June 28, 2017

Not This Again: MSNBC’s Veshi Drags Out Long-Discredited Planned Parenthood Abortion Stat

On Tuesday, in a segment which could easily have been mistaken for parody, MSNBC’s Ali Veshi relayed Planned Parenthood’s long-discredited and tortured statistic that abortions constitute only 3 percent of its “services.” As he did this, Veshi absurdly disclaimed association with this and other fundamentally dishonest claims by the group, saying “I don’t have enough knowledge” to evaluate them, and that he’s “not advocating for Planned Parenthood.”

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (062817)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:50 am

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Positivity: Local priest named fifth bishop of Allentown, Penn.

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:45 am

From Vatican City:

Jun 27, 2017 / 07:16 am

On Tuesday the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ pick of Mons. Alfred A. Schlert to be the next bishop of the Diocese of Allentown in Pennsylvania, himself born and raised in the diocese.

Bishop-elect Schlert, 55, fills the vacancy left when his predecessor, Bishop John Oliver Barres was appointed to the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York at the end of January.

In a statement on the appointment June 27, Bishop Barres said that Mons. Schlert “has a blend of holiness, intelligence and pastoral experience that will serve the mission of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Allentown in an extraordinary way.”

“He is primarily a loving pastor with an insightful and compassionate pastoral charity and a non-stop New Evangelization missionary spirit,” the statement continued.

“He is humble and down to earth and has this incredibly creative sense of humor that is charitable and puts everyone around him at ease. He is calm and steady but passionate about Father, Son and Holy Spirit and the Catholic Church’s mission of mercy in the world.”

Mons. Schlert, who was born and raised in the Diocese of Allentown, has been serving as Diocesan Administrator of Allentown since Bishop Barres’ move to New York.

It is the first time a priest of the diocese has been named its bishop. …

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