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A “Working Mother” — and Revolutionary Canada

 

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HENRY McCULLOCH writes:

Your post about the Canadian lady MP who serially misses votes in the Commons, citing maternal obligations as an excuse, caught my eye.  Canada is emphatically not some northern America that differs only in still having the Queen.  Canada is quite different from the United States, and Canadians – who don’t always love their messy superpower neighbour to the south – are at pains to keep it that way.  When Canada beat the United States in overtime to win the 2010 Olympic hockey gold medal, the national rejoicing was as much over whom the “patriot sons” had beaten as the fact they were champions.  The curious case of Sana Hassainia exemplifies the problems of over-diverse Canada, and by extension the West overall, in microcosm.

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Bach, the Rabbit

 

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JOHANN SEBASTIEN BACH bred like a rabbit. He may have been a musical genius, but when it came to procreation, he was on the level of a four-footed lagomorph. Bach fathered a total of 20 children, with the first born when he was 23 and the last by his second wife when he was 57.

I expect someone is now going to write to me and say that contraceptive methods were not available in the 18th century, which is not true, or that people had many more children back then because infant mortality was high, suggesting that Bach and his two wives did not really want that many children, they were just hedging their bets. If that’s the case, they really went too far. Ten of Bach’s 20 children survived into full-grown rabbit hood. While that’s quite a high mortality rate by today’s standards, that’s still a heck of a lot of rabbits by today’s standards. By the way, whether the Bachs wanted their children or not is irrelevant. They had them. They gave them life. It possibly never occurred to them to wonder how many they wanted.

It is often said of parents of former times that they only had large families because they were seeking help to till the fields or because infant mortality was high and contraception unavailable. Supposedly they were selfish and only had children for utilitarian reasons or were uncontrollable rabbits. While today’s enlightened parents have fewer children but want them for the right reasons.

These are easy accusations. Those maligned and misrepresented parents cannot speak up for themselves. Nevertheless, whatever they wanted or didn’t want, they did a much better job of affirming life and providing for future generations, who were the beneficiaries of their fertility.

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A “Rabbit” Speaks

 

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MATTHEW S. writes:

What a beautiful testimony from Pope Pius XII to the joys of a large family, written in the year that my parents welcomed me, their fifth child. Sadly I drank the Professional Success Kool Aid, delaying parenthood and therefore restricting myself to three children (for whom I daily thank God, grateful for the joy they have brought me).

Everything the Holy Father says about the particular kinds of happiness experienced in large families is indisputably true. Some would say that my parents, who eventually had six children, “bred like rabbits.” But I would ask the current “pope:” Which of the six of us is superfluous?

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The “Seven Sisters” Become Brothers

 

FROM Campus Reform:

Mount Holyoke College, an all-women’s school, announced in a campus-wide email that the Theatre Board has cancelled its annual production of the “Vagina Monologues.”

The board has decided to retire the feminist classic as it is not “inclusive” enough to those who identify as women but do not have vaginas.

The school recently decided to admit male students who identify as women.

Padre Pio vs. Papa Frank

 

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PADRE PIO said the ideal family size is eight children.

Papa Frank says Catholics must not think of having “children in a series.”

Bergoglio Bombs Large Families

 

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JORGE BERGOGLIO’S latest air raid against immutable Catholic dogma took place yesterday. The Man Who Would Be Pope, while on a plane from the Phillipines, discussed the issue of contraception, initially seeming to endorse the Catholic view, which is nothing less than a recognition of the objective reality that human life is always good, and then wildly veering off into the vaporous Bergoglian stratosphere in order to hone in on his target. [There are many news reports on what he said to a plane full of reporters. Here is one.] He clearly suggested parents have the moral responsibility to limit births through natural means.

Now that he has embraced global warming and hugged Marxist Cuba, it was only a matter of time before Jorge said the world is too crowded.

Catholics should not “breed like rabbits,” Bergoglio anti-pontificated, as if human beings when in abundant supply are akin to animals, as if Catholics have bred like rabbits.

Well, you know. Anything contemptuous that can be said about believing Catholics and Divine Law will be said by the Argentine Bomber. “God gives you methods to be responsible,” he said. In other words, it is irresponsible to welcome children with no limitations.

Fatuous Frank, who by virtue of his defection from the Faith isn’t even a member of the Catholic Church let alone the reigning pontiff, even went so far as to criticize a Catholic woman for having an eighth child when the pregnancy was risky. His statement, coming as the Western world (and much of the rest of the world) descends into demographic winter, was so bold it’s hard to absorb. “That is to tempt God,” he said. “… That is an irresponsibility.” Compare Bergolio’s words to those of Pope Pius XII in his “Address to Large Families” in 1958:

Large families are the most splendid flower-beds in the garden of the Church; happiness flowers in them and sanctity ripens in favorable soil. Every family group, even the smallest, was meant by God to be an oasis of spiritual peace. But there is a tremendous difference: where the number of children is not much more than one, that serene intimacy that gives value to life has a touch of melancholy or of pallor about it; it does not last as long, it may be more uncertain, it is often clouded by secret fears and remorse.

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Davos Financiers Serve LGBT Soup to Global Masses

 

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HENRY McCULLOCH writes:

Christian Scripture, Old Testament and New, repeatedly and unconditionally condemns the Sin of Sodom, one of the four that “cry to Heaven for vengeance.”  In our dismal day, however, sodomy has gone from being the “love” that dare not speak its name to the lust that won’t shut up.  That isn’t news.  And perhaps the chaotic and disordered spread of “elite” support for what is disingenuously called “gay rights” is also no longer news.

Its spread to the World Economic Forum’s Davos confab of the rich and notorious, however, is.   (Continued)

The Pain of International Adoption

 

HERE is an unusually honest article on international adoption by Maggie Jones in The New York Times. More adoptees, especially from South Korea, are becoming outspoken opponents of the practice of removing children from their homelands and their people to be raised in a strange land. They include Kim Stoker, who returned to South Korea after being raised in America.

“I get parents’ desperation to have children,” said Stoker …. “Accepting diverse families is great,” she said. But, she added, “I don’t think it’s normal adopting a child from another country, of another race and paying a lot of money. I don’t think it’s normal to put a child on a plane away from all its kin and different smells. It’s a very modern phenomenon.” (Continued)

“Pink-Tinged Tyranny” in Australia …. and Everywhere Else

 

IN DECEMBER, Brendan O’Neill wrote in The Spectator on the advance of “gay marriage” in Australia:

Has there ever been a sweeter-sounding, more goosebump-inducing phrase than ‘Freedom to marry’? Everyone likes freedom (even illiberal politicians pay lip service to liberty), and who doesn’t love a good wedding? Marry these two things together (pun intended) and you end up with an endorphin-releasing buzzphrase that will make anyone grin wildly.

So it has been following Senator David Leyonhjelm’s unveiling of the Freedom to Marry Bill. Across Oz, right-minded people who think gays must be allowed to get hitched experienced paroxysms of joy at the introduction of this new phrase into the political vernacular. (Continued)

Rally in France Banned

 

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AT Galliwatch, Tiberge reports that an anti-Islamization rally in France was scheduled for today but was banned by the government. This obviously is the height of hypocrisy, contradicting the “freedom of speech” mania that emerged from the Charlie Hebdo massacres. The French government blatantly does not believe in pure freedom of speech. It reeks of hypocrisy.

Even so, anti-Islamization rallies, calling for “Islamistes” to be expelled from France, are massively misguided. What do they stand for? Pure negativity. France welcomed millions of Muslims. And now it is going to shove them out the door with nothing but abuse? Anti-Islamization rallies at this point can only mean violence, hatred and misunderstanding. Anyone who plans a rally such as this, oblivious to all the Muslims who don’t take their religion seriously and don’t understand why even their passive acceptance of Islam doesn’t belong in France (or anywhere else), and to all the French who are sincere, ignorant multicultural zealots, is truly autistic. French nihilists and revolutionaries are every bit as much to blame for the Muslim presence in France and are enablers of murder too, having sanctioned the killing of French children in the womb. Will they be kicked out? Obviously not. And what will France stand for once all its Muslims are gone? Nationalism? Pure self-love? When the French are great, they are really great. When the French are stupid, they are the most stupid, the most blind, the most obtuse people on the face of the earth. The godless French are acutely stupid.

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Canadian MP Has Working Mother Absentee Syndrome

 

T. writes:

I had to send this to you.  I read your blog daily and am always curious to see your take on the modern world.  So much has changed with regard to men and women.  Your blog is a reminder that I’m not crazy after all.  Anyway, I don’t really have much to add to the article I’ve sent you;  the lunacy speaks for itself.  A Canadian female member of Parliament doesn’t actually show up to vote in the Parliament because …. well, she has kids.

What more can I say?  Who knows, maybe one day we will have on-site daycare in our houses of government. It’s not impossible.  I guess I just find it strange. She won’t stay late in Parliament, only during normal working hours will she stay … because she has kids.

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Why Peace Entails Combat

 

MANY people erroneously believe that peace on earth comes about through passivity and outward tranquility. If one never makes waves, if one never causes friction, then one contributes to peace. This view that whatever appears tranquil and compromising is good is, in reality, a great enabler of disorder. It is opposed to true peace. It also happens to be easy.

In order to have peace, we must take the hard road. We must make waves. We must cause friction. We must battle for the truth — in the right way, at the right time and in the right places. This is true because evil and its promoters are always aggressive though they sometimes adopt a pose of outward tranquility and are great champions of “love.” Satan energetically seeks to make people believe not only that he does not exist and that he is an absurd fairy tale believed only by the psychologically unbalanced but that combat is intrinsically bad. What a clever and highly effective way to disarm his enemies.

Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, on the occasion of the Feast of Our Lady of Peace, whose intercession we should humbly seek in our exhausting battles, explains this rule:

I can only be faithful to God if I openly fight against [the unjust aggressor] and, more broadly, against the currents of thought, organizations and political parties that work with him to realize this goal.

In final analysis, giving liberty to those who are evil or making peace accords with them is tantamount to delivering the good to be persecuted by the evil. (Continued)

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Skaters and Tents Along the Ice, Hendrick Avercamp; 1620