The Perils of Progressivism

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This timeline, along with these recent statistics, demonstrates that the eroding of family life in the United States is not something sudden, but rather the result of a gradual process of social change.

The events listed are not a random collection, but show a determined and coordinated decline of our culture, rooted in our changing understanding of sexuality, marriage and family, and even life itself (which is now a commodity, which can be engineered).

The link between contraception, abortion, and homosexuality itself can be demonstrated simply by examining the Supreme Court decisions concerning these issues, which in their opinions directly build one upon the other.

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Many American Catholics, priests, and pro-lifers cite to how the Orthodox Jews are pro-life. But that is just not true.

The UOJC has something called an Institute for Public Affairs (IPA) and the IPA formulates the issues for involvement in American politics by the Orthodox Jews.

A quick review of the IPA’s website reveals a number of links in support of embryonic stem cell research and cloning of human beings. For instance, the first link is to an article by Dr. Daniel Eisenberg dated January 8, 2001 and entitled “Stem Cell Research in Jewish Law.”

The article provides the justification under Judaism for killing innocent human beings during the course of embryonic stem cell research: Dr. Eisenberg writes “If the pre-embryo may be destroyed, it certainly may be used for research purpose and other life-saving work.”[xxi]

Dr. Eisenberg undertakes a long and convoluted analysis under Jewish law to arrive at this conclusion, and of great note is this comment: “While the practical aspects of the Jewish approach to abortion are relatively agreed upon, the exact source and nature of the prohibition [to taking of pre-born life] is not. Depending on the origin of the prohibition, the application to the pre-embryo will differ.”[xxii] In other words, the Jews cannot find the authority for giving life to the unborn, and the tenets of Judaism are up for debate – a not unlikely result given that the Jews reject Christ, the Logos, and with Him, the Advocate.

What can be given in one argument based on interpretation of arcane documents can be taken in another argument based on a different interpretation. The practical result (and, according to Dr. Eisbenberg the Jews agree on certain practical approaches) is support for embryonic stem cell research and the creation and support of an entire industry engaged in the slaughter.

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Catholic Voting Principles – Direction for an Informed Conscience


Although the Church does not specifically endorse candidates for which to vote, we are given moral principles to form our consciences and to guide us in order to comply with the teaching authority of the Church: Candidates and issues should first be evaluated on their opposition to the five moral issues about which there can be no compromise for faithful Catholics: abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, cloning and homosexual “same-sex marriage.” The Church regards these as intrinsic evils and consideration of them takes highest priority.

Preferred candidates would be those that come closest to the defense of life and family on these issues. Afterwards, candidates can be evaluated regarding their stand on other important issues such as the economy, war, poverty, immigration, education, taxes, etc. Although these issues also have moral elements, they do not carry the same moral weight and priority as the fundamental life issues. Unfortunately, Catholics have often confused second order “social issues” with first order “moral issues.”

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U.S. Bishops “Disappointed” by Obama’s Abortion Policies

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Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
Until Catholics everywhere, including both laity and clergy, start acting like Catholics again, we can expect more of the same from the Obama administration.
 
Obama’s changes to the Mexico City policy affect Catholics all around the world. What are we doing in response? Our USCCB bishops sent Obama a letter stating that they are “disappointed”.
 
There’s heroic virtue for you. No wonder Catholics get no respect, deferring to limp-wristed “leadership” such as this!
 
Francis Cardinal George is the head of the USCCB. The Chicago Archdiocese, of which he is also the head, recently managed to cobble together a Chicago March for Life that included some 40 people, and about half of those 40 were from other dioceses.
 
Forty people … from one of the largest “Catholic” Archdioceses in the world! Not one priest or bishop from the Chicago Archdiocese was present. Not one!
 
When asked why HE wasn’t there, the good Cardinal explained that he “had to be in Rome”. Maybe he ought to stay in Italy! I heard that Cardinal Law has an opening available for an assistant. 
 
Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral:
 
For one thing, the inside of the cathedral is ugly … more like a Presbyterian church than anything authentically Catholic.
 
The stained glass is plain, and tells us nothing about the great truths and traditions of the Catholic faith.
 
The statuary is sparse, and done in a motif that is most reminiscent of the “Clay People” from the old “Flash Gordon” series. Nobody can be sure WHAT the statues actually represent.
 
There is no real crucifix. Instead, we have some sort of a “hybrid” floating Christ, surrounded by floating rock, in the shape of a cross. It also is ugly.
 
The sanctuary itself is dank and dark. Sparsely furnished, with chairs for the presider and a couple of assistants, backed by dark wood paneling. Nothing of beauty to be seen. Nothing else there, other than  a very large, stone altar.
 
The most common decorative feature of the cathedral  appears to be a series of big, dark grey … almost black, marble panels, with a lighter shade of  “marbling” throughout.
 
They look like those ink blot tests. Rorschach tests. I call them “Saint Rorschach”.
 
Then there’s the tabernacle, situated to the left of the sanctuary. It’s shaped like a bowling ball, only bright silver in color. Surrounded by ugly, squiggly, wrought iron work that’s vaguely reminiscent of hell.
 
Nothing in that cathedral serves to proclaim anything at all that might be authentically Catholic. People seem to like the carved wood ceiling. I say, “What a waste!” Many of  the priest’s homilies are also at least moderately heretical.  Perhaps the place is a shrine to ecumenicalism.
 
It should be noted that, over the last couple of years, some strange things have been occurring at Holy Name Cathedral, which is the Cardinal’s “home” church.
 
While processing up to the altar at the start of the Easter Mass, the Cardinal inexplicably lost his footing and ended up flat on the floor.
 
A short while later, the roof of the cathedral fell in.
 
Just last week, the place burned. Fortunately, the structure was saved.
 
That cathedral seems to be a microcosm for the entire archdiocese, not to mention the USCCB, and perhaps, today’s world-wide Catholic Church!
 
It’s probably redundant to point out that Chicago is also the home town of the Daley Political Machine, Barack Obama, and Rod Blagoyevich. All of whom are great friends with the Cardinal. All are also solidly pro-abortion. Many are Catholic.
 
This is a great scandal!   
 
We need to call an end to this post-Vatican II era and initiate a world-wide Catholic Renaissance, without delay. And the very first priority of this Catholic Renaissance must be life.
 
Fifty million have died from abortion in this country since Roe vs. Wade became the law of the land, and our bishops have progressed from being confused, to unconcerned, to aware, and recently, to disappointed.
 
Perhaps after another fifty million die, we’ll actually start to DO something about the problem.  If we had responded to Pearl Harbor in this manner, we would all be speaking Japanese, today.
 
Ladies and gentlemen: we’ve prayed, we’ve counseled, we’ve demonstrated, we’ve sent letters and postcards. Nothing has really worked, and the enemy is beginning to consolidate his evil power.
 
If the Catholic Church can spend 2.5 billion dollars paying off the victims of abuse, we should be able to scrape together a couple of hundred million each year to fund an anti-abortion campaign that has some “teeth” in it.
 
The first thing we need is a sweeping, dogmatic, Ex Cathedra statement from the Pope on life issues, defining without exception, the responsibilities of every Catholic lay person, clergyman, politician, doctor, lawyer, judge, soldier, and law enforcement officer.
     
Nothing less will do.
        
 
If they don’t want to live up to their responsibilities as Catholics, let them go somewhere else. We don’t need them. They’re just another part of the problem. Excommunicate the bastards! All of  them. Then we remaining Catholics will need to reallocate and retask all the resources of the Church, solely towards promoting life, and to making more good Catholics.
 
Let the government feed, clothe, and house the poor. Let the government provide for the health care needs of the masses.
 
We need to focus all our resources on preventing abortion and euthanasia, and fighting embryonic stem cell research, invitro fertilization, cloning, and other, similarly evil and immoral activities.
 
We need to be prepared to spend whatever it costs to save babies from abortion, whether we have to “ransom” them, support them (and their moms), or adopt them.
 
The situation calls for unrestricted pro-life spiritual and temporal warfare, and nothing less!
    
What would Jesus do?
  John 10:10
 “The thief cometh not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy:
I came that they may have life,
and may have it abundantly.”

         
 Canon 212.3 states: “According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, [the faithful] have the right and even the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of the faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.”
               

Please pray about it … and pray hard … then let’s all get together and DO something!

Troubling words from Obama – who aspires to the Presidency of the United States and leadership of the free world.

Troubling words from Obama – who aspires to the Presidency of the United States and leadership of the free world.

Obama: Supports: “Freedom of Choice Act”. A bill that would invalidate virtually all state and federal limitations on abortion, including partial-birth abortion.

Obama: Opposes ban on partial birth abortion ban. He said he would re-instate this ban as president. (Partial Birth Abortion is used from the 5th month on, involves pulling a living baby feet-first out of the womb, except for the head, puncturing the skull and suctioning out the brain. The great majority of partial-birth abortions are performed on healthy babies of healthy mothers.)

Obama: Voted to block a bill that would have required an abortionist to notify at least one parent before performing an abortion on a minor girl from another state.

Obama: Voted 3 times against a bill in the Illinois State Senate that would have provided protection for babies who survive abortions equal to the protection received by babies who are spontaneously born prematurely.

From The National Catholic Register:
Jill Stanek, a Chicago nurse, described the practice of killing babies in what is now known as “live-birth abortion.” Illinois tried to stop the practice. But in 2002, as state legislator there, Obama voted against the Induced Infant Liability Act, which would have protected babies who were “accidentally” born alive during attempts to abort them.

“I could not bear the thought of this suffering child dying alone in a soiled utility room, so I cradled and rocked him for the 45 minutes that he lived,” Stanek told the U.S. Congress, describing one such case. “He was too weak to move very much, expending any energy he had trying to breathe. Toward the end he was so quiet that I couldn’t tell if he was still alive unless I held him up to the light to see if his heart was still beating through his chest wall.”

After Stanek’s testimony even N.Y. Democrat Jerrold Nadler, who says he is “as pro-choice as anybody on earth” supported and spoke in favor of the bill.

But for the abortion industry and Obama, opposing the right to life has meant uncompromising dedication to a counter-principle. For Obama, protecting the unstated principle “unwanted children do not have the right to life” is the only way abortion can remain legal.

That has led him to exclude another category of human being from the right to life: the unfit.

Terri Schiavo
In a recent debate, Obama said the vote he most regrets was his vote to save Terri Schiavo’s life. Her husband, Michael, wanted Terri dead, even though she was alert and responsive to nurses and family members. He had a new child with a new woman, and he wanted Terri dead.

When a judge granted his request, Congress and President Bush attempted to intervene to save her life, and not just to save her life, but to stop the dangerous precedent. They failed. Now Obama says they shouldn’t have tried. Thus, he started by rejecting the right to life of unwanted children and now rejects the right to life of an unwanted woman.”

Obama supports embryonic stem cell research — which is the deliberate killing of little innocent babies.

Obama supports cloning, another intrinsic evil.

Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples equal legal rights and privileges as married couples. Civil unions is one step closer to homosexual “marriage”. Homosexuality is a mortal sin and an abomination against God. Obama voted against the Federal marriage Amendment Act, which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

Sadly, many people have not been educated as to the real issues in this campaign.
Life issues are the most important, for without life, we have nothing. Obama, cares nothing about innocent children, or the lives of others, as he only cares about himself, making a name for himself. He has succumbed to the evils in society. He is a coward, as he certainly doesn’t have the courage to stand up for God and His Commandments. Please, continue to educate others about him and the evil he supports.

Above all — encourage others to pray ~ Divine Help is Needed!
Our country has been blessed by God. We have all good things because of God. One cannot expect our blessings to continue if we are on the road to perdition, turning away from God. Prayers are needed! Pray for our country and its people. God’s Commandments are Commandments — they must be obeyed. Period! They must be obeyed in the voting booth.

 
We must NOT support evil.
We must NOT support Obama in any way.
We are commanded by God to obey His Commandments. Let’s have the courage to do so.

Thanks to Delores W. and Nancy W. for this submitting this article.