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Abortion increases, but so does homeschooling January 11, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, sadness, Society.
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Two kind of countervaling trends were noted in the press today.  Abortion rose in 2008 after nearly 2 decades of decline.  I wonder if the fact that we elected the most pro-abort president in US history had anything to do with that?  The economy is being blamed, and the usual “”remedy” being proferred by pro-aborts: more contraception!  What they will never accept is that a majority of those who seek abortion were using some kind of contraception.  They will also not accept how the contraceptive mentality feeds into demand for abortion.   One interesting note is that states with more restrictive abortion laws saw the number of abortions drop, while other states noted large increases (notably, Louisiana). 

On the other hand, homeshooling continues to grow.  Onenewsnow explains that more Americans are homeschooling their children than ever, or at least since the modern public school system was imported from Prussia in the late 19th century.  It is now estimated that 2 million American children are homeschooled, which is a trend that I pray continues.  I know that not everyone can do it, but for those that can, there are numerous benefits, especially in terms of educating your child according to their needs and tailored more towards specific subjects, if desired, as well as the huge social issues, which homeschooling can greatly ameliorate.  For those worried about negative influeces coming from leftist teachers or lesson plans, and the general influence in being exposed to today’s sexting, casual sex pornified culture, homeschooling can be a very effective way to insure the kinds of values that are inculcated into your children.  As for the “socialization” issue, it has not been a problem for our kids in the slightest, nor for any other homeschool kids I know.  There are numerous ways to “socialize” children outside of the various schools.

So, bad news/good news.  Such is the way it shall be during this earthly existence, until we arrive at our heavenly home.

Comments

1. Caroline - January 12, 2011

I began home schooling in the mid 80’s when everyone thought we were crazy. God granted us the grace to continue in the work for 14 years and I have never regretted it for one second. It wasn’t easy…but I know the benefits far exceeded the difficulties.
It’s great news to me to see the steady growth of those choosing this wonderful alternative.

Blessings to all of you who are home schooling and prayers to all those discerning the Lord,s will for your family.

+PAX

2. thewhitelilyblog - January 12, 2011

I wish I had home schooled. Now I see!

Tantum, I came to your blog to ask you what you are thinking about Assisi III, and if you are thinking what I feel you are thinking, do you plan to ‘do’ anything about it, I mean besides pray number one, and blog, number two. Would you demonstrate outside your church or cathedral? (Hunger strike?) (Letter-writing campaign? Rosary crusade?)

A person just cannot say and mean that Christ is Lord, develop any kind of relation with Him, and give credence in any way to the god of others, who deny His divinity, His special nature. It’s just the same as denying one’s spouse rules in one’s heart. It’s not possible, emotionally, or cognitively. It makes love a lie.

We ought to simply remain silent about their gods, and never participate in joint prayer sessions. That’s all. We don’t have to attack them. Just not do things like Assisi.

I’d like to go demonstrate at Assisi.

Want to?

No one is encouraging me in these musings! E.g. the church where I go, SSPX. I don’t represent anybody but my grieving and over-dramatic self, a frustrated pro-life sidewalk counselor. But Bishop Fellay had some good remarks on it here that you might have written yourself, Tantum:

http://sspx.org/pastors_corner/pastors_corner_1_january_2011.htm#bp_fellay_assisi_iii

tantamergo - January 12, 2011

Heh, I’ve only been to Europe once, and don’t really have a burning desire to go back. But, I know what you’re saying regarding religious indifferentism, and it is one of the most noxious beliefs to take hold in the Church over the past few decades. So, last night, I went to an Opus Dei men’s “night of recollection.” I had been asked to go. Afterwards, I wimped out. I frankly did not get much out of it, and I did not like the highly scripted nature of it, but the worst part was the last priest, the old Opus Dei guy, sort of “guiding” us through Adoration, talked about some subjects and then got onto Assisi, the first one from back in the 80s, and how wonderful it was, and how some Catholics were scandalized, but how “we’re all talking about the same God, whether we’re Native American religion or Muslim or Hindu,” and I just about walked out. So after the conference/recollection, when people were asking me what I thought, I was nice and polite, because I did not want to hurt my host’s feelings, but in actuality, I was angry and depressed. Equating some native american shaman to Jesus Christ is deplorable – they are not the same, they are not “seeking the same God,” they are as different as night and day. I wanted to ask the old priest, someone who apparently know St. Jose Maria Escriva well, whether aboriginal tribes in Borneo that still practice human sacrifice are seeking the same God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and whose only son is Jesus Christ. I mean, I was floored. And this is Opus Dei, supposedly a very “conservative” order.

But, alas, I’ve read a bit about Opus Dei, and while they are politically and socially conservative, theologically, they are not. In fact, they were prime instigators of the move towards indifferentism prior to Vatican II. Their founder said of Vatican II that the Church finally caught up with his order. And I knew this going in, but I went anyways, after several requests by a few people. Now, how do I tell them this, and how Opus Dei has trashed existing religious orders like the Dominicans, Franciscans, Carmelites, etc., as flawed and deficient? I read a book by Dominique Le Tourneau that just floored me with its attacks on religious and religious orders, but I thought, maybe that’s just one author. And maybe it was, but after last night, Opus Dei holds no attraction for me.

So, I’m with you. I was very sad that the Holy Father chose to go to Assisi recently. I don’t know what’s up with his pontificate, that started with so much promise. I know some who believe he’s balancing out some “whopper” that will make traditionals rejoice, sort of plying the ground for the long awaited clarification of Summorum Pontificum, with his seemingly inexplicable recent actions (the condom statement was deplorable, he had to know how it would be interpreted). I dont’ think that’s it. I think he’s tired. He’s 83, and doesn’t want to fight so much right now. Like you said, just lead a good example and hope for the best. And perhaps even regressing a bit……have you ever known a very elderly man, whose views had changed maybe from liberal to conservative as he went through his 40s-50s-60s start to go back to the liberal side when he got at the very end of life? I have. I don’t know if that’s really the case with BXVI, but it’s possible. As for what I’ll do, I’m not sure. Since my pilgrimage I’ve been feeling more of a call to be contemplative. I’m sure it will pass, but I’m not feeling as confrontational right now.

Bishop Fellay’s words are very moving to me. I share his sentiments entirely.

Thanks for making me think. Last night was very disappointing.


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