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.
But, you know, Barry is the Messiah. He just can’t make a mistake. It’s not even possible.
So, ya wanna fight, Messiah? You’re going to get one in November.
It’s an amazing thing to see: how we Christians have been powerless to unite ourselves for 1000 years, yet here comes Barry and he’s doing it with one legislative act. Boy, am I believer now! You go, Barry. You’re doing a splendid job.
1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
16Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
17Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
18Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
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!
Benedict XVI kills three birds with one smooth stone:
1) uniting true Christians under Rome’s banner;
2) hastening the demise of liberal “Christianity” in the Church of England’
3) giving the liberal-dominated English Catholic episcopacy in the Latin Rite some competition for the Faithful (My guess is that within 2-3 generations, either the bishops of England sober up and start teaching the Catholic Faith or the Bishops of the Ordinariate simply replace them completely)
Within a generation, the Church of England and its liberal comrades in the U.S. are finished. The only thing left will be their money which will be given to some “charitable” cause, advancing eco-worship or the lastest social justice cause.
Frankly, I’m amazed at how blind sin can truly make you. It’s not like these liberal congregations are bursting at the seams. They all practice safe, sterilized sex. Either with a condom or a private part not capable of reproduction.
No kids, no life, no future. Just one final orgasm, before the last goodbye.
Moscow, March 26, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia advises Orthodox bloggers to direct their “enhanced energy” to real work.
“It’s enough to follow the discussions in blogs of believers, both laity and clerics. After reading them, you often think: “if to use this energy for good purposes!” the Patriarch said at a session of the Coordination Committee on Promoting Social, Educative, Cultural and other Initiatives under Auspices of the Russian Church.
He asked a question to the participants in these Internet discussions: “You speak very decisively – but what are your real work and your real deeds? What are your practical actions?”
“I don’t underestimate importance and need of deep, serious discussion among Orthodox believers, but I want to remind to its every participant, that the Savior speaks directly to you: “By their fruits you will know them.” By their fruit, not by their chats, jokes, desire to look strong, clever, convincing, biting and so on,” the Primate stressed. (Source)
It’s true…unless you are using the blog to effect meaningful change.
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.
Believe it not, there’s cause for hope in this story.
New York City authorities said Sunday they thwarted a terrorist plot that would have targeted returning military personnel, post offices and police stations with crude pipe bombs inspired by an al Qaeda magazine.
Authorities charged Jose Pimentel, 27 years old, with providing support for an act of terrorism, conspiracy and weapons charges. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Mr. Pimentel, a United States citizen born in the Dominican Republic, was arrested on Saturday after having been watched by the NYPD since May 2009. (Source)
A lot of people tend to associate terrorism with Islamic countries. But over the years, we’ve witnessed a number of individuals born in the West who have become “radicalized” and turned into terrorists. Many people wonder how this can be happening.
In his best-seller “America Alone: the End of the World as We Know It“, Mark Steyn provides lots of useful insights into many of the problems plaguing the West. He’s also a very skilled writer, combining wit with incisive logic. I highly recommend the book. You’ll find it instructive and hilarious. On the particular subject above, he masterfully sums up the problem with these few words: Read the rest of this entry »