Government

When Political Correctness Stands in for Morality

Pope Francis arrives just in time to bring the plight of the unborn to light by Ken Allard [Republished from the Washington Times, September 21, 2015] This week’s visit by Pope Francis comes just in time. He is an apostolic missionary courageously reaching out to a once-religious country that now ruthlessly kills its unborn, mercilessly harvesting and selling their body parts. It is somehow fitting that our local witch doctors helpfully enshrine political correctness as a convenient substitute for morality. True Religion is mostly a phrase we use while adorning our butts in ever-widening swatches of denim. Otherwise our most…


National Day of Protest Against Planned Parenthood In San Antonio

The National Day of Protest against Planned Parenthood (PP) was held in over 300 US cities  on Saturday, August 22, 2015. Over 60,000 peacefully protested in 47 states against Planned Parenthood after the release of a series of videos by the Center for Medical Progress showing the nation’s largest abortion franchiser’s active participation in setting up specific procedures at their abortion facilities to dismember innocent unborn victims for the purpose of selling baby body parts.  Graphic images were used to demonstrate what happens to an unborn baby after dismemberment.  I don’t like to look at these signs but I also…


That These Children Shall Not Perish from this Earth

(Mr. Guy McClung addressed the San Antonio City Council during the Citizens to Be Heard session on June 17th. Editor’s Note)      Council Members and (newly elected) Mayor Taylor, thank you for the courtesies you have shown me when I have spoken to you in the past and thank you for this opportunity to speak to you this evening.  Mayor Taylor, the pro-life voters of San Antonio have elected you out of hope. This is why the pastors and priests of San Antonio, the Texas Leadership Coalition, the San Antonio Family Association and others endorsed (and supported) you, in…


A Julian Castro defeat in San Antonio

By Ken Allard, Republished from the Washington Times, Monday, June 15, 2015 Because the mainstream media was fawning all over Hillary Clinton’s latest campaign re-set, you might not have seen these weekend headlines. A quietly determined underdog triumphed over an entrenched political machine. A potential vice-presidential candidate in 2016 was abandoned by his political base. And the underdog began her victory speech by shouting “To God Be The Glory!” – a felony anywhere but in Texas. All those things happened on Saturday when Ivy Taylor became the first black woman elected as San Antonio’s mayor. Initially given little chance, she defeated…


Why I’m Voting for Mayor Ivy Taylor

I grew up back east in towns like Boston and Baltimore, where pulpit messages often told parishioners for whom they should vote. But depending on whether the pulpit was Catholic or Protestant, you might receive mixed messages about whether John Kennedy should be elected president. Both sides probably exaggerated JFK’s religious devotion but were closer together only a few years later when defending civil rights as simple and overdue justice. I grew up amidst the divisions that followed. Ever since, I have believed that sermons are inappropriate occasions for instructing anyone about how they should vote – much less for…


The Naturalization of Fr. Pancho

On Thursday, April 23, 2015 San Jose Mission in San Antonio, Texas held its very first naturalization ceremony during National Park Week.   It was an exciting day for the 49 men and women from 22 different countries, including, Japan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Spain, Guinea-Bissau and Mexico seeking to become American citizens. US Magistrate Judge John Primomo administered the oath of citizenship and National Park Service Director, Jonathan Jarvis, welcomed the newcomers by giving a short history of the parks in America.  He emphasized that the parks belong to all Americans and that they could tour the historic missions whenever they…


Recommendations for the June 2015 San Antonio City Runoff Elections

by Phil Sevilla, Texas Leadership Institute for Public Advocacy Mayoral Election We FAVOR Ivy Taylor for Mayor of San Antonio Our mission is to assist voters residing in Bexar County in making informed decisions during political elections. Our volunteer staff scrutinizes elected officials, vetting political candidates who will promote and defend authentic Catholic moral principles in local, state, and federal offices. This runoff election on June 13th in Bexar County comprises two municipal offices – the office of Mayor of San Antonio and the Councilman seat for District 7. The two candidates in this runoff election are Texas State Senator Leticia…


The Silence of the Lambs

What is the obligation of the Christian church to speak out against evil – in the nation or our city? The answer one hears, often whispered in carefully modulated tones within cloistered walls, is that these evils, like many other sins, are indeed the proper concern of committed Christians. But they are best dealt with through prayer and meditation rather than through direct action by the church itself. Instead, the argument goes, the business of the church is simply to be the church, a safe place from which to perform charity and good works, a beacon of godliness inspiring our…


Voting With A Conscience

It was election time maybe ten years ago.  I looked at a ballot someone had placed on the display table at church.  There were umpteen names on it and I asked the question others have asked before and since:  “How do I know whom to vote for?”  Today I have two excellent answers to that question. Fast-forward to three years ago.  I was walking down the aisle at WalMart when my cell phone rang.  An unfamiliar voice said, “I understand you have a Pastors PAC (Political Action Committee).”  That was a faith statement.  It was calling a thing unseen as…


City Council Turning A Blind Eye to Abortion Expansion in San Antonio

I wish I was writing this article to expose something about some important prudential issue like pot holes, speed bumps, ride sharing or salaries for City Council members, but unfortunately it is about the actual taking of human life. Texas HB 2, the omnibus pro-life state legislative bill passed into law in 2013, went into effect in January 2014. The new abortion regulations  limit abortions to the first 20 weeks, requires abortionists to obtain hospital admitting privileges, abortion facilities to meet state ambulatory surgical  center (ASC) standards, as well as requiring abortion providers  to follow the FDA-approved protocols for administering…