By The Hermits, Dec 19 2014 1:10AM
My thanks to an Orthodox Religious site who republished this report about Professor Paul McHugh of the John Hoskins Hospital in the USA.
Although it was published in the Wall Street Journal last summer (2014) it is not surprising that somehow the media didn't make it well known. The transgender lobby does not like to have its views challenged, especially by such a well respected figure.
August 25, 2014
Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.
Dr. McHugh, the author of six books and at least 125 peer-reviewed medical articles, made his remarks in a recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal, where he explained that transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of ‘assumption’” – the notion that their maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically.
He also reported on a new study showing that the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people. Dr. McHugh further noted studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but for whom, over time, 70%-80% “spontaneously lost those feelings.”
While the Obama administration, Hollywood, and major media such as Time magazine promote transgenderism as normal, said Dr. McHugh, these “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”
“This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken – it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes.”
The transgendered person’s disorder, said Dr. McHugh, is in the person’s “assumption” that they are different than the physical reality of their body, their maleness or femaleness, as assigned by nature. It is a disorder similar to a “dangerously thin” person suffering anorexia who looks in the mirror and thinks they are “overweight,” said McHugh.
This assumption, that one’s gender is only in the mind regardless of anatomical reality, has led some transgendered people to push for social acceptance and affirmation of their own subjective “personal truth,” said Dr. McHugh. As a result, some states – California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts – have passed laws barring psychiatrists, “even with parental permission, from striving to restore natural gender feelings to a transgender minor,” he said.
The pro-transgender advocates do not want to know, said McHugh, that studies show between 70% and 80% of children who express transgender feelings “spontaneously lose those feelings” over time. Also, for those who had sexual reassignment surgery, most said they were “satisfied” with the operation “but their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have the surgery.”
“And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a ‘satisfied’ but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs,” said Dr. McHugh.
The former Johns Hopkins chief of psychiatry also warned against enabling or encouraging certain subgroups of the transgendered, such as young people “susceptible to suggestion from ‘everything is normal’ sex education,” and the schools’ “diversity counselors” who, like “cult leaders,” may “encourage these young people to distance themselves from their families and offer advice on rebutting arguments against having transgender surgery.”
Dr. McHugh also reported that there are “misguided doctors” who, working with very young children who seem to imitate the opposite sex, will administer “puberty-delaying hormones to render later sex-change surgeries less onerous – even though the drugs stunt the children’s growth and risk causing sterility.”
Such action comes “close to child abuse,” said Dr. McHugh, given that close to 80% of those kids will “abandon their confusion and grow naturally into adult life if untreated ….”
“’Sex change’ is biologically impossible,” said McHugh. “People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”
By The Hermits, Dec 18 2014 5:05AM
The Supreme Court has ruled today that the conscience clause does not apply to any health worker except those actually physically killing the unborn baby. This means that pro-life GP's, Gynaecologists, and others have to refer patients wanting abortions to doctors willing to carry the murders, that pro-life senior nurses and midwives have to send other nurses to become murderers or to help in the murder, where will it end? In my past life as a Consultant in Accident and Emergency I remember having to support a Nurse Practitioner who in conscience could not prescribe the (abortionafactant) 'morning after pill' when her seniors did not want to acknowledge that the 'conscience clause' should apply to those who realized the action of the morning after pill, which prevents the tiny human being attaching to the wall of its mother's womb, so that it falls to its death through the cervix.
Here is the link to the full article in the Life Site News.
Please pray for all those involved in health care who are affected by this ruling, that they will have the strength to stand up against this wicked law, even though it may well affect their jobs and therefore their lives.
By The Hermits, Dec 12 2014 4:07AM
Today is the Feastday of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
What a feast!
The appearance of a young pregnant Mary, pregnant with God and by God, talking affectionately to a poor man in his fifties, who instinctively calls her his Mother, his Queen. The miracle of the roses and of the Image on his tilma which can still be seen today, the image rich with symbolic meaning which could be understood by the Aztec people and converted millions. But above all, Our Lady, pregnant with new life, the Life of the world.
For our little band of three hermits it is even more significant this year. And not just for us but for the Western world in general, because the battle lines are being drawn between eternal life and eternal death.
The Devil has done a very good job over the last few decades. He has made himself friendly and cuddly! Think of the symbol of Manchester United football team, the little red devil on the shirts and flags of the 'Red Devils'. It is so 'cute' so 'harmless' that it is difficult to realize that it is the representation of one of the minions of that Chief of Devils, Satan himself. But of course it is not just Manchester United, the jolly red Devil with his little horns and his tail appears everywhere, even advertising spicy hot food.
In a way it wouldn't matter too much if there was still a true general acceptance of the reality of evil, but that has disappeared together with 'hell-fire sermons' and the like. Instead we life in an upside-down world, where even our very language is inverted.
To explain what I mean, when I was growing up, indeed when I was grown up, to be gay was to be happy. Now it is to be a homosexual, whether they are happy or sad.
If you were proud you would confess it as a sin, now it is a virtue! "I am proud to have won gold / to have been awarded an Oscar / of my daughter's achievement / etc. etc
And of course 'Pride' has acheived a meaning all of its own - Brighton Pride, London Pride, a Pride event and so on.
As far as temptation being something bad, that started changing a long time ago. But I do remember the early Bounty chocolate bar adverts, with the gentle tropical music and setting and the beautiful woman seductively caressing the sweet as she ate it. And the advertising media has carried on 'tempting' us ever since. Now even some cat foods are called 'Temptation'!
Evil is rampant in this world, it does feel as if this is the time when Satan, the Prince of the world, is let loose for a while. But it is only for a while, and Christ is victorious, so we must hold out. And as Satan tries to drag as many people as possible down to hell with him, we must try to win as many souls as possible for Christ, so that they may live in heaven in true joy for ever.
There is a price to pay, and it can be hard. But it is worth it! Who would not want to work fo r the all merciful God!
To truly love our fellow man is to want his eternal happiness, to yearn for it, to suffer for it. At present Br. Damon is beginning to feel this suffering, but he does not regret it. And that is another modern inversion. If you love someone enough to want their eternal happiness, and to try to get them to realize that they, like us are sinners in need of repentance, and that will lead to them gaining life eternal, you will be accused by man and by the civil law of hate! To love is to hate, and to preach forgiveness is to be a bigot!
Oh well, it is a good job that this life is not for ever!
P.S. Pink News has been investigation Br. Damon's background, and has published that he is 'the leader' of the Black Hermit Scottish Charity. This is basically true, we, the hermits, set up a charity so as to manage our income (which is dependant on donations) and so that we would be financially transparent. We called it the Black Hermits as we wore black habits at that time, and we couldn't think of anything else!We are all directors of the Charity, so that saying that Br. Damon is in charge of it is both true and untrue. Public proclamation of the Gospel does come under the aims of the charity.
I have included this information so that you will not be confused by any publicity that Gay News may promulgate.
By The Hermits, Dec 5 2014 3:58AM
Tonight, after Br Damon Jonah's most recent arrest, I felt down. I worried that the price he was paying was too high. We do not know if his leafleting has converted anyone. We do know it has caused quite a storm on the social networks, Pink News etc, and some of the comments have been positive, or at least bemoaning the death of free speech, but most comments are from members of the LGBT community who are angry at not everybody thinking how the Government have told us to think. (To be fair, some of the positive comments have also come from people who term themselves homosexuals).
I asked God for help in knowing his will, and no answer came.
Then I read the article I have published below., and an article from the Nigerian Bishops saying about how destructive to their communities is the 'gift' from the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation of injectable contraceptives, which often cause permanent infertility after just four uses.
God is Life.
And He gave us to ability to pro-create life by the loving union of one man with one woman in marriage.
Abortion, contraceptives, homosexual unions, 'test-tube' babies, (where for every one human person implanted an average of 23 human persons are discarded, ie killed), and euthanasia, are all anti-life, are all pro-death. Are all of the culture of death which is the culture of Satan. Whereas supporting life is supporting God, is of the culture of life, which is the culture of God.
So yes, what Damon is doing, and we are supporting, is worth it. But we don't know what will now happen. So please, can everyone who reads this say a prayer for him. Not so much for his protection or that he should excape from the clutches of the civil law. But that God's will is done. That Br. Damon will be given the gift of wisdom from the Holy Spirit so that he may proclaim God's truth clearly and loudly. And that God and the Blessed Virgin Mary will give him strength and comfort in this difficult time.
By The Hermits, Dec 5 2014 3:32AM
8 unbelievably heart-rending quotes from women who aborted their babies sourced from Lifesitenews
Abortion , Post-Abortion Syndrome
We as a society are constantly bombarded with the pro-choice rhetoric that abortion is sometimes necessary. We also hear the words of post-abortive women like Cecile Richards who will say that their abortions were the right thing to do. But whether they are stuffing down their emotions or just plain lying, abortion is never a happy ending.
It kills a child and leaves a mother to live the rest of her life with the knowledge that she took her child’s life. Nothing brings that pain to light better than the words directly from the mouths of everyday post-abortive mothers who are ignored by the major media outlets.
Unlike Richards, these women have nothing to gain from sharing their stories. They only hope to help other mothers choose life.
Lori Nerad, Former National President of Women Exploited by Abortion:
“Two weeks after the abortion, I went into labor. I staggered into the bathroom. And there, with my husband beside me, I delivered a part of my baby the doctor had missed. It was the head of my baby. . . I’ll wake up in the middle of the night, thinking I hear a baby crying. And I still have nightmares in which I am forced to watch my baby being ripped apart in front of me. I simply miss my baby. I constantly wake up wanting to nurse my child, wanting to hold my child. And that’s something the doctor never told me I would experience.”
Abby Johnson, Founder of And Then There Were None:
One day in the car, my daughter (out of nowhere) asked if some day she would be able to see her siblings in Heaven. I asked her what she meant…honestly, hoping that she was not talking about my own two abortions. She said that she knew I had two abortions and she wanted to know if she would ever get to meet those babies because she said, “in my heart, I miss them.” I never knew I would pass that sort of heartbreak on to my children.
When I had my abortions, I never thought about how it would affect others. I didn’t think about my future children. I never thought about how I would have to explain my selfishness to them.
My abortions live in me, and unfortunately, they live in them. ”
Ashley Granger, Wife, mother, sonography student:
Now that my son is 4 years old, I sometimes look at his sweet face and wonder what features my other child would have had. I still have dreams about holding him or her and it makes me so deeply sad to think that I have robbed my son of a sibling. Why not just try and conceive a sibling for him today you may ask? Well, I would love to but my husband and I have been struggling with infertility for two and half years. I never once dreamed that I wouldn’t be able to conceive when I wanted to! Every night my sweet boy prays to God for a sibling and every time I hear those precious prayers my heart aches over what I did. Because in retrospect an abortion isn’t an easy fix or a solution to a problem….it is the problem, and it leaves a lasting effect on generations to come.
Katrina Fernadez, Catholic humor writer at Patheos:
“I killed two of my children, robbed my parents of grand-children, and murdered my son’s siblings. These abortions directly caused a medical condition known as incompetent cervix which resulted in the premature birth of another son who died after a week long struggle in the NICU in 2001. The suffering I’ve endured and caused others is immeasurable and the guilt almost drove me suicidal. I am a coward in every way.”
Addie Morfoot, mother, writer:
“Ross likes to tell me that Annie is our son’s guardian angel, but that idea scares me. Do I want my son’s protector to be someone whose mother gave her up? Ended her existence prematurely? She must be so mad, disappointed and hurt. So I keep her ultrasound images, along with a Hallmark “It’s a Girl!” card that my best friend sent, along with a Christmas tree ornament engraved with Annie’s due date, which my parents gave me the week I found out I was pregnant, locked away in a closet far from my son’s bedroom. […] But Annie still haunts me. When her due date rolls around, or when our son has a bad cough, or with the birth of my sister’s baby girl — I think of Annie. And once every year — on her birthday — I let myself cry. I think about how it would feel to hold her in my arms. And then I ask her to please understand that I did what I thought was best for my child.”
Beatrice Fedor, Member of the Silent No More Campaign:
“I flushed my baby in the toilet and it was horrifying. And it didn’t help me to graduate. It’s been nineteen years and to this day, I don’t have a degree. […] Seven years later, I got pregnant again. The father was twice my age and he was abusive. Abortion was the quick fix solution to protect myself and my baby from the abuser. So I went to a clinic and in great anxiety, I was put to sleep. When I woke up with blood on my legs, I burst into tears and I was inconsolable. I sank deeper and deeper into depression and suicidal thoughts.
Then, I met my husband and he brought Jesus into my life but I was still hurting. When I was pregnant with our first child, my abortions resurfaced and the guilt was overwhelming. I went to counseling and I started to heal. Later, I attended a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat and finally, I was able to forgive myself and find peace.
Abortion promised to free me from two crisis situations and instead, it has nearly destroyed me. But there is hope for all those who are hurting and it is for them that I am Silent No More.”
Jewels Green, former abortion clinic worker and public speaker:
“[…]January 6, 1989, at 9 1/2 weeks gestation, I had an abortion. It nearly killed me. No, not the surgical procedure, the psychological aftermath. I attempted suicide three times after my abortion and finally ended up in an adolescent psychiatric ward of a community hospital for a month to recover. […] Working in the autoclave room was never, ever easy. I saw my lost child in every jar of aborted baby parts. One night after working autoclave my nightmares about dead babies were so gruesome and terrifying and intense I met with the clinic’s director to talk about my feelings. She was very understanding, open and honest, and painfully forthright when she told me, “What we do here is end a life. Pure and simple.”
Brice Griffin, Founder, Charlotte Center for Women
“After napping [after the abortion] I was raring to get back out to the bar scene. There was not enough whiskey in DC to satisfy me that night, or any night for many months following. When I woke up the morning after my abortion, Brian asked how I slept. I said, ‘Like a baby.’ He said, ‘You mean like a baby KILLER?!’ […] For months after that, I knew nothing except that I wanted to die. Death was the only certain escape from the horrific pit that had formed in my soul. I begged for therapy. I screamed for help. But only inside. How could I admit what I had done?
So I buried it. No one else needed to know. No one else needed to judge me as harshly as I had come to judge myself.
I trudged through several more years, feeling happy at times and doomed at others. One day I was running and listening to a homily by Fr. Larry Richards about Confession. He said (loosely), “If you’ve had an abortion, confess it. Your child is praying for you in Heaven.” My chest heaved with uncontrollable sobs and I ran home to arrange an appointment for Confession with my dear Priest. There in the confessional, heaving with sobs once more, I truly expected to be struck by lightning. I now sat there acknowledging that I was guilty of the worst sin possible, murder. My dear Priest smiled and handed me a box of tissues and said, ‘God is so happy you are here. You will be forgiven, but you need healing.’ He then proceeded to tell me about Rachel’s Vineyard, a ministry aimed towards healing from abortion.”
These are just eight of the women who are speaking out about the aftermath of their abortions. Lifetimes of pain and regret. Lifetimes spent yearning for a child they will never get to hold. Due dates come and go and always bring about another year of remorse. Abortion isn’t something someone does one day. It lasts a lifetime.
By The Hermits, Nov 26 2014 10:33PM
Last Sunday we celebrated the feast of Christ The King. Looking at the World in its present state one would think that there is no Kingdom to celebrate. The Western Protestant Churches , for the most part, seem to resemble the Gaderene swine rushing down the banks of heresy, into the abyss of what only God knows. The Catholic Church is wracked with heresy and the Popes from Paul VI onwards have been wringing their hands trying to deal with it, but somehow things have got worse, possibly because dialogue and patience are meant to help the heretical and unorthodox see the errors of their ways, but when the unorthodox appear to be leading Cardinals one begins to be extremely concerned. Eastern Orthodoxy clings tenaciously to the first Seven Councils of the undivided Church, but is hopelessly wrong on divorce and re-marriage, and this is all going on against a background of cruelty, lunacy, and rampant sexual immorality in the West, which is penetrating into the East; and wars and rumours of wars are everywhere.
We are not helped when Christ’s Kingship is being understood mainly from the view point of the Good Shepherd, or the King at the end of the World coming to judge us on our charity or lack of it. That is not to say that the great parable of the Last Judgment is not a magnificent scene of the end of Time. However it must be seen against the Cross. Christ the Lamb is slain on the Cross and rises as the Lion of Judah. He conquers as the Warrior King of the Apocalypse and his look terrifies the demons from whom he exacts homage.
How are we to act as citizens of Christ’s Kingdom.? Christ’s Kingdom, as he tells Pilate, is not of this World. His followers must not be of this World. The Catholic Church and the Protestant Churches in the West sit too lightly with the secular society. They too easily applaud its successes, too rarely condemn its failures. They are lulled into a false sense of security. The benefits of modern civilization dull the conscience and anaesthetise the imagination. Most people in the World do not benefit from the luxuries of Western civilization; in fact they pay the price, which is poverty.
Though are Holy Father is right to stress the importance of trying to arrive at a more equitable balance of the good things of this world for the poor and starving, who make up the majority of the World’s population, it might be an idea if he now dealt with morals and modesty.
Following on from St. Peter’s directives women should be modestly attired like the wives of the Patriarchs. In public they should be modestly veiled, or have some headress like Moslem and Hindu women, in fact like Our Lady. They should not wear seductive makeup, and they should be beautiful in their deeds. If they do not, then the man always falls, and then drags a whole lot of women with him. This is not sexist, this is the command of Peter the Apostle.
Let not yours be the outward adorning with braiding of hair, decoration of gold, and wearing of robes, but let it be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable jewel of a gentle and quite spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. (I Peter, Chapter 3: vv.3-4).
Men also must be modestly dressed. Both sexes should not be accentuating their private parts, which is so much the fashion today. For such a very long time we have been immodestly dressed; even in the Victorian era the décolletage was erotic. We have all fallen very short of what we should be. This has been certainly the case since the 1920’s and very definitely since the sixties with the dominance of the erotic in fashion. Christian modesty belongs to a bygone era.
The Pope should issue a degree forbidding Catholics from divorcing, (legal separations are much better). She has too easily capitulated to the State in this regard, and it is divorce more than anything else that has created the moral chaos in the West. For how can children trust their parents when they betray them like this? A gaping wound is left in the heart of the children, which sometimes never heals. Where husbands are known for their cruelty, the priest must intervene along with the leading men in the parish and bring the man to his senses. Such suggestions seem mad, but they are not mad. What is mad is cloning, giving children multiple parents, or having them brought up by male homosexuals, or lesbians. This is madness and badness.
Such things necessitate and a complete moral and intellectual revolution. Why, because if we do not convert from so much sexual morality we will be destroyed. The good will go the Kingdom of Heaven, the bad to the Abyss of Hell. Also the Pope should make a dogmatic statement regarding the sinfulness of contraception.
We could begin to rebuild the collapsing Church, but it requires penance and heroism, and a rejection of much that has happened over the last 500 or 600 years, and which has had such a devastating effect on the Church and particularly Western Christendom. What has been the source of this havoc? In two words materialism and secularism.
St. Francis of Assisi scented what was wrong back in the 13th century --- money, and the accumulation of wealth and the rise of competitive commerce. In the battle against this he fought with the arms of evangelical poverty. St. Dominic wanted to protect the Church with theological truth, and his son St. Thomas tried his best, and was only partially successful as you need more than Aristotelian philosophy to save the world, even if it is brought under the sway of the Gospel.
The Counter Reformation was sadly too dominated by the Jesuits and the Clerks Regular, and the Jesuits’ attempt to save as many souls as possible wrought disastrous long term effects, because they sat too comfortably with the World, and were too easy with wielders of power. They were too happy to take on the mores and the dress of the people to whom they were preaching, and so paved the wave for the worker priests, the trendy priest, the revolutionary priest, and so they forgot that “My Kingdom is not of this World”.
We are called to be citizens of Heaven on Earth, and we are asked to be disciples of Christ like his first disciples, and we are asked not to conform to the cultures of the World, the Flesh and the Devil, but too get the secularized cultures to conform to culture of Christ. Obviously we cannot dress just like the men and women of First Century Palestine, but we can move in that general direction. We can learn again that the handmaiden of humility is modesty. Why not give it a chance?
By The Hermits, Nov 23 2014 5:59AM
A few days ago I reported on the move by the British Prgnancy Advisory council to bring down the age of consent to 13. Now a committee of the United Nations is trying to abolish the age of consent completely. And people were surprised at Br. Damon saying that the homosexuals would be trying to lower it in his pamphlets, well it seems that other very influencial groups are already well on the way to trying to get it lowered.
UNFPA: Children Have Right to Sex, Drugs, Abortion to Reduce Population
By Rebecca Oas, Ph.D | November 20, 2014
UNFPA State of World Pop Report 2014
NEW YORK, November 21 (C-Fam)
"There are more young people in the world now than ever before. According to the United Nations Population Fund’s latest report, this represents an unprecedented opportunity for progress, but only if future generations are smaller.
UNFPA’s prescription to ensure a “demographic dividend” includes freely available abortion for adolescents, removing age of consent, drug and prostitution laws, and reduced parental involvement in the sexual formation of their children.
“[Y]oung people require a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services, including . . . safe abortion care,” says the 2014 State of World Population, released Tuesday. According to UNFPA, legal systems in most countries lag behind commitments they made in international human rights treaties, and have “yet to catch up with the realities of adolescents and youth.”
No UN treaty mentions abortion, nor obliges countries to make youth vulnerable to adults offering sexual and reproductive services.
Of particular concern to UNFPA are age of consent laws requiring parental permission to access abortion, contraceptives, or other services like needle exchange programs for drug users.
“[A]ge of consent laws contradict the idea that young people should participate in decisions that affect them in line with their evolving capabilities,” says the report, equating participation in decision-making with unilateral control.
UNFPA also criticizes laws against “same-sex behaviour, drug use, and selling sex or sex work,” on the grounds that they “fall particularly hard on young people realizing their sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.”
The report posits that positive behavior changes among young people “could be influenced by policy interventions, such as those that loosen age or parental-consent restrictions on adolescents’ access to services.”
In total, the UNFPA report asserts that the key to development is ensuring that adolescents’ sexual behavior is unsupervised, unrestricted, publicly funded, and, above all, non-procreative. UNFPA posits that the imposition of sexual anarchy upon youth will ensure their well-being and that of the whole world."
When will the powers that be look at what they are doing and the consequenses of their actions. Even without expecting them to recognise sin for what it is, at least they should be able to see the physical consequences of what they are proposing: the increase in sexually transmitted diseases, cervical and breast cancers, pelvic / uterine infections due to coils etc, hormone imballances due to the 'pill', the risks of abortion to the young mothers (and the deaths of the unborn children), decreased later fertility due to using contraceptive hormones at a young age, and the loss of the precious jewel of the innocence of youth.
May the sweet, gentle and powerful Virgin Mary, and the chaste and strong St Joseph, protect the youth from the evil perpetrated against them. Amen
By The Hermits, Nov 21 2014 9:29PM
A Good Wife Who can Find?
The destruction of sexual identity
And the Demise of Chivlary
The mother of King Lemuel must have been a very wise woman, when she taught him what a good wife was all about. The description of the good wife closes the Book of Proverbs, and until recently was regarded as being a perfect description of the perfect wife and mother. No longer is this the case. For with women soldiers, and women chief constables, women head of MI5, the world is a different place, and a far more dangerous place. Women are there to compete with men as equals, and encouraged to do all things that men do. There is no doubt that woman make wonderful teachers, nurses and doctors, and often excel in the academic realm, but as fire-fighters and front line soldiers? The question is “Why”? What is driving women to take up such agressive and muscular jobs? And it is a question that is remarkably difficult to answer. Superficially the answer might be that it is to do with women’s revolt against the terrible treatment meted out to them by men over the centuries; after all why did they not fight back sooner? I suspect that the answer may be simply that technology has given them power, and no more efficiently than in the contraceptive pill.
In a peasant and agrarian culture there is so much work to do to keep alive that the jobs must be apportioned according to ability. Farming, iron working, building, carpentry, and fishing needs a man’s strength. He does not suffer from periods. He is not going to have babies. In a simple society, without technology, you do not have the pill or the condom. Married couples will have lots of children, and so a woman has all her time taken up providing for her family. Life is difficult, and should not be idealized or idolized, but it is realistic, if not fatalistic, and people see life as it is, not as some fantasy.
With the development of steam engines, electricity, and the use of gas and oil, and new inventions such as fridges, freezers, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, cars, lorries (trucks in the US) aeroplanes, computers, and every conceivable convenience, along with modern weaponry, a woman can take her place alongside a man, but she can only do it in a modern society. Take all these material aids away, and there will be little time for either sex to waste in frivolity, fantasy, or evil. Man and Woman find themselves before the uncertainty of nature, and climate.
In an agrarian society you will not get the woman soldier, because she will be having babies, and will be too busy to be wielding heavy weaponry. She will find it impossible to be a sailor because dealing with heavy rigging will be beyond her, and she will not be able to take steroids and go to the gym which for its body building may require the best of modern technology. The Woman will find herself vulnerable, and will need the Man to protect her. Feminists will not like such an assessment as this, but they must think and realize that Marx’s dialectical materialism breaks down, when the working classes disappear and ancient society reasserts itself. Most of our sins have taken on more and more exotic forms precisely because of technology, which has opened the floodgates and out has gushed Satanic vice; no more so than in the form of Internet Pornography.
At heart I think that most women simply want a man who really will love them, and care for them, and who will be indissolubly bound to them. Do Men and Women really want multiple relationships, and divorce and remarriage on an epidemic scale. I think not? The Man does want to protect the Woman, and the Woman does appreciate chivalry from Man, whatever the Media says to the contrary. And remember that Chivalry is a Christian concept. Nothing is so emblematic of chivalry as the Knight errant, who finds his perfect personification in Galahad, Parsifal, and in his own flawed way, Lancelot. The final apotheosis is the cowboy who is nothing if not mythical, but all the more real for being a personification of masculine qualities, especially bravery, and the protection of women and children.
Who is behind this curious de-sexualization of the sexes where the man becomes less masculine, and the woman less feminine; and this must be stated boldly, a woman who dresses in clothes that are hardly different from a man’s still retains her femininity, but it is not the case with men. Fashions seem to be emasculating men. The trousers or jeans that young men wear seem to exaggerate the stick like qualities of their legs, unless this tells one more about the lack of sports classes in schools, I do not know.
It must be added that we see this attempt at destroying the difference between the sexes being made by the Bolsheviks during the early years of the Russian Revolution. Firstly everyone had to wear the dress of the worker, and we see this wonderfully displayed in a photograph of Gorky and his son and daughter-in-law while visiting the Solovetsky Gulag, which was a former monastery.
Gorky stands at the centre of the group on, what looks like, a bridge. It is a sunny day in May 1929. As you look at the picture, to the left of Gorky is a man who seems to be a camp guard, if not the commandant and next to him appears to be Gorky’s son, between these two and slightly in front is the daughter-in-law, who is wearing a leather jacket and boots. They and the others in the picture, have as a backdrop to their group, the Sekirka church, which has been turned into the punishment cell. The church would have been beautiful and decorated with icons but now has been transformed into a place of cruelty. The Woman who should be a being of beauty looks wrong and ridiculous. Since then this folly was exported to China, Vietnam, Korea, Cambodia, Cuba, to name just a few countries, and then the fashion took off in the West in the 60’s and jeans became everyman’s and everywoman’s wear. Levis are yet another example of the genius of Jewish business. This amazing business acumen of this remarkable race, when it is not under God’s governing hand, tragically finds itself coming under Lucifer’s sway. Christ tells us that we cannot serve God and money, and that was the problem with the Pharisees, they loved money. Be we Jews, Christians, Moslems, Hindus, when we become obsessed with money and we worship it, then the beauty of the God’s creation is forgotten.
God created Man, “So God created man in his own image, in the imaged of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1; v.27)That is all we need to know. Man and Woman are complementary, equal in grace, different in their chromosome make up. Woman is first and foremost Mother, and Man is in the image of both the Father and the Son. The Dignity given to Man and Woman is immense. Though this was lost by the sin of Adam and Eve, it was restored and elevated by Christ, the perfect image of his Father, the Father of All.
This attempt to destroy the difference between Man and Woman is the Devil’s spite against God. He hates God’s infinite love and beauty, for it reminds him of his lost beauty and dazzling radiance. St. Hildegard remarks that why the Devil hates precious stones is because they remind him of his jewel like beauty as the greatest of the angels. Thus he must destroy all beauty, and he begins by trying to destroy the beautiful differences between Man and Woman. He rejoices in sterile sex, abortion, torture, murder and war because they make him feel at home in his world which is one of destruction and hatred, and that is why he had to destroy Eden, which he did not, and there is a mystery.
Western Society is so prone to hatred, revolution, and rebellion against the Divine Order of God the Father Creator of Heaven and Earth that he must make everything as much like Hell as possible. Most of the Media, the rulers, the politicians, the rich and the powerful wittingly or unwittingly serve The Prince of This World, and wittingly or unwittingly hate Christ, because they cannot believe that God could suffer, and that they are in need of Redemption, but until they can accept these two truths, they will live a lie and an illusion. If they do not awaken from this terrible sleep, then they will open their eyes upon the terrible terrain of Hell, eternal fire, eternal hatred, eternal despair, and worst of all the absence of God. It will be too late then, and they can have no excuse.
And so we entrust all these deluded Men and Women who are slaves to wealth, power, lust and greed to the prayers of that perfect woman and mother, Mary The Mother of God.
“Our Lady of Refuge of Sinners” pray for them.
By The Hermits, Nov 14 2014 4:07AM
How far have we in Britain slipped down the slippery slope of corrupting children? Further than we would like to think. Parents have an increasingly difficult job of protecting the innocence of their children, the schools, who should be helping the parents in nurturing their children, have joined with the media and other groups to make the children sexually aware at an increasingly young age.
We have mentioned Br. Damon's pamphleteering work, trying to spread the message of the Gospel to people by simply posting leaflets through their letterboxes. This simple non-aggressive act has caused some uproar in the social media, but the leaflets have been passed as not containing 'hate' matterial by the Crown Prosecution Service several times, who say that he has the legal right to continue posting them. However, Nottingham Police Force has cautioned him under the Public Order Offence (even though there was no public disorder!), and Brighton Police Force will be arresting him and questioning him next week (we are not sure under what law), and later this month he also has to report to Cheshire under the 'Malicious Communications Act' in which someone only has to say that they are 'offended' at something that has been written in order for it to be an offence!
Well, on his 'Homosexualism' leaflet, written in responce to the 'gay marriage' new law, Br. Damon states that the LGBT agenda includes lowering the age of consent to puberty. Now we have confirmation of that. And the confirmation comes from Brook Advisory Services themselves. They have produced a 'tool' which they have distributed to schools to 'help' teachers know what sexual behaviour is appropriate at various ages. As far as they are concerned it is 'appropriate' for children from the age of 13 to have penetrative sexual intercourse with other children of simular age, both heterosexual and homosexual. The fact that it is illegal for them to do so doesn't concern them, and they do not seem to think that should concern teachers or parents either. So that you can see the 'tool' in full the link is here.
This 'tool' has been approved by the UK Society of Sexual Health Advisers (SSHA), but is being discussed in a Commons Select Committee and there are voices of concern and reason being heard there. To quote from Life Site News article:
"Dr. David Paton, a professor of industrial economics at Nottingham University and a leading expert in teenage pregnancy rates, has consistently warned that explicit sex education and easy availability of contraceptives, including the morning-after pill, has not led to a decrease in teen pregnancies or abortions, but has led to a staggering increase in STD's because of an increase in sexual activity in children.
Paton told the education select committee that he has a "big issue" with the guidelines in the "tool" suggesting that sexual relations among 13-to-17-year-olds are a "safe and healthy development."
"The advice is both misleading and potentially dangerous,” Paton said. "There’s an awful of evidence that early sexual activity is associated with all sorts of adverse outcomes – including early pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, but also mental health issues and adverse academic outcomes.”
Graham Stuart, a Labour MP and chair of the education committee, concurred with Dr. Paton. Telling 13-year-olds that having sex is part of growing up, but "not to send out a message that it's wrong, that it's harmful, it's dangerous, is in fact to almost to collude with something which we know is damaging to young people."
However, I think the 'tool' has already been diseminated, lowering the age of consent to puberty might not yet be law, but it is being taught as appropriate, whether the children's parents wish it or not.
We might not be at the bottom of the slippery slope yet, but we are still sliding!
Please keep praying that as few souls as possible are lost in these dark days of evil.
By The Hermits, Nov 11 2014 11:37AM
In a world, and sadly in a Church, where logical argument, for much of the time, has been subordinated to feeling, and where the Word of God is interpreted in the exact opposite of what it means; as in the case of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah or in Christ’s teaching on the utter indissolubility of marriage, let us look again at Cardinal Newman’s “Biglietto Speech” which he gave on Monday May 12th in the year of 1879 on receiving his Cardinal’s hat. This is no ordinary speech. It is a cri de couer, and an apologia of his life’s work. The leaders of the Catholic Church should heed the great theologian’s words. It is the advice of a wise saint to the modern world and to a Church, where many are in danger of joining the terrifying rush of the Western Garderene swine into the abyss.
“ ‘ Vi ringrazio, Monsignore, per la paticipazione che m’avete fatto dell’ alto onore che il Santo Padre si è degnato conferire sulla mia umile persona ---
And if I ask your permission to continue my address to you, not in your musical language, but in my own dear mother tongue, it is because in the latter I can better express my feelings on this most gracious announcement which you have brought to me than if I attempted what is above me.
First of all then, I am led to speak of the wonder and profound gratitude which came upon me, and which is upon me still, at the condescension and love towards me of the Holy Father, in singling me out for so immense honour. It was a great surprise. Such an elevation had never come into my thoughts, and seemed out of keeping with my antecedents. I had passed through many trials, but they were over; and now the end of all things had almost come to me, and I was at peace. And was it possible that after all I had lived through so many years for this?
Nor is it easy to see how I could have borne so great a shock, had not the Holy Father resolved on a second act of condescension towards me, which tempered it, and was to all who heard of it a touching evidence of his kindly and generous nature. He felt for me, and he told me the reasons why he raised me to this high position. Besides other words of encouragement, he said his act was a recognition of my zeal and good service for so many years in the Catholic cause; moreover, he judged it would give pleasure to English Catholics, and even Protestant England, if I received some mark of his favour. After such gracious words from his Holiness, I should have been insensible and heartless if I had had scruples any longer.
This is what he had the kindness to say to me, and what could I want more? In a long course of years I have made many mistakes. I have nothing of that high perfection which belongs to the writings of the saints, viz., that error cannot be found in them; but what I trust that I may claim all though what I have written, is this, --- an honest intention, an absence of private ends, a temper of obedience, a willingness to be corrected, a dread of error, a desire to serve Holy Church, through Divine mercy, a fair measure of success. And I rejoice to say, to one great mischief I have from the first opposed myself. For thirty, forty, fifty years I have resisted to the best of my powers the spirit of Liberalism in religion. Never did Holy Church need champions against it more sorely than now, when, alas! it is an error overspreading, as a snare, the whole earth; and on this great occasion, when it is natural for one who is in my place to look out upon the world, and upon Holy Church as in it, and upon her future, it will not, I hope, be considered out of place, if I renew the protest against it which I have made so often.
Liberalism in religion is the doctrine that there is no positive truth in religion, but that one creed is as good as another, and this is the teaching which is gaining substance and force daily. It is inconsistent with any recognition of any religion, as true. It teaches that all are to be tolerated, for all are matters of opinion. Revealed religion is not a truth, but a sentiment and a taste; not an objective fact, not miraculous; and it is the right of each individual to make it say what strikes his fancy. Devotion is not necessarily founded on faith. Men may go to Protestant Churches and to Catholic, may get good from both and belong to neither. They may fraternise together in spiritual thoughts and feelings, without having any views at all of doctrines in common, or seeing the need of them. Since, then, religion is so personal a peculiarity and so private a possession, we must of necessity ignore it in the intercourse of man with man. If a man puts on a new religion every morning, what is that to you? It is as impertinent to think about a man’s religion as about his source of income or his management of his family. Religion is in no sense a bond of society.
Hitherto the civil power has been Christian. Even in countries separated from the Church, as in my own, the dictum was in force, when I was young, that: ‘Christianity was the law of the land.’ Now, everywhere that goodly framework of society, which is the creation of Christianity, is throwing off Christianity. The dictum to which I have referred, with a hundred others which followed upon it, is gone, or is going everywhere; and, by the end of the century, unless the Almighty intervenes, it will be forgotten. Hitherto, it has been considered that religion alone, with its supernatural sanctions, was strong enough to secure submission of the masses of our population to law and order; now the Philosophers and Politicians are bent on satisfying this problem without the aid of Christianity. Instead of the Church’s authority and teaching, they would substitute first of all a universal and thoroughly secular education, calculated to bring home to every individual that be orderly, industrious, and sober is his personal interest. Then, for great working principles to take the place of religion, for the use of the masses thus carefully educated, it provides --- the broad fundamental ethical truths, of justice, benevolence, veracity, and the like; proved experience; and those natural laws which exist and act spontaneously in society, and in social matters, whether physical or psychological; for instance, in government, trade, finance, sanitary experiments, and the intercourse of nations. As to Religion, it is a private luxury, which a man may have if he will; but which of course he must pay for, and which he must not obtrude upon others, or indulge in to their annoyance.
The general [nature] of this great apostasia is one and the same everywhere; but in detail, and in character, it varies in different countries. For myself, I would rather speak of it in my own country, which I know. There, I think it threatens to have a formidable success; though it is not easy to see what will be its ultimate issue. At first sight it might be thought that Englishmen are too religious for a movement which, on the continent, seems to be founded on infidelity; but the misfortune with us is, that, though it ends in infidelity as in other places, it does not necessarily arise out of infidelity. It must be recollected that the religious sects, which sprang up in England three centuries ago, and which are so powerful now, have ever been fiercely opposed to the Union of Church and State, and would advocate the unChristianising of the monarchy and all that belongs to it, under the notion that such a catastrophe would make Christianity much more pure and much more powerful. Next the liberal principle is forced on us from the necessity of the case. Consider what follows from the very fact of these many sects. They constitute the religion, it is supposed, of half the population; and recollect, our mode of government is popular. Every dozen men taken at random whom you meet in the streets have a share in political power, --- when you inquire into their forms of belief, perhaps they represent one or other of as many as seven religions; how can they possibly act together in municipal or in national matters, if each insists on the recognition of his own religious denomination? All action would be at a deadlock unless the subject of religion was ignored. We cannot help ourselves. And, thirdly, it must be borne in mind, that there is much in the liberalistic theory which is good and true; for example, not to say more, the precepts of justice, truthfulness, sobriety, self-command, benevolence, which, as I have already noted, are among its avowed principles, and the natural laws of society. It is not till we find that this array of principles is intended to supersede, to block out, religion, that we pronounce it to be evil. There never was a device of the enemy so cleverly framed and with such promise of success. And already it is answered to the expectations which have formed it. It is sweeping into its own ranks great numbers of able, earnest, virtuous men, elderly men of approved antecedents, young men with a career before them.
Such is the state of things in England, and it is well that it should be realised by all of us; but it must not be supposed for a moment that I am afraid of it. I lament it deeply, because I foresee that it may be the ruin of many souls; but I have no fear at all that it really can do aught of serious harm to the Word of God, to Holy Church, to our Almighty King, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, Faithful and True, or to his Vicar on earth. Christianity has been too often in what seemed deadly peril, that we should fear for it any new trial now. So far is certain; on the other hand, what is uncertain, and in these great contests commonly is uncertain, and what is commonly a great surprise, when it is witnessed, is the particular mode by which, in the event, Providence rescues and saves His elect inheritance. Sometimes our enemy is turned into a friend; sometimes he is despoiled of that special virulence of evil which was so threatening; sometimes he falls to pieces himself; sometimes he does just so much as is beneficial, and then is removed. Commonly the Church has nothing more to do than go on in her own proper duties, in confidence and peace; to stand still and to see the salvation of God.”
Mansueti hereditabunt terram
Et delectabuntur in multitudine pacis.
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