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Saturday, May 25, 2013

BOY SCOUTS: Sold Down the River Again By The U.S. Bishops

by Susan Fox

We just barely survived the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic priesthood, and now the bishops are going to set up the same conditions in the Boy Scouts that existed in the U.S. Seminaries. I am disgusted.

With the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops taking a “wait and see attitude,” the Boy Scouts of America openly welcomed homosexual youth to their group.  See full article at National Catholic Register Boy Scouts of America Lifts Ban on Homosexual Scouts

“No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” The Scouts’ national council added that line to the requirements for being a scout on May 23, 2013.

But the USCCB episcopal liaison for the National Catholic Committee on Scouting Bishop Robert Guglielmone said, while he was “not particularly encouraged” by the decision, “WE CAN LIVE WITH IT.” Then he positively encouraged Catholics to remain involved in the Scouts so they can hold the line back from gay adults becoming Scout leaders.  Sorry, but I don’t think our children should be endangered by this social experiment while the U.S. bishops “wait and see” what happens.

Bishops had ample opportunity to see "what happens" when U.S. seminaries were flooded with homosexual seminarians and teachers. They converted our future priestly vocations to homosexual activists for decades, and now they will tolerate the same thing in the Boy Scouts!

I have a close friend whose son went into the Catholic seminary a heterosexual man, and instead of coming out a Catholic priest, he came out a gay man with AIDs. By the grace of God, he repented and died in the grace of God, having received all the Catholic sacraments, but what a dreadful thing for the Catholic bishops to allow. They utterly destroyed that young man’s life. And they have learned nothing! Nor do I know of any case where a bishop apologized for the conditions he allowed in the seminary. Nor do they apologize for the conditions they allow in so-called "Catholic" universities in America! (They did apologize to the priests' victims)

Instead, how did the bishops address the accountability for this disaster in the priesthood? By requiring little old ladies, who wanted to serve the church, to get finger printed before they can begin their ministry. 

There is no reason for this change in scouting policy. Any youth with a burgeoning interest in homosexual relations would have been accepted into the Boy Scouts as long as they were fighting the tendency! If they were fighting the tendency, no one would know they were gay!

The only reason for this policy is to allow boys openly expressing their homosexuality to come in. Once they are openly saying they are gay, they don't want to change their behavior, and it will be very difficult for them not to act on their tendencies in a boy-scouting situation. Then they will pass their sexual disorder to many other innocent young men, who could have grown up, married and had children. It's an utter tragedy.

I worked for the San Francisco Examiner in the late '80s, and they did a series on homosexuality. The newspaper hired many openly gay people, but the series of articles were honest about the lifestyle. I will never forget the quote from the man who said he "fell in love" in high school with another boy. It seemed wonderful to him  at first, but in the end all he had was a miserable life of sadomasochistic group sex, sodomy and illness. He said he could have been a good husband and father, but  -- in his own words -- his life was totally wasted.

Teenage boys don't have the discernment to avoid getting hooked into this lifestyle by their friends. They need to be protected by the adults in authority. Gays have no way of increasing their numbers except by their own form of vile recruitment. Have you forgotten the Man Boy Love Association?

I can't understand why the bishops are SO naive. And I hope that's what it is. They are repeating the same mistakes they made when they repeatedly moved homosexual priests, who preyed on teenage boys, from one parish to another, thinking the man had reformed. This is false charity!

There is no leadership to be expected from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In the ‘90s they supported domestic partnerships between same sex couples. They gave tacit support – except for provisions where they have to pay for birth control and abortion – to Obama "Care."  In the hands of an increasingly secular totalitarian government, socialized medicine becomes nothing but forced euthanasia (i.e. murder). The bishops have supported tighter gun control in a time when we need weapons to defend ourselves against a government with drones aimed at the U.S. population. AND they continue to shove the Catholic Campaign for Human Development down our throats in the collection basket! The Campaign for Human Development has been repeatedly shown to support organizations that support abortion, birth control, gay marriage, communism and every vile form of anti-Catholicism. Who would believe the Catholic collection basket would support abortion!

Make no mistake. The purpose of this Boy Scout decision is to destroy marriage, as we know it.

A prominent lesbian recently admitted she supports gay marriage because it would destroy traditional marriage. She said the gay agenda is to change marriage into something it isn’t. Right now it is a lifelong commitment between two people of the opposite sex built on the foundation of Jesus Christ, built on love.  

Gays hate marriage because they can't ever live it. They want marriage to become their lifestyle -- a temporary hook-up between people of the same sex. Well, I guess those who gave up and sought easy divorce and used birth control are reaping what they sowed. (I’m not referring to those who were suddenly dumped by their husband or wife, nor those who had to get out of a marriage to protect life and limb.) 

But rampant easy divorce and birth control in the U.S. have had a lot of negative consequences, the call for homosexual marriage just being one of them.  At this point, I can't do anything with my joint bank account in my credit union unless my husband gives his approval because he works for the company where we opened the account. This change has crept up on us just in the last few years. It is very infuriating because I handle all our finances. So thirty years of marriage is meaningless now in financial situations because of the U.S. divorce rate.

Ideas have consequences. The U.S. Bishops need to LEARN this. This idea of allowing openly gay boys into the Boy Scouts will have dire consequences for the Scouts, but also for civilization, as we know it. 

(Most of the 100,000 Scout units in America are chartered to religious organizations. The Catholic Churches account for 8,570 of them, placing them third after the Mormons and Methodists.)

Monday, May 20, 2013

BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD: It's more than you think!

by Susan Fox
“God so loved the world, He gave His only Son.”(John 3:16)

When I was a young girl I had to study Bible History in grade school. I can still remember those pictures of Abraham dragging his son Isaac up that hill while the poor unsuspecting boy didn’t know he was going to be killed.

At the time, the story was presented to me as a test of Abraham’s faith in the Lord. I just thought God was mean to ask it of Abraham in the first place.
Isaac carrying the wood for the sacrifice
a figure for Jesus Christ.
"Where's the Sacrifice, Dad?"

Later, I understood that when Isaac – burdened with a load of wood – wondered out loud where was the sacrifice, Abraham answered prophetically, “God Himself will provide the lamb for the sacrifice.”

The Lamb Who was Sacrificed:
Behold the Lamb of God
Who Takes Away the Sins of the World.
“Behold the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world!” You can almost hear St. John the Baptist entering the stage upon seeing Jesus millenniums later.

When he said, “God Himself will provide the lamb for the sacrifice,” Abraham thought his son Isaac would be that sacrifice. But it appears that God the Holy Spirit anticipated that Jesus would be the sacrifice when he inspired Abraham to say that.  

Of course, Isaac was saved at the last minute by an angel, who said, “Do not lay a hand on the boy… Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

So, yes, it was a test. And Isaac was an image, a type for Jesus Christ, who would one day carry the wood of the cross on His back, and that wood would become the instrument of His torture and death.

But I still felt that God was somewhat selfish because He sent “His Son.” I know that Jesus, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, volunteered for the job, but why didn’t the Father or the Holy Spirit offer to go instead?

But one day I finally understood the unadulterated, pure self-giving love of God. The understanding came when the Apostle Philip asked Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

It’s almost eerie when you hear Jesus answer, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”

So when God so loved the world He sent His Son, He actually gave Himself in His totality because “I am in the Father, and the Father is in me.” Jesus and the Father are One.

When a man gives his seed in the marriage bed, that is an act of self-giving love. And no man wants to send his son in to be tortured and killed.  But if that were to happen, the son who is killed is not the same person as the father. They are two different people. The son alone would go through the torture and death, not the father.

But when God the Father approached the Blessed Virgin Mary through the Angel Gabriel, He was really offering much, much more. He didn’t just give Mary seed, He gave her Himself in His Son, and in that fruitful giving (overshadowed by the Holy Spirit) Jesus was conceived in her womb. But so was the Father -- in His Divine Nature -- because as Jesus said, “The Father and I are One.”

“The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” (John 14:10)

As Catholics and Christians, we tend to divide God up and think of three instead of one.  We have to sort them out. One is the Creator, One is the Redeemer and One is the Sanctifier.

But through the message of the angel Gabriel, only One God approached the Blessed Virgin Mary. God Himself humbly asked Mary to receive Him in her womb.  She – unlike the rest of us – knew exactly who she was. “I am the Handmaid of the Lord.”

And for a servant of God only one answer is possible: “Yes! Be it done to me according to your word.”

And so Jesus became the Son of the Handmaid, and the Father placed His own Glory within Mary.  The Lamb He provided for the sacrifice – it was God Himself!


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Fooled Again: Citizens of the United States

by Lawrence Fox

"We won't be fooled again" so goes the song.  There was a question on Facebook comparing President George W. Bush and  President Barack H. Obama.

To some degree the previous leadership led to the subsequent psychotic leadership which we now have under the socialist gang-banger President Obama. There were eight years of war with almost non-stop cynical press and for the majority of Americans, they were tired of it and wanted out. President George Bush could never convey the real seriousness of the war on "jihad" and the fact that like all wars -- the message is more important than the bombs. 

(Editor's Note: To be fair to President Bush, the media actually stopped covering his speeches. As a former news reporter from the Carter/Reagan era, what the press did to President Bush is disgraceful. Never before in history did the press fail to cover everything said by the president. Now Barach Obama drones on endlessly with empty catch phrases and every word is covered and even defended by the so-called mainstream press. Back to Lawrence:)
Instead the mantra was “Islam is a religion of Peace.” If there was one statement which is categorically a misnomer, it is that statement. Tell that to the murdered Quraysh and Jewish tribes slaughtered by Mohammed. Tell that to the poets Asma bint Marwan and  Ka’b bin Al-Ashraf, who were assassinated at the instigation of Mohammed. Tell that to the conquered  Kuwaiti tribes , who were later forcibly converted when Mohammed died.

Tell that to all the peoples who were living in the lands now known as Turkey, Syria, Egypt, and all across Northern Africa who were murdered and enslaved by the message of “Jihad.”  Tell that to the millions of Muslims who have been put to death as a result of the continuous Islamic civil war (since the 8th Century) stemming from the envy and bitterness of Mohammed's child bride Aisha against Mohammed's successor Ali.

President George Bush allowed the press to dictate the narrative. It was just like the era of Vietnam. It ended up a political disaster in spite of the bravery of all the men and women in uniform. 

Even conservatives were flustered with the hands off approach the Bush Administration took to the level of treachery which spewed from the press and Democratic leadership. Consider the shameful example of CNN embedding with Al Qaeda and reporting live the death of an American soldier. It was such a treacherous display of American Left journalism, to say the least. 

It was the wife of the vice-president who took CNN to task for such a display of treason. And the President and Vice-President said nothing (that I remember). Day after day, leaders of the Democratic Party were actually predicting one military disaster after another.  Politics is horrible when the shoe is on either foot, but the Administration was never able to communicate to the little person what was at stake. And so America decided not to vote for the moderate "reach across the aisle" Senator McCain and instead voted for the most unqualified man-boy ever elected.

Now we have a president who has placed members of the Muslim Brotherhood all over the State Department… a movement which openly promised the death of America. We are so close to the same disaster which took place in Germany leading up to World War II.

So what has the socialist gang banger done for America? The debt continues to climb up, up, and up. Guantamano is still in operation. No one was held responsible for the Bank and Housing Fiasco. Many if not most of the green energy companies – which receive millions from the Whitehouse - have gone belly up except for GE Wind (and the CEO of GE is intimately involved with the White House). What about Solyndra taking money from the Government and then putting it back into the DNC? Who has been held accountable for that?  The unemployment rate is still above 7.5% for those who are actually looking for work (many have given up).

Then there was the high fuel prices...every Democrat screamed "Complicity, corruption, Dirty Republicans and Oil Companies." Funny but the price of fuel in California is still above $4.50 ...not a peep from the social justice progressives. Except for Barach Obama, who said he was glad the oil prices were at this level, he is simply sorry that it happened so fast. I am certain the high gas prices in California are really helping the poor - who are mostly on foods stamps by now. (Gas prices have moderated since this was written, but largely because of little economic activity. Demand is low)

Who has been held accountable for that waste of billions of stimulus dollars? The rate of food stamp usage has gone way up (35-48%). Then there is the deadly and costly Obama "Care." How many Americans know of the 1000s of exemptions granted by the administration to companies which said: “We cannot afford this socialized health care at this time?” I thought this was supposed to be such a wonderful program?  Then the Obama Administration in order to get re-elected promised “Free Contraception” to the women of America - who were also swooned by Bill Clinton the reigning misogynist. I’d rather be able to earn a living than get contraception, which costs what $5 a month?
New Obama "Care" Ad

The Obama Administration continues to provide tax dollars $100s of millions of dollars to finance the abortion industry with no end in sight and for what - a denuded population? Actually No! Planned Parenthood first takes the profits from “dirty deeds done dirt cheap” and uses American tax dollars to finance Democratic political races.

And finally what about Barack's good friend, Christopher Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya. No one else but the president of the United States could have ordered the military to stand down in Benghazi while the U.S. Ambassador was being  tortured and murdered by a group of Jihadists, who were angry about the death of Osama Bin Laden. More than one order to stand down went to brave Americans who wanted to jump in and give their lives for the U.S. Ambassador. Three of them disobeyed and died because the U.S. wouldn't send back-up, which was available as close as Tripoli and Italy. Let Barack eat his lies and tell us where he was the night of Sept. 11, 2012! 

The only thing this present socialist gang-banger continues to promise is more open sodomy in the general population, open sodomy in sports, open sodomy in the military, and sodomy in the Whitehouse. And why not given his family upbringing?