Saturday, January 9, 2010

Ontario Catholic schools could be forced to push homosexual agenda

In April 2009, the Ontario government launched an Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy that might force all school boards in the province, including the Catholic ones, to fight "homophobia" and ensure the absence of discrimination based on "sexual orientation".  The policy is to be fully implemented for the start of the next school year in September 2010.  Read about it here and here.  

I can't say that I'm surprised given the McGuinty government has pushed many policies that contradict the Church's teaching on family values.  It's still too early to tell exactly where this is going, but we've certainly seen this game before.  The incremental approach is all too familiar. If this strategy is implemented in its current form, it will likely force Catholic schools to teach that homosexuality is a legitimate lifestyle choice, allow students to hold a "Pride Week" and create homosexual student clubs, not to mention the open acceptance of teachers living an active homosexual lifestyle. 

Nobody in the Catholic Church endorses authentic discrimination against homosexuals.  Like every other human being, homosexuals deserve complete respect and love.  Bigotry, insults and violence against homosexuals are completely out of the question. But as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith so eloquently pointed out, "Sexual orientation' does not constitute a quality comparable to race, ethnic background, etc. in respect to non-discrimination. Unlike these, homosexual orientation is an objective disorder and evokes moral concern.” 

I believe that there is still time for Ontarians to fight this proposal between now and September.  Let us pray that clergy and laity will join forces to oppose any intrusion that would force Ontario Catholic schools to act in contradiction to our values.  Contact your MPP to voice your views.  Otherwise, the little bit of Catholicism that is still left in our diluted schools will be lost.


Two Men Arrested in Probe of New York Terror Plot

Read about the latest Islamic terrorist plot.  As you can see, airplanes are not the only places where security needs to pay attention.


Naming the evil of terrorism

This video is so politically incorrect, yet so accurate on most levels.

Disclaimer to protect myself from Human Rights Commissions (normal people need not read this paragraph):  I hereby solemnly declare that I do not harbour any hatred or anger towards any religion or religious group, especially not Islam or Muslims.  I do not advocate any form of violence, hatred or discrimination against Muslims.  I am simply concerned by the statements made by Muslims themselves to the effect that they support terrorist acts.  I am therefore exploring the implications of their position on the public good of Canadians and the world.

The Global Warming Inquisition

A few insightful article from The Catholic Thing regarding the oppression that honest scientists are facing at the hands of the manipulators who are perpetrating the great fraud of man-made global warming.  Here are a couple of juicy excerpts:

Probably more scientists have been adversely affected – estopped altogether from a given line of research, guided, shaped, propelled, decelerated, forced into nonpublication, secrecy, turned down for funds or promotion, and barred from access to laboratory space or archives – because of defiance of conventional wisdom in America since World War II . . . than existed in the whole of the world in Galileo's day.


Fr. James Schall and historian Paul Johnson have observed how some strains of environmentalism have religious features: a fall of man, a catalogue of sins, a call to repentance and asceticism (at least for those of us who aren't ex-Vice Presidents living in Nashville mansions), the promise of salvation, and dire warnings of a secular apocalypse.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Interesting perspective on pornography

I only watched Part 1, but I though there was some good insight there from a secular perspective (although the audio was bad quality).

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy feast of Blessed Brother André!!

Today the Church commemorates Blessed Brother André, that holy and humble religious from Montréal who founded St. Joseph's Oratory and spread devotion to Jesus' adoptive father. I'm looking forward to the day, coming soon, when he will be officially canonized.

Bienheureux Frère André, priez pour nous!

Sacraments 101

This is a beautiful explanation of the sacraments from a Catholic perspective.

Understanding the meaning of our bodies

Every human being on Earth needs to know about the Theology of the Body. It will revolutionize the way you see the world and sexuality. Here is a little teaser.

Good show by our national junior hockey team

Last night, Canada's junior hockey team played it's heart out and lost the gold medal match to the Americans in overtime. It was a great game and much more entertaining than many NHL games. Our juniors have nothing to be ashamed about. They made us proud.

You did a great job guys. I know you must feel very disappointed right now, but there are worse things in life than winning a silver medal. It's good to keep everything in perspective. We'll get 'em next year ;-)

Hang in there, Brit Hume

On January 3, 2010, Brit Hume publicly recommended that Tiger Woods turn his life over to Jesus Christ in order to experience the forgiveness and redemption that he needs at this time in his life. Well done Brit! Watch the video below.

Not surprisingly, he did this on Fox News, the only network where you can still say these things and not get fired.

Also not surprisingly, other networks and reporters have been heaping scorn on Mr. Hume for his remarks. One guy from MSNBC actually compared Mr. Hume to Islamic extremists. Are you kidding me? I don't suppose the the families of dead American soldiers are too pleased with that remark.

Hang in there, Brit, you did the right thing. We're praying for you and Tiger.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Are you ready for retirement?

There's an interesting parable that many people find difficult to understand.  I was fortunate to have a priest explain it to me.  It's often called the parable of the dishonest manager or crafty steward (Luke 16:1-8).  Let's read it:

Then Jesus said to the disciples, ‘There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, “What is this that I hear about you? Give me an account of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.”

Then the manager said to himself, “What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.” So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, “How much do you owe my master?” He answered, “A hundred jugs of olive oil.” He said to him, “Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.” Then he asked another, “And how much do you owe?” He replied, “A hundred containers of wheat.” He said to him, “Take your bill and make it eighty.”

And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.

On the surface, the story isn't too hard to understand: The manager wants to make friends and build "connections" so that he can receive favours in return

UK moving towards an atheist autocracy

Imagine this: a teacher offers to pray for a student who has leukemia, but then gets fired because the atheist parents complained about it. That's what has just happened in the UK. Read about it here.

The UK has become delirious.  The government has completely lost its mind.  There's no way I'm going to vacation in UK anytime soon. I think Afghanistan ranks higher on my "top vacation destinations" than the UK.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Fr. Prieur gets it wrong -- again

I was surfing the web and minding my own business when I came across an article by Catholic Insight that debunks another error by Father Michael Prieur.  In 2001, Fr. Prieur claimed that it was acceptable for Catholic hospitals to cooperate in a tubal ligation performed for the purpose of contraception.

Wrong -- again.

Why do we care what one priest thinks? This isn't just any priest. He's a Professor of Moral and Sacramental Theology at St. Peter's Seminary in London, Ontario. He's also Canada's foremost Catholic bioethicist. If you're angry about the rotten state of the Catholic Church in Canada, ask yourself what kind of formation our priests and ethicists are receiving with teachers like this. You can read more about Fr. Prieur's other errors here and here.

This is not a witch-hunt, but I'm tired of blind shepherds leading Christ's faithful into a spiritual ditch. If we ever hope to turn this Church around, there will need to be changes at many levels, not the least of which is in our seminaries and other areas of formation.

Let's get back to the issue of tubal ligation.  Dear reader, in case you think that you don't have enough theology degrees to address this question, please don't underestimate yourself so quickly.  Your gut instinct is correct.  This one is a no-brainer.  There's no way a Catholic can freely and directly cooperate with a tubal ligation or any other method of contraception.  Don't take my word for it. Read the Catholic Insight article here.

In the meantime, our seminary professor continues to mislead our future priests and health care practitioners.  Here's a non-exhaustive list of major errors found to date:

  1. He endorsed "early inductions" before viability for 12 years, which is exactly the same thing as abortion but under a different name (by his own admission).  He only changed his tune when the US bishops dropped the hammer in 1997.
  2. He continues to endorse "early inductions" on babies with severe deformities using a misguided notion of viability. The hospital where he serves as ethics advisor even performs early inductions in cases when the mother's life is not in danger, which is euthanasia, pure and simple.
  3. He supports the Winnipeg Statement and believes that the decision to use contraception is up to the individual conscience.
  4. He wrote an article endorsing embryonic stem cell research, in opposition to Church teaching.
  5. And now we know about his support for tubal ligations, again in opposition to the Magisterium.
On virtually all the major issues in bioethics, he's at odds with Church teaching. And yet we rely on him to form our priests and health care practitioners? We're getting what we deserve.


Is Novalis questioning the humanity of the fetus and endorsing divorce?

Novalis is a "Catholic" publishing company based at St. Paul's University in Ottawa.  In the past two weeks, I came across some troubling stuff in their French daily missalette.

If you know anything about St. Paul's, you'll understand why I put the word "Catholic" between quotation marks.  While St. Paul's used to be a world-renowned Catholic institution several decades ago, it is now more renowned for it's liberal brand of Catholicism.  In an effort to increase enrollment, the university has diluted the teaching in order to welcome Christians from all denominations.  Tragically, successive Archbishops of Ottawa have done little or nothing to fix the problem.  There are still good teachers there, but there's too much crap.  It's not a safe place for a beginner to learn about theology or philosophy.  

Novalis is best known for the daily missalette called "Living With Christ" (in French it's called "Prions en Église").  But they produce a wide variety of other books too.   In 2004, they caused quite a stir among faithful Catholics when

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Summary of the ClimateGate scandal

In case you're just tuning in, this article provides a great summary of the ClimateGate scandal that reveals that man-made global warming is likely the greatest scientific fraud ever committed.  Don't let yourself be duped.