Scandia doctor defends Pro-Life stand

A letter to the editor in the Pioneer Press and dispatch by

Richard M. Powell, MD, Scandia

is an eloquent defense of the Church’s stand on Life and abortion.  It is quoted in full below.  The link at the top will take you to the PPD article, but links such as this have a short half-life.

“The moral equation” (July 7) presents several thoughtful comments on the abortion issue, but the writer misses the primary moral point. As pro-life advocates, we do not presume to impose our morals on anyone, rather we apply differently the historically mandated morality regarding the taking of human life. I am sure the writer agrees that destroying another human being is not only legally, but morally, wrong. If so, she holds to the same basic moral principle that I and other pro-life believers embrace. Where we differ is that we absolutely and unequivocally believe that life begins at conception, which is the central point of contention in the abortion debate.

Given our very defensible belief regarding the beginning of life, we have no choice but to advocate for the unborn. We stake no claim to moral superiority; we simply apply the nearly universally understood innate value of human life to the unborn, just as we do to the infant or toddler. We would be morally bankrupt to do otherwise.

Where the writer presents poignant reasons for people choosing abortion, one need only substitute the words “1-year-old” for the word “fetus” to understand our position. If we advocated, using a couple of her examples, that the woman of “tender age” or “strained family relationships” may choose to terminate her 1-year-old, there would be no debate at all.

I certainly agree that there are many unfortunate circumstances surroundingunwanted pregnancies, circumstances that

a compassionate society should address. Taking another human life, however, does not make that unwanted pregnancy a non-existent event, often does not alter those unfortunate circumstances and, for many women, it adds a lifelong burden of guilt.

Regarding the morality of contraception, it seems that the writer has accepted at face value the Democrats’ contrived “war on women.” Contraception was never the issue in the objections to the Obamacare mandates on contraception. The issue was, and is, one of religious freedom with contraception simply being the vehicle bringing that issue to the forefront.

I agree with the writer that we are indeed living in a moral wasteland. While I personally decry the moral decay exhibited by the drug culture and the sexual revolution and the decline of family values that accompany that decay, there can be no greater example of our fall as a morally decent and God-fearing nation than the genocide of abortion, which we have so regrettably endorsed.

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Colorado baker faces year in jail for refusing to make cake for gay wedding

Colorado baker faces year in jail for refusing to make cake for gay wedding

According to attorney Nicolle Martin, the owners of a Colorado bakery could face a year in prison for refusing to make a cake for a gay wedding, Jim Hoft reported at the Gateway Pundit Monday.

“The complainants can sue him civilly in the regular courts system or he can potentially be prosecuted by the district attorney for up to twelve months in jail,” Martin told Hoft.

In June, the Advocatesaid theColorado AttorneyGeneral’s office filed a discrimination complaint against the owners of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver after the bakers refused to bake a cake for Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig, a Denver area gay couple, last year.

But Jack Phillips, one of the owners, declined to make the cake citing hisChristian beliefs.

“We would close down the bakery before we compromised our beliefs,” he told KCNC, adding that protests and petitions will not make him change his mind.

The Advocate said the company also refused to cater to a lesbian couple who wanted cupcakes for their ceremony.

“Mark Silverstein, legal director for the Colorado chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which initiated the complaint process for Mullins and Craig, told the AP he respects the bakery owners’ right to their religious beliefs, ‘but someone’s personal religious beliefs don’t justify breaking the law by discriminating against others in the public sphere,’” the Advocate reported.

But Martin disagreed, saying the case is about “conscience,” not “commerce.”

“I just don’t think that we should heighten one person’s beliefs over and above another person’s beliefs,” she said.

Although gay marriage was banned in the Colorado Constitution, civil unions are legal, and, the Huffington Post said in April, voters in Colorado support gay marriage by 51-43 percent.

The Advocate said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission is set to hear the case in September.

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Obama takes swipe at pro-life activists, ignores Gosnell during Planned Parenthood speech | LifeSiteNews.com

April 26, 2013 LifeSiteNews.com – President Obama took a combative stance during his speech to Planned Parenthood today, pledging his unconditional support to the abortion giant, and, at more than one point, taking a swipe at pro-life activists who oppose the organization.

“No matter how great the challenge, no matter how fierce the opposition, there’s one thing that the past few years have shown,” said President Obama, “that Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere. It’s not going anywhere today. It’s not going anywhere tomorrow.”

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HHS Proposal Falls Short In Meeting Church Concerns

February 7, 2013

Statement issued from the office of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

  •  Bishops look forward to finding acceptable solutions to shortcomings

  • Concerned that first-rate charities still given second-class status

  • Seek clarification on confusing finance plan

His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan

WASHINGTON—The Feb. 1 Notice of Proposed Rulemakingfrom the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) shows some movement by the Administration but falls short of addressing U.S. bishops’ concerns.

“Throughout the past year, we have been assured by the Administration that we will not have to refer, pay for, or negotiate for the mandated coverage.We remain eager for the Administration to fulfill that pledge and to find acceptable solutions—we will affirm any genuine progress that is made, and we will redouble our efforts to overcome obstacles or setbacks,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in a February 7 statement. “Thus, we welcome and will take seriously the Administration’s invitation to submit our concerns through formal comments, and we will do so in the hope that an acceptable solution can be found that respects the consciences of all.At the same time, we will continue to stand united with brother bishops, religious institutions, and individual citizens who seek redress in the courts for as long as this is necessary.”

He listed three key areas of concern: the narrow understanding of a religious ministry; compelling church ministries to fund and facilitate services such as contraceptives, including abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization that violate Catholic teaching; and disregard of the conscience rights of for-profit business owners. These are the same concerns articulated by the USCCB Administrative Committee in its March 2012 statement, United for Religious Freedom.

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EWTN Pressing on in Face of Latest HHS Notice | Daily News | NCRegister.com

EWTN Pressing on in Face of Latest HHS Notice | Daily News | NCRegister.com.

Statement of Michael P. Warsaw, president and chief executive officer of EWTN Global Catholic Television Network and publisher of the Register, in response to notice of proposed rulemaking by the U.S. government on the HHS contraceptive services mandate issued Friday, Feb. 1, 2013:

This morning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a notice of proposed rule making on the government mandate that employee health plans must provide contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs as part of their coverage. On Feb. 9, 2012, EWTN was the first organization to file a lawsuit challenging this mandate shortly after the original rules were promulgated by the government. That lawsuit is still pending in the US District Court in Birmingham, Ala. Continue reading

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Religious Liberty Threatened

Did you know that January 16th was Religious Freedom Day in America? It didn’t get a lot of attention, since President Obama was busy signing executive orders, but he also put out a proclamation on religious freedom.

“Because of the protections guaranteed by our Constitution, each of us has the right to practice our faith openly and as we choose,” the President wrote. “As we observe Religious Freedom Day, let us remember the legacy of faith and independence we have inherited, and let us honor it by forever upholding our right to exercise our beliefs free from prejudice or persecution.”

That’s one heck of a proclamation from an Administration whose actions have attacked religious liberty for Americans.

The sad fact is, under President Obama, Americans have been forced to fight for their religious liberty in the courts. More than 110 plaintiffs are fighting the HHS mandate, which has caused business owners to face excruciating decisions between complying—and violating their consciences—or facing massive fines.

And the drive toward redefining marriage—now under consideration in the Supreme Court—has already begun to affect people who disagree by interfering with their rights to practice their faith.

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Bishop Finn: National Catholic Reporter should not call itself Catholic

Bishop Finn: National Catholic Reporter should not call itself Catholic | LifeSiteNews.com.

There is clearly an increasing boldness in the assertions of US Bishops regarding scandal of those who, while calling themselves Catholic, defy the Church and dissent from its teaching!

by John Jalsevac
Fri Jan 25, 2013 18:02 EST

January 25, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The National Catholic Reporter, a newspaper renowned for its “liberal” editorial stance on numerous doctrinal and moral issues, should not advertise itself as Catholic, according to Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City.

The headquarters of the Reporter (not to be confused with the National Catholic Register) are located in Bishop Finn’s diocese, putting the paper under his ecclesiastical authority.

Bishop Robert Finn

“I have received letters and other complaints about NCR from the beginning of my time here,” writes Bishop Finn in a new column published today in the diocesan newspaper. The column was published to coincide with the feast of St. Francis de Sales, considered the patron saint of journalists by the Catholic Church.

The bishop listed the editorial positions taken by NCR that officially condemn Catholic Church teaching, including “on the ordination of women, insistent undermining of Church teaching on artificial contraception and sexual morality in general, lionizing dissident theologies while rejecting established Magisterial teaching, and a litany of other issues.”

Bishop Finn pointed out that his predecessor, Bishop Charles Helmsin, had demanded that NCR remove the name “Catholic” from its name in the late sixties, a request that was ignored at the time.

“From my perspective, NCR’s positions against authentic Church teaching and leadership have not changed trajectory in the intervening decades,” said Bishop Finn.

The bishop also said that he has attempted to dialogue with the leadership of the newspaper, but to no avail.

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NCRegister | Thou Shall Not Think

NCRegister | Thou Shall Not Think.

by Donald DeMarco Saturday, Jan 12

I was told, when I first arrived in Canada, that Canadians are not particularly decisive, that they would be reluctant to bet on which way the elevator was moving even if they had two choices.

It is a country, so I was informed, of “the bland leading the bland.” And no less than media guru Marshall McLuhan declared that “the Canadian beaver is an apt symbol of our dammed-up creativity.”

The recent row concerning whether or not Canadians should think about when life begins leads me to think that the biblical version of the aforementioned epigram is more pertinent: “the blind leading the blind.”

There is merit, apparently, in not being able to see, for what one might see could be fearful and troubling.

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The call to be Servants of God’s plan — Fr. Marvin Deutsch, M.M.

To be servants as best we can of the grace that invites all men to find Christ - I believe these words of Leo the Great give us a brief discretion of who we are as missionaries sent out into the whole world to accomplish this task. Not everyone believes this these days. When Pope Benedict was asked if people of other religions should be given the opportunity to know Christ, he responded:

There are those who say that non-Christians should be “left in peace” out of respect for their own “authentic” beliefs, whatever that may be. But how can this be the case if the true authenticity of every person is found in communion with Christ and not without him? Isn’t it our duty to offer them this essential reality?

In Chapter 10:9 of John’s gospel, Jesus says, I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. In John 14:6, Jesus says: I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Thus, there can be no fulfillment without Christ. Friends, this is the meaning of the Epiphany. It reveals to us the plan of the Father from all time until now. As humble servants of this great truth, we pray for our society, Maryknoll, and the whole Church, that we all may be in the words of Pope Leo – servants of God to carry out this plan to invite all peoples to find Christ.

Fr. Marvin Deutsch, M.M.

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ObamaCare mandate may force nuns devoted to the eldery to leave U.S. | LifeSiteNews.com

Remember this when Religious Freedom comes up in conversation!

by Kirsten Andersen

  • Wed Dec 19, 2012 16:39 EST

ObamaCare mandate may force nuns devoted to the eldery to leave U.S. | LifeSiteNews.com.

BALTIMORE, December 19, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Obama administration’s HHS mandate may force the Catholic Little Sisters of the Poor to cease their U.S. operations, according to Sister Constance Carolyn Veit, the religious order’s communications director.

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