An Open Letter to Planned Parenthood

07/20/2015 Comments (19)

By David Goehring from San Francisco, CA, USA (Footsies) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Dear Planned Parenthood,

We don't care about your labels.

After the surfacing of an undercover video showing a director of yours discussing fetal body parts over lunch, you've mutated it into a debate about labels. In your official statement in response to the undercover video, you apologize for a lack of "compassion."  But, your word choice is telling.

You say they aren't "body parts," just "tissue." And, you aren't "selling" the tissue, just "donating" it. You claim you are simply collecting "actual costs," not incurring a "financial benefit" from the transactions.

Why all this meticulousness over labels?

This is due to the fact that the whole legality of your actions in the video...READ MORE

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“In a Fallen World, One Voice Is Not Heard”

A Message from Courage International's Fr. Paul Check

07/20/2015 Comments (12)

In today's popular culture, homosexuality and sexual promiscuity are front and center: The Supreme Court's decision last month in Obergefell v. Hodges legalized same-sex marriage in all fifty states. The Boy Scouts have now accepted gay troop leaders. Parades of rainbow flags march along city streets, and Hollywood stars celebrate “coming out” as a brave expression of one's true self.

But one voice is not heard amidst the cacophony of voices in support of same-sex marriage and homosexual “rights.” That voice, says Fr. Paul Check, is the voice of the man or woman with same-sex attraction who trusts that what the Catholic Church teaches is true and leads to fulfillment. Father Check,...READ MORE

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We Must Obey God Rather Than Men

The family has become the terrestrial arena over which a huge supernatural battle of good vs. evil is being fought.

07/20/2015 Comments (21)

"St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher". Artist unknown.

Bishop Michael Jarrell of Lafayette must be commended for his intuitive grasp of the seriousness of the Obergefell ruling, and its implications for Catholics, to say nothing of his clarity in communicating this to his flock. He said in a recent statement:

Let me state very plainly that no human court has the authority to change what God has written into the law of creation. This ruling is irreconcilable with the nature and definition of marriage as established by Divine Law. The marital covenant was established by God with its proper nature and laws.

I realize that this ruling will create conscience problems for many Catholics, especially those in public office. In some cases, civil...READ MORE

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Our Culture's Sacred Stories

07/20/2015 Comments (11)

I can’t help but like Kathy Shaidle, the scrappy author of a Canadian blog called Five Feet of Fury. I’ve always had a weakness for people who tell you exactly what they think and never bother to mince words and Shaidle is all that. One of the most forthright critics of Canada’s Tyranny of Nice and a courageous proponent of free speech in the face of a Nanny State, she’s had her share of suffering, as have we all, but she is not the sort of person to demand that everybody Observe the Pieties on her behalf and she can often be screamingly funny when it comes to the sort of hushed silences we are expected to observe on behalf of the sundry movements which batten on human suffering as a way...READ MORE

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Her Tone Was Not the Problem

07/18/2015 Comments (32)

So imagine this: You're caught on video munching on a salad and slurping red wine while chortling about how you crush babies in order to maximize profit and you apologize for...YOUR TONE?

What? Is there an appropriate tone that makes discussing tearing humans apart limb from limb for profit acceptable?

Planned Parenthood's president Cecile Richard offered an apology for what the abortion giant's top doctor said in the now infamous video. "Our top priority is the compassionate care that we provide. In the video, one of our staff members speaks in a way that does not reflect that compassion. This is unacceptable, and I personally apologize for the staff member's tone and statements," said...READ MORE

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The Land of Stories: An Enchanting Series I'm Enjoying with My Daughter

07/18/2015 Comments (3)

This summer, my ten-year-old has reached a milestone: she's finally finishing books. Instead of starting one, and then another, and then another, until a pile of 20 is beside her bed and a different pile of 10 is scattered around the house, she's starting and finishing books.

Which means she's adding to my reading pile at an alarming (and delightful) rate.

When she first introduced me to The Land of Stories: A Wishing Spell, I thought it looked cute, maybe even good. The concept sounded good, but I have a streak of cynical that can't even be cured by great covers or New York Times bestseller status.

The premise of the first book: twins Alex and Connor are given a favorite old fairy tale...READ MORE

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We Must Defend the Babies With Greater Strength and Strategy

Pro-life people have been losing in the game of grown-up politics for a very long time now. It's time to change that.

07/17/2015 Comments (45)

Angelo Visconti (1829-1861), "The Massacre of the Innocents"

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, issued a video statement concerning her organization's selling of aborted-baby body parts.

Pro-life people know that these body parts came from babies who were murdered by Planned Parenthood. They watch the video of one of the doctors who does this murdering, chomping on her salad and swilling down her wine as she discusses the best way to kill the child while preserving its organs for sale.

This is ghastly, grisly business. It is grotesque.

Pro-life people, who understand that this is an innocent child whose murder the doctor is discussing, almost have the oxygen sucked out of their lungs by the cavalier manner in...READ MORE

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St. Camillus de Lellis, Rash Vows, and Sanctity’s Daily Grind

Life is largely composed not of high points, but of interludes and codas – a rich soil in which the seeds of sanctity can grow.

07/17/2015 Comments (3)

Leonardo Antonio Olivieri (1689–c.1750), "The Immaculate Virgin with Saint Anthony and Saint Camillo of Lellis"

“All vows are rash vows.”
—​G.K. Chesterton

One of the nicest things about listening to classic rock is also one of its drawbacks: the familiarity. “Not Led Zeppelin [or “The Stones,” or “The Who,” or fill in the blank] again,” my kids might say if I’m behind the wheel. “Can’t we listen to something new?”

“Sure,” I’ll concede (if I’m in a tolerant mood). “Why not?” Then I’ll immediately poke the preset button on the dash and switch to a station more to their liking. It doesn’t matter what oldie is already playing at that moment – Supertramp, Fleetwood Mac, even the Stones – because it’s all been heard before, and it’ll all come around again in the playlist soon enough. Any given...READ MORE

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