Cleansing Fire

Defending Truth and Tradition in the Roman Catholic Church

Upcoming Lecture

June 6th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

Dr. Janet E. Smith will deliver a pro-life lecture at Our Lady of Mercy high school entitled “The Right to Privacy?” The presentation will take place Thursday, June 16th at 7 PM.

Here is a description:

“Based on her new book, Dr. Smith’s talk will address the way in which a distorted view of freedom dominates various U.S. Supreme Court decisions on life issues under the guise of “the right to privacy.” Pope John Paul II, in The Gospel of Life, identified how this distorted view is one of the roots of the “Culture of Death.” Learn about some surprising connections between contraception, abortion, assisted suicide and same-sex unions.”

Admission is $25 per family, $10 per person, or $5 per student. All money raised will benefit St. John Bosco schools.

Please let the organizers know if you plan to attend by e-mailing them at:

or calling 585-678-4655.

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5 Responses to “Upcoming Lecture”

  1. Mike says:

    One example of this is laid out in black and white in the Supreme Court’s 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, in which the court reaffirmed the constitutional right to abortion it set forth in 1973 in Roe v. Wade.

    A part of this reaffirmation was this stunning example of secular-individualism-run-rampant penned for the majority by Justices O’Connor, Kennedy and Souter:

    At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.

    Ponder, if you will, the full ramifications of this one sentence, now enshrined in the law of our land.

  2. Dr. K says:


  3. Eliza10 says:

    Its highly questionable that the local ecclesiastical authority would approve of any school that had too many earmarks of Catholicism. So having the school “not approved” locally is an very encouraging sign! It makes one want to investigate further.

    While Diocesan schools are a good choice for some, the DoR Catholic Schools don’t have a reputation for strengthening Catholic faith. Word is that, particularly as you go up in grade, the DoR schools are the place to go if you want to guarantee your child LOSES his Catholic faith. Because what is presented as being Catholic by the DoR schools has no attraction.

    If your family has a strong Catholic faith foundation on its own, and you can afford the price tag, Diocesan schools can be a positive choice. Or, if you are of another faith practice, and DON’T want your child exposed to Catholic faith practices, or are indifferent to religion, DoR schools are a very safe bet! And if you just want the perks of a private school experience for your children, the DoR schools are an excellent choice.

  4. Eliza10 says:

    “local competent ecclesiastical authority”

    What an odd combination of terms!

  5. Ben Anderson says:

    131129 – did you have a point?

    “without local competent ecclesiastical authority” is hardly schismatic. It’s not like they started their own church. You don’t need the approval of a local bishop to open a school (especially one so clearly not claiming the term Catholic).

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