Sunday, March 25, 2012

Planned Parenthood Lunacy

If there was ever an organization that was totally immoral in its constitution and beliefs, the prize would have to go to Planned Parenthood. Not satisfied with providing access to unlimited abortions to would be mothers of all ages, they've gone one step further and are now advocating that "cool" parents would let their kids have sex at home, just like Dutch parents do, and we all know how cool the Dutch are.

In the article form LifeSiteNews here,

Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernadino Counties invited Amy T. Schalet, author of Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens, and the Culture of Sex, to keynote the organization’s “Consider This” luncheon last week.
Dr. Schalet, an assistant sociology professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, said American parents should be more like their counterparts in the Netherlands, who allow teenagers to have sex openly under their roof. 

I simply cannot express the outrage that I feel at the moment that such a thing would even be considered. These people have the gall to think that parents are so stupid that simply because Shalet is a sociology professor and has first hand experience in the sex lives of Dutch teens that we would  just fall over and get in line by emulating Dutch parents.

She goes on to say how unfortunate it is that girls in America believe, "in their parents’ eyes they would be a disappointment if they were to engage in sex.” If I teach my children the moral goodness of abstinence, and the sinfulness of having sex outside the bonds of matrimony, then yes, I would be disappointed if they were to disregard my teaching. Just as as I would be disappointed  if they engaged in theft, murder and any other immoral act that I teach them to avoid. What else does she expect me to be? Elated?

The article continues, "Schalet wrote that a Dutch teenager who told her parents about her sexual relationship with her boyfriend “enjoyed time and a new closeness with her family.” and continuing,  “Obviously sleepovers aren’t a direct route to family happiness,” Schalet wrote. “But even the most traditional parents can appreciate the virtue of having their children be comfortable bringing a girlfriend or boyfriend home, rather than have them sneak around.”

 No, I cannot appreciate the virtue?? of making my children comfortable in committing a grave sin at home. If anything, I want them to feel the guilt even in the contemplation of committing such a sinful act. I want them ill at ease with the knowledge that what they are about to engage in is in fact a total disrespect for themselves AND their partners, and a total disregard for the dignity of both parties. If they sneak around it is because they know they are doing wrong in disobeying their parents and sinning against God.

Further in the article, "“It is the societal thinking—the norms—that make the Dutch, German and French successes possible. It is the openness and the acceptance that young people will have intimate sexual relationships without being married and that these relationships are natural and contribute to maturing into a sexually healthy adult.”

So, in other words, if we make sin the norm in society, and everybody is doing it anyway, then it is no longer a sin, since it is so common and of course, majority rules right? The only successes I've seen coming from the Dutch, Germans and the French is the fact that they have succeeded in allowing themselves to become completely devoid of faith. Their churches are nearly empty, their belief in God is passe, and the EU will take care them, and now, as a society, they are proud to be open and accepting of teens having sex. If this is success, they can keep in on that side of the Atlantic. This parent ain't fallin' for this BS.

In advocating this sort of behavior with parental approval, the only thing Planned Parenthood is doing is engaging in job security. If our children  are allowed space in our home to have sex with whom ever, and when ever they want with our approval, then they will engage in sex more often, and as it is shown here  the chance of pregnancy increases.  But that is ok. We get a package deal. If our daughters should become pregnant because of a failed Planned Parenthood condom, Planned Parenthood will provide an abortion too!The only caveat is that the parents will now be responsible to pick up the pieces of the psychological and spiritual damage done to our little girls.

Let no one tell you different. Children are nothing but a commodity to Planned Parenthood. They are in it for the money and nothing else. This is an evil organization, and a stake needs to be driven through its heart.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Constantine: First Pope?

Claims have been made by some non-Catholics that Constantine the Emperor founded the Catholic Church despite the evidence contrary. It's almost as if they want this claim to be true, otherwise they would have to acknowledge that the Church IS the true Church founded by Christ upon Peter. The Catholic Church is the only christian church today that can actually trace her lineage back to the first century and to the apostles and no amount of misinterpretation of history will ever change that truth.

The evidence that is presented as "proof" that Constantine founded the Catholic Church is the Edict of Milan. Like any king, emperor  or dictator, Constantine wanted peace in his empire and sought to assuage his subjects by allowing them the right to worship freely without being killed or otherwise molested.  Here is an excerpt of the Edict that says; (emphasis mine)

 Therefore, your Worship should know that it has pleased us to remove all conditions whatsoever, which were in the rescripts formerly given to you officially, concerning the Christians and now any one of these who wishes to observe Christian religion may do so freely and openly, without molestation. We thought it fit to commend these things most fully to your care that you may know that we have given to those Christians free and unrestricted opportunity of religious worship. When you see that this has been granted to them by us, your Worship will know that we have also conceded to other religions the right of open and free observance of their worship for the sake of the peace of our times, that each one may have the free opportunity to worship as he pleases; this regulation is made we that we may not seem to detract from any dignity or any religion.

You can read the entire Edict of Milan here:  Edict of Milan

No where does the Edict mention the Catholic Church or the Roman Catholic Church by name, but instead uses the general term Christians. The name Roman Catholic Church was first used by protestants and foremost, the Anglicans in the 16th century because they themselves wanted to keep the name Catholic, thus differentiating themselves from the Catholic Church in Rome. Another thing to note is that the Edict gave freedom to ALL religions and not just the Christians. Contrary to the belief that Constantine purposely founded a church or religion in order to be the head, we find out instead that his sole purpose was  "for the sake of the peace of our times". 

If Constantine did actually establish the Catholic Church, then he would have had to pull off a real neat trick, because the Catholic Church already existed, and the name Catholic, meaning universal, was in use long before Constantine was, shall we say, a twinkle in daddy's eye.

 St. Ignatius of Antioch 35-107 A.D.
You must all follow the lead of the bishop, as Jesus Christ followed that of the Father; follow the presbytery as you would the Apostles; reverence the deacons as you would God's commandment. Let no one do anything touching the Church, apart from the bishop. Let that celebration of the Eucharist be considered valid which is held under the bishop or anyone to whom he has committed it. Where the bishop appears, there let the people be, just as where Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church. It is not permitted without authorization from the bishop either to baptize or to hold an agape; but whatever he approves is also pleasing to God. Thus everything you do will be proof against danger and valid. 

The name Catholic was obviously in use by the time Ignatius had written this letter since he expected his readers to know what he meant when he used the name Catholic. Some scholars attribute its use to the latter part of the 1st century, well before the Edict of Milan. Even if non-Catholics do not hold the Apostolic Fathers in high regard, they cannot ignore the historical significance of this document and the use of the word and name, Catholic. Ignatius, who was a disciple of John the Apostle, wrote this letter a mere 10 years after the death of John ca. 100 A.D. Surely John would have been aware of the name Catholic in his time, yet not a peep of protest from John, and as a matter of record, the Church was already on her fifth pope by the time John had died, and by the time the Edict of Milan came to be, the Church had their 32nd pope in Rome.  

Supposedly, the Edict marked the beginning of the pagan Catholic Church with Constantine as its head. If that is the truly the case, then those that hold the Holy Bible dear to them have a big problem, for it wasn't until AFTER the death of Constantine did the Church compile the different writings of what we call the Bible into its canon of divinely inspired books. If the Church was indeed pagan by then, then non-Catholics hold a pagan bible in their hands. You can't have it both ways.

Claims have been made that Constantine was indeed Catholic, for he built churches, helped finance certain Catholic projects and overall, supported the Church. What of it? Doing all these things didn't make Constantine anymore Catholic than Cyrus the Great becoming a Jew simply because he allowed the Jews to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild their Temple. Not only did he allow the Jews to go home, Cyrus let them return with sacred vessels taken from the earlier Temple, and even paid for the construction of the new temple.

One final note: Many denominations were founded after Luther broke away from the Catholic Church. Each and every denomination had a founder who was considered the leader of that denomination, such as Luther, Calvin, Wesley etc...down to all those we have today. They were all considered the authority  in their new church and taught their followers, through practice, their brand of faith.. What of Constantine? If he was Catholic, why did he not become a practicing Catholic through baptism? What better way to lead a people than by example? Why did he spend his whole life being non-catholic, delving into paganism here and there,  and only at the end of his life receive baptism into the Church he purportedly founded? Even better, if he was truly the founder of the Catholic Church why did he not proclaim himself the Pope? Luther et al were considered the founders and leaders of their denominations and practiced their faith, but why not Constantine?

This myth of Constantine has been repeated so often by so many that it is assumed to be true. A little fact checking and even a slightly opened mind goes far to dispel ignorance.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Satan: An Enemy No Longer Recognized

Yes, I've also read the story about  Australian philosopher and medical ethicist Dr Francesca Minerva and Dr. Alberto Giubilini, a bioethicist from the University of Milan, who wrote the paper, "After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?". And yes, I've known that there have been others before them, floating this idea that killing newborns should be permissible, but what disturbs me even more, if it were possible, other than that such an idea should even be contemplated, was the fact that the Journal of Medical Ethics thought it worthy to publish it. Journal of Medical ETHICS.

Even more disturbing to me is the fact that instead of the authors circulating this paper quietly amongst colleagues, they felt comfortable enough to have their paper published for the world to see. This tells me more about what the world will now accept as normal medical practice than it does about the morally repugnant nature of the authors pushing the idea that infanticide is the logical next step to abortion. In a nutshell, they argue that the reasons given to have an abortion should also extend to the newborn.

Evil is no longer recognized as evil today. In centuries past, and leading up to the twentieth century, evil had a name: Satan. Satan was considered the embodiment of evil and as a result, in direct opposition to God, the embodiment of goodness. However, during the last century, Satan has been able to accomplish something that has made him virtually invisible in today's world. He has finally instilled in many people the idea that he no longer exists and as a result, he has been able to roam the world at will without anyone recognizing him or his works.

Over the last fifty years or so, our society has been increasingly tolerant of evil under the guise of goodness. No one accepts evil because it is evil, but because it is presented as a good. This is Satan's expertise. Even in the desert, Satan appealed to Christ's humanity by presenting Him with temptations that would try to entice Christ to fall into sin. I do not think that Satan was sure at that time if Christ was truly the Son of God and had to find out for himself, so he tested Him. Mere man would have fallen to these temptations, but not God. Satan, though evil, masked himself to Christ as a good and compassionate voice so as not to be recognized for what he was, but Christ being who he was revealed him with the words, "Depart from me Satan!"

Today Satan has continued to use the same modus operandi in our world as he did with Christ as well as with Adam and Eve, and has become very successful because he is no longer believed to exist by many. Satan is no longer told to depart from us for our world no longer recognizes him. No longer having to mask himself, Satan has insinuated himself and his evil through liberalism and secularism by appealing to man's own sense of justice and fairness.

It was no longer fair that a woman should give birth to a child conceived through violence so legal abortion was introduced as the solution. It was not fair that a woman should be stigmatized for being pregnant out of wedlock or to have a child that she could not afford to raise. Sex is a beautiful thing and so natural and so pleasurable that it should be engaged in without being punished with an unwanted pregnancy: Enter mass distribution and usage of contraceptives. So keen was man's sense of justice and fairness that even abortion, no longer rare or safe (breast cancer), is used as a method of contraception. 

Giving up on the belief of God and Satan, man's soul has been fertile and accessible ground for evil to be sown. Without moral absolutes to guide him any longer, man as has turned against nature itself, seeing the unnatural as a good thing. Homosexual acts are no longer seen as a horrendous crime against nature or a grievous sin against a God who is dead. It was not fair that loving homosexual couples should not enjoy the benefits of marriage as did heterosexuals, so legislation is passed to now accept evil as an apparent good.

Since Satan has had time to kill, he has massaged our society for a long time, preparing us to accept more evil as a good, no matter how horrendous the evil. Why else would a university law student declare to the whole world that she was having so much sex that she could no longer afford it and that we should pay for her contraceptives? This would not have seen the light of day a mere twenty years ago. There was a time in our recent past where having a child outside of marriage was looked down upon. Today, its not so much the marital status that is of utmost importance but whether or not the mother will kill her own baby, or allow it to live.

The world has incrementally accepted evil over the last several decades and  this is why Dr Francesca Minerva and Dr. Alberto Giubilini felt comfortable in submitting their paper for publication. Though the editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics,  Professor Julian Savulescu, director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics explained, the paper was not an argument in favor of infanticide, it certainly is telling that he would publish this paper, as if infanticide was a viable option for the medical world and parents to consider, and so it was worthy of publication.

In the absence in the belief of God and Satan, what was once considered good is no longer recognized as good nor evil as evil. This is why the world sees contraceptives, homosexual acts, abortions and yes, infanticide as good and humane things. If we want a glimpse into a world where God gives man over to his hardness of heart, as he did with Pharaoh, then we only have to open our eyes and see what is happening around us. Pharaoh's own words destroyed the first born of Egypt. What will our own words destroy in our time?

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Our Bodies, His Temple

Walk into most any Catholic church and you can feel the holiness. You just know this church is a building whose purpose is very different than any other building around town. The smell of incense, the sight of the Crucifix and the knowledge that the Real Presence rests in the Tabernacle adds to our sense of sanctity within these walls. It is no less a House of Prayer than the Temple was in our Lords time, when fashioning a whip of cords, Jesus sought to drive out the sinfulness that was occurring in His Father's house.

Most people recognize this holiness, this sanctity that is embodied in a Catholic church and as such, speak in a whisper, in hushed voices, respecting those in the pews that are in prayer to the One in the Tabernacle. No matter if the church is large or small, modern or Gothic in style, it is the house of God, and most times, it is treated as such.

If we were to walk into a Catholic church and discovered a couple having sex in front of the Tabernacle or on the alter we would be horrified. We would be just as equally horrified if during a homily we heard outright lies from the lips of a priest denying the existence of God and declaring that scripture is a man-made story to control the common folk, and those sitting in the pews nodding in agreement. What would be our reaction if entering a church we discover people drinking til drunk and staggering around uncontrollably , as vile comments spew from their lips with no regard to anyone around them, or bands of thieves roaming the pews and stealing from those sitting there?

No less horrified would we be if we saw people brandishing a gun, or knife and indiscriminately killing those around them in church. What if...these things were common occurrences each and everyday, and knowing how wrong and sinful all these things are, we allow them to continue unabated, even justifying them to some degree? Would we turn a blind eye or would we, using our own whips, drive out the sinfulness that we saw happening in the House of God?

It's easy to see the actions above as being scandalous, offensive and sinful if they happened in our parish churches, yet many of us do not seem to have the same reaction when we desecrate our very bodies which are Temples of God, the Holy Spirit, with our own sinful actions. St. Paul calls our bodies Temples of the Holy Spirit in 1Corinthians6 and prior to that he writes:

 "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived:
 neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Every time we engage in the above sins, we do this within the Temple of God, our bodies. This Sunday's Gospel at Mass speaks to us not only of His "zeal for His Father's house", but also metaphorically of our own bodies, Temples of God. Every time we sin against our bodies we become the money changers, those selling oxen, ass and doves within the Temple. Jesus was angered by this and rightly so, and his reaction was to drive them all out violently. How much more anger would he reserve for those of us who desecrate His Father's house within our own bodies? Our bodies are no less holy than our churches yet we treat these temples, our bodies, with contempt. When we sin against our bodies, we fashion our own whips and drive out the Holy One from His own Temple.

We seem to think nothing of killing the unborn life, committing adultery, theft, lying, cheating and committing a host of other desecrations within His temple, our bodies, yet we would be shocked if it happened in our churches, God's tabernacles. Then let us be also shocked and horrified in the desecrations of our own bodies, tabernacles of his presence within us.
In baptism, Christ dwells and makes His home in us. Our souls contain the very image of God, and it is the soul that animates the body. We need to get back our sense of holiness and the sanctity of our bodies and to see them as the true Temples of the Holy Spirit that they are. Lent provides the perfect time to drive out all desecration and immorality from our temples, providing God with a true and holy Temple, worthy of the Creator. Let us also have a "zeal for His Father's house".

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Environmentalism: Misplaced Faith

I wonder what it's like when you put your faith and trust in experts, human beings, and stake your life on what these experts tell you is the 'truth'. I wonder what it feels like when all else in life is forsaken, and a cause is taken up so as to make sense of your life, to make your life mean something, to have purpose, value and to give a reason for your existence in this world.

Then, I begin to wonder what it must feel like when everything you believed to be true starts to crumble, that it was not what you thought it was, that beyond what you believed and had faith in, nothing else mattered, and now, there is nothing left for you to put your faith in. I wonder what it is like to find out that the experts were mistaken, or worse, deliberately lying to you.

I wonder what it must be like to defend something so vehemently, so thoroughly with your whole being, and that something, has come to be indefensible, a gross error, a misplaced trust and faith. I wonder how it feels when a horror and a despair is presented to you as true, when a tremendous fear is instilled in you that unless all people of the world, great and small alike, change their way of life, your life is lost or ruined. How does one feel believing his or her own life depends on everyone else believing and having faith in these experts as you do, and unless they do so, all is lost?

I, unfortunately, have seen some inkling of this in the last few years from hard-core environmentalists, those who believed that unless man changed his way of life, the earth was doomed. That unless man did something now, the world that we know would be destroyed, made uninhabitable by our 'excesses'. They've spent the better part of their lives acting out their little religious rituals of recycling, riding their bikes instead of cars, buying 'green' even if it costs more, saving animals instead of saving unborn children, thus rescuing the planet from the millions of carbon dioxide exhaling little babies, forcing others to except their 'faith' while decrying others who express their own faith in a greater good, something outside of man, in God.  I've seen them make environmentalism into a religious experience, a way of life and perhaps the only way of life for many of them.

I've seen the silence come from those who now are coming to realize that nothing they do will affect the climate, that all they've done to stop global warming was in vain and that their Mother Gaia didn't need them. I've read the reactions from these same people when asked about 'Climate gate', the unbelief in their words, their stumbling over words...I've read their despair...and their anger at the people they trusted.

My faith in a better world does not depend nor has it ever depended on human 'experts', individuals that are, like me, vulnerable to weaknesses, temptations and errors. God, not man, gave me this faith, a gift. He gave me value and a purpose in life. I was put here for no less of a reason than love. I was loved and in His thoughts before being conceived. He didn't need me or anyone else. God needs nothing, is wanting of nothing. God is complete, lacking nothing, and though there was no need for Him to create me, He did so anyway to share what He had with me, for me. He did not deny me anything... not even His son.

In placing my belief and faith in Him, I can watch all be destroyed around me and still know that He is there, that I am not lost, that there is a future, an eternal future with Him. That is not to say that I deliberately set out to destroy our world through selfish excess, but neither will I place creation above the Creator. I do not put my faith and hope in this world, what 'experts' say is important, but in the next world, where He tells me what is important and what He has promised to the faithful. Not faithful to our physical world, but in the spiritual world where he abides. I am not left alone for I was given His Word to live by. I was warned to beware of false prophets preaching their own gospel...a gospel of deceit. I was told to watch for the signs of the times, and that the day and the hour is not known to me, but to Him alone, and that what is required of me is to be ready for that day. I am not so arrogant to believe that I can change the global climate by mere human effort, for the Creator is still with us and is controlling His creation. My job is to love my neighbor as myself, and in so doing, loving God. What I do for the least, I do for Him.

I do feel awful for those that have put all their eggs in this 'warming' basket and finding their eggs being broken one by one. But at the same time, I can only say that we have all been forewarned of false prophecies, prophets of doom, those saying, "There He is!" For the end does not come when the scientists say it will come, but when He is ready.

This world is indeed in dire straits. Not from global warming, but from the coldness of our hearts and the misplaced faith and trust of this world in something that is fleeting, a deception. The fear we should have is in not placing our faith in Him. Do I think Christianity is the true faith, where our faith does belong and all the others are lacking of the whole truth? You bet. Why? Because in being a Christian, I accept the Word and the Word has told me "I am the way, the truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Not through Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, New Age, socialism, communism OR Environmentalism. No, through Christ alone do we come to the Father. It is with Him you will find my faith.