Monday, January 26, 2009


Tribulation Times



(Gen 1:9-13) God also said; Let the waters that are under the heaven, be gathered together into one place: and let the dry land appear. And it was so done. And God called the dry land, Earth; and the gathering together of the waters, he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. And he said: let the earth bring forth green herb, and such as may seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after its kind, which may have seed in itself upon the earth. And it was so done. And the earth brought forth the green herb, and such as yieldeth seed according to its kind, and the tree that beareth fruit, having seed each one according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.

EDITOR'S NOTE: There is an Orthodox Jewish tradition to hold weddings on "the third day", Tuesday, because in the Genesis narrative Tuesday was "doubly blessed".  

President Obama used his third day in office to usher in the next phase of the war on life.

HEADLINE: Obama lifts restrictions on abortion funding

President Barack Obama on Friday lifted restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, reversing a policy of his Republican predecessor George W. Bush, a spokesman said.

The Democratic president's decision was a victory for advocates of abortion rights on an issue that in recent years has become a tit-for-tat policy change each time the White House shifts from one party to the other.

When the ban was in place, no U.S. government funding for family planning services could be given to clinics or groups that offer abortion services or counseling in other countries even if the funds for those activities come from non-U.S. government sources.

Obama signed an executive order lifting the restrictions on Friday, a White House spokesman said.

MORE: Q+A: What is the Mexico City Policy or Global Gag Rule?


Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life: "When President Obama takes money out of taxpayers' pockets to abort children, he can no longer claim with any legitimacy that he wants to reduce the number of abortions performed here or abroad," said Fr. Pavone. "Forcing Americans to pay for the killing of innocents will not 'bring us together;' there can be no common ground when the ground is soaked with innocent blood."

Colorodo Bishops: "This policy bars non-governmental organizations that perform and promote elective abortions from receiving federal tax subsidies for overseas family planning programs." "Promoting abortion as a method of 'family planning' violates the beliefs and ethical norms of many foreign cultures. It is politically invasive; and in the absence of a global demand for more abortions, it is also unnecessary. Many developed countries have supported the Mexico City Policy and have acknowledged that a central goal of family planning should be to reduce abortion not promote it".

Catholic League president Bill Donohue: "Here we have a black president taking money from the taxpayers in a time of economic crisis and giving it to organizations—many of which are anti-Catholic—so they can spend it on killing non-white babies in Third World nations. And Obama is known as a progressive.

"Obama has said repeatedly that he is not pro-abortion, and some Catholics salivating for a job in his administration believe him. Yet he's in office for only a few days and one of the first things he decides to do is fund abortion. That would be on a par with someone who said he was in favor of gun control and then provided funds to the NRA. Indeed, no one spends money to support that which he really abhors. In short, it's time for the pro-abortion crowd to simply say that whatever reservations they may have about abortion (and some have none at all), they are outweighed by their overall support for it.

"Just last Monday, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops made public a letter it sent to Obama asking him to retain the Mexico City Policy. Obama has made his decision, and we hope every Catholic who is truly pro-life gets it."

COMMENTARY: Abortion is the ultimate "hate crime"

Human Life International e-Newsletter Commentary: Abortion Advocates Giddy About Obama Order Reversing Mexico City Policy

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: step 14- "On that clamorous mistress, the stomach"

16. The heart of gluttons dreams only of food and eatables, but the heart of those who weep dreams of judgment and castigation.   

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