Friday, December 24, 2010

Lifeissues Newsletter #506 clear thinking about crucial issues
(Due to volume of spam received, we're asking you not to reply to this message but instead send all correspondence to Thank you! Editor")
For clear thinking about crucial issues, visit

Dear Friends for Life,

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! will take a Christmas and New Year break from Dec. 27, 2010 to Jan. 7, 2011. Please remember our work at in your Christmas prayers as we remember you in ours!

God Bless,
Jerry Novotny, OMI

(A Thought) "Hear, O Thou Shepherd of Israel, Who dost above the cherubs dwell, Appear within Thine ancient home, Stir up Thy mighty power, and come!" - Saint Ambrose

**************************************** Newsletter #506
December 26, 2010



1. Prime-time TV trend of sexualizing underage girls
2. PP: abortions up, adoptions down, business good
3. On Janet Smith and Fr. Rhonheimer - Use of Codoms
4. 'Selective reduction' of twins on the rise
5. Worthless women, a 'Mary' Christmas
6. The First To Recognize Jesus -- An Unborn Child!
7. Good will toward (bad) men
8. Christmas fund aims to pay prisoners' fines
9. Pope never legitimized condoms in any circumstances
10. Pain in the Unborn and Newborn Child
11. Let's be clear: What is killed in an abortion?
12. Nazi war crimes provide lessons in medical ethics


(Christmas in Asia): "Churches in Tasikmalaya secured ahead to Christmas Eve" - Indonesia: As part of the security procedures, the police swept all parts of the churches to make sure that they were bomb-free when the Christians celebrated Christmas eve to night, he said.

"Hindu fundamentalist attacks on India's Christians mount as Christmas approaches" - On December 18, Hindu fundamentalists beat two dozen carolers, including young women, and took them to the police station in a Mumbai suburb, charging that by singing Christmas carols they had insulted Hindus.

"Pakistani Church leaders fear reprisals after Christmas-eve protests against blasphemy law" - Church leaders in Pakistan are calling for the postponement of demonstrations against the country's blasphemy laws, scheduled for December 24 and 31, for fear of a violent backlash by Islamic militants.


ITEM #1: New report shows prime-time TV trend of sexualizing underage girls

A new study showing that teen girls are depicted sexually on prime-time TV more than adults has critics condemning the trend as a sinister fixation on underage young women.


ITEM #2: Planned Parenthood reports: abortions up, adoptions down, business is good

The United State's largest single abortion provider, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), has released their 2008-2009 Annual Report, but have omitted to say how many abortions were performed, adoptions referred, or prenatal clients seen by its affiliates for that period. However, a factsheet released by PPFA in September indicates that in 2008 the number of abortions increased from the previous year to 324,008. In contrast, the number of prenatal clients was 9,433, while the number of adoption referrals to other agencies was 2,405.


ITEM #3: On Janet Smith and Fr. Rhonheimer - Use of Codoms

As I read the interesting piece by Fr. Rhonheimer, I could not help but sense behind his explanations the confusing "moral theory" of "proportionalism" espoused many years ago by Fr. Richard McCormick (of "pre-embryo" fame), Charles Curran et al, and taught for so long in Catholic seminaries and Catholic universities. Note that "proportionalism" was finally formally rejected in the 1993 encyclical Veritatis splendor. "Proportionalism" uses only the intentions and the circumstances to determine the morality of a human action. It does not acknowledge any human actions that are by their very nature, per se, good or evil.


ITEM #4: 'Selective reduction' of twins on the rise

The "selective reduction" of twins by abortion is on the rise in Canada, according to anecdotal evidence in a recent National Post article. In "selective reduction," parents who believe that they are unable to raise twins choose to abort one of them.


ITEM #5: Worthless women, a 'Mary' Christmas

It doesn't matter if you're drop dead gorgeous or not, these situations happen to all women that throw away purity. So many of us don't realize we are daughters of the King. We have value, we are cherished, we were created to love and be loved, but so few of us are. There are no worthless women, there are only women that don't realize their own worth.


ITEM #6: The First To Recognize Jesus -- An Unborn Child!

My daughter Chloe who has Down syndrome belongs to a group of unborn children who are indentified, targeted and eliminated prenatally at a rate of 90+%.


ITEM #7: Good will toward (bad) men

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men...Therefore being justified [legally cleared of guilt] by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace [good will] wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God...This gift is for you - if you'll receive it.


ITEM #8: Christmas fund aims to pay prisoners' fines

Colombo's Catholic Prison Ministry has launched a fundraising campaign to assist poor prisoners who are in jail because they cannot pay small fines. Up to 7,000 prisoners are held in Sri Lankan prisons because they are unable to pay small fines of 1,000 to 3000 rupees (US$10-13), usually for minor offenses such as street fighting or selling illicit alcohol.


ITEM #9: Vatican reaffirms, Pope never legitimized condoms in any circumstances

Pope Benedict XVI did not approve the use of condoms for any reason, whether to prevent the spread of AIDS or for contraception in any circumstances, a new note  from the Vatican's doctrinal office has said. In a statement issued today, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, an office the pope himself headed for 24 years, has said that following the release of certain sections of the new interview book "Light of the World" "a number of erroneous interpretations have emerged."


ITEM #10: Pain in the Unborn and Newborn Child

When I had my first baby forty years ago, I was told that he could not feel or "register" pain like adults.


ITEM #11: Let's be clear: What is killed in an abortion? Learn how to clarify the issue

Choice, privacy, reproductive freedom. Bodily autonomy. Rape, incest. Teen pregnancy, economic hardship. Back-alley abortions. Overpopulation. Crime and child abuse. These are some of the things people talk about when they discuss the ethics of abortion. But none of them is relevant to deciding whether abortion is morally right or wrong. Author and speaker Greg Koukl uses a helpful illustration.


ITEM #12: Nazi war crimes provide lessons in medical ethics

German physicians and scientists helped carry out the regime's policies. What can today's doctors learn from this tragic history?



1. BE INFORMED: "My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6. Visit Website for insights into current Life Issues Access to all prior Newsletters is located in the Archives on main page.

2. PRAY DAILY: for the courage to be God's presence in society and to strongly support those who are deemed "unworthy of life". "If My people who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

3. BECOME INVOLVED: Several years ago Fr. Jerry created a project entitled, "Journey for Life into the Heart of Asia". The project appeals for donations to help finance plane travel for lectures and seminars to developing countries in Asia. Strong focus is centered on reaching Asian Catholic Major Seminaries, Universities, Parishes, Hospitals and Family/Pro Life related groups. The lectures place emphasis on "The Asian Family at Crossroads: Life Issues, Trends and Challenges".

For information about no-cost Pro Life Talks to your group in Asia: contact Fr. Jerry at

To become a supportive Missionary participant for this Asian project, kindly send your donations to:

** Fr. Jerry Novotny, OMI

**, Editor

** Akebono-cho 1-15-9

** Kochi City, Japan, 780-8072

(or transfer donation directly to ProLife bank account: Jerome Novotny, Shikoku Bank, Asakura Branch, No. 102-1-0080824)


Get a weekly dose of clear thinking: subscribe to our free Lifeissues newsletter! Sign up at Pass this free service to your friends and various groups.


Contact EDITOR:

Jerry Novotny, OMI

Akebono-cho 1-15-9

Kochi City, Japan, 780-8072

[tel/fax: 088-843-0406]


["Due to volume of spam received, we're asking you not to reply to this message but instead send all correspondence to Thank you! Editor"]


Websites by Editor:

English LifeIssues Site:,

Japanese LifeIssues Site:,

OMI Site: