Monday, November 17, 2003

One man trusts God

One man trusts God. The people of the nation of Texas respond...
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One from the Old Oligarch

O.O. blogs on male headship.
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U.S. Catholic Bishops Move to Reinforce Ban on Birth Control

U.S. Catholic Bishops Move to Reinforce Ban on Birth Control. Here it comes. Bishops reaffirming the Church's stance on birth control. Up to this very day, I still hear Catholics say that we can do whatever we want in this area. I wonder how those Catholics will respond to this. Here is a snippet:

The nation's Roman Catholic bishops, acknowledging that American Catholics pay little heed to their teaching on contraception, launched an effort today to reinforce the ban on birth control and linked it to the anti-abortion campaign.

Holding their regular meeting in Washington, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops tackled another sexuality issue today. They approved the text of a brochure that lays out the church's condemnation of same-sex unions.

The contraception question was introduced by the Committee for Pro-Life Activities, the bishops' anti-abortion committee, which proposed the writing of an easily understandable booklet. The booklet would address questions about the church's teaching on marriage and sex, why "natural family planning" - seeking or avoiding pregnancies according to the fertility cycle - is acceptable and why it believes birth control is wrong.

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Friday, November 14, 2003

Loving a Church, Living the Faith

Loving a Church, Living the Faith: A Response to Andrew Sullivan by Nathan Nelson. Read about a Catholic who is trying to live the holy life that Jesus calls us all to live. Instead of tearing the Church down and telling the Church how it should follow his impulses, Mr. Nelson is willing to obey the call and submit his will to the will of God. Good stuff. Read his conversion story here.
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Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Episcopal Bishop Robinson

Father Jim Tucker blogs on the consecration of Bishop Robinson in the Episcopal Church.
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Sunday, November 02, 2003

The UN and Abortion

Harbor any thoughts that the UN is a 'basically good' organization? Flip through this article and see the deeds. Taste the fruit. Smell the stench. Here is a morsel:

In an accompanying document, entitled "Review of International Standards for Rights of the Child and Adolescent Rights," UNESCO describes how to pressure individual nations that have not embraced this adolescent reproductive rights revolution, saying that it is now possible "to hold countries accountable on the basis of human rights violations" at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) and the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
NOT allowing unfettered access to abortion for adolescent 'women' is a 'human rights violation'??? People, this is where we are. We aren't heading there, we are there. All of us 'good' people look around at all the other 'good' people. Standing around. Doing nothing.

Thank God there are people who aren't like me and are doing something. Lord, convert me to your will.
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Hate Crime Legislation

Want to see what 'hate crime' legislation is really about...take a gander.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Want to win your neighbor to Christ?

Want to win your neighbor to Christ? Be holy.
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Read something worthwhile by SecretAgentMan

Read something worthwhile, by SecretAgentMan. Gain some perspective about lawyers, sin, law, salvation, and the kind of people God is leading us to be, instead of being the kind of people we settle for. It's a little long, but worth the read. Here's a snippet:

They're trying to kill Terri Schiavo because our country, our culture and its laws, owe fealty to a false god who is coldness itself, a false god of death. We worship this god in our hospitals, in our entertainments, our philosophies, our art and education, in our laws, and by our work and our professions.[5] Every sin, not just the sins of lawyers and judges, pays homage to this god because the wages of sin is death. As it did 2,000 years ago, and in every age before and since, sin stalks the earth like a lion, hungry for its victim. It's eaten ten million babies, it won't notice Mrs. Schiavo. But we notice her, because we see she is the victim our gutless way of life has staked out for the lion's jaws. The grease, the sleaze, the spirit of the world, covers everything, and when it's set against that sum a lawyer's greed and lust for position is small beer. Our salvation won't come from "better" law schools, "correct" constitutional jurisprudence, electoral victory for the "right" party, or any of the other bourgeois conceits that have whited our national sepulcher these past fifty years or more. Our salvation will come from a hundred million personal miracles that will demand the truth in schools, righteousness in law, sanity in politics. The reason why using lawyers and judges to fight lawyers and judges always seems to resemble Canute forbidding the tide to come in is because, well, the tide's coming in. We don't need Canute. We need St. Boniface to chop down the sacred tree of death, to spur our savage hearts to prodigies of love. Nothing else will do, because our God won't settle His case.

So, to return to the reader's questions:"They say that in spite of this bill Jeb Bush has just passed, the decision is ultimately going to rest with the courts again." Yes, that's true -- a nation of people who are cowardly enough to permit a great evil always need to pretend that it's being done by someone other than themselves. It has been some time since I've read our founding documents, but I don't recall that the judicial branch is supposed to be the final authority--is it? It doesn't matter. So long as men are the final authority, they will murder and rape each other no matter what branch of government they happen to occupy. "Where does the system of checks and balances ultimately end?" In Hell, unless men wake up from the American illusion that neatly constructed laws will supply,"by opposite and rival interests, the defect of better motives."[6] "And why is it that a governor can at will pardon someone on death row, but he can't simply intervene in this case?" When the victim is significant enough, even a governor's will must submit to the day's necessities, just as it did 2,000 years ago. Jeb Bush is a courageous man, and his actions so far have shown us the kind of miracles we can expect from the Sacred Heart of Jesus. But there are still too many deadened souls, too many would-be Pilates who, like Antonin Scalia, think "reaching the Governor's mansion" is the important thing in life, for Jeb Bush to turn back the tide of death single-handedly. By all means let's castigate unwholesome laws and the blind scribes who enforce them. But let's not be deluded into thinking that judges and lawyers are leading our collective slouch toward Bethlehem. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:12 (KJV). Anyone who thinks law firms and courtrooms are the kind of "high places" St. Paul had in mind isn't straining his neck enough.

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Friday, October 24, 2003

Sign the petition for life

Sign the petition for life.
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