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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Transgender in India

Since it's not covered in the western press, GetReligion blog has a summary of the transvestite/eunuch caste in India.
According to the leading study on India’s transgendered community, With Respect to Sex: Negotiating Hijra Identity in South India by Gayatri Reddy, hijras are:
phenotypic men who wear female clothing, and ideally renounce sexual desire and practice by undergoing a sacrificial emasculation — that is, the excision of the penis and testicles — dedicated to the goddess Bedhraj Mata. Subsequently they are believed to be endowed with the power to confer children on newlyweds or newborn children.
Hijras do not occupy the same place in Indian culture as the transgendered do in America. First hijras are almost exclusively male to female. Second they have a quasi-religious cultural roll in Hindu society and have been present, though on the fringes of that society, for thousands of years.
Can we also assume that gender identity in America is equal to gender identity in India? In her monograph Reddy notes that by the 3rd Century (AD or CE) the view that there were three genders was being debated in Buddhist, Brahmanical and Jain thought. For Brahmans sexual identity was founded upon the presence or absence of certain primary sexual characteristics. For Buddhists it was controlled by procreation with the impotent consigned to the third sex. But the Jains argued that biology was only one marker of sexual identity. One’s psychological gender was as important as one’s physiological gender in establishing sexual identity.
And, what is the role of Islam in all of this. Hijra is an Urdu word and Indian popular culture associates hijras with those parts of India where Muslim influence is strongest.
And, how can we understand the court’s decision’s recognizing a third sex yet upholding criminal penalties for homosexuality? I am no scholar of Indian law, but could the quasi-religious understanding of the hijras be at work? 

the GR article stresses this is a cultural discussion, not one of morality or law.

Monday, April 07, 2014

dissing Confucian values

there is a small kerfuffle about a Catholic sister who gave a talk on sexuality and got dissed by the gay mafia for saying "controversial things".

However, since there is no transcript of her talk, the accusations are heresay...the only one I can find that makes sense is that she implied that gay men often come from homes without fathers (an idea that goes back to Freud and also Kinsey: The idea is that one might be "born" with a tendency to be gay, but that much of it is developmental: associated with a weak father figure in one's life. )

How gauche: To actually point such things out.

So did she get ambushed by the gay mafia among the kids?

the fact that a school with less than 500 students from first to 12th grade (and the talk was only to high school students) ended up with 1000 "parents" at a meeting suggests that a lot of outside agitators were there.

But appanrantly the press is taking the "kids" side. So we may never know what really happened. I doubt any reporter will dare to see how this spread via the "five minute hate" facebook etc. social media.

I am familiar with this thanks to a "friend" who would accidentally post these on my facebook. Some of them were so hate filled and full of logical errors that I couldn't hold my tongue.

I don't know if she unfriended me or not: Mainly because I rarely go on facebook anymore.

So why did I say "confucian" values? because the nun involved is Asian American, with a european name...looks Korean American, but I don't know for sure since her bio isn't on line.

And I wrote about the destruction of the family of confucian values on BNN

playing the victim card:

Father L has a blogpost that links playing the victim card, emotionalism, and the triumph of feelings over logical thinking as part of the modern world's denial of objective truth.


One of the most disturbing things about this behavior is its lack of reasonableness. The entire thing is motivated and driven by high emotion–either the tears, sadness and weakness of supposed victimhood or the rage, fury and righteous anger of the campaigner. These people cannot be reasoned with and it is a mistake to try. The reason they cannot be reasoned with is because they left the equipment for logical reasoning a long time ago when they abandoned the idea of objective truth.
If there is no objective truth, then there is no such thing as logical reasoning. It is impossible to believe that one can use logic to discus or discover truth if you do not believe there is such a thing as truth. All that is left therefore is stark utilitarianism–doing a thing or making a decision based on the usefulness of the possible consequences–or raw emotion and sentimentality.
When raw emotion replaces reason be prepared for totalitarianism because in such a condition of chaos, brute force will remain the only power that is able to maintain a semblance of social order.
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related item: Putin is placing himself as the opponant of the debauched west.

And if you think this won't resonate with Africans and Asian countries being bullied by Obama to change their laws on gay rights you are mistaken.

OK. We in the Philippines have obeyed our American masters and will now give out intimidate women free contraceptives in our clinics (while ignoring the one third who deliver without trained midwives because the midwives either charge too much or the free government midwives expect a gift).

Ah, but will Obama stop China from stealing our traditional fishing grounds? I doubt it.

and then there is Syria: Obama didn't support the insurgency, so now the insurgents are being wiped out and taken over by the really bad Alqada types...

Sunday, April 06, 2014

the sacredness of Christ

Catholics believe that the bread and wine change into Christ at the Mass.

But since Vatican II, this awe filled reality has been discarded and a "we are happy little christians" ideas have replaced it.

Which is why I don't feel as guilty missing mass in the heat of the "taginit" here: I get about two minutes of prayer and union with Jesus at mass, but have to sit bored for the rest of the time in church (I ignore that I am supposed to stand...if I did, I'd faint).

Father Z has an example of why "sister pastors" too often are the newfangled church, which ignores the holiness of God or even the possibility that God exists.

Yes...these types drive out the good sisters and often the laypeople.

I remember arguing with one sister who "bragged" she never went to confession and didn't think most people needed to. Well, I don't go here: I have no idea when they hold confession is the reason. But I did point out to sister that confession was needed by those who had committed sins. She laughed at this, implying that few people committed sins and needed it.

Sigh.

Well, we're not that bad yet, and we do have an adoration chapel to pray when they lock up the church.

Yet I wonder if they started to stress the holiness of God they might not be losing their members to the aggressive evangelicals, who often sspread a "jack chick" idea of evil catholicism.

Sigh.


Saturday, April 05, 2014

Lord of the world

This article says the Pope was inspired by Lord of the world.

A very interesting "end times" book that can be found in Librivox.

tell that to manny

losing one's honor

There is a quote in Man for All Seasons, where a corrupt official laments his "lost honor" and is told by a more cynical politician that on the contrary, he lost it long before but he just noticed it.

I say the same to Andrew Sullivan, whose cluelessness led to his bizarre theories that Sarah Palin had adopted and raised her grandchild to avoid scandal (which is not a crime, but a "mitzvah"), even when the laws of biology made it impossible.

via Instapundit:
THE PITCHFORKS AREN’T A TOOL. THE PITCHFORKS ARE AN END IN THEMSELVES. Gay Marriage Supporter Abhors Mozilla’s Decision to Fire Eich.
This is no more than political correctness gone berserk. It is totalitarianism flying under the banner of marriage equality....
And to give you an idea how dangerous this is, for those who don’t already know, the names of those who donated to Proposition 8 were leaked by the IRS in 2012 to the same-sex marriage supporting Human Rights Campaign who then posted those returns, for a time, on their website. Human rights, but apparently not for Brendan Eich.

he just noticed?  I guess he doesn't watch boxing, where Manny Pacquiao lost a fight that most people watching it said he won, after a reporter ambushed him with a question from left field about gay marriage that had nothing to do with the fight. It was almost as if the powers that be noticed he had become a Christian (how good a Christian? Well, he gave up girlfriends and cockfighting)

Only Boxing Insider said what most of his fans said: He won. Of course, BI said "he deserved to lose" for being non PC.
WTF? So it's okay if the judges were dishonest, but hey, no one is bothering to investigate the judges are they?

Another problem that Sullivan fails to notice is that the advocates are doing a rush job and pushing it through via the courts:
The weird part of all this is that gay marriage is virtually a fait accompli in our culture. Leading politicians in both parties either back it or say that it should be decided by the states. 
Note that part about "fiat": Yes. It was mainly decided by the courts, starting with a court case in Massachusetts, and then the public has been sold it with non stop advocacy by the press. And the latest Supreme court decision will be used to push it in every other state, since the unelected Lords in Black have decided if you think a marriage where the couple hits the bath houses and has anonymous sex on weekends is legal and opposing it is prejudice.

But it is being touted as a way to normalize fidelity in the male gay community, but as an issue where if you criticize promiscuity you are evil.

Ironically lesbians often are faithful: But many women are radical feminists who abhore men and follow the line that men and women are the same and marriage should be abolished.

Nor was the implications ever discussed.

I suspect, like "no fault divorce", it will have long term effects on society that we will rue in a generation, if the US still exists.

I wonder how many foreign countries in Asia and Africa and the Middle East will prefer a strong, moral (if tyrannical

Friday, March 14, 2014

Irish destroy their own catholicism

When I visited Ireland, the main press and media had the idea that if Ireland was to be "modern" they had to destroy the Catholic influence on culture.

That was 40 years ago, but the drip drip drip of criticizm and distortion (including the obvious bias of the BBC and british media) was intense.

What broke the camels' back, of course, was the "abuse" crisis: Yet the only one who pointed out that the number of cases in proportion to those who were helped was tiny, was an atheist ex catholic at Spiked.

Whatever.

And of course, no one dares to put it into perspective of the general abuse in secular or other church institutions, especially in the UK. Their latest scandal at pushing pedophilia as legal has hit the UK Mail and the Telegraph, but this is the tip of the iceburg according to some sites. But never mind: Being PC is never having to say you are sorry.

David Warren has an essay on all this here:

I should note he is Canadian, and a similar "paradigm shift" occured in Quebec.

I look at Ireland. I was raised in the belief that it was a Catholic country. It had stayed that way through centuries of siege by my Protestant ancestors, who in the end did not even manage to take all of Ulster. By osmosis I learnt that the Irish were impossible. They could not even be killed off. Lord, we tried. Starved them out and they somehow found boats: started washing up everywhere else. No matter how poor, no matter how desperate, they clung to their Mass. That old Ireland: the pre-eminent scandal of the British Empire, so close to Home. Even the Scots could be co-opted. Even the Welsh understood threats. Nothing could be done about Catholic Ireland. Decades before their cut-and-run from huge unmanageable India, little Ireland had made the English give up.
Only the Irish could defeat the Irish, and now they have done it to themselves. In the space between the last two censuses the number of divorced people in Ireland has much more than doubled. The number attending Mass has plummetted, and there is every other indication of religious and familial collapse. In my now Catholic view, they have sold their souls for a mess of EU pottage, and got in addition a staggering bill. They have bought into the post-modern void, and are voiding all over themselves.

one is reminded of Balaam: seduce them so they destroy marriage, and they are open to the rest of the errors of bad paganism (i.e. child sacrifice to get rich-- Abraham's story of being told to sacrifice his son is best understood if you realize that this was the local custom...not to mention misuse of slaves, both boys and women, cheating, stealing, taking bribes, pushing around the poor)...

In Ireland, the collapse of the church is hard to estimate from 12000 miles away, but I remember two prophecies about it.

One, is that a tsunami will hit Ireland 7 years before the anti christ.

Two, that of a local seer (who has been "exposed" as a money hungry fraud by the press and denied by the bishop: her "spiritual director" is already in deep doodoo for exposing pedophiles.) She warned that voting for the Mastrich treaty would result in the loss of their faith and heritage. That last one is interesting, since she has also predicted tsunamis around the world  at a time when tsunamis were dismissed as rare ans unusual...this was years before the Boxing day tsunami hit and people became aware of the danger. Since then, Japan's earthquake and tsunami, and a huge tsunami in New Guinea have killed many...

Ireland has been hit by small tsunamis, such as after the Lisbon earthquake, but most are limited, or might have just been tidal waves or storm related.

So if they are ever hit by a real tsunami, I'll start worrying.

Well, back to Warren's essay: It is about the Vatican and the PC european bishops trying to rewrite the rules on marriage.

His most signal failure was to take matrimony itself seriously; he only considered the demands made against it. He addresses what we call today, “the problem” — people are not obeying the rules, so something must be done about the rules. It is easy enough to see the solution towards which Cardinal Kaspar’s leading questions lead. Through one of his soi-disant “questions” he proposes to take the Sacrament of Penance less seriously, and then the Sacrament of the Eucharist less seriously, in order to facilitate the quick fix that will take the Sacrament of Matrimony less seriously...

We are trying to accommodate the outside world: that world in which marriage has become a joke. This is the opposite of what we did in the first centuries, when we were trying to make the outside world accommodate Christ. But the world to which we now bow is fluff. It is “redefining marriage” even as I write. Our answer, to the greater challenge in that pagan Roman environment, was defiance. This led to martyrdoms and many other unpleasant developments; and concluded with our triumph. But now we seem embarked on a course to avoid unpleasantness, by accepting defeat.


Again, one is reminded of another (Protestant) prophecy that the European bishops (along with some but not all American bishops) will embrace the PC church and approve of divorce, abortion, homosexual behavior...and eventually this will allow them to join with the PC Anglicans of the UK and mainstream churches in the US to form a super church. Regular Catholics and other christian believers will be pushed out, and left to be served in underground churches, where they will unite informally because they truly believe in Christ.

I support the Pope because much of what he actually says is filtered through the propaganda machine of the press...and much of what is taken out of context has a completely different meaning, especially for those of us who put it into the context of the third world. (i.e. corruption in government and business is the rule, not the exception as in the USA).

And alas this latest kerfuffle has probably been also taken out of context: Kasper is one of the bad guys, and the German bishops are as corrupt as some of the famous US bishops, some of whom have since been removed or died, but some of whom still make our eyes roll up in despair.

If the Pope does these PC things, he will be praised by the European and US press and be welcome in the world.

If he remains silent, he will desert those who still believe.

"Quo vadis, Petrus? If you leave Rome, I will go to Rome to be crucified..."



Marriage? I haz that

Marriage is not a land of milk and honey but a vocation.

Marriage is a Cross. Marriage is a vocation to creation in total self-giving. To say that marriage is a Cross is to say that it is part of God’s design and that many graces flow from it and even that it is joyous. But it is also to say that it sucks sometimes and that it demands a total gift of self.
If we see vocation as a call to creative self-giving, we see that marriage and celibacy are two sides of the same coin.
 yes: in the Balkans, the married couple's hands are tied together with a cross, to remind the folks that they are part of Christ's plan to save each other, but also that the husband will be the "cross" for the woman to bear, and vice versa.

And one is reminded of Tolkien's letter to his son about marriage, quoted here.

"Faithfulness in Christian marriage entails that: great mortification. For a Christian man there is no escape. Marriage may help to sanctify and direct to its proper object his sexual desires; its grace may help him in the struggle; but the struggle remains. It will not satisfy him--as hunger may be kept off by regular meals. It will offer as many difficulties to the purity proper to that state, as it provides easements. No man, however truly he loved his betrothed and bride as a young man, has lived faithful to her as a wife in mind and body without deliberate conscious exercise of the will, without self-denial."
Tolkien traced unhappiness in marriage, especially on the part of the husband, to the Church's failure to teach these truths and to speak of marriage honestly. Those who see marriage as nothing more than the arena of ecstatic and romantic love will be disappointed, Tolkien understood. "When the glamour wears off, or merely works a bit thin, they think they have made a mistake, and that the real soul-mate is still to find. The real soul-mate too often proves to be the next sexually attractive person that comes along."
It should be noted that many of Tolkien's tutorial students were women, who often visited their home socially and were treated by Edith as daughters... nor is it only with those he tutured: did he base Eowyn on the strong nurses he knew from his long convalescence from typhus in World War I? Yet so far, perhaps because of the reverence many hold for him, no one has done an academic examination of this, nor interviewed his former students, servants etc.  The closest one gets to this is from CSLewis in the fictional relationship of "Jane" with her professor and his wife in That Hideous Strength...

All of this reminds me of my husband and his first wife: He saw that failed marriage as God's will, since it meant he preferred to work 80 hours a week as a doctor than be with her, so could send more money to support his extended family at home. The bad news is that his workaholic lifestyle harmed his own children.

Ironically, he only divorced her when he was planning to return home to the Philippines, and at the urging of his daughter (for legal reasons) he did so. She refused to divorce him for years, because she "was a Christian and didn't believe in divorce". (read: liked the status of a doctor's long suffering wife) but the laws had since changed to allow non fault divorce.

She was a trained nurse, so only got alimony for five years, but never bothered to work, but after there was  no alimony, lived with relatives complaining of poverty (never mind that he kept up the house repair, taxes and car payments).

So how could I marry in the Catholic church? No, he didn't get an annulment (although her mental illness might have made this possible). Luckily, she was a bigot and hated Catholics, so they had a civil wedding (which in the 1950s meant my husband was excommunicated and couldn't receive the sacraments). She could have gone with him to the priest and asked for the marriage to be "blessed" (i.e. recognized by the church) but she was too much a bigot to do this, so essentially the marriage




headsup TeaAtTrianon.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Christian churches in Muslim Lands?

 John Allen, who used to work for the NatCathReporter (a very good reporter at very left wing paper) is at the Boston Globe and has this report:

the Arabian Peninsula today is also, improbably, seeing one of the most dramatic Catholic growth rates anywhere in the world. The expansion is being driven not by Arab converts, but by foreign ex-pats whom the region increasingly relies on for manual labor and domestic service.

Filipinos, Indians, Sri Lankans, Pakistanis, Koreans, and members of other nationalities are becoming the new working poor in some of the world’s wealthiest societies.
The result is a Catholic population on the peninsula estimated at around 2.5 million. Kuwait and Qatar are home to between 350,000 and 400,000 Catholics, Bahrain has about 140,000, and Saudi Arabia itself has 1.5 million.
Despite the triple handicaps of being poor, lacking citizenship rights, and belonging to a religious minority often viewed with suspicion, these folks are trying to put down roots for the faith, and having some surprising success.

I call them "the invisible man" because this story is rarely reported on in any of the media, including our local papers, but all of us who have family members who have worked in these areas know this.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Bishop Cruz gets it right

I sometimes overreact to those trying to push promiscuity as normal, especially the gay rights mafia in the USA. Seeing abused children here does not help, although most of those I saw as a woman doc, of course, were young girls.

Here in the Philippines, these folks are more accepted in society (when politicians who sit in the front of church order hits on their rivals, the presence of a transvestite at church isn't a big thing).

Archbishop Cruz, who is now retired, but worked for years on the marriage bureau of the country, has a long and informative post on the church's position, from a pastoral standpoint, where charity is more important than waving fingers. An excerpt:


Church:
SSA – “Same Sex Attraction” – this is now how the Church addresses the question. Among updated Church groups addressing the question or problem, the following are the more relevant truths to consider: All – and this means all – boys and girls, men and women are created to the image of God and wherefore have the same human dignity and sublimity. All are children of God just as all are redeemed by the Blood of Christ. No one really chooses much less wants to have and feel a sexual identity problem. While one’s sexual identity may be in question, the inmate dignity of every single human person is the same. Everybody is the subject-object of the Commandment of Love, including those with the question on his or her sexual identity. In other words, no one – with or without a sexual identity predicament – is outside the love of God, excluded from the concern of the Church.


and he goes on to warn:

By the way, it is more and more commonly held that the predicament of sexual identity is said to start at home, depending on how a father treats his son, how the mother treats her daughter. And with more and more dysfunctional families, there are also more and more individuals suffering from sexual identity.

One of the major problems here is family members working overseas, with children brought up without dad (or sometimes without mom). This has led to a lot of economic improvement for the rest of the family, who often benefit from being given money for a decent house or school fees, but I worry about the long term problems.