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Pope Francis’s official statement says, “Paying tribute to the steadfast commitment shown by Nelson Mandela in promoting the human dignity of all the nation’s citizens and in forging a new South Africa built on the firm foundations of non-violence, reconciliation and truth, I pray that the late President’s example will inspire generations of South Africans to put justice and the common good at the forefront of their political aspirations.” (Source)

When the paradigm is shifted to include unborn children in the quest for human dignity, how can the highlighted text above be anything but cruelly false?

Mandela was actively pro-abortion, and not just an incidental player in the Great Genocide. There will be no praises from Socon or Bust for his legacy.   The much good that he did do (or not) was wiped out  by his pro-abort beliefs and political activism which sought the eradication of unborn children.

May God have mercy on his soul.

Pope Francis has disappointed us again, sadly.    He has spoken in defense of the unborn on many occasions, but this time he dropped the ball.

The dignity and witness to unborn life requires refraining from praising political and social activists who seek to destroy human life, or at the very least giving some semblance of balance to the picture that is being painted of their tragic legacies.

Why is it guys like Mandela get a glowing tribute but the traditional Catholic recipients of +++Francis’s arrows in the Church get no quarter?  Can someone explain to me how that calculus works, please?

No one in their right mind would be praising a pro-pedophile politician (at least not yet), even if he was the greatest “human rights defender” the world has ever seen.  But when it comes to abortion,  everyone and their dog gets a pass.  There is no accountability or even pause by those who need to share their opinion of pro-abort activists before the tongue bathing and hand wringing begins on these activists’ accomplishments.  (Mandela also had three wives and was a Communist, but these are mere trifles in the bigger debate, of course.)

This double-mindedness and mental illness concerning passing over the advocacy of abortion as having any real impact on a person’s legacy or the cult of personality that we worship over and above the truth really does have to end.

There are bleeding heart liberals all over the place, but it’s nothing like what we see from Church leadership today.  The sad fact is that there are bleeding hearts… those ones belonging to the unborn, and they continue to bleed because of, or at the very least are not saved by, this kind of witness.

Have we forgotten the Commandment:  THY SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS?

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as Pro Life forces gain momentum.

Shitting thy panties is another phrase for it.

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Things are looking up for peace in Syria. It’s amazing how quickly it’s moving. But so far it’s just talk of peace. Let’s keep praying.

Shockingly, the catalyst for peace has come from Russia, of all places. They’ve made the Americans look foolish with their war-mongering. Get a load of this quote from Russian President Vladimir Putin last week. It came in response to Obama’s speech to the American people to seek support for a military strike on Syria, in which he made reference to “American exceptionalism”. Putin said:

“I carefully studied [President Obama's] address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is ‘what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.’  It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal. (Source)

When was the last time a Russian President spoke like this?

America has indeed demonstrated exceptionalism during its history. No doubt about it. But America is becoming less and less exceptional as time goes by. It used to stand out as a beacon of freedom and faith. But it’s losing its moral compass and don’t have many clear stands anymore, except perhaps its own self-interests, which is nothing exceptional since every other nation does as much.

I am still very fond of America and I admire it in many ways. But it’s losing its edge and the world is noticing. I think Americans are noticing too, as the country is mired in an economic quagmire, unemployment, unbearable debts, sexual addiction, street violence, corrupt politicians that can’t get anything accomplished, and a President whose policies have probably done more to undermine American exceptionalism than any other. The average American often seems too busy with consumerism to worry about doing the right thing.

American exceptionalism was a title rightly earned by previous generations. The current generation is squandering that inheritance while trying to cling to that title as if it were a birthright. Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way.

 

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Out of the closet Catholic, too.

Today, the old form Communists are turning Christian and the Americans are going Communistic Atheist.  Amazing.

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Russia has asked Syria to put its chemical weapons stockpiles under international control and then have them destroyed, in an attempt to avoid US military strikes.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the offer was made during talks with his Syrian counterpart, Walid Muallem, who welcomed the initiative. (Source)

Keep praying.

In case you didn’t know, many of the “Syrian rebels”  are neither Syrian nor rebels. In fact, the largest group fighting the Assad government is a group of Al-Qaeda jihadists that includes terrorists scooped up from neighbouring countries. Do we really want to help these people get to power? Seriously?

Watch the video below made in June to get the facts that the mainstream media won’t tell you.

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When I ran against Baird in 2006, I told everyone that he would do much more damage being a Conservative than if he were a member of the Liberal Party or NDP.  I see that I was right yet again.

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First the French, now the Brits.  Makes you wonder if a counter-revolution is on its way.

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The liturgy in St. Peter’s Square is expected to be relatively simple and “not too long,” about two hours, the Vatican said, and, interestingly, Pope Francis will not be distributing holy Communion. It’s not clear why, but the Vatican seemed to infer it was to keep the Mass shorter and simpler (500 priests and deacons will be on hand to distribute Communion throughout the square).

Some observers, however, believe it is so the Pope is not put in the awkward position of giving Communion to Catholic leaders such as Biden and Pelosi, whose public positions on abortion are at odds with Catholic teaching. As cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis was categorical in disallowing Communion to any who facilitated an abortion, politicians included. (Source)

If I was a priest, I would refuse Communion to the Pro-Abort politicians.  Start with Biden and Pelosi.  The Vatican would have to bend too because Pope Francis would have done the same thing.

Pope Francis a liberal?  If that’s a liberal, give me all your luvin’ all your hugs and kisses too!

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Something to spark interest here.

And the French of all people!  Could we be seeing a Catholic revival?

Or perhaps even other corners….

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It sounds great, but I wonder if it’s just the other side of the same coin.

The opposite of the multi-cult is fascism. Real fascism. I hope that I’m wrong, but if this movement does not have Catholic roots, it’s a trick of the devil.

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Good for them.  It kind of reverses the meme that Christians are just carpets to be walked over.

Maybe our Catholic leaders can learn something here.

Oh never mind…we honour enemies of Christ in North America.

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Hungary’s Ambassador to the Holy See is rather perplexed by the negative reaction of some European figures and institutions to his country’s new Constitution — a document he sees as offering a possible impetus to a “Christian renaissance” in Europe.

“We think it’s a little bit strange to hear such voices,” Ambassador Gábor Győriványi told ZENIT March 27th. “The real founding fathers of the European Union planned to base the Union on Christian values, and expressed the notion that European democracy can only be viable if constructed on the Christian basis.”

The preamble of the new Constitution, or “Fundamental Law,” which came into force Jan. 1, contains references to God, Christianity, and traditional family values. It further stipulates that the life of a fetus be protected from the moment of conception (abortion remains legal, however, in cases where the mother’s health is threatened).

The Constitution states that it recognizes the role of Christianity “in preserving nationhood”; it requires that marriage only be between a man and a woman; it assigns parents, rather than the State, primary responsibility for protecting the rights of the child; and it holds that “the family and the nation constitute the principal framework of our coexistence.”

In sum, it marks a refreshing change in stark contrast to a Europe suffering from increasing secularism and a European Union that only a few years ago tried to push through its own Constitution, which conspicuously omitted references to God or Christianity. It also points to the positive contribution some former Eastern bloc countries could make to the spiritual well-being of the continent….

And yet the new law, drafted by the ruling centre-right Fidesz party and its coalition partner, the Christian Democratic People’s Party, has drawn hyperbolic criticisms both domestically and internationally. Often these attacks are driven by liberals, greens, socialists and secularists – particularly in the European Parliament – who have labelled some of the Constitution’s laws “extremist,” hard line and a threat to democracy…(Source)

Looks like Hungary will not be made a Colony of the European Union.  Good for them. Obviously this country isn’t afraid of displaying its Christian heritage. As Canucks, we need to get some of that Hungarian in us!

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Nevertheless Pera has made common cause with the Pope because he is convinced that Europe cannot survive as a free and democratic society without recognizing its cultural roots in Christianity. The history of Europe is inextricably entwined with the history of Catholicism, he argues, and to love Europe means to admire the Catholic faith. The Church is not without flaws, he concedes:

But in the end, how can we fail to see that without the Catholic Church, Europe would have disappeared not once but countless times, and the West would have lost its civilization.…How can we fail to realize that when other institutions, parties, movements, or systems—political, philosophical, juridical, economics—are in error, they simply cease to attract adherents or they disappear, but when the church errs, its very errors exalt the grandeur of its message, the noncontingent value of its words, and the spiritual reality to which it bears witness?

Because of their disparate interests and their well-established tendency to quarrel among themselves, Pope John Paul insisted, the nations of Europe could not form a stable union unless it was based on some fundamental principles. The Christian moral tradition furnishes such a stable foundation, he pointed out; economic interests do not. The late Pontiff warned that a European Union based on nothing more permanent than shifting economic interests would soon collapse. Less than a decade later, his prediction may already be coming true….(Source)

Exactly.  I’ve been saying the same thing about Canada and western civilization in general.  If you are tied by only “economic interests”, just what happens when your country or “continental union” falls on hard times?  I’ll tell you what happens, because it’s the same thing that happens within marriages:  splitsville i.e. divorce. That’s exactly what is happening with the European Union and Greece right now. Germany is making plans to kick Greece to the curb.  Just like in modern marriages today, it follows the same solemn promise:  “I promise to honour you during the good times.  Bad times? Not so much.”

A civilization must be based on substance and principles of solidarity, subsidiarity, and transcendance.  For the West, there is only one place for that and that is Christianity and Catholicism in particular.  When the tough times hit, we pull together as brothers and sisters in THE FAITH, but if you don’t have the Faith, then it’s everyone for themselves…as we are sadly seeing in Europe.  The only way that the European Union can stay together is if the wealthier countries are willing to sacrifice for the poorer ones, but that’s not likely to happen, is it?  And why is that?   Because modern man hates sacrificing for the good of the other (which is why it hates what the Catholic Church teaches).  And why is that?  Because they see no point in sacrificing for another country of people who are indulgent brats like they, themselves, are.  Paying someone else’s bills doesn’t really benefit them in this life, and for them, this life is all there is.  If you try and build a society and civilization on money without absolute principles which God has revealed to us, it’s going to collapse. It might take a few decades, but it does eventually happen.

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Good on the Africans.  They can’t be bought with Obama bucks.

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who knows

Maybe a Catholic blogger might win some day too!

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I never thought I’d see the day.

Since the formation of the European Union, some people suspected it would eventually lead to a united government for Europe, but I wasn’t a believer. Despite today’s announcement by the leaders of the two largest countries in Europe, a united government is still far off. They’re only talking economics at this point. But still, I’m surprised that they’re talking about it so openly.

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Good piece by Rex Murphy on President Obama’s lack of leadership.

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Remember Tony Blair’s reception into the Catholic Church a few years ago and how really great it was…at least according to Britain’s Catholic chattering classes?  Socon or Bust had pointed out at the time that there was a serious problem with Tony’s reception into the Church.

Well, it turns out that Tony really needs to work more on genuine conversion.  But I guess it does demonstrate – perfectly – the state of British Catholicism.

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A thoughtful article.

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What the heck is happening?

Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Palestinian Territories… All these countries are experiencing political crises. Dictators are being ousted, regimes toppled, riots in the streets.

Let’s pray for peace.

Follow the chronology of the tumultuous start to 2011 using this nifty interactive timeline from the Wall Street Journal.

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