Category Archives: Pro-Life

Assisted suicide, the Christian meaning of defeat

O Canada! Assisted suicide, the Christian meaning of defeat, and King Alfred the Great
By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Feb 10, 2015

Last week’s news that the Canadian Supreme Court had struck down Canada’s law against assisted suicide is an object lesson. The justices have become the latest poster children for what is wrong with the world. I wish to consider just two of these serious wrongs, and to identify one inevitable consequence. Finally, with help from King Alfred the Great, I will suggest that there is only one way forward.

Democracy Is Dead
When a country has a law passed by its representative legislature which prohibits assisted suicide, and a court summarily overturns that law based on nothing but its own interior lights, then democracy has died in that country. Of course, democracy has already died in quite a few countries which used to be quite proud of their democratic heritage. Canada’s large neighbor to the south, the United States, has already provided numerous indicators of the same.

I admit that democracy is hardly essential for a political order to be conducive to the common good. In fact, I doubt that democracy has actually ever been achieved. Has there ever been a society in which everyone was permitted to vote, and in which every vote counted equally? More to the point, different people in different cultures may establish all kinds of arrangements for the conduct of public affairs, of which democracy (including its step child, the republic) is but one. In any case, the common good itself depends upon far more than politics.

Nonetheless, there are many who ought to find the death of democracy troubling, especially if they live in a kind of cultural mind warp. One such “warp” is the loud and constant insistence that our nations are truly democratic societies. To live in this “warp”, we need only to assume that a few justices in a high court represent the will of the demos (the people) better than the people represent themselves.

The Greatest Poverty

Mother Teresa said, “the second greatest poverty in the world is the experience of being rejected by society. The greatest poverty is the spiritual emptiness that causes people to discard other human beings as useless objects—abortion”. . . . “if a mother can kill her own child—what is left but for me to kill you and you kill me.”

Let us Pray for an end to the Spiritual Emptiness that has consumed generations of our leadership and return to the faith filled principles of the founders of our country.

A people who live in the shadow of death

Let us pray each day.
All-powerful and ever-living God, shine with the light of your radiance on a people who live in the shadow of death. Address urban decay–support families and communities suffering from mental illness, broken families and a desire for infamy. Strengthen them by the reinforcement of christian values to create a better public policy.
Let us pray for new and good leadership in our government.

LThe reading for this week
“As generous distributors of God’s manifold grace, put your gifts at the service of one another, each in the measure he has received. The one who speaks is to deliver God’s message. The one who serves is to do it with the strength provided by God. Thus, in all of you God is to be glorified through Jesus Christ.” READING 1 Peter 4:8-11a
Let us pray for new leadership in our government.

Note: The guideline for these words are from the “Liturgy of the Hours,” said by all Secular Franciscans each day.

New video reveals ‘a lot’ . . .

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New video reveals ‘a lot’ of intact baby cadavers supplied by Planned Parenthood
Catholic World News – August 25, 2015
Caution: Sensitive article
In a devastating new undercover video, released today by the Center for Medical Progress, the chief executive of an tissue-procurement company reports that Planned Parenthood supplies “a lot” of intact cadavers of aborted babies, and laughs at the shocked reactions of technicians who see the bodies.

Cate Dyer, the head of California-based StemExpress, tells an undercover interviewer that “lab techs freak out and have meltdowns” when they see the intact bodies of aborted babies. StemExpress had sought unsuccessfully to prevent release of the damaging video.

Dyer speaks at some length on the video about the business relationship between her company and Planned Parenthood, saying that “they are a volume institution.” She says that her company has a heavy demand for fetal tissues, which Planned Parenthood clinics can provide.

David Daleiden, who arranged the video recording for the Center for Medical Progress, remarks that StemExpress is the “weakest link” in the supply chain for fetal tissue, since the California company will “readily admit the profit motive that Planned Parenthood and their proxies have in supplying aborted baby parts.”

The Center for Medical Progress also notes that intact fetal cadavers, if they are to be suitable for medical research, are probably born alive before being harvested.

In the course of the video—the 8th in a series of exposes of the fetal-tissue business- Dyer also mentions that she has seen serious hygienic problems in some other abortion clinics. She refers to “rampant, rampant problems with bacteria” at clinics—apparently not those affiliated with Planned Parenthood.

In a related development, the Catholic Medical Association, the largest association of Catholic physicians and health-care professionals in the United States, has called upon the American Medical Association and all other medical organizations to condemn fetal organ trafficking.