Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Why is transsexuality a bad thing?

The answer is pretty simple.

And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them.  (Genesis 1:27)
He created them male and female; and blessed them: and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.  (Genesis 5:2)

It's pretty clear; God created men to be men, and women to be women.  That's the end of it.

And before you accuse me of hate, I don't hate anyone.  I'm simply stating a truth.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

L&O made me think

I've currently got an episode of Law & Order: SVU playing on TV and the premise really makes me squeamish.

The story surrounds a man who raped an 11 year old girl and brainwashed her into thinking the rape was a "normal" sexual relationship (nothing normal about it, you freak).  His defense?  Society is persecuting him for having sexual attraction to children, arguing he's no different than an interracial couple.

What's making me squeamish is that it's not just TV drama.  There are actual people who advocate adults having sex with children.  Ever hear of NAMBLA?  If you haven't, research.  Pro-pedophile folks do exist.

Parents, be your guard.  If your children are in a relationship, ask all the questions.  There are indeed freaks and perverts out there.  The chances of this happening are very small, but protecting your kids is worth it.

Pax Christi.

LSN Roundup

April 26, 2010 ( – On Tuesday morning the Oklahoma Senate overrode Governor Brad Henry's veto of two pieces of legislation that put restrictions on abortion in the state.
House Bill 2780 will require that women be given an ultrasound within an hour of a scheduled abortion and that the ultrasound technician explain the results of the scan to the mothers.
House Bill 2656 would prohibit the type of “wrongful life” lawsuits that have become increasingly common in the West, in which women sue their doctor after their child is born with an abnormality that the mother says would have led her to have the child killed through abortion, if she had known about it.
The governor had vetoed both of the bills on Friday, before the House overrode the move on Monday. Now that the Senate has followed suit, both bills have become law.
 Wahoooooooo!  ^^

FRESNO, California, April 26, 2010 ( - A suspended gay activist Fresno priest has expressed dismay over the pope's appointment of Archbishop José Gomez to head the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in place of Cardinal Roger Mahony.
California Catholic Daily last week highlighted Rev. Geoffrey Farrow's April 17 blog post referring to Gomez's appointment: "What does this mean for the future of the Catholic Church in Los Angeles and California? It means a sharp thrust to the right."
Rev. Farrow was suspended from the priesthood in 2008 when he declared himself an open homosexual and urged his congregation to vote against Proposition 8, the state constitutional amendment enshrining marriage as between one man and one woman.
Exactly, and that means that Catholics in the L.A. Archdiocese will actually get a healthy dose of Catholic truth, rather than the watered down stuff that so characterizes catechesis in the post-Vatican II era.

April 26, 2010 ( - Loyola Marymount University, a Jesuit institution in Los Angeles, has announced that Deval Patrick, the current governor of Massachusetts, and Marlene Canter, former member of the Los Angeles Unified School District board, will be speaking at their 2010 commencement; both are on record as being in favor of abortion and homosexual “marriage.”
Deval Patrick, who served as Assistant Attorney General during the Clinton administration, worked to prevent a referendum eliminating same-sex “marriage” from coming before the people while governor of Massachusetts.  His campaign website boasts that he "helped lead the fight to keep discrimination out of the Massachusetts constitution and preserved the right of same-sex couples to marry in Massachusetts."
In 2007 he signed a bubble-zone measure that prohibited pro-life counselors from coming closer to abortion clinics than thirty-five feet.
As if Notre Dame doing it was bad... actually, Notre Dame was worse because it's the premier Catholic university in the U.S.  John Cardinal Newman, pray for us.

Speaking of Notre Dame...

CHICAGO, April 26, 2010 ( - In a major ruling that may prove decisive for the defense of pro-lifers arrested on Notre Dame's campus last year, an Indiana Judge has lifted a stay order barring the lead defense attorney in the cases from pursuing discovery of crucial evidence from Notre Dame officials.
St. Joseph County, Superior Court Chief Judge Michael P. Scopelitis has authorized Thomas More Society-allied attorney Tom Dixon to pursue testimony under oath from officials who were key decision makers in the arrest of the Notre Dame 88 (ND88). It will also allow him to subpoena documents that may shed light on the college's apparent inconsistency regarding the arrest and prosecution of other groups and individuals participating in similar on-campus events.

For this, we thank thee, O Lord.

Pax Christi

Monday, April 26, 2010

British attempt at humor fail

The astonishing proposals, leaked to The Sunday Telegraph, were contained in secret papers drawn up earlier this month by civil servants following a ‘brainstorm’.

The ideas, included in a memo headed ‘The ideal visit would see …’, ridiculed the Catholic Church’s teachings including its opposition to abortion, homosexual behaviour and contraception. Many appeared to be deliberately provocative rather than a serious attempt to plan an itinerary for the September visit.

The proposals, which were then circulated among key officials in Downing Street and Whitehall, also include the Pope opening an abortion ward; spending the night in a council flat in Bradford; doing forward rolls with children to promote healthy living; and even performing a duet with the Queen.
Ah, that classic British wit.... not.

Well, this is an annoying way to start the morning

For as long as I can remember, there's been something living under our deck. We could hear it shuffling around, and our dogs would periodically sniff around trying to find it. Well, this morning we think we might have figured out what it is.

A mama opossum. With at least three babies.

How did we find it? My dogs cornered it behind our air conditioning unit and tried to get it, cuz they both apparently have the intelligence of a cumquat.

Seriously, my mom yells at me to come outside and all I hear is Harley and Gretchen barking, mom screaming frantically at Harley so much you'd think he was playing on the train tracks with a Norfolk Southern locomotive bearing down on him, and more hissing and spitting than a PMSing cat.

Needless to say, we were both ticked as heck at the stupid mutts.

They're so not getting pet today.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Pouillion murderer sentenced to life in prison

Harlan Drake, the truck driver who shot and killed pro-life activist James Pouillon and local gravel pit owner Mike Fuoss, has been sentenced to life in prison.The sentence was handed down by Circuit Judge Gerald D. Lostracco on Thursday. According to the Flint Journal, the judge told Drake that, “As you go off to prison today, you’re certainly no hero in anyone’s book.”
Drake shot and killed Pouillon on September 11, 2009, as the pro-life grandfather stood outside of the Owosso High School, holding a sign with the picture of a child and the word “Life” on one side, and a picture of an aborted baby on the other.
Drake stated during the trial that he specifically targeted Pouillon for his pro-life activities, and that he only decided to kill Fuoss, a former employer against whom he had a grudge, after shooting Pouillon and realizing that he
Justice has been served.  That is all.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Is there a double standard at Notre Dame?

No doubt many of you already know about the scandal that engulfed Notre Dame last year when they invited pro-abortion President Barack Obama to speak at their commencement.  Some of you probably also know how 88 pro-life protestors who were opposing the presence of the most pro-abortion president in the history of this country were arrested for trespassing.

The University has so far not responded to calls for them to try and get the pro-lifers released.  And now there's a new story emerging from the campus.

Recently, the pro-homosexuality group Soulforce (a nominally Christian group which promotes homosexuality as a valid alternative lifestyle) and anti-ROTC protestors from the Catholic Worker group (Dorothy Day may be a saintly woman, but her strict pacifist stance is unrealistic) protested and were also arrested for trespass.  What happened to them?  Well, read on, courtesty of Life Site News.
 It turns out that members of the pro-gay group Soulforce, and Catholic Worker anti-ROTC demonstrators, who were arrested for trespassing on campus in March 2007, were let off scot free. Dempsey says that he interviewed participants in each case, who "all state that, after they were taken into custody and processed on the campus, they were released and heard nothing more." It is unclear whether the decision not to pursue the cases further was made by the university or the district prosecutors, although the Trust suggests that it originated with the university.
According to the report, the anti-military and pro-gay protestors had their charges dropped almost as soon as they were booked.  Yet the pro-life protestors who were demanding the Our Lady's University uphold Catholic teaching on abortion by disinviting a man who's view on abortion contradict everything we as Catholics believe remain behind bars?

There's something wrong with this picture.

Is there a double standard at Notre Dame?  I would say yes.  The University, by allowing charges to be dropped against this group of protestors (one of which, Soulforce, holds to a fundamentally anti-Catholic viewpoint) but refusing to do they same with pro-lifers demonstrates a fundamental hypocrisy.  The University is, in effect, saying that one group of trespassers will be treated with kid gloves, while another is treated like common criminals, because of their viewpoint.

I encourage everyone who reads this post to contact Notre Dame's president, Father Jenkins, and register, charitably of course, their disapproval of this travesty.

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana
46556, USA
phone: 574.631.5000
email form:
Pax Christi.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Sex Abuse Scandal You Won't Hear in the Media

I've blogged about this before, but the recent media assault on the Church has inspired this one.

Hey fellas, if you're so concerned about exposing child abuse cover-up, how about you report this one for a change?

And I'm sure there's plenty more where this came from.

Actually, I don't expect the mainstream media to report on this.  It won't serve their agenda, and besides, the MSM is one of the biggest supporters of the abortion industry today.  Why would they print something that damages it?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Pew Report: Christians Outnumber Muslims in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2 to 1


A study published on April 15 by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has found that the number of Christians in sub-Saharan Africa grew from seven million in 1900 to 470 million today. During the same time period, the number of Muslims grew from 11 million to 234 million.
In 1900, 76% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa practiced indigenous religions, while 14% were Muslim and 9% were Christian. Today, 57% of the population is Christian, while 29% are Muslim and 13% practice indigenous religions.

Put that one in your hookah and smoke it.  =)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Ad Multos Annos Pope Benedict XVI!

April 19, 2005

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is elected Pope Benedict XVI.

Happy 5th anniversary Holy Father.  May your reign be blessed.

Pax Christi.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Bomb the Vatican?

Apparently, at least one Australian thinks we should.

After making an idiotic comparison of Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church to Osama bin Laden, Australian columnist Bob Ellis then proceeds to say this little gem.

Why not bomb the Vatican, and riddle the Pope with bullets as he staggers out of the flames?

Wow.  Just, wow.

By now, I'm pretty much used to reading anti-Catholic hate  speech.  I see it all the time, even in the comments section of the NCRegister website.  But this one, this just takes the cake.  Sure, the guy was trying to make some half-hearted critique of the Afghanistan war, but the very idea that he can write something like that speaks volumes about his attitude toward Catholics.  I'm not suggesting he has violent fantasies, but I don't think it's a stretch to assume he hates us.

And the really sad thing is, this doesn't surprise me.  Here I am, 22 years old and in the prime of my life, and nothing shocks me anymore.  At least I can say this; the unhinged rants of this man, and of men like Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins and all the other anti-Catholics will not change the truth of the Catholic faith or of the innocence of the Holy Father. 

I will be praying for their souls.  They will not like it, but I will.

Pax Christi.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Fr. Pfleger is a danger to the faith

Oh yeah, I went there.

Father Michael Pfleger is at it again.  This time, he's announced himself as a public dissenter by publicly calling for the ordination of women, something that the Church has dogmatically declared that it cannot do, EVER!

It never ceases to amaze me.  Priests who are faithful to the teachings of the Church and uphold Tradition are maligned in the media and hated by everyone from liberals to atheists and what have you, while archdissenters like Pfleger are lionized by the secular world and given all kinds of accolades.  It's amazing, isn't it.


Pfleger does not belong in the priesthood.  This man has been tasked with nurturing the faith of his flock, and instead he is destroying it with his heretical views.  The Archdiocese needs to remove him from the ministry immediately.  It's not fair for Catholics at St. Sabina's not to be getting a proper grounding in the Catholic faith.

Please pray for them.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

40 years ago today

The Apollo 13 disaster occurred.  A faulty oxygen tank exploded, crippling the spacecraft and putting the lives of the crew in mortal danger.  Thanks to ingenious thinking on behalf of Mission Control, and countless hours spent working on solutions to the endless litany of problems that came about because of the severe damage, the crew was brought home safely to Earth after eight harrowing days.  To this day, the United States has never lost an astronaut in space.

The heroism and sacrifice on the part of both the crew and controllers on the ground during the mission should serve as an example to all.  I pray that those who learn the story will take that away.

Pax Christi.

Alert! Bigoted Poll Alert from Father Z.!


Whoever said there's no such thing as a stupid question was wrong.  Some questions are just plain dumb.

Like, say, "Should the Pope be charged with ‘crimes against humanity’, over the alleged cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church?"

The whole "Benedict covered it all up" canard has by now been thoroughly debunked by both bloggers and the likes of the venerable National Catholic Register, and they're still on it in the MSM.

I normally don't advocate taking a page from the Ron Paul playbook and spamming polls, but in this case, I think I'll make an exception.  Catholics, spam away!

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Threat of ENDA

Logging into my Hotmail account brought this latest protest by the American Family Association to my attention, and though I don't always agree with the AFA, I found this one to be of interest to Christians of all stripes, Catholics included.

ENDA stands for Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which basically is designed to eliminate discrimination in the workplace.  Such a law is praiseworthy if it stuck to things like race, religion, etc.  The ENDA does not, however, do that.

The ENDA will elevate homosexuality and bisexuality to the moral equivalent of heterosexuality, and the current version of the bill contains no exemptions for religious institutions or even for religious beliefs.  What does this mean for Catholics?

Simply put, it will force Catholic owned businesses and charities to compromise their moral principles and recognize homosexuality, an intrinsically disordered condition, as morally acceptable.  Institutions that refuse to do so could face sanctions and massive lawsuits.  So if a Catholic owned hospital refuses to hire an man who insists on wearing a dress to work on the basis of moral opposition, they could be sued.  An employee who expresses moral opposition to the hiring of openly homosexual men at a daycare center could end up losing his job.

Now, as a Catholic, I do not, under any circumstance, believe that homosexuals should be treated as second-class citizens.  Doing so is an offense against human dignity.  But no Catholic institution should be forced to compromise their moral principles and beliefs because the federal government passes a law saying they should.  It's an insult to religious freedom to do such a thing.

We must pray for exemptions in the law for religious institutions. 

Pax Christi

Lesson #1: This is what the poison of modernism does to a church

An Episcopal church in Virginia Beach is the only one in the region and one of two in the state to join a national group calling for full inclusion of gay and lesbian people in the church.
Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church on Laskin Road recently formed a chapter of the Episcopal group Integrity. Last month, the church's vestry also approved a statement called "Believe Out Loud" that welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in its congregation.
"Words are great, but you've got to put some action to the words," said the Rev. Chris Thompson, the rector at Eastern Shore Chapel. "The time was appropriate so we're going full speed ahead."

You guys are joking right?

If you want a great example of what the heresy of modernism does to a church, look no further than our own home grown Anglican body.  The decay that's spreading in Katharine Schori's ecclesial community is even worse than what's happening to the Catholic Church in America.  First ordination of openly homosexual clergy, then the blessing of homosexual unions (they say they're not marriages, but they pretty much are), now this?  Granted it's only a couple of churches, but how many more will there be?  I predict a lot more.

I bring this up not because it's particularly shocking, but because it is a prime example of the destructive power of modernism.  This poison that has been spreading through religious communities in America is tearing churches apart and diluting, if not outright destroying, the faith of countless Americans.  It is more imperative than ever that we must fight modernism in our century.

Pax Christi, and pray for the Church in America.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Let's keep this in perspective, shall we?

Governor Bob McDonnell's decision to honor "Confederate History Month" has caused quite a stir in the news, and it's mostly the result of his proclamation contains no mention of slavery.

And of course, the controversy has brought out the usual litany of crying and whining about just about everything to do with the Civil War, from the NAACP and other "civil rights" groups complaining about the lack of mentioning of slavery (as though that was the sole reason for a war which killed 600,000 Americans on both sides, including thousands of black soldiers in both Union and Confederate armies) and angry Southerners rehashing old "Lost Cause" arguments about Yankee war crimes and Southern honor (as though every single soldier who wore blue was a bloodthirsty murderer unworthy of honor, and every soldier who wore gray was a paragon of virtue and honor who would never hurt a fly).  Perhaps I'm oversimplifying things, but it seems that's the whole controversy boiled down in a nutshell.

But let's get a grip.  The controversy is not about either.  The real controversy is that whining victim lobbies on both sides are allowing history to be twisted to suit their agendas.  The NAACP and other groups are allowing the history of slavery to be twisted to suit the agenda of victimhood lobby, whilst Southern Lost Cause adherents are allowing history to be twisted to portray their Northern neighbors as descendants of butchers and thugs.  History is rarely so simple, and the truth about the Civil War is much more complicated than either side will want to admit.

It's time to stop letting folks like these frame the entire debate.  The Civil War ended over 150 years ago.  Further arguing about who was right and who was wrong is pointless.  Our country is one again, as it should be, and it's time to start acting like it.

Pax Christi.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

For the People of Poland

My heartfelt condolences and prayers are with you and your country during this difficult time.  May the soul of President Lech Kaczynski rest forever in the presence of the Father.

Wieczny odpoczynek im dać, Panie, a światłość wiekuista niech im. Niech odpoczywają w pokoju. Amen

Boże chroń Polska
God save Poland.

(note:  I had to use Google Translate for the prayer.  If it's incorrect, I apologize.) 

Friday, April 9, 2010

An Actual Humorous Cartoon about the Pope

It's amazing =)

Courtesty of Father. Z and Americanpapist.

Oy Vey... Oremus pro Pontifice Indeed


Am I reading this right?  Did this judge guy just compare Pope Benedict XVI to war criminal and mass murderer Slobodan Milosevic?  I may not be, but judging by this guy's words, it's more likely I am.

And so the attack continues.  In times like these, our most effective weapon is prayer.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory be.

V: Let us pray for our Pope Benedict.   R: May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.

V. Thou art Peter,
R. And upon this Rock, I will build My Church.

Let us Pray,   Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon your servant, Benedict, our Sovereign Pontiff, and guide him in your goodness on the way of eternal salvation; so that, with the prompting of your grace,  he may desire what pleases you and accomplish it with all his strength. Through Christ Our Lord.
V. Mother of the Church. R. Pray for us

V. St. Peter. R. Pray for us

Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday


"It is accomplished; and bowing his head he gave up his spirit."

Today the whole Church mourns the death of our Savior. This is traditionally a day of sadness, spent in fasting and prayer. The title for this day varies in different parts of the world: "Holy Friday" for Latin nations, Slavs and Hungarians call it "Great Friday," in Germany it is "Friday of Mourning," and in Norway, it is "Long Friday." Some view the term "Good Friday" (used in English and Dutch) as a corruption of the term "God's Friday." This is another obligatory day of fasting and abstinence. In Ireland, they practice the "black fast," which is to consume nothing but black tea and water.

Prayer to Jesus Forsaken
Sweet Jesus! For how many ages hast Thou hung upon Thy Cross and still men pass Thee by and regard Thee not!
How often have I passed Thee by, heedless of Thy great Sorrow, Thy many Wounds, Thy infinite Love!
How often have I stood before Thee, not to comfort and console Thee, but to add to Thy Sorrows, to deepen Thy Wounds, to spurn Thy Love!
Thou hast stretched forth Thy Hands to raise me up, and I have taken those Hands and bent them back on the Cross.
Thou hast loved me with an infinite love, and I have taken advantage of that love to sin the more against Thee.
My ingratitude has pierced Thy Sacred Heart, and Thy Heart responds only with an outpouring of Thy Love in Thy Precious Blood.
Lamb of God Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on me. 

Hymn:  Crux Fidelis
Crux fidelis,
inter omnes
arbor una nobilis;
nulla talem silva profert,
flore, fronde, germine.
Dulce lignum, dulci clavo,
dulce pondus sustinens! 

Flecte ramos, arbor alta,
tensa laxa viscera,
et rigor lentescat ille,
quem dedit nativitas,
ut superni membra Regis
miti tendas stipite.

Sola digna tu fuisti
ferre saeculi pretium,
atque portum praeparare
nauta mundo naufrago,
quem sacer cruor perunxit,

fusus Agni corpore.

Aequa Patri Filioque,
inclito Paraclito,
sempiterna sit beatae
Trinitati gloria,
cuius alma nos redemit
atque servat gratia. Amen.

Thursday, April 1, 2010