ProLife & Family Issues

After a talk I gave at the Cathedral in Gaylord Michigan a while ago, an insightful man named Richard Grammens and his wife Mary Jean approached me. He told me to think about the “size  and condition” of Jesus in the womb when John the Baptist recognized the Person and Personhood of Jesus in hte womb.

But I will share Richard’s own words with you:

“Unfortunately some Christian men and women believe in “pro-choice”; i.e., a woman’s right to determine if she will have an abortion or not.  Under a Supreme Court decision, a woman has the legal right to have an abortion; however, it is still morally wrong.  As St. Peter proclaimed when testifying before the Jewish High Priest and the Council (Acts 5:29), “We must obey God, not men”.  

“Some will argue that the fetus is not a human until it is born.  The Catholic Church teaches that from the moment of conception, an embryo has the right to life and that it is morally wrong to terminate that life.  In addition, the following narrative from the Gospel according to Luke (1:26-56) is worth pondering. 

 “In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to a young woman in Nazareth named Mary.  The angel greeted Mary and announced that she would become pregnant and bear a child to be called “Son of the Most High God”.  Mary consented and the angel Gabriel told Mary of Elizabeth’s pregnancy.  Soon afterward, Mary proceeded with haste to visit Elizabeth in a town in the hill country.  When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby (John the Baptist) leaped within her. 

“Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, said in a loud voice, “You are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the child that you will bear.  Why should this great thing happen to me, that my Lord’s mother comes to visit me?   For as soon as I heard your greeting, the baby within me jumped with gladness”.   

“Consider that after the annunciation by the angel Gabriel, Mary proceeded with haste to visit her cousin Elizabeth.  Assuming that Mary reached Elizabeth within a short period of say around 10 days after conception, the baby Jesus was still an embryo*; i.e., just a mass of unrecognizable cells.  Yet even though he could not see from within the womb of Elizabeth, 

John the Baptist recognized the person of Jesus, the Son of God, within Mary.  Mary was pregnant with a human person; even a sixth month old fetus, without the benefit of eyesight, was able to make that determination. 

“Footnote:  From a medical standpoint, a child is not considered a “fetus” until after the eighth (8th) week of pregnancy.  Prior to that time, the child is considered an ’embryo’.”

Richard G. Grammens, August 21, 2015

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“Many in the 1850’s also considered themselves “pro-choice” rather than “pro-slavery”. History repeats itself…”  (Obianuju Ekeocha  Twitter@obianuju)

In other words, I am personally against slavery, but I think people (or the states) should have the freedom to choose.

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Incredible New Video “From Conception to Birth”

by Steve Ray on February 19, 2017

Make sure everyone sees this because it is a marvelous argument against abortion. This is new technology that won its inventors the Nobel Prize. It pulls back the curtain on the developing baby and the mystery inside the womb. Hang in there for the first three minutes while he is explaining the technology — the remainder of the video is incredible.

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Defund Planned Parenthood – You Can Help RIGHT NOW

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Denzinger Timeline of the Controversy over Communion for the Divorced and ‘Remarried’ in Adultery and Pope Francis

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This is an amazing resource compiled by Andrew Guernsey. It provides all the source material on the subject of Communion for Divorced and civilly “remarried.” It starts with the Old Testament and then the New Testament before moving historically through the Fathers, Popes, Councils and more. A thorough resource for all the source documents upon […]

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Let me speak my mind clearly. I support Cardinal Burke and the others 100%. God bless them!

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Rome in the Eye of a Storm

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Catholic Journalist and writer for National Catholic Register summarized the situation in Rome as the Pope refuses to respond to a growing number of voices requesting an explanation of his document Amoris Laetitia. I found it worth reading, along with the two below. Msgr. Charles Pope has written  the clearest and simplest explanation I’ve read to […]

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Confrontation: Cardinal Burke on Amoris Laetitia Dubia: ‘Tremendous Division’ Warrants Action

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Posted by Edward Pentin on Tuesday Nov 15th, 2016 at 11:25 AM In an exclusive Register interview, he elaborates about why four cardinals were impelled to seek clarity about the papal exhortation’s controversial elements. Article main image Four cardinals asked Pope Francis five dubia questions, or “doubts,” about the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy […]

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You Laity are Pretty Important and Should be Involved Reminding Priests and Bishops

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My Daughter Found A Baby

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The Catholic Case for Voting Trump

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The Catholic Case for Voting Trump by Jim Havens | Sep 30, 2016 In just over one month our nation heads to the polls with perhaps the starkest choice for President that there has ever been. First, Catholics are called to actively form their consciences in the truths of natural law and the wisdom of […]

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