Vatican pushes back on gender theory

It’s nice to see the Vatican pushing back at least a little bit on at least one topic.  On June 12th, in the middle of Pride month, they released “MALE AND FEMALE HE CREATED THEM” which is to serve as an aid to Catholic school teachers on how to deal with the topic of gender theory.  National Catholic Reporter did a nice writeup on the document:

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican office responsible for overseeing Catholic educational institutions around the world has blasted modern gender theory, claiming in a new document that it seeks to “annihilate the concept of ‘nature.’ ”

In an instruction released June 10 as LGBT people globally are celebrating pride month, the Congregation for Catholic Education calls the idea of people’s gender identities existing along a spectrum “nothing more than a confused concept of freedom in the realm of feelings and wants.”

Labeling the biological differences between men and women “constitutive of human identity,” the office also questions the intentions of those who identify as intersex and transgender.

“Efforts to go beyond the constitutive male-female sexual difference, such as the ideas of ‘intersex’ or ‘transgender,’ lead to a masculinity or femininity that is ambiguous,” states the document.

“This oscillation between male and female becomes, at the end of the day, only a ‘provocative’ display against so-called ‘traditional frameworks,’ ” it continues.

The document, which carries the title “Male and female he created them,” was released by the Vatican June 10 without prior announcement. Described as an aid for Catholic schoolteachers and parents, it is signed by the educational congregation’s leaders: Italians Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi and Archbishop Angelo Zani.

The educational aid does not carry Pope Francis’ signature, and the text makes no reference of the pontiff reviewing the document.

Groups that minister to LGBT Catholics immediately criticized the document. New Ways Ministry, one such group, called it a “harmful tool that will be used to oppress and harm not only transgender people, but lesbian, gay, [and] bisexual people, too.”

And further down:

The new document, which is 31 pages in length, does not speak of accompanying transgender people. It instead issues fierce warnings and criticisms of how children and young people are being educated today.

The text opens by saying that society is facing “an educational crisis, especially in the field of affectivity and sexuality.”

It then claims that cultural “disorientation” has destabilized the family as an institution, “bringing with it a tendency to cancel out the differences between men and women, presenting them instead as merely the product of historical and cultural conditioning.”

The heart of the document critiques modern society’s detachment of an individual’s concept of gender from their biological sex.

“Gender theory … speaks of a gradual process of denaturalization, that is a move away from nature and towards an absolute option for the decision of the feelings of the human subject,” it states.

“In this understanding of things, the view of both sexuality identity and the family become subject to the same ‘liquidity’ and ‘fluidity’ that characterize other aspects of post-modern culture, often founded on nothing more than a confused concept of freedom in the realm of feelings and wants, or momentary desires provoked by emotional impulses and the will of the individual,” it continues.

The text claims that genetic studies have shown that male and female embryos differ “from the very moment of conception.” In cases where a child is born with ambiguous genitalia, it says “it is medical professionals who can make a therapeutic intervention.”

“In such situations, parents cannot make an arbitrary choice on the issue, let alone society,” it recommends. “Instead, medical science should act with purely therapeutic ends, and intervene in the least invasive fashion, on the basis of objective parameters and with a view to establishing the person’s constitutive identity.”

Retelling the Genesis story of God creating humans in his image as men and women, the document calls for a reaffirming of “the metaphysical roots of sexual difference.”

Of course Pope Francis didn’t sign the document.  The document makes too much sense so why would he?

It is nice to see the biggest Christian institution push back on this.  Setting aside Catholic/non-Catholic differences, all Christians need to unite.  We are at a dangerous time in society and infighting is not going to help at all.  Western Civilization is under attack, and Christendom, being the main pillar of the West, must band together to try and take back what is ours.  We as Christians also need to be more vocal about uncomfortable topics like gender theory and transgenderism.  Staying silent to some shows complicity and approval.  It allows these ideas to slowly creep in; subtly at first but eventually growing in confidence and strength as they gain more ground.  Stand firm in what you believe.  Be vocal.  It is not an act of love to watch someone do something harmful to themselves and encourage it.  Just like it is not an act of love to encourage an alcoholic to continue drinking, it is doing the individual no favors if we encourage them to mutilate his or her body as if it was something completely normal and acceptable.  Love sometimes requires telling difficult truths to those we care about.

Let this also serve as a stark warning that what you may take for granted in what our schools are teaching our children may not line up at all with what they are actually teaching.  This was a document for Catholic schools.  There are some horrendous things going on in public schools right now that many parents would be outraged if they discovered this is what their children are being taught.  Do you really want your 10 year old daughter competing in a condom race to see how quickly they can put on a condom?  Do you think it just ends there?  What do you think a school putting these events on is teaching your children about sex education?

It sounds cliche but our children really are the future.  At such a young age their minds are the most malleable, and the values and ideas that are instilled into them now serve as a foundation for how they conduct themselves and live the rest of their lives.  If we allow our educational system to plant seeds of degeneracy and teach values contrary to Western Civilization and contra Christian values they will never learn what truth and beauty are, and never gain the crucial faculties to combat the evil that they will be bombarded with every step of the way.

A great conversation between JT and JLP

Jared Taylor and Jesse Lee Peterson had a great conversation recently on Renaissance Radio.  It seems to be one of the very few podcasts from RR not on YouTube…I can’t image why…but it can be found in its entirety here.  But a small snippet is included below.  It is refreshing to hear two Christians, one white and one African-American, have a frank discussion on difficult topics that are essentially verboten today.  I don’t necessarily agree with either one entirely on every take, but one they both agree on and that I think all of us can agree on is that government subsistence to African-Americans has done them zero favors.  They went from physical enslavement to a mental enslavement of sorts.  When self-responsibility is taken away, and you are taught that you are a victim, there is nothing you can do, and <insert group here> are the people to blame for your current lot in life, evil and derision will abound.

Jesse is not afraid to take on other “uncomfortable” topics head on like family structure, feminism, voting, and President Trump.  He attributes many of our nation’s problems to a lack of Christianity.  Take a listen of the small 4′ clip below for a taste.

Just speak the whole truth

I recently finished John MacArthur Jr’s excellent book Ashamed of the Gospel: When the Church becomes like the World.  Written in 1993, it is as relevant today as ever.  A brief snippet:

Like the modernists a century ago, churches in the user-friendly movement have decided that doctrine is divisive and that peace is more important than sound teaching.  Wanting to appeal to a modern age, they try to frame their message as a friendly, agreeable, and relevant dialogue.  Unfortunately, it is often the most “relevant” topics that the church can ill afford to agree on.  The pet doctrines of our modern age – radicalism, abortion, feminism, homosexuality, and other politically charged moral issues – pose the most obvious problems for user-friendly churches.  Their undefined theology and seeker-sensitive philosophy do not permit them to take a firm biblical stance on such matters, because the moment they defy the spirit of the age, they forfeit their marketing appeal.  They are therefore forced to keep mum or capitulate.  Either way, they compromise the truth.

If a church is not even willing to take a firm stand against abortion, how will that church deal with erosion of crucial doctrine?  If a church lacks discernment enough to condemn such overt errors as homosexuality or feminism, how will that church handle a subtle attack on doctrinal integrity?

More than 25 years later I think we can see the answer to the above questions.  The erosion of Christianity in the West has been the greatest contributor to the downfall of the West.  We have turned a blind eye to our moral compass and have sown at least one full generation that is spiritually bankrupt.  Where has it gotten us?  Can anyone honestly say we are better off today than we were just one or two generations ago?

Evil will constantly try to infiltrate and disrupt.  It requires constant attention and weeding.  Too many churches became friendly with the world.  It always starts slowly and seemingly harmlessly enough.  Eventually the wizardry begins, that is when some of those hot topics spoken about above are broached.  People are shamed to keep silent on what they know to be true.  Those evil spirits try to bend the word, trying to confuse and mask.  How many times have you heard someone say that because God is all-loving surely homosexuality must be ok?  Or that everyone will be saved, etc etc etc.

No.  Too many churches turned soft.  The Joel Osteen-types only talk about the feel-good mush with nothing about the hard work or dire consequences for those who do not repent.  MacArthur talks about the pragmatic approach too many churches take today.  Churches that use attendance as the almighty metric of church health.  Is a church really healthier if you’ve perverted or obfuscated the word to attract a few more people?  Of course not.

I do believe the pendulum is swinging back though.  There are many hard times ahead, and hard times wake people up.  And with that reality check people are also realizing they thirst for something deeper and more fulfilling than the superficial nonsense some will spout.  The Word does not require sugar coating, or clever marketing ploys, or any of that other nonsense.  The Word speaks for itself.  The Word, in its pure unadulterated form is what is needed.  Sometimes that can be hard to swallow.  Sometimes you may wrestle with it.  That can be a good thing.  Better to wrestle with actual spiritual nourishment than conforming to the world and all its perversions as many do today.  And frankly as more go back to Christianity and the Bible you will see a revival in the Churches too.  Nobody can honestly say that softening the word has helped at all.  Compare it to Islam now.  Islam hasn’t exactly softened their message at all and they are growing at a noticeably faster rate.

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The West will likely not survive in its current form.  The wars that will inevitably come as a result of the immigration and multicultural onslaught of the past few decades will result in a rise of nations and like-minded people living closer together and in the end being stronger for it.  Christian nationalist nations will rise.  Even though some of our churches are lost are on the down-grade, to use a term coined by Spurgeon, those institutions can be taken back too.  All is not lost, so do not be demoralized.

 

Birth rates continue to plummet in the West

They have declined across the board, save for women over 35.  The entire report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics can be found here.  Here’s a snippet from the results:

The provisional number of births for the United States in 2018 was 3,788,235, down 2% from 2017 and the lowest number of births in 32 years.  The general fertility rate was 59.0 per 1,000 women aged 15-44, down 2% from 2017 and another record low for the United States.  The total fertility rate declined 2% to 1,728.0 per 1,000 women in 2018, another record low for the nation.  Birth rates declined for nearly all age groups of women under 35, but rose for women in their late 30s and early 40s.  The birth rate for teenagers aged 15-19 was down 7% in 2018 to 17.4 births per 1,000 women; rates declined for both younger (aged 15-17) and older (aged 18-19) teenagers.

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While the birth rate overall dropping tells a story, what’s actually important is the birth rate by race.  Babies born in America aren’t magically a new race that is “American” so the total birth rate doesn’t really matter if a large portion of the country does not want to adhere to the standards and principles the country was founded on anyway.  Non-hispanic whites continue to lag behind, exacerbating the problem of what will soon be a majority non-white country.  But the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 won’t change the demographics of the country, right?  Not surprisingly, they don’t give the race statistics in the same way as every other statistic they cite.  Instead of telling us the birth rate by race, they simply supply the raw numbers.  This is a ploy.  Non-hispanic whites had more overall births, just over twice as many births as Hispanics, but when you consider non-Hispanic whites make up about 65% of the population and Hispanics just under 20% that tells quite a different story on who is breeding in larger numbers, by a noticeable margin.  People will continue to pretend they do not care or that this does not matter.  Just remember that when the percentages flip.  And remember where these people came from and how they ran their governments in their home countries.  This is what we have to look forward to.

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In an age where we are told to live for today, who cares about tomorrow, YOLO, etc, it is not surprising to see birth rates continue to drop in the West.  Christianity, which instills a mentality of planting seeds today for trees under which you will never enjoy the shade, has continued to be attacked and removed.  This, perhaps more than any other factor, has decimated birth rates too.  We have grown fat and lazy, indulge way too much in entertainment and other useless vices, and have grown complacent.  It is easy to see the mentality of “who wants the responsibility of kids” when there’s so much other entertainment and distraction out there.  Couple this with back-breaking taxes and the near impossibility of buying a house that won’t steep you in debt for 30 years and it only gets worse.  The only people who benefit from having more kids are those on welfare, further sucking the financial life out of hard-working people.

Sadly, the other factor nobody wants to talk about is the declining birth rate as women become more educated and work more.  One would hope we could have both, but clearly that is not happening.  If people were willing to have an open and honest conversation about this, perhaps something could be done about it.  Men and women age-wise might be better off taking different approaches to education and a career.  Might it not make more sense for women to marry and have kids before investing 10+ years in higher education and establishment in the workforce?  Is it even possible to wonder if this is a possibility without some people flipping out?  Just throwing it out there.

These birth rate trends cannot, and will not, last.  When the economic system finally becomes overloaded due to the combination of increased debt spending, yoking earners with ever more financial responsibility for those sucking off the government tit through welfare programs, and the demographic flip, the collapse will not be pretty.  And the longer it is put off the more it will hurt.

While this all sounds dour, there is hope.  At least for Christians.  That is one of the many beautiful things about Christianity; hope.  We are long overdue for a major correction.  It will come in the form of economic collapse and war.  Over 100 million immigrants and their descendants have come here since 1965 slowly eroding away the fabric of the country.  Eventually it will break.  Now is the time to move to a place and around people you can associate with and build strong communities.  Christians need to band together.  The inevitable loss of entertainment and “easy times” will help pave the way to higher birth rates, and honestly would it be such a bad thing to not be so globally connected and lost in our smart phones all day?  Strong, local, communities will spring up.  New nations will rise.

They can’t even say the word

Easter worshippers.  They can’t even call them Christians.  Easter worshippers.

Compare how Obama and Hillary treat the horrible Sri Lanka Easter attacks to that of the New Zealand shooting.

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One could look at this as more proof that evil exists and the only counter to evil is Christianity.  These worshippers of Satan can’t even say the word.

Christianophobia will never become a thing.  Muslims will never be called out when they attack Christians.  Look at how they used the New Zealand shooting to a – defend Islam, b – push an anti-gun agenda, and c – attack white people.  They don’t even try hiding their blatant hate for Christianity anymore.  And any time they can pin something bad on whites they will do so.  Yes Hillary, “white supremacist terrorists” and their “murderous hatred” are the real problem here.  Right.  Why aren’t you using similar language for the suicide bombers who killed at least 4 times as many Christians and injured hundreds more?

Christians massacred on Easter

Christ is risen!  As hard as they want to try, they cannot take away His ultimate victory.  Sadly, more than 200 Christian lives were taken and hundreds injured in attacks on several Christian churches and a few hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more hospitalized from injuries after a series of blasts devastated three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

The targets were Catholic worshippers attending Easter Mass and guests at high-end hotels popular with foreign tourists.

Two of the blasts were suspected to have been suicide bomber attacks, according to one official who spoke to the Associated Press (AP) on condition of anonymity.

Reports now indicate a seventh explosion in the Sri Lankan capital has killed two people. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said the blast hit a hotel in the southern Colombo suburb of Dehiwala.

Worshippers and hotel guests were among the fatalities, the official said, in the biggest violence in the South Asian country since its civil war ended a decade ago. Nine foreigners were among the dead, officials confirmed.

The three hotels hit were the Shangri-La Colombo, Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo and the Cinnamon Grand Colombo.

In just one church, St. Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya, north of the Sri Lankan capital, more than 50 people were killed, a police official told Reuters, with pictures showing bodies on the ground, blood on the pews and a destroyed roof.

The war against Christianity has escalated recently.  And make no mistake about it this is a war.  This is the second high profile blatant attack against Christians during the holiest week of the Christian calendar.

Christians need to wake up.  Many are awake, and more awakening, but on the whole some of the larger institutions (many being converged) are not viewing this as seriously as they should be.

As always, the mainstream media is doing a full court press to downplay any potential terrorist attacks.  While pretty much all signs point to a Muslim attack or a deep state false flag, that is never their story.  Compare the coverage of the New Zealand shooting to these attacks against Christians and their institutions.  The response from New Zealand has been a gun grab and more BS about toleration.  Have you heard any MSM criticism or allusion to Islam?  Will Christianophobia ever become a thing like Islamophobia?  Of course not.

Pray for the victims and their families.  Christians around the world need to band together and start to get serious about attacks against them.  People are waking up.  The pendulum is swinging back.  This just pushes the inevitable response that much closer.

Philadelphia mosque under investigation for child brides

Via 6 ABC:

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Police are now investigating whether child weddings are being conducted at a Philadelphia mosque after a sexual assault victim comes forward to Action News.

In a Facebook video posted two weeks ago, one of the alleged victims describes her ordeal. She’s 17 now but says she first became a child bride at 14.

“At the time I was a virgin. It was going to be my first marriage of course,” said the teen.

She says it didn’t last. And in 2016, she says she was married off to Rajmann Sanders, a man more than twice her age who then allegedly began sexually assaulting her and her 10-year-old sister.

“The 10-year-old was not handled correctly and everything was swept under the rug. Not only was it wrong, it was wrong to me because at the time I was still his wife,” she said.

Sanders is charged with more than a dozen sexual offenses against the girls, including rape, indecent assault, and forcible compulsion. The criminal complaint reveals Sanders threatened to shoot the older victim during one sexual assault.

Police are now investigating whether child weddings are being conducted at the Masjid Uthman Dan Fodiyo mosque on the 4800 block of Paschall.

One of the victims says her unofficial marriage took place there.

Last Friday, police conducted search warrants at the mosque and the home of a mosque leader.

The alleged victim says she’s coming forward to warn others.

“This is not healthy for me or my kids. No one should want their kids around this, especially with the pedophilia, that should be enough to say no I don’t want my kids around this,” she said.

You didn’t think they’d stop marrying kids just because they were “American” now, did you?  Invite the 3rd world, become the 3rd world.  Christian, western societal values simply do not mix with Islam.  They cannot co-exist in the same society for very long.  We have to make a choice.  Do we want to have a country that upholds the Western, Christian values this country was founded on?  Or are you willing to accept every cultural norm from every 3rd world country we continue to import people from?  Are you okay with child brides?  Pedophilia?  Treating women as 2nd class citizens?  Because you can’t have both.  Either you submit to multiculturalism or we fight for our way of life, and stop importing people with a fundamentally incompatible worldview with our own.

600 students pulled from school over LGBT agenda

Telling story that came out of Birminghan, UK recently:

Furious Muslim parents reportedly withdrew 600 children from Parkfield Community School today after claiming they were being ‘brainwashed’ over gay lifestyles.

The pupils were taken out of classes as the row surrounding LGBT lifestyles being taught openly in the classroom escalated.

Some reports suggest as many as 80 per cent of the children at Parkfield Community Schoolin Saltley have been removed – around 600.

Kids have been withdrawn over the school’s “undermining of parental rights and aggressively promoting homosexuality”, according to Alum Rock Community Forum.

The forum adds: “Dialogue, petitioning and protests by parents have been repeated and arrogantly ignored.

“Our children, Our Choice – Work with parents not against them.”

Repeat the mantra: DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH!

Something that only about half the population apparently realizes is that these rows will only get worse as we continue to promote and allow in people and cultures that fundamentally do not mix well together and will not live peacefully near each other.  As in England, you are already seeing in the United States the friction Muslims are having with Jews, the LGBTQSHDKSFHERUS community, and others.  This is not rocket science, nor is it surprising.  As a side note, if the above numbers are true and as many as 80% of the children have been removed, and we are to assume that they are Muslim, that tells you the state of England at the moment to even be able to have a school that is 80% Muslim in BRITAIN.

The multicultural dream is dead.  It always was an impossibility.  You know where you don’t have these kinds of problems?  Or problems of racism?  Largely homogeneous communities, where the majority of people share a common language, a common ancestry, a common religion, and a common culture and traditions.  That is a hard truth for many to swallow.  For many that mean well, and try and see the best in people and hope for the best.  These people are often used by higher-ups with far more sinister purposes, who know how this kind of multicultural mixing inevitably destroys states.  And it doesn’t make one racist to want to return to a nationalist mindset with countries comprising of largely homogeneous populations; by far the most stable scenario.  A country with 90+% of a nation of people, a nation by its strict definition, is ideal.  10% or less of minority groups is probably sustainable in this kind of environment.

Sadly, America is probably too far gone to ever return to that level of stability or demographic makeup.  On some level, accelerating the inevitable collapse may be less painful and bloody in the long run than letting this run its course.  America will split up into several different countries in the long run.  The country will largely be divided along racial lines.  One scenario is probably something like most whites moving to the midwest or maybe midwest/northeast, Hispanics largely (they already have) taking over the west and southwest, if not most of the south if you look at what’s happening in Florida too.  We shall see what happens.  Pray for the best, but prepare for the worst.

Decision time for the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church, in some respects rightfully so, has lost some of its clout and its standing as a positive institution to the general public, especially in the last few decades.  There are myriad reasons for this but sexual abuse scandals in particular have been a huge part of it.  Author Frédéric Martel, a homosexual socialist himself, is releasing a book soon, In the Closet of the Vatican, which is to shine more light on the situation.  In a press conference set for today lifesitenews.com reports:

According to the press release, the new book will “expose the rot at the heart of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church today.” For this book, the author has done research for four years and in thirty different countries, and he has conducted “extensive interviews with those in power.”

Martel claims to be able to show us with his new book the underlying connection between the following topics: the celibacy of priests, the condemnation of the use of contraceptives, the cover-up of countless cases of sexual abuse, the resignation of Benedict XVI, misogyny among the clergy, the dramatic fall of  vocations to the priesthood, the plotting against Pope Francis.” His book is meant to “reveal these secrets.”

Martel describes in his book, according to the press release, a “system founded on a clerical culture of secrecy which starts in junior seminars and continues right up to the Vatican itself.” It is also based on “the double lives of priests and on extreme homophobia.” Thus, according to this book, there exists a certain “schizophrenia in the Church.”

According to the press release, however, “the more a prelate is homophobic, the more likely it is that he is himself gay.” “Behind rigidity there is always something hidden, in many cases a double life.” These words of Pope Francis are being specifically quoted because he himself  “unlocked the Closet” of the Vatican.

And a little bit further down:

While these pro-homosexual authors like Sullivan and Martel might wish to promote the acceptance of homosexuality in the Church, Michael Voris explains, people like Father James Martin, S.J. go into a similar direction, though not yet fully claiming: “change the Church’s teaching!” “But he has said,” Voris adds, “change that [expression] ‘objectively disordered’, get rid of that in the Catechism.”

Voris actually calls Father Martin out, saying that “we have various Jesuit seminarians telling us that in private at their private retreats, Martin admits to [his] being gay.”

“[Father Martin,] Refute what we are saying,” Voris adds. “You now have the opportunity to deny it.” For Voris, the Jesuit Martin is “another gay priest who is going around trying to change the Church’s teaching.”

Further discussing the article written by Andrew Sullivan, Voris comments “Sullivan thinks ‘dump the teaching [on homosexuality].’” “We would say: […] don’t dump the teaching,” as Church Militant’s Bradley Eli responds. Voris adds that he recently spoke with a bishop who told him that “he knows a number of bishops who are gay.”

Commenting on Martel’s upcoming book, Christine Niles says: “Nobody likes a hypocrite, nobody likes a liar. Nobody likes people who lead double lives.” “If you take a vow,” she continues, “and you promised chastity and continence, but you are secretly breaking that vow, people like him [Martel] they don’t like that.” Niles and Voris agree with Martel on this point, saying “he is correct on that.”

Commenting on Martel’s claim that the homosexual network within the Vatican is much bigger than expected, Niles says that the book will be an “eye opener” for many Catholic lay people about the fact that “the Vatican is essentially being run, largely, by homosexuals.” Voris also then mentions the Polish priest, Father Dariusz Oko, who told Church Militant years ago that “half of the guys running the Vatican are gay.” (See here for an interview with Father Oko.)

This is a pretty huge decision point for the Church.  They have an opportunity here to either push back against the horrifying amounts of rot and decay amongst their ranks, or make it even worse by normalizing and accepting it.  There is an interesting subplot of the whole book release in the intentions of the author.  Everyone agrees the homosexuality and abuse scandals need to be exposed and dealt with.  The author clearly has an agenda of outing this stuff to normalize homosexuality in the Catholic Church.  And it wouldn’t shock me for one second if it was discovered Pope Francis was gay.

But the Church needs to decide what to do with this now.  I suspect I know the direction they will go, but we will see.  They have an opportunity to use the book to bare all, acknowledge a huge problem, and deal with it swiftly by expelling all of these priests who lead these double lives, against their vows, and start anew.  Anything less would likely be a continued decay of the Church into obscurity and even more of an enemy to true Christianity.

Whether you are Catholic or not, all Christians should hope and pray for true reform in the Catholic Church.  The opinion of Christianity, fair or not, is usually linked to that of the Catholic Church.  When the Catholic Church is engaging in un-Christian activities, fair or not that is viewed across the entirety of Christianity as a whole.  This ripple effect is what turns many people off to Christianity, when in reality they are seeing decisions made by humans misinterpreting (or even more sinister, on purpose) Christ’s teachings and applying it to the Church.  It would be a very slippery slope to normalize homosexuality in the Church and I think it would turn off many of the Church’s members.  If the Church were smart, going forward they would allow the clergy to marry, and maybe even require it.  Whether you agree with homosexuality or not it should trouble everyone when clergy LIE about it and bottle it up to the point it becomes so repressed that the pressure is released through terrible acts.  Allow clergy to marry and not only will it flush out some of the rot but will open the door to many more potential clergy, given that they are having problems attracting more anyway.  The alternative, as the author hopes, in normalizing homosexuality and opening it up more in the Church, I fear, would be another step down the ladder away from true Christianity in an institution that is already struggling greatly.

The beginning of the end for the USA

I’m reading Martin van Creveld’s The Rise and Decline of the State and came across this passage regarding government centralizing services:

By that time even the United States, traditionally the stronghold of rugged individualism and low taxes (to make the House of Lords vote money for his plans, Lloyd George had threatened to create the necessary number of new peers), was feeling the need to do something for its working population.  A modest first step had been taken in 1912 when the Commonwealth of Massachusetts passed a law requiring the payment of minimum wages.  However, it only lasted a few years; in 1923 a Supreme Court decision declared a State of Oregon minimum-wage law for women unconstitutional.  Other measures to extend government control and limit private enterprise were equally unsuccessful.  For example, the number of persons who benefited from a government vocational education scheme instituted in 1917 was so small that statistics about it simply ceased to be published.  In 1920 a law calling for the abolition of child labor failed to make it through Congress.  Five years later, a Kansas law for the compulsory arbitration of industrial disputes was similarly thrown out of the High Court.  In 1929, the last year of prosperity, all American federal welfare expenditure combined only amounted to $0.25 per head of population, which constituted perhaps one percent of its British equivalent.

In the event it took the Great Depression and 12 million unemployed to shake the United States out of the world of laissez faire and into the one in which, whatever the names attached to the various schemes, welfare came to be financed out of taxation.  The foundations were laid in 1933 when President Roosevelt, ignoring howls of Republican opposition, set up the Federal Emergency Relief Agency (FERA).  Its first director was a social worker, Harry Hopkins; armed with a war chest of $500,000,000, it provided work for at least some of those who needed it.  Over the next six years this and numerous other programs led to the spending of some $13 billion over and the construction of 122,000 public buildings, 77,000 bridges, and 64,000 miles of roads inter alia – all, however, without making a real dent in the Depression which only ended in September 1939 when, following the outbreak of war in Europe, the stock exchange went through the roof.

Administratively speaking, the annus mirabilis of the New Deal proved to be 1935.  That year saw the introduction of social security including old-age insurance and assistance, unemployment compensation, aid to dependent children, and aid to the blind.  In 1939 survivors’ and disability insurance, already a standard feature in the most advanced European countries, were added to the list.  By that time every American citizen had been issued with his or her social security card and the Department of Health and Human Services had been created to oversee the system’s operation.  Even the Supreme Court was prepared to cooperate, though not before Roosevelt, having fought a battle royal with Congress, packed it with his own supporters.  In 1937 a Washington State minimum wage law was declared constitutional.  Another ruling did the same for social security itself; the age of big government had truly begun.

If only we could go back to the days where the Supreme Court actually respected the Constitution and “rugged individualism” was the law of the land.  Instead we let the socialists take over and burden us with the albatrosses of welfare and social security, and a bit later open borders.

Self-responsibility is a powerful motivator.  Yes, some people suffered by some of those Supreme Court decisions and yes, some people would have suffered if some of those social service programs weren’t in place (note that these social service programs did not end the Depression).  But you know what?  Having the onus on you and you alone to survive and fulfill your destiny is a powerful motivator.  When there is no guaranteed safety net most people will be motivated to work, or else that’s it.  With that also comes a greater sense of satisfaction.  And it is better for EVERYONE in the long run.  Sometimes we need to let things fail.  Some short-term pain saves a lot worse long-term suffering.  These decisions made decades ago have shackled us and our children and future generations.  They have destroyed far more lives than the few individuals who would have suffered at the time.

Adding these disastrous programs, in combination with the 1965 Immigration Act, which opened the floodgates for people who had no allegiance to the founding of the country and do not have the will (or often the capacity) to possibly live up to the original American ideal, and you have a bonafide disaster on your hands.  The demographic alteration that took place because of that cannot be emphasized enough.  The country, as it was before these social services programs and opening the borders, fundamentally changed forever.  And for the worse.

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