Babies

We’re doing this initiative because of what Martin Luther King called “The fierce urgency of NOW.”  There comes a time when it’s too late.  When human life is at stake, time is of the essence.

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Life of the Unborn

No question is more difficult to answer than that which the answer is obvious.

Misprison of Felony

The VoteYesForLife.com initiative has been criticized by our opposition for the rape exception, which states that the rape must be reported to qualify as a reason for an abortion.  However, according to federal law, “child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape or incest” must be reported by family planning providers that receive Title X money!  If our opposition had been obeying this law, what is the problem?

Current law states:

“SEC. 212. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no provider of services under title X of the Public Health Service Act shall be exempt from any State law requiring notification or the reporting of child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape, or incest.”

  –PL108-199 (H.R. 2673)

New Pledge of Allegiance

Since the Pledge of Allegiance is not allowed in many schools anymore due to the mention of “God” in the pledge, a fifteen year old student in Arizona wrote the following response.

 

New Pledge of Allegiance

 

Now I sit me down in school

Where praying is against the rule

For this great nation under God

Find mention of Him very odd.

If Scripture now the class recites,

It violates the Bill of Rights.

And anytime my head I bow

Becomes a federal matter now.

 

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,

That’s no offence; it’s a freedom scene.

The law is specific, the law is precise.

Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

 

For praying in a public hall

Might offend someone with no faith at all.

In silence alone we must meditate,

God’s name is prohibited by the state.

 

We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,

And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.

They’ve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.

To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,

And the ‘unwed daddy,’ our Senior King.

It’s ‘inappropriate’ to teach right from wrong,

We’re taught that such ‘judgments’ do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,

Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.

But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,

No word of God must reach this crowd.

 

Its scary here I must confess,

When chaos reigns the school’s a mess.

So, Lord, this silent plea I make:

Should I be shot; My soul please take!

Amen

The Pope In Washington

The following article was taken from The Catholic Association website http://www.thecatholicassociation.org/pope_benedict_goes_to_washington.html

 

 

News from The Catholic Association

Pope Benedict Goes to Washington
Faith, reason, and the media.

By Kathryn Jean Lopez


Rome
When Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the United States later this month, be skeptical of the media coverage he receives. Some in the American press actually want to see a knock-down-drag-out war of political ideologies between the pope and president; I think they may end up deeply disappointed.

A recent oped piece by Michael Sean Winters, author of Left at the Altar: How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats, served the unintentional purpose of warning American Catholics of this media bias. Winters wrote that the pope will “show how much his worldview differs from President Bush’s when he denounces the continuing U.S. occupation of Iraq before the U.N. General Assembly — a denunciation that’s expected to be especially harsh after the recent martyrdom of a Chaldean Catholic archbishop killed by insurgents in Mosul.”

But all it takes is a modest knowledge of Benedict’s three-year papacy to know that that’s probably some wishful thinking on the part of liberal Americans.

In truth — and Vatican officials, analysts, and others here will tell you this — Benedict is not going to America to make headlines. He is coming to the United States as the pope, shepherd to Catholics in America, and head of the Vatican city state.

Anyone who heard, as I did, the pope’s words during the Mass he celebrated on April 2 to honor the life of Pope John Paul II was reminded that Benedict is, first and foremost, a priest — a man whose agenda is to remind people about the gospel’s message of salvation in Christ. He isn’t just another politician.

Winters wrote: “It wasn’t that long ago that the Vatican and the White House saw the world pretty similarly. Throughout the Cold War, both staunchly opposed Communism, laying the bedrock for U.S.-Vatican cooperation.” He says those days are over, and that the United States and the Vatican are now at loggerheads.

But if you take a quick overview of recent papal activity, you see very clearly that this pontiff recognizes the threat to freedom that the United States is confronting in the war on terror. In the much-debated address he gave at Regensburg University in Germany, he talked about faith and reason and Islam. He was criticized in the Muslim world, but because of his courage in tackling an explosive topic, he’s managed to be a catalyst for talks about building a Catholic Church in Saudi Arabia.

This past Easter Sunday, Benedict baptized Muslim-Italian newspaper editor Magdi Allam into the Catholic faith. Allam says he tried to encourage Muslims to denounce radical Islam and rise up as moderates against murderous extremism. He got death threats for doing so. Now there is a price on his head for his very public apostasy.

It was no less public an act for the pontiff — and it would be foolish not to expect that the topic of religious freedom will be at the top of his agenda in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

That won’t be all. Papal biographer George Weigel recently said, “The pope is coming to the U.N., not to give a pontifically guided tour of the world scene, praising this and lamenting that. In this 60th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he is far more likely to challenge the world body to take more seriously the moral truths that undergird the human dignity the U.N. was founded to defend — moral truths that can be known by reason.”

That’s not the “Bush-lied-people-died message some were praying for. Just as well. What the world needs now is not more Iraq finger-pointing, but a clear way forward. Benedict offers some of that: He issues a warning and challenges religious leaders to take a serious look at the big picture.

In my conversation with him, Weigel predicted this about the upcoming trip: “The question is whether, and how, Islam can affect what Christian theology would call a ‘development of doctrine’ on issues like religious freedom and the separation of religious and political authority in a just state. A lot of 21st-century history is riding on the answer to that question.”

If the pope can start with that issue, and share his vision of a world with political leadership embracing reason, he will be doing a great service in helping us win this war.

Father Pavone’s Column

I AM

The Gospel of John records various key statements that Jesus uttered about himself which begin with the words “I am…” These statements reveal basic aspects of who he is and what he does for the world. They also reveal basic foundations of the pro-life movement.

Jesus declares, “I am the Bread of Life” (Jn.6:35), “I am the Light of the World” (Jn.8:12), “I am the Gate” (Jn.10:7), “I am the Good Shepherd” ( Jn.10:11), “I am the Resurrection and the Life” (Jn.11:25), “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (Jn.14:6), and “I am the true Vine” ( Jn.15:1).

These are all images of life. Three of the statements use the word “life” explicitly; others employ the concepts of feeding, growth, protection, and leading us into the arena of life. These statements are the very opposite of darkness and death, decay and destruction, violence and nihilism.

At the root of these various “I am” statements is the “absolute I AM” statement found in John 8:58. The context is an argument Jesus has with the Jews in which he claims that he is the antidote to death. “If any one keeps my word, he will never see death.” The Jews asked how he could dare say that, in view of the fact that Abraham died. Was he claiming to be greater than Abraham? And Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I AM!”

The listeners recognized this right away as the very name of God. When God called Moses to set the people of Israel free, Moses asked God his name, and the Lord replied that his name was “I AM” (Ex.3:14).

This name of God can be understood on one level as asserting that only God has life in and of himself. Everything else that lives borrows life from him; he alone is “the living God,” the source of all being, the one who necessarily exists and can never not exist. This truth, of course, is foundational to the pro-life teaching of the Church. All life belongs to God, and to take a human life is to attack God.

But in a more dynamic sense, the name “I AM” means “I AM for you, I AM on your side, I AM rescuing you from death and destruction.” Note the context in which God reveals this name to Moses:  He is calling him to set the people free from slavery in Egypt. Note also the context in which Jesus claims this name in John 8: He is also promising to set the people free. The discourse begins with his assertion, “The truth will set you free” (Jn.8:31), and, as we have seen, includes the promise,  “If any one keeps my word, he will never see death” (Jn.8:51).

God rescues his people from nothingness, and from violence like abortion. That is why the People of God are the People of Life. Rescued by Christ, we rescue our vulnerable brothers and sisters, and he rescues them through us.

This column can be found online at
www.priestsforlife.org/columns/columns2008/08-04-07-i-am.htm

Father Pavone’s Call to Action

Please make a call today or tomorrow to the Congressional switchboard, 202-224-3121, and ask for the office of your United States Senator. Please tell him or her that you want the Senate to vote on the President’s judicial nominees.

Quick Backgrond:

One of the most important and lasting things a President does is to nominate federal judges. They remain in office long after the President does, and they make final decisions on matters like abortion. Right now, there are 11 judges who have been nominated by the President, but the Senate is refusing to carry out its constitutional duty to vote on them. Most of the seats that have to be filled have been vacant for so long that they are now considered “judicial emergencies.” The relevant committee in the Senate has held only one hearing in the last six months. It’s time for them to act. Senators aren’t supposed to sit out their constitutional duties just because they may not like the nominees’ positions on issues.

Father Pavone will be with the President and the Pope next week at the White House for the official welcoming ceremonies, representing Priests for Life – and therefore representing all of you who are so supportive of Pro-Life work!