Friday, September 28, 2012

This Week's Headlines

As another week comes to an end, this is your chance to top off your glass with a final helping of news, current events, and just plain interesting stuff that may not have made into the mainstream media. A chance to linger for a few more moments before we close the door on the week. Below are some links to articles, blogs, and miscellaneous happenings that caught my eye over the past few days. Sample what you like. I'll serve up more next Friday...

Bishop Paprocki Warns of ‘Intrinsic Evils’ in Democratic Platform - "He said that voting for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are ‘intrinsically evil and gravely sinful’ makes a voter ‘morally complicit’ and places the eternal salvation of his or her soul in ‘serious jeopardy.’"

Think and pray about your vote in upcoming election - "Even more troubling is that this whole discussion about God in the [Democratic Party] platform is a distraction from more disturbing matters that have been included in the platform."

What so many Catholics miss about Solidarity and Subsidiarity - "The problem is that many big government politicians are taking advantage of our human laziness in order to gain more power for themselves."

The Church and Capitalism: What Subsidiarity Tells Us - "Jesus does not threaten those who fail to feed the hungry and clothe the naked with higher taxes, but with hell. So, while a modest use of the powers of taxation are proper to government, the redistribution of wealth is not." 

Campaign 2012: The Future of Marriage - [George Weigel] "Conscientious voters will keep this—and the Democratic Party platform’s endorsement of gay marriage—in mind on Nov. 6."

Warning: Prepare for Catholics for Obama Phone Calls - "These Catholics for Obama calls are coming your way — the scripts are written, their call centers are ready, and they are well-funded."

A plea to confused Catholics - [By Alice von Hildebrand, lecturer and an author, and wife of the late Dietrich von Hildebrand.]

How we got where we are, and the value of the past - "On disputed moral and social issues, none of these press organizations is, on its own, an adequate source of good information. Each has its biases. And too often those biases include a disdain for Catholic belief."

It Is Not Senseless Violence, Mr. President - "When I hear these phrases 'senseless violence' and 'senseless tragedy' I immediately think of circumstances in which they might be appropriate. When a tornado devastates a small Midwest town calling it a 'senseless tragedy' seems appropriate."

Abstracted From Reality: France Bans ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ - "Just when you thought things couldn’t get any stranger — or at least give a glimpse of how strange they will soon become for us — France has decided to ban the words “mother” and “father” in regard to the civil-legal treatment of marriage." See also: Same Sex 'marriage' proposal in France seeks to strike the words

1,000 Pastors to Challenge IRS, Talk Politics From The Pulpit - "More than 1,000 pastors will challenge the IRS on October 7 by preaching sermons that present biblical perspectives on the positions of electoral candidates."

Spousal Love in Conjugal Spirituality - "The mutual exchange of conjugal love, which demands indissolubility, fidelity, and openness to fertility, welcomes the grace proper to the sacrament of matrimony.  Through grace, the couple’s love is perfected, and their unity strengthened."

Campaign 2012: Religious Freedom vs. Exclusive Humanism  - [George Weigel...again] "U.S. Catholics can, and must, demand of all candidates an unambiguous commitment to the Church’s institutional freedom, and to the freedom of the Church’s people to follow the dictates of conscience as shaped by the moral truths the Church guards and teaches."

An Attempt to Explain Christianity to Atheists In a Manner That Might Not Freak Them Out  - "To experience agony is to cry out with the strain of lifting this fallen world to Paradise. We are called to recognize this, and to actualize this. This is why I am a Christian."

As Occult, New Age Practices Increase, so Does Need for Exorcists - '...even if a person is not actually possessed, a focus on darkness and evil can draw him into horrifying actions, even including satanic worship and ritualistic murder."

If Men Don't Have a Right to Oppose Abortion... - "...then doesn't that also mean that you could never support able-bodied parents choosing to end the life of a disabled unborn child?"

Who are the "one in three?" -  "One in three women in America will obtain an abortion.  And here are some other statistics about women in America..."

Fact-Check Web Site Re-Confirms: Obamacare Funds Abortions - "Nestled within the 'individual mandate' in the Obamacare act — that portion of the Act requiring every American to purchase government — approved insurance or pay a penalty — is an 'abortion premium mandate.'"

Cardinal Dolan Slams Giving Morning After Pills to 14-Year-Olds - "The public schools of the City of New York have announced that they are providing so-called 'emergency contraception' and long-term contraceptive injections to high school students as young as 14 years old. This policy of dispensing of powerful medicines to young women — without their parents’ knowledge and consent — is tragic and misguided."

The real St. Francis of Assisi was not a garden gnome... - "May Saint Francis be our model in how to deal with the threats of our own day: not enfeebled by sentimentality and relativism, but armed with a Franciscan zeal for the conversion of souls."

Being a Husband Means… - [I could certainly add to this list. ;)]

Friday, September 21, 2012

This Week's Headlines

As another week comes to an end, this is your chance to top off your glass with a final helping of news, current events, and just plain interesting stuff that may not have made into the mainstream media. A chance to linger for a few more moments before we close the door on the week. Below are some links to articles, blogs, and miscellaneous happenings that caught my eye over the past few days. Sample what you like - I'll serve up more next Friday...

Word Getting Out: Bishops Think You Can’t Vote for Obama as a Catholic - "The fight for today is to inform our fellow Catholics and Christians about what the stakes are in this upcoming election and to pray for and encourage our priests and bishops to be courageous in speaking up in defense of the truth as we head into the November elections!"

Archbishop Chaput: I can’t vote for pro-abortion Obama - "As an individual and voter I have deep personal concerns about any party that supports changing the definition of marriage, supports abortion in all circumstances, wants to restrict the traditional understanding of religious freedom. Those kinds of issues cause me a great deal of uneasiness." Read more here.

Catholics Can’t Vote for Pro-Abortion Candidates - "What if a candidate supported terrorism? Would citizens say, 'Well, I disagree with you on terrorism,  but what’s your health care plan? Maybe we can work together on some social programs. After all, terrorism isn’t the only issue.'"

No Issue More Important in Election 2012 Than Pro-Life - "We encourage all citizens, particularly Catholics, to embrace their citizenship not merely as a duty and privilege, but as an opportunity meaningfully to participate in building the culture of life."

Practical Voting - Fr. Frank Pavone: "Both we and the elected official are obliged to make the maximum improvement possible at the moment."

Romney Would “Get Rid” of Planned Parenthood Funding - "Answering a question from CNN affiliate KDSK of St. Louis, Romney listed a series of programs he would cut or eliminate as president in order to reduce the federal deficit."

Campaign 2012—Religious Freedom vs. Aggressive Secularism - "Aggressive secularism was once thought to be a primarily European malady. Then it migrated to Canada. Now it has become a serious problem in American public life." [George Weigel]

New York Times' Selective Outrage - "Here are a few local examples of real church and state violations that the Times showed no interest in addressing..."

Why Religious Liberty Should Be the Moral Center for American Diplomacy - "Despite the claims of Western nations to support religious freedom, restrictions on religion have continued to rise in each of the five regions of the world—including the United States."

Time to stop calling Islam a religion of peace. IT IS NOT! - "There are two facts that become immediately apparent. The first is that freedom of speech does not exist in Islamic societies where one can face punishment and persecution for verbal or written criticisms. The second fact is that Islam, at last of the variety that is practiced by violent protestors around the world, cannot in any way be labeled a 'religion of peace.'"

Paul Ryan: Mission Is to Address Root Causes of Poverty, Not Only the Symptoms - "So, our goal, our mission is to address the root causes of poverty instead of simply treating the symptoms of poverty. That's very critical. You see, by going after the root causes of poverty, trying to break the cycle of poverty, you need economic growth. You need job creation. You need higher take-home pay..."

Are entitlements corrupting us? Yes, American character is at stake - "What is monumentally new about the American state today is the vast empire of entitlement payments that it protects, manages and finances. Within living memory, the federal government has become an entitlements machine."

Do Social Programs Intrude on 'Moral Space'? - "Morally, it is my duty to provide for my family in my community. Providing for my family isn’t something that is merely altruistic; it’s part of my moral perfection. If the state takes over that moral duty, it has violated the moral “space” wherein I can and must become good."

Two million more Americans to pay penalties under Obamacare law - "Of those who choose to pay the penalty in lieu of purchasing health insurance, 10 percent are projected to be below the federal poverty level for 2016..."

Another Cloud on the Moral Horizon: Assisted Suicide - "The appearance of multiple articles in mainstream medical journals advocating killing is disturbing. Now is the time to clearly denounce such positions before they become acceptable."

Assisted suicide, three-parent families, and the future of America - "As President Obama said not long ago, this year’s elections will offer Americans the clearest choice in a generation between two different paths for our country. Let’s make sure we choose the right one."

Violence in Muslim Nations Not About a Video but About Hatred - "...Islamism (not Islam) is grounded in a spiritual pathology and has produced a dysfunctional culture. In general...the primary reason Muslim countries are poor is because their culture is dysfunctional."

Muslims Misbehaving - "While anger at having one’s religion insulted is certainly understandable, the violent backlash that inevitably results after an episode like this tells us that “turn the other cheek” is not a principle that holds much sway with Muslims."

Doubts over Harvard claim of ‘Jesus’ Wife’ papyrus - "Scholars on Wednesday questioned the much-publicized discovery by a Harvard scholar that a 4th century fragment of papyrus provided the first evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus was married." See also this piece.

The Facebook Meme that Proves that We Live in a Culture of Death - "It's the product of decades of misinformation about human sexuality, an outgrowth of the fact that millions of people have tried to live according to the rules of secular culture, only to find themselves hurting and scared as a result."

All Catholics Must Share in Evangelizing the U.S., Archbishop Says - "The task of preaching, teaching, growing and living the Catholic faith in our time, in this country, belongs to you and me. No one else can do it..."

Friday, September 14, 2012

This Week's Headlines

As another week comes to an end, this is your chance to top off your glass with a final helping of news, current events, and just plain interesting stuff that may not have made into the mainstream media. A chance to linger for a few more moments before we close the door on the week. Below are some links to articles, blogs, and miscellaneous happenings that caught my eye over the past few days. Sample what you like - I'll serve up more next Friday...

The Pope Urgently Calls Catholics to Counter President Obama’s “Radical Secularism” on Freedom of Religion - Pope Benedict: " is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres."

Kids and Politics -  "But!  you will protest.  You're just teaching disenfranchised, powerless children to parrot your presumably jingoistic point of view!  That's indoctrination!  That's brainwashing! - To which I reply, Duh.  That's my job."

Can the Private Sector Support What the Public Sector Claims To? - "Once the economic argument falls, it seems that there is nothing left to justify government involvement in social programs."
A three part series.
Part I
Part II
Part III

Paul Ryan and the Moral Foundation of Our Economic Recovery - "Contrary to what some in the media would like us to believe, Ryan is not some kind of crazed capitalist. When I spoke with him, I found him to be a sober moralist. He very firmly believes that the economic problems we (and Europe) have gotten ourselves into are, at bottom, moral problems."

The Church and the Market - "Neither popes nor bishops have any special understanding of economics. Therefore, they are wise to emphasize moral principles while prescinding from offering specific solutions to economic problems."

Is America stupid? World War III has begun. Wake up, America! - "For every Muslim rioting in the streets, there may be a thousand sitting at home. However, that thousand has a different job, which they are refusing to take up - that is the opposition and the punishment of those who would target the innocent."

Libyan Horror, the Religious Left, and Free Speech - "The implication is sometimes that zealous Christians in America are as threatening as al Qaeda."

Obama compares murdered American officials in Libya to his Las Vegas campaign volunteers - [Hmmm... That's weird. I thought it was Romney who was politicizing the tragic event. I guess it's the other way around.]

Vatican Issues Strong Condemnation of Libya Terrorist Attack - "Nothing, in fact, can justify the activity of terrorist organisations and homicidal violence."

Protecting Muslim Feelings - "The U.S. Embassy’s statement sounded more like something penned by Oprah than American diplomats."

Mad Muslims Target the Pope - "Mobs of mad Muslims have taken to the streets of Tripoli condemning Pope Benedict XVI. One person is already dead. So why haven’t we heard anything from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about this religious intolerance?"

Two More Scholars Debunk the 2012 Argument That “Obama is Pro-Life” - [Unfortunately liberal Catholics will deny it or turn a blind eye.]

Obama Backed Infanticide: Pro-Lifers Had It Right All Along - "The issue has resurfaced again because pro-lifers refuse to allow the truth to stay buried." See also this piece.

Romney: I Want Roe Overturned, Will Stop Obama Abortion Funding -  "...I hope to appoint justices for the Supreme Court that will follow the law and the constitution."

Ryan Tags Obama on Abortion: “Never Lifted a Finger” to Help Unborn - "Ryan made clear his desire to see Roe v. Wade overturned and the question of abortion taken out of the courts."

Ryan on Re-Electing Obama: ‘If We Renew the Contract…He’ll Never Answer to You Again’- "When all the mandates of government-run health care come down, the last thing the regulators will want to hear is your opinion."

The Decline and Fall of Catholic Democrats? - " long as the best Democrats have to offer is an unyielding refusal to reconsider the wisdom of Big Government — despite the disaster of the last four years — then Republicans have an opportunity to gain Catholic ground on those fiscal and economic issues once considered safe Democratic turf."

Chicago Teachers Union Strike: Some Thoughts - "Simply put, public-sector unions have a fundamentally different relationship with their employers than private-sector unions precisely because of who sits across the negotiating table. The principle of subsidiarity requires us to differentiate between private associations and government. Accordingly, it would seem that unions do not have the same rights with respect to both private and public employers."

Catholics, We Have Our Work Cut Out For Us (Obama Has Retaken the Lead for the Catholic Vote) - [I don't live by the polls (I think there is still hope, and I think the polls can sometimes be wrong) BUT...We must convince fellow Catholics and Christians that Obama MUST go.]

Cardinal Dolan: ‘Outrage Over HHS Mandate Not About Its Coverage of Chemical Contraceptives and Abortion Inducing Drugs’ - "Republicans and Democrats alike have long agreed that the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty includes not only what goes on within the four walls of a church, but also the religiously motivated acts of service that fulfill the mission of that church. Only now . . . has the government said that we must leave our conscience behind when we step into the public square." Also" Bishops’ President: Obama Admin Threatening Religious Freedom

More Than 100 Cities Will Rally Against Obama HHS Mandate - "Next month, thousands of pro-life advocates in more than 100 cities will engage in rallies to stand up for their religious freedom against the controversial HHS mandate the Obama administration put in place."

Bishops Lose Obama Anti-Sex Trafficking Grant Over Abortion
- "The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops had previously received a five-year $19 million grant to help victims of sex trafficking during the administration of pro-life President George W. Bush." [Well, of course, if you refuse to kill babies then how can you possibly help the sexually abused? Huh?]

Why Secular Culture is Afraid of Life - "I've come to think that one of the greatest things our culture has lost in its rejection of Christianity is a theology of suffering."

The Dignity and Vocation of Women - "The reality is that the female being has not been liberated from the world of utility because the start and end points for modern culture are the sexual element of femininity."

The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture - "They have been schooled by their parents who grew up on the pill and abortion on demand, and have been raised largely in secular institutions where the knowledge of chastity is rare, and its practice even rarer."

Scientists: harmful hormones from birth control pill can’t be filtered out in sewage treatment - "...the synthetic hormones found in contraceptive pills, known as progestins, which mimic progesterone, either alone or combined with estrogen, and excreted in human waste pose a greater problem because they are not removed or destroyed by sewage treatment and find their way into the food chain."

Who Speaks for the Catholic Church? - "The 2012 Democratic National Convention featured a slew of self-identified “Catholic” voices....Who speaks for the Church, and does the Church still hold to non-negotiable truths on issues like abortion and marriage?"

Pope Benedict on the "Dark Passages" of Scripture - "There are certain Bible passages, particularly in the Old Testament, that are disturbing. The question of how these are to be interpreted has been with us for a long time, and apologists and Bible scholars--not to mention Church Fathers and theologians--have made many suggestions."

Pope Addresses Mary in the Mystery of Christ and the Church and the Year of Faith - [Video included]

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Quote of the Week

"It is a profanation of religion to declare oneself a terrorist in the name of God, to do violence to others in his name. Terrorist violence is a contradiction of faith in God, the Creator of man, who cares for man and loves him."
- Blessed John Paul II

Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday Musings

 A few random thoughts and ponderings to start the week...

So, the Democrats "booed" God on their convention floor last week. It was pointed out that they actually rejected God three times during their vote to put God back into their Party platform. Can anyone think of a biblical story where God was denied three times? Yeah... That's not a good thing to do.

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Speaking of religion and politics, I had a chance recently to express some thoughts on Catholic Social teaching and how these principles are applied by Republicans (conservatives) versus Democrats (liberals). I wrote the following:

I personally find the conservative (i.e. Republican) view of less direct government involvement in helping the poor is more in line with Catholic teaching. Certainly, the government has a role to play in establishing economic justice, but Republicans are not calling for the government to pull out entirely from assisting in this area. Rather, the primary responsibility of caring for those less fortunate ought to be with private sector individuals and institutions. The government's primary task is to ensures that our rights and freedoms are protected in the free market - whereas we as individuals, and the organizations we form in the private sector, are tasked with caring for those who are in need.

These two roles (for the state and for the private sector) are delineated in the Catechism: "Economic activity, especially the activity of a market economy, cannot be conducted in an institutional, juridical, or political vacuum. On the contrary, it presupposes sure guarantees of individual freedom and private property, as well as a stable currency and efficient public services. Hence the principal task of the state is to guarantee this security, so that those who work and produce can enjoy the fruits of their labors and thus feel encouraged to work efficiently and honestly. . . . Another task of the state is that of overseeing and directing the exercise of human rights in the economic sector. However, primary responsibility in this area belongs not to the state but to individuals and to the various groups and associations which make up society." (2431)

Now certainly, the case can be made for certain specific government programs to aide the poor (welfare and the like). And the Republican Party is not advocating a removal of these government programs. But Catholic teaching does not spell out the details of how these programs ought to be implemented, nor does it require Catholics to accept one policy over another. Thus the Republican position is entirely defensible under Catholic teaching. A lesser role for government is not an un-Catholic position to take.
While it is perfectly acceptable for a Catholic to embrace the Republican idea of less government involvement in aiding the poor, it is NOT under any circumstances for a Catholic to support the Democratic position in favor of abortion:
...the stated position of the Democratic Party on abortion and marriage/family issues is absolutely contrary to Catholic teaching. There is no room for compromise in this area.

To me it is far easier to justify being Catholic and Republican than Catholic and Democrat. Trying to compare the Republican position on welfare to the Democratic position on abortion is apples to oranges. Republicans can defend the former; Democrats cannot defend the latter.
So, when it comes to the November election, I cannot think a single reason to justify voting for the Democrat.

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It's an election year, and election day is growing closer all the time... It seems my thoughts and ponderings will be reflecting that reality.

Friday, September 7, 2012

This Week's Headlines

As another week comes to an end, this is your chance to top off your glass with a final helping of news, current events, and just plain interesting stuff that may not have made into the mainstream media. A chance to linger for a few more moments before we close the door on the week. Below are some links to articles, blogs, and miscellaneous happenings that caught my eye over the past few days. Sample what you like - I'll serve up more next Friday...

[There's a lot of material here. Hey, at least you can't say that I ignored the Democratic Convention after i spent so much time on the Republicans.]

Democratic platform puts culture wars ahead of fixing the economy - "For all the attention the Republican Party platform's abortion plank received last week (the GOP is against it), the liberal mainstream media has completely ignored what the Democratic platform says on the matter."

Democratic Party Platform Includes Abortion, Same-Sex 'Marriage,' While Excluding God - [Well, the *God* part they changed - sort of - but by golly they're keeping their aborted babies and fake marriage.]

God restored to Dems platform, fools nobody - "As for God, Obama professes belief, but continues to preside over what may be the greatest persecution of the American Catholic Church in history. His likely unconstitutional healthcare edict continues to see implementation without meaningful accommodation and respect for the First Amendment rights of believers and their freedom of conscience."

And here's a post with a video showing the moment when Democrats boo God and Jerusalem.

‘Booing God’? Principles, Not Procedure, at Fault
- "The evidence is clear: Democratic Party leaders are uncomfortable with religion and more than willing to oppose it, but they don’t want Democratic voters to notice when election-time comes."

Dems to God: Just Kidding, Sort Of - [A funny summary of events at the Convention]

Oh Boy: Obama Signed Off on Changes That Led to Platform Debacle - "...Obama was entirely comfortable with the controversial exclusions -- until people actually noticed, at which point his overwhelming political self-preservation instincts took over."

First Republican Ad Hits Democrats for Booing, Rejecting God - [Video included... It's pretty effective.]

CAMPAIGN 2012: Burke vs. Hobbes? - "This is a contest, to take symbolic reference points, between Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) and Edmund Burke (1729-1797)." [Analysis from George Weigel]

Democrat Platform Supports Taxpayer-Funded Late-Term Abortions - "Barack Obama heartlessly refused to support a ban on sex-selection abortion and late-term abortions past the point at which unborn children feel pain, he voted four times to deny constitutional protection to children born alive after a failed abortion – preferring to leave their fate to the abortionist who, only moments before, sought to kill them..."

Democrats Make Choice Clear: More Obama Means More Abortions - "Virtually every speaker made a reference to abortion, to the pro-abortion HHS mandate that violates the religious liberty of church groups and religious employers, and top Democrats from President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden on down to lesser-known elected officials all mentioned their support for abortion."

Obama, Biden Promote Abortion in Democratic Convention Speeches - "Knowing he has to campaign on an economic message due a troubled economy, President Obama didn’t spend much time on the issue of abortion, but he made sure to mention it during the latter stage of his speech."

No Balloon Drop for Obama? Maybe Drop Condoms or Dancing Vaginas - "The radical pro-abortion group Code Pink brought them to the Republican convention in Tampa, but then two of its members were thrown out for interrupting Mitt Romney’s speech."

Pro-Abortion Leaders Brag About Speaking at Democrat Convention - "The president of Planned Parenthood and the head of the pro-abortion group NARAL are both excited to be speaking at the Democratic convention. This is the convention sponsored by the party that will approve a platform calling for unlimited abortions paid for at taxpayer expense."

NARAL Pro-Abortion President Rips Mitt Romney at DNC Convention - [You can tell a lot about a man by seeing who his enemies are.]

Sandra Fluke Ignores Women Dying From Botched Abortions - "Fluke is trying to perpetuate the myth that pro-life legislation kills women, when it is actually today’s abortionists that are all too often landing women on a slab in the morgue..."

Corrupted Women Take the Stage at the DNC: Abortion is Not a Woman's Prize - "Well, I can't tiptoe around the truth.  I say with as much kindness as possible that they are corrupt.  They are corrupt because they have united themselves with the ultimate corruption and made it their prized possession."

Bart Stupak Suffering From Voter’s Remorse on Pro-Abortion Obamacare - "In a Democrats for Life panel during the Democratic National Convention, Stupak expressed his disapproval of the 'HHS mandate,' which requires most private insurance plans to cover life-ending drugs and devices, and requires nearly all employers to offer (and pay for) the plans to their employees or pay a stiff penalty."

Pro-Life Democrats: None So Blind - "A group of pro-life Democrats gathered in a hotel near the convention the way that a teenage boy stalks the house of the girl who dumped him, with love unrequited."

Lila Rose: Pro-Lifers Must Expose Obama’s Abortion Record Now - "Given the Democratic establishment’s casting of its convention as largely one about abortion and their anti-religious freedom, anti-First Amendment, HHS mandate, the pro-life community has a golden opportunity this coming week to promote life and freedom."

Liberals’ Selective Compassion: Help the Poor, Ignore the Unborn - "Our selective refusal to imagine the vulnerability of the unborn gives the lie to claims of 'compassion' and 'inclusion.'"

Paul Ryan and Joe Biden: A Tale of Two Catholics? - "...toleration of an intrinsic evil in those circumstances where it may be warranted is something altogether different than promotion or support of an intrinsic evil. And it is in the area of intrinsic evils where the comparison of Ryan and Biden as a 'tale of two Catholics,' falls apart."

The Happy Priest on Defending the Unborn - "If anyone has the right to terminate the life of an innocent human being, not only are those who are being terminated no longer equal under the law, but proponents of abortion are laying the ground work for choices to be made about the extermination of other groups of people.

New Polling Confirms: Women Not Buying Obama’s “War on Women” Pitch - "I think the Democratic party is so ideologically and practically beholden to abortion (and contraception) that they are unable to admit or acknowledge that its this message which is turning off female voters."

Caroline Kennedy Promotes Abortion in Speech to Democrats
- [Another Kennedy who disgraces the name "Catholic"]

Dolan Asks for Protection of the Unborn During DNC Benediction - "Thus do we praise you for the gift of life. Grant us the courage to defend it. Life without which no other rights are secure. We ask your benediction on those waiting to be born, that they may be welcomed and protected." [Includes video]

Democrats Tweet F-Bombs to Cardinal Dolan After Pro-Life Prayer - [Of course they did. If the Democrats booed God then why should the Cardinal be treated any better. - Warning: explicit language.]

11-yr-old pro-life girl brought to tears by pro-abortion activists outside DNC Convention - "I could write a lot about this and how much I am sickened by what happened, but I wanted to let Zoe tell you in her own words how what happened and why she will never quit being a Stand True Activist."

DNC Delegate Says: “I Would Like to Kill” Mitt Romney - [Don't believe it? Watch the video... I know, a lot of people will say that there are kooks on both sides. I agree. But this is a DELEGATE at the convention! Not just some wacky protester.That says something about the Democratic Party at its core. No wonder they support the slaughter of innocents.]

Democrats, New York Times Attack Family with War on Men - "In light of the DNC’s convention, and its unrestrained worship of abortion and non-reproductive marriage, we are being bombarded with a destructive liberal narrative that wants, so desperately, to rewrite reality."

How the Contraceptive Mindset Helped Pave the Way to Same-Sex “Marriage” - "Like the rest of Western culture, the majority of baptized Christians no longer understand marriage as do Christ and His Church, and contraception has had a decisive role."

Men and Women Are Different! Blame Biology, Not Pro-Lifers - "It is noble to fight for equal rights. Be that as it may, though, men and women are biologically different."

This Demands To Be Read - One Convert's View of Bullying, Same-Sex Attraction, and Her Own Conversion Experience -  " a Catholic, I cannot in good conscience support a club name that would reduce students’ identities to a simplistic definition of who they may or may not want to sleep with."

Leaving the Culture of Death Behind - "After my pro-life conversion, I wanted to tell the world about the senseless slaughter."

An NFL quarterback who uses NFP?! You bet! - [Great to see a prominent person standing up for NFP. This will take you to a link for an excerpt from article from "Family Foundations" magazine.]

The Success of the Catholic Church - "Community has replaced the individual’s relationship with God, failing to see that authentic community comes not from artificial social constructions but rather through the collective individual response to the God of the Universe received through the most Bless Sacrament."

The Grip of Ritual - "We learn through what we do with our hands, with our voices, with our bodies.  At very least, we learn obedience.  But at most, we learn something about the Incarnation:  about how the body does the work of the divine."

Pope Benedict: Faith Must Be Lived With Integrity -  " the Bible, the Law is not seen as a burden, an overwhelming limitation, but as the Lord’s most precious gift, the testimony of his fatherly love, of his desire to be close to his people, to be their ally and write with his people a love story."

The Eminent Reasonability of “Because the Church Says So” - [Sometimes that's all the reason you need.]

The Truth About Catholic Women and Contraception - "And many aren’t. For more than two generations, there has been only silence from the majority of our Church’s pulpits on the issue of contraception. Too many pastors and shepherds of souls have kept mum on the question, instead leaving it to the culture to form the Catholic conscience. Or, more accurately, malform the Catholic conscience."

Mary as Queen Mother, Ark of the New Covenant, and New Eve - [Great summary of Mary under these titles.]

Communion received on the tongue and while kneeling - [From the official Vatican website]

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Quote of the Week

"Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go."
- Mother Teresa

Monday, September 3, 2012

Monday Musings

A few random thoughts and ponderings to start the week...

I ran across some articles concerning what has now been named "Empty Chair Day." It started with the now famous speech (or mildly coherent rambling) given by Clint Eastwood at the Republican National Convention: next to him stood an empty chair, which represented an "invisible" President Obama. Mr. Eastwood then proceeded to have a dialog with this empty chair and occasionally broke through with some sharp and biting criticisms of the President. The speech received mixed reviews (rightly so, I think), but the chair has now come to symbolize the fact that the President has been noticeably absent when it comes to leading the country on a path to economic recovery. Clint Eastwood may have given a awkward and sometimes cringe-worthy performance, but in hindsight it has yielded an underground movement that may actually grow as the election draws nearer.

So this Monday, Labor Day, is now "Empty Chair Day." We were asked to put an empty chair in our front lawn to show our frustration with the current administration and its lack of leadership. As a concerned Catholic, I would add to this my own frustration with the President's failure to uphold our religious freedom and his utter lack of respect for life, marriage, and family.

Anyway... Here's a link to a couple of articles: 

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Well, today is Labor Day. So I'm home from work, spending time with the family. Not much time to write. I'll try to write more later in the week.