ProLife & Family Issues

A few days ago a high school girl wrote to ask me questions about abortion. She was writing a paper and wanted to “interview” me on the topic.

I was busy jumping planes and giving talks so my daughter-in-law Anna graciously — and brilliantly — answered the young lady for me. I think you will enjoy and appreciate her wise and charitable response.

E. B. writes: 

I am a high-schooler in Pennsylvania.  I am working on a research project about the Catholic Church’s views on abortion, and I was wondering whether you may be willing to share some interesting information about the Church’s role in the fight against abortion.

Do you think that the Church is winning its fight? How do Catholics justify themselves when they protest against abortion?  What are your personal opinions about abortion?

Anna responds:

Dear E. B.,

 The Church defends all persons from the horror of abortion, which is the taking of an innocent life, because of her understanding of what a person is. Each and every person is a unique and non-repeatable body and soul created by God and made in His image. 

 Each person has a specific mission or vocation given by God that is meant to be fulfilled on this earth, thereby allowing us to return to and remain with Him forever in heaven. Every person is holy because God is holy. The taking of an innocent life is a grave evil and an affront to God who is the author and creator of life. 

 The Church, which is made up of persons, plays a significant role in defending against the evil of abortion. One only needs to contact the hundreds of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers and pro-life groups, that seek to support mothers and their babies through material, emotional and spiritual means to find millions of people showing heroic virtue as they provide aid. There are also hundreds of groups fighting on a political level for just laws to protect the unborn child in the womb and support the mother in providing the necessary material means to provide for her child, through government aid programs and child support laws.

 It is an incredible tragedy, that a mother would ever feel she is in such a place of darkness and despair, that she must chose between her life and the life of her child. Followers of Christ and His Church seek to be a light for these mothers and a reminder of hope in their time of desperation. They enter into the darkness with the mothers and show them the way out. 

 The Followers of Christ become friends, mentors—the hands and feet of Christ—to these mothers and extend this help even further to the fathers, grandparents and siblings of the unborn child as needed. 

 I would encourage you to seek out some personal testimonies for your paper. Life site news may be a helpful resource: https://www.lifesitenews.com

 The Church is and always will be winning the battle, because she teaches truth, who is Jesus Christ. And Jesus Christ defeated the power of sin and death through His death and resurrection. The heart of the battle is about saving souls not about how popular an ideology is, so that even in what can appear to be the darkest hour, the Church is and always will be victorious.

 Lastly, I would like to address adoption, which is often an overlooked and misunderstood option. When the Church promotes adoption, we must be deliberate in recognizing and addressing the tragedy of the situation. Adoption is a difficult and heroic choice because it is the breaking of one family in order to build another. 

 When we fail to recognize the agony, pain, and sacrifice of the birth mother we do her a great disservice. Only when we can enter into her cross and help her to carry such a heavy burden will we begin to see more women choosing this life giving option.

 May God bless you as you write your paper!

 Anna

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The head of secretariat of the synod of bishops was reportedly “furious” about “Remaining in the Truth of Christ,” [Ignatius Press publication] which includes chapters by Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller   (February 25, 2015 12:00 EST   Carl E. Olson)

 

Both Kath.net and Edward Pentin are reporting that Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, head of secretariat of the synod of bishops, ordered the interception of over a hundred copies of the book Remaining in the Truth of Christ, which had been mailed to participants in last October’s Extraordinary Synod. 

The book, which consists of essays by five Cardinals—including Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller—and four other scholars, was written in response to Cardinal Walter Kasper’s book The Gospel of the Family, and defends the Church’s teaching that Catholics who have been divorced and civilly remarried cannot receive Holy Communion. It was edited by Fr. Robert Dodaro, OSA, who was interviewed about it by CWR last September. 

Pentin reports:

Reliable and high level sources allege the head of secretariat of the synod of bishops, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, ordered they be intercepted because they would “interfere with the synod.” 

A source told me that Baldisseri was “furious” the book had been mailed to the participants and ordered staff at the Vatican post office to ensure they did not reach the Paul VI Hall.

Kath.net reports that around 200 copies of the book were mailed, but only a few apparently made it into the hands of the proper recipients, a report that has also been confirmed by Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, of Ignatius Press. Pentin states that the books were mailed through “the proper channels within the Italian and Vatican postal systems”, but that Baldisseri claimed they were mailed “irregularly,” and so the interception of the books was legitimate. 

In other words, Baldisseri has apparently admitted that the books were taken; the dispute is over why they were taken. Pentin further reports that the books were apparently destroyed after being taken.

Three months ago, Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said he knew nothing about allegations regarding the stolen/intercepted/confiscated books, and dismissed the sources for the allegations as not being “serious and objective.” Pentin, a veteran and respected Vatican reporter who recorded a controversial interview with Kasper during the Synod, concludes his report by stating that since December, “the allegations have become more widely known and have been corroborated at the highest levels of the church.”

To read the whole disturbing article, click here.

UPDATE (Feb. 27, 2015): Canon lawyer Dr. Edward Peters weighs in: “It was worse than a crime—it was a blunder”

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Same-Sex “Marriage” and Children: New Study Points Outs Problems

By Father John Flynn, LC

ROME, February 22, 2015 (Zenit.org) – At a time when many states in America have legalized same-sex marriage a new study has provided evidence that the best results for children is that if they are raised in a heterosexual marriage.

A paper published by Donald Paul Simmons, a professor of sociology at the Catholic University of America, looked at a sample of children of over two hundred thousand, including 512 with same-sex parents.

The article, “”Emotional Problems among Children with Same-Sex Parents: Difference by Definition,” was published in the February 2015 edition of the British Journal of Education, Society, and Behavioural Science.

The summary of the findings concluded that emotional problems were over twice as prevalent for children with same-sex parents than for children with opposite-sex parents.

“Joint biological parents are associated with the lowest rate of child emotional problems by a factor of 4 relative to same-sex parents,” the study concluded.

“Intact opposite-sex marriage ensures children of the persistent presence of their joint biological parents; same-sex marriage ensures the opposite,” the article observed.

For the rest of the article, including addressing all the studies that say otherwise, click HERE.

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Canada’s Supreme Court Legalizes Euthanasia: The US will be next…

February 15, 2015

Neither Dignity Nor Justice: Canadas Supreme Court Legalizes Euthanasia By Father John Flynn, LC ROME, February 15, 2015 (Zenit.org) – On February 6 the nine judges of the Canadian Supreme Court legalized euthanasia in a unanimous decision, reversing a previous 1994 ruling. The move continued a tendency towards judicial activism that started with the striking down [...]

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Desire of the Everlasting Hills

February 9, 2015

If you haven’t watched this 1 hour video yet, do so. A good friend told me about it at a men’s conference this weekend where I was speaking. Janet and I turned it on tonight and were captivated. If you want to understand the homosexual lifestyle, the sadness and emptiness it brings — this is [...]

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Cowards Among Us: Gary Sinise (“Leiutenant Dan”) and Bret Baier (Fox News) Succumb to Gay Bullies and the LGBT

January 20, 2015

Word is now circulating around the Catholic world that conservative hero Gary Sinise, along with Fox News anchor Bret Baier, both publicly professed faithful Catholics, cancelled their appearances at a Legatus Summit at the last minute under pressure from the LGBT crowd. … There exists a highly organized cadre of LGBT activists whose job it is [...]

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Two Supreme Court Justices Should Recuse Themselves from ‘Gay’ Marriage Cases

January 19, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg should recuse themselves from any cases involving the homosexual marriage issue on the basis that they have conducted same-sex marriage ceremonies. The justices announced last Friday they will review an appellate ruling that upheld bans on same-sex unions in four states. The case will be [...]

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US Supreme Court to Decide on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

January 17, 2015

Archbishop: “It’s hard to imagine how the essential meaning of marriage … consistent with every society throughout all of human history, could be declared illegal” WASHINGTON, D.C., January 17, 2015 (Zenit.org) – The U. S. Supreme Court granted a request Friday to review the November 2014 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the [...]

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Pope Gives his Take on Divisive Family Meeting

December 10, 2014

Notice a good friends comments below :-) VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis says bishops spoke their minds, and may have even fought among themselves during a divisive church meeting on family issues. But he says no one questioned church teaching on marriage. Francis gave his first complete assessment of the October synod during his [...]

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We Voted Today!

September 26, 2014

Since Janet and I will be out of the country leading groups through Ireland, Israel and the footprints of St. Paul until mid-November, we voted today by absentee ballot. We picked up our ballot and he asked why we needed to vote early. I told him we were Catholics and led Catholic pilgrimages and would [...]

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Hobby Lobby Wins; Religious Freedom Wins!

June 30, 2014

Hobby Lobby just got a victory from the Supreme Court. This is a HUGE legal decision which punches Obamacare right in the face. It is a ruling which defends religious liberty. Any business that objects to abortion and birth-control no longer has to pay it in their health insurance. U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favour [...]

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Lawyers Team Up to Resist the Gay Mafia

June 11, 2014

A team of lawyers is being assembled to make sure there are no more cases like that of Brendan Eich, the CEO of Mozilla. He was forced out of his position for contributing – years earlier — $1,000 to the Proposition 8 campaign in California in which voters themselves decided to define marriage in their [...]

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Family Matters: Priorities in our Lives: Radio Show MP3 on Sean Herriott’s Show

May 7, 2014

Sean Herriott and I are doing a series of shows on Family Matters (which has two meanings if you didn’t notice :-) We’ve done Raising Daughters, Raising Sons, Loving Your Spouse — and this month we did Priorities in the Family. You can listen to it here http://relevantradio.streamguys.us/MA%20Archive/MA20140506c.mp3  Questions and Comments we addressed:  Jesus is always [...]

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How you can push back against Mozilla/Firefox’s gay marriage thuggery

April 22, 2014

National Catholic Register  Sunday, April 06, 2014 5:15 PM, by Jimmy Akin Brendan Eich is the creator of the JavaScript programming language and the co-founder of the Mozilla Corporation, which makes the popular web browser Firefox. Several years ago, he made a donation to support Prop 8, a California ballot measure designed to protect true marriage by definining [...]

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20 Years After Cairo Conference on Population and Development

April 14, 2014

20 Years After Cairo Conference on Population and Development Family Life and the Economy By Father John Flynn, LC ROME, April 14, 2014 (Zenit.org) – Last week the United Nations held a review of the 20 years since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo in 1994. The meeting looked at [...]

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Books for Lovers (Recommended) – Radio Show on Loving Your Spouse

April 3, 2014

I was on the Sean Herriott Show today on Relevant Radio. The topic was Loving Your Spouse. You can listen to it HERE.  During the show I promised to post a link to my list of Books for Lovers. You can see it HERE. Two earlier show: Raising Daughters

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