Your Prayers are Greatly Needed for our Country and our Political System.
Lord, all justice and all goodness comes from you; you hate evil and abhor lies. Lead us, your servants, in the path of
your justice, so that all who hope in you may rejoice with the Church and in Christ. (Divine Office)
The Words of St. Francis: To all magistrates and consuls, judges and governors all over the world…I ask you with whatever reverence I can that you do not let the cares and worries of this world cause you to forget God and turn from the path of his commandments..
A Christian can never remain silent in the face of violence, poverty, hunger, corruption or abuse of power. – Pope Benedict XV
Pope Francis takes a “Wait and See” attitude
Pope Francis adopted a “wait and see” attitude toward President Donald Trump, in a interview with the Spanish daily El Pais.
“I don’t like to get ahead of myself, or to judge people prematurely,” the Pope said regarding Trump. “We will see how he acts,
what he does, and then I will form an opinion.”
(This post and report will be updated from time to time because there are changes and revelations happening almost every day.)
1. Our President and his Administration: What Happened
“The March for Life”
Source: catholocculture.org and catholocculture.org/news/ January 27, 2017
“Life is winning in America because of all of you,” Vice President Mike Pence told the youthful crowd [at the Annual March for Life in Washington]. His presence was a clear sign of White House support; no incumbent president or vice-president had ever before made a personal appearance at the March for Life. President Trump underlined that message on his Twitter account: “To all of you marching—you have my full support!”…
Trump’s action fulfills a campaign promise to pro-life supporters. The executive order does not yet fulfill Trump’s promise to cut off all federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
“Mexico City policy”
The president’s executive order reinstates the “Mexico City policy” that was first adopted by President Reagan, blocking the flow of taxpayer money to organizations that use the funds for abortions. The policy was rescinded by President Clinton, reinstated by President Bush, and rescinded again by President Obama—all by executive orders issued soon after they took office.
Trump’s memorandum reinstituting the policy directs top U.S. officials for the first time to extend the anti-abortion requirements “to global health assistance furnished by all departments or agencies.”
In 1976, Congressman Henry Hyde introduced a provision which prohibits any funds from Medicaid being used to pay for abortions. In the last 40 years, the Hyde Amendment has been renewed annually and has saved more than two million lives!
This important legislation will make the Hyde Amendment permanent and will apply it across the federal government, not just to Medicaid. This will save even more innocent lives!
Our tax dollars go to Planned Parenthood
“It is deeply troubling to many Americans that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion network…receives more than half a billion taxpayer dollars per year,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. “This concern has rightly grown with revelations about Planned Parenthood’s willingness to traffic in fetal tissue from abortions.”
Exposé: no prenatal care at Planned Parenthood, January 24, 2017 Source: catholocculture.org and catholocculture.org/news/
Planned Parenthood officials frequently say that their clinics offer valuable prenatal care, [though] a new undercover survey finds that most Planned Parenthood clinics turn away women who ask for that help. Live Action,
A pro-life group, recorded calls to dozens of Planned Parenthood clinics across the US. Of the 97 facilities contacted, only five offered any kind of prenatal help. In most cases, receptionists quickly told the caller that Planned Parenthood does not offer that sort of service.
“Planned Parenthood offers abortions, so they don’t offer prenatal care,” said a typical clinic staffer.
Note: Planned Parenthood coached staff to cover up child abuse, former employee discloses 1-18, 2017
A former Planned Parenthood employee has said that the organization trained its counselors to skirt laws requiring them to report the sexual abuse of young girls.
In 2011, an undercover investigation by the pro-life group Live Action found that Planned Parenthood abortion clinics made no effort to notify authorities when underage girls reported that they were sexually involved with older men. Following that episode, Planned Parenthood briefed employees on how to respond to such situations.
Now Ramona Trevino, who once worked for Planned Parenthood, reports that the briefings were not designed to help protect young women. Instead, she said, employees were instructed on how to identify investigators.
Report: Planned Parenthood didn’t report child sex trafficking to law enforcement as it claimed (Live Action)
Defunding Planned Parenthood by the States
Before Obama left office, he pushed through a parting gift to Planned Parenthood. A rule that prevented states from having the ability to defund Planned Parenthood in their own states.
On Feb 19 the House passed a resolution to undo Obama’s rule and voted to overturn his parting gift–thanks to the leadership of pro-life Representative Diane Black and others. Now the resolution goes on to the Senate, and then to the desk of our new pro-life president, Donald Trump.
President Donald Trump’s offer of federal funding
New York Times By MAGGIE HABERMANMARCH 6, 2017
US President Donald Trump suggested that he would work to preserve federal funding for Planned Parenthood if the group stopped performing abortions.
Planned Parenthood—which is the largest abortion provider in the US—quickly rejected the offer. The group insists that federal funding, which amounts to about $500 million a year, is not used for abortion services. Nevertheless, the institution said that it would not accept an offer that required an end to performing abortions.
Pray that the House and Senate will deliver a bill to President Trump’s desk that will stop the flow of our tax dollars ($1.5 MILLION dollars a day) to Planned Parenthood.
Some Democrats are Trying to Influence and Change the Church’s Teaching about Abortion.
Nothing new. By Phil Lawler, Oct 12, 2016
“We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good,” wrote John Podesta, the chairman of the Clinton campaign. He was responding to a supporter who had suggested a campaign to bring change within the Catholic Church, to “demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship.”
A political campaign to change the teachings of the Church: is this unprecedented?
Unfortunately, no. In this country, the desire to change the Church in order to advance the liberal agenda was on display more than 50 years ago:
In July 1964, several liberal theologians received invitations to the Kennedy family compound in Hyannisport, Massachusetts, for a discussion of how a Catholic politician should handle the abortion issue. Notice now that abortion was not a major political issue in 1964. Ostensibly the meeting had been called to provide advice for Robert Kennedy, who was running for a New York Senate seat. But a candidate was not likely to face questions about abortion in 1964; the Kennedy planners had the more distant future in mind.
From the Hyannisport meeting emerged the argument that a Catholic politician might be “personally” opposed to abortion, yet support its legalization: the flimsy argument that “pro-choice” Catholic politicians have so enthusiastically embraced. And it’s not a coincidence that one of the theologians who had attended the meeting helped form the pro-abortion front group, Catholics for Free Choice.
So it’s an old story, really. But the full truth about the Hyannisport meeting didn’t emerge until 2008, with the publication of my book The Faithful Departed (from which the quote above is taken). With Wikileaks the truth has come out faster.
2. Our President and his Administration: What is Happening.
Illegals entering the southern boarder
Immigration:The President’s executive order on refugees and illegals entering the southern boarder
President said, during the campaign, he would build a wall along the Mexican border to halt the entry of illegal drugs and drug carriers from entering the United States.
No preferential treatment for persecuted Christians in revised executive order
March 08, 2017
President Donald Trump’s revised executive order on refugees no longer offers preferential treatment for Christians and beleaguered religious minorities fleeing persecution.
Father Benedict Kiely, who raised funds for persecuted Christians, told the National Catholic Register, “It may seem politically incorrect to prioritize a specific group or groups, however, given the lessons of history, I wonder what prioritization might have done in 1938 for the Jews of Europe?”
“There’s a dire need for President Trump to issue a separate executive order—one specifically aimed to help the genocide survivors of ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” added Nina Shea, director of the Center for Religious Freedom of the Hudson Institute.
USCCB committee chairmen call on President Trump to protect religious liberty February 17, 2017
Four bishops who chair committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have called upon President Donald Trump to enact religious-liberty protections.
A draft executive order has been published in media outlets, but the order has not been signed.
“Over the last several years, to our great dismay, the federal government has eroded this fundamental right, our first and most cherished freedom,” stated Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, Charles Chaput, Archbishop William Lori, and Bishop Frank Dewane.
President Trump has pledged that his “administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty in our land.” We urge the fulfillment of this promise, including an end to regulations and other mandates by the federal government that force people of faith to make impossible choices…
It is indeed encouraging to hear that the President may be considering an Executive Order to implement strong protections for religious freedom across the federal government, in many of the areas where it has been eroded by the preceding Administration, such as health coverage, adoption, accreditation, tax exemption, and government grants and contracts. We ourselves, as well as those we shepherd and serve, would be most grateful if the President would take this positive step toward allowing all Americans to be able to practice their faith without severe penalties from the federal government.
A draft of the proposed executive order was circulating among political activists in Washington, prompting enthusiasm from religious leaders and criticism from secular liberals. The sweeping document would:
•Require all federal agencies to recognize that the free exercise of religion extends to all citizens, not only in houses of worship but in public conduct.
•Ensure that the federal government does not take action against organizations because of their stands on issues such as same-sex marriage or gender ideology.
•Instruct the relevant federal agencies to provide exemptions to the “Obamacare” mandate to all religious institutions that find the policies objectionable, and provide all citizens with health-care programs that do not subsidize abortion.
•Define religious organizations to include any groups founded on religious principles—not only churches and charitable groups.
•Order federal agencies to accommodate the religious beliefs and practices of employees “to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law,” and forbid any adverse action against federal employees or contractors for religious stands they might take outside the scope of their federal work.
Conscience Protection Act:
USCCB urges senators to support Conscience Protection Act
The chairmen of two committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have called upon senators to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2017 (S. 301), sponsored by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK)
As of 3-15-2017 Conscience Protection Act has yet to pass the House.
Attorney-general nominee Sessions promises tough enforcement of pornography laws.
Catholic World News January 17, 2017
Senator Jeff Sessions, who has been nominated – [and who now holds the office of Attorney General] told a Senate confirmation hearing that he would “vigorously” enforce federal laws against pornography. Sessions said that pornography laws “should continue to be effectively and vigorously prosecuted in the cases that are appropriate.” He said that he would consider restoring a special task force within the Justice Department to prosecute crimes involving pornography.
We must pray earnestly for Senator Jeff Sessions to prosecute crimes involving pornography.
3. The Democratic Party and the last administration under review by the Trump administration?
Obama’s LGBT policy
Obama’s Human Rights of LGBTI Persons
Human Rights of LGBTI Persons February 17, 2017
The Trump administration has decided not to eliminate the position of Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, a position created by the Obama administration in 2015.
Executive Order 13672
USCCB rues Trump’s decision to retain Obama’s LGBT executive order, February 03, 2017
Note: The chairmen of two committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to leave in place a 2014 executive order on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment.
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore issued their statement a day before the president addressed the National Prayer Breakfast and pledged to protect religious liberty.
“The new administration’s decision not to rescind Executive Order 13672 is troubling and disappointing,” the prelates said. “The Executive Order is deeply flawed, and its many problems are outlined in our statement from 2014 … In seeking to remedy instances of discrimination, it creates new forms of discrimination against people of faith.”
Human Rights of LGBTI Persons February 17, 2017.
Note: Pope Francis strongly criticizes transgender ideology August 04, 2016
The Holy See Press Office has published the transcript of the meeting between Pope Francis and the bishops of Poland that took place during the Pope’s recent apostolic journey there.
During the conversation, which took place on July 27, Pope Francis strongly criticized the teaching of transgender ideology to children.
“In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa and some Asian countries we are seeing some real ideological colonizations,” he said. “And one of these, I’m going to say it outright, is gender.”
“Today, children—children!—are told at school that they can choose their sex,” he continued. “Why are they taught this? Because the books are supplied by the people and institutions that give you the money. These are the ideological colonizations backed also by countries that wield a great deal of influence. And this is terrible.”
Pope Francis added:
Speaking with Benedict XVI, who is well and lucid, he told me: “Holiness, this is the age of sin against the Creator!: He is intelligent! God created man and woman; God made the world like this, like this, like this, and we are doing the exact opposite.”
Note: A young girl who is unhappy as a girl surely does need sympathy, support, and loving care. But if she thinks of herself as a boy, she should not be encouraged in that delusion. A girl is a girl, and a boy is a boy, and neither medical procedures nor hormone injections can change that reality.
We must pray earnestly to change this teaching in the schools.
4. What has been done to try to disable this administration.
The Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church has released a statement protesting policies and appointments of President Trump’s administration. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)
The Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, has called upon its more than 1 million members in 39 countries, including the United States, to do all they can to see that a host of decisions and actions by the Trump administration, described by the bishops as “clearly demonic acts,” “do not last.” The bishops are calling for concerted grass-roots action, including bringing pressure on Congress.
Those demonic acts are as stated in the Council of Bishops AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH Episcopal Statement January 31, 2017
Bishops issue the following statement in response to the views and actions of President Donald Trump since his inauguration on January 20, 2017.
The charges against Trump for demonic acts and spiritual wickedness,include:
1.Trump Administration’s denial of climate change, the order for expediting reviews and approvals for infrastructure projects.
2.In addition, support for the XL and Dakota pipelines, places profits above the importance of protecting the environment, and the health of citizens.
3.President Trump claimed during the campaign that he would build a wall along the Mexican border to halt illegal immigration,
We ask that every member of this denomination, and people who are committed to justice and righteousness, equality and truth, will join with us to thwart what are clearly demonic acts.
We must do more than talk and write, we must act. Again, the Apostle says that “we wrestle”, not just talk, with spiritual wickedness.