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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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Top Stories
• Democrats Prevent House Passage of Late-Term Abortion Ban
• Obamacare s Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate Takes Effect Tomorrow

• China: Newborn Girl Found in Trash With Throat Cut, Fights for Life

• Obama Admin Not Charging Nidal Hasan With Killing Unborn Baby

More Pro-Life News
• Six Vatican Ambassadors Start Catholics for Romney Outreach
• Obamacare Rationing Begins, States Cut Prescription Drug Benefits
• Prayer Vigil Celebrates Effort to Keep Planned Parenthood Out
• White House Won t Say Obama Position on Late-Term Abortion Ban
• God Has Placed the Miracle of Adoption in Your Hands
• First Ruling Upholding Fetal-Pain Abortion Ban a Pro-Life Milestone
• Euthanasia Rate in Netherlands Has Increased 73% Since 2003
• Activists in Spain Once Applauded Aborted Babies as Trophies
• Abortion Debate Help: What Makes Human Beings Valuable?
• Kansas Abortion Clinics Put Women at Risk With Filthy Conditions

—> Planned Parenthood: 51% of Its Clinic Income Comes From Abortions

Democrats Prevent House Passage of Late-Term Abortion Ban
House Democrats objected to a bill that would stop the policy of unlimited abortions for any reason throughout the entirety of pregnancy in the nation s capital. The bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in D.C. needed a two-thirds vote but enough Democrats voted against the measure to prevent it from going to the Senate.

The bill received a supportive vote of 220 to 154 with Republicans voting 203 to 6 for the bill and Democrats voting 148 to 17 against it. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/31/democrats-prevent-house-passage-of-late-term-abortion-ban/

Obamacare s Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate Takes Effect Tomorrow
Despite one positive ruling in a case allowing a company to be exempted from the Obamacare HHS mandate, the pro-abortion mandate that pro-life groups strenuously oppose will take effect tomorrow.

A memo from the Catholic Association explains how the ruling was a positive step but not sufficient to stop the mandate nationwide.

Last week, a federal court dealt a major blow to the Department of Health and Human Services mandate requiring employers to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing drugs in their healthcare plans, it said. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/31/obamacares-pro-abortion-hhs-mandate-takes-effect-tomorrow/

China: Newborn Girl Found in Trash With Throat Cut, Fights for Life
Another ghastly story is coming out of China, where women and children continued to be victimized daily by the one-child policy that nation employs which encourages abortions and infanticides.

In this new story, an abandoned newborn baby girl is struggling for her life after a local man found her in a trash bin after having her throat cut. The bay girl, who still had her placenta and umbilical cord attached, is now receiving hospital treatment, according to a report in the London Daily Mail newspaper. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/31/china-newborn-girl-found-in-trash-with-throat-cut-fights-for-life/

Obama Admin Not Charging Nidal Hasan With Killing Unborn Baby
I have written recently of President Obama s covert zeal for the spread of abortion. I took that phrase from Abraham Lincoln s description of how President Franklin Pierce and Sen. Stephen A. Douglas sought covertly to spread slavery in the 1850s. In that column, I noted specific actions of this president to advance abortion-on-demand and to force us all to pay for it.

Now, I want to focus on something Mr. Obama is not doing. He is not charging Nidal Hasan, the accused Fort Hood killer, with violation of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA). This law was passed and signed in 2004. After the highly publicized conviction of Scott Peterson in California for the murder of his wife and her unborn child, the law was named the Laci and Conner Peterson Unborn Victims of Violence Act. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/31/obama-admin-not-charging-nidal-hasan-with-killing-unborn-baby/


Six Vatican Ambassadors Start Catholics for Romney Outreach
Six former Vatican ambassadors have banded together to lead a new outreach for Mitt Romney presidential campaign to encourage Catholic voters to support him over pro-abortion President Barack Obama in November. The issue of abortion is one of the reasons for their decision to endorse Romney, as they explain in a new letter announcing the effort.

Catholics for Romney National Co-Chairs and Former U.S. Ambassadors to the Holy See include Frank Shakespeare, Tom Melady, Ray Flynn, Jim Nicholson, Francis Rooney, and Mary Ann Glendon. Together, they wrote the following letter supporting the former governor. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/31/six-vatican-ambassadors-start-catholics-for-romney-outreach/

Obamacare Rationing Begins, States Cut Prescription Drug Benefits
When Democrats in Congress pushed the Obamacare bill through, pro-life groups warned about rationing that could take place as a result. Although liberal groups and the mainstream media laughed at the projections, they are now coming to pass.

A new report from Kaiser Health indicates states are now moving in the director of capping or cutting prescription drug benefits. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/31/obamacare-rationing-begins-states-cut-prescription-drug-benefits/

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Prayer Vigil Celebrates Effort to Keep Planned Parenthood Out
Eleven months ago, 400 pro-life activists gathered in front of an empty building in Auburn Hills, Michigan to protest Planned Parenthood s plan to use the building for an abortion clinic. Meanwhile, pleadings with the owners of the property resulted in a judgment that the building would not go to Planned Parenthood. This called for a celebration.

On Saturday July 28, I joined a party at the Comfort Inn, whose owners cooperated in keeping the abortion clinic out of the neighborhood. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/31/prayer-vigil-celebrates-effort-to-keep-planned-parenthood-out/

White House Won t Say Obama Position on Late-Term Abortion Ban
The White House is refusing to say whether or not President Barack Obama supports or opposes a bill pending in the House today that would ban abortions in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks of pregnancy. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/31/white-house-wont-say-obama-position-on-late-term-abortion-ban/


God Has Placed the Miracle of Adoption in Your Hands
We long for miracles as believers. We pray for God to break in and do mighty works, we pray He will somehow surprise us with a work we can t achieve by human hands. Yet He gives us that ability to be a part of that, if we will accept the invitation. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/31/god-has-placed-the-miracle-of-adoption-in-your-hands/

First Ruling Upholding Fetal-Pain Abortion Ban a Pro-Life Milestone
That the first court to consider and uphold a ban on abortions based on the scientific evidence showing unborn children have the capacity to feel pain before birth comes just one day before the House will vote on a bill to ban abortions in D.C. on that reason is not lost on pro-life advocates.. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/31/first-ruling-upholding-fetal-pain-abortion-ban-a-pro-life-milestone/

Euthanasia Rate in Netherlands Has Increased 73% Since 2003
On July 11, the Lancet published the long-awaited 2010 euthanasia statistics based on a meta-analysis by a group of researchers. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/31/euthanasia-rate-in-netherlands-has-increased-73-since-2003/

Activists in Spain Once Applauded Aborted Babies as Trophies
During the first weeks of November 1983, a meeting was held in the beautiful old city of Barcelona, Spain the majestic city facing the Mediterranean Sea was overtaken by thousands of angry Spanish feminists. They were gathered there to conference on how to best change and repeal Spain s protective abortion laws. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/31/activists-in-spain-once-applauded-aborted-babies-as-trophies/

Abortion Debate Help: What Makes Human Beings Valuable?
It s Life Report s 150th episode, and Trent Horn is back in studio to discuss how pro-lifers should respond when their discussion of abortion gets down to the metaphysical basement: why are human beings valuable in the first place. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/31/abortion-debate-help-what-makes-human-beings-valuable/

Kansas Abortion Clinics Put Women at Risk With Filthy Conditions
The State of Kansas will ask for summary judgment at a hearing on Friday, August 3, 2012, in a suit brought by Kansas abortionists challenging a clinic licensing law passed last year. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/31/kansas-abortion-clinics-put-women-at-risk-with-filthy-conditions/

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Confirmed: President Obama to speak at NY Catholic Charities Al Smith dinner

John-Henry Westen Tue Jul 31 16:06 EST Abortion

During an election year, the dinner traditionally features the presidential candidates from each party. No word yet on whether Mitt Romney will attend.

Cardinal George slams Chicago mayor’s comments on Chick-fil-A marriage flap

Thaddeus Baklinski Tue Jul 31 12:57 EST Freedom

"Was Jesus a bigot? Could Jesus be accepted as a Chicagoan?" Cardinal George asked.

Vatican newspaper blasts Gates for ‘disinformation’ campaign on contraceptives

Matthew Cullinan Hoffman Tue Jul 31 09:45 EST Contraception

Italian journalist Giulia Galeotti observes that natural family planning is a moral and completely free alternative to artificial contraceptives.

D.C. fetal pain ban fails in U.S. House

Steve Jalsevac Tue Jul 31 19:38 EST Abortion

A bill that would have prohibited abortions after 20 weeks gestation based on the unborn child's capacity to feel pain has failed to clear the 2/3 majority hurdle it needed to pass in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bakery sees business boom after ‘gay wedding cake’ refusal

Thaddeus Baklinski Tue Jul 31 15:45 EST Faith

“[On Monday] we had about twice as much business as normal,” Jack Phillips said. “There are people coming in to support us.”

Judge upholds Arizona fetal pain bill, takes effect this week

Kathleen Gilbert Tue Jul 31 15:21 EST Abortion

The Mother's Health and Safety Act, which was signed in April, makes Arizona the ninth state to have approved such a ban.

New San Fran archbishop required Catholic homosexual group to sign oath of fidelity

Patrick B. Craine Tue Jul 31 13:29 EST Abortion

Benedict XVI has appointed stalwart pro-life and pro-family Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland to lead the challenging see of San Francisco.

Amazon founder donates $2.5 million to same-sex ‘marriage’ campaign

Thaddeus Baklinski Tue Jul 31 10:39 EST Homosexuality

The contribution makes the Amazon couple the largest financial backer of homosexual "rights" in the state of Washington.

The truth about ‘Morning-after pills’

Anna Maria Hoffman Tue Jul 31 08:56 EST Abortion

Several renowned pro-life advocates have refuted the contention that they do not act as abortifacients.

Romney, political/religious leaders celebrate court victory against HHS mandate

Katie Craine Tue Jul 31 08:35 EST Abortion

“The time to revolt is now,” Bill Donohue of the Catholic LEague for Religious and Civil Rights said to Catholic businesses.

Kids’ church lemonade stand raises money for same-sex ‘marriage’

Ben Johnson Tue Jul 31 08:35 EST Faith

In Minneapolis, Sunday School grades 1-5 sold refreshments to fight a marriage protection amendment.

Grade school children sell lemonade to support marriage rede

‘dehumanizing’ and ‘insulting’: Kenya Bishops slam Melinda Gates’ contraception plan for Africa

Peter Baklinski Tue Jul 31 17:22 EST Contraception

"We cannot allow our country to be part of an international agenda, driven by foreign funds and by so doing, losing our independence and our African values of the family and society," wrote John Cardinal Njue, chairman of the Kenya Episcopal Conference of Bishops.

Maltese bishops call for natural solutions to infertility as country proposes first-ever IVF law

Peter Baklinski Tue Jul 31 12:02 EST Bioethics

The bishops conclude that “every technical method which replaces the personal conjugal act fails to respect the dignity of the human person and of the unity of marriage and so this is not acceptable.”

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Twenty Questions for Faithful Citizens

1) How many unborn children have lost their lives to abortion since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973?

A)  9 million
B) 27 million
C) 53 million
D) 89 million

2) How many successful treatments for “incurable” diseases have been developed using stem cells harvested from human embryos that were destroyed to obtain them?

A) 0
B) 12
C) 45
D) 73

3) How many successful treatments for “incurable” diseases have been developed using stem cells from adult tissue sources, causing no harm to the stem cell donor?

A) 0
B) 12
C) 45
D) 73

4) How many U.S. children live in a household that is “food insecure,” which means it can’t provide enough food for its members at some point during the year?

A) 2.2 million
B) 8.2 million
C) 12.2 million
D) 16.2 million

5) The official poverty rate in America is:

A) 9.8 %
B) 11.5 %
C) 15.1 %
D) 22.4%

6) How long has the average jobless worker been unemployed?

A) 6 months
B) 9 months
C) 10 months
D) 12 months

7) According to a 2009 survey by The Polling Company, Inc., what percentage of American adults believed it is important to make sure that health care professionals in America are not forced to participate in procedures and practices to which they have moral objections?

A) 28%
B) 42%
C) 65%
D) 87%

8) How many patients who are hospitalized in the United States each year are cared for in a Catholic hospital?

A) 1 in 9
B) 1 in 6
C) 1 in 5
D) 1 in 3

9) According to a study released in the September 2011 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, what percentage of practicing ob/gyns performs abortions?

A) 14%
B) 25%
C) 50%
D) 70%

10) Children raised in intact married families are less likely to:

A) Be physically and sexually abused
B) Use drugs or alcohol
C) Become pregnant/impregnate someone as a teenager
D) All of the above

11) According to a study by the University of Chicago which factor best predicts that a boy will exhibit good behavior in 5th grade and avoid being suspended in 8th grade?

A)Attending a high-quality elementary school
B)Being raised in an intact home with both his father and mother
C)Receiving instruction from a caring and competent teacher
D)Attending a high-quality preschool

12) Children in single-parent families comprise ______ of all American children, yet they account for ______ of all poor children.

A) 27%, 62%
B) 31%, 49%
C) 39%, 71%
D) 42%, 50%

13) Unauthorized migrants take advantage of our welfare system to their own advantage and at the taxpayer’s expense.

A) True
B) False

14) Undocumented immigrants pay taxes.

A) True
B) False

15) Studies show that unauthorized immigrants provide a net gain of how much to the Social Security system each year?

A) $8 million
B) $100 million
C) $650 million
D) $7 billion

16) Torture is intrinsically evil.

A) True
B) False

17) What percent of victims maimed or killed by landmines and cluster munitions are civilians?

A) 20%
B) 40%
C) 70%
D) 90%

18)Life-saving poverty-focused international assistance that fights hunger, disease and poverty makes up what percent of the U.S. federal budget?

A) 1 %
B) 4 %
C) 11 %
D) 16%

19) Which of the following are effects of climate change:

A) Increased temperatures
B) Rising sea levels
C) Changes in rainfall that contribute to more frequent and severe floods and droughts
D) All of the above 

20) People with disabilities have a much more difficult time finding the resources they need to live in dignity.

A) True
B) False

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… Exposed at Charlotte Convention 

Columbus, OH – July 31, 2012 – <a href="http://createdequal.definehosted.com/lt.php?c=241&m=252&nl=12&s=baf62f5d1836d31f777a8cba6fe3b820&lid=2020&l=-http&#8211;www.createdequal.net/” target=”_blank”>Created Equal's mobile billboard initiative, which focuses on the battleground states, will begin a four-day campaign during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) September 3-6, 2012, to expose the Democratic Party platform for its support of abortion.  These <a href="http://createdequal.definehosted.com/lt.php?c=241&m=252&nl=12&s=baf62f5d1836d31f777a8cba6fe3b820&lid=2021&l=-http&#8211;www.createdequal.net/projects/voter-education” target=”_blank”>billboards will display aborted babies on the sides and rear of box trucks juxtaposed next to the phrase "VOTE PRO-LIFE on November 6, 2012.”  For decades, the Democratic Party has promoted abortion in its party platform. In 2008, the party platform on abortion read, "The Democratic Party stands behind the right of every woman to choose, consistent with Roe v. Wade, and regardless of ability to pay.”

See our outreach schedule below. 

  • Sept. 3, 2012 from 12:00 PM-9:00 PM – Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy, South Concord, NC.
  • Sept. 4-5, 2012 – from 2:00 PM-9:00 PM – Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC.
  • Sept. 6, 2012 – from 4:00 PM-11:00PM – Bank of America Stadium, 800 South Mint Street, Charlotte, NC.

"The Democratic Party claims it speaks for the weak and under-privileged.  However, the most defenseless and exploited group in America are preborn children.  Democrats are supposedly against all forms of discrimination.  However, in America, the preborn are not treated like the born.  Democrats are supposedly for equality.   However, the Democratic Party platform supports age discrimination—abortion. 

"We are all created equal, whether black or white, male or female, born or preborn.  It's time for the Democratic Party and its platform to stand for equality across the board and oppose all forms of discrimination, including discrimination based on age.”

– Mark Harrington, Executive Director, Crated Equal

If you find <a href="http://createdequal.definehosted.com/lt.php?c=241&m=252&nl=12&s=baf62f5d1836d31f777a8cba6fe3b820&lid=2021&l=-http&#8211;www.createdequal.net/projects/voter-education” target=”_blank”>this anti-abortion billboard campaign worthy of your financial support, we would appreciate your help paying for the food, fuel, and insurance of going to the DNC.

Please support our efforts to register and educate voters to VOTE PRO-LIFE.  To donate, click <a href="http://createdequal.definehosted.com/lt.php?c=241&m=252&nl=12&s=baf62f5d1836d31f777a8cba6fe3b820&lid=2022&l=-http&#8211;www.createdequal.net/about/donate” target=”_blank”>HERE.

Or send a gift to:

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For more information, contact Mark Harrington at 614-419-9000 or mark@createdequal.net

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Prop 8 proponents seek Supreme Court overrule

Posted: 31 Jul 2012 12:20 PM PDT

Backers of California's voter-approved ban on same-sex 'marriages' asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to overrule a federal appeals court that struck down the measure as unconstitutional.

Newborn Girl Found in Trash With Throat Cut, Fights for Life

Posted: 31 Jul 2012 12:13 PM PDT

Another ghastly story is coming out of China, where women and children continued to be victimized daily by the one-child policy that nation employs which encourages abortions and infanticides.

The Mother Teresa of China

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Posted: 31 Jul 2012 10:42 AM PDT

'I realized if we had strength enough to collect garbage how could we not recycle something as important as human lives,' she explained. 'These children need love and care. They are all precious human lives. I do not understand how people can leave such a vulnerable baby on the streets.'

Politicians, including Palins, chime in with support for Chic-fil-a

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Posted: 31 Jul 2012 06:57 AM PDT

More and more politicians are showing their colors in statements supporting or condemning Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s statement regarding his company’s support for traditional family values.

Colorado cake shop under assualt by gay protesters

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Posted: 31 Jul 2012 06:42 AM PDT

Shop owner Jack Phillips probably didn’t think he was going to be wading into a 'civil rights' debate a week ago when he told the gay couple that he would not make a cake for their 'wedding,' but that’s exactly what has happened.

Blind Chinese human-rights hero to meet with Boehner, Pelosi

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Posted: 31 Jul 2012 05:49 AM PDT

Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese dissident whose dramatic escape from house arrest and eventual flight to the United States captivated global audiences in April, heads to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for talks with top lawmakers including Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

U.S. House to vote on D.C. pain-capable unborn child protection act

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Posted: 30 Jul 2012 03:32 PM PDT

The U.S. House is readying to vote on a hotly debated abortion bill in the nation's capital, where the procedure is currently legal for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lives ‘Unworthy to Be Lived’ and POLST
By Judie Brown

Anyone who enters a hospital or is suffering from a serious illness or accident need beware of the POLST form, for their very lives depend upon whether or not this form is completed and followed. Today’s commentary addresses this and cautions us to be aware of what it entails so that we can educate not only ourselves, but our loved ones as well. 

[ Click here to read more. ]

 


HEADLINES



Obama administration chooses Planned Parenthood 

over women’s health

Fox News
The Obama administration’s decision this month to award $3.1 million in federal funds to Planned Parenthood affiliates and other family planning groups in New Jersey comes as no surprise. Despite the $15 trillion national debt, the administration seems willing to keep borrowing to support the nation’s largest abortion provider. And this isn’t the first time the Obama administration has stepped in to ensure that taxpayer dollars continue to flow to its favorite abortion provider even at the expense of women’s health care.  



A fact ignored by the WHO

First Things

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released “Born Too Soon,” the first country-by-country comparison of national rates of pre-term birth. This 125-page report, funded by dozens of public agencies and private foundations, claims to be “the global action report on preterm birth.” Hidden in its pages is a story of what must be better understood to help women carry a healthy baby to term. . . . Unfortunately, one significant, and modifiable, risk factor for preterm birth was completely ignored by the WHO report: prior termination of pregnancy. There is a large and growing body of scientific data documenting this risk factor for pre-term birth. More than 120 peer-reviewed studies, from more than a dozen countries, have found a statistically significant increased risk of preterm birth or low-birth weight after a termination of pregnancy.  



Stem cell therapy could offer new hope for defects 

and injuries to head, mouth

Science Daily
In the first human study of its kind, researchers found that using [the patient's own] stem cells to re-grow craniofacial tissues—-mainly bone—-proved quicker, more effective and less invasive than traditional bone regeneration treatments. The study, “Stem cell therapy for craniofacial bone repair: A randomized, controlled clinical trial,” appears this month in the journal Cell Transplantation.



“Viciously Anti-Gay” Bishop Appointed to San Fransico Diocese


He’s Under-fire: Bishop Salvatore Cordileone Has Been Given a Battle

What does the LGBT think about Bishop Cordileone? Pope Benedict XVI Names Viciously Anti-Gay Priest As Archbishop Of San Francisco: ThinkProgress LGBT “Pope Benedict’s choice of Cordileone is exactly wrong for the diocese of San Francisco, a city with a storied history of LGBT pride. It is a further step in the Vatican’s dedication to use Catholic doctrine to keep LGBT Americans suppressed and with fewer rights.”

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone Defending Traditional Marriage

 

The Vivificat reports: As many of your know already, The Holy Father has named Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland as the new Archbishop of San Francisco. He will be succeeding Archbishop George Niederauer, who is retiring for health reasons.

Bishop Cordileone has been instrumental in the drawing of Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage (SSM) in California, a fact not lost on defenders of SSM, whose reactions range from consternation to outright anger and even hatred by supposedly Christian ministers. You may sample the reaction here.

According to the San Francisco Examiner,

Asked at a Friday news conference about his support for Proposition 8 in 2008, Cordileone stressed that the church remains open to LGBT individuals.

“We need to learn, continue to learn, how to be welcoming — let them know that we love them and we want to help them, and that our stand for marriage is not against anyone, but it’s because we believe this is foundational for the good of our society,” Cordileone said.

As Archbishop of San Francisco, Bishop Cordileone will continue with his duty to proclaim by word and example to a mostly unreceptive audience the teaching of the Catholic Church regarding chastity and homosexuality, as explained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

Chastity and homosexuality

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,140 tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”141 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

The world, the devil, and the flesh reject this simple message, calling “bigots” and “haters” those who uphold it. Therefore, let us pray for the success of Archbishop Cordileone’s new mission in the Church, as well as for his physical and spiritual protection.

Discover More

  1. Bishop Leads Diocese to Pass a A Defense of Marriage Act
  2. Forced Abortion Converage; It’s Next
  3. Bishop Cordileone: How Dare the Government



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