Category Archives: Christian Voters

Help Save Matt and Janet’s Farm: URGENT – A call to action for the WUWT community (via Watts Up With That?)

Here’s your chance to actively practice the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love within the lives of an honest farm family from Western Australia unjustly treated by government, while simultaneously inserting authentic faith and reason on the subject of caring for the environment.

I for one, have had it with stories such as these below, along with overzealous environmental activists (with their various agendas) placing needless fear–based on shoddy science–within the hearts of my children concerning their futures.

Enough is enough. The planet is not threatened by imminent destruction at the hands of unscrupulous men, but instead, as this case clearly shows, our working families are…

Please join me in this work of justice either financially or by re-posting, e-mailing, or calling any helpful contacts over the needs of this family.

Thank you,
James Mary Evans — The Orate Fratres

URGENT  - A call to action for the WUWT community I need your help, they need your help. Please read this whole story and consider if you can help. WUWT readers may recall this story: Death of a Feedlot Operator In which the anal-retentive government of West Australia has “licensed” a family farm out of operation due to some shonky science and arbitrary application of the “sniff test”. Yes that’s right, cattle farms smell, so do pig farms, as does any farm. But now it’s reason to shut one out du … Read More

via Watts Up With That?

Catholic Key Blog: Is Catholics in Alliance Kaput?

Beware of fake social justice organizations masquerading about as Catholics; especially around election time...

Good catch over on the Catholic Key Blog. Inactivity at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good site. And (Hail Mary full of grace…) their phone is disconnected… This Blog has also posted on or mentioned this phony Dem party front organ previously: 30 times. Hopefully, “for the common good”, they are out of biz. Click to read at CK or story below… 

Is Catholics in Alliance Kaput?

This blog has had at least a dozen posts on the background and doings of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good over the last couple years, but this may be the last (let’s hope). It appears they are out of business. Let’s consider the evidence:

They’ve had no blog posts since June 10.

They’ve made no tweets since May 12.

They haven’t posted to their own facebook page since May 12.

Their calendar page is blank.

Their staff bio page is blank.

Their media guy, John Gehring, is now working for Faith in Public Life.

But why rely on circumstantial evidence? I decided to just give them a call. The phone number has been disconnected.

I’ve long asserted that CACG was a campaign organization and not a non-partisan advocate of Catholic Social Teaching as many news outfits have gullibly or willfully maintained. With the president elected and health care passed, it looks, for now, like the campaign is over.

Faith and Morals: My Response to the claim of bashing Muslims and Gays

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The following is a reply to a long-time friend on the baited-subject of bashing Muslims and Gays…

Dear Ron- There is no earth-bound moral argument from the left or the right that will suffice; all faith and moral arguments are predicated on attaining the spiritual truth about man, and thus, the will of God for him: his sanctification leading up into eternal life…

On Bashing Moslems: Faith

Before any debate on the subject of Bashing Muslims resumes, you should know the actual Church (Christian) position in its spiritual relationship with the Muslim religion…

As a convert to the Church not born of flesh and blood (that is, not evangelized by men) but of God, such conversion requires obedience and adherence to revealed truth placed within the soul and discovered within the Church; this comes by the Spirit, Who established and maintains the Church in the truth about God and man throughout the ages; that is, upon the foundation of Christ Jesus Who when in the flesh as God on earth said of Himself:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life.” [John 14]

So it is with the Church on all things pertaining to faith and morals (our subjects) according to the same Spirit of Truth. The Spirit teaches the truth about faith and morals through Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and through the Teaching Magisterium of the Church—The Pope and those Bishops united within him.

 With all that in mind Ron, this from the Catechism (the authoritative teaching) of the Catholic Church:

841 The Church’s relationship with the Muslims. “The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.”[330]

842 The Church’s bond with non-Christian religions is in the first place the common origin and end of the human race:  All nations form but one community. This is so because all stem from the one stock which God created to people the entire earth, and also because all share a common destiny, namely God. His providence, evident goodness, and saving designs extend to all against the day when the elect are gathered together in the holy city. . .[331]

843 “The Catholic Church recognizes in other religions that search, among shadows and images, for the God who is unknown yet near since he gives life and breath and all things and wants all men to be saved. Thus, the Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as ‘a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they may at length have life.’

All this is my position according to the same obedience to the Spirit of God. God is spirit and we must worship in spirit and truth.

As for the Mosque near ground zero in New York, I do not oppose it as a constitutional right and freedom, or on religious grounds, I oppose it because it betrays the victims of 911 and their lost right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; rights which both victims and their surviving families alike were denied by Muslim extremists; Extremists, yes, to be sure Ron, but Muslim nonetheless. And for what little my opinion matters, it’s the wrong place and time for a Mosque. Period.

On Bashing Gays: Morals

The immoral sexual act(s) of homosexuality is an impure act against nature and natures God. Even the non-spiritualized soul recognizes the Natural Law found within our hearts, which tells us the act is wrong. (i.e. morally sinful). Which goes a long way to explaining why most every state and people continues to vote against Gay marriage; and also why homosexual activists must use the U.S. court system or international bodies to override the people’s natural God-given gift of telling right from wrong.

From a Catholic moral standpoint, the Church teaches within the Catechism:

 Chastity and homsexuality

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,140 tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”141 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

Homosexuality has indeed taken on a great number of forms throughout the centuries, and Christianity has remained steadfast in warning and declaring the spiritual dangers involved with such behavior [CLICK HERE]. Remember Ron, the object and aim of Christianity is God’s love for all men and the salvation of their souls. It is an act of charity to inform the uninformed or sinful soul that their temporary immoral behavior on earth imperils their eternal happiness in Heaven…

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Truth — The most compelling and dangerous heretic of the world’s new order

 

Living Within the Truth

Religious liberty and Catholic mission in the new order of the world.
Spisske Podhradie, Slovakia, August 24, 2010

by Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Denver

Tertullian once famously said that the blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church. History has proven that to be true. And Slovakia is the perfect place for us to revisit his words today. Here, and throughout central and eastern Europe, Catholics suffered through 50 years of Nazi and Soviet murder regimes. So they know the real cost of Christian witness from bitter experience – and also, unfortunately, the cost of cowardice, collaboration and self-delusion in the face of evil.

I want to begin by suggesting that many Catholics in the United States and Western Europe today simply don’t understand those costs. Nor do they seem to care. As a result, many are indifferent to the process in our countries that social scientists like to call “secularization” – but which, in practice, involves repudiating the Christian roots and soul of our civilization.

American Catholics have no experience of the systematic repression so familiar to your Churches. It’s true that anti-Catholic prejudice has always played a role in American life. This bigotry came first from my country’s dominant Protestant culture, and now from its “post-Christian” leadership classes. But this is quite different from deliberate persecution. In general, Catholics have thrived in the United States. The reason is simple. America has always had a broadly Christian and religion-friendly moral foundation, and our public institutions were established as non-sectarian, not anti-religious.

At the heart of the American experience is an instinctive “biblical realism.” From our Protestant inheritance we have always – at least until now – understood that sin is real, and men and women can be corrupted by power and prosperity.  Americans have often been tempted to see our nation as uniquely destined, or specially anointed by God. But in the habits of daily life, we have always known that the “city of God” is something very distinct from the “city of man.” And we are wary of confusing the two.

Alexis de Tocqueville, in his Democracy in America, wrote: “Despotism can do without faith, but liberty cannot.” Therefore, “What is to be done with a people that is its own master, if it is not obedient to God?”

America’s founders were a diverse group of practicing Christians and Enlightenment deists. But nearly all were friendly to religious faith. They believed a free people cannot remain free without religious faith and the virtues that it fosters. They sought to keep Church and state separate and autonomous. But their motives were very different from the revolutionary agenda in Europe. The American founders did not confuse the state with civil society. They had no desire for a radically secularized public life. They had no intent to lock religion away from public affairs. On the contrary, they wanted to guarantee citizens the freedom to live their faith publicly and vigorously, and to bring their religious convictions to bear on the building of a just society.

Obviously, we need to remember that other big differences do exist between the American and European experiences. Europe has suffered some of the worst wars and violent regimes in human history. The United States has not seen a war on its soil in 150 years. Americans have no experience of bombed-out cities or social collapse, and little experience of poverty, ideological politics or hunger. As a result, the past has left many Europeans with a worldliness and a pessimism that seem very different from the optimism that marks American society. But these and other differences don’t change the fact that our paths into the future are now converging. Today, in an era of global interconnection, the challenges that confront Catholics in America are much the same as in Europe: We face an aggressively secular political vision and a consumerist economic model that result – in practice, if not in explicit intent – in a new kind of state-encouraged atheism.

To put it another way: The Enlightenment-derived worldview that gave rise to the great murder ideologies of the last century remains very much alive. Its language is softer, its intentions seem kinder, and its face is friendlier. But its underlying impulse hasn’t changed – i.e., the dream of building a society apart from God; a world where men and women might live wholly sufficient unto themselves, satisfying their needs and desires through their own ingenuity.

This vision presumes a frankly “post-Christian” world ruled by rationality, technology and good social engineering. Religion has a place in this worldview, but only as an individual lifestyle accessory. People are free to worship and believe whatever they want, so long as they keep their beliefs to themselves and do not presume to intrude their religious idiosyncrasies on the workings of government, the economy, or culture.

Now, at first hearing, this might sound like a reasonable way to organize a modern society that includes a wide range of ethnic, religious and cultural traditions, different philosophies of life and approaches to living.

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But we’re immediately struck by two unpleasant details.

First, “freedom of worship” is not at all the same thing as “freedom of religion.” Religious freedom includes the right to preach, teach, assemble, organize, and to engage society and its issues publicly, both as individuals and joined together as communities of faith. This is the classic understanding of a citizen’s right to the “free exercise” of his or her religion in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It’s also clearly implied in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In contrast, freedom of worship is a much smaller and more restrictive idea.

Second, how does the rhetoric of enlightened, secular tolerance square with the actual experience of faithful Catholics in Europe and North America in recent years?

In the United States, a nation that is still 80 percent Christian with a high degree of religious practice, government agencies now increasingly seek to dictate how Church ministries should operate, and to force them into practices that would destroy their Catholic identity. Efforts have been made to discourage or criminalize the expression of certain Catholic beliefs as “hate speech.” Our courts and legislatures now routinely take actions that undermine marriage and family life, and seek to scrub our public life of Christian symbolism and signs of influence.

In Europe, we see similar trends, although marked by a more open contempt for Christianity. Church leaders have been reviled in the media and even in the courts for simply expressing Catholic teaching. Some years ago, as many of you may recall, one of the leading Catholic politicians of our generation, Rocco Buttiglione, was denied a leadership post in the European Union because of his Catholic beliefs.

Earlier this summer we witnessed the kind of vindictive thuggery not seen on this continent since the days of Nazi and Soviet police methods: the Archbishop’s palace in Brussels raided by agents; bishops detained and interrogated for nine hours without due process; their private computers, cell phones, and files seized. Even the graves of the Church’s dead were violated in the raid. For most Americans, this sort of calculated, public humiliation of religious leaders would be an outrage and an abuse of state power. And this is not because of the virtues or the sins of any specific religious leaders involved, since we all have a duty to obey just laws. Rather, it’s an outrage because the civil authority, by its harshness, shows contempt for the beliefs and the believers whom the leaders represent.

My point is this: These are not the actions of governments that see the Catholic Church as a valued partner in their plans for the 21st century. Quite the opposite. These events suggest an emerging, systematic discrimination against the Church that now seems inevitable.

Today’s secularizers have learned from the past. They are more adroit in their bigotry; more elegant in their public relations; more intelligent in their work to exclude the Church and individual believers from influencing the moral life of society. Over the next several decades, Christianity will become a faith that can speak in the public square less and less freely. A society where faith is prevented from vigorous public expression is a society that has fashioned the state into an idol. And when the state becomes an idol, men and women become the sacrificial offering.

Cardinal Henri de Lubac once wrote that “It is not true … that man cannot organize the world without God. What is true, is that without God, [man] can ultimately only organize it against man. Exclusive humanism is inhuman humanism.”

The West is now steadily moving in the direction of that new “inhuman humanism.” And if the Church is to respond faithfully, we need to draw upon the lessons that your Churches learned under totalitarianism.

A Catholicism of resistance must be based on trust in Christ’s words: “The truth will make you free” (John 8:32). This trust gave you insight into the nature of totalitarian regimes. It helped you articulate new ways of discipleship. Rereading the words of the Czech leader Václav Havel to prepare for this talk, I was struck by the profound Christian humanism of his idea of “living within the truth.”  Catholics today need to see their discipleship and mission as precisely that: “living within the truth.”

Living within the truth means living according to Jesus Christ and God’s Word in Sacred Scripture. It means proclaiming the truth of the Christian Gospel, not only by our words but by our example. It means living every day and every moment from the unshakeable conviction that God lives, and that his love is the motive force of human history and the engine of every authentic human life. It means believing that the truths of the Creed are worth suffering and dying for.

Living within the truth also means telling the truth and calling things by their right names. And that means exposing the lies by which some men try to force others to live.

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Two of the biggest lies in the world today are these: first, that Christianity was of relatively minor importance in the development of the West; and second, that Western values and institutions can be sustained without a grounding in Christian moral principles.

Before I talk about these two falsehoods, we should pause a moment to think about the meaning of history.

History is not simply about learning facts. History is a form of memory, and memory is a foundation stone of self-identity. Facts are useless without a context of meaning. The unique genius and meaning of Western civilization cannot be understood without the 20 centuries of Christian context in which they developed.  A people who do not know their history, do not know themselves. They are a people doomed to repeat the mistakes of their past because they cannot see what the present – which always flowers out of the past – requires of them.

People who forget who they are can be much more easily manipulated. This was dramatized famously in Orwell’s image of the “memory hole” in his novel 1984. Today, the history of the Church and the legacy of Western Christianity are being pushed down the memory hole. This is the first lie that we need to face.

Downplaying the West’s Christian past is sometimes done with the best intentions, from a desire to promote peaceful co-existence in a pluralistic society. But more frequently it’s done to marginalize Christians and to neutralize the Church’s public witness.

The Church needs to name and fight this lie. To be a European or an American is to be heir to a profound Christian synthesis of Greek philosophy and art, Roman law, and biblical truth. This synthesis gave rise to the Christian humanism that undergirds all of Western civilization.

On this point, we might remember the German Lutheran scholar and pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He wrote these words in the months leading up to his arrest by the Gestapo in 1943: “The unity of the West is not an idea but a historical reality, of which the sole foundation is Christ.”

Our societies in the West are Christian by birth, and their survival depends on the endurance of Christian values. Our core principles and political institutions are based, in large measure, on the morality of the Gospel and the Christian vision of man and government. We are talking here not only about Christian theology or religious ideas. We are talking about the moorings of our societies – representative government and the separation of powers; freedom of religion and conscience; and most importantly, the dignity of the human person.

This truth about the essential unity of the West has a corollary, as Bonhoeffer also observed: Take away Christ and you remove the only reliable foundation for our values, institutions and way of life.

That means we cannot dispense with our history out of some superficial concern over offending our non-Christian neighbors. Notwithstanding the chatter of the “new atheists,” there is no risk that Christianity will ever be forced upon people anywhere in the West. The only “confessional states” in the world today are those ruled by Islamist or atheist dictatorships – regimes that have rejected the Christian West’s belief in individual rights and the balance of powers.

I would argue that the defense of Western ideals is the only protection that we and our neighbors have against a descent into new forms of repression – whether it might be at the hands of extremist Islam or secularist technocrats.

But indifference to our Christian past contributes to indifference about defending our values and institutions in the present. And this brings me to the second big lie by which we live today – the lie that there is no unchanging truth.

Relativism is now the civil religion and public philosophy of the West. Again, the arguments made for this viewpoint can seem persuasive. Given the pluralism of the modern world, it might seem to make sense that society should want to affirm that no one individual or group has a monopoly on truth; that what one person considers to be good and desirable another may not; and that all cultures and religions should be respected as equally valid.

In practice, however, we see that without a belief in fixed moral principles and transcendent truths, our political institutions and language become instruments in the service of a new barbarism. In the name of tolerance we come to tolerate the cruelest intolerance; respect for other cultures comes to dictate disparagement of our own; the teaching of “live and let live” justifies the strong living at the expense of the weak.

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This diagnosis helps us understand one of the foundational injustices in the West today – the crime of abortion.

I realize that the abortion license is a matter of current law in almost every nation in the West. In some cases, this license reflects the will of the majority and is enforced through legal and democratic means. And I’m aware that many people, even in the Church, find it strange that we Catholics in America still make the sanctity of unborn life so central to our public witness.

Let me tell you why I believe abortion is the crucial issue of our age.

First, because abortion, too, is about living within the truth. The right to life is the foundation of every other human right. If that right is not inviolate, then no right can be guaranteed.

Or to put it more bluntly: Homicide is homicide, no matter how small the victim.

Here’s another truth that many persons in the Church have not yet fully reckoned: The defense of newborn and preborn life has been a central element of Catholic identity since the Apostolic Age.

I’ll say that again: From the earliest days of the Church, to be Catholic has meant refusing in any way to participate in the crime of abortion – either by seeking an abortion, performing one, or making this crime possible through actions or inactions in the political or judicial realm. More than that, being Catholic has meant crying out against all that offends the sanctity and dignity of life as it has been revealed by Jesus Christ.

The evidence can be found in the earliest documents of Church history. In our day – when the sanctity of life is threatened not only by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia, but also by embryonic research and eugenic temptations to eliminate the weak, the disabled and the infirm elderly – this aspect of Catholic identity becomes even more vital to our discipleship.

My point in mentioning abortion is this: Its widespread acceptance in the West shows us that without a grounding in God or a higher truth, our democratic institutions can very easily become weapons against our own human dignity.

Our most cherished values cannot be defended by reason alone, or simply for their own sake. They have no self-sustaining or “internal” justification.

There is no inherently logical or utilitarian reason why society should respect the rights of the human person. There is even less reason for recognizing the rights of those whose lives impose burdens on others, as is the case with the child in the womb, the terminally ill, or the physically or mentally disabled.

If human rights do not come from God, then they devolve to the arbitrary conventions of men and women. The state exists to defend the rights of man and to promote his flourishing. The state can never be the source of those rights. When the state arrogates to itself that power, even a democracy can become totalitarian.

What is legalized abortion but a form of intimate violence that clothes itself in democracy? The will to power of the strong is given the force of law to kill the weak.

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That is where we are heading in the West today. And we’ve been there before. Slovaks and many other central and eastern Europeans have lived through it.

I suggested earlier that the Church’s religious liberty is under assault today in ways not seen since the Nazi and Communist eras. I believe we are now in the position to better understand why.

Writing in the 1960s, Richard Weaver, an American scholar and social philosopher, said: “I am absolutely convinced that relativism must eventually lead to a regime of force.”

He was right. There is a kind of “inner logic” that leads relativism to repression.
This explains the paradox of how Western societies can preach tolerance and diversity while aggressively undermining and penalizing Catholic life. The dogma of tolerance cannot tolerate the Church’s belief that some ideas and behaviors should not be tolerated because they dehumanize us. The dogma that all truths are relative cannot allow the thought that some truths might not be.

The Catholic beliefs that most deeply irritate the orthodoxies of the West are those concerning abortion, sexuality and the marriage of man and woman. This is no accident. These Christian beliefs express the truth about human fertility, meaning and destiny.

These truths are subversive in a world that would have us believe that God is not necessary and that human life has no inherent nature or purpose. Thus the Church must be punished because, despite all the sins and weaknesses of her people, she is still the bride of Jesus Christ; still a source of beauty, meaning and hope that refuses to die – and still the most compelling and dangerous heretic of the world’s new order.

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Let me sum up what I’ve been saying.

My first point is this: Ideas have consequences. And bad ideas have bad consequences. Today we are living in a world that is under the sway of some very destructive ideas, the worst being that men and women can live as if God does not matter and as if the Son of God never walked this earth. As a result of these bad ideas, the Church’s freedom to exercise her mission is under attack. We need to understand why that is, and we need to do something about it.

My second point is simply this: We can no longer afford to treat the debate over secularization – which really means cauterizing Christianity out of our cultural memory – as if it’s a problem for Church professionals. The emergence of a “new Europe” and a “next America” rooted in something other than the real facts of our Christian-shaped history will have damaging consequences for every serious believer.

We need not and should not abandon the hard work of honest dialogue. Far from it. The Church always needs to seek friendships, areas of agreement, and ways to make positive, reasoned arguments in the public square. But it’s foolish to expect gratitude or even respect from our governing and cultural leadership classes today. Naïve imprudence is not an evangelical virtue.

The temptation in every age of the Church is to try to get along with Caesar. And it’s very true: Scripture tells us to respect and pray for our leaders. We need to have a healthy love for the countries we call home. But we can never render unto Caesar what belongs to God. We need to obey God first; the obligations of political authority always come second. We cannot collaborate with evil without gradually becoming evil ourselves. This is one of the most vividly harsh lessons of the 20th century. And it’s a lesson that I hope we have learned.

That brings me to my third and final point today: We live in a time when the Church is called to be a believing community of resistance. We need to call things by their true names. We need to fight the evils we see. And most importantly, we must not delude ourselves into thinking that by going along with the voices of secularism and de-Christianization we can somehow mitigate or change things. Only the Truth can set men free. We need to be apostles of Jesus Christ and the Truth he incarnates.

So what does this mean for us as individual disciples? Let me offer a few suggestions by way of a conclusion.

My first suggestion comes again from the great witness against the paganism of the Third Reich, Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “The renewal of the Western world lies solely in the divine renewal of the Church, which leads her to the fellowship of the risen and living Jesus Christ.”

The world urgently needs a re-awakening of the Church in our actions and in our public and private witness. The world needs each of us to come to a deeper experience of our Risen Lord in the company of our fellow believers. The renewal of the West depends overwhelmingly on our faithfulness to Jesus Christ and his Church.

We need to really believe what we say we believe. Then we need to prove it by the witness of our lives. We need to be so convinced of the truths of the Creed that we are on fire to live by these truths, to love by these truths, and to defend these truths, even to the point of our own discomfort and suffering.

We are ambassadors of the living God to a world that is on the verge of forgetting him. Our work is to make God real; to be the face of his love; to propose once more to the men and women of our day, the dialogue of salvation.

The lesson of the 20th century is that there is no cheap grace. This God whom we believe in, this God who loved the world so much that he sent his only Son to suffer and die for it, demands that we live the same bold, sacrificial pattern of life shown to us by Jesus Christ.

The form of the Church, and the form of every Christian life, is the form of the cross. Our lives must become a liturgy, a self-offering that embodies the love of God and the renewal of the world.

The great Slovak martyrs of the past knew this. And they kept this truth alive when the bitter weight of hatred and totalitarianism pressed upon your people. I’m thinking especially right now of your heroic bishops, Blessed Vasil Hopko and Pavel Gojdic, and the heroic sister, Blessed Zdenka Schelingová.

We need to keep this beautiful mandate of Sister Zdenka close to our hearts:

“My sacrifice, my holy Mass, begins in daily life. From the altar of the Lord I go to the altar of my work. I must be able to continue the sacrifice of the altar in every situation. It is Christ whom we must proclaim through our lives, to him we offer the sacrifice of our own will.”?

Let us preach Jesus Christ with all the energy of our lives. And let us support each other – whatever the cost – so that when we make our accounting to the Lord, we will be numbered among the faithful and courageous, and not the cowardly or the evasive, or those who compromised until there was nothing left of their convictions; or those who were silent when they should have spoken the right word at the right time. Thank you. And God bless all of you.

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REFERENCES

– Alexis de Tocqueville, “Democracy in America,” New York: Library of America, 2004.
– Henri de Lubac, “The Drama of Atheist Humanism,” San Francisco: Ignatius, 1998.
– Václav Havel, “The Power of the Powerless” (1978), in “Open Letters: Selected Writings 1965–1990,” New York: Knopf, 1991.
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Ethics,” London: SCM, 1983.
– Richard Weaver, “Relativism and the Crisis of our Times” (1961), in “In Defense of Tradition: Collected Shorter Writings of Richard M. Weaver, 1929–1963,” Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2001.
– “Novena to the Blessed Zdenka Schelingová,” at http://www.holycrosssisters.org/s_zdenka.html.

I’m Supporting Simon Hare For Josephine County Commissioner

After my having posed “The Prerequisite Question” I ask any candidate seeking public office with my vote, I’ve decided to actively support Simon Hare for Josephine County Commissioner…

The PQ: “What is your position on abortion?”

His answer:

James,

I have to apologize for the delay in my response.

I appreciate your question, although your post of such a controversial subject publicly makes me question your motivation. I am pro-life and endorsed by Oregon Right to Life, but at the same time it is not an issue a county commissioner has control over (other than perhaps funding allocations to certain medical establishments (rare)) and I have many supporters that probably do not share my view on the matter.

What is your position on the issue?

I like Art Robinson’s answer to the question. He states that he is vehemently opposed to abortion of all forms. The ‘Left’ side would have you believe that they give a woman the right to choose for herself. I say that the ‘conservatives’ are the true side of choices. I stand for a woman being able to make almost every other choice, but I draw the line with taking the life of an unborn child.

I hope that we can find common ground on this and other issues and that this issue alone will not divide us. My goal is to bring this county together to weather the tough times ahead.

Thank you for your time.

Simon

Now that that’s settled, I encourage all my readers and fellow Christians throughout Josephine County to join me in supporting Simon Hare with your vote this Fall. 

More on the issues later on this blog. For now, here’s his bio:

Having been born and raised here in Josephine County, Simon Hare has always had a heart of service for the people of his community. Guided by faith and conservative convictions Hare has the skills and experience to lead our county in a new direction… the right direction.

Hare began his career as a legislative intern in Senator Gordon Smith’s Washington, DC office and then was hired by the national service organization representing electric cooperative utilities, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). As a member of Government Relations for NRECA he worked on both state and federal legislation that focused on improving the lives of rural electric cooperative consumers. His main responsibility was to advocate for reliable, clean, safe, and affordable electricity for the 47 million electric cooperative consumers nationwide. Over time he became very familiar with issues such as state renewable portfolio standards, cap and trade, and renewable energy.

While working for NRECA, Hare gained significant leadership and management skills serving on several national boards of directors. He developed extensive experience in staff, budget and resource management while serving on the board of directors for Consumer Federation of America (CFA), the National Consumers League (NCL), Organizations Concerned for Rural Education (OCRE) and the Washington Area State Relations Group (WASRG).

Hare graduated from Oregon State University (OSU). He studied business, political science, agriculture and music and in 2002 earning a BS in Agricultural Business. During his junior year he was elected President of OSU’s Choral Department and as such hired a new Choral Director, restructured the department’s budget and organized a trip to Eastern Europe for 50 elite singers.

Hare has had many different employment experiences that have helped shape his character, expand his perspective and develop his skill set. In college he was a management intern for Enterprise Rent-a-Car, a sales associate for The Southwestern Company, an enumerator for the US Census Bureau, a Minor’s Assistant (grunt), an expeditor for Wild River Pizza & Brewery and a farmer/rancher at his family’s farm.

Hare grew up on the family farm, Oxbow Ranch, which has been in his family since the late 1950’s. He was very involved in raising cattle, hay, hogs and horses and did very well in 4-H and FFA. While attending Illinois Valley High School Hare took advantage of a number of leadership opportunities including FFA’s Washington, DC Leadership Conference, American Legion’s Oregon Boys State, Oregon’s Student Leadership Conference, and many others. Besides his leadership role in countless clubs and organizations in high school, Hare is still remembered for his leadership role as student representative to the Board of Directors for Three Rivers School District.

Combined with limited government, Hare has a passion for his family, traditional values and personal freedoms. From an early age he learned the importance and value of hard work. Agriculture and sustainable timber production are a big part of his heritage and he believes that natural resources are to be valued and not wasted, but also managed efficiently to the benefit our community. With Hare’s management experience and leadership skills combined with his understanding of state and national political areas, he is the kind of Commissioner that can lead our county in the direction toward a bright and prosperous future.

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Facebook Pro-Life Quotes of the day…

“Life is always a good.” — John Paul II

 

Mrs. Smith is thanking God today for babies and children. Whether you have children or not, whether they are grown up or not – we should all try to keep babies and children in our lives – we get way more from them than we could ever give them. We NEED our babies – please pray for an end to abortion.

Mrs. Cassiday Well said J – this is a message many of our medical personnel need to recognize as well. Just because a child isn’t going to be “perfect” in man’s eyes, doesn’t mean that child isn’t perfect in God’s eyes (or their mothers)….I still get angry over how many doctors suggested that I terminate Andrew….I still remember the look on the world renowned Pediatric Neurosurgeon when I calmly asked him to stop telling me to kill my child because it was never going to happen……

EDITOR NOTE: Keep these beautiful words in mind as you read about this terrible quiet revolution…

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Mother of All Conspiracies! — The Happy Meal Party and U.N. Are Going After Ronald McDonald

Ken Yeager said, “the aim is to help direct parents to more healthy choices.” He said, “the government has a responsibility to keep kids safe…”

Supervisor Ken Yeager said, “the aim is to help direct parents to more healthy choices.” He said, “the government has a responsibility to keep kids safe…”

If you think that this new Santa Clara County, Ca., Law banning our beloved ‘Happy Meals’ (Remember parents, No toy, no happy meal…) is doomed to pass away with the next political wind, you’re wrong. Something must be done.

Not only are people like this willing to rip Happy Meal toys out of our screamin’ kids hands before we reach the pick-up window, but they won’t be happy themselves until they accomplish the unthinkable–forcibly retire Ronald McDonald.

Yea, that’s right.  The Dems are after Ronald McDonald and organizations like The Junk Food Generation  and Consumers International apparently also have the support of the United Nations (W.H.O).

Read it and weep kiddy’s.

As a parent I’m taking action now for the future– I’m going to spend the next 10 to 15 years reminding my children each and every time we drive by or visit McDonald’s exactly who and which party took away their Happy Meal toys… In fact, being a home school parent allows me to fully in-grain this travesty within the memory banks of each of my kids. Heck, I may even re-edit their history books as they sleep… Yes, Draconian, I know.

I started my campaign tonight by taking what liberty I have left and giving the Dems a new party name. Something catchy and symbolic, easily grasped and memorized was needed. Yes, that’s it, I thought to myself after a bit.  “For now on kids in this house you call ’em “The Happy Meal Party””. Yes, the Happy Meal Party.

Fitting, don’t you think?

The Happy Meal Party takes away your toys and purposely creates unemployment… 

Guaranteed, in 2016 and 2024,  my kids will vote accordingly.  

The Grinch’s plan follows:  

Help Ronald to Retire

Focus on … , , ,  Corporate Accountability’s new campaign asks for your support in calling for Ronald McDonald to retire. A new report published by the organisation found 52% of Americans ‘favor stopping corporations from using cartoons and other children’s characters to sell harmful products to children.’ Even amongst those with a favourable impression of Ronald, 46% support his retirement, rising to 50% for those with children under 18. Corporate Accountability is now calling for Ronald, who has been selling burgers to children since 1963, to retire. Specifically they are calling on McDonalds to:

• end all use of celebrities, cartoons, and branded and licensed characters
that appeal to children;

• eliminate all gifts, toys, collectibles, games or other incentive
items from kids meals; and

• remove all advertising and promotional materials from places children visit
frequently including schools, playgrounds, recreation and community centers,
and pediatric health care centers.

You can sign Ronald’s retirement card, contribute to the photo petition and test your knowledge of his role in advertising here

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‘Oh Canada…’ Ontario Premier says Catholic schools must teach sex ed to six-year-olds

EDITOR UPDATE w/Thanks–

This report at 11:00pm pst: LONDON, Ont. – Complaints over a sex ed curriculum for Ontario elementary schools with lessons about same-sex marriage, masturbation and oral sex at various grade levels saw the province beat a hasty retreat Thursday, vowing to consult parents and rework the program.

The curriculum, which was to be implemented in the fall, was quietly posted on a government website months ago but blew up publicly Tuesday when Premier Dalton McGuinty confirmed the details.

While McGuinty stood behind the program initially he conceded Thursday that the government went too far and didn’t consult widely enough.

“We spent a good 24 to 48 hours now listening to parents, our caucus, and parents through our caucus, who have responded, and it’s become pretty obvious we should give this a serious rethink,” McGuinty said.

The Orate Fratres would like to thank Spirit Daily, the Institute for Canadian Values , and readers for quickly responding with coverage and support on this critical issue. But, when all was said and done, it was Catholic parents who stepped up and carried the day in defending, well, little ones like this guy…

The Institute for Canadian Values has a petition: [CLICK HERE]

TORONTO – Ontario’s Catholic schools can’t opt out of a revamped sex ed curriculum even if it goes against their religious beliefs to teach kids about masturbation and homosexuality, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Wednesday.

Several conservative and religious groups claim the changes coming this fall will corrupt young minds with “explicit” topics like anal sex. But Ontario’s Catholic premier made it clear that all public schools must teach the lessons that will start as early as age six.

“They’re part of the publicly funded school system here in Ontario and this is part of our curriculum,” McGuinty said.

“If parents are uncomfortable with certain aspects of this new curriculum, they can and they are free to withdraw their children from the classroom.”

The first changes to Ontario’s curriculum in a dozen years will see students learning about masturbation in Grade 6 and oral and anal sex at age 12.

Opponents who are mounting a campaign to get rid of the program have described the curriculum as “evil” and “bordering on criminal.” They say teaching eight-year-olds about gender identity and same-sex marriage is inappropriate and should be left up to parents.

But McGuinty – whose wife is a Catholic school teacher – said it’s a responsible way to teach kids about sex in an age where it’s easy to access information, whether it’s from their friends or the Internet. He argues that by including it in the curriculum, the government has some control over the information and can present it in an appropriate way.

Education Minister Leona Dombrowsky, a former Catholic school board trustee, noted that Ontario’s Catholic bishops have endorsed the changes. But she wouldn’t say whether schools will lose funding if they refuse to teach the new lessons.

“We do expect that schools will work with parents, and if parents would say that there is part of the curriculum that they do not want their child to receive, then they have the right to make that choice and work with the classroom teacher to accommodate that,” she said.

As the mother of four grown children, it was important to her that they had the “best and correct information on any and every issue,” Dombrowsky said.

“I think the reality is today that children are exposed to a wide range of mediums, more so than when our children were small,” she added. “We did not have the Internet when our children were small.”

Under the changes that were quietly released in January, Grade 1 kids will be taught to identify genitalia – among other body parts – using the correct word, such as penis, vagina and testicle. The 1998 curriculum made no mention of genitalia.

Grade 3 lessons about the differences that make each person unique will now also include discussion about same-sex families and students with special needs to “reflect the government commitment to equity and inclusive education,” according to provincial officials.

In Grade 5, kids will be taught to identify parts of the reproductive system and describe how the body changes during puberty. In Grade 7, they’re taught how to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

The Opposition Conservatives say McGuinty deliberately kept the new curriculum under wraps, knowing it would be an explosive issue for many parents.

“I mean, Dalton McGuinty does a press release when he has a good hair day,” said Tory Leader Tim Hudak, who has a two-year-old daughter.

“They do press releases about everything under the sun, but somehow these fundamental changes to the sex education curriculum – that will see kids as young as six years old getting sex ed – they simply tried to slip by everybody.”

The changes “don’t sit right” with the vast majority of Ontario parents and McGuinty should hold off on the changes until he gets more feedback from them, Hudak said.

But McGuinty and Dombrowsky insist parents and experts had their say during the two-year consultation process.

Not everyone opposes the changes, said New Democrat Cheri DiNovo, a former United Church minister.

“The gift of sexuality and the gift of body parts from God is a gift,” she said. “It’s a gift all children need to learn about; we all need to learn about.”

The Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario and James Ryan, president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association were not immediately available for comment about the new curriculum.

SOURCE: YAHOO! NEWS

Madison Bsp. Morlino: Speaker Pelosi, Network, CHA, not called to lead the Catholic faithful — Harming the Church…

“The right to life comes from God, not the state…”

 

Bishop Morlino Comments

 

HAT TIP/FR. Z…

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Catholic teaching incompatible with ObamaCare

Catholic Doctors, More Bishops Insist: Catholic Teaching Incompatible with ObamaCare

By Kathleen Gilbert

WASHINGTON, DC, March 19, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Several more U.S. Catholic bishops, as well as a national association of Catholic medical doctors, have stepped up to rescue the Catholic name from organizations claiming the abortion-laden Senate health care bill is compatible with Church teaching.

The Catholic Medical Association (CMA), a national association of Catholic physicians, has thrown their weight behind the statement of Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput, who said that groups supporting the Senate bill “have done a grave disservice to the American Catholic community by undermining the leadership of the nation’s Catholic bishops, sowing confusion among faithful Catholics, and misleading legislators through their support of the Senate bill.”

“Should this political ploy prove successful in persuading some legislators to vote for this flawed bill, these individuals and groups will have done a grave disservice to human dignity and to the common good of this nation,” wrote CMA.

“Given this evidence above, it is difficult to understand how some Catholics could lobby in favor of such legislation,” stated the group. “Given the significance of the issues at stake, and the consistent, compelling policy guidance provided by the U.S. bishops on these matters, publicly opposing and/or undermining the U.S. bishops at this time is imprudent and uncharitable.”

The U.S. Catholic bishops have found themselves at the center of a media frenzy this week, as they have stepped up efforts to fend off dissident Catholic groups endorsing a bill that has been unequivocally condemned by leading pro-life analysts as the worst expansion of abortion in America since Roe v. Wade.  The White House has openly admitted that the support of such groups has been “very important” in swaying crucial votes in favor of the bill as the clock ticks down to a final vote scheduled for Sunday.

In a significant display of episcopal muscle, at present count, at least 30 U.S. bishops have specifically condemned the Senate health care bill since its final form was published. Expressing solidarity with the USCCB, many issued letters to lawmakers, and statements to their flock clarifying the position of the Church.

“Make no mistake,” wrote Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs, Colo. “If the House passes the Senate version of health care reform, it will be a dark day in the history of the United States of America.”

“We’re not the obstructionists here, since all we’re insisting upon is that the understanding that tax money not pay for abortions, in place since 1975, remains,” emphasized New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who explained his opposition to the Senate health care bill on his website. “It is instead those who have radically altered the debate to open a loophole to eliminate the Hyde Amendment who are risking the very fate of this legislation.”

So far, one prelate has come out in favor of the bill: retired Bishop John E. McCarthy of Austin, Tex., told the Associated Press Wednesday that legislators should not kill the legislation “at this crucial moment,” claiming that the bill’s flaws on life issues could be fixed later.

Meanwhile, more Catholic organizations that are aggressively pushing for the bill despite the abortion expansion continue to crawl out of the woodwork, often emphatically claiming over and against the USCCB, the National Right to Life Committee, and countless top pro-life analysts that the bill in fact does not contain abortion funding.

The National Catholic Reporter wrote in an editorial Thursday that “Congress, and its Catholics, should say yes to health care reform.” “The current legislation is not ‘pro-abortion,’ and there is no, repeat no, federal funding of abortion in the bill,” NCR stated.

The left-leaning lobby group Catholics United has sparked an angry response from some bishops for its active promotion of the pro-abortion bill.

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, WV ripped Catholics United – which he noted was “in no way affiliated” with the Catholic Church – for having started “secular media campaigns that confuse Catholics with misleading images and messages that are not consistent with the position taught by the Bishops of the United States, including Bishop Michael Bransfield.”

“It is the clear and unchanged position of Bishop Bransfield and the USCCB that unless these flaws are addressed in the legislation, the Senate bill should not be passed in the House,” stated the diocese on its website.

In Michigan, Catholic bishops also slammed Catholics United for taking out advertisements attacking Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) for his pro-life stand against the health care bill.

“In no way does Catholics United represent the public policy positions of the Catholic Church,” stated the Michigan Catholic Conference, which includes the state’s seven bishops on its board. “In fact, the ad campaign and its accompanying news release grossly misrepresents the official position of the Catholic Church on health care reform, and unfairly and erroneously attacks Congressman Bart Stupak for his efforts to prohibit tax-payer funded abortions.”