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Face the Truth tour getting started July 6, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, scandals, sickness, Society, Virtue.
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I know there is quite a bit of division in the pro-life movement regarding the use of explicit images of aborted babies.  I happen to be in favor it, because I’ve seen it work and I know from personal experience that the majority of Americans are in deep denial about the reality of abortion.  Jill Stanek reports that the Face the Truth 2012 tour is getting started.  I hope Pro Life Texas does another tour this year!

I learned that today starts the 2012 Face the Truth Tour by Chicago’s Pro-Life Action League.

Here are Eric Scheidler’s thoughts about the tour and the impact it can have on not only the community but in saving preborn babies’ lives.

If you’ve been following my efforts to defend religious freedom these past six months, I want to invite you to take part in a rather different project getting off the ground tomorrow in Chicagoland. It’s called the “Face the Truth” Tour, an annual campaign that is among the most controversial — and important — undertaken by the Pro-Life Action League.

On the Face the Truth Tour, League staff and volunteers take large posters of aborted babies out to major intersections to bring the ugly reality of abortion to the public.

This is a controversial campaign, and even many in the pro-life movement are uncomfortable with it.

To address that controversy and show why a campaign like this is needed, the League has put together a short, 2-minute video on Face the Truth, and I want to invite you to take a look:

I don’t know what my readers think on this matter.  I am pretty supportive of the use of these tactics, but I understand other’s reservations, to a degree.  I understand when they don’t want to participate, or even politely question the use, but I don’t understand when some lash out at pro-lifers who do participate in events like this.  But as Pro-Life Texas says, it’s about the most effective tool we have to bring the reality of abortion home to people.   The people who participate in these tours are very peaceful and prayerful – it’s not about confrontation, it’s about making explicit the reality of abortion.  I hope this effort spreads to more and more location.  If anyone from Pro-Life Texas reads this, I’ll put up a post about the tour in the Dallas area if one is scheduled.



Prominent psychiatrist admits pressure from gay activists biases discussion of homosexuality July 6, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, persecution, sadness, sickness, Society, Virtue.
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A prominent TV psychiatrist has admitted that threats and intimidation from radical gay activist groups have caused him to avoid coverage of research that paints homosexuality in a bad light in the past.  More and more, it seems that “science” isn’t so much the dispassionate study of various subjects it  is intended to be, but is more and more a politicized action intended to support certain “approved” conclusions:

July 5, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) Dr. Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist who functions as a Fox News expert on the channel’s “Medical A-Team” says that he hesitates to write anything that might be considered objectionable to homosexual activists, due to the threats of violence he is likely to receive as a result.

In a recent Fox News interview with Ablow, the psychiatrist spoke about the recent New Family Structures Study (NFSS), which showed that children who were aware of same-sex sexual activity on the part of at least one of their parents were much more likely to have been sexually abused themselves and to suffer from depression, impaired relationships with others, and many other problems.

Observing that the study is the largest ever done on this subject, Ablow said that the disturbing results indicate “we’ve got to look more at it,” adding: “And it’s such a controversial thing, I’ve got to tell you, that I hesitate to write the blog [on the topic], because every time I do you know I get threats.”

“Well, we’ll get letters,” the Fox host answered.

“No, I get threats, I get threats!” responded Ablow. “People are going to come to my office, they’re going to burn down my house, it’s incredible.”

“In this politically-correct insane environment, citing data doesn’t seem to be compelling enough, because there’s a lot of hatred,” he added.

Indeed there is “a lot of hatred,” but it comes not so much from those who oppose the radical homosexual agenda, but from the promoters of that agenda themselves.

Ask yourself this question: which is more likely to be an individual that resorts to hatred and even violence, a person who is devoted to God and who strives to live according to the virtue, the truth that Christ has revealed through His Church, or someone totally lost in sin who embraces all manner of depravity as a matter of course, and refuses to be told there is anything wrong with that?

Certainly, it’s a loaded question, and there have been examples of deranged individuals who claim the name Christian who have committed grave sins against homosexuals, but simply reporting the truth of scientific studies does not fall into that category.  More and more, however, some truth is just too upsetting to too many agendas to reveal.

I keep saying it, but it is this homosexual activism that will ultimately be the main vehicle of the persecution, when it comes.  The government, under the influence of this tiny minority, will attempt to force churches to do things completely contrary to their belief.  This goes on in Canada today as a matter of course.  It will happen here very soon, and is indeed already happening.  If churches fail to comply, there will be fines and jail sentences, and demonstrations outside churches and courageous priests attacked, possibly killed, along with much persecution of faithful lay people.  I can feel the oppressive presence of this persecution drawing nearer and nearer……….it is very close to coming into full-blown actuality.

So pray you remain faithful!  Pray you have good shepherds to guide you in this time of trial!  Pray for the virtues of faith and fortitude!  Pray!  And do not be afraid, we know how the story ends if we remain faithful!

Learn about the Carmelite life July 6, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Holy suffering, Latin Mass, religious, Tradition, Virtue.
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There will be a broadcast on a Facebook page later today, Friday, June 6 at 7pm.  All the information is below:

Where: Pray The Mass Facebook Show Page
Date:     Friday, July 6th
Time:    7:00PM CST

Visit the Pray The Mass Facebook Page and Tell All Of Your Friends!

Join us on Friday, July 6th for a live talk on Facebook. Comments and Questions can be entered under the video and there will be an opportunity for live Q & A after the presentation is given.

Lindsay Jennings will give a talk about a day in the life of a Carmelite nun.  She was in the Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in Valparaiso, Nebraska (1990 constitutions) discerning her vocation from January 2006 until August 2010.  Her talk will cover as much as possible in 30 minutes, and there will be a 15-20 minute question/answer session to follow.  Learn about the Carmelite’s schedule, daily routine, and fun personal stories.  The Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph has roots in the Cristeros war when some of the sister left Mexico during the persecution to start a foundation in California. [That is true of the Carmelites in Dallas, as well, although from what I understand the Dallas Carmelites are about as severe in terms of keeping their rule as any]  As the Carmel grew, more sisters went on to start a foundation in Las Vegas, Nevada and this foundation was later transferred to Valparaiso.  Join us!   You can write comments and questions under the video and after the talk there will be a live Q & A session.  Tell everyone you know and come enjoy:)

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I’ve got a mild case of food poisoning that may put my ability to assist at First Friday tonight in jeopardy.  I hope I feel better by then.  So, if I can’t assist there, I may watch this presentation.