Saturday, December 31, 2011

Personhood Recognized

While the law may not recognize the unborn as persons, the general population does.
Eleven names on the memorial at the World Trade Center read "and her unborn child." - First Things, January 2012

Monday, December 26, 2011

Inspirational



Virtues such as self-sacrifice, duty and stoicism — the quiet, unassuming heroism of ordinary women coping with separation and the fear of being bereaved on the battlefield. For it is not just soldiers making a sacrifice for their country but their wives and families, too.

And we were touched also because, in an age which has made a fetish of emotional incontinence and tells us that the worst thing we can do is repress our emotions, what these women showed us was the dignity and nobility of emotional restraint.

They minimise their fears and their privations in order to keep the spirits of their fighting menfolk up. In other words, this restraint is itself an act of selfless love.

Singing in the choir helps them channel and release some of that emotion. So it moves us very greatly, because only then do we see the value of such restraint — and what it has cost them. - www.melaniephillips.com

Sunday, December 25, 2011

To Kneel or Not to Kneel

The archdiocese of Halifax/Yarmouth in Nova Scotia has a new direction from the archbishop. We are to remain standing from a few moments after the Consecration until everyone has received Communion and is back in their seats. And then wait until the ciborium is placed in the Tabernacle. Then we may kneel to pray after having received the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.

The Eucharist is the consummate sacrament of the Catholic Church. It is the fundamental tenet that divides us from all other Christian denominations. We truly believe that this piece of bread and this cup of wine is changed - trans-substantiated - into the body and blood, soul and divinity of Our Saviour.

Standing is not the attitude of reverence. Standing may signify some unity amongst the congregation, but at this point in the Mass, I would expect us to be showing reverence rather than unity.

If this is the type of new evangelisation that is being promulgated across the diocese, and I fear that it is, then the new evangelisation will be as empty of content as this new directive is.

Evangelisation is nothing unless it gives witness to the saving power of Christ on the cross. This is the only point of evangelisation: to bring someone to the point where they realise they need a Saviour, not that they need to be part of a church or a body of believers. First and foremost, they need to recognize that they need to be saved and that Someone has done that for them - at a tremendous price.

Someone said to me today that this is not a big deal, that we should just be obedient and continue to pray as we stand. But if standing or kneeling is not such a big deal, then why is the Archbishop making such a big deal of it?



As Cardinal Arinze says, "if you believe that this is Christ, why don't you kneel, why don't you crawl?"

His final word, leave people in freedom, they are not soldiers. Amen

Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Ever Salient Mark Steyn

We now live in Elisabeth’s world — not just because technology has caught up with the Deity and enabled women in their 50s and 60s to become mothers, but in a more basic sense. The problem with the advanced West is not that it’s broke but that it’s old and barren. Which explains why it’s broke.

Read more:
Elisabeth's Barrenness and Ours

Friday, December 23, 2011

Ontario School Board



Fortunately we have people like Michael Coren and Sun News to make public what is going on behind the scenes in Ontario education. Parents really need to rally together because it is in numbers, that they will have strength to oppose what is coming at them.

Those who want tolerance of gays are being the bullies in this situation.
Isn't this precisely the way anti-Semitism was rammed through in Germany? Now it is Christians who are being marginalized by a small section of the population who are radical activists. And they want to take over children and indoctrinate them into their agenda.

Push back parents!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Trust Bishops? hmmm....

At the recent CCCB conference, Archbishop Richard Smith made the statement that Canadian Catholics should not be too worried about Development and Peace and that we should trust the bishops to move forward on this.

In his comments to Gyapong, Archbishop Smith said the bishops want to call people “back to a fundamental trust in our process, trust in our structures and trust in our bishops.” - LifeSiteNews

So On December 19, Bishop Raymond Lahey was in court to receive sentencing for his crime of downloading child pornography onto his computer. He was caught by an immigration official upon re-entering Canada from a trip to Thailand.

In a sexual history inventory, Lahey revealed to Bradford that he had engaged in “a number of one-night stands” before settling into a “longstanding relationship that has lasted 10 years.” Lahey said he hopes to continue the relationship when he leaves prison.
Dr. John Bradford, the psychiatrist who assessed Lahey for both the Crown and the defence, confirmed Lahey told him he would still be a bishop if he had not been caught.
- Deborah Gyapong

There have been many reports of people knowing about Lahey's conduct while in Newfoundland and yet no one said a thing. I am sure that fellow clergy would have known about this; even if it was the stuff of "inside jokes".

Why did no one say anything? If Lahey was carrying on a homosexual relationship for ten years while being an active bishop in the Canadian Catholic Church, someone knew about this and there was a conspiracy of silence.

So now, we are supposed to "trust our bishops"? I think that is a bit of a stretch. Canadian Catholics have been deeply betrayed by the bishops, not by all but more than by just a few. Unless we see transparency and honesty on the part of bishops, it will be extremely hard to trust them again. On any issue.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Tide is Turning

From a post on National Catholic Reporter, Jennifer Fulwiler writes:

Wait a sec…nobody is denying that this is a baby!

I have been reading sites like this since I first got online. I have been following this kind of subject for years, both when I was pro-choice and now that I’m pro-life. And I can say with certainty: This would not have been the tenor of the conversation 10 years ago—or even five. Even as recently as 2006, there would have been a flood of “it’s just a fetus, who cares?” remarks, and the debate would have centered around whether the child was even worthy of a funeral.

Thanks to the Duggars for publicly recognizing their miscarried baby.

Read the entire article here Pro-Lifers, the Tide Just Turned

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Cards to Linda Gibbons

Linda has been arrested again on Friday, Dec 17 and will spend Christmas in jail. I am sure that she would appreciate cards. The address is below. Please be sure not to include anything with your card, do not use mailing labels, both Linda's address and your return address must be written out. Do not ask questions about what jail is like or what goes on in jail. This only has the effect of making life harder for Linda, as all correspondence is opened and read.

With that in mind, your tone of encouragement and support may have an effect upon prison administration, so be aware of that. We don't want to make this harder for Linda. Bless all those involved in this situation.

Linda Gibbons
c/o Vanier Center for Women
655 Martin Street, Box 1040
Milton, Ontario L9T 5E6, Canada

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Abortion jeopardizes everyone's freedom

Two years ago, I signed up to receive Human Life Review, a compilation of lengthy articles on pro-life issues. The articles are in-depth and I have to admit that I often find it difficult to wade through them (I think I suffer from mild ADD or I'm just fidgety as my husband would say).

The summer issue just arrived, I know it's no longer summer, but the articles are not written to be timely; they are meant to be enduring treatises.

One that I recommend is Abortion "Rights" and the Duty Not to Know by Edmund C. Hurlbutt.

To sum up, I think it would be fair to say that Hurlbutt's thesis is that the legalization of abortion sacrifices the underlying principle of the American Constitution on the "right to life" of every individual. And with legal abortion, we are now dealing with a society that is trying to function on the principle that everyone can determine their own truth to live by, and that we can somehow live peaceably with the inconsistencies that entails.

Some good quotes:
... the "right" to an abortion includes an implicit "duty not to know" the truth about abortion, and how the interaction between this duty and the disputed abortion right destroys the very coherence of our society.

The right to "privacy" within which the Roe Court discovered the right to abortion is itself an implicit act of enforced ignorance on those who might object. It obligates opponents, in effect, to agree that they have no intellectual right to know that abortion takes a human life, nor any moral right to know it is heinously wrong. Abortion is a private matter and thus requires ignorance from you in order to preserve the social peace.

The duty not to know came primarily as enforced biological and medical ignorance on women seeking abortions. Planned Parenthood and similar groups have thus vehemently opposed informed-consent laws, ... they also oppose parental-notification and consent laws that require parental participation in a minor girl's decision to abort.
Pro-life centers that offer women medical services, information on fetal development and abortion, and help in securing alternatives to abortion are also relentlessly attacked...
Numerous universities and colleges have denied pro-life students the right to form on-campus groups or even to distribute pro-life information. ..
Whole states, have forced all citizens to pay for tax-funded abortions, thus enforcing a duty not to know the abortion kills an innocent human being.

And his final paragraph:

Since abortion is not illegal- because it is, indeed, the premiere constitutional "right" of our times - then freedom itself, for all of society is threatened; and the human dignity of all, no longer found in reverence for universal human rights, is ultimately at stake.
The issue of legalized abortion is thus the political and cultural issue which surpasses any other claim on the human conscience today. It is the supreme human issue of our times. Without the protection of everyone's right to life, neither the Declaration of Independence nor any real freedom can long endure.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Keeping Elizabeth in Mind

Last night, as we went out to the final vows of Sister Bernadette of the Franciscans of Halifax, we saw an ambulance outside a neighbour's house. It was as we feared; they were coming to take Elizabeth to hospital. Her mother told Nick this morning it is not likely she will return home.

Elizabeth was found to have cancer several years ago and was treated for it, somewhat successfully. Then it returned and was in another organ, and about six months ago, she was told that it was terminal and that they really couldn't do much for her except pain control.

Elizabeth is a 50 year old single woman, living with her mother and step-father. She is not well educated and one might be tempted to think of her as simple. During her working life, she worked as kitchen help in large cafeterias around the city.

But simple she is not; she knows what her life is about and she has accepted with grace the suffering that has been hers. She openly tells what is going on and doesn't hide the fact that it is hard, but she just accepts it with no sense of why me?

I think of Elizabeth as one of the "suffering souls" in this world. Some people get a lot of suffering and they seem the ones who least deserve it. I have met one other woman in my life whom I knew was a "suffering soul". Dianne in Ottawa, a mother who lost her first child to leukemia, and a woman who graced my life with her pure faith. She prayed about everything; if a neighbour asked one of her children to come over and pray play, Dianne would ask God if that was the best thing at that moment. She prayed about absolutely everything; it was as if she was living in the presence of God continuously. Dianne too had cancer and died from it at the young age of 52. I heard from friends that visiting her during her final days was humbling, as Dianne showed more care for her visitors than she did for herself.

Over the past few months, I have felt that Elizabeth is another of God's suffering souls. In some inexplicable way, they carry the cross of Christ in this world and something inside of me says that this is for others.

Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. - Colossians 1:24

How can anything be lacking in Christ's afflictions? I don't understand this and sense that it is some mystery essential to the meaning of human life. But it resonates as true when I see Elizabeth and remember Dianne, both of whom suffered willingly. And those sufferings somehow bear merit for the rest of us.

Please say a prayer for Elizabeth. She doesn't have long to live and how fitting that she will be facing her final trial at this time when we celebrate the birth of Christ. Lord be merciful to her and give her peace and send her those consolations from You that will fill her with joy.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

On Linda Gibbons - well said

For it is not just the physical threat posed by protesters that these injunctions seek to avoid, but the painful self-reflection - both personal and societal - that the protesters' presence imposes on a nation that has brushed the issue of abortion under the carpet.

Abortion is undeniably controversial. And there are certainly arguments to be made that in 1994, establishing a small, protected bubble around abortion clinics may have been a reasonable step to take in a tense environment. But now, in the final days of 2011, there is no justification for the temporary injunction to be used ever again against Ms. Gibbons or a similarly peaceful protester. To do so is to abuse the coercive power vested by the state in our police and courts. It must stop. Yes, Ms. Gibbons is violating the law, but the completely disproportionate response of the state has been the only real injustice. - National Post

The entire article is here

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Update on Linda Gibbons


Charles Lewis covers the latest on Linda's day in Supreme Court. Read the article here

And you can read the history of Linda's run-in with Canadian law here

News on Father Pavone



This is one very good priest. Despite three months of imposed exile by his bishop, Father Pavone remains in good spirits and he is even organizing a pro-life seminar with the nuns in the convent where he is staying.

About a week ago, Abby Johnson posted a letter to Bishop Zurek on her blog, expressing her disappointment that Father Pavone would not be able to attend her acceptance into the Catholic Church and her reception of First Holy Communion. A very telling comment from a priest reveals that he had been turned away from the seminary by the same bishop, who said he did not have a vocation. This young man wisely went to another bishop and got permission to enter the seminary there. He has since been ordained and is a vibrant orthodox priest. Nothing more needs to be said, does it?

Lord, please bring about an end to this exile of Father Pavone and return him to the full-time pro-life work to which You have called him.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Pushing the Edge on Viability

As smaller and smaller babies can be helped to survive (and even thrive), one has to wonder how second and third-term trimesters can be justified.

Born smaller than pop cans, tiniest babies growing up healthy

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sex Education is Child Abuse

From SPUC England, a copy of an address given by Lynette Burrows. Her topic: The Worst Sexualisation of Children is Happening in Schools.

Burrows is an author on children's rights, a campaigner for family values, and not-least, mother of six. She is outspoken and frank, something needed in the murky world of education. Some excerpts:


... the way deeply shocking images were shown as being perfectly normal and commonplace. This is quite a marketing device actually – to normalize the circumstances surrounding what you want to sell, however counter-cultural and offensive they are to what are essentially community and family values.


These films were designed for teenagers and what was unacceptable about them as a means of instructing the young was principally their crudity, insensitivity and assumption of a hard-boiled, quasi- medical approach to human relations but, more importantly, their glossing over important facts such as the failure-rate of all contraceptives, particularly among the young, but also with adult, married couples and the risk involved in promiscuous sex for young people. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) were always referred to as being ‘treatable’ despite many of them being, in fact, incurable – an old trick that is invariably used by the media particularly the BBC.

The reality of treatment that goes on for years, or all your life, is never spelled out for them...

I cannot see the current sex education programme as being anything but ‘marketing’. Never mind the pious talk of ‘only if you want to do it’, the reality is that they fixate on sex as a way of selling it and grooming young people to be sexually active from as early as possible.


They are still involved in probably most of the sex-education in schools and have managed to put up the number of illegitimate children born to young mothers enormously... we now have an illegitimacy rate that is not far off 50% and still rising.

The rather remarkable thing is that all their tendentious advice is given with the one prescriptive proviso that, should they catch an STI, they must not sleep with anyone else until they are considered safe. This is the first and only mention of the fact that it is possible to be abstinent when it comes to sex. Apart from this one instant, young people are supposed to be like rabbits, instinctively programmed to copulate most of the time.
It seems a bit strange to me that they should consider young people altruistic enough to abstain only for the sake of protecting others and not themselves! Talk about shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.


To force sex-ed on to them, before they are ready is therefore to enact mental violence on them for some theoretical reason that is far closer to paedophilia than anything else.

So here we have the theory laid out for public approval. Since sexual curiosity is natural to a child therefore it is alright to allow adults, who have another agenda entirely, to have sexual access to educate them in it. They say, and they are experts, that children need a ‘sexual outlet’ and they are the people to facilitate satisfying this ‘natural’ need. Most people recoil in horror from such a suggestion – and they are right. But the fact is that the material produced now for the innocent eyes of young children is doing just that.


So, I stand by my original opinion that the increase in talking graphically about sex to young children is essentially paedophilic in nature. It is increasing the number of people who are allowed to ‘talk dirty’ to children, and so to breach the protective armour of their innocence.


Fortunately, this government has re-stated parents’ right to withdraw their children from sex-education but many schools are used to by-passing or ignoring pesky parents. Parents have every right to know what material the school proposes to use and to watch it in advance. They must exercise their rights and churches, of every denomination, should act themselves to view the material, to warn parents and inform them of their rights. Personally, I would withdraw my children from any class described as being about ‘sex-education’. They don’t need it and parents can supply all they need to know from their knowledge of the child, from their own instincts and in the context of their family.


And a great line to remember in light of the current debate in Canada on free speech and the Human Rights Commissions.

There is nobody more bigoted and hostile than a liberal whose method or opinion is questioned, and one has to be prepared to stand up to all the misrepresentation and insults they throw.

That would explain why the foul language usually only comes from one direction in hot topics.

h/t Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

Friday, December 9, 2011

Justifying Abortion

For a wicked sense of humour, check out Hilary's comments on statements made to justify abortion. Here's a sample:

"1) If abortion had been illegal when my girlfriend became pregnant, I would not be in the position I'm in. My career would have been stalled at the outset. I would not have been able to tour around the world and see how other more liberal countries have handled this issue. I would not be speaking to you (the interviewer) today.

2) Maybe later I'll be able to support a child.

3) But free people must have the right to choose when the right time is.

4) This rule especially applies to poor people since welfare and public health programmes are inadequate to raise a child and public schools are overcrowded and underfunded."


Translate:
1) My career is more important to me than human life, even the life of my own child. It is much more important to me to fulfill my personal jet-setting ambitions than be responsible for the care and protection of another human being.

2) Even though I am the lead of one of the world's most highly paid acts, I'm still unable to adequately support a child. By extension, I believe that anyone who makes less money than I should also not have children. Only the super rich should be allowed to have children because material poverty, which I define as being less than super rich, is worse than death.

3) The definition of being free is the freedom to kill another person with legal impunity whenever we want.

4) It is better for the poor that they be killed before birth than attend a public school or be dependent upon state benefits. Kill the poor.

Orwell's Picnic

Life Begins at Fertilization


h/t Discover Happiness

In abortion debates, pro-choice defenders will almost always say that "life begins at birth". Then what do they call the nine months before that moment, when all your vital systems are getting in place, when you are developing steadily along a medically well-documented journey? What or who is that being if it is not you? Everyone's life history must begin at the start, not at some point in time nine months later, that is arbitrarily decided by those who want power over that life.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Abortions Under Reported in Ontario

And probably in other provinces too. Kudos to Patricia Maloney for getting this information from the Dept of Health.

Run with Life blog

What is surprising in the information is the number of doctors who performed abortions in their offices. Alveda King says that this was how she had one abortion, almost before she knew what was happening. Her doctor decided that she wasn't ready for another baby and he conveniently removed "the contents of her uterus" during an examination. I wonder how many other times this is done?

In the book I read recently, The Death Peddlers by Fr. Paul Marx, there was one doctor in Oregon who was advocating that all doctors do this and provide abortions for women as soon as they suspected they were pregnant. Why wait for any tests? Why wait for anything? Simply perform a D & C in the office. He claimed that it would clear up the backlog of abortions waiting to be done and would be so much more economical.

I don't know about you, but I find it hard to not get de-sensitised with the glut of abortion information that is around. It is so easy to just read these articles and see these facts, and overlook the issue which is that every single one of these "abortions" takes the life of a human person. No matter how small.

If we could see all of this with the eyes of God, wouldn't we be blown away?

Friday, December 2, 2011

Scam definitely, but perhaps a predator too

Predator: "1.An animal that naturally preys on others.
2.A rapacious, exploitative person or group."

Yup, I think the definition of "predator" fits David Suzuki well.

Hmmm... video is gone. I guess all the negative publicity got to Suzuki.



Canadian geneticist-turned-environmentalist David Suzuki targeted children in his latest outburst of emotionally-charged enviro-gab, this time scaring the fun out of Christmas by warning that Santa’s home was melting. In a post-black-Friday period of climate-ethical circus generation, this takes the cake. This is beyond reprehensible. - Watts Up with That