Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Until 1930, the use of artificial contraception was banned by the entire Christian world.  Protestants, Orthodox and Catholic Christians were ALL in agreement about this, not because the millions of people that belong to those traditions are anxious to regulate the sex lives of all its members, as some would have us believe, but because the Bible clearly enjoins all Christians to gracefully and gratefully welcome children as gifts from God.

Some people imagine that contraception is a new "modern" issue of which the people in the Bible would be blissfully unaware.  That is not true.  Both contraceptive concoctions as well as abortive measures were well known during the life of Jesus and at least 2,000 years previously.  There is an exhaustive list of procedures and potions that were employed in Egypt and other countries in the region.  Google it, and you will see.

Until 1930, Christian tradition had always maintained that fornication, contraception, and abortion are gravely sinful. It was recognized that these practices are unhealthy for the individual, for the family, and for society as a whole, as a result of flouting natural law, but especially as a consequence of ignoring God's law.

"We utter an emphatic warning against the use of 
unnatural means for the avoidance of conception,
together with the grave dangers - physical, moral
and religious - thereby incurred, and against the
evils with which the extension of such use threatens
the race. In opposition to the teaching which, under
the name of science and religion, encourages married
people in the deliberate cultivation of sexual union
as an end in itself, we steadfastly uphold what must
always be regarded as the governing considerations
of Christian marriage. One is the primary purpose
for which marriage exists, namely the continuation
of the race through the gift and heritage of children;
the other is the paramount importance in married 
life of deliberate and thoughtful self-control."
Sixth Lambeth Conference of 1920

Increased contraception use after 1930 quickly led to rampant promiscuity.  With promiscuity, naturally comes many "unintended" pregnancies, more and more unwanted children, as well as an increase in illegal abortions.  Eventually, in 1973, abortion was legalized.  Often, this event is blamed on the hippies or the feminists or the Democrats, but I place the blame on the Christian world itself. The Protestants reversed more than 1,900 years of tradition at that Lambeth Conference in 1930, and I do not think that the Catholics and Orthodox did much, if anything, to pick up the slack.

One thing is for sure.  Neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton had anything to do with any of it. The abortion crisis and the assault on traditional marriage began in 1930, when Christians gave up the moral high ground in a formal proclamation.

"Where there is a clearly felt moral obligation to limit or avoid parenthood, the method must be decided on Christian principles. The primary and obvious method is complete abstinence from intercourse (as far as may be necessary) in a life of discipleship and self-control lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless, in those cases where there is such a clearly felt moral obligation to limit or avoid parenthood, and where there is a morally sound reason for avoiding complete abstinence, the Conference agrees that other methods may be used, provided that this is done in the light of the same Christian principles. The Conference records its strong condemnation of the use of any methods of conception-control for motives of selfishness, luxury, or mere convenience."  
This resolution of 1930 was the beginning of the end of any trace of sexual morality in our culture, and the Democratic Party had nothing to do with it.

It is time to stop screaming about political figures who are doing nothing more than capitalizing on the current issues in order to cement their longevity in their political careers.  WE are responsible for upholding the moral and ethical culture in the world and we have fallen down on the job.

Now, more than ever, we must tell the Truth about God's divine vision for our lives.

We must tell the world that God, being all good, pure and holy, wants nothing more than goodness, immaculate purity and holiness for all of us.  He did not make us in His image so that we could grow away from Him and become like Satan, who wanted to be his own God that took no instruction from anyone.  Lucifer said, "I will not serve" and he was banished from the exquisite divine presence of our Lord.

The world must know that we are wanted by our creator.  He pines for us.  We are all loved and treasured by Him, but we must come to Him of our own free will, otherwise He would have created nothing more than mechanistic beings enslaved to His will.  He does not want slaves.  He wants children who run to their Father in their innocence and purity shrieking "Abba!  Abba!" -- "Daddy! Daddy!" -- and climbing upon his lap, throwing their arms around His neck and showering Him with kisses.

We are his dear ones, but we must choose Him.  We do this by becoming more and more like Him. He told us HOW to do this in the Bible, in Catholic tradition, and by the breath in which Jesus transmitted the Holy Spirit to the apostles and which has been transmitted down through the ages in that Apostolic Succession which, by the way, the Protestants do not have because they broke away from the Church.

The Protestants said, "we will not serve," and they cut themselves off from the One True Church, the Church that Christ initiated and empowered.  It is no wonder that Protestants were the first to give up the fight for moral purity in 1930 when they approved contraception, the first to accept women as priests and bishops, the first to accept homosexual unions and call them "marriages."  Every year, they grow further and further away from the life-sustaining Eucharist that they do not have because they do not have the apostolic succession.  That breath of the Holy Spirit that Jesus imparted to the disciples cannot reach the Protestants because they decided they would not serve Catholic bishops or the Pope and they walked away, cutting themselves off from the opportunity to receive the holy transmission of Christ's power and authority.

"Jesus said to them, 'very truly I tell you, unless you
 eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, 
you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and 
drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them 
up at the last day.  For my Flesh is real food and 
my blood is real drink.  Whoever eats my flesh and 
drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.  
Just as the living Father sent me and I live because 
of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live 
because of me. This is the bread that came down from 
heaven.  Your ancestors ate manna and died, but 
whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.'"  
JOHN 6:53-58 (New International Version)

Lest the reader walk away feeling that I have given the Catholic Church a claim to the moral high ground, I quickly need to disabuse everyone of that notion.  Our entire culture has gone mad with sexual sins, and our church is not immune.

As I have previously mentioned, I "read myself" into the Catholic Church, feeding my soul on classic spiritual literature and tales of the saints.  You can imagine my surprise when, after being confirmed in the Catholic Church, my eyes were opened to a world I did not expect and which, frankly, shocked me.

The church's teachings on moral purity were not in evidence anywhere.  I don't have to tell anyone about the priestly sex scandals.  That was an eye opener.  Catholic parishioners also appeared to be universally sexually active and having children outside of wedlock right and left.  Then they would baptize their infants and continue to live in sin, perhaps eventually getting married, perhaps not.  Sex before marriage was obviously the norm, rather than the exception.  Contraceptive use was a given, although there is a growing trend toward natural family planning.

While I have several friends who teach RCIA or children's catechism classes, and several friends who are solidly educated about the faith, most Catholics seem to be very poorly catechized.  Then there are those who know the faith, but have decided they will pick and choose what they believe.  9 times out of 10, the teachings they reject have to do with sexual sin. They want to fornicate and they will use any excuse to do so. Many Catholics tell me they are in favor of contraception and abortion and they become quite hostile if I disagree with them.  These Catholics are passionately attached to sexual sins.

A large group of Catholics are in favor of so-called "gay marriage," even though Catholic faith and morals expressly decries homosexual acts as gravely disordered.  The official Catholic position on marriage is that it is only between one man and one woman, but we have a very vocal group of Catholics who approve of same-sex marriage.  Why?

Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that we have a rather large cadre of homosexual priests and bishops, at least here in America.  On Facebook, I have had to "defriend" at least 10 priests who came out in favor of same-sex marriage and lifestyle within the last few years.  At one point, Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, made a pronouncement to the effect that it was important to get the homosexuals out of the priesthood.  This hasn't been done.  Just today I learned of a recent news item about a large seminary in which the seminarians were told that they were to wear a robe when coming out of the shower, and not just a towel, because there were a large number of homosexual seminarians for whom the sight of a partially clothed male body was an occasion of sin.  I wonder if we have gotten to the point where there are so many homosexual seminarians and priests that the heterosexual men feel overwhelmed by it?

Homosexual priests, especially if they remain sexually active, (and, by many reports, some DO), are in a unique position to steer the Catholic Church away from its moorings.  Their counsel to parishioners will be tainted, especially in the area of sexual sin.  If they are in the Vatican's "gay lobby" that is widely alluded to by many sources, their influence will be even more oppressive.

I think, perhaps, that the original idea was that homosexual priests had to be chaste in the same way that heterosexual priests had to be chaste, and therefore the homosexual priest was as suitable for ministry as anyone else.  This would be a naive assessment of the nature of the homosexual world and the incredible temptations of living and working almost entirely with other men.

I wonder what would happen if all homosexual priests were to be asked to leave their posts tomorrow?  Would anyone be left to steer the barque of Peter?  Somewhere between 20 and 60 percent of Catholic priests are gay, according to Donald B. Cozzens, author of THE CHANGING FACE OF THE PRIESTHOOD.  Obviously, there is a WIDE margin for error in that figure, but most priests do not announce their homosexuality or discuss it.  Some remain in "the closet with no doors" if they work in the Vatican.  There have been some journalistic "stings" conducted in an effort to try and get at the truth behind all the rumors, the results of some of which I have seen in secretly taped videos, and they are shocking.

We need to get back to the basics, and we need to be clear about morals, ethics, the Code of Canon Law and the catechism. Anyone who holds any position in the local parish, religious life, seminary, Catholic College or school who does not actually believe in the tenets of the faith needs to go elsewhere.  They are leeches sucking at the body of Christ while using it as a platform to promote their own agenda.

Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope emeritus Benedict XVI once predicted that our church would become much smaller, much more poor, but more authentic to its original mission.  As our faith undergoes more and more persecution, and it will, the advantage and prestige of being a Catholic priest or a nun or the head of a parish ministry will dissipate. Most will undergo a social martyrdom.  Those who do not actually believe in the faith will find the sacrifices intolerable.  The bloated leeches will fall off, and we can begin again.

Where do we begin?  Chastity.

Silver "Rose" Parnell
(c) 2015

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