Posted on February 23rd, 2014 by Paycheck in Abortion
For her Olympic ex-husband, this story is the dark side of seeking after perishable things and killing to get it.
For the women’s “rights” movement , it’s ironic that such a liberated woman would kill her own child to “please her man”. The feminists are so dense they can’t seem to figure out how abortion can, maybe just maybe, be a tool for subjection and indignity towards women.
For this poor woman herself, she’s just another victim of the culture of death.
And for the media who chose not to report the inconvenient truth of what led to her death,….you brood of vipers and whitewashed tombs….if you don’t repent, I hope it’s hot and heavy where you will spend your eternity where the worm never dies and the fire is never quenched.
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Posted on February 23rd, 2014 by Paycheck in Contraception
Verily, verily, I say unto you that contraception is the sacrament of the faithless.
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Posted on February 22nd, 2014 by Paycheck in Catholicism
Rewind and watch from the beginning.
Lot of things to be troubled by in what is being said….and yet. And yet….why do I feel that the Holy Spirit is working through it all for the Good and for Unity, despite our collective pathetic-ness?
The fact that everyone is uncomfortable is the first step.
I don’t pretend to get it or understand, and yet….children are not to understand everything.
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Posted on February 22nd, 2014 by Paycheck in Catholicism, Feminism
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Posted on February 22nd, 2014 by Paycheck in Homosexuality
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Posted on February 22nd, 2014 by Paycheck in Contraception
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Posted on February 22nd, 2014 by Squeaker in Abortion
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One of the best kept secrets.…that modern society will never accept. And it doesn’t accept it because it does not understand the beautiful complementarity of men and women. Different yet equal in dignity.
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Posted on February 21st, 2014 by Paycheck in Homosexuality
The Coalition for Family Values is a U.S. based international network of loosely-affiliated independent pro-family organizations. We serve the global pro-family movement by encouraging and facilitating cooperation and coordination among pro-family strategists and activists. While geographically, ethnically and methodologically diverse, we share a Biblical worldview, and a commitment to speak the plain truth about the LGBT agenda and its destructive influence on society. Our goal is to promote and protect the natural family as the essential foundation of civilization, and family values as the source and guide to mainstream culture in every society, while advocating reasonable tolerance to those who choose to live discretely outside of the mainstream.
As the 2014 Winter Olympic Games come to a close in Sochi, Russia, we want to praise the Russian Federation for providing much-needed leadership in restoring family values in public policy, and to encourage the governments of the world to follow the excellent example that the Russian government has set in 2013 and 2014 by banning LGBT propaganda to children and limiting the adoption of children to natural families only. By taking these steps in the face of intense criticism and hostility by some Western governments and NGOs, the Russians have demonstrated the high value that they place on their children and the natural family model of society. We believe that God will bless the Russian people for their faith and courage.
The Coalition for Family Values will be encouraging our current and future affiliates throughout the world to lobby their own governments to follow the Russian example. While the LGBT agenda has seemed like an unstoppable political juggernaut in North America and Europe, the vast majority of the people of the world do not accept the notion that sexual deviance should be normalized. It is time that these voices are heard on the world stage before the so-called elites of the Western powers impose their inverted morality on everyone through the manipulation of international law, which they clearly intend to do.
The LGBT agenda has already gone too far, but it is still advancing. We are asking the family-friendly nations of the world to erect a barrier to that agenda in their own countries and in the international community, which can perhaps strengthen and embolden the pro-family movement in the Western nations to roll back that agenda in our own countries.
The future of the natural family is the future of humanity itself. We must not allow the culture of desolation to supplant the culture of life in our societies. Let us pray for healing for those who choose the LGBT path, and (within reason) respect their right to be wrong in their private lives. But let us not allow the LGBT political movement to transform the world in its own distorted image.
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Posted on February 20th, 2014 by Paycheck in Entertainment
Being of Portuguese heritage, I nearly split a gut laughing. Holy smokes this was funny!
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Posted on February 20th, 2014 by Paycheck in Catholicism, Homosexuality
I bet you did. Good for the priest. We’re probably not hearing more of the story….like, “Do you repent of your lifestyle?” Hence the priest’s (correct) conduct.
God Bless him.
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Posted on February 19th, 2014 by Paycheck in Abortion, Catholicism
As I have previously said many, many time before, we cannot win this fight without a concerted spiritual focus. All the other avenues we use are great, but at the end of the day, we need a spiritual assault. This March, you can be part of it.
In the summer of 2012, a small band of pro-life missionaries began a pilgrimage across Russia and Europe. From a worldly perspective their efforts might seem insignificant. However, seen through the eyes of faith, their journey had the potential of enormous significance for the building of a culture of life and the family in Russia and all of Europe.
The small band left the port city of Vladivostok on the Pacific Coast of Russia on June 14th with a replica of the famous icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa. The revered image of our Blessed Mother, was venerated across eight time zones in Russia, traveling over 30,000 kilometers across Europe to Fatima, Portugal before coming to the United States.
What would motivate a small band of believers to undertake what is being called the “From Ocean to Ocean International Campaign in Defense of Life” – to go to such extreme measures for what many will perceive as a quaint religious observance? The pilgrimage, or peregrination, of the icon, is intended as a response to nearly a century of legalized abortion first imposed by the Soviet Union, then spread to other nations.
In the Old Testament, the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant into battle. Many Fathers of the Church compare Mary to the Ark of the New Covenant. Saint Ambrose wrote “The Ark contained the Tablets of the Law; Mary contained in her womb the heir of the Testament. The Ark bore the Law; Mary bore the Gospel. The Ark made the voice of God heard; Mary gave us the very Word of God. The Ark shone forth with the purest gold; Mary shone forth both inwardly and outwardly with the splendor of her virginity. The gold which adorned the Ark came from the interior of the earth; the gold with which Mary shone forth came from the mines of Heaven.” (Serm. xlii. 6)
Though the practice of peregrination with icons of the Blessed Mother has fallen out of favor in much of the Catholic world, its history is worth noting. Even in the West, the faithful have over the centuries venerated the images of the Blessed Virgin Mary and called on her intercession in times of great distress. Their stories of miracles and intercessions are not often heard in the West, as icons are particularly venerated in the East. An icon, as opposed to paintings, sculptures or other artistic depictions of persons, is considered to be almost a living presence of the person or deity who is venerated. They are seen as a window with a view of a greater truth, rather than simply a fine object of art.
The icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa has a fascinating history of its own, though there is some variation in the accounts. Tradition holds that St. Luke the Evangelist himself “wrote” the icon on a cypress table in the home of the Holy Family. St. Helena is said to have located the icon during her visit to the Holy Land and to have brought it to Constantinople in the fourth century. The painting was eventually owned by Charlemagne, who presented it as a dowry to Prince Lev of Galicia (present–day Western Ukraine), where it was kept for almost six centuries in the royal palace at Belz. In 1382, after invading Tartars attacked the fortress at Belz, the icon was taken to the Polish town of Czechstochowa for safekeeping, and it has remained there ever since.
The Icon was damaged by Hussite raiders in 1430, who slashed and attempted to burn the icon, changing the visage of what is now referred to as the “Black Madonna.” In a sense, she is a symbol of Poland herself, scarred but persevering in faith.
The Black Madonna is credited with numerous miracles among those that she visited, and on behalf of those who prayed for her protection and intercession. The icon is credited with saving Constantinople in a critical battle with the Saracens, after its display from the walls of the city. After its transfer to Galicia, the kingdom was threatened by an invasion in the 11th century. The king prayed to Our Lady to aid his small army and, as a result of this prayer, a darkness overcame the enemy troops who, in their confusion, began attacking one another.
Since the icon was brought to Poland, Our Lady has interceded a number of times for the Polish people. Just one modern example: In May 1979 many faithful held what became known as the “Siege of Jericho” at the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. They prayed continuous rosaries for the intention that the Communist Polish government would relax its restrictions on the visit of Pope John Paul II to his native land. On May 7, the Polish government unexpectedly relented and dropped the major obstacles that were preventing the Pope’s visit. We know now the fire that Blessed Pope John Paul lit with his bold proclamation of the Gospel “behind enemy lines,” and how large a role he played in the most remarkable peaceful revolution of the 20th century, eventually even bringing down Communism in Poland and the Soviet Union.
These and similar historic events testify to the all-too-often forgotten power of prayer—particularly in asking for the intercession of the Blessed Mother to deliver the faithful from problems that seem too overwhelming for any practical human solution. And this is precisely the situation in which much the world finds itself. In 1920, Russia was the first country to legalize abortion for any reason. Josef Stalin again outlawed abortion in 1936, not because he respected human life, but he saw that it was weakening the Soviet Union, decimating its population along with war, the various purges, and the starvation of millions. Shortly after his death in 1954, abortion was again legalized, and the number of babies lost again skyrocketed. Abortion remains the primary means of birth control in the newly independent states although the rate is falling. In Russia, for example, there are still 13 abortions for every 10 live births.
In 1917, Our Lady of Fatima predicted that Russia would spread her errors throughout the world. Although several volumes are filled with the depth and breadth of these errors, the greatest is undoubtedly the state endorsement of the killing of children in the womb.
But now, not only Russia but Europe as a whole, together with other developed and developing countries know they have a problem. Their populations continue to decline at an alarming rate. The total fertility rate of Russian women hit a historic low in 1999 of 1.16. By 2012, it had risen slightly to 1.61, exceeding even that of the European Union’s 1.58, while Poland’s and most of the other East European nation’s range between an even lower range of 1.27 and 1.45.
Against this backdrop of demographic collapse, widespread abortion and an apparent inability for Russia and other dying European countries to marshal a return to openness to life, a faithful few are looking for more dramatic, and more traditional, solutions. Pope John Paul’s monumental encyclical Evangelium Vitae, which he called “central to the whole Magisterium of my Pontificate”, closes with a prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary for victory over the culture of death.
So the faithful again turn to Our Lady under her title of Our Lady of Czestochowa, who is venerated both in the East and the West. In January 2012, pro-life leaders from 19 nations travelled to the Shrine of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa to plan the project. The Archbishop of Cracow celebrated a special Mass on January 28th to make a special act of entrustment to the cause of the defense of life and family to Our Lady of Czestochowa and pray for the success of the “From Ocean to Ocean International Campaign in Defense of Life.”
The icon arrived in Vladivostok on June 11th and was venerated in several churches including the main Cathedral of St. Nicholas. Large crowds have accompanied the Blessed Virgin asking for her prayers, and have attended pro-life conferences which will be part of the pilgrim mission all along the way.
This also is no small feat – Russian Orthodox leaders have worked with Roman Catholics to coordinate this historic pilgrimage. We pray that our shared devotion to the Blessed Mother may be an occasion for building mutual respect, and collaboration in other such efforts for the promotion of faith, life and the family in the future.
Our Lady of Czechstochowa, who has resided in both Orthodox and Catholic lands, has come to the aid and protection of both her Orthodox and Catholic children.
Please pray with us that the Blessed Virgin Mary will use this extraordinary campaign to inspire the people of the entire world, to return to faith in God and respect for life and family. (Source)
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Posted on February 18th, 2014 by Squeaker in Catholicism
Here’s another beautiful paragraph from the Holy Father’s Apostolic Exhortation. The yes men of false ecumenism probably didn’t like this one.
251. True openness involves remaining steadfast in one’s deepest convictions, clear and joyful in one’s own identity, while at the same time being “open to understanding those of the other party” and “knowing that dialogue can enrich each side”. What is not helpful is a diplomatic openness which says “yes” to everything in order to avoid problems, for this would be a way of deceiving others and denying them the good which we have been given to share generously with others. Evangelization and interreligious dialogue, far from being opposed, mutually support and nourish one another.
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Posted on February 17th, 2014 by Squeaker in Catholicism
Seems like the media weren’t too eager to report this paragraph from the Holy Father’s Apostolic Exhortation. It’s a pretty profound paragraph. Clearly, the Holy Father understands that calls for the ordination of women find their root in a disordered power struggle between women and men in the Church.
104. Demands that the legitimate rights of women be respected, based on the firm conviction that men and women are equal in dignity, present the Church with profound and challenging questions which cannot be lightly evaded. The reservation of the priesthood to males, as a sign of Christ the Spouse who gives himself in the Eucharist, is not a question open to discussion, but it can prove especially divisive if sacramental power is too closely identified with power in general. It must be remembered that when we speak of sacramental power “we are in the realm of function, not that of dignity or holiness”. The ministerial priesthood is one means employed by Jesus for the service of his people, yet our great dignity derives from baptism, which is accessible to all. The configuration of the priest to Christ the head – namely, as the principal source of grace – does not imply an exaltation which would set him above others. In the Church, functions “do not favour the superiority of some vis-à-vis the others”. Indeed, a woman, Mary, is more important than the bishops. Even when the function of ministerial priesthood is considered “hierarchical”, it must be remembered that “it is totally ordered to the holiness of Christ’s members”. Its key and axis is not power understood as domination, but the power to administer the sacrament of the Eucharist; this is the origin of its authority, which is always a service to God’s people. This presents a great challenge for pastors and theologians, who are in a position to recognize more fully what this entails with regard to the possible role of women in decision-making in different areas of the Church’s life.
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Posted on February 13th, 2014 by Squeaker in Gutter Morality
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Posted on February 13th, 2014 by Paycheck in Catholicism
…one day this man will be Pope.
You heard it here first.
You remember the old Beatles song, right? Get back to where you once belonged…
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“This lecture proposes that Catholic schools can do more to include and nurture internal disagreement as a powerful opportunity to embrace intellectual diversity, learn the value of faithful dissent and enable greater participation in the Church and the world.”
Yes, yes, yes! Come and learn how to be as incoherent, self-contradicting, and church-destroying like the rest of the “Catholic” theological class. You too can learn to make no sense at all, too!
But, boy oh boy, you can then claim the rights to use words like “diversity” in your resume.
I see the Canadian hierarchy was quick to jump on this and squash it….er…sorry, the bishop was conveniently not around for any comment.
Just like my TV, I’ve just learned to turn nu-church programs off.
Nothing like shoring up the relationship between the hierarchy and the Faithful laity, eh? One big happy family.
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