7 Quick Takes Friday (set #14)

Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Without further ado:

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Support of Susan G. Komen is support for abortion. Last year, they passed along some of the money you gave them to Planned Parenthood to the tune of $7.5 million. Nancy Brinker, Komen’s founder, was a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood and and advisory board member. Komen theoretically restricts its funding. Do not let this claim confuse you for a moment, it simply frees Planned Parenthood to reallocate other funds to abortion.

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They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks Isaiah 2:4. Technology originally developed for the US Military has been adapted to enable some paralyzed people to once again walk:

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Denver’s Archbishop Chaput is an insightful shepherd. Recently he wrote a piece entitled Repentance and renewal in the mission of catechesis. It is all really good, particularly:

We need to really believe what we claim to believe. We need to stop calling ourselves “Catholic” if we don’t stand with the Church in her teachings – all of them. But if we really are Catholic, or at least if we want to be, then we need to act like it with obedience and zeal and a fire for Jesus Christ in our hearts. God gave us the faith in order to share it. This takes courage. It takes a deliberate dismantling of our own vanity. When we do that, the Church is strong. When we don’t, she grows weak. It’s that simple.

In a culture of confusion, the Church is our only reliable guide. So let’s preach and teach our Catholic beliefs with passion. And let’s ask God to make us brave enough and humble enough to follow our faith to its radical conclusions.

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The Most Rev. Raymond Burke (Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura and Archbishop Emeritus of St. Louis) was just named as a new cardinal. He commented recently at the Human Life International Prayer Congress, calling for public repentance of professed Catholic politicians who have supported abortion:

Turning to the issue of scandal within the Church, the archbishop said, “We find self-professed Catholics, for example, who sustain and support the right of a woman to procure the death of the infant in her womb, or the right of two persons of the same sex to the recognition which the State gives to a man and a woman who have entered into marriage. It is not possible to be a practicing Catholic and to conduct oneself publicly in this manner.”

To resounding applause Burke said, “When a person has publicly espoused and cooperated in gravely sinful acts, leading many into confusion and error about fundamental questions of respect for human life and the integrity of marriage and the family, his repentance of such actions must also be public.”

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What happens to your beloved pet after the Rapture? Eternal Earth-Bound Pets, USA offers a type of insurance if you live in one of the 24 states they serve. For $110, their network of certified atheists will rescue and care for your pet should the Rapture happen in the next 10 years.

They even have a complete FAQ. For example “Q: What if one of my family members are [is] left behind. Will you still take possession of my pet? A: That depends. When the rescuer arrives, if your loved one wants to retain possession of the pet, the pet stays in the home. We expect in these circumstances that the pet will offer the family member some comfort and stability given the trauma of what has occurred. If the family member prefers, we will adopt the pet per our contract.”

You can’t make this stuff up.

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President Obama has once again misquoted the Declaration of Independence. Our founding document says: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…”

This is now the third time he has chosen to omit “by their Creator.” One wonders who he thinks granted those rights. The government? Certainly one would assume that this Harvard educated lawyer would be familiar with the actual document establishing our sovereignty.

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Quote of the day:

The wise man’s understanding turns him to his right; the fool’s understanding turns him to his left.

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