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Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

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CATHOLIC MARRIED COUPLE FIGHTS FOR RIGHT TO BE REFERRED TO AS MARRIED

If homosexuals cannot legally get "married"--they will wage a war of semantics and render any reference to the word "marriage" obsolete. Have you noticed that certain newspapers have begun calling all couples "partners" leaving one guessing if the article is about two females, two males, or a traditional married husband and wife? It reminds me of the feminists' attempt to refer to every woman as "Ms." rather than "Mrs" and "Miss" so as to obfuscate whether or not a woman was "attached" to a man or not. As we all know from the abortion battle semantics is critical in the battle between good and evil--and here is a married Catholic couple in the midst of a legal struggle to be truthfully referred to as MARRIED.

From Scotsman: A Devout Catholic couple who object to their marital status being listed alongside civil partnerships have won the first round in an employment tribunal action against Scotland's largest police force.

Lucille and Frank McQuade, who have been married for 26 years, claim that Strathclyde Police is guilty of religious discrimination after altering its civilian employee records to change their status from "married" to "married/civil partnership".

Speaking after an earlier tribunal hearing, Mrs McQuade, 46, who until recently worked as a CID clerk with the force, said: "The concept of homosexuality is not compatible
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THE UTOPIAN MESSAINIC STATE OF CALIFORNIA WILL EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN FOR CITIZENSHIP

There is no constitutional right to homeschool one's children--that is what the California court of appeals stated in its ruling according to which the Long family is now forced to place their children in a public or private school.

“Parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children,” wrote Justice H. Walter Croskey in a Feb. 28 opinion signed by the two other members of the district court. “Parents who fail to [comply with school enrollment laws] may be subject to a criminal complaint against them, found guilty of an infraction, and subject to imposition of fines or an order to complete a parent education and counseling program.”

Yet parents have the right to kill their children under the extra-constitutional "right to privacy" which was created by liberal activist judges. We have the right to kill our children but we do not have the right to teach our children in accordance with the Faith despite the clear words of the constitution:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Prohibiting a parent from homeschooling their children according to their Catholic faith is an interference in the free exercise of one's religion and a violation of the constitution--
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A MAJORITY OF FRENCH BIRTHS ARE TO UNWED MOTHERS

France now leads Europe with the highest birth rate at 1.98 children per women--which is well above the European average of 1.52 children per woman. This seemingly good news is greatly tempered however, by the statistics that a majority of the births in France are now to unwed mothers. The once great eldest daughter of the Church is in steep decline along with the rest of her European neighbors. There will never be such a thing as a "Secular Europe"--because with the death of the Faith will come the death of peoples and nations.

Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) -- France became the first non- Scandinavian country in western Europe to record a majority of out-of-wedlock births.

Of the 816,500 births registered in France last year, 50.5 percent were to unmarried parents, up from 48.4 percent in 2006 and 40 percent 10 years ago, according to a report today by Insee, the Paris-based national statistics agency.

``What's led the rise in out-of-wedlock births is that a lifestyle that was once confined to Paris is now the norm even in rural areas,'' Guy Desplanques, head of Insee's demographics department, said in a telephone interview. ``Marriage is no
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FOSTER CHILD TO BE REMOVED FROM CHRISTIAN COUPLE WHO REFUSE TO TEACH CHILD ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY

Once again the contrived "right" to engage in sodomy trumps the legitimate rights of Christians--and in the midst of it all children must suffer. God help us.

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This is London: "They are devoted foster parents with an unblemished record of caring for almost 30 vulnerable children.

But Vincent and Pauline Matherick will this week have their latest foster son taken away because they have refused to sign new sexual equality regulations.

To do so, they claim, would force them to promote homosexuality and go against their Christian faith.

The 11-year-old boy, who has been in their care for two years, will be
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CULTURAL SUICIDE IN THE EU--DISAPPEARING YOUTH POPULATION & ONE DIVORCE EVERY 30 SECONDS

A recent report released by the Institute for Family Policies, a nongovernmental organization which helps to promote family issues, reveals the shocking truth of the status of the family in the EU. Their findings are based on member states' and EU official statistics.

"There are currently more elderly people than children living in the EU, as Europe's young population has decreased by 21 percent - or 23 million – in 25 years, 10 percent of which in the last ten years alone."

One of every 25 EU citizens is over 65 years old. In Italy one out of every five citizens is over 65. Italy also has the least young people at 14.2%.

But the greatest loss of young people is in Spain, where the young population has diminished by 44% from 1990 to 2005.


"Despite these figures, the EU population has grown by 8.2% over the last 27 years, now reaching almost 500 million. This paradox can mostly be explained by an ever increasing number of immigrants coming to the EU."

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GERMANY TREBLES THE NUMBER OF STATE DAYCARES --WHILE REVEALING DISGUST TOWARD MOTHERHOOD AND REARING CHILDREN AT HOME

In an attempt to halt the demographic crisis that Germany is confronted with chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition approved a plan to treble the number of nurseries for children from the current level of 250,000 to 750,000, by 2013. However, the German government failed to provide families equivalent economic incentives when the mother stays at home. The supporters of this plan to nationalize daycare prove themselves to be shameless socialists who are radically anti-family and anti-child.


Trebling the number of nurseries is supposed to...reverse a fertility rate of 1.3 children per woman - one of the lowest in Europe after Spain (1.3) and Poland (1.2), who scrape the bottom of the 2005 Eurostat survey. The French and Irish lead the field with 1.9 and over. 30% of married couples in Germany have no children...which is the highest percentage in the world.

So-called Super-mom, Ursula von der Leyen, Merkel's minister for family and youth, is a big proponent of the legislation. Ms von der Leyen is the mother of seven children--but she apparently has no problem handing her children over to the government to be raised while she pursues more important matters like the passage of nationalized daycare.

When an outgoing conservative minister, Edmund Stoiber, proposed that families where the mother stays at home receive economic incentives in the amount of 150 Euros monthly --Ursula the super-mom had this to say:

'This would only exacerbate the vicious circle in which children are confined to home, deprived of early training, linguistic improvement, exercise, and limits on television viewing,' said von der Leyen, vehemently criticising this suggestion in Die Welt at the end of July. 'Just so that their parents can add another 150

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IRELAND: FIVEFOLD INCREASE IN MARRIAGE BREAKDOWN OVER 20 YEARS

Catholic countries are not immune to the apostasy that has plagued the West, but I must admit that I held out hope for Ireland. G.K. Chesterton once said of the Irish: "The average ...Irishman is close to...domesticity because he is close to the earth; he is close to doctrinal theology and elaborate ritual because he is close to the earth. In short he is close to the heavens because he is close to the earth."

I suppose the increase in materialism and consumerism that was brought about by the "Celtic Tiger" boom obliterated the closeness to the earth and much of the faith.



DUBLIN (AFP) — There has been a fivefold increase in marital breakdown in Ireland in the last 20 years, according to a new study released Friday.

The Iona Institute, an organisation dedicated to the strengthening of society through marriage and religious practice, said that by 2006, 200,000 people had seen their marriage fail, compared with 40,000
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