Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Abortion foes fight Caritas Christi sale

by Joe Carlson. Modern HealthCare.com: Abortion opponents are appealing directly to Pope Benedict XVI to call for a halt to all negotiations between the Archdiocese of Boston and private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management over the proposed $830 million sale of six-hospital Caritas Christi Health Care, Boston.

R.T. Neary, the director of ProLife Massachusetts and chairman of the Coalition to Save Catholic Health Care, said in an open letter to the pope that Cerberus has negotiated a right to strip the Boston diocese-owned hospitals of their Catholic ethics and identities by paying an additional $25 million.

Neary's letter says the buy-out option “can only be likened to 25 pieces of silver,” a reference to the 30 pieces of silver for which Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus Christ in biblical gospels. The letter says modern hospitals face a wide array of modern ethical problems, from abortion to in vitro fertilization, and that Boston-area residents should always have the ability to receive care at facilities that conform to Catholic ethics.

The widespread changing over of Catholic hospitals to non-religious leaders, and the attendant need to preserve Catholic identity in the face of that change, was one of the future challenges recently outlined in the Catholic Health Association's Vision 2020 forward-looking plan for the industry.

Tags: pro-life, Archdiocese of Boston, Pope Benedict XVI, Boston, MA, Massachusetts, Caritas Christi Health Care, Boston, ProLife Massachusetts, Catholic Health Care, Catholic hospitals, Catholic, Catholic Health Association, anti-abortion, abortions

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pro-Life Actress Patricia Neal Dies, Regretted Her Abortion

by Marianna Trzeciak, Esq, Washington, D.C. (LifeNews.com): Pro-life actress, Patricia Neal, died at age 84 on Sunday. She had been suffering from lung cancer and was surrounded by her family at her home in Massachusetts. Neal is best known for her Oscar-winning portrayal of a housekeeper in the 1963 movie, Hud, with Paul Newman.

She is also very well known for her valiant recuperation from a series of strokes which she suffered while pregnant in 1965. She was in a coma for 21 days. The Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, situated in Neal's hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, is also award-winning for its care for people recovering from strokes and spinal cord and brain injuries.

The actress herself described her life as a Greek tragedy, in some measure. She had 5 children with her husband, Roald Dahl. The first, Olivia, died of measles at age seven. Another, Theo, was severely injured when his baby carriage was hit by a car. After thirty years of marriage and the survival from her strokes, Neal was divorced from Dahl after discovering his affair with a friend.

However, Neal said that her only regret in life was aborting a child when the actress was 21 years old.

Her lover (and co-star) Gary Cooper had persuaded her to have the abortion, as he was still married and had a daughter with his wife. That daughter, Maria Cooper, famously spat on Neal to show her displeasure that Neal had interfered with the marriage of the Coopers. However, later, the wife and daughter reconciled with Neal.

Maria Cooper is credited with helping Neal return to Catholicism. And, despite her hatred of the affair, Maria Cooper is said to have complained to Neal that the aborted child was the only sibling Maria Cooper would ever have and that she wished that the child had been given life.

Patricia Neal openly admired fellow actress Ingrid Bergman, who gave birth out of wedlock to a son by Roberto Rossellini, and was therefore denounced by the United States Senate. Neal said that Bergman had "guts" and that Neal wished that she had had the guts also to carry her baby to birth.

Joshua Mercer of Catholic Vote Action, noted Neal's death and her pro-life views in later life.

"Neal stood out against the grain of Hollywood by calling for the defense of unborn life. It was learned from her own mistakes," he said. "Neal appeared as a guest on The View and spoke gently about how abortion creates anguish and sorrow. She often said simply but powerfully: 'Don't make my mistake. Let your baby live.'"

"I had the chance to hear her speak about six or seven years ago and I can say without any hesitation that everyone in the room was moved by her testimony," Mercer continued.

Even the New York Times noted her abortion regrets in its obituary:
During her affair with Cooper, she became pregnant. She had an abortion and according to her 1988 autobiography, “As I Am,” (written with Richard DeNeut), she cried herself to sleep for 30 years afterward. “If I had only one thing to do over in my life,” she wrote, “I would have that baby.”
"Never underestimate the power of forgiveness! Maria Cooper understood that Jesus forgives, so she found the strength to do so as well. I believe that Patricia is eternally grateful," Mercer said.

The courage that eluded her at age 21 was certainly shown in later years. Rest in God's peace, Patricia Neal.

Tags: pro-life, Patricia Neal, actress, death, abortion

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Pro-life Ministry Born Out of Fitchburg Catholic Parishes In Transition

By Patricia O'Connell, Catholic Free Press: FITCHBURG, MA – There have been many changes in Fitchburg this summer, as the reconfiguration process has resulted in four parishes, instead of eight. And this was, in part, the impetus for starting a new pro-life ministry at St. Francis of Assisi.

Father Emerito Ortiz, pastor, sees the effort as “something new for the parish and something new for the city of Fitchburg, to teach about life.” The ministry is being launched by parishioner Catherine Adair of Ashburnham, a mother of three. Her youngest child, Francis, is four months old.

“Well, honestly, for me, personally, I felt called to this ministry through prayer,” she said, adding that St. Francis parish, as well as the rest of the city, is going through a transition.  “It seemed like a very good time to get this ministry going,” she stated.  Mrs. Adair has been in contact with the diocesan Respect Life Office. She and Father Ortiz decided to hold the first meeting in the church hall this Sunday at 10 a.m., after the 9 a.m. English Mass, because it falls on the feast of the Assumption.

“I feel that people really need some positive, uplifting, prayerful things happening in their faith,” said Mrs. Adair.   Eventually, she said, she hopes to expand the ministry into other parishes. “I’d like to bring it to the entire city and beyond,” she stated.

Mrs. Adair said the issue of abortion won’t be the group’s only focus, and that the idea of respecting life will encompass the entire spectrum, from conception to natural death.   “We’re all made in God’s image and each one of us has worth and dignity in his eyes,” she added. “We hope to bring attention to the poor, the elderly, people who are facing challenges and mental health issues.” “It comes down to that fundamental, core issue – we are born in the image of God.”

Mrs. Adair also hopes the Pro-Life Ministry will be a bridge between the English-speaking parishioners and the Spanish-speaking parishioners. “What we hope to achieve at St. Francis is to be one community,” she said. “I think that this issue overcomes any obstacle or language,” she noted.

Father Ortiz also believes this will draw the two communities closer. “In that way, the parish will come together,” he said, noting that the first meeting is being held in the hour between the 9 a.m. English Mass and the 11 p.m. Spanish Mass.  Mrs. Adair said she hopes prayer will be a mainstay of the ministry, and she envisions prayers and Masses for life and rosaries for life.

Tags: St. Francis of Assisi, Fitchburg, MA, pro-life, ministry, Catholic, parishes

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Parental Notification At Planned Parenthood

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Planned Parenthood ~ Class Action Lawsuit?

Looking back over the last 37 years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided to allow abortion to be legal, there were many things unknown to the women of America - and the field of medicine in general - concerning the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual damages caused by this horrid practice. Now, hundreds of thousands of women (and families) are coming forward to say that "abortion hurts women", and we believe that it's only a matter of time before class action lawsuits are pursued against organizations like Planned Parenthood - and other similar facilities - who have been potentially neglectful in providing these women with the information they would need in order to consent in a "truly informed" manner. This being the case, any forward looking law firm doesn't need a moral compass to know that there are perhaps billions of dollars in damages that could be sought in remedy. View this video by ProLifeRocks.

Tags: ProLife Rocks, Planned Parenthood, Class Action, Law Suit, Billion, Legal Remedies, Abortion, Hurts, Women, Psychological Damages, Physical Damages, Emotional Damages, Spiritual Damages,