Methodist, Episcopalian clergy ‘bless’ Cleveland abortion clinic in prayer service

This is what happens when you let feminists become ordained clergy.  The vast majority of them (not all, but most) are liberal and progressive.

Archbishop Durocher wants to allow women to become “deaconesses”.  Good plan, eh?

There were no “deaconesses” in the Catholic Church – ever.  The early Church referred to such women as such because they were the spouses of deacons.  The Archbishop just wants to concoct these positions in order to scratch the itch of male guilt over God’s Word.  Very sad.

Women have their own ministry and power without encroaching on ministries that are exclusively male.

I wonder if it was worth the 3 minutes of fame, Archbishop.

Feminism: women need PEDs to equal men

Most calls for the Pill to be made more broadly accessible—ideally free and without a prescription—all share the same subtext. Denying access to the Pill isn’t merely denying health care, it’s denying women’s rights.

Yet this is not about the right to get the Pill but rather, the right to not get pregnant.

This stems from the modern idea that men and women are only equal in dignity when we are exactly the same. As a result, we think that if men can have sex without the responsibility of childbearing, then women should too. This is why some feel so strongly that it is wrong for women to not have access to the Pill (Source).

There’s a really easy way for women to level the playing field with respect to sex without consequences: by saying ‘no’. Nobody gets none. Easy peasy.

But feminists can’t stand that idea. So the only alternative they’re left with is to say that women need performance enhancing drugs to be equal to men. That’s what feminism inextricably leads to. I can’t imagine a worse statement of vile discrimination against women.

Feminism reaches this paradoxical conclusion because it’s focused on utilitarianism, i.e. your worth is determined by what you can do. Well guess what. By that standard, women will almost always be inferior to men. On average, women will never run as fast as men. On average, women will never be as strong as men. On average, women will never have as long a career as men. Etc, etc, etc. That’s why men and women compete separately in almost any type of competition (even chess, believe it or not).

Utilitarian feminism is obsessed with accomplishments as the ultimate yardstick for personal worth. It’s all about keeping up with the Joneses (male Joneses, that is), which is a sure recipe for lifelong personal discontentment, emotional insecurity  and envy because there will always be people who are better than you (ever wonder why feminist activists never seem happy?)

The Catholic Church, on the other hand, says that a person’s dignity is independent of their capabilities or accomplishments. When feminists complain that the male-only priesthood is discriminatory, they’re thinking in their utilitarian manner again, i.e. that women are being treated as inferior because they can’t be priests. So utilitarian. So boring.

I do stridently disagree with one sentence in the above article, namely that the Pill should be made available over the counter. We shouldn’t facilitate access to evil, even if we think we’re achieving a good (e.g. less pressure on pro-life doctors to prescribe it).

Encyclical thumps gender ideology, feminism and contraception

People are reacting in different ways to Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, but there are several goodies that you won’t hear about from the media or your local left-leaning Catholic outfit. Take paragraph 155:

(155) Human ecology also implies another profound reality: the relationship between human life and the moral law, which is inscribed in our nature and is necessary for the creation of a more dignified environment. Pope Benedict XVI spoke of an “ecology of man,” based on the fact that “man too has a nature that he must respect and that he cannot manipulate at will.” It is enough to recognize that our body itself establishes us in a direct relationship with the environment and with other living beings. The acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home, whereas thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation. Learning to accept our body, to care for it and to respect its fullest meaning, is an essential element of any genuine human ecology. Also, valuing one’s own body in its femininity or masculinity is necessary if I am going to be able to recognize myself in an encounter with someone who is different. In this way we can joyfully accept the specific gifts of another man or woman, the work of God the Creator, and find mutual enrichment. It is not a healthy attitude which would seek “to cancel out sexual difference because it no longer knows how to confront it.”

That rules out gender ideology and homosexual behaviour, which are a denial of the gift of sexual identity.

It also slams ideologies like radical feminism which can barely admit any difference between the sexes.

Finally, his statements about absolute control over our body and respect for its full meaning are a direct nod to contraception. The reason we’re made as male and female, the meaning of our body, is precisely to imitate and participate in the life-giving, self-donating love of the Holy Trinity and of His love for humanity. As Christopher West would say, those using contraception are choosing the fleeting pleasure of a sterilized orgasm over the possibility of participating in the divine life and love of Almighty God. Bad choice. Why go scrounging for scraps in the dumpster of half-baked sex when you can join a banquet of divinely-empowered sex?

h/t The Stream

Cardinal Burke Nails the Problem: Lack of Real Men

“Unfortunately, the radical feminist movement strongly influenced the Church, leading the Church to constantly address women’s issues at the expense of addressing critical issues important to men; the importance of the father, whether in the union of marriage or not; the importance of a father to children; the importance of fatherhood for priests; the critical impact of a manly character; the emphasis on the particular gifts that God gives to men for the good of the whole society,” said Cardinal Burke. “So much of this tradition of heralding the heroic nature of manhood has been lost in the Church today.”

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The Church has become so “feminized,” he said, that “men are often reluctant to become active in the Church.” He explained: “The feminized environment and the lack of the Church’s effort to engage men has led many men to simply opt out.” (Source)

I think it’s pretty obvious that the problem here is a “man” problem in the Catholic Church. Enough people and high ranking Church officials are now openly talking about it. We can’t all be wrong.  It’s THE issue we need to address. Fix the man problem in the Catholic Church and fix the world.

It’s time, gentlemen.  It’s time to saddle up and ride….

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I Was a Pagan, Hedonistic, Man-Hating Feminist. But Now I’m Catholic. This Is My Story.

As a lover of history, I wondered about Henry VIII. I couldn’t believe someone so reportedly terrible could really be all bad. He had to have some humanity somewhere, right? I decided to dig and find it. He was maligned, I was convinced of it. During these studies, I finally truly became aware of what Protestantism was, or so I thought. I also couldn’t understand why Katherine of Aragon or any self respecting woman could tolerate his behavior. Then I discovered she was Catholic and cringed. Still, why was she also so unswervingly loyal to an oppressive church that hated women? (Source)

The paths to the Catholic Church are wide and varied.   What feminists really want is what they hate the most.  And yet, this lost daughter of the Kingdom found her home, once all the lies were brushed away.