In late August I did a five-day tour of the Philippines, talking to 30,000 young people and parents about chastity. The tour was timely. The Philippines is under constant, well-funded pressure from the West to promote condoms as the ultimate solution to the problem of STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases) and unplanned pregnancy.
At the center of the battle is the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, a proposal to allocate funding to the tune of P13.7 billion (Philippine pisos) per year, that’s over $5 billion (U.S. dollars) to make condoms and pills available for free, to offer free “family planning” services to the poor, and to fund compulsory sex education (translation: condom education) for school children and for anyone who applies for a marriage license.
Michael’s heel was bouncing as if he was aboutto break into a sprint, but he didn’t know which way to run.
"My friend texted me during your talk saying he had a new bowl he wanted to smoke with me as soon as I got home."
He went on.
The issue at hand is the classic conflict between good Catholics (on both sides) who are debating what is a 'vocation.'
Background: I have spent all but the first nine months of my priesthood with the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross – parish priests participating in Opus Dei. St. Josemaria dealt with this issue his entire priesthood.
There are those who say that only marriage and those in professed vows are in a vocation. This is an overly limited view and one that is in conflict with the teaching of the Church – from Vatican II documents to the writings of Pope John Paul the Great.
The Ontario government recently mandated that Catholic schools allow students to start Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs, allegedly, to protect kids from bullying. Said the premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty: "There are values that transcend any one faith. …And if you talk to parents, they’ll tell you. They want their kids to be respected and accepted." Of course, I reject his very deliberate verbiage.
The sounds of Operation Swift left an indelible mark on the marines who survived that day—one of the bloodier in the Vietnam war. It began when 200 U.S. Marines were surrounded and ambushed by 2,500 North Vietnamese Army soldiers. It was nearly impossible to tell where enemy fire was coming from. One soldier likened the disorienting noise of the weapons being unleashed on them from all sides to Niagara Falls. It was a relentless rain of bullets and mortar attacks.
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