by Mornac at Roate Caeli:
Cardinal Dolan, in this age, it is keeping the faith that deserves a “Bravo”
For those who may not have heard of it, Courage is a spiritual support group aimed at helping Catholic men and women to live in accordance with the Catholic Church’s pastoral teaching on homosexuality. It was founded in 1980 by Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s predecessor as Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Terence Cooke, who placed it under the direction of Father John Harvey, OSFS.
In the ensuing years, from its New York foundation, Courage has established approximately fifty chapters throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe. In 1994, the Pontifical Council for the Family (under what was apparently a more “judgmental” pontificate) gave its support to the apostolate “for helping homosexual persons to live in accordance with the laws of God and the teaching of His Church.”
A brief perusal of the Courage website will reveal two things. The first is the magnitude of the cross borne by our same-sex attracted brothers and sisters who wish to live their lives in accordance with God’s will. In these days when secular society is doing everything in its power to push such persons out of the closet and into a sinful state, when what the Vatican document on seminary admission mentioned as “the so-called ‘gay culture’” is dominant, one can only imagine how heavy their burden has become. The second thing one sees is the outstretched hand of the Church and its promise to stand by the afflicted for the duration of their temporal lives with spiritual direction, the Sacraments, and both pastoral and fatherly support.
The Catechism tells us that same-sex-attracted persons “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.” I’ve yet to see a better example of this teaching being applied than the way it is by Courage. As they explain in their excellent “coming out” article, this action has a specific purpose of strict self-identification that prevents psychological growth (including Christian maturity) and advertising availability and belonging to an unchaste community:
The pro-gay movement in fact prepares young people very thoroughly for this step of coming out, for this is a key moment. It’s a rite of passage into a large, enthusiastic, and seemingly attractive movement, and this is how one joins that community and that movement.…“Coming out” serves a double purpose for the person who decides to take that step:1. Psychological and social identification with the homosexual life by going public, an act of self-labeling which effectively blocks other possibilities for growth.2. The delivery of a challenge to those who might question that life. The person delivering the challenge adopts a victim posture, when actually he or she is very much on the offensive. “Coming out” is at the same time an act of vulnerability and an act of aggressiveness.…
Anything More?Yes. You must come out too…as a Roman Catholic! (Unlocking the Coming Out Trap)
by New Catholic at Roate Caeli
“Who am I to judge?” makes a triumphant entry in the American subset of the College of Cardinals, in an interview granted to the highest-rated political debate program on US television, to be broadcast tomorrow:
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York praised University of Missouri football star Michael Sam for coming out as gay, saying he would not judge the athlete for his sexual orientation. “Good for him,” Dolan said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” airing Sunday.“I would have no sense of judgment on him,” Dolan continued. “God bless ya. I don’t think, look, the same Bible that tells us, that teaches us well about the virtues of chastity and the virtue of fidelity and marriage also tells us not to judge people. So I would say, ‘Bravo.’” [Source]
It is quite easy to see that no moral debate in which the Catholic Church takes part, of any kind and on any level, can ever anymore advance even one inch if the parameters become simply an isolated reading of “not judging” – and much less if “not judging” is elevated to the positive judgment of “good” and “bravo.” Politicians quote a pontiff when casting immoral votes, and what can the Church say, from now on, on any legal matter (that presupposes a moral order)? It can always be used to stop any social debate. What can poor pastors and vicars say regarding any sin, even personally to a parishioner, when the isolated presentation of “no sense of judgment” becomes normative? Or even regarding, for instance, an inclination that our judgmental Catechism of the Catholic Church defines as “objectively disordered” (regardless of the practice or not of the “intrinsically disordered” acts attached to it)?
And if you do not like this post, who are you to judge us?…
Alert from THE PATIENTS RIGHTS COUNCIL
(March 1, 2014)
“If you are worried about a parent or loved one living alone, you can trust A Place for Mom to help you,” is the reassuring message on the nationally televised commercial for A Place for Mom — a Seattle based company which is the largest senior care referral service in the country.
Until last week, few people knew that referrals offered by A Place for Mom included those to Compassion and Choices — the national leader in the movement to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide.
On February 26, 2014, A Place for Mom blog, titled “The Importance of End-of-Life Planning” was posted. It described the assisted-suicide group as “an advocacy organization for excellent patient-centered, end-of-life care and expanded choice for the terminally ill.”
The glowing description was followed by a lengthy interview with the organization’s state director. who explained that C and C’s volunteers are present at the time a patient takes life-ending medication.
After public attention was drawn to the entanglement of A Place for Mom and assisted-suicide facilitators, the blog was removed from the senior referral service’s web site. But not before one woman who had previously planned to contact A Place for Mom observed, “It’s shocking that what seemed to offer such caring and kindness could be so deadly. If I used their services for my mother, the place for her could well be the grave.”
Be informed. Read: *SERIOUS HEALTH CARE AND END OF LIFE DECISIONS
Justina Pelletier’s family wins right to take her back to preferred doctors
The ailing teenager at the center of an interstate custody battle is going back under the care of Tufts Medical Center, where she was being treated until another Boston hospital made a different diagnosis and urged child protection officials to take her away from her family.
The development in the case of Justina Pelletier, 15, came at an attorneys-only hearing in Boston, where a contempt of court order against her father was also lifted. Lou Pelletier violated a gag order when he appeared on Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File” last month to decry Massachusetts Department of Children and Families’ decision to take his daughter, who is from Connecticut and was only in the Bay State to get medical treatment.
Doctors at Tufts performed surgery on Justina and prescribed medication, all to treat her for a rare condition called Mitochondrial diagnosis. But when Pelletier took his daughter to Boston Children’s Hospital to seek treatment for a negative reaction to the flu last year, doctors determined that her problems were partly psychiatric and that the invasive treatment at Tufts constituted medical abuse. They contacted DCF, which took the girl.
Justina spent the past 13 months detained in two Massachusetts’s facilities against her parents’ wishes. She is currently being held at the Wayside Youth and Family Support Network facility in Framingham, Mass., after spending a year at the Boston Children’s Hospital.
Also at Monday’s meeting, lawyers for the Pelletiers sought to have DCF transfer custody of the girl to their counterparts in Connecticut while the family continues to fight for her return. A decision on that issue could come on March 17.
The Pelletiers have allies in the Massachusetts Legislature, where 16 lawmakers drafted a resolution last week in an attempt to strip Justina’s custodial rights from the DCF.
“DCF is an agency in disarray,” said state Rep. Marc Lambardo, the Massachusetts state legislator who authored the resolution. “This is an administration that has been built on a lack of transparency and patronage.”
Keith Mason, president of Personhood USA and advocate for the Pelletier family, said the girl’s yearlong saga began when her family sought out top-notch medical care and followed the advice of doctors.
“This is a situation where a young woman’s dignity isn’t being respected and she’s being treated as a piece of property,” Mason said.
The family has received an outpouring of national support after Lou Pelletier exposed the case on national television on Feb. 20. He told Fox News he doesn’t regret breaking the gag order.
“DCF and the prosecution are beyond aggravated that I went to the media. But if I hadn’t, no one would know about the injustice that has taken place,” Pelletier said. “If it wasn’t for me breaking the gag order, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
Tufts Medical Center diagnosed Justina in January 2012 with Mitochondrial Disease, a rare medical condition that is maternally inherited and caused by genetic mutation, according to Arthur Caplan, director of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center.
At Tufts, Justina underwent an extensive medical treatment program involving invasive surgery and medication, all related to her Mitochondrial diagnosis. According to Lou Pelletier, Justina’s medical treatment was under the direction of Dr. Mark S. Korson, a respected physician who specialized in metabolic disorders, and all surgical procedures were approved by medical insurance.
But at Boston Children’s Hospital Dr. Jurrian Peters assessed Justina’s symptoms and brought in a psychologist, concluding that her medical problems were brought on by a psychiatric disease called Somatoform Disorder.
Boston Children’s Hospital asked the Pelletiers to sign a form agreeing to cease any further medical treatment in regards to the Mitochondrial Disease. When they objected and demanded to bring Justina back to Tufts where she had been treated for a year, they brought DCF in and stripped them of their custodial rights on grounds of alleged medical abuse.
Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel and the Pelletiers’ attorney, said he was astounded after learning the facts of the case.
“The more I learned, the more I realized there was an issue within the Boston Children’s Hospital, DCF, and the Massachusetts juvenile court system,” Staver said.
Staver said that under DCF care, Justina has been denied education, religious services and adequate medical treatment. Subsequently, he said Justina’s health is failing and she has fallen two grades behind her classmates.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of Charity Defense Organizations, took an active role in advancing a national campaign to “Free Justina.”
He led a prayer vigil Saturday outside the Framingham facility, where Justina remains, in the company of family, friends and fellow advocates of Justina’s cause.
“We are experiencing an avalanche of support,” Mahoney said. “We struck a nerve in the hearts of Americans about parental rights and the encroachment of government in the private lives of everyday citizens.”
Family of Jahi McMath Honored March 27th in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA / February 26, 2014 – Since 2007, Terri Schiavo’s family has marked the anniversary of her death on March 31, 2005 by celebrating Terri’s Day. Through the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network (Narberth, PA), they have channeled the national controversy that erupted over the court-ordered decision that ended Terri’s life by removing her feeding tube into a positive effort of awareness, education and advocacy that supports thousands of families worldwide.
This year, two events will be held in Philadelphia. Glenn Beck, nationally recognized radio personality, founder of The Blaze Network, and seven-time New York Times bestselling author, will be the honored speaker at the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network’s 2nd Annual Award Gala and dinner on Thursday, March 27th at the Union League of Philadelphia.
The evening will include the presentation of the “Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Award,” which honors an individual or family who fought to protect the dignity of a loved one against overwhelming odds. This year’s recipient will be the family of 13-year-old Jahi McMath of California. Deborah Flora, actress, producer, radio talk show host and second runner-up to Miss America, will preside as emcee at the gala. An exhibit of artwork created by Terri during her high school and college years will be on display, and prints will be available for purchase to benefit the organization.
As part of Terri’s Day 2014, an “International Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Terri Schindler Schiavo, and All of Our Vulnerable Brothers and Sisters,” Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will celebrate a national memorial mass on Monday, March 31st beginning at 5pm at the Chapel of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. All are invited and encouraged to attend.
Terri’s Day was established by Terri Schiavo’s family to remember her and foster education, prayer and activism regarding discrimination against the cognitively disabled and medically vulnerable, and advocacy for people in situations similar to what Terri and her family faced.
“Terri’s life and legacy serve as a cautionary reminder of the immediate threat placed upon hundreds of thousands of persons with cognitive disabilities,” says Bobby Schindler, Terri’s brother and Executive Director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network. “We encourage all people to reflect on the ethical considerations of caring for those unable to do so for themselves, and believe that families, not hospital boards or politics, should dictate outcomes. We have seen a rise in the need for our advocacy efforts, especially in light of the health care crisis in our country. When families such as Jahi’s reach out to us, we support them, at no cost, by connecting them with family services and a network of professional resources.”
For more information, to purchase tickets for the gala and dinner with Glenn Beck, or to become a sponsor, visit Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network’s website at www.lifeandhopeaward.com.
About the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network
Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network was established by the surviving family members of Terri Schiavo to protect the medically vulnerable. It has communicated with and supported more than 1,500 families, and has been involved in hundreds of cases since Terri’s death. Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network has received dozens of national awards including the Gerard Health Foundation Life Prizes Award for its efforts in protecting the value and dignity of the profoundly brain injured.
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Deeper Into the Culture of Death
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This Executive Order freed the slaves in the 10 states that were in rebellion. It was not until 1865, with the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, that slavery was abolished in the United States.
How far we have come as a Nation that 160 years later we will celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.
Yet, we also commemorate the 40th anniversary of our national shame: the lamentable Supreme Court decision, Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion throughout the nine months of pregnancy.
The so-called “pro-choice” movement has its roots in the ideology of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, who understood her call to be one who would “assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit.” Of course, a young Barack Obama was precisely the sort of unfit child that Sanger and her allies would want to eliminate.
Tragically, the President has not been an advocate for those young children faced with similarly difficult circumstances. He has chosen to use the bully pulpit not to call upon us all to be nobler and to embrace each child, regardless of origins and circumstances; rather, he has been a proponent of an expediency that is shameful and criminal in the eyes of Almighty God.
The forces of death press on from every side in contemporary American culture. It is clear there is an assault on the people of faith in our country. For instance, there are the current health insurance reforms that were imposed on our Nation obligating Catholic institutions to provide employees with medical procedures and services we believe to be in defiance of the will of God.
Adding insult to injury, the Obama Administration also presumes to dictate what are legitimate church corporations that are exempt from such directs and those that are not. Thus, if all employees are Catholic and you serve a Catholic constituency, the corporation is exempt. However, if you are the Little Sisters of the Poor and hire non-Catholic nurses and welcome non-Catholics into your home, you are not exempt.
We know that today an Administration that is hostile requires contraception and sterilization. However, as Government involves itself in our internal affairs, there is little doubt in anyone’s mind that the Government would seek to compel religious institutions to provide abortion services in the future.
The President and his supporters sought to make this election, at least in part, about women’s rights. Much has been written about how the targeting of key constituencies was intended to stimulate specific votes.
In my view, those who voted for President Obama bear the responsibility for a step deeper in the culture of death. Under the cover of women’s issues, we now see an assault on religious freedom and personal conscience.
In our own state, Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed the largest expansion of abortion rights in New York State history. The irony is that our leadership is proposing this at a time when increasingly more Americans oppose abortion and support greater restrictions upon abortions. New York State, which already holds the record for the most abortions in our country, is now expanding this culture of death. We may lose, but we will stand up for what we believe.
Some may think my tone a bit strident and even un-nuanced. Maybe the time has come for more direct conversation on these matters, if we hope to preserve what is left of our God-given and Constitutionally-protected rights.
Abraham Lincoln was a man who understood the intersection between politics and nobility. He never would have been able to pass the Thirteenth Amendment in 1863. But he started by freeing “slaves” in the Confederate States with his Emancipation Proclamation.
I would have hoped that the first African-American president of the United States would have stood on the side of freedom for all. Instead, he stands on the side of political expediency. Mr. Lincoln, with great difficulty, put out into the deep and paid with his life. Would that our political leaders today would have some of the same courage.