DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     March 22, 1999     vol. 10, no. 56

Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW

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    INTRODUCTION
          Pat Ludwa, a committed lay Catholic from Cleveland, has been asked to contribute, on a regular basis, a lay person's point of view on the Church today. We have been impressed with his insight and the clear logic he brings to the table from his "view from the pew." In all humility, by his own admission, he feels he has very little to offer, but we're sure you'll agree with us that his viewpoint is exactly what millions of the silent majority of Catholics believe and have been trying to say as well. Pat puts it in words that help all of us better understand and convey to others what the Church teaches and we must believe.

          Today, he reveals the subliminal plot to undermine all that is decent, all that the Church teaches as right and good. Pat takes on the feminists, Planned Parenthood, the UN and the rest of that ilk which have slithered into our legislature and school system in their attempt to wean the "new soldiers" for the Brave New Godless World.

War on the innocent: a battle for hearts and minds

      Our children need to be protected. No one disagrees with this. But what form does this protection take? Protected from what?

      A recent Court ruling, brought before it by the ACLU, has ruled that no School Board Meeting may open with a prayer. "These are public forums which children attend and they must be protected." Protected from prayer? Protected from any expression of religion?

      In many communities, there is a drive to include abstinence in any and all sex education classes. Again, we hear how these children have to be 'protected' from this intrusion of Judeo-Christian morals and ethics.

      It has even put forward by many 'enlightened' people that children need protection from having their parents 'impose' their religious beliefs and morals on their children.

      YET!!!!!! Libraries are required, now by law, to give full access to the Internet. Including sexually explicit web sites. New and reworked laws require us, to 'abstain' from demonstrating in front of abortion clinics. Television shows display pre and extra-marital sex as the norm. Recently, on "Friends" we saw two couples have a 'sex contest' to see who was the 'hottest couple'. We are implicitly told that we have to accept homosexuality as, not only a licit sexuality, but, in some cases, a better lifestyle. After all, as one person told me, God made homosexuals to help control the population.

      At the Beijing Conference, it was apparent that the focus was to 'liberate' women from the role of mothers. To blur gender differences and make the world neither male nor female. "The Beijing Platform for Action is riddled with "gender perspective", a crazy ragbag of misshapen myths and primitive metaphysics. It defines gender as a social construct with no relation at all to biological differences. Written mostly by a small coterie of New York-based feminist powermongers headed by the late arch-feminist Bella Abzug, the Platform of Action promotes the naive myth that systematic elimination of all differences between men and women in the family and in the public arena is crucial for overcoming poverty, injustice, violence, and warfare. The central thrust of the Beijing Platform can be summed up in one of its several hundred directives to governments: "Adopt all appropriate measures, especially in the field of education, to modify the social and cultural patterns of conduct of men and women, and to eliminate prejudices, customary practices and all other practices based on stereotyped roles for men and women." (BEIJING CONFERENCE TO EMPOWER GOVERNMENTS, NOT WOMEN by Rita Joseph)

      So, it's apparent that the 'goal' is to remake, restructure society. Just as Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union attempted to do.

      Jean Guilfoyle, in her article "GENDER BENDERS" wrote how this could affect us and our children. "Bear in mind that UN resolutions, whether or not they have the binding nature of treaties, affirm international 'goals and standards,' which can be applied within member countries at national and local levels. It is quite possible that such goals and standards could emerge in judicial decisions and government regulations at the community level. Within our schools, which frequently engage in psychological and aptitude testing, vague criteria relating to 'gender identity' could have destructive effects on children."

      "Yes, Mr. and Mrs. Clark, we know your child is registered in school as a boy, but we find that this child exhibits unusual compassion and concern, and fewer aggressive tendencies than the other boys. These tendencies, you see, fall further along the "gender identity scale" toward feminine characteristics. Now, for your child's well-being, we have introduced him to Mr. Gerard, a gay teacher in the social studies department. Mr. Gerard will introduce your child to the lifestyle which is most suitable for him according to his psychological "gender identity" testing.

      "No, Mr. and Mrs. Clark, it is not possible to object to the school's decision. Here in America, all students have a right to "reproductive health," with or without parental agreement, according to Supreme Court decisions and statutory law!"

      Now this may appear absurd, but recall, we already have laws on the books of a number of States that a child need not get parental permission to obtain contraceptives and/or abortions. And those who do require such permission are often challenged. There is even an account of a representative of Planned Parenthood advocating 'trusted' adults showing children 'healthy' sex. In fact, a recent report by medical officials say that we need sex 3-4 times a week in order to be healthy. As though abstinence was unhealthy. My mind went back to a dying young man I saw in an AIDS report who 'joked' that the condom broke. Only abstinence 'eliminates' STD's and unwanted pregnancies, but we are told our children need to be 'protected' from that.

      The groundwork is being laid to 'impose' other morals, other than Christian, on our children. As the California Medical Association wrote in regards to abortion: "The very considerable semantic gymnastics, required to rationalize abortion as anything but taking a human life would be ludicrous, if it was not often put forth under socially impeccable auspices…This schizophrenic sort of subterfuge is necessary because, while a new ethic is being accepted, the old one has not been fully rejected."

      So we see euthanasia portrayed as a 'compassionate' and dignified way to end one's life (Don't mention Quality of life quotients being applied. Don't mention that the poor, the handicapped and elderly may be 'compassionately' killed for the betterment of society). Illicit sex as healthy and abstinence as unhealthy and repressive. Marriage as being an 'oppressive' institutionalized slavery of women.

      As a line from "A Man For All Seasons" states: "This isn't reform, this is war against the Church."

      Our children are taught to be tolerant of everything and everyone except for Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. Here, intolerance and bigotry is not only allowed, but encouraged.

      As G. K. Chesterton wrote: "These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own." - ILN 8-11-28
and:
"There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions." - ILN, 1/13/06

      We are in the midst of a war, but not like the war we know. "For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." (Ephesians 6:12-13)

      The enemy hopes to make our children their soldiers to usher in this 'Brave New World.'

    Pax Christi, Pat

March 22, 1999       volume 10, no. 56
VIEW FROM THE PEW

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