Wednesday, January 22

The high tomorrow will be...6.


Of course, it's probably just as cold where ever you are. My son told me it's supposed to get down to single digits in Knoxville tomorrow.

Oh yeah - do you know what else he told me?

He bought a Western Civ textbook.

It cost $110

And no, he couldn't buy a used one because, as per usual with this racket it's a "new edition" that is being used and must be purchased. I'm used to hearing about $80.00 science or mathematics text, but I've never heard of an introductory humanities text breaking a hundred. What a crock. What a rip-off. What a boondoggle.

Pope blesses lambs...

On the feast of St. Agnes, John Paul II blessed two live lambs whose wool will be use for the palliums he will place on new archbishops next June. The palliums are two white woolen bands, 4 to 6 centimeters in width, with sewn black silk crosses. Symbol of a bishop's closeness to the Apostolic See, the pallium also symbolizes the lamb that was lost and found, carried on the shoulders of the Good Shepherd, as well as the crucified Lamb for the salvation of humanity. The symbol originally was exclusively the Supreme Pontiff's. The Pope gave it to those bishops who received a special jurisdiction from the Apostolic See. Historical documents show that Pope Symmachus gave it to Cesarius, bishop of Arles, in 513. Following the brief ceremony, the lambs were taken to the Roman convent of St. Cecilia, where the nuns make the palliums, after shearing the animals.

Many good articles on Roe today at Christianity Today and many more links to other stories on the CT Weblog.

The most pointless activity of the day:

Telling the managing editor of OSV what columns I want him to send in to the Catholic Press Association for their annual awards.

Well, at least it's done. It's always nice to be able to look over a year's work and wallow in how lame you are.

Norah Vincent on abortion:

The blistering irony of this unquestioned association between feminism and legalized abortion is that it flies in the face of history, logic and experience. It may come as a surprise to many people, for example, to learn that the earliest women's rights advocates, also known as "first wave" feminists, adamantly opposed abortion. In the Revolution, her newsletter, Susan B. Anthony called it "child murder" and "infanticide." Mary Wollstonecraft denounced those who would "destroy the embryo in the womb or cast it off when born." Elizabeth Cady Stanton, organizer of the first U.S. women's rights congress, in 1848 in Seneca Falls, N.Y., also condemned abortion as "a disgusting and degrading crime."

When you consider what abortion really is biologically, it's hard to refute our foremothers on the issue. The reasoning is simple and syllogistic. The womb is one of the defining features of the female animal. The defining feature of abortion, meanwhile, is a denial or negation of the womb, because its sole purpose is to stop the womb from fulfilling its normal function.

Thus abortion is the ultimate negation of the female animal and therefore the ultimate misogynistic act. This is a singularly feminist argument because it emphasizes a woman's interest rather than a fetus'. It is on this woman-centered foundation that modern pro-life feminists, some of them refugees of the vehemently pro-abortion "second wave" feminist movement of the 1960s and '70s, build their case against abortion.

Read what Lucianne has to say about today. Simple, direct and true.

Oriana Fallaci disagrees with the Archbishop of Tours

A disturbing piece from WorldNetDaily on the reality of abortion

Disturbing because the reality of abortion should be, indeed, disturbing.

Several good pieces on the Roe anniversary over at NRO today, including this by Frederica Mathewes-Green

Roe has taught us many lessons which now govern our lives in ways we can barely perceive. Instead of being one small tool for women's advancement, abortion opened a chasm, and a lot of unexpected things fell in. It turned out to be an irresistible force, because abortion makes things so much easier for everyone around the pregnant woman. Before Roe, unplanned pregnancy created many problems for many people — the woman's lover, her parents, her siblings, her boss, her landlord, her dean. Abortion changes the picture instantly: Just go get it taken care of, dear, and it will be as if it never happened. Women were expected to do the sensible thing and save everyone else a lot of fuss and bother. Overnight, unplanned pregnancy became her private problem, a burden for her to bear alone. Abortion-rights rhetoric compounded this effect with terms emphasizing her isolation: My body, my rights, my life, my choice. The flip side of all that first-person assertiveness is abandonment. The network of support that once existed had been shattered.

To continue a pregnancy came to look like an insane choice, one that placed an unfair burden on others. Having a baby in less-than-perfect circumstances came to look like a crazy and even selfish whim. A woman in an unplanned pregnancy was not just permitted to have an abortion — she was expected to. And that has made all the difference.

Remember that the Christian life is one of action; not of speech and daydreams. Let there be few words and many deeds, and let them be done well.
- Saint Vincent Pallotti

Will future generations look back on us as barbarians?

Not a fate most of us would wish for, but in this case, in regard to this issue - we can only hope it comes to pass.

Lord...You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb.
I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works! My very self you knew;
my bones were not hidden from you, When I was being made in secret, fashioned as in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes foresaw my actions; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be...
Psalm 139

Click here for some essays and columns I've written on life issues

Feminists for Life

Many prolife links

Jane Roe - Norma McCorvey's website

Yesterday, viewers of the ABC show The View saw an interview with actress Jennifer O'Neill, who was forthright about her own abortion experience:

Then actress Jennifer O'Neill, from the classic film Summer of '42, joined the ladies during Hot Topics to speak out against abortion. Jennifer says her life was shattered both emotionally and physically after she had an abortion over 30 years ago. At 54-years-old, Jennifer has been married nine times and has three children. After she gave birth to her first child, Jennifer became pregnant, but the father did not want the baby. She was told by her doctor that the unborn baby was just a blob of tissue because it was under three months old, so she decided to have an abortion. Following the abortion, Jennifer admitted herself to a hospital for shock treatments and later suffered from nine miscarriages. Jennifer says that since Roe vs. Wade there have been over 40 million abortions out of which twenty-five million regret the decision. She also says that having an abortion causes an increase in suicide rate, infertility rate and the number of premature births. Parents that encourage their teenage daughters to get an abortion are sentencing them to a 30% increased rate of breast cancer. Jennifer is now the national spokesperson for Silent No More, an organization offering emotional, physical and spiritual support for women who have had abortions. Jennifer will be speaking in Washington tomorrow and will suggest that doctors who perform abortions should be required to give women information on adoption and show them ultrasounds of the children they are carrying. Jennifer says that 80% of individuals that are fortunate to get an ultrasound and see that the child is not a blob of tissue will change their mind. For more information on Silent No More please log onto or call 1-800-395-HELP."

From the ABC/The View website.

Amazing that ABC gave her a voice...


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