Nearly 500 UK priests urge synod to remain faithful

Almost 500 priests in England and Wales have signed a letter urging those attending this year’s family synod to issue a “clear and firm proclamation” upholding Church teaching on marriage.

But…

One signatory, who asked to remain anonymous, claimed there “has been a certain amount of pressure not to sign the letter and indeed a degree of intimidation from some senior Churchmen”. (Source)

The Cost of Relativism

You know we’re approaching the point of no return for civilization when even the New York Times is calling for social norms on good and bad marital behaviour. In an article entitled The Cost of Relativism we read:

But it’s increasingly clear that sympathy is not enough. It’s not only money and better policy that are missing in these circles; it’s norms. The health of society is primarily determined by the habits and virtues of its citizens. In many parts of America there are no minimally agreed upon standards for what it means to be a father. There are no basic codes and rules woven into daily life, which people can absorb unconsciously and follow automatically. 

Reintroducing norms will require, first, a moral vocabulary. These norms weren’t destroyed because of people with bad values. They were destroyed by a plague of nonjudgmentalism, which refused to assert that one way of behaving was better than another. People got out of the habit of setting standards or understanding how they were set.

Next it will require holding people responsible. People born into the most chaotic situations can still be asked the same questions: Are you living for short-term pleasure or long-term good? Are you living for yourself or for your children? Do you have the freedom of self-control or are you in bondage to your desires? (Source)

Only Christ gives the strength to achieve this kind of societal turnaround. Government programs only treat the symptoms while avoiding the root cause, which is ultimately ineffective. Worse, they may even reinforce bad behaviour. It’s time to set our sights higher and reach for the greatness we were created for. To thrive, not just survive.

Trudeau has no clothes on niqab

Would Trudeau be comfortable with a hooded Klansman taking the oath of citizenship? Or a Nazi wearing a swastika armband? Or an anarchist wearing a balaclava? Even if you defend the niqab on religious lines, you run up against the fact that not all religious beliefs are defensible. Would it be OK for a man — either Muslim or Christian — to bring his four wives to the citizenship ceremony, because his God says plural marriage is a right?

This isn’t about the right to choose a burka over a bikini. This is about upholding the fundamental values of the country in which you wish to make your home. (Source)

Absolutely. The Catholic Church actually recognizes that the right to religious freedom can’t be exercised at the expense of the common good. What other religion or ideology is so lucid? Why don’t you join us?

The Ashes of Civilization

The Ashes of Civilization


Ontario bishops’ general secretary has been actively supporting Wynne’ explicit sex-ed

Ontario doctors must refer for abortions, says College of Physicians

My friends, you might be wondering why I have not been too animated about the stories above.  The reason is quite simple.  Outrage without outlet is a waste of time and energy….neither of which we have much of these days.  I’ve bitched and moaned for 12 years, and you know what?  It was not the best use of my time, and it’s not the best use of your time, either.  Sure, it’s important to be angry at such perversion and evil, but if we just sit and do nothing tangible to counter it, what exactly is the point? And I’m not talking about petitions and meetings and letters, etc., etc., etc. to Kathleen Wynne or the ACBO, either.  These efforts are just fruitless. We live in a totalitarian age. We live in age of moral degeneracy and evil….a culture of death and bondage.

So what are we to do?  We live among the ashes of civilization, and when you live among the ashes of civilization, the ruins of a once Christian culture, you do only what you can do:  start building again APART from the established and corrupt order.  You break out and get your own puck.  Play a different game.  Make your own rules.

Now you might say to yourself, “how can I do that?”  I’m not a community organizer like Pacheco is.  Well, maybe you’re not.  But you have something that we community organizers need to make it work:  We need your virtues.  We need your trust.  We need your courage. We need your sacrifice. We need your faith.  We need your hope.  We need all these things pulling us together to fight.  Because without them, we’ll go no where.  But with them, we can start to build a new civilization.

The Community organizing is actually quite easy.  Creating structure, developing a vision, implementing it is actually near the bottom of the barrel as far as where the real success comes into play.  People confuse that with what is actually not easy:  taking a leap of faith, having courage, trusting other people.   THAT is where the rubber hits the road.

Once you’re all willing to do that, just knock on my door, and I’m ready to roll when you are.  I’ve got an idea to save your kids from the sex perverts, for instance, that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, for instance. But you gotta do your part.  Get off the pot and move.

Almansa: A Castle of Dreams and Christian Heroism

Make no mistake. The Lord is calling.

“Both the castle and clouds make your sight focus on the tower, which instills an impression of extraordinary gallantry, dignity and majesty. One gets the idea that from this hilltop, this tower is facing an enemy that appears in the distance. But it faces that enemy with gallantry, as if looking at him threateningly and saying: “Come near and I will crush you: I fear not!””

Abortions plunge in Russia

“The number of abortions in Russia decreased five-fold over the past 25 years, from four million a year to less than 700,000 today,” Komov added. “However, there is still much work to be done.”

(Source)

When you hit rock bottom, the only way to go is up.

Four million per year! My goodness. What a horror. It’s a miracle any babies were born at that rate.

700,000 is still very high. Russia’s population is roughly 4 times larger than Canada’s, but they have 7 times more abortions. Still lots of work to do.

Real-Life Minas Tirith

It’s the beautiful Mont Saint-Michel fortified monastery. In one form or another, the monastery has stood for about 1,000 years.

A statue of St. Michael the Archangel is at the pinnacle of the tower.

When Peter Jackson made the Lord of the Rings movies, he used Mont Saint-Michel to inspire the appearance of Minas Tirith, while also carefully following Tolkien’s description.

Click here to watch a beautiful video of Mont Saint-Michel.

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