Monday, 14 August 2017

'Cohabitation' - for God's sake and your salvation, please be warned!

 

Over the past sixty years, the social acceptability of certain types of  behaviour has turned full circle, and is particularly true in relation to sexual behaviour of young people before marriage. Prior to the 1960's it was considered unacceptable that a young man and a young woman should live together before marriage. No doubt it did happen, but society did not condone it as it does today.  In our secular and materialistic society, young people no longer learn about God and the Ten Commandments, and instead adopt a life-style and morality based on those of pop stars, film stars, and other so-called celebrities, portrayed in the media as representing ultimate success and happiness, but in reality an enticing  mirage by which the young and impressionable are taken-in.  Sadly, such life styles, often without any moral backbone, prove superficial and destructive, and lead only to disaster.  The young and impressionable either do not see this, or choose to ignore it, until very late in the day,  by which time great damage has been done to their own lives. 
Some time ago there was an excellent article published by the Abyssum blog-site, in which the teaching of the Church on these matters was re-iterated in a Pastoral letter issued by the Bishops of Pennsylvania. This letter was written in 1991, but the Church's teaching on faith and morals does not change, and applies just as much today as it did then, as it has done since the time of Christ.

We kid ourselves if we think that our Catholic sons and daughters are somehow immune from the influences of their peers. Sadly it is a fact that cohabiting has become so common in our western society, that many young Catholics see nothing wrong in this, after all everyone does it. Of course they are wrong, but human weakness exploited by Satan and his worldly cohorts, leads to moral blindness and sinful lifestyle, which if persisted in, will ultimately lead to hell.

I reproduce the following article, with acknowledgement and thanks to Abyssum:-




'LIVING TOGETHER, SHACKING UP, COHABITATING, SERIAL FORNICATION, CALL IT WHAT YOU WILL, IT IS A SIN'




Living Together

Dear Engaged Couple,
We congratulate you on your engagement and want to offer a word of encouragement to you during this special period of preparation for marriage.
While there are many issues which you will discuss over the course of your preparation period, one important area in which many priests and couples have shared their concerns with us is that of engaged couples living together before marriage. While many in our society may see no problem with this arrangement, living together and having sexual relations before marriage can never be reconciled with what God expects of us.
In addition, countless studies have shown that couples who live together before marriage have higher rates of divorce and a poorer quality of marital relationship than those who do not.
Your engagement is meant to be a time of grace and growth in preparing for your marriage. In the months ahead, we urge all engaged couples who are living together to separate. All Catholics should seek to be reconciled with God and the Church by going to confession and by going to Mass and Holy Communion regularly.
Living chastely during your remaining months of engagement will teach you many things about one another. It will help you to grow in the virtues of generous love, sacrificial giving, self-restraint and good communication – virtues which are essential for a good and lasting marriage.
We pray that as you seek God and his way more deeply, you will be rewarded with an abundance of his grace. May your love for each other always be strong and life-giving.
With every prayerful best wish, we remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Bishops of Pennsylvania
September 1991
                                                                                       
                  'The Betrothal' - Rembrandt (circle of) c. 1640


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1. What is cohabitation?
“Cohabitation” is commonly referred to as “living together.” It describes the relationship of a man and woman who are sexually active and share a household, though they are not married.
2. Why is cohabitation such a concern for the Church?
As you work with your priest during this time of preparation for marriage, you will speak with him about many issues. But the Church is particularly concerned about cohabitation because the practice is so common today and because, in the long run, it is causing great unhappiness for families in the Church. This is true, above all, because – even though society may approve of the practice – cohabitation simply cannot be squared with God’s plan for marriage. This may be why most couples who live together before marriage find married life difficult to sustain for very long.
The Church does not invent laws. It passes on and interprets what God has revealed through the ages. No one in the Church has the right to change what Jesus has taught. To do so would be to deprive people of saving truths that were meant for all time. Our Christian faith teaches that a sexual relationship belongs only in marriage. Sex outside of marriage shows disrespect for the sacrament of marriage, the sacredness of sex, and human dignity.


3. We have good reasons for living together before our wedding. Why can’t the Church just accept that?

The Church cares for you as a parent cares for a beloved son or daughter. Knowing that cohabitation increases a couples’ chance of marital failure, the Church wants to protect you and preserve your happiness. Besides, most couples don’t really evaluate the reasons they give to justify their decision. Think about it:
     Reason 1: “It’s more convenient for us.”
“Convenience” is a good thing, but it’s not the basis for making a decision that will affect your entire life. Married life is sometimes inconvenient and even demanding. Cohabitation for convenience is poor preparation for that kind of commitment. Research bears this out. Studies show that those who live together before marriage tend to prefer “change,” “experimentation”and open-ended lifestyles – all of which could lead to instability in marriage. One study, conducted by researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan, concluded that couples who cohabit tend to experience superficial communication and uncommitted decision-making once they are married. Cohabitation for convenience does not allow for the careful thought and adequate “space” necessary for making wise life decisions.
     
     Reason 2: “We’re trying to save money for the wedding, so living together is more economical.”
Sure, you might save the price of monthly rent, but you’re sacrificing something more valuable. Engagement is more than just time to plan the party. It is a time for deeper discussion and more thorough reflection, which are best carried out in a detached way. Couples who are living together do not have the luxury of such detachment. So whatever expenses you save, you’ll likely pay more in the end. Dr. Joyce Brothers said it well in an article on cohabitation: “short-term savings are less important than investing in a lifetime relationship.”
 
     Reason 3: “Because of the high divorce rate, we want to see if things work out first.”
Studies consistently show that couples who live together score significantly lower in both marital communications and overall satisfaction. On the surface, a trial run at marriage may seem to make sense, allowing one to screen out less compatible mates. But it doesn’t work out that way. Couples who live together before marriage actually have a 50% greater chance of divorce than those who don’t. And about 60% of couples who cohabit break up without marrying. Living together before marriage is different from living together in marriage, because there is no binding commitment to support the relationship.

     Reason 4: “We need to get to know one another first. Later we’ll start having kids.”
Cohabitation is actually the worst way to get to know another person, because it shortcuts the true development of lasting friendship. Those who live together before marriage often report an over-reliance on sexual expression and less emphasis on conversation and other ways of communication – ways that ultimately lead to a more fulfilling sexual union after marriage. Traditionally, the process of dating or “courtship” has led couples to a deeper appreciation of one another through conversation, shared ideals and dreams, and a mutual understanding of one another’s values.

     Reason 5: “The Church is just outdated and out of touch with its thinking in this matter. Birth control made those old rules obsolete.”
That’s just not true. In the early days of the Church, living together outside of marriage was common among the non-Christians in the Roman Empire – as was the use of artificial contraception. But these practices were devastating for individuals, families, and society. Women were treated as disposable objects, mere toys for sexual pleasure, to be discarded when passions waned. The Christian vision of marriage and family led to happiness and fulfillment for individuals and families – and a great renewal of culture and society. Far from being outmoded, then as now, the Church’s teaching is revolutionary – and it works!
                                      
                      'Wedding Ceremony' (1637-40) by Nicholas Poussin


4. Why does the Church interfere in the sex lives of couples? It’s really just a private matter between us.
Sex is intensely private and personal, but it also has deep moral and social dimensions. Sex works as a primary bonding agent in families and the family is the building block of society. Sexual rights and wrongs influence the health and happiness of individuals, families and neighborhoods. That’s why sexual behavior has always been the subject of many civil laws. The Church, of course, wishes to safeguard the family and society. But, more than that, the Church wishes to safeguard your relationship with your future spouse and with God. Sex is the act that seals and renews the couple’s marriage covenant before God. Sexual sins, then, are not just between a man and a woman, but between the couple and God. And that’s the Church’s responsibility. Sex is not simply a private matter. If it’s between you and God, it’s between you and the Church. You need to ask yourself: “When do I stop being a Christian? When I close the bedroom door? When does my relationship with God cease to matter?                    



                                                                       'Betrothal' by Raphael

5. But, really, how does what we do with our own bodies affect our relationship with each other and our spiritual relationship with God?
The gift of your body in sexual intercourse is a profound symbol of the giving of your whole self. In making love, the husband and wife are saying to one another in “body language” what they said to each other at the altar on their wedding day: “I am yours, for life!” God created sex to be physically pleasurable and emotionally fulfilling. But it is even greater than all that. It is, above all, the deepest sign of the complete gift of self that a husband and wife pledge to each other. This mutual gift empowers the couple to become co-creators with God in giving life to a new person, a baby. According to God’s design, the gift of sexual union has two primary purposes: strengthening married love and sharing that love with children. The only “place” where this total self-giving between a man and a woman is to take place is in marriage. It is the only “place” where children can be raised with the secure, committed love of a mother and a father. So sexual intimacy belongs only in marriage. Outside of marriage, sex is a lie. The action says: “I give you my whole self” – but the man and woman are really holding back their commitment, their fertility, and their relationship with God.
Before giving your body to another person, you need to give your whole life, and you need to receive your spouse’s whole life in return – and that can only happen in marriage.
                                      

                           Marriage of the Virgin  by Luca Giordano (1688)


6. Why can’t I just follow my conscience if I believe living together is okay?
People can be wrong in matters of conscience, and people often are. Where our self-interest is concerned, our capacity for self-deception is huge. Here, as in everything we do, we need an objective standard to tell us if our conscience is properly formed and able to make right judgments. Morality is not a matter of opinion or “gut feeling.” Conscience is God’s voice, speaking the truth deep within your heart. It’s unlikely – if not impossible – that God would contradict His own commandments just for your convenience or desires. You are acting in good conscience when you choose to do what God intends. The choice to live together outside a marriage is always wrong and sinful.
                               

                       Marriage Feast at Cana (detail) by Veronese (1563)


7. Why does the Church claim that living together is a scandal to others?
Many of our family and friends are doing the same thing. Just because everyone does something doesn’t make it right or any less serious. A couple’s choice to live together is not simply made in isolation. It affects everyone in relationship with these two people – parents, brothers, sisters, friends, and even other members of the parish. A cohabiting couple implicitly communicates that there is nothing wrong breaking God’s law. This can be especially misleading to young children – nieces, nephews, and children of friends – who are impressionable and whose moral reasoning is immature.
8. What is the best way to prepare ourselves spiritually for our upcoming marriage?
“A wedding is for a day, but a marriage is for a lifetime.” That can be a long and happy time, but only with good preparation. The best way to get ready for marriage is to practice your faith. Catholics do this by faithful attendance at weekly Sunday Mass, by going to the Sacrament of Penance (confession), by prayer, and by practicing works of charity. If you haven’t been attending Mass regularly, your parish priest will want to see you back. If it’s been a long time since your last confession, your priest will help you. Confession is a necessary step if you have already been cohabiting. During the days of preparation, you are strongly encouraged to pray together as a couple, read Scripture, and lead a virtuous life. For guidance, look to other couples with strong Christian values.

9. Why should we need to separate now? It’s just an arbitrary rule of the Church.

The Church’s teaching on cohabitation is not an “arbitrary” rule. Living together before marriage is a sin because it violates God’s commandments and the law of the Church. St. Paul lists this sin – technically called “fornication” among the sins (whether within or outside cohabitation) that can keep a person from reaching heaven (see 1 Corinthians 6:9) Cohabitation works against the heart’s deepest desires and greatly increases the chances of a failed marriage. If you are honest with yourself, every practical consideration will tell you that separating before marriage is the right thing to do. It is a decision to turn away from sin and to follow Christ and His teaching. That is always the right decision. But it’s a good decision for other important reasons, too:-it will strengthen your marriage -it will deepen your friendship -it will foster deeper intimacy and communion -it will build up your problem-solving and communications skills -it will give your marriage a greater chance for success. You may think you are unique and that your passion for each other will never wane. But that’s what most couples think. No one goes into marriage planning for a breakup; yet a majority of couples today do break up. You want to be one of the exceptional couples who not only succeed in marriage, but also live together in happiness and fulfillment. Some couples who are living together think that separation before marriage is artificial or meaningless. Some fear that halting sexual activity will be harmful to the relationship. But this is rarely the case. Sometimes in marriage, too, a sexual relationship will have to be suspended for a time due to illness, military service, business travel, or the good of a spouse. Relationships not only survive this, but actually grow stronger. God rewards such sacrifices with graces for a good relationship. Abstaining from sex will also enable you to rely on other means of communication, which ultimately will empower you to get to know each other in a deeper, lasting way.

St Aquila and his wife St Priscilla (patron saint for a good marriage)



10. What good will following the Church’s teachings do for us anyway?
Catholic teaching in this matter brings rich blessings to those couples who willingly accept it. The Good News of Jesus frees you to enjoy intimacy even more:
-by appreciating your spouse as a person, not an object
-by living in a stable, secure, permanent, and faithful relationship
-by expressing true, committed love rather than simply satisfying a physical urge
Married life has a special place in God’s plan. Like everything good, it require sacrifices. But they’re small compared to the rewards. Seek first the Kingdom of God; everything else you desire will be given to you – and more!

   Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, parents of St Therese of Liseux

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Questions for Reflection and Prayer:

1. As an engaged couple, why did you choose to cohabit before marriage?
2. What have the two of you learned from your experience of living together? What have you learned about yourselves as a couple and as individuals?
3. What is the driving force behind your decision to marry at this time? What has changed in the relationship and made you wish to marry and have your marriage blessed in this Church?
4. Was there a previous reluctance or hesitation to marry? If so, why? Have those issues been completely resolved?
5. Why are you seeking marriage in the Catholic Church?
6. What does marriage as a sacrament mean to the two of you?
7. How do you see your faith and love for each other as an intimate part of your marriage?
8. How do you want your marriage to be open to life?
“At the beginning, the Creator made them male and female and declared for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife. And the two shall become as one. Thus, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, let no man separate what God has joined.”
– Matthew 19:4-6
“The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the Creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws . . . God himself is the author of marriage.”
– The Church in the Modern World, Vatican II, 48
“The conjugal covenant of marriage opens the spouses to a lasting communion of love and life, and it is brought to completion in a full and specific way with the procreation of children. The communion of spouses gives rise to the community of the family.”
– Letter to Families, Pope John Paul II, 7
“Sexuality, by means of which man and woman give themselves to one another through the acts which are proper and exclusive to spouses . . . is realized in a truly human way only if it is an integral part of the love by which a man and woman commit themselves totally to one another until death . . .That total physical self-giving would be a lie if it were not the sign and fruit of a total personal self-giving.”
– Familiaris Consortio, Pope John Paul II, 11
“The spouses’ union achieves the twofold end of marriage: the good of the spouses themselves and the transmission of life. These two meanings or values of marriage cannot be separated without altering the couple’s spiritual life and compromising the goods of marriage and the future of the family. The conjugal love of man and woman thus stands under the twofold obligation of fidelity and fecundity.”
– Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2363
“The very preparation for Christian marriage is itself a journey of faith. It is a special opportunity for the engaged to rediscover and deepen the faith received in Baptism and nourished by their Christian upbringing. In this way they come to recognize and freely accept their vocation to follow Christ and to serve the Kingdom of God in the married state.”
– Pope John Paul II, The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World.
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"Dearly beloved reader, though you should live as many years as you expect, a day will come, and on that day an hour, which will be the last for you.  For me, who am now writing, and for you who read this little book, the day and the moment have been decreed when I shall no longer write and you will no longer read"
(Thoughts from St Alphonsus - compiled by Rev C McNeiry C.SS.R)

Friday, 30 June 2017

'Transgenderism' - the Devil's deceit?


I have a copy of ‘The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English’, 5th edition, published by the Oxford University Press in 1964, and the word ‘transgenderism’ is not shown.

However, according to Google, the current Oxford Dictionary defines 'transgenderism' as ‘a state or condition in which a person's identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional ideas of male or female gender.

For me, the inference from the disparity shown above, is that fifty-three years ago this word did not exist, and that ‘the state or condition’ as defined in today’s definition, probably did not exist either.
                                                
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Acknowledgement to the ‘Dowry – FSSP periodical.

The article below appeared in the Dowry, a Catholic periodical produced by the FSSP in Britain and Ireland. (No 34, Summer 2017)

‘Gender and the sexualisation of children’, by Gabriele Kuby.

'Dowry’ thanks Mrs Kuby for allowing us to reproduce her address given last year to the World Family Congress in Tbilisi, Georgia. Gabriele Kuby courageously exposes the schemes of the gender ideologists. Not one for conspiracy theories, Mrs Kuby writes without bias, simply providing verifiable facts. She spoke in England last year to the SPUC national conference, and this year to over 50 clergy at the Thornycroft Centre, South of Manchester, as well as for the clergy, laity and educationalists of the Shrewsbury Diocese on behalf of Bishop Mark Davies. Her book ‘The Global Sexual Revolution’ (German Edition), was praised by Pope Benedict XVI: “Mrs. Kuby is a brave warrior against ideologies that ultimately result in the destruction of man.”

(Our more sensitive readers should be warned that that this article deals with a few pieces of disturbing evidence.)

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‘Dear friends of the family! I come from Bavaria in the South of Germany. Traditional Bavarian culture, as all traditional cultures, emphasize what it is to be a man or a woman by dress, customs, mores and rites. Thus culture helps the person to take hold of our most basic natural identity: to be a man or woman. There is nothing in between. We live in a time where the autonomous individual has usurped the place of the Creator. Man wants to “choose” whether to be a man or a woman. And he want to be free from any moral limitations in the way he satisfies his sexual urge: free from the consequence of procreation, free from the commitment of marriage, free in the choice of the sex-partners, be it a man, a woman or both, even free to have sex with blood-relatives. Not to accept any biological or moral limitations is considered as “freedom”, yet in reality it leads into sexual slavery, the breakdown of the family, social chaos, the degeneration of society and a new totalitarianism. 

The name of this historically unique ideology is genderism. At the core is a new concept of man, radically opposed to the Judeo-Christian one, as revealed in the Bible: “And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them” (Gen 1, 27). This is the highest possible image of man and it is at the root of the magnificent European culture with its unparalleled contributions to humanity. 
To mould man into a new kind of human being contrary to his nature, to his conscience and to his thirst for love is no small task. Yet the cultural revolutionists of our time are all out for just this. They sit in the headquarters of the United Nations, the European Union, global NGOs, foundations, global corporations, media and entertainment industry. Together they form a net in which traditional values and social structures, which have stood the test of time, are caught like flies in a spider’s web, wrapped up and paralyzed in sticky temptations like “choice” and “human rights”.

The task is best achieved by targeting the very young, when the human being is most malleable and most in need of loving care and protection by his parents. Sexualize children and youth, and you will certainly achieve a “sustainable development goal”: the creation of a new human being that is unable to form a family. 

To destroy the family has been part of Marxist utopia from the beginning and it was the goal of the student rebellion which swept through Western culture at the end of the 1960s. Three social movements united to bring down the “bourgeois society”:- Communist revolutionary agitation; radical feminism; and sexual liberation
Although a wall cut through the middle of Berlin, and Soviet tanks rolled into Prague in 1968 to extinguish the upheaval of the people against Communist dictatorship, Western students adopted Communist ideology! 
Simultaneously, the 150-year-old necessary struggle of women for equal rights was seized by radical, mostly lesbian, feminists and turned into a war against men, against marriage, against motherhood and fatherhood, against unborn children. The battle cry of Simone de Beauvoir, key figure of radical feminism, was put into practice: Get out of the slavery of motherhood!” 
The third attack on the Christian- value foundation of society was “sexual liberation”. Sex with several men and women, sex in front of children, sex with children, sex between children, was propagated and practiced – with benevolent media attention. 

The poisonous temptation, formulated by philosophers of the Frankfurt School was: if you “liberate” your sexuality – that is, tear down all moral restrictions – you can build a society free of repression; simplified by the hippie movement into the slogan: “Make love, not war”. Fifty years later we have a hyper-sexualized society, the demographic crisis, more wars than ever, and a new totalitarianism looming on the horizon. The goals of 1968 movement are now the agenda of the UN and EU.

In 1990 Judith Butler published the book: ‘Gender Trouble and the Subversion of Identity’. Radical feminism and the homosexual movement united and gave birth to gender ideology. The political program is in the title: the subversion of identity of man and woman. 
Butler claims that there are no two sexes; there are many genders. Heterosexuality is a “phantasm” forced on man by society. 
Human identity is not defined by being a man or a woman, but by sexual orientation, be it lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transsexual (LGBT). Biology is irrelevant! 
The universal incest-taboo should be abrogated. 
Any kind of moral restriction is discrimination, which should be prosecuted by law. 

Judith Butler has a personal interest in this agenda, because she is a professed lesbian. She is professor of philosophy at the University of California, the Columbia University, the European Graduate School in Switzerland; she is a member of the Rockefeller and Guggenheim foundation and honoured with the highest awards. One can only conclude: apparently, the subversion of identity is the agenda of the people in power in the Western world. 

Who would have expected that this crazy, delusional theory quickly entered university through a new topic called “gender studies”? 
In Germany we have 200 professors, nearly all women, who teach the next academic generation, that there is no binary structure of man and woman, but “gender-fluidity” and that “gender identity” is not defined by biology but by “each person’s deeply felt internal and individual experience of gender, which may or may not correspond with the sex assigned at birth.” (Yogyakarta Principles), and who would have thought that this new theory of man would rapidly enter international and national law through the door of “human rights” and “anti-discrimination" laws?

Gender-theory is false, unscientific, detached from reality and full of contradictions. 
                                   
The body and brain of man and women are different, as we see with the naked eye and as fascinating brain-research proves. The complementary differences qualify for motherhood and fatherhood.  Heterosexuality is the condition of human existence, of marriage and family, homosexuality is not. 
Homosexuality creates division between the sexes and the generations and thus destabilizes society. 
Same-sex people cannot unite and procreate and therefore cannot form a marriage. Besides, only around two percent of the people with same sex attraction make use of the new legal institution – according to figures from Germany. 
If the binary structure of human existence is to be deconstructed, why fight for ever more rights for women? 
If gender identity is a matter of choice and feeling, why are people who change from homosexuality back to heterosexuality persecuted by the LGBT lobby? 
Why do anti-discrimination laws only work in favour of LGBT-rights and do not protect the rights of Christians or – for that matter – the rights of Christian refugees? 
Why do political institutions use their power in favour of minorities at the expense of the rights of the majority – that is, people who live in marriage and family? 

The answer to these obvious contradictions is that the European Union, the ruling powers of the United Nations and their global networks are establishing a system of global governance which needs uprooted masses without identity, an identity hitherto built on religion, nation and family. The most effective method to do this is the sexualization of children, because of its irreversible effects.

Western obligatory sexual education promotes a purely hedonistic approach to sexuality, without any moral restrictions. The premise of sexual education is the unscientific assumption, that the child is a sexual being with sexual desire from birth, and that children need to be instructed by parents and teachers how to use their little body for the arousal of lust. 
The human right of parents to educate their children according to their own values – as guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Art. 26,3) is more and more repealed. The sexualization of children, beginning in kindergarten and forced on children through obligatory school curricula, is on the agenda of international organizations, such as the UN, UNICEF, the WHO, the EU; of national governments; of the International Planned Parenthood Federation and of countless powerful international and national organizations and foundations. 

One example is the 'Standards of Sexuality Education in Europe’, published by The World Health Organization (WHO) together with a German state institution (BZgA). This is the content of Western sexual education programs for children: 
Masturbation, beginning in the age group 0 to 4. 
Acquaintance with different sexual orientations and different types of family, beginning in kindergarten. 
Children’s  books where the prince marries the prince.
Dissolution of gender-stereotypes by giving boys beauty-cases and princess-gowns, and girls boxing gloves and tractors to play with. Encouragement of sex play in kindergarten, providing children with private corners.
Preparation for “the first time” through obligatory sex education in school. 
Teaching children how to use condoms.
Teaching children about “erotic zones” of the body and sexual techniques like anal and oral sex.

The consequences of the sexualisation of children are grave: · Destruction of the sense of shame. 
No ability to control the sexual drive.
High risk of Sexual Transmitted Diseases. 
Painful disappointments in love relationships. 
High risk of psychological disturbances.
Encouragement of homosexual or trans-sexual lifestyle.
Low achievement.
Loss of trustful relationship with parents. 
Inability to bond and build a family. 
There will be no end to the sexual revolution sweeping the earth.

The next wave started to roll: Transgenderism
Transgenderism is still recognized as a psychological disorder on the diagnosis list of the World Health Organization (ICD-10). 
The new wave was initiated by President Obama, proclaiming to the world that the White House opened its first “gender-neutral rest-room”. 
Since the legalization of same-sex marriage by the Supreme Court of the United States in June 2015, this wave is gaining momentum. Transgender-days in schools, giving children the “choice” whether they want to be a boy or a girl. 
Treating prepubescent children with hormones if they show signs of “gender dysphoria”. 
Now the leading nation of the world is debating the toilet issue: should a biological man who feels like a woman be allowed to use the rest-room of girls? 

It seems laughable, but it is dead serious. 
Transgender activist Ricki Wilchins, writes: “We’ll win the bathroom battle when the binary burns.” 

The ultimate aim of the LGBT-movement is to destroy the concepts of male and female entirely. 

What Judith Butler proclaimed in philosophical terms, is changing the basic fabric of human existence. 
Because gender-theory is grounded on lies, it must become totalitarian, and it is becoming totalitarian
Basic human rights, derived from the Christian concept of the inviolable dignity of man, are hollowed out: freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of business, freedom of parents to educate their own children. 
The enemies of life and the family are strong, but reason, nature and God are stronger. Let us rise. Let us resist.’ □

NB. Highly recommend another excellent article on this same subject – see link below.

http://thefederalist.com/2016/11/17/psychiatry-professor-transgenderism-mass-hysteria-similar-1980s-era-junk-science/#disqus_thread

Sunday, 14 May 2017

'Noli Me Tangere' - a striking large mural - free to right home!




Offered free to a Catholic church, Catholic Religious Institution, Catholic educational establishment.






"NOLI ME TANGERE"

An appreciative and caring owner is sought for the above painting.
The painting is very large, oil on fine canvas, measuring approx. 8' x 6' unframed, and is in generally good state, but will need some attention.
It is in the art-deco style, popular in the 1920s and '30s. 
Almost certainly European,  by what appears to have been a very competent artist, it is believed to have come from a church in Belgium which was demolished, possibly in the late 1900s.

The owner of this painting is offering it free to a suitable owner, but stipulates that only a Roman Catholic Church, a Catholic Religious Institution, or a Catholic educational establishment, would be considered. The work is very striking and would look absolutely stunning in the right place. The photograph does not really do justice to the painting. The owner of this work retains the absolute right to choose at his discretion, the beneficiary of this offer, and is at no time under any obligation.

If you are interested please email the following  address:-  'sonofernestambrose@gmail.com'

Saturday, 15 April 2017

'Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in Paradise'

Soldiers breaking the legs of two thieves crucified with Christ   -  James Tissot (1836-1902)

         'And when they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, and the robbers, one on his right hand and the other on his left. And Jesus said, " Father forgive them, for they know not what they do." Now in dividing his garments they cast lots.
          And the people stood looking on; and the rulers with them kept sneering at him, saying, "He saved others , let him save himself, if he is the Christ, the chosen one of God." And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him and offering him common wine, and saying, "If thou art the King of the Jews, save thyself!"
          And there was also an inscription written over him in Greek and Latin and Hebrew letters, "This is the King of the Jews."
          Now one of those robbers who were hanged, was abusing him, saying, "If thou art the Christ, save thyself and us!" But the other in answer rebuked him, and said, " Dost not even thou fear God, seeing that thou art under the same sentence? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving what our deeds deserved; but this man has done nothing wrong." And he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom." And Jesus said to him, "Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise." (St Luke Ch.23/v.33-43)

I strongly recommend an article on St Dismas (the good thief), posted by Fr Gordon Macrae on his blogsite  'These Stone Walls' several years ago. The link is immediately below:-

http://thesestonewalls.com/gordon-macrae/dismas-crucified-to-the-right-paradise-lost-and-found/

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This beautiful, haunting poem, is one of my favourite Easter poems, and I hope that you will allow me to share it with you. 

'Limbo'  by Sister Mary Ada.

The ancient greyness shifted
Suddenly and thinned,
Like mist upon the moors
Before a wind.
An old, old prophet lifted
A shining face and said :
“He will be coming soon.
The Son of God is dead;
He died this afternoon.”

A murmurous excitement stirred
All souls.
They wondered if they dreamed ---
Save one old man who seemed
Not even to have heard.

And Moses standing,
Hushed them all to ask
If any had a welcome song prepared.
If not, would David take the task?
And if they cared
Could not the three young children sing
The Benedicite, the canticle of praise
They made when God kept them from perishing
In the fiery blaze?

A breath of spring surprised them,
Stilling Moses’ words.
No one could speak, remembering
The first fresh flowers,
The little singing birds.
Still others thought of fields new ploughed
Or apple trees
All blossom - boughed.
Or some, the way a dried bed fills
With water
Laughing down green hills.
The fisherfolk dreamed of the foam
On bright blue seas.
The one old man who had not stirred
Remembered home.

And there He was
Splendid as the morning sun and fair
As only God is fair.
And they, confused with joy,
Knelt to adore
Seeing that he wore
Five crimson stars
He never had before.

No canticle at all was sung.
None toned a psalm, or raised a greeting song.
A silent man alone
Of all that throng
Found tongue ----
Not any other.
Close to His heart
When the embrace was done,
Old Joseph said,
“How is Your Mother,
How is Your Mother, Son?”

(‘The Mary Book’ an anthology by F.J.Sheed. Published by Sheed and Ward 1950.)

                                             

'Resurrection of Christ' - Noel Coypel 1700


'Christus vincit,  Christus regnat,  Christus imperat'

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