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MAY 2014 | VOLUME 6.5

Marriage: Where Do We Go From Here?

The pro-marriage case can win — if we don't give up on it.

By Ryan T. Anderson

(National Review) - In the media's portrayal, people defending marriage as the union of a man and woman have been getting routed ever since the Supreme Court decision last June — if not before. They point to a string of lower-court rulings striking down state marriage amendments and to public opinion polling, especially of my peers in the Millennial generation. Many also point to the forced resignation of Brendan Eich and the defeat of Arizona's religious-liberty bill.

Some people would like me and the millions of Americans who continue to believe that marriage is what societies have believed it to be throughout human history — a male-female union — to get with the program and accept the inevitable. We're clearly, they tell us, on the Wrong Side of History.

But we should avoid the temptation to prognosticate about the future in lieu of working to shape that future. We are citizens in a self-governing society, not pundits watching a spectator sport, not subjects of rulers. We are participants in one of the most significant debates our society — any society — has ever faced.

So, the question is, where do we go from here? How do we best advance the cause of marriage as the union of a man and woman, husband and wife, father and mother? MORE


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Federal judges order 'gay marriage' in Pennsylvania, Oregon

(CNA/EWTN News) .- Following judicial decisions ordering Pennsylvania and Oregon to recognize “gay marriage,” critics said that such decisions damage society and ignore the rights of children. “Every child has a basic right to a mother and a father united in marriage as a family. Today’s decision does not change that,” the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference said May 20, voicing hope for a prompt appeal. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, in a separate message, said that the judicial decision is “a mistake with long-term consequences.” He said the Pennsylvania law protecting marriage had been based on “sound reasons” like defending the rights of children and contributing to the well-being of the community. Marriage is not only about companionship but about “creating and rearing new life,” the archbishop explained. MORE

Hope and Healing After Abortion: Mother's Day Mercy & The Mother of God

(Catholic Online) - This spring, my son Joshua whom I aborted, would have been 44 years old. Hard to believe. I was 17 at the time of my abortion and at the end of my 4th month of pregnancy. Coerced and abandoned by my family, I gave in to the pressure to abort because I felt I had no other choice. It was pre Roe vs. Wade, but abortion was legal in the state of New York, in fact, my abortion occurred at a local hospital, the same place where I would later give birth to my two living sons on the same maternity ward where I participated in the death of my first son, Joshua. As Mother's Day approaches, I know there are countess women out there whose abortion connectors are going off like fireworks. MORE

Paul VI to be beatified at close of synod on family >>

Prayer breakfast speakers: US Church called to missionary role >>

Warning: America is dangerous for kids

Pro-abortionists campaign relentlessly to eliminate the right of conscience >>

Furor over Ohio school contracts dismissed as overblown >>

Sex abuse will not be tolerated, Pope Francis says >>

US government asked to defend global religious freedom >>

Meriam Ibrahim’s Husband Pleads for Support for His Wife, Obama Admin is “Not Helping” >>

Euthanasia Activists Pushing Starvation as “Death with Dignity” >>

Your Tax Dollars Pay for Child Rape, Sex Trafficking and Fraud at Planned Parenthood >>

Maya Angelou: The Decision That Changed My Life: Keeping My Baby >>

Students inspired by John Paul II to revitalize college town >>

Deeper look at latest Gallup numbers show pro-life responses just as large as ever >>

Doctors Told Her That Her Baby Had Died in the Womb, Then She Was Born Healthy >>

Federal Court Upholds ‘In God We Trust’

Teen Sex Data Incomplete >>

California: On a Party-Line Vote, Sex-Selection Abortion Gets Free Pass >>

20th Abortion Seller Shuts Down In Texas >>

Family cannot be done away with, archbishop tells UN >>

New Pope saints credited with fostering theology of women >>

This Simple Pro-Life Law is Closing Abortion Clinics Across the Country and Saving Babies

(LifeNews.com) – Yesterday, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed pro-life legislation supported by Operation Rescue that will require abortionists to maintain hospital privileges within 30 miles of their abortion clinics and will direct the Oklahoma Board of Health to establish emergency safety standards for abortion clinics. The legislation is expected to close 3 out of 4 abortion clinics in that state. Similar legislation has passed through the Louisiana legislature and currently awaits the expected signature of Gov. Bobby Jindal. That new law is expected to close 5 out of 7 Louisiana abortion mills. Oklahoma and Louisiana become the 16th and 17th states to enact rules that mandate hospital privileges and/or hospital transfer agreements for abortionists or abortion clinics. MORE

GOOD NEWS: Time Magazine’s “Preemie Revolution” Illustrates How These Babies are Surviving and Thriving

(LifeNews.com) - A front cover photo for the new TIME magazine unintentionally sends as strong a pro-life message as we could ever want: “Saving Preemies: Emalyn was Due in June, She arrived in March.” Written by Jeffrey Kluger, the home base for the story is the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He writes a realistic but deeply optimistic profile of little David Joyce that explains the how and why of what TIME calls “A Preemie Revolution: Cutting-edge medicine and dedicated caregivers are helping the tiniest babies survive—and thrive.” At the risk of stating the abundantly obvious, the incongruity (to put it mildly) of aborting the same age baby that is tenderly, lovingly cared for by a “SWAT team” of devote specialists is hard to ignore—or understand. MORE

Synod on family will have broad focus, Pope notes

(CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has said that the upcoming synod on the family will focus on the “vast” pastoral problems facing families – not specifically Communion for the divorced and remarried. “We know that today the family is facing a crisis, a global crisis, young people don’t want to marry or they live together. I wouldn’t like us to fall into this question: will it be possible for Communion to be administered or not?” the Pope said at a May 26 news conference during his flight home from the Holy Land. “The Synod will be on the family, the problems it is facing, its assets and the current situation it is in,” the Pope said, according to the Italian newspaper La Stampa. An extraordinary synod on “the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization”  is to be held in October at the Vatican. Cardinal Walter Kasper, an advocate of admitting Catholics who have divorced and are remarried to Holy Communion, on Feb. 20 addressed a consistory of cardinals on the topic of marriage and the family. MORE

GOOD NEWS: New film illuminates Catholic view on same-sex attraction

(CNA/EWTN News) .- Catholics with same-sex attraction talk about their personal struggles and the comfort they find in Church teaching in a new documentary that shows Christian love as the “third way” in controversies about homosexuality. “Those with same-sex attraction aren’t being asked to do anything different than a heterosexual,” one Catholic man, David, said in the movie “The Third Way.” “We're all called to chastity, every single one of us,” he said. Melinda, a Catholic convert, said that she gave up her same-sex relationship when she became Catholic. “I knew that if I became a Catholic the homosexuality thing was going to have to go,” she recalled. “And I told God I was okay with that, because I was falling in love with my Creator. My identity and my relationship with God just seemed more important than my identity and my relationship with my girlfriend.” MORE

West Virginians for Life Seeking to Force Special Session to Address Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

(NationalRighttoLifeNews.org) - At the end of the legislative session, after West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) vetoed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, West Virginians for Life (WVFL) vowed to work to force a special session. Although still short, WVFL is closing in on enough signatures to compel Tomblin to call the Legislature back in session. Tomblin, unsurprisingly, has already vowed to veto the bill again. House Speaker Tim Miley (D) issued a statement of support for his position. In a speech Wednesday, House Minority Leader Tim Armstead (R-Kanawha) urged members to sign the petition. He said of Tomlin’s threat to veto, “I’m sure it’s a message to the remaining Democratic members to not sign the petition.” MORE

Pornography faulted as a root of human trafficking

(CNA/EWTN News) .- An expert in combating human trafficking urged congressmen last week to focus their efforts against the scourge on reducing the demand for commercialized sex, including pornography. Laila Mickelwait, manager of policy and public affairs for Exodus Cry, an international anti-human trafficking organization, told CNA May 9 that while it is important to “rescue and rehabilitate” victims of human trafficking, “work of prevention is the most important thing we can do in the fight against the global injustice of sexual slavery.” She added that preventing people “from ever ending up in those exploited positions” would be “the greater victory.” The “most critical component of sex trafficking prevention is reducing the demand for commercial sex,” Mickelwait noted. MORE

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Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive

by Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of making public Pope Francis’ theme for next year’s World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia:  Love is our mission: the family fully alive. The theme was inspired by the words of the early Church Father, St. Irenaeus, who said that “the glory of God is man fully alive.” In like manner, the glory of men and women is their capacity to love as God loves. And rarely can that love be lived out more intimately and fruitfully than in the family. MORE

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A Crib for Her Baby

By Audra Nakas

“Hey, whatcha doin’?” I clutched my rosary a little tighter.

“Um… I’m just praying for everyone inside,” I replied, nodding toward the Planned Parenthood building. I was participating in 40 Days for Life, and every Friday afternoon I prayed in front of the abortion facility. On this particular autumn day, a woman and her friend were standing on the sidewalk outside, talking boisterously. I felt a little intimidated when they approached me and asked what I was up to, because before then I’d never sidewalk-counseled anybody. I will never forget the conversation that followed.




Life Matters: Domestic Violence (en español)

Psychologist Frank J. Moncher, PhD recognizes the painful assault on human dignity that is domestic violence.

Pamphlet: English / en español

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“Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours, yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion is to look out to the earth, yours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good and yours are the hands by which He is to bless us now.” (St. Teresa of Avila)

“As Catholics, we must stop picking and choosing which parts of Catholic social teaching we will accept, and we must insist that our politicians stop doing this as well.” (Carl A. Anderson)

“Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world’s rejection. And every elderly person…even if he is ill or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the ‘culture of waste’ suggests!” (Pope Francis)

“It is impossible to go through life without trust: that is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.” (Graham Green)

“Nothing, how little so ever it be, if it is suffered for God’s sake, can pass without merit in the sight of God.” (Fr. Thomas à Kempis)


UNFILTERED: Equipping Parents for an Ongoing Conversation about Internet Pornography

Covenant Eyes offers a great resource kit to help parents to protect their children from ever-growing saturation of pornography. They also offer an excellent video introduction on their website.


The Pro-Life Movement is Making Significant Advances CitizenLink reviews the recent achievements of pro-life efforts across the nation. “We still face challenges, but all in all, advances are being made.”

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ofit lay apostolate working to promote sexual integrity through pornography prevention family protection, theology of the body information and resources, and accountability and healing networks. My House Columbus is a collaborative effort between Columbus Catholic Men’s Ministry, Columbus Catholic Women’s Ministry, and the Diocese of Columbus. My House offers three aspects: Protection, Healing, and Prevention. Learn more from their website.


Catholic Pulse is a service of the Knights of Columbus dedicated to bringing readers the top, daily headlines that Catholics need to know. We seek to present the news from the perspective of Catholics who want to know what’s happening in the Church, nation and world around them. From election coverage and breakthroughs in science, to breaking news and opinions around the globe, Catholic Pulse is the one-stop site that serves up those headlines quickly while providing further resources on social issues that are important to Catholics, such as the sanctity of life and marriage.  Learn more on their website.

 NCBCLooking for Catholic Bio-medical Ethics Information?  FREE consultations are available from the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC).  Established in 1972, NCBC conducts research, consultation, publishing and education to promote human dignity in health care and the life sciences, and derives its message directly from the teachings of the Catholic Church. According to their website, they guarantee that a credentialed ethicist will be available 24/7 to assist any person with those most difficult moral health care decisions one must make from the beginning to the end of life. In 2012 alone, the ethicists of the Center helped over 1500 individuals in their time of need; free of charge. Read more about them on their website.

CPYUThe Center for Parent/Youth Understanding is a nonprofit organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers. At a time when an already confusing youth culture is changing quickly, CPYU helps parents, youth workers, educators, and others understand teenagers and their culture so that they will be better equipped to help children and teens navigate the challenging world of adolescence.  They offer a free e-Update and many other resources.  Read more on their website.


Family Honor, Inc.  Rooted in Blessed John Paul II's Theology of the Body, Family Honor seeks to empower parents to educate and guide their children according to God's plan.  Family Honor offers a variety of programs and resources for parents, as well as programs for parents and teens together.  Learn more from their website. 




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