Heads-Up Bulletin for December

A HOLY AND TRULY LIFE-GIVING CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

It’s amazing – 13 issues for 2011. One each month plus a September supplement. God is good!

Wow, seems only like yesterday, when the Spirit of Life whispered to us for a change in emphasis and format. Exactly a year ago, we received inspiration to convert HeadsUp to an advocacy magazine for faith, family and life. It made us realize that there are tons of Pro-Life materials in the internet but no one was strategically organizing them into thematic messages.

The Word freely unraveled each month. What take months to synthesize, took only days. The Holy Spirit was busy. All one has to have are an open heart, big ears and a consistent quiet time. We could hear the war zone nearby bursting with dissonance, but the prophetic messages were clear – Choose Life!

January – The confirmation came in Fr. Melvin Castro’s “call to arms” against the Reproductive Health Bill in the Philippines. The response of the laity was overflowing in the various Marches for Life from Washington DC to San Francisco, from Dallas and Chicago to Seattle and in the beautiful story that Dr. John Bruchalski shared at the St. Matthew Cathedral adult mass on how he turned from an abortionist to the Divine Mercy.

http://www.cfcfflusa.org/documents/headsup/2011/Heads-Up_0111.pdf

February – We picked up stories showing the real life battle between two cultures, that of life and death, illustrated in actual political engagements in the US and the Philippines, depicted in the beautiful story of Abbey Johnson’s conversion from Planned Parenthood to the Pro-Life Movement.

http://www.cfcfflusa.org/documents/headsup/2011/Heads-Up_0211.pdf

March – We marked the Lenten season by exposing Planned Parenthood and joining the coalition for its defunding, we walked through state inititatives for Pro-Life in the US and the public debates in Manila and delighted in the beautiful story of the late Dr. Bernard Nathanson, one of the fathers of the abortion movement who became Pro-Life after hearing “The Silent Scream” of the unborn.

http://www.cfcfflusa.org/documents/headsup/2011/Heads-Up_0311.pdf

April – How could we not take notice of the students of the University of Santo Thomas forming a giant cross and Archbishop Rosales leading 40,000 to rally for life in the last country in the world standing up against abortion? The story of Japan’s demographic winter also contrasted against the beautiful story of the late Msgr. William Smith of New York’s faithfulness to orthodoxy.

http://www.cfcfflusa.org/documents/headsup/2011/Heads-Up_0411.pdf

May – As Pope John Paul II was being beatified, it was time too to celebrate post-modernism, that is the turning tide from  Pro-Choice to Pro-Life and to take inspiration from the beautiful stories of Dr. Nancy Mayer Whitting who chose not to abort babies with disabilities, and St. Gianna Beretta Molla, recently canonized as the role model for life and the medical profession.

http://www.cfcfflusa.org/documents/headsup/2011/Heads-Up_0511.pdf

June – As the debates on the Reproductive Health Bill rage, international boxing champion Manny Pacquiao announced his stand against it. We also exposed the obnoxious NSSM 200, that outlines the depopulation policy of the United States as we featured the beautiful story of Lila Rose, a student activist who stung Planned Parenthood with stealth cameras.

http://www.cfcfflusa.org/documents/headsup/2011/Heads-Up_0611.pdf

July – We exposed that the Pill not only kills mothers but kills babies, marriages, and the environment. We also explained how Pope Benedict has become the profound theologian of the Sacred Heart and reported Fr. Peter West inaugurating Priests for Life in Manila, as Sarah Palin shared her beautiful story on why she chose to give life to her son afflicted by Down Syndrome.

http://www.cfcfflusa.org/documents/headsup/2011/Heads-Up_0711.pdf

August – Fr. Frank Pavone wrote what the feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mother says about abortion. President Aquino elevated the debates on reproductive health by certifying the bill to Congress as a priority measure and loaded up the country’s budget accordingly to the prejudice of other basic services. Our beautiful story was about Pro-Life Justin Bieber.

http://www.cfcfflusa.org/documents/headsup/2011/Heads-Up_0811.pdf

September – Time to go back to Ground Zero and reassess the gospel’s call for non-violence as we talked about the beautiful story of Martin Sheen, an anti-war advocate. We also exposed the inside stories of the British rioters and the Norwegian mad bomber as we examined oppositional behavior of children and how the US and the United Nations promote abortion.

http://www.cfcfflusa.org/documents/headsup/2011/Heads-Up_0911.pdf

September again – We felt the earth move under our feet with the vindication by social scientists of Humanae Vitae, the 1968 papal encyclical by Pope Paul VI. We could not resist giving it our individual attention.

http://www.cfcfflusa.org/documents/headsup/2011/Heads-Up-0911-Supplement.pdf

October – We took the offensive exposing a crime against humanity committed in stealth in 1994 by the Philippine government when it caused the vaccination of 3.5 million Filipino women with tetanus toxoid vaccine laced with abortifacient and sterilizing hCG hormones without their knowledge and permission, a foreboding of our deadly chemical future under a culture of death. We also exposed that P26 million in lobby money has been put on the table by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, as pro-choice congressmen and advocates drum up the media. Anyway, our counterpoise was a beautiful story for the unborn as Jaime Thietten sings for them.

http://www.cfcfflusa.org/documents/headsup/2011/Heads-Up-1011.pdf

November – This time it was the turn of the whistle to blow on the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), a New York lobby firm who in 2003 crafted the evil strategy of using verbal engineering to promote acceptability of abortion around the world. Quite timely, the debates in the Philippines went feverish as we shared the beautiful story of Ligaya Acosta, a former public health official in Manila.

http://www.cfcfflusa.org/documents/headsup/2011/Heads-Up_1111.pdf

December – As many of us Catholics regard Pro-Life matters just barely under our skin, we don’t seem to realize that just as in the Book of Maccabees, if we do not stand up for our rights, they will be taken away from us. So we wrote about how under the Obama and Aquino governments, the clear and present danger of us losing our religious freedoms is here and now! The beautiful story of Cathy de Carlo illustrates how her employer robbed her conscience of protection. We also how CFCFFL continues to bring the gospel of life to Latin America and the Caribbeans.

http://www.cfcfflusa.org/documents/headsup/2011/Heads-Up_1211.pdf

We are definitely building a library for those catching up with their Catechesis on the life issues of the day. The internet even allows us to come back and forth the materials on how in only 75 years, immorality took a slippery slope from the acceptance of divorce and contraception all the way down into legalizing abortion and sodomy. Today, the threat is on our religious rights and freedoms.

Lets face it, we have no one else to blame. Some of us Christians even supported the enemy. Most of us just watch the sanctity of the family and of human life trashed before our eyes by modernist, liberal and secular forces. We have said and done nothing for a long time that today the culture of death has achieved an enormous momentum.

But the battle rages. The army of God has launched a decisive counter-offensive.

And this Christmas, we again restore  ourselves to the baby in the manger, to the Child of Life who has come to earth to build a civilization of love.

Jesus!

12 Comments

  1. Comments for Heads Up, from Z:

    Dear Friends,

    Here it is! — the most informative, most powerful overseas Filipino pro-life publication
    inspired by faith, science, wisdom, and dogged love of country! IMHO, this is the La Solidaridad
    of our own modern-day propaganda movement. Compulsory reading!

    As Filipinos, we must never forget Rizal’s words:

    ¿No sabe usted que es inútil la vida que no se consagra á una idea grande?
    Es un pedruzco perdido en el campo sin formar parte de ningun edificio.

    Di niyo ba nauunawaan na walang halaga ang buhay na di nauukol sa isang layuning dakila?
    Para siyang isang batong ligaw sa linang, sa halip na maging bahagi ng isang gusali.

    Do you not see how useless a life is that is not consecrated to a great ideal?
    It is like a stone wasted on the field without becoming a part of any edifice.

  2. Thank you so much for this very important HeadsUp about "The Philippines: Preserving a Culture of Life".

    We taped the program, when it was shown here in EWTN at 10:30 am August 25th in our area Sacramento.

    Hopefully we can show it to our members next time we have a household meeting at our house,

    I am keeping it and hopefully be able to re-record it so we can have a permanent copy .

    God Bless you and everyone who made this possible, for us to be informed and timely at that !!

    May God Be Praised!!

    In Christ,
    Sis Sonnie/bro J. Hetzel

  3. Hi Bro. Ado. Thank you for the inspiration. We are winning the cause because of people like you contaminating us with the Spirit of Life!

    God bless
    Bro. Ito Z

  4. Hi.. This is Eleanor de Borja – Palabyab..- a Prolife OBGYN and the current president of the newly organized Prolife group DOCTORS FOR LIFE. I would very much want to have an annual subscription to your Prolife mag HEADS UP… which I was able to check out through the communications sent just today thru email. Dashing salamat po!
    All for the love of life,
    Baby Palabyab
    Doctors for Life

  5. I'm stunned by the audacity of a pro-RH congressman in stating that the RH bill has to be passed for the country to move on, that President Aquino has to step up his support of the bill because the success of his presidency will be gauged by its passage. Such statements should normally land in my spam mail, but I won't pass up the opportunity to once again point out the intrinsic contradictions and lies of the bill which I hope will expose his empty rhetoric.

    First, the bill speaks of Reproductive Health while its aim is Reproductive Death;

    Second, the bill talks about freedom of choice but through massive propaganda and the treatment accorded to contraceptives as "essential medicines" virtually coerces women to choose artificial birth control methods;

    Third, the bill promotes condoms on the pretext of its anti HIV/AIDS potency, but conveniently omits the rise of AIDS virus in condom dominated countries like Thailand;

    Fourth, the bill states contraceptives to be effective and safe but fails to state a modicum of caveat that most contraceptives may have carcinogenic substances;

    Fifth, the bill aims to assure a safe and satisfying sex but doesn't say what is one and how to attain it;

    Sixth, the bill wants an early sex education to begin at near puberty age for convoluted reasons which achieve the opposite effect of arousing the curiosity of children to the point of experimentation and resulting unsafe early teen pregnancies;

    Seventh, the bill pretends to outlaw abortion but stubbornly refuses to acknowledge that countries which allowed a contraceptive mentality to creep into their societies eventually ended up allowing abortions on demand. Notable example is the USA;

    Seventh, the bill treats babies as liabilities and burden to society, but babies eventually become adults who will carry the burden of society and contribute to its wealth;

    Eighth, the bill claims to be pro-poor but is actually anti-poor as it deprives the poor of their only means of survival in their old age – their children;

    Ninth, the bill hides behind the euphonic phrase "responsible parentrenthood" and yet wants to accomplish it irresponsibly via costly and unsafe contraceptives versus safe,free and effective natural family planning methods;

    Tenth, the bill aims to trim the population of the country to a "sustainable level" but fails to establish what that level is supposed to be, thereby courting the potential disaster of a demographic winter currently prevalent in highly developed countries.

    I honestly can't see by any stretch of imagination or logic how the country can move forward with the passage of this wretched bill. Moreover, it is presumptious for the congressman to say that the success of President Aquino's presidency will be "gauged" by the passage of the bill. I can't see how Aquino's current obsession of seeing Congresswoman Arroyo behind bar which seems to have become the main index of his success, can be remotely connected to the RH bill.

  6. Dear Friends,

    Here it is! — the most informative, most powerful overseas Filipino pro-life publication
    inspired by faith, science, wisdom, and dogged love of country! IMHO, this is the La Solidaridad
    of our own modern-day propaganda movement. Compulsory reading!

    As Filipinos, we must never forget Rizal's words:

    ¿No sabe usted que es inútil la vida que no se consagra á una idea grande?
    Es un pedruzco perdido en el campo sin formar parte de ningun edificio.

    Di niyo ba nauunawaan na walang halaga ang buhay na di nauukol sa isang layuning dakila?
    Para siyang isang batong ligaw sa linang, sa halip na maging bahagi ng isang gusali.

    Do you not see how useless a life is that is not consecrated to a great ideal?
    It is like a stone wasted on the field without becoming a part of any edifice.

  7. Dear Ado,

    Very, very impressive body of material. I take my hat off to you for your passion about pro-life issues and your focus against the RHB in the Philippines. Your work is a creative, attractive and hopefully effective advocacy channel. I am praying that it is reaching a wide audience and the readers are not only reading but taking action.

    Thank you very much for sharing this rich resource. And blessings always as you continue on this critical and important journey to keep life up front.

    Cecile

  8. Thank you very much, Brod Ado. My salute for such a great job. May everything we do glorify the Lord. Best regards and God bless!

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