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Saturday, 28 January 2017

'Homosexuality and the New World Order'


 


                                                           Saint Michael the Archangel
 

N.B. With acknowledgement and thanks to 'Les Femmes -The Truth' blogsite, for this post.
 


The philosopher George Santayana once said, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." In this 2009 interview with Catholic Family News, Randy Engel spotlighted the sexual revolution and the rise of the homosexual cabal and the powers behind it. This has succeeded to the point that public schools are actually teaching the practice of fornication and homosexuality to their students, which is shocking in itself, but more so when one considers how relatively few homosexuals there really are. It makes complete sense, however, when you see it as a strategy in the population control tool-box.

 
CFN (Catholic Family News) Interview with Randy Engel on
“Homosexuality and the New World Order” 

N.B. Whilst this recorded interview is primarily concerned with the development of the Homosexual Movement in America, in essence the facts apply equally to the United Kingdom and other nations where the LGB  lobby has increasingly powerful political and financial backing.

Introduction – Have you ever wondered how the Homosexual Movement has come to be such a powerful force in American life today? How the movement appears to be able to bend government to its will? How the movement attracts millions upon millions of dollars from Corporate America? These questions, among others, have puzzled me for a long time, so I decided to ask Catholic journalist Randy Engel, author of The Rite of Sodomy (www.newengelpublishing.com) and an authority on homosexuality in the Church and in Society, from whence comes all this power and money and influence that the Homosexual Movement seems to enjoys not only in the United States but abroad as well. jv

John Vennari – For years, I have been unable to understand how and why the Homosexual Movement in the United States wields such great power and influence? Can you enlighten me and our readers on this question?

Randy  Engel – There is no doubt that the Homosexual Movement, is currently at the vanguard of organized sexual deviancy and that it has tremendous clout and resources of all kinds, far beyond what its small numbers would logically dictate.

From a historical perspective, we know that the advancement of homosexuality is part and parcel of the modern Sexual Liberation Movement, started in the late 1920s and culminating in the formation of the World League for Sex Reform in 1928. The main theme of the League was clearly eugenic – “race betterment through selective breeding,” but its platform also included the repeal of anti-sodomy laws and the legitimization of sodomy as an alternative form of sexual expression. In addition, the WLSR also promoted and lobbied for contraception, sterilization, abortion, population control, sex instruction for the young, divorce and “open” marriages, pornography, suicide, euthanasia, artificial reproduction, and government operated and medically supervised brothels.

Pope Pius XI responded promptly with his great encyclical Casti Connubii (On Chaste Wedlock) in December 1930, thereby successfully defending the fort of Christian morality for another generation.

As for the Homosexual Movement in the United States, up until the late 1960s, it remained largely an underground leftist affair organized by such men as Marxist Henry Hay. It was a loosely organized, fringe network congregating in major port cities such as San Francisco and New York and was, in the public eye, mainly associated with avant garde occupations and sexual libertines. Its political clout, financial resources, and influence on American sexual mores were very limited.

JV – And then came Stonewall? 

RE – Yes, and then came the Stonewall Inn riots of June 1969 which, we are told, became the “flash point” of the Homosexual Liberation Movement worldwide. Seemingly overnight, “gay” leaders spontaneously organized themselves into a well-oiled political machine; they staged press conferences in major cities which were covered by the world media, millions of dollars flowed into the movement’s heretofore empty coffers, and leading public figures decried the injustices allegedly suffered by homosexuals. What had been traditionally viewed as a vice to be suppressed by government became a virtue and a civil right to be protected and advanced by the State.

JV – I take it you don’t buy this official version of Stonewall?

RE – Not for one moment. Events of this magnitude take careful planning and coordination and a great deal of money. They do not occur by spontaneous combustion. The Homosexual Revolution, like any revolution worth its salt, started at the top, with the wealthy and powerful, and not with a group of disgruntled clientele of transvestites, homosexuals, and young male hustlers who frequented the small Greenwich Village bar and who were later joined by sympathetic residents in a violent melee with local police.

JV – Do you have any evidence to back up your claim? 

RE – Yes.  I have, for example, the statement of Dr. Richard Day, a former Medical Director of Planned Parenthood-World Population and a Rockefeller protégée, who, just months before Stonewall publicly stated that “homosexuals will be given permission to be homosexual.”

JV – Permission from whom?

RE – From the elite of theNew World System.”

JV – I think we need to back up for a moment. Can you explain the date and context of Day’s statement?

RE – Dr. Day gave his historic speech describing the “New World System” to the Pittsburgh Pediatric Society on March 20, 1969. Titled, “Family Planning: Infant Mortality, Gene Frequency, Abortion and Other Considerations,” Day’s speech described in broad strokes, the New World System which he said was already in place and functioning.  In his lengthy discussion of population control, he stated that in the future there would be “sex without reproduction” (aka contraception, sterilization, abortion) and “reproduction without sex” (in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination). Day’s comment on homosexuality followed on the heels of his prediction that “Abortion will no longer be a crime,” – that it would be accepted as normal and be paid for by taxes for those who could not pay for their own abortions. This was four years before Roe vs. Wade.

JV – Can you cite another example?

RE– On March 11, 1969, just nine days before Day made his statement on homosexuals being given permission to act out, Frederick S. Jaffe, Vice President of Planned Parenthood-World Population sent a memorandum titled “Activities Relevant to the Study of Population Policy for the U.S.” to Bernard Berelson, President of John D. Rockefeller III’s Population Council. Listed under the section on “Social Constraints” is “Encourage increased homosexuality.”

It is a matter of public record, of course, that the Rockefeller family and its many “charitable” fronts like the aforementioned Population Council and Planned Parenthood  have been promoting all kinds of sexual deviancy for decades including sodomy. The reader may recall that it was the philanthropoids of the Rockefeller Foundation that initially funded the pro-homosexual and pro-pedophile research of sexual deviant, Alfred C. Kinsey, at the University of Indiana from 1941 to 1949 to the tune of $ 414,000.

JV – So what you are saying is that the source of the Homosexual Movement’s power and influence was not generated from within the movement itself, but from without – from the powerful foundations and other entities that rule from behind the scenes?

RE – Exactly.

When discussing these powerful U.S.-based philanthropic foundations, technically referred to as “privately organized public institutions” there are a few things one must keep in mind.

First, there is nothing “charitable” about these groups. They were, from the beginning, created by Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller to be agents of social change and control, and they have used their funds effectively to support a wide range of anti-life and anti-family initiatives including “Gay Liberation.”

With their great prestige and virtually unlimited and unrestricted financial resources, these foundations can go where others fear to tread and pave the way for public acceptance of all forms of sexual deviancy, until the time is ripe for the NWO elite to take over and the particular deviancy in question is institutionalized as official public policy, and the financial burden shifted to the shoulders of the American taxpayer. They did it with eugenics. They did it with birth control including abortion. And now they are doing it with homosexuality.

JV – Didn’t a group of billionaire insiders meet secretly late this spring to discuss increasing
their philanthropic output?

RE – You’re probably referring to the May 5, 2009 meeting held at Rockefeller University which was called by Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and David Rockefeller, Jr. Among those in attendance were Oprah Winfrey, Ted Turner and George Soros and other anti-life servants of the NWO. Not surprisingly, an increased commitment to population control was at the top of the list. This means that Americans had better prepare themselves for a new wave of “population bomb” propaganda, as well as an increase in “gay” and pro-abortion advocacy.

JV – What other groups besides these large foundations are supporting the Gay Liberation Movement today?

RE – One of the largest sources of support for the Homosexual Movement and Gay Agenda is  Corporate America Coke-Cola, Pepsi, Ford (Globe), General Motors,  American Express, Best Buy, Lehman Brothers, Fannie Mae, Mellon Financial, Shell, Dell, Avon, Estee Lauder, Coors, General Electric, General Mills, Kraft, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, Hyatt, State farm, Avis, Starbucks, Subway, Gameboy, Ikea, JC Penney, Sears, Sam’s Club, Target, Wal-Mart (Pride), Weight Watchers, IBM, Intell, AT&T, and on and on.

I suspect, although I cannot prove, that virtually all major U.S. business corporations have an agreement with the NWO elite that requires them to “donate” a portion of their profits to advance the various pet “charities” of the New World Order. Pro-life groups are not on the list. 

The Federal government, of course, has done its part to advance the Homosexual agenda. Among the Federal Agencies and programs that have supported the Homosexual Movement are the Center for Disease Control, CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act), the National Institutes of Health, Legal Services Corporation, National Park Service, National Public Radio (funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting), to name but a few. The Internal Revenue Service has awarded the 501 (c) (3) tax deductible status to homosexual organizations that “foster an understanding and tolerance of homosexuals.”

When you add the power of the liberal mass media that has always backed the Homosexual Movement, you’re looking at one powerful propaganda machine.

JV – Did the AIDS crisis hinder or help the Homosexual Movement?

RE – In terms of finances, government-sponsored AIDS programs proved to be the goose that laid the golden egg, and millions of dollars of “health” funds has made their way into homosexual political/activist organizations. AIDS has the added “benefit” of helping to reduce the “surplus population,” in keeping with the New World Order’s relentless  campaign against the proliferation of people. Unfortunately, the useful idiots that dominate the “gay” leadership have yet to figure that out, or if they have, they are silent so as not to loose their salaries, or possibly their lives. 

JV – How about financial aid and support from churches?

RE – That question would require a book to answer, but yes, almost all liberal mainline churches, synagogues, and religious orders contribute financially and in other ways to promote and sustain the Homosexual Movement. That would include the American Catholic Church especially the bishops’ bureaucracy, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

 Finally, I would like to mention the role that Organized Crime, as a functionary of the NWO, plays in supporting the Homosexual Movement. There is a symbiotic relationship between the two since criminal syndicates own many homosexual-frequented establishments such as “gay” bars and baths. Organized Crime also supplies drugs, pornography and young male prostitutes which are staples of the homosexual anti-culture. 

JV – I can understand why Organized Crime would have a vested interest in promoting and funding the Homosexual Movement. I can also understand, given the large amount of disposable income that many homosexual have, why the movement would attract some support from Corporate America. But I don’t quite understand what the elite of the New World Order has to gain by promoting homosexuality?

RE – Again, John, I’d need a book to answer that question thoroughly, but let me give you a simple response by referring back once again to Dr. Richard Day’s speech on the New World System.

According to Day, the sine quo non of the New World Order is population control. While we pro-lifers generally associate population control with contraception, abortion, sterilization and the like, this is a very limited view of the meaning of the term. Day makes it very clear that for the Puppet Masters of the NWO, population control has a much broader meaning. It means total control over every aspect of human life – education, economics and finances, religion, entertainment, transportation, medicine, the arts, national defense, politics, medicine, science and technology, sports, law enforcement, agriculture and farming, and ultimately, who shall live and who shall die.

JV – So population control is, in fact, people control?

RE – Correct.  

JV – Alright then, how does homosexuality fit into the NWO scheme?

RE – Well, first let me state that there have always been two natural enemies of totalitarianism of any stripe – the family and religion. The advancement of homosexuality and other forms of deviant sexual behavior, as we have seen from the current battle over “gay marriage,” is designed to undermine both marriage and family, as well as the natural law and traditional morality. The goal of the NWO is to create a generation of polymorphous perverts – narcissistic, isolated and rootless individuals who, being enslaved by their own unnatural passions, will not present any serious opposition to their new slave masters.  

JV – Once this goal is achieved, will rank-and-file homosexuals continue to play a special role in the NWO?

RE – No. This is highly unlikely. As Dr. Day made quite clear, the NWO prides itself on stability and loyalty to the New Order and homosexuals are notoriously unstable and unreliable. So, having served their purpose, when the time comes, rank-and-file homosexuals will be systematically eliminated as enemies of the state. Elite “gays” within the NWO will probably remain.

JV – Randy, you have painted a rather bleak scenario of life under the New World Order and the role of the Gay Liberation Movement in helping to bring it about. Do you foresee any viable opposition coming from the Catholic Church with regard to stemming the Homosexual Movement’s advance and that of the NWO?

RE – As I document in my latest book, The Rite of Sodomy (www.newengelpublishing.com), thus far, the Church has been unwilling or unable to stem the tide of homosexuality both within its own ranks and in society at large. Resistance to so-called “gay marriage” and other abominations has come from individual traditional Catholics, from Evangelicals, and other concerned citizens.

As for leading an organized opposition to the NWO, as Day stated in 1969, “You think the churches will oppose us. I tell you they will help us.” And he did not make any exception for the post-Conciliar Catholic Church.

JV – Recently, I read for the first time, the complete transcript of “The New Order of Barbarians,” which contains the recollections of Dr. Lawrence Dunegan, a Pittsburgh pro-life pediatrician who was in attendance at Day’s infamous lecture in March 1979, as well as Dr. Dunegan’s interview with you on the NWO.  The accuracy of his predictions chilled me to the bone. Is that transcript available to CFN readers on the internet?

 RE – Yes, the U.S. Coalition for Life has just posted the official transcript of Dr. Dunegan’s report on the Day talk, free of charge, on its Research Library webpage at http://uscl.info/edoc/doc.php?doc_id=89&action=inline. An audio boxed set of the text (CD or audio cassette) is also available from the USCL, Box 315, Export, PA 15632 for $24.95, postage included. I guarantee your life will never be the same after you hear “The New Order of Barbarians.” Mine certainly wasn’t.

JV – Are you discouraged by the fact that virtually every prediction made by Dr. Day in 1969 concerning the NWO has come to past?  

RE – I would be lying if I said that the anti-Christian agenda of the NWO does not concern me. It should concern every Catholic, indeed every human being on this planet. But I also know that God is still in charge of the world. As we read in The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis, “… For man proposes, but God disposes; neither is the way of man in his own hands.”

I do not know what the future holds for us on this earth, but I firmly believe that as a member of the Church Militant, if we put our faith in Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother, humanity’s solitary boast, we shall not be disappointed and the final victory will be ours. Alto quien vive!!

JV – Which means?

RE – Loosely translated it means “Anyone on the battlefield who is still alive, stand up and fight!!”


 To fight effectively it's important to understand how a thing came about. Tolkein teaches us that principle in The Lord of the Rings. St. Ignatius of Loyola in his meditation on the Two Standards shows us how to fight. We are called to be Christ's soldiers in the Church Militant. Fast and pray. Debasement of our sexual powers and the attack on the family may be the "one ring that rules them all!" Our Lady of Fatima chose three little "hobbit" children from the Shire of Fatima to fight the evil. Are we listening to her message? 2017 is an important year in this battle with the 100th anniversary of her apparition. Answer her call.



Lucia Santos (left) with her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto (1917) - Our Lady appeared to them at Fatima on several occasions, culminating in the miraculous spinning of the sun (October 13, 1917) witnessed by an estimate 70,000 onlookers of all faiths and none, and reported in the national and international Press.

 Notes:
  1. For ordering information and reviews on The Rite of Sodomy see  www.newengelpublishing.com.
  2. The text of the “New Order of Barbarians” is available at http://uscl.info/edoc/doc.php?doc_id=89&action=inline. Tapes and CDs of the Dunegan interviews are also available by contacting the U.S. Coalition for Life at  rvte61@comcast.net.
              (ack. 'Les Femmes-the Truth' blogsite.)

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'When we see anything beautiful, a beautiful garden or a beautiful flower, let us think that there we behold a ray of the infinite beauty of God, who has given it existence,' (January 29)
('Thoughts from St Alphonsus- for every day in the year.' Compiled by Rev C McNeiry C.SS.R)


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

'Benedicam Dominum' - 'I will bless the Lord' (Psalm 33)



‘I will bless the Lord at all times’ – Psalm 33.




                    'Job mocked by his wife' (c1625) - Georges de la Tour

In Orkney, over the Christmas period, we have experienced torrential rain, hurricane force winds, and occasional thunder and lightning, resulting in periodic loss of mains electricity, and complete loss of the internet due to a burnt-out internet hub. After a wait of nearly two weeks, we have just received a replacement hub, and somewhat belatedly I wish all friends and visitors to this site, a blessed, peaceful, and happy New Year.

In my St Andrew’s missal, c.1959, Psalm 33 - 'Benedicam Dominum', is included in the ‘thanksgiving prayers’ after Holy Communion.
To mark the end of 2016 and the start of a New Year, what better than to offer this prayer of gratitude. 

PSALM 33.      ‘Benedicam Dominum’.

I will bless the Lord at all times:
      His praise shall be always in my mouth.
In the Lord shall my soul be praised:
      Let the meek hear and rejoice.
O magnify the Lord with me:
      And let us extol His name together.
                     
I sought the Lord, and He heard me:
      And He delivereth me from all my troubles.
Come ye to Him and be enlightened:
      And your faces shall not be confounded.
This poor man cried and the Lord heard him:
      And saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord shall encamp round about them that fear Him:
      And shall deliver them.
           
O taste, and see that the Lord is sweet:
      Blessed is the man that hopeth in Him.
Fear the Lord, all ye His saints:
      For there is no want to them that fear Him.
The rich have wanted, and suffered hunger:
      But they that seek the Lord shall not be deprived of any good.

Come, children, hearken to me:
      I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Who is the man that desireth life,
      Who loveth to see good days?
Keep thy tongue from evil,
      And thy lips from speaking guile.
Turn away from evil and do good:
      Seek after peace, and pursue it.

The eyes of the Lord are upon the just:
      And His ears unto their prayers.
But the countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil things:
      To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
The just cried, and the Lord heard them:
      And delivered them out of all their troubles.

The Lord is nigh unto them that are of contrite heart:
      And He will save the humble of spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the just:
      But out of them all will the Lord deliver them.
The Lord keepeth all their bones:
      Not one of them shall be broken.

The death of the wicked is very evil:
      And they that hate the just shall be guilty.
The Lord will redeem the souls of His servants:
      And none of them that trust in Him shall offend.
                    


           

                           Christ and the Penitent Thief (St Dismas) - Titian

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                                                                  Feast of the Epiphany
                                                                

                                                                     Adoration of the Magi

 'When Jesus therefore was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem, saying:  Where is he that is born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and are come to adore him. And King Herod hearing this, was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.'




                                           'The Flight into Egypt' (1650) - Murillo
                    
 'Behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph, saying:  Arise, and take the child and his mother, and fly into Egypt:  and be there until I shall tell thee.  For it will come to pass that Herod will seek the child to destroy him. Who arose, and took the child and his mother by night, and retired into Egypt: and he was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying:  Out of Egypt have I called my son.'

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

'Restoring the Sacred' - 'A Party to Remember'


Fr Hunwicke,  'Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment',  has pointed out that Fr Tim Finegan, parish priest of Margate has recently resumed posts on his blog 'The hermeneutic of continuity'. This is really good news, for it would indicate that Fr Finegan continues to make a good recovery after his heart surgery last year, also it means the return of a blog which has consistently been at or very near the top of everyone's favourite blogsite over many years. Welcome back Fr Finegan and long may 'The Hermeneutic of continuity' continue!

On 20 October, the feast of St John Cantius, Fr Finegan published a post about the church in Chicago dedicated to this Saint and administered by the Canons Regular of St John Cantius. Included in this post was a video entitled 'Saint John Cantius: Restoring the Sacred', which in the words of Fr Finegan 'gives an idea of the amazing life of the parish'.

I found this video very encouraging, with the revitalising of the Saint John Cantius parish assuming a symbolism for the future revitalisation  of the Catholic Church worldwide, and providing a positive antidote to the rather depressing diet of Catholic news currently offered to the faithful. I strongly recommend you view, it will make your day!  Please find the link immediately below:-

The hermeneutic of continuity: Happy feast day to our friends in Chicago

ack. Fr Tim Finegan 'The Hermeneutic of continuity' 

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On a rather different note, I recently enjoyed a birthday party at home, a somewhat genteel party rather than a 'hokey-cokey' type, as befits a certain  'mature' age on my part, and the esteemed company with me, when I was presented by one of my guests, with a somewhat unusual and interesting member of the 'cephalopoda' family. In case you are wondering what strange creature this was, and I hope still is, let me introduce - an octopus! Now I have always imagined octopusses, or should it be octopussi, or even octopi, as large and rather ferocious sea creatures who either sting or crush to death any human who comes within range. Well this particular specimen was in a bucket partly filled with sea-water, and measured approximately 6" in diameter, and was alive and well and blowing regular bubbles! Our guests at the party included Father Michael and Father Magdala, and several Brothers and a postulant from Papa Stronsay.  The temporary guardian of this terrifying creature was the postulant, Augustine, who had seen it on the foreshore on Papa Stronsay, apparently stranded above the low-water line. He bravely (my description) rescued it at great risk to life and limb, and I suspect, on his own initiative, coolly placed it  in a bucket half-filled with sea water.



  Small Common Octopus - Octopus Vulgaris, in bucket of 
sea-water!

 As the monks were virtually on their way here, the octopus came too, and very pleased I was  to make his or possibly her acquaintance. With considerable difficulty 'we' managed to take a photograph, although I doubt that it would win the 'Wildlife Photograph of the Year' award, but it is a genuine photograph of a live octopus, a creature quite new to me although probably not to many others.
Our reference book on 'Coasts and Estuaries',  links  octopuses with cuttlefish and squids, members of the Cephalapoda family. Body sac-like; head with large well-developed eyes; mouth with pair of horny jaws, also rasping tongue (radula). Front part of foot fused with head, extending into circlet of suckered tentacles surrounding mouth. Shell internal, reduced. Sights prey and seizes it in tentacles.
The Common Octopus - Octopus Vulgaris, can grow to 1 metre diameter. It has eight tentacles, each with two rows of suckers. Grey-brown or greenish, can change colour to match background. Sublittoral -  found below the low-water mark.  Britain, Ireland, France. 


 The party had a happy ending, with the octopus  returned safe and sound to its watery home on the beach, and the postulant responsible for its rescue no doubt receiving an appropriate commendation from Father Michael!  For me it was a party to remember, my first live octopus!  Thank you Augustine.
                                         
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'Humiliation is the touchstone of Sanctity. You will acquire more merit by meekly receiving an affront than by fasting ten days on bread and water.'    

 'Thoughts from St Alphonsus' compiled by Rev C McNeiry C.SS.R. - Burns, Oates, Washbourne. 1927.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

"Woe to him that shall scandalise one of these My little ones" (Mathew 18/6)


 

We learn from our Catechism that the three enemies of the soul are the devil, the world, and the flesh.

For young people today the temptations of the flesh, promoted by Satan and the secular society in which we live, must seem overwhelming. Certainly without God's grace they could not win this ongoing battle. The mass media feeds our  society a diet of news and entertainment, some good but much of it sensational and downright licentious. Active homosexuality, a criminal offence in the UK prior to 1967, is promoted as a lifestyle by celebrities from all walks of life, as is so-called 'same-sex marriage'.  Indecent and pornographic material is readily available on the internet, which includes access by millions of young people worldwide using mobile phones, Ipods, etc.

In view of  -      a) current political initiatives to enforce sex-education in all schools in the United Kingdom;  and
                          b) outspoken criticism from respected Catholic sources that certain programmes incorporated in the recent Catholic World Youth Day in Poland, were pornographic in content;      

 https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-newman-society-pontifical-councils-sex-ed-program-not-ready-for-ca,
 https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/exclusive-the-new-threat-to-catholic-youth-the-meeting-point,
 https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/vatican-surrenders-to-sexual-revolution-with-release-of-sex-ed-program-life,

- it seems appropriate to remind ourselves of the Papal Encyclical  'On Christian Education’ - ‘Divini Illius Magistri’,  issued by His Holiness Pope Pius XI on December 31, 1929.

'Such is our misery and inclination to sin, that often in the very things considered to be remedies against sin, we find occasions for and inducements to sin itself.'                        
(Cardinal Silvio Antoniano b.1540-d.1603. Contemporary and friend of St Charles Borromeo and St Philip Neri. Renowned writer - 'Christian Education of Children'- translated in French and German editions in late 19th century)




                                                                       Pope Pius XI  (1930)

This is a comprehensive encyclical, too long to reproduce here, which,  although written nearly eighty-seven years ago, is particularly appropriate to our times, with the same relevance and truth.

 "ON CHRISTIAN EDUCATION  -  'Divini Illius Magistri'

ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XI.  DECEMBER 31, 1929"

 - the following are extracts from this encyclical. To read the whole, strongly recommended, go to   http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius11/P11RAPPR.HTM

“….It is therefore as important to make no mistake in education, as it is to make no mistake in the pursuit of the last end, with which the whole work of education is intimately and necessarily connected. In fact, since education consists essentially in preparing man for what he must be and for what he must do here below, in order to attain the sublime end for which he was created, it is clear that there can be no true education which is not wholly directed to man's last end, and that in the present order of Providence, since God has revealed Himself to us in the Person of His Only Begotten Son, who alone is "the way, the truth and the life," there can be no ideally perfect education which is not Christian education.

Hence every form of pedagogic naturalism which in any way excludes or weakens supernatural Christian formation in the teaching of youth, is false. Every method of education founded, wholly or in part, on the denial or forgetfulness of original sin and of grace, and relying on the sole powers of human nature, is unsound. Such, generally speaking, are those modern systems bearing various names which appeal to a pretended self-government and unrestrained freedom on the part of the child, and which diminish or even suppress the teacher's authority and action, attributing to the child an exclusive primacy of initiative, and an activity independent of any higher law, natural or divine, in the work of his education.

But alas! it is clear from the obvious meaning of the words and from experience, that what is intended by not a few, is the withdrawal of education from every sort of dependence on the divine law. So today we see, strange sight indeed, educators and philosophers who spend their lives in searching for a universal moral code of education, as if there existed no decalogue, no gospel law, no law even of nature stamped by God on the heart of man, promulgated by right reason, and codified in positive revelation by God Himself in the ten commandments. These innovators are wont to refer contemptuously to Christian education as "heteronomous," "passive," "obsolete," because founded upon the authority of God and His holy law.

Such men are miserably deluded in their claim to emancipate, as they say, the child, while in reality they are making him the slave of his own blind pride and of his disorderly affections, which, as a logical consequence of this false system, come to be justified as legitimate demands of a so-called autonomous nature.

 Another very grave danger is that naturalism which nowadays invades the field of education in that most delicate matter of purity of morals. Far too common is the error of those who with dangerous assurance and under an ugly term propagate a so-called sex-education, falsely imagining they can forearm youths against the dangers of sensuality by means purely natural, such as a foolhardy initiation and precautionary instruction for all indiscriminately, even in public; and, worse still, by exposing them at an early age to the occasions, in order to accustom them, so it is argued, and as it were to harden them against such dangers.



          St Aloysius Gonzaga S.J. (1568-91) - declared patron saint of youth by Pope Pius XI in 1926.

 Such persons grievously err in refusing to recognize the inborn weakness of human nature, and the law of which the Apostle speaks, fighting against the law of the mind; and also in ignoring the experience of facts, from which it is clear that, particularly in young people, evil practices are the effect not so much of ignorance of intellect, as of weakness of a will exposed to dangerous occasions, and unsupported by the means of grace.

 In this extremely delicate matter, if, all things considered, some private instruction is found necessary and opportune, from those who hold from God the commission to teach and who have the grace of state, every precaution must be taken. Such precautions are well known in traditional Christian education, and are adequately described by Antoniano cited above, when he says:

'Such is our misery and inclination to sin, that often in the very things considered to be remedies against sin, we find occasions for and inducements to sin itself.'


Hence it is of the highest importance that a good father, while discussing with his son a matter so delicate, should be well on his guard and not descend to details, nor refer to the various ways in which this infernal hydra destroys with its poison so large a portion of the world; otherwise it may happen that instead of extinguishing this fire, he unwittingly stirs or kindles it in the simple and tender heart of the child. Speaking generally, during the period of childhood it suffices to employ those remedies which produce the double effect of opening the door to the virtue of purity and closing the door upon vice. 


False also and harmful to Christian education is the so-called method of "coeducation." This too, by many of its supporters, is founded upon naturalism and the denial of original sin; but by all, upon a deplorable confusion of ideas that mistakes a leveling promiscuity and equality, for the legitimate association of the sexes. The Creator has ordained and disposed perfect union of the sexes only in matrimony, and, with varying degrees of contact, in the family and in society. Besides there is not in nature itself, which fashions the two quite different in organism, in temperament, in abilities, anything to suggest that there can be or ought to be promiscuity, and much less equality, in the training of the two sexes. These, in keeping with the wonderful designs of the Creator, are destined to complement each other in the family and in society, precisely because of their differences, which therefore ought to be maintained and encouraged during their years of formation, with the necessary distinction and corresponding separation, according to age and circumstances. 

These principles, with due regard to time and place, must, in accordance with Christian prudence, be applied to all schools, particularly in the most delicate and decisive period of formation, that, namely, of adolescence; and in gymnastic exercises and deportment, special care must be had of Christian modesty in young women and girls, which is so gravely impaired by any kind of exhibition in public.

 It is no less necessary to direct and watch the education of the adolescent, "soft as wax to be moulded into vice," in whatever other environment he may happen to be, removing occasions of evil and providing occasions for good in his recreations and social intercourse; for "evil communications corrupt good manners."

The proper and immediate end of Christian education is to cooperate with divine grace in forming the true and perfect Christian, that is, to form Christ Himself in those regenerated by Baptism, according to the emphatic expression of the Apostle. ... For the true Christian must live a supernatural life in Christ ... and display it in all his actions.

How grave therefore is the error of those who separate things so closely united, and who think that they can produce good citizens by ways and methods other than those which make for the formation of good Christians. For, let human prudence say what it likes and reason as it pleases, it is impossible to produce true temporal peace and tranquillity by things repugnant or opposed to the peace and happiness of eternity.

O Catholic Church, true Mother of Christians! Not only doest thou preach to us, as is meet, how purely and chastely we are to worship God Himself, Whom to possess is life most blessed; thou does moreover so cherish neighborly love and charity, that all the infirmities to which sinful souls are subject, find their most potent remedy in thee.

Childlike thou are in molding the child, strong with the young man, gentle with the aged, dealing with each according to his needs of mind and body. Thou does subject child to parent in a sort of free servitude, and settest parent over child in a jurisdiction of love. 

Thou bindest brethren to brethren by the bond of religion, stronger and closer then the bond of blood .... Thou unitest citizen to citizen, nation to nation, yea, all men, in a union not of companionship only, but of brotherhood, reminding them of their common origin. Thou teachest kings to care for their people, and biddest people to be subject to their kings. Thou teachest assiduously to whom honor is due, to whom love, to whom reverence, to whom fear, to whom comfort, to whom rebuke, to whom punishment; showing us that whilst not all things nor the same things are due to all, charity is due to all and offense to none."



    Holy  Family   with St John the Baptist and female Saint - Titian                                                       
                                                   

      

 'Such is our misery and inclination to sin, that often in the very things considered to be remedies against sin, we find occasions for and inducements to sin itself.'  (Cardinal Silvio Antoniavo)

Is this not the case with the  new Vatican sex-education programme? From all accounts it may represent a real 'occasion of sin'  for many young people. It is deeply disturbing, to say the least, that such a programme has the imprimatur of Rome - 'Woe to him that shall scandalise one of these My little ones' - Jesus' own words! We hope in the light of the widespread criticism, that the contents of the programme will be re-considered  and  amended, in line with the encyclical 'Divini Illius Magistri'. Finally, why has such an important encyclical as this been ignored? What is the purpose of papal encyclicals if they are not used as points of reference for similar encyclicals in later years?