Excerpt from an article by Antonio Socci:

According to the Church’s Magisterium, the foundation of peace is the defense of the values of human life and the rights of man. These values are threatened by totalitarianisms and fundamentalisms. Today though, also by a “dictatorship of relativism” which is spreading among the political elite and intellectuals of the West and causes disorientation in the peoples. Subsequently they are without direction, confused even in their good sentiments. This can be seen nowadays in the news stories and in the [changed] habits [of people].

This week, for example, the massacre of three Italian nuns in Burundi was acknowledged in general indifference, contrasted against the National tragedy, still ongoing, of the accidental death of a bear in Trentino. It is a collective phenomenon which is more shocking if you compare it to the general lukewarm reaction to the massacres of thousands of human beings (mainly Christians ) occurring right now in different parts of the world.

On the other hand, we have seen a progressive devaluation of human life for decades now, primarily – which is even graver – in State laws. They began first in the totalitarian states and the democratic ones followed suit.

Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI understood clearly this poisoned legacy from the 20th century and they linked it inextricably to the themes of war and peace.

Along with the pontiffs, Mother Theresa of Calcutta – who lived her entire life in the existential peripheries – repeated for years that, “abortion was the worst threat to peace in the world.” If we take a look at statistics it is difficult to say she was wrong: 50 million abortions every year – a number of victims equal to those of the Second World War. In the space of thirty years at least a billion lives have been swept away (as well as mothers wounded through this practice by the indifference of the world). The Church up until Benedict XVI, faced with such a massive slaughter, had cried out forcefully so as to awaken minds and hearts. She also had always claimed vigorously the right to religious liberty in totalitarian or fundamentalist regimes.

Related: ABORTION – AN OBSTACLE TO PEACE

PRI Saves Baby from “Therapeutic Abortion Protocol” in Peru

Through the grace of God, PRI has saved the life of an unborn child in Peru who was slated to be aborted for so-called “therapeutic” reasons.

Doctors in a Peruvian hospital had decided to give a woman with breast cancer an abortion, claiming that the abortion was necessary to save her life. In fact, they were primarily worried that their plans to put the woman on chemotherapy would cause the child to be born with birth defects. Rather than undertake alternative treatment, they decided to simply do away with the child.

Problem solved, right?  Wrong. Peru’s Therapeutic Abortion Protocol was never intended to be used to justify an abortion where the mother’s life was not in immediate danger.

When PRI heard about the doctors’ deadly plans, we quickly intervened.

Carlos Polo, the president of PRI in Latin America, first called the head of the cancer department who wanted the abortion performed, and told him that this would be a violation of the law. When the doctor balked, we upped the ante. Using our connections in the Peruvian legal system and government, we brought in an attorney and a legislator to talk to the doctor. These managed to persuade the unwilling oncologist and his colleagues to call off the abortion by threatening them with criminal prosecution.

The abortion that the doctors were originally bent upon was never medically necessary. The mother is currently receiving alternate treatment for her cancer in the form of chemotherapy that does not harm her unborn child. Mother and child are doing well.

Here we have a perfect example of how the pro-abortion movement uses Therapeutic Abortion Protocols to push for ever more abortions. In this case, it was used as an excuse to pressure parents into agreeing to an abortion that was neither medically necessary nor legally permitted. Worldwide, the “health of the mother” exception to many pro-life laws is one of the principal justifications for executing unborn children. It becomes in effect, a license to kill.

Until recently, Peruvian doctors would never have dared to propose performing an abortion under these or any other circumstances. The right to life was protected from conception by the Peruvian constitution.

But the “therapeutic abortion protocol” adopted in Peru this past June has blurred the lines. Doctors are now allowed to perform abortions when “it is the only means to save the mother’s life or to prevent serious and permanent damage to the mother’s health.”

Some doctors are taking this exception to be the new rule, and are performing so-called “therapeutic abortions” under a wider and wider array of circumstances. Unless this trend is stopped, abortion on demand is just around the corner.

One of the dirtiest tricks in the pro-abortion arsenal is their penchant for exploiting the urgent need to protect the lives and health of mothers by using this to justify aborting their unborn children. First, laws and regulations instituting abortion for reasons of health are established. Then, exceptions permitting abortion to ensure “the health of the mother” are expanded in practice until they become the norm, and abortion on demand becomes the order of the day.

Some call this health care. We call it homicide. And we intend to stop it whenever and wherever we can.

Auxiliary Bishop Christian Bishop Riesbeck’s comments during Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in conjunction with the National March for Life in Ottawa.

The B.C. Catholic
By Deborah Gyapong

When Ottawa’s new auxiliary bishop, Christian Riesbeck, became the pastor of a parish in Houston, Tex., he soon faced a difficult pastoral challenge: the pregnancy of a young lady.

The mother and aunt of the girl, who was barely 13 years old, approached him and “asked if an exception could be made in her case because of her age. They wanted to abort the child,” he said in a homily at the Prolife Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral May 8, in conjunction with the National March for Life.

“I wanted to cry,” Bishop Riesbeck said. “I tried to be as compassionate as I could, helping her acknowledge the child in her womb and encouraging her to love that child and allow the child to see the light of day. I promised her the help she needed in her situation.”

Since Bishop Riesbeck was new to the Houston diocese, the Companions of the Cross priest “had to scramble to find out what was available so I could direct her to the right place for help.”

Bishop Riesbeck said this experience made him realize the parish needed to do more to help young women. He and his parishioners decided to start a Project Gabriel [The Gabriel Project] outreach for women and families facing crisis pregnancies. They installed two big signs on the property in English and in Spanish with a contact number.

“Thanks be to God we received a lot of ‘business,'” said the bishop, “and the whole parish got on board. We had many drives for baby food, diapers, cribs. There was always a generous response from the parishioners, and we were doing our part to help pregnant women in need.”

Bishop Riesbeck challenged the view put forward by abortion supporters that respect for women meant giving them a “choice” to “kill their babies and subject themselves to harmful physical and psychological effects.”

“This does not respect women,” he said. “If we really respect them, we will come to their assistance if they are in a difficult situation, and see to it that they have what they need to give life to their child.”

“If a woman is in a crisis pregnancy, let’s help her by eliminating the crisis, not by eliminating the pregnancy,” he said. “Most women who procure abortions do not do so because of ‘freedom of choice,’ but rather because they feel they have no freedom and no choice.”

“They feel trapped, abandoned, desperate, afraid, and pressured, and sadly, they feel that there is no one they can turn to except the abortionist,” the bishop said.

He expressed gratitude to the various individuals and groups in the prolife movement who provide services, who lobby and run educational organizations.

“We also need to affirm the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, who stand with their ‘I regret my abortion’ signs, and the Feminists for Life and those who make the compelling argument that women deserve better than abortion,” Bishop Riesbeck said. “These are the people that the pro-choice or pro-abortion advocates fear most in their own attempts to present the image of abortion as positive and pro-woman.”

“As the Church, we need to be compassionate with those who are contemplating an abortion and reach out to those who have had abortions,” he said. “To them we say, ‘The doors of the Church are open.'”

“We will never reject or condemn or cast them out,” he said. “We welcome them back to the peace, the mercy, the forgiveness of Christ. To be pro-life means to be pro-woman.”

“It doesn’t mean that we love the babies and we forget about the mothers,” he said. “We love them both. We protect them both. We welcome and care for them both.”

“But we also need to proclaim the truth in love. Abortion kills a child. It harms women and it wounds families,” he said. “This is why we are not afraid to boldly defend the dignity and life of every human person at every stage of development, especially the unborn.”

“We should never get discouraged. Every child saved is a victory worthy of gratitude,” he said. “We don’t always see the fruits of our efforts, but if we are following God’s will and the promptings of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, we are making a difference and allowing God to use us as His instruments.”

Personal Message from the host of this site:

How could anyone be more important than a child, even while still within his or her mother’s womb? How can we not assist a child-bearing mother in need?

The Gabriel Project is a national parish-based pregnancy assistance resource. Our concerns go beyond being assured that a child’s life has been spared or that a mom has been provided with initial baby items. A Gabriel Project parish’s concerns go beyond serving its own parishioners and its parish’s boundaries. We seek to serve all pregnant mothers in need regardless of their personal situation, the size of their family, their age or their baby’s gestational stage.

I have attempted to express my sentiments in these regards with the following writings:

I could never tire of expounding on the magnificence of service this ministry offers to pregnant mothers in need – in the Name of Christ Jesus, through Whom all life is created.

I have been so blessed to be able to participate in this special ministry, thanks be to God.

Fredi D’Alessio (initial coordinator for The Gabriel Project of the Archdiocese of San Francisco)

In the video below, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone presents The Gabriel Project in his Annual Appeal. The Gabriel Project segment begins at 1:24 and ends at 4:56 minutes.

VIDEO: CLICK HERE

 

I wanted to bring flowers to church today for St. Patrick. I didn’t have time to pick them up before Mass so I went to a nearby store right after Mass, but by the time I returned, the church doors were locked. How I long for the good old days when churches remained open all day.

I brought the flowers home to bring to Mass tomorrow. I didn’t want St. Patrick to wait till then, so I sought out my grandfather’s funeral prayer card that I recalled had an image of St. Patrick and I placed it on the table next to the flowers. I decided to pray for the happy repose of my grandfather’s soul. I started to pray a Hail Mary, but the prayer on the back of the card caught my attention, so I prayed that instead. I hope people pray for my soul when I pass.

prayer card back

prayer card front

Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death. 

Amen.

I pray at Holy Mass for all of my deceased loved ones and beseech God that if any of them are not as yet with Him in heaven, He extend further mercy upon them by diminishing the severity and duration of their purification and raise their souls to heaven as soon as possible.

From C-FAM:

Dear Colleague,

Hillary Clinton was at it again. She was at the UN this week for International Women’s Day calling for a right to abortion and that development cannot happen without it. What nonsense. And global leaders know it. Hillary lost at Cairo twenty years ago and she’s going to lose this time, too.

We also report on our old friends the Girl Scouts who under the aegis of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts held a no-adults meeting at the UN Commission on the Status of Women and asked the opinions of the girls on the development agenda. Guess what? They really didn’t’ want to know the opinions of pro-life girls! Pro-life girls were bullied and shunned by WAGGGS leaders. And the US Girl Scouts give these folks more than a million dollars a year.

Spread the word.

Yours sincerely,

Austin Ruse
President

Hillary Clinton Says Women Cannot Progress Without Reproductive Rights

By Stefano Gennarini, J.D.

NEW YORK, March 14 (C-FAM) Twenty years after the Clintons failed to get countries to declare a right to abortion, Mrs. Clinton told a posh UN crowd that humanity cannot advance without reproductive rights.

“You cannot make progress on gender equality or broader human development without safeguarding women’s reproductive health or rights,” she declared. Clinton is adamant that reproductive health includes abortion.

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Conservative Girls Shunned at World Girl Scouts UN Meeting

By Wendy Wright

NEW YORK, March 14 (C-FAM) Who speaks for youth? Catholic teens are wondering after participating in a Girl Scouts meeting to collect young women’s opinions on the new goals that will steer UN policy – and billions of dollars in aid – for years to come.

“We were just a ‘means to an end,’” said one young lady. “All they wanted was for us to validate their point.”

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