Wolves “reared among sheep” and the Catholic Vote

If the current Culture of Death sitting president of the USA is re-elected it will be due to Catholic voters and the blame for their votes sits soundly on the shoulders of the Bishops of the USA. “If someone thought that wolves could be reared among sheep, imagine what chance the sheep would have.” –St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow #967 The Bishops claim they are being pastoral because they care about the souls of these dissidents who keep repeating heresies; but I think they have missed a serious point I found here by a poor little priest: “The conversion of a … Continue reading

Will YOU Vote Values That Can Stand the Test of Fire?

Every citizen has the right and obligation to vote. Values must be central to how you choose to use your vote.  NOT voting isn’t an option. Please do not vote for incumbents whose policies endanger American’s God given rights. Attacks on the Catholic Church by the Obama Administration: “No religious freedom” in the government with President Obama ordering the Catholic Church to fall in line.   Look at the pro-abortion stances taken by persons up for election and vote for someone else.  Look specifically for persons whose service in office will be most compatible with the freedom to live the … Continue reading

Health Care

I do not like the leviathan of a health care program cooked up by our government (VOTE THEM OUT) which will hit the middle class hard (huge tax hike) and very likely do nothing but bad things for the over-all availability of health care. 1.  Allow Competition I want to see the rules lifted that prevent me, and small businesses, from buying health insurance across state lines.  That way if the rules in another state allow for a policy I like better than what is available in my own state, I can buy that policy. Small businesses from all over … Continue reading

Parish, not Government

The government is not commanded by the Lord to care for widows and orphans.  It may very well have programs to do so, but the responsibility is not given to the government. Christians were given this commandment.  The pattern is in the New Testament.  Widows and Orphans were to be fed, clothed and cared for, but those able bodies who would not work, Paul wrote, should not eat either. How could that look today? Well, PARISH planners spend a lot of time on this and that but not a lot of time on fulfilling this commandment at the parish level.  … Continue reading

Home School Statement by Vatican Representative

The Vatican’s Delegation to the UN gave a boost to the rights of parents to direct the educations of their children, including homeschooling. This statement further clarified that portion of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church which pertains to the educational options open to parents. Parents, struggling to fulfill their vocations, finding home school to be the best choice for their children, rejoiced at the attitude of the Delegation from the Holy See when they read in the statement that the Delegation insisted on the rights of parents to choose homeschooling without interference saying that “they must possess the … Continue reading

Socialism in Catholic Social Teaching

I have read it all too often that Catholic Social Teaching is just socialism in religious garb.  I disagree.  Both those Catholics who insist on supporting socialist solutions to social problems AND those who would label Catholicism as socialism have based their positions on a flawed and selective reading of those Papal Encyclicals that make up the bulk of the documentation of Catholic doctrine. So I have made a selection of quotes from those documents.  These do not negate the admonition that as Christians we are to consider others needs and especially take care of those who cannot work such … Continue reading

Paul Ryan & Catholic Social Teaching

This morning my husband came in all excited by something he had read online.  While the reading online is not unusual, his excitement was indeed unusual. This left me with the task of doing my own reading online to catch up so as to have some clue about what had my unflappable husband so excited. I began where he told me to begin. I started out with Instapundit. I don’t think I actually figured out which article he meant for me to read, but I followed a link to a C-Span of Paul Ryan giving a speech about the budget … Continue reading

Palm Sunday Homily: “Crucify Him!”

Lent has always brought to mind truths I personally need to remember such as the reality that every sin committed is in effect my joining in with the crowds shouting of Christ, “Crucify Him!” Rarely do I see our participation in the crucifixion discussed outside of Lent.  Scripture tells us that Jesus said, “Whatever you do to the least of these, you do unto ME.”   This is a good starting point for coming to recognize in what ways we say our own, “Crucify Him!” The least of these, an example. LIFE ISSUES The person who ignores Church teaching on artificial … Continue reading

We live in a Culture of Death

Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus’ health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled. source I began my morning over at A Woman’s Place… … Continue reading

Voluntary Charity

VOLUNTARY CHARITY IS THE WAY GOD MEANS FOR MAN TO CARE FOR THE POOR. “The wealthy should help the poor. Jesus taught that. The Church Fathers taught that long before modern popes wrote encyclicals (just read St. John Chrysostom or St. Augustine of Hippo). But what Jesus, the Acts of the Apostles and the Church Fathers all had in common in this regard is that they were talking about voluntary charity. They were not talking about the state.”  <http://wdtprs.com/blog/2012/03/why-a-religious-model-for-the-state-is-not-good/> (boldface my emphasis) I’ve written on this topic on a number of occasions and am delighted to present to you the … Continue reading