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Explosive claim: liberation theology not only created by KGB, but by Patriarch Kirill himself April 24, 2015

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WOW!  So……on a certain level, this makes a great deal of sense.  First, the fact that Kirill was an agent of the KGB – this is almost certain.  The KGB and internal security service (GRU) penetrated and dominated the Russian Orthodox Church from the early 20s until the collapse of the Soviet Union.  One could not be a rising star priest or prelate in the Russian Church without being very tight with the KGB. Further, reflect how Putin has both a KGB background and has aligned himself, in a sort of obviously superficial way, with not just the Russian Orthodox Church, but Patriarch Kirill in particular.  Those two have a very close working relationship which many Westerners (including trads) find very attractive and hopeful, but which could have an entirely different side – and makeup.

I am quite certain the KGB was behind the creation of liberation theology.  They probably paid and/or coerced various Christians, especially Catholics, to support communism.  They also directed the activities of home grown commies within the Church like Gustavo Gutierrez.  How deep and how complete that direction was is the only question.  And isn’t it interesting that when the FSU collapsed, support for liberation theology collapsed with it, until, about 7-8 years ago, communists began re-emerging in positions of great power and influence all over the world, and all of a sudden liberation theology came roaring back a few years later.  Isn’t that interesting?

Make of the below what you will, I would not be surprised if someone is not directing this resurgence of both leftism and liberation theology in the West, and it is certainly possible there is some Russian connection.  See what you think:

Liberation theology, of which not much has been heard for two decades, is back in the news. But what is not being mentioned is its origins. It was not invented by Latin American Catholics. It was developed by the KGB. The man who is now the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, secretly worked for the KGB under the code name “Mikhailov” and spent four decades promoting liberation theology, which we at the top of the Eastern European intelligence community nicknamed Christianized Marxism.

Liberation theology has been generally understood to be a marriage of Marxism and Christianity. What has not been understood is that it was not the product of Christians who pursued Communism, but of Communists who pursued Christians. I described the birth of liberation theology in my book Disinformation, co-authored with Professor Ronald Rychlak. Its genesis was part of a highly classified Party/State Disinformation Program, formally approved in 1960 by KGB chairman Aleksandr Shelepin and Politburo member Aleksei Kirichenko, then the second in the party hierarchy after Nikita Khrushchev.

In 1971, the KGB sent Kirill — who had just been elevated to the rank of archimandrite — to Geneva as emissary of the Russian Orthodox Church to the World Council of Churches. [Did Kirill have a background role at VII?]  The WCC was, and still is, the largest international religious organization after the Vatican, representing some 550 million Christians of various denominations in 120 countries. Kirill/Mikhailov’s main task was to involve the WCC in spreading the new liberation theology throughout Latin America. In 1975, the KGB was able to infiltrate Kirill into the Central Committee of the WCC — a position he held until he was “elected” patriarch of Russia, in 2009. Not long after he joined the Central Committee, Kirill reported to the KGB: “Now the agenda of the WCC is also our agenda.” [If these claims are true, it would mean the Russian Orthodox Church is still dominated by the security services of Russia. But there is more!]

…...Pope John Paul II, who knew the Communist playbook well, was not taken in by the Soviets’ liberation theology. In 1983, his friend and trusted colleague Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI), who at that time was head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, discarded as Marxist the liberation-theology idea that class struggle is fundamental to history. The cardinal called liberation theology a “singular heresy” and blasted it as a “fundamental threat” to the Church.  Of course, it was and remains a threat — one deliberately designed to undermine the Church and destabilize the West by subordinating religion to an atheist political ideology for its geopolitical gain.

Now names — like Oscar Romero and Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann – not heard since the 1980s, when the Soviet Union was still en vogue, are again making international news. And here we are. The promoters of a KGB-inspired religious ideology, which once embraced violent Marxist revolution, are now denying its link to Marxism and to the KGB.

Each society reflects its own past. Down through the ages, everyone who has sat on the Kremlin throne — autocratic tsar, Communist leader, or democratically elected president — has been preoccupied with controlling all expressions of religion that might impinge on his political ambitions. When Ivan IV — the Terrible — had himself crowned in 1547 as Russia’s first tsar, he also made himself head of the Russian Orthodox Church. Tsarism and Communism may have been swallowed up by the sands of time, but the Kremlin continues this tradition.

This brings us back to Kirill/Mikhailov. In 2006 Archbishop Kirill’s personal wealth was estimated at $4 billion by the Moscow News. No wonder. In the mid-1990s, the Russian Orthodox Church’s Department for External Church Relations, managed by Kirill, was granted the privilege of duty-free importation of cigarettes as reward for his loyalty to the KGB. It did not take long for him to become the largest supplier of foreign cigarettes in Russia. [This is no small prize.  Russians have some of the highest smoking rates in the world, and native Russian cigarettes have been known for decades for their atrocious quality.  Thus, foreign cigarettes are wildly popular with those who can afford them.  This likely translates into billions of dollars in profits.]

A few years ago, while Kirill was visiting Ukraine as the new Patriarch of Russia, a newspaper published a photo in which the prelate could be seen wearing a Breguet wristwatch, the price of which was estimated at 30,000 euros. The Russian newspaper Kommersant accused Kirill of abusing the privilege of duty-free importation of cigarettes, and dubbed him the “tobacco metropolitan.” Kirill denied having such a watch. He said the photograph must have been altered by his enemies, and he posted the “real” photograph on his official website. A careful study of this “real” photograph, however, shows that the Breguet watch had been airbrushed off his wrist, but its reflection is still clearly visible on a table surface beneath his arm.

Mikhailov and his KGB, rechristened FSB, are now doing their best to airbrush out the apron strings connecting them to liberation theology. Let’s not allow them to succeed.

Well, at the very least, this certainly casts a new light on a hoped for reconciliation with the Eastern Orthodox Churches, and especially the Russian Orthodox Churches. It also shows how much these bodies have been corrupted by nationalism and the domination of secular political leadership – just exactly the problem that generated so many early Church heresies out of Constantinople and led to the eventual Great Schism.  The more things change, the more they stay the same, no?

IF – and it’s a big if, even though the author was the highest level Soviet defector ever to the West – these claims are true, then it both explains a lot and is yet another condemnation of the ecumenical effort and the leftist spawn that is the World Council of Churches, a veritable font of modernism.  This would make ecumenism with the Russians, at least, a total sham and simply a political exercise.  But with the Church in Constantinople constantly shrinking to the point they may no longer have sufficient souls to produce a priest and thus a Primate, Russia’s suzerainty over the Eastern Churches is only likely to grow.  If this report is anything like accurate, however, ecumenism with the Russian Orthodox Church is like signing a pact with the KGB.

I’ve always been quite immune to conspiracy theories, but my goodness, is not the extreme corruption and leftism of prelates in Churches throughout the world, including our own, quite terrifying?  I don’t tend to believe in things like New World Orders and one world religions and all that, but this is pretty damning evidence that many of the ecumenical efforts and bodies of the world are hopelessly corrupted. That only increases my disdain for these efforts.

Well…….discuss.

Nuns walk out on SF Catholic school due to pro-perverse campaign April 23, 2015

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Much more like this: five nuns of the Dominicans of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist (an orthodox, but not traditional, order) walked out from the, ahem, Catholic high school in San Fran where they work, due to the promotion of a pro-sodomite propaganda campaign at the school  No word on any repercussions for the nuns, yet, but one has to wonder if there will not be some kind of retaliation.  More and more of us are going to have to make very tough decisions in the future – pray God for the strength to make the right ones:

Another assault on Catholic values in San Francisco Catholic high schools met with a bump in the road last Friday when a group of religious sisters refused to be part of an annual homosexual propaganda campaign foisted on one of the schools.

Five Marin Catholic High School teachers, religious sisters with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, left school April 17 once it was confirmed that the homosexual activist group Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) Day of Silence was being pushed past the school’s administration and onto Marin Catholic students.

The sisters felt “compromised, offended and uncomfortable,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported, leaving when some Marin Catholic students began distributing Day of Silence promotional stickers and flyers on the school’s campus Friday morning.

Marin Catholic is one of the four high schools in the San Francisco archdiocese encompassed in the controversy stirred by Church foes upset with the move to clarify expectations that faculty uphold Church teaching while employed with the archdiocese and not publicly contradict Catholic values……..

……One of the religious women, Sister Clare Marie, wrote in an e-mail to her students regarding their decision to leave that day that the sisters “do not support bigotry or any kind of prejudice,” but that they felt compelled to resist an event promoted by a group that “believes actively in promoting homosexuality in all classrooms, K-12.” [Just step back a moment and wonder, how ridiculous is it that good nuns like this have to defend their decision not to take part in, or by their presence give scandal by association with, the promotion of the grossest immorality possible. And they have to apologize over that!  Lord have mercy on us, the gates of hell have been opened]

The email also said those behind the pro-homosexual event advocated “against Christians who do not share their views” and handed out materials which “say that any church which teaches homosexuality is sinful is an ‘oppressor’ and should be opposed.”  [I think they got their text backwards – what they meant to say is that opposers should be oppressed.  Well on their way to achieving that……]

…….The Day of Silence campaign provides an avenue into schools for GLSEN to gain access to students. Students are given flyers and stickers to wear, and expected to “take vows of silence” the whole day as they attend their regular class schedule to “raise awareness about anti-LGBT language and bullying.” [All true.  And this is a peer-pressure heavy environment, where anyone who opts out is labeled a “hater,” “bigot,” and “oppressor.”]

Marin Catholic had not planned to take part in the April 17 pro-homosexual event, instead opting to conduct morning prayer over the PA system “to acknowledge and pray for students everywhere who have the experience of being ostracized, marginalized or silenced by bullying,” the administration said in a letter to parents. [Well……that would have been far better. Best would have been to ignore this false “day of awareness” entirely and teach the truth the Church knows on this subject]

[See if this makes any sense…..]…..Instead, the Marin Catholic High School plan was disregarded and usurped to promote the GLSEN agenda.

School officials told parents that the school’s message was “compromised and misinterpreted” the night prior, when it was linked on Facebook to the campaign by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, “an activist group with which we are not affiliated.” [How did it get linked?  How did mere linking on Facebook somehow allow the activists to come in and distribute their material?  Why not fight back? This sounds like trying to play both sides]

A GLSEN spokesperson told the Chronicle the group is “not trying to convert anyone” and “denied that the group ‘actively promoted’ homosexuality in the classroom.”  [B as in B….  They just make sure that anyone who dares even breathe a word of criticism gets the savage treatment they themselves claim to be protesting.]

……Marin Catholic was working hard to manage the politically-charged atmosphere to “bring authentic dialogue to the campus” with the hope of reconciling any alienation that may have been created between students and the sisters.

The administration told parents the sisters’ leaving during the pro-homosexual campaign “further confused the students and created some false rumors about the sisters not caring for students who feel bullied, ostracized or marginalized.”

OK, that to me is the most revealing part. How was it that the sister’s very modest act of simply leaving was radically misinterpreted to imply they were bullying or ostracizing others?  In a situation where 5 people feel compelled to leave a premises with 3 or 4 or 500 in opposition to them, who is really being ostracized?  What percentage of the student body hopped on board this disordered, probably immoral campaign?  Was it nearly all of them (this is, after all, Sodom on the Bay)?  Who is really persecuting who?

I know these sisters.  They are extremely devout and good.  They are among the best in the Novus Ordo Rite.  But the article reads as if they have lost all credibility with the students over this matter?  So, then, obviously, the schools have failed badly in their duty to preach and promote the Faith, going back years?

What a train wreck.  Catholic nuns getting chased out of Catholic schools due to the sodomite persecution.  That about sums it up, doesn’t it?  Tell me again just who the bullies are?

In very much related news, an unscientific, online poll run by the San Francisco Chronicle shows overwhelming support (90-10!!) for Archbishop Cordileone‘s attempts to inject some doctrinal orthodoxy back into the schools there, after decades of progressive management and promotion of error. Given the above, it seems Archbishop Cordileone needs to not only stand firm in the matter of requiring teachers to sign affidavits that they accept and promote the Doctrine of the Faith, but to redouble his efforts.

HB 3074 end of life care bill substantially improved, major pro-life orgs now support April 23, 2015

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Kassi Marks informed me a few minutes ago that significant improvements have been made to HB 3074 I blogged about a few days ago, yet another attempt to make desperately needed reforms to Texas’ present immoral end of life care statutes.  She has a long and detailed post on the improvements to the bill and you can go there to read the exact language proposed for the bill, but Texas Right to Life has a press release that is probably easier to digest for those not deeply involved in the issue, so I’ll excerpt from that:

Texas Right to Life announces that after weeks of intense negotiations, our concerns with House Bill 3074 are now addressed, and we are able to support the bill.
 
State Representative Drew Springer (R-Gainesville), the bill’s author, strategically and patiently handled myriad concerns of diverse stakeholders.  Representative Springer was aided by State Representative Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound), the Chairman of the Republican Caucus, who relentlessly orchestrated negotiations with all the stakeholders.
 
HB 3074 will limit the withdrawal of food and water, called “artificially administered food and water” or “AANH” in the bill, from hospitalized patients.  The originally filed version of the bill included some broadly drafted exceptions that would have enshrined quality of life value ethics into law, but the subjectivity of those loopholes has been removed. [That was a  major objection, and a serious problem in the medical community.  These “quality of life” decisions are incredibly subjective and vary wildly from one physician to the next.  They are far too nebulous and open to abuse to serve as any basis for laws regarding end-of-life care]
 
As revised, HB 3074 marks a first positive step in what remains a long journey of reforming the Texas Advance Directives Act.  This was no easy task for Representative Springer, because he was under pressure to push his bill with or without Texas Right to Life’s support.
 
The Texas Advance Directives Act, found in Chapter 166 of our Health and Safety Code, allows a hospital committee or physician to withdraw life-sustaining medical treatment, including food and water, from a patient after providing only ten days notice, despite the patient’s advance directive or expressed medical decisions.  Such withdrawal of treatment can and has sped the death of some patients victimized by this draconian statutory process and is protected with complete legal immunity……..
……….The main changes that were negotiated after the House Committee on State Affairs heard testimony are as follows:

  1. The ten-day transfer period cannot begin until the patient or his family is given a copy of the relevant medical records for the current hospital admission.
  2. The terms “medically contraindicated” and “life-threatening” were added to clarify that AANH can only be withdrawn if AANH would seriously exacerbate a life-threatening medical problem.
  3. The troubling term “suffering” was deleted from the bill so that the hospital committee could not impose a quality of life value judgment on the patient as the basis for withdrawing AANH.
  4. Another exception was positively amended to read “medically ineffective in prolonging the patient’s life.”
  5. The bill now clarifies that neither the hospital committee nor the doctor is obligated to provide AANH if doing so is contrary to the patient’s clearly documented desire to refuse such treatment.

As TRL notes, this is only a small step forward in reversing the disastrous status quo regarding end of life care in Texas.  Current law could very nearly be described as a death machine, allowing doctors and hospitals virtually total power to make decisions regarding sustaining or terminating a person’s life, irrespective of any advance directives or the patients or families wishes.

And really, it must be known (and any good priest will tell you), patients are murdered in hospitals with grim regularity.  All it takes is one nurse or one doctor to decide you’ve “lived long enough,” or that you won’t have what they deem to be “acceptable quality of life,” or that you are “suffering to much,” and they’ll either give you a fatal overdose, or keep you so doped up on pain meds and powerful tranquilizers that you will quickly die.  It’s a constant fight for some faithful Catholic families to keep their loved ones alive and alert enough to make their final Confession and receive Last Rites and Viaticum, so doped are “terminally ill” patients routinely kept.

And it’s not only in hospitals. My maternal aunt was pretty much killed by her in-home nurse, who got her addicted to hydrocodone and then kept her essentially sedated the last 2 months of her life.  Amazingly, she died the very day her money ran out.  Incredible timing!  We watched this all from afar, mortified, yet could not get her children to get involved and stop her slow death.  After all, 88 years is long enough for anyone, right?

Thank God that Texas Right to Life, Kassi Marks, Bishop Gracida, and many others stuck to their guns under enormous pressure, including from the Texas Catholic Conference, to substantially improve this bill.  Had they not, end-of-life care in Texas would have remained essentially unchanged from the unacceptable status quo.

If you have a lot of time to kill and are interested, you can see Texas Catholic Conference’s stand on all bills pending in the legislature.  Many stances are fine, but some are not, like their support for the creation of a task force to deal with the non-existent epidemic of rape on college campuses, and relentlessly supporting every bill that purports to “save the environment,” in spite of the economic impact.  They are also asserting themselves into surface water rights legislation, in my view quite wrongly.  On a good number of matters, the Church should not have an opinion – it is a mistake to give approval or disapproval to every piece of legislation, as it waters down the Church’s influence on the really key moral items and causes unnecessary friction with both legislators and laity.  But that’s a bureaucracy in action, it must justify its existence.

The US military – increasingly, a global force for evil April 21, 2015

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For the past 40 odd years, whenever a demonrat president was in office, the military has been used and badly abused as a petrie dish for every possible manner of sexular pagan social experiment imaginable.  Whether or not this experimentation – “don’t ask, don’t tell,” opening combat roles to women, extreme application of politically correct behavior and severe limits on even a semblance of freedom of speech, open persecution of Christians, open advocacy of the most radical sodomite demands, open mocking of sacred beliefs of most service members – has a deleterious effect on unit cohesion and combat effectiveness has never been a concern for the leftists occupying the levers of power in a demonrat administration. In fact, reducing or destroying military effectiveness is a feature, not a bug, in their minds.

But I never thought that US military personnel would be forcibly required to cross-dress in public at the risk of their military careers if they refused to do so.  Such has indeed been occurring throughout the nation’s ROTC units under US Army Cadet Command head Brigadier General Peggy Combs, the first woman to head the command.  As reported widely today, MALE Army ROTC cadets have been required to wear high heeled shoes in public, with their standard combat fatigues, to take part in radical feminist “take back the night” and other forced marches of a highly political nature.  I’m fairly certain these commands have been highly illegal, and even more, should result in Combs being instantly sacked, but almost certainly won’t:

In the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, cadets were required to wear high heels and march to “raise awareness of sexual assault against women.”

“Its a Cadet Command wide thing, pretty much every battalion in Cadet Command has had to, or will have to do it. GEN Combs has picked it up as a CC initiative.”

“They were threatened with negative counselling statements and OERs if they didn’t participate. It was pretty much ‘do this or we’ll kill your career before it even starts.’

I am having a hard time not seeing this as some twisted woman’s revenge fantasy upon young men, forcing them to wear women’s clothing in public – in uniform – as a means of humiliating them to the utmost.  This is beyond wrong, it is wicked and cruel.

The pictures, as always, are worth more than any words I could write:

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This is the way of the US military today.  Devout Christian?  @#%& you, get out or get on board with our sickeningly amoral agenda.  Conservative? Too bad, march in a leftist march or your career is finished.  Male?  Tick off one perpetually aggrieved woman and your 20+ years of service are wiped out in a heartbeat.

Can an organization of such power, and lost in such total immorality, be, as the Navy likes to advertise, “a global force for good?”  Or has it become, on the contrary, more of a force for evil?

I know many good, traditional priests, especially those with prior military service, who counsel young Catholic men to stay as far away from the US military as they can, because it is becoming, or has already become, so amoral as to pose a great threat to the faith of even the most solid Catholic.  I hate to agree with that advice, but I must, even though it gives the radical progressives what they want: a completely secularized US military, detached from any transcendent morality and, worse, prepared to obey any order.  It is interesting to note how the de-Christianization program of the US military mirrors that of the German Heer and later Wehrmacht under the Nazi regime.

What a horror.  You voted for this, 52% of America.

Poor Bishop Robert Finn finally hounded from office April 21, 2015

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The surprising number of extreme liberals in the Diocese of Kansas City have finally managed to get their man.  They have been gunning for Bishop Finn’s head since he was installed as bishop in 2005.  He was opposed not for what he did, nor for any real failing in handling cases of grave priestly immorality, but because of who he was: an orthodox bishop of traditional bent, who loved and supported the Traditional Latin Mass and especially gave refuge to a very holy group of nuns.  Speaking of, we must redouble our prayers of the Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles, they are also a major target in this episcopal coup.  All will depend on who replaces Bishop Finn, and the stance he takes towards the traditional practice of the Faith generally, and the nuns of Ephesus particularly.

As for now, I grieve the successful railroading of one of the most devout, orthodox bishops in this country, who certainly was not perfect and did make a mistake that is costing him his job (I would say quite unfairly, especially in light of how small his sin was in comparison to the massive, continued string of felonies and misdemeanors committed by the likes of Mahony, Bernadin, Grahman, and others) but who was really deserving of far better treatment than he has received:

Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph has resigned, nearly two and a half years after being the first U.S. bishop convicted of a misdemeanor in failing to report suspected child abuse by a priest in his diocese.

The Vatican confirmed Pope Francis’ acceptance of Bishop Finn’s resignation according to Canon 104 Article 2 in the Code of Canon Law in an April 21 statement, released at noon local time.

Article 2 of Canon 104, according to the Vatican’s website, refers to a situation when “a diocesan bishop who has become less able to fulfill his office because of ill health or some other grave cause is earnestly requested to present his resignation from office.”

Finn’s resignation will take effect immediately, and although he will still be a bishop, he will no longer lead a diocese. It is up to Pope Francis to choose his successor.

The brief Vatican statement gave no word as to what Bishop Finn will do following his resignation.

Last September, two years after Bishop Finn’s trial and guilty verdict, an archbishop held a visitation on behalf of the Vatican and met with Bishop Finn. [And this now makes the 4th or 5th bishop with traditional leanings to be removed from office over supposed failures of leadership associated with (in comparison to the big picture) rather mild episodes of priestly misconduct?  Even while progressive prelates accused of far more substantial cover ups and failures of leadership are allowed to keep their episcopal see?]

The reasons for the visitation were not revealed, however some reports indicate that the visitation was intended to evaluate the bishop’s leadership of his diocese.

There were efforts almost exactly akin to those we see against Archbishop Cordileone in San Francisco today directed against Bishop Finn for years.  He was hated by much of the entrenched diocesan bureaucracy and especially the Heretic Reporter crowd.  I am certain they are crowing their great victory today, but that “victory” will one day have the taste of ashes.  I am very gratified Bishop Finn gave every canonical right and protection to the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles he could, but those rights could be undone by his successor with the stroke of a pen.

I have been awaiting this sad day for a year and a half or more. The handwriting was on the wall quite some time back.  And so I have some opinions that may be controversial, but since this is my last good chance to express them, I may as well.  For one, Bishop Finn would not have been removed from office had Pope Benedict not abdicated, at least, not without some further major scandal (which I certainly would not expect).  I mean that as a period, end of sentence kind of statement. It simply would not have happened.  But under Francis, frankly, it was inevitable.  We’ll see who Francis names as replacement, and maybe I’ll be quite surprised (I’m not alone in seeing a bit of a change in direction over the past few months), but the inevitability  of Finn’s dismissal is not, in my mind, directly due to Pope Francis himself, but due to the forces that have obviously been unleashed since his election.  It is apparent that the progressive element in the Church feels empowered and is settling some old scores while they can.  Under Pope Benedict, they would not have been able to act so freely, but by hook or crook, under Francis, they feel they can.

The other thing is this: it certainly seems there is a new paradigm emerging where prelates of a more progressive bent can get away with a heckuva lot and not face even minor intra-Church scrutiny over their failings, while more explicitly traditional types run a grave risk of losing their office for one mistake of much smaller magnitude.

Beyond that, I haven’t much to say, other than that I am disappointed and a bit disheartened at this turn of events, and anxiously await the naming of Bishop Finn’s replacement, which will probably happen pretty quickly.  I am most concerned for the nuns of Ephesus…….I pray they may be allowed to continue to grow and flourish.  When we wonder why there are not more traditional women’s religious orders around, this is a major reason why – episcopal hostility to having them.

Gomorrist schoolteacher chillingly reveals how she indoctrinates preschoolers April 20, 2015

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Via CMR, boy this made my blood run cold. You can see exactly how innocent little souls are propagandized by advocates for this perverted lifestyle embedded in the school systems and, in a very real sense, mind raped.  They have their innocence taken and will not get it back.  In a very real sense, these children are irreparably damaged as a result of this psychological manipulation, and will never be the same again.  How many parents explicitly signed onto this teacher’s agenda to remake their children in her perverse image?

A primary grade lesbian teacher from an Ontario public school revealed in a workshop at a homosexual activist conference for teachers earlier this month how she uses her classroom to convince children as young as four to accept homosexual relationships.

“And I started in Kindergarten. What a great place to start. It was where I was teaching. So, I was the most comfortable there,” Pam Strong said at the conference, attended by LifeSiteNews……… [Remember to pray for her conversion]

.…….Strong related that as she was reading “King and King” in the junior kindergarten class as a springboard to discuss her sexuality with the kids, she got to the part where the two princes become ‘married’ when one of the boys suddenly shouted out: “They can’t do that! They can’t get married. They’re two boys.” [So either someone formed this boy right, or he simply knew this innately, which many kids do.  Now his parents will either have to deprogram their poor child, something easier said than done, or they may never know why their child suddenly and disastrously changed.  Does the teacher cum perverse Svengali ever go back to see how her indoctrination affects her young charges?]

Recounted Strong: “And I said, ‘Oh, yeah, yeah, they can. It’s right here on page 12.

To which the boy replied, according to Strong: “Oh, yeah, I know Mrs. Strong, but that’s just a story. That’s not real life.”

“And I said: ‘It happens in real life too. I am married to a woman. I am gay. And I am in love with my wife.”

Strong said the young children “just all kind of went silent.”  [I bet they did.  Thus we see public edukayshion as vehicle of radical propaganda] She then told them: “That may seem different to you, how many of you have heard of that before?”

“Not one hand went up,” she related. “And so I said: ‘That may seem different to you, but we’re not that different. Would you like to know about what I do with my family?” [Not really.  But, look…..it’s plain these children were completely ignorant of something many parents would consider grossly inappropriate for this age group, and there is this vanguard of the revolution type inflicting confusion and how knows what kind of misery on these poor kids.  And the goal, whether admitted or not, is to make converts to the new sexular pagan religion.  See below]

“Yeah, tell us,” she recounted the children enthusiastically saying. 

“I said, you know, we take our kids to the park. I swing them on swings,” she related, telling conference attendees that she could share things she did with her own children that “mostly likely all of their families did with them.”…….

……Strong said that at that point, the boy who had used the word ‘gay’ looked and her and said: “Well, you’re a family.” [Only when presented in the most glowing light, and with a complete detachment from fundamental truths, like the fact that the couple in itself is inherently sterile and always will be, the fact that someone had to lose or give up a child in order for them to have theirs (perhaps there is a grieving natural parent somewhere, coolly left out of the picture), the fact that rates of sex abuse in these mixed families are vastly higher than in natural families, etc]

“And I said, yeah, we are,” she related. “And off I go to the next classroom.”

[In between quotes above or below, there was a hideous story about how she broke down one recalcitrant student and turned him into an apostle of perversion. But kids are nothing if not malleable, which is why getting their propaganda before children is one of the sodomites highest priorities]

Strong said that she went from “class to class to class and continued with these conversations, and they were very powerful.”….

…..Strong called it “key” to develop a “positive classroom culture” — and she mentioned it often takes months — before getting into what she called “difficult conversations” with students about convincing students of the normality of her sexual preference for women. [What she is actually doing is months of careful groundwork to make sure the young minds she has been given the awesome responsibility of forming are going to be receptive to her message of perversion.  Goodness, I have to ask what besides the propaganda of perversion this teacher has time to teach?!?]

She mentioned how she spends time “building a common vocabulary” in her classroom of words like “stereotype, prejudice, discrimination” so her students will be able to more readily conform to her pro-LGBTQ message.

“Sometimes with these big ideas there are also very big words that are very hard to understand. I find that whether it’s kindergarten, right up to grade six, visuals help a lot,” she said…….

[And now to the point of it all……..] 

……“I am here to tell you: All that time I said I wasn’t indoctrinating anyone with my beliefs about gay and lesbian and bi and trans and queer people? That was a lie,” wrote Canadian gay activist Sason Bear Bergman, a woman who identifies as a transgender man, in a March 2015 piece titled “I Have Come to Indoctrinate Your Children Into My LGBTQ Agenda (And I’m Not a Bit Sorry).” Bergman holds nothing back, stating she wants to make children “like us” even if that “goes against the way you have interpreted the teachings of your religion.” [Don’t you just love how they act like some of us just “made up” some interpretation of highly questionable quotes from Scripture of a sudden out of thin air, rather than representing complete and total continuity with what thousands of years of belief and practice have constantly maintained?  It is for arguments like this that the left has spent literally centuries assaulting the past, assailing tradition, besmirching honored memory,  and always pointing to a bright new future (which will be paved with blood and reek of death) – so that we would feel like we were on some strange island of belief, isolated and alone, while it is in reality the queers, as they call themselves, who are the distant outliers from moral human behavior, the literal deviants, if you will]

In 2011 U.S. gay activist Daniel Villarreal penned a column for Queerty.com stating that the time had come for the homosexual lobby to admit to “indoctrinating” schoolchildren to accept homosexuality.

We want educators to teach future generations of children to accept queer sexuality. In fact, our very future depends on it. Recruiting children? You bet we are,” he added…….

Homosexual activist Michael Swift wrote in 1987 in the Gay Community News that school children would become explicit targets for homosexual indoctrination. “We shall seduce them in your schools…They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us,” he wrote at the time. 

Almost incredible to believe, but mission accomplished.  My God, how far we have sunk.  When I was a kid, not that long ago, someone trying to indoctrinate school kids kindergartners! in this filth would have in all likelihood been brought up on charges.  No, we haven’t suddenly gained an extra special moral compass that now causes us to divine that sodomy and its ilk are just fine and dandy in spite of thousands of years of contrary evidence.  What we have done is experienced one of the greatest, swiftest moral collapses in history!, into the most total corruption of public morality imaginable, all the while being told by our “betters” that we are wrong to hold on to what literally everyone knew to be rock-solid incontrovertible TRUTH just a second ago, in comparison to the grand sweep of time.

Almost funnily, there have been voices warning us that what we see above now as reality was coming for us for many years, and many of us, myself included until a few years ago, laughed to scorn those who said that things like divorce on demand, fornication, self-abuse, pornography, and especially gradual acceptance of sodomy (by repealing laws against its practice, by affording special rights and protections, by allowing “gays” in the military, etc), would lead, inexorably, to exactly this point where now people turn their children over to be indoctrinated into this lifestyle built around sin that cries out to Heaven for vengeance.  Oh, that would never happen, they said!  Slippery slope arguments are false!  Well…….look where we are at now, when before very long even writing what I’m writing now will get me fired, or worse.  And don’t think they don’t want to force the Church to “marry” them……that’s the ultimate affirmation, the greatest forcegasm ever! (forcegasm – that thrill some people get by exercising power over others).  It is coming as surely as the dawn.

I’ve often wondered what it must have been like to be alive in central Europe in the mid 30s, watching the darkness descend, trying to resist, but knowing such efforts were doomed to failure.  I don’t have to wonder anymore.  We have brought this on ourselves.  God will not be mocked. And this nation, this society, this former Christian culture -and yes, this Church –  is going to pay a dear price, a price beyond contemplation, for what it is doing.  Romans 12:19.

A week in the “Religion of Peace” April 20, 2015

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Just a small sampling below of some of the more egregious evils committed by the trademarked Religion of Peace against Christians:

In Uganda, five Muslims gang-raped the daughter of a Christian minister who refused their demands that he close his church:

….“The five Muslims took hold of me, and they raped me there,” the church source quoted the daughter as saying. “I tried to scream, but they threatened to kill me. One of them said, ‘Your father should stop this prayer meeting of trying to change Muslims to become Christians and close the church building — we have warned him several times.’”

In Libya, ISIS has released a video of Ethiopian Christians being beheaded next to the ocean:

The video starts with what it called a history of Christian-Muslim relations, followed by scenes of militants destroying churches, graves and icons. A masked fighter brandishing a pistol delivers a long statement, saying Christians must convert to Islam or pay a special tax prescribed by the Quran…… [Islam requires much more than just that.  Christians are not allowed any even remotely public practice or demonstration of their faith.  Christians must put up with very aggressive, in your face muslim proselytizing but can not respond in any way.  Muslims are even allowed to tack on the door of churches statements against Christianity and its “falsity,” while extolling Christians to convert.  Christians are gravely limited in their economic, political, and social options.  Yes, implementation varies, but under strict sharia, Christians are only allowed a groveling, “at thy bidding” type of existence, and can be subject to attack with little or no recourse to the law at any time. So, it’s more than just a 2.5% tax on all income, it is a very repressive existence]

……… The video then switches between footage of the captives in the south being shot dead and the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach. [And our government is heavily responsible for Libya’s collapse into crazed islamist anarchy, ousting the admittedly despicable Qaddafi without having a clue what might emerge in his stead]

In Australia, five Muslim teenagers have been arrested for plotting a terrorist attack to take place on ANZAC Day.

And most chilling of all, muslims attacked and killed 12 Christians fleeing the insanity in Libya on a boat with 105 other souls.  The poor Christians were thrown in the sea and left to drown, all because they had the temerity to invoke the Sacred Name in prayer for their safe arrival:

Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard — killing them — because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday.

Italian authorities have arrested 15 people on suspicion of murdering the Christians at sea, police in Palermo, Sicily, said…. [It will be interesting to see what develops of these arrests.]

The original group of 105 people left Libya on Tuesday in a rubber boat. Sometime during the trip north across the Mediterranean Sea, the alleged assailants — Muslims from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal — threw the 12 overboard, police said……. [Mali, Ivory Coast, and Senegal are far from Libya and not enduring total civil chaos.  So I have to ask what percentage of this mass emigration is really poor afflicted souls fleeing Libya, and opportunists seeing the collapse of Libyan authority as their chance to emigrate to the European welfare state, where they can live in relative comfort and ease all the while trying to turn Europe into another part of the “ummah” of islam?]

…….The confrontation happened in the middle of the night, when the rubber boat, with 105 persons aboard, began to deflate. Two groups were formed. On one side the Muslim immigrants, making a majority on the boat which left April 12 from the Libyan coast; the other side, the Christians accused of praying to another god. “After making threats, a dozen Muslims moved to make good on their threats and began to throw some of us into the water,” said to the Italian police Yeboah, one of the survivors of this latest tragedy in the sea-route of immigration.

Other people on the voyage told police that they themselves were spared “because they strongly opposed the drowning attempt and formed a human chain,” Palermo police said.

So did the large number of muslims not involved in the murders do anything to stop their fellow death cultists co-religionists?

Yes, there have been a huge number of tragedies in this mass exodus of souls attempting to emigrate from Africa to Italy since the collapse of the Libyan regime of Qaddafi, and his subsequent murder.  Just recently 400 souls perished when their makeshift craft sank.  And there have been a number of other reports of robberies and murders occurring in other attempts to cross the Mediterranean, but not one that was so directly religiously inspired, nor one that was a case of mass murder.

On the broader point of muslim persecution (is there a word stronger than that?) of Christians, yes, certainly, there have been times and places when the roles have been reversed.  But over the past several decades, and the past 10-15 years in particular, we have seen a steady rise in what certainly appears to be a deliberate, systematic effort on the part of at least a very large subset of muslims to exterminate the few remaining Christians in their ancient ancestral home.  Not only that, but more and more evidence seems to indicate that islam is attempting to export this effort to Europe as their numbers steadily increase there (due to amoral leftist policies).

I know this is largely preaching to the converted, but my goodness how willfully blind does the left have to be (including our forlorn President) to continue to pretend that islam is not a radical threat to peace loving souls, either Christian or secular pagans?  All the above attacks occurred in the past few days, and that doesn’t include ongoing atrocities in places like Iraq, Pakistan, and Syria.  More Christians are being martyred right now than at any time in the history of the Church!  And yet still we hear “just a radical fringe,” “religion of peace,” “Crusades – don’t get on your high horse,” and all the rest of the apologias.  How long will we have to continue to ignore the massively mounting evidence around us?!?

I know……we’ve been over all this before. Most of the committed sexular pagans will happily submit to islam before they will convert to Christianity, because their religion is built on opposition to Jesus Christ and His Church before anything else.  And yet it is only a strong, vibrant Christianity that has ever been able to stand, anywhere, against the depredations of islam.  There is none so blind, as he who will not see.

There is a really good sermon that touches on this subject I just heard, but it’s not online, yet. I hope to post it as soon as it is (romans10seventeen.org seriously needs updating!  It’s been almost 4 months!)

No wonder! “Married” sodomite VP at ‘Catholic’ Relief Services April 20, 2015

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Good scoop by Church Militant TV and Michael Hitchborn.  As if the dozens of scandals surrounding CRS and its willingness to accommodate itself to the demands of the amoral, contraception-spewing, abortion-promoting US government were not enough, as well as its alliances with numerous pro-contracept and pro-abort organizations, now we find they have an out n’ proud “married” executive VP:

Church Militant has learned that an open homosexual is one of the TOP employees at Catholic Relief Services—and he’s married to his longtime male partner.

Rick Estridge is Vice­ President of Overseas Finance at Catholic Relief Services, the United States Bishops’ beleaguered anti­-poverty program. And according to official marriage records, he is also civilly married to his long-time gay partner William Daniel Goretsas, Jr.

Their wedding license is dated April 4, 2013, issued by the city of Baltimore over two years ago and during the same year Maryland legalized sodomite marriage.

Church Militant was contacted by anonymous sources and combined forces with Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute to track down details of the story. According to our Church Militant sources, Estridge’s homosexuality is well known at CRS headquarters. [Of course it is]

That’s not hard to believe when you concede that Estridge’s social media profile is about as out and proud as it could be.

In this screen capture of his Facebook page, you can see he supports numerous gay advocacy groups like the Matthew Shepherd Foundation, Gay Rights, the No Hate Campaign, the Human Rights Campaign, and Freedom to Marry. He’s also left public comments on social media in support of so-­called gay marriage……..

…….According to Estridge’s profile description, he leads the development and implementation of all overseas financial management. He also acts as the lead finance representative of CRS to all donors, partners, and stakeholders related to overseas finances. He’s been working for CRS for at least fourteen years, and was promoted to his position as Vice President in 2013—in the same month he contracted his same-­sex “marriage.”  [Bear in mind – CRS is the US bishops overseas/international charity.  So this man has a huge responsibility in overseeing all this, ahem, charitable activity, which mostly involves disbursing funds received by the federal gov’t to various other charities and CRS own projects]

Our sources also confirm for us other employees at CRS headquarters are fully aware of his marriage to his gay partner, and obviously his public support of all things homosexual is also well known…… [So we have a key player at CRS publicly at odds with the Doctrine of the Faith.  And he is just one of many, folks.  CRS, Catholic Charities, et. al., are just eat up with this kind of staff]

…….Various U­S government grants and funding in Third World nations are tied to those countries’ acceptance of the homosexual agenda. So the connection between a VP who is in a same-­sex “marriage” and who oversees all overseas financial management is beyond questionable—questions that the U­S bishops are finally going to have to stand up and answer, instead of simply sidestepping while siding with their own staffers.

I’m glad CMTV made that point, because it is enormous. Here we have an individual committed to fighting against sacred, timeless Church belief, and he’s placed in the position of overseeing the funding of CRS’ financial activities in its international work – the very work CRS was created to serve?!?  This is more than insane, it’s like naming a Nazi to handle Jewish “outreach,” or electing a committed Peronist to the papacy.  Ummm……..

Not only that, but from the outside it certainly looks like this appointment was made to signal to the increasingly amoral US government that CRS is fully on board with their pressuring foreign governments, especially those in Africa, to sign on to the acceptance of sodomy as natural and normal, and making future aid contingent on that support.  Short of raising the diabolical rainbow flag over their headquarters, they could hardly make a stronger statement of where their real loyalties lie – with the Church and the Sacred Truth she alone represents, or the federal agencies that provide the lion’s share of CRS’ funding.  Scandal……..thy name is CRS.

And odds are CMTV is right, we will shortly hear a vociferous response from the USCCB attacking those who have made this revelation and once again dismissing its significance and its bearing on CRS activities.  All the while, more and more faithful Catholics will come to the conclusion that CRS is a charity they cannot, in conscience, support.  Those faithful souls might consider pressuring their pastors and bishops not to take the CRS collections anymore.  The scandals surrounding CRS are reaching CCHD proportions, and there are pastors and bishops who have refused to take that latter group.

Meet the real abortion extremists April 20, 2015

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In Colorado some time back, a woman was brutally attacked by another woman.  The assaulted woman was 27 weeks pregnant.  The obviously sick soul who attacked her cut her child out of her womb.  The child died.  But because Colorado has been taken over by West Coast leftists, it remains a state without a law declaring that an attack on a pregnant mom which results in the death of the child will be treated as murder.  Texas and many other states do have such laws.  As a result of this very widely publicized attack, a bill was proposed in the legislature to pass just such a law.  But the abortion extremists who make up a majority of the the legislature shot it down, because they could not countenance any bill that would legally establish the humanity and personage of a human still in utero.  Doing so would have been to gravely undermine the “logic” of their pro-abort position, and they can’t have that:

In Colorado this week, Republicans introduced a fetal homicide bill that would enable prosecutors to file murder charges when an unborn baby is killed against the mother’s wishes…….

….The bill, which Senate Democrats oppose, was drafted in reaction to a grisly case in Longmont, Colorado, where a seveneight-month pregnant Michelle Wilkins was attacked and left for dead after her baby was cut out of her womb by an attacker. The mother survived; her baby – who the family says was named “Aurora” – did not. The district attorney was unable to charge the perpetrator with murder because the coroner concluded the baby was not alive outside the womb, even though, without any violent interference, more than 90 percent of babies born after 27 weeks survive.

The truth is that pro-choice advocates don’t want district attorneys prosecuting people for killing fetuses because it sets up two dangerous debates.

First, the act of humanizing unborn babies that women want to keep means humanizing unborn babies others do not want to keep. Aurora got a name, but the other third-trimester babies disposed of aren’t as fortunate.

Secondly, any admission by liberals that life in the womb is human life worthy of protections sets up a host of uncomfortable philosophical questions and legal precedents.  For starters, how can the act of killing a fetus – granted, for different purposes and with very different levels of violence – end a human life in one instance and not the other?……..

………Contemporary Democrats are willing to kill a human trafficking billbecause it features decades-old language from the Hyde Amendment – which bans taxpayer-funded abortions other than cases of rape, incest, and life-threatening danger to the mother. [Which cases make up about 1% of all abortions performed]

The article goes on to mention that demonrat national committee spokesghoul Debbie Wasserman-Schultz exclaimed, when asked whether she was OK with killing a seven pound baby at full term, responded by stating that she supported baby murder up to delivery with no exceptions and no limit.  That is the abortion maximalist position that led to decades of partial-birth abortion in this country, where fully developed babies were 3/4 birthed and then killed by stabbing scissors at the base of their skull.  My calling democrats demonrats may seem childish, but it was years of covering evils like this that convinced me of its veracity.

But Wasserman-Schultz’ response proves a very important point.  It’s certainly not just in Colorado that such extremism exists.  It is the foundational principle of today’s leftist-dominated demonrat party: abortion on demand at taxpayer expense without exception or apology.  Basically, a baby murder free-for-all, with you and I paying for it, because if the sexular pagan left knows one thing, they know that abortion is that absolutely vital, non-negotiable backstop for their entire agenda.  The sexular pagan left is built on contraception making immoral, illicit relations possible and frequent.  But since contraception has an inevitable (and quite high) failure rate, there must be abortion to deal with the “accidents” that result.  Without abortion, the entire sexular pagan agenda to turn this country (and the whole world) into a dystopia blending equal parts Brave New World, 1984, and Idiocracy would be impossible.  That is why it is their number 1, non-negotiable, most sacred belief.

And they act like it.  Would that our Repubniks would act like defending life and overturning abortion was anything like a similar priority for them.

Or, I might add, for our collective bishops (a few notable exceptions aside).

Major pro life groups: HB 3074 unsupportable, does not improve very poor Texas end of life care law April 20, 2015

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Last year about this time there was a quite public row between various pro-life groups in the State of Texas and the Texas Catholic Conference (TCC), the bureaucratic and lobbying arm of the state’s bishops.  Texas Right to Life and other groups were vehemently opposed to a major effort to reform end of life care law in Texas, the present law being viewed by many as horribly outdated and antithetical to patient’s and their families best interests.  At that time, Texas Right to Life (TRL), Bishop Emeritus Rene Gracida, friend of the blog Kassi Marks, and others found themselves at odds with other Texas pro-life groups and the Texas Catholic Conference on a bill then pending in the Texas Senate, which proposed purported reforms that TRL, Bishop Gracida, and many others feared would actually worsen the present situation, and not improve it.  Thank God, these opponents of that SB303 managed to get it stopped in the legislature.  That’s both good and bad – a bill that may have made the disastrous end of life statutes in this state even worse was avoided, but the present really poor status quo was maintained.  I covered this matter in a post last year.

Several weeks ago, I saw an article in the Texas Tribune that proclaimed, hurrah!, there is finally a bill that will insure that Texans in end of life situations will receive at least minimal artificially administered nutrition and hydration (AANH).  The article raised my doubting antenna, however, when it went on to proclaim that no one could possibly oppose this bill and that the pro-life groups that were recalcitrant last year better get on board, if they knew what was good for them.  I thought about writing on the matter at that time, and actually contacted TRL to get their opinion on the matter (never heard back), but thought I’d wait to see until there was a response from the much more solidly pro-life side before covering the matter.  Well, Bishop Gracida and Kassi Marks have now responded quite formally (including testimony before the Texas legislature), and they are quite forward in their opposition to this new bill (HB 3074).

The basic problem with last year’s SB 303 and this year’s HB 3074 is that neither does what it purports to do: provide real, viable safeguards for patients in long term comas or other persistent maladies, where doctors basically want to clear the bed out and stop spending money and just put the patient down.  In Texas at present, horses and dogs are given much better legal safeguards for the provision of minimal care up until natural death than are the people of this state.  SB 303 was very poorly written and it would have made the present very bad situation worse.  HB 3074 is more narrowly written but is really just more of the same and, basically, leaves all decision-making regarding end-of-life care in the hands of doctors and hospitals, and gives very little recourse to the patient’s family.

Before moving to Kassi’s coverage, I should explain what I mean by “more solidly pro-life.”  There are many pro-life groups in Texas.  Two of the major ones are Texas Right to Life and Texas Alliance for Life.  The former is generally much more solid in seeking to defend life from conception to natural death than the latter, which takes a much more accommodating viewpoint with the powers that be and has backed some legislation (like last year’s SB 303) that many pro-lifers found gravely morally objectionable.  Likewise for the Texas Catholic Conference, we had the sad spectacle last year of the TCC excoriating the more solidly pro-life organizations for blocking the legislation they backed.

As for what is wrong with HB 3074 and why pro-lifers should not support it, please read all of Kassi Mark’s post. I provide some excerpts below that will hopefully convey the major objections:

HB 3074 is basically a narrower version of SB 303 from last session, if you will. (And, there are the same moral problems with it as well. I have already written about that a great deal in prior posts.) HB 3074’s proponents, among them certain “pro-life organizations” and the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, say that it would prohibit doctors and hospitals (who can affirm a doctor’s decision to terminate this life-sustaining care) from withholding artificially administered nutrition and hydration. The problem is that the exceptions where AANH can be withdrawn are so broad, that the bill immediately takes away any alleged protection that its proponents says it offers. In short, it is a net ZERO gain for the patient.

What it would do is codify into law what doctors and hospitals are already doing, that is, basing their withdrawal of care, including AANH on “quality of life decisions.” That is, the doctor and hospital will decide that their opinion is that the patient has no quality of life and that he’s basically, “better off dead.” That is the net result of what they do. Don’t believe me? Read on……..

……But know this – just passing anything will not do. The chairman of this committee made it abundantly clear that the he just wants to get it over with and not have to return to this issue each session. (For the record, this particular individual is not the only person addressing this issue. Each session the committee make-up changes. Each session these bills are assigned to different committees. But his statement was telling and we should take heed.) There was much talk about “incrementalism” and isn’t this just a little better than the status quo? No, it’s not. But at least this committee chairman wants to “just do something” to say that it’s been done and not deal with it again. That tells me that just passing something that is inherently flawed and “fixing it later” is not politically feasible. [That has been something put forth by supporters of this bill, including some affiliated with TCC, that, OK, this bill may not be great, but it’s a start and we can improve it later.  Not if the matter is assigned to this committee, apparently] The legislature will just tell us later that “the matter has been dealt with.” Remember, TADA has been a deeply flawed law for about 15 years. It has not yet been amended to address these flaws yet, although efforts are made each session. A poor effort is a wasted effort – especially when the poor effort changes nothing.

…….For those wondering, yes, there are good bills introduced that would amend TADA in substantive ways.

  • HB 2949 by Representative Stephanie Klick & SB 1546 by Senator Charles Perry is a DNR Consent Bill – that is, you would have to give your consent prior to a “Do Not Resuscitate” Order being put in your file. That is not the law currently. DNRs are slipped into patients’ files without their knowledge or consent. This allows the hospital to NOT resuscitate a patient. How about that?
  • HB 3414 by Representative James Frank & SB 1163 by Senator Kelly Hancock. This reform to current law (Chapter 166.046 of the Health & Safety Code) would limit the statutory ethics committee process to only be used to withdraw treatment that is physiologically futile. This bill would also clarify that treatment decisions cannot be based on discriminatory judgments against persons with disabilities, the elderly, and terminally ill patients.

However, these bills have not been set for a hearing at this time and time is running short in the session. Only the powers that be in the Texas Legislature can set the bills for hearing. [And the powers that be have proven amazingly proficient and blocking the will of the overwhelming majority of Texans to see this and other pro-life laws passed, and have also managed to keep the pro-life majority in the Legislature fairly well contained and limited to nibbling around the margins, HB 2 from last year excepted]

———-End Quote———-

This post has gotten quite long, so go to Kassi Mark’s site to read her specific objections to the bill.  As she says, the present exceptions written into the law (exceptions which would allow doctors to depart from the default setting of providing artificial nutrition) are very broad and would result in little, if any, practical change to the status quo.

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