Monday, February 28, 2011

The Philippines: their present, our future

It seems that Planned Parenthood and its death-culture companion organizations are trying to push legislation through in the Philippines that would not only legalize contraception, but make it illegal to speak or write against the law, protest it, or otherwise oppose it, once it has passed. There's a week-long series going on at RealCatholicTV, and as usual, Michael Voris is direct and to the point:

As Planned Parenthood's own representatives have noted, once contraception and its mindset gets established in a culture, the number of abortions starts to rise, too. Abortions which PP is in the business of providing, and getting rich on. Great marketing, that!

If this works in the Philippines, look for efforts in the U.S. in the not-too-distant future to legislate penalties for opposing any "right" established directly by the Constitution, or found there by the Supreme Court.

Including abortion.

Hate speech, you know, to speak against anyone's established "rights"!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

From the dramatic to the bland

Through Catholic Culture's very handy e-mail newsletter on the Liturgical Year, I learned that February 16th used to be the feast of St. Juliana, "a Christian virgin of Cumae, Italy, martyred for the faith when she refused to marry a Roman prefect." That's the kind of commemoration that a Catholic could find inspiring.

However, in the new calendar adopted after Vatican II, February 16th is now merely the Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time. Dull, bland, and boring. And what duller term could one have found for the daily struggle of Good and Evil than "Ordinary Time"?

With 2,000 years of Catholic heroes and heroines to choose from, why would any day not be used to call to mind a saint to encourage the faithful?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Nine months

Since it's the firmly established doctrine of the Catholic faith that human life begins at conception, why shouldn't the Church begin officially reckoning the age of Catholics as being the number of years since birth, plus nine months?

I know, it would make us look weird. But we aren't called to conform ourselves to this world's customs. We're called to be conformed to Christ, and if, in certain times and places, that makes us look weird, so be it.