The Archdiocese of Washington has made a statement regarding Planned Parenthood's sale of babies whom they have murdered. Click on the player to hear one of their spokespeople speak of the concern that the chancery has regarding this matter.
That's about the size of it! Two weeks ago the Catholic Standard buried this blurb towards the back of the print edition when the first few videos were released. Today I received the August 27th edition. Bearing in mind that this is the first edition out since the massive Planned Parenthood protests this past Saturday, with 70 thousand pro-lifers in over 300 cities participating. It was the largest protest of Planned Parenthood in history. Yet not one peep was uttered in today's rag, even though two of the protest locations were within the boundaries of the Archdiocese of Washington. Today we got to read how interesting Pope Francis is because he had a parakeet as a boy and some other silly drivel, but what did we hear about the massive protest effort this past weekend? Zero-zip-nada! This is why many faithful Catholics have long ago ceased to regard the Catholic Standard as a reliable source of relevant Catholic news. Long-time readers might recall that the many failures of the Standard were motivating factors behind the start of this blog.
When I said in the title that the Archdiocese of Washington made its mind known regarding the video, I was not being facetious. Their silence is most telling of their obvious indifference to the sale of murder victims.
With a few noteworthy exceptions, this silence of the shepherds has become the trend. I list the exceptions below, regretting that this list isn't as long as it should be.
Bishop Thomas Paprockiof Springfield IL has called for a "day of national humiliation, fasting and prayer" to beg God's forgiveness as a nation.
From the Washington Post we read that several envirowhacko groups are planning to stage a rally on the Mall on September 24th, when the Pope is due to speak at the Capitol. Their permit application reveals that they expect several hundred thousand to attend this thing. Note on the Post site the picture of the poster thanking the pope for Laudato Si. They intend to make "the moral case for reducing greenhouse gas emissions".
So they expect around two hundred thousand. Alrighty then! Now just how are all these environmentally-conscious activists planning to get to this rally? I assume the great bulk will be from out of town and from different areas of the country. In keeping with their aim of "reducing greenhouse gas emissions", will they eschew cars and planes? Do they plan to hike on foot here? Or maybe they'll come via horses and wagons? Surely they don't plan to increase their own carbon footprints with gas-guzzling planes and cars now, do they? Do they??? Well, I think we know the answer to that!
Noami Klein herself let the cat out of the bag regarding the real use that progressives have for environmentalism. It's a ploy to foist socialism, with all its atheistic and anti-life underpinnings on humanity. And yes, the pope is in on it; let's stop pretending that he's a naive but lovable ol' grandpappy. Whatever else he is, he's not stupid.
We now have an idea why the United Nations has embraced environmentalism, along with Agenda 21 and all the socialist philosophies underlying them. Why else would Ban Ki-Moon have attended the Vatican-sponsored environmental summits? We have noticed these patterns and the Vatican tries to poo-poo our concerns. Perhaps they protest too loudly.
About 2.5 months ago, Lepanto Institute alerted us to the fact that a lesbian activist would be in a key role in deciding what entities would be allowed to set up exhibits at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next month. We also learned at about the same time that Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput said that "non-traditional families" would be welcomed at the meeting. My blog post at that time gives more details. At this time I have received no indication that these two matters have been rectified. I must assume that they haven't.
Lepanto Institute has once again done stellar work in exposing a more significant scandal, one that centers around the president of the World Meeting of Families, Robert Ciaruffoli. Over the years he has made contributions to various pro-abortion candidates for political office, including to the campaign of a former Planned Parenthood director. See the above link for more details.
Now you might wonder about the "maturation department" reference in this post's title. Recall that after last October's extraordinary sin-nod, Pope Francis said that we had a year to "mature" in preparation for this upcoming ordinary sin-nod. Almost immediately a barrage of meetings, pronouncements, appointments and firings etc occurred, all with the theme of undermining the Church's teachings on family and life. I firmly believe that the retention of the dissidents in the structure of the World Meeting of Families is part and parcel of this "maturation".
One of these "appointments" is Archbishop Blaise Cupich of Chicago. He was dissident when he was Bishop of Spokane and then was appointed to Chicago by the Pope. Last Sunday he was invested with the pallium at Mass. He preached on the family at Mass, saying that "we must not settle for solutions that no longer work". Given past history we can surmise his meaning. Yes, that link is to the New Ways Ministry blog, and they in turn link to the entire homily. It is a sad day for the Church when an organization that foments mortal sin waxes lyrical about the preaching of an errant bishop. By the way, the pallium signifies unity with the pope. Regrettably this union is real.
I suppose because the sin-nod is less than two months away, that all stops will be pulled in last-minute "maturation" measures.
In this video, Cate Dyer, CEO of Stem Express, is quite open about Planned Parenthood's role in supplying "specimens" to "research labs". Listen closely to the whole thing. You'll understand why Stem Express engaged in legal maneuverings to squelch these videos. You'll also understand why her sister "resigned" her cushy influential job in Speaker Boehner's office. What thousands of us accomplished this past Saturday was a great start, but still just a start. As Mr. McPherson said at the Spring Street rally, "Planned Parenthood must be destroyed".
We know how some of the pope's closest advisers seem to hold God's plan for marriage in disdain. Cardinal Maradiaga has made his leanings clear - brazenly clear. So has Archbishop Cupich, the newly-appointed delegate to the sin-nod.
Fortunately it seems that faithful prelates are also organizing themselves to keep the Vatican in line with traditions mandated by Christ. Father Z reveals that eleven cardinals have collaborated on a book that has as it aims the stemming of the "protestantization of the Church". Like the "five cardinals" book of last year, this promises to be of great help in preserving truth. I do hope that, unlike the "five cardinals" book, that this book is preserved from progressive sticky-fingers. I understand from that same article that several African bishops are publishing their own book in defense of marriage and other traditional teachings. Speaking of African bishops the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference published a statement pledging resistance to the Culture of Death.
Last week John Smeaton of Voice of the Family released a statement outlining why this sin-nod's Instrumentum Laboris should be recognized as a threat to authentic family life. With all the pro-abortion folks being wined and dines at "shadow synods" and other gab-fests at the Vatican in anticipation of the sin-nod, can we still be in denial about the ruckus that awaits us in a matter of weeks?
It has been quite ironic to see how Russia has embraced Christian morality lately, especially in terms of honoring the family as God ordained it. However, not all are happy about it. Madonna, the so-called "Material Girl", has vowed never to perform in Russia again owing to the latter's refusal to capitulate to the gay nazis.
So you see, ladies and gentlemen, there are blessings to be had from obedience to God's laws! Think how much cleaner and clearer will be Russia's air, without the Material Girl polluting it with her porn-performances! I almost begin to envy Russia!
First, some good news. Speaker John Boehner's "health policy adviser", Charlotte Ivancic, has "resigned". Recall that she is a sister of Cate Dyer, owner and founder of Stem Express, a partner with Planned Parenthood in the trafficking of baby body parts. I strongly suspect that because the soon-to-be-released 8th CMP video will implicate Dyer, that Boehner doesn't want that albatross around his neck. Now let's see if he can gin up enough spine and testosterone to do the right thing and divest Planned Parenthood of our tax dollars.
Now the bad news.
Several years ago the Cardinal Newman Society did an expose of Catholic colleges with ties to Planned Parenthood. These ties usually entailed:
faculty who were also affiliated with Planned Parenthood or some other abortion racket
students who did internships with abortion perpetrators
pro-abortion student groups on campus
They revisited their research in the wake of the CMP videos and found that not much improvement had occurred. This is detailed in a report issued on August 18th. In it is listed numerous such association. It seems that Georgetown University won the dubious distinction of having the greatest number of such association in the whole cabal of them.
Two days ago I blogged that the new headquarters for Planned Parenthood of DC was being built by a Catholic-owned construction company called Pizzano Contractors. Further research revealed that Robert Pizzano Jr, the CEO for the company, founded a charity in honor of his late son who had developmental disabilities. It's called the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund. We know that many unborn babies are murdered when it is determined that they are disabled. Therefore, on one hand Pizzano is memorializing his disabled son while on the other hand is facilitating the murders of babies who are targeted because they are similar to Joey in terms of disabilities. Do we see the double standard, the mental disconnect displayed by Pizzano? Pray for Pizzano and the faculties of these Catholic schools that they may remember to Whom they must give an account at the end of their lives.
I post below some video that I found of the rally at the new Planned Parenthood place in NE Washington. As you listen to Pat Mahoney telling people to look into the rooms, consider that these rooms are being refurbished by a Catholic to be murder chambers.
Today the regular pro-life crew, along with 150-200 others, joined with thousands of other like-minded pro-life people in the US (and Ireland, I understand) in the effort to #protestpp. Many came out in the wake of the seven (so far!) videos from Center for Medical Progress.
I post below video of our event and it's quite self-explanatory. I did make a typo in the first title with the year, but because the youtube upload took so long, I didn't think it was worth the extra time to fix it. I do repeat that similar scenarios were repeated at hundreds of other Planned Parenthood locations today. As you'll hear one of the speakers declare, Planned Parenthood must be destroyed. Yes, defunding is an important step, but it is only one step towards destroying an organization that had racism and eugenics as prime motives of its founding by Margaret Sanger (go to www.maafa21.com for more info on that).
Many of you knew that Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan DC Inc was planning to move its main location to 1225 Fourth Street NE, A month or so ago, it closed its old 16th Street location although the new facility isn't ready for use yet. So who is getting this new facility in NE ready so that Planned Parenthood of DC can get its baby-murder business back to "full-throttle"?
That would be Pizzano Contractors, Inc, headquartered in Alexandria, VA. It is they who are currently constructing the murder den. It touts itself as a "family business". The owner/ceo is Robert Pizzano, Jr. Yes, Pizzano is a Catholic. Until very recently, the "partial client list" included the Diocese of Arlington. After the diocese became aware of Pizzano's involvement with Planned Parenthood, they withdrew permission for their name to be used; for that they are to be commended. I trust that any tentative work that the diocese may have had with Pizzano's has been cancelled.
Also note that Pizzano was, again until very recently, a member of the Board of Governors for Bishop O'Connell High School. See the picture just above. His name no longer appears; the administration of O'Connell is to be commended for taking that corrective action. The picture above does identify Pizzano's parish as being Our Lady of Good Counsel in Vienna VA. Perhaps the parish priests and other parishioners may wish to prod their fellow Catholic to break off this dalliance with baby-killers. There might be a question as to whether or not he should present himself for Holy Communion. He knew all along that it was Planned Parenthood with whom he was about to strike a deal. He is building their facility in which babies will be murdered. If that doesn't constitute "formal and material cooperation with mortal sin", what does?
Below I'll post a video showing pro-life activists protesting at the Pizzano headquarters in Alexandria. You'll also see Pizzano himself being confronted with his sin as he is also invited to repent and make amends. Because he is far from the camera, his face isn't clearly seen; here's his picture on the Pizzano site.
From the Pizzano site, please take note of the phone numbers and email addresses. Contact Pizzano and ask him to get out of the contract, to not facilitate baby-murder and not to endanger his own immortal soul.