Linda Gibbons has been a “common criminal” for many years now. For fifteen years, since 1994, this grandmother has been in and out of Ontario prisons. Her totally accumulated jail time is seven years. What is her crime? Linda prayerfully and quietly witnesses in front of Ontario abortion clinics. This past session has been particularly onerous- she has been behind bars since last January, and this will be her second consecutive Christmas in jail.
Please consider sending Linda a Christmas card this year. She will be encouraged and uplifted by your thoughtfulness. To maximize the effectiveness of this initiative, why not talk to your pastor and see if you can put this message in your church bulletin? Or, you could pass this message along to family and friends.
Her address is –
Vanier Center for Women
655 Martin Street, Box 1040, Milton, Ontario L9T 5E6
Attention: Linda Gibbons
There are some mailing guidelines because the Detention Centre mailing department reads everything sent to the inmates.
1. Don’t use stickers (address, return address, pro-life) on the envelope or card.
2. Don’t send any laminated cards, bookmarks, prayer cards, pro-life pamphlets. Non-laminated items will get to her.
3. Don’t ask direct questions about daily activity of the detention centre.
4. Put your address directly in the card or letter. (Sometimes the mail sorter keeps the envelope and Linda feels badly if she can’t write back.)
5. If you would like to send a little monetary gift to Linda it must be a money order made out to “Linda Gibbons”. The detention centre will deposit the money directly to her account. She uses any donations for envelopes and stamps.
6. Many people add a variety of Christian reading material in their mailings to her. She often shares articles with others in the Centre. She can receive pro-life material that show the development of the baby but not post abortion photos. She can’t receive books. Try to stick to one or two pages of reading materials or pamphlets.
Speaking from personal experience, it’s a real lift to get mail every day. It is wonderful to know that people care about you and take the time to write.
So while the Church hierarchy in Canada is trying to figure out if supporting pro-abort groups in the Global South is legit or not, the rest of us are going to be writing Christmas cards to a genuine hero of the pro-life movement.
So yesterday was the beginning of Advent. My wife is really good at maintaining the liturgical year and ensuring that the whole family participates in all of the Church’s liturgical seasons. I must admit that it really makes a difference in family life and enriches it considerably. Like most adults my age, I never had these blessings growing up, and it’s really great to see my kids enjoying and celebrating them. Hopefully, they will pass these Church traditions on to their children as well. We need to live the year with the Church and not with the Culture.
Pictured below is the family (and our neighbour’s kids) assembling the Advent Chain, which counts down the days to Christmas. There are four sets of rings representing the four weeks of Advent: hope (first seven rings), peace (second set of seven rings), joy (third set of seven rings) and love (fourth set of five rings). The first, second, and fourth sets of rings are purple, while the third set is pink (representing joy). Each day, the kids take off one of the rings from the chain.
You want to believe in Global Warming? Here’s some Global Warming we can all believe in:
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. (2 Peter 3:11-13)
At least our religion has lasted longer than 10 years. You know what they say, “science advances funeral by funeral.”
Fr. Michael Prieur has been a stalwart defender of the Winnipeg Statement, the pastoral document issued by the Canadian bishops shortly after the release of Pope Paul VI’s monumental encyclical Humanae Vitae which rejected contraception as a form of birth control. Despite repeated requests for Fr. Prieur to recant his position by faithful Catholics including the ever vigilant Msgr. Vincent Foy, Fr. Prieur refuses to do so and continues to maintain that the Winnipeg Statement, which told Canadian Catholics that they could contracept “in good conscience”, is consistent with Church teaching. In addition to this scandalous position, LifeSiteNews broke the 2008 story of the fetal euthanasia policy of St. Joseph’s hospital where Fr. Prieur serves as chief ethicist. After it was revealed that early inductions of babies with “lethal anomalies” was being conducted to hasten their deaths, a subsequent controversy ensued which necessitated a further investigation by the Diocese of London. The final instalment of Fr. Prieur’s troubling moral positions involves his approval of the use of embroyonic stem cell lines, derived from destroyed IVF embryos.
“…It is scandalous that the Canadian bishops, in particular the bishop of London, Ronald Fabbro, have done nothing to stop this. Bishop Fabbro launched an investigation in March, eight months ago, but nothing has happened. The fact that he launched this investigation after pro-lifers started raising a stink tells me two things: 1) there is likely something wrong about these practices; 2) pro-lifers can make a difference when they take action against injustice.
Actually, Steve, I think that the Vatican has already responded. I just think the ecclesiastical authorties haven’t released the answer because it will overturn the applecart, and lots of humble pie will have to be eaten.
We know what the answer is going to be. Catholic Morality 101 already tells us. And it’s not going to change.
My suspicion is that we will never get an official answer from the Diocese of London. They’re just hoping the whole thing blows over. But it’s not going to blow over. The blogosphere is not going to let this go until St. Joseph’s either conforms to Catholic morality or stops pretending to be a Catholic hospital.
MADRID, November 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) — Today the Plenary Assembly of the Spanish Episcopal Conference issued a statement saying that politicians who vote for a proposed law liberalizing abortion in Spain place themselves in an “objective state of sin and, while the situation lasts, may not be admitted to Holy Communion.”…
For his New York Times article “Coming Out in Middle School,” Benoit Denizet-Lewis interviewed middle-school children from all over the country who have identified themselves as gay, lesbian, or bisexual and have come out to their friends and families. It’s unnerving to hear from the mouths of babes their experience of coming out to their parents: “I told my cousin, my cousin told this other girl, she told her mother, her mother told my mom and then my mom told me.” Or of discovering their own sexual identity: “It was confusing for a while, because for some reason I thought that you had to be straight or gay, and that you couldn’t be both. . . . So I thought about it a lot, like I do about everything, and I went online and looked up bisexuality to read more about it. I realized that was me,” or bickering over their classmates’ sexual proclivities, “We can’t even keep up with who’s gay or bi and who’s into who, and we go to school here!” Even Denizet-Lewis guiltily admitted that he found himself blurting out to a pair of seventh-graders glibly discussing their sexual orientation: “But you’re so young!”
But as most any ten, eleven, or twelve year-old could tell you, they know almost everything. Confusion and uncertainty are states they especially loathe; give them labels to neatly categorize themselves (and their peers) and they will zealously apply them. And labels are exactly what these prepubescent tweens are given when they are told that sexual preference is a fundamental, inborn, aspect of personhood; it is only natural for them to conclude, as Fr. Paul Scalia wrote in A Label That Sticks (First Things, June/July 2005), that “an adolescent with homosexual inclinations must necessarily be homosexual, or gay, or lesbian, or transgendered—whichever label fits.”
One very supportive mother told Denizet-Lewis she was not surprised when her ten-year-old daughter confessed to her (in rhyming couplets, no less) that she was bisexual: “Kids just know what these words mean a lot earlier.” Well, that’s really not fair. Kids don’t just know; it takes a lot of hard work. Chapters of the Gay-Straight Alliance at middle schools across America work “to educate the school community about homophobia, gender identity, and sexual orientation issues,” and for over a decade now the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network has been working to ensure that “students in all grade levels [have] access to curricula, trainings, texts and materials—in all areas including but not limited to, history, literature, family life, sexuality and health education—that are relevant, comprehensive, age-appropriate, medically accurate and inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.”
Your actions make a difference! Gap says “pro-Christmas” ad to air this weekend
November 24, 2009
According to Bill Chandler, vice-president of Gap corporate communications, Gap’s Old Navy division will launch a new television commercial this weekend which “has a very strong Christmas theme.”
Chandler responded to AFA last Friday, after a poll showed 90% of AFA supporters wanted to continue the boycott as a result of Gap’s initial “holiday” ad that mingled Christmas with the pagan “Winter Solstice” holiday.
Gap says the new ad will include the popular Supermodelquins proudly cheering “Merry Christmas”, and features Christmas trees, lights and ornaments as well.
In good faith, AFA is suspending the Gap boycott until it has an opportunity to view the new commercial this weekend.
As a result of your dedicated actions, we believe Gap is beginning to realize that Christmas is not just another “holiday” and will begin to advertise in a way that is respectful to Christians and Christmas shoppers.
Here is the last call to stand with us and proclaim to our communities that Christmas is not just a winter holiday focused on materialism, but a “holy day” when we celebrate the birth of our Savior. We can do it in a gentle and effective way by wearing the “God’s Gift – Merry Christmas” button. Don’t wait! Place your order by December 1 to receive it before Christmas.
Thank you for your vigilance. My prayer is that you and your family will have a meaningful Thanksgiving Day celebration.
Say “Merry Christmas” to you friends, your church, your school or your whole community by giving away these beautiful Christmas buttons or displaying a Christmas sticker on your vehicle. They are a great reminder that Jesus was God’s gift to the world and that He is the one we celebrate at Christmas.
Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association
The thing about Bishop Tobin’s great witness is that not only does it serve as a rebuke and challenge to Catholic politicians, it does the same to the Marshmellow bishops and priests who seek to honour these same politicians at Catholic funerals and permit them to holy Communion.
It’s a double whammy.
Patrick Kennedy and even the rest of the pseudo Catholic politicians are not the only (or even the most significant) objects of rebuke here. The real game in town is between the bishops themselves.
Bishop Tobin is upping the ante on how other bishops will react to politicians seeking Communion who have been previously refused Communion in another diocese.
SEOUL, November 25, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Republic of Korea has signaled its willingness to work to reverse a heavily pro-abortion culture through various measures, including beginning to enforce an abortion ban that has technically existed in the country for decades, in order to address the severe demographic implosion that threatens the country’s economic stability, Korean sources report.
The pro-birth effort was announced on Wednesday by the Presidential Council for Future and Vision, and includes proposals to expand benefits for single mothers and provide greater benefits to families with more than two children.
“We have been a society that promoted abortion,” Kwak Seung-jun, leader of the Presidential Council, told reporters. “There are few people who realize abortion is illegal. We must work to create a mood where abortion is discouraged.”
According to the Korean journal JoongAng Ilbo, the abortion ban – rarely enforced for decades, and even flagrantly violated in the 1960s and 1970s as part of official policy to combat what the government had deemed a “population explosion” – will now be more strictly enforced as part of an overall plan to increase the birth rate and incentivize more women to carry their pregnancies to term.
The Korean Herald reports that proposals outlined in the “Increase Koreans” project outline aggressive steps to give increased support for families with at least three children.
The Presidential Council proposed that the third-born child of a family be given an advantage in university entrance examinations, employment, and financial support for high school and university tuition. Families with three or more children will be given special interest rates on their mortgages.
As a sign of further desperation, the Council recommended that the government finance artificial insemination procedures up to three times to the tune of 1.5 million won ($1300 US).
Kwak announced that the panel was proposing aggressive measures that had to be taken immediately, and could not wait even ten years from now.
Seven hundred of Korea’s obstetricians, nevertheless, have decided to address the situation by encouraging the government down the path of strictly enforcing the abortion law as well as creating medical peer-pressure among physicians against performing abortion, except when the mother’s life is in explicit danger.
According to the Korea Times, the Korean Gynecological Physicians’ Association (GYNOB) sent out flyers to 3400 physicians asking for their participation in a national campaign to abolish illegal abortion, held a rally on Sunday, and said that the names of clinics participating in their campaign would be available online at http://www.antidc.org/.
Measures proposed by the Presidential Council will be discussed further by government agencies and a special committee for the Prime Minister before its expected finalization in early 2010.
So much for feeling all queezy about upholding (or passing) a law which punishes participants in abortion. I wonder if Chris Matthews is listening. If it’s a choice between survival and restrictive abortion laws, what side do you think is going to win out? Korea is moving in the right direction, but I have some serious reservations that the West will follow suit. We are, after all, a culture of death and sterile orgasm.
Here’s what I would do as a pastoral approach with the abortion law:
Anyone counselling or committing an abortion would get the maximum penalty under the law according to their degree of participation for murder. Period.
A woman who procured an abortion would be required to undergo education and counselling. A repeat offender would then start to do jail time. That’s the first five years of the Phase-In. Successive phases would include harsher penalties until the culture is sensitized enough to consider abortion outright murder. Obviously, this has to go hand-in-hand with a massive education program for the country. People’s hearts (and heads) need to be turned around first.
Then, once abortion is viewed for what it is, anyone participating in it gets the requisite punishment.
A human life is a human life. It deserves to be respected in law.
November 25, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) — “It’s light years beyond ultrasound and will make you practically fall off your chair when you see it.” So says Father Frank Pavone about the breakthrough video Priests for Life is now distributing and promoting, called The Biology of Prenatal Development.
By using embryoscopy, a rare technique involving a tiny camera the size of a pen tip, scientists were able to get breathtaking, real footage of the unborn, which shows how preborn babies have a heartbeat at three weeks, make spontaneous movements at six weeks, and have 90% of the anatomical structures found in adults at eight weeks.
A section of the movie can be viewed at the top of the following webpage. The same page features other useful movies, images, and resources describing the horror of abortion and illustrating the humanity of the unborn.
“It is widely known in the pro-life movement that ultrasound imagery changes peoples’ minds and hearts,” writes Father Pavon. “With this stunning, color imagery of the child from four to twelve weeks after fertilization, we expect even more radical conversions.”
Those who are interested can sign up to help Priests for Life distribute the video to parishes, schools, and pregnancy centers across the country, or buy the video.
Many of you have probably heard about the anonymous hacker/s who accessed a server belonging to the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit and obtained a large file containing document and email exchanges between some leading climate scientists going back as far as 13 years. Some of the documents seem to be concerned with hiding scientific results that don’t agree with the man-made climate change scenario. There are also references to destroying data. Some email messages actually suggest that others destroy data before its discovered under a Freedom of Information Act. In one email, dated November 1999, one scientist wrote: “I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature [the science journal] trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie, from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.”
If true (and there is no reason to believe otherwise) it would indicate cynical collusion among some climatologists in manipulating data to support the view that climate change is real and largely man-made. What has been the result of this scandalous revelation? The mainstream liberal media is largely ignoring or dismissing the story while the research institutions involved are into damage control mode (i.e. denial and obfuscation). As for governments, they smell the money, power and control climate change theory offers them and simply keep on trucking.
Below are three worthwhile articles on the subject. The first on the import of the hacking incident itself and the MSM response, the second an insightful article on a new book, the third Times Watch on the New York Times refusal to expose information obtained by illegal hackers.
While many U.S. bishops have publicly acknowledged problems with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) has confirmed that at least four bishops opted to not take up this year’s national collection.
A controversy has erupted in the U.S. Church in recent weeks after evidence came to light showing that numerous CCHD grantees have promoted issues and practices in violation of Catholic teaching, including abortion, contraception, and same-sex “marriage.” In response to the revelations a coalition of Catholic organizations, the Reform CCHD Now Coalition, formed, calling for a boycott of the November 21-22 national CCHD collection….read the rest here.
You won’t see such a bold move here in Canada with Development & Peace, unfortunately. That’s why it’s up to individual parishioners to take some responsibility and cut the chord this coming Lent. You are not a bad Catholic because you don’t abide by the Bishop’s “social justice” organization that supports pro-abort, anti-Catholic groups.
If liberation theology isn’t your gig, send a message this Lent and don’t give Development & Peace a single penny. Even after the recommendations come out, the problems will not be solved in time. In fact, it’s going to take years, perhaps even decades for this thing to completely get cleaned up. So why even bother? There are so many wonderful Catholic organizations today which are desperate for money. In fact, I heard of one this past Sunday at Mass. This particular mission is trying to raise money for the poor in Zimbabwe and for sponsoring seminarians in Vietnam. And speaking of those valient Vietnamese Catholics, they’re bursting at the seams over there in Vietnam with young men wishing to enter the priesthood, even though they are under harsh government persecution.
That’s the cost of training one seminarian for one year. That’s a pretty small price to pay for the future of the Church.
If you’re interested in sponsoring a seminarian, e-mail me. Spend money on a few less gifts this Christmas, and put it instead to a worthy Catholic cause. You won’t regret it.
A Tennessee hospital is facing a possible emergency injunction after Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed legal papers today to save the life of nine-month-old Gabriel Palmer. East Tennessee Children’s Hospital says it may abandon his medical care, resulting in the child’s death.
Baby Gabriel was born prematurely with a genetic abnormality, club foot, and narrow airway, but he flourished when he went home from the hospital in June.
There, he grew, played, and received physical therapy while going to regular doctor visits. He was fed through a tube and received some oxygen and medications.
On an October weekend, when the baby’s regular doctors were unavailable, Catherine Palmer took her son to the ETCH emergency room because of breathing problems. After interventions by the medical staff, the baby went into shock, developed pulmonary vascular disease, and was placed on a respirator.
ETCH recently began giving up on Baby Gabriel’s care, and on Nov. 13, the head of ETCH’s PICU, Dr. Kevin Brinkman, told Palmer that the hospital was going to stop feeding him milk and giving him his medications, as well as disconnect his respirator, because the staff considered his care “futile.”
Brinkman said a formal “ethics panel” meeting today would determine whether to stop treating Baby Gabriel, but he noted that the decision was already a foregone conclusion.
Ethics panel members have already said they will decide to cease the baby’s care despite his mother’s objections. ETCH’s policies declare that treatment can be withdrawn over the family’s objections as soon as the ethics panel makes its decision.
After doctors decided that Baby Gabriel was not worth treating, ETCH started discriminating against him by denying his basic care. Staff stopped bathing him, ceased applying cream to alleviate his chapped skin, reduced his diaper changes, and have not allowed his physical therapy.
ETCH doctors have also discouraged Palmer’s attempts to have her son transferred to other medical facilities where he could receive treatment.
Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed an emergency motion in court this afternoon to save Gabriel’s life.
“A disability should not be a death sentence. No one should be allowed to decide that an innocent life is not worth saving,” ADF Legal Counsel Matt Bowman told LifeNews.com.
“Doctors at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital need to do the right thing and make sure Baby Gabriel gets the treatment he needs to live. He is loved by his mother, is in stable condition, and could live for a long time. The hospital’s treatment–or lack thereof–of this helpless little boy is simply inhuman,” he said.
Bowman indicated the hospital did not change course after a letter sent Friday by an ADF-cooperating attorney on behalf of Catherine Palmer which urged hospital officials to continue his medical treatment.
Hospital staff told Catherine Palmer that they will no longer provide medical care for her baby despite her objections.
Although the baby is on a respirator and medications to treat pulmonary vascular problems, he is stable and a doctor says he could live for a long time.
An ETCH doctor determined he could live “a long while.”
ADF indicates Gabriel is alert, active, and responsive when not sedated. In recent days while awake, he spent time kicking his feet, tried to play with his stuffed animals, listened to his mother and grandmother, and responded to his favorite music.
ADF filed the motion for restraining order and injunction in Palmer v. East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Association with the Chancery Court for Knox County, which has set a hearing before Chancellor Darrel Fansler for later this afternoon.
ADF-allied attorney John Threadgill of Knoxville is serving as local counsel in the lawsuit. (Source)