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Fordham Students Want Their Birth Control Which Y'Know Is a Human Right

A group of Fordham University students calling itself "SAGES" (which hilariously stands for “Students for Sex and Gender Equity and Safety” and therefore makes no sense), is demanding the Catholic university provide contraception.

Generation Fluke is saying their human rights are being denied.

Think Progress reports:

“We demand that the Fordham administration and Board of Trustees take action. Fordham’s outdated policies facilitate a sex-negative campus culture,” the petition, which has garnered about 200 signatures so far, reads. Students are asking the administration to provide free condoms in community spaces, free birth control and STD consultations in the health center, more resources for pregnant students, and more housing options for students who identify as transgender.

The SAGES coalition has been actively challenging Fordham’s birth control policy for the past several weeks, posting flyers around campus and handing out condoms at school events. At football games and homecoming activities this fall, they passed out condoms attached to a message reading, “Students deserve safety.” The student activists with SAGES have also partnered with the “Condom Fairy,” an anonymous sexual health proponent who distributes condoms around Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus.

“Student health and safety is non-negotiable,” one of the organizers with SAGES, senior Rachel Field, told USA Today earlier this month. “The desire to go to an institution of learning should not mean that you have to sacrifice your health to do so. The UN has stated that birth control is a human right… why are we being denied human rights at Fordham?”
They're paying $50 thousand a year plus and the fact that they have to go off campus to Rite Aid is a human rights offense? C'mon.


*subhead*Human rights.*subhead*

Orwellian Deception: Three-Parent Babies Okayed in the U.K.

*subhead*Ministry of Truth*subhead*
It is against the law in the United Kingdom to genetically engineer humans in a way that can be passed onto future generations. This is called a germ-line genetic modification. The three-parent embryo technique, also called mitochondrial replacement (MR), is very much a germ-line modification.

When the majority of the people in the UK told the government they did not want the law changed, the government simply changed the definition of "genetic modification" so the technique could move forward. I think the UK Department of Health needs to change its name to the Ministry of Truth.

Read my piece about The Orwellian Deception: Three-Parent Babies Okayed in the UK at the National Catholic Register.

Rebecca Taylor blogs at Mary Meets Dolly

Ordained Ministers Face Jail for Refusing to Perform Marriage

How often have we heard the argument in favor of same-sex marriage framed as one of freedom as in "freedom to marry." Increasingly, it seems that it means freedom for me but not for thee.

But now two ordained ministers from Idaho are facing fines or jail time for refusing to perform same-sex marriages.

Ryan Anderson writes:

The Idaho case involves Donald and Evelyn Knapp, both ordained ministers, who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel. Officials from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, told the couple that because the city has a non-discrimination statute that includes sexual orientation and gender identity, and because the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Idaho’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, the couple would have to officiate at same-sex weddings in their own chapel.

The non-discrimination statute applies to all “public accommodations,” and the city views the chapel as a public accommodation.

On Friday, a same-sex couple asked to be married by the Knapps, and the Knapps politely declined. The Knapps now face a 180-day jail term and $1,000 fine for each day they decline to celebrate the same-sex wedding.

A week of honoring their faith and declining to perform the ceremony could cost the couple three and a half years in jail and $7,000 in fines.

Last week, A North Carolina official resigned Thursday rather than perform gay marriages. I see that. The guy has a job. He refuses to do the job so he resigns. That makes sense.

But these folks aren't public officials. They're ordained ministers. And if people want to get married they don't need these two to do it.

Increasingly, the secularist agenda seems to mean the end of liberty.



*subhead*Liberty.*subhead*

Interview of Edward Pentin By Michael Voris

This is excellent. Ed Pentin describes the circumstances of his Kasper interview and gives his impression of the Synod. Kudos to Michael Voris for the good work he has done reporting from Rome these past weeks.



*subhead*Interesting.*subhead*

Small Reflection on The Synod & Pope Paul VI

As we head to the Beatification of Pope Paul VI tomorrow, there are surely positive things to say about the Pope and his singular achievement, Humanae Vitae, but a little context is certainly necessary.

HV was an attempt to get all the worms back in the can the Pope had opened with the Pontifical Commission on Birth Control and its report. It is beyond debate that he and all the Popes since have been unable to put the worms back in that can. How many souls have been lost because of it?

Again, no doctrine changed, but the report of an advisory committee to the Pope did untold damage. Something to keep in mind.

*subhead*History repeats?*subhead*

Sayonara Synod- Not So Fast

So the synod is finally over. Not by a longshot.

Go over the Register to see me admit that I was wrong about the Synod and how this is just the beginning of our pain.

*subhead*I was wrong*subhead*

What If Pentin Hadn't Taped the Interview?

Just a quick question. As we all know now, Cardinal Kasper gave an interview which Ed Pentin of the Register and Zenit reported on in which he denigrated the African bishops. When the outrage ensued, he denied ever giving the interview and said he'd never said any of those things. Pentin, however, taped the interview.

But here's my question. If he hadn't, Pentin's career would've been harmed. Possibly irreparably. Would Cardinal Kasper have admitted to the interview or simply watched another man's life be possibly destroyed?

There's no answer. But perhaps we have our answer in that Cdl. Kasper is now publicly faulting Pentin for not maintaining "journalistic methods" because he didn't know he was being taped.

He now says he was giving an interview to two other journalists and Pentin recorded it without his knowledge. So at first he did deny saying those things but now is just saying he didn't say it to Pentin. He just said it near him.

Sooo...I'm thinking we have our answer to my question.



*subhead*Standards.*subhead*

Kasper: It Was Merely "A Working Interview"

[Breaking News] Today Cardinal Kasper gave another interview to speak about the interview that has made so much news these past days.

Cardinal Kasper said**, "The reason I said I never said that is because the interview I gave to Ed Pentin was just a "working interview" and not the final interview, so it doesn't mean anything. It was just a discussion I was having with myself, but what I said is not representative I what I was saying to myself.

 However, I know that the Pope backs me in this conversation, well at least part of me. I feel very confident by the time the synod is over, I will actually believe what I was saying about the African Bishops, but I am not quite there yet. But I believe I am coming around. What you say is not actually the truth of what you said, no such rigidity of thought does not speak to modern man. The truth of what I said must be arrived at through the law of gradualness and the Church must accompany me on this journey. When I said I didn't say it, that was meeting myself where I was and now I am on the road to the fullness of the truth of what I said.

Of course, the media doesn't understand the nature of these private conversations I have with myself in front of other people with recording devices, and so they completely misinterpret it. To me, this kind of thing is a direct attack on the Pope, who clearly backs what half of me is saying."

**SATIRE** for the humor challenged.

*subhead*A lil satire for your morning*subhead*

AZ Democratic Gov. Candidate Comes Out Against Parental Consent for Abortion for Minors

Arizona Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal said that 14-year olds should be allowed to get abortions with no parental consent.



But only pro-lifers can be extremists, you know.

*subhead*Radical.*subhead*

Big. Fat. Liar.

Words cannot even express my shock at the events that transpired over the last 36 hours with regard to the interview Cardinal Kasper gave to Ed Pentin of the Register and Zenit.

For the uninitiated, Kasper gave a despicable interview in which he denigrated the African bishops in a totally repulsive way.

[Kasper:] Africa is totally different from the West. Also Asian and Muslim countries, they’re very different, especially about gays. You can’t speak about this with Africans and people of Muslim countries. It’s not possible. It’s a taboo. For us, we say we ought not to discriminate, we don’t want to discriminate in certain respects.

But are African participants listened to in this regard?

[Kasper:] No, the majority of them [who hold these views won’t speak about them].

They’re not listened to?

[Kasper:] In Africa of course [their views are listened to], where it’s a taboo.

What has changed for you, regarding the methodology of this synod?

[Kasper:] I think in the end there must be a general line in the Church, general criteria, but then the questions of Africa we cannot solve. There must be space also for the local bishops’ conferences to solve their problems but I’d say with Africa it’s impossible [for us to solve]. But they should not tell us too much what we have to do.
The response to his disgusting remarks was swift in the media. It even drive the Pope to appoint an African Cardinal to the draft committee for the final Relatio.

The interview was so shocking and repulsive that it seriously undermined the Cardinal in his efforts to destroy the Church. That's right, I said it.

Anyway faced with such a setback, the Cardinal came out today and denied he said those things. Denied even that the interview took place and was unequivocal that he never and would never say such things. [via and translated by CWR]
Rome (kath.net, October 16, 2014). The retired Curial prelate Cardinal Walter Kasper, in speaking with kath.net on Thursday afternoon, denied alleged statements of his about African bishops. His exact words were: “I am shocked. I never said such a thing about Africans and would never say such a thing either. I declare: no one from Zenit contacted me in recent days and weeks and no one asked me for an interview. No one from Zenit got an interview from me.” Kasper also announced that he would take the Zenit news agency to task. In its summary of the Zenit interview, kath.net pointed out from the beginning that it was unclear whether the interview had been authorized in the first place by the Curial cardinal. [translated for CWR by Michael J. Miller]
That statement led Zenit, who published the interview, to pull it.

I mean, who you gonna believe?  A dirty rotten journalist or a Prince of the Church?

That is exactly what Cardinal Kasper was counting on.  Who would dare believe otherwise?

What Cardinal Kasper wasn't counting on is that those little devices that everyone carries called phones can also record voices.

Ed Pentin recorded the interview.

Cardinal Kasper is a Big. Fat. Liar. and a disgrace to the Church he is trying to destroy.

Go see Ed Pentin's statement here and listen to the audio itself.
*subhead*Kasper is a disgrace!!*subhead*