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Month: February 2022

The Role of Father Wounds and Personal Abortion Loss in the Emergence of Dr Bernard Nathanson as a Pioneer in the Legalization of Abortion in the U.S.

The Role of Father Wounds and Personal Abortion Loss in the Emergence of Dr Bernard Nathanson as a Pioneer in the Legalization of Abortion in the U.S.

Kevin Burke, LSW February 21st marks the eleven year anniversary of the death of Dr Bernard Nathanson, an obstetrician who was directly responsible for 75,000 abortions before becoming a leading pro-life advocate and a convert to the Catholic faith. What is lesser known, is that Nathanson was the father of two aborted children, and experienced a difficult relationship with his own father.  This painful father/son relationship, together with his personal abortion loss, played a key role in the legalization, and…

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How the Abortion Loss of Roe V Wade Attorney Sarah Weddington Fueled the Movement to Legalize Abortion in the U.S.

How the Abortion Loss of Roe V Wade Attorney Sarah Weddington Fueled the Movement to Legalize Abortion in the U.S.

By Kevin Burke, LSW and Theresa Burke, Ph.D. February 18th marks the five year anniversary of the death of Norma McCorvey, the woman known as the “Jane Roe” in the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe V Wade that legalized abortion in the U.S. In May 2020 news reports questioned Norma’s later conversion to the prolife movement.  A number of prominent prolife advocates who knew Norma for many years challenged these reports. But there is a lesser known story that reveals…

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The Apparitions at Lourdes, and the Mysterious Dogma of the Immaculate Conception: A Wellspring of Grace for those Struggling with Disordered Sexuality and Pornography

The Apparitions at Lourdes, and the Mysterious Dogma of the Immaculate Conception: A Wellspring of Grace for those Struggling with Disordered Sexuality and Pornography

By Kevin Burke, LSW On February 11, 1858, a poor, sickly French peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous, experienced her first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A miraculous spring emerged from the site of the apparitions, and reports of the healing powers of the waters soon spread.  In 1862 Church authorities confirmed the authenticity of the apparitions. During the apparition of March 25, Mary identified herself with the words, “I am the Immaculate Conception.”  The mysterious dogma of the Immaculate Conception,…

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The Apostle Peter & Vladimir Lenin: How They Processed a Traumatic Event in their Lives Changed the World in Very Different Ways

The Apostle Peter & Vladimir Lenin: How They Processed a Traumatic Event in their Lives Changed the World in Very Different Ways

By Kevin Burke, LSW The Apostle Simon Peter and the communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin were men separated by thousands of years of history. Yet both experienced a life-changing traumatic event in their lives. How they responded to their grief and emotional pain would change the world in very different ways. Simon Bar Jonah As the Apostles gathered for what would be their final Passover meal together, Jesus turned to Peter, and with great love and urgency said: “Simon, Simon, behold,…

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