Thursday, October 22, 2009

Youth Culture

When I walk my dog, I often walk through a neighbourhood where posters adorn all the telephone poles. These posters are notices of events to take place, the most inexpensive form of advertising going. And almost all of these events are things that promote and foster the culture of darkness and death that seems to be encroaching everywhere. By the way, I just noticed on a second look, that the proceeds go to the United Way, a well-known supporter of Planned Parenthood, the organization that promotes abortion as the first solution to an unplanned pregnancy.

I don't think that I am being morose; I have walked this area for years, it is very close to the Commons and the heart of downtown Halifax. I wonder if parents even know where their teens are going on Friday and Saturday nights when they go out with their friends? Do they comprehend the kind of forces that are influencing their children's lives? And, more importantly, do they care enough to step in and try and protect their kids?

The attraction of death, of evil, of the sinister underworld is very real and it is very strong. And children everywhere are being exposed to it, while their parents for the most part, ignore what is happening. They are simply too busy to pay attention to what their children watch on TV, to what they talk about with their friends, to the music they listen to. Yet, this dark world is not sleeping; it is on the move, capturing the minds of the younger generation and ensnaring them in thoughts and ways that are pernicious.

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. I Peter 5:8

Parents especially need to be vigilant because children do not have the tools with which to fend off this evil; their minds are impressionable and vulnerable to anything that comes their way; it is the parents' responsibility to be the watchman for those young minds. It is not just your right, but your duty, to protect your children. If that means turning off the TV, then do it; if it means taking away the Ipod, then do it; if it means limiting internet use, then do it. Your kids are worth it. And no one else will protect them, if you don't.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pope Welcomes Anglicans

Without much warning, Pope Benedict has thrown open the doors of the Roman Catholic Church to those Anglicans who wish to join in communion with the Church while being allowed to maintain their Anglican traditions.

This has caught Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams completely by surprise and he is fumbling to save face in this breaking news. But he should have seen it coming; the Anglican church has been torn by the issue of homosexual marriage and the ordination of women clergy for some time; it was only a matter of time until many Anglicans simply could not remain within that confusion.

Click here for the article by Hilary White, Rome correspondent for LifeSiteNews

and here for the version by Damian Thompson, Blogs Editor of the Telegraph Media Group

Just this weekend, I heard someone tell me they had attended a Marian conference here in Halifax and Mark Mallett told people to be prepared for a wave of new Catholics entering the Roman Catholic Church. He told people to get to know their catechism well and be prepared to answer questions on Catholic doctrine, because new people will want to know what it is exactly that we believe. What a challenge for Catholics, this is welcome news! We know one Anglican Catholic here in Halifax who is going to be grinning from ear to ear, way to go Brant!

Some are worried about what this will mean for ecumenism, how can talks about finding "common ground" continue, when entire groups join the Church and accept Papal authority and Catholic teaching on ordination and marriage? There can be no "common ground" on the topic of homosexuality, Scripture is abundantly clear on that issue and women priests, well, that's a can of worms I don't wish to open, but I sure never want to see any. As one commenter on Damian Thompson's blog wrote:

But whatever Rowan Williams might try to say, this is not ecumenism.
This is – as it has been properly defined – you-come-to-me-ism.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Fallacy of Choice

As written up in today's post on Big Blue Wave in Somebody Has to Be Pro-Abortion, Suzanne points out that pro-choice defenders don't like to be called pro-aborts. Choice is such a positive word, as Bernard Nathanson wrote, that's why they picked it to push their agenda to legalize abortion in New York City in the early 70's. Who would dare to criticize the seeming virtue of choice?

But choice simply means that you pick one thing as opposed to another. And the object of choice is what matters, not the fact that you have choice itself. It is what you choose that makes the difference.

So let's expose choice for what it is. What do women choose when they choose abortion? They choose, plain and simple, to end the life of their developing baby. Period. That's what their choice is. We must never substitute the ability to choose from what is actually chosen. In the end, it is the object of choice that matters, not the ability to choose.

The essence of the abortion mentality is not to deny that the unborn child is a child. Rather, it is that we take the place of God. It is the idea that what I choose is right, not because the ting I choose is good, but rather because I choose. Choice is more important than life, and my choice takes the place of God himself. Hence, clergy preach “choice” and the message of Christ becomes “choice on earth.”

Ultimately, human being have to feel like they are in line with God. Therefore, if they do not change their lives to conform to God’s will, they will change their very concept of God to conform to their own will.

- Father Frank Pavone, Ending Abortion, Not Just Fighting It

Every time, pro-lifers gather to defend the right to life for the unborn, someone passes who yells out "choice, choice, choice" to which I always want to respond "what are you choosing?" After all, we are not talking about flavours of ice cream here. Let's be serious, let's be truthful.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Remembering the Unwanted

This is a photo of part of the Walk to Remember, sponsored by parents who have lost children to miscarriage, still birth or other calamity. They started their walk at the IWK Children's Hospital and went around the large block that encircles the Victoria General Hospital, Grace Maternity, Bethune Research Building as well as the IWK. I don't think anyone warned them that there was a 40 Days for Life vigil being held on one of those sidewalks, because they looked fairly surprised to see us there.

As one vigil participant said to me, "no friendly faces, only one woman smiled at us". I knew of this walk because someone had emailed me a while ago about it, a man who had lost a baby two years ago to a miscarriage. He and his wife planned to take part and he thought it was great, to remember those babies most of whom did not even have proper funerals. I agree, it is good to remember those babies who would otherwise be forgotten.

But I can't help but wonder, especially after seeing the unfriendly faces passing us, if this further enforces the fact that only those babies who were wanted should be remembered. The aborted babies were babies just as these miscarried and still born babies were, yet they are not remembered. They are not treated with any respect by anyone. They are simply disregarded and disposed of, just like trash.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Prayer for Canada

On a recent trip to Barry's Bay, Ontario, where our middle daughter lives with her family, I was pleased to hear the church reciting the following prayer after Sunday Mass:


O Most Blessed Mother Mary, Mother of Mercy, at this most critical time, we entrust our country to your loving care.
Most Holy Mother, we beg you to reclaim this land for the glory of your Son. Overwhelmed with the burden of the sins of our nation, we cry to you from the depths of our hearts and seek refuge in your motherly protection.
Look down with mercy upon us and touch the hearts of our people. Open our minds to the great worth of human life and to the responsibilites that accompany human freedom.
Free us from falsehoods that lead to the evils of abortion and the breakdown of family life. Grant us the wisdom to know and proclaim that this nation was founded on God's law and that he alone is the True Source of our cherished rights and freedoms.
Guide and protect this land from every evil and from the attacks of the powers of darkness.
O Merciful Mother, give us the courage to reject the culture of death and the strength to build a new culture of life. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Imprimatur: Bishop Roman Danylak, D.D
Titular Bishop of Nyssa - Dec. 12, 2004

I am going to suggest to my pastor here that we put copies of this prayer in our books at church and say this prayer on Sundays, just as we used to say the Prayer for Vocations regularly.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Informed Consent for Abortion

"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." --Thomas Jefferson

The principle of "informed consent" is well established in American law and life. Whether preparing to undergo surgery or take out a loan, consumers have a right to full disclosure of the risks and consequences associated with the transaction. Only after the consumer has reviewed such information and been informed of the relevant facts can he be deemed to have given his consent to proceed.
- Ken Connor from Town Hall Daily

Surely, we should have "informed consent" for every medical procedure in Canadian hospitals and clinics; however this 'given' is waived in the case of abortion. And no one seems to object to that.

Here, in Halifax, where abortions are performed in the Victoria General Hospital in a ward that has no name on the door, women and girls (many young girls) undergo blood tests, ultrasounds, and then suction aspiration abortions without true informed consent. Not only are they not made fully aware of the procedure and possible consequences, they are not even told who does the abortion or who assists in it. Doctors and nurses do not wear name tags, so I am told by a woman who had an abortion at the VG five years ago.

After World War II, many countries agreed to have a Nuremburg agreement, in which they stated that no medical procedure should be used on human beings without having been tested previously on animals. Guess which procedure has never been tested on animals? Suction aspiration abortion - the method used to perform abortions on fetuses from 6-14 weeks gestation. This procedure accounts for 95% of all abortions. Once again, medical wisdom is waived in the case of abortion.

Would you have a dental procedure without wanting to know who the dentist was? Would you have your eyes examined without knowing the name of the optician or optometrist? Would you have a physical examination without knowing the name of the doctor who was taking your blood pressure, listening to your heart, and taking a pap smear? I don't think so. So why would women have an abortion without knowing who was doing it?

They are scared, they are desperate, they can't think beyond the moment. They can't even imagine that something will go wrong and that they might need to return for treatment and then they would want to know who performed the procedure. And the abortion industry benefits from this; they don't fear a woman suing the doctor for malpractice, they don't fear someone hunting down the doctor to explain why things went wrong or why they find themselves infertile a few years later when they "want a baby".

The anonymity of the abortion business in Canada must be removed. Women should be told who the doctor is, and they should also be clearly told the risks of abortion, the possibility of infection, the risk of possible infertility later, the increased risk of subsequent premature births which bring a host of problems with them. And these facts should be explained to women clearly, not on the morning of their abortion, but a week or at least a few days prior, so that they can think them over before proceeding. Abortion is a can't-undo procedure; there is no reverse key for this act; once done, you have to live with it and the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual consequences.

Women have the right to know what those consequences may be and then they will have fully informed consent. Better information always leads to better choices. And abortion is never the best choice for either the mom or the baby.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

And the problem is ......

Archbishop Raymond Lahey turning himself in to Ottawa police after being charged with possession of child pornography.

Everyone is aflame with talk about abusive priests, child molesters, sexual perverts, and the need for the church to allow priests to marry, to allow women priests, etc. etc. And yet no one is pointing out the real problem which is ..... PORNOGRAPHY!

Why don't people see this? There is an epidemic of pornography in our culture. If you don't believe it, visit
Focus on the Family
and do a search for talks by Dr. James Dobson on the subject of pornography. Dr. Dobson has been researching this for years, and he knows what he is talking about. He has interviewed men in prison who are serial killers and rapists, and the one thing they have in common is pornography.

I hesitate to use the word addiction for this, because that implies the person is suffering from something from which they can never be free. Unlike alcholism or drug addiction, which create physical dependencies, we need to view pornography as sin, pure and simple. Graver sin perhaps, but still sin. And the cure is repentance and forgiveness, plus taking the steps necessary to avoid the temptation.

Yes, we are terribly disappointed at this news of a bishop being charged with such a crime, but we should not be surprised. We should have seen this coming. When our society is sexualized to the extent that it is, it should not come as a surprise that we find the effects of that sexualization amongst our clergy. They are not immune to the culture, any more than the rest of us. What is so terribly upsetting is that we place such trust in our clergy, that this man (if he is guilty) has betrayed our trust in a way that very few other people could. We trust our clergy more than we trust anyone else, we turn to them for moral guidance, and we expect them to lead the way with their own moral behaviour. When we find that they are as sinful as the rest of us, and perhaps more, it breaks our heart. But we need to realise that, besides revealing their humanity, this tragedy shows that our culture is so rotten that it is now leaking into the area we thought was protected. We know there have been popes with mistresses and cardinals with illegitimate children, but the crime of children being sexually abused is something our culture continues to abhor. And it is all the more abhorrent when the spiritual leaders fall prey to this.

As Archbishop Mancini said "we don't know who we can trust anymore." Those are the words of a man who is feeling deep sorrow over this. Prayers for all are what is needed, not discussions of revamping the church, allowing marriage for priests, etc. None of those will effect the change that is required, which is a conversion of hearts to God who can purify us from all these sins.