Daily Archives: September 3, 2010
From the Creative Minority Report, the link to a shocking (though not graphic at all) video at the Coming Home blog, in which a former abortionist doctor explains in rather impressive details how an abortion is executed in real life. Not for the faint of heart but once seen, not to be forgotten. Around six minutes.
The doctor explaining the procedure has now seen the error of her ways and is actively helping to put an end to abortion on demand in South Dakota, her state. Kudos to her.
Interesting piece of news from Calgary, where a Catholic elementary school has decided to introduce separate classes for boys and girls.
Besides the fact that it all sounds so beautifully conservative, the article points out to a fact that will be shocking (if not outright offensive) to a lot of feminists out there: boys and girls are, well, different. They think differently, they react differently and they learn differently. In the words of the article’s author,
A classroom for Grade 5 and 6 boys features posters of planes and football games on the walls and books about adventure and trucks on the shelves. Girls’ classrooms have books about pets and relationships.
But there is also no reason to fear that this separation may become too harsh, making a harmonious interaction between the sexes more difficult. Boys and girls will be, in fact, be able to meet between classes and during some of the classes. Makes sense to me.
All fine then? Well, no, because amazingly there seem to be people to whom this kind of arrangement seems, in a way, oppressing and limiting of the possibility of growth of the children.
A critical woman – who runs a daycare not far from the school – observes that
Here at the daycare the girls and the boys have the exact same opportunities. So if a girl wishes to play dress up as a fireman for example, and a boy wants to dress up as a princess — they have that opportunity
Amazing. Besides pulling her own institution, the lady seriously thinks it an advantage that a boy may be allowed to dress as a princess and a girl as a firefighter. Common sense has gone down the drain, submerged by a perceived duty to be politically correct at all costs (in the best of cases) or to encourage sexual deviance (in the worst). Please notice the word used twice: opportunity. The opportunity to dress as a Princess.
Someone should explain to the lady (unless she is a man offered the opportunity to dress up as a woman; we are not told) that a boy not dressing up as a Princess is part of the very natural process by which this boy becomes, one day, a balanced man; that it is the duty of the school system to work according to the sexes’ different inclinations, not against them; that a young boy to whom it is lovingly explained that he is a boy and therefore not supposed to dress as a Princess is not being denied any opportunity, but rather given the opportunity of being properly guided and assisted in his natural process of growth.
There is no sense of self-irony in the words of the woman; it is not meant as a joke, or a parody. She really means it. One wonders what has the world come to.
I do hope this costs the lady at least a couple of clients. It might give her the opportunity to dress up as a sound thinking person.
I have already written here about the Carmelite monastery in the process of being built in Wyoming.
It would now appear (as reported by Father Z) that there is local opposition to the building of the monastery.
One wonders what the reasons for the opposition can be: too much noise coming from their loud stereos? Disturbances caused by their frequent training sessions with pump guns? The tendency to go on the street to “celebrate their diversity” at every fitting and unfitting occasion?
Why can’t I avoid thinking that if it had been a mosque, President Obama himself would have intervened to defend their right to build? Oh well, this is what happens when people fall in love with “change” without paying attention to what is in the package….
You can follow the link provided by Father Z and participate in the poll (on the right hand side, scrolling down). It would seem that the overwhelming majority of the voters is in favour of the monastery.
It is also pleasing to note that the community has already grown from seven to a good dozen, forty is the target. Once again we see that conservative institutions find a way to grow, whilst Sixty-Eighter nuns complain about pretty much everything whilst waiting for extinction.
Beautiful entry from Patrick Madrid’s blog, linking to the video of the homily of a young Franciscan Friar talking about the theme of “do not judge”.
Father Ignatius Manfredonia of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Friary is surprisingly young, but he covers all the bases. He starts pointing out to the eminently devilish nature of the “who are you to judge” cry so often heard nowadays, goes on with the brilliant saying that “saintliness is not silliness”, examines critically the also well-known saying of the Church who “loves the sinner and hates the sin” (very perceptive part, this) and in general gives a brilliant picture of what we can and should judge (the scandal, the open heresy, what is evidently wrong) and when we should refrain from talking about (what is motivated from personal hatred, or things we do not know). He mentions St. Augustine with a clear remark about “open and public evil” (which can and should be judged) but does not forget the parallel call of the Saint to “charity and love”.
Eight minutes well spent. It is very reassuring to see that there are young Franciscans able to thread a path of clear orthodoxy, and in such a brilliant way.