Thursday, August 12, 2010

Pet Peeve..... Grrrrrr

Pet peeve: People who show up at Mass like they’re going to the mall.

Really? The Absolute Existence, the One Who is responsible for there being something rather than nothing wants to be with you so ardently that He made Himself FOOD and you couldn’t put on a nice pair of pants? Or, ladies, a dress or a skirt?

Even really good Catholics are guilty of this. And I’m not talking about a couple of one off instances where you’re traveling, or whatever. Everyone has those times when life just happens and you end up at Mass in jeans or shorts. But I’m talking about those people who show up like that every Sunday. What kind of message does it send to kids when mom and dad dress nicer to go to work or out to eat then they do to go to Mass?

People complain how there is no reverence left in Catholic Churches and I wonder why they are surprised. If we don’t prepare ourselves outwardly how can we be prepared inwardly. That’s why we kneel –to show with our bodies reverence for what is happening in front of us. So putting on nice clothes for Mass shows outwardly that the place we are in is a holy place. A place of reverence. And what is happening there is something special.

OK… I’m done.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Abortion & Contraception

A discussion I had recently brought me to the realization that liberals seem to link the fight against abortion with the idea of restricting all forms of birth control. I’ve never believed that to be the case and I’ve been fighting/praying for the unborn for a while now.

Morally I am 100% against birth control. It is a moral evil and has led to many social ills such as a divorce rate of 50%, explosion of single parent homes, increase in risky behaviors that has led to an increase in sexually transmitted dieses… I could go on … but contraception isn’t something that’s ever going away so whatever.

POLITICALLY … the state does not have the right to tell people what they can and cannot do with their own bodies. So… assuming that the method of birth control does not end the existence of an already fertilized zygote (which is the most logical point to declare the beginning of life –it is the moment when a unique sequence of DNA comes into existence), the state doesn’t have the right to pass legislation against contraception. People are free to choose to use it or choose to not use it … end of story.

Abortion is a different matter entirely.

Each of us has the right to do whatever we want so long as it does not impinge upon the basic rights of others… such as the right to live. Abortion ends the life of a unique human person. To say that a woman should have the right to abort her baby only leads to insane conclusions which have been reached by Leftist thinkers such as Peter Singer … (read the Justifying Infanticide and Non-Voluntary Euthanasia section: or this interview … My favorite quote, after being asked if he would kill a disabled baby, ”yes, if that was in the best interests of the baby and of the family as a whole. Many people find this shocking, yet they support a woman’s right to have an abortion.” Sick, but hey, at least he’s intellectually honest.

And this is not some farfetched notion that will never be acted on in real life…. check out these links to women who killed their children after giving birth. The first one is of a woman who will not even be charged because the umbilical cord was not cut:

Someone I care about very much, but disagree with completely, said “I think most liberals believe abortion is a horrible thing.” Well … here are a few questions I have on that comment: Why do they support something that is a horrible thing? What makes abortion horrible? Why do all liberals ignore the gigantic human rights violation of brutally killing innocent children, in ways we wouldn’t kill our worst enemies, but lose their minds over keeping known terrorists in Guantanamo? Why is it abortion if a 7 month pregnant woman walks into a clinic of her own free will but it’s prosecuted as murder if someone kills her (and the baby) in an accident or crime? Where is the logic of doctors fighting to keep preemies alive, but on another floor of the hospital work to end the life of ‘fetuses’ of the same gestational age?

Isn’t the pro-abortion lobby actually saying that personhood depends on whether someone WANTS you or not? Consider the ramifications of that …

This is not a political issue. This is a moral issue. Was Dachau or Auschwitz a political issue? Was the euthanizing of hundreds of disabled German citizens ( ) a political issue? The Nazi’s reasons for killing those people are remarkably similar to those used by the pro-abortion movement: “compassion” for the disabled –it’s not nice to let them live in suffering; Socially better to not have too many ‘unwanted’ people… in the end, supporting abortion only leads to death, death and more death.