The Best Gifts for Your Kids

04/12/2014

Sometimes I wish my parents had given me lessons as a child that would have benefited me as an adult. Piano lessons or ballet classes, for example. Or perhaps they could have encouraged me to play sports. These activities would have taught me discipline, teamwork, and/or social skills.

While I have acquired many of these skills in other ways, it is easier as an adult to develop them as a child. Being late in learning how to be an adult makes it harder to be a successful adult. It is not fatal but it causes complications.

What is more important is inculcating in children a deep faith. For that I am truly grateful. I may not know how to ride a bike and I am not able to speak foreign languages with ease but I know and love God.

It is something I don’t see in many other adults and even children and it makes me sad. I know people who have so much going for them but they lack faith. And I ask myself, what is the point? How can parents take so much time and put in so much effort for their children to get into good schools, and develop meaningful friendships, and have the latest gadgets but not give any thought to their children’s souls?

I don’t get it.

There are people I know who are wildly successful and their parents are so proud of them. I understand that but I don’t comprehend how anyone can think their children are in a good place when they don’t believe in God and practice their faith. I especially don’t get it when the parents are believers.

But that is the world we live in–people’s values are upside down. People equate success with goodness and make worldly values our goal. We chase the latest fashions, the fastest cars, the newest phones and call ourselves accomplished if we can get these things with the highest-paying jobs, the most prominent titles and the highest honors the world can bestow.

These are not bad things. It is just they are not the only thing. Or the most important thing.

What we should first and foremost impart to our children is our faith, our love of God and our hope for their future–particularly their future in the next life if they can live righteously and get to Heaven. That is the point of this life after all.

How few people seem to know this anymore and how detrimental it is when our greatest gift to our kids is the one we don’t give them.

The Pope, the President and the Photos: Don’t Be Fooled by the Smiles!

03/30/2014

The media made a big deal about the inaugural meeting between His Holiness Pope Francis and President Barack Obama. It was a meeting between the most popular leader on earth with the former most popular leader. The upside for Obama is that having a photo of him with the Holy Father may lead non-practicing Catholics to conclude that the pope supports the president’s agenda. The downside for practicing Catholics is that the media and many of the American people will act as though the pope is on Team Obama. After all, if the Church really opposes Obama’s promotion of abortion and gay marriage and his administration’s attacks on religious liberty, why would the pope meet with him or be seen smiling with him?

I would not meet with the president but I am not the pope. He believes in outreach and he is a world leader meeting with another leader. The pope was not endorsing Obama’s plan for this country. In fact, according to the Vatican, the pope and the president discussed issues of concern to the American Church including religious liberty. Recall that the Supreme Court just heard the case of religiously motivated corporations which demand that their First Amendment rights not be abridged by the contraception mandate buried within Obamacare.

The pope’s version of events differs from the administration’s. It seems that the pope used the meeting as an opportunity to defend life and religious freedom. The pope gave his latest encyclical, The Joy of the Gospel, to the president to read. Having read the encyclical, I know if Obama bothers to peruse it that he will find it educational and informative. It is the pope’s vision for the Church and the world based on the teachings of Jesus, Whom Obama claims to worship along with millions of other Americans.

Interestingly, I saw numerous statements in the encyclical that were previously attributed to the pope which in context did not have the same impact as when they were taken out of context. The pope is trying to get the world back to the values of Christendom. It involves a balancing of individual rights and community obligations. In America we have taken to extremes with liberals swinging toward socialism and communism, which the Catholic Church has always condemned, and the libertarian-conservatives becoming intensely individualistic at the expense of their fellow neighbor.

This is yet another reason why the federal government should not be getting involved in that which is beyond the powers granted to it in the U.S. Constitution. It is conservative Catholics who have it right. We believe in individual rights but they are balanced by our obligations to our fellow man. I think the pope understands that as have all popes. We have the right to support ourselves and our family but we have duties toward the less fortunate. But our acts must be voluntary since we have free will and should be motivated by our faith, not by government compulsion.

When government gets involved, it gets it wrong since our current state of polarized politics trumps our historical values as a nation. The ascendancy of some groups should not lead to the violation of the rights of less popular Americans under the First Amendment. This is why the right of a Catholic business not to provide a wedding cake to a homosexual couple should be respected. And why people of faith who know that some forms of birth control can be abortifacients should not have to violate their consciences because some women want to spend money on their lattes and iPhones instead of on their monthly pills.

I hope that the president is humble enough to learn from the pope and that he reads the encyclical. I also hope the American people are not fooled by the photo-op into thinking the pope has given the president his blessing on his war on Christianity. I am sure Francis prays for Obama since he is concerned that the most free nation on earth is losing its way. No smile can change that but prayer and repentance can.

Sick Society: Our Lost Youth

03/20/2014

I know every generation picks on the youth but things have really changed and not all of it is the rising generation’s fault. I don’t think we’ve had a worse set of folks coming of age since the Baby Boomers, who are some of the most selfish, immoral, and destructive Americans to have ever lived.

Young people generally are not considerate and do stupid things because they think they are invincible. They act before they think. The problem is we now have adults who continue this trend which is becoming dominant. Inspired by the young people who are drowning in narcissism due to social media, mainstream society is increasingly embracing their values. Indeed, the rise of extreme libertarianism is giving way to notions and policies that were unthinkable just one generation ago, maybe even only ten years ago. I am specifically talking about the legalization of marijuana and gay marriage.

To the extent that things are truly different now–we all used to say it but it simply was not true–one only needs to look at the computerization of our kids. We who are on the young side of middle age were not raised on the internet and all the blessings and curses it has created. It was supposed to connect us and it has isolated us. We all know the cliché of two people being out, possibly on a date, and instead of talking to each other, they stare into their phones. Our phones have become the center of our lives–our music, TV, conversation, socialization through Facebook and other social media sites, and access to the internet and everything that is available which consists of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

This alone makes the lives of the current generation radically different from the rest of us. They also are facing a country that is not what their parents or grandparents inherited. Somewhere along the line we stopped encouraging the young to be all they can and to achieve. We became a reality show culture where 15 minutes of fame has become more prized than finding the cure to cancer. Nancy Pelosi encourages the young to stay on their parents’ healthcare until age 26 and to follow their dreams to be artists, poets and the like.

How many poets do we need? How many contestants must we have on The Bachelor? Do the kids of today want to smoke pot so they can forget about the fact that we are quickly destroying their future? In a way I don’t blame them but eventually our society’s problems will be theirs to manage and we already saw what the stoned Baby Boomers did to our country.

Whether young people are to blame or not, they are doing things that are horrifying. There is the Duke University student who calls herself Belle Knox and pays for her tuition by making pornography, stripping and…releasing a line of sex toys (according to the New York Post, 3/19/14). We know women who have taken off their clothes instead of doing the hard work of taking a non-glamorous job to pay for school. After taking countless selfies and using a webcam since before they reach puberty, is it any wonder that young women like this would think it is “empowering”? She hides behind feminism in saying she likes “painful” sex and that it is arousing. She is 18. (New York Post)

Before she went to leftist Duke, where were her parents when she was learning to love painful sex that led to exhibitionism which may make her rich but which will destroy the little dignity she has left?

There are many more stories of our lost youth, including the sex-obsessed Miley Cyrus. She is famous but there are numerous young people who are lost even if they are not public perverts. It is a shame and we owe them so much more. We have abdicated our responsibility as a culture to our youth and they are suffering now whether they realize it or not. Mostly, they think they are liberated and cool and so much smarter. Looking something up on the internet is not the same as actually knowing something. Using a calculator or spellcheck doesn’t replace the need for a solid, moral education which teaches critical thinking skills.

Instead of this, we get kids learning about their classmates’ two daddies, or a whitewashed history of this country that de-emphasizes American achievement but focuses on other societies’ contributions to America whether real or imagined, or how to feel good about themselves even if they don’t try their best.

I feel for those with young children who don’t have much to look forward to unless we guide our youth as we used to do. The youth are the future–how they are telegraphs where the country is going. All the technology in the world won’t save this nation. A return to a sense of decency and old-fashioned values just might.

Review: “Son of God” Is Excellent Depiction of Christianity’s Birth

03/16/2014

I finally was able to see Son of God, which was largely based on the highly successful mini-series that aired last Lent called The Bible. Unlike the wonderful The Passion of the Christ from ten years ago, Son of God tells the story about Jesus’ whole life and the birth of Christianity.

It is truly the greatest story ever told and it is told beautifully.

After a brief history from the beginning of the world, up to and including the birth of Jesus, the movie focuses on Jesus’ public ministry. We see Him choose the Apostles with love and kindness. Jesus offers them a new life, a life without end.

This is what Our Savior offers all of His followers. We know it but seeing it reflected back in a major motion picture is a much-needed antidote to the normal violence, negativity and pointlessness of most films.

We see the obstacles that Jesus faces from the Pharisees and those who are closed to Jesus’s message. We know people like that today. They ridicule Him and His Church. They want to maintain the status quo and keep marinating in their sins. They don’t want to change–they want Him to change.

Jesus is God and He cannot change. He is Truth and the truth never changes. Tell that to our liberal friends who cannot accept nature and reality.

When Jesus keeps preaching, healing and spreading the Gospel to the people, He becomes a threat to those more interested in their rituals and political situation. In following the law blindly, the Jewish leaders put the law before the people and more importantly before God. The law is a means to achieving our goal, which is serving God and being with Him forever in Heaven. It is not an end in itself. It is like law in society–the point is not just to have laws but to have an ordered society for the safety and prosperity of people.

Eventually the time comes for Jesus to enter into His Passion that precedes His death and resurrection. We all know what happened but it is enlightening to see it depicted on the big screen. It is a reminder of what Jesus did for us. Not only did He preach the Good News so we can believe and be saved, He suffered, died and rose again to open up the gates of Heaven and allow us to be with Him when our turn comes to face death.

And what does God want from us that He sent His only Son to save us? He wants us to believe, live in accord with that belief and sin no more.

Our society seems accepting of the idea of God’s love–those who are willing to believe in something besides the here and now–but our culture has rejected the idea about giving up on sin. People don’t seem to believe in the idea that they should give up the sins to which they are very attached.

Mankind has not changed, but the opportunity for grace that was not available before the Resurrection is freely available now. All we have to do is follow Jesus’ words to go and sin no more. For He freely heals us. And we desperately need His healing.

The movie does an excellent job of conveying Jesus’ love and showing us why we should follow Him. I recommend watching this film as part of your Lenten journey.

Ash Wednesday & CPAC: Religion Trumps Politics

03/05/2014

After going the last two years, I decided to go to CPAC again. It starts tomorrow and I bought my ticket before I realized that my travel day is Ash Wednesday, a day where people identify as Christians, usually Catholic, by going to church and having ashes–representing our mortality–placed on our foreheads as a call to repentance.

It is the beginning of the holy season of Lent, where we are called to pray, fast and sacrifice in preparation for our celebration of the holiest and most important day of the year, Easter Sunday.

This is what life is all about or should be all about for anyone who claims to be Christian. We follow Christ and so we don’t follow the crowd. Unless that crowd is repenting on its way from Mass. Unlikely these days.

God created us for a reason and He wants us to follow Him. He does not follow trends, or the crowd, or what is popular or easy. No one said being a Christian is easy. Back in the day when the majority identified as Christian it was easier than it is now. Overt acts of Christianity are met with hostility–think Matthew McConaughey’s acceptance speech at the Oscars thanking God–in certain quarters. That makes a day like today all the more special because–unlike a Hollywood actress declaring she is a lesbian–it takes real courage to walk among family, friends, acquaintances, colleagues and enemies with ashes on one’s forehead, acknowledging one’s sinfulness.

What used to be a call to repentance is now taking a stand and a call to action that we need to witness our faith. Publicly and privately. That does not mean we are imposing our faith the way liberals impose regulations. No, we live as Christ calls us to live. And not just in actions, but in speech.

This brings me to CPAC. Two years ago I came to see the candidates when I thought we had a chance to defeat President Obama. Last year I came for words of encouragement as I was still recovering from the election. Now I come, somewhat reluctantly, to hear words that won’t for the most part be followed up by actions. And in fact I fear the words may not be ones that I want to hear.

It seems to me that many of our so-called conservative, mostly Christian leaders are more beholden to their perceived (special) interests than they are to God or even their constituents or the Constitution. I enjoy a good speech as much as the next conservative, but it rings hollow after awhile as we see our side losing and not even trying.

Politics is just a means to an end, but the end is what matters, which is living our faith and doing God’s will. Politics and power are the not goals but tell that to the speakers. They say the right things but their motives seem to be keeping their contributors happy–whether it’s the businessmen who want an ill-conceived immigration plan passed over reasonable objections or the countless members of the gay lobby who want our leaders to drop their moral opposition to gay marriage.

Calling what homosexuals do marriage is the civil rights issue of our time but not in the way the libertarian-leaning conservatives think. It is an issue where religious freedom should reign supreme. People of faith have the right to live their lives in accord with their consciences. That is in the First Amendment. There is no right in the Constitution to sodomy and no right to call two men cohabitating marriage. Unless it is next to the non-existent right to abortion that liberals love so much.

Despite this nation being founded on Christian principles, our right to exercise our religion is being eroded and pushed indoors as we are told not to proclaim our faith and keep it personal. While homosexuals can demand we respect and even celebrate their sodomy, we must never impose our beliefs. The usual double standard.

I hope CPAC does not disappoint and that the leaders and groups realize that politics must serve faith, not the other way around. Whatever we accomplish in the political arena must be for the glory of God, not for the advancement of an ideology. When we take God out of our lives, we are left with the kind of ruin we see this country in today.

The Christian Other

02/23/2014

In surveys Catholics tend to be like everyone else and sometimes even more so. They are no different from the general population in their support of and use of artificial contraception. A majority support gay marriage. They even have many abortions just like other groups.

Of course, surveys that get these results involve cultural, but not necessarily practicing Catholics. Real Catholics know better. They know the teachings and live their lives as best they can.

Unfortunately, the majority of self-identified Catholics are not real Catholics. If they were, they would know that a Christian cannot be like everyone else. Today’s Gospel reading from the Book of Matthew talks about turning the other cheek and trying to be perfect like our Father in Heaven.

That is not how our society operates. Our modern culture is adamantly opposed to turning the other cheek and trying to be holy. America is now about getting ahead, keeping up with and exceeding the Joneses (or is it the Kardashians?), sticking it to one’s neighbor, and being all about number one.

Trust me, the number one I am talking about is not God.

If it were, we would realize that we need to place Him first, not screw over our neighbor, and practice personal sanctity.

That means we cannot have abortions or support so-called choice. We cannot use artificial birth control or have sex outside of marriage, which is between one man and one woman. Calling anything else marriage is endorsing a lie. We have to vote in accord with these beliefs. We have to be the other.

No one wants to feel excluded. I get that. I don’t. But in a society such as ours we have to be willing to be different. It is the only way we can change society. Or else society will change us as it already has so many of our brethren.

The funny thing is, since most people in this country identify as Christian, we don’t consider ourselves as outsiders. But that is what the true Christian is–we are supposed to be in the world, but not of the world.

We are told the outsiders in our society are homosexuals (who are constantly celebrated as being brave), ethnic minorities (who are constantly celebrated as being oppressed victims) and women (on whom war has allegedly been declared by the right wing). They are not outsiders but are mainstream and normal, especially if they are leftists who disdain traditional morality. Because we have been brainwashed that Christian morality is old-fashioned and not fitting with our new modern era.

So whether we like it or not, practicing Christians, especially Catholics, are the other. We are different. We should embrace it and realize we must conform ourselves to God’s will. We cannot and should not expect Him to bend His will to ours.

Don’t Support the Boy or Girl Scouts!

02/13/2014

I would like to support groups that help children grow, develop and become good American citizens. The Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts are not these groups. Not anymore.

The Boy Scouts now allow so-called gay kids–like anyone should be thinking about sexuality as a child!–to become Scouts. In fact, a self-identified homosexual received the highest honor that the formerly beloved organization bestows; he was made an Eagle Scout. Yet there are still complaints about the Scouts’ schizophrenic policy which continues to disallow openly gay men from serving as scoutmasters.

Instead of worrying about the fairness of not permitting adult homosexuals to lead boys in learning how to be strong men, we should wonder how the most American of organizations could capitulate to the ever-raging, never-satisfied gay agenda. I have been writing about this for years and my most read entry from a few years ago was called “Are Gays Taking Over America?”. At the time, I think people could not see what I was getting at but now it is so patently obvious that no one can seriously deny that the gay takeover of America is almost complete.

Look at the various rulings by judges from Utah to Kentucky to Oklahoma–the heartland that does not want to promote sodomy–forcing so-called gay marriage on the unwilling. Coupled with the endless portrayals of heroic homosexuals on TV and in film, including characters who “realize” they are gay when they never lived that way before, such as on last night’s Super Fun Night, one cannot escape the gay lobby’s work. (And don’t forget the obsession with gay athletes!)

This is bad enough, but to sexualize children is inexcusable.

Organizations should try to protect children, not politicize them. The Scouts have turned their backs on teaching and protecting children who they originally tried to keep morally straight. The Scouts have abandoned their principles and parents should avoid them.

Likewise, the Girl Scouts, who make delicious cookies, are no longer the group we used to be able to support. Instead of promoting sodomy, they are heralding pro-abortion women as role models, even honoring Planned Parenthood. Many pro-lifers are boycotting this once-great organization by refusing to buy the cookies for which they are famous.

Trust me–I would love to buy the cookies, but as a person of principle, I cannot support in good conscience what these liberals are doing to the next generation of little girls.

Like the boys being forced to think about sodomy at a young age, our little girls are being taught to think that supporting abortion is a good thing. This is sexualizing our girls in a place where they should be allowed to be innocent, learn skills and develop their leadership ability.

To me the fact these organizations have abdicated their obligation to the children to become politically correct tells us all we need to know. Now that the elites have brainwashed the adults, they are trying to do the same to the children.

These folks are really determined to destroy traditional morality. Let’s not be part of this. Don’t enroll your kids in these organizations–find alternatives. And don’t buy their cookies or chocolates. It’s not worth it. And the kids will ultimately thank you!

Just Read People: The Culture Is Lost

02/05/2014

I went to the gym the other day and read the February 10 edition of People on the treadmill. By the time I was done, I was more convinced than ever that this country is finished. Not because of the flat-lining economy or even our unraveling political situation. It is because of the culture. It is rotten and rotting. Once the culture is done so are we. The worst part is we don’t even know it so how can we fix it?

So many examples:

*There was an article on the relationship between movie stars Sean Penn and Charlize Theron, good liberals both. Penn, who may be talented but is really ugly, in contrast with his former model girlfriend, is known as a liberal’s liberal. Yet, in the article the writer mentions as an indicator that this is a serious relationship that Penn “got rid of his gun collection for her.” Why are liberals such hypocrites? This is the kind of man who would take our guns but the rules don’t apply to him and his ilk. Considering the volatile relationship he had with Madonna, it is disturbing that he would have a gun collection. Yet, he would deny the same rights to more stable Americans. The article also mentioned that the actress waited before introducing her adopted son to him–kudos for her restraint!–and now Penn lives with them so her son can keep his routine. Crazy idea, Charlize, but why don’t you have Mr. Penn move in after you are married? That would indicate seriousness.

*In an article on the Grammys, it mentioned the same-sex and other weddings performed by the talk show host, Queen Latifah. She is quoted as saying, “Everybody should be able to fall in love with someone and be protected under law.” A classic celebrity statement that shows idiocy. It is not against the law for anyone to fall in love. Everyone is equally protected under the law. What traditionalists object to is re-writing over 2000 years of Christian history and trying to call sin virtue and sodomy marriage. Calling a lifestyle marriage does not make it so. Try explaining that to a dim-witted celebrity.

*There was also an article about how actress Tori Spelling’s husband is in rehab for allegedly cheating on her–and their four children. (Yes, there is rehab for not keeping one’s pants zipped up.) We are supposed to feel bad for Tori except she cheated on her prior husband with her current husband while he was still married to his prior wife. What did she expect? I don’t feel bad for her but I do feel bad for her innocent little children. Why should they suffer because daddy refuses to be faithful and mommy has poor judgment? So many children suffer–and are scarred for life–because of the poor life choices of their selfish parents. Hey, it is all about us, not them.

*Then there was the story about the missing child, Kyron Horman, who disappeared in 2010. His stepmother is still under suspicion in his disappearance. She allegedly tried to hire a hitman to kill her husband, the boy’s father, from whom she is now divorced. The boy’s parents had divorced with the father having custody and the mother living far away and thus not a daily part of this little 7 year old child’s life. So instead of having his parents to take care of him, his stepmother was in charge–and he is now gone. Why do parents put their own perceived self-interest ahead of their children’s? I don’t mean to sound judgmental but it seems that the child’s well-being was ignored and as a result he is quite possibly dead. Unless there is abuse or a seriously compelling reason, married couples should stay together for the sake of the children. I don’t know why his parents divorced but I have always thought this child would be alive and well if his parents had stayed together. We may never know.

The point of these examples is that our culture promotes the wrong values and genuine suffering is the result with a real weakening of the culture. Sex at any cost, liberal hypocrisy, calling wrong right, and neglecting our children–how can a culture survive? Look around, my fellow Americans, it is hanging on by a thread. Who knew People could be so educational?

Liberal “American Hustle” Promotes Moral Relativism

02/02/2014

I was not planning on seeing American Hustle because I had heard one of the female stars brag about kissing her co-star. Such soft lips, she said. My first thought was, why must everything be about homosexuality in Hollywood? This was not common in the 70s like it is today. And my second thought was these women are in Hollywood with access to the best cosmetics in the world. They had better have soft lips!

I didn’t want to pay to see a movie promoting lesbianism. I was assured by a friend that it was not a sexual kiss. It was not but it was gratuitous.

So what is this movie about? It is typical of the Hollywood worldview which is why I think it is worthy of discussion. I could not figure out if this was supposed to be a comedy or a drama or both.

I will assume it is a drama that tried to be funny. As for the message, the characters said it repeatedly: people do what they have to do to survive. As a result, the con men were really just surviving and were actually not bad people. Even those who were deemed good people who did bad things were not so bad. And so-called good people who did good things were really sort of…bad.

Let me explain.

The “heroes” are a con man and woman played by Christian Bale and Amy Adams. They do a great job getting into their characters, who take advantage of desperate yet disreputable people. So the movie tells us that they are not really that bad because they are just coping with life. Committing crimes doesn’t discredit them as heroes. Plus Bale’s character is an adulterer because his wife has anxiety and is unstable.

Till death do us part doesn’t mean too much in Hollywood. But he is a hero because he won’t leave–he only cheats on–his wife because he adopted her son. And so he is a good daddy, con man and adulterer! In Hollywood, these can go hand in hand. Moral relativism and all.

The other lead character who catches them in their con is an FBI agent played by Bradley Cooper. He would naturally be a good guy to most Americans. But he is more interested in making a name for himself. He also acts inappropriately with Adams’ character. As the movie moves along, we are expected to have less and less respect for his character, who is shown not being able to play the game despite his desire for a great reward–realizing his excessive ambition and bedding the sexy criminal. However, he has a fiancée and a Catholic mama. A nice Italian boy who is not so nice.

By the way, in the ever-so-typical Hollywood manner, the Catholic mama is stereotyped as she prays for Cooper to get married and to give her grandchildren. And to give the pope more followers.

Cute.

The other Italian who is stereotyped is the mayor of Camden who is played by a non-Italian-looking Jeremy Renner. (It is odd that not one Italian-American played a major Italian character when there are many talented Italian-American actors. But then again maybe no self-respecting Italian would want to promote these endless stereotypes. Hollywood hates Italians!) The mayor is shown as a good person because he loves his minority constituents and just wants them to have jobs and opportunities. And so he takes a bribe but his motivation is good. He wants to help people and he is a nice guy–vouched for by our hero Bale.

I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone who wants to see it–it is interesting enough if not Oscar caliber–but if you see it, be aware of the anti-traditional values laced throughout the film. Good is bad and bad isn’t really so terrible. Italians are self-promoting. Catholics just want to reproduce so they can take over the world. The FBI is filled with incompetent and ambitious men who are more interested in themselves than in justice. Those that can pull off the big con are not only the big winners but actually good people. Heck, Adams’ character even blames Nixon for Carter’s incompetence, which leads to Bale calling her smart! She is good and smart! Nice messages to send to the world, aren’t they?

The Case for Excommunicating Cuomo

01/26/2014

Enough is enough! The people need to speak up since our bishops are strangely passive and basically silent. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has made it clear that his policies matter more to him than the teachings of the Catholic Church. He is entitled not to be Catholic but he apparently, like Nancy Pelosi and Joseph Biden, identifies as Catholic.

He should not have the benefits of being Catholic in a largely Catholic state without adhering to the tenets of the faith. His list of violations is long and flagrant:

*The divorced dad has received Communion, which he could do since he is not remarried, except he has not become a monk. He is living with a woman in the governor’s mansion. Having sex with someone who is not a spouse is a mortal sin. Catholicism 101.Even non-Catholics know that so he cannot plead ignorance.

*More importantly, Gov. Cuomo, like his daddy Mario before him, has been a longtime supporter of so-called abortion rights. He ran as pro-choice and once in office one of his top priorities was making abortion as widely available as possible as long as possible–up until right before birth. This is a big no-no in Catholicism. As everybody knows. The Catholic Church teaches that if one procures an abortion, one is automatically excommunicated. Promoting abortion can result in the same penalty.

*To add insult to injury, Gov. Cuomo led the effort to legalize marriage between homosexuals in New York State. The effort had previously failed but Cuomo made it a priority. With all of New York’s problems, financial and otherwise, Mr. Cuomo went out of his way to make sure that two men or two women can marry in New York.

*The cherry on the sundae is the governor’s recent comments which show a mindset that is so hostile to our Catholic values that it is shocking and frightening to practicing Catholics who reside in New York, a free state in the United States, a free country. For now. Mr. Cuomo said that people who are extreme in their pro-life views (as opposed to his extreme pro-abortion views) are not welcome in New York. I gather extreme in pro-life views means one believes that abortion should be illegal. Because it involves the intentional killing of an innocent child. To me extreme means killing a defenseless child with the state’s approval. For good measure he also said opposition to gay marriage is extreme and unwelcome in this state. No one even contemplated two men marrying until the present generation. For over 2000 years of Christian history this was not even a thought and yet now holding onto that morality and worldview is extreme according to Andy.

I think we have enough to waken the sleeping bishops. They may not see it coming but anyone with eyes can see that fellow “Catholics” like Mr. Cuomo will be coming for us. He not only rejects Church teaching, he proclaims practicing Catholics unwelcome in the state.

What’s next?

It is time for the governor to be excommunicated so no one will suffer from the impression that one can be a Catholic in good standing by openly violating Church law, promoting evil policies that are contrary to Church teaching, and making it clear that anyone who is pro-life and marriage should move. That would mean that Cardinal Dolan and all the clergy would need to leave town. If this is not the wake up call to coming anti-religious tyranny, I don’t know what is. Wake up, everyone!


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