Varia — May 25, 2018

1. Ireland is voting today on the repeal of their constitutional protection of unborn human beings. If passed, the repeal will have far-reaching consequences beyond abortion: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/repeal-s-constitutional-change-would-carry-deep-legal-implications-1.3504345

2. Just in case anyone still believes that Amnesty International actually supports human rights for all: https://www.amnesty.org/en/what-we-do/sexual-and-reproductive-rights/abortion-facts/

3. Another miracle of pre-natal medicine once again exposes the irrationality of those who think an unborn child is just a non-person potential life blob of tissue right to privacy woman’s choice: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/25/health/fetal-bone-marrow-transplant.html

4. And just in case anyone still believes that the Democratic Party still respects religious freedom for those who dissent from the new sexual orthodoxy: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/05/22/top-senate-democrats-introduce-bill-to-amend-religious-freedom-restoration-act

5. A pregnancy center strikes back against the campaign of lies: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pro-life-pregnancy-center-demands-removal-from-libelous-video-13368

6. The Holy Father on homosexuality: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/report-pope-francis-affirms-church-practice-against-admitting-gay-men-to-seminary-65273

7. The pro-life pope: https://aleteia.org/2018/05/24/pope-phones-woman-planning-to-abort-her-baby-convinces-her-to-choose-life

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Varia — May 25, 2018

Varia — May 24, 2018

1. A California appeals court upheld the lower court’s rejection of their assisted suicide law: http://gpbnews.org/post/court-upholds-ruling-against-californias-assisted-suicide-law

2. Just look north to see what legalization of assisted suicide will bring – Quebec shows a huge increase in death by doctor: http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.ca/2018/05/quebec-euthanasia-deaths-increase-by-67.html Note also the significant reporting problems, including refusals by doctors to submit information.

3. And a CDF document on end-of-life issues may be in the works: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimmy-akin/pope-hints-at-new-cdf-document-on-end-of-life-issues

4. Gender ideology is now dividing mainline Christian churches, and taking them away from orthodoxy: https://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2018/5/22/waves-of-transgender-news-add-to-difficult-agenda-confronting-religious-traditionalists Maybe the CDF could take a look at this next?

5. The evil regime in China can’t abide the statue of a martyr: https://www.ucanews.com/news/saints-statue-removed-as-repression-gathers-pace-in-china/82399

6. Rats, the end of the world happened on April 23rd and I missed it: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/04/april-23-apocalypse-nibiru-rapture-end-time-myth-science/

7. Pray for Ireland!

Varia — May 24, 2018

Varia — Mary 23, 2018

1. I blogged on the terrible anti-Muslim comments generated by a religious freedom ad on our Facebook page, and the need to fight for religious freedom for everyone: http://www.archny.org/news/what-do-you-see-in-this-picture

2. Interesting story about how the Susan B Anthony List went from skepticism to full-out support for the President: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/22/anti-abortion-forces-trump-561191

3. Cardinal Mueller calls out the totalitarianism of gender ideology: https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2018/05/22/ex-vatican-doctrine-czar-calls-homophobia-a-hoax-psycho-terrorism/

4. Another vicious assault kills an unborn baby, but thanks to NY’s outmoded laws, it can be done with impunity: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/stabbed-pregnant-woman-loses-unborn-child-bronx-article-1.4002884 The consistency with our wide-open abortion law is obvious.

5. Cardinal Dolan offers some words of wisdom and charity, but also asks for clarification: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/dolan-popes-reported-remarks-to-gay-man-while-beautiful-could-require-clarification-91809

6. The political divide in America is creating a two-party system where one is religious and the other not: https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2018/05/the-new-divide-in-american-politics

Varia — Mary 23, 2018

Varia — May 22, 2018

1. Thanks to NY’s antiquated law, people who inflict violence on unborn children can’t be prosecuted: https://nypost.com/2018/05/20/legal-loophole-means-its-not-homicide-to-kill-a-wanted-unborn-child/ Just in case anyone needs a reminder of why that law is needed: http://www.lifenews.com/2018/05/21/doctor-spiked-pregnant-girlfriends-drink-with-the-abortion-pill-because-he-didnt-want-to-be-a-father/

2. A former hospice administrator admits to murder for profit: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/a-hospice-that-hurried-death-texas-courts-to-weigh-criminal-charges-68173

3. More distorted statistical studies about abortion around the world from the Guttmacher Institute: https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/guttmacher-study-global-abortion-rates-misleading/

4. Lots of newly registered voters and narrowing polls mean that the Irish abortion referendum will be a real nail-biter: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/125000-additional-irish-register-to-vote-on-abortion-referendum-64950 Please pray for Ireland!

5. Meanwhile, millions of Argentines oppose legalizing abortion: https://cruxnow.com/global-church/2018/05/21/3-5-million-argentines-rally-against-bill-to-liberalize-abortion/

6. The forces of tolerance, gender ideology division, are pushing the legal profession into becoming the language police: http://reason.com/volokh/2018/05/21/will-lawyers-be-punishable-for-using-the

7. Some very wise counsel from JD Flynn on the difficulty of answering the question of why we suffer, even when you’re the Pope: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/commentary-did-the-pope-say-that-god-made-someone-gay-27349

Varia — May 22, 2018

Varia — May 21, 2018

1. Nice profile of the dedicated Irish pro-lifers who are fighting to preserve their constitutional protection of unborn children: https://cruxnow.com/church-in-uk-and-ireland/2018/05/21/irish-save-the-8th-activists-become-pro-life-role-models/ Pray for Ireland!

2. The pro-life movement needs to emphasize adoption and foster care much more: https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/adoption-foster-care-must-be-pro-life-priority/

3. Amazing that a major news outlet is actually reporting on a new study that shows that women who have had abortions face an increased risk of mental health problems: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/abortion-tied-to-sharp-decline-in-womens-mental-health/

4. China may finally end its evil two-child policy: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-21/china-said-to-consider-ending-birth-limits-as-soon-as-this-year

5. Once again, proof that sin is infectious and corrupts everything it touches – Swiss euthanasia clinic head is accused of financial exploitation: https://www.thelocal.ch/20180518/head-of-swiss-assisted-suicide-group-dignitas-in-court-on-charges-of-profiteering

6. Next tool in the pro-life argument – 3d prints of your unborn child: https://3dprint.com/207320/embryo-3d-printed-babies/

Varia — May 21, 2018

Varia — May 18, 2018

1. Blogged about the latest attack on religious liberty, this one in Philadelphia: http://www.archny.org/news/intolerance-in-philadelphia

2. The Administration announces plans to issue regulations that would ban federal contraception funding from organizations that also host abortion clinics (ahem, Planned Parenthood): https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/planned-parenthood-trump-cuts-funding-good-pro-life-step/ Starving the beast. Good job.

3. Important new document from the Holy See on the world economy. Here are two summaries: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/vatican-document-calls-for-ethical-discernment-in-face-of-vast-economic-ine and https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/analysis-the-solid-grounds-of-the-cdfs-new-economics-document-43963. Full document here: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20180106_oeconomicae-et-pecuniariae_en.html

4. Church leaders speak out about the violence in Israel: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/catholic-leaders-decry-use-of-disproportionate-force-at-gaza-israel-border-30968

5. The Holy Father calls for peace: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-05/pope-francis-appeal-peace-holy-land-middle-east.html#play

6. One hundred twenty-two years ago today the Supreme Court blew a gigantic hole through the Fourteenth Amendment by upholding “separate but equal” segregation, laying the legal foundation for Jim Crow: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plessy_v._Ferguson It took sixty years to correct this injustice. The clock is still ticking on Roe v. Wade, but we never give up hope and hard work.

Varia — May 18, 2018

Varia — May 17, 2018

1. Philadelphia refuses to place children through a Catholic foster care agency – even though there’s a desperate need for placements — solely because of their intolerance of Catholic religious beliefs about same-sex “marriage”: https://www.becketlaw.org/media/breaking-philly-foster-families-ask-court-stop-city-shutting-critical-foster-care-services/

2. The courts, at the urging of the Administration (thanks!) continue to pound nails into the coffin of the HHS Mandate: http://religionclause.blogspot.com/2018/05/injunction-entered-against-obama-era.html

3. US birthrates continue to drop precipitously: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/388122-us-childbirth-rates-drop-to-30-year-low

4. The Church in Ireland is asking for prayers for the defeat of the referendum to repeal their pro-life constitutional amendment: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/church-pleads-for-prayers-ahead-of-irelands-abortion-referendum-97467

5. The Frassati Fellowship is sponsoring a prayer vigil here in NYC the night before the referendum: https://www.facebook.com/events/251051595631893/

6. We need to pray for our friends in the Methodist Church, whose bishops have endorsed a plan to remove the immemorial teaching of the Church on human sexuality from their Book of Discipline, and thus to make orthodoxy optional: https://religionnews.com/2018/05/14/united-methodist-activists-unsatisfied-with-bishops-recommended-plan-to-avert-schism/ This calls to mind Neuhaus’ Law – when orthodoxy becomes optional, it eventually becomes forbidden.

7. On this day in 1954, the Supreme Court righted an old wrong and ruled that “separate but equal” was a violation of the Constitution: https://www.thirteen.org/wnet/supremecourt/rights/landmark_brown.html Bravo.

Varia — May 17, 2018