UNBORN WORD of the day

Sarah Palin: A friend to the unborn
September 15, 2008, 9:26 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

Sarah and Todd Palin with newborn son, Trig

Charlie Gibson interview: Sarah Palin on Abortion.

GIBSON: In the time I have left, I want to talk about some social issues.


GIBSON: Roe v. Wade, do you think it should be reversed?

PALIN: I think it should and I think that states should be able to decide that issue… I am pro-life. I do respect other people’s opinion on this, also, and I think that a culture of life is best for America… What I want to do, when elected vice president, with John McCain, hopefully, be able to reach out and work with those who are on the other side of this issue, because I know that we can all agree on the need for and the desire for fewer abortions in America and greater support for adoption, for other alternatives that women can and should be empowered to embrace, to allow that culture of life. That’s my personal opinion on this, Charlie.

GIBSON: John McCain would allow abortion in cases of rape and incest. Do you believe in it only in the case where the life of the mother is in danger?

PALIN: That is my personal opinion.

GIBSON: Would you change and accept it in rape and incest?

PALIN: My personal opinion is that abortion allowed if the life of the mother is endangered. Please understand me on this. I do understand McCain’s position on this. I do understand others who are very passionate about this issue who have a differing.

GIBSON: Embryonic stem cell research, John McCain has been supportive of it.

PALIN: You know, when you’re running for office, your life is an open book and you do owe it to Americans to talk about your personal opinion, which may end up being different than what the policy in an administration would be. My personal opinion is we should not create human life, create an embryo and then destroy it for research, if there are other options out there… And thankfully, again, not only are there other options, but we’re getting closer and closer to finding a tremendous amount more of options, like, as I mentioned, the adult stem cell research.

Here is what Governor Sarah Palin said when she confirmed that her new baby had Downs Syndrome last April:

“When we first heard, it was kind of confusing,” Palin, 44, said. She called the revelation “very, very challenging” and said she initially felt sad.

But the family has worked through that. Palin said she and Todd feel blessed and chosen by God. With a big family including four older kids, grandparents, aunts and uncles, Palin said, they will have lots of support for what’s ahead. In their eyes, she said, “he’s absolutely perfect.”

The oldest Palin kid, Track, is in the Army and texted his mother after learning the news with something to the effect of “This is just so cool — I finally got my brother.”

In a letter she e-mailed to relatives and close friends Friday after giving birth, Palin wrote, “Many people will express sympathy, but you don’t want or need that, because Trig will be a joy. You will have to trust me on this.” She wrote it in the voice of and signed it as “Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father.”

“Children are the most precious and promising ingredient in this mixed-up world you live in down there on Earth. Trig is no different, except he has one extra chromosome,” Palin wrote.

As for people who think a baby like Trig shouldn’t even be born, look around, the governor wrote. Who is perfect or even normal?

From: Anchorage Daily News: Palins’ child diagnosed with Down syndrome (04/22/08)

First National Hispanic Pro-Life Congress
September 14, 2008, 12:25 pm
Filed under: Pro-life

Inscríbase YA!

¡Ultimas nuevas: Dra. Martha Garza, Gineco-obstetra, especialista en fertilidad y endocrinología de reproducción y experta en Planificación Natural de la Familia se une a nuestra lista impresionante de presentadores!


Septiembre 19-21, 2008
Sterling Hotel, Dallas, Texas


La comunidad Hispana se enfrenta con la Cultura de la Muerte

– Los Hispanos están en la mirilla de la industria del aborto.

– Que podemos hacer para ponerle un alto a esto?  Puede ayudar la Iglesia?

Venga a aprender como detener a la Cultura de la Muerte y traer una Cultura de Vida a la comunidad Hispana de la EEUU. A todo el pueblo Hispano se le invita a participar en esta obra histórica.  Este Congreso será el primer congreso de otros que vendrán anualmente.

Más información
o llame: Aurora Tinajero – 972-639-0259

Inscripción en línea!

Volante del Congreso en Español

Congress flier in English

To learn more about the Congress (see English and Spanish links above).

El congreso es co-patrocinado por Vida Humana Internacional y el Ministerio en Español del Comité Católico Pro-Vida, el Ministério Respeto de Vida de la Diócesis de Dallas.

Aprenda más sobre estas organizaciones y el trabajo que hacen dentro de la comunidad hispana.
Los Hispanoamericanos en EEUU ante la “Cultura de muerte” 

Este es un breve informe sobre los hispanoamericanos y el aborto en EEUU, cuyo propósito es servir de ayuda en cuanto a conocer la magnitud de la situación precaria en la que se encuentra el hispanoamericano frente a las amenazas en contra de la fe, la vida y la familia.

Cardinal George: “consider…John the Baptist and Jesus himself in Mary’s womb”
September 13, 2008, 12:42 am
Filed under: Pro-life

I want to thank all of the Cardinals and Bishops who have spoken out for the unborn at this time. These good men have been working hard to correct the statements of some ‘Catholic’ politicians like Jospeh Biden and Nancy Pelosi that distort and misrepresent Catholic teaching.  Here is a letter from Cardinal George who heads the Archdiocese of Chicago. Since Barak Obama comes from Chicago I think it is an important statement. I also found it interesting because Cardinal George mentions Christ in Mary’s womb in his letter.

Archdiocese of Chicago

Office of the Cardinal

September 2, 2008

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In the midst of a lengthy political campaign, matters of public policy that are also moral issues sometimes are misrepresented or are presented in a partial or manipulative fashion. While everyone could be expected to know the Church’s position on the immorality of abortion and the role of law in protecting unborn children, it seems some profess not to know it and others, even in the Church, dispute it. Since this teaching has recently been falsely presented, the following clarification may be helpful.

The Catholic Church, from its first days, condemned the aborting of unborn children as gravely sinful. Not only Scripture’s teaching about God’s protection of life in the womb (consider the prophets and the psalms and the Gospel stories about John the Baptist and Jesus himself in Mary’s womb) but also the first century catechism (the Didache or Teaching of the Twelve Apostles) said: “You shall not slay the child by abortions. You shall not kill what is generated.” The teaching of the Church was clear in a Roman Empire that permitted abortion. This same teaching has been constantly reiterated in every place and time up to Vatican II, which condemned abortion as a “heinous crime.” This is true today and will be so tomorrow. Any other comments, by politicians, professors, pundits or the occasional priest, are erroneous and cannot be proposed in good faith.

This teaching has consequences for those charged with caring for the common good, those who hold public office. The unborn child, who is alive and is a member of the human family, cannot defend himself or herself. Good law defends the defenseless. Our present laws permit unborn children to be privately killed. Laws that place unborn children outside the protection of law destroy both the children killed and the common good, which is the controlling principle of Catholic social teaching. One cannot favor the legal status quo on abortion and also be working for the common good.

This explains why the abortion issue will not disappear and why it is central to the Church’s teaching on a just social order. The Church does not endorse candidates for office, but she does teach the principles according to which Catholics should form their social consciences. The teaching, which covers intrinsic evils such as abortion and many other issues that are matters of prudential judgment, could not be clearer; the practice often falls short because we are all sinners. There is no room for self-righteousness in Catholic moral teaching.

The Conference of Bishops in this country and the Bishops of Illinois have issued statements about Catholic social teaching and political life. They are available in our parishes. All of us should keep our country and all the candidates for office in the next election in our prayers. God bless you and your families.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
Archbishop of Chicago

Praying for the unborn and this election!
September 10, 2008, 9:44 pm
Filed under: Prayer, Pro-life

I would like to add my voice to those who are encouraging prayer for this election and the unborn. Here are a few ideas and websites that encourage this most important prayer.

A Prayer for our Nation as we Prepare to Elect our Leaders

For nine weeks, from September 1 to Election Day (November 4), Priests for Life calls upon believers to participate in the “Election Novena” by saying the following prayer each day:

We thank you for the privilege
Of being able to organize ourselves politically
And of knowing that political loyalty
Does not have to mean disloyalty to you.

We thank you for your law,
Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged
And recognized as higher than any human law.

We thank you for the opportunity that this election year puts before us,
To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote,
But to influence countless others to vote,
And to vote correctly.

Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened.
Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation,
Their response to you requires that they be politically active.

Awaken your people to know that they are not called to be a sect fleeing the world
But rather a community of faith renewing the world.

Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer
Are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth;
That the same eyes that read your Word
Are the eyes that read the names on the ballot,
And that they do not cease to be Christians
When they enter the voting booth.

Awaken your people to a commitment to justice
To the sanctity of marriage and the family,
To the dignity of each individual human life,
And to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin,
And not one moment later.

Lord, we rejoice today
That we are citizens of your kingdom.

May that make us all the more committed
To being faithful citizens on earth.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A few other websites encouraging prayer for this election:

National Day of Prayer Website is encouraging Christians to pray for the election. They have many good suggestions to help you pray for this noble intention.

54 Day Rosary Novena “For an outcome of the November Elections which is pleasing to Almighty God, and which serves the eternal and temporal interests of all of His children.”

Other wonderful endeavors to encourage prayer for the unborn – one of the most important reasons that we need to pray for this election.

40 Days for Life A campaign of prayer and fasting that will take place September 24 – November 2 and will be conducted in cities from coast to coast.

World Prayer for Life On the 12th October 2007 all the participants of the II World-Prayer-Congress for Life unanimously reached the decision of starting the World Prayer for Life crusade. From that day, people from all over the world will pray every day, asking for God’s expiation for every rejected gift of life, for the increase of respect for human life and for ensuring in the legislation of all countries unconditional right to live for every human being from the conception until natural death.

Let us honor the Birth of the Mother of Our Savior
September 7, 2008, 10:53 pm
Filed under: Mother of the Lord, Unborn Jesus

Anne Conceiving the Virgin; Bellegambe    and     Mary’s Birth; Master of the Pfullendorf Altar

Today, September 8 is celebrated as the feast day of the Birth of Mary. We would like to praise God for the birth of the Mother of our Savior.

“The Church usually celebrates the passing of a person, that is, the person’s entry into eternal life. Besides the birth of Christ, the Christian liturgy celebrates only two other birthdays: that of St. John the Baptizer and of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. It is not only the individual greatness of these saints that the Church celebrates, but their role in salvation history, a role directly connected to the Redeemer’s own coming into the world.” To learn more: The History of the Liturgical Celebration of Mary’s Birth

Here is a beautiful hymn about when Mary carried Jesus our Savior and God in her womb.

Mary’s womb filled me with wonder
that it should contain you,
my Lord, and enclose you.
The whole of creation was too
small to conceal your greatness,
Earth and Heaven too narrow to
serve as embracing arms, to
conceal your divinity,
The womb of the earth is too small
for you, and yet the womb of
Mary is large enough for you.

These lines from Saint Ephrem’s Hymn on the Nativity

The Key issue in the entire moral order
September 5, 2008, 11:29 pm
Filed under: John Paul II, Pro-life

For many of us the most important issue is the right to life. We long for our beloved country to be freed from the scourge of abortion.

Between 1989 and 1990 Poland was freed from communist domination. Almost immediately, John Paul II began to fight for the right to life of unborn babies in his beloved Poland.

In an October 8, 1990 article in  L’Osservatore Romano  entitled Save the Unborn! Pope John Paul II is quoted from his Oct. 3, 1990 General Audience calling on the Poles to overthrow the inherited law “which strikes at the lives of unborn babies”.

He went on to say: “I am here before you today with the key issue in the entire moral order…This right is the first and most basic one. The law which strikes at life in the mother’s womb carries with it the marks of the totalitarian system.”

Father Robert Drinan, the Kennedys and the Genesis of U.S. Catholic pro-abortion politicians
September 2, 2008, 11:19 pm
Filed under: Pro-life

A funeral was held at St. Aloysius Church on Thursday, February 1, 2007 for former congressman Fr. Robert Drinan. Eulogists included Senator Edward Kennedy and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Rev. Drinan was a Roman Catholic priest who served in the House of Representatives from 1971-1981. Excerpts from these Eulogies

Last week in a post entitled: The Catholic priest who killed the soul of the Democratic Party we talked about Father Robert Drinan’s deadly influence on Catholic politicians. Here is another account of how Father Drinan and the Kennedy family actually planned a strategy that would allow Catholics to support abortion when Robert Kennedy was running for the U.S. Senate in New York in 1964. The account would sound like a conspiracy theory except that it is well sourced from other priests who actually attended the meeting. We have also added three other sources at the end of the account (one from the Boston Globe) which talks about this 1964 meeting.

Here is an account of the meeting from Paul Likoudis in an article entitled Pro-Abortion Congressman Father Robert Drinan Dies in D. C. At 86:
Drinan came into political prominence in 1964, when he was asked to participate at a meeting in Hyannisport with Senator Edward Kennedy, with Robert Kennedy, then considering a run for the U.S. Senate from New York, and with leading [dissident] Catholic theologians. The point of the meeting was to formulate a “Catholic”position on government support for national and international birth control programs.

His [Drinan’s] role was disclosed by former Jesuit Albert Jonsen in the Joseph P. Kennedy Institute’s Ethics Journal, voL 4, no. 1 (1994) in an article entitled, “Theological Ethics, Moral Philosophy and Public Moral Discourse.” “In July 1964, Fr. Joseph Fuchs, SJ. a renowned [dissident] Catholic moral theologian and a professor at the Gregorian University in Rome, was among the guest faculty of an ethics course I was teaching at the Summer School of the University of San Francisco. Walking across campus one morning, Fr. Fuchs hailed me and told me that he had, on the previous day, received a phone call inviting him to join several other leading theologians in a meeting with Senator Ted Kennedy and Robert Kennedy at Hyannisport.

“Robert Kennedy was running for the New York Senate seat, and the Kennedy family and their political advisers wished to discuss the position that a Catholic politician should take on abortion. “Fr. Fuchs then astonished me by saying that since he knew nothing of American politics, he wanted me to accompany him. If I would agree, he would accept the invitation on the condition that I come as his companion. I agreed and they agreed.

Two days later, the distinguished German theologian and the American novice traveled to Cape Cod to join Catholic theologians Robert Drinan, then dean of Boston College Law School [dissident] Richard McCormick; [dissident] Charles Curran; and a bishop whose name I do not recall; as well as Andre Hellegers, an obstetrician and a fetal physiologist who was to be the technical adviser… “Our colloquium at Hyannisport, as I recall it… reached the conclusion that Catholic politicians in a democratic polity might advocate legal restriction on abortion, but in so doing might tolerate legislation that would permit abortion under certain circumstances, if political efforts to repress this moral error led to greater perils to social peace and order. This position, which, of course, is much more nuanced than I have stated, seems to have informed the politics of the Kennedys.”

Another Jesuit in on the Hyannisport meeting was Giles Milhaven, who recounted at a breakfast briefing for Catholicsfor a Free Choice, on September 14, 1984: “Having been asked to make a presentation this morning on Catholic options in public policy on abortion, I cannot but recall the last time I was invited to do so. It was 15 years ago [note: at least 16, since Robert Kennedy was murdered in 1968]. I remember vividly, Other theologians and I were driving down Route 3 to Cape Cod, with Bob Drinan at the wheel. We were to meet the Senators Kennedy and the Shrivers at their request. “I remember it vividly because the traffic lanes were jammed and halted, presumably because of an accident ahead, and Bob Drinan drove 60 miles an hour down the breakdown lane. Despite my misgivings each time we swept around a curve, we theologians arrived safely at the Kennedy compound.

“The theologians worked for a day and a half among ourselves at a nearby hotel. In the evening, we answered questions from the Kennedys and the Shrivers. Though the theologians disagreed on many a point, they concurred on certain basics. These include statements which I will make shortly. What was striking then and remains striking today is the difference between what [some] Catholic theologians say about abortion and what the Catholic Hierarchy say on the same subject …[In] flat contradiction to the Pope and the bishops in certain situations abortion is morally licit and may even be obligatory. ” [Yes, you read that right]. Internet source: Pastor’s Page By Fr. George Welzbacher.

Here are other sources which give an account of this meeting:

Separation anxiety – John Kerry’s religion problem — and the Catholic Democrat who can help him solve it. by Scott Stossel | May 23, 2004Boston Globe

Ted Kennedy’s Good Fortune by Thomas F. Roeser, Chicago Daily Observer, May 27, 2008

The Politics of Abortion, Anne Hendershott

How Support for Abortion Became Kennedy Dogma by Anne Hendershott