Social Issues & Action

An article popped up on my screen today as I opened my e-mail account. It was from The American Thinker. I was asked if I agree with Alicia Colon, the author of the article. It is hard not too.

Selections from The American Thinker’s article “Catholic Church Leaders are a Bunch of Cowards”:

download“The bishop who rushed to judgment on those Covington students finally apologized and said he was bullied into making a premature statement. Hogwash. We know that the media, the liberal left, and celebrities have been pounding on the church for sex scandals, but is that any excuse for caving in with fear from these secular critics?  For many years we have watched so-called Catholic politicians enact laws contrary to church teaching without getting called on the carpet by their pastors. ….

…Cardinal Dolan was on Fox News (video here) explaining that by excommunicating Cuomo this would be perceived by critics as just a Catholic issue. So what, Cardinal? It became clear during this broadcast that Dolan is just as much a politician as any Democrat finding rationalization for their sins. …

… Why has the church become so weak-kneed in ignoring its mission? ….

… What is happening today in the local parishes is disgraceful. I know priests who are heavily involved in the pro-life movement who are being admonished by their superiors to cool it with the anti-abortion sermons. In the Q&A segment on Fox and Friends when Dolan was asked about the Democrats being in line with abortion rights, he answered that it wasn’t his job to tell people how to vote and he said that he was brought up in a Democrat family. Well, we all were, Cardinal. but that was then, and today’s Democrat Party has turned to the dark side and we’re not supposed to admit that? Meanwhile Democrats are always making appearances at Black Protestant churches to preach their socialist Marxist agenda but priests can’t condemn abortion?. …

cardinaldolancuomo… Cardinal Dolan said that his father told him to never vote for a Republican. How any Catholic today could vote for a Democrat knowing what their laws have done to dismantle our faith and values is beyond me.

I am forever Catholic but as a native New Yorker, I am thoroughly ashamed at what my city and State has become: the abortion capital of the world. God save us.”

(Read https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/01/catholic_church_leaders_are_a_bunch_of_cowards.html#ixzz5eBwCmnTh  Follow us: @AmericanThinker on Twitter | AmericanThinker on Facebook)

My question is what authentic Catholics can and will do as they see their bishops and the Vatican cowardly abandon the truth and morality of the Church — to become more like pandering politicians than faithful and obedient shepherds?

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The disgraceful treatment of students from Covington Catholic – and by that I mean the pell-mell rush of pro-life “leaders” to condemn innocent young men – illustrates a potentially fatal flaw in the movement. For much too long, some of the most visible spokesmen for the pro-life movement have sought desperately to be seen as respectable, to be treated fairly by the mainstream media. It’s never happened. It’s never going to happen. And it’s not a worthy goal.

Urge Covington bishop to apologize for condemning pro-life teens. Sign the petition here. [Steve Ray here: I signed this and encourage you to as well.]

Screen Shot 2019-01-22 at 9.45.51 PMThe media pounced on an opportunity to treat a few teenagers from Kentucky as symbols of bigotry, on the slimmest of evidence. That was unjust, but not unpredictable. (More on that below.) Now that the truth about the confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial has come out, the newspapers and network that vilified the Covington Catholic students are issuing perfunctory apologies. But the damage is done, and that damage is considerable.

Still worse, in my view, is the inexcusable haste with which many pro-life spokesmen leapt for the bait, joining the chorus of condemnation. Even before the fuller story came out, with videotape conclusively proving that the Covington Catholic students were victims rather than aggressors, the original footage provided no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing. Sensible reporters, and sensible commentators, should have said: “Let’s look into this; let’s get the whole story.” Why did so many people rush to judgment?

screenshot-2019-01-21-12.03.56As it turns out, the behavior of the Covington Catholic students was blameless. They were intentionally provoked, and reacted with restraint and even courtesy. Nick Sandmann, the teenager who suddenly became the focus of a nationwide hate campaign, has released an extraordinarily charitable statement about the incident. Their school, their diocese, and the March for Life should be proud of these young men.

Instead, the adults who should have protected and even applauded these students turned on them. Now some (and by no means all) of these adults are explaining that when they issued their first statements, they didn’t have all the facts. Of course they didn’t! That’s precisely the point. They were ready to condemn without waiting for the facts. And now they ask us to accept their mistakes as innocent – to give them the benefit of the doubt, which they weren’t willing to give to those teenage boys.

It was, again, a disgrace. But it’s a disgrace that begs for an explanation. Why were pro-life leaders so anxious to join in the general condemnation? Did they really think that they could gain respectability by denouncing (what was described as) intolerance? Did they think the media would treat the matter fairly? If so, then their naivete too is, at this late date, disgraceful.

“Sure, politics ain’t bean-bag,” said the memorable Mr. Dooley. The battle over abortion has been the roughest political fight of our era, and it would be almost criminally foolish to expect that our most militant adversaries, in this life-or-death battle, are motivated by goodwill. Season veterans of this political battle, seeing the first short video clips of the confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial, should have wondered whether the event had been staged.

Seasoned reporters, too, should have asked a few pointed questioned before running with the story. But if it is foolish for pro-lifers to expect fair play, it is equally foolish to expect fair treatment from the mainstream media.

Any notion that America’s largest media outlets are impartial on the abortion issue should have been dismissed after David Shaw of the Los Angeles Times – not a pro-life partisan – issued his definitive study in 1990. The mainstream outlets ignore pro-life claims, while acting as megaphones for the claims of the abortion industry. The March for Life provides an annual demonstration of the problem. Each year, without fail, mainstream outlets that routinely provide front-page coverage for leftist demonstrations fail to notice the hundreds of thousands of pro-life marchers. If they do give a brief mention to the March, the media grotesquely understate the scope of the event. This year, for example, we were informed by one major outlet that there were “over 1,000” participants. (Which is true, I suppose; and by the same token there will be “dozens” of people in the stands at the Super Bowl.)

Also, if they did offer a few column-inches to the pro-life marchers, major newspapers regularly gave equal coverage to a handful of pro-abortion counter-demonstrators. As the tenor of our nation’s political debate has become increasingly toxic, the counter-demonstrators have become more aggressive, more ambitious – and now, this year, more successful in conning the “useful idiots” in the media…

For the rest of the article, click HERE.

Another article by my good friend and attorney Bob Sullivan. You can read his article about this travesty here  https://www.catholicgentleman.net/2019/01/what-is-truth-discerning-what-is-real-from-propaganda/

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“Don’t Dump Your Garbage on Our Country Road”

by Steve Ray on November 22, 2018

Janet and I walk 2 to 4 miles every day that we are home. We like to say that it is our medicine but it’s always a lovely time together.

0385996E-E8B4-44D6-8623-E55C585BD5A9Last week while walking, we noticed someone had dumped a whole truck full of junk on our street — a broken TV, old furniture, etc. I looked through it and sure enough I found the creep’s address among the trash.

FCBCC146-3EB9-49B3-B071-7A953D6D2E4B After taking pictures of the mess they have made on our country road, I sent them a letter. I told them what they did was not only illegal but also rude and very inconsiderate. In the letter I sent pictures of what they had dumped and the box with their address on it.

Included in my letter was a warning to pick up their trash within 48 hours or I would take all the information, the pictures and their address to the sheriff.

We went out for our normal walk again yesterday and found the trash had been re-collected and the area on our road cleaned up.

Too often we turn a blind eye to such things, but not me. I believe in the biblical concept of right and wrong and justice. It’s a good idea that we hold people accountable for their inconsiderate and illegal actions.

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What Does this Wood Carving Mean?

October 18, 2018

When I went to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor Michigan the other day for a visit, I stopped by to pray at the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel. In front of the chapel was this wood carving. I also, like all of you, sat in front of it puzzled. Who are the women; what’s in […]

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About Witholding Funds from the Church

August 16, 2018

There has been a lot of discussion about withholding funds from the Church as a way of speaking out against bishops who have not done their job and been bad shepherds, protecting bad shepherds. I have suggested it is something we should think about especially if we know of abusers or those who facilitate abusers. […]

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Republicans and Democrats – or Conservatives and Liberals

August 6, 2018

Now I know there are some Democrats who visit this site and I don’t want to offend, but this story is pretty funny. I think we could change “democrat” to liberal and “republican” to conservative. I don’t necessarily consider myself “Republican,” though I have always voted Republican since they are the lesser of two evils […]

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Why One Priest Cancelled Netflix and Rebuked Them

July 18, 2018
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The Jordan Peterson Phenomenon – I Stand Up to Applaud Him!!

February 28, 2018

There is a lot of buzz going around about the Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson who is defying the Canadian government and the tyranny of the lunatic Left. I stand up to applaud him! Here is an article in Catholic World Report written by Bishop Robert Barron. Barron introduces this eloquent, courageous and very bright man. […]

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Urge Catholic School NOT to Fire Catholic Teacher for Quoting Saint John Bosco on Islam

May 16, 2017

Can political correctness get worse than this? Mark Smythe Fact #1: Mark Smythe is a well-liked Catholic teacher at Blessed Trinity Catholic School in Ocala, Florida. He recently used Saint John Bosco’s writing on Islam in his 6th grade social studies class. Fact #2: The leftist Huffington Post found out that Saint John Bosco’s writings […]

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Who Are the Poor I’m Supposed to Care For?

May 7, 2017

As we leave our rented apartment in Rome and walk towards St. Peter’s Square I notice a ragged, filthy woman sitting on a piece of cardboard with a baby laying lethargically in her arms. She looks up with mournful eyes and pathetically mumbles something as she reaches out hoping I’ll put coins in her hand. […]

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Can’t Believe I Agree with the Looney Women on The View!!

April 21, 2017

Ann Coulter is a conservative and a Christian. She was invited to speak at Berkeley University in California and the liberal left are going crazy. They protested to the point where the University rescinded her invitation. And Coulter is not one to back down and said she’ll be there anyway. Bravo! The battle lines are […]

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Bet You’ve Never Heard of this Heroic, Selfless Woman

February 17, 2017

Remember this lady?Irena Sendler Died: May 12, 2008 (aged 98) in Warsaw, Poland During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive. Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her […]

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Gotta Love this Good Samaritan Using his Cane to Defend a Lady

February 1, 2017

I wish there were more heroic folks that would stand up to injustice, evil and cruelty. God bless this hero!

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Defund Planned Parenthood – You Can Help RIGHT NOW

January 12, 2017

For the first time in decades it is a real possibility to shut down the baby-killer machine called Planned Parenthood. You can help now. Act Now! Help Defund Planned Parenthood Secular liberal Democrats have fought to maintain the mandatory federal funding of Planned Parenthood far too long! America is on the verge of pulling the […]

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‘Worst Year Yet’: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Be a Christian

January 12, 2017

Islamic extremism now has a rival, according to 2017 World Watch List. Jeremy Weber  Posted in Christianity Today   1/11/2017 09:00AM For the third year in a row, the modern persecution of Christians worldwide has hit another record high. But the primary cause, Islamic extremism, now has a rival: ethnic nationalism. Thus, Asia increasingly merits […]

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