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41 Years Later . . . Roe V. Wade And Christian Witness

February 2, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By MOST REV. CHARLES CHAPUT, OFM Cap. (Editor’s Note: This commentary, released January 16, first appeared as the weekly column of Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia. It is reprinted here with permission. All rights reserved.) +    +    + January 22 marks the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, legalizing abortion on demand. Thanks to Roe, abortion has killed more than 50 million unborn children over the past four decades — the equivalent of roughly one in six living Americans; an entire generation extinguished. But alongside the killing spree, and despite the contempt of abortion activists and unfriendly media, the pro-life counterwitness of millions of Americans has also continued. The March for Life this January,…Continue Reading

From Coast To Coast . . . Pro-Lifers Make A Mark For Babies And Moms

February 1, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN SAN FRANCISCO — An activist black pastor voiced defiance of the Obama administration’s threat to individual conscience through its health-care mandate during speeches in front of San Francisco City Hall at the 10th annual Walk for Life West Coast here. “Enough is enough! We will not surrender our conscience,” said Rev. Clenard Childress Jr., one of four main pro-life speakers at Civic Center Plaza on January 25. “We will stay in the streets. We will engage in civil disobedience.” In his ten-minute talk, Childress recalled that German-born genius and physicist Albert Einstein, who refused to return to that country when National Socialist dictator Adolf Hitler took power, had warned, “Never surrender conscience, even if the state demands…Continue Reading

Be Not Afraid — A Little Louder

January 31, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES A few years back, I found a pamphlet in the back of a church titled Sing a Little Louder. Some of you may also be familiar with it as well. It is a short, but moving, World War II-era story about a German church which was located near some railroad tracks where Nazi trains used to pass by during church services. When the congregants used to hear the screams and cries of those on the trains headed to the death camps, they would “sing a little louder” to muffle the sound. Perhaps today that is what we are doing to ourselves. We aren’t necessarily singing a little louder, but we are certainly indulging ourselves with all sorts…Continue Reading

Obama’s Final Straw?

January 30, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK There were many on the right who feared that Barack Obama was the ultimate “Teflon President,” that nothing he did or failed to do would diminish his popularity with a solid majority of the American people. Those fears have been allayed. The disastrous rollout of Obamacare, with the accompanying repetition on the nightly news of the long list of lies and misrepresentations made by the president when he sold the program to the people, seems to have done what the lies over Benghazi, the IRS snooping on Tea Party activists, “Fast and Furious,” and the NSA collection of data on private citizens could not. Obama is shrinking in the polls, to a level matched by the…Continue Reading

Slaughter Of The Innocents . . . Questions About China’s Family Planning Policies

January 29, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By FR. JOHN FLYNN, LC (Editor’s Note: Fr. John Flynn, LC, wrote this commentary for ZENIT News Agency; all rights reserved.) +    +    + Amid conflicting news reports over changes to the one-child family planning policy in China, disturbing reports continue to arrive about serious abuses of human rights. On December 31, the BBC reported that a Chinese obstetrician is on trial, accused of stealing newborn babies and selling them to child traffickers. Zhang Shuxia was accused of selling seven babies, according to the BBC. Apparently she told the parents their infants were sick, and persuaded them to give the children to her. Just the day before, Radio Free Asia reported that four Uyghur women in China’s northwestern region of…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Profile: The Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation”

January 28, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For a PowerPoint presentation on the Gates Foundation, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + We’ve all heard of how Bill Gates’ genius and foresight (along with a hefty dose of luck) allowed him to become the richest man on Earth. Forbes estimates his present fortune to be about $67 billion. Exactly how much money is this? How can we even begin to visualize this gigantic number? If the Gates fortune were converted into crisp new one-dollar bills, it would consume the entire output of all of the United States Mints for a decade, and would make a solid block…Continue Reading

Report Says . . . Multiple Sex Partners, Broken Homes Increase Abortion

January 27, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DUSTIN SIGGINS WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) — Broken families and multiple sex partners lead to more abortions, according to a new report unveiled January 15 by the Family Research Council. The report, coauthored by the Family Research Council’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) director, Pat Fagan, Ph.D., and visiting fellow Scott Talkington, Ph.D., was based on data from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG). It found that almost 90 percent of women admitting to at least one abortion have had at least three sexual partners. Women from intact families had an abortion rate 10 percent lower than women from broken families. At an event discussing the report, pro-life Cong. Chris Smith (R., N.J.) said the findings demonstrate the…Continue Reading

Polish Bishops… Issue Pastoral Warning On “Gender Ideology”

January 26, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PAUL LIKOUDIS On the Feast of the Holy Family, Catholics in Poland were read a pastoral letter by the country’s bishops condemning “gender ideology,” and warning that its imposition in schools, health services, cultural institutions, and non-governmental organizations threatens family life, the nation, and all humanity. “Gender ideology,” the bishops wrote in the letter titled The Dangers Stemming From Gender Ideology, “is strongly rooted in Marxism and neo-Marxism, promoted by some feminist movements and the sexual revolution. Gender ideology promotes rules which are completely contradictory with reality and an integral understanding of human nature. . . . “According to this ideology,” the bishops stated, “the human being can define himself or herself freely: whether he or she is a…Continue Reading

Retired Bishop Leaves Skeptics… When He Claims Prelates Don’t Favor Open Borders

January 25, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — It’s said that a callous smuggler about to scoot away on the U.S.-Mexico border may tell trusting illegal aliens whom he’s abandoning that Phoenix is just over the next hill. Adios, and have a good hike. Actually, depending on their border location, Arizona’s capital city would be a drive of two, three, or more hours away on a good highway. On foot, it’s an arduous desert distance that gets even worse if the travel guidance comes in a complex 1,197-page map. That’s how many pages are in the “comprehensive immigration reform” bill (S 744) the U.S. Senate’s “Gang of Eight” got passed last June. But it hasn’t begun rolling in the House. It’s such a…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Praises . . . Marchers’ “Outstanding Public Witness To The Right To Life”

January 24, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK B. CRAINE WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis praised those taking part in the U.S. March for Life in a letter to Donald Cardinal Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, D.C., calling the march an “outstanding public witness to the right to life of the unborn.” The letter was sent through the Vatican’s secretary of state, Pietro Parolin, and read by the papal nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Viganò, at a Mass for youth in Washington on Wednesday morning, January 22. The Pope offered special thanks to youth “for their willingness to show solidarity with the most innocent and vulnerable members of our human family.” “In this way, as responsible citizens concerned for the building of a true just and free society,…Continue Reading