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Ruh Roh!! Head of EPA Visits Pope

You know what is coming, right?

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met Friday with Vatican officials who helped draft Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on ecology, evidence that the Obama administration is seeking to hitch its climate-change message onto that of the popular pope.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told reporters that her aim in visiting was to show the Vatican how aligned President Barack Obama and Francis are on climate change. She said she wanted to stress that global warming isn't just an environmental issue, but a public health threat, and yet also a chance for economic opportunity.
McCarthy went on to say:
(Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday she hoped Pope Francis' upcoming message to his flock on the environment would help galvanize concern about climate change and convince skeptics that "the science is real".
Cuz that is what Popes do, right?  Science?

ht Pewsitter.com
*subhead*Put Your Blurb Here.*subhead*

The Satanic Sex-Cult Behind "Model Becomes Nun" Story

Do you remember this story I wrote from last summer?  It made quite the splash.
At the top of her flourishing career, a beautiful Spanish model has given it all up to become a nun.
Olalla Oliveros, a beautiful and well known Spanish model who did advertisements, television commercials, and worked as an actress has given up her career and decided to become a nun. Last month, Oliveros entered the semi-cloistered Order of Saint Michael.
Oliveros during modeling career.
Oliveros is reluctant to talk about herself, but says she had an "earthquake" experience on a visit to Fatima and could not shake the image of herself dressed as a nun, which at the time she thought was absurd.
Olalla Oliveros -- Second from right.

Eventually, she realized that the image in her mind was a calling. "The Lord is never wrong. He asked if I will follow him, and I could not refuse," Oliveros said.
Now she just wants to be an ordinary nun.

Well, Oliveros may have wanted to become an ordinary nun, but the order she joined if far, far from ordinary.  It has been described as a sex cult with satanic practices.

It has been reported that the founders of Mandate and Order of Saint Michael Archangel have been arrested on sex and fraud charges.
The sect's leader, Feliciano Miguel Rosendo da Silva, and his right-hand woman, the self-described "nun" Marta Paz Alonso, were detained on Thursday in the town of Collado Villalba, around 50 kilometres (30 miles) northwest of Madrid.
An investigating judge will question the suspects "once several outstanding police procedures" are completed, the High Court of Justice of Galicia, in northwestern Spain, said in a statement.
The pair ran the sect, dubbed Mandate and Order of Saint Michael Archangel, in Galicia but moved to the Madrid region after Da Silva was expelled from the Roman Catholic diocese of Tui for "inapproriate moral behaviour". They then renamed the sect "The Voice of the Serviam".
Police accuse them of sexual abuse, money laundering, tax fraud, criminal association and crimes against moral integrity.
The arrest came a day after former members of the sect and their family members spoke out about alleged sexual, physical and psychological abuse by the two leaders, who they said got rich at their expense.
There are some pretty sordid details at the source.

In a Spanish language article, there are some very bizarre details of the alleged spiritual practices of the founder.

Yeah, that.

We must pray that all involved, particularly the alleged victims, do not lose faith in Christ because of this horror.

Holocaust Survivor Can't Talk in Schools Because of the "C" Word

The "C-word" is, of course, Christ.

Anita Dittman survived Hitler and the Nazis. Born Jewish, she became a Christian during the Holocaust. And it's that part of her story which is verboten in public schools today.


Jews met their death, gave her cause to reflect once again on life under the Nazis.

Her message is different now, she says, much different than when she first went public in 1978 with her experience as a Holocaust survivor.

Could it happen here?

“When I started speaking in 1978-79, people would ask me, ‘Do you think it could happen here in this country?’ And I said, ‘Oh no, people are used to so much freedom in this country, it could never happen here,’” Ditmann told WND. “When they ask me that question now, I say, ‘It is already happening.’”

Americans are not “disappearing” as in Nazi Germany, but Dittman says something has changed.

“The country that I came to in 1946 was very different,” she said. “I can’t speak in public schools anymore. They won’t let me.”

When she informs educators that her message will contain strong Christian themes, she usually gets a few seconds of awkward silence. Then a polite rebuff.

See the story of a young Jewish girl discovering the Messiah’s faithfulness in the midst of the Holocaust, in “Trapped in Hitler’s Hell.”

One school administrator at a high school in northern Minnesota contacted her with an invitation to speak, saying she came highly recommended by some students who had heard her speak previously.

“I called him back and left a message and said I would be honored. Just let me know the date and time, and I will be there,” Dittman said.

“I said, I have to tell you, though, that Christ is in my message.”

“Well can’t you leave Christ out of it?” the man asked.

“He is the one who kept me safe. I can’t keep Him out,” Dittman responded.

“Well, I’m sorry then. You can’t come,” he said.

Many other doors have closed at the mention of the “C” word.

“The doors were always open to me when I first started out speaking. And I spoke sometimes three, four, five times a day at schools,” she said. “Once I spoke in five classes, and when I came out of the fourth one, the principal said you don’t have to speak to the fifth because they are a rowdy bunch. Well, I told him, the Holy Spirit can work wonders, and they ended up being the best class of all. The kids want to hear it, the teachers want to hear it. But higher up is problem.”

Some schools still allow her to speak but require parents to sign a form saying it’s OK for their child to sit through a presentation that contains religious themes.

But more often, the parents don’t even have a say in the matter, and she is barred upfront from speaking.

“It’s getting worse, I tell you,” she said. “It’s so dictating to the parents now. This is how it started in Russia and Germany.”
Sad. We silence Holocaust survivors because they have a message of hope in Christ.


Catholic Relief Services Does WHAT??

You gotta love Michael Hichborn (Lepanto Institute). He is a guard dog who has chomped on the leg of the enemy and he just won't let go. He has the (disgusting) goods on Catholic Relief Services.

BALTIMORE, MD, January 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Catholic Relief Services helped implement a sex education program for overseas adolescents that promotes masturbation, “gender identity,” contraceptives, condom use, and abortifacients, along with promoting Planned Parenthood, a new report by the Lepanto Institute says.

The U.S. bishops’ official international humanitarian agency partnered with Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) in developing the program, called “My Changing Body: Fertility and Puberty Awareness for Young People.”

The program was used with 10-14 year-old Rwandan children beginning in 2009-2010.
Read the whole thing, but I advise you that it is disgusting and most profoundly unCatholic.

Good job Michael


This is Real. Jeff Bridges' Super Bowl Commercial for His Sleeping Aid CD.

Oh my. I don't even know what to say anymore. I just don't.

While this may not be a sign of the apocalypse, it's got to be a portent of bad things. Very bad things.

It seems to me that Jeff Bridges got his Oscar and then just gave up.

This is seriously going to play during the Super Bowl. Do you know what kind of serious money you have to put behind something to play it during the Super Bowl.

Seems to me, if I need a sleep aid I could pop Tron 2 into the DVD player. That would do it. Everytime. Just thinking about how boring that movie was makes me very veerrrry tiiiirrrrred and sleeee......


Pretend Pro-Life Congressman Stops Pretending

Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan has pretended to be a pro-life Catholic for years but now he says that talking to women helped change his mind into becoming pro-choice. This, of course, is malarkey. I don't understand how talking to anyone could convince anyone that a baby is not a human being.

I'm thinking he wanted to cash those fat checks from EMILY's List and Planned Parenthood. Hey, baby killers' checks don't bounce.

He wrote in an op-ed, "These women gave me a better understanding of how complex and difficult certain situations can become. And while there are people of good conscience on both sides of this argument, one thing has become abundantly clear to me: the heavy hand of government must not make this decision for women and families."

Right the heavy hand of government is much better off telling you what health insurance you should have, what kind of toilet you should have, or what kind of light bulbs you should have.

He added, “each and every American deserves the right to deal with these difficult situations in consultation with their families, close friends, or religious advisers.”

Douglas Johnson of National Right to Life Committee, has called Ryan a “pro-life impersonator” and notes he’s never consistently voted pro-life and that he’s voted “against” pro-lifers more than he has for them throughout his time in office.

Guy was a poser from the get go. Now at least he's honest. He's a pro-abortion Democrat. Hey Cecile Richards, send checks.


Remember Three Dogs North? Now They Have A Special Guest

Maybe you remember the podcasts of the cool guys talking about Catholic stuff called "Three Dogs North" mentioned on CMR some time back?

Well they just got cooler. One priest plus two seminarians plus seminary-rector-evengelist-media savvy-smart guy equals a good time.

That rector-savvy-guy is Fr. Barron, by the way. And the video they are talking about at the beginning is called "Heroic Priesthood."

Give it a listen by clicking the image below. And tell your friends. They even got extra bandwidth so more people could listen.

And while you're at it, subscribe on iTunes.


*subhead*Fr. Barron Joins Them.*subhead*

Pope Talks Deflate-Gate

In his most controversial plane interview to date, the Pope weighs in on the most controversial issue of the day!!

*subhead*Oh yes!!*subhead*

California Outlaws Judges from Being Boy Scout Leaders, Catholic College Prof Applauds

I honestly don't know what's sadder, that California has made it illegal for state judges from being Boy Scout leaders or that a law professor at a Catholic college is cheering them on.

The LA Times

When the California Supreme Court voted last week to prohibit state judges from belonging to nonprofit youth organizations that practice discrimination, Julia Kelety was not surprised..

The issue, which had been roiling through the legal community for the last year, had triggered vigorous debate, giving Kelety, a Superior Court judge in San Diego County, time to prepare.

Committee chair for Boy Scout Troop 24, she has already begun to consider a successor before she begins dialing back her commitment to the 30 boys in her troop.

Although the court's unanimous decision did not explicitly mention the Boy Scouts of America, there was little doubt that it was the intended target. The organization, which lifted its ban on openly gay boys younger than 18, still prohibits gay and lesbian adults from serving as staff or voluntary leaders.

"My hope is that the Boy Scouts will change its policy before the new rule is implemented next January," Kelety said, "but whether they will be able to do it in a year, I don't know. The organization relies on support from significant religious groups who have issues with gay leaders."

Gerald Uelmen, a law professor at Santa Clara University, believes that the decision will increase the pressure on the Boy Scouts to change their policy.

"I'm proud to see the California Supreme Court following the moral example of the Walt Disney Co.," Uelmen said, referring to Disney's decision to cut funding to the Boy Scouts based on Scouting's policy toward gays.
Why do Catholic colleges employ such people?

Uelman is most well known as one of the lawyers on OJ Simpson's "Dream Team" of defense lawyers and is credited with originating the line, "if it doesn't fit, you must acquit." He's also known as the lawyer who pushed for a right to "medical marijuana." Yeah, I'm putting "medical marijuana" in quotes.

Santa Clara University must be so proud.

Congressman Vomits Stream of Nonsense When Asked a Simple Question

CNS News created this awesome moment just by asking a very simple question: "Do you think an unborn child 20 weeks into pregnancy is a human being?"

Recently, they asked Nancy Pelosi and got pure ridiculousness as an answer. This time they asked Congressman Xavier Becerra. You've got to read what happens:

Becerra said, “You know my wife’s an OB/GYN, and I know having watched as we raise our three daughters, there is no one who knows more about what’s in the best interest of a child than the mother -- and I say that as a very proud father and I have total faith when my wife makes a decision. She does it in the best interest of her family and her kids and obviously me as well.”

“So when a woman has to make a decision, I have full faith in what that woman will do because my sense is that, over the millennia, women have had to deal with these issues far more than men,” said Becerra. “And so, when someone says to me that you’re going to put at risk a woman’s health to make a political, social point, it’s just not -- I don’t believe we should be legislating what a woman should do. We got to believe that our mothers and our sisters and our daughters know better than a politician in Washington, D.C.”

CNSNews.com followed up asking, “But that question aside, just simply, if a child 20 weeks into pregnancy is a human being or not?”

Becerra responded, “I think I’ve given you the answer that a woman’s going to make a decision on what to do with her body. I think she knows far better than I do, especially if she’s pregnant and if she’s going to have a baby.”

“I don’t think we should be legislating what a woman must do especially when it might harm her health, that to me seems to be a tragic result of politicians trying to get in the way of the privacy of an individual, an American,” said Becerra.

“To me--not that most men have a great track record on some of these things when it comes to rearing kids--but I have, as I said, the confidence that most women make the right decision when it comes to what happens with the future of our country,” said the congressman.
What?! No. Seriously. What?!

I love this. Pro-aborts can't answer a simple question because they know it would make them look like monsters. I wish the rest of the media would ask this of Democrats as often as they ask Republicans about exemptions in case of rape or incest.


Dear Church, Beware Unproven Theories

Some few months back I wrote a post in which I advised that the Church should be more cautious in giving its seeming imprimatur to various different scientific theories. The post was widely misunderstood (my fault) as saying that the Church shouldn't discuss science. I wish to be clear here that I do not suggest such a thing. The Church should and must speak to science and scientists about the proper limits and morals that should govern scientific inquiry.

But I would like to re-emphasize my previous suggestion that the Church hierarchy, and in particular Popes, should refrain from suggesting acceptance of or even specifically endorsing particular theories about the origins of the universe, the origins of life on earth, or any other in vogue unproven theory.

By way of example, I think specifically of the "theory of evolution" as it is commonly understood by people....

Please Continue Reading At the Register

*subhead*They call them theories for a reason.*subhead*

SF Archbishop on Pelosi: Catholics Can't Dissent on Abortion

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, in the wake of Nancy Pelosi's statements (or non-statement) about late-term abortions, said "no Catholic can dissent in good conscience" from the Church's teaching on life. But hold on, what if her entire political career depends on having that view? Is the Church against women holding positions of power in the Democrat party?

CNS News:

It is a scientific fact that human life begins at conception," the archbishop said in a written statement to CNSNews.com. "This has been established in medical science for over 100 years. Catholic moral teaching acknowledges this scientific fact, and has always affirmed the grave moral evil of taking an innocent human life.

“This has been the consistent teaching of the Church from the very beginning, a teaching already discernible in the natural moral law, and so a teaching from which no Catholic can dissent in good conscience,” he said.

“It is the obligation of pastors of souls to reach out to their people who have difficulty understanding and accepting such important teachings of the Church in order to extend to them true pastoral care and, where appropriate, to establish a regular dialogue,” said Archbishop Cordileone. “This is something I have always striven to do in the various ministries I have exercised as a priest and bishop, including now as the Archbishop of San Francisco. I ask for people’s prayers for success as I continue to strive to do this."
I love when priests drop science on pro-aborts because they hate it so much because while they always want to yell about the separation of Church and state they actually want the separation of state and common sense or state and morality.

And don't give me that crap about how state can't or shouldn't enforce morality. That's what it does. The entire concept of redistributive taxation is "fairness" which is a concept derived from morality. Border policies must be moral. Libs sure don't mind quoting the pope on immigration issues. But when Church teaching could interfere with them getting checks from EMILY's List, now it's choosing time. And while the Church may discuss eternal reward, EMILY's List's payoffs are a lot more immediate.


Kids on a Snow Day

Kids are very happy on snow days. But couple of funny things about them.

One. I'm shoveling the driveway at 8 a.m. this morning. It's still snowing mind you but I'm a little crazy. I'd rather shovel light covering three times than lifting thirty pounds of snow with each shovelful. So as I'm doing it my seven year old opens the front door and yells out "Hey Dad, what's for breakfast?"

My neighbor actually laughed out loud.

And the other thing is that when my older kids come down and I call them bums for sleeping so long they all have a story about how they've been awake for a while but just didn't come down or they woke up earlier, rolled over, and went back to sleep. Why not just admit they slept in on a snow day. There's no crime to it.

Now, as I'm homeschooling my three youngest, those three are desperately attempting to avoid me because they fear that I may tell them to get their books out any second. They're playing in the front room and up in their bedrooms but they're avoiding me. I think I'll scare them in a little bit and ask them how their Math is coming along.

See, parents can have a little fun on snow days as well.

*subhead*Let it snow.*subhead*

Deadbeat (Not) Dad

If you thought government in Detroit couldn't get any worse, think again.

The courts are threatening to throw a man in jail for failure to pay $30k for child support.

Well, good you say?

Well, I would too if not for one little thing. He is not the father. And he can prove it.

The mother put his name on a welfare form and that is that. The court knows he is not the father, but what do they care?

DETROIT, MI -- A Michigan man could go to jail for failing to pay child support. But the child he's accused of not paying for isn't even his, according to WXYZ in Detroit.

Carnell Alexander walked into the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice Friday, knowing in moments he could lose his freedom. Though DNA tests have proven the child isn't his, Alexander still owes more than $30,000 to the state because the child's mother used his name as the father to get welfare benefits.

Under Michigan law, that means Alexander owes child support. But an attorney who saw Alexander's story on the news wanted to help.

"I'm just trying to help him with his future," said attorney Cherika Harris.

"I'm almost homeless. I'm almost in jail. I am out of work," said Alexander. "My money is being threatened to be taken."

*subhead*Not your kid? Who cares. Pay up.*subhead*

Sons of Liberty? Good for Kids?

Hey, I'm kind of interested in History Channel's Sons of Liberty. My children are interested as well so I'm wondering if anyone saw it and if so is it appropriate for kids? Is it historically accurate? I'd love it if you could let me know. Thanks.


Fr. Richard McBrien Has Died

We pray for the soul of Fr. Richard McBrien. Fr. McBrien passed away Sunday at the age of 78.

Fr. McBrien was a repeated foil on this blog in its early years as he represented in the media and promoted relentlessly everywhere all that is destroying the Church.

From the National Catholic Reporter (unfortunately in praise of Fr. McBrien)
Unabashedly on the progressive side of most Catholic debates, McBrien advocated the ordination of women priests, an end to mandatory celibacy for priests, moral approval of artificial birth control, and decentralization of power in the church. In so doing, he helped to define the battle lines within Catholicism over the legacy of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65).

We pray for his soul and hope that he did not know what he was doing. Now he does. I pray God has mercy on his soul.

*subhead*Pray for his soul.*subhead*

200,000 of Anyone Else Would Get Coverage

The media once again largely ignored the March for Life which saw 200,000 plus people walking right down Constitution Avenue in Washington D.C.

According to Newsbusters, CBS is the only one to even mention the March and they did it in passing.

I'm just wondering if there's 200,000 of anything other than pro-lifers which would warrant such little coverage.

Let's start it with the easy ones:

200,000 global warming activists dressed as glaciers and staging a "melt-down." (Definitely coverage. Adoring too.)
200,000 people celebrating "Dress and Act Like Al Sharpton Day" by lying, screaming unintelligibly, and shaking people down for cash. (Yup.)
200,000 people for lifting the ban on killing praying mantises. (OK, I would watch that one too.)
200,000 people who support killing old people (or as well refer to them -Obamacare supporters) (Oh yeah.)
200,000 topless women protesters who nobody actually wants to see topless ranting about the pope or some patriarchal symbol. (Mass coverage and probably a reality show on Bravo.)

I honestly am sitting here thinking if there's any group of 200,000 people that would be completely ignored by the media. I mean, even if the NRA did it, the media would cover it just because they'd probably think it was a redneck invasion. There's literally no other group that I can think of which would be completely ignored year after year.

The media is always saying we're a divided nation but I'm telling you that when I looked around the March I saw college groups next to groups of senior citizens. I saw African-Americans, whites, Asian, Hispanics all walking together in prayer and song. This was a picture of America coming together in support of the most basic right of all- life. It was truly beautiful and says something very good about our country.

Oh. That's probably why they didn't cover it.


Video: An Amazing Video Explaining the Eucharist

So when Jesus said, "This is My body" he meant it? Yeah. He did.

HT CatholicMemes.com


PA's Gov. Elect Nominates Transgender Doc as Physician General

Republicans won a lot of federal and state races this past November. But in Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf beat Republican Governor Tom Corbett. And now, Wolf is naming his cabinet. Dr. Richard Levine – who now goes by “Rachel” is Wolf's pick for physician general.

And this is what you get:

Philly Mag

On Saturday, Governor-Elect Tom Wolf released the names of four more members of his cabinet, one of which is a transgender woman, Dr. Rachel Levine, who will serve as his physician general.

Dr. Levine, a resident of Middletown, Pennsylvania, is currently a professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where she also serves as chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders, a program she created on her own. She has also worked actively with the school’s Office of Diversity, mentoring LGBT students, faculty and staff, and she sits on the board of Equality PA.
Who even knows what a physician general does but clearly Wolf is sending a message with this appointment as to where he intends to lead Pennsylvania.


Just in Time for the March for Life, GOP Punks out on the Unborn

This is deflating. Here I am running out the door to head down to Washington D.C. for the March for Life and I read that the House GOP dropped plans to debate a bill that would make late-term abortions illegal. The whole thing was sort of a show anyway since President Obama was going to veto it anyway. But that's the thing. Republicans don't even dare to bring up a show vote on abortion.

This on the day before the March for Life just shows why we can't get anywhere. According to polls, banning late-term abortions is supported by something like 70 or 80 percent of people. That means it would actually be good politics to raise this issue. But instead, they punk out on the unborn.

Continue reading at The National Catholic Register>>>


With Greater Majority, Cowardly GOP Bails On Abortion Bill

Even though they overwhelmingly passed it last session,a year they knew it would never get passed the Senate, and they have an even greater majority now, the House GOP is scrapping the 20 Week Fetal Pain Abortion Ban because they are afraid.

Plainly and simply, they are cowards.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) met Wednesday evening with Representative Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.) and other Republican women to ameliorate a last-minute revolt against a 20-week abortion ban that passed the last Congress with overwhelming GOP support.

He couldn't convince the lawmakers, so, House GOP leadership is canceling a vote that was scheduled to coincide with the March for Life and the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision.

“I’m honestly stunned — what a complete and utter debacle,” says one Republican lawmaker who supports the legislation. The sticking point: “reporting requirements,” as they’re known on the Hill. In short, the bill bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy — when the in utero infant can feel pain — except in cases of rape, incest, or for the life of the mother. But to benefit from the rape and incest exception, the victim has to report the crime to law enforcement.

President Obama criticized that provision as “demonstrating a complete disregard for the women who experience sexual assault and the barriers they may face in reporting,” such as fear of retaliation from their attackers. “Research indicates that the majority of survivors have not reported their sexual assaults to law enforcement,” his statement of administration policy says.

That line of attack worries some Republicans. “There seems to be a fear of Dem attack ads, which is odd for an issue that is 2:1 in our favor,” the GOP lawmaker says.


Maybe I'm Not the World's Worst Parent

So I'm getting ready to head down to D.C. for the March for Life. This annual Archbold pilgrimage will be one Archbold short this year. Normally I head down with the five kids but this year my oldest isn't coming with us. She's heading down to the March with a group from her Catholic high school. Kinda' makes me sad that she won't be with us but on the other hand, watching her get on the bus at 5 a.m. this morning made me so proud of her and of the school.

Every once in a while I start thinking that maybe I'm not the world's worst parent since my kid woke up at 3:30 a.m. to head down to our nation's capital to march in support of life. Maybe not.

Hope to see many of you down there. I'll be the proud Dad with four kids texting my oldest daughter to make sure she's ok.


Coming to an encyclical near you....

Given the Pope's recent public musings, tell me this seems far-fetched for the upcoming encyclical on the environment?

"Is there a proper family size for suitable stewardship of God's creation? We must look more deeply at this question. Of course it would be un-Christian to procreate in a way and at a rate that is destructive of the planet and our limited resources. This is anti-life and must be rejected. We must be open to life but mindful of our effect on nature. Responsible parenthood can also be responsible ecological stewardship."

*subhead*Can you see it?*subhead*

Pope Francis Praises Large Families

Tell me 'bout the rabbits George.

Actually, no more rabbits. Pope Francis praises large families.


Pope Francis on Wednesday described large families as a "gift from God", just days after he said Catholics did not need to "breed like rabbits".

In an apparent attempt to put the controversial comments he made on his way back from a visit to the Philippines into context, the Argentinian argued that the global economic system is the primary cause of poverty, rather than overpopulation.

"The meetings with families and young people in Manila were important moments during the visit to the Philippines," Francis told a crowd of around 7,000 gathered in St Peter's square for his weekly audience.

"Healthy families are essential to the life of society.

"It provides us with consolation and hope to see so many large families who welcome children as a gift from God.

"These families know that each child is a blessing."


CBO Warns that Saving Babies from Abortion Would Raise the Deficit

So here's the plan. Make government fund anything and everything and get everyone all nice and dependent. Make the government so intertwined with our lives that they can actually put a dollar sign on your existence.

You see, that's not even the controversial part. The worse part is the cost/benefit analysis that must inevitably follow. Once you affix a dollar sign to life, you end up having to haggle for it.

The Blaze:

The Congressional Budget Office says legislation the House will pass this week to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy would lead to an increase in the budget deficit of at least $235 million over the next decade, and perhaps as much as half a billion dollars.

The CBO released a report Tuesday for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 36, which the House will consider on Thursday. That bill aims to ban abortions after 20 weeks, and is based on evidence that a fetus can feel pain once it reaches that age.

CBO’s report assumes that if the legislation were to become law, about three-quarters of the abortions that might normally happen after 20 weeks would happen earlier, in order to comply with the law.

But it also assumes that the remaining quarter of people who don’t get an earlier abortion would give birth. CBO said that means higher Medicaid costs related to childbirth over a ten-year period.

“Depending on the number of additional births under H.R. 36, such Medicaid costs could range from about $100 million over the next 10 years to nearly $500 million over that period,” CBO said.

CBO settled on an estimate of $235 million.
Hmmm. Where could we make up that kind of money. Hey, I've got an idea, how about we cut funding to Planned Parenthood?


The Best Thing I Ever Did

I remember it clearly. I remember the day my future wife and I had the conversation about children.

She asked me, "How many children do you want to have?"

Me, being me, answered. "Who cares? Who cares how many children I want?"

My wife, already on her way to sainthood for choosing the cross that is me, said, "I mean, what do you think a good size family is?"

"A good size? Sixteen. That is a really good size."

"Why are you being a pain? ..."

Continue Reading at the Register>>>

*subhead*The baby promise.*subhead*

My "Things To Do When I Become Pope!" File

On my list of "Things To Do When I Become Pope!" please add "Do not accept a reporter's stupid premise when answering question on a plane."

Actually, scratch that. Add instead "Don't answer reporters questions on a plane."

Also, Write Encyclical about whether a "serious reason" for avoiding pregnancy include having your minimum child allotment for sustenance of the welfare state?

*subhead*Adding to the list.*subhead*

Briefly On The Papal Interview

By now most of you have heard about the latest Papal airplane interview. Given recent history, one might expect the Pope to be more circumspect. One might expect that.

As previously mentioned, I am inclined to give the Pope a wide berth in terms of his chosen expression. Yet still, such latitude does not keep me from commenting on the obvious. That many of the Pope's chosen expressions are imprudent in the extreme.

Primarily, after supporting the Church's teaching on artificial birth control (which he is obliged to do) earlier this week, the Pope said, "Some think that, excuse me if I use that word, that in order to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits. No. Responsible parenthood."

Even in its proper context, this is a highly imprudent thing to say. It is imminently foreseeable that such a phrase will be used as a cudgel to beat and mock those Catholic parents who, with love and sacrifice, endeavor to always be open to life and as a result have large families. While it is not against Catholic teaching, utilizing such a strawman gives ammunition to those who oppose Church teaching. As I said, highly imprudent and this is clearly not the first time.

Those who watch such things closely often see that shortly after the Pope says something supportive of Catholic teaching, he undoes the good he might have done with such Jesuitical off-the-cuffisms. This is highly unfortunate.

One last thing, the use of expressions such punching someone and "a kick where the sun doesn't shine " are beneath the dignity of the Successor of Peter and should be refrained from.


Pro-Life Parade? Seriously?

The Daily Mail in the UK did a story about some of the Duggar claim attending what they termed a "pro-life parade."

A parade? Really?

The good news is that the press in the UK doesn't shy away from the term "pro-life" as does the press in the U.S. but calling it a parade doesn't really do the march justice, does it? Look, we're talking about reporters who have nothing to do other than choose the right word to describe an event and we still get "parade?" That just doesn't do it justice, does it?

You know, in honor of Martin Luther King day I'm interested in seeing that movie about that famous parade in Selma. Hey, everyone loves a parade, right?


80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA”

*subhead*Face palm.*subhead*
Ilya Somin at the The Washington Post highlights a survey conducted by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics that found that over 80% of Americans surveyed support the “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA."

Insert groaning and a collective face palm.

Since all cells on earth, with very few exceptions, have DNA in them, virtually every bite of plant, animal or fungus, contains DNA. And the less processed the food, the more intact the DNA.  Somin recommended the following tongue-in-cheek warning label:
WARNING: This product contains deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The Surgeon General has determined that DNA is linked to a variety of diseases in both animals and humans. In some configurations, it is a risk factor for cancer and heart disease. Pregnant women are at very high risk of passing on DNA to their children.
Then he goes on to lament the general scientific ignorance of the American public that can easily go about their day with no idea of what DNA is or what it does. That is true. We can forget everything we learned in our high school biology class and still lead a productive life. Many people find scientific ignorance blissful.

Here is the problem. If even close to 80% of American do not immediately realize that they have been ingesting DNA for most of their lives, then how can we have even a snowball's chance in hell of intelligently discussing genetic engineering of plants, animals or humans?

The United States has absolutely no federal legislation on human genetic engineering, and the public has no idea that we are on the brink of creating genetically-modified children.

We are apparently distracted by the possibility that there is any DNA, let alone modified DNA, in our food.

The optimist in me hopes that the American public will wake up in time to harness the genetic engineering beast before it breaks out of the coral and tramples us all to death.

This survey may have single-handedly squashed any hopes I had.

I think all that is left is prayer.

Rebecca Taylor blogs at Mary Meets Dolly

ESPN's Bill Walton Gives Darwin Book as Gift to Christian Sportscaster, Who Makes an Offer in Return

This is kinda' fun and interesting. You don't get a mini-debate on evolution very often on television very often, especially on ESPN. Well, it's not really a debate, it's more Bill Walton gently mocking a Christian sportscaster who says what he believes and even offers a book suggestion by Michael Behe as a counter.

The Discovery Institute describes it this way:

Here's a charming and interesting interaction between sportscasters Bill Walton and Dave Pasch. Pasch is known as a forthright Christian and, we learn, a Darwin skeptic. In the course of a live telecast of a basketball game on ESPN, his colleague Bill Walton offers him a copy of the Origin of Species as a birthday present, remarking that "We want to make sure that you believe in evolution. "

Pasch politely accepts the book, puts it aside, and says "I don't." He goes on to offer to educate Walton about "irreducible complexity."


Uh-oh. Secularists Sad to Discover Pope Francis is Catholic

This is a breakup letter. But it's worse than that. This is a breakup letter by a junior high schooler who is trying to tell everyone in the hallway outside homeroom that the person they had liked a few days ago is just like kinda' totally awful or something.

Some lib in The Inquisitr wrote:

Elected in 2013, Pope Francis has since shown us a very convincing image of a bold, refreshing deviant who has adamantly defied the church’s typically iron-fisted conservatism. His stance on LGBT, women’s rights, atheism, and evolution were so mind-blowingly revolutionary that many people saw him as the single greatest change the controversy-ridden Catholic church has seen in centuries.

People were so wrong.

Pope Francis, the first pope to hail outside Europe, was an instant fan favorite for being so evidently anti-poverty. They describe him as a pope for the poor, and he probably deserves the recognition. He’s often seen walking the less fancy streets of Rome, comforting those without shelter and food. He has lambasted corporations for being less sympathetic with the people’s plight, and he’s shown incredible concern for those less fortunate than others. With all these saintly deeds, it would have been unwise to doubt his dedication to the poor and the oppressed.

However, his recent visit to the Philippines has led many people to think that his pro-poor statements lack in actual substance and credibility. This is partly due to his recently open support for anti-poor policies such as the opposition to birth control.

The Philippine Catholic church, already staunchly opposed to birth control, got a pat on the head from Pope Francis during his trip to the country. Before a crowd of Filipino Catholics, the Pope reinforced a locally unwavering church attitude and issued a condemnation on modern birth control methods. NPR describes it as his “strongest defense yet” of the Catholic church’s opposition to birth control. Disappointingly, this comes shortly after historic promises that the Catholic church will once and for all ease up on its hardened objection to birth control and contraception.

Here’s the thing: If Pope Francis really is for the poor, he should be the first to see the overwhelming scientific connection between modern birth control and reduction in poverty. Unintended pregnancies occur the most in places where poverty is rife. Lack of knowledge and access to birth control methods are also a major problem in poverty-ridden areas. There is a crystal-clear connection between poverty and family planning that the Pope somehow refuses — or at least fails — to see.
Here's the thing - you can care for the poor all you want but unless you're ok with birth control and abortion, there's no need to apply to being accepted by the liberal elites. If you don't truck with death, you're the enemy. It's that simple.


The Doorman

How a simple courtesy changed a young man's life and improved the life of those around him.

*subhead*Inspiring Video.*subhead*

Supreme Court to Rule on Gay Marriage

Let's not pretend on this one. Ok? We all know what the Supreme Court is going to do here, right? The court is about to make any law upholding traditional marriage illegal. We all know it.

USA Today:

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to resolve the national debate over same-sex marriage once and for all.

The justices agreed to consider four cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. They will be consolidated and heard together.

That sets up a schedule under which the court likely will hear oral arguments in April and issue a ruling before its current term ends in late June.

The justices' hands were forced by a split among federal appellate courts, created when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit upheld four states' marriage bans in November. While gays and lesbians can marry in 36 states, most recently including Florida, the practice is banned in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, along with 10 other states.
I love how the news simply reports that 36 states allow gay marriage without saying that a vast majority of those states only have gay marriage because a judge decreed that all laws upholding traditional marriage would be illegal because...they said so.

Hey maybe, just maybe, the court will do the right thing here. Heh. Just kidding.


Obama Just Gets More Embarrassing

I don't even know what to say.

As if you weren't embarrassed enough by the Obama administration's miserable diplomatic failure in neglecting to send anyone above dog catcher to France for the anti-terrorism rally, this ought to do it.

To make up for their admitted blunder...there are no words.

The flew James Taylor to Paris to sing "You've got a friend." No kidding.

Pathetic, embarrassing, and grammatically incorrect.

ht WeaselZippers

*subhead*Oh no they didn't?*subhead*

Said The Boy with Four Sisters

My nine year old son was wrestling his seven year old sister (which they always do) and it got a little rough. So I jumped in and I reminded him that he has to be gentle with her as he's a little older.

"Anyway," my 12 year old daughter inserted into the conversation. "It's never ok for a boy to hit a girl."

"Ever," agreed my thirteen year old daughter. "Ever."

My fifteen year old daughter then warned him that hitting girls is just about the worst thing a boy can do.

"Why is it illegal to hit a girl?" asked the seven year old girl. "Are girls endangered or something?"

The boy looked at her and said, "No. Girls aren't endangered. If you ask me there's too many of them."


The Pope on the Limits of Free Speech

Is this really the right message after the Charlie Hebdo attacks?

I know Pope Francis was speaking off the cuff but this seems a little...not good to me. Look, we all know that the pontiff is against terrorism and violence. That's not the issue. And I know some people are assuming that when Pope Francis says there's a "limit" to free speech he's speaking in legal terms. But there's no reason to believe that. One must assume the pope is speaking morally, not about the legal limits of speech.

NBC News:

Pope Francis suggested there are limits to freedom of expression, saying in response to the Charlie Hebdo terror attack that "one cannot make fun of faith" and that anyone who throws insults can expect a "punch."

The pontiff said that both freedom of faith and freedom of speech were fundamental human rights and that "every religion has its dignity."

"One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people's faith, one cannot make fun of faith," he said. "There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity ... in freedom of expression there are limits."

The right to liberty of expression comes with the "obligation" to speak for "the common good," Pope Francis said, cautioning against provocation.

To illustrate his point, he referred to Vatican aide Alberto Gasparri who was standing nearby on the plane. "If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, then a punch awaits him," the pontiff said.
Is the pope saying violence is ok sometimes? What if it's a really bad insult? Does that deserve more than a punch in the nose?

Look, I'm not against punching someone in the nose now and again. But I've got to tell you I worry a little about the pope saying it's a good idea to punch others a week after Muslim terrorists slaughtered the employees of a magazine for a religious insult. In the abstract, a pop in the chops is not the end of the world. But we're not living in the abstract right now. Everyone's mind is on Islamic terrorism.

I guess we get good and the bad with a pope willing to speak so openly with journalists. This comment is not one of the good ones.


War is Coming

As long time readers of this blog now, I used to do predictions each year. I haven't done that in a while because I put my predictions out there during the year and, quite frankly, nobody cares about them.

But it is my blog and I can do what I want.

So my new prediction is the same old prediction I have been making.

War is coming to Europe. Economic collapse and war. Civil war followed by general war. It is coming. I dunno when, but soon. But it is coming. And I bet you petro-dollars to donuts that Russia will be in the mix. Maybe not in the beginning, but they will assert themselves very aggressively. WIth their economy and currency crumbling, they are primed. I see people on Facebook defending Putin. The guy is a monster waiting to do monstrous things.

Europe will tear itself apart and the Russian Bear will not resist the blood.

War is coming folks. A bad one. Biblical comeuppance bad. I don't predict timelines, just trajectory. It is coming.

*subhead*Late predictions.*subhead*

Real Men Pray

My father was a tough guy. A war veteran right out of the John Wayne/Ted Williams mold. A man who never complained about pain and worked hard every day.

And I grew up watching the toughest man I ever met pray. Often. To me, it was what real men did. He wore a scapular, attended daily Mass, and prayed the rosary for the souls in purgatory almost incessantly. And there's something about seeing the strongest person you know get down on his knees that helps to shape a child learn what being a man is about.

I tell you this because I just read an interview with Cardinal Raymond Burke who made headlines discussing the issue that many men no longer feel at home in the Church. I know that saying Cardinal Burke made headlines is like saying the sun came up today. Or dog bites man. Cardinal Raymond Burke makes headlines. That's what he does. Why? Because he says what he believes and doesn't qualify, back off, or soften his points. I personally love him for that.

Unfortunately, many don't.

Please continue reading at The National Catholic Register>>>


Irish Priest Comes Out and Encourages Gay Marriage

This would not qualify as good. This Irish priest is actively undermining the Church. Something must be done.


After serving a Roman Catholic parish in Ireland for 15 years, the Rev. Martin Dolan told congregants the truth about his sexual orientation over the weekend.

Dolan was standing at the pulpit during a Saturday mass at Dublin’s Church of St. Nicholas of Myra when he began encouraging parishioners to support legalizing same-sex marriage, according to The Irish Sun. Then, he made the unexpected announcement: “I’m gay myself.”

The priest reportedly received a standing ovation.

A community youth worker in Dublin told The Irish Sun, “We are all very proud of Father Martin. Because he has admitted that he is gay doesn't change the person that he was before it.”

Two Irish LGBT rights groups confirmed the priest's remarks to the HuffPost in emails.

Andrew Hyland, director of Marriage Equality, said that he lives on the same street as the church and that his father is one of Dolan’s parishioners.

“Fr. Dolan’s acknowledgement from the pulpit that he is gay and supports marriage equality has been warmly welcomed in Ireland,” Hyland wrote. “The parishioners of Francis Street have expressed a deep loyalty towards him since his brave announcement.”
If the priest would say he has homosexual tendencies but is celibate and explained the Church's teaching, it could be a good opportunity to school 'em up about the Church's teaching. But it doesn't look like that happened. In fact, he's encouraging gay marriage so he's actively undermining the Church's teaching on marriage. During Mass.

In all media he's being hailed as a hero. But let's face it. It takes very little guts to go along with the tides of secularization. The true heroes are those who are able to stand up against their own times.


Catholic College Students Drop Some Catechesis on Y'all with Rap Evangelization

Two Catholic college students at Auburn make an “I’m so Catholic” parody of the hit song “I’m so Fancy” by Iggy Azalea. It's pretty fun.

HT Catholic Company


The Only Answer To Muslim Extremism

Millions gathered in the streets of Paris to proclaim their solidarity in resisting terrorism and to trumpet to the world their belief that Islam and the West can live in harmony.

But it won't make one bit of difference. Over at the Register I discuss the only thing that can fix this intractable problem.

Please give it a read, comment, and share.


Atlanta Mayor Says Shut Up About Religious Discrimination

Oh, this clears it all up. Atlanta fire chief, Kelvin Cochran, wrote a book for his Bible study group in which he espoused actual Christian beliefs that included the teaching on homosexuality. He was fired.

But don't you call this religious discrimination. The Atlanta Mayor Chief who terminated his fire chief for being a Christians now says he didn't fire him for being a Christian at all. He fired him because he didn't shut up about being discriminated against like he told him to.

The mayor said he decided to terminate Cochran not just because the fire chief didn't consult him before publishing the book, but also spoke out about his suspension despite being told to remain quiet during the investigation into his leadership. What's more, Reed said he believes Cochran opened up the city to the potential for litigation over future discrimination claims.

Reed stressed that his decision is not because of Cochran's faith: "His religious (beliefs) are not the basis of the problem. His judgment is the basis of the problem."
So there you have it. When your boss begins investigating you for being a Christian, you shut up about it if you know what's good for you. Got it.


5 of the Strangest and Funniest Nativity Scenes

I know it's a little late but it's pretty funny so here you go.

Ht Twitter

A comb over? Really?

This would be the perfect nativity scene for the ACLU:

I'm all for minimalism but...

A fashionista Christmas

HT TeamJimmyJoe


Coming to America...For Sex Selection

*subhead*"Reproductive Rights".*subhead*
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It was for these inalienable rights that the American colonists declared their independence. It is also for these rights that millions have traveled to our shores looking for opportunity and a better life.

There is another right, not enumerated in our Constitution, that Americans regrettably hold dear enough that it often trumps all the others. Foreigners are traveling to the U.S. to exercise this right as well. That right is the “reproductive right.”

Decades ago, when abortion on demand became the law of our land, reproductive rights meant that a woman could terminate her unborn child for any reason. Today, the meaning of reproductive rights has expanded to include creating children any way one sees fit and tossing out any offspring who do not fulfill one’s desires.

Our warped understanding of reproductive rights means that, in most states, sex selection is perfectly legal. If an American wants a child of a certain sex, then many believe that is his or her “reproductive right.”

Our lax attitude toward sex selection is not shared around the world. Many countries, like Australia, Canada, France, Germany, South Korea and the United Kingdom, to name just a few, have restrictions on sex selection. Even in China and India, sex selection is illegal, although it still remains a problem in those countries. These societies have acknowledged that choosing who gets to live based simply on gender is an unethical practice they will not sanction.

As a result, the United States has become a safe haven for sex selection. Whether through sex-selective abortion or through in vitro fertilization (IVF) with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), immigrants and foreigners with gender bias are taking advantage of our lack of restrictions.

Continue reading at the National Catholic Register>>

Rebecca Taylor blogs at Mary Meets Dolly

Should I Be Proud of My Kids? Or Resent Them Terribly?

So it snowed here in Pennsylvania and it turned to ice pretty quick. I was very busy with work during the day so my three little ones volunteered to shovel the driveway. When they came in they told me they'd also shoveled the driveway of our neighbor, who are a bit older now. They said the neighbor had come out and offered to pay them but they refused.

Cue the pride in my wonderful children, right? But when I went out I noticed that my neighbor's driveway seemed a lot more devoid of snow than mine. A lot more. They did a wonderful job on my neighbor's driveway and a...not as great job on mine. So I pulled my shovel out and shoveled my driveway as the kids warmed up and waved to me in the window.

I felt a surge of pride but I'll admit a hint of resentment in my darling children. When I came in they were drinking hot chocolate which their older sister had made them as a reward for shoveling the neighbor's driveway. Unfortunately there wasn't enough for me.

I can't wait until I get old. Then maybe my kids will shovel my driveway and give me hot chocolate. Maybe.

*subhead*Let it snow.*subhead*

Falwell Suing Hustler Same as Charlie Hebdo Massacre

There's been a lot of this, where liberal secularists attempt to put Christians in the same box as radical terrorist Muslims. The ironic part is that, in truth, they like Christians a lot less. Here you have some nozzle on MSNBC comparing Jerry Falwell suing Hustler being compared with terrorists.


Bill Donohue's Moral Equivalence

Increasingly, the Catholic League's Bill Donohue is less a defender of Catholicism and more a defender of the sycophantic whims of his patrons.

First was his shameful defense of the St. Patrick's Gay Parade. Now his absurd moral equivalence with regard to yesterday's Islamo-nazi shooting massacre at Charlie Hebdo.

Here is the key part of his statement.

Killing in response to insult, no matter how gross, must be unequivocally condemned. That is why what happened in Paris cannot be tolerated. But neither should we tolerate the kind of intolerance that provoked this violent reaction.
While he perfunctorily condemns the killing, he calls the cartoons a provocation for massacre.

Let's get this straight. As Christians, we deplore mocking other people's religious beliefs and Charlie Hebdo's cartoon are understandably offensive. But to call such cartoons a provocation establishes a shameful moral equivalence between the act and the response.

An offensive cartoon may be a provocation for a sternly worded letter to the editor or even a boycott. But it is not a provocation to mass murder. A child's bad behavior is not a provocation to abuse. A wife's talkback is not a provocation to a broken nose. And an offensive cartoon is not a provocation to mass murder. To call it one is offensive to me. Maybe Bill Donohue just provoked me. Fortunately for Bill, I just write blog posts about such things.


Is Christianity Even Legal at This Point?

The mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed announced today the firing of the city's fire chief for the crime of being a Christian, according to news reports.

It seems the fire chief, Kelvin Cochran, wrote a book for his Bible study group in which he espoused actual Christian beliefs. How dare he?

But his firing doesn't infringe on religious freedom at all, so says the mayor. "This is not about religious freedom, this is not about free speech" the mayor reportedly said. "Judgement is the basis of the problem."

So there you have it. If you're fired for being a Christian it's not because you're a Christian it's because you displayed bad judgment in being a Christian. You get the difference, right?

Please continue reading at The National Catholic Register>>>


Bishop Tobin Refuses to Attend Inaugural of Pro-Abortion Gov

Good for Bishop Tobin. I can't stand pro-abortion politicians using the presence of bishops as an imprimatur for their pro-death politics.

Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin said Monday he rejected an invitation this past weekend to attend Governor-elect Gina Raimondo’s inauguration, because of her stance on “the grave moral evil” of abortion.

“Over the weekend I did receive a formal written invitation to the Inauguration, the courtesy of which I appreciated,” Tobin wrote in an email Monday night in response to a Providence Journal inquiry.

“However, as previously announced I will be offering Holy Mass at the Cathedral at that same time to ask for God’s blessings upon our state and nation and our public servants.

“I should add, though, that in conscience, it would always be a problem for me personally to attend the inauguration of any public official who promotes or supports abortion, which we consider to be a very grave moral evil,” the bishop wrote.

Tobin had sharply criticized Raimondo during her campaign for her support for abortion rights.

A Raimondo spokeswoman could not be reached for a response Monday before deadline.

As he did four years ago, Tobin will offer a noon Mass at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul to offer prayers for newly elected leaders, as “a Prayer to Our Nation.”
A poll at the Providence Journal asks whether Bishop Tobin should have accepted the governor's invitation and it's currently 3,000 to 1,000 saying that he should attend. Well, let's thank God that Bishop Tobin is the bishop and not the 3,000 newspaper readers.

Raimondo is Catholic and in fact, her daughter is an altar server at her local parish. Bishop Tobin suggested that Catholic voters, instead of voting for Raimondo or other pro-abortion candidates write in “Mother Teresa” rather than cast a vote. He called the election “a pathetic spectacle.”


Going Liam Neeson

I am sure you have heard about the Connecticut teen who has been medically kidnapped and forced to undergo chemotherapy because her parents sought a second opinion.

This is just the latest case of state-knows-best medical kidnapping.

Every time I see one of these stories I marvel at the response of the families. Every time I try to put myself in the shoes of these parents, every conceivable scenario looks like Ruby Ridge. If the state took my kids away under such circumstances, let's just say, there will be barricades and booby traps.

How do the parents fight the urge to go all Liam Neeson?  I don't think I could.

*subhead*Medical Kidnapping -- My Probable Response.*subhead*

Proving that Polls Lie, Pew Says Congress 92% Christian

I don't trust polls about sex or religion.

The Washington Post reports that Pew says 92 percent of congress is Christian. Does anyone actually believe that?

Pew Forum published its study of The Religious Composition of the new 114th Congress. It is 57.2% Protestant; 30.7% Catholic; 5.2% Jewish; 3% Mormon. Other faiths represented include Orthodox Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu and Unitarian-Universalist.

Interestingly, they say that only 1 member of the incoming Congress is listed as Unaffiliated, while 20% of American adults say they are unaffiliated.

But all that says is that America is still enough of a Christian country that politicians feel they have to lie about being a Christian. That's all it says.

Look, I have a hard time convincing myself that someone who supports partial birth abortion hits their knees at night before going to bed. I just have a hard time seeing it. But it's impossible to know what lies in people's hearts, I guess. I'm not speculating about individuals here. I'm just saying that there's no way that the party that booed God is still sending a super majority of Christians to Congress.


ABp Wenski - Support Gay Marriage and You're Fired

Archbishop Wenski to Archdiocesan employees: Support gay marriage and you're fired.


The Archdiocese of Miami is warning employees that they could be fired for any conduct that is “inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church" in the wake of the start of same-sex marriages in Florida.
The letter, from Archbishop Thomas Wenski, told employees that "because of the Church’s particular function in society, certain conduct, inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church, could lead to disciplinary action, including termination, even if it occurs outside the normal working day and outside the strict confines of work performed by the employee for the Archdiocese.”

I guess Archbishop Bruno Forte would be unemployed in Miami.

*subhead*Put Your Blurb Here.*subhead*

So Much for "My Body, My Choice"

The state of Connecticut has removed a 17 year old girl (known as Cassandra C.) from her parents and is forcing her to receive chemotherapy, according to news reports.

Oddly, no women's rights adovcates are expressing concern that the state is telling this minor what to do with her body.

The girl was reportedly diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer in September. Doctors suggested chemotherapy but the girl with the support of her mother refused that treatment. That decision instigated the state's Department of Children and Families to step in and force the teen to receive chemotherapy treatment by going to court to become the girl's custodians. They ordered the mother to cooperate. She apparently did but then Cassandra C. ran away from home and refused treatment.

Then the state took full custodial care of the girl and will make all her decisions for her.

Cassandra's mother is suing. “It’s a question of fundamental constitutional rights–the right to have a say over what happens to your body–and the right to say to the government ‘you can’t control what happens to my body,’” her attorney, Michael S. Taylor, said.

Now, there are many things unknown here. What are her survival chances with/without treatment? Is she seeking alternative treatments? I don't know. But one interesting here is that if Cassandra C. were going to get an abortion then the state would fully support her making her own medical decisions but when it comes to all other things, the state knows best.

*subhead*Big Brother.*subhead*

Watch the Making of an Icon

*subhead*Relaxing and Beautiful.*subhead*
There are a lot of things to worry about in the world. But God still reveals Himself through the hands of men. Sip a glass of wine, do some deep breathing and marvel at this beautiful process of "writing" an icon.

Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Whatever

Over at the Register I take a look at the all too common view of the (lack of) necessity of the Church for salvation.

Please read and share.

*subhead*A question of Emphasis.*subhead*

Mario Cuomo and His Abortion Speech at Notre Dame

The late New York Governor Mario Cuomo is credited for making it possible to be a pro-choice Catholic in his speech at the University of Notre Dame. Really what he made possible is for Democrats to fund Planned Parenthood with taxpayer money while receiving Emily's List money for themselves.

He passed away. Please say a prayer for him and his family.

Here's Newsday on Cuomo's fateful trip to South Bend and how his plane was struck by lightning when a reporter dressed in a Roman collar and sprinkled pretend holy water on others.


I'm Sure It's Christians' Fault But Study Says Post Abortive Women a Suicide Risk

The war on women continues. Because the "right" to kill babies in the name of women's health is more important than actual women's health.

NRTL News:

Voluntary guidelines for post-abortion mental health evaluations during the month following an abortion have failed to significantly decrease the rate of suicide after abortion in Finland, according to a new study.

Finland adopted the guidelines after a large-scale study of women’s health records, published in 1997, found that the suicide rate among women who had undergone abortions in the prior year was three times higher compared to women in the general population and six times higher compared to women who gave birth.

Mika Gissler of the National Institute for Health and Welfare, who was the lead author of the 1997 study, led a team of researchers who examined health records to see if the suicide rate went down after the new guidelines were published.

They found that the decrease in the suicide rate was not statistically significant.

“Women with a recent induced abortion still have a two-fold suicide risk,” they wrote. “A mandatory check-up may decrease this risk.”
This is currently being ignored by those people who claim that pro-lifers are anti-science and anti-women.

My favorite part of it all is that even when they don't admit that women are at higher risk of suicide after having an abortion they say it's Christians' fault for making women feel bad about their abortions which leads them to the suicide that they're not actually at risk of.


Lemons --> Lemonade

Making lemons into lemonade.

Today I got a flat tire taking my daughter to a soccer game. Tire was toast, so I put a new tire on the car. But I kept the flat tire because I recently watched this little trick on the Youtube for splitting firewood!

I can now report that this trick is awesome. I made quick work of my woodpile today!!

*subhead*Awesome trick with tire.*subhead*

Irish Court Says It's In Best Interest of Child to be Killed in Womb of Brain-Dead Mother

This is horrific. The worst part is that the court says death is in the best interest of the child. Just let that thought sink in for a moment.

LifeNews.com reports:

The High Court in Ireland issued a ruling today allowing a hospital to shut off life support for a pregnant mom, which would claim the life of her 18-week-old unborn baby.

The mother is in her twenties, 18-weeks pregnant and doctors had decided to keep her on life support to give her unborn child a chance at life after she suffered a traumatic brain injury on November 29 after a fall. The woman’s parents wanted her to be taken off life support immediately and they took legal action to force the hospital to remove the woman from life support.

ultrasound4d38The Eighth amendment of the Irish constitution gives equal rights to the unborn and the hospital has said it will not act to destroy the life of the unborn baby unless instructed to do so by the High Court. Today, it received that ruling.

The High Court ruled that life support could be switched off even tough it heard evidence that the unborn baby is still alive and has a heartbeat.

The three-judge panel, comprising president of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, Ms Justice Marie Baker and Ms Justice Caroline Costello issued the 29-page decision. They ruled that continuing with life support was a ‘distressing exercise in futility’.

Ironically, the High Court issued the ruling terminating the unborn baby’s life by saying it was in the best interest of the child.

“The court is satisfied, in the circumstances of this case, that in the best interest of the unborn child, it should authorise at the discretion of the medical team the withdrawal of ongoing somatic support being provided in this tragic and unfortunate case,” it wrote. “‘It will accordingly make a declaration and order to that effect.”