Daily Archives: May 18, 2007

New! News and Links

I’ve done some upgrades to the page. I’m hoping to make it more a “one-stop” shopping for Catholic and pro-life news and commentary. Blogger/Google now allows topical newsreels on blogs, so I’ve added several of those both to the sidebar and to the bottom, under the posts frame. I’ve also added more links to organizations I support and to some of my favorite columnists and bloggers.

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Christina Blizzard, aptly-named Canadian airhead

Earlier, I blogged a column that Mark Shea linked to about Canadian Premier McGuinty’s McGuilty conscience. I also wrote directly to the columnist, Christina Blizzard. Here’s what I said:

You and Mr. McGuinty miss two important points. First, abortion is evil,period. That is not just a Catholic teaching. It is a tenet of the NaturalLaw (see, for example, the Hippocratic Oath). If Mr. McGuinty truly servedall the people of Canada, he would help those innocent children that arebeing slaughtered in abortuaries and IVF clinics.
At least he gets one thing straight: he and the Pope have different”constituencies.” The Pope’s “constituency” are those who actually followJesus Christ and His Church. That is the same Jesus Christ who said, “Whatdoes it profit a man to gain the world and lose his very soul in theprocess?”

This is not about Canadian or US politics, as such. This is about the Body,Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the blessed Sacrament. Thosewho favor legalized abortion are in a state of objective mortal sin.Politicians who support pro-abortion legislation are enabling others to haveabortions, which warrants automatic excommunications under Canon Law.

By receiving Communion, they are commiting an act of sacrilege, just likeeveryone else who goes to Communion in a state of mortal sin. By going toCommunion in a public state of defiance of Church teaching, they also committhe sin of scandal, which also warrants excommunication (if only suchexcommunications were applied to the liberal, pro-feminist, pro-homosexualbishops who’ve been sheltering gay priests accused of sexual molestation).After all, people like Premier McGuinty teach other Catholics that it’s “OK”to be “pro-choice,” and it’s not.

And, yes, the same goes for “same sex marriage,” which is ontologically impossible, since people of the same sex cannot have sexual relations. Theycan engage in acts of mutual masturbation, but sexual relations are onlypossible when there are two sexual organs that can relate to one another.Satanic regimes always try to redefine reality.

The American South tried todeny humanity to African Americans; the Nazis denied humanity to Jews. Modern day “liberals” deny humanity to the unborn and try to
redefine reality by saying it’s possible for people of the same gender to have sexual relations.

And, no, the Pope is not barring Catholics from public life. He’s juststating the age-old position of the Church that Catholics *must* engage inpublic life and *must* do so by upholding the dictates of the natural law.

Notice how I emphasized natural law, not “religion,” and how I noted that it the religious side is entirely within the Church and not a matter of politics. In other words, Catholic politicians have a duty to enforce the Natural Law, but they do not necessarily have a duty to require a national Sabbath day or ban the sale of meat on Fridays (although both things would be kind of nice). They *do* have an obligation to legislate against intrinsic moral evils like abortion and homosexual behavior.

They *do* have an obligation not to compromise their purported religious beliefs for the sake of power.

On the other hand, the Church has every right to determine who is welcome or unwelcome at the Altar. This is not particularly a political issue. After all, it applies to anyone who publicly endorses legalized abortion, regardless of being a political official or not. It also applies to everyone who publicly “lives in sin” or publicly proclaims the kinds of ideas expressed in The Da Vinci Code.

Well, impressively, this lady replied. I was expecting some sort of vitriolic spew of insults. Instead, her only response to my e-mail was:

From Christina Blizzard

Sent Friday, May 18, 2007
11:59 am
To John and Mary Hathaway

Subject RE: Your article on
the Premier and the Pope

You can’t mix politics and religion.

Christina Blizzard
Queen’s Park Columnist
Sun Media

??????????

Where did I say any such thing? And, more importantly, who says you can’t mix politics and religion? In my reply, I asked her what deity she worshipped that decreed such a thing?

OT: International Affairs

Slightly off topic to this blog, but related loosely in terms of spiritual warfare issues and the “Why do they hate” us question (with its various answers including our moral decadence), one of Mark Shea’s readers sent him the following passage:

The warring nations are jealous of America and bitter against her for her neutrality. Americans are snubbed and insulted everywhere in Europe and even in Australia. The best intentions of our President and his own personality are ridiculed–so blind are the poor people in respect to the real issues of the war.

The quotation came from Charles Taze Russell of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, regarding World War I. Now, Shea discusses it in regard to apocalypticism (hence relevance to spiritual warfare), but I notice something else.

“The warrning nations are jealous of America and bitter against her for her neutrality.”

Nowadays, those on the Left, along with the Libertarians and Washingtonian conservatives, try to say that international anti-Americanism is due to our “imperialism.” This was of course made a national issue a few days ago by Ron Paul’s statement at the Presidential Debate in Columbia, SC.

Yet, here we have a quotation from the days when the Monroe Doctrine was in effect, about foreigners condemning America for non-intervention.

Just goes to show that anti-Americanism is really about our system of government and not about any particular policy. Liberal foreigners hate us for our conservatism; conservative foreigners hate us for our liberalism. Whether or not we intervene in foreign problems, we’re blamed for meddling too much or not doing enough. What it all boils down to is that they’re envious of our Republic and how well it actually functions.

PFL’s Fr. Pavone, HLI’s Fr. Euteneuer and ALL’s Judie Brown to "Gang of 18": Stop calling yourselves Catholics

LifeSite quotes Frs. Frank Pavone (Priests for Life) and Thomas Eutenauer (Human Life International) telling the “Gang of 18” (Rosa DeLauro & co) to leave the Church.

Meanwhile, Judie Brown (American Life League) has started a new petition drive asking the bishops to excommunicate these killers

President of Ontario Bishops Conference rebukes Premier

The Canadian bishops, like their country, are notoriously more liberal than those of the US, but the defiance spoken by Premier McGuinty against the Holy Father is garnering a response from them.

The “premier” (I don’t know why any post-Cold War country would use that title for its prime minister, but it’s telling in itself) claims his duty is to “all Canadians,” yet that’s the point: he’s not serving all Canadians, but allowing the weakest and most defenseless Canadians to be slaughtered.

Meanwhile, the ignoramus columnist linked above says that the Pope is basically banning Catholics from public life, which is ridiculous.

Wow! A cardinal with the courage to admit he was wrong!

Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, who had originally made McCarrick-like statements about not having the authority to turn anyone away from the altar, recanted those statements in the light of the letter then-Cardinal Ratzinger wrote to the US Bishops in 2004.

God bless him!

Great column by Judie Brown