So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Friday, March 24, 2017

Canada's "anti-blasphemy" motion M-103 passes. And?

M-103 has passed.

What now for Canada?
The motion itself is fairly benign, its only actionable item being the call for a committee study.
The bigger problem is this whole exercise is about getting a Western liberal democracy to grant recognition to weaponized language used around the world by Islamists to shore up their intolerant political agenda.—Anthony Fury
The problem is that mere motions have a way of becoming very nasty means by which inalienable rights are severely marginalized.

Nothing to fear but the fear of fear itself.

The supporters of the Motion probably do not realize that their actions have loaned additional weight to a short but diabolical suffix:
phobia/phobic
"irrational fear, horror, aversion," 1786, perhaps on model of similar use in French, abstracted from compounds in -phobia, from Greek -phobia, from phobos "fear, panic fear, terror, outward show of fear; object of fear or terror," originally "flight" (still the only sense in Homer), but it became the common word for "fear" via the notion of "panic, fright" (compare phobein "put to flight, frighten"), from PIE root *bhegw- "to run" (source also of Lithuanian begu "to flee;" Old Church Slavonic begu "flight," bezati "to flee, run;" Old Norse bekkr "a stream"). Psychological sense attested by 1895.—Online Etymological Dictionary
Is M-103 a threat to free speech? Probably, yes. For the moment, as the quote above by Anthony Fury hints at, M-103 is a mere motion and not law, more an expression of sentiment than anything of substance. Liberals of the leftist-fascist variety, however, have a way of thinking motions from a dream state into a nightmare. Those skilled in exploiting perceptions will undoubtedly think it now permissible to pressure Canadians to keep silent about problematic behaviours committed by certain individuals and groups through a broad interpretation and application of the Motion. Canada already has laws which protect people from unjust attack. Those who confuse being offended with actual harassment will undoubtedly see M-103 as an opportunity to engage in the persecution of their opponents, those people who oppose odious ideologies, i.e., those people who rightly criticize attacks on democratic principles.

So, Her Majesty's loyal opposition has a lot of work ahead to curtail the Motion from effecting injustices against those who legitimately exercise the right to engage in fair and free commentary against and criticism of problematic ideologies which contradict and threaten our democratic principles.

Rex Murphy has weighed in. His comments merit a full and attentive hearing.
http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/rex-murphy-m-103-has-passed-and-what-today-has-changed-for-the-better

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Philly DA indicted on corruption, bribery-related charges.

Without prejudice toward legitimate prosecutions of priest-abusers, there have been severe injustices against innocent Catholic priests who have been the easy targets of liars and malicious lawyers more concerned about their paycheques than the cause of justice.
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams sought thousands of dollars in bribes from deep-pocketed donors seeking his help with their legal woes, federal authorities said Tuesday as they unveiled a 23-count indictment charging the two-term Democrat in a sprawling corruption case.
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/DA-Seth-Williams-federal-charges-Philadelphia.html
Philadelphia's District Attorney Seth Williams, who viciously pursued Monsignor William Lynn to a conviction which was later overturned, is now under indictment for corruption and bribery charges.
CMR adds links to information at the Catholic League:
http://www.catholicleague.org/vindictive-philly-d-a-pursues-msgr-lynn/
News reports allege and resignations tend to suggest that groups like SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and too many misguided individuals, have attacked clergy with ulterior motives such as the goal of profiting financially from unjust prosecutions of innocent priests.
Founder of clergy abuse group quits in second loss after lawsuit
The lawsuit by Gretchen Rachel Hammond names Barbara Blaine, David Clohessy and other SNAP leaders as defendants and alleges that “SNAP does not focus on protecting or helping survivors – it exploits them.”
The founder of a prominent advocacy group for children sexually abused by Catholic priests has resigned, the second major departure in the wake of a lawsuit filed last month by a former employee alleging that the organization colluded with lawyers to refer clients and profit from settlements.
The reader might also be interested in the following story of a gross injustice perpetrated against an innocent priest who has suffered as no one should for crimes he did not commit.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lenten daily conversion. The Collect for Purity: a prayer beseeching God for assistance.

When asked what his favorite prayer from the patrimony is, His Excellency Steven Lopes, Bishop of the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, replied:
I’d want to say something like the “Prayer of Humble Access,” because it’s just astoundingly beautiful, but the one I find myself using often in various situations, everything from the beginning of meetings to personal prayer, is the “Collect of Purity.” Beginning my own time of prayer and recollection with the Collect of Purity — like we begin the (Ordinariate) Mass (Divine worship: the Missal) with the Collect of Purity — that’s the one that’s certainly the most familiar and most frequently said, for me.—An excerpt from an interview with Peter Jesserer Smith, National Catholic Register (7-DEC-2016)
What is the origin of the Collect for Purity?
The Collect for Purity (CFP) appears in Latin in the 11th-century Leofric Missal and in the Sarum Rite. The CFP was one of the preparatory prayers said by priests before Mass.
Deus cui omne cor patet et omnis voluntas loquitur: et quem nullum latet secretum: purifica per infusionem sancti spiritus cogitationes cordis nostri: ut te perfecte diligere et digne laudare mereamur, per dominum nostrum iesum Christum filium tuum qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate eiusdem spiritus sancti deus, per omnia secula seculorum. Amen.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leofric_Missal
http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=bodleian&manuscript=msbodl579
The CFP appears as the prologue to The Cloud of Unknowing, a 14th Century treatise on prayer and spirituality.
God, unto Whom alle hertes ben open, and unto Whom alle wille spekith, and unto Whom no privé thing is hid: I beseche Thee so for to clense the entent of myn hert with the unspekable gift of Thi grace that I may parfiteliche love Thee, and worthilich preise Thee. Amen. 
During these beautiful Lenten days when sinners should readily call upon the Lord to grant His grace to enable efforts of mind and body that better help dispose the penitent man to grace, grace that helps us grow in holiness, we all might do well to embrace the prayer as a morning devotion.
The Collect for Purity
Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.