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Spiritual Warfare and the Culture of Death

 

By Jerry Todd, staff writer

What is the Culture of Death? One could say it is the opposite of the Culture of Life, best explained in the teachings of the Catholic Church – if not the actions of its members. The writings of Cardinal Raymond Burke are particularly revealing: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=943 The Cardinal also gives a history of the development of one half of today’s Culture of Death.

Why would anyone want to participate in a death culture? For the first group of eager devotees described by the Bishop—the nation’s progressives–it is the human tendency to rebel against moral authority while demanding the right to exercise one’s feelings and urges regardless of their effect on themselves or others. The mob is always there to justify this urge.

The other half of the Culture of Death is wrapped up in the goals of radical Islam. Opposite of the license demanded by the “progressive,” the absolute, rigid discipline of Islam–a theocratic government/religion – draws mainly young men pursuing a mission that even seeks death with the expectation of an eternal reward for killing the innocent. Today, the Land of the Free is the primary source of funding, weapons and exhortation from a corrupt Administration bent on making the USA a Muslim country.

Both “progressivism” and jihad visualize a one world government with a drastic reduction in world population realized by any means necessary. Should either succeed, the blood bath against the loser would not be unlike Hitler’s “Night of the Long Knives” when he eliminated his inconvenient followers.

From conception to death, “Progressivism” has no regard for the sanctity of human life. As the other half of this Culture of Death, radical Islam represents the ultimate expression of “church and state” gone mad. It self-authorizes by means of fatwah the murder of any who disagree with the “prophet,” regardless of religious faith or lack – even fellow Muslims, who expect an eternal reward for martyring themselves “for Allah.”

Sanctity and eternal reward are arenas of spiritual warfare – the bloodiest kind as history has proven time and again. Call it “spiritual warfare in the political arena” if it makes you feel better. After all, that’s the only way it’s reported – politically.

Read the rest of Jerry’s article at:  http://www.webcommentary.com/php/ShowArticle.php?id=toddgv&date=140920

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Catholic bishops prefer the collection of money to the teaching of religion

 

by Suzanne Eovaldi

Don’t expect to see any breakout sessions on the bumper sticker “You Can’t Be Both Catholic and Pro-Choice” at the meeting this week of the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops in Baltimore.  And you probably won’t be allowed to take part in any discussions about clarity from the bishops regarding how Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Patrick Murphy can be both Catholic and pro-abortion.

The demoted Cardinal Raymond Burke, former St. Louis archbishop, is saying the church “is like a ship without a rudder” under Pope Francis. (1) The Illinois Catholic Conference of state church leaders called abortion and related issues of far greater moral weight than immigration and poverty at this same source.  Yet if one considers what Pope Francis is asking the bishops to do, who is really listening more to the lay people? Clearly, the Pope’s recent emphasis on gaining more input from average Catholics has NOT appeared on the agenda at this week’s gathering.  Rather, changes to the liturgy, a safe, non-threatening topic has taken center stage, followed by receiving the Sacraments for people with celiac disease and directives for health care services. (2)

Though one might object to the advance review of the left leaning, AOL News online report, perhaps AOL is correct when it says: “Bishops have been asserting themselves as the sole authorities in their dioceses and as the arbiters of what would be considered authentically Catholic.” (3)  And AOL goes on to point out that U.S. bishops “have conducted an increasing amount of work behind closed doors in recent years.  THE SESSIONS THEY OPENED TO THE PUBLIC FEATURED LITTLE DEBATE.” 

As the de-briefing by political pundits winds down after the mid-term drubbing of all things Obama, just how much have the bishops heard from the people?  Difficult to understand is the total silence emanating from well-appointed, diocesan quarters about the hypocrisy of the Biden, Pelosi, Murphy crowd of Democrat politicians who like trading off of Irish Catholic, Italian Catholic, traditionally safe surnames for gleaning the Catholic vote.  Yet these politicos sustain no sanctions from bishops who are pleased to consider themselves “the arbiters of what would be considered authentically Catholic!”

The 2014 campaign in Florida’s US House of Representatives District 18 is a classic example of the silence expected from the Palm Beach Diocese in the successful candidacy of Patrick Murphy.  Quoted by  ballotpedia.org, Murphy claims to be a Catholic.  Yet later in its outstanding analysis, ballotpedia  reports that Murphy boldly favors “Abortion” calling it a woman’s unrestricted right.  The 31 year old proceeds to strongly favor same-sex marriage as he “opposes human needs over animal rights.” Huh?  The very revealing chart lists as “UNKNOWN” Murphy’s preference about “Keeping God in the public sphere.”  So from his response, we learn that Murphy says he’s Catholic, says abortion is a woman’s unrestricted right, is quite comfortable with same-sex marriage, but isn’t all that sure that God should be kept in the public sphere! (4)

This political theatre has left me in a bit of a spiritual quandary as I walk into church each week.  I had a tough time looking at a sincere parishioner’s bumper sticker about the hypocrisy of trying to be both Catholic and Pro-choice.  I had an even tougher time wondering why we heard nothing from our church leaders about such hypocrisy.  How can they remain quiet, yet still admonish us that the Right to Life trumps all other Rights?  One friend suggested that the church must remain silent lest it risk the loss of tax exemptions as a religious entity. 

But let’s look at what the bishops are really saying with their silence.  They want us to do as they say.  But they also want the government to permit them the collection of tax-free money every week. Tax free! Although abortion is anti-Catholic, tax free money is the real trump card here.

SOURCES:  (1) (3)  http://www.aol.com/article/2014/11/08/us-bishops-struggling-under-francis-  (2) http://www.usccb.org/about/leadership/usccb-general-assembly-2014-november-meeting/

(4) http://ballotpedia.org/Patrick_Murphy_(Florida)

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Franklin Graham Stands tall and says: Take your Sharia Law and go back where you came from

By Kevin “Coach” Collins

Rev. Franklin Graham does not mince words when he speaks about the threat Sharia Law presents to America. He is not concerned with the attacks he has gotten from Sharia apologists over what he sees as his duty to warn America that Sharia is antithetical to Christianity and everything for which America stands.

In a recent interview Rev. Graham advises those who would try to force Sharia on America to “Go back where you came from.”   

Expanding on his message Rev. Graham said, “We should be afraid of Sharia Law in America, and Muslims here who want to practice Sharia should go back to where they came from, to those nations that recognize Sharia law; we have our own laws here. We should be absolutely afraid of it. No question about it, because there’s no tolerance in Sharia law. It persecutes those that do not believe in Islam.”

His words stand in sharp contrast to those found in a squishy piece by Michael Gerson.  

In a Capital Commentary article Gerson, a show Republican whose desk at the Washington Post is undoubtedly near the front door, took up the side of allowing Sharia Law for those who want to live under it.  This, of course ‘sounds nice’ but liberal apologia usually does. 

Gerson argued that Catholics and Muslims should be treated equally and there should be no governmental interference with their freedom to practice their religion. He commented, “First, religious liberty is owed, not just to individuals, but to institutions. It is not enough to say that citizens have the right to believe whatever they want. They also have the right to participate in religious groups that maintain their identity and standards.”

In his obvious reference to the Equal Protection Clause, Gerson holds that Islam and Catholicism are institutions equally deserving of protection for their doctrines and practices. This is exactly the type of dangerous sophistry honest observers like Rev. Graham warns us about. The “moral equivalence” argument that holds that one way of life is “just as valid as any other” is a cowardly abrogation of the responsibilities of anyone who has a “platform” as large and high as Gerson’s.

Where Gerson fails is exactly where Rev. Graham succeeds. The former refuses to honestly talk about why thinking, non-Muslims recoil from Sharia’s savagery while the latter entertains no rhetoric in support of “religious freedom for all.” Rev. Graham knows that “religious freedom” for Muslims means death for non-Muslims.  

Thank you Rev. Graham for standing tall to protect us.   

Sources:

http://joemiller.us/2014/04/franklin-graham-muslims-who-want-to-practice-sharia-law-should-go-back-where-you-came-from/

http://thinkchristian.reframemedia.com/birth-control-catholicism-and-sharia-law 

Is “cooperation in evil” a sin if it grows out of voting for a Democrat?

by Kevin “Coach” Collins

A recent visit to a Catholic church in another state brought a reminder that somewhere around 40% of Catholics who regularly attend mass are devoted Democrat voters. The car in the next space had a bumper sticker supporting a self-described Catholic Democrat well known for supporting partial birth abortions.

The overt act of placing a sign on one’s car begs a few questions. Is it reasonable that in this era of effective mass communication a potential voter could fail to know what a politician’s positions are? Could a Catholic voter be engaged enough to want to place a sign on his/her vehicle yet have no understanding that Democrats represent a political philosophy that is diametrically opposed to the teachings of the Catholic Church? Finally what does Roman Catholic Church Canon Law say about such conduct?

A review of Canon Law reveals that it describes “formal cooperation” as “intending the evil action that another is doing.” Is it not reasonable to declare that those Catholics who vote for a candidate specifically because he/she will promote abortion have engaged in “formal cooperation” in evil?

The commentary attached to this explanation goes on to say, “This is when you deliberately, consciously, and willingly intend the evil to happen. Civil law calls it being an accessory to a crime. … There is knowledge of the evil beforehand or while it is happening, and consent to it being done. This is always sinful and immoral.”

The commentary cites these “on point” examples of such conduct: Hiring someone to commit murder and agreeing that a child should be aborted.

Canon Law 1868 reminds us that while sin is a personal act, we have a responsibility for the sins of others that have been facilitated by us. This point is established with these examples of enabling conduct leading to sin by others: participating directly and voluntarily in them as in working in or contributing to an abortion supporter’s campaign; ordering, advising, praising, or approving such a candidate; by denying the truth about an abortion supporter’s position in order to trick someone into supporting an abortion supporter who ordinarily would not do so.

In this world you may have either knowledge or repose; but you may not have both. Those who still believe it is possible to be both a good Catholic and good Democrat ought to consider this. 

Source: http://moleski.net/cac/Formal_and_Material_Cooperation_in_Evil

Catholics wake up! It’s “Good Democrat” or “Good Catholic” you can’t be both

by Kevin “Coach” Collins     

Note to my Catholic Democrat brothers and sisters:

In this world you may have either knowledge or repose; but you may not have both.

 Your Church  and your religious freedoms are under an ongoing attack  being carried out under the direct control of Barack Obama, a man many of your helped put in office. While you were taking care of yourselves and your families and trusting in the wrong people, your Democrat Party has turned on you and your Church. You must now choose which one to stand with. 

There may have been a time long ago when we could be both good Catholics and good Democrats but that alliance is now a relic of the past.

Holding on to the comfort of uninformed robotic voting followed by a smug sense of having “done your duty as a citizen” is a dangerous mistake. Catholics who have taken refuge in this position are as much enemies of our nation as Catholics who willfully work to undermine our freedoms because in fact they are achieving the same ends.

The largest potential voting bloc in American politics is the Catholic Vote. Those of us who have  watched willfully blind and/or maliciously motivated Catholics erode both our nation and our Church can now no longer merely stand by and complain. Hand wringing but doing nothing  makes us just as guilty as the empty heads and the maliciously motivated in our faith.

Those who pay attention to such things will recall that during Obama’s fake government shutdown he targeted two of his favorite enemies for special persecution: The Catholic Church and America’s Military.
One of Obama’s targets was Father Ray Leonard a Catholic Chaplin assigned to Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia.  Father Leonard was threatened with arrest if he performed mass administered Catholic Sacraments including Reconciliation and Last Rites, or even entered his church during Obama’s fake government shutdown.  Father Leonard filed a lawsuit to regain his rights and was immediately subjected to retaliation from Obama’s lawyers. They are withholding some of his pay and announced that his legally signed and executed contract is “being reviewed.” His is the only such contract “under review.” 
Obama is NOT going to march us out of our homes and shoot us; he is just going to destroy our Church if you and I let him by doing nothing.

Make your voice be heard at every opportunity. Those of you who are not Catholics keep in mind that should we lose he’s coming for your Church next. 

Source:
http://freebeacon.com/catholic-priest-target-of-retaliation-by-feds-complaint-claims/