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Vox is right on.

I don’t think Michael Coren understands the idea of “accountability” to rank-and-file Catholics.  He might be able to deceive the establishment media, the Catholic bureaucracy, the professional Catholics (of which he is one), and the hierarchy, but he really can’t trick everyone else in the Church.

He’s just angry that his number has been called and he doesn’t like the consequences.

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Here’s what we know.

We know that Catholic schools in Canada raised funds for Free the Children (FTC) to bring relief to Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010 (for example here and here).

We know that part of FTC’s help to Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake was delivered by the condom-pushing NGO called Partners in Health.

We know that both Craig and Marc Kielburger consider condom distribution to be part of “basic medicine”. So when FTC’s website says that its work with PIH in Haiti involves providing “medical care” to Haitians, it’s entirely possible that this medical care included condoms. Condoms are, after all, a major activity of PIH.

Does that sound like a stretch? What do you suppose PIH was doing in Haiti following the earthquake? Do you think they stopped distributing condoms to focus exclusively on emergencies? Not a chance. They actually intensified contraception distribution, perhaps because the increased donations gave them more resources to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sodom
4. “There inevitably follows a loss of awareness of the covenantal character of the union these persons had with God and with each other. The human body retains its “spousal significance” but this is now clouded by sin. Thus, in Genesis 19:1-11, the deterioration due to sin continues in the story of the men of Sodom. There can be no doubt of the moral judgement made there against homosexual relations. In Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, in the course of describing the conditions necessary for belonging to the Chosen People, the author excludes from the People of God those who behave in a homosexual fashion.” (Source)

Someone should school Michael Coren on the correct understanding of the sin of Sodom….and the team he is now batting for:

The Deceitful Propaganda
9. “But she [the Church] is really concerned about the many who are not represented by the pro-homosexual movement and about those who may have been tempted to believe its deceitful propaganda. She is also aware that the view that homosexual activity is equivalent to, or as acceptable as, the sexual expression of conjugal love has a direct impact on society’s understanding of the nature and rights of the family and puts them in jeopardy.”

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Vox’s take.

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“Nobody believes the story of Sodom refers to consensual homosexuality any more and Jesus never mentions the subject. He does, however, repeatedly condemn judging oth
ers and – oh yes divorce. Quite a lot of both in Christian circles these days. (St) Paul’s writing may well refer to the use of young boys by adult heterosexual men and not adult, gay partnerships. Thing is, we need to discuss all this and not just smugly point fingers.” (Source)

Seriously.  No, really. He said that. That’s from his Facebook page today, plugging his article “I was wrong”. Nobody believes the story of Sodom refers to consensual homosexuality?  Uh, your Church does, Michael. In fact, no serious theologian before the sexual revolution thought or wrote otherwise. “Nobody believes, nobody believes”?  What is this, some kind of massive fraud that you are trying to perpetrate, Michael? This is so sad, but the alarm bells have been sounding for some time about Mr. Coren.  I think this fire drill clears out the building. I don’t think Mike quite gets it:  STERILIZED SEX IS CONDEMNED IN THE BIBLE IN ALL ITS FORMS. That’s why Mr. Coren won’t answer my question about Humanae Vitae.  He won’t do it, because his jig would be up. The problem with giving Michael Coren a Catholic megaphone is that he doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about.  Please don’t help spread his errors in the Catholic community.

p.s. Under Coren’s rubric of St. Paul condemning heterosexual rape of boys, I guess the only orientation on the outs are the bi-sexuals, for all intents and purposes.  Or, perhaps, heterosexuals who rape boys should have their own orientation too.  After all, we wouldn’t want to discriminate, would we?   Mr. Coren’s view of sexual sin simply consists in ensuring that all parties consent…then there’s no problem.  But that is hardly the Catholic view…because GOD does not consent.

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Sad. Very Sad.

Mike, in case you read this post, here are four things you need to ‘git:

1.  Please stop the pornography of victimology that you fraudulently try to trump up, creating a caricature based on the gay fantasy of your opponents.  It’s really becoming a source of fatigue.  You know, as crazy as it sounds, people can actually disagree with you without being hatey-haters.  Shocking but true!

2.  No one claimed you were “intimidated” into buying the Gay line.    You are simply in a difficult situation, having to choose between a close family member or friend and the Truth. You chose the former.  We’ll keep praying for  you, but please understand that your choice has consequences (Matthew 10:37).

3.  You cannot evolve on this “single subject” because this “single subject” – if you are honest – will force you to accept other sins which the Catholic Church categorically rejects.

4.  “Sin” and “disorder” are indeed ugly terms, but that doesn’t mean they should not be used.  The Catechism uses them a lot  – especially in talking about homosexual acts.  Have you heard of the Catechism, Mike? It’s a big book which John Paul II called a “sure norm for teaching the Faith”.  Check it out some time.

By the way, if you must carry on about your new evolution, please be so kind as to distance and disclaim any association with Catholic teaching on the subject.  I trust that you still value integrity.  We expect you to show it.

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Very sad.

I wonder if he has repented of his tragic witness against the Unborn?

Let’s pray that he does and finds eternal peace.

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A few days ago, we wrote about one of Free the Children’s (FTC) partners called Partners in Health (PIH) which is very active in distributing contraception. PIH was co-founded by Paul Farmer. Back in 2008, Craig and Marc Kielburger wrote a lofty piece that almost canonized Farmer. One paragraph jumps out:

Farmer trained community members in basic medicine. It was mainly preventative measures like hand-washing, family planning and condom use. The goal was to stop illness in its tracks through education. The community health workers were paid for their services and would go about teaching, referring and delivering medicine. (Source

Farmer has obviously done some very meritorious things. Kudos to him. But his work in distributing contraception is a great disservice to society by violating the integrity of sex as a sign of God’s love for the Church. 

I don’t know about you, but when I personally give an endorsement about somebody, I generally talk about the good stuff, the stuff I agree with. As Matt Redman sings, “Everybody praises the thing they love.” So if the Kielburgers’ article praising Mr. Farmer made mention of his distribution of contraception, isn’t it likely that they approved of that activity? Look at it the other way: if they opposed contraception on moral grounds, would they have mentioned it in this canticle of praise without providing any caveats?

More importantly, the fact that the Kielburgers include condom use as part of “basic medicine” should put the last nail in the coffin of anyone who thinks the Kielburgers don’t endorse condom usage. By using the term “basic medicine” and by putting condom use on par with hand-washing, they give condoms a connotation of being necessary, normal and healthy.

This makes you wonder what exactly goes on in FTC’s health activities. Any sentence about “medicine” or “health” on their website now needs to be interpreted in light of their twisted vocabulary and mindset.

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Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau says his office and the Ottawa Archdiocese are arranging a meeting between he and Archbishop Terrence Prendergast to discuss his pro-abortion stance and whether he will be permitted to receive Communion.

Asked about indications from the archdiocese that he could be denied Communion, the self-professed Catholic politician told CBC, “I look forward to having a conversation with the bishop where he can explain, if that is the case, his views on that.”…. (Source)

The bishops “views” are not just views, Justin.  They represent the tradition that has been handed down, and in short order, it looks like you are going to be asked to stay in the Pew.

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Back in October 2013, when Catholic parents in Ottawa were asking tough questions about Free the Children (FTC), Marc Kielburger wrote a letter to the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) making the following definitive statement :

“Please allow us to share that Free The Children does not partner with development organization [sic] or other international agencies which are in direct conflict with Catholic teachings.” (Source) 

Socon or Bust has compelling evidence that this statement is factually false.

FTC partners with an NGO called Partners in Health  (PIH). We know this through FTC’s own website. In January 2010, in the aftermath of the terrible earthquake that devastated Haiti, FTC sent money to PIH:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Free The Children responds to crisis in Haiti

Toronto, ON (January 19, 2010) – After Haiti’s 7.0 earthquake hit last Tuesday, Free The
Children responded immediately by setting up an emergency relief fund and teaming up with
Partners in Health (http://www.pih.org/home.html) who have been providing on-the-ground
healthcare in Haiti for over 20 years. Together both organizations are providing emergency relief
and medical supplies to get immediate, effective support to the hardest-hit communities. (Source)

A year later, FTC was still talking about their partnership with PIH:

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated the city of Port au Prince and its surrounding regions. It is estimated that only 5% of the rubble has been cleared from Port au Prince, signifying that there is still a long road ahead in Haiti’s recovery. Since the earthquake, Free The Children has provided both emergency response by delivering basic supplies, carrying out rapid needs assessments, and working with Partners in Health to provide medical care immediately after the quake. (Source)

Not surprisingly, FTC’s annual reports for 2010 and 2011 both list PIH among “Supporters and Partners”. In FTC’s most recent annual report, for 2013, PIH is still on the list of “Partners and Supporters” (page 43).

So we’ve established quite clearly that FTC has partnered with PIH for several years and has sent them money. What does PIH do? Their website says that they’re dedicated to bringing health care to the people in poor countries. Sounds very laudable. But they’re very upfront about their work in distributing contraception. On their web page about women’s health, they have a section on “family planning”. It reads like this (emphasis ours):

Family planning is among the most effective tools for reducing maternal mortality. Women who receive education and contraceptive options are more likely to delay childbearing, have fewer children, and reduce their risk for obstetrical complications. Nevertheless, an estimated 41 percent of all pregnancies worldwide are unplanned or unwanted, accounting for nearly 230,000 new pregnancies every day, according to a 2010 article in the journal Studies in Family Planning.

Women in poor communities too often lack access to family planning tools. Clinics are too far away, fees for obtaining medical care are too high, and transportation costs are beyond their means. If family planning services were available to all women who want them, maternal mortality in poor countries could be reduced by an estimated 70 percent, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Haiti, each of PIH’s clinics has a full-time nurse trained in sex education and reproductive health counseling. Staff in Haiti have been offering free condoms and contraception for more than 15 years. In 2003, we began training and mobilizing community health workers who specifically promote family planning and women’s health. These ajan fanm—women’s health agents—travel throughout the countryside, teaching people about sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and contraceptive methods. They also distribute condoms and oral contraceptives and refer pregnant women to clinics. This successful model is being replicated at PIH sites in Rwanda, Malawi, and Lesotho. (Source)

Veritable evangelists for contraception, doling out free condoms and travelling the countryside to spread the “reproductive health care” gospel. Predictably, they cite the Guttmacher Institute, which is the “research” arm of Planned Parenthood. Also note, for the umpteenth time, how “reproductive health” and “family planning” are synonymous with contraception in these secular NGOs.
 
PIH’s condom work garnered some media attention from CNN, who wrote an article in May 2013 (emphasis ours):

(CNN) – Condoms do two things really well: They prevent unwanted pregnancies, and they stop the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases. Doing both can have a broad effect on a community’s overall health, especially in developing nations where people have limited access to medical care.

The problem is that access to condoms in these countries is limited, says Sheila Davis, chief nursing officer for Partners in Health. Rural shops or roadside stands don’t usually sell contraception, and supply shortages hinder health care workers’ attempts to hand out free condoms at hospitals or clinics.

In 2008, donors provided about 2.4 billion condoms worldwide, according to the United Nations Population Fund. That’s only a small percentage of the 18 billion experts estimate will be needed globally for HIV prevention and family planning by 2015. Some countries receive an average of one condom per man per year.

Davis has seen the effects of contraception shortages in Haiti. Unwanted pregnancies in the country spiked after the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 220,000 people, according to the United Nations Population Fund. And Haiti continues to struggle with high prevalence rates of HIV.

To conquer the Caribbean nation’s lack of contraception, Partners in Health has teamed up with Sir Richard’s, an American condom company. Sir Richard’s launched in 2009 with a similar business model as TOMS Shoes & Eyewear; for every condom bought, Sir Richard’s donates one condom to a developing nation. Haiti is a trial run for the company, which plans to eventually expand to Africa and South America. (Source)

It’s quite clear that PIH is aggressively pushing for condoms in Haiti and other countries in the Global South. FTC is partnering with an NGO that is very much “in direct conflict with Catholic teachings.” Mr. Kielburger wrote that inaccurate letter to the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) in October 2013, a year in which his own annual report shows that FTC was still in league with PIH. 

The Kielburgers owe us an explanation….or perhaps it’s time to end the current façade.  The facts are that Free the Children’s goals and their partners’ goals are not aligned with the Church, but are, in fact, in direct opposition to the Catholic Church’s teachings on the sanctity of human life and human sexuality.

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“Five weeks ago I was called for a second interview, where I was advised that that the ‘rapid response team’ had concerns over my pro-life activities in my local Catholic Church as well as petitions I presented while a Member of Parliament,” he wrote.

And so it begins.  The purging of pro-life citizens from the political process.

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“I’ve had umpteen conversations with so many people about this. It’s driving me crazy,” he is heard saying in the audio recording obtained by CTV News.

Liberal MP for Scarborough-Guildwood John McKay rises on a point of order following Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Thursday February 17, 2011. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

“I initially thought it was a bozo eruption; that he didn’t actually think about what he said,” McKay said after he was asked about the abortion issue.

“But even more disturbing is that his brain trust might have actually thought about this, and if they did … it scares the hell out of me. If you don’t know this is a toxic issue for a population then you have no political sense whatsoever.” (Source)

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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Andrew Black is a member of the Canadian Board of Directors of Free the Children. He’s also on the Board of Directors of an NGO called Virgin Unite (see his resume here on LinkedIn). Virgin Unite is part of the Virgin conglomerate (music, mobile, airline, etc.).

Virgin Unite does a lot of stuff, but we know they’re deeply involved in distributing condoms. For example, check out this article from their website:

The One Brand has donated over 100,000 One condoms to Virgin Unite to distribute to the Bhubezi and Ndlovu Clinics in the Mpumalanga province in South Africa.

This announcement comes on World Aids Day and aims to help people in the fight against the spread of HIV AIDS.

Virgin Unite CEO Jean Oelwang commented: “Everyone has the right to basic healthcare. We are very pleased to be working with the One Foundation to distribute their generous donation of over 100,000 condoms to help stop the spread of HIV and AIDS. (Source)

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As Federal Liberal leader and professed Catholic Justin Trudeau continues to resolutely defend his pro-abortion position, one Canadian bishop has come out saying that a “pro-abortion Catholic politician” could be denied reception of Holy Communion if “fraternal correction” proves unsuccessful.

Referring to the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law, Ottawa’s Auxiliary Bishop Christian Riesbeck told LifeSiteNews.com, “Out of concern for safeguarding the reverence that is due Our Lord in the Eucharist, and to avoid scandal, one could possibly apply this norm even in the case of a pro-abortion Catholic politician who is extremely vocal about his position.”

Canon 915 states that those who are “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” Following the teaching of Jesus in chapter six of the Gospel of John, Catholics believe Holy Communion to be the very body of Jesus himself. A Catholic must be in communion with Catholic teaching and belief to present oneself to receive Holy Communion at Mass….(Source)

Folks, Bishop Christian Riesbeck is just the kind of new blood in the Episcopacy that we need in order to show the public and ourselves that we mean business when we talk about denying Communion for obstinate pro-abortion politicians.  When was the last time you heard a Canadian bishop even consider such a proposal?  At least now, it’s a real possibility.  That’s a huge change in momentum for the Canadian Church, and it only takes one bishop to shift the dialogue from “should we do this?” to “why shouldn’t we?”  Subtle but huge. He’s a canon lawyer and sees things more in black and white than grey.  He has the full support of Archbishop Terrence Prendergast.

Go on.  Post a few comments of support in the comments box of this thread, and I’ll flip him the link.  He might very well be taking a lot of heat for his position, and he needs our support!

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For the past few decades, so-called Catholic politicians have been flaunting their pro-abortion views at the Church, or cowardly ducking the question by playing the fool and the hypocrite.  Most recently, Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Federal Liberal Party has decreed that anyone holding pro-life views is not welcome to run as a candidate in the Liberal Party.  He is merely the latest case in a long line of pseudo-Catholic politicians who have profited handsomely on the backs of unborn babies, or to put more accurately, on their crushed skulls and dismembered bodies.

I’m not sure why it is, but this situation has been permitted to continue for DECADES without an appropriate reaction for the Canadian bishops.  Let’s review a few good reasons why our Bishops might want to educate Justin as to why he can’t be Catholic and a Fascistic Pro-Abort at the same time.

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Bishop Christian Riesbeck said that if the Liberal leader refused a meeting and continued to practise his Catholic faith in the form of receiving communion, it would be unseemly.

“It’s the fact that he considers himself to be a devout Catholic but then adheres to, or advocates for, abortion,” said Riesbeck. “That is scandalous,” he said, as opposition to abortion has been a clear and unchanging teaching of the church. Riesbeck is also not convinced by the argument that the Liberal Party is the party of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and will support women’s rights. “You know, if you look at Article 7 in the charter, it says that everyone has a right to life. It’s enshrined right there,” said Riesbeck. “Article 2 also speaks of freedom of conscience and religion. He seems to have undermined those values that all Canadians hold dear.” Riesbeck said that if Trudeau wanted to make things right, he would have to reverse course.  “Ultimately, he would have to make a public retraction of his views,” he said.  (Source)

Everyone is starting to pile on, now.  As the hockey play-by-play guys called it when there was a bench clearing brawl:  “we’ve got a real donnybrook now”!

It really does look like that the debate is now open again.  Thanks Justin.  We owe you big time!

The whole thing has just exploded.

Yeeeeehaw!

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Fr. Z has the scoop.

Let’s hope that by the time Rome convenes the Synod, the whole gutting of marriage train gets derailed.

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Pope Paul VI was considered a weak Pope by many in Traditionalist circles in the Church – and not just because of the reform of the Liturgy.  However, I think he’s given a bad rap in many respects.  Check this out:

The word of God is the message that we proclaim; it is the criterion of our preaching; it is light and direction for the lives of our people. We have no hope outside of God’s word. Apart from it, there are no valid solutions to the problems of our day. The faithful preaching of God’s word-in all its purity, with all its exigencies, in all its power-constitutes the highest priority of our ministry, because all else depends on this. Aware of its relevance in our day, we do not hesitate to repeat the solemn charge Paul made to Timothy with apostolic seriousness and with great simplicity and confidence: “Before God and before Christ Jesus . . . I put this duty to you . . . . proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome, insist on it. Refute falsehood, correct error, call to obedience-but do all with patience and with the intention of teaching” (2 Tim. 4, 1-2). And with a realistic awareness of certain challenges today to Catholic teaching, not least of which is in the field of sexual morality, we add: “Far from being content with sound teaching, people will be avid for the latest novelty and collect themselves a whole series of teachers according to their own tastes; and them, instead of listening to the truth they will turn to myths. Be careful always to choose the right course; be brave under trials; make the preaching of the Good News your life’s work, in thoroughgoing service” (2Tim. 4, 3-5).

 
Brethren, these words are a whole program of apostolic charity. They are the expression of love, and when followed, they constitute a great pastoral service to our people. They were an inspiration to John Neumann; they were a holy challenge to every Bishop who ever lived. They represent fidelity to Jesus Christ, and to all his words, which are indeed “spirit and life” (Io. 6, 63). The most profound pastoral understanding, the deepest human compassion exist only in fidelity to God’s word. There is no division, no dichotomy, no opposition between God’s commands and our pastoral service. If all the exigencies of the Christian message are not preached, our apostolic charity is incomplete. (Source)

The bishops of the Church should heed well Pope Paul VI’s admonition as they gather in Rome to discuss marriage and the family later on this year.  In particular, they should pay particular attention to the Pope’s teaching that there is no division between doctrine and “pastoral service”.  How could there be?  The fact that we are even contemplating this BS as a legitimate option is completely idiotic.  This is particularly important given the ruminations of Cardinal Kasper who wants to drive a Mack truck through them and separate doctrine from practice.  Don’t buy the pastoral solution baloney.  John Paul II condemned this idea in Veritatis Splendor:

A separation or even an opposition, is thus established in some cases between the teaching of the precept, which is valid in general, and the norm of the individual conscience, which would in fact make the final decision about what is good and what is evil.  On this basis, an attempt is made to legitimize so-called “pastoral” solutions contrary to the teaching of the Magisterium, and to justify a “creative” hermeneutic according to which the moral conscience is in no way obliged, in every case, by a particular negative precept. No one can fail to realize that these approaches pose a challenge to the very identity of the moral conscience in relation to human freedom and God’s law. Only the clarification made earlier with regard to the relationship, based on truth, between freedom and law makes possible a discernment concerning this “creative” understanding of conscience. (VS, 55)

Bishops!  Remember your promise to hold fast to the Gospel!

H/T Toronto Catholic Witness

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I predict God will send a holy bishop to Pope Francis that will save our collective arse in the end.

However, the last time “expectations were raised”, it was the 60s and the topic was contraception.  We all know how that turned out.

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