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Calgary bishop wages war against the sexular pagan state January 28, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, manhood, persecution, Revolution, secularism, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.

I don’t know much about Calgary Bishop Frederick Henry.  I think I heard some rumbles a while back that he wasn’t terribly friendly to the TLM, but that was a long time ago and I could be misremembering.  Whatever his general level of orthodoxy and promotion of Tradition, he has done a great thing in opposing the totalitarian imposition on all public and private schools in Alberta of the radical sexular pagan pro-sodomy agenda of the left wing government inexplicably elected to power in Canada’s most conservative province (which, being Canada…….isn’t saying much).

Bishop Henry has released two documents excoriating the totalitarian agenda at work and its promotion of the rankest immorality.  After his first missive, he received some heavy criticism from sexular pagan quarters but has not backed down and had released a second tome solidifying his stand.  As such, Bishop Henry is giving an all too rare episcopal witness to the Truth of Jesus Christ and taking a stand against the dominant, if perverse, secular power.

Some coverage below from the Edmonton rag, then some excerpts from Bishop Henry’s first letter:

If you are reading this piece in the hopes of discovering an apology and/or a retraction, you might as well stop reading right now. That’s simply not going to happen,” Henry wrote on the Calgary Catholic Diocese website.

Henry said he has received much support: “Only God can judge the state of the human soul, but it is pure nonsense to suggest we cannot and should not judge human behaviour.” [Dang right. Which is what makes “who am I to judge” – whether taken radically out of context or not (and the evidence says not) – such a poisonous doctrine.  We’ll never be rid of the attempts to exploit that dreadful statement for nefarious, anti-Catholic purposes]

Henry set off a societal debate and firestorm when he issued a letter Jan. 13, calling ministerial guidelines to help schools create policies to protect the rights and safety of transgender and other LGBTQ students and teachers “totalitarian.” [You’re forcing radical change in behavior on 98% of the population for the sake of 2%.  You’re not just encouraging mentally ill people to embrace their illness (and if you knew some transgenders, you would know exactly what I mean), you are extolling them as the most special, most deserving among us, to whom everyone else should yield without question or rebuttal.  Yes, I call that totalitarian]

The guidelines suggest [BS – require] schools allow transgender students to choose which bathroom they want to use, which sports teams to play on and what pronouns to which they should be referred.

“God created beings as male and female. … In his plan, men and women should respect and accept their sexual identity,” Henry wrote in his first letter. Both letters said: “This approach and directive smack of the madness of relativism and the forceful imposition of a particular narrow-minded anti-Catholic ideology.”…….. [Spot on]

…….“I think the spirit of collaboration and looking after children, especially our children who are most vulnerable, I think will steer the day,” Eggen said.

He said the private Edmonton Islamic Academy has been co-operative about drafting its transgender policies and wants to comply with human rights laws. [That’s because islam has internal rules, viciously enforced, that prevent people from ever “coming out” as inclined to perversion or so self-loathing they desire to be the opposite sex from which they were born.  This is a non-issue for them, by and by]

Now a few quotes from the first letter:

……..The Alberta Government “Guidelines” issued on January 13th show no evidence of consultation with or sensitivity to the Catholic community. They breathe pure secularism……..

……..All persons – married, single, religious and ordained – need to acquire the virtue of chastity……..

……..Chastity unites our sexuality with our entire human nature. It approaches sexuality as related to our spiritual natures so that sex is seen as more than a physical act. Sexuality affects the whole person because of the unity of body and soul. Jesus is the model of chastity.

Chastity includes an apprenticeship in self-mastery which is a training in human freedom“(CCC, no.2339). The acquisition of chastity depends on self-discipline and leads to internal freedom, which enables human beings to temper sexual desires according to God’s plan for the appropriate expression of love in the marital relationship of a man and a woman. [And to overcome the slavery of sin, the greatest weakness of which the Fall left us with was an inclination towards abuse of the faculties suited for the procreation of children]

GSAs and QSAs are highly politicized ideological clubs which seek to cure society of “homophobia” and “heterosexism,” and which accept the idea that all forms of consensual sexual expression are legitimate. [And even some which are non-consensual, in their less guarded moments. Never forget that the perverse lobby has children as their ultimate target.  The Alberta government is trying to force these clubs into every school, including Catholic, which would be absurdly against the US Constitution – if that matters anymore – but Canada is a much more authoritarian government/society than the US] The view of sexuality that they espouse is not Catholic.

The Supreme Court held that “to tell a Catholic school how to explain its faith undermines the liberty of the members of its community who have chosen to give effect to the collective dimension of their religious beliefs by participating in a denominational school”(para.62), “ìt amounts to requiring a Catholic institution to speak about Catholicism in terms defined by the state rather than by its own understanding of Catholicism” (par.63), and “ìt also interferes with the rights of parents to transmit the Catholic faith to their children” and the “rights of parents to guide their children’s religious upbringing”(para. 64 & 65). [So it seems this regulation by unelected officials is also contrary to Canadian jurisprudence.  Does that matter anymore, or are we in a nakedly lawless, will to power situation north and south of the 49th parallel?]

And the second letter:

……Only God can judge the state of the human soul but it is pure nonsense to suggest we cannot and should not judge human behaviour. Reluctance to judge moral behaviour is the inevitable consequence of moral relativism and moral subjectivism that has eroded confidence in the ability to determine objective moral truth on which sound judgment is based…… [And moral relativism is a communist concept and technique deliberately contrived to destroy the moral fiber of the non-communist West and eventually topple the society of Christendom.  Mission dang near accomplished, I am horrified to admit.]

……Having a clear Faith, based on the Creed of the Church, is often labelled today as a fundamentalism. Whereas, relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and ‘swept along by every wind of teaching,’ looks like the only attitude acceptable to today’s standards. We are moving towards a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires. [And which has most frequently left children abandoned and broken in the wake of these desires.  I repeat, ultimately the immoral left will make “normalized” sexual access to children their openly avowed goal.]  However, we have a different goal: the Son of God, true man. He is the measure of true humanism. Being an ‘Adult’ means having a faith which does not follow the waves of today’s fashions or the latest novelties.

A faith which is deeply rooted in friendship with Christ is adult and mature. It is this friendship which opens us up to all that is good and gives us the knowledge to judge true from false, and deceit from truth”……

Very true.  Bishop Henry’s (and how rare is it today, to see a bishop who refers to himself by not his first, but his last, name) response could have been stronger, but it was far better than the mealy-mouthed response of the Bishop of Edmonton.

Note that this new regulation was issued in early January, and school districts and religious groups were given less than 3 months to draft their plans to implement this regulation.  The left never moves slow, while the restoration, to the degree any moves in that direction occur at all, is achingly so.

Well, while I’m fairly certain Bishop Henry has his flaws and is probably not the shining beacon of orthodoxy and defense of the Faith in all the situations we might like, still, good for him for taking this stand.  I’ve always thought such things, rare as they are, should be recognized and extolled.  Hopefully he will remain as steadfast when in conference with his brother bishops and when negotiating with our sexular overlords.  I pray the Lord may give him strength.

Just an FYI – while the comparison is not entirely apt, relatively speaking, Alberta electing the “New Democrat Party” is about like seeing Texas elect an overwhelming slate of hard socialists.  The election in 2015 was the first time ever Alberta, as I said Canada’s most conservative province, had elected this party to power.  And they did so in dramatic fashion, giving this left wing party a nearly 2/3 supermajority.  It was a thoroughly shocking result.  And now Albertans are going to get to “enjoy” the fruit of having elected a left-wing government, including the now de rigueur attacks on the Church and Christianity generally.

Voters having temper tantrums can be bad things.



1. DM - January 29, 2016

God bless Bishop Henry for his courage. You can count the number of bishops like him in Canada on one hand, without exaggeration. I can guarantee you he will not receive support from his brother bishops on this. When the Ontario government did this same thing with schools (including the Catholic boards), the bishops’ conference of the province not only did not oppose it, but completely caved to it and even took action against parents and others who raised objections to it.

You are right in that Bishop Henry is far from perfect (he has indeed treated the Calgary FSSP community horribly through the years and is infected with the whole leftist social justice mindset), but he deserves all the support he can get for taking this strong stand. What amazes me is that when he was a seminary rector in the 80s, word is he was just as heterodox/homosexualist as the rest of them back then. God has perhaps granted him the grace to see the truth today.

By the way, perfect analogy with the Alberta and Texas political situation. Alberta is already basically in collapse with the NDP in power, both economically and morally. The voters are reaping what they sowed..

2. tg - January 29, 2016

God bless and give strength to this bishop. We should also pray for Cardinal Zen. I was just reading about him on Lifesite News. It looks like the Vatican is going to abandon China.

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