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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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A prophet warned us, warned the bishops.  We didn’t listen.

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The kiddies are good targets for the Ottawa Che School Board.

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From a reader…

“great for politics and ensuring the FMLN get elected next month!”

Just like the planned Obama trip last yr.. now we know that they are fundraising and going on trips to ElSal to support the FMLN party!!
Salvaide/Compadres/CISPES/FMLN are all one happy leftist party…
the OCSB is engaging in party politics!!
Shame on the OCSB and Sister Shelley!!
Please note that there is a federal election in Feb2014
SalvAide would also like to recognize the tireless commitment of Sister Shelley Lawrence, the St. Francis Xavier – Cinquera program founder, who retires in 2013 as St. Francis Xavier’s Chaplain. We sincerely thank Sister Shelley for her solidarity and wish her nothing but the best in her much deserved retirement!

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If there was ever a reason to dump the public Catholic system and all the non-practising professional katholics who feed at its trough, this is it.

I am more and more convinced, because of this story and others like it, along with the slut vaccine that is being introduced, the public Catholic system is actually an impediment to Catholic formation and might even be, in many cases, an occasion of sin.

It’s time to pull the plug and put the onus back on the bishops to get serious about Catholic education.

Renounce Caesar and his money and strike out alone.  It would certainly help align diocesan finances and ensure parents and the Church know where their bread is buttered.


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So, just like we said from the beginning of the GSAs, they are being used in Catholic schools to further the radical Gay agenda. Note the Egale paraphernalia.

I am just amazed, really and truly amazed, on how there could be such a lack of good judgement, lack of testicles, and lack of concern for Catholic children from our supposed Catholic trustees who let this abomination into our schools. It is an abomination that is going to destroy countless innocent lives.  And one day, the Bishops, the trustees, and the rest of the fools who permitted this garbage into schools bearing the Catholic name are going to have to account for their colosal failure to protect the kids.

All for faux human respect, your Grace.  In CanChurch, seeking after worldly human respect trumps the care of souls.

Shame on them.

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