Five Catholic Quotes on #Brexit

Tonight on CNN, Erin Burnett used the term “carnage” at least twice to refer to market reaction to the “Brexit” vote. Brexit is the people’s decision in the UK to exit the European Union. Brexit should be seen not as the end of the world as we know it but rather as a step toward subsidiarity. In Catholic social teaching, subsidiarity is the ideal. It is manifest in the lowest levels of government possible deciding policy. Below are five quotes on subsidiarity which I think apply to the Brexit vote.

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Still, that most weighty principle, which cannot be set aside or changed, remains fixed and unshaken in social philosophy: Just as it is gravely wrong to take from individuals what they can accomplish by their own initiative and industry and give it to the community, so also it is an injustice and at the same time a grave evil and disturbance of right order to assign to a greater and higher association what lesser and subordinate organizations can do. For every social activity ought of its very nature to furnish help to the members of the body social, and never destroy and absorb them. — Quadragesimo Anno (“After Forty Years”), Pope Pius XI, 1931, #79.

State and public ownership of property is very much on the increase today. This is explained by the exigencies of the common good, which demand that public authority broaden its sphere of activity. But here, too, the “principle of subsidiary function” must be observed. The State and other agencies of public law must not extend their ownership beyond what is clearly required by considerations of the common good properly understood, and even then there must be safeguards. Otherwise private ownership could be reduced beyond measure, or, even worse, completely destroyed.  — Mater et Magistra (“Mother and Teacher”), Pope John XXIII, 1961, #117.

The same principle of subsidiarity which governs the relations between public authorities and individuals, families and intermediate societies in a single State, must also apply to the relations between the public authority of the world community and the public authorities of each political community. The special function of this universal authority must be to evaluate and find a solution to economic, social, political and cultural problems which affect the universal common good. These are problems which, because of their extreme gravity, vastness and urgency, must be considered too difficult for the rulers of individual States to solve with any degree of success. — Pacem in Terris (“Peace on Earth”), Pope John XXIII, 1963, #140.

It is for the international community to coordinate and stimulate development, but in such a way as to distribute with the maximum fairness and efficiency the resources set aside for this purpose It is also its task to organize economic affairs on a world scale, without transgressing the principle of subsidiarity, so that business will be conducted according to the norms of justice. Organizations should be set up to promote and regulate international commerce, especially with less developed nations, in order to compensate for losses resulting from excessive inequality of power between nations. This kind of organization accompanied by technical, cultural, and financial aid, should provide developing nations with all that is necessary for them to achieve adequate economic success. — Gaudium et Spes (“The Church in the Modern World”), Vatican II, 1965, #86(c).

The “principle of subsidiarity” must be respected: “A community of a higher order should not interfere with the life of a community of a lower order, taking over its functions.” In case of need it should, rather, support the smaller community and help to coordinate its activity with activities in the rest of society for the sake of the common good. — Centesimus Annus (“The Hundredth Year,” Donders translation), Pope John Paul II, 1991, #48.

 

Omar Mateen attended same mosque as first American suicide bomber in Syria

Orlando jihadist Omar Mateen attended the same mosque, and prayed alongside, Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha. Abu-Salha was the first American suicide bomber in Syria.

Moner Mohammad Abu Salha, first American suicide bomber in Syria
Moner Mohammad Abu Salha

Christian Science Monitor:

Another attendee from the small mosque, which is housed in a former church building, was recently in the news: Moner Mohammad Abu Salha, who occasionally worshiped there, served as a suicide bomber for the Nusra Front – an Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria – by driving a truck bomb into a building housing Syrian government troops in May 2014.

FBI Investigators say that Abu Salha tried to recruit other young men here in Florida before his final journey to the Middle East; that attempt is linked to Mateen’s questioning by authorities in 2013 and 2014. The FBI failed to find any definitive link between the men and so closed their investigation of Mateen. But in Mateen’s series of phone calls to the Orlando police after he’d begun shooting up the Pulse nightclub at 2 a.m. Sunday, he paid homage to Abu Salha – as well as announcing his fealty to the leader of the self-declared Islamic State, Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi.

 

Reuters:

At the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, a mosque he attended for nearly a decade, Mateen occasionally prayed with Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, a 22-year-old Palestinian-American who in 2014 became the first American suicide bomber in Syria, although they “did not interact with each other,” said Adel Nefzi, a mosque board member.

In 2014, when Mateen was investigated and interviewed for a second time in two years by U.S. authorities, it was because of suspected connections to Abu-Salha. That was not enough to “constitute a substantive threat” at that time, U.S. authorities said on Sunday.

The two also attended the same school, Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, the southeast Florida city where Mateen also lived. Mateen graduated in 2006 with a degree in criminal justice, while Abu-Salha was enrolled in the fall 2010 and spring 2011, according to school officials.

 

Palm Beach Post via Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Orlando shooter Omar Mateen and Moner Mohammad Abu Salha, who two years ago became the first American suicide bomber in Syria, were allegedly seen having a private conversation at a party several years ago, the Palm Beach Post reported someone who attended the gathering as saying.

It is the closest connection reported recently between the Abu Salha and Mateen, who the FBI investigated in 2014 after officials say Abu Salha drove a truck full of explosives into a Syrian restaurant full of government soldiers.

The FBI, in its second investigation of Omar Mateen, found no substantial connection between the two outside of having attended the same mosque years ago, but a party guest at the home of Abu Salha’s older brother told The Palm Beach Post that she saw the two together and on at least one occasion watched them have what appeared to be a serious one-on-one conversation.

The party guest, a former high school classmate of Mateen’s who asked that her name not be used, said she attended two parties at the home of Abu Salha’s brother — one in 2011 and another the next year.

She couldn’t remember Wednesday which of the two parties she attended where she saw the private conversation, but was one of about a dozen guests at Abu Salha’s brother’s home on both occasions.

“They were over in a corner, just the two of them,” she said. “It looked like a serious conversation, but I couldn’t hear it so I can’t say what it was about.”

The guest said that at both parties, she got into debates with the men and other guests about religion. Mateen and the Abu Salha brothers advocated Islam, but she and at least two other guests were Christians.

During the second party, which was sometime in 2012, she remembers the debate becoming especially heated.

“I remember one of them — I can’t remember which one — told me that I was being disrespectful,” she said. “I remember I just laughed.”

Still, she said, although the debated was spirited, neither of the men were rude. She described their views as “extreme,” but added that she only viewed them as such in contrast with her Christian beliefs.

The guest said the men invited her to visit their mosque, but she never did.

Breitbart’s Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos declares “social conservatism is dead”

In a sparsely attended press conference in Orlando, Breitbart Tech editor and “gay rights” activist Milo Yiannopoulos (who goes by “Nero” on Twitter) declared “social conservatism is dead.” He likely does not realize how damaging his remarks could be for Donald Trump whom he holds up as the most “gay-friendly” candidate on either side.

Donald Trump has never said anything to suggest that he is not fully in favor, in support of gays. In fact, his comment about trans- bathroom stuff suggests that he is way more progressive than any Republican who has run for president, possibly in a hundred years. What his business decisions and his track record suggest is that he is probably the most gay-friendly candidate for president on either side for decades. Obama’s done nothing for gays. Obama’s done nothing for blacks, but Trump has made…in the comments that he has made Trump has indicated to me that he might be the most gay-friendly president ever. Certainly, gay people are starting to pick up on this. Gay people are getting the message. Gay people are picking up on this which is why you have the Gays for Trump movement. People are starting to report all over the place that homosexuals are saying, “You know what? Despite myself, despite everything I thought, and things I’ve been told and what the left has been telling me my whole life, I think I’m going to go for that Trump guy.” That’s happening en masse in gay communities right now, and that’s good because Trump is going to support the gun rights that are going to protect them, and everything we know from Trump’s biography and his history and his past suggest that he could, as I say, could be the most gay-friendly president in history.

I think Trump has done more to change the Republican Party into change what Republicans are like than anybody else on that side of the aisle in a hundred years. There’s no reason to suppose he wouldn’t do it on social issues, too. What a lot of Republicans don’t understand but Trump instinctively, clearly does is that for many voters, not all of them, social conservatism is dead. These voters are, you know, pro-gay marriage, they don’t care about the…they rightly believe that the war on drugs has been a disgusting, expensive mess that has ruined lives….and Trump, I think, you know, I don’t know what he thinks about drugs yet but Trump certainly has indicated that he instinctively understands this new generation of Republican voters who don’t care too much about the social conservatism of the old order. If you are thinking I want somebody strong, who’s going to look after the direction of this country and look after me and not be wedded to the things that I don’t like about Republicans from the 50s and 60s that the left has been telling me for forty years, Trump could be your candidate.

I beg to differ.

Who is accountable for the Orlando shooting?

Ex-gay speaker Joseph Sciambra has already been receiving hate mail blaming him (and others like him) for the massacre of 50 people at a gay bar in Orlando. Anderson Cooper blames Florida AG Pam Bondi. An old high school friend of mine blamed Pat Robertson’s network on his Facebook page. I’ve blamed Mohammed (the infamous prophet.) Others, including Bishop Lynch of Florida, have blamed all of Christendom and Islam collectively. Some have blamed the Democratic Party (the shooter was a registered Democrat.) Some have blamed homophobia in general. The president and Hillary Clinton blame guns. Who really is to blame for this atrocity?

So far, there is only one person to blame that we know of. That is the perpetrator Omar Mateen. His wife is possibly also to blame. The human mind has a hard time getting around the idea that one or two people can be responsible for so much death. We tell ourselves that there must be more blame to go around because so much injustice has occurred. We cannot fathom the idea of one person causing so much injustice all by himself. We look for others to cast blame on. It’s only natural.

At the same time, we cannot ignore that this is not an isolated incident. There have been other terror attacks on U.S. soil, the most deadly of which was the attack on the World Trade Center. Something is going on in America that is ugly and dangerous, and the Orlando shooting was just the latest manifestation of this. In this, we can try to determine what ills of society are contributing to the problem. Unfortunately, we are deeply divided on this question. Is it homophobia and guns, as Bishop Lynch would have us believe? Is it the Democratic Party? The Republican Party? Christendom? I submit that the common thread here is the rejection or loss of reason.

The Newtown shooting was due to mental illness. In mental illness, we see the loss of reason. Islamism rejects reason. Pope Benedict XVI courageously pointed this out in his famous speech at Regensburg. As Rick Santorum pointed out in his speech on Islamic fascism at the University of Oklahoma, in Islam “to think is an infidel.” How else can a Muslim kill 50 people in a bar unless he has sacrificed his basic human reason to a god who ostensibly knows better?

In contrast, Christianity embraces reason. Read Pope St. John Paul II’s encyclical Fides et Ratio for the best example of this. Most men are not murderers because man’s basic human reason tells him not to murder others. Christianity’s teaching against murder is, then, in sync with basic human reason. It is because of this that I find appalling the claims that Christianity may somehow be to blame, even in a small measure, for what happened in Orlando. A bishop may say so, but my basic human reason tells me that is nonsense.

I do not hold out much hope that our country will be less divided on these things tomorrow than it was yesterday. It is very sad that we have come to this, particularly given how we came together after the attacks on September 11. We should pray that we can come together on the idea that most of us are not murderers and it requires a loss or rejection of reason to commit murder. If we can just agree to that, I think it will be a big step forward.

 

 

 

Bishop Lynch compares AR-15s to nuclear weapons, blames Christians for Orlando attacks

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Has someone put a happy pill into Bishop Lynch’s juice? In a blog post, he compares AR-15s to nuclear weapons, calling them “weapons of mass destruction,” and implies that Christians are somehow to blame for the attack in Orlando by a Muslim which killed 50 people and injured 53 people.

From his blog:

Our founding parents had no knowledge of assault rifles which are intended to be weapons of mass destruction. In crafting the second amendment to the Constitution which I affirm, they thought only of the most awkward of pistols and heavy shotguns. I suspect they are turning in their graves if they can but glimpse at what their words now protect. It is long past time to ban the sale of all assault weapons whose use should be available only to the armed forces. If one is truly pro-life, then embrace this issue also and work for the elimination of sales to those who would turn them on innocents.

Second, sadly it is religion, including our own, which targets, mostly verbally, and also often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people. Attacks today on LGBT men and women often plant the seed of contempt, then hatred, which can ultimately lead to violence. Those women and men who were mowed down early yesterday morning were all made in the image and likeness of God. We teach that. We should believe that. We must stand for that. Without yet knowing who perpetrated the PULSE mass murders, when I saw the Imam come forward at a press conference yesterday morning, I knew that somewhere in the story there would be a search to find religious roots. While deranged people do senseless things, all of us observe, judge and act from some kind of religious background.

What’s he on?

Markey isn’t Only Victims’ Lobby Liar

bill_donahueNEW YORK, June 13, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Bill Donohue (photo) comments on the victims’ lobby:

The plight of those who have been sexually abused, especially minors, is a condition eminently worthy of our compassion. Unfortunately, many of those who have professionally taken up the cause of these victims are dishonest activists who are not above lying to advance their interests.

· Last week, NY Assemblywoman Margaret Markey lied about Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, accusing him of bribery.

· In 2012, the director of SNAP, David Clohessy, admitted under oath that he has lied to the press.

· In 2011, Terence McKiernan, founder of BishopAccountability, lied when he told a conference that Cardinal Timothy Dolan was protecting 55 priests.

· Jeffrey–“I’m suing the s*** out of [the] Catholic Church” Anderson–has lied repeatedly about “smoking guns” that never seem to fire, trying to implicate the Vatican in U.S. abuse cases.

· Last month, Yeshiva University lawyer Marci Hamilton lied to the press when she said the bishops pay my salary. She knows full well that the Catholic League is not funded by the bishops.

· Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, whose role was acknowledged in “Spotlight,” twice pressed charges against a priest who was never found guilty of anything: In 2011, he blew up at me for simply questioning him; he was even condemned by the Boston Globe for his recklessness.

· In 2012, author Jason Berry lied when he said that I defended the disgraced priest, Father Marcial Maciel. He knew this was untrue.

In short, we are not dealing with honest champions of the abused. We are dealing with liars who exploit the very persons they claim to help.

HB 1947 treats churches, other private institutions differently

By Joelle Shea

As the understanding around the particulars of House Bill 1947 grows, many have questioned the disparate treatment of public entities (like public schools and government) and non-profit or private entities (like Catholic parishes and schools).

Simply put, there remains in the bill inequitable treatment of public and private institutions, like schools. Non-public schools and non-profits will be exposed to retroactive claims dating back decades, while public entities can only be sued for abuse that occurs in the future. Private organizations could be sued for acts that occurred as long ago as the 1960s, while public schools and other public entities would only be liable moving forward.

Further, there is a separate, much higher standard of proof for public entities as well as monetary caps on how much public schools can be sued for, while no such caps exist for non-profit entities.

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Abortion is the Biggest Single Negative Force on Black American Growth

UNION CITY, Calif., June 13, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Our best estimates, based on a projection of the most recent data through the current period, is that the current cumulative number of abortions from 1967 through June of this year is 59.4 million, of which an estimated 20,350,000 are Black American abortions.

Considering that the total current Black American population is about 42,000,000, the 20,350,000 Black American abortions are equal to 48.45% of the total Black American population. If not for abortion, the total Black American population would be approximately 62,350,000, or 48% greater than it is today.

This is based on an analysis of data from the U.S. Statistical Abstract for 2013 and the National Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 64, No. 1 dated January 15, 2015. This analysis was done recently by Dennis Howard, President of the Movement for a Better America who has written extensively on abortion demographics.

In 2015, there were an estimated 9,168,000 Black American women in their childbearing years between age 15 and 44 which make up around 14% of all women in that age group in the United States of America.

These women experienced:

  • Births: 621,679
  • Abortions: 423,000
  • Pregnancies: 1,044,679

Resulting in:

  • Abortions as a % of all pregnancies: 40.5%
  • Abortion rate per 1,000 women: 46.3

The number of Black American births is a dramatic change from the earlier trend between 2000 and 2009, when births grew from 623,000 in 2000 to 671,000 in 2009. That’s a growth rate of 0.83% a year. If that trend had continued, Black American births in 2015 would have reached 705,000 in 2015, or 83,400 more than were actually born.

Walter B. Hoye II, President of the Issues4Life Foundation says: “The Total Fertility Rate for Black American’s is 1.8, which is again below the replacement level fertility rate of 2.1 or the rate at which a generation can replace itself. Clearly, abortion is the biggest single negative force on Black American growth generally, including Black American economic and political power.”

Hoye goes on to say: “Keeping the Black American community smaller and less powerful reflects the racist, eugenic and genocidal mindset behind the abortion policies advanced by Planned Parenthood and the Democratic party under the guise of helping Black Americans. If ‘Black Lives Matter,’ then the life of the human being inside the womb of his or her Black mother matters too.”

Demonstration and Prayer Vigil as Late-Term Abortionist Gives Deposition

babyWASHINGTON, June 12, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Pro-life activists will stage a demonstration and prayer vigil as late-term abortionist, Leroy Carhart, gives a deposition at the U. S. Capitol Building on Monday, June 13, 2016.

Carhart will be giving a deposition before the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives investigating the sale of fetal body parts.

The pro-life activists will be gathering Monday, June 13, at 11:00 A.M. on the southeast portion of the lawn at the U. S. Capitol Building.

The House will be investigating the sale of fetal body parts by Leroy Carhart as well as other aspects of his practice which could include the birth of “live” children from his late-term abortion practice.

The failure of Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party to address the issue of late-term abortion and the sale of baby body parts will be a major issue in the upcoming national elections this November.

Leroy Carhart has sent 6 women to the hospital in a 4 month period and 9 altogether, as well as taking the life of a 29-year-old teacher, from late-term abortions he performed since his practice began in Germantown, Maryland.

Here is a link to the Facebook Event Page: www.facebook.com/events/285952831746742/

Here is a link for more information on Leroy Carhart: prayforgermantown.com

Chairwoman Marsha Blackburn, a leading pro-life Congresswoman, said she was disturbed to learn how many women Carhart’s abortion facility appears to have injured in the past few months. “We have an obligation to protect the most vulnerable at all stages of life,” Blackburn said. “Reports regarding the Germantown clinic are deeply troubling, both for the sake of babies whose lives are ended so close to–and possibly even after–birth and for the sake of the women who have been rushed from that clinic to the hospital with increasing frequency.”

Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Washington, D.C. based Christian Defense Coalition adds,

“We are gathering on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol to pray for the House Select Panel as well as stand against the brutal and barbaric practices of late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart. We cannot be silent while he continually sends women to the hospital and takes the lives of viable innocent children.

“Our hope is that the House Select Panel will uncover the truth of Carhart’s corrupt practice as well as exposing the extremist pro-abortion/anti-women agenda of Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party leading up the national elections this November. It is clear that Americans are growing uncomfortable with abortion on demand, the sale of baby parts for profit and the brutal and unsafe practices of Leroy Carhart performing abortions on women who are 7 and 8 months pregnant.”