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SLOTH! THE DEADLY SIN

“All run in the race, but only one receives the prize. Run so that you may obtain it.”

Sermon by Fr. Aaron Huberfeld: (edited for length) The seven deadly sins are more properly known as the seven capital vices – seven unsightly creases in our moral fabric which form the foundation of all manner of sinful behavior. They are not just sinful actions; they are a way of life, or rather, a way of death. And on this Septuagesima Sunday, we are invited to begin by considering the vice which is always listed last among the seven. It is the sin which exemplifies more than any other this way of death which we must avoid at all costs. It is the sin which abhors action, abhors real thinking, abhors feeling, abhors living, abhors even existing. It is the deadly sin of sloth.

Fr. Aaron HuberfeldWell, keeping busy is easy enough. Many families need two incomes just to make ends meet, and many Americans, rich and poor, willingly work 100 hours a week. If there’s any time left after running a household and raising children, there’s phone conversations, books, television, the internet. Surely no one in our day and age has any time to be slothful.  But laziness and leisure are not the same as sloth. Leisure has nothing to do with sloth, and laziness is just an occasional symptom. You can tear through each day of your life without one moment of free time – working, socializing, performing your duties at home – and still be overcome with sloth.

Sloth is sadness over spiritual good. As you will soon hear, envy is sorrow over our neighbor’s good, but sloth is sorrow over good itself, sorrow which a man harbors over God and the means of salvation. St. Thomas, writing 800 years ago, called sloth, “an oppressive sorrow which so weighs upon a man’s mind that he chooses to do nothing.” This may sound like the modern description of clinical depression. But when this sorrow has God as its object, it has moral consequences. Being bored with God and not caring about your spiritual life is the most deadly of spiritual diseases. And if we make no effort to fight this disease, it is mortally sinful – a sin against the love of God. It is, somehow, even worse than hating God – it is showing Him utter indifference. As Our Lord predicted, the light came into the world, and men preferred darkness. Busyness is no remedy for this deplorable state. Our only hope lies in spiritual combat.

The Apostle tells us, run so that you may win the prize. And he says the priest must be the one to set the example. I fight not as one beating the air, but I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection, lest after having preached to others, I myself should be condemned. Like all Christians, he must take heed to the frightful warning which the Apostle gives us today: they all were baptized; they all ate the same spiritual food, and drank the same spiritual drink; but with most of them God was not well pleased.

What a priceless gift is time! The Church exhorts us to shake off the sin of sloth. We still have time to prepare ourselves, and offer to God this year a Lent well spent. Do not fight as one beating the air. Do not be angry with yourself and upbraid yourself for your faults. If you know your faults, lay them before the altar of God with a humble and contrite heart. Seek the Divine Heart of Our Savior, because when you find it you will find a joy which will consume your heart and rid it of sloth forever. Remember the Sermon on the Mount, and the beatitude which the Fathers of the Church always recognized as the antidote for sloth: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall have their fill. Blessed are those who do not seek passing joy in this miserable world, but who delight only in saying to Our Eternal Father, thy kingdom come.

God says to the men at the end of the day, why have you stood here the whole day idle? Don’t think about the time you have wasted; God will still hire you into His vineyard, and give you a just reward for your labors. Fight the good fight; finish the race; keep the Faith. Hope in our Savior, who came to save us from the wrath to come. Love this Savior who bought you at so dear a price. His Cross is our only hope, and if we think on the blissful eternity which He has won for us, God help us if our hearts are not on fire to run the race of this short life to win that incorruptible crown. Many are called, but few are chosen. Run so that you may win. May Our Blessed Lady, cause of our joy, keep ever before our eyes that joyful port which awaits us on eternity’s shore.

Amen.

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Nearly four years after the motu proprio that made possible greater access to the Latin mass, John Allen has an interesting interview with Fr. Richard Hilgartner, Executive Director of the Secretariat for Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. A priest of the Baltimore archdiocese, Hilgartner studied liturgical theology at the prestigious Benedictine-run Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm in Rome.

From NCR:

NCR: What impact has the motu proprio had in the United States?

Hilgartner: For many places it’s regularized what was previously deemed exceptional. Prior to the motu proprio, priests had to have special permission to celebrate the Tridentine form. Now priests don’t need special permission, because while the Tridentine form isn’t necessarily normative, it has its place in the larger context of the liturgical life of the church.

People usually ask for statistics, how many priests are celebrating the Tridentine form and how many people are attending it. Because of the motu proprio, however, there isn’t necessarily any reporting. Priests don’t need special permission, so we really don’t know when they’re doing it, especially when it’s a private celebration as a form of their own devotion.

What’s your anecdotal impression of how strong the demand has been?

I think there was an initial bump after the motu proprio, probably fueled by curiosity. Some people had rather limited access before, and suddenly there was the possibility of attending the extraordinary form more regularly. What seems to be happening in many dioceses is that there isn’t necessarily a Tridentine Mass in every parish that wants it, because the numbers are often fairly low, but there’s some kind of regional approach. In lots of dioceses there are one or two designated locations, and some bishops now celebrate the Tridentine form occasionally to be supportive of those efforts. Part of the reality, too, is that not many priests are well trained in celebrating the Tridentine form.

There’s been no popular repudiation of the new Mass?

I think that’s very safe to say. The motu proprio is serving a niche, a need felt by a small number of the faithful.

There’s talk of “opposition” from bishops. What’s your sense of how the American bishops have responded?

I can’t say that it’s been negative in any way. Some bishops have been more attuned to it than others, in part because there are some places where bishops might not see the demand. I’ve not seen anything, however, that could be perceived as overt or organized opposition. Some may be more passionate about it than others, but that’s natural.

Prior to the motu proprio, there were dire predictions about its impact. Almost four years into it, can we say that upheaval really hasn’t materialized?

I would agree. Initially there was some hesitation and concern, but we’ve not really seen histrionics in any large way. It’s not had a detrimental effect in terms of fracturing the unity of the church, so a lot of the hype has calmed down. Experience has proven that it’s not caused upheaval, and in most places it’s business as usual.

I’ve heard stories on both ends. I’ve talked to people who had never before experienced the older Mass, especially young people, who go out of curiosity and find beauty in it, something uplifting and moving. I’ve also talked to people who really thought we should go back to this, who then actually attended a Tridentine Mass and felt differently. Over the last forty years, people have grown accustomed to being able to comprehend and participate in what’s being celebrated. Participating by devotion, rather than actually engaging in the rites being celebrated, is a very different experience. Sometimes people who were nostalgic for the older Mass, therefore, end up with a different view once they actually take part in it.

Check out more.  Interesting stuff.

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Wed. 3/2 12:15PM-EST
Save the Life Centers Final Rally
before the
“Final Vote” on Bill #371
Prayers and Phone Calls Request

Where:
Trinity Church at Broadway and Wall Street
74 Trinity Place
New York, NY 10006

When:
Wednesday March 2, 2011 from 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM EST

This is it.

The moment we feared most, and tried to prevent.

In a few days, Christie Quinn’s New York City Council will dedicate an entire meeting to promote pre-born child killing, the agenda of Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the taking down of our pro-life movements’ 23 NYC Life center sites. 12 of them are run by EMC, which I have directed for 26 years.

This coming Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 is the final vote by the full NYC City Council on Bill #371 which will regulate the advertising, signage, and the speech with clients of all the individual crisis pregnancy center groups in the 5 boroughs.

If City Council leader Christine Quinn succeeds in passing Bill #371, it will be devastating.

We need to make a final, valiant and prayer full push, and to rally one more time for Life, for truth and for freedom. And to keep the phone calls to the City Council going from all across the world.

To uphold the 1st Amendment.

To protect our freedom to speak without government interference.

To serve expectant mothers, and help their children vulnerable to abortion, without threat of fines, lawsuits, and closure.

To save the Life centers.

To save the children, and their mothers from abortion.

I invite you to take an hour, in your own time zone to pray in solidarity with us in NYC.

We assemble at the sidewalk on Broadway at Wall Street in Manhattan at 12:15PM-EST, depart at 12:30PM, and arrive at 12:45PM at the Emigrant Savings Bank at 49-51 Chambers Street and Rally till at least 1:15PM.

Please let us now whether you can join us in person or will make calls instead, or have to decline with an RSVP below.
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Biblical Evidence (Direct Analogies) for Marian Apparitions

 


 

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Transfiguration
, by Giovanni Gerolamo Savoldo, 16th century


By analogy, biblical accounts of “appearances” of those who have died, are of the same essential nature as a Marian apparition. Angels (i.e., also creatures like men) might also be included in such a survey, but stories of angels are relatively well-known, and for the sake of closer analogy and brevity, I have selected only passages with men or the appearance of men. Several of these passages involve foretelling of the future, in a manner not unlike that of the apparitions at Fatima in 1917. And several actual historical figures are named as appearing after death (Samuel, Onias, Jeremiah, Moses, and Elijah). All passages are RSV.

Read this article here:

 


http://socrates58.blogspot.com/2011/02/biblical-evidence-direct-analogies-for.html


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International committee gives award to Chile for successful protection of mothers and unborn children

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New York, 25 February 2010: An international committee of over 30 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has given Chile an award for the country’s success in protecting both mothers and unborn children.

The International Protect Life Committee announced its award in a meeting with Chile’s ambassador to the United Nations in New York today (high-resolution photograph http://bit.ly/i8TM5p ). The award recognised that Chile has the lowest maternal mortality rate in Latin America, at the same time that its laws and policies promote the health of unborn children. Abortion is banned in Chile. 

Daniel Ziedler, the committee’s coordinator, said that Ambassador Octavio Errazuriz was extremely pleased at the award. The ambassador repeated Chile’s committment to the protection of both mothers and unborn children.

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), a leading European pro-life group with official NGO status at the UN, is represented on the committee. SPUC was represented at the meeting by Peter C. Smith.

letter from the committee to President Pinera of Chile, notifying him of the award, can be read athttp://bit.ly/guCaov  A press release from the committee, announcing the award, can be read athttp://bit.ly/gjYkPA


LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Friday, February 25, 2011

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• Pro-Lifers to Boehner: Fight for Planned Parenthood De-Funding
• Jindal, Santorum Denounce Truce on Abortion, Social Issues
• Pro-Life Priest Offers to Pay for Baby Joseph’s Surgery
• Black Pro-Life Advocates Upset Abortion Billboard Axed in NYC

More Pro-Life News
• FBI Arrests Pro-Abortion Activist for Threatening Pro-Lifers
• Family of Terri Schiavo Comes to Defense of Baby Joseph
• Tax-Subsidized Abortions on College Campuses Must be Stopped

• Planned Parenthood’s Coverup: Attacking Pro-Life Hero Phill Kline
• Top Activist Admits Pro-Abortion Movement Losing, in Tailspin
• Abortion Practitioner Placed on Probation for Abusing Drugs
• NBC Still Ignores Planned Parenthood Sex Trafficking Videos
• Louisiana Law Shutting Down Abortion Center Upheld in Court
• Virginia Activists Admit: It’s Abortion, Not Women’s Health

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Pro-Lifers to Boehner: Fight for Planned Parenthood De-Funding
A few dozen leaders of pro-life organizations sent House Speaker John Boehner a letter on Thursday asking him to fight for the Pence Amendment — the legislative language preventing the Planned Parenthood abortion business from receiving any taxpayer funds under the Continuing Resolution.

The groups fear that the Senate version of the bill to bill to temporarily fund the federal government will not contain similar language — making it so a conference committee of House and Senate leaders will have to negotiate a final version.

When those negotiation take place, which will include Boehner or his representatives, the pro-life groups want the Pence Amendment made a high priority.

The letter, which LifeNews.com signed onto, reads as follows: Full story at LifeNews.com

Jindal, Santorum Denounce Truce on Abortion, Social Issues
Without naming names, two top Republicans have joined in on the condemnation of the idea Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels puts forward saying there should be a truce on social issues like abortion so the next president can deal with the economy.

In a new question and answer session with the magazine Christianity Today, pro-life Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took exception to the call for a truce. Jindal’s comments are important because he was considered a potential 2012 presidential candidate and is still highly-regarded by most Republicans.

“Indiana governor Mitch Daniels called for a truce on social issues until economic issues are resolved. Is this possible?” the magazine asked him.

“I think that it’s absolutely critical to get the economy growing without raising taxes or increasing the deficit,” he responded, but he quickly added his support for social issues.

“I’m also proud to belong to a party that stands for the sanctity of human life and traditional marriage. Those values remain important during good and bad economic times,” Jindal said. Full story at LifeNews.com

Pro-Life Priest Offers to Pay for Baby Joseph’s Surgery
An American Catholic priest who heads a pro-life group has offered to pay for all of the costs associated with getting 13-month-old Joseph Maraachli from Canada to the United States for surgery so he can go home to be with his parents. Baby Jospeh is the subject of controversy    as his parents are fighting a hospital that wants to remove his breathing tube.

Doctors at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario, who have been treating the boy for a fatal degenerative disorder, want to remove the breathing tube that is keeping him alive. His parents, Moe Maraachli and Sana Nader, are fully aware that their son will not recover, but they want doctors to fit Joseph with a tracheotomy so they can bring him home as they did eight years ago with their baby daughter Zina, who had a similar condition and died six months after they brought her home.

Instead of doing the tracheotomy, the doctors asked Ontario’s Consent and Capacity board for permission to remove the breathing tube. A judge last week agreed with the doctors’ position.

Father Frank Pavone, who became known as the “Terri Schiavo Priest” for his role in trying to save the life of a Florida woman in 2005, has joined the fight to save Baby Joseph. Terri’s    family is already involved. Full story at LifeNews.com

Black Pro-Life Advocates Upset Abortion Billboard Axed in NYC
Leading black pro-life advocates are not happy that Lamar advertising company took down a billboard a pro-life group put up in the SoHo district of New York City raising awareness about the high rates of abortions on black children.

The pro-life group Life Always paid for the billboard, to try to draw attention to the fact that abortions kill 300,000 black unborn children annually. In fact, new data put out by the CDC Thursday indicates black babies are victims of abortions at a much higher rate than their white or Hispanic counterparts. 
Responding to complaints from abortion advocates, the outdoor advertising company that sold the space to the pro-life group for the billboard said on Thursday that it would remove the four-story sign. It also cited alleged complaints from the employees at the Mexican restaurant located on the bottom floor of the several story building bearing the ad that Lamar said were facing harassment but that local media outlets could not verify.

Catherine Davis of the National Black Prolife Coalition told LifeNews.com the incident will be one pro-life black leaders will touch on at a press conference on Monday, and she complained the billboard “was pulled in an attempt to silence that debate” on abortion. Full story at LifeNews.com

FBI Arrests Pro-Abortion Activist for Threatening Pro-Lifers
FBI officials have arrested a pro-abortion activist who reportedly threatened at least two unnamed pro-life advocates and other pro-life stalwarts.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation yesterday arrested abortion supporter Theodore Shulman, 49, and charged him with communicating interstate threats against two pro-life advocates. Shulman is currently being held without bond at Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City, which is a federal holding facility.

Operation Rescue officials, who have been on the receiving end of Shulman’s threats, were informed about the information in the complaint against him before it went under seal. The two people Shulman threatened are simply referred to as Victim 1 and Victim 2 and the pro-life group told LifeNews.com it is withholding the identities in order to protect their safety.

In addition to the two victims listed in the federal complaint against Shulman, Operation Rescue’s two full-time staffers Troy Newman and Cheryl Sullenger as well as pro-life blogger Jill Stanek have been targets of the pro-abortion activist’s threats. Bryan Kemper, the founder of Stand true, the pro-life group that sponsors the red tape day for students to stand up in silent solidarity for unborn children at their schools, also received death threats from Shulman. Full story at LifeNews.com

Family of Terri Schiavo Comes to Defense of Baby Joseph
The family of Terri Schiavo knows something about having the power of medical decisions taken away from them — as they confronted the man who decided to take the live of their beloved daughter and sister. Now, they are coming to the aide of the parents of 13-month-old Joseph Maraachli as they are fighting a hospital that wants to remove his breathing tube.

Baby Joseph has been at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario, in October with a rare deteriorating condition that is not improving.

The doctors who have cared for him want to remove his breathing tube but Moe Maraachli and Sana Nader took their battle to court to allow the tube to be removed at home, so the boy can die surrounded by his family. A Superior Court judge in London, Ontario, last week, dismissed the request of the Canadian couple to overturn a decision requiring the removal of their baby’s breathing tube in a hospital instead of at home.

Baby Joseph’s parents want a tracheotomy performed on their son so they can take him off the respirator and bring him home to live his last days surrounded by family. The London hospital has refused to perform the procedure.

Yesterday, Bobby Schindler, Terri’s brother, appeared on behalf of Joseph’s parents at a press conference as they responded to the latest developments in the case.

“We are fully supporting (the family) in their efforts to bring Baby Joseph home, which is what our family was trying to do with Terry,” he said, according to the London Free Press. “Unfortunately we weren’t able to do that. My father could never forgive himself for not being able to protect his daughter.” Full story at LifeNews.com

Tax-Subsidized Abortions on College Campuses Must be Stopped
The debate over Obamacare last spring raised the issue of abortion coverage in health-insurance plans. This is more prevalent than many people realize. Last spring, reports indicated that anywhere from 50 percent to 80 percent of privately held insurance plans cover abortion services. Even worse, a recently released study by Students for Life of America (SFLA) indicates that abortion is covered by many student insurance plans offered by leading colleges and universities.

The SFLA study carefully researched the health-insurance plans offered by the 200 largest colleges in the United States.

The findings were astonishing. Of the 200 schools studied, 86 offered health-insurance plans that cover abortion. Even worse, 38 schools automatically enroll students into a plan which covers abortion. Now, in many cases students can opt out. However, many will not because they are unaware these plans cover abortion or simply because school-sponsored health plans often cost less than commercial plans. This study clearly reveals that many students and taxpayers are unknowingly subsidizing abortion on college campuses across America. Full story at LifeNews.com

Planned Parenthood’s Coverup: Attacking Pro-Life Hero Phill Kline
Phill Kline is a pioneer. In 2007, as Kansas Attorney General, he became the first prosecutor to bring criminal charges against Planned Parenthood anywhere in the country. That lawsuit — all 107 counts, including 23 felonies, which detail illegal abortions and forged records — is still pending, delayed by brazenly corrupt judges arm-in-arm with the abortion industry. Full story at LifeNews.com

Top Activist Admits Pro-Abortion Movement Losing, in Tailspin
Frances Kissling, the former president of Catholics for Choice, wrote an opinion piece in Friday’s Washington Post titled, “Abortion rights are under attack, and pro-choice advocates are caught in a time warp.” Kissling concedes that the pro-abortion movement has steadily lost ground with the American public because they have been unwilling to adapt their arguments to the changes in science and technology which make the unborn child ever more visible. Full story at LifeNews.com

Abortion Practitioner Placed on Probation for Abusing Drugs
The Arizona Medical Board has issued a decision restricting the medical license of abortion practitioner Gabrielle Goodrick for abusing prescription drugs. Goodrick had her license to practice medicine restricted in December 2010 due to abuse of prescription medication. Now, in a new Order for Probation with License Restriction, the Board issued findings of fact and conclusions of law restricting her use of intravenous and prescription medication and putting her on probation for five years. 
Full stor at LifeNews.com

NBC Still Ignores Planned Parenthood Sex Trafficking Videos
You can lead a network to a story, but you can’t make it report. Certainly not if the story reveals the disturbing truth about one of liberalism’s sacrosanct institutions – the largest abortion-provider in the United States. The broadcast networks’ coverage of the scandal and potential defunding of Planned Parenthood by the House of Representatives has been disgraceful. 
Full story at LifeNews.com

Louisiana Law Shutting Down Abortion Center Upheld in Court
A federal court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by abortion advocates against a Louisiana law requiring them to meet certain patient health and safety regulations. Last November, because they were not content to allow a Louisiana law to stand that allows the health department  to hold abortion centers accountable for violating health and safety standards, five abortion centers and an abortion practitioner filed the lawsuit contenting the law allows the health department to suspend or revoke their licenses “based on any violation of any state or federal law or regulation” without warning. 
Full story at LifeNews.com

Virginia Activists Admit: It’s Abortion, Not Women’s Health
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, under legislation passed yesterday, any physician’s office performing five or more first trimester abortions a month will now be classified as a hospital, subject to special regulations established by the state Board of Health within the next 280 days. Upset by the new legislation – which passed by a bipartisan vote – Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw (D-Fairfax) said, “You know and I know there isn’t but one issue involved here. It’s abortion. … It isn’t women’s health.” 
Full story at LifeNews.com

 

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Displaying uncanny powers of magnetism unseen since the last X-Men outing, a 7-year-old Serbian boy named Bogdan recently demonstrated his bizarre abilities by using spoons and forks from his mother’s kitchen … and sticking them to his chest.

Not to be reduced to a mere magnetic oddity, Bogdan (whose last name was not released, presumably so the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants couldn’t track him down) further proved his versatility by hanging other household items on his chubby torso, including plates, bowls and a television remote control.

His family claims their son is not allowed to go near any TV or appliance because he shuts them off. The sticky news piece was first shown in the MSNBC clip, which left viewers skeptical and amazed.

Paranormal prodigy or pudgy prankster? You decide …


My Dear People,

Get revenge and “show no mercy” is the signature of our culture. Terrorism defines our age. Matthew’s gospel tells us no one can serve two Masters; either he will love one and hate the other; or serve one and not the other. Who is the master of your heart? Does Jesus the Divine Mercy reign over your soul, or does the evil one of unforgiveness and hate? Both cannot co-exist. Either you will live God’s Divine Mercy or the devil’s unforgiveness. When we allow hate and unforgiveness to fester in our hearts, it drains it of our Lord’s Mercy.

St. Faustina reminds us that we always have access to the ocean of Jesus’ Divine Mercy. Only sin and hate suffocate this great grace. Frequent confession causes us to leave our offertory gift at the altar, until we are reconciled with God and neighbor. We may not be able to fix all relationships making them new again, but we can pray and implore God’s Mercy upon them. This is why we must frequent the confessional. It is here that Jesus makes all things new again. Please remember, if you go weekly to Holy Communion you should frequently to to confession. Otherwise, you will waste the Divine graces given at Communion and end up bringing condemnation upon your soul. Pray now to be reconcile with all through Christ.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,
Fr. Mark Bozada

May we always be ready to meet Jesus in the confessional, so we may benefit from all the graces of Holy Communion.


The American Legion Objects to DOJ’s Decision to Abandon DOMA


MEDIA ADVISORY, Feb. 25, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ — The American Legion National Commander Jimmie L. Foster sent a letter today to the congressional leadership concerning the U.S. Justice Department’s decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court. This decision is at odds with Resolution 280, passed unanimously by delegates at the 92nd National Convention of The American Legion in Milwaukee, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2010. The letter is below.

    February 25, 2011

The Honorable Harry Reid
Senate Majority Leader

The Honorable John Boehner
Speaker of the House

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Senate Minority Leader

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
House Minority Leader

Dear Messrs. Reid, McConnell, Boehner, and Ms. Pelosi:

It has been widely reported that the President has directed the Department of Justice to cease defending in court the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was passed by overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress and signed by President Clinton.

The announcement disturbs The American Legion for at least two reasons:

1. The American Legion supports by resolution the proposition that “marriage is inscribed in human nature and centered on the voluntary union of a man and a woman in a lifelong covenant …” and we “oppose all efforts to undermine, alter, or otherwise corrupt the institution of marriage…”

2. Also, The American Legion believes in the “separation of powers” prescribed by our Constitution. Hence, the President should not have the constitutional power to declare a law “unconstitutional” and then proceed to ignore it. We understand that it is not without precedent for a President to be disinclined to enforce or defend laws he finds unpalatable, and the courts have found that he can do just that under the “rational basis” standard. However, such action clearly contradicts the intent of Congress, which passed DOMA by overwhelming majorities, and it is inconsistent with the powers granted to him by the U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 3, which states: “[The President] shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed…”

Therefore, on behalf of the 2.4 million wartime veterans comprising The American Legion, I respectfully request that the Congress, as a whole and individually, use all means at its disposal to ensure both enforcement and defense of the Defense of Marriage Act, up to and including appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court for a ruling on its constitutionality in whole and in part.

Sincerely,

JIMMIE L. FOSTER
National Commander

cc:
Barack Obama — President of the United States
Eric Holder — Attorney General of the United States


Lifeissues.net: clear thinking about crucial issues

Dear Friends For Life,

In spite of factual evidence, the abortion/breast cancer link is still being denied. The U.S. National Cancer Institute, which has an international impact, continues its consistent failure to report the abortion/breast cancer link. This has left millions of women at needless increased risk. Dr. Gerard Nadal in his blog continues to analyze peer reviewed scientific and medical literature which shows the association between abortion and breast cancer. He reports well over a hundred studies that have indicated a link, with increased risks being upward of 50% for abortions before a first full-term pregnancy, and with many studies showing a risk above 100%.

And yes, the “Ella Drug” is definitely abortifacient. Watson Pharmaceuticals has announced that its new Ella abortion drug will be made available throughout North America. The company calls it an “emergency contraceptive” pill, which “acts up to five days after intercourse.” In American common slang this is a lot of baloney (nonsense). Sperm deposited within a woman’s body can reach her ovary and fertilize her ovum in as short of time as 30 minutes after intercourse. How can a drug company then claim that fertilization is prevented for five days when the drug is taken five days after fertilization has already occurred? They have done it by redefining “conception” as occurring at the time of implantation in the uterine lining rather than at the time when sperm penetrates the ovum. Sorry friends, redefining words doesn’t change what actually happens.

God Bless,
Jerry Novotny, OMI

(A Thought) “There is not really any courage at all in attacking hoary or antiquated things, any more than in offering to fight one’s grandmother. The really courageous man is he who defies tyrannies young as the morning and superstitions fresh as the first flowers.” – G.K. Chesterton
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Lifeissues.net Newsletter #514
February 27, 2011

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(TABLE OF CONTENTS):

1. When Men Fear Telling Their Wives About HIV
2. 618 children victims of child porn in Japan
3. Give It Some Time! Plug Pulled Too Soon…
4. Cambodia: AIDS epidemic follows condom promotion
5. UK court mulls sterilizing mentally disabled woman
6. UN promotes prostitution as harm reduction
7. Planned Parenthood increase in abortions
8. Nobody Gets Married Any More, Mister
9. Clear Ethical Thinking and the Tyranny of Relativism
10. Every needy child is your child
11. Only breed smart babies: Ethicist
12. German Medical  eases rules on assisted suicide


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(Focus on Asia):
“<a href="http://www.worldpress.org/link.cfm?http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2011/02/24/2011022401284.html” target=”_blank”>What Next for N.Korea’s Hungry People? – Two days before North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s birthday, scores of residents in Jongju, Yongchon and Sonchon in North Pyongyang Province protested demanding food and electricity. At first, a few people began shouting, but soon many more joined them.

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ITEM #1: When Men Fear Telling Their Wives About HIV

But there is something that Ahmad is hesitating to tell her, and it is a fact that is crucial for her to know: three months after they were wed, Ahmad had tested positive for HIV. “My worst fear is that if I disclose my status, my wife will leave me,” says Ahmad, 25. “I can’t bear the thought of that.”

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ITEM #2: 618 children victims of child porn in Japan in 2010

The number of children falling victim to child pornography producers rose of 52.6 per cent in 2010 to 618, the highest figure since the Japanese National Police Agency started compiling data, the agency said Thursday.

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ITEM #3: Give It Some Time! Plug Pulled Too Soon in Hypothermia-Treated Cardiac-Arrest Patients

Comment: Thanks to Audrey for the alert on this article from late last year. As I have written before, one of the biggest differences between medical care today and that of 30 years ago is time. In the “old days”, critically ill or injured patients were not rushed into a determination of hopelessness soon after the illness or injury so that life-sustaining treatment could be withdrawn. Because of that gift of time, we were surprised and humbled when many of these “hopeless” patients survived and even recovered. Now, especially with non-heartbeating organ donation, the “right to die” and economics, there is a lot of pressure to determine when to quit on a patient as soon as possible. This article is an important counter to that view.  – Nancy Valko, RN


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ITEM #4: Cambodia: AIDS epidemic follows condom promotion

A well-funded condom-distribution and population-control program, funded in part by the United States Agency for International Development, has helped fuel the spread of AIDS in Cambodia, according to Human Life International (HLI). . .

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ITEM #5: UK court mulls sterilizing mentally disabled woman

A British judge ruled Tuesday that more evidence is needed before deciding whether to grant a mother’s wish to have her mentally disabled daughter sterilized – a case that is troubling medical ethicists. The 21-year-old woman, who has a significant learning disability and has been identified only as P, already has one child who is being cared for by her mother, Mrs. P. The woman is scheduled to give birth via Cesarean section on Wednesday and her mother has proposed that doctors could sterilize her daughter at the same time.

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ITEM #6: UN promotes prostitution as harm reduction

A United Nations agency is actively funding the full legalization of prostitution with the support of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.  The agency even partnered with a prostitution advocacy group to co-chair a UN advisory group on HIV and “sex work”.

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ITEM #7 Planned Parenthood increase in abortions

“Despite its protestations that abortion is only a small part of its services,” said Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League, “Planned Parenthood has increased its number of abortions for 15 straight years. During that time, it has gone from committing 9.3 percent of all abortions in the United States to committing 27.5 percent.”

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ITEM #8: Nobody Gets Married Any More, Mister

The path for young, unwed mothers – and for their children – can be brutal. Consider how often girls get molested in their own homes after Mom has decided to let her boyfriend move in. The boyfriend splits the rent and the food bill, but he often sees his girlfriend’s teenage daughter as fair game. Teachers whisper their suspicions in the lunchroom or in the hallways when they notice that one of their students has become suddenly emotional, that her grades have inexplicably dropped, or that she stays late after school to hang out in her teacher’s classroom or begins sleeping over at a friend’s house several nights a week. Sometimes she simply disappears.

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ITEM #9: Clear Ethical Thinking and the Tyranny of Relativism


I once asked a young physician whether he had received any training in medical ethics during medical school. His experience reminded me how ready we are today to discuss ethical problems, but how quickly we shy away from talking about ethical truths. We raise ethical questions but avoid ethical answers. We encourage the discussion of options and opinions, but leave students in the lerch to “make up their own minds” about what might or might not be ethical. This relativism corrodes clear ethical thinking.


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ITEM #10: Every needy child is your child

The poor occupy the teeming slums, the poor occupy the graveyards and the ancient ruins, and they even occupy the city’s rubbish dumps. The Zabbaleen, or “garbage people”, are Coptic Christians who have lived in the dumps for a century now and work as informal rubbish collectors in the city. The Zabbaleen are also called Zarraba, which translates as “pig-pen operators”, as they keep pigs that feed on organic waste. They number between 60,000 and 70,000 and mainly live in Moqattam Village, nicknamed “Garbage City”, at the foot of a mountain outside Cairo, next to a Muslim squatter settlement.

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ITEM #11: Only breed smart babies: Ethicist

A leading Australian ethicist has advocated genetically screening embryos to create a smarter society of superior “designer babies” with higher IQs.

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ITEM #12: German Medical Association eases rules on assisted suicide

Germany’s medical community has liberalized its code on helping sick patients die, giving more freedom to individual doctors. The change reflects a growing acceptance of assisted suicide among German doctors. Much of the discourse on assisted suicide in Germany has been shaped by the euthanasia program of the Nazis, which killed more than 100,000 disabled and sick people who were deemed to be “unworthy of life.”


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1. BE INFORMED: “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6. Visit Lifeissues.net Website for insights into current Life Issues www.lifeissues.net. Access to all prior Newsletters is located in the Archives on main page.

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