World Finds Out the Greatest threat
to Economic Prosperity is No People.
by Susan Fox
|Population Prophet Pope Paul VI:|
if only the world had listened, we
wouldn't be in this mess.
|Planned Parenthood Revenues 2013. U.S. taxpayers|
supply 45 percent of the abortion providers revenues
Demographics – driven by the Culture of Death – explains why the United States is having a historically weak “recovery” from our recession while the unemployment rate dropped by 50 percent to a low of 5 percent. There aren’t as many people to fill those jobs. A lot of businesses around my area have signs up saying they are hiring. But they pay low wages, and people would starve if they tried to work there permanently. Certainly, no one could afford to support a family, and that’s why I’m seeing a lot of single young people not marrying and not starting a family. Even with a college education, only low paid work is available.
|Graph shows today's velocity of money declining to below Depression Era levels. People stopped spending, jobs dried up, economic activity came to a standstill in the Great Depression of the 1930s. Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.|
|Mexicans returning to Mexico|
“Too Little, Too Late,” demographers said regarding China’s move to abandon its 35-year-old One-Child Policy. A loosening of the policy two years ago resulted in a small bump in births, and demographers expect this one to have little effect. Like the rest of the world, Chinese families have become used to selfish choices.
|President Obama receiving honorary degree from|
Notre Dame University in 2009
Unfortunately, rebellion against Humanae Vitae in Canada was not limited to the universities. The Canadian conference of bishops created a right to dissent by personal conscience. It’s called the Winnipeg Statement, and it was decided a mere two months after Humanae Vitae was published. Western Catholic Reporter Douglas Roche exultantly reported, “The issue is over in Canada. Catholics are free to use contraceptives if their informed conscience so prompts them!” And the Canadian bishops have never disavowed the Winnipeg statement.
The notorious Paragraph 26 of the Winnipeg Statement establishes a right to personal conscience. Those who accept the teaching of Humanae Vitae are nevertheless told that in some circumstances, they need not observe it. They are free in good conscience to use contraception and go to Holy Communion. Sadly, many in the United States are probably just as ignorant. In 2012, the Guttmacher Institute reported that 98 percent of those identifying themselves as Catholic have used a method of contraception other than Natural Family Planning at some point in their lives. One of my dearest Catholic friends suffered breast cancer because of contraception use early in her marriage, and now she is wringing her hands because her daughter-in-law is making the same mistake.
To this day Canadians regard themselves as “ahead” of the Vatican on the issue of birth control and homosexuality.
They are waiting for the Church to reform. They will be waiting a very long time. A Canadian Priest Questions The Sinfulness of Contraception and Its Linkage to Abortion
“The prime victim is the Catholic family,” said Canadian Msgr. Vincent Foy in an article published in 1988. "Since Winnipeg, the use of contraceptives has increased until Catholic Canada has one of the lowest birth rates in the world and is on a suicide course. The contraceptive mentality has spread.” He added that this mentality leads to a host of other evils -- adultery, venereal disease, homosexuality, pornography, sterilization, child abuse, abortion and euthanasia.
Free speech in Canada has also suffered, and two women --
|In better times, Canadian pro-life defenders |
Linda Gibbons & Mary Wagner. Both are in prison now.
This 1960s rebellion of private conscience created a veritable tsunami of abuse and false teaching during the ‘60s and ‘70s. Few understood that when you argue the right to private conscience versus the teaching of the Church, you are opening the door to a host of monsters: heresy, crime, sin
|MONSTERS CREATED BY PERSONAL CONSCIENCE |
Adultery, venereal disease, child abuse, pornography
and acts of faithlessness in the vocations of marriage and priesthood. The informed conscience is intended to guide us when facing concrete issues in our daily life – do I give money to the beggar standing on the corner or not? What does the Church teach? Can I use contraception tonight? What does the Church teach?
The Church’s teachings are intended to be our guide to daily decisions facing our conscience. Conscience is not intended to determine whether church teachings are correct. That approach jumps into the realm of judgment, forcing every man to become his own independent authority. Imagine the burden of being pope 24/7! Imagine Moses approaching God on Mt. Sinai with his own list of suggested commandments! “Lord, this is what my personal conscience teaches!”
Even the pope is not free to teach what he wants – he must teach what the apostles taught 2,000 years ago! It is called the deposit of faith. Pope Paul VI called his own teaching in Humanae Vitae, “Not our law, but the law of God.” But the poison of nominalism entered Catholic thinking during the past century. There are no universals, just accidentals in nominalism. So many saw the pope’s teaching as just one opinion among many. Truth exited the world stage.
The poison of personal conscience disturbed marriages, led to divorce, undermined priestly celibacy and the male-only priesthood. Whereas the U.S. ranks of priests and nuns had been growing in the first half of the 20th century, starting in the 1960s, the trend reversed. Between 1965 and 1971, the American Catholic Church lost 10 percent of its priests.
I remember that period of time. My pastor asked my mother to counsel a young priest planning to leave the celibate priesthood and get married. Sadly, she was not successful, and he left. He married the mother of one my grade school classmates, and I felt sorry for the boy.
Many theorized that “being open to having children” – a necessary condition for a valid Catholic marriage -- could apply to the totality of married life rather than to each single act. So a married couple could use artificial contraception to space their children, but still have children. Humanae Vitae strictly condemned this thinking, which was contrary to the Church’s teaching on moral theology. A person’s character is set by every act of virtue he takes. He is not of good character because sometimes he acts virtuously, but because he consistently tries to act virtuously.
Pope Paul’s response to this was “Though it is true that sometimes it is lawful to tolerate a lesser moral evil in order to avoid a greater evil or in order to promote a greater good, it is never lawful – even for the gravest reasons – to do evil that good may come of it.”
And that is why, my dear friends, any single act of contraception, is wrong. “Consequently, it is a serious error to think that a whole married life of otherwise normal relations can justify sexual intercourse which is deliberately contraceptive and so intrinsically wrong,” Pope Paul VI concluded.
However, Pope Paul VI did encourage Catholics to use the naturally infertile times in a woman’s cycle to have marital intimacy if there are good reasons to postpone another child’s birth. These infertile periods are naturally given to us by God, and to use them properly requires self-mastery and spousal communication. Hence Natural Family Planning actually assists spouses in their spiritual growth.
The science involved in understanding a woman’s cycles has rapidly advanced thanks to Humanae Vitae. Pope Paul VI encouraged doctors and scientists to learn how to properly
My husband and I – married 32 years during this dark period of church history – practiced Natural Family Planning in our marriage. We affectionately called Humanae Vitae our “Human Vitamins.” We wanted our marriage to last, and it has!
“The truth expressed in Humanae Vitae does not change,” Pope Benedict XVI told participants in the International Congress organized by the Pontifical Lateran University on May 10, 2008. “The key word to enter coherently into its content remains "love"...Man is truly himself when his body and soul are intimately united...Yet it is neither the spirit alone nor the body alone that loves: it is man, the
|Pope Benedict XVI offering Mass|
“If the practice of sexuality becomes a drug that seeks to enslave one's partner to one's own desires and interests, without respecting the cycle of the beloved, then what must be defended is no longer solely the true concept of love but in the first place the dignity of the person. As believers, we could never let the domination of technology invalidate the quality of love and the sacredness of life,” Pope Benedict concluded.
But that is exactly what the world has done. It has allowed technology -- a pill, a device if you will -- to invalidate the quality of love between spouses, and to violate the sacredness of life that union produces.
Now we must swallow the bitter fruit, helpless to stop the train wreck in our world economy, the devastation in the Church and our personal lives.
Praying outside the abortion clinic in Denver recently, I watched a young black woman drive out of Planned Parenthood’s parking lot, a look of stunned sorrow upon her face. She had lost her baby and all hope for the relationship that conceived the child. Reduced to a commodity that could be bought or sold, she left the clinic. There is no freedom in doing evil. The “choice” for evil always leads to slavery. Freedom is found in choosing the good.
I wanted to run after her car, yelling: “Your happiness can be restored! Christ makes all things new!”
I have the same message for the world.