Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Democratic Party's Anti-Catholicism

Way back when groups like Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good were trying to have a say in the 2008 election - with a decided Democratic Party slant - some concerned individuals in the Catholic Church contended that the groups seemed to be Democratic shills, and were supporting candidates and policies in opposition to Church teachings on issues such as abortion and contraception.

Those concerned individuals were called misinformed, alarmist, delusional, even paranoid.

The recent Wikileaks revelations confirm, however, that those who were concerned were right to be.

In an exchange between John Podesta, currently Chairman of the Hillary Clinton campaign and a long-time Democratic Party operative, and Sandy Newman of liberal activist group Voices for Progress, Newman said. “There needs to be a Catholic Spring in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic church.”

Podesta responded that such an effort was already underway.

“We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this," he admitted. "But I think it lacks the leadership to do so now. Likewise Catholics United. Like most Spring movements, I think this one will have to be bottom up.”

This comes on top of earlier leaked documents involving Podesta in which Democratic Party supporters or operatives describe Catholics as "backwards" when it comes to gender relations (i.e. homosexual marriage, other sexuality issues, etc.) and as Jennifer Palmieri, the Clinton Campaign's communication director, said, “They can throw around ‘Thomistic’ thought and ‘subsidiarity’ and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they are talking about.”

And, of course, Hillary last year when discussion abortions said, "deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed."

Really? Churches have to change their beliefs to fit her pro-abortion Democratic agenda?
Which brings us to this election.
Given these revelations, given the elitist and anti-Catholic attitudes present in the Clinton campaign (yes, VP candidate Tim Kaine identifies himself as a Catholic, but he long ago betrayed the teachings of the faith), can there be any doubt that a Clinton administration will target the Catholic Church and other people of faith to promote their pro-abortion, pro-contraception, pro-homosexual agenda? More attempts will be made to coopt Church groups and organizations, or to force them to capitulate. People of faith will increasingly find themselves threatened with loss of jobs, fines, lawsuits, and, I would not be surprised, arrest and jail.
The evidence suggests otherwise.
Pax et bonum

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Napoleon Clerihew

Napoleon Bonaparte 
waited at the Tour de France's start.
He planned to throw a stale baguette
at the Duke of Wellington's bicyclette.

Pax et bonum

Saturday, October 8, 2016

At Planned Parenthood

at Planned Parenthood
crows cry as the staff arrives -
clouds heavy with rain

I went to hold vigil outside Planned Parenthood this morning as part of the 40 Days for Life campaign.

I got there at 7, picked up a sign (PRAY FOR AN END TO ABORTION), and took a position in front of the clinic. There are lines in the sidewalk based on an old court injunction prohibiting certain people and groups from protesting too close to the clinic's parking lot entrance. But I'm not named in the injunction, nor am I a member of any group named in it. So, I stood beyond the line, not blocking entrance in any way, but clearly visible.

I said a Rosary, and began to sing quietly a few pro-life songs and hymns, mixing in repetitions of "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner."

About 7:20, a vehicle pulled in to the parking lot. Crows in the trees began to call out. Over the next 20 minutes or so more cars arrived.

At about 7:45 a man from the clinic with a Planned Parenthood identification approached me. We exchanged a few pleasantries - good morning, are you a Red Sox fan (my hat), when I said yes he  "jokingly" said to get out of there, I laughed as said he must be a Yankee fan.

Then he said because of the court order I had to go back on the other side of the line.

I pointed out that I was aware of the old court order, but explained that the order applied only to certain named individuals and groups - and that I was not one of the named individuals and did not belong to any of the groups. I said I would not move.

He asked me to show him the court order. I replied that he had to show me the order (after all, he was the one demanding that I move).

He said he had a copy and would go get it.

He left.

He did not return, though, to be fair, I was only there for a few minutes more. 

I kept praying where I was until my shift ended at 8.

I then left.

I will be back.

Pax et bonum

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Three-parent babies?

three-parent babies -
somewhere Dr. Frankenstein
is shaking his head

Pax et bonum

Sunday, September 25, 2016

About a shady guy ... Chesterton!

G. K. Chesterton
would sometimes sit in the sun.
His wife appreciated the cool glade
his shadow made.

Pax et bonum

Saturday, September 24, 2016

My Franciscan Wife

My dear wife was professed last night as a Secular Franciscan. Above, she is in the middle, with fellow new Franciscan Jill Robinson (right) and Father Steve Kraus, who celebrated the Mass.


Pax et bonum

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Mucking up the men's group

I got to men's group this morning. It was good to see the guys after the long summer break.

We watched an episode of Crossing the Goal that was addressing part of the Our Father  - "Lead us not into temptation."

The members of the Crossing team pointed out that we all face temptations and we can fight some, with God's help, but that some we should get away from because they are so difficult to resist. After the episode ended the guys there for the meeting split into groups.

Then the small group discussions began.

Then I made some people uncomfortable.

In my group, we had some general discussion about how temptation affects us all, and intrudes even at Mass.

But then one man, an independent contractor, began talking about one temptation he faces that he has given into - taking payment under the table and not paying taxes. He noted that he's competing against weekend contractors who have full-time jobs - along with health insurance - who charge less than he legitimately could. So he fights that temptation all the time, especially when his family is strapped.

I kept silent; his discomfort seemed real, and I could understand and sympathize with the tough situation he was in. But then he went on to say he had spoken with a priest who basically gave him the okay to do it. Then another man observed that the government sometimes uses the money for things we don't like anyway.

At that point, the sarcastic me commented that it's like being in a supermarket and eating some of the food without paying, because, after all, the store overcharges and it really doesn't hurt anyone anyway, right?

The contractor got the point, and said ruefully it's a real dilemma for him.

But then another man began talking about how he and his wife at one point had four children and didn't want more, so his wife used an IUD. Then he laughed and added they later changed their minds and had two more children. But he noted that in choosing to used the IUD that sometimes a sin stops being a sin, and that he was acting like a grownup and could justify doing so.

At that point I interrupted and said that a sin doesn't stop being a sin just because we decide it isn't one and that saying "justify" suggests that we know something is still wrong, but we are trying to convince ourselves that it's okay. I wanted to say more to clarify, but the time ran out. I got the feeling the other men in the group were uneasy. It certainly felt awkward.

If there had been more time I would have pointed out that there are indeed extreme circumstances under which a "sin" is not a "sin" when violating one moral law prevents a greater moral wrong from occurring. So, for example, it's wrong to lie, but if the lie is to save an innocent person's life - such as one might have done in hiding an escaped slave from the South or a Jew from the Nazis. But such cases are not common, and certainly not for suburban, middle class men in the U.S. (right now, anyway).

I did say as the group broke up that I hope I didn't make everyone too uncomfortable.

I got a few nods of acknowledgement. But I'm not sure what they were thinking.

Sometimes when I look in the mirror with my long beard and blazing eyes I think, Old Testament prophet. (At least, my ego would like to entertain that comparison!)

And you know how many friends they made.

Pax et bonum