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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Looks like Barry wants the U.S. to be more like China. Shouldn't he be pushing them to end the barbaric one child policy? Naaa...he likes abortion too much for that.
President Obama opposes a House measure slated for a vote Thursday to ban the practice of abortion based on the unborn child’s gender.
ABC’s Jake Tapper reported Wednesday that the statement came after White House spokesman Jay Carney had declined to comment on the administration’s view of the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA).
White House deputy press secretary Jamie Smith later in the evening said in a statement: “The Administration opposes gender discrimination in all forms (except an unborn baby), but the end result of this legislation would be to subject doctors to criminal prosecution if they fail to determine the motivations behind a very personal and private decision. The government should not intrude in medical decisions or private family matters in this way.”
An excellent resource to help former abortion workers as the industry shrinks...hopefully to zero someday
Abortion clinic director turned pro-life activist Abby Johnson has announced she will launch of a new ministry to help people trying to leave the abortion industry.
“We have hundreds of ministries for post-abortive women and men. There is literally nothing for these former clinic workers,” Johnson said. “We are going to change that.”
The new outreach, which is called “And Then There Were None,” will focus on providing emotional, spiritual, financial and legal support to clinic workers as they transition out of the abortion industry.
“Our goal is to proactively reach out to workers in the abortion industry to try to help them find other non-abortion related employment,” Johnson said in a May 30 statement.
Johnson felt prompted to create And Then There Were None after having helped several clinic employees transition out of the abortion industry over the past several months.
Aside from prayer, the “most crucial aspect” of the organization is raising money “so these clinic workers can literally afford to leave the abortion industry.”
The organization will allow supporters to donate funds to help workers continue to provide for their families while seeking other employment.
The group will also provide counseling, spiritual guidance for any religious denomination, and free legal support when necessary.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Warning: Possible spoiler.
Kerry Wells becomes friends with Blake Truman when she is assigned to interview him for the school paper (he is the star player of the hockey team).
Kerry is a devout Christian, and her father is the pastor of the local Church. Kerry and Blake soon find themselves at odds, because Blake believes that science disproves Genesis, the story of creation. That makes it hard for him to turn to God through prayer for his mother, who is in the hospital in a coma.
Kerry's brother and his friends (all science majors) put together a presentation to reconcile Genesis and science. Kerry has a challenge to her faith as well through one of her professors, who insists she must forfeit her beliefs to be successful, so the presentation also helps her with that. My favorite line of the movie is when Kerry says "science has caught up to the bible".
I've reviewed a number of Christian themed movies, but this one is especially effective in making people proud to be Christian and unafraid to defend our beliefs.
There are a few well-known actors you'll enjoy seeing: Lance Henriksen, Catherine Hicks, Ernest Borgnine and Fred Thompson.
A very inspiring, effective and entertaining movie.
It's official...let's pray that Mitt can beat Barry in November. After Barry's first three years, I shudder to think what a 2nd term would do to this country.
With votes last night in Texas, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney officially wrapped up the Republican nomination and is a lock to face pro-abortion President Barack Obama in November.
Romney entered Tuesday with 1,086 convention delegates, according to an Associated Press tally, 58 short of the 1,144 necessary for a majority — with Texas having 155 delegates at stake.
“I am honored that Americans across the country have given their support to my candidacy and I am humbled to have won enough delegates to become the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee,” Romney said in a statement LifeNews received after the vote.
He added, “Our party has come together with the goal of putting the failures of the last three and a half years behind us. I have no illusions about the difficulties of the task before us. But whatever challenges lie ahead, we will settle for nothing less than getting America back on the path to full employment and prosperity. On November 6, I am confident that we will unite as a country and begin the hard work of fulfilling the American promise and restoring our country to greatness.”
It looks like the U.S. isn't the only country experiencing the erosion of religious freedom. Unfortunately, our Canadian neighbors are experiencing the same thing.
The provincial government of Ontario is considering a proposal that would force Catholic schools to recognize Gay-Straight Alliances, causing Catholic leaders to say it risks threatening religious freedom and could allow clubs that undermine Church teaching.
Marino Gazzola, president of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association, said that the Catholic schools are concerned that the government has proposed an amendment "aimed directly" at Catholic school boards and the trustees' association "as we have been vocal opponents to the imposition of Gay-Straight Alliances on Catholic schools from the outset."
He also voiced concern that the proposal wants to legislate an anti-bullying group name "for only one demographic of students who are bullied."
"It is our view that this amendment will add no substantive elements to anti-bullying measures," Gazzola told CNA May 29.
Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten introduced an amendment on May 25 to the Liberal government's anti-bullying bill that would bar Catholic school officials from vetoing clubs named Gay-Straight Alliance. Why is one person able to eliminate the rights of a whole church? The Catholic Church should be able to practice its Catholic beliefs and not be forced to accept things that violate those beliefs.
Today is the feast of St. Joan of Arc, the patroness of France. Joan was born to a peasant family near Lorraine, France in the 15th century.
From a young age she heard the voices of St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret speaking to her. Then, in 1428, when she was 13 years old, she received a vision telling her to go to the King of France and help him reconquer his kingdom from the invading forces of England and Burgundy.
Overcoming opposition and convincing members of the court and of the Church, she was given a small army. She charged into battle bearing a banner which bore the names “Jesus” and “Mary” as well as a symbol of the Holy Spirit.
Due to her leadership and trust in God, she was able to raise the siege of Orleans in 1429. Joan and her army went on to win a series of battles. Because of her efforts, the king was able to enter Rheims. He was crowned with Joan at his side.
Eventually, Joan was captured by the forces of Burgundy in May of 1430. When her own king and army did nothing to save her, she was sold to the English. She was imprisoned for a time and then put on trial. Bishop Peter Cauchon of Beauvais presided over her trial. His hope was that in being harsh with Joan, the English would help him become archbishop.
Joan was condemned to death on counts of heresy, witchcraft, and adultery. On May 30, 1431, she was burned at the stake in Rouen, France. She was 19 years old.
Thirty years after her death, her case was retried and she was exonerated. In 1920, she was canonized by Pope Benedict XV. She is the patroness of France, captives, soldiers, and those ridiculed for their piety.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
In a new undercover video, a Texas Planned Parenthood counselor is seen counseling a young mother on how to abuse Medicaid to obtain an ultrasound to determine the baby’s sex, and then abort if it’s a girl before the legal cutoff at five months’ gestation.
“I see that you say that you want to terminate if it’s a girl, so are you just wanting to continue the pregnancy in the meantime, or what?” Planned Parenthood counselor Rebecca casually asks the Live Action undercover investigator in the video released Tuesday morning.
The counselor is seen discussing the difficulty of obtaining an abortion after the baby is old enough to determine its gender by ultrasound, and confirms the investigator’s stated fears of encountering bias against her sex-selective abortion.
“A lot of doctors will place judgment because the brain is already developed, a lot. Pretty much everything’s already developed,” she says.
“Just keep it quiet and then come here?” the woman asks. “Yeah, I would,” Rebecca replies.
Rebecca, who says she has had two abortions herself, describes how she successfully applied for Medicaid “as if I was gonna continue my pregnancy, went through the OB/GYN, and then me and my husband decided we were gonna go ahead and terminate. We terminated, and I still stayed on Medicaid and just got on birth control.”
I was wondering who the Pope would pick to replace Archbishop Chaput. Bishop Aquila is a very good choice!
Filling a post vacant for over eight months, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Samuel J. Aquila of Fargo, N.D., as the new Archbishop of Denver, Colo.
Archbishop-designate Aquila was announced on May 29 as theDenver archdiocese's new leader by nuncio Archbishop Carlo M. Vigano, the Pope's representative to the U.S.
Archbishop-designate Aquila will succeed Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, who led Denver-area Catholics for 14 years and was installed as head of the Philadelphia archdiocese in September 2011.
The new archbishop of Denver was born in 1950, in Burbank, Calif., and was ordained to the priesthood in Denverin 1976. He went on to serve in parishes for 11 years.
In 1987, he began graduate studies at San Anselmo University in Rome, earning a Sacramental Theology Licentiate in1990.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Warning: possible spoiler
When Agent J (Will Smith) learns that Agent K's life, and the fate of earth, are in danger, he must travel back in time to prevent a catastrophic event. Ironically, he ends up teaming with a young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to stop it.
J also learns there are secrets that his partner had not told him.
The special effects are unbelievable, particularly that aliens often appear so quickly it appears like out of nowhere. Lots of action, and a better-than-expected story. Will Smith is charming and witty as usual, but Josh Brolin is especially good in his role.
Content warning: the first 15 minutes has two gross scenes. Tough it out, because it's worth it: at the end, the whole audience applauded.
The Saint of the Day for May 26 is St. Philip Neri.
This gracious, cheerful saint was Rome's apostle of the sixteenth century (1515-1595). A peculiar charism was his burning love of God, a love that imperceptibly communicated itself to all about him. So ardently did this fire of divine love affect him during the octave of Pentecost in his twenty-ninth year that the beating of his heart broke two ribs. It was a wound that never healed.
For fifty years the saint lived on in the intensity of that love which was more at home in heaven than on earth. Through those fifty years his was an apostolate to renew the religious and ecclesiastical spirit of the Eternal City, a task he brought to a happy conclusion. It is to his credit that the practice of frequent Holy Communion, long neglected in Rome and throughout the Catholic world, was again revived. He became one of Rome's patron saints, even one of the most popular.
Philip Neri loved the young, and they responded by crowding about him. As a confessor he was in great demand; among his penitents was St. Ignatius. To perpetuate his life's work, St. Philip founded the Congregation of the Oratory, a society of secular clergy without religious vows. The purpose of his foundation was to enkindle piety among the faithful by means of social gatherings which afforded not only entertainment but religious instruction as well. Joy and gaiety were so much a part of his normal disposition that Goethe, who esteemed him highly, called him the "humorous saint." It was his happy, blithe spirit that opened for him the hearts of children. "Philip Neri, learned and wise, by sharing the pranks of children himself became a child again" (epitaph).
As a youth Philip Neri often visited the seven principal churches of Rome. He spent entire nights at the catacombs, near the tombs of the martyrs, meditating on heavenly things. The liturgy was the wellspring of his apostolic spirit; it should likewise motivate us to Catholic Action.
— Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch.
Friday, May 25, 2012
I agree with Mr. Burch. Barry needs the Catholic vote to be re-elected. If Catholics vote for Catholic principles, he won't get it; I think our Bishops will play an important role in that by speaking out against the erosion of our religious liberties like the HHS Mandate.
As the presidential election draws closer, political expert Brian Burch is telling Catholics that if they turn out in slightly larger numbers at the polls, they will be “the decisive vote this November.”
Although some Catholics tend to shy away from the political sphere with the mindset that it is unrelated to their faith, Burch said that due to recent developments, “we no longer have the luxury of keeping politics separate from religion.”
“Politics in the state, in our federal government in particular, is coming into our religion and we need to stand up now before it gets any worse,” the founder and president of CatholicVote.org told CNA in a recent interview.
Burch noted that in light of the federal contraception mandate and the president's recent support of “gay marriage,” Catholics have become increasingly aware of how politics are impacting their religion.
I received this via email and just wanted to share it.
1 MatthewSuffered martyrdom in Ethiopia ,Killed by a sword wound. 2 MarkDied in Alexandria , Egypt , after being dragged byHorses through the streets until he was dead. 3 LukeWas hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendousPreaching to the lost. 4 JohnFaced martyrdom when he was boiled in hugeBasin of boiling oil during a wave of persecutionIn Rome . However, he was miraculously deliveredFrom death.John was then sentenced to the mines on the prisonIsland of Patmos .He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos .The apostle John was later freed and returned to serveAs Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey .He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully. 5 PeterHe was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross.According to church tradition it was becauseHe told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to dieIn the same way that Jesus Christ had died.
6 JamesThe leader of the church in Jerusalem , was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller's club.* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had takenJesus during the Temptation. 7 James the GreatSon of Zebedee, was a fisherman by trade when JesusCalled him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was ultimately beheaded at Jerusalem.The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officerWalked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge andKnelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian. 8 BartholomewAlso known as Nathaniel Was a missionary to Asia.He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey.Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching inArmenia where he was flayed to death by a whip. 9 AndrewWas crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece.After being whipped severely by seven soldiers theytied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: 'I have long desired and expected this happy hour.The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.' He continued to preach to his tormentorsFor two days until he expired. 10 ThomasWas stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in theSub-continent
11 JudeWas killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. 12 MatthiasThe apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded. 13 PaulWas tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundationalDoctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.Perhaps this is a reminder to usThat our sufferings hereAre indeed minor comparedTo the intense persecutionAnd cold cruelty faced by the apostlesAnd disciples during their timesFor the sake of the Faith.And ye shall be hatedOf all men for my name's sake:But he that endureth tothe end shall be saved.Matthew 10:22
Thursday, May 24, 2012
So much for Barry's "conscience clause"...he really was lying about that, and the fact that whoever likes their coverage can keep it.
The president of the nation’s conference of Catholic bishops says the Obama HS mandate is “strangling” the Catholic Church.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan told “CBS This Morning” that the so-called accommodations for religious groups in the mandate don’t do much to protect them from being forced to pay for birth control or abortion-causing drugs for their employees.
“They tell us if you’re really going be considered a church, if you’re going to be really exempt from these
demands of the government, well, you have to propagate your Catholic faith and everything you do, you can serve only Catholics and employ only Catholics,” Dolan said.
“We’re like, wait a minute, when did the government get in the business of defining for us the extent of our ministry,” Dolan said.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I don't think it's a coincidence that as people are more informed, they are less pro-abort.
A new Gallup survey out today finds the percentage of Americans who identify them selves as supporting legalized abortion has dropped to a record low.
“The 41% of Americans who now identify themselves as “pro-choice” is down from 47% last July and is one percentage point below the previous record low in Gallup trends, recorded in May 2009,” the polling firm noted. On the other hand, 51 percent of Americans call themselves pro-life, one percentage point away from the record high.
The percentage of Americans identifying themselves as pro-life has trended higher since 1995, when the partial-birth abortion debate began in earnest and ultrasound technology made it so pictures of unborn children were the first baby pictures most parents saw. Gallup has found the pro-life position significantly ahead on two occasions, once in May 2009 and again today and the number of pro-abortion Americans has steadily dropped.
CINO Pelosi, as usual, is on the wrong side of Church teachings
Democrat House leaders including Nancy Pelosi have opposed a measure to ensure military chaplains are not forced to perform same-sex “marriages,” arguing that it is based on a “manufactured crisis” and therefore unnecessary - a response strongly criticized by chaplain advocates. ?? You call obliterating our 1st amendment rights "manufactured"?
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday echoed sentiments issued by the Obama White House regarding the conscience language, part of a defense spending bill, saying that “there’s nothing that says that chaplains act against their faith.”
CNSNews.com, which had queried Pelosi about the language, then asked, “So why would you not support the provision that protects them?”
“Because it’s a fraud. It’s a - welcome to the world of manufactured crises. Here’s one,” Pelosi responded.
“So I think that this bill, it’s a very serious bill, the Defense Authorization bill. It’s about the protection of our country,” she said. “And to sprinkle it with almost scare tactics that somebody is proposing something that we have to prevent is really a frivolous exploitation of a very serious piece of legislation.”