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Pope names staunch pro-abortion and
pro-"gay marriage" scientist to Pontifical Academy of Sciences


A Brazilian reader calls our attention to the nomination, today, of Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, a Brazilian scientist and professor at Duke University, as the new ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. In last year's presidential campaign in Brazil, Dr. Nicolelis backed the winning candidate, current President Dilma Rousseff, of the Workers' Party; that alone would not disqualify him from holding a position in a venerable Church institution. However, in his staunch support letter for the candidate, Dr. Nicolelis included the following astounding words, in criticism of the campaign which was being supposedly waged by the opponent of Ms. Rousseff:


"Going back to the American strategy of winning elections, in a second phase, in case the opponent survives the first round, one resorts another infallible weapon: the evident lack of Christian values of the opponent, manifested by her explicit acceptance of abortion; her sexual libertinage and lack of moral values, invariably linked to the ghost that haunts the tradition, family, and property of the hysterical right, represented by the as defamed as legitimate approval of the civil union of homosexual couples. Under this implacable steamroll, everything is related to victory, whatever it may cost, and it matters little to the Brazilian George Bush that thousands of humble and abandoned women die every year, in the hospitals and emergency rooms of Brazil, the victims of horrendous infections caused by clandestine abortions.

"George Bush, both the original one as well as the generic version of the tropics, probably knows several women of his class that, due to circumstances and vicissitudes of life, were forced to have abortions in well-equipped clinics, conducted by highly specialized professionals, paid very well for this procedure. Neither of both Georges Bushes, however, has ever been on duty in the emergency room of the Hospital of the Clinics of Sao Paulo and witnessed, with their own eyes and tears, the death of a teenager, victimized by generalized septicemia, caused by an illegal abortion, committed by some butcher posing as a doctor and a savior." [Tip and translation: reader; source: Universities for Dilma Blog]
Well, a Planned Parenthood spokesman could not have said it better.


http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/
Oh, man...I can't believe this...  :(
I guess the question is...who runs the Church? Is the Pope just a warm body filling the Chair of Peter who is oblivious to everything that is going on while the progressives are in charge or is someone holding a gun to the Pope's head and he's in fear of his life or has our Holy Father lost his faith?

To me, it's the same problem as Catholic marriages these days. I have colleagues at work who are Catholic and married in the church in the last year or two. But they never, ever, ever attend mass. Why is this not a problem? When they approach the priest for marriage why doesn't he put them to some sort of test of Sunday obedience before allowing the marriage to occur? There's just no accountability. And one colleague had her kid baptized. Again, no problema. Come one, come all for the sacraments. I just don't get it.
I can understand baptism as the baby shouldn't be punished because of the neglect of the parents but even then...what good is baptism going to do if they aren't going to be brought up in the Faith?

(01-06-2011, 08:17 PM)Petertherock Wrote: [ -> ]I can understand baptism as the baby shouldn't be punished because of the neglect of the parents but even then...what good is baptism going to do if they aren't going to be brought up in the Faith?

Exactly. But baptism requires sponsors right? And the sponsors need to keep the kiddo on the straight and narrow. So if the sponsors have no true intention to do that, there is a serious problem. Even more so when the parents have no intention to raise the kid in the Catholic faith.
(01-06-2011, 07:41 PM)Bakuryokuso Wrote: [ -> ]To me, it's the same problem as Catholic marriages these days. I have colleagues at work who are Catholic and married in the church in the last year or two. But they never, ever, ever attend mass. Why is this not a problem? When they approach the priest for marriage why doesn't he put them to some sort of test of Sunday obedience before allowing the marriage to occur? There's just no accountability. And one colleague had her kid baptized. Again, no problema. Come one, come all for the sacraments. I just don't get it.

It's not a good answer, but I sort of get it. In most places, Catholicism has been reduced to an ethnic tradition. Priests in these places probably feel obliged to offer the sacraments to anyone who asks, as if they were birthrights. Consider the role of Anglicanism in England. Almost no one takes the Church of England seriously these days, but it still exists as a cultural tradition.

Thing is, though, that in England, France and some other countries where the churches are really lethargic, the state covers a lot of their expenses. As such, it's not as big of a deal to the clergy's survival if people don't actually show up every Sunday, though they do get tips for baptisms, weddings and the like. It makes less sense in the U.S., where having warm bodies in the pews is necessary for a church's survival.
THK,
Good observation.

http://www.creativeminorityreport.com/20...other.html

http://www.catholiceducation.org/article...p0103.html


As for the news, I'm sorry to say, but I'm not all that surprised.  As it was said in another thread, we need a miracle.
(01-06-2011, 09:57 PM)SouthpawLink Wrote: [ -> ]THK, Good observation.

http://www.creativeminorityreport.com/20...other.html
http://www.catholiceducation.org/article...p0103.html

As for the news, I'm sorry to say, but I'm not all that surprised.  As it was said in another thread, we need a miracle.

Killer articles. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Fr. Malachi Martin said the Church as an organizational structure was imitating the Passion of Our Lord.  We were in the "scourging" period during the 1990's (and probably the early 2000's)  The steps and missteps of the Holy Father possibly could be the "Crown of Thorns"

Fr. Martin said, "We have a long way to go" and the Church "has to go all the way to entombment."  Before it will rise in glory. 

As just little lay faithful concerns the Holy Father we have two choices.  Pray for a "conversion" of this Pope or pray to hasten the next heroic Pope's arrival. 

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