Thursday, October 8, 2015

Synod news you aren't hearing on any Catholic websites

Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III Younan asks: “Why, we ask the western world, why not raise one’s voice over so much ferocity and injustice?”
 The Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III has also said: “I do not understand why the world does not raise its voice against such acts of brutality.”

Here is why: “Talk about extreme, militant Islamists and the atrocities that they have perpetrated globally might undercut the positive achievements that we Catholics have attained in our inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims.” — Robert McManus, Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester, Massachusetts, February 8, 2013
 That’s right, it’s all for the sake of the spurious and self-defeating “dialogue.” Bagnasco should ask his colleagues in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He should ask bishops like McManus, Kevin Farrell, Jaime Soto and others why they move actively to silence and demonize voices that tell the truth about this persecution. He should ask them why the U.S. Catholic bishops tolerated dissent from so many core Catholic dogmas for decades, but move as ruthlessly as any Grand Inquisitor to suppress dissent from the idea that Islam is a Religion of Peace, which isn’t even a dogma of the Church. He should ask them why they are abandoning their Middle Eastern brethren and keeping their own people ignorant and complacent about the jihad threat.

For the sake of dialogue? For fear that the persecutions faced by Christians elsewhere will come a little too close to home, I think.

The unintended consequences of mass migration

Ezra Levant, a bold brave voice in politically correct and cautious Canada.

There is plenty of evidence that this mass migration is not a refugee crisis, but an insurgence of Islam into the west. And it would seem that it is Germany's "mea culpa, mea maxima culpa".

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Jim Enos in Debate on the Burqa and on Abortion

Impressive, simple and firm, Jim has the final answer to both men.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Concerning the Refugee Crisis

I was going to post this the other day, but was advised to wait a while. I think it needs to be out there, even if my readership is small, perhaps it will be forwarded to others. It is important.

I have just begun to read regularly since I am concerned about the refugee crisis in Europe. I first heard Robert Spencer on Michael Coren's daily show, he was a weekly guest, but now that Coren is off the air, I have to seek out Spencer in other ways.

Many call him "Islamophobic" and a right-wing bigot. I don't think that is at all true. Spencer is a Maronite Catholic, a man well versed in Islamic writings and theology. He has made it his life's work to know Islam inside and out. And he perceives a very real and present danger with the flood of refugees into Europe.

By the way, the American Congress of Bishops pulled their representative who was to attend the annual Lutheran Conference in Dallas TX in August of this year, when they learned that Robert Spencer was to be the keynote speaker. Why did they not want him to be heard? This man is not a nutcase, he may be alarming but that could be because he has a warning to give.

I heard that our diocese here in Nova Scotia is preparing to sponsor one Syrian family per parish. For a total of 100 families. I sincerely hope this is not true.

Call me Islamophobic, but there is ample evidence that caution should be used when bringing in refugees from Muslim countries.

Mrs Merkel’s offer last month to accept all refugees from war-ravaged Syria opened the floodgates. More than a million migrants are expected this year alone, the bulk of them far from genuine asylum seekers. There is now deepening disquiet in this Christian country, dotted with churches, that it is being overwhelmed by people of a different religion and culture.
Some of the tales being told in Germany may just be xenophobic scaremongering. But there is no doubt that the country is grappling with a major culture clash as migrants pour in at the rate of 100 an hour or more. 
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People seem to be blissfully ignorant of the fact that a wave of refugees coming from a radically different country than your own is going to change your country forever. While the Christian teaching emphasizes compassion for the homeless and especially for the refugee, there really is a great danger in opening one's home country up to a group of people whose values are so very different from yours.

There is a naivety amongst many people whose hearts are in the right place. They really do wish to help the downtrodden and who fits that description better than a refugee family fleeing their country because of war? But compassion must be tempered with wisdom. As Jesus said "the poor you will always have with you". That is not an instruction to ignore the plight of the poor, but it is a statement that we shouldn't be surprised by the presence of poverty and of suffering. It will always be there. It doesn't mean that we have to be bleeding hearts every time we hear about it.

There is a call for prudence and wisdom in dealing with the refugee crisis. Amongst those refugees are people who do not wish us good. And we have a duty and a right to protect ourselves against the kind of violence that they may bring upon us. Amongst the refugees are those who are willing to advance the Islamic agenda of converting the whole world to Islam and that means converting the infidels. Guess who that is? 


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Sheep without shepherds

The Alberta Catholic school board has stated that it will not follow the counsel of Archbishop Richard Smith on sex education and the policies concerning transgendered students, but will instead follow the program put forth by the government, a program that leaves transgendered students just where they are without the benefit of Catholic teaching on sexuality.

“I’ve had to search my conscience and decide which master I’m going to follow, and it’s the kids. I’ve chosen the kids and it puts me out of communion with the local ecclesial authority,” stated Edmonton Catholic School board trustee Patricia Grell to the Edmonton Journal.

“No one can interfere spiritually with another person ... be it teachers who are using contraception and going to communion, we have to respect that’s their decision,” she said.

Compare Grell's statement to the following sentences from the Winnipeg Statement of 1968 when the Conference of Canadian Bishops decided to defy the teachings of Pope Paul VI in his encyclical Humanae Vitae and give Catholics a wide berth on birth control. 

It recognized that many Catholics, in spite of being bound by the encyclical, find it "either extremely difficult or even impossible to make their own all elements of this doctrine". These "should not be considered, or consider themselves, shut off from the body of the faithful. But they should remember that their good faith will be dependent on a sincere self-examination to determine the true motives and grounds for such suspension of assent and on continued effort to understand and deepen their knowledge of the teaching of the Church."[3] With regard to those in that situation, "the confessor or counsellor must show sympathetic understanding and reverence for the sincere good faith of those who fail in their effort to accept some point of the encyclical."[4]
Paragraph 26 stated: "In accord with the accepted principles of moral theology, if these persons have tried sincerely but without success to pursue a line of conduct in keeping with the given directives, they may be safely assured that, whoever honestly chooses that course which seems right to him does so in good conscience."[5]

The chickens have come home to roost. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Stand with Israel

I stumbled upon this speech yesterday when I flicked on the tv and was spellbound. This man is a true leader, unafraid to speak truth when people have opposed him in every way.

As he says, "The Jewish people have learned the heavy price of silence.
The days when the Jewish people remain passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are over."

Amen, we must stand with Israel against her enemies.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Rick Howe Interview with LifeTour

Today at 12:30 Rick Howe will interview Mike Shouten of LifeTour.

Tune in to 95.7 on the FM dial to hear about the LifeTour campaign across Canada.
The team will be here tonight in Halifax to give a presentation.

Tonight, 7:30 pm
St. John the Baptist Church hall
26 Purcell's Cove Road

If you miss the interview, you can listen to it later. And you can livestream it on your computer at this link as well.