Gun Control and the Culture of Death

The following was sent to me by pro-life prayer warrior and friend,  Barney Byrne.  He uses Archbishop Chaput’s words to draw a correlation between the gun violence in our country to the killing we’ve allowed of unborn children through abortion.  

Gun Control

Is the Culture of Death in our Country the main reason for our Country’s recent history of mass shootings and are guns only ones means of instituting that violence?
Exactly 20 years ago, in U.S. Senate testimony just weeks after the Columbine H.S. massacre, Archbishop Charles Chaput of our own Philadelphia Archdiocese offered these thoughts:
“The real problem is in here, in us… In the last four decades we’ve created a culture that markets violence in dozens of different ways, seven days a week.  When we build our advertising campaigns on consumer selfishness and greed, and when money becomes the universal measure of value, how can we be surprised when our sense of community erodes?  When we glorify and multiply guns, why are we shocked when kids use them.  When we answer murder with more violence in the death penalty, we put the state’s seal of approval on revenge. 
When the most dangerous place in the country is a mother’s womb and the unborn child can have his or her head crushed in an abortion, the body language of that message is that life isn’t and may not be worth much at all.  In fact, certain kinds of killing no longer even count officially as “killing”. Certain kinds of killing we enshrine as rights and protect by law. 
When we live this kind of contradiction, why are we surprised at the results?  The Columbine murders will mark my (Denver) community for years to come.  We live in the most violent century in history.  Nothing makes us immune from that violence except a relentless commitment to respect the sanctity of each human life, from womb to natural death.  The civility and community we’ve built in this country are fragile.  We’re losing them.  In examining how and why our culture markets violence, I ask you not to stop with symptoms.  Look deeper.  The families in Littleton and throughout the country deserve at least that much”  
  Twenty years later, the Archbishop has said,
“only a fool can believe that “gun control” will solve the problem of mass violence.  The people using the guns in these loathsome incidents are moral agents with twisted hearts.  The twisting is done by the culture of sexual anarchy, personal excess, political hatreds, intellectual dishonesty, and perverted freedoms that we’ve created over the past half-century. 
And so the Archbishop went on to say,
” Treating the symptoms in a culture of violence doesn’t work.  We need to look deeper.  Until we’re willing to do that,  nothing fundamental will change.”
    Surly words of wisdom, no matter what your creed.

Texas Bishop Touts Denial of Communion to Pro-Abortion Politicians

The following article was posted on Breitbart and authored by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.

ROME — The bishop of Tyler, Texas, has praised a brother bishop for refusing to give Holy Communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion legislation.

In a tweet Monday, Bishop Joseph Strickland came out in support of Bishop Thomas Daly of Spokane, WA, in reaction to an article chronicling Bishop Daly’s hardline stance against pro-abortion politicians.

The article was titled: “Catholic Bishop Will Deny Pro-Abortion Politicians Communion Until They Repent of ‘Evil.’”

“Thank you bishop Daly for standing strong,” Bishop Strickland wrote. “Our society needs to wake up to the reality that when unborn & completely innocent children are not safe from their own mothers, life has no value and the tragic violence we see is simply a consequence of our disregard for life.”

“Efforts to expand access to abortion, allowing murder of children up to the moment of birth is evil,” Daly is quoted as saying earlier this year. “Children are a gift from God, no matter the circumstances of their conception. They not only have a right to life, but we as a society have a moral obligation to protect them from harm.”

“Politicians who reside in the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, and who obstinately persevere in their public support for abortion, should not receive Communion without first being reconciled to Christ and the Church,” he wrote.

“The Church’s commitment to the life of every human person from conception until death is firm. God alone is the author of life and for the civil government to sanction the willful murder of children is unacceptable. For a Catholic political leader to do so is scandalous,” the bishop stated.

At last spring’s annual meeting of the U.S. bishops in Baltimore, Bishop Strickland urged his brother bishops to be valiant in calling Catholic politicians to account.

“I would ask us all the question of how we can call our politicians that claim to be Catholic, that want to be part of the Catholic community, to faithful citizenship, because until we bring them into the truth and living it with all the challenges that we face, I think many of the faithful don’t really see a consistent message,” he said.

Bishop Strickland later explained his position to the National Catholic Register, underscoring the importance of non-negotiable life issues.

“What I really tried to say as I intervened and talked about the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death — those are the grave issues, as far as I’m concerned. That’s what we need to focus on,” he said.

To view Breitbart article click here

Texas Town Declares Itself a “Sanctuary for Unborn Children,” Bans Abortion Clinics

Every mother who cares about her child will support this kind of legislation

Below is an article published by Life News. The report is authored by Mary Margaret Olohan. She reports on a sanctuary city for unborn babies.

The city of Waskom, Texas, declared itself a sanctuary city for the unborn in June, prompting pro-choice groups to post billboards advocating abortion access in the town.

The Waskom city council passed an ordinance in an effort to ban abortions June 12. Abortions are not currently permitted in the state after 20 weeks, but supporters of the pro-life movement fear stricter abortion laws right across the border in Louisiana will cause more women to come to Texas for the procedure, according to The Washington Post.

Right to Life East Texas, based out of Longview, aided the council in its decision.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a heartbeat bill banning abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected in May, prompting Right to Life East Texas director Mark Lee Dickson to take action, he told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Dickson described the council meeting June 12 when the ordinance was passed. “Not one person was in opposition to the ordinance,” he said.

A variety of publications, including HuffPost, USA Today, and WaPo, note the council that declared Waskom a sanctuary city was composed of all males. Dickson said this was true, but added that the majority of those present in the room were women.

“There are tons of women who support what happened in Waskom,” Dickson told the DCNF.

“The reality is, this ordinance is saying that mothers don’t have the right to end the life of their child,” he added. “That’s common-sense legislation. Every mother who cares about her child will support this kind of legislation. It’s only those who don’t see a child as a human being or who see a child as less than human that will take an issue.”

Abortion activists responded to the move by teaming up with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas and the Austin-based Lilith Fund to post billboards in Waskom that read, “Abortion is freedom,” according to WaPo.

“This is an area where even those who are Democrats would cringe at such a statement,” Dickson said. “Abortion is freedom? A lot of people would scratch their heads and say, ‘What is wrong with them?’ Even those who are pro-choice would take issue with that.”

“We can’t be more thankful to the pro-choice groups for everything they are doing – getting them to spend money on billboards, that’s great, that’s that much less money they are spending on the killing of innocent children,” Dickson added.

The Washington Post interviewed residents in the city and found the “majority of local residents” and said they “supported the ordinance and resent more liberal parts of the state plastering their views on billboards in a largely conservative community.”

“I think they did it to take a dig at Waskom,” said local garage owner Jayna Lay, according to WaPo. “They send the wrong message in my opinion. ‘Abortion is freedom,’ that’s a messed up phrase. That’s pretty much saying, ‘Kill your children and you’re free.’ That’s crazy to me.”

The city’s mayor, however, said while he didn’t like the message, organizations have the right to post them.

“I want to make clear that we passed that ordinance to keep abortion clinics out of Waskom,” Waskom Mayor Jesse Moore told WaPo. “I don’t like what they [the billboards] say, but they have got that right.”

Delma Catalina Limones, communications manager for NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, told WaPo that NARAL put up the signs before communicating with anyone in Waskom, and that people called in thanking the organization for it after.

“We refuse to be intimidated, and we will continue to work to expand and protect abortion access in Texas,” Limones said.

Life News report continues here

The Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York Will be the 2019 Honoree for the Third Annual National Gianna Center Gala

The following is from an email we received from the National Gianna Center for Women’s Health.  This gala takes place on Thursday, October 3rd at the Tribeca 360 in Manhattan.  Details and information on purchasing tickets and advertising can be found in the post below. 

 

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We are thrilled to share with our friends and supporters that the National Gianna Center 501 ( c ) 3 will be honoring the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York at our Third Annual National Gianna Gala, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 3rd at Tribeca 360 in Manhattan.  Since this year’s gala will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the very first Gianna Center, we are thrilled that the Friars have accepted the honor and look forward to a very special celebration.

As most of our constituency will know, the Dominican Order of Preachers is one of the most historic and fruitful orders in the Catholic Church, which, though dating back to Saint Dominic’s founding in the early thirteenth century, continues in full bloom today.  And one proof of their vitality is their Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry, the mission of which “is devoted to promoting the dignity of the human person and the healing ministry of Jesus Christ through pastoral care, education, ethical consultation, and prayer.  As a ministry of the Dominican Province of Saint Joseph collaborating with the Archdiocese of New York, the friars are at the service of the health care community in New York City and beyond.”

The missionary alignment between the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry and the National Gianna Center could not be more solid: we are both dedicated to sharing the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services with those we serve and reaffirming “the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”  For many years, the Dominicans have been celebrating an annual Gianna Mass at St. Catherine of Siena Church for couples suffering from infertility and, this December, they will be hosting a Mass and Reception for families made possible by the Gianna Centers of metropolitan New York.

In 2002, the Dominican Province of Saint Joseph broadened its health care ministry in New York.  A new focus on health care ethics was added to the pastoral ministries at Saint Catherine’s Church and in the area hospitals.

Today, Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York includes the work of four full-time friars and dozens of lay men and women.  In partnership with area health care centers, the Archdiocese of New York, the Parish of Saint Vincent Ferrer and Saint Catherine of Siena, the Dominican Shrine of Saint Jude, and others, the Dominican Friars’ Ministry continues to grow.

Often referred to as “midwives to eternity”, the Friars of the Dominican Health Care Ministry devote their fatherly hearts, time, and prayer to lighten the crosses of those suffering in hospital, and we at the National Gianna Center cannot think of a worthier recipient of our honor and gratitude.

Please join us at our Third Annual National Gianna Gala to celebrate the Dominican Friars and the 10th anniversary of the Gianna Center in New York!

GALA TICKETS AND ADVERTISEMENTS

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets, tables, underwriting or advertising in this year’s dinner journal, please send an email to info@nationalgiannacenter.org for details.

EVENT DETAILS

3rd Annual National Gianna Gala
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 Tribeca 360° – 10 Desbrosses Street – New York, NY 10013 United States  Google Map

 

The mission of the National Gianna non-profit is to help our national network of Gianna medical affiliates to provide pro-life, authentically Catholic health and fertility care to women and families.  To that end, we continue to establish and nurture a national network of healthcare centers based on the Gianna model, which offers a natural alternative to artificial birth control, abortion and in vitro fertilization (IVF) and paves the way for the culture of life to flourish in parishes and communities around the country.  For more information, please use this link.  

God the Creator is the Foundation of Liberty

The sacredness and sanctity of all life, born and unborn, exists because God is the Creator.

By Sam Rohrer
Christian Post

As we celebrate Independence Day and the courage of our founders, we must ask: Independence from what to what? The signers of the Declaration of Independence knew, but most Americans sadly don’t. It’s time to reexamine the foundation of liberty and the source of rights that made America great. Liberty can’t be understood without the Bible, as civil freedom starts with understanding spiritual freedom.

John 8:32 says, “and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.” Without experiencing this spiritual freedom from the power of sin that only faith in Christ can bring, no nation can ever experience lasting civil freedom. The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia says it all; from Leviticus 25:10, Proclaim liberty—the liberty that comes from obeying God’s commands—throughout all the land and to all the inhabitants therefore.

Liberty, as identified in our Declaration, hinges on God and understanding Him. We are endowed by our Creator—independence and liberty start with spiritual freedom, which comes from God our Creator and is experienced personally as spiritual freedom in Christ. Recognizing God and God the Creator—the foundation of the Judeo-Christian worldview—is where liberty starts. This God is Supreme, the same Judge of the Universe appealed to in the Declaration of Independence. This God is Truth, Sovereign, pre-existent, greater than all people and governments.

In true civil freedom, God must first be acknowledged as Supreme and Source of all moral truth. Our founders recognized and started with this truth. The fact that we are endowed by our Creator is the core of America’s civil freedom. If we are created by God in His image, then He gave us the faculties to know and obey Him. If created, then we didn’t evolve nor are we mere accidents in time. We are human beings with value, purpose and the ability to enjoy God’s creation. Since created, then we are given the rights to life, liberty and the enjoyment of private property—rights from God to be protected by government, not rights from government to be manipulated and trampled.

Christian Post article continues here

(The Hon. Sam Rohrer is president of the American Pastors Network, a national network of pastors with constitutional and biblical teachings that discusses today’s pressing issues. He was a Pennsylvania lawmaker for 18 years and hosts the daily “Stand in the Gap Today” national radio program on more than 400 stations and Host of the “Stand in the Gap” national television program.)