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Fr. John Holowell Has Something to Say to Cecile Richards. Kinda' Awesome.

Fr. John Hollowell of the archdiocese of Indianapolis, in a video message to Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, warns that "here comes the Catholic Church."

“We have no doubt that in 20 or 50 or 100 years, other societies and other civilizations will look back and will lump your organization in with the slave traders, the Nazis, the communists, all those groups that have always sought to oppress people.”

Your inspiring video of the day.



HT CNS News.

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Commonweal Worries about "Trump's Dangerous Authoritarianism," Ignores Hillary

Commonweal frets about "Trump's Dangerous Authoritarianism" but for some reason completely ignores Hillary Clinton's bullying authoritarianism on abortion and religious freedom.

Hey remember, when Hillary said, "deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed."

Nothing to worry about there, I guess.



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“Faith Under Fire: Dramatic Stories of Christian Courage” Hits Bookstores Today

Faith Under Fire: Dramatic Stories of Christian Courage celebrates the lives of eighteen Christian men, women, and children who chose to do what they knew to be right, even if the rest of the world hated them for it. Read the fascinating behind-the-scenes true stories of Christians who made the headlines, including: Mother Antonia Brenner, Heather Mercer, Fr. Mychal Judge, Jill Stanek, Sister Laura Mainetti, Jack Phillips, Joe Kennedy, and George Isajiw.

These behind-the-scenes stories of Christians who made courageous decisions in a moment of crisis, reveal the courage and inner strength of these individuals who chose life in Christ, even when it meant public ridicule, rejection, or death.

This book is about decisions and consequences and the emotional journey in between, and delivers a beautiful and much-needed message of hope. Each story concludes with questions that may be used for group discussion or personal reflection.

Matthew Archbold is a professional journalist, blogger and columnist for Catholic Digest and National Catholic Register. He and his brother Patrick produce the Creative Minority Report: We Laugh Because We Believe.


What Others Are Saying :

“Superb. In a world that can seem increasingly hopeless, Faith under Fire is a bright beacon of hope. In this brief but absorbing book, Matt Archbold has compiled stories that will leave any reader uplifted, inspired, consoled, and enriched. These are stories of our time that will remain timeless—and I know I’ll be turning to them again and again for my preaching as great examples of faith and hope. Thank you, Matt, for reminding us that faith under fire can be forged into something beautiful.” —Deacon Greg Kandra, award-winning journalist and multimedia editor of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association

“Despair is one of the devil’s greatest weapons. If Satan can’t make us abandon belief in God logically, he can worm his way into our psyches by showing us as much darkness as possible. Matt Archbold has put together a refreshing set of stories that remind us of the words of John’s Gospel: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” —Matt Swaim, communications director of the Coming Home Network and author, Prayer in the Digital Age and Your College Faith: Own It!

“In an age of people running for safe spaces, trembling at the news, and jumping at their own shadows, Matt Archbold has given us a wonderful gift with this splendid collection of stories of Christian courage. They remind us that in every age, people have been afraid, but in every age, God has poured out the boldness of Christ into the hearts of his saints by the power of the Holy Spirit too. Read this book and be encouraged to follow Christ with moxie.” —Mark P. Shea, author, By What Authority?: An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition

“Matt Archbold’s book Faith under Fire highlights the urgent need for a national conversation about—and defense of—religious liberty, the bedrock of our nation. Archbold powerfully explains the ongoing instances where Christians are facing persecution for living out their religious convictions—an all-too-common reality in recent years. For me, the most powerful stories in this book recognize the sacredness and dignity of every human life, both inside the womb and out.” —Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List

“You won’t hear about the heroes profiled in this book on the evening news. Those held up as ‘heroes’ or examples of ‘courage’ in today’s world are often at odds with our Christian faith. But it takes real courage to stand strong in the face of injustice, violence, and the unknown. In this inspiring book, Matt Archbold tells the moving stories of Christians who held onto their faith, even under the most trying of circumstances. A gifted reporter and storyteller, Archbold makes these true stories come to life. Check it out—Faith under Fire will light a fire in your faith!” —Danielle Bean, author, publisher of Catholic Digest magazine

“In a world of growing religious apathy and anti-religious antipathy, both secular and governmental, these stirring stories of faith and love in action, even at the risk of life and liberty, may inspire a generation that may be asked for even more.” —Patrick Archbold, co-creator of the Creative Minority Report

“Faith under Fire includes powerful stories about Jill Stanek, Dr. George Isajiw, Catherine Adair, and Jessica Chominski. Each of these individuals made great personal sacrifices to defend unborn children. These stories will doubtless inspire not only Christians, but people of all faith traditions to defend the sanctity of all human life.” —Michael New, visiting associate professor, department of economics, Ave Maria University

Please check it out at Franciscan Media or at Amazon.

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New Polling Shows Great Support for Restricting Abortion

Last year I attended the Vita Institute run by the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. It was one of the most educational and inspiring events of my adult life. There, I met Michael New who delivered a speech on the pro-life movement. He's a smarty pants type who's fun to talk to afterwards. But the thing that amazed me most about him is his optimism that the pro-life side might eventually win.

And this isn't pie in the sky stuff. He's got numbers to prove it. Like I said, he's a smarty pants type.

Today, he wrote for NRO:

the results of the Marist poll indicate that there is greater opposition to abortion than many realize. For instance, 53 percent of Americans think that abortion should either be illegal or legal only in the cases of rape, incest, or to save life of the mother. Furthermore, this finding is consistent across demographic groups. Fifty-two percent of young adults (18-34) and 53 percent of women share this view. Furthermore, 58 percent of African Americans and 59 percent of Hispanics also think abortion should be either illegal or legal only in cases of rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother.

The results also indicate that Americans are less polarized on the abortion issue than many realize. Indeed, many incremental pro-life laws enjoy a great deal of support. The Marist poll finds that 62 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. Well over 70 percent support stronger regulations for abortion clinics — including requirements that abortion doctors have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Finally, 56 percent of respondents support the conscience rights of health-care professionals who do not wish to participate in abortions.
Even Democrats support some restrictions on abortion, according to the numbers.

The question is why can't the Republicans sell these issues? Why are they frightened to death about this issue when the polling is in their favor?

One of the reasons is that the media goes after pro-lifers viciously. Look what happened to Todd Akin. He said something stupid but lost his career over it. Look at Democrat Hank Johnson who recently called Jews "termites." Ain't nothing happening to him.

Look at David Daleidin of the Center for Medical Progress who was responsible for those revealing undercover videos of abortion organizations. He was brought up on charges for goodness sakes while Planned Parenthood skated free. Yeah, he got off but the message was sent. If you oppose abortion you will be subject to character assault in the media and quite likely charges. It's pure head on a pike politics.

Add on top of that you have many so-called pro-life politicians who only care about their own re-election. No. Let me fix that. It's not that they ONLY care about re-election but that they care primarily about election. They are politicians first. It's like "pro-life Democrats." As long as you understand that "Democrat" is of primary importance and "pro-life" is subservient.

And in the end, I've always suspected that for many Republicans, it's the opposite of that old Goldwater slogan, "In your heart, you know he's right." I think maybe because they're surrounded by liberals and the media, too many Republicans in power think, "In my heart I know I'm wrong."

I would love to see a day where we can get meaningful restrictions on abortion at the federal level. I'm not sure it'll happen while the Republican party still exists. Or the USA for that matter. But I certainly don't believe it'll happen until there's a massive conversion to Christianity throughout the country.


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Kaine Goes Jekyll and Hyde on Abortion

Tim Kaine flip flops yet again on abortion. In the space of 24 hours, Tim Kaine has both flipped and now flopped on abortion.

Tim Kaine has long supposedly been a supporter of the Hyde Amendment. Then he got picked to be Hillary's running mate. Now, everything's up in the air. One can not be the Democrat Party's VP nominee if one is not fully on board with Big Abortion.

So just 24 hours ago, it was reported that Kaine agreed with Hillary to support a repeal of the Hyde Amendment which prevents federal money from going towards abortion. But now, get this, they're trying to parse this even further saying that Kaine “is not personally for repeal of the Hyde Amendment” but will not stand in the way of Hillary’s proposal to kill the Hyde Amendment.

So what if it were a tie vote in the Senate, which way would he vote? Yeah, I think we all know the answer to that, right?

Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said, “Sen. Kaine’s personal opposition to abortion and federal funding of abortion does nothing to relieve the majority of Americans who do not wish to pay for abortion on-demand through their taxpayer dollars. You cannot be ‘personally’ opposed to the destruction of innocent human life and take no action to stop it. Voters should not be fooled by Tim Kaine. There is no daylight between him and Hillary Clinton on this issue. They are absolute extremists pushing the Democratic Party further and further left on abortion, alienating the one-third of Democrats who call themselves pro-life."

I love how they think this "personally opposed" thing fools us. They want your taxpayer money to go for abortion. That's it. They want to funnel even more millions towards their buddies in Planned Parenthood so that they can fund their very personal campaign coffers. That's the only "personal" thing they care about.

Maybe Republicans should try saying that they're personally for feeding the poor but don't think government should force people to feed the poor. Or maybe that they're personally for the environment but don't want to force people to continue funding an out-of-control EPA. I'm pretty sure, libs would screech that "THE SCIENCE IS SETTLED!!!!!"

But here's the thing. The unborn are human. The science is actually settled on that. But Democrats don't seem to care about that, do they?


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SAT"s Are Making Me a Bad Parent

I think I've got SAT'S and ACT's on the brain. My 16 year old daughter insulted my 13 year old with a polysyllabic word. Instead of telling her to behave better, I complimented her impressive vocabulary.

Actually, while you're here. I'm interested. Any of you who've had a kid take the SAT's or ACT's, how did you decide which to take (or both.) My daughter's a great reader but she's kinda meh on Math so I've been told the ACT's are better for her. If any of you have any experience with this, I'd appreciate you letting me know.



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I have been Accepted into The Catholic Speakers Organization, CMG Booking.

Matt Archbold is a proud member of the elite Catholic Speakers Organization, CMG Booking.



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They Have Come for Us Before

Beloved, do not be surprised that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as if something strange were happening to you.

They have come for us before but it has always made us stronger. They have visited darkness upon us throughout two thousand years of history, yet it has only served to contrast with testaments of courage, love and light. They have danced while covered in Christian blood and celebrated the carnage. Starved and panting lions have been uncaged before. It has all happened before.

Yesterday, Islamist radicals raided a morning Mass in Normandy, France and beheaded an 86 year old priest. One nun, reportedly named Sister Danielle, was taken hostage and described the awful scene. "They forced him to his knees. He wanted to defend himself. And that's when the tragedy happened," she reportedly said. "They recorded themselves. They did a sort of sermon around the altar, in Arabic. It's a horror."

Christianity is replete with similar stories. Yet atrocities and horrors have not crippled the spread of the gospel. In fact, the counterintuitive nature of Christianity's advancement puzzles the world, which seems unwilling to understand that sacrifice and martyrdom only highlight for us that we are followers of a crucified Christ. It is Christians willingness to live and die to spread a message of love that sets us apart, not a willingness to kill.

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Faith Under Fire Available in Bookstores Friday

"Faith Under Fire: Dramatic Stories of Christian Courage" celebrates the lives of 18 Christian men, women, and children who chose to do what they knew to be right, even if the rest of the world hated them for it. This book is about decisions and consequences and the emotional journey in between, and delivers a beautiful and much-needed message of hope.



Please check it out at Amazon or Franciscan Media. In these darkening times, a little light goes a long way. And that's what I truly hope this book is.

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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.

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