The Conscience Protection Act of 2016

HR 4828, or the Conscience Protection Act of 2016, which I believe will be discussed again tomorrow and next week in the House of Representatives, aims “to prevent governmental discrimination against providers of health services who decline involvement in abortion, and for other purposes.” Here is my letter to Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA 2nd District) expressing my support of this Act:

Dear Mr. Richmond,

I would like to voice my support for HR 4828, The Conscience Protection Act of 2016, which will “prevent governmental discrimination against providers of health services who decline involvement in abortion, and for other purposes.”

Aside from the scandalous horror that is abortion which is continuously imposed upon Americans more and more, I’d like to establish that it is not right for the government to force people to pay for abortions whether through tax dollars or the health care system. Abortion is NOT a basic health care service for women — it the eerily well-funded government sanctioned deliberate murder of “unwanted” children (human beings).

In that vein, the government should not force (by penalty of fines, loss of license, etc.) any healthcare provider to participate in any abortion procedure if he or she determines it to be against his or her conscience. Each individual healthcare provider should decide whether he or she will choose to engage in the abortion procedure to the extent that he or she deems necessary, and that may mean refraining from any actions affiliated with this procedure.

We can not keep supporting and promoting laws that strip away individual freedoms of conscience and that promote the killing of other human beings (unborn children) for selfish gain. As a country, we are consistently demonstrating through legislation and executive orders that a human life has less and less value and that citizens are increasingly unable to make their own, independent, rational, and well-formed moral decisions within the guidelines of the Constitution without fear of penalty.

While The Conscience Protection Act of 2016 focuses mainly on healthcare providers and their affiliation with abortion procedures, supporting this Act would be a step in the right direction toward building a foundation for protecting other freedoms of conscience that are in danger of being stripped away from dutiful, virtuous, and wholesome citizens who are capable of making moral decisions and who should be protected and enabled to do so.

Thank you,
Katherine Pitre

I encourage you to write to your representative in support of this important Act.

“How Great Thou Art”

Grab some tissues before you watch this!

Below is a video of a group of young women singing the classic hymn “How Great Thou Art” in perfect, heavenly harmony. According the Facebook video description, the group is called “BYU Noteworthy Alumni.” BYU is a reference to the Mormon Brigham Young University. Continue reading…

Source: https://churchpop.com/2016/06/06/girls-how-great-thou-art-beautiful/

Priests Should Celebrate Mass Ad Orientem, Says Vatican Liturgy Chief Cardinal Sarah | ChurchPOP

“[I]t is essential that the priest and faithful look together towards the east.”

Source: Priests Should Celebrate Mass Ad Orientem, Says Vatican Liturgy Chief Cardinal Sarah | ChurchPOP

Eat Local Challenge: New Orleans

I’m excited to be participating in the Eat Local Challenge for the month of June here in New Orleans. We have an amazing array of food to choose from here, and I’m looking forward to trying some new recipes!

NOLA Locavore

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Neural Changes in Women Linked to Hormonal Contraceptives Use, Study Says

Hormonal contraceptives are too scary to mess around with.

…the brain regions that are affected could be associated with the woman’s  psychological well-being, hence, emphasizing the significance of and the need for future research on the contraceptive-induced brain changes.

Click here to read the full article from Science World Report.

http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/38946/20160502/neural-changes-in-women-linked-to-hormonal-contraceptives-use-study.htm

What the Male-Only World of Altar Boys Meant to This Former Gay Man

For the most part, my childhood in Catholic parochial schools was a nightmare.

I was a shy, artistic, and introverted kid. I was woefully uncoordinated and completely disinterested in the typical games other boys would play during recess. And I was bullied mercilessly.

Lost and adrift, I finally found the male camaraderie I needed in my fellow altar boys – until, that is, it was taken away by the inclusion of women. It was many wounded years before I finally found my way back. This is my story….

Read the rest of the ChurchPOP! article here

I am a 33-year old woman and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion in our parish, so I’m part of the author’s issue here. Our parish needs all the lay ministers it can get for now. As long as my serving the Eucharist is in line with Church teaching, I will continue to do it. However, I greatly respect, and would defer to, the all-male clergy and altar servers if there were enough men in our parish to support it.

Catholics Were Strongly Against Compulsory Public Education – in the 19th Century | ChurchPOP

And, unfortunately, it seems their warnings have come true…

As the general culture in the U.S. declines, so does, it seems, the state of American public schools. The Catholic Church has long maintained a parallel Catholic school system, and homeschooling has been quickly gaining popularity in the last few decades…[Read On]

Source: Catholics Were Strongly Against Compulsory Public Education – in the 19th Century | ChurchPOP