Fr. James Altman says the stakes are high when you vote 1

“You cannot be Catholic and be a Democrat. Period.”

These pointed words are stated by Fr. James Altman (above) from the Diocese of La Crosse, WI, in a video burning up the internet. More than a quarter of a million people have watched it on YouTube alone. Fr. Altman will surely get some pushback from some of his fellow clerics, even though Catholic Church documents, such as the Catechism of the Catholic Church, state that Catholics can’t directly support certain issues such as abortion.

We’ll leave it to them to wrangle over the sensitive issue of forming consciences of faithful citizenship. More…

Andrew Cuomo

How much is a human life worth? 7

By Tom Quiner

In the midst of the coronavirus lockdown, New Governor Andrew Cuomo repeatedly asserts:

“How much is a human life worth? That is the real discussion that no one is admitting, openly or freely. That we should. To me, I say the cost of a human life, a human life is priceless. Period.”

The governor’s rhetoric doesn’t square with his actions.

Anti-death penalty

On the one hand, he was quick to support Pope Francis’ revision to the Catholic Catechism that the death penalty is never morally permissible. Said Cuomo:

“The death penalty is morally indefensible and has no place in the 21st century. Today, in solidarity with @pontifex and in honor of my father, I will be advancing legislation to remove the death penalty from State law once and for all.”


On the other hand, he aggressively promoted and ultimately signed into law the dishonestly named Reproductive Health Act (RHA). The RHA essentially sanctions human abortion right up until the instant of delivery.

The good governor was so tickled by the passage of this anti-life law that he lit up the World Trade Center to celebrate and rub it in the faces of his dejected pro-life adversaries. At the same time, he snubbed the church that he so enthusiastically endorsed just a few months earlier:

“As a Roman Catholic, I am intimately familiar with the strongly held views of the church. Still, I do not believe that religious values should drive political positions.”

Because laws can be undone, the man who professes his belief in the pricelessness of human life wants the unfettered right to abort unborn humans enshrined in New York’s state constitution in case Roe v Wade is ever overturned.

In case you were wondering, New York state aborted 82,000 unborn humans in 2016; they aborted two-thousand after 20 weeks of being conceived; and nearly 6000 were ripped apart via dilation and evacuation abortions.

The Governor needs to explain the disconnect, as if any explanation is necessary.

Either he believes that unborn persons aren’t human, which flies in the face of both science and theology.

Or he believes that they are human, but less ‘priceless’ than convicted murderers.

Governor Cuomo talks out of both sides of his mouth. He is the worse type of hypocrite.

[This essay was originally published at Thanks for permission to re-publish it at Quiner’s Diner.]

war on women

Deconstructing the ‘war on women’ 1

The poor Little Sisters of the Poor are back in court again, thanks to lawsuits filed by pro-abortion governors. It’s all a part of an ironic “war on women” campaign waged by pro-abortion politicians against pro-life women.

It’s pretty amazing. The same people who sometimes say ‘they are personally against abortion, but can’t impose their own religion on someone else,’ keep trying to impose their religion on The Little Sisters of the Poor… More…


Planned Parenthood is “life-affirming.” Seriously? 1

By Tom Quiner

Non essential business have shutdown, or are in the process of doing so to protect human life during the Coronavirus crisis. This is occurring coast-to-coast.

Coronavirus infections are soaring. According to data from a variety of sources, including the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, we have 51,215 confirmed cases in the U.S.

Six-hundred and fifty-eight people have died, for a 1.28% fatality rate.

By contrast, the fatality rate for the ‘abortion pill’ (RU-486) is 93 to 99% and surgical abortions are about 99% percent fatal to the human being in the womb.

In light of these contrasting fatality rates, Iowans for LIFE notes the irony behind Planned Parenthood’s reasoning for refusing to shut down during the Coronavirus crisis. PP’s chief medical officer in Long Island, Westchester and Rockland counties in New York, Dr. Meera Shah, one of the hardest-hit areas in the country, explained:

“Our doors will stay open because sexual and reproductive health care is extremely important, and we have to ensure access to it. Pregnancy-related care, especially abortion care, is essential and life-affirming, especially now when there is so much insecurity around jobs and food and paychecks and childcare.”

Iowans for LIFE’s executive director, Maggie DeWitte, has a simple response:

“If Planned Parenthood really wants to affirm life, they should shut their doors.”

[Tom Quiner is president of Iowans for LIFE board. Thanks to IFL for permission to publish this post on Quiner’s Diner. Support IFL’s pro-life outreach today.]