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Language Matters

March 13th, 2015, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Language makes a big difference, especially when there is an overt agenda to shape public opinion, and when the objective of the agenda runs counter to truth and morals.  Let’s revisit a few examples of hijacked language, to shed some light on the current question “What in the world is the Vatican thinking?”


least of theseThe pro-abortion lobby of 40 years ago didn’t use the term “pro-baby-murder,” and they made those who did into social outcasts. Insisting on a term like “baby murder,” would have better framed the battle, and revealed the real intent of the pro-death contingent. But, almost without consciously thinking, pro-lifers took up the words “pro-choice” to write and talk about the other side, and inevitably played into the hands of the culture of death.  After all,  isn’t having a choice a good thing?  Who can argue with having the right to pick and choose?   Aaah!  But choose what? That is where the agenda and the language run silent. Thus, the pro-death lobby was able to put the emphasis on the woman rather than on the child, and shaped the politics for 40 years and into the future, entrenching themselves on ceded ground by controlling the language and shaping the public conversation.

The rightly-named “pro-lifers” aided and abetted the pro-death lobby by using their language, by using the term “pro-choice” themselves, strengthening the culture of death, laying the groundwork for the current efforts  to characterize pro-lifers as terrorists.  Language does matter.  Now the same “right to choose” permeates the nascent wave of euthanasia. Many Catholics report that during the 42 years of shame they can count on one hand the number of sermons they heard against abortion.  Some say they never heard any such sermon.  It can pretty well be said that while language was being hijacked, “the pulpits were silent.”


A similar misuse of language permeates the same-sex unions agenda. Allowing that lobby to seize the word “marriage” distorts the entire issue,  and the irrational becomes difficult to rationally debate.  Using the word “marriage” to describe what the Judeo-Christian ethic (and others) saw as immoral and sinful for thousands of years isn’t even debated on the grounds of injury to the moral structure and/or good order of a country.  Use of the word “marriage” prepared the way for arguments not about the intrinsic identity of marriage, not about the care of children, but about perceived elements of marriage: as a good, a social institution, a legal structure, a celebratory event, a sexual relationship.   The elements, or the denial thereof, framed the argument for “same-sex marriage” even though it can never meet the test of true marriage.   Hence, it was necessary for that lobby to strike down the legitimately passed Defense Of Marriage Act, either in social practice, in the courts, or both.  The procreation of  children,  as a vital aspect of marriage, is naturally unachievable in a same-sex union, yet it has not prevented vain attempts to create trophy progeny.  And the pro-abortion lobby, by devaluing life and children, cultivated the ground for treating children as an afterthought to the argument.  

As in the case for abortion, the government’s role in driving the social engineering experiment is highly visible, from the early closing of adoption centers which refused to place children with same sex couples, to opening the military to all sorts of questionable permissiveness, to the economic pressures on African countries to force them to permit same-sex unions.  On a simple citizen impact level, when a baker is fined $100,000 for refusing to bake a wedding cake for such a union, there can be no doubt that cruel and unusual punishment is part of the strategy.  

By ceding the use of the word “marriage,” significant ground was overrun, which likely cannot be reclaimed on human effort alone, especially since people of good heart, though uncertain understanding, easily bought the civil rights argument.  And, again, “the pulpits were silent.”  Or mostly silent.  This past weekend, at the English Synod, Cardinal Burke (of recent heroic action) was quoted in LifeSiteNews as saying to “brace for martyrdom over marriage.”


It appears to me that those who most embrace the political concept of Global Warming are those with the least knowledge of science, or those who are scientists getting paid for their work in “proving” that global warming exists (or will exist).  In a prior post on Cleansing Fire I gave my reasons against buying into this tenet of the Religion of the Environment (the one global religion to unite the masses.)   Usually when the agenda-shapers launch their efforts they grab language that will become the battle cry for an extended period.  It is my perception that “global warming” is more easily debunked than “climate change” — not because either is true, but it covers both directions.  It is hardly credible to stand on top of our winter whitestuff crying “global warming,” but the agenda shapers have switched to “climate change” and mumble about something happening somewhere else causing cold spots (or hot spots.)  (I remember when it was called “weather” and some humorist quipped “Weather!  Everybody talks about it.  Nobody does anything about it.”  Now we have people in elected office who misunderstood the humor and have decided to “do something about it.”)  Aaaahh!  The Lord must laugh at their choice of a battlefield. And we should remember, in this context, that we are awaiting an encyclical from Pope Francis on global warming / climate change which has the risk of making him the modern Pope Urban VIII.  For another view, see what you think of Newsmax yesterday “There is no Global Warming.”  

So “Climate Change” is all inclusive, because whatever happens weather-wise the agenda-shapers can say “SEE! We told you.”  The variation in natural swings are over long periods of time, and now will be ignored, and every hurricane, snow-storm or flood will be attributed to “Climate Change” — something we need to be taxed to prevent.  While we can’t predict any outcomes on plain foolishness (as we can on more glaringly moral issues), we can be sure increased taxes will be one result. How can we be so sure?  Because manipulating the language is easier to understand if we follow the money.  Same-sex unions create votes which translate to power and thence to money.  And the recipients of the abortion largesse (like Planned Parenthood) are grateful too.


Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi, Vatican's UN Representative

Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi, Vatican’s UN Representative

All of the above would simply be a tirade on the use of language for abuse and manipulation were it not needed as a reminder on the latest mixed signals coming from “The Vatican,” reported in an excellent LifeSiteNews article (3/12/15) by Steve Jalsevac entitled: “Vatican use of Population Control Word ‘sustainable’ at UN worrisome.”   I encourage you to read the entire, short article.  Here are some highlights:

“Current Vatican representatives at the UN do not appear to understand the dangers of uncritically using key, population control invented phrases in official Vatican statements to the United Nations … that … are causing the Church to give huge international reinforcement to the deceits and manipulations of de-populationist agendas. The use of the phrases “sustainable environment,” “sustainability reports” and “sustainability-related impact and performance” in a March 9 statement by Archbishop Tomasi, the Vatican’s chief representative to the UN, is the latest example of this worrisome trend.”

Guest Post: Dr. Michael Aiello re: Euthanasia

January 23rd, 2015, Promulgated by Diane Harris

On January 19, 2015, LifeSiteNews reported a story from the that a woman had been euthanized by lethal injection due to the ringing in her ears (“severe tinnitus.”)  Staff at invited Dr. Michael Aiello, Past President of the Rochester, NY Catholic Physician’s Guild and Past President of the Catholic Medical Association, to write a Guest Post on the occasion of this horrific euthanasia.  With 42 years of abortion gone by, euthanasia is one issue in which Catholics should be out front today, teaching the value of life.   

Dr. Aiello wrote:

“A special clinic in The Netherlands, established to help people to kill themselves, when their own physicians oppose “assisted suicide, was recently “reprimanded” for euthanizing a 47 year old woman because of her chronic tinnitus (ringing in the ears).  An independent commission, monitoring how Dutch euthanasia rules are applied, said the patient should have undergone “further psychiatric evaluation.”  But past cases of inappropriate conduct concerning euthanasia have had few consequences; e.g. a physician who killed a disabled baby received a 3 week suspended sentence.

Those who are sick rightfully deserve respect and should be provided with appropriate care.  Chronic tinnitus can be debilitating.  It can disrupt concentration, sleep patterns and participation in social activities, leading to depression and anxiety.  Tinnitus tends to be more persistent and disturbing if the patient obsesses about it.  Fortunately there are treatments that can remove or diminish the symptoms.  Counseling can be used to alter negative behaviors and thought patterns, when emotional distress becomes as troublesome as the symptoms themselves.

Every human life is a special and unique gift, created in the image and likeness of God.  We are called to respect and protect human life because of its inherent dignity and sacredness. Although we have been entrusted with life, we do not have absolute power over it — we only have stewardship.  To respect the dignity of the individual we must provide the sick with adequate pain relief, symptom management, compassion, acceptance, love, and physical, emotional and spiritual care.

The Catholic Church teaches that suffering, illness and dying is an opportunity to become close to Christ, who suffered immensely on the cross.  We may never deliberately and directly cause the death of an innocent person.  Such an action contradicts Natural Law, and violates the Fifth Commandment: ’Thou Shall Not Kill.’  A temptation exists to value life only by its usefulness and quality.  Regardless, human life is always to be valued and protected.  The case in the Netherlands exposes the true intentions of advocates of the “right to die” movement.  Originally touted as a means only to end the life of the terrninally ill, its use has been expanded to kill people with chronic illnesses and even children not in danger of death.

Depression is a powerful symptom clouding the reason and confusing the patient.  Individuals suffering from chronic illness and those approaching death are often overcome by it but depression can be treated, allowing peace and tranquility.  But when dealing with the culture of death, it is much easier and less expensive to simply kill a patient, rather than taking the time and effort to discover and treat the underlying symptoms.  The failure to adequately prosecute offending physicians indicates the weak and vulnerable have few advocates in the legal and medical professions and on the slippery slope of assisted suicide.

As America loses its moral backbone and its Judeo-Christian heritage, be prepared for similar occurrences.  Medical care is becoming more expensive and, as the population ages, there will be fewer able bodied individuals to pay for it.  The elderly and those with chronic illnesses will be denied appropriate care and will be encouraged to end their lives for the “benefit of society.”  Catholics must be prepared to oppose the culture of death and become informed patient advocates when end of life issues and chronic debilitation illnesses affect family and loved ones.

Thank you and God bless.

Guest Poster:  

Michael Aiello, MD”

Week 23 in Catholic Media, 2014

June 9th, 2014, Promulgated by Diane Harris

A Dozen Headlines not dreamed of even 5-10 years ago,  

which need little explanation; but here are the links … 

All this in less than a week.


Vancouver School Board’s new ‘gender identity’ policy ignores parents: critics

105 Congressmen to Harry Reid: Allow a vote to ban abortion for babies who can feel pain

Christian baker must make ‘wedding’ cakes for gay couples, court rules

Taxpayers to fund sex change operations for seniors through Medicare: Obama administration

Judge orders hospital to reinstate abortionist’s admitting privileges one day after botched abortion

‘We will be whipping the vote:’ Trudeau says he will force Liberal MPs to vote pro-abortion

Lawsuit claims NY school took students to health clinic for birth control without telling parents

Catholic school board votes to back OECTA’s Worldwide Pride March

Parents outraged after teacher hands out sex toys to teens during drama awards ceremony

Quebec legislature votes 94-22 to enshrine euthanasia as ‘medical aid in dying’

Belgian Catholic deacon charged with ten counts of illegal euthanasia

Auckland city council subsidizes event on ‘queer polyamory’ relationships






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Week 16 in Catholic Media, 2014

April 14th, 2014, Promulgated by Diane Harris

This week we begin a new format, by which during the week we will be adding / archiving the week’s news stories.  

Check from time-to-time during the week to see if new stories have been added.  

Catholic Relief Services pro-abortion grantee wins UN Population Fund Award

BALTIMORE, MD, April 17, 2014 ( by Kirsten Andersen – A pro-abortion grantee of Catholic Relief Services has been announced as the winner of the 2014 United Nations Population Award.  The award is given to organizations that demonstrate outstanding effectiveness in population control efforts, including contraception, sterilization and abortion.  The grantee, Jhpiego, is a non-profit health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. According to CRS’ 990s for 2012, the U.S. bishops’ organization gave Jhpiego a grant of $282,356 that year for “health.” As part of their work, the group has spearheaded national campaigns in the developing world to promote the abortifacient morning-after pill….Catholic Relief Services has often been criticized for their partnerships with groups that violate Church teaching on grave spiritual matters, but the organization says on its website that it is willing to overlook the sinful actions of certain grant recipients in order to fund the good work that they do. For example, grants given to the pro-abortion group CARE International were earmarked for agriculture, emergencies and general welfare, and were not supposed to be used for family planning.

A report released by American Life League in September 2013 revealed that 86 percent of CRS’ grants to domestic groups in 2012 went to groups that promote contraceptives, in addition to, in some cases, other evils such as abortion, the abortifacient “morning-after pill,” and homosexuality.  In 2013, the Catholic aid organization gave a $2.7 million grant to Population Services International, which markets a “Safe Abort Kit” in developing countries.






The Resignation of Mozilla’s CEO:  Catholics Should Be Worried

“Now is the time for Catholics to express the truth about marriage boldly. Our jobs and our legitimate standing in the public sphere may soon depend on it.”   Rome,     Stephanie Pacheco, writer, blogger, speaker. 

Zenit ran up the storm-warning flag on the happenings at Mozilla.  The full story is here.   Highlight:  “The media storm swirls around Brendan Eich’s April 3 resignation as CEO from Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox browser. Eich is a talented programmer who invented the JavaScript programming language for the internet and who co-founded the Mozilla company. After fewer than two weeks as the company’s head, he was forced to resign over Silicon Valley furor regarding a $1,000 donation he made back in 2008 to California’s Proposition 8 law, which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman. To repeat, he was fired for holding unpopular— now socially forbidden—views. … Catholics should be up in arms, for at stake here is the freedom to work in a public capacity and hold orthodox views at the same time.

Pope to Seminarians: We Have Too Many ‘Half Priests’ Who Fail to Imitate Jesus

Vatican City,  

Pope Francis to Seminarians:  from regions around Rome, warn[ed] them that the Church has “many half priests” who fail to reach their potential because they are not “pastors in the image of Jesus.”  The seminarians are members of the Pontifical Leonine College of Anagni, a regional seminary for several of the dioceses around the city of Rome.  “We have so many, so many half way priests,” the Pope told the young men. “It is a sorrow, that they do not succeed in reaching the fullness.  “They have something about them of employees, a bureaucratic dimension and this does no good to the Church.  I advise you, be careful that you do not fall into this!”  He continued, “You are becoming pastors in the image of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, to be like Him and in His person in the midst of his flock, to feed his sheep.”







Belgian intensive care doctors back involuntary euthanasia

April 14, 2014 by Michael Cook       Involuntary euthanasia is acceptable medical treatment, according to a recent official statement by the Belgian Society of Intensive Care Medicine. Although voluntary euthanasia is legal in Belgium under some circumstances, involuntary euthanasia is basically illegal. But the Society wants to be able to euthanize patients who do not appear to have long to live.  “Shortening the dying process” is a euphemism for administering a lethal injection.  Effectively the Society has declared itself to be above the law.   The Society also says that intensive care doctors should inform relatives of a decision to euthanize a patient, but it does not instruct them to ask for the relatives’ permission. The policy applies to both adults and children. The statement concludes by reassuring intensive care doctors that what they are doing is “not be interpreted as killing ….”