Christmas Shopping . . .

I will refrain from too much glee but I have already completed, wrapped, and mailed out all but two of my Christmas presents for 2018. After reading this, however, I wish I had realized that besides being thrifty these days, you also have to pay attention to what the companies you buy from are doing with their profits. For instance, if you purchase from any of the companies listed below, you are actually giving them the profits they need to continue sponsoring Planned Parenthood. If you worry about the daily deaths of healthy, unborn children, you might want to adjust your shopping list.

Adobe
American Express
Bank of America
Ben & Jerry’s
Bath & Body Works
Clorox
Converse
Dockers
Energizer
Expedia
Frito Lay
Groupon
Johnson & Johnson
Kraft Heinz
Levi Strauss
March of Dimes
Microsoft
Nike
PayPal
PepsiCo
Pfizer
Starbucks
United Airlines
Verizon
Wells Fargo

Abstaining from Planned Parenthood, Too?

Never thought I’d see the day when supporters of artificial birth control and abortion at any time would  try abstinence! Do they realize that by their actions . . . or lack of action, are actually, for the time being probably saving some future babies from horrible death because what they are doing will not get them pregnant. I wonder what thought process went into this decision but it seems rather of a grandstand nature without an audience but a good deal of laughter as to HOW could this change the world.  Given the ‘spare’ cash that seems to flood the bank accounts of Planned Parenthood, it shouldn’t cause too much concern for Planned Parenthood’s bank account.  I guess we should look with pity at every woman we see as they might be one of the brave,  unfulfilled females who are abstaining from one-night stands, wavering relationships, and recreational sex.

Are You a Practicing Catholic or a Social Catholic? Your Vote Would Show You.

Not that we shouldn’t already know this but for the Catholics who vote without thought to how their Faith may view HOW they vote, here is a thought:

Cardinal Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI in 2005 wrote a letter in 2004 forbidding Catholics from voting for pro-abortion candidates.

The Church teaches that abortion or euthanasia is a grave sin. The Encyclical Letter Evangelium vitae, with reference to judicial decisions or civil laws that authorize or promote abortion or euthanasia, states that there is a “grave and clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection. […] In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to ‘take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law or vote for it’” (no. 73).

Christians have a “grave obligation of conscience not to cooperate formally in practices which, even if permitted by civil legislation, are contrary to God’s law. Indeed, from the moral standpoint, it is never licit to cooperate formally in evil. […] This cooperation can never be justified either by invoking respect for the freedom of others or by appealing to the fact that civil law permits it or requires it” (no. 74).

Then Cardinal Ratzinger reinforces his opinion in the footnote:
[N.B. A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate’s permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia. When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favor of abortion and/or euthanasia, but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons.

Fr. Jay Scott Newman reinforced Cardinal Ratzinger’s letter in 2008:
“Voting for a pro-abortion politician when a plausible pro-life alternative exists constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil, and those Catholics who do so place themselves outside of the full communion of Christ’s Church and under the judgment of divine law.”