Friday, February 26, 2010

Protest Elton John's statement in Parade Magazine that Our Lord was a Homosexual

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In an interview with the world's largest magazine, Parade, Elton John said:

"I think Jesus was a compassionate, super intelligent gay man who understood human problems."

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http://www.parade.com/celebrity/celebrity-parade/2010/elton-john-web-exclusive.html

As a Catholic, I consider this statement to be not only misleading, but an unspeakable insult and blasphemy to the Sacred Person of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Sacred Person of Our Lord is untouchable. His purity is so complete and encompassing that it surpasses our very power of expression.

Moreover, this blasphemy to Our Lord was reported on over the internet to people across America and the world.

That's why I ask you to protest this statement of Elton John and the fact that Parade Magazine (web exclusive) has circulated it to readers worldwide.

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And please join me in offering urgent and heartfelt prayers of reparation to Our Lord Jesus Christ for this immense blasphemy.

It is my opinion, this is one of the worst insults ever made to Our Lord, due to its gravity and scope.

And therefore, you and I must strive to offer Him sublime, fervent and fitting reparation -- reparation that we must extend not only to our friends and family, but also to Catholics worldwide.

And please pray that the Most Pure and Holy Virgin Mary bless this protest and act of reparation with Her grace and protection.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Never Published Painting of Mother Mariana of Jesus Torres Made Public



During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, a Spanish nun lived and prayed in Quito, Ecuador. Her name was Mother Mariana of Jesus Torres y Berriochoa, a nun of the Conceptionist Order. Our Lady appeared to her asking that a statue be made under the title of Our Lady of Good Success. Her little-known but
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Mother Mariana of Jesus Torres y Berriochoa as a young nun.
extraordinary life has a direct connection with the statue and devotion to Our Lady of Good Success.

For a long time, most people familiar with the apparitions have known the painting of Mother Mariana from when she was young. A different painting found in the Conceptionist choir chapel shows this holy nun when she was advanced in age. It was painted by an artist from the time when she lived. Until now, this painting was not known outside the convent. This new portrayal shows another side of Mother Mariana especially reflecting her great suffering and advanced holiness.

This exclusive painting is shown below for the benefit of our readers.

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Painting of Mother Mariana already advanced in age. She died on January 16, 1635, when she was seventy-two years old.
To read more about the life of Mother Mariana of Jesus Torres y Berriochoa and the apparitions of Our Lady of Good Success, click here.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Rosary Saves Life of Candidate in Colombia

According to press reports from Colombia, Jose Perez Restrepo, a conservative candidate running for state office was saved from a bloody kidnap attempt by left-wing FARC terrorists by the rosary he wore around his neck.

On Sunday, February 14, Perez was campaigning in the Guaviere region of Colombia when attacked by terrorists from the leftist FARC group.

A bullet ricocheted off the rosary that Perez had around his neck. “It could have been much worse” he said. “One of the bullets that hit me could have killed me or mortally wounded me; thank God, the rosary saved me” said Perez.

Perez was wounded in the leg. But his companions weren’t so lucky. Five others were killed in the attempt, among them two police officers.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Quotes About the Rosary from Our Lady, Popes, and Saints

"Continue to pray the Rosary every day.”
Our Lady of Fatima to Sister Lucia

“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.”
Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche


“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.”
Pope Blessed Pius IX


“If you persevere in reciting the Rosary, this will be a most probable sign of your eternal salvation.”
Blessed Alan de la Roche


“The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.”
Saint Francis de Sales


“When the Holy Rosary is said well, it gives Jesus and Mary more glory and is more meritorious than any other prayer.”
Saint Louis de Montfort


“The Holy Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessing.”
Blessed Alan de la Roche


“One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.”
Saint Dominic


“If you say the Rosary faithfully unto death, I do assure you that, in spite of the gravity of your sins, ‘you will receive a never-fading crown of glory’ (1 St. Peter 5:4).”
Saint Louis de Montfort


“You must know that when you ‘hail’ Mary, she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many—on the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you!”
Saint Bernardine of Siena


“Recite your Rosary with faith, with humility, with confidence, and with perseverance.”
Saint Louis de Montfort


“The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God…and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.”
Pope Saint Pius X


“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day become a formal heretic or be led astray by the devil.”
Saint Louis de Montfort


“Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practice black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and will save your soul, if—and mark well what I say—if you say the Holy Rosary devoutly every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins.”
Saint Louis de Montfort


“The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”
Sister Lucia dos Santos, Fatima seer


“When you say your Rosary, the angels rejoice, the Blessed Trinity delights in it, my Son finds joy in it too, and I myself am happier than you can possibly guess. After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is nothing in the Church that I love as much as the Rosary.”
Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche


“‘Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!’ No creature has ever said anything that was more pleasing to me, nor will anyone ever be able to find or say to me anything that pleases me more.”
Our Lady to Saint Mechtilde


Thursday, February 18, 2010

"TO KEEP OUR HONOR CLEAN!"

Why We Must Oppose the Homosexual Agenda for the Military

As America faces a two-front war and economic fragility, another peril looms on the horizon that threatens the honor and integrity of one of our nation’s most important institutions: our Armed Forces.

President Obama promised in his January 27, 2010 State of the Union Address that he would work with Congress and the military to overthrow the current law that excludes homosexuals from the military.[1]

A Moral Revolution
This move cannot be considered in a vacuum. To understand fully its significance, it must be seen in light of a decades-old homosexual movement that strives to uproot the very foundations of our morality. Thus, homosexual activist Paul Varnell, writing in the Chicago Free Press, affirmed: “The gay movement is not a civil rights movement but a moral revolution aimed at changing people's view of homosexuality.”[2]

Indeed, the significance of overthrowing the military’s prohibition on homosexuality is well understood by the movement’s leaders. Thus, Thomas Stoddard, former executive director of Lambda Legal, admitted: “This is not a fight about the military. This is a fight of every lesbian and gay American for their place in society.”[3]

Similarly, the nation’s largest homosexual rights group, Human Rights Campaign, plans to spend over $2 million on a national lobbying campaign to influence lawmakers whose votes will be needed to overthrow current law.[4]

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Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace addresses the audience during National POW/MIA Recognition at the Pentagon.
DoD photo by Helene C. Stikkel.
These activists understand how our military is a powerful symbol in the minds of Americans. William Kristol was correct when he called it the “one major American institution [that] retains citizens’ faith.”[5] Thus, were homosexuals allowed to serve, it would resound throughout all our nation’s institutions.

That is one of the many reasons why our military must be defended from ideologues who would sacrifice its effectiveness and honor on the altar of unrestrained license, even at a time when national and global security rests on its successful campaign against terrorism.

Exacerbating this danger, many pundits cloud the issue by parroting the homosexual movement’s sophistry. Thus, it is worthwhile to take a closer look at some of the main arguments used to support repeal of the ban.


Do Homosexuals Have a Right to Serve?
One sophism claims that homosexuals have a right to serve in our Armed Forces. Proponents of this notion often label the current law discriminatory. They compare lifting of the ban to President Truman’s 1948 executive order that desegregated our nation’s military.

However, such claims are baseless. First, there is no constitutional “right” to serve in the Armed Forces, nor could there be such a right. Because of its fighting purpose, the military is necessarily a discriminating organization that revokes membership on the basis of age, height, physical infirmity and many other causes. Obviously, these forms of discrimination would not be accepted in civilian society. Similarly, violations of morality such as lying and adultery can result in court-martial.


The Catholic Medical Association Refutes the Myth that Homosexuality is Genetic
“A number of researchers have sought to find a biological cause for same-sexual attraction. The media have promoted the idea that a “gay gene” has already been discovered… but, in spite of several attempts, none of the much-publicized studies… has been scientifically replicated. A number of authors have carefully reviewed these studies and have found that not only do the studies not prove the genetic basis for same-sex attraction; the reports do not even contain such claims…
“If same-sex attraction were genetically determined, then one would expect identical twins to be identical in their sexual attractions. There are, however, numerous reports of identical twins who are not identical in their sexual attractions.”
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Source: Homosexuality and Hope (Catholic Medical Association, 2000) p. 2. See also Gerard J. M. van den Aardweg, The Battle for Normality (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1997) p. 25.
Additionally, there is no comparison to be made between President Truman’s desegregation of the military and lifting the ban on homosexuals in our Armed Forces. Homosexual behavior is a moral, not a racial issue. It is a personal choice of lifestyle.


Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell affirmed this,[6] stating: “Skin color is a benign non-behavioral characteristic. Sexual orientation is perhaps the most profound of human behavioral characteristics. Comparison of the two is a convenient but invalid argument.”[7]


Indeed, current law is not based on who homosexuals claim to be, but on what they do.


Would the Presence of Open Homosexuals Harm Unit Cohesion?
Another argument claims that the presence of open homosexuals would not harm unit cohesion. Those making this claim state that unit cohesion was unaffected in England, Canada and elsewhere when these nations allowed homosexuals to serve.


First of all, it must be noted that these countries are not the United States. Neither Canada nor England has the military commitments or capabilities we do[8] and both have a markedly more liberal view of homosexuality. Indeed, many members of Britain’s Conservative Party, including their leader David Cameron, approve of homosexual adoption and same-sex unions.[9]
In America, things are different, even more so on our bases. As Colonel David Bedey wrote: “It is an undeniable fact…that military communities are bastions of traditional values.”[10]

This is important to consider because shared values are necessary to unit cohesion. According to Commander of the Army Research Institute William Darryl Henderson: “Common attitudes, values and beliefs among members of a unit promote cohesion…some observers contend that similarities of attitudes contribute to group cohesion more than any other single factor.”[11]
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Vietnam War hero Colonel John Ripley testified before the House Armed Services Committee that allowing homosexuals to serve would also break down unit trust.


Allowing homosexuals to serve would also break down unit trust, a necessary foundation for cohesion. Vietnam War hero Colonel John Ripley explained this in testimony delivered on May 4, 1993 before the House Armed Services Committee, saying: “No one can trust a leader nor can a leader trust a subordinate if he thinks there are sexual feelings just underneath the surface. It makes no difference if the individual is suppressing those feelings. It makes trust virtually impossible.”[12]


Common sense reinforces what Colonel Ripley affirmed. As current law points out, military society is necessarily “characterized by forced intimacy with little or no privacy.”[13] In turn, this leads to high levels of stress. The effect of adding sexual tension to the mix need only be imagined.


Perhaps that is one reason why America’s two most prominent veterans groups, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, whose combined membership exceeds 4 million, have both come out against repeal of the ban.[14]


Also, during wartime, men are in continual contact with each other’s blood. Therefore, the well documented increased disease rates of homosexuals would cause them to be perceived as a risk rather than an asset to unit survival.


This increased disease rate should not be underestimated. As Colonel Ronald Ray pointed out: “Despite the fact that they account for less than 2 percent of the total American population, a compilation of recent health studies shows that homosexuals account for 80 percent of America’s most serious sexually transmitted diseases.”[15]


This increased disease rate has led some to refer to the homosexual lifestyle as a “deathstyle.” Inclusion of this deathstyle in our Armed Forces is a dangerous proposition, indeed.


With these factors in mind, it is simply impossible to suggest that openly serving homosexuals would not damage unit cohesion. Current law and many officers corroborate this affirmation.
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General H. Norman Schwarzkopf


Among them is General Norman Schwarzkopf, who affirmed: “…in my years of military service, I’ve experienced the fact that the introduction of an open homosexual into a small unit immediately polarizes that unit and destroys the very bonding that is so important for the unit's survival in time of war.”[16]


Last, the current law, which was passed with a veto-proof majority in both houses of a Democrat-led Congress, states: “The armed forces must maintain personnel policies that exclude persons whose presence…would create an unacceptable risk to the armed forces' high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability.”[17]


At a Time of War, Can We Afford to Lose Capable Servicemen?
Opponents of current law also claim that we cannot afford to expel any trained personnel during our present military engagements. In this line, the media often claim that over 300 language experts, including over 50 fluent Arabic speakers, have been discharged from the military under the current law.


These claims are based on exaggerated and misrepresented information. In her July 23, 2008 testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, Elaine Donnelly, president and founder of the Center for Military Readiness, noted that 9,501 homosexuals were discharged from our military in the 11 years between 1993-2004, a yearly average of 864.[18] While this may seem like a lot, it is relatively few compared with the number of servicemen who were dismissed for other reasons.


For example: 36,513 enlisted personnel were removed during the same time period for having gained too much weight, 26,446 were removed for becoming pregnant and an additional 20,527 for parenthood, while nearly 60,000 were removed for drug use.[19] If we were to stop removing homosexuals from our Armed Forces, how could we continue to dismiss those whose only offense is having too hearty an appetite? Furthermore, if we concede to lower standards for the sake of quantity, where will we next draw the line?


Also, claims that 300 language “experts,” and over 50 “fluent” Arabic speakers have been discharged from our military because of their homosexuality is based on a 2005 Government Accountability Office (GAO) study. However, the GAO document clearly states: “Relatively few of these separated servicemembers had proficiency scores in listening to, reading, or speaking…that were above the midpoint on DOD’s language proficiency scales.”


Among the 54 “fluent” Arabic speakers, only 20 had recorded scores, of which none scored above midpoint for speaking proficiency. Furthermore, 59% of these discharged language “experts” had served for two and a half years or less.[20]


Furthermore, we must consider the loss of manpower that would result from lifting the ban. There is convincing evidence to show that these losses would greatly outweigh the number of homosexuals removed under current law.


A 2008 survey done by the Military Times showed that nearly 10% of respondents claimed they would “not re-enlist or extend” their service if the homosexual prohibition were lifted, while an additional 14% reported that they would “consider not re-enlisting or extending” their military careers.[21]
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According to a 2008 Military Times survey, nearly 10% claimed they would "not re-enlist or extend" their service if the homosexual prohibition were lifted. An additional 14% reported they would "consider not re-enlisting or extending" their military careers.


As Mrs. Donnelly pointed out, if we assume that these numbers represent the views of all active and reserve forces, repeal of the ban could result in a loss of between 228,600–527,000 servicemen (depending on the final decision of those considering termination of their careers). These numbers are astounding considering that there are currently around 200,000 active duty Marines.[22]

Similarly, a 2006 Zogby poll showed that 10% of those who had served in the last 14 years would probably not have even enlisted had there been open homosexuals serving. An additional 13% were undecided.[23]


Therefore, if we are concerned about diminishing our ranks at this critical moment, we must maintain, not lift, the ban on homosexuals in the military.


Over 1,100 Flag and General Officers Support the Ban
In addition to all the practical arguments we make in favor of current law, there is a voice of experience that speaks more loudly than ours. It is that of our military leadership whose years of service at the highest levels of command have given them the wisdom to understand the issue and all of its implications.


That is why Congress should heed a statement signed by 1,152 retired flag and general officers, strongly urging them and President Obama to uphold the ban on homosexuals in our military.[24] Their statement is as urgent as it is unequivocal and includes the following passage:


Our past experience as military leaders leads us to be greatly concerned about the impact of repeal [of the ban] in morale, discipline, unit cohesion, and overall military readiness. We believe that imposing this burden…would undermine recruiting and retention, impact leadership at all echelons… and eventually break the All-Volunteer Force…As a matter of national security, we urge you to support the 1993 law regarding homosexuals in the military (Section 654, Title 10), and to oppose any legislative, judicial, or administrative effort to repeal or invalidate the law.[25]


The signatories of this message include 51 four-star officers, our nation’s highest peacetime rank.


And to Keep Our Honor Clean…
These practical arguments are helpful, but they do not constitute the most important component of the issue. The core of the matter touches on a higher reality in which the very identity of the American soldier is at stake.

To be successful, a military must incorporate two seemingly incompatible values. On one hand, it must enforce the highest moral principles of discipline, valor and uprightness and simultaneously inculcate the desire to destroy the adversary.


Indeed, the very existence of the military proclaims that evil exists and, at times, must be confronted. It represents the strength of truth and uprightness and is a symbol of that species of good that fearlessly defies wickedness.


Thus, a successful military must operate in an atmosphere in which good and evil are clearly defined and relativism has no place.


The military also personifies self-sacrifice. As the great Catholic thinker, Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, wrote, the military profession proclaims “the existence of values worth more than life itself and for which one must be willing to die.”[26]
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The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military award, given only to those who go beyond the call of duty at the risk of their own lives.


It is these values of uprightness, self-sacrifice and strength that project the military into a superior order of things. In a word, they confer an honor upon it, which is so identified with the archetype of the American soldier that our nation’s highest military decoration is called the Medal of Honor.


However, homosexual vice represents the opposite of this military honor. It violates natural law, epitomizes the unleashing of man’s unruly passions, undermines self-discipline and has been defined as “intrinsically evil” by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church on numerous occasions.[27]


That is why, in order to advance, the homosexual movement must blur the distinctions between virtue and vice; truth and error; good and evil. If this vice is imposed on our Armed Forces, it will necessarily bring this relativistic spirit with it.


In turn, this mentality would undermine the direct and straightforward mindset, so necessary to the military.[28] It would sully the honor of all who serve and weaken society’s notion of the incompatibility between good and evil, so well represented by our Armed Forces.


In this light, we understand why homosexual ideologues doggedly insist on effecting this transformation within our military. However, it also gives us powerful motives to resist their plans. We must urge Congress to block any efforts to overthrow current law and insist on the ban’s continued strict enforcement.


Colonel Ripley well understood the dangers of abandoning our current law in this respect. That is why he finished his 1993 testimony to the House Armed Services Committee beseeching Congress to maintain the ban on homosexuals serving in the military in the following moving words: “I implore you, as an American and as a Marine who has fought for his country and loves his Corps and country more than life itself, not to lead us into this ambush from which we can never recover.”[29]


On his behalf, we should derive encouragement from the words of the Marines’ Hymn that apply to all the branches of our military as they confront this perilous issue:


“We fight our country’s battles
In the air, on land and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean…”
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February 11, 2010
Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes



Taking a Principled not a Personal Stand
In writing this statement, we have no intention to defame or disparage anyone. We are not moved by personal hatred against any individual. In intellectually opposing individuals or organizations promoting the homosexual agenda, our only intent is the defense of our hallowed Armed Forces, the family, and the precious remnants of Christian civilization.
As practicing Catholics, we are filled with compassion and pray for those who struggle against unrelenting and violent temptation to homosexual sin. We pray for those who fall into homosexual sin out of human weakness, that God may assist them with His grace.
We are conscious of the enormous difference between these individuals who struggle with their weakness and strive to overcome it and others who transform their sin into a reason for pride and try to impose their lifestyle on society as a whole, in flagrant opposition to traditional Christian morality and natural law. However, we pray for these too.
We pray also for the judges, legislators and government officials who in one way or another take steps that favor homosexuality. We do not judge their intentions, interior dispositions, or personal motivations.
We reject any violence. We simply exercise our liberty as children of God (Rom. 8:21) and our constitutional rights to free speech and the candid, unapologetic and unashamed public display of our Catholic faith. We oppose arguments with arguments. To the arguments in favor of homosexuality and same-sex “marriage” we respond with arguments based on right reason, natural law and Divine Revelation.

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The indiscriminate use of the word homosexual and its synonyms has generated much confusion in the public. Many times, it is unclear if it refers to someone with same-sex attraction only or if it refers to someone who practices homosexual acts. This confusion favors the homosexual agenda. We cannot equate people with same-sex attraction who resist it and are chaste with those who engage in homosexual behavior. These are two distinct and essentially different moral realities.
Thus, we use homosexual to refer only to those who practice homosexual acts and thereby deserve moral reprobation.



Footnotes:
[1] Although this law, US Code Title 10, Subtitle G, Section 645, is commonly misnamed “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” in fact, it prohibits all homosexuals from serving in the military. “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” is merely a Clinton-era policy that was never codified into law. This policy was deemed illegal in a 1996 ruling of the Fourth Circuit of Appeals. Cf. http://cmrlink.org/HMilitary.asp?docID=103.
[2] Paul Varnell, “Defending Our Morality,” Chicago Free Press, Aug. 16, 2000, http://www.indegayforum.org/news/show/27088.html. To understand how homosexual acts are against nature, it is sufficient to consider the psychological and physical complementarity between opposite sexes.
[3] Jeffrey Schmalz, “Gay Groups Regrouping For War on Military Ban,” The New York Times, Feb. 7, 1993, http://www.nytimes.com/1993/02/07/us/gay-groups-
regrouping-for-war-on-military-ban.html?pagewanted=all
.
[4] Craig Whitlock and Ed O’Keefe, “On Issue of Gays in Military, Pentagon Will Make Recommendations to Congress,” The Washington Post, Jan. 29, 2010, http://www.washingtonpost.com/
wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/28/AR2010012803728_2.html
.
[5] William Kristol, The Weekly Standard, Vol. 15, No. 20, Feb. 8, 2010, http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/don%E2%80%99t-mess-success.
[6] General Powell’s unfortunate change of position with regard to homosexuals in the military was due to what he called a change in public attitudes toward homosexuality, not the issue of discrimination. Cf. Karen DeYoung, “Colin Powell Now Says Gays Should Be Able to Serve Openly in Military,” The Washington Post, Feb. 4, 2010, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/03/A
R2010020302292.html?hpid=moreheadlines
.
[7] Mackubin Thomas Owens, “The Case Against Gays in the Military,” The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 2, 2010, http://online.wsj.com/article/S
B10001424052748703389004575033601528093416.html
.
[8] As James Lindsay, Jerome Johnson, E.G. “Buck” Shuler Jr. and Joseph J. Went pointed out: “America’s armed forces are models for our allies’ militaries and the envy of our adversaries – not the other way around.” ”Gays and the Military: A Bad Fit,” The Washington Post, Apr. 15, 2009, http://www.washingtonpost.com/
wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/14/AR2009041402704.html
.
[9] Cf. Joanna Bogle, “Conservative Britain? I Don’t Think So,” MercatorNet, Jan. 28, 2010, http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/
conservative_britain_i_dont_think_so/
. Also: Hilary White, “U.K.’s Conservative Leader Pledges Full Support for Gay Agenda,” LifeSiteNews.com, Feb. 8, 2010, http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/feb/10020805.html.
[10] Colonel David F. Bedey, US Army, Ret., “Exclusive: Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’: A Clear and Present Danger,” Family Security Matters, Jan. 27, 2010, http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.5363/pub_detail.asp.
[11] William Darryl Henderson, Cohesion The Human Element in Combat (Washington, DC: National Defense University Press, 1985) p. 75.
[12] Norman Fulkerson, An American Knight (Spring Grove, Penn.: The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, 2009) p. 124 and Appendix II.
[13] US Code Title 10, Subtitle G, Section 645: Policy Concerning Homosexuality in the Armed Forces, http://web.mit.edu/committees/rotc/code.html.
[14] “Veteran Groups Resist 'Don't Ask' Repeal,” The Washington Times, Feb. 4, 2010, http://washingtontimes.com/news/2010/feb/04/
veterans-groups-rap-push-to-end-military-gay-ban/
.
[15] Colonel Ronald D. Ray, USMCR, Gays: In or out? (Washington: Brassey’s (US), 1993) p. 46. Although this study dates back to 1993, its findings are substantiated by current FDA policy that will not accept homosexual men as blood donors. The policy is defended on the FDA’s website, at: http://www.fda.gov/biologicsbloodvaccines/blood
bloodproducts/questionsaboutblood/ucm108186.htm
.
[16] Melissa Healy, “Schwarzkopf: 'A 2nd-Class Force' If Gay Ban Ends,” The Los Angeles Times, Mar. 12, 1993, http://articles.latimes.com/1993-05-12/news/
mn-34392_1_armed-force?pg=2
.
[17] US Code Title 10, Subtitle G, Section 645. “Policy Concerning Homosexuality in the Armed Forces.” (Our emphasis.)
[18] Mrs. Donnelly’s statistics were compiled in a chart she used during her testimony. Chart available online at: http://cmrlink.org/CMRNotes/HomosexualDischarges100107.pdf.
[19] Ibid.
[20] United States Government Accountability Office,pp. 16 – 21, http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05299.pdf.
[21] The Military Times ran another survey on homosexuality in the military in 2009, but it did not include a question about how servicemen would react to a repeal of the ban. Cf. http://www.militarytimes.com/webtools/files/Survey%20questionnaire.pdf.
[22] Elaine, Donnelly, “Poll on Gays in the Military Perturbs Palm Center,” CMRlink.org, Jan. 14, 2009, http://cmrlink.org/HMilitary.asp?docID=342.
[23] Elaine Donnelly, “PM Polemic for Gays in the Military,” Human Events, Jan. 15, 2008, http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=27504.
[25] The statement’s full text is available at: http://cmrlink.org/CMRDocuments/FlagOfficersLetterPOTUS-033109.pdf. A list of all the signatories is available at: http://cmrlink.org/CMRDocuments/FGOM-SigList%281087%29-033109.pdf.
[26] Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, Revolution and Counter-Revolution (York, Penn.: The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, 2008) p. 70. Also available online at: http://www.tfp.org/revolution-and-counter-revolution.html.
[28] Corrêa de Oliveira, Revolution and Counter-Revolution, p. 70.
[29] Colonel Ripley’s full testimony is available in Appendix II of An American Knight by Norman Fulkerson and online at: http://www.tfp.org/tfp-home/fighting-for-our-
culture/statement-of-col-john-w-ripley-before-the-house-armed-
services-committee.html
.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Saint Michael Saves Marine in Afghanistan


The New York Times did not mention it. Several other news sources also ignored the fact.

However, The Wall Street Journal did tell the story of a Marine who was shot squarely in the head by a sniper. The bullet went into the helmet but did not kill the Marine. In fact, he was not even taken out of action. Lance Cpl. Andrew Koenig had special protection.

What most people do not know is that inside the helmet, Lance Cpl. Koenig had put a picture of Saint Michael the Archangel.

The Wall Street Journal of February 16 reported that Lance Cpl. Koenig turned his helmet over to display the picture card tucked inside, depicting Michael the Archangel crushing Lucifer's head. "I don't need luck," he said.

Afterwards, Lance Cpl. Koenig put his dented helmet back on his head and climbed back to his rooftop duty within an hour of being hit.


Monday, February 15, 2010

The Cubbyhole

Written by Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
Like fish in an aquarium, we become immersed in "our" world, sometimes losing sight of reality.

I once visited an aquarium where each fish kept to his own area. I was struck by how sensitive some of them were to everything they encountered in their incessant and idle meandering through their respective liquid media: contact with any speck of vegetation, a minute piece of wire, even a bubble of air would immediately have an effect on their choice of direction, and their movements.

I then became curious to know how sensitive the fish were to what happened beyond the sheet of glass, which took up one whole side of the aquarium and allowed the visitors to observe them. What an illusion! They literally went so far as to place their mouths - and one could almost say, their eyes - on the glass. But the fish were insensitive to everything that went on beyond: a hand resting on the glass, gesticulating fingers, rapping on the glass - none of this caused the least sensation. The world outside the aquarium could come crashing down, and the fish would not pay the slightest attention to it as long as nothing happened inside their little liquid world.

I think of these fish when I consider the attitude of some of my contemporaries - and not a few of them - upon receiving news and commentaries about today's world through the television, the radio and the press. With increasing frequency, they deal with individual, local, and even national catastrophes. At times even the destruction of the world in a nuclear hecatomb is discussed. The person who hears these reports remains indifferent as long as they do not cause immediate repercussions in the cubbyhole of each one's petty private life.

Symptom of frightful corruption, aberrant contradictions, vertiginous indications of psychic imbalances in whole social groups - none of this is relevant as long as each one's petty life continues unaltered for a few more days, or rather, a few more hours.

This attitude puzzles me. And just as in front of the aquarium I had the desire, fortunately controlled, to puncture the glass and poke the fish in order to make them really feel the reality of this external world I was in, and which they ignored with such unintelligent disdain, I also have the desire to break through some "sheets" of glass behind which some contemporary "fish" live esconced only in their own little world, indifferent to the one outside

Friday, February 12, 2010

Final Video on Our Lady of Good Success

Here is the final video from Quito, Ecudaor. It is no longer raw video but an edited version that gives a very good idea of what happened there. I also include a story on the whole pilgrimage.

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Our Lady Offers "Good Success" in Quito Print E-mail
by John Horvat
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Our Lady of Good Success.


When some people visit a place, they see all the important buildings, monuments and restaurants and then feel they know the area and its people. Something different happened to me. By happy chance, I recently visited Quito, Ecuador and instead of a whirlwind tour of all the sights, I spent most of my time on a single street corner where I feel I came to know the area and its people.

This opportunity presented itself on the occasion of a pilgrimage for the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Good Success at the cloistered Conceptionist convent next to the Presidential Palace in the city’s historical district.

I offered to help promote a procession around the city center called the “Rosary of the Dawn.” Every year on her feast, February 2, a small statue of Our Lady of Good Success is carried on the streets while the people pray and sing in a very public display of the Faith.
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TFP members pray at the feet of Our Lady of Good Success.
Rosary of the Dawn
In times of Quito’s glorious past, the 5:00 a.m. rosary used to attract thousands. By the end of the twentieth century, however, modernity’s corrosive acids had reduced the participation to a few dozen.

Indeed, the prediction of such decay is a part of the prophecies given during the apparitions which began in 1610. The Blessed Mother told of the extinguishing of the Faith, the spread of heresy and blasphemy, and the decadence of customs and fashions.

However, I am happy to report that the procession has fortunately enjoyed a resurrection due to the effort of several TFP members and other devotees of Our Lady who have encouraged and promoted a return to this public display of the Faith over the last eight years. I enthusiastically joined all those who wanted to make this year’s procession the largest ever.

Observing the Faith on the Street
Thus, I found myself with my broken Spanish on a busy street corner near the San Augustin monastery handing out invitations to the Rosary of the Dawn. At other locations, similar volunteers handed out nearly 95,000 invitations. Some 1,200 posters plastered the city shops and offices. All Quito was abuzz about the coming event.
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About 6,000 souls participate in the "Rosary of the Dawn" procession around the Presidential Palace and through Quito's historic district.

Although I did find some time to visit some of the colonial churches and monuments that inspire one with awe and devotion, most of my five days before the February 2 feast were spent on a single corner which proved to be a special window to peer into the lives of this people, beloved of God.

Each day was a fascinating scene. In the early morning, there was hardly any movement save workers walking to their jobs or street vendors setting their wares upon the sidewalks. Around mid-morning, the street became busier as school children and shoppers went about their tasks. By afternoon, the street would become a veritable bazaar, as street vendors called out their goods, musicians played their instruments and beggars asked for help. This crowded and noisy sidewalk provided a gradual yet sustained contact with an Ecuador which most do not have the time to see.

Modernity’s Influence
I could not but notice how modernity has corroded past tradition. At times, there was the almost surreal feeling that this colonial city was occupied by a foreign people, such was the clash between the city’s charm and the appearances of the crowds. To the superficial observer, the people on the sidewalks could be from anywhere. All were busy talking on their cell phones and wearing their omnipresent jeans. On their shirts could be found written the names of old rock icons such as the Rolling Stones, Iron Maiden or Michael Jackson. These human billboards of our cosmopolitan culture wore on their backs messages like Old Navy, New York Yankees, Hollywood, Sony and Samsung.
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Our Lady of Good Success holding the Child Jesus.

All of this seemed a world away – as indeed it is – from the world of Our Lady of Good Success to which I was inviting the crowds to come venerate at a procession to be held at five o’clock in the morning.
Correcting Impressions
However, it did not take long to see that my first impression was not entirely correct. I began to notice remnants of the Faith that survived in our hostile world. One could sense a profound religious sentiment that lay latent as if waiting to be awakened.

For one thing, we were handing out invitations with a beautiful picture of Our Lady of Good Success on the front. I was impressed by the avidity with which the passersby, young and old, took the invitations and even thanked me.

I noticed many crossing themselves as they passed the church. Throughout the day, people entered the church to visit and pray. What shocked me was how even the most unlikely characters would suddenly step into the church to pray a short while or attend Mass. I do not know how many Che Guevara t-shirts I saw go into the church apparently unaware of the contradiction.

On the city street, I saw these remnants of the Faith in so many of the old, deformed and suffering, hobbling along their way. I saw it in the Indian men and women in their beautiful traditional attire and wondered how it was possible that so many exchanged such outfits for the drab jeans and t-shirts that so dominate Quito and everywhere else.

As the day of the procession approached, many people would come up to me with great joy announcing their intention to attend the Rosary of the Dawn to be with the “Virjencita” – the little Virgin Mary.
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The miraculous statue of Our Lady of Good Success above the main altar of the Conceptionist Church in Quito, Ecuador.
The Procession
The morning of February 2 was soon upon us and all the preparations were made. In the early morning hours, we waited to see what would happen.

As the five o’clock hour approached, the people started streaming into the church. Lines of taxis formed outside, letting out passengers who had come from some distance. True to their word on the streets, many devotees were coming to the event which had once been so near to extinction.
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The Conceptionist Church was packed to capacity while still others waited outside to honor the Mother of God.

The beautiful centuries-old church was soon packed with people. Still others waited outside since there was no room for them as an estimated 6,000 souls came to honor the Mother of God. It was only with great difficulty that the small little statue made its way down the middle of the church to begin its great procession around the town.

To imagine the significance of the procession route, one would have to imagine a procession around the White House and other main buildings in the capital. Our long route would go around the Presidential Palace and through the heart of the central district.

Improvising Amid Exuberance
The atmosphere of the procession was festive with the playing of a brass band and the occasional explosions of fireworks. The small statue was showered with rose petals and many competed to be among those who might carry Our Lady on her litter.

Our careful planning often fell victim to Latin exuberance as the unexpected forced us to improvise.
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Crowds pack the streets of central Quito, praying and singing as they carry "la Virjencita" in procession.
Human waves of people fell upon and almost overwhelmed those who were handing out nearly 8,000 free rosaries. The crowds of people had to be constantly kept moving as they funneled through the old colonial streets. Songs and prayers had to be kept unified over a large distance. All wanted to be near the statue and it was often hard to force the way through the crowd.

This exuberant atmosphere was one of great joy and grace. Those crowds that seemed cosmopolitan on the street now fit in so well with the colonial setting despite their modern dress. With full lungs, they sang with touching tenderness:
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Our Lady of Good Success and Child.

God of all love, Holy Eucharist,
Look upon the people of Thy Heart
All is Thine as we had sworn one day to Thee
All is Thine. Save Ecuador!
Procession’s End
It was dawn when the procession finally wound its way through the Central Plaza to return to the church that quickly filled to capacity. The little “Virjencita” had led us out of the night and into the dawn. She now forced her way to the altar amid her devotees who wanted to touch and honor her. Father Jonathan Romanoski F.S.S.P. gave the final blessing and then went with difficulty through the pressing crowd blessing them with holy water.

Up on the high altar, the life-size statue of Our Lady of Good Success reigned. No other verb can express the regal, queen-like attitude of this extraordinary statue. One sensed that she had truly reigned on this special morning. She was the unquestionable queen of so many hearts there present.
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The miraculous statue of Our Lady of Good Success in the high choir of the cloistered Conceptionist Convent, where she appeared to Mother Mariana of Jesus Torres y Berriochoa on February 2, 1594.


However, she offered to be queen of those hearts not just during the Rosary of the Dawn but always. And the sadness that I noted on the face of Our Lady of Good Success seemed to communicate something of her disappointment that most in the modern world seek other interests.

Indeed, on the busy city streets where I handed out invitations, I had found many of her devotees. But there were also those who were seeking after success in life and business. Our Lady invites us not to success but to “good success.” Good success means that greatest of all accomplishments: the salvation of our souls. It was this good success that she so briefly showed us in the procession.

Thus ended the Rosary of the Dawn. One might ask if it was but a fleeting moment of grace that was experienced and would fade away. I would beg to disagree. For all those who attended this event, it was an unforgettable moment that marked the soul. Indeed, there was in the festive joy of that occasion the promise of another dawn – the dawn of Our Lady’s reign.


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To read more about the apparitions of Our Lady of Good Success and the life of Mother Mariana of Jesus Torres y Berriochoa, click here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Why is Toy R Us Selling Ouija Boards to Our Children? Protest Now!

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According to press reports and its own website, Toys R Us is selling a Glow-in-the-Dark Ouija Board, recommending it to children from age 8-14 (Note: since this protest started, the company has upped the age recommendation to 17 and over).

Playing with an Ouija board has always been known as a dangerous way to open the door to the occult. In light of this fact, the American TFP website is asking its readers to send in their protest to Toys R Us requesting that they no longer offer this perilous product.


According to noted American exorcist Father Gary Thomas and Human Life International president, Father Thomas Euteneuer, the person must open the door for demonic possession to take place. Such doors include the use of Ouija boards and other occult practices.

Father Thomas says: “People think that Ouija boards are harmless. They are not, because what people do is they begin tapping into a realm that's beyond science, that's beyond the physical nature of human existence.” To read the full story, click here.

If anyone has any doubt about the reality of communicating with spirits through such boards, one need only consult the comment section of the Toys R Us listing. (Note: since the protest started, almost all of the negative and descriptive reviews have mysteriously disappeared)


Users frequently use words like “scary,” “dangerous,” and “careful.” Many note that the board is not a game but a tool and they obviously are communicating with spirits when using the “toy.”

Children already suffer too much influence from the occult in our society without finding Ouija boards on the shelf at Toys R Us.

Send your instant e-petition to Toys R Us Chairman and CEO, Mr. Gerald L. Storch by clicking here:


Monday, February 8, 2010

The Rosary of the Dawn - a Massive Public Square Rosary

Here are a few raw video clips of the Rosary of the Dawn in Quito, Ecuador on February 2. To give you an idea of what this event means, imagine a huge procession around the White House and Capitol in Washington D. C. That was essentially what we did.

You will also see the profound religious sentiment of the Ecuadorian people who love to display their Faith and devotion to Our Lady in the public square. Alas, the corrosive effect of progressivism and liberation theology has kept them from doing this often. It has also left them without a firm doctrinal foundation needed to resist so many modern evils.


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Yet another thing to consider is that ten years ago this procession had only a few dozen people attending. It has resurrected and there were blocks and blocks of people, some 6,000 souls in the streets at five o'clock in the morning under very difficult conditions. It shows that these are things which attract Catholics and not the leftist social teachings of the liberation theologians!

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Rosary of the Dawn in Quito

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Here is a video clip of the beginning part of what is called the “Rosary of the Dawn.” Every year on her feast on February 2, a small statue of Our Lady of Good Success is carried on the streets while the people pray and sing.

In times of Quito’s glorious past, the 5:00 a.m. rosary used to attract thousands. By the end of the twentieth century, however, modernity’s corrosive acids had reduced the participation to a few dozen.

I was proud to be among those who have helped revive this procession literally in the public square. We handed out invitations all week and there were nearly 6,000 souls who attended! The procession is complete with fireworks and a band. More later.




Friday, February 5, 2010

Short Video Clip of Our Lady of Good Success

I will be posting some raw video from my recent pilgrimage to Quito, Ecuador.

If you would like to see Our Lady of Good Success on her altar, take a look at the video. Normally, the statue stays in the cloistered choir chapel of the nuns. Three times a year she comes down from the choir and is put on the main altar where the public at large can venerate her. This raw video footage gives you an idea of her presence in the main church as she appeared last week.

The scene in this video is right before the Rosary of the Dawn, a five in the morning rosary procession the day before she goes back up to the choir. The nuns are those who are singing.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Our Lady of Good Success! Pray for Us!

I just got back from Quito, Ecuador today and included in my prayers the intentions of all those who read this blog. It was an exciting trip since it is the 400th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Good Success. There was a huge rosary procession in the streets to commemorate the fact.

I am a little tired today but I hope to get back to you with more pictures and details.



This picture is of the incorrupt bodies of the founders of the convent of Our Lady of Good Success in Quito, Ecuador. We had Mass on the altar above the bodies.






This photo below is where the famous Catholic president Garcia Moreno is buried. He was brutally assassinated for the Faith. He died at the foot of the altar dedicated to Our Lady in the Cathedral.