Feminist activist blames climate change on lack of access to abortion

What is your stance on climate change? Lots of people think that it’s mostly the result of human activity. On the other side of the fence, some climate scientists and other skeptics posit that the Earth’s temperature has been subjected to many ‘mood swings’ across the ages, and that human activity is largely unrelated to our planet’s current temperature. Though I leave it up to the experts to debate about the data, I think we should all take some concrete measures to be better stewards of our planet… unless said measures happen to be as Hitlerian as Gloria Steinem’s latest proposal.

Steinem, a radical feminist and noted abortion activist, recently made the argument that the real reason for climate change is that women haven’t had enough abortions.

“Listen,” she stated during an interview with Lindsey Stanberry, “what causes climate deprivation is population. If we had not been systematically forcing women to have children they don’t want or can’t care for over the 500 years of patriarchy, we wouldn’t have the climate problems that we have. That’s the fundamental cause of climate change. Even if the Vatican doesn’t tell us that.”

Since Roe v. Wade, over 58.6 million abortions have been committed in the US alone. Globally, it’s estimated that 56 million abortions take place each year around the globe.

But in Steinem’s book, it appears that these hundreds of millions of deaths don’t even make the cut.

Her logic is quite appealing to many neo-Malthusian heads of state around the world. According to the Population Research Institute, women in India, China, Myanmar, and many other countries are being subjected to coercive abortion, contraception, and sterilization campaigns. The idea being promoted here is that large-scale problems such as poverty and climage change should be blamed on the raw quantity of people living in the world. Therefore, if we sterilize some and we kill off others, a few decades from now everything should be fine. Simple, right?

Right. Actually, this concept goes way beyond “simple”— it oversimplifies the problem, to an absurd and painful degree.

I can agree that there’s a correlation between the earth’s current warming trends and population levels. But we have to remember that correlation doesn’t equal causality. Instead of shallowly blaming the problem on “the masses” and proposing the institutionalized extermination of the unborn as the solution, why don’t we explore the impact that various juridical, political, economic, and ideological forces have had on the matter?

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A thorough analysis of our influence on the earth’s temperature needs to take into account the full spectrum of human activities that contribute to carbon emissions. These are enabled and driven by our economic, legislative and ideological structures, all of which come together in a complex interplay to determine the way we relate to the environment. Ultimately, these structures provide the framework within which human beings (institutions, politicians, corporations, consumers, policy-makers…) move and act. Faulty structures give rise to situations that can collectively deteriorate the earth, such as the culture of consumerism and the irresponsible use of fossil fuels. Somehow or other we all take part in these activities because they are a given that we were simply born into, but the bulk of responsibility lies not with the individual but with those who, by determining our structures, have brought about the environmental context in which we live.

This is not to say that we ordinary people are not responsible for helping improve the world we inherited. I’m simply pointing out that the solution to the climate problem is NOT to preemptively kill the human participants of society. Rather, we need to address the societal structures and ideologies that govern our relationship with our planet in the large scale.

Of course, pushing for the killing of unborn children is easier. Not to mention more profitable. Which is the reason so many people prefer it that way, I guess.

Now, Catholic apologist Trent Horn is not “the Vatican”, but here I yield the mic to him so he can give you more tools to deal with the pro-aborts’ intellectually dishonest claims:

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#loveislove Hashtag Promotes the Gay Thing on May 17th

Today, May 17th, is International “Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia Awareness” Day.

This afternoon, I logged into my Twitter to be greeted by this hashtag in the Trends box:

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On May 17, 1990, the World Health Organization made the decision to eliminate homosexuality from their list of mental health disorders. Today, if you click on the #loveislove hashtag you’ll be met with a barrage of celebratory comments, videos, pictures, et cetera, all of them touting the okayness of gay and going on about how it’s the only way forward and so on.

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All arguments put forth by the LGBT crowd deserve attention. That is, they need to be seriously questioned and put under scrutiny and picked apart. But for this little blog post, I’d just like to problematize one of the recurrent propositions that keep popping up in these tweets.

LGBT people are human beings? Well, no durr.

Nobody questions whether LGBT people are human beings. Yes, they are indeed human, just like you and me. They laugh and they cry; they have their hopes, fears, joys, and pet peeves. People who militate against the LGBT agenda do not deny the humanity of individual members of the LGBT crowd. Even if their eagerness to put faithful Christian entrepreneurs out of business may at times seem less than human.

All human beings must be treated with dignity. Nobody in this world should be able to deny that. However, it does not follow from there that as human persons we are entitled to do anything we want.

The promotion of the LGBT agenda has proven to be detrimental to societies, to free speech, and to individuals on both sides of the fence. While we recognize the humanity of people who suffer from same-sex attraction and sexual confusion, we must also understand that this postmodern SOGI ideology is toxic and must be stopped.

Further resources (to help debunk some LGBT dogmas):

Does pro-LGBT legislation actually help the economy? Not really.
https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/do-pro-homosexual-policies-promote-economic-growth-in-a-word-no
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/economic-case-for-lgbt-rights-a-tough-sell

A thorough documentary on the rise of LGBT totalitarianism

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LGBT activists assault pro-family advocates in Spain

This video shows some radical LGBT supporters harassing members of HazteOir, a pro-family, pro-life group based in Spain. The radicals burn books and vandalize HO’s free speech bus until it’s unable to keep circulating.

Too many people talk of the self-styled LGBT community as a victim group. I really wish the public were more aware of the violence and hate that are perpetrated by LGBT activists upon non-violent pro-family advocates.

In Christ’s Words

“Through the Word Incarnate, I make known the bottomless depth of My mercy.”

—The Diary of St. Faustina, entry 88

Everything you need to know about Divine Mercy Sunday

Happy Easter Season, friends!

As you may know, tomorrow is Divine Mercy Sunday, also known as the Feast of Mercy. This is a very blessed day, which Our Lord Himself has designated as an occasion to flood His faithful with extraordinary grace. To help you receive as much grace as you can on this day, I’ve applied myself to the task of putting together in a single source everything you need to know.

First of all, what IS Divine Mercy Sunday?

Divine Mercy Sunday is a special day — the first Sunday after Easter — which Our Lord has set apart to bestow a special outpouring of grace upon His faithful and His Church. On this day, the floodgates of mercy are opened for anyone who approaches God with a humble, repentant, trusting heart.

We owe Divine Mercy Sunday in its current form to St. Faustina Kowalska. She was a Polish nun who lived in the early 20th century. She was also what the Church calls a “mystic.” Jesus overtly manifested Himself to her through many visions and dialogues, most of which are recorded in her Diary.

Why we can assert that Sister Faustina was indeed a mystic (as opposed to merely insane but well-meaning) is a conversation we can have another day. But I’ll give you one of my favorite reasons: Although Faustina was an uneducated girl born to a family of poor peasants (and for this reason she could only take the humblest tasks at her convent), her writings on the Divine Mercy are so powerful that modern scholars view them as a source of theological research. Her Diary has been translated into more than 20 languages, and currently there’s a push to have her recognized as a Doctor of the Church. The fact that this young nun somehow managed to effect such an overwhelming global impact is, to me, solid proof that her private revelations are a work of God.

At that time Jesus declared, “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes.” —Mt 11:25

Throughout 14 different revelations, Jesus entrusted Sr. Faustina with the mission to have the first Sunday after Easter consecrated by the Church as the Feast of Mercy.

On one occasion, I heard these words: My daughter, tell the whole world about My Inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy. —Diary, 699

Some people worry that Divine Mercy Sunday is a recent liturgical invention, birthed exclusively by the private revelations received by Sister Faustina. While I understand their desire to preserve and protect the tradition of the Church, having done my homework I can confidently say that these allegations are incorrect.

Before Jesus communicated to Faustina His desire to establish the Feast of Mercy, the first Sunday after Easter was already a day of joyful thanksgiving for the great mercy of God as manifested in the miracle of redemption and the forgiveness of sins. As the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception (key players in the dissemination of the Divne Mercy message) point out, “[t]he Second Sunday of Easter was already a solemnity as the Octave Day of Easter; nevertheless, the title ‘Divine Mercy Sunday’ does highlight and amplify the meaning of the day.” Thus, by prompting the institution of the Feast of Mercy, Jesus merely took a day that had “always been centered on the theme of Divine Mercy and forgiveness (ibid.; emphasis in source),” and heightened it to the fullness of its spiritual meaning by the additions which He demanded of His Church through His faithful modern messenger.

Sister Faustina dreaded that the Lord’s initiative would not come to fruition without great trials and apparent failures. This was indeed the case. However, ultimately Pope John Paul II had the Feast of Mercy formally established in the universal Church on the occasion of Faustina’s canonization, April 30, 2000, renaming the Second Sunday of Easter as “Divine Mercy Sunday.”

So, what are the graces Christ is offering, exactly?

I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy. —Diary, 1109

Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. —Diary, 300

When we sin, we are heaping on our shoulders two kinds of burdens, or liabilities: the liability of guilt (in Latin, reatus culpae) and the liability of punishment (reatus poena).

The liability of guilt is our culpability before God. It is the undeniable fact that we have transgressed against His perfect law and spurned His love in favor of some lesser, temporal, apparent good.

As Christians we know that if we ask for God’s forgiveness, God will grant it. However, even though we may repent and be forgiven, a certain kind of restitution still has to happen. This is what we call the liability of punishment.

Catholic Answers’ Jimmy Akin explains it this way: If your child does something wrong and later apologizes for it, you might forgive him, but most likely you’ll still punish or discipline him in some way, allowing him to experience the consequences of his actions to make sure that he’s learned his lesson and won’t commit the same fault again.

Now let’s remember that God is the most sensible, just, and merciful parent of all. Therefore, though He may forgive our sins, there are still temporal penalties that we must go through in order to repair the harm we have done to others and ourselves.

The punishments with which we are concerned here are imposed by God’s judgment, which is just and merciful. The reasons for their imposition are that our souls need to be purified, the holiness of the moral order needs to be strengthened, and God’s glory must be restored to its full majesty. —Pope Paul VI, Indulgentariam Doctrina

After all, if I steal your car and then turn to God for forgiveness, I’m pretty sure you’ll still want me to atone for my actions by returning your car.

Some temporal punishments for sin are physical and take place during this life (I steal your car, I go to jail). If we do not atone for our wrongdoing in this life, however, we shall have to do so in the next. Christ taught about this state of postmortem atonement, purification, and reparation; it is what we Catholics refer to as Purgatory.

Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison; truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny. —Mt 5:25-26.

So this is where Divine Mercy Sunday comes in. Jesus has promised: “The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion will obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment (Diary 699).” This means that all burdens and liabilities we have incurred by our sins — both guilt and punishment — will be removed on this day, provided that we:

1) Go to Confession OR are currently in the state of grace.

2) Receive Holy Communion.

3) Trust in Jesus and His boundless mercy.

If you do this, then by the promise of Jesus your soul will be completely wiped clean of sin and all its spiritual consequences. It’ll be as if you had been born again, baptized again, 100% free to make a fresh start in life — walking hand-in-hand with Christ this time.

Glory be to the God of mercy.

Are there any other things I need to do on Divine Mercy Sunday?

To receive the extraordinary graces promised by Our Lord, all you need is to go to Confession (if you’re not already in the state of grace), receive Communion, and trust in Him.

However, Jesus also desires that you do a couple things more on Divine Mercy Sunday:

1) Venerate the Image of the Divine Mercy.

2) Engage in acts of mercy toward your fellow man.

Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be acts of mercy, and I demand the worship of My mercy through the solemn celebration of the Feast and through the veneration of the image which is painted. By means of this image I shall grant many graces to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works. —Diary, 742

As for the veneration aspect, the Marian Fathers provide a great summary of what that means: “To venerate a sacred image or statue simply means to perform some act or make some gesture of deep religious respect toward it because of the person whom it represents — in this case, our Most Merciful Savior.”

And, regarding the need to practice mercy, Jesus has expressed this:

I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it.

I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor: the first – by deed, the second – by word, the third – by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy. —Diary, 742

Elsewhere in the Diary, He further elaborates:

Many souls … are often worried because they do not have the material means with which to carry out an act of mercy. Yet spiritual mercy, which requires neither permissions nor storehouses, is much more meritorious and is within the grasp of every soul.

If a soul does not exercise mercy somehow or other, it will not obtain My mercy on the day of judgment. Oh, if only souls knew how to gather eternal treasure for themselves, they would not be judged, for they would forestall My judgment with their mercy. —Diary, 1317

The Marians Fathers offer a very concrete list of ways to be merciful on their website, to help you respond to the Lord’s calling.

I heard you can get a Plenary Indulgence on Divine Mercy Sunday. What about that?

Making use of her binding-and-loosing, God-conferred authority, the Catholic Church has formally offered a Plenary Indulgence to whoever meets these conditions:

1) Going to Confession.

2) Receiving Communion.

3) Praying for the Pope’s intentions.

4) Going to church “in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin,” and

5a) Participating in the public celebration of the Divine Mercy Devotion, OR

5b) Reciting the Our Father, the Creed, and a prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. “Merciful Jesus, I trust in You!”) in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament (exposed or reserved in the tabernacle).

You can read the original text for the indulgence right here.

Note that the Plenary Indulgence and the Lord’s Promise are not the same thing. The effect is exactly the same, but the channels of grace are different in that the Church offers the Indulgence based on her God-given authority, while Jesus offers His Promise on His own authority. Still, St. Faustina’s message is private revelation; and, on the other hand, the Indulgence rests solidly upon Catholic dogma. Therefore, the Indulgence offers a greater degree of certitude that the spiritual rewards of Divine Mercy Sunday have been obtained. EWTN provides a fuller explanation regarding this issue.

Now — if you do believe in St. Faustina’s message, and you prefer to go for the Lord’s Promise, then that’s fine. The Marian Fathers state on their website that “[t]he worthy reception of the Eucharist on Divine Mercy Sunday is sufficient to obtain the extraordinary graces promised by Jesus.”

As a final thought, though: You probably should try to get that Indulgence anyway. It would show a greater degree of spiritual disposition on your part. And this would undoubtedly be more pleasing to the Lord.

I hope your weekend has been awesome and spiritual so far. Peace be with you! And may you have a fruitful Feast of Mercy.

Resources for Further Inquiry

[VIDEO] What is a Plenary Indulgence? — Catholic Answers
https://www.catholic.com/video/what-is-a-plenary-indulgence

Why Divine Mercy Sunday is Better Than a Plenary Indulgence — Dr. Taylor Marshall.
http://taylormarshall.com/2012/04/divine-mercy-sunday-is-better.html

The Indulgence vs the Promise — EWTN.
https://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/indulgence_vs_promise.htm

A Primer on Indulgences — Jimmy Akin
https://www.catholic.com/magazine/print-edition/a-primer-on-indulgences

Divine Mercy Website by the Marians of the Immaculate Conception
http://www.thedivinemercy.org/celebrate/how/essentials.php

Aaaaand… launch!

Hello, friend! Welcome to the very first post of We Are Prophets!

My name is Dannie. I’m a girl, by the way! “Dannie” seems to be a bit of a unisex nickname, so I thought I’d clarify. Nice to meet you!

Now, I’m gonna go ahead and tell you I’ve been wanting to create this blog for such a long time. As you may have cleverly inferred, We Are Prophets is a blog about anything and everything under the sun — seen through a Christian (specifically, Catholic) viewpoint. The spirit of things is to talk about the stuff that really matters in life with anyone who feels like it. Everybody’s welcome and encouraged to stick around!

And, if you ever happen to disagree with something I say… well, please do say so! I always love to have a thoughtful conversation with a fellow truth-seeker. 🙂

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