Lately I have become increasingly disappointed in our culture and where we are headed. The radical homosexual agenda has so effectively spread its message, and continues to do so at an alarming rate, not only among adults, but more importantly among our children. Man is no longer concerned with "sin" which offends God, instead he is concerned with offending his fellow man's feelings about himself.
A culture that immerses itself in the pursuit of mortal sin cannot grasp the things of God. We have become a culture that is impervious to God's grace. The depth of the blindness and disregard to spiritual realities is unsurpassed historically and unsurpassed in depravity. Satan knows that the corruption of youth is the key to the future, and apparently so do his cohorts. This world is his dominion and he seals his citizens with a deadly mark on the soul. No wonder souls are said to be falling like snowflakes into hell.
These are a must watch couple of videos--click here. We cannot turn a blind eye to the methods used to corrupt our youth--no matter how disturbing. We must expose the darkness so that we can effectively do battle for souls.
But amidst the darkness of our wholehearted acceptance of homosexuality as equal to heterosexuality, is a nation that seems to be hanging on by a thread to the truths of God and His church. It is a nation that is clearly like a lamb in the midst Read More...
Here is secular analysis of the Pope and his mission to restore latin to its proper place in the Church, from Expatica:
"Pope Benedict XVI may have raised a few eyebrows with his red Prada shoes and Father Christmas-like "camauro" hat but the German-born pontiff is no revolutionary on Catholic Church matters.
No one was surprised then when the German-born Pope Benedict XVI issued strict rules on how to celebrate Mass and reaffirmed the importance of the celibacy rule for priests this month.
However, there was one minor aspect of this apostolic exhortation, Sacramentum Caritatis (Sacrament of Charity), that will likely make waves: His decision to encourage the use of Latin in Church.
"I ask that future priests, from their time in the seminary, receive the preparation needed to understand and to celebrate Mass in Latin, and also to use Latin texts and execute Gregorian chant," the pope wrote in his message to clergymen and ordinary Catholics.
The traditional Tridentine Mass in Latin was replaced with updated liturgies in local Read More...
This is such a wonderful study. I think I will cite to it next time I hear the oft repeated objection that homeschooled children are not socialized.
"Kids with religious parents are better behaved and adjusted than other children, according to a new study that is the first to look at the effects of religion on young child development."
"The conflict that arises when parents regularly argue over their faith at home, however, has the opposite effect.
"John Bartkowski, a Mississippi State University sociologist and his colleagues asked the parents and teachers of more than 16,000 kids, most of them first-graders, to rate how much self control they believed Read More...
Here is an interview with
Bat Ye'or, an expert on dhimmitude--the institutionalized
discrimination and harassment of non-Muslims under
Islamic law. She is the author of
eight books, including Eurabia: The
Euro-Arab Axis (2005). From
"FP: What has changed since the publication of Eurabia: the Euro-Arab Axis in America (January 2005)?
"Bat Ye'or: The situation has aggravated on every front. At the beginning of the war in Iraq, (in Spring 2003) there was some hope that a democratic government would take over and would bring justice and peace to its people. But the elimination of tyranny, thanks to the Coalition forces, only brought to the fore the worst evil and inhuman forces that consume Arab-Muslim societies. The war in Iraq exposed American's shortcomings, Western divisions and unreadiness to confront global jihad. The chaotic situation there and the nuclearisation of Iran have fortified the Islamists.
"Moreover, the lamentable response of the
The International Herald Tribune has declared that traditional marriage is now out of style based upon the French presidential contenders' trend- setting rejection of it. Does what follows prove that traditional marriage is out of style or that Western civilization is in steep decline?
"Presidential candidate Segolene Royal is not married, and if she wins, her romantic partner plans to scorn the trappings of life as France's "first gentleman;" he swears he will not even live in the official Elysee Palace.
"Conservative contender Nicolas Sarkozy's marriage has been tabloid fodder. It was love at first sight when he fell for his second wife — at her wedding to someone else. During Sarkozy's run for the presidency, she left him for a while, and paparazzi photographed her hand-in-hand with another man...."
"Sarkozy, 52, jogs. Royal, 53, was photographed at the beach in a turquoise bikini.
"In an image-conscious race, both have modern relationships that many voters can relate to. Cecilia Sarkozy and Royal's partner, Socialist Party boss Francois Hollande, have made clear they will not give up their dreams and happiness for the presidency, said Christine Clerc, author of a book about presidential couples, "Tigres et tigresses" (Tigers and Tigresses).
"Sacrifice is no longer in Read More...
St. John Chrysostom said "There is nothing worse than blasphemy". The truth of his statement is evident in the following story.
From Indystar.com: "Two local billboards that are part of a broad ad campaign aimed at showing Biblical support for homosexuality were hit over the weekend by spray-paint-wielding vandals.
"Starting last week, the national gay advocacy group Faith in America leased space on 22 billboards around Indianapolis to spread messages like “Jesus affirmed a gay couple” and “Jesus said some people are born gay.” It corresponds with 1,000 yard signs carrying similar messages that were sponsored by the Jesus Metropolitan Community Church, an Indianapolis church that teaches God’s acceptance of homosexuality.
"Rev. Jeff Miner, the church’s pastor, said the two billboards were defaced over the weekend.
"A billboard on Kentucky Avenue carried the original message “The early church welcomed Read More...
VATICAN CITY: The Vatican's second-highest ranking doctrinal official has forcefully branded homosexual marriage an evil and denounced abortion and euthanasia as forms of "terrorism with a human face".
The attack by Archbishop Angelo Amato, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was the latest in a string of speeches made by either Pope Benedict or other Vatican officials as Italy considers giving more rights to gays.
In an address to chaplains, Amato said newspapers and television bulletins often seemed like "a perverse film about evil".
He denounced "evils that remain almost invisible" because the media presented them as "expression of human progress".
He listed these as abortion clinics, which he called "slaughterhouses of human Read More...
"No man of common sense and goodwill, seeing the ills which afflict us, and which are particularly prevalent in certain countries, will take long to realize that the source of these calamities lies in neglect and official denial of God by whole societies, and often even at the family level."
"Our Holy Father the Pope said only recently that "once God has been abolished, disdain for the things of God turns man, stripped of his spiritual dignity, into the base slave of things material, suppressing and even uprooting all the beauty shown forth in virtue, love, hope, and the interior life."
"No civil society will ever be able to survive by banishing God, for the sacred principles of religion alone can justly balance the rights and duties of citizens, consolidate the foundations of the State, and regulate Read More...
Rest assured, the recent supreme court decision upholding the ban on partial birth abortion will cause a renewed call for the separation of church and state from the left.
From Politico: "The decision was...notable for the way the nine justices split on the question -- 5-4, with the Court's five Catholic justices forming the majority.
"Never before has the court had five Catholic justices, and their joining together in a decision to limit abortion, of all hot-button issues, is likely to spark discussion about the role of religion in forming social policy."
Those who call for the extraconstitutional separation of church and state seek the separation of authentic Catholics from any position where their faith and morality could be influential. The constitution does not contain any mention of the "separation of church and state". The constitution states:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
The left's call for the separation of church and state is never about the state intruding upon religion Read More...
Malatya - Turkish police have detained five more suspects in the gruesome murder of three people at a publishing house that distributed Read More...
What follows are excerpts of an article by Richard John Nuehaus from First Things. It is among other things a book review of God’s Continent: Christianity, Islam, and Europe’s Religious Crisis by Philip Jenkins.
"Jenkins operates within a very short time frame. He suggests that by 2050 there will be thirty million Muslims in Europe. Other scholars believe the figure will be much higher. Whatever the more plausible number, 2050 is, in historical perspective, only a few years distant. The life of nations is, in their own self-understanding, very long. The Novus Ordo Seclorum on the Great Seal of the United States may be Read More...
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court upheld the nationwide ban on a controversial abortion procedure Wednesday, handing abortion opponents the long- awaited victory they expected from a more conservative bench.
The 5-4 ruling said the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act that Congress passed and President Bush signed into law in 2003 does not violate a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.
The modern secular university is a wasteland of relativism, multiculturalism, and nihilism. Are we supposed to be surprised at how this "world view" manifests itself? Under secularism, why should anger be restrained? Why should we not kill? The fruits of secularism are tragic, and are an embarrassment. It is absurd to think that the secularism found in the West is attractive and inviting to Islam, and will ultimately breed assimilation.
This was confirmed in an official statement by the Iranian government, that upon first glance appears to be replete with hypocrisy and irony:
"Attacking innocent people, irrespective of their race and nationality, Read More...
The Washington State Board of Pharmacy has ruled that pharmacies have a duty to fill all "lawful" prescriptions, despite an individual pharmacist's objections to a drug. Thus, pharmacists have lost the right to freedom of conscience and must dispense the morning after abortion pill.
"Moving forward, pharmacists with personal objections to a drug must get a co-worker to fill the order. Failing that, they are duty-bound to fill it themselves. Bottom line: A patient must be able to get her prescription filled in the same pharmacy visit."
To refuse to dispense the pill now endangers one's employment and livelihood. To dispense it endangers one's immortal soul. The judicially created false "right" of a women to kill her child now trumps Read More...
We are all guilty, at one time or another, of failing to reveal God's truths to a fellow human being who needed to hear it. But here are some words of wisdom to encourage our faint-heartedness:
"If we do not tell others the truth, it is perhaps because we feel they are not disposed to accept it, but also it is often through cowardice, through self-centeredness, because we have not the courage to face up to their displeasure. Because we fear to offend them we do not dare to love them truly and to the bitter end. For loving others means seeking what is for their good, even in spite of themselves. Loving others means helping them to bring about within themselves the triumph of truth over their paltry day-to-day "reality". Loving means helping every man to learn God's plan for him. Indisputably, charity of this kind forbids us to allow others what we know is not for their own good. The true lover is he who faithfully, patiently, realistically and in silence...strives to help others to bring to fruition what is best within them. Read More...
The lines of creation have been breached by man and it is a slippery slope that seemingly cannot be stopped. We are truly embarking upon a grotesque, Frankenstein era of biological experiments that do not even seem to phase the Western world. Despite the fact that God prevented the conception of children by homosexuals, it will nevertheless become a "RIGHT" in the future.
From The Independent: The prospect of all-female conception
"Women might soon be able to produce sperm in a development that could allow lesbian couples to have their own biological daughters, according to a pioneering study published today.
Scientists are seeking ethical permission to produce synthetic sperm cells from a woman's bone marrow tissue after Read More...
The exploitation of the most vulnerable and innocent to carry out killings in the name of religion is no less than diabolical. From Rueters Alertnet:
BAGHDAD, 10 April 2007 (IRIN) The dreams 13-year-old Barak Muhammad (not his real name) had of leading a normal teenage life were dashed when his father sold him to al-Qaeda militants. Being mentally handicapped, he said he was considered a burden by his family and was told he would be better off sacrificing his life for his country.
"I don't have a mother and never went to school. I was dreaming of a day that I would go to school like my other brothers, but I was considered different. My father was always telling me that I was a mistake in his life, a boy that was just bringing expenses and problems," Barak said.
Barak's father sold him to al-Qaeda in Iraq for US $10,000 Read More...
Gene Robinson, the openly homosexual Episcopal bishop, recently testified before the New Hampshire Senate promoting homosexual civil unions. Robinson had the audacity to declare that homosexual civil unions do not impact families or religion. From Newsday
"What we seek in the civil realm is the equal treatment by the state government in supporting this development of our relationship with the legal, financial and societal underpinnings which are afforded married couples at the very moment they say 'I do,"' he said.
"Robinson suggested families would flourish under civil unions.
How long must we endure the lies of feminism? The demise of Western culture is largely due to our embrace of feminism and its inherent requirement that children be abandoned by their mothers. Despite the destruction, one nation after another continues to expand "childcare" until it has become another entitlement program. As one Bishop has termed it, women are no longer mothers they have become "birthing machines" for the state. Women give birth and hand their children over to the government to "nurture" and educate. Doesn't this sound a bit like the repackaging of communism?
FROM THE EPOCH TIMES:
Catholics Attack German Plans to Boost Child Care
Yet another reason why parents are at war with our culture to preserve the innocence of our youth. Here is an admission from a British teachers union that our youth is being corrupted by materialism and commercialization. When the left-leaning leaders of public education in the West admit a cultural problem you can be sure that it is much worse than they perceive and report.
A culture that embraces sin will not tolerate innocence. Read More...
I transcribed an old tape I had from a talk given by the late Father John Hardon in 1999 from his Catholic nursing home in Detroit. Fr Hardon entitled his talk “Sexual Suicide”. He had the grace of detachment from this world that enabled him to truly see the realities of our times. He was a prophet.
“We begin then by asking this question --what is sexual suicide?...[It is] chaos introduced into one civilized nation after another.
Well then how do you define sexual suicide. Lets describe it as understood by those that recognize its terrifying and I mean terrifying implications. First sexual suicide is liberation of the human sexual powers. [This] has created a society that is positively hostile -- and I mean--hostile to the family and to the institution of marriage.
A society [infected by] sexual suicide fails to recognize the natural order of the male and female gender. God created two genders to cooperate with one another in the procreation of the human race... Sexual suicide is the final destination of the feminist movement.
"The Next Magazine, a
weekly publication from Hong Kong, reported that
infant corpses and fetuses have become the newest
supplements for health and beauty in China. Not only
is the placenta considered a beauty remedy, but also
aborted fetuses are much sought after delicacies. In
Guangdong, gourmet body parts are in high demand and
can even be purchased through hospitals. The
magazine's investigations into this form of
cannibalism took them to Liaoning province.
"According to The Next Magazine, during a banquet hosted by a Taiwanese businessman, a servant Ms Liu from Liaoning province on the mainland inadvertently revealed the habit of eating infants/fetuses in Liaoning province and her intention to return for the supplement due to health concerns. The Taiwanese women present were horrified.
"Ms Liu also disclosed that even though people can afford the human parts there are still waiting lists and those with the right connections get the "highest quality" human parts,
The Battle for the soul of the West has begun and is NOW. The battle does not begin when the predicted demographics crisis actually takes hold of the West. The battle does not begin when the persecution of Christianity is the norm throughout the West. The battle does not begin when authentic Christianity has been eradicated to such an extent that it has no voice of authority to counter the lies of our age. We are the generation that must do battle-- it does not begin with our children or our grandchildren's generation. The battle for the soul of the West is now.
Furthermore, this battle must first begin inside of our individual souls. There is no room for wishy-washy, lukewarm Catholicism, because as Fr. John Hardon stated: "ordinary Catholics will not survive". Especially during this Holy week we must seek to obtain the holiness and courage that can only come from the transforming power of Christ's literal and real Body and Blood. A people that have no life in them because they lack the Body and Blood of Jesus will eventually succumb to the illusions of this world. Crackers and Juice and a mere "remembrance meal" cannot sustain the Christian faith in a nation, a denomination and most importantly in a soul.
If we seek holiness instead of worldliness, if we adhere to the wisdom of the Church instead of secular wisdom, and if we obey God's laws despite the cries of foolishness from the world, we may eventually stop hearing about churches becoming mosques. The following article is from the N.Y. Times:
CLITHEROE, England — On a chilly night this winter, this pristine town in some of Britain’s most untouched countryside voted to allow a former Christian church to become a mosque.
It was very refreshing to recently see Poland take a counter-cultural stand against the radical homosexual agenda and protect its school children from pro-homosexual indoctrination and propaganda. The EU however is culling its many laws on discrimination in order to find a basis to punish Poland's unpopular position. Poland again stands out as the lone counterbalance to old Europe's continued descent into relativism and tolerance of everything except Christianity.
Rome, Mar 29, 2007 / 11:41 am (CNA).- The Committee on Civil Liberties of the European Parliament has ordered an investigation into a future law against homosexual propaganda in Poland, in order to determine if the norm will violate EU laws. Read More...