Sunday, October 23, 2011

Catholicism has Goodness and Truth covered pretty well these days, but where's the Beauty?

Jennifer Fulwiler has good article on why Catholic/Christian art is not dominant these days.  It doesn't break new ground -- it re-iterates what Debra Murphy, Barbara Nicolosi, Anne Lewis etc. in the Catholic arts community have been discussing for years.  But the article is worthwhile and comboxes have some nice contributions, e.g.:
"Bad art is easier than good art. I used to teach a poetry textbook to highschoolers that had a great chapter called “Good Poetry and Bad” that paired great poems with sentimental jingles on the same themes, then asked study questions to help the student see which was better and why. The better students saw the difference, but there was always a large contingent of the class that solidly and immoveably preferred the cheesy sentimental jingles. So I think we need better art education if we’re to have anyone capable of appreciating the new works you want commissioned."


I titled this article, Catholicism has Goodness and Truth covered pretty well these days, but where's the Beauty? The cynical may well remind me of the scandals and the cover-ups, the squabbling and the bitter internal battles, and wonder how much Goodness the Church has these days. Yes, well... The sinful, like the poor, we have with us always. But is there any group that devotes more of its time, treasure and talent towards ameliorating the suffering of the poor, the marginalized, the disenfranchised, the wounded and the broken?  AA is the only org I know that comes close, and it has time and talent covered but doesn't even have monetary sharing as goal.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

PIGMENTLEFT: RAW SHOW

Hey Folks,

The D'Orazio family lives on in another generation!

Take a look at my niece Melissa's first art show in Phoenix, Arizona. She's just bursting with talent! This link shows only one pic from her display, so go down the blog and look at her other stuff.

PIGMENTLEFT: RAW SHOW

Friday, October 14, 2011

Susan G Komen for the Cure & Planned Parenthood -- the Pink Link

My guest blogger today is Nicole Collins, President of Delaware Right to Life. Are you pro-life and thinking of giving to Susan G Komen for the Cure?  Think again!
Every October, the nation turns pink. Friends and neighbors wear pink ribbons, NFL players wear pink shoes. Even the White House reflects pink flood lights onto its exterior in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.



We in the Catholic community also know October as Respect Life Month. It seems these two life-saving efforts should go hand-in-hand right? Not so fast.


In general, the color pink raises awareness for breast cancer – a worthy cause. But the biggest beneficiary of pink-related events is Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the nation’s largest breast cancer charity. Some of you might even support Komen in your charitable giving. And why not? Breast cancer is a tragic disease that far too many women battle every year in the U.S. It’s a worthy cause to support. Unfortunately, just not through Komen.


Why “unfortunately?” Komen financially supports the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood (PP). How can that be? Why would a life-affirming organization like Komen financially support a death-peddling organization like PP? Komen refutes the claim that they directly support abortion, but let me give you the details.


According to the Bioethics Defense Fund (bdfund.org) Komen has a policy of explicitly allowing its state affiliates to give monetary grants to abortion providing facilities. Not all state affiliates give grants to PP using the 75% of the funds that they raise in a state. However, each state affiliate must forward at least 25% of funds raised in their state to the Komen National office. These funds are under the discretion of a board that refuses to disassociate itself from PP, thus the money goes into a pool to be potentially distributed to PP.


Komen gave over $3 million to PP between 2003 and 2008 (though the amount is insignificant). So why does Komen give funds to an abortion giant? They claim they give the money as grants for breast exams. There are two problems with this claim. Number 1: It doesn’t matter what you give money to PP for. The dollars are fungible and it just frees up money for them to use on abortions and other operating costs to keep their doors open. Number 2: PP is a level 1 breast center. It is only allowed to perform manual exams. Despite its implications - it DOES NOT PROVIDE MAMMOGRAMS!


Desperate following the House of Representatives’ recent vote to defund the organization, PP CEO Cecile Richards used the claim that the organization should continue to receive federal funding based on their breast health services. “If this bill ever becomes law, millions of women in this country are going to lose their health care access, not to abortion services, to basic family planning – you know, mammograms, cancer screenings, cervical cancer,” she said.


But the truth is that PP does NOT provide breast exams. They simply provide referrals for breast exams – the same type of referral you can get from your primary care doctor, urgent care center, free clinic or GYN.


Pro-life blogger Jill Stanek did some research and found that not a single PP in America performs mammograms. PP’s own website says, “Ask your local health care provider, health department, or staff at your local Planned Parenthood center about where you can get a mammogram in your area.” [emphasis mine]


Aside from the fact that PP does not provide mammograms, Komen continues to ignore the ominous fact that abortion is the #1 avoidable cause of the very disease they’re fighting. It doesn’t make sense that they’re financially abetting an organization that contributes to the tragic rise in breast cancer.


From the Abortion/Breast Cancer Coalition (abortionbreastcancer.com):


“The breasts grow considerably during pregnancy while under the influence of high levels of the hormone estrogen, a known carcinogen. Estrogen causes the woman's normal and cancer-vulnerable breast lobules to multiply. If she has an abortion, she's left with more places for cancers to start in her breasts. If she has a baby, then other pregnancy hormones mature her breast lobules into cancer-resistant lobules during the last months of pregnancy. She's left with more cancer-resistant tissue than she had before she became pregnant.”

It’s heartbreaking that an otherwise very worthy organization could negate all of the good work that they do by funding an organization that exterminates 332,278 unborn children per year. And this is a fact that, as Christians, we cannot ignore. We cannot overlook the evil that is perpetuated through this partnership by using the false justification that we’re doing a “greater good” by funding breast cancer research. In this situation, there is no greater good. The ends do not justify the means. The murder of over 300,000 innocents does not justify a few mammogram referrals.


Fortunately there are alternative organizations that do beneficial work for the same cause through morally acceptable means. If you’re currently a Komen supporter and would like to divert your funds to an ethical breast cancer research organization, please consider the National Breast Cancer Foundation (nationalbreastcancer.org) and the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute (bcpinstitute.org).

Also, please keep in mind that Susan G. Komen for the Cure is far from the only disease-research organization that funds morally objectionable groups. Many well-known disease advocate groups support Planned Parenthood as well as embryonic stem cell research. Just to name a few: The American Cancer Society (including Relay for Life), Alzheimer’s Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association and American Lung Association. For a comprehensive list of organizations, their positions on life issues, and alternative options, please visit www.all.org/charities


--Nicole Collins, President of Delaware Right to Life

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Guest Blogger today: Shawn Carney, from 40 Days for Life National.

Shawn will be speaking at the Delaware Right to Life annual banquet, next Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 at 5:00pm at The Sheraton Dover Hotel, 1570 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 1990. Musical Artist~ Caitlin Jane, Guest Appearance by Maria Cahill ~Miss Delaware 2011~

If you would like to RSVP to this event, please contact Eunice Tate at Eunice@derighttolife.org or 302-526-2732

DAY 8: Darkness


October 4th, 2011 by admin

There is such incredible darkness at the places where abortions are done.

In thinking about that darkness, I am reminded of something Abby Johnson said. Abby was the director of the Planned Parenthood abortion center in Bryan/College Station, Texas who quit her job two years ago and is now sharing the pro-life message.

Abby recently wrote about some of the things she saw while working in the abortion industry. She mentioned how cold the staff was … and said they even joked about sending a welcome gift when the Coalition for Life, the local pro-life group I worked with, moved next door to Planned Parenthood.

They wanted to send us cookies shaped like babies.

And that was one of the milder examples of what passed for humor behind the walls of an abortion facility.

I’m hearing from 40 Days for Life coordinators, who are telling of the darnkess they encounter at the abortion centers. Here are some of their reports.

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TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA

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As the abortion center closed for the day, one of the employees came out and threw eight small plastic babies on the ground.
“I don’t know how long you people plan to be here,” said the worker, “but this is how many we did today.”

“Our group remained silent,” said Ryan in Tuscaloosa. “We watched the staff member leave, and prayed for the eight babies and the staff.”

The local team decided it would be best to distribute the plastic babies to vigil participants to carry as a reminder to pray for all the unborn, especially the eight from this particular day.