The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the constitution and violate international law,” Obama said. “We are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.”
It strikes me that the same would be true of a Quebec referendum on sovereignty. Pauline had better take notice that Obama may not be as passive during a Quebec referendum as Clinton was in 1995.
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In 1966, just four years after their first album, The Beatles made the bold decision to stop all tours. From that point on, they would just record albums in the privacy of a studio. One of the key reasons for this radical move was the increasing complexity of their music. They were experimenting with new sounds that couldn’t be accurately reproduced on stage, notably because the raucous crowds would drown out any musical subtleties (if you’ve seen any footage of a Beatles concert, you realize that the music can barely be heard). Moreover, The Beatles were increasingly incorporating other instruments, including classical ensembles, to play background in their songs. It was getting too complicated to do concerts. So they stopped.
I’m wondering if it’s time for the Holy Father to stop giving media interviews because, like the Beatles, he’s using a medium that doesn’t do justice to the subtleties of the Faith. I don’t think there’s a place for such interviews in the current context of extreme media hostility.
Case in point: Yesterday, the media had another field day with the latest interview granted by Pope Francis. Although the Holy Father said some really good stuff in that interview, the media jumped on some ambiguous statements and has produced some inflammatory headlines. Check out some examples:
CNN: Pope Francis: Church could support civil unions
Sydney Morning Herald: Catholic Church may rethink gay civil unions, Pope Francis hints
Time: Pope Francis Willing To “Evaluate” Civil Unions, But No Embrace of Gay Marriage
I’ve read the Holy Father’s statement on the issue. If you ask me why he said it, quite frankly, I couldn’t tell you.
Off-the-cuff interviews are a dangerous sport when you’re the spiritual leader of a billion people, most of whom don’t have a clue how the Magisterium works. Every little thing he says gets hyper-analyzed, as if the Pope had the authority to change God’s laws like a politician changes his platform.
Let’s be honest. Pope Francis is a great man and has many gifts, but he’s not an accurate speaker. He has a propensity to make ambiguous statements that the media fills with darkness. Even if 99% of his statements in an interview are clear and orthodox, it’s only the 1% of ambiguity that gets reported. We’ve been down this long and winding road many times before. It seems like we’re dealing with these crises eight days a week. It’s been roughly a year since his election and I’m not sure things are getting better.
The Holy Father is really big on the new evangelization. He wants us to get with the program. I think that’s wonderful and I support him 100%. But I’m not sure how his interviews fit into that program. His beautiful acts of charity certainly do fit into the program, like when he embraces sick and deformed people that nobody else would dare touch. Those images inspire people throughout the globe more than any words of love could. But this boy doesn’t see how the interviews advance the evangelization program. Do you want to know a secret? His target audience doesn’t read the Catholic press or the damage control by Vatican spokesmen. Virtually the only parts of those interviews that reach the Pope’s target audience are those distorted headlines about changes to Church teaching. I’m so tired of the damage control.
So what exactly is the point of those interviews, knowing that the media will be distorting everything? It’s like speaking through a translator who you know is changing the meaning of everything you say. Wouldn’t you rather stop speaking? Can somebody tell me why he’s doing this? I just don’t understand.
What’s the point of playing into the media’s hands and giving them fuel to manipulate your message and create misery? Are we trying to intentionally trick people into coming back to the Church under false pretences of weaker moral teaching, with the hope that they’ll stick around and eventually accept the fullness of the Truth? Can evangelization really work if it’s initiated based on a lie? It strikes me that you can’t do that. Granted, God can bring good out of anything, but does He want us feeding distortions as a modus operandi?
Lord, help! Please show us where this is going and what should be done.
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Posted on March 6th, 2014 by Paycheck in Catholicism
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This is rich. Yo! Your Eminence! We need to check out our own backyard social justice cabal and start moving against it before we start telling everyone that society has a problem.
It’s a bit much….really.
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Posted on March 5th, 2014 by Paycheck in Development & Peace
LifeSiteNews contacted Development and Peace by e-mail and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops by phone and e-mail on February 25 to ask about D&P’s partnership with Women for Change. By the morning of February 28 LifeSiteNews had received no response, but Development and Peace’s website no longer listed Women for Change. (Find a screenshot of Women for Change listed on D&P’s website last week here.)
Seeking an explanation, LifeSiteNews phoned Rene Laprise, the CCCB’s communications director, and Bishop John Boissonneau, chairman of the CCCB’s Standing Committee on Development and Peace, and both directed questions to Development & Peace.
D&P Communications Officer Kelly DiDomenico told LifeSiteNews by phone Friday morning that she had not received the February 25 e-mail and asked that it be sent again. In the afternoon, she wrote by e-mail: “I’ve forwarded the message to the appropriate instances.” LifeSiteNews had received no reply by press time on Tuesday and was unable to reach DiDomenico. (Source)
Women for Change was actually covered by Socon or Bust back in 2011 (see “Give us your money, and don’t ask too many questions“).
It’s listed as Group number 33 on our list.
If a name like “Women for Change” doesn’t ring any bells with you, you should not be in charge of giving away Catholic money in 2014. Sorry to be so blunt, but you really belong with Aunt Mae, knitting something, and by saying that I don’t mean any disrespect to Aunt Mae.
Squeaker made some observations about LifeSite’s report here.
Nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, has changed with the modus operandi of Development and Peace.
1. They are still funding pro-abort groups and not just Women for Change.
2. They are not listing all of their pro-abort groups on the website.
3. They are still scrubbing their website when they get caught partnering with abortion-pushers.
4. The Canadian bishops are still promoting Development & Peace, and side-stepping their moral responsibility to clean up the social justice charade.
5. Canadian Catholic donations are still going to fund the promotion of the slaughter of unborn children.
6. And lastly, Socon or Bust still is asking faithful Catholics to put a BIG ZERO on the Development & Peace envelope and put some some pro-life literature in it.
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Posted on March 5th, 2014 by Paycheck in Contraception
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Posted on March 5th, 2014 by Paycheck in Freedom
We’ll see how that pans out. But I’m heartened by the stirring example of Lou Pelletier, a Connecticut father who took his sick daughter to hospital in Boston only to have her kidnapped by the tinpot tyrants of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. That was a year ago. Since then he has been under a “gag order” imposed by Suffolk County judge Joseph Johnston. Initially, Mr Pelletier abided by the terms of the gag order, and didn’t talk about what had happened to his daughter. Only when he broke the order and began discussing the case on TV and radio did the tide begin to turn. Judge Johnston’s first reaction was to threaten Mr Pelletier with contempt of court. But by now the issue was not the behavior of the parents but the behavior of DCF and a crappy third-rate judge getting away with it under cover of darkness. Once Mr Pelletier threw off his gag order, neither Johnston’s nor DCF’s behavior could withstand the cleansing sunlight of media scrutiny. Justina Pelletier has now been returned to the care of her doctors, and her father’s gag order has been lifted – but only after his own courage had rendered it meaningless. Had he maintained his deference toward a judge unworthy of it, his daughter would still be a hostage of DCF. There’s a lesson for all of us there. (Source)
Without courage, our society will wither in the face of evil.
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Posted on March 4th, 2014 by Paycheck in Life & Family Issues
Folks, I want to thank you all for your prayers, and I think in the future I will keep the blog out of my personal affairs. Don’t get me wrong, I really do need and appreciate the prayers. In fact, if I may say so, I feel like Superman right now! No kidding. There’s a lot of holy people praying for me right now, and what can I say but thank you! I can certainly experience God’s peace through this. I actually feel kind of guilty in “stealing” your time.
No problems with my health, and family is in tact. So, those are the important things and I give thanks that those things are still in tact. Isn’t everything else second banana? Sorry for worrying some of you. I am very touched that so many of you have expressed personal support.
My problem is a “little” legal problem (not related to blogging) I need to extradite myself from. But the good news is since I’m a blogger, I know the legal ropes.
I always knew being a blogger would pay off one day. Helps develop thick skin to punch back.
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It grieves me to report that despite improvements made in recent years, Development and Peace is still not trustworthy yet. As a result Socon or Bust recommends that the boycott of D&P continue during this upcoming Lent. Consider instead making your donations to Chalice, a faithful and well-managed charity.
The D&P website shows very, very, very few partners, so you really don’t know where your money is going. Despite this, there remain anti-Catholic, anti-life partners on their website.
Worse, officials I spoke with recently insisted that these partners were clean, despite the incontrovertible evidence Socon or Bust had uncovered against them some time ago. This suggests that some people are either still in denial or just too naive. Either way, the cleanup at D&P still has a loooooong way to go.
Don’t be played for a fool. Put your donations in a safer place.
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Posted on March 1st, 2014 by Paycheck in Life & Family Issues
“Nightmare – The Sequel” is about to befall me and my family. Would like Socon or Bust readers to pray for us.
Blogging will be lighter than usual.
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Incredible. One of the best presentations on the subject of sex and contraception. These guys deserve a medal for this presentation.
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Posted on March 1st, 2014 by Squeaker in Socialism
This Venezuelan protester is holding a sign (see below) that reads:
Speak like Marx
Rule like Stalin
And live like Rockefeller
While the people suffer
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Posted on February 26th, 2014 by Paycheck in Catholicism
When I was a rock star Catholic Apologist back in the late 90s and early part of the century , I did some real damage to the careers of aspiring Protestant apologists who were making a living off of attacking Catholic dogmas.
One of the central issues that got my hackles up were the attacks on Our Lady’s perpetual virginity. The only real argument that is still kicked around which questions this teaching involves the so-called ‘brothers of the Lord’. I’ve been doing some research on this question since 2005, trying to pin down who these so-called “brothers” were. (The Catholic position, of course, was that these brothers were not uterine brothers of the Lord, but rather only his tribal relatives who were referred generically to as Jesus’s “brothers”).
I must have gone through two dozen family trees in that time period, dispensing with all of them because I was not content with one or more major drawbacks in each scenario. It’s the most frustrating research that I have ever done. Anyhow, I think I have a possible solution, based on seemingly innocuous archaeological evidence that I tripped upon the other day which helps me close the loop on my theory. I’m pretty excited about it, and I hope to share it with you all once I get some time to write it up…which, with current workload and spare time….is….like…..NEVER, man.
During the course of my research I came in contact with liberal scholarship because I needed their source material to formulate my own theory. I can safely tell you all that liberal biblical scholars have no shame whatsoever. I knew they were pretty wacky, but I had no idea to the extent of their hubris and utter bullshit, when I started to read their works. No, really. It’s true. For them, it’s all about creating a name for themselves and “being a somebody”. In fact this latter observation is VERY obvious from their insane and fact-changing conclusions. It’s quite pathetic, actually. Liberal biblical scholarship is to the bible what porn is to sex.
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Get ready. This is the future of the West.
H/T Big Blue Wave.
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Posted on February 25th, 2014 by Squeaker in Catholic Scandals
Good article here. Strip the authority of heretics and dissenters until they see the light.
The Church should revive her prosecutorial arm so that she can be proactive in bringing charges against ecclesiastics who appear to be guilty of significant crimes as defined in Canon Law. Those who abuse their positions of ecclesiastical authority should be prosecuted and tried by ecclesiastical authority. The wounds should not be allowed to fester unless and until some secular authority decides enough is enough. Nor, as I indicated above, are we talking only about sexual crimes. After all, these have been substantially less frequent than some other kinds of abuse.
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Posted on February 23rd, 2014 by Paycheck in Catholicism, Socialism
I hope that Catholics, and especially the Holy Father, are paying attention to what is happening in Venezuela right now.
The game has changed radically.
Marxist economic theories, because they are based on a false anthropology and theology, need to be soundly condemned.
That’s not happening right now by the Catholic Church and the Pope. And that’s a big mistake. Condemning one excess without condemning a much more dangerous one is a recipe for disaster because silence is tacit acceptance.
I’m with the Holy Father that we must root out corruption, and in politics and economics that starts with Marxism. We’re waiting for a clear and strong condemnation from Rome – not just about the violence that’s happening but of the anti-Catholic socialist theories that prop it up.
Unbridled capitalism is not the only toy in the Devil’s bag, Holy Father.
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Posted on February 23rd, 2014 by Paycheck in Canadian Politics
They’ve just ensured they will never be re-elected.
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