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Sacrifice, Suffering, and Rick Santorum

  • He stands to the right of the Pope on contraception, but to whose benefit?
  • Rick Santorum On Opposition To Abortion In Cases Of Rape: 'Make The Best Out Of A Bad Situation'

Ivan Strenski, Religion Dispatches

"Bella makes us better," Santorum says, in a campaign video that tells the story of his daughter's illness.

The recent news photos of Rick Santorum tenderly cradling his stricken daughter, Isabella, touched my heart. A victim of Trisomy 18 or Edwards syndrome, Isabella suffers from a far graver condition than the better-known Down syndrome, who often live into their teens and beyond—Trisomy 18 children rarely survive the first week.

But as a fellow Catholic, the fate of such children shook me into some serious questioning about the relation among Rick Santorum’s religion, his public policies, and his personal family tragedies. And I wonder especially how Santorum’s version of Catholicism aligns with these policies.

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Rick Santorum On Opposition To Abortion In Cases Of Rape: 'Make The Best Out Of A Bad Situation', Huffington Post

Cardinal Edward Egan Just Withdrew His Apology For The Catholic Sex-Abuse Scandal

  • Bishop Egan ran a diocese that was notoriously dangerous for children. Contrary to his claim, during his twelve-year enthronement at Bridgeport, Egan repeatedly failed to investigate priests where there were obvious signs of abuse, according to The Hartford Courant. His diocese had to settle the cases and awarded victims some $12-15 million in damages.
  • 550 seeking restitution from Milwaukee Archdiocese

Michael Brendan Dougherty, Business Insider

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St. John Chrysostom, once said "The road to hell is paved with the skulls of bishops." Here's proof that he was right.

In an interview this week (Jan 5-11) with Connecticut Magazine, Cardinal Edward Egan, withdrew his 2002 apology for the Church's handling of the sex-abuse scandal, which was once read in all New York parishes.

A decade after that letter, the former archbishop of New York, and former bishop of Bridgeport, now describes the handling of the priest-abuse crisis under his watch as “incredibly good.” He said of the letter, "I never should have said that,” and added, “I don’t think we did anything wrong.”

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550 seeking restitution from Milwaukee Archdiocese, Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press / MSNBC
About 550 people are asking for restitution for alleged sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee — more than in any of the other U.S. dioceses that have filed for bankruptcy protection, according to a lawyer involved in the Milwaukee case.

 

Why Religious Conservatives Have Birth Control Benefits Wrong

In a country of alarmingly high unplanned pregnancy, American women need access to affordable birth control for economic and health reasons.

June Carbone and Naomi Cahn, AlterNet

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The Obama administration’s recent decision to require most religious-affiliated employers to cover birth control for their employees is good news for the women who work for religious employers and do not share the male hierarchy’s opposition to birth control. It is also good news for a country with the one of the highest unplanned pregnancy rates in the developed world.

More Than Just Using Condoms

Contraception, as every woman knows, is a system that depends on developing the right habits and getting consistent reinforcement from partners, parents and/or friends. In other words, effective contraception takes more work than simply remembering to use condoms. As a result, many women are more devoted to their gynecologists than other doctor in their lives – and gynecologists can be expensive. One of us visited hers after the birth of a third child. By the late thirties, pregnancy becomes riskier for mother and child and few families feel they can afford a fourth even on a law professor’s income. The gynecologist explained that methods of contraception that work for young women often don’t work as well after childbirth. The solution: an IUD. There was only one problem, the doctor sheepishly explained: It cost $400 and insurance wouldn’t cover it for an employee of a Catholic university. For a professional, $400 is not out of reach; for many women it is.

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What Kind of Christianity Is This?

Though founded by a pacifist, Christianity has justified some of the most brutal slaughters in human history, from the wars of the late Roman Empire to the Crusades to the Inquisition to world wars to genocides against “heathens,” Muslims and Jews. Yet, Gary G. Kohls says the essence of Christianity can still be reclaimed.

Gary G. Kohls, Consortium News

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Jesus delivering the Sermon on the Mount (painting by Carl Bloch)

From time to time, I read about condemnations of religion coming from non-religious groups, especially concerning the all-too-common violence perpetrated in the name of religious gods. Indeed there is plenty to condemn.

Altogether too many religions sects of both major and minor religions, despite verbally professing a desire for peace and justice in the world, are actually pro-war, pro-homicide and pro-violence in practice (or they may be silent on the subject, which is, according to moral theology, the same as being pro-violence).

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Christianity Is Not a Jewelry Store

  • Christianity is about loving; I believe that when you don't love then you're committing a slow suicide because there is nothing to nurture your soul. Love is L ife, O pportunity , V oice and E xpression. Wake up and find the strength to love your sons, daughters and others who are different; they are God's gifts to you and to our world, that's what Christianity is all about.
  • Gay marriage - a Lutheran leader's plea to Catholic bishops
  • The Gospel of the Penniless, Jobless, Marginalized and Despised

Milton Lee Norris, OpEdNews.com

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This article is about Christianity and Christians, real vs. so-called Christians. It speaks of Christianity as not being a jewelry store where people get to pick and chose whom they should love. It speaks of the rock b/w Christianity and God's love. It points out how Gays and the LGBT people aren't the real dilemma of the Christian Church but plainly how being evil and hateful are the real issues.

When I think of Christianity I think of God, love and goodness; when thinking of what doesn't fall into the realm of Christianity many other things enter my mind.   It comes to light that Christianity is not like going to a jewelry store or to an exclusive retail store; we don't get to pick and choose which way is the right way to love. We cannot go into a store and pick out people to love like diamonds, gold, silver, cell phones, PCs or any other electronic equipment; people are not things. Jesus' example of love is simple; "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."

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Gay marriage - a Lutheran leader's plea to Catholic bishops, Herbert W. Chilstrom, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune
May I share a word with all of you who now lead the Roman Catholic community of faith in Minnesota?

The Gospel of the Penniless, Jobless, Marginalized and Despised, Chris Hedges, Common Dreams

  • "If you are gonna worship somebody that was nailed to a tree, you must know that the life of a disciple of that person is not going to be easy. It will make you end up on that tree. And so in this sense, I just want to say that we have to take seriously the faith or else we will be the opposite of what it means.” --James Cone
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Bloomberg blasts use of anti-Muslim movie during NYPD training

The screening of the film inside the 36,000-member police department has been known for months, but police previously said only a few officers had seen it. They stopped showing the film after a trainee complained.

Chris Hawley,  Associated Press / Washington (DC) Post

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday (Jan 24) that New York police used "terrible judgment" in showing officers undergoing counterterrorism training a graphic, hard-hitting film that says Muslim extremists are bent on establishing a worldwide Islamic regime.

Bloomberg said police have stopped showing "The Third Jihad," a 72-minute documentary-style movie that has been branded inflammatory by some Muslim groups and was bankrolled, according to The New York Times, by a conservative group called the Clarion Fund.

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As Attacks on Planned Parenthood Aim for Sex-Ed Funding, Let's Remember How Bad Religious-Backed Abstinence Only Programs Are

  • Live Action and Lila Rose want to replace Planned Parenthood's sex-ed funding with false information and religious fundamentalist preaching.
  • In 2012 Bishops Join Fight to Repackage Discrimination as ‘Religious Freedom’

Andy KopsaAlterNet

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It is being reported that Live Action’s Lila Rose is planning the next step in her ongoing effort to defund Planned Parenthood: take away its sex-ed money. Rose is lamenting the fact that Planned Parenthood got federal money to implement evidence-based comprehensive sex education via PREP funding (Personal Responsibility Education Program).  

In preparation for what may eventually be another Lila Rose grainy expose trumpeted by the Right, it’s helpful to brush up on where millions of tax dollars are going to pay for sex “education” -- ineffective and stigmatizing abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.

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In 2012 Bishops Join Fight to Repackage Discrimination as ‘Religious Freedom’ Sarah Posner, Religion Dispatches

  • Don’t be surprised if the “religious freedom” argument finds its way into conservative arguments about “big government” in 2012. It’s not just for the religious right anymore.
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  • Catholic bishops assault health and religious freedom
     

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