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Pro-Life Videographers Cleared of All Charges

Good news. I won't say justice has been served because it was an injustice that they were charged in the first place and that Planned Parenthood has not faced the legal consequences of their illegal and morally atrocious behavior.

The Daily Beast reports:

A Texas judge on Tuesday dismissed the final remaining charge against the two anti-abortion activists responsible for infamous undercover videos depicting themselves attempting to purchase fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood facilities. Upon the request of the Harris County prosecutor’s office, District Judge Brock Thomas dismissed the final charge of tampering with government records against 27-year-old David Daleiden and 63-year-old Sandra Merritt. The felony charge could have carried up to a 20-year prison sentence for each of the defendants.
Some light here is that what Planned Parenthood did, while not bringing scrutiny from the law, has been seen by millions. And what has been seen cannot be unseen. More people know the truth about Planned Parenthood now.


ISIS Raids Morning Mass, Kills Priest in Normandy

An elderly Catholic priest was killed and many, including at least two nuns and several daily mass-goers, were taken hostage as two knife-wielding terrorists reportedly yelling "Allah Akbar" stormed the morning Mass while wielding knives.

84-year-old Father Jacques Hamel, was killed by the attackers at Saint Etiennce's in the town of Saint Etienne du Rouvray. The attackers themselves were killed by police upon attempting to leave the church.

ISIS has reportedly declared responsibility for the attack. In response, President Francois Hollande stated ISIS had declared war on France.

Disturbingly, it had been reported that one of the terrorists was already a "convicted terrorist" who was supposedly being tracked with an electronic tag and was supposed to be living with his parents. According to reports, he was allowed to leave the home in the mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The morning Mass began at 9 a.m.

The only reason police were alerted to the violence is that one of the nuns was able to escape from the Church and sounded the alarm.

Father Jacques Hamel was reportedly ordained in 1958 and had served as the parish priest there for two decades. He was described as a "treasure" who "didn't like to draw attention to himself."

A spokesperson for the Vatican condemned the incident as a "barbarous killing".

President Hollande said: "We are facing a group Daesh that has declared war. We have to fight this war by all means necessary...What these terrorists want to do is to divide us. For all the Catholics in France I am thinking of them...We are facing yet another trial and the threat levels are extremely high and will remain extremely high."

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls tweeted, "All of France and her Catholic citizens have been wounded. We stand in solidarity."

This attack comes less than two weeks after the terrorist attack at Nice in which 84 people were killed.

We should all pray.

7 Religious Liberty Quotes from Founding Fathers You Should Know

Despite being guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution, religious liberty is in the crosshairs of many of our most powerful elected officials. But our Founding Fathers were very clear about ensuring religious liberty for all Americans.

Here are 7 quotes from our Founding Fathers concerning religious liberty which you should know.

"Nothing is more dreaded than the national government meddling with religion." —John Adams, in a letter to Benjamin Rush. 1812

"[T]hat the opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction; that to suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the field of opinion and to restrain the profession or propagation of principles on supposition of their ill tendency is a dangerous fallacy, which at once destroys all religious liberty." —Thomas Jefferson, 1779.

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Cardinal Burke's Mother Was Advised to Abort Him

Cardinal Raymond Burke reveals one very important reason the issue of abortion is a personal one.

Catholic Herald UK:

Cardinal Raymond Burke has revealed that his mother was advised to abort him.

In a new book-length interview with the French journalist Guillaume d’Alançon, Cardinal Burke says that when his mother was pregnant with him, she became seriously ill and a doctor advised her to have an abortion.

According to Cardinal Burke, the doctor said: “You already have five children, it is important for you to be in good health so as to take care of them”.

“My parents refused,” says the cardinal, who is now chaplain to the Order of Malta. “My parents told him that they believed in God and that Christ would give them the necessary help. My mother gave birth to me, and everything went well.

“I was therefore quite touched by this question of defending human life, because I could very well have been killed.”

In the book, entitled Hope for the World, Cardinal Burke argues that the “ferocious attack against life today” results from “the distortion of the sexual act by contraception”, and urges Catholics to defend human life.

He adds: “The devil, of course, wants to discourage us: he tries to sow doubt in our minds about defending human life publicly. And he subtly tempts us to remain silent, to mute our conscience, to tell ourselves that we are personally against abortion but do not have to express our faith and moral convictions in public.”
The Church has few great leaders like Cardinal Burke. God bless him and pray that he can continue on for years to come.


Parish Deactivates Twitter Account After Praising Tim Kaine?

The day after Tim Kaine was announced as Hillary's vice-presidential pick, his parish St. Elizabeth's in Virginia tweeted out a congratulatory tweet that CNN reporter Betsy Klein retweeted.

Needless to say, this did not go over well. It seems many weren't crazy about the idea of a pro-abortion, Planned Parenthood supporting, gay marriage supporting Catholic was getting props from his Catholic parish.

And then finally, this:

Whoa. Wonder what happened there.


Resistance Is Futile: Vatican Power Politics

Over at the Remnant, I discuss the latest political power plays out of the Vatican and ultimately what that might mean for the SSPX. It might be the opposite of what you think.

Give it a read and let me know what you think.


When To Cut Your Child's Ties To a Friend

This is what you call crowdsource parenting.

My teenage daughter has been friends with this other girl since she can remember. I think they met in Kindergarten. Nice kid. And by "nice kid" I mean that I've never seen her be mean to anyone on purpose. And being a parent of four girls, I've met many girls whom I couldn't say the same thing about.

However... (you knew it was coming, right?) the last three years or so her language has become coarser. My daughter or I will typically point it out politely and she always apologizes. And I can tell she means it. Also her manner of dress has become a bit more... revealing. She talks a lot about getting tattoos and multiple piercings.

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Don't Worry Debbie. Last Convention, Dems Booed God.

Watch as Debbie Wasserman Schultz gets booed off the stage this morning at the Florida delegate breakfast. Mind you, this is the Florida delegation. Imagine what will happen when she attempts to gavel the convention start tonight.

But hey, last convention they booed God. So Debbie, you're in good company anyway.

The interesting question I have is are they booing her because she was corrupt or are they booing her because she got caught.


Note to Catholic Pols: The "Seamless Garment" is not an Invisibility Cloak for Evil.

Increasingly, the metaphorical "seamless garment" is being used as a blanket to cover things. Note to Catholic politicians: the "seamless garment" is not an invisibility cloak for evil.

It is intended to reveal the faith to us more fully so that we can realize the fullness of the faith and see how God's love applies to every part of our life.

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Media Code for Catholics Like Tim Kaine or Rick Santorum

Here's the media code. Pro-lifers like Rick Santorum or Bobby Jindal are called "fundamentalist Catholics" or "Conservative Catholics" while others like Joe Biden and Tim Kaine are called "devout Catholics" or "former altar boy." Got it?

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