ProLife & Family Issues

Catholic World News - October 06, 2015  (for the full letter we sent, please click here)

Over 100 adult converts to the Catholic faith, most of them Americans, have signed an open letter calling upon the Synod of Bishops to affirm Catholic teaching on the indissolubility of marriage.

The signatories include an Australian bishop (Bishop Peter Elliott), the head of the ordinariate for former Anglicans in the United States (Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson), and dozens of laity, many of them associated with universities. In a letter published by Aleteia on October 5, they expressed their

concerns about certain proposals to change the Church’s discipline regarding communion for Catholics who are divorced and civilly remarried. We are frankly surprised by the opinion of some who are proposing a “way of penance” that would tolerate what the Church has never allowed.

In our judgment such proposals fail to do justice to the irrevocability of the marriage bond, either by writing off the “first” marriage as if it were somehow “dead,” or, worse, by recognizing its continued existence but then doing violence to it. We do not see how these proposals can do anything other than contradict the Christian doctrine of marriage itself. But we also fail to see how such innovations can be, as they claim, either pastoral or merciful.


Synod 15 – Pope Francis’ Address to First General Congregation

“Let us remember, however, that the Synod will be able to be a space of action of the Holy Spirit only if we, the participants, are clothed with apostolic courage, evangelical humility and confident prayer.”

By Staff Reporter

Vatican City, October 05, 2015 (

Here is a translation of Pope Francis’ address to the First General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops on the Family.

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Dear Beatitudes, Eminences, Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters,

The Church takes up again today the dialogue begun with the convocation of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family  – and certainly also much earlier — to evaluate and reflect together on the text of the Instrumentum laboris, elaborated from the Relatio Synodi and from the answers of the Episcopal Conferences and the organism having the right.

As we know, the Synod is a walking together with a spirit of collegiality and synodality, adopting the parrhesia, the pastoral and doctrinal zeal, the wisdom, the frankness, and always putting before our eyes the good of the Church, of families and the supreme law, the salus animarum (cf. Can. 1752).

I would like to recall that the Synod is not a congress or a “parlour,” it is not a parliament or a senate, where we come to agreement. Instead, the Synod is an ecclesial expression, that is, it is the Church that walks together to read the reality with the eyes of faith and with the heart of God; it is the Church that questions herself on her fidelity to the deposit of faith, which does not represent for her a museum to look at and even less so to safeguard, but is a living source in which the Church slakes herself and slakes and illumines the deposit of life.

The Synod moves necessarily in the heart of the Church and within the Holy People of God of which we are part in the quality of pastors, that is, servants.

Moreover, the Synod is a protected space where the Church experiences the action of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit speaks in the Synod through the language of all persons that allow themselves to be guided by the God that always surprises, by the God that reveals to little ones what he hides from the wise and the intelligent, by the God that created the Law and the Sabbath for man and not vice versa, by the God that leaves the ninety nine sheep to seek the sheep that was lost, by the God that is always greater than our logic and our calculations.

Let us remember, however, that the Synod will be able to be a space of action of the Holy Spirit only if we, the participants, are clothed with apostolic courage, evangelical humility and confident prayer.

Apostolic courage that does not let itself be frightened by the seductions of the world, which tend to extinguished in men’s heart the light of truth, substituting it with little and temporary lights, and even less so in face of the petrification of some hearts that – despite good intentions – distance people from God, — “The apostolic courage to bring life and not make of our Christian life a museum of memories” (Homily at Saint Martha’s, April 28, 2015).

Evangelical humility that is able to empty itself of its conventions and prejudices to listen to Brother Bishops and be filled with God. Humility that leads to not pointing the finger at others to judge them, but to stretch out our hand to them to raise them up without every feeling superior to them.

Confident prayer is the action of the heart when it opens to God, when all our moods are silenced to listen to the soft voice of God, who speaks in silence. Without listening to God, all our words will only be “words” that do not satiate and are of no use. Without letting ourselves be guided by the Spirit, all our decisions will only be “decorations,” which instead of exalting the Gospel cover and hide it.

Dear Brothers, as I have said, the Synod is not a parliament, where to reach consensus or common agreement recourse it taken to negotiation, to bargaining or to compromises, but the only method of the Synod is that of opening to the Holy Spirit, with apostolic courage, with evangelical humility and with confident prayer, so that it is He that guides and illumines us and puts before our eyes not our personal opinions but faith in God, fidelity of the Magisterium, the good of the Church and the salus animarum.

Finally, I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to His Eminence Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod; His Excellency Monsignor Fabio Fabene, Under-Secretary; the Relator His Eminence Cardinal Peter Erdo and the Special Secretary, His Excellency Monsignor Bruno Forte, the delegate Presidents, the writers, the Consultors, the translators and all those that have worked with true fidelity and total dedication to the Church: my heartfelt thanks!

I also thank all of you, dear Synodal Fathers, Fraternal Delegates, Auditors and Advisers for your active and fruitful participation.

I address special thanks to the journalists present at this moment and to those who follow us from a distance. Thank you for your passionate participation and for your admirable attention.

We begin our journey, invoking the help of the Holy Spirit and the intercession of the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Saint Joseph! Thank you!

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STEUBENVILLE—On July 25, a FOX News crew led by FOX anchor Bill Hemmer came to Franciscan University of Steubenville during the Defending the Faith Conference and interviewed Franciscan University faculty, conference speakers, and students, including theology professor Dr. Scott Hahn and sociology professor Dr. Anne Hendershott. 

 The results of those interviews will be seen in a FOX News Special, “Losing Faith in America?” The one-hour documentary is anchored by Hemmer and premieres Friday, September 25, at 10:00 p.m. ET on FOX News. Additional airings are on Saturday, 10:00 p.m., and Sunday, 9:00 p.m. ET.

 Set against the backdrop of Pope Francis’ visit to America, according to FOX News, the report acknowledges “that attendance at Christian churches has been going down for decades and fewer people identify as Christian.” But the report also finds “pockets of inspiration throughout the country that may point to the future,” which is what brought FOX News to Franciscan University of Steubenville.

 The documentary premieres shortly after Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Madison Square Garden and departs Friday evening for Philadelphia.


Debating Doctor-assisted Suicide

September 18, 2015

Here is a great article and list of resources provided by Jimmy Akin on his blog:     After having failed to get a doctor-assisted suicide bill passed earlier this year though the normal legislative process, the California legislators who are in the pocket of the assisted-suicide lobby recently rammed one through in a surprise [...]

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Do Your Part to Defund Planned Parent Slaughterhouses

September 16, 2015

Legislation is expected to come before the U.S. House of Representatives this week that would eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood of America and its affiliates. Planned Parenthood receives over half a billion taxpayer dollars a year (YOUR TAXES) and performs over a third of all abortions around the United States. Recently, a number of [...]

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Office Depot Defiantly Rejects Printing Order for a Pro-Life prayer; I Just Took Action!

September 11, 2015

n a clear case of religious discrimination, Office Depot has refused to print 500 copies of a flyer that contains a prayer to end abortion at the hands of Planned Parenthood. Chicago resident Maria Goldstein wanted to make a few hundred copies for her parish and went to her local Office Depot store, where her [...]

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Canon Lawyer Ed Peters’ Concerns about New Revions regarding Annulments

September 9, 2015

Read his article here. Jimmy Akin also weighs in with his “Nine Things you should Know and Share“    

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Planned Parenthood & Pontius Pilate

August 27, 2015

  Planned Parenthood and Pontius Pilate by Dr. Edward Peters The first Station of the Cross, “Jesus is condemned to death”, recalls one of Western history’s most iconic acts of antinomianism, Pontius Pilate washing his hands of Jesus’ blood (Matthew 27: 24). Pilate’s cowardly and contemptuous abandonment of an innocent man to death stands—and will stand [...]

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Interesting Insight: Abortion, the Annunciation and the Visitation

August 24, 2015

After a talk I gave at the Cathedral in Gaylord Michigan on Saturday, an insightful man named Richard Grammens and his wife Mary Jean approached me. He told me to think about the “size  and condition” of Jesus in the womb when John the Baptist recognized the Person and Personhood of Jesus in hte womb. [...]

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Pope Francis on the Divorced and Remarried: 10 things to know and share

August 6, 2015

By Jimmy Akin Pope Francis recently gave a general audience in which he discussed the situation of those who have divorced and remarried without an annulment. His remarks are particularly significant in light of the upcoming Synod on the Family and the proposals to give Holy Communion to those in this situation. They also attracted [...]

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Lobby to Defund Planned Parenthood: If Everyone Speaks out it Might Just Happen.

August 3, 2015

Click on the image to right for an easy and quick way to make yourself heard. Pass it along to everyone you know.

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Newest Planned Parenthood Video; Bravo to the folks exposing them! Where is Obama’s Outrage?

July 31, 2015

So much to-do about a lion killed and justification for babies killed and their part sold. Here they discuss getting caught and the exclamation as they cut the baby up, “Oh, this was a boy!”

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Planned Parenthood now Selling Body Parts of Aborted Babies

July 14, 2015

A top executive at Planned Parenthood was caught on tape. And what is revealed is downright horrific.   Warning: Her words are deeply disturbing.   The new undercover footage shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola describing how Planned Parenthood allegedly sells the body parts of aborted children. She admits that they use partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts.   And [...]

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If the Feds Demand Same-Sex Marriage, What Will Our Pastors Do?

July 9, 2015

America’s Catholic bishops, and other church leaders, may face a choice between saving souls and the bricks and mortar. Scary article and big question for our bishops. Read the whole article here. 

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Interview with an Unborn Child Ready to be Aborted – Wow!

June 18, 2015

Only for the strong and engaged…  Click on the image to watch the 3 minute video and hear the interview.

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10 Pro-Abortion Myths That Need to Be Completely Debunked

May 18, 2015

1. Abortion is Safe 2. Abortion does not kill a Person 3. “Pro-abortion” and “Pro-choice are Different 4. It’s okay if you are opposed to abortion, but don’t enforce that on anyone else! 5. Guys don’t have a say on abortion. 6. Birth control doesn’t cause abortion or hurt women. 7. Abortion is a basic human right 8. If [...]

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