It’s nearly impossible not to see the funny side of much of Jason’s talk. Easy to see why teenagers would thoroughly enjoy his lectures. Still, certain “givens” cause concern; should Catholics be accepting of, for example, “dating” in High School? That’s just one of many reservations which I have about the above speaker but, hey, I can be something of a prude compared to what most people think is normal and harmless these days. And Jason is very likeable – we have to give him that. Students will love him. No question about it.
A teacher friend responded to my concerns by emailing: I stand by the Jason Evert material because he gets through to the pupils in their idiom while remaining faithful to Christ. His personal struggle with lust and his conversion are a good example to them.
I tend to think that clear teaching about Original Sin, which has caused us to have a particular weakness or inclination to commit sexual sin, ought to cancel the need for explicit personal examples, but, as I say, I may be out on a limb with this one.
So, let’s have YOUR opinion, as parents, teachers, or simply Joe & Josephine Bloggs. Key question: would you be happy if your children – early teenagers or university students – were present at this kind of talk/lesson?
Remember this? Anti-Catholic Culture Reigns In Scotland – the press release from the Scottish Catholic Media Office which featured on our blog back in June, 2017 claiming that “a culture of fear prevents people from being open about their [Catholic] faith in Scotland”? Anthony Horan, Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office, that is he is speaking on behalf of the Scottish Bishops, “highlighted testimonies from a number of young people who had experienced anti-Catholic prejudice in their school…” Clickhere to refresh your memory…
Then clickhere to remind yourselves that a few months later, in November, 2017, we discussed more complaints from the Scottish Bishops about “hate crime” against Catholics…
So, try to get your head round this news, fresh off the printing press this very week…
EDINBURGH, Scotland, March 26, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― The Catholic Church in Scotland has rejected proposals for new anti-hate laws despite Catholics being disproportionately singled out for attack…The director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office, Anthony Horan, said that the current law against hate crime is adequate. “We do not believe there is a need for sectarianism to be specifically addressed and defined in hate crime legislation,” he said. And then this jewel: “Christian communities in Scotland enjoy a positive ecumenical relationship and we are concerned that government is proposing unnecessary legislation that undermines the development of community relations between them,” he said. Astonishingly, too, it seems the Bishops of Scotland do not wish to “risk becoming an intolerant, illiberal society.” Click here to read the entire article Scottish bishops reject proposed hate crime laws, fear criminalization of religion
The penny has still not dropped. Catholicism is not “tolerant” of error, heresy and sin, and it is definitely not “liberal”: the way to life is narrow… (Matthew 7:14)
Don’t misunderstand: we, at Catholic Truth, are not in favour of the concept of “hate crime” (we hate it!) but our rationale differs somewhat from that of the Scottish Bishops, it would seem. We are clear: we must be free to preach Christ, undiluted. And that entails appearing to be intolerant and illiberal in the sense understood by our unbelieving world. The Bishops appear to be backing away from their previous claims about anti-Catholic prejudice, in the interests of not annoying their ecumenical partners and appearing to be “liberal” and “tolerant” (of sin, error, heresy, you name it). Given their previous statements on the subject, however, the question remains: IS Scotland an anti-Catholic country… or not? And if the answer is “yes”, we’d like to know exactly what the Bishops intend to do about it… What can they do? Ideas welcome….
The third LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pilgrimage to Rome ended yesterday, Sunday, 10 March 2019. On Ash Wednesday, the 16 pilgrims, including parents and family members, alongside LGBT_ Catholics with Pilgrimage Chaplain, Fr David Stewart SJ, attended the morning General Audience with Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square. At the end of the Audience the group was invited to meet Pope Francis.
The Pilgrimage Leader, Martin Pendergast, a member of the LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council, introduced the group to the Holy Father, explaining that they formed part of the LGBT+ pastoral ministry outreach of Westminster Diocese. Each pilgrim received a gift of a rosary from Pope Francis who shook hands with the group’s members.
Later, on Ash Wednesday afternoon, the group was able to take part in Pope Francis’ Mass and Imposition of Ashes in the Church of Santa Sabina. In the evening they was warmly welcomed at an Ecumenical Liturgy of the Word & Blessing of Ashes with English-speaking Anglicans, Catholics and Methodists, in the Church of St Ignatius.
The programme included a conversation with Rome-based journalists, Christopher Lamb (The Tablet) and Robert Mickens (La Croix International) giving their perspectives on Pope Francis’ Church reform strategy, not least following the recent Vatican Sexual Abuse Summit. They were also addressed by the American moral theologian, Professor James Keenan SJ, on the Pope’s response to the 2014/2015 Synods on Marriage & Family. He focused on Pope Francis’ key-principles of ‘accompaniment’ and ‘moral discernment’ as vital considerations in addressing LGBT concerns.
The group celebrated Mass in the room where St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, died; and also in the Titular Church of Cardinal Vincent Nichols – The Most Holy Redeemer & St. Alphonsus. Cardinal Nichols’ Pilgrimage Morning Prayer, remembering victims of homophobia and transphobia was said in the St.Bartholomew-on-the-Tiber Church, which commemorates martyrs of our own times and is run by the San Egidio Community. Source – Independent Catholic News
As our blogger, Westminster Fly, who sent me this news wrote: “The Westminster LGBT brigade are untouchable now…” And he threw in an additional short report for good measure. Click hereto read it.
Photographed below, Pope Francis greets the LGBT+ chaplain, Fr David Stewart SJ.
I’m speechless – what about you? Do you agree that these militant homosexuals are “untouchable” now that they have the Pope’s full, undisguised support and “the visuals” to prove it? And ask yourself what the plus (+) sign means in LGBT+ – It might be that, as we reported in the current newsletter, March, 2019, just as the early homosexual rights group in Scotland (Scottish Minorities Group) promoted the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), so the contemporary LGBT movement is still supporting if not actively promoting, paedophile rights. Is there a detective in the house who might contact Stonewall to ask them? Click on the image of the Catholic Truth Private Eye below to find contact details for Stonewall… After all, we don’t want to imply anything untoward, so we really ought to check up on the meaning of that plus sign in LGBT+
Britain is a global leader in assisted reproduction. Four decades ago, it was a British team that pioneered in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment, resulting in the birth of the world’s first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, in July 1978.
Some six million births worldwide later, we continue to be at the forefront of reproductive science. Source – Mail Online
The Mail Online report goes on to bemoan the fact that this supposed great “new knowledge” can be “harnessed for negative purposes” – citing the scandal of UK doctors caught by undercover reporters illegally providing gender selection.
However, what’s the bet that what the Mail Online today thinks is “negative” and is rightly illegal, tomorrow will be advertised as a wonderful advancement which must be allowed in law?
After all, if couples are permitted to design their own babies in a test-tube, why not allow them to go the whole hog and choose a boy or a girl … or even a “they” from among the 72 or so genders now on offer…
Gimme strength; that’s my opinion! What’s yours? And what about your priest? Bishop? They need to preach against this sort of attack on the natural order, to inform Catholics who are as ignorant about the (im)morality of these contemporary scientific “advancements” as everyone else.
For the record, here is Catholic teaching in a short video presentation…
Share your tips on how to pray the Rosary well. And any stories you wish to share about the power of the Rosary are most welcome!
Let’s remember, too, to pray for the repose of the soul of Father Nicholas Gruner, in this month of the Rosary. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
Our blogger, Elizabeth posted the following request a short while ago…
Just wondering if we could perhaps start another topic on what our bloggers are reading at the moment? Spiritual reading that is. I could start off by saying that I am loving Cardinal Sarah’s book on Silence. It is beautifully written, perceptive, and does bring home the need for quiet in this clamorous world of ours.
So… share with us the answer to Elizabeth’s question: what are you reading at the present time? Or maybe you think things are so bad in the Church right now, that we must all be busy ‘about our Father’s business?’ Let’s hear it…