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There’s a better chance of the bishops gutting Development & Peace….which is to say none at all.

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They told him to drop dead.  Now, it’s their generation and what they have wrought that is dropping dead.

Never a good idea to oppose the moral teaching of Christ and His Church.  Even if you’re not Catholic, most people can count.  We’ll be around to swing another day, nations, kingdoms, movements, and revolutions all eventually die out.

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Well, it’s not like we here at Socon or Bust have not been beating this drum for years and years.

The only reason why Canada is still above water is because of immigration, but that golden goose will die one year and when it does, the problem of a low birth rate is going to come down on our heads like a tonne of bricks.

And then there will be grinding and gnashing of teeth and a lot of finger-pointing at dead church leaders who swam down stream.

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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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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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A letter to the Catholic families and healthcare providers of the Diocese of Lincoln

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We won’t ever let it go.

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Belize’s Roman Catholic Bishop Dorick Wright issued a directive to the country’s Catholic schools stating that “organizations whose activities and positions are actively opposed to the moral teachings of the Catholic Church, and which endanger the souls of the People of God, cannot be welcomed under any circumstances in our schools.”…Bishop Wright concluded that, “This agenda of sodomy, abortion, and sexual gender redefinition is seeking to radically change Belize’s Christian character. I call on all of you to be vigilant with me against this threat to Belize’s moral foundations and family values.” (Source)

That’s a real bishop for you. Plain spoken. Clear.  And Decisive.

This kind of language and action is almost like from another universe. It’s almost unintelligible and inexplicable for us Canadians.  Could we ever hope to have a bishop like this in our lifetime?…who…wait for it…wait for it…..ahhhhh…..yeah baby!

Didn’t check his Episcopal authority at the door of the national conference of Catholic bishops!

In light of what’s going on with the OSCB and the Kielburgers, this is like a sad and really cruel joke on us.  It really is.

Does anyone have a private jet?  Maybe we go fly to Belize and kidnap this holy bishop and install him in this country somewhere. By popular acclamation.

Then again, we get the leaders we deserve.

 

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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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Two blog posts were posted on Socon or Bust last night, linking to LifeSite News’ article on the Ottawa Catholic School Board and Free the Children and their involvement with contraception in Kenya.

In that article yours truly alleges that the trustees hid the Kielburger’s contraception confession from the Parents’ Group who had been making inquiries about Free the Children’s involvement.

I withdraw that comment, for the time being, pending more investigation.

I made the comment in good faith based on the known facts of the events at the time — which are still very disturbing and puzzling.

John Pacheco

Update:  No further comment will be made at this time, until the dust settles.  There’s a lot of poor communication and legitimate suspicion in this sad story.  Let’s see how the whole thing shakes down, if more of the facts become public.

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Story here.

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Incredible. One of the best presentations on the subject of sex and contraception.  These guys deserve a medal for this presentation.

 

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Verily, verily, I say unto you that contraception is the sacrament of the faithless.

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From the “Ain’t contraception the bestest!” files.

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Story here.

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No, really. It’s true!

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From Business Insider!

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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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