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Month: April 2013

Science Can’t Explain Shroud

Science Can’t Explain Shroud

Original research team member says science still can’t explain Shroud By Lauren Colegrove Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Even with modern scientific technology, the Shroud of Turin continues to baffle researchers. Barrie Schwortz was the documenting photographer for the Shroud of Turin research project in 1978, an in-depth examination of what many people believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus. Read rest here  

The Intoxicated Will: CS Lewis’ Weston is Gosnell

The Intoxicated Will: CS Lewis’ Weston is Gosnell

A reader comments: When you suggested that Gosnell may have initially had noble motivations that were extinguished it reminds me of the character Weston from CS Lewis’ Perelandra: “The forces which had begun, perhaps years ago, to eat away his humanity had now completed their work. The intoxicated will which had been slowly poisoning the intelligence and the affections had now at last poisoned itself and the whole psychic organism had fallen to pieces. Only a ghost was left –…

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Massacre of the Innocents: The Boston Marathon Bombings and the Gosnell Trial

Massacre of the Innocents: The Boston Marathon Bombings and the Gosnell Trial

Cowardly, gruesome and senseless acts of violence like the Boston Marathon Bombing make us feel great compassion for the victims and their families, but also intense feelings of anger at these attacks upon the innocent.  We hunger for righteous action against the perpetrators and justice for the victims. The trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell draws to a close in Philadelphia next week.  The sparse media coverage of the trial and Gosnell’s house of horrors reveals  a powerful disconnect in our…

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Gosnell and Abortion: Trauma and Death for the Poor

Gosnell and Abortion: Trauma and Death for the Poor

Trauma specialist point to the painful reality of traumatic repetition, that is engaging in self-destructive repetition of abusive themes or behaviors in relationships: Trauma can be repeated on behavioral, emotional, physiologic… levels. Repetition on these different levels causes a large variety of individual and social suffering…Adults, as well as children, may develop strong emotional ties with people who intermittently harass, beat, and threaten them. The persistence of these attachment bonds leads to confusion of pain and love… (The compulsion to…

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As Terrible as it May Sound: White Indifference to Black Abortion Rates

As Terrible as it May Sound: White Indifference to Black Abortion Rates

Alveda’s Newsmax piece got me thinking of a an article we published on Alveda’s blog: As Terrible as it May Sound:  White Indifference to Black Abortion Rates     Here’s an excerpt: …In The Chicago Tribune (April 25, 2011) Dennis Byrne uses a recent billboard controversy in Chicago as an urgent plea to move beyond the polarizing abortion rhetoric to take a closer look at abortion in the African American community. What is the public response to the alarming abortion rate, especially in places…

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Dr Alveda King Warns: Don’t be Deceived by the Spin!

Dr Alveda King Warns: Don’t be Deceived by the Spin!

My friend and colleague at Priests for Life Dr Alveda King has an important commentary at Newsmax: But now that the media has been moved into covering the trial, some reporters seem all too eager to comment and condemn the actions of abortionist Kermit Gosnell — but not the system that created him. Described as the growing mushy middle,” some people have even taken the quantum leap to blame pro-life activists for abortionists like Gosnell. They argue that the pro-life legislation…

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Gosnell Coerced Pregnant Employee to Abort

Gosnell Coerced Pregnant Employee to Abort

At the Gosnell trial last week, employee Kareena Cross testified that Gosnell applied pressure on her to have an abortion if she wanted to keep working at his death center.  He made it clear that remaining pregnant, given the nature of the business would not make sense.  Cross who I recall in her testimony mentioning a previous abortion, fortunately resisted Gosnell’s pressure and did not abort. Gosnell was actually revealing something accurate about his medical practice.  If we look behind his motives with his pregnant employee, we can…

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Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here: A Descent Into Hell and Trauma at the Gosnell Trial

Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here: A Descent Into Hell and Trauma at the Gosnell Trial

I spent April 18th 2013 inside a Philadelphia Courtroom with the notorious late term abortionist Kermit Gosnell along with lawyers, jurors, court personnel and witness Kareena Cross who worked at Gosnell’s “medical center.”  Ms Cross presented the majority of the testimony of that day. Based on that experience, I am recommending that a warning banner be posted above the entrance to the courtroom with the chilling words the poet Dante placed at the entrance to the gates of Hell in his…

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Almost Shell-Shocked

Almost Shell-Shocked

  Take a look at this informative piece below on a man suffering with PTSD from his time in Iraq.  He’s not a soldier, but a contractor working at the massive U.S. base on the edge of Baghdad International Airport.  I’ll share some reflections later in a separate post on how this relates to those of us working with men after abortion and other trauma. Almost Shell-Shocked Posted By Jeremiah Goulka On April 16, 2013 @ 12:09 pm In | 5…

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