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If you read this CNN article , you’ll get this excerpt from a Vatican spokesman:

“The Pope did not choose to enter into debates about the delicate matter of gay civil unions,” said the Rev. Thomas Rosica, a consultant to the Vatican press office.

“In his response to the interviewer, he emphasized the natural characteristic of marriage between one man and one woman, and on the other hand, he also spoke about the obligation of the state to fulfill its responsibilities towards its citizens.”

“We should not try to read more into the Pope’s words than what has been stated in very general terms,” Rosica added.

So Fr. Rosica is now doing public relations for the Vatican. A man so conflicted should not be in such a position. Mind you, the way things have been going, it’s probably a lot more penitential than Fr. Rosica had anticipated.

Why does Fr. Rosica call the issue of gay civil unions “delicate”?  Why does he speak of “debate”? Does he think there’s room for debate on this issue in the Church? Does a poor layman like me need to remind the Vatican spokesman what the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith wrote on this subject in 2003, under Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, and explicitly approved by Pope John Paul II?

There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family.
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Those who would move from tolerance to the legitimization of specific rights for cohabiting homosexual persons need to be reminded that the approval or legalization of evil is something far different from the toleration of evil.

In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty.

Inhale deeply and savour it.  I love the smell of Ratzinger orthodoxy in the morning. ;-)

This doesn’t sound like a “delicate” or “debatable” issue, eh? Certainly these truths must be presented with charity, sensitivity and tact, but there’s no wiggle room on the teaching itself.

We need a new evangelization of some Vatican staff members.

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It’s supposed to be about predator priests.

But we all know what their real gig is, don’t we?

Mark my words…within 5 years, the U.N. will be pushing for pedophilia to be a sexual orientation.  And this sham outrage will only apply to the Catholic Church because what they’re really after is abortion, contraception, and sexual perversion.  We’re supposed to believe the U.N.’s sex cops are concerned about the children?  Oh please.

The Vatican needs to wise-up too, and start using some strong and direct language against those sexual perverts at the U.N.   Show them up for what they really are and let the cards fall where they may.  Stop playing defense all of the time and use some pointed language to make their jaws drop.

For the rest of us, support the Holy See.

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Around the world, eligibility rules are highly subjective. The criterion of having six months to live, for example, depends on the subjective diagnosis of a doctor. In Oregon, Jeannette Hall was approved for assisted suicide. She has since recovered her health and outlived her diagnosis by 13 years.
 
Still, advocates push for the removal of remaining limitations. Their success in the Netherlands has resulted in the legal killing of babies and the mentally ill. For the first time, in 2013, a woman was killed who was afraid of going blind. In Oregon, arguments are being made to open eligibility for assisted suicide to anyone who is merely old.
 

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Although Canada has many moral challenges, it’s still one of the best places on Earth to live and raise a family.

On this Canada Day, don’t forget to give thanks to God for the rich blessings of our country.

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Another great editorial from the Wall Street Journal on Islamic terrorism.

I don’t blame Western leaders. They are doing their best to keep the lid on what could become a meltdown of trust between majority populations and Muslim minority communities.

But I do blame Muslim leaders. It is time they came up with more credible talking points. Their communities have a serious problem. Young people, some of whom are not born into the faith, are being fired up by preachers using basic Islamic scripture and mobilized to wage jihad by radical imams who represent themselves as legitimate Muslim clergymen.

I wonder what would happen if Muslim leaders like Julie Siddiqi started a public and persistent campaign to discredit these Islamist advocates of mayhem and murder. Not just uttering the usual laments after another horrifying attack, but making a constant, high-profile effort to show the world that the preachers of hate are illegitimate. After the next zealot has killed the next victim of political Islam, claims about the “religion of peace” would ring truer.

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A couple of weeks ago, the Florida state assembly was debating a bill requiring abortionists to take care of babies born alive during an abortion. Alisa LaPolt Snow, the lobbyist representing the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, showed the true colours of Planned Parenthood when she essentially endorsed a right to infanticide for such babies. Check out the transcript:

“So, um, it is just really hard for me to even ask you this question because I’m almost in disbelief,” said Rep. Jim Boyd. “If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?”

“We believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician,” said Planned Parenthood lobbyist Snow.

Rep. Daniel Davis then asked Snow, “What happens in a situation where a baby is alive, breathing on a table, moving. What do your physicians do at that point?”

“I do not have that information,” Snow replied. “I am not a physician, I am not an abortion provider. So I do not have that information.”

Rep. Jose Oliva followed up, asking the Planned Parenthood official, “You stated that a baby born alive on a table as a result of a botched abortion that that decision should be left to the doctor and the family. Is that what you’re saying?”

Again, Snow replied, “That decision should be between the patient and the health care provider.” (Source)

How is that any different from Gosnell letting babies die on his table?

A week after Snow’s revealing testimony, Planned Parenthood back-pedaled and stated that it is not in favor of killing babies who survive a botched abortion. Are you reassured? If it took them a whole week, do you really think that it was simply a case that Ms. Snow mis-spoke?

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I think the lens is starting to focus here on why Benedict made the move he did.  He’s seeing that the level of filth in the Church is so huge that there is no way he could possibly tackle it at his age and with his deteriorating health.  And he also knows that this problem needs to be sorted out RIGHT NOW, not in the next 5-7 years as his health deteriorates and the homochurch gets a stronger footing with a possible incapacitated Pope.  So, he’s made one helluva call and resigned, so the next guy has a shot at clearing out the stalls. He’s even provided the Cardinals a nice little dossier on what their focus should be.   Just in case they get it into their heads that “global warming” or “immigration reform” is the pressing issue facing the church.

This whole “humility” shtick that the Catholic media keeps pumping is certainly true, but Benedict is not resigning for humility’s sake per se, or for even a standard “my health is declining and I can’t really give the necessary effort and attention to the job” in general.

No.

This is far, far more specific to a particular problem in the Church which is suffocating Her.  He’s resigning as a tactical move to give the Church under a new and strong Pope the time and capacity to fight back with a blueprint in hand of what needs to be done.

Josef Ratzinger might be kind and gentle, but he’s no fool.  We need to support him in the decision.

Pay attention, everyone:  It could very well be a decision which will save the Church and civilization from complete collapse.

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…”Anyone who lives and proclaims the faith of the Church is on many points out of step with the prevalent way of thinking,” he said. “The approval of the prevailing wisdom, however, is not the criterion to which we submit.”

In the United States, a group last month started a petition on the White House website asking the administration of President Barack Obama to list the Catholic Church as a “hate group” because of its opposition to gay marriage.

“Today’s regnant agnosticism has its own dogmas and is extremely intolerant regarding anything that would question it and the criteria it employs,” the pope said.

Therefore the courage to contradict the prevailing mindset is particularly urgent for a bishop today. He must be courageous,” he said….(Source)

Benedict has officially been promoted as honorary blogger here at Socon or Bust.

Is this not what we’ve been yammering on about for the past few years?  And now Benedict has simply confirmed what is so patently obvious to the rest of us.  We have an ocean of bishops who simply do not have the courage to confront the culture.  And it’s not that complicated to figure out why, either.   They prefer being thought well of.  They want to go along to get along.  They’ll defend the Gospel when the Gospel is trendy.  When it’s not trendy, they go all “pastoral” on us and shut up, or worse, they’ll betray us at critical times when we need them most. It’s happened to me personally on more than one occasion.  That’s clearly not acceptable anymore (if it ever was).

Benedict says it is “particularly urgent” for bishops today to be courageous.  You called it Holy Father.

As we like to say in Canadianese, “Like grab a pair, eh?”

I sometimes marvel at what exactly our bishops think when they will be called to give an account before Jesus himself.  I think they will be speechless…much like they were on earth when they were required to teach and said next to nothing or offered some stupid tripe, when they were required to boldly preach the Gospel and confront a savage and barbarian age.

 

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(Vatican Radio) The service of charity, Pope Benedict said today, is at the heart of the Church’s identity and mission.

In a new Apostolic Letter – issued “motu proprio,” that is, on his own initiative – the Holy Father spoke about the work of charity in and by the Church, and issued new regulations to better organise the Church’s charitable activity. “With the present Motu proprio, I intend to provide an organic legislative framework for the better overall ordering of the various organised ecclesial forms of the service of charity, which are closely related to the diaconal [ministerial] nature of the Church and the Episcopal ministry.

The Church’s concern for those in need is expressed in many different charitable initiatives around the world. These works, the Pope said, should always be welcomed by the Church’s Pastors, “as a sign of the sharing of all the faithful in the mission of the Church.” The diversity of those initiatives is a “manifestation of the freedom of the baptised,” who use their own unique gifts to respond to call of charity.

But, he said, insofar as those charitable works are promoted and supported by the Church, they must conform to the teachings of the Church and the intentions of the faithful, and must respect legitimate civil regulation. It is the responsibility of the Bishops, in the first place, to ensure that they do so.

Above all, Pope Benedict said, it is important to remember that practical actions are never enough; charity must express a genuine love for people, a love animated by a personal encounter with Christ. “In carrying out their charitable works, therefore, the Catholic organisations should not limit themselves merely to collecting and distributing funds, but should show special concern for individuals in need and exercise a valuable educational function within the Christian community, helping people to appreciate the importance of sharing, respect and love in the spirit of the Gospel of Christ.”

The text above is Vaticanese for:  “D&P: there’s no going back to pro-abort social justice“.  And it’s also a mild rebuke to the bishops who’ve let it go, mannnnnnnnnnnnn, all. these. years.

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…In 1919, after Lenin had led the Soviets to slaughter the entire Russian royal family and then set up the Cheka (his own version of the Gestapo) to hunt down all opponents of Marxism, Winston Churchill like many westerners became aghast to hear the news. He told the cabinet that Lenin and Trotsky should be captured and hanged, “as the object upon whom justice will be executed, however long it takes, and to make them feel that their punishment will become an important object of British policy.”  He told the Dundee electors that the Bolsheviks were reducing Russia “to an animal form of barbarism,” maintaining themselves by “bloody and wholesale butcheries and murders carried out to large extent by Chinese executions and armored cars. . . . Civilization is being completely extinguished[.]” But perhaps Churchill’s most telling words were communicated to Lloyd George. Churchill wrote: “You might as well legalize sodomy as recognize the Bolsheviks.” Say what? Yes, you read that correctly. Winston Churchill, speaking for all of western society in his day, not only summarized the disdain people should feel toward the evils of Lenin’s Communism but also expressed how utterly unthinkable his generation considered legalized sodomy. Let alone celebrating it. He sensed sodomy was such an unquestionable evil that he felt confident in comparing it to something else he knew to be just as evil so as to effectively convey his moral outrage….(Source)

Overturning sodomy laws means overturning a heck of a lot more than just that. I hope our modernists know the road they are building. It’s the road to no where…or into the pit.

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