October 30, 2014

Fr. Hans Jacobse: When God Speaks and We Obey, Good Things Happen

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Yesterday (Saturday) was a good day. I got a call late Friday evening that one of my parishioners was in the hospital. I decided to visit him Saturday morning and after arriving at the hospital discovered his surgery was moved up and I missed him. I left him a note and decide to visit him later. Later that day the Lord spoke. "Go back to the hospital." There's always a little give and take … [Read more...]

Pat. Kyrill Endorses Moscow Demographic Summit, June 29-30, 2011

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Finally we have a Patriarch addresses the threat of demographic implosion in the West, supports the strengthening of families, and is pro-life. The Catholic Church, to their credit, have been very consistent on these issues for years. We have Orthodox leaders who hold and support these important values, but when an Orthodox Patriarch is a clear at Pat. Kyrill is in his letter below, we can take … [Read more...]

Wesley J. Smith: A Dark Mirror on Society

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Source: The Corner The death of Jack Kevorkian by natural causes has a certain irony, but it is not surprising. His driving motive was always obsession with death. Indeed, as he described in his book Prescription Medicide, Kevorkian’s overriding purpose in his assisted-suicide campaign was pure quackery, e.g., to obtain a societal license to engage in what he called … [Read more...]

Wesley J. Smith: Of Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Politics, and the Rule of Law

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Source: First Things The Center for Bioethics and Culture asked me to expand upon comments I have made here noting that the politics of ESCR seem to have the power to supersede the rule of law. Not being the shy and retiring type, I immediately agreed.  The result is now out.  From “Embryonic Stem Cell Research Versus the Rule of Law:” First, let’s consider an … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church to provide financial aid for women deciding against abortion

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Source: Православие.Ru The Russian Orthodox Church will provide financial aide to women who had decided to abort their infants due to material need. The chairman of the Synodal information department of the Moscow Patriarchate, Vladimir Legoida, announced this intention on the program “A Holy Place” over “Komsomolskaya Pravda Radio.” “Based upon its experienced—and this has all been worked … [Read more...]

The Left’s sloppy thinking concerning the defense of human life

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Source: Wintery Knight Secular leftists (as well as many religious leftists) hold the views they do not because the views are internally coherent, but because they they fear being ostracized by their peers for holding conservative opinions. Moral posturing -- holding politically correct viewpoints -- is more important than clear thinking in the secularist canon. This explains why the moral and … [Read more...]

Fr. Gerald Murray: Homily at the Funeral of Bernard N. Nathanson, M.D.

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I first heard Dr. Bernard Nathanson speak over 25 years ago. I was very young and had just read his book "Aborting America." There were probably not more than twenty people crowded into a room to hear this man who was one of the three founding members of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) describe the massive public relations campaign they undertook, successfully as it turned out, … [Read more...]

Wesley J. Smith: Immigrant Family Forced to Watch Mother Dehydrated to Death

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Read this and remember that under Obamacare what happened to the immigrant family could happen to your family as especially since government control of health care will diminish the resources available for care. Source: Second Hand Smoke | Wesley J. Smith Since when is keeping the desire to keep one’s mother nourished grounds for removing them from a say in her medical decision … [Read more...]

Fr. Rosselli. To men confused about abortion: Consider becoming a man [VIDEO]

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Recently Planned Parenthood was exposed (again!) of the coverup of abuse of young girls. Two investigators posing as a pimp and his aid wanted abortions for underage illegals who got pregnant in human trafficking. Watch the video below. In correspondence on the blog of the organization exposing Planned Parenthood's crime, Orthodox priest Fr. Jim Rosselli responds to a defender of Planned … [Read more...]

Benjamin Peck: The Gift of “No”

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Benjamin Peck is the son of Fr. John Peck, contributer to the AOI Observer and editor of Preachers Institute and Journey to Orthodoxy. Fr. John is the priest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Prescott, Arizona. Ben participated in a conference called the Festival of Young Preachers where he gave the sermon below. It's good, very good in fact. Both son and father should be … [Read more...]

WAPO: Eastern Orthodox believers hit the streets

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Source: Washington Post | Julia Duin | HT: Byzantine, TX To be on the Mall around noon Monday was to be confronted with a vast crowd of what appeared to be mostly Catholics assembled for the annual Right to Life March. There were students wearing hats and scarves bearing the name of seemingly every Catholic academy on the Eastern seaboard; crowds of nuns clad in all manner of habits and scores … [Read more...]

On Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Obama Corrupts Political Language

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Source: Contentions | Peter Wehner On the 38th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s pro-choice decision in Roe v. Wade, President Obama said in a statement that Roe “affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters.” To which one might ask: since when is lethal violence used on the defenseless and the most vulnerable members of our society … [Read more...]