Obama, Abortion, Life & Reason – UPDATED

I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20a, New American Bible)The issue of Obama and Life will likely be written about a great deal today. As I come across thoughtful posts on the issue, I'll link to them.My Blogfather Ed Morrissey, whose old Captain's Quarters … [Read more...]

Prom Queen of Love

Three beauties photographed by Carolyn PassGot this great story from reader Frank, who found it here.Never has the selection of a homecoming queen sent so many tears falling so freely.Kristin Pass, an 18-year-old senior with Down syndrome, became Aledo High School's homecoming queen Friday to a joyous standing ovation and the flutter of a thousand tissues on a remarkable night for an amazing young woman.Her grandfather, Dr. David Campbell of Corsicana, escorted her onto the field and … [Read more...]

Ave Maria; the human touch

The Sisters of Life are a wonderful bunch of gals dedicated to the service of pregnant women in difficult circumstances. Founded by the mighty Cardinal John O' Connor, they - in offering support, shelter, social representation and other opportunities - and by supporting the dying, they work against the culture of death, everyday. While some would champion government programs as the answer to every problem, these women, and other faith-based and community-interested programs, working outside … [Read more...]

Obama, Abortion, The Catholic Vote

Of course, this is not simply about the "Catholic" vote - pro-lifers come from all religious backgrounds and even from secular-humanist philosophies. But over the past few days several Catholic readers have either asked me for advice on how to address this issue. One reader has a friend who wore an Obama shirt to Mass, right after Obama told his followers to "get in their faces," and then was upset when many were offended. Hey, he got right in Jesus's face, at communion. Obama would be … [Read more...]

Warnock: put down the sick, senile, elderly

"If you're demented, you're wasting people's lives -- your family's lives -- and you're wasting the resources of the National Health Service."So says Baroness Warnock, who has been advocating euthanasia in Britain for a long time is at it again.I'm too under the weather to write, but I address this troubled woman, when my brother was dying, in this piece:Our brother has lately gone quiet. He moans and coughs. When he does speak it is a word or two, soft and hoarse and largely … [Read more...]

Obama, McCain, Palin & generosity

When I hosted the online retreat a few weeks ago, we pondered - a lot - the idea of not getting in our own way, not disrupting the trajectories of our lives by insisting on our own ways, or complicating things with our own insecurities and neurosis. We also talked about the mysterious value of sacrifice and generosity.In watching the coverage of John McCain's choice of Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, I thought about generosity and the lack thereof and how they play out, and what sort of … [Read more...]

Pelosi to Bishops: drill your brains?

Wait, that can't be right. Nancy Pelosi cannot have respond to the rather heavy dose of correction she received from various and sundry Bishops and Cardinals, some of her colleagues in Congress and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops with an offer to drill their brains, right?Oh, wait! I see! She asked some of the "Drill here, drill now" people chanting in Colorado if she could drill their brains. Which seems like a strange remark - what does it mean, actually? Is she saying these … [Read more...]

Pelosi, Abortion & St. Augustine – UPDATED

I was just out driving, had the radio on and heard this Meet the Press sound bite by Nancy Pelosi, on Limbaugh's show:REP. PELOSI: I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue that I have studied for a long time. And what I know is, over the centuries, the doctors of the church have not been able to make that definition. And Senator–St. Augustine said at three months. We don’t know. The point is, is that it shouldn’t have an impact on the woman’s right to choose. Ro … [Read more...]

The Power of One

Deacon Greg has a homily up for this Sunday that is a cut-and-a-half above his usual superb offering: This week, in the Boston Globe, I read the story of an elderly couple named Sol and Rita Rogers. They’ve been married 61 years. They’ve raised a family and lived a long and happy life together. A few years ago, that began to change. Rita developed Alzheimer’s. And she is slipping deeper and deeper into dementia.Several weeks ago, she was taken to a health care center, where she now has to live. … [Read more...]

Catholics, Abortion & Sen. Obama

:::Welcome, Hot Air readers, and thanks Ed. The piece Ed quoted from is here, at Pajamas Media!:::In my latest at Pajamas Media, I look at a recent Wall Street Journal piece exploring the means by which Catholics justify a vote for Barack Obama, whose NARAL rating (his recent musings on abortion notwithstanding) is 100%.The WSJ reports that the Obama Catholics justify voting for him in good conscience, despite his abortion record, because he is "so good on other issues" of import to … [Read more...]