Archive for October, 2013

October 29, 2013 – Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

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No sub-set of America has suffered the “culture of death” more than African-Americans. Their children are targeted for abortion, their women are taken advantage of and their families are suffering due to fatherlessness, poverty, and poor education. Of course, these are not independent variables–they feed each other. What can be done to reverse this tragedy?

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Portland Oregon and a full-time Catholic evangelist. He was raised Catholic ans spent 4 years in a Benedictine seminary. Now he is married to Colleen and they are parents to 4 children.

Deacon Herald has been on EWTN, travels extensively giving retreats and lectures on the family, the culture and the challenges facing the Catholic Church in America. He is outspoken in his conviction that contraception and abortion are devastating the family, society and the Church.

I pray that Deacon Harold will have some practical evangelization tips that apply to all Americans. We need to build up our parishes. We need new life in abundance. Three of every four self-professed Catholics do not regularly attend Mass. What will it take for them to come back? What can we do to help them?

October 22, 2013 – Clarke Forsythe

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Clarke Forsythe is currently Senior Counsel for AUL and author of Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade, from Encounter Books. His twenty-seven years of service to AUL includes founding and directing the AUL Project in Law & Bioethics, serving for six years as Vice President and General Counsel, overseeing AUL’s nationwide litigation and legislation strategy, and serving as President for ten years.
He also wrote Politics for the Greatest Good: The Case for Prudence in the Public Square, making the case for persistence and incremental victories as a prudential, ethical and realistic path to achieving significant change.
Forsythe has argued cases before federal and state courts and has testified before Congress and state legislatures. He is also a prolific writer on pro-life law issues, having published more than 15 law review articles and book chapters, as well as articles in First Things, the Wall Street Journal, and National Review Online. Other leading newspapers that have published his articles or quoted him include The New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Times, the Washington Post,Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal. Clarke blogs frequently on “The Road to Roe”
In 2006, Forsythe received an M.A. in Bioethics from Trinity International University.
Clarke has a law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Allegheny College.

Preliminary Discussion “Abuse of Discretion” is a legal phrase meaning, A failure to take into proper consideration the facts and law relating to a particular matter; an arbitrary or unreasonable departure from precedent and settled judicial custom. Where a trial court must exercise discretion in deciding a question, it must do so in a way that is not clearly against logic and the evidence. An improvident exercise of discretion is an error of law and grounds for reversing a decision on appeal. It does not, however, necessarily amount to bad faith, intentional wrong, or misconduct by the trial judge.

Abuse of Discretion… is based on 20 years of research, including an examination of the papers of eight of the nine Justices who voted in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Abuse of Discretion is a critical review of the behind-the-scenes deliberations that went into the Supreme Court’s abortion decisions and how the mistakes made by the Justices in 1971-1973 have led to the turmoil we see today in legislation, politics, and public health. The first half of the book looks at the mistakes made by the Justices, based on the case files, the oral arguments, and the Justices’ papers. The second half of the book critically examines the unintended consequences of the abortion decisions in law, politics, and women’s health.

Why do the abortion decisions remain so controversial after almost 40 years, despite more than 50,000,000 abortions, numerous presidential elections, and a complete turnover in the Justices? Why did such a sweeping decision-with such important consequences for public health, producing such prolonged political turmoil-come from the Supreme Court in 1973?

Answering those questions is the aim of this book. The controversy over the abortion decisions has hardly subsided, and the reasons why are to be found in the Justices’ deliberations in 1971-1972 that resulted in the unprecedented decision they issued.

Will these abuses eventually lead to overturning Roe and Doe?

October 08, 2013 – Dana Cody

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There are very many assaults on the Culture of Life in America in this Respect Life month of October, 2013. I am very pleased to offer you another valiant warrior working to stem the tide in California (fighting authorizing non-physicians to do abortions), Birmingham (closing abortion mills), and all over (securing freedom of speech rights near abortion mills).

Dana is the attorney President and Executive Director of Life Legal Defense Foundation, based in California. She spend her days traveling from court to court using the law to protect children and their mothers from the gross abuse of abortion and its aftermath. She will be telling us what she does and how she came to her convictions.

The Affordable Care Act is now being implemented against the wishes of many/most Americans. I’ll be asking Dana about the status of the hundreds of lawsuits that are attempting to halt this assault on our religious freedom and true health care.

October 1, 2013 – James and Kathleen Littleton

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James and Kathleen Littleton are the co-founders of Forming Faithful Families. They offer a parish-based multi-session program by that title. However, the program that caught my attention was their approach for encouraging married couples to be open to another child–”one more baby for Jesus”. As the Director of “One More Soul”, I’m always on the hunt for materials and ideas for helping couples be open to life. After all, if we are to have a Culture of Life, we need more LIFE–more babies–lots more.

James and Kathleen Littleton, are parents of nineteen children, fourteen living on earth, ages twenty-seven to six, and five living in heaven. (And they regretfully started their marriage out as contracepting, nominal Catholics.) They are Catholic reverts, speakers, spiritual guides, radio guests, regular columnists for Catholic.net, and co-authors of Better by the Dozen, Plus Two, subtitled Anecdotes and a Philosophy of Life from a Family of Sixteen, Better by the Dozen Plus Two, Part Two, subtitled Lessons Learned Through Loss and Leukemia by Kathleen Littleton (2012), and Healed Through Cancer by James Littleton (2012), available at their website Forming Faithful Families.

I am certain that you will find their life story fascinating. How does a couple get from a contraceptive mentality to a providential mentality culminating in 19 children? I need to know that. And, I think we all do if we are going to be evangelists in the United States of America