Friday, August 29, 2014

UPDATE: Toronto Jesus Parade Back On: Why Didn't I Know About This?

UPDATE: Of course, I should have googled it BEFORE I wrote this rant.

Jesus Parade is Back ON.

Rob Ford stepped in on behalf of Christians.

But nevertheless, my comments remain.

Here's the website.

And yes, they do have a facebook page. Only two of my friends like this page.

I suppose this brouhaha will help solve the issues I raised in my original post!

I reserve judgement regarding the cancellation of the Jesus Parade permit.

My question is:

How come, in all my years as active social conseravtive in Ontario, I'd never heard of this Toronto Jesus Parade?

I am connected to many leading social conservative voices, many prominent Catholic voices through facebook (and a few Protestants, too).

Nobody has ever sent me a facebook invite. (And the fact that I live in Ottawa is no excuse-- plenty of people send me invites to events thousands of miles away.)

Nobody ever talked about it.

Dear Social Conservatives of Canada: we suck at networking and mobilization.

Get with the program.

How do you expect to have cultural clout if you can't even let your side know about these events on social media?

If you're a social conservative activist, and you're not on facebook, twitter or another relevant social media site: you don't exist. If nobody talks about you, you don't exist.

I find this lack of basic know-how to be very frustrating.

Danish Study Examines 2nd Trimester Abortion and Birth Defects

Time for another abstract.  Formatted for easy reading:


Prenatal termination of pregnancy may underestimate risks or cause bias in epidemiological studies of birth defects if such studies measure only defects diagnosed postnatally. We aimed to estimate the proportion of all fetuses with birth defects terminated in the second trimester of pregnancy-overall and for specific defects.


The study comprised all pregnancies ending in a singleton birth, miscarriage, or termination of pregnancy for which health care services were sought, as recorded in Danish medical registries between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2011.


Of the 420,090 pregnancies, 307,637 fetuses survived until gestational week 12 or beyond; of these, 296,373 (96%) ended in a live birth or stillbirth and 11,264 (4%) ended in a second-trimester termination. The prevalence of birth defects among live births and stillbirths was 3% (9,790/296,373); the corresponding prevalence among second-trimester-terminated pregnancies was 14% (1,563/11,264). Although only 4% of all pregnancies ended in a second-trimester termination, 14% (1,563/11,353) of pregnancies with birth defects were ended by a second-trimester termination. The groups of birth defects with the highest proportion of second-trimester terminations were defects of the nervous system (347/740; 48%) and abdominal wall (58/149; 39%). For many types of birth defects, however, that proportion was less than 10%.


The proportion of terminated pregnancies carrying birth defects is considerably greater than the corresponding proportion for pregnancies that end as live births or stillbirths. The proportion of birth defects unobserved at birth due to second-trimester terminations depends on type of defect and lethality.

Wow. One in 25 babies who make it to the 2nd trimester dies as a result of abortion.

One in 7 pregnancies with a "birth defect" ended in termination.

It would be interesting to know the Canadian numbers for this.

But of course, since this information is only available to health researchers, and the numbers are not very good to begin with, it would only be a vague estimate.

What I thought was interesting was that there was no mention of Down Syndrome.

I'm not sure it qualifies as "defects of the nervous system."

I checked a definition of "birth defect".

It includes congenital anomalies.

So I'm a little puzzled as to whether Trisomies and similar genetic conditions are included in the calculation.

Epidemiology. 2014 Aug 27. [Epub ahead of print]
Estimating the Proportion of all Observed Birth Defects Occurring in Pregnancies Terminated by a Second-trimester Abortion.
Svensson E1, Ehrenstein V, Nørgaard M, Bakketeig LS, Rothman KJ, Toft Sørensen H, Pedersen L.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Calvin and Hobbes on Morality

I don't think this is the best explanation for why the ends do not justify the means.

But it certainly shows the consequences.

H/T: Catholic Thinker.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

QUOTATION: Pope Francis on Blaming the Government

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis)
When Jesus comes to judge us, He will say to some, "Because I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me to drink, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me." And they will ask the Lord "When did I do that? I don't remember." And He will respond. "Everytime you helped the poor, you helped me." But He will also say to others, "Go away, because I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat." And He will also condemn us for the sin of blaming the government for poverty, when it is a responsibility we must all assume to the extent we can.

--Pope Francis, Pope Francis: His Life in His Own Words

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ALS Canada Does Not Fund Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Reports Campaign Life Coalition.

It says so on its page.

Have fun getting iced.

Vatican Issues Text on The Sign of Peace

Approve by Pope Francis.

Basically, it stays the same, but here's the gist of the abuses that are meant to be eliminated.

c) In any case, it will be necessary, at the time of the exchange of peace, to definitively avoid abuses such as:
-the introduction of a "song for peace", which is non-existent in the Roman Rite.
-the movement of the faithful from their places to exchange the sign of peace amongst themselves.
-the departure of the priest from the altar in order to give the sign of peace to some of the faithful.
-that in certain circumstances, such as at the Solemnity of Easter or of Christmas, or during ritual celebrations such as Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, Matrimony, Sacred Ordinations, Religious Professions, and Funerals, the exchange of peace being the occasion for expressing congratulations, best wishes or condolences among those present.

I predict none of these abuses will be eliminated. They will continue to be widespread for at least the next ten years.

When it comes to Vatican documents, the attitude is "stop or I'll say stop again." Nothing changes because nobody puts their foot down.

Monday, August 25, 2014

B.C. Grandmother Kills Self to Avoid Consequences of Dementia

During lucid moments in the last two years, Bennett wrote about her decision. Vegetating for years in a hospital — in diapers, incompetent, a financial and physical burden — was a prospect she perceived as “ludicrous and wasteful.”

“Her position wasn’t just that she didn’t want to be a burden to others,” said Jonathan. “She was also considering the kind of life she would have. It would have been hard on the rest of us and not good enough for her.”

This says a lot about her view of the elderly and the disabled, in general.

If she thought she would be a burden, then, at least unconciously, she perceived the elderly and the disabled as burdens.

We really need to build more euthanasia-free hospitals and nursing homes.

And here's a new narrative pro-lifers can develop:

“If someone could have helped her, she wouldn’t have had to die yesterday. She could have waited. If the law was different so that she could have had help, she would not have had to choose to end her life as soon as she did. That is the hardest thing.”

Sara struggles to hold back her tears. “Even though my mom died painlessly in exactly the way she chose, at the time she chose, knowing that she left the legacy she chose, it’s still unbelievably painful.”


John Paul II Medical Research Institute: Prolife Medical Research

With the perpetuation of embryonic stem cell research and other anti-life research, a prolifer can feel overwhelmed about the issue of where to donate to medical research.

Although embryonic stem cell research is on the wane, there is nothing to say that other anti-life measures are not being used.

The John Paul II Medical Research Institute bypasses all those problems.

They only conduct medical research consistent with pro-life values.

They focus on neurodegenerative and other hard-to-treat diseases. They conduct research that will be of use for the treatment of a number of diseases. Right now they recruit patients to collect tissue for their research.

I'm very happy to have discovered this page because I want to support medical research, but I've never had a genuinely pro-life alternative.

You can like their facebook page here.

QUOTATION: Mothers as Co-Redeemers

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
The pains which a woman bears in labor help to expiate the sins of mankind, and draw their meaning from the Agony of Christ on the Cross. Mothers are, therefore, not only co-creators with God; they are co-redeemers with Christ in the flesh.

--Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Three to Get Married

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Why One Catholic Blogger Took the Ice Bucket Challenge

From Gerard Nadal, MD:

ALSA has said that they have one embryonic stem cell line that has been funded by a private donor, and that work on this line of cells is nearing the end of its lifespan. That’s not hard to believe . Almost nobody pursues embryonic stem cell research anymore. The reason is simple.

They. Just. Don’t. Work.

They are too young, immature, and undifferentiated to control. They grow into tumors. There are too many unknown variables. They are a nightmare that have produced zero return on investment, and for both parties in grant applications, that’s a big, big deal. Labs have been abandoning them like rats jumping from a sinking ship.

Personally, I would have waited until the embryo cell line was no longer being used at all in order to donate.

Until that cell line is gone, the potential for future research is always possible.

The donation is based on a prediction. That prediction may not come true.

Why RadTrads Annoy the Hell Out of Me

Here's a nice story of constancy in faith in the face of Islamic Terror.

Some elderly Christians left behind in Karamless, stood up to the terrorists, and stated they would rather die than convert.

And they won. They're alive.

Wonderful heartwarming and edifying story, isn't it?

What do the RadTrads want to talk about in the comments?

VaticanTwo Sucks!

Dear RadTrads

No matter how hard you try, you cannot have Catholicism apart from the pope. Using your personal judgement to interpret the Magisterium is Protestant. When you set yourself up against the Magisterium and the Pope, you're putting yourself outside the Church.

No matter how much you call the VaticanII "pastoral", it's doctrinal teachings are part of the universal and ordinary Magisterium.

Deal with it.

And stop being such boring one-note Annie bores.

Bulgaria: Moscow Angry at Anti-Russian Vandalism

The Russians are mad that Soviet-era monuments are the object of vandalism in Bulgaria.

Note the salient point missing from the article:

The figures in the monument have been spray-painted to resemble American cultural icons: Superman, Santa Claus, Ronald McDonald, the Joker, etc.

I would never advocate vandalism. But as far as protests go, this is fairly creative.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

QUOTATION: Fr. Frank Pavone on the Abortion Debate

Frank Pavone
People know abortion is happening, but they also realize that if they look at it too closely, they will not be able to live at peace with themselves unless they do something to stop it. At the same time, they know that if they try to stop it, there will be a price to pay. They may lose friends or face other kinds of opposition. They don’t want to make the sacrifice necessary to confront injustice. What, then, is their solution to this dilemma? Ignore the problem altogether. Denial protects them from the pain of the situation. This is why so many people become angry when the topic of abortion is raised: After successfully ignoring it, no such person wants it brought to the surface again.

-- Fr. Frank Pavone

Friday, August 22, 2014

How to Deal with Getting Fired

I have a few quibbles with this article (getting drunk is not a healthy way to deal with things!), but the gist is correct.

In fact, it's a good way to deal with life in general.

There's a whininess and neediness, and lack of spine to modern culture that annoys me. This need to vindicate oneself to the mob.

If you're going to have an opinion, and publish your opinion, and you believe it, own it.

Don't apologize.

Even if you are sorry for what you said or the way you said it, apologizing just fuels the opposition.

Who are you apologizing to? For what? You're apologizing to a lot of people with manufactured outrage trolling for you to kowtow in a kind of political theatre.

Don't go there.

I think this should be the order of the day for social conservatives.

How do you expect to make advances if you're trying to please people who hate your values to begin with?


Men Need to Know Their Place in the Abortion Debate: Irish Abortion Protester

“I love and respect and appreciate the men who do this. But remember your place. This is a women’s movement.”  

Remember your place.

Your place is to do feminist bidding.

Not to speak the Truth.

But to bend to their will.

And if you disagree, you're a misogynist.

That's how feminist try to win. They try to silence.

They silence not only those in their ranks who do not toe the line. They silence the opposition. "No uterus, no opinion."

As if a uterus makes a difference! Either abortion is okay or it's not. Having a uterus doesn't determine that.

No lady, this is not a women's movement. It's a feminist movement.

I am a woman, and feminism is not my movement. And it's not the movement of millions of women, yet feminism claims to speak on their behalf, in knowing what's best for them.

I don't have the problem with the idea that they have ideas about what's good for women.

But they conflate those ideas with women. As if most women agree.

Finally, my answer to the objection that men shouldn't say anything in the abortion debate:

Thursday, August 21, 2014

They Stopped Counter-Protesting at Ground Zero

This pro-abort article raises an interesting question about whether counter-protests are useful at abortion clinics.

Some years ago, the local abortion supporters used to counter-protest 40 Days for Life in Ottawa.

Every day during the campaign, we'd see them. The pink shirts would try to stop the sidewalk counselor from getting to the patients.

And they eventually stopped.

To me, they looked bored, horribly bored, most of the time.

I felt a little sorry for them.

Ottawa vigilers have something to do: pray. Sometimes they chat (we're not supposed to!), but there's a lot of praying.

So silence is inactivity is not a bad thing for us.

To the opposition? It's death.

I think that the zeal died among our opponents because they couldn't see the point in being there. There was basically no action. And nothing deterred us.

One pro-life activist pointed out to me that there was one silver lining to their counter-protest, and that's if a woman felt bad on the way out of the clinic and needed help, there were people there who could assist her.

IRELAND: Protesters Rally To Take Away Rights from Unborn Child

Does nobody see the chilling consequences of taking away the right to life of a whole class of people?

This is kinda ironic:

Vice president for equality and citizenship with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Annie Hoey said: "We believe a woman has a right to make decisions about her own life and her own well-being. We don't think that men in suits, or people up in Government should be making decisions about what is right for an individual woman at any point in her life. The only way forward is to repeal the eighth amendment."

Equality for feminists means that women are more equal than others, especially the unborn.

And if an unborn child has to die in the name of female equality, so what?

Governments make decisions for people all the time, especially those that kill people.

They don't seem to have a problem to make a decision that results in somebody's death.

Ireland: just remember that feminists will never be happy until it's just like Canada, where babies in the third trimester are electively aborted.

VICTORY: Consecrated Host at Center of Oklahoma City Black Mass RETURNED!!!

Wowee Wowee Wowee.

That threat of a lawsuit was sure effective:

With the return of the Host and an accompanying signed statement from the satanic group leader that the group no longer possesses a consecrated Host, nor will they use a consecrated Host in their rituals, the archbishop agreed to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice.

Or otherwise the Lord heard our prayers. Or both. :)

Praise the Lord.

The Best of #ThingsJesusNeverSaid

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Check Out These Convert Numbers


Most Catholic parishes in South Korea attract 200 to 400 adult converts per year, and the church also adds 130 to 150 new priests annually. South Korea now has almost 5,000 Catholic priests, two-thirds of whom are under 40.

What's our excuse?