When the government uses the tax system to attack its citizens, you can be sure that social disintegration is on the way.
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While the West gives up religious schools, other countries are asking for it.
No wonder the socialists are having a hairy fit. If Hungary recovers and does well, this radical idea that religion has a part to play in education could catch on.
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If he was a Christian gone lulu, ”Devout Christians kills dozens” would be front page news for a year.
The Culture of Death keeps rolling without acknowledging that no civilization can ultimately survive without God.
I predict more of the same.
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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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See? When there’s no push-back, then the feminists run rough-shod over you. You get what you tolerate, what you vote for, and what you pay for.
Understand this clearly: the amount of totalitarianism and wickedness in a culture is directly correlated to the health of the Church and the Church’s leadership. And that, in turn, is dependent on a people’s Faith.
There is no mistake or coincidence to this. Please, don’t look so shocked. There is nothing to be shocked about.
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The honest person today understands that we all have our own religions. In Canada and the West, however, some religions are more protected than others.
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Not only are they nuts, they’re dangerous since they are trying to impose their godless pseudo-science religion on us by banning a sacred religious rite.
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It’s just more social justice, big government solutions to “social injustices”.
Which is another way of saying that much of the Church’s leadership has abandoned Faith in Jesus Christ for Faith in the State.
If this is not the Great Apostacy, it’s not too far off.
One way or another, the secularists are going to learn all about math.
Many of you probably already received emails of this article. Melanie Philips is an agnostic but Barbara Kay in Canada is respectful and appreciative of what Christianity (and Judaism) has done for the West and fearful of what the loss of Christian faith is now doing. Also like Kay she is a secular Jew.
Theodore Dalrymple on the narcissistic self-referentialism that rules in most public and private dialogue and its effect of shutting down any real debate. In a supposedly free society there are so many taboo subjects that people are afraid to discuss. Dalrymple is a great cultural observer because he has not been desensitized by constant exposure to television and movies. I remember watching a bit of Jerry Springer once many years ago and realizing its dangerous effect on most people. Most people lack strong formation in Christian morality or the ability to think things through based on sound moral principles. So what do they mostly go on? Visceral reactions. If they see or hear about something that is emotionally upsetting they think it wrong. But what happens when they are constantly exposed to bad or outrageous behaviour? They become inured to it. Having no strongly negative emotional reaction they become indifferent or even accepting of the action. After all they have seen it before and even worse things. Meanwhile the state barrages them with messages that “intolerance” and “judgmentalness” are wrong and “openmindedness” and “pluralism” are good, increasing their mental handicap.
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I do not pray that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from evil. Even as you sent me into the world, so I send them into the world (John 17: 15-19)
As Pope John Paul II has taught (Christfideles Laici #14-17) echoing Vatican II, to live our vocation as lay people in the Church naturally means doing so with a lay mentality or secular outlook. The consecratio mundi rather than the contemptus mundi.
The role of the laity in the Church is to sanctify the temporal order from within. By their very vocation [lay Christians] seek the Kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and by ordering them according to the plan of God. They live in the world, that is, in each and in all secular professions and occupations.. They are called there by God … to work for the sanctification of the world from within, like leaven by fulfilling their own duties (Vatican Council II, Lumen Gentium, n. 31).
So the mission of the laity in the Church is to sanctify secular structures, to act as salt, light and leaven, seeking to restore all things in Christ from within the very heart of civil society. By virtue of their Baptism, all Christians, including the laity, are called to participate in the Church’s mission to save all souls (cf. Vatican Council II, Lumen Gentium, n. 33). This evangelizing action of making Christ known to others is referred to as the apostolate.
What is particular to the layman is the secular character of his apostolate, which derives from his being an ordinary Christian immersed in professional, family and social occupations. This allows the Catholic layperson to do apostolate in places where the official apostolates of the Church cannot reach: the board room, the factory, the law firm, the business office, the university, the House of Commons, the stock exchange, the film studio, the media, the world of fashion, etc. If the Faith is going to permeate and influence the society, the culture and public policy it is crucial for the laity to assume their role. Furthermore, if they are truly going to be salt, light and leaven, they must live out their secular vocation as Christians with naturalness.
In an age of Faith, the Church has an impact on the culture through its ordained ministers. People go to Church and frequent the sacraments. They listen to the teaching of the priest and generally try to ensure that public morality respects the natural law. In such a society there are many Christian politicians who form a bulwark against attempts to undermine public morality. This was the situation that prevailed in the United States and Canada until the mid nineteen-sixties.
In a pluralistic society and secularized culture, however, it is all the more crucial for the laity to assume their role as leaven, salt and light in the heart of society; for in this kind of society and culture public morality has ceased to reflect the natural law and far fewer people listen to the Church’s teaching. This is the situation in which we now find ourselves. And it is precisely in this attempt to have a well formed laity assume their role that the battle for the Faith and for the Catholic Church is being fought and will be fought in the 21st Century. The arena or forum for that battle has shifted from the church building to the very heart of secular society. And it is the laity and those who can form the laity in this secular spirit and help them to live it with naturalness who will be at the forefront of the battle.
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This is the price of not submitting to, and refusing to live within, the confines of the truth.
When a civilization attacks the traditional family, the tyranny of the State seeks to correct the imbalance caused by deadbeat parents who have long abandoned their responsibilities. The State helped create the problem of family breakdown by their promotion of liberal values, and now it seeks to “correct” the abuses they have wrought by taking a page out of Orwell.
It only goes to show that if the State and its citizens do not respect traditional morality, there will be a steep price to pay. How ironic it is that the “Apple of False Freedom” which started the sexual revolution has turned out to be so sour by taking away the freedoms that it purported to extol and protect.
When you don’t believe in God or an immortal soul, it kind of affects public policy.
How long do you think circuses are going to last?
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When you don’t believe in God and this world is all there is, suicide becomes a real option for a small minority of the population. It is a sign of a hopeless and faithless generation. This world and its allurements are only a death trap for the unsuspecting. Even here in our own country – and in particular Quebec – suicide rates are near epidemic proportions. We see suicide rates go up where God has been marginalized. I predict an explosion of suicide centers around the Western world if it does not return to the Christian faith. If you look at how our society treats and values human life today, I think we can safely say it’s going to be rather inevitable.
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Follow along now, folks. When the State begins to kidnap children from their parents on the pretence of “racism”, how long, dear reader, do you think it will be before they move on to ”homophobia” as an excuse to remove children from their homes? After all, isn’t “homophobia” just as bad? And guess what kind of couple they will place your children with?
For me and my kids, the State can try to take my kids but it will be over my dead body.