An Open Letter of Apology to the Gay Community (From A Christian)

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I’m seeing quite a few open letters of apology from Christians to the gay community in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. At first, I was angry. “What are we apologizing for again?!?,” I thought. As a conservative Christian, I was annoyed. It seemed – at first – to be capitulation on a very important issue. After reading more than a few of these open letters of apology, however, my heart has softened on the issue. I realize that conservative Christians like myself are in the clear minority. The Supreme Court has ruled. Other churches, like the Episcopalians just yesterday, have found it in their heart to soften from their historic, traditional opinions. And as much as religious people love the past, I’ve had to come to grips with the reality that this – gay marriage – is our present and no doubt, our future.

There comes that moment – even for Christians steeped in conservative traditions – to recognize when the times have changed…and the times have changed. Taking a cue from other Christians who find a sense of closure in writing an open letter of apology to the gay community, I will follow suit and apologize for several things on behalf of not just myself, but my fellow Christians.

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A bit of light, holiday reading: Benedict XVI responds by letter, to an Atheist.

Exclusive to the Register, we publish below the first English translation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s letter to the militant Italian atheist, Piergiorgio Odifreddi.

In September, the Italian newspaper La Repubblica printed extracts of the letter whose full contents were published in Italian on Nov. 23 by the German-language agency Kath.net.

The Pope Emeritus sent the letter in response to a book Odifreddi wrote in 2011 entitled Dear Pope, I’m Writing to You. The work was a critique of certain arguments and lines of thought found in Benedict’s theological writings, beginning with his 1967 volume Introduction to Christianity, and including his book Jesus of Nazareth, which he wrote as pope.

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Chicago’s Cardinal George warns of same-sex marriage ‘consequences’.

“The Pope was not speaking about approving gay marriage. To use his words against his teaching, as they were used on the floor of the State House of Representatives of November 5, is less than intellectually honest,” George writes.

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CDF bars participation in events assuming truth of Medjugorje

Washington D.C., Nov 6, 2013 / 09:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the direction of the Vatican’s head for doctrine, the apostolic nuncio to the U.S. has written a letter stating that Catholics “are not permitted” to participate in meetings which take for granted that the supposed Marian apparitions in Medjugorje are credible.

“The Congregation (for the Doctrine of the Faith) has affirmed that, with regard to the credibility of the ‘apparitions’ in question, all should accept the declaration … which asserts: ‘On the basis of the research that has been done, it is not possible to state that there were apparitions or supernatural revelations,’” Archbishop Carlo Vigano wrote in an Oct. 21 letter to the bishops of the U.S., sent to the general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“It follows, therefore, that clerics and the faithful are not permitted to participate in meetings, conferences or public celebrations during which the credibility of such ‘apparitions’ would be taken for granted.”

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An armed population is an essential guarantee against centralized tyranny.

Addressing Feinstein directly, Mr. Boston, who served tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, says he’ll refuse to register his weapons and writes, “You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain.”

“I am not your subject,” he continues. “I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant.”

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Read the Hobby Lobby letter explaining why the Obamacare HHS Mandate will not stand.

We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God’s laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that’s what we’ve tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.

But now, our government threatens to change all of that.

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Catholic Medical Association Women Physicians deliver stern letter to pro-abortion women Senators.

Brief summary:

Dear Senators Boxer, Murray, and Shaheen:

…As Catholic physicians, we swear before God to serve the sick with competence, compassion, and charity, always to their benefit and never to their harm.

Abortifacients, OCPs, and sterilization do not belong in a preventive services mandate because they are not preventive medicine and not good for women’s health.

President Obama’s mandate will prove harmful to women’s health and to the practice of medicine. It must be rescinded immediately.

Maricela P. Moffitt, M.D., M.P.H.,
President, Catholic Medical Association
Mary Keen, M.D., M.R.M.
Rebecca Peck, M.D.
Kathleen M. Raviele, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.,
Past President, Catholic Medical Association
Laura G. Reilly, M.D., A.B.P.N.

Read the entire letter

NJ Catholic Bishops: It is not “unjust discrimination” to treat different things differently.

But isn’t prohibiting same-sex “marriage” unjust discrimination?

No.  We must always remember that every person has an inherent dignity.  Like all other human beings, our homosexual brothers and sisters are beloved children of God.  As a result, the Catholic Church affirms that they “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity.  Every sign of unjust discrimination in this regard should be avoided” [Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 2358].

Clearly, the fundamental human rights of homosexual persons must be defended, and everyone must strive to eliminate any forms of injustice, oppression, or violence against homosexual persons.

But it is not “unjust discrimination” to treat different things differently.  Same-sex unions are not, in fact, the same thing as the union of one man and one woman in marriage.  One type of union may ever generate children, the other may never; one type of union respects and expresses the inherent complementarity of man and woman; the other does not.  Therefore, treating one type of union as “marriage,” and the other not, is not only permitted, but required.  Indeed, it is treating this differentiation as bigotry that constitutes an injustice.

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What to do when a bishop ignores you?

Jill Stanek reports:

It seems to me a compassionate spiritual leader would attempt to mitigate the damage his decision caused to innocent bystanders.

One important event caught in the crossfire was the International Pro-Life Youth Conference, scheduled for this weekend, November 11-13, in Los Angeles.

Father Pavone has been advertised as this event’s keynote speaker for months.

I just learned tonight that the youth leaders in charge of the IPLYC have been attempting to reach out to Bishop Zurek to secure his permission to allow Father Pavone to attend this event, and the bishop will not respond.

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Death of radical Obama-like ideologue reminds us: These guys will fight for their socialist heaven on earth, even to their last breath.

In Canada, the death of New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton yesterday has permeated the news. He was a strong, far-left, big government socialist.  He was the hero of the Canadian youth much like Obama once was.  His followers are as vocal and unrelenting as he was.  He never wasted an opportunity to extol social justice theories or attack conservatism.

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Speaker John Boehner gets a letter from a group of pro-life heavyweights.

The Honorable John Boehner
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Speaker Boehner,

Planned Parenthood, a scandal-plagued abortion organization, must be held accountable for abusing innocent young victims while receiving hundreds of millions in federal dollars each year.

They must be defunded of federal tax dollars, and now is the time to do it. The House vote in support of Rep. Mike Pence’s Amendment No. 11 to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (H.R. 1) to prevent government funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, is an excellent start.

However, the House vote on the Pence Amendment is nothing more than symbolic unless it remains intact through the legislative process. Defunding Planned Parenthood must be a non-negotiable in the Continuing Resolution and we urge you to accept nothing less than this outcome.

The fact that Planned Parenthood was caught aiding and abetting sex traffickers proves that it is not safe for women and young girls. What goes on in offices and clinics of Planned Parenthood, as Live Action’s videos show is both saddening and shocking. That it has often been done using taxpayer dollars is indefensible.

As the largest abortion company in the United States, Planned Parenthood repeatedly refuses to comply with state statutory rape reporting laws, and often ignores parental consent laws.

Just this week, Phill Kline, former Attorney General of Kansas, testified under oath that Planned Parenthood of Overland Park and the late abortionist George

Tiller performed abortions on a combined 166 girls, age fourteen or younger. Out of the 166 cases of statutory rape, just two were reported to authorities, Kline testified.

As debate over the Continuing Resolution continues we urge you to do everything you can to ensure that the Pence Amendment remains intact in the final version of’ the Continuing Resolution. Planned Parenthood is not safe for women, it is not safe for young girls, and it must be defunded now.

For Life,

Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List

Torn McClusky, Vice President for Government Affairs, FRC

Dr. John Willke, President, International Right to Life Federation

David Bereit, National Director, 40 Days for Life

Phil Burress, President, Citizens for Community Values

Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director, Students for Life of America

Bradley Mattes, Executive Director, Life Issues Institute

Frank Cannon, President, American Principles Project

Steven W. Mosher, President, Population Research Institute

John J. Jakubczyk, Former President, Arizona Right to Life

Michael Gonidakis, Executive Director, Ohio Right to Life Society

Tim Broderick, President, People for Life of Erie, Pennsylvania

Kevin H. Smith, Executive Director, Cornerstone Action

Lila Rose, President, Live Action

Penny Nance, CEO, Concerned Women for America

Brian Burch, President, CatholicVote.org

Phyllis Schlafly, Founder and President, Eagle Forum

Steven Ertelt, Editor, LifeNews.coin

Jill Stanek, RN, JillStanek.com

Gary Bauer, President, American Values

Cohn A. Manna, President, Let Freedom Ring

Erick Erickson, Editor, RedState.com

Mario H. Lopez, President, Hispanic Leadership Fund

Marie Tasy, Executive Director, New Jersey Right to Life

Jenifer Bowen, Executive Director, Iowa Right to Life

Mail Smith, Vice President, Catholic Advocate

Rogue German theologians betray the Catholic Church

One third of the Catholic theologians of Germany, Switzerland and Austria have signed a letter addressed to Pope Benedict dissenting from some of the doctrines and disciplines of the Catholic Church.

Catholic Culture reports:

‘Referring ten times to “freedom”– including “the freedom of the Gospel message,” “the biblical message of freedom,” and “freedom of conscience”– the signatories call for married priests, women’s ordination, and lay participation in the election of bishops and priests. The theologians also urge Church leaders “not to exclude” those who have remarried and those in homosexual partnerships.’

The ‘Catholic’ theologians attempt to justify their revolt against the Church by claiming their demands are a response to the sex abuse scandal.

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St. Justin Martyr’s explanation of the order of Mass, circa 155 A.D.

Here is a video illustrating the contents of a letter from St. Justin Martyr in 155 A.D. describing the weekly Christian liturgy (Mass) of the Early Church.

Anyone familiar with the modern Catholic Mass–and therefore the Eucharist–will immediately recognize its roots in these words.

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Link to The Thin Veil Blog

St. Justin Martyr was born a pagan but converted to Christianity after studying philosophy. He was a prolific writer and many Church scholars consider him the greatest apologist or defender of the faith from the 2nd century. He was beheaded with six of his companions some time between 163 and 167 A.D.

“This food we call the Eucharist, of which no one is allowed to partake except one who believes that the things we teach are true, and has received the washing for forgiveness of sins and for rebirth, and who lives as Christ handed down to us. For we do not receive these things as common bread or common drink; but as Jesus Christ our Savior being incarnate by God’s Word took flesh and blood for our salvation, so also we have been taught that the food consecrated by the Word of prayer which comes from him, from which our flesh and blood are nourished by transformation, is the flesh and blood of that incarnate Jesus.”

“First Apology”, Ch. 66, inter A.D. 148-155.

“God has therefore announced in advance that all the sacrifices offered in His name, which Jesus Christ offered, that is, in the Eucharist of the Bread and of the Chalice, which are offered by us Christians in every part of the world, are pleasing to Him.”

“Dialogue with Trypho”, Ch. 117, circa 130-160 A.D.

Moreover, as I said before, concerning the sacrifices which you at that time offered, God speaks through Malachias, one of the twelve, as follows: ‘I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord; and I will not accept your sacrifices from your hands; for from the rising of the sun until its setting, my name has been glorified among the gentiles; and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a clean offering: for great is my name among the gentiles, says the Lord; but you profane it.’ It is of the sacrifices offered to Him in every place by us, the gentiles, that is, of the Bread of the Eucharist and likewise of the cup of the Eucharist, that He speaks at that time; and He says that we glorify His name, while you profane it.”

-“Dialogue with Trypho”, [41: 8-10]

Cardinal George doesn’t seem to appreciate Tom Roeser’s frank commentary.

Dear Mr ______,

I write to you because you are a member of the Advisory Board of Catholic Citizens of Illinois whose chairman is Mr. Thomas F. Roeser.

Mr. Roeser has taken in recent years to writing essays that are filled with factual errors and misrepresentations about events in the Archdiocese of Chicago. His writing about both clerical and lay officials of the Archdiocese are also personally insulting and filled with contempt. At times when the Pope or the bishops’ teachings or activities do not conform in every detail to his political convictions, he descends to hate mongering. I’ve included a recent example for your consideration.

Would it be possible for you to use your role as advisor to Catholic Citizens of Illinois to put an end to the hate literature produced by the Chairman? Thank you.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Francis Cardinal George OMI

Archbishop of Chicago.

Editor’s note: Cardinal George recently issued a press release stating that the USCCB (and the U.S. bishops) were not involved in actions which might, in any way, be considered political.

Read more at Tom Roeser’s Site

NRLC Letter: Six Ways Senate Health Care Bill Results in Abortion Funding

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — As Congressional Democrats work on merging the House and Senate versions of the government-run health care bill, a new letter from the National Right to Life Committee details six ways in which the Senate version mandates taxpayer funding of abortions.

The details are important because the Senate version of the legislation, especially when it comes to language concerning abortion, is expected to form the basis of the merged bill.

The letter to members of Congress comes at a time when pro-life groups are hoping to urge pro-life Democrats to hold fast against any final bill that includes abortion funding.

The NRLC letter says the “House-passed bill (H.R. 3962) and the Senate-passed bill (H.R. 3590) are far more divergent on abortion policy matters than one would understand on the basis of accounts in the news media.”

While the House bill contains the Stupak amendment to stop abortion funding, the Senate bill contains the Nelson-Reid deal that allows states to force taxpayers to finance abortions.

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“Dear Congressman Kennedy:”

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Dear Congressman Kennedy:

“The fact that I disagree with the hierarchy on some issues does not make me any less of a Catholic.” (Congressman Patrick Kennedy) Since our recent correspondence has been rather public, I hope you don’t mind if I share a few reflections about your practice of the faith in this public forum. I usually wouldn’t do that – that is speak about someone’s faith in a public setting – but in our well-documented exchange of letters about health care and abortion, it has emerged as an issue. I also share these words publicly with the thought that they might be instructive to other Catholics, including those in prominent positions of leadership.

For the moment I’d like to set aside the discussion of health care reform, as important and relevant as it is, and focus on one statement contained in your letter of October 29, 2009, in which you write, “The fact that I disagree with the hierarchy on some issues does not make me any less of a Catholic.” That sentence certainly caught my attention and deserves a public response, lest it go unchallenged and lead others to believe it’s true. And it raises an important question: What does it mean to be a Catholic?

“The fact that I disagree with the hierarchy on some issues does not make me any less of a Catholic.” Well, in fact, Congressman, in a way it does. Although I wouldn’t choose those particular words, when someone rejects the teachings of the Church, especially on a grave matter, a life-and-death issue like abortion, it certainly does diminish their ecclesial communion, their unity with the Church. This principle is based on the Sacred Scripture and Tradition of the Church and is made more explicit in recent documents.

For example, the “Code of Canon Law” says, “Lay persons are bound by an obligation and possess the right to acquire a knowledge of Christian doctrine adapted to their capacity and condition so that they can live in accord with that doctrine.” (Canon 229, #1)

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The “Catechism of the Catholic Church” says this: “Mindful of Christ’s words to his apostles, ‘He who hears you, hears me,’ the faithful receive with docility the teaching and directives that their pastors give them in different forms.” (#87)

Or consider this statement of the Church: “It would be a mistake to confuse the proper autonomy exercised by Catholics in political life with the claim of a principle that prescinds from the moral and social teaching of the Church.” (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 2002)

There’s lots of canonical and theological verbiage there, Congressman, but what it means is that if you don’t accept the teachings of the Church your communion with the Church is flawed, or in your own words, makes you “less of a Catholic.”

But let’s get down to a more practical question; let’s approach it this way: What does it mean, really, to be a Catholic? After all, being a Catholic has to mean something, right?

Read all of BISHOP THOMAS J. TOBIN’S letter to Rep. Kennedy here

Letter from Kennedy that Obama hand-delivered to the Pope skirted abortion issue

Excerpts of Kennedy letter to pope and response

By The Associated Press (AP) – 16 hours ago

Excerpts of the letter from Sen. Edward M. Kennedy that President Barack Obama delivered to Pope Benedict XVI earlier this year and an account of the pope’s response, as read by Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington:

“Most Holy Father I asked President Obama to personally hand deliver this letter to you. As a man of deep faith himself, he understands how important my Roman Catholic faith is to me, and I am so deeply grateful to him. I hope this letter finds you in good health. I pray that you have all of God’s blessings as you lead our church and inspire our world during these challenging times. I am writing with deep humility to ask that you pray for me as my own health declines.

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Editor’s note: Forgiveness of sins within the Sacrament of Reconciliation requires contrition, along with (at least) a firm purpose and real possibility of amendment, with the hope of genuine and permanent repentance, acccording to God’s grace, for the sins that we freely commit. We don’t know what the Senator may have confessed just prior to his death, but if his letter is any indication, this man who claimed his Catholic faith was so imporant to him obviously never learned the critical importance of a good confession. May God have mercy on the soul of this heretical Catholic who brought great scandal on the church, and who facilitated the unjust and gruesome destruction of tens of millions of unborn babies. 

More on this at Tom Roeser’s Blog

U.S. Bishops warn against using ‘abortion rights’ agenda in health care reform

Washington D.C., Jul 31, 2009 / 10:34 am (CNA).- The U.S. Bishops’ Pro-life Committee chairman, Cardinal Justin Rigali, is calling on the members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to amend the health care reform legislation so that it will not cover abortion and will protect the consciences of medical personnel.

Cardinal Rigali made the bishops’ concerns known to members of the House  Energy and Commerce Committee in a letter sent on July 29.

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Wierd religious rituals and on-site crematorium reportedly were hallmarks of abortionist Tiller’s grisly trade

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Post abortive mom and the baby daughter
she paid Dr. Tiller to kill for her.

Wichita abortionist George Tiller offered his customers a memorial service in his facility after he performed abortions, often coupled with wierd, religious rituals.    

The baby would then typically be incinerated, along with 20 or more other recently aborted babies, in a type of crude, on-site crematorium, which (eerily reminiscent of the Nazi death camps) reportedly, sometimes showered the surrounding neighborhood with human ashes .

The mom and the dad in these pictures paid Tiller a few thousand dollars to kill their baby girl.

A pro-life sidewalk counselor had failed in her effort to dissuade the mother from entering the abortion mill, but was successful in giving her address to the mom. Afterward, the mother and the pro-lifer corresponded and became friends. In that way, the pro-life community obtained these photos.

Here’s the photographic proof of the depravity of what went on in Tiller’s “clinic” an estimated 60,000 times throughout Tiller’s long career.  Only minutes earlier, this baby was alive and safe, resting inside her mother’s womb, probably around 25-30 weeks of gestation. 

WARNING: NOT FOR THE SQUEEMISH! 

 

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The baby’s delicate nose and mouth have been grotesquely twisted by the abortionist and his “tools”. Mom and dad were kind enough to dress what remained of their precious little girl in swaddling clothes. They also gave her a beautiful red rose and laid a picture
of Jesus at her feet.
Substantially more than 50% of aborted babies are female.

 

 

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Mom’s letter accompanied the pictures. 

 

 

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Proud dad with daughter shortly before baby is incinerated.

 

 

 

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Mom cradles her aborted daughter’s little head
for the last time. 

 

 

Courtesy of Bob Enyart at http://www.kgov.com

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Notre Dame Bishop, Holy Cross Priests ask Jenkins to Reconsider Obama Invite

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“We prayerfully request that Fr. Jenkins and the Fellows of the University, who are entrusted with responsibility for maintaining its essential character as a Catholic institution of higher learning, revisit this matter immediately. Failure to do so will damage the integrity of the institution and detract from all the good work that occurs at Notre Dame and from the impressive labors of its many faithful students and professors.

            
We offer these views as we enter Holy Week, recalling the triumph of Christ’s holy cross. As ‘men with hope to bring’ we are confident that Notre Dame may yet give true honor to its patroness, and witness to Her Son, through its commitment to the sanctity of life.”
 
Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C.
Stephen M. Koeth, C.S.C.
Gregory P. Haake, C.S.C.
Daniel J. Parrish, C.S.C.
Michael B. Wurtz, C.S.C.
Mark R. Ghyselink, C.S.C.
Terrence P. Ehrman, C.S.C.
John A. Herman, C.S.C.
Ronald J. Wasowski, C.S.C.
Vincent A. Kuna, C.S.C.

Holy Cross Priests

April 7

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