Hillary Lets The Veil Slip: Religion Is A Problem To Be Disposed Of

Hillary said this:

“Laws [about reproductive health care and safe childbirth] have to be backed up with resources and political will,” Clinton said. “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” (Source)

Wow. I didn’t think the mask would come off so brutally and quickly. As Matt K. Lewis points out:

this honest appraisal is a reminder that politics are downstream from culture, and that uprooting long-standing religious and cultural beliefs are a prerequisite for utopian progressivism… Regardless of how one feels about gay rights or the abortion debate, it is interesting that liberals are finally getting around to openly confessing something all of us sort of know — yet few will say out loud: Achieving a liberal social agenda will necessarily require first extirpating many “deep-seated” Christian values and tenets. (Source)

Exactly.

I’m curious to see if the USCCB provides a strong, unanimous condemnation of Hillary’s position, or if some folks have their head so deep in the sand that they can’t hear Hillary.

Pope: Martyrdom happening right now

Tragic, but true.

“First, I think of our martyrs, the martyrs of our times, men, women, children who are being persecuted, hated, driven out of their homes, tortured, massacred. And this is not a thing of the past: this is happening right now. Our martyrs, who are meeting their end under the authority of corrupt people who hate Jesus Christ. It would do us good to think of our martyrs. Today we remember Paolo Miki but that happened in 1600. Think of our present-day ones!  Of 2015 “. (Source)

The thought of the martyrs, past and present, should give us strength to bear our comparatively minor sufferings with patience and courage.

Archbishop saves Muslim child from knife-wielding attacker in Central African Republic

Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga, who was visiting a small village with a team of health-care workers, grabbed the arm of a man who was drawing a knife to kill the child. The archbishop and his group then protected the child from an angry crowd until her parents rushed her away.(Source)

The word “hero” gets overused these days, but not this time.

Quo Vadis Cardinal Dolan?

Cardinal Dolan has posted a response to the negative reactions his capitulations to the Gay Lobby has produced.

You can read it here.

In my opinion, his response is very disturbing if he really believes what he is saying.  Why?  Because some of the things he believes about the circumstances surrounding this attack on the Catholic Church strikes me as either naïve or willfully blind.

Either way, the coming  years will soon disabuse him of his fantasy beliefs about the Gay lobby.  He’ll have plenty of time to reflect — although have we not lived through enough evidence of the Gay Jackboot to know where this sorry tale is going to end up?  Gay activism is all about demanding and forcing acceptance.  That’s all anyone really needs to know about the faux-tolerance that the rainbow activists push on the rest of society.  And the last vestige of at least FORMAL repudiation remains the Catholic Church.  It’s the last bastion of resistance that they will attempt to overcome.

Here are a few comments which Cardinal Dolan has made that are exceptionally problematic:

However, the most important question I had to ask myself was this: does the new policy violate Catholic faith or morals? If it does, then the Committee has compromised the integrity of the Parade, and I must object and refuse to participate or support it. From my review, it does not. Catholic teaching is clear: “being Gay” is not a sin, nor contrary to God’s revealed morals. Homosexual actions are—as are any sexual relations outside of the lifelong, faithful, loving, lifegiving bond of a man and woman in marriage—a moral teaching grounded in the Bible, reflected in nature, and faithfully taught by the Church.

Ask the wrong question, as Cardinal Dolan does, and you get the wrong answer.  The question that Cardinal Dolan asks is not the relevant question (and there are more than one) in this scandal. The question here is this:  Does Cardinal Dolan’s participation in the parade with a group that openly espouses homosexuality as normal (and even desirable) compromise the Catholic Church’s teaching on the depraved behaviour that these individuals engage in? That’s one question that Cardinal Dolan does not answer.  Does Cardinal Dolan want us to believe that the people marching in this parade think that their behaviour is not morally acceptable? If they really believed it was immoral, then why would they want to show their pride in it by marching?  The mind boggles at the refusal of Cardinal Dolan to examine the logic of his position.

So, while actions are immoral, identity is not! In fact, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, people with same-sex attraction are God’s children, deserving dignity and respect, never to be treated with discrimination or injustice.

Since when did the Catholic Church recognize “Gay identity”?  There is no such thing as “Gay identity”.  “Gay identity” is a heretical formulation of the culture of sodomy to carve up the human person and assign an “identity” which is based solely on their sexual conduct.   Identity is distinct from one’s behaviour.  It is rooted in the immutable nature of personhood given to us by God:

So God created humans in his image. In the image of God he created them. He created them male and female. – Gen.1:27

 A person may have sinful inclinations to immoral behaviour, but that is not his or her identity. 

We do not define a person’s identity by any sexual activity, even natural, moral sexual activity.  A person’s identity is rooted in the image and likeness to God and nothing else.

Therefore, the Cardinal should not be recognizing a fiction that the Gay lobby has foisted on him and the culture.  Instead, he should have the courage to call it out as a fraud and refuse to recognize such a demonic teaching.

To the point: the committee’s decision allows a group to publicize its identity, not promote actions contrary to the values of the Church that are such an essential part of Irish culture. I have been assured that the new group marching is not promoting an agenda contrary to Church teaching, but simply identifying themselves as “Gay people of Irish ancestry.”

Does anyone really believe that this group or the army behind it is not promoting an agenda?  Oh please!  Just stop and open your eyes, your Eminence!  Can you not hear the clamour around you as the next assault comes barreling down on your head?!  It’s coming.  St. Patrick’s Cathedral is next.

And, for the record, it appears that the main point is being missed here.  The real battle going on here is whether the Catholic Church (even through a tame proxy like the St. Patrick’s Day Parade) is able to publicly exist in civil society.  Will it be possible, I wonder, to have any public event without bowing down to our Gay masters?  That is what this question is ultimately about.

It appears that Cardinal Dolan has contented himself with allowing the Church to retreat into the proverbial catacombs…except in the future, they won’t be so proverbial.

Instead of squabbling for the scraps that civil society gives, THIS should be the Church’s attitude to confronting the tyranny that awaits us:

Rally At Queen’s Park for Persecuted Christians

Hi, ​

Thousands and thousands of Christians are being killed, beheaded, driven out of their homes and churches or sold as sex slaves in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, and other terrorist laden-ed states. ​

I ask you to pray on Saturday, September 13th, a Day of Mourning at Queens Park, Toronto.

I also ask you to sign a petition asking our government to do everything it can to rescue these precious brothers and sisters in the Lord. www.persecuted.ca ​

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor who gave his life to save Jews from the evil of Hitler. ​

Prayer changes things. Jesus promises in Matthew 18:18 “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Our collective prayer will bind these evil spirits and save lives. ​

Please send this email to your contact list and post on your Facebook page.

I hope to see you Saturday.

 

God bless.

Dr. Charles McVety

President

Canada Christian College and School of Graduate Theological Studies <charles@canadachristiancollege.com>

Cardinal Dolan’s Capitulation Is Not Just About The Gays

However, there are indications that other pro-homosexual groups may participate in the parade and, said Donohue on Sept. 6, “If it gets to the point where the Catholic element is completely diluted, then I will no longer march in the parade.”

Bill Donahue gets the booby prize, even though he appears to be completely oblivious to what he has just admitted.

Folks, let me fill you in on a little secret:

This is not so much about recognizing “Gay” in the Parade. The Gays already have recognition in society. This is about attacking the last organized major player against Gaydom, and pushing that player (the Catholic Church) OUT of the public square.

There’s been a lot of really stupid defenses of Dolan’s conduct like this one.  I mean really quite lame and insulting.

Whether Cardinal Dolan has already read the tea leaves and has reflected on what really is at stake, I am not so sure.

However, if he has already thrown in the towel on the battle against the Gays and is now just trying to ensure the Church has some kind of protection for a public venue with Catholic sensibilities, then his conduct would be seen in a wholly different light — although Cardinal Bravo’s past indiscretions would militate against this interpretation, admittedly.

Context is everything and whether or not this was a good move is really beside the point.

The point is the Gay storm troopers are out of the closet and they are trying to push us into it because, as we should all know by now, good and evil cannot share the public square.

 

Save the Iraqi Christians Rally

Approximately 750 Christians and other concerned citizens filed on to Parliament Hill to show support for the Iraqi Christians and other minorities who are being persecuted and slaughtered in Iraq. A community of 1.5 million Christians has been reduced to 120,000 by some estimates. The crowd heard from a wide variety of Christian and Muslim leaders, as well as politicians and ordinary Canadians. A number of speakers gave impassioned pleas and called on the government of Canada to continue to provide material and military support to alleviate the suffering of innocent men, women and children in Iraq. The rally gave a tangible sign of unity and solidarity with our persecuted brothers and sisters in the Faith. Some speakers challenged Muslims to do more to combat extremist elements in their Faith communities. At the rally, we heard that the Government of Canada announced that it has committed another $1M to humanitarian aid to the situation in Iraq, as well as military intelligence.

Some video and pictures of the event are recorded below.

Please visit our Events page to view more pictures and video of the speeches and music!

The organizing committee of the Rally thanks all who came out and donated to cover the costs of the event. After costs are covered, all donations collected at the event will be passed on to the charitable organizations charged with helping our brothers and sisters in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.

God Bless You All.

In solidarity with the Persecuted Christians,

The Organizing Committee

Above: Crowd assembling before speeches started.

Above: Front shot of the crowd, just before the steps.

Above: Iraqi Canadians were well represented.

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Above: The Lebanese community was also well represented.

Above: Ottawa Businessman, Nick Shallal, on behalf of the Persecuted Christians of Iraq. He gave a rousing and impassioned plea for help.

Above: Fr. Fadi Atallah opening the rally in prayer.

Above: M.P. Paul Dewer just arrived from Iraq, encouraging the crowd to remain resolute in their support.

Above: Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa, reading a statement by Rabbi Bulka

Above: Glenn Pereira of St. Maurice Parish in Ottawa, leading other musicians in Christian music and hymns.

Above: Picture from the steps. Estimates range from 1500-2000 people participated in the rally to offer their support and encourage our Canadian government to do more.

Above: The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, P.C., M.P. offering words of encouragement. The crowd was very appreciative of the Conservative Government’s efforts to date in Iraq.

Above: Rev. Dr. Bailey of Parkdale United Church called Christians to rise above the hatred and violence of our opponents, and gave a strong and impressive speech to the crowd assembled.

Above: Imam Zijad of the South Nepean Muslim Community also offered words of encouragement.

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Above: Archbishop Terrence Prendergast offering a few words and reflections.

Above: Mr. Imad Zammar of the Cordova Centre, on behalf of Imam Mohamad Jebara

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Above: More pictures of the crowd and participants.

Above: Fr. Niaz Toma, an Iraqi Canadian Chaldean Priest from Hamilton gave a sublime and emotional address to the rally participants.

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Canadians to Rally for Persecuted Iraqi Christians & Other Minorities

Saturday September 6, 2014 (1 to 3 p.m.)

Between the Eternal Flame and the Centre Block

List Of Confirmed Speakers 

12:30 pm
• Music begins (St. Maurice Choir Band)
• signing of letters / petition

1:00 to 1:10 pm
• Carroll Rees & Keith Bell Co-chairs’ Opening Remarks

1:10 to 1:20
• O’Canada (C. Enright)
• Opening Prayer (Fr. Fadi Atallah, Syrian Christian Priest)

1:20 to 1:40
• Ottawa Restaurateur, Mr. Nick Shallal, on behalf of the persecuted
• Archbishop T. Prendergast (Ottawa Archdiocese) to speak and to read Rabbi Bulka’s Statement

1:40 to 1:45
• Hymns

1:45 to 2:10
• The Honourable Pierre Poilievre P.C., M.P. // Paul Dewer, M.P.
• Imam Zijad Delic, South Nepean Muslim Community
• Rev. Dr. Bailey, Parkdale United Church

2:10 to 2:15
• Hymns

2:15 to 2:35
• Carl Hetu, Catholic Near East Welfare Association
• Imam Mohamad Jebara – Cordova Centre (by his representative, Mr. Imad Zammar)
• Debbie Joduin, An Extraordinary Canadian, speaking on behalf of the ordinary Canadian

2:35 to 2:40
• Hymns

2:40 to 2:55
• Fr. Niaz Toma, Iraqi Canadian Chaldean Priest (day’s guest speaker)

2:55 to 3:00 p.m.
• Rev. Martin Malina …Evangelical Lutheran Church, Closing Prayer
• Closing remarks

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Media Advisory

Canadians to Rally for Persecuted Iraqi Christians & Other Minorities Saturday September 6, 2014 (1 to 3 p.m.)

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release – September 2, 2014

When: Saturday, September 6th, 2014 ( 1:00pm – 3:00pm )

Where: Parliament Hill –  Between the Eternal Flame and the Center Block

Why: To raise awareness of the plight of, and show our support for, Christians and other religious minorities experiencing inhumane persecution in Iraq at the hands of ISIS.

Rally Goals: To recognize the Canadian Government’s efforts to date in helping our unfortunate brothers and sisters in Iraq and to encourage it to do more by opening our doors wider to provide greater numbers with safe shelter.

To work more closely with the world community to see these daily barbarous atrocities permanently stopped.

And to give ordinary Canadians, like ourselves, an opportunity to come to the Hill to voice their concerns about this potential genocide.

In his August 7th statement, Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, describes in graphic detail the plight currently facing these minority communities in Iraq – “scenes of residents force to flee their homes, stripped of their possessions, right down to the crosses around their necks, while others are murdered, martyrs literally laying down their lives for their faith”.

Carroll Rees, a spokesperson for the organizers, had this to add,  “We are a group of ordinary Canadians who felt helpless in the face of the atrocities occurring daily in Iraq and indeed throughout many parts of the Middle East. Our purpose in having this Rally was motivated by our belief that there are thousands of others just like us and we wanted to give them the opportunity to join with us to demand a stop to this barbarity. This is your chance to be heard; the Government, the Media,  Canadians at Large and indeed the World are listening …please do not keep silent any longer”.

The Rally’s principal speaker will be Father Niaz Toma an Iraqi Chaldean Catholic priest who has deep ties with Iraqi Canadian Communities across the country. The event will also include other notable speakers such as the Most Rev. Terrence Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop of Ottawa.

For more information, visit http://www.iraqchristians.com or contact Keith Bell at (613) 897-0316(613) 897-0316.