Tuesday, February 26, 2013

ALL Pro-Life Today: A Brilliant Teacher Steps Down from the Papacy

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
A Brilliant Teacher Steps Down from the Papacy
By Judie Brown
As the Church prepares for the election of a new pope, we reflect upon the inspiring works and teachings of Pope Benedict XVI. We thank God for his service and his dedication to our faith and to the people of the world. We continue to pray for him as he leaves the papacy, and we pray for the cardinals as they choose a new pope. 

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American Family Association files lawsuit against 
HHS mandate
Citizen Link
A large nonprofit Christian organization in Mississippi filed a lawsuit on Friday against the Obama administration's mandate requiring it to provide possible abortion-inducing drugs in its employee health plans. The American Family Association (AFA) in Tupelo says the mandate violates its religious freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and federal law. AFA faces mounting fines if it chooses not to comply. "As a religious ministry, AFA strongly believes in the right to life and that the killing of unborn children violates the [5th] Commandment," Jeff Mateer, general counsel for the Liberty Institute, told CitizenLink. "They've been quite outspoken on life issues. Now they're being told by the federal government they need to include coverage for possible abortion-inducing drugs that violate their religious beliefs."

Demographic disaster looms for America
National Catholic Register
Insect biologist Paul Ehrlich's 1968 bestseller, The Population Bomb, warned that millions of people would starve to death in the 1970s because there were too many human beings for the planet to support. Consequently, Ehrlich advocated draconian measures----forced sterilizations of Indian men, the addition of "sterilants" to American drinking water and a reduction of human numbers to an "optimum" world population of 1-2 billion. His book instantly became the bible of environmentalists and politicians who have crusaded against overpopulation ever since and the rocket fuel propelling population-control initiatives and the notion that big families and babies are dangerous to human survival. But the population bomb fizzled. Ehrlich failed to take into account human innovation, mostly in agriculture and public health, and, today, population scientists are almost unanimously worried instead about demographic winter----a term they use to describe the chill of a baby bust and a rapidly graying global population.

An awful loss, a beautiful life, a daunting task
Washington Examiner
Nothing can prepare you for seeing your one-year-old nephew in a casket. Nothing can take away his parents' agony. And nobody could have expected how much good work this helpless baby would do in 14 months. John Paul Kilner was born with an advanced case of spinal muscular atrophy. Nearly paralyzed at birth, his body deteriorated further as he grew. Daily saving the life of an immobile kid with a fatal disease raises some fundamental questions. What is the point of such a life? Which raises the prior question: What is the purpose of any life?