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There is more hope in the Church than there is cause for despair. Despite the disasters of the past 50 years in the Church .. the work of Restoration has begun. Please watch this episode of The Vortex and pass it on to as many friends and family as possible.

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More than 500 people gathered at the Orlando Airport Marriott Hotel August 25-27 for the Orlando Liturgical Conference which focused on the new English translation of the Roman Missal, third edition.

The new translation uses more formal language that better reflects the dignity of the Sacred Liturgy and will be prayed at Mass beginning the first Sunday of Advent, November 27.

“It is a more exalted style, but we don’t speak the same way in liturgy as in the street,” said Father Paul Turner, keynote speaker at the Orlando Liturgical Conference. “I think the words will fit the ceremony because the ceremony has serious intent and has a way of lifting-up our minds and hearts to God.”

Father Turner is pastor of St. Munchin Parish in Cameron, Missouri, a prolific author who holds a doctorate in sacred theology from Sant’ Anselmo in Rome and whose own enthusiasm is contagious.

“In going through the process of translation, the prayers have a deeper meaning,” Father Turner added. “They will hold up very well under repetition and meditation.”

Blessed Pope John Paul II announced the revised translation of the text in celebration of the jubilee year 2000. It is finally completed and many parishes around the Diocese of Orlando have begun preparing Catholics for what to expect on November 27.

The Liturgical Conference is organized by the Diocese of Orlando Office of Liturgy and Music every two years to help parish leaders, including priests, deacons, religious sisters and Christ’s faithful stay informed of liturgical best practices. With the new English translation of the Roman Missal just three months away, attendees were grateful for the opportunity to hear from national and local experts.

“I’ve learned new ways to introduce the Roman Missal, 3rd edition and to honor the translation in a richer way. This is saving me so much time and research,” said Helen Telep-Gonzalez, pastoral associate, St. Matthew Parish, Winter Haven. “The key is helping people to understand the Mass is not changing,”

What exactly is changing? The structure of the Mass (the order of the elements, the actions of the priest celebrant, and so forth) remains unchanged in the new edition of the Roman Missal. However, the translation of the prayer texts will change to more closely reflect the original Latin texts. In some cases, new options for prayers may be available, and some old options may no longer be present.

Father Bob Webster, director of the Diocese of Orlando Office of Liturgy said “it’s critical” that parish leaders fully understand the impact of the Roman Missal, third edition.

“We are laying a foundation for parish ministry leaders and volunteers and working to energize them so they can be good ambassadors and reassure people this is not a new Roman Missal. It’s a rephrasing according to new translation principles that open our eyes, ears and heart to new understanding.”

Father Gilbert Medina, Parochial Administrator, St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Eustis attended all three days of the Orlando Liturgical Conference.

“I’m extremely positive about the changes. The language is richer and more meaningful and worthy of who God is. We’re talking about the glory of God. He deserves the very best.”


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Woman loses abortion regret case: was told unborn child not a human being

Jeremy Kryn Wed Aug 31 16:24 EST Abortion

The plaintiff had specifically asked a clinic counselor at Planned Parenthood if her unborn child was a human being, to which the counselor had allegedly responded "no."

US bishops’ lawyers accuse Obama Administration of ‘an unprecedented attack on religious liberty’

John-Henry Westen Wed Aug 31 16:04 EST Abortion

The general counsel of the USCCB called on the HHS to rescind its mandate forcing private insurance plans to cover contraception—including abortifacients—and sterilization.

Lady Who?: Gaga male alter-ego sparks confusion, repulsion at VMAs

Kathleen Gilbert Wed Aug 31 10:13 EST Opinion

The impassioned gay rights stand is one of very few Lady Gaga seems willing to let slip from under her amorphous persona.

Lesbian ex-partners can seek child custody from biological mother: Nebraska high court

Kathleen Gilbert Wed Aug 31 17:45 EST Homosexuality

An unrelated woman can seek custody of an unadopted child if the petitioner once acted as co-parent during a lesbian relationship with the mother, Nebraska's high court has ruled.

Federal judge forces Kansas to fund Planned Parenthood

Kathleen Gilbert Wed Aug 31 15:38 EST Abortion

“Title X was not intended to be an entitlement program for Planned Parenthood," said Kansas Department of Health and Environment head Dr. Robert Moser.

Idaho woman brings first challenge in country against unborn pain act

Kathleen Gilbert Wed Aug 31 14:30 EST Abortion

Pro-abortion groups have so far been unwilling to bring the fetal pain abortion bans to court, likely for fear of defeat.

Texas judge prevents enforcement of key provisions of pro-life ultrasound law

Jeremy Kryn Wed Aug 31 14:18 EST Abortion

“We definitely thought the bill would withstand the scrutiny of the courts,” Texas state representative Sid Miller, the author of the ultrasound law, told LifeSiteNews.

Pro-family leader warns of effort to ‘sabotage’ crucial vote at Toronto Catholic school board

Patrick B. Craine Wed Aug 31 13:50 EST Faith

After months of promises of a vote on key amendments to the board's controversial equity policy, board staff put forward their own 'neutered' amendments on Monday.

BREAKING: Historic Polish ban on all abortions fails by razor-thin margin

Jeremy Kryn Wed Aug 31 14:42 EST Abortion

The ban was rejected on Wednesday afternoon in an excruciatingly close 191-186 vote, with five abstentions.

Mother in critical condition, unborn baby dead at Melbourne abortion facility

Peter Baklinski Wed Aug 31 13:41 EST Abortion

A pro-life source in Australia told LifeSiteNews.com that the abortion facility “one of the worst in the country and will do abortions that no one else would touch.”

Personal prison prepared for Chinese forced abortion opponent Chen

Reggie Littlejohn, Women Without Frontiers Wed Aug 31 08:05 EST Abortion

They will be separated from their five-year-old daughter in the move. Their young son, living with relatives, was reportedly strip-searched leaving the family home.

Must listen: family band with 10 children spreading culture of life with powerful pro-life song

Thaddeus Baklinski Wed Aug 31 17:10 EST Abortion

Emily has been singing "Mommy I'm Yours" at their shows for the past year, and told LifeSiteNews that she has never gotten a negative reaction to the song.

Why are we surprised with the push for ‘pedophile rights’?

John-Henry Westen Wed Aug 31 16:23 EST Homosexuality

The age of increasing sexual anarchy in which we live is a fruit of the sexual revolution of the 1960’s.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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• Perry Promises to Name Pro-Life Advocate as Vice President

• Kansas Appeals Ruling Forcing it to Fund Planned Parenthood

Biden One-Child Policy Comment No Gaffe, Obama Admin Ignores It
• Texas Ultrasound Ruling Blasted by Perry, Pro-Life Groups

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• First Lawsuit Filed on Fetal Pain-Based 20-Week Abortion Ban
• British Govt Opposes Move to Stop Pro-Abortion Counseling
• China Builds Special Prison for Forced Abortion Opponent
• Florida Pro-Lifers to Protest Planned Parenthood Funding
• Abortion Practitioner Admits Lying to Utah Officials
• UK Journalist Finds NHS Counseling Promotes Abortion
• Funding Planned Parenthood Doesn t Stop Unplanned Pregnancies
• Legacies of Terri Schiavo, Robert Schindler Inspire My Family

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Perry Promises to Name Pro-Life Advocate as Vice President
Texas governor Rick Perry has quickly vaulted to the top of the Republican presidential race and he now faces questions from pro-life advocates about what he would do as president. One news report says Perry has answered one question by saying he would name a pro-life Vice President.

A pro-life vice president is important for any presidential administration, as pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden reconfirmed recently when he failed to condemn the forced abortions and other human rights abuses associated with the one-child policy in China.

Paul Bedard of U.S. News and World Report indicates Perry addressed the question of a potential running mate at a weekend event in Texas, where more than 200 conservative and pro-life advocates gathered.

At a weekend Texas gathering of about 200 conservative leaders, some from Washington, Perry and his wife Anita portrayed themselves as authentic and life-long conservatives who could bring the most pro-life administration ever to Washington, Bardard reports. Key among the questions Perry fielded was who he would pick as a vice presidential candidate if he wins the nomination. Perry is an ally of Giuliani and endorsed him for president during the 2008 GOP primaries. At the time, he cited the former New York City mayor s ability to pull the city together after the 9/11 attacks.

Perry recently signed the Susan B. Anthony List pledge indicating he would press for pro-life legislation to de-fund abortion and the Planned Parenthood abortion business and, with regard to a Vice President, appoint pro-life advocates to key administration positions where abortion policy would be affected. Bedard indicates the attendees at the event said Perry followed up on that point.

Some of those at the weekend conclave said Perry promised to stick to the pledge when considering a vice president and they left believing that meant Giuliani is out of the picture, he reported. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/08/31/perry-promises-to-name-pro-life-advocate-as-vice-president/

Kansas Appeals Ruling Forcing it to Fund Planned Parenthood
The state of Kansas will appeal the latest ruling from a federal judge forcing the state to send taxpayer funds to the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The state announced it will comply with the most recent decision.

Late Tuesday, a judge ordered the state to send taxpayer funds to the abortion business following complaints from it that it lost state public funding. U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten ruled that Kansas must fund the abortion business even though it did not cancel an contracts with the agency that were in effect at the time a new state provision went into place denying taxpayer funding via the family planning program to any agencies that do abortions.

Marten, in his ruling, also rejected the state s request to only give Planned Parenthood taxpayer money on a monthly basis while its lawsuit moves forward rather than in a quarterly lump sum covering three months. Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Western Missouri had complained earlier Tuesday that it would have to close its Hays, Kansas abortion referral clinic by Friday if the judge did not order the stand to fork over tax money to fund it.

The court finds no injury to the defendants in maintaining the prior payment schedule, as they will be providing funding in a manner consistent with prior practice between the parties, and to an organization which has consistently provided satisfactory family planning services, he wrote. Defendants shall resume funding in accordance with this order immediately and shall continue such funding until further order of this court or the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit modifying this order.

Earlier, Marten issued an injunction preventing the state from enforcing the law after Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri argued that it would suffer irreparable harm if the law was allowed to stand and that it would be forced to close one or more of its facilities because Kansas would direct hundreds of thousands of taxpayer funds to non-abortion medical clinics that provide the same services without also destroying the lives of women and unborn children in abortions.

Today, the Kansas Attorney General s Office issued a statement to Kansans for Life: The state will comply with the Judge s order but will continue its appeal to the Tenth Circuit United States Court of Appeals. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/08/31/kansas-appeals-ruling-forcing-it-to-fund-planned-parenthood/

Biden One-Child Policy Comment No Gaffe, Obama Admin Ignores It
The Vice President is being hammered for seeming to condone Chinese-style population control. Answering a question about the one-child policy, he seemed to go out of his way to be noncritical, saying that he fully understands the one-child-per-family policy and was not second-guessing it.

His defenders maintain that this does not constitute an endorsement of the policy, tacit or otherwise, and that Biden was merely being diplomatic. Of course, this is not much of a defense since, even if this is the case, then the Vice President is guilty of whitewashing the worst ongoing human rights abuse of our century, one which costs millions of lives each year.

Others believe that the sitting Vice President suffers from a chronic case of foot-in-mouth disease. His misstatements should not be taken seriously, they say, because they are just the latest in a long line of gaffes. (This suggests that Biden should never be allowed to open his mouth without a teleprompter in front of him.)

Still others believe that Biden was simply ignorant of the way that Beijing s one-child policy is enforced by means of forced abortions, forced sterilizations, and other coercive measures. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/08/31/biden-one-child-policy-comment-no-gaffe-obama-admin-ignores-it/

Texas Ultrasound Ruling Blasted by Perry, Pro-Life Groups
Texas officials say they will appeal a judge s ruling late Tuesday striking down a new law the state approved allowing women considering an abortion a chance to see the ultrasound the abortion center does of their unborn baby.

Meanwhile, two leading pro-life groups and pro-life Gov. Rick Perry responded to the judge s decision and say they are not happy about it.

As LifeNews reported, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks issued an injunction in advance of the September 1 date the law is supposed to go into effect. He ruled in a two-page order that parts of the state s new sonogram law are unconstitutional and prevented Texas officials from issuing any fines or penalties against abortion practitioners who do not follow the law while the lawsuit continues.

Judge Sparks claimed Texas has no right to tell abortion practitioners they should allow women a chance to see an ultrasound of an abortion even though one is typically done to determine the age of the baby at the time of the abortion. Judge Sparks also claimed the law is supposedly vague and contradictory and makes it so abortion practitioners who think they are following the law could be running afoul of it.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott plans to appeal the decision and Governor Perry, who is a Republican presidential candidate, called the ruling a great disappointment to all Texans who stand in defense of life. Every life lost to abortion is a tragedy, he said in a statement. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/08/31/texas-ultrasound-ruling-blasted-by-perry-pro-life-groups/

First Lawsuit Filed on Fetal Pain-Based 20-Week Abortion Bana
An Idaho woman has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a law in Idaho that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the scientific evidence showing unborn children feel pain during pregnancy.

Idaho Governor C. L. Butch Otter signed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act into law in April, making Idaho the third state to protect from abortion the life of the pain-capable child. The law is a new trend in pro-life legislation that prohibits abortions and places the focus on the unborn child as a victim during the abortion procedure and this suit is the first lawsuit brought against any of the similar laws state legislatures have passed.

Jennie Linn McCormack, a 33-year-old Pocatello resident, is behind the lawsuit and she brought it, according to a Reuters report, because she faced prosecution for engaging in a self-abortion using an abortion drug she purchased off the Internet.

McCormack s attorneys brought a class action lawsuit against an older law, from 1972, that makes it a crime for a woman to self-abort her own pregnancy. McCormack was charged under that law but the charge was later dismissed due to lack of evidence. The lawsuit claims the law discriminates against women living in rural Idaho who don t have each access to urban-based abortion facilities.

Court documents Reuters cited show McCormack, a mother of three, didn t want to drive to Salt Lake City for an abortion and she ordered the mifepristone and misoprostol pills that combine to form the RU 486 abortion drug, off the Internet. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/08/31/first-lawsuit-filed-on-fetal-pain-based-20-week-abortion-ban/

British Govt Opposes Move to Stop Pro-Abortion Counseling
The government of Prime Minister David Cameron says it will oppose an amendment to a health by MP Nadine Dorries to stop the biased counseling in favor of abortion done at abortion centers that received taxpayer funds.

Members of the British Parliament are looking at a plan to require that all women in England considering an abortion undergo pre-abortion counseling a move they say could stop as many as 60,000 abortions annually.

Abortion counseling is currently only offered by abortion businesses, which have a financial incentive to ensure they do not talk women out of having an abortion by emphasizing the numerous alternatives available to them or offering any non-abortion pregnancy assistance. However, the proposed legal changes would have abortion businesses following laws similar to those in the United States that require them to mention other options. Such laws have proven to reduce abortions.

However, the London Guardian newspaper reports that the government has reversed its position and will now vote against the amendment and urge other Tory MPs to do the same on the vote expected next week. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/08/31/british-govt-opposes-move-to-stop-pro-abortion-counseling/

China Builds Special Prison for Forced Abortion Opponent
Chinese officials are building a special prison to house forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng, who has been subjected to home detention and monitoring since his release from prison earlier this year.

Chen, who exposed a massive campaign of forced abortions and sterilizations in Linyi, China to the western world in an interview with the Washington Post, spent more than four years in prison for his crime. Family planning officials held a bogus trial on charges that Chen supposedly destroyed property in a local protest he never attended. During the trial, Chen s attorneys were prevented from appearing.

Now, Reggie Littlejohn, an American human right activists who works closely with dissidents in China as the president of Women s Rights Without Frontiers, reports that Chen, a blind attorney, and his wife, Yuan Weijing, will be transferred to a small prison built specifically for them. She cites a Radio Free Asia report which interviewed activist He Peirong, who stated the couple will be forcibly removed from their home and transferred to a building which basically amounts to a jail so that authorities can keep tighter controls on them.

They will be separated from their five-year-old daughter in the move, Littlejohn indicates, and their young son, who was living with relatives, was reportedly strip-searched leaving the family home. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/08/31/china-builds-special-prison-for-forced-abortion-opponent/

Florida Pro-Lifers to Protest Planned Parenthood Funding
Organized under the banner of St. Lucie Taxpayers Against Planned Parenthood Funding, local pro-life advocates in Florida re protesting the taxpayer-funding of the abortion business in their community. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/08/31/florida-pro-lifers-to-protest-planned-parenthood-funding/

Abortion Practitioner Admits Lying to Utah Officials
Nicola Riley, an embattled abortion practitioner who has lost her medical license in Maryland already, has admitted to lying to Utah officials when it comes to her own record as a physician there. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/08/31/abortion-practitioner-admits-lying-to-utah-officials/

UK Journalist Finds NHS Counseling Promotes Abortion
Just days after a report that the UK Department of Health plans to create a new system of independent pre-abortion counseling, an undercover investigation of the counseling afforded by abortion providers and crisis pregnancy centers reveals the powerful impact of pre-abortion counseling. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/08/31/uk-journalist-finds-nhs-counseling-promotes-abortion/

Funding Planned Parenthood Doesn t Stop Unplanned Pregnancies
Last week, the Guttmacher Institute announced the publication of an analysis of the rate of unintended pregnancy in the United States from 2001 to 2006. The report unwittingly makes the case for defunding Planned Parenthood. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/08/31/funding-planned-parenthood-doesnt-stop-unplanned-pregnancies/

Legacies of Terri Schiavo, Robert Schindler Inspire My Family
The passing of both Terri and my father is what helps inspire my family and the work we do at Terri s Life & Hope Network to continue fighting for our most vulnerable every day. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/08/31/legacies-of-terri-schiavo-robert-schindler-inspire-my-family/


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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
  
A Beast

Judie Brown
Has America lost the ability to discern between what's right and what's wrong? Has sin become so commonplace that, like an unseen beast who lurks in a dark corner, we do not notice it until it overpowers us? Today's guest commentary examines the role of sin, and thus abortion, in our lives and explains how we can work to slay this beast.             

 

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Planned Parenthood funds in Kansas restored by federal judge

Miami Herald       

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Kansas to restore federal family planning funds to Planned Parenthood as the case is appealed.  U.S. District Judge Thomas Marten ruled that the funding should be provided to Planned Parenthood on a quarterly basis, not the monthly allocation sought by the state.


Planned Parenthood behind Dubuque building purchase           

TH Online
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland announced today it will open a new location in Dubuque, but the news has a local credit union facing a quandary. Planned Parenthood plans to move to 3365 Hillcrest Road, a building that had been owned by DuTrac Community Credit Union, and the former home of Comprehensive Rehab. Tom Anderson, senior vice president of operations at DuTrac Community Credit Union, said DuTrac sold the building to Hillcrest Development LLC, unaware that Planned Parenthood was the intended occupant.  


Over 1,000 hairstylists commit to talk about abortion at their shops

Life Site News        

A new approach to get information about the high abortion rate among black women in the U.S. to thousands of people was launched at a trade show for barbers and hair stylists in Atlanta over the weekend, reports Christina Martin of Bound4Life.  According to the organizers of the "Samson Project" – named for the long-haired Nazirite of the Old Testament – over 1,000 people committed to watching their DVD, and talking about abortion's tragic impact on the black community in their shops.

 



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