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Episcopal Conferences:  Kissing Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane since 1968.

Dear Lord, just how much more of this can we take?

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Many weeks ago, I had a little altercation (Michael Coren can no longer be considered a reliable source of Catholic opinion (sadly)) with Michael Coren.  I had been following Coren’s rather bizarre adventure into the narcissistic world of Gay Politics.  For a time, I chose to ignore it, hoping it was just a misunderstanding or a misplaced emphasis in some conversations he was having on Facebook.  The frequency and the alarming nature of his responses, however, caused me to join one of his discussions on Facebook to get the whole picture.  I saw enough of it to make the allegation which was the subject of my blog post above (before he defriended me from his Facebook account for nothing other than insisting that he answer a question on his position on Humanae Vitae). I sent out an e-mail to my list (linking to the above blog post) and informing everyone of my opinion on Michael’s competence and suitability to be considered a reliable source of Catholic opinion.  I thought that would be the end of it.  A little blog like Socon or Bust would have, after all, a negligible impact on the nationally-known and respected right-wing host of Sun News. Much to my surprise, however, a reader forwarded me this rather surprising response from Mr. Coren that was published this past Friday on the Catholic Register’s website.  Coren seemed to take issue with my blog post which I had posted about six weeks ago. My rebuttal to his response is included below after his commentary. Read the rest of this entry »

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+Prendergast: “One may not dissent from these core teachings on life issues and be considered a Catholic in good standing.”

Justin’s Response:  ““I had an extraordinary example in a father who had deeply, deeply held personal views that were informed by the fact that he went to church every Sunday, read the Bible regularly to us, and raised us very, very religious, very Catholic.”

What did I tell you, folks?

Here’s something else Justin could have added:

“I’ll tell you that as a faithful and ‘very, very religious Catholic’ man, I will be at Mass this Sunday receiving the Holy Eucharist, and no one in the Church will do anything about it.  Not only is abortion and sodomy a human right, so is a pro-abort politician receiving the Eucharist.  It’s a human right for all Catholics.”

Remember what I said.  Letters of “concern”, a little bit of condemnation, some clarification will come from the Bishops, including the obligatory CCCB letter which will likely also be issued.  Very tame and as a clarifying measure to these politicians.

But, in no way will you see any sort of measured response to this sacrilege.

Bizness as usual because getting along is more important than counting rosary beads.

But, as the good professor says:

“The days of socially acceptable Christianity are over, the days of comfortable Catholicism are past,” began Prof. George. “It is no longer easy to be a faithful Christian, a good Catholic, an authentic witness to the truths of the Gospel. A price is demanded and must be paid,” he said.

Indeed.  If the bishops want to stay faithful to Christ, the payment will have to be made soon enough.  Whether they choose to pay now or later, it doesn’t matter.  The bill’s in the mail and penalties are coming whether they want to acknowledge it or not.  The only wonderment for this blogger is the incredible blindness that has permeated their sight these past 50 years…that they would not expel the pro-abort from their midst now….instead of it being a moot point later on…when history will judge them….just like it judged their predecessors who failed to act on the sexual abuse crisis.

The days of aggiornamento are over.

The good news is that maybe after they get roughed up a bit, they’ll remember the Winnipeg Statement.

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Well, folks, I’m not sure if you have been following the news lately, but if you oppose abortion or homosexuality in the near future, you are going to have a hard time making a living or leading much of anything at all these days.  I see the GSAs are in full swing too, at Catholic schools.

The noose around our necks is starting to tighten. That is just the reality of staying true to Jesus and his Church these days.

And what has been our leadership’s reaction?  In a word, capitulation.  It was capitulation on the GSAs in Catholic schools.  And now it’s basically capitulation with Justin Trudeau.  Oh sure, there will be the obligatory letter of “concern” , maybe even a little bit of condemnation.  But, let us all be realistic, folks, in a few weeks, it will all blow over.   It will be business as usual.  Justin will go back to being a “devout” Catholic and receive Communion….sitting in the front row of the Church no less, while the homosexual bulldozer will tighten its grip and squeeze out any remaining dissent from its agenda.

It’s as plain a day, and yet we are, as a Church, in a kind of denial.  This denial is a kind of sickness.  In particular, it’s the sickness against the Cross.  We don’t want pain or confrontation.  So we raise our objections diplomatically, but do not risk anything that would cause our current situation to change or put it at risk.  At the heart of this sickness is a lack of Faith.

And so we go on.  Controversy after controversy which chips away at our freedoms…until one day….there is one less blogger blogging; one less Faithful teacher teaching; one less pro-life politician.

Fade to black…without even a fight.

We don’t even have the guts to tell pro-abort politicians that they are not Catholic…we don’t even have that consolation.  They’ve even taken over our name and identity.

Pro-Choice Catholic.  Gay and Proud Catholic.  The new identity. The new reality.

 

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…can’t really tolerate old school Catholicism.

I’m all for legitimate progress and development, but if it disses the past unfairly or the exercise of traditional practices (which we not only need to maintain but also reinstate), I’m not a big fan.

Frankly, this new leadership style and direction makes me want to puke.

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Mary Lewis is a member of the Board of Directors of Free the Children USA (link here, click on the tab at the bottom of the page called “US Board of Directors”).  As indicated on that page, her day job is to serve as the Vice President of Outreach and as Assistant to Dr. Jane Goodall, at the Jane Goodall Institute. Those credentials are confirmed on the website of the Jane Goodall Institute.

What does this Institute do? It’s primarily an environmentalist group that focuses on preserving apes. As their mission statement says:

Specifically, we seek to:

  • Improve global understanding and treatment of great apes through research, public education and advocacy

  • Contribute to the preservation of great apes and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in local communities

  • Create a worldwide network of young people who have learned to care deeply for their human community, for all animals and for the environment, and who will take responsible action to care for them (Source)

Nothing wrong with that. However, the means they use are very much anti-family. Very explicitly and intentionally so. You see, they consider the human population as a threat to the chimpanzee population. Therefore, the growth of the human population must be curbed through “family planning.” Here’s how they explain it. Read the rest of this entry »

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“My question – not a solution, but a question – is this: Is absolution not possible in this case? And if absolution, then also Holy Communion?

He asserted that “there are many themes, many arguments in our Catholic tradition that could allow this way forward.”

It was at this point that the cardinal stated that the average Christian is not meant for heroism.

Saying that for divorced and remarried persons to live and brother and sister is heroic, he added that “people must do what is possible in their situation.” (Source)

 

To answer your question, your Eminence, let me offer these remarks:

1.  No. A divorced and “remarried Catholic” cannot be absolved in their sin until they turn away from the relationship they are in and renounce it.  It would be tantamount to an imposter insisting that absolution be granted to him, but he still refuses to renounce his deceitful ways and believes it is a legitimate way of life.  This concerns basic moral theology and logic, but sadly today among the Princes of the Church, all that glitters is apparently not gold.  Where precisely did these theologians go to school?

2. The remarks about heroism say more about what the Cardinal believes about his own ministry more than it does about what a Catholic is called to.

3.  Cardinal Kasper appears to accept “situational ethics” – a basic moral error expounded by the great heretics of bygone centuries.

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crosierTo the Bishops of the Canadian Church:

Your Graces,

As has been recently witnessed with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s recent declaration that the Liberal Party will not accept candidates who harbour Pro-Life views, it is incumbent on us, your flock, to once again, and with heartfelt anguish and urgency, remind you of your role as shepherds and guardians of the Holy Eucharist.  It is not enough to teach the Catholic Faith but also to guard it and, if necessary, enforce the Church’s laws to uphold the Christian moral order and to preserve the Faith’s integrity and beauty. Read the rest of this entry »

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Edmonton’s Roman Catholic Archbishop is taking exception to comments made Wednesday by federal liberal leader Justin Trudeau.   Trudeau says his party will make sure no one who opposes abortion will be accepted as future candidates for the Liberals.

Archbishop Richard Smith says it’s outrageous that the comments came on the eve of the March for Life rallies across the country.  “To time that statement to coincide with these voices is obviously a deliberate slap in the face.”  The archbishop said thousands of people were coming together across Canada to defend all life, including that in the womb. Read the rest of this entry »

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There will be more reporting to follow.  Pretty eye-popping stuff too.

The all-seeing EYE of Sauron never sleeps and he’s fixed his gaze on Free the Children.

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I guess that applies to votes too.

Hey Justin, tomorrow around Noon – 1PM, I invite you to look outside your window on Parliament Hill.  See those 20,000+ people?

That number is going to grow and grow every year, and every year, the Liberal Party will have less and less votes.

Personally, I’m just waiting for your bishop to have the gonads to enlighten you that you are no longer Catholic and that you are not welcome to receive the Eucharist until you repent.  Deadbeat.

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….BUT PRO-ABORT POLITICIANS CAN BECAUSE OF COWARDLY BISHOPS WHO WILL ONE DAY HAVE TO GIVE AN ACCOUNT.

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This story is not about the Nuns.

It’s about the hierarchy of the Church that just keeps deferring, enabling, and delaying.  This crap has been going on for DECADES and it just keeps circling around with more administrative shuffle and diplomatic mumbo jumbo.

When Dad enables and tolerates dissent, it’s just not going to stop.

Just cut the damn chord, already.  If some of them still have any sense of Faith left, then they will come back on their own.  Otherwise, this organization just represents a mockery of Jesus Christ.

And I am sick and tired of letting Jesus be mocked.  Enough is enough.

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The latest inconvenient truth to be discovered about Free the Children is their close ties with a radical feminist group called Women’s Day Live (WDL).  If you search WDL’s website, you quickly discover that the movers and shakers behind the organization and its supporters are a who’s who of the global abortion steamroller.

How deeply is Free the Children involved?  We’ll find out in just a moment, but for now, let’s find out who makes up WDL.

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Let’s be candid here. Until and unless Catholic teaching regarding homosexuality changes – the catechism calls for tolerance and respect for gay people, but describes their sexuality as a “grave depravity” and “intrinsically disordered” – no gay student can feel genuinely comfortable in a Catholic school. Yet every student, gay or straight, should feel welcomed in a school that receives public funding. (Source)

Time to cut the invitations for Michael Coren to speak at your Church or Conference until he gets the message.

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In the Catholic Church today, the Church’s current hierarchy makes no pastoral distinction between those who can worthily receive Communion and those who cannot, in direct violation of Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law.

For our hierarchy today, there is no difference between the Lady and Gentleman on the one hand and the unrepentant Prostitute and Gigolo on the other.

They both have the same rights and privileges in receiving the Eucharist.

Sign the petition and ask the bishops to kindly move the distinction the Church makes from theory to reality.

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You get to know a lot about an organization by looking at its leaders. Both John and I learned this first-hand when we served on the Board of Directors of a local charity in Ottawa.

The Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Free the Children USA is Eva Haller. She’s also on the Board of Directors of Free the Children International. Just six months ago, in October 2013, Ms. Haller received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). For those of you who are not aware, the UNFPA is the United Nations arm responsible for pushing contraception around the world. In fact, in November 2012, less than a year before Ms. Haller received her award, the UNFPA declared contraception a “universal human right,” which even drew the attention of the mainstream media. Five months before Ms. Haller’s award, in May 2013, the UNFPA rose to new heights of philanthropy by announcing a partnership with Planned Parenthood to make sure contraception was readily available to “post-conflict and post-disaster countries.”  After all, in the aftermath of national emergencies, these countries need condoms much more than food, water or housing.  Everyone knows that.

But it gets worse. At the award ceremony, Ms. Haller proudly handed a trophy to Anzaira Roxas, the Deputy Project Coordinator at the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP), which is a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. In addition to handing out 339,000 condoms in the Philippines in one year, Ms. Roxas’ team also lobbied the Filipino government to pass the infamous Reproductive Health Act, that insidious piece of anti-family legislation which the Filipino bishops have fought tooth and nail.

It turns out that Ms. Haller is married to Dr. Yoel Haller. He’s now retired, but he was an obstetrician/gynecologist who served as Medical Director for Planned Parenthood of the San Francisco-Alameda Counties. Mr. Haller is currently on the Advisory Board of Directors of Free the Children (scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the “Advisory Board of Directors” tab).

This information about two prominent members of Free the Children should give you some context about where the organization is coming from when it speaks of “reproductive health” and “family planning”.

This may seem like “guilt-by-association” evidence, and while it does not rise to the level of smoking gun evidence that has been gathered thus far on Free the Children, the perspective of people who serve on one’s Board says quite a bit about the DIRECTION of where the organization is going.  That’s what a Board of Directors does, after all.  It gives direction on how the organization’s resources are deployed, how the organization carries out its mission, and what kind of guidance it provides to its employees.   A slip-up on a website can always be excused and blamed on an ‘intern’ or a ‘mistake’.  Making a deliberate choice for the direction of a charity is a different ball game altogether, and in some respects, is even worse than direct “smoking gun” evidence.

Marc Kielburger says that Free the Children takes “no position” on abortion or contraception, but apparently he has no problem inviting decorated anti-life activists on to the Board of Directors of his organization.  To provide what advice, precisely? 

Perhaps he has fooled himself with a make-believe distinction in his head that sees no technical problem in seeking large sums of money from Catholic institutions, organizations, and school boards for his organization, while concurrently seeking official, formal direction from individuals who seek to destroy what the Catholic Church seeks to uphold; namely, the sanctity of human sexuality, human life, and the family.  Just how does that moral calculus work?

The problem here, of course, is really not with the Kielburgers.  It’s with us.  We’re the problemDevelopment & Peace, Free the Children, and every other unCatholic organization out there has seen easy pickings in the Catholic Church, ever since we decided to outsource “social justice” to groups who share 95% of our values but reject the 5% on which all the others hinge.

We don’t take control or protect Catholic identity any more, and then when the next scandal hits, we sit around a board room table wondering how this could have happened!

Today in the Canadian Church, we just send money to Bill Clinton’s friends who are obviously looking out for the best interest of the family and the Church’s teachings.  We learn to make excuses and compromise our convictions because we don’t want to do the heavy lifting.

I call it Catholic by proxy.

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Claudette Jollebo

Development Professional/ Consultant

Programs Manager

Free The Children International

March 2009 – December 2011 (2 years 10 months)Narok South

Headed the organizations Health ,Water and Sanitation Departments.Managed School Health programmes and Community health education activities.Also managed the organizations health facility. Provided technical support to the health and medical team, monitored progress of projects and health cases presented at the health facility, developed strategies for integrating community-based health, water and sanitation and nutrition programmes, facilitated health trainings for community health workers, disseminated advocacy and behavior change communication materials to increase knowledge and create awareness on nutrition, water and sanitation, sexual and reproductive health rights and HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention.  Also• Lead implementation of WASH programming in 10 communities and schools in accordance with the SPHERE standards focusing on hygiene and sanitation behaviour change at the individual and community-level to ensure accessibility to clean water.

(Source)

It’s a good thing that Marc Kielburger says that sexual and reproductive programs are not part of Free The Children’s mandate.

“Please allow us to be clear however, that our staff at the Baraka Health Clinic do not proactively provide contraceptives, as it is not part of our holistic model.” (Source)

It sure is a good thing that we believe him and the OCSB before we believe our own eyes.  It’s not like mountains of direct, contradicting evidence should sway us one little bit.  No siree.  We must insist on assuming the good intentions, even to the point of absurdity.

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Where’s my axe, when I need it? WTF is this?

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