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#WhatWomenNeed

Cecile Richards is at it again, friends. What I wouldn’t give for a sit-down with her, given that she is often seen around my neck of the woods – Austin.

She says women need ABORTIONS for Valentine’s Day.

I realize it is the most commercialized holiday around, but its roots are still firmly placed in our Catholic faith. What would St. Valentine think of all of this nonsense?

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I won’t go into the sketchy details that Planned Parenthood has touted that abortions should be “safe, legal, and rare.”

I won’t bore you by stating the obvious that abortions are {unfortunately} legal.

I won’t even bother pointing out the hypocrisy between PP wanting abortions to be rare and this photo, which is worth a thousand words.

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No, friends, I won’t bother and bore you with all those pointless words. Instead, I will ask you to download this picture, What Women Need, to counter Cecile’s slap in the face approach to telling women what we “need.” Don’t let her tell YOU what you need.

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LET’S TELL HER WHAT WOMEN REALLY NEED, OK?

Use the hashtag #whatwomenneed and be sure to tag us on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter. We want to see what YOU come up with.

Ready to ROCK? I thought so.

Cecile Richards doesn’t speak for me.

Does she speak for you?

**Please also consider offering up your sufferings and fast for the conversion of her soul. Anyone who is this vehemently in favor of abortion and will stop at nothing to campaign for the death of the unborn and pit mother against child needs every last prayer and suffering that we can muster. And our job as Catholics is to desire heaven for EVERYONE. Add her name to your prayers, friends. Let’s call on the Church Triumphant to join us in converting hearts and minds. 

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VIDEO: The Mob in the Rotunda of the Capitol – Austin, Texas

Someone who was down in the rotunda on Tuesday, June 25 as Wendy Davis’ filibuster attempted to kill SB5 sent me this video. At minute 2:30, you hear Cecile Richard’s voice instructing the crowd on what to chant.

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40 Days for Conscience: July 1st to August 9th

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Consciences formed in accord with Holy Mother Church, the Church that Christ Himself established, do not support HHS! From July 1st to August 9th, join Catholic Sistas in the next prayer campaign, 40 Days for Conscience.

As you may know, the deadline for our bishops to violate their consciences or face undue tax burden, lose their tax-exempt status and possibly end up in jail is August 1. If ever there was a time to fervently pray for the continued united voices of our bishops in the United States, now is it. We need you to commit to join us in prayer. Please join us by participating with us on Instagram and Facebook, where we will be conducting the campaign. Each day a new petition will be unveiled, giving you a new petition to pray with us for the day. 

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on January 20 that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception. Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those “services” in the health policies they write. And almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage as a part of their policies.In so ruling, the Administration has seemingly ignored the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty. As a result, unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics must be prepared either to violate our consciences, or to drop health coverage for our employees (and suffer the penalties for doing so). The Administration’s sole concession was to give our institutions one year to comply.We cannot—we will not—comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second class citizens because of their religious beliefs. We are already joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths and many others of good will in this important effort to regain our religious freedom. Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God given rights. All that has been built up over so many years in our Catholic institutions should not be taken away by the stroke of an administrator’s pen. This order reduces the Church to a private club, destroying her public mission in society. In generations past, the Church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties. I hope and trust she can count on this generation of Catholics to do the same.”  ~ Cardinal George

Encyclicals and Church Documents that support Freedom of Conscience:

What else can I do?

Join the USCCB in their Fortnight for Freedom starting June 21-July 4.

Review the USCCB’s fact sheet.

Send an e-mail to Congress.

Read comments by the USCCB in response to the latest mandate rule.

Text FREEDOM to 377377 to get the latest updates from the USCCB.

Ask St. Thomas More to intercede for us, as he is the patron saint of religious freedom.

Watch these videos on religious liberty.

Read 12 Things Everyone Should Know about The Contraceptive Mandate.

Read what the Church really teaches about Love and Sexuality.

Read up on HHS Mandate Legal Resources.

Add this to your daily prayers:

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received
our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us
the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God,
and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be “one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.” ~ Cardinal George

“We must promote religious liberty for all people. Every man and woman must be free to profess his or her faith, whatever it may be. Why? Because that man and that woman are children of God.” – Pope Francis 

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New Report: What Catholic Women Think About Faith, Conscience, and Contraception

 

3,2,1…Get ready to talk numbers.

 

Remember last February when the Catholic Sistas conducted their own informal survey in response to the media claims that 98% of women who identify as Catholic use contraception? Well, some other Catholic women in Washington, D.C. have done a formal survey using the nationally-regarded primary research and consulting firm, Polling Company, Inc. WomanTrend.

Mary Rice Hasson, J.D., a Fellow in the Catholic Studies Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and director of the Women, Faith, and Culture project together with Michele M. Hill who has been active in apostolates within the Archdiocese of Baltimore have issued a preliminary report, What Catholic Women Think About Faith, Conscience, and Contraception, in which 824 church-going Catholic women ages 18-54 were surveyed.

While the data indicates that most Catholic women do not fully support the Church’s teachings on contraception, the results also do not show the sweeping rejection of Church teaching the media portrays either. This first report provides some useful insight. From their website, Women, Faith and Culture: Exploring What Catholic Women Think:

Catholic Women and Faith
90% say faith is important to daily life
72% rely on homilies to learn the faith
28% have gone to Confession within the year

Catholic Women and Contraception
33% think the Church says “yes” to contraception
13% say “yes” to Church teaching
37% say “no” to Church teaching
44% say “no, but maybe …” to Church teaching

The report shows that about one-third of church-going Catholic women incorrectly believe that couples have the right to decide for themselves the moral acceptability of contraception regardless of Church teaching. When Church teaching was explained, 44% were receptive to learning more. These results suggest the problem is in part catechetical, and that women want more instruction. Church-going Catholic women fall into three groups, the researchers found: 1) “the faithful” who say “yes” to Church teaching, 2) “the dissenters” who say “no” to it, and 3) the “soft middle” who are reluctant to go all the way either way, and are receptive to more information.

The hope for this project is that good conversations can begin about how to reach the women who identify as Catholic but reject Church teaching on contraception, and yet, still in their heart want to do the right thing. Mary and Michele also hope that the data will inspire our priests to have confidence to preach the truth on this issue. While 72% of women said that the homilies in Mass are their primary source for learning about Church teaching, more than eight in ten said they believe they can be “good Catholics” even if they “do not accept some of the Catholic Church’s teachings on sex, family planning, birth control, and reproduction.” They seem to be listening, but not accepting.

The researchers also hope that this report can help us in our approach to addressing these topics. I admit, my knee-jerk reaction is to wag a finger at the dissenters and tsk-tsk them for their rebellion, but that isn’t helpful. It’s one of those Golden Rule things. I have to remember, humbly, that I also journeyed in conversion away from a secular contraceptive mindset to a full acceptance of Catholic teaching, and it wasn’t based on one homily or one conversation about obedience. It certainly wasn’t the result of someone belittling me for my ignorance.

It was based on a search for truth that was aided by patient people who would explain what I needed to know  — firmly, but in love. It was also aided by people who taught by example. In my parish, I saw the words of the Catechism lived out and I understood, and embraced, the high importance of accepting the gift of children, and raising them in the Sacraments.

These topics have to be approached with sensitivity, focusing on the benefits for women and their relationships. They need help to calibrate their consciences, and this study provides insight into the scope of the problem. Conscience formation, the data strongly indicates, is the real issue underlying the problem, and it is cause for concern. Please take some time to read it, and file it away for reference.

 

Here are some more findings from the study.

The study can be downloaded in full here.

Women who worship weekly are overwhelmingly likely to agree that faith is an important part of daily life:

97% of frequent worshippers ages 18-34 agree
95% of frequent worshippers ages 35-54 agree
85% of infrequent worshippers ages 35-54 agree
82% of infrequent worshippers ages 18-34 agree

Frequent church-goers ages 18-34 also show higher rates of participation in this Sacrament, as just over one-third (36%) have gone to Confession in the past year. By comparison, only 10% of infrequent churchgoers, ages 18-34, have received the Sacrament in the past year—the lowest percentage among all subgroups.

Women’s primary sources for learning about Church teaching (total sample):

72% Homily in Mass
58% Family
55% Priests or other religious leaders
54% Memory of childhood lessons
40% The Catechism of the Catholic Church
36% Teachings from Catholic school
32% Friends
28% Church activities, not including Mass
26% Catholic news media
18% Classes about Catholicism
15% Non-fiction books, movies, or DVD’s
10% Encyclicals of Vatican documents
9% U.S. Bishops’ (USCCB) website or resources
7% Non-Catholic or secular news media
7% Catholic blogs
5% Fiction: popular books, movies, or DVD’s
4% Catholic celebrities, politicians,or public figures
1% Non-Catholic or secular blogs
2% Other (specified)
1% Bible
– Church bulletin/newsletter
– Miscellaneous
4% None of these

Note: Multiple responses allowed so totals exceed 100%

On conscience formation: 

Eighty-five percent of all women agree, 52% strongly, that dissent from Church teachings on sex, contraception, and reproduction is not incompatible with being a good Catholic.

Only 13% disagree, including just 6% who disagree strongly.

Seventy-six percent of those who attend church at least once a week say they can be “good Catholics” without fully accepting the Church’s teachings on sex, contraception, and reproduction.

By comparison, 93% of infrequent worshippers agree that being a “good Catholic” does not require them to accept the Church’s teachings on sex, contraception, and reproduction.

Why women reject Catholic teaching on contraception:

Q: “Why, specifically, do you not accept the Catholic teaching on contraception and family planning?
please select all that apply.”

53% Each couple has the moral right to decide which methods of family planning to use.
46% Couples have the right to enjoy sexual pleasure without worrying about pregnancy.
41% Natural family planning is not an effective way to prevent pregnancy or to space children.
28% Contraception is the only effective way that a couple can control how many children to have and when to have them.
28% I do not accept the church’s moral authority on the issue of contraception and family planning.
23% Family planning and contraceptive use are not moral issues.
19% Natural family planning is impractical or too difficult to use.
15% The Catholic Church has lost moral credibility to teach on matters of sex and reproduction because of the sexual abuse scandals in the church.
15% I do not think I can handle a large family.
1% I do not understand it.
3% Other (specified)
1% Extenuating circumstances
– I do not think contraception is morally wrong
– I do accept the Catholic teaching on contraception
1% Miscellaneous

Note: Multiple responses allowed so totals exceed 100%. Question answered only by women who reject, in whole or in part, Church teaching on family planning. It was not answered by women who said they accept the teaching (13%) or are unsure if they accept the teaching (6%).

Ways to learn more about Catholic teachings on contraception and NFP (total sample):

23% Testimonies from couples about the health and relationship benefits of NFP.
23% Studies that prove NFP is 97% effective in preventing pregnancy.
22% A doctor’s recommendation of NFP and its effectiveness.
22% Testimonies from couples on the effectiveness of NFP.
20% Information about why NFP is pro-woman (promotes better health and self-image and equality in relationships).
16% A homily from my parish priest or bishop explaining the Catholic teachings on contraception and family planning.
14% A homily from my parish priest or bishop encouraging couples to use NFP.
13% Medical information about forms of birth control that are abortifacient (prevent a newly conceived embryo from implanting and growing in the womb).
1% Other (specified)
* Unsure/do not understand the question
* Miscellaneous
56% Iam not interested in learning more about Catholic teaching on family planning and contraception (allowed only this response).

Note: Totals exceed 100% because women were allowed to select multiple responses UNLESS they specified that they were “not interested in learning more.”

 

Full report here, in case you missed up there: What Catholic Women Think About Faith, Conscience, and Contraception

Website here: Women, Faith and Culture: Exploring What Catholic Women Think

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A War of Words: the HHS Mandate

 

 

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve heard about the controversy with the HHS Mandate and the Catholic Church. However, the mainstream media portrays the controversy as the Catholic Church against women. The secularist media declares that the Church refuses to let women use contraceptive drugs period. The error in these statements is obvious to anyone with a working knowledge of the Catholic Catechism. Sadly, many Catholics and most of the US (world?) population refuses to acknowledge this truth.

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First, start with the teaching of the Catholic Church. Direct from the Catechism: (emphasis mine)
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2370 … In contrast, “every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible” is intrinsically evil:159
Thus the innate language that expresses the total reciprocal self-giving of husband and wife is overlaid, through contraception, by an objectively contradictory language, namely, that of not giving oneself totally to the other. This leads not only to a positive refusal to be open to life but also to a falsification of the inner truth of conjugal love, which is called upon to give itself in personal totality… The difference, both anthropological and moral, between contraception and recourse to the rhythm of the cycle … involves in the final analysis two irreconcilable concepts of the human person and of human sexuality.160
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The key point in the above passage is that contraception, when used as “family planning”, is against the Catholic Church’s teaching. Not even just a vaguely, a slap-on-the-wrist offense, but “intrinsically evil”. There is some controversy within the Faithful about the use of contraceptive drugs within marriage (or a sexually active relationship, which is a whole other article) as “treatment” for various gynecological ills. However, when the woman using a contraceptive drug is unmarried (and sexually inactive), there is no controversy–the drugs can be used as “treatment”. In a perfect world, all Catholics would learn about Fertility Awareness methods (popularly called NFP) that treat the same gynecological ills without contraception, AND with better, healthier results (again, that’s a whole ‘nother article). Currently, (that is without the HHS Mandate in effect) the Catholic Church likely covers contraceptive drugs for a medical treatment, but not for “family planning”, under the protection of a “Conscience clause“.
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Next, let me discuss the actual controversy the Church has with the HHS Mandate. The “conscience clause” that allows coverage for medicinal use of contraceptive drugs, but does not allow sterilizations, abortions, or “emergency” contraception, is being disposed of with the HHS Mandate. In other words, the HHS Mandate forces Catholic institutions, charities, etc. to fund (through insurance coverage) and provide services that are “intrinsically evil” according to the Catholic Catechism. This would be akin to the government forcing strict vegans to pay for and provide meat products. Unlike the vegans though, religious (moral) ideations are protected by the First Amendment: (emphasis mine)
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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

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“Free exercise” of Catholic moral code prohibits abortions, sterilizations, and contraception. Therefore, the HHS Mandate violates the Faithful’s ability to freely exercise their religious beliefs. In effect, this would be similar to legislation requiring Jehovah’s Witness institutions to provide and cover blood transfusions for their members and employees (I have no idea if they do currently or not). The enactment of this law would be tantamount to legislation forcing an orthodox Jewish deli to provide ham and other pork products to their customers. There are probably countless examples a fertile imagination could create, but suffice it to say that Catholics and non-Catholics alike are recognizing that Obama and his administration has overstepped their bounds. At our local “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” rallies on March 23 and June 8, Catholics were well represented, but our Protestant friends were also present and on the program. If you value your constitutional rights, stand up and say “we are all Catholic now“.
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Another event begins today, “A Fortnight for Freedom”. This is an effort led by The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), but like all other religious freedom rallies, is open and welcoming to all denominations. A cyber event, the only request is that for the two weeks, starting with the vigil for Sts. John Fisher and St. Thomas Moore and ending with July 4, our nation’s Independence day, is that you pray daily for a resolution to this intense threat to religious freedom. More information about the event can be found on the Facebook page and the USCCB website devoted to this event. Here is a summary of what this event entails:
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This is a cyber event – held in your own home, church or parish by way of your prayers. It is open and depends on all people of all walks of faith to come together and petition God our Father to save our nation in its struggle for Religious Freedom for all!

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The fourteen days from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to this “fortnight for freedom”—a great hymn of prayer for our country. Our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. Culminating on Independence Day, this special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action will emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. Dioceses and parishes around the country have scheduled special events that support a great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty. 

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THIS IS NOT JUST FOR CATHOLICS…THIS IS FOR ALL CHRISTIANS AND NON CHRISTIANS UNITED IN PRAYER. That means Jewish, Muslim, atheist as well. This is about our First Amendment. We may well have non-Christians here and we welcome ALL as Christ would. ** THIS IS NOT A FORUM FOR DEBATE. **