Friday, April 21, 2017

Faith Not Fear Leaders: Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing or Sheep Being Led to Slaughter? (Part One)


 In the Beginning
On April 19th, a “Faith Not Fear” Summit was held in San Diego    a fearfest about immigration, deportation, healthcare, etc., sponsored by The San Diego Organizing Project, an Alinskyan-style community organizing group that proudly claims association with the PICO National Network – who receive funding from no other than George Soros – a promoter of socialism.  Speakers included San Diego Roman Catholic diocese Bishop Robert McElroy, and several other Catholic priests, nuns, and laity.     

I met up with a small group of Christian, country-loving, law-abiding citizens to open the eyes of
the misled minions who light candles and sing Kumbaya with liberal faith leaders instead of seeing through those leaders’ smoke and mirrors.  The faith leaders I speak of came from a variety of churches, including a Muslim Imam, but the majority of minions attending were Catholic, and the event was held in a Catholic church in the middle of a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood.    

From the moment we arrived with signs addressing illegal immigration, sanctuary cities and truths about Islam, security from the church tried to block us from being on Church property – even when we told them we had tickets to the event and some of us were members of the Catholic Diocese of San Diego.   They also tried unsuccessfully to stop us from handing out flyers about Mohammad (that contains some of the information shown here), who Muslims are taught to emulate.  We were friendly, peaceful and respectful, but that didn’t stop the hateful rhetoric from being spewed in our direction, even though the event leaders claimed that one of their goals is to “disrupt hateful rhetoric.”  Even so-called tolerant and loving priests, a nun, and the Imam contradicted themselves by throwing daggers towards us with their eyes.   

Three television stations along with the local newspaper were on hand to cover the event (or should I say applaud it).  Several of us were interviewed, and I told two of the television reporters the reason we were there was to let Bishop McElroy and other faith leaders know we are upset that they are promoting lawlessness and misleading their flocks, and that our country needs to vet immigrants before entry for national security. I also wanted to know why President Obama was not vilified for banning entry of people from the same countries banned by President Trump, and asked why a Faith Not Fear Summit wasn’t held then?  Of course, my questions were not broadcast; the only statement broadcast was the need for vetting.  See the coverage here:  CBS, FOX, NBC.  The San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper’s coverage was similarly one-sided – click HERE. 

We were significantly outnumbered, especially when the chartered buses (sponsored by SDOP), carrying dozens of parishioners, arrived– eight of us versus approximately 700.  None of us were discouraged.  In fact, as I watched and listened I grew disgusted – why?   

Catholic Church leaders should NOT: 

*Spark fear into the hearts and minds of faithful by claiming there will be mass deportations or incarcerations.  No such action has been called for.  

*Promote illegal immigration and sanctuary cities that threaten the security of citizens. 

*Support/reward illegal immigrants who are defrauding the government by accepting social services meant for citizens, overwhelming the system and paid for by law-abiding taxpayers.

*Call those of us who want a protected border and are against sanctuary cities racists or inhumane.  Nor should they call arresting illegal immigrants (for crimes committed) racial profiling.

*Stand side-by-side with a Muslim Imam whose religion commands Muslims not to befriend those outside their faith and to be ruthless towards unbelievers (Quran 48:29, 3:28, Sharia) let alone allow the mistreatment of wives (Quran 4:34, Sahih Muslim 2127). 

*Accept any assistance from organizations that support socialism and receive funding from George Soros who, since 2000,  has given Planned Parenthood more than $21 million and $3 million to the Center for Reproductive Rights.  Other Soros-funded groups include the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Catholics for Choice, Equality Now, NARAL, the National Abortion Federation, the Human Rights Campaign, and Amnesty International.



Stay Tuned for “The Inside Story” …..


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Catholic Leadership and Compromise - An Evil Combination


I joined the Catholic church eleven years ago. I went through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).  This program introduces the practices and beliefs of the faith, allowing time for discernment before making the commitment of confirmation and/or baptism.  One of the main reasons I committed was because there were no gray areas.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church is very straightforward and keeps us on the straight and narrow. 

But as the song says, “The times they are a changing.”  Since my baptism, liberalism has grown to epidemic proportions and has slithered its way into the church leadership.  We see what should be firm beliefs and practices watered down to assuage liberal ideals for the sake of political correctness and out of fear of offending.  Frankly, I find the watering down offensive as do many others and I can only imagine what God is thinking. 

This past week, the University of San Diego - a Catholic University, held another LGBTQ sponsored Drag Show.  Each year, petitions are sent to the University to discontinue the show which highlights the gay agenda which is contrary to Church teachings. In fact, the Vatican’s Congregation for Education in 2014 rightfully deemed the drag show a “scandal.”  According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in part:

2284 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.
2286 Scandal can be provoked by laws or institutions, by fashion or opinion.

Therefore, they are guilty of scandal who establish laws or social structures leading to the decline of morals and the corruption of religious practice, or to "social conditions that, intentionally or not, make Christian conduct and obedience to the Commandments difficult and practically impossible." This is also true of business leaders who make rules encouraging fraud, teachers who provoke their children to anger, or manipulators of public opinion who turn it away from moral values.
Even with the Vatican determination, the Bishop of the San Diego Diocese has not taken any action whatsoever.  In fact, this year he “punted” the issue back to the University President. 

The university evidently has no desire to defend the Catholic faith and at this point has no plans on discontinuing the show.  Not only does the college’s stand go against Catholic teaching, but it also goes against its primary core value: “The University of San Diego expresses its Catholic identity by witnessing and probing the Christian message as proclaimed by the Roman Catholic Church. The university promotes the intellectual exploration of religious faith, recruits persons and develops programs supporting the university's mission, and cultivates an active faith community. It is committed to the dignity and fullest development of the whole person.” 

Sadly, the core value is weakened by breaking it into segments which bring in diversity and inclusiveness in a changing world.  Our world is changing and being diverse and inclusive is not wrong by any means; we should all be loving, tolerant, understanding and compassionate towards those with alternative lifestyles. However, Catholic students (or all Catholics for that matter)  should not be forced or encouraged to applaud and accept something that is contrary to their faith.  You can’t have it both ways.  Either you are a Catholic institution or not. If not, pay the diocese for the property, etc., and do your own thing.  In addition - those living an alternative lifestyle should not expect a Catholic university to abandon its values and teachings to accommodate theirs; they should be respectful and act accordingly.  If they can't ... there are other colleges available that have no religious affiliation.

It is time to go back to black and white.  Catholic is as Catholic does.  Church leaders should not compromise.  They should not cower and succumb to the liberal agenda. They need to do what they were ordained to do - teach, share and defend the faith.  If they are not willing to do so, then perhaps their station in the Church should be reconsidered.  The same applies to all Catholic university administration and faculty.








Wednesday, March 29, 2017

LIBERALISM IN THE CHURCH REARS ITS UGLY HEAD (AGAIN)



I first received a bulletin announcement from a parish in the San Diego Diocese that in part said about an upcoming event … "Faith Not Fear"  The Vision of this Event: To form a united, mobilized, inspired group of leaders from our local faith communities that will work in partnership to protect each other and secure justice for everyone. The Purpose of this Event: The main purpose of the event is to obtain commitments from people to encourage them to join in efforts of forming solidarity teams that will respond to ICE raids; stand against instances of hate; and to resist moves to return to “tough on crime” and “stop and frisk” policing policies.  Attendees will be commissioned to form teams and receive follow-up training.”  Then I read following seminar information that was sent to me from the Diocese of San Diego, and my anger grew:

"We will commit to work together and take action to build power and harness our faith to:
• Save our healthcare  • Support families affected by mass deportation and build a rapid response system
• Reform systemic injustices of mass incarceration   • Embrace all people by opposing the Muslim ban and religious intolerance

On April 19, put your faith in action with Bishop Robert McElroy and local faith leaders, including:  • Bishop George Dallas McKinney • Bishop Terrell Fletcher • Bishop Mathes • Imam Taha Hassane  • Rev. Kathleen Owens • Rabbi Devorah Marcus"




With all due respect to church leaders, especially Bishop McElroy, when will they get their liberal
heads out of the sand and realize what they are doing to the law-abiding, taxpaying parishioners who support law and order and protecting our families and country?  We are having liberal beliefs rammed down our throats, even when those beliefs are without merit and serve only as a way to undermine the safety and security of the United States, bankrupt our social services and turn our country into a Socialist, lawless nation.   


How can religious leaders advertise an event that misleads the public?    “Mass deportations”, “mass incarcerations” and “Muslim ban”?  There have not been any mass deportations and none have been called for - nor have there been any mass incarcerations.  And, then the Muslim ban.  Give me a break, the countries that are on the ban list are those who have terrorist ties.  Obama had the same list during his administration and never once was there a “Faith Not Fear” seminar. 

How can religious leaders, in good conscience, comfort the thousands of families who have lost loved ones killed by illegal immigrants or by the drugs they bring across the border while supporting sanctuary cities that protect those same criminals?   

How can religious leaders comfort citizen parishioners who cannot support their families because they can’t find even low wage jobs – those taken by illegal immigrants who are willing to defraud the government by working under the table. 

How can religious leaders expect citizen parishioners to follow the law of the land yet expect our tax dollars to support those who do not?   Illegal immigrants fraudulently acquire social services such as food stamps, welfare and free medical … all while some continue disrespecting our flag and refusing to assimilate.  Think about it – if citizens are caught defrauding social programs they are fined and/or jailed for fraud.  If citizens don’t pay taxes or get caught working under the table, they are fined and/or jailed. 

How can religious leaders say thoroughly vetting immigrants/refugees before entry into our country is wrong?  Does that mean parents shouldn’t be allowed to vet babysitters and daycare centers or employers potential employees?  Even churches vet those who work with children.  What’s the difference?  It’s all for protection, correct? 

How can religious leaders criticize law enforcement for being tough on crime?  Isn’t that what they are sworn to do? I guess it shouldn't surprise me - they are no longer tough on sin.  Illegal immigration is stealing and lying - fraudulently receiving services meant for others, yet they condone it.

To those involved:  Before holding that meeting, you might want to consider the consequences.  The more you promote lawlessness and liberalism the more you will lose faithful, law-abiding citizens in the pews.  We do not hate immigrants, refugees or even illegal immigrants … we just want to make sure those who enter our country are not a threat, those who are here and a threat removed, and those who are fraudulently receiving benefits caught and penalized. 

One more question:  Is the money churches receive for refugee resettlement more important than the security of our nation and its citizens?



Some Interesting and Eye Opening Statistics


                                                                   Most recent study:


                                                          

 



There are currently approximately 2.1 million legal or illegal immigrants with criminal convictions living free or behind bars in the U.S., according to ICE's Secure Communities office. Each year, about 900,000 legal and illegal immigrants are arrested, and 700,000 are released from jail, prison, or probation. ICE estimates that there are more than 1.2 million criminal aliens at large in the U.S.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Are Liberals Disrupting Christianity?

Liberalism is infecting the Catholic Church leadership at an alarming rate which further proves the goal of the Democratic party of inciting a “Catholic Spring.”  At a recent conference, Bishop Robert McElroy of the San Diego Diocese, stated, “President Trump was the candidate of disruption. He was the disrupter, he said. Well now, we must all become disrupters. We must disrupt those who would seek to send troops into our streets to deport the undocumented, to rip mothers and fathers from their families. We must disrupt those who portray refugees as enemies rather than our brothers and sisters in terrible need. We must disrupt those who train us to see Muslim men and women and children as sources of fear rather than as children of God. We must disrupt those who seek to rob our medical care, especially from the poor. We must disrupt those who would take even food stamps and nutrition assistance from the mouths of children.”
 
Bishop McElroy’s statements reflect liberalism at its core; inciting unnecessary and unwarranted fear, labeling conservatives (including faithful Catholics) as uncaring racists, calling for disruption of the current administration, encouraging lawlessness and ignoring national security.  His statement is not only inflammatory but also further attempts to delegitimize the Presidency and voice of the people. 
 
As Christians, we are called to care for those less fortunate, but not at the expense of the hardworking American taxpayers who are supporting a system of handouts rather than hand-ups.  Welfare and food stamps are temporary aides to citizens in need, not a way of life – which it has become.  The incentive to find work, even when jobs are available has diminished.  The welfare and food stamp programs were not designed to support millions of illegal immigrants that work under the table and fraudulently receive assistance at the same time. 
 
As Christians, we are called to help the oppressed, but not at the expense of National Security and the security of our families.  Contrary to liberalist arguments, President Trump is doing what he swore to do…. protect the citizens of the United States.  It has nothing to do with “Muslim Hating,” but rather the country from which refugees are coming  - the countries identified by this and the prior administration of having terrorist ties -  the countries that tout hatred of Americans and our way of life. 
 
Contrary to what Bishop McElroy claims (as do other liberals), President Trump is not out to destroy families.  He has publicly stated his concern, consideration, and compassion for the children, but of course, those comments were not reported by the liberal media. He is rounding up illegal immigrants and deporting those who have criminal records and considered a threat. He is not taking food away from the mouths of the hungry. Instead, he is creating jobs so people can feed their families rather than rely on public assistance, and at the same time identifying the fraud and abuse that is rampant.  He is not taking away medical care, but revamping the travesty called Obamacare that failed in all its promises.  It’s not affordable, many lost their trusted physicians, and those who can’t afford the increasingly rising premiums are penalized by the IRS for not buying it. 
 
What Bishop McElroy should be disrupting is the lack of common sense within the Democratic party as it pertains to immigration.  We are a nation of immigrants that came here to for a better, secure life – willing to work and defend our Country and its flag – not take advantage of overwhelmed social programs, disrespect our laws and refuse to learn our language and assimilate.  He should be disrupting the public acceptance of moral decline.  If he is concerned about families being torn apart, he should be disrupting babies being torn from the womb, piece by piece.  Abortion is the greatest disrupter of families.  He should be disrupting those who are suing and forcing Catholics and other Christians to abandon their beliefs by accepting and performing actions or services contrary to their faith.  He should be disrupting substandard care for United States Veterans, the unlivable salaries of the military, and lack of concern for the elderly barely able to survive on Social Security. 
 
As stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

2238 Those subject to authority should regard those in authority as representatives of God, who has made them stewards of his gifts: "Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution. . . . Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil; but live as servants of God. Their loyal collaboration includes the right, and at times the duty, to voice their just criticisms of that which seems harmful to the dignity of persons and to the good of the community.
2239 It is the duty of citizens to contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom. The love and service of one's country follow from the duty of gratitude and belong to the order of charity. Submission to legitimate authorities and service of the common good require citizens to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community.
2240 Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one's country:
2245 The Church, because of her commission and competence, is not to be confused in any way with the political community. She is both the sign and the safeguard of the transcendent character of the human person. "The Church respects and encourages the political freedom and responsibility of the citizen."
2246 It is a part of the Church's mission "to pass moral judgments even in matters related to politics, whenever the fundamental rights of man or the salvation of souls requires it. The means, the only means, she may use are those which are in accord with the Gospel and the welfare of all men according to the diversity of times and circumstances."
2241 The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.
 
Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens. 


To Bishop McElroy and other left-leaning church leaders:  Your words are alienating the faithful ...  Those who love God and country – those who want to keep our families and country safe - those who want to mend the tattered moral fabric of our nation - those who fight for the rights of the unborn, disabled and elderly - those who want America to be strong and prosperous. 
Don’t be the pawns in the call for a “Catholic Spring” or demise of Christianity as a whole.   

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Sin of Security?



President Trump’s executive order banning entry into the United States from citizens of several countries that have established ties to terrorism has unleashed undue hysteria by the left.  It's difficult to understand why, because those countries in question were originally identified by the Obama administration.  The ban is not unconstitutional by any means, and the judge in Seattle had no right to interfere with the executive order, especially with an opinion based on liberal ideals, not the U.S. Constitution.  The same applies to the Ninth "Circus" Court more liberalism and no constitutionalism.   

However, the topic of this post is not the constitutionality of the ban or subsequent leftist court cases.  Let's discuss the moral side of this issue from the Catholic standpoint. 

There have been several Church leaders blasting the Trump administration over the ban, stating it does not follow Christian beliefs.  Now, when these opinions came out, those of us who are devout Catholics and agree with the ban found ourselves questioning whether we are living in a state of sin.  It’s not that we don’t care about refugees, we do, but we also care about our families and national security.     

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 

2241 The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.

Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens. 

According to Section 2241 – Paragraph 1:  If our nation is prosperous and if we are able to assist, we should, but are we prosperous and is the ability available?  Look at our deficit - that is not a sign of prosperity ... And one would think that since our social programs are already financially burdened by record numbers of recipients, including illegal immigrants, allowing refugees into our country would put them into those same social programs until (or if) employment is found. The only way to increase funds in social programs would be to increase taxes, which puts the burden on us the taxpayers and it is a known fact non-citizens have taken many jobs away from citizens because they are willing to accept lower pay (or get paid under the table).        

The same applies to Section 2241 – Paragraph 2:  One would think President Trump is acting for the sake of the common good for which he is responsible.  If we cannot properly vet the refugees coming in from the countries in question, we cannot be assured they would respect the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, obey its laws, etc. 

We mean no disrespect, but it appears the Catechism is quite clear and should be interpreted with a literal, NOT liberal spin.  We understand the compassion and concern of Church leaders behind the criticism of the executive order, but that compassion and concern needs to be first afforded those of us living in the United States.  Our faith, compassion and concern should not be questioned, nor should wanting to protect our families considered a sin. We care about the refugees and appreciate the position they are in; however, we’ve also seen and experienced the devastation from terrorist attacks inside our borders.  We know the chances of more attacks are likely due to the lack of due diligence by the former administration.  In fact, both sides of the aisle have agreed the current vetting process is lacking.  Until a more thorough vetting process can be implemented, we expect this President to protect us and he swore to God he would do so.  Let him do his job.   

And, let us not forget: 

1 Timothy 5:8 – “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
 
Ezekiel 33 - …”But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman’s hand.”