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In Light of the Imprisonment of Kim Davis, This Cardinal George Quote Seems Apropos

Wow. That was fast. Just a few months after the court forced gay marriage down our throats, a Christian will be imprisoned.

This quote from Cardinal George seems salient right now:

"I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history."

In the same column he continued and it's definitely worth a read:

Analogies can easily be multiplied, if one wants to push a thesis; but the point is that the greatest threat to world peace and international justice is the nation state gone bad, claiming an absolute power, deciding questions and making “laws” beyond its competence. Few there are, however, who would venture to ask if there might be a better way for humanity to organize itself for the sake of the common good. Few, that is, beyond a prophetic voice like that of Dorothy Day, speaking acerbically about “Holy Mother the State,” or the ecclesiastical voice that calls the world, from generation to generation, to live at peace in the kingdom of God.

God sustains the world, in good times and in bad. Catholics, along with many others, believe that only one person has overcome and rescued history: Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of the Virgin Mary, savior of the world and head of his body, the church. Those who gather at his cross and by his empty tomb, no matter their nationality, are on the right side of history. Those who lie about him and persecute or harass his followers in any age might imagine they are bringing something new to history, but they inevitably end up ringing the changes on the old human story of sin and oppression. There is nothing “progressive” about sin, even when it is promoted as “enlightened.”

The world divorced from the God who created and redeemed it inevitably comes to a bad end. It’s on the wrong side of the only history that finally matters.





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Ted Cruz on the Arrest of Kim Davis

HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the arrest of Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis:

“Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny. Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America.

“I stand with Kim Davis. Unequivocally. I stand with every American that the Obama Administration is trying to force to chose between honoring his or her faith or complying with a lawless court opinion.

“In dissent, Chief Justice Roberts rightly observed that the Court’s marriage opinion has nothing to do with the Constitution. Justice Scalia observed that the Court’s opinion was so contrary to law that state and local officials would choose to defy it.

“For every politician — Democrat and Republican — who is tut-tutting that Davis must resign, they are defending a hypocritical standard. Where is the call for the mayor of San Francisco to resign for creating a sanctuary city — resulting in the murder of American citizens by criminal illegal aliens welcomed by his lawlessness?

“Where is the call for President Obama to resign for ignoring and defying our immigration laws, our welfare reform laws, and even his own Obamacare?

“When the mayor of San Francisco and President Obama resign, then we can talk about Kim Davis.

“Those who are persecuting Kim Davis believe that Christians should not serve in public office. That is the consequence of their position. Or, if Christians do serve in public office, they must disregard their religious faith–or be sent to jail.

“Kim Davis should not be in jail. We are a country founded on Judeo-Christian values, founded by those fleeing religious oppression and seeking a land where we could worship God and live according to our faith, without being imprisoned for doing so.

“I call upon every Believer, every Constitutionalist, every lover of liberty to stand with Kim Davis. Stop the persecution now.”

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You Know How Dems Keep Saying They Haven't Seen the Videos. Well, the SBA List Will Bring it to Them

You've heard the Democrats responding to the videos by first always saying they haven't seen the videos but then they add that they support Planned Parenthood. This way, they don't have to respond to anything of the horrific things shown in the videos but can show fealty to their death dealing overlords.

So today at 10 AM, SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser will awesomely host a screening of the Center for Medical Progress videos for Democratic staffers inside the Capitol.

Here's the invite:
Dear Staffer,

No doubt you’ve heard of the recent undercover videos on Planned Parenthood by the Center for Medical Progress. In addition to sparking a national discussion on defunding Planned Parenthood, these recent videos have reignited discussion about fetal organ harvesting as well as late-term abortion in our country.

So far, these videos have been the catalyst for three Congressional investigations; one on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one on the House Judiciary Committee, and most recently on Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In addition to these investigations, the U.S. Senate recently had a bipartisan majority vote on cloture to defund Planned Parenthood (53-46).

As the President of the Susan B. Anthony List, I am writing today to invite you and other Democratic Congressional staffers to view all of these videos, which will be playing in their entirety on Thursday, September 3rd in HC-5 at 10 AM. The press will be invited to attend this screening.

As we continue to bring this issue to light, and more videos are released by the Center for Medical Progress, members of the press continue to report that many members of Congress and/or their staff have not seen any of the seven videos released so far. On July 15, The Hill wrote that while several Democrats spoke up to defend the embattled organization, all of them had failed to watch the videos. Again, a couple weeks later on August 3, the Weekly Standard reported that most Senate Democrats had not seen the videos before voting to block efforts to defund the organization. As a former Democratic staffer, I want to make sure that you have the opportunity to simply view these videos at a convenient location with no distractions.

Our plan calls for starting these videos at 10:00am and playing through each one. For anyone who wants hard copies of the full-length videos, we will provide those to you after the screening.

I hope that during this August recess you will join us in viewing the videos that have shaken the American conscience and reignited the abortion debate.

To RSVP, please email our Legislative Director, Eric Schmitz at eschmitz@sba-list.org.

Sincerely,

Marjorie Dannenfelser

President

Susan B. Anthony List
Wonder if any will show up or is their plausible deniability excuse too precious for them. I suspect Dem staffers today will look like this:



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Trump Shows GOP How to Handle CNN

There's no way I'd vote for the guy in the primary but other Republicans should take a lesson on how to handle CNN and other liberal media from Donald Trump.

Bam. I love the dismissive wave.

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Learn something from him and then let's move on from Trump. Please.

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Hillary's Perp Walk Just Got Real

Whoa. Things are getting serious now. Hillary is getting closer and closer to an actual perp walk. If this story is accurate, Hillary is in all kinds of real trouble.

One of the most serious potential breaches of national security identified so far by the intelligence community inside Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private emails involves the relaying of classified information concerning the movement of North Korean nuclear assets, which was obtained from spy satellites.

Multiple intelligence sources who spoke to The Washington Times, solely on the condition of anonymity, said concerns about the movement of the North Korean information through Mrs. Clinton’s unsecured server are twofold.

First, spy satellite information is frequently classified at the top-secret level and handled within a special compartment called Talent-Keyhole. This means it is one of the most sensitive forms of intelligence gathered by the U.S.

Second, the North Koreans have assembled a massive cyberhacking army under an elite military spy program known as Bureau 121, which is increasingly aggressive in targeting systems for hacking, especially vulnerable private systems. The North Koreans, for instance, have been blamed by the U.S. for the hack of Sony movie studios.

Allowing sensitive U.S. intelligence about North Korea to seep into a more insecure private email server has upset the intelligence community because it threatens to expose its methods and assets for gathering intelligence on the secretive communist nation.
If I can see Hillary in an orange jumpsuit doing the perp-walk, I can then die in peace.


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Carly Fiorina: KY Clerk Refusing Gay Marriage License Should Step Dowm

This is getting a lot of play among conservatives who seem pretty ticked at Carly Fiorina but I'm not sure I'm totally seeing it.

Presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has impressed me so far in her encounters with the media. I don't really know all that much but she seems to be a pretty tough lady and strong on many issues important to me. On the Hugh Hewitt show yesterday, Fiorina said that while religious liberty must be defended she believes it's inappropriate for a county clerk to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses against a court order.

Hmmm. This isn't your typical religious liberty case. This isn't a case of a baker or a pharmacist. This is a government job. And part of the job description is issuing the licenses that the state says you have to issue. That's the job. If you don't do the job you're going to have to find another job.

Would pro-lifers want pro-abortion health inspectors ignoring violations at abortion clinics because they don't agree with the law? No. (Of course I use that example because that's exactly what goes on all the time but we know it's not right.)

I think the part where Fiorina gets into a little trouble here is that she seems to say that it's inappropriate for the clerk to practice civil disobedience as a government employee. Now, this clerk has every right to refuse. God bless her. But the state should also have the right to fire her for not doing the job as they see it.

If I'm the clerk I go to the mattresses on this issue and make them fire me. I don't quit. They have to fire me.

So I don't think Fiorina hit the right mark on this but it's not like she's punting on religious liberty. So, in short, I don't think it's a big deal. But who knows maybe I'll wake up tomorrow and think otherwise. Sometimes I get a little forgivey when I'm tired. When I wake up I'm usually good and ornery.



HT The Right Scoop

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Fr. Corapi Returning to the Faith?

If this report from Matt Abbott is true, it is very good news.

Matt Abbott at RenewAmerica reports that Fr. John Corapi, whose public fall a few years ago was hurtful for so many, has returned to the practice of the faith and his priesthood.

A bit of good news to share: A reliable source has informed me that Father John Corapi, a popular priest among orthodox Catholics who departed public life after a tumultuous period a few years ago, remains in the priesthood and is re-establishing his spiritual life.

There's no indication he'll be returning to public life anytime soon, if ever. However, it's nice to know that Father Corapi can at least be a quiet prayer warrior during this extremely difficult time in the Church and world.
Again, if true, more confirmation that God is so good!!

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Hillary and Mikulski Applaud Nuns in Just Revealed Email

There's plenty of problems for Hillary in those emails that are being released. But this one kinda' made me sick. Brought me back to the day when Obamacare passed and...certain Catholic organizations pushed it along.

Here's the email:


Yeah, I just threw up in my mouth too.

HT CNS News


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Huge Concession From Pope To SSPX

Wow. Simply wow!!

The Pope has granted universal faculties for confession for the SSPX during the year of Mercy while they try to resolve the situation.

Wow.


In the Pope's letter on the Year of Mercy, the second to last paragraph includes this:

A final consideration concerns those faithful who for various reasons choose to attend churches officiated by priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X. This Jubilee Year of Mercy excludes no one. From various quarters, several Brother Bishops have told me of their good faith and sacramental practice, combined however with an uneasy situation from the pastoral standpoint. I trust that in the near future solutions may be found to recover full communion with the priests and superiors of the Fraternity. In the meantime, motivated by the need to respond to the good of these faithful, through my own disposition, I establish that those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins.
I am very grateful to the Pope for his gesture toward the SSPX today and earnestly pray it is just the first step toward a more just, beneficial, and permanent situation for all.

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Pope Says Something or Other About an Uninteresting Topic

You ever notice that many seem to hear Pope Francis loud and clear when he says something they agree with or if he mentions an issue they believe should be on the world's front burners. But when Pope Francis talks about life in the womb, religious freedom, or the sanctity of marriage he's essentially ignored by many, including the mainstream media.

I'll admit, I do it a little bit too in that I ignore stories that will ruin my morning. It's human nature, I think. And I think the internet makes it very easy to only read websites and sources that tend to agree with you.

But the one issue that is almost completely ignored is when this pope has talked about the persecution of Christians.

Please continue reading at The National Catholic Register>>>





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