The Church’s tradition has included “admonishing sinners” among the spiritual works of mercy. It is important to recover this dimension of Christian charity. We must not remain silent before evil. I am thinking of all those Christians who, out of human regard or purely personal convenience, adapt to the prevailing mentality, rather than warning their brothers and sisters against ways of thinking and acting that are contrary to the truth and that do not follow the path of goodness. Christian admonishment, for its part, is never motivated by a spirit of accusation or recrimination. It is always moved by love and mercy, and springs from genuine concern for the good of the other. – Benedict XVI
When a brother has wandered astray,
Those who love him will show him the way;
Those who follow the fashion
Of corrupted compassion
Will assure him his sin is okay.
In the 1990s, I wrote articles for Phyllis Schlafly’s Education Reporter about the outrageous things going on in American public schools. I talked to mothers all over the country whose children had been subjected to various kinds of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of teachers and administrators. I ended most of my interviews by asking the mother if she planned to take her traumatized child out of the public school system. Not one of them did. Which raised the question, What would it take — what horrible thing would have to happen to a child — for an ostensibly loving parent to choose the obvious remedy?
This book gives me an eerie sense of deja vu. For the past 50 years or more, the Democratic Party has promoted abortion, contraception, pornography, perversion of every kind, the socialization of our economy, the regimentation of our citizens, the hollowing out of our defense and intelligence agencies, etc. My parents, lifelong Catholic Democrats, left the Party in disgust in 1972 — as did thousands of others. How to explain the thousands who have remained? What will it take to make them leave?
The phrase “social justice,” when invoked by members of the Catholic left, is a euphemism for the agenda of the Democratic Party. “Social justice” refers not to objective principles of justice but to specific policies of Democrats on health care, labor, welfare, and other matters. This is why the historic November defeat of Democrats was treated as such troubling news in many chanceries and Catholic university faculty lounges. – George Neumayr
The weasels in the leadership of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul didn’t like it either.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Betrayed
When a priest sees himself as nothing more than a “social agent,” he runs the risk of betraying the priesthood itself, says Benedict XVI. – Zenit
Fortunately, the desacralized priests and nuns of the hippie generation are on their way out. May God have mercy on their souls for all the damage they did.
In Crime and Punishment, famed Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky despicted with brilliant insight the criminal’s compulsion to confess. It is not surprising that the Communists, the greatest mass murderers in the history of the world, share this compulsion — though their moments of candor have more the air of braggadocio than of penitence. To a man, the Soviet leaders from Lenin to Gorbachev have boasted of their intentions to enslave the world. Unlike the common criminal, however, who expects to be punished for the crimes to which he confesses, or to be restrained from the commission of those he has acknowledged plotting, the Communist who publishes his evil deeds and evil plans seems confident that he will go unchallenged. – F.R. Duplantier, 1986
Obama is merely the last of a long line.
ObamaCare is not just singular legislation. It is the herald of heralds of an overreaching, over-controlling federal government. Allowed, it cannot be.
One factor and only one factor has stopped passage of ObamaCare thus far: public opposition. Not the public opposition reflected in polls, but the up close and personal and activist opposition that in its depth and intensity and duration has far surpassed anything resembling normal political protest.
One factor and only one factor will stop the ultimate passage of ObamaCare. That same opposition, doubled, tripled, quadrupled. The noise of Washington must be ignored, the noise of the people heard, because the pre-existing condition at greatest threat by ObamaCare is representative government. – CFIF
Speak out against socialized medicine now. If ObamaCare passes, you can kiss representative government goodbye.
One of the kids gave Evann a DVD of the first two seasons of Get Smart for her birthday and we’ve been enjoying a trip down Media Memory Lane ever since. “Would you believe?” and “Missed it by that much” will soon be catch phrases in our house, along with “Sorry about that, Chief.”
That last line echoed in my head during the oratorical orgy following the death of Ted Kennedy. It was the most glaring omission: an apology. Catholics who refused to join in the travesty of tribute to a sworn enemy had their own faith thrown in their faces. “Don’t you believe in forgiveness?” we were taunted. Of course, we do. And we also believe in asking for forgiveness. And trying to make amends for the harm we’ve done. Where was the apology of Ted Kennedy for all the harm he did during the course of his long, lurid life? Where was the apology? Did he ever once say, “Sorry about that”?
The unprecedented decision by the Vatican to undertake an apostolic visitation to assess the quality of religious life in orders of sisters in the United States came as a big surprise to many people when it was announced in January. That surprise was doubled with the news two months later that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) will be conducting a doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which represents most of the leaders of US women religious.
But people who have been closely watching the deterioration of many of the women’s religious orders in this country were not at all surprised that the Vatican initiated these assessments. Indeed, many sisters themselves have asked and prayed for Vatican attention to the condition of women’s religious communities. – Catholic World Report
Do they want to be Catholic, or don’t they? If not, they should stop calling themselves Catholic.