Friday, July 25, 2014

Overwhelming Grassroots Pro-Life Support in Louisiana

By Joseph Jordan


Fourteen volunteers with Tradition, Family and Property-Louisiana began their 10-day tour in defense of the unborn in New Orleans today.  After participating in the Call to Chivalry camp, several young men requested to join the caravan as a means to put into practice the ideals of Chivalry they learned during the camp. 

It will be their first experience on such a public tour, which will reach major cities in Louisiana and Texas.
With "Honk to Defend Life" signs, banners, bagpipes and a supply of fliers titled 10 Reasons Why Abortion is Evil, you couldn't ask for a better team of cultural warriors.

Nobody Wants to Build Planned Parenthood
The first campaign was near Clearview Mall, where pro-life support was overwhelming. Honks rang out at a rate of several dozen per minute, and many people voiced their agreement as they passed.

"Thank you so much!" was the most common expression.  Others also said how they had recalled seeing the TFP campaign in previous years.

One man explained how a local Planned Parenthood facility under construction is facing real difficulties: none of the local cement companies will agree to pour the foundations for the abortuary.  In other words, construction companies in New Orleans do not wish to be accomplices to the pro-abortion culture of death.  To the group of TFP volunteers baking in the hot Louisiana sun, this bit of news was a great encouragement. 

Lunch break:  authentic red beans and rice prepared by a kind and hospitable family in New Orleans. It was a welcome respite after the long hours in hot, humid weather.  The Louisiana style hospitality gave us the energy to continue.

Campaign Against Abortion in Kenner
The rush-hour campaign was held at a busy intersection in Kenner.

Again, the support for the campaign was overwhelming, steady and vocal.  One woman, among many, said, "Thank you so much for what you do!"  Others congratulated caravan members for their courage in standing up for what is right. One lady even stopped and joined us for the recitation of the rosary. 

City Ordinance Hampers Free Speech
Unfortunately, however, police officers soon arrived.  "You cannot be on the neutral zone," they said, referring to the large public sidewalk where we were standing.  "There's a city ordinance against this, and you will need to step away and ask the private businesses for permission to stand on their property.  You can't do it here."  How strange:  The public sidewalk in Kenner is off limits to free speech.  Two more police officers arrived to make sure that we stepped away from the public sidewalk.  Something wasn't right at all.

In the meantime, the only thing we could do was straddle the line between the public sidewalk and private property, hoping that would work.  And it did, until the police returned to complain about the honk signs.  Apparently, there's an ordinance about honking as well.  "Do you have any signs that don't ask drivers to honk?" the police sergeant asked.  We did.  And the campaign continued.

Even without displaying out honk sings, passing vehicles still continued to honk.  It would be rather difficult for the police force to flag down hundreds of vehicles, I imagine.

Tomorrow, we will campaign for unborn in downtown New Orleans.

Please pray for us as well travel the Bayou State.  Pray for the end of the sin of abortion not only in Louisiana, but in America and the whole world.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Extremely Urgent Request – Please Oppose This Awful Blasphemy

“Extremely Urgent”

I need you to protest a terrible blasphemy against the Blessed Virgin Mary.

And immediately, if you possibly will!

Just listen to this:

A book now being published by
Simon & Schuster depicts the
Virgin Mary as a bitter unbeliever.

And I am urging you to click on the link below and:

Tell Simon & Schuster to stop distributing this anti-Mary book

This book is full of so much terrible blasphemy that I even hesitate to put the words in an email to you.

But we must react against this vile insult to the Mother of God. To do nothing is to give in to the offense.

So let me tell you about “The Testament of Mary.”

……The book tells about an alienated Mary, fleeing the scene of her Son’s death in fear for her own life.

……She is filled with bitterness and rage.
……She describes herself as “unhinged” and bubbling with contempt for her Son’s demented followers, to the extreme that she threatens the Gospel writers with a knife.
……She lives as a bandit, stealing to survive.

Click on the link below and:

Tell Simon & Schuster to stop distributing this anti-Mary book

But there is more – much more – sacrilege.

Mary’s point of view is that her Son’s followers must be stopped from making Jesus a god:

“…or else everything that happened will become a sweet story that will grow poisonous as bright berries that hang low on trees.”

Mary thinks that Christ’s disciples are “fools, twitchers, malcontents, and stammerers.”

Her Son’s preaching sounded to her, “false, and his tone all stilted, and I could not bear to hear him, it was like something grinding and it set my teeth on edge.”

Finally, Mary proclaims of the death of Jesus:

“When you say that he redeemed the world, I will say that it was not worth it. It was not worth it.”

Click below and:
Tell Simon & Schuster to stop distributing this anti-Mary book

Truly, this book is blasphemy!

And it shows that Catholics cannot become complacent when the Faith of the very Mother of God is attacked.

Otherwise, the promoters of blasphemy will keep on pushing the envelope with new and more outrageous insults to the Catholic Church.

Yet – do they attack Muhammad’s mother in this same way?

You know they don’t!

My friend, we must recognize their strategy: unceasing repetition of blasphemy of every kind to demoralize Catholics and people of good will.

So -- let us peacefully and prayerfully protest and speak out against these assaults on the faith of our “Virgin most faithful”.

Tell Simon & Schuster to stop distributing this anti-Mary book

Finally -- please do an act of reparation for this most terrible blasphemy against Our Lord, Our Lady and the Catholic Faith.

Suggested Act of Reparation: using your rosary, go through the beads of each decade saying on each bead “Virgin most faithful, pray for us.” Or “Jesus I believe. Help my unbelief.”

God bless you!

And may Our Lady reward you!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pro-life advocates pray outside the former Alabama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives on Madison Street.

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Dustin Siggins by Dustin Siggins

www.LifeSiteNews.com: Pro-life advocates in Alabama are fighting an attempt to reopen an abortion clinic they say violates the city's zoning policies.

Last year, the Alabama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives (AWC) voluntarily closed its doors because it was unable to meet the state's quality standards for facilities. Specifically, facility administrator Dalton Johnson said the location could not be upgraded to match the health and safety standards of other ambulatory surgical centers.

Now, Alabama Women's Center is trying to reopen on Sparkman Drive, which pro-life groups say creates two issues with city laws. The first issue, they say, is that AWC did work on the building while it was applying for permission from the state's Department of Public Health to reopen. Jim McGuffey, Huntsville's manager of planning service told AL.com that the city put a stop on construction, then issued the proper permit to a contractor working on the Sparkman Drive address last week.

Christian Coalition of Alabama Executive Director James Henderson says the city erred in doing so, because the clinic had violated the city's permit laws. Represented by the Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF), Henderson's group says the city is giving AWC special treatment.

The bigger issue, however, relates to Henderson's claim that AWC's attempt to reopen on Sparkman Drive is based on a 1998 city variance that he believes should have expired. The variance allowed Huntsville Hospital to have an outpatient clinic in that area, reports Doyle, which was necessary because it is a residential area. Henderson argues that the city should have considered the variance to be expired when that facility closed.

Huntsville City Attorney Peter Joffrion told LifeSiteNews that he was "not aware of any violations, notwithstanding any claims by any groups."

According Joffrion, "the location that people are talking about is a location that was the subject of a zoning variance back in 1998. The variance was for a medical clinic. It was not specific as to any owner or user; it was just specific as to that use. The facility that is proposed for that location currently is also a medical facility or clinic." He said this was the case "regardless of people's interpretations or feelings on one side of the fence or other."

Henderson's interpretation of the variance is a "misunderstanding of zoning law in the state of Alabama," said Joffrion. "A variance doesn't expire because of the cessation of any particular user or use. A variance runs with the land; it's a title issue. It does not expire if one particular user decides to close up shop."

When LifeSiteNews asked how the city defines a medical clinic, Joffrion said he was "not sure that the zoning ordinance has a specific definition for medical clinics. If there is a definition, it would be in the zoning ordinance, but there may not be one in the zoning ordinance."

McGuffey told LifeSiteNews that "medical clinic has a fairly flexible definition." He said it covered a wide range of facilities that could be housed on the property.

Life Legal Defense Foundation attorney Allison Aranda, however, disagreed with the assessments by Joffrion and McGuffey about the broad nature of the variance. She told LifeSiteNews that the minutes of the 1998 meeting when the variance was instituted show town officials were very specific as to what could be allowed under the variance.

The minutes, a copy of which Aranda sent LifeSiteNews, shows board members unanimously approved the variance, with the stipulation that "the variance is granted for this use only." That use was, according to the appellant speaking to the board, for "a medical clinic for Huntsville Hospital to service that area."

Henderson and the LLDF also say Henderson's group was not allowed at the city's July 15 Board of Zoning Adjustment meeting, which shows bias for the abortion clinic on the part of city officials. McGuffey says that Henderson failed to provide the paperwork for his appeal to be heard.

"He didn't provide any of the documents. He simply had someone send in a letter, and he felt as if that was his application," said McGuffey. Henderson was informed that he had not applied, but Henderson "didn't feel that was fair," he said, adding McGuffey that he was welcome to apply for the August meeting.

Aranda told LifeSiteNews that the application process described by McGuffey was not relevant to Henderson's group. According to Aranda, the full application process was for the owners of properties. Since Henderson was not the owner of the property that the appeal related to, Aranda maintains filling out the entire application was unnecessary. She says that she sent a letter requesting permission to address the Board dated June 30.

AWC's clinic, which was one of four in the state, faced controversies for years at its former location. Last year state officials found multiple violations of the state health code. These included not cleaning exam tables between abortions, providing expired medication, and not complying with state informed consent laws.

Christian Colleges Doomed By Obama's No-Excepti​ons LGBT Hiring Order

The College Fix: by GREG PIPER

Christian colleges that require workers to adhere to a traditional definition of marriage and sexuality won’t be eligible as federal contractors under an executive order signed today by President Obama, as expected.

The order bars companies that do federal work from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity, The Chicago Tribune reported. It does not include a widely requested exemption for religious groups, such as Christian colleges and Catholic hospitals. More:

http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/18487/

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Louisiana Supreme Court is attempting to force the Church to break the seal of Confession

Tell them absolutely NOT under any circumstances!

We are in very troublesome times for the Catholic Church, as you can tell by this case in Louisiana.

Louisiana Supreme Court is trying to compell a Baton Rouge priest to testify in court about what he may have heard in the confessions of a minor girl who was sexually abused by another church parishioner.

This would break of the seal of confession.

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What happened is this:  A 12 year old girl in Fr. Jeff Bayhi's parish in Baton Rouge was sexually abused by another parishioner. So, she told Rev. Bayhi about it in confession, so she claims. Thus, the Louisiana Supreme Court is ordering Rev. Bayhi to testify whether he did hear her confession, and, if so what she said.

No priest, even under the pain of death, may violate the seal of confession, no matter who is compelling him to.

The Louisiana Supreme Court knows very well that what they are asking of Rev. Bayhi is a breaking of the seal of confession which is an inherent part of the Catholic Church. This is an attack on the Catholic Faith.

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Thankfully, the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana has denounced the ruling.

Responding to the court’s error, the Baton Rouge diocese said that “the seal of confession is absolute and inviolable,” and Father Bayhi is prohibited by canon law from divulging anything that he heard in the course of a confession. The court’s decision “assaults the heart of a fundamental doctrine of the Catholic faith,” the diocesan statement said.

“This matter cuts to the core of the Catholic faith, and for a civil court to inquire as to whether or not a factual situation establishes the Sacrament of Confession is a clear and unfettered violation of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution of the United States,” the diocese charged.

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If you wish to to make direct contact, please feel free to do so and be firm and polite.

Court Public Information Officer: - vsw@lasc.org
Judicial Council Contact: - sgriffith@lasc.org

The difference between the Pharisees and the repentant Mary Magdalene who poured costly ointments on Jesus’ feet -- “Many sins are forgiven her because she has loved much” (John 7:47).

St. Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene, called “the penitent”, was a woman of great beauty who was known as a sinner, but was touched in her soul by the merciful power of Our Lord Jesus and made a great conversion.  Scriptures speak of the Lord driving out “seven demons” from her, symbolic of the seven capital sins (Mark 16:9).

Thinking to trick Our Lord, she had been presented to Him by the Scribes and Pharisees whilst He was teaching in the temple. Mary Magdalene had been caught in adultery and the Law of Moses was quite clear as to its punishment: death by stoning.

In silence, Our Lord began to write with His finger on the ground. At their persistent questioning, He lifted Himself up and replied: “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone,” and stooping down, He returned to His writing in the dust. One by one they left until none remained but the Judge and the Accused.

“Then Jesus lifting up himself, said to her: Woman, where are they that accused thee? Hath no man condemned thee? Who said: No man, Lord. And Jesus said: Neither will I condemn thee. Go, and now sin no more” (John 8:10-11). From that moment onwards, her heart was won over completely.

At the house of Simon the Pharisee, the repentant Magdalene poured costly ointments on Jesus’ feet and then dried them with her hair (John 7:38). On her action being censured by the host, Our Lord said in her defense: “Many sins are forgiven her because she has loved much” (John 7:47).

Mary Magdalene was the sister of Martha and Lazarus of Bethany whom the Lord raised from the dead after four days.

She along with the Lord’s mother and other holy women stood at the foot of the cross unafraid for herself. She it was also that, along with others first discovered the empty tomb after the Lord’s Resurrection.  And it was to her that the Lord first appeared after He was risen.

After the martyrdom of the Apostle James in Jerusalem, as persecution intensified, tradition says that Lazarus, Martha and Mary Magdalen, along with others, were placed in a boat and set out to sea. This boat landed on the southern shore of France.

While Lazarus and Martha went on to evangelize Provence, a fact claimed in French history, Mary retired to a cave in a mountain, known as La Sainte-Baume, or The Holy Cave. In this cave she lived the life of a penitent for thirty years until her death.

Today, at this site, there is a shrine where her relics are venerated.

Monday, July 21, 2014

“Forced” To Confess

She Could Find No Peace, And Was Forced, As It Were, To Go To Confession.

Statue of “Sedes Sapientiae” [Seat of Wisdom]

(a 4.5 minute read! Enjoy!)

It is narrated by Father Bevius, of a very sinful person named Helen, that having gone to church; she accidentally heard a sermon on the rosary.

Read the full story here…(a 4.5 minute read).

May the Immaculate Heart of Mary triumph soon over individual souls and the whole world!