Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Abby Johnson showed up to testify before the Texas Senate; Planned Parenthood refused


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Our friend Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood clinic director, testified today in front of the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services regarding the Planned Parenthood baby organ harvesting scandal.





All I can say is, this woman is fearless. Absolutely fearless, and committed to telling the truth, no matter where the chips may fall. She is my kind of woman.

Okay, this is a long hearing. It's over four hours long. I watched it all. If you can't take that kind of time, be sure to see Abby's part.

She enters at about 2 hours, 22 minutes into the video. Her specific statement to the committee begins at about 2 hours, 30 minutes. And at about the 3 hour, 22 minute mark, there are some tense moments as Planned Parenthood's attorney interrupts proceedings to come forward and enter Planned Parenthood's written testimony into the record. The chairman asked PP's attorney if she would be willing to testify; the attorney declined. The chairman had, at the beginning of the hearing, already made clear his disappointment at Planned Parenthood's refusal to participate in these important proceedings.



On July 17, I first posted on the Planned Parenthood/baby organ harvesting story, and I have watched all the unedited videos (edited and unedited) to date. I invited our pro-"choice" readers to discuss this issue, and so far not a single one has come forward. The silence is deafening, and that's never really happened here before.

Abortion supporters, where are you? We are respectful here, as you know, so please tell us what you think. And it's okay (and even freeing) if you want to admit that Planned Parenthood is doing something that is, in fact, indefensible.

Be courageous, like Abby Johnson. Let's talk about the truth of it.


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PS: WOW! Take one minute and eight seconds to watch this brilliant video explaining how PP double-dips its profits:








Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To Dean, on our 25th wedding anniversary!







Looking back a quarter of a century to our wedding day, there is so much in my heart and mind. First, I can't believe it's been 25 years. How could that happen? We feel, in our spirits at least, like we are still 23 and 24, don't we? Our bodies tell us differently, as do the circumstances of our lives (eight children, a lovely home, an established career, and now two grandchildren!).

I sometimes think, Who were we then, and who are we now? Well, back then, we were highly immature and spiritually undeveloped. We were definitely products of the '80s. We swore like sailors, we didn't often go to church (I was a lapsed Catholic -- still thinking myself "devout", remember? -- and you were an agnostic Jew), and we contracepted without a thought.

But there was one thing that was never, ever in question: When we married, we would stay married until death parted us. I knew it in my Catholic bones, and instinctively you knew it, too. We were making our vows for life.



I've thought a lot about what I would write for our 25th anniversary. At 20 years, I wrote a fun pictorial. At 21 years, I recounted how our reversion/conversion affected our openness to life. And since then, I have revealed even some of our most difficult times, because there are always those.

I thought of pouring forth all the clich├ęs that make sense now, all the sentimental musings, the lessons, cute stories, the profundities, and things I love about you.

But I keep coming back to something that I said to you in the car a few months ago, as we were simply driving along. It suddenly hit me, this thing that had happened when we weren't looking. In a state of wonder, I turned to you and said:

"We've built a life!"

And that's it. We've built a life. Not two lives, but a life. We started young and we built together, side by side, the way that God intended for us to grow in holiness, the only way life and love can exist on this earth: with and through God's grace.

Here is the sacred vow we made to each other before God and our loved ones on July 28, 1990:

"I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love and honor you all the days of my life."

I am blessed to be married to you, a man who took those vows seriously. And God has blessed us abundantly in return.





This very week I learned of a pre-Vatican II "Exhortation Before Marriage", which was read to every Catholic couple on their wedding day. Here's an excerpt from this gorgeous statement; I know you will appreciate it (emphases mine):

This union, then, is most serious, because it will bind you together for life in a relationship so close and so intimate, that it will profoundly influence your whole future, That future, with its hopes and disappointments, its successes and its failures, its pleasures and its pains, its joys and its sorrows, is hidden from your eyes. You know that these elements are mingled in every life, and are to be expected in your own. And so not knowing what is before you, you take each other for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death.

Truly, then, these words are most serious. It is a beautiful tribute to your undoubted faith in each other, that recognizing their full import, you are, nevertheless, so willing and ready to pronounce them. And because these words involve such solemn obligations, it is most fitting that you rest the security of your wedded life upon the great principle of self-sacrifice.

And so you begin your married life by the voluntary and complete surrender of your individual lives in the interest of that deeper and wider life which you are to have in common. Henceforth you will belong entirely to each other; you will be one in mind, one in heart, and one in affections. And whatever sacrifices you may hereafter be required to make to preserve this mutual life, always make them generously. Sacrifice is usually difficult and irksome. Only love can make it easy, and perfect love can make it a joy. We are willing to give in proportion as we love. And when love is perfect, the sacrifice is complete. 


I love you Dean-o, and I am looking forward to our next 25 years!













Friday, July 17, 2015

Whereas Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards throws one of her best abortionists/organ harvesters under the bus



So, first we had Dr. Deborah Nucatola, abortionist and senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood, sipping wine over lunch as she describes how she harvests the organs of the babies she aborts:





If you can't stomach the video, here's a little taste of what Nucatola describes to the undercover actors posing as organ brokers, when they ask her how she decides which body parts to harvest:


Nucatola: You know I asked her at the beginning of the day what she wanted, yesterday she wanted, she’s been asking, a lot of people want intact hearts these days, they’re looking for specific nodes. AV nodes, yesterday I was like wow, I didn’t even know, good for them. Yesterday was the first time she said people wanted lungs. And then, like I said, always as many intact livers as possible. People just want—

Buyer: Yeah, liver is huge right now.

Nucatola: Some people want lower extremities too, which, that’s simple. That’s easy. I don’t know what they’re doing with it, I guess if they want muscle. 

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Nucatola: So then you’re just kind of cognizant of where you put your graspers, you try to intentionally go above and below the thorax, so that, you know, we’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m going to basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact. And with the calvarium [head], in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that it’s not vertex, because when it’s vertex presentation, you never have enough dilation at the beginning of the case, unless you have real, huge amount of dilation to deliver an intact calvarium.


The banality of evil, folks. It's on display here for all to see. For those who claim that the video is deceptive, or "heavily edited", or a "hoax" (Planned Parenthood's desperate term for it), the entire video, spanning nearly three hours, can be seen here.

Surprisingly, the video got a tiny bit of play in the mainstream press (usually they ignore the things that don't fit the narrative), and controversy ensued.

Planned Parenthood is expert at damage control, so after the initial frenzy of self-righteous indignation from various PP operatives and supporters, Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, issued a video "apology" of sorts, which I find very curious. You simply must watch, from beginning to end:





This is so perplexing. Although the bulk of the statement is Richards lauding the humanitarianism of Planned Parenthood and lambasting pro-lifers, she throws in a "personal apology" for the "tone and statements" of Dr. Nucatola in the video, calling them "unacceptable" and claiming that they lack "compassion". 

Huh?

Dr. Nucatola actually had quite a pleasant, breezy, happy tone when she spoke of the work she does, work of which she is obviously quite proud. What should her "tone" have been, when discussing the disposal of "tissue", i.e., "medical waste"? What would that have sounded like? Why must Nucatola have a "compassionate tone" when discussing a simple medical procedure over lunch with potential business colleagues? This makes no sense to me. Someone help me out. 

Why is Cecile Richards apologizing for the abortionist's tone? Why was Nucatola "reprimanded"?

And the "statements" Nucatola made are also "unacceptable". But which ones, exactly? Richards does not specify which statements of the abortionist warranted a national apology. Why didn't she name the offending statements? To omit them seems bizarre. 

Obviously, as pro-life Catholics who understand the absolute horror of abortion and thus the horror of the video (which shocks the conscience), we know that every single thing about that video is "unacceptable" and demands more than an apology. But Cecile Richards is all about the business of abortion and the denial of unborn children's humanity, and her abortionist is speaking quite as she should for someone who believes that it's perfectly fine to abort babies. They are just "tissue" after all, (albeit with lungs and livers and heads and limbs and such), but "tissue" doesn't need to be spoken about with any sort of compassion, right? And nothing that she describes about the procedure should be seen as anything different from, say, an appendectomy. I mean, who apologizes for a casual, easy description of an appendectomy?

So, what was Cecile Richards apologizing for, exactly? Thoughts?

I'm especially interested in hearing from our readers who are pro-"choice".



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Meanwhile...

Our friend and former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, who was herself involved in the dirty business of harvesting fetal organs after abortions, wrote a heartfelt open letter to Dr. Nucatola, in hopes of bringing her out of the evil of the abortion industry:



Let us pray fervently for the soul of Dr. Deborah Nucatola, who was made in the image and likeness of God, and was not made to destroy other human beings. Pray that she might find her own humanity so that she will see that same humanity in the children she is paid to kill. We must not concede even one soul to the devil, including Dr. Nucatola. We can be sure that her thousands of victims are praying for her repentance and conversion before the Throne of God.


Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven 
over one sinner who repents 
than over ninety-nine righteous persons 
who need no repentance.  -- Luke 15:7








(PS: If you are seeing this in script font, it's your computer. I don't know why that happens for some readers. Sorry!)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Gay "marriage" round-up and resources

I'm sure we are all sick of the whole topic, and yet there is so much error and misinformation out there that I've made this resource page for those of you who want to learn more about all aspects of the issues we now face. This would be a good page to bookmark.

In no particular order...




1. My brief and clear answers to nine secular arguments regarding gay "marriage":

My Answers to Questions About Gay "Marriage"



2. Why gay "marriage" is not analogous to interracial marriages:






3. An excellent rebuttal to those misguided gay "marriage" flow charts floating around Facebook and social media:


4. For those who say that homosexuality is like the Old Testament Levitical prohibitions against wearing certain fabrics or eating shrimp:




5. To those who say Jesus was silent on gay "marriage":






6. For answering Christians who attempt to use the Bible to support gay "marriage":






7. When you are laughed at for claiming a slippery slope, direct your detractors to this respected gay-rights activist and professor who says it's time for his side to "fess up" to the slippery slope that he himself used to deny:






8. What to say to your small children about this whole mess:





9. Note that children's rights were tragically and completely ignored in the Court majority's written decision:






10a. When you are asked how same-sex "marriage" will harm or affect you or society, you can explain that Canada is ten years ahead of us and so we are able take a look into the future:



10b. Of course, for many small businesses in America, the future is already here (two of many examples):





10c. And as I wrote four years ago, several Catholic charities and foster/adoption agencies have already been affected -- into oblivion:





10d. Thoughts on the future in America:




11. What does the Catholic Church say about our role in the public square when these unjust laws are proposed and passed?

The Vatican is so incredibly clear about our duty as Catholics (emphasis mine):

Those who would move from tolerance to the legitimization of specific rights for cohabiting homosexual persons need to be reminded that the approval or legalization of evil is something far different from the toleration of evil. 
In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty

Read the entire document here:




12. The U.S. Bishops released a statement regarding the recent "profoundly immoral and unjust" ruling on gay "marriage":



13. Pope Francis has spoken clearly on the threats to marriage and family:




14. Answering the charge that the Church is "imposing" her beliefs on society:



15. Questions for Protestant evangelicals who are waving the rainbow flag for gay "marriage":

17. What does it look like to be a Catholic who lives with same-sex attraction?







18. And here is more on that, in the moving video, The Third Way:





19. Trent Horn comes in with the most innovative idea to help move us back to marriage sanity (can you imagine if we seriously embraced this approach?):





20. And when they ultimately tell you to "judge not!", you can inform them that when it comes to actions (not souls), we are commanded to judge:



21. Books to read on the subject (secular arguments):


What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense, by Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George

Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, by Ryan T. Anderson



22. A few previous Bubble posts on the topic of gay "marriage" or homosexuality:








The Most Important Question in the Gay Marriage Debate


Why Gay "Marriage" Can't Be 
Hitched to the Civil Rights Train



23: A really eye-opening summation, from the wonderful Shane Kapler, as we Christians walk our path to sanctity:

Something I have noticed through observation: I have never met, nor read, a person of great spiritual maturity (someone that you come away from feeling as if you had spent time with Jesus Himself) who ever begins a sentence with, "I'm a Christian, but...," or "I'm Catholic, but..." The people who truly inspire, who really make a difference in the life of the world, are so thoroughly in love with Christ that they have allowed His will to determine theirs; and as a result, they "ooze" divine life. The path to authentic union with Christ must begin with striking that word "but" from our moral vocabulary. We must be Christ's without qualification, as He is ours. (Otherwise we run the risk of hearing those words from Rev. 3:16.)



I will likely add to this page in the future. If something is not addressed here, please let me know!

And remember, let not your hearts be troubled! We were put on this earth at this time for a reason




What a privilege and sacred honor to be a Catholic in such dark and troubled times! Go forth and become a saint! God has given you the means and the grace to do so, and He asks nothing less.







Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Word About My Blog Title


This is just a random post that I've wanted to write for years.

I started this blog at the suggestion of some great and holy women, and I didn't expect that my readership would expand much from that first group of amazing Catholics.

I remember having a great time trying to think up blog names (I'm embarrassed to admit that I almost went with Musings of a Frustrated Yenta!!), and I got really excited when I thought of Little Catholic Bubble. For years after my reversion and finding some of the most amazing friends I could have ever hoped for, I felt positively giddy about what I jokingly referred to as my "little Catholic bubble" of friends. A community that was so fun, so good-hearted, so uplifting and faithful -- I was pinching myself every day. My greatest comfort and joy came from those who loved the Faith as much as I; the support and love and laughter and grace made a soft, safe place to land in a crazy, mixed-up world.

So, with tongue firmly in cheek, I staked my blog title and found a very pretty little bubble photo that made me feel happy! And off a-blogging I went! Wheeeee!

Fast forward five years and millions of page hits, and my cozy little blog has attracted a new and more diverse group of readers, for which I am profoundly grateful. All of you are what make the Bubble "ours", not just "mine", and I think of us as the Bubble Family, Catholic and non-Catholic alike.

However, as with any public blog, there are always going to be detractors, meanies, and trolls. Thankfully, we don't have many here -- we can all pride ourselves on having made this one of the most respectful of the "controversial" blogs out there! -- but occasionally the same old tired digs come up (yawn!):

"Hey Bubble Lady, maybe you should get out of your little bubble once in a while and face the real world!"

"You definitely are in a bubble! Stay there!"

"She's in a bubble so that she can only hear herself and others like her. It's an echo chamber."

"Little Catholic Bubble says it all! Pathetic."


I must tell you that each time someone uses my blog title as an insult, I smile. Because these sad and angry souls don't see the obvious. I didn't start and name this blog in order to hunker down and shut people out. This blog is open to all and engages all ideas. Everyone is allowed to comment and disagree with me or the Catholic Church, and those comments will stand. Everyone who is respectful gets a fair hearing and then some. Everyone is permitted to make his case. (I rarely censor or ban people, and when that happens it's only in response to something truly obscene, or after repeated warnings to the offender.)

The blog's subtitle gives a big clue to the clueless, too:

A sphere of clarity, color and light -- with an infinite amount of room inside!

Get it? It's infinitely large. It can hold everyone. It excludes no one.

All are welcome here!

So, that's the history of my blog title. I liked the name. It seemed fun and playful. I love my Catholic community. I like the thought of bubbles. I found a picture of a bubble that makes me happy. And I love the irony, the subtle little joke of it all, since we are anything but an exclusive, censoring, echo chamber here.

Anyone who can't see that needs to lighten up -- maybe by blowing some pretty bubbles!













(These are some of the original bubble photos I liked, before deciding on "the" photo!)