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Police to set up satellite offices in Minnesota schools

JORDAN, Minn. (AP) — One small-town Minnesota school district is taking a unique approach to keeping students safe: The police are moving in.

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My response to a reader comment shocked me.


Remembering simpler times. Were they really better?

by Doug Lawrence

Responding to a recent comment about the teachings of the pre-Vatican II Catholic Church, I wrote:

I lived during the era of the pre-Vatican II Church, so I’m an eye-witness.

Way back then, 75% of Catholics attended Mass every Sunday. Urban renewal projects had yet to break up and disperse faithful Catholic communities. Contraception and abortion were not yet central issues of the day. The clarity of Catholic teaching was superb.

The quality of Catholic schools was excellent and the tuition was easily affordable, even for families with many children. Catholic churches were beautiful. Men and women religious were numerous, orthodox, and wholly dedicated to their work.

The liturgy was traditional, Latin, and quite adequate. The seminaries had yet to be liberalized and feminized, so there was an abundance of good priests available to serve the needs of most parishes.

In those days, the Catholic Church was respected, all around the world. We had a strong Pope in the Vatican, no nonsense bishops running most of the dioceses, and Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen proclaiming Catholic truth to the masses every week, on network TV.

Of course, there were a few “bad apples” and scandals, even then. But the pre-Vatican II church knew how to properly handle them.

Then there was Vatican II … somebody put the radicals in charge … the church tore itself apart, lost its focus, along with much of its good sense, and with a few exceptions, things have been going downhill ever since. 

Were things really that good, back then? Comments, anyone?

Thanks to Cathy for the original comment!

Gun ban dilemma: When seconds count … the police are only minutes away.

The Church has always held that it is legitimate to defend one’s life and/or property against an unjust aggressor, and it is equally legitimate to defend someone else’s life and/or property on the same grounds, even if that defense were to result in the loss of the aggressor’s life.Contrary to the assertions of the anti-gun folks, “gun-free zone” legislation is actually counterproductive, and potentially lethal to those it is designed to protect.

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Editor’s note: The primary job of the police department is to enforce the laws made by the government. Protection of the people is merely incidental. Don’t believe that? Google the Rodney King riots. Alternatively, do some research on the history of police activity in every modern dictatorial/totalitarian regime, from Russia to Nazi Germany, to Iraq.

A ban on guns can’t possibly work – so why not guard the children?

In a rare press briefing, NRA Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre gave an impassioned speech that blamed the media for glorifying violence and perpetuating the idea that tighter gun restrictions would reduce mass shootings.

“They perpetuate the dangerous notion that one more gun ban — or one more law imposed on peaceful, lawful people — will protect us where 20,000 others have failed,” LaPierre said at the event at a hotel near the White House.

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”


Starts tomorrow: Obamacare will force institutions, churches and individuals to purchase abortion-inducing drugs and pay for sterilization and abortion in direct opposition to their beliefs, conscience and historic teachings of the Church.

On Saturday afternoon, 22 members of the group knelt on the sidewalk in prayer and were arrested by Capitol Police, with the prayer rally (and possible arrests) planned to continue through Oct. 2.

The group says that the only basis for their arrest is that the sidewalk in front of the White House is a “restricted zone” for free speech.

Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life told WND, “We have stood up for life and religious freedom in hundreds of cities. Today we do so at the president’s house. I am delighted to be here.”

The group says that the president is “dictating to Christians how they should live their faith” and that they are taking a stand, while risking arrest for doing so.

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Transcendental Meditation being taught at Catholic schools and seminaries

There was a large group of mediators of the Transcendental Meditation and TM Sidhi program who met at the Maharishi University in Iowa for a few weeks of meditation. Social scientists with the TM movement reported it as a success.A big wave for peace. It was called a World Peace Assembly. I recall during that period there was a gruesome murder there. I wondered if it was caused by the group meditation there.

Transcendental Meditation is being taught at Catholic schools and seminaries and there are religious who practice it.

I was invited to a Catholic seminary to teach this technique, along with another TM teacher.A bishop tells me that the batch that learned TM, whom we taught, has emerged the worse of the seminarians over that period of time.

I personally know five priests from that batch who have left the priesthood and got married. Three of them are Franciscans who have married and joined a Protestant community in England. The other two were diocesan priests.

I assisted TM teachers in teaching the technique at a Catholic school in Bangkok. The principal was a Catholic religious sister and she told me that she was open to these meditation techniques.I was a liberal too at that time and was happy to meet her.

Much of the scientific research on TM, which impressed religious I knew, comes from scientists actively working for the TM movement. If there are some negative results Maharishi would expect them to gloss over it.

Maharishi tried to introduce TM in a big way in the Philippines. He had the approval of the political leaders in that Catholic country. There were a group of students however who opposed the teaching of TM in Catholic schools there. Maharishi chose not to enter into a controversy and the TM teachers left. Hundreds of Catholic seminarians had completed the TM teachers course. They all left and none became teachers.

In the article I read last week in Il Settimanale di Padre Pio on Freemasonry,written by Fr.Siano F.I the word hirim is associated with Satan. Interestingly Fr.Siano mentions Buddhism and the Left Handed Path. Hindu gurus themselves ask mediators to avoid the dangers of meditation and the left handed path. This is associated with Tantra Yoga or Kundalini Yoga. The meditation techniques of Rajneesh, which uses a meditation linked to ones sexuality is one of these techniques. The connection between sexuality and the mind in meditation is also noticed in the TM-Sidhi program, the advanced technique.It includes ‘hopping’, a form of bouncing from the waist while sitting in the half lotus position. It has a physical component and is not to be confused with levitation.

The advanced meditation is not taught to those who are unstable or have an addiction to liquor,drugs etc.

The long hours of meditation with a free flowing mantra without the support of Jesus and the Church and without any guru, as is the case of some many people in the West, gives Satan an opportunity to influence the meditator.

So one can degenerate with meditation and assume that it is just stress release or the nice feelings are higher states of consciousness or the absence of any thoughts for a few seconds is the experience of Absolute Being. However it could be the present of an evil spirit in ones person.These are all false paths. They cannot give you the experience of God as known to Christians.

They may provide relaxation but one cannot experience the states of ecstasy known to the saints Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. There cannot be the experience of God Consciousness without Jesus in the Catholic Church.Outside the Church there is no salvation.

St. Francis of Assisi had the highest levels of mystical experience and also the stigmata.It was through suffering and the grace of God within the Catholic Church.It was through the Cross and not comfortable living with promises of quick experiences of bliss.

The scientific research on TM does not mention that long periods of meditation cause bodily changes and make one addicted to these techniques for the rest of ones life. The TM movement projects the meditation technique positively and never mentions the negative effects to body, mind and soul. Neither in public is the influence of the occult recognized. -Lionel Andrades

Photo of the puja taught at Catholic schools and seminaries