Monthly Archives: August 2018

behavior shaking the Catholic Church.

Sexual scandals and inappropriate behavior are as old as the Bible. In 1 Corinthians 5:1, Paul writes: “It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife.”

In more modern times, there have been sex scandals involving TV evangelists from Aimee Semple McPherson in the ’20s to Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart in the ’80s. More recent examples include Ted Haggard and Bill Hybels.

But at least those scandals involved adults; what has happened within the Roman Catholic Church involves children, a much greater sin.

The Pittsburgh grand jury report that found 301 “predator priests” who were, quote—”raping little boys and girls” isn’t the first to make such accusations. But it may be the first time the allegations have been so exhaustively detailed, including the naming of priests and their alleged victims.

In Ireland, Pope Francis visited last week and issued another apology—but took no responsibility for un-priestly behavior. And more stories surfaced detailing what happened to unwed mothers and their babies seven decades ago in church-run homes. They suffered abuse, and their babies were either buried in the home’s yard or forcibly taken from them to be adopted. All this from a church that claims to be “pro-life.”

In an interview with NBC5 Chicago, Cardinal Blase Cupich insisted the pope has a “bigger agenda” to worry about. The church won’t—quote—“go down a rabbit hole” addressing Vigano’s claims, he said. In a similar vein, the pope’s defenders have said much of this behavior took place years ago and is only now coming out.

But there should be no statute of limitations when it comes to sins within any church, including attempts to cover them up.

Surely Catholic Church leaders are familiar with James 3:1: “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”

( Billy’s thoughts – Amen Cal Thomas. The Roman Catholic Church has a problem it needs to deal with. The answer is not to cover it up or transfer Priests but do what the Bible says to do. You can read the whole commentary Cal Thomas did over at World Radio. )

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Protect Mode Why Masculinity Is Good

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Male and Female God created us. That means He created masculinity and femininity as well. Lose one or the other, and bad things happen.

At UCLA, students recently formed the Toxic Masculinity Committee—designed to help men understand, among other things, that their innate drive for aggression is a bad thing.

But is it? The women of Cypress, California, might disagree.

While shopping at the local Target store, Ismael Duarte noticed a man following his teenage daughter. When Duarte blocked him from getting any closer, the stranger walked away. Minutes later, Duarte spotted him again—this time the man was using his cell phone to try to film up the skirt of another young woman.

And that’s when Duarte went into “protect mode.” Duarte kicked the cell phone away, and pounced on the man, knocking him to the floor. The man scrambled to his feet and fled. But Duarte and his wife raced after him and used their own phones to photograph his car and license plate. Duarte called the police, and the man was arrested.

Now, as the father of a teenage daughter, I’m cheering Ismael Duarte’s “aggression.” You see, what gets lost in all the complaints about “toxic masculinity” is the fact that the very traits feminists associate with it—aggression, ambition, and violence—can and often are used in a good cause. My concern is that we are going to end up with fewer men like Ismael Duarte because boys as young as five are being taught that there is something wrong with the biologically-influenced traits associated with masculinity.

As my friend and radio host Dennis Prager notes in a column titled “Is America Still Making Men?” one of the questions every society must ask in order to survive is, “How do we make good men?” If we fail to answer this question properly, we end up with men who “will likely do much harm.” But men who are tutored from early childhood on how to “channel their drives in positive directions make the world a much better place.” They learn to take responsibility for themselves, their families, their houses of worship, their communities, and their country.

But this doesn’t take place automatically, Prager warns: Turning boys into good men takes work.

Tragically, Americans appear to have forgotten this lesson. For instance, modern feminism has attacked the very concepts of femininity and masculinity, insisting that boys and girls be reared in exactly the same way. Prager says boys are no longer allowed to have “masculine” toys such as play guns and toy soldiers. On the school playground, rough games like dodgeball have been banned.

Second, America has gone from a responsibility-centered culture to a rights-centered one. The result? Fewer men are willing to take on the life-long job of caring for a wife and children. Why should they, if life is all about them?

And sadly, cultural changes over the past 50 years mean that fewer boys have important male mentors in their lives to teach them how to be men.

If you’re the father of sons, I hope you spend lots of time with them, teaching them what being a man is all about—and maybe doing challenging stuff together, like hiking the Grand Canyon. And I recommend giving your sons a copy of Bill Bennett’s “The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood.

Instead of trying to make men more like women, or labeling typical male traits as “toxic,” we should help boys harness characteristics such as aggression, ambition, and yes, even violence, into proper channels—such as working hard to support a family, racing into burning buildings to save children—or protecting their daughters from predators in retail stores.

On a related subject: On a recent BreakPoint podcast, columnist Mona Charen talks with John Stonestreet about the disastrous consequences of modern feminism. Check it out at BreakPoint.org.

“Protect Mode”: Why Masculinity Is Good

Eric points out some great resources on this hot-button topic. The links below are for resources that discuss masculinity and the consequences of the trend our culture is pursuing.

Resources

Dad tackles man accused of filming up his daughter’s skirt at Target, video shows

Don Sweeney | Sacramento Bee | August 2, 2018

Peterson on ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Training in Kindergarten: ‘Appalling’ That Schools Are ‘Pushing This Nonsense’

Fox News | June 20, 2018

Make Men Masculine Again

Allie Stuckey | Prager U | August 6, 2018

Is America Still Making Men?

Dennis Prager | Dennisprager.com | January 19, 2010

The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood

William J. Bennett | Thomas Nelson | 2013

Manliness

Harvey C. Mansfield | Yale University Pres | 2007

The Transformation of Men, Marriage, and Monogamy

Mark Regnerus | Youtube video

National Football League legend Jim Brown proclaimed on Tuesday that the black community must take ownership of its problems and struggles – rather than blame President Donald Trump.

These comments come a week after the NFL great criticized professional football players who disrespect the flag and their country by not standing for the National Anthem – when he insisted that he would never kneel while the national tribute before games was being played. Now, Brown wants the blacks to show more accountability for the decisions they make and the predicaments they are in so that they will have less hardships to endure in American society.

Blacks should view Trump as an ally, not an obstacle

The former running back for the Cleveland Browns lifted up Trump as an “exceptional” president who genuinely cares about the nation and its people before advising blacks to curb racial tensions and to stop using the president as a scapegoat for their woes.

 

“We should look at ourselves first before we look at the president,” Brown advised blacks during his Fox & Friends appearance Tuesday

 

https://www.onenewsnow.com/sports/2018/08/29/jim-brown-to-blacks-take-responsibility-dont-blame-trump )

The church in Laodicea and our culture

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I hope faithful members of the Catholic Church won’t mind me posting but I believe it is time for the current Pope to step down

It has been reported in many places that the Pope Pope ducks questions on ‘cover-up’: Francis won’t answer claims he knew about US bishop’s misconduct after repeatedly calling for ‘forgiveness’ for church officials who hid sex abuse in Ireland.

When you won’t admit you knew about something it implies you did know it. If that is the case. This Pope for the good of his church, for the good of the faithful priests , and for the good of the boys along with their families needs to go. He may not be the only Catholic leader that needs to go. I would feel the same way if we were talking about an Evangel Pastor. Read more about the Pope being silent here.

Cal Thomas on John MCCAIN

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HERE IS THE WAY THINGS WORK IN WASHINGTON. IF YOU COMPROMISE WITH DEMOCRATS; IF YOU VOTE FOR THINGS THEY WISH TO PRESERVE, LIKE OBAMACARE, DEMOCRATS AND THEIR MEDIA ALLIES HAIL YOU AS A “STATESMAN,” NONPARTISAN, AND A COMPROMISER IN THE BEST SENSE. IF YOU STAND BY CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES, YOU ARE AN EXTREMIST, RIGHT WING BIGOT.

AND THUS WE HAVE THE REACTION BY DEMOCRATS AND THE MEDIA TO THE DEATH OF JOHN MCCAIN, WHO WAS THE DECIDING VOTE THAT SAVED OBAMACARE…FOR NOW, AT LEAST UNTIL IT POSSIBLY CRASHES UNDER ITS OWN WEIGHT

ANYONE WHO SURVIVED 5 ½ YEARS OF TORTURE AND INHUMANITY IN A NORTH VIETNAMESE PRISON AND WHO REPORTEDLY REFUSED EARLY RELEASE BECAUSE HIS FATHER WAS AN ADMIRAL DESERVES PRAISE AND ADMIRATION. BUT THAT WAS A PREVIOUS LIFE.

MCCAIN EXPRESSED NO FAITH IN GOD. LET’S HOPE HE MADE HIS PEACE WITH HIM BEFORE PASSING INTO HIS PRESENCE.

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The IVF Needle Baby Darling Meme, Troubling Theme

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Everybody loves pictures of adorable babies wrapped in blankets, sleeping peacefully, right? But not this picture—it should break our hearts, not melt them.

Life today on social media includes the phrase “X went viral.” The rapid sharing of images, videos, and phrases can spread ideas that shape our cultural imaginations in a way similar to how illnesses, such as the flu, can spread from one person to another with terrifying speed.

And like a disease, even a seemingly innocent image that goes “viral” can be harmful.

A very recent example is a picture of a baby wrapped in a rainbow-colored blanket surrounded by 1,616 hypodermic needles arranged in the shape of a heart. The photo was shared on social media by the child’s same-sex parents, Patricia and Kimberly O’Neill. The image, the couple said, “represent(ed) [their] journey,” which included “4 years, 7 [IVF] attempts, 3 miscarriages and 1,616 shots.”

The photo was uploaded to Facebook on August 10, and in just 10 days received 84,000 likes and 63,000 shares.

Of course, the most common response to the picture was “aww!” and a heart-shaped emoticon. But all the likes in the world cannot dispel the incredibly important ethical questions that are raised by the story behind the photo, ethical dilemmas we’ve not even fully acknowledged in our cultural moment, much less settled.

The first dilemma has to do with in-vitro fertilization itself. As we’ve said repeatedly on BreakPoint in recent months, there are significant moral questions raised by artificial reproductive technologies such as IVF. For example, the destruction of human life that is, in most cases at least, part of the process; the fate of nearly one million frozen “excess” embryos; the moral consequences of separating reproduction from sex. To pretend that IVF and other reproductive technologies are morally neutral is to ignore obvious realities.

By arranging the needles in the shape of a heart, the photographer, consciously or not, obscured just how messy and morally fraught the IVF process really is. If the needles had been arranged in their “natural” state, just lying around on a cold medical table or discarded in a medical waste bin—the message would have more accurately reflected the confused reality we live in.

Not only are the ethical questions created by the technology buried by this picture, so are the culture-wide assumptions that animate our current technologies. I often talk about how marriage, sex, and babies are a “package” deal as created by God and recognized throughout human history until just recently. The main idea of the sexual revolution has been to divorce sex, marriage and babies.

As cute and eternally valuable as the baby in the picture is, the image represents a final stage of that divorce. What started as the divorce of sex from marriage by untethering sex from babies has led to the separation of babies from marriage, and now, through our technologies, the divorce of babies from sex.

Of course, same-sex unions are inherently infertile. And yet, in many cases it is same-sex couples driving the demand for the technologies that bypass sex in the process of creating life. Unintentional infertility is tragic. Demanding children after choosing an intentionally infertile relationship is hubris and fundamentally redefines our understanding of children as a gift, not a consumer product.

Think about it… the redefinition of sex gave us the redefinition of marriage which is now leading to the redefinition of children.

Now, I know that pointing out problems with this cute photograph will sound grumpy and heartless. So let me be clear: I’m sure the couple loves their new daughter very much. The problem isn’t the baby; the problem is the ideas that made the story, that led to this picture.

The IVF Needle Baby: Darling Meme, Troubling Theme

As John points out, separating sex from babies is now leading to treating children as products instead of gifts from God. To read more on this topic, click on the links below.

Resources

Untangling Assisted Reproductive Technology: Some Clear Moral Stands

John Stonestreet | BreakPoint.org | May 21, 2018

BreakPoint: About Those Frozen Embryos: Unintended Consequences and the Limits of Personal Freedom

John Stonestreet | BreakPoint.org | July 30, 2018

The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture

Scott Klusendorf | Crossway | 2009

Michael Medved: McCain’s Memory Should Make G.O.P. Proud

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Little League

Here is the story https://www.facebook.com/104266592953439/posts/2262935390419871/.

More people in the public eye should act how Tiger Woods did when he was asked about President Trump

Here is the link.