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What a poignant article. Something to think about over the Christmas season, when we are celebrating with our families, as dysfunctional as they might be, and there are many who have….. none.


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Catholics and Politics! Is nothing sacred? | Daily Meditations with Fr. Alphonse

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Daily Meditations with Fr. Alfonse: Luke 7:31-35 Catholics and Politics!.

“Everyone is an expert today. Everyone. There are very few professions that we still respect. And by respect, I mean those whom I trust may know more than I do with regards to a specific discipline.
Now, I still believe in experts. And I believe in them because I know I can’t be an expert in everything. I simply don’t have enough time to read up on everything.
Early this morning I came up with two professions that I thought we still respected: doctors and lawyers. But as I sit here writing this meditation, I believe I am wrong with regards to doctors. I think we go to the doctors only as a last resort. Why? Because we think we know better. So, we Google our symptoms; we self-diagnosis; we self-prescribe and then we finally go in to see the doctor. When the doctor gives us our medication, we end up not following the instructions. Why? Because we think we know better.

The same holds true for God and the Church. We are like children. And just like children, we tend to put as much trust in God and the Church as a child puts in the wisdom and experience of his/her parents. Not much.

So who do we trust? Superstars! All kinds of them too: music stars, actors and actresses, billionaires and their wives, politicians and their children.”

He goes on to explain the difference in knowledge and wisdom, and dogma vs. propaganda…. worth the read.

Lesbian couple lose foster son after posting pic to Facebook of him dressed as a girl |

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Lesbian couple lose foster son after posting pic to Facebook of him dressed as a girl |

“Dawn Stefanowicz, an author and speaker who was raised by her homosexual father, told LifeSiteNews that the incident highlights the dangers of placing children in “experimental family structures.”  She says children in such situations are prone to confusion about their sexuality and gender.”

“Gender identity, gender roles, and sexuality are often considered fluid and boundless in homosexual households, diminishing both the value and importance of our own birth gender as children,” she continued.She said that growing up in a household in which her father had sex with other men “deeply affected” her “sense of self as a girl and young woman.”“I felt rejected and not as important as the males in my life,” she explained. “I didn’t see a significant woman in my life – mother – being loved. This lead me to believe that maybe it would have been better to have been born a boy.”

It is sad that the children are the ones who suffer with the instability of moving back and forth from home to home, and they don’t have a stable set of parental examples in their lives.  However, I still feel that non-traditional families are detrimental to the growth and development of a child.  Children need good homes, and as Ms. Stefanowicz stated, situations like this put children in scenarios where they are prone to confusion about their sexuality and their gender roles not only in society but within their own home.  It’s dangerous.

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A friend asked a seemingly innocuous question recently: “If you could choose to be born in any time and place, when and where would it be?” Not surprisingly, my answer was: “Here in modern America.” The answer seemed obvious: By being born here and now, not only would I likely make it to adulthood thanks to our blessedly low infant mortality rates, but I would go on to have a life of freedom! We have unprecedented levels of personal freedom in our culture, and what’s not to love about that?

But my argument was turned on its head when my friend followed up with a similar question, to which I had a startlingly different reaction: “When and where would you choose to be conceived?”

Suddenly, modern America plummeted to near the bottom of the list….”

Jennifer Fulwiler has a very good point here.  She goes on to cite abortion statistics for this great big country of ours, harrowing statistics at that.

The answer to the abortion question is hardly a sound-byte.  It is a complex answer that involves  a lot of moving pieces; increased help for pregnant women, an increased network of support for those who choose to raise their child as well as for those who choose to place their child in an adoptive home, a better connection between couples who are willing to adopt and the mothers who want to place their children for adoption, and a lengthy laundry list of other factors as well.

I look at the numbers again and wonder how many pregnancies of Christian and even Catholic women that have been ended out of shame and fear of humiliation.  We as Christians are called to help and love one another without judgment, but how often does this actually happen?  How often do we look at a young pregnant girl without a ring on her finger and roll our eyes and continue on our way?  There are factors we are unaware of when we cast that hasty judgment, but our disapproval is only read as a judgment on her decision to carry the pregnancy to term.  Is that really what we want?  There are probably choices she made she is regretting or rethinking now, as she is wearing the product of a few bad decisions on her body for the next 9 months, and it is not possible to go back in time to change those.  We are present in the here and now, and the situation must be dealt with as it is, not in ideal fantasy-world where this would not have happened.

Offering help to pregnant women is the first and biggest change that can affect the abortion numbers.  So many women are unaware that help even exists; they think their circumstances are  beyond the scope of understanding and that they are alone.  How far from the truth this can be, if they only knew.

“When the best place to be born is the worst place to be conceived….” there is a problem.  Who will be part of the solution?

  • Check out Maggie’s Place, “a community that provides houses of hospitality for expectant mothers who are alone or are living on the streets.” (Phoenix, AZ; Tempe, AZ; Glendale, AZ; Cleveland, OH)
  • Check out the White Rose Women’s Center, “for the woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy”. (Central Expressway in Dallas,TX; Greenville Avenue in Dallas, TX)

(Side note: I am always looking to increase my list of crisis pregnancy assistance, so if you know of a place that might make my list, please let me know.)