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The New York Times had to correct their story about how a hypothetical New York couple’s taxes would go up … after it was shown that their taxes would actually go down.

Donald Trump’s tariffs on nations that cheat on trade agreements are exactly what he promised during the campaign.

The Trump Department of Justice will be giving the Operation Fast and Furious documents that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform failed for years to get the “transparent” Obama’s DOJ to produce.

The House Select Committee on Intelligence has begun investigating former Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s connection to the fake Trump-Russia dossier.

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The real reason for gun violence is not a lack of government control, but the fact that our souls and our society are desperately corrupt, sick, and immoral.

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Valerie Huber, the acting deputy assistant secretary for population affairs at HHS and longtime advocate of abstinence is now the final arbiter of which groups will receive federal family planning funds.

Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI will be canonized in 2018.

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Church History: Saints Sixtus and Lawrence

Saints Sixtus and Lawrence

Emperor Valerian had initially been peaceable toward the Christian Church. But in 257, after he had become paranoid that his friendliness had angered the gods, he instituted a violent persecution that lasted for three years and six months.

St. Sixtus II was elected to the papacy in secret on August 30, 257. He was known for being a “good and peaceful priest,” according to Pontius, his biographer.

On August 6, 258, imperial soldiers caught Pope Sixtus II celebrating an illegal Mass in a chapel in the catacombs. To prevent massacre of the faithful, Sixtus and his deacons surrendered. Sixtus was beheaded the same day.

Lawrence, one of his deacons, was martyred four days later, on August 10, 258. Legend has it that, while being grilled alive, he told his executioners, “Turn me over. I’m done on this side.”

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Catholic and Christian leaders reaffirm teaching

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Four prominent U.S. bishops joined leaders of other Christian traditions in publicly reaffirming the inherent beauty and reality of each person’s God-given sexuality.

Created Male and Female: An Open Letter from Religious Leaders – December 15, 2017

Dear Friends:

As leaders of various communities of faith throughout the United States, many of us came together in the past to affirm our commitment to marriage as the union of one man and one woman and as the foundation of society. We reiterate that natural marriage continues to be invaluable to American society.

We come together to join our voices on a more fundamental precept of our shared existence, namely, that human beings are male or female and that the socio-cultural reality of gender cannot be separated from one’s sex as male or female.

We acknowledge and affirm that all human beings are created by God and thereby have an inherent dignity. We also believe that God created each person male or female; therefore, sexual difference is not an accident or a flaw—it is a gift from God that helps draw us closer to each other and to God. What God has created is good. “God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Gen 1:27).

A person’s discomfort with his or her sex, or the desire to be identified as the other sex, is a complicated reality that needs to be addressed with sensitivity and truth. Each person deserves to be heard and treated with respect; it is our responsibility to respond to their concerns with compassion, mercy and honesty. As religious leaders, we express our commitment to urge the members of our communities to also respond to those wrestling with this challenge with patience and love.

Children especially are harmed when they are told that they can “change” their sex or, further, given hormones that will affect their development and possibly render them infertile as adults. Parents deserve better guidance on these important decisions, and we urge our medical institutions to honor the basic medical principle of “first, do no harm.” Gender ideology harms individuals and societies by sowing confusion and self-doubt. The state itself has a compelling interest, therefore, in maintaining policies that uphold the scientific fact of human biology and supporting the social institutions and norms that surround it.

The movement today to enforce the false idea—that a man can be or become a woman or vice versa—is deeply troubling. It compels people to either go against reason—that is, to agree with something that is not true—or face ridicule, marginalization, and other forms of retaliation.

We desire the health and happiness of all men, women, and children. Therefore, we call for policies that uphold the truth of a person’s sexual identity as male or female, and the privacy and safety of all. We hope for renewed appreciation of the beauty of sexual difference in our culture and for authentic support of those who experience conflict with their God-given sexual identity.

Go here to see the list of signees.

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/marriage/promotion-and-defense-of-marriage/created-male-and-female.cfm

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Hypocrites

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Big shock (not). These sexual abusers are also loudly public Catholic bashers.

HOLLYWOOD

Ben Affleck
Woody Allen
Alec Baldwin
Louis C.K.
David Letterman
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein

MEDIA

NPR news chief Michael Oreskes
NPR Chief News Editor David Sweeney
PBS and CBS host Charlie Rose
Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner
Atlantic magazine’s Leon Wieseltier

POLITICS

U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.)
U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)

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Hollywood should look to the Catholic Church

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Hollywood routinely mocks or mangles all things Catholic, but they really should look to how the Catholic Church in the United States changed itself to protect and defend the vulnerable from sexual abuse.

In the wake of the priest sex scandals of the early 2000s, the USCCB (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops) implemented a comprehensive system that requires every diocese and eparchy to:

  • Train all clergy, volunteers, staff, educators and children to identify and report abuse;
  • Run background checks on all adults with access to children;
  • Report all allegations to law enforcement;
  • Provide outreach and support for victims; and
  • Remove offenders from ministry and further access to children.

An annual audit is performed by an external firm to ensure dioceses are effectively implementing the system.

Last year, I ran the numbers and found that the current incidence of proven sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in the United States is a piddling .1%. That’s POINT one percent. The LOWEST estimated national average for American men in general is TEN times that.

IOW, children are statistically much safer with their parish priest than they are with their teachers, coaches, or dads. And I’d venture a guess that they’re a lot safer with teachers, coaches, or dads than they are with Hollywood producers and directors!

Source:

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/what-society-can-learn-from-the-catholic-church-regarding-child-protection-16312

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Why I’m no longer a “seamless garment” Catholic

When I was (a lot) younger, I thought the seamless garment thing was beautiful. As I grew in age, wisdom, and beauty ;o), I began to see the worm in the apple.

Seamless garment theology replaces Jesus with Left-wing Social Justice.

Jesus came to proclaim the gospel of God. He called us to repent, and believe in Him, not to vote Democrat.

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Within Catholic social teaching, there is a thing called the “hierarchy of truths.”

  • Intrinsic evils are at the tippy top of the list.
  • Affirmative obligations are lower down.

Seamless garment theology not only flips these around, but also gives priority to addressing affirmative obligations IN THE WAY THE LEFT PRESCRIBES.

Intrinsically Evil Acts — like abortion and euthanasia — can never be performed under any circumstances. It is a serious sin to deliberately endorse or promote any of these actions.

Affirmative Obligations — like relieving poverty — seek the common good. We should look to the Church’s rich history of social teaching and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in how we individually and collectively meet these challenges.

There’s no question that unemployment, poverty, homelessness, etc. pose serious threats to the dignity of human beings. Nevertheless, they are neither intrinsic evils nor subject to the simplistic so-called solutions the Left pushes on us.

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Pope Francis: Wrong Again

On October 11, 2017, Pope Francis said the Catechism of the Catholic Church should be revised to reflect his opinion that capital punishment is contrary to the Gospel.

He’s wrong. The teaching of the Church on the permissibly of capital punishment has stood for 20 centuries and it’s taken from Divine Revelation, which means it is infallible, and not subject to change, not even by a pope.

Read about it here:

https://onepeterfive.com/pope-francis-wrong-death-penalty-heres/

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They’re heretics, not Catholics

“Catholics for Choice” (CFC) is not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way and does not have permission to use the term “Catholic” in its name or literature. It has no membership and is funded by powerful private foundations to promote abortion as a method of population control.

You can't be Catholic and pro abortion

From The Catechism of the Catholic Church (excerpted):

2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception.

2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.

2272 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life.

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