Mar 19, 2006

"Living" documents

Is the U.S. Constitution a compact with fixed meaning, or is it "a living document" whose meanings any 5-4 Supreme Court majority can change according to whims?

And what about any other documents? Are they "living," too?

Pro-abortion U.S. Supreme Court "Injustice" Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ex-general counsel for the ACLU, aka the Anti-Christian Lawsuits Unit, addessed the Constitutional Court of South Africa on February 7, 2006, and delivered some really sinister opinions. (Click on this post's title to see her speech.) Ms. Ginsburg:

...ripped "the view of the U.S. Constitution as a document essentially frozen in time as of the date of its ratification."

...said U.S. courts need to "read the [U.S.] Constitution as belonging to a global 21st century, not as fixed forever by 18th-century understandings."

...argued that U.S. courts should impose "dynamic versus static, frozen-in-time constitutional interpretation" on the American people.

Ms. Ginsburg bragged that the U.S. Supreme Court made new interpretations and cited foreign law in "Lawrence v. Texas" (2003), the 5-4 ruling that overturned state laws against sodomy. She quoted it: "...times can blind us to certain truths and later generations can see that laws once thought necessary and proper in fact serve only to oppress. As the Constitution endures, persons in every generation can invoke its principles in their own search for greater freedom."

Have you ever noticed that calling the Constitution "a living document" is a lot like invoking "the spirit of Vatican II?" Finding "rights" to abort babies and to commit sodomy in the U.S. Constitution, even though they are NOT THERE, is much like "finding" all kinds of things in the documents of Vatican II that are NOT THERE.

In other words, ex-general counsels of the ACLU and current dissenters from the Faith are alike: They invent invisible permissions for the sins they want to commit and for the twisted versions of governing they want to impose on the rest of us.

Parce nobis, Domine! (Spare us, O Lord!)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"times can blind us to certain truths and later generations can see that laws once thought necessary and proper in fact serve only to oppress...persons in every generation can invoke its principles in their own search for greater freedom."

I read a french author (1800) that our concept of freedom is flawed - we are not at all free to act against Gods moral laws without impunity. That the moral law is for the Church to determine and society's duty to enforce with force if necessary, otherwise those who take these unlawful liberties will not rest until they have enslaved all.

This is coming to pass in our day now.

3:39 PM  
Blogger Kenneth Fisher, Founder & CRCOA said...

St. Joseph the Worker

Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, chose to be born of
the immaculate flesh of the Blessed Virgin Mary. God from God, the
eternal Word begotten of the Father before all ages, Jesus took on
the burden of mortality, dwelling in the flesh as a man among men.
The Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity deigned in perfect
humility to be received in the womb of His glorious Mother, who
obediently cooperated in the divine plan of salvation at the
message of the angel Gabriel. God’s Holy Spirit overshadowed the
Virgin, Christ was conceived, and the Word became man. His
dwelling place among us was Nazareth, the home of a descendant of
David, the chaste spouse of the Mother of God, Joseph.

Jesus learned from Joseph to work honestly, to hearken
to God in silence, and to rejoice in God’s bounty in the midst of
material poverty. The hands that lifted a dead girl from sleep,
whose touch gave sight to the blind, whose strength cleansed His
Father’s House of thieves, sought never to create wealth or to
indulge in frivolous comforts or to assert the desires of the flesh
over the will of God. Joseph instilled in Jesus an awareness that
sufficiency is a greater bounty than plenty, that God is heard best
when all else is silent, that the craft of man imitating God’s act
of creation builds an edifice not of perishable matter but of
imperishable spirit.

Jesus was mistaken for “the carpenter’s son”. The
people around Him are to be excused if in looking on Jesus they
recognized in Him more of His foster-father than of God the Father.
In merely natural terms it is likely that His physical mannerisms
resembled the man responsible for teaching Him what it means to be
a child of God. We hear His Mother’s influence in Gethsemani when
He submitted to the will of God: “Not my will, Father, but your
will be done!” (cf. Luke 1:38). We “hear” Joseph echoed in the
silence of Christ before Pilate (cf. John 19:9).

But, of course, in all things Jesus came only to do the
will of Him who sent Him. Jesus had work to do: to enkindle a
flame upon the earth, to preach the Good News to the lost sheep of
Israel, to give sight to the blind, to overcome the world, to lay
down His life for His friends. Joseph’s work ethic proves
invaluable in accomplishing God’s plan of salvation.

From the very first, both the Blessed Virgin and St.
Joseph sought to obey God. They submitted to Him the first-fruits
of their loving obedience as prescribed in the law. It was their
constant care to raise Jesus to be a man of righteousness and

Modernity needs to learn from the example of St. Joseph
in imitation of the humble willingness of our Lord. The work of
the hands of St. Joseph was directed by his knowledge that they
served the greater purpose of performing the work of faith. He did
not labor as a carpenter for its own sake, but for the sake of his
wife, his Child, and his obedience to God.

Jesus spoke and did those things which gave glory, not
to Himself, but to His Father. Both Jesus and Joseph knew that the
dignity of work comes not from the raw act of labor, but from the
end to which it is directed. Work meant merely for monetary or
egoistic gain is impoverishing and demeaning to the laborer. Work
done at the direction of God and for His glory alone bears fruit
that nourishes the laborer in this life and unto eternal Life.

Faith makes it possible for man to order his priorities
properly. By faith man knows that his ultimate end is union with
God; by reason man knows that all natural activities must then be
placed at the service of this supernatural goal. By love is
accomplished the task of submitting what reason teaches to the
direction of what faith promises in the confident hope that God
will perfect the work He has begun in man and in which man is
called to cooperate.

It is impossible to describe the scandal and shame in
which the faithlessness of modern society now wallows. Lacking
faith man has disordered his world such that work is no longer
placed in the service of a greater end, but is become an end in
itself. The family, once the beneficiary of work, has become the
prime victim of employment. Where once rest was considered the
appropriate reward for ample work well done, leisure is now
confused with sloth. Once play was the province of children in
neighborhoods, but now it is hyper-organized by adults enrolling
children in leagues for athletic activities requiring hundreds of
dollars’ worth of fees and equipment, long hours practicing, and
travel between cities and across states.

Far from enfleshing the words of Isaiah repeated by
Christ proclaiming liberty to slaves, the modern approach to work
does not embolden the freedom of the children of God, but results
in invisible chains and monstrous burdens. The arena where the
faithful are permitted to exercise devotion to God is shrinking.
The social stigma attached to seeking treasure that does not rust
or rot is becoming harsher. The fruit borne of labor without
reference to God is wicked, violent, and deadly. And rest, peace,
and silence are being banished from the face of the earth.

Jesus tells us that we can not serve both God and
mammon. That He chose to be born in poverty in the house of the
simple worker Joseph, tells us that God places a premium on work
done by those satisfied with a minimum of worldly wealth and
receptive of the bountiful grace of Christ. That so many of us
would be hard pressed to describe our jobs as being in harmony with
serving God alone tells us whom we actually serve.

Modern economics, modern employment, and modern desires
do not include a place for God. St. Joseph gives us an example of
what happens when God receives pride of place in the human heart:
“If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love
him, and we will come to him, and will make our abode with him”
(John 14:23). In the hearts of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St.
Joseph, Jesus found great love. In the home of Nazareth the
Father’s will was obeyed by all; the Son was the center of the life
they shared; and the Holy Spirit filled their hearts with a passion
for prayer, the willingness to sacrifice, and the power to live as
children of God – on earth, laboring in the Lord’s vineyard, and in
Heaven, resting forever in the bosom of the Father.

Jesus comes to dwell with us, Body-Blood-Soul-Divinity,
in the Mass. Of His fullness, grace upon grace, we are privileged
to receive. We are called to set aside even that work which does
not interfere with God’s will in order to obey His Son’s command to
eat His Body and to drink His Blood, that we might have abundant
life. At Mass we have a momentary foretaste of that Life with
Christ no longer obscured by the trammels of mortal life. At Mass
we can see – and taste – the fruit of the work of God’s salvation
in us. No longer do we eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge and
receive death. We eat of the fruit of the Tree of Life – Jesus
Crucified – and receive knowledge of God!

St. Joseph the worker reminds us to honor honest work.
More than that, however, he illustrates that the laborer is to be
valued more than his labor. Still more, St. Joseph guides us to
the realization that Christ is the focus of all our efforts on
earth. In Christ we are given a Mediator by Whom God the Father is
offered the work of our hands, the love of our hearts, and the
whole of our lives. Jesus Christ takes away the sins of the world
that those who believe in Him and in His Cross can find a dwelling
place in His Father’s House – as He dwells among us so shall we
dwell with Him, now and forever.

Father Smith

Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace Parish

Clinton, Iowa

His Brother’s Keeper

We are so blest to share our Mother's love
within the bosom of the home she makes
in imitation of the one above
where e'er to be my heart like Thine sore aches.
Thy face has taught to mine our Father's mien
with which He looks upon our growing good
and is well pleased that I through You have seen
what none but angels yet have understood.
My little Brother, sleep this sweet night through
beneath the stars in peaceful dreams, secure
that I will suffer naught to come near You
except what God deems righteous, just, and pure.
At Christmas Mary bore her firstborn Son
while Joseph thus became her second one.


Her face far more than His, far more, is pale,

for ‘tho’ His heart is still, still hers must beat;

she holds His hands, once mighty now grown frail,

and ponders vict’ry’s cost of true defeat.

There dries a line of blood around His head

where thorns had traced what evil called a crown

when bad men, madmen, howled that God be dead,

that black be white, that high be battered down.

I see this sight from distance past the years

beholding that which sin nor dying harms:

it is the sound of Infant’s happy tears

to be held safe in Mother Mary’s arms.

Thus I of Joseph beg a holy death

to take near her like Jesus my last breath.

Father Smith.

26 August 2004

Pope St. Zephyrinus

Vinyamar, Tustin, California

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5:47 PM  
Blogger Patrick Kinsale said...

Interestingly, the notion of the Constitution as a "living document" would logically turn on those such as Justice Ginsburg. For that means that we should not be so enamored of defending judicial precedent, as those precedents are decisions marred by the proper thinking of the times in which they were made. We are now more than 30 years away from Roe v. Wade, and the world is a different place. Let's not lock ourselves into the late-20th-century mentality when it comes to abortion.

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Justice Scalia answers this notion that the constitution is a legal document, or a legal contract. If one remembers our history and civics all laws are signed into extistance binding those who it represents.
I heard a comment by the president of Human Life International who says most people are resonable when trying to come together on life issues, unless you hit an agenda.
If it is a living document then ones agenda would be the consideration to what it means.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Jared said...

Political commentator Walter Williams loves to ask those who promote the "living document" idea if they'd like to play poker with him and have the rules be living.

Really, this notion does remind one an awful lot of Calvin Ball, the game played by comic-strip characters Calvin and Hobbes.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Kenneth Fisher, Founder & CRCOA said...


I have frequently written about the scandal of the Knights of Columbus leadership protecting their pro-abortion influential members including politicians.

This abysmal failure on the part of the national and state leadership has now developed to such a point that it should explode with rank and file members demanding that these apostates be so expelled.

In the state of Massachusetts, the leader of the State Senate is Robert Travaglini. Senator Travaglini has made it abundantly clear that not only is he pro-abortion and pro-sodomite, but that he will oppose any and all measures to exempt the Catholic Charities Adoption Agency from the totally un-constitutional state law that requires them to allow sodomites to obtain adoptions from that agency.

Don’t take my word for it, you can go to Tavaglini’s Website and see that he proudly proclaims on that website that he is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2963.


ATTENTION, remember there are just 12 days left until the annual invasion of the hetereodox, the Archdiocese of Lost Angels Religious Anti-Catholic Education Congress at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Will you be there to prayerfully demonstrate against this attack on our Faith?

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some chapters of the K of C are about comaradery (SP?) and socializing- the steak dinners and fish fry's, the annual fiesta booth. The one I am familiar with raises money and make donations. Not one of the parish clergy has ever attended any of the meetings. They really dont get much spiritual direction other then the recommended annual retreat. The members are family men but really are not zealous or have any type of missionary spirit-it's a closed social unit- new members need not apply.

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ginsberg says laws once thought necessary really oppress but in fact it is the relaxation of the laws enforcing moral order that has led to an increase of oppression.

Example, the situation unfolding back east re: the gay adoptions by Catholic Charities. Those who practised their freedom to the detriment of society now are forcefully imposing their impurity upon all-to the degree that the Catholic Charities cannot place any children in homes unless they enslave themselves under impurity. They (liberals) are having their day as the oppressors today.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Kenneth Fisher, Founder & CRCOA said...

April 1st is April Fools Day, and it is the day that “Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.” will be picketing the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (I prefer to call it the “Anti-Catholic Religious Education Congress!”.

We will be conducting our prayerful protest demonstration in front of the two main Exhibit Hall entrances from 9:00 AM until roughly 6:00 PM.

We are now in the process of preparing poster signs for this, and very much would appreciate suggestions as to what the themes of these posters should be.

Please email me at: or call me at: 714-491-2284 with any ideas on this you may have.

Remember there are just 12 days left until the annual invasion of the hetereodox, the Archdiocese of Lost Angels Religious Anti-Catholic Education Congress at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Will you be there to prayerfully demonstrate against this attack on our Faith?

God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher, Founder & Chairman
Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Fisher-

I am with you when it comes to Mahony's R.E. Congress of Dissent but, ...

Your frequent and excessively long posts are obnoxious and I fear that you will alienate the very people whose support you are seeking to enlist.

Why don't you just knock it off.

1:09 AM  
Blogger Kenneth Fisher, Founder & CRCOA said...

If you really want to get to the source of all of these errors, come and join CRCOA at the upcoming, April 1st prayerful demonstration at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles's Religious Education Congress(the Archdocese of Lost Angels Anti-Catholic Religious Education Congress)!

We will be demonstrating from 9:00 AM until roughly 6:00 PM.

Kenneth M. Fisher, Founder & Chairman
Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.

6:57 PM  

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