ProLife & Family Issues

These are the questions I answered about Raising Sons on Catholic Answers Live. It was a fun show with great questions. We recorded this one a ways back but it is still alive and applicable.

In biblical teaching, it is the father’s responsibility to raise, educate and prepare his sons and daughters to be adults. Today the world, the media and the whole culture treat fathers as idiots and tries to emasculate them. It is time for fathers to stand up and be manly men and good examples and teachers and real fathers for their kids.

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1)  I have a son who defends the Catholic Church to the death but won’t go to Mass. Do you have any suggestions how to get him to go? (Interesting line this discussion took about the real reason was) — see suggestion below…

 2)  How do you answer boys that say that he or others are born gay?

3)  Do think it is right to let my 5 year old son mingle and play with his older cousins of 10-12 years old?

 4)  What do you tell kids as to why they should go to church?

 5)  I have a 9 year old son. We go to Mass every Sunday and he’s made his first communion but he doesn’t seem interested or participate in the Mass. What should we do?

 6)  My son is discerning a religious vocation. What can I do to encourage this and help him along the way?

 7)  My son is 8 years old and I had to move away for several years for my job. What kind of future problems might I expect?

 8)  My young son of 4 years old says he wants to be a priest. What can I do to encourage him toward a religious vocation?

 9)  My father passed away and I am concerned about my younger brothers who are not practicing their faith. How can I encourage them to go back to church?

 10)  Do you agree it is important to teach our kids they must obey the Ten Commandments? Why didn’t you mention that when answering some of the questions about Sunday and going to church?

 11)  How do you handle small children who can’t sit still or be quiet in church? Should we even take them to church?

 

I received this email after the show:  “You took a call about a boy who was starting to veer away from Mass and veer away from confession. Last Christmas season, a fellow homeschool family wrote a beautiful play called combining Charles Dickens, A Christmas Story and Theology of the Body and the teen group put it on.

I thought it was a perfect story as the central figure has committed some sin that was beginning to draw him away from his friends, family, church etc. The playwright reconciled the end beautifully. This father also turned it into the book, “The Weight of the Mass” with the author’s permission and turned into a beautiful play that the teen group puts on last Easter Season.”

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Cupich & McElroy Embarrassed at Bishops Council

by Steve Ray on November 12, 2019

Just received from a friend:

Just received this GREAT NEWS from a friend via text:

”Their Eminences Cupich & McElroy got up at the USCCB meeting and took on the Faithful Citizenship document changes stating that it wasn’t true to papal teaching because it says that “abortion is the preeminent issue.” Chaput & Strickland got up challenged them by name & the Bishops applauded — and then voted down Cupich’s amendment!! Yea!!….My day probably won’t get any better than that!!” GOD IS WITH US!! God bless our GOOD BISHOPS!!!!!!!!

In Jesus, Mary, and all our saints!!

Sr. Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, OP
Vocation Director
Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
4597 Warren Rd., Ann Arbor, MI. 48105

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After a talk I gave a while ago a man 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 the womb.

Unfortunately some Christians 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’, yet very much human and a person, as Jesus was at that point in the pregnancy.

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Joe Biden Denied Communion at South Carolina Church Over Abortion Stance

October 29, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden was denied communion at a Catholic Church in South Carolina Sunday because of his staunch position in favor of  abortion. UPDATE: Another good article with more background, theology and Canon Law: Joe Biden, Fr. James Martin, and Denying Communion to Pro-Choice Politicians UPDATE 2: Cardinal Dolan would have given Communion […]

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In the 1850’s – “Pro-slavery” or “Pro-Choice”?

October 16, 2019

“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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ProLife and to the Moon

July 18, 2019

Short, less than one minute prolife video from womb to the moon.

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New Olympic’s Controversy: Should an XY person compete against XX persons?

June 24, 2019

Controversies have always swirled around the Olympics: race, politics and performance-enhancing drugs. The new controversy will be interesting to watch. Can a person with XY chromosomes compete against persons with XX chromosomes? In other words, can men complete against women in women’s sports? It seems crazy, but this is the real debate for Tokyo in […]

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Sister Lucia: “Final Confrontation between the Lord and Satan will be over Family and Marriage.”

May 3, 2019

By Steve Skojec, Rorate Caeli has released a translation of a remarkable interview, originally published in 2008, with Cardinal Carlo Caffara of Bologna. In it, he references correspondence he had with Sister Lucia, the principle visionary of Our Lady at Fatima: Q. There is a prophecy by Sister Lucia dos Santos, of Fatima, which concerns “the […]

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Clever! World’s View of Marriage vs. Catholic View of Marriage

March 28, 2019

First, read from the top down. Then, read from the bottom up… By Jennifer Flanders

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Powerful Movie: Pass the Word, Watch the Movie, Support Life, Shut Down Abortions

March 22, 2019

This is a powerful movie that should have all Christians and people of goodwill behind it 100%. Please go see the movie, take a friend, pass the word and let shut down Planned Parenthood and their whole Evil Empire.

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The Sex Life of Fire – the Tragedy of the Killed Unborn

March 6, 2019

Award-winning poet Roderick Falconer recites his haunting poem, “The Sex Life of Fire,” in which he eloquently describes the brutal reality of killing the unborn.

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Finally a Bishop Refuses Communion to a Pro-Abort Senator

February 26, 2019

This should be the norm, not an extraordinary event. Bishops should act more like shepherds than politicians. Finally a bishop steps up and says, “NO!” Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois says Senator Dick Durbin is “cooperating in evil” and persisting in “manifest grave sin” because of his abortion advocacy and must therefore “not […]

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Contraception: Quick and Easy Explanation

February 23, 2019

A Matter of Principle: Why the Church won’t budge on contraception, and what’s at stake! By “Democritus” My purpose in writing this essay is not to rehash all the arguments for or against contraception. What I want to do is to go beyond all the common arguments and to reduce them to the basic moral attitudes upon […]

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Trump’s Brilliant Speech

February 7, 2019

I’ll just say it… [by Brian Birch] That was a helluva speech. President Trump delivered one of the best speeches of his presidency last night, weaving together aspirational rhetoric with raw, emotional personal stories, as well as a focus on key issues of deep concern to Catholics. And Americans agreed… A snap CNN poll showed […]

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Trailer released for “Unplanned” – movie about Planned Parenthood’s Abby Johnson’s pro-life conversion

January 31, 2019

Pure Flix, the distributor for God’s Not Dead, is releasing “Unplanned” on 800 movie screens March 29, the Hollywood Reporter (THR)reports. Unplanned is a dramatic film adaption of Johnson’s best-selling 2010 autobiographical book of the same name. It tells the story of Johnson’s journey from Planned Parenthood facility manager to pro-life activist. “I thought I was helping […]

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Catholic Church Leaders Increasing Accused of Being Cowards

January 31, 2019

An article popped up on my screen today as I opened my e-mail account. It was from The American Thinker. I was asked if I agree with Alicia Colon, the author of the article. It is hard not too. Selections from The American Thinker’s article “Catholic Church Leaders are a Bunch of Cowards”: “The bishop who rushed […]

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