Very nice summary of the work of famous sociologist Carle Zimmerman.
One implication of Zimmerman’s findings is that those who espouse Kasperism are not only a product of the mentality of decaying civilization, but are also contributing to its demise by undermining the family.
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.
Another great piece from the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada.
What if the very things you did to give your child a leg up could actually hurt their chances for success? What if too much of a good thing – lessons, toys, even choices – had the opposite effect, putting your child at a disadvantage?
Family counselor and best-selling author Kim John Payne, M.Ed., says this is exactly what’s happening in modern parenting. Some children, as a result, are nudged toward anxiety disorders, ADHD or bullying.
Every parent hopes to unleash their child’s boundless potential. They buy heaps of toys and books whilst signing their child up for classes to maximize learning, enrichment and experiences. Yet before long, parents are providing so much stimulation that it interferes with their child’s development, thwarts their child’s concentration, blocks their creativity, drains their resilience and even rattles their sense of security.
“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.”
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….
I just wanted to take the time to wish all the Legateers out there in cyberworld a very Merry Christmas and blessed New Year. We’re really going to be up against it in the years to come as society becomes darker and darker. But who cares?! Jesus has already won the war. The rest is just details…except that the details mean everything to our souls and the souls of people who we engage. So, while you have been told that the “Devil is in the details”. That is not true. You are. The feast of the incarnation has united God to man, and has bound us to the baby in Bethlehem. Let us therefore be worthy of that honour and fight for the kingdom gifted to us.
A few announcements as we head into the Christmas season and a New Year….
1) Children of Paraguay Fundraiser: The Children of Paraguay are selling raffle tickets for this beautiful portrait [see below] to raise money to buy medicine for the clinic in Paraguay. The tickets cost $10 each. Raffle ends at the end of January. For more information on the portrait or to buy a ticket, please contact Rosa Frias at childrenofparaguay @ rogers.com.
2) Joy Company Dancers: New videos up at the Company’s YouTube Channel. New promo video for the company can be found here. J.O.Y Company Dancers stands for “Jesus is our Y” and entertains seniors in the Ottawa area. If you know persons who need to be loved and are lonely, contact the Company.
3) CIA – Catholic Intelligence Association: Exposing the scandals and shenanigans of the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Tips and Leads are welcome! You will be kept anonymous!! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The CIA is in alliance with The Fellowship of St Joshua (Joshua is the patron saint of intelligence operatives).
4) Divine Mercy Rosary DVD – Dennis and Angela Girard have released their Divine Mercy Rosary DVD. You can check it out at www.divinemercyrosary.com. You will find a trailer and testimonies there plus a press release about it on the side bar. St. Joseph Communications is now distributing it in the U.S. Aside from it being a wonderful way to pray the Rosary it also is a great “spiritual washing machine” for the mind for men dealing with Pornography issues.
5) National Dementia Strategy – Fellow Legateer Matt Dineen has been leading the charge against the delibitating disease of dimentia. SUPPORT A NATIONAL DEMENTIA STRATEGY: Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, is urging support for a national dementia strategy. Parliament will debate a private member’s bill, C-356, An Act for a National Dementia Strategy early in 2015. Alzheimer’s and related dementia diseases afflict 750,000 Canadians and their caregivers. C-356 calls for increasing funding for research, promoting earlier diagnosis and intervention, strengthening the integration of primary, home and community care, enhancing skills and training of the dementia workforce, and improving support for caregivers. Contact your local Member of Parliament to show your support; Office of the Prime Minister (email@example.com); the Health Minister (Rona.Ambrose@parl.gc.ca).
6) Legionnaires of St. Maurice – Catholic Mens Group: As I have been mentioning to many of you over the past several months, I want to explore the possibility of starting a men’s group. This is merely an exploratory endeavour at this point, as I want to see what kind of response is out there. So I am proposing to have a couple of evenings in January (Thurs.Jan.22 and Sat. Jan.24) to show a very moving testimony by a modern-day Job.
I realize that all of us are very busy, and the last thing we need is another group to commit to. However, I am absolutely convinced that God is calling Catholic men to step up to the plate. As someone who has been involved in activism for 11 years, I can confidently tell you that political and social efforts are good, but they are wholly insufficient to deal with the challenges the Church and our families are facing. We need something more fundamental. We need a movement of Catholic men which draws in our fallen away brothers. I’ve backed off doing activism for over a year now (not voluntarily, mind you, but God works in mysterious ways!), and in so doing have developed a deeper prayer life.
Through this time, I have become absolutely convinced that the way of revival and cultural renewal starts with Catholic men. Catholic men are the first domino. Knock that domino down…and everything falls into place and all of the garbage we face simply vanishes. Catholic men keep families together…and when families stay together, almost all of the social ills and disorders we face simply melt away. And furthermore, I am convinced that such a movement would be one of the greatest evangelizing forces the Church has ever known.
I believe that the Holy Spirit is calling us. I’ve talked to other guys and they feel the same pull. In fact, just a few days ago, I came across this video….
Some surprising lucidity from the mainstream media. Andrew Coyne writes in the National Post :
That is the implication of erasing the line between suicide and assisted suicide. When we say the former right is of “no use” to certain people, we are saying the mere absence of legal restraint is insufficient. We are not merely upholding their freedom to choose that option. We are saying that option should in fact be made available to them. We are not just establishing a right to what was previously forbidden: we are changing how we think of the act itself — of suicide, from a tragedy to a benefit, a release from suffering; of assisting suicide, from a crime into a service. We are asserting that helping people in pain to end their lives — killing them, to be more direct — is a positive good, which it is the state’s obligation not merely to tolerate, but to facilitate.
Archbishop Kurtz, president of the United States Bishops Conference argues that the Synod on the Family was never about changing the teaching of the Church on marriage, family life or sexual morality. Rather, Pope Francis gathered bishops from around the world to hear about the various challenges facing families, and to come up with a merciful and loving way of encouraging Catholic families to be faithful and fruitful.
Pope Francis has told us that as Church we need “to receive the needy, the penitent and not only the just or those who believe they are perfect!” He has even gone further to state that we must not only welcome the lost, but go out and find them!
This Synod was called in response to a crisis in our time: the crisis of the family. In Canada and in the West our crisis is caused by ideologies which oppose the sanctity of human life and the institution of marriage and the family. At the root of it is, as Pope Benedict called it, the Dictatorship of Relativism. We don’t get to make the rules. God makes the rules. Or rather, God has designed us beautifully, and written his plan for our happiness in our hearts and on our bodies. Another common error today is a false sensitivity or tolerance which suggests it’s good to allow people to continue down a dangerous path. As if misleading people is somehow more loving. Pope Francis describes such an approach as “deceptive mercy,” a false mercy which bandages wounds but fails to heal them.
The Holy Father ended this first portion of the Synod by beatifying Pope Paul VI – a heroic witness who wrote the brief but prophetic encyclical Humanae Vitae. He was encouraging Catholics to continue in the 2000 year history of celebrating the gift of sexual fruitfulness. Rather than resorting to contraception, Blessed Paul VI challenged us to find natural means for couples to be generous and responsible parents.
Please understand that I’m not here to condemn anyone. Together we make up a Church of humble sinners who must constantly strive towards sainthood, even if we stumble along the way. For all of us, God offers the gift of mercy, particularly through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which we will have an opportunity to participate in later today. (Source)