July 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Approximately 17 months ago the world began hearing about a “new and terrifying” disease that would “kill millions and millions.” As it happens, the disease was nowhere near as deadly as claimed to most, but it was incredibly deadly to the health of our faith.
I am an active and practicing Catholic. I believe in the sacraments and my family is in church most Sundays. For many years prior to 2020 I sat in Church on a weekly basis and listened to my priest exalt the sacraments. This always sat well with me because I truly believed it was a privilege to commune directly with Christ, participate in Mass, and celebrate my faith with a community of believers. Then COVID came.
Suddenly my church, a church founded by someone who healed the sick and spent time with lepers and sinners, informed me that the sacraments were not worth the risk. They closed the churches, canceled the sacraments, and in a local case, the priest even stopped anointing the sick. To say this was disappointing might be the most colossal understatement I could ever make.
How could my church, which believes that the Communion we receive during Mass is literally the body and blood of Christ, claim that it was not safe to partake in this ritual? Is Christ really present in Communion, or is He not? If He is, then why would we cancel? Do we not believe that Christ is powerful enough to heal the sick? Do we really think our loving God would sicken us by participating in such a holy ritual of which He is a direct part?
I am sickened by this. I find it appalling that we would EVER give up on these core tenets of our faith. I found it even worse when I saw a local priest deny a number of seniors, who had become sick or were dying during this debacle, their last rites despite their lifelong commitment to the faith. I have no interest in seeing another Mass with this “priest,” but I am now wondering whether this same person is telling everyone that they need to be back for Mass every weekend so they can participate in these most holy of rituals.
This apparent complete and total lack of faith in God’s ability to protect us occurred in more Christian communities, not just the Catholic Church, and was equally appalling in all of them. From the Baptists to the Evangelicals to the Lutherans, and so on, faith seemed to be in short supply. Incredibly, despite these Christian leaders closing their doors to the faithful, most continued to keep their wallets open by requesting that parishioners continue to tithe. I do not want to by cynical, but all of this raises the question regarding these shepherds: Is your true faith in Christ or the church’s bank account?
I am assuming that this piece will raise some eyebrows, but I simply don’t care. Our brothers and sisters in Christ have every right to make their own decisions as to whether or not they have the courage to attend Mass without judgment; however, I do not think it is too much to ask of the shepherds who tell us weekly about the importance of participating in the faith that they should not abandon their flocks at the first hint of a wolf being near. My Catholic Church is the continuation of the Church founded by Peter — a man who, according to tradition, asked to be crucified upside down because he did not believe he was worthy of dying in the same way as Christ. How can a priest in this Church abandon his flock, his obligation to perform the sacraments, and his responsibility so egregiously?
Now, as if all of this was not enough, many of these same shepherds are failing to look into the truth of the COVID vaccines. Instead, they are pushing their flocks to get the jab despite mounting evidence of the danger. It seems as though it is easier to be politically correct than to be courageous in faith.
In 2019, LifePetitions launched a similar petition on behalf of Jeff Younger (the father) and his son James, asking for support and for the Texas state authorities to intervene in a unbelievable case in which the Dallas courts keep flip-flopping over which parent has parental rights and, ultimately, whether or not James must be forced to live as a girl and suffer the trauma of so-called gender "transitioning," as his mom believes he is a girl.
Incredibly, we now seem to be back at square one.
Jeff Younger currently has a gag order put on him, which prohibits him to speak out in defense of his son. But, because he has recently decided to ignore that order, to save his son from irreversible surgery, this brave Dad now faces possible arrest.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which does two things: 1) Supports Jeff Younger (again, the Dad) in his fight to save his son, James, from so-called gender "transitioning;" and, 2) Calls on Texas' Attorney General to intervene in this case and quash the gag order against Mr. Younger.
CLICK HERE to WATCH the latest LifeSite interview with Jeff Younger. Hear about the latest developments with his son, as well as the real dangers of gender reassignment surgery and other “transititioning” methods.
Currently, even though he shares 50/50 parental rights to James, which has allowed him to stop the chemical castration of his son, Jeff’s ex-wife recently sued to have full parental rights and to "give her sole medical and psychological decision making."
Jeff is also being threatened with jail time from the gag order, which he believes was intentionally done to stop him from helping pass legislation in Texas to ban sex-change surgeries for minors.
Jeff says that the gag order "prohibits me from speaking on all manner of political topics. And I’m not even allowed to tell you in that gag order whether my son’s a boy or girl."
But Jeff is speaking out, no matter what, because of the real danger that his son is in if he undergoes "transition" surgery.
Indeed, so-called gender "transitions" present many unsafe effects, some desired, some undesired, though all dangerous for one's physical and mental health.
Puberty-blocking drugs and cross-sex hormones have not been proven safe. For example, the FDA has NOT approved Lupron and GnRH analogues for use in blocking puberty.
Risks associated with these pharmaceuticals include: low bone density, high blood pressure, weight gain, abnormal glucose tolerance, breast cancer, liver disease, thrombosis, and cardiovascular disease.
And, additional risks and potential harms include:
For Males: Stunting of penile and testicular growth, sexual dysfunction, prevention of spermatogenesis, and disruption of normal brain and bone development.
For Females: A menopause-like state, blockade of normal breast development, decreased blood flow to vagina and vulva, sexual dysfunction, thinning of vaginal epithelium, vaginal atrophy, prevention of menses/ovulation, and disruption of normal brain and bone development.
In other words, these medications can sterilize and cause medical harm to vulnerable, confused children.
And, the stunning part about this: studies show that 85% of gender confused children eventually become comfortable with the sex of their bodies.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which supports Jeff Younger, a Texas Dad, who is fighting to prevent his son, James, from being "turned into a girl." At the same time, we appeal to Texas State Attorney General, to intervene in this case and quash the gag order against Jeff.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Save James: Father risks arrest to save 9-year-old son from forced gender-transition': https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/save-james-father-risks-arrest-to-save-9-year-old-son-from-forced-gender-transition
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DANGERS OF PUSHING GENDER IDEOLOGY ON CHILDREN:
Many eminent psychiatrists are now speaking against the faulty notion that sex is fluid and a matter of choice. In particular, they are concerned about the welfare of children and young people in this regard.
Dr Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins University, who has researched the occurrence of gender dysphoria for 40 years, has stated that the notion of gender fluidity "is doing much damage to families, adolescents, and children and should be confronted as an opinion without biological foundation wherever it emerges". [See more below.]
And, the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) is definite about the promotion of transgenderism as being harmful public policy:
"Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: 'XY' and 'XX' are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder. The norm for human design is to be conceived, either male or female…Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse. Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents…” [Read more below.]
Here is what Dr Paul McHugh said on this topic: https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/johns-hopkins-psychiatrist-transgendered-men-dont-become-women-they-become
This is the ACP statement on Gender Ideology: http://www.acpeds.org/the-college-speaks/position-statements/gender-ideology-harms-children
About the medical risks associated with medical interventions to attempt to change the sex of the body: https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2020/01/59422/
About some of the unconscionable practices some medical professionals are engaged in:
I am a sinner. I have no right to judge, and I am not judging any man or his faith. That said, I have an obligation to judge actions and to determine whether or not those actions are appropriate under the law of my faith. It is my fervent belief that God tested our faith, and we failed miserably. Despite my complete and total lack of qualification to do so, I am now asking my fellow sinners to confront their shepherds and remind them that their actions were and/or are unacceptable. My cynical recommendation is that we begin by redirecting our tithing to the shepherds that have had the courage to continue to teach the faith … maybe capitalism will even work with the church. No church, no money.
We have advanced since the crusades, and many Christians have read the Bible and can see that the Church is not following what it preaches. It simply is not good enough to say we are the infallible leaders, so do not question us. I believe we all must pray fervently for our churches … but I also think it is our duty to humbly assist our shepherds follow the path that God has laid out for us — a path that is never subject to the politics of man.
Attorney Thomas Renz is the lead attorney in several major cases brought in Ohio, New Mexico, Maine, and nationally against the CDC and DHHS regarding the COVID-19 lockdowns, mask mandates, business closures, false PCR data, fraudulent death numbers, and more. He is currently suing the federal government to stop COVID jabs for children. Renz works with and represents America’s Frontline Doctors, Dr. Eric Nepute, Make America Free Again, and Ohio Stands Up.