Saturday is the third anniversary of 9/11. There will be much media coverage of that tragic day, one of those that makes us each remember where we were, who we were with, and what we were doing when the news of a plane, then a second, hit the Twin Towers in Manhattan, and the Pentagon and the crash in a Pennsylvania field.
Our Only Security Is Faith
I was in the dentist chair when a worker said a plane had hit one of the towers. By the time I got to my office I knew that America was vulnerable, and that nothing would ever be the same again. We had lost our feeling of security. Two oceans weren’t enough. The enemy had reached our shores.
Terrorism has become an international threat we all live with daily. So we must reconsecrate ourselves to the Divine Protector, the only One who can save our country and our world and our souls.
It is not just terrorists who want to kill us, but it is the Devil, who, as St. Peter says, “goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, whom resist ye, fortes in fide — “strong in faith.” Our living, active faith in God is ultimately our only security.
Third Judge Overturns PBA Ban
The third Federal Judge, in Lincoln, NB, has ruled that the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act is unconstitutional. No surprise. U. S. District Judge Richard Kopf uses the same tired excuse — no exception for health of the mother.
Pro-abort lawyers say the Supreme Court will let these judges rulings stand, while pro-life attorneys say the high court probably will review an act of Congress negated by the courts.
Loyola To Honor Pro-Abort Madigan
Even though the U. S. Council of Catholic Bishops warned last July that Catholic institutions should not honor public officials who defy Catholic fundamental moral principles and should not give them awards, honors or a platform, Chicago’s Loyola University School of Law is giving it’s St. Robert Bellarmine Award to pro-abortion, pro-gay-rights Illinois Attorney General Lisa M. Madigan.
Madigan threatened as Attorney General to investigate crisis pregnancy centers for not offering abortion. As state senator she voted against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. Loyola is honoring Madigan for her contributions to the legal profession and to the Loyola School of Law. Francis Cardinal George is well aware of this situation, and Catholics are praying that he will intervene.
Trib Editor Defends Use of Graphic Pictures
The Chicago Tribune‘s Don Wycliff has an insightful column in Thursday’s paper, dealing with complaints the Tribune got for printing a picture of Russian school children killed last week. Wycliff says they knew there would be plenty of protest letters, calls and e-mails. The picture was called “disgusting” and “sickening.”
But Wycliff uses an interesting comparison to justify use of the picture. He says if his reader viewed a painting of Jesus in Mary’s arms after the crucifixion and only saw “a dead guy with nail holes in him, then yes, the picture is disgusting.” This is an apt image to us because we use the example of the crucifix in our Face the Truth video as an argument for showing the pictures of aborted babies.
Wycliff probably wouldn’t agree with our showing photographs of aborted babies, but still he does answer an objection we often get. He writes,
As is always the case when we run graphic photos of dead people, some readers complained that the paper exposed their children to an aspect of reality they did not want them to see. To which I must make the same answer I always do: We are not insensitive to such concerns most of us have children also but we cannot edit a newspaper that serves the information needs of adults to standards appropriate for children.
If children need to be protected from this part of reality, we must rely on our subscribers to do so or, perhaps better, to explain it to them.
Need I say more?
Keyes Says Jesus Wouldn’t Vote for Obama
In Friday’s Sun Times, Cathleen Falsani is outraged that Alan Keyes says Jesus would not vote for Barack Obama.. Then she does us a favor by telling why Keyes’ says Christ wouldn’t vote for Obama, — a crystal clear, flawless argument why Jesus couldn’t vote for Obama, and neither can you.
The hostile media spread the message almost despite themselves. Thanks, Cathleen.