Amendment on Parental Rights Introduced in U.S. House

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Representative Randy Hultgren (R-IL) introduced legislation in the U.S. House to propose a Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Hultgren’s House Joint Resolution 121 had 15 original cosponsors at its introduction on Thursday, November 16. A parallel resolution, SJRes. 48, was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Lindsey Graham in August.

“The freedom for parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children is an American tradition once established beyond debate,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Yet every day, families are broken apart by state actors who presume they are able to make a better decision for a child than a parent can. With recent state laws and court decisions threatening this American value, it is time parental rights are enshrined as fundamental rights and therefore protected under the Constitution.”

“We are grateful to Representative Hultgren for taking up this vital issue before Congress,” says President Jim Mason, a proponent of the resolution. “Parental rights is a crucial battle that too few are talking about. Every other question, whether of politics, religion, values, or ideology, hinges on the right of good parents to raise their children in a way that is true to them.”

The Amendment, which would provide that “[t]he liberty of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children is a fundamental right,” requires a two-thirds vote in each house of Congress to go to the states for ratification. This means bipartisan support will be necessary for its passage.

“Parental rights affect us all, regardless of race or belief, across every community or demographic,” says Detroit-area family law attorney Allison Folmar. “Absolutely, this Amendment should have bipartisan support. In fact, it should have universal support.”

The NFL’s 2005 MVP Shaun Alexander is also among those supporting the Amendment effort. Alexander is vice president of

“I am still amazed with how much authority the courts have over parents’ rights today. With the Parental Rights Amendment now introduced in both houses of Congress, we can begin to push back and win for all parents authority for how to raise their own children. The Parental Rights Amendment will protect the greatest team ever assembled-the family.”

Representatives interested in cosponsoring H. J. Res. 121 should contact Doug Thomas in Representative Hultgren’s office.


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Great News: U.S. Bishops Choose Conservative Chairman to the Pro-Life Committee

Members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops during a session at the USCCB's annual fall meeting in Baltimore on Monday.

BALTIMORE—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops chose a conservative archbishop for a key post Tuesday, signaling resistance to Pope Francis’s vision for the church among the Catholic hierarchy in the U.S.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann, of Kansas City, was elected chairmanof the committee on Pro-Life Activities. In a vote of 96 to 82, he defeated Cardinal Blase Cupich, of Chicago, who is seen as a liberal in the church and a close ally of the pope. 

The vote breaks a longstanding tradition of the position being held by a cardinal—an unusual lapse of deference in a highly rank-conscious body—and suggests that Catholic leaders in the U.S. remain largely resistant to the changes Pope Francis is trying to bring to the church.

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Caring Not Killing Conference


Contact: Alexandra Snyder, Life Legal Defense Foundation202-717-7371

LA MIRADA, Calif., Nov. 14, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — The Life Legal Defense Foundation is collaborating with other non-profit organizations to present “Caring, Not Killing,” a conference to equip people to protect themselves and their loved ones in the new medical paradigm.

The Conference will address the following critical medical, legal, and ethical issues:

  • Futile Care: Are you in control of your medical care?
  • Euthanasia: Is it coming to the U.S.? Is it already here?
  • Hospice and Palliative Care: Little secrets you may not know that could save your life!
  • Physician Assisted Suicide: It’s here…for now…so now what? Also, updates on Life Legal’s challenge to California’s End of Life Option Act.
  • Brain death: Is it true death? What about organ donation?
  • Advance Directives: What can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones?
  • Conscience Rights: Can health care providers opt out of assisted suicide? Can they refuse to provide life-saving medical treatment? How can you get the care you need?
Featured speakers include:
  • Allison Aranda, Esq.: Life Legal Defense Senior Staff Counsel, named “Misdemeanor Prosecutor of the Year” (2004) by Orange and Riverside Counties.
  • Dr. Paul Byrne: Neonatologist and pediatrician, acclaimed international speaker, author, and brain death/organ donation expert.
  • Amy Hasbrouk, JD: Director of Canada’s Toujours Vivant-Not Dead Yet, writer, researcher, disability rights activist and expert witness for the courts.
  • Kristina Hodgetts, RN: Canadian nurse in a large Ontario hospital and rural nursing home where patients were routinely euthanized. She will tell her story.
  • Brian Johnston: Author, Western Regional Director for the National Right to Life Committee; Chairman of the Board of California Pro-Life Council.
  • Cristen M. Krebs, DNP, ANP-BC: Founder and Executive Director of Catholic Hospice in Pittsburgh, PA; Partner and owner of Palliative Care Associates.
  • Chris Ralston, PhD: Manager of Public Policy and Assistant Manager of Curriculum Development for Joni & Friends International Disability Center.
  • Alex Schadenberg: Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition in Canada; Chair of International Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.
  • Alexandra Snyder, Esq.: Executive Director of Life Legal Defense Foundation, served as Legislative Counsel to Congressional members in Washington D.C. and California.
  • Nancy Valko, RN: ALNC Nurse legal consultant with 48 years in critical care nursing and other nursing specialties, and serving on hospital ethics committees.
The Caring, Not Killing Conference will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Biola University in La Mirada, California from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Additional information about the Conference is available here:

Speakers will be available after the conference for interviews. A brochure with speaker schedule is available here:

About Life Legal Defense Foundation
Life Legal Defense Foundation was established in 1989, and is a nonprofit organization composed of attorneys and other concerned citizens committed to giving helpless and innocent human beings of any age, and their advocates, a trained and committed voice in the courtrooms of our nation. For more information about the Life Legal Defense Foundation, visit

The “Dubia” Turn One Year Old, and Are More Lively Than Ever. A New Appeal From Cardinal Burke To the Pope

(An interview with Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke conducted by Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register)

Q: – Your Eminence, at what stage are we since you, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, and the two recently deceased cardinals, Carlo Caffarra and Joachim Meisner, made the “dubia” public a year ago this week?

A: – One year after the publication of the “dubia” on “Amoris Laetitia”, which have not received any response from the Holy Father, we observe an increasing confusion about the ways of interpreting the Apostolic Exhortation. Hence our concern for the Church’s situation and for her mission in the world becomes ever more urgent. I, of course, remain in regular communication with Cardinal Walter Brandmüller regarding these gravest of matters. Both of us remain in profound union with the two late Cardinals Joachim Meisner and Carlo Caffarra, who have passed away in the course of the last months. Thus, I once again present the gravity of the situation which is continually worsening.

Q: – Much has been said about the dangers of the ambiguous nature of Chapter 8 of “Amoris Laetitia”, stressing that it is open to much interpretation. Why is clarity so important?

A: – Clarity in teaching does not imply any rigidity, which would impede people from walking on the Gospel path, but, on the contrary, clarity provides the light necessary for accompanying families on the way of Christian discipleship. It is obscurity that keeps us from seeing the path and that hinders the evangelizing action of the Church, as Jesus says, “Night comes, when no one can work” (Jn 9:4).

Q: – Could you explain more about the current situation in light of the “dubia”?

A: – The current situation, far from diminishing the importance of the “dubia” or questions, makes them still more pressing. It is not at all – as some have suggested – a matter of an “affected ignorance”, which poses doubts only because it is unwilling to accept a given teaching. Rather, the concern was and is to determine precisely what the Pope wanted to teach as Successor of Peter. Thus, the questions arise from the recognition of the Petrine office that Pope Francis has received from the Lord for the purpose of confirming his brothers in the faith. The Magisterium is God’s gift to the Church to provide clarity on issues that regard the deposit of the faith. By their very nature, affirmations that lack this clarity cannot be qualified expressions of the magisterium.

Q: – Why is it so dangerous in your view for there to be differing interpretations of “Amoris Laetitia”, particularly over the pastoral approach of those living in irregular unions, and specifically over civilly remarried divorcees not living in continence and receiving Holy Communion?

A: – It is evident that some of “Amoris Laetitia”‘s indications regarding essential aspects of the faith and of the practice of the Christian life have received various interpretations that are divergent and at times incompatible with each other. This incontestable fact confirms that these indications are ambivalent, permitting a variety of readings, many of which are in contrast to Catholic doctrine. The questions we Cardinals have raised thus regard what exactly the Holy Father has taught and how his teaching harmonizes with the deposit of the faith, given that the magisterium “is not above the word of God, but serves it, teaching only what has been handed on, listening to it devoutly, guarding it scrupulously and explaining it faithfully in accord with a divine commission and with the help of the Holy Spirit, it draws from this one deposit of faith everything which it presents for belief as divinely revealed” (Vatican Council II, Dogmatic Constitution “Dei Verbum”, n. 10).

Q: – Hasn’t the Pope made clear where he stands, through his letter to Argentine bishops in which he said there is “no other interpretation” than the guidelines those bishops issued – guidelines which left open the possibility of some sexually-active unmarried couples receiving the Holy Eucharist?

A: – Contrary to what some have claimed, we cannot consider the Pope’s letter to the bishops of the region of Buenos Aires, written shortly before receiving the “dubia” and containing comments on the bishops’ pastoral guidelines, an adequate response to the questions posed. On the one hand, these guidelines can be interpreted in different ways; on the other, it is not clear that this letter is a magisterial text, in which the Pope intended to speak to the universal Church as the Successor of Peter. The fact that the letter first became known because it had been leaked to the press – and was only later made public by the Holy See – raises a reasonable doubt about the Holy Father’s intention to direct it to the universal Church. In addition, it would turn out to be quite astonishing – and contrary to Pope Francis’ explicitly formulated desire to leave the concrete application of “Amoris Laetitia” to the bishops of each country (cf. AL 3) – that now he should impose on the universal Church what are only the concrete directives of a particular region. And shouldn’t the different dispositions promulgated by various bishops in their dioceses from Philadelphia to Malta then all be considered invalid? A teaching that is not sufficiently determined with respect to its authority and its effective content cannot cast into doubt the clarity of the Church’s constant teaching which, in any case, remains always normative.

Q: – Are you also concerned that, by some bishops’ conferences allowing certain remarried divorcees living “more uxorio” (having sexual relations) to receive Holy Communion without a firm purpose of amendment, they are contradicting previous papal teaching, in particular Pope St. John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation, “Familiaris Consortio”?

A: – Yes, the “dubia” or questions remain open. Those who assert that the discipline taught by “Familiaris Consortio” 84 has changed contradict each other when it comes to explaining the reasons and the consequences. Some go as far as to say that the divorced in a new union, who continue to live “more uxorio”, do not find themselves in an objective state of mortal sin (citing in support AL 303); others deny this interpretation (citing in support AL 305), yet completely leave it up to the judgment of conscience to determine the criteria of access to the sacraments. It seems that the goal of the interpreters is to arrive, in whatever way, at a change in discipline, while the reasons they adduce to this end are of no importance. Nor do they show any concern about how much they put into danger essential matters of the deposit of faith.

Q: – What tangible effect has this mix of interpretations had?

A: – This hermeneutical confusion has already produced a sad result. In fact, the ambiguity regarding a concrete point of the pastoral care of the family has led some to propose a paradigm shift regarding the Church’s entire moral practice, the foundations of which have been authoritatively taught by Saint John Paul II in his encyclical “Veritatis Splendor”.

Indeed a process has been put into motion that is subversive of essential parts of the Tradition. Concerning Christian morality, some claim that absolute moral norms need to be relativized and that a subjective, self-referential conscience needs to be given an – ultimately equivocal – primacy in matters touching morals. What is at stake, therefore, is in no way secondary to the “kerygma” or basic Gospel message. We are speaking about whether or not a person’s encounter with Christ can, by the grace of God, give form to the path of the Christian life so that it may be in harmony with the Creator’s wise design. To understand how far-reaching these proposed changes are, it is enough to think of what would happen if this reasoning were to be applied to other cases, such as that of a medical doctor performing abortions, of a politician belonging to a ring of corruption, of a suffering person deciding to make a request for assisted suicide…

Q: – Some have said the most pernicious effect of all of this is that it represents an attack on the Sacraments as well as the Church’s moral teaching. How is this so?

A: – Over and above the moral debate, the sense of the ecclesial sacramental practice is increasingly eroding in the Church, especially when it comes to the sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist. The decisive criterion for admission to the sacraments has always been the coherence of a person’s way of life with the teachings of Jesus. If instead the decisive criterion were now to become the absence of a person’s subjective culpability – as some interpreters of “Amoris Laetitia” have suggested – would this not change the very nature of the sacraments? In fact, the sacraments are not private encounters with God, nor are they means of social integration into a community. Rather, they are visible and effective signs of our incorporation into Christ and His Church, in and by which the Church publicly professes and actuates her faith. Thus by turning a person’s subjective diminished culpability or lack of culpability into the decisive criterion for the admission to the sacraments, one would endanger the very “regula fidei”, the rule of faith, which the sacraments proclaim and actuate not only by words but also by visible gestures. How could the Church continue to be the universal sacrament of salvation if the meaning of the sacraments were to be emptied of its content?

Q: – Despite you and many others, including over 250 academics and priests who issued a “filial correction”, clearly having very serious misgivings about the effects of these passages in “Amoris Laetitia”, and because you have so far received no response from the Holy Father, are you here making a final plea to him?

A: – Yes, for these grave reasons, one year after rendering public the “dubia”, I again turn to the Holy Father and to the whole Church, emphasizing how urgent it is that, in exercising the ministry he has received from the Lord, the Pope should confirm his brothers in the faith with a clear expression of the teaching regarding both Christian morality and the meaning of the Church’s sacramental practice.


World Orphans Day is Observed Monday,
November 13

Contact: Roger Piggott, The Stars Foundation, 704-437-6490
NASHVILLE, Nov. 13, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — On Monday, November 13 there will be events, vigils and fundraisers commemorating World Orphans Day in various countries around the world. Facilitated by a Nashville based organization, The Stars Foundation, the flagship platform for orphans is being expanded to include an internationally promoted World Orphans Day theme song in 2018.
“We are excited to announce that in 2017, over 50 countries, their orphan care and adoption charities, and government officials, or media recognize the day,” stated Cheryl Piggott, Founder of World Orphans Day and The Stars Foundation.
Piggott continues, “Ninety nine percent of the orphaned children are never adopted. Orphanages in third world countries are educating, feeding and supporting to the best of their abilities, but more effort needs to be exerted by the global community. Literally, according to one organization, it would take 80,000 orphanages that hold 500 each just to house the children orphaned by AIDS in Sub Saharan Africa alone. I can’t fathom that, but it is heartbreaking and it’s what drives us to do our little part of the solution for orphans.
“Over 60,000,000 children in the world go to bed hungry at night, and most of those are orphans,” stated Gary Van Dyke, CEO of Food for Orphans, who joins as one of the Executive Council members of the World Orphans Day campaign.

Orphans by Thomas Kennington

Orphans by Thomas Kennington (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Piggott added, “We are focusing our efforts in 2018 to bring the entertainment community collectively together for a stellar music video production at several special events that will feature our World Orphans Day theme song. The song has been selected and artists’ invitations to participate will be forthcoming. Our producer is Kent Wells, one of the top producers in Nashville, who is known for his excellent productions with numerous well-known country artists.”
The Stars Foundation is a United States based entertainment industry nonprofit 501(c) 3 with a mission to serve as an advocacy organization for peace and children’s rights, contributing to the quality of life of Americans as well as the victims to AIDS, natural disasters and poverty on an international level.