Friday, February 27, 2015

Dancing With Mr. D: Banning Reparative Therapy in Illinois

I have long believed that most Americans accept as truth many falsehoods about the homosexual orientation, and have bloged here abut individuals who have reordered their sexual orientation. The examples, both male and female, are numerous. SO- to add to the disussion, why shouldn't we be more tolerant towards efforts at reparative therapy?

The organization, The Restored Hope Network, believes, as do I:

"In this time of history, when gender and sexual confusion is reaching new heights in all aspects of public and private life, our network of ministries stands on the beauty of God’s life-giving Word.  We are not afraid to discuss with empathy and understanding issues central to the human soul--sexual and relational issues.   Yet we hold up the power of God to redeem individuals and families from sin’s control, even in the area of homosexuality."

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Shepherd Guards His Flock

Salvadore Cordileone
I have been chronicling Archbishop Cordileone's defense of the Faith in these pages here and here. We must remember that Our Lord guaranteed that the gates of hell would not prevail, but that hell would not cease trying to do so for a time until He brings all things into one in His person. Here is a bishop who, following the teachings of the Second Vatican Council on the job description of a bishop, understands this, draws courage from this. I like the following comment on the news article:

"Your Grace,  I applaud your courage.  Our church and schools are built on the teachings of Christ and the Magisterium.
If faculty members do not want to teach theses beliefs, I suggest they leave their “personal” beliefs at the door.  Or find a public or private school to teach in whose values are not strictly Catholic."

Friday, February 20, 2015

Read the Documents!

The Fourth passage from The Documents of Vatican II Catholics should know:

4) “But the college or body of bishops has no authority unless it is understood together with the Roman Pontiff, the successor of Peter as its head. The pope’s power of primacy over all, both pastors and faithful, remains whole and intact. In virtue of his office, that is as Vicar of Christ and pastor of the whole Church, the Roman Pontiff has full, supreme and universal power over the Church. And he is always free to exercise this power. The order of bishops, which succeeds to the college of apostles and gives this apostolic body continued existence, is also the subject of supreme and full power over the universal Church, provided we understand this body together with its head the Roman Pontiff and never without this head. This power can be exercised only with the consent of the Roman Pontiff” (Lumen Gentium, #22).

Nevertheless, after the close of the Council, when the hierarchy began to interpret the meaning or application of the documents of Vatican II, many among her knowledge class dissented from such magisterial teaching, effecting a controversy over the legitimacy of Church decisions and thus a crisis of authority, the net result of their heresy. In the face of what amounts to episcopal lethargy, such false, pernicious teachings were permitted an audience in high places within the hierarchy, several bishops themselves having been seduced by such opinions. De facto, the audience granted the “culture of dissent,” divided the sheep, thus sinking the credibility and viability of the Gospel message for much of the modern world, in Paul VI’s thinking a sign of the diabolic. Read More

Thursday, February 19, 2015

LIBIDO REDUX: The Porn Version of Cinderella

As pornography begins to step into mainstream culture, Christine Niles, Psychologist Dr. Peter Kleponis, and Mark Houck  break down the dangers of its use, including several lesser known issues such as the psychological costs and the growing problem of porn marketed to women. They know their stuff, believe me.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Dancing With Mr. D: 50 Shades of Sham

To spell it out for a morally challenged culture, Patti Armstrong interviewed Fr. Patrick, an exorcist, along with three members of his deliverance team about the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon. 

Read the Documents!

The third reflection in the series on why Catholics must know the real Vatican Council II:

3) “The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as specially suited to the Roman liturgy: therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, #116).

Here's why.

Monday, February 16, 2015