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Top 12 Incontrovertible Truths about The March for Life

1) Once you make your way into Washington D.C., do NOT be concerned with praying or singing too loud. You are a pro-lifer in Washington D.C., nobody can see you or hear you. We are like ninjas, whether we want to be or not. Invisible to all.

2) Layers. Lots o'layers. I don't know why but the March for Life seems to almost always be held on one of the most brutally cold or nasty days of the year. I think it's God testing our resolve. Perhaps we should implore the Supreme Court that next time it wants to remove one of our most sacred rights, it do so in a warm month. #justsayin'

3) Do not try to make out the actual words of the speakers. You will only give yourself a headache. The audio system is set up precisely to deliver 2.7 words out of every seven the speaker says. Bonus thought: If you're looking to make the March a drinking game, take a drink every time one of the speakers says the word "Gorsuch."

4) Say hi to the President! This is just a prediction. President Trump will say in his speech that this is the greatest and yuuuuuugest March in the history of the country. I hope he's right. (But the media will say the Russians colluded with pro-lifers.)

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Pope Francis Honors Pro-Abortion Pol

To be fair, pro-abortion extremist Lilianne Ploumen, who was recently honored by Pope Francis, only pushes abortion about two percent of the time.

CNS News reports that "Pro-abortion extremist Lilianne Ploumen, the former minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the Netherlands, was honored by Pope Francis with entry into the Order of St. Gregory the Great."

Some of the members of the Order include Otto von Hapsburg, Alice von Hildebrand, G.K. Chesterton, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and Bob Hope...

Ploumen is a strong supporter of contraception, abortion, and the LGBT agenda, which means she supports policies and moral views in direct conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

In her interview with Danish radio BNR, Ploumen explains that she "received a high award from the Pope," and that she sees it as confirmation of the work she has done for girls and women concerning abortion.
Why wouldn't she?


The Horror of Forced Baptism

The Catholic blogosphere is all in a tizzy over the issue of forced baptism. I couldn't help but be reminded of the horror of watching Archie Bunker baptize Meathead's and Gloria's child even though they were atheists. That Archie! Good thing the Catholic blogosphere wasn't around back then, huh?


The Truth about the S...Hole?

Here's the thing. If Trump went into that meeting with squishy Republicans and hard-left Democrats and said that "We can't force all those million Dreamers back to their s...hole countries. We need to let them stay" there wouldn't have been any outrage whatsoever.

So the problem isn't the vulgarity. The problem isn't racism. The problem isn't that he describes certain countries this way. It's that he's delivering on his promise to curb illegal immigration. That's what this is about. Nothing else.


Must Watch Vid of the Day from Coming Home Network

It's so funny Matt Swaim from the Coming Home Network sent me this video today. This is a subject I've been thinking a lot about recently. Maybe it's because my kids are becoming teenagers now and I'm horrified at what passes for Catholic education in so many ways. Or maybe I'm just a Catholic nerd.

But I think we do a horrible disservice to young people when we sell them all this feel-good stuff about the faith. Felt banners and easy listening worship songs might make you feel good but they're not the basis of a faith to build on. Kids today are inundated with secular materialism. It's everywhere. The culture is always evangelizing.

Chris Reibold is an excellent example of what I'm talking about.

He came back to his Catholic faith as an adult, but he left it as a teenager because he didn’t think it was intellectually sound. As a 16 year-old who was reading Nietzche and studying materialist philosophers, he wanted his teachers and catechists to respond to some of the questions he was wrestling with, but he found their answers inadequate or dismissive. Looking back, he realized he was matching a middle school understanding of the faith with an adult critique of it – a mismatch that wasn’t fair to the real and solid claims of the Church. Chris challenges Catholic parents, teachers and catechists to take the time to acknowledge the serious questions kids and teenagers have about faith, and answer them in a mature and thoughtful manner.
I think this is so important. I believe everyone at some point has to battle for their faith, their soul. And if we don't give our young people the intellectual ammunition to stand up to the culture, they may fall.

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Hey, Maybe that Decline in Teen Pregnancy isn't about Abortion, Contraception

In recent weeks we've seen several abortion and contraception advocates cheering their success in reducing teen pregnancy.

Well, one thing they didn't take into account was that perhaps teens aren't having as much sex. My friend Michael New of Ave Maria University reported at National Review that is the case and is calling it a "largely unheralded public-policy success story."

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report showing a significant decline in teen sexual activity between 2005 and 2015. The report obtained data on the sexual conduct of teens by analyzing 29 separate state-level Youth Risk Behavior Surveys. Overall, the percentage of teenagers that reported ever having engaged in sexual intercourse declined from 46.8 percent to 41.2 percent over this ten-year time period. The study finds declines in teen sexual activity across racial groups, grade levels, and regions. Interestingly, the declines in teen sexual activity were the largest among blacks and Hispanics. Between 2005 and 2015, the percentage of black and Hispanic teenagers who had ever engaged in sexual intercourse fell by over 19 percentage points and 8 percentage points, respectively. Teenagers in ninth and tenth grades reported larger decreases in sexual activity than teens in higher grade levels...

These new statistics from the CDC demonstrate that the increasing number of teenagers forgoing sexual activity is a central reason for America’s decline in teen pregnancy.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that this news is not viewed as newsworthy.

Why this might be the case, isn't entirely clear, however. It could be perhaps the ebb tide of the sexual revolution. Maybe.

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If Oprah Were President...

You think they treated Obama like a messianic politician, just wait until President Oprah.


Is Pope Francis Pumping the Brakes on Immigration

Probably not. But sometimes you take what you can get.

Pope Francis seems like he's measuring his words on immigration a tad more carefully. Hey, anytime Pope Francis measures his words is a good thing, if you ask me.


Pope Francis returned to the topic of immigration Monday, insisting that migrants have an obligation to respect the laws of their host country as well as its cultural identity.

Those who are welcomed, the Pope said in his yearly address to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, “must necessarily conform to the rules of the country offering them hospitality, with respect for its identity and values.”

Francis also recognized that it is not the place of the Vatican to try to tell nations how to fashion their immigration policies, or how many migrants to take in.

“The Holy See has no intention of interfering in decisions that fall to states, which, in the light of their respective political, social and economic situations, and their capacities and possibilities for receiving and integrating, have the primary responsibility for accepting newcomers,” he said.

While reiterating his frequent call for a welcoming attitude toward strangers in need, the Pope peppered his address with welcome dashes of realism as well as acknowledgement of the difficulties faced by nations overrun by immigrants.

In this vein, Francis recognized that not all migrants are “always guided by the best of intentions,” while also underscoring the primary responsibility of political leaders toward their own citizens.

“Leaders have a clear responsibility towards their own communities,” he said, “whose legitimate rights and harmonious development they must ensure, lest they become like the rash builder who miscalculated and failed to complete the tower he had begun to construct,” in reference to a biblical parable where Jesus warned against imprudence.
Welcome words.


News Report: Satanism on the Rise

News headlines always do this. They report that Satanism is on the rise but then they haha it not really folks because they're not actually Satanist Satanists. They're just atheists who want to take down religion, are really into drama and wearing black and stuff. So sorta like emo-atheists.

But does it really matter?

The UK Guardian:

Disappointingly, Chelsea Clinton has denied she and her husband practise satanism. Her tweet wishing the folks at the Church of Satan a happy new year should not be taken as endorsement of the dark lord’s manifold heresies.
One hopes that, like her father’s denial of having had “sexual relations with that woman”, Chelsea’s disclaimer isn’t for real. Doesn’t she realise that the radical power of Satan is having a moment unparalleled since Milton unwittingly made him the badass rebel hero of Paradise Lost?

Satanism’s latest mutation is a contrarian uprising against a patriarchal world order that deserves its comeuppance

According to the LA Times, “a heterodox generation of new self-described satanists is upending old Rosemary’s Baby and Helter Skelter stereotypes in service of radical politics, feminist aesthetics and community unity”.
The paper sent a reporter to investigate a satanic soiree in a California basement where they found a coterie of artists, writers and musicians who chanted “Hail Satan!”, while someone, unacceptably, played minor chords on the organ.

Satanism is attracting counter-cultural Californians because it is seen as a community-based response to the Trump era. As the paper writes: “Traditionalists might debate if any of it is properly ‘satanic’ at all; this new take is much more feminist than nihilist, flexibly self-aware and better versed in internet culture than orthodox theology.”

Better versed is right. Consider the Church of Satan’s laconic Twitter feed that wryly corrects those taking the dark lord’s name in vain.

Consider, too, the good sense found in the website’s FAQs: “We see the universe as being indifferent to us, and so all morals and values are subjective human constructions” contends the “fundamental beliefs” section, while the “selling souls” section argues: “There are no souls – and nobody to buy them. If you want something out of life, get off your lazy butt and work for it.”
OK. Let's ignore that the Guardian is completely rooting for Satanism here. That's almost expected at this point. Let's focus on what Satanism is then. It's feminism. It's godlessness. It's the belief that nothingness reigns and nihilism is the proper response.

So what that they don't believe in Satan. They're doing his work. Here's the thing. Satan doesn't need you to believe in him. He might not even want you to believe in him. As long as you deny God he's thrilled. So when these news reports say Satanism is on the rise but not really. You should know that Satanism is on the rise. Yeah, really.

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Fixer Upper Stars Announce 5th Child, Cue the Backlash

Everyone knows Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines have called an end to their television show Fixer Upper because they wanted to spend more time with their children. What wasn't known...until now...is how many children.

The couple just revealed that they’re expecting their fifth child.

Cue the backlash. Because...leftists.

“I like them ok but enough with the kids already. Their own children begged them not to have any more children on a previous episode already+overpopulation=😶,” wrote one troll.

Added another: “Thank you for contributing to the over population of the planet. I hope this one will be your last and you will use wiser judgement.”
Others accused the HGTV celebrities of having another kid to save their marriage. After the couple announced that season 5 of Fixer Upper will be the last, rumors began to swirl that they were pulling the plug due to relationship problems. But Chip, 43, set the record straight during an October appearance on Today when he explained the decision was motivated by their desire to spend more time with children Drake, 12, Ella, 11, Duke, 9 and Emmie Kay, 7.

“The ‘We’re back together sex kid’ never fixes a marriage. Just means one more kid, the marriage is still broken, and now the kid has to do pay for broken marriage sex,” one person commented. Another chimed in: “Having a baby won’t make you better.”
Here's a good rule of thumb -if a baby announcement from a happily married couple makes you angry, there's probably something wrong with you.