Homosexual Behavior Separates The Person From God!
Many people are familiar with the recent Duck Dynasty controversy – more specifically, what happened when the popular A&E show’s patriarch, Phil Robertson, made some politically incorrect (and admittedly coarse) remarks regarding homosexuality in a magazine interview. The gay activist groups had their proverbial hissy fit, and A&E announced that Robertson would be suspended from the show.
Well, a backlash ensued, and – lo and behold – A&E has reversed its decision to suspend Robertson. Basically, the whole thing has been poorly handled by the network.
I asked Father Richard Perozich, a priest of the Diocese of San Diego who has worked with those who struggle with same-sex attraction, to comment on the Duck Dynasty controversy.
“Phil Robertson’s biblical comments are accurate. In the spiritual realm, homosexual behavior continues to separate the person from God, Who always receives us back when we repent of our sins.
“People need to stop being homo-hysterical when this behavior is criticized. Biologically, it never has been proper to human creation. Psychologically, it shows compensatory behavior to try to attain masculinity or femininity or an attempt to belong to one’s own gender through sexual activity, which it can never accomplish. Behaviorally, one can only attain sexual integration when one abandons this type of behavior and expresses sexuality in a married relationship between one man and one woman.”
By: Matt C. Abbott @ Renew.America.com
Boy Scouts Cave To Political Correctness!
In response to the Boy Scouts of America’s extremely disappointing decision to allow “openly gay scouts,” Father Richard Perozich of the Diocese of San Diego wrote the following:
From a Catholic spiritual understanding, homosexual attraction is a strong tendency toward a moral evil. In no case can it be approved. Even a young Scout with this condition can be helped. If, however, he declares this condition as his identity with the right to act on it, the other Scouts need to be protected from him and the influence of his ideation, any homosexual sexual touching or talk, or invitation to participate in or to accept this evil.
I would not allow a child under my care to be near either another child or an adult who identifies with, encourages acceptance of, or practices homosexuality. Our parish gave material support to the Scouts in our region until yesterday. We have withdrawn financial aid but will support them with prayer so that the adults retreat from their cowardice before the evil of homosexuality and its perpetrators, and be about protecting and forming young men according to classic Scout values in accord with Catholic teaching.
Pray that more of our bishops and priests have the moral courage to address this most unfortunate situation, and provide moral guidance to their flocks.
The Wages Of Sin Is Death!
By Father Richard Perozich
I have a good life: food on the table often prepared by parishioners, decent health, fraternal love expressed openly by my parish family, bills paid, and in general a personal peace. Yet in the dark of the early morning I cannot sleep in my comfortable bed in a newly remodeled rectory. My thoughts and emotions are racing inside me. I sit before the Blessed Sacrament in my chapel for an hour and a half without peace.
What bothers me is my enemy’s glee over its continuing victories over me in injustice. The injustices include an outrageous $1.6 million settlement to victims of sexual abuse. They also include the San Diego City Council’s participation in an organized effort by practicing homosexuals to use Council influence to destroy marriage and give rights to sexual perversion. In part it is also a movement to silence the Catholic Church in its mission of mercy and truth by the promotion in Congress of a bill which would penalize as a hate crime criticism of sexuality outside the marriage of a man and a woman, and force us to hire sexually immature people with gender identity disorders as if they were normal.
My frustration includes the movement in the political arena to export sexual perversion and killing of babies in the womb to Latin America with funds from the U.S. government. It also includes making rich lawyers, politicians, doctors, nurses, judges who use the political system for personal gain.
I felt like the Psalmist in 39:3-4:
‘Dumb and silent before the wicked, I refrained from any speech. But my sorrow increased; my heart smoldered within me. In my thoughts a fire blazed up, and I broke into speech.’
In Psalm 37: 7-10: ‘Be still before the LORD; wait for God. Do not be provoked by the prosperous, nor by malicious schemers. Give up your anger, abandon your wrath; do not be provoked; it brings only harm. Those who do evil will be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD will possess the land. Wait a little, and the wicked will be no more; look for them and they will not be there.’
Psalm 73 taught me, in 16-27: ‘Though I tried to understand all this, it was too difficult for me, Till I entered the sanctuary of God and came to understand their end. You set them, indeed, on a slippery road; you hurl them down to ruin. How suddenly they are devastated; undone by disasters forever! They are like a dream after waking, Lord, dismissed like shadows when you arise. Since my heart was embittered and my soul deeply wounded, I was stupid and could not understand; I was like a brute beast in your presence. Yet I am always with you; you take hold of my right hand. With your counsel you guide me, and at the end receive me with honor. Whom else have I in the heavens? None beside you delights me on earth. Though my flesh and my heart fail, God is the rock of my heart, my portion forever. But those who are far from you perish; you destroy those unfaithful to you.’
How did we get to this point in America?
We, whose nation was founded by God-fearing men and women escaping oppression of English tyrants of the 16th through 18th centuries? Where did we go wrong? Why did this happen?
Matters of justice concern what is due to the other. The other for us first of all is God. While we never can render Him complete due, we can offer Him what is required by the demands of justice: sacrifice. The one sacrifice which can offer God what is due is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, wherein we imperfect people unite ourselves with the perfect sacrifice, that of Jesus the Savior. In our other affairs, we conduct ourselves with justice by rendering to others what is their due based on God’s laws, and not on the others’ demands or desires.
Man’s Laws, Must Be Based On God’s laws, Not His Own Self Willed Laws!
In order to render justice, man has to have a certain governance based on God’s laws over man’s self, his family, and his political world. Some of you tell me, ‘I hate politics,’ and then you try to avoid it. You do only at your own peril by letting others make decisions for you.
Satan Tempts Man To Act Against God In Three Realms: Personal, Family, And Political.
One area of action concerns oneself. A human being is responsible to God, to himself, and to the society in which he lives to act according to the natural law of God. A man is a unity of body and spirit; he must care for both. Bodily care includes nutrition, cleanliness, exercise, proper behavior to defend against disease and harm, and to act for the common good. Spiritual care includes the relationship with God, prayer, developing the intellect, the emotions, and the will.
A second area of concern is the ‘domestic’ realm — the family in which we live and our particular relationships in that family. Justice means rendering to each family member his due attention, affection, and approval for acting in true charity according to God’s natural law.
A third area of life is the political realm wherein we live with others and play our part in the development of a just society based on natural law, and not on a false system which demands we give people whatever they wish.
Regarding the self, humans are tempted to act against the natural law by the devil, worldly manipulation, and human unruly passions. At the same time God speaks in the conscience to each human being where the law is written in his heart. Thus in the privacy of a man’s own world he must live according to God’s ways to express true justice to himself and the society in which he lives.
In the home, the domestic realm, each person owes the others justice due them by their proper relationships in the family. The father must look out for the needs of wife and children. The wife owes her allegiance to the husband in being the heart of the family. The children owe obedience to the parents.
In the political realm, those in leadership are responsible for the just needs of the citizenry, which is not to say to give to each person or group what they may demand, but to insure opportunity, equal application of the natural law and not invent laws based on whim.
Our difficulties Lie In Injustice In All Three Realms.
In the personal realm, the false idea of individual rights has usurped the individual’s need to do justice. Selfishness expresses itself in sexual licentiousness, in lack of volunteerism to the community, in seeking one’s advantage over the other, in power, possessions, prestige.
In the domestic realm, divorce for selfish reasons has divided families, caused adultery, broken relationships, and has destroyed the lives of children. Lack of attention to the natural law of man united with woman has led to fornication, adultery, homosexuality.
In the political realm, the rejection of the natural law in favor of creation of rights based on individual whims has created a dependency and demand on government, weakening the whole society.
In looking for self gain and rights over justice, people have elected politicians who grant them what the people want. The Democratic Party currently has been infiltrated by selfish people who demand that individual rights be created for them where none exist in the natural law. The Republican Party is moving in this direction because they see the gains of their rivals. It was a legislature and a Catholic governor who invented a new law against the Church to permit re-filing of abuse claims. These officials were elected by a large number of Catholics who prostituted their vote for other gains, allowing vocal and powerful groups to push their agenda through these politicians.
Catholics, while not a majority, still remain a large number. Our complacency has permitted pornography, homosexuality, adultery, divorce, fornication, social engineering of our children in schools.
It is time to understand our faith and to rally around Christ with other Christians to bring our faith and the natural law to the political realm. In the domestic realm, Catholics need to live holy married lives with the justice toward the spouse and child above the person’s idea of rights. In the personal realm, each needs to confess sin and to put on Christ once again.
Evil never sleeps.
It is trying to silence and destroy our Church. Now is the time to cling to Jesus, rally as Church, and live our Catholic beliefs in the personal realm, the family, and all of society. To fail to do so and to insist Catholic politicians do the same is to have a silenced, impotent Church, persecuted by sinners. Catholics, claim the dignity that is yours. Live your faith in every part of your life. Jesus is with you in this struggle.
Originally posted at: les-femmes-thetruth.org
Please Pray For Our Bishops And Priests To Have The Courage To Remain Chaste And To Preach Chastity!
Written by Father Richard Perozich
The rash of priests molesting teenage young men is a prime example of why unrepentant homosexuality in the priesthood doesn’t work. The seduction of adolescent boys by unrepentant priests can be attributed in part to a clerical gay subculture within the Catholic Church that fails to discipline homosexual activity by its supportive silence or subtle protection.
Homosexual promiscuity is rampant in too many seminaries. Indeed, some seminaries are known for their attraction to homosexual recruits. The end result is the existence of a clerical homosexual network and its sympathizers that promote homosexuality in Catholic institutions and fail to discipline priests who act out sexually with male adults or adolescents. In an over compassionate attempt to communicate tolerance for homosexuals, they have also condoned the Catholic sin of homo-genital acts.
What to do? Marriage does not cure homosexuality. Instead, priests struggling with same sex attractions must be given the opportunity to participate in a Courage chapter in their diocese. Founded by Fr. John Harvey in 1980, Courage is the only Vatican approved ministry to homosexuals (http://www.couragerc.net). Although Courage has a successful history of assisting homosexual and lesbian Catholics in leading fulfilled chaste lives, Courage support groups are actively discouraged in some dioceses (including Los Angeles, Baltimore, Detroit, Albany, Rochester and Richmond) in favor of gay affirming ministries which either ignore chastity or celebrate sodomy.
How then are gay clergy and laity expected to refrain from homosexual behavior in accordance with the Catholic Church’s teachings when there is no such support group in their diocese? Priests and laity struggling with homosexuality need real compassion and not a patronizing “diversity” outreach program.
It is time for us Catholics to clean up each one of our dioceses and reach out as Christians to our homosexual brothers and sisters. An outraged laity must replace gay affirming ministries and priests with pacticing Catholics. If there isn’t a Courage chapter in your diocese, then demand one immediately from your pastor and bishop. Our diocese’s children and gay brethren deserve no less.
The statement of the Catholic Medical Association on homosexuality, Homosexuality and Hope (www.cathmed.org), should be made available to all priests, educators and Catholic families. With the Lord’s help, the Catholic priests who struggle with homosexuality can be healed.
The revelations of clergy sexual activity are very disturbing to me as a priest, and I believe also to you who put your trust in us. Priests are ordained to believe what they read (in the scriptures and tradition of the church), to teach what they believe, and to practice what they teach. Priests are ordained to mediate God¹s presence, love, and grace to you in the sacraments and in personal relationships; a priest must sacrifice his own interests, ideas, will, and passions to do this, spending himself for God¹s faithful in imitation of Jesus to whom he is conformed.
A priest is like other men in his human creation and tendency toward sin. He is like other Christians in his gift of baptismal grace oriented toward everlasting life. He is, however, very different from other men in his conformation to Jesus by sacred orders. A higher standard of behavior and holiness is to be expected of the priest, surrendering his humanity to allow the divinity of Christ to flow through to God’s people.
A priest is to teach God¹s people the whole truth and to embrace it himself. He is to sanctify them with the sacraments. He is to guide them in his conduct and with pastoral compassion, pointing out sin for what it is and the way of truth, whether it be well received or not.
Sexuality is a way of relating to others. Males need to learn to relate to both males and females in a proper way in proper settings and vice versa. Genital expression is only appropriate in a marriage between a man and a woman. If one has an urge to express oneself genitally outside marriage, it is an offense against chastity and an infidelity to God as well as the Church. The Catechism lists these as adultery (involving a married person), fornication (two unmarried persons), masturbation, rape, pornography, prostitution, and homosexual actions.
When a person desires sex with a child, adolescent, or a member of one’s own sex, it is often traced psychologically to a delayed psychosexual development. It is a tendency toward a moral evil. Such a characteristic is not to be expressed by anyone, but in particular never by priests. It can be dominated or even healed with Christ.
Clergy live in a world corrupted by lust. Unless our bishops and priests clearly cling to Christ and teach others to do the same, forming for ourselves a real refuge from the lustful world, the problems will continue. Our bishops need to articulate clearly the truth of human sexuality for themselves, for their priests and for all of us, without pandering to practicing homosexuals, pedophiles, adulterers and those living together in fornication. If not, that which corrupts the rest of society will continue to corrupt God¹s chosen shepherds.
At all levels of our Catholic clergy these sexual corruptions are coming to light. Several bishops have resigned because of homosexual activity with adults and others with adolescent males, those between the ages of 13 and 19, and with children even younger. More than an expected number priests have been disciplined or lost their faculties to celebrate sacraments because of sexual activity with male adults, adolescents, and children, usually male children. The majority of us priests, however, embrace our celibacy as a gift, and continue to walk chastely with the help of Jesus. The majority of us accept our sexual identity as males and all that is appropriate to a man, our conformation to Christ, our roles as “fathers” of the spiritual family, shepherding spiritually those in our care rather than “fleecing the flock” by misleading them or by using them for sex.
Priests who die of AIDS contracted in sexual activity leave us fellow priests with mixed emotions. We feel sorry for their suffering. We feel a loss at the passing of a brother. We feel shame at their betrayal of all of us by acting homosexually. We feel outrage when someone tries to memorialize their homosexual liasons as good by creating a panel on an AIDS quilt when they were unfaithful to God, to Church, to us and to you.
When the Kansas City Star newspaper exposed the number of priests who contracted AIDS through homosexual contact, the Catholic bishops expressed outrage and denied the numbers were that high. When pedophilia is exposed, some bishops are quick to try to separate this from homosexuality, even in the case of adolescents. Fr. Donald Cozzens, psychologist and seminary professor in Cleveland, Ohio, estimates 50% of the priests and seminarians have homosexual inclination, and a great number of these act out and teach others that this is all right. 100% of bishops come from the ranks of the priests.
It seems clear now why little seems to be said against sexual acting out with minors and against homosexual activity either in the clergy or in society from the shepherds of the church. The only sexual teaching that has come from our bishops in the past decade came out of a committee. This bishops’ committee presented homosexuality in a neutral light. Its work was so flawed that the Vatican not only intervened by insisting on changes in this document, it told the bishops that no committee ever again could issue such documents without the support of the entire body of bishops.
Please pray for bishops and priests that we have the courage to be chaste and to preach chastity to you in the fullness of the gospel. Live your own lives chastely. Hold us priests accountable to the promises we expressed when God made us priests. If we’re not hearing it from our bishops who were ordained to shepherd us, we need to hear it from you that you will not tolerate sexual misconduct from us, and that with Christ, priests can live properly to bring His grace to you as we were ordained to do.
Originally Published by: pfox.org
What Do You Think?
Written by Father Richard Perozich:
: Why the Cub Scouts should ban actively homosexual troop leaders
The Boy Scouts of America is an organization that trains boys to become mature adult men. It is open only to boys who wish to live by its oath and law, which respects God and country and assists others. In this process, it must not only lead boys toward manhood, but also protect them from immoral ideas, philosophies and people. It requires, then, leaders who subscribe to its oath and law and who are mature men and women.
The Boy Scouts are under attack by immature people with immoral ideas and behaviors that have gained a foothold in law, education and the culture. One fierce attack comes from practicing or promoting homosexuals. These ideas and behaviors are against God’s law. Giving in to the ideas and behaviors will not change them from bad actions to good ones.
It must be acknowledged that boys will struggle against lust in its many forms, but a good scout will not identify himself with his temptations simply to end the struggle and justify immoral behavior. With the help of moral leaders, he will be brought to embrace a struggle as one of the many growth issues in life.
Sexuality is a great and sacred gift. A man needs to learn how to relate to men at all times as a man in chaste behavior, and to women in the same way. The expression of physical love belongs only in marriage between a man and a woman. Pornography, fornication, prostitution, masturbation, homosexuality and adultery have no place in religion nor in society – and certainly not in scouting.
I believe there is room in scouting for any boy committed to personal growth in all aspects of his life according to the scout oath and law. Yet if a scout identifies himself by his temptations, he is not engaging the program. He scandalizes other scouts and encourages them to abandon the moral life. Such a scout would need special guidance, and the other scouts would need protection from him, particularly if he sees other boys as potential sex partners.
Adults who reject chastity and who self-identify as gay or lesbian should not be Boy Scout leaders.
Leaders in politics, business and science need to stand up to the radical homosexuals who are attempting to undermine scouting and tell them to keep their passions in check; to ‘come out’ – not to identify as gay or lesbian, mind you, but to come out of homosexuality. Leaders should not give in to the demands of the homosexual lobby and its sympathizers.
Originally published by Matt C. Abbott:
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The following was written by Father Richard Perozich in 2009 shortly after Obama took office. It is a good reflection in the light of what has transpired since “hope and change” has come to rule. Let us know what you think. This will most likely be a controversial post.
The People Who Support And Promote These Measures Have Truly Been Overcome By the Evil One.
By Father Richard Perozich
The Orate Fratres
The First 100 Days
The “governator” Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in a 1999 movie called “End of Days” where the devil was to come to take over the world. In the story line the devil must mate with and be born of a certain mortal if he is to escape hell and begin his reign of dominance over human hearts and freedom, to oppress people with death, pride, avarice, greed, sloth, ire, gluttony and lust. Arnold plays a man wounded spiritually and emotionally who ultimately opposes the devil who is defeated and reconsigned to hell for another 1,000 years. In real life, however, his legislation works for Satan.
The first 100 days of a new presidency is the time when legislation desired by the new leader is rammed through the congress without much discussion and over the objections of the minority party. It often is not good legislation, has been brewing in the hearts of special interest groups for years, who now have a vehicle to impose their will on the American people.
If the special interest groups have their way, the first 100 days will spell the end of days for the American nation as we have known it since 1776. Abominations will be forced on us by the new government, such as which our founders never had intended, and certainly opposed to the Christian life: abortion on demand, homogenital sex, lust in all its forms, euthanasia, stem cell killling, cloning, taxes, oppression of opportunity and entrepreneurs, silencing of faith and free speech among many.
In the old testament, God’s chosen people abandoned Him and sacrificed their own innocent children to a demon god called Moloch in hopes of a good harvest to feed themselves. The cult of Moloch lives on today, but just not under the god’s formal name, but in the name of abortion, or rightly put, murder of children in the womb to promote false promises, ruined lives, and degraded humanity.
Abortion is our god and Obama, Pelosi, Kennedy are his prophets. His sacrifice is the life of infants and the souls of mothers. His priests are doctors who perform abortions. His church is Planned Parenthood and FOCA, (freedom of choice act). His covenant promises rights and freedom for women. It delivers death of infants, permanent damage to the souls of women, of men, of politicians
Homosexual lust is our god and Obama, Bishop Gene Robinson, and the Democratic Party are his prophets. The sacrifice is personal integrity and corruption of the body and spirit. Its priests and priestesses are men who have sex with men (MSM) and women who have sex with women (WSW). Its church is the Human Rights Campaign and other activist organizations, Pride clubs and “gay” and “lesbian” centers. Its covenant offers false promises of equality with those who have normal sexual feelings and inner peace. It delivers disease, prolonged adolescent immaturity, and oppression of the church and good people who live upright moral lives.
Greed And Socialism
Money is our god, and the the wealthy and welfare are its prophets. Its sacrifice is hard earned savings and retirement. Its priests are those taking obscene profits by defrauding investors, and those who choose government money over honest work. Its church is a non vigilant Securities and Exchange Commission and congress. Its covenant promises self reliance and security in wealth or sustenance. It delivers collapse of the economy, unfair distribution of wealth, and a drain on the tax system.
Socialism is our god, and Obama is his prophet. Its sacrifice is personal freedom. Its priests are politicians and communist ideological organizations. Its church are legislatures and executive branches in government. Its covenant promises fairness and sameness for all. It delivers power and wealth those who already possess it and takes away opportunity for those out of power and destroys of the economy and future for others.
Liberalism is our god and the Democratic Party is his prophet. Its sacrifice is freedom, integrity, opportunity, and wholeness. Its priests are the fascist elites in government, education, and bureaucracies, who wish to control others’ thoughts and actions. Its churches are political parties, universities, and corrupt professional organizations. Its covenant promises unbridled freedom for perversion of the natural law and oppression for all who disagree with it. It delivers the breakdown of society, constitutional government, and true freedom for morally minded people, especially faithful Christians.
For us Christians, these are abominations, and the people who promote them are truly overcome by evil. 2 Peter 2:19-20 “They promise them freedom, though they themselves are slaves of corruption, for a person is a slave of whatever overcomes him. For if they, having escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of (our) Lord and savior Jesus Christ, again become entangled and overcome by them, their last condition is worse than their first.”
This may not be the change you wanted when you voted for new government, but it is the change you voted for if you did not clearly listen to the evil promises of the new prophets and priests of the new “churches” and ignored the warnings about the new evils that this government clearly promised to impose on America.
Jesus Christ And His Catholic Church Is The Only Hope In The Battle Against Evil
The Father is our God, and Jesus Christ is His prophet. His sacrifice is the life of His Son Jesus celebrated at Mass. His priests are those ordained and faithful clergy who teach fully the Catholic faith from the Bible and Magisterium, and who celebrate the sacraments of the church faithfully according to its tradition and rites. Its Church is the Holy Catholic Church in which salvation is found in Jesus, the only name in heaven or on earth by which man can be saved, through Jesus, the only mediator between God and man who saves us by grace through faith in Him and not in abortion, homosexual lust, money’s greed, socialism, or liberalism. He delivers forgiveness of sin and eternal life.
Jesus came to save us from abortion, homosexual lust, socialism, liberalism, and greed of money. He begins by gathering us into His Holy Catholic Church in baptism, giving us faith in HIM rather than the perversions and evil legacies of the world and worldly people. He fills us with His Holy Spirit in confirmation to give us the gifts of HIS wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, courage, piety, and fear of the Lord, so that we are formed to conquer the world. He nourishes us with His Body and Blood to fortify our Spirit to hear the counsel of the Holy Spirit to reject not only for ourselves the evil legacies, but to fight for others who are under evil’s influence.
So we pray each day, and worship on Sunday. Renewed in Spirit, we begin the fight for the faith and the souls of all in our country and world. We march, telephone, fax, write, protest, inform all those in power of our beliefs and interests to show them we will resist their impositions, remove them from office and employment if they pervert our nation.
Jesus has called you out of the darkness of abortion, lust, greed, socialism, and liberalism into His marvelous light of freedom. Fight for that freedom now, so that you will not be oppressed like the Christians of the first centuries. Evil has acceded to power in this administration. We must pray as if it all depends on God, and work as if it all depends on us.
Have You Or Someone You Know Had Your Identity Stolen? If So, Then How Do You Get It Back And Keep It Safe?
By Father Richard Perozich:
Media advertisements frequently speak of identity theft, and of one solution called Lifelock. A man’s identity is his name and what belongs to him, linked by our social security number in the public forum. Because of attempts to steal identity and all the assets linked to it, we add passwords to all our accounts which are linked to our identity. Still, thieves use lies, deceit, accusation, temptation, and seduction to get us to reveal our information, to abandon our security, and to take what belongs to us, robbing us of our identity, our assets, our lives. Lifelock and similar programs are advertised to watch over and to protect our identity when we may not be able to do so or when we are unaware of unscrupulous tactics of thieves.
My physical identity is God’s gift to me. I am a man, oriented toward woman for procreation and mutual support toward eternal life. My spiritual identity is Christian given to me by my baptism. The assets that come with this are divine faith, hope, charity, prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance; also the presence of the Holy Spirit in my soul to form my conscience by telling me to “do this and shun that”, so that I am not guided by my own thoughts or emotions or those of others. My identity is being nurtured by the Bible, the Church as its authentic teacher and interpreter, by the sacraments, particularly penance and Eucharist, by my prayer in which I life up my heart to God for healing, attention, affection, approval, and love.
There Are Thieves In The World Trying To Steal Our Identity
There are thieves in the world trying to steal my monetary assets by appropriating my identity and presenting themselves as me. They try to get my social security number, my bank account number, my passwords, my signature and other things associated with my identity. They use seduction, lies, temptation, deception, and accusation to move others or me in order to defraud me of my identity and all that is attached to it. In the business world, companies such as Lifelock promise to help me to guard my identity and all the assets that accompany it for the protection of my power, possessions, and the prestige of my identity.
There are thieves in this world trying to steal my soul, that animating force, which gives me life, which is my identity given to me by God. The devil is the thief of souls. Jesus calls the devil the “Father of lies”. He is called “Satan” which means tempter. He is called the “accuser of our brothers” in Job and in Revelation. He is the seducer of Eve, and the deceiver of all. It is through his envy that death entered into our human existence (Wisdom 2:28). He wishes to rob us of our identity as children of God and our inheritance of eternal life.
Satan has tempted, deceived, lied to, accused, and seduced others to follow him while at the same time they claim to be following God. Jesus tells us that we know others by their fruits, which are the results of their work and the means that they use to obtain their goals.
Identity theft of the soul often is done slowly so that the victims, you and I, ignore the theft until it is too late, and we have lost everything. The devil’s techniques are temptation, lies, seduction, accusation, and deception. In modern socio political parlance, these involve the unscrupulous tactics of theft such as those attributed to Saul Alinsky in syaing anything is fair to destroy the victim in order to steal what I want. Three common techniques that have stolen spiritual identities from Catholics are desensitization, jamming, and conversion.
Desensitization is a constant presentation of the deception through television, radio, magazines, school indoctrination, victimhood, rights, fairness, equality, and justice. Catholics have had their identities threatened through the presentation of abortion, sexual license, cloning, embryonic stem cell research, and euthanasia in news, talk shows, legislatures, using the parade of “victims”, a woman’s right to choose, “reproductive rights”, women’s health, right to control her own body, born that way, right to “marry the one you love”, sex parades, political – social – academic indoctrination, sex clubs at schools and even Catholic universities, television characters. After showing so much of this, the thief lies, deceives, and seduces the person into signing over his identity to support the lies and deceptions. Evil becomes commonplace, and the identity begins the slow transfer of loyalty away from God to conversion to the devil and support of the evils.
Jamming is the technique of bigotry which demeans the dignity of a person, his statements, his right of self expression through accusation in order to make the person feel bad, to feel he has wronged or offended another and thus reduce him to silence so that the opposition can continue stealing the identity through the transfer of spiritual assets away from God over to a new god and new beliefs. Some words that reduce us to silence are: bigoted, homophobic, unthinkingly conservative, far right, patricarchal, medieval, hateful, misogynistic, etc. An honest person so accused reacts with horror at himself and shuts down logical thinking at that moment.
Conversion is the final result of desensitization and jamming done through seduction, temptation, deception, accusation, and lies. The victim has lost his created identity and his spiritual one as well. It has been stolen from him with the cooperation of his surrender.
The thief must first present himself as a victim, unfairly marginalized by the majority for a behavior or trait which is claimed to be inborn and the thief’s given identity which cannot be changed without doing violence to him. Men and women with same sex attraction have their masculinity and femininity stolen from them by practicing or promoting homosexuals to convince them that they are born that way with no hope of change. Once converted, they become thieves of others’ souls.
Women with unwanted or difficult pregnancies are seduced and lied to into thinking that the new life in their womb is theirs to dispose of, only tissue, not a baby or human, without a soul. With enough pressure from legislators, medical staff, the women are converted and lose their identities as women, wives, and mothers. Some repent; others become thieves of souls themselves.
People who do not have the same economic assets as others are tempted to think that others got it from illegal advantage or gain, and that all should have the same assets by stealing from those who have more, giving it to the state who will then apportion it according to the thieves’ will. They are converted to envy, occupy movements, and live perpetually as victims in unhappiness over others’ good fortune.
The HHS mandate forcing the Church to provide for birth control and abortion only has power because self proclaimed Christians such as President Obama and those Catholics in name only such as HHS director Sebelius, congresswoman Pelosi, vice President Biden, numerous senators and congressmen have lost their Catholic and or Christian identities, have been converted, and now hold power.
The Life Lock
Where is Lifelock? It is in Jesus Christ and in His Holy Catholic Church’s magisterium where in the bishops united with the Holy Father teach, guide, and sanctify their flock. Holding fast to the church when one has doubts and seeking her teaching to clarify, the presence of Jesus in word and sacrament will keep safe the Catholic from identity theft. It is not a passive purchase like the business model of life lock, but demands humility, vigilance, faithfulness, and obedience. Let Jesus and His Church be the Lifelock for your Catholic identity against Satan and those he has converted who steal souls.
Voting Catholic! Are You Going The
Way of Evil or The Way of Truth
By Fr. Richard Perozich (Written for the Church Bulletin) – Elections are coming up November 2, 2010. Catholics must engage in the political process to form a nation that reflects the values held by Christ’s followers.
Learn who you are and act like a Christian.
1 Peter 2. 9 But you are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Your job is to announce to the whole world that Jesus is the anointed King of God’s everlasting reign and to offer all men His salvation given by grace and received by faith.
One forum in which you do this is politics. Politics comes from the word pole and polarity. Poles are opposite ends of an idea, of a temporal structure, or of a force.
Catholics Have A Higher Calling
Catholics, even though we live in a country and are citizens of that country, have a higher calling and responsibility to God and to our neighbor to promote God’s truth even when others hate it, reject it, and hate us for proclaiming it.
We are citizens in an earthly realm, but more importantly we are citizens of the new kingdom of heaven with Jesus as the Lord, His laws as our prime way of life, and called to live them and to promote them even to unbelievers.
We live in a society where many people with power, possessions, and prestige are promoting ideas that are not founded in Christ.
In order to promote their ideas over ours, they tell us we must stay in our churches, keep our religion to ourselves, and that their idea of separation of the church from the state (which does not exist in our American constitution as they say it does) trumps any ideas we might have, so we have to shut up. And Catholics sheepishly keep quiet and vote for men and women who promote evil.
In chapter 3 of Galatians, St. Paul, frustrated with the Galatians allowing non believers to silence the truth even to the point of the Galatians returning to pagan or evil ways chastises them saying, “O stupid Galatians. Who has bewitched you?”
“O Stupid Catholics, who has bewitched you?”
It can be said of us in America in the year 2010, “O Stupid Catholics, who has bewitched you?” We easily go over to pagan ideas, putting aside our faith, our truth, in order to accommodate the evil of people who will not accommodate us! To promote their ideas they attack us personally calling us the far right, ultra conservative, bigoted, homophobic, hate mongers, holy rollers, and other epithets. This silences many Catholics. It only emboldens me, and it should embolden you also to promote your faith.
In the fights in politics, all sides cannot win. It is either going to be the way of evil or the way of truth. You must engage it as an ambassador for Christ and not as an agent of the devil.
God is life. Jesus is King. Christians are citizens of the kingdom sharing in life, the mission of God to promote it constantly in every forum.
People are most concerned with their economic power to purchase, to live, to save. Their greatest fear is losing this, evident in how they voted in 2006 and 2008.
Our Greatest Concern Should Be With Life
For Christians our greatest concern should be with life, and we vote for those who promote it. You have heard the mantra, “I’m a fiscal conservative, but a social liberal.” Nonsense. The societal responsibilities come first, and from a sound society built on biblical principles flow the economic concerns.
In a healthy economy there will be rich people. I who earn $20,000.00 a year do not envy their wealth, their homes, their power to shape the economy. The people Americans put into office in 2006 and 2008 DO envy, and are using the economy to tear apart the entire social fabric of society to promote abortion here in our country and abroad; to kill new life in embryos; to kill the elderly and sick; to destroy the nature of gender and marriage; to allow sexually immature people to be predators of others to try to satisfy their lack of psychological development.
Here Are The Fundamental Issues
For us Catholics the basic issues are: Life from conception to natural death, that is protection of the unborn, those with life, and those who are sick; protection of new life in its most nascent form, the embryo; protection from cloning to farm body parts; protection from sexual deviance in the form of pederasty, homosexuality, adultery, fornication, prostitution.
An elite class has assumed power in the United States, transcending political parties. They claim to know more than the people the elites represent. They do not. Their interest is keeping their positions in which they earn upwards of $200,000.00 with a health plan that is not part of the new one passed for the rest of us. They plan the destruction of the military, the silence of the churches and free voices, the destruction of children, embryos. They simply cannot stay in power. I have voted for some of them despite their mixed policies.
But enough! I refuse to cast a vote for anyone who supports abortion, sexual confusion to be forced in the military, marriage, school curricula, or any other societal aspect, cloning, embryonic stem cell research, or euthanasia.
A Stand Must Be Made!
I am a Catholic. I am a citizen of the Kingdom of God and will promote that kingdom in all parts of my life.
To you politicians who promote non Catholic values, I will not vote for you just so your opponent will not get into office.
If you do not represent me, you do not have my vote. I don’t want your government money. I don’t want your ideas of equality, fairness, and justice. I don’t want your health care. I am not a prostitute who sells my vote for temporal benefits.
I am checking your voting records through various organizations which monitor your voting. If you do not promote life from the moment of conception to natural death, chastity and sexual distinctions, traditional marriage, respect for embryos in science, then you will not get my vote. You do not belong in political office. Teachers who sheepishly follow their corrupt unions do not belong in the classrooms. Clergy who follow non Christian teaching do not belong in the pulpit.
My hope rests in Jesus Christ and his salvation exactly FROM the very things these politicians are promoting. Change is repentance from sin, conversion to God, and reparation of the damage by following the commandments without relativizing them.
Hope and Change did not come in 2008. I’m going to do my part to see that it does in 2010.
Fr. Richard Perozich
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