The hour is late for our country. 39 years of abortion… 1 more means an entire generation, or two, depending on how you define it, has grown up (or not, in the case of those who were killed) with abortion being legal. It is clear now that placing our primary hopes on the Republican Party to do something about the issue are misplaced. If the judges appointed by the GOP had been pro-life, Roe vs. Wade would have been overturned long ago. That is not to say that we abandon the political arena, but we need to be very careful to elect a principled pro-life leader. From now until the election, let us pray that the right leaders, especially the President, will be nominated and elected to lead our country in the right direction, in issues of life and other issues. We all have our opinions about who would be the best but of course God knows who would be best, and we need to beg for these people to be elected through the intercession of the Patroness of the USA, the Immaculate Conception, even though we don’t collectively deserve it. Finally, and especially, let us pray that the hearts of the American people will be convicted over the atrocity of abortion and other attacks on life that are condoned or sponsored by the USA. If you are willing to “stand in the breach” in prayer for our country, please click on “Pledge” above to share your prayer commitment.
As part of a political deal between House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama, the Senate will vote on defunding Planned Parenthood (and will also vote on defunding Obamacare as well.) It’s probably not likely that the Senate will vote to defund either, but they will be on the record as voting for federally funding Planned Parenthood. The vote will most likely take place either this Thursday (April 14th) or Friday (April 15th).
Polls seem to show that Americans oppose defunding Planned Parenthood, but the only explanation for this is that they must have missed all of the Planned Parenthood scandals recently. This is not too surprising, as the media dutifully kept it on the down-low.
We have two jobs to do:
1) Contact your senators and tell them that you favor defunding both Planned Parenthood and Obamacare.
2) Start spreading the news about the Planned Parenthood scandals.
Besides that, as always, PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!
Today we celebrate the Word becoming flesh. Yes, He came among us visibly at Christmas, but He took upon Himself our human nature at the Annunciation, immediately after Mary’s “Yes”. Mary immediately went to visit Elizabeth, who stated, “Who am I, that the mother of the Lord should come to me?” By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, she recognized that the Lord was already present in Mary’s womb.
Through this feast, we learn so many things. For example, we, like Mary, need to say “yes” every day so that Jesus can be “formed” ever more fully in our hearts, so that wherever we go, other “Elizabeth’s” will recognize the Lord in us, and be drawn towards Him.
At a more down-to-earth level, though, this feast has great pro-life implications, and I believe it should be a Holy Day of Obligation, as an antidote to the Culture of Death and the dehumanization of the unborn! The same Jesus who walked the paths of Israel and died on the cross for our salvation was recognized by Elizabeth as already present just a week or two after conception. In the same way, all human beings have the same life cycle, from conception until natural death. We change much during that time, but it is always the same human being.
As nearly everyone knows, there is a crucial and potentially historic vote coming up on November 2nd. As Catholics, the Church has given us helpful teachings on the criteria which we should be using to select candidates.
The pamphlet lists five “non-negotiables” which no Catholic can support…abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, and gay “marriage”. All of these issues are related to the fundamental right to life in one way or another.
The pamphlet goes on to state that it is possible that we may be put in a position of voting for a candidate who is imperfect in regards to one or more of the “non-negotiables” because the opposing candidate who has a chance to win is significantly worse. This is allowable as long as we do not endorse the portion of the candidate’s platform which is flawed.
For example, I have friends in a state where the choice in a Senatorial vote is a candidate who is wrong on every one of the five non-negotiable issues (except perhaps cloning), or a candidate who is right on every one of the five non-negotiables, except this candidate would allow abortion in cases of rape and incest. It is clearly permissible to vote for the latter candidate, even though he is not quite “pure”. It is also permissible according to Church teaching to vote for neither candidate in this case, though in my strongly held opinion, that is a very imprudent choice.
If you wish to order these pamphlets in bulk, you can do so here.
40 Days for Life is a great weapon in the spiritual battle against abortion. Abortion is one of the devil’s major strongholds in our world, and will only be brought down with spiritual means. The 40 Days this year range from September 22nd to October 31st. 40 Days for Life started six years ago near the Texas A&M campus (which, by the way, has probably the best Catholic youth outreach program in the country)
The basic idea is 40 Days of intensified prayer and fasting for the unborn, combined with a community presence and outreach. It has been proven to reduce abortion, and has even converted abortionists!
There are 238 locations involved this year, so chances are there’s one near you.
Though it is not the main mission of this site, it is time to say something about the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, as the main purpose for this media campaign is not the protection of children, but the attempt to discredit the Church on moral issues, including especially life and family issues.
Unfortunately, many (most?) have left their reason behind and this has taken on the dimensions of a witch hunt, which I think is due to the implications of Romans 1. “Although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened.” or as Mark Shea says, “sin makes you stupid.”
The media have driven people to the “frothing at the mouth” stage of the witch hunt by their continuous articles on matters which are 30+ years old, and many are all too happy to latch onto every (twisted, deceptive) word, as it discredits the Catholic Church, which tells them that their behavior is sinful.
This isn’t a huge surprise, as the Church is destined to walk the path of Jesus Christ…the Pharisees did not really care about the woman caught in adultery (much less the man). They only cared about tripping Jesus up and discrediting Him.
Similarly, the media does not really care about children (otherwise why don’t we see daily front page articles about sexual abuse in schools, or even abuse by Protestant ministers, which is much more widespread in the former case, and at least as widespread in the latter?), they only care about discrediting the Church.
Don’t misunderstand me! Any sexual abuse by a priest, and any cover-up (or worse, transferring the abuser to a location where he could abuse again) by a bishop is a horrible thing. Anyone who had anything to do with the abuse or with enabling abusers should be removed from their positions. The fact is, though, that sexual abuse (and even the enabling behavior) is not just a Catholic problem. It is a problem in EVERY sector in society. The Church is already ahead of most in cleaning itself up.
The campaign to drag Pope Benedict XVI into the mud is especially despicable. He has done more than anyone else to clean up the Catholic Church, and any impartial observer can see that, if they care enough to review the facts. The evidence against him is non-existent, and it’s a frightening fact that so many have easily absorbed the media’s lies (or at the very least, extreme twisting of the truth and deception).
There may be persecution ahead, folks, if people are this easily deceived. Pray, pray, pray!!
The loss on health care was very discouraging. However, there are always silver linings to be found. Here are a few:
- Some pseudo-Catholics came out from the woodwork, and took a stand directly against the voice of the American bishops. Will the bishops now have the courage to take official sanctions against these groups? Let us pray that they will.
- We found out that many of the “pro-life” Democrats are pro-life in name only. With some of the comments Bart Stupak has made lately, it’s pretty unclear whether he is actually pro-life at all. People will now think twice before voting for a Democrat who claims to be pro-life. For that matter, we need to investigate more thoroughly the pro-life credentials of any candidate for office, not just see whether they identify themselves as pro-life on a questionnaire.
- The health care reform (and the abortion coverage within it) was very unpopular, leading to hope that the Democratic majority in the House will be erased after this year’s elections.
What do we do now? We continue to fight even harder and keep the real goal in mind. Make no mistake; our goal is that abortion will be illegal, and that we will create a civilization of love such that abortion will not be even considered as an option. If we do that, the concerns about the health care plan will fade away. America is becoming more pro-life. The outcome this time does not change that.
One thing we need to get into the public consciousness is that the “no federal funding of abortion” claim in regards to the health care reform is a farce. It’s no more than an accounting gimmick. The important thing is that people know that the bill DOES specify that the government plan covers abortion.
In the short term, this was a failure, but that we even came close to derailing it with sizable Demoncratic majorities throughout the government is somewhat encouraging. There is still hope that this can be repealed or at least heavily modified before it begins to drain the lifeblood out of our country.
The next couple weeks, one way or another, will mark the end of the long process of the national health care debate. Obama and the Democrat leaders will try to find enough votes in the House to pass the Senate version of the legislation, which was passed before Scott Brown took office.
The important things to know are in this article by Abp. Chaput. Besides the points that Abp. Chaput mentions, I would also add that the plan violates the Catholic social principle of subsidiarity.
There are three things we all must do:
1) Fast and pray this week! At least one diocese has declared a day of prayer and fasting today.
2) Contact your House representative.
3) Go to the StandWithStupak site to sign a petition and send a note to several key Democratic House members who have stood with Stupak in resisting this bill so far. It also has the phone numbers of several of the Representatives so you can call them directly.
In order to defeat one’s enemy, one must understand them. In order to heal a disease, we must understand what that disease is. To most of us pro-lifers, it is nearly impossible for us to fathom what is going on in the head of someone who is “pro-choice”.
That is why this article is so very important. The article is written by Jennifer Fulwiler, who I have mentioned before in this blog, and explains the reasons why she was pro-choice before her conversion. To sum up a great article into three words, the reason was: the contraceptive mentality. This insidious mentality is behind nearly all of our sexual and family problems in the Western world today, and during Lent, I will be posting a series on how each problem is traceable back to contraception as the root.
If we are going to heal our society and once again instill a reverence for life, it will have to start with rooting out the contraceptive mentality. As people are starting to realize the harmful effects of non-natural foods, lotions, etc., this task may not be as overwhelmingly difficult as it seems.
Today is a day of mourning for all loving people across the United States of America. 37 years and over 50 million lives have been snuffed out in the womb, and that doesn’t even include contraception-induced early abortions.
Pray the Rosary today that God will end this scourge. National opinion on the abortion issue seems to be trending in the right direction, and even the Democrats, with full control of our government, has thus far been mostly thwarted in their attempts to expand access to abortion. I attribute this to the 130,000+ Rosaries that have been pledged here, and the many millions of Rosaries that have surely been said throughout our land for pro-life intentions in the last 15 months or so.
It is unclear how Roe v. Wade will be overturned at this point, but with God and with unceasing prayer, all things are possible. Please recruit others to join the Rosaries for Life cause, and watch for exciting news over the next few months about the expansion of our apostolate.