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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017

The March for Life: A New Day in America

Matt Walsh on The Pro-Life Man

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Matt Walsh writing at The Blaze today compared and contrasted the men at the last two marches in Washington D.C.

A pro-life man is a man who stands in awe of a woman’s capacity to bring forth life, and harbors a deep sense of appreciation and respect for his own indispensable role in that process. A man who sits back idly while children are murdered and their mothers are sent plunging into a whirlwind of regret and despair is no man at all. A man protects. A man gives. A man provides. A man fights for those who cannot fight for themselves. A man who rejects this duty, even to the point of murder, does not deserve to call himself a man. He is an embarrassment and a disgrace. A pro-life man, however, heeds the call and stays true to his own nature.

To read the whole essay, click on the link below:

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bishop Barron on the Rise of the “Nones”

In Memoriam Lt. Robert Kelly, USMC (from an earlier post)

Lt/General (Ret) John F. Kelly was sworn in yesterday as Secretary of Homeland Security.  The following is from a post dated November 17, 2010.

In Memoriam: Lt. Robert Kelly, USMC

The following poignant E-Mail message was sent to family and friends by Lt/General John F. Kelly, USMC, (above) whose son, Lt. Robert Kelly, USMC, was killed in action on November 9, 2010, in Sangin, Afghanistan defending our freedom.

The message was forwarded here by Marine Corps friends.

From: Kelly LtGen John F
Date: November 12, 2010 10:23:20 PM EST
Subject: FW: My Boy

Family and Friends,

As I think you all know by now our Robert was killed in action protecting our country, its people, and its values from a terrible and relentless enemy, on 9 Nov, in Sangin, Afghanistan. He was leading his Grunts on a dismounted patrol when he was taken. They are shaken, but will recover quickly and already back at it. He went quickly and thank God he did not suffer. In combat that is as good as it gets, and we are thankful. We are a broken hearted - but proud family. He was a wonderful and precious boy living a meaningful life. He was in exactly the place he wanted to be, doing exactly what he wanted to do, surrounded by the best men on this earth - his Marines and Navy Doc.

The nation he served has honored us with promoting him posthumously to First Lieutenant of Marines. We will bury our son, now 1stLt Robert Michael Kelly USMC, in Arlington National Cemetery on 22 Nov. Services will commence at 1245 at Fort Myers. We will likely have a memorial receiving at a yet to be designated funeral home on 21 Nov. The coffin will be closed. Our son Captain John Kelly USMC, himself a multi-tour combat veteran and the best big brother on this earth, will escort the body from Dover Air Force Base to Arlington. From the moment he was killed he has never been alone and will remain under the protection of a Marine to his final resting place.

Many have offered prayers for us and we thank you, but his wonderful wife Heather and the rest of the clan ask that you direct the majority of your prayers to his platoon of Marines, still in contact and in "harm's way," and at greater risk without his steady leadership.

Thank you all for the many kindnesses we could not get through this without you all. Thank you all for being there for us. The pain in unimaginable, and we could not do this without you.

Semper Fidelis

John Kelly

Thank God for such men as Lt. Robert Kelly, USMC. Requiescat in Pace.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Remnant TV: SEX & ABORTION, STUPID! (Trump Exposes Radical Left)

Matt Walsh on That Shameful Nonsense: A Women's March

On Saturday, thousands of ladies in vagina hats descended upon DC to demand more dead babies.

They demanded other things, too, like free birth control and free tampons and a free Palestine. They demanded equal rights, even though they already have equal rights. They demanded that the wage gap be closed, even though the wage gap is a fabrication. And they demanded that the government “get out of their uterus,” even though the government was never — and, really, for logistical reasons never could be — in their uterus.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Matt Walsh: Bradley Manning is still a Traitor, and he's still a man!

Matt Walsh writing today at The BlazeComplaining that a “transgender woman” wasn’t transferred to a women’s prison is like complaining that a lunatic who thinks he’s a polar bear won’t be transferred to the local zoo.

Greatest Scientific Fraud of all Time

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From today's Manhattan Contrarian:

The Sound of Abortion

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

An Open Letter to Pope Francis: CRUX

An open letter to Pope Francis ahead of the March for Life

Charlie Camosy urges Pope Francis in an open letter to focus urgency on the issue of abortion since Camosy believes that this pope has a unique opportunity to speak and be listened to by many people who might otherwise tune out the Church on this issue.

Dear Pope Francis,
I love you and what you have done for the Church.
Following popes like St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and especially reforming a poisonous curial culture built up over many years, were nearly impossible jobs. You are off to a wonderful start.
As a moral theologian, and especially one who focuses on bioethics, I was particularly heartened when very early on you signaled a resistance to the tendency of many Catholic thinkers (though not your predecessors) to single out abortion as separate from the rest of Catholic moral theology:
“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion….This is not possible…it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards.”

Contrary to the way the media covered it, this did not mean that you stopped talking about abortion. On the contrary, as I’ve mentioned here at Crux in a previous piece, the day after making these remarks you used powerful language condemning abortion in a speech to a number of OB-GYN physicians in Rome.
“Every unborn child, though unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of the Lord,” you said.

You made abortion a focus in the Year of Mercy. Abortion even showed up in Laudato Si’ connected to a broadly ecological ethic. In these and other cases, you have been at pains to contextualize abortion within your “new balance.” Indeed, when speaking out against abortion quite strongly in Evangelii gaudium, you said that the Church cannot change its teaching “precisely because” of “the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person.”
For the better part of four years you have been very successful in trying to highlight abortion within the context of our throw-away culture. No one who pays attention to your explication of Catholic teaching could possibly dismiss your concern as “pro-birth rather than pro-life.” This was an essential course correction for our pro-life movement.

But one downside of always putting abortion in the context of other issues is that it allows everyday folks to proceed without a sense of urgency to act on behalf of the Holy Innocents slaughtered by the millions.
If abortion is just one of many issues on which to focus, then this allows the Father of Lies to keep good people-often deeply uncomfortable with abortion-from acting on behalf of prenatal children.

Though abortion is intrinsically connected to other issues, it requires a unique sense of urgency. This is not just because its nearly unimaginable evil (millions of children killed plus millions of women coerced into situations which make killing their children seem like the least bad option), but because of shifts in how Western culture especially is thinking about abortion.

Debates about abortion in our culture used to be very much like debates about issues like war and poverty. We knew that it was bad, but we disagreed about the best way to limit it and how much we will “always have with us.”
That is no longer the case. Abortion-rights extremists have gained power in many high places, including within the Democratic party of the United States. Their platform now insists abortion-rights are central to the flourishing of every woman, man, and child on the planet.

Abortion, once thought an evil to be limited, is now in many circles becoming a social good to be promoted. Indeed, big money in the United States is currently being used in a neocolonial attempt to promote abortion around the world.
Your predecessors were better able to speak to those who, for lack of a better word, were more theologically and politically “conservative.” Your approach, however, can reach people with different political views. You can be heard on abortion by those who normally shut out the pro-life movement as politically- and theologically-“other.”
This is why, Pope Francis, I beg of you to have a new sense of urgency in highlighting the mass slaughter of Holy Innocents via abortion. We are at a cultural turning point in the developed West on this question-and the conclusions we come to will continue to be imposed on other cultures.

One place to begin might be in advance of the March for Life in the United States next week. Hundreds of thousands of Americans will once again march to raise awareness of the social justice issue of our day, but media will pay little attention and even intentionally downplay our numbers.

Your standing with media and other gate-keepers of our discourse puts you in a unique position to speak up for voiceless and vulnerable prenatal children. You have offered good words for the March before, but the blood of these children cries out for all of us to do more.

May God continue to bless your ministry-particularly when pointing to the face of Christ in those our culture chooses to throw-away.

Charles C. Camosy is Associate Professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University and author of Beyond the Abortion Wars.