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

The Polish Bishops Conference denounces genderism, sexual nihilism….

WE must, therefore, awaken the highest concern for attempts to redefine the understanding of marriage and the family, especially by the advocates of a gender ideology and publicized by certain elements of the media. In view of the increasing attacks of this ideology aimed at different areas of family and social life we feel compelled on one side to firmly and unequivocally stand in defense of the Christian family and the fundamental values ​​that it protects and, on the other, to warn against the dangers of promoting a new type of forms family life.
The gender ideology is the result of decades of ideological and cultural transformation, strongly rooted in Marxism and neo-Marxism, promoted through certain elements of the feminist movement, as well as the sexual revolution. Genderism promotes principles completely contrary to reality and the integral understanding of human nature. It claims that sex – biologically understood – does not have a social basis, and that before all else, it is cultural, which a person may individually fashion and define irrespective of biological determinants. According to this ideology, a person may: determine whether one is a man or a woman; may also freely choose their sexual orientation. This voluntary self-determination, which does not have to remain static, is to lead to a society that accepts the right to create new types of family, for example, built on a union of a homosexual character.

(Source)

Hispanic Bishops Step Up

…In the wake of the pope’s recent World Day of Peace address and Christmas address affirming that abortion and homosexual ‘marriage’ are incompatible with true peace, Mexico and Spain’s top bishops are seeking to renew the fight for the values of life and family in their countries.

Only days after Pope Benedict XVI released the text of the address, Mexico City’s Cardinal Archbishop Norberto Rivera Carrera held a press conference assuring reporters that the Catholic Church would continue the fight for the values of life and family—values that have been under attack by recent Supreme Court decisions permitting abortion and homosexual “marriage.”

“The Church will continue to proclaim and to follow this doctrine, this truth, this road of family as the unit of the society, of human life as a fundamental right, to those who wish to follow them, and others will follow other roads which we judge to be a way of death,” stated Rivera…. (Source)

It’s not so much what the Cardinal says the Church will continue to proclaim that has got me all excited.

It’s the nasty “judgement” that he makes about the “other roads”.

I’m just dizzy with euphoria over such a proclamation.  It means that the Church Militant is back in the game and unconcerned with offending the secular political establishment, and most especially, the Episcopate is bringing the words and the strut to go along with it.

¡Ándele! ¡Ándele! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! ¡Epa! ¡Epa! ¡Epa! Yeehaw!

Tories split over transgendered rights bill

From a reader….

So apparently 7 years ago the Liberals were defeated and that paved the way for the Conservatives to get in power. But now Conservatives are spending like the Liberals would if no one was watching and supporting crap like the bathroom bill. Most of caucus is opposed but I’m told that the events described in the story below came about because the centre pulled MPs opposed to the bill and put in MPs who support it.

If Conservatives won’t act conservative on fiscal issues, will cut defence spending quicker than cutting the CBC and act like Liberals on social issues then what the hell has the point of the last 7 years been.

I’d rather have a Liberal government that was actually a Liberal government than a “Conservative” one that is Liberal in all but name.