October 18, 2018

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101818)

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Positivity: Media Ignore “Gosnell” Movie, But Viewers Give It a 99% Rating at Rotten Tomatoes

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From Washington:

OCT 16, 2018, 9:15AM

From their usual lack of coverage on the annual March for Life to treating pro-lifers as wholesale crazies, it’s clear that the media doesn’t want to face the intimate realities of legal baby killing. The recent film about the trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, not only tells his story, but shows how reluctant the media is to touch abortion, even if events surrounding it involve first degree murder.

Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer opened nationwide on Friday, October 12th. The movie received a fresh critic score of 67% on Rotten Tomatoes, which says a lot, considering how much lefty critics love to trash conservative movies. It also received a 99% score in terms of general audience approval.

The true story revolves around the trial of Dr. Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortionist who was convicted of the “mass murder of women and children.” Gosnell chose to perform abortions after their legal viability dates, which resulted in the negligent death of one woman. Such careless procedures would also sometimes result in the live births of almost fully-grown babies, who Gosnell admitted to coldly killing by “snipping their necks” with a pair of scissors.

Now these details would fit well in any horror movie, but another less gruesome, yet equally disturbing detail was depicted in Gosnell — how the liberal media ignored the story. Producer Ann McElhinney stated, “The movie is as much expose of the media as it is of abortion.”

After showing the searches of both Gosnell’s filth-ridden clinic and equally creepy Philadelphia home, and the doctor’s subsequent arrest, the film depicts several of the characters’ worry that Gosnell’s trial will result in a media backlash, as it concerns the always controversial subject of reproductive rights. District Attorney Dan Molinari (Michael Beach) warns Gosnell’s prosecutor, assistant District Attorney Lexy McGuire (Sarah Jane Morris) to stay calm and collected when the throng of reporters accosts them on the stairs to the courthouse.

In one of the film’s most pivotal scenes, however, these attorneys pull up to a quiet and sparsely populated courthouse, with hardly any media presence whatsoever. A poignant moment is depicted when every single bench — reserved for journalists — is shown empty. Detective James Wood (actor Dean Cain) asks, “Where is everybody?” MRC Culture’s own Katie Yoder was one of the only reporters at the real life trial in 2013, being one of a small handful who initially reported the media’s absence.

Lone blogger Molly Mulaney (Cyriana Fialo,) who spends much of the film helping the prosecutors build their case, photographs the derelict media section of the courthouse. She then posts the photo to social media, where it goes viral. Only then do members of the media acknowledge the trial, appearing in the courtroom in the final days of the proceedings.

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McElhinney summed it up, stating prior to the movie’s release that “Most Americans have never heard the name Dr. Kermit Gosnell because mainstream journalists chose not to cover the trail.” However she seemed confident that after the release of the film, “the media who ignored the story will have to explain to millions of people who will see the movie why they censored this story.” …

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October 17, 2018

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101718)

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Positivity: Thousands gather in L.A. archdiocese to celebrate St. Oscar Romero

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From Los Angeles:

Oct 15, 2018 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Thousands of Catholics in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles gathered in the cathedral on Sunday to celebrate as Oscar Romero was canonized in Rome.

St. Oscar Romero was canonized by Pope Francis Oct. 14, together with six other new saints. That same day, an estimated 3,000 people gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles for a Mass and celebrations.

Romero, who was the archbishop of San Salvador in the late 1970s, had been a major voice in defense of human rights for the Salvadorian people, especially during the early stages of the country’s civil war.

Before the liturgy Sunday, Salvadorians performed traditional dancing, while clips of Romero’s recorded homilies and speeches could be heard over the loudspeakers.

The inside the Cathedral was decorated with images and photographs of the newly minted saint, including a picture of Romero during one of his famous radio broadcasts and an image of the 250,000 mourners who attended his funeral at San Salvador’s Metropolitan Cathedral.

The Mass was celebrated, in Spanish, by Auxiliary Bishop Alexander Salazar. The homily was given by Deacon Ricardo Villacorta, a Salvadorian immigrant who left the country during its civil war.

Saint Oscar Romero was shot while celebrating Mass in March, 1980, during the country’s escalating civil war. Romero was an outspoken critic of political injustice in the country and of the violence affecting the lives of ordinary Salvadorians.

In a homily the day before he was martyred, Romero admonished soldiers to follow God’s law over the orders of their superiors.

“This was a very brave act: He told soldiers they have to act from their morals, and not just follow directions from their superiors,” said Rich Villacorta, son of Deacon Villacorta and an archdiocesan employee, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Doris Benavides, associate director of media relations for the archdiocese, told CNA that a majority of the attendees were Salvadorian. She said that after Mass many participants reflected about the difficult years of violence in their home country and spoke of their closeness to the new saint. …

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October 16, 2018

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101618)

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Positivity: Orthodox Patriarch commits to independent Ukrainian Church, snubs Moscow

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From Istanbul, Turkey:

Oct 11, 2018 / 01:00 pm

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, leader of the global Orthodox Church, has issued a statement confirming plans for an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and restored ties with the previously schismatic Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate.

The announcement, released Oct. 11, also removed the traditional right of the Russian Patriarch to ordain the Metropolitan of Kyiv, a move which will likely be perceived as a deliberate slight to Moscow.

Fr. Alexander Laschuk, a Byzantine Catholic priest, canon lawyer, and professor at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto, told CNA that the announcement was an “incredibly bold move” by Bartholomew, one likely to have real consequences for the global Orthodox Church.

The announcement was released by the office of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, following a regular session of the synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, held Oct. 9-11.

The meeting included bishops of the ecumenical patriarchate itself and its other territories, such as Greek Orthodox bishops in the United States, but was not inclusive of the wider orthodox community as each self-governing Church is independent.

“The Holy Synod discussed in particular and at length the ecclesiastical matter of Ukraine,” the statement said, introducing a number of resolutions on the future of the Orthodox Church in that country.

The first of these was to “renew the decision already made that the Ecumenical Patriarchate proceed to the granting of Autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine.”

The statement also said that Metropolitan Filaret Denisenko, leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate, had been restored to full communion along with its members.

Orthodox Christians in Ukraine are currently divided into three separate groups.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate effectively declared itself independent from Moscow in 1992, and is considered by the Russian Church to be a schismatic group. Until now, the other Orthodox Churches have recognized Ukraine as under Moscow’s jurisdiction and honored the excommunication.

The Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, re-founded in 1990, is similarly seen as a breakaway group. …

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October 15, 2018

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Positivity: Thousands of Catholic students gather for Mass and winter coat drive in Minnesota

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From Minneapolis:

Oct 11, 2018 / 03:13 pm

Thousands of young Catholic students gathered for Mass, music, and a winter clothing drive on Wednesday morning in a stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Drawing children from 79 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, 12,000 students attended the second annual Mass of the Holy Spirit on Oct 10.

In celebration of the new school year, the students assembled to participate in worship and listen to Christian music like the rock group Sonar and rapper Connor Flanagan. The event also included Coats for Kids, a donation drive aiming to collect 12,000 winter coats for Minnesota kids.

The Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Bernard Hebda of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. In his homily, he encouraged all the students to put their faith into practice.

“Every day in every one of our excellent Catholic schools, we have the chance to practice. We practice what it means to be like Christ, to live as Christ lived, to see the world through his eyes,” Hebda said.

The archbishop began his sermon recalling the victory of the Minnesota Vikings over the New Orleans Saints in a football game earlier this year. The bishop said that in that game, when quarterback Case Keenum threw a 61-yard game-winning pass to wide receiver Stefon Diggs, the play was not a random miracle but the result of practice and careful planning.

He encouraged the students to be studious but also to live the faith with action. He further added that this may be achieved by pursuing little moments with great love.

“Our schools are great places for learning the drills, for sharpening the skills, for building our stamina, for learning what true Christ-like success feels like so that on game day we are going to be ready to step up and put our faith into action,” he said. …

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October 14, 2018

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Positivity: Humanae vitae is prophetic ‘blueprint’ for society, bishop says

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From Lincoln, Nebraska:

Oct 11, 2018 / 04:30 pm

The message of Humanae vitae is “good news” and a guide for rebuilding family and society Bishop James Wall of Gallup, New Mexico, has said. He made the remarks during a talk on the famous encyclical and the legacy of Pope Paul VI.

Humanae vitae presents a “blueprint” for a happy marriage, the bishop told listeners, and that ignoring it had led to the breakdown of the family seen in recent decades. Wall said the Church could not be silent about the lessons of the last fifty years, and what the Church had to teach about them.

“When we speak about human life, it means it’s addressed to everyone,” he said.

Wall delivered his talk, entitled Humanae vitae and the Wisdom of Pope Paul VI, Oct. 3 as part of an ongoing series organized by the Diocese of Lincoln.

“A society where contraceptive mentality is the norm, we know, is not a society based on love,” Wall said. “And we know that that will eventually implode on itself, because we know that that is a selfish society.”

Humanae vitae was promulgated July 25, 1968, by Blessed Pope Paul VI, who will be canonized in Rome Oct. 14.

The landmark encyclical was a central part of the Church’s response to the cultural changes in the West during the 1960s, and particularly the widespread liberalization of sexual mores. While it presented the Church’s consistent ethic of life and human sexuality, it has become most closely associated with its affirmation of the Church’s teaching against the use of artificial contraception.

Wall noted the many symptoms of cultural decline which had been foreseen by Pope Paul, including large increases in cohabitation, divorce, and infidelity, and underscored the fundamental damage done to relations between men and women over the last fifty years. …

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October 13, 2018

Should Have Mentioned Sooner: Hillary on Her Husband and Trump

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If a world record for tone-deafness existed, Hillary Clinton would have it.

Look at what she was saying, just as Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation had moved into being very likely:

Hillary Clinton draws contrast between sexual misconduct accusations against Trump, Bill Clinton

… Hillary Clinton is drawing a contrast between the sexual misconduct allegations against her husband, former President Clinton, and those leveled against President Trump.

In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, said the main difference between the allegations is that there was an investigation led by Republicans into the claims against her husband, while Clinton said there has been no serious investigation of Trump.

The allegations of rape and assault against Bill Clinton, which the former president has denied …

Clinton was impeached after lying under oath about having a consensual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, who was then a White House intern. He has been accused by four women of nonconsensual sexual interactions.

Bill Clinton was credibly accused, with hard evidence, witness corroboration — and, in the case of Paula Jones, an $850,000 lawsuit settlement.

And let’s not forget the second article of impeachment — obstruction of justice, on a massive scale.

Please don’t ever stop talking, Hillary.

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Positivity: The Seven in Heaven — Meet the new saints to be canonized this weekend

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From Vatican City:

Oct 13, 2018 / 06:00 am (ACI Prensa).- Meet the seven people Pope Francis will officially recognize as saints of the Catholic Church on Sunday.

Below are brief biographies on each of their lives, as well as photos of each saint’s banner currently on display at the Vatican.

Blessed Pope Paul VI

Born Giovanni Battista Montini in 1897 and ordained a priest in 1920, he did graduate studies in literature, philosophy, and canon law in Rome before beginning to work for the Vatican Secretariat of State. In 1954, he was named Archbishop of Milan, and in 1958 was made a Cardinal by Pope John XXIII. As a Cardinal, he helped to arrange the Second Vatican Council and chose to continue the council after he became Pope.

Montini was elected as Pope Paul VI in 1963 at age 65, not long after the start of the second Vatican Council. This was a difficult time for the Church and for the world, as the “Sexual Revolution” was in full swing and the struggle for civil rights in the United States in particular was at its peak. Paul VI is perhaps most noted for his 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, which served as the Church’s official rebuke to artificial contraception, prohibiting its use.

Paul VI died in 1978 and Pope Francis beatified him in 2014.

Blessed Oscar Romero

Born in 1917 in El Salvador, Romero was auxiliary bishop of San Salvador for four years before being elevated to Archbishop in 1977. He was an outspoken defender of the rights of the poor in El Salvador, who were being terrorized by right-wing military death squads mainly because of protests over the extreme economic inequality in the country in the 20th century.

His weekly homilies, broadcast across the country on radio, were a galvanizing force for the country’s poor as well as a reliable source of news. In addition to speaking out against the government’s actions El Salvador, he also criticized the US government for backing the military junta that seized El Salvador in 1979, and even wrote to Jimmy Carter in February 1980 asking him to stop supporting the repressive regime.

In March 1980, Romero was assassinated, likely by a right-wing death squad, while celebrating Mass.

Pope Francis beatified Romero in 2015.

Go here for descriptions of the lives of the other five:

  • Blessed Vincent Romano
  • Blessed Francesco Spinelli
  • Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio
  • Blessed Nazaria Ignacia March Mesa
  • Blessed Maria Katharina Kasper
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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101318)

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October 12, 2018

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October 11, 2018

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101118)

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