Sunday, June 30, 2013

Abortion saves no lives


When people way that abortion is necessary to save women's lives, they really don't know what they are talking about. Mention this quote from Everett Koop, who had 36 years of experience in pediatric surgery, next time someone makes that claim.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Christians getting scared

The reason I’m scared is that the powers of the mass media and the state are lining up with the powers of the Culture of Death. The homosexualists and those who back abortion and a huge proportion of the American population who support their views are joined by an even larger proportion of the American population who are indifferent and who perceive liberty as letting everybody do whatever they want.
The above quote is from Father Dwight Longenecker who writes his blog at www.patheos.com

Read his post at  Why I'm Scared

I’m scared because I think that rage is not going to remain behind the mask of nice-ness for long. We’re seeing that demonic rage lurking beneath the surface beginning to emerge, and when it does take cover. That’s why I’m scared, and that’s why I am very careful what I write on this blog–because I have already had threats from homosexualists that they know where I live and they are out to get me. I have already witnessed the burning acid of irrational rage against the Catholic Church in com boxes and in emails to a priest friend who dared to criticize Obama. I’ve already witnessed the howling, screaming rage against the truth, beauty and goodness of the Catholic Church and her saints.

These are tough days for people of faith. Yesterday I met with a Pentecostal pastor about the upcoming 40 Days for Life vigil here in Halifax. I told him that, while we are not confrontational when we pray on the public sidewalk, the very issue of abortion is controversial and so we meet opposition, at times quite angry opposition. He looked at me and said very slowly and very clearly

                         Vision attracts attacks.

Then he repeated it. And in case I didn't understand what he was saying, he explained that any time we present God's truth to the world, we can expect Satan to show up to oppose it. 

Things are going to get tougher, I am convinced of it. So pray and stand firm, because we will be tested.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Contracepting the parochial school out of existence

An excellent article by Father Timothy Sauppe of the St. Mary's Church in Westville, Illinois.

   You've contracepted our parochial school out of existence

The article conveys the sorrow that Father Timothy feels over this dilemma, but he knows that he has to speak the truth. Our schools are closing because Catholics simply have not had enough children to keep them going. And although he doesn't say this, I am sure that he would agree.  We have also contracepted away the next generation of priests and nuns.  So if you hear someone complaining about the lack of priests and the closing of Catholic institutions, perhaps you should ask them if they had more than the required two children to keep the Catholic faith growing. 

Nancy Pelosi and Croatia

Robert Royal, editor of www.thecatholicthing.com writes about Nancy Pelosi's defending abortion rights as sacred ground for women, claiming her own experience of having five children gives her this right.

I can't imagine this conversation occurring in Canada, where the unborn are denied their humanity right up until the umbilical cord is cut.

It’s just the facts, ma’am. Denying that a child in the womb is a human being at five or more months is about as obtuse as denying that the earth goes around the sun. If you’re going to get irate, as Pelosi did, about taking away food stamps from poor families with children, how about a little indignation about taking away the very lives of children.
 As that witty gal Flannery O’Connor once put it in the title of one of her stories, “You can’t be any poorer than dead.”

Pelosi doesn't come as very bright in this situation.

It’s curious, but she and a large swath of Catholics, insofar as they think about it – which is admittedly not much or very deep – really think they are the culture of life, much more so than Catholics and others who openly profess their reverence for life from conception to natural death.

To be quite blunt, what they mostly favor is maintaining an unruffled bourgeois life-style for the better off and eliminating troublesome burdens like children for the poor. They’ve talked themselves into this by various rationalizations, but the day is coming when the science won’t allow it any more.

It seems to come back time and again, this idea that behind the pro-abortion push, is something that seems rather racist. From the opening of the majority of Planned Parenthood clinics in poor black and Hispanic neighbourhoods to the UN's pushing women's reproductive rights in the third world, you can't help but see that it is those with darker skin colours who are being targeted. Of course, those with the agenda don't see this as targeting but see it as helping those less fortunate. By limiting their reproduction. Smells offensive to me.

Then Royal describes an encounter with an Croatian at a Human Life conference in Rome. The gentleman
... came up and begin explaining to a small group of us who were continuing the conversation that it’s quite possible not only to teach people the facts about life in the womb, but to convince people to live by those truths. He and his wife had been engaged in pro-life education for years and claim that after Communism fell in the former Yugoslavia, Catholics and others helped reduce abortion from 45,000 annually to 3,500, fewer than a tenth of what they had once been.
Then he took out this coin. And we all kind of gasped in amazement.Description: http://rover.ebay.com/roverns/1/711-13271-9788-0?mpvl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&mpcl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fitm%2FCROATIA-25-kuna-2000-g-MILLENIUM-COIN-FETUS-BABY-COIN-UNC-%2F150904687374&mpt=1371928477804



It’s a normal 25 kuna coin, minted in 2000 specially for the new millennium, but you can use it as you use any other money to pay for something.  And it’s not merely meant to affirm the child in the womb, but all of humanity, radiating out, as you can see on the coin’s edge, from that beginning.


Just imagine, such things are still possible in the modern world. Sad that self-styled sophisticated San Francisco and power-drunk Washington have lost sight of the fundamentals of respect for human life. And still developing places like Croatia have to preserve those deep human things and remind the rest of the world about them. Because you can say what you will, “And yet, it’s alive.” 
A Galileo Moment for Nancy Pelosi

Abortions reduced by 90% through education. Incredible, and to think that we in the west believe that we can reduce abortions by more sex education. What is needed is the teaching of real science; how about explaining to kids in science that the fetus is a member of the human family?  Unfortunately, the defense of sexual freedom has thrown truth under the bus.
 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Feminists defy logic

At the recent Women Deliver conference, Chelsea Clinton lamented the fact that her maternal grandmother did not have access to abortion.

New York, NY (CFAM) — From the stage at the recent Women Deliver conference, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s daughter Chelsea revealed that her much-admired maternal grandmother was the child of unwed teenage parents who “did not have access to services that are so crucial that Planned Parenthood helps provide.”

And yet she doesn't see the logic here. She would not be alive if her grandmother had had access to abortion, because the familial line that produced Hillary Clinton and then Chelsea would simply have ceased to exist. Why do feminists adamantly support abortion, even when the logic shows how ridiculous their position is?

Unwanted pregnancies become wanted children

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Toronto Councillor did the right thing

Denzil Minnan-Wong, a Toronto city councillor, walked out of council when two members called for a moment of silence in tribute to Henry Morgentaler.

Wong stated:

“I have always been prolife. Walking out was a matter of principle and personal integrity,” he said. “Not to walk out would have been a recognition of his accomplishments.”

Councillor Fletcher called Wong's action rude, however Wong replied that Fletcher is a great supporter of free speech unless it is speech that she disagrees with.

Thank you Councillor Wong for doing the right thing, for standing for your beliefs, and for having the courage to take the rebukes that came for doing what was right.

City Councillor leaves chamber in protest during Morgentaler tribute

Sunday, June 9, 2013

When it hits late night comedy, pay attention

Someone said that when an issue gets regular coverage on a late-night comedy show, you know it is on the minds of most of the public.  So who's joking about what?


From Jay Leno on the latest scandal, the spying on Verizon phone records (and other servers too) by the National Security Agency

We wanted a President that listens to all Americans - now we have one.
from    Jay Leno on President Obama

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Rush Limbaugh - extreme or correct?

He referred to it as a coup. I don't know if he used the word "peaceful," but clearly there's a coup d'etat going. You know it and I know it. This is what animates us. This is why the Tea Party exists. This country was founded on certain concepts, principles, beliefs -- and they're under assault. Chief among them under assault is the right to privacy, and that's what all this is about. So in the midst of this coup d'etat... I happen to like that formulation.

Lots more to read at this link

America in the midst of a coup d'etat

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lakritz - The Inconvenient Truth about Morgentaler

Amid the praises lavished on Henry Morgentaler after his death this past week, there is one voice that is singing a different tune. And she actually got this published in the Calgary Herald.  Well said, Naomi Lakritz.

Wow. Henry Morgentaler did the world a favour by saving it from 80,000 criminals. An amazing feat.


I’m not sure how he knew that all 80,000 of the unborn babies he personally aborted were destined to become criminals, but that was his rationale. When the University of Western Ontario in London awarded him an honorary doctorate eight years ago, he said: “Well-loved children grow into adults who do not build concentration camps, do not rape and do not murder.”


Interesting, how he only acknowledged the humanity of these unborn babies when he predicted their future criminality; otherwise, they were just non-human blobs to be obliterated.

But let’s take a closer look at the gaping holes in Morgentaler’s ridiculous justification for wiping out the equivalent of a small city’s worth of future Canadian citizens.



Well-loved children grow into adults who do not build concentration camps? Josef Goebbels was, by all accounts, the apple of his mother’s eye. He grew up to be a key player in the building of concentration camps. So did Hermann Goering, right-hand man to Adolf Hitler — yet, Goering’s brother, Albert, was known as a humanitarian who saved many Jews during the Holocaust. They both had the same mother. And one would think that Albert, who was allegedly the product of an extramarital affair his mother, Fanny, had, would have been the unwanted child. Yet, he grew up to be not a criminal, but a hero who risked his life to save Jewish people from the Nazis.


As for rape and murder, would those rapists Morgentaler alluded to include the approximately 40,000 unborn girls he aborted? Highly unlikely, to put it mildly. The overwhelming majority of rapists are men. So what crimes did the deaths of those girl fetuses prevent? Maybe Morgentaler prevented the odd tube of lipstick from being shoplifted at a mall store — you know, the occasional teenage theft-type of incident. Nor were the vast majority of those unborn boys headed for rampages of rape and murder should they ever escape alive from the womb.


The truth is that in his zeal to rid the world of future criminals, Morgentaler also deprived it of future doctors, teachers, scientists, artists, athletes and others who might have contributed to society in so many ways. That’s because life is not as starkly black and white as Morgentaler painted it, and the child who is unwanted often becomes a much-loved and much-wanted child after he or she arrives.


The Calgary Herald





















Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Bishop Paprocki must have won this debate

A talk convened in Phoenix, Illinois was billed as "Two Catholic Views of Gay Marriage" and featured Bishop Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois and Sister Jeanine Gramick who is a long-time advocate for gay and lesbian people.

The bishop faced a hostile crowd of about 150 people but, from the responses that I have read, it would seem that he had the better answers to the questions that were put forth. Why do I say that?  Because at one point in the talk, no further questions were addressed to Gramick, but only to the Bishop, and even though the event lasted 2 1/2 hours, people were still lined up to ask the Bishop further questions.

Right off the top, Bishop Paprocki stated that the name of the event was inaccurate.

"This event was billed as 'Two Catholic Views of Gay Marriage,' " he said. "But there is only one view that is authentically Catholic. The other view is dissenting."

When criticized for his viewpoint, Bishop Paprocki stated that Gramick's argument for gays and lesbians was based on emotional appeal, whereas his position was coming from faith and reason. When one audience member said that her son was not "intrinsically disordered", the Bishop responded that, while most people are sympathetic towards gays and lesbians, the Church's approach cannot be anecdotal. Doing so would be to sacrifice objective truth, that the Church has only one position on this and she will not change.

http://ncronline.org/news/faith-parish/illinois-bishop-faces-challenging-audience-talk-same-sex-marriage

This is one smart and gutsy bishop. He didn't back down from this confrontation with the relativistic position, but I think he came out on top with his truthful and firm responses. He also showed a good amount of compassion in his responses. I hope that other bishops are listening to this and taking notes.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Melinda Gates and her ilk


A billionaire and a princess graced the stage to tell nurses and clean water advocates that any effort to help poor women is secondary to giving them contraception and abortion.

Sexual and reproductive rights are “at the core of human life,” said Princess Mary of Denmark. Until women have power not to have children, they won’t have power to improve nutrition, grow crops, or deliver babies safely, said Melinda Gates.

“Pregnancy is not natural,” said Frances Kissling, the former head of Catholics for Choice.

And with that, the sharp divide became apparent between first-world activists who want a universal right to abortion and the poor women they believe should have fewer children….

h/t www.jillstanek.com


And in sharp contrast to the above misguided women, check out the site
Culture of Africa

That site is written by an African woman who wrote a letter to Melinda Gates, explaining why pro-contraceptive and pro-abortion policies do not help African women. Little did she know that she would become a pro-life activist on the global stage.

Shouldn't we be listening to the Africans themselves, rather than well-meaning, but very misguided white western women?