Matthew 5: 13-16, “You are the salt of the earth…you are the light of the world...let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.”

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The S.A.L.T. ministry exists to inform and inspire our parish members to be the “salt and light” in our Church community.

“Salt” is to become aware of the moral and family issues we face in our community, our state and our nation such as the need to strengthen family and marriage initiatives and promote free religious expression.

“Light” is to become involved by recognizing the critical importance of motherhood and fatherhood and by offering continued support of the Food Pantry, Sauk County Giving Tree and Share Program; participation in the National Day of Prayer and supporting our teachers and students at St. Joseph’s School.


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"Salt and Light Together"
August 27, 2017

NFL Star Benjamin Watson: Abortion Is "the Ultimate Form of Racism"

(LifeSiteNews)

A professional football star is exposing Planned Parenthood's origins in the racist views of founder Margaret Sanger.

"I do know that blacks kind of represent a large portion of the abortions, and I do know that honestly the whole idea with Planned Parenthood and Sanger in the past was to exterminate blacks," said Benjamin Watson, a tight end for the Baltimore Ravens, in an interview with the Turning Point Pregnant Resource Center in San Diego. "And it's kind of ironic that it's working."

"We (as minorities) support candidates, and overwhelmingly support the idea of having Planned Parenthood and the like, and yet, that is why she created it. We are buying it hook, line, and sinker," he said in part two of an interview with the pro-life center.

Watson has been married more than a decade and has five children. He calls himself a born again Christian and says his faith makes supporting the most vulnerable of God's children his prerogative.

"If you are someone who cares about life period, then you have to care about it from conception all the way up to death," he said. "To me, being pro-life means that you hold all life very dear and you understand that all life was created by God and that because of that, life has internal, intrinsic value, whether it's capable of living on its own at that point or whether it is capable of living on its own at the end of its life."

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He said he's not alone in his views in the NFL, where some players "are believers or have views that I agree with, but they don't want to talk about it in a public forum. One-on-one they'll talk about it, but Twitter, Facebook, or authoring a book about a polarizing topic? They don't want to touch it."

He said society had lost the art of "learning how to respectfully disagree with each other."

It was not the first time Watson weighed in on controversial issue. He called for calm after the Baltimore riots and addressed abortion in the past, as well.

He weighed in on the Planned Parenthood videos, writing on Facebook, "As horrific as it is, the issue isn't really the sale of human parts. It's the legal practice that allows this to even be a possibility. Killing children and simply discarding the leftovers is not any more acceptable than profiting off of them."

Watson faced some backlash for his latest comments, although few disputed Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger's ideological support for eugenics. She founded the "Negro Project," hiring black preachers to convince their congregations to take birth control or get sterilized. Sanger wrote at one point that all citizens should be required to obtain a "birth permit" from the government before giving birth.

CBS Sports reported that "some might be surprised to hear Watson come out and say that eliminating blacks is 'working.'" African-Americans have fallen behind Hispanics as the largest minority in the nation.

Yet he is not alone in sounding the alarm about the disproportionate impact abortion has on the African-American community. "For every 1,000 black babies born alive, there are 1,100 aborted each year in" New York City said Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation in an interview published today at The Stream. "The black community is the only community where there are more induced deaths than births….yet so-called 'civil rights leaders,' including the NAACP, call this deliberate destruction 'reproductive justice.'"

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared at LifeSiteNews, and is reprinted here with permission.


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Fetal tissue from abortions is (still) not needed for research or medical treatments

By Maria Feeney, Tara Sander Lee, and Kathleen M Schmainda

From The Capital Times, Madison, WI, March 19, 2017

Two bills have recently been introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature to provide a path forward for biomedical research that honors the dignity of the human beings that it is meant to serve. These are the Fetal Remains Respect Act and the Unborn Child Disposition and Anatomical Gift Act, part of the Heal Without Harm Legislative Initiative. Contrary to what some claim, these bills do not stifle research. As scientists, we wholeheartedly support this initiative to support and advocate for biomedical research that benefits all human persons, without sacrificing one for another.

These bills come on the heels of a yearlong investigation of the abortion industry by the U.S. House Select Investigative Panel. The final report corrects many false and misleading statements regarding the role of fetal tissue in science and medicine. In nearly 100 years of unrestricted research, the panel investigation confirms, “not a single clinical treatment has been developed from human fetal tissue.”

Vaccines for polio, measles, and mumps were never produced using human fetal tissue but rather used monkey cells, chicken eggs, and nonfetal human cells. None of the 75 vaccines available in the U.S. is produced using fresh fetal tissue. The continued use of certain “cell lines” derived from aborted fetal tissue to produce a small portion of vaccines (less than 15 percent) is due more to the high cost of switching than to any scientific reason.

In regard to development of new vaccines, greater than 98 percent of research articles published on Zika do not use fetal tissue. Conversely, adult blood cells (not fetal tissue—ed.) recently led to a breakthrough in vaccine development for Cytomegalovirus (CMV), a virus affecting brain development in a way similar to Zika.

The House panel investigation further discredits the claim that fetal tissue plays an indispensable role in “life-saving” research. Fetal tissues (or byproduct stem cells) are used in only 0.01 percent of clinical trials currently underway and in merely 0.2 percent of grants funded by NIH between 2010-2014 — none of which is investigating Alzheimer’s disease, where many claim fetal tissue is “required” and the “gold standard.” In many cases, aborted fetuses are not the most appropriate tissue source, but these tissues are still used because they are cheaper and easier to obtain than adult tissues. These facts suggest that, in practice, even scientists are not convinced that fetal tissue is “critical” to research.

In stark contrast, people suffering with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, neurological diseases, and others are benefiting now from clinical trials and treatments using adult stem cell therapies. Adult stem cells have saved the lives of over 1 million people worldwide, but not one person is alive today because of stem cells from aborted fetal tissue.

Therefore, as a next step, the House panel provides several recommendations to ensure the advancement of research that is superior both scientifically and ethically, followed by a call for increased federal investment in these areas. Wisconsin risks losing time, money and lives if an ethical approach to research is not advocated and supported. It is within Wisconsin’s best interest to pass these bills. Science and ethics do work together.

Maria Feeney, of West Bend, has a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical chemistry and conducts research in biochemistry. Tara Sander Lee, of Brookfield, has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and researches molecular and cellular biology. Kathleen M. Schmainda, of Elm Grove, has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and conducts brain cancer research.

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Be our protection against the 
wickedness and snares 
of the devil. 
May God rebuke him, 
we humbly pray; 
and do Thou, O Prince of the 
Heavenly Host - by the Power 
of God - cast into hell, Satan 
and all the evil spirits, 
who prowl about the world 
seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen

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