In Pennsylvania's

Friday, September 30, 2016

Planned Parenthood gets a raise!!!

    "Congressional Republicans removed a pro-life provision from a bill that would have prevented Planned Parenthood from receiving funds meant to combat the Zika virus....On Wednesday, the Senate passed a $1.1 trillion continuing resolution (CR) that funds the government through December 9, 72-26" (LifeSiteNews, 9/29/16).

    BOTH SENATORS CASEY AND TOOMEY VOTED "YEA."
         
    Joining Pa Democrats in the House in voting "YEA" were LOU BARLETTA, RYAN COSTELLO, CHARLIE DENT, MIKE FITZPATRICK , PAT MEEHAN, TIM MURPHY, BILL SHUSTER, and GLENN THOMPSON .

    From Pennsylvania, kudos to Mike Kelly, Tom Marino, Scott Perry, Joe Pitts, and Keith Rothfus for voting AGAINST the CR. Bravo!

    Click to Email Pa's Congressional Delegation, asking for support of positions backed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    Click to Email the governor, as well as all of Bucks County's representatives and senators in Harrisburg, on pro life and pro marriage / family concerns. 

    • "As a gay man, allow me to make what is perhaps a startling declaration: same-sex marriage is a great coup for the devil....Same-sex marriage mocks Christ’s relationship with his Bride, the Church.... Marriage represents to humanity a taste of heaven, a blueprint of the eternity that awaits all who belong to Jesus Christ.... With complementarity evacuated from the language of our culture and expunged from our minds, it is almost impossible to perceive the fullness of God’s purposes.... Marriage—the real thing—is an inestimable gift from God, expressed and experienced in and through complementarity. Marriage is a bright ensign, beckoning us not only in this world, but preparing us for and ushering us toward the great eternal wedding feast" (Public Discourse, 9/19/16).  WOW!
    • "We are only one justice away from losing our most basic rights, and the next president will appoint as many as four new justices. We know, without a doubt, that every Clinton appointee would be a left-wing ideologue. Trump, in contrast, has promised to appoint justices 'in the mold of Scalia'....Our country is in crisis. Hillary Clinton is manifestly unfit to be president, and her policies would harm millions of Americans. And Donald Trump is the only thing standing in her way" (Sen. Ted Cruz, 9/23/16). 
    • "Canonized during this Year of Mercy, St. Teresa of Calcutta once remarked, 'We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, of killings, of wars, of hatred. If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other'.... There can be no reasonable doubt, as Pope Francis has affirmed, that 'the right to life is the first among human rights'" (Bishop David O'Connell (Bucks native), 9/27/16).
    • Life Chain Bucks County (10/2/16, 2:00 - 3:00, Street Rd and Louis Drive, Warminster)

    http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/093016.cfm

    Thursday, September 29, 2016

    Call to Prayer (USCCB, 9/30/16)

    http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1100920568270&ca=dfb278d5-bdc9-42cb-9bc2-e0610a3728fa

    Marriage Unique for a Reason (USCCB, October 2016 Newsletter)

    http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1100920568270&ca=d59138e2-3a15-4928-bb40-f34b7db2d2c5

    Wednesday, September 28, 2016

    "The federal government should not be mandating that tax dollars go to Planned Parenthood. Period"


    Click to Email Pa's Congressional Delegation, asking for opposition to ANY funding for Planned Parenthood, including through ''continuing resolutions.''


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVxn9HYrhP0
    (Father Orsi is originally from the Diocese of Camden.)
    • "being truly 'prolife' doesn't end with defending the unborn child.  But it does and it must begin there" (Archbishop Charles Chaput at Notre Dame, 9/15/16)
    • "Canonized during this Year of Mercy, St. Teresa of Calcutta once remarked, 'We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, of killings, of wars, of hatred. If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other'.... There can be no reasonable doubt, as Pope Francis has affirmed, that 'the right to life is the first among human rights'" (Bishop David O'Connell (Bucks native), 9/27/16).
      • “Donald Trump recently released his pro-life platform, which includes making permanent the Hyde Amendment, the 1976 law prohibiting the use of federal money for abortion except in cases when the mother's life is at stake or in cases of rape or incest. He promises to sign into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act...; nominate pro-life justices to the Supreme Court; and defund Planned Parenthood so long as they continue to perform abortions….we must never stop fighting for life and religious freedom, the cornerstones of the American way, and we must speak loudly for the most defenseless and voiceless among us at the ballot box this November” (Rep. Keith Rothus (Pa 12), 9/22/16).
      • "We are only one justice away from losing our most basic rights, and the next president will appoint as many as four new justices. We know, without a doubt, that every Clinton appointee would be a left-wing ideologue. Trump, in contrast, has promised to appoint justices 'in the mold of Scalia'....Our country is in crisis. Hillary Clinton is manifestly unfit to be president, and her policies would harm millions of Americans. And Donald Trump is the only thing standing in her way" (Sen. Ted Cruz, 9/23/16).
    • "As a gay man, allow me to make what is perhaps a startling declaration: same-sex marriage is a great coup for the devil, far greater than individual homosexual acts or relationships ever were or ever could be. Same-sex marriage mocks Christ’s relationship with his Bride, the Church....Marriage represents to humanity a taste of heaven, a blueprint of the eternity that awaits all who belong to Jesus Christ.... With complementarity evacuated from the language of our culture and expunged from our minds, it is almost impossible to perceive the fullness of God’s purposes.... Only love and truth can pry loose the ice-cold, pernicious death grip of the Sexual Revolution and begin to heal its victims—as well as those of us who have been its perpetrators—of all its insidious consequences.... Marriage—the real thing—is an inestimable gift from God, expressed and experienced in and through complementarity. Marriage is a bright ensign, beckoning us not only in this world, but preparing us for and ushering us toward the great eternal wedding feast" (Public Discourse, 9/19/16).  WOW!
    • "Satan is no idiot. He has successfully convinced most Catholics that moral issues are political issues. And in so doing he has successfully shut down a huge amount of moral exhortation and reflection. This is especially true in a political season such as this, when the distinctions between the candidates on critical moral issues could not be clearer or sharper" (Msgr Charles Pope, 9/27/16).
    • "Yet another consideration favouring children’s rights to be reared in their natural family is that almost all of us want to connect with our genetic heritage – to know through whom life travelled to us and to experience what that knowledge means, including in forming our own unique identity. The popularity of ancestry websites and now DNA testing to trace our very distant ethnic origins attest to that. This curiosity or longing may be inherent: a baby lamb or penguin can find its own mother in a flock of seemingly identical adults" (MercatorNet, 9/28/16).
    • "Throughout history, every person under every regime has had—in the most elemental sense—the freedom to form a unique set of beliefs and values. But, uniquely, citizens of the United States have long been guaranteed the fulfillment of that freedom. That is, we possess the freedom to live peacefully according to our beliefs and to follow the dictates of our conscience.  This freedom—codified by the First Amendment—is a pre-political right that rests in our dignity as human beings. But the cultural movement for 'tolerance' and 'inclusion' has reduced freedom of conscience to a lesser-than right, a token that exists subject to the decisions of judges and lawmakers....Freedom of conscience is not a token to be surrendered as the price of citizenship in a free society; it is the mark of citizenship and the fruit of a free society"  (Public Discourse, 9/28/16).
    • Life Chain Bucks County (10/2/16, 2:00 - 3:00, Street Rd & Louis Drive, Warminster)
    Click to Email Pa's Congressional Delegation, asking for support of positions backed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    Click to Email the governor, as well as all of Bucks County's representatives and senators in Harrisburg, on pro life and pro marriage / family concerns.
    http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092916.cfm

    Tuesday, September 27, 2016

    URGENT: Don't Let Congress Sneak in Planned Parenthood funding!

    As per a 9/23/16 communication from Lila Rose of LiveAction,
    • "Less than a year ago, Congress passed historic legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. But incredibly, that same Congress is now actually considering giving Planned Parenthood a new, additional funding source.... For months, Planned Parenthood-funded members of Congress have shamefully blocked a $1.1 billion Zika response bill, demanding that some of that money be earmarked for Planned Parenthood.... Now that a September 30th deadline is looming to pass a spending bill (called a continuing resolution) to fund the entire government, the Zika bill is being rolled into this larger bill. News reports indicate the Republican leadership may be backing down, changing the language of the Zika bill to allow funds to be diverted to the abortion giant instead of only to facilities that don't commit abortions."
    As Roger Severino of the Heritage Foundation writes: "A GOP Congress Should Not Give Planned Parenthood Another Dime of Taxpayer Money" (9/23/16).

    Click to Email Pa's Congressional Delegation, asking for opposition to ANY funding for Planned Parenthood, including through ''continuing resolutions.''


    FW: ALERT Pro-Lifers Unique Event Wed Sept 28 ONE HOUR

    FW: ALERT Pro-Lifers Unique Event Wed Sept 28 ONE HOUR


    From: prolifeeducators@aol.com
    Sent: ‎9/‎24/‎2016 2:55 PM
    To: prolifeeducators@aol.com
    Subject: ALERT Pro-Lifers Unique Event Wed Sept 28 ONE HOUR

    NJ PRO-LIFERS: URGENT ACTION ALERT!
    One-Time ONE HOUR Special Prayer & Picket Event!
    Wednesday, September 28 @ 10AM–11AM.
    Yes, this is Short Notice, but— we just found out:
     
    Planned Parenthood Action Fund of NJ is conducting a
    LEGISLATIVE UPDATE BRIEFING & Brunch for PP workers,
    abortion advocates, and political activists gathering from throughout the state at
    PP of Trenton at 437 East State Street, Trenton, NJ. [One mile from NJ Capitol]
     
    YOU are needed for this special demo as the PP officials & guests arrive at the PP parking lot.
    Bring signs or borrow one on site.
     
    Will YOU be there? RSVP to Bob Pawson via Facebook message –or– E-mail ProLifeEducators@aol.com. 
    SEE ATTACHED FILE for special PHOTO and additional info.
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    UPCOMING EVENTS REMINDERS:

    1) 29th Annual LIFE CHAIN USA -- Sunday Oct 2 1:30-3:30 PM along WhiteHorse-Mercerville Rd (intersect Kuser Rd).
    Park in K-Mart lot near PNC Bank. Sign in & Pick up posters at Registration Table next to PNC Bank. 

    2) Nationwide Prayer Vigil & Jericho March for 100th 'Anniversary' of Planned Parenthood
    Mercer County churches and pro-life advocates gathering at PP Trenton 437 East State Street
    Saturday, October 15 @ 11AM - 1PM

    Sunday, September 25, 2016

    The Pinnochio Factor


    http://faithfulinthe8th.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-pinnochio-factor.html

    When we look back over the past few years, how well did those who seemed to share our values on human life, marriage/family, and conscience follow through?

    • Highlights of voter guides from the Pa Catholic Conf / Archdiocese, Pa Family Council, and Pa Pro Life Federation (10/31/14)
      •  A new bottom line (i.e., Take a look at David Gibbon in the 31st.)....(11/3/14)
    • 2012 Pro Life / Pro Marriage / Pro Religious Liberty Voter Information (11/3/12)
      • C.S. and T's Candidates' Questionnaire (10/30/10)
        • John Galloway - pro-life, pro-conscience, pro-family (11/1/10)

      For the Bucks County delegation in Harrisburg, have the impressions with which we were left been matched by present performance (as of 9/16/16)?

      The Bucks County Delegation in Harrisburg
      As per the Pa Catholic Conference, "Ask your legislator to include the language of House Bill 1623 in the Fiscal Code.” (NO to Planned Parenthood)
      As per the Pa Catholic Conference, “Please represent me by voting yes on House Bill 1948.” (SB 888)
      R
      145
      Rep Craig Staats
      Co-sponsor
      Co-sponsor
      &
      Voted Yea
      D
      141
      Rep Tina Davis

      Voted No
      R
      18
      Rep Gene DiGirolamo

      Voted Yea
      R
      142
      Rep Frank Farry

      Voted No
      D
      140
      Rep John Galloway

      Voted Yea
      R
      29
      Rep Bernie O’Neill

      Voted No
      R
      178
      Rep Scott Petri

      Voted No
      R
      143
      Rep Marguerite Quinn

      Voted Yea
      D
      31
      Rep Steve Santarsiero

      Voted No
      R
      144
      Rep Kathy Watson

      Voted Yea





      R
      12
      Sen Stewart Greenleaf


      R
      10
      Sen Chuck McIlhinney


      R
      24
      Sen Bob Mensch

      Co-sponsor
      R
      6
      Sen Robert Tomlinson




      The Bucks County Delegation in Harrisburg
      As per Pa Pro Life, we should oppose efforts to  repeal Act 122 of 2011, “common sense law regulating abortion facilities  (i.e., OPPOSE Santarsiero’s HB 2332; OPPOSE SB 1350).
      As per Pa Pro Life, we should oppose Santarsiero’s initiative to repeal Act 13 of 2013.
      As per Pa Pro Life, we should oppose  HB 1336, as we “don't want… [our] right to vote for judges to be taken away.
      R
      145
      Rep Craig Staats



      D
      141
      Rep Tina Davis


      Co-sponsor
      R
      18
      Rep Gene DiGirolamo


      Co-sponsor
      R
      142
      Rep Frank Farry



      D
      140
      Rep John Galloway



      R
      29
      Rep Bernie O’Neill



      R
      178
      Rep Scott Petri



      R
      143
      Rep Marguerite Quinn


      Co-sponsor
      D
      31
      Rep Steve Santarsiero
      Prime Sponsor
      Author of initiative

      R
      144
      Rep Kathy Watson









      R
      12
      Sen Stewart Greenleaf



      R
      10
      Sen Chuck McIlhinney



      R
      24
      Sen Bob Mensch



      R
      6
      Sen Robert Tomlinson




      The Bucks County Delegation in Harrisburg
      As per the Pa Catholic Conference,    “I am quite concerned that HB 1510/ SB 974 will run afoul of religious freedom and expose even more… to discrimination. Please  oppose the bill in its current form.”
      As per Pa Family.org, “the latest move is to split SB 974 into parts to force it through in a piecemeal basis.  There are three proposed parts to this new strategy - SB 1306, SB 1307 and SB1316.”
      Oppose SB 1306
      Oppose SB 1307
      Oppose  SB 1316
      R
      145
      Rep Craig Staats




      D
      141
      Rep Tina Davis
      Co-sponsor



      R
      18
      Rep Gene DiGirolamo




      R
      142
      Rep Frank Farry




      D
      140
      Rep John Galloway
      Co-sponsor



      R
      29
      Rep Bernie O’Neill




      R
      178
      Rep Scott Petri
      Co-sponsor



      R
      143
      Rep Marguerite Quinn
      Co-sponsor



      D
      31
      Rep Steve Santarsiero
      Co-sponsor



      R
      144
      Rep Kathy Watson
      Co-sponsor










      R
      12
      Sen Stewart Greenleaf




      R
      10
      Sen Chuck McIlhinney
      Co-sponsor



      R
      24
      Sen Bob Mensch




      R
      6
      Sen Robert Tomlinson





      The Bucks County Delegation in Harrisburg
      As per the Pa Catholic Conference, HB 1947 “would not apply to public schools or government agencies....a legislative remedy must protect all children, not simply penalize some institutions” (i.e., Vote NO on HB 1947).
      As per the Pa Catholic Conference, “Please respect the concerns of all parties involved in adoption proceedings and vote no on HB 162 in its current form.”
      As per the Pa Catholic Conference, we oppose “doctor prescribed suicide.”
      R
      145
      Rep Craig Staats
      Voted Yea
      Voted Yea

      D
      141
      Rep Tina Davis
      Voted Yea
      Voted Yea

      R
      18
      Rep Gene DiGirolamo
      ------------
      Voted Yea

      R
      142
      Rep Frank Farry
      Voted Yea
      Voted Yea

      D
      140
      Rep John Galloway
      Voted Yea
      Voted Yea

      R
      29
      Rep Bernie O’Neill
      Voted Yea
      Voted Yea

      R
      178
      Rep Scott Petri
      Voted Yea
      ------------

      R
      143
      Rep Marguerite Quinn
      Voted Yea
      Voted Yea

      D
      31
      Rep Steve Santarsiero
      Voted Yea
      Voted Yea

      R
      144
      Rep Kathy Watson
      Voted Yea
      Voted Yea







      R
      12
      Sen Stewart Greenleaf



      R
      10
      Sen Chuck McIlhinney



      R
      24
      Sen Bob Mensch



      R
      6
      Sen Robert Tomlinson



      Click to Email the governor, as well as all of Bucks County's representatives and senators in Harrisburg, on pro life and pro marriage / family concerns.

      For the Pa delegation in D,C., have the impressions with which we were left been matched by present performance (as of 9/19/16)?

      Pa’s Delegation in D.C.
      The 2016 Omnibus spending bill did NOT  include ANDA, but passed  the   House and  Senate


      1.   Bob Brady (D)
      Voted
      Yea
      Voted Nay

      2.   Chaka Fattah (D)*
      Voted
      Yea
      ----------

      3.   Mike Kelly (R)
      Voted
      Noe
      Voted Yea

      4.   Scott Perry (R)
      Voted
      Noe
      Voted Yea

      5.   Glenn Thompson (R)
      Voted
      Yea
      Voted Yea

      6.   Ryan Costello (R)
      Voted
      Yea
      Voted Yea

      7.   Pat Meehan  (R)
      Voted
      Noe
      Voted Yea

      Voted
      Yea
      Voted Yea

      9.   Bill Shuster (R)
      Voted
      Noe
      Voted Yea

      10. Tom Marino  (R)
      Voted
      Noe
      Voted Yea

      11. Lou Barletta  (R)
      Voted
      Noe
      Voted Yea

      Voted
      Noe
      Voted Yea

      Voted
      Yea
      Voted Nay

      Voted
      Yea
      Voted Nay

      15. Charlie Dent  (R)
      Voted
      Yea
      Voted Yea

      16. Joseph Pitts   (R)
      Voted
      Yea
      Voted Yea

      Voted
      Yea
      Voted Nay

      18. Tim Murphy  (R)
      Voted
      Yea
      Voted Yea





      ·   Bob Casey (D)
      Voted Yea


      ·   Pat Toomey   (R)
      Voted Noe




      Pa’s Delegation in D.C.
      As per the USCCB, Support CWPIA (Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act; HR 1299/ S667)
       “If passed, the [Maloney] amendments could infringe upon religious liberty of federal contractors, critics say” (CNA / EWTN News, 5/27/16).
      As per the USCCB, Support FADA (First Amend-ment Defense Act; HR2802/ S1598)
      1.      Bob Brady (D)

      Voted Yea
      Voted Yea


      2.      Chaka Fattah (D)*





      3.      Mike Kelly (R)
      Sponsor
      Voted Noe
      Voted Noe
      Co-
      Sponsor

      4.      Scott Perry (R)

      Voted Noe
      Voted Noe
      Co-
      Sponsor

      5.      Glenn Thompson (R)
      Co-Sponsor
      Voted Noe
      Voted Noe
      Co-
      Sponsor

      6.      Ryan Costello (R)

      Voted Yea
      Voted Yea


      7.      Pat Meehan  (R)

      Voted Yea
      Voted Yea


      8.      Mike  Fitzpatrick (R)
      Co-Sponsor
      Voted Yea
      Voted Yea


      9.      Bill Shuster (R)

      Voted Noe
      Voted Noe


      10.    Tom Marino  (R)
      Co-Sponsor
      Voted Noe
      Voted Noe
      Co-
      Sponsor

      11.    Lou Barletta  (R)
      Co-Sponsor
      Voted Noe
      Voted Noe


      12.    Keith Rothfus (R)
      Co-Sponsor
      Voted Noe
      Voted Noe
      Co-
      Sponsor

      13.    Brendan Boyle (D)

      Voted Yea
      Voted Yea


      14.    Michael Doyle (D)

      Voted Yea
      Voted Yea


      15.    Charlie Dent  (R)

      Voted Yea
      Voted Yea


      16.    Joseph Pitts   (R)
      Co-Sponsor
      Voted Noe
      Voted Noe
      Co-
      Sponsor

      17.    Matthew Cartwright (D)

      Voted Yea
      Voted Yea


      18.    Tim Murphy  (R)
      Co-Sponsor
      Voted Noe
      Voted Noe
      Co-
      Sponsor







      ·    Bob Casey (D)





      ·    Pat Toomey   (R)






      Pa’s Delegation in D.C.
      1.     Bob Brady (D)


      2.     Chaka Fattah (D)*


      3.     Mike Kelly (R)


      4.     Scott Perry (R)


      5.     Glenn Thompson (R)


      6.     Ryan Costello (R)


      7.     Pat Meehan  (R)


      8.     Mike  Fitzpatrick (R)


      9.     Bill Shuster (R)


      10.   Tom Marino  (R)


      11.   Lou Barletta  (R)


      12.   Keith Rothfus (R)


      13.   Brendan Boyle (D)


      14.   Michael Doyle (D)


      15.   Charlie Dent  (R)


      16.   Joseph Pitts   (R)




      18.   Tim Murphy  (R)





      ·   Bob Casey (D)


      ·   Pat Toomey   (R)


      (Click to Email Pa's Congressional Delegation, asking for support of positions backed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.)


      http://faithfulinthe8th.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-pinnochio-factor.html

      Candidates for the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania (While we are awaiting ANY response to a 9/6/16 inquiry about their take on positions advocated by the USCCB, please feel free to make follow-up contacts to McGinty (Info@KatieMcGinty.com, Press@KatieMcGinty.com, Volunteer@KatieMcginty.com) and Toomey (abedell@toomeyforsenate.com, jmarkley@toomeyforsenate.com, rebecca@toomeyforsenate.com).)

      Candidates for Pa's 8th Congressional District (While we are awaiting ANY response to a 9/6/16 inquiry about their take on positions advocated by the USCCB, please feel free to make follow-up contacts to Santarsiero (info@santarsieroforcongress.com), Scheetz (scheetz4thewin@gmail.com), and Fitzpatrick (media@brianfitzpatrick.com).)

      Candidates for Pa's 31st Assembly District (While we are awaiting ANY response from to a 9/6/16 inquiry about their take on pro marriage/family and pro life positions, please feel free to make follow-up contacts to Gallagher (ryan@ryangallagherlaw.com) and Warren (perry@perrywarren.com). 
      http://faithfulinthe8th.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-pinnochio-factor.html
       

      The 10 Commandments

      The Beatitudes (from "Jesus of Nazareth")

      Christifideles Laici

      Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

      Our representation in D.C....

      Click the below image, to check on the status of federal legislation:
      Click the below images, to ascertain what pro-life and pro-marriage/family legislation is being sponsored or co-sponsored (as well as what legislation is NOT being sponsored or co-sponsored):
      https://www.congress.gov/member/brian-fitzpatrick/F000466?q={%22search%22:[%22brian+fitzpatrick%22]}&r=1

      To check U.S. House votes:

      To check U.S. Senate votes:

      Contacts:

      Bucks County in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

      Bucks County in the Pennsylvania Senate

      Contacting Our Governor

      717 787 2500 or governor@pa.gov.

      Contacting Our Bishops