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Chastisement?

People sometimes wonder if we are headed for a chastisement.

I respond, "when you have to skip 4 or 5 beheading videos to get to the ice bucket video, trust me, you are already in the chastisement."

*subhead*Here and now.*subhead*

College Prof Calls Catholic Church Barbaric, Sexist, and Medieval

Professor Jerry A. Coyne, professor of Ecology and Evolution at The University of Chicago, wrote one of the nastiest anti-Catholic diatribes I've read in a while; painting the Church as barbaric, sexist, and medieval and accusing it for torturing women. And then because he was still feeling it, he compared the Church to the most evilest of organizations in his estimation - The National Rifle Association.

Insert gasp here.

And The New Republic saw nothing wrong with this and decided to publish it.

The issue at hand has to do with a woman in Ireland (but not a citizen there) who wanted to abort her child but was refused even after she threatened suicide. She even went on a hunger strike and in order to protect her and the child she was forcibly hydrated. At 25 weeks, she ultimately consented to delivering the child.

Coyne wrote:

This whole scenario conjures up images of the Catholic Inquisition: women tied to boards and tortured. This poor victim, after having been raped and forced from her native land, was then strapped down, intubated, and forced to serve as an incubator for a fetus that nobody wants—save the Catholic Church. And of course the Church had no problems with the previous law preventing all abortions, nor apparently with the present law that won’t allow abortion if a woman harbors a deformed fetus, or one produced by rape or incest. Even if the woman is suicidal or her life otherwise endangered by the pregnancy, the law's “preserve-unborn-life” clause always offers a loophole.

Official Catholicism has long been left in the dust by society’s opinions about women’s rights. This case has made palpably clear the Church’s barbarity and lack of concern for the well-being of pregnant women at the expense of Church doctrine. The people of Ireland want a liberalization of Ireland’s abortion laws, as does the United Nations, which claims that Irish law treats women like “vessels.” Only the Church, clinging to its antiquated view of “unborn human life,” objects.

How long can an institution continue to force a medieval morality on a country that doesn’t want it? Apparently, for many years. But it’s time for the people of Ireland to reject the retrograde and sexist mentality of Catholicism. Given the power of the Church in Ireland—similar to the power of the National Rifle Association in the U.S., which overrides the will of the people by threatening legislators with defeat—abortion reform will be slow. But even the Church must eventually bow to reason and public opinion.
No surprise that Coyne is an avowed atheist. So when Coyne says "reason and public opinion" I'm pretty sure he means "you do what I say."

*subhead*Put Your Blurb Here.*subhead*

But But...He's a Priest!

An Iowa judge recently ruled against Planned Parenthood and for a Catholic priest who serves on the state Board of Medicine. The abortion giant had argued that Monsignor Frank Boganno had played an "outsized role" (whatever that means) in banning telemedicine abortion services.

The claims they laid against him essentially amounted to "He's a priest" and "He's pro-life" so that means evil and he shouldn't count. I'm actually not kidding. That's pretty much their argument summed up.

The Des Moines Register:

Planned Parenthood's lawyer noted in court filings that Bognanno had previously helped lead anti-abortion efforts. The lawyer also noted that before he was named to the medical board in 2012, the priest participated in objections to the board about Planned Parenthood's telemedicine system.

But in a ruling released Tuesday, Polk County District Judge Jeffrey Farrell determined that Bognanno acted appropriately. "Monsignor Bognanno may oppose all abortion, but the record demonstrates that he focused his attention on medical abortion and the applicable standard of care," the judge wrote in the 40-page ruling, which upheld the board's ban on the telemedicine abortion system.

Planned Parenthood also objected to the fact that Bognanno distributed anti-abortion material to other board members a few weeks before the vote on the issue. The information included contentions that abortion pills are dangerous, which Planned Parenthood supporters dispute.
It horrifies Planned Parenthood that anyone who doesn't believe their lies is allowed to make any decisions whatsoever so they went to their playbook which consists of a few simple rules:

1) Kill babies for money
2) Support the Democrat party
3) Vilify opponents using our friends in the media.
4) Kill babies for even money.
5) If we don't like something, find a judge to overturn it.

*subhead*The playbook.*subhead*

Pope Francis Predicts Own Death? Probably Not

Pope Francis gave some off the cuff remarks. I know, right?

He essentially predicted his own death in two to three years. The press seems to be running heavy with this story but the 77 year old Pontiff seemed to be speaking lightheartedly though.

He also raised the possibility of retiring from the papacy "even if it does not appeal to some theologians."

"Benedict XVI opened a door," he reportedly said of the option of retiring.


*subhead*Lighthearted.*subhead*

New Fatima Revelation?

Over at the Register I look at the reported text of an unpublished diary entry by Sister Lucia that may shed some light on the 3rd secret of Fatima.

Be sure to check it out.

redpost*subhead*The coming disaster?*subhead*

The Real Cost of Raising Children

A new report states that children are expensive. Thank goodness for experts, right? Who would've known it without them? The Associated Press called it "sticker shock." Seriously. Sticker shock for a human being. Nice, huh?

In particular, the report states that a child born to a middle class family will cost their parents almost a quarter million dollars. And that's just up until they're 18. So that doesn't even include college. When adjusting for projected inflation, a child born in 2013 could cost a family over $300,000.

I'm not sure how they figured all that out because I've got five children and I don't have that much money and none of them seem to be starving. But let's take what the report states as financial fact. I'm concerned about some of the costs that the report didn't include.

Please continue reading at the National Catholic Register>>>


*subhead*Cost.*subhead*

Holy Innocents Update

For the record, The Church of the Holy Innocents in Manhattan included in their bulletin of August 10th, the following short update as to the history of recommendations pertaining to collaboration and consolidation.

“CHURCHES REALIGNMENT UPDATE
The Making All Things New (MATN) process continues. Last December, the Archdiocese assigned the Church of the Holy Innocents to a Cluster of parishes as part of MATN. This Cluster — Cluster No. 20 — included the Church of St. Francis of Assisi and the Church of St. John the Baptist. Each Cluster was required to submit Suggestions to the Archdiocesan Advisory Group (AAG) about the future of the parishes in the Cluster.

Cardinal Dolan allowed Clusters to make one of two suggestions: Collaboration or Consolidation. In late March, Cluster No. 20 suggested Collaboration among St. Francis, St. John the Baptist and Holy Innocents.

In late April, the AAG recommended Consolidation: merging three parishes into St. Francis of Assisi, St. John the Baptist, Holy Innocents and St. Michael (introduced into the Cluster by the AAG).

In early June, Cluster No. 20 submitted its Response to the AAG. Cluster No. 20 responded that (1) no parish should be merged into St. Francis, (2) St. John the Baptist should remain an independent parish, (3) St. Michael should remain an independent parish and (4) Holy Innocents should be merged into St. Michael.

In late June, the AAG was scheduled to release its Final Recommendations to Cardinal Dolan. Cardinal Dolan will then announce his final decisions in September.”
*subhead*For the record.*subhead*

Nice Story of the Day

Ht to Dale Price on Facebook for this video about the day a disabled man's life changed. Money isn't everything, but it comes in handy down here bub.



*subhead*Feel good..*subhead*

Pope Endorses "Force" To Stop ISIS

In his most explicit statement yet, the Pope endorses the use of force to stop the monsters of ISIS, well, as close as he is likely to come.

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq but said the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene.

Francis also said he and his advisers were considering whether he might go to northern Iraq himself to show solidarity with persecuted Christians. But he said he was holding off for now on a decision.

In other comments to journalists returning from South Korea, Francis confirmed he hoped to travel to the United States in September 2015 for a possible three-city tour: to attend a family rally in Philadelphia and to address Congress in Washington and the United Nations in New York. He said a Mexico stop on that trip was possible but not decided yet. He also said he might make one-day visit to Spain next year.

On Iraq, Francis was asked if he approved of the unilateral U.S. airstrikes on militants of the Islamic State who have captured swaths of northern and western Iraq and northeastern Syria and have forced minority Christians and others to either convert to Islam or flee their homes.

"In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor," Francis said. "I underscore the verb 'stop.' I'm not saying 'bomb' or 'make war,' just 'stop.' And the means that can be used to stop them must be evaluated."

*subhead*Getting real.*subhead*

Muhammed is Britain's #1 Baby Name

Uh-oh.

Breitbart reports:

As exclusively reported by Breitbart London last week, Muhammed has been crowned Britain's most popular boys name in figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) today. The name of the Muslim prophet beat Oliver as the most popular boys name chosen by parents in Britain in 2013.

As a result of the way the statistics are put together, the name does not appear to have won, as the ONS classifies each of the different spellings as a different entry on the list. This means that "Muhammad" came in 15th with 3,499 children but "Mohammed" was 23rd with 2,887 and "Mohammad" was 57th with 1059 given the name.

As a result the top three spellings alone accounted for the names of 7,445 boys, easily beating the second most popular name Oliver which got just 6,949. Also the statistics are only published for the top 100 names, so the even more obscure spellings of Mohammed are likely to push the total even higher.
Europe is done folks. Done.


*subhead*Demographics.*subhead*