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Ohio Christian Parents Lose Custody of Daughter For Refusing Her Transgender Drugs

Here we go.

PJ Media:

An Ohio couple has temporarily lost custody of their 17-year-old daughter after refusing her transgender hormones prescribed by doctors who claim she suffers from gender dysphoria and will commit suicide without the drugs. A judge is expected to rule on her long term custody Friday.

In 2016, the unnamed girl was hospitalized and diagnosed with depression, anxiety disorder, and gender dysphoria, which the American Psychiatric Association defines as “a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify.” Doctors claim that the parents' treating the girl as a girl has triggered suicidal feelings.

Our society is in free fall. And our secular moralsuperiors will force you to do the right thing.


How to be a Pro-Life Democrat. Psst. You can't

Lifezette had a pretty disturbing story about Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Look at these two pics and it really tells you the entire tale.

He's a supposedly pro-life Democrat. But in reality what does that mean? It means he's a Democrat from a pro-life district. I'm asking what kind of pro-lifer has a 57 percent voting record from Planned Parenthood.


If Only Anglican Priests Could Marry

Wait, I thought this was a Catholic problem.

The Christian Post:

The Church of England is facing as many as 3,300 potential sex abuse cases in the form of concerns and allegations, as revealed by the Church's lead bishop on safeguarding issues.

The Times reported on Thursday that Peter Hancock, bishop of Bath and Wells, shared the latest figures, which concern sex abuse against children and vulnerable adults reaching up to 2016, during a three-day meeting of the General Synod in London.
Hancock did not make it clear whether all the complaints are new or a combination with longstanding ones, but even if a fraction of them are upheld, the CofE might be forced into paying millions of dollars in compensation fees.

The figures he shared revealed that 18 percent of the 3,300 cases involve Church officers, most likely to be members of clergy, while others accused in the church setting include lay individuals and other churchgoers.
If only Anglican priests could marry this certainly never would've happened. Oh wait. nvm.

For years we've been told that it was the Catholic Church's insistence on celibacy that caused the abuse crisis. Now you're telling me that "the experts" might have misdiagnosed this? Who could've seen this coming?


ACLU Demands All Americans Deny Reality

The ACLU is now arguing that your free speech ends where someone else's sensitivity begins.

The Federalist:

On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union sued Alabama state officials in a federal district court on behalf of three transgender individuals. The plaintiffs all suffer from gender dysphoria: Darcy Corbitt and Destiny Clark are men but want to obtain Alabama driver’s licenses that will describe them as female; John Doe is female but seeks to change her driver’s license to one identifying her as male.
In their lawsuit, Corbitt v. Taylor, the plaintiffs challenge the constitutionality of Alabama’s Driver License Policy Order No 63. It provides “that an individual wishing to have the sex changed on their Alabama driver license due to gender reassignment surgery are required to submit to an Examining office or the Medical Unit,” either an “amended state certified birth certificate” or “a letter from the physician that performed the reassignment procedure.”

None of the plaintiffs have had “gender reassignment surgery,” although Clark had something described as “gender-confirming surgery.” Yet the ACLU’s maintains Alabama must issue the plaintiffs driver’s licenses based on their beliefs that they are actually the opposite sex.

Requiring gender reassignment surgery to obtain a description of them as the opposite sex on their drivers’ licenses, the ACLU argues, violates transgender individuals’ due process rights by forcing them to disclose sensitive information and pressuring them to undergo certain kinds of body-alteration surgery to secure the driver’s license statement they want. The ACLU also alleges that because Policy Order 63 targets solely transgender people, it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
This is how we get to re-education centers folks.


Is the F-Word Not a Thing Anymore?

Yesterday, Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl champion Jason Kelce delivered an epic profanity-filled speech at the Super Bowl Parade in front of... oh, about a million Philadelphians, including many children. Now, his speech has gone viral and it's got many wondering if the f-word is even a thing anymore.

It's certainly indicative of a coarsening of our culture's language. But let's be honest, many speak now like they're in a Martin Scorsese movie. (Scorsesification?) ((Or how about Tarantinitis?)) Just look at mainstream movies, television, or the music young people listen to. Raunch. Profanity. Don't get me wrong. Some of the music is quite listenable but after I hear it a few times I start making out what they're saying and it usually is something about making some very poor long-term decisions.

And then parents shrug and wonder why “kids grow up so fast nowadays.” It's a bit ironic that so many nowadays are wary and fearful of saying anything that could be deemed as offensive, including simple gender pronouns — but when it comes to offending someone with profanity, nobody seems worried about it anymore. In fact, those who object to foul language are often derided as being prudish or somehow relics of a bygone era.

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Hey Nancy, Keep your Rosaries off my Borderies

Yeah, I know it doesn't make sense. But it's the closest I could come to their stupid slogan. You see, the left is all about the separation of church and state unless they think the church can be used for political purposes. Then, all is fair.


In her nearly all-day informal filibuster on the House floor to demand a vote on amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested praying the Catholic rosary for amnesty.

A Catholic herself, Pelosi invoked Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI, saying she had been up during the night before “praying so hard about our Dreamers,” the term given to the 3.5 million illegal aliens who are enrolled and eligible for the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Pelosi said:
I thought maybe we could say the rosary on the floor of the House. Not just five decades, the full rosary. All of the mysteries of the rosary. That’s 15 decades of the rosary but nonetheless, I think these people telling their stories are very prayerful and so we’ll use their time… the time to put their stories on the record. But let me just say how proud I am of the statements made by the U.S. Conference… Catholic Conference of Bishops, their courage and fighting for immigrants across our country from our Cardinals, our Bishops, etc. from their esteemed platforms, whether its the Dreamers or TPS or comprehensive immigration reform, but right now today we’re talking about the Dreamers.
Funny, how she didn't think the bishops were speaking from an "esteemed platform" when they were looking to preserve traditional marriage or prevent Obamacare from funding abortion.


Man Sentenced for Unlicensed Abortion with his Car

So he doesn't have a medical degree and tried to use his car instead of a vacuum.

The Daily Mail:

A Florida man who deliberately drove his vehicle into a pole in an attempt to kill a woman and her unborn baby has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Onix Afanador was sentenced last week after he was convicted of aggravated battery on a pregnant woman, according to the Pensacola News Journal.

Authorities said the 36-year-old man was driving down a Florida highway last June when he purposefully veered his vehicle into a utility pole.

Prosecutors said the woman and her baby were not harmed.

The woman, who was not identified, told police that Afanador had been physical with her before the crash and had allegedly threatened to kill her and her unborn child. She was 12 weeks at the time of the incident.
This, of course, will not be considered pro-choice violence because...that doesn't exist. Those pro-lifers though...watch out for them. They're crazy.

Violence against pregnant women is an epidemic in our throwaway culture. It is ignored because it must necessarily be ignored so that the "cause" doesn't take a political hit.

*subhead*Pro-choice violence.*subhead*

A Beautiful Story about Mr. Rogers asking a child for prayers

Here's a beautiful story about Fred Rogers from Esquire Magazine in 1998. It's truly wonderful:

Once upon a time, there was a boy who didn't like himself very much. It was not his fault. He was born with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is something that happens to the brain. It means that you can think but sometimes can't walk, or even talk. This boy had a very bad case of cerebral palsy, and when he was still a little boy, some of the people entrusted to take care of him took advantage of him instead and did things to him that made him think that he was a very bad little boy, because only a bad little boy would have to live with the things he had to live with. In fact, when the little boy grew up to be a teenager, he would get so mad at himself that he would hit himself, hard, with his own fists and tell his mother, on the computer he used for a mouth, that he didn't want to live anymore, for he was sure that God didn't like what was inside him any more than he did. He had always loved Mister Rogers, though, and now, even when he was fourteen years old, he watched the Neighborhood whenever it was on, and the boy's mother sometimes thought that Mister Rogers was keeping her son alive. She and the boy lived together in a city in California, and although she wanted very much for her son to meet Mister Rogers, she knew that he was far too disabled to travel all the way to Pittsburgh, so she figured he would never meet his hero, until one day she learned through a special foundation designed to help children like her son that Mister Rogers was coming to California and that after he visited the gorilla named Koko, he was coming to meet her son.

At first, the boy was made very nervous by the thought that Mister Rogers was visiting him. He was so nervous, in fact, that when Mister Rogers did visit, he got mad at himself and began hating himself and hitting himself, and his mother had to take him to another room and talk to him. Mister Rogers didn't leave, though. He wanted something from the boy, and Mister Rogers never leaves when he wants something from somebody. He just waited patiently, and when the boy came back, Mister Rogers talked to him, and then he made his request. He said, "I would like you to do something for me. Would you do something for me?" On his computer, the boy answered yes, of course, he would do anything for Mister Rogers, so then Mister Rogers said, "I would like you to pray for me. Will you pray for me?" And now the boy didn't know how to respond. He was thunderstruck. Thunderstruck means that you can't talk, because something has happened that's as sudden and as miraculous and maybe as scary as a bolt of lightning, and all you can do is listen to the rumble. The boy was thunderstruck because nobody had ever asked him for something like that, ever. The boy had always been prayed for. The boy had always been the object of prayer, and now he was being asked to pray for Mister Rogers, and although at first he didn't know if he could do it, he said he would, he said he'd try, and ever since then he keeps Mister Rogers in his prayers and doesn't talk about wanting to die anymore, because he figures Mister Rogers is close to God, and if Mister Rogers likes him, that must mean God likes him, too.
As for Mister Rogers himself…well, he doesn't look at the story in the same way that the boy did or that I did. In fact, when Mister Rogers first told me the story, I complimented him on being so smart—for knowing that asking the boy for his prayers would make the boy feel better about himself—and Mister Rogers responded by looking at me at first with puzzlement and then with surprise. "Oh, heavens no, Tom! I didn't ask him for his prayers for him; I asked for me. I asked him because I think that anyone who has gone through challenges like that must be very close to God. I asked him because I wanted his intercession."
That's a story I'm going to remember for a long time.


REPORT CARD: Newman Guide Colleges Recognized; University of Mary Students Invited to White House; DePaul University Loses Catholics

Catholic Schools Week celebrates unique contribution

National Catholic Schools Week is celebrated this week to acknowledge the “spiritual, academic and societal contributions” of Catholic schools across the country. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops states that nearly 1.9 million students are currently educated in 6,429 Catholic schools in around the country. Ninety-nine percent of students graduate from high school, and 86 percent of Catholic school graduates attend college. But it’s important to note that their work doesn’t end there.

“Catholic schools provide an invaluable service to young people, their families, and our nation by helping to form women and men with the sharp intellects, broad perspectives and big hearts who bring their best to communities near and far,” Bishop George Murry, SJ, of Youngstown, Ohio, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education, said. “Jesus Christ came to change hearts and to serve—one person at a time—and so Catholic schools invite students to encounter Christ, to be changed by Him, and love God by serving others with all of their heart, mind, soul, and strength.”

The big question, of course, is how many Catholic schools accomplish this greater mission? Often we hear the statistics about graduation and college rates, which are good, but where is the evidence that Catholic schools are forming saints?

We look to the Catholic Education Honor Roll schools as models to be emulated throughout Catholic education, so that Catholic parents nationwide can be confident that their children are getting the best Catholic formation.

Why Catholic school?
Pamela Lyons, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, got it right when she answered an important question recently in a column for the Catholic San Francisco: “Why Catholic school?

“Catholic schools create educational opportunities that not only address the intellect, but of equal importance, the spiritual, moral, and social aspects of every child,” Lyons wrote. “The difference lies in our pursuit of academic excellence as a pathway to a greater good.”

She added, “I always tell our teachers that we are educating our students to change the world, by contributing to the Kingdom on earth, with their ultimate goal being entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven.”

That’s what Catholic education is all about.

USCCB seeks to turn the tide of Catholic education

We all know the grim numbers.

The National Catholic Educational Association reports 1,393 Catholic school closings or consolidations from 2007 to 2017, compared to just 287 school openings. In that same decade, enrollment declined by 19 percent to less than 1.9 million students.
Now, in an effort to “transform” Catholic schools, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Committee on Catholic Education, in a program sponsored by the University of Notre Dame, met with Catholic education leaders and dozens of bishops to discuss turning the tide.

Bishop George Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, chairman of the bishops’ education committee, said that talk of academics and discipline, while important, was not enough without also considering the importance of “preparing the whole person for college and for heaven,” according to CatholicPhilly.com.

We live in “a very secular society, and fewer and fewer people see the value of that spiritual development,” Bishop Murry said. “I think that becomes the task of evangelization. Just programs to get people into church are not enough. We have to change hearts.”

That all sounds wonderful. But wait—sponsored by the University of Notre Dame? The hypocrisy is striking.

Please continue reading at The Cardinal Newman Society>>>

*subhead*Catholic education.*subhead*

99% of Politicians Respect 1 Thing and it Ain't Life

There's only one thing 99% of politicians understand and that's power. Now, power has many subsets. But for our purposes here we'll narrow is down to the currency of the realm we call D.C.

Money and votes. That's it. They want the money but know they need to get the votes every two or six years in order to keep the money coming. Now, when it comes to the issue of life, we're never going to be able to compete with the big money of the death industry. EMILY's List and Planned Parenthood essentially are the Democrat Party at this point. As evidence, I ask you to recall that President Obama could have passed his Obamacare plan in 2009 but Bart Stupak, a Democrat, said no. Mind you, he wanted to pass Obamacare but knew his conservative district wouldn't like it so he said no. Until about a year later, he said yes when Obama promised him not to fund abortion through Obamacare; an executive action. I'm assuming Stupak thought the promise would give him the cover he needed. It didn't. Why? Because now, he didn't have the support of the Democrats or the death industry because of his year-long holdout or pro-life support because of his cave. No money. No votes. So he bailed.

But the point is that Obama could've passed his signature legislation a year earlier if he'd agreed to prohibit abortion funding in the legislation itself. That's a clear indication of how central abortion is to the modern Democrat party.

So what to do about yesterday's Democrat filibuster of common sense legislation to prohibit abortion after twenty weeks (when babies in the womb can feel pain)? Locate those politicians who voted against the legislation and spend money to convince voters to evict them from the halls of power.

The Susan B. Anthony List is targeting Democrats with digital ads who voted against the pro-life legislation from red states including Sens. Sherrod Brown (OH), Claire McCaskill (MO), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), and Jon Tester (MT).

They point out that the legislation "is especially high among millennials (78 percent), African-Americans (70 percent), and Hispanics (57 percent). Several national polls have found that as many as 51 percent of Democrats support limiting abortion after twenty weeks."

You have to go after these politicians by threatening the only thing they care about, retaining power.

First, as always, we have prayer as a recourse. But after that we must work to change our country so that it respects life. Pray for the pro-abortion Democrats to change their mind. But until that conversion occurs, do them a favor by seeking to remove the temptation of power from them.