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.
…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?
“Now things have come to such a pass in America that this is a battle that we could lose, but before the awesome judgement seat of Almighty God this is not a war where any believing Catholic may remain neutral,” (Source)
There’s plenty of liberal “Catholics” who will have to come before the judgement seat of Almighty God and give an account for their shameless betrayals.
“But, but, but…did we not preach social justice in your name?”
This persecution the Catholic Church is undergoing is going to separate the sheep from the goats. The goats, in case you don’t know, dear reader, are found on the Left side.
Finally, as I have noted many times, canon lawyers (qua canon lawyers) do not enforce law, but they do explain it, often, to an audience that has no idea what it says. Some canon lawyers sign their names to their views, others laugh anonymously with journalists who seem primed and looking for more jibes at bishops. But it doesn’t change what the law says and, one of these days, my repeated calls for bishops to take in hand, say, Canons 1369 and 1373 will, Deo volente, be acted upon. Neumayr and his chuckling confreres should read those norms. Any Catholic who writes what Neumayr writes, and who proudly “apologize[s] for nothing”, and loudly proclaims that “the faithful have not only a right but a duty to resist heterodox [sic] bishops”, seems to be asking for it. + + + (Source)
Asking for what, Ed? Discipline against Faithful Catholics who are calling out the BS?
Ha ha ha ha. It is to laugh.
No sane bishop in their right mind is going to invoke Canon Law to impose discipline against lay Catholics who criticize derelict bishops.
Do you know why? Because you would have an ecclesiastical civil war of epic proportions that has the potential of spiralling out of control.
Picture this: ++Wuerl bringing down the hammer on Neumayr while giving Communion to Pelosi and Kerry. How do you think that’s going to look, Ed?
This kind of “discipline” would require a face-to-face meeting between the two of them, which is highly unlikely to happpen. It frankly takes cajones on the part of ++ Wuerl to engage. And then would come the absurdity of the discussion about how Neumayr should cease and desist from being so nasty, while Neumayr will ask, with the rest of the thinking Church, “uh…and what are you going to do about Nancy, your Eminence?”
And that’s why folks, this meeting will never happen and why no disicpline will be enacted. AmChurch doesn’t want to deal with Canon 915. That’s why Ed’s threat is a pitiful joke.
The Catholic Church today is like the Wild West. There might be some law on paper on the East Coast some where, but here in Dodge, there’s a different game in town entirely.
So, Ed, these stupid lawyer threats of yours don’t scare anyone.
When the bishops get serious about applying Canon law against the REAL dissenters and mockers in the Church, then these other pseudo crimes you keep yammering on about will cease to exist. And, do please stop seeking to be the Top Ecclesiastical Lapdog in the American Church. It’s getting tiring…and so predictable.
p.s. You might not think much of Neumayr, Ed, but I can guarantee you one thing, ++ Wuerl is going to think twice about pulling this stunt again. And that, in the end, is a victory for our side, not the Lapdogs of AmChurch.
p.p.s. Oh, and Ed, go and read Blessed John Henry Newman, and get yourself an education about the necessity to resist derelict bishops.
…“I have to say to the bishops: ‘You’re not allowed to do that anymore,’” said Murray, an open homosexual who serves as McGuinty’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, according to the Hansard transcript. I’m not allowed to say to the Catholics—nor should I—or to other Christians or Muslims or Jews, that because of your faith you’re intrinsically disordered,” he continued. “I would never say to you that anything that goes on in your family with the person you love—can you imagine me describing a husband-and-wife relationship as inherently depraved?” he added….(Source)
You’ve got that wrong, Mr. Murray. You can tell us that we’re intrinsically disordered. You have that right as a free citizen.
You just won’t because it might cost you, politically.
So you do the next best thing: since you won’t tell us what you really think of us, you demand that we stop calling out your totalitarianism and a disordered condition which you are trying to shove down the throats of our children.
Dalton McGuinty, as far as I know, is still (officially) a Catholic in good standing. He can receive Communion and call himself a Catholic with no opposition whatsoever from the Episcopacy in this Province. It’s the infamous “pastoral” approach which the Bishops have adopted these past 40 years. So, your Graces, how’s that workin’ for ya?
This “Vatican II” approach to dealing with dissent and error has been a complete disaster. We just keep retreating and retreating. It’s like a train wreck you can see coming a mile away. Underlying all this is an almost complete and total collapse of our doctrine of bishop as father.