Saturday, January 31, 2009
Remember, Papa Ratzinger helped write many of the documents of VII, even He says they were not viewed in the light of Tradition and have been used for erroneous purposes and ends
In her article on six questions related to the Decree which remitted the sanction of excommunication of the four bishops of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX), the Vatican correspondent for French newspaper La Croix (the Catholic-owned daily), Isabelle de Gaulmyn includes some well-known facts.
However, there is some new information in the text, which we present below.
1. Possible news conference by Cardinal Castrillón:
“This week, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, president of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, which is in charge of this reintegration, should explain it [the future possibilities] publicly to the press.”
2. Letter of Cardinal Bertone. Regarding the question on whether this “reintegration encompasses an acknowledgment of the teachings of Vatican II”, De Gaulmyn reveals that the decree was the object of a letter sent by the Secretary of State, Cardinal Bertone, to Curial authorities:
“This is the whole problem. The decree published on Saturday does not speak of Vatican II, but it evokes indirectly the ‘problem posed at the origin’. Not more than, according to our information, the letter sent by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone to the authorities of the Curia, in which he makes this gesture known.”
3. So, what about Vatican II? At least for the moment there does not seem to be any desire from those responsible for the discussions on the Vatican side to demand from the SSPX the express acceptance of one specific Council (the Second Vatican Council or, for instance, the First Lyon Council), since they may all be implicitly included in more generic expressions. In the words of De Gaulmyn:
“The refusal of the teachings of the Council is the true cause of the rupture of the Integrists. For the constitution of the Institute of the Good Shepherd [IBP] by former members of the Fraternity, in 2006, its members explicitly vowed ‘to have a positive attitude of study and communication with the Apostolic See, avoiding all controversy, (…) regarding certain points taught by the Second Vatican Council or regarding subsequent reforms of the liturgy and of the law, and which seem to us hardly reconcilable with Tradition.’
“Nothing of the sort this time, according to our sources: ‘Vatican II is not a dogma of faith’, they say. From the moment in which the bishops and priests of the Fraternity recognize the Church, and the Magisterium of the Pope, that will suffice as an implicit acknowledgment.”
No Husband and bankrupt, living with her parents, all kids in vetro ? What the hell is the matter with people?
Octuplet mother has child specialty degree
WHITTIER - The mother of the octuplets born at Kaiser Permanente's Bellflower Medical Center is a college graduate with a degree in child and adolescent development, college officials said Friday.
Nadya Suleman, believed to be a 33-year-old single mother who lives with her parents, Angela and Ed, graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2006, according to college spokeswoman Paula Selleck. She returned as a master's of science in counseling graduate student in fall 2006 and was last enrolled in spring 2008.
On Friday, seven of eight octuplets, delivered Monday, were breathing on their own. The eighth was receiving oxygen through a nose tube. Hospital officials said Suleman is recovering well.
When the awe of Suleman's delivery lessened, some seemed to frown upon the fact that Suleman already had six children before this pregnancy.
"The sad thing is that the kids are going to pay the price for the adult's decisions," said neighbor Audrey Longstreth, 43. "I mean, I have my hands full with my kids - and I only have three."
The family's finances were also questioned.
Angela Suleman filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy March24, 2008. She listed an address in the 15900 block of El Soneto Drive in Whittier and not the 13600 block of Sunrise Drive where they now live.
According to her petition, the debts are primarily personal.
Records listed her total assets at $1.1 million and that she owes $984,426.30 to creditors. She reported amedian family income of $61,742 and listed a household size of two.
Her creditors include the Internal Revenue Service, Whittier Hospital, East Valley Emergency in Pomona, Verizon California Inc. in Columbus, Ohio, Countrywide Home Loans Inc. in Costa Mesa, the Franchise Tax Board in Sacramento, IndyMac in Phoenix, IndyMac Bank F.S.B in San Diego and Toyota Motor Credit in Thousand Oaks.
The case was dismissed May13, 2008 after Angela Suleman failed to appear at a May 5, 2008 meeting of creditors in Los Angeles and because she didn't make all the required "preconfirmation payments."
Her bankruptcy case was closed July 22, 2008.
Angela's attorney in the bankruptcy, Shakeal Masoud, couldn't be reached for comment Friday.
Meanwhile, many onlookers speculated about whether Nadya Suleman took fertility drugs.
But Suleman's mother, Angela, told reporters Friday that her daughter was not taking fertility drugs.
"They implanted much less than eight embryos, but they multiplied," she said.
Angela Suleman also said as much to a neighbor who wished to remain anonymous: "She said there were six babies, then it turned out to be seven, and then some of them split and they didn't know there was eight until it was being taken out."
That falls in line with comments made by family acquaintance Yolanda Garcia, 49, of Whittier, who said she provided respite care twice for Suleman's autistic son three years ago.
"From what I could tell back then, she was pretty happy with herself, saying she liked having kids and she wanted 12 kids in all," Garcia said.
"Three years ago, she told me that all of her kids were through in vitro, and I said 'Gosh, how can you afford that and go to school at the same time?"' she added. "And she said it's because she got paid for it."
Garcia said she didn't ask for any more details at the time. But she now says she's appalled because, "We as taxpayers are going to pay for these children."
For the most part, the family has released few details about the octuplet birth, saying only in a prepared statement that they will "share additional details about this miraculous experience," in their own time.
Staff Writer Ruby Gonzales contributed to this story.
Sharia law means child abuse
WARNING! SICKENING, GRAPHIC PHOTOS. DO NOT LOOK
IF YOU ARE SQUEAMISH OR LOVE CHILDREN
An eight-year-old boy was caught stealing bread in a market in Iran. Was he scolded? Was he paddled? Was he whipped? No, Moslem law said he should lose the use of his hand forever. So, did the kind mullahs just chopped it off and bind up the wound? No, they drove a car over the little boy’s arm so it would be crushed and leave him crippled for life.
This is part of the reason it is so hard to convert Moslems. There religion has no understanding of a loving God, a heavenly Father who wants the best from us and for us. This ignorance of the real God is also why they can so easily send their children off to be suicide bombers.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
these next two are of the sanctuary windows, crucifixion on the right and resurrection on the left of the altar
this final one is of the two story doorway and it's unusual second story. there are two rooms one on top of each sacristy, if you click on the picture you will see that each one has open able sashes, one wide one in the middle and two narrow on the sides, there is a kneeler in front of them so they were intended for use as a worship space, but why how or for whom, any ideas out there?
I tried to lighten this picture, best I could get with the light on hand
stolen from Damian Thompson
Holy Smoke Blog (UK)
"Finally," writes one of my favourite bloggers, the loveable but savage "five feet of fury" Kathy Shaidle. "A hip, cool pro-life campaign - no plastic foetuses or crabby old men yelling 'whore'."
As Hot Air explains, Students for Life wanted to find a catchy title for their campaign against the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). So they came up with "WTF", as in "What the FOCA?" Here is the WTF Campaign website, which explains that the offensive term to which the title refers is not nearly so offensive as FOCA.
I'll say. This is a horrendous piece of legislation that turns abortion on demand into a "fundamental right" of women, overturning bans on partial-birth abortion. Plenty of pro-choice Americans oppose it, because it's so extreme. Don't believe me? Read this.
Fortunately for supporters of FOCA, the new President of the United States is the most pro-abortion in history - indeed, he was the most pro-abortion politician ever to sit in Congress. Which has not stopped supposedly pro-life Catholics sucking up to him because, hey, he's just great, isn't he?
take em to the wood shed Archbishop Burke
When The Vatican's Chief Justice Of The Supreme Court Implicates You...
Could you imagine what's NOT being said to the press?
Well, well, well... looks as if I'm not the only one who's noticed how weak and cowardly many of our stalwart shepherds (sarcasm off) are here in the good ol' US of A. Is Rome finally coming to grips with the many neo-Luthers in Roman Collars?
Archbishop Raymond Burke is essentially the Chief Justice of the Catholic Church's version of the Supreme Court. Please read very carefully what he says about certain members of the USCCB and the USCCB's Ministry of Propaganda... oops, I mean their news service.
From LifeSiteNews.com; (Emphasis mine)
Also says Bishops’ Catholic News Service needs to be given "some new direction"
By Hilary White, Rome Correspondent
ROME, January 28, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A document of the US Catholic Bishops is partly to blame for the abandonment of pro-life teachings by voting Catholics and the election of the “most pro-abortion president” in US history, one of the Vatican’s highest officials said in an interview with LifeSiteNews.com.
Archbishop Raymond Burke, the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, named a document on the election produced by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops that he said “led to confusion” among the faithful and led ultimately to massive support among Catholics for Barack Obama.
The US bishops’ document, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” stated that, under certain circumstances, a Catholic could in good conscience vote for a candidate who supports abortion because of "other grave reasons," as long as they do not intend to support that pro-abortion position.
Archbishop Burke, the former Archbishop of St. Louis Mo. and recently appointed head of the highest ecclesiastical court in the Catholic Church, told LifeSiteNews.com that although “there were a greater number of bishops who spoke up very clearly and firmly ... there was also a number who did not.”
But most damaging, he said, was the document “Faithful Citizenship” that “led to confusion” among the voting Catholic population.
“While it stated that the issue of life was the first and most important issue, it went on in some specific areas to say ‘but there are other issues’ that are of comparable importance without making necessary distinctions.”
Archbishop Burke, citing an article by a priest and ethics expert of St. Louis archdiocese, Msgr. Kevin McMahon, who analysed how the bishops’ document actually contributed to the election of Obama, called its proposal “a kind of false thinking, that says, ‘there’s the evil of taking an innocent and defenceless human life but there are other evils and they’re worthy of equal consideration.’
“But they’re not. The economic situation, or opposition to the war in Iraq, or whatever it may be, those things don’t rise to the same level as something that is always and everywhere evil, namely the killing of innocent and defenceless human life.”
Archbishop Burke also cited the work of the official news service of the US Catholic Bishops’ Conference, that many pro-life observers complained soft-pedalled the newly elected president’s opposition to traditional morality.
“The bishops need to look also at our Catholic News Service, CNS, they need to review their coverage of the whole thing and give some new direction, in my judgement,” he said.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Exclusive: CIA Station Chief in Algeria Accused of Rapes
"Ugly American"? Spy Boss Allegedly Drugged Muslim Women, Made Secret Sex Videos
By BRIAN ROSS, KATE McCARTHY, and ANGELA M. HILL
January 28, 2009—
The CIA's station chief at its sensitive post in Algeria is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for allegedly raping at least two Muslim women who claim he laced their drinks with a knock-out drug, U.S. law enforcement sources tell ABC News.
Officials say the 41-year old CIA officer, a convert to Islam, was ordered home by the U.S. Ambassador, David Pearce, in October after the women came forward with their rape allegations in September.
Watch "World News with Charles Gibson" TONIGHT at 6:30 p.m. ET for the full report.
The discovery of more than a dozen videotapes showing the CIA officer engaged in sex acts with other women has led the Justice Department to broaden its investigation to include at least one other Arab country, Egypt, where the CIA officer had been posted earlier in his career, according to law enforcement officials.
The U.S. State Department referred questions to the Department of Justice, which declined to comment.
"It has the potential to be quite explosive if it's not handled well by the United States government," said Isobel Coleman, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who specializes in women's issues in the Middle East.
"This isn't the type of thing that's going to be easily pushed under the carpet," she said.
The CIA refused to acknowledge the investigation or provide the name of the Algiers station chief, but the CIA Director of Public Affairs, Mark Mansfield, said, "I can assure you that the Agency would take seriously, and follow up on, any allegations of impropriety."
It can be a crime for government officials to reveal the identity of a current covert intelligence officer, and CIA officials would not comment the status of the person under investigation.
One of the alleged victims reportedly said she met the CIA officer at a bar in the U.S. embassy and then was taken to his official station chief residence where she said the sexual assault took place.
The second alleged victim reportedly told U.S. prosecutors that, in a separate incident, she also was drugged at the American's official residence before being sexually assaulted.
Officials Say One of the Alleged Victims is Seen On Tape
Both women have reportedly given sworn statements to federal prosecutors sent from Washington to prepare a possible criminal case against the CIA officer.
Following the initial complaints, U.S. officials say they obtained a warrant from a federal judge in Washington, D.C. in October to search the station chief's CIA-provided residence in Algiers and turned up the videos that appear to have been secretly recorded and show, they say, the CIA officer engaged in sexual acts.
Officials say one of the alleged victims is seen on tape, in a "semi-conscious state."
The time-stamped date on other tapes led prosecutors to broaden the investigation to Egypt because the date matched a time when CIA officer was in Cairo, officials said.
Pills found in the CIA residence were sent to the FBI crime laboratory for testing, according to officials involved in the case.
"Drugs commonly referred to as date rape drugs are difficult to detect because the body rapidly metabolizes them," said former FBI agent Brad Garrett, an ABC News consultant. "Many times women are not aware they were even assaulted until the next day," he said.
A third woman, a friend of one of the alleged victims, reportedly provided a cell phone video that showed her friend having a drink and dancing inside the CIA station chief's residence in Algiers, which officials told ABC News provided corroboration the CIA officer had indeed brought the woman to his residence.
The officer in charge of the CIA station in Algiers plays an important role in working with the Algerian intelligence services to combat an active al Qaeda wing responsible for a wave of bombings in Algeria.
In the most serious incident, 48 people were killed in a bombing in August, 2008 in Algiers, blamed on the al Qaeda group.
The Algerian ambassador to the United Nations, Mourad Benmehid, said his government had not been notified by the U.S. of the rape allegations or the criminal investigation.
Repeated messages left for the CIA officer with his parents and his sister were not returned.
No Charges Have Been Filed
No charges have been filed but officials said a grand jury was likely to consider an indictment on sexual assault charges as early as next month.
"This will be seen as the typical ugly American," said former CIA officer Bob Baer, reacting to the ABC News report. "My question is how the CIA would not have picked up on this in their own regular reviews of CIA officers overseas," Baer said.
"From a national security standpoint," said Baer, the alleged rapes would be "not only wrong but could open him up to potential blackmail and that's something the CIA should have picked up on," said Baer. "This is indicative of personnel problems of all sorts that run through the agency," he said.
"Rape is ugly in any context," said Coleman who praised the bravery of the alleged Algerian victims in going to authorities. "Rape is viewed as very shameful to women, and I think this is an opportunity for the US to show how seriously it takes the issue of rape," she said.
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From The Telegraph (of London)
Fifty years on: time to revisit and reform the Second Vatican Catastrophe
Benedict XVI grows in stature as his reign progresses. To the momentous achievement of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, freeing the Tridentine Mass, he has now added the sagacious and just lifting of the excommunications imposed on the four bishops of the Society of St Pius X.
Although there was widespread scepticism about the validity of those censures, their lifting removes a roadblock to the restoration of the Church after the damage wrought by the Second Vatican Catastrophe. Not everyone is happy about the pardoning of the bishops. The staff of The Tablet [the uber-liberal rag of the English & Welsh Conference of Bishops] are rumoured to be on suicide watch, while the malign spirit of those who, without any conscious irony, denominate themselves "liberals" was well illustrated by Gianni Gennari, an Italian journalist.
Gennari is a laicized priest, now married. Fighting back tears, he responded to news of the lifting of the excommunications: "It is a tragedy, the complete debacle of the Church!... I am disappointed, stunned, scandalised... In this case there is no place for the mercy of Christ"... Of course not. The Modernists have always excluded from any kind of mercy those faithful Catholics who adhere unreservedly to the Deposit of Faith. Anything that reduces the likes of Gennari to tears has to be good news.
Over the past few days, some blinkeredly optimistic souls have been trying - without much real hope - to persuade Catholics to "celebrate" the 50th anniversary of the announcement of the Second Vatican Council. This was the great "renewal", when the Holy Ghost inspired the Church to aggiornamento, or modernisation. What form has that Renewal taken?
In England and Wales in 1964, at the end of the Council, there were 137,673 Catholic baptisms; in 2003 the figure was 56,180. In 1964 there were 45,592 Catholic marriages, in 2003 there were 11,013. Mass attendance has fallen by 40 per cent. In "Holy" Ireland, only 48 per cent of so-called Catholics go to Mass. In France, there were 35,000 priests in 1980; today there are fewer than 19,000. Renewal?
In the United States, in 1965, there were 1,575 priestly ordinations; in 2002 there were 450 - a 350 per cent decline. In 1965 there were 49,000 seminarians, in 2002 just 4,700. Today 15 per cent of US parishes are without priests. Only 25 per cent of America's nominal Catholics attend Mass. Worse still is the erosion of faith among those who ludicrously describe themselves as Catholics. Among US Catholics aged 18-44 (the children of Vatican II) as many as 70 per cent say they believe the Eucharist is merely a "symbolic reminder" of Christ.
To describe this unprecedented collapse of the Church as "renewal" is insane; to attribute it to the operation of the Holy Ghost is blasphemous. The Catholic Church is in the same position as an alcoholic: until it admits to the problem, no cure is possible. The problem is Vatican II.
Pope Benedict himself has expressed reservations about at least one Council document. The only remotely celebratory response to the Council's 50th anniversary would be to appoint a commission of orthodox theologians to scrutinise all of Vatican II's documents and correct their errors. It is time to revisit and reform this council that has brought forth such poisonous fruits.
Finally someones got it, VII was a rip roaring disaster, we need the SPPX more than we need more of the failed happy clappy crapola
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
there was a discussion on Fr Z's blog WDTPRS over a saint protrayed in stained glass, St. Kunigunda was brought up, happended to run across this picture on Russ Martin's
crosstippedchurches.blog as I said she is usually pictured with a cathedral in her arms. Visit his blog, he is one excellent photographer, I am in awe
St. Kunegunda (1224-1292) Daughter of King Bela IV and niece of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, she married King Boleslaus V of Poland at sixteen. On his death in 1279 she became a Poore Clare at the Convent of Sandeck, which she had founded. She also built churches and hospitals, ransomed Christians captured by the Turks, and served the poor and ill. She is also known as St. Kinga. Her cult was confirmed in 1690. Feast day July 24.
All Images copyright Russ Martin
There are four stained glass windows in the Relic Chapel, located at the Shrine of the Holy Relics. The windows were imported form Munich Germany.
And Pisslosie wants to stimulate the economy with more birth control? what an idiot.
(yes I did misspell her name ;>)
TOKYO, Japan (CNN) -- Even before one reaches the front door of Canon's headquarters in Tokyo, one can sense the virtual stampede of employees pouring out of the building exactly at 5:30 p.m.
Japan's birth rate of 1.34 is below the level needed to maintain the country's population.
In a country where 12-hour workdays are common, the electronics giant has taken to letting its employees leave early twice a week for a rather unusual reason: to encourage them to have more babies.
Japan is in the midst of an unprecedented recession, so corporations are being asked to work toward fixing another major problem: the country's low birthrate. Tell us what you think
At 1.34, the birthrate is well below the 2.0 needed to maintain Japan's population, according to the country's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
Keidanren, Japan's largest business group, with 1,300 major international corporations as members, has issued a plea to its members to let workers go home early to spend time with their families and help Japan with its pressing social problem. Watch more on this story
One reason for the low birth rate is the 12-hour workday. But there are several other factors compounding the problem -- among them, the high cost of living, and social rigidity toward women and parenting.
In addition, Japan's population is aging at a faster pace than any other country in the world.
Analysts say the world's second-largest economy faces its greatest threat from its own social problems, rather than outside forces. And the country desperately needs to make some fixes to its current social and work structures, sociologists say.
The 5:30 p.m. lights-out program is one simple step toward helping address the population problem. It also has an added benefit: Amid the global economic downturn the company can slash overtime across the board twice a week.
"It's great that we can go home early and not feel ashamed," said employee Miwa Iwasaki.
Fr Longnecker really nails this man, I wish I had his gift with words
Monday, January 26, 2009
Time to Burn One at the Stake
would a Bishop or Two Please Politicize the Eucharist, this Idiot does not get it!!!!!!, she is not a Catholic!!!!!!! The SSPX is not the problem, catholics of her ilk are and Bishops and Priests have better grow a pair and lay down the law!!!!
Sun Jan 25 2009 22:13:43 ET
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi boldly defended a move to add birth control funding to the new economic "stimulus" package, claiming "contraception will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government."
Pelosi, the mother of 5 children and 6 grandchildren, who once said, "Nothing in my life will ever, ever compare to being a mom," seemed to imply babies are somehow a burden on the treasury.
The revelation came during an exchange Sunday morning on ABC's THIS WEEK.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services. How is that stimulus?
PELOSI: Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children's health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those - one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So no apologies for that?
PELOSI: No apologies. No. we have to deal with the consequences of the downturn in our economy.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
God Bless Our German Shepard
we have many beautiful churches here in Southern Mercer county, (the northern most part of the Cincinnati Diocese) with intact altars and some still have the rails in storage, wanting for a Priest, several Priests currently serve 4 to 5 parishes each, surely one could be given up for a SSPX priest, I pray daily, I am so tired of trendy happy-clappy MassesCredit to Creative Minority Report
Decree of the Congregation for Bishops
By way of a letter of December 15, 2008 addressed to His Eminence Cardinal Dario Castrillón Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, Mons. Bernard Fellay, also in the name of the other three Bishops consecrated on June 30, 1988, requested anew the removal of the latae sententiae excommunication formally declared with the Decree of the Prefect of this Congregation on July 1, 1988. In the aforementioned letter, Mons. Fellay affirms, among other things: "We are always firmly determined in our will to remain Catholic and to place all our efforts at the service of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which is the Roman Catholic Church. We accept its teachings with filial disposition. We believe firmly in the Primacy of Peter and in its prerogatives, and for this the current situation makes us suffer so much."
His Holiness Benedict XVI - paternally sensitive to the spiritual unease manifested by the interested party due to the sanction of excommunication and trusting in the effort expressed by them in the aforementioned letter of not sparing any effort to deepen the necessary discussions with the Authority of the Holy See in the still open matters, so as to achieve shortly a full and satisfactory solution of the problem posed in the origin - decided to reconsider the canonical situation of Bishops Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Richard Williamson, and Alfonso de Galarreta, arisen with their episcopal consecration.
With this act, it is desired to consolidate the reciprocal relations of confidence and to intensify and grant stability to the relationship of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X with this Apostolic See. This gift of peace, at the end of the Christmas celebrations, is also intended to be a sign to promote unity in the charity of the universal Church and to try to vanquish the scandal of division.
It is hoped that this step be followed by the prompt accomplishment of full communion with the Church of the entire Fraternity of Saint Pius X, thus testifying true fidelity and true recognition of the Magisterium and of the authority of the Pope with the proof of visible unity.
Based on the faculty expressly granted to me by the Holy Father Benedict XVI, in virtue of the present Decree, I remit from Bishops Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Richard Williamson, and Alfonso de Galarreta the censure of latae sententiae excommunication declared by this Congregation on July 1, 1988, while I declare deprived of any juridical effect, from the present date, the Decree emanated at that time.
Rome, from the Congregation for Bishops, January 21, 2009.
Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops
via Rorate Caeli
Monday, January 12, 2009
Posted by Cassy Fiano
Published: January 11, 2009 - 5:27 PM
We've all heard the eco-warriors talk about the extinction of mankind as a benefit to the planet. Who cares about humans, Gaia must reign supreme! The latest reason to stop with the babymakin', though, is because it is SEXIST!!!!!!!!!!
While of course we're used to the feminist argument that marriage is just legal slavery or rape, I have to admit this was a new one for me -- albeit, unsurprising, given how enthusiastic feminists are for meaningless sex and unfettered access to abortions.
Along with the emancipation of women, sexual liberation has become very much a part of politics around the world. To the conservatives, both these issues challenge 'family values'.
But what if there were no families? What if we say no to reproduction?
My understanding of reproduction is that it is the basis of the institutions of marriage and family, and those two provide the moorings to the structure of gender and sexual oppression. Family is the social institution that ensures unpaid reproductive and domestic labour, and is concerned with initiating a new generation into the gendered (as I analyzed here) and classed social set-up. Not only that, families prevent the flow of money from the rich to the poor: wealth accumulates in a few hands to be squandered on and bequeathed to the next generation, and that makes families as economic units selfishly pursue their own interests and become especially prone to consumerism.
So it makes sense to say that if the world has to change, reproduction has to go. Of course there is an ecological responsibility to reduce the human population, or even end it , and a lot was said about that on the blogosphere recently (here, and here), but an ecological consciousness is not how I came to my decision to remain child-free.
... Thus as I realized how the cultural imperative on starting a family was unfair to women and the poor, I felt an instinctive aversion to it. That is the emotionally conditioned response that could override our responses to needs and instincts that make us want to reproduce. And if we rule out the biological 'instinct', which is strictly only to have sex and not to reproduce, my case for saying no to reproduction becomes much stronger.
That's right -- good old-fashioned family values are standing in the way of total sexual liberation, and reproduction is just another way of keeping womyn down. So, let's just abolish all reproduction!
Lest you think that this is some kind of anomaly among the feminists, check out the responses in the comment section, where almost none of the commenters disagreed. One even said:
This has got to be the best post I've ever seen on this website. I definitely agree that both nuclear families and reproduction have got to go. As long as parenting is seen as a private endeavor, there will always be child abuse and neglect that go unnoticed.
See, feminists like to use the word "choice" a lot, because it conjures all kinds of nice, warm, gooey feelings. They're not trying to tell everyone what to do, see, they just want to be able to "choose" their own path.
This is categorically untrue.
Modern feminism is no longer about equality or letting women choose their own paths; rather, modern feminism is a hate group that looks at all men as potential rapists and abusers, sees a traditional nuclear family as dangerous, wants to make stay-at-home mothers a permanent thing of the past, and wants to force all women to make the lifestyle choices they dictate they should have. There's no such thing as real choice in modern feminism -- what was once something noble has been perverted and distorted into something grotesque and Stalin-esque. There's only one correct way of living, and that's whatever way feminists say it is. This post, about ending all reproduction, is just another example. Even though most women feel called to motherhood and look at it as a positive thing and a blessing, feminists don't care. They know better than us uneducated yokels anyway.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
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Saturday, January 10, 2009
nice use of poinsettias, since Christ has been shunted off to a side altar the flowers highlight the "presiders chair" funny how the Presider is now elevated higher that Jesus, and front and center too boot
A seldom seen view from the rear of St Augustine, from the parking lot, just left a funeral, which is when I got the pictures
The Twin Spires are a landmark, they look impressive as they are lit at night. Local pilots look for them as a landmark as they approach either Lake field, Mercer county airport, Celina or Neil Armstrong , Auglaize county airport, New Knoxville. St Augustine is the "mother church" that most of the churches in southern Auglaize and Mercer C0unty's can trace their heritage from
view from outside, added after the original church was built
Man was it ever cold in there in the winter ;-)
unfortunately even they fell to the reconciliation fever and changed the baptistery in the rear of the little church to a reconciliation-crier room, now the baptismal font is in the sanctuary, Oh Well, some day it will all be restored
may I add Face to Face confession, most times I just don't wish to be in a counseling session, I want CONFESSION. I just cannot sit and talk to my parish priest, I want some privacy, give me an old fashioned confessional, not a reconciliation room
The Curt Jester had a post on New Year's Day about which Holy Day of Obligation is the most neglected, which led to some interesting discussions in the ComBox.
This cartoon was sparked recently when I heard a priest lament that only 37 people showed up for the Advent Penance Service. On a regular Sunday, I think we get upwards of 1000-1500 people for our 2 masses. I may be overshooting it a bit. So the 37 number was pretty sorry.
But in my 10 years back, I can count on one hand when I've heard a priest specifically mention something being a sin. And I think I can further count on this one hand while one finger is stuck in my ear. Abortion? Once. Birth Control? Once. Homosexuality? Once. The Big Three in our culture today, and I've heard them specifically mentioned probably just once each. And that's misleading, because the abortion and birth control issues were raised in one homily - by a transitional deacon, no less. (As a side note, I ran into this deacon the following week and told him that he hit a home run with his homily - he actually had tears in his eyes. My guess, and it's only a guess, is that he was probably upbraided for being so bold.)
If, in today's Church, practically NOTHING is a sin, then what exactly would need to be confessed? God loves everyone, He's never mad about what we do, and everything "bad" we do can be reasoned away with buckets full of Oprah & Dr. Phil psychological babble.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
"What do we have to do to get the TLM said up here?? I'm from Mercer county as well and go to Dayton for the mass! Who must we talk to?"
SOOOOOO, who wants to start a Latin Mass Society up here, I'm game but need names, feel free to leave a comment, the Diocese does not monitor me ( I don't believe, if they do I'm flattered), please no anonymous postings, it's safe
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Just thought I would post a night time pic of our simple crib in the front yard, just some straw bales and an old pallet for a top, my digital camera doesn't do the best at night, my lovely daughter cut out the figures for a Vo-ag project two years ago, sometimes her dog Susie, (code named Big and Ugly) will lay with them and keep watch, funny since a year ago she got whacked on the behind with Joesph for chewing on him ;>)
Thursday, January 1, 2009
two pics from a wedding "mess" that I and the Better Half attended,in Cincinnati. This is a "Catholic" church?, Honestly I was offended, looked more like one of several protestant churches-halls I have been in over the years. Looks like a civic building on the outside and when you enter you see rows of class rooms and offices, even a health clinic, finally a set of crappy modern art brass doors and then you see--? I mean really, the Priest cracked a joke when the Bride stumbled on the steps, his sermon was a Broadway tune accompanied by the pianist, he explained to us folks from the northern part of the diocese that he didn't use "servers" because he felt it demeaning to make anyone wait on him, the tabernacle was in the sacristy, and there was a small Madonna statue, with some kind of sculpture of glass filled with colored water in front of her off in a corner on a ledge, St Joesph, off on a mission I guess. Saddest part to me was the reaction of the older parishioners from back home, "How delightful and original, modern, refreshing", I personally thought it blasphemous, it seems that the over 60 crowd will like anything that is not orthodox.
Next morning The Better Half and I attended a Latin Low Mass in a old downtown church, my first since my childhood, and my wife, (a convert) has never been to one, I fell in love with it, quiet, reverent, no happy-clappy, hand holding crap, good singing by the choir, the Priest gave one of the best sermons I have heard in years on the third commandment, an installment of his series on the 10 commandments, no mention of obscure modern authors, just plain clear theology and to the point, said more in four minuets than most get out in ten. Communion at the rail, what a wonderful thing, My other half didn't quite know what to make of it, Oh well