June 30, 2014

EWTN Chairman & CEO Michael Warsaw Reacts To Hobby Lobby Decision

Irondale, AL – Statement of Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN Global Catholic Network on June 30, 2014 US Supreme Court Decision in the Hobby Lobby Case:
“EWTN is extremely pleased with today’s Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case.  The fact that the Court believes that the government has less restrictive means of accomplishing it’s goals is very helpful.  However, it remains unclear whether this decision addresses the serious objections that EWTN has raised with regard to the government’s “accommodation” scheme for nonprofit faith-based organizations. We are consulting with our legal team to determine how this significant decision applies to EWTN and our pending case before the courts.” 

#HobbyLobby #ReligiousFreedom #Catholic #Christian

June 28, 2014

Secular Entertainment: What is a Christian to do?

It's funny how many of us are careful about what we put into our mouths. We know that if we eat high calorie, high fat foods we will gain weight. Worse than that we can become obese and even worse: unhealthy . . .  possibly developing adult onset diabetes, high cholesterol . . . the list goes on.

So,why aren't we as concerned about our spiritual health - which is eternal? Just as we try not to choose foods that destroy the body just imagine if we said, "No, I won't watch that violent, sexually explicit film . . . I'm striving for sainthood!"

I'm not a fan of the "brainwashing box" to begin with. But we all enjoy a good movie. You may be happy to know that there are MANY excellent Christian (non-secular) movies out there.  If you'd like to try a few on for size my top recommendations are: Courageous, War room, God's Not Dead, Fireproof, Seven days in Utopia, The Five people you meet in heaven, The Mighty Macs, Pilgrims Progress,  Facing the Giants, The Encounter, Flywheel - and you've probably heard of "The Passion of the Christ" . . . just to name a few. Some Christian movies don't have a huge Hollywood budget - but they are still terrific.

If I do watch a secular movie - it's rated PG or under. Tragically "worldly" content in our present "R" rated culture includes instances of sexual interactions, full nudity, vulgar language, homosexuality, violence, gore, rape, adultery . . . you get the picture. This is not really "entertainment" but corrupt seed planting.

So WHAT is a Christian to do - not only as an adult but even more so to protect the purity and innocence of children?
 I recommend this site for secular movie reviews: 

Television is a hot mess too. Most "music videos" are nothing more than soft core porn. T.V. shows, news sites with illicit thumbnails . . . books . . . and then we have magazines - covers featuring scantily clad models on display for all to see! It's disgraceful and clearly un-Godly. It's all meant to change our thinking "Maybe it's not that bad."  Friends, we ain't gonna walk with God and hold hands with the devil - nuh-uh, no-way. We cannot serve two masters!

Our Blessed Lord tells us that when one "lusts with the eye he has already committed adultery." Adultery - either to a spouse - or to a chaste, single life. Unfortunately there are many Christian adults who believe they can watch/look at/read this stuff with a "filter," somehow stopping it from seeping into their spirit. Incorrect -  evil is insidious.

The enemy looks for ANY pinhole to stick a claw in - to to get a hold on you. You're not outsmarting him. Even the most "holy" can and will fall by thinking "oh, just a little," or "some" won't hurt. Would you drink "a little" poison???

Guard yourselves my dear friends - and your precious offspring. Now more than ever the devil is "prowling, seeking whom he can devour." We must be vigilant in ALL things, lest we become spiritually unhealthy or worse - spiritually dead - which leads us to eternal perdition.

Let us be mindful of always asking ourselves:
Would Jesus watch/listen/read --->_________?  Pray on it. Thank you and God bless.

#Catholic #Christian #Hollywood #Secular #Spirit #Entertainment

June 18, 2014

 Wednesday, June 18, 2014

EWTN Denied Protection
Against Contraception Mandate

Network Filing Appeal of US District Court Decision

Irondale, AL – U.S. District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade of Mobile, Ala. issued an opinion on June 17 denying EWTN Global Catholic Network protection from the government mandate that it must provide coverage of contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization as part of its employee health care coverage.

“We are extremely disappointed with the decision reached by the court in this case,” said EWTN Chairman and CEO Michael P. Warsaw.  “The opinion issued is clearly inconsistent with the decisions reached in nearly all of the cases decided to date.  The fact that the court has dismissed the serious issues of conscience and religious freedom that EWTN has raised is very troubling.”

“As an organization that was founded to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church, we do not believe that contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and voluntary sterilization should be defined as health care.  We simply cannot facilitate these immoral practices,” said Warsaw.  “We have no other option but to continue our legal challenge of the mandate,” Warsaw continued. “We are making an immediate appeal to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.”
EWTN filed its original lawsuit on Feb. 9, 2012 after the government issued the first set of rules for the mandate. That first suit was dismissed on technical grounds by Federal Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn of Birmingham, Ala. on March 25, 2013.  EWTN filed its current lawsuit October 28, 2013 against the Department of Health & Human Services and other federal agencies seeking to stop the government from imposing the HHS contraception mandate and protect EWTN’s constitutional rights.  The State of Alabama, through its Attorney General Luther Strange joined EWTN as a co-plaintiff in the new lawsuit.
“Alabama has a proud history of protecting our First Freedom,” said General Strange.  “We have been honored to continue that tradition by standing with EWTN and protecting rights of conscience for all Alabama citizens, and we will continue to support EWTN as it appeals the district court’s disappointing decision.”
“This decision is out of step with the overwhelming majority of decisions in similar cases nationwide,” said Lori Windham, Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which filed both lawsuits on EWTN’s behalf. “Over 80% of cases have protected religious objectors from this mandate.”
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 33nd year, is available in over 230 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions. The Becket Fund has a 17-year history of defending religious liberty for people of all faiths. Its attorneys are recognized as experts in the field of church-state law, and won a 9-0 victory against the federal government at the U.S. Supreme Court in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC.

#EWTN, #Catholic #HHSMandate #BecketFund

June 14, 2014

Will you join me as I Cry For Life?

I am not an academically trained writer.

I write from the heart.
I pray from the heart.
I cry out against the grave injustices of this world from the heart.

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Through a connection I made online  I've been blessed and invited to write for the new "Cry for Life" blog. I will institute the Cry For Life prayer online cenacle. Please accept this blessing and help me to bless others by sharing the crucial work of this ministry. By sharing the Light of Christ together - we can illuminate the ever increasing darkness of this torn and tattered world. This is the time. We don't stand together to defend against the darkness, we march forward on the offensive - front lines, spiritual battle.  

I pray that "Cry For Life" will bless you, and all whom we may serve. I pray that the founders of this ministry (who were kind enough to ask me to write for them) will be blessed. Godspeed.

Link: Cry For Life: There is Hope

#Catholic #Christian #CryForLife #Hope #Salvation #Healing #ProLife