Daily Archives: August 24, 2010

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Pets for the Ethical Treatment of Anthropoi

(This one is mine)

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This about sums up that liberal-blog-that-isn’t-liberal

http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/6987327/

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Thomas Howard speaking at the 1998 Seattle C. S. Lewis Institute

E-mail them now!

A group called “Catholics for Equality” is trying to set up an e-mail database for blacklisting Catholic bishops, priests, diocese, parishes, ndividuals and groups who work against “equality”. Of course, by “equality,” they mean the ‘right’ to commit sin and go to Hell.

Kind of like Obama’s “enemy’s list” thing last year, I say we give ’em what they want and start reporting ourselves! Let’s flood their e-mail with messages from faithful Catholics saying we don’t want to join “Catholics for Equality” on the fast road to Hell.

To report yourself, send an e-mail to
report@catholicsforequality.org
To tell them what you think, send an e-mail to
info@catholicsforequality.org

No Narrow Gate, says Bishop Ochoa

DID I CALL IT OR WHAT?

A few days ago, I linked to Fr. Miguel Rodriguez’s fantastic column in the Aug. 2 _El Paso Times_.

As I predicted, his bishop, the Most Rev. Armando Ochoa, has written a rebuke in the same paper, saying that Fr. Rodriguez’s column does not represent the “official position” of the Catholic Church but rather his personal opinions. Bishop Ochoa has done the whole “yes, the Church technically teaches abortion and homosexuality are wrong,” BUT “these are difficult decisions” and “Fr. Rodriguez’s approach wasn’t pastoral.”

Did the woman who microwaved her baby face a difficult choice? His her “difficult choice” worse than the woman who tells a doctor to vacuum up her baby?

It’s especially ironic given that this weekend’s Gospel was the “narrow gate” passage, where Jesus tells us that even most people who think they’re going to Heaven because they’re Christians (or Jews) are in for a big surprise when they get there and He says, “I don’t know you.”

It’s popular among liberal Christians to wonder “what about the Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, pagans, etc.?” whom they should be evangelizing. “How could a loving God let so many of His children go to Hell?”
Well, how could a loving God force His children who hate Him to live with him?

Again, Heaven would be worse than Hell for Christopher Hitchens. He hates God. To be in Heaven would be a constant wound to his pride.

Yet Jesus tells us just the opposite: it’s a very narrow way.

So, the Obama Administration finally “Bares All”

The Department of Health and “Human Services,” presided over by “Catholic” Kathleen Sebelius, recently completed the most extensive long-term study ever done of abstinence teaching (particularly by parents) and teen fornication. At first, the Obama Administration tried to resist publicizing the results (obviously having something to hide; that is Obama’s m.o., right?), but several appeals got the results released, and LifeSite News has a summary as well as the whole text.

As we all know, the “conventional wisdom,” pushed by the liberal establishment in the media and the educational system, is that “abstinence education” “doesn’t work,” that parents and schools alike need to teach teenagers about artificial contraception “because they’re going to have sex anyway.” I even heard these arguments in Catholic school–I heard these arguments in Catholic school from classmates whose parents were NFP instructors! (This led to my traditionalist bias against NFP). Of course, in the past couple years, Bristol Palin has been the poster girl for “abstinence doesn’t work.”

In a debate on this subject, an Internet friend of mine was responded to a comment of that sort by suggesting that the liberal in question count the number of people who are traditional minded Catholics, orthodox Jews or Evangelical Protestants whose teenagers getting pregnant compared to the number of secularist families whose teenagers are having sex and getting pregnant.

Indeed, the HHS study has shown, in summary, that abstinence education *does* work. Families with religious values or conservative attitudes are less likely to have teens who engage in sex. Teens who come from minority or less educated families are more likely to opposed sex before marriage. With the exception of African Americans, teens whose parents oppose fornication are less likely to engage in it.

You can read the full text here.

In related news, here’s a nice little blog post on the link between oxytocin and the psychology of sex and promiscuity. The importance of oxytocin (and dopamine and endorphines, which are its predecessors) to human psychological development, relationships (sexual and otherwise), addictions and morality has been a big area of interest to me for the past year and a half or so. There’s really a lot of scientific evidence that validates traditional morality, yet of course the secularists ignore the moral implications of the research, and you don’t often hear Christians talking about it, so it was nice to see this piece.