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What the general public wrote on a blog, run by Wall Street Journal Subject:Obama Will Move to Rescind ‘Conscience’ Rule on Abortion, Birth Control for the Medical Profession
Comment #1 “I think all doctors who refuse to perform partial-birth abortions should be fined, imprisoned, and decapitated for their horrendous decision to act in their own conscience. Shame on them for their selfishness. If a woman wants her child dead , she must be able to find any doctor willing to kill it.”
Comment#2 “We as Americans need to wake up and remind our President that this great nation was built on the concept of justice for all. How can we allow our President to tell us we cannot morally object to administering a ‘death pill’ or the killing of an innocent person. It is bad enough for our govt to allow these terrible procedures, now they are attempting to order us to administer their death wish. Whether you are a religious person or not, this totally un-American!”
Comment #3 “It is long overdue. If someone had problem with abortion, they should not have gone in that side of the business anyway. This was creating a moral policing rather vigilantism. Government spends money training people and they should perform the duty needed to the best of the patients interest or change profession.” Editor’s note: This is the thinking we face on the street today.
Down on the Transplantations
Doctors Admit the Obvious: You Can’t Get a Live Organ from a Dead Body
by Anita Kuhn
In a remarkably candid article about organ donation in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), a doctor and a bioethicist make the unnerving observation that, in cases involving vital organs, many “donors” may not actually be dead at the time their organs are taken from them. While this statement corroborates the view of many pro-life groups, scientists, and physicians, it is likely to be news to the general public. Read entire article at Touchstone Editors note: After having a student who recently had a heart transplant and others with organ replacements needed, this is a subject that I feel Priests should be versed on. FJB
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HOPE FOR EVERY GENERATION
By The Revd Canon S.R. Sinclair, M.Div., D.D., OHI,SSC
I am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children until the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.
What a terrifying statement in this Easter season of life and hope! I have been challenged on occasion by unbelievers about this vision of divine vengeance. Some Christian writers try to mitigate its harshness by contrasting the portrayal of a wrathful God in the Old Testament with the love of God revealed by Christ in the New. Still, passages like this are often cited by atheists and humanists as evidence of just how bigoted and hateful religion can be.
The very idea of a descendant tormented because of the sins of a grandfather or great-grandfather seems monstrous if we only read the words, and do not comprehend what they are saying.
But this is not a vindictive Old Testament thunderbolt from a jealous God: it is a warning that modern psychology, biochemistry and sociology are forced to support. Think of the children of addicts who have their health compromised in the womb. Besides alcoholism and drug addiction, there are the genetic effects of venereal diseases. Think of the abusive parent who often rears an equally abusive parent of the future.
We certainly cannot blame a vengeful Deity because the marvelous order of Creation involves laws which have consequences. Instead, we must thank Him because at the same time that there can be tragic biological and mental traits passed from one generation, “mutation” generally caused by a human agent, those same natural laws mean that “good healthy genes” and faith are passed from generation.
The usual quotation leaves out the final phrase, “of them that hate me.” That immediately suggests that there is an antidote for this, just as Christ’s sacrifice overcomes original sin. The antidote is love: the love for God which allows God’s love to penetrate the human soul and body with light and restore wholeness of being. That still means a great effort by the person “cursed” by heredity--and then there are miracles!
A means of reversing this process of inheritance was one of the inspired ideas of a Scottish psychiatrist, Dr Kenneth McAll. Many people came to him with ailments emotional and medical that seemed to be rooted in the past, and in the sins of unquiet souls. In order to appreciate in full what he learned, one should read Healing the Family Tree. [This book is available on the internet.] His approach has been upheld and perpetuated by a number of Christian writers and clinicians. He called attention to the influence of our ancestry on our own spiritual, moral and physical health.
He gives as an example an aborted child. He urged members of the family to pray for such unborn children, as well as infants who die soon after birth. He was convinced that consciousness is much more complex than we usually suppose. So the minds of all human beings, and their past actions, may influence us in the present to a degree and in ways far beyond our ken.
The exact details of Dr McAll’s diagnoses are not our concern. It is the over-all nature of his message which can bring hope and healing.
To some this will seem like a trip into the occult. Indeed he has some Roman Catholic, Anglican and Evangelical critics who have dubbed his ideas “New Age.” But is a Requiem for “the repose of the soul” of the dead somehow the product of avant-garde spiritual and medical ideas?
Dr McAll was based in scripture and faith. He saw our prayers for the dead as something far more than an act of family piety, but another way in which God’s grace works, when we let him, can bring healing to souls, which in turn frees the “children unto the third or fourth generation” from the effects of their sins, or the sins inflicted upon them.
So as always, the Gospel has healing dimensions, and spreads out to encompass all human problems, including the sins and sorrows of the past.
What a different aspect this gives to the seemingly harsh words in Deuteronomy, which are instead a statement of reality, but a reality which is in the hands of God, just, merciful, and full of love.
There are those who reject prayer for the dead, even though we are all linked up through the Communion of Saints. Perhaps the idea of praying someone out of Purgatory or releasing them from Hell seems to be a superstition, because there is no direct scriptural evidence for it. They may be thinking of David, who ceases to pray for his child, once the child had died, because of his confidence that God would take care of Him. Surely our confidence must be as great. Our Lord said, Ask, and ye shall receive. We know that is not a promise of every whim fulfilled, nor that “answers” will come in forms we believe are best: this is His assurance that we can pray freely to God, without any artificial limitations, and He will answer.
And St Paul furthered this line of thought: Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. [Phil. 4.6,7]
So there is a place for the prayer of reparation, including prayer for the unborn, and for all who have gone before us, because we are bound together by an unseen chain of life.
Hope is not just about the future, then, but about the past, because in the Providence of God these the boundaries of time and space are limited only to this world, and not to the larger “world,” the limitless Kingdom of God.
This opens up the possibility for us of an even wider ministry of prayer, one that can touch corners of creation and hearts far beyond our imagination.
Father Sinclair in his retirement is working with St. Bede’s College ACCC in British Columbia
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From Erie People for Life
The Pro-Life Message in the
Infancy Narratives of St. Luke’s Gospel
The Reverend Dr. Timothy Lent, OHI
(No Waffling Here!)
The Infancy Narratives in the Gospel of Luke emphasize the value God places on conception, fetal life, and infancy. For example, Mary conceives the Son of God by the power of the Holy Spirit (cf. Luke 1:35). For nine months, God dwells within her womb. Jesus, then, was once a zygote, an embryo and a fetus. He went through every stage of pre-natal development. This in itself is evidence the God places infinite value on the pre-natal or intra-uterine human life. Every human womb, then, is sacred, not only because of creation as the imago Dei but also the incarnation, meaning that the Son of God assumed human nature through the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The proof that God highly honors the female gender is the incarnation. Scripture says, “... God sent forth His Son, born of a woman....” (Galatians 4:4, NASB). God chose to enter world through a woman. He chooses the woman as the proper channel for bringing new human life into the world. In a sense, every birth is a sacramental, a sacred sign, a reminder of the Christ-child .
Shortly after Mary conceives the Son of God, she greets Elizabeth. Luke says, “... the baby (brefoV, brephos) leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:41, NASB). The “baby” (brephos)) refers to pre-natal or intra-uterine human life, that is, John the Baptist inside Elizabeth’s womb. “Baby” (brephos)) also refers to post-natal or extra-uterine, that is, a human being outside the womb. The word is used of the newly born infant Jesus. Luke says the shepherds “... found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby (brephos)) as He lay in the manger” (Luke 2:16; cf. Luke 2:12). Hence, the life of John the Baptist in Elizabeth’s womb, is just as human as the life of the infant Jesus. In modern terminology, the zygote, embryo and fetus, the life in the womb, is just as human as any human life outside the womb. St. Luke’s Gospel, then, teaches that a child is just as much a human being before birth as after birth.
Mary accepted her pregnancy with the words: “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38, NASB). Mary said, in effect, “Lord, if you want me to have a child, I will.” She understood that a child is a sacred gift from God. So did the psalmist who said, “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalm 127:3, NASB). But abortion is the refusal to receive God’s gift of a child.
Today, abortion is justified if a woman is too young or too poor. Mary was both. She was somewhere between fourteen to eighteen years of age. Mary and Joseph were so poor that they could not afford to sacrifice a lamb. Instead, they offered a sacrifice of the poor, as the Torah or Law of Moses prescribed, namely, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons” (Luke 2:24; cf. Leviticus 12:8). In his book Psychology as Religion, Paul Vitz (1977: 89) observes,
Recall that the young Mary was pregnant under circumstances that today routinely terminate in abortion. In the important theological context of Christmas, the killing of an unborn child is a symbolic killing of the Christ
Father Lent is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Theology Department at Immaculata University;
Instructor in Christian Ethics
40 Days For Life Reaches Out Across Canada
EDMONTON — People on fire for an important cause have not been driven away by freezing temperatures. “We decided to just bundle up,” said Monica Williams, red-faced and shivering in the cold as she paced the pavement across from an Edmonton abortion clinic.
As part of the 40 Days for Life campaign, she and her husband Greg, along with their family, committed an hour March 11 to praying and fasting for an end to abortion. “We just wanted to come and pray for mothers considering abortion, and praying God will heal them,” said Williams Read More: Western Catholic Reporter - Edmonton, Alberta
40 Days for Life makes an impact with KBTX-TV in Texas
In city after city, stories and pictures of 40 Days for Life events are popping up in the local newspaper and on local TV newscasts. Here's just one example. The Coalition for Life, the group that sponsored the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign, was featured on KBTX-TV in Bryan/College Station. In this video news clip, Shawn Carney – the spring campaign director for 40 Days for Life – explains how the local Planned Parenthood center is getting a new neighbor! (There's a short commercial first.)
Rest in Pieces
A Monologue: How to Lose Body Parts Before you’re Definitely Dead
By Les Sillers
Listen, everything will be Ok. You’re in the ambulance now. You’re pretty banged up (that’s one nasty head injury) but you’re stabilize, and we’re heading to the hospital. Hang in there. I doubt you can hear me – let’s see. Weak pulse, unconscious, pupils unresponsive – no probably not, I’ll keep talking anyway. I’m a medical technician.
Let’s see your driver’s license . . . you’re an eligible organ donor. Good for you! Tens of thousands of people’s lives are extended ever year because of organ donation, but over 6,000 still die waiting for one. The say organ donation is the gift of life.
I know some people get a little queasy about imagining their corneas in somebody else’s head, or having their chests cut and spread open and a surgeon slicing out their heart or pancreas. Just the thought is pretty creepy.
But don’t worry. When we take your organs – er, I mean if – there’s an excellent chance you’ll be dead. Well quite probably. It depends. This is not China in 2008, you know, where transplant teams were ready and waiting at the executions of political prisoners. This is the United States of America, in the year 2029, and we’ve got ethics. Darn good ones.
Still, maybe I should explain, even if you are unconscious. We’ve get a bit of a ride to the hospital. I’ll start at the beginning.Read entire article at Salvo Magazine
Found the following carton at a website called: http://www.wafflinganglican.blogspot.com , the webmaster is apparently a member in Texas of an Episcopal Missionary Church of which their Bishops are great supporters of APFL and Bp. Lucien Lindsey OHI is an active member of this organization and displayed to me at last meeting a new Pro-Life License Plate he helped get for Tennessee.