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Free During Lent: The Bible and the Sacraments Online Bible Study

Free During Lent: The Bible and the Sacraments Online Bible Study

 "Finding their institution in Christ and their origin in salvation history
 [the Sacraments] are God's gift of life to His children."
• St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

Deepen your knowledge of the Sacraments this Lenten season, 2017, with the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology's The Bible and the Sacraments, a free, online video scripture study. This 11-lesson course is a part of their Journey Through Scripture series.

Wednesday Roundup: 2016.09.21

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Feminist Embraces Chastity
S. Brinkmann, Women Of Grace, September 12, 2016
  • Article includes link to original op-ed in the Washington Post.
  • 32-year-old businesswoman and virgin.
  • Says she's "never been happier."
  • "Maybe they realize that a condom doesn't protect the heart, and that true love is something worth waiting for and fighting for."
  • "Chastity is a lifestyle, centered on freedom and love, that challenges all people to love themselves and to love others in the most perfect way possible."

Cosmo Learns About the Church's Consecrated Virgins
Kathy Schiffer, National Catholic Register, September 16, 2016
  • "The story of Carmen Briceno, daughter of a diplomat"
  • In the first centuries A.D. of the Catholic Church "women made private vows to belong fully to Christ and not marry. These were the early virgin martyrs like Agatha and Lucy, who were executed for not wanting to marry Roman citizens because they were already vowed to God. They lived [with] their families and dedicated themselves to works of mercy in their community. They loved the Lord so much they wanted to give all of themselves to Him."

St. Agatha, virgin & martyr. Patroness of breast cancer patients. (Catholic Culture, EWTN, New Advent)

St. Lucy, virgin & martyr. Patroness of eye disease, blind people. (Catholic CultureEWTN, New Advent)


Bishops rebuke "Catholics for Choice" for Deceptive Ad Supporting Abortion
Kathy Schiffer, Seasons Of Grace, September 15, 2016
  • "... Despite what is implied by its name, Catholics for Choice ... has no affiliation with" the Catholic Church, but is "financed by grants from ... secular organizations pushing a pro-abortion agenda."
  • "The misguided campaign of the so-called 'Catholics for Choice' ... misrepresents the moral guidance of our Church.
  • "Nor is it clear why this small activist group insists on describing itself as 'Catholics' when it apparently declines to embrace and live the principles of the Catholic faith." [emphasis mine]
  • "Someone cannot call themselves a Catholic, yet reject the sanctity of life by active support of abortion."
  • "The ad also offers a false choice between caring for women and caring for the unborn. We must love them both."
  • "CFC is not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way. It has no membership .... It is funded by powerful private foundations to promote abortion as a method of population control."


Catholic Culture's site review of Catholics For Choice (aka Catholics For Free Choice). They give the CFC site a rating of Red (Danger), and provide examples of why.

Per Our Lady's Warriors, Bishop Bruskewitz excommunicated those Catholics in his Diocese who belong to this group. (Scroll down to Catholics for a Free Choice.)



STUDY: Religion contributes more to the U.S. economy than Facebook, Google and Apple combined
Julie Zauzmer, *The Washington Post, September 15, 2016
  • Appeared in Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion
  • Faith-based enterprises such as hospitals, schools, charities, gospel musicians, halal food makers: over $378 billion a year (not including Christmas shopping)!
  • "The largest chunk of that $378 billion tally comes from faith-based health-care systems."
  • "Religious charities also contribute to the economy....The study counted 17 more faith-based charities, all among Forbes's 50 biggest charities in America..."
  • "Almost all the charities are Christian, except for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee..."
  • "Religious revenues also include faith-based colleges and universities..."
  • "...Christian book industry, sales of Christian music, the Christian cable networks EWTN [Catholic] and CBN"
  • Traditional kosher foods (but not included were the certified kosher products that mostly non-Jews purchase), halal foods.

(STUDIES) Studies find LGBT youth more likely to use drugs, smoke, drink, engage in risky behavior
Mark Hodges, LifeSiteNews, September 15, 2016
  • 15 researchers "poured over the U.S. Center for Disease Control's Youth Risk Behavior Survellance System"


LA model pressured to have abortion by Hamill family of 'Star Wars' fame
John Henry Westen and Elisabeth Fritz, LifeSiteNews, September 15, 2016
  • As "countless testimonies from post-abortive women attest, the pressure exerted on women to kill their children -- by husbands or boyfriends, and even their own families -- is often so extreme as to make the word 'choice' a mockery."
  • "...Nathan insisted that she abort even though she resisted, in part due to the trauma she had experienced from a previous abortion"
  • "... Nathan would not accept adoption as an option when she suggested it, calling the proposal 'selfish'."
  • Nathan's parents, Mark Hamill and wife Marilou, "also pressured Maegan to try another abortion..."
  • "Mark told me it was just crazy to bring a child into the world that no one wanted. No one asked me if I wanted her..." (emphasis mine)
  • The Hamills tricked her into an abortion consultation while overseas
  • Marilou (Hamill) told her that her only option was abortion, and "With baby, you won't see [Nathan]; without baby, you will."

Regenerate(d) 2016 Conference

If you or someone you know will be in the Niagara Falls, Canada area on Saturday, November 19, you'll want to be at the Regenerate(d) 2016 Conference!

Register by Wednesday, October 19, 2016 to purchase discounted tickets.

Featuring dynamic talks from international Catholic speakers Branches Catholic Ministries invites you to join them as this year's speakers address modern-day "Eucharistic miracles and the scientific evidence for these supernatural events, challenge our understanding of the Mass, and how a relationship with our Blessed Mother undergirds everything." On this year's agenda:
  • Signs from God
  • Jesus is Really Here: How to explain the Eucharist to anyone
  • This is My Body: Mary and the Eucharist
  • Miracles and Their Meaning
  • and more

All are welcome to this event.

Called To Communion: 2016.09.14

What's stopping you from becoming Catholic?

Called To Communion is a live, listener-participated radio program. Whether you are a non-Catholic or a Catholic, you are invited to contact the show with your question. Host David Anders, Ph.D., is a former Protestant (Presbyterian Church in America).

Visit their Web site at www.CalledToCommunion.com.
This page of their site has a list of various ways you can listen to and participate in the show.

Questions answered on this episode, with some links related to their answers, are below the video.

Wednesday Roundup: 2016.09.14

UPDATED: 2017.03.23

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Abortion facility files for bankruptcy after losing $6.5 million lawsuit for botched aboriton
(USA) Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews, September 6, 2016
  • Englewood Women's Services in New Jersey
  • "[A]ssociated with notorious abortionist Steven Brigham"
  • "Brigham's license has been suspended or revoked in multiple states"
  • Several of Brigham's facilities were shut down "for a long record of misconduct, including botched abortions, defiance of abortion laws, tax evasion, and the death of a patient"
  • Lost his New Jersey license in 2014

CNN: Special report features hundreds of women who regret their abortions
Kristi Burton Brown, *Live Action, March 8, 2013


"Jesus' Wife" Claim Exposed as a Whopping Fraud
Glenn Stanton, National Catholic Register, September 12, 2016
  • Dr. Karen King and her Harvard colleagues failed to investigate the provenance -- trail of ownership -- of the document ...
  • ... but investigative reporter Ariel Sabar did, and found that ...
  • ... the man who gave the papyrus to "Harvard's Karen King", Walter Fritz, "was a fraud of biblical proportions" and serial liar
  • Fritz admitted his fraud to Sabar.
  • (You'll have to read the full news article to find out the crazy thing Fritz did next.)

The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus's Wife
Ariel Sabar, *The Atlantic, July/August 2016

Karen King Responds to 'The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus's Wife'
Ariel Sabar, *The Atlantic, June 16, 2016


Discoverer of HIV said the pill led to the AIDS epidemic
John-Henry Weston, LifeSiteNews, September 9, 2016
  • Nobel Prize winner Luc Montagnier.
  • In 1986, speaking at a press conference in Venezuela, Montagnier said the AIDS virus is "very old: we have blood samples from the 30s."
  • In the same press conference he stated the pill enabled the AIDS virus to spread suddenly to epidemic proportions.
  • How? By its effect of "causing a surge of promiscuity from the 60s to the 80s and promiscuity quickly leads to" homosexual sexual practices. [AIDS was primarily found in the homosexual community.]
  • Montagnier told Christine Vollmer, his interpreter at the time, that "[i]t is entirely possible" that the depopulation of Rome in the early centuries A.D. was related to AIDS.


Midwife: Babies at 16-17 weeks survived abortions and were left to die
Sarah Terzo, Live Action, September 13, 2016
  • June 2015, "The European Center for Law and Justice released a document entitled 'Late Term Abortion & Neonatal Infanticide in Europe: Petition for the Rights of Newborns Surviving Their Abortion'."
  • "The document featured testimonies of midwives, medical students, and doctors who witnessed babies born alive after abortions gone wrong."
  • "These babies were either neglected and allowed to die without medical treatment or killed by the direct actions of medical staff."
  • 25% of all children aborted at 16-17 weeks will survive the abortion and then be killed outside the womb.
  • Ironically, there are laws dealing with the humane killing of animals, including their fetuses, because they are "sentient" creatures that can feel pain.
  • Human babies can be killed by dismemberment and mutilation, but animals must be killed humanely. 


Jan Bentz, LifeSiteNews, September 7, 2016
  • Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer (biostatistician, epidemiologist)
  • Dr. Paul R. McHugh (distinguished service professor, Department of Psychiatry, John Hopkins University School of Medicine)
  • Their report is published in The New Atlantis
  • Integrated biological, psychological, social data
  • Heterosexuals are 2-3 x less likely to have been sexually abused in childhood compared with same-sex attracted individuals
  • The results debunk the pseudo-scientific arguments often touted

(SCIENTIFIC REVIEW) Lawrence S. Mayer and Paul R. McHugh, "Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological , Psychological, and Social Sciences", *The New Atlantis, Number 50, Fall 2016.

*American College of Pediatricians
  • Sexuality Issues (A list of their articles and other resources on the scientific facts.)


(STUDY) Study links pill to decrease in ovarian cancer deaths, but...
Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews, September 9, 2016
  • [The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the pill as a Group 1 carcinogen, the same group as arsenic and asbestos.]
  • The researchers also believe there could be other factors of causation such as: decrease in hormone replacement therapy (HRT), better diagnosis and treatment.
  • "Hormonal contraception still increases the risk of many other types of cancer" and other medical conditions though:
    • blood clots
    • brain shrinkage
    • breast cancer
    • cervical cancer
    • Crohn's disease
    • death
    • drop in bone density
    • dry sockets
    • fertility damage
    • hair loss
    • hardening of the arteries
    • liver cancer
    • miscarriage
    • stroke

Gardasil Researcher Admits Vaccine May Be More Dangerous than the Disease
Thaddeus M. Baklinski, LifeSiteNews, October 28, 2009

When Does A Human Life Begin?

That a human life begins at conception is not a religious dogma but is a scientific fact.

It is also a scientific fact that an organism cannot be anything other than what its parents are: a male and a female giraffe cannot procreate a tree any more than a male and a female human can procreate any kind of a non-human.

"Adult, teenage, child, infant, fetus, embryo, blastocyst, zygote: these are all stages of development in the life of" a human person (quote from the video below, emphasis mine).

The YouTube page of the video has a transcript if you would rather read the information.

Pop 101―Poverty: Where We All Started

This video from the Population Research Institute[1] is very eye-opening. The fourth in their series, it speaks about poverty and why population control has not and cannot eliminate it.

Watch the video below then click here to view the research and the proof.[2] Overpopulation is a myth.