Catholic priest in Middle East struggles to preserve what remains of the faith

Four Horsemen

He is rounding up ancient manuscripts and relics and hiding them in secure locations around Kurdistan, hoping to save them from the iconoclastic fury of the terror insurgency.

“If Daesh burns down a church we can rebuild it, but the manuscripts are our history. They trace back our roots, they are part of our civilization,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for the group. “If they get destroyed, then we are lost, and our culture will be forgotten.”

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Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt: Family as the foundation of culture.

Dear friends in Christ,

Since the beginning of man’s life on earth, the family has served as the cornerstone of society.  The integrity of the family set the standard for society from the beginning of time as the underpinning of our civilization, reflecting the beneficial differences between men and women and the complementarity of their hearts, minds, and bodies.

Aristotle argued that the natural progression of human beings flowed from the family via small communities out to the polisThe state itself, then, as a natural extension of the family, mirrors this critical institution.

Inspired by Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas writes, “man is by nature a social being since he stands in need of many vital things which he cannot come by through his own unaided effort. Hence he is naturally part of a group by which assistance is given him that he may live well.  He needs this assistance with a view to life as well as to the good life.”[1]  And Pope Leo XIII develops Aquinas’ thought further, recognizing that “man’s natural instinct moves him to live in civil society, for he cannot, if dwelling apart, provide himself with the necessary requirements of life, nor procure the means of developing his mental and moral faculties.”[2]  Indeed, just as our communities and the state itself imitate the structure of the family, our economy is also modeled after oikonomia—the Greek word for household management.

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Editor’s note: This is a fairly long piece, but it is worth a read. This is what good Catholic bishops are supposed to do – teach!

Marriage in God’s plan — the pivot of civilisation

One of the greatest threats today to what has been most noble and humane in Western civilisation is the attempt to rewrite the meaning of marriage as something other than how it has been traditionally understood in the Judaic-Christian moral tradition.

Some sense of the greatness of marriage as a bond between a man and a woman and its link to the development of community life exists in all cultures. Aristotle, for example, regarded marriage and strong families as essential to the right ordering of society and for the proper socialisation of children. He saw the friendship and the bond between the married couple, together with the natural bond of affection linking them to their children, as an important factor conducive to the development of those virtues upon which peaceful coexistence between the members of society depends.

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Editor’s note: It’s no coincidence that every society which ever attempted to “normalize” and/or otherwise promote homosexuality soon came to a bad end.

Obama Plan: Destroying Christianity destroys the culture and civilization it spawned.

The modern left understands one fundamental reality: Destroying Christianity destroys the culture and civilization it spawned. They are inextricably linked. This is why socialists, such as Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Saul Alinsky and George Soros, have championed militant anti-Christianity, free love, contraception and abortion. Smash the family and traditional morality and the economic system they gave birth to – capitalism – will come crashing down. This is the Marxist project: Sweep the Christian West into the dustbin of history.

Mr. Obama is a Leninist – a committed revolutionary, who is embarked upon an ambitious project to transform America. He worships statism and secularism – the very antithesis of our Founding Fathers. He has put the United States on the path of civilizational decline and moral ruin. And Obamacare is his Trojan horse.

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Homosexuality, birth control, academia, Catholicism … and the natural law.


It all started this past May with an email composed by an undergraduate student in “Introduction to Catholicism and Modern Catholic Thought,” a course offered in the Religious Studies department at the University of Illinois. The student forwarded to the department chair an email the class had received from the instructor, Catholic theologian Kenneth Howell, discussing the relative merits of utilitarianism and Natural Law in assessing the morality of homosexuality.

Howell’s letter, reprinted here, explained why Catholic Natural Law doctrine maintained that sexuality must not be separated from procreation, and did bleed into some preachiness. Howell argued that because anatomical differences between men and women were part of the “real” world, sexual morality ought not be governed by utilitarian ethics but by the “inherent meaning” of the act.

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Editor’s note: This is a pretty comprehensive report of what happened at the University of Illinois, and of the various philosophies that have come into play there, regarding the Howell affair.

It appears that Professor Howell accurately explained Catholic doctrine, in response to an email request from a student. Taken within the context of the course work, there should have been no problem with that.

When Professor Howell’s email was (deliberately) taken out of context (by a third party … or parties) he quickly ran afoul of today’s overwhelmingly liberal academic establishment, along with the homosexual subculture, both of which are typically, unalterably opposed to anything (particularly the Catholic Church) that might stand in their way.

The age-old argument against homosexuality… based on the natural law … which … interpreted in light of Catholic tradition … serves as the logical basis for human morality … as well as most western concepts of law and justice … is simply unacceptable to those who wish to create a new order of things … in their own seriously disordered image … and so, in their eyes … it (and Howell) must be strongly opposed and hopefully, destroyed.

Margaret Sanger and the eventual wide-spread acceptance of artificial forms of birth control set the precedent for cultural paradigm shifts of this type, and the homosexuals (and their liberal supporters) hope to achieve nothing less.

What these radicals do not understand is that should they actually succeed, they will be attempting to legitimize their perverted and destructive behavior at the expense of the unalterable truth. Professor Howell pointed this out, and now he is suffering the consequences.

Should that sad day actually arrive, it would mark the end of civilization, as we presently know it … since the natural law is (and always has been) as fundamental to the smooth workings of society … as is gravity (and all the other various physical laws) to the smooth and proper functioning of the universe.

Ironically, Margaret Sanger’s perverted view of things, along with her explicit rejection of the natural law, proves this … since nothing that Sanger ever did, said, or promoted  … even when coupled with huge sums of money, provided through widespread government and private subsidies … ever served to accomplish anything other than making it legal for desperate, misguided people to (cheaply and efficiently) kill huge numbers of innocent human beings (mostly babies).

In short … ANYTHING that runs counter to the natural law MUST (by nature) be a lie or a falsehood … so it should be rejected.

Thanks to the widespread ignorance and/or rejection of the natural law in today’s society, the ideological linkage between the pro-death, pro-homosexual, anti-family and anti-church movements continues to become stronger and stronger. And that, my friends … is the type of CHANGE that Barack Obama (along with liberal Democrats, Republicans, academics and clergy) have been peddling, for lo, these many years!

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Quote of the Week – About Women

“To a great extent the level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood.

When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her.

The higher her virtue, the more her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her.

The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.”

~ Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Submitted by Bob Stanley