Category Archives: Political Correctness

Case against Abortion: Fetal Development

15-week-old Fetus Thumb-Sucking
15-week-old Fetus Thumb-Sucking

In an issue as heated as abortion (or, ‘feticide’, to disrobe the politically-correct label for killing of the fetus), it’s important first to look at the hard cold facts.

Here’s a fetal development chart from the Voice For Life Fact Sheet on the Unborn (Keep in mind in reading this that most abortions [at least in the UK] happen around the 8-9-week period):

1st day the child’s conception takes place
7 day a tiny human implants in the mother’s uterus
10 days the mother’s menses stop
18 days the child’s heart begins to beat

21 days

the heart pumps own blood through separate closed circulatory system with own blood type.

28 days

the child’s eyes, ears and respiratory system begin to form

42 days

the brain waves can be recorded, skeleton is complete, reflexes are present, hiccoughs first occur.

7 weeks

thumbsucking has been photographed, startles first occur from 6-7 1/2 weeks

8 weeks

all body systems are present, isolated arm movements begin about 7 1/4 to 8 1/2 weeks after conception. Breathing movements begin during the eighth week. Stretches first occur during the eighth week.

9 weeks

the child squints, swallows, moves tongue and makes a fist. Rotations of the head also begin from the middle of the seventh week after conception to the middle of the tenth week.

10 weeks

Hand to face contacts first occur 8 to 10 1/2 weeks after conception.

11 weeks

spontaneous breathing movements, the child has fingernails and all body systems are operating. Jaw openings and forward head movement begin during 8 1/2 to 12 1/2 weeks after conception.

12 weeks

the child weighs one ounce

16 weeks

genital organs clearly differentiated, the child grasps with hands, swims, kicks, turns and somersaults (still not felt by the mother)

18 weeks

the vocal cords work and baby can cry

19 weeks

Kenya King’s birth, Florida, June 1985

20 weeks

the child has hair on its head, weighs one pound, 12 inches long

23 weeks

15% of babies survive premature birth

24 weeks

56% of babies survive premature birth

25 weeks

79% of babies survive premature birth

39-40 weeks

normal birth

Values v.s. Virtues

Many common errors today are the result of a failure to distinguish between values and virtues, or between things which are relative and things that are universal.

‘Values’ such as ‘open-mindedness’ and ‘tolerance’ are, unlike virtues, relative. While it would be good to be ‘open-minded’ with regards debatable or uncertain matters, it would be foolish not to decide on a matter after a thorough investigation. Likewise, being ‘tolerant’ is good in certain matters, but not in others (like abuse cases). Thus, such values are not universally applicable, and so should not always be held, but are relative to the circumstance. Virtues, on the other hand, are universal. It is always good to practice prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance, no matter what the situation.

‘Liberals’ often take certain ‘values’ and apply them as if they were virtues, but they are not. This is why their namesake itself is a relative ‘value’ – one cannot equally liberalize economy and sexual abuse, for example. To be liberally ‘tolerant’ of these two areas equally is to be woefully irresponsible and unjust.

The same criticism can be applied to ‘conservatives’. Conservation, again, is a relative term; it is not universally a good thing. Again, to conserve the environment and chattel slavery equally would be an woeful injustice.

What applies to Catholics is to seek after its namesake – the things which are catholic, or universal; after ‘principles’, which are unchanging. This is what it means to be ‘ortho-dox’, to adhere to ‘right-speech’, to touch on what is true in all places and in all time. It does happen that ‘conservation’ touches on this, since Tradition (with capital “T”) is part of the revealed faith, alongside Scripture and the Magisterial teaching authority of the Church. However, the central concern is still to be ortho-dox – to think out of, and seek after, what is “right”, according to true and authentic faith and reason, rather than to be concerned about relative values – with the universality of the virtues mentioned above, and especially also of faith, hope and charity.

The Church: Her Mission and Structure

[This was written in reply to an article discussing a supposed patriarchal domination in history and the Church]

As perspective and perception play large roles in determining one’s response and sentiments regarding an issue, it may be fruitful to turn to the Ecclesiological understanding of the matter. 

We must keep in mind that the mission of the Church is fudamentally derived, rather than created. It is the Father who sends the Son, who, in turn and through the Holy Spirit, delegates His own mission to the Apostles, and through them to the entire Church. 

Thus, the activity of the Church must be first of all seen to be Pneumatological – that is, of the Holy Spirit – and directed toward its Eschatological end – that is, toward the consummation of the world and the coming of Christ. 

There is a risk of speciously perceiving the Church as a humanistic, sociological institution. It is, as Lumen Gentium states in the opening chapter, in fact a sacrament reflecting Christ’s two natures. The Church is human as well as divine, as the Holy Spirit works with human members in her. It therefore exists not for temporal purposes (although these are legitimate means and intermediate ends), but for the purpose of consecrating the world to Christ, thus bringing them to salvation, and to contemplation of God in the Beatific Vision. 

Now, because of the analogical nature of creation, which reflect that of God, all things in creation have some signification. The Holy Spirit respects this, being united with the Word through which all things have their being, and so the Pneumatic mission of the Church, which has its origin in Christ Himself, has a divinely destined structure (for a body without a form cannot exist, and the Church is that of Christ). 

This cannot be grasped purely at the natural level, since it is, as Lumen Gentium affirms, a divine and sacramental mystery. It requires the faithful’s thirst for the divine gifts – the theological virtues – of faith, hope and charity. As these virtues are inextricably linked to salvation – that is, one cannot be saved without them – the Church is rightfully called the Ark of Salvation.

Drug Use in New Zealand

I just read a Being Frank post on the drug problems in New Zealand.

I was flabbergasted.

Let me quote Dumb Ox on this:

Not only do the NZ Drug foundation operate needle exchange programs which provide clean needles to drug users to shoot up with, but they also have a TXT service where you can get free advice about any drugs you are thinking of taking.

What crackpot of a program! We’ve become so P.C., even to substances we know are causing harm in N.Z. society. No wonder drugs are almost a normal part of lives of students in the country.

Even “P” (methamphetamine), one of the most harmful and dehumanizing drugs aren’t taken seriously by the Drug Foundation, which takes a minimization approach; In other words, “it’s OK to take drugs… so long as you ration it”. Don’t take my word for it, read their methamphetamine page. It even has a suggestion on “safe use”!!! The absurdity of this just blows my mind. Let me quote those passages:

Safe use

Because methamphetamine can stimulate physical activity, users should always ensure they are well hydrated. However, care should be taken not to over-hydrate (drinking too much water). This can cause brain swelling, convulsions, coma and death.

…Injecting users should always use clean needles and return used needles to a needle exchange service. This will help avoid blood-borne diseases such as HIV and hepatitis B and C.

It reads like an instruction booklet from a pharmaceutical company – it’s absolutely absurd!

Sigh… please, all my Christian brothers and sisters reading this please pray for New Zealand!

Sin, Hell, Eternity, Love – part 1

Pope Benedict XVI continues to shine in his counter-cultural leadership by reaffirming that hell ‘exists and is eternal’.

“Christ came to tell us that he desires all of us in heaven and that hell, which isn’t spoken about much in our time, exists and is eternal for those who close their hearts to his love” (CNS)

Even the secular press seem keen to report on this distinctly non-politically-correct move – try googling “hell” and “Benedict” together and see what I mean.

Benedict XVI goes on to say that “the true enemy is attachment to sin”. Isn’t that an interesting thing to say? The “true enemy”? To me, that says a lot about what the society believes and understands about God, the Church and the world; it’s upside down.

Many people, I suspect, think that God is like a harsh judge or prison officer keen to throw them in at the first chance He gets, and then turn into a preacher or a torturer when you can’t get out!

Thank God that isn’t the case.

What, or who, then, is our true enemy? Benedict says “attachment to sin” is. What’s that exactly?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church in paragraph 1849 defines ‘sin’ as follows:

Sin is an offense against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is failure in genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods. It wounds the nature of man and injures human solidarity. It has been defined as “an utterance, a deed, or a desire contrary to the eternal law.”

So. It’s bad. What does that all mean though?

“Offense against reason, truth, and right conscience” – in other words, when we sin, we offend against everything that makes us truly human. We therefore damage ourselves, and offend against God who loves us more than we love ourselves.

A lot of the time, we do know it when we sin or when others do. We intuitively recognize it, and call those who sin all sorts of things, like “you sick pervert!”. Now now (seriously) let’s look at that. Sickness and perversion are exactly what sin is; it’s a right thing gone wrong. Obstinate sinners are like sick patients continuing to refuse treatment, or like a mentally ill patient who insist he is perfectly healthy. I know that I, for one, much prefer to be sane by admitting my insanity.

As detestable as sin is, it is something that we can be cured from – and indeed, must be cured from if we wish to be saved from spending eternity in a very hot and inhospitable place (if you know what I mean…) – and we’ll get to this by the end of this series.

NZ Politics: Labour and Christianity

There’s an interesting article on New Zealand herald today regarding the Labour Government. It’s called Onward Christian Voters is party’s new theme tune.In other news, Hell froze over.Seriously though, with the Labour government, we’ve had Civil Union (which endorses homosexual unions) and Prostitution Reform (which legalized prostitution), abortion without parental consent, and and on and on it goes. It’s so bad that there was a Being Frank post a while back entitled Is Helen Clark the worst Prime minister we have ever had?Cabinet minister David Cunliffe describes himself as a “lapsed Anglican” and says something I think rather comical: “God does not vote National. God certainly doesn’t vote Act. God doesn’t vote.” He’s certainly true to his religion!According to the article, Mr. Cunliffe explains that “Labour wanted to reclaim principles of justice, compassion and high moral values that were ‘part of our heritage as a social democratic party’.” There’s also a talk of having a Christian sector within the party.Of course, it’s likely more about politics than about “moral high ground” that Mr. Cunliffe is claiming to seek (it’s all a response to the attacks by sectarian Christians, it seems to me), but it’s an interesting development nonetheless.

Catholic Schools

Catholic schools should be Catholic“. Wow, what a novel concept.

Yet this is the primary and intended foundational purpose of Catholic schools. I quote: “Perhaps the time has come for the diocese and supporters of Catholic education to think more critically about the mission of a Catholic school and, more fundamentally, the mission of the church”.

This reminds me of a letter to the editor in the national Catholic newspaper which said something like, “when a graduate of Catholic high school knows everything about Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam, but has to contact the Catholic Enquiry Centre to find out about Catholicism, something has gone very wrong.” You can say that again.