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Works for me.

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At the Westglen Medical Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Dr. Chantal Barry will not prescribe artificial contraception. You know when she is on duty because of a sign that reads: The physician on duty today will not prescribe the birth control pill.

Good for her.  More courage and bravery like this is needed.

 

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When I started tuning in to my body’s signals about about fertility, I was absolutely blown away by what I learned. I mean, how did I get to be a grown-ass, sexually-active adult woman without any understanding that the fluid that comes out of your vagina is indicative of where you are in your cycle? I don’t know, but I’m certainly not the only one who operated for the majority of her reproductive life with a serious deficit in basic fertility knowledge: I just explained cervical fluid to two of my friends, who were absolutely shocked. I don’t know why this information isn’t covered in basic sex ed or written about in all those omnipresent women’s mag articles on fertility and contraception. We’re educated about the menstrual cycle and the hormones that play into it, but I don’t think it’s common knowledge that you can really only get pregnant for roughly seven to 10 days each month. It certainly wasn’t for me. (Source)

Lady, lady, lady….the reason that you were unaware is because Big Money wants to keep you clueless and ignorant.   You need to get with the program and realize the bigger agenda here.  It’s not the Catholic Church which wants to suppress this info.  It’s your liberal masters because they are making big money off of the sexually stupid.

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From our friends at Catholic Vote:

Dear CV Friend, 

“Deo Gratias.” 

Thanks be to God. 

That’s what a Catholic business owner who sued the U.S. government wrote me this morning following the Supreme Court decision. 

Specifically, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that closely-held corporations do not forfeit their First Amendment right to religious liberty, and therefore cannot be forced to comply with the HHS ‘contraception’ mandate. 

This means that thousands of private businesses run by Catholics and other people of faith are free to live their deeply held beliefs, and provide quality health coverage without the threat of crippling fines that could ruin their businesses and their lives. 
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This is just delicious.  Hits the spot.

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Here’s what we know.

We know that Catholic schools in Canada raised funds for Free the Children (FTC) to bring relief to Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010 (for example here and here).

We know that part of FTC’s help to Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake was delivered by the condom-pushing NGO called Partners in Health.

We know that both Craig and Marc Kielburger consider condom distribution to be part of “basic medicine”. So when FTC’s website says that its work with PIH in Haiti involves providing “medical care” to Haitians, it’s entirely possible that this medical care included condoms. Condoms are, after all, a major activity of PIH.

Does that sound like a stretch? What do you suppose PIH was doing in Haiti following the earthquake? Do you think they stopped distributing condoms to focus exclusively on emergencies? Not a chance. They actually intensified contraception distribution, perhaps because the increased donations gave them more resources to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

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A few days ago, we wrote about one of Free the Children’s (FTC) partners called Partners in Health (PIH) which is very active in distributing contraception. PIH was co-founded by Paul Farmer. Back in 2008, Craig and Marc Kielburger wrote a lofty piece that almost canonized Farmer. One paragraph jumps out:

Farmer trained community members in basic medicine. It was mainly preventative measures like hand-washing, family planning and condom use. The goal was to stop illness in its tracks through education. The community health workers were paid for their services and would go about teaching, referring and delivering medicine. (Source

Farmer has obviously done some very meritorious things. Kudos to him. But his work in distributing contraception is a great disservice to society by violating the integrity of sex as a sign of God’s love for the Church. 

I don’t know about you, but when I personally give an endorsement about somebody, I generally talk about the good stuff, the stuff I agree with. As Matt Redman sings, “Everybody praises the thing they love.” So if the Kielburgers’ article praising Mr. Farmer made mention of his distribution of contraception, isn’t it likely that they approved of that activity? Look at it the other way: if they opposed contraception on moral grounds, would they have mentioned it in this canticle of praise without providing any caveats?

More importantly, the fact that the Kielburgers include condom use as part of “basic medicine” should put the last nail in the coffin of anyone who thinks the Kielburgers don’t endorse condom usage. By using the term “basic medicine” and by putting condom use on par with hand-washing, they give condoms a connotation of being necessary, normal and healthy.

This makes you wonder what exactly goes on in FTC’s health activities. Any sentence about “medicine” or “health” on their website now needs to be interpreted in light of their twisted vocabulary and mindset.

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Back in October 2013, when Catholic parents in Ottawa were asking tough questions about Free the Children (FTC), Marc Kielburger wrote a letter to the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) making the following definitive statement :

“Please allow us to share that Free The Children does not partner with development organization [sic] or other international agencies which are in direct conflict with Catholic teachings.” (Source) 

Socon or Bust has compelling evidence that this statement is factually false.

FTC partners with an NGO called Partners in Health  (PIH). We know this through FTC’s own website. In January 2010, in the aftermath of the terrible earthquake that devastated Haiti, FTC sent money to PIH:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Free The Children responds to crisis in Haiti

Toronto, ON (January 19, 2010) – After Haiti’s 7.0 earthquake hit last Tuesday, Free The
Children responded immediately by setting up an emergency relief fund and teaming up with
Partners in Health (http://www.pih.org/home.html) who have been providing on-the-ground
healthcare in Haiti for over 20 years. Together both organizations are providing emergency relief
and medical supplies to get immediate, effective support to the hardest-hit communities. (Source)

A year later, FTC was still talking about their partnership with PIH:

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated the city of Port au Prince and its surrounding regions. It is estimated that only 5% of the rubble has been cleared from Port au Prince, signifying that there is still a long road ahead in Haiti’s recovery. Since the earthquake, Free The Children has provided both emergency response by delivering basic supplies, carrying out rapid needs assessments, and working with Partners in Health to provide medical care immediately after the quake. (Source)

Not surprisingly, FTC’s annual reports for 2010 and 2011 both list PIH among “Supporters and Partners”. In FTC’s most recent annual report, for 2013, PIH is still on the list of “Partners and Supporters” (page 43).

So we’ve established quite clearly that FTC has partnered with PIH for several years and has sent them money. What does PIH do? Their website says that they’re dedicated to bringing health care to the people in poor countries. Sounds very laudable. But they’re very upfront about their work in distributing contraception. On their web page about women’s health, they have a section on “family planning”. It reads like this (emphasis ours):

Family planning is among the most effective tools for reducing maternal mortality. Women who receive education and contraceptive options are more likely to delay childbearing, have fewer children, and reduce their risk for obstetrical complications. Nevertheless, an estimated 41 percent of all pregnancies worldwide are unplanned or unwanted, accounting for nearly 230,000 new pregnancies every day, according to a 2010 article in the journal Studies in Family Planning.

Women in poor communities too often lack access to family planning tools. Clinics are too far away, fees for obtaining medical care are too high, and transportation costs are beyond their means. If family planning services were available to all women who want them, maternal mortality in poor countries could be reduced by an estimated 70 percent, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Haiti, each of PIH’s clinics has a full-time nurse trained in sex education and reproductive health counseling. Staff in Haiti have been offering free condoms and contraception for more than 15 years. In 2003, we began training and mobilizing community health workers who specifically promote family planning and women’s health. These ajan fanm—women’s health agents—travel throughout the countryside, teaching people about sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and contraceptive methods. They also distribute condoms and oral contraceptives and refer pregnant women to clinics. This successful model is being replicated at PIH sites in Rwanda, Malawi, and Lesotho. (Source)

Veritable evangelists for contraception, doling out free condoms and travelling the countryside to spread the “reproductive health care” gospel. Predictably, they cite the Guttmacher Institute, which is the “research” arm of Planned Parenthood. Also note, for the umpteenth time, how “reproductive health” and “family planning” are synonymous with contraception in these secular NGOs.
 
PIH’s condom work garnered some media attention from CNN, who wrote an article in May 2013 (emphasis ours):

(CNN) – Condoms do two things really well: They prevent unwanted pregnancies, and they stop the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases. Doing both can have a broad effect on a community’s overall health, especially in developing nations where people have limited access to medical care.

The problem is that access to condoms in these countries is limited, says Sheila Davis, chief nursing officer for Partners in Health. Rural shops or roadside stands don’t usually sell contraception, and supply shortages hinder health care workers’ attempts to hand out free condoms at hospitals or clinics.

In 2008, donors provided about 2.4 billion condoms worldwide, according to the United Nations Population Fund. That’s only a small percentage of the 18 billion experts estimate will be needed globally for HIV prevention and family planning by 2015. Some countries receive an average of one condom per man per year.

Davis has seen the effects of contraception shortages in Haiti. Unwanted pregnancies in the country spiked after the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 220,000 people, according to the United Nations Population Fund. And Haiti continues to struggle with high prevalence rates of HIV.

To conquer the Caribbean nation’s lack of contraception, Partners in Health has teamed up with Sir Richard’s, an American condom company. Sir Richard’s launched in 2009 with a similar business model as TOMS Shoes & Eyewear; for every condom bought, Sir Richard’s donates one condom to a developing nation. Haiti is a trial run for the company, which plans to eventually expand to Africa and South America. (Source)

It’s quite clear that PIH is aggressively pushing for condoms in Haiti and other countries in the Global South. FTC is partnering with an NGO that is very much “in direct conflict with Catholic teachings.” Mr. Kielburger wrote that inaccurate letter to the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) in October 2013, a year in which his own annual report shows that FTC was still in league with PIH. 

The Kielburgers owe us an explanation….or perhaps it’s time to end the current façade.  The facts are that Free the Children’s goals and their partners’ goals are not aligned with the Church, but are, in fact, in direct opposition to the Catholic Church’s teachings on the sanctity of human life and human sexuality.

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You’ll find that in the course of Sacred history, it is not uncommon for a story’s significance – a very important story – to become truly appreciated only after decades and even centuries have passed.   Because the Church’s history has been largely tied to what was going on in Europe, Catholics have generally looked to the drama going on there to read the signs of the times.  But here in Canada, we have had our own drama going on for 46 years concerning one faithful priest’s courageous witness to the most important issue of the last 50 years — the transmission of human life. I am speaking, of course, of our great champion, Msgr. Vincent Foy – Canada’s great priest and prophet of our times. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Msgr. Foy saw early on was what others, both in the Church and the world, would come to see much later. In uncoupling what God has put together — sexual union and procreation — many other things would eventually come apart: sex and marriage, sex and love, love and marriage, and even marriages and families themselves. Indeed, in embracing the great uncoupling, many Christians separated themselves from the faith altogether and found their ecclesial communities rendered sterile. Msgr. Foy saw what was at stake before many others. After St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, the Church has re-learned that sexual difference and the call to love illumines both the Trinitarian union and the nuptial dimension of the Church. For all that, he deserves the Church’s thanks. That in his anniversary year the pope of Humanae Vitae, Paul VI, is beatified is likely the greatest gift he will receive.  (Source)

Msgr. Foy was right and the rest of the Canadian Church and society was wrong.  That’s why saying the “electorate is always right” is just plain stupid and dumb.

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Socon or Bust will be travelling to St. Lawrence Martyr Church in Scarborough with three other Ottawa residents to attend the 75th Anniversary of his ordination to the Catholic Priesthood on Sat. June 7.  Msgr. Foy is turning 99 years of age this Summer!

As many of you know, Socon or Bust has been at the forefront of battling contraception since we were conceived back in 2006.  In fact, it was shortly after the Humanae Vitae Conference that this blogged was started.  Msgr Foy was a great inspiration to my colleague and I when we organized the Conference, and he was the one who authored our petition to the Bishops, asking them to retract the Winnipeg Statement.  In fact, he’s still at it!

Do you know that this Godly priest sends me Christmas cards every year?  This is a man who was shunned by his contemporaries because he was virtually the lone voice in Canada who stood clearly and unequivocally with Pope Paul VI in rejecting contraception.  Everyone else was getting promoted up the Ecclesiastical ladder, while Msgr. Foy was getting the shaft.   He is without a doubt a holy priest, prophet, and hero of the Pro-Life movement.  He’s like the old, resolute priest we used to see in the old ‘flicks, who was faithful to the end of the road — the kind of priest that they use to make in abundant numbers, and please God, they will make them again!

I really do believe that God has kept his holy servant alive all of this time so he could be a constant reminder and ‘stone in the shoe’ to the Canadian hierarchy that we have some unfinished business to addressTo look at Msgr. Foy is to gaze on a sign from God of His love and encouragement to those who remained faithful to the teachings of the Church on human sexuality.

Here at Socon or Bust, we only praise priests and lay people who are worthy of honour and fidelity to the Church’s teachings.  If you want indiscriminate praise for those whose writings attack the Church’s solemn teachings, you’ll have to go to other “Stations of Hope” and Ecclesiastical places.  Socon or Bust is a firm believer in the value of words and not their cheapening.

God Bless this priest.  His reward, no doubt, will be great in heaven.

Check out his blog here.

Msgr. Foy was pro-life before there was pro-life.

 

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When the media turns on the Pill and feels its effects…it’s game over.

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Andrew Black is a member of the Canadian Board of Directors of Free the Children. He’s also on the Board of Directors of an NGO called Virgin Unite (see his resume here on LinkedIn). Virgin Unite is part of the Virgin conglomerate (music, mobile, airline, etc.).

Virgin Unite does a lot of stuff, but we know they’re deeply involved in distributing condoms. For example, check out this article from their website:

The One Brand has donated over 100,000 One condoms to Virgin Unite to distribute to the Bhubezi and Ndlovu Clinics in the Mpumalanga province in South Africa.

This announcement comes on World Aids Day and aims to help people in the fight against the spread of HIV AIDS.

Virgin Unite CEO Jean Oelwang commented: “Everyone has the right to basic healthcare. We are very pleased to be working with the One Foundation to distribute their generous donation of over 100,000 condoms to help stop the spread of HIV and AIDS. (Source)

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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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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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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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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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With God’s gift of hindsight, I see now that those moments of panic, fear, and anger were some of the greatest moments of my spiritual growth. (Source)

People sometimes fail to realize that having a larger family is not only being open to life but also being open to spiritual growth.

Spiritual growth simply cannot happen without suffering.

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