Posted on June 22nd, 2014 by Paycheck in Catholicism
Early in the morning of January 21, 1610, the Archangels St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael appeared to Mother Mariana. Then Our Lady appeared to her and predicted many things about our own times: this is part of what Mother Mariana afterwards related that she told her:
“…. I make it known to you that from the end of the 19th century and shortly after the middle of the 20th century…. the passions will erupt and there will be a total corruption of customs (morals)….
“They will focus principally on the children in order to sustain this general corruption. Woe to the children of these times! It will be difficult to receive the Sacrament of Baptism, and also that of Confirmation…
“As for the Sacrament of Matrimony… it will be attacked and deeply profaned… The Catholic spirit will rapidly decay; the precious light of the Faith will gradually be extinguished… Added to this will be the effects of secular education, which will be one reason for the dearth of priestly and religious vocations.
“The Sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed, and despised… The Devil will try to persecute the ministers of the Lord in every possible way; he will labor with cruel and subtle astuteness to deviate them from the spirit of their vocation and will corrupt many of them. These depraved priests, who will scandalize the Christian people, will make the hatred of bad Catholics and the enemies of the Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church fall upon all priests…
“Further, in these unhappy times, there will be unbridled luxury, which will ensnare the rest into sin and conquer innumerable frivolous souls, who will be lost. Innocence will almost no longer be found in children, nor modesty in women. In this supreme moment of need of the Church, the one who should speak will fall silent.” In a subsequent apparition, Our Lady told Mother Mariana that these apparitions were not to become generally known until the twentieth century. (Source)
She really did call it. But wait! That’s not the end of the story….
The most important thing to understand is that it would be just wrong to despair at all this. The fightback is underway. For, in the end, Our Lady of Quito’s prophecies do not end with spiritual catastrophe. In a later apparition she foretold that “In order to free men from bondage to these heresies, those whom the merciful love of My Most Holy Son will destine for that restoration will need great strength of will, constancy, valor and much confidence in God. To test this faith and confidence of the just, there will be occasions when everything will seem to be lost and paralyzed. This, then, will be the happy beginning of the complete restoration.”
Bring it! My dear fellow warriors in the trenches. Be not afraid. Understand that we are facing the greatest fight in the Church’s history and that everything we do for Holy Mother Church, even the slightest thing, becomes amplified in eternity to the Glory of the Risen Christ.
More on Our Lady of Good Success here.
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Posted on June 22nd, 2014 by Squeaker in Catholicism
Archbishop Christian Lepine led thousands of the faithful through the streets of Montreal last night in this year’s annual Corpus Christi eucharistic procession.
The feast of the body and blood of Christ began with a Mass at Cathédrale Marie- Reine-du-Monde and ended four hours later after benediction at St. Patrick’s Basilica.
In his homily, Archbishop Lepine told an overflow congregation in the Cathedral that it takes courage to publicly witness our faith in the Blessed Sacrament. He challenged the faithful to ask themselves how they organize their lives in front of Jesus, and reminded them that Christian life is not only about solitary prayer but equally about loving service to neighbor and community. (Source)
It’s a glorious thing to see an Apostle of the Church processing our Eucharistic Lord through the streets.
We had a procession at my parish too. It was beautiful. About 100 people took part. Even though I was having a crappy weekend, I got a definite boost by the experience. I felt like I was back in Palestine 2,000 years ago, when Jesus would walk from town to town and his disciples would eagerly follow him, proud to be part of his posse.
Surprised onlookers were stopping to take a peek. There’s one scruffy looking guy who dropped down on his knees and put his forehead on the sidewalk when the Blessed Sacrament passed in front of him. Unbelievable. Other people did a sign of the cross. This confirms what I have long suspected: there are so many fallen away Catholics out there. You probably meet them every day at work, at the grocery store, at the gym. They just need a nudge.
The other thing that struck me was just how different this is from other major religions, even the other Christian denominations. We’re literally worshiping a tangible and visible object (in actuality a person under the guise of Bread), like the heathens would do with statues or animals. To an outsider, our procession would definitely appear like a religious act, a very primitive one, like you see in the movies about African tribes or something. Other major religions and Christian denominations worship a somewhat disembodied God that you can’t touch or see. Catholics are unique in recognizing how God wished to remain visibly and tangibly present to us. The Blessed Sacrament stands as a special challenge to the modern world. It’s easier to dismiss a God that nobody can see as a figment of someone’s delusions. But when the largest religion in the world starts processing a piece of Bread with great solemnity and devotion, you have to take notice and confront yourself with this disturbing reality. Gut check time.
I sincerely believe that processions of the Blessed Sacrament shower down graces upon our neighbourhoods in ways that would baffle the learned. We should do this more often.
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Posted on June 20th, 2014 by Paycheck in Abortion, Canadian Politics
“You know, at some point you are killing life in the foetus in self-defence – of what? Of the mother’s health or her happiness or of her social rights or her privilege as a human being? I think she should have to answer for it and explain. Now, whether it should be to three doctors or one doctor or to a priest or a bishop or to her mother-in-law is a question you might want to argue …. You do have a right over your own body – it is your body. But the foetus is not your body; it’s someone else’s body. And if you kill it, you’ll have to explain.”
The Rt. Hon. Pierre E. Trudeau, PC, QC, MP Prime Minister of Canada The Montreal Star, Thursday, May 25, 1972
Poor, Pierre, he wouldn’t make the cut in the new Liberal Party. His son would kick him out. Progressives eventually eat their own.
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Posted on June 20th, 2014 by Paycheck in Marriage
We can take heart from what we see happening now in the pro-life movement. Back in the early 1970’s, just before the Court issued its infamous Roe vs. Wade ruling, public support for abortion was growing rapidly. And as with marriage redefinition today, a generation gap opened up in the polls, leading many to predict that opposition to abortion would literally die off. That was the future; before long, it would not even be an issue. Instead, something unexpected happened. A relatively small band of faithful believers held the line on the sanctity of human life in the womb, and today, two generations later, the pro-life movement is flourishing like never before. We now have the most pro-life generation of young adults since the infamous Roe decision. People have figured out that it is a human life that is within the mother’s womb, and that abortion, yes, really does harm women; they’ve figured out that it’s good to cherish that human life and surround the mother with love and support so a truly happy choice can be made, the choice for life. People, too, will figure out that a child comes from a father and a mother, and it’s good for the child to be connected to his or her father and mother. These truths may seem obvious to us, but they aren’t to everyone while in the heat of controversy. They will figure out this truth about marriage, though, because it, too, is in our nature, and it is a key to individual and societal flourishing. All we have to do is look around and see that our society is broken and hurting in so many ways; there is so much work to do to fix it and bring healing. Yes, it is very complex, and many different things need to be done: we need to fix our economy; we especially need to pay a living wage to working class families; we need to fix our broken immigration system; we need to improve our schools, especially those that are failing children from poorer families. Yes, we need to do all this and more. But none of these solutions will have a lasting effect if we do not rebuild a marriage culture, a culture which recognizes and supports the good of intact families, built on the marriage between a man and a woman committed to loving faithfulness to each other and to their children. No justice, no peace, no end to poverty, without a strong culture of marriage and the family. This noble cause is a call to love we cannot abandon, that we will not give up on, and that in the end we know will triumph.
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Posted on June 18th, 2014 by Paycheck in Abortion, Catholic Scandals
I wonder if he has repented of his tragic witness against the Unborn?
Let’s pray that he does and finds eternal peace.
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Posted on June 17th, 2014 by Paycheck in Atheism
We are always hearing about how Catholics and other Christians just keep losing membership. Well, the best kept secret among the atheists is that they are the worst at keeping their recruits.
Just goes to show…that where there is no hope, there are few people.
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Posted on June 17th, 2014 by Paycheck in Entertainment
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Posted on June 13th, 2014 by Paycheck in Liberalism
That basically sums up our leftist culture, doesn’t it?
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Posted on June 13th, 2014 by Paycheck in Marriage
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Posted on June 12th, 2014 by Paycheck in Humour
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A few days ago, we wrote about one of Free the Children’s (FTC) partners called Partners in Health (PIH) which is very active in distributing contraception. PIH was co-founded by Paul Farmer. Back in 2008, Craig and Marc Kielburger wrote a lofty piece that almost canonized Farmer. One paragraph jumps out:
Farmer trained community members in basic medicine. It was mainly preventative measures like hand-washing, family planning and condom use. The goal was to stop illness in its tracks through education. The community health workers were paid for their services and would go about teaching, referring and delivering medicine. (Source)
Farmer has obviously done some very meritorious things. Kudos to him. But his work in distributing contraception is a great disservice to society by violating the integrity of sex as a sign of God’s love for the Church.
I don’t know about you, but when I personally give an endorsement about somebody, I generally talk about the good stuff, the stuff I agree with. As Matt Redman sings, “Everybody praises the thing they love.” So if the Kielburgers’ article praising Mr. Farmer made mention of his distribution of contraception, isn’t it likely that they approved of that activity? Look at it the other way: if they opposed contraception on moral grounds, would they have mentioned it in this canticle of praise without providing any caveats?
More importantly, the fact that the Kielburgers include condom use as part of “basic medicine” should put the last nail in the coffin of anyone who thinks the Kielburgers don’t endorse condom usage. By using the term “basic medicine” and by putting condom use on par with hand-washing, they give condoms a connotation of being necessary, normal and healthy.
This makes you wonder what exactly goes on in FTC’s health activities. Any sentence about “medicine” or “health” on their website now needs to be interpreted in light of their twisted vocabulary and mindset.
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Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau says his office and the Ottawa Archdiocese are arranging a meeting between he and Archbishop Terrence Prendergast to discuss his pro-abortion stance and whether he will be permitted to receive Communion.
Asked about indications from the archdiocese that he could be denied Communion, the self-professed Catholic politician told CBC, “I look forward to having a conversation with the bishop where he can explain, if that is the case, his views on that.”…. (Source)
The bishops “views” are not just views, Justin. They represent the tradition that has been handed down, and in short order, it looks like you are going to be asked to stay in the Pew.
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Posted on June 9th, 2014 by Paycheck in Catholicism
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Back in October 2013, when Catholic parents in Ottawa were asking tough questions about Free the Children (FTC), Marc Kielburger wrote a letter to the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) making the following definitive statement :
“Please allow us to share that Free The Children does not partner with development organization [sic] or other international agencies which are in direct conflict with Catholic teachings.” (Source)
Socon or Bust has compelling evidence that this statement is factually false.
FTC partners with an NGO called Partners in Health (PIH). We know this through FTC’s own website. In January 2010, in the aftermath of the terrible earthquake that devastated Haiti, FTC sent money to PIH:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Free The Children responds to crisis in Haiti
Toronto, ON (January 19, 2010) – After Haiti’s 7.0 earthquake hit last Tuesday, Free The
Children responded immediately by setting up an emergency relief fund and teaming up with
Partners in Health (http://www.pih.org/home.html) who have been providing on-the-ground
healthcare in Haiti for over 20 years. Together both organizations are providing emergency relief
and medical supplies to get immediate, effective support to the hardest-hit communities. (Source)
A year later, FTC was still talking about their partnership with PIH:
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated the city of Port au Prince and its surrounding regions. It is estimated that only 5% of the rubble has been cleared from Port au Prince, signifying that there is still a long road ahead in Haiti’s recovery. Since the earthquake, Free The Children has provided both emergency response by delivering basic supplies, carrying out rapid needs assessments, and working with Partners in Health to provide medical care immediately after the quake. (Source)
Not surprisingly, FTC’s annual reports for 2010 and 2011 both list PIH among “Supporters and Partners”. In FTC’s most recent annual report, for 2013, PIH is still on the list of “Partners and Supporters” (page 43).
So we’ve established quite clearly that FTC has partnered with PIH for several years and has sent them money. What does PIH do? Their website says that they’re dedicated to bringing health care to the people in poor countries. Sounds very laudable. But they’re very upfront about their work in distributing contraception. On their web page about women’s health, they have a section on “family planning”. It reads like this (emphasis ours):
Family planning is among the most effective tools for reducing maternal mortality. Women who receive education and contraceptive options are more likely to delay childbearing, have fewer children, and reduce their risk for obstetrical complications. Nevertheless, an estimated 41 percent of all pregnancies worldwide are unplanned or unwanted, accounting for nearly 230,000 new pregnancies every day, according to a 2010 article in the journal Studies in Family Planning.
Women in poor communities too often lack access to family planning tools. Clinics are too far away, fees for obtaining medical care are too high, and transportation costs are beyond their means. If family planning services were available to all women who want them, maternal mortality in poor countries could be reduced by an estimated 70 percent, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
Haiti, each of PIH’s clinics has a full-time nurse trained in sex education and reproductive health counseling. Staff in Haiti have been offering free condoms and contraception for more than 15 years. In 2003, we began training and mobilizing community health workers who specifically promote family planning and women’s health. These ajan fanm—women’s health agents—travel throughout the countryside, teaching people about sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and contraceptive methods. They also distribute condoms and oral contraceptives and refer pregnant women to clinics. This successful model is being replicated at PIH sites in Rwanda, Malawi, and Lesotho. (Source)
Veritable evangelists for contraception, doling out free condoms and travelling the countryside to spread the “reproductive health care” gospel. Predictably, they cite the Guttmacher Institute, which is the “research” arm of Planned Parenthood. Also note, for the umpteenth time, how “reproductive health” and “family planning” are synonymous with contraception in these secular NGOs.
PIH’s condom work garnered some media attention from CNN, who wrote an article in May 2013 (emphasis ours):
(CNN) – Condoms do two things really well: They prevent unwanted pregnancies, and they stop the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases. Doing both can have a broad effect on a community’s overall health, especially in developing nations where people have limited access to medical care.
The problem is that access to condoms in these countries is limited, says Sheila Davis, chief nursing officer for Partners in Health. Rural shops or roadside stands don’t usually sell contraception, and supply shortages hinder health care workers’ attempts to hand out free condoms at hospitals or clinics.
In 2008, donors provided about 2.4 billion condoms worldwide, according to the United Nations Population Fund. That’s only a small percentage of the 18 billion experts estimate will be needed globally for HIV prevention and family planning by 2015. Some countries receive an average of one condom per man per year.
Davis has seen the effects of contraception shortages in Haiti. Unwanted pregnancies in the country spiked after the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 220,000 people, according to the United Nations Population Fund. And Haiti continues to struggle with high prevalence rates of HIV.
To conquer the Caribbean nation’s lack of contraception, Partners in Health has teamed up with Sir Richard’s, an American condom company. Sir Richard’s launched in 2009 with a similar business model as TOMS Shoes & Eyewear; for every condom bought, Sir Richard’s donates one condom to a developing nation. Haiti is a trial run for the company, which plans to eventually expand to Africa and South America. (Source)
It’s quite clear that PIH is aggressively pushing for condoms in Haiti and other countries in the Global South. FTC is partnering with an NGO that is very much “in direct conflict with Catholic teachings.” Mr. Kielburger wrote that inaccurate letter to the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) in October 2013, a year in which his own annual report shows that FTC was still in league with PIH.
The Kielburgers owe us an explanation….or perhaps it’s time to end the current façade. The facts are that Free the Children’s goals and their partners’ goals are not aligned with the Church, but are, in fact, in direct opposition to the Catholic Church’s teachings on the sanctity of human life and human sexuality.
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Posted on June 8th, 2014 by Paycheck in Catholicism, CCCB, Contraception
You’ll find that in the course of Sacred history, it is not uncommon for a story’s significance – a very important story – to become truly appreciated only after decades and even centuries have passed. Because the Church’s history has been largely tied to what was going on in Europe, Catholics have generally looked to the drama going on there to read the signs of the times. But here in Canada, we have had our own drama going on for 46 years concerning one faithful priest’s courageous witness to the most important issue of the last 50 years — the transmission of human life. I am speaking, of course, of our great champion, Msgr. Vincent Foy – Canada’s great priest and prophet of our times. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted on June 6th, 2014 by Paycheck in CCCB, Contraception
What Msgr. Foy saw early on was what others, both in the Church and the world, would come to see much later. In uncoupling what God has put together — sexual union and procreation — many other things would eventually come apart: sex and marriage, sex and love, love and marriage, and even marriages and families themselves. Indeed, in embracing the great uncoupling, many Christians separated themselves from the faith altogether and found their ecclesial communities rendered sterile. Msgr. Foy saw what was at stake before many others. After St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, the Church has re-learned that sexual difference and the call to love illumines both the Trinitarian union and the nuptial dimension of the Church. For all that, he deserves the Church’s thanks. That in his anniversary year the pope of Humanae Vitae, Paul VI, is beatified is likely the greatest gift he will receive. (Source)
Msgr. Foy was right and the rest of the Canadian Church and society was wrong. That’s why saying the “electorate is always right” is just plain stupid and dumb.
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