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Trump Greatly Expands Federal Limits on “Mexico City Policy” Pro-Abort Spending May 16, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, contraception, cultural marxism, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, It's all about the $$$, sexual depravity, Society, thanksgiving.
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Some small good news. The “Mexico City policy” enacted by Ronald Reagan in 1984 has been a tit for tat kind of thing that varies depending on which party holds the White House. It notionally bans any spending in international aid programs (is it just to still have such things, given the state of this country?) administered by the US Department of State and USAID, and is generally implemented or rescinded every time the presidency changes from (R) to (D).

This teeter-totter policy has otherwise remained stable for decades, at least until Donald J. Trump significantly expanded the bounds of the programs from which funds may not be directed to pro-abort activities (nominally, as CRS has shown, there are lots of ways to get around rules such as these):

President Trump on Monday expanded the Mexico City Policy that bans funding for abortions outside U.S. borders to include a broader range of international aid programs.

The policy applies to approximately $8.8 billion in funds appropriated to the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of Defense. Under previous administrations, the ban was applied on a more limited basis to $60 million in foreign aid programming. [So the previous ban was almost entirely symbolic, as $60 million represents a trifle compared to overall foreign aid spending.  Trump increased it by nearly 15000%!  That’s a massive increase.]

The “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” policy widens the scope of the Mexico City Policy to block a broader range of foreign aid to non-governmental organizations that promote or support abortion and also mention of abortion in connection with family planning.

“The United States remains deeply committed to supporting health programs around the world. Foreign NGOs [nongovernmental organizations] that agree not to perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning will remain eligible to receive global health assistance through the standard U.S. Government processes that govern the award of federal funds,” the White House announced in a press release.

In January, President Trump reinstituted the Mexico City Policy, established by President Reagan in 1984, to halt funding for any group providing or promoting abortions, The policy, which was rescinded by President Obama in 2009, stipulates that “U.S. taxpayer money should not be used to support foreign organizations that perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.”………

………Steve Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, earlier this year told LifeSiteNews that by expanding the Mexico City Policy to include all international “health assistance” programs it becomes easier to stop funding of international groups pushing abortion and sterilization, and that the Trump policy will save more lives than past Mexico City Policies.

Now, if we can only get many more souls, even good pro-life souls, to start to recognize the inescapable link between abortion, and it’s primary cause – contraception use.  Until we get rid of mass contraceptive use, probably by making it illegal, we’ll never be rid of abortion, whether legal or illegal (though making abortion illegal even without bans on contraception would probably cut the number of abortions performed by 50-80% more or less instantly).  This broadening of the Mexico City policy is a welcome improvement, but it’s a very limited step in the overall satanic war against unborn souls.  Infinitely more needs to be done.

De-funding Planned Barrenhood would be a good place to start.

 

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The Ultimate Homeschooling Sales Video May 16, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, asshatery, Basics, catachesis, contraception, cultural marxism, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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I know this video from Michael Matt came out about a week and a half ago, but perhaps some haven’t seen it.  The opening segment in particular makes a good a advertisement for homeschooling as I can imagine – or, at least, an advertisement against the vast majority of public and private schools.

As you can see (and you are warned that the content, featuring a school principal shouting profanities and insults at children because they are pro-life, is definitely not family fare), the inmates have taken over the asylum.  Not that we didn’t already have ample evidence of that going back decades, but if anyone is wavering in their commitment to homeschooling, if anyone is unsure whether they want to go to the great effort of teaching their own kids, this video is something that should be watched.  Yes, this is something of an extreme example.  No, not every school has creatures like this.  But the vast majority of them do, and while those may not be as unhinged and confrontational as the man in the video below (who makes the connection between hatred of God, sins of the flesh, and hatred for one’s fellow man quite clear), they may be all the more pernicious and destructive for being more subtle in their approach.  The hard left has taken over the schools in every part of the country, and while many good individual teachers remain and some school districts have maintained some semblance of sanity, more and more, this is the norm, as is indoctrination, subtle and gross, into the Christ-hating philosophy of sexular pagan leftism:

That’s not to say that everyone is able to homeschool, or that it’s a cure all for dangers in raising children.  It’s not.  But I will reiterate what the formal parochial vicar at Mater Dei said repeatedly:  there is a hierarchy in the preference of children’s education, and it goes like this:

  1. Homeschooling
  2. Solidly devout non-Catholic parochial schools, typically evangelical protestant
  3. Public schools
  4. Catholic schools

This is by and large, big picture, broad sweeps analysis, but he had extensive argumentation to back this up, and I agree with his conclusions.  There are exceedingly rare exceptions to the above, especially regarding Catholic schools.  There are perhaps 2 or 3 in this diocese that I would rate as not posing a positive danger to children’s faith.  Public schools are charnel houses but knowing that it is possible to inoculate kids against danger, as it is possible to inoculate them against the errors pushed by protestants in their schools.  Catholic schools come out worst because decades of experience (and noted advice from such spiritual leaders as Archbishop Fulton Sheen) have shown kids from Catholic schools have the worst outcomes with regard to the Faith than any other option.  There seems to be something insidiously pernicious in being taught heinous errors from a supposedly trusted authority figure in an official Church-setting.

As I noted, there are exceptions, not everyone can homeschool, some are in particularly difficult financial or other situations that preclude it, nothing is perfect, etc., etc.  If you are not able to homeschool I’m sure you’ll do the next best thing and are doing your utmost within your means.  But I think I would be remiss in not exhorting those with young children who are contemplating schooling options not to very prayerfully, honestly search their souls as to whether homeschooling is possible for them.

I know the vast majority of trads already homeschool or are very favorable to it, but some folks still find the concept alien or intimidating.  It’s not as hard as you think, and there are myriad resources out there that help you out.  Even more, there are countless options for homeschooling, including solidly Catholic courseware and instruction from online sources like Seton or Regina Caeli Academy, which take most of the burden of instruction off mom or dad (but do carry a fairly substantial cost).  That’s not to say homeschooling is ever easy, but loads of people not inordinately blessed with intelligence, motivation, and education have done it and done it well.

But, like most things in life, this challenge of raising happy faithful Catholic children into Catholic adults can be done more than one way.  I happen to think homeschooling by far the best, but it is not necessarily the only way.  I had to put that caveat in so I don’t get lumped in with the mean ‘ol judgy McJudge Judge trad crowd*.

There’s a lot more in Matt’s video concerning the collapse of Christian civilization and the Church’s role in bringing that about through her own process of self-demolition, so watch the whole thing if you haven’t already.

*- a bit of an inside joke for locals who heard the same sermon I did a week or two ago.  The basic point was well taken, laity can go to excess easily in correcting/demanding certain standards of others.  But there’s a world of difference between advocating for a recommended course of action or practice, and condemning those who follow a different course.  Sometimes in a world of easily bruised feelings that distinction can be lost.  But people can also turn their preferences into totems and demand others do the same, perhaps to make them more assured of their own choices.  This is a difficult distinction and where to draw the line is very much a matter of prudence, not hard and fast rules.

Anyway, I’m obviously a hard-hearted jerk, this is how we treat bad babies at our house:

That’s right, puppy/baby jail.  That’s what happens when you’re not potty trained.  You both stay in there until you learn!  Nothing but dog food and water for the both of you!