Daily Archives: March 19, 2013
Some time ago, I wrote a blog post about encouraging news coming from Italy, where doctors ready to butcher unborn babies are becoming a rather rare commodity.
Another interesting article points out to what is happening in the United States of Obama, and reveals the so-called pro-choice camp is in trouble indeed. In the US, several factors contribute to a crisis that is apparently becoming acute.
What is happening is that as abortion becomes less and less popular, the number of medical schools willing to provide training decreases. They fear not only the loss of of public and private funding, but a wave of lawsuits if they tried to make butcher-a-baby training compulsory. This is already a vicious circle, as it cuts the ability to provide for future butchers at the source. Worse – for them – the training is, even where it is provided, generally fairly limited. This in practice means that whilst callous abortionists will still find their way to the relevant training, the mainstream will keep losing interest.
But it gets worse than that, as attempt from Nazi groups to “promote” the butchering activity fall on deaf ears even by those who should have most interest, as a “backlash” appears feared. Abortion is so awful they can’t avoid any initiative providing further flak against them.
It is a quandary: abortionists can hope abortion training will go on in sufficient measure without getting at the centre of the public’s attention, but this just isn’t happening; they can try to “raise awareness” for the “need” of baby butchers, but it only makes thing worse, so better not after all. Even big organisations like Planned Parenthood are not willing to stick the neck out, as their public opinion problem is big enough as it is.
This, in a contest where an openly abortionist Nazi President has just been re-elected. When the pendulum starts to swing the other side, the situation will become even worse.
I can’t see any real way out for the abortionist camp: unless the pro-life movement suddenly starts to make a huge mess of things, the advance of the pro-life causes will gain momentum as more and more Sixty-Eighters die; this will in turn further curb the training offer, and make it more difficult to “campaign” for the Holocaust.
This is not one of those issues which confront every generation: more soldiers or more hospitals, or more “tax and spend” or more free market and lower tax environment. This is an issue where one side is aborting itself and dying, and the other is growing more assertive and confident by the year.
Clearly, it will take a long time. But looking at this in a 30 or 50 years perspective, I am unable to see how the butcher can raise and train another full generation of abortionists without having money, public opinion and, in time, lawmakers on their side.
Let us hope the newly elected Pontiff will start a very aggressive campaign on this.
None is poorer, or more defenceless, or more oppressed than a poor baby butchered in the womb.
When the news of the election of Pope Francis was announced, among the many dismayed commenters on Rorate Caeli and elsewhere there were one or two Anglicans reasoning along the lines of “I was thinking about conversion, but now that (put here your favourite peeve) I cannot see any reason for that”.
Well I cannot, either, then such a conversion would have been a very wrong one indeed. What some Protestants seem not to understand is that the conversion to Catholicism is not just like one of those change of denominations many Protestants seem not to have any problem with; rather, it is a definitive choice, and a choice dealing with absolutes that do not change with the Pope of the day.
To choose Catholicism means to believe and profess that there is only one Church, the one Christ founded on Peter and over which the gates of Hell will never prevail. It is a fundamental choice between Truth and Lie, Orthodoxy and Heresy, Right and Wrong. Whether the Pope is good or bad, liturgically savvy or challenged, a lover of beauty and tradition or a shocking philistine, or even orthodox or heretic is neither here nor there.
When a new Pope is elected, Catholics do not make a new decision whether they want to continue to be Catholic. They believe in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, not in one, pious, orthodox, and intelligent Pope. Popes come in the most various flavours; some of the flavours historically smelled awfully, and will undoubtedly continue to do so.
When one joins the Church he gets a deal for eternity, not a time contract valid until further notice. What is required from him is a commitment for life, not an approval based on contingent circumstances.
Popes come and go. The Church will stay forever.
The scammers of Medjugorje are the latest to join the very long line of those claiming Pope Francis is on their side, and at this point one only awaits for Obama, Mugabe and Hawkins.
The Medjugorje crowd are not new to this kind of fraud, as for decades they have spread the legend that they had the seal of approval of John Paul II. What makes the Medjugorje matter more interesting, though, is that Pope Francis will, in all probability, find on his desk a decision already made, which he will only have to make public.
As it is universally known, the usual commission has worked on the matter with the usual lethargic slowness, and the decision expected “within the year” 2012 was then, disappointingly but predictably, officially not yet delivered. Still, I think it can be seen as granted that the works are concluded, but this was just another decision the Pontiff Emeritus did not have the guts to take.
No Catholic doubts the heresy of Medjugorje should be exposed and uprooted once and for all, the real question being nowadays how many Catholics walk around the splendid corridors of the Vatican. I do not think we will have the “worst case”. What is to be feared is a decision in V II style, on the lines of: no, actually the “apparitions” aren't really worthy of belief, but the faith and zeal and Christian spirit of those who in good faith take part in the circus is to be praised, bla, bla, & bla.
This would be a great mistake, hiding below a thin veil of fake “charity” the aiding and abetting of a Satanic manoeuvre not only mocking and offending the Blessed Virgin every day, but positively undermining the very pillars of obedience to the Church and faithfulness to Her teaching.
Pope Francis is, we are told, a great devotee of the Blessed Virgin. Still, apparently he hasn't any problem in being blessed by Protestant pastors, which means as an Archbishop he did heresy rather well. There are, therefore, Catholic and Protestant tendencies in him. On the other hand, now he is Pope, and he is very probably smart enough to understand the time for such heretic antics has come to an end. I am, therefore, rather sure we won't see him “blessed” by the Medjigorje “seers” any time soon, and if he is a devotee of the Blessed Virgin he will keenly feel the offence made to her by the scammers. At the same time, he also seems enough of a populist and specialist in V II waffle to avoid adopting crushing measures against the “simple people” of Medjugorje.
We shall see how this pans out. The Pope desperately needs good advisors around him, able to stop him when he is tempted to do something very much in line with his Argentinian past. I trust he will understand the implications of his new role and try to learn to be a half decent Pope, rather than transforming the Papacy in another version of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. We must help him with our prayers, but also be vigilant and always separate sound orthodoxy from the Pinocchio masses.