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In their latest sting, Live Action decided to call Planned Parenthood clinics in 27 states to set up appointments for mammograms. Not surprisingly, they admitted to not owning the machines or performing the service. Get the details and listen to the recording Here.

This sting is in response to PP president Cecile Richards’ claim that stripping PP of federal funding would be devastating to women’s health, as PP performs vital mammograms. She’s wrong. PP performs breast exams, not mammograms. PP gives referrals for mammograms. Therefore the only people who will be negatively impacted are adolescent males across America.

It’s every puerile male dream come true to have women pay to have their breasts felt for no useful medical purpose, only to have a referral handed to them for a mammogram. Scanning the breast for lumps not yet detectable is the essence of mammography. Sorry boys, but Live Action ruined the dream.

This also calls to mind Susan G. Komen Foundation’s donations of millions of dollars to PP with the explanation that PP performs mammograms. Komen President Nancy Brinker sat on the board of directors for PP in Texas, and certainly knows better. So there’s even more fraud afoot.

So, Live Action has demonstrated through their stings that PP:

Lies about performing mammograms.

Lies about what abortion is.

Conspires with children to cover the age of the child’s rapist.

Conspires with pimps in child sex-trafficking.

Believes that parents of young children have no right to know of their daughter’s sexual activity.

Has in place programs to bypass mandatory parental notification and consent laws through judicial bypass.

Denies treatment to people lacking insurance or cash.

Sends sex workers and others to donate blood as a means of obtaining free STD testing.

Claims condoms to be safe and effective, when CDC states otherwise.

It’s time to begin the mantra that PP is bad for the public health.

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Bishop Patrick V. Ahern

Last week two New York giants died within days of each other; one a pro-abortion political trailblazer who did much to advance abortion, and the other an auxiliary bishop who left behind him a legacy of life-giving love to handicapped children and their families. The politician is Geraldine Ferraro (my commentary on her right to a funeral mass here), and the bishop, none other than Patrick V. Ahern.

Ferraro was the first woman vice-presidential candidate, and rabidly pro-abortion. She hailed from New York City and her nomination electrified the nation. For as earth-shattering as the idea of a woman on the presidential ticket was, the American people weren’t buying what she was selling and buried Mondale-Ferraro in the largest electoral landslide in American History. The only state they carried was Mondale’s home state. Ferraro couldn’t even carry her home state, liberal New York, the first state to legalize abortion on demand fourteen years earlier. It was a bloodbath.

It was the mid-80’s and New York belonged to John Cardinal O’Connor who famously went after Ferraro and then-Governor Mario Cuomo on their irreconcilable pro-abortion polemics and self-professed Catholicism. I had just entered the college seminary system and had the good fortune to go out to dinner one night with Staten Island’s Vicar, Auxiliary Bishop Ahern. At dinner, the conversation turned to Cuomo and his protestation that as Governor he couldn’t push his own private beliefs and that he was bound by an oath sworn on the Bible to uphold the law of the land. As only young men can do, I looked Bishop Ahern dead in the eye and asked if the Church was suggesting that Cuomo violate his oath. I also asked if the Governor was permitted to allow his private faith into public office. Bishop Ahern’s answer was one for the ages.

He smiled his warm and gracious smile and explained that the Church fully expected the Governor to uphold the law of the land and his constitutional oath. However, Bishop Ahern went on, all politicians work from within the political system, using the machinery of politics to effect what they perceive to be just laws. Cuomo as Governor can work with legislators to get legislation sponsored on any matter he believes to be an injustice in need of remediation. That’s what was done in the Civil Rights movement. That he does not is an indication that he’s being less than honest when he claims to be personally opposed to abortion but unable to act on what he believes to be an injustice.

Bishop Ahern went further. Governor Cuomo is personally opposed to capital punishment, yet repeatedly vetoes any legislation put on his desk for signature, that would reinstate capital punishment. Thus, the Governor shows his duplicity, the same for Ferraro who works to enact legislation on a range of issues that are informed by her conscience.

Now that was greatness. They were a great duo, O’Connor and Ahern. Now they’re gone, along with the rest of their pro-life generation of Bishops, There are few left like them. What we have now are men who cower, fearful of losing our tax exempt status should we proclaim the Gospel of Life and hold our Catholic pro abort politicians to account. Such timidity is a death spiral for the Church.

If we cower for fear of losing our tax-exempt status, then what good does that status avail us? We’ll lose the churches in which we cower and no longer boldly proclaim the Gospel. If we refuse to engage the Culture of Death and deal firmly with Catholic generals in the enemy camp, then we should lose our churches.

Christianity thrives when we don’t cower and count the cost of discipleship. That’s the lesson of Mary and the Apostles. The Church withers and dies when we do. That’s the lesson of the current crop of Bishops.

It’s stand and be counted time. It’s also time to fast and pray for our bishops.

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I’ve seen so much death, corpses in the hundreds. Friends, family, neighbors, parishioners, friends’ relatives, classmates… There is a finality in a corpse that is chilling. It’s over for that individual, their destiny sealed for all eternity.

It’s over.

Wakes and funerals cause me to reflect on my own mortality, and at age fifty, I think it’s safe to say that I have lived more years than I have remaining. My self-reflections take on an added urgency when they take place in that context. I don’t want anything to do with God’s Justice when I die, just His Mercy. Who among us could withstand His Justice? When I go, I’m hoping for lots of sustained prayer for my passage through purgation, and so it is that I find myself increasingly loathe to deny people such as Ted Kennedy and Geraldine Ferraro Masses that are meant to ask for God’s Mercy on their souls.

It’s over.

If anyone in the pro-life movement gloats over their death, or wishes them anything less than God’s Love and Mercy, then such a person is in fearful danger of losing their own salvation and has no grasp of the Gospel message.

There’s worse than abortion.

There is the confused and deplorable state of our Bishops who desperately need our prayers. A priest such as Father John Corapi has been suspended from priestly function for going on three weeks, and an investigation into the allegations that he had sex with grown women has not yet begun. The investigators as of yesterday had not even been chosen. He has been thoroughly trashed in the Catholic blogosphere, with superiors claiming that he enjoys the presumption of innocence while the man drips with the mud through which he has been dragged. Many other men who have suffered false allegation have been similarly slimed by the Dallas Charter’s excesses.

Meanwhile, Catholic politicians who run on a pro-abortion platform, vote hundreds of millions, even billions of dollars for abortion and Planned Parenthood, attempt to destroy pro-life judicial nominees are accorded kid glove treatment by the bishops. They are not held up to any sort of censure, let alone excommunication, for their formal and material cooperation in the murders of scores of millions. Unlike the unsubstantiated allegations against innocent priests, these politicians have public records of their atrocities and receive the presumption of innocence (we don’t know what goes on in their hearts or in confession) from the Bishops.

Yet Canon Law requires some public act of restoration from such public apostasy and atrocity, so the Bishops are acting rather disingenuously in the Eucharist debates.

Something is radically wrong here. If the people seem indifferent to abortion, might they be mirroring their bishops? The point of public censure of such politicians is at once medicinal for the politician, and catechetical for the laity. If the Kennedy’s and Ferraro’s of our time do not merit public censure and prohibition of Eucharistic reception in life, then it seems pointless and even cruel to suddenly get serious about their souls in death.

It’s over.

We should all pray fervently for Geraldine Ferraro’s soul, and moreso for the bishops whose timidity and tolerance may well cost many their salvation.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in peace, Amen.

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My article in today’s Headline Bistro.

Today is the Solemnity of The Annunciation of the Lord. We recall the moment in God’s perfect time when He sent His Son into the world to effect its salvation. It wasn’t on Christmas, but this day when God took on human flesh and entered into the world. From the single-celled zygotic stage of human development, Jesus became a man like us in all things but sin- fully human while fully divine. It was through Mary’s obedient assent that salvation entered into the world, an assent born of genuine humility, an assent that is a lesson for us all.

We look at artist’s renderings of Mary and typically see visages of serenity born of an extraordinary holiness. Such visages are at once both accurate and illusory; they both guide and mislead us. They lead us to reflect on Mary’s virtues and how those virtues lived through her human nature and how they should live through ours, especially as we strive to encounter a civilization in the throes of moral anarchy and teetering on the brink of implosion. The images mislead because they don’t show Mary’s worries.

Mary is first introduced to us in today’s Gospel. From the outset, we see that she was troubled by Gabriel’s salutation, confused. How can this be? I’m a virgin. But Gabriel assured Mary that she had found favor with God, and that with God, all things are possible. It was an assurance that she knew in her heart to be true, born of a faith and obedience to God’s will that found her the favor of which Gabriel spoke. His visit did not instill faith so much as it was an occasion of grace building on a perfected nature. Mary worked at her holiness, but that holiness did not insulate her from fear, bewilderment, sorrow, hardship, and ultimately witnessing the brutal execution of her son. Her ‘yes’ to God would require embracing it all.

Could Mary have imagined that nine months later King Herod would slaughter all boys under the age of two in an attempt to murder her baby? Could she have imagined a self-imposed exile in the land of their former slavery, Egypt? Could she have imagined the crucifixion? Gabriel never mentioned the cost, or all that would be required. One can only imagine how she broke the news to Joseph, how she must have agonized over her choice of words.

We see salvation through a retrospective lens and count Mary’s sacrifices as worth the cost. Mary didn’t have the benefit of hindsight and could only see the present through a “glass darkly,” and the future, not at all. She lived in the present moment and relied heavily on grace, much the same as we do today.

There is a cost to our discipleship, and the cost can be enormous. Being a Catholic, pro-life scientist who embraces the Magisterium doesn’t endear one to many of one’s peers. It calls one’s objectivity and sanity into question and closes many doors. Tragically, many who similarly embrace the Magisterium receive similar welcome in their own parishes. Even among clergy such divisions exist. We expect rejection and derision from outsiders. It stings worst of all when it comes from our own.

In the 1981 epic miniseries, Peter and Paul, Anthony Hopkins masterfully plays a determined Saint Paul. In a wryly-humorous moment, Paul and Barnabas are taking their rest under a tree after having been stoned and chased from yet another town. As Paul stirs himself and arises with determination to move on, a weary Barnabas arises more with resignation than determination proclaiming, “Perhaps the stones will be softer in the next town.”

And so it is with us. There are days when I’m more Barnabas than I am Paul, still others when I’m more Peter who hears Jesus say He’s going to Jerusalem to die and suggests they go elsewhere. But I know that I’m really called to be like Mary, “Be it done to me according to your word.” Following that call, and living such simple submission is never easy, as I’ve learned repeatedly. Mary did it well because Mary refused to sin, and had the abundance of grace that came with such refusal.

I take great consolation and direction from the mighty Saint Paul, who wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:

“Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

We are called to live somewhere between Mary and Paul.

So as we go about the arduous task of rebuilding a Culture of Life and a Civilization of Love, this is our feast day, the day when God took on human flesh and in such divine condescension elevated our humanity. This is the great North Star of Christian Anthropology. Through it all, Mary is our model and guide. She didn’t count the cost, and neither should we. Mary knew and accepted that which Paul (and we) needed to be told by God:

“My grace is sufficient for you.”

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In 2002, Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics did a telephone sting of over 800 abortion clinics in the U.S., using an actress posing as a 13 year-old girl. The Planned Parenthood clinics were the worst offenders at covering the crime.

See this TV News coverage of the investigation.

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I was made aware of this late last night. The following statement is from Fr. Corapi’s website:

A Call for Prayer

On Ash Wednesday I learned that a former employee sent a three-page letter to several bishops accusing me of everything from drug addiction to multiple sexual exploits with her and several other adult women. There seems to no longer be the need for a complaint to be deemed “credible” in order for Church authorities to pull the trigger on the Church’s procedure, which was in recent years crafted to respond to cases of the sexual abuse of minors. I am not accused of that, but it seems, once again, that they now don’t have to deem the complaint to be credible or not, and it is being applied broadly to respond to all complaints. I have been placed on “administrative leave” as the result of this.

I’ll certainly cooperate with the process, but personally believe that it is seriously flawed, and is tantamount to treating the priest as guilty “just in case”, then through the process determining if he is innocent. The resultant damage to the accused is immediate, irreparable, and serious, especially for someone like myself, since I am so well known. I am not alone in this assessment, as multiple canon lawyers and civil and criminal attorneys have stated publicly that the procedure does grave damage to the accused from the outset, regardless of rhetoric denying this, and has little regard for any form of meaningful due process.

All of the allegations in the complaint are false, and I ask you to pray for all concerned.

This is profoundly disturbing on many levels. Father John Corapi is a stalwart pro-life priest (a tragedy that such distinctions exist within the clergy). Unlike Father Euteneuer, there is no admission of any guilt here, and so we are left to ponder a great many dimensions.

First, it is possible that the allegations are true in whole, or in part. While I strongly doubt that may be the case, it is nevertheless a possibility, grounded in the reality of past cases of very public clergy, and people should have that level of awareness.

That of course raises what for me is the absolute certainty of a grotesque immorality that has been committed here, though not by Father Corapi. He has been placed on administrative leave, which is tantamount to being tarred and feathered in public, before any reasonable investigation has taken place. I see no indication in Fr. Corapi’s statement that his bishop has placed him on leave, and it may well be the action of his superior in his order. So before the bishop-bashing swings into high gear, we need some clarification.

However, we are not speaking of children. We are also not speaking of rape. The allegations seem to be about sex between consenting parties. They also happen to be about drug addiction. Regardless of who placed Fr. Corapi on leave, it is an outrage that we have devolved to the point where a man is denied due process and the presumption of innocence (An Enlightenment philosophy benefit, compliments of the protestants, trumping Catholic justice). A discreet investigation using Father’s whiskers, blood, and urine could easily put together a portrait reaching back months regarding drug abuse.

A discreet investigation on the sex charges could also provide some clarity. Taking Father at his word, none of this was done prior to publicly trashing his good name. It’s madness.

If denial of due process and the presumption of innocence are the new norm for our bishops, if the mere accusation of sin merits headline coverage, then our leadership has lost its way. Badly. The stress of such humiliation could well cause a relapse of the cancer and cost Father Corapi his life.

Innocent or guilty, the minimum standard of due process and the presumption of innocence ought to apply to our priests, as they do for the rest of us. That increasingly they do not is a sin greater than a priest’s dalliance. Our priests sacrifice marriage, family, career, etc for us. It’s about time the laity demand justice for the accused. If we don’t, we deserve empty seminaries.

My prayers for the restoration of Father Corapi and his good name, and for the intentions of the woman who has brought these allegations forward.

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My article in today’s Headline Bistro.

In the Congressional battle to defund Planned Parenthood, the predictable narrative of abortion, Roe v. Wade, women’s rights, and the separation of church and state has given way to a new web of lies. According to Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards:

“In attacking Planned Parenthood, the House Republican leadership has launched an outrageous assault on the millions of Americans who rely on Planned Parenthood for primary and preventive health care, including lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, annual exams, family planning visits, birth control, HIV testing, and more.”

In truth, Planned Parenthood’s disastrous targeting of children leads to the very diseases for which they test.

To begin, all of Planned Parenthood’s sex literature for youth, young adults, and young people is aimed at children beginning at age ten. This is from their own publication “Stand and Deliver: Sex, Health and Young People in the 21st Century”:

“The World Health Organization defines young people as those from 10 to 24 years of age, including adolescents (10–19 years) and youth (15–24 years). IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation) uses the terms young people, youth and adolescents interchangeably to refer to people who are between 10 and 24 years.”

The booklet adds: “Culture, religion and traditions are some of the biggest obstacles in implementing sexual and reproductive health programmes for young people.”

In that light, consider the booklet made available to Girl Scouts in a no-adults allowed meeting at a United Nations conference on women. The booklet is Planned Parenthood’s publication aimed at young people with HIV, called “Healthy, Happy, and Hot.” It contains such advice as:

“You have the right to decide if, when, and how to disclose your HIV status.”

“There are many reasons that people do not share their HIV status. They may not want people to know they are living with HIV because of stigma and discrimination within their community. They may worry that people will find out something else they have kept secret, like they are using injecting drugs, having sex outside of a marriage or having sex with people of the same gender. People in long-term relationships who find out they are living with HIV sometimes fear that their partner will react violently or end the relationship.”

“Some people have sex when they have been drinking alcohol or using drugs. This is your choice.”

Evidently Planned Parenthood has forgotten the public health campaigns of the ‘80s and ‘90s that admonished, “Get high, get stupid, get AIDS.”

Culture, religion and traditions are the glue that bind civilizations together and enable them to flourish. They are indispensable in helping adults guide children past the treacherous shoals of sexually transmitted disease and single parenthood, and into the safe harbor of marriage. In other words, they are indispensable tools in maintaining the public health and welfare, and have been identified by Planned Parenthood as obstacles to their “programme.”

Targeting children with sex education, with condoms at age ten is unconscionable. We place common-sense age restrictions on a host of activities that are grounded in a child’s ability to choose wisely and prudently, choices that affect the public well-being and not just the young person. Such restrictions include minimum ages for driving, owning firearms, enlisting in the military, voting, marrying and consuming alcohol.

So it is outrageous that Planned Parenthood should target children as young as ten, telling them that it is their “choice” whether or not they consume alcohol, use drugs and then have sex. It may be a choice, but it is one that is illegal, immoral and a public health disaster. So is the “choice” of cheating on one’s “partner,” using IV drugs behind their back and then reserving the right not to tell that person one has contracted HIV. Such advice from an organization that receives $360 million annually in taxpayer funding from Congress alone and holds itself out as the premier women’s health organization is nothing short of criminal.

Planned Parenthood doesn’t bother to tell our young people that their own statistician, the Guttmacher Institute, related the following failure rates for contraceptive methods under typical use:

• Pill (Combined) 8.7%

• Three-Month Injectable 6.7%

• Withdrawal 18.4%

• Male Condom 17.4%

They don’t tell that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) teaches that condoms are practically worthless in protecting against most STDs and that abstinence and long-term mutual monogamy are the surest ways to avoid STD transmission. They don’t share the CDC data that indicate a steady rise in almost all STDs since the 1960s, as well as a steady, uninterrupted rise in the prevalence of HIV since its advent in the early 1980s. (Click here for an article showing all of the data.)

I’ve recently constructed a new website as a comprehensive parent’s guide to Planned Parenthood and the resources we need to regain the upper hand in determining our children’s fate (click here). There are plenty of great pro-life resources and key, informative articles there.

The time has come to put an end to the taxpayer subsidization of our children’s predators and to demand that they obey the standards of care in public health medicine. The momentum has shifted in our favor.

Our children’s lives depend on our response.

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And Then It Snowed

It’s just too cruel, cruel beyond words. A magnitude 9 earthquake, massive tsunami, nuclear meltdown, lack of electricity, heat, food and potable water…

and now snow has begun to set in.

Word has come today that the U.S. has sent charter flights to evacuate American citizens as the nuclear reactors in the stricken zone have begun to melt down. Japanese citizens have been instructed to seal themselves indoors in a radius of up to fifty miles.

Millions are without electricity, heat, and water. Perhaps the snow is merciful, as many have taken to collecting the snow and melting it in order to obtain water. Still, overnight temperatures are in the 20’s, and the clock has just about run out on finding anyone alive in the rubble.

What is disturbing is that charitable donations have been comparatively light compared to the quake in Haiti. USA today has a good article on this. Read it here. Thus far, American charities have only raised $49 million for Japan. The article compares this to other disasters:

The earthquake that decimated Haiti last year, for instance, prompted $296 million in American donations in the first seven days, according to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. In 2004, Americans gave nearly a quarter of a billion dollars to the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami in the first week.

Part of the reason for fewer contributions may be the perception of Japan, which has the world’s third-largest economy, as a self-sufficient society, says the philanthropy center’s executive director, Patrick Rooney.

Perhaps. But then, the U.S. was doing well on 9/11, and the world responded generously. Love is not something to be means-tested before being given. These people have endured the unimaginable with great stoicism and good social order. Still, we need to reach out to them, in love.

For many, the worst is yet to come.

And lest we forget the heroic 50 workers who have stayed at the nuclear power plant to avert a wider catastrophe, they have all but signed their death certificates in doing so. These are the ultimate pro-life scientists and engineers. Let’s take a moment to pray for them and for their families, then make a donation in their honor.

God Bless.

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Nothing like picking at a scab! Fr. Frank Pavone has recently weighed in with a video. It is presented here for the reader’s edification, however, I am NOT fighting this one out again! (I’ll post Muppet videos in response to challenges!)

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Apocalypse Now

First, the largest earthquake in their history.
Then, a tsunami of equally epic proportions.
Then, a nuclear meltdown and radiation release that has hampered search and rescue with contamination that could make the area off-limits for decades to come if matters get any worse.

And the worst is yet to come, Cholera, Typhoid, Dysentary from tens of thousands of bodies decaying in the rubble. Add to that malnutrition and the severe post-traumatic stress and its manifestations.

I remember for weeks and weeks after 9/11 the unmistakable and never-to-be-forgotten stench of close to 3,000 bodies (my friends among them) decaying in the mountains of rubble as I drove past on the FDR drive (less than a mile east of ground zero). Those horrendous and inescapable odors are absent from the photos and add to the trauma of the Japanese daily.

Some of the worst trauma is walking through the rubble and knowing that one is surrounded by death unseen, the bodies of loved ones, neighbors, and fellow citizens hidden in the rubble. We had our mountains of rubble, the fires that burned until December of 2001, the seemingly endless funerals. I’ll never forget it. And for as bad as it all was, this disaster in Japan easily eclipses 9/11, Katrina, and Haiti combined and multiplied several times over

As the shock and numbness subside, the anxiety and despair will sink in as health conditions and future options rapidly deteriorate. Already, drinking water is running out and people are hard-pressed for potable water to cook the meager rations of rice. They can’t return home, or even to where home once was.

And all of this has happened during Lent, a time when we are fasting and praying as we turn our focus to the Lord.

For Christians of all stripes, and especially pro-lifers, I offer the following from Isaiah 58 in light of our brothers and sisters in Japan.

6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?

7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.

11 The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

Catholic Relief Services is accepting donations and getting set to aid in long term support. 95% of their money goes directly to support services.

Also, the children in my parish are starting a toy drive for the children in Japan, as well as kids’ clothes, etc. We are contacting the bishops in the stricken dioceses and setting up a way to ship to the bishops who will ensure distribution.

For pro-lifers, as we respond let’s remember Jesus’ admonition in Matthew 5:

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

God Bless.

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My apologies for not tending my garden here at Coming Home for the past week. I’ve been busy creating the new website, Proud Parents, trying to make it a tight, one-stop education center for parents regarding Planned Parenthood, STD’s, and the safety of our children. Much has gone on in the past week and it all seems to be interconnected, at least in my sleep-deprived mind.

We have the story of Baby Joseph being saved by Priests for Life from murder at the hands of Canadian physicians. We have the story of a Rawandan grandmother being saved from being starved to death by the Jesuit Georgetown University Hospital (her feeding tube was removed more than two weeks ago, and still she has survived without food or water). She wasn’t dying, but simply taking up precious resources! There’s an article coming in a day or two on all of that.

So that’s all good news on the euthanasia front.

Moving into an integration of our pro-life work and our Lenten journey, I point the reader to one of my favorite Catholic authors, Amy Welborn, who wrote an outstanding article for Headline Bistro. In the article, Amy addresses the very essence of Lent and quotes Pope Benedct XVI:

“Lent is a journey; it is to accompany Jesus who goes up to Jerusalem, the place of the fulfillment of the mystery of his passion, death and resurrection; it reminds us that the Christian life is a “journey” to undertake, which consists not so much in a law to be observed but in the very person of Christ, who we must encounter, receive and follow.”

I’ll spend the rest of Lent unpacking those words.

We accompany Jesus to Jerusalem because we know what happens there. He makes Himself the perfect sacrifice for all of humanity’s sins. The once and for all Lamb of God.

But He also tells us in the Gospels to pick up our crosses daily and to come follow Him. We know what awaits us at the end of the road.

We die on our crosses.

Done properly, we die to self on those crosses. Parents die to self in order to nurture their children. We give all to the Lord, and in the pro-life movement that means ridicule is our lot. Often the ridicule is ferocious and cutting and in the beginning it makes us want to quit. I’m sure Jesus felt the same at times. When I first starting receiving death threats from Ted Shulman, I knew Jesus prayer in the garden, “Father let this cup pass me by.” But Regina made me live the rest of that prayer, “But not as I will, but as you will.” So together, we moved forward with God’s will for our life’s work. Others who were his targets have had the same experience. That’s the extreme form of reaction by the Evil One, meant to make us back down.

Sunday’s Gospel spoke to this issue of being dissuaded. It was the temptation of Jesus in the desert. Satan subtly attempts to take Jesus’ focus off of the Father by taking advantage of His hunger:

“If you are the Son of God, turn these stones to bread.”
“Throw yourself from the Temple parapet. God will save you.”
“Pay me homage and I will give you the kingdoms of the earth.”

Satan was there at the very end with the same temptation, speaking in the voice of those present:

“If you are the Son of God, come down from that cross.” Even one of the thieves being crucified got in on the act.

There is a lesson in that for us. Just as it was with Jesus, at the moment when our greatest victory is at hand the temptation is greatest to quit and save ourselves. I think our legislators are going through that with Obama and defunding Planned Parenthood, and pray they will remain strong for just a while longer, that they stay on their crosses and don’t succumb to the temptation to run and save themselves.

So our Lenten journey is with Jesus on the way to die with Him. In the video below, Hillsong sings Lead Me To The Cross, and footage is shown from The Passion of the Christ.

I’m struck by the madness of the Romans who whip Jesus, by Mary’s sacrifice of sorrow, and by Satan’s last desperate attempt to prevent our salvation–an attempt that is chilling in the simplicity of the ridicule and scorn aimed at Jesus when He was in His most agonizing and desperate hour.

I’m also heartened that God will give any one of us the grace we need to resist the same temptation to come down from our crosses when victory is so close at hand.

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This says it all!!!

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by Gerard M. Nadal, Ph.D.

Last year at a United Nations meeting on Women, Planned Parenthood held a session for Girl Scouts where the adult leaders were not allowed in the room. (click here for the whole story) In that meeting, they made available to the girls their eighteen page booklet, Healthy, Happy, and Hot (click here to read it)

In this booklet, Planned Parenthood actually advises girls that they don’t have to tell their sex partners if they have HIV!! From the booklet:

You have the right to decide if, when, and how to disclose your HIV status.

“There are many reasons that people do not share their HIV status. They may not want people to know they are living with HIV because of stigma and discrimination within their community. They may worry that people will find out something else they have kept secret, like they are using injecting drugs, having sex outside of a marriage or having sex with people of the same gender. People in long-term relationships who find out they are living with HIV sometimes fear that their partner will react violently or end the relationship.”

So Planned Parenthood teaches children that they can cheat on their partner, secretly use IV drugs, and if they get HIV, their partner does not have the right to know.

Then, more sterling advice from Planned Parenthood:

“Improve your sex life by getting to know your own body. Play with yourself! Masturbation is a great way to find out more about your body and what you find sexually stimulating. Don’t stop there: Find out how your partner’s body works, what makes them feel good and what gives them pleasure. Talking with your partner about what you each like and what feels good is the best way to have great sex.

“Your skin is the largest erogenous zone on your body, and your mind plays a big role in your desire for sex and sexual pleasure. Caress and lick your partner’s skin. Explore your partner’s body with your hands and mouth. Mix things up by using different kinds of touch from very soft to hard. Talk about or act out your fantasies. Talk dirty to them. Tickle, tease and make them feel good.”

“Some people have sex when they have been drinking alcohol or using drugs. This is your choice.”

And how young is Planned Parenthood’s target audience? TEN YEARS OLD!!

From another one of several PP documents aimed at children:

Stand and Deliver: Sex, Health and Young People in the 21st Century (click here to read the document).

Defining Adolescence

As most societies define adolescence and youth in terms of both age and life circumstances, there is no universal agreement on what is a ‘young person’. The national legal age for political participation and the availability of data on different age groups can also determine how societies define youth. The World Health Organization defines young people as those from 10 to 24 years of age, including adolescents (10–19 years) and youth (15–24 years). IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation) uses the terms young people, youth and adolescents interchangeably to refer to people who are between 10 and 24 years. Defining all people under 18 years of age as a child is often not useful because it ignores the circumstances of youth who are faced with pressures and responsibilities that are usually reserved for adults. Policies and programmes for young people should focus not so much on age, but on the specific developmental needs and rights of individuals as they transition from childhood to adulthood.

Faith Religion and Sexuality

Involving young people from all regions of the world, IPPF convened a meeting to give young people the opportunity to voice their experiences of their own sexual and reproductive health in religious contexts, and to learn about how to meet young people’s needs. Culture, religion and traditions are some of the biggest obstacles in implementing sexual and reproductive health programmes for young people.

That’s the enemy in their own words, words directed at children as young as ten.

Please read the other articles below to get the full extent of Planned Parenthood’s criminal and reckless conduct, and how our children are being corrupted and their health destroyed in what should be the happiest and most care-free years of their lives.

P.S. Planned Parenthood and the Girl Scouts have a long history with each other. (click here to read the details)

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Planned Parenthood recently opened a clinic in my community, and parents are organizing to starve them of their prey–our children. Thus has Proud Parents of Staten Island been born. Being the pro-life blogger and scientist in the group, putting together a tight, manageable website for parents who know nothing of this has been the order of the day.

So……

drum roll……

Here’s Proud Parents.

It’s meant not only for our community, but also for all other parents, PTA’s, and families. There’s lots of good stuff on there, and I hope it helps. Please let me know of any suggestions for improvement.

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The Catholic Church has certainly taken its lumps for speaking out consistently against contraception and where it naturally leads. Today we contrast two quotes. They speak to very different visions of the same human reality, and point to a validation of Rome’s visionaries.. The first is from the Church’s Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The second is from the Alan Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood’s statistician. Both excerpts speak for themselves.

SACRED CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH

DECLARATION ON PROCURED ABORTION

15. The movement for the emancipation of women, insofar as it seeks essentially to free them from all unjust discrimination, is on perfectly sound ground.[22] In the different forms of cultural background there is a great deal to be done in this regard. But one cannot change nature. Nor can one exempt women, any more than men, from what nature demands of them. Furthermore, all publicly recognized freedom is always limited by the certain rights of others.

16. The same must be said of the claim to sexual freedom. If by this expression one is to understand the mastery progressively acquired by reason and by authentic love over instinctive impulse, without diminishing pleasure but keeping it in its proper place – and in this sphere this is the only authentic freedom – then there is nothing to object to. But this kind of freedom will always be careful not to violate justice. If; on the contrary, one is to understand that men and women are “free” to seek sexual pleasure to the point of satiety, without taking into account any law or the essential orientation of sexual life to its fruits of fertility,[23] then this idea has nothing Christian in it. It is even unworthy of man. In any case it does not confer any right to dispose of human life – even if embryonic- or to suppress it on the pretext that it is burdensome.

18. We know what seriousness the problem of birth control can assume for some families and for some countries. That is why the last Council and subsequently the encyclical “Humanae Vitae” of July 25, 1968, spoke of “responsible parenthood.”[24] What we wish to say again with emphasis, as was pointed out in the conciliar constitution “Gaudium et Spes,” in the encyclical “Populorum Progressio” and in other papal documents, is that never, under any pretext, may abortion be resorted to, either by a family or by the political authority, as a legitimate means of regulating births.[25] The damage to moral values is always a greater evil for the common good than any disadvantage in the economic or demographic order.

{The Bishops warned us that contraception took us one long walk down the road to abortion. They were ridiculed as clueless old celibates.}

Then, there is this from Guttmacher:

Contraceptive use is a key predictor of women’s recourse to abortion. The very small group of American women who are at risk of experiencing an unintended pregnancy but are not using contraceptives account for almost half of all abortions. Many of these women did not think they would get pregnant or had concerns about contraceptive methods. The remainder of abortions occur among the much larger group of women who were using contraceptives in the month they became pregnant. Many of these women report difficulty using contraceptives consistently.

This is quite an admission by Guttmacher. The people who hand out the birth control pills like candy indicate elsewhere that 54% of all women presenting for abortion were using contraception in the month in which they became pregnant. In the face of their colossal failure, they claim that what is needed is more contraception.

I love my Bishops.

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