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Modernism threatens the Church like no other heresy because modernism refuses to argue the Church’s doctrines openly and directly.  Instead, modernism attempts to sap the Church of its relevance.   Rather than attack the doctrines of God openly like previous heresies, modernism simply distracts the modern man by offering the allure of materialism. For example, instead of flatly denying the existence of God with philosophical arguments, moderns learn to embrace agnosticism by asserting that religion is not as important as other things in life like patriotism or “making a better world for our children.”  (Source)

When you just can’t put your finger on the foundation of movements like Free the Children, it all comes into focus when you remember what modernism really is.  Without Christ at the Center and focus of all our corporal acts of mercy, the social justice movements just become an exercise in philanthropy (which is fine in and of itself but that is NOT what the Catholic Church or its Mission is about)….and when you throw in family planning and promoting abortion…it becomes diabolical.

The devil is no dummy.  He knows how to mix water and wine.

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Gets thrown overboard by the Educational system.    It’s becoming a common theme these days….as well as the typical “neutral” and spineless Episcopal reaction.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that our current Catholic leadership across the board is really quite pathetic.  It’s so pathetic that it poses a real danger to the Faith itself.

I am more and more convinced that the rest of us really do need to move on from the Establishment and the fraudulent system they prop up as Catholic.  Have lots of children.  Teach them the Faith.  And let attrition do the rest.  I don’t think the Bishops and the Educational establishment quite get it.  They are creating two societies in the Church by not applying Catholic teaching to pastoral practice and “on the ground” witness.  That’s very dangerous, but it’s exactly what’s starting to happen.

We’re sick and tired of our children and the Faith being thrown under the bus, because of servile cowardice to big money, loud-mouth activists, and gay media shills.

It’s Getting Awful Crowded Under that Bus. Another Catholic School Apologizes for a Speaker Teaching Catholic Morality

It will be over my dead body before you hear Socon or Bust apologize for one iota of Catholic teaching.

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These days, everyone gets a blessing.  Carry on, Kathleen.  Good job.

“There’s no risk from our government in terms of the Catholic education system,” Wynne told The Catholic Register. “We’ve said all along we’re going to continue to support the education system as it exists and make it the best in the world. That’s what we’re doing.”

What’s not to support?  The GSAs are doing just fine and the subversion of the formerly Catholic system is well underway.  When it’s all said and done, the “Catholic” system will be no different from the public one AND as a bonus, the homosexualists will have won the name ‘Catholic’ too!  That’s just swell.  What’s not to like about that as a propaganda tool?

If anything, there is no way that Kathleen and the gang will want to give up the Catholic name.   Why should they?  It’s as much theirs now as it is the Bishops of this Province.  In fact, what Kathleen and the Rainbow Coalition have shown us all is how they can own our schools, our name, and our ass all at the same time and leave us standing there without any recourse.

Blessings apparently don’t mean the same thing as they used to.  Today, any politician who advocates for the most perverse sex program for our kids gets the blessing of Almighty God from the highest levels in the Church.

The blessings of the Church, once reserved for those seeking after God and trying to live a holy life, have gone the way of holy marriage:  just about anyone can get them these days.  There’s generally no discrimination whatsoever….and neither is there any meaning or value either.  It’s not too different from going to the Fair:  when I was a kid, it would be damn hard to win a prize.  Now with China in the mix, every kid gets a booby prize…just for showing up.

Everyone’s a winner, babe.

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There may be some people wondering if the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) is morally required to comply with the request from the bishops of Kenya asking Canadian Catholics to stop funding a contraception-distributing clinic in Kenya run by Free the Children. After all, some would argue that the OCSB falls under the jurisdiction of the Canadian bishops. Is the request from the Kenyan bishops morally binding on the OCSB?

Evidently, the answer is yes: the OCSB is morally obliged to comply, otherwise both the organization and the Board members risk compromising their communion with the Catholic Church. Let’s see how. Read the rest of this entry »

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As Squeaker pointed out yesterday, the Ottawa Catholic School Board is choosing to ignore the direct request of the Kenyan bishops who have asked Canadian Catholics to stop funding Kielburger’s contraception-dispensing clinic.

Presented with the letter on Friday, the OCSB again defended its partnership with the organization. Mardi de Kemp, OCSB’s manager of communications, told LifeSiteNews by e-mail, “Our position has not changed on our Board’s association with Free the Children.” (Source)

I’m not sure just how the Archbishop of Ottawa is going to take this bold declaration by Mardi de Kemp. Just who is this person and what kind of authority does she have to declare that it’s business as usual with Free the Children?

Is the OCSB now above the Episcopacy?  Do not the bishops of the Global South have any say whatsoever on what’s happening in their own backyard?  What kind of Catholicism subjugates and openly dismisses Episcopal authority?  Just who does the Ottawa Catholic School Board think it is to so readily dismiss the clear and unambiguous direction from the Kenyan bishops?

And if they have the effrontery to ignore the Kenyan bishops, what about the Canadian ones?  Will they ignore them too?  And if they ignore them and not the Canadian ones, we have to ask is why that is.

If the OCSB thinks this is just going to blow over, they have another thing coming.  They ain’t seen nothing yet.  The Kielburgers are on the way out.  The only question is the timing.  Sooner or later, the end is coming.  Remember what happened to D&P?  After the Catholic blogosphere and LSN were done with them, it was a whole new game in town.

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A spokeswoman for the Ottawa Catholic School Board says they are not changing their partnership with Free the Children, despite a vibrant plea from the bishops of Kenya asking Canadian Catholics to stop funding Free the Children’s “contraception-distributing” clinic in Kenya.

Presented with the letter on Friday, the OCSB again defended its partnership with the organization. Mardi de Kemp, OCSB’s manager of communications, told LifeSiteNews by e-mail, “Our position has not changed on our Board’s association with Free the Children.” (Source)

This is astonishing. They are choosing to ignore a direct request from the local bishops!

Call me naive, but I thought that the social justice work done in the schools was intended to help countries in the Global South. So when people on the ground, namely the Kenyan bishops, tell you to please stop because you’re inflicting evil on their families and their society, I would have expected a more compassionate and considered response.

I had read that the relationship between parents and the school board had improved recently. Being a realist, I wasn’t expecting the school board to immediately drop all ties with Free the Children. But it strikes me that the charitable thing to do would have been for the school board to say something like “we’re re-evaluating the situation in light of the new information.” But no. Mardi de Kemp says the board is not budging.

Wow.

How Catholic can this board be if it doesn’t heed the passionate plea of bishops? These aren’t small time bloggers like me. They’re the successors of the Apostles. Perhaps a little refresher is in order to summarize what this all means:

“Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” (Luke 10:16)

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Lovely.

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Many of you have probably read yesterday’s explosive report which details how the Bishops of Kenya have asked Canadian Catholics to stop supporting Free the Children:

“Considering the evil caused to families and society in Kenya by the use of contraception, Catholic Bishops in Kenya through Catholic Health Commission of KCCB request that donors in Canada and the United States direct their generosity to Catholic health facilities and not to contraception-distributing institutions and programmes such as Free the Children’s Baraka Medical Centre. We are requesting that this be done through the Catholic Health Commission of Kenya who the Catholic Bishops hold responsible for the Catholic Church’s health apostolate.”

The original report has raised many issues which require further probing: Read the rest of this entry »

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The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) is pleading with Catholics in Canada and the United States to stop donating to Free the Children’s “contraception-distributing” Baraka Health Clinic in Maasai Mara, Kenya, because of the “evils caused to families and society in Kenya by the use of contraception”. Instead, they are asking that donations be directed to Catholic health facilities that do not distribute contraception, and respect the Church’s teaching.

Free the Children has come under fire during the past few years for its backing of abortion-supporting and contraception-dispensing initiatives.

siu1Socon or Bust has obtained a copy of a letter, addressed to a concerned Ottawa parent and ratepayer and written by Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru, the Chairman of the Catholic Health Commission of Kenya, an official body of the KCCB. He contradicts an earlier statement made by Free the Children co-founder Marc Kielburger, who suggested that all public health clinics in Kenya are required by the government to distribute contraceptives and that even Catholic institutions are dispensing them.  Kielburger wrote the following text to the OSCB in October of last year:

“Because our clinic in Kenya is certified and supported in-part by the government of Kenya, the Baraka Health Clinic is mandated, by law in the country of Kenya, to stock provide contraceptives to patients should they personally request them,” he wrote… He claimed that “the Catholic Mission Hospitals and Catholic Mission Clinics in our region have also adopted this same policy, and have contraceptives on hand in their own clinics as well, as mandated by the government.” (Source) (Emphasis ours)

Not so, according to Bishop Njiru:

“There have also been claims by Free the Children that all health facilities in Kenya are required by the government to stock and distribute contraceptives for family planning. While the government and other secular health facilities in Kenya provide contraceptives, it is not a requirement by law and as such, Catholic health facilities do not stock or distribute contraceptives for family planning.” (Emphasis ours)

Bishop Njiru also pleads with Catholics in North America to stop supporting contraception-distributing health facilities that are causing great harm to Kenya, and to instead opt for the ethical alternative:

“Considering the evil caused to families and society in Kenya by the use of contraception, Catholic Bishops in Kenya through Catholic Health Commission of KCCB request that donors in Canada and the United States direct their generosity to Catholic health facilities and not to contraception-distributing institutions and programmes such as Free the Children’s Baraka Medical Centre. We are requesting that this be done through the Catholic Health Commission of Kenya who the Catholic Bishops hold responsible for the Catholic Church’s health apostolate.” (Emphasis ours)

The Bishop also attached a two-year plan developed by the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops outlining their strategy to deliver enhancing maternal, neonatal and child health while upholding pro-family Catholic ethics in the face of “heightened programming by pro-choice organizations that are fostering anti-family principles in Kenya’s health sector.

In light of this development, it would appear that Catholics in North America have been misinformed by Free the Children into financially supporting the distribution of contraceptives.  Moreover, if Catholics truly intend to help the people of Kenya, it is doubtful how anyone could justify providing support through a contraception-distributing health facility, when support can just as easily be offered through Catholic facilities that respect the integrity of the person and of their sexuality.

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The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) today posted an advertisement on their Facebook page to promote a fundraiser for the pro-abortion Stephen Lewis Foundation taking place at St. Joseph’s parish.

Although this is sad and tragic, it is hardly surprising considering the close ties between St. Joe’s and the OCSB, as well as the support of the OCSB for organizations like Free the Children.

Please note: this is not the personal Facebook page of a teacher or a student. No, it’s the page of the school board itself.

Some background on Stephen Lewis:

Lewis, the former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, is a long-time proponent of abortion, and has publicly attacked the Church’s efforts to promote a culture of life.

At the infamous Cairo conference on population and development in 1994, Lewis slammed the Vatican for opposing abortion and contraception, calling their statements “torrents of thinly veiled misogyny.”

Also a major advocate of condoms, Lewis has said that Pope Benedict XVI, in opposing condoms in the fight against HIV/AIDS, is “sending a message which ultimately kills people.”

“His words were, frankly, irresponsible and damaging and it was like inviting death,” he said.

On the same issue, he has said that the Pope is “living on the moon,” and presents “another example of complete indifference to the vulnerability of women, who are so hugely and disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS.” (Source)

Try to wrap your head around it: a “Catholic” school board and a “Catholic” parish helping raise funds for a group that says Catholic teaching “kills people” and “invites death.”

 

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Learn to express yourself at Mass.  18.24.  Don’t forget the bongos.

And with Nelson Mandella held up as a model of forgiveness.  Nice.

Is this Mass really about Jesus or bread and circus?  Look at me!

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There’s a lot of confusion, poor communication, and lack of transparency which is causing many Ottawa Catholics to doubt the good will of the Ottawa Catholic School Board in answering the questions posed to them in a straightforward and direct manner.

I encourage the Board to stop acting in a manner that causes legitimate questions to be raised about their leadership and accountability in this manner.

Socon or Bust encourages the OCSB to re-engage with Ottawa Parents and try again to get this thing resolved.  Please…for the sake of our children, come to the table and let’s sort this out properly and conform your pastoral actions and partnerships to the Church’s teaching about human sexuality.

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It is difficult for parents to grasp why the openness and exemplary communication the board has with Free the Children isn’t being replicated with concerned parents. Surely the board’s relationship with parents should take precedence over that of an external partner. And yet that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Time for a new Board.

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“This lecture proposes that Catholic schools can do more to include and nurture internal disagreement as a powerful opportunity to embrace intellectual diversity, learn the value of faithful dissent and enable greater participation in the Church and the world.”

Yes, yes, yes!  Come and learn how to be as incoherent, self-contradicting, and church-destroying like the rest of the “Catholic” theological class.  You too can learn to make no sense at all, too!

But, boy oh boy, you can then claim the rights to use words like “diversity” in your resume.

I see the Canadian hierarchy was quick to jump on this and squash it….er…sorry, the bishop was conveniently not around for any comment.

Just like my TV, I’ve just learned to turn nu-church programs off.

Nothing like shoring up the relationship between the hierarchy and the Faithful laity, eh?  One big happy family.

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Local Catholic parents are demanding accountability. I think we will find as long as we are prepared to milk the cow, the cow will produce the milk.

Society moves on 10% of its activists who are willing to sacrifice something (time, money, reputation, whatever) to get what they want.

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CCPO presented their delegation to the school board this evening. We had a solid contingent of supporters that braved the cold conditions in order to show their
support. The board chair informed us that we should expect a response in two to three weeks.

A link to the speech given can be found here.

A big thank you to all those that have taken the time to contact their trustees. For those that haven’t yet had an opportunity to do so, it’s not too late at
all. Their contact information can be found here.

When contacting trustees we do ask that you do so in a respectful way that opens the door to consideration of our points. Facts, calmly presented, will give us the
greatest chance of having an effective dialogue with our elected representatives. (Source)

Free the Children is not going to survive in the Catholic School System.  These parents are not going to go away.

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The Catholic school association’s video comes at a time when all school systems are working toward another round of teacher negotiations. Ontario houses four distinct publicly funded systems – francophone public, francophone Catholic, English Catholic and English public – and competition for students is fierce, especially as birth rates decline.

Indeed, and we are all starting to wonder what kind of Catholic identity there is in the Catholic School Board.  When you are not forming *Catholic* students, then, really, what is the point exactly?  I think the pseudo Catholic trustees can read the writing on the wall.  They know that unless they do something to distinguish themselves from the Public board, their number is up…but the problem is they are becoming more and more like the Public Board….so the natural question arises.  “We Day” is not going to save the system.

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Details here.

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Ye will know them, not by their words, but by their works.

Folks, this is never going to change until somebody, somewhere steps up to the plate.

It’s not someone else’s job to run for the Board.  It’s your job.  Election is coming up.  Are your children worth it?  Yes or no?

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Ever feel like that?

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