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Hypocrisy and Zero Tolerance Policies
September 19, 2014

 

“There should be a zero tolerance policy in the NFL (National Football League) when it comes to domestic violence involving women and children” was the opinion of one commentator on the September 15 Anderson Cooper 360 CNN news report. These comments came in response to the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson scandals in the news this past week. Rice allegedly knocked out his then fiancée (now wife) several months ago. Peterson allegedly whipped his four-year-old child with a switch and drew blood. 

Every case of domestic violence is a case of criminal proportions that should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, be it abuse of a female or the abuse of a child. Today’s news stories make clear that the situation is grave and that incidents of domestic abuse are not on the decrease.

But these sad commentaries on current domestic violence cases are not the only thing that troubles this pro-life leader. In fact, they are merely the tip of the iceberg. Allow me to examine what is beneath the veneer of such reporting by the media.

I believe that these tragic situations receive the attention of the news media because they are not only horrendous, but assist the media in hiding behind the false concern they express for women and children in such cases as they blithely look the other way when it comes to expectant mothers and their preborn children. Mainstream media does not define the act of abortion—the ultimate child abuse—as an act of violence because the law states that these preborn babies are not human beings. By the same token, the abortionist who maims or often kills a patient is rarely exposed by the press unless, of course, a practitioner as vile as someone like Gosnell can no longer be ignored.

One has to wonder when these purveyors of hypocrisy will finally confront reality. Exactly what will it take for reporters to exhibit concern for all children and all women, regardless of the ages of the children or the alleged constitutional rights of their mothers? Today an expectant mother can seek the intervention of a third party to take the life of her child and we simply call this exercising her rights. 

This is why a discussion of abusive acts toward some, but not all, is not only hypocritical but an exhibition of a callous disregard for human life that begs another more fundamental question.

After 40 years of killing babies before birth and calling it a woman’s right, should we be shocked to see born children and their mothers beaten and abused in other ways? Violence of any kind toward innocent persons breeds more violence. And today we see the tragic result.

So where can we find the truth that will free mankind from this enslavement to political correctness and moral blindness? 

I suggest that the beginning of the answer resides in these words, taken from the Vatican document Dignitas Personae, “There are those who say that the moral teaching of the Church contains too many prohibitions. In reality, however, her teaching is based on the recognition and promotion of all the gifts which the Creator has bestowed on man: such as life, knowledge, freedom and love.”

When a man—meaning any single one of us—responds to God’s gifts by respecting the rights and dignity of others, society is transformed. We progress from the barbaric to the civilized, from the violence of selfishness to the self-sacrifice of the loving—one person at a time. We learn as individuals that accepting the gifts God gives to each of us and sharing those with others literally creates a culture of life and love.

We move away from hypocrisy and toward genuine zero tolerance for attacks on human dignity at every stage of life from creation to death. 

 

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Death Peddlers Have No Shame
September 16, 2014

Trust Me Doctor

 

This past week has seen more startling revelations coming to us courtesy of the abortion cartel. None of them are music to our ears. In fact, they represent more shots across the bow of the pro-life ship of truth. Incredible as they are to those of us naïve enough to believe we can still convert this land to a culture of life, they are nothing more than status quo for the death peddlers.

Some years ago, in the late sixties, a wise man once said that that if a doctor were willing to kill an innocent person, that medical practitioner could not be trusted to be ethical in any respect. This man was himself a doctor—Herbert Ratner, M.D. He witnessed to truth with courage, even though many of his colleagues were more interested in marketing abortion, contraception, and sterilization with impunity. Dr. Ratner devoted his practice and his pro-life efforts to the care and good health of women and families. He founded the quarterly journal Child and Family, and he exposed the horrific facts about the Salk vaccine and its dangers.  

Today I believe he would actually be anything but surprised to learn the latest from the abortion industry. Let’s start with the emotionally unstable Planned Parenthood abortionist, Gary Prohaska, age 78. According to California Catholic Daily:

The accusation states that the Medical Board received information in December 2013 that Prohaska was mentally impaired. He was ordered to undergo a psychiatric examination on June 17, 2014. The Medical Board-appointed psychiatrist concluded that Prohaska had “moderate severity cognitive impairment” that “renders him unsafe to practice medicine.”

Because Prohaska’s license has been delinquent since January 2014, he is prohibited from practicing.

One is compelled to ask: How could Planned Parenthood continue to send its clients to this madman? Well, when an organization is in the business of marketing the killing of preborn babies, the doctors employed by them are paid to kill babies. Deceiving women into believing that abortion is nothing more than a surgical procedure being done for their own good is just the first step. Organizations like Planned Parenthood will do practically anything—including ignoring an abortionist’s failing capabilities even when expectant mothers’ lives are at stake. What’s another life anyway?

And Planned Parenthood has, as we all know, been known for the type of arrogance that knows no bounds. Evil is its stock in trade. Is it any wonder that one of its volunteers recently told Missouri lawmakers that abortion is sacred?

LifeSiteNews reports: 

Pivoting from its previous depiction of abortion as a necessary evil, the abortion industry and its political stalwarts have increasingly begun describing abortion as a positive, even holy, event.

Last August, Wendy Davis said she launched the 11-hour filibuster that thrust her into the limelight, because “sometimes you have to take a stand on sacred ground.” 

Two months earlier, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi referred to the issue of abortion as “sacred ground” while deflecting a question from a reporter from The Weekly Standard.

The abortion industry’s mental gymnastics are clearly well ingrained in the minds of those in charge, those who market the evil, and those who consistently vote for it. There is no doubt about that at all.

Sadder still is the fact that the culture has fallen in line with the lies and, for the most part, cares little for the truth. And that truth is ugly.

Men of integrity like Dr. Ratner and others could have predicted as much, but then again, the majority of Americans only yawn and say, “Who cares?”

Well, my dear friends, we care! We must fight on defending the babies, caring for their mothers, and insisting that cruelty is never a proper response to fear, poverty, or loneliness. We can never stop exposing the truth about the death peddlers.

Join us today. Learn what you can do to help others see that human dignity must always and in every case be cherished. Killing innocent people is never an option.

 

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Making a Choice: Defend the Family or Defend Evil
September 12, 2014

 

Sometimes we hear or see things that leave us incredulous. Such an experience happened to me recently when LifeSiteNews reported that a Catholic bishop in France issued a statement in opposition to those who oppose the legalization of same-sex marriage. The bishop is reported to have claimed that such demonstrations perpetrated “violence against homosexuals.”

Not only does such an accusation startle me in view of how well the “Manif pour tous” (marriage for all) organizers have defined their goals, but it calls into question the bishop’s allegiance to the Church and her definitive teachings on homosexual practices. Recall the Church teaches that we hate the sin and love the sinner.

The bishop’s proclamation further suggests that the nuclear family as defined so many times by Church fathers and various (1930, Section 53) popes has become somehow outdated and passé. But Christ taught definitively that those who lead the innocent into serious sin would be far better off if they had a millstone around their necks and were dropped into the sea.

Yet one need not go to France to learn about the decay that has crept into the Church, her leaders, and, as a consequence, her flock. Just recently, Jonathon Van Maren wrote a remarkably insightful article on the fallout from the sexual revolution. He explained that in our current age of sexual awareness we educate our children a bit differently:

When we approach the youth of our culture today, we’re not telling them what might happen as the result of the sexual revolution, we’re telling them what has happened—and how to avoid those consequences themselves. We now know that the free love utopia promised by hedonistic academics and drugged-up hippies was as illusory as their narcotic-induced hallucinations. All we have to do is show them the half-century report card and ask them questions—ask them if porn and hook-up culture and abortion has made them happy. Our society has confused pleasure with happiness for too long, and now that we’ve gotten a good look at the fall-out, many people are rediscovering age-old truths that our culture abandoned on the ill-fated whim of those who thought to justify their own desires.

And how do we tell our children to avoid those consequences? We teach them about “responsible sex” and tolerance toward those with a different perspective on lifestyle than what traditional folks find acceptable. In other words, while we may be helping them see the fallout of the old-time sexual revolution, we are not warning them that the current day problems with blindly following the herd and never suggesting that any behavior is sinful might lead a soul to hell. 

Van Maren is on the right track, however, and all we really need to do is carry his recommendations one step further. It is incumbent on us to make it clear as well that there are right ways of dealing with sexual aberration when we see it and there are wrong ways. Frankly the best way is to take those lessons we are learning today and use them as tools to assist others in awakening to truth and converting to Christ’s principles rather than man’s recommendations.

The fate of the traditional family and, most importantly, the eternal salvation of souls is at stake!

The situation can best be addressed by spreading the good word. We know and believe there is joy in proclaiming justice, in encouraging the wayward to understand that doing God’s will is the ultimate choice, and that living our own lives by imitating Christ in love and compassion creates a guiding light for others. 

For tangible steps you can take to learn how to defend the family, go to www.defendthefamily.org. In doing so, you will equip yourself with the necessary tools to be a soldier of truth in the quest to win souls for the Lord.

Pray for the Church! 

Pray for families!

Pray for our nation!

 

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Cardinal Dolan's Pink Shamrock
September 9, 2014

Pink Shamrock

The beautiful green shamrock is equated with Irish pride no matter where one goes, and on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, the “wearin’ of the green” has always been so much fun that even those of us who are not Irish love being Irish for the day. But March 17, 2015, will be different—at least in New York City—thanks to the politically correct Catholic cardinal Timothy Dolan.

The Archdiocese of New York has capitulated to the pressure of the homosexual rights community in the person of the cardinal himself. After consistent resistance to this pressure, including the actual closing of the doors of St. Patrick’s Cathedral when the parade passed by, Dolan has opted to surrender the high ground on the matter. Homosexuals will now march under their own banner in a parade named in honor of a Catholic saint.  

Pat Archbold’s straightforward words for the cardinal are quite typical of the responses we have seen. Archbold says: 

Cardinal Dolan’s statement is disingenuous. The issue at hand has never been who can march in the parade. I am quite certain that gay people have always marched in the parade. What is at issue is people marching under a banner identifying themselves and promoting sin as normative. The acceptance of the parade committee and the cardinal is nothing less than the public acceptance of the normative nature of gay identity. That Cardinal Dolan’s statement clearly attempts to dissemble on this critical point is shameful, if unsurprising.

But not everyone sees it that way. Washington Post religion writer David Gibson tells readers: "Dolan’s positive response may also point to a shifting dynamic within the Catholic Church on gays and lesbians since the election of Pope Francis last year. Francis has made it clear he wants Church leaders to highlight Catholicism’s outreach to the poor and vulnerable rather than always fighting culture war issues on gay marriage and the like."

Pope Francis has never once suggested that Catholic teaching on the practice of homosexuality itself has changed, or will change. Yet this fact is ignored by the media. This means that actions like those of Cardinal Dolan add to the confusion of millions of Catholics—and Americans in general—who do not know Catholic doctrine and are unfamiliar with the way to find the correct response to actions like those taken by Dolan.

The situation is sad at best, and another verbal assault on doctrine at its worst. I agree with writers George Marlin and Brad Miner, who have studied the history of the cardinals of New City and responded to Cardinal Dolan’s latest decision, writing

And Cardinal Dolan truly is naïve if he imagines his participation in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will not be seen by—dare we say?—most Catholics as yet another endorsement of the “gay” agenda.

For this he will receive faint praise from anti-Catholics. In its coverage of the decision of parade organizers to include the not-even-Irish Out@NBCUniversal, the New York Times called the Church hostile and characterized the parade organizers’ decision as a retreat. It said of Dolan that he represents “changing attitudes in the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church.” Perhaps that’s true. But the Magisterium hasn’t changed. . . .

As Cardinal O’Connor put it in 1993: “Neither respectability nor political correctness is worth one comma in the Apostles’ Creed.” Or one jot or tittle in the Catechism.

Amen to that.

Let us pray that Cardinal Dolan and the officials of the Archdiocese of New York correct this tragic decision before it is too late. 

Contact Cardinal Dolan and let him know what you think. Send him an eloquent and kind note to: 1011 First Ave, New York, NY 10022. Call him at 212-371-1000, or e-mail him at .

We do not want to consider the possibility that St. Patrick is spinning in his grave! Just say no to Cardinal Dolan’s Pink Shamrock decision!

 

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Hospital Privileges for Killers
September 5, 2014

 

Joan RiversNews reports on the treatment of the recently deceased Joan Rivers and her original physician’s hospital privileges have attracted the attention of pro-life commentators. Rivers’ family is looking at a possible lawsuit due to what some describe as a botched procedure that left the entertainer in extremely critical condition, ultimately resulting in her death.

Some in the pro-life movement have pointed out that the Rivers case suggests yet another reason why abortionists should have hospital admitting privileges or else be denied the opportunity to practice their craft. At the same time, the record is clear that judges do not agree and persist in striking down such requirements.

But what is really at stake in these discussions is sometimes not at all clear. So let’s review the basic facts in the Rivers case and then compare them to the case of the botched abortion.

Rivers was having a routine outpatient surgical procedure done on her vocal cords when she stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest. She was immediately rushed to a hospital in New York City. Rivers chose to have the procedure done, and one must assume that her physician made her aware of possible risks.

In the case of a botched abortion, there are many extenuating circumstances, depending on the case, but there is one overriding fact that remains a constant in all such cases. The expectant mother has entered into an agreement with a physician—an abortionist—who makes his money killing children. 

In America, the law protects the practice of aborting children. Some in the pro-life movement argue that, because of this, every state should have requirements that those who perform such acts have hospital privileges in the case of an emergency. Yet the fact remains that the act of abortion is unethical and, therefore, a violation of the natural law. It is nonsense to argue that those who perform such acts will themselves behave in an ethical manner—a reason why so many “legal” abortions wind up being “botched” abortions. All one needs to do is review the record to see the folly in expecting an unethical practice in the one sense to equate with good medical ethics in another sense. 

This is why American Life League’s Jim Sedlak, among others, has provided insights on where the pro-life movement is going awry when it argues for the passage of laws requiring hospital privileges for such butchers: 

While pro-lifers get caught up in trying to argue for these kinds of laws, statements are made that you would never expect from a pro-life person. In fact, after the Alabama decision, one pro-life leader, who is one of the strongest fighters for life in the country, actually argued that these laws are needed to protect women who are choosing to have an abortion.

This has brought us a long way from the days when it was clearly recognized that the energies of the pro-life movement were focused on saving the baby, praying for the woman, and finding a way to show women that abortion was not her only solution to her perceived problems.

Indeed, many in the pro-life movement are easily diverted from the goal when statements like those of NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman—regarding the Rivers case—resound with pro-life leaders as providing yet another argument in favor of laws requiring hospital privileges for abortionists.

Let’s take a reality check! Abortion is wrong. The victims are innocent children, and it is our obligation to be their voice. Let us fight to protect each individual preborn child, no matter his stage of biological development. When we succeed, the practitioners of mayhem and death will be out of business for good.

That is the goal. 

 

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