Thursday, September 29, 2011

40 Days for Life in Halifax

The vigil began yesterday. As coordinator, I am busy filling in the spots when we don't have enough people at the vigil site. Please God, give us good weather this year.

I am doing more blogging over at the 40 Days blog so drop on over and check out things in Halifax.

40 Days for Life Halifax Blog

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Foul Language

Have you ever noticed that these folks who hate people with traditional values always use the most limited language to express their sentiments?

Why is it that they always resort to "f...k", "wh..e", etc when calling out to people? Do they not realise they look completely pathetic when they do this? When Bristol Palin asks this guy why he hates her mom, he tells her that she, i.e. Bristol, is just "white trash from Wazilla". Oh sure, that really nails it, doesn't it?



I was glad to see that Bristol has obviously inherited some of her mother's spunk. Baby bear has some "mama grizzly" in her too!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Silencing the Christian Message

Elderly Canadian priest suspended for denouncing abortion/homosexuality - LifeSiteNews

The first I heard of this was on talk radio today in Halifax. The host was surprisingly fair, and he insisted that this was an issue of freedom, not an issue of beliefs. He kept repeating to callers that what mattered was the fact that someone should be allowed to hold their own beliefs and state them. Several times, he said that what this priest said was Catholic doctrine, so why was he being silenced?

I have to commend him, it was refreshing to hear a host be this fair on the topic of religion. His callers were not so fair.

So what relevance does this have for us here in Halifax? Well, it seems to explain why we have no Catholic priests joining the 40 Days for Life vigil this fall. In fact, I got an email today from one who has been coming all three of the past vigils saying that, due to other commitments, he cannot take part this year. What, at 7 am? other commitments? It struck me as fishy, and I wonder if the bishop has put out the word to all priests that he would prefer that they keep their distance from 40 Days.

We will never find out, unless some brave clergy blows the whistle. Which I don't think will happen. Be that as it may, I repeat to myself and to anyone coming to the vigil, that this is what "grassroots" means - it is us, the laity, who are carrying the issue now. We can no longer look to our clergy to lead us on important issues. Oh sure, there are going to be meetings on the "new evangelism" and how to grow the "engaged" church, whatever that means.

As my husband said so astutely this evening: once the new evangelism is in place, how will they teach about homosexuality and abortion without offending those who have been newly evangelised? If you really want to evangelize, at some point, you have to tell people about sin and repentance and the need for a saviour; without that, it is all straw.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Don't worry, Bish, we're used to not having your support

The bishop of Spokane, Washington has issued a statement that he would prefer that his priests and seminarians do NOT participate in the 40 Days for Life vigil.

In a statement Friday, the diocese of Spokane said priests should place emphasis on education about the abortion issue above confrontational tactics.
“The present political environment has become very toxic and polarizing, to the point that people have become fixed in their positions, especially in regard to abortion, and are unwilling to talk to each other,” the diocese says in its statement. “The pastoral challenge is to get people to take a second look at the issue of abortion.”

from LifeSiteNews

The clergy simply do not understand the fact that abortion has been allowed to continue unabated because they will not take a lead in this. They have been weak and lacking in leadership on an issue that both Pope Benedict and Blessed Pope John Paul II have called the most foundational issue to be defended.

40 Days for Life began precisely because the laity saw the need and it was not being met by the church. So they took matters into their own hands. This is what David Bereit means when he says 40 Days is a "grassroots" movement, it begins with the ordinary lay person and will continue, whether the clergy support it or not. We are not dependent upon the church for support for this movement.

When I hear negative responses from clergy about 40 Days for Life, I find myself thinking of this Scripture passage:

Gamaliel advises the Sanhedrin,
Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.
- Acts: 5:38-39

I wonder where Jesus would be if He were here today? quite possibly breaking up the equipment in an abortion clinic. We just stand on the sidewalk and pray for God's will to be done.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sorry, kid, wish you weren't here

Couple awarded 4.5 million for disabled child

Well, they were awarded half of what they claimed for, given the fact that doctors and techs did not read the ultrasounds correctly. If they had, they would have told the couple their baby boy would be born with no arms and only one leg.

... and had they known of their unborn son’s disabilities before he was born, they would have aborted him.

Well, that's just great for the little guy, isn't it? Your parents don't want you, because you are defective. Tell that to Nick Vujicic.

Life Without Limbs



h/t LifeSiteNews

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Abortion in the Third World

From SPUC, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children:

Pro-abortion ideology is costing lives

A few months ago, Stephen Harper the Canadian Prime Minister, was the recipient of a lot of criticism for his refusal to include abortion in his efforts to reduce maternal mortality in the third world. This article shows him to be absolutely right.

How many women around the world are dying in childbirth every year? Accurate numbers are very difficult to calculate for a number of reasons. So we need to be aware that we are looking at estimates and these estimates vary from between 350,000 and 600,000 maternal deaths a year, 99% of which are believed to occur in developing countries. In Britain, the maternal mortality rate is 8.3 per 100,000 live births – and incidentally, Britain does not have the lowest maternal mortality rate by any means. Pro-life Ireland and Malta have a rather better record.

The two biggest causes of maternal death (and this is very well established) are haemorrhage and sepsis.

In many cultures around the world, the mother is the lynchpin of the family and if she goes, the entire family is shattered. We need always to be aware of the human face of this tragedy.

Maternal mortality has been rightly described as 'an international disgrace' but almost as grave a disgrace is the determination by pro-abortion groups to hijack the issue in order to promote abortion around the world. The abortion lobby has a long history of exploiting the suffering of women whilst claiming to act in their best interests. Abortion has nothing to do with saving women's lives. As far back as 1992, a group of Ireland's top obstetricians and gynaecologists signed a letter in which they wrote: "We affirm that there are no medical circumstances justifying direct abortion, that is, no circumstances in which the life of a mother may only be saved by directly terminating the life of her unborn child.”

Countries such as Ireland and Malta where abortion is banned have some of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world. Any medical procedure which involves the ending of one or both human lives involved is by definition unsafe and it is unsafe whether it occurs in Nairobi or New York. The abortion lobby has been very successful in creating a false association between ‘safe’ and ‘legal’ abortion

South Africa, which has had abortion on demand for years, has witnessed a fourfold increase in maternal mortality since a UK-funded abortion organisation set up clinics around that country. As SPUC’s Peter Smith commented: "It is farcical for the government to talk about safe abortions in situations without sterile surgical facilities, safe blood transfusion or emergency back-up. Running abortion clinics in slums, shanty towns and the bush will harm or kill women as well as killing babies."

The western obsession with promoting its own vision of sexuality onto the rest of the world is not only costing the lives of the unborn; it is costing the lives of women through neglect.

Years ago, my husband and I spent a year in Africa, in one of the poorest countries in the world - Malawi. The very thought of opening clinics to do abortions in areas where there was not clean water or the very basics of hygiene is appalling to me. Many Africans cannot wash themselves daily, many never brush their teeth - do you really think they can operate a clinic with sterile conditions and do abortions on women, then send those women back to conditions where they will be more susceptible to infection and subsequent death?

Abortion is being exported by the western world onto the rest of the world, precisely because of the west's worldview of sexuality: i.e. sexuality divorced from procreation.

I recall an African teacher once saying that he saw a photograph of an American family, a mom and dad and two children, standing in front of a middle class home with a car. This was shown as the American ideal. Then he said, to an African, the picture of a happy family is the mom and dad and numerous children, the house and car simply did not matter. Africans love their children; imposing abortion on them in the name of maternal health care is a complete disregard for their values of family and happiness. Perhaps the push to bring abortion is just an attempt to rationalize the acceptance of this evil amongst ourselves. Misery always did like company.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mark Steyn on Canada

Gotcha. So a superior court judge in a relatively civilized jurisdiction is happy to extend the principles underlying legalized abortion in order to mitigate the killing of a legal person — that’s to say, someone who has managed to make it to the post-fetus stage. How long do those mitigating factors apply? I mean, “onerous demands”-wise, the first month of a newborn’s life is no picnic for the mother. How about six months in? The terrible twos?
Fourth Trimester Abortion, by Mark Steyn

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Father Frank Responds

Father Frank Pavone spoke with John Henry Westen of LSN this morning and responded to his recall to Amarillo diocese by his bishop.

Fr. Pavone told LifeSiteNews that he was “perplexed” by the demand and added that he has begun a process of appeal to the Vatican. He stressed that “Priests for Life is above reproach in its financial management and the stewardship of the monies it receives from dedicated pro-lifers, raised primarily through direct mail at the grassroots level. “

While Priests for Life, “does provide for my residence and the expenses associated with the ministry,” he said, “these expenses are very small.” As a diocesan priest, Fr. Pavone has not taken a vow of poverty, however, he said, “I have basically chosen to live in that fashion in solidarity with the pre-born children we are trying to protect—who are the poorest of the poor.”

Fr. Pavone said that he will be obedient to his bishop’s request to return to his diocese. As he puts it, “because I am a priest of the diocese of Amarillo, I will be obedient and report there on the appointed date, putting the other commitments that are on my calendar on hold until I get more clarity as to what the bishop wants and for how long.”

As a leading spokesman for the pro-life movement throughout the world, the removal of Fr. Pavone from his position of pro-life leadership would be devastating. Fr. Pavone remains confident, however, that this will not take place. “In 2005, I made a public promise in a Church ceremony in Amarillo, presided over by a Vatican Cardinal, that this full-time pro-life work would be a lifetime commitment. That’s a commitment I promise to fulfill without wavering.”

Please pray for a speedy resolution of this situation. Let us pray for Father Frank who is the clearest voice in the pro-life movement today. And pray for Father Frank's bishop that he will have clarity of mind and soul in addressing what he sees as a problem.

Life Site News

Roaring like a lion

Another one taken out from the battle field:

Father Frank Pavone Suspended

Records filed with the Internal Revenue Service show that the organization's income topped $10.8 million in 2008, the latest year tax forms were available. In 2007, Priests for Life showed income of $9.2 million.
The same records show that Father Pavone received no income from the organization during those years. He said when he originally took the position with Priests for Life that he would claim no salary from the organization.

First we had Father Tom Euteneuer of Human Life International, then we had Father John Corapi, and now Father Frank Pavone. See a pattern here?

h/t Gerard Nadal

Monday, September 12, 2011

Mother Walks Free

Don't tell me there is no slippery slope. A mother is acquitted after killing her newborn baby because Canada has no protection for the unborn. Apparently no protection for the born either.

Judge rules no jail time for infanticide

Meanwhile Linda Gibbons spends more time in jail for protesting abortion (more than 8 of the last 16 years) while a woman is set free after murder.
Who, in their right mind, cannot see that justice is inverted here?
Jail for peaceful protest, freedom for infanticide. Canada has reversed the moral code that even the simplest mind can comprehend.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11

Over three thousand people died that day in the attack. God rest their souls. They will be mourned for many years to come, by family and friends.

Three thousand babies are killed every day in the US by abortion. Let us not forget them. If we truly believe the unborn are human beings, then we should mourn them too.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Shinerama Questions

Today, the university students are out in full force, but not shining shoes any longer. Few people wear leather shoes that require shining, so the students simply ask you to contribute to the cause. They are at every street corner in downtown Halifax and they will be at gas stations on the weekend offering car washes.

I have to ask where does the money go? How much money goes to fund research into the disease of cystic fibrosis and how much is diverted to prenatal testing?

Now, more women are being tested as part of routine prenatal care, and many end pregnancies when diseases are found. One study in California found that prenatal screening reduced by half the number of babies born with the severest form of cystic fibrosis because many parents chose abortion. -
Gene testing spurs decline of some dire diseases

Are we contributing to eugenics when we support Shinerama? When asked today to contribute, I told the two young girls who stopped me that I could not on ethical principles because I didn't know where that money was going.

Cystic fibrosis occurs in babies with both parents carrying the gene for the disease. Even then, the chance is 1 in 4 of inheriting the disease. I can easily understand people's desire to eliminate this disease, since it claims most lives by the age of 37. Research has extended the life expectancy of those who suffer with the disease and I would hope that we will see even more results along this line in the future. But is that where the Shinerama money goes? I think people need to ask those questions before signing up for the cause.

Another inherited disease, Tay-Sachs, was found to be more common amongst Ashkenazi or Eastern European Jews. An interesting development in this disease is the formation of a group that tests people prior to marriage for the gene that carries the disease.

Ekstein, the rabbi, lost four children to it before founding Dor Yeshorim, a Brooklyn-based group that recruits Jews to be tested. Using confidential PIN numbers, they call a hotline to see if a prospective mate would be a risky match. The group has 300,000 members and tests for nine diseases, including cystic fibrosis.
Rabbi Ekstein is concerned about ethical solutions to the problem, hence the testing prior to conception.

Eliminating disease is a noble goal but also "should give us pause," Lerner, the Columbia historian, wrote recently in the New England Journal of Medicine.
"If a society is so willing to screen aggressively to find these genes and then to potentially to have to abort the fetuses, what does that say about the value of the lives of those people living with the diseases?" he asked.

Once again, when we accept abortion as the solution for lives deemed not worthy of living, we make everyone's life unsafe. Once we accept one reason for killing someone, we will go on to accept another and another.

For now, I will keep my money for causes about which I have no qualms.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Michael Coren Airs The Silent Scream



Apparently this is the first time this video has been aired on Canadian media. Kudos to Michael Coren.

Going after our kids

I posted about this conference before, when I read some comments from Dr. Judith Reisband about it. But this article today reveals even more shocking details of this pro-pedophile conference held in Baltimore, MD in August.

On Wednesday, Aug. 17, I – along with the venerable child advocate Dr. Judith Reisman – attended a conference hosted by the pedophile group B4U-ACT. Around 50 individuals were in attendance, including a number of admitted pedophiles (or “minor-attracted persons” [MAPs] as they euphemistically prefer), a few self-described “gay activists” and several supportive mental-health professionals. World renowned “sexologist” Dr. Fred Berlin of Johns Hopkins University gave the keynote address, saying: “I want to completely support the goal of B4U-ACT.”
After listing some of the highlights from the conference (things that should make your stomach turn), Barber concludes:

Make no mistake: Children are the target of what I call the “sexual anarchy movement.” Whether it's the movement's pedophile wing that seeks to literally rape children, or its radical pro-abortion, homosexualist and feminist wings, which seek to rape the minds of children, the larger sexual anarchy movement has a shared goal: Attack, corrupt and destroy God's design for human sexuality. Children are just collateral damage.
Sexual anarchists know that to own the future, they must own the minds of our children. Hence, groups like B4U-ACT, GLSEN (The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network), Planned Parenthood and the like utilize academia from pre-school to post-graduate to brainwash and indoctrinate. Still, sexual anarchists are not restricted to the world of not-for-profit perversion advocacy. They also permeate the Obama administration.
Bolstered by support from the National Education Association, GLSEN has access to your children through sex education curricula it provides thousands of public schools across the country, and via adult sponsored “Gay Straight Alliances,” hosted in those same schools.
Alas, we live in a post-Kinsey America wherein our culture, along with our Judeo-Christian heritage, rots in the heat of the day. The stench of sexual anarchy is masked by the soaring, disingenuous rhetoric of “tolerance,” “diversity” and “comprehensive sex education.”

Read the article here Sexual Anarchy by Matt Barber

No wonder so many parents are now choosing to home-school their children; given this kind of infiltration of the education system, any thinking parent will soon realise they have no other choice.

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Aftermath of Abortion

For anyone who has met with women who have had abortions, it is painfully clear that they have suffered psychologically from the experience. The first woman I ever met had developed an eating disorder which began the very day after her abortion. She spent 8 years struggling with anorexia and bulimia, was hospitalized several times near the point of death, and finally seemed to come through it after a 12-step recovery program.

Now a study conducted in the UK by Dr. Patricia Coleman confirms what many of us have always suspected:
...women who underwent an abortion experienced an 81% increased risk of mental health problems. The study also found that almost 10% of all women’s mental health problems are directly linked to abortion.
... The research revealed that abortion was associated with a 34% increased risk for anxiety disorders; 37% greater risk of depression; 110% greater risk of alcohol abuse and 220% greater risk of marijuana use/abuse.
Abortion was also linked with a 155% greater risk of attempting to commit suicide.

Read the article here LifeSiteNews

The young woman who had the eating disorder confided in me that she could not discuss her abortion with her psychiatrist because she was simply told that she had to learn to live with it. The concept of guilt was never addressed; in fact, psychiatrists don't address guilt because they don't view human problems as related to sin. Wherein lies a huge problem; women seeking help will not find real help with psychiatrists and psychologists, what they require is coming to know the mercy and forgiveness of God. That they can probably only experience through the loving compassion of women who understand what they have been through.

Project Rachel, Rachel's Vineyard, Silent No More have their work cut out for them.