Monthly Archives: November 2006

Urgent Prayer Request

A mother has written to Domenico Bettenelli, asking for prayers because her husband wants to execute their baby for the crime of having clubbed feet.

From the Country that brought you Henry VIII and Elizabeth I

The latest stage in the British Euthanasia Saga is that the Lord Chancellor of England has threatened prison to doctors who conscientiously object to euthanasia. Bring it on, Whore of Babylon! Martyrs are just what Christianity in the West needs these days, and throwing us in jail is a good starting point.

Paraphrasing Byzantine Emperor Manuel II, “Show me just what Anglicanism brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as divorce, contraception, homosexuality and euthanasia.”

Speaking of Episcopalians and Muslims, you know how, when someone suggests that Islam is a violent religion, indignant Muslims respond by blowing things up? Well, something similar is going on right now with Episcopalians. Domenico Bettnelli recently posted on how the head bishopess of the ECUSA, Katherine Jefferts Schori, said that Episcopalians contracept because they’re smarter than everyone else, implying that Catholics are stupid (cf. Bettnet).

Well, indignant at his take on her statement, high-thinking Episcopalians have responded by calling Bettinelli an ignorant Catholic.

I think that’s just hilarious.

Bishops: If you support abortion, do not come to the altar

An overwhelming majority of the bishops (201-24, with two abstaining) voted in favor of telling all Catholics who support legalized abortion, not just politicians, that they should refrain from Communion. However, the bishops refuse to publicly deny communion to politicians.

But that gets back to the same basic questions: if a prominent non-Catholic came up for Communion, would the bishops deny that person? What about someone who came up to the altar drunk or otherwise obviously unprepared?

Animal fetuses

Now, I got this off Catholicity, but I’ve seen similar headlines in the secular online media lately. Everyone’s gaga over these pictures of “animals in utero”–note that they’re described as “animals,” “elephants,” “puppies,” etc., not as “pre-animals,” “fetuses,” “elephants,” etc. Note also that when pro-lifers show similar pictures of unborn babies, the pro-aborts say they’re “too graphic.” I’m thinking in particular of this picture of an elephant (noting that the article does use the term “foetus”).

From the Country that brought you Henry VIII and Elizabeth I

The latest stage in the British Euthanasia Saga is that the Lord Chancellor of England has threatened prison to doctors who conscientiously object to euthanasia. Bring it on, Whore of Babylon! Martyrs are just what Christianity in the West needs these days, and throwing us in jail is a good starting point.

Paraphrasing Byzantine Emperor Manuel II, “Show me just what Anglicanism brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as divorce, contraception, homosexuality and euthanasia.”

Speaking of Episcopalians and Muslims, you know how, when someone suggests that Islam is a violent religion, indignant Muslims respond by blowing things up? Well, something similar is going on right now with Episcopalians. Domenico Bettnelli recently posted on how the head bishopess of the ECUSA, Katherine Jefferts Schori, said that Episcopalians contracept because they’re smarter than everyone else, implying that Catholics are stupid (cf. Bettnet).

Well, indignant at his take on her statement, high-thinking Episcopalians have responded by calling Bettinelli an ignorant Catholic.

I think that’s just hilarious.

And in more good news on the stem cell front

Chalk up another success to adult stem cells.

Federal Courts uphold conscientious objection of docs and medical facilities

One reason I don’t post this this blog more often is the time to comment on relevant stories. I figure I should just post them and comment if I have time.
In short, the Feminazis sued to force doctors and medical facilities to refer abortions, even if it goes against their beliefs, and the courts have thusfar found in favor of the docs. After all, doctors refuse to refer lots of things.

Ever try going to an OB/Gyn for a referral to a doctor who specializes in NFP?

More on Nazism in the UK

This is cool on two counts: amniotic fluid stem cells!!!

Just goes to show that ethical means of doing anything are always more effective: Swiss scientists have successfully grown replacement organs for lab animals using amniotic stem cells.

Act now! FDA reviewing guidelines for cell lines in vacines!

One thing that is universally agreed on is that the PAL document from last year calls for Catholics to fight for ethical alternatives to vaccines derived from fetal cell lines. The FDA has announced a review of approval for different cell lines, ethical and unethical, and is soliciting input from the general public.

Please, if you are concerned at all about building a culture of life, even if you use the tainted vaccines, go to the link above and take a few minutes of your time to ask the FDA to approve only ethical cell lines.

Proves what I always say about socialism

Whenever I point to Oregon and the Netherlands as the examples of what happens when you have socialized medicine, people say, “well, England has socialized medicine, and they don’t have euthanasia.”

Uh-huh.

The following quote was very interesting, though:

The college’s submission was also welcomed by John Harris, a member of the
government’s Human Genetics Commission and professor of bioethics at Manchester
University. “We can terminate for serious foetal abnormality up to term but
cannot kill a newborn. What do people think has happened in the passage down the
birth canal to make it okay to kill the foetus at one end of the birth canal but
not at the other?” he said.

Funny thing, that, since that’s exactly what we pro-lifers ask all the time.

The article is very vague about the difference between active euthanasia and removing extraordinry measures.

Stand Up!

Ironically, _VeggieTales: Gideon_ came out this weekend, and it’s one of their most outspokenly Christian videos yet. For one thing, it actually mentions the name of Christ, a couple times, which has previously only occurred in the Christmas and Easter episodes, and a QWERTY verse or two. Also, when _Sumo of the Opera_ came out, we wondered how the Protestants would react to the St. Patrick story. Apparently, they’re trying to make amends by telling the story of a Protestant “saint” (fair enough) and mentioning Billy Graham.

Anyway, it’s a story about how you should trust God, despite whatever obstacles seem to be in your way, do His will, and He’ll provide. Kind of the same thing Bl. John XXIII says in Mater et Magistra: “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all this will be added.”

Meanwhile, self-professed “Catholic” Nancy Pelosi says one of her top priorities when she becomes Speaker of the House will be funding for ESCR. I’ve been attending the 7:30 PM daily Mass for St. Raymond’s in Fairfax, VA. The celebrant is a very amazing priest named Fr. Joseph Okech, A.J., whose recurring theme is our need to trust God completely and give up all our human hang-ups.

Oh, in other news, while writing this post, I wandered over to Phil Vischer’s website, and it turns out that NBC has loosened up, thanks to all the protests, and the last few episodes of _VeggieTales_ made it uncensored. However, I stand by my post below regarding advertising. Back when our kids watched “Nick Jr. on CBS,” Allie got to know which advertisements were inappropriate and would turn them off (that said, she still insists we need to buy a KIA minivan).

Not much of a leap


but British eugenicists have developed a combo test for hundreds of genetic disorders, including Marfan syndrome, to help parents more easily “discard” “defective” embryos.

Commentary would be irrelvant. I just thought I’d put a face to “defective” embryos.

This isn’t about compassion for the children. It’s about parental self-centeredness. What do they always say? “I couldn’t bear to see my child suffer such a horrible disease.”