Back in 2003, I sat beside soon-to-be Premier Dalton McGuinty at an All-Candidate’s Debate in Ottawa South. You can hear my opening and closing remarks below.
As you will hear in the clip, I was rather animated and “direct” about McGuinty’s pro-gay, anti-religious freedom stance. Most people did not really see the danger of McGuinty’s position, or if they did, they didn’t bother getting too worked up about it.
I didn’t pull any punches then, because I knew what was coming down the pipe for our Catholic kids today. And I was right. What was “unthinkable” 10 years ago with homosexuality in Catholic schools is becoming the standard fare today.
With the current “Anti-Gay Bullying” Bill just months away from becoming law and affecting Catholic education forever in this province, I think my remarks were spot-on.
I even told the crowd assembled at that Debate that their problems would be 10 times worse in 10 years. Well that was 9 years ago. We’re well on the way for that prediction to come true. And we’re further along in losing our religious freedom.
Without the necessary resolve and leadership, we Catholics – and what I mean by that is real Catholics – are well on the way to second-class citizenship in Ontario and in Canada.
I am amazed, really, at just how clueless and naive the regular Joe Six Pack Catholic is….or maybe I am just amazed at how little their religion means to them.
Either way, a pruning is happening because this Gong Show is coming to a quick end because God really does want to know if we’re all serious about being Catholic.
TORONTO, Ontario, May 15, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Leaders of Ontario’s 250,000 Orthodox Christians took aim at bullying in the province’s schools on Monday – starting with the government’s proposed Bill 13, the Accepting School Act. A clergy delegation appeared as witnesses before the Standing Committee on Social Policy at Queen’s Park, charging that the government’s anti-bullying legislation virtually ignores most bullying victims in schools, while at the same time targeting traditional religious groups for censure. “Statistics Canada data on bullying and violence indicates that bullying against religious groups is more than twice as common as bullying against self-identified gays and lesbians,” noted Father Geoffrey Korz, Orthodox Dean of Ontario and chief presented to the Queen’s Park committee. He was joined by Father William Makarenko, former Chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, and supported by Father John Koulouras of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto, and Father Alexei Vassiouchkine of the Russian Orthodox Church. “We must ask, why does Bill 13 make repeated, special mention of LGBT anti-bullying initiatives, when such incidents represent only a fraction of the reality of bullying in Ontario schools?”…(Source)
This is the kind of direct questions that we need more of from our Clergy. Good on the Orthodox for asking the hard questions. It’s time to push back. And the politicians really do need to understand that imposing Gaydom on our children will have political repercussions. Only when we start taking ourselves seriously will the politicians start to pay attention.
It’s time for Christians to stop being the doormat of Dalton McGuinty.
Clearly, the bishops are setting this up as the greatest battle of our age. And rightfully so. So why aren’t they preaching about it from the pulpit?
They’ve spun the issue of paying for contraception and abortion as a matter of fundamental religious freedom. Fair enough. Given how much noise they’re making, any non-Catholic outsider would logically conclude that these issues are a central part of the Catholic Faith, as opposed to accessory parts of Catholicism, like the colours of priestly vestments on different feast days. Yet, if this same non-Catholic outsider were to sit in a Catholic pew every day for a year, he’d never hear a peep about contraception and maybe only one or two mentions of abortion.
Does it make sense that I hear more about birth control on CNN than in our churches? The bishops tell us that we have to be willing to go to the rack over these issues, but they dare not mention these same issues at Mass? Read the rest of this entry »
…Thanks to Barack Obama, who is for conservatives a gift that keeps on giving, the liberals are doffing the genial mask they donned in the days of Bill Clinton and revealing themselves as what they are. And, instead of seeking to subvert Roman Catholicism from within in the manner of Mario Cuomo and Ted Kennedy, as they have been doing with great success for half a century, they are attacking it head on, forcing the American church to return to its fundamental principles, and inducing non-members sympathetic to its understanding of human sexuality to think about joining…(Source)
The Catholic Church has been sleeping for the past 40 years, getting fat and lazy, and becoming too damn cozy with the State to the point where we were becoming the department of social justice within the government. Obama has changed all that. He is indeed the gift that keeps on giving. He very well might be the single most important cause for the resurgence of the Catholic Church. For that, we all must be very grateful.
You can read it here. I just can’t post the article on this blog because Supt. Nancy Pynch-Worthylake’s empty-headed “let’s just all hold hands and share and care about one another, K?” comments are just too much to take.
Religious liberty is not negotiable, Nancy. And we really don’t have to be nice about it either, or worry that you are offended by Jesus Christ’s claims as the only way to the Father.
The ONLY way, Nancy.
Not your way. Not Muhammed’s way. Not Buddha’s way. Not Darwin’s way. Not Bob Rae’s way.
VERY timely movie to come out now with the assault on the Catholic Church and religious liberty…
WASHINGTON – In the upcoming movie “For Greater Glory,” Catholic actor Andy Garcia plays a Mexican Revolution-era general lured out of retirement a decade later to head the insurgent “Cristero” forces doing battle against their own government’s severe curbing of religious freedoms, which included the murder of priests, the desecration of churches, and laws designed to reduce the visibility of the Catholic Church in the overwhelmingly Catholic country….more
The world has changed a great deal. The divisions are now less about right and left than about freedom and oppression.
Do you support the right to believe, speak, even offend, or do you want society to be strictly controlled? We see things particularly strongly when it comes to the increasingly harsh attacks on Christianity, to the point where genuine Christian believers are told to keep their faith at home and not discuss it in public, and certainly not in politics. If they do, they’re dismissed and silenced as bigots.
It’s one of the reasons I wrote Heresy: Ten Lies They Spread About Christianity (McClelland & Stewart) published earlier this week. Anti-Christianity is the last acceptable prejudice, and it’s time we responded to the usual, absurd attacks. Read the rest of this entry »
Right on! The Cross is coming…but so is the Crown!
…The bishops state emphatically this is an unjust law and unjust laws “must not be obeyed”. They are including lay employers in their statement. Employers, who for reasons of faith or conscience, may not want to provide or pay for contraceptive, sterilization, or abortifacient services.
According to the bishops, there can be no accommodation made for an unjust law. An unjust law “must not be obeyed”, not merely objected to.
This is a powerful statement. The bishops may be setting the stage for employers, religious clergy, or even themselves to willingly go to jail over their beliefs.
They are calling for two weeks of action from June 21st to July 4th. Protest and civil disobedience have not been discounted…(Source)
I love it! And all because of the Rubber.
I do not think it’s a coincidence – not one little bit – that it is by means of contraception that the State seeks to enslave and take away freedom.
The moral reality is now reflected in the legal reality. Now everyone knows what the price of sexual “freedom” is, don’t they?
It’s subjugation, slavery, second-class status.
Time to turn this ship around and LISTEN TO WHAT SOCON OR BUST HAS BEEN SAYING SINCE WE LAUNCHED.
….It appears that Obama and his team misunderstood American Catholics, and indeed the public more broadly. I think it comes down to a misunderstanding of how Americans live out their “cafeteria Catholicism” in practice: Sure, they reserve the right to disobey Church teachings — but they acknowledge the right of the bishops to define the teachings that they are disobeying. We might put it this way: They do not take kindly to being bullied by bishops, but — and here’s the shock to the Obamaites — they also don’t much like it when bishops are bullied by someone else. Nobody likes a bully, and Obama showed himself to be one in this controversy….(Source)
The Messiah miscalculated on this one, big time. Now he’s put his next term on the line, instead of being smart and pulling this stunt after the election. Now there is the potential for a “religious war” of sorts in the election.
Bad move, Barry. You’ve awakened something that really is way, way above your pay-grade.
He said the decision of the prime minister as the minister of religious affairs is final and that the mosque and Hindu temple have to be relocated. Muslims say the mosque was built legally and had been established for 50 years, long before the government declared the area a sacred site. (Source)
Oh. The irony. Sucks to be on the receiving end, eh Muhammed?