ProLife & Family Issues

Award-winning poet Roderick Falconer recites his haunting poem, “The Sex Life of Fire,” in which he eloquently describes the brutal reality of killing the unborn.

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Screen Shot 2019-02-26 at 10.03.28 AMThis should be the norm, not an extraordinary event. Bishops should act more like shepherds than politicians. Finally a bishop steps up and says, “NO!”

Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois says Senator Dick Durbin is “cooperating in evil” and persisting in “manifest grave sin” because of his abortion advocacy and must therefore “not be admitted to Holy Communion until he repents of his sin.”

For the whole refreshing article, click here. (Thanks to my good friend Tom Govern for sharing this with me.)

To read the excellent Catholic World Report article, click here.

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Contraception: Quick and Easy Explanation

by Steve Ray on February 23, 2019

A Matter of Principle: Why the Church won’t budge on contraception, and what’s at stake!

By “Democritus”

My purpose in writing this essay is not to rehash all the arguments for or against contraception. What I want to do is to go beyond all the common arguments and to reduce them to the basic moral attitudes upon which lie the positions of the Church and her anti-life opponents. I will not attempt to describe all the principles that are at the heart of these respective positions; I will simply point out the attitudes that summarize these principles.

Broadly speaking, the supporters of contraception appeal to reasons or ends such as: the need to stop “overpopulation”; the “health needs” of sexual partners, be they married or not; and the alleged right of couples to determine the number of their children. Other reasons would include “personal choice”, “bodily autonomy”, “reproductive health,” and even “gender equality”. There is little if any consideration as to whether contraception, of itself, has any moral dimension. (For that matter, there is very little consideration whether the just-mentioned “ends” are actually good, or if they have any other purpose beyond themselves.)

Contraception, then, is seen purely in relation to the above-mentioned ends, and it is seen as good because it makes these “ends” easier to attain. In short, contraception is seen as good basically because it is a supposedly effective means to achieving supposedly good ends.  Whether they realize it or not, the supporters of contraception believe – and, to the extent that they actually use contraceptives, live – according to the dictum “the end justifies any means” Conversely, the defenders of contraception maintain that because the Catholic Church opposes contraception, therefore it also opposes all of the above-mentioned “ends”.

Now, the Church doesn’t exactly share the view that all these ‘ends” are really worthy ends of human behavior, or are even good. However, the Church does share some of the concerns of the defenders of contraception, although the Church does not look upon these concerns in the same way. For example, the Church is not blind to poverty and ignorance. She is not blind to the problems that unwanted pregnancies and irresponsible parenting could bring.

The Church is not indifferent to the complexities that attend the size of certain populations and the consequent unavailability of basic resources for many. In fact, the Church possesses an awareness and understanding of these problems far greater than any of her opponents could ever hope to have, for she has been in the business of understanding, alleviating and even sanctifying human suffering for 2,000 years. Why then does the Church refuse to join the contraceptive bandwagon, opting instead to cling to unpopular moral principles and to teach difficult solutions?

For the whole article, click here.

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Trump’s Brilliant Speech

February 7, 2019

I’ll just say it… [by Brian Birch] That was a helluva speech. President Trump delivered one of the best speeches of his presidency last night, weaving together aspirational rhetoric with raw, emotional personal stories, as well as a focus on key issues of deep concern to Catholics. And Americans agreed… A snap CNN poll showed […]

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Trailer released for “Unplanned” – movie about Planned Parenthood’s Abby Johnson’s pro-life conversion

January 31, 2019

Pure Flix, the distributor for God’s Not Dead, is releasing “Unplanned” on 800 movie screens March 29, the Hollywood Reporter (THR)reports. Unplanned is a dramatic film adaption of Johnson’s best-selling 2010 autobiographical book of the same name. It tells the story of Johnson’s journey from Planned Parenthood facility manager to pro-life activist. “I thought I was helping […]

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Catholic Church Leaders Increasing Accused of Being Cowards

January 31, 2019

An article popped up on my screen today as I opened my e-mail account. It was from The American Thinker. I was asked if I agree with Alicia Colon, the author of the article. It is hard not too. Selections from The American Thinker’s article “Catholic Church Leaders are a Bunch of Cowards”: “The bishop who rushed […]

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Time to Excommunicate! Canon Lawyer Ed Peters weighs in on Pro-abort politicians

January 25, 2019

Canon 915’s moment has arrived January 25, 2019  by Dr. Ed Peters Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s blatant promotion of New York’s horrid abortion law seems to have been a tipping point. Demands, demands, that Catholic leaders do something serious to confront unbridled abortionism in the ranks of Catholic politicos are being published like I’ve never seen them urged in four decades […]

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Covington Catholic incident a black eye for pro-life leadership

January 22, 2019

January 21, 2019 (CatholicCulture.org) – by Phil Lawler.  It’s time for the pro-life movement to grow up. The disgraceful treatment of students from Covington Catholic – and by that I mean the pell-mell rush of pro-life “leaders” to condemn innocent young men – illustrates a potentially fatal flaw in the movement. For much too long, […]

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A Canon Law Primer on Church Teaching Regarding “Same-sex Marriage”

January 4, 2019

A primer on Church teaching regarding ‘same-sex marriage’ by Dr. Edward Peters STEVE RAY’S INTRODUCTORY COMMENT: This article was written by Canon Lawyer Ed Peters around the time the US Supreme Court foolishingly and arrogantly decided that homosexuals could marry and it was a valid and legal marriage. Now that we have lived with this egregious […]

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Six Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family & Friends

December 19, 2018

I have added a 7th rule – Be patient. Six Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family and Friends (especially over the holidays)  Steve Ray “I can’t believe you are thinking about being Catholic. Have you lost your mind? Why in the world would you leave biblical Christianity to follow a religion based on men’s tradition? […]

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Webinar with Steve Ray & Teresa Tomeo: “Getting Along with Family & Friends over Christmas

December 19, 2018

Hope you can join us. We will be discussing, “Steve Ray’s 7 Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family & Friends. December 19th, 11-12 AM Eastern time. You can listen to this webinar anytime at http://teresatomeo.com/webcasts/

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“Some Men are Born Eunuchs” … fascinating article about castration and today’s even worse practices

December 19, 2018

Some Men Are Born Eunuchs . . . Anthony Esolen WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2018 [Before you begin reading, this was published in “The Catholic Thing” today. I highly recommend people sign up for their insightful daily emails about the state of the Church today.] Some men are born eunuchs, some become eunuchs for the kingdom […]

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2 Minute Audios: Steve’s 6 Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family & Friends

November 30, 2018

People always ask, “What do I say to my husband…?”  or “How do I get my kids back in the Church?  or  “I am getting no where trying to tell my friend about my Faith.” Well Steve came up with Six Rules to help you deal with non-Catholics – especially family and friends. They are […]

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Seven Things Every Kid Needs to Hear

September 18, 2018

Thanks to my friend Patrick Madrid. Might I suggest you plan to tell your kids all of these things over the next week or two?

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Was Jesus a Homosexual? Some say “Yes” and try to Prove it from the Bible!

September 10, 2018

After posting my blog entry “Jesus and Homosexuality” I received a correspondence from a Harry H. McCall, a self-proclaimed ex-reverend, on June 4, 2012. He referred me to his blog “Debunking Christianity.” His post was entitled Jesus the Homosexual: Evidence From the Gospels. It is despicable to even say or suggest this of Our Lord […]

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Why Didn’t Jesus Condemn Homosexuality?

September 9, 2018

Steve’s extensive response to new questions in the ComBox below. For the newly revised and full article click here. IN RESPONSE TO MY BLOG JESUS IS NOT A HOMOPHOBE, ROD WROTE: Rod May 30, 2012 at 10:21 PM Steve, Your posting is remarkable! It is remarkable that, despite your attempts at convincing yourself that Jesus […]

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