Intolerant Secularism: Abuse of ‘Non-Discrimination’

From Rome Reports comes a great quote from Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, currently serving as the Vatican Secretary of State when he dropped something of a hammer on Europe’s economic issues, caused by the presence of “intolerant secularism.”  Secularists in Europe “often abuse the principle of non-discrimination to build a dictatorship of relativism that clashes with Christian values.”

“It’s against the marriage between a man and a woman, against the defense of life from conception to natural death.”  As Rome Reports notes, the “cardinal called on the bishops and others  to address these problems, by first trusting in God.  And also by being realistic, undoing any prejudice and by getting ready to spread the message of the New Evangelization.”

What an honest and direct statement to make; abusing the principle of non-discrimination to build a dictatorship of relativism that clashes with Christian values!  Yes, he’s urging our bishop’s to take the lead in slowing this rush to relativism as it rolls along of its own weight. Remember this Advent to pray for the bishops of our Church, that they may lead with the justice of our doctrine and fortitude in faith in addition to their exercise of the virtues of prudence and temperance.

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Pelosi: Anti-Catholic Polical Hack

After quoting Madam Pelosi in the Washington Post, Donald McClarey of the American Catholic blog comments in ‘Lying Worthless Political Hack Hates Catholic Conscience;’

“Of course it is little surprise that the adamantly pro-abort Nancy Pelosi has little but ill-concealed contempt for the teaching of the Church on abortion that goes back to the era of the Apostles. What is surprising is that this anti-Catholic bigot, and others like her, are still able to present themselves for communion, receive the votes of many Catholics in this land, and the vast majority of the bishops in this country might as well be potted plants as far as this scandal of public dissent by elected Catholic officials going on for decades is concerned. When the Lying Worthless Political Hack finally departs this vale of tears, I wonder if she will get the same type of “canonization mass” that Ted Kennedy got with a cardinal in attendance? I wouldn’t be at all surprised.”

While our bishops really do have the most difficult jobs, one can’t hardly disagree with such a true comment.  It’s very unfortunate that our bishops seem to allow the public scandal created by these faux catholyc politicians to be their prominent public position.  Could it be their respect for the specific individual and each other’s ‘jurisdiction’ is in itself causing scandal?  It’s hard enough to be Catholic; sometimes public inaction by our bishops makes it even harder.

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Thanksgiving Prayer

Most merciful Father,

your gifts of love are countless

and your goodness infinite.

On this Thanksgiving Day we come before you

with gratitude for your kindness:

open our hearts to concern for others

so that we may share your gifts

of loving service with all your people.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

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Can’t Look Up without Being Down

Hello All; it’s been awhile since we’ve posted here; but life just got in front of us here and we’ve had to take care of our business and our blog here experienced an unplanned vacation.  We’ll make an honest effort to post a worthy word or two quite a bit more often – with objective truth and fair honest opinion.

So it’s clear that this fall our country has experienced a time of tumult and insecurity — our family life, our Church life, and our country all have experienced upheaval.  Herself and I have made a permanent move to a Denver address, but we keep our equine family about 8 miles away at a stable.  Some good consulting work has come our way so we’re working to refill our personal coffers.  Our lovely daughter in law is now just days away from delivering her first baby / our first granddaughter.  Her husband, our son, is now on pins and needles, which is fun to see and experience.  Our younger son is a few weeks away from collecting his BA in Cinema Arts and will be home for Christmas and the birth of his niece.

Our Church also is experience some unexpected changes as our beloved Archbishop Chaput is now center stage in Philadelphia.  He’s taking on a significantly difficult job that will become more difficult in the future.  The assault on Christianity is increasing in tone and intolerance; as same-sex marriage and abortion supporters are becoming vocal through mass media support and a sense of panic.  We must admit it’s rather humorous to watch those yelling about the faux “crusade on homosexuals” and “war on women” by Christians.  But the chilling effect of our economy has sharpened the debate, putting everyone on edge.

But for now, with Advent beginning this Sunday and the birth of Granddaughter has made our world calm for now.  We will accept and enjoy while it lasts, and pray that clearer heads will prevail in our civil debates, and that Love, Faith, Charity and Hope surround us all this Christmas.

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WYD 2011: Tomorrow’s Catholics Today!

What a great event to see, what wonderful hope for our Faith!  For more great World Youth Day videos from Spain, visit here!

May God Bless his Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI.

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New Mass Translation: More Exact

Great explanation for the coming updates to the Mass done in simple and direct language even us old guys can understand.  Rather appropriate timing, given the currently dynamic World Youth Day in Madrid.  Look at these faces; here’s the future of our Faith, our Church, and our Hope!

Hat tip to Thomas Peters; he’s the man!

 

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Liberalism: “Nonsense on Stilts”

Cowboy Papist and Herself are living  with our oldest son and his lovely bride for several months.  We are expecting our first granddaughter during Advent, (yea!!).  While the conditions of our move into the home of our children were out of our control and humbling, the consequences of sharing our daily lives with our kids has been nothing short of absolute enjoyment.

Though only an hour apart geographically, our move has allowed far more good than we expected.  It’s thrilling to talk over an evening meal of babies and young troublesome scoundrels that were our sons!  How to do the simple things old parents take for granted, teaching right from wrong, etc.; all that goes into raising a decent, loving, and perfect human being.

Our granddaughter will start her life with a supportive environment that many never had and never will.  None the less; civilized societies require several basic laws when it comes to children that have a basis in natural law; they be raised to know right from wrong, treat oneself and others with respect, and to know and love God.  In many other parts of the world, most recently in England, entitlements from government have removed the ability of a significant portion of their citizenry to understand these basic societal assumptions in the name of relativism.  This rioting in various cities in England go a long way toward illustrating why social engineering known as liberalism is, as Donn McClarey writes, ‘nonsense on stilts.”

As Dr. William Oddie writes in the Catholic Herald, the legal system in England wonders where are the parents of looters, why aren’t they in court with their pre-teens to ‘face the music,’ as they’re just as  responsible.  Here’s why: the Child Act; passed in 1989, the Child Act removed the rights of parents to discipline their children.  And as God made it, those children are today’s parents who pass to their kids this sense of government entitlement.

Relativism in society is called liberalism and its results are seen across all Western cultures today.  And it doesn’t work.  From Dr. Oddie, here’s how it starts:

. . . the parliamentary bill which became that disastrous piece of (Tory) legislation called the Children Act 1989, which abolished parental rights (substituting for them the much weaker “parental responsibility”), which encouraged parents not to spend too much time with their children, which even preposterously gave children the right to take legal action against their parents for attempting to discipline them, which made it “unlawful for a parent or carer to smack their child, except where this amounts to ‘reasonable punishment’;” and which specified that “Whether a ‘smack’ amounts to reasonable punishment will depend on the circumstances of each case taking into consideration factors like the age of the child and the nature of the smack.” If the child didn’t think it “reasonable” he could go to the police. It was an Act which, in short, deliberately weakened the authority of parents over their children and made the state a kind of co-parent.

. . . Another cause has been the insidious notion (greatly encouraged by successive governments but particularly under New Labour – Old Labour tended to be much more traditional in its views on the family) that the family has many forms, that marriage is just one option, and that lone parenting is just as “valid” (dread word) a form as any other. If you thought that voluntary lone parenting should be discouraged, rather than (as it was) positively encouraged by the taxation and benefits system, you were practically written off as a fascist.Well, all this relativist rubbish has now been comprehensively shown by its consequences to have been dangerous drivel all along.

. . . study after study has shown that from the point of view of the child it is the best and most stable basis for the family. In the 50s, everyone, including governments of all colours, knew that marriage was the foundation of social stability: and a man whose wife stayed at home to look after the children didn’t pay any tax at all until he was earning the average national wage.That whole dispensation was blown apart by the accursed supposed “liberation” of the 60s, and by political ideologies of various kinds, not least by radical feminism. There was nothing inevitable about it: it was done by deliberate political design. And what political design can do, political design can undo.

To that end, a bit under a week ago, Mail Online published this article, “Years of Liberal Dogma,” by Max Hastings, on the UK riots which we found via Don McClarey at The American Catholic.  Frankly, it sounds very common to America and is well-worth the time to read it.  The looters are identified as ‘feral children‘ by a police chief : here’s the wrap-up to the article, one we Americans should take to heart:

. . . A century ago, no child would have dared to use obscene language in class.  Today, some use little else. It symbolizes their contempt for manners and decency, and is often a foretaste of delinquency.  If a child lacks sufficient respect to address authority figures politely, and faces no penalty for failing to do so, then other forms of abuse — of property and person — come naturally.

So there we have it: a large, amoral, brutalised sub-culture of young British people who lack education because they have no will to learn, and skills which might make them employable.  They are too idle to accept work waitressing or doing domestic labour, which is why almost all such jobs are filled by immigrants.

They have no code of values to dissuade them from behaving anti-socially or, indeed, criminally, and small chance of being punished if they do so.  They have no sense of responsibility for themselves, far less towards others, and look to no future beyond the next meal, sexual encounter or TV football game.  They are an absolute deadweight upon society, because they contribute nothing yet cost the taxpayer billions.  Liberal opinion holds they are victims, because society has failed to provide them with opportunities to develop their potential.

Most of us would say this is nonsense.  Rather, they are victims of a perverted social ethos, which elevates personal freedom to an absolute, and denies the underclass the discipline — tough love — which alone might enable some of its members to escape from the swamp of dependency in which they live.

Only education — together with politicians, judges, policemen and teachers with the courage to force feral humans to obey rules the rest of us have accepted all our lives — can provide a way forward and a way out for these people.  They are products of a culture which gives them so much unconditionally that they are let off learning how to become human beings.  My dogs are better behaved and subscribe to a higher code of values than the young rioters of Tottenham, Hackney, Clapham and Birmingham.

Unless or until those who run Britain introduce incentives for decency and impose penalties for bestiality which are today entirely lacking, there will never be a shortage of young rioters and looters such as those of the past four nights, for whom their monstrous excesses were ‘a great fire, man’.

And finally, Don McClarey at The American Catholic opens a recent post titled “Truth About the Riots in England” with this statement:

We live in a low and dishonest age.  Political considerations cause almost all politicians and vast sections of populations to refuse to make fairly obvious statements of fact about the time in which we live.

He summarizes the results of our American welfare state thus:

The under class created by welfare states in the West, welfare states that are manifestly coming to an end simply because the money is running out, tend to be populated by children in adult bodies.  By and large I do not blame them, since they are products of a vast experiment that has been ongoing in the West since the Sixties of the last century at a vast expense:  do away with the family by taking the father out of the equation as either bread winner or primary disciplinarian for children;  throw in large dollops of hedonism consisting of promiscuous sex, illegal drugs and legal alcohol;  have the State dispense material benefits to people who do not work; indoctrinate them in politically correct bromides in schools good for little else;  foster in them a huge sense of entitlement;  and finally  take God out of their lives by rendering God meaningless, a process summarized in the stinging words of H. Richard Niebuhr in describing Liberal Christianity:   “A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.”  This whole exercise in nonsense on stilts is ending in bankruptcy, moral as well as fiscal, an outcome predicted by many critics at the dawn of these welfare states.

We have expectations of our children, at least Cowboy Papist and family does; whether our expectations are too high or low remains to be seen.  We are very, very far from perfect!

Yet only a loving and supporting family based on the traditional concepts of civil society that exercises legal protections and just consequences for its civilians can propagate our futures.  Anything less and we’re selfishly cheating our children of correcting our errors.

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