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National abortion rallies ignore pain of women, critics say

October 30, 2013 7:31 PM
Washington D.C., Oct 30, 2013 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A national campaign to depict abortion as a normal and positive experience has drawn criticism for overlooking the harm that abortion causes to women and their unborn children.

“This campaign reinforces the political beliefs about the goodness of abortion without giving women a chance to be honest about how they feel about their abortion or their lost child,” said Tina Whittington, executive vice president for Students for Life of America.

The problem with “encouraging women to fit into this mold that says 'I am okay with my abortion and I feel no regrets,'” she told CNA on Oct. 30, is that “it takes away their rights to feel regret, loss or sadness.”

“This is part of the reason why it takes women so long to seek help” for counseling after an abortion, Whittington continued. Rather than dealing with the pain they experience, women feel pressured to “stand behind a message point.”

Ultimately, she said, the campaign tells women, “We don't care about your complicated emotional or psychological health, all we care about is getting this political agenda moved forward.”

Read the rest here: http://www.catholicworldreport.com/NewsBriefs/Default.aspx?rssGuid=national-abortion-rallies-ignore-pain-of-women-critics-say/

Pope: the Saints tell us to trust the Lord and not be afraid to go against the tide

On the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis reminds us that "life's goal is not death" but heaven. The saints are not supermen, but ordinary people who lived following Jesus; people who loved others instead of hating them, in the spirit of the beatitudes. This afternoon, the Pope will celebrate Mass at the Verano cemetery and pray especially for Christians who died "because of persecution."

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "What do the Saints tell us today? They tell us to trust the Lord because He does not disappoint! The Lord is our friend; He never disappoints! With their witness, they encourage us not to be afraid of going against the tide or of being misunderstood and ridiculed when we speak about Him and the Gospel". This is the teaching Pope Francis offers for the Solemnity of All Saints, which the Catholic Church celebrates today.

Pope Francis has often called on Christians to "go against the tide". In today's feast, he focuses on three aspects of going against the dominant mind-set. The first is victory over death. "The feast of All Saints," the pope said, "reminds us that death is not the goal of our existence, Heaven is! As the Apostle John wrote, 'We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is' (1Jn, 3:2). The Saints, God's friends, assure us that this promise will not disappoint. During their earthly existence in fact, they lived in deep communion with God, so much so that they become like Him. In the faces of their younger and more despised brothers, they saw God's face, and now they contemplate it face to face in its glorious beauty."

The second aspect is to live the beatitudes following Jesus Christ. "To be holy," the pope noted, "is not a privilege of a few, but a vocation for everyone. Everyone can be called to walk along the path of holiness, and this path has a name and a face: Jesus Christ. He shows us the way in the Gospel: that of the Beatitudes (cf. Mt, 5:1-12). The Kingdom of Heaven is in fact for those who put their safety in God' love, not in things. It is for those who have a simple, humble heart; those who do not assume to be fair; those who do not judge others; those who know how to suffer with those who suffer and rejoice with those who rejoice; those who are merciful, not violent, who try to be artisans of reconciliation and peace."

The third aspect is love against hate. "The Saints," Francis noted, "are not supermen, nor were they born perfect. They are people who before reaching the glory of heaven led a normal life, with joys and sorrows, struggles and hopes. But when they encountered God's love, they followed him wholeheartedly, without preconditions or hypocrisy. They spent their lives in the service of others, endured suffering and adversity without hate and responded to evil with good deeds, spreading joy and peace. Saints are men and women who have joy in their heart and pass it onto others." Indeed, "Saints did not hate," he said. "Love comes from God. From whom comes hatred? Saints do not hate."

Read the rest here: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope%3A-the-Saints-tell-us-to-trust-the-Lord-and-not-be-afraid-to-go-against-the-tide-29432.html

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – October 31, 2013

Talking About the Things That Matter Most on Oct. 31

4:00 – Kresta Comments

4:20 – Judges in OK and TX Strike Down Pro-Life Laws
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday reaffirmed its earlier ruling that the state's 2011 Pro-life law is unconstitutional. The ruling comes one day after a federal judge found parts of Texas' abortion legislation unconstitutional. The Oklahoma law, which limits how medication can be used to induce abortions, was struck down in 2012 by an Oklahoma district court and later upheld by the State Supreme Court. Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt then sought to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, prompting the federal high court to pose several questions regarding the Oklahoma court's finding. We talk to pro-life attorney Clarke Forsythe about these cases and his recent book, Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade.

5:00 - The Charismatic Renewal, Pope Francis and the Catholic Church
When the newly elected Pope Francis appeared at the window before the cheering crowd in St Peter’s Square, and promptly bowed down asking the people to pray for him, most of the public at large was charmed, but puzzled. Pope Benedict too had asked the people to pray for him from the outset, but without the bowed head. To some spectators, however—including the members of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and their counterparts in the Protestant and Orthodox worlds—the gesture came as something surprisingly familiar.  In the “charismatic” galaxy, prayer is offered and asked for in this way by people of all levels—specifically, prayer for a renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We talk to Dr. Mary Healy, head of the Doctrinal Commission of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services

 

A Diabolical, Nostalgic Plan

Current Issue: Controversies with Coren

October 24, 2013
"Division. We love it, we relish it, we eat and drink it, we splash around in the bath of it."

Dear Wormwood,
Your uncle is, as you know, a little—how shall we say?—distracted right now, and as I am considered something of an expert when it comes to Christians of the Catholic variety, I’ve been asked to help out a little.

I’ve looked at the files on your man, and you need to be extremely careful here. The believers on what the humans call the “left” of their church are easy. We’ve managed to convince them that salvation is to be found in social programs, liberal politics, and making jokes about conservatives. We’ve done a wonderful job in making it all about politics for them—all about the good they think they can do—and the angrier they become at those they see as their earthly enemies, the further they move away from their god. It’s very successful, and such great fun too. The joke is that they hardly change anything anyway, but the better and more pompous they feel about themselves the less humble and more strident they are, and that makes our enemy even more upset and disappointed.

Anyway, more about that and them later. You see, your little man is of the other variety, the conservatives. They’re much more tricky. They’ve seen through our propaganda campaign—“everything in the past was wrong”, “we have to change with the times”, “intelligent people don’t believe that” and so on. We’ve tried using doubt, confusion, fear, and the truly delicious “apathy” but it doesn’t work on them. So, let me suggest another approach. It’s what I like to call nostalgia. Try to make them confuse Catholicism with history, and faith with living in the past. It’s quite funny actually, and at times some of their more conservative Masses look more like auditions for a BBC costume drama than gatherings of the flock about to be fed His body and His blood.

You have to be careful though. Some of them are the strongest and most fearless of the damnable tribe, and they are there precisely for the continuity and the tradition in the best sense, the real sense, in His sense. It makes me so mad! But not all of them—oh no, no, no. Some are there because they have cultivated a mock cynicism, looking down from some moralistic pedestal of their own creation so as to spit their contempt on the ordinary Catholics below, whom they tend to dislike even more than our good, fine friends the atheists.

Read the rest here: http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/2665/a_diabolical_nostalgic_plan.aspx#disqus_thread

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – October 30, 2013

Talking About the Things That Matter Most on Oct. 30

4:00 – Kresta Comments

5:00 – The Obamacare Debacle and How We Can Still Serve the Least Among Us
Kathleen Sebelius was on Capitol Hill today testifying about the horrendous roll-out of Obamacare, the health insurance marketplace, and the future of the legislation. Paul Propson, Executive Director of Covenant Community Care, knows these issues well and is here to answer questions like; wopis going to benefit from the changes in the health insurance marketplace?; How is employer sponsored coverage being affected?; Who currently is eligible for Medicaid and who will be eligible in the future?;Will Medicare recipients be affected by these changes

5:40 – “Marriage Isn’t Easy, But It’s Beautiful,” Says Pope Francis
Pope Francis addressed the meeting of the Pontifical Council of the Family this past weekend. In part, he said “The Catholic Church must help young people understand that marriage isn’t always easy, but it is so beautiful.” Dr Greg Popcak is here to look at the habits couples need to establish in the early years of marriage to create a firm foundation for lasting love.  We talk about what makes Catholic marriage unique and why God wants each couples marriage to be the greatest love story ever told. 

Boy Wanders Onto Stage To Hang Out With Pope Francis

Pope doesn’t seem to mind the company. This is super cute.
 
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1. Thousands of Catholic families from around the world gathered at the Vatican over the weekend to celebrate the Year of Faith with Pope Francis.

AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

2. On Saturday evening, a small group of children was invited to sit on the pope’s platform to listen to speakers from across the world speak about their faith and families.

3. While representatives from more than 80 countries addressed the pope, a little boy walked onto the stage to say hello.

Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed / Via youtube.com
Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed / Via youtube.com

5. Pope Francis was visibly amused when the child stayed on the stage instead of returning to his seat on the steps.

Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed / Via youtube.com
 

Top Dem Admits: ‘We Knew’


House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer
October 29, 2013 11:56 AM
National Review
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer conceded to reporters today that Democrats knew people would not be able to keep their current health care plans under Obamacare and expressed qualified contrition for President Obama’s repeated vows to the contrary.

“We knew that there would be some policies that would not qualify and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage,” Hoyer said in response to a question from National Review.

Asked by another reporter how repeated statements by Obama to the contrary weren’t “misleading,” Hoyer said “I don’t think the message was wrong. I think the message was accurate. It was not precise enough…[it] should have been caveated with – ‘assuming you have a policy that in fact does do what the bill is designed to do.’”

Hoyer noted that people losing access to their current plans are mostly in the individual market, which is a small segment of the overall market. He also argued that requiring those plans to follow new mandates and regulations was important for ensuring those plans included “adequate coverage so the public would not have to be on the hook for serious illnesses or other illnesses.”

Read the rest here: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/362484/top-dem-admits-we-knew-jonathan-strong#!

Girl crawls out of grave after being raped, buried alive

A 13-year-old girl has dug herself out of a muddy grave after being raped by two men who then buried her alive in Pakistan.
The teen was abducted from her local village in the Punjab province while she was walking to Koran lessons.
Her father Siddique Mughal told police his daughter had been taken, but they refused to cooperate, Outlook India reported.
The men took the young girl to an isolated place and raped her and then buried her alive as they believed she died during the brutal attack.
But the girl managed to dig her way out the muddy grave and caught the attention of passers-by who helped her to a local medical center.

Food Bank CEO Suggests Welfare Cuts May Spark Riots


“Riots always begin typically the same way: when people cannot afford to eat food”

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
October 29, 2013

The CEO of the largest food bank in America has suggested that planned cuts in food stamp benefits set to take effect on Friday could spark riots.
 
Image: Margarette Purvis (YouTube).
Margarette Purvis, the president and CEO of the Food Bank for New York City, told Salon.com that the expiration of stimulus funds, which will see the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program reduced by $5 billion dollars, will have an “immediate impact” and represent a recipe for civil unrest.
 
“If you look across the world, riots always begin typically the same way: when people cannot afford to eat food,” said Purvis, adding that families face the “daunting” prospect of losing a whole week’s worth of food every month.
 
The nationwide cut will take 76 million meals off the table of poverty-stricken New Yorkers alone, equating to about 16 meals a month for a family of three. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has labeled the cut to the SNAP program “unprecedented” in “depth and breadth.”
 
As we previously highlighted, even the mainstream media is invoking the threat of riots that could ensue as a result of the food stamp cut, with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto linking the issue to the Department of Homeland Security’s recent $80 million dollar outlay on armed guards to protect government buildings in upstate New York.
 

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – October 29, 2013

Talking About the Things That Matter Most on Oct. 29

4:00 – Kresta Comments: Should Abortion and Gay “Marriage” be Linked Politically? / An Examination of the Woman at the Well / Pope Francis and Smoke of Satan / Michelle Obama Opines on Religious Liberty

5:00 – Kresta Comments

5:40 – A Chat With Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit
In our monthly conversation with Archbishop Allen Vigneron we talk about a scripture series he is doing with Rabbi Joseph Krakoff… an interesting interfaith venture.  We talk about the dire situation of Christians in the Middle East and a special prayer service for peace.  And as All Souls Day is coming up on Saturday, we talk about the Church’s theology of praying for the deceased.
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