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Church Control or Birth Control: A Book Review

A friend of mine, Nicholas Kaminsky, just finished writing a book titled “Church Control or Birth Control: Margaret Sanger’s Propaganda Campaign Against the Catholic Church.” He analyzes the history of the birth control movement in the United States as led by Margaret Sanger. For those of you who don’t know, Margaret Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood and one of the key players in getting laws that outlawed birth control repealed across the United States. This book is an easy read at just under 100 pages with plenty of documentation, citations, and footnotes which explain in further depth the point that he is making.

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Mr. Kaminsky begins by explaining the history of anti-Catholicism in America. Protestants founded the United States because they were unhappy with England’s staunch Anglican stance. Thus, they fled across the sea and founded America. When Catholics began emigrating to the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Protestant majority made sure to keep the Catholic minority at bay by refusing them education and giving them low paying and sub-par jobs.

While the majority of the country and most Protestant churches were against birth control, Margaret Sanger launched a full-fledged assault on the Catholic Church and led the American people to believe that the Catholic Church was behind the ban. She argued that as Americans, it was our right and part of our freedoms to be able to use birth control. While the Catholic Church was the biggest voice in opposition to birth control, she used every blockade the Church made as examples of how the Catholic Church was limiting the freedoms of the American people.

I won’t go into further detail as Mr. Kaminsky does a very good job detailing these events by citing Margaret Sanger herself. You should consider adding this book to your shelf.

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It is intriguing to see how Margaret Sanger used the argument that Americans are American first before their religion. To further illustrate this argument, she argued that freedoms come first. I found this rhetoric to come at an interesting point in history, as many American Catholics who are considered otherwise faithful are so quick to argue that the American freedoms and liberties trump the laws of God and the Catholic Church. The evil tactics that Margaret Sanger employed are now tactfully used by the members of the Church to push for “religious liberty”, allowing the divorced and remarried to receive the Holy Eucharist, and other issues that do not coincide with Catholic theology or doctrine.

If you are looking for a book which details Margaret Sanger’s racism, her work with Planned Parenthood, or abortion, in general, this book does not touch on these topics at all. This book details how Margaret Sanger used the Anti-Catholic rhetoric of the time in which she lived to pit birth control in a power struggle with the Catholic Church. This book is a great read, and I highly recommend it. If you’d like to pick up a copy, you can on Amazon. This book would make a great gift or read for anyone wanting to learn more about how America quickly changed its mind on birth control.

Jeff December 14, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

How Would Catholics React if the Synod Were Related to Abortion?

With the Synod of the Family looming only a months away, it is important that all Catholics realize what is at stake. There have been numerous attempts by many bishops, cardinals and even the Pope to look for ways which would allow those who are divorced, remarried, or engaged in homosexual behavior to receive the Holy Eucharist. We are told that we need to extend an olive branch; we need to show them mercy.

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This message is in spite of St. Paul’s warnings from Scripture:

Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 11:27-29

The reality of the situation is this: those who are actively engaged in any immoral behavior and are both unrepentant and have not been absolved are living in mortal sin and thus cannot receive the Holy Eucharist. There is no tiptoeing around the issue. There are no loopholes. Only those in the state of grace may receive our Lord.

A number of Catholics who are considered good, faithful, conservative Catholics are viewing this Synod in a positive light. In mistaken attempts to be viewed as “good Catholics” they will submit to the decisions of the Synod. If the Synod decides that adulterers can receive the Holy Eucharist, then they will assume that is what the Holy Spirit wants, and it is now acceptable to allow the practice, regardless of almost 2,000 years of Church teaching against the matter.

This response does not make one a faithful Catholic in good standing, but rather a sheep who only follows orders, and uses neither the brain nor the intellect with which God has endowed him. It is crucial we view the Synod with a different example of Mortal Sin. Let’s view the Synod in terms of abortion.

Hypothetically, let us imagine this upcoming Synod is not the “Synod of the Family”, but rather, the “Synod of the Child”; bishops and cardinals from around the world and the Pope gather in Rome to discuss the need to be merciful to abortionists, their lobbyists, and those who are in favor of the abortion “option”. We hear the need to be merciful to these poor misunderstood sinners. We are told that there are avenues by which a person who supports abortion in some form or another needs to be accepted at Holy Eucharist, so that they too may not be excluded and may feel welcome.

We see reports from prominent bishops and public figures holding key positions within the Church hierarchy explain the great need for this dialogue. It is important that all of God’s children feel welcome and accepted at the Lord’s Supper. There are numerous articles by several cardinals who are themselves in favor of allowing unrepentant murderers to receive Holy Eucharist, without amending their lives. These same cardinals tell us that even the Pope is on their side. The Pope is even on record as saying that one particular Cardinal’s theology is serene and an example of “doing theology on one’s knees”.

But there are bishops and cardinals who are against this idea. They cite the Church teaching on abortion by citing the recently canonized Pope St. John Paul II. These faithful bishops and cardinals are told that these teachings are “too extreme”. At the end of the first “Synod of the Child” the Pope issues a statement declaring that we can’t be too strict, and we can’t be too liberal. He explains we need to find a happy medium. But we know that when the life of an innocent child is about to be brutally ended that there is no happy medium. The “strictness of the law” protects the innocent child. The Synod even releases a mid-session relatio explaining how abortionists “have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community” and asks if the Church is “capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities?”

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It seems to me that without a doubt this hypothetical situation would not only fall flat on its face in being implemented, but the faithful would rise up in unison to decry this heinous act against the magisterial teaching of the Church. Under no circumstance should an individual whose job is to destroy the life of an innocent unborn child, mutilate her, and sell off her parts to the highest bidder be able to receive our Eucharistic Lord. The evil of abortion is so strong amongst the faithful that they would not accept any teaching given by Rome that stated anything to the contrary.

Yet, the majority of the faithful seem ready to accept what the Synod might say in regards to adulterers being allowed to receive Holy Communion.

If the Church were to be wrong in coming out with some sort of plan allowing abortionists and pro-abortion individuals to receive Holy Communion, then the Church would be wrong in coming out with a plan allowing adulterers to receive Holy Communion. In both cases, we have evil and heinous acts (divorce, remarriage, and homosexuality are all condemned by Our Lord and the Church). If you are one of those Catholics who would accept the Synod’s decision to depart from Church teaching on divorce, remarriage, and homosexuality, then you must also accept a hypothetical future in which the Church might one day accept those in favor of abortion to Communion as well. This isn’t an either/or situation, but rather an all or nothing situation.

Jeff September 2, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

The Battle Leaves One Weary

Today is a day that I do not feel like writing. But I am going to force myself to, because staying silent only allows the enemy to continue his onward march while the Truth is suppressed at every turn.

I’m finding it difficult to write mainly because I have lost hope in humanity. Now if you read my blog on a regular basis, I’m not speaking of you. On the contrary, I’m speaking of those who refuse to recognize and submit to the Truth no matter how it’s presented to them. We see the truth take the forms of the Gospel and the humanity of aborted babies.

In the last month, there have been seven videos released that explain the corruption behind Planned Parenthood and their destruction of little babies. The abortionists and other PP employees even admit to these babies as not clumps of cells or a fetuses, but as babies. They harvest the organs of these poor babies and sell them to the highest bidder.

A couple of months ago we were fighting the battle that the baby was a clump of cells or a fetus. Pro-abortionists would not recognize the humanity of these innocent children. We now have visual proof that these are indeed human babies (because somehow pro-choicers don’t understand science), and instead of admitting how disgusting, revolting, and evil these acts are, they tell us that it’s okay, because it’s legal.

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We are dealing with the utmost evil of individuals when they will look at an aborted baby and continue to support it, despite that they are looking at an aborted baby. There is no way one can look at the above image and not come to the conclusion that they are looking at a baby, a baby who has no ability to defend himself as he has the slightest inkling as to what is occurring around him. A baby who relied upon his mother to nurture him and take care of him, only for his mother to end his life because he was likely deemed “an inconvenience”.

Too many people are engrossed in their own wills that they refuse to look at reality and submit. They choose to be their own gods by destroying the most vulnerable of children, all the while throwing a temper tantrum because a dentist shot and killed a lion in Zimbabwe in which the Zimbabweans could care less about. The astonishing take away from this is the utter hypocrisy we see from these people in which they act as if they are completely free to do as they please, while infringing upon the rights of everyone around them, denying them up to the point of death as in the case of abortion.

Meanwhile, many Catholics are completely in denial or gullible in their belief that the Synod of the Family is going to be good for the Church, or thinking that Pope Francis will reign in these dissident bishops. They claim to love Jesus Christ Truly Present in the Eucharist, but their love for Jesus in the Eucharist is so minute that they have no problem in allowing those who are in public mortal sin to receive Him, despite the doctrinal teachings that say otherwise.

There is a lot of evidence to demonstrate how Pope Francis is trying to run the Synod into the ground, especially with his remark on how Cardinal Kasper’s theology is serene. But no matter what evidence we present to our fellow Catholics to demonstrate these truths, we are met with resistance, papolatry, and are returned with spiteful, venomous, and uncharitable retorts. The unforgivable sin today is not denial of the Holy Ghost, but rather, to not stick to the status quo of the post-conciliar Catholic Church, even though the PC Church has failed Catholics and Jesus Christ for the last 50 years.

I believe we are at a point where those who want to be on the side of God are already there. There are very few fence sitters that need convincing. Everything has been thrown onto the table and those who want to follow the Truth have already done so.

Even though the battle is beginning to wear us all down, I think it is important that we continue to evangelize in whichever medium you are called to. Whether that is writing, blogging, debating on Facebook or Twitter, talking to your friends, family or colleagues. At a minimum, we might grab a few more over to God’s side. More importantly, we will continue to encourage each other to live a good, holy life that is pleasing to God.

While the world is falling apart around us, we must keep our eyes toward Heaven and know that our trust is in the Lord, and that we are not alone in this fight. It will get rougher, but we need to stay strong. GO TO CONFESSION WEEKLY. GO TO MASS. PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY. Stay in a state of grace so that you may have the graces necessary to overcome adversity when it presents itself, as well as to be ready for judgment if you are called by Our Heavenly Father.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy on us.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us.

Jeff August 20, 2015 3 Comments Permalink

These Ominous Storms Keep Rolling Through

As I write this post, the thunder rumbles in the distance. The lightning illuminates the sky to the south, breaking apart the darkness on this late night. This has been one of many summer thunderstorms that we’ve had this year. The quantity of storms isn’t much different than other summers, but the quality of these storms is more aggressive. These storms have been darker, louder, and scarier. I’m not sure why, whether it’s because I’m getting older and have more responsibilities with a wife and child, but it seems to me that these storms are an ominous sign of things to come. God is not happy.

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This summer has been the first time I have witnessed lightning storms in which the lightning dances across the sky as if it were a strobe light setting the atmosphere at a club on Saturday night. These storms are not isolated to the area either; they are massive, ranging across several states at once. I fear they will only get worse.

Both the Church and the World are in utter chaos. The World has gone the way of Sodom and Gomorrah, approving homosexual “marriage” and abortion in just about every country. Countries once known for their rich Catholic heritage have been aggressively plummeting into moral chaos as if the world was going to end tomorrow. Unfortunately, the Church is being steered into this direction as well, thanks to a select number of prelates who would love to prove Christ wrong when He said the gates of Hell would not prevail against His Church. Their hatred for God and the Church is so strong that they will stop at nothing to lead as many souls astray.

The Synod on the Family is approaching, now only two months away. I fear that we will see the blasphemy of the divorced, “remarried”, and actively homosexual allowed to receive the Holy Eucharist, without the necessity of conversion. This will anger God greatly.

We must be steadfast in our prayer and always in a state of grace, avoiding any sin, including venial. While our prayer can be strongly effective in begging for Our Lord to intervene, I think He is looking for a fresh start. God will allow these heinous sins to continue through His permissive will, and His justice will rain down upon the Earth, destroying all of His enemies. We must also be humble enough to pray for our own sanctification and salvation during this time, as well as for that of our families, friends, and those we care about. We must always remember that no matter how bad it gets, Jesus Christ is still God and has given us the opportunity to spend eternity with Him. We must follow Him and observe all that He has taught us. Double your efforts to live a holy life. Go to confession, pray the Rosary daily, and avoid the near occasion of sin.

Jeff August 6, 2015 2 Comments Permalink

Kill Them With Kindness

Its a phrase that you’ve probably heard once or twice. Maybe even more than that. I’ve found this phrase to be pretty popular among the pro-life movement, though lately it appears to be gaining some traction among the neo-Catholic movement as well.

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But, when you think of it, does it work? Oh, sure, it works from time to time, but it isn’t at all a reliable evangelization strategy. Why?

Because kindness will never, ever get a person to completely change their mentality of life and join your side. And even if they do, because this person is simply joining due to kindness, what is to prevent them from leaving once that kindness has dried up? How about once someone with a differing ideal is kind to them?

It doesn’t make logical sense, because it is rooted in emotionalism. Emotions, as we know from our Catholic faith are good. The problem with emotions though, is that they get in the way of logic and reason from time to time. Emotions can be shallow and look out only for the good of the person at that moment.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being kind to someone. But this isn’t to stop us from correcting them when they are incorrect in their belief. An abortionist is murdering a baby in the womb. Last I checked, we don’t take murderers or rapists and “kill them with kindness” in hopes that they might one day stop their evil ways. We arrest them, try them and lock them away so that they can amend their lives.

It is a ridiculous concept to me that we should allow a sinner to continually sin and just “kill them with kindness”. Jesus did not always do that and for good reason. It doesn’t always work. There are times when He was kind to those who came to Him, but He always reprimanded them and offered correction. It was then up to the sinner to change their lives and be converted or to continue their wicked ways.

Lest we forget, once in awhile Jesus flipped tables and whipped people.

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Reprimanding the sinner is a spiritual act of mercy. This is regardless of whether we look at the pro-life movement or just proselytizing our fellow neighbor. “Killing with kindness” does not correct the individual, nor explain to them why they are wrong.

If you want to “kill them with kindness”, I suggest waiting until they are at least interested in hearing what you have to say. Then kill them all you want.

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