Moral/Sexual Issues

Priest in Grand Rapids denies gay Michigan judge communion [written by John Beutler]
Screen Shot 2019-12-02 at 7.43.12 AMJudge Sara Smolenski, chief judge of the Kent County District Court, has been denied Communion by Fr. Scott Nolan, pastor of St. Stephen Church in Grand Rapids, MI, because she is married to a woman. She has been a parishioner for many years.
Rod Dreher, a well-known journalist with articles in numerous publications, posted a great analysis of this matter on Nov. 27, 2019. He challenges silent, faithful parishioners who have been afraid to speak to the media in defense of
Screen Shot 2019-12-02 at 7.45.51 AMYou need to find a backbone. Your priest is doing the hard work of defending the Eucharist and defending Church teaching, and is being held up by the local media and gay activists as a pariah. You are wrong to let him stand there and take all this contempt and abuse by himself. Conservative Christians often complain that the clergy won’t take tough stands on issues. Well, here’s a priest doing exactly that, but it appears that he’s standing all by himself. This is a test for him, certainly, but also for the orthodox Catholics of Grand Rapids.

I’m told by a lay Catholic source in Grand Rapids, someone who is close to the situation, that Judge Smolenski was part of a group of gay local Catholics who skyped with Father James Martin about his pro-LGBT book “Building A Bridge” (they talked about it on Facebook). A week or two later, Judge Smolenski and others showed up at mass wearing Pride pins. Father Nolan gave the judge communion, so as not to cause a scene, but phoned her later and told her not to present herself for communion any more. If true, that shows that the priest was willing to tolerate the gay-married judge receiving communion, but not if she was going to turn it into a political stunt.
Now she’s leading a campaign within the parish to demand Father Scott’s ouster for acting according to Catholic teaching.
Back in 2016, when Judge Smolenski and her partner married, the same reporter, Barton Deiters, did a story, featuring her fighting back tears on camera because neither her church nor her partner’s church would allow them to marry within either church. So she’s been public for years in her anger at the Catholic Church over this…. https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/sara-smolenski-politicizing-catholic-communion/
NOTE: Dreher includes at the link above a public letter that Judge Smolenski, and two colleagues, sent in October. A “Red Mass” is a traditional Catholic liturgy designed to celebrate the beginning of a legal term in the fall. Catholic judges typically attend. According to this letter, Smolenski acknowledges the right of a priest to deny communion to “those who are not in conformity with the teaching of the Church.” But now, she’s fighting tears on local TV to protest an exercise of the right she publicly acknowledged Father Nolan has. What changed since October 11?

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Screen Shot 2019-11-29 at 11.06.19 AMOur age downplays masculinity as though it’s a social disease. In ages past men were proud to be men and knew nothing of a “feminine side” which usually means taking on an air of effeminacy. Gentlemanly, polite, well-mannered, courteous, chivalrous – yes, but effeminate, never! Thanks, but no thanks.

My dad was a man and taught me to be a man too by instruction and example. Thanks Dad! I taught my son to be a man and I am sure proud of him and all my manly grandsons. My daughters are real women too, following their mom’s teaching and example, and they all found real men to marry.

Screen Shot 2019-11-29 at 11.40.27 AMI just heard of a Catholic school nearby that has forbidden the throwing of snowballs during recess. What? My grandkids are homeschooled and in a homeschooling coop and they relish a good time outdoors to do what boys do and to throw and dodge a furious barrage of snowballs, all in good fun – growing up to be muscular men with a sense of fun, teamwork and competition.

In a culture full of gender confusion and social engineering crap, I enjoyed this list of 80+ quotes by men about being men. It’s a celebration of the way God made us and a rebellion against the way the world wants to re-make us. Enjoy! https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/quotes-about-manliness/

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I have been telling my wife and kids and others — that the big persecution coming to Christians will be from the militant Gay Totalitarianism. I am not hateful of gays — to the contrary, I love them like everyone else.

Do I oppose the Gay Lifestyle? Yes. I also oppose other aberrant and perverted lifestyles.

Do I hate gays, of course not! They are human beings created in the image of God like I am and everyone else. But I do not what their agenda pushed down my throat. I don’t want them to succeed in pushing their lifestyle to end up causing the destruction of the family and giving them priority over others. I believe in and support the traditional family and the universally held definition of marriage.

Yes, I am opposed to the militant Gay Lobby and the way they are forcing everyone to — not just approve of their lifestyle — but to celebrate it. If we don’t then we are bigots and hateful and we will be the targets of their new totalitarianism.

This web page will help explain what we as Christians will be up against in the coming years – -and already! Our kids will be the victims.

Read and watch this at your own risk. If you don’t want to be opposed and to suffer persecution — then deny Christ now and join the relativistic, traditional family opposing elite.

Gay Totalitarianism and the Coming Persecution of Christians

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Superpowers Rise and Fall: Where Is America on the Rise and Fall Spectrum?

November 19, 2019

By Susan Wills: George Santayana’s famous statement — “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” — would be a great subtitle for a little known essay called “The Fate of Empires” (1976) by the little known British general and historian Sir John Bagot Glubb. He explains that we generally fail to learn vital lessons […]

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The Truth That Dare Not Speak Its Name — Catholic Teachings on Homosexuality? Archbishop Chaput on Catholics Living in a Gay Culture

November 18, 2019

This is the hot-button issue of our times and the one most likely to bring persecution to Christians in America. It is not enough that you “approve” of the gay agenda, you have to celebrate it or you will be considered a bigot. In response, most Christians just remain silent or slide along with the […]

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LGBT Study Shows an “Erosion” of Support by Millenials

July 8, 2019

USA Today reports: The young are regarded as the most tolerant generation. That’s why results of this LGBTQ survey are ‘alarming’ Susan Miller, USA TODAY Published 9:00 a.m. ET June 24, 2019 | Updated 9:34 a.m. ET June 24, 2019 Young people are growing less tolerant of LGBTQ individuals, a jarring turn for a generation traditionally considered embracing […]

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Sodomy Past and Present and Confronting the Clergy

June 30, 2019

There is a lot of homosexuality in the ranks of our clergy, even and especially with prelates in Rome. It is not mentioned, not rebuked.  Unhappily it seems to be ignored and condoned. Very few bishops have mentioned or addressed it. Laicized pervert McCarrick and his collaborators and protectors are good examples. He advanced all […]

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Powerful Movie: Pass the Word, Watch the Movie, Support Life, Shut Down Abortions

March 22, 2019

This is a powerful movie that should have all Christians and people of goodwill behind it 100%. Please go see the movie, take a friend, pass the word and let shut down Planned Parenthood and their whole Evil Empire.

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Finally a Bishop Refuses Communion to a Pro-Abort Senator

February 26, 2019

This should be the norm, not an extraordinary event. Bishops should act more like shepherds than politicians. Finally a bishop steps up and says, “NO!” Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois says Senator Dick Durbin is “cooperating in evil” and persisting in “manifest grave sin” because of his abortion advocacy and must therefore “not […]

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A MUST READ: Cardinal Müller issues Manifesto: A quasi correction of Pope Francis’ pontificate

February 9, 2019

“February 8, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) (News also released by Catholic News Agency) – Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office, has released a Manifesto which reads like a correction of many of the doctrinal errors Pope Francis has taught during his tenure as Pope…. …Pope Francis removed Cardinal Müller from his post as […]

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From San Francisco’s “Gay Mecca” to Healing in Christ (Boy, doesn’t that sound politically incorrect :-)

February 6, 2019

Catholic World Report Interview: Visit a street fair in San Francisco’s Castro district and you’re likely to meet Joseph Sciambra, 45, wearing a “Jesus loves you” t-shirt and handing out copies of his book,Swallowed by Satan. It tells the story of how, as a boy growing up in a lax Catholic family in Napa, California, […]

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3 Keys to Credibility at the Upcoming Sex Abuse Summit in Rome

February 3, 2019

There will be little real progress unless the summit tackles these three issues — including the “forbidden” topic of homosexuality. National Catholic Register, by Msgr. Charles Pope, Feb 2, 2019 ********************************************* The summit on clerical sexual abuse called by the Holy Father is scheduled for Feb. 21-24. While no meeting of four days can be expected to […]

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A Canon Law Primer on Church Teaching Regarding “Same-sex Marriage”

January 4, 2019

A primer on Church teaching regarding ‘same-sex marriage’ by Dr. Edward Peters STEVE RAY’S INTRODUCTORY COMMENT: This article was written by Canon Lawyer Ed Peters around the time the US Supreme Court foolishingly and arrogantly decided that homosexuals could marry and it was a valid and legal marriage. Now that we have lived with this egregious […]

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“Some Men are Born Eunuchs” … fascinating article about castration and today’s even worse practices

December 19, 2018

Some Men Are Born Eunuchs . . . Anthony Esolen WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2018 [Before you begin reading, this was published in “The Catholic Thing” today. I highly recommend people sign up for their insightful daily emails about the state of the Church today.] Some men are born eunuchs, some become eunuchs for the kingdom […]

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Sex Abuse Scandals: Catholic, Protestant and Secular – You May Be Surprised

December 3, 2018

SEX ABUSE SCANDALS CATHOLIC, PROTESTANT AND SECULAR: Article by Dave Armstrong “Scandalous Sexual Misconduct Committed by Protestant Clergy” and it’s original source. I kept hearing about all these scandals going on in the Catholic Church.  I would hear about scandals from the east coast to the west coast and even in Europe.   The secular press was […]

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INTERVIEW: Cardinal Müller on Homosexuality Practiced and Covered Up within the Clergy and Hierarchy

November 24, 2018

Pope Francis recently fired him from his position as the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (and maybe now we know why!) Here is part of the interview: “In this discussion about the abuse crisis, Müller does not shy away from pointing out that the Church needs to address the problem […]

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