Monday, August 31, 2009

Public School Insanity

The World Net Daily “Most likely you've heard Einstein's definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Nowhere is this more obvious today than with political and religious conservatives, the so-called right. What do I mean? Next month the right will send millions of their own children to public schools that are literally controlled by the left – meaning that it is only the liberals' "values," "morals" and curriculum that are taught in our government schools.”

Some may ask if this is true – can liberals actually be running the schools? Is it possible that there is a direct link between our country's precipitous slide into socialism and decades of indoctrination in leftist school ideologies? You be the judge. Read below what the founder of today's schools and other public school advocates have said over the years:

"I believe that ... [public] education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform ... this conception has due regard for ... socialistic ideals." and "There is no God and there is no soul. ... There is no room for fixed ... or moral absolutes."

– John Dewey, father of modern public education and signer of Humanist Manifesto 1930

"Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every American school is a school of humanism. What can a theistic Sunday school's meeting for an hour once a week and teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide of the five-day program of humanistic teaching?"

– C.F. Potter, signer of Humanist Manifesto 1930

"... [E]very child in American entering schools at the age of 5 is insane because he comes to schools with certain allegiances toward our Founding Fathers, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. ..."

– Chester Pierce, professor of education at Harvard (1970)

"The old order is passing. … Social controls cannot be left to blind chance. ... Man must be the builder of new forms of social organizations. … Here [public] education must play a stellar role."

– Dan W. Dodson, professor of educational sociology at N. Y. University (1970)

"We are the biggest potential political striking force [union] in this country, and we are determined to control the direction of [public] education."

NEA President Catherine Barrett (1972)

"Public schools promote civic rather than individual pursuits. ... We must focus on creating citizens for the good of society. … Each child belongs to the state."

– William H. Seawell, professor of education (1981)

"... [T]he battle for humankind's future must be waged and won in the public school classrooms by teachers who correctly perceive their role as proselytizers of a new religion. … The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new – the rotting corpse of Christianity ... and the new faith of humanism. ..."

– John Dunphy, 1983 (Secular-Humanist)

"We do not need any more preaching about right or wrong. The old 'thou shall nots' simply are not relevant. Values clarification is a method for teachers to change the values of children without getting caught."

– Dr. Sidney Simon, creator of "Values Clarification"

Catholic Femina Speaks: There is very little that I can add to this... the public schools are a place of corruption and ignorance is not true bliss. If you put your children under the care of the state you can expect them to reflect this. Pope Benedict reflected on this yesterday, the feast of St. Monica the mother of St. Augustine. She tirelessly worked for the conversion of her son, and the Holy Father is calling all parents to follow her example. To parent a child is to guide them through the world and help them find their way to God; and the state is never going to facilitate this.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Obama To Police the Internet! Will You Be Affected?

A new bill has just been purposed by the Senate that gives President Obama the ability to "declare a cybersecurity emergency." "Non-governmental" computer networks and do what's necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for "cybersecurity professionals," and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license. This bill, if passed will be used to stop the spread of news to the American people so that the Obama Administration can do whatever they want. CNET
Catholic Femina Speaks: This bill is really upsetting; the president will be able to end your Internet access based on his discretion. We have seen in the past that Obama uses all measures to promote his agenda; including trying to confuse the American people , spy on bloggers, pretending to have messages from God, and this will be no different. Stealing the freedom of the American people to pass bills without their knowledge is the real source of this bill. Obama has tried to shut down grass roots movements, and he has been unsuccessful. The internet has been a tool to assure America’s freedom. We cannot let this happen, the Obama Administration wants to pass bills that force Americans to do things that they would not freely choose otherwise. We need to stand up for our right to freedom of speech. “Cybersecurity” is just another way to hurt Americans.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Vaccinating Massachusetts Destroys Personal Freedoms

Catholic Femina Speaks: Watch this video and listen to the meausres that the legislators are puting in place. This bill is not just about the swine flu... It has the potential to force Massachusetts residents to obey the state with the threat of marshall law in matters that 'the state' deems nessecary. Mandatory vaccines is opening the door to making mandatory other medical matters; such as mandatory contraceptives, abortions, and euthanasia. Stamping out freedom with 'health' as the trojan horse is the quickest way steal other freedoms from the people.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Pray For his soul...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Faithful Prefer Tridentine Mass!

A survey conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate has found that Catholics in the United States with an opinion on the subject favor the availability of the extraordinary form of the Mass by a two to one margin, with the majority having no opinion. When asked “Do you favor as an alternative to the newer Mass, bringing back the older Latin Tridentine Mass for those who would prefer this option?” 25% favor the option, 12% oppose it, and 63% have no opinion.
Support for the extraordinary form option is higher among older Catholics, those who attend Mass weekly, political independents, and those with graduate degrees.
A similar survey conducted in 1985 found that Catholics favored the option by a 40%-35% Catholic Culture
Catholic Femina Speaks: I enjoy the Tridentine Mass, when I have the option I attend mass in Latin. I attended mass as a child in Latin with the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. I believe that in many ways the Tridentine Mass is more reverent with the priest facing the altar, and ultimately God rather than the distracting congregation. I love the Communion rail! I know that the Latin language is more traditional and can be a universal mark of the church because it is at the heart of the faith. I know that the Latin language adds mystery to the mass and makes people pay attention because they have to follow along in their missals rather than dose off...

Monday, August 24, 2009

Stimulus Package For Sex Research

The Obama Stimulus package has dedicated funding to research the sexual behavior in humans and some animals as it can be pertained to humans. This research comes with a price tag of nearly $700,000; and is definitely not going to be used to promote morality or monogamy. Some of the National Institutes of Health are studies that include:

* Examine "barriers to correct condom use" at Indiana University, at a cost of $221,000.

* Study "hookups" among adolescents at Syracuse University. Study's cost: $219,000.

* Evaluate "drug use as a sex enhancer" in an analysis of "high-risk community sex networks" at the University of Illinois, Chicago. That study will cost $123,000.

* Study how methamphetamine, thought to produce an "insatiable need" for sex among users, "enhances the motivation for female rat sexual behavior." Some $28,000 has been awarded for the University of Maryland at Baltimore study. NY Post

Catholic Femina Speaks: Well, we have theology of the body instituted by former Pope John Paul II and it appears President Obama is looking to introduce other purposes for human sexuality. Pro-creation of children and spousal love were not on the research funded by the stimulus package. Rather, “teen hook-ups, condoms, and drugs” are the basis for this study. Our country is truly loosing its morality, because we are not working to stop these perversions of human sexuality. Obama is giving money to research them, ultimately leading to a spread in this behavior. People constantly say that they do not want the Catholic Church in their bedroom… what about the government? Is ‘Big Brother’ running a porn industry? These studies are degrading to the human person and it is atrocious that our tax money will be funding it!

Obama: Image of Christ or Harbinger of Death?

“We are God’s partners in matters of Life and death”… When President Barack Obama said this I was wondering which God he was blaspheming. I came to the conclusion that the statement was intended to be Christian since the Muslim community was not offended. Obama has started a “40 days for Health Reform;” he is asking the Christian community to drop their morals in the way side and follow him into the culture of death. Life Site News

Catholic Femina Speaks: If you can’t stamp out religion, become God? Obama is trying to personify Christ, with the “partnering with God” and “40 days”… Using biblical theory to promote Christian support is only effective when the person actually imitates the Gospel. Jesus spent forty days praying for the salvation of souls, and Obama will spend his forty days collaborating to exterminate more unborn babies! I thought that Obama wanted to play God, killing the less desirable, as he feels. Now he is trying to convince Americans that he got a message from God. I am thinking that he must have developed a new version of the bible too We now have the Revised Standard, the Douhey-Rheims, the King James; now it will be the Obama Bible…maybe written in Ebonics for diversity. I hope that Americans are not fooled by the wolf in sheep’s clothing, and continue to fight against the culture of death.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

What It Means To Be A "Catholic Femina"

I have been asked by blogger Salvation Is An Adventure to write the following:

Catholic Femina Speaks: The Women’s role in the Catholic Church… this has been a question that I have been answering regularly for the past seven years. In college I studied Theology, I felt God calling me to learn more about the faith. I loved what I studied and I grew spiritually as a result. Even now I am asked: “you are Catholic, why did you (a woman) study theology?” Then very quickly most people follow with the question, “Do you want to be a priest?” The mass down playing of the woman’s role in the Catholic Church is magnified by the feminist movement. Men and women are equal in the Catholic Church regardless of whether or not a woman can become a priest. Men should be priests because that is God’s plan. It was not a mistake or an over sight, Jesus chose twelve men. This was not a cultural or historical difference that needs correction, because pagan churches of Jesus’ time had priestesses. Christ created the complimentary natures of male and female; He understood the best roles in the Church for each. Men are to be priests and the Church is their bride: the Church is the bride of Christ (Eph. 5:23–32). Women cannot have an ordered relationship as a priest with the Holy Mother Church. Men are to take the Church and protect her as Christ asked St. John to protect Mary while He hung from the cross. The proper role for women in the church is as an image of Mary, she stood at the foot of the cross faithfully. Swords pierced her heart as she shared in the pain that Christ endured; this true spiritual sharing with Christ is a woman’s role in the Church. Women in the gospels fearlessly pursued the truth and Christ. This is not a lesser role to men and despite feminists desire to undermine women’s role in the Catholic Church; woman are integral to the faith. The female nature has a heart open to loving unconditionally and giving selflessly. This sharing of self is unparalleled in the Blessed Mother and should be the goal of all women. Female religious can be truly espoused to Christ and give themselves freely as is ordered in the female nature. Men cannot experience this same espousal to Christ; priests represent Christ in the sacraments, but they cannot have this relationship with Him. In marriage a man and woman co-create with God a child, but it is the woman’s role to carry that child to term and feel the Creator’s hand on her as a new life begins. It is not a man’s nature and it should not be a concern that they cannot do this, because their role is vital as well. This is the same with the Catholic Church, women have an important place and this cannot be ignored or lessened by the male role. Men and Women are complimentary. Their proper ordered roles in the Catholic Church must reflect this and Jesus was not in error when He formed the Church. As a woman when I sit in Mass I feel proud of the heritage of noble Catholic women who through humility espoused themselves to Christ and took their place as His bride. I feel that the role of married and single women in the Church is just as important as they share in union with the priest through their humble ardent desire to fearlessly love and give. Women do not need to be ordained priests or claim titles in their parish because Christ gave them a position. The female role in the Church is honorable and should never be looked down on. It is not ordination that makes saints, following the Gospel plan left by Christ is the clear path. I hope that understanding the importance of women in the Body of Christ will encourage them to courageously give of their talents in ministry, as the women of scriptures, and nobly embrace their place in the Church.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Planned Parenthood Wants Contraceptives For Children

Planned Parenthood is pushing for girls under sixteen to have unlimited access to birth control with state funded child insurance. The Planned Parenthood organization is now attacking the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), because contraceptives are not supposed to be covered for children. Gregg Trude from Right to Life of Montana said: “There is a law in Montana -- it's on the books -- that girls under the age of 16 do not have to have parental involvement or consent in anything that has to do with birth control, birth, pregnancy, or abortion. It's crazy. It's crazy,” He went on to point out that children “right now are allowed to get birth control through the CHIP program in the state of Montana, if in fact a doctor writes a prescription for it.” Apparently Planned Parenthood wants unlimited access to birth control without parental consent for all children. Culture

Catholic Femina Speaks: Planned Parenthood truly must be the hands of Satan on earth. To want developing teenagers to consume drugs that has numerous adverse affects on the body, and promotes promiscuity. Planned Parenthood is at the fore front of the abortion industry and they have been known to protect child molesters. I am concerned about the safety of a girl of twelve or so who is seeking out contraceptives, are they for herself or protection from a family member who is threatening. Planned Parenthood doesn’t care and if the girl does become pregnant they will hide the evidence from the authorities; perform an abortion and put the child in the same situation again.

Lockerbie Bomber Realesed: "Humanitarian Effort?"

The December 21, 1988 terrorist attack on Pan Am Flight 103 over the skies of Lokerbie, Scotland where Abdel Baset Al-Megrahi massacred 270 people is now a thing of the past. Megrahi has been released to return as a hero to his home country of Libya. He has spent 21 years in a Scotland prison for the crimes he committed. Megrahi was the only man convicted for the massacre, of this flight headed to J.F.K. Airport in New York. Frank Lautenberg Democrat, from New Jersey, said in a statement. “Releasing Mr. Al-Megrahi also sends the wrong message about the consequences of international terrorism and increases the threat of terror in the United States.” Megrahi was said to be serving a life sentence for the horrific massacre, but after only 21 years he is free as a “Humanitarian effort” because he is dying of prostate cancer. NBC

Catholic Femina Speaks: In 1988 I was only six years old when my father’s cousin died, from what doctors called internal bruising resulting from his massive fall, in Pan Am Flight 103. Planning to spend a quiet Christmas alone with her son Michael in mourning, my great-Aunt Margaret, a middle-aged Florida elementary school teacher, had not expected what was to come. She and her living son were treated like criminals by the American government and the loss of her son was over looked. The suit-case bomb was at the fore-front of Americans’ minds and the pain of this experience was merely a side-note, the family was investigate unmercifully for the crime against humanity. It was only after Margaret Stoweand her son Michael passed away that the Libyan Government paid millions of dollars in restitution for the crimes of their citizen. Even this year the families of the victims received an additional $2 million dollars apiece. These numbers are astounding and are the source for this criminal against humanity's is release, called a “Humanitarian effort.” The families of victims have been given ample money from the Libya and the Scottish Government has not exposed any funds given to push his release… but I am certain that this bombing plot was not a single person’s effort and I believe the Libyan government is worried about any leeks from Megrahi and has worked tirelessly to have him released. This dangerous killer will be sent home to hailed as a hero during the Ramadan calbration, for massacring Christians who were returning home to celebrate the birth of Christ. No ammount of money should free this man from serving the life sentence he deserved, and I am sorry to see the world free a "Criminal Against Humanity" as a "humanitarian effort." This is just insane!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Japanese Benefit Most From Cash-For-Clunkers

Under the cash-for-clunkers scheme, modeled on similar incentives in Europe, buyers who trade in old vehicles for those with lower fuel consumption receive a rebate of $3,500 or $4,500, depending on the fuel consumption of the replacement vehicle.” This was the brain child of the Obama administration to copy Europe to aid the American Auto Industry, but we are helping Japan instead. Americans are purchasing more Japanese vehicles than American made. “Toyota has an 18.9 per cent share of vehicles bought so far, putting it ahead of General Motors with 17.6 per cent and Ford with 15.4 per cent. Chrysler is in fifth place, after Honda… in contrast to the beginning of the year GM had a 19.6 per cent share of the overall US light-vehicle market in the first seven months of this year, compared with Toyota’s 16.3 per cent.” It would seem that the $2 Billion dollars that was supposed to help Americans is really an incentive for Japanese car manufacturers. FT
Catholic Femina Speaks: So the government is trying to help the American car industry by giving lots of money to the Japanese car companies. I think of it like a coach in a football game allowing players to play for the opponent. That coach is not likely to win, and he is very likely to advance his opponent farther beyond what he could have obtained without the help. This is not an effective way to bail-out anyone. The second question is who will be paying back this money to help boost Japanese car sales? If you answered: “me,” you were right. The American people will be paying back all the money that our government is spending through taxes. So before you take a cash for clunkers deal remember you will be paying for that incentive for a long time; it is not a car manufacturer rebate. C. F. C. is a plan to help large car companies immediately, but will hurt Americans later.

Voodoo In the White House?

President Barack Obama has threatened to turn his mother-in-law out of the White House, and not because of her end of life cost to health care! According to the recent rumors 72-year-old Marian Robinson is practicing voodoo in the White House. Robinson began practicing Sanateria, an African Spirit cult, during her husband’s illness Robinson in the 1980s and did not stop after his death. Rumor has it that Obama is furious that his mother-in-law is practicing the occult in his home and has threatened to send her back to Chicago. Atkinson's Advice

Catholic Femina Speaks:This is a rumor going around and I could not pass this up, 'voodoo?' I have to take a moment here because I hardly ever see eye to eye with the president… but I do agree that I would not have anyone practicing voodoo around my kids!

American Life League On: Obama Care

Red Flag: Obama Health Care Growing Worse!

Is Obama waving white flag to blind the American people? In a surprising move on Sunday President Barack Obama claimed to be removing “the public option” from the health care plan. Instead the new proposal by Senator Kent Conrad, D-N.D., consumer-owned nonprofit cooperatives would sell insurance in competition with the private industry, not unlike the way electric and agriculture co-ops operate. The government will give these co-ops federal money to start-up of $3-$4 billion dollars, but the companies will be independently managed outside the government. Taking the “public option” out of the healthcare plan is not a major change according to Obama. "All I'm saying is, though, that the public option, whether we have it or we don't have it, is not the entirety of health care reform," Obama said at a town hall meeting in Grand Junction, Colorado; "This is just one sliver of it, one aspect of it." Yahoo News

Catholic Femina Speaks: Obama has been trying to stop grass roots movements, he has been trying to prevent people from exposing the death panel, and he has been attempting to cover up the rationing of care. All of these efforts have been foiled by the American people. A new day of the media has arrived; American citizens read the proposals before them. They don’t blindly sit by and listen to the liberal news broadcasters interpretations. Americans want to preserve their rights and are prepared to stand up for them in an Obama town hall meeting or on facebook. Obama calls removing the ‘public option’ only a ‘sliver of it;’ this is not a white flag for Americans, this is a red flag. After all the controversy over this bill the president is not conceding. He has found another way to move his agenda forward. Forming insurance co-ops with federal funding is not a means to help Americans have other options; it is an effort to put private health insurance out of business. As I wrote before; in the past health care plan Obama was not forcing anyone to take public health care, he was making it extremely difficult if not impossible to get health care else where. In this new plan only the co-ops that keep with government principles will receive the funding; pro-abortion, pro-contraceptive, and pro-euthanasia companies that work as an extension of the government. Obama can keep his nose clean by saying that there is no ‘public option,’ but in reality he has not changed the out come at all. Health care will be provided through government approved co-ops and government funding will be used to make these plans inexpensive. As history shows when the government gives funds they have control of care. Judie Brown, American Life League, said “I do not want a government who has killed 500,000 babies to have a role in my health care, and especially my end of life decisions.” I hope that Americans will see that this plan is different means to the same end. They can stand their ground and continue to fight for the Culture of Life!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Marriage at the Heart of the Vocations Crisis

In Phoenix, Arizona during the 127th annual Knights of Columbus convention, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York pointed out four major problems with the church in America. “The four being the vocation to marriage, the state of Catholic parishes and schools, the great number of lapsed Catholics, and finally the difficulties in a culture desperate to keep the Church and morals out of the public square.” After a few moments the Archbishop pointed out that the well-spring of these problems is the vocations crisis… “We have a vocation crisis to life-long, life-giving, loving, faithful marriage. If we take care of that one, we’ll have all the priests and nuns we need for the church,” Archbishop Dolan said. Pope Benedict XVI has declared this the year of vocations and has focused this dedication on the priesthood. The Archbishop Dolan has redirected this year of prayers to the vocation of marriage. He has told the faithful that if we have good Catholic marriages vocations will be the fruit. So he is trying to use the year of priests as a focus on why we are having a shortage; and heal the root of the problem. “Only 50% of our Catholic young people are getting married,” the Archbishop said. We need to pray for all vocations so that Catholic marriage can begin producing religious again. CNA

Catholic Femina Speaks: the term “Vocations” is a very misunderstood term. Most of the time people only understand this exclusively as a “religious vocation;” while in reality it is anything that a person does for the glory of God. Every person should pursue a vocation, but most only seek a career. A career as a means of personal stability on earth, and they are not living out a vocation for the glory of God. Marriage needs to be understood as a vocation, just as every other life goal. This will begin the healing process of Catholic families. The call to a vocation should be the first driving factor and parents need to help their children learn how to listen for God so that their vocation is not drowned out by the world. “Religious vocations” are a means to glorify God, but so are the married life, single life, and careers. So we as Catholics must take the Archbishop’s suggestion and heal the base for vocations the married life so that all other vocations can flourish.

53 Year-Old to Try Out For Catholic College Basketball Team

Chris Spina, a 53 year old, realtor of Bonita Springs, Florida was 300 pounds a little over eight months ago. He told his friends and family that he would loose nearly 100 lbs. in hopes of playing college NAIA basketball at Ave Maria University. Spina works out for 3-4 hours daily and has hired a hall of fame caliber basket ball coach to hone in his skills. “I fully intend to make that team and get on the court and play,” Spina said. AMU coach Jamon Copeland coach has informed Spina that he would have a fair try out just as any other student. “Age doesn’t have anything to do with it,” Copeland said. “Ability is what I’m looking for. If there’s someone that can help us, we’ll take them, but I’m not going to take somebody just to take them.” Spina’s dream of playing college ball will be determined by his performance at the try-outs; on an early fall date yet to be announced. Naples News

Friday, August 14, 2009

Catholic University Promotes Planned Parenthood

After the Belmont Abbey incident, I was saddened to see another Catholic University in the headlines… but this time it is the attacker not the attackee. Gonzaga University is not expressing the Catholic faith. Their mission as a Catholic institute is to: “affirm the heritage which has developed through two thousand years of Christian living, theological reflection, and authentic interpretation. And as Jesuit, we are inspired by the vision of Christ at work in the world, transforming it by His love, and calling men and women to work with Him in loving service of the human community.” This is a beautiful Catholic mission lost long ago, now Gonzaga University is a spokes person for Planned Parenthood. Susie Prusch is Gonzaga's Manager of University Events and is a contact for questions in regard to commencement and major university functions. A gentleman, Stan W. Bill, emailed Prusch about a Lifesites News article. In response Prusch wrote in reply:

"Anyone who supports Sarah Palin is an A## hole. A dumb A## hole. Planned Parenthood is a great organization which does a great job of helping many women who need medical treatment, help, and advice, and support throughout their pregnancy.”
Jill Stanek

Catholic Femina Speaks: We now know that Gonzaga should be added to the list of fraudulent Catholic Colleges, with Notre Dame. To keep the Catholic faith in daily life is an essential aspect to a Catholic University. Defending an organization that provides abortion and hurts women is wrong. Prusch even says P.P. “does a great job!” Maybe if you are in favor of killing unborn babies, but her assumption is that the organization aids women through pregnancy. She has either buried her head in the sand or is truly lost; because defending the nation’s leading Death Machine is not the role of a Catholic. Abortion is the only sin listed for excommunication, so I wonder what happens to a Catholic University that promotes it, can the Pope stripe their title. Or does the response have to come from Catholics who stop supporting the University. I hope that Gonzaga University will dismiss this employee and get on track to return their very lost University to the faith.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pope Calls Parents to Educate Children

The World Conference for Families began in Amsterdam today, under the theme, “Modern Families: Traditional Values.” In his augural address, the under secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Bishop Carlos Simon Vasquez, said only the family “can guarantee an authentic education in values.” The conference encouraged families to take active roles in education and ensure fundamental morals were at the core of their children’s education. The bishop read passages from Pope Benedict XVI’s recent encyclical “Caritas in Veritate,” underscoring that only the family “can guarantee an authentic education in human values, because it ensures altruism and temporal continuity, which are essential in education.” Then Bishop Vasquez added “Only the vocation to paternity and maternity can transmit a responsible education in responsible procreation, which brings with it the necessary union between personal and social ethics through a harmonious existence that only the family can offer.”CNA World Net

Catholic Femina Speaks: After hearing these words from Bishop Vasquez and the Holy Father I examined a recent release from the Home School Legal Defense League. They reveal that Home Education only costs 5% of the total cost of public education, and that home schooled students score on average 40 points above public school students in standardized tests. Home Schooled Students comprise 4% of the total students educated at present and the number grows by 7% annually. So the Catholic Church is calling parents to be “the first educators of their children;” and home schooling is a viable option. For many Catholics home schooling is the only option. With the homosexual agenda of the elementary education in Massachusetts to the Stem-Cell Research plan in California Catholics cannot sit by and watch the state steal their children’s souls. I know that for many families parochial schools are too expensive and are not a viable option. Home education is an answer to the Pope’s call to educate. It protects children from the Culture of Death in the Obama Administration education centers, and does not destroy the child’s ordered view of family. Parents cannot blindly claim they do not know what their children are exposed to in school; the Holy Father has reminded us of parental accountability. I hope that the public schools will change, but I will not be fooled into allowing them to indoctrinate my children.

Fessio to Attend Ratzinger Schulerkreis

Pope Benedict XVI is to hold his annual Ratzinger School Circle. Former students of his gather with him to discuss relevant topics and this year's theme is the "Mission of the Church." The members attending the group are the Pope's former students from the theology departments of Tubingen and Ratisbona. Included in the invitees Cardinal Cristoph Schonborn of Vienna, who was also one of the editors of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and from the United States Fr. Joseph Fessio of Ignatius Press; the former Theologian in Residence at Ave Maria University. CNA

Sex Bus To Educate UK Teens Without Parents

A team of youth is staffing a bus to help educate younger youth about sex and test for Sexually Transmitted Diseases. The bus is supposed to be for youth over thirteen, but no proof of age is required to get on the “Sex Bus.” The U.K. bus running under the ‘Summer of Love’ plan and boasts the slogan: “R U Sure Ur Really Ready.” The bus will be parked outside an amusement arcade on Bournemouth promenade every Friday evening during the summer holidays. Tim Fewell, head of youth service at Bournemouth council, said: “This is very much focused on the idea of encouraging young people to delay sexual activity until they are ready.” Many parents are disturbed by the buss and think distributing condoms and giving them an STD screening is not the most effective method to promote good decisions. Telegraph UK

Catholic Femina Speaks: So now a thirteen year old can climb on a bus without his or her parents’ consent and be checked for STDs? There is no proof of age required so younger kids can go on the bus to receive the informative sex information from ‘peers’ and receive a free condom. The idea is to encourage kids to wait until they are ready? This is the broadest statement that can be put on kids. They are kids and they don’t know when they are ‘ready’ but regardless of the supposed attempt to delay sexual activity the bus arms to youngsters with contraceptives. I know that this is far from a Chastity scheme and it sounds more like a means to help teens hide their sexual activity from their parents. This bus normalizes casual sex for teens and gives them a false representation of the proper place for intimacy. As a parent I would not want my children to see the ‘Sex Bus and I would be furious about a group that believes it is their duty to educate teens and children about sex without the knowledge of their parents. I know that this plan will not lower teen pregnancy. Educating a younger generation on contraceptives has been a failed plan in other nations and it is sad to see the U.K. take this road.

Florida Prevents Muslim Honor Killing

When you are watching this, the Islamic lawyers are covering this story up, but this girl truly believes her parents are going to murder her. The Christian faith cannot be tolerated in the Muslim family and they want to show Allah they love him more than their daughter by killing her. She is now in protective custody and I hope that the state continues to defend her freedom of religion.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Maciel Scandal Should Change Regnum & Legion

Three More Children of Marcial Maciel Claim Inheritance Rights

Mexican lawyer José Bonilla Sada has made it known that three [additional] children, born in Mexico, will contest the Legionaries of Christ [claiming] that they should recognize their existence and their rights as heirs to the goods of the religious order's founder. The litigant, who has as his assistant one Joaquín Aguilar — a victim of sexual abuse committed by ex-priest Nicholas Aguilar — said that he is confident that there is sufficient proof to demonstrate that even the late Pope John Paul II, along with the Legion, knew of the existence of Maciel's three other children, now adults, who were legally recognized by their father but whose names will be kept confidential. Some months ago, the order founded by the late priest, [who was] accused of sexual abuse against minors, admitted the existence of one of his daughters. Her name, according to Bonilla's account on his blog, is Norma Hilda. She lives in Madrid, Spain, where, along with her mother of the same name, she obtained a non-work related residence visa. Originally from Guerrero [Mexico], she is approximately 23 years old and maintains a comfortable lifestyle level, such that she does not have to work; she lives in a luxury apartment building and also has other income [rents] from the same building in which she lives. They were acquired by Marcial Maciel with money from benefactors of the congregation. It was precisely because of this blog that the late priest's three children contacted José Bonilla to represent them; after which they furnished him with a series of documents that verify their relationship to Maciel: photographs showing that they had met with John Paul II, all kinds of letters, and recordings of high-level leaders in the Legion of Christ discussing this issue. The litigant maintains that the calligraphic [i.e., handwriting] evidence is sufficient to demonstrate that the letters were written byMaciel's own hand, and that his children can be subjected to DNA testing to demonstrate their blood relationship [with him]. At present, the lawyer is studying [the evidence] and composing a civil law suit, in which it would be determined that his clients have inheritance rights, although he admits that before coming to that point he hopes to reach a settlement with the Legion of Christ. "I suppose," said Bonilla, "that he [Maciel] did leave them money. Our team is working on this, and some informants have have told us that it is a significant amount. One must remember that the Legion surrounded and was for [i.e. at the disposal of] the founder; practically speaking, everything was his. He indicated that the deceased [priest's] children seek their existence be acknowledged and, eventually, they are contemplating making known [publicly] the life they had at their father's side, in the sense of how it developed, which is to say, what he counseled them, what he taught them, and that they have rights of inheritance. Developing . . .

Translated By Patrick Madrid (great blog!)

Catholic Femina Speaks: I appreciate the effort of the Legionaries and Regnum Christi to evangelize. I know that can be over whelming for many Catholics, who do not understand their avid recruiting. I think of them as the “Catholic Jehovah Witnesses.” Many are not sure really what they are promoting and do not fully understand the mission of the Legion. With the Celebration of Founder Maciel’s birthday being greater than the celebration of the Birth or Resurrection of Christ it does lead to some speculation. I know that many of the people involved with the Legionaries and Regnum Christi have the best of intentions, to spread the faith and give whole hearted. I was always weary of their approach to vocations and the confusion they pressed upon young youth to make commitments that they were not ready for. I have met many people who have had terrible repercussions after making promises and coming to learn that they did not have a vocation. Much of the hallowed respect for “the Founder,” as he was revered, was removed from literature recently. I feel the movement wants to defend their Founder, but this is not the issue at hand. Restructuring the movement to reflect the Holy Father rather than Maciel would be a good movement. I never liked the Legion and Regnum Christi’s cover-up theory (members of the movement are not supposed to accuse anyone of a crime, true or not) I believe this was a result of Maciel’s crimes and I hope that the movement will turn away from him and move toward a good future.

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EEOC Discriminating Against Catholic Colleges

Belmont Abbey was providing insurance that included abortion and contraceptives? I was appalled; this is not a minor mistake or an over sight. These are first issues that Catholics address when purchasing health care. The statement from Belmont Abbey is: “As a Roman Catholic institution, Belmont Abbey College is not able to and will not offer nor subsidize medical services that contradict the clear teaching of the Catholic Church,” Belmont Abbey president William Thierfelder said and “There was no other course of action possible if we were to operate in fidelity to our mission and to our identity as a Catholic college.” So now the college has stopped offering these pro-choice products as health care and they are getting into trouble. President Obama vowed during his campaign that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was going to seek out Christian colleges and make them follow EEOC practices. Obama threatened that he was going to “crack-down” on higher education and now the “crack-down” has begun. I understand that the Catholic schools benefit from federal funds by means of grants, federal-subsidized loans and federal financial aid, but we cannot put a price on morality. Pope Benedict XVI is calling for Catholic education and is promoting true Catholic colleges. The EEOC wants to help ‘woman’s rights’ and force a school to overlook their mission. Clearly the EEOC is discriminating against Christians trying to force them to uphold practices contrary to their faith. If the Catholic colleges are being black-mailed into providing abortions for federal funding they are not truly Catholic. This Obama “crack-down” will sort the truly catholic colleges from those who only pretend to be Catholic. Life News
Catholic Femina Speaks: Since providing health care coverage is so important why not look into Catholic Health care? Verus Health LLC is offering “Authentic Health Insurance for the Culture of Life.” In their website they quote the Catechism on each major health care dilemma. The motto is from an American bishop who wrote: “A lot of health insurance plans cover things that are not about health. Abortion, sterilization, assisted suicide... None of that is about health or life, and paying for those things is not really health insurance. This is authentic health insurance.” When providing insurance employers need to seek out companies that promote the culture of Life and support them buy purchasing services from them. Furthermore if Catholics support companies that uphold the church teachings these companies will grow and non-health care will diminish. Don’t just promote the culture of life, support it.

Other Christian College Fears

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hearing the Confessions of Shopaholics

Concerned about spending too much during your next shopping trip? Why not pair shopping with a trip to confession. The Diocese of Colorado Springs, Colorado has a new take on evangelization. In a chapel funded by the Capuchins, Knights of Columbus, and the Diocese of Colorado Springs; Mass is now daily available in a shopping mall. In the upper level of the Citadel Mall in Colorado Springs nestled between Dillard’s and the Burlington Coat Factory is the Catholic Center where there is Mass and Confession is heard. Recent studies have shown that confessions are down; so this diocese is actively promoting confession for the people. Supported by five Capuchins, the Catholic Center offers people the chance to go to Church inside their comfort zone. “Some people are hesitant to stop into an organized church, but the Catholic Center offers a 'no strings attached' approach,” said Msgr. Robert E. Jaeger, vicar general of the diocese of Colorado Springs. The Center offers Mass twice each day and confession from 9:00am- 10:00pm the same hours of the mall. This Chapel for the shopper has had 72,000 people attend the 6:00pm mass and 16,000 attending the 12:10pm mass since opening in 2001. So if you are looking to go back to school on a good note new shirt and a clean soul are available at the Citadel Mall. CNS

Catholic Femina Speaks: Bringing goodness to weakness? Or is this like when Christ said do not make of my Father's House a market place. I think that Jesus hit people with reeds and over turned the money changers' tables at this point. These Capuchins have made the Father's house in the market and have not busted any ATM Machines. Maybe that makes the difference. I am glad to hear so many people are going to mass and using this as a way to return to the faith. I know that this is a good excuse to go to the mall, I'm going to confession. Can't argue with that one, but the question is can you go make it there without being tempted on the way in. I hope that this will bring many people back to Mass and the sacraments.

Craig's List Ads To End Grass Roots Movements

So Obama care is now hiring people to stop Grass Roots Organizations. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. This is a Craig's list ad paying individuals $9-16 hourly to stop the Grass Roots initiative. First it was an email address and now it is a hunt. I am very concerned about the freedoms of our country disappearing completely.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Bible Class In Texas Public Schools

A new class to be offered in Texas public schools, the class is going to be a look into the Bible. Texas has been preparing to offer a Bible class since 2007. The School board wanted to be sure that the teachers were prepared to teach the class and had the proper tools to offer it before initiating the mandate to offer a Bible class. Over 2008 the Texas Department of Education took the Legislators’ 2007 mandate, which ensures that a class on the Bible's impact on history and literature of Western civilization would be taught in an "objective, academic manner that neither promotes nor disparages religion," and not "from a particular sectarian point of view." The class is to give students an overview from a purely educational standpoint leaving out any particular religion. News-Journal
Catholic Femina Speaks: A public school class on the Bible, hmmm. This just sends up red flags for me. The Bible is the word of God, and it has to be represented as such. Taking religion away from the Bible is like taking Christ out of Christmas; you are left with the shell of something that once was good and is now a perversion of secularism. A class taught on the Bible will only be as true as the individual teacher’s representation. Furthermore giving parameters on teaching ties the hands of the teacher and degrades the Bible to merely literature. I foresee that this class will rob faith rather than spread it. Stripping reverence and honor due to the Word of God cannot bring good.

Premature Baby Declared Dead, Wakes Up

It is sad that this family was treated so poorly when their baby needed care

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Natural Baby Sex Selection: Ethical?

A new company, Choice Baby, has promised consumers that it has uncovered the secret to infant sex selection. The plan is backed by a 100% money back guarantee the Choice Baby has a 98.7% success rate. The process is not like the recent attempts for sex selection that required fertilization of an egg outside of the mother’s womb. Past methods of sex selection have involved In Vitro Fertilization and other processes contrary to the Catholic Church teachings. There are no invasive processes to the Choice Baby plan, the act of pro-creation is all-natural. Jenifer Chin a leading sales manager said:

“At Choice Baby, a conception chart is prepared based on the analysis of
data like blood type, date of birth and other personal information. The gender
chart will show the favorable days to attempt conception. All information given
by the couple is sent to a laboratory in France and within 12 working days the
chart is ready.” Asia One Health

Catholic Femina Speaks: So we can now decide if we want a boy or a girl, with reasonable certainty. Is this morally right? I would say that this depends on the person. If a couple uses the Choice Baby Chart and tries to conceive a boy, and they find out that the plan was wrong. How the couple responds to this mistake answers the moral question. If they decide that they will abort the baby because they are having a girl rather than a boy. This is wrong. If they are open to all life and will carry the baby to term boy or girl it is acceptable. Being open to all life and hoping to conceive a child of a particular sex is not a sin, most parents hope for a girl or boy. We have to leave room for God and in the Choice Baby plan 98.7% is not a hundred percent. This is a lot like the Natural Family Planning Model that is 99% accurate, and still open to life.