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Killer Cure

Today’s article in Headline Bistro

This month, in the 14 April online edition of the prestigious British journal Nature, researchers from Newcastle University published a letter entitled, “Pronuclear Transfer in Human Embryos to Prevent Transmission of Mitochondrial DNA Disease”.

In this letter, Douglas M. Turnbull, et al. report on a human cloning technique that destroys two lives to create a human organism that is a three-parent hybrid, all in the name of attempting to eradicate mitochondrial disease. The technique is quite easy for the non-scientist to understand. Its ramifications are poisonous and corrosive of human dignity, promising to create more human suffering than the technique will ever of itself cure.

First, mitochondrial diseases are serious and without cure. Mitochondria are a subset of the cellular structures called organelles, and are small, compartmentalized structures within every human cell whose function is to convert the energy contained in sugar into a usable form of energy called ATP.

Defects in mitochondrial function, according to Cleveland Clinic can produce the following, depending on which cell types have affected mitochondria:

Poor growth
Loss of muscle coordination, muscle weakness
Visual and/or hearing problems
Developmental delays, learning disabilities
Mental retardation
Heart, liver, or kidney disease
Gastrointestinal disorders, severe constipation
Respiratory disorders
Diabetes
Increased risk of infection
Neurological problems, seizures
Thyroid dysfunction
Dementia (mental disorder characterized by confusion, disorientation, and memory loss)

About one in 4,000 children in the United States will develop mitochondrial disease by the age of 10 years. One thousand to 4,000 children per year in the United Sates are born with a type of mitochondrial disease.

Second, it is necessary to understand that all organelles, including the mitochondria are inherited from the mother through the egg cell. Many, like the mitochondria, have their own DNA to direct their self-replication. The problem arises when a mother has genetically defective mitochondria and passes these on to her offspring through her eggs. That’s the mode of disease transmission.

Quite simply, what the researchers did was to employ in vitro fertilization of the mother’s egg with father’s sperm in the lab. This produces a new human being in the single-celled stage of development called a zygote. In this experiment, the zygotes created from couple number one had defects in the mitochondrial DNA. The same process was applied to a couple with no mitochondrial defect. Now they had two sets of zygotes, one healthy, one not.

The researchers then took the nucleus out of the healthy zygote and discarded it (recall that the nucleus is where the chromosomal DNA responsible for the unique identity and functions of the organism resides). They then took the nucleus from the diseased zygotes and injected it into the healthy zygote whose nucleus had just been removed. The result was a seemingly healthy cell with the genetic identity of couple number one, and the organelles of mother number two.

That’s a human being whose every subsequent cell bears a combined genetic and cytological lineage of three parents.

This process was performed a total of eighty times. The zygotes were permitted to grow for up to eight days before being destroyed in the embryonic blastocyst stage. Not all, however, made it that far. A mere 18 of 80 made it past the single-celled stage and divided. Compared to a control group of diseased embryos, these clones did half as well (8%).

What have we done to ourselves? In the headlong pursuit to avoid suffering and disease, we are sacrificing our very identity as humans, our dignity. No longer begotten, children are manufactured in IVF clinics, and with the latest wrinkle, the composite of two mothers and one father. The latest creations have come about through the destruction of two humans in the zygotic stage to create a Frankenstein’s baby that is a composite of its two destroyed progenitors. Or were they siblings? Or were they parental organisms?

We need a new vocabulary for a new race of humans.

In attempting to come to terms with the monstrous revelation last week, given the imprimatur of the most prestigious journal in science, consider this prescient statement from the George W. Bush’s President’s Council on Bioethics, in Human Cloning and Human Dignity, The Report of the President’s Council on Bioethics:

“We should not be self-deceived about our ability to set limits on the exploitation of nascent life. What disturbs us today we quickly or eventually get used to; yesterday’s repugnance gives way to tomorrow’s endorsement. A society that already tolerates the destruction of fetuses in the second and third trimesters will hardly be horrified by embryo and fetus farming (including in animal wombs), if this should turn out to be helpful in the cure of dreaded diseases.

“We realize, of course, that many proponents of cloning-for-biomedical-research will recommend regulations designed to prevent just such abuses (that is, the expansion of research to later-stage cloned embryos and fetuses). Refusing to erect a red light to stop research cloning, they will propose various yellow lights intended to assure ourselves that we are proceeding with caution, limits, or tears. Paradoxically, however, the effect might actually be to encourage us to continue proceeding with new (or more hazardous) avenues of research; for, believing that we are being cautious, we have a good conscience about what we do, and we are unable to imagine ourselves as people who could take a morally disastrous next step. We are neither wise enough nor good enough to live without clear limits.”

Amen.

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Gratitude

Several months ago I began this blog, and with it I promised God that for the rest of my life I would dedicate myself wholly and unselfishly to the Gospel of Life. I pledged that I would use my scientific and theological training to advance the body of mainstream, credible science that shows undeniably the utter destruction being wrought by abortion and the acolytes of the Culture of Death. I asked for nothing in return, but only that God would show me where He wanted me to go.

He wasted no time.

Immediately doors began to open. Jill Stanek has generously taken the time to introduce me to several folks in the pro-life movement and gave this blog its launch on her site this past Christmas Eve. I was asked to be science editor, contributor and columnist for the new bioethics journal of the Center for Morality in Public Life. Headline Bistro asked me to join them as a columnist. A rather notable publisher has asked me to do a weekly column for his outfit. An announcement will be forthcoming shortly.

I also have plans for a society of pro-life scientists that many have expressed an interest in. So there is no shortage of work to be done, and God has sent me plenty in response to the decision that Regina and I have made together. The work itself is a blessing, as is Regina who has been my biggest support in all that I have done in our 17 years of marriage and three years of courtship before. Her faith is inspirational.

Were that not enough to rejoice in, I never expected that the fruits of my labors would come back to me as a healing gift from God as they have these past two weeks.

I started a Facebook page (which I swore I would never do) as a part of pro-life networking. Because of that page’s existence, a long-lost friend (25 years worth) found me and sent a friend request. Barbara and I were dear friends during those very formative years in college, having met in youth ministry and campus ministry. It was a wonderful friendship forged in the crucible of young adulthood that found itself suddenly interrupted as we each got swallowed up by life after college. A drift ensued that before we knew it became a 25 year chasm. I was never really okay with that. Some friendships are meant to endure.

Today we closed that chasm over dinner with grace and ease, as though hardly any time had passed between us. Excited sharing of family photos, of family stories, of children’s antics, of our growth through the years, of our work in and on behalf of the Church. No rancor for misunderstanding and lost time. Just joyful reunion, plans for our families to meet, and God’s healing love which makes all things new.

For the privilege of doing His work, for Regina and our children, for friends old and new, I am filled with gratitude to our God who has blessed me beyond my wildest dreams.

Thanks for indulging this rare personal moment. I do more than my fair share of supplication (and complaining) with God, but praise should always come first.

Back to work!

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Suppose we woke to the following headline with our morning coffee: Obama Administration to Fund 13 New Experimental HIV Drugs., followed by this secondary header- Activist Groups Outraged at Funding ‘Useless’ Class of Drugs over Proven Entity.

Indeed, suppose the story went on to describe how the President and the Democrats remained wedded to funding a class of drugs whose side-effects were so horrendous in animal research models that use in humans would be unthinkable.

Further suppose that the classes of drugs that have shown dramatic efficacy went underfunded, and were even ridiculed by the President and his fellow travelers. Imagine that states such as California floated $3 Billion bonds to float such useless research into drugs that couldn’t make it out of animal trials over drugs working in human HIV/AIDS patients. Imagine the outrage coming from the scientific and medical communities, from AIDS activists, AIDS patients and their loved ones.

There would be calls for Congressional hearings. There would be protests that would make the HIV protests of the 1980’s look tame by comparison.

Certainly people would wonder why. Why would the federal and state governments obstinately sink tens of billions of dollars into such fruitless research and allow other nations to capitalize on the existing research bearing good fruit?

Absent a mass delusion as an explanation, people would be looking for a smoking gun.

Thus it is with Embryonic Stem Cells (ESC”s) vs. Adult Stem Cells (ASC’s). Thus it has been this week with President Obama. Read it here.

When ESC proponents want to advance funding of these cell lines, they NEVER specify ESC v. ASC. Rather, they throw around the generic term ‘Stem Cells’ when speaking of their promise and current use in therapeutics. Recall that ESC’s are derived from tearing apart a human in its embryonic stage of development. ASC’s are derived from adults.

ESC’s have consistently shown themselves to be uncontrollable, growing wild and forming tumors in animals. They have yet to clear that hurdle before moving into human clinical trials. In India, one physician using ESC’s is purported to have her patients recovering slight function after spinal cord injuries. She will not divulge her methodology, and so remains highly suspect.

ASC’s, in contrast, have over a hundred therapeutic applications, none involving tumor formation. Some of these lack FDA approval and must be obtained overseas. They have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

So why the obstinate refusal to put the bulk of the money into ASC’s?

Abortion.

Obama and Co. cannot afford for people to begin developing sensitivity to the plight of embryonic humans, lest that awakening to the dignity of humans in the embryonic stage spill over into increased consciousness over abortion. That would mean the Democrats losing their central organizing principle, their raison d’etre. Pressing ahead with ESC’s is a buttress to support abortion.

It’s high-tech cannibalism.

It’s also already obsolete. Recently, we’ve been able to take skin cells from a patient and induce them into an ESC-like state. These are called Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC’s). These have the advantage of being from the patients themselves, with no risk of tissue rejection. They are abundant, easy to obtain, easy to induce to pluripotency. Why not fund these instead?

Abortion.

Abortion has poisoned the body politic. It has claimed 52 million lives in the US since 1973. It has ruined countless millions of women’s lives, and now it is corrupting science.

Where are the denunciations of this wastefulness from the scientific and medical communities? Would this be allowed to stand if it were our HIV analogy instead? Not likely.

Abortion destroys everything it touches. That’s a good thing, as it will force us to eventually seek less recourse to it because of the wastefulness it unleashes on any society evil enough to seek its embrace.

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From Lifenews.com:

Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) — The Georgia chapter of the NAACP has withdrawn its support for a bill advancing in the state legislature that would ban abortions done specifically because the child is African-American. Although the civil rights organization opposes racial discrimination, that apparently doesn’t extend to abortions.

The Georgia NAACP had originally endorsed SB 529, which also targets abortions done because the unborn child is a girl.

The Georgia House Judiciary Committee voted 10-8 on Wednesday to support the bill and send it to the Rules Committee, but it now won’t have the support of the black group.

Edward DuBose, chapter president, issued a statement withdrawing the support, saying, “Earlier this month, the Georgia NAACP submitted a letter to support Senate Bill 529. We now fully understand the intention of this legislation and wish to retract our support for it.”

“At the time, we were of the understanding that this bill would work to benefit the women in our community. However, after many conversations with membership and constituents, we now realize that this is nothing more than using women’s health as a political tool,” he said, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper. “Women of color in Georgia need more than divisive messages and deserve better access to health care.”

The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, which also helps stop abortions in cases when women are forced or coerced into having one, has already received backing from Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Read the rest here.

I’ve never sold out the truth to political correctness, and I’m not about to start here. There has never been a shortage of traitors from within the Black community. It would seem there’s a bumper crop now. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has rendered themselves a vicious, yet buffoonish joke, having given their imprimatur to the continued slaughter of their own babies. While constituting 11% of the American population, Blacks have 37% of all abortions, some 19 million since 1973.

Some advancement.

No doubt the women who had those abortions are all living at least lower middle-class lifestyles, having taken full advantage of the educational and economic opportunities that come to those unencumbered by children. Hardly. The inner city is more bleak and blighted than ever before.

Truth be told, I have some difficulties with the language of the bill not including ALL indiivduals being targeted because of some identifying characteristic. The practical value of this bill is that it could have been used to leverage Planned Parenthood out of the inner city, where they operate 80% of their ‘clinics’. Taken together with the revelations that PP was accepting donations to be earmarked for aborting Black babies, this bill could have damaged these racists terribly.

However, the biggest sell-out Black of all time happens to occupy the Oval Office, and he is the most virulent pro-abortion politician and President in American history. The NAACP isn’t about to leave B.O. twisting in the wind. There are 2 1/2 years left to this Presidency and plenty of careers yet to be enhanced. So the sell-outs will see Black babies pay with their lives.

It’s all over for leftist Black activism after this President exits the stage into what I pray will be a long life of hearing how he managed to end up at the bottom of the barrel of American Presidents. The NAACP couldn’t screw up the courage to decry the presence of Margaret Sanger’s disciples doing her racist and eugenic bidding in their neighborhoods. They (NAACP) are as elitist and parasitic as any plantation owners ever were. If the slave owners couldn’t be forgiven for not recognizing the humanity of Blacks, what shall we say of the NAACP?

Fratricide is a far greater crime than genocide.

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As the relative quiescence of the blog in recent weeks will attest, there has been a great deal going on that has kept me from posting, and I am truly sorry for the interruption of our ongoing discussion of EMBRYO. To Chapter 3, Dualism.

We need a little primer with some of the language that undergirds this chapter, specifically a discussion of essence and accidents. Before proceeding, I must confess that while I studied philosophy as a second major in college, that’s sand lot baseball and this is the major leagues. I invite Dr. Tollefsen to correct me if I fail in any way to present the philosophy accurately. This is his baby (no pun intended) from here.

Accidents- This is not the colloquial understanding of a mishap, but rather a description of an objects discernable characteristics: height, weight, shape, color, texture, material composition etc.

Essence- Perhaps a spice combination used by celebrity chef Emeril, but in philosophy a statement encompassing the very idea of what an object is, the very concept of the thing.

For example, we all know a chair when we see one, yet there are untold numbers of different types/models/styles of chair; everything from a simple wooden kitchen set chair, to a formal dining room chair, to an upholstered recliner. All are very different in material composition, texture, color, style, etc. Yet, they all share one essence: chairness.

This is an important exercise in metaphysics as we turn our attention from chairs to humans and human development: The essential “Gerard” relative to the accidental “Gerard” (who has added a few ‘accidental’ pounds since he got married 171/2 years ago).

Now, the authors take us into some rather challenging thought regarding the essential ‘me’ vs. the accidental ‘me’, which leads to a discussion of the philosophical error that is dualism. As regarding human beings, a common perception is that the essential ‘me’ is the mind/soul while the accidental ‘me’ is the body in which the soul resides and from which it is liberated at death. The authors quite correctly refute this understanding, not only in light of the resurrection of the body, but in asserting that “we are also essentially bodily, organic beings, part of the physical world, with biological lives essential, not accidental, to our existence.
The error of dualism plays itself in the area of embryo ethics. The organism need not exhibit all of its potentialities all the time to be the essential organism, the kind of thing that it is. To suggest that the kind of thing something is depends on some function yet to be performed, some accidental feature yet to be developed, is a grave error.

The authors go on to describe several types of dualism: mind-body, soul-body, Lockean, brain-body, and Constitutionalism. Under constitutionalism, the organic body/animal precedes the person’s existence, and in many cases, outlives the person. So here the human person is constituted by, but not identical to the human animal. Moral dualism will be further explored in chapter 5. In brief, it suggests that humans may come into existence at fertilization, but do not become worthy of moral respect (become persons) until some later stage of development.

The authors then go on to present some compelling argumentation against dualism, which we will pick up this Thursday in a second post on this chapter. I’m uncertain as to how people have understood the material in chapter 3, so I’ll draw the line here and see where the discussion takes us.

It’s good to be back.

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Cardinal Ratzinger (Future Benedict XVI) Blesses Body of Pope John Paul The Great

WARNING: GRAPHIC AND EXPLICIT SEXUAL CONTENT AND LANGUAGE!!!

I have earned the right to say what I am about to say. I spent seven years of my life in my twenties working with homeless teens at Covenant House in New York City’s Times Square. Five of those years were spent working with unwed mothers, and the last two working on what was at the time the only residential treatment facility in the US for adolescents with HIV/AIDS. Many of the children with whom I worked had worked on the streets as prostitutes, male and female.

In the quiet moments at night, when my family are all asleep and I am alone with my thoughts, my mind periodically drifts back to those seven long years in a job where most people lasted no more than 2-3 years. As a husband and a father of three small children, one boy and two girls, I cannot but help to reevaluate those experiences through the prism of my fatherhood.

Memories of abused children become unbearable now. I simply cannot fathom such evil. It’s all around us. The hyper-sexualization of society is a demonic force from the pit of hell itself. The sexual revolution has been a war aimed at us, humanity. It has torn apart our dignity, reducing us to an animal level.

I recall one day at Covenant House when I was filling in for someone on a unit for males 17-20 years old, a young man came up to another resident outside of my office and spoke of a young girl whom he met in the dining room and went with to an unused platform at the Port Authority Bus Terminal to have sex. His exact words have never left me:

“Yo B. I doged that bitch brother! I doged that bitch!!”

{Emphasis his. He invented a new verb: To Dog}

Not a shred of human reference or dignity in either that statement, or the location where he paid his canine courtesies.

What have we become?

Against this nuclear meltdown of Western Civilization has come the revelation that a minority of Catholic Clergy, mostly homosexuals, have committed unspeakable atrocity against prepubescent children. According to the John Jay study, 4% of Catholic clergy have been accused over the past 50 years. You can read the report here.

Here is the victim tally from the study, from an accounting of every diocese’s Priest personnel file for the past 50 years:

GENDER OF ALLEGED VICTIM
Gender Count % of Total
Male 8,499 80.9%
Female 2,004 19.1%
Transsexual 2 .0%
Total 10,505 100.0%

Each and every one of these cases represents a life destroyed, a family destroyed. Not one should ever be minimized. Not one.

I’ve seen firsthand the terrible destruction wrought by predators. Now as a father, it’s simply more than I can stand to have to recall as I contemplate my children’s innocence. The thought of perverting that innocence stirs outrage, and we have been right to register that outrage during these many years since the first revelations emerged in the mid-’80’s.

Cleaning Up

To her credit, the Church has cleared out the backlog of cases and begun a painful and often bankrupting process of accountability toward the victims and their families. Catholics of good will pray that this helps to facilitate healing and wholeness. The Church has also instituted appropriate oversight and reporting practices for moving into the future.

When Pope John Paul II’s health all but incapacitated him in the final years of his life it was Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Benedict XVI, who began to streamline the process of adjudicating cases of Priests who stood accused and laicizing the guilty. Pope Benedict XVI has apologized repeatedly to victims in private audiences and cried with them. He continues the program of accountability. The first thing Benedict did when he became Pope was to do a visitation of the American Seminaries and restructure the screening process for seminarians.

Perversely, that’s problematic for some.

Piling On

For some, this is not enough. Some want the resignation of this Pope, of Bishops. Many speak of “power sharing” with the laity, a Congregationalist model of ecclesiology. It says something when liberal Jews such as Alan Dershowitz and former NYC Mayor Ed Koch come out swinging in defense of the Pope, accusing the chorus of being unfair and having ulterior and base motive.

Many of those piling on the Pope and accusing him of baseless allegations speak of holding the Church to her own high moral standard.

Really?! Who would have guessed that the New York Times cared so much for Rome maintaining its moral integrity?

For the Times, this might have been about children’s safety at some point, but that point is long since past. The same for the many dissident Catholic groups and individuals who spout the left’s party line. This now has nothing to do with children’s safety. This now is all about tearing apart the Bishops, the Popes, the Curia. This is about demolishing the credibility of the Church to advance the Culture of Death without the major opponent: Rome.

What this is certainly not about is the safety of children. If it were, then these same people who are pounding on Benedict would harness their outrage at Rome to the problems faced by children throughout society.

By The Numbers

Consider the following assessment of child sexual abuse in the U.S. vs. U.K. from a well-footnoted article at Nation Master:

United States and Europe
Child sexual abuse occurs frequently in Western society.[88] Prevalence estimates range between 10% in the UK[89] and up to 62% for females and 16% for males in the United States.[90][91] The US Department of Health and Human Services reported 83,600 substantiated reports of sexually abused children in 2005.[92][93] The total number of incidents that were not reported is even larger.[94]

Get the rest of the article and references here.

Another site posts these numbers from the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect:

Incidence: In 2003, there were 78,188 victims of sexual abuse in the U.S. (USDHHS, 2005). This is a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 American children (Douglas & Finklehor, 2005).

In 2003 10% of all confirmed child abuse cases in the U.S. were sexual abuse cases. (USDHHS, 2005).

Between 1992 and 2000 the annual number of substantiated sexual abuse cases dropped from 149,800 to 89,355, a 40% decline. Researchers believe a real decline, as opposed to changes in reporting trends or data collection, is responsible for this drop (Finklehor & Jones, 2004).

Victims: Girls are sexually abused three times more often than boys (Sedlak & Broadhurst, 1996).

Perpetrators: More than 90% are men (Douglas & Finklehor, 2005). But, sexual abuse by women may be underreported. About 50% of abusers are acquaintances or friends. About 25% – 33% of child sex abusers are family members and from 7% to 25% are strangers (Douglas & Finklehor, 2005).

The Protestant Churches, as detailed here and here have a problem at least as bad as Rome’s.

If these same people who are pounding on Benedict truly cared for children, they would be outraged at a US Department of Education study by Dr. Charol Shakeshaft, which shows that 9.6% of public school children will be victims of inappropriate sexual conduct sometime during their 12 years of schooling. {*Shakeshaft, C, “Educator Sexual Misconduct: A Synthesis of the Literature”, U.S. Department of Education, 2004}

Of the ~50 million children in school today, that means 4,500,000 of these children will be victimized from behavior ranging from sexually abusive language to rape. That’s 375,000 children per year! Even if Dr. Shakeshaft’s detailed analysis of the literature led to a 10x overestimation of the problem, that would still leave 37,500 victims per year, or 450,000 over a twelve year period compared to the John Jay study that showed 11,000 credible allegations against Catholic clergy over half a century.

Worse still, the study tells of the common practice of silently moving pedophile teachers around in the same manner the Bishops moved pedophile Priests.

Moreover, the number of cases involving Catholic clergy have slowed dramatically since the 1980’s. Thus has the problem within the clergy been resolving, thanks entirely to the publicity it has received, since the first wave of revelations became public twenty-five years ago.

Too Much Of A Good Thing

The publicity has been a genuine good. But too much of a good thing can be counter-productive, depending on one’s motive.

The argument here is not for less vigilance within the Church. Nor is the argument here an attempted deflection of blame by saying, “What about the other guys who are doing it?”. Those are absurd allegations being made by those who wish to cow common-sense folks into silence in order to keep an exclusive focus on Rome for reasons that have nothing to do with the safety of children.

The argument here is why the outrage is so very selective, so very targeted over a quarter of a century, if ALL children’s safety is truly our concern. By all the objective data it is evident that the Catholic clergy’s contribution to the sexual abuse of minors is far below 1% of the victim count.

Thus, as a body, Catholic Priests are shown by the data to be the LEAST problematic group of any in consideration. Remarkable!

The numbers simply do not add up. Where is the outrage on behalf of the remaining 99% of the victims?! Don’t they matter?

I suspect, after 25 years, that the welfare of all children is NOT at issue with Rome’s most vociferous detractors {the victim’s groups being a strong exception}. Given the numbers presented here, if the scandal in the Church has of itself provoked such outrage, one cannot comprehend what a proportional outrage would look like were the magnitude of the problem in other quarters ever addressed.

Evil always overplays its hand, as it has done here. Most of those who have published wild allegations against the Pope and his predecessor in recent weeks have seen their stories evaporate under scrutiny. But truth has long since taken flight. Tell a lie often enough and people begin to believe it.

As I said at the outset, I’ve earned the right to demand answers to the questions posed here. I mopped up the mess left behind by thousands of adults who sexually savaged the children I cared for at Covenant House. Not one of those children ever named a Priest as a molester, which squares with all of the data mentioned here.

The truth is that the John Jay study shows Catholic clergy, at the worst, to have had no more than 4% of its members involved in this atrocity. That means that 96% of our clergy have NOT been involved.

Can we married people boast the same numbers for our vocation? With 50% of marriages ending in divorce, 40% of child sexual abuse occurring in the home, 9% of school children abused by teachers and staff, we should blush at the thought that we are somehow occupying the moral high ground with respect to the Catholic clergy.

The pedophiles have been exposed and cleared out. The Priests who remain are the men who live their vows with heroic fidelity and are entitled to our gratitude and respect for living lives of selfless service to the rest of us. They certainly have mine.

If we are serious at hunting down pedophiles and keeping children safe, then the data suggest that one not look to the pulpit, but the pews.

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Fathers for Good runs a column “Newsworthy Dads” I was interviewed on the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link for this week’s column. My thanks to editor Brian Caulfield for his gracious offer and willingness to help get the word out about the ABC link via this interview.

The ABCs of Cancer

Gerard M. Nadal, who holds a Ph.D. in molecular microbiology, is taking a strong stand on the link between induced abortion and breast cancer (ABC). Many studies have shown the link, and basic biology provides the physiological reason for it, yet an abortion mindset in some halls of science and the media have worked together to keep these facts hidden from the public, he says.

Dr. Nadal is 49 years old, married, and the father of three children. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in theology through Franciscan University of Steubenville.

In this Fathers for Good interview, he outlines in layman’s terms some of the research that shows the ABC link.

Fathers for Good: Briefly explain what you see as the abortion-breast cancer link.

Dr. Nadal: I first learned of the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link about three years ago when I came across a book entitled, Breast Cancer, Its Link to Abortion and the Birth Control Pill, written Chris Kahlenborn, a medical doctor. It’s a great read for those who are not medical professionals.

In brief, when women become pregnant for the first time, they make vastly increased amounts of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, which stimulate the milk-producing tissue of the breast to undergo massive proliferation during the first trimester. These cells form the immature and cancer-prone Type-1 and Type-2 lobules. In the last trimester, hormonal changes will mature 85% of these lobules into cancer-resistant Type-3 and Type-4 lobules. Terminating the pregnancy through induced abortion robs these lobules of the last trimester’s maturation and leaves behind a great deal of newly made, cancer-prone cells.

Most women who have had miscarriages have miscarried precisely because they are not producing enough of the hormones estrogen and progesterone and have not undergone the proliferation of breast lobules. Therefore, they don’t share the same risk as women who have had induced abortions.

FFG: How is the birth-control pill implicated?

Dr. Nadal: The pill contains very high doses of synthetic estrogen and progesterone, which mimic a pregnancy followed by abortion on a monthly basis. Studies have shown frightening rates of breast cancer for women taking the pill or estrogen replacement therapy in menopause. They all share the same mechanism for cancer production as induced abortion. One recent study leads some of us to believe that the synthetic form of estrogen in the pill may be responsible for a particularly aggressive and deadly form of breast cancer called Triple Negative Breast Cancer.

Karen Malec is the President and Co-Founder of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, and has a very informative website: http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/start/

FFG: Do you think there is a cover-up to protect abortion on demand?

Dr. Nadal: Unfortunately, it’s not so much an opinion as a matter of fact. On February 22, I wrote an article in Headline Bistro detailing this. Some researchers who favor abortion say one thing in epidemiology journals which few people read, then dismiss reality to craft public policy that protects and promotes abortion on demand, and hormonal contraception on demand. Yet they better than anybody know the harm being done to women – 1 in 9 of whom will contract breast cancer.

FFG: Some would say you are debating an interpretation of data and that there’s no objective truth, even in science.

Dr. Nadal: If anyone has ever had the misfortune of falling from a ladder or dropping Mom’s good china, then they can ably testify to the scientific truth of the law of gravity. Similarly, we know the factors that will increase the probability of contracting diseases, because we have scientific certitude about the normal physiology of the body and the pathophysiology that results when chemicals or microbes perturb that normal function. The same holds true for the abortion-oral contraceptive-breast cancer link.

When attempts are made to twist reality in order to accommodate an agenda the truth becomes the first casualty, and real people pay the price in their bodies, minds, and souls for denying objective reality.

When I ran college retreats, I used to describe God’s law as functioning as the guard rails on a mountain road. He knows the danger zones. In that light, his law becomes liberating and not at all constricting. It frees us to live lives unencumbered by needless suffering. The more empirical evidence we discover in science, the more one comes to an appreciation of those guard rails, and the more we are able to prevent some of that needless suffering.

For more information, visit Dr. Nadal’s blog.

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Brent Rooney (MSc) is Research Director, Reduce Preterm Risk Coalition, Vancouver, Canada. He forwarded this to me today for publication. Do visit Brent’s site!!

Many Thanks Brent.

From Brent Rooney:

This is news you will NOT read in the New York Times:

15 April 2010

Justice For Kids Now Bulletin
Brent Rooney (MSc,
http://www.justiceforkids.webs.com )

Polish Pope Prevents Cerebral Palsy

[ http://justiceforkids.webs.com/ch12popepreventscp.htm ]

In April 2010 the plane crash death of Polish President Lech
Kacyznski and many Polish government officials will keep
a tremendous Polish achievement hidden from public view.

Between 1989 and 2006 Poland accomplished what the much
more advanced USA has never achieved: the incidence of
SEVERE Cerebral Palsy ( CP ) in children under age 5 years
was slashed by an astonishing 71%. Pope John Paul II (born
in Poland) played a major role in this ‘medical miracle’. Here’s
the background: Even critics concede that Pope John Paul II
accelerated the decline and defeat of Communism in Europe
with Poland becoming free of the Soviet yoke in 1989. In
1989 a new Polish law strictly limiting access to abortion came
into effect. (Brent Rooney in NOT a Catholic). Result: in the
years 1989-1993 the total of Polish IAs (Induced Abortions)
per 1,000 births plunged by 98% according to the UN Demo-
graphic Yearbook. Before the new law was passed abortion
supporters predicted dire warnings that women’s health would
degenerate, if the legislation was made law. Premature birth
is the most important CP risk factor for a newborn baby. If
abortion increases the risk of premature birth (it does!!), then
one would expect to see Poland’s preterm birth rate decline
5 to 10 years after the steep decline is yearly induced
abortions began (i.e. some year between 1994 and 1999 in
Poland’s case).

Between 1995 and 1997 Poland’s maternal mortality plunged
by 41% and the rate of extremely premature (under 28 weeks’
gestation) plummeted by 21%, a result never matched by the
U.S. in the last 40 years. In a very large 2008 study Dr.
Eveline Himpens and colleagues reported that extremely
premature newborns had 129 times the CP risk as did full-term
newborn babies. Compared to the death rate of children
under age 5 years with CP ( 1985-1988 ) the 1996 death
rate was 42.4% lower; the CP death rate for such
children in 2006 was 71% lower than the average CP death
rate in 1985-1988 ( 17 per 100,000 Polish children under age
5 years). This implied that the incidence of SEVERE CP
declined by about 71%, since the more severe a case
of CP the higher the risk of death under age 5 years.

From whence comes Poland’s CP death rate data for
children under age 5 years for the years 1985 to 2006? As
result of a request from Brent Rooney, Poland’s Deputy
Director of the CSO (Central Statistical Office), Witold
Marek Wozniak (Email: M.Wolowicz@stat.gov.pl ),
sent CP death data for the years 1985-2006 on 12 June
2008. Those who are skeptical of the statistics above
from Poland can contact Deputy Director directly and ask
him for the data. [a copy of Wozniak's Excel data is in
the Appendix to this Bulletin.]

In 2002 Dr Bo Jacobsson ( bo.jacobsson@obgyn.gu.se )
and colleagues reported that Swedish women with prior IAs
have 60% higher relative odds (i.e. 1.6 times the odds) of
having a newborn baby with Cerebral Palsy compared to
Swedish women with zero prior induced abortions.[1] Dr.
Jacobsson was approximately 93% confident of higher CP
risk for women with prior IAs compared to women with
zero prior induced abortions..[1]

………………………………………………………………………..

Brent Rooney (MSc)
Research Director, Reduce Preterm Risk Coalition
3456 Dunbar St. (Suite 146)
Vancouver, Canada V6S 2C2
web: http://www.justiceforkids.webs.com
http://www.jpands.org/vol13no4/rooney.pdf
email: fullterm40@gamil.com

Reference
1 B Jacobsson, G Hagberg, B Hagberg, L Ladfors,
A Niklasson, H Hagberg. Cerebral palsy in preterm
infants: a population-based case-control study
of antenatal and intrapartal risk factors. Acta
Paediatrica 2002;91:946-951

Appendix: Polish CP death data

The following data was sent by Poland’s CSO (Central
Statistical Office) Deputy Director Witold Wozniak to
Brent Rooney ( fullterm40@gamil.com ) on 12 June 2008
(deaths of Polish children under age 5 with Cerebral
Palsy (CP)):

Deaths for
children under
age 5 years Live Deaths/
Year old with CP Births 100,000
1985 104 680,091 15.3
1986 130 637,213 20.4
1987 95 607,790 15.6
1988 98 598,938 16.6
1989 93 564,431 16.5
1990 72 547,720 13.1
1991 54 547,719 9.9
1992 68 515,214 13.2
1993 51 494,310 10.3
1994 47 481,285 9.8
1995 47 438,109 10.9
1996 42 428.203 9.8
1997* 20 412.635 4.8
1998 23 395,619 5.8
1999 16 382,002 4.2
2000 17 378,348 4.5
2001 16 368,205 4.3
2002 19 353,765 5.4
2003 15 351,072 4.3
2004 5 356,131 1.4
2005 9 364,383 2.5
2006 9 374,244 2.4

*In 1997 Poland converted to the new ICD 9
(International Classification of Disease,
9th revision) definition of CP

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Sorry for the Absence

Sorry for the absence, especially for the disruption in our reading of EMBRYO. I suffered burned fingers in a cooking accident, with some blisters to my fingertips. Some leftover codeine from dental work took care of the first day, after which there was no pain, but no real ability to type. {My wife says to just take the fries out of the oil with a spoon next time. Always the comedian ;-)}

So, with lots to cover, it’s good to be back.

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Jill Stanek has written two brilliant articles in World Net Daily, detailing Susan G. Komen Foundation’s multi-million dollar donations to Planned Parenthood. They are presented here.

(Part I) PLANNED PARENTHOOD DEEPENS LINK TO BREAST CANCER GROUP

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation had noble beginnings, launched by Nancy Goodman Brinker in response to a promise she made to her dying sister, Susan Goodman Komen, to do all she could to eradicate breast cancer. Komen succumbed to the disease in 1980 at age 36. Nancy went on to contract the disease herself and is now a survivor.

SGK has a noble mission, “to save lives and end breast cancer forever.”

But for years pro-lifers have opposed contributing to SGK because it not only denies that induced abortions may cause breast cancer, it also bestows financial grants to Planned Parenthood affiliates.

Pro-lifers believe that for all the good SGK does, it shoots its mission in both feet by refusing to educate women about the abortion-breast cancer link while funding the United States’ largest abortion provider.

Disregarding decades of worldwide studies concluding there is a link between abortion and breast cancer, logic alone says abortion increases the risk.

On its website, SGK acknowledges that childbearing protects women from breast cancer, and the more children a mother bears and the younger she begins bearing them the better. SGK also acknowledges breast-feeding protects against breast cancer.

But abortion blocks all those preventative measures.

Only last week a new study got lots of press that found breast cancer survivors lower their risk of dying by 42 percent simply by getting pregnant.

But abortion blocks that protection.

SGK acknowledges never having children increases a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer, and delaying childbearing, particularly after age 35, also increases the risk.

And abortion increases the risk of both those risks.

Logic.

It would seem logical that with all the controversy surrounding abortion’s role in breast cancer, SGK would simply back away from involvement with it in any way if wanting to stay true to its mission “to save lives and end breast cancer forever.”

That would include SGK’s relationship with Planned Parenthood.

But SGK is not backing away. Between 2003 and 2008, SGK gave $3 million to Planned Parenthood. In Fiscal Year 2008 alone, Planned Parenthood got $805,000 from SGK.

SGK now has a webpage dedicated to defending its involvement with Planned Parenthood, including message points and a letter from a “pro-life Catholic.”

Most recently added to the webpage, in March, was an open letter from SGK’s chief scientific adviser quoting two Catholic ethicists who “concluded that it was morally permissible for the church to be involved with Komen in light of its funding agreements with Planned Parenthood … specifically and solely for breast health services. …”

SGK maintains there are certain places in the United States where Planned Parenthood is the sole provider of breast-cancer screening, education and treatment.

I don’t believe it, but that is SGK’s defense. Even if so, is it really “morally permissible” to cause breast cancer in one room if screening for it in the next?

Three days ago a diligent pro-lifer in Washington state discovered on Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest’s IRS 990 forms that it has held a 12.5 percent share in Metro Centre, a mall in Peoria, Ill., since 2006.

PPGNW is Washington’s largest abortion provider. (It is also currently under investigation for Medicaid fraud.)

Metro Centre is owned by Eric Brinker.

Eric Brinker is the son of Nancy Goodman Brinker, the founder of SGK. Eric also sits on SGK’s board.

Eric was a stand-up guy and responded to most of my initial questions. He explained in an e-mail, “This share represents a minority, non-operating interest in the business which they inherited from one of the original shareholders, a resident of Peoria. I, Eric Brinker, have controlling interest in Metro Centre.”

But when I pursued follow-up questions, Eric wrote he was no longer available.

So there is much still unanswered. Why didn’t PPGNW cash in its inheritance? Why didn’t Eric buy? If the share was willed, it was worth something. The real-estate market was thriving in 2006. It appears both partners are OK with this now four-year-old business partnership.

Eric wrote in his e-mail only “20 of Komen’s 122 U.S. Affiliates fund breast-health services through local Planned Parenthood clinics.” SGK states the total money given represents “less than one percent of the total granted by affiliates.”

My question then is why bother? Why play with fire?

Whatever, the fact remains that the son of the founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, who is also a member of the board, owns a business – a mall – together with a Planned Parenthood affiliate.

The irony. Susan G. Komen’s nephew is financially enabling an abortion business.

And condemning more women to develop breast cancer.

(Part II) THE CONSEQUENCES OF ADMITTING ABC LINK

In my previous column, I revealed that the son of the founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is in a joint business venture with Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.

Located in Washington state, PPGNW holds a 12.5 percent share of the Metro Centre mall in Peoria, Ill., where Nancy Goodman Brinker’s son Eric Brinker maintains “controlling interest,” according to an e-mail he sent me.

Eric is also a Komen board member.

This only matters because Komen refuses to acknowledge the link between abortion and breast cancer while it insists on bestowing grants to affiliates of the United States’ largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

That Eric Brinker is in business with one of those affiliates thickens the plot.

Brinker wrote me that only “20 of Komen’s 122 U.S. affiliates fund breast health services through local Planned Parenthood clinics.”

Coincidentally, two of those 20, Komen Puget Sound and Komen Boise, fund Brinker’s business partner, PPGNW.

Komen has gone to quite a bit of trouble to protect what it claims is an infinitesimal relationship with Planned Parenthood.

Stating Planned Parenthood receives “less than 1 percent” of its donations, Komen now has a webpage, message points and a dispensation letter from a Catholic named Norman dedicated to sanctioning their relationship.

Why? If there were even the remotest chance abortion causes breast cancer, which several worldwide studies conducted over the course of many decades confirm, wouldn’t a responsible breast-cancer foundation back away from any risk of facilitating it?

Eric wrote in his e-mail to me, in bold, “There is no conclusive link between abortion and breast cancer.” “Conclusive,” interesting. Was Eric subtly acknowledging there is an inconclusive link?

Eric also wrote that Komen only funds Planned Parenthood “in areas where Planned Parenthood clinics are the only venue for women to receive breast screenings.” He and other Komen officials I spoke with stressed these are in underprivileged areas.

That this may be true is only because Planned Parenthood locates clinics in poor and minority areas specifically to control their populations through contraception and abortion. Komen merely corroborates this fact.

But that is no excuse to partner with Planned Parenthood. Early detection of breast cancer through screening should not be the goal. Prevention should be the goal.

All five PPGNW Planned Parenthoods involved with Komen either commit or refer for abortions. All dispense birth-control pills and emergency contraceptives.

Which leads to another point. Komen states on its website:

A large analysis that combined the results of many studies found that while women were taking birth-control pills (and shortly thereafter), they had a 10 to 30 percent higher risk of breast cancer than women who had never used birth-control pills.
(Column continues below)

As for the emergency contraceptive pill, which contains 10-15 times the amount of artificial hormones as a single birth-control pill, its labeling states it is contraindicated if one has a current or past history of breast cancer.

In fact, it appears hormonal contraceptives are more seriously implicated in breast cancer than previously known.

In 2009 a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention showed that the risk for women under 40 of contracting a newly identified and virulent form of the disease called triple-negative breast cancer rose by 320 percent if using hormonal contraceptives for a year or more.

That same study, co-authored in part by two of the very National Cancer Institute researchers who in 2003 denied a link between abortion and breast cancer, also acknowledged a 40 percent increased risk of contracting breast cancer under the age of 40 if a woman had had an abortion.

So there are several reasons for Komen to part company with Planned Parenthood.

A final point. Tragically, Susan Goodman Komen was only 33 years old when contracting breast cancer, and she died three years later. Her sister Nancy contracted breast cancer at age 39. She is now a 25-year survivor.

Both were under 40.

Would recognition that one’s reproductive history may be implicated in breast cancer be too hard to handle within the upper echelon of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation?

Would it make the disease less noble?

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Easter Lite

HT: Rachel C. http://mylifeinreflection.blogspot.com/

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Tomb of Jesus, below marble lid. Church of Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

The Gospel accounts of the Resurrection are stunning in their detail and in their relevance to the Church today. The women, faithful at the cross while all of the men (save John) scattered, were the first to receive the vision of the Resurrected Christ, the Good News. The men were dubious when told the women’s tale. (Nothing’s changed!)

The men run to the tomb. The more youthful John outruns the middle-aged Peter. However, when John arrives at the tomb, he stops and waits for Peter. When Peter arrives, John continues to show deference to the one Jesus gave the Keys to the Kingdom. He waits for Peter to enter first. What happens next is beautiful. Young John sees and believes. Peter is somewhat befuddled.

Youth sees with the eyes of love, and lives in great hope. With age comes a bit of cynicism (realism to the cynic). With age comes the accumulated effects of disappointment, of suffering, of treachery’s sting. Peter could be forgiven a degree of calculation of all the possibilities. Say what we will about Peter. Yes, we remember Peter walking out to Jesus on the water and losing faith and sinking. We must also remember that he was the only Apostle with enough faith to get out of the boat at all!

So it is today with young movements within the Church, such as the pro-life movement. Light and fleet afoot, we have a tendency in our youthful zeal to outrun the Bishops, who seem plodding by comparison. We see, and believe! But as with John, we must wait at the entrance to the tomb for Peter, slower and perhaps more deliberative than we are. We must wait in deference to that authority which Jesus gives to them, lest we outrun that authority.

Lest we outrun Jesus’ Holy Will itself.

Guided and sealed by the Holy Spirit, the Bishops are never far behind, and never wrong. Such is their charism. So today we rejoice as one family. Today we lay all of our battles and burdens at the Altar of God where, in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the sacrificial death of Jesus (which stands outside of our time and in eternity) immolates them all. Through His Resurrection, we are assured of the final victory over sin, of our own victory over death.

We have nothing left to fear.

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Holy Saturday

From today’s Liturgy of the Hours, Office of Readings

From an ancient homily for Holy Saturday

The Lord’s descent into the underworld

Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.

He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: “My Lord be with you all.” Christ answered him: “And with your spirit.” He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying: “Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”

I am your God, who for your sake have become your son. Out of love for you and for your descendants I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you; together we form only one person and we cannot be separated. For your sake I, your God, became your son; I, the Lord, took the form of a slave; I, whose home is above the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth. For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you, who left a garden, I was betrayed to the Jews in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden.

See on my face the spittle I received in order to restore to you the life I once breathed into you. See there the marks of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped nature in my image. On my back see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree.
I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours. My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in hell. The sword that pierced me has sheathed the sword that was turned against you.

Rise, let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you the tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I who am life itself am now one with you. I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves are guarded, but now I make them worship you as God. The throne formed by cherubim awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.

Concluding Prayer

Almighty and ever-living God,
your only-begotten Son descended into the underworld,
from which he rose into glory.
In your kindness, grant that your faithful people,
who in their baptism shared his burial,
may advance to eternal life by sharing in his resurrection.

He lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.

Amen.

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Good Friday

From today’s Liturgy of the Hours, Office of Readings.

From the Catecheses by Saint John Chrysostom, bishop

The power of Christ’s blood

If we wish to understand the power of Christ’s blood, we should go back to the ancient account of its prefiguration in Egypt. “Sacrifice a lamb without blemish,” commanded Moses, “and sprinkle its blood on your doors.” If we were to ask him what he meant, and how the blood of an irrational beast could possibly save men endowed with reason, his answer would be that the saving power lies not in the blood itself, but in the fact that it is a sign of the Lord’s blood. In those days, when the destroying angel saw the blood on the doors he did not dare to enter, so how much less will the devil approach now when he sees, not that figurative blood on the doors, but the true blood on the lips of believers, the doors of the temple of Christ.

If you desire further proof of the power of this blood, remember where it came from, how it ran down from the cross, flowing from the Master’s side. The gospel records that when Christ was dead, but still hung on the cross, a soldier came and pierced his side with a lance and immediately there poured out water and blood. Now the water was a symbol of baptism and the blood, of the holy Eucharist. The soldier pierced the Lord’s side, he breached the wall of the sacred temple, and I have found the treasure and made it my own. So also with the lamb: the Jews sacrificed the victim and I have been saved by it.

“There flowed from his side water and blood.” Beloved, do not pass over this mystery without thought; it has yet another hidden meaning, which I will explain to you. I said that water and blood symbolised baptism and the holy Eucharist. From these two sacraments the Church is born: from baptism, “the cleansing water that gives rebirth and renewal through the Holy Spirit,” and from the holy Eucharist. Since the symbols of baptism and the Eucharist flowed from his side, it was from his side that Christ fashioned the Church, as he had fashioned Eve from the side of Adam Moses gives a hint of this when he tells the story of the first man and makes him exclaim: “Bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh!” As God then took a rib from Adam’s side to fashion a woman, so Christ has given us blood and water from his side to fashion the Church. God took the rib when Adam was in a deep sleep, and in the same way Christ gave us the blood and the water after his own death.

Do you understand, then, how Christ has united his bride to himself and what food he gives us all to eat? By one and the same food we are both brought into being and nourished. As a woman nourishes her child with her own blood and milk, so does Christ unceasingly nourish with his own blood those to whom he himself has given life.

Concluding Prayer

Look down in kindness, Lord, on this, your family,
for which our Lord Jesus Christ unhesitatingly allowed himself to be given in to the hands of his enemies
and to undergo the torture of the Cross.
He lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.
Amen.

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