Daily Archives: June 4, 2009

62% of Maltese don’t use contraception, but Catholic college students get more abortions

Malta is probably the “most Catholic country” in the world after the Holy See. Abortion is 100% illegal, no exceptions. So a headline that 62% of Maltese use no artificial contraception should be surprising not for how big, but how small, that percentage is.

On the other hand, a recent study shows that Catholic college students are more likely to have abortions than students at secular colleges. Shows the contrast when we lose the “Catholic ghetto mentality,” doesn’t it?

This statistic, though, makes sense: modernized Catholic colleges go out of their way to provide moral justifications for abortion. Plus, students are from more well-to-do families that can afford the exorbitant tuition, so they’re more money-oriented . Then there’s the whole “apostate Puritan” mentality: “unwed pregnancy” is scorned while fornication is encouraged.

The public college student is probably has less to worry about in terms of parents’ snooty attitudes.

Where Eucharistic Adoration is encouraged, vocations increase; Uganda provides an example

Like with Confessions, “if you provide it, they will come.” I appreciate that the Eucharist should not be exposed without anyone there, but when parishes make a big deal about “making sure there’s someone there,” and buidling up numbers to “justify” perpetual adoration, it seems to discourage people, through intimidation factor.

Parishes that just open the doors to perpetual adoration have no shortage of adorers. From CNA:

Eucharistic Adoration in Uganda is attracting more lay people to prayer and encouraging vocations, an international Catholic charity reports.
Sister Consolate Shirima of the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, based at Holy Trinity Monastery in Arua, on the northwest border of the country, discussed the phenomenon with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).
She said that over the past five years, increasing numbers of lay people have joined the sisters for adoration. An estimated three or four hundred faithful join the monastery for prayer on Sundays, while daily visitors to the monastery’s chapel are so numerous the order has appointed a sister to look after them.

Lies, statistics, and cover-ups

OK, this is downright disingenuous:

One White House meeting of activists from both sides was marked by a disagreement over semantics between an Obama aide and a leading abortion foe, and some activists say they have yet to see realistic room for compromise when it comes to policy details. Now Tiller’s killing has brought differences into harsh relief and, in some cases, raised the level of mistrust.

Well, a bit more than a “disagreement over semantics.” And the article does not specify that it was the Obama aide who created the disagreement.

“If there’s common ground here,” said Christina Page, a New York City author and abortion-rights advocate who attended one of the White House meetings, “it’s that it is in the [anti-abortion community’s] best interest to not attract homicidal idiots who want to use their cause to justify these acts.”

At least that’s more reasonably phrased than most comments, but still–how can you “not attract” someone? I mean, again, it’s not like he was a full-fledged member in any legitimate pro-life group. The guy was a paranoid loon who had no friends. He could have just as easily picked up organic food or the War in Iraq as his justification for shooting somebody.

Tiller’s death, she said, is a “massive setback” in the search for common ground. “It’s sort of like having a family member murdered and then being asked to make nice with the assassin’s family. It’s unnatural.”

You could at least admit that your “member of the family” was himself an amoral psycho who represented the worst in your “family”.

But, you’re right, it is unnatural to forgive. It’s Divine.

That said, liberals constantly tell us not to blame “all Muslims” for terrorism or not to characterize all environmentalists by the acts of “eco-terrorists.” Maybe Ms. Page should think about what it’s like for loggers and whalers to have to talk with environmental fanatics.

Ann Coulter has an amazing column on various aspects of the Tiller murder.

First, she points out that, after 9/11, the New York Times ran an editorial about not tolerating “hate crimes” against Muslims, but there has been no similar statement about “hate crimes” against pro-lifers or Christians.

For years, we’ve had to hear about the grave threat that Americans might
overreact to a terrorist attack committed by 19 Muslims shouting “Allahu akbar”
as they flew commercial jets into American skyscrapers. That would be the
equivalent of 19 pro-lifers shouting “Abortion kills a beating heart!” as they
gunned down thousands of innocent citizens in Wichita, Kan.

Why aren’t liberals rushing to assure us this time that “most pro-lifers
are peaceful”? Unlike Muslims, pro-lifers actually are peaceful.

She compares the statistics on anti-abortion violence with Muslim violence:

In a country with approximately 150 million pro-lifers, five abortionists have been killed since Roe v. Wade.
In that same 36 years, more than 49 million babies have been killed by abortionists.
. . .
Meanwhile, fewer than 2 million Muslims live in America and, while Muslims are less murderous than abortionists, I’m fairly certain they’ve killed more than five people in the United States in the last 36 years. For some reason, the number “3,000” keeps popping into my head.

Coulter also points out that 80% of Americans oppose the kinds of abortions Tiller performed.

Tiller bragged about performing 60,000 abortions, including abortions of viable babies, able to survive outside the mother’s womb. He made millions of dollars performing late-term abortions so gruesome that only two other abortionists — not a squeamish bunch — in the entire country would perform them.

Apparently, Tiller justified his late term abortions by saying that a qualification of “irreversible physical damage” was met by women who were depressed or “uanble to go to rodeos.”

Tiller invested a great deal of his fortune on buying protection from the Demonocrats (those who support the rule of demons):

In 1997, The Washington Post reported that Tiller attended one of Bill Clinton’s White House coffees for major campaign contributors. In addition to a $25,000 donation to Clinton, Tiller wanted to thank him personally for 30 months of U.S. Marshals’ protection paid for by the U.S. taxpayer.
Kansas Democrats who received hundreds of thousands of campaign dollars from Tiller repeatedly intervened to block any interference with Tiller’s abortion
mill.

Tiller also used his money to get Paul Morrison elected attorney general, ending investigations into “various crimes, including his failure to report statutory rape.”

Morrison is now gone, having been forced to resign when his mistress
charged him with sexual harassment and corruption.

Coulter, finally, notes that the Evangelical Lutheran “Church” in America teaches that “A developing life in the womb does not have an absolute right to be born.”

In related news, FOX is pointing out the discrepancy of coverage between the Tiller killing and the Long killing–especially given that Obama announced a major Army appointment the other day without reference to Long.

Why the Radical Abortion Left is "Responsible" for the death of George Tiller

Of course, we’re hearing from all sides how pro-lifers, for expressing the fact that abortion involves the killing of a human being, are just as “responsible” for the murder of George Tiller as the actual shooter, Scott Roeder, is.

Rather than pointing to what Roeder has in common with the average pro-lifer, an honest analyst would contrast him. According to LifeSiteNews, Roeder is, for example, apparently a schizophrenic, like John Salvi before him. That shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Now, right there: if the guy is a schizophrenic, then the exact trigger of his paranoia doesn’t really matter, does it? To say that Bill O’Reilly is to blame for Scott Roeder is to say that Jodie Foster is responsible for John Hinkley shooting Ronald Reagan.

But let’s look at his other behavior. He’s divorced. He has one child by his first wife, and another child out of wedlock by another woman. He’s a tax evader with ties to some militia group, etc.

His only “official” pro-life tie, other than some posts on Operation Rescue’s message board a few years ago, are to an actual terrorist group called the “Army of God”.

Now, as Adrian Monk would say, “Here’s the thing.” Scott Roeder believes he is a sovereign individual. This guy takes his American Rugged Individualism so seriously, he is such a radical Libertarian, that he declares himself sovereign and claims the government has no power over him!

Now, let’s look at who *else* says that: “I can do whatever I want with my body.”

Isn’t that the rhetoric of the Far Left? Aren’t they the ones who demand complete autonomy from government when it comes to matters of “personal choice” or “privacy”?

Isn’t Scott Roeder expressing the views of the Far Left just as much as the Right? (of course, “Everything that Rises Must Converge,” and the Spectrum of American thought tends towards radical libertarianism in both directions).

If Fr. Frank Pavone is to be blamed for giving Scott Roeder part of his rhetoric, isn’t Gloria Steinham responsible for the other half?

Headline: "Baltimore archbishop joins other faith leaders to battle urban violence"

If one sees a headline saying, “Archbishop wants to battle urban violence,” does anyone seriously think that said archbishop intends to “battle urban violence” by shooting gang leaders?

Fr. Flanagan condemned Ireland’s Reform Schools and was ignored

Here’s human nature for you:

In a 1946 trip to his native Ireland, Father Edward Flanagan (1886-1948), founder of Boys Town, toured reform schools now under fire for their endemic abuse and called them a “scandal, un-Christlike, and wrong.”
Describing the schools as “a disgrace to the nation,” he told a large audience, “You are the people who permit your children and the children of your communities to go into these institutions of punishment. You can do something about it.”
Minister for Justice Gerald Boland said at the time that he was “not disposed to take any notice of what Monsignor Flanagan said while he was in this country, because his statements were so exaggerated that I did not think people would attach any importance to them.”

Note: that’s the “Minister for Justice,” a secular leader, not a bishop or religious superior.
Isn’t this how it always is?

My wife’s eccentric uncle claimed his whole life he left the seminary because of rampant homosexuality there, but the family always dismissed his claims. When “the Scandal” broke a year after his death, my father in law said, “I guess Lewis was right, after all.”

Patrick Madrid admits that, 20 years ago, when he first heard claims that there were actively homosexual bishops, he dismissed it as fringe lunacy. Now, with Archbishop Weakland’s announcement, he’s like, “big surprise.”

Why is it that the prophets and whistle-blowers are always ignored? “This is wrong. This is happening!”
People respond, “No, that’s way too extreme! I can’t believe it! You’re exaggerating! You’re a kook!”
Then, years later ,when it’s all out in the open, everyone demands and answer as to why the relevant “authorities” (especially if those authorities happen to be leaders in the Church) didn’t “do something.”