Do Not Resuscitate Orders Routinely Issued Without Patient or Family Approval

clock September 15, 2012 11:43 by author John |

 It seems that doctors in the UK are routinely issuing DNR orders without permission from the patients or their family. Here is the gist of the story:

On one ward, one third of DNR orders were issued without consultation with the patient or their family, according to the NHS’s own records. At another hospital, junior doctors freely admitted that the forms were routinely filled in by medical teams without the involvement of patients or relatives.

Action on Elder Abuse, an independent charity, carried out its own analysis of the CQC’s inspection reports (the CQC itself having been less than frank about the implications of its own findings). Its findings uncover widespread evidence that patients are being regularly left to die without any medical intervention, without families knowing that decisions to do so have been taken.

So why are these doctors not being thrown in jail and having their licenses revoked? I’m wondering if the same thing is going on here in the United States, especially for people admitted to the hospital without family or friends knowing about it. How hard would it be to forge a signature and then lie about it asked? 



Pray the 54 Day Rosary Novena For the Elections!

clock September 14, 2012 17:10 by author John |

Relevant Radio is promoting a 54 Day Rosary Novena to our Blessed Mother for a favorable outcome to the November Elections. The novena begins today, September 14 and ends on election day, November 6. Please consider praying this novena for our nation!



Go to Confession!

clock September 14, 2012 11:35 by author John |

Yes you! Who did you think I was talking to? Get over there tomorrow (or today if available) and free yourself from the burden of your sin!



Friday Flashback: Boxing, Homeschooling, Hobby Lobby and Eduardo Verástegui

clock September 14, 2012 08:27 by author John |

The Friday Flashback is a roundup of the important articles and blog posts of the week...

Acts of the Apostasy has a nice parallel between our spiritual struggles and boxing 

Homeschooling Parents, Vatican Urge Senate Not to Sign Power-Grabbing UN Convention - When will the loons at the UN stop this? They draft an article about protecting the disabled and insert language that would give the government power to intervene if they don't agree with how you raise your child? The is outrageous, and if you don't agree with it, then you are a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal for not "supporting the disabled".

France Grants Legal Recognition to Same Sex Marriages, Forces Government Ministers to Perform them, and Permits Adoption By Gay Couples

Diocese of Nashville and Several Catholic Religious Institutions Sue Over HHS Mandate

Hobby Lobby Sues the Government Of the United States of Obama Over HHS Mandate. Nice to see a large company mix it up with the president over the HHS mandate!

Archbishop Chaput urges end to Capital Punishment - A difficult topic, and one that the left likes to harp on. The Church's teaching is clear, and Chaput lays it out for us.

Romney Says he will Reinstate the Mexico City Policy, wants Roe V Wade Reversed - Let us hope this is not just lip service.

Obama’s Justice Dept. suing Gallup Polls after results they didn’t like. Coincidence? I think not. Obama calls on his hired goons to intimidate Gallop.

Vatican Hopes Apple Partnership Will Spread Pope's Message - I hope this works out well. I'm a little wary of this as large technology companies tend to be very liberal.

Who Are You to Judge? - Fr. Longenecker seems to be having a rough go of it over at Patheos. The atheists have their claws out.

There's a Dead Spot in My House and Eduardo Verástegui Fell Into It - CMR brings the laughs and promotes a great movie.

 



Liberal Wisdom-Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

clock September 14, 2012 07:37 by author John |

lib•er•al  ˈlɪbərəl,ˈlɪbrəl [lib-er-uhl, lib-ruhl]
adjective
1. favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
2. favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
3. favoring or permitting freedom of action, especially with respect to matters of personal belief or expression: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.

Remember when this was what liberalism stood for? Remember when liberals fought for individual freedom? It’s been awhile, but at one point, I think this was actually the case. Nowadays, being liberal means advocating for the government to take away your freedoms so that they can educate, indoctrinate and compel you to do what they think is best. Let me give you a few examples.

Sex education used to be the responsibility of parents. Given that the family’s attitudes toward sex and sex education spring from the fundamental moral values of that family, it seems fitting that this responsibility should be given to the family. This is not the case anymore. Liberals have seized this realm and forced on our children in public schools their anything-goes mentality, belittling and dismissing the concept that people can and should wait until marriage to engage in the marital act.

The care for the health of your child used to be an inalienable right of parents. In most cases, it still is, unless of course there is the possibility that you do not submit to the wisdom of the liberals regarding “reproductive health”, which of course is translated into plain English as abortion and contraception.  If your child has a headache and needs a Tylenol, you must first give your permission before they can have it. If on the other hand, that same child becomes pregnant, and has been convinced that they should just “have it taken care of” with an abortion, you do not have the right to know in some states that are run by liberals. If you don’t want your child to engage in the marital act before marriage, but your child has been convinced by the liberals that you are “outdated, archaic, or bigoted against women’s health”, there is free contraception waiting for that child at school.

Parents have a choice now if they would like to avoid having liberals indoctrinate their children. They can pay double for the education of their children by handing over to the government the tuition necessary to send their child to public schools by paying their property taxes, and then paying tuition to a private school for the actual education of their child. The other option is to pay the tuition only once, but to take the responsibility for educating their child into their own hands and engage in homeschooling. This is a noble and difficult task, which many parents cheerfully undertake so as to give their children the values, knowledge, and properly formed conscience which those children deserve.

Enter the liberals. A proposal from the UN, signed by President Obama now seeks to subtly undermine the right of parents to educate their children in this way. Furthermore, the ambiguous nature of the language in the bill would have broad and woeful consequences for any parent raising their child in a way liberals disagree with.

CatholicCulture.org has this story:

The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is urging the Senate not to ratify the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). President Barack Obama signed the treaty in 2009, and a Senate vote on ratification is expected this month.

“Article 7 of the UNCRPD gives government the ability to override every decision of a parent of disabled children if the government thinks that its views are in ‘the best interest of the child,’” said HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris. “This is a radical attempt to take away parental rights.”

The Vatican has also refused to sign this agreement due to the liberals inserting the mandatory phrase “reproductive health” into it. I think it is a requirement for any agreement passed at the UN to include that phrase, regardless of the subject the agreement deals primarily with. Here is the Vatican’s response to this:

We opposed the inclusion of such a phrase [reproductive health] in this article, because in some countries reproductive health services include abortion, thus denying the inherent right to life of every human being, affirmed by article 10 of the Convention. It is surely tragic that, wherever fetal defect is a precondition for offering or employing abortion, the same Convention created to protect persons with disabilities from all discrimination in the exercise of their rights, may be used to deny the very basic right to life of disabled unborn persons.

For this reason, and despite the many helpful articles this Convention contains, the Holy See is unable to sign it.

Now take a look at how clever the liberals are. If you oppose this article, you will be shouted off the stage as an evil person, who hates people with disabilities. Never mind the fact that the article takes away your parental rights, and promotes the evil of abortion. The article is titled “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”. If you oppose this agreement, that means you oppose what the title of the agreement says, right. Liberals just love straw man arguments. That is why they crafted this agreement in this way. They create a title that sounds noble and just, but subtly insert language that will work to take control of the upbringing of your children away from you if your child is disabled.

Now all they have to do is assert that little Johnny is disabled because he is left handed, or needs reading glasses or has a loose tooth. If he is “disabled” that probably means that you are no longer equipped to raise this child, and it is probably better off that the liberals do it for you. We are not quite there yet with the technology, but when we can determine all of these physical traits through a genetic test, then the liberals will be there, ready to monitor your pregnancy and check for these traits so that you don’t burden yourself or society with a child that is not “optimal”.

The only thing that can change the world for the better despite what the liberals say is prayer. Make that 2 things: prayer and votes. Get out there. Pray and vote!



Obama Might Not Win Election So Bernanke Prints More Money

clock September 13, 2012 19:02 by author John |

Apparently the state of the economy is weighing heavily on Obama's chances of winning the election in November. Never fear, he has an answer for that - print some money! Hey, by the time inflation hits, the election will be over and Obama will have more flexibility. Prayers are needed for this election. We need people who will promote the common good.



Hobby Lobby Sues the Government of the United States of Obama Over HHS Mandate

clock September 12, 2012 13:42 by author John |

The arts and crafts supply store Hobby Lobby is suing the government over the HHS mandate. While they do not object to contraceptives, they do object to abortion-inducing drugs, as a matter of religious principle. It is good to see another business, particularly a large one jump into the ring to fight the draconian Obama administration over this attack on religious freedom and freedom of conscience. Read more...



Archbishop Chaput: We Need to End the Death Penalty Now

clock September 12, 2012 11:01 by author John |

Archbishop ChaputArchbishop Charles Chaput has come out with an excellent piece about a convicted murderer facing the death penalty and the concept of capital punishment in general. It is well worth a read...

Even when a defendant is well defended, properly tried and justly found guilty, experience shows that capital punishment simply doesn’t work as a deterrent. Nor does it heal or redress any wounds, because only forgiveness can do that. It does succeed though in answering violence with violence — a violence wrapped in the piety of state approval, which implicates all of us as citizens in the taking of more lives.

Continue reading at CatholicPhilly.com

For Reference, here is the relevant except from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

2267 Assuming that the guilty party's identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.

If, however, non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people's safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity to the dignity of the human person.

Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm - without definitely taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself - the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity "are very rare, if not practically non-existent."



Muslims Storm US Embassy in Libya and Cairo, Kill Diplomats and Staff.

clock September 12, 2012 09:21 by author John |

This is terrible! Muslims have stormed 2 US embassies is Cairo and Libya and killed a US Diplomat and staff members. Apparently they were angry about a movie made by an Israeli about Muslims and Mohammed. These are the adherents of the "Religion of Peace", right? Rather than issue a strong response, the Obama administration called out the filmmaker and showed a moral equivalence between the killing with the offending movie as if they were equally wrong and offensive.

Give it time - these people will not stop until every last Christian and Jew is converted or killed. President Obama will continue to sit by and "condemn" the attacks but do nothing in response.



Why did God Allow 9/11 to Happen?

clock September 11, 2012 08:24 by author John |

Why did God allow 9/11?

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, I was a freshman at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Walking down the stairs of my dorm at around 9:00, I noticed about a dozen people glued to the television, watching Fox News. I noticed a building with smoke pouring out of it. It looked like the World Trade Center, but it seemed so surreal that I doubted that was actually the case. I sat down briefly and watched for a few minutes as the news came across the television.

So many thoughts were going through my head as I tried to comprehend what had happened. My mind began racing. I thought that it must have been a terrible accident. Was the pilot asleep or intoxicated? Distracted? How could a plane be flying that low over New York? How many people were killed or injured? We should say a prayer. I hope they can get everyone out before the fire spreads. It seemed like I was there for an hour, such is the way the mind works in situations like these. It turned out that I was only there for about 3 or 4 minutes until it happened.

I saw the second plane hit the other tower at about 9:03. I was in shock and disbelief set in. I remember thinking: How could this be possible? This must have been on purpose. Who did this? They are going to pay. Whatever my responsibilities were that morning – classes, most likely, I decided that they were not important. I was going to watch this scene as it unfolded. I prayed as I watched the smoke pouring from the buildings.

After a while, the reports started coming in that a third plane had crashed into the Pentagon. Bad move, I remember thinking. By this time, there was a pretty good indication or at least a suspicion that Islamic terrorists were behind this. I got angry. I knew we would be at war.

After United flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania, things began to hit a little more. That was only about 100 miles from Steubenville in a straight line. I remember feeling vulnerable. Could they possibly attack here? I mean Catholic and Muslims are not exactly best of friends. If you were going to attack a Catholic institution in the United States, Franciscan University would have to be at the top of the list.

I went to the Portiuncula (the adoration chapel on campus) to pray. I don’t remember what I said to God during those moments, but I do remember the fervor with which I was praying. Rarely did I ever pray that hard before. The chapel was relatively empty – maybe three people were there with me. There must be some people who still don’t know I thought. After a short time, people started to slowly enter the chapel. It began to fill up, so I decided to leave, since I had basically said everything I wanted to say to God and others could use the space.

Returning to the dorm, I called my parents. They were worried. They had been trying to call me, but communication lines were clogged that day. I guess they had trouble getting through. They didn’t know how far Shanksville, PA was from Steubenville, but they knew it was close. I told them I was OK, discussed the events a bit with them and then said goodbye. I didn’t feel like talking about it. It was too raw for me.

Word spread that classes were cancelled for the day. That was a good decision I thought. No one will go to class today anyway. Even if they did, they will not focus on the lecture. Their minds will be elsewhere. I remember thinking “Why would God allow this”?

That question still bothers me to this day. It seems contrary to human reason that a God that is all-good would allow evil. The problem with that line of thinking is that it assumes God created or condones evil. That is not the case. God gives us free will. Rather than force us to love Him, He allows us to choose to love Him. Love not freely given is not love at all. Evil is the absence of good. Where God has left the hearts of men, the void is filled with selfishness, pride, and most importantly, sin.

Evil is the manifestation of the choice we all make: that is, whether to love God or to love sin. Clearly the terrorists on that day made a choice for sin, for hatred, revenge, murder, war, however you describe it, it is the same thing: evil.


The best way we can honor those who lost their lives that day is to live our lives with an urgent dedication to God. We don’t know who from that terrible scene gained the eternal reward of Heaven. That is not in our control. It is God’s mercy that will determine their eternal reward. Our destiny is in our hands however. We can gain Heaven by loving God with fervent dedication, vigilance against evil, and the frequent reception of the sacraments, particularly confession. Let us honor the fallen by our lives, lived in virtue.