in Pennsylvania's First Congressional District's_1st_congressional_district
and the Central Garden State

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

High Priority: Public Comments Needed on American Nurses Association’s New Draft Position Paper on Denying Food and Water (NRL News Today, 11/23/16)

Free to Serve (USCCB, 11/30/16)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

He shall judge between the nations, and impose terms on many peoples.

"He shall judge between the nations,
and impose terms on many peoples."

    • Memorial Mass for deceased pro-lifers (St. Anastasia Church, 3301 W. Chester Pike, Newtown Square, Pa., 11/28/16, 8 p.m.; Rosary at 7:45 p.m)
    • "Please send a message to the AMA today asking them to support the dignity of every person and the need for supportive and comprehensive end of life care" (Pa Catholic Conference).
    • Action Alert to the Department of Homeland Security: Ensure the well-being of Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew (USCCB)
    • Act now to stop assisted suicide (Diocese of Trenton, 11/4/16)

"The Crown" and divorce

Netflix's "The Crown," about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, is a stunningly beautiful, entertaining, and fascinating work of art.  Yet as creative license is to be expected with dialogue between characters, it is insulting to an audience when historical details are needlessly changed (eg., Fact-Checking The Crown: 5 Things That Are True (and 3 That Aren’t!))....

While it may seem surreal, the last living man to have sat on the throne of England died within many of our lifetimes:
  • "The Duke of Windsor, who gave up the British throne in 1936 to marry an American divorcee, died in his home near Paris early today, a Buckingham Palace spokesman announced here....The Duke, who reigned for 10 months as King Edward VIII before abdicating, had been ill for some time. The Duke defied the British Establishment to marry Mrs. Bessie Wallis Warfield Simpson, a twice-divorced American. The couple lived in virtual self-exile from Britain since the abdication....'But you must believe me when I tell you that I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King, as I would wish to do, without the help and support of the woman I love.' With these words, delivered with sadness over the radio on Dec. 11, 1936, to his subjects in Britain, Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor, became the first monarch in British history to voluntarily abdicate his throne" (Reuters, 5/28/72).
In the early 1970s, the intermingled life of the Duke of Windsor (aka, the former King Edward VIII) and Wallis Simpson may have been widely viewed as one of history's great love stories.  The former king's death coincided with the era of liberalized divorce laws in the United States.  Forty years later, the wonderfully uplifting "The King's Speech" did not glamorize that relationship.  Far from anything to be romanticized and not commenting on its morality, one author has suggested that the relationship was actually the culmination of a very weak man's characteristic behaviors, which put world safety at great risk! 

A great shortcoming of "The Crown" is that it seems to go back to a glamorized/romanticized vision of divorce/re-marriage.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Tell The [Estonian] National Museum: STOP This CONTEMPTIBLE Attack On Mary (AMERICA NEEDS FATIMA)

Targeting Adolescents as "Progress" (Human Life International, 11/19/16)

A Democrat Pro-Life Group Says Election Shows Democrats Lost because of Their Extreme Abortion Position (American Life League, 11/16/16)

Stopping the Funds to Planned Parenthood Is about More Than Abortion (American Life League, 11/18/16)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"Who fosters people’s growth from their mother’s womb, and fashions them according to His will!"

And now, bless the God of all,
who has done wondrous things on earth;
Who fosters people’s growth from their mother’s womb,
and fashions them according to His will!
May He grant you joy of heart
and may peace abide among you;
May His goodness toward us endure in Israel
to deliver us in our days.

Top Ten Reasons to Give Thanks--Pro-Life Edition (Pa Pro Life Federation, 11/21/16)

Saturday, November 19, 2016

State Rep Steve Santarsiero and State Sen Chuck McIlhinney are co-sponsors of legislation called "intolerant and prejudiced against people of faith," by the Pa Catholic Conference

Advocacy for peace and tolerance was hijacked by Rep Steve Santarsiero and his "friend and colleague, state Sen. Chuck McIlhinney," co-sponsors of legislation called "intolerant and prejudiced against people of faith" (i.e., House Bill 1510 and Senate Bill 974, respectively). 

As per the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, HB 1510/SB 974 would "jeopardize many churches and their charitable outreach if they continue to adhere to their religious beliefs....These bills could mean that Catholic agencies would no longer be able to make our contributions to the common good of Pennsylvania without violating our religious beliefs....HB 1510/SB 974 exposes even more Pennsylvanians to discrimination based solely on their religious beliefs. Simply put, this legislation is intolerant and prejudiced against people of faith."

From: Rep. Steve Santarsiero <>
Sent: Friday, November 18, 2016 4:39 PM
Subject: Thank you for your voice against hatred and intolerance

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Dear Neighbor,

I want to thank everyone who made Thursday night’s gathering at the Garden of Reflection a success. Between 400 and 500 came out on a chilly late fall evening to speak out against hate and intolerance. In particular, I want to thank my friend and colleague, state Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, Rabbi Joel Simon, Rev. Sandra Reed, Rabbi Josh Gruenberg and Rabbi Anna Boswell-Levy.

I also would like to thank my friend, Lower Makefield Township Supervisor Judi Reiss, for her help in securing the Garden for the event. And I would like to thank our local veterans, led by my friends VFW Post 6393 Commander Russ Davidson and American Legion Post 440 Commander Ed Hackett Sr., for once again heeding the call to serve our country and stand up for freedom (I am especially grateful to the members of the local VFW and Legions for their continued service to our community).

Finally, I would like to thank Council Rock North High School senior Mason Luff for his truly inspiring speech and the members of the school’s Voice for performing so beautifully. And I have to give a shout out to my wife, Ronni, for making the signs!

As you know, I am coming to the end of my tenure in the state House. It is fitting that Thursday night was one of my proudest moments representing this community.

May God bless our country and may next Thursday truly be a day of thanksgiving for us all.


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