Friday, October 31, 2014

Ireland: Woman Almost Bleeds to Death After Taking Abortion Pills

...That were supplied by Women on the Web.

Whether it's legal or illegal, whether it's women or babies-- abortion kills.

Also noteworthy:

Ray pointed out that Dr Sam Coulter-Smith, from the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, said on RTE's Prime Time last week that abortion pills could kill and it was only a matter of time before there was a tragedy.
If you don't want women to die from illegal abortions, stop offering women illegal abortions.

Don't offer abortion, Abortion kills people.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Today's Link Dump: Fertility, Research, North Dakota Abortion Ruling, Cuba

Fertility Math: It's 10 Times Harder to Get Pregnant at 43 Than at 37

Scientific research can be a double-edged sword for the unborn. Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey will examine the exome of 700 women to determine the genetic factors behind aneuploidy, the most important cause of miscarriage.

It would be really great to know the causes of aneuploidy. Perhaps we could find treatments for it. But of course, the immediate goal is to be able to eliminate embryos before they are even attached to the mother.

North Dakota’s Only Abortion Clinic Ends Medication Abortions After Court Ruling

Cuba tries to drive up fertility amid baby slump Communism and abortion: two great ways to destroy your country's population.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Today's Link Dump: Incestuous Marriage, Euthanasia, Gay Rights Activist Priest, Illegal Abortuary

Links of interest that I haven't had time to comment:

NY State blesses ‘incest’ marriage between uncle, niece-- We knew this was coming. I remember how people looked at us like we were two-headed monsters when we made the claim that the re-definition of marriage would lead to all kinds of aberrations like this.

New Poll Finds Evangelicals’ Favorite Heresies: Many evangelicals don't know the basics of the Christian Faith.

Monique David: The illusion of ‘peace of mind’ -- Why euthanasia is not the answer to suffering:

If doctors and nurses are tormented by the act of euthanasia on patients with whom they had no close bond, imagine the devastating impact on the friend, parent, children, and colleague when this request is made. It is an illusion that unrestricted control of our lives will bring peace of mind. In fact, it will mean a heavy cost on our capacity to enjoy life in good times, and undermine our willingness to see through challenges in the bad.

Caught Red-Handed: New Mexico Abortion Business Was Operating Illegally

Gay Catholic Priest's New Vocation: Working for LGBT Equality -- From the Advocate. I hate how such priests are never permanently benched.

TOLERATION OF CATHOLICS IN QUEBEC AND BRITISH PUBLIC FINANCES, 1760 TO 1775 -- an article explains the economic impetus for the British toleration of French Catholics after the Conquest in 1759.

Faithful Catholics: The Periphery is Not US

Fr. Z.  in trying to wrap his head around Pope Francis' thinking, invokes South American journalist Alejandro Bermudez  of CNA to explain one of the pope's key concepts-- the periphery:

To condense wildly, it seems that Francis may breathe in a school of thought that sees a kind of “manifest destiny” for Latin America. When cultures develop a interior decay, which they always do, revitalization of the cultures comes from “peripheries”. 

Fr. Z goes on to fisk part of an article covering Pope Francis' Q & A session with the Schoenstatt Movement. He quotes this part:

There is only one center: Jesus Christ – who rather looks at things from the periphery, no? Where he sees things more clearly,” the Pope observed, saying that when closed inside the small worlds of a parish, a community and even the Roman Curia, “then you do not grasp the truth.” [emphasis mine]

Okay, so what does Fr. Z offer as the "periphery"?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Muslim leaders worldwide issue stern rebuke to ISIS

I'm glad they're speaking out. 

But when I see these denunciations, I often wonder about what they do defend.

Like do they subscribe to the idea of armed conflict to advance religion?

Or striking one's wife?

Or various specious marital arrangements used to justify prostitution?

Or amputation for thieves?

I'm glad they're trying to dissociate themselves from ISIS and its barbarism.

But I just wish Islam would dissociate itself from barbarism in general. I don't know how they could do that, considering it's so prominent in the Koran.

Feminist Wants to Sculpt Vaginas for "Reproductive Rights"

She will sell her masterpiece and it will be used to fund abortions.

What's up with feminist obsession with vaginas?

They get dirty and smelly and they're not particularly pretty to look at.

Is this supposed to persuade people of anything?

UK: Bill to Ban Sex-Selection Abortion to Be Introduced in Parliament Nov. 4th

And just in time for this:

Study finds India's sex-selection law improves sex ratios. Quote from the abstract:

Our findings indicate that the law significantly increased the likelihood of a female birth, improving female-to-male sex ratios at birth. 

The Appeal of Islam in a Poorly Catechized World

Are We Losing the Apologetics War with Islam? QUOTE:

Islamic cultures are honor cultures, and the religion of Islam might justly be described as an honor religion. Allah is in charge and he exercises complete control. He is superior to any other conception of God. “Allahu Akbar” means “God is greater” (or “greatest”). Translated into the language of youth it means, “My God can beat up your God.” This is the appeal of Islam to young men and it helps to explain why groups such as ISIS have no trouble finding recruits. Young men like to be on the winning side. They decidedly do not like being losers. Interestingly, the Koran describes those who end up in hell precisely as “losers” (10: 45, 16: 109, 29: 52).

What’s the opposite of honor? Shame. In an honor culture, shame is the worst fate—worse than death. In these cultures it is not uncommon for leaders or generals who have suffered a shameful defeat to resort to suicide.

With all that in mind, consider the two contrasting statements about God on the Canadian terrorist’s Facebook page. What’s wrong with the Christian’s God? He was shamed. He was beaten, mocked, and humiliated. Christians find comfort in God’s humanity. Through Christ, God became one of us, shared in our weakness, sorrows, and sufferings. But that’s not a selling point from the Islamic point of view. Someone who is mocked, spit upon, and crucified may be a god fit for a weak woman, but not for any self-respecting man. In contrast to the humiliated God-man of the Christians, Allah is “All-Mighty, the Compeller, the Supreme.” Unlike the helpless victim in the Christian story, Allah is in complete control. Moreover, Allah does not let his prophets be shamed. According to the Koran (4:157) and other Islamic sources, the prophet Jesus did not suffer humiliation or crucifixion but was simply taken up to Heaven at the end of his mission.

So the overall appeal jihadists make to young men is: “Don’t be a loser. Get on the winning side. Our cause is invincible because our God is invincible.”

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sign this Petition Calling for Doctrinal Clarity from the Synod Fathers

Appeal to the Synod Fathers Petition | GoPetition

I think a strong voice for doctrinal clarity is essential for the next Synod.

I'm fine with pastoral initiatives.

They need to be based on doctrine. Otherwise it's not merciful. It's confusing.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Rare Ultrasound of a Preborn Gorilla

Keep repeating to yourself: it's not a baby, it's not a baby:

“It's amazing to be able to get a look inside like that and see what's going on. The baby's moving around in there. It's fantastic,” [zookeeper] Jungheim said.

You can see the ultrasound here.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Today's Link Dump

In lieu of an actual blogpost, some news items that have caught my attention:

France: Mother has multiple amputations after botched abortion

Abortion investigation: Group launches private prosecution I don't know how that works, but I'm curious to see the outcome.

Pro-Life Book Unveils How to Close Abortion Clinics

Thursday, October 23, 2014

What Kind of Person Thinks Pope Francis is Corrupt?

Father Angel: (and if you're on Tumblr, you need to follow him)

The kind of person who does not understand that he is a slum priest, and believes his outreach to gays, divorced and remarried, single parents, drug addicts, immigrants, and the poor, is a phony and shallow attempt to please people, get the media to think he is a saint, and then use his popularity to overthrow 2000 years of Catholic Tradition on faith and morals.
Basically, haters gonna hate. Until Pope Francis is dead and cold, some Catholics will have their minds made up that he is not Catholic enough, and is doing damage to the Church, because he makes them feel uncomfortable with all his “novelty” and departures from the pastoral style of previous popes. 
The rest of us need to go on and press forward in the practice of faith, hope, and charity. We need to stop demanding from Francis that he lives up to our “litmus” test of a real pope. We need to dwell on the fact that most of the world considers Francis to be a force of good and a beacon for peace. Building on that enormous cache of goodwill which the Pope has built up, we need to stop fighting about him as a doctrinal teacher and accept him as a shepherd who is pushing us to be a missionary Church of joy and simplicity.

Synod Redux: Lessons for Conservatives

So much in this piece that hits the nail on the head.

What pope Francis is trying to do is combine doctrinal orthodoxy with pastoral sensitivity.

It's not enough to tell people they're wrong.

It's funny because pro-lifers have understood this for decades. You can't just tell a woman abortion is murder. You have to find the reasons for her desire for abortion, and help solve her problems.

But somehow this message of outreach and compassion is lost in the conservative Catholic blogosphere. All Pope Francis is trying to do is take what we've learned in the pro-life movement and apply it to the rest of the Church

How do we reach out to gays? How do we reach out to the divorce & remarried?

In sum, we need to learn this lesson:

To put it a bit differently, conservative Catholics tend to slip into the belief that we can convert people by arguing with them, while liberals believe they can convert people by agreeing with them. Both are wrong. To bring people into the Church we need to meet them, befriend them, listen to them, accompany them, evangelize them. That is the fundamental message of Pope Francis, and to drive home that message he is willing to tolerate—perhaps even to encourage—a raucous Synod meeting. 

And about that synod meeting.

Nobody seems to raise the possibility that perhaps Pope Francis is allowing Cardinal Kasper to speak because he thinks he's wrong, and this is how you destroy an argument.

You let the person advancing it make it.

Then you let everyone shoot it down.

Isn't this what happened at the Council of Nicea? Arian was allowed to make his point.

Then it was torpedoed.

Vigil to re-start Friday

Hello all

Things are back to normal on Bank Street, in fact the abortuary never stopped doing abortions, even when Bank Street was under lock down, they still continued work as usual.

The 40 Days for Life Bank Street vigil resumes at 7 am on Friday October 24. We will continue daily from 7 am to 7 pm until Sunday November 2nd.

Please make an effort to spend some prayer time at the vigil.

Vigil Cancelled for Today

The 40 Days for Life vigil will be cancelled again today due to a continued lockdown in the downtown core.

The vigil will resume when the situation goes back to normal.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

40 Days for Life Cancelled Today in Ottawa for TODAY

I suppose this should go without saying, but 40 Days for Life vigil is canceled today due to today's lockdown.

Bank Street has been evacuated.

(I'm personally having a sick day so don't anticipate too much activity on my part).

EDITED TO ADD: The vigil is expected to return once the situation is resolved.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cardinal Dolan: Pope Francis Isn't Trying to Bring People to the Church (...)

...He's trying to bring Church to the People:

Rather than ministering only to the officially worthy, minister to everyone—gay, divorced, disenchanted—and then worry about making them worthy. “Don’t lead with the chin, don’t lead with controversy,” Dolan said. “Don’t even lead with the mouth. Lead with the heart and you’re going to win a lot of people.”

That, of course, is not exactly how the Church worked before Francis came to town. During the last two pontificates, the rules came first, and often they tightened in response to cultural advances in the secular world. To many Catholics struggling with the pressures of real life in that real world, those rules meant Catholicism was an ever-more exclusive club where traditionalist prelates and Catholic fundamentalists could blackball anyone who couldn’t live by the rules. It was a Church in which homosexuals were “intrinsically disordered” and divorced and remarried Catholics were “adulterers.”

Leaving aside the mischaracterization of gays as "intrinsically disordered" (people are not intrinsically disordered) this parallels what I wrote about the purpose of the synod.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Justin Trudeau Could Be Denied Communion: Ottawa Auxiliary Bishop

Love Bishop Riesbeck!

Ottawa's Auxiliary Bishop Christian Riesbeck has warned that there is a possibility that Canon Law 915 could be enforced against Justin Trudeau to deny him Holy Communion if he does not back off his decision to ban pro-life candidates from running for nominations to represent the Liberal Party of Canada in the next federal election.

Canon Law states that those who are "obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.

"Out of concern for safeguarding the reverence that is due Our Lord in the Eucharist and to avoid scandal, one could possibly apply this norm even in the case of a pro-abortion Catholic politician who is extremely vocal about his position."

Very good step.

Always lots of talk about this but... never any action.

UPDATE: Catholic-Legate picked up the story and saw an FB comment  at the bottom of the article of someone who attended the same Mass as Trudeau. QUOTE:

the argument is, I think academic, on the several occasions I have been with him at Mass, he did not receive communion.

John writes:

Some smart reporter out there should ask him to confirm whether he is receiving Communion or not. And, if he isn’t, boy does the fun then begin.

Here's another possibility:

He doesn't care whether or not he receives Communion.

Maybe that would be even sadder.

VIDEO: Why Christianity Opposes Same-Sex Relations, But Not Pork-Eating

This Lutheran video explains it very clearly:

This Quote From Pope John Paul II on Homosexuals is A Propos

I just watched CTV News' coverage of the Synod.

And I just want to facepalm.

The Church has never been against welcoming anyone.

The Church is not so keen on people who have an agenda to change Church teaching.

The MSM characterized the mid-term report as "revolutionary".

When it's not at all.

Consider this quote from Pope St. John Paul II

The human person, made in the image and likeness of God, can hardly be adequately described by a reductionist reference to his or her sexual orientation. Every one living on the face of the earth has personal problems and difficulties, but challenges to growth, strengths, talents and gifts as well. Today, the Church provides a badly needed context for the care of the human person when she refuses to consider the person as a “heterosexual” or a “homosexual” and insists that every person has a fundamental Identity: the creature of God, and by grace, his child and heir to eternal life.

It makes it sound like Pope Francis has some unique agenda to make homosexuality acceptable.

That's far from the truth.

This is about meeting homosexuals where they are and help them conform their lives to the Church teaching.

Any other interpretation of the Synod is wrong.