Bishop of Hong Kong stands tall on homosexuality

Unfortunately, people are leveraging the Synod and the words of Pope Francis against this faithful bishop.

In view of this, the bishop of Hong Kong called on Catholics to cast their ballot in upcoming District Council elections taking into account candidates’ views on gay rights. [Gutsy but necessary move by the good bishop]

Reactions to Card Tong’s stance has tended to juxtapose his position to that of Pope Francis and the recently concluded Synod, emphasising the need to end discrimination against homosexuals and to highlight the pope’s greater “openness”. [We all know we this was coming, liberals using ambiguous statements to justify their whims]

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Pro-abort Justin and Yogi Sophie At We Day

What is the Ottawa Catholic School Board thinking?

Need we recall that Trudeau banned all pro-lifers (and hence all faithful Catholics) from running for his party?

At some point this becomes borderline child abuse to have your kids indoctrinated into admiring the wrong. Any parent understands how hard it is to undo this damage.

At what point does the Church consider an exit strategy for Catholic education?

Pope Francis appoints well-known liberal bishop to major see of Brussels

Are we back doing this again?!?

As late as in 2014, says the French-speaking Belgian daily Le Vif, he was criticized for his lack of firmness and his tardy response with regard to priests who had been implied in sex abuse and reinstated. He also remained silent in June last year when the deacon of Wevelgem was accused of having euthanized a small dozen of patients at the Menin hospital. (Source)

and

In October last year he tried to assign to active parish duty a priest who had been convicted of molesting a teenage boy, declaring that he (the priest) deserved “a second chance”; only media outrage and the priest’s own request prompted the bishop to cancel the appointment. (Source)

and plenty of other problems:

  – Ordination of women is “negotiable”  (Source), although two years later he allegedly said that the Church is unable to ordain women (Source)

  – Support for unrepentant LGBTs who participate in pride parade (Source)

  – Celibacy should not be required for priests (Source)

Hell’s Bible nails it, again!

Hell’s Bible, aka the New York Times, is no friend of the Catholic Church. That’s putting it mildly. Yet, they’re harbouring a renegade in their ranks, a columnist by the name of Ross Douthat.

Two weeks ago, this faithful Catholic man wrote a powerful article which incisively exposed what was really going down at the Synod.

In classic liberal fashion, a bunch of lefty theologians wrote an op-ed to the NY Times claiming that Douthat should be silenced. Funny how tolerance and freedom of speech can be so elusive for the Left at times.

Douthat has come back with a zinger of a rebuttal which takes the libs to school. He has a knack for breaking through the demagogy and exposing the stinking dung festering underneath.
I agree with everything he says. Everything.

Read the article, along with Fr. Z’s commentary, here.

Cardinal Arinze shows ridicule of proposals to delegate doctrine to episcopal conferences

Here.

It’s worth re-reading a post we wrote five years ago on this topic, in which we quoted the writings of a fellow named Cardinal Ratzinger:

We must not forget that the episcopal conferences have no theological basis, they do not belong to the structure of the Church, as willed by Christ, that cannot be eliminated; they have only a practical, concrete function.

What does he mean that they have “no theological basis”? It means that they weren’t instituted by Jesus Christ.

Jesus founded the Catholic Church. He ordained the first bishops (the 12 Apostles). Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Apostles ordained priests and deacons. All of this was instituted by God Himself and cannot be changed by the will of any man, woman or dog.

Nowhere did Jesus or the Holy Spirit create episcopal conferences. That’s a purely human invention. They’re not essential. They could be eliminated without compromising the Great Commission of Jesus in the slightest. They serve only practical functions like collecting funds for social justice (and even that part hasn’t worked out so good).

The notion that doctrine can be delegated to a human-made body is nothing short of schismatic because it seeks to create a federation of churches which are independent of Rome. Doctrine could be different between nations under that scheme, as Cardinal Arinze points out.

That would take the “catholic” out of our Church. As you know, “Catholic” means universal. It means that Christ and His Church are fundamentally the same across time and space. Anybody advocating the contrary is a schismatic.

Let me remind you that Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium, paragraph 32, spoke about the independence of episcopal conferences:

A juridical status of episcopal conferences which would see them as subjects of specific attributions, including genuine doctrinal authority, has not yet been sufficiently elaborated.[37] Excessive centralization, rather than proving helpful, complicates the Church’s life and her missionary outreach.

This statement isn’t schismatic because it’s too vague and falls far short of the bolder proposals being put forward by the German bishops. Frankly, Pope Francis isn’t recommending anything in that paragraph. He merely laments that episcopal conferences don’t have more freedom. That’s nowhere near what the Germans are seeking, but the text is nonetheless troubling.

We need to pray and fast more. Otherwise we’ll get what we deserve.

Ontario’s new sex-ed: 10 things parents need to know

This great video from the Institute for Marriage and the Family gives a quick overview of the problems with the Ontario sex-ed curriculum which took effect in September.

Notice that the arguments don’t have any recourse to religion.  Any sound-minded secularist should be able to recognize the problems.

One point that struck me is that modern neuroscience has found that the teenage brain is not yet fully developed in the areas responsible for risk assessment, impulse control and judgment.  They’re not equipped to make adult decisions about sex.  Now, that may not seem like a great revelation, but it’s nice to see that scientific analysis of the brain’s anatomy has caught up to the sociological evidence of adolescent behaviour.