Viva La Papa!

September 6, 2011

A few weeks have passed, and I’m still on high from World Youth Day in Madrid. There are some obvious reasons for this “high” (see video above), and then some not so obvious. Overall it was amazing and inspiring to be surrounded by millions of God’s children, all there to honor Pope Benedict XVI. Every conversation and every chant was a blessing. Continue reading…

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From Chapter 1.14 Of avoiding hasty judgments:

TURN your attention upon yourself and beware of judging the deeds of other men, for in judging others a man labors vainly, often makes mistakes, and easily sins; whereas, in judging and taking stock of himself he does something that is always profitable.

We frequently judge that things are as we wish them to be, for through personal feeling true perspective is easily lost.

If God were the sole object of our desire, we should not be disturbed so easily by opposition to our opinions. But often something lurks within or happens from without to draw us along with it.

Many, unawares, seek themselves in the things they do. They seem even to enjoy peace of mind when things happen according to their wish and liking, but if otherwise than they desire, they are soon disturbed and saddened. Differences of feeling and opinion often divide friends and acquaintances, even those who are religious and devout.

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Fortunately for New York City’s pregnancy care centers, a politically motivated ordinance slated to take effect in mid-July was declared “unconstitutionally vague” by a federal district judge. The ruling is a victory for volunteer organizations and freedom of speech.

The court order will keep the city from fining pregnancy centers that were singled out by the ordinance and required, oddly enough, to highlight the services they do not offer, particularly abortion and emergency contraception. The ordinance also required the centers to emphasize to potential clients whether they have licensed medical providers on staff. Federal district judge William Pauley faulted the law for its overly broad language and its premise that the nonprofit pregnancy centers engage in commercial speech subject to strict regulation.

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In light of the present debt crisis, President Obama gave a historic speech this week encouraging Americans to give up more of their paychecks. The speech wasn’t historic in the sense of its importance, no. But historic because Western Civilization heard almost the same words and the same message nearly 220 years ago. With his deep-rooted hatred for wealth and privilege, it seems as though our president has taken a liking to the most famous instigator of class warfare the western world has ever seen: Maximilien Robespierre.

See the text of President Obama’s speech below, and you will notice that it is very similar to Robespierre’s 1794 speech on the Festival of the Supreme Being:

The day forever fortunate has arrived, which the American people have consecrated to big Government. Never has the world which He created offered to Him a spectacle so worthy of His notice. He has seen reigning on the earth Capitalism, Religion, and Republicans. He sees at this moment a whole nation, grappling with all the oppressions of the human race, suspend the course of its heroic labors to elevate its thoughts and vows toward the great Government who has given it the mission it has undertaken and the strength to accomplish it.

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Members of Congress are vowing to hold Planned Parenthood accountable for its use of taxpayer funding in the wake of a new report from Americans United for Life.

Representatives Renee Ellmers (R–NC) and Randy Hultgren (R–IL) invited AUL President and CEO Charmaine Yoest to Capitol Hill yesterday for a news conference about the release of AUL’s “The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood.”

Ellmers opened the discussion by thanking AUL for its groundbreaking report that “lays the foundation for further inquiry.” She said that regardless of how people feel about abortion, the report confirms that federal funding for Planned Parenthood should be stopped.

“We feel very strongly that it’s time to put an end to it, so that taxpayer dollars can go to more effective programs,” she said.

Hultgren agreed. “The American people want accountability for how tax dollars are being spent,” he said. “When we are spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars these questions have to be asked, and answers must be given.”

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