October 30, 2016
by Fr. George W. Rutler
October 30, 2016
by Fr. George W. Rutler
MICAIAH BILGER AUG 26, 2016 | 3:34PM WASHINGTON, DC
“… we share reflections and devotions each day,” Strider said.
Strider said Clinton impresses him with her knowledge of the Bible, even calling him out at times if he wrongly cites the location of a verse.
When asked why Clinton’s faith does not appear to be reflected in her public policy, Strider replied that Clinton’s faith is much more apparent to people who know her.
Clinton’s radical positions on abortion, religious freedom and other ethical concerns have many questioning the sincerity of her religious beliefs. Strider recently faced scrutiny for ethical issues, too. A January Politico piece reported that Strider used his influence with Clinton to try to help a friend snare two multi-million dollar State Department contracts.
Clinton says she is a Christian and a United Methodist. The pro-abortion Democrat even wrote a column for the Deseret News in Utah a few weeks ago, claiming that she is an advocate for religious liberty.
Clinton supports repealing the Hyde Amendment and forcing taxpayers to fund abortions, a widely unpopular measure even among Democrats. She also said an unborn child just hours before birth has no Constitutional rights. In February, she defended the gruesome partial-birth abortion procedure.
In a speech last year, Clinton essentially said Christians must be forced to change their religious views to accommodate abortions.
“Far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth,” Clinton said, using the euphemism for abortion. “… And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
By Joe Kral
Dr. Peter Kreeft once quipped in his book Jesus Shock, “Abortion is the Antichrist’s demonic parody of the Eucharist. That is why it uses the same holy words, ‘This is my body,’ with the blasphemously opposite meaning.” He is right in his analysis. For years, practicing Catholics have had to deal with “Catholic” politicians who have made the claim that they are personally opposed to abortion but still believe the practice should remain legal because of some deluded notion of imposing one’s faith onto another. Of course, not only are these politicians not making any logical sense (it is akin to saying that one is opposed to rape, but won’t pass any laws since the Catholic Church says rape is sinful [see Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2356]), but it is problematic from a theological perspective as well.
To further explain this one needs to look at the whole of the Gospels. Was there a way in which a person could licitly kill Christ? Of course not, hence the phrase from the penitent thief, St. Dismas, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal” (see Luke 23: 40-41). Dismas is not merely speaking of Jesus breaking Roman or Jewish laws, but rather something much deeper. Rather, Dismas recognizes the absolute Holiness of Christ hence him asking Christ to remember him when Christ enters Paradise. Dismas acknowledges Christ’s sinlessness and as a result death is something that is contrary to true justice and charity.
Read more here: Articles – Truth and Charity Forum
By Trent Horn July 25, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s selection of Virginia governor Tim Kaine as her running mate has reignited the debate about whether Catholic politicians can support pro-choice policies but remain “personally opposed” to abortion. In June, Kaine explained his position on Meet the Press:
I’m a traditional Catholic. I’m personally opposed to abortion and personally opposed to the death penalty. . . . I deeply believe, and not just as a matter of politics but even as a matter of morality, that matters about reproduction and intimacy and relationships and contraception are in the personal realm. They’re moral decisions for individuals to make for themselves. And the last thing we need is government intruding into those personal decisions. So I’ve taken a position which is quite common among Catholics. I’ve got a personal feeling about abortion, but the right role for government is to let women make their own decisions.
First, saying you’re a traditional Catholic because you personally oppose abortion only puts you to the right of a handful of radicals who love abortion and think it should be some kind of sacrament.
Readmore via Source: The Inconsistency of “Personally Opposed but Still Pro-Choice” | Catholic Answers
BY CARRIE GRESS 07/24/2016
In 1984, after much interior laboring over the thorny issue of abortion, Catholic Governor Mario Cuomo delivered the speech that would free Catholics from being swaddled in Church teaching while liberating them to cuddle up to pro-abortion policy. The New York Governor conceived the hair-splitting notion that amounted to – “I’m personally opposed to abortion, but politically pro-choice.” Born of a desire to appear to be pro-life (and adhering to Catholic teaching), while also appeasing the pro-choice juggernaut that doesn’t allow for choice on the issue, Cuomo seemingly resolved the unresolvable. Catholic politicians and others have hung onto it for dear life ever since.
Q: My friend contends that the Bible can’t be used to argue against abortion because nowhere in the Bible does it state that abortion is wrong and that life begins at conception. How do I respond?
A: Though we don’t find the word abortion mentioned in any biblical text, we can deduce from Scripture, not to mention natural law, reason, Church teaching, and patristic witness that abortion is intrinsically evil. On abortion, consider these Scripture passages: Job 10:8, Psalms 22:9-10, Psalms 139:13-15, Isaiah 44:2, and Luke 1:41.
Click the link for the full answer! : Where in the Bible does it say that abortion is wrong? | Catholic Answers
MICAIAH BILGER JUL 7, 2016 | 9:52PM AUSTIN, TX
Texas is proposing new rules that would require abortion clinics and hospitals to treat aborted babies’ bodies with dignity by cremating or burying them.
The Dallas News reports the newly proposed rules were published Friday by the state Health and Human Services Commission. The commission’s current rules allow aborted babies’ bodies to be incinerated or ground and then disposed along with other medical waste. The new rules would raise aborted babies’ bodies above the level of medical waste, and require abortion facilities and hospitals to either cremate or bury them.
Bryan Black, spokesman for the health commission, said the new rules will ensure that Texas law “maintains the highest standards of human dignity.”
Gov. Greg Abbott’s office also spoke up in favor of the new rules.
Washington D.C., Jul 11, 2016 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Archbishop William Lori are once again calling on the House of Representatives to enact the Conscience Protection Act to defend the rights of health care workers.
Back in March, the chairmen the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities and the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty sent a letter to the House asking for their support.
According to the letter, the Conscience Protection Act would make sure people providing health care would be able to do so “without being forced by the government to help destroy innocent unborn children.”
After three recent examples of the government failing to protect the rights of conscientious objection, a new letter was sent July 7 explaining that federal laws providing protection in theory have not “proved effective in practice.”
Since their letter sent in March, the bishops said, “three new developments make the need for immediate action to pass the Conscience Protection Act even more urgent.”
by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
Officials of Planned Parenthood complained bitterly about the use of what they called “deceptive” undercover tactics when a sting operation revealed last year that they were involved in the sale of body parts of aborted babies. The undercover videos showed senior Planned Parenthood staff members haggling over the prices they would accept in exchange for aborted baby body parts. In one video, one Planned Parenthood executive said she needed a good price for baby body parts because she wanted to buy a very expensive luxury car!
Last January Planned Parenthood countered by filing a civil lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress, the organization that produced and released the series of undercover videos last summer which showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the availability of aborted baby body parts. The lawsuit complains that the undercover operation involved “fake companies” and “fake identifications.” In response, the Center for Medical Progress issued a statement saying it “uses the same undercover techniques that investigative journalists have used for decades in exercising our First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and of the press, and follows all applicable laws.”
Planned Parenthood does not like to be fooled, but they apparently have no qualms about acting deceptively themselves…
Washington D.C., Jul 7, 2016 / 06:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the Supreme Court struck down Texas’ abortion clinic regulations last week, a new report claims that these clinics are ignoring health standards and continuing to put women at risk.
“It just shows that, over and over again, the abortion industry is more concerned about putting profit ahead of the safety of women,” said Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood employee and founder of the pro-life “And Then There Were None” ministry, which helps abortion clinic workers leave the industry.
The #NotOver campaign is a “multi-phase” project launched after the Supreme Court struck down safety regulations of Texas abortion clinics on June 27. It aims to draw attention to poor health standards at abortion clinics and push Congress to pass clinic regulations.