SAINT MARY OF THE CROSS
Nobody should be happy if bullying exists in schools.
But the Safe Schools Coalition Victoria’s government-funded “anti-homophobia” program, designed to normalise homosexuality to young children, should (in my opinion) be rejected.
A more sensible balanced approach is used in the Commonwealth-funded “Safe Schools Hub”.
For example, one of the YouTube clips pushing the Victorian program features a boy telling how he came out when in year 7.
At that age, he would, if left alone, quite likely have gone on to become a non-homosexual adult.
Now he is more likely forced into and stuck a situation making that less probable.
If so then — for him at least — the state program functions as a recruiting-drive for the homosexual community, directed at young, confused youth, rather than something to help and protect them.
The Australian Defence Force has terminated the commission of Major Bernard Gaynor as a Reserve Officer in the Australian Army because he opposed uniformed military participation in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
In addition, Gaynor is now required to defend himself in the NSW Anti-Discrimination Tribunal against claims of homosexual vilification and demands for $100,000.
Under present Australian law it is illegal for government organisations to engage in religious vilification and discrimination.
Yet Defence breaks these laws every time they give support to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
On 16 April 2013, an Australian Defence Force (ADF) Quick Assessment Report concluded that the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras vilified Christianity and was a political event.
The ADF is guilty of double standards. This year they refused to allow pro-life and pro-family members to march at the (anti-abortion) “March For Babies” in uniform.
Many Australians are proud of the ADF and its history — trusting it to protect us and the laws of our land.
Such confidence is now shaken.
It is also difficult to see how the military can address ongoing issues of sexual abuse when soldiers are permitted to attend an event promoting nudity and sexual licentiousness.
More about this may be accessed at www.bernardgaynor.com.au
It isn’t easy to think straight.
Three enemies of thought today are our over-emphasis of (a) celebrities, (b) sport and (c) science.
And the worst of these is, perhaps, science.
One famous writer had this to say:
“Science is a system of second causes, which cannot describe the world adequately, much less account for it . . .”
Likewise you could say that science answers all our questions except the ones that matter.
You want to know how to make an efficient bomb? Science can tell you. Should you use that bomb in advancing your political purposes? Science cannot tell you.
Charles Darwin was willing to admit it, saying, “I feel most deeply that the whole subject is too profound for the human intellect. A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton. Let each man hope and believe what he can.”
The point is that there is no substitute for religion.
But not all religions are equally good or true.
Euthanasia advocate, Dr Philip Nitschke, has been suspended by the Australian Medical Board because he “presents a serious risk to public health and safety”.
Dr Nitschke has admitted to encouraging a 45-year old Perth man, Nigel Brayley, in his intention to kill himself, despite knowing he wasn’t terminally ill.
Dr Nitschke, complains that the suspension is “politically motivated” and “clearly stupid” and he shows little evidence of repentance:
“. . . we’ve still got workshops, we’ve got heavily booked workshops all over Australia now. People will be coming in their hundreds — I would estimate thousands now. . . .”
After being de-registered, something more may have to be done to curb P. Nitschke. People favouring mercy-killing seem resistant to reason.
But at least his suspension may give the public an awareness that he is someone whose actions and ideas are outside the bounds of medical ethics.
As is often the case, this issue is best summed up in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
“An act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator . . . .
“Discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary, or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal of ‘over-zealous’ treatment. Here one does not will death; one’s inability to impede it is merely accepted . . . . (CCC2277-2278)
Just about every weekend extreme Muslims massacre a church-full of Christians somewhere in the world.
Just about every day news reports describe Muslim extremists killing somebody somewhere.
What one seldom, if ever, hears is top Islamic authorities telling Muslims fanatics to stop it – to never, never persecute non-Muslims.
Yet those of us who regularly meet Muslims in our own neighbourhood (I’m talking about rural Australia) know that most Muslims are family persons who have no desire to persecute anybody.
What is the problem?
One of the problems is that Muslims don’t have a Pope.
They need somebody at the top telling them there are certain things that, if you do them expecting to enter heaven as a result, may not be compatible with “getting to heaven” at all.
Not all Christians follow the Pope. Not even all Catholic Christians do.
But they all know that they should.
So having a Pope doesn’t make as much difference as it should.
But it does make a difference.
Christians living in Mosul, northern Iraq, are likely to be all killed within days.
The recently imposed Islamic State, ISIS, has issued an ultimatum that Christians must either convert to Islam or pay a special religious “jizya” tax — or face death.
The deadline is next Saturday.
Many Christians are fleeing to Kurdish-controlled areas, seeking safety.
But some are too old to travel. Others have had their vehicles stolen at road-blocks.
The ultimatum has been read out in mosques throughout ISIS-controlled areas.
Meanwhile, in Australia, we allow mosques and Islamic schools to be set up and maintained.
Very bad things are done in the name of religion.
On balance, I think we should all be Catholic Christians.
But the Christian community has lots of room for improvement as well.
May God help us all.