Who Said This About the Evils of Contraception?

June 30, 2008

Hint: The Catholic Church is not the answer to any of them.

1) Contraception is the one sin for which the penalty is national death; a sin for which there is no atonement.

2) The abandonment of the reproductive function is the common feature of all sexual perversions. We actually describe a sexual activity as perverse if it has given up the aim of reproduction and pursues the attainment of pleasure as an aim independent of it.

3) “Contraceptive methods are like putting a premium on vice. They make men and women reckless. Nature is relentless and will have full revenge for any such violation of her laws…If contraceptive methods become the order of the day nothing but moral degradation can be the result. As it is, man has sufficiently degraded woman for his lust, and contraception, no matter how well-meaning the advocates may be, will still further degrade her.”

4) “By accepting contraception, the world is trying …to form a civilized but non-Christian, mentality. The experiment will fail; but we must be very patient in awaiting its collapse; meanwhile redeeming the time so that the Faith may be preserved alive through the dark ages before us; to renew and rebuild civilization and save the world from suicide.”

Prior to 1930 all of Christendom condemned the use of contraception as an evil. But, then in 1930 the Anglican Church decreed that the use of contraception was permissible when the life of the mother was in danger. What periodical ridiculed that decision? Hint: It is still published today.

5) “Carried to its logical conclusions, (contraceptives)…would sound the death knell of marriage as a holy institution by establishing degrading practices which would encourage indiscriminate immorality: The suggestion that the use of legalized contraceptives would be ‘careful and restrained’ is preposterous.”

1) President Theodore Roosevelt
2) Freud
3) Ghandi
4) T.S. Eliot
5) The Washington Post-“Forgetting Religion” 3/22/1931

Source: The Good News About Sex and Marriage by Christopher West

The Eldery Say The Darnedest Things!

June 30, 2008

Like dressing up as deacons… or something.  Nice stoles!

I’M The Boss! My Wife Said I Could Be!

June 30, 2008

5 bob to Father Dwight Longenecker who writes:

Just when you thought the Anglicans didn’t have any more surprises up their sleeve, here’s today’s news: a Church of England bishop has ordained his wife. You can read all about it here.
That would be Rt. Rev. Nigel McCullough and Rev. Mrs. McCullough in the photograph.
 I wonder if they share clerical shirts.


Soon enough they may share mitres!

Anglicans, eh?

Reminds me of a bumper sticker on my neighbor’s truck: I’m the boss!  My wife said I could be!

Ben & Bart

June 30, 2008

5 bob to Overheard in the Sacristy

Now if they could just get +++Al to join them…

ComBox Hero: Charlie Zeaiter on “What Calendar Are Ya Using?”

June 29, 2008

The Julian Calendar was invented by the Romans (I think under the reign of Julius Ceasar). It was a calendar that had 365 days a year, except every 4 years was a leap year which had 366 days.

Sounds famililar? It sounds like the calendar we use today, right? Wrong! We use the Gregorian Calendar. We don’t have a leap year every 4 years… well, we kind of do, but we really don’t.

If the year is divisible by 4 it may be a leap year; You see, if the year is divisible by 100, it must also be divisible by 400.

For example, the year 2000 was a leap year. But the year 1900 wasn’t. And neither will the year 2100 be a leap year. (But in the Julian Calendar, years like 1900 and 2100 will be leap years.)

This error was discovered In the 16th Century when they noticed that the Vernal Equinox (1st day of Spring) was 10 days later than it was back in the 4th century (which was when the Council of Nicea was held and determined a date formula for Easter). So Pope Gregory XIII authorised the use of the new calendar (hence the name, Gregorian Calendar). Basically, people went to bed on Thursday October 4th 1582, and woke up the next day on Friday October 15th 1582.

Eventually, other parts of the world would adapt the Gregorian Calendar. But the Orthodox won’t accept this new calendar.

Since the 16th Century, there have been 3 more erroneous leap years in the Julian Caledar (1700, 1800, and 1900). Hence now, the Julian Calendar is 13 days out of whack. That’s why some Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas 13 days later than us. (After the year 2100, they’ll celebrate Christmas 14 days later than us.)

(The Easter date formula has other factors involved. I’m not sure if the Orthodox use the Julian Calendar to determine Easter.)


Consolers of the Heart of Jesus and of the Holy Face

June 29, 2008

Thanks to Father Mark for letting us know who they were!


June 29, 2008

90034Mykolay Charneckyj, Vescovo, 2 aprile
90656Hryhorij Khomysyn, Vescovo, 28 dicembre
90654Josafat Kocylovskyj, Vescovo, 17 novembre
92942Symeon Lukac, Vescovo, 22 agosto
90036Vasyl Velyckovskyj, Vescovo, 30 giugno
92932Ivan Slezyuk, Vescovo, 2 dicembre
92937Mykyta Budka, Vescovo, 28 settembre
92931Hryhorij Lakota, Vescovo, 5 novembre
92946Leonid Fedorov, Sacerdote, 7 marzo
92938Mykola Konrad, Sacerdote, 26 giugno
92945Andrij Iscak, Sacerdote, 26 giugno
92941Roman Lysko, Sacerdote, 14 ottobre
92936Mykola Cehelskyj, Sacerdote, 25 maggio
92940Petro Verhun, Sacerdote, 7 febbraio
92939Oleksa Zaryckyj, Sacerdote, 30 ottobre
92934Klymentij Septyckyj, Sacerdote, 1 maggio
92933Severijan Baranyk, Sacerdote, 28 giugno
92933Jakym Senkivskyj, Sacerdote, 28 giugno
90035Zynovij Kovalyk, Sacerdote, 30 giugno
92944Vitalij Volodymyr Bajrak, Sacerdote, 16 maggio
90037Ivan Ziatyk, Sacerdote, 17 maggio
92943Tarsykia (Olha) Mackiv, Suora, 18 luglio
90655Olympia (Olha) Bidà, Suora, 28 gennaio
92935Laurentia (Leukadia) Harasymiv, Suora, 26 agosto
92938Volodymyr Pryjma, Laico, 26 giugno


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