Evangelical Catholicism Series

Evangelical Catholicism Series 
 based on Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church by George Weigel

Evangelical Catholicism – June 6, 2013 – Part 1

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Evangelical Catholicism – June 6, 2013 – Part 2

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Evangelical Catholicism – June 10, 2013 – Part 3

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Evangelical Catholicism – June 10, 2013 – Part 4

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Evangelical Catholicism – June 24, 2013 – Part 5

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Evangelical Catholicism – June 24, 2013 – Part 6

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Evangelical Catholicism – July 1, 2013 – Part 7

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Evangelical Catholicism – July 1, 2013 – Part 8

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Theology of Healing Series–Monsignor Douglas Raun

Theology of Healing – Part 1

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Theology of Healing – Part 2

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Live Jelly Cam in HD Monterey Bay Aquarium

H/T Newadvent.org

 

This live video is active only during certain parts of the day. Apparently, jellyfish need to sleep too.) Watch as their long tentacles and lacy mouth-arms move smoothly through the water. But don’t let these unassuming invertebrates fool you—their graceful trailing parts are covered in stinging cells used for hunting. When their tentacles touch tiny drifting prey, the stinging cells paralyze it and stick tight. The prey is moved to the mouth-arms and then to the mouth, where it’s digested

Pope Francis blasts abortion, euthanasia as ‘sins against God’ :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

by Elise Harris

Vatican City, Nov 15, 2014 / Pope Francis has told a group of Catholic doctors that “playing with life” in ways like abortion and euthanasia is sinful, and he stressed that each human life, no matter the condition, is sacred.

“We’re are living in a time of experimentation with life. But a bad experiment… (we’re) playing with life,” the Pope told an audience of 4,000 Catholic doctors gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Nov. 15.

“Be careful, because this is a sin against the Creator: against God the Creator.”

Pope Francis offered his words in an address given to members of the Italian Catholic Doctors Association in celebration of their 70th anniversary.

He recalled that many times in his years as a priest he heard people object to the Church’s position on life issues, specifically asking why the Church is against abortion.

After explaining to the inquirer that the Church is not against abortion because it is simply a religious or philosophical issue, he said it’s also because abortion “is a scientific problem, because there is a human life and it’s not lawful to take a human life to solve a problem.”

Regardless of the many objections he has heard saying that modern thought has evolved on the issue, the Pope stressed that “in ancient thought and in modern thought, the word ‘kill’ means the same!”

“(And) the same goes for euthanasia,” he explained, observing that as a result of “this culture of waste, a hidden euthanasia is practiced on the elderly.”

This, he said, is like telling God: “’at the end of life I do it, like I want.’ It’s a sin against God. Think well about this.”

The belief that abortion is helpful for women, that euthanasia is “an act of dignity,” or that it’s “a scientific breakthrough to ‘produce’ a child (who is) considered a right instead of accepted as a gift” are all part of conventional wisdom that offers a false sense of compassion, he said.

And this includes “(the) use of human life as laboratory mice supposedly to save others,” the Pope continued, saying that on the contrary, the Gospel provides a true image of compassion in the figure of the Good Samaritan, who sees a man suffering, has mercy on him, goes close and offers concrete help.

With today’s rapid scientific and technological advancements the possibility of physical healing has drastically increased, the Pope observed. However, the ability to truly care for the person has almost gone in the opposite direction.

Some aspects of medical science “seem to diminish the ability to ‘take care’ of the person, especially when they are suffering, fragile and defenseless,” he said, explaining that advancements in science and medicine can only enhance human life if they maintain their ethical roots.

“Attention to human life, particularly to those in the greatest difficulty, that is, the sick, the elderly, children, deeply affects the mission of the Church,” the Bishop of Rome continued, saying that often times modern society tends to attach one’s quality of life to economic possibilities.

Frequently the quality of a person’s life is measured by their physical beauty and well-being, he observed, noting how the more important interpersonal, spiritual and religious dimensions of human life are often forgotten.

“In reality, in the light of faith and of right reason, human life is always sacred and always ‘of quality’,” he said.

“No human life exists that is more sacred that the other, just like there is no human life qualitatively more significant than another solely in virtue of resources, rights, economic opportunities and higher social status.”

via Pope Francis blasts abortion, euthanasia as ‘sins against God’ :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

via Pope Francis blasts abortion, euthanasia as ‘sins against God’ :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Take a New Look at #Nebraska from Above–#WOW

“This may or may not be surprising to you but what they filmed In Nebraska might be their most breathtaking work yet.”

Women say popular birth control has ‘ruined my life’ | KFOR.com

Women say popular birth control has ‘ruined my life’ | KFOR.com.

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Hundreds of women say this non-hormonal permanent birth control has ruined their lives.

It’s called Essure, and it’s marketed for women who are done having children.

According to the marketing Essure is 99.8 percent effective for women who don’t want any more kids.

How It Works

Essure is a birth control device inserted into the Fallopian tubes.
Tiny metal coils are implanted by a gynecologist in the doctor’s office.
After several months, uterine tissue grows into the metal coils,
blocking conception.

The Side-Effects

“It sounded like a good thing to me. I mean. I’ve got a busy life. I’ve got five kids.” said Crystal Plumlee.

Plumlee chose Essure because it was the most affordable, effective option.

“It’s not worth it.” she now says. “It might seem easier, but it’s not worth it in the long run.”

Plumlee now has joint pain, chronic fatigue, weight gain, irregular heavy menstrual cycles and debilitating headaches.

“There are some people who are having success with it, but I would
not want to gamble that. I’m not a gambler. Unfortunately this is
something I gambled with, and I’ve made one of the biggest mistakes of
my life.”

Sarah Payne got the Essure coil implants in 2010.

Though the procedure is supposed to be relatively painless, Payne said it was the most excruciating pain she’d ever felt.

“It was like a ripping.” Payne said. “When you stand up it feels like
someone’s taking your muscles or your insides and trying to pull them
apart. It would take me to the floor.”

Soon after Essure Payne started getting migraines, hot flashes, night sweats, hair loss and severe pain.

She believes inflammation from the metal coils sent her into early menopause.

Payne called her doctor and others to report the trouble after she first got Essure.

They have all suggested a hysterectomy.

“He said, ‘Your only choice is to have a hysterectomy, and then we’re
going to put you on bio-identical hormones.’ And all I could think
about was more pills.” Payne said.

There are now thousands of women across the U.S. who are begging the FDA to pull Essure off the market.

via Women say popular birth control has ‘ruined my life’ | KFOR.com.