7 Quick Takes Friday (set #133)

This week: Another excellent video from Chris Stefanick, this time looking at The Separation of Church and State. Bishop Morlino (Madison) reflects on Pope Francis’ first year and reality vs. media twisted sound-bytes. Cardinal Burke explains that doctrine will not be changed (duh, but many are being led otherwise). If you are carrying a downs baby, thinking about his/her quality of life, and struggling with your “choice..”. watch this. Hospitals in the UK have a green solution for aborted and miscarried babies. A short documentary on St. Peter’s (Omaha) restoration. Stephen Colbert making inroads where few others have.

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Chris Stefanick continues his series of excellent videos. While it has been said many times before, the fact remains that many people (people YOU know and love) simply do not understand State vs. Church. They assume something that was never the understanding until very recent times, something that is very wrong, something whose fruits will be very poor.

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Bishop Robert C. Morlino briefly reflects on Pope Francis’ first year. He does a great job explaining the substance of our Holy Father vs. the media’s agenda with out-of-context sound-bytes. Bishop Morlino is an excellent shepherd, here and in general.

Spotted by Fr. Z

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Changing doctrine is something no pope can do. Nor can they do it just in practice via word games, if not officially. Moreover, Pope Francis is a faithful Catholic so it simply will not happen. These facts do not slow liberals, even a stray bishop or two, from suggesting otherwise. Many have corrected the notion. Here is Cardinal Raymond Burke (Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura) on the topic:

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You are devastated, hearing your unborn child will have down syndrome. Doctors, friends and even relatives have advised you to “terminate” “it.” You are scared and don’t want your child to suffer. Dear Mom…

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The radical left is all about reducing man’s footprint on the planet, especially by reducing the existence of man. They too are all about green initiatives – again the primacy of what is good for the planet. News this week is about a new win/win on both counts. Step (1) abort babies in volume then step (2) use their bodies as fuel to heat hospitals.

The Telegraph reports that the remains of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were used in this most inhuman plan. Words fail. Read about it in Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals. This is no joke.

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I previously covered the rebuilding and restoration of St. Peter’s in Omaha (here). It is a wonderful story. EWTN will soon broadcast a new half-hour special on their efforts, or you can watch it right here:

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Speaking regularly to, and apparently loved by, a young demographic – Stephen Colbert connects to people where they are. Often they are anti-religion, especially Catholicism, and receptive toward atheist and secular viewpoints.

Somehow he still reaches them while making a lot of good points. I can’t think of anyone else like him. Here he actually *mocks atheism*, they listen and love it!

Spotted by Matt Fradd

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. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!

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