Monday, November 30, 2015

Two Sides of the Same Coin

I love the way Matt Walsh spells things out in black and white:
There should be less of that in response to murder? We should be less passionate in our defense of innocent life when innocent life is destroyed? Let me get this straight: someone murdered because we said people shouldn’t murder, so now we should stop criticizing people who murder so that people won’t murder? That’s a point of view too incoherent to entertain even if I was inclined to make an attempt....
Planned Parenthood would like to pretend that Robert Dear reveals something about the pro-life cause, but that is demonstrably untrue. He clearly did not do what we do or what we encourage others to do, because all we do is strive to end the butchery and victimization of the innocent, and we urge others to do the same. He did not follow our cue in that regard. No, he followed theirs. He did what they do, which is why I detest his actions, and why I detest theirs, and why they are really two sides of the same hideous coin.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Mass in Quebec

Travelling between provinces is not recommended on weekends when there is a time change. It is just too confusing.

That said, I left Nova Scotia early Saturday morning and arrived to stay the night in Edmunston NB. I had checked on mass times at the cathedral there and was set to go to Mass at 9:15 am and then hit the road for Ontario.

I had forgotten that this meant a double whammy. This weekend, we observed Daylight Savings time which means turning the clocks back on Saturday night (actually early Sunday morning, at 2 am) in order to get an extra hour of daylight in the mornings. Kind of sad that this means losing an hour of daylight at the end of the day, and night now drops down on us at 5 pm.

Even though I took French in high school, I still get confused by basic differences. Like thinking "est" means west since it is just missing the w.  This resulted in taking Highway 30 east rather than west when I got to Montreal. But I also made an error in NB when reading the sign outside the basilica for Mass times. One sign in French, one in English and I somehow thought "great, there is a 7:15 am Mass Sunday morning as well as 7:15 pm on Saturday" - no stupid, you just saw 7:15 written in both English and French and concluded there were actually two different masses.

So this means I woke up early Sunday morning, went to the basilica and wondered why no one showed up but me. Duh, when I realised my stupid mistake, I debated whether to wait in Edmunston for the 9:15 mass or head towards Quebec and find a mass there. I figured there was plenty of time and there would be plenty of churches in Quebec so off I went towards Riviere de Loup.

I had no clue of that small city, but it is built on a hillside and you can actually look for steeples and head towards them. So I easily found one church, which had no signs at all for Mass times. The place looked deserted and I wondered if it was closed. I headed towards the next steeple in the distance, and saw that this church had mass at 10:30 which would be just great. So then it was off to find Tim's for breakfast.

What I failed to realise was that the clocks go back at the Quebec border and I had in fact lost two hours on Saturday night, not just the one I had accounted for. Tim Hortons in Riviere de Loup had two clocks, both with different times and I was really puzzled as to the real time.

Final result was that I just had to do the wait for Mass in Riviere de Loup and ended up in the first church for a 10:15 Mass. I got there at ten to nine, so plenty of time for personal prayer, gazing at all the stained glass windows and the stations of the cross. Quebec churches are beautiful and someone is keeping them up well inside. The floors gleamed and it looked very well cared for. Probably a team of lay people who are doing all this work.

Mass was incredibly short for a Sunday mass. I timed the homily, five minutes exactly and read from a script, none of which I understood. Bad music, sorry but a young adult choir with an organ that sounds like French dance songs is not very inducive to prayer or worship.

And of course, the problem we see everywhere but perhaps even worse in this once-Catholic province. A church filled with people upwards of 60 years old. I could count on two hands the number of people under 50.

What is the future for this church and all the others like it? Without a younger generation bringing up the rear, they will be abandoned. There isn't the money to pay for the upkeep and there certainly isn't the manpower to do the work required to maintain them.

Definitely a smaller church on the horizon, as Pope Benedict foretold. Not everywhere, I know there are some churches experiencing booming attendance and there are some parishes that are having great growth. We even have one of those in Halifax - St. Benedict's parish in Clayton Park. But the vast majority are declining in numbers, in financial means, and in the necessary manpower to keep them open. I won't even mention the lack of young priests to take over, that one is perfectly obvious.

A sad state of affairs. I wonder what is down the road for our church. Whatever it is, it is coming soon in the next 10 to 15 years.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Entitled to it

Justin Trudeau's first decision as Prime Minister is to spend $10 million to renovate the official residence at 24 Sussex Drive.

Now he lived there once before, I think he might actually have been born while his parents were in residence there. So perhaps this is a case of going back to someplace from your childhood and being surprised that it is smaller and shabbier than you remembered.

That's our tax dollars - 10 million of them to renovate! That would buy 50 houses at $200,000 a piece. 50 families housed in middle income housing.
Do you think he might feel the slightest bit "entitled", kind of like inheriting the throne?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Refugee Crisis

The refugee/migrant crisis is unbelievable. And the answer is not the bleeding heart response of welcoming them into all countries.

How will this end?

It seems that Angela Merkel made an incredibly naïve move when she said the door to Germany was open to refugees. Who can handle the masses and the problems that come with them?
The extraordinary aerial photo of a column of refugees and migrants tramping through the fields of Slovenia may come to symbolize the moment the EU began to fall apart. The irony can be lost on no one: it was in order to prevent such scenes happening again in continental Europe that the alliance was forged in the first place in the late 1950's. Yet here we are more than half a century later facing the prospect of thousands - maybe hundreds of thousands - of displaced people freezing and starving in the grasslands of eastern Europe as winter closes in.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Feminism a la Quebec

Who knew? in the province of Quebec, a woman cannot change her name when she marries.

... in Quebec, since a 1981 reform of the civil law, women are not permitted to adopt their husband's name at marriage, not even if they apply for an official name change.
 Procedures for any formal name change are very strict in Quebec, and the decision is up the director of civil status. It requires a serious reason, such as difficulty of use due to spelling or pronunciation, or bearing a name that is mocked or that has been made infamous.
The civil law reform took place shortly after the creation of the Quebec Charter of Rights in which equality between men and women was clearly stated, said Alain Roy, a family law professor at the University of Montreal.

Well, c’est la loi as we say in French – this is the law and we have to obey it. The Quebecois married after April 2, 1981 do not have the right to change their names (article 393 of the Civil Code of Quebec).

I was myself very frustrated to find it out. In many countries for generations it is normal for the wife to take her husband’s name. Or at least she has this choice. Unlike most of the countries in the world and unlike the federal government of Canada, the laws of the Province of Quebec, based on the name stability principle, say that marriage is not a reason for changing your name and no matter how many times a person gets married, there is only one name that should be used, the one you are born with.

The law doesn't seem that clear to me. #3 says      "Everyone is entitled to rights of personality, such as the right to life, inviolability and integrity of his person, the respect of his name, reputation and privacy." I presume this is the one that pertains to name changes.  Seems like this should be easy to challenge.!fragment/art393

At the heart of it, this is so anti-family.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Post Election Thoughts

A woman said to me today that she was ecstatic about the election results. My jaw nearly dropped. She is a devout Catholic and she went on to say that the Spirit was really moving yesterday for so many people to vote all the same way. I asked her "which spirit?"

She confirmed what I had already suspected. Catholics, by and large, vote Liberal. They simply don't know, or perhaps don't care, that the Liberal party is 100% pro-choice since Justin Trudeau declared that all Liberal members of Parliament must vote pro-choice on any bills that come up in Parliament.

When I told her this fact, she replied "aren't all the parties the same?"  Well, not exactly. At least if you are a Conservative member of Parliament, you are allowed to vote according to your conscience.

It confirms to me another point: people don't really know what having a conscience and acting according to one's conscience is. At least, it doesn't seem to matter one whit.

As Charles Krauthammar said tonight on Fox News, Canadians have elected the Liberal party for almost 100 years of their existence as a country. The Liberal party is the default party.

Why is that? I have a theory that will be sure to get me called racist. And I may be completely out to lunch on this. I admit that. But I think Canadians feel some kind of obligation to the province of Quebec. They hesitate to offend Quebecers. Since most Liberal party leaders are Francophones and most come from Quebec, electing that party is a nod of assent to that province.

Why this need to appease Quebec? It is baffling.

One pro-lifer told me that the reason the pro-life movement doesn't get anywhere in Canada is because they are held back by the position of Quebec on this issue. Quebec has the highest number of abortions in the country; it also has the highest number of common law relationships; and many of those don't even live together. Isn't that kind of weird?  People who live together as a couple, but don't want to share the same physical space. Sort of let's have our cake and eat it too. Commitment is just too much, so let's have the fun parts of the relationship, but as for getting on with the rest of life, I'd rather do it solo, thank you very much.

Is this part of the reason Canada is so odd when it comes to matters of real importance? We are somehow held hostage by this province that lives according to its own rules. Quebec is a little country to itself, a kind of token France in the middle of America. It has abandoned its religious heritage and is far left on every moral issue, and expects the rest of us to follow its lead.

Enough, if this is what is going on in this country, I would rather we split. Give them their independence and let them go on their merry way. Because the rest of us don't want any part of it. I should say I don't want any part of it, I shouldn't speak for anyone else at this point.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Harper Hate

My husband said a colleague of his walked into his office today and said "now don't be voting Conservative". I am so impressed by my husband's response: he actually engaged the guy in a conversation, beginning with the fact that neither the Liberal party or the NDP will allow their members to vote in the affirmative on any pro-life bill, in effect stripping away the meaning of their vote.

If you can't vote according to your conscience, why would you even become a member of Parliament?

His colleague hadn't really considered that aspect of things. In fact, as Ezra Levant says, the academic elite almost universally oppose Harper. As Ezra says, "they suffer from Harper-derangement syndrome". Ask them why they hate Harper and their reasons are rather flimsy.

The good side of Nick's conversation with his colleague is that this other fellow now wants to read Alexis de Toqueville. Way to go, quiet husband of mine. You have more guts than I do.

So check out Ezra's video "Why I'm voting Conservative" and hopefully a few of you haven't voted yet.

When I went to vote, I noticed that the polls were busy. And I heard that the advance polls were even busier. It seems that many people are turning out to vote. And that makes me uneasy. I fear a landslide of support for Justin Trudeau, the Liberal leader who has only worked a normal job for a a total of mine months of his entire life. A scary thought if he should be elected.