ProLife & Family Issues

Excellent article showing who is REALLY marginalized in American society.

CARLY HOILMAN ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

Earlier this month, the New York Times published an article on Jesuit Father James Martin titled, “Jesuit Priest Stands Up for Gay Catholics, Then Faces Backlash.” In the piece, author David Gonzalez, a former board member of Martin’s America Magazine, tells the tale of a golden-hearted priest who is facing down overwhelming “backlash” from hateful homophobes in order to fight for the “marginalized” LGBT community.

“Jesus went to where the people were and spoke to them in their language,” Martin told the Times. “And he was always going to the margins.”

DB805CF5-3BCF-4317-B81D-DD97EEDA25E9Throughout the interview, Martin stresses this point about reaching out to the “marginalized” LGBT community, which apparently isn’t the same as ministering to them, since that would require applying the Church’s teaching on sexuality and marriage rather than denouncing those teachings as “needlessly hurtful.”

But the claim that the LGBT community is marginalized is laughable. The LGBT movement is perhaps the most widely celebrated social cause of our modern culture. Hollywood, academia, corporate America, and the mainstream media have overwhelmingly embraced the LGBT platform.

When LGBT Catholics reject the embrace of Holy Mother Church, the world rewards them richly for it.

Want an example of a group that is genuinely marginalized? Stay-at-home moms.

My mother-in-law is a faithful Catholic who has 11 beautiful children. Long ago she stopped counting the number of strange looks and nasty comments she received from people who were apparently repulsed by her decision to put herself last and give her “yes” to God’s plan for her family.

She and her husband have been able to feed, clothe, and educate 11 kids on a single income, and yet she has been called “irresponsible,” I suppose for increasing the “surplus population” (cf. Ebenezer Scrooge).

Condescending imbeciles have assumed that she is unaware of how babies are born, or rather how they are not born. Nobody stops to think she may have had intelligent, moral reasons for not jumping on the birth control bandwagon like so many other women in her generation.

Complete strangers have said unimaginable things about the most intimate parts of her body……

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First, another article, this time in Crux by convert priest Fr. Dwight Longenecker. His article is entitled “Father James Martin on LGBT community: A Bridge too far?”

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Second, an article by JOHN ZMIRAK Published on September 17, 2017 • For the Comments, follow link to the original article below.

iStock-509100744-2-e1487261862290You might not follow inside Catholic baseball. I wouldn’t blame you. Lately it has recalled the infamous 1962 Mets, who won only 40 games while losing 120. Their manager, Casey Stengel, famously asked the team, “Can’t anybody here play this game?”

But the latest wild pitch and lost game are important, both to Catholics and other Christians.

There’s a famous, media-savvy priest, James Martin. He’s the kind of man whom Martin Scorcese calls up to consult on movies like Silence. Martin appears on Stephen Colbert, mocking conservatives and roguishly giving the heavy metal “devil horns” salute. He serves as a special advisor to Pope Francis. All this, while he’s pitching himself to the rich and aggressive LGBT lobby as their champion inside the church.

Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me

But he’s also expert at casting himself as a persecuted victim. Criticize him for any of his nasty statements, and you’ll see that. Point out that he encouraged a priest to develop pre-marriage materials for same-sex couples. Or that he thinks it’s fine for gay couples to kiss during the “sign of peace” at Mass. Or that he incessantly undermines and mocks the timeless Jewish-Christian tradition on sexual morality, while winking at serious evil. Then you’ll see him over on the fainting couch, pretending that he’s been bullied.

He’s very good at this act. And media, both liberal Catholic and secular, eat it up like popcorn. Two weeks ago, Martin responded to critics at the website CatholicVote by pretending that their criticisms amounted to threats of violence. He even got them suspended from Twitter. When prolife activist Austin Ruse mocked this act of schoolgirl snitching and lying by calling it “pansified,” Martin cast himself as the victim of homophobic bullying.

But when he has the whip hand, Martin’s not ashamed to “out” dead priests and insinuate that his faithful Christian critics are latently homosexual. He encourages other priests to “come out,” but when observers ask him about his own sexuality, he coyly declines to comment.  (Original article in The Stream here).

First Things Senior Editor Matthew Schmitz points out that Martin and his allies tried to silence him by contacting his employer when he criticized Martin’s book.

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It’s possible to stay faithful to the church’s teachings without turning away millions.

By Cardinal Robert Sarah, Wall Street Journal353 COMMENTS

The Catholic Church has been criticized by many, including some of its own followers, for its pastoral response to the LGBT community. This criticism deserves a reply—not to defend the Church’s practices reflexively, but to determine whether we, as the Lord’s disciples, are reaching out effectively to a group in need. Christians must always strive to follow the new commandment Jesus gave at the Last Supper: “Love one another, even as I have loved you.”

To love someone as Christ loves us means to love that person in the truth. “For this I was born,” Jesus told Pontius Pilate, “to bear witness to the truth.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church reflects this insistence on honesty, stating that the church’s message to the world must “reveal in all clarity the joy and demands of the way of Christ.”

Those who speak on behalf of the church must be faithful to the unchanging teachings of Christ, because only through living in harmony with God’s creative design do people find deep and lasting fulfillment. Jesus described his own message in these terms, saying in the Gospel of John: “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”

Catholics believe that, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the church draws its teachings upon the truths of Christ’s message.

Among Catholic priests, one of the most outspoken critics of the church’s message with regard to sexuality is Father James Martin, an American Jesuit. In his book “Building a Bridge,” published earlier this year, he repeats the common criticism that Catholics have been harshly critical of homosexuality while neglecting the importance of sexual integrity among all of its followers.
Father Martin is correct to argue that there should not be any double standard with regard to the virtue of chastity, which, challenging as it may be, is part of the good news of Jesus Christ for all Christians. For the unmarried—no matter their attractions—faithful chastity requires abstention from sex.

This might seem a high standard, especially today. Yet it would be contrary to the wisdom and goodness of Christ to require something that cannot be achieved. Jesus calls us to this virtue because he has made our hearts for purity, just as he has made our minds for truth. With God’s grace and our perseverance, chastity is not only possible, but it will also become the source for true freedom.

We do not need to look far to see the sad consequences of the rejection of God’s plan for human intimacy and love. The sexual liberation the world promotes does not deliver its promise. Rather, promiscuity is the cause of so much needless suffering, of broken hearts, of loneliness, and of treatment of others as means for sexual gratification. As a mother, the church seeks to protect her children from the harm of sin, as an expression of her pastoral charity.

In her teaching about homosexuality, the church guides her followers by distinguishing their identities from their attractions and actions. First there are the people themselves, who are always good because they are children of God. Then there are same-sex attractions, which are not sinful if not willed or acted upon but are nevertheless at odds with human nature. And finally there are same-sex relations, which are gravely sinful and harmful to the well-being of those who partake in them. People who identify as members of the LGBT community are owed this truth in charity, especially from clergy who speak on behalf of the church about this complex and difficult topic.

It is my prayer that the world will finally heed the voices of Christians who experience same-sex attractions and who have discovered peace and joy by living the truth of the Gospel. I have been blessed by my encounters with them, and their witness moves me deeply. I wrote the foreword to one such testimony, Daniel Mattson’s book, “Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace,” with the hope of making his and similar voices better heard.

 These men and women testify to the power of grace, the nobility and resilience of the human heart, and the truth of the church’s teaching on homosexuality. In many cases, they have lived apart from the Gospel for a period but have been reconciled to Christ and his church. Their lives are not easy or without sacrifice. Their same-sex inclinations have not been vanquished. But they have discovered the beauty of chastity and of chaste friendships. Their example deserves respect and attention, because they have much to teach all of us about how to better welcome and accompany our brothers and sisters in authentic pastoral charity.

Cardinal Sarah is prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

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Cardinal Burke Outlines Formal Correction of Pope Francis’ Teaching

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KLM Airlines Foolish LGBT Ad – Unintentionally Points out the Obvious

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EWTN and Reporter Pentin on Bishops Asking Pope for Meeting to Clarify “Amoris Laetitia”

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Argentinian Bishop Organizes Special Mass to Give Communion to Adulterous Couples, Cites Pope Francis

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What is Wrong with this Picture? What is Missing? Is this the “New Normal”?

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Sister Lucia: “Final Confrontation between the Lord and Satan will be over Family and Marriage.”

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By Steve Skojec, Rorate Caeli has released a translation of a remarkable interview, originally published in 2008, with Cardinal Carlo Caffara of Bologna. In it, he references correspondence he had with Sister Lucia, the principle visionary of Our Lady at Fatima: Q. There is a prophecy by Sister Lucia dos Santos, of Fatima, which concerns “the […]

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Mothers are Closest to God the Creator

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“The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral — a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby’s body . . . “The angels have not been blessed […]

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Joseph the Sissy or Joseph the Worker – Feast Day of the Worker

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2 Minute Audios: Steve’s 6 Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family & Friends

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People always ask, “What do I say to my husband…?”  or “How do I get my kids back in the Church?  or  “I am getting no where trying to tell my friend about my Faith.” Well Steve came up with Six Rules to help you deal with non-Catholics – especially family and friends. They are […]

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  I am happy to call Michael Hernon a highly respected friend. He is also a successful husband and father of TEN! And yes, he has a great sense of humor, a lovely wife — and a great podcast for Catholic families — practical, biblical, funny, Catholic and easy to listen to. He and his […]

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Interesting Insight: Abortion, the Annunciation and the Visitation

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In the 1850’s – “Pro-slavery” or “Pro-Choice”?

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“Many in the 1850’s also considered themselves “pro-choice” rather than “pro-slavery”. History repeats itself…”  (Obianuju Ekeocha  Twitter@obianuju) In other words, I am personally against slavery, but I think people (or the states) should have the freedom to choose.

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