Friday, March 27, 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015
World Down Syndrome Day 2015
Down syndrome is also known as trisomy 21. It is called that because a person with the syndrome has 3 pairs of chromosome 21.
Sadly, for too many, Down syndrome is seen as a curse & something to be eliminated via abortion. Over 90% of those children diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. The reasons include the false claim that these children will not have an acceptable quality of life & parents who do not want to be "saddled" with a child who is disabled. Some people, like Richard Dawkins, say that 100% of all those diagnosed with Down syndrome should be aborted.
Studies, like those reported by an article by Live Action News show just the opposite to the claims made to justify it. In 1 study "out of 2,044 parents or guardians surveyed, 79% reported their outlook on life was “more positive” because of their child with Down syndrome."
Another study "found that among siblings of children with Down syndrome, 97% expressed feelings of pride for their brother or sister and 88% were convinced that they were better people because of their sibling. This study polled siblings over the age of 12."
& in yet another study that focused on the feelings & attitudes of those people with Down syndrome. "Among adults with Down, 99% said they were happy with their lives and 97% said they liked who they were. 96% said they liked the way they looked. You would probably not find such high numbers among the general public. According to the study, Down syndrome children grow up to be happy adults."
In high school & college I worked with children & adults who had Down syndrome. My life has been greatly enriched because of what they gave to me for the little I gave to them.
A huge reason why we see the high rate of abortion for those with Down syndrome has to do with our "culture of death" so prevalent in the world today. This attitude towards them reminds me of the attitude seen in Nazi Germany before & during World War II. I can best bring that home by sharing a story that Corrie ten Boom told in her book "The Hiding Place" that was later repeated in the movie version.
In the book she tells of an interrogation by a Nazi lieutenant after her arrest for helping to hide Jews from being arrested & sent to death camps. When asked about her work she began talking about her efforts to bring the Gospel to those who were then called "retarded" or "feeble minded." The officer finally exploded & said "What a waste of time and energy! If you want converts, surely one normal person is worth all the half-wits in the world!"
Corrie ten Boom responded to what she calls an example of "true National-Socialist philosophy" by saying "The truth, Sir, is that God's viewpoint is sometimes different from ours." She went on to add "In the Bible I learned that God values us not for our strength or our brains but simply because He has made us. Who knows, in His eyes a half-wit may be worth more than a watchmaker. Or---a lieutenant." The interview quickly ended after that. But she had made her point that God's values were those of what we now call the Culture of Life, not the Nazi version of the "culture of death."
Today is the 10th anniversary of World Sown syndrome Day. It has been official celebrated by the UN since 2012. This is the same UN that pushed abortion as a right. Their hypocrisy, in this case, knows no bounds. They are giving a death sentence to the very people they claim they are celebrating.
Today is a day to celebrate the gifts God has given us in those with Down syndrome. It is a day to honor them. But we cannot let today go by & forget them the other 364 days of a year. We must continue to fight for their right to life from the moment of conception on. Their role as a vital part of our lifes & communities must be honored & welcomed. In our doing so, we will be truly be building that Culture of Life that values every human being the way God values them.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Is Planned Parenthood Worse than ISIS?
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Sunday, February 22, 2015
Dr. Jack Wilke 5 April 1925-20 February 2015
In 1971 he published his 1st book, Handbook on Abortion, co-written with his wife Barbara. Over the years the book was revised & expanded in 1975 & 1979. It went through 24 printings. It was also translated into 10 languages. It was the handbook, or bible for the Pro-life movement
In 1985 it was replaced with Abortion: Question & Answers. It used the most up to date information & soon achieved the same status of its predecessor. It was revised in 1985, 1989 & 1991. It was translated into 20 languages.
In 1997 they came out with a new book that retained part of its predecessor's name but also added new emphasis. It was called Abortion Questions & Answers: Why Not Love Them Both. That book has also been revised over the years & was again translated into many other languages. It proved a worthy successor to the earlier books.
From 1984 to 1991 he was the president of the National Right to Life Committee. He was also a founding member & president emeritus of the International Right to Life. In 1991 he co-founded Life Issues Institute with Bradley Mattes. It was started to provide updated information as well as the latest & best ways to provide people with the information & the Pro-life message as a whole. Dr. Wilke continued working, speaking & appearing on radio & TV to spread the Pro-life message. His wife passed away in April 203.
Lest this sound just like an impersonal obituary, I have to add something about the effect his work has had on me.
I 1st read his book Handbook on Abortion in the 80s. At the time I wasn't that familiar with Planned Parenthood & how they operated, let alone its founder Margaret Sanger. What I read was a real eye opener. What I read made me all the more determined to fight for life & to get out the truth about Sanger & her organization.
The book talked about Sanger's eugenics views & her work to eliminate those whom she saw as unfit mainly through eugenic sterilization. Who did she consider unfit? "Black people, Jews, Southern European immigrants (especially Italians*), but also others of 'low I.Q.' These 'feebleminded' people where a menace to the race.'"
What stopped me in my tracks was what she said about Southern European immigrants & those from Italia in particular. My maternal grandparents & one pair of my maternal great-grandparents were from Southern Italy. I realized that if Sanger had gotten her way, I would never have been born. At that point the battle became very personal. Over the years, especially through this blog & more recently via Facebook & Twitter, I have done my best to get the information about the real, racist goals of the abortion industry out.
Over the years, his writings & work through the Life Issues Institute have provided me with many tools to use in my Pro-life work.
Dr. Wilke has done much to save the lifes of the unborn & spread the entire Pro-life message. But now his work is done & he has entered into his rest.
Thank Dr. Wilke for a job well done.
Sources: Father of the pro-life movement Dr. Jack Willke passed away Friday
Labels: Planned Parenthood
Thursday, February 19, 2015
2015 Virtual St. Joseph Altar
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Sunday, February 01, 2015
How the Abortion Industry Targets the Black Community
Recently, I was thinking of the damage done to the black community by the abortion industry. The holiday honoring Martin Luther King as well as the anniversary of Roe v Wade & Doe v Bolton fell in the same week. So on the Saturday before the MLK holiday I sent in the following letter to the Dubuque TH. It was published on 22 January which I felt was the perfect day.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
These Doctors Have the Prescription for What Ails the Catholic Church
The book had its origins in the naming of a fellow Capuchin, St Lawrence of Brindisi, as a Doctor of the Church by St. Pope John XXIII in 1959. The book was substantially finished in 1967. Then in 1971 Venerable (very soon to be Blessed) Pope Paul VI added St. Catherine of Siena & St. Teresa of Avila. Finally, St Therese of Lisieux was added by St. Pope John Paul II in 1997.* The finished work was published by TAN Books in 2000.*
Now we usually think of someone in the medical profession when we hear the word doctor. But the word is actually derived from the Latin word docere. "to teach." It meant that the person was qualified to teach on the subject he had studied.
The Doctors of the Church were clearly qualified to teach. & while some of them spent years in study others didn't. But the one common factor was that they were ultimately taught by the Holy Spirit no matter what other education they may have had.
But their knowledge also had a spiritual ability to analyse
The book is organized into a chapter for each Doctor. The order was based on the birth of each doctor. In doing so, an interesting fact is noticed, with a couple of exceptions, the Doctors seem to appear in clusters & usually in periods where the truths taught by the Church were being questioned or even denied & often heresies offered to replace them.
The 1st group of 13 wrote & taught in the 4th & 5th Centuries. That was the era of the Arian, Manichean, Monophysitism & Nestorian heresies.
Another group of 6 appeared during the 16th & 17th Centuries. That was the time of the Protestant Reformation (rebellion) started by Martin Luther, Calvin, etc. Some of these Doctors wrote to defend the teachings of the Catholic Church. Some wrote with the aim of convincing people to return to the Church. Others wrote to help Catholics to grow stronger in their faith.
Each chapter provides a biography of the saint as well as a look at some of what they wrote.
While I have read the various chapters over the past 4 years, I recently decided to start reading the entire book in the order found in the book. As I have been rereading their stories I realized how they had plenty to say about the problems we are facing today. That also meant that they would face rejection by various factions in the Church today as well. & as I will show, that means those on the right as well as the left.
Some of them faced exile, persecution & arrest for daring to speak the truth against those who claimed to be Catholic but supported heretical views instead. Others faced death threats. But all of them remained faithful to Jesus & His Catholic Church.
I said that some would be criticised & condemned by both the left & the right. A good example is St. Ambrose. Yes, the same Ambrose who brought St. Augustine into the Catholic Church & has 1 of the Western rites named after him, The Ambrosian aka Milanese rite.
Here is what he had to say about the social obligation of the rich:
"It is not from your own goods that you give largesses to the beggar; it is a portion of his own which you are restoring to him. What was given for all in common you usurp for your own benefit. The earth belongs to all, not to the rich only. You are consequently paying back a debt; do not go away and think you are making a gift to which you not bound." (De Nabuthe, XII, 53)
You will notice he didn't say a word about the government's obligation, just that of the rich.
As for the beggar: "Never were there so many beggars as today. We see coming to us strong, hearty fellows, who have no other title but their vagrancy, and who claim their right to despoil the poor of what they earn and empty their purses. A little does not satisfy them; they must have more. They trick themselves out in a way to render their demands more urgent, and make up false descriptions of their social condition in order to swell the gifts they receive. To give credence too benevolently to their stories means to exhaust in a short time the alms set aside for the subsistence of the poor. There must be, therefore, a limit. Let them not go away empty-handed, but let not him who helps the needy to live become the prey of schemers. Let us not be inhumane, but let us not deprive extreme indigence of all support." (De Officiis, II, 16)
If you think they attacks on Cardinal Burke have been vicious because of his stand for authentic Catholic doctrine, then look at the example of St. Athanasius. At the Council of Nicea he helped to champion the doctrine of the divinity of Christ against the Arians. 5 months after the Council, the then about 30 year old Athenasius was made bishop of Alexandria, Egypt. But 5 times during his almost 47 years as Bishop he was driven into exile by his Arian enemies with the help of the emperor. The most active included a fellow bishop, & supporter of the Arian heresy, Eusebuius of Nicomedia.
Then let us not forget St. Catherine of Siena. She was not afraid to correct civil leaders like Queen Joanna & the King of France & even Cardinals. Now we see too many politicians that abandon their faith for power, thus supporting things like legal abortion. What she said to Queen Joanna could just as easily be applied to Nancy Pelosi or VP Joe Biden. "You have abandoned the councils of the Holy Spirit to listen to the Evil One; you were a branch of the true Vine, and have cut yourself off with the knife of self-love. You were the beloved daughter of your Father, the Vicar of Jesus Christ, and now you have abandoned him."
St. Lawrence of Brindisi wrote at the time of the Protestant reformation. Some of what he wrote was to counter what Luther & the Protestant Reformation was proclaiming. But, he could also be considered as the father of not only modern Mariology, but modern Josephology. In The Incarnational Circle he talks about God's plan to not only have a virgin-mother for His Son, but that she would be united to a virgin-husband. This means that St. Joseph was predestined in the eternal plan of creation in the 1st place after Jesus & Mary. It also means, among other things, that Joseph was predestined to be the virgin Father of Christ.
Sadly his writings on The Incarnational Circle are not readily available in English. This is also all too true of the writings of many of the other Doctors as well.
Those are only a few examples of how relevant the lives & teachings of the Church Doctors are for us today. Some of their writings are aimed at the clergy, others for the laity. But all sought to uphold the eternal truths of the Catholic Church & help all members to live their faith to the fullest.
What they have taught is sorely needed today. Like the times of the early Church Fathers when heresies were rampantly promoted in the Church, we see the errors of the Modernist heresy being promoted. Like the time of the Protestant Reformation there is confusion about what the Catholic Church actually teaches & how we are to live our lives. The now 35 Doctors* of the Church provide the clarity we need to answer those heresies & clear up the confusion. They truly have the prescription for what ails the Catholic Church today.
The information about the latest to join the list was written by Dr. Matthew E. Bunson K.H.S. While TAN still has the older edition available at a reduced price, I would recommend that you get the updated edition instead. I haven't had the chance to order it yet, but it is on my list.
Friday, September 05, 2014
Did King Solomon Warn Us About the Dangers of the Modern Left?
When St. Jerome did the translation he used the vulgar, or common version of Latin used by the average speaker.
As I already pointed out the Latin word for left, sinister, is also used for describing an evil, something harmful or something bad. So let's look at a few things the modern left is promoting that shows how they are living up to their sinister, or leftist, label.
We could start with abortion, the murder of innocent unborn babies. Then there is the promotion of euthenasia, gay marriage, homosexual acts as being OK, etc. In short, what Pope John Paul labeled as the "culture of death." & that is only a part of the evils promoted these days by the modern left.
So maybe King Solomon wasn't thinking of the modern left when he wrote what he did under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. But the Holy Spirit knew what things would be like in the early part of the 21st Century.
Of course the left would say that what they are promoting is wisdom & good. In their minds it is, because it what they say the world calls wisdom. But as St Paul pointed out to the Corinthians "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God."
So they proffess themselves to be wise. But as St. Paul told the Romans "Proffessing themselves to be wise, they became fools."
We are seeing the results of that foolishness in the destruction of our culture. We are also seeing where that is leading, to the destruction of America & Western civilization if they are allowed to continue taking us down the path they want us to follow.
& we can't say we haven't been warned.