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Posted on October 13 at 8:23 p.m.

"The voters killed, twice now, ballot propositions about restricting safe and private access to reproductive choice."

Ah, I think you meant to say that the voters killed one of the most common sense propositions ever to see the light of day: parental notification for minor girls who are driven by their abusive boyfriends to clinics that exploit women and perpetuate genocide, only to be returned by said clinic back into the arms of abusive boyfriend for more abuse.

There is video evidence, if you're willing to open your mind.

On Santa Barbara Gays, Allies Celebrate Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Posted on October 13 at 8:18 p.m.

"You may not like that answer but that is fact."

Ah, apparently it's easy to invent facts.

On Santa Barbara Gays, Allies Celebrate Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Posted on October 13 at 8:14 p.m.

"Interestingly, scholars have also cited papal letters to argue that there were, in fact, women ordinations in the first millennium."

This is essentially a myth. Women priestesses were condemned in the early church when non-Christian sects attempted to ordain them. And while there were deaconesses, history actually shows that they were not part of the sacrament of Holy Orders. The Church's recent inquiry into this issue confirmed this. These various womenpriest sects are known for distorting historical evidence to the contrary. All they need do is read the writings of the early fathers.

"he Vatican in 1976 called upon the Pontifical Biblical Commission, which declared that there was nothing in the scriptures that could be used to prove that women cannot be ordained."

This is actually a disingenuous statement. The PBC's conclusion was not an attempt to justify women priests nor denounce the Church's authority to interpret Scripture. Suffice it to say, the Church does not believe in Sola Scriptura.

"Love and her team had asked for liberties reportedly granted to them in Vatican II, "

One wonders if the sisters ever truly read the conciliar documents. Fortunately we have an awesome pope who is restoring an authentic reform and correct interpretation of the Council, and young adults like me are excited!! :)

On Roman Catholic Rebels

Posted on June 27 at 5:39 a.m.

Poor Lois Capps - she can only respond with tired rhetoric. We can still develop better, alternative fuels for the future, Congresswoman, but we need oil relief NOW. Obama's plan focuses only on what we can have in 20 or 30 years. At least McCain is suggesting something that will bring us near term benefit as well as better energy independence.

It has been largely the rallying of environmental groups that have prevented the oil companies from developing further, yet, according to Capps, it's merely because "They like the high prices". What a stupid answer. Stop with partisan politics, Congresswoman.

On McCain, Schwarzenegger Tout Energy Independence

Posted on May 19 at 5:42 a.m.

The courts should not be legislating. They have effectively given the finger to the will of the people. Prop. 22 passed by an overwhelming majority, and there is no constitutional basis under which it can be legitimately overruled. So much for democracy.

"So all the right wingers can just keep their yaps shut or be known for the slime they are."

No thanks, we (and many of us who aren't "right-wingers") will stand by our convictions, which we believe respects both those who struggle with same-sex attraction and others. Marriage is between one man and one woman, and that's just based on natural law.

On Santa Barbara Gays, Allies Celebrate Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Posted on March 26 at 4:47 a.m.

"She'd won. Women had won."

And the dreams of the early American feminists, who vehemently opposed abortion (contrary to what modern feminists would have you believe), were dashed. The saw abortion as symptomatic of a society in which women were exploited, and they fought against abortion and abortifacient drugs that were available and marketed to women. They were right then, and their voice echoes today.

"When a man steals to satisfy hunger, we may safely conclude that there is something wrong in society - so when a woman destroys the life of her unborn child, it is an evidence that either by education or circumstances she has been greatly wronged."
-Mattie Brinkerhoff, in "The Revolution", 4(9):138-9 September 2, 1869

"Child murderers practice their profession without let or hindrance, and open infant butcheries unquestioned...Is there no remedy for all this ante-natal child murder?...Perhaps there will come a time when...an unmarried mother will not be despised because of her motherhood...and when the right of the unborn to be born will not be denied or interfered with."
-Sarah Norton, in Woodhull's and Claffin's Weekly, November 19, 1870

On The Lawyer Who Won Roe v. Wade

Posted on February 4 at 5:51 a.m.

SezMe, that's a pretty stupid argument...

On <em>A Cry From the Cross</em>

Posted on August 1 at 8:36 p.m.

"Roman Catholic Womenpriests are our 21st century prophets in the church."

Uh.. no. They aren't. Not to this young adult, and not to many, many others. We strive to follow Christ who calls us to repentance and communion with Him and all believers. We live by His Grace, walking in the good works He has prepared for us to live in. We nurture our relationship with Him through the sacraments of His Church. We grow closer to Him as we grow closer to each other.

And along comes this group, which claims to speak on behalf of the Church and "the Spirit", yet it openly encourages division and disfellowship from our local bishop, it celebrates sexual perversion and sexual acts outside of matrimony, it preaches New Age practices that are an offense to God, and it mocks our sacraments and the authority of our local church. We aren't dumb. We know this smells foul, and it is most certainly not the fruit of the Spirit. We reject this poison. We know what the Second Vatican Council taught. We've read and studied its documents. We know that the Second Vatican Council did not call for this profanity.

On Women Anointed Catholic Deacons, Priest in S.B.

Posted on July 28 at 6:42 p.m.

"Catholic means universal and a universal church means ALL members participating fully in one voice, one priesthood,one love."

All of the baptized participate in the one priesthood of Christ. Ordained ministry is one manifestation of this powerful call to service. Being Catholic does not mean embracing every nutty idea under the sun. How did the early church define "Catholic"? In his Catechetical Lectures, 4th century writer St. Cyril of Jerusalem wrote:

"[The Church] is called Catholic then because it extends over all the world, from one end of the earth to the other; and because it teaches universally and completely one and all the doctrines which ought to come to men's knowledge, concerning things both visible and invisible, heavenly and earthly and because it brings into subjection to godliness the whole race of mankind, governors and governed, learned and unlearned; and because it universally treats and heals the whole class of sins, which are committed by soul or body, and possesses in itself every form of virtue which is named, both in deeds and words, and in every kind of spiritual gifts."

The mission of the Church is to go to the far ends of the earth, preaching God's final revelation in Jesus Christ, to whom everyone, the "whole race of mankind", must be subject. It is about remaining true to God's revelation in Christ. It is not about setting up clandestine meetings that only seek to mock the Church, her teaching, and her mission.

The 2nd century writer, St. Ignatius of Antioch, wrote, "Wherever the bishop appears, let the people be there; just as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church."

On Women Anointed Catholic Deacons, Priest in S.B.

Posted on July 28 at 6:29 p.m.

"Women are being called forth from a community disgusted with the practices of the past and hungry for a priesthood that is relevant,present ,and connected to the spiritual needs of the people. "

That explains all the gray heads at clandestine meetings like these. If this movement were about relevance and reconciliation, they wouldn't be dividing themselves from the universal church, setting up shop in secret locations in opposition to the bishop of their local church. The early 2nd century early church writer, St. Ignatius of Antioch, warned the faithful about those who would seek to lure them away from fellowship with their bishop. He said, "Let no one do anything of concern to the Church without the bishop." The women involved with this movement are not witnesses to unity with Christ and the Church He established. Rather, by engaging in silly secret meetings like this, they are antagonists to the faith, and therefore antagonists to Christ - what Ignatius referred to as "noxious weeds."

The reservation of priesthood to men is understood by the Catholic Church to be infallible by virtue of the ordinary universal magisterium. Pope John Paul II, of blessed memory, confirmed this in his apostolic letter, "Ordinatio Sacerdotalis". That doesn't mean women have no dignity. On the contrary, they have immense dignity. Priesthood is fundamentally about service, not power as these women would like us to believe, and indeed women are called to serve in many ways as are men. The lie behind movements like this is that they tell women that they only have dignity and purpose if they do what men do. That is an insult to women.

On Women Anointed Catholic Deacons, Priest in S.B.

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