"Three reasons for Catholic decline predate the scandal: the sin of contraception, the assimilation of Catholics into American culture and the secularization or 'paganization' of baptized Catholics.....
[With regard to contraception;] "no kids means no Catholics and no need for Catholic parishes....
"Catholics were accepted into the mainstream because so many lived openly double lives: attending Mass while rejecting church moral teachings....
[Pre-Christian Rome] "was characterized by promiscuity, birth control, abortion, recreational drugs, and the normalization of infanticide, polygamy and slavery. Christians were martyred for calling out pagan cruelties and inhumanity.
"What is the future for loyal Catholics whose faith commands calling out cultural atavism? It ain’t pretty....
"St. Joseph the Worker, pray for us" (Why they walked away from St. Joseph the Worker, Courier Times, 7/1/14).
Wow! "The Sin of Contraception"! Not something you hear much about from the pulpit, is it?
By the way, One More Soul and Pharmacists for Life International have only been able to identify handfuls of pharmacies - across the country - which do NOT sell contraceptives and abortifacients. (e.g., hormonal contraceptives). Incredibly, a few pharmacies that sell these poisons have been long advertised in some local parish bulletins - receiving a quasi "imprimataur," if you will! How could the laity not be confused by such mixed messages?
- Immaculate Conception will be absorbed by Queen of the Universe. Queen of the Universe, by the way, has long been advertising the Oxford Valley Pharmacy (When I last inquired, Oxford Valley even acknowledged that they carry the notorious Plan B for $39.99.).
- Our Lady of Fatima will be absorbed by St. Charles Borromeo in Bensalem, which has long been advertising the Riccio Family Pharmacy.
- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton will be absorbed by St. Thomas Aquinas in Croydon. While St. Elizabeth long advertised the Riccio Family Pharmacy, St. Thomas has long "preferred" Mat's Pharmacy and Medical Supply.
On the web page of Bucks County's Catholic hospital (http://www.stmaryhealthcare.org/physicians), we are told that
- "....St Mary Medical Center is a Catholic healthcare facility that strives for the highest ideals of quality care and institutional integrity. St. Mary Medical Center is firmly committed to maintaining fidelity to its Catholic identity by closely conforming to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.
Care practitioners at St. Mary Medical Center abide by the Ethical and
Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services while providing
care at any of the St. Mary Medical Center campuses. Many of these
practitioners also provide services outside of St. Mary Medical Center
where there is no institutional obligation to practice under the Ethical
and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services...."
If you follow St. Mary's web page to "Find a Perinatology Specialist", you will be led to Doctors Stephen Smith, Richard Latta, and Marc Rosenn - all of Abington Perinatal Associates. At Abington, their associate, Dr. Frank Craparo has been reported to be involved with fetal "reduction" – a euphemism for abortion (See http://www.fertilethoughts.com/forums/selective-reduction-termination-due-health-issues/692269-fyi-something-my-dr-said-others-might-find-interesting.html).