Politics/United States

UPDATE: Bishop Lynch rebuked by Archbishop of Miami.

Some say “Yes!” including Bishop Robert Lynch, the bishop of St. Petersburg Florida who said, “sadly it is religion, including our own, which targets, mostly verbally, and also often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people. (Let’s hope he soon corrects or clarifies his comment.)

Attacks today on LGBT men and women often plant the seed of contempt, then hatred, which can ultimately lead to violence.” Why does he imply, even state, that we Christians are the cause of the attack in his diocese?

As LifeSite News says, repeating the article by Catholic Vote, “Not a single Catholic has celebrated this crime. Not one Catholic voice has called for violence against gay and lesbian people. But now, an increasing number of leaders are attempting to exploit the terrorist attack in Orlando to advance political agendas — and they are even blaming us!” (Full article with other quotes blaming Christians and conservatives)

Catholic apologist Jesse Romero had enough. He wrote to the good bishop based on the exhortation of Bishop Fulton Sheen who said the laity have to teach our priests how to be priests and our Bishops to be Bishops. Relying on Catechism paragraph 907  and Code of Canon Law (CIC, can. 212 § 3) Jesse wrote to Bishop Lynch:

“The Catholic Church’s teachings are the most charitable and compassionate of any religion in the world.

Islamic Shariah law commands homosexuals be killed in Islamic countries. The more moderate Muslim countries give homosexuals 10 years in prison.

The Knights of Columbus magazine (Columbia) put out an article that 1/3 of people dying of AIDS are being treated for free at a Catholic Hospice.

Isis throws homosexuals off of three-story buildings with their hands tied behind them and then stones them to death as they scream verses from the Koran.

Catholics say that everybody (homosexuals included) are made in the image and likeness of God.

Islam teaches that NOBODY is made in the image and likeness of Allah.

Not a single Catholic has celebrated this crime. Not one Catholic voice has called for violence against gay and lesbian people. As a shepherd of the Church you should clarify your statement.

We must defend our rights as Catholics to follow the teachings of our Church — and respond together to the insinuation that doing so leads to violence.

Our Lord said “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free”…and “repent and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). These are the words that inspire Catholics to “speak the truth in charity” (Ephesians 4:15).

Bishop, we need moral clarity at a time like this. Give Catholics inspiration to evangelize; don’t hamstring us with misplaced guilt which actually should be directed at the Islamic religion. Have courage good Bishop, have courage.”

God Bless You,
JR <><  

Read also Elliott Milco’s article in First Thing Magazine “A Response to Fr. James Martin on the Orlando Massacre” in which he sides with the bishops who did not say we stand behind the GLBT Community. Bravo to them and to Milco.

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The American College of Pediatricians has released an in-depth report stating that the move to indoctrinate children with the idea that they can pick their gender amounts to child abuse.  They are urging legislators and educators to reject all policies that would condition children to accept chemical and surgical distortions allowing people to impersonate the opposite sex.

Some of the points made in their report include the following:

  • Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait. “XY” and “XX” chromosomes are genetic markers, not a disorder.
  • No one is born with a gender.  Everyone is born with a biological sex.  Gender is a psychological concept, not an objective biological one.
  • A person thinking he or she is something they are not, at best, is a sign of confusion.
  • Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous.
  • When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such.
  • People who identify as “feeling like the opposite sex” or “somewhere in between” do not comprise a third sex. They remain biological men or biological women.
  • 98 percent of gender confused boys and 88 percent of gender confused girls accept their biological sex after puberty without any counseling.
  • Those who use cross-sex hormones or undergo sex surgeries even in the most LGBTQ affirming countries still have suicide rates 20 times higher than the general public.
  • Conditioning children into a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex amounts to child abuse.
  • Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents, leading more children to present to “gender clinics” where they will be given puberty-blocking drugs. This, in turn, virtually ensures that they will “choose” a lifetime of carcinogenic and otherwise toxic cross-sex hormones, and likely consider unnecessary surgical mutilation of their healthy body parts as young adults.
  • Cross-sex hormones are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer.

Read the full report HERE.

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Two Committee chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement in response to guidance issued May 13 by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education entitled “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students”:

The Catholic Church consistently affirms the inherent dignity of each and every human person and advocates for the wellbeing of all people, particularly the most vulnerable. Especially at a young age and in schools, it is important that our children understand the depth of God’s love for them and their intrinsic worth and beauty. Children should always be and feel safe and secure and know they are loved.

The guidance issued May 13 by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education that treats “a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex” is deeply disturbing. The guidance fails to address a number of important concerns and contradicts a basic understanding of human formation so well expressed by Pope Francis: that “the young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created” (Amoris Laetitia [AL], no. 285).

Archbishop Lucas and Bishop Marlone

Children, youth, and parents in these difficult situations deserve compassion, sensitivity, and respect. All of these can be expressed without infringing on legitimate concerns about privacy and security on the part of the other young students and parents. The federal regulatory guidance issued on May 13 does not even attempt to achieve this balance. It unfortunately does not respect the ongoing political discussion at the state and local levels and in Congress, or the broader cultural discussion, about how best to address these sensitive issues. Rather, the guidance short-circuits those discussions entirely.

As Pope Francis has recently indicated, “‘biological sex and the socio-cultural role of sex (gender) can be distinguished but not separated’” (AL, no. 56, emphasis added). We pray that the government make room for more just and compassionate approaches and policies in this sensitive area, in order to serve the good of all students and parents, as well as the common good. We will be studying the guidance further to understand the full extent of its implications.

The statement was issued by Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth; and Archbishop George Lucas, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education.

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“When Excess is a Virtue … Why America Needs Trump”

May 12, 2016

Many people know the brilliant British historian Paul Johnson (his official website) who has written massive tomes such as Modern Times, Intellectuals, History of the Jews, A History of Christianity, Civil War in America and many, many more. I remember reading his Modern Times thirty years ago. The title of this blog was taken from his [...]

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Trump?

March 8, 2016

I have received several e-mail blasts from an organization opposing the Trump candidacy. I wrote to them not because I am a Trump supporter — because at this point I am not, though I am certainly watching things very closely during this election cycle. I wrote to them because they asked my advice and because I [...]

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Prepare for a New America – Using Detroit as a Model

March 5, 2016

By Frosty Wooldridge. Frosty Wooldridge (born 1947) is a US journalist, writer, environmentalist and traveler. (I ,Steve Ray who is posting his article, was born in Detroit. My ancestors lived there since the 1700′s.) I posted this a while ago but thought it worth revisiting again with Detroit recently in the news.   For 15 [...]

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Pope Francis, Donald Trump, Nuns Using Contractives, Zika Virus and more on the Pope’s Comments to the Press

February 18, 2016

Seven quick thoughts on the most recent papal presser by Dr. Edward Peters Frankly, I don’t know how he does it. When I fly to Europe I have to sleep all the way over.  Not Pope Francis. Anyway, may I offer some comments on some topics mentioned in the latest mid-air papal presser? 1. Pope Paul [...]

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How Will You Vote? What Principles will Guide You? Get Ready!

January 17, 2016

From Tim Staples at Catholic Answers: Catholic Answers published its now-famous “Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics” back in 2004 (updated in 2006) that has now sold millions of copies with millions more having been distributed for free. In that document, for which Catholic Answers has taken a lot of flack by the way, we give guidance to [...]

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Ben Stein — Full-blooded Jew — Comments on Christmas

December 7, 2015

Some of you may have already read this since Ben Stein gave this commentary on CBS in 2005, but it is worth repeating since Christmas is approaching — and because it is good stuff. I wanted to make sure it was accurate so I checked it out on Snopes and found it was accurate, though [...]

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San Bernardino Terrorist Pledged Allegiance to ISIS

December 4, 2015

OK, Obama. It’s time to admit it and get real. It is Islamic and it is terrorism — and it has come to America! My guess? The ISIS girl looked on-line for a Muslim man she could start relations with and entice him to join her. He goes to the Middle East, marries her and [...]

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Should This Baby Be Aborted? You Decide

November 23, 2015

In the United States, there are many situations in which abortions are recommended, even encouraged by family, counselors, medical personnel and even religious advisors. Sometimes an abortion is recommended because of difficult circumstances and other times simply for convenience. Here are four cases for you to consider. Should these babies be aborted? You decide! Four [...]

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Acton Institute Analyzes Pope Francis’ Address to Congress, after the fact

October 15, 2015

I can’t lie and say I was overly enthusiastic about the Pope’s address to Congress and the United Nations. There was a lot I wish he would have said that was not. However, I agree with the Acton Institute’s assessment of his address to Congress. Given Washington DC’s nature, Pope Francis’s address to Congress was [...]

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Syrian Archbishop “Disturbed” By CIA Involvement in Conflict 

October 2, 2015

STEVE RAY HERE: After meeting with the Bishop of Jerusalem and talking to many people here in the Middle East I conclude that this bishop is absolutely correct. The United States is on the wrong side of this conflict and Russia is on the right side. President Asad has always protected the Christians and toppling [...]

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Fox News Special Shot at Franciscan University of Steubenville: “Losing Faith in America?”

September 25, 2015

STEUBENVILLE—On July 25, a FOX News crew led by FOX anchor Bill Hemmer came to Franciscan University of Steubenville during the Defending the Faith Conference and interviewed Franciscan University faculty, conference speakers, and students, including theology professor Dr. Scott Hahn and sociology professor Dr. Anne Hendershott.   The results of those interviews will be seen in a FOX News Special, “Losing Faith in America?” The [...]

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Fishing with the Government

September 22, 2015

Politics are part of life and part of what Christians should be involved in. I offer no apologies for political cartoons though some think we should leave government and politics to the pagans.

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Debating Doctor-assisted Suicide

September 18, 2015

Here is a great article and list of resources provided by Jimmy Akin on his blog:     After having failed to get a doctor-assisted suicide bill passed earlier this year though the normal legislative process, the California legislators who are in the pocket of the assisted-suicide lobby recently rammed one through in a surprise [...]

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