What People Are Commenting
Consequences of the Election on Moral Issues
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There Is Still a God in Heaven
TIA correspondence desk
The American people have now made it abundantly clear who they want to lead them, and the policies and practices that this president-elect has represented for some time, they can now claim as their own. Actions have consequences, and I am sure God has duly noted what our priorities are in the US of A. Economic matters would seem to take precedence over moral matters; money more important than life itself to most people (I guess they don't consider almost 50,000,000 innocent children murdered by abortion part of life).
Now we shall see what the fruit of such a tree will be. I predict that we won't have to wait long. In recent months we have seen 'corrections' in the stock market, housing market, and banking industries. Now we'll see if God orchestrates a 'correction' in a country and a world that has demonstrated quite clearly that it prefers convenience and wealth to life itself.
Regardless of whatever happens next, remember there is still a God in Heaven and He loves you. He is infinitely merciful - and He is infinitely just as well.
God bless you,
Fr. John Corapi
What We Have Done
The culture of death has now cast a pall wide and dark over this land. We now have a champion for its cause, and I must say we have gotten the leadership we deserve.
"And because wickedness is multiplied, most men's love will grow cold" (Matthew 24:12).
We make up our morality as we go along now, influenced greatly by the blind guides in academia and by the persuasion of our entertainment which has become so base, debauched and banal that even Caligula and Nero would be impressed. Worse yet, we have become pragmatists, opting for change - including, but not just, change from your pocket to mine.
In the end, the change that is coming will put a target on many backs, not just the unborn; this is the natural progression towards tyranny put in motion by the current Republican administration, largely through its ineptitude and arrogance. This is not just a Democrat thing, but at least up until now there was a veneer of decency over our governmental policies. Now comes the acceleration of iniquity through the efforts of the party of "tolerance".
If you are a baby boomer, part of that enormous cohort that has begun to retire, please know that you are becoming too expensive a burden for the "middle class" to "tolerate", and that the young will find it easier and easier to rationalize that your "quality of life" and therefore you cannot be satisfactorily maintained. The taxpayers, those who foot the bill for your carbon footprint and medical care, will be increasingly dis-inclined to suffer you. The 44 million children who never got to see the light of day (with the exception of those who were born alive to the light of day but were left in the dirty linen bin to die) might have been able to love and care for you, and help support you with what they would have paid into Social Security, but alas, we as a nation have said, "No thanks".
I am writing this now because I can, even though I know it will make me unpopular with many of those who have been my friends. I am sad about that, but I must obey my conscience. Also, in the near future, I fully expect that such writing and other forms of "speech" will be unprotected, then suppressed, then criminal, and therefore punishable. So today, in humble identification with the words our Lord, I must work while it is yet light. Soon it will be dark, when no man can work.
"When the righteous triumph, there is great glory; but when the wicked rise, men hide themselves" (Proverbs 28:12).
Many sincere people have sought with their vote to make things better for us all, to make life better, to "change the planet, change the world". I contend that you have promoted people and philosophies that will ultimately make things worse, way worse. Because you have looked for a savior in the wrong place.
"But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?"
Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here in the death culture and the dead things of this world with which we have poisoned ourselves and our children. He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly, but now as then, he came unto His own and His own received Him not. He has asked us in our self-governing to choose between life and death, heaven and hell. We have made a big decision.
Please do not think I suggest that McCain was an excellent choice, that he would have "fixed things" or been a savior.
"and many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ, and they shall lead many astray" (Matthew 24:5).
We do not need another savior, which is part of my point. With our dearly bought gift of freedom we have been equipped to fix things ourselves through hard work, prudent actions, careful spending, and saving money and resources for a rainy day and for those in need. Knowing this, McCain did not set himself up as a messianic figure. I must say though, that for his part, the Republican seemed to increasingly look (at least politically) for a martyr's death in terms of his pro-life stance, his refusal to bring up a lot of unpleasant truths about his opponent, and in his extolling the assumed, but un-demonstrated sterling character of the man he opposed.
So now I urge vigilance on the part of the governed, and exhort us to courage as we seek to launch, by our quiet lives and our simple refusal to bow down, the counter-revolution.
Today I end with this prayer, not my own, but deserving to be prayed. I pray this for the aborted, the euthanized, the innocent victims of all wars, the elderly who died a lonely death, and for all those neglected and abandoned in life and death. In a sense, it even applies to those long-forgotten virtues, by which a people and their culture are judged. It seems appropriate today.
A Prayer for the Forgotten Dead
O merciful God,
take pity on those souls
who have no particular friends and intercessors
to recommend them to Thee, who,
either through the negligence of those who are alive,
or through length of time are forgotten
by their friends and by all.
Spare them, O Lord,
and remember Thine own mercy,
when others forget to appeal to it.
Let not the souls which Thou hast created
be parted from Thee, their Creator.
May the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace
Pro-Life Director on Proposition 8 and Organ Donation
The US election - what happened, why did it go this way and what do life and family loving Americans do now? We have much to report to better arm you for the days ahead for your role in the culture wars.
One huge victory was the passage of California Proposition 8. The importance of that vote cannot be overemphasized. It also puts the lie to the claims that the culture wars are over and Obama won because Americans are no longer interested in social conservative principles. McCain lost for a number of reasons, one being that the big wheels in the Republican Party did not emphasize social conservatism enough and McCain was not seen as having those issues as a personal high priority.
The Vatican sponsored conference on organ donation is one of the more puzzling developments that we have encountered in recent years. It is a big story, but so far hardly any media, including pro-life and conservative media, have touched it. "Why?" is the big question.
LifeSiteNews has published a great number of positive reports on Vatican statements, conferences and actions over the years, but this conference is far outside the usual mold. The organ transplant industry itself is involved, which should send all kinds of warning signals.
Distinguished members of the Pontifical Academy For Life who have grave ethical concerns about how organs are harvested have been ignored and were all left off the original invitation list for the current meeting. The report agreed upon by the participants in a previous conference on the issue and which reflected serious concerns about organ harvesting practices was suppressed by the then Vatican Secretary of State. It was never made public. This was extremely unusual.
All we do know for certain is that the public has no idea how brain death and its many different definitions is determined and tested and the public is especially in the dark about the ghoulish aspects of organ harvesting, including the fact that in most cases, the donor must be kept alive almost up to the point of carving out the body parts for most parts to be useful. And there is more that we have discovered that would curl your hair.
Let's hope that full public disclosure on all aspects of organ harvesting, including how skilled organ industry negotiators are given the sole authority at hospitals to talk to family members after death has been declared, becomes one recommendation that comes out of the Vatican conference.
For life, family and truth,
Posted November 11, 2008
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