Monday, September 28, 2009

Personhood Amendment

Why can't we do this in Canada? What is preventing us from presenting to Parliament a Personhood Amendment?

If you know of any politician who would be willing to press forward with this, please let me know. Tell me who he or she is, because we have to do this. As the new father says in the video "why are we doing this again? because we are right."

h/t Jill Stanek

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Just Plain Weary

Too much going on to post on this blog, and when time permits, too weary to think straight. Sleep is what is required, plenty of it and in good succession.

So many things cause me pain these days: hearing of the teen culture of drinking and sexual promiscuity; watching people waste their lives on the pursuit of hedonism; seeing so many young people just wandering through their lives with no sense of purpose.

The culture seems to have become unhinged. Today, someone told me a young woman was raped in public outside a bar and the drunken man was seen running away. And this is becoming normal news. I feel helpless and, at times, hopeless.

Running a prayer vigil to end abortion seems fruitless when the cause of abortion is sexual immorality, which no one seems to be addressing. Is no one going to warn our youth how they are destroying themselves with these relationships, or lack of relationships rather? No one? I can't see that it is me, a 60-year-old grandmother who doesn't know what to say to this, but feels the pain of it acutely.

I hear the kids at St. Mary's University cheering on their football team and all I can think, is how many will get drunk tonight, have sex, and then present themselves for abortions in two months time? There does not seem to be any innocent fun anymore. Everywhere kids from the age of 10 up are sexualized and accelerated into a lifestyle that no one should wish on anyone.

Hearing of one university girl who had two abortions in the last 18 months and who said "my parents don't care", what can one do? She is not the exception, I am sure. Why have the hearts of parents forsaken their children? Why do they not care? Why are they seeking only their own pleasure and fulfilment? Why aren't parents loving their children anymore? Why?

I feel that we are desperate for a revival. If I only knew where the next John Wesley was, I would go and beg him to come sooner, just come. There must be someone out there of that calibre of moral quality.... or perhaps not.

As one sage woman said to me, "if this is end times, Lord bring it on."

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Silence Doesn't Help

Over the past few months, I have been organizing the 40 Days for Life campaign here in Halifax. Church after church, pastor after pastor, I meet with next to no response. I am beginning to think that the problem must be me, they just don't like me. Why is there such disinterest in this pro-life effort here in Halifax?

Many people reassure me that they meet the same thing with anything they try to promote, that there is a general malaise here that is worse than elsewhere.

But the silence in churches about abortion is really hurting women. I have heard that some priests don't wish to preach on the subject for fear of causing further injury to any woman in the congregation who has had an abortion. But today, I heard a woman who had an abortion say that silence is the worst thing they can do. Because when pastors and priests won't mention abortion, the woman who has had one thinks to herself "this really is the worst thing possible. It is so terrible that no one will ever mention it. My sin is really unforgiveable".

So, in trying to protect women from injury, these well-meaning Christian men are actually prolonging the solitary suffering that these women endure.

In the past few weeks, I have come to know of 7 women who have had abortions. And I have only come to know about them because of 40 Days for Life. The planning of this campaign has brought these women out from their silence to dare to admit that they had abortions and they are seeking healing. And these are all women in Christian churches, and their abortions were years ago; they should have been led to some healing before this.

So silence helps no one. It certainly doesn't help the babies who lose their lives, and it doesn't help the women who also suffer the guilt and shame of having aborted their children. I hope that 40 Days for Life brings more light into these dark areas, because it is when the Light shines in the darkness, that healing can really occur. It is when women meet the mercy of God that they can dare to admit their mistake.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Population Bomb

I wrote about this previously when commenting on Mark Steyn's book America Alone. Now the producers of The Demographic Winter have come out with another film called The Population Bomb. Rather than the planet suffer from over-population, the opposite is actually happening and is responsible for the economic downturn.

When I read the book A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, I was shocked to read of practices in India in the 70's and 80's to sterilize huge segments of the population. I highly recommend that book if you like historical fiction. However, the facts about the sterilization were not fictional at all. My husband's student, Laura, spent a summer working in India with a charity organization, and she told Nick that India really is as described in Mistry's novel. It is no coincidence that Mother Teresa, a prime pro-life advocate, felt called to work in that country.

Now the UN is the chief proponent of these kind of practices in the Third World, pushing contraception and abortion on populations that do not want it. And it is seen as being "in their best interest". Hard to believe, that these so-called experts in international affairs could be so short-sighted. With plenty of evidence to the contrary, one has to wonder why is it that they only listen to that viewpoint?

Abortion is Insidious

This week, abortion showed its reality in two unrelated incidents. The first, when a pastor cancelled my talk this Sunday at his church. I was to come and speak about 40 Days for Life in Halifax and invite members of his congregation to participate. He had asked for a video link that he could show before my presentation, so I sent him the spring overview of 40 Days. He was going to show this to his elders and get back to me, if they approved of it. When I didn't hear from him after two weeks, I emailed and sent him another video link, to a shorter video, thinking that perhaps the first one was too long.

The reply I received was short and to the point. "Abortion is a raw issue here in our church. It turns out that two of the elders had abortions and this is a mine field. We will have to forego the presentation at this time, as I will have to be very cautious with this."

From my visit with him a month previous, this possibility had never entered the picture. I think that he was taken by surprise. I emailed him and said that this was an opportunity for him to tackle the evil of abortion by bringing news of post-abortion healing ministry to these women. I hope that he sees that this is the door that God has opened for him in the lives of these women. Someone said to me "you were never meant to go to that church, but this is obviously the work of the Spirit". I hope and pray that this pastor will find a way to minister to these women. If this event has given him knowledge of two women who have had abortions, chances are that there are several more in the congregation who have been damaged by abortion. The reality of abortion and its destruction of people's lives must be brought out into the open, in order that the Light can shine on this and bring about healing.

The other event was the annual Shinerama held by the first year students at university. You have probably seen this early every September if you live in a university town. Students used to shine shoes, but since hardly anyone wears leather shoes anymore, they now just collect money for research into cystic fibrosis.

A post on Pro Woman Pro Life brought up something I had been thinking about myself. I don't doubt that the money does indeed go for research for a cure, but perhaps the results that we are told are misleading. When we see that the numbers of cases of cystic fibrosis has declined "from 1/2714 before pre-natal genetic testing to 1/3608 in 2000", we need to realise that this decline is not due to eliminating the cause of the disease, but eliminating the baby itself.

The poster wondered if the kids collecting the money realised that, on the one hand, they are supporting research for a cure, while on the other hand, they would also advocate for abortion on their campuses, even if abortion is for genetic reasons.

A reply from Cynthia M. was enlightening:

I have a PhD in Molecular Genetics. And let me assure you, natural selection has not been getting rid of CF. That’s the whole point of recessive alleles — they can stick around at high frequencies because carriers pass on the mutant alleles, often without ever even knowing they carry the gene.
CF is not merely implicated in cholera. It is implicated in many diarrheal illnesses — including typhoid, and the very predominant E. coli. I am certain you will agree that E. coli is still very much a factor, even in developed countries. (Canada’s own recent tragedy with Walkerton is testament to this).
So I would disagree with Suricou’s comment and reiterate that there is a chilling truth to what was posted on PWPL. Natural selection is not making a dent in CF. A decline in the observed incidence of cystic fibrosis is due to prenatal testing.
And there is nothing “natural” about that.

It seems that abortion has tentacles everywhere in our society. This should not surprise me; after all, the number of pregnancies terminated is now one in three; we can expect to see the effects of abortion in many lives and we can expect to see the ramifications of abortion in many areas of society. What I find particularly disturbing, however, is the growing acceptance of abortion for the purposes of eugenics.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Shaking the Tree

Over the past several months, there have been a lot of Catholics in the news. And these particular Catholics give bad witness to the Church to which they claim they are faithful.

The most recent, of course, is Senator Edward Kennedy whose letter to Pope Benedict sounds more like a bragging list than a real letter. Kennedy's lavish and very public funeral has brought yet more scandal to the Church, with many Catholics asking why he was granted such honours, why the church hierarchy could justify giving him such a send-off when he defied Catholic teaching on major issues (abortion, embryonic stem-cell research, and same-sex marriage).

Before Kennedy, we had Nancy Pelosi who has supported abortion throughout her political career and fully expected to be received warmly by Pope Benedict when she had an audience with him in February /09.

Then there was Kathleen Sebelius , former governor of Kansas, and now Secretary of Health in Obama's administration. She is another pro-abort Catholic who helped keep George Tiller and his late-term abortion clinic in business for years, despite the fact that he had violated the law many times.

And, of course, Joe Biden - Obama's pick for Vice-President, another pro-abort Catholic who has worked out his own rationale for being pro-abort in public and Catholic in private.

Across the ocean, we have the team of Tony and Cherie Blair who seem to be campaigning to form a new European Union Catholic Church - perhaps they are hoping to be made the next Pope and Popess?

The list of Catholic public figures who proclaim to be Catholic, on the one hand, and who are defying the Church on crucial matters of faith, seems to grow longer by day. What is the average Catholic to think of all this? Turn to the words of Christ himself:

Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn." Matthew 13:30

And now we have divisions amongst those who should be united as Father Tom Rosica of Salt and Light Television in Canada has lashed out at those pro-lifers who criticized the Kennedy funeral, especially Raymond Arroyo of EWTN.

It seems that the thing that has upset Father Rosica the most is that lay persons have criticized the clergy. Perhaps he is correct in stating that some of those criticisms have been vitriolic, but if he is saying that the laity should not criticize the clergy, then he is truly wrong. When the clergy let the laity down by not adhering to the tenets of the Catholic faith and do not proclaim those publicly, the laity have not only a right, but a duty, to criticize them. And that is exactly what has happened in the past few months: the clergy have totally let down the laity of the Church and they should heed the words of the prophet Ezekiel, which ring true today, just as they did 3000 years ago:

Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals. My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them.
Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, because my flock lacks a shepherd and so has been plundered and has become food for all the wild animals, and because my shepherds did not search for my flock but cared for themselves rather than for my flock, therefore, O shepherds, heard the word of the Lord: This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against the shepherds and will hold them accountable for my flock. I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths, and it will no longer be food for them. - Ezekiel 34:1-10

I am wondering whom Father Rosica has in mind when he calls pro-life people bullies: is it Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, or Father Tom Euteneuer of Human Life International, or Judie Brown of American Life League, or Jill Stanek pro-life activist? I dont' think anyone who has watched Raymond Arroyo on EWTN would call him a bully. Or what about Jesus when he said "Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces" or when he called them "a brood of vipers"? I guess at times Jesus was a bully, not often, but remember that the truth is supposed to cut like a knife. It seems that the church is in need of that cutting truth at the moment. That knife was precisely what was missing in the case of Ted Kennedy; instead of correcting this man with the truth, he was permitted to carry on with his anti-Catholic views while he lived and then he was honoured by that same Church when he died. If that is not hypocrisy, then show me what is.

As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) said in his 1997 book Salt of the Earth: Christianity and the Catholic Church at the End of the Millennium as he was describing the state of the Church:

The words of the Bible and of the Church fathers rang in my ears, those sharp condemnations of shepherds who are like mute dogs; in order to avoid conflicts, that let the poison spread. Peace is not the first civic duty, and a bishop whose only concern is not to have any problems and to gloss over as many conflicts as possible is an image I find repulsive.

Read Raymond Arroyo's full blog post here

Read Father Tom Rosica's full blog post here