"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
So, why is it that children of same sex couples are sometimes refused admittance to Catholic schools?
Whittling down teaching.
I've often sided with the kids on this topic - let the children have access to a catholic education no matter what the lifestyle of the parents happens to be. I mean, Bl. Laura Vicuna's mother was the mistress of a drunken abuser, and she was accepted in Catholic school.
Nevertheless, sometimes militant homosexual parents, and for some queer reason, lesbians, have a way of imposing their own agenda against the Church, and making demands that the Church get with the 21st century and become more gay friendly than it already clearly is.
Oh. What a coincidence! Here's a story about that very subject just to make my point:
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, March 16, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A self-proclaimed ‘lesbian’ whose two children attend a Catholic school near Peterborough is demanding that the Peterborough Catholic school board remove a Catechism quote dealing with homosexuality from a school pamphlet. Ann Michelle Tesluk has started an online petition to pressure the board to action and describes her activities as gearing to make the Catholic Church into an “openly gay friendly church.”The pamphlet seems to be riddled with errors, yet the passage from the Catechism is cited as “outdated and harmful”:
The pamphlet in question, however, is controversial from more than one perspective. While quoting the Catechism that the homosexual inclination is “objectively disordered”, the pamphlet also misrepresents Catholic teaching in numerous ways. The pamphlet calls on schools to highlight homosexual role models and familiarize students with terms like “LGBTQQ” and “two-spirited.” It indicates that Canada legalized same-sex “marriage” in 2005 without mentioning that the Church opposes such unions. - Read the entire article here.
“As it is right now, it is derogatory, patronizing and discriminatory, not to mention lacking in scientific evidence,” she says. “Any child who reads this will be faced, at minimum, with a negative attitude towards homosexuality,” she continues. “Isn’t this what we are trying to prevent? How can we allow any school in Ontario to teach this to our children?” - ibidMy, my, my, my, my. Keep on pushing on and they will eventually get what they want - or, if all else fails, they might consider moving to the Archdiocese of Washingtom D.C.?
Photo: Gay propaganda.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Why are Bishops reluctant... ?
"Our bishops have called on us to join them in combating Obama’s attacks on the faith and on the faithful ( not to mention everybody else). While “ religious freedom” is a principle that can quickly be distorted and dismissed as an abstraction, the doctrine of the Eucharist and the teaching of Humanae Vitae address concrete realities. Why do our bishops ignore them as we confront this diabolical offensive by the Culture of Death?" - Read the entire article here: From Under The Rubble . . .
I've changed my mind.
About new religious communities, that is. Especially the diocesan hermit and consecrated virgin type, as well as the new Benedictine monastic groups around the United States and Europe - well, pretty much all of the 'new' religious groups. I have come to believe that these groups are proof of the New Springtime John Paul II envisioned. I have come to this conclusion considering that all - or most of these groups have been founded by seasoned religious and/or priests, and approved by the diocesan Bishop. In some cases, the communities were actually called forth by the diocesan Bishop.
It's a sign.
(And strangely enough, most of them seem to favor the traditional or Extraordinary Form of Mass.)
Just a thought.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
"So, can one be a practicing Buddhist and a faithful, sacramental Catholic? You will find few traditional Catholics who would answer in the affirmative."
I knew a Carthusian who built himself a Zen garden and had himself a Zen master - a woman, no less. As far as I know, he is still a Carthusian and a Catholic. Thomas Merton was famously a student of Oriental mysticism, and although he said I want "to become as good a Buddhist as I can." - he remained a Catholic. Both of these men identified as Roman Catholic, both by religious profession and practice, yet I'm not sure it was their intention to identify themselves as distinctly Buddhist, or Buddhist Catholic.
This topic arose of course because Barbara Johnson was denied communion by Fr. Marcel Guarnizo. Fr. denied Communion because Johnson revealed to him she was a lesbian in a relationship with another woman - in so many words. Later it came to light that Johnson identified herself as a Buddhist, and in another situation, a 'student of Buddhist philosophy' - in addition to being a lesbian. Those of us who support Fr. Guarnizo's actions see this as further justification for denying Johnson Communion, although Fr. Guarnizo probably was not aware of those details.
Anyway - further discussion on the Guarnizo/Johnson Communion tussle is not my objective here. What I find interesting is the subject of BuddCaths - or Catholics who claim to be practicing Buddhists, and specifically, a quote I ran across from John Paul II on Buddhism:
The “enlightenment” experienced by Buddha comes down to the conviction that the world is bad, that it is the source of evil and of suffering for man. To liberate oneself from this evil, one must free oneself from this world, necessitating a break with the ties that join us to external reality — ties existing in our human nature, in our psyche, in our bodies. The more we are liberated from these ties, the more we become indifferent to what is in the world, and the more we are freed from suffering, from the evil that has its source in the world.
Do we draw near to God in this way? This is not mentioned in the “enlightenment” conveyed by Buddha. Buddhism is in large measure an “atheistic” system. We do not free ourselves from evil through the good which comes from God; we liberate ourselves only through detachment from the world, which is bad. The fullness of such a detachment is not union with God, but what is called Nirvana, a state of perfect indifference with regard to the world. To save oneself means, above all, to free oneself from evil by becoming indifferent to the world which is the source of evil. This is the culmination of the spiritual process. - “Crossing the Threshold of Hope,”
... Suffice it to say, on this point the pope drew a bright line between himself and many other Catholics who, essentially, argue that Vatican II completely embraced the “all religious roads lead to the top of the same holy mountain” approach to faith. - T.Matt, Get Religion.orgIs Buddhism compatible with Catholicism?
Is the nada of John of the Cross the same thing as the sunya of Zen? Not exactly. But what does the Church teach?
Catholics believe that the Church is the Body and Bride of Christ, the seed of the Kingdom of God, and the conduit of God's grace and mercy in the world. Buddhists believe that Church, or Sangha, is in the end, upaya, nothing more than the expedient means to ultimate extinction. Rather than the Beatific Vision, Buddhist teaching holds that non-existence is the only hope for escaping the pains of life.
Catholicism believes that truth, and the Author of Truth, can be known rationally (to a significant, yet limited, extent) and through divine revelation. In contrast, Buddhism denies existential reality; nothing, including the "self," can be proven to exist.
Dialogue and Danger
Romano Guardini, in his classic work The Lord, stated that Buddha would be the greatest challenge to Christ in the modern age. In an age of terrorism, such a statement may appear to be an exaggerated concern, but Buddhism offers Christianity serious and subtle challenges. Because it appears to be peaceful, non-judgmental, and inclusive, its appeal will undoubtedly continue to grow. Because it offers a spirituality that is supposedly free of doctrine and authority, it will attract hungry souls looking for fulfillment and meaning. "For this reason," the Holy Father states, "it is not inappropriate to caution those Christians who enthusiastically welcome certain ideas originating in the religious traditions of the Far East — for example, techniques and methods of meditation and ascetical practice." As he correctly observes, "In some quarters these have become fashionable, and are accepted rather uncritically."It seems to me that Buddhism may be a convenient religion in our relativistic culture. The authors cited above, noted:
Nostra Aetate, Vatican II's Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, states that "Buddhism, in its various forms, realizes the radical insufficiency of this changeable world; it teaches a way by which men, in a devout and confident spirit, may be able either to acquire the state of perfect liberation, or attain, by their own efforts or through higher help, supreme illumination." It continues to note that, "The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions" and believes that other religions, in certain ways, "often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men."
In Buddha’s final words to his disciples under the sala trees, he said, "Make of yourself a light. Rely upon yourself; do not rely upon anyone else. Make my teachings your light. Rely upon them; do not depend upon any other teaching." When the Fourth Evangelist described John the Baptist, he said, "He was not himself the light, but was to bear witness to the light" (John, 1:8). He continued by proclaiming that Christ "is the true light that enlightens every man who comes into the world" (John, 1:9). Christ, the "true light," did not teach His followers to extinguish their fires, such as is meaning of nirvana, but to illuminate the world with His love, and to reflect the light of His truth. - Catholicism and Buddhism | Anthony E. Clark and Carl E. Olson
Another key appeal of Buddhism is its non-dogmatic and seemingly open-minded character. For those who reject the dogmatic and objective claims of Christianity, or who believe that Christianity should avoid an "exclusive" or absolute approach to truth, Buddhism offers an easier alternative. In addition, some Christians find solace in believing that their faith in Christ and Buddhism are compatible. - ibidH/T to PML for the GetReligion.org link.
Monday, March 12, 2012
"He has mercy on those who fear Him, in every generation."
As most people who read this blog know, I attend Mass at my local parish church now days. The Ordinary Form is the Mass that is celebrated there, and of course the priest faces the people. During the Preface, the celebrant tripped over the word 'disordered'. I'm not sure anyone else noticed, but I looked up at that instant, and it seemed Father had a bit of an epiphany as he read, 'disordered affections'. Below is the context from Preface II:
Preface II of LentI think I know what he thought - Father has the delicate task of teaching a kinda, sorta, liberal parish about things pertaining to Catholic teaching regarding marriage and sexuality. Maybe he thought as I did, "'Disordered affections!' Yeah, see, we all have them - and it is God's will that we be freed of them - that we pray and do what is in our power through self-denial to free ourselves, and re-order our lives 'to hold rather to the things that eternally endure.'"
For you have given your children a sacred time for the renewing and purifying of their hearts, that, freed from disordered affections, they may so deal with the things of this passing world as to hold rather to the things that eternally endure.
Maybe he didn't think all of that through just like I said, and maybe I didn't say it very well, but the point is - disordered affections aren't exclusive to any particular group, and the work of Lent, indeed the work of the Christian life is to be 'freed from disordered affections... so as to hold rather to the things that eternally endure.'
Get it? I think Father did, and I definitely caught it.
Everything really is a grace, isn't it.
Art: Retablo, Our Lady of Mercy