A Pro-Life Apologia

Baby Brother – by Holly Callie

By Charlie Johnston

I have engaged in discussion the last few days with some pro-abortion folks on Twitter. It has been simultaneously frustrating, enlightening and a little heartening. Some friends say it won’t be long before Twitter bans me for some bit of fact they don’t like. We’ll see. The winds of change are blowing there, but the deal has not yet been consummated.

The conversation is frustrating because of the enormous amount of logical fallacies, misinformation, ad hominems, and bald assertions masquerading as facts or evidence coming from that side. I linked to a Yahoo News Item (NOT a conservative site) to provide video of hysterical protesters in front of Supreme Court Justices homes and the response from several was a disdainful, “Oh that video is from Fox News.” What?! So prejudiced against Fox News that they will not even look at video proof if it has appeared on the Fox Network?! That approaches invincible ignorance. The only problem that the left can possibly have with Fox is that it is moderately conservative, not that it is inaccurate. Over the last six years, Fox has proven to be far more accurate than CNN, MSNBC and the rest of the establishment media – so the left’s aversion to Fox is just a visceral emotion rather than a considered decision. (I was kind of amused because I have more than a few problems with Fox, myself, but lefties generally don’t get nuance. Their narrative is that conservatives are racist, misogynist, redneck watchers of Fox News and NASCAR races. It is a bigoted caricature rather than an effort to understand any arguments.) While it is frustrating to me, it is crippling to those so afflicted. What you don’t know will, indeed, ultimately hurt you.

It gave me a key insight into something that has puzzled me for over a decade. Back when I was doing heavy politics, one of the things I was valued for was my ability to get into the minds of the opponents and figure out what course they would likely take. About a year into the Obama presidency that ability started taking a steep nosedive. I just couldn’t figure out what they were thinking. The thing was that back in the day, most conservatives and most liberals (not all) worked from a set of foundational principles. Their actions would differ based on their interpretive prism – but those actions were in service to their principles, and so they were coherent. Modern leftists (and some conservatives) have appetites – and their principles are only of use in service to their current appetites. That is why a month ago leftists were passionately opining that you had to be a biologist to know what a woman is and that men could get pregnant – while now they passionately opine that you must be a woman to have a say on abortion, at all. Their current appetite changed – and so did their principles. For genuine conservatives (and genuine liberals of 30 years ago) principles are pylons sunk into bedrock to serve as the foundation of the intellectual and philosophical structure they build atop it. For leftists, principles are just gear in their toolbox, to be casually taken up and set aside as their appetites demand. The latter approach is inevitably arbitrary and capricious, without any consistent coherence. This is why I cannot easily predict their course: there is no intellectual foundation on their side from which to work. One simply has to hypothesize where their appetites will take them next. Since their appetites are arbitrary and capricious, that is not as reliable as working with an actual intellectual foundation. One side has malleable actions in service to their principles; the other has malleable ‘principles’ in service to their appetites.

Even so, the interactions gave me some heart. Most people simply no longer have the tools they need to do serious critical thinking. This is why so many want to abrogate their responsibility as a free citizen to an ‘expert,’ usually someone as uninformed as they are but with a credential. Philosophy has been seriously impoverished since the Enlightenment 300 years ago. It still bears occasional nuggets of insight, but is largely superficial and shallow – when it does not entirely engage in building castles in the air. Ironically in this age of “reason,” the best philosophy comes from serious theology (though I must concede that some of the worst modern philosophy comes from crackpot theologians). As my friend, Eschatologist Desmond Birch often says, most modern problems are the result of bad philosophy. Add to that the entire collapse of emphasis on evidence, logic and reason in the academy of ‘higher’ and lower learning and you have a whole generation of people who won participation medals without learning or having to seriously strive to actually win much of anything. They come to intellectual debate almost entirely unarmed with any facts or consistent logic. So it is not entirely surprising that they should seek to make every controversy a contest of will and raw, often, violent power. They are incapable of any other sort of discourse.

So how can I be heartened? Despite the lack of factual evidence or the needed discipline for logical inquiry, some of them genuinely want to seek the good. They have simply been deprived of the necessary tools to do so with any precision by several generations of deficient – and often malicious – pedagogues. Unless they are gifted auto-didacts, it is unlikely that they can suddenly develop clear, consistent, and precise ways of thinking to build a solid foundation of coherent principles, either conservative or liberal (NOT leftist – which is profoundly anti-intellectual). Over the years I have had some very warm friendships with bona fide (and even prominent) liberals. Perhaps the most prominent was the late Sen. Adlai Stevenson III. We had some lively, intriguing conversations but that was because we both understood the basic foundational rules of actual facts, evidence and consistent logic. That can no longer be assumed. One time, I was charged with briefing a colleague who was going to meet with a prominent public figure who had been mixed and muddled on the issue of abortion. Suddenly it dawned on me that what my colleague should do was to focus on the basics – that we in the pro-life movement often assumed others to have far more basic knowledge on the subject than they actually do. My friend thought that was an inspired idea – and went with it. After the meeting, he called me and told me with some astonishment that he thought we had a real convert. Turns out the public figure had a top advisor with him, who confirmed all the factual information. The man got mad midway through – not at my colleague, but that he had been played for so long. So I think it may well be time to go back to some basics and fundamentals – not just making our case, but explaining the basis on which we come to it. There are some people we can never reach. They live like an exposed nerve and get some weird excitement out of raging all the time, even at the price of constant misery. A good chunk of those we can reach will still disagree, but will at least do so on more solid intellectual ground and tone down the desperate emotional angst. But some, given the tools for critical, rational thinking, will have a genuine conversion experience like the public figure I mentioned. I am not too naive, I don’t think. Certainly, the majority of the left love their ad hominems and non sequiturs, thinking it brilliant when it doesn’t even rise to the level of rank sophistry. But there is a small remnant of people there who want to find the good and live it rather than just slavishly work to protect their own perceived privilege and power.

Since most of the discussions I reference have happened on Twitter – where it is difficult to make a sustained and nuanced discussion of any depth, I am going to apply the technique to the issue of abortion next. This is just a cursory examination – but it is a start.

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 The only question that matters in the abortion debate is whether or not the fetus is a human person. If he is, he is entitled to the rights that all other persons are. If not, he is not entitled to any of the rights other persons are. Until that question is answered, everything else is a distraction and a deflection.

Both science and orthodox Christian theology are in lockstep that the fetus IS a fully human person at an early stage of development. A very few avant-garde philosophers disagree, but they get into some very strange corners – such as Peter Singer who often  argues that a mother should have a “right” to terminate her child up until it is a year old.

Despite this, a whole host of deflecting arguments are raised that cannot stand the most basic test of examination. The first is that abortion is a woman’s right. That fails to understand what a right is and who can guarantee a right. The rights embedded in our Constitution are based in natural law theory. They precede the existence of the state and cannot be revoked. They are granted by God or, if you will, by natural law. That the founders chose this basis was subtle genius for several reasons. First, whoever grants a “right” can also revoke it. Thus, any right granted by a government would be insecure and subject to the transient whims of that government. If you believe that the state is the grantor of rights, you may protest when it revokes it, but you have no grounds to complain that they have done anything untoward whether you agree with the result or not. He who grants a right has authority to revoke it. This is why the very idea of a government granting rights founds those rights on sand. Acknowledging that all genuine rights exist with the person before the existence of the state both secures individual rights and establishes a demanding test for the legitimacy of any government. A government that does not defend actual rights is, prima facie, illegitimate.

What governments can grant are indulgences, privileges and entitlements. But again, these can be legitimately revoked by the same authority that granted them in the first place. You may want universal health care, but it cannot be a right because it is not something endowed to you before the very existence of a government. You may vote for – or a sovereign may decree – universal health care, but the same can be repealed by another vote or the contrary whim of the sovereign. It is not the same thing as a right, which cannot be legitimately impinged upon by any person or state.

The only limits to rights are if one person’s right impinges upon that of another person. Thus, I have the right to freely swing my arm at will, but that right ends at the tip of another’s nose. No one has the right to deprive another of any of their rights except with due process of law for criminal behavior. There are some areas that seem to obviate this, such as the doctrine of eminent domain, which allows a unit of government to forcibly take a person’s land without their approval – but even this can only be done for a compelling public good following due process and with just compensation. The fundamental doctrine is that no person or institution may do violence to the rights of another person. Thus, if a fetus is a human person, as both science and orthodox Christian theology agree, then no other person has the right to deprive him of his fundamental right to life. That means neither the father nor the mother – nor anyone else – can legitimately deprive that unborn person of his rights, for there can be no right to deny the rights of another innocent person or class of persons.

A spokesman for a pro-abortion institute once argued with me when I had him on my Chicago radio show that we could all just agree that, in this case, life begins at birth – and that would solve the problem. It does not. Philosophical principles must be coherent and consistent or they can be expanded or contracted in arbitrary and capricious ways that, ultimately, can target the very person arguing for an arbitrary definition. Arbitrary definitions always begin the slide away from the rule of law and towards the raw will to power.

A few examples:

  • State of development. If you argue that there are some states of development before or after which a person is not entitled to human rights, what is to prevent anyone from extending that state of development before which a person can be lawfully killed? In Peter Singer’s case he advocates for obvious sentience – which could extend to a year or more after birth. What if the standard was extended to the capacity for independence? Then you could euthanize some healthy teenagers. What principle could limit this standard from being extended if a sufficient number of the body politic – or if the sovereign – decided to extend it? It is building on sand – and quicksand, at that.
  • Dependence. There is no doubt that an unborn child has a unique and complete dependence on its mother that can be a real burden on the mother, particularly if she is unhappy with the situation. This is often used as justification for abortion, usually by arguing that a baby has no right to life unless he is “wanted.” Take care again. Given this standard, on what basis do we prosecute women who have killed their born children? Clearly the children were now unwanted. Going further, how do we protect anyone who is in a position of dependence on another? Follow this  argument to its logical conclusion and relationships between mankind simply become a complicated form of animal husbandry – with the shepherd’s hold on his dominant position ever in peril. There are safe alternatives to this. In another age, the way to prevent such an unwanted dependence was through contraceptives or abstinence. What a general abortion regime demands is that no one exercise any self-restraint or accept any consequences for that lack of self-restraint. That is not a “right;” simply a demand for absolute, unchecked privilege over another human being.
  • Interest. It is often argued that fulfilling the demands of pregnancy imposes an intolerable burden on a woman’s interests – delaying schooling, impeding her career or other such arguments – all of which are an argument against interest. Yet if you posit that there are circumstances when one person can freely kill another person because that person impedes the interests of the first person, you have set out on a slippery slope that ultimately ends in the decriminalization of homicide. It would make for a hitman’s paradise. 

These are just a few of the philosophical conundrums one gets into when trying to justify abortion on demand.

Whenever one group of people sets out on a course of genocide against some other class of people, the instigators insistently work to dehumanize those they would exterminate – and studiously try to avoid and deflect from the key question: the humanity or lack thereof of their proposed victims.

Even the slogans adopted by such movements are designed to deflect from that question. Peruse the Congressional Records of the 1850’s – particularly of the senate, and you will be shocked at the familiarity of the slogans to today’s pro-abortion slogans. “Don’t agree with slavery? Don’t buy one,” southern senators often taunted their northern colleagues., completely dismissing any question of the humanity of the enslaved. Southern officials often tried to argue that northerners had no say over the matter at all since they could not own slaves and were not affected by it. This subtly ignores the humanity of the enslaved by arguing that only those who were directly involved – who were perpetuating the peculiar institution – were allowed to have a say at all, thus hoping to completely bar those who would speak for the enslaved from speaking at all. For many decades, the two camps lived in uneasy tolerance of each other, but then the Dred Scott decision forced northerners to help enable and protect slavery as well as southerners. It is equivalent to the Roe v Wade decision in our own time, which forced all states to allow abortions, whether the people of the state agreed or not. The American founders had limited slavery to those states which had it at the founding, in hope that it would ultimately die out of its own accord. But the advocates of slavery insisted that it was the divine right of every white man who wanted to own a slave – and they desperately wanted to expand it. The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 sought to give power to the individual states under the doctrine of “popular sovereignty” as articulated by Illinois Democratic Senator Stephen Douglas. Of course, it was another effort to elide the question of the humanity of the people enslaved entirely – as they would have no say in the matter whatever. “Let the people decide,” was Douglas’ cry – except, of course, for the people who were most affected, black people. It was the 1850’s version of the “pro-choice” mantra of let the woman decide. On a question of humanity and human rights, ALL people have a say.

In the immediate aftermath of Roe v Wade, there was no talk of a woman’s right to choose. Abortion, according to advocates, was just the removal of an undifferentiated clump of tissue with no moral dimension at all. I must concede that I was naïve about this. I thought that as time and scientific advances demonstrated the humanity of the unborn, the advocates of abortion would step back from the abyss to which they had led us. To my horror, in 1982 (or it might have been ’83 – early in the Reagan administration) Planned Parenthood recognized that their “clump of tissue” argument was no longer…ahem…viable because of the rise of ultrasound technology. They sent out a confidential memo to their affiliates advising them to abandon the “clump of tissue” argument and start describing abortion as a “woman’s right,” in order to protect their business model.

Margaret Sanger, the pioneering founder of Planned Parenthood, was an enthusiastic progressive advocate of eugenics, using ‘science’ to purify human stock. She set up her first clinics in predominately black neighborhoods, instructing acolytes to use black ministers to advocate for the program in order to keep word from getting out that their aim was to “exterminate the black population.” She spoke to a lively and welcoming group of a women’s chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in Silver Lake, New Jersey. She was an enthusiastic supporter of the eugenics agenda of Hitler’s Germany, publishing an article entitled, “Eugenic Sterilization: An Urgent Need” in her April, 1933 edition of Birth Control Review (the original version of Planned Parenthood’s magazine}, penned by Ernst Rudin, Hitler’s Director of Genetic Sterilization.

The issue hits me viscerally. As a boy, in the mid-60’s, long before Roe v Wade, I had a terrible nightmare. In the dream, my then best friends’ mother had taken us to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. At one point, screams broke out and she came and helped us to hide, telling us that they were putting the children to the knife. I asked her why someone didn’t call the police – and she told me the police were helping them. I was sweating profusely when I woke – and almost 60 years later, the dream still sometimes haunts me.

When I was doing radio in Chicago during the 90’s, abortion was a frequent topic. For a time, various abortion groups organized a letter-writing campaign in hopes of getting me fired – and had assigned people to monitor my show. A large part of my abortion coverage was quoting verbatim sections of Sanger’s book, “The Pivot of Civilization,” the most disgusting and vile thing I have ever read. (Sample quote: “ The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”) I urged listeners not to take my word for it, but find the book in a big library and take Sanger’s word for it. Amusingly, though the station had no intention of firing me, the harassment stopped after several of the abortion groups’ volunteer monitors took my advice, got the book and read it for themselves – and left the abortion industry. 

During this time a strange phenomenon took hold. Three or four times a week I would get phone calls from random women who had had an abortion and never told anyone – and wanted to talk to me about it. The calls always went to the newsroom and, after a while, the reporters could tell. “Charlie, “ they would say, “You’ve got a call. It’s one of those calls.” I think I got them because, on air, I considered the babies as the primary victims of abortion and women as the secondary victims – and urged pro-lifers never to treat women who had had an abortion with contempt. The abortion industry already did that, seducing them with soothing phrases about how much they cared to lure them into an abortion, then discarding them like a used condom after they had their way with them. The stories I heard were heart-breaking, women who told me how their boyfriends or parents had pressured or forced them into getting an abortion. Several told me how the “womens’ center” assured them this was just a blob of tissue – and they believed it until they glimpsed their baby’s broken remains before the ‘doctor’ got them off the tray. They all felt guilty and abandoned, a terrible sense of quiet desperation they rarely spoke at all of. I came to think of abortion as a hole in the heart of women who suffered it, a wound that would not heal. In some it manifested as deep, unending and unvoiced guilt. In others, it manifested as a passionate advocacy for abortion in a desperate effort to convince themselves it was okay. I always finished the conversation by telling the women that their child was in heaven and wanted more than anything to be re-united with them there – so do not despair, talk to your Priest or Pastor and seek forgiveness for your error that you may, indeed, joyfully be re-united with your child in the next life. I once had a young woman who had passionately debated the subject with me in the studio on air. She followed me out to the car continuing the argument. Suddenly, I was inspired to repeat the same thing I told all the women who called me to share their grief. The young woman started shaking, burst into tears and hugged me. I wish I could tell you some satisfying ending to that story, but I never encountered her again, though I pray for her from time to time. I was so thankful for the formation of Rachel’s Vineyard, which helps women who have had abortions recover from the sorrow and guilt of it.

Before he was president, Abraham Lincoln wrote a compelling fragment in a private journal. He said he despised slavery for the major three types of violence it did:

First, the obvious violence it does to the enslaved.

Second, the violence it had done to civil discourse in the country.

Third, the violence it did to the slaveholder, who had to desperately deaden his conscience to justify what he was doing.

I completely concur – and may the violence of abortion pass away as completely as the violence of slavery did over a century and a half ago.

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174 thoughts on “A Pro-Life Apologia

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    1. Thanks for this news, Chris. The link is not working. When I searched and went directly to the Archdiocesan website, it was not accessible that way either. I’ll bet that website has crashed from overuse due to this big news.

      It’s SO the right thing to do and it’s refreshing to see an Archbishop take such a next right step. May more follow suit. I say so with no acrimony. This is a protection for Nancy. 1 COR 11: 27-31 is clear: “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be answerable for the body and blood of the Lord. Examine yourselves, and only then eat of the bread and drink of the cup. or all who eat and drink without discerning the body, eat and drink judgment against themselves. For this reason many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. 31 But if we judged ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.” The scandal this has caused over the years is also clear.

      Here’s another way to read this news which includes a copy of Archbishop Cordileone’s statement: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/251305/archbishop-cordileone-nancy-pelosi-communion-abortion

      The Archbishop states how the Church works. Each Bishop or Archbishop has jurisdiction ONLY over his own Diocese/Archdiocese, so this statement is in effect only in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. A great beginning!

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      1. I just heard from Bishop Vasa (Pelosi has a home in St. Helena) “I have visited with the pastor at St Helena and informed him that if the Archbishop prohibited someone from receiving Holy Communion then that restriction followed the person and that the pastor was not free to ignore it. The new Canon makes it clear that providing sacraments to someone prohibited from receiving them has its own possible penalties.” Please keep him in your prayers as well. Thanks! – Chris

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        1. Wish it were so, Chris. I live in residence with Fr. Wang who is a canon lawyer and he said that the statement from Archbishop Cordileone only is in effect in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Nancy, in her own conscience, bears the burden of refraining from presenting herself for communion in other dioceses/archdioceses, whether she has a home within their boundaries or not.

          The piece from CNA speaks to this as well: “Cordileone’s instructions apply only within the San Francisco Archdiocese. Other bishops have jurisdiction over such matters when Pelosi is Washington, D.C., and other dioceses around the U.S. and abroad.”

          Surely joining in prayer for all concerned.

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          1. Chris, Canon 1379 §4 does not automatically apply everywhere the person goes to Mass. In the case of Pelosi, it definitely applies in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Now, as Father just noted, if an Archbishop/Bishop excommunicated a person, that would have universal application… in every Catholic Diocese throughout the world.

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            1. Why did Archbihop Cardileone not excommunicate Pelosi? She seems to meet and exceed all the qualifications for this. Of course, she will still receive communion elsewhere!

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              1. I think Archbishop Cordileone is sincerely, once again, expressing an invitation for Nancy Pelosi to engage in a dialogue. Naturally speaking, I see but a sliver of a chance that she will amend her errors. I know that God surely pursues each of us in ways that “His grace is sufficient” as He continues to call each of us back. There simply comes a time when, just as the CCC teaches in #162: “By rejecting conscience, certain persons have made shipwreck of their faith.” Still, I sincerely pray for the conversion of those with the most hardened of hearts. No warm fuzzies are evoked; it’s simply a Gospel dictum.

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                1. I am extremely glad that Archbishop Cordileone took some kind of action and to clearly indicate to Nancy that she is working against the teachings of the Catholic Church when it comes to abortion. This is way overdue in regard to many politicians who vote for abortion rights. However, it is also a grave sin to receive the Holy Eucharist when one is in a state of mortal sin. I am sure that Pelsoi will continue to receive communion (because there are priests who will not back away) though she is clearly in a state of mortal sin due to her vociferous and insistent position on a woman’s right to abort a baby (which is often funded by the USA around the world). I have read that when we receive the Holy Eucharist in a state of mortal sin, we are crucifying Christ yet again…..I understand that the word ‘fetus’ translates to ‘baby’ from Latin. It is amazing how the powers play with language to get what they want. If they actually said “terminate the baby”, it is likely that more women would realize what they are really doing.

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        2. Chris, what I didn’t understand is that the St. Helena to which you refer is in the Santa Rosa Diocese and Bishop Vasa is in agreement with Archbishop Cordileone. 🤦🏻‍♀️ God bless Bishop Vasa!

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          1. Bishop Vasa was previously the bishop of my diocese. I have many fond and appreciative personal memories of him over more than two decades. He would have looked up the Canon Law on this, being a smart, faithful, and careful prelate. I concur: “God bless Bishop Vasa!” ❤

            Blessings, friends ~
            Sister Bear

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            1. It’s an awesome decision Bishop Vasa made by exerting his governing power to declare full support in his own Diocese for what had been declared in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

              I also love that Archbishop Aquila followed suit right away… and the list of prelate support is growing: https://catholicvote.org/here-is-a-list-of-bishops-speaking-out-in-support-of-archbishop-cordileone/

              May such courage in our Prelates continue to rise and grow! 🙏🕊🔥⚜️♥️

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  4. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! .. !! 😉

    https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2022/05/toward-a-new-pentecost

    https://www.ncregister.com/blog/cordileone-pelosi-and-abortion

    https://www.ncregister.com/blog/roe-v-wade-was-never-a-law

    https://www.ncregister.com/commentaries/reactions-to-cardinal-zen-s-arrest-were-notable-and-for-different-reasons

    https://www.lifenews.com/2022/05/20/catholic-bishops-back-decision-to-deny-nancy-pelosi-communion-she-left-church-to-promote-abortion/

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/disney-releases-pride-clothing-line-for-babies-young-kids/

    https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2022/05/20/Texas-transgender-children/6121653086495/

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/missouri-teachers-private-conversations-students-parents-policy

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/may/20/steelworker-sues-firing-after-calling-gay-rainbow-/

    https://www.labroots.com/trending/microbiology/20107/marburg-virus-treatment-approach-identified

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2022/05/19/is_bidens_success_our_mess_147622.html

    When’s the funeral for The Republic?
    For some reason? In the middle of the night I thought of a song I have not heard or thought about for decades called: “Freakin’ at the Freakers Ball”
    I looked it up and it was a Dr. Hook song from 73 or so.
    Ya got to be pretty old to remember it and it’s no wonder that Ya don’t hear it on de Radio These-Days ’cause of PC … Ya Know.
    I’m thinking it would make a perfect Theme Song for The Democrat Party … or Earth 2022 ;-(

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/05/20/national-school-boards-association-admits-colluding-biden-administration-domestic-terrorism-letter/

    https://www.zerohedge.com/
    https://newstarget.com/#

    GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE

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  5. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … PM 😉

    https://catholicexchange.com/mary-and-the-birds/

    https://www.newsmax.com/newsmax-tv/frank-pavone-catholic-communion-abortion/2022/05/21/id/1070852/

    https://catholicvote.org/here-is-a-list-of-bishops-speaking-out-in-support-of-archbishop-cordileone/

    Sounds about right but, I believe, that Trump was a 4 year Gift to allow the Faithful more Time to Get Ready …. there will be no redux! TIME be SHORT!!
    https://meaninginhistory.substack.com/p/conrad-black-on-the-return-of-trump?s=r

    Is there any doubt??? Of Course!, Biden is just PuppetPrez!
    https://redstate.com/bonchie/2022/05/21/it-sure-looks-like-joe-biden-is-trying-to-purposely-destroy-the-country-n567813
    https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2022/05/20/must-watch-sen-sullivan-lists-what-biden-has-done-just-in-last-three-weeks-to-block-oil-production-n567587

    https://freebeacon.com/biden-administration/fda-sidelines-own-vaccine-advisers-to-approve-covid-boosters-for-children/

    Monkey Pox-Truth versus Fearporn.
    https://rwmalonemd.substack.com/p/monkey-pox?s=r
    Just a silly coincidence … Right?
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/weird-globalist-group-nti-predicted-likelihood-monkeypox-outbreak-november-2021-report/

    Not to WORRY!! 😉
    USA Problem One is those awful & elusive RightWing White Supremacist MAGA Hat wearing Neanderthals.
    “Protests” by BLM, ANTIFA and DeathKult Abortionists are always mostly peaceful.
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/supreme-court-roe-wade-ruling-biden-admin-braces-violence-decision
    https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/pelosi-is-afraid-of-the-question/

    https://www.wnd.com/2022/05/watch-seniors-suggest-time-gone/

    https://www.floppingaces.net/2022/05/20/the-week-in-radical-leftism-5-20-2022/

    https://newsbusters.org/
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/

    GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE

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    1. I had received Fr. Dana’s blog posts for a while now and have been praying for the repose of his soul, even as I believe he’s a powerful intercessor for us in these days. The personal video on the funeral home’s website says it all with many images of Fr. Dana sitting in his wheel chair (with all the assistive apparatus which those who suffer with ALS must have) adoring Jesus and offering it all for the Church, for souls to make a return to the Lord and for those of us making our way through this transition. SO grateful for his sacrificial offerings. Equally grateful that we can say but the word and he’ll continue to intercede for us.

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  6. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! .. !! 😉 …. RIP Fr Dana ……

    I often, these-days, tell The Lord that we can’t afford to loose more Good-Guys …..PLEASE Heal, Guide & Protect the ones we have a Raise-Up millions more!!

    https://spiritdailyblog.com/inspiration/archives-how-we-find-joy

    https://www.ncregister.com/commentaries/sigrid-undset-saw-modern-man-s-false-hope-and-became-a-catholic

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/exclusive-yielding-sovereignty-considered-crime-high-treason-archbishop-vigano-nation-states-handing-sovereignty/

    https://catholicvote.org/public-scandal/
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/05/21/pinkerton-the-democrats-wildly-overshoot-on-abortion/

    THEY are “pulling out ALL the stops” to gain TOTAL control of you/yours!
    https://www.floppingaces.net/most-wanted/wall-street-journal-dems-stole-congressional-seats-from-red-states-with-rigged-census-calls-for-investigation/

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/antifa-terrorist-convicted-4-counte-attempted-manslaughter-shooting-driver-trying-flee-rioters-gets-no-prison-time-shot-injured-2-fellow-protesters/
    …….. meanwhile in the DC Gulag, Trespassers still languish …. ;-(

    Ya can bet that Billary won’t go to jail for anything! ;-(
    https://pjmedia.com/columns/kevindowneyjr/2022/05/21/happy-news-weekend-roundup-hillary-getting-spanked-in-court-and-more-n1599675

    https://www.breitbart.com/news/monkeypox-spreads-in-west-baffling-african-scientists/
    … Not Baffling it it’s On-Purpose …. Fake News below? .. How can one tell … These-Days ;-(
    https://noqreport.com/2022/05/21/bombshell-report-monkeypox-appears-to-be-lab-strain-with-unknown-characteristics-says-ecdc-source/

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/05/a_climate_change_class_action_lawsuit_is_it_viable.html

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/05/21/bev-turner-notes-the-social-changes-created-by-covid-that-have-seemingly-become-permanent/#more-233347

    https://amgreatness.com/
    https://newsbusters.org/

    GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE

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  7. Hi friends. My current thinking is that while we may need to be aware of what he wicked ones are up to, but perhaps we mostly need to just ignore them and their “plans” and simply get on with the next right step in our lives and with God’s plan. Does this sound reasonable?

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    1. The answer to your question depends on the post each one is manning in this Storm, Louise. For some, listening, reading and being aware of the enemy’s plans is an important part of their pondering in the formation of next right steps. Surely, if I was becoming overwhelmed with the news, I’d discern at what level to unplug from information overload.

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  8. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! .. 😉

    https://theanchoress.com/the-dragon-and-the-beast-the-buffalo-shooter-deep-fakes-and-revelation/

    Wuhan Lab, Monkeypox, Gain of Function … Sound Familiar!??
    https://republicbroadcasting.org/news/stunning-wuhan-lab-was-experimenting-with-monkeypox-last-year-published-research-report-in-international-journal-in-february/
    https://thenationalpulse.com/2022/05/22/wuhan-assembled-monkeypox-strains/

    https://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/may_2022/abortion_two_thirds_of_voters_favor_limits

    https://www.foxnews.com/health/transsexual-pioneer-criticizes-modern-trans-activists-indoctrinating-kids

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/durbins-catholic-faith-conflict-of-interest-supreme-court-pro-choice

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pelosi-communion-ban-supreme-court-leak-archbishop

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/may/22/preaching-about-sin-now-viewed-as-outdated/

    https://www.westernjournal.com/pfizer-ceo-intros-horrifying-wireless-compliance-device/

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/sussmann-trial-abc-nbc-cbs-msnbc-trump-russia
    https://nypost.com/2022/05/21/hillary-clintons-sordid-legacy-of-lies/
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/great-question-spending-three-years-millions-dollars-mueller-weissmann-not-figure-hillary-created-russia-hoax

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/05/23/white-house-cleans-up-after-biden-again-claims-u-s-has-military-commitment-with-taiwan/
    https://www.newsmax.com/headline/biden-taiwan/2022/05/22/id/1070902

    https://www.floppingaces.net/2022/05/22/is-it-wrong-to-dox-new-york-times-reporters-and-call-brian-stelter-a-potato/

    https://townhall.com/
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/

    GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE

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  9. I really like the points about the futility of predicting and arguing against the irrational, or against bad philosophy. Those seem to be significant roots of our current polarization. Even though the US was not founded as a “Christian nation” to the extent that it endorsed Christian doctrine, it was based on some common philosophy and the existence of natural law. I’ve heard arguments that even then it was inevitable that we go this bad direction because the founders used Catholic natural law language despite not actually having the necessary philosophical foundations for it (Protestantism rejected natural law, as did enlightenment humanism). In any case, it’s taken time to natural law to be essentially forgotten by people in the US, so we have a situation of trying to debate people with completely different philosophical assumptions. Add to that the fact that many people have essentially created their own religious system based on this errant philosophy (a strange type of paganism without even the natural law bounds that most pagans had in ancient times; it’s more like the old hedonist versions of philosophy but without the rigorous thinking of even that). That brings me to my second point about irrationality. These new “religions” (of course the practitioners would never call them a religion) are almost entirely irrational, based on appetite and emotion. There is no reasoning with the irrational. But isn’t evil itself ultimately irrational? There is no rational reason to reject the good. Herein lies the mark of Satan. These new religions/philosophies reject truth, reject reason, reject rationality and replace them with appetites. Even though I like to debate, I’ve come to the conclusion that once you figure out that someone’s entire worldview is based on a philosophical system that is antithetical to the Catholic one (and this includes many Catholics by the way), there is no use in the debate or to try to predict what they will do or think next. Trying is a waste of energy. All you can do is explain your worldview if you can, pray for the person and try to love them the best you can. I’m thinking that only God can fix this level of confusion.

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    1. Again so insightful, Lake. And absolutely sobering is your observation that many who call themselves Catholic have a worldview founded on philosophical principles which are antithetical to the actual teachings of Jesus Christ. Oi. We surely need a special intervention from God.

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