Saturday, February 25, 2017

Libido Redux: Pedophilia? Or Pederasty?

The British writer and social media troll Milo Yiannapoulos has become a target of the political left. By Catholic moral standards, Yiannapoulos' private life is abhorrent. While he uses profane language, he has repeatedly written against the killing of unborn children in abortion. Though he is homosexual, he has spoken against same-sex “marriage.” He has also spoken out against contraception, having written more on this issue than most U.S. bishops. He repeatedly praises traditional sex roles, and has consistently defended the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Milo says same-sex “marriage” would encourage young people to think same-sex relationships were okay which, he says, they are not. Recently Milo has justifiably gotten into trouble for mentioning his learning gay sex when he was 14 from a priest, and speaking positively of the relationship a 13-year-old boy may have with an older gay man. As a result, his speaking engagement at this week’s CPAC was nixed. Furthermore, his book deal with Simon & Schuster was cancelled, and he resigned from Breitbart News.

We must clarify something here. What Milo described most certainly was not pedophilia, i.e., sexual contact with pre-pubescent children. He described pederasty, an old (and current) practice among homosexuals where an older man will teach a young boy about the world and also sodomize him.

Pedophila is illegal, as is Pederasty, but only when it involves a boy under the age of consent—16 in the United States, 14 or 15 in much of Europe.

As I discussed in The Smoke of Satan in the Temple of God, the priest sex scandal was almost exclusively pederasty—homosexual men preying on teen boys—though even now is still presented in the mainstream media as pedophilia. So Milo told the truth when he said this coupling is seen by homosexuals as important to confused teen boys, though they are keen on denying it. Thirty-seven percent of homosexual and bi-sexual men relate that they had sexual contact before age 19 with an older partner. The Sigma Project in Great Britain found that 50 percent of homosexuals had their first same-sex experience with an adult by the age of 14.

Bisexual Mr.Robert Lopez, who was raised by lesbians, and opposed to gay ‘marriage, said recently:  “…what [Milo] said is quite common in gay subculture, almost banal….It is naive to think that you can encourage a 7th grader to identify as gay and then be shocked when he has sex with a man. Given the shortage of gay-identified boys within his age range, he will probably be initiated by an older man and then fall in with increasingly older men until he’s now 15 and sleeping with 45-year-olds.”

This was the case with college student Tyler Clementi, who fell in sexually with older men, and eventually jumped off the George Washington Bridge in New York. His death was blamed on the “homophobia” of his roommate, who could have been forced to see Tyler with these older men in their dorm room.

Ex-gay porn acto Joseph Sciambra too writes on this subject. He is now a faithful Catholic, and tells of the time when as a boy he finally had the courage to walk into a homosexual bar, encountering a large number of older gents eager to show him the ropes. Hurt by his own relationship with his father, Sciambra enthusiastically sought asylum there. He says the same story can be told of practically all gay men, though they will not acknowledge this. In  two articles for The Weekly Standard, Mary Eberstadt shows that pedophilia and pederasty are respected subjects in gay literature. So, what Milo described is common in the homosexual world. 

Milo describes himself as a Catholic who “would be far worse if not for the Church.”

You may be repulsed by Milo and justifiably so, but what if a thoroughly repentant Milo is next to you in the pew one day? Oremus.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Libido Redux: Church of Perverts

Wild Bill is a Protestant brother, but he is right on here, and Paul VI would agree....

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Kreeft defends belief in angels and demons from modern ‘snobbery’ - The Michigan Catholic

Kreeft defends belief in angels and demons from modern ‘snobbery’ - The Michigan Catholic:

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Mass Confusion in the Body

I would like to share a reflection by Fr. Longenecker. Reflecting on his conversion to the Church some 13 years hence, he remarked:
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"What I was not prepared for was to find two Churches within Holy Mother Church. These two churches are very difficult to identify and define because the two different groups cannot be separated according to outward criteria alone. It is too easy to divide these two groups according to ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative’; ‘charismatic’ or ‘traditionalist’; ‘right wing’ or ‘left wing’. The two groups I am talking about exist within all these preferences. The two groups are distinguished not so much by what they do, the way they worship or the causes they espouse, but by their underlying understanding of just what the Catholic Church is for."

In writing my book on the Church after Vatican II, I ran across the following observation from a prominent Jesuit after the Council:

It is clear that the Church is facing a grave crisis. Under the name of 'the new Church,' 'the post-conciliar Church,' a different Church from that of Jesus Christ is now trying to establish itself; an anthropocentric society threatened with immanentist apostasy which is allowing itself to be swept along in a movement of general abdication under the pretext of renewal, ecumenism, or adaptation.

                                                             -Cardinal Henri de Lubac, S.J., Christian Witness (1967)

I spent 7 summers researching and writing about just  how this schism in the Body of Christ came about from the perspective of one who is a cradle Catholic, and agree with Fr. Longenecker that many are in ignorance of "what the Church is for". To find out, the confused need only read the documents of Vatican II, or my synopsis. 

Fr. added a succinct summary of catechetical teaching on the reason Jesus established his Church:

 "[The Church] is about a supernatural transaction between God and mankind. It is the old, old story of a race fallen into sin, and a God who lowers himself to seek and to save that which is lost. Life, and especially the Christian life is about our search for the God who is searching for us. It is about stepping out on the adventure of faith to search for a city whose founder is God. It is about engaging in the war for our souls, and being determined never to sacrifice our eternal happiness in a search only for happiness in this life. Where this old story is preached and lived with dynamic discipline, hearty good humor and joyful abandon the faith will flourish. Where it is abandoned the faith will soon falter. It is vitally necessary within our catechesis, the formation of our children, the instruction of priests and the teaching of the whole church that we renew the foundations of our faith. If we do not there will soon be no faith left. If we do, the faith will flourish and we will build a church which will have the strength, the power and the glory to welcome home many more of her lost and wayward children."

I argue in my book that the gates of hell will never cease in the effort in "the war for our souls." We as the Body of Christ must never cease efforts to reverse the comtemporaryand search only for happiness in this life at the expense of our eternal happiness. To quote Ralph Martin, "Will Many be Saved?"

The Devil is in the Details in Aleppo

This brave priest has an interesting analysis of the conflict in Syria....

written by wierd duk
saturday february 4, 2017

Flemish Father Daniël Maes (78) lives in Syria in the sixth-century-old Mar Yakub monastery in the city of Qara, 90 kilometers north of the capital Damascus. Father Daniel has been a witness to the “civil war” and according to him, Western reports on the conflict in Syria are very misleading. In short: “the Americans and their allies want to completely ruin the country.” 

Interviewer: You are very critical of the media coverage on Syria. What is bothering you?

Father Daniel: “The idea that a popular uprising took place against President Assad is completely false. I’ve been in Qara since 2010 and I have seen with my own eyes how agitators from outside Syria organized protests against the government and recruited young people. That was filmed and aired by Al Jazeera to give the impression that a rebellion was taking place. Murders were committed by foreign terrorists, against the Sunni and Christian communities, in an effort to sow religious and ethnic discord among the Syrian people. While in my experience, the Syrian people were actually very united.

Before the war, this was a harmonious country: a secular state in which different religious communities lived side by side peacefully. There was hardly any poverty, education was free, and health care was good. It was only not possible to freely express your political views. But most people did not care about that.”

Interviewer: Mother Agnès-Mariam, of your Mar Yakub (“Saint Jacob”) monastery, is accused of siding with the regime. She has friends at the highest level.

Father Daniel: “Mother Agnès-Mariam helps the population: she has recently opened a soup kitchen in Aleppo, where 25,000 meals are prepared five times a week. Look, it is miraculous that we are still alive. We owe that to the army of Assad’s government and to Vladimir Putin, because he decided to intervene when the rebels threatened to take power.

When thousands of terrorists settled in Qara, we became afraid for our lives. They came from the Gulf States, Saudi Arabia, Europe, Turkey, Libya, there were many Chechens. They formed a foreign occupation force, all allied to al-Qaeda and other terrorists. Armed to the teeth by the West and their allies with the intention to act against us, they literally said: “This country belongs to us now.” Often, they were drugged, they fought each other, in the evening they fired randomly. We had to hide in the crypts of the monastery for a long time. When the Syrian army chased them away, everybody was happy: the Syrian citizens because they hate the foreign rebels, and we because peace had returned.”

Interviewer: You say that the Syrian Army protects civilians, yet there are all sorts of reports about war crimes committed by Assad’s forces, such as the bombardments with barrel bombs.

Father Daniel: “Do you not know that the media coverage on Syria is the biggest media lie of our time? They have sold pure nonsense about Assad. It was actually the rebels who plundered and killed. Do you think that the Syrian people are stupid? Do you think those people were forced to cheer for Assad and Putin? It is the Americans who have a hand in all of this, for pipelines and natural resources in this region and to thwart Putin.”

Saudi Arabia and Qatar want to establish a Sunni state in Syria, without religious freedom. Therefore, Assad must go. You know, when the Syrian army was preparing for the battle in Aleppo, Muslim soldiers came to me to be blessed. Between ordinary Muslims and Christians, there is no problem. It is those radical Islamic, Western-backed rebels who want to massacre us. They are all al Qaeda and IS. There are not any moderate fighters anymore.”

Interviewer: You once mentioned Hillary Clinton to be a "devil in holy water," because as Secretary of State she deliberately worsened the conflict.

Father Daniel: “I am happy with Trump. He sees what every normal person understands: That the United States should stop undermining countries which possess natural resources. The Americans’ attempt to impose a unipolar world is the biggest problem. Trump understands that radical Islam is a bigger threat than Russia.

What do I care whether he occasionally takes off his pants? If Trump practices geopolitics the way he has promised to do so, then the future looks bright. Then it will become similar to Putin’s approach. And hopefully then, there will be a solution for Syria, and peace will return.”

Interviewer: You understand that your analysis is controversial and will encounter much criticism?

Father Daniel: “I speak from personal observation. And no one has to believe me, right? But I know one thing: The media can either contribute to the massacre of the Syrian people or help the Syrian people, with their media coverage. Unfortunately, there are too many followers and cowards among journalists.”

Reprinted with author's permission from Algemeen Dagblad. Translation: SOTT. Photo: Sjoerd Mouissie