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Finding a cure for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) is an admirable goal. And many well-intentioned American Catholics have taken the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness of ALS.
But the cure cannot come at the expense of other innocent life.
The ALS Association, recipient of donations associated with the Ice Bucket Challenge, uses embryonic stem cells in their research. And now, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers is speaking up to warn us of the moral conflict associated with sacrificing one life to save another.
The Newark Archdiocese has told North Jersey pastors and Catholic school officials that holding Ice Bucket Challenges, a wildly popular fad that has raised millions of dollars to combat a crippling illness, conflicts with church teachings by funding embryonic stem-cell research.
The warning was issued Thursday in a letter from a church official and with the blessing of Archbishop John J. Myers. It said some of the research funded by the ALS Association, which receives much of the money from the Ice Bucket Challenge, involves embryonic stem-cell research, which is opposed by the Catholic Church because of conflicts with its antiabortion mission.
The challenge involves dumping ice water on participants' heads and donating money for research into ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The Rev. Lawrence Fama, director of the archdiocesan Office of Respect Life, called the challenge "a stunt" that can be "fun and engaging," but questioned whether the practice conflicts with "Catholic moral teaching."
The archdiocese sent the letter Thursday to principals at all 94 Catholic schools in the archdiocese, and to pastors and religious education staff at 218 parishes. It suggested sending donations to organizations that don't use embryonic stem-cell research.
The knee-jerk reaction, of course, is to condemn Catholics for not wanting to find a cure for ALS. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
The Pope John Paul II Medical Research Institute funds morally acceptible ALS research. And they gladly accept donations associated with the Ice Bucket Challenge.
We are receiving increasing financial support from donors asking whether their donations will go directly to support ALS research. We want to assure people that any donation specifically directed towards finding a cure for ALS will be used to support medical research for that cause.
Catholics can indeed raise awareness of ALS. Archbishop Myers leads by
example. Together, we will find a cure.
New HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, late of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's population control efforts, has again "revised" Obamacare's anti-Catholic abortifascient and and birth control mandate. But her new regulations still firmly place the burden of providing life-destroying drugs and procedures on the employer.
Meet the new form, it's functionally equivalent to the old form.
The new arrangement as a more complicated accounting gimmick, no different in effect than its predecessors.
Arina Grossu, Director for the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council, said the amendment "is simply another clerical layer because the employer still remains the legal gateway by which these drugs and services will be provided to their employees. It's very disappointing that the Obama administration is doubling down on its plans to punish charities and non-profits that assist the poor and homeless, who in some cases have nowhere else to turn for assistance."
Although the Obama administration is still seeking comments for its final implementation of the new rule, the nation's religious leaders concur that the latest change still fails to observe all Americans' First Amendment freedom of religion.
"On initial review of the government's summary of the regulations, we note with disappointment that the regulations would not broaden the 'religious employer' exemption to encompass all employers with sincerely held religious objections to the mandate," Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said on Friday. "Instead, the regulations would only modify the 'accommodation,' under which the mandate still applies and still requires provision of the objectionable coverage."
"Also, by proposing to extend the 'accommodation' to the closely held for-profit employers that were wholly exempted by the Supreme Court's recent decision in Hobby Lobby, the proposed regulations would effectively reduce, rather than expand, the scope of religious freedom," he added.
Who gets the "opt-out" form is irrelevant. Forcing a religious organization to ask for the objectionable coverage is the real problem. Morally, Catholics cannot participate in any aspect of provisioning life-destroying drugs and procedures.
Instead of working with the USCCB, the Obama administration went back to the Kermit Gosnell Fan Club at Planned Parenthood for input on their "revised" mandate rules. And of course they baked in onerous penalties for anyone who follows his faith.
"Effective immediately, this latest rule still orders charities like the Little Sisters of the Poor, non-profit Christian colleges like Wheaton College, and religious broadcasters like EWTN to violate their consciences simply because they legally contract for health coverage," Grossu continued. "The government uses their contract as the basis to force their insurers to provide their employees with free contraception and drugs that can kill human embryos, against their sincere conscientious beliefs."
"If these charities and non-profits follow their conscience and decline to participate in the meaningless accounting gimmick, the administration will make them pay huge penalties accruable on a daily basis — one hundred dollars per employee per day," she said.
"Additionally, the government is also soliciting comment on new ways to force family businesses to violate their deeply held moral and religious convictions due to the HHS mandate in an attempt to address and skirt the recent Supreme Court ruling. However, the government's actions here still force family businesses to be complicit in what they view as morally wrong," Grossu added.
Obama and his henchmen are being purposefully obtuse, thumbing their noses at the Supreme Court, and at religious Americans too. They are beholden to a cabal of radical feminists hell-bent on overthrowing all vestiges of traditional morality. They only respect the Progressive hegemony of the State, and all other forms of authority must be eradicated lest they instill doubt in the minds of the citizenry.
So everyone has to conform, or the invalidity of the State's coercion will become all too apparent.
Fortunately, the Supreme Court has already told HHS they can't do this. Alas,
the price of Liberty is eternal vigilance.
The homosexualization of our society is accelerating. The Progressives' 11th Commandment is, Thou Shalt Celebrate Deviancy, Or Else.
So it comes as no surprise that our president has decreed religious organizations with federal contracts cannot actively live the tenets of their faith. And nevermind that SCOTUS already rejected the same sort of anti-Christian discrimination in Obamacare. The homofascists must be obeyed!
President Obama signed an executive order Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity — ignoring the pleas of Christian and other faith leaders to include an exemption for religious organizations.
The executive order would prevent Christian and other religious organizations with federal contracts from requiring workers to adhere to the tenets of their religious beliefs. Christianity Today reports the order could impact religious non-profits such as World Vision, World Relief and Catholic Charities.
"If religious organizations cannot require that their employees conduct themselves in ways consistent with the teachings of their faith — then, essentially, those organizations are unable to operate in accordance with their faith," Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council, told me.
He said the president's order forces employers to put aside their principles in the name of political correctness. "This level of coercion is nothing less than viewpoint blackmail that bullies into silence every contractor and subcontractor who has moral objections to homosexual behavior," Sprigg said.
"The mask is coming off of the homosexual movement's agenda. They really do not believe in religious liberty. They want forced affirmation of homosexual and transgender conduct to trump every other consideration in the workplace — including religious liberty."
Bullying and shutuppery, part and parcel of the homosexual agenda.
And if they force religious organizations to relinquish their mission of community service, so much the better. Because the only acceptable preaching is that of reliance on The State. Silence those pesky Christers and all that's left are the Socialists.
Listen to Joe Biden wave the rainbow flag:
"I don't care what your culture is," he said in remarks covered by Associated Press. "Inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice."
Unless, of course, it's prejudice against Christians. That's de rigeur.
The Obama administration and its militant cronies want to tell Christians whom to hire, how to run their business and how to think.
And now the president has decreed that any religious group that holds viewpoints divergent from the LGBT agenda is not worthy of federal tax dollars.
Soon we won't be worthy of our tax exemption either. Then perhaps religious broadcasters will see their licenses revoked by Obama's FCC. His pen and his phone will write a new Bible, and it shall be the only Bible authorized by his almighty government.
Their ultimate goal? Cumpulsory homosexuality, with penalties for
non-participation. Because boning you up the ass is how government lets you
know it loves you.
Well whaddaya know, the First Amendment's "Establishment Clause" cuts both ways. For those of you who are unfamiliar with its heretofore deprecated second half, allow me to refresh your memory:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…
Which means that closely held corporations can freely exercise their owners' religion.
The Supreme Court ruled today that the Christian-run Hobby Lobby doesn't have to obey the HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare that requires businesses to pay for abortion causing drugs in their employee health care plans.
The Obama administration was attempting to make Hobby Lobby and thousands of pro-life businesses and organizations comply with the HHS mandate that compels religious companies to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs for their employees. However, the U.S. Supreme Court today issued a favorable ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a landmark case addressing the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of business owners to operate their family companies without violating their deeply held religious convictions.
Writing for the 5-4 majority, Justice Samuel Alito handed down the decision for the high court, saying, "The Supreme Court holds government can't require closely held corporations with religious owners to provide contraception coverage."
HHS's contraception mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion," the decision reads, adding that "the decision concerns only the contraceptive mandate and should not be understood to mean that all insurance mandates." The opinion said the "plain terms of Religious Freedom Restoration Act" are "perfectly clear."
Poor Sandra Fluke. Now she has to pay for her own contraceptives. Someone
ought to take up a collection before she accidentally reproduces.
While all the right-thinking people are giddy over the Presbyterians' embrace of unnatural, same-sex "marriage," a far more sinister policy was also approved at the church's General Assembly.
Sadly, it's something our intelligensia also emphatically endorses — the "divestment" pogrom against Israel.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Friday became the most prominent religious group in the United States to endorse divestment as a protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians, voting to sell church stock in three companies whose products Israel uses in the occupied territories.
The General Assembly voted by a razor-thin margin -- 310-303 -- to sell stock in Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions. Two years ago, the General Assembly rejected a similar divestment proposal by two votes.
The American Jewish Committee, a policy and advocacy group based in New York, said the vote was "driven by hatred of Israel." But Heath Rada, moderator for the church meeting, said immediately after the vote that "in no way is this a reflection of our lack of love for our Jewish brothers and sisters."
The decision is expected to reverberate well beyond the church. It comes amid discouragement over failed peace talks that have left activists desperate for some way to affect change and as the broader movement known as BDS -- or boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel -- has gained some momentum in the U.S., Israel's closest and most important ally.
Oh those pesky Jews. If they'd only roll over and die! Then the peaceful Palestinians could live forever in harmony with nature and their equally peaceful Arab brothers.
In a separate vote, the assembly also voted to re-examine its historic support for a two-state solution.
And there you have it. It is now the official policy of a purportedly Christian
sect that Israel should cease to exist. And with it, presumably,
Yad Vashem as well. Because in the
Presbyterian church, the promise of "never again" has expired after a mere
Because nothing says "Jesus Is Risen" quite like heresy.
President Obama tapped the first openly gay Episcopal Bishop to lead the closing Easter Prayer, Monday.
You remember Gene Robinson. He left his wife and children to fornicate with another man. Then the Episcopalians made him a Bishop. Which is one more reason why they're still unreconciled with Rome.
Blasphemy. It's only cool when Catholics are being mocked.
Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, tweeted about the honor, ironically taking the Lord's name in vain in the process
"POTUS 'preaches' at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!" he tweeted with a picture.
Irony is Obama's Muslim buddies stoning homosexuals like Robinson to death.
It's high time Catholics took a page out of their playbook. Maybe then we'll get some respect.
And we'd better bring back the Holy Inquisition. Before it's too late.
Can you guess that homosexuality was involved?
Of course you can.
But, what you can't do is repeat Church teaching on homosexuality in a Catholic school. Because then the tolerance crowd goes batshit insane.
Political correctness took an ugly turn last week when a Catholic nun was excoriated for lecturing against same-sex unions at a Catholic high school in North Carolina.
And the outrage didn't come from the left, but from students and parents.
Sister Jane Dominic Laurel told students that homosexuality is not so much a biological trait as a result of psychological factors often prompted by environmental conditions, like being raised by same-sex parents. She used studies and data to back up her claims, according to Breitbart News.
Sister Laurel, a Nashville Dominican nun with a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University in Rome, has often lectured on church doctrine, which teaches that homosexuality is a sin. She normally teaches at Aquinas College, but often guest lectures at high schools across the country.
Judging by how the students and parents reacted, that Catholic school is "catholic" in name only.
Students and parents from the Charlotte-area school were incensed.
Nearly 1,000 parents met at the school Wednesday to address complaints. The assembly was closed to the public, but social media posts described it as "often heated, with emotions running high on both sides," the Charlotte Observer reported.
The students reacted like good little prog-bots, and flushed 12 years of religious education down the toilet in the process.
"We the students of Charlotte Catholic High School would like to issue a formal complaint regarding Sr. Jane Dominic [Laurel]'s speech," according to an online petition. "We believe that same sex couples have the ability to raise happy, well-adjusted and successful children … We believe that homosexual couples are capable of monogamy. As rational people, we know that most homosexual people lead healthy, normal and productive lives like their heterosexual counterparts."
What they don't "know," apparently, is the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
I blame the school. And, of course, the parents.
But wait, it gets "better." Sister's lecture elicited cries of "bullying."
Susan Traynor of Matthews, whose son is a sophomore, said he is usually pretty quiet when she picks him up from Charlotte Catholic High.
But on the day Laurel spoke to the assembly, she said, he spoke right up when he got in the car.
"He said, 'We had the worst assembly today,' " Traynor recalled. He said he tried to leave with some others, but they were made to sit down. There are students in this school who are openly gay and some who are not out yet. Obviously, they felt bullied."
Let's say that again. Catholic teaching is bullying.
I told you guys this day would come. I just didn't expect it to be greeted with enthusiasm by Sister's own superiors. Aquinas College has placed Sister Jane Dominic on sabbatical, so that the students at Charlotte Catholic High School can "begin a process of healing and renewal."
One needs "healing" when confronted with Church teaching? No. One needs Confession. Please, Catholics of Charlotte, go to Confession. You'll find all the "healing" you need right there. For free.
Father Z is dismayed.
Did Sister actually say things that were so outrageous, so unacceptable, so lacking in truth and in charity, that the resulting furor was appropriate, proportionate and justified? Really?
It seems to me that this sad episode is one of many which reveal the building in our midst of a mob mentality akin to that which drove the Salem Witch Trials. If you speak in public now with any clarity about the Church's teachings on sexuality, marriage, etc., or avert to conclusions which rational people reach about the same derived from the Natural Law, you will be met with fury. "I saw Lizzie Procter speaking with the devil!" Well. bad example, since most of the people who will join the snarling pack likely don't believe in the devil.
Ah, but the devil works through them.
There is a new and twisted "normal" coalescing. This new "normal", violating the dictates of reason, will prompt the more aggressive and ideologically driven to impose iron norms, which, when violated, will spark vicious attacks from the now easily manipulated mob.
Brendan Eich can relate, Father. The mob got him too.
Because the goal of homosexual rights is the extermination of religion. The
gang which claims to be advocates for "love" (in all its gender-non-specific
forms) turns out to be the biggest bunch of haters that ever lived. We are in
a totalitarian death spiral, and it is indeed demonic.
It's no surprise that Obamabot Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor would be skeptical of any challenge to Holy Obamacare. But their arrogant dismissal of Hobby Lobby's religious objections is one for the books.
During oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday which focused on whether the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates the free exercise of religion, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan suggested employers who have moral objections to birth control should not provide health care coverage for their employees. "But isn't there another choice nobody talks about, which is paying the tax, which is a lot less than a penalty and a lot less than — than the cost of health insurance at all?"
Sotomayor said during the presentation by attorney Paul Clement, who represents Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties, two companies that sued the federal government over the requirement that businesses provide health insurance plans that cover contraceptives, including abortion-inducing drugs.
"Those employers could choose not to give health insurance and pay not that high a penalty — not that high a tax," Sotomayor said.
Clement said Hobby Lobby would pay more than $500 million per year in penalties, but Kagan disagreed.
"No, I don't think that that's the same thing, Mr. Clement," Kagan said. "There's one penalty that is if the employer continues to provide health insurance without this part of the coverage, but Hobby Lobby would choose not to provide health insurance at all."
"And in that case Hobby Lobby would pay $2,000 per employee, which is less that Hobby Lobby probably pays to provide insurance to its employees," Kagan said. "So there is a choice here. It's not even a penalty by — in the language of the statute. It's a payment or a tax. There's a choice."
Some choice! A tax on Christianity. Wow, there's something the Founding Fathers really fought and died for, eh? Pay the government to retain what little Freedom you have left.
It's a lot like the Jizya, the blood money Muslims demand of infidels so they'll leave us alone.
Obamacare, it's the New Sharia!
Kagan and Sotomayor will graciously grant us the permission to practice our
religion, if we bow down and submit to their munificence first. Because to
them we are all Obamacare
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …
Apparently in the original text there's a heretofore undiscovered asterisk or two.
Because homosexuality is our de facto national religion now.
And if its proponents have their way, the free exercise of religions which object to homosexuality will indeed be prohibited. (Except for Islam; the homofascists don't dare take on The Religion Of Peace™.)
There are two news items today which exhibit my thesis.
In Virginia, a federal judge has invalidated a state constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex "marriage."
Because obviously (a) the Fourteenth Amendment was intended for such a purpose, and (b) never mind the will of voters expressed in a referendum.
The ruling cites memorable Supreme Court travesties — Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Lawrence v. Texas and Windsor v. U.S. — like so many mileposts on the Highway to Hell, and who can argue with such sophistry when it's dressed up in costumes of legal precedent, bejeweled with a lot of emotional chatter about "loving, intimate and lasting relationships" and "sacred, personal choices"?
The sinful is now sacred? How's that for peeing on us Christians' cornflakes?
Try your schtick in a mosque and get back to me. That is, if your head is still attached to your body.
Meanwhile in Kansas, their state legislature moved to protect religious liberty.
A House bill directed at same-sex couples in Kansas who are denied services tied to weddings and civil unions passed Wednesday with Republicans arguing the measure reinforced religious freedom and Democrats labeling it a discriminatory assault on lesbians and gays.
Why is it that homosexual demands for special attention are never characterized as a discriminatory assault on religious liberty?
The GOP-led House voted 72-49 to approve House Bill 2453 with little commentary following lengthy debate Tuesday. The bill sent to the Senate was designed to shield people, groups and businesses that cite religious reasons for refusing to serve homosexuals engaging in activities viewed as religiously offensive.
Note that it doesn't say you can't do it. It just says we don't have to help you.
The bill allows government employees of the state, courts, schools and law enforcement agencies to treat as invalid the civil unions or marriages of two men or two women.
Go ahead, pretend to be "married." We're still not going to applaud.
Legislators supportive of the legislation were motivated by an assumption the federal courts eventually would declare unconstitutional a 2005 amendment to the Kansas Constitution banning gay marriage.
Wouldn't it be great if all these judges who are mesmerized by emanations of penumbras would actually read the Tenth Amendment?
Gov. Sam Brownback said when asked about the bill that he had dedicated himself to fighting for basic human rights, including religious liberty, in many countries and for many different faiths.
"Americans have constitutional rights, among them the right to exercise their religious beliefs and the right for every human life to be treated with respect and dignity," the Republican governor said.
The homosexuals demand respect from us. But they refuse to respect our beliefs in return. Their disdain for religion pours forth — we are "anti-gay" purveyors of "vicious discrimination" out to turn back the clock on civil rights.
Such hysteria is underwhelming. The oft-cited example of homofascism at its worst is the Colorado baker who politely refuse to participate in the charade of a same-sex "marriage." Adhering to his conscience was quickly redefined as "hate." As if a random sole proprietor has the power to prevent two homosexuals from fully enjoying their chosen lifestyle.
This notion that a business has to cater to every customer's whim is preposterous. Several years ago my daughter wanted a Club Penguin birthday cake. We went to arguably the best bakery in town. "Sorry," he said, "I can't make that."
You'll be shocked to learn we didn't sue him.
And I'll bet you can't guess that we found a different bakery willing to create the cake she wanted.
Kansas isn't saying you can't have your cake. Kansas is saying that you might need to find a bakery that wants to make it for you. Then, everybody's happy. The religious baker's conscience is clear. The guy who made your cake has a few extra bucks in his pocket. And contrary to hyperbole, you have your cake.
So chill out. You live your lives. We'll live ours. If perchance our paths
cross, let's smile, nod, and move on. That's my definition of "tolerance."
Hopefully it's yours too.
Msgr. Desmond noted that unpleasant statistic during yesterday's homily. He was speaking, of course, about the Obama Administration's single-minded war on the Catholic Church, and their recent attacks on the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Surely the government can't wipe out the Church, he asked rhetorically, before citing the French Revolution as an example of how yes, yes it can.
And my mind whirled, because this president is certainly as sinister as Robespierre and the Jacobins. Perhaps moreso.
They had the guillotine, Obama has the IRS. It's only a matter of time before he uses the taxman to force us into performing gay "marriages." How could a man who demands that nuns pay for birth control resist the urge to bend Catholic priests to his will?
And so, thinking about Msgr. Desmond's homily, this description of the French Revolution sounds like it could have come right out of a DNC press release:
The new rational state, whose primary ideological plank was that the sovereignty of "the people" is unlimited, attempted to eliminate French traditions, norms, and religious beliefs.
The revolutionary governing bodies were particularly determined to destroy every vestige of the Roman Catholic Church because France was hailed by Rome as the Church's "eldest daughter" and the monarch had dedicated "our person, our state, our crown and our subjects" to the Blessed Virgin.
The Constituent Assembly began the campaign against the Church by stating in the Declaration of the Rights of Man, "no body or individual may exercise any authority which does not proceed directly from the nation." In other words the Church could no longer have any say in public matters. The secular state would now have the final word over every aspect of human and social life.
Cradle to grave statism, Obama-style!
The government will redefine family, and malevolently put the Catholic Church out of the adoption business because it won't go along.
The government will dictate the terms of your health care, and more importantly suppress any attempt by the Church to influence your choices. They'll even trot out misguided catholics to reassure you that open schism with Rome is The American Way.
Who will be the first Catholic priest Obama locks up?
Don't say it's an unthinkable prospect. The Reign of Terror was unthinkable
too. Until it wasn't.
Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court (temporarily, at least) sided with the Little Sisters of the Poor and against the Obama Administration.
Despite the best efforts of the Obama Administration, the Supreme Court of the United States decided on Friday afternoon to temporarily block enforcement of the Affordable Care Act on behalf of the Little Sisters of the Poor. The new ruling allows the religious order to avoid the crushing penalties of failing to adhere to the mandate while their legal challenge proceeds by informing the HHS in writing that they are a non-profit group "that hold themselves out as religious and have religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services."
The ruling comes after lawyers for the nuns pointed out that in order to claim their exemption, the administration is requiring the nuns to sign a "permission slip" that would allow their insurance company to offer coverage of contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization over the nuns' objections.
The Sisters argue that participating in the process in any way would make them party to mortal sin. Even the fact that the government would pay the insurer for the coverage, and so costs would not fall on the Sisters, fails to address this concern, they say.
An earlier ruling by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor allowing the Little Sisters protection from enforcement of the mandate was challenged by the Obama Administration.
Forcing nuns to purchase birth control and abortion services is evil.
Reiterating that demand in legal challenges is malevolent and cruel.
But it's typical of the Obama Administration's war on religion, and on Catholics specifically. They need to crush our faith, and replace it with their secularized worldview, because we stand in silent rejoinder of their sinfulness.
Contrary to feminut hysteria, we have no intention of forcing anyone to abide by our rules. Birth control is widely available, and inexpensively priced. It's none of our business if a woman chooses to purchase it with her own money. We will, of course, pray that she does not. But alas, she is free to ignore our prayers.
All we ask is that we remain free to exercise our religion and live our
faith without endangering our immortal souls. I don't think that's an
unreasonable request. And I'm heartened to hear that the Supreme Court
is inclined to agree with us.
God save us from the "hegemonic uniformity" of the "one line of thought", "fruit of the spirit of the world that negotiates everything", even the faith. This was Pope Francis' prayer during mass this morning at Casa Santa Marta, commenting on a passage from the Book of Maccabees, in which the leaders of the people do not want Israel to be isolated from other nations, and so abandon their traditions to negotiate with the king.
They go to "negotiate" and are excited about it. It is as if they said "we are progressives; let's follow progress like everyone else does." As reported by Vatican Radio, the Pope noted that this is the "spirit of adolescent progressivism" according to which "any move forward and any choice is better than remaining within the routine of fidelity." These people, therefore, negotiate "loyalty to God who is always faithful" with the king. "This is called apostasy", "adultery." They are, in fact, negotiating their values, "negotiating the very essence of being faithful to the Lord."
"And this is a contradiction: we do not negotiate values, but faithfulness. And this is the fruit of the devil, the prince of this world, who leads us forward with the spirit of worldliness. And then there are the direct consequences. They accepted the habits of the pagan, then a further step: the king wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one people, and everyone would abandon their customs. A globalizing conformity of all nations is not beautiful, rather, each with own customs but united, but it is the hegemonic uniformity of globalization, the single line of thought. And this single line of thought is the result of worldliness."
Progressivism replaces God with The State, and Jesus with the state's sovereign. But the state is a false god, because in order to give to one, the state must take from another. Yet God gives freely to all.
American (small-c) catholics who are in bed with the state will not like hearing
these truths. But His Holiness speaks truth nonetheless.
Unanimously, the Bishops emphatically decree: We Will Not Comply.
The nation's Catholic bishops have a message for President Barack Obama: They would rather pay fines, no matter how much they would be, before they comply with the HHS mandate that compels groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today issued a "Special Message" at the conclusion of their fall General Assembly, November 13, in Baltimore. They unanimously passed the special message, which can only be issued as such meetings and strongly condemned the HHS mandate.
They said that, with its "coercive mandate," the Obama administration "is refusing to uphold its obligation to respect the rights of religious believers."
"Beginning in March 2012, in United for Religious Freedom, we identified three basic problems with the HHS mandate: it establishes a false architecture of religious liberty that excludes our ministries and so reduces freedom of religion to freedom of worship; it compels our ministries to participate in providing employees with abortifacient drugs and devices, sterilization, and contraception, which violates our deeply-held beliefs; and it compels our faithful people in business to act against our teachings, failing to provide them any exemption at all," they said.
Unlike the Nuns On The Bus and their cafeteria-catholicism this Special
Message carries with it the full weight of the Magisterium of the Roman
Catholic Church. So, as a lawyer friend always writes at the end of her
correspondence to a client, please be guided accordingly.
I guess it should come as no surprise that the most activist state supreme court in the nation would unamimously rule to discriminate against 6,000 years of Judeo-Christian tradition. And so the sodomites can "marry."
The New Jersey Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, refused to delay the start of gay marriages, as Gov. Chris Christie had requested. Marriages are expected to begin as soon as 12:01 a.m. Monday. From a legal standpoint, Christie's basis for opposing same-sex marriage was flat-out rejected in the decision.
Of course, religious people must now hide our beliefs. We are left to cower in fear of the Hate Crime Patrol, while licentiousness is the law of the land. All thanks to 7 black-robed poobahs who took it upon themselves to create "rights" out of whole cloth.
And yet there is one Judge above them. On the day that sinners stand before Him to account for their lives, may He have mercy on their souls.
Because an eternity in the fires of Hell is a very long time indeed.
It's about time someone stood up to the anti-religion homofascists. Here's the tale of two very special knuckleheads who picked on the wrong art gallery.
A Mennonite couple in Iowa who declined to host a same-sex wedding at their business has filed a counter-lawsuit against the state's Civil Rights Commission, fearing that the agency will make them pay financial damages and host the events.
In August, Dick and Betty Odgaard, who operate The Gortz Haus Gallery in Grimes, declined a request from Lee Stafford and his partner, Jared, to host a same-sex wedding.
"They did so because their religion forbids them from personally planning, facilitating or hosting wedding ceremonies not between one man and one woman," the counter-lawsuit says.
Stafford filed a complaint with Iowa's Civil Rights Commission accusing the Odgaards of violating state law.
"[They] discriminated against us based on our sexual orientation. Iowa code says if you have a public accommodation, you can't discriminate based on sexual orientation," Stafford told KCCI.
The Odgaards responded on Oct. 7 by filing the counter-lawsuit through the nonprofit Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty.
Religious liberty is under attack by the forces of homosexuality. Thank God for The Beckett Fund! Rock on, Mr. and Mrs. Odgaard!
"The Iowa Civil Rights Commission is now seeking to force the Odgaards to plan, facilitate and host same-sex wedding ceremonies at the Gallery," the counter-lawsuit says. "Publicly associating with a wedding ceremony that violates their beliefs would send a message to others who share their beliefs, including some of their employees, that those beliefs are untrue or unworthy of devotion, and thereby cause those others to sin."
That is, of course, precisely the message the homosexuals want to send: Sin trumps religion. The First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom is subserviant to the purveyors of deviancy; they won't rest until Jesus gets it up the ass from Zorro The Gay Blade.
I stand with Dick and Betty Odgaard, athwart history, yelling "Stop."
Mr. Stafford and his "partner" have since found an alternative location to host their non-traditional nuptials. No harm, no foul, right?
Er, no. They aren't looking for equality, they're out to impose their disjointed version of "morality" on every art gallery in America. Open your doors to the public and you're required to admit sin along with the paying customers.
Civil rights? Sorry, people of faith can't have civil rights.
Not now. But maybe, if the Odgaards prevail, we can breathe a little easier.
Obama the tin pot dictator continues his war on the Catholic Church, this time by padlocking church doors and threatening the pastor with arrest if he says Mass.
Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit exposes this president's thuggery:
In the wake of the government shutdown, despite provisions in the Pay Our Military Act, Catholics at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia are being denied religious services. The Catholic priest who serves this community has been prohibited from even volunteering to celebrate Holy Mass without pay, and was told that if he violated that order, he could be subject to arrest. Protestant services continue to take place. Only Catholic services have been shutdown.
Is this still America? Father Ray Leonard, the base chaplain, isn't sure.
"In China, I was disallowed from performing public religious services due to the lack of religious freedom in China. I never imagined that when I returned home to the United States, that I would be forbidden from practicing my religious beliefs as I am called to do, and would be forbidden from helping and serving my faith community."
Believe it Father.
Barack Obama is America's Henry VIII, determined to subjugate Holy Mother Church beneath his despotic thumb.
Obamacare's assault on Catholic doctrine was only the beginning. Then came the designation of Christian ministries as "domestic hate groups," because they refuse to kneel before the proponents of same-sex "marriage."
So today, under the pretext of a government shutdown, he decided to teach some bothersome priests a lesson, by denying their ability to say Mass for the brave men and women who serve our nation. You can almost hear him snicker, "Where is your God now?" as he annoints himself Supreme Pontiff of his government-approved catholic (yes, small-c) church.
Our forefathers came to these shores in search of religious liberty.
Under this president, the only place we'll find it is in the history books.
Sigh. Even my wife fell for the media hype. "The Pope said homosexuality is OK!"
Uh, no, he didn't.
Take it away Father Z:
As you read the interview, and media coverage of the interview, you will find — and this is consistent with Pope Francis' style of talking off-the-cuff — some truly quotable quotes, leap-out quotes that sit up and beg to be taken out of context.
Context? When has our media ever provided context? It's headlines they want! Sensationalism!
For context you have to Read The Whole Thing. That's hard work. You have to understand Church doctrine. Only then will what His Holiness really meant become clear.
It's a lot to read. And I urge you to read it. Carefully.
Then you'll understand.
To recap: People who focus just on the comments that Francis made about compassion for homosexuals and "social wounds" or about not talking about abortion all the time or that the Church has no right to "interfere" with people (as if to say that Francis thinks homosexuality is okay or that the Church should be silent in the public square or that we mustn't talk about abortion) without also underscoring that Francis was talking about things which need healing and that they are matters for confession (read: sins) have distorted his meaning.
As it happens Sophie's religion homework this week focuses on the doctrine of Redemption. And last Sunday's Gospel spoke of the Prodigal Son, but more importantly the notion that God is our ever-loving Father. And like the father in the parable, God rejoices when we turn away from sin.
In the same way, I tell you, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one
sinner repenting than over ninety-nine upright people who have no need of
— Luke 15:7
That's what Pope Francis is trying to tell us. Don't focus solely on the sin. Focus on the Redemption of the sinner. Focus on healing the wounds of sin.
And, Go To Confession!
When you open a business in New Mexico you have to leave your religion at home.
Justice Richard Bosson wrote:
At its heart, this case teaches that at some point in our lives all of us must compromise, if only a little, to accommodate the contrasting values of others. A multicultural, pluralistic society, one of our nation's strengths, demands no less. The Huguenins are free to … pray to the God of their choice … But there is a price, one that we all have to pay somewhere in our civic life.
Bosson goes on to say having to violate your religious beliefs when they conflict with social issues like gay marriage "is the price of citizenship."
Ah yes, gay "marriage." That Which Must Not Be Opposed. It's in the public square, on display, and we must cheer. Religion? Hide it behind closed doors!
For Christians there is a price to be paid. For homosexuals? Not so much.
Here's the backstory. Elane and Jonathan Hugenin are devout Christians, who politely informed 2 lesbians seeking affirmation of their "commitment ceremony" that they'd be happier hiring another photographer to chronicle their Very Special Day. New Mexico has neither gay "marriage" nor civil unions so this ceremony was purely for these two ladies own edification.
Because, why not?
Anyway, instead of taking their business where it'd be welcomed, the angry lesbians sued. Gee, can you say "setup?" Of course you can.
And an outfit unironically named The New Mexico Human Rights Commission sided with the homosexual imposers of tolerance. We have to tolerate them, but they never have to tolerate us! Christians don't have "human rights."
Yesterday the New Mexico Supreme Court threw the Christians to the lions, affirming that they have a "duty" to violate their religious beliefs as "the price of citizenship."
Yeah, citizenship in Soviet Russia. But not the America our Founding Fathers created. In a nation founded on religious freedom we are no longer free to practice our religion, to be unhindered in our exercise of morality.
So I have to ask. Would forcing a kosher butcher to sell bacon also be "the price of citizenship?" Or, is his religion better than mine?
Only, I suspect, if homosexuals decide bacon is integral to their public displays of deviancy. Otherwise our Moral Superiors won't see the need to dictate our behavior. Yet.
Do you see what this is really about? If not, let me tell you that this is really about, "We, who are Your Moral Superiors, have authority to dictate your behavior, your words and, indeed, your thoughts."The language of "rights" is not about freedom, but rather power. I tried to warn people about this in November 2008, but nobody listened, because Important Smart People (e.g., Nicolle Wallace) were telling Republicans to forget about that "social issues" stuff.
Things that almost no one predicted in 2003, when Justice Kennedy created the "emerging awareness" doctrine out of thin air to justify overturning the 1986 Bowers v. Hardwick decision, are now happening routinely.
Ayup. Next on their hit parade — forcing churches to sanction same-sex unions. The homosexuals won't be happy until religion is destroyed, because it stands between their desires and what's left of their consciences. Religion reminds the sinner of his failings, which hurts his precious feelings. And if progressive politics has taught us nothing else since the 1960s, feelings are the sine qua non of an allegedly oppressed minority's Absolute Moral Authority.
Remember when morality came from God? Yeah, me neither.
The market for beat-up Fiats just got a whole lot brighter.
Inspection — The Pope declared war on the Vatican's luxury cars. First, he attacked wastefulness, underscoring that "it bothers me when I see a priest or a sister with a brand new car." Then, a few days later, he put into practice what he had stated during a meeting with seminarians: on Wednesday he made an inspection of the Vatican parking lot. It isn't the first time — already in the past days Pope Francis, on his way to lunch with a cardinal friend, visited the place where some cardinals usually park their cars.
Father Z, who provided the above translation, asks the Holy Father to please see the forest for the trees.
This whole topic is a phenomenal waste of time. I post on it because, mark my words, people who can barely scrape three brain cells together, are going to latch onto the vague moralism of "think of the poor" when looking at the local priest's car. There are some people who think that if the priest isn't licking up water from puddles on the sidewalk and rubbing gravel through his hair, he is a bad priest who doesn't care enough about las ovejas pobres.
Indeed. The very idea of Clunkers for Clerics seems absurd to me too. A priest needs reliable transportation. He should be tending to his flock, not constantly prowling around for low-budget car repairs. A fellow who could get called out at any hour of the day or night needs to know his car will start, and that it'll get him wherever he's going and safely back home again.
An automotive hairshirt does not meet that requirement.
If not that, I'd say "take the bus," but Papa Bergoglio just might believe I
was being serious.
Well that didn't take long. Polygamy activists are ecstatic over our Supreme Court's legalization of same-sex "marriage." And they're ready to make their case because, face it, if you're going to redefine marriage anyway, what's so damn special about the number two?
Wanna guess who'll be leading the charge? Not the Mormons; they swore off the sister wives thing when Utah became a state. Nope, it'll be those fun-loving guys at the Council on American Islamic Relations who'll push polygamy into the mainstream.
Because Sharia Rocks!
Why confine yourself to beating the shit out of one wife when Allah says you can have four of 'em, all ready at a moment's notice to be subjugated under your firm hand? And while you're at it, let's eliminate all those pesky age-of-consent laws too! Mohammed banged a six-year old; it's unfair that you can't, right?
Redefining marriage is just so darn liberating. Really. In fact maybe
it's time I stopped being a h8er and simply embraced love in all its myriad
Pillow-love, for instance. Oh Justice Kennedy, won't you show me the way?