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Stuck Between the Rock & a Hard Place

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Who are we going to punish? I worry about this as a priest in reference to the distribution of Holy Communion, absolution in the sacrament of Penance and in terms of preaching a faith message from the Scriptures that might immediately be interpreted as “hate speech.” Passivity and toleration is not enough to appease certain people… it is being demanded that conventional Christians become advocates for sinful behavior. If a priest gives the sacraments to anyone, no matter what their views and lifestyle, then does he not become an accomplice in their sin? Would he forfeit his own immortal soul for causing scandal and violating conscience, the commandments and his sacred duty? For the sake of accompaniment, can a bishop or even pope force a priest to say or do something that he views as sinful and wrong?

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Is President Trump Pro-Life?

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The Holy Father was critical of both the repeal of DACA and those who deny global warming… which he associated with the recent hurricanes.

Run / Walk for Life 2017

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Here is the Immediate Past Grand Knight Roy Cobo of Fr. Michael C. Kidd Council #14455 (@Holy Family) at the WALK/RUN FOR LIFE to raise money for the local Pregnancy Crisis Ministry.

Sending a Message about the Inviolability of Life

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The Imams “expressed ‘shock and utter disgust’ at Saturday’s ‘cold-blooded murders,’ and said the actions of the attackers ‘alienates them from any association with our community for whom the inviolability of every human life is the founding principle'” (Q.5:32).

They are certainly sending a strong message. Maybe the Church should also refuse public funeral services for Catholics who violate our basic principles about the dignity of persons and the sanctity of life? Ah, but then there are those challenging and annoying teachings about loving those who hate you, forgiving those who hurt you and giving to those who would take from you.

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?

Norma Converted to the Gospel of Life

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Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade turned pro-life activist dies

Rest in Peace.

Papal Encyclical LAUDATO SI Defends Human Dignity & Life

169403767FO006_Pope_FrancesI read the Holy Father’s encyclical LAUDATO SI this afternoon and noted a series of quotes that perked my interest.

The Pope says that if we desire to be good stewards of creation then there needs to be both a culture of life and a new or corrected anthropology.  Many progressive voices are jubilant about the document, although I doubt they have paid close attention to the spirit of Pope John Paul II and the Gospel of Life that emerges at various points.  Pope Francis also responds to atheism and distances himself from the secular approach to ecology which always demands population control through contraception and abortion.

Conservative voices are concerned about what they regard as bad science and/or poor economics theory.  However, speaking as a priest these elements are not as fundamental as the Catholic background which defends human dignity and the right to life.

Here is a LINK to the pdf of quotes.