To Connect or Not to Connect, That is the Question

ProLifeCorner-    By Larry Plachno-    In recent years a great deal of study has gone into research and demographics on social problems, birthrates, politics, marriage and related items. As a result, we have been able to document many of the differences between conservatives and liberals. In most cases we have been able to explain those differences.

       One of the major differences between conservatives and liberals is that conservatives are more willing to connect cause and effect in regard to their actions and decisions, and are also more willing to look at how their actions and decisions are interconnected. Liberals are considerably less willing to look at cause and effect as it relates to their actions and decisions, or how their actions and decisions are interconnected. Continue reading

Jesus Christ, our Economy and our Politics

ProLifeCorner-   By Larry Plachno-  How much of a connection is there between Jesus Christ, our economy and our politics?  The answer is considerably more than you might think, particularly once you understand that moral relativism is effectively the opposite of Christianity. Having spent more than 20 years working with statistics surrounding interconnected social problems, I can tell you that all of this not only becomes increasingly simple but also logical.

When pressed, Jesus Christ gave us two very simple and basic commandments: love of God and love of neighbor. Since God sent His Son to suffer and die to atone for our sins, love of God means judging our actions and decisions as to whether they are good or evil. Being a follower of Jesus Christ means that good is what is best for others and society. Continue reading

Reduced Abortions and the Demographic Winter

ProLifeCorner-   By Larry Plachno-   Some of the pro-life groups have been celebrating over announcements that the number of abortions has been declining recently. The researchers and demographers will tell you that the dancing in the streets is unwarranted and at best questionable. What at first appears to be a positive turn in the battle is actually a worsening of the war. The situation is similar to saying that you have reduced automobile accidents by greatly reducing the number of cars on the road.

A major part of this problem is that far too many people concentrate on the effects of abortion while ignoring the cause of abortion and the cause of most of our social problems, which is moral relativism. Since our elected officials, our religious leaders and our pro-life groups all depend on votes or contributions for support, they tend to ignore moral relativism for fear of offending someone. The result is that our society continues to grow more selfish and continues to embrace moral relativism. Continue reading

Are We Really Christians?

ProLifeCorner.com-   by Larry Plachno

        Recent surveys indicate that many if not most Americans are unhappy with the directions their country is taking. More and more people are asking why? Those doing the research are suggesting that we have caused most of our own problems by turning away from basic Christianity.

        We have turned our back on God by giving up on good and evil while replacing them with relativism. We have made a mockery of Jesus Christ’s suffering and death by replacing sin with selfishness. And, we have ceased to be concerned for others and have replaced responsibilities with rights. In short, we have moved away from the moral guidance of God, church, husbands and fathers. Continue reading

Abortion and the Parable of the Flooded Basement

ProLifeCorner.com- by Larry Plachno-  Cafeteria Morals and Going Beyond Abortion-  In recent weeks there has been substantial discussion on whether Pro-Life people need to work beyond Pro-Life issues. Much of this has been prompted by material posted on the Pro-Life Corner as well as the recent announcement of the reorganization of the Pro-Life Office at the Rockford Diocese. Recent comments by Pope Francis also mention this point. Continue reading

Moving Beyond Abortion

Moving Beyond Abortion, or Not Moving Beyond Abortion, That is the Question

ProLifeCorner.com- 9 25 2013-  by Larry Plachno- I was fascinated by the recent heated discussion about moving beyond abortion to other areas of concern. At least some of this was fostered by a posting on the Pro-Life Corner as well as the recent reorganization of the Pro-Life office at the Diocese of Rockford. At the risk of sticking my neck out about a million miles, let me provide my 20-plus years of research experience to anyone willing to take a few minutes to listen to me. Continue reading

1.72 Billion Abortions Worldwide Last 40 Years

Researcher: 1.72 Billion Abortions Worldwide Over Last 40 Years- LifeNews.com-   by Fr. Shenan Boquet  Simon Rabinovitch in his article,   “ Data Reveal Scale of China Abortions” * , reports that there have been 336 million abortions, 196 million sterilizations and 403 million intrauterine devices used in China since 1971. He notes that Chinese doctors every year abort roughly 7 million babies, sterilize nearly 2 million men and women and insert 7 million IUDs, though precise numbers are hard to come by. My first reaction to this news was horror and disgust. Remember that these numbers represent the actions of only one country, and its corrosive behavior against life. Continue reading