April 21, 2014

Invitation to the Sanctity of Life Prayer Vigil in Washington, DC [VIDEO]

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Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman watches in vain. Sanctity of Life Prayer Vigil: Please join us for an evening of prayer on Sunday, January, 23, 2011. St. Nicholas Cathedral, Washington, will be open for the vigil from 8 pm to 11 pm for prayer. Come and go as you please and invite everyone in your group, before or after dinner, Orthodox and non-Orthodox. There will also be a vespers service starting at 6pm for anyone who would like to attend a service. Contact Peter and Helen Evans at we2rone@cox.net with your prayer request, questions or to request a special tour for your group. Reading the psalms and silent prayer for all who attend. This is an Eastern Orthodox Church http://www.stnicholasdc.org ; the interior is covered with hand painted icons. The Smithsonian often brings tours here to see the egg tempera method of writing icons. All are welcome, come and go as you please. Tour: … [Read more...]

The Unborn Paradox

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This is a thoughtful essay that I was surprised to see in the New York Times. I've watched some of the MTV segments Douthat mentions below that deal with the reality of teenage pregnancy. You see the wisdom of young mothers giving their child up for adoption. By Ross Douthat | New York Times The American entertainment industry has never been comfortable with the act of abortion. Film or television characters might consider the procedure, but even on the most libertine programs (a “Mad Men,” a “Sex and the City”), they’re more likely to have a change of heart than actually go through with it. Reality TV thrives on shocking scenes and subjects — extreme pregnancies and surgeries, suburban polygamists and the gay housewives of New York — but abortion remains a little too controversial, and a little bit too real. This omission is often cited as a victory for the pro-life movement, and in some cases that’s plainly true. (Recent unplanned-pregnancy movies like “Juno” and … [Read more...]

Pence Condemns New Use of Tax Dollars for Obama Care Abortions

Remember the promises? No government funds for abortions. Source: gop.gov We must stop this immoral offense against human life and against American taxpayers. Washington, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, released the following statement today in response to the Obama Administration spending $160 million on a “high risk” insurance program that will pay for abortions: It is morally wrong to end an unborn human life by abortion. It is also reprehensible to take taxpayer dollars from millions of pro-life Americans and use them to pay for abortions. President Obama promised the American people that his health care law would not allow federal funding of abortion. But according to an investigation by the National Right to Life Committee, this allocation for Pennsylvania’s high risk pool will break the president’s promise by using taxpayer dollars to subsidize coverage of nearly any kind of abortion. We must stop … [Read more...]

Current statistics on abortion

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Italian Baby Aborted at 22 Weeks for Cleft Palate–Born Alive, Left to Die

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From: Second Hand Smoke (Wesley J. Smith) This is what Western Civilization is becoming. From the story: A baby found alive nearly a day after a failed abortion in Italy had been rejected by his mother because he had a cleft lip and palate, according to reports. The 22-week infant was found breathing a day after the operation. He died one day later in intensive care at a hospital in the mother’s home town of Rossano, in southern Italy. The mother, pregnant for the first time, had opted for an abortion after prenatal scans revealed that the foetus had a cleft lip and palate, according to reports in the Italian media. The condition is treatable with surgery. The baby – weighing just 11oz – survived the procedure, carried out on Saturday in the Rossano Calabro hospital, but was left by doctors to die. Culture of death? What culture of death? Also see Wesley J. Smith's latest: Ecocide: A Crime Against Peace? … [Read more...]

Bringing humanity back to the abortion debate

This is the next stage in the great abortion debates. ++++++++++++ Mark A. Theissen Washington Post Can an unborn child feel pain? That question will dominate the abortion debate in America for the next several years thanks to Gov. Dave Heineman of Nebraska. Last week, Heineman signed the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act into law, banning abortions in Nebraska at and after 20 weeks based on growing scientific evidence that an unborn child at that age can feel pain. … [Read more...]

Gianna Jessen, defender of life

When our hierarchs proclaim that clergy have no place in the bedroom (a facile and sophomoric distinction drawn from the tawdriest corners of pro-abortion polemics) because they have no courage and refuse to uphold the moral tradition regarding abortion, what do they say when confronted with Gianna Jessen? Bravo Gianna! Gianna Jessen from LMF CAM on Vimeo. … [Read more...]

Leadership: Is the microphone on?

Orthodox Leader Blog

Fr. Basil Basil Biberdorf over at The Orthodox Leader laments the Orthodox silence on the recent health care legislation. Some of Fr. Basil's comments: The recent turmoil surrounding the recent passage of healthcare legislation by the United States Congress is providing ample opportunity to look at the absence of Orthodox leadership. Despite the scandalously equivocal language used by the Ecumenical Patriarch in discussing abortion (c.f., here, here, here, and here), the Church’s teaching cannot be misunderstood. Worse, at least one professor at Holy Cross Seminary is reportedly elated at the passing of this legislation. To those bishops (especially those whom I have overlooked) and my brethren who are speaking against the wanton destruction of these little ones, I thank you and pray that your efforts would yield much fruit by strengthening and encouraging the Orthodox faithful to stand firm against such wanton destruction of human beings. To the others, the bigger … [Read more...]

Ukrainian Orthodox Church makes public its resolution on abortions and same-sex marriages

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"Putting a homosexual marriage on the same level with a conventional one is a conscious destruction of fundamental public morals providing a basis for a global demoralization of society." On 21 January 2010, the Theological and Canonical Commission at the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church made public its Resolution on abortions and same-sex marriages. The document is timed to the session of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) due to take place later in January to consider discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution says the PACE drafts imply to impose an extensively distorted concept of marriage. The resolution condemns propagation of homosexuality as a fancy way of life because it undermines the foundations of family relations which are an integral part of relations in society. Using slogans to protect the rights of people “with nontraditional sexual orientation” as a cover,” – the document of the Theological … [Read more...]

Robert P. George: Why I signed the Manhattan Declaration

Peter and Helen Evans are posting interviews with signers of the Manhattan Declaration. The latest is Robert P. George. They have around 20 interviews including some Orthodox signers on their site www.peterandhelenevans.com. … [Read more...]

Met. Jonah: Why I signed the Manhattan Declaration

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Met. Jonah explains why he signed the Manhattan Declaration. H/T Peter and Helen Evans Interviewer: Why did you sign the Manhattan Declaration? Met. Jonah: ...I believe in the same basic principles that are enunciated in the Manhattan Declaration. I believe also that many of them are the basic teachings of the Church regarding human life and how we are supposed to live -- first and foremost the stance on pro-life, the sanctity of life from conception to natural death, and how critically important it is to protect that every step of the way... See the complete interview and more interviews with Orthodox signers (and others) on the Peter and Helen Evans website (website under construction). … [Read more...]

Letters to Metropolitan Gerasimos and Rep. Dina Titus

From the Solomon Hezekiah blog: His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco 245 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94103 Your Eminence As an American member of the Greek Orthodox Church currently living abroad, I was appalled when I learned that a member of your diocese serving in the United State House of Representatives, Dina Titus, publicly declares that she supports ethics of which Orthodox Christians would be proud and uses her position in Congress to look out for Orthodox issues. Rep. Titus’ ethics are in direct contradiction to the teaching of the Orthodox Church. Rep. Titus openly supports the federally sponsored killing of the unborn. By her words and actions she is declaring that support for abortion is compatible with Orthodoxy. … [Read more...]