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The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) will continue its partnership with Free The Children in spite of a group of parents who urged the board last month to cut ties with the charity due to its and its founders’ support for contraception and abortion. (Source)
Well, it comes down to getting real with yourself and with your beliefs. If you want to be treated like a fool, then keep believing the official response. It’s amazing. The evidence is all out there like it was with D&P and we get the same lidless-eye crowd just bald-faced lying to us…in the age of the internet no less!
The old line: ”Who are you going to believe? The Bureaucracy or your eyes?” comes to mind.
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Posted on October 26th, 2013 by Paycheck in Catholic Scandals
(Gloria.tv / KNA) The philosopher Robert Spaemann has criticized the church tax. “It is scandalous in our church tax, that he who pays no more church tax, is excommunicated,” the Catholic said this for the newspaper “Die Welt” (Friday). “You can deny the resurrection of Jesus, but then you are not suspended as a priest. Yet when it comes to money, it gets serious. This coupling of church membership and church tax must fall. “[How about suspending heretical priests, instead?] (Source)
This was basically the same thing that Squeaker was saying in his post the other day.
When it comes to the money, it’s like a return of the Middle Ages and they bring out the Rack and Torquemada.
But when it comes to the basics of Christian doctrine? No worries, man. We’re going pastoral on that one!
Squeaker was right. It’s about human respect and human laws. The bishops fear man rather than God. That basically sums it up.
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He said the privacy concern is a red herring because the board already intervenes in the doctor-patient relationship by requiring a medical note before covering sexual stimulants like Viagra. “Why is there a privacy concern when the topic is contraception but not there when the topic is Viagra?” he said.
Hat tip to my good friend Andy Pocrnic who has really become the cat’s meow here in Ottawa in carrying the Catholic and conservative torch. But if he wanted an answer to his question, he really only needs to realize that Viagra is not a pseudo “medical necessity” like contraception is supposed to be.
The ironic thing, of course, is that Viagra is morally licit (although perhaps imprudent), while contraception is not.
Just goes to show that, once again, the Catholic School board doesn’t know “s— from shinola” when it comes to making a moral decision for its kids or for its employees.
Tell me why, again, we should have a separate system when the separate system is not that separate after all?
Best way to change the pseudo Catholic Board’s mind is to start campaigning for one public system. Once they understand that their bread won’t be buttered anymore, they’ll “get religion real fast”, eh?
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We had a lot of visitors today…mostly because of Squeaker’s great post: German bishop suspended for wasteful spending, but raises new concerns.
We even had a visitor from the Holy See. Maybe they can take a message back to the Holy Father and ask him to reconsider his approach.
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Posted on October 24th, 2013 by Squeaker in Catholic Scandals
Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst has been removed from his post as head of the Diocese of Limburg, Germany, after heated complaints about his heavy spending on a personal residence.
The Vatican announced on October 23 that “a situation has arisen in which Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst cannot, at the present moment, continue to exercise his episcopal ministry.” The Vatican has therefore directed the German bishop to leave the diocese. (Source)
This story broke just a few days ago in the mainstream media, as the bishop apparently spent 30 million euros (about C$43 million) to renovate his residence and a diocesan office building. Critics described his personal spending habits as “lavish.” German prosecutors also accused him of filing false affidavits in a lawsuit over reporting on his spending habits.
That’s not exactly what Jesus meant when he said “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
I’m pleasantly surprised at how quickly the Vatican moved on this. His suspension is great news. We can’t have bishops living high on the hog and wasting precious Church resources.
However, there’s a troublesome corollary to this swift suspension. Read the rest of this entry »
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The Catholic Diocese of Whitehorse has obeyed an order by the Yukon government to remove Church teaching on the sinfulness of homosexuality from its policy on pastoral care for same-sex attracted students in its publicly-funded Catholic schools. Critics have pointed out that even in the title of the new policy, the ‘truth’ has been removed….(Source)
I have a really simple question for this bishop and any bishop, really. Why bother being a bishop? Just what are you “protecting” by such a capitulation? You don’t please the government or the gay storm-troopers and your saturation of the Faith is anathema to parents who believe in the Catholic Faith. So, what dear Fathers is the point, exactly? Government money?
It seems that the number one job of a Catholic bishop these days is to run away from the Cross and from Confrontation. The ultimate cardinal sin today for any bishop is not to get along with everyone. I guess the Spirit of Vatican II has gone to their heads.
This is why the Catholic education system is in the gutter. This is why the bishops are basically figureheads. This is why the holy firewall has gone up in Catholic homes all across this country and much of the Western world. This is why the Catholic faithful already have one foot in the underground, and the second foot is sure to drop within the next 5-10 years.
It appears that Faithful Catholic parents have to uphold and teach the faith themselves, and make sad excuses for why the bishop won’t properly witness to it.
That’s why in my house, I am the ultimate teacher of the Faith – not because of design, but because of necessity.
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The thing is, even aside from the sacrilege and even blasphemy inherent in such celebrations, they are singularly ineffective on both the natural and supernatural levels. They don’t attract people to the Faith. They don’t change people’s lives, or put them on a path of salvation. What they do, is show an exhausted Church turning to desperate tricks in a bid to draw a few people in. But such efforts are always doomed to fail, as the Church and especially the Mass are not forms of entertainment, and fully secular entertainments will always be a far more attractive alternative for those looking for a secular-type good time. (Source)
…especially at 2:51.
My question is why they even bother with a male priest? Get the woman with the Boa to officiate.
These people honour me with their…er…exotic dances and snakes, but their hearts are far from me.
How come this kind of thing never makes it to the things to talk about in an interview?
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Posted on October 16th, 2013 by Paycheck in Kennedy Funeral Files
The difference is that the guy on the right was a courtier of the episcopal court and a man of social justice…popular, powerful, a “devout Catholic” with the right connections to the Princes of the Church, and a man of the people. The guy on the left didn’t have those credentials…so he got the shaft on the Church funeral.
But they stood for the same damn thing in the end…and, from what I hear, both were unrepentant till the end.
“Heads of the Church have often been narcissists, flattered and thrilled by their courtiers.” – Pope Francis
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Posted on October 15th, 2013 by Paycheck in Abortion, Catholic Scandals
I miss the days when our “yes” meant “yes” and our “no” meant “no”. Quaint, I know, but we can pray for those days to return.
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Posted on October 9th, 2013 by Paycheck in Catholic Scandals
Socon or Bust condemns any attempt to change the inviolability of marriage. We shall oppose – to the face and with vigour – any layperson, priest, nun, bishop, and the Pope himself should they attempt to contradict Christ’s clear and unambiguous teaching on marriage.
Sometimes we get visits from the Vatican. My friendly advice to the media handlers there is to get Freiburg to issue a retraction of their intention. Like…uh…right away.
And here’s a message for the new regime if this is what’s coming: get ready for a fight.
Schism is not the worst sin.
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Posted on September 27th, 2013 by Paycheck in Catholic Scandals
We are not living in fascist Argentina. The Culture of Death does not answer to men like General Galtieri, but to the likes of George Soros and Barack Obama. The bitterest traditionalists are not serving as tools of a grasping government which seeks to impose an anti-Christian ideology. Angry conservatives are not the cat’s paws of a potent political movement that seeks to marginalize the Church. The mass murder occurring throughout the West is not happening with the connivance of the Catholic right, but of the Catholic left, which pretends a moral equivalence between fundamental issues like abortion and prudential disputes over poverty programs and immigration totals, as a pretext for supporting candidates who oppose the natural law and the sanctity of life.
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My friend Andy Pocrnic has done a yeoman’s job in shining the light on the pro-aborts scamming Catholic education.
Good job, Andy!
After the presentation, one trustee asked Pocrnic if he had “listened [to] or heard the Pope’s latest statement and clarification”, according to a recording of the presentation obtained by LifeSiteNews.com.
Last week in an interview with La Civilta Catholica in partnership with America magazine, the pope had said that it is “not necessary” to talk about the issues of “abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods” “all the time”, emphasizing at the same time that Church teaching on these matters is “clear” and that he is a “son of the Church”.
While the secular press has interpreted this as a call for the Church to downplay, or even abandon its teachings on controversial moral issues, Catholic commentators have argued that the pope only said that those issues should be placed in their proper “context.”
Concerned parent James Doak told LifeSiteNews that Pope Francis’ statements do not give Catholic schools a pass to partner with pro-abortion groups, especially in light of Francis’ most recent condemnation of abortion one day after the release of his La Civilta Catholica interview.
“It’s as if the trustee was saying: ‘You caught us working with pro-aborts, but we want to misinterpret Pope Francis’ talk last week to give us wiggle room because we love Free the Children so much’,” he said. (Source)
One thing the Pope’s comments have done is ferret out all those dubious Catholics who had previously kept their mouths shut on abortion and contraception since Humanae Vitae.
When the Pope’s comments about abortion and gay sex were spun by the liberal press, they thought they had some play with the Pope. Turned out that they were wrong as +++Francis clarified things for them the very next day. But in so doing, they showed their cards and their true colours.
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Posted on September 25th, 2013 by Paycheck in Catholic Scandals
He concludes that “one must not stubbornly present this deviance as if it were a nastiness specific to Catholicism.” (Source)
Yeah, like no kidding. It seems that whatever cultural perversion the Church gets caught up in, the lunatics and the lame brains blame everything on the Catholic Church and forget that Uncle Charlie and every third relative in the family has a major sexual problem.
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Posted on September 24th, 2013 by Paycheck in Abortion, Catholic Scandals
Asked how Catholics can reconcile the fact that they are told not to vote for political candidates who support grave intrinsic evils, while these same politicians are given honors at Catholic universities and public Catholic funerals, he said, “You cannot reconcile it.”
“It is a contradiction, it is wrong, it is a scandal, and it must stop!” he said. “We live in a culture with a false sense of dialogue — which has also crept into the Church — where we pretend to dialogue about open and egregious violations of the moral law.”
“Can we believe it is permissible to recognize publicly people who support open and egregious violations, and then act surprised if someone is scandalized by it?” (Source)
I like Pope Francis, but this man would be a great Pope. In fact, he might be the next one.
He urged Americans to take the example of France, where the people have reacted strongly to government imposition of same-sex “marriage.” “The French people are out on the streets in protest — one demonstration had upwards of two million people,” he said. “There has arisen in France among the people the will to resist the government and that is what we need in this country.”
When have we ever heard a bishop speak like this? Sometimes, you need to give your head a shake and wonder in amazement as to why 99% of our leaders don’t pony up like this. On the flip side, this is the kind of leadership Catholics will follow…instead of the sensitivity squad we’ve had to endure these past 50 years and its panzie scheme which has let the Church become a byword among the nations….where we are defined more by the Rainbow and less by the Sacred Heart.
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Posted on September 23rd, 2013 by Paycheck in Catholic Scandals, Homosexuality
Did you ever wonder why the Gay political movement chose the Rainbow as their symbol?
Think of Noah and what was the precursor to the Rainbow.
Is it truly love to allow these people to keep fooling themselves? Is tolerance and an unwillingness to confront really a good thing?
And even more importantly, why is our Church leadership content with such a schizo relationship with its flock?
This is not true Communion but one of convenience and falsity…for both sides.
They allow us to be pussies and we allow them to be delusional.
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Once again, Chalice has score most excellently in the MoneySense annual ranking of international development charities. They received an overall score of A+, the only international development charity with such a high grade. That makes them tops in Canada!
- They scored A+ on efficiency, the most important category in the evaluation, with more than 92% of donations going directly to programs and less than 8% used for administration costs. That’s awesome stewardship.
- They scored A on fundraising efficiency, as it only cost them $3.90 to raise $100 of donations.
- They scored A+ on governance, meaning that they have excellent procedures in place to monitor the use of money, they are transparent about what they do and they make sure their programs are effective. Moreover, the highest paid person in the whole organization earned just over $64,000, hardly a fortune.
- Finally, they scored A+ on the “reserves” grade, because they have just the right amount of reserves set aside. Other charities were penalized for having either too little funds to weather any lull in donations, or too large of a stash sitting unproductively in a bank account.
More importantly for Christians, Chalice’s programs are entirely in keeping with the moral and social teachings of the Church. They remain Socon or Bust‘s preferred charity for international development. Thank God for Chalice!
So how did Development and Peace score? They didn’t make the list. Keep in mind that MoneySense doesn’t publish the ranking of every charity in the country. It only publishes the top 100, which are grouped into eight broad categories. D&P falls into the International Aid and Development category, within which MoneySense published rankings for 14 organizations. D&P is not part of the list. I guess it was a bad year.
In 2012, you may recall, D&P trumpeted with much fanfare that they had achieved an overall score of A- in the MoneySense ranking, up from their previous score of B. However, in the ever important category of Overall Charity Efficiency, they had scored just a “C+” back in 2012. That was the worst score among the charities published in International Aid and Development category. So if MoneySense found that D&P was doing a lousy job of stewardship, how did they get an overall score of A-? Part of it is attributable to a laughable score of A in transparency. Anybody who has followed the D&P scandal over the last 4½ years knows that D&P is anything but transparent. I surmise that in 2013, MoneySense took a closer look at D&P transparency’s practices and gave them a much lower score, resulting in D&P dropping from the published list. That’s my gut feeling.
More importantly than all these considerations, we still don’t have any assurances that D&P is operating in accordance with Church teaching in its overseas programs. Less than a year ago, Socon or Bust was still discovering partners of D&P engaging in anti-life programming. I still don’t trust them. They haven’t earned back our trust. And they never will if their management of funds continues to be so opaque that you feel that your donations are being sucked into a giant black hole.
So in the meantime, let’s rejoice in the continued outstanding performance of Chalice. Let’s give thanks to God that we have such dedicated people doing authentic social justice work while running a thrifty and transparent operation. Bravo!
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Posted on September 4th, 2013 by Paycheck in Catholic Scandals
From a reader….
St Joe’s has announced that they will be offering a course in Attitudinal Healing this month. Attitudinal Healing and “A Course in Miracles (ACIM)” are essentially the same – (see Women of Grace link)
The St Joe’s announcement references Gerald Jampolsky. This is Gerald
”Fr. Groeschel stated that he believed that ACIM founder Helen Shucman’s experience with the channeled “spirit” was possibly a true diabolic manifestation. According to Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s point of view, “A Course In Miracles served to undermine authentic Christianity more effectively than just about any other work he could recall.”
- ACIM/AH link
- ACIM info
- ACIM info
- “The teachings of A Course in Miracles [claims] that: Jesus was NOT God, the devil does not exist, and there’s no such thing as evil, or “sin” especially original sin, that man’s fall from Grace in the Garden of Eden never happened- (preface, pg. xiii) and that Holy Scripture cannot be trusted, as Christ’s apostles misinterpreted his message and taught in error. (text pgs. 94 & 95) Everything you see around you is an illusion,(lesson #14 and throughout) that sin and guilt are not real but, “solely an invention in your own mind”(lesson #70) that, you can neither hurt others, nor be hurt (text pg. 96 and throughout). that “you can and should deny any belief that error can hurt you”. the false promise that: if you see your neighbor as sinless, “you will be released entirely from all effects of sin” (text pg. 474) that “the reality of everything is total harmlessness” (text pg. 158) . that you alone are the sole cause of anything hurtful that’s ever happened to you (lesson #23, #304, and throughout) . that, “The world you see has nothing to do with reality. It is of your own making, and it does not exist.”(lesson #14 and throughout) ”  One of the more startling teachings within the course as “the 14th lesson, which is to be accepted as true by the student, reads as follows: “With eyes closed, think of all the horrors in the world that cross your mind. Name each one as it occurs to you, and then deny its’ reality. God did not create it, and so it is not real. Say for example: God did not create that war, and so it is not real. God did not create that airplane crash, and so it is not real. God did not create that disaster, and so it is not real. Suitable subjects for the application of today’s idea also include: Anything you are afraid might happen to you, or to anyone about whom you are concerned.” Another startling teaching for anyone familiar with the gospel of Mark 5:9 and Luke 8:30 is the teaching included in the teachers manual that states, “helpers are given you in many forms. their names are LEGION.”
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Posted on September 4th, 2013 by Squeaker in Catholic Scandals, Homosexuality
Once again, parishioners from St. Joe’s participated in the Gay Pride Parade.
As shown in the picture, some folks from St. Joe’s parish actually had some T-shirts printed for the parade.
You can see below that they also marched with a banner identifying themselves as the “Gay Community and Allies at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish.”
I don’t mean to bash these people. Rather, I wish they would be open to sitting down and discussing the real meaning of sexuality. Perhaps they might see things in a different light. They might realize that homosexuality doesn’t come close to the sublime beauty of real sex as intended by God.
They’re short-changing themselves of the real thing and failing to realize God’s full plan for their lives.
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Posted on July 28th, 2013 by Squeaker in Catholic Scandals
A reader of Socon or Bust living in Quebec has had it up to here with the liturgical abuses and doctrinal “innovations” within her parish and from her pastor. Her letters to the local bishop went unanswered, so she decided to write to the Vatican’s Prefect for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. She was surprised to get the attached reply in just six weeks. Click to enlarge.
The letter is very simple, but it includes the name of the pastor and the parish (which I have redacted). The writer explained to the Vatican that she had been complaining to her bishop but to no avail. In the reply, the Vatican encourages her to keep contacting the bishop, who is responsible for these matters.
This may not seem like much, unless you know how to play your cards properly for maximum effect. Guess what our frustrated reader is gonna do next? She’s gonna forward this letter to both the pastor and her local bishop. By encouraging the writer to continue pestering her bishop, the Vatican is suggesting that her complaints are legit and need to be brought to the bishop’s attention. To the bishop, the letter is essentially saying this is your job, get with it, where have you been?
I love it.
Little hobbits making a difference.
Now go and do likewise.
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