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The parallel declines of the family and the Christian Religion in the West (Europe and North America) has long fascinated academicians and sociologists. The debate has typically been over whether family decline caused religion decline, or religion’s decline caused family decline. In How the West Really Lost God, Mary Eberstadt makes the case for religion and family being so intertwined that neither can change without a consequent change in the other.
This influence of family on religion, Mary calls the “Family Factor”–the active effect that family participation has on religious belief and practice.
The American Catholic Church has certainly been in decline for several decades as manifested by closed schools and parishes, fewer vocations to priesthood and religious life, and a mere 25% of Catholics attending weekend Mass.
Family decline is equally evident in the 50% divorce rate, 40% out-of-wedlock birth rate, push for same-sex “marriage”, and the continuing abortion of one out of every four pregnancies. Can Mary convince us that these facts are intertwined?
What does the future hold for the institutions of family (marriage and children), and Church? Mary offers two possibilities–one pessimistic, another optimistic? What do you think? More Churches closing, even smaller families, or a rebirth, a new evangelization, and stable families?
That is the title of a recent symposium at Biola University in California, and it is our topic of the day on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”. I had not heard of “stealth” euthanasia until Katie Short alerted me to this event. Katie is a wife, mother, and staff attorney with Life Legal Defense Foundation in California. She participated in this symposium; she will be our Guest today.
Stealth–not disclosing one’s true ideology, affiliations, or positions–euthanasia is the intentional killing of vulnerable humans by covert means while projecting an image of loving care. It can happen in home, hospital, or hospice. The killer/s may be family members, medical personnel, or other “care” providers. The hospice industry is a mixture of truly compassionate and ethical care providers and rogue organizations/individuals whose primary focus is on money. Why is “hospice” one of the fastest growing industries in America?
This is too huge a topic to be covered in 50 minutes, but today we can open the subject and provide some guidance to those who are entrusted with the care of a loved one.
All pro-lifers (actually all Americans) should know that African-American (A-A) babies are targeted for abortion by Planned Parenthood, and the abortion industry as a whole. In other words, the legacy of Margaret Sanger and racism continues into the 21st Century. We should all know that a disproportionate share of abortions is done on A-A women. Is abortion so acceptable in the A-A culture? Are there A-A leaders trying to stop this genocide?
Yes! There are many truly great A-A pro-life leaders and we are blessed to have Day Gardner as our Guest Tuesday the 26th. She made history as Miss Delaware when she became the first black woman to be named as a semi-finalist of the internationally renowned Miss America Pageant, breaking through numerous racial and stereotypical roadblocks for others to follow.
Today, Gardner is the founder and President of The National Black Pro Life Union, Associate Director of National Pro Life Center on Capitol Hill and an executive member of the National
Clergy Council. She is a sought after speaker, author and an articulate spokesperson for the pro-life movement.
Albuquerque (ABQ) New Mexico is the late-term-abortion capital of the USA because there are virtually no restrictions on abortion in New Mexico. That may change today (Tuesday, 19 November) because the good people of ABQ signed enough petitions to get a”Pain Capable Abortion Ban” on the ballot for today’s election. If this passes, ABQ may be the only city in America with a municipal ordinance restricting abortion.
ABQ is thus the current location for pro-life forces to gather. Do you remember the Texas State legislature battles over pro-life legislation in Austin this past summer, and the Kermit Gosnell trial in Pennsylvania earlier this year?
Tara Shaver and friends are leading the effort to ban abortions of pain capable children–20 weeks post-fertilization–in Albuquerque. I encourage you to listen to this amazing development–opening a new front in the battle to protect pre-born children and their mothers–by way of a municipal ordinance. How did this young mother get involved? Who are her allies? What national attention is focused on ABQ today? And will this new approach be spreading to your city? Are you willing to be in the fight for life in your home town?
Darcy Hemstad, RN, helps women and their husbands be healthy so they can be parents. To my way of thinking, infertility is not the disease but rather a symptom of some unhealthy condition/s in either the male, the female, or both. Again, to my way of thinking, there are three different ways that gynecological problems are treated: a) relief of symptoms by prescribing the birth control pill–typical gynecologist, b) diagnose and treat underlying problems with surgery and hormone therapy, primarily progesterone–NaProTechnology protocols established by Dr Tom Hilgers, and c) ART–Artificial Reproductive Technologies that ignore the underlying problems by resort to immoral human creation in the laboratory.
But Darcy has another way for treating gyn problems that indicate ill health and dysfunction including infertility. Her approach uses a combination of Billings Ovulation Method Charting and dietary changes to foster general good health, including natural fertility.
Every woman has experienced gyn problems or knows someone who has gyn problems, including infertility. I believe you will be amazed by her patient’s success testimonials, which you can see at thefertilitygirl.com
This week (as last week with Deacon Harold) we have a Radio Maria presenter as our Guest on the Quest. Fr Loya’s program–Beyond the Veil–is immediately before “The Quest . . .”. Every week when I call in I enjoy the tail end of “Beyond the Veil”. What I especially like about Fr Loya is his complete understanding of contraception’s disruption of families, society and the Church. I have asked Father to help us understand this phenomenon of the broader impact of contraception on our culture.
Because he is a Byzantine priest, we can learn something about the Orthodox branch of Christianity and efforts to reunite East and West so the Church may breath with both lungs–what a concept! What have recent popes done to reverse the Great Schism of 1054? What issues divide us? Why not unity?
Fr Loya promotes and teaches the Theology of the Body through the Tabor Life Institute. Thus he is one of many TotB teachers that have their own slant on blessed John Paul II’s work, and naturally there are some differences of interpretation and approach. If we have time we want to get Father’s perspective on these differences.
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?
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?