Saturday, February 21, 2015

Cincinnati Archbishop warns Christians against 'destructive message' of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

From Archbishop Schnurr: The movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, is scheduled to debut in theaters across America on February 13, 2015. The story line is presented as a romance; however, the underlying theme is that bondage, dominance, and sadomasochism are normal and pleasurable. In the story line, a young Miss Steele is urged to sign a contract becoming a sex slave and agreeing to an abusive and degrading relationship. This movie is in direct contrast to the Christian message of God’s design for self-giving and self-sacrificing love, marriage and sexual intimacy. The movie is a direct assault on Christian marriage and on the moral and spiritual strength of God’s people. We need to inform our people about the destructive message of this movie and to highlight the beauty of God’s design for loving relationships between a husband and wife in the bond of marriage.

Bishop Morlino: Only what is true can ultimately be pastoral

Bishop Robert Morlino, of Madison, Wisconsin, has strongly rejected the admission to Holy Communion of the divorced and “remarried”. 

In an interview with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN’sThe World Over he commented:

Only what is true can ultimately be pastoral and we cannot carry out something else and call it pastoral, if it doesn’t embody the truth.

He continued:

Certain doctrines are embodied in certain practices and even if you don’t change the doctrine in writing, in a written document, if you change the practice you have changed what the previous practice embodied.

He further added:

It seems to be essentially confusing to say that we are going to change the discipline, which embodies this doctrine, but we’re not going to change the doctrine. It’s almost like a mind/body split.

Asked about Cardinal Marx’s recent controversial interview in America marriage, the bishop said:
It is very clear from the book of Genesis, and forward, what the Lord intended marriage to be, Jesus clarifies it in the gospels of Matthew and Mark. He, Jesus, says that the one who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery. Those are Jesus’s words, now, how we mitigate the truth of that is beyond me.

Bishop Morlino was asked what he thought of Cardinal Burke’s statement that he would resist Pope Francis if he pursued doctrinal change. After hearing Cardinal Burke’s statement and subsequent further explanation read out Morlino responded:

I agree with that completely.

He said that he does not believe the Holy Father will attempt such a change because:

…when we are talking about marriage we are talking about the very core of society, you know, the first of all communities, if we get totally confused about that, even doctrinally in the official teaching of the Church, then I think that all is lost for society.

Girl Scout Cookies... No Thank You

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Where Does the Cookie Money Go?
  • A girl's troop keeps an average of just 10 to 20 percent of the money she collects from selling cookies.
  • The local council receives an average of 65 to 75 percent of the money collected by all local troops.
  • Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) collects a royalty payment based upon its licensed trademark on every box of cookies produced.  With approximately 200 million boxes of cookies sold annually, this amounts to millions of dollars of funding for GSUSA every year.
What's the Concern About Funding Girl Scout Councils and GSUSA?
  • Girl Scouts’ curriculum for girls, sold and promoted by every local Girl Scout councilrecommends pro-abortion role models/organizations such as Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Geraldine Ferraro, Hillary Clinton, Amnesty Intl., Population Council, ACLU, and National Organization For Women.
  • Local Girl Scout councils and GSUSA honor and promote abortion rights advocates and pro-abortion politicians including Nancy Pelosi, Kathleen Sebelius, Wendy Davis, and Elizabeth Warren among many others.
  • Local Girl Scout councils and GSUSA connect girls to resources promoting abortion rights and inappropriate sexual content via official Girl Scout social media accounts.
  • GSUSA is the largest member organization of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), providing 2.8 million of its 10 million girl and adult members worldwide and paying approximately 1.5 million dollars annually to WAGGGS based on the number of registered GSUSA members.
  • WAGGGS, which states that "anyone who is a Girl Guide or Girl Scout is automatically a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts," aggressively promotes youth reproductive/abortion and sexual rights, specifically on behalf of its 10 million members.
  • GSUSA maintains memberships in additional abortion advocacy groups, including the Coalition for Adolescent Girls and Re:Gender. Other organizations working alongside GSUSA in these groups include abortion providers International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International, and numerous organizations that push for unrestricted abortion rights, such as the Feminist Majority Foundation and the National Women's Law Center.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Scandalous Movie


by Bishop Paul S. Loverde 


The Virtue of Chastity

Seven years into his addiction to online porn, John wrote to tell me of his struggles. His addiction began when he misspelled a word in an online search and was taken to a hardcore porn site. When I received his letter, he was nineteen. If anything, his exposure to pornography at the age of twelve was later than some: studies reveal our children’s first exposure is even younger.
With the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, I wonder what we are saying to John and his female peers. I wonder what our decision to objectify women in situations of sexual violence—and to support the industry which fuels it—says about us and about our society? Though by the entertainment industry’s standards this movie is not classified as pornographic, it normalizes the intertwining of sex and violence, that old pornographic standby.
I have not had the privilege of a sheltered life. As a young priest and campus minister in the ’70s, I saw the early fruit of the sexual revolution: broken relationships, devaluation of sexual union, and rising divorce rates. In the lives of those I served, I saw prolonged adolescence, rising numbers of fatherless children, more addictions, and isolation. I listened, counseled, and tried to listen some more.

Usual Suspects Protest Archbishop Cordileone’s School Reforms


After years of decline from media darlings to relative obscurity, why has Call to Action USA (CTA) reemerged in San Francisco? Because Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s recent efforts to strengthen the Catholic identity of his schools tackles the central claim of Call to Action—that the Church discriminates unjustly against Catholics who are unwilling to accept or abide by Catholic moral teaching.

If San Francisco follows the lead of several other dioceses and unapologetically requires Catholic schools to employ only those who are faithful to the Church, it may be a harbinger of things to come. And the fringe dissidents don’t like it.

Archbishop Cordileone touched off a firestorm with his “Statement of the High Schools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco Regarding the Teachings and Practice of the Catholic Church.” He lays out the dos and don’ts of being an employee of a Catholic school, defining an array of practices that are not tolerated.

Read the whole article here:

Outside the Camp: a Homily by Bishop Robert Morlino

In his homily (2/15/2015) at the Mass of installation of a member of the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest as Lector and Acolyte, Bishop Morlino reflects on what it means to live ouside the camp - a place of isolation and shame. We must join Jesus outside the camp and suffer with Him as we carry our crosses.