In Case You’ve Been Hiding Under a Rock…..

Planned Parenthood must be reeling over the “investigative videos” from the Center for Medical Progress that show two of their abortionist admins engaged in the trade of human body parts. If you could stream closed-circuit video from the security cameras of Hell itself,  you’d likely find a lot of stuff less depraved that this.

But for the record, by posting this I do not condone or accept the dishonesty involved in procuring this footage. Lying has consequences, even when it is employed to achieve certain laudable ends. Only time will tell the consequences here, but you can bet that Planned Parenthood won’t let it be forgotten; in fact, it’s the only defense they have. A fruit of the poisonous tree.

Regarding truth-telling, the Eighth Commandments forbids “bearing false witness”. Speaking affirmatively, we as Catholics are called to bear witness to the Truth, and the Church teaches that “In Jesus Christ, the whole of God’s truth has been made manifest. ‘Full of grace and truth,’ he came as the ‘light of the world,’ he is the Truth.” (CCC 2466).

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A Round-Up of Articles I’ve been Meaning to Blog About

Things have been a little extra frenetic lately, and I haven’t had a chance to cover some of these items that I found of interest:

Apple’s co-founder: We’re all going to be robots’ pets one day – From Fortune Magazine. Somehow, the Woz isn’t too worried about it.

Historic meeting between Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox head ‘getting closer’ – From The Independent (UK). For a millennia-long schism, “getting closer” could still mean decades (or centuries) before actual movement.

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 1.11.41 PMSpaceships That Could Eat Star Destroyers for Breakfast – From Slate.com; someone took every sci-fi ship from every television and movie series and drew them to scale in one giant diagram. So you can see how the various incarnations of the U.S.S. Enterprise would look in a confrontation against say, the Battlestar Galactica.

From Shea’s Blog, The Prophet GKC on the Culture of Polymorphous Perversity – In case you were thinking that there is something novel or surprising about recent events:

“THE next great heresy is going to be simply an attack on morality; and especially on sexual morality. And it is coming, not from a few Socialists surviving from the Fabian Society, but from the living exultant energy of the rich resolved to enjoy themselves at last, with neither Popery nor Puritanism nor Socialism to hold them back… The roots of the new heresy, God knows, are as deep as nature itself, whose flower is the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eye and the pride of life. I say that the man who cannot see this cannot see the signs of the times; cannot see even the skysigns in the street that are the new sort of signs in heaven. The madness of tomorrow is not in Moscow but much more in Manhattan — but most of what was in Broadway is already in Piccadilly.” ~G.K. Chesterton: “G.K.’s Weekly,” June 19, 1926.

The Age of Euphemism: Claiming Religious Liberty as Latest Victim

Apparently Indiana broke the Interwebs by passing legislation which some are calling an “anti-gay law”. Opponents of the law have taken to Twitter, social media, and banner carried by blimp to declare that anyone who cares about religious liberty is, in fact, a “bigot” and “hater” who has no right drawing oxygen or consuming resources on our planet.

Apparently bigots are not worthy of toleration, but to the extent that bigotry is synonymous with Catholicism, we’ve known that for a while.

Individuals like the reigning CEO of Apple have lambasted the Indiana law, while various politicians and moguls have indicated that they (and the mammon they control) will “boycott” the state for having the temerity to pass a law that mirrors federal legislation and the laws of at least 17 other states.

Nevermind that Apple continues to do business with countries that will execute outed gay people (Nigeria, Uganda, Qatar, Saudi Arabia). No mention of those nations on Mr. Cook’s Twitter feed. So there’s a strong dose of political theater as an admixture to this whole thing, and it’s creating noxious odors.

Lest you think my position can be reduced to talking points, and before you object to my characterization that the Indiana law “mirrors” the federal and other states’ legislation, let me clarify that the big distinction claimed by opponents of the Indiana law is that the Indiana law provides a defense (not an automatic protection from prosecution) to instances where the government is not a party in the claimed violation of religious liberty.

That means that where, for example, the state is not involved in forcing a Christian florist to make floral arrangements for a gay wedding, the Indiana law would provide the business-owner with a defense against private civil liability for any “discrimination” claims brought by the aggrieved “victim”.

However, this argument entirely ignores the fact that the federal law does the very same thing as the Indiana law (provide a defense against private actions) in a number of federal appellate circuits where the issue has been decided by the federal appellate courts. The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to address the split in the appellate circuits on this issue, but it is simply untrue to say that the Indiana law does something novel that is unlike legislation elsewhere.

The more primary issue is that religious liberty (and conscience protections) are no longer closely held rights considered sacred by a majority of American voters, even though religious liberty is enshrined as one of our fundamental constitutional protections. Religious liberty is simply no longer relevant in today’s society.

Far more important — and relevant — to the average American “voter” (now “consumer”) is whether every claimed “public accommodation” must cater to every conceivable type of deviancy. One must not be made to feel embarrassed or ashamed when one tries to check into the Hilton Garden Inn with a bevy of goats for an evening that even satyrs would envy.

Because being precluded from spending money where I wish is the most gross and egregious violation of commercial liberty, and we all know that in today’s Western culture, commercial liberty trumps every other form of liberty, including free speech and religious liberty.

The only barrier to entry for commercial libertines is whether one has money or not. Having money means you play by the All-Important Rule Above All Other Rules: you cannot tell anyone else what to do with their money. Because that’s de facto bigotry.

Have a same-sex partner and want to manufacture a baby in a test tube implanted in the womb of your partner’s mother? If you can write the check it’s not a problem. Suffering from one of the “socially-conscious” diseases and need life-saving experimental treatment derived from stem cells lines from aborted fetuses? As soon as the credit transaction comes back “approved” we are good to go. Writing a “travel” book about the best places in southeast Asia to obtain the “services” of prostitutes (including underage victims of human trafficking)? Sure, here’s a list of interested publishers.

The poor, who lack money for things like “smart watches”, aren’t really people at all. If they were, they’d have commercial liberty. Since they don’t, they aren’t. So we can ignore them and continue as before.

After all, who I love is no one’s business, whereas who I engage in commerce with is everyone’s business, even if it offends the rational sensibility of social conscience held for the last 5,000 years, forces others to sanction the unsanctionable, or leads to offending the decency of the social order.

Anyone who disagrees will be destroyedi.e., separated from their moneyremoved from their property, position, and possessions, and sentenced to poverty, thus becoming non-human and entirely forgotten, where they can rot with the rest of the bigots while the Great Progression marches onward.

Huzzah for SF Abp. Cordileone!

A group of eight California legislators, Democrats, sent this absurdity to the Archbishop this week. It’s cloaked in euphemism and makes no logical sense. In response, His Excellency sent this, and says:

…would you hire a campaign manager who advocates policies contrary to those that you stand for, and who shows disrespect toward you and the Democratic Party in general? On the other hand, if you knew a brilliant campaign manager who, although a Republican, was willing to work for you and not speak or act in public contrary to you or your party – would you hire such a person? If your answer to the first question is “no,” and to the second question is “yes,” then we are actually in agreement on the principal point in debate here.
Now let’s say that this campaign manager you hired, despite promises to the contrary, starts speaking critically of your party and favorably of your running opponent, and so you decide to fire the person. Would you have done this because you hate all Republicans outright, or because this individual, who happens to be a Republican, violated the trust given to you and acted contrary to your mission? If the latter, then we are again in agreement on this principle.
My point is: I respect your right to employ or not employ whomever you wish to advance your mission. I simply ask the same respect from you.

Exactly. Courageous bishops. We need them, and they need our prayers. And the Archbishop deserves our support and three “Huzzahs” for defending Catholic identity in the most vitriolic and pagan region of the country. He’s holding the line against powerful forces that do not fight clean. They don’t just want to win; they want to destroy. Thanks be to God, for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (who appointed the Archbishop), and for Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

Simple, Beautiful, Caritas

Pope Francis commissions showers for the homeless under St. Peter’s colonnades.

Rome doesn’t offer very convenient access to restroom facilities. Even children, whose cuteness can sometimes open doors, rarely register any sympathy. So it’s a beautiful gesture to the homeless, who seek shelter under the porticos of the mammoth curial buildings, to have a place to get clean. The article is well worth reading, because it describes the work of the Papal almoner, and the various projects in Rome undertaken by the Church for the homeless and needy there.

And, give — here’s a link to Peter’s Pence. Generally our diocese alerts the parishes a few weeks in advance when a second collection will be taken up. Remember showers in the colonnades for the homeless when you wonder what becomes of the money you contribute.

Just Euthanize the Poor who can’t afford “Palliative Care”…..

…..says a newly installed Lithuanian health minister.

Just who do these people think they are, trying to live until they die and all that? Not people!?! Don’t they know that they are poor? Isn’t it almost pathetically cute how they don’t even seem to realize? Lithuania isn’t a welfare state and it’s really selfish of poor old sick people to expect any kindness or care from their already-burdened relatives.

According to this health minister, it would actually be “torment” for onlooking relatives. And you’re not the kind of person who enjoys tormenting loved ones, are you? Good then, we’ll schedule it for Tuesday next.

And Lithuania’s new health minister wouldn’t mind talking about killing already-born children too, a la Belgium.

Subsidized Child Abuse

No one — no one! — is entitled to a child. Children are a gift from God, the “supreme gift of marriage.” Only the child is entitled to certain things from his parents: “to be the fruit of the specific act of the conjugal love of his parents,” and “the right to be respected as a person from the moment of his conception.” (CCC 2378).

When an individual intentionally deprives potential offspring of the right to be born of a loving marriage and to know (and be known by) the child’s mother and father, the individual has committed a grave offense against human dignity. (CCC 2376).

When a government, such as the United Kingdom, through its National Health Service, begins to subsidize the artificial creation of children it effectively aids and abets — through subsidy and legitimization — child abuse.

Roundup of Interesting Articles in Today’s News

In no particular order:

John Shimek writes on CatholicVote.org that the HHS Contraceptive Mandate was just a beginning for the Obama Administration’s plans to impose legal requirements that violate religious liberty, particularly for Catholics. Apparently a new (or amended) executive order is coming to require non-discrimination for LGBTQ in federal contracting, which could create serious problems for groups like Catholic Charities.

In Crisis Magazine, an article defending gun ownership for Catholic families.

Long live the stories speculating upon the state of the Supreme Pontiff’s health. From around 1995 until his death in 2005, such stories about St. John Paul II ubiquitously saturated news outlets on at least weekly cycles. Just pray for him. He’s 77; he has one lung; his schedule would tire someone fifty years younger than he. He is, after all, only human.

Have teenage kids? Live in Michigan? There, the state is apparently seeking to privately discuss “sex ed” with teenagers outside the presence of parents. Not sure it’s connected here, but recall that Planned Parenthood is one of the strategic partners for the government in implementing the ACA. Schools (Oregon, S. California, come to mind) are inviting people from Big Death to speak on campus.

On the Question of Use of Deadly Force against Citizens

From the Washington Times:

Directive No. 3025.18, “Defense Support of Civil Authorities,” was issued Dec. 29, 2010, and states that U.S. commanders “are provided emergency authority under this directive.”

“Federal military forces shall not be used to quell civil disturbances unless specifically authorized by the president in accordance with applicable law or permitted under emergency authority,” the directive states.

“In these circumstances, those federal military commanders have the authority, in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the president is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances” under two conditions.

The conditions include military support needed “to prevent significant loss of life or wanton destruction of property and are necessary to restore governmental function and public order.” A second use is when federal, state and local authorities “are unable or decline to provide adequate protection for federal property or federal governmental functions.”

“Federal action, including the use of federal military forces, is authorized when necessary to protect the federal property or functions,” the directive states.

Read the rest here.

On May 28, our Holy Father addressed the 103rd Session of the International Labour Conference. In the message, Francis generally discusses the issue of the matter of human dignity. He says that “human labour” is both a gift and duty, as well as a “continuation of God’s creative work”.

He says that expanding solidarity for the laborer requires a renewal of commitment to the “dignity of every person”, which in setting out improved labour standards globally requires “focused development on the human person as its central actor and primary beneficiary.” The Holy Father is very clearly saying that while work is both a good and a gift, it must be recognized that work exists for — and because of — peopleand not vice versaUnder our American system of government, the same can be said; we are a government of, by, and for the People.

However, this Directive arguably implies that the lives of American citizens are expendable in order “to prevent… wanton destruction of property” and also “…when federal, state and local authorities ‘are unable or decline to provide adequate protection for federal property or federal governmental functions.’”

Due to the inequality of our economic system, there is a widening of the gap between rich and poor. An economic system that permits an exceedingly tiny fraction of the global population to possess almost all of the world’s wealth and resources while billions of people lack essentials like food, clean water, clothing, shelter, and basic health care is not a defensible system in its current form, especially when the system is supported by governments that create self-perpetuating policies in preference for things and power versus………….. PEOPLE.

It isn’t the fact that the government gives itself the power to “quell civil disturbances” that is so troubling; rather, it’s the fact that pursuant to this Directive the government may use deadly force against people in order to protect its own stuff and control, even in situations where human life is not in danger.

In our Preamble, it is We the People who form a more perfect union to promote the general Welfare to ourselves and our Posterity. That capital “P” in Posterity refers to our offspring — the People who come after us.

Southern Poverty Law Center’s List of “Hate Groups”

From Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 3rd. Ed.:

Hate: 1 to have strong dislike or ill will for; loathe; despise 2 to dislike or wish to avoid; shrink from…..

According to this: “The Southern Poverty Law Center counted 939 active hate groups in the United States in 2013.”

Among others, there are categories for Neo-Nazi groups, white supremacists, anti-Muslim groups (but no anti-Christian groups, because [surprise!] no one hates Christians), Holocaust deniers, anti-LGBT, and “Radical Traditional Catholicism”.

The SPLC states that “Only organizations and their chapters known to be active during 2013 are included. All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” Included in SPLC’s list of “hate groups” are:

The Ruth Institute

The Pacific Justice Institute

The Family Research Council (Dr. James Dobson)

Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM)

American College of Pediatricians

and

Westboro Baptist Church

Be warned: for the purposes of defining what constitutes a “hate group”, to the SPLC and the people behind it, there’s no distinction between the Westboro Baptist Church and the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute.