Anomaly or Norm?

07-26-2015Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

I always thought that the WWII era German people who participated in the systematic genocide carried out in Concentration Camps and those who looked the other way were an historical anomaly, one-time moral freaks. But now that we live in a country with Murder, Inc. also known as Planned Parenthood I'm beginning to think the people who lived under the National Socialism of the Nazi Party were more the norm than the exception.

The recent undercover investigation into Planned Parenthood's harvesting and selling of human baby organs and tissue (www.centerformedicalprogress.org) seems to make any distinctions between our society with its abortion mills and German society with its concentration camps a distinction without a difference. Yes there were those who resisted and tried their best to undermine the laws of the Third Reich, just witness the 5million non-Jews that died in concentration camps just like there are many of us today who resist and try to undermine the abortion laws of the US. But that fact that there is a law that officially legalizes the homicide of human beings based on status of development is every bit as morally repugnant as any other type of genocidal policy.

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Principles to Live for

07-19-2015Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

In my previous letter I outlined ways in which religious freedom and the redefinition of marriage are currently in conflict. Hopefully now you can speak (not argue) in an informed way with those who insist that there is no conflict between the two. When you are having that conversation the first question to ask is "what is your definition of religious freedom"? Is it the robust, ample definition that we have employed for the past 239yrs of our nation's history or is it a very narrow, constricted definition that limits religious freedom to what happens inside the four walls of a church, synagogue or mosque? If it is the latter than there is a conflict.

The narrowing of the meaning of religious freedom from public practice to exclusively private worship will certainly affect how the Church operates in society. But always remember that this is God's Church and He will make us who He needs us to be at this present moment. We are by definition people of hope and so what we shall become is in God's hands. Maybe, as the Gospel points out when Jesus sent the Twelve on mission, he told them to take no walking stick, moneybag or extra tunic, we have become too loaded down, too encumbered to effectively carry the message of the Good News. So yes we might loose the institutions that we built to help Christianize the culture but implicit in that loss is an opportunity as well. We should never lose sight of that.

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Coexist?

07-12-2015Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The Supremes have sung and not in harmony and apparently there really ain't no mountain high enough. So what has Obergefell v. Hodges wrought?

We have been lead to believe there is a huge majority ground swell of support for the redefinition of marriage and those who oppose are the lunatic fringe. While polls often show a majority support for redefining marriage, thirty-six states, tens of millions of people voted not to redefine it. One of them, California, by a 60% margin voted to reaffirm the definition of marriage and did it during a Democratic primary election. What does the divide tell us? It tells us that we are less free. People will say one thing to a pollster but another in the voting booth.

So what happens now? When I drive around I frequently see "Coexist" bumper stickers. I support that, totally. "Live and let live, you do your thing and we'll do our thing". I am not being sarcastic or snarky, I really hope for that. It's just that the supporters of the redefinition of marriage don't appear to really want to coexist.

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2015 is 1984

07-05-2015Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

"War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength."

"It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words."
― George Orwell, 1984

I feel very simpatico with Justice Scalia. The jurist tries his best to apply rigorous logic and reason to the law all the while the other side starts with a predetermined outcome and then plays judicial jujitsu to supply their reasoning or lack there of. In the recent case King v Burwell, Justice Scalia lamented that "Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is 'established by the State."

I feel his pain. We all should. Our country has clearly rejected reason and logic and opted for emotion. New ideas that the elite wish to use to change our society are speedily whipped around social and other media to get you to believe that there is a ground swell of support for such ideas. Consent to the ideas requires not logic or reason but pure emotion enforced with fear. Making a decision based on emotion is like succumbing to a fast pace sales pitch with out reading the fine print. "Gee, it sounded like a good idea at the time."

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