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Assisted Suicide Bill Prompts Insurance to Deny Chemo to Mom, Offers Suicide Pill for $1.20.

A wife and mother of four children was diagnosed with a terminal form of scleroderma. Heartbreaking.

She and her husband, who live in California, spoke to their insurance carrier to ask if they'd cover a different kind of chemotherapy at the recommendation of her doctors. At first, the insurance company seemed amenable but then something happened.

California passed a law permitting physician-assisted suicide.

When the law passed they learned that the insurance carrier would not cover the chemo treatements requested by her doctors.

Washington Times:

She said she called her insurance company to find out why her coverage had been denied. On the call, she also asked whether suicide pills were covered under her plan.

“And she says, ‘Yes, we do provide that to our patients, and you would only have to pay $1.20 for the medication,’” Ms. Packer said.

Ms. Packer said her doctors have appealed the insurance company’s decision twice, to no avail. She said the assisted-suicide law creates an incentive for insurance companies to deny terminally ill patients coverage.

“As soon as this law was passed — and you see it everywhere when these laws are passed — patients fighting for a longer life end up getting denied treatment, because this will always be the cheapest option,” she said.
That's the thing. Once life is no longer priceless, it's just a cost/benefit analysis.

This is heartbreaking stuff for this family and thousands just like them. So as we all discuss politics and judges, just know that the only thing that can truly save our country is a massive conversion to Christ. Truly. A country that does not value God will not value humans either.


Someone Explain to me How this is "Progress?"

China and the Vatican have been at loggerheads for decades. But what's happening here doesn't necessarily seem like good news. At least I don't think.

If anyone knows more about it, please let me know.


Representatives from the Vatican and China are expected to meet before the end of the month in Rome in an effort to finalize a deal on the ordination of bishops on the mainland, a move aimed at ending a longstanding dispute, according to Catholic Church sources familiar with the negotiations.

The Church sources also told Reuters that China is preparing to ordain at least two new bishops before the end of the year and these appointments would have the blessing of the Vatican. A person with ties to the leadership in Beijing confirmed that these ordinations would go ahead.

For more than six decades, China's ruling Communist Party has strongly opposed Rome's right to ordain Chinese bishops in a bitter contest for authority over as many as 10 million Catholics on the mainland. Bishops, priests and lay Catholics loyal to Rome have faced persecution, which has sparked scepticism over the détente in some Catholic quarters.

In yet a further sign of progress, the Vatican has reached a decision to recognize at least four Chinese bishops who were appointed by Beijing without the consent of the pope and so are considered illegitimate by the Holy See, according to Catholic Church sources and others briefed on the talks. The decision follows a breakthrough meeting in mid-August in Beijing between the Vatican representatives to talks with China and several of these bishops.


Clinton to Apologize to Cardinal Dolan and Catholics? Nah.

There have been some awful things said about Catholics recently from a number of people in the Hillary Clinton campaign. You might have heard about them. But then again you might not have if you're getting your news from the mainstream media.

From those WikiLeaks released emails, we have John Podesta, now the Clinton campaign chair, admitting to working to undermine Catholic teaching by creating "Catholic" groups that obfuscate true Catholic teaching on abortion and marriage.

Clinton campaign Director of Communications Jennifer Palmieri, “I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion.”

While those things were said by those with the campaign, Clinton herself said that deep seated Church teachings must be changed, such as the sacredness of life so that effort would seem quite in line with her thinking.

Shortly before the Al Smith Fundraising Dinner in which both candidates appeared, Cardinal Timothy Dolan reportedly said, "If it had been said about the Jewish community, if it had been said about the Islamic community, within 10 minutes there would have been an apology and a complete distancing from those remarks - hasn't happened yet."

Please continue reading at The National Catholic Register>>>


Church Sold in Philly to Muslims

Nothing symbolic here.


A closed Catholic church in Bristol Township has been sold to a Muslim cultural society.

The former Immaculate Conception B.V.M. Catholic Church, on Emilie Road, was sold for $1,775,000 last Friday to the United American Muslim Society of Brooklyn, LevittownNow.com reports.

The group is the parent corporation for the Turkish American Muslim Cultural Association on Levittown Parkway in Bristol Township, according to the story.


The Trump Effect

For those who care to listen, this has been my fear all along. That Trump's primary victory sets up a Trump(populism) vs GOP elitism narrative with everybody forgetting that the GOP elite backed Trump at the end in preference to an actual conservative reformer. With that false narrative in place, Trump's disastrous defeat at the hands of a candidate so weak she can barely stand, metaphorically and physically, that the GOP establishment will thus be further empowered. This further marginalizes the single group of folks in the GOP that could actually make a meaningful difference, limited gov't constitutional conservatives.

Even if, by some miracle, Trump wins, the situation is not much improved. Trump may possibly do some good things along with a number of bad things. But one thing is for certain, he will do nothing to limit the size and scope of the ever encroaching federal behemoth. When Dems eventually gain control again, the tyranical growth continues on unabated.

America got screwed the moment Trump secured the nomination, but they were cheering too loudly to notice.

*subhead*False narrative.*subhead*

Whose Side Are These Celebrities On?

So Miley Cyrus has promised to leave the country if Trump wins and Madonna, who's pushing 60, has promised sexual favors for Hillary supporters. I'm just wondering whose side are they on?


Hillary Dances Around Question on Abortion

Good job of Fox News' Chris Wallace actually asking Hillary Clinton a question on abortion. She didn't come close to answering it, of course.

"I want to explore how far you think the right to abortion goes. You have been quoted as saying that the fetus has no constitutional rights. You also voted against a ban on late term partial birth abortions. Why?"

What Hillary doesn't say here is that any caveat to abortion law which includes the "life and health of the mother" essentially nullifies the entire restriction because "health" can be considered anything from mental health to financial health.

What Wallace should have said is please name one restriction that she would be comfortable with. That would've been an uncomfortable moment as she get millions from Planned Parenthood and EMILY's List.


More Casualties Than Ever From the Sexual Revolution

This is great news if you're some kind of groin disease.

Daily Mail:

Infections from three sexually spread diseases have hit another record high.

Chlamydia was the most common. More than 1.5 million cases were reported in the U.S. last year, up 6 per cent from the year before.
Nearly 400,000 gonorrhea cases were reported, up 13 per cent. 

And there were about 24,000 cases of the most contagious forms of syphilis, up 19 per cent.
And the really great news if you're a groin disease is that this spike is occurring at the same time when all these diseases are becoming resistant to anti-biotics.

So the sexual revolution seems to be going swimmingly -once again, if you're a groin disease.

Viva la revolution!


Catholics for Choice Seeks to Undermine Catholicism

So much for personally opposed. Catholics for Choice is making a strong push to confuse Catholics about the Church's position on abortion.

This kind of stuff sickens me. They should be ashamed. They're not. They should be though.


Report Card: DePaul Bans ‘Unborn Lives Matter’ Posters, Pro-Life Display Defaced at Marquette

DePaul president vetoes “Unborn Lives Matter” poster, cites “bigotry”

DePaul University President Father Dennis Holtschneider has taken the reportedly unusual step of involving himself in the approval process of student club posters in order to ban a pro-life sign designed by the DePaul College Republicans. After denying approval to the group’s “Unborn Lives Matter” poster, Fr. Holtschneider sent out a letter citing “bigotry that occurs under the cover of free speech” and said the poster “provokes the Black Lives Matter movement.” He continued: “Some people will say that DePaul’s stance unfairly silences speech to appease a crowd. Nothing can be further from the truth.” The full letter is here.
The message sent to students: It’s not okay to defend Church teaching if it might hurt someone’s feelings.
Marquette University: We respect pro-abortion activism

Some students at Marquette decided it would be a great idea to vandalize a sign set up next to a memorial for unborn babies with pro-abortion propaganda and coat hangers. The act was cheered online by the College Democrats and a feminist group on campus, that also expressed their displeasure with Church teaching on the sacredness of human life. The university responded to the incident by opposing the vandalism, but said, “Our issue does not lie in the expression of varying viewpoints,” and encouraged respect and inclusivity for pro-abortion / anti-Catholic propaganda.

And there's a lot more where that came from at The Cardinal Newman Society>>>