ProLife & Family Issues

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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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 of about laws, then the introduction of same-sex marriage, and the striking down of laws on prostitution.

While technically the court did not eliminate the legal prohibition regarding assisted suicide it said that it no longer applied to a person consents to the termination of their life and has a “grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease or disability) that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his or her condition.”

Commentators pointed out that this is not limited to terminal illnesses and could even apply to persons with psychological problems, including depression.

The effect of the decision is suspended for twelve months so that parliament has an opportunity to pass a law on this matter. With an election coming up later in the year in October there is doubt that a law will be passed in the near future.

“Grievous and irremediable” is not the same as terminal, never mind “at the end of life,” while what is “intolerable” is explicitly left “to the individual” to decide,” Canada’s National Post newspaper observed in a February 6 editorial.

“We believe such an open-ended liberalization to be unwise and dangerous,” it concluded, after having commented that the Canadian decision seems to follow the more liberal models of the Netherlands and Belgium.

The archbishop of Gatineau, Paul-André Durocher, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement the same day as the decision in which he said that Catholics are called upon to help all those in need and that comforting the dying has long been a part of Christian mercy.

No mercy

“Helping someone commit suicide, however, is neither an act of justice or mercy, nor is it part of palliative care,” he added.

“The Bishops of our country invite Canadians, especially Catholics, to do all they can to bring comfort and support for all those who are dying and for their loved ones, so that no one, because of loneliness, vulnerability, loss of autonomy, or fear of pain and suffering, feels they have no choice but to commit suicide,” he said.

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Family and Life also criticized the decision saying that it was a “sad day for our country.”

“Christ calls each of us to do everything in our power to serve the most vulnerable in our society, to eliminate suffering — but never at the price of eliminating those who suffer,” the statement explained.

The court, the declaration continued, based “its decision on false notions of autonomy and human dignity; these terms are being misused in such a way as to seriously weaken the common good.”

The organization also raised the question about the rights and autonomy of those in the health care field who in the future may find themselves obligated to help kill people, particularly as the population ages and there is increasing pressure on resources.

“We need to ask ourselves: Can anyone feel safe in a society in which the state, having relieved us of the responsibility of being our brother’s keeper, has given some among us permission to be his killer?” they concluded.

Suicide creep

In a February 6 press release the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada pointed out the many problems associated with countries and states that have legalized euthanasia.

For example, in Belgium, a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that 32% of euthanasia deaths took place without the express request of the patient. Most of these cases involved persons 80 years or older who were mostly in a coma or had dementia.

In the Netherlands, they referred to data showing that the number of deaths by euthanasia doubled between 2008 and 2013. Moreover, in recent times the right to assisted suicide has expanded to include babies.

“The Institute of Marriage and Family Canada sees no evidence to believe ‘suicide creep’ won’t also happen in Canada,” they declared.

“At the time when our physical powers fail us, every Canadian will now be obliged to calculate how much love and support is too much to ask of others,” commented a statement from the Council of Canadians with Disabilities.

“The Canadian disability movement remains united in our claim that the lives of people with disabilities matter,” they said.

In an address last November 15 to the Italian Catholic Physician’s Association Pope Francis said that: “in the light of faith and right reason, human life is always sacred and always has ‘quality’.”

“Every human life is sacred,” Pope Francis declared: A concept that unfortunately does not find favor with the justices of the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Desire of the Everlasting Hills

by Steve Ray on February 9, 2015

Click on image for the movie - it is worth your time!

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 a great movie. Three honest people who lived the gay lifestyle for decades tell the story of their coming to grips with their life. 

I highly recommend you take an hour and watch this movie which is a tear-jerker in places. It will help you understand, sympathize with and relate to those among us who struggle with homosexuality. It will help set the tone for how we relate to and love our fellow men and women, especially those who have turned to Jesus Christ and decided to live a life of holiness.

For some reason I am unable to embed it but you can watch it HERE.

 

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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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Brilliant 12 Year Old Exposes Abortion and all the Arguments for it

April 3, 2014

This girl presents a 5 minute speech to her class – eloquent and comprehensive.

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A Good Priest Friend in Deep Water Concerning Homosexuality after Teaching JPII’s “Theology of the Body”

March 31, 2014

  My good friend Fr. Kauth from Charlotte NC is embroiled in a huge fracas because of teaching JPII’s Theology of the Body in a Catholic High School. He is the chaplain at the high school. He invited a Dominican Sister to give a speech. She has a doctorate in theology. In the course of [...]

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