Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"Baby Boy Survives for Nearly Two Days After Abortion"

This story from Italy caught my eye. Several things in this story are alarming, besides the mere fact that an innocent life was killed.

1. "The mother, pregnant for the first time, had opted for an abortion after prenatal scans suggested that her baby was disabled." The technology today and ease of an abortion have contributed to a growing sense of righteousness on the part of parents who only seek perfection. If these feti were alive and recognized by governments as being human beings, we would call this euthanasia on par with Hitler's executions of Jews, homosexuals, communists, religious and physically/mentally impaired individuals. In the ongoing Western-race towards worldly perfection, abortion is a handy tool, when paired with pre-natal scans, for ensuring that little Johnny and Jane are mentally and physically perfect.

2. "However the infant survived the procedure, carried out on Saturday in the Rossano Calabria hospital, and was left by doctors to die." Doctors left the infant, now alive and born and recognized as a human being to die. I feel like this might violate the oath of a doctor to do no harm.

3. "He was discovered alive the following day – some 20 hours after the operation – by Father Antonio Martello, the hospital chaplain, who had gone to pray beside his body." The most effective way to combat abortion, which is truly a horror as this story points out, is prayer. Prayer for the aborted, their mothers, the doctors, and our leaders.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"Be Proud that You're a Catholic"

An excerpt from a speech given by Jewish businessman, Sam Miller, on Thursday, March 6. Full text here. :

"Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta on one of the most important institutions that we have today in the United States, namely the Catholic Church?

Do you know - the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to that Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars. The graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%.

The Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000 students.

The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals, which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people - not just Catholics - in the United States today

But the press is vindictive and trying to totally denigrate in every way the Catholic Church in this country. They have blamed the disease of pedophilia on the Catholic Church, which is as irresponsible as blaming adultery on the institution of marriage.

Let me give you some figures that Catholics should know and remember. For example, 12% of the 300 Protestant clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse with a parishioner; 38% acknowledged other inappropriate sexual contact in a study by the United Methodist Church , 41.8% of clergy women reported unwanted sexual behavior; 17% of laywomen have been sexually harassed.

Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found guilty of pedophilia. 10% of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia. This is not a Catholic Problem.

A study of American priests showed that most are happy in the priesthood and find it even better than they had expected, and that most, if given the choice, would choose to be priests again in face of all this obnoxious PR the church has been receiving.

The Catholic Church is bleeding from self-inflicted wounds. The agony that Catholics have felt and suffered is not necessarily the fault of the Church. You have been hurt by a small number of wayward priests that have probably been totally weeded out by now.

Walk with your shoulders high and you head higher. Be a proud member of the most important non-governmental agency in the United States . Then remember what Jeremiah said: 'Stand by the roads, and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls'. Be proud to speak up for your faith with pride and reverence and learn what your Church does for all other religions.

Be proud that you're a Catholic."

Monday, April 26, 2010

Arizona's Immigration Bill

I know I break ranks with many conservatives in supporting open immigration and immediate legalization of all illegals, but from a Catholic standpoint and capitalistic standpoint, it makes the most sense.

Let me explain briefly. As Catholics (and Americans) we should be welcoming to all, especially those who like everyone's ancestors came seeking a better future - politically, economically, etc. - for themselves, their children, and their grandchildren.

Secondly, capitalism advocated as little regulation as possible to enable the market to dictate the economy. Anyone who has taken microeconomics can tell you that the three principle parts (or factors of productions) are land (natural resources), capital, and labor. Why not let labor freely be exchanged as conservatives argue capital and land are?

Anyway, it was with great horror that I saw Arizona pass its new law . The law gives local and state officials the right to stop a person "where a reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States."

Essentially, an officer driving down the street can ask persons to prove whether they are legally or illegally in the country at any time and without warrant. Besides issues of racial profiling, the law seems eerily reminiscence of regimes who likewise demanded a person's papers upon request. I encourage everyone to fight against this law or learn more about the issues at stake here.

An online petition with other opportunities to fight against this legislation: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/legalize_arizona