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I was fortunate to discover this group while listening to the Catholic Rockers podcast, produced by SQPN. In any event, as has been my experience with most “praise” Catholic musicians they bring every experience the Lord has allowed them to the table in his honor and leave nothing to be desired.

FoundNation is more than just a rap group. It is a group of men, driven by their Christian identity, to serve others, and make God known to them through their lives and their music.

This new group that spans to all the borders of the United States is not only bringing a new sound to Christian rap but is also setting a high bar for catholic rap. The 3 artists with the stage names of Thot, Dy-verse, and C2six have many years of ministry, from the local level of parish ministry with CCD and catechetical teachers to street ministry with gang intervention and street witnessing. After pursuing solo careers in the hip-hop world, they crossed paths through the indie Catholic rap label Phatmass, and quickly bonded as artists and friends. Desiring to bring change to the lives of individuals, their communities, and their own personal lives as they continuously sought to live out their Catholic-Christian faith, these young men became the group called FoundNation.

With their individual talents, they seek to bring light into a dark world, through rhymes, beats and songs. The sounds represented from the group come from “tha South” and also from a “latin” rap mixed with a “now-pop” sound, the music is definitely engineered for our street youth but enjoyable for all ages and backgrounds.

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Just in Time for the ‘Year of Faith:’ One in five Americans has no religion

 

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Christian Jesus Cross is critical about TV and Religion (Photo credit: epSos.de)

 

 

Okay American Catholics, God is presenting us with a clear challenge; one that is in keeping for one of the reasons why Pope Benedict XVI decided to call out this upcoming  “religious” year as the “Year of Faith.”

 

 

 

Washington (CNN) – The fastest growing “religious” group in America is made up of people with no religion at all, according to a Pew survey showing that one in five Americans is not affiliated with any religion.

The number of these Americans has grown by 25% just in the past five years, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

The survey found that the ranks of the unaffiliated are growing even faster among younger Americans.

Thirty-three million Americans now have no religious affiliation, with 13 million in that group identifying as either atheist or agnostic, according to the new survey.

Pew found that those who are religiously unaffiliated are strikingly less religious than the public at large. They attend church infrequently, if at all, are largely not seeking out religion and say that the lack of it in their lives is of little importance.

 

via Survey: One in five Americans has no religion – CNN Belief Blog – CNN.com Blogs.

 

 

 

 

Planned Parenthood responds to Live Action sting operation

Planned Parenthood responds to Live Action sting operation

BY KATHLEEN GILBERT

INDIANAPOLIS, June 30, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Undercover investigators who gave the lie to Planned Parenthood’s inflated claims of being a vital Medicaid provider in Indiana have ridiculed the abortion giant’s defensive response as “laughable.”

The Obama administration has threatened to hold Indiana’s entire Medicaid allotment hostage unless it reverses a law signed in May blocking Planned Parenthood’s $3 million share. Earlier this month, a federal judge granted Planned Parenthood of Indiana’s (PPIN) request to block implementation of the law on the basis that the administration’s retaliatory move, if carried out, would greatly harm the state’s Medicaid dependants.

In an effort to prove false PPIN’s posturing as a critical provider for low-income women, members of the pro-life group Live Action released audio recordings this week of investigators calling 16 of the state’s 28 Planned Parenthood clinics to ask for Medicaid services. According to the group, Planned Parenthood staffers at all 16 locations simply suggested that patients go to nearby health clinics or state-assigned primary care physicians.

The organization retaliated against the video this week, pointing to superior office hours and acceptance of new patients as evidence to back their original claims.

“We focused on helping our patients – even those posing as ‘patients’ – to find reproductive health care during the short period of time we were unable to provide services covered by Medicaid,” stated Planned Parenthood as quoted by local NBC affiliate WNDU.com.

“We maintain, as we’ve said all along, that just because there are other providers does not mean they offer the same patient-friendly hours, are accepting new Medicaid patients or offer the same services that PPIN offers.”

Live Action president Lila Rose shot back in her own statement, saying, “The basis of these rationalizations is false.”

“In a matter of minutes, Live Action easily found numerous Medicaid providers in Indiana ready and able to accept new patients; Planned Parenthood’s own lower level staffers repeatedly confirmed other providers ‘have the same services we have.’ And most laughable is their claim that ‘patient-friendly hours’ are what set Planned Parenthood apart from the other 800 Medicaid providers in the state,” said Rose.

“But what’s not funny is that Planned Parenthood continues to concoct more propaganda as they work to deceive the public and try to sweep this exposé under the rug,” she added. “Women don’t need this abortion-centered giant for their healthcare but Planned Parenthood needs women and taxpayer dollars to continue lining their pockets.”

On Wednesday, Live Action followed up on the video evidence with a breakdown of Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid presence in Indiana. The group points out that Planned Parenthood takes in less than one percent of the state’s Medicaid patients, while performing over half of all abortions there.

via LifeSiteNews

Planned Parenthood is in the business of killing babies. The most obvious reason is because this makes them a lot of money. Furthermore, to say that public funding will remain separate is disingenuous because I can almost assure you that if the Feds were to conduct audits on what and where these public funds are going, they would find a multitude of violations. This is part and parcel of combined provider models such as Planned Parenthood.

The only way to ensure that money is not dipped into from one place to another it to operate two distinct units. And even then, funding still flows through one stream whether up or down.

Believe me. Decision makers can say plenty but the reality remains that the issue of public finding going to Planned Parenthood violates the present law on the matter despite the fact that it may not do so openly. It’s a magic show for spending tax-payer dollars on ideological pork.

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When the Supreme Court ruled

When the Supreme Court ruled in June 1967 that Virginia’s law penalizing interracial marriage could not stand, it was not changing the fundamental and enduring meaning of marriage: It was affirming it. It was upholding the integrity of marriage by protecting it from irrelevant — and unconstitutional — racial manipulation. Virginia had interfered with the core elements of marriage in order to promote white supremacy, a value completely alien to marriage. Marriage is designed to bring men and women together; anti-miscegenation laws frustrated that design, and could not stand.

THE ESSENTIAL, PUBLIC PURPOSE OF MARRIAGE IS TO UNITE MALE AND FEMALE | ABYSSUS ABYSSUM INVOCAT / DEEP CALLS TO DEEP

 

Faith Aloud, a St. Louis-based religious group that advocates for abortion rights, began an online petition drive calling on Akin to apologize. The Rev. Krista Taves of Emerson Unitarian Universalist Chapel in Ellisville said Akin’s comment “shows how very little he knows about liberals, and how very little he knows about God.” “I’m a liberal because I love God and all God’s creation,” Taves said. “ I value equality, fairness and compassionate justice because my faith informs my politics.”

Faith Aloud, a St. Louis-based religious group that advocates for abortion rights, began an online petition drive calling on Akin to apologize.

The Rev. Krista Taves of Emerson Unitarian Universalist Chapel in Ellisville said Akin’s comment “shows how very little he knows about liberals, and how very little he knows about God.”

“I’m a liberal because I love God and all God’s creation,” Taves said. “ I value equality, fairness and compassionate justice because my faith informs my politics.”

Akin comments draw criticism from religious leaders

I love the quote above. It shows just how much certain “religious groups” know God so well that they support killing inutero but defend life after birth like there is some difference.

However, when you think about it. These people may very well know God better than all of us – especially the Church (you know Rome…). That is because their “God” is a deity of their own invention – their ego – themselves.

That said my God is creator of heaven and earth and “was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be.”

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Pledge to Pray the Rosary on July 4th

RosaryFriends,

I recently received a message from a group called America Needs Fatima. This is a pretty solid group reminding us that what we need here in the US is to return to Jesus. And there is no creature better able to help us than His very own Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In this message, which will be reproduced below, the group’s lead guy, Robert Ritchie, challenges us all to put our faith in action by pledging to pray the Rosary this Independence Day.

In his own words:

We desperately need spiritual solutions.

Will you please join thousands of America Needs Fatima members in praying the Rosary on July 4th?

 YES, I’ll pray the Rosary for America on July 4th.

July 4th is America’s birthday. Hurrah!

It’s the perfect time to pray the Rosary, asking the Blessed Virgin Mary to beg God to send desperately needed spiritual solutions to our nation.

When: July 4, 2011, 6PM

What: Pray the Holy Rosary

Why: To solve America’s growing moral, economic, family and national crisis

See, the more people who pray the Rosary on July 4th the more Our Lady will intervene for us before the Throne of Almighty God.

To win graces that we desperately need to save our children, families, and homes from the terrible decline that is affecting our society AT EVERY LEVEL.

YES. Pledge to say the Rosary for America on July 4th

There are still good things happening in America. For example, recently, there was a tremendous outpouring of Catholic reaction against a very offensive and blasphemous display of Our Lady of Guadalupe in a floral bikini at the Oakland Museum in California.

In reparation for this blasphemous display, hundreds of Catholics stood outside the museum in prayerful protest and prayer.

But this type of blasphemy is becoming more frequent in our secular world, which shows there’s still a lot of work to be done. So please:

Pledge to pray the Rosary for America on July 4th

See, those who seek to remove God and His holy law from our society fight press on:

  • abortion murders innocent unborn babies
  • the institution of the family is weakened by impure customs; and
  • threatened by the legalization of homosexual “marriage”
  • the sexual revolution pervades popular culture especially in television, media, movies and the Internet

However, the worst result of this secularist offensive is the rejection of God by which people disdain His wise and loving action and refuse His grace for our country.

And without His grace, how can we live?

How can our leaders properly govern?

From where will they get wisdom and strength to solve our great and complex problems?

And besides all these moral problems, how can we maintain our treasured national identity, while adopting a just and balanced solution for the immigration dilemma?

How can we solve our need to become self-sufficient in energy? How can we resolve our economic problems? How can we maintain a wise, strong and careful military strategy?

The answer is: we can’t do any of these things without the friendship of God. For without His grace, life is only disgrace and disaster.

And we cannot gain the friendship of God, without the intercession of His Most Holy Mother.

Now, the best way to win God’s graces for America is to beg Our Lady to intervene for us, by the power of the Holy Rosary.

That’s why I invite you to  pray the Rosary for America on July 4th .

Sincerely, 

Robert E. Ritchie

Robert E. Ritchie

America Needs Fatima

www.ANF.org

So let’s make this Independence Day a day of independence from sin!

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While we are not experts on air pollution, our general support for a national standard to reduce hazardous air pollution from power plants is guided by Catholic teaching, which calls us to care for God’s creation and protect the common good and the life and dignity of human persons, especially the poor and vulnerable, from conception until natural death,” Bishop Blaire said in a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

While we are not experts on air pollution, our general support for a national standard to reduce hazardous air pollution from power plants is guided by Catholic teaching, which calls us to care for God’s creation and protect the common good and the life and dignity of human persons, especially the poor and vulnerable, from conception until natural death,” Bishop Blaire said in a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : USCCB welcomes proposed EPA air pollution standards

Amen to that Bishop Blaire!

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In March of this year, Bishop Vera Lopez published a statement on the diocesan website expressing support for the “sexual, family and religious diversity forum.” The event was aimed at “eradicating what some sectors of the Church believe about homosexuality” — especially the belief “that homosexual acts are contrary to God.

In March of this year, Bishop Vera Lopez published a statement on the diocesan website expressing support for the “sexual, family and religious diversity forum.” The event was aimed at “eradicating what some sectors of the Church believe about homosexuality” — especially the belief “that homosexual acts are contrary to God.

via CNA | Bishop-supported homosexual ministry calls for same-sex ‘marriage’

I expect that there are going to be some serious repercussions for the heresy and dissension that this bishop and his supporters are engaging in. Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition is clear on homosexual activity. It is a no go.

The simple fact that a person is attracted to the same gender or not does not allow for them to live and unchaste lifestyle. Remember, chastity is lived according to the state of a person’s life with respect to their vocation – married, priest (men) or religious.

That is to say a single man or woman, in order to be chaste, must not engage in any sexual relations outside the institution of marriage, which is rightly between one man and one woman. To say otherwise is heresy.

Let us pray for this bishop, his supporters and all who are lead astray by them.

For those interested, the full context of the article is below:

Saltillo, Mexico, Jun 23, 2011 / 05:48 pm (CNA).- The San Elredo Community, which is backed by Bishop Raul Vera of Saltillo, Mexico, plans to request that civil unions between same-sex couples from now on be referred to as “marriage.”
 
Noe Ruiz, the coordinator of the community, said they would call on the new congress and governor of the State of Coahuila to establish policies that “respect” homosexuals, according to the June 16 edition of the Mexican newspaper Vanguardia.

The community is backed by Saltillo’s bishop despite its open opposition to Catholic teachings on homosexuality. 
 
Ruiz added that his group plans to propose that same-sex couples be allowed to adopt and receive social security benefits, and that civil unions between them be called “marriage.” 
 
The Diocese of Saltillo

Bishop Raul Vera Lopez of the Diocese of Saltillo has repeatedly expressed support for same-sex unions. 
 
In March of this year, Bishop Vera Lopez published a statement on the diocesan website expressing support for the “sexual, family and religious diversity forum.” The event was aimed at “eradicating what some sectors of the Church believe about homosexuality” — especially the belief “that homosexual acts are contrary to God.”
 
Fr. Robert Coogan, the American priest who founded San Elredo, told CNA, “The only answer the Catechism gives is to tell (homosexual persons) to be celibate, and that is not enough.” He voiced his own support for the legalization of same-sex unions and adoptions and said the community “has the strong support of the bishop.”
 
Noe Ruiz told CNA the purpose of the forum was to show that “two men or two women can raise a child and live normally like everyone else.”  
 
Pro-family groups in Saltillo, such as the Familias Mundi Association, disagreed with that argument. “We do not agree with forming same-sex families because families come from marriage, and marriage is a vocation that occurs between two people of the opposite sex who complement one another.”
 
CNA also interviewed Fr. Leopoldo Sanchez, who until a few months ago was the spiritual director for Courage Latino in Mexico, a ministry for homosexuals who wish to live according to the Church’s teachings. “The Church reminds us that the right path is the path of love, a love that is lived in chastity, and absolutely all Christians are called to this, regardless of whether they have same-sex attraction or not,” he said.

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Diocese opens chapel next to abortion clinic

The Diocese of Fargo has announced that it is opening a chapel next to North Dakota’s only abortion clinic. Mass, followed by Eucharistic adoration, will be offered at the chapel one day each week. 

“We believe prayer is so powerful, and what we’re engaged in is a spiritual battle,” said Rachelle Sauvageau, director of the diocese’s Respect Life Office. “It’s a place where we need an intense and focused prayer, and that’s why we feel the need to be right there.” 

“There are a lot of people who can’t stand outside — the elderly and other people who don’t feel called to be down there on the sidewalk,” she added. “This gives them the opportunity to be there in a real present way.” 

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