Monday, June 26, 2017

The Gender Binary

Pope Francis disagrees with teaching gender identity in schools, having called this  a "war against marriage."
On a return flight to Rome at the end of a three-day trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan, the Pope recounted a meeting with a French father whose young son wanted to be a girl after reading about it in a textbook.
"This is against nature," he said. "It is one thing when someone has this tendency ... and it is another matter to teach this in school."
    "To change the mentality -- I call this ideological colonization," the Pope said. Well, we are approaching the tip of the iceberg, so says Claire Cretien:

    Bathrooms are just the beginning: a scary look into the trans movement’s end goals

    May 6, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The battle over men accessing women’s bathrooms and vice versa has little do with bathrooms or even transgenderism, a well-known LGBT activist admitted last week.  It has everything to do with re-working society and getting rid of the “heterobinary structure” in which we live—eliminating distinctions between “male” and “female” altogether.
    Riki Wilchins, who has undergone “sex change” surgery and is a far-left social change activist, wrote in the gay publication The Advocate last week that social conservatives and many LGBT activists are missing the point when it comes to the transgender bathroom debate.
    The title of Wilchins' article makes the points succinctly: "We'll Win the Bathroom Battle When the Binary Burns."
    People should be able to enter whatever bathroom “fits their gender identity,” Wilchins wrote, but the fact that we even have “male” and “female” bathrooms reflects something about society that needs to change. 
    There are many “genderqueer” or “non-binary” people, Wilchins wrote, pointing to a student who recently “came out” to President Obama as “non-binary” at a London townhall as a notable example. 
    “Non-binary” people don’t identify as male or female and they often want to be referred to as “they” or “hir” or “zer.”  So the fact that there are even intimate facilities that reflect the “binary” truth about gender should change, Wilchins wrote.
    In the eyes of LGBT advocates, the notion of only two genders (which one can pick, of course) is antiquated. 
    But transgenderism inherently acknowledges and actually reinforces the binary nature of gender. 
    Transgenderism presumes that a man can be “trapped” inside a woman’s body and a woman can be “trapped” inside a man’s body.  It encourages men “becoming” women to embrace femininity and wear dresses and make-up.  Similarly, transgenderism encourages women “becoming” men to make themselves more masculine through hormones and by altering their appearances, reinforcing the notion that men look and act a certain way.
    “The long-term goals of many LGBT activists are actually not just access to the restrooms of their preferred gender identity, but actually destroying the concept of gender or the separation of the genders altogether,” Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council, told LifeSiteNews.  Sprigg noted that when LGBT activists are appealing to a mainstream audience, they “are accepting or implicitly accepting the separation of male and female facilities” like bathrooms.  
    “They present this framework…that a transgender person is just born in the wrong body…[they say] the woman born in a man’s body is really a woman and therefore should be allowed to use the women’s room,” said Sprigg.  “But then, if you dig down…you find actually these acknowledgements that they want to do away with the gender binary altogether.”
    The challenges faced by “non-binary” people “cut to the heart of arguments that trans advocates and their allies have been making for some time, in the face of furious right-wing opposition to trans identity generally and to ‘boys in the girls' room’ specifically,” Wilchins wrote. 
    Wilchins continued:
    But what happens when a genderqueer individual, who genuinely looks and sounds profoundly non-binary or masculine, declares in a binary world s/he would be most comfortable accessing the girls restroom? To say the least, the optics will no longer work. Nor will appeals to practicality.
    What really needs to be contested here is not just our right to use bathrooms with dignity (which would personally be very welcome), but the entire underlying hetero-binary structuring of the world queers must inhabit.

    The ultimate goal: an end to society’s ‘binary’ structure

    People who advocate for bathroom privacy and transgender advocates who insist boys should be allowed in girls’ bathrooms and vice versa are missing a larger point, Wilchins wrote.  The fact that there are even male and female bathrooms reflects that our society is structured in a “binary” way, and this needs to change in order for the full goals of the LGBT movement to be enacted.
    “Queer activists have been talking about [this] at least since the 1970s of Gay Liberation, even as the movement it spawned has continued to nudge it aside,” wrote Wilchins.
    As the LGBT movement focused on redefining marriage and enshrining in law same-sex couples’ “right” to children, it also quietly introduced lawsuits advocating for the law to recognize one’s self-perception instead of biological reality as truth.  Once the Supreme Court redefined marriage, the media focus on the LGBT movement slowly began to shift to battles over gender and transgenderism.  
    “They want to destroy the concepts of male and female entirely,” Rob Dreher at The American Conservative warned.  “This is what they’re after, and they’re not going to stop until it is accomplished.”
    Dreher warned that parents need to evaluate how much of the prevailing culture they’re willing to submit their children to, and decide what the tipping point for them will be—the point at which they will remove their children from public schools and in some ways retreat from society.
    “It will be very difficult to teach our children to live by Christian sexual morality if we do not teach them how being a Christian requires them (us) to live by a different political and economic code within our society,” wrote Dreher.
    A society in which biological sex is no longer recognized “would be a terrifying society for a lot of women and girls,” Sprigg said, because “they would have the experience of being exposed to and being essentially forced to expose themselves to biologically male individuals in settings that were previously separated by sex” like locker rooms.  This could increase the risk of sexual assault and voyeurism, Sprigg said, and also violate people’s sense of privacy.
    “Developing a strong and consistent and confident sense of your identity as biologically male or biologically female is an important developmental task for any child in the course of growing up,” said Sprigg.  A society that doesn’t recognize the true nature of gender “would make it exponentially harder for people to accomplish that fundamental human developmental task of understanding who they are.”

    ‘The family ends up abolished’

    “What we are really talking about is the abolition of sex,” Stella Morabito, senior contributor to The Federalist and an expert on cults and propaganda, told LifeSiteNews.  “And it is sex that the trans project is serving to abolish legally, under the guise of something called ‘the gender binary.’  Its endgame is a society in which everyone is legally de-sexed.  No longer legally male or female.  And once you basically redefine humanity as sexless you end up with a de-humanized society in which there can be no legal ‘mother’ or ‘father’ or ‘son’ or ‘daughter’ or ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ without permission from the State.  Government documents are already erasing the terms.  In such a society, the most intimate human relationships take a hit. The family ends up abolished.” 
    “A sexless society is ultimately a totalitarian society because it erases in law the most basic human relationships,” said Morabito, “particularly the mother-child bond.”
    Pro-family advocates have for years warned that the weakening of family bonds leads to a weakened society and greater government involvement in the individual lives of its citizens. 
    Morabito and Sprigg stressed the importance of speaking out when it comes to these issues and the difference that individuals can make by doing so. 
    “Ironically, just at the moment when the LGBT movement has achieved their greatest victory in persuading the Supreme Court to redefine marriage, they may be setting themselves up for a tremendous setback by…grossly overreaching” in trying to enact radical gender laws, said Sprigg. 
    “Sex distinctions are the germ of all human relationships,” said Morabito.  “Abolishing them legally basically abolishes family autonomy.  And this is an act of violence against children because it would serve at some point to separate them from their origins. Every child's first transcendental question is ‘Where did I come from?’  If the law will not allow the child to see his own origins and wholeness in the faces of a mother and a father, it destabilizes the child's sense of self.  It creates personal dysfunction in children and basically ends up spreading more dysfunction and even dystopia in society.”
    Wilchins praised transgender advocates for their work, noting that they have “finally and perhaps unwittingly opened the gender Pandora's Box, and over the next few years all sorts of unexpected non-binary things…are about to come popping out.” 
    Wilchins and the pro-family movement perhaps can agree on one thing, though: “This is going to be interesting.”

    Friday, June 23, 2017

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    Dancin' With Mr. D.: San Fran Nan is Off the Mark

    Nancy Pelosi says homosexuality is ‘consistent’ with Catholicism. Are Church leaders taking her lead?

    WARNING: This article begins with a graphic clinical statement because all Catholics need to know the truth and not remain oblivious to it.
    June 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — When a man and a woman make love, the miracles of conception and birth are possible. When two men attempt the same, the most glorious result possible is an anal discharge of semen mixed with fecal matter.
    Despite the striking contrast, high-profile Catholics in positions of power and influence in North America are no longer able to detect any important difference between the two.  They not only accept being ‘gay’ as fully normal, they promote ‘same-sex marriage,’ a.k.a., anti-conjugal, anti-complementary, genderless marriage, as fully equal to marriage between a man and a woman.
    You already know many of their names: Catholic Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, for whom ‘gay’ marriage is a ‘core principle;’ Catholic U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who invented a national right for genderless marriage; Catholic former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who has performed genderless marriages; Catholic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who asserts same-sex “marriage” is perfectly "consistent" with Catholicism; Catholic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Catholic Virginia Senator and 2016 Hillary Clinton running mate Tim Kaine and many others who energetically advocate for homonormativity.
    At the same time, these Catholic VIPs are becoming increasingly incapable of discerning the difference between male and female and the significance of complementarity. They now promote transnormativity.   
    Clearly, something is awry with prevailing views of marriage and human dignity among our Catholic elites when sodomy constitutes marital consummation and genitalia is no longer indicative of gender.  
    The fact that they continue to enjoy full communion with the Church despite broadcasting lies which defy natural law and deny the Gospel has only served to embolden them and invite others to follow their lead.
    The minds of leading Catholics have sunk from dullness, to darkness, to depravity, and they are intent on dragging each of us down with them – by force of law, if necessary –  and if not us, our children.  

    The bigger picture Is worse.  Much worse

    Put aside the world of North American Catholic political and societal elites for a moment. A far more grave threat stares us in the face.
    What will happen when a critical mass of the Church’s prelates and clerics similarly untether themselves from truth? What will happen when they find the ways of the world more attractive than the message of the Gospel, trading the Church’s magnificent magisterium for the whim of popular culture?  
    We are about to find out.

    Nudging away from truth, nullifying the work of the Holy Spirit

    Some high profile priests and bishops seem to be drawn to promoting the worldly empty promises Catholics reject at baptismFr. James Martin, SJ, editor-at-large for the Jesuit magazine America, recently appointed to the Vatican as a communications consultant; Joseph Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey; Bishop John Stowe of the Diocese of Lexington in Kentucky; Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, now at the helm of the Pontifical Academy for Life and the Pontifical Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.
    While the Vatican seems to be collecting and promoting pro-homosexualists and transgenderists, the nudge toward accepting these strange humanity-deforming ideologies is palpable here at home in North America.
    Just recently, the Diocese of San Diego announced that Fr. John Dolan, a priest with an LGBT-positive record, has been appointed by the Vatican to be an auxiliary bishop.
    In the Archdiocese of Baltimore, St. Matthew’s Parish has been promoting homosexuality and its compatibility with Catholicism for years.  
    In the Archdiocese of New York, Blessed Sacrament Church announced that its “Gay Fellowship” group partnered with Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way Foundation” to hold a fundraising dance in the parish hall on June 17.
    Even the Jesuit Chaplain to the U.S. House of Representatives, Patrick J. Conroy, suggests that Church teaching on homosexuality is “outdated,” calling it “a dead end.”  He implies that homosexual “marriage” is the only path to happiness for the same-sex attracted.
    If the Church now starts watering down magisterial truth, mixing the profane with the holy, where will the same-sex attracted go when our consciences speak to us?  Confessionals turned into self-affirmation kiosks comfort no one, and dispense tragedy.
    What will happen to same-sex-attracted men and women, boys and girls, if the Church tosses truth out the window and rolls out a rainbow welcome mat? That won’t work, because it’s truth that attracts people to the Church and turns hearts to Christ. It’s truth that resonates in hearts and appeals to the intellect. It’s the pure Gospel message that inspires, not the lies and empty promises of the world.

    Who am I to judge? Let me tell you

    I am same-sex-attracted, and I once walked away from both my marriage and the Church and lived as a gay man.  
    Yet something stirred inside me. It was my conscience. After the initial emotional rush of feeling set free, I inwardly sensed something was not right, no matter how much I tried to suppress the thought. Nowadays, it’s nearly unanimously agreed that this unease of conscience comes from societal heteronormativity. We are told that exterior cultural pressures cause the same-sex attracted to feel “different,” resulting in depression, behavioral problems, even suicide. The term now in vogue is ‘minority stress.’  
    We are also told that the Church is ‘unwelcoming’ because it doesn’t approve of unchaste same-sex behavior, that the Church is ‘seeker unfriendly.’  
    My experience tells a different story. There was a powerful, innate interior recognition that there was something wrong with my behavior. It wasn’t society telling me I was ‘bad’ or accusing me or failing to accept me. Quite the contrary, I felt 100 percent accepted by everyone I knew. But their acceptance wasn’t the issue. No. My own perfectly functioning conscience was speaking to me, leading me to self-understanding.
    In the end, I decided to live a chaste life, to return to my wife and to the Catholic Church.  Why? Because it is in the Church that truth is to be found like no other place on earth:  packed down, shaken together, filled to the brim and running over (Luke 6:38). And not just truth; I found authentic, intimate fellowship with Catholic brothers within my parish whom I love and who love me. One of the greatest aspects of brotherly love within parish life is this: We help each other not to sin, to find ever greater communion with God, and press forward as men who stand in the breach.
    I can easily answer Pope Francis’ now famous question, “Who am I to judge?” I am a Christian who examines my conscience daily. I have to judge, because known truth and the Spirit beckon me to do so. It is my job to judge, to seek truth, and deny lies and the allure of the flesh and the world.  
    Were it not for the solid teaching of the Catholic Church challenging my life, confirming the work of the Holy Spirit in my life, I would be lost.
    Chaste same-sex-attracted Catholics are baffled by the increasing mixed messages arising from the Church, especially from her prelates. And as the voices within the Church calling for her to surrender to the sexual revolution grow louder, the voice of the Gospel grows fainter. These mixed messages damage lives, excusing the very behavior and thought patterns so many seek to escape. They nullify the work of the Holy Spirit.

    Trading rock for sand

    Satan has long been wearing a hard hat as he excavates beneath the Church, blasting away at the Church’s rock-solid foundation of truth, replacing it with truckload after truckload of sand. The digging and tunneling used to emanate from outside the Church as the ruler of this world burrowed beneath. But now jack hammers are held by clerics who are taking over the jobs extremists outside the church used to do.
    With the Church’s magisterial foundation weakened, the structure above will remain intact for a while, but once new waves of attack start rolling in, perhaps from the world of Muslim fundamentalism, the structure will begin to visibly crumble: slowly at first, and then rapidly. Very rapidly. With the Church’s foundation undermined, the faith of many will quiver and collapse and Catholic institutions will buckle and fall.  
    Many will be caught by surprise, wondering as they wander about the rubble how this could have happened so quickly.
    Yet rest assured, the Church belongs to Christ and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Still, the nagging question remains: How much and how many will be lost because of the Catholic bishops and academics who have lost their way?


    Monday, June 19, 2017

    Bishop Barron on Martin Luther

    Bishop Robert Barron, in his June 13 article titled "Looking at Luther With
    Fresh Eyes," describes Martin Luther as "a mystic of grace, someone who had fallen completely in love."
    Fr. describes Luther as the "undisputed father of the Reformation" and as
    "cantankerous, pious, very funny, shockingly anti-Semitic, deeply insightful and utterly exasperating."
    While admiring of Luther, Fr. adds: "I disagree with lots and lots of his
    ideas," without clarifications.

    Barron summarizes: "For at the core of Luther's life and theology
    was an overwhelming experience of grace. After years of trying in vain to
    please God through heroic moral and spiritual effort, Luther realized that,
    despite his unworthiness, he was loved by a God who had died to save him,"
    adding, "Luther was an ecstatic, and the religious movement he launched
    [Protestantism] was 'a love affair.'"
    Was Dr. Luther in love with God when he said:
    Christ committed adultery first of all with the woman at the well about whom St. John
    tells us. Was not everybody about Him saying: 'Whatever has He been doing with
    her?' Secondly, with Mary Magdalene, and thirdly with the woman taken in
    adultery whom He dismissed so lightly. Thus even Christ, Who was so righteous,
    must have been guilty of fornication before He died?

    Lutheralso referred to the Church Our Lord founded as a "Roman Sodom" and referred to the pope as the "Antichrist" and faithful Catholics as "agents of Satan."

    New Book’s “Sexual Reality” Bursts LGBT Catholic Bubble - Crisis Magazine

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    Sunday, June 18, 2017

    Jim vs. Jim

    James J. Martin, S.J. is a Jesuit priest, a writer, and editor-at-large of the Jesuit magazine America. He grew up in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, and now lives in the America House Jesuit Community in midtown Manhattan. On April 12, 2017, Pope Francis appointed Martin and EWTN leader Michael Warsaw as consultants to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communications. He has recently published a suspect book, Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity. Fr. is very popular with Catholics who are ignorant of the fundamentals of the Catholic faith. Here are some comments on Building a Bridge;

    Olga Falto · 

    Thanks to Fr. James Martin for another great book ! Your books are all amazing to me ! Blessings for you !
    Willie Jean Loefler · 

    Love the Respect, Compassion, and especially the Sensitivity. Thank you God for this reminder. Amen.
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    Meg Walsh Byrne · 

    Thank you for bringing this subject front and center. The ignorant hatred must end.
    Eva Marie Betts
    He's so full of crap. There's always been a place for LGBT in the Church and the Catholic Church has NEVER been the enemy of the LGBT people and he knows it. Mr. Martin (I refuse to call him "Father" because he has failed miserably as a shepherd and a priest) wants the CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH to change and embrace SODOMY. He will answer to God for misleading many. What he should be teaching is the incredible joy one can experience in living a chaste life, but NO, he wants the Church to put it's rubber stamp on SODOMY. This man is a HERETIC of the worst sort. Our Lady of Fatima said that more people go to HELL because of sins of the flesh more than any other reason. I'll bet money that Martin doesn't even believe in Hell. He has NEVER mentioned it although Christ spoke more about Hell than he did of Heaven.

    SO-what are we to make of Fr.'s new book? Deacon Jim Russell offers a fine, orthodox view of Building a Bridge, a must read for inquiring Catholic minds! Read more.

    Saturday, June 10, 2017

    On Doctrine and Human Experience

    Today one disputatious topic among Catholics is the liturgy. As Cardinal Ratzinger, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was known as an proponent of the “reform of the reform”—a program that avoids liturgical disruption in favor of organic development, slowly bringing the liturgy back into continuity with its historic form. His nemesis in the debate, Cardinal Walter Kasper used the disruption that followed Vatican II to argue for further changes in Catholic life: “Our people are well aware of the flexibility of laws and regulations; they have experienced a great deal of it over the past decades. They lived through changes that no one anticipated or even thought possible.” Kasper was upset that Ratzinger did not see things his way: “Regrettably, Cardinal Ratzinger has approached the problem of the relationship between the universal church and local churches from a purely abstract and theoretical point of view, without taking into account concrete pastoral situations and experiences.” Ratzinger has failed to consult what Kasper calls the “data” of experience: “To history, therefore, we must turn for sound theology,” where we will find many examples of a commendable “diversity.”

    In maintaining this view one detects the neomodernism in Kasper’s thought. In short, this understanding regards Church doctrine as follows: because the dogmas of the Church do not possess indisputable knowledge of the supernatural, they are relative to how they impact one’s imagination, and may be believed or disbelieved accordingly. Theologians susceptible to this argument believe dogma to be changeable over time (as opposed to development of doctrine), and that dogma may be disregarded when no longer fruitful for the individual, or reinterpreted to better meet with individual experience. This is a blatant misunderstanding of development of doctrine, and is most famously demonstrated in the dissent of many American theologians to Humanae Vitae so soon after its promulgation, heretical pure and simple, further reflected in the current controversy over whether or not to allow the divorced and remarried to receive Holy Communion. Read more in Chapter 4 of The Smoke of Satan in the Temple of God (video above).

    How I Became the Catholic I Was by Richard John Neuhaus | Articles | First Things

    I always enjoyed reading Fr. Neuhaus' writing in First Things, especially the Public Square offerings. Here is an enlightening reflection for the Catholic-Lutheran dialogue....

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