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Teen Pregnancies Drop as Planned Parenthood Leaves

Study shows dramatic drop in teen pregnancy rate as Planned Parenthood leaves communities

Fri Oct 04, 2013 14:39 EST

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Oct. 4, 2013 (STOPP) – As a part of American Life League’s just-released meta-study of Planned Parenthood, Stop Planned Parenthood (STOPP) researchers analyzed the teen pregnancy rate in 16 counties of the Texas Panhandle. In those counties, over an 11-year period, closures of Planned Parenthood facilities were ongoing in the face of strong community opposition to the abortion giant’s presence.

Our study of teen pregnancy rates in the Amarillo area was prompted, in part, by news reports that Texas Department of Health State Services statistics for 2010 showed that the teen pregnancy rate is lower in Potter and Randall Counties of Texas—where Planned Parenthood’s business was focused and headquartered—than it has been since records have been kept.

The TDH statistics reflect the status of teen pregnancy two years after the last two Planned Parenthood centers in the service area of Planned Parenthood of Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle disaffiliated from Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

While many things factor into the teen pregnancy rate (TPR), the fact that the TPR continually declined as Planned Parenthood facilities closed, and reached its lowest point in recorded history two years after disaffiliation of the last two remaining facilities, was a significant confirmation that Planned Parenthood’s presence and its “evidence based” sex education programs are not a necessary component to reducing teen pregnancy.

Read the rest here: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/study-shows-dramatic-drop-in-teen-pregnancy-rate-as-planned-parenthood-leav?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=f1a9b8b2c8-LifeSiteNews_com_US_Headlines_06_19_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0caba610ac-f1a9b8b2c8-397516873

Military Priests Face Arrest for Celebrating Mass in Defiance of Shutdown


Our government is out of control.

First, it was the World War II veterans who had to break down barriers to see the open air, un-attended memorial erected in their honor. A memorial which is on public land but is supported – including the National Park Service fee – with private funds. This week there was more security surrounding this memorial — just to keep elderly veterans out — than there was at our embassy in Benghazi the night it was attacked.

And for what? To inflict as much pain as possible through this government shutdown. It’s called Washington Monument Syndrome, and it’s pure political theater.

But now there’s a story just coming to light that takes things even further. According the Archdiocese for Military Services, GS and contract priests (who are paid by the federal government as independent contractors in places where there aren’t enough active-duty priests to meet the needs of Catholics in military service) are being forbidden from celebrating Mass, even on a volunteer basis.
If they violate this restriction, they face possible arrest. FOR CELEBRATING MASS.

From John Schlageter, General Counsel for the Archdiocese:

There is a chronic shortage of active duty Catholic chaplains. While roughly 25% of the military is Catholic, Catholic priests make up only about 8% of the chaplain corps. That means approximately 275,000 men and women in uniform, and their families, are served by only 234 active-duty priests. The temporary solution to this shortage is to provide GS and contract priests. These men are employed by the government to ensure that a priest is available when an active duty Catholic Chaplain is not present. With the government shutdown, GS and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer. During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.
As an example, if a Catholic family has a Baptism scheduled at the base chapel at Langley AFB this weekend, unless they can locate a priest who is not a GS or contract priest, they should consider it cancelled. Likewise, a Marine who attends Sunday Mass at the Quantico Chapel will have to go elsewhere this weekend. If you are a Catholic stationed in Japan or Korea and are served by a Contract or GS priest, unless you speak Korean or Japanese and can find a church nearby, then you have no choice but to go without Mass this weekend. Until the Federal Government resumes normal operations, or an exemption is granted to contract or GS priests, Catholic services are indefinitely suspended at those worldwide installations served by contract and GS priests.
At a time when the military is considering alternative sources of funding for sporting events at the service academies, no one seems to be looking for funding to ensure the Free Exercise rights of Catholics in uniform. Why not?

Read the rest, including updates at: http://www.catholicvote.org/military-priests-face-arrest-for-celebrating-mass-in-defiance-of-shutdown/

On the feast of St. Francis: Peace comes by embracing the cross, Pope says at Assisi

By Elise Harris
Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Piazza San Franchesco in Assisi Oct. 4, 2013 Credit: Andrea Gagliarduci/CNA.
Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Piazza San Franchesco in Assisi Oct. 4, 2013
Credit: Andrea Gagliarduci/CNA.

.- During his visit to Assisi, Pope Francis told Mass attendees that true peace can only be attained by drawing close to the crucified Lord, stressing the importance of having a relationship with him.

“What is the peace which (Saint) Francis received, experienced and lived, and which he passes on to us? It is the peace of Christ, which is born of the greatest love of all, the love of the cross,” he said.

Pope Francis celebrated his Oct. 4 Mass for the pilgrims who joined him in the town of Assisi to celebrate the feast of his patron, St. Francis of Assisi.

At the beginning of his pontificate, the Holy Father revealed in a special audience with journalists that he chose the name “Francis” because of remarks made to him immediately after his election, in which some of his brother cardinals urged him not to forget the poor.

The pontiff began his reflections on the life of the Saint, who was born the son of a wealthy fabric merchant, by recalling how his encounter with Jesus inspired him to resign his inheritance and to embrace a life of poverty.

“In all of Francis’ life,” the Pope noted, “love for the poor and the imitation of Christ in his poverty were inseparably united, like the two sides of a coin.”

Deepening his reflection into the life of the saint, the Pope urged those in attendance to question what sort of witness Francis gave, not just in his words, but more importantly in his life.

Read the rest at: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/peace-comes-by-embracing-the-cross-pope-says-at-assisi/

Jihad story of the day: Alberta high school dropout explains why he, and many others, have gone to fight in Syria

 National Post
| | Last Updated: 26/09/13 4:15 PM ET
Damian Clairmont of Calgary converted to Islam following a suicide attempt at age 17. He is now known as Mustafa Al-Gharib. After he left Canada last November, CSIS officers told his mother he had gone to Syria and was part of an extremist group they had been monitoring for two years.
Damian Clairmont of Calgary converted to Islam following a suicide attempt at age 17. He is now known as Mustafa Al-Gharib. After he left Canada last November, CSIS officers told his mother he had gone to Syria and was part of an extremist group they had been monitoring for two years.
TORONTO— “I am where I am because I believe in something,” Damian Clairmont wrote from Syria, where the Alberta high-school dropout has spent the past ten months helping bring down the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad.
A Muslim convert who now calls himself Mustafa Al-Gharib, the 22-year-old is one of dozens of Canadians participating in the protracted conflict in Syria, which is now being called “the new Afghanistan” and the “epicentre of jihad.”

Also among those who made the trek there was Ali Dirie, a Somali-Canadian and former member of the Toronto 18 terror group that plotted to bomb downtown Toronto and storm the Parliament buildings to behead MPs in 2006.

A gun smuggler with a high school education who once called white people the “number one filthiest people on the face of the planet,” Dirie had claimed at his sentencing that he no longer believed in terrorism or violence.

Several sources confirmed, however, that after he was released from prison, Dirie left for Syria. He is suspected of having joined the al-Qaeda-linked Al Nusrah Front. Rumors he was recently killed have been circulating in Toronto but remain unverified.

Ray Boisvert, a former counter-terrorism chief at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, said the large number of Western fighters in Syria is partly a factor of communications technology, which has helped spread images of atrocities and heroic depictions of armed groups.

“Ten years after the invasion of Afghanistan by Western forces, we now have people with even greater access to the details of what’s going on, and have easier travel access to a conflict hot spot,” said Mr. Boisvert, President of the consulting firm I-SEC Integrated Strategies.

“And, frankly, because of the nature of this conflict, which will likely run for years, we’ll see a lot of ‘veterans’ likely return, just like the Afghan conflict. It simply has a lot of ‘ugly’ that will cause repercussions in the years to come, at home and abroad.”

Mr. Clairmont left Alberta for Syria last November. The RCMP and CSIS are investigating, his mother said. In exchanges with the National Post, he explained his decision in wholly religious terms, saying he was working towards the afterlife.

“The benefit for myself in terms of the worldly life is most certainly back in Canada where I could see my family, indulge in fornication and infidelity legally and limitlessly and stagger around poisoned on intoxicants and then lie to myself and the world about ‘Freedom’ and how fantastic it is,” the Nova Scotia-born Acadian wrote.

“After all that is what we were conditioned to believe since our school days, was it not?” he added. “Challenging those learned assumptions, questioning them and actually being willing to change yourself is always much harder to do. My doing so caused a search for truth and ended in a conclusion that Islam was the answer. With that came Islam’s concept of working for an afterlife that never ends … An eternity in Paradise cannot to traded for 70 years (if that) of this place.”

Read the rest here: http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/09/26/alberta-high-school-dropout-explains-why-he-and-many-others-have-gone-to-fight-in-syria/


October 4, 2013

Bill Donohue comments on a Quinnipiac poll released today:
quinnipiacThere are more than 78 million Catholics in the U.S. and Quinnipiac interviewed 392 of them. The actual number of Catholics who go to Mass on a weekly basis that they interviewed was 153. Most polls ask self-identified Catholics if they “attend church weekly”; “attend church nearly every week or monthly”; or “seldom or never attend church.” Not this one—there were just two choices: “attend weekly” or “less.” In other words, the poll does not distinguish between those who attend monthly and those who have stopped going—they’re lumped together.
They are lumped together for a reason, and it is a dishonest one: Every poll ever taken shows that the more practicing the Catholic is, the more in line he is with the Church’s teachings. In this poll, 60 percent of the Catholics questioned said they do not attend church weekly. Keep in mind that many of these never attend! To what extent can a person be considered a Catholic if he never practices his religion? About as much as a teetotaler can be considered a boozer.
Last March, Quinnipiac interviewed 497 Catholics; this poll is even worse. The margin of error in the poll released today is plus or minus 5 percent; this is worse than the 4 percent figure in the March poll.
The data on abortion are particularly interesting. It is being reported that 36 percent of Catholics think abortion should be legal in most cases. But the figure drops to 20 percent for Catholics who attend church weekly; it is 45 percent for those who do not. Fully 61 percent of practicing Catholics think abortion should be illegal in most cases, while only 29 percent of non-practicing Catholics think this way. These differences are huge, but don’t look for the media, or Quinnipiac, to trumpet them.
Maurice Carroll, the director of the poll, delights in saying how Catholics differ with the “pulpit thundering” perspective they are offered. Spoken like a man who hasn’t seen a pulpit in decades.

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – October 4, 2013

Talking about the “things that matter most” on October 4

4:00 – Kresta Comments

4:20 – Graphic Images: An Apologia – Their History and Role in the Pro-Life Movement
The Nazi Holocaust ended nearly seventy years ago. Yet, despite the overwhelming evidence of the systematic extermination of European Jews, there are those who deny that these atrocities actually occurred. Much, if not all, of such denial is motivated by a politically or philosophically based anti-Semitism. One of the most persuasive rebuttals to Holocaust denial is the photographic record of its victims. This record, both still photos and film, was used to great effect by the prosecutors during the Nuremberg trials. They are often graphic and hard to look at, but they are real. They show something that is real. Why not the same for the reality of abortion? Dr. Monica Milleroffers an apologia for graphic images of abortion.

4:40 – “Grace Unplugged”
Having just turned 18, Grace Trey aspires to more than just singing at her church, where the worship leader is her father – a former pop star. So, with the help of Mossy, her dad’s former manager, Grace records a cover version of her dad’s old Top-10 hit, runs off to Los Angeles and begins to taste the kind of stardom she’s always dreamed about. Yet with each rung of the ladder she climbs, Grace feels more and more pressure to compromise her values, further straining her relationship with her parents. Will everything she experiences lead her to reject her faith or rediscover it? It’s the plot of “Grace Unplugged” and Nick Thomm is here to review it.

5:00 – A Pope Francis Roundtable: Understanding the Man, His Mission, and His Mode of Communication
The worldwide media attention on Pope Francis over the past couple weeks has been enormous – possibly more focus on a Pope since the death of Blessed John Paul the Great. The two major interviews has granted to a conglomeration of Jesuit publications and the Italian publication La Repubblica has been fodder for immense discussion in the media, in the Church and among the laity. We take time to look in-depth at the man, his mission and his mode of communication. We do that in a roundtable discussion with Janet Smith, Jimmy Akin and Matthew Bunson.

On the Media’s Misunderstanding of Pope Francis


Inspired by this, and this, and this (among others.)
Why doesn’t Pope Francis just keep his mouth shut and stop talking about controversial stuff? Well, except for the whole, you know, “being pope and leading the flock” thing.
Or are you suggesting that maybe it’s the fault of the MEDIA? Heaven forbid.

10th Circuit upholds order against abortion pill mandate

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Click here to access photos.The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman regarding Thursday’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit to uphold a district court’s order in Newland v. Sebelius that stopped enforcement of the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate against family-owned Hercules Industries, a Colorado-based HVAC manufacturer:

“Every American, including family business owners, should be free to live and do business according to their faith. In appealing the district court’s order that halted the mandate against Hercules, the administration sent a clear message that it wants to force families to abandon their faith in order to earn a living. That’s the opposite of religious freedom. The 10th Circuit was right to uphold the district court’s order and protect the Newland family’s religious liberty at least until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to extend religious freedom to similar families across the country.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.

Source and additional resources: http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/7524

Obamacare mandates threaten religious freedom: Column

USA Today

Health law forces me and my family to ignore our beliefs in our business.


Twenty-five years ago, my wife and I started Autocam with 52 employees. Today it is an international company with 700 employees in the United States. The freedoms we enjoy in this country enabled us to start our family business and make choices that allowed it to flourish and expand.

I am also a Catholic Christian whose faith teaches that everyone has a vocation in life; that call for me was in business, as both a way to support my family and contribute to the common good. As a Catholic I try to live my faith in all aspects of my life – at church, at home, when I travel and at the office.

Like a lot of Americans, I believe that religion is not something confined to an hour on Sunday. Religion is a way of life that defines my relationship to the world around me. Because Catholic social teaching emphasizes the dignity of work and workers, it has always been important to me to offer our employees good wages and benefits.

I write because the mandate is forcing me and my family to choose between the teachings of our faith and the operation of our business. It gives us three options, all of which are unconscionable according to our beliefs: (1) violate our faith by complying with the mandate and provide our employees with insurance that covers contraception and sterilization; (2) pay over $16,000,000 in fines per year, destroying our business and putting our employees out of work; or (3) cut our employees’ health benefits so that we do not have to violate our beliefs. While the last choice would save our family and the company $5,000,000, we reject it because of the respect we have for our employees.

Read the rest here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/10/03/autocam-catholic-hhs-mandate-column/2909795/

Popcak in WaPo on the Pope, “Catholicism is a love story.”

I was interviewed, earlier today, by Michelle Boorstein, a religion writer for the Washington Post.  We chatted about the challenge many people were having with Pope Francis style and my own journey from confusion and mild frustration to greater understanding and appreciation for what he is trying to do and say.  I appreciated her thoughtful and considerate [Read More...]

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