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MCC Will Not Oppose State Funding for Planned Parenthood

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Maryland Democratic leaders support Planned Parenthood funding bill

I am aghast that the Maryland Catholic Conference will not oppose the bill which would replace federal funding for Planned Parenthood with state funding. It was reported in the Baltimore Sun that Mary Ellen Russell, executive director, accepts the argument that the money will not go toward abortions. Not only are their books not so discriminating, freeing funds for abortion still makes for more abortions. And does not the Church continue to oppose artificial contraception?

Faith & Values in the News

Simone Biles is busy seeking gold, but still manages to make Mass
…and to pray her Rosary, too!

Something to share with our young people!

Australian rodent named the 1st mammal to go extinct due to human-caused climate change

Today the rats, tomorrow us?

This may be the reason we haven’t found alien life

Surprise! We might actually be alone.

Satanist Club May Move Into PG County Elementary School

I was a member of Bible Club at Suitland Senior High School. There was plenty of discussion and debate between the various denominations. But we all loved the Lord. This business here is worrisome. Supposedly, this is not about real satanism but atheism. The label is intended to upset people… particularly Christians. If the effort were honest then it might be called The Atheist Club or The Rationalist Club or The Darwin Club, etc. Scientific discussion about cosmology and evolution would be their right… just as a Christian club would discuss relationships with Christ, dependence upon God, intelligent design, creation, etc. I doubt there are many kids requesting it… just adults who like to infuriate others. What is lost in the mix is real dialogue and respect.

Catholics shouldn’t vote for candidate who supports intrinsic evil, says Baltimore Archbishop

But is anyone listening anymore?

Faith & Values in the News

Transgender British athletes born male set to make Olympic history by competing in the games as women

Is this really fair to women? Could it displace large numbers of women across the wide spectrum of sports?

Traditionalist St. Pius X society abandons unification, claims Francis spreading errors

And to think Pope Francis extended to them faculties to hear Confessions during the Year of Mercy. Fidelity on many points of Catholic doctrine does not make up for a sustained practical schism (disunity) or a rigorist dissent in ecclesiology with the living Church. They have taken off the table any pursuit for juridical standing in the Roman Catholic Church. This is all very sad. But, it was my long-held view that any rhetoric on their part toward reunion was only empty posturing. I had hoped I would be proven wrong. They could do more good inside than outside the Church instituted by Jesus on the ROCK of Peter. The next step will be sedevacantism.

There’s a generation that didn’t know John Paul II – this film is for them

The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a new documentary on Pope John Paul II and his role in the downfall of European Communism.

Supreme Court Reverses Texas Abortion Restrictions

There goes the ball game.

DELIVER MY PRAYER WEBSITE

WARNING! Please be advised that the website, Deliver MyPrayer.org, which links to DeliverMyPrayer.com and VaticanReading.com does NOT have approval of the Holy See. The site requests “donations,” with a promise that prayer intentions will be publicly announced in the Basilica of St. Peter’s. It also claims a portion of the funds go to the Holy See though there is NO RELATIONSHIP!

In ‘shocking’ move, California churches forced to cover abortions

The challenge to religious liberty continues… and over the dead bodies of unborn children.

‘Forgive Isis’: Girl’s dying request to mother after she is burnt alive by militants in her own home

The terror goes on… as does the martyrdom.

Mother Teresa’s Nuns Executed

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Mother Teresa’s nuns have a charism to tend the needs of the poorest of the poor. Friday, March 4, 2016, Muslim terrorists executed them.

Four nuns and ten civilians were killed. Msgr. Paul Hinder, apostolic vicar to Southern Arabia, spoke to AsiaNews about this morning’s “religiously-motivated” attack against the convent of the Missionaries of Charity in Aden, in southern Yemen. At 8:30 AM, the prelate said, “People in uniform stormed the compound where the Missionaries of Charity live. After they killed the security guard and all the employees that stood in their way, they came for the nuns and opened fire, killing four [sisters]. One (the superior) managed to hide and survive. Now she is in a safe place.” The victims are Sister Anselm from India, Sister Marguerite from Rwanda, Sister Judit from Kenya and Sister Reginette also from Rwanda.

The attackers seized Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, a Salesian priest who lived at the facility. At the time of the attack, he was in the chapel praying. Overall, 16 people lost their life: four religious and ten lay people, employees of the community that also housed senior citizens and disabled people. Msgr. Hinder said: “We knew that the situation was difficult and that the sisters were running a certain risk. They decided to stay no matter what because this was part of their spirituality.” Groups linked to al Qaeda and jihadist militias linked to the Islamic State group are active in the country, which adds to the spiral of violence and terror.

Faith & Values in the News

Over 350 Catholic School Teachers Call On San Francisco Archbishop To Drop Morality Clauses

It is not the morality clause that should be dropped but the teachers, themselves. If they feel that Catholic moral law and commandments are oppressive then they are not suited to teach in the parochial schools. Young children are impressionable and believers place their children in Catholic schools precisely because they want certain values to be transmitted without ambiguity.

Lepanto Report about CRS in Kenya with Contraceptives & Abortifacients

Are CRS and the current U.S. administration involved with a cover up in Kenya about contraception as part of our anti-poverty efforts? The Lepanto Institute seems to show that there has been grievous deception and mismanagement of funds in this regard. I find this extremely upsetting.

3D Holograms Help Israeli Heart Surgeons

I thought this was fake but it ran as a CBS News story. How does one create 3-D images in free space?

Leonard Nimoy, ‘Star Trek’s’ Spock, Dies at 83

Why ‘Star Trek’ — and Mr. Spock — Matters

Got to meet him many years ago at a book signing. Rest in Peace. “Live long and prosper.”

Faith & Values in the News

Pope Francis: Koran ‘is a prophetic book of peace’

“The Koran is a book of peace. It is a prophetic book of peace,” UPI reported Pope Francis as saying.

When Pope Benedict XVI visited Turkey and pleaded that the notion of forced conversion and holy war in the Koran should be renounced, millions of Moslems chanted, “Death to the Pope!” How can such a book be a book of peace? Islam understands “peace” as subjugation. How can such a book be prophetic? That would imply it is spirit-filled or inspired… which obviously it is not.

I suspect that the Pope has again been misquoted or mistranslated. Pope John Paul II showed respect to a particular Koran gift as representative of a people. That was a matter of diplomacy. However, one cannot praise a book that espouses false religion and dangerous teachings. I cannot imagine a Pope saying what is attributed to Pope Francis.

[December 6, 2014]  Guess what!  The WASHINGTON TIMES article was revised and the title changed… just as I suspected.  Now we read:  “They (Muslims) say: ‘No, we are not this, the Koran is a book of peace, it is a prophetic book of peace,’” he added. That makes a HUGE difference.  It has been this kind of misreporting that has plagued us throughout this pontificate.  While it is sensationalist, distortions of this sort can harm faith and even lead to international violence.  The media must be held accountable.

What Clericalism Looks Like

This is a really good article reminding priests that we are servants of the Church, not uncontested masters.

Chicago’s Archbishop Cupich: Communion for pro-abortion politicians is a good thing

I am a man under authority. I belong to the Church. I am pledged to obey my bishop as I would Christ. I would not want any part in scandal or disrespect to the shepherds of the Church. But I must say, the practice of giving the sacrament to the enablers for child murder grieves me beyond what I can express. I am deeply troubled in conscience and have literally wept about this matter. I believe Cardinal Ratzinger (i.e. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) was right when he spoke about the need for censure and requesting that pro-abortion advocates and politicians refrain from taking the Eucharist. This is a very emotional issue for me and the cause for much soul-searching.

How can the commission of sacrilege give grace?

Before Being Killed, Children Told ISIS: ‘No, We Love Jesus’

These children know that Jesus is the reason for the season… even if it means another slaughter of the Holy Innocents.

Father T.J. Martinez dies at 44

“Come to me O good and faithful servant.”

The Threat of Artificial Intelligence

See the article in The Guardian entitled: Elon Musk: artificial intelligence is our biggest existential threat.

Samuel Gibbs writes: “Elon Musk has spoken out against artificial intelligence (AI), the second time in a month, declaring it the most serious threat to the survival of the human race.”

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I am of the opinion that there will always be a serious chasm between human and mechanical intelligence, one of metaphysical dimensions. However, even a soulless intelligence could be both sophisticated and dangerous. Look at the complexity of ant and bee communities. It would also raise questions for humanity in regards to our mutable, vulnerable and finite existence in this world. A machine mind, like a sophisticated clock, might be maintained for centuries. By contrast, we are here today and gone tomorrow. Unbelievers will most probably suffer the worse existential angst of all. Instead of Pinocchio wanting to be a real boy, real boys might want to be Pinocchio… or at least his Terminator counterpart.