Thursday, August 28, 2014

Gay Population in U.S. Significantly Less Religious

Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender are significantly less likely than non-LGBT Americans to be highly religious, and significantly more likely to be classified as not religious. These results are based on more than 104,000 Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted between Jan. 2 and July 31, 2014, including 3,242 adults who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Some of the major findings include: 26% of LGBT Americans attend religious services at least once a week as compared to 42% of non-LGBT respondents; religion is not important in the daily lives of more than half (51%) of all LGBT Americans compared with 34% of non-LGBT; the majority of gays identified as Protestant (35%,) followed by no-religious affiliation (33%,) then Catholic (20%.)

Author’s note: This sad state of affairs for my gay brothers and sisters has somewhat to do with doctrine, but also reveals much about the mind-set of homosexuals. While most are angered by the teachings of certain Christian denominations, particularly the Catholics, which condemn homosexuals acts as gravely sinful, many gays have already created their own set of deities upon the sexual pantheon: in gay male culture this is specifically symbolized by the worship of the masculine archetype; in the lesbian community its within the adulation of the fleshy nurturing mother goddess. For the most part, these cure-alls poured upon their wounded psyches have replaced any inner need for a greater power - as the fantasy promises happiness and healing on Earth. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

San Francisco, Earthquakes, and Demons

“Storms, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters ordinarily happen as a result of natural causes. Nonetheless, the book of Revelation does teach us that God, at the end of time, will allow a freer manifestations of the power of demons (see Revelation 13:13-14), even to the point of affecting the physical world…Once, I was praying for a lady who suffered from a demonic influence. Soon it began to rain, then hail, and the hail became gradually more intense. Then a strong storm wind began to buffet the church.” ~ Fr. Jose Antonio Fortea 

The last few days have been personally marked by huge swings of elation and sadness: on Saturday (August 23, 2014) I hosted a very successful Day of Reflection for men with same-sex attraction at the Carmelite Monastery in Oakville; the next day - I was back there looking at the enormous devastation caused by the earthquakes. I started to wonder, if one event was connected to the other. For, I believe that the once wicked city of San Francisco, and the surrounding Bay Area, is at the threshold of a great Christian renewal: the instillation of three wonderful Bishops of the Church - Cordileone in San Francisco, Barber in Oakland, and Vasa in Santa Rosa; the success of many smaller Catholic schools; and the continuing efforts to further the cause of Life (especially at the annual SF Walk for Life.) Satan does not want to lose the new Sodom. As in the Litany of the Saints, it includes this appeal: “Lord, save your people…From the scourge of earthquake.”



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Joseph as My Protector Even in the Midst of Ruin


Like the Christ Child, I have placed my trust in St. Joseph. But, unlike Our Savior - I was not born into the perfect beauty of the Holy Family. For, at times in my life - I was hurt, deceived, and felt abandoned. It was hard to trust. Only, the Lord wanted what was best for me - so, he gave me His foster father as my guardian. And, as Joseph of The Old Testament did for his thankless and selfish brothers, St. Joseph did the same for me and many more: suffering, so that we could survive. And, St. Joseph endured much: having to witness the Son of God being born in a stable, being forced into exile, searching fearfully for the lost Jesus. Without him, where would our precious Christ have laid His head. In my own life, when I hated everything having to do with Catholicism - even my own name, Joseph remained steadfast. In the earthquake, he nonetheless remained - was battered in my place, so, again, that I may live. 



Monday, August 25, 2014

Renewal and Destruction

 


A few months ago, I visited my blessed Carmelite Monastery and took a photo of me with my favorite statue: St. Joseph holding the baby Jesus. When I got out of the gay lifestyle and the porn industry, I sat for hours in the little chapel and that statue (see: http://www.josephsciambra.com/2013/04/revisiting-past.html) always kept getting into my frame of view. Joseph, Joseph, Joseph - I kept seeing St. Joseph. I didn’t want to deal with him. For, ever since I was a little boy - I hated my name: people kept calling me Joey; it sounded so infantile and puny. Then, in a horrible turn of self-fulfilling prophecy, when I got into porn, I was named Joey; after my porn idol Joey Stefano. Now, all these years later, I was once again confronted with my name and my namesake. Slowly, I got to Love St. Joseph and recognized him for the pinnacle of masculine charity and manly caring that he is. After the earthquake, among the ruins and the fallen pieces of walls and ceilings and shattered statues, the St. Joseph statue was okay; though another one, just as beautiful, suffered terribly. I thought, as Christ walked the Way of the Cross for our sins, Joseph took a big hit for me. 



Saturday, August 23, 2014

Day Of Reflection and Healing



We were all blessed that Fr. Gary Sumpter of the Diocese of Santa Rosa served as chaplain for our Day of Reflection and Healing. There are few priests with the Courage to both speak the Truth on the issue of same sex attraction while being charitable to those who suffer with it. God Bless you Father. 





Friday, August 22, 2014

My Catholic Alma-Mater Has Stadium Named After Pro-Gay Marriage and Pro-Abortion Politician



“Catholic” Bill Dodd is running for a seat in the California Assembly representing the 4th District which includes Napa County where I live. Dodd switched parties in 2012, becoming a Democrat, and citing that the reason was the Republican’s stance on gay marriage: “He says the tipping point in his decision to switch parties was the debate over gay marriage and marriage equality;” (Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/14/6321248/endorsements-2014-krovoza-dodd.html) Just this year, he also spoke about his support for abortion: “I’ve supported women’s rights, particularly the right to choose.  I have consistently supported marriage equality and equality for everybody…It’s these kind of values that absolutely make me a Democrat and why I switched;” (Read more here: http://www.davisvanguard.org/assembly-candidate-bill-dodd-talks-to-the-vanguard) Yet, a stadium, Dodd Stadium, at my Catholic alma-mater is named after Mr. Dodd. While this took place in 2008, before many of Mr. Dodd’s anti-Catholic beliefs were fully known; it is now time for Justin- Siena High School to remove Mr. Dodd’s name from the stadium.

Taken from The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: “Considerations regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons.”
“If it is true that all Catholics are obliged to oppose the legal recognition of homosexual unions, Catholic politicians are obliged to do so in a particular way, in keeping with their responsibility as politicians.”
“When legislation in favor of the recognition of homosexual unions is already in force, the Catholic politician must oppose it in the ways that are possible for him and make his opposition known; it is his duty to witness to the truth.”
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Taylor Swift Sells Her Soul To Satan In Latest Music Video


What ever became of Taylor Swift?
Proving once again that the Devil will go after anyone - regardless of racial, ethnic, social, economic, or educational background; latest case in point: the pornographically ugly music video for Taylor Swift’ single “Shack It Off.” Up until the last couple of years or so, Swift was the little goody-two-shoes media darling of the middle-America set, with a rather squeaky clean background and innocuous hits such as “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” In fact, Swift has some of the highest Q Ratings in the United States: public awareness (90%) and popularity (80%.) Q Ratings, used by media, marketing, advertising, and public relations industries, is one of the most influential cultural determinants in the US. Yet, despite her nouveau-Doris Day image, as of late, Swift has decided to push the sexual envelope, most recently serving as MC at a Victoria’s Secret “fashion” show. Now, like previous teen queens before her, notably Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus, Swift has strategically gone porn in her latest outing: crawling beneath a line of twerking women, coiled snake amulet hanging around her neck, all the while looking up into someone’s private parts. Only, she is still one of those rare creatures who, despite dipping their toe into the cesspool of Hollywood filth, nevertheless seems to retain a bit of her innocence; i.e. in the tradition of Marilyn Monroe. But, that makes the video even more tragic: witnessing a woman being corrupted; and a twisted nation lapping it all up.