Thursday, January 28, 2010

Moral Crisis in Fitchburg, Massachusetts...

According to a report, federal stimulus money is being used to assist Planned Parenthood in opening an office on Main Street in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Whatever became of President Obama's decision to disallow a "family planning provision" from the economic stimulus package? See here.
There is outrage. Even as local pastors remain silent.
It was Father Paul Marx, writing in October, 1976, who said: "The gigantic worldwide struggle between pro-life and anti-life forces revolves ultimately around the nature, meaning, and purpose of human sexuality. So all-pervasive is sexuality in the human personality that even the slightest change in emphasis in attitudes toward it will profoundly affect both society and the individual....Widespread contraception is the gateway to abortion, which is not "one" issue, as so many have been brainwashed to believe." (The Wanderer, October 28, 1976).

The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes) No. 27 instructs us that, "..whatever is opposed to life itself, such as any type of murder, genocide, abortion, euthanasia or wilful self-destruction, whatever violates the integrity of the human person, such as mutilation, torments inflicted on body or mind, attempts to coerce the will itself; whatever insults human dignity, such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, prostitution, the selling of women and children; as well as disgraceful working conditions, where men are treated as mere tools for profit, rather than as free and responsible persons; all these things and others of their like are infamies indeed. They poison human society, but they do more harm to those who practice them than those who suffer from the injury. Moreover, they are supreme dishonor to the Creator."

Don't wait for your pastor to speak out. JayG at Defend the Faith has provided a list of City Councilors and others to contact. Let your voice be heard.


Ted Loiseau said...

This is positively outrageous. Just another example of how the Culture of Death is progressing while our Church leaders remain mute. Speak out now. Come on everybody before it is too late.

Anonymous said...

Massachuetts Citizens for Life (MCFL) issued a statement saying that "Planned Parenthood has a federal grant. They plan to open in Fitchburg, Marlborough, and Milford. If Fitchburg stops facility that will make it harder for PP in the other cities."

If we do not resist this anti-life onslaught, shame on us. Shame on us. Dear God what has happened and what is happening to our local churhes?

Lynn said...

With the exception of a few token words from Rev. Chalmers - from St. Bernard's - I've heard nothing from local priests and ministers. Sad isn't it?

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Besides targeting children, Planned Parenthood continues to portray religions and religious groups as "barriers" to its agenda. From C-FAM, an article written by Samantha Singson:

New IPPF Document Pushes Adolescent "Sexual Rights"

"In its new report 'Stand and Deliver,' the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is demanding that governments, religious institutions and society at large provide 'comprehensive sexuality education' for children as young as ten years old.

In a foreword, Bert Koenders of the Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, which helped fund the publication, asserts that, 'Young people have the right to be fully informed about sexuality and to have access to contraceptives and other services. These rights are enshrined in various internationally agreed human rights convention and treaties, but – unfortunately – they are still not universally respected.'

According to IPPF, as 'young people are sexual beings,' it should be self-evident that 'sexuality education promotes individual well-being and the advancement of broader societal and public health goals.' IPPF argues that 'comprehensive sexuality education' must be mandatory in school, and governments must also ensure that this education is delivered to those young people who are out of school.

IPPF claims that 'With young people as partners, today's adult decision-makers have the chance to recast sex and sexuality as a positive force for change and development, as a source of pleasure, an embodiment of human rights and an expression of self.'

IPPF contends that comprehensive sexuality education is necessary to encourage young people's 'self-esteem, thoughtful decision-making and negotiation skills and it helps them to develop satisfying and pleasurable sexual lives.' Moreover, IPPF expounds that the 'power' of comprehensive sexuality education 'to challenge traditional gender roles' must not be underestimated.

The IPPF report stresses granting young people 'unconstrained' access to sexuality education and services, 'free from administrative restrictions and obstacles,' like requiring health providers to obtain parental or spousal permission before providing contraceptives. IPPF demands that young people be able to 'obtain the services they need and want, unconstrained by psychological, attitudinal, cultural or social factors.'

IPPF targets religion and religious groups as one of the main barriers to adolescent access to sexuality education and sexual and reproductive 'services.' IPPF criticizes that many religious teachings 'deny the pleasurable and positive aspects of sex and limited guidelines for sexual education often focus on abstinence before marriage,' which IPPF claims has been ineffective in many settings.

According to IPPF, religious institutions – like the Catholic Church and Islamic schools – need to be 'pragmatic' to accommodate young people as 'sexual beings' and amend their teachings to 'find a way of explaining and providing guidance on issues of sex and sexual relationships among young people, which supports rather than denies their experiences and needs.'

Sexual education has been a topic of heated debates at the United Nations, with many critics fearing that parental rights to educate their children will be violated. Just last year, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released a set of sexual education guidelines that were met with such staunch resistance from conservatives that the organization was forced to take down the document from its website and review.

Critics expect more debates over 'comprehensive sexuality education' to flare up in the coming months as UN Commission season gets underway."

Anonymous said...

On a national scale, more pressure from all the abortion on demand people, to silence the ad Focus on the Family has bought for the Super Bowl showing a mother deciding against abortion and choosing life for her son - Tim Tebow. Amazing the amount of backlash against Tebow for speaking about his faith and beliefs, and for not just being a football player.

Amanda said...

Fr. Bruso from St. Anthony's was there. Kind of surprised really. The priests never offer much of anything from the pulpit about abortion, homosexuality etc. Let's hope that their apathy is finally beginning to come to an end. We need to hear from them. Right now I feel like it's too little too late.

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