Abortion as Attempted Art

Thursday, July 3, AD 2014

How Long Does An Abortion Last

 

An astounding piece by Lisa Davis at the resolutely pro-abort New York Times.  A young artist becomes pregnant and decides to film her abortion.  Her plans suddenly begin to unravel due to a cab driver and his reaction to the news that she is on her way to have an abortion:

 

 

I stuffed my Ricoh Hi8 video camera in my backpack, and I went alone.

The driver was Middle Eastern, from some hot and weather-less country, but he did a fair job of steering into the skids. He kept asking me why I was going out in such weather.

“I have to go to the doctor,” I kept telling him.

“Why? You don’t look sick.”

“I have to have a procedure.”

“What? What procedure?”

Finally, I told him. Why not? I was proud and un-conflicted. I was exercising my right. I was making a video.

He pulled over to the side of the road, right there on the Brooklyn Bridge — not only illegal but dangerous. “Please don’t kill the baby,” he said. “Please don’t kill the baby.”

“What are you doing?”

“Don’t kill the baby.” He wouldn’t move the car, though horns blared all around us.

“Keep driving! I have an appointment!” I shook his headrest. This was not part of the script.

“Please don’t kill the baby,” he said again, turning around to face me. He had beautiful big brown eyes — almost black. “I will take care of you and the baby. I work two jobs.”

Heartbreakingly she has her abortion:

The first thing I thought when I awoke from the anesthesia was that I’d never be pregnant again, that I had just squandered my only chance at motherhood. I was sobbing — I had arisen from the depths of the medication this way — as they rolled me into the recovery room where the other women were lying, almost all of them with a friend or partner or relative to brush their hair back or offer them ice chips. I could not stop crying, big heaves and gulps of it. The nurse came over at first to soothe me and then to quiet me.

“You’re upsetting the other girls,” she said.

“It hurts.”

She sent the doctor over. “Sometimes we have to massage the womb,” he said, inserting his hand inside me and pressing. This did not stop the crying, but eventually it stopped the pain.

Or, at least, it stopped the physical pain. The begging cabdriver and the woman on her ninth abortion and the shocking suction in my womb: It was too traumatic for me to make art of. Or maybe it was just that I wasn’t a good enough artist to transform that level of trauma into something that others could learn from and use. I had been taught that a woman’s right to choose was the most important thing to fight for, but I hadn’t known what a brutal choice it was.

I took a car service home, too, where my brother and his girlfriend met me and we ordered in. “We would have gone with you,” they said, “if you’d asked.”

“I was going to make a video,” I said. Reacting to the way my hands still shook, they tended to me as if I’d just walked miles in that blizzard. I knew then I’d never be a filmmaker.

About motherhood, though, I was wrong. Fifteen years later, happily coupled with a wonderful man, I gave birth to my first daughter; I now have two. I don’t wish I had a 20-year-old. I didn’t want that baby, with that man. Abortion rights, yes, I’ll always support them, but even all these years later, I wish the motto wasn’t “Never again,” but “Avoid this if there’s any way you possibly can, even if it’s legal, because it’s awful.”

I wish that someone had alerted me to the harshness of the experience, acknowledged the layers of regret that built and fell away as the months and years passed. I want my daughters to have the option of safe and legal abortion, of course. I just don’t want them to have to use it.

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  • Excellent post. Confused even now…woman. We can only go back to God in Jonah 4:11 as He notes that confusion is rampant: ” And shall not I spare Ninive, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons that know not how to distinguish between their right hand and their left, and many beasts?”
    He has time. Perhaps He saves many in their latter days after much more trouble.

  • Despite her regrets, she strikes me as a selfish idiot. I’m not so sure she learned anything. Ms. Davis killed an innocent life because she didn’t want it. Even after how terrible she says she feels, I sense little to no regard for the life she and the quack “doctor” snuffed out. It’s all about her.

    I was briefly engaged to a woman who admitted to me that she had an abortion before I met her. It constantly tormented her. She could not forgive herself, evn after having confessed to the sin multiple times. Abortion leaves three victims – the baby who never had a chance at life, the mother who makes a terrible decision and the father – often times who has no input at all and never has any legal standing.

    Abortion is evil. Abortion is murder – the absolute worst, the murder of a baby. Abortion is the ultimate act of selfishness. Abortion supporters – including so called Catholic politicians in this country and others – will completely deserve the judgment that is coming to them in the next world.

    I’m going to make a generalization. Single young women today and for the previous two decades – tend to be selfish and spoiled. My 16 year old niece is spoiled rotten. They want their birth control for free. Men are all idiots. Rethuglians only want to suppress them. The “glass ceiling” keeps them down. Too many believe this garbage.

    If I became supreme dictator, I would use every abortion clinic as target practice for the Abrams tank.

  • @Penguins Fan Abortion is horrible. But is it necessary to call a sinner you don’t even know an idiot on a Catholic blog? Not trying to offend you at all and I agree with what you’re saying. We have to remember she was around 20 when she made the choice; the fact this still haunts her indicates a level of guilt that cannot be ignored.

  • “I didn’t want that baby, with that man.” Punishing the child for the crimes, sins and ugliness of the parent, either one of them, is unconstitutional, like executing an innocent person to punish a capital one murderer, denying that sovereign person, newly conceived, due process of law.

  • RodneyHood, the woman feels sorrow but still supports “a right” to an abortion. Her sorrow comes across as self pity to me and shows no remorse for the life she took.

    You can differ with me about the term I used. People like this woman elected Barack Obama. Twice. I have no nicer term for them.

  • Fair enough.

  • Lisa Davis is like all the other liberals: self-absorbed about how terrible the consequences of her decision makes her feel. It’s all about me – me -me. Selfish, self-absorbed. No regrets for the murdered baby, and yes, she had her baby murdered. She has regret at how she feels, but it is not enough to bring her to repentance. It never is for a liberal. The people of Nineveh were nowhere near as self-absorbed. So God spared them. Will He spare people like this? Like us?

  • “Avoid this if there’s any way you possibly can. . .”
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    Yes, there IS a way to avoid this. If you don’t want a baby 9 months from today, don’t have sex today. Pretty sure that would never occur to her. The even bigger problem, as I see it, is that it does not occur to many Christians either.

  • Paul W Primavera,
    Paul says he was the chief of sinners in I Tim.1 yet obtained mercy because he acted in unbelief and that in him Christ “might show forth all patience”. So he was the worst or Christ could not have shown forth all patience until Christ found someone else. But Christ already showed forth all patience with the worst person…Paul. Worst because inter alia he knew the scriptures inside out and sinned afterwards…” from those to whom much is given, much will be required”…and ” the mighty will be mightily judged”. So Paul was worse than all the “liberals” you can imagine. He was supposed to be destroyed by God according to 1 Cor.3:17 ” But if any man violate the temple of God, him shall God destroy. For the temple of God is holy, which you are.”
    I am having trouble praying for ISIL terrorists due to I Cor.3:17 but I Tim.1:13-16 seems to say to pray anyway since Paul was worse than them given his background in the Word.
    In short, do not let anger against liberals convince you they were worse than Paul …because that means that Christ did not show forth all patience yet…and I Timothy says Christ did that in Paul’s case for all time. The devil wants us to believe that Christ showed forth limited patience. No…Christ showed forth all patience in Paul’s case and I Tim.1 is there for that purpose. The Ninevites were to be destroyed in forty days. They also then like Paul were in mortal sin not anything less.

  • The true “war on women”. Create a pill that will allow them to be sexually promiscuous, telling them that this is the way to equality. When they grasp their equality and their chosen method of birth control fails no worries, just back it up with an abortion and leave the woman more broken than when she first grasped that fruit.

  • A very moving as well as true narrative, but as said by many-only half of the full narrative

  • I wonder how her daughters feel when they read this story about their sibling and their mother.

Except Us

Saturday, May 17, AD 2014

 

 

A brilliant piece by Brandon McGinley at The Federalist on the ongoing journalistic malpractice when it comes to abortion.  Legal abortion on demand largely exists in this country because the public is shielded by a pro-abort media from the every day grisly reality of the blood trade that kills a million human beings a year in this country.

 

 

What if we had a latter-day Upton Sinclair willing to expose our abortion regime, rather than the incurious mandarins who pathetically claim his mantle?  What would he find when he opens the door to the dungeon?

He would find systematic slaughter, but of children rather than hogs.  In Delaware, Planned Parenthood nurses reported “meat market-style assembly line abortions.”  The conveyor of pregnant women moved so quickly that bloody discharge remained on the exam table.  We know about this only because courageous nurses came forward; one can only imagine how many other abortion facilities still operate in such putrid conditions.

He would find callous disregard for human dignity, as children are treated in life and death more like livestock than persons.  Former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson (again, a whistleblower rather than a journalist) reports that the organization had abortion quotas it expected its centers to fulfill, because abortion is the most lucrative part of the Planned Parenthood business model.  And only a few weeks ago we learned from The B.C. Catholic newspaper of the Archdiocese of Vancouver that children aborted in British Columbia were being incinerated as fuel in Oregon.

And he would find that the squeals of hogs have a human analogue, as well:

[Sherry West] hated working in the room where Gosnell performed abortions—never more than the night a staffer asked for help with a problem at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society clinic in West Philadelphia. “There was this clear glass pan, and I saw it, and I thought, ‘What do you expect me to do?’” West testified Monday at Gosnell’s murder trial. “It wasn’t fully developed,” West told the Common Pleas Court jury, referring to the 18- to 24-inch-long newborn in the pan. It didn’t have eyes or a mouth but it was like screeching, making this noise. It was weird. It sounded like a little alien.” Questioned by Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore, West, 53, said she did not know what happened to the “specimen”—the term she said she used because “it was easier to deal with mentally.” “It really freaked me out, and I said call Dr. Gosnell, and I went back out front,” West added.

And when Dr. Gosnell arrived, we can safely assume, with a snip the screeching fell silent.

And the silence persists.  The voiceless remain so, except for that terrible shriek of primordial fear.  They have no champion to make them heard.

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  • Mans inhumanity to man knows no bounds nor respects his final day.

    Eucharistic King Jesus Christ conqueror of human hearts, take back what was yours. Convert hearts. Reclaim your property. Restore your Kingship on earth, so when you do return you will indeed find living Faith in abundance.

    Processions of the Blessed Sacrament.
    Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapels.
    Daily Holy Rosaries.
    Daily Mass.
    Satan is powerless when we embrace these four weapons.
    Abortion advocates are hopeless.
    They may have deep pockets, but they don’t have Life.

    Thank you Mary DeVoe and others for answering my call for prayer six Weeks ago. Our Right to Life fundraiser is shaping up to be our best one yet.
    Double in corporate sponsorships this year!

  • Here is the thing about Gosnell. I feel the need to link to this: http://www.salon.com/2013/04/12/there_is_no_gosnell_coverup/

    This quote specifically caught my eye…

    “If you’ve never heard of the Gosnell story, it’s not because of a coverup by the liberal mainstream media. It’s probably because you failed to pay attention to the copious coverage among pro-choice and feminist journalists, as well as the big news organizations, when the news first broke in 2011”.

  • Regarding Gosnell, I feel the need to link to this article: http://www.salon.com/2013/04/12/there_is_no_gosnell_coverup/

    More specifically, this quote:

    “If you’ve never heard of the Gosnell story, it’s not because of a coverup by the liberal mainstream media. It’s probably because you failed to pay attention to the copious coverage among pro-choice and feminist journalists, as well as the big news organizations, when the news first broke in 2011”.

  • If God is merciful, then will He not be merciful towards the unborn? And if He is merciful towards the unborn, then what kind of justice will that mean for those of us who are born? History tells us. God was merciful towards those in America who were enslaved in the 19th century. We know what kind of justice resulted on the un-enslaved in both North and South. It was bloody, painful and dreadful. God’s mercy and God’s justice do not change because God does not change. Israel learned this from Sennecharib and Judah from Nebuchadnezzar. Old Covenant or New, God hates sacrificing children to Molech. We had better buckle up, folks, because God’s mercy that we always cry for is drawing nigh faster than we anticipate.

  • ““If you’ve never heard of the Gosnell story, it’s not because of a coverup by the liberal mainstream media. It’s probably because you failed to pay attention to the copious coverage among pro-choice and feminist journalists, as well as the big news organizations, when the news first broke in 2011″.”

    Completely untrue. The mainstream media did their best to spike the story.

    “The local press has extensively covered the shocking testimony about the Philadelphia “House of Horrors” where Gosnell allegedly killed seven babies and one woman since the trial began on March 18, nearly a month ago. But while it seems obvious that the national media has mostly ignored the story, a bevy of left-wing journalists and activists have loudly disagreed in recent days—asserting that the big three networks and the major newspapers have appropriately covered a trial that none sent a reporter to cover.

    “If you’ve never heard of the Gosnell story,” Irin Carmon wrote in a widely circulated Salon piece, “it’s probably because you failed to pay attention to the copious coverage among pro-choice and feminist journalists, as well as the big news organizations, when the news first broke in 2011. There would be something rich, if it weren’t so infuriating, about these (almost uniformly male, as it happens) reporters and commentators scrambling to break open this shocking untold story. You know, the one that was written about here, here and here, to name some disparate sources.”

    One should immediately be struck by how strange it is that a person who is claiming this is an important story—feminists wrote about it!—now seems angry that reporters are finally rushing to cover it. Shouldn’t she be glad?

    As for her claim that there was “copious coverage” she links to RH Reality Check (Reproductive & Sexual Health and Justice), The Grio, Philadelphia Weekly, The Nation, CBS News’s Crimesider blog, and NPR. That so many of the people now rushing to claim that Gosnell was widely covered can’t tell the difference between activist media and The New York Times or CBS Evening News is a little scary. Of the outlets she listed, NPR is the only one that can reasonably be considered mainstream, so yea for that one story.

    Some on the left are claiming that the reason the trial was ignored (even though it wasn’t really ignored—stay with me here) is because nobody cares about poor people. Carmin writes, “How often are the travails of the women whose vulnerabilities Gosnell exploited—the poor, immigrants and otherwise marginalized people—given wall-to-wall, trial-level coverage?” But if you search “Gosnell” at The Nation, there’s not a single story on the trial. A search at Salon showed one story: a set-up piece about the “looming” trial. Before today, search The American Prospect for “Gosnell,” and all you find on the trial is a story in January.

    The problem is that the media apologists are battling a straw man. The column that started the firestorm over the media blackout didn’t claim that the mainstream press had “never” covered Kermitt Gosnell. I know, because I wrote it.

    The column, and the ensuing outrage—and much of the outrage came from people with vaginas despite Carmon’s egregious and divisive claim that it was just the patriarchy rearing its ugly head—was specific to the fact that the mainstream media had not covered the trial of Kermit Gosnell, which started March 18, 2013. I am going to repeat this, because a starling number of people on the left, including New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan, either cannot grasp this or are intentionally ignoring it. Repeat after me: “The problem is that the trial has not been covered.” That the Times ran one story about Gosnell in January is hardly relevant to the trial that started in March.

    It is the trial that has included spectacular and headline-grabbing testimony from Gosnell’s former assistants and workers. It is the trial that has been largely ignored outside of local media and activists on the right and left. This, despite the normal obsession with murder trials (Good Morning America has done a 10-part series on the Jody Arias trial). It is the trial—rife with grisly details about an abortion doctor who maimed and killed women and babies—that was ignored, despite The Washington Post’s, The New York Times’s, and network evening news’s usual obsession with all things abortion related.

    So, the continued misleading claims that the trial has been widely covered are empirically false—as is Carmon’s claim on CNN Friday that the only reason anyone is talking about this is because of Fox News, always the left’s go-to scapegoat. Unless Fox News owns USA Today, I’m not sure what she is talking about. It’s remarkable how quickly a story of a trial about decapitated babies and maimed women was overshadowed by liberal rage at Fox News and the “conservative media” who allegedly were hypocrites because they hadn’t been covering it, either. (In fact, Fox News has run 11 stories over the course of the three-week trial, while The New York Times so far has run just one piece, on A-17, the day the trial began.)”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/16/yes-there-is-a-gosnell-trial-coverup-by-the-big-news-organizations.html

  • The article provides links.

  • NVM….computer did not show your full post…just your first sentence.

  • Yep it does, and Kirsten Powers destroyed the whole mendacious theme of the story that there was not a coverup by the mainstream media.

  • Interesting point…

    This isn’t related to Gosnell per se, but I wanted to get your reaction to something….

    What would your reaction be to a pro-choice individual who pointed out that across the many strands of Judaism, there is a tenancy to define human life as beginning at birth? Would a Catholic living in a majority Jewish nation that defined life as such be obligated to fight to define life as beginning at conception? Would a Catholic in such a nation who voted for a “pro-choice” politician be as sinful as we say voting for American politicians who define life as beginning at birth is?

  • All decent human beings are required morally to protect innocent human life. There are no lives more innocent than those of unborn children from the moment of conception.

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Pro-abort

Tuesday, May 6, AD 2014

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Wesley Smith at National Review Online tells us of someone who I think we can safely call a pro-abort:

So, an abortion clinic counselor doesn’t use birth control and gets pregnant. It’s termination time! And she filmed it.

It was, like you know, such a positive experience! From, “Why I Filmed My Abortion,” in (where else?) Cosmopolitan:

I remember breathing and humming through it like I was giving birth. I know that sounds weird, but to me, this was as birth-like as it could be.

Except, the “birth” was to end life, not bring it to fruition. Otherwise, I see it. No diff.

It will always be a special memory for me. I still have my sonogram, and if my apartment were to catch fire, it would be the first thing I’d grab…

Every time I watch the video, I love it. I love how positive it is. 

Ah. good times. Becoming irresponsibly pregnant and then having a birth-like experience of destroying a fetus–complete with pictures! 

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Want Not, Waste Not

Friday, April 25, AD 2014

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  • Excellent post!

    Alexander Pope and todays heartless culture, a match if there ever was one.

    Disorder is todays order…take Homosexuality….the order du’jour.
    Abortion on demand…the house specialty!

    We continue to Pray as the early Christians were lead to the lions.
    We must remember that it was their innocent blood that finally contributed to the conversions of a bloodthirsty Rome.

    Our time is coming. The overflow of innocent blood on our once holy ground will be vindicated! The popular culture that glorifies sodomy will not last! The days are coming. The vindicator will have the Last Word!

  • God had a strong response against Israel and Judah for this sort of thing. God does not change. His response does not change. His justice does not change. And He will be merciful towards unborn babies. We will not like His brand of mercy when it is meted out.

  • Want and Waste. Describes our world. Our spiritual Want is self inflicted. Like anorexia or bulimia we don’t accept or retain our beautiful spiritual heritage. Self indulgence impoverishes us. Leaves no food for the children, what children we still have.

  • “Leaves no food for the children, what children we still have.” Anzlyne-

    Degeneration is fact. Both spiritual and corporal. Much of the spiritual food is poisoned, not just salt that has lost it’s flavor, but truly poisoned with anti-God propaganda. A comedian recently was praising his five year old son for telling his dad “Im an atheist!” Then the boy asked if it’s still ok to get toys from Santa. Five years old! Nice work Dad.

  • Sickened, yes; outraged, no. This could be one of those things where my bearings are off. But is there a second half to the sentence “I had an abortion and…” that is any more or less morally offensive?

  • This was being done nine miles from my house. Oregon Right to Life was all over this. Our county commissioners held an emergency meeting to stop it. The county was apparently misled about the nature of what Canada was shipping down to be burned. If they had not I may have had to cancel my electricity and install solar panels and a wood stove.

  • I’m reminded of St. Kolbe and the smoke Ashes and tears floating out the smokestacks in Auschwitz. So many tears! What a shame. No room for unwanted children.

  • “But is there a second half to the sentence “I had an abortion and…” that is any more or less morally offensive?”

    “I had an abortion and I bitterly regretted it” compared to “I had an abortion and threw a party!”

    In this case it is an abomination that innocents die. To burn their corpses then for heat is to luxuriate in the evil. It lends a truly demonic cast to human evil.

  • Yes Philip The birds don’t flock or sing in the air space over Dachau- even after all these years. Yes Donald, truly demonic.
    Genocide- Armenians, WWII, Stalin, Mao, PolPot. We point fingers. the 20th century, Today’s martyrs How can we respond?
    God bless Oregon Right to Life. God bless bloggers like TAC who keep the issues in front of us when discouraged Catholics like me just want to cry and look away.

  • Absent evil, the innocent human soul “knows”. These souls “know”. Some say the person must have self awareness to be human. But, before the human soul is conscious of its own life, separated from God, the human soul knows God. How could he not know his Creator? During the crime of abortion, during being incinerated, too, the human soul “knows” the evil being wrought upon him.
    Separating the human being from his immortal soul is the horrible crime of homicide. Coming between God and His love for man is indeed the depths of hell. Incinerating the murdered bodies of abortion victims is human sacrifice in the fullest meaning of human sacrifice.
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    Anzlyne: “Yes Philip The birds don’t flock or sing in the air space over Dachau- even after all these years.”
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    Yes, Anzlyne, at least the birds respect the souls of the victims.
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    Anzlyne: “God bless Oregon Right to Life. God bless bloggers like TAC who keep the issues in front of us when discouraged Catholics like me just want to cry and look away.”
    My constant gratitude.

  • It is true Mary – “the innocent human soul “knows”. These souls “know”. Some say the person must have self awareness to be human. But, before the human soul is conscious of its own life, separated from God, the human soul knows God.’
    The human soul, created for Love, knows, has an affinity for that Love. Body blood soul and humanity of that person is created by God the Father at conception. I believe there is some kind of awareness of self and of Love from the very beginning.
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    Such a great mystery would that the world had the grace and humility to properly be in awe.

  • All knowledge is not in the brain. “Brain death” or lack of developed brain does Not preclude knowledge.
    Several times the bible refers to the thoughts of our hearts!

  • Heard this on the Lars Larson show yesterday.

    The poor guy who came on to speak for the power company sounded exhausted and kinda heart-sick.

  • Anzlyne: “Several times the bible refers to the thoughts of our hearts!”

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    Theology of the Body.

  • You know, I was just thinking. The people who use babies in waste to electricity plants are the same people who oppose nuclear power because of their fear that radiation will kill babies. To be a liberal progressive anti-nuclear Democrat is to be the epitome of illogic.

What, They Didn’t Need Lampshades?

Monday, March 24, AD 2014

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  • Headline at Drudge report: “Aborted babies incinerated to heat hospitals.”

    Keep voting for them Social Justice mass murderers!

  • I want to vomit!

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  • What did it take to defeat the Nazis?

    What did God have to do to King Manasseh to stop him from doing this?

    2nd Chronicles 33:11

    Therefore the Lord brought upon them the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manas′seh with hooks and bound him with fetters of bronze and brought him to Babylon.

  • In Scotland, still births have to be registered within 42 days, under Section 56(1) of the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1965, as amended by the Stillbirth Definition Act 1992 and the laws governing burial and cremation of human remains apply.
    Unfortunately, the Act only applies to “Any child expelled or issued forth from its mother after the 24th week of pregnancy that did not breathe or show any other signs of life.”
    Earlier miscarriages do not require registration and are not covered by the burial acts and are typically treated as clinical waste, which is scandalous.

  • Human sacrifice. The sovereign personhood of the individual substance of a rational nature, the definition of a person, is the individual substance of the rational, immortal human soul.
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    “Where did we go wrong?”, “When you murderer the first innocent person.” from the Trial at Nuremberg.
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    4,200 innocent souls are murdered every day in the USA. One person can own another person in the USA, no matter what Abraham Lincoln said: “One person cannot own another person.”
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    Innocence and Justice scraped from the womb. Truth thrown into the garbage. In the concentration camps, wallets and lampshades were made from their human skin. Soap was made from their fat. In Britain, these innocent human beings are utilized as fuel for the furnace. In China, the aborted children are eaten as aphrodisiacs. Cannibalism.

    Civilization in the twentieth century.
    Who is next?

  • To the Godless, life is cheap.

  • “…Parents who lose children in early pregnancy were often treated without compassion and were not consulted about what they wanted to happen to the remains.”
    In the much-maligned funeral industry, one is never to refer to a deceased person, ranging from still-born or pre-born, to mature adult, EVER, as “the remains of Mr/Mrs XYZ”, or even just “the deceased”: so doing fails to acknowledge this is a person.
    The family should be asked the name of the individual, and the arranger, director, cemetery representative, embalmer/preparation expert—everyone is to refer to the person as “Mr. William Smith, your father”/”Mrs.Evelyn Smith, your mother”, or if a child, as “Baby Jane Smith”, “Baby John Smith.” When one enters a room where the deceased person is lying in state, they are to act as though the person is present and conscious. It is appropriate to bow to the person.
    The point here: we see the logical progression and consequence of denying the personhood of a child in the womb. They were never born; they never existed; they never even have the dignity of services due one at death.

  • The depths to which the West has sunk since my lifetime amaze me. It is really a facet of so called progressive politics, which has Great Britain and Canada by the throat and is in the process of choking the USA.

  • “The depths to which the West has sunk since my lifetime amaze me. It is really a facet of so called progressive politics, which has Great Britain and Canada by the throat and is in the process of choking the USA.”
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    Ignorance

  • Mary wrote “ignorance” to explain the depths to which the West has sunk. Imagine that! We have instant access to all of mankind’s accumulated knowledge over the past 5 thousand years by using these small smart phones on one of which I am typing this message, and we are ignorant! I can find and read Cicero’s De Officiis, or Plato’s Republic or Lao Tsu’s Tao Te Ching, or Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity or Maxwell’s Equations or any innumerable other things. They can be found in any of a myriad of languages, with and without illustrations, with and without animations. And we are ignorant! IGNORANT!

    As St Paul wrote so long ago, ever learning and never coming to the knowledge of the Truth.

    Invincible, purposeful, willful, deliberate ignorance. God will not have to judge us. When the books are opened at the end of time, as Revelation says, then our judgement is manifested. My Dad, a devout Pentecostal to his death, maintained those books were our own brains, our minds accusing us with a record of the abysmal ignorance we had deliberately chosen for ourselves. God doesn’t send us to hell. We choose hell because we want the concealing blackness of ignorance to hide our sins instead of the revealing light of day where they can be burned away by Truth.

  • When he entered the concentrations camps, General Eisenhower ordered as many pictures as possible to be taken for posterity. He said that no one would believe what the Allies had found there. Indeed, now there are people who are holocaust deniers.
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    Father Frank Pavone, founder of Priests for Life, said that unless people could see abortion, people would not believe abortion.

    I hope Pelosi gets to see her handiwork.
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    Thank you, Paul: I prayed that my comment might be taken as it was intended and you clarified it better than I could have. Thanks again.

  • “The depths to which the West has sunk….. progressive politics, indeed! This is actually progressive in name only. It is regressive. We have regressed back to the worldview of the Philistines. The West has enshrined Moloch, modified only by the self-deception of modern arrogance. The smoke rises from the chimneys of corruption crying out to Heaven for justice.

  • re:Paul W Primavera commenting…….

    Paul; do you have a ghostwriter? No? Perhaps you should become one.

    meaning: Outstanding, strong, purposeful writing Mr. P. (even by TAC standards)
    I read it several times. I’ll bet I’m not alone.

  • …and another thing, if I may…
    It’s a shame that many young Americans today will not understand the title of this post, (What, they didn’t need lampshades?). And, when it is explained, they will accuse Mr. Don M of callous insensitivity. But, I found this title to be perfect. Perfect, Don M.

Abortion Clinics on the Endangered Species List in Texas

Friday, March 7, AD 2014

It’s time for some good news, and I consider this very good news. As of today, there are 20 abortion clinics open in the entire state of Texas, down from 44 nearly three years ago, and it is estimated that by September that number will be reduced to six. SIX. Now, while that is still six too many, in a state the size of Texas that is cause for some modest celebration. Coming on the heels of Wendy Davis’s relatively pathetic performance in Tuesday’s primary in which she managed to attract fewer voters than the previous guy who lost the general election to Rick Perry, and the fact that early polls show that Davis is cruising to a crushing defeat in November, it is clear that voters in the state are very happy with the law that has helped shut down these murder abortion clinics.

The National Journal article is worth a read for a couple of reasons. First of all, the clear undercurrent of lament in the author’s tone is palpable (“leaving low-income women in rural Texas without nearby access to abortion”). More importantly, it emphasizes the vital role that culture plays with regards to abortion. While we can never discount the role of laws and regulations within the abortion debate, especially since it was the enactment of a law that helped drive these numbers down, the social stigma in the state against abortion also has played a critical role.

Neither clinic has an [ambulatory surgical center] and Hagstrom Miller says she doesn’t have the budget or patients to build a multimillion-dollar center. The Beaumont clinic does currently have a physician that has hospital admitting privileges, but he is 75 years old and trying to retire. Attempting to get hospital admitting privileges has proven a fruitless process; the stigma against abortion is too great in Texas, and Hagstrom Miller has not been able to get responses from any doctors or hospitals, despite calling them all.

“I have trouble getting a vendor for bottled water,” she says.

As though I needed another excuse to love the state of Texas.

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  • While the overall number of abortion mills in Texas has declined– and that’s
    wonderful news– my state still has the largest PP “clinic” in the nation. The
    new Planned Parenthood ‘superstore’ in Houston was opened a couple of years
    ago. At 78,000 square feet, it’s enormous. Naturally, it’s located in a minority
    neighborhood. The local Democrat party has taken to holding their Christmas
    parties there (I am not making this up).

    Oh, and Cecile Richards, the current president of Worse than Murder, Inc., is the
    daughter of our former governor, Ann Richards.

    We still have a long way to go down here in Texas– but yes, the likely upcoming
    defeat of ‘Abortion Barbie’ Wendy Davis in the governor’s race and the closing of
    so many abortion franchises is good news indeed.

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  • I have always believed that a change in the law, without a corresponding cultural and moral change, would do little to curb abortion

    Anyone who remembers France in the 1960s & 1970s, before the Veil Law of 1975 (Law No. 75-17 of 18 January 1975), will know that pretty well every village seemed to have its « faiseuse d’anges » or “angel-maker.” Everyone knew about it, nobody talked about it and the police regarded it as “women’s business” and turned a blind eye. Occasionally a woman died and, then, the Parquet, like Captain Renault in “Casablanca” would be shocked, shocked to discover that such things went on and there would be a brief flurry of prosecutions of unqualified women, quickly rounded up and, so, obviously known to police. Medical practitioners, doctors and midwives were never, ever, prosecuted.

    Many of you will recall « le manifeste des 343 salopes » on 5 April 1971, when 343 mostly prominent women admitted to having had an abortion and challenging the authorities to prosecute them. This, needless to say, did not happen. Perhaps even more significant was the publication of a similar manifesto on 2 February 1973 by 331 doctors, including clinical professors in the leading teaching hospitals, admitting to performing abortions and, again, challenging the authorities to prosecute them. The Procurator of the Republic excused himself on the grounds of “lack of evidence.”

  • Texas has its pockets of left wing activity – the cities of Austin and Houston, for example. However, Houston’s suburbs more than counter the city politically.

    As the Democrats have become more and more a Euro style leftist party, Texas has moved away from that. While other states hike taxes and lose jobs, Texas has grown. The culture of most of Texas is that the leftists have little short term hope of taking over the state.

  • While the election is Greg Abbott’s to lose, Texans are crazy(I’m born and bred), and could elect Wendy for sheer cussedness. It’s not likely, I’ll grant, although the local TV coverage is slanted toward Wendy.

    I hope this election turns on Abbott’s clearly superior record of achievement. He’s a keeper.

  • If the number of abortion clinics has reduced, that would mean the number of abortions have declined.

    I would pray that the remaining ones are not working overtime, to make up “numbers” for this disgraceful business.

    Would you have the stats on the current number of abortions as opposed to the number 3 years ago?

  • FW Ken, I worked in Washington, DC for five years. Texas is the epitome of sanity compared to that city. Wendy Davis has no chance. she lied about her past and dumped her kids on her ex husband who paid for her law school. This would make Davis a hero in San Francisco, Chicago or the Eastern Seaboard. Davis’ big political mistake was not to move to one of those areas.

Pro-aborts and the Race Card

Friday, March 7, AD 2014

The above video is from the Alabama Right to Life website.

In a vain attempt to stop the passage of pro-life legislation in Alabama, Democrat Representative Alvin Holmes, a truly charming individual who earlier this year referred to Justice Clarence Thomas as an Uncle Tom, drew the race card, the first resort of pro-aborts and the Democrat party:

“If you asked the people in here now to raise their hands, of those who are against abortion, 99% of all of the white people in here gonna raise their hand that they are against abortion,” Holmes said Tuesday according to a recording of some of the debate on al.com. “On the other hand, 99% of the whites that are sitting in here now, if they daughter got pregnant by a black man, they gonna make their daughter have an abortion. They ain’t gonna let her have the baby. You know, the truth sometimes hurts … They’re not gonna let that happen. You know that and I know that. You will never admit it.”

During his speech, Holmes asks one white woman, it’s unclear who, if she’d allow her daughter to have a mixed-race baby.

 

“Yes, I would,” the woman replies.

“Well, I need to commend you then,” Holmes says. “There’s not one in 100,000 that would do that.”

Go here to read the rest.  Of course abortion is the dream come true for the Klan, the traditional terrorist wing of the Democrat party in the South.  In adjacent Mississippi, for example, we have these statistics:

Although whites outnumber blacks in Mississippi by nearly 2-to-1, 71.67% of the babies aborted in Mississippi are black, while 26.6% are white.

Based on data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 39,052 black babies were killed by abortions in Mississippi between 1995 and 2010.  During that same time period, 14,529 white babies were aborted in the Magnolia State.

The total number of abortions between 1995 and 2010 in Mississippi was 54,484. In addition to blacks and whites, that number also includes abortions among Hispanics, “Other” (meaning Asian and Native American), and “Unknown,” as published by the CDC.

Whites in Mississippi outnumber blacks by a ratio of 1.6-to-1. Despite that difference, the data show that black abortions comprised, on average, 72% of the total over the last 16 years.

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  • “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
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    Our Creator creates a rational, immortal soul at the beginning of life for each and every human being. The state gives the person citizenship and a tax bill at birth, an horrendous tax bill at that, at birth. Our Creator endows civil rights and sovereign personhood at conception, virginity and legal and moral innocence, the standard of Justice for all nations to each and every newly begotten child.
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    My questions to Alvin Holmes are: Did our Creator create a white man’s soul more innocent than a black man’s soul? Is the white man’s soul created more equal than a black man’s soul? By what Justice is a black man’s soul aborted? By what Justice are the white men’s souls accused of prejudice? By what right does Alvin Holmes take tax money for only representing his own opinion?

  • Oh, Holmes. You claim white people would abort a mixed race baby. What’s your point? Are you saying whites sometimes do it too so it s all right? Lame. Look at the numbers! Young black women and children are being attacked and not by the people trying to stop legal abortions.

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  • From Chapter I of “Pivot of Civiliztion” by Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood:
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    “But even when most under the spell of the new vision [ . . . a new world, of a proletarian world emancipated, a Utopian world . . .,] the sight of the overburdened wives of the strikers, with their puny babies and their broods of under-fed children, made us stop and think of a neglected factor in the march toward our earthly paradise. It was well enough to ask the poor men workers to carry on the battle against economic injustice. But what results could be expected when they were forced in addition to carry the burden of their ever-growing families? This question loomed large to those of us who came into intimate contact with the women and children. We saw that in the final analysis the real burden of economic and industrial warfare was thrust upon the frail, all-too-frail shoulders of the children, the very babies—the coming generation. In their wan faces, in their undernourished bodies, would be indelibly written the bitter defeat of their parents.”
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    “The lack of balance between the birth-rate of the “unfit” and the “fit,” admittedly the greatest present menace to the civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes. The example of the inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken, should not be held up for emulation to the mentally and physically fit, and therefore less fertile, parents of the educated and well-to-do classes. On the contrary, the most urgent problem to-day is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective. Possibly drastic and Spartan methods may be forced upon American society if it continues complacently to encourage the chance and chaotic breeding that has resulted from our stupid, cruel sentimentalism.
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    To effect the salvation of the generations of the future—nay, of the generations of to-day—our greatest need, first of all, is the ability to face the situation without flinching; to cooperate in the formation of a code of sexual ethics based upon a thorough biological and psychological understanding of human nature; and then to answer the questions and the needs of the people with all the intelligence and honesty at our command. If we can summon the bravery to do this, we shall best be serving the pivotal interests of civilization.
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    To conclude this introduction: my initiation, as I have confessed, was primarily an emotional one. My interest in Birth Control was awakened by experience. Research and investigation have followed. Our effort has been to raise our program from the plane of the emotional to the plane of the scientific. Any social progress, it is my belief, must purge itself of sentimentalism and pass through the crucible of science. We are willing to submit Birth Control to this test. It is part of the purpose of this book to appeal to the scientist for aid, to arouse that interest which will result in widespread research and investigation. I believe that my personal experience with this idea must be that of the race at large. We must temper our emotion and enthusiasm with the impersonal determination of science. We must unite in the task of creating an instrument of steel, strong but supple, if we are to triumph finally in the war for human emancipation.”
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    That’s just the first chapter; the words find echo in Hitler, Stalin, Mao and every other “social engineer” that has brought genocide and misery to millions in the name of “advancement.”
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    If you can stomach it, read the rest. It defines the Fascist Left’s insistence on eugenics as policy and that core selfishness that seems to defy comprehension.

  • Let me get the argument of Alabama State Representative Alvin Holmes (D) straight. He’s saying he’s pro-abortion and racists should be pro-abortion too. He also has a secondary argument that all white people are racist (claiming p=0.0001). This exposes Holmes himself as a racist.

    Not much has changed since Margaret Sanger spoke before the Klan about racial hygiene and the Democrats in attendance applauded.

  • I live in Alabama and believe me, this guy (I won’t call him a representative because he only represents himself and very few others) does not speak for Alabama voters. We are very active in the pro-life movement. A person like this makes the entire state look horrible. However, if his hate mongering speeches can get more involved in protesting the abortion industry, he may serve some purpose after all.

  • A few years ago, I had a conversation about abortion with a woman who I had always considered one of my closest friends, since we were 14 (we are now in our mid-50’s). She’s biracial, which had never seemed to be a factor in our relationship. Boy, was I wrong.

    I had just stated my opposition to ANY abortion, and she retorted with, “Yes, you’re so concerned about babies, as long as they’re WHITE babies.”

    It stung me like a slap in the face. I had honestly never thought of the unborn as belonging to any particular race or culture…the issue is about life, not ethnicity. Never in a million years would it have occurred to me that race would be a factor among abortion supporters.

    I did not have the statistics to counter-argue, except to deny her charge.

    But her attack remains one of the most hurtful things anyone has ever said to me. We had known each other and each other’s family for decades, we have maintained a relationship over a great geographic distance, we have been each other’s emotional support over many crises through the years. She probably considers me her best friend.

    Being reduced to nothing more than a “racist white lady” after all that time still hurts. My trust in her was completely destroyed by that remark.

    So, this story coming out of Alabama is not at all surprising. But it is still sickeningly offensive.

  • “Yes, you’re so concerned about babies, as long as they’re WHITE babies.”

    Tell her if that were the case you certainly would not be against abortion in general as blacks per capita have by far the highest abortion rate in the country. Of course telling that simple truth to her would have confirmed you in her eyes as a racist, which in pro-abort speak usually translates: I can think of nothing to defend my embrace of abortion, so I will call pro-lifers racist to end the discussion. If you are still talking to her, you might wish to ask her if she has had an abortion in her past. I wouldn’t be surprised if that is the case and her defense mechanism to justify her decision is to falsely claim that pro-lifers are racists.

  • You are right, Don. The pro-abort crowd does not want to hear logic, reason, or measure. Same for racist libs. They are far too addicted to the high they get from their misguided self-righteous anger.

An Apology

Thursday, February 20, AD 2014

(I originally wrote this about five years ago when the blog readership was much smaller.  I thought that current readers might wish to know why I refer to Planned Parenthood as Worse Than Murder, Inc.)

Lately, in several posts, I have been in the habit of referring to Planned Parenthood as Murder, Inc.  I apologize for doing so.  It was unfair of me to draw this type of comparison.

 

In the late twenties of the last century, gangsters Charles “Lucky” Luciano and Meyer Lansky set up the National Crime Syndicate.  Organized crime needed a mechanism to keep anarchy from breaking out within its ranks between various gangs and factions.  Operating out of a 24 hour candy store in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, Murder, Inc. ( the name was a newspaper invention) provided this mechanism.  Louis “The Judge” “Lepke” Buchalter and Albert “The Mad Hatter” Anastasia were the leaders of Murder, Inc.

The Syndicate, by majority vote, would order the slaying of an unruly gangster and Murder, Inc would carry it out.  The hitmen of Murder, Inc. operated under strict guidlines.  No innocent bystanders were to be killed.  No hits could be ordered against judges, police or prosecuting attorneys for fear of reprisals from law enforcement.

Over the years Murder, Inc. murdered some 800 fellow gangsters.  In 1940 the downfall of the murder enterprise began when Murder, Inc. killer Abe ‘Kid Twist’ Reles, turned informant in order to save himself from the electric chair.  Louis “The Judge” “Lepke” Buchalter died in the chair in Sing Sing in 1944, after the US Supreme Court rejected his appeal which raised, among other issues, the contention of Buchalter that lurid press coverage had tainted the jury.  Other Murder, Inc. members swiftly followed “The Judge” down the last mile.  Albert “The Madhatter” Anastasia would have followed in their footsteps but for the tragic “accidental” death of Abe ‘Kid Twist’ Reles when he fell from room 623 of the Half Moon Hotel on Coney Island.  In the gang world he was ever after known as “The Canary that sung but couldn’t fly.”  However, with the attention of law enforcement focused upon it, Murder, Inc. could no longer function and it ceased to exist except as a gangland legend.

Based upon this grim record I hope you can see why it is necessary for me to apologize—to Murder, Inc. 

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  • You’re correct to apologize. Your posts may have been somewhat uncharitable and unfair . . . to Murder, Inc.

    Compared to PP and the vast murder-abortion complex, the Mafia is a microscopic consortium of angels.

    However, for both gangs all of it is strictly “business.”

  • And we expect God’s Mercy on us and our nation.

    Every day is His mercy being poured out on us….I just cringe at the thought of God completely turning His head away.

    What will we do in the times of “dry wood?”

  • Meyer Lansky was also, in his odd way, a patriot. He helped to root out pro-German informers on the docks in WWII. His son Paul graduated from the Naval Academy and retired as a Captain.

    [As an aside, Jewish gangsters in America didn’t, as a general rule, have generational crime families. They quickly shuffled their offspring into genuine law-abiding careers.]

  • There are a couple of points this article reminded me about that I wish to bring up:

    When planned parenthood loses across the board funding (as opposed to the laws that say money that goes to planned parenthood cant be used for abortions), they are forced to jack up their prices for the various non-controversial women’s health stuff they provide, which discourages people from going their, which ends up forcing them to close.

    A word on what happened with Gosnell. It actually wasn’t pro-life advocates who first exposed him. Pro-Choice providers and groups were the first to start making noise about the monstrous practices he was engaging in. They just didn’t get the press coverage later groups got.

    Obviously this doesn’t get to the heart of the abortion debate…….but I think its fair to keep these facts in mind.

  • When planned parenthood loses across the board funding (as opposed to the laws that say money that goes to planned parenthood cant be used for abortions), they are forced to jack up their prices for the various non-controversial women’s health stuff they provide, which discourages people from going their, which ends up forcing them to close.

    And?

  • “A word on what happened with Gosnell. It actually wasn’t pro-life advocates who first exposed him. Pro-Choice providers and groups were the first to start making noise about the monstrous practices he was engaging in.”

    Rubbish. Pro-aborts did their best to spike this story. Read the grand jury criticism of the National Abortion Federation for not informing on Gosnell to the authorities:

    http://www.jillstanek.com/2011/01/national-abortion-federation-implicated-in-gosnell-case-failed-to-report-illegalities-to-authorities/

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/the_back_alley/2011/02/what_happened_to_the_women.html

    Pro-lifers constantly prayed and picketed outside Gosnell’s abortion clinic all while it was in operation. However, the authorities turn a blind eye to pro-life activists when they aren’t trying to shut them up through bubble zone legislation and illegal trespass prosecutions.

  • A word on what happened with Gosnell. It actually wasn’t pro-life advocates who first exposed him. Pro-Choice providers and groups were the first to start making noise about the monstrous practices he was engaging in. They just didn’t get the press coverage later groups got.

    Let me be blunter than Don: Bull. Shit.

    Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania knew he was a monster running a chop shop but expected the brutalized women to report it, not them. They sat on it instead.

    “The Gosnell trial has shifted the focus off the high-quality services we provide,” said Dayle Steinberg, the organization’s president and chief executive. “These are criminal, horrendous . . . acts and should be appropriately punished.”

    Steinberg said that when Gosnell was in practice, women would sometimes come to Planned Parenthood for services after first visiting Gosnell’s West Philadelphia clinic, and would complain to staff about the conditions there.

    “We would always encourage them to report it to the Department of Health,” Steinberg said as she sat with Steinem before Tuesday’s events.

    http://articles.philly.com/2013-04-18/news/38619220_1_gosnell-trial-abortion-issue-kermit-gosnell

  • Abortions are medical procedures. The facilities in which these procedures are carried out should therefore be subject to regular and unannouced inspections by local Departments of Health.
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    Why no inspections in the Pennsylvania clinics? Does anyone doubt that Gosnell’s facility would have been shut down had the local Department of Health showed up and inspected?
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    Where I live the Department of Health makes unannounced visits to Nail Salons.

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  • Why no inspections in the Pennsylvania clinics?

    I believe career officials have said they neglected inspections in deference to Gov. Ridge.

  • Oh just great…and Governor Ridge is Catholic.

  • “Worse Than Murder, Inc.” is much too generous!

  • Viva Christo Rey! I pray for my country every day. I pray that the American people return to God and his Commandments. After all the ten commandments are a means to a happy life. God wants us to be happy. But the American people are not happy and it is because they have become selfish, self-serving people. A what’s’ in it for me kind of people.

  • “But the American people are not happy and it is because they have become selfish, self-serving people. A what’s’ in it for me kind of people.”
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    Some people indeed may have become selfish, but only because government has replaced the person’s thoughts and feelings, his life and conscience, not allowing the person to mature, spiritually and physically. This why we’re are having so much effeminism, arrested development.

  • Curious, I had always assumed it was because abortion is worse than murder that you had dubbed PP as such.

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Blood Money

Monday, February 17, AD 2014

 

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air gives us the report of Marianne Anderson who worked at a Planned Parenthood Worse Than Murder, Inc. clinic in Indianapolis, and who left under the inspiration of former Planned Parenthood Worse Than Murder, Inc., clinic director Abby Johnson who is now a pro-life crusader.  Unsurprisingly she quickly learned that all the killing was to make a buck.

 

 

Q. What was it like working there?

A. “It was a money-grubbing, evil, very sad, sad place to work.

“We would get yelled at if we didn’t answer the phone by the third ring. They would tell us we’d be fired [if we didn’t] because they needed the money.

“They would remind us in our weekly staff meeting that we need to tell everyone [who called to schedule an appointment] to avoid ‘those people’ [the sidewalk counselors] because we need the money. We were to tell them, ‘Don’t make eye contact with them, and don’t stop in the driveway. If you make eye contact with them or if you stop and roll down your window, they’re going to try their darnedest to talk you out of it.’

“You have to have so many [abortions] a month to stay open. In our meetings they’d tell us, ‘If abortions are down, you could get sent home early and not get as many hours.’

“They would allow girls to have ultrasounds that were obviously way too far along [the legal limit for having an abortion in Indiana is 13 weeks and six days]. They said, ‘If they want to be seen, you just put them through, no problem,’ just taking advantage to make money.

“I was always getting in trouble for talking too long to the girls, asking if they were sure they wanted to do this.

“It was absolutely miserable going in there.” …

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  • This is the other side of “Biden Culpa”. It takes a miracle to change a person, but the soul is the realm of miracles. Don’t ever count out the power of the Holy Spirit.

  • Please give proper credit. The original story is by Natalie Hoefer in The Criterion: http://www.archindy.org/criterion/local/2014/02-14/nurse.html. –Natalie Hoefer

  • This stubborn and willful self deceptions because of what the person Wants to Believe.. the attraction to money is so strong. Not just avarice at the beginning, but a combination of opportunism and misguided justice. Then even after the injustice is revealed, the heart is no longer soft and pliable, but as hard as that of Cresus.

  • Pinky wrote, “Don’t ever count out the power of the Holy Spirit

    St Augustine, the Doctor of Grace, reminds us, ““Simeon believed in our Lord Jesus Christ when he was still a little child, for the Spirit revealed the truth to him. Nathanael heard but one sentence from him, “Before Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree I saw thee” (John 1:48); and he replied, “Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.” Long after, Peter made the same confession, and for that merit heard himself pronounced blessed, and that the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven were to be given to him. His disciples believed on him when by a miracle in Cana of Galilee water was turned into wine, which the evangelist John records as the beginning of the signs of Jesus. He stirred many to believe by his words, but many did not believe though the dead were raised. Even his disciples were terrified and shattered by his cross and death, but the thief believed at the very moment when he saw him not highly exalted but his own equal in sharing in crucifixion. One of his disciples after his resurrection believed, not so much because his body was alive again, as because of his recent wounds. Many of those who crucified him, who had despised him while he was working his miracles, believed when his disciples preached him and did similar miracles in his name. Since, then, people are brought to faith in such different ways, and the same thing spoken in one way has power to move and has no such power when spoken in another way, or may move one man and not another, who would dare to affirm that God has no method of calling whereby even Esau might have applied his mind and yoked his will to the faith in which Jacob was justified? But if the obstinacy of the will can be such that the mind’s aversion from all modes of calling becomes hardened, the question is whether that very hardening does not come from some divine penalty, as if God abandons a man by not calling him in the way in which he might be moved to faith. Who would dare to affirm that the Omnipotent lacked a method of persuading even Esau to believe?”

    So scripture says, “I will have mercy on whom I will, and I will be merciful to whom it shall please Me” (Exod. 33:19)

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour: “But if the obstinacy of the will can be such that the mind’s aversion from all modes of calling becomes hardened, the question is whether that very hardening does not come from some divine penalty, as if God abandons a man by not calling him in the way in which he might be moved to faith.”
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    God has given man free will.
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    “”So scripture says, “I will have mercy on whom I will, and I will be merciful to whom it shall please Me””
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    God will have mercy on those who deserve mercy, but not on those who reject His mercy.

  • That’s explains why they still take $200 from women who have a change of mind and opt out of the abortion.

    The whole organisation stinks from top to bottom. Isn’t Kirk Richards married to Cecile the CEO of PP? Well, that’s a farce, considering the pay and state of the working conditions at PP.

    I pray more staff leave.

  • Thank you Michael P-S

  • Ez
    Cecile Richards is married to Kirk Adams, a labor organizer and fellow big-time Dem.

  • Mary de Voe

    St Augustine also says, “the effectiveness of God’s mercy cannot be in the power of man to frustrate, if he will have none of it. If God wills to have mercy on men, He can call them in a way that is suited to them, so that they will be moved to understand and to follow” and, again, “because God has mercy on no man in vain. He calls the man on whom he has mercy in the way He knows will suit him, so that he will not refuse the call” and “For they hear these things and do them to whom it is given; but they do them not, whether they hear or do not hear, to whom it is not given. Because, “To you,” said He, “it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” [Matt. xiii. 11”

    He also says, “the human will does not attain grace by freedom, but rather attains freedom by grace, and a delightful constancy, and an insuperable fortitude that it may persevere.”

  • Most of the Murder Inc franchises out there are “Not For Profit” entities, and as such are required to provide their tax return to anyone who asks for it (form 990). The return has a wealth (pardon the pun) of information on it. You can see exactly how much the head ghouls make from murdering babies for example. It would be easy to then see how much they make per murdered baby, thus debunking their argument that they do this out of some sense of moral outrage, that they are in fact marketing baby murders because of the high profit margin.

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour.

    Exd. 33:19 and your hardness of the heart theory hit home.

    In St. John 15:17
    I wonder if the passage where we’re told that we did not choose Him in as much as He had chosen us and if so, there could be souls that He hasn’t chosen.(?)

    Knowing who is or isn’t is not important, but that we strive by prayer fasting and kind admonishment is our duty.

  • Philip wrote, “I wonder if the passage where we’re told that we did not choose Him in as much as He had chosen us and if so, there could be souls that He hasn’t chosen.(?)”

    Scripture suggest so. “He hath blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. (Isa. vi. 10 & John xii. 37 ff.) and “To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” (Matt. xiii. 11) So, St Augustine says, “If, therefore, you confess that to persevere to the end in good is God’s gift, I think that equally with me you are ignorant why one man should receive this gift and another should not receive it; and in this case we are both unable to penetrate the unsearchable judgments of God.”

    Père Garrigou-Lagrange says “Hence it is said psalm 134:6: in “Whatsoever the Lord pleased He hath done, in heaven, in earth.” And the Council of Toucy (PL, CXXVI, 123) adds: “For nothing is done in heaven or on earth, except what God either graciously does Himself or permits to be done, in His justice.” That is to say, no good, here and now, in this man rather than in another, comes about unless God Himself graciously wills and accomplishes it, and no evil, here and now, in this man rather than another, comes about unless God Himself justly permits it to be done. Nevertheless, God does not command the impossible, and grants even to those who do not actually observe His commandments the power of observing them.
    But those who observe His commandments are better than others and would not keep them in fact, had not God from eternity efficaciously decreed that they should observe these precepts. Thus, these good servants of God are more beloved and assisted by Him than others, although God does not command the impossible of the others.” Thus, St Thomas says, “Since the love of God is the cause of the goodness of things, no one would be better than another if God did not will a greater good to one than to another.” (ST Ia, q. 20, a. 3)

    We should remember that St Augustine also says, “Who are the elect? You, if you wish it,” for the desire itself is the result of God’s effectual calling.

  • Thanks Mike. I thought he took her name 😉

  • MPS-

    Thank you for your insights.
    Our saintly brothers in Christ, Thomas and Augustine, have helped me appreciate even more the truth that God cannot be outdone in generosity.
    That God is encouraging us, helping us constantly to do good. The use of our free will is a blessing or a curse.
    May the belief of Jesus crucified and risen from the dead to restore what was lost, be accepted and propagated in this era and the ones to follow.
    Peace.

  • I watched the video, thanks Obama for my taxes going to this great organization…. sarc/

  • Philip, Michael Paterson-Seymour, and all:
    “God will have mercy on those who deserve mercy, but not on those who reject His mercy.”
    .
    Those who have not rejected mercy but are not graced with mercy are living in the dark night of the soul. Hope

15 Responses to Yep

  • The Almighty will one day shove Hussein’s words straight down his throat and throw him to where he belongs.

  • He also said that promoting religious freedom was a key objective of his foreign policy.

    The Obamas trot their religion out for display like Chreasters. Their “faith” appears to amount to no more than “well, if everyone else is…” I’ll take a surface level fear of God over that any day.

    The hard part of my faith isn’t the public display. I can wear my ashes and look attentive in Mass, even when my mind is on reports and kids, vacations and fence repar. The hard part of my faith is when everyone is in bed and i should shut off the computer and TV, put down the guitar, and pray.

    I get the distinct impression that the President doesn’t struggle with that.

  • And you wonder why many people, including myself, call him a LIAR.

    Yes. He was created in the image and likeness of God, but this is what happens when you listen to the un-holy spirit to long. You believe your own lies.

    God have Mercy on the unborn and those who perpetuate their demise.

  • “It’s mystery it’s magic it’s divinity.”
    Mathematician-

    Incredible presentation.

  • “He also said that promoting religious freedom was a key objective of his foreign policy.”
    .
    Religious freedom is what Lenin promised the 79 men and women who promulgated the Bolshevik revolt and assassinated the Czar.
    Obama has taken the power through executive order to do the same.
    The following is posted at “The Dark Enlightenment is Upon Us”.
    .
    The Supreme Court decision of Roe versus Wade made property of the sovereign individual substance of a rational nature carried in a woman’s womb. The finite court took possession of the newly begotten sovereign soul as chattel. The legal and moral innocence of the human soul at conception impacted Justice as less than nothing and imposed atheism on America’s moral law.
    The Supreme Court decision of Roe versus Wade emasculated every man and father in America as well as every woman and mother in America. The constitutional posterity brought forth in fertilization as a son or daughter ordains a woman as a mother and a man as a father.
    .
    The innocent sovereignty of our constitutional posterity constitutes our nation from the very first moment of his existence. His virtue and purity is the standard of Justice for the nation and the Supreme Court.
    .
    Roe versus Wade is Justice aborted.

  • They call this ‘spin’. Some speech writer came up with this; sounds nice for a Prayer Breakfast. It probably was the President’s first time even to see the words, but that does not matter. This shows not only his own inconsistency on ‘abortion’ but also with Ben Ghazi. Remember it was Obama and Hilary who claimed that the attack which killed our ambassador and three other Americans were due not to Islamicists but some all but unknown video put together by a Christian nutjob almost six months before.

    He is all about spin, and does not care otherwise, especially now that he is not up for reelection. I just wonder if any in his Administration realize how out of touch ‘he’ is and how much harm he is doing to the soul and culture of America.

  • “Roe vs. Wade is Justice aborted.”

    If it’s possible I’d like to nominate your quote for quote of the week Mary.

    Perfectly worded. 🙂 Perfectly placed.

    Have a great weekend.

  • Botolph: “I just wonder if any in his Administration realize how out of touch ‘he’ is and how much harm he is doing to the soul and culture of America.”
    .
    Obama is a handpuppet for government against the people.

    Philip: “Have a great weekend.” and to you.

  • I pray that he will contemplate upon that statement.

  • Charlie.

    Other contemplation this morning has brought peace. I pray these words bring peace to all who feel bitterness regarding Barry.

    #314 of the C.C.C. : “We firmly believe that God is master of the world and of it’s history. But the ways of his providence are often unknown to us. Only at the end, when our partial knowledge ceases, when we see God “face to face,” will we fully know the ways by which – even through the dramas of evil and sin – God has guided his creation to that definitive sabbath rest for which he created heaven and earth.”

  • Philip,
    I am drawn closer to Jesus after I realize I have sinned much like the prodigal son. I dislike Barry O.,but hope he will realize his sins and do likewise. Mankind, born & unborn, will be better for it.

  • Charlie.
    Amen.
    We are all a work in progress.

  • My public utterances are more pleasing to Him than are my private thoughts towards the Church’s enemies of which B H O’Bama is a mortal one.

  • I wish he would spare the world his pathetic sermons.

    Anti-gay is like Islamic terrorism? Oh my, how full of s$&@ this man is.

    “Killing the innocent is never fulfilling Gods will”- oh really now, what would he know about Gods will.

    Arrogant hypocrite. His type makes me so mad.

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Ronald Reagan, Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation

Thursday, February 6, AD 2014

There are no easy answers but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.

Ronald Reagan

Today is my 57th birthday.  I am pleased that I share my natal day with the man I consider the greatest president of my lifetime:  Ronald Wilson Reagan, who was born one hundred and three years ago today in Tampico, Illinois.  I greatly admire Reagan for many reasons:  his wit, eloquence and good humor;  his prime role in bringing about the destruction of Communism as a ruling ideology in the former, how good it is to write that adjective!, Soviet Union and Eastern Europe;  his restoration of American prosperity by wringing inflation from the American economy;  his rebuilding of the nation’s defenses;  his restoration of American pride and optimism.  However, there is one stand of his that, above all others, ensures that he will always have a special place in my heart, his defense of the weakest and the most vulnerable among us, the unborn.

In 1983 Reagan submitted an essay on abortion to the Human Life Review, then and now, the scholarly heart of the pro-life movement.  He entitled it, Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation.  Go here to the Human Life Review’s website to read it.

Reagan in the article attacked Roe on its tenth anniversary and stated that Roe had not settled the abortion fight:

Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right granted by the Constitution. No serious scholar, including one disposed to agree with the Court’s result, has argued that the framers of the Constitution intended to create such a right. Shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision, Professor John Hart Ely, now Dean of Stanford Law School, wrote that the opinion “is not constitutional law and gives almost no sense of an obligation to try to be.” Nowhere do the plain words of the Constitution even hint at a “right” so sweeping as to permit abortion up to the time the child is ready to be born. Yet that is what the Court ruled.

As an act of “raw judicial power” (to use Justice White’s biting phrase), the decision by the seven-man majority in Roe v. Wade has so far been made to stick. But the Court’s decision has by no means settled the debate. Instead, Roe v. Wade has become a continuing prod to the conscience of the nation.

Reagan saw that abortion diminished respect for all human life and quoted Mother Teresa as to the simple truth that abortion is the “greatest misery of our time”:

We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life—the unborn—without diminishing the value of all human life. We saw tragic proof of this truism last year when the Indiana courts allowed the starvation death of “Baby Doe” in Bloomington because the child had Down’s Syndrome.

Many of our fellow citizens grieve over the loss of life that has followed Roe v. Wade. Margaret Heckler, soon after being nominated to head the largest department of our government, Health and Human Services, told an audience that she believed abortion to be the greatest moral crisis facing our country today. And the revered Mother Teresa, who works in the streets of Calcutta ministering to dying people in her world-famous mission of mercy, has said that “the greatest misery of our time is the generalized abortion of children.”

Reagan, ever a student of American history, tied the fight against Roe with the fight against the Dred Scott decision:

Despite the formidable obstacles before us, we must not lose heart. This is not the first time our country has been divided by a Supreme Court decision that denied the value of certain human lives. The Dred Scottdecision of 1857 was not overturned in a day, or a year, or even a decade. At first, only a minority of Americans recognized and deplored the moral crisis brought about by denying the full humanity of our black brothers and sisters; but that minority persisted in their vision and finally prevailed. They did it by appealing to the hearts and minds of their countrymen, to the truth of human dignity under God. From their example, we know that respect for the sacred value of human life is too deeply engrained in the hearts of our people to remain forever suppressed. But the great majority of the American people have not yet made their voices heard, and we cannot expect them to—any more than the public voice arose against slavery—until the issue is clearly framed and presented.

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18 Responses to Ronald Reagan, Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation

  • Happy birthday, Donald. I am going to Mass today, and will pray for your intentions. God bless America. He has, He has.

  • The state does not own the victims of abortion or capital one homicide. The victims of abortion and homicide , sovereign persons, are dead; denied their civil right to life.
    Would our culture be any different without Roe versus Wade? Roe backed the state out of any responsibility toward the victims of abortion, 56 million victims, civil right to life, in the same way the death penalty ban backs the state out of any responsibility to the victims’ of homicide civil right to life.

  • God bless you, Donald R McClarey. again and again

  • First, Donald, I also wish you a happy birthday! May God bless you and your family through this coming year.

    Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush were the two most vocal anti-abortion presidents which we have had.

    I am an Independent, certainly not home in the party presently in dominance, but not fully at ease with the Republican Party as well. I am wondering, waiting for, and hoping for a Party which will raise up a new Lincoln who sees clearly that what is driving our country into fragmentation and a downward spiral is the compromising of the foundational principles of our Country. Yes, I know the country was founded as a ‘secular’ country, but not a secularist one. It was founded on a broad based foundation of Judaeo-Christianity as expressed by the Protestant majority at the time. That Protestant ethos is no longer present, but it does not mean we can just choose to overlook, or worse militate against each and every principle of Judaeo-Christiantity. A new Lincoln will realize that each and every human being has a right to life from the moment of conception until natural death. He will lead the charge to establish a human life amendment just as President Lincoln brought about the amendment ending slavery and seeing Afro-Americans as equal under the law.

    The Democratic Party backed slavery as the Democratic Party backs the culture of death. Is this coincidental? In the meantime I wait, hope and pray, not as a member of the party of the donkey, or of the elephant but of the Lamb.

  • “America can not survive as a free land with abortion.”

    Agreed!
    The innocent blood erodes the foundation that this great Country was build upon. That forty one years of erosion is showing signs. Physical sign..? The Washington monument and our aborted dead.

    Thank you Donald and Happy Birthday.
    Thanks for shoring up whats slipping away, and helping us to do the same in our quest to love neighbor & God.
    Have a blessed day and 57th year on Earth.

  • Happy Birthday!

    I’ve been reading a little about Charles Martel and Charlemagne recently. There aren’t many politicians who have been canonized as saints, but in reading about history you do find the occasional leader who, whatever his own beliefs, cooperated with the saints of his time and genuinely sought the good. He will often be fondly remembered, growing larger over time in a secular process that parallels the vox populi recognition of a saint. They are rare, the countries that produced them have a justifiable spring in their step at the mention of their name.

  • Thank you Pinky. The hallmark of a great leader is often that they resolve some great issue of their day. Reagan did this with the Cold War. Charlemagne cemented the alliance between the Franks and the Papacy that did so much to shape Christendom. Great leaders make mistakes as we all do, but they served their people well on some great issue that causes them to be remembered while most of their contemporaries are forgotten by all but historians.

  • Happy birthday Don.
    In addition to sharing this day with Ronald Reagan, you also share the day that what has become recognised as the birthday of New Zealand – that day, February 6th. 1840, in which the Treaty of Watangi was signed, where the “tangata whenua” – the people of the land – the maori chiefs of New Zealand ceded sovereignty of the country to the British crown, thus bringing British law and order to an otherwise lawless and chaotic mingling of races and nationalities.
    The day is now known as Waitangi Day, and is a public holiday, with the re-enactment of the signing of the treaty at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, Northland. Unfortunately today it has become a day of protest by radical maori, claiming all sorts of additional rights and compensation from the government – which most kiwis, including the majority of maori consider a disgraceful disruption to an otherwise festive occasion.
    Today is also the fourth anniversary of my mother’s call into the arms of the God whom she loved and worshipped all her life – I’m sure her joy is complete.
    Have a great day Don – hope its not too cold 😉

  • It is a balmy -17 Don! I am honored to have my birthday on Waitangi Day! I am sure your Mom is enjoying the Beatific Vision even now Don. I was thinking of my own Mom just before I read your comment and how she was 20 when she had me. Seems mighty young compared to the 57 I am now. How much I owe to that young lady and to my father who was an ancient 24 when I was born. They seemed old and ripe with wisdom when I was growing up, and they managed to raise me and my brother up properly while they were in their 20’s, 30’s and early 40’s. Of course my grandmother McClarey had her first son when she was an aged 16. People simply accepted awesome responsibilities back then at very young ages and usually did well for the kids they brought into the world.

  • Kiwi – As Donald and I were saying, not all great people have been canonized, but we’re grateful for their lives and we can hope to meet them in Heaven.

  • Happy Birthday, Mr. McClarey! My McLuckie (Mom’s maiden name) Scot heritage salutes you.

    I saw a bumper sticker last week. There was a picture of Ronald Reagan, and the caption was “I miss Ronnie.”

    Me, too.

  • Donald – Here’s a thought (actually, two thoughts). I was pondering this hypothetical: if you could travel back in time and replace any one world leader in order to play out history differently, who would it be? I thought about this for a while and it occurred to me, there’s no chance in the world that Churchill wasn’t a time-traveler.

  • Thank you PF! Reagan is one of a handful of politicians I have voted for, rather than merely because they were a lesser evil.

  • “if you could travel back in time and replace any one world leader in order to play out history differently, who would it be?”

    The Kaiser circa 1900. The World paid a very high price that the man at the helm of Germany was a fool who did not realize that he was a fool.

    In regard to Churchill, I have often suspected that he was a man both a century behind his time and also a century ahead of it.

  • “In the meantime I wait, hope and pray, not as a member of the party of the donkey, or of the elephant but of the Lamb.” Poetry

  • I know I’m being simplistic and biased, but it seems like Prussia was the embodiment of everything Protestant and evil in German nature, and Austria was nothing but purity and Catholic virtue. Once Prussia came to dominate Germany, everything that followed takes on an air of inevitability. I know that individuals, not historical trends, make history, but wow, there really wasn’t much good to come out of unified Germany.

14 Responses to Bishop of Buffalo Responds to Governor Cuomo’s Anti-Life Rant

  • Sadly, the Diocese of Buffalo cannot emigrate to America.

    However, next Fall (election cycle), the Diocese CAN set straight the remnant faithful concerning subverted social justifice which actually aids and abets abortion, artificial contraception, class hate, and racial racketeering (not to mention dependency, gender and sexual orientation/gay privileges); and tell them that it is not okay to vote for the 100% abortion faux-candidate no matter how many lies the Dems tell them.

  • We need Bishops and above Bishop figures to speak of eternal damnation in regard to both abortion and terrorism on microphones of the media. It’s a long journey from John the Baptist’s ” brood of vipers” to Bishop Malone’s softness. It’s a long journey from Christ’s “whited sepulchers” to any Church moment on the microphones. Abortion is infallibly condemned in section 62 of Evangelium Vitae ( Pope with Bishops via worldwide polling) which means it passes canon 749-3…” §3. No doctrine is understood as defined infallibly unless this is manifestly evident.” The immunity of Catholic politicians like Cuomo from some type of Church censure is simply beyond comprehension and helps the abortion side. Since the advent of TV, Church speech is overly polite speech from Bishops upward while Corapi and Fr. Enteneuer at a lower level talked tougher but blew it in the long run. But the tough eternal talk should come from the hierarchy anyway not from the lower priest level where it can be promotional of egos or products like audio tapes.

  • At least the Bishop did something.

  • . “Extreme conservative” Our labels are failing us . How conservative are you? Can you be a little bit conservative?

  • I am glad the bishop spoke up. As T Shaw and Bill Bannon say, more can be said. To strengthen the Remnant Faithful and to boldly go against the opposition it would be great to have bishops speak in a concerted effort.. Not just a one time joint statement, but strong rapid fire attention getting efforts to not only teach, but also Defend the Faith Op eds public speeches internet tonight show. Whatever.

  • “In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.’ George Orwell

  • Religion may be nothing more than consoling a recent widow and orphan, expressing compassion, or feeding the hungry, practicing the virtue of Charity or saving a life. Any law may be broken to save a life. The unborn are alive. Even after abortion, their life may be saved. Cuomo is not obsessed with saving life. The prevaricateurs (French spelling) in Albany do not have a broom handle to fly on. They need to fly to Washington where the really big broom handle flyers gather.
    Instead of sweeping the floor, the broom handle flyers think that they are above us, flying over Washington, D.C. and the nation, as they do. I remember when Mussolini and his wife were dragged through the streets by their feet, hung upside down in the public square and beaten with sticks, just like partial birth abortion. They were already dead. Mussolini and his wife did not need a pain threshold, did not have their head punctured with scissors and their brains sucked out. But then again, Mussolini and his wife were not innocent of the bloodguilt of treason and genocide. History repeats itself.

    Roe versus Wade emasculates every man, denying a man’s constitutionally begotten posterity. Roe v. Wade is unconstitutional in that Roe versus Wade makes every man’s genes and his seed of life a ward of the court and finding against them. Roe versus Wade vacated man’s possession of his own offspring. Cuomo and Obama included.
    Cuomo and Obama make every man’s citizenship predicated on his willingness to accept legal castration.
    Obamacare is the medium through which legal castration is applied.

  • Sadly, the Diocese of Buffalo cannot emigrate to America.
    However, next Fall (election cycle)…
     
    –T.Shaw

    Next fall? The 2014 election cycle is already underway. In some jurisdictions–(California, for example–opening dates for some petitions have already passed and deadlines to file for candidacy are less than a month away. Virtually everybody whose name you’ll see on your November ballot has already begun building a campaign, marshalling activists, and soliciting funds.

    Those who believe the fall of an election year is time for our bishops to perk up and get active teaching what is required of us as citizen voters are mistaken. By then, partisan allegiances are activated, the hearts of partisans–like Pharaoh’s–are hardened, and the temptation to dismiss the Word of God as another partisan play is strong upon them. Bishops and priests who are silent for 22 of every 24 month election cycle are leading some brethren into temptation.

    From my personal experiences in the heat of politics I believe, rather, that our bishops would most effectively evangelize from the pulpit during the quiet periods before campaigning heats up and becomes very noisily public. It’s much easier to be heard when campaigns are not shouting. Also when the noisy climactic two months of the years-long campaign cycle arrives, our Church’s teachings are much harder to dismiss when bishops can point out that they have been saying these truths all along, long before they became a focus of any partisan struggle.

    Finally, a word to those who don’t like politicking but wish to be a positive influence on Election Day. In the quiet months ahead of Election Day, invite the unchurched to Jesus and call home those who have been away. My personal belief is that even if those you meet can’t yet come in to the fullness of the Christian faith, even if they remain separated brethren, you have done a spiritual work of mercy by nudging them closer to Jesus and His Body. The more someone is within the Body of Christ, the more likely that person will be a voter and a better voter.

  • With all due respect, I get the idea from the video that as long as NY does not become the abortion Capitol of the country that the Bishop will be satisfied. Politics 101 is that you pick your message, put in one or 2 sentences in a form that gives u the moral high ground, & repeat it as often & as loudly as possible in order to get it thru to the people u want to reach (thru media bias, hype, spin, agenda, etc). I don’t see that happening in the American church. Now –granted, Bushops were not trained to be politicians.

  • PLEASE EX-COMMUNICATE THE GOVERNOR, SISSY BISHOPS!

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  • Rudy Giuliani is pro-choice and Republican, he is the kind of Catholic welcomed in New York. He is not an extreme Catholic. He is moderate about his faith. IMO being a pro-choice Catholic is no Catholic at all. I imagine Giuliani will eventually come to a point where push comes to shove and there is just some line he is not willing to cross for politics. I don’t mean to talk about him personally, I know little about him, but just to suggest that some of the the problem lies within the Church, not from the ogres outside, but the division and decline within our ranks.
    The bishops would have a lot of excommunication to do on both sides of the aisle. Doesn’t it seem a great part of the responsibility for the continuing dominance of pro choice Catholic politicians lies with the Catholics who vote for them.

    Ex-communication is self chosen by many of these people who don’t communicate on a regular weekly basis. ( I know there are exceptions to that)

  • Fisking myself here: “moderate about his faith “
    I have no idea about his Feelings about his faith, or how he and other pro-choice Catholics explain all this to themselves. There is no scale of gray about the being Catholic. You either are Catholic, accepting what the Church teaches and trying to live by it or not. If you reject the Authority of the Church on the non-negotiables and if you are a politician, you may be moderate in your politics, but you are not a moderate Catholic. A Catholic is Catholic.

PopeWatch: A Suggested Topic for Conversation

Thursday, January 23, AD 2014

22 Responses to PopeWatch: A Suggested Topic for Conversation

  • Just speaking for myself, I have no doubts about Pope Francis’s commitment to a full spectrum of pro-life issues. I do have serious doubts about how the media will portray those views, and there are several scenarios in which the pope’s views will be called into question.
    In one scenario, the conversations with Obama are private, and selective leaks are publicized by someone looking to put the pope on the defensive.
    In another scenario, the pope makes numerous unambiguous remarks affirming his pro-life stances, plus one highly-publicized, ambiguous remark that requires bloggers (once again) to explain away our doubts.
    In another scenario, the pope publically condemns Obama’s record only to be portrayed as “undiplomatic”, “strident”, or even “gaffe-prone” by the international media.
    The chance that the pope will express strong pro-life views and those views will be reported accurately and fairly by the media is pretty small, in my view (but I hope to be wrong).

  • No grandchildren for Michelle or Barry!
    Wishing to glorify themselves as elites the daughters of the impeachable (p)resident followed in the Lib way of life. Harvard pot and sex. After their abortions they found out that natural pregnancy was not possible. 🙁

    Pope Francis could tell a fairytale.
    Call it “In the wake of disaster.”

  • Where is the father and the man’s responsibility in providing for the woman, his wife or the mother of his progeny, his child. Read Susan B. Anthony’s speeches on the absent and irresponsible father who gets a girl pregnant and then abandons her. Obama speech reinforces the criminality of such behavior not found anywhere else in nature. A nation of scalywags endorsed and encouraged by the devil himself. Well, what about the father, the begetter, the one with manhood?
    Roe v. Wade 41 years ago disenfranchised the father of his offspring, his constitutional posterity, his future. and enabled the woman to destroy the male seed after it had begun life. Only half of the population are represented by our president. The great black father in Washington isn’t.

  • The Pope needs to tell Obama what happened to King Manasseh for murdering babies.

  • “The great black father in Washington isn’t.”

    Perfectly said!

  • “Continue to build safe and healthy communities for our children”- really?

    “Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfil their dreams”- except of course if you happen to fall in the category of an”unintended pregnancy”.

    Half the time, I don’t think Obama realises the crap that comes out of his mouth. When you know his ideology, you realise how fickle his words are- so uninspiring, so depressing.

    Pope Francis- I pray you hold nothing back.

  • Well, based on his prior chats, I bet Francis is going to try to land a punch. It’s interesting, though; Francis must know precisely that Obama defends abortion all the way up to birth. Obama must know precisely that Francis defends life all the way back to conception. Everybody’s on record, loud and clear. I doubt Obama fears losing any segment of the fear-based single female vote. So, what’s in it for either of them? I fear that Obama expects to get the better part of the deal: a photo opportunity that helps him sell his “decisions, programmes, mechanisms and processes specifically geared to a better distribution of income”. All for taking one punch. How will Francis use that opportunity? What words will he choose? Hmm. Time for Jesuits to put up or shut up.

  • Half of the children aborted are daughters, daughters of half of the population, who are fathers of these daughters. Obama was elected to represent all of us, equal Justice under the law, as constituents to Obama’s presidency.
    If one listens carefully to the plaints of the left, and the liberals, one hears the cry for equal Justice under the law. The gay unnatural marriage agenda is voicing a very real zeitgeist, the unlawful and unjust denial of the human soul, the real emasculation and sexual prejudice against the manhood of fathers, the obliterating of the sovereign personhood endowed by our Creator to the newly conceived human being of our species, and the preemption of all the innocence and justice brought into the family of man by their innocence and Justice. This is truly a cry for the emasculation of manhood to be eradicated, and the oppression of the feminist movement be aleviated. Equal Justice for all under the law would reinstate the proper authentic authority of the father over his children.
    Equality must be equal Justice for all in a court of law.
    Pope Francis must ask Obama:”Where is your brother?”

  • Here is the question Pope Francis needs to ask of the elusive, transparent, non-existent great black father in Washington.
    Those two girls who live with Barack, Roe v. Wade says that they are not his. The girls belong to Michelle and he has nothing further to say about them, the fruit of his loins. Pope Francis ought to ask Barack how he feels about that. Andrew Cuomo, too, does not own the fatherhood of his children. Any and all of these children escaped being aborted by their mother. These children are not survivors. They are the joyless, brainwashed refugees from a Moloch, Sodom and Lesbos gulag.

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  • I get the sense that Obama wouldn’t flinch at the thought of Michelle having “ownership” of their two girls. Because I think his views on pro-choice womens “rights” are actually his wife’s views.

    I think this is true for most politicians.

    If they say and do whatever it takes to win public approval, they will say and do anything their wives want them to…and only God know why these wives of pro-abortion politicians are so adamant about women’s access to abortion…if you get what I mean…

    Besides, the Obamas seem so out of touch with the black community and the tragedy that plagues too many- absent fathers. From my point of view, not being an American, It appears as though he has done nothing to address the problems of the black community, absent fathers being just the tip of the iceberg.

    All he does is nod his head to those that are willing to fill his pockets and those that will guarantee him power.

    He has done more for the gay man, using the same race issues, as common cliches to advance the gay “rights” agenda.

  • Lies. Lies everywhere.

    Everybody has the right to prvacy. If you leave no witness and no detectable evidence you may kill another person and live “happily” ever after.

    However, you will answer for it to God Almighty. Your soul will be destroyed in the eternal fire of hell.

    Fear not that which can only destroy your physical life but cannot kill the soul. Fear God who can destroy both body and soul in hell. See Matt. 10:28; Luke 12:2-7.

    When was the last time you heard a sermon on the rewards of eternal life which Christ jesus has purchased for us with his life, death, and resurrection?

  • T Shaw, my parish hears about the rewards heaven and the pains hell all the time; but then our pastor is Father Robert Sirico.

  • Good suggestions, Mary! “So, Barack, why is the black abortion rate so high? Do you think that is a good thing or a bad thing?” Aren’t Jesuits supposed to be good at asking questions? “So, Barack, if we see the unborn child as Other…”
    But as folks point out, Obama does not behave as though he has a conscience; it has been subsumed fully by class consciousness. I fully believe that he has a conscience… it’s just buried under so many layers (thank you, Stanley Ann!) it cannot be pricked.

  • El: Alleluia!!!

  • El: Allelujia !!!
    “All he does is nod his head to those that are willing to fill his pockets and those that (WHO) will guarantee him power.”
    Obama is a fake Ken doll to go with Wendy Davis’ fake Barbie doll. Ambition, ambition, ambition.

  • tamsin, “But as folks point out, Obama does not behave as though he has a conscience; it has been subsumed fully by class consciousness.”
    tamsin, you have just defined communism with “class consciousness”

  • “I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers. May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable. ”

    Why do Church leaders draw attention away from the purpose of the “March for Life in Washington” by encompassing it with “all life?” 57,000,000 American babies have been murdered because of Roe v. Wade and the Democratic Party. This could not have happened without Catholic Democrats giving their party the electoral power to keep the murder of unborn babies legal. Catholics elected Obama President, twice, the first time with 54% of their vote; the second time with 50%. And Catholic Hispanic citizens gave him 75% of their vote. Catholics, you want to end legal abort? Remove your names from endorsing the pro-abortion party, and stop voting for all Democrats until that party changes its position.

  • i looked back at images of the Obamas meeting with B16 in 2009, remembering that I had a yucky feeling watching the coverage on TV. Michelle looked beuatiful in her long mantilla.
    Jay Carney: the president hopes to talk about poverty and income inequality — (Fox News)

  • “I get the sense that Obama wouldn’t flinch at the thought of Michelle having “ownership” of their two girls. Because I think his views on pro-choice womens “rights” are actually his wife’s views.
    I think this is true for most politicians”.
    EZ: The fatherhood of the American male has been annihilated by the Supreme Court in Roe v.Wade. Roe legally castrated every American male of his manhood, his fatherhood, his offspring. “You don’t own that”, the pregnant woman and her doctor own that. Obama does not own the fatherhood of his children, Roe versus Wade does. Blackmun, Brennan, do not own the fatherhood of their children either. Sadly, our Constitution no longer owns the fatherhood of the American male either. The devil took it to progress to the abortion of the unborn soul.

  • I agree Mary something has happened to fatherhood and to men. Virtuous and virile men are needed! Strong men who will protect and provide. People talk about the feminization of the church, even of the US military. That only happens because nature abhors a vacuum and fake Ken dolls.

  • Anzlyne: Fatherhood must be restored to our culture. God bless.

Brit Hume on Abortion

Wednesday, January 22, AD 2014

Brit Hume has long had my respect as one of the best journalists who has ever covered Washington.  With this unsparing commentary on abortion, one of the best I have ever heard from anyone, he stands in the ranks of men and women throughout the ages who have gallantly attacked the entrenched evils of their time and ushered in better days.  Bravo, Mr. Hume!

This is the 41st anniversary of the day the Supreme Court found that a generalized right to privacy it had basically invented, meant that a woman has a constitutional right to snuff out an unborn life, a human being with a beating heart. That’s what a fetus as young as six weeks is.

Small wonder these protesters still come every year to register their continuing objections. Some estimates are that as many as 55 million abortions — 55 million — have occurred since the Court acted. In that time, science has given us an ever clearer picture of just how much of a baby a fetus is. At 20 weeks, we now know, these tiny creatures can hear, even recognize a mother’s voice. Their toenails are growing and their hearts beat loud enough to be heard by a stethoscope.

The moral case for allowing such beings to be killed grows ever weaker and its advocates resort to ever more absurd euphemisms to describe what they support. They’re not really pro-abortion, they’ve long said, they’re pro-choice. This isn’t about killing unborn babies. it’s about reproductive health. And the biggest chain of abortion clinics in the country refers to itself as Planned Parenthood.

In 2012, this organization says it carried out — quote — “abortion procedures” 329,445 times. Whatever that number represents, it’s not parenthood. These protesters here today understand that there is something deeply false and wrong about all this. They come each year to remind the rest of us.

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  • Thanks Brit… Beautiful, direct, and true explanation of what has been going on in this land for 41 years… I am so weary of the weak and feeble excuses of ‘women’s health’ to KILL an unborn human, as something that is considered a RIGHT. I am also weary of crying over babies that are NOT personally mine, BUT are spiritually adopted by me.. as many in my faith, Catholic, do on a regular basis. BRAVO..

  • Abortion is Not healthCARE.
    Brit. Well done!
    Thanks for passing this on!

  • I saw this last night and felt just as you so well put it. Thanks for giving it wider exposure.

  • Britt Hume’s beloved son committed suicide in 1998 causing Mr. Hume, in his great anguish, to realize the presence and comfort of a loving and merciful God. He is an Episcopalian.
    .
    It would appear that Mr. Hume is doing God’s work bravely and surely by using his public persona to protect the most innocent among us, unborn and defenseless children. I cannot help but wonder whether he does so out of love for and in memory of his son.
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    Britt Hume is an honorable, brave, and courageous man. May God bless him and ease the pain of his loss.

  • “I want to pursue my faith more ardently than I have done. I’m not claiming it’s impossible to do when you work in this business. I was kind of a nominal Christian for the longest time. When my son died, I came to Christ in a way that was very meaningful to me. If a person is a Christian and tries to face up to the implications of what you say you believe, it’s a pretty big thing. If you do it part time, you’re not really living it.”

  • Abortionists are murderers, babies their victims and the would-be mothers and fathers their collateral damage. A President who supports and extols these murderers merits a punishment worse than they. God have mercy on his miserable, hard-heartened, narcissist soul.

  • slainte.

    Thanks for the insight.
    A man who is worthy of his profession.
    May God comfort him and his family.

  • I have new found respect for Mr. Hume. Great piece.

  • “If your doing it part time your really not living it.”
    Bless you Donald.

    Life is continual conversion experiences.
    Some are evident and others seemingly quiet. Non the less they all lead to a deeper relationship with God. That calling you feel and are answering is beautiful in that it’s another chamber of discovery within you and although the great loss of Larry can never be fully healed, it can bring you closer to Jesus’ Sacred Heart.
    Peace.

  • Reproductive Health…?
    As the souls burn in hell they will call it “tanning alternatives.”
    Good grief Charlie Brown. Forty one years…..borrowed time!

  • First, I missed this piece, although a frequent viewer of Fox. Thanks Donald for sharing it.

    Secondly, there is a bit of a shift going on in the country: a major publication (name escapes me) calls for the Obama administration to call of its dogs on the Little Sisters of the Poor and recognize religious freedom, now this complete defense of human life from a secular media celebrity and station. I cannot say I have ever seen/heard such a ringing endorsement of respect for human life from a secular source.

    If prayer converted the Soviet Union into the Russia of today (with all its real warts) do we really think that prayer, fasting and penance (as done today by Catholics throughout the country) and witness of so many in Washington on such a brutal day cannot produce miracles?

  • Mr. McClarey,

    “I was kind of a nominal Christian for the longest time. When my son died, I came to Christ in a way that was very meaningful to me.”
    .
    We are fortunate if the consequence of every trial that we are compelled to endure in this vale of tears causes us to cling more earnestly to Our Lord Jesus Christ and to allow His saving grace to act as a balm on our wounds.
    .
    I pray for your well being as well as Mr. Hume’s; no parent should ever know the agony of losing a child.

  • Thank you slainte. With the death of my son I understood with my heart, as I always had with my head, my total dependence on Christ. I assume that Mr. Hume went through something similar.

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  • Brit Hume is one of the few in the so-called news profession worthy to be called a journalist. I have always admired his political analysis, and now I am even more full of admiration for him. Bravo, sir.

Generations

Wednesday, January 22, AD 2014

For the Lord is sweet, his mercy endureth for ever, and his truth to generation and generation.

Psalm 99:  5

 

At the heart of the controversy in these cases are those recurring pregnancies that pose no danger whatsoever to the life or health of the mother but are, nevertheless, unwanted for any one or more of a variety of reasons — convenience, family planning, economics, dislike of children, the embarrassment of illegitimacy, etc. The common claim before us is that, for any one of such reasons, or for no reason at all, and without asserting or claiming any threat to life or health, any woman is entitled to an abortion at her request if she is able to find a medical advisor willing to undertake the procedure.

The Court, for the most part, sustains this position: during the period prior to the time the fetus becomes viable, the Constitution of the United States values the convenience, whim, or caprice of the putative mother more than the life or potential life of the fetus; the Constitution, therefore, guarantees the right to an abortion as against any state law or policy seeking to protect the fetus from an abortion not prompted by more compelling reasons of the mother.

With all due respect, I dissent. I find nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the Court’s judgment. The Court simply fashions and announces a new constitutional right for pregnant mothers [410 U.S. 222] and, with scarcely any reason or authority for its action, invests that right with sufficient substance to override most existing state abortion statutes. The upshot is that the people and the legislatures of the 50 States are constitutionally dissentitled to weigh the relative importance of the continued existence and development of the fetus, on the one hand, against a spectrum of possible impacts on the mother, on the other hand. As an exercise of raw judicial power, the Court perhaps has authority to do what it does today; but, in my view, its judgment is an improvident and extravagant exercise of the power of judicial review that the Constitution extends to this Court.

The Court apparently values the convenience of the pregnant mother more than the continued existence and development of the life or potential life that she carries. Whether or not I might agree with that marshaling of values, I can in no event join the Court’s judgment because I find no constitutional warrant for imposing such an order of priorities on the people and legislatures of the States. In a sensitive area such as this, involving as it does issues over which reasonable men may easily and heatedly differ, I cannot accept the Court’s exercise of its clear power of choice by interposing a constitutional barrier to state efforts to protect human life and by investing mothers and doctors with the constitutionally protected right to exterminate it. This issue, for the most part, should be left with the people and to the political processes the people have devised to govern their affairs.

Justice Byron White, from his dissent in Roe v. Wade

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  • The sovereign person who is conceived endows motherhood to a woman and fatherhood to a man. The newly begotten child creates the mother of a woman and a father of a man. Yet, the Court insisted on conserving the life of the mother over and above the life of the person who delivered motherhood. The mother’s whim or lack thereof ignores the innocent human soul of our constitutional posterity, all future generations, each and every sovereign person brought forth in human nature and protected by our Constitution as the purpose of the Preamble states: “to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our (constitutional) posterity.” To deny the newly brought forth human being, a sovereign person, endowed with all unalienable right to Life by our Creator, the freedom to grow in freedom of religion, speech, press and peaceable assembly violates the First Amendment. The child’s will to live is the state’s right to life, our Constitution’s right to life, the protection of the sovereign person.
    The state does not create the sovereign person, God does. The sovereign person creates the state. Therefore, Roe v. Wade is a lie, perjury in a court of law.

  • The innocent, morally and legally innocent, human person conceived, is the standard of Justice for the state; the compelling interest of the state in protecting the sovereign person, newly begotten, our constitutional posterity. Justice, without innocence, is miscarriage. It is the duty of the state to protect the innocence and the virginity of our most innocent and virgin to deliver Justice. It is the duty of the state to deliver Justice. Without Justice we are no longer a civilization.

  • The state does not own the human being. The human being owns the state. Parental notification is an obligation in Justice of the state to acknowledge the freedom of the sovereign personhood of parents. Abortion advocates may not impose their denial of the civil rights of human beings who are parents because abortion advocates have not created the sovereign person nor do they own the sovereign person. To trespass against a minor child’s civil rights, deny informed consent of the parents, is the height of tyranny, and violation of the sovereign state, a sovereignty endowed by the minor child.

  • The injustice of only allowing parents of a minor daughter to be notified that their underage daughter will be having an abortion–is down right mind numbing. You have to be 18 years old to get your ears pierced without your parents’ permission–and yet the SCOTUS has said that parents only have a right to notification of a medical procedure that can kill their daughter–and will kill their grandchild. This is pure, unadulterated legal, moral, & ethical insanity!!!

  • I forgot how powerful and direct the dissent was. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Question:
    “This issue, for the most part, should be left with the people and to the political processes the people have devised to govern their affairs ”

    What does this mean? Do we still have all those processes he referred to with the way the executive branch currently seems to assume power, justice department seems rogue. Census bureau can make old fashioned efforts to gerrymander and otherwise control elections seem like pat-a-cake. IRS frightens donors and people trying to protect or promote a viewpoint by participating in the process, etc. The idea of fair elections as a process available to the people to express their will seems more like a dream

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  • “This issue, for the most part, should be left with the people and to the political processes the people have devised to govern their affairs.”
    It means Anzlyne, that the people must vote on the death penalty for the newly conceived according to his innocence, moral and legal innocence, and his guilt for a capital crime to justify taking his life. Threatening the life of his mother would make abortion a case of self-defense, a just war theory from Aquinas. The child’s guilt must be taken into account and judged. This judgement can only be made on a case by case assessment by several doctors, for a prognosis is a definite maybe. Roe v. Wade is across the board discrimination because of existence, species, race, sex, and ultimately power.
    Abortion to save the life of the mother has a grave precedent in every hospital across the nation and world, long before Roe came to force every taxpayer to fund Planned Parenthood and reduce the population. The boot on the neck, the coercion to force people into Pro-life, pro-death camps came about by people not associated with Justice but those indulging in hatred of man, the lust for power and the usurpation of other people’s money.

Cuomo to Pro-lifers: Get Out of New York

Saturday, January 18, AD 2014

Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo, the “Catholic” shacked up, pro-abort Governor of New York, doesn’t believe that pro-lifers have any place in the state of New York.  Mary Katharine Ham at Hot Air gives us the details:

 

Forty-eight percent of Americans and all priests and nuns are no longer welcome in the Empire State, according to its governor. Delivering a monologue on Republicans with all the hyperbole of an MSNBC anchor and none of the charm, Cuomo offered this:

You have a schism within the Republican Party. … They’re searching to define their soul, that’s what’s going on. Is the Republican party in this state a moderate party or is it an extreme conservative party? That’s what they’re trying to figure out. It’s a mirror of what’s going on in Washington. The gridlock in Washington is less about Democrats and Republicans. It’s more about extreme Republicans versus moderate Republicans.

… You’re seeing that play out in New York. … The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act — it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate! Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.

    If they’re moderate Republicans like in the Senate right now, who control the Senate — moderate Republicans have a place in their state. George Pataki was governor of this state as a moderate Republican; but not what you’re hearing from them on the far right.”

He at least uses the liberal pejoratives for those who are pro-2nd Amendment and oppose gay marriage. “Right to life” he uses as if it’s offensive on its face. As Life News notes, he leans heavily on the President Barack tactic to simply declare everyone who disagrees with your positions in the slightest “extreme,” even if many of those people are your constituents. But how extreme is the pro-life position, even in a blue state like New York? Unlike, say, gay marriage, the polling on abortion restrictions, particularly second and third trimesters, regularly and overwhelmingly favors the more conservative position.

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  • “…President of Notre Dame, Father Theodore Hesburgh, a man who had privately condemned pro-lifers as ‘mindless zealots’…”

    “…and all priests and nuns…”

    Well, perhaps most priests and nuns.

  • It’s possible, based on the context of the quote (an inside baseball discussion of New York party politics) that what Cuomo meant was that pro-lifers “have no place” in Republican party politics in his state, because the voters won’t accept them (“that’s not who New Yorkers are”). He may not have literally meant “All persons who hold pro-life convictions are no longer welcome in my state and should move out.” Of course, even the first interpretation is distressing enough, and chances are that Cuomo wouldn’t mind a bit if all those “extremist” pro-lifers left the state anyway. They probably ARE already leaving, given recent population losses.

  • Elaine: What will Andrew say to the devil, when the devil comes to claim his bride? Ignorance? What will Andrew say when God says: “Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” I am personally opposed, but I cannot impose your morality”?
    Human sacrifice, the destruction of an individual substance of a rational nature, St. Thomas Aquinas’ definition of the person, is the primary form of devil worship. Hitler did it, Stalin did it, Roe v. Wade is doing it. If Andrew Cuomo can prove that he is not an individual substance of a rational nature, he may be exhonorated.
    The human body who the rational soul is forming may not be destroyed for the sins, crimes and immorality of his parents or anyone else’s crimes, for this is the ultimate in the destruction of Justice and with the destruction of Justice is the destruction of the state, starting with Cuomo.

  • I don’t think if it matters if he actually really meant pack up your vans and SUVs and get out of state. He made it clear that they just would not be in lured in politics or discussions. Shunning.
    I encourage everyone to click on the Hesburgh link provided in the text . It leads you to an awesome pastoral review article. First rate.

  • I don’t know what Cuomo will have to say at the time of his final judgment, thought I personally would rather not be in that position.

    However, I CAN think of something that other governors, particularly NJ Gov. Chris Christie, could say in response: “Anyone who wants to live in, visit or start a business in my state is welcome regardless of their political leanings or their views regarding abortion, gun control, same-sex marriage or any other issue. Those who disagree with our current law regarding these matters are welcome to try to change them through the political process just like anyone else. The ultimate decision is up to the voters.”

  • That odd “lured” word was meant to be “included”. That kind of thing sometimes happens when I text – the iPhone Spell Guesser! 😉

  • Elaine: What Cuomo said was that he was not going to represent his constituency because of their beliefs. Taxation without representation…religious discrimination, abdication of office, imposition of de facto tyranny.

  • Sorry, Anzlyne, you and Elaine are two stalwarts of the truth and common sense and I love you both.
    Hesburg has been bougth and sold into the population control mob irregardless of the humanity of the child, disregarding that the innocence of the newly conceived is the standard of Justice for the state. Hesburg has erased Justice for the state.

  • Godless, iniquitous, idolatrous liberal progressive Democrat. But I repeat myself.

    PS, Andy who is trying to sjutdown the Indian Point nuclear power plants is as anti-nuclear power as his father Mario who shutdown the multibillion dollar Shoreham nuclear power plant on Long Island right after it was built.

    Democrats strangle energy supplies and health care access just as they strangle the necks of unborn babies. It took a Civil War to free the slaves. What do we think Cuomo is aching for now? God have mercy!

  • Thanks Mary! You, I, and the Homiletic Pastoral Review article (that is the link mentioned)- all agree about Father Hesburgh

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  • When 7000 screaming pagans attacked a Cathedral near the Popes home town of Buenos Aries he never made a peep and if he doesn’t excommunicate this pompous so n’ so and a few others of his kind then I have to wonder what his agenda really is. I joined the Church after several years as a Protestant because Pope John Paul II was the only Christian leader showing some spine (plus I believe in the Doctrine of the Church). Christ cleared the Temple of not just the money changers but of those practicing pagan Roman rituals. John the XXIII excomunicated Castro; Beckett and Thomas More stood up to Kings. We don’t need a “buddy to the world” as Pope what we need is maybe a Dagger John.

  • So extreme conservatives do it!
    Take him for his word. Get out. Shake the dust off your loafers as you leave and by All means…Don’t Look Back!

    Mindless zealots like Christopher Bell and his great string of Good Counsel Homes for young mothers in New Jersey and New York. His pro-life mindlessness has saved souls. But if they, the extremist, leave woe to the young mothers that found refuge in the great state of New York.

  • Amen Trubuchet: “screaming pagans attacked a Cathedral near the Popes home town of Buenos Aries he never made a peep – “

  • Cuomo’s statements also reflect the schism within the Catholic Church.
    The deranged, fanatical, extremist pro-life, traditional Catholics, who hate
    gays, oppose the normal, tolerant, open-minded, generous and loving
    Catholics, who support modern moral attitudes and who understand the
    importance of bringing the Church into the modern world.

  • “Cuomo’s statements also reflect the schism within the Catholic Church. The deranged, fanatical, extremist pro-life, traditional Catholics, who hate gays, oppose the normal, tolerant, open-minded, generous and loving Catholics, who support modern moral attitudes and who understand the importance of bringing the Church into the modern world.”

    God’s law does not change. Human sacrifice of innocent souls, un-natural marriage, embrace of heresy, rejection of our God-given free will and unalienable human rights, will not bring anything good into the modern culture. Even the Supreme Court requires the Truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Injecting fallacy, half truths and perjury into the Supreme Court is akin to treason and against the Justice of the Constitution.

  • I’ve never been to that state except to drive through it, but I’ll make a point of buying nothing, except if necessary gas, if Cuomo insists.

  • Franco.
    “the modern world.”

    Christ overcame the world and He doesn’t change. The WORD made flesh so we have union….communion.
    One God.

    Open to truth. Open to fashions of a modern world….never my friend. Never.

    I love my homosexual brothers and prove it by gently inserting the WORD of God into their hearts. It’s what Jesus did. Sin no more and live an abundant life. Let the love you mention be Christian love which is eternal.
    Then the tolerant one who knows each heart can rejoice at the bounty of souls that heard the WORD and acted accordingly. Glory be to God in the Highest and Peace to His people on Earth.

  • Response to Franco:

    “Cuomo’s statements also reflect the schism within the Catholic Church.”

    100% correct. This is a fight between apostates and heretics, and those loyal to the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, to 2000 years of Sacred Tradition and to Sacred Scripture.

    “The deranged, fanatical, extremist pro-life, traditional Catholics…”

    The prophet Jeremiah was so deranged, fanatical and extremely pro-life that he wrote in chapter 19, verses 4 through 6, “Because the people have forsaken me, and have profaned this place by burning incense in it to other gods whom neither they nor their fathers nor the kings of Judah have known; and because they have filled this place with the blood of innocents, and have built the high places of Ba′al to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Ba′al, which I did not command or decree, nor did it come into my mind; therefore, behold, days are coming, says the Lord, when this place shall no more be called To′pheth, or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of Slaughter.”

    “… who hate gays…”

    Real Christians do not hate gays. In fact, we all have our sexual problems and failures. We would not be human if we didn’t. But a real Christian will hate the sanctification of sodomy as marriage. He will hate sexual perversion paraded as normal, and he will hate it as much in himself as in anyone else. He will hate turning God’s gift of sexual pleasure into an addiction no different than that of heroin or cocaine.

    “…oppose the normal, tolerant, open-minded, generous and loving Catholics…”

    Being a normal Christian means giving one’s life for the Gospel of Conversion and Righteousness. No one was more intolerant than Jesus when He called the Pharisees a brood of vipers, and when He whipped the money changers out of the Temple. It is one thing to be tolerant and accepting of different people. It is entirely different to be tolerant of principles and beliefs that are inherently immoral and evil, which send people to burn forever in hell. Generosity is exemplified in Jesus, the Apostles and the early Church Fathers who gave their lives for the Faith, so that people would be saved from the eternal fires of damnation.

    “…who support modern moral attitudes and who understand the importance of bringing the Church into the modern world…”

    There is no substantive difference between the infanticide and sodomy of the modern world, and that of ancient Rome where babies were left to die on hilltops and where old men preyed on young boys. The modern world is a reversion to the godless paganism of antiquity, something to which Andy Cuomo, his father Mario and the rest of the liberal progressive Democrats wish the world to return. It is the Church Who opposes this, and stands in their way, which is why they hate the Church. And it is Jesus Christ who will finally defeat this and send it to eternal hell where it belongs. From Revelation 19:11-21:

    Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems; and he has a name inscribed which no one knows but himself. He is clad in a robe dipped in[c] blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, followed him on white horses. From his mouth issues a sharp sword with which to smite the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron; he will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name inscribed, King of kings and Lord of lords.

    Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly in midheaven, “Come, gather for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great.” And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who sits upon the horse and against his army. And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had worked the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with brimstone. And the rest were slain by the sword of him who sits upon the horse, the sword that issues from his mouth; and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.

    —–

    Buckle up. God is love and He loves souls so much that He will do whatever is necessary to save the lives of innocent babies and rescue souls from the everlasting inferno of the punishment due sin, even if that means allowing Civil War once again. May He have mercy!

  • “Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant and then it seeks to silence the good.” Archbishop Chaput.

    Whether the Archbishop intended it or not, never was there a better description of the platform of the Democratic Party, or President Obama, or Governor Cuomo.

  • Paul.

    Tolerant.
    It’s so one sided by the libs.

    Jesus is forgiving and has tolerated so much already, I wonder when his Justice will prevail? I pray that I’m ready when the curtain comes down.

  • Correct, Philip: “Jesus is forgiving and has tolerated so much already, I wonder when his Justice will prevail? I pray that I’m ready when the curtain comes down.”

    I have a great many faults. That is why I do not want to condemn a gay person or an addict or anyone else struggling with his sins, for I struggle with my own, and I am darn certain that I know what I deserve – hell. Thank God I am not there.

    But there is a difference in the case of a leader like Cuomo who parades intrinsic evil as a human right, and condemns conservative Christians for who are trying to live a right life and support what is right.

    This idea that I hate gays because I oppose gay marriage, or I condemn women because they for whatever reason had an abortion is completely wrong. I can hate gay marriage and abortion but still love the gay person and the woman who had an abortion. Yet there is a great deal of contempt and disgust in my heart for politicians and religious leaders who advocate gay marriage and abortion as human rights.

    I do not condemn the gay person or the woman who had the abortion. But I despise the politicians and religious leaders who grease the skids to hell. How the heck does that make me intolerant – that I oppose the pagan hedonism of antiquity? There is nothing modern or unique or novel about this. It is all the same old sickening perversion and bloody murder which afflicted ancient Greece and Rome alike. Today’s liberal progressive Democrats are children of the ruthless pagan murderers of AD 100 who sent Christians to be fed to the lions, and Cuomo’s invective proves it.

    God help me that I do not go to hell for my sins. Nor do I want anyone else to go to hell for theirs. That is why Jesus died on the Cross. Yes, I am intolerant. Maybe I should die that way.

    🙁

  • Negative Paul. You should die with the faith of our Holy Martyrs. A faith that reads All Your’s my beloved Father. I struggle with this era of paganism as well, and am humbled by the faith you and other contributors share on this site.

    You are a good and faithful servant and your justifiable angst is fitting to this age.

  • He’s an extreme liberal – of course he’s going to bash the side of the opposition that presents the strongest impediment to the Peoples’ Democratic fascist rule. He loves wishy-washy, spineless, no-principle, “moderate” Republicans because he knows the Democrats always slaughter them.
    .
    He is the epitomal slimy politician, and an anti-Liberty fascist at that. But we see through you, Mr. Cuomo. Unlike the administration of your party’s current Grand High Instigator, you are transparent.

  • Please take 5 minutes to view this moving video; my generation will end abortion.

    I just found it.
    It is worth the it.

    http://www.lifenews.com/2014/01/17/viral-video-marks-41-years-of-abortions-in-5-minutes-my-generation-will-end-abortion/

    Thank you and God bless You for your prayers and sacrifices to end legalized abortions in our Nation and around the world.

  • Opps…sorry.
    Its worth it.

  • Philip,

    I was being a bit sarcastic. Of course, traditional Catholics do not hate gays,
    which would be a grave sin. Nor, do I believe traditional Catholics are
    deranged. Unfortunately, traditional Catholics, who are good Catholics,
    are portrayed as cruel, intolerant, etc.

  • I surely wish someone had told my great great grandmother Catherine that she was not welcome in New York, when she came here from the Rhineland, with her children, in 1858.

    Perhaps the French should take back that statue in the harbor since some of us, the politically incorrect ones, are not welcomed here.

  • hey that’s interesting Karl! I have ancestors that were New Yorkers too – in the 17 and 1800’s. Anyway that reminded me that we could claim identity with New Yorkers who are pro-life, pro marriage etc. and say with a resounding voice “I am a New Yorker!” like JFK ” I am a Berliner” only 20 years after the war… I am a New Yorker and I am Pro Life! Solidarity with them.

    About the extreme label: notice that we Catholic pro-lifers have stayed the same and the whole general scale has moved to the left.

  • “Someone plagiarized.”

    It isn’t plagiarism Jordan when the post directly sources the cited material, which is precisely what I did.

  • Franco.

    Thank you. I understand where your coming from. I apologize for the mis-read. 🙂

  • Philip.

    It’s my fault. Sorry.

  • My apologies to Franco, also. Sarcasm is difficult to convey electronically.

  • Franco: If it is sarcasm please put it in parentheses. I too, thought that you were serious.

  • NY Pro-lifers to Cuomo: (censored via custody of the tongue). Rural areas seethe with pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, anti-redefinition-of-marriage sentiment, and the fact that we’re in no hurry to change really disturbs our urban betters. Funny that. Our votes are a drop in the bucket, why not just laugh at us? Oh right, I forgot. The Tolerant Left will brook no dissent.
    Red states out there, if you wish to keep your freedoms, keep your cities in check.

  • I had intended to write something about Cuomo’s concubinage with Sandra Lee. Being a human being having failed at sexual purity myself, I find it hard to condemn a man for loving a woman while he is divorced. That does not mean that I condone or excuse the less than ideal behavior in someone else or myself. It is objectively wrong. What it means is that I can understand the behavior without condoning or excusing it. I am reminded of that phrase, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” I doubt any of us commenting here are sexually pure. Indeed, even Kings David and Solomon had their legions of concubines. That said, a leader like Cuomo nevertheless has a responsibility to put forth a good example. He should keep his concubinage private if he cannot keep from loving his concubine (I give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he does love her). But what is truly reprehensible about Cuomo isn’t him doing what David and Solomon did before him, but his open adulation of the infanticide of the unborn, and the sanctification of same sex relations as marriage. He claims to be Catholic and he deliberately opposes Church teaching in the most public ways. Then he flaunts his concubinage in the public’s face. I truly don’t care what he does in private, or what two gay people do in private. But please keep it private. I personally reserve disclosure of my sins for the Confessional without which I would surely go to hell.

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  • I’m still waiting for Cardinal Dolan to “talk turkey” with Cuomo.

    I thought Mario Cuomo was overbearing. This Cuomo is obnoxious. New York City elected the obnoxious DeBlasio and New york State (largely NYC and its suburbs) elected Cuomo the Younger.

    I wouldn’t live in New York if my life depended on it. In Pennsylvania, we have the Democrats trying to use Philadelphia City and its suburbs to turn Pennsylvania into another New York State. Democrats are organized crime.

  • Update: The governor’s office has issued a clarification statement:

    “the Governor was making the observation that an extreme right candidate cannot win statewide because this is a politically moderate state (either moderate Republican or moderate Democratic).

  • Here’s the link to the full statement:

    http://www.governor.ny.gov/01192014statement

    My post above got cut off so here is the complete quote I meant to use:

    “The New York Post distorted Governor Cuomo’s words yesterday, saying that the Governor said “conservatives should leave New York.” The Governor did not say that, nor does he believe that.

    “If you read the transcript (below), it is clear that the Governor was making the observation that an extreme right candidate cannot win statewide because this is a politically moderate state (either moderate Republican or moderate Democratic).

    “In the same response, the Governor went on to say “it is fine” to be anti-gun control, and anti-choice” – as he respects both positions.”

    Note, however, the intentional use of the loaded terms “anti-choice” to describe pro-lifers and “anti-gun control” to describe those favoring the personal right to bear arms.

    I also note that the exact same argument about “extreme right” pro-life, etc. candidates being unelectable to statewide office is often made regarding Illinois politics; I would presume it’s also applicable to California and other “blue” states dominated by one or more major metropolitan areas that always outvote the rural/small/medium size cities.

  • Guilty on all counts.

    This is (just about) the one-year anniversary when Cuomo and his band of brigands (legislature) made me (for my so-called assault weapons) a New York State felon.

    I plan to emigrate to America as soon as practicable.

  • The so-called governor is inciting civil unrest with his remarks. Paul Primavera used the phrase, Civil War, in a few posts this week and I found that difficult to digest. After listening to Cuomo’s “who are they?”.. I’m beginning to think that a Civil War could come. Could!
    More public servants like Cujo and who knows?

  • Thank you Elaine.
    I did just read your helpful link.
    Distorted by NY Post.
    True.

    I had the Catholic station on last night driving home and they we’re playing a short clip of this remark. They were not playing the full speach..distorted reporting as well. 🙁

  • If liberal elites (the ‘new ‘ aristocracy) have “context”, it’s 24/7/365 abortion, class envy/war, dependency (free lunch), gay marriage, gender, and race baiting. To them, any disagreement is pure evil.

    Sinverguenza Cuomo isn’t going to run out of “other people’s money.” First, he’s going to run out of the other people.

  • Anti-Right to Life, anti 2nd Amendment, anti natural marriage.

  • Suz, you make an essential point with “Red states out there, if you wish to keep your freedoms, keep your cities in check.” A glance at the red and blue areas on election maps reveals how much our politics is divided on a rural versus urban basis. New York City is the tail that wags the New York State dog. Cuomo is the bark.

  • The democrat deck (playing card analogy) has seven cards: abortion, class war, gender victimology, race baiting and sexual orientation.

    And, never forget, Bull Connor was a member of the Democrat National Committee, and the IRS did to MLK, Jr. what it is doing to hated right-wingers, today.

  • The last time I heard, Gov. Cuomo wasn’t appointed to be the Empire State’s “dictator for life,” and the people there enjoy the right to toss him out of office the next time he runs, or make his term unbearable by voting in a veto proof legislature, to name a few “checks” for starters. Let’s say for the sake of argument, what if he kept on running for reelection for the next twenty or so years and his party kept on making sure the likelihood of any veto-proof legislature was high as Iceland putting a man on the moon? One might want to pick up stakes and leave then, but guess what, Cuomo’s not going to prevent you from moving out of state, nor is he going to slap any state emigration tax for moving elsewhere, etc. You’re just as free then to go as you are now not to vote for him, or better yet, get more people just as ticked as you are … and keep their motivation spirits up for the duration of any drive and campaign to replace him with at least a more pro-life candidate. If pro-abortion supporters can keep their spirits up long enough to bedevil the our side, it’s useless to whine and commisserate over the usual fates of many one-issue pro-life candidates.
    Many voters would probably love to have more children, but how are they going to support them if the so-called “pro-life” candidates keep on with their one-issue fare while doing little or nothing to offer voters more reasons to see how more widely and credibly pro-life their agenda is. These topics can range from the most elemental, but crucial to each individual voter; from the quality of local schools, (including the bricks n’ mortar part), public transportation, law enforcement/fire control, snow removal, to parks and recreation. And of course, if your local hospital is publicly owned, the overall quality of care and life offered for all patients of all ages and backgrounds. How does your community take care of its elderly, poor … you name it, there’s a lot more to saying one is “prolife” than simply keeping tabs on who votes which way on pro-life related legislation or what Cuomo, or any other governor’s position is. They can only govern by the consent of the governed, and even the bosses in the back room know this, and or need reminding now n’ then. That’s the citizens’ job to do: not whine over some lines out of Albany, Boston, Trenton or Augusta.

  • RINGMASTER: Right this way, Doctor.

    DOCTOR: Thank you very much, but where’s Ace? I don’t think she

    RINGMASTER: Oh, she’ll be coming.

    CAPTAIN [OC]: Iniphitus, where the Galvanic Catastrophods are not what they were.

    (The Doctor looks through to where the Captain is drinking tea and talking at a bored Nord while Mags is staring at nothing.)

    CAPTAIN: No, but they’re still worth a look if you’re doing a tour of the southern nebula and have an eon or two to spare. You. Well, well.

    DOCTOR: Captain Cook, I presume. So you had arrived after all.

    CAPTAIN: But of course. Come and join us, Doctor. It’s one big happy family here, eh, Nord?

    NORD: Except when you’re gassing on.

  • Steven, speaking of harping on the same issue, your insistence on turning every thread into a discussion of something not on topic is quite a bore. Bye bye.

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PopeWatch: Obsessions

Friday, October 25, AD 2013

3 Responses to PopeWatch: Obsessions

  • This beautiful quote from Pope Francis reveals his true “position” on the issue of abortion. It also reveals his continuity with the Magisterium of his immediate predecessors. Whatever his original statement on “obsession” meant, there can be no doubt of his pro-life belief nor any doubt that he sees it as part of the Gospel proclamation.

    Thank you Donald for forwarding this statement to the list

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  • Perception is a reality. What one means isn’t sufficient. The Pro-Life Movement has a difficult time as it is, even within the Church. We shouldn’t have to overcome “I didn’t really mean that” comments. Sounds like a particular politician t me.