Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Here's something for our pro-life friends in Cebu City. Michael Voris, S.T.B. of RealCatholicTV.com is coming to your city on February 13, 2012, to give talks centering around pro-life issues and Catholic faith in general.
This event is made possible by Cebu Archdiocesan Council of the Laity, Pro-Life Philippines, Oasis of Love Cebu & CCTN, and Human Life International. See poster above for details.
Catholics are always pro-life! Know your Catholic faith!
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Religious Freedom Under Threat in the USA
ROME, JAN. 27, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The federal government decision last week on insurance coverage for contraceptives in the United States has been widely condemned. [Read More]
2. CBCP Head: Church Must Bring Hope To Country Beset By Social, Political Problems
MANILA, Jan. 28, 2012— Church leaders are called to bring hope to the country marked by calamities, social problems and political chaos, the head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said. [Read More]
3. Next Church Doctor Is Model For Evangelization
Rome, Italy, Jan 26, 2012 / 05:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Today's world can learn a lot from St. John of Avila, according to those who have studied the life of the next Doctor of the Catholic Church. [Read More]
4. Actress' Claim To Be Gay by Choice Riles Activists
SAN FRANCISCO — Cynthia Nixon learned the hard way this week that when it comes to gay civil rights, the personal is always political. Very political. [Read More]
5. Starbucks: Gay Marriage Bill ‘Is Core to Who We Are and What We Value’
(CNSNews.com) – Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee shop chain, added its name to the list of major corporations that have endorsed a gay marriage bill in Washington State, saying the legislation shares the company’s values at its core. The decision was criticized by many conservative, pro-family organizations. [Read More]
[Note: No more Starbucks coffee for me]
6. Pro-Life Movie Doonby Presents Heartfelt Message on Abortion
Doonby is not your typical anti-abortion movie. I don’t think the word “abortion” is used in the film, and it’s not even alluded to until the final scenes. [Read More]
7. Revealed: The Movies, TV Shows, News Agencies That Most Promoted Homosexuality in 2011
LOS ANGELES, January 27, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), has released the list of nominations for its annual media awards for movies, news and television shows which most promote homosexuality. [Read More]
8. Archbishop Dolan: Yes You’ll Be Called ‘Freaks’, But Still Practice and Preach God’s Vision of Sex
NEW YORK, January 26, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Catholics in a sex-saturated society need to “regain the upper ground,” and preach “the ancient wisdom of chastity and purity,” New York Archbishop and Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan told his congregation last Sunday. [Read More]
9. Declining Birth Rates Make the Islamic World More Dangerous
David Goldman, who writes online under the pseudonym Spengler, has a new book out: How Civilizations Die: (And Why Islam Is Dying Too). While I haven’t yet read the book, I recently happened across Goldman’s preface, and it’s brilliant. [Read More]
10. Pope Benedict: Renewal of Faith Must Be Church's Priority
VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—The upcoming 2012-2013 “Year of Faith” seeks to awaken humanity at a critical moment, Pope Benedict XVI said as he addressed the Church’s highest doctrinal office on Jan. 27. [Read More]
Thursday, January 26, 2012
In a compelling testimony titled "Confessions of a Recovering Lesbian," a woman struggling with attraction to other women shares how, despite being involved in a youthful lesbian relationship, and ongoing attraction to women, she is now a Catholic, happily-married homeschooling mother of five children.
In her testimony Dawn Wilde (name changed) takes to task the argument that homosexual people are simply “born that way” and says that that people don’t have to “indulge same-sex attraction” just because they might “experience it.” LifeSiteNews contacted Dawn and asked her to reveal more of her gripping story.
I hope Dawn's testimony will inspire women out there who are struggling with same-sex attraction to find hope and healing in Jesus.
LSN: You wrote in your story that there were many factors in your past that made you “vulnerable to same-sex attraction”. You were not only abandoned by your birth mother, but grew up being physically abused by your mentally-ill adoptive mother. What kind of physical abuse did you suffer from your adoptive mother?
Dawn Wilde: My adoptive mother suffered from agoraphobia, depression, and anxiety stemming from her own abusive childhood and a brutally violent rape at age 16, for which she never received counseling. She would physically beat me with objects, burn me with cigarettes, and lock me in rooms without heat for hours at a time in winter. She frequently criticized my appearance or beat me in public places. Because of her own past, anything having to do with sexuality merited a very public humiliation. I was actually legally emancipated as a teenager due to her abuse and lived on my own until I graduated.
LSN: You said in your story that after you broke up with your lesbian partner Nora she exposed your lesbian secret to anyone who would listen. Why do you think she did this?
DW: I believe Nora did so out of desperation. I suspect she thought that if we were both “outed,” that I would not feel the need to have a relationship with men. I think she thought it was the secrecy that bothered me, not the acts themselves. She truly did come unhinged during that time and tried to bribe a friend to “break the legs” of the young man I dated after her.
After our relationship, Nora came out and lived exclusively as a lesbian. She has had a series of lesbian relationships and no longer dates men at all. I know this from mutual college friends. We have taken very divergent paths.
LSN: What do you do when you find yourself in an actual situation of being attracted to another woman? How do you cope?
DW: It is easy for me to recognize the signs of being attracted to a woman; I very much have a physical reaction to the person. The first thing I do is offer a quick prayer to Jesus: “Lord, help me!” Then I call on the holy angels, to whom I have a great devotion. As soon as I recognize the attraction, I will disengage from the conversation and make whatever excuse I need to exit the person’s company. I follow up with a phone call to my husband as soon as possible, to ground me and help me remember why I’m fighting these temptations.
At that point, I tend to consciously limit my time with that woman. I do not share that I’m attracted to her nor do I shun her entirely, but I will work hard not to cultivate a deeper friendship with her. To me, that is just playing with fire and a near occasion of sin. For women especially, sexual attraction is so tied up to emotional attraction and I know that is a major trigger for me to feel emotionally close to someone. If the woman is someone I cannot really avoid, I will at least go to great pains to avoid her when I am emotionally vulnerable, such as when my husband and I have an argument. I find that the times I feel estranged from my husband are the times the temptation is the strongest.
I also am very upfront with anyone (but especially a woman) who seems to be seeking an unusually deep emotional intimacy with me that my husband is my greatest, most intimate friend in life. I think so much infidelity in women stems from them not feeling loved, appreciated, and understood by their husbands. Female friends often fill that void, to the detriment of the marriage. My same-sex attraction makes me vulnerable to taking a deep emotional attraction to a woman beyond its proper limits, so I don’t put myself in that position. My husband and I both work hard to keep our marriage honest, supportive, and loving so neither of us feels the need to go to another person for that intimacy.
LSN: You say that after studying the late John Paul II’s Theology of the Body that you understood that you would never be satisfied with Nora. What was at the heart of this new understanding?
DW: It was first and foremost understanding why God gave me a body in the first place: to give and receive love and to nurture new life. It changed how I saw sexuality, from a primarily recreational activity to one that had profound, eternal consequences. It wasn’t “sex” anymore; it was “making love” and “creating a new, immortal soul.”
Though I did not go into it in the original article, I was wildly promiscuous with men before I met Nora. Theology of the Body helped me put a name to the desperation that drove me to seek physical intimacy with men I knew in my heart they just wanted to use me for their own pleasure. My deepest desire was every person’s desire: to be loved and accepted, body and soul. I was frantically searching for that pearl of great price – agape - but I did not have the language of faith to even name what I sought. John Paul II gave that restlessness in my soul a name. He taught me that I was dissatisfied with Nora and with the casual sexual relationships because I was going against my own nature as God had made me - as a person designed for giving and receiving the gift of self and sheltering new life. He helped me see that chastity, far from being a restriction on my sexuality, was the virtue I needed to obtain authentic love instead of just the counterfeit of lust.
LSN: Is your husband aware of your struggles? If so, does he help you through them?
DW: My husband has always known of my struggles, though I’m not sure he understood just how pervasive my same-sex attraction was until he read the article this week! We converted to Catholicism together after years of indulging in fornication and pornography together and we’ve always seen our struggles simply as a brokenness that only the Lord can heal. But we do believe wholeheartedly that 1) many of our desires are disordered and 2) Jesus CAN heal our souls. When we’ve fallen, we’ve sought forgiveness and graces for the battle in confession and in the Holy Eucharist. We know that if we don’t avail ourselves of the graces through the Church, then temptation is almost certain to win.
As for how my husband supports my SSA struggles in particular, I’d say his greatest contribution is that he works just as hard as I do to ensure our intimacy is exclusive to each other. A few days ago he said, “You know, we’d be completely lost without each other.” We’re married to help each other get to heaven, first and foremost. That’s the goal we’ve articulated to each other again and again since we became Catholic.
LSN: What advice do you have for someone reading your story who is struggling as you have struggled?
DW: Don’t believe the secular hype that you were “born this way.” Or that your “orientation” is immutable. The dissatisfaction you feel in homosexual relationships and that restlessness in your soul are there for a reason. Trust the wisdom of Mother Church, who does in no way wish to condemn you for your struggles, but only wishes to help you along the path to holiness. If you encounter individual Catholics who either react with disgust or conversely, encourage you to indulge your homosexual desires, don’t listen to them. Listen to Jesus, who wants to love and heal us through His Church’s sacraments.
As my experience and that of so many other “recovering” gays and lesbians attest, it is possible to be healed of our brokenness. If you’re someone who experiences NO attraction to the opposite sex, this may mean a life devoid of a romantic relationship. But God calls heterosexuals to celibate chastity all the time and living out a vocation as a single person truly can be joyful if you center your life on Christ. Don’t assume, however, that just because you struggle with SSA, you are NOT called to marriage. God’s plan may be a happy, fulfilling marriage where you are blessed with children.
I live out my vocation as a married woman joyfully because I rely on Christ’s own strength to sustain me. I am profoundly grateful for the chance to build a life with my husband. I’ve experienced great peace and happiness because I surrendered my will to God instead of allowing my sexual desires to lead me away from His plan for me. The graces you need to live a chaste, happy life are there—through prayer, confession, the Eucharist, and fasting. You just need to ask for them.
(Source: LifeSite News)
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Got a burning question about the RH Bill? Let the real expert answer it for you!
Main Speaker: Dr. Bernardo Malvar-Villegas
- Summa cum laude from La Salle
- TOYM Awardee
- PhD Economics from Harvard
- Business Consultant
- Fulbright Scholar
- Columnist of Philippine Daily Inquirer
- One of the youngest ever to be a teaching fellow at Harvard.
Where: Lauan University
For more information, please contact Vars at 0920-9282896.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Vatican City, Jan 19, 2012 / 07:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI launched a new foundation at the Vatican aimed at building a “philosophical bridge” between science and theology. [Read More]
2. CBCP Official Fears RH Bill Railroad, Urges Vigilance
MANILA, Jan. 20, 2012— A Catholic Church official has called for vigilance as he feared that the passage of the reproductive health (RH) bill might be fast-tracked at the Lower House. [Read More]
3. The Ramifications of Criticizing Homosexuality
A New Jersey school board has taken a first step toward firing a Christian teacher who came under attack last fall for posting comments on her private Facebook page that were critical of the homosexual lifestyle. [Read More]
4. Planned Parenthood Prez Uses Tim Tebow to Promote Abortion
By now, most of the nation has an understanding of Tim Tebow’s incredible story—while his mother was pregnant with him in the Philippines, she became ill and was strongly urged to abort her son. [Read More]
5. Evangelical Group Scores With 'John 3:16' Ad During Broncos-Patriots Game
(CNSNews.com) - An evangelical Christian group says it is pleased at the outpouring of encouraging feedback it has received for its “John 3:16” television commercial, which aired during the Denver Broncos–New England Patriots game last Saturday night. [Read More]
6. The Curse of Adam’s Silence - a MAN’s Post-Abortion Testimony
January 20, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In the beginning, Adam and Eve were content in the garden. The serpent came to Eve and convinced her that eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil would actually be beneficial. His lies were so convincing that Eve ate of that tree as Adam stood by silently watching. [Read More]
7. Steve Mosher: A Vision of 'Hell' Brought Him to the Church
FRONT ROYAL, Va. — Steve Mosher was a rising Stanford University social researcher, schooled in the academy’s received wisdom on matters like abortion and the “right to choose,” when he was suddenly thrown off course. [Read More]
8. VIDEO: Why I Love Religion AND Jesus - The Catholic Rebuttal
There have been a lot of responses to the viral video this past week that preached on how Jesus hated religion. But this response is the best one yet. It was produced by Spirit Juice Studios and is extremely well done. [Read More]
9. Confessions Of A Recovering Lesbian
I am a 37-year-old Catholic woman who has been happily married for nearly 15 years. We have five children that I homeschool. I also struggle daily with same-sex attraction. [Read More]
10. Vatican Financial Expert Indicates Root of Economic Crisis
Says Family Is the Solution
ROME, JAN. 19, 2012 (Zenit.org).- The decline in births, from the 70s to our days, is what has led us to the present situation of economic crisis. [Read More]
Friday, January 20, 2012
by Sr. Mary Pilar Verzosa, RGS (CBCP for Life)
“Are you ready for a changed life?”
These are the words of John Zulueta addressed to those who want to get out of the homosexual lifestyle. John, Director of Bagong Pag-asa, a support group for men and women who want to step out of homosexuality and who is himself an ex-gay, knows the difficult transition that they have to undergo. It is important that we who work in the Family and Life Ministry strive to truly understand what homosexuality is all about and the struggles homosexual people go through. Allow me to quote lengthily from his article published in the group’s newsletter because it is only when we hear them speak of their own experience that we can rejoice with them.
“We often ask God to change us. But when change seems remote, we either grumble or build a case against Him, particularly when we experience the same temptations again and again. I remember Jesus asking the invalid at the pool in Bethesda: ‘Do you want to get well?’ Seemingly, Christ asked a silly question since the man has been there for 38 years hoping that one day he’ll get the chance to get into the pool first when it gets stirred for healing. Why then would Christ ask such a question? Could it be that the man has been used to lying down on the pool side having his food served to him and living the life of a crippled man? Could Christ be asking: ‘Are you ready for a changed life? If I heal you, your life will never be the same again. You will have to work for your food; it will not be served to you anymore. You will have to move away from the pool side where you have comfortably lived the past 38 years of your life.’”
The following message is not only applicable to those in the homosexual life but to many of us involved in some form of addiction. John writes:
"Have we asked ourselves what is involved in being healed/changed? It means life will not be the same. You can’t be doing the things you used to do. You can’t be going where you used to go. You need to live life differently. Are you changing patterns and habits – sleeping, fun and recreation habits, texting habits like texting ‘sweet nothings’ which can actually be seductive scheming in disguise? Are you willing to change your choice of clothes, fashion style, relational patterns and whatever you have been comfortable with yet you know is identified with the homosexual lifestyle?"
Are you willing to embrace your cross? Embracing something requires you to bring it close to your body. Imagine carrying a load of books with outstretched arms. How would that feel compared to carrying the same load by embracing it? Truth is, when we embrace our burdens they become lighter and more bearable than when we try to do away with them. In the same manner, identify your cross and embrace it. Could it be loneliness? Sexual torment? Neediness? Do not deny your cross. To follow Christ is to suffer and be like Him. Only when we die to ourselves will we experience resurrection – a new life.
Lastly, a changed life involves giving. Healing and change usually happen in the context of community. God changes us not just for ourselves but to impact our community, our society, our nation and the world. The sooner you give of yourself in order to change your community, the easier it will be for you to maintain that change.
Remember, you do not manufacture time. You spend it. You do not create a blessing, you receive it. You were not endowed with talents so you will be above the rest; they are meant to serve others. One’s healing should reflect the character of Christ, the Healer, to the world at large.”
The members of Bagong Pag-asa, a non-Catholic Christian Charitable Foundation, and Courage, a Catholic support group for ex-gays, can be contacted through Pro-life office at 733-7027, 0919-2338873 or www.prolife.org.ph. They are available to give talks, seminars, and counseling.
You can also contact Bagong Pagasa through their website at www.bagongpagasa.org and Courage Philippines through our contact details displayed on the sidebar of this blog.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
About the Book
This is the gift I received last year in our Courage Christmas party and I want to encourage everyone to grab a copy of this book. If you're not that familiar with Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body, this is the best place to start. A lot of stuff we know about love and sex we learned from the media and unfortunately they just don't get it. Theology of the Body helps us to understand in its purest form sexuality in light of God's original plan for humanity.
It is guaranteed to be theologically insightful yet light to read and sort of an "appetizer" if you will should you decide later on to delve on exploring the Theology of the Body more deeply. Fr. Joel Jason was able to combine theology with his day-to-day pastoral experience as a Catholic priest thereby making this book a must-read for those who are seeking to deepen their understanding of human sexuality in all its fullness. A good read indeed especially for us who are not used to reading papal encyclicals and Vatican documents because the topics are presented in a conversational manner and injected with humor.
Inside the Book
Foreword by Cardinal Gaudencio B. Rosales, D.D.
I: Laying the Foundations: A New Ethos of Love and Sexuality
II: The Great Sacrament: A Marriage Made in Heaven
III: The Original Experiences of Man and Woman
a. The Experience of Original Solitude
b. The Experience of Original Unity
c. The Experience of Original Nakedness
IV: The Rediscovery of Love and Chastity
V: The Redemption of Sexuality
VI: The Humanness of Love and Sexuality
VII: The Life-Giving and Love-Giving Significance of Sexuality
VIII: With This Body, I Thee Wed: The Significance of the Body
About the Author
Fr. Joel O. Jason is a diocesan priest of the Archdiocese of Manila. He was born on July 9, 1969, and finished his studies at San Carlos Seminary, Guadalupe, Makati, earning his Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy in 1991 and his Masters in Theology in 1996. On July 31, 1996, he was ordained by the late Archbishop of Manila Jaime Cardinal Sin D.D. In 1999, Fr. Joel took further studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he earned his Licentiate Degree on Moral Theology. Upon returning to Manila in 2001, he was assigned professor and formator at the San Carlos Seminary. Currently, he is the Dean of Studies of the Theology Department and teaches Fundamental Moral Theology, Bioethics, Special Moral Theology and Sexuality and Integrity. He also heads the Ministry for Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila and is a member of the Bioethics Committee of the Makati Medical Center.
Free Love True Love - Rediscovering Love & Intimacy in John Paul II's Theology of the Body is published by Shepherd's Voice Publication.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Where Was the Real 'News' in the Speech to the Diplomatic Corps?
ROME, JAN. 12, 2012 (Zenit.org).- On reading the Jan. 9 Reuters report titled: "Gay marriage a threat to humanity's future: Pope," readers could be excused for thinking that Benedict XVI had made a major speech on the issue of same-sex "marriage." [Read More]
2. Gays Can Have Partners, But Not Marry – Bishop**
IT is “understandable” that homosexuals would seek “partnerships” but these cannot be called marriage, a Catholic prelate said Thursday. [Read More]
(**Please note that this news item does not in any way infer that the Church 'encourages' civil partnership among gay people)
3. Calungsod Miracle Bared
CEBU CITY—She had no idea who Blessed Pedro Calungsod was until she benefited from a healing miracle attributed to the intercession of the young Visayan martyr. [Read More]
4. Leaders Warn That Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Threatens Religious Liberty
Washington D.C., Jan 12, 2012 / 08:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Several dozen religious leaders joined together against redefining marriage in America, warning that such a move would have “far-reaching consequences” for religious freedom. [Read More]
5. Tim Tebow: The Walking Pro-Life Billboard The Left Hates [Read More]
6. One Million People Watch Cartoon Series on Population Control
In the summer of 2009, the Population Research Institute went out on a limb. We made a cartoon. [Read More]
7. ‘The Bigotry Question Goes Both Ways,’ Catholic Gingrich Tells Pro-Gay Media
"There's a lot more anti-Christian bigotry today than there is concerning the other side, and none of it gets covered by the media," Gingrich said. [Read More]
8. Pro-Life Play Provokes Socialist Backlash in Spanish City of Merdia
MERIDA, Spain, January 13, 2011 (LifeSIteNews.com) - A socialist political party in the Spanish city of Merida has asked the government to prohibit a pro-life play for “stigmatizing” women who have abortions, according to the Spanish news agency EFE. [Read More]
9. Site of Hindu Attacks on Christians Sees Conversions
Many of those who persecuted Christians in India are themselves becoming Christian. Kandhamal proves Tertullian right. [Read More]
10. Would You Abort a Gay Baby?
When former Senator Rick Santorum was campaigning in New Hampshire earlier this week, a disgusting thing occurred on the campus of a local Catholic college. [Read More]
Saturday, January 14, 2012
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Forwarded article from our e-group courtesy of Bro. A. This article presents some interesting facts on the history of homosexuality and homosexual politics and its development leading up to the present-day gay culture.
In a piece of shameless propaganda, two female sailors were photographed kissing on a dock in front of a U.S. Navy Ship. The headlines read, “Two women share historic kiss at US Navy ship's return. For the first time since the repeal of ‘don't ask, don't tell,’ a same sex couple takes part in a traditional public embrace. A Navy tradition caught up with the repeal of the US military's ‘don't ask, don't tell’ rule on Wednesday when two women sailors became the first to share the coveted ‘first kiss’ on the pier after one of them returned from 80 days at sea.”
Having served eight years in the Navy myself, I immediately asked: what Navy tradition is that? The Navy I served in never did any such thing.
American servicemen and women are not just being asked to tolerate this behavior, but are being subjected to “sensitivity training” where they are required to embrace homosexuality or abandon their careers. Meanwhile, homosexuals, transsexuals, and other perverts are being recruited in an effort to drive Christians from service. This abomination has been extended to the rest of government with executive order #13583, directing that homosexuals be given preference for government jobs and contracts.
This isn’t limited to Obama and the Democrats, as neo-conservatives and faux Christians openly promote homosexuality as a supposed matter of civil rights. This includes Republican candidates like Mitt Romney who instituted same sex marriage in Massachusetts. He denounced as “too extreme” the effort by pro-family groups to enact a preemptive state Marriage Protection Amendment prohibiting homosexual marriage, civil unions, and same-sex public employee benefits. Additionally, the neo-conservatives Anne Coulter and Republican strategist Roger Stone, serve on the advisory board of the homosexual advocacy group GOPROUD.
A massive propaganda campaign has convinced many Americans that homosexuality is a normal healthy life style, but like other elements of the socialist faith, this is just the opposite of reality. Homosexuality and pedophilia have been a hallmark of pagan societies since the Egyptians, with the only exception being Hebrews and Christians.
The History of Homosexuality
In ancient Greece men openly practiced homosexuality between men and pedophilia with boys. They felt that the love of a man for a boy was the purest form of love, believing that the desire for women was dirty because they menstruated. Sexual relations with boys were often the subject of Greek literature and love poems.
In ancient Rome, the Greco preference for homosexuality and aversion to marriage had been bred into the Roman worldview, and the streets were filled with male prostitutes. Pederasrtic marriages (marriages between a man and a boy) and honeymoons were common; and boys were often castrated before reaching puberty so they would maintain their youthful appearance.
In AD 165, during the reign of Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Empire was devastated by a fifteen-year epidemic. Venereal disease and the lack of basic sanitation killed a third of the population including Aurelius. Then in AD 251, another equally devastating epidemic again swept the empire, this time attacking the rural areas as hard as the cities.
The decline in the Roman population was compounded by the lack of women as a result of female infanticide. A study of inscriptions at Delphi made it possible to reconstruct six hundred families. Of these, only six had raised more than one daughter. Girls that did survive infancy were usually married well before puberty. Roman law set the age limit for marriage at twelve years but it was not enforced, as the law carried no penalties.
As early as 59 BC, Julius Caesar offered land to any father who had three or more children and celibacy was outlawed. Augustus enacted laws giving political preference to men who fathered three or more children and imposed sanctions against childless couples; but, nothing worked and the Empire’s population shortages were already severe before the first great plague.
Even when men did marry, they preferred sodomy with their wives and more often than not, destroyed any offspring. During excavations of a villa in the port city of Ashkelon, the Harvard Archaeologist Lawrence Stager excavated a sewer. What he found was that it was clogged with the bones of hundreds of little babies who had been thrown into the sewer, most of which were female. Surviving Roman and Greek art frequently depicts anal intercourse, and literature describes women “playing the boy.” This literature also tells of how Roman men preferred women with large buttocks. The solution to the decline in population was to import more and more “barbarians” from outside the Empire; and Marcus Aurelius had no problem finding vacant land outside of the city to settle them on.
The Rise of Christianity
In the Christian world, the equality of the sexes, monogamous marriage, prohibition of homosexuality and infanticide, combined with a love of family, caused the Christian population to rise. At the same time, pagans could see that Christians didn’t get sick as often, and when they did get sick they stood a better chance of survival, prompting a high rate of conversion.
In AD 393, the Emperor Diocletian and his colleagues Maximilian, Galerius, and Constantius issued a series of edicts resulting in the most intense persecution of Christians ever seen in the Roman Empire. Called the Diocletianic Persecution, the move was intended to return the empire to a unified pagan faith by forcing Christians to embrace the Emperor Cult and its deadly sexual practices. Intolerance toward the Hebrews, and then the Christians, had existed all along – but this persecution was much worse. In AD 305, Diocletian resigned; and in AD 313 the persecution was ended by the emperor Constantine I (AD 272 – 373).
Homosexuality and the Rise of Socialism
As detailed in my book, socialism is based on the re-birth of ancient paganism, including homosexuality. The British Philosopher Thomas Robert Malthus (1766 – 1834) was strongly influenced by the socialist icons Robert Owen and Jeremy Bentham. Malthus espoused the elimination of marriage, and the promotion of homosexuality and promiscuity so as to create a “whole train of common diseases and epidemics, wars, infanticide, plague, and famine,” as positive checks on population. Meanwhile, Bentham was a homosexual pedophile who said that morality was based on the maximization of pleasure, and Owen said the purpose of socialism was to “feel as much pleasure as one’s knowledge and power would permit.” These positions would become part of the Humanist Manifesto now being imposed on the entire world by the United Nations – where sexual pleasure is a basic human right.
In 1882, the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) wrote The Gay Science, where science is described as an alternative to religion, something that Sigmund Freud agreed with. Freud would adopt Nietzsche’s Theory of Transvaluation where the definitions of right, wrong, good, and evil would be reversed, and the role of the priest would be replaced with the psychotherapist. Freud would then reverse the original findings of studies showing that neurosis was largely the result of sexual abuse in childhood; stating instead that neurosis is the result of sexual repression brought on by Christian beliefs – encouraging the sexual education of children, where it would do the most harm.
The idea that homosexuality forms the basis for a better society can be found in the rise of German romanticism and the Volksthiitigkeit movement through the revival of the Greek ideal of pedagogic pederasty. By the time the National Socialists came to power, Germany had already developed a subculture of boys and young men through the Wandering Youth (Wandervoegel) organization. Hitler would use this movement much as the Greeks and the Romans had, building on their romanticism as a basis for the National Socialist Party. This would lead not only to the SA, but the Hitler Youth and the elite SS, where homosexuality was a necessary qualification to be put into positions of power. Hitler was a student of Nietzsche, a premise denied today by academia.
In Soviet Russia, Lenin, as prophesized by Marx, discouraged marriage while encouraging abortions, promiscuity, and homosexuality. However, by 1933, sexually related disease and social disintegration became such a problem that Stalin denounced homosexual conduct, making it a crime punishable by death. By 1944, Stalin was encouraging marriage and rebuilding the family unit as a way of stabilizing his bureaucratic apparatus; but it was a Soviet version of the family where marriages were arranged by the state for the sole purpose of breeding, and spouses were encouraged to betray each other.
The Promotion of Homosexuality in America
The National Socialist, Dr. Friedrich Karl von Balluseck conducted sexual experiments in Germany from roughly 1927 to 1957 where he raped and sodomized not only his own offspring, but Jewish, Polish, and German children as well. In 1947, Alfred Kinsey (1894 – 1956) founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University. At the institute, Kinsey worked with Balluseck by sexually abusing children from five months to eleven years, claiming that a five-month baby is capable of achieving an orgasm. Today the Kinsey report is considered the foundation of modern psychological thought on sexuality.
In 1989, Neuropsychiatrist Marshall Kirk (1957 – 2005) and Harvard social scientist Hunter Madsen, worked with the Frankfurt psychologist Herbert Marcuse (1898 – 1979) to create a homosexual manifesto called After the Ball: How America will Conquer Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90’s. The book presented a three-part plan to institute homosexuality in the United States against the will of the American People. Part one was called desentisitization where straight America would be bombarded with propaganda presenting gays in a positive manner. Part 2 was called jamming, which consisted of using Critical Theory to equate any criticism of homosexuals with the hatred of Jews, blacks, and women. Part 3 was called conversion, and consisted of creating a false image of homosexuality as being normal, and opposition to it as being ignorant of how wonderful homosexuality really is.
Today’s totalitarian position of sexuality ignores the medical hazards associated with homosexuality, which reduces life expectancy by 50%. Studies by the Center for Disease Control shows that “30 percent of all 20-year-old homosexually-active men will be HIV positive or dead of AIDS by the time they are 30.” Related studies show that 75% of sexually active homosexuals are carrying the Human Papilloma Virus, the cause of penile and cervical cancer, along with a similar rate of crippling diseases, including: hepatitis, syphilis, and staph infections (such as MRSA). Other studies suggests the homosexual lifestyle is far more hazardous than smoking, obesity, salt, or any of the other things that socialists claim to detest and want to regulate. Homosexuality has caused at least 35 million deaths from AIDS over the last 30 years, while costing some $30B in research and treatment (for more information google: msm std cdc ).
Today’s education teaches students that men and women, adult and child, all share the same sexual traits and desires. Sexual orientation is no longer defined as homosexual or heterosexual, but in terms that say any sexual identity that is based on gender or age is irrelevant. All that matters is “self-love” where sexual pleasure replaces all religion, and all personal identity is subservient to politics. These people claim that marriages should be open and should last only until the offspring can be transferred to the care of the state, just as Owen proselytized and Stalin implemented.
In February of 2009, Dr. Joan Nelson published an article in the Journal of Sex Education & Therapy entitled “Intergenerational Sexual Contact.” In her article she said that society’s condemnation of pedophilia and incest creates harm by stigmatizing it as victimization. To solve this problem, pedophilia and incest should be referred to as intergenerational sex, and portrayed as healthy and normal. Today this position is being injected into the public school systems in several states including California, New York, and Florida.
The totalitarian aspects of homosexuality can be seen in Romer v. Evans where the court struck down a referendum, which simply stated that homosexuals should not receive preferential treatment for their life style. In his dissenting opinion Justice Antonin Scalia's said:
“Colorado's reasonable effort to preserve traditional American moral values ... I think it no business of the courts (as opposed to the political branches) to take sides in this culture war … Today's opinion has no foundation in American constitutional law, and barely pretends to. The people of Colorado have adopted an entirely reasonable provision, which does not even disfavor homosexuals in any substantive sense, but merely denies them preferential treatment. Amendment 2 is designed to prevent piecemeal deterioration of the sexual morality favored by a majority of Coloradans, and is not only an appropriate means to that legitimate end, but a means that Americans have employed before. Striking it down is an act, not of judicial judgment, but of political will.”
The effect of this ruling was to create a protected class that recognized the class- consciousness of homosexuals at the expense of the constitutional rights of individuals to free association.
Male on Male Rape
Like their Nazi predecessors, today’s homosexuals lack any scruples. Homosexuality is primarily a predatory addiction striving to take the weak and unsuspecting down with it. The “gay” agenda is a colossal fraud constituting an enormous robbery of the mind, undermining the legitimate workings of government and the military. A study by Ohio State University in 2002 published, “When Men Are Raped”, disclosing that some 17% of men will be forcibly raped during their lifetime, usually before the age of consent. This means that out of nearly 160 million adults half of whom are male, 1.5 Million homosexuals have attacked some 51 million men and boys. This is in sharp contrast with the political narrative that says homosexual men are more often the victim of attacks by heterosexuals. FBI statistics show that the actual incident of what is called hate crime represents an incredibly low percentage of overall crimes committed.
Prior to 1993, homosexuality in the military was a criminal act, punishable by imprisonment. As one of his first acts as president, Bill Clinton implemented a policy of “don’t ask don’t tell” as an incremental step towards inducting homosexuals into the military. Since then, violent male on male rape in the military has risen to an alarming level. The ugly secret is that in 2010 nearly 50,000 male veterans screened positive for “military sexual trauma,” up from just over 30,000 in 2003. For the victims, the experience is a special kind of hell – as a soldier can’t just quit his job to get away from his abusers. With the repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell”, and the institutionalized inculcation of homosexuality as a requirement for military service, this number will most certainly increase.
The political narrative says that male on male rape is not the result of homosexuality, but is instead the result of men seeking power over men, the very same argument used by the National Socialists.
Tolerating the Intolerable
As part of the socialist endeavor to destroy Western Civilization, Americans are being forced to tolerate a lifestyle that is, by definition, intolerable. As mentioned in previous articles, Herbert Marcuse (1898 – 1979) was a prominent psychologist at the Institute for Social Research, an adjunct to the Marx-Engels Institute in Moscow. Often called the father of the new left, Marcuse and his fellow Marxists set about to destroy Western Civilization, and its Christian faith. To do this they instituted a method we now call Political Correctness and Multiculturalism – collectively called Critical Theory or Neo-Marxism.
At the University of Chicago, Marcuse wrote a book called Repressive Tolerance (1965) where he said, “The objective of tolerance would call for intolerance toward prevailing policies, attitudes, opinions, and the extension of tolerance to policies, attitudes, and opinions which are outlawed or suppressed,” implementing Friedrich Nietzsche Theory on Transvaulation.
Critical Theory says that anyone who opposes homosexuality should be criticized as being full of hate or being homophobic, while rejecting all criticism and empirical evidence to the contrary. However, wanting a longer healthy life for others, especially our children, is not hateful; while promoting a deadly lifestyle based on lust and drugs is not love. No civilization that has embraced the homosexual lifestyle has survived, so opposing it is the only sound position to take.
Source: Right Side News
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Reflects on Joy in Knowing Everlasting God Entered Our History
VATICAN CITY, JAN. 1, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI says it can seem astonishing how "ultimately short and ephemeral life is," but he affirms that what gives meaning to our days is "written on the face of a Child who was born in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago, and is today the Living One, risen for ever from the dead." [Read More]
2. Eight Million Devotees to Join Black Nazarene Feast
MANILA, Philippines - Around eight million devotees are expected to join the traditional procession of the Black Nazarene on Jan. 9, an official said yesterday. [Read More]
3. Barefoot Devotees Welcome on LRT-1 Trains
THE Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) is all set for the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene on Monday, January 9, as it assured passengers and devotees enough trains will be available in its Line 1 route. [Read More]
4. Jews and Evangelicals Stand with Catholic Church Against Contraception Mandate
Washington D.C., Jan 5, 2012 / 06:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Evangelical and Jewish leaders are supporting the Catholic Church's opposition to proposed federal rules requiring contraception and sterilization coverage in most new health care plans. [Read More]
5. Do You Feel Like a Girl ...Or a Boy?
A Texas-based attorney says he's concerned about a push from California's largest teachers union to implement "gender liberation" in schools. [Read More]
6. Homosexuality and the Incredibly Shrinking Jesus [Read More]
7. Philippines Pro-Life Advocates Close 2011 With Victories
As 2011 drew to a close, a huge push was made by supporters of the anti-life Reproductive Health (RH) Bill to have the legislation passed by the end of the year – exactly as Philippine President Benigno Aquino promised would happen. [Read More]
8. Washington State Governor Proposes Legalization of Gay ‘Marriage’
OLYMPIA, January 5, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire announced at a press conference yesterday that she plans to introduce a bill in the state legislature to legalize homosexual “marriage.” [Read More]
9. New HIV Cases Remain Steady–Behavior, Not Healthcare the Key
AIDS is too often treated as a civil rights rather than a public health issue. And the meme that condoms are the answer, is clearly wrong. [Read More]
10. Vatican Releases 'Year of Faith' Guidelines
Evangelization by Catholics worldwide will be the focus of the 2012-2013 effort.
VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—The Vatican issued guidelines Jan. 5 for how the Church at all levels should celebrate the Year of Faith, which starts in October 2012. [Read More]
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
in cooperation with
DOCTORS FOR LIFE PHILIPPINES
invite you to its
2012 ANNUAL CONVENTION
“ INJUSTICE IN THE DELIVERY OF MEDICAL CARE AMONG EQUALS”
Dr. Jose Ma. Delgado Memorial Lecturer
Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle, DD, STD
Archbishop of Manila
MOST OUTSTANDING CATHOLIC PHYSICIAN 2011
When: Friday, January 20, 2012
Where: MMC Auditorium, 8th Floor, Tower II Makati Medical Center, Amorsolo St., Makati City
8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
Holy Mass with Fr. Rodel E. Aligan, OP
Ecclesiastical Adviser, CPGP
9:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Benjamin N. Alimurung, Medical Director, MMC
Manuel M. Po, MD, President,
Introduction of the Keynote Speaker
Angelita Miguel- Aguirre, MD, Over-All Chair of the Convention
DR. JOSE MA. DELGADO MEMORIAL LECTURE
“Injustice in the Delivery of Medical Care Among Equals
Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle, DD, STD, Keynote Speaker
Response from the Delgado Family
MOST OUTSTANDING CATHOLIC PHYSICIAN 2011
Response from the Awardee
10:30-10:45 a.m. break
“Use of Vaccines Derived from Aborted Fetal Lines”
Charito D. Corpuz, MD, Pediatrician
Victoria Edna Garayblas- Monzon, MD, Bioethicist
Teresita Ramirez- Lariosa, MD, MPH, Public Health Expert
Ma. Julita D. Debuque, MD
“Moral Status of the Embryo”
Josephine Millado- Lumitao, MD, FPOGS
Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, UST
Rene Josef C. Bullecer, M.D.
Dr. Joselito S. Sandejas, Ph.D.
“The Indigenous Tribes: Are We Pushing them to Extinction?”
Eleanor De Borja Palabyab, MD, FPOGS
President, Doctors for Life
Dr. Ligaya Acosta, Ph.D.
Benito V. Sunga, M.D.
P.M. Moderator - Romeo Y. Enriquez, MD
Lourdes G. Llamas, MD
Vice President, CPGP
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Sunday, January 1, 2012
Grant me the strength from day to day
To bear what burdens come my way.
Grant me throughout this bright New Year
More to endure and less to fear.
Help me live that I may be
From spite and petty malice free.
Let me not bitterly complain
When cherished hopes of mine prove vain,
Or spoil with deeds of hate and rage
Some fair tomorrow's spotless page.
Lord, as the days shall come and go
In courage let me stronger grow.
Lord, as the New Year dawns today
Help me to put my faults away.
Let me be big in little things;
Grant me the joy which friendship brings.
Keep me from selfishness and spite;
Let me be wise in what is right.
May bring no tear to any eye.
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.
--Edgar A. Guest