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Pope John Paul II wrote to the bishops, priests, and Catholic people in America that the renewal of the Church in our country will “not be possible without the active participation of the laity. Therefore, they are largely responsible for the future of the Church. (Ecclesia in America, No. 44) As Catholic Christians we are called to be salt and light to the nation.(Mt. 5:13-16) Let’s get to work!

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Don’t Cry For Kathleen, America!

Earlier this month, after five stormy years, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius resigned or, as some have speculated, was forced out of office by political and public pressure. Before her controversial, high visibility role in implementing the most far-reaching overhaul of the healthcare industry in America, she was the Governor of Kansas from 2003 to 2009 and the state’s Insurance Commissioner for five years before ascending to the highest political office in the state. Her stellar popularity in the Democratic Party positioned her as one of the serious contenders for the Vice Presidency during John Kerry’s (2004) and Barack Obama’s (2008) presidential campaigns. Sebelius and Tillers Caption As Governor, Kathleen Sebelius, a baptized Catholic, formed alliances with notorious abortionists and participated in shameless undertakings contrary to her faith and her oath as Governor:

  • Wichita, Kansas became the late term abortion capitol of the United States on Governor Sebelius’ watch
  • Late term abortionist George Tiller, his wife, and his political action committee contributed over $1.85 million to Sebelius’s campaigns and other political races to advance the cause of legal abortion in Kansas. Sebelius lied and downplayed her cozy relationship with Tiller during her Secretary of HHS confirmation hearings before the Senate. (Tiller was gunned down and killed in 2009)
  • In 2006 she held a press conference to publicly discredit her local bishop’s statements against abortion. Archbishop Joseph Naumann, after repeated attempts to correct her actions as a public official, advised her in 2008 against receiving Holy Communion after her obstinate refusal to abide by her faith’s moral teachings on abortion. She continued to receive Communion after the Archbishop’s sanction.
  • As Governor, Sebelius worked tirelessly to obstruct Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline’s investigations of state abortion facilities, thereby protecting the abortion industry in Kansas despite widespread evidence of unlawful abortion practices and criminal activities endangering the lives and health of women including minors as well as the failure of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the U.S., to report child rape. (For details, go to: http://operationrescue.org/pdfs/Annotated%20SRS-KDHE%20Timeline.pdf)
  • Sebelius and members of her administration were never charged or called to account for the destruction of evidence, especially original documents submitted by Attorney General Kline during his investigation of abortion facilities. Sebelius and Tiller worked arm in arm to defeat (Catholic) Attorney General Phill Kline’s re-election in 2006.It appears Kathleen Sebelius was handpicked by President Obama for her cabinet position because she was a zealous champion of abortion rights and a dependable ally of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, a leader who would stand up to the “religious right” including her own Catholic bishop. She was confirmed in 2009, the same year “ObamaCare” was passed in the U.S. Congress.

Lies and Disinformation by President Obama and Kathleen Sebelius

President Obama told Pope Francis and Vatican officials during a meeting in March that “[m]ost religious organizations are entirely exempt” and those not exempt need only “attest that they have a religious objection” and they are “not required to provide contraception, but in their case “employees of theirs who choose are able to obtain it through the insurance company.” According to Richard Doerflinger, an official with the Pro-Life Office of the U.S. Bishops, most religious organizations are not exempt. 47 lawsuits are currently in the courts because religious orders and faith-based non-profits are not exempt. The mandate means compulsory coverage for sterilization and all FDA-approved contraceptives which are mostly abortifacients. Whether any plan member buys the products and services or not, premiums paid for these drugs and appliances are provided to other members of the health care plan, making all members complicit in promoting evil and unhealthy practices. (For more details about coverage for abortifacients in the HHS mandate, please go to: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/contraception/upload/Does-the-HHS-Mandate-Include-Abortifacients.pdf)

ObamaCare is Planned Parenthood’s Greatest Triumph

After the implementation of ObamaCare, parents end up delegating to Planned Parenthood and their nefarious allies in the abortion industry all authority over their children’s care in sexual matters. Minors will have free access to dangerous abortifacient drugs and the “education and counseling” to promote their use. Confidentiality rules will hide disclosure of an immature adolescent’s sexual behavior from her parents. Welcome to the hellish elements of Planned Parenthood morality advancing the “culture of death”, destroying the religious freedom of every family in America, whether you like it or not. The plan of government population controllers aligned with the ObamaCare plan seek to sterilize and render childless American women, not by offering personal choice but through deceptive coercion. As we have seen here in San Antonio with the recent City Council vote to publicly fund “long-active reversible contraceptives” (LARCs), the method and goal is to implant and inject LARCs which do not require any further action by the recipient while removal or reversal can only be done through the intervention of a doctor. So much for “choice”. Yes, there will be fewer pregnancies but many will be effectively sterilized. (For further details, visit: http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/life-issues-forum/womens-freedom-redefined.cfm)

In an official statement published on January 20, 2012, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, speaking for her department, wrote: “Women will not have to forego these services because of expensive co-pays or deductibles, or because an insurance plan doesn’t include contraceptive services.” This statement is absurd and blatantly disingenuous because Sebelius is well aware that women before ObamaCare have had the freedom to procure low cost contraceptives from their neighborhood drugstores. “Emergency contraception” is widely available over the counter, even to minors. The ObamaCare mandate is really about coercing corporate America, bringing the full weight of federal power down on employers and health care providers to force the public to pay for free access to contraceptives which are mostly abortifacient-inducing drugs with well-known detrimental health effects. The main beneficiaries are contraceptive and abortion peddling for-profit corporations like Planned Parenthood and pharmaceuticals.

Conclusion

The departure of Kathleen Sibelius as the key implementer of the ObamaCare mandate is a welcome change. Holy Scripture reminds us:

“Do not fret because of the wicked; do not envy those who do evil: for they wither quickly like grass and fade like the green of the fields.” (Ps. 37)

Truly our Lord’s eternal admonishment comes to mind: “For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life?” (Mt.16:26)

We all should pray that as a baptized Catholic, Kathleen Sebelius will reflect on her obstinate refusal and blindness in ignoring the evil which she has directly promoted and advanced as a public official.

In his April 11th audience, Pope Francis thanked Italian Pro-Life leaders, reminding them that “[w]e know human life is sacred and inviolable. Every civil law is based on the recognition of the first and fundamental right, that to life, which is not subject to any conditions, neither economic nor qualitative nor ideological.”

Our second President, Thomas Jefferson, reflected that “[t]he care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” We pray all public officials especially those informed by their Catholic faith will take this maxim to heart.

Part II: Who is Kathleen Sebelius’ successor? HHS secretary nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell

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Let’s Celebrate Our Victories and Work to Keep Texas Pro-Life

Those of us who joined the fight in the Texas state legislature at the Capitol last summer to support the House Bill 2 Omnibus Pro-Life Bill were elated when HB2 passed with a safe margin despite the shrill outcry and drama exhibited by pro-abortion zealots inside and outside the state Senate chambers. The state of Texas made a bold statement to the rest of the nation and the world that the people of Texas would continue to stand up and fight to protect the sanctity of unborn life and the health and safety of their mothers.

The abortion industry lobby quickly mobilized their legal team to undermine the pro-life restrictions which will safeguard the health of abortion-bound women and protect the lives of unborn children who’ve reached the stage of viability, where science has found clear evidence these twenty week and older unborn babies feel pain.

A legal decision by U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin last October blocked some major restrictions in the new pro-life statutes, but, late last month, the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals overturned Yeakel’s decision and allowed the new abortion restrictions enacted by the Texas House last year to proceed.

During the court proceedings at the 5th District Court, Planned Parenthood admitted that at least 210 women who completed their abortions in Texas are hospitalized due to complications. It appears likely that the pro-abortion lobby will continue their legal fight to thwart the will of the people of Texas by appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.

President and CEO of Planned Parenthood South Texas, Jeffrey Hons, intends to open an upgraded $5 million Planned Parenthood abortion facility in San Antonio to comply with the new state law. All abortion facilities must comply by next September with the regulations that require these places to meet state ambulatory surgical service standards as well as other new restrictions on their business.

Mr. Hons told the Express News last week that most of Planned Parenthood’s clients seek non-abortion services such as pap smears and breast exams. This statement belies the fact evidenced by extensive investigations by Live Action that Planned Parenthood facilities are not providing these services but rather refer visitors to other offices that offer cancer screening and Planned Parenthood is notorious for double counting visitors who return regularly for birth control and other services.

If Planned Parenthood South Texas services “just a very small number” of abortion-bound women, why is he spending $5,000,000 to upgrade his facilities? He will not need to make such an investment if he stops doing abortions at his Babcock facility. We can surmise that abortion is a lucrative and profitable business for Mr. Hons and other abortion providers in Texas.

What’s next? How do we respond to recent pro-life successes in Texas and continue the fight against the abortion industry in Texas?

Pope Francis spoke eloquently in his recent exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, calling attention to the widespread acceptance of legalized abortion:

“Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this.”

As Christians, let us all continue to pray fervently for the end of legalized abortion in our nation and for our state of Texas, especially in San Antonio, where the fighting spirit of the Alamo remains strong in our hearts and minds. May Texas continue to be a shining beacon to the rest of the country for our stalwart defense of life and our religious liberties.

Let us also commit to putting our faith into action by actively being involved in the pro-life movement in San Antonio through our support for Allied Women’s Crisis Pregnancy Center and participation in the 40 Days for Life prayer campaigns, sidewalk prayer and counseling abortion bound women in front of Planned Parenthood, Whole Women’s Health, and other abortion centers in the city.

For more information about how you can become actively involved in pro-life prayer and action in San Antonio, contact:

Allied Women’s Center, Crisis Pregnancy counseling, services
210-354-4357
San Antonio Coalition for Life, Sidewalk counseling, 40 Days for Life campaigns
210-737-2235
St. Joan of Arc Brigade, Pro-Life Prayer Vigils on Saturdays, pro-life prayer missions
210-771-5757

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Defending Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy

San Antonio, TX –We celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy and memory on the third Monday of January, a national holiday promulgated by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.

On January 17, 2011 in Hillside, Illinois, more than 40 African-American religious and political leaders gathered at Freedom Baptist Church to censure the misrepresentation and distortions of Dr. King’s legacy. Comparisons between the militant homosexual movement’s agenda and the African-American civil rights crusade championed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. have become increasingly strident and overbearing over the past few decades.

African-American leaders came together in Illinois, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s niece, Dr. Alveda King, to challenge this misplaced comparison. According to these African-American leaders, institutional discrimination based on “immutable, non-behavioral, morally neutral condition like race is NOT equivalent to an effort to “normalize and institutionalize deviant sexual relations.”

“We shouldn’t allow … the legacy of Dr. King to be exploited for the destructive purposes of the (militant homosexual) movement to normalize homosexuality and demonize traditional moral beliefs.”1

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was martyred for a just cause, his sacrifice the culmination of the heroic struggle of African-Americans after centuries of terrible suffering and tribulations due to systemic societal bigotry and prejudice.

In a public statement this past week in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, African-American Pastor Charles Flowers of Faith Outreach Center International in San Antonio reminded his social media readers:

“[D]uring the time the civil rights movement, led by Dr. King, was in full swing, there was a contemporary movement called the sexual revolution. If Dr. King had any notion of including those who espouse the LGBT lifestyle in the civil rights movement, he would have certainly had numerous occasions to do so. I have in my library every book that Dr. King wrote in his short but amazing 39 years of life. There is not a single mention of such inclusion in any of his writings. Let us not take occasion of someone’s honorable memorial and mare it with unsupportable fabrications and lies.”2

Dr. King was an ordained Christian minister who received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial discrimination through non-violence. There are countless examples today of the intolerant, discriminatory, and often violent behavior of homosexual activists against their opponents, especially those who profess their belief in the timeless biblical proscriptions against homosexual activity.

We stand here today in San Antonio in the midst of the largest MLK rally and parade in the nation to honor his supreme sacrifice and monumental achievements as the preeminent American civil rights leader of our time.

We condemn any minority special interest group which would dishonor and defile Dr. Martin Luther King’s memory by hijacking his hard-fought battle for justice for their own unjustified, misguided, and blatantly politicized agenda.


1 http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/christian-leaders-rally-against-gay-activists-hijacking-martin-luther-king-legacy/
2 https://www.facebook.com/pastor.flowers.75?fref=ts