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The Didache (sometimes called The Teaching of the 12 Apostles), which may have been written at about the same time as the Book of Revelation, says, “You shall not procure [an] abortion, nor destroy a newborn child."
Abortion is condemned by The Letter of Barnabas, written perhaps as early as 74 A.D.; by early Church writers like Athenagoras in 177 A.D., Tertullian in 197 A.D., Hippolytus in 228 A.D., and many others.
Perhaps the definitive word came from Archbishop Basil of Caesarea – a writer so powerful he was called St. Basil the Great. He wrote in 375 A.D. that anyone “who deliberately destroys a fetus is answerable for murder. And any fine distinction as to its being completely formed or unformed is not admissible among us.”
Of course, 375 A.D. was 32 times 50-years-ago.
The sudden retreat behind the language of heretical faith exposes the ruse that they are serially incapable of determining the moment that life begins – as modern science, biology, and embryology textbooks have.
When confronted with the unanimous testimony of science, they retreat to a confused haze, muddying the debate by falling back on pre-scientific phrases uttered by St. Augustine of Hippo (d. 430 A.D.) and Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274). Each, with the science of his day, guessed that perhaps, life begins at the moment of “quickening.”
Like St. Basil, neither taught that abortion was a blameless act.
Why would the radical Left increasingly use such religious language to defend the indefensible, the gruesome murder of the unborn?
Because abortion is their religion.
Its promoters cling to it more closely than any other political principle. They consecrate it as “sacred” and brand any attempt to constrain it as “an abomination,” a blasphemy against their idolatrous creed. Any attempt to reason about it is met with emotion-laden non-sequiturs and fulminating excommunications. How else can one even conceive of a book like //The Sacrament of Abortion//?
Jesus Christ – Who had seen some religious frauds in His day – said in the Sermon on the Mount, “By their fruits, ye shall know them” (St. Matthew 7:20). Pro-Choice stands on a faith that has resulted in the bloodshed of more than 50 million dead children – red and yellow, black and white, they were all deprived of life.
That is strange fruit, indeed.

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First-time parents Jenna Gassew and Dan Haley are making the most of Jenna's pregnancy.
Just two months after the Delaware County pair found out they were expecting, doctors gave the young couple the news that turned their lives upside down: something is wrong with the baby.
Their unborn child has been diagnosed with anencephaly, a rare and terminal condition that usually leads babies to die shortly after birth.

Confronted with a situation seemed hopeless at first, the couple started a “Prayers for Shane" Facebook page to deal with the pain and seek support from friends and family. They use the account to ask for prayers and use the page as a virtual scrapbook to share things they are experiencing during the pregnancy.
Using the hashtag #shanesbucketlist, friends can follow the family visiting places, such as Wildwood and the Linvilla Orchard’s petting zoo. Baby Shane even got to meet some of the Philadelphia Phillies and the Phanatic traveling along inside his mother's tummy.
“We know we have this time with him and that’s awesome,” said Jenna.
Finding out about the condition was like something out of a movie for the young couple.

In April, the couple drove to Penn State to see Dan’s brother play baseball when their car slipped on a patch of black ice, leading to an accident.
“We were both fine. I wasn’t showing yet though and I wanted to make sure the baby was okay,” Jenna said.
The emergency room doctor told them to see a specialist because there was some internal bleeding.
Once back at home, Jenna and her mom visited Bryn Mawr Hospital for an ultrasound. The diagnosis came just two days before Jenna and Dan’s fourth anniversary.

Since anencephaly is a rare condition, not many people know a lot about it.
They said doctors did not encourage them to research the condition. Jenna was warned about seeking information on the Internet because the images of anencephalic babies, who are born missing part of their brain and skull, may be graphic.
She said one of the first questions the doctors asked was whether she planned to carry to full-term. Having been raised Catholic, the couple felt that abortion was not an option.
As they learned more about the condition, they embraced the pregnancy.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, anencephaly is a serious birth defect in babies born without major parts of the brain, skull and scalp. The defect occurs during the first month of pregnancy.
Only one in every 4,859 babies in the United States is born with it, according to the CDC.
Jenna and Dan became involved in online support groups, helping them to cope with the baby's condition.
Through online research, Jenna found out that anencephalic babies need to wear preemie onesies. Jenna's grandmother made alterations to a few that they picked out together, making it easy to get it over the baby's head.
Since the diagnosis, tremendous support has poured in via Facebook. Family, friends and even strangers have left comments and liked the pictures. There are several new wall comments each day from people giving the couple encouragement and prayers.
"It's nice and it's a blessing that they're with you for the whole thing," Jenna says.
Dan came up with the idea for the Facebook page. He says the site has allowed him to bond with Shane in a special way as the baby's Oct. 12 due date approaches.
Throughout the summer, Shane attended his dad's baseball games and was dubbed his "#1 fan."
The couple also shared photos that show them setting up Shane's crib, which is appropriately sports-themed with a soccer and football mobile.

On August 11, the couple shared the news that Shane had hiccups, a rare occurrence for anencephalic babies with polyhydramnios. Jenna believes it's a sign he is strong.
The couple recites the "Angel of God" prayer every night before bed and they say the rosary at St. Lawrence Church every Monday night in Upper Darby.
They say, during this time, Shane is especially active.
The couple has several more trips planned for Shane, including Ocean City, Maryland and Lancaster, where Jenna's sister lives.
"It's the hardest thing in the world but you can make it through. We're his parents and we're going to take care of him as long as we can," said Jenna.

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1) Bishops USCCB:
http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/
2) Real Love
Is there Real Love?
3) Pam Stenzel
Who is the amazing Pam Stenzel?
4) Priests for Life
Here's a great place to see the Church in action!
5) Generation Life
Here is Philly's own, the incredible Generation Life!
6) Rock for Life
A good site for teen Pro-Lifers!
7) Priests for Life
Priests for Life is a great site for all people interested in promoting life.
8) Real Alternatives
Real Alternatives is another good Pro-Life site!
9) Pa pro-life
The name says it all!
10) Silent no more
Silent no more speaks out about Pro-life issues!
11) Feminists for Life
Here's an interesting look at the Pro-Life stance from women eho are often Catholic and are also feminists
12) One More Soul
Interesting Stuff!
13) Birthright
Here's a site to help women who have a great decision to make in their life that deserves our understanding and our prayers.
14) Lila Rose (video) onebillionstories.com*
15) Virtue Media:
http://virtuemedia.org/
16) SafeandLegal.com: http://safeandlegal.com
17) Actors, Singers and Celebrities Who Are Openly Pro-Life
18) Jane Roe's Pro-Life Commercial
19) Planned Parenthood Exposed
Pro-Life Video About a Mother and her Blind Son:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oWCbkyR0cy0
20) Happy Birthday - Flipsyde:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bQG8v8kTGs
21) God is Dead / Hail Satan (Texas Pro-Life Protest brings out vastly different responses:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41XENUuwKP8
22) Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja, Singing Doctor, Magee-Womens Hospital (sings Happy B-day to babies he delivers)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBrhF77Hqag
23 ) 40 Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0djVEGv4s00
24) 40 Website:
http://www.the40film.com/
25) Catholic Charities Fraud?:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k5v7VZOYJA&feature=player_embedded#at=25
26) A Father Rescues His Child from Abortion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmJjbunlvys&feature=share
27) Perfect:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4foXehDmWs
28) Marissa Cope Adoption Story:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrC80IiXM-4
29) Twins:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8kBpoQ8T7U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YwT_Gx49os
30) Adoption rather than Abortion:
http://blog.al.com/montgomery/2013/10/auburn_university_homecoming_q.html
31) He’d Take a Bullet for Her:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_UYh5_YVmI
32) 2014 Miss PA Conceived in Rape
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/03/miss-pennsylvania-valerie-gatto-was-conceived-in-rape-glad-she-wasnt-aborted/
33) JJSimmons interviews Carey Fisher - Abortion Survivor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIYsuwIHgPA#t=27
34) A Passion to Serve
http://apassiontoserve.org/
35) Reclaiming Fatherhood:
http://www.menandabortion.info/
36) Online for life:
http://www.prolife.org/brian-fisher-blaze-article/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=newsfeed&utm_content=march&utm_campaign=theblaze

Humane Vitae, the most debated encyclical in modern history

2014-07-25




Paul VI published seven encyclicals in his 15-year pontificate.

The last one was Humanae Vitae, perhaps one of the most debated documents in the recent history of the Church.

FR. ROBERTO REGOLI
Pontifical Gregorian University
"For him, the intense debate over this document was so shocking that from 1968 until his death, he never published another encyclical. He wrote other documents, apostolic exhortations, letters, constitutions, but never an encyclical.”

In 1968, the United States and much of the Western World were undergoing dramatic changes in their cultural and social landscape.

The newer generations of students from the late 1960's rebelled against their parents' values, especially in the areas of morality and sexuality.

FR. ROBERTO REGOLI
Pontifical Gregorian University
"Paul VI had to implement the changes of the Second Vatican Council in the middle of a wider crisis. It went beyond the Church, it was a social, political and cultural crisis.”

Paul VI decided to write Humanae Vitae. The document sheds light on responsible parenthood and addressed moral issues such as the use of contraceptives among Catholics. In it, the Pope wrote that the "unitive significance and the procreative significance are both inherent to the marriage act.”

The Church expected opposition from non-Catholic sectors in society, but was astounded by the push back from many Catholics themselves.

FR. ROBERTO REGOLI
Pontifical Gregorian University
"Something like this had never happened within the Church. There was criticism of many encyclicals from the 1800's from liberal sectors, but never a widespread response from within the Church. Theologians, the people of God, even bishops rejected his Magisterium.”

Paul VI warned about the possible consequences this new life style could have on the family. Consequences such as infidelity, a loss of respect towards women, and the use contraceptive methods as a state policy.

In an interview published this past March, Pope Francis said that Humanae Vitae was prophetic and the Paul VI had the "courage to go against the majority,” and "defend moral discipline.”

The topic for the Pope's very first synod will precisely be the family. It's little surprise then that Paul VI will be beatified on October 19, the last day of the Synod.

Read Humanae Vitae

Coke commercial: (pregnancy and couple)
http://youtu.be/h5yyzdgnxoc

What The Catholic Church Teaches About Contraception and Why!
What The Catholic Church Teaches About Contraception and Why!



WHAT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TEACHES ABOUT CONTRACEPTION AND WHY

This is a tough topic for many people to understand and to follow, but once the situation is examined in depth, I think it is easy for us to understand what the Catholic Church teaches about contraception and the surrounding issues related to it. I believe that history, culture, good relationships, theology, and more are on the side of the Catholic Church.
Yet, before we start we have to answer this question – What is love?

Many people think it is a feeling or something that comes and goes.
How about these two definitions:
  • Love is a gift of the whole person given to another.
  • Love is choosing what is best for another regardless of the cost to myself.
    Christ gave us one new commandment -“Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13:35). How did He love us? He gave everything He had to each of us on the Cross. It is the perfect gift of His whole person. He also wanted what was best for us and offers it to us even though it cost Him His life. So, Christ is our model of love. Keep this in mind.
HISTORY OF CONTRACEPTION
All of Christianity rejected Contraception until 1930 – where the Lambeth Convention of the Anglican Church allowed it in narrow circumstances.
  • Just a few years later a Protestant group of denominations (the Federal Council of Churches) allowed it. A day after the Federal Council of Churches declaration, a shocked Washington Post wrote the following:

  • “Carried to its logical conclusion, the committee’s report, if carried into effect, would sound the deathknell of marriage as a holy institution by establishing degrading practices which would encourage indiscriminate immorality. The suggestion that the use of legalized contraception would be ‘careful and restrained’ is preposterous.”
Can you imagine the Post writing that today? Regardless, they were right. Society had a common sense about contraception as well, which is why contraception was outlawed until the 60’s. This common sense wasn’t something new, just look at the Protestant reformers.
Martin Luther:

“[T]he exceedingly foul deed of Onan, the basest of wretches . . . is a most disgraceful sin. It is far more atrocious than incest and adultery. We call it unchastity, yes, a sodomitic sin. For Onan goes in to her; that is, he lies with her and copulates, and when it comes to the point of insemination, spills the semen, lest the woman conceive. Surely at such a time the order of nature established by God in procreation should be followed. Accordingly, it was a most disgraceful crime.”
John Calvin:

“The voluntary spilling of semen outside of intercourse between man and woman is a monstrous thing. Deliberately to withdraw from coitus in order that semen may fall on the ground is doubly monstrous. For this is to extinguish the hope of the race and to kill before he is born the hoped-for offspring.”
Our choices in light of this history is this:
  1. Either 1,950 years of consistent Christian tradition (and the current stance of the Catholic Church) is wrong or;
  2. All of Christianity had it correct until 1950 (and the Catholic Church still does).

SOCIOLOGICAL/RELATIONAL REASONS
Here are some of the common predictions about what would happen once contraception was legal and widely used:
1 – Marriages would be better – Unwanted pregnancies would decrease – Abortions would decrease
But, what has happened?
  • Divorce rate doubled between 1965-1975 from 25% to 50%
  • One demographer has shown that access to the pill paralleled the increase to the divorce rate
  • Those that use contraception have fewer children and later in marriage.
  • Early years of marriage are fun, but there is a change in attitude
  • But, children are harder to walk away from – They also make you less selfish
  • Also showed there was more adultery because a women is more “available” and the natural consequences (babies) aren’t as easy to achieve.
2 – Less unwanted pregnancies?
  • In 1960 some 6% of white babies were born out of wedlock – 22% in 1992
  • In 1960 22% of black babies were born out of wedlock – 68% in 1992
3 – Fewer abortions?
  • 50% of women who have abortions go because contraception failed.
  • “I got pregnant by accident”…how? This means something went RIGHT not.
Even the phrase “unwanted pregnancies” was never known before contraception. Because humanity knew that pregnancy followed sex. But, now that people have tried to separate the two (and have a false sense of control), when contraception fails, they are shocked that babies happen.
Our culture now views pregnancy as a “disease” that needs to be “prevented”.
Pope Paul VI’s predictions
In his groundbreaking encyclical, Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI predicted the following would happen if contraception was widely used:
1) “how wide and easy a road would thus be opened up towards conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality”
  • he got this one right
2) “It is also to be feared that the man, growing used to the employment of anti-conceptive practices, may finally lose respect for the woman and, no longer caring for her physical and psychological equilibrium, may come to the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer as his respected and beloved companion.”
  • Pornography
  • Rape
  • The other person is no longer a person, but an object for pleasure.
3) “Who will stop rulers from favoring, from even imposing upon their peoples, if they were to consider it necessary, the method of contraception which they judge to be most efficacious? In such a way men, wishing to avoid individual, family, or social difficulties encountered in the observance of the divine law, would reach the point of placing at the mercy of the intervention of public authorities the most personal and most reserved sector of conjugal intimacy.”
  • Forced abortions
So, how did the Pope know that this was going to happen? 3 reasons
  1. He had Christian tradition
  2. He had the Holy Spirit
  3. He used natural law – We should use things according to their nature.
    -If I want grass in my backyard, I better not pave it.
    -If you want to have a car run correctly – Don’t put oil in the gas tank.
    -If you don’t use your bodies and sex according to their nature, then it is going to mess things up.

PURPOSE OF SEX
Most people never ask the question, “what is sex intended for” or “what is the purpose of sex”. They merely assume it is for pleasure. But, God didn’t create us just to have a good time in bed. Sex has two purposes:
  • Procreation – babies
  • Union of the Spouses – bonding
If we take either out, then sex loses its meaning and becomes something it isn’t intended for. For example:
  • Rape – the purpose of rape is neither for babies or bonding.
  • Premarital sex – It certainly isn’t for either thing, though many disguise it as bonding. Why isn’t it bonding?
Because is it a loving act (remember how we defined love above before you answer) to take a risk with getting someone who isn’t married pregnant? Is it loving to risk the emotional, spiritual or physical harm that comes with premarital sex (break-ups, sin, disease, etc)?
When sex loses it’s intended purpose, then it becomes something that isn’t good. In fact, as Catholics we say sex is even better than good – which we will explore below.

THEOLOGICAL / BIBLICAL REASONS
How does society view children and portray them?
  • More children will take our money
  • More children take our freedom
  • More children will use up the earth’s resources
In other words, they are a burden.
But, the Bible has a different view.
  • As a blessing from God. Curse – to be barren in the Bible
  • As Gifts
  • That the Earth was made for humans to properly use
  • As immortal souls that we participate with God in creating. WE CREATE WITH GOD (pro – create)
God designed sex to be open to life. When one has sex and contracepts, they are, in effect, telling God that they want to have the effects of sex (pleasure) without the purpose. “NO THANKS GOD, WE DON’T WANT YOU TO BE A PART OF THIS”.
3 things that contraception does:
  • It blocks God out of the sexual act (violates procreation)
  • It treats children as a burden, not a gift.
  • It prevents bonding between the spouses.
Love = Total self-giving of yourself. To withhold your fertility from another, is partial gift at best. Use at worst.
Think of these two different phrases:
  • I want to have sex with you vs. I want to have a baby with you – one says I want to pleasure myself and use you to do it … the other says I want to spend the rest of my life with you.
When a couple has sex they are worshiping God with there bodies when done in the proper context.
God the Father and God the Son love each other so much and so powerfully that the result of their love is the third person of the Trinity – the Holy Spirit. This is why John could write that “God is love”.
We are made in God’s image and likeness. We image God in our relationship with our spouses and in sex. When the husband and wife come together as one, the result of their love is their children. Sex then becomes worship of God, which is why it is so much more than just pleasure. It isn’t just good. Sex is sacred.
How does the pill work? Makes the woman’s body think it is pregnant
  1. Stops ovulation
  2. If that fails then – it changes the mucus so that the sperm isn’t in a good environment
  3. In some cases it can also prevent implantation of a fertilized ovum into the Uterus = a chemical ABORTION
The Pill can cause blood clotting, and liver tumors among younger women. Fatal heart attacks are approximately twice as frequent among women who take the Pill. It can cause weight gain, decreased libido, depression, etc.

Moreover, all chemical forms of birth control can act as abortifacients – that is, a chemical abortion.
So how does NFP work?
NFP experts say that when a couple understands and follows the method, NFP is about 99 percent effective in avoiding pregnancy.
  • Billings method uses signs of cervical mucus
  • Sympto-Thermal Method monitors the cervical mucus, changes of the cervix and uses temperature as a cross-check. A second kind is ecological breastfeeding, which uses frequent suckling and longer feedings.
What is the difference between the two?
The difference is that using contraception is akin to speaking a lie with the body. When we have sex, we are saying with our bodies “I give everything I am to you, except my fertility”.
To use NFP is not to say anything with the body, because it is merely avoiding sex during the fertile times.

Remember that you can’t justify the ends by the means. The “end” of contraception as well as NFP (to not have a baby) are the same. BUT, the means are completely different.
The Church affirms that efforts at birth regulation “must be done with respect for the order established by God” (Humanae Vitae, 16). We may not act against our created human nature in pursuing some purpose or pleasure.
When you have sex you are reaffirming your wedding vows. You are saying, with your bodies, that you love another person. You sacrifice yourself for them. You give yourself, ALL of yourself to them.
–NFP is like taking the 5th amendment in court. You can’t be held guilty for doing something if you never acted.

Think of Euthanasia -Active killing vs. passively letting another die.
NFP passively lets nature run its course while contraception acts against procreation (thus CONTRA). Now think about Praying. It is good. The Church says to pray. But, we aren’t called to meditate on the Cross of Christ all the time. But, when we do…it should be done with reverence. At any time it is okay to pray or not to pray (that is our choice), but we are never to blaspheme.
Some of the Benefits to NFP
  • More sex on average.
  • Women have more self-respect for themselves
  • Sex isn’t about just feeling good and therefore the women don’t feel like objects
  • More satisfaction
  • Better communication and marriages. Must talk for it to work
  • Marriages last longer (less than 2% get divorced)
  • Freedom from guilt and sin
  • Grow closer to God
  • Cheaper than contraception
  • No side effects
Now, NFP isn’t perfect. It is difficult for many couples to have self-control or to carry the cross that NFP might be for some couples. But, it is certainly worth it.
The Church gets the final word in answering the questions above.
From the Catechism, 2370:
Periodic continence, that is, the methods of birth regulation based on self- observation and the use of infertile periods, is in conformity with the objective criteria of morality. These methods respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them, and favor the education of an authentic freedom. In contrast, “every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible” is intrinsically evil:
Thus the innate language that expresses the total reciprocal self-giving of husband and wife is overlaid, through contraception, by an objectively contradictory language, namely, that of not giving oneself totally to the other. This leads not only to a positive refusal to be open to life but also to a falsification of the inner truth of conjugal love, which is called upon to give itself in personal totality…. The difference, both anthropological and moral, between contraception and recourse to the rhythm of the cycle . . . involves in the final analysis two irreconcilable concepts of the human person and of human sexuality.

(ARTICLE ORIGINATED AT AGGIE CATHOLIC)