Despite what many have interpreted the Holy Father as saying, he was not telling the lawmakers how to make laws or not to have immigration laws or enforcement. What he counseled was compassion, hear their stories and treat the person with respect. As Catholics, as citizens, that is what we should expect. Maybe we do need to build a wall but we need a compassionate treatment for those that wish to enter. If we build a wall, we need to build a door as well and have a way to open the door. We have the Statue of Liberty which greets the “huddled masses” who enter, we need a greeter at the door.
“Inscription on the Statue of Liberty”
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
Author: Emma Lazarus
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I was unfriended by a family member on Facebook over a disagreement about De-funding Planned Parenthood. I think it’s important to address this rather emotional issue.
To the claim that De-funding PP would hurt women’s access to health care such as check ups, food, medecine and even relaxing by booking at https://tranquilme.com/booking-page/ for a good parenting you need to relax and avoid too much stress. I point out that, in Tulsa, OK, there are 13 free clinics for women, only one of which is PP. Of these 12, all provide all the services PP claims to provide, including PAP, STD testing, and mammograms. The only service not included is abortions.
To the claim that there would be children being born into unwanted situations, I point out that, after 40 years and over 55 million abortions later, we still have children in foster care and abused. Abortion has not proven to solve these sad situations.
Then, in Margaret Sangar’s own words, the reason for the existence of Planned Parenthood.
“The third group [of society] are those irresponsible and reckless ones having little regard for the consequences of their acts, or whose religious scruples prevent their exercising control over their numbers. Many of this group are diseased, feeble-minded, and are of the pauper element dependent upon the normal and fit members of society for their support. There is no doubt in the minds of all thinking people that the procreation of this group should be stopped.”
Speech quoted in “Birth Control: What It Is, How It Works, What It Will Do.” The Proceedings of the First American Birth Control Conference. Held at the Hotel Plaza, New York City.
Finally, the challenge must be addressed of: “you pro-lifers want to make a woman have an unwanted child then don’t want to help them support it”. The response is two-fold. First, we have to challenge our citizens to be responsible. We can’t treat people like animals, with no responsibility to control their urges or the consequences of their actions. This completely diminishes the dignity of a human being. Second, treating these people as dignified human beings, we must provide with a leg up, with programs aimed at making them self-sufficient, not more dependent. Provide support that encourages the parents to make their own way, not rely on the government to support them.
Instead of continuing to support programs that are proven to fail over and over, were must provide support which enables our citizens to be productive.
We have to provide support and compassion without claiming innocent lives in the process. Murder cannot be compassion.
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I read an article yesterday regarding some of the questions asked at the Republican Debate. If you saw the debate, of course you are aware of the questions asked of Donald Trump but that is not why I am addressing it. The question asked of several candidates pertains to Abortion. Would you support abortion in a case that the mother’s life is in danger?
The subject of rape, incest and life of the mother as exceptions to bans on abortion came up at last night’s GOP presidential debate, and moderator Megyn Kelly proved to be dangerously wrong on this issue.
Kelly was aghast that anyone would have any hesitation about approving an abortion to save the life of the mother. She spoke of this choice as if were one that commonly and frequently must be made.
The reality, however, is that an abortion is never necessary to save the life of the mother. This is, quite simply, a choice that a mother and her doctor never have to make, and Ms. Kelly has contributed to the already widespread ignorance on this subject. (AFA.net, By: Bryan Fischer Posted: Friday, August 7, 2015 11:20 AM)
This is one of those questions that is often asked and, if one replies that it is never alright to murder a children, then one is automatically labeled as someone that is somehow against women. What this article very clearly points out is the obvious that has been before us all this time. If a woman is clearly in a situation where the death of either her or her child is imminent, an Abortion Clinic is not where she would go. Abortion Clinics are not in a position to treat in an emergency situation. Recent legal challenges have proven this as well. Several states have passed or are debating laws such as one hotly contested legislation in Texas. In Texas, which has lost nine clinics, lawmakers have slashed family planning funding in the state budget, required abortion clinics to become ambulatory surgical centers and required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
What strikes me as interesting is the fact that there is such an outcry over legislation such as this. By having admitting privileges, a doctor at an abortion clinic would be empowered to treat a woman that actually might be in danger of losing her life because of her pregnancy. Though this is a stated argument, it isn’t the aim of abortion supporters, abortion clinics, or Planned Parenthood. They are not in the business of actually caring for the lives of women, only in supporting their agenda.
If, indeed, a woman were in a situation where there might be a choice made to save one or the other, an abortion is not the prescription for her care. The doctor treating her and the child would do everything in his power as a physician to save both of his or her patients, mother and child. If the unfortunate situation took place under a doctor’s care, that one survives in spite of all the best efforts, that is a tragedy. If the child died during treatment, even if it was a choice made to save the mother and the child died, it would still not be abortion.
Abortion is a term and distinction like that between murder and accidental death. Abortion is always clearly with the intent of ending a human life, it is no accident and is not a treatment any more than euthanasia is a ‘treatment’ for illness. The loss of life while at a qualified treatment hospital in the attempt to save a life is not the same as going to an Abortion Clinic with the expressed purpose of ending a life. There is no chance of saving a life in an abortion clinic.
The question asked of a Pro-Life candidate to “take a stand for women’s rights but allowing an exception regarding the life of the mother” is a trick question. The situation does not exist, one cannot allow for it legislatively because it isn’t reality. Abortion supporters know this or they would not be fighting legislation in states that make their facilities legal health care facilities. If, as in the State of Texas, an Abortion Clinic follows the law, roid’s position would be to care for the health of the mother AND the health of the unborn child as well. In that case, they could be placed in a position where they would have to abandon their mission of taking a human life and be forced to save it instead.
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In the meantime, our politicians need to answer the question factually and throw it back on the person asking the question. Can you give me one instance where a woman has ‘checked into’ an abortion clinic in an emergency situation where the life of the mother was at stake? Though you might say that woman are in those situations all the time, accidents, cancer, etc., they are not treated at an Abortion Clinic and, if the baby is lost during treatment, they were not lost because of a treatment plan that had an abortion as the treatment.
In his essay “Politics and the English Language“, George Orwell observes that political language serves to distort and obfuscate reality. Orwell’s description of political speech is extremely similar to the contemporary definition of doublespeak;
In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible… Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness… the great enemy of clear language is insincerity. Where there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, …
Today, we are faced with such opposites and asked to believe them on face value, the language of the day. “Tolerance” is used to brow beat those that disagree so that those that do not hold those same views are “intolerant” and “haters”.
“Choice” is used to justify completely taking away choice from children and those that believe that abortion is murder are advocating taking away a woman’s right to choose. Now we learn that a group that has made a campaign on describing the unborn child as no more than tissue are making money by selling the children’s organs as human tissue.
“Love” has been twisted into meaning whatever our carnal desires dictate rather than a life long commitment to raise children teaching the commitment to God, our spouse, and our children in a loving home. To disagree or to point out that an interpretation is wrong is not the same as hating another person.
I can tell you that a friend or family member is doing something that I believe is wrong without hating him or her. I have a family member that is an alcoholic, I do not condone the behavior, I do not condone the lifestyle. I may even chose not to be around that person. I do love that person and still try to be there as much as reasonable. I will not be around when they are drinking, which may be most of the time. But, despite that behavior, that person is stilled loved and will remain in my heart though I will not tell them that they have my approval.
Though the behavior is displayed more than I would like to admit, alcoholism is not WHO that person is. I do not define the person by their sins, I define them by who they are. I believe that is what God is calling me to do. I will accept a sinner into my home, just as Jesus did. However, I do not believe that Jesus defined his Apostles and disciples by their sins. He told the Magdalene, “Is there no one left to condemn you?… Nor do I. Go and sin no more.”
I condemn no one, that is not my place. I condemn behavior which I know is wrong. I taught my children what was wrong. Sometimes they chose do what I had taught them was wrong. I do not, nor can I, accept words on face value that have meanings that go well beyond what they say. I cannot believe that “Compassion” is taking someone’s life through Euthanasia, or that a “choice” is taking another life who cannot defend himself. I do not believe that “Love” can be gained by using acts rooted in hate or that disagreement is the same as “hate”.
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Christianity started making waves, basically the Emperor’s New Clothes, and pointed out that there is no other God but the One True God. They refused to accept Roman gods or even acknowledge the divinity of Caesar. Sound familiar?
> Once again, the media all but ignored hundreds, maybe even well over a thousand, citizens marching in the streets to “Protest Abortion”. We weren’t protesting, we were demonstrating, we were challenging. Channel 8, KTUL, said there were “150” marching and cut to extensive coverage of a Planned Parenthood celebration of a “Woman’s Right to Choose” and talked about “a woman’s reproductive rights.”
Christians, once again, are being told that we can have our ‘god’ as long as we accept the gods of others. We may follow the teachings of our Sacred Scripture as long as we acknowledge that the Bible is one book among many, just a history book that must ‘change with the times’. Like the early Christians, we must be firm in our faith and in the knowledge that all religions are not the same and there is One Savior who washed our sins away in his own blood.
We must, we absolutely MUST, acknowledge life as separate and definite. A child is NOT a woman’s body, it is a distinct life form that will develop an independent consciousness. If a child were just a part of the woman’s body, it would not be expelled after a specific period of time to function relatively independently. A child outside the womb remains dependent upon the parents. A child inside the woman has its own circulation and can even have differing blood types from the mother.
No, the child deserves our protection. If we choose not to protect the child in the womb, what prevents us from withholding protection to the battered woman, the abused child, the murdered innocent?Share on Facebook
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.
Sometimes it just doesn’t look like we can make any kind of difference and nothing we can do will have merit. In these times, when looking at the incredible multitude of murdered children through abortion, when our words are twisted in such a way the it seems that, if we love children, if we support life, we are portrayed as “haters of women” or “denying women’s rights to ‘choose'”. It is during these times, when it looks bleak, that we should look to our Creator for His Divine Mercy to not despair but have confidence in His Holy Will.
The Tulsa March for Life is next Thursday. Please make it a point to join a cross section of our communities, from churches in Claremore, Anglicans from Broken Arrow, Lutherans, Tulsa Bible Church, Victory Christian Center, Catholics, and women and children, men and sons from all walks of life. Each of them, my own friends and family, anyone, can make a difference with our actions. Invite a friend.
This is not a protest, it is a challenge. It is not a parade, it is a demonstration and a prayer. This is NOT a “Catholic” thing, it is a “People thing”. This is about honoring the lost lives of over 55 MILLION children who never were given the choice to live, have children, have families – more than half of whom would have been sisters, daughters, mothers and grandmothers! This is not about discrimination toward women, but about giving a voice to women who, otherwise, are defenseless in the face of abortion.
As I have been researching family history, I have come across many instances of gaps that are not filled in. When I was studying history under Fr. Joe Murphy, O.S.B., I learned that history is about people, little people, emotions, events, and faith. History is not something in a history book but something that affects people. I learned that wars rob us of the contributions of countless young men and women, events of disease, genocide, etc. all take away, diminish mankind by stealing from the contributions which make us great.
That much said, abortion does the same. Surrounded in a lie of “Choice”, this State-sanctioned murder of innocents far surpasses Herod’s attempt to murder a Messiah in a small town by encompassing our country, indeed, we have exported our crimes to the globe, and murdering millions upon millions of innocent children. This is an act where our government, rather than following the mandate given by our Founding Fathers to protect the rights given by God (the “Rights endowed by Our Creator”), our government has tried to become God and is granting rights of their own. In so doing, the government no longer protects the rights of the innocent, but grants rights of their murderers, even encouraging their own mothers to kill their children in the womb. The government no longer operates as the Protector but engages in encouraging disordered and sinful behaviors of its citizens. Free Speech is at risk and can become punishable if one chooses to speak out against these new “Rights”. In the guise of protecting the “rights” and wellbeing of our citizens, nearly half the population is being purchased by assistance and are becoming more and more drones of the agenda.
Love and compassion of yesterday has given way to being defined as hate and bigotry today. Folks, the ‘slippery slope” is here and we are halfway down it! Issues which would not have been an issue a few years ago are no longer open for discussion. I stand for LIFE and it is not a matter of taking away a woman’s right to choose if she cannot kill her child. Our nation has taken personal responsibility off the table. We are responsible for our actions, not our government. If a man and woman choose to have sex and she gets pregnant, whose responsibility is that? We are being told that acting on our sexual desires are not a choice yet God calls us to be responsible. I should be faithful to one woman whom I married, that is the dignified and responsible action yet, more and more, the government is telling us that acting out on our desires, our orientations, is our right. When on this slippery slope will a pedophile be able to legally act on his or her orientation? How about the child pornographer? The rapist? Not the same? It is more the ‘same’ than it is different.
Too many of us have fallen or are falling for the argument that we should make God in our own image, not the other way around. Many parents want to please their children, not raise them. They want churches that tell them what they want to hear, not preach what Jesus taught. Sometimes this takes the form of the argument that the Church must modernize, must join the times.
Folks, by definition, if the Church changes the Truth to accept common expediency, then it is no longer Truth and it does not come from God, which does not change to suit a whim. Truth is not legislated, it is not up for a vote. It is recognized and adhered to but cannot change.
“Thus says the LORD:
You say, “The LORD’s way is not fair!” Hear now, house of Israel: Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair? When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies, it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die. But if he turns from the wickedness he has committed, and does what is right and just, he shall preserve his life; since he has turned away from all the sins that he has committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.” Ezekiel 18:25–28
It has been since before 2014 that I have posted on here updating on the ‘antics’ of this family. Things have been challenging, though I do not wish to seem like I am complaining. We have been very blessed by Our Lord and seek to Serve Him in all things.
We have had the opportunity to stand up for our values after the new year. Jan 22nd marked the 41st anniversary of Roe v Wade. Over 54 Million children have died due to abortions since that decision has been handed down. I do not even pretend to be able to try to figure out what the consequences of this slaughter has been. Those children, the earliest of whom might even be grandparents today, gone before they even had a chance to embrace their mother. The children they would have had, even if only 2 per child (which is not a stretch, there might have been children with no children and others with 3 or 4), could have numbered the Holocaust, counting possible grandchildren for some, at between 100 and 150 Million children. Those numbers account for 1 in 4 children lost since Roe v Wade.
I was at the Tulsa March for Life once again. I was able to take part in the Honor Guard and have been honored to do so. I hope it will make a difference.
As Tulsa Diocese KofC Chairman for Vocations, I had the privilege of assisting our 17 young men studying for the Priesthood in the Diocese. The job is not yet done and I am continuing my efforts to keep them supported by the Knights.
February 2nd, Groundhogs’ Day would have been Shirley Beio (McGrew)’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Mother.