HLI on Ted Kennedy

August 30, 2009

I object to 2 instances of uncharitable language in this statement.  However I entirely agree with the substance of the statement.

Here it is in its entirety.  Its also at: http://www.hli.org/index.php/component/content/article/73-press-releases/705-press-release-82709-hli-statement-on-the-passing-of-senator-kennedy

PRESS RELEASE: 8.27.09: HLI Statement on the Passing of Senator Kennedy

Human Life International’s Statement
on the Passing of Senator Edward Kennedy

We must, as a matter of precept, pray for the salvation of heretical Catholics like Senator Edward Kennedy, but we do not have to praise him let alone extol him with the full honors of a public Catholic funeral and all the adulation that attends such an event. There was very little about Ted Kennedy’s life that deserves admiration from a spiritual or moral point of view. He was probably the worst example of a Catholic statesman that one can think of. When all is said and done, he has distorted the concept of what it means to be a Catholic in public life more than anyone else in leadership today.

Obviously we don’t know the state of Senator Edward Kennedy’s soul upon death. We don’t pretend to. We are told by the family that he had the opportunity to confess his sins before a priest, and his priest has said publicly he was “at peace” when he died. For that we are grateful. But it is one thing to confess one’s sins and for these matters to be kept, rightfully, private. It is another thing entirely for one who so consistently and publicly advocated for the destruction of unborn human beings to depart the stage without a public repudiation of these views, a public confession, as it were.

It is up to God to judge Senator Kennedy’s soul. We, as rational persons, must judge his actions, and his actions were not at all in line with one who values and carefully applies Church teaching on weighty matters. Ted Kennedy’s positions on a variety of issues have been a grave scandal for decades, and to honor this “catholic” champion of the culture of death with a Catholic funeral is unjust to those who have actually paid the price of fidelity. We now find out that President Obama will eulogize the Senator at his funeral-an indignity which, following on the heels of the Notre Dame fiasco, leaves faithful Catholics feeling sullied, desecrated and dehumanized by men who seem to look for opportunities to slap the Church in the face and do so with impunity simply because they have positions of power.

It is not enough for Kennedy to have been a “great guy behind the scenes” as we have seen him referred to even by his political opponents. It is also not praiseworthy to put a Catholic rhetorical veneer on his leftist politics that did nothing to advance true justice as the Church sees it or to advance the peace of Christ in this world. Every indication of Senator Kennedy’s career, every public appearance, every sound bite showed an acerbic, divisive and partisan political hack for whom party politics were much more infallible than Church doctrines. Whatever one’s political affiliation, if one is only “Catholic” to the extent that his faith rhymes with his party line, then his Catholicism is a fraud.

As the Scriptures remind us, there is a time for everything under the sun. This, now, is the time for honesty about our Faith and about those who are called to express it in the public forum. If we do not remind ourselves of the necessity of public confession for public sins such as Senator Kennedy was guilty of, then we are negligent in our embrace of the Faith and we are part of the problem. As Pope Benedict has reminded us recently, charity without truth can easily become mere sentimentality, and we must not fall into that error. A Catholic show of charity for the family must not eclipse the truth that is required of all with eyes to see and ears to hear.

Senator Kennedy needs to be sent to the afterlife with a private, family-only funeral and the prayers of the Church for the salvation of his immortal soul. He will not be missed by the unborn who he betrayed time and time again, nor by the rest of us who are laboring to undo the scandalous example of Catholicism that he gave to three generations of Americans.


a Loving Will

August 30, 2009
Get your LOVING WILL WRITTEN

Go to this website and get the documents. all.org .

Take them to a a lawyer.  Sign a new order that is not pro-death.  This is especially important if the person currently in the legal position to make decisions for you is not Pro-Life.  Don’t let your parents, your adult child or your EX (shudder!) make these decisions for you.

http://all.org/article.php?id=10171


Abortion in the Health Care Plan

August 27, 2009

The Wall Street Journal is as fair an arbiter of fact as there is in this culture.  This article is required reading for anyone trying to sort out what abortions are paid for with what money under the various proposed plans.

Does Health Care Cover Abortion?

Fact Checking the Fact Checkers

You know things have gotten confusing when even the independent “fact checking” organizations can’t agree with each other. The question that tripped them up: Does health care reform cover abortion or not?

FactCheck.org last week said President Barack Obama was misleading when he claimed that his health care reform wouldn’t cover abortion. “It’s a matter of fact,” the non-partisan Web site declared, “that it would allow both a ‘public plan’ and newly subsidized private plans to cover all abortions.” PoliFact, on the other hand, earlier sided with the White House, declaring a statement from Republican leader Rep. John Boehnera “false” that Mr. Obama’s health care reform “will require (Americans) to subsidize abortion with their hard-earned tax dollars.”

The most recent blowup came when Mr. Obama declared, during a call with religious supporters, “You’ve heard that this is all going to mean government funding of abortion. Not true.”

The National Right to Life Committee’s Douglas Johnson responded that Mr. Obama’s health care plan “explicitly authorizes the government plan to cover all elective abortions.”

What on earth is going on?

To understand requires us to take a journey into the legislative weeds, but here’s my bottom line: Those who claim abortion clearly is covered, and those who say it clearly isn’t, are both wrong.

I especially like the “cut through the BS” technique the author proposes – though it will never happen – the White House Press Corps use.

(Memo to the White House press corps: Please ask Mr. Obama, Robert Gibbs or Kathleen Sebelius the following: “The health care legislation gives the HHS Secretary the authority to decide whether abortion is covered. Will you commit right now that abortion will not be covered?”)

read the whole article at:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203706604574374873797534360.html


“Abstinence Only” Works!

August 26, 2009

“Abstinence Only” States More Effective

When it comes to effectively reducing teen abortions, it’s apparent that there are those who “get it”, and those who don’t. In this particular case, it’s easy to let the numbers speak for themselves.

less_than_15_graph

The balance of this article is at:
http://104babcock.wordpress.com/2009/07/07/abstinence-only-states-more-effective/

I am not familiar with this blogger’s work.


Reasons to favor Abstinence instruction

August 26, 2009

Ten Reasons to Keep Abstinence Education in N.C.

Family North Carolina Magazine—Jul/Aug 2009

by Alysse ElHage

In recent months, there have been increasing efforts in North Carolina to eliminate the focus on abstinence-until-marriage (AUM) sex education in our public schools, and return the State to an approach that is aimed at helping students avoid the consequences of early sexual activity, rather than helping postpone that activity.

In an effort to provide parents and educators with the facts they need to make informed choices about these issues, we have compiled a list of 10 reasons to maintain the focus on Abstinence-based education in North Carolina’s public schools.

See the entire article at:
http://www.ncfamily.org/FNC/0907S1.html

This independant public policy research and education group appears to be an ally in this fight.  Learn more about them at http://ncfamily.org/what.html


SD Ruling: Women Must Be Told

August 24, 2009

A Federal Court has upheld the constitutionality of a South Dakota law requiring doctors to inform patients that abortion kills a human being. U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier handed down the ruling on Thursday in a lawsuit against the state filed by Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota objecting to the 2005 law requiring that full information be given to women seeking abortions.

Judge Schreier said that although doctors must use the term ‘human being,’ it can be used in a “biological sense” and not an “ideological” one. The law specifies that a woman must be told that abortion “will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.”

The ruling isn’t quite what we’d like to see; there are some flaws in it:

In the same ruling Schreier, who had issued an order in 2005 preventing the law from coming into effect, overturned a requirement that women be informed that abortion increases the risk of suicide
and suicidal thoughts. Schreier called these disclosure provisions “untruthful and misleading.”

Also struck down was a provision requiring doctors to tell a woman that she has an existing legally protected relationship with her unborn child. Schreier ruled that “in the legal context, a pregnant mother cannot have a ‘relationship’ with a ‘human being,’ as that word is defined in the statute.”

Agreeing with Alliance Defense Fund counsel Steven Aden, “We find it incredible, however, for the court to determine that the law cannot acknowledge that a ‘pregnant woman has an existing relationship with that unborn human being’ because some human beings are somehow not ‘persons.'”

The personhood of the unborn continues to be a crucial point of disagreement between pro-lifers and pro-“Choicers.”

The entire article is here.


Thought-provoking quote

August 24, 2009

with thanks to Crystal for sharing this with us:

Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. This is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil. ALBERT SCHWEITZER