Signing of the "Manhattan Declaration"
#1
My Archbishop has signed this. So have I.
Ave Maria!

The MANHATTAN DECLARATION

http://manhattandeclaration.org/index.php

Christians, when they have lived up to the highest ideals of their faith, have defended the weak and vulnerable and worked tirelessly to protect and strengthen vital institutions of civil society, beginning with the family.

We are Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians who have united at this hour to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them. These truths are:

-the sanctity of human life
-the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
-the rights of conscience and religious liberty.

Inasmuch as these truths are foundational to human dignity and the well-being of society, they are inviolable and non-negotiable. Because they are increasingly under assault from powerful forces in our culture, we are compelled today to speak out forcefully in their defense, and to commit ourselves to honoring them fully no matter what pressures are brought upon us and our institutions to abandon or compromise them. We make this commitment not as partisans of any political group but as followers of Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Lord, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
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#2
Since the Novus Ordo Church openly promotes laicism and secularism as "healthy" politics, it's a bit ironic that she should now weep over its perverse effects. Furthermore, this declaration is signed together with schismatics (orthodox) and heretics (evangelicals) whose belief systems are in direct opposition to our Holy Faith and that are historically responsible for the secularist culture and its effects they're now grieving. This fact is maliciously glossed over as if it were of no importance and the document ends with the scandalous claim that we are all "followers of Jesus Christ", Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

I should add that the "rights" of conscience and religious liberty that this document upholds as "truths" have already been condemned by the Holy Roman Church. In fact there's nothing in this Manhattan declaration worthy of applause and much to be concerned about.
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#3
What Vetus wrote is right on the money.  How can one the errors of today's age with religions that are not of God?  The only way to combat the atrocious wrongs of today is to boldly propagete the teaching on the Social Kingship of Christ the King and the rights of his Catholic Church, the Church he founded and can guide people through this valley of tears w/o  teaching any errors concerning the faith and morality that the faithful must adhere to.  No matter how well intentioned, one must be wary of giving one's support to these endeavors.  I think that Pope St Pius X's "Our Apostolic Mandate" of August 15, 1910 gives one background on why Catholics must stick to trying to convert others to the faith, and not promote the 
wrong idea that other religions have a right to exist and promote their ideas publicly.  Toleration is one thing; for Catholics to say that other religions have a right to work in this world like the Church does is just plain wrong.

  Joe
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