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).

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Right & Wrong: a brief study in contrasts


An Episcopalian (Anglican) minister, the Rev. Walter Baer, is pleased as punch that Banned Parenthood is moving in across the street from his parish.
As priest-in-charge at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, which is across South Claiborne Avenue from the new Planned Parenthood clinic, I am pleased that the clinic is moving to the area.
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The Episcopal/Anglican Church worldwide has officially recognized the use of artificial contraception as an acceptable Christian moral choice since 1930. (Anglican arrogance. The TEC/CofE abandoned 1900 years of Christian teaching with a vote. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Baer's comment begs the question: Is, then, the Episcopal/Anglican Church christian?)
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As a parish church that is named for the most wondrous conception in history, we welcome the Planned Parenthood clinic to the neighborhood. (Cognitive dissonance, Walter Baer is thy name!) It will serve a very important role in education, health screenings, contraception and, when necessary, a safe place for the termination of pregnancy. (Sophistry! Safe for who? The unborn baby who is destroyed?)

The Catholic Archbishop of New Orleans, Gregory Aymond calls for defense of the unborn and opposition to Planned Barrenhood.
We cannot be silent in view of the grave injustice presented by the abortions that will be performed at the proposed Planned Parenthood facility. The archdiocese is obliged to remind every person and organization involved in the acquisition, preparation and construction of this or any abortion facility, that they are cooperating with the evil that will take place there. For this reason, the archdiocese, including its churches, schools, apartments for the elderly, and nursing homes, will strive in its privately-funded work not to enter into business relationships with any person or organization that participates in actions that are essential to making this abortion facility a reality. This policy applies to all businesses regardless of religious affiliation or non-affiliation. Our fidelity to Church teaching and our conscience necessitates this stance.
There is no justification, including economic hardship that will make a direct or indirect relationship with Planned Parenthood or any abortion provider, acceptable. Additionally, affiliation or support of Planned Parenthood by Catholics is a matter of serious scandal.
Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil. The person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor’s tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother into spiritual death. Scandal is a grave offense if by deed or omission another is deliberately led into a grave offense.—Catechism of the Catholic Church, Article 2284.
It's moments like this that one should be thankful and proud that we have Archbishops who can tell the difference between right and wrong. Thank you, Archbishop Aymond, for standing up for the unborn, the weak and the innocent. Now—all Catholics do likewise!

Pray for the conversion of Walter Baer and those who would support a diabolical organization such as Planned Parenthood. May God have mercy on their souls and the souls of all who participate in abortions.

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