Syte Reitz

The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world…….

Browsing Posts published in November, 2010

What a maelstrom of media discussion one confused AP reporter provoked this week!

Media stories have claimed– among other things– that “Pontiff blesses condom use ”-Boston Herald.  Most of the commotion stems from one Associated Press story repeated by numerous news sources.  A bad choice was made by the Associated Press reporter regarding what to highlight from a 256-page book interviewing the Pope.  The results were pretty striking and misleading.

The Pope did NOT say that condom use is approved by the Catholic Church.

The original AP article seriously misrepresented the Pope’s position on condoms, and most copies of that original article have been pulled off the web – a cached copy is available online .

There would have been no story, no need for clarification, and no media Catholic-bashing fest if the AP reporter had reported the Pope’s statements accurately and had done some minimal homework in order to represent the Pope’s statements correctly.

Read what the Pope said in the book for yourself: Light of the World

Read a responsible, Catholic, in-context discussion of the actual meaning of the condom statement: Catholic World Report

The list of topics the AP reporter passed over and discounted (256 pages) in favor of one out-of-context condom reference include:

  • What caused the clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church?
  • Was there a “cover up”?
  • Have you considered resigning?
  • Does affirming the goodness of the human body mean a plea for “better sex”?
  • Can there be a genuine dialogue with Islam?
  • Should the Church rethink Catholic teaching on priestly celibacy, women priests, contraception, and same-sex relationships?
  • Holy Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics?
  • Is there a schism in the Catholic Church?
  • Should there be a Third Vatican Council?
  • Is there any hope for Christian unity?
  • Is Christianity the only truth?
  • Can the Pope really speak for Jesus Christ?                             Light of the World
  • How can the Pope claim to be “infallible”?
  • Is there a “dictatorship of relativism” today?

Yet one more example of media misrepresentation of the Catholic Church.

So many common false urban myths about Catholicism seem to surface in online discussions every time Catholicism is discussed, and this week is no exception:

1. The suggestion that the Catholic Church is synonymous with pedophilia is completely false—in fact, the Catholic Church is the LEAST offender in this area —  .

2. Most people misunderstand the Catholic Church’s position on homosexuality. They presume wrongly that the Church’s opposition to promiscuity implies the hate of homosexuals. The Catholic Church opposes promiscuity in any situation, heterosexual or homosexual – promiscuity results in STD’s, as well as emotional and psychological damage to individuals, to the family, and to society . Homosexual promiscuity is equally as damaging as is heterosexual promiscuity.

3. Additional Catholic-bashing references to false urban myths include obtuse incorrect references to the Inquisition, claims that the Catholic Church is losing membership, and insulting references to liturgical vestments.

  • “ the kinds and degrees of punishments inflicted by the Spanish Inquisition were similar to (actually, even lighter than) those meted out by secular courts. It is equally true that, despite what we consider the Spanish Inquisition’s lamentable procedures, many people preferred to have their cases tried by ecclesiastical courts because the secular courts had even fewer safeguards. In fact, historians have found records of people blaspheming in secular courts of the period so they could have their case transferred to an ecclesiastical court, where they would get a better hearing.” – Catholic Answers.
  • Catholic Church membership is actually INCREASING, at a rate slightly higher than the rate of population increase –Wikipedia.
  • References to Catholic vestments can be compared with the British Monarchy — and with our modern customary wedding garb . Is God worthy of fewer honors than human monarchs, or our own wedding ceremonies?

…..and immigration regulation enforcement is tightening up……..

Now that Wisconsin has gone Republican (election results), a number of conservative plans are being introduced.  This includes the tightening up of immigration regulation enforcement in Wisconsin.  Discussion in public forums has become quite emotional, and unpleasant analogies surface.  A recent forum participant suggested that immigration regulation enforcement was racist and analogous to Nazism.

Scathing sarcasm and emotional analogies will not solve the problem.

A different analogy may be more constructive in summarizing the problem and in bringing Americans together, rather than apart.

America has a limited amount of pie.  Everybody wants a slice, and some want more than a slice.  The law attempts to divide the pie up fairly.  No law can increase the total amount of pie.  Law can only create rules by which we share the pie.

Liberals have good hearts and want to give pie to everyone.  Sometimes they forget that if they give away too much pie to one group, another group will suffer.

Conservatives believe that their share of pie has already been given away to others, and are motivated to reassess the rules for dividing up the pie, to return justice to the pie sharing.

In a bad economy, when less pie becomes available, friction intensifies between the two groups.

Rather than calling each other names and using insulting analogies which polarize America, we need to get together at the table, make everyone realize that we really have less pie these days, and figure out how to share during the pie shortage.

It is not surprising that families in Wisconsin, like UW staff who have already sustained 5% pay cuts and furloughs with more on the horizon, are concerned about their shrinking paychecks and find it hard to watch generous handouts to strangers who may be in Wisconsin illegally, and whose numbers could be swelling rapidly due to our generous policies.

Those who try to use the race card to prevent immigration law enforcement are using faulty logic.  Being asked to show I.D. is not Nazism – in the age of driver’s licenses and airport security for every citizen, immigrants cannot complain about I.D. requests by law enforcement.

When our country was growing and flourishing, we were rich enough and fortunate enough to be extremely generous.  Now that there is less pie, we cannot afford to give the same amount away as before, or there will be none left for our children.

Some do not realize that our handouts have become so large that 47% of America pays no federal taxes at all.  This includes millions of people who are well above poverty level. The burden on the other 53%  who pay all of the bills has become too large.  So people are now beginning to change their minds about government handouts, and conservative has become the new liberal (https://sytereitz.com/2010/08/conservative-is-the-new-liberal/ ).  Wisconsin has gone Republican.

I am in complete sympathy with Latinos who are here illegally and who struggle to support their families.  However, I am also in complete sympathy with Wisconsin families with shrinking paychecks who do not want Wisconsin to become the national illegal immigrant magnet, due to generous policies which were passed in prosperous times.

What we need in Wisconsin and nationally, is not name-calling and polarization, but prayer and cooperation towards finding an equitable solution.

The best solution will incorporate both justice and mercy.  For example:

  • Seal the borders.   America cannot keep her front doors unlocked while looters abound.
  • Identify illegals who already here, and offer them deportation/application for U.S. citizenship.
  • Enforce immigration regulations strictly in the future.

Hallelujah!

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Democracy still works.

Pro-Life victories.

Republicans ready to change.

Hallelujah!

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You are reading this because nobody killed you while you were an embryo.

A pro-life vote in this election is a vote for human rights.  Unborn children have the right to life, and African-American babies have the right NOT to be selectively destroyed.   77%   of  African-American pregnancies are aborted right now, and African-American babies are three times more likely to be aborted than white babies.  Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, the black population in the U.S.has been reduced by over 25 percent( ref).

A nation which cares about 4,295 combat deaths (~430 per year) in the War on Terror , and cares about 40,000 motor vehicle deaths per year, should also care about  1 Million infant deaths by abortion per year.

For those who are hard-hearted enough to advocate     1 million yearly infant deaths for the sake of a promiscuous lifestyle without consequence– consider, too, the financial repercussions.  The tax dollar contributions, as well as social security contributions that would be made by the  45 million Americans who are missing  since Roe v. Wade, would be staggering.

The argument that unaborted babies would be a burden on society (given the racial abortion statistics quoted above) borders on racism.  Generally, the birth of a baby transforms people of any color into more mature, caring and motivated individuals who become an asset to society.

Pro-abortion arguments such as rape or incest are attempts to sensationalize the issue, and to circumvent the real ethical questions.  Rape and incest actually represent only 1% of abortions, and are introduced to distract from the fundamental moral issue.  Planned Parenthood actually often helps molesters and rapists to hide their crimes, by assisting them with abortion and failing to report their crimes.

Many don’t seem to realize that each embryo IS actually a new and unique human person, as important and valuable as we all are.  Size or age does not diminish the value of any human being.

This irreplaceable value of each human life  is at the heart of moral teachings and respect for human life, and is essential for the healthy and balanced survival of human society.

The ethical questions behind pro-life issues cannot be so trivially dismissed as some attempt to do by masquerading murder under the banner of “pro-choice.”

Whose choice?  Certainly not the unborn child’s choice!

Madison, vote Pro-Life!  In this election, that means vote Republican.

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