*BEST OF DTB #134* The Catholic defender: State of Grace

Posted by John Benko - January 29th, 2012

My hats off to the Catholic Priesthood that refuses to give Holy Communion to practicing homosexuals! The following is a report from the Chicago AP: CHICAGO (AP) – Roman Catholic gay-rights supporters wearing rainbow-colored sashes to Mass were denied communion Sunday, while dozens in Minnesota had to walk around protesters to receive the holy sacrament.

About 10 people wearing the sashes stood in line to receive communion at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, but priests refused to give them the Eucharist. One priest shook each person’s hand; another made the sign of the cross on their foreheads.

“The priest told me you cannot receive communion if you’re wearing a sash, as per the Cardinal’s direction,” said James Luxton, a Chicago member of the Rainbow Sash Movement, an organization of Catholic gay-rights supporters with chapters around the country.

An internal memo from Chicago Cardinal Francis George that became public last week instructed priests not to give communion to people wearing the sashes, which the group’s members wear every year for Pentecost. The memo says the sashes are a symbol of opposition to the church’s doctrine on homosexuality and exploit the communion ritual.

“The Rainbow Sash movement wants its members to be fully accepted by the Church not on the same conditions as any Catholic but precisely as gay,” George wrote. “With this comes the requirement that the Church change her moral teaching.”

Rainbow Sash Movement spokesman Joe Murray was among those denied communion in Chicago. He said members wearing the sashes should be seen no differently than a uniformed police officer or Boy Scout seeking communion.

“What we saw today in the cathedral is discrimination at the Eucharistic table, and that shouldn’t be happening,” Murray said. Those denied communion returned to their pews, but stood while the rest of the congregation knelt.

The movement, which started about five years ago in England, also has members in Dallas, New Orleans, New York and Rochester, N.Y.

In St. Paul, Minn., people wearing the rainbow-colored sashes were given communion Sunday despite protests from some parishioners who kneeled in front of the altar blocking their way.

The Rev. Michael Skluzacek said in a written statement that both sides were “mistakenly using the Mass and the Eucharist to make their own personal statements.”

Brian McNeill, organizer of the Rainbow Sash Alliance of the Twin Cities, said the local group has worn the sashes every Pentecost at St. Paul Cathedral since 2001, but the group had never experienced such a confrontation.

The Rainbow Sash Movement received an e-mail Tuesday from the Los Angeles Archdiocese inviting them to Mass on Sunday, but no one wearing sashes showed up for morning or midday Masses at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, archdiocese spokesman Tod Tamberg said.

A Vatican doctrinal decree last year directed at Catholic politicians said a well-formed conscience forbids support for any law that contradicts “fundamental” morality, with abortion listed first among relevant issues. A second Vatican statement said it is “gravely immoral” not to oppose legalization of same-sex unions.

CFPA: Thank God the church is taking this stand. We only wish that all of those Catholics practicing homosexuality would wear that sash every time they go to Communion.

St. Paul writes, “Therefore, my beloved, avoid idolatry. I am speaking as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I am saying. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf” (1 Corinthians 10:14-17).

St. Paul is clear that we are all part of the body of Christ and this is seen through the breaking of the bread. If anyone is living in sin, serious sin, they are warned of the gravity of recieving the Eucharist unworthily.

Concerning idolatry, St. Paul warns, “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and also the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and of the table of demons” (1 Corinthians 10:21).

St. Paul makes it even more clear writing, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes. Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are ill and infirm, and a considerable number are dying” (1 Corinthian 11:26-30).

We are not to recieve God’s grace in vain (2 Corinthians 6:1) and to avoid mortal serous sin (Galations 5:19-21). We need to pray for our leaders (Hebrew 13:18-19) that they will be strong in their leadership (1 Peter 5:1-5).

We also need to pray for those who are wayward, running from their faith.

The Prodigals need to come home to the Catholic Faith where they can get that total healing of mind, body, and soul, and spirit.

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*BEST OF DTB #133* Have a Coke!

Posted by John Benko - January 27th, 2012

You should keep soda drinking to a minimum. However, if you must have a soda, have a Coke (or a Coca-Cola product)

Boycott Pepsico and all their products.

Aborted baby sweeteners? Not for me.
I never dreamed I would have to say that.

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*BEST OF DTB #132* The Catholic Defender: The Gianna Jessen Story

Posted by John Benko - January 27th, 2012

I do not know of a greater human witness for life than listening to Gianna Jessen tell her story.

I remember seeing here on Hannity and Combs and other shows that interviewed her. What a stumbling block to the Pro-Abortionist!

Just as we have the opportunity to witness the testimony of Gianna, every unborn child is fully known by God (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalms 139:13-15).

Every last one of them stand before the Lord reminding Him of their executioners (Matthew 18:10).

Matthew really brings this home to me! “At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, ‘Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a child over (tradition says this was St. Ignatius of Antioich, Discipled later on by St. John), placed it in their midst, and said, ‘Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me” (Matthew 18:1-5).

We must come to the Lord as a child! Yet, our society has made war upon the child, casualties of the Sexual Revolution.

In the United States, for 40 years we have killed nearly 60,000,000 unborn children. There is no polite way to put this? There is no nice way to say this?

This war made upon the unborn child will have it’s consequence. Jesus warns, “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matthew is not making Jesus out to be a “pacifist” here)! Jesus is giving a stern warning, “Woe to the world because of things that cause sin! Such things must come, but woe to the one through whom they come!” (Matthew 18:6-7).

The arrogant, the secularist want to close the book on the issues of faith in our land. They want to hide the truth of God’s word among the nations so they can further their agenda upon an unwilling world. Groups like the ACLU and the liberal establishment want to take the image of Christ out of the public square. As long as I am alive, this will not happen! Please listen to the following story as Gianna Jessen’s Story is a miracle. Here are both, part 1 and part 2 of her story.

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*BEST OF DTB #131* The Catholic Defender: Welcome Home Sandra

Posted by John Benko - January 26th, 2012

The following is a conversion story from one of our newest Members of deepertruth and the Catholic Faith! She is one of the leading ladies of deepertruth. Her story is printed on Catholic Apologist Steve Ray’s web site: www.catholic-convert.com

Sandra’s story has been very inspiring and I must admit, she is a thorn in the side of the anti-Catholics on YouTube! They would zero in on her and others like a chicken hawk but it didn’t take long before they would walk a mile around her channel!

Sandra Reads Herself into the Catholic Church

by Steve Ray on January 26, 2012

My conversion story will probably sound like every other convert story. You hear the phrase from a lot of converts to the Catholic Church, “I read myself into the Catholic Church.” Read what? Well, it was a shocker when I found out. Some guys who are known by Catholics as the “Church Fathers”, you have probably heard about them… If you haven’t heard about them already, I must warn that these fellows are dangerous for Protestants. Not that they are bad or anything, but because of the long line of succession that leads you all the way to the place some, if not most protestants, will say is the ‘Church of Popes’. Yeah, you guessed it… the Catholic Church.

God must be angry!

Well, just to get it out there… I wasn’t opposed to the Catholic Church. I was never taught to be. My formation in my early years was focused on memorizing scripture verses, and morality. In my early years of schooling, I went to a Christian school for 4 years. But, I knew something was missing, but I didn’t know what. The day would start off with a worship service. It was pretty much some man or woman would get up, wearing a nice suit or tie, or a nice dress. Then he or she would read from scripture and then we would leave.

I remember after being told something by my teacher that really made me think, “Are we worshiping God, or the weather?” She told us (the class), “You can tell how God is feeling by the weather outside. If it’s a sunshine blue day outside, God is happy. If it’s raining, God is crying. If it’s thundering and lightning, God is mad.” Now, you have to understand how this sounds to an intelligent kid. I may have been small, but I am not stupid.

After our teacher said this, I went to reason. Reason and common sense said that God is indeed the Creator, and that creation
is the handy work of his hands. But, to me, what the teacher had told us sounded like if God could be manipulated. Then I thought, “Well, my mother says that down in Florida we receive hurricanes. So, when a hurricane comes, does that mean God is wigging out?” Soon after, I lost my faith and left Christianity.

I didn’t totally lose my faith, because I knew that there was a God, I just didn’t know if it was the God of Christianity. After leaving this school, I went to a school that didn’t teach any type of religion. Fast forward a few years, and I was in about 6th or 7th grade, or it could have been 6 and 7th grade; I noticed my friends were continually asking me, “Sandra do you want to attend CCD? It will be fun.” And I asked, “Does it have to do with the Bible?” They replied, “Yes, but come on! It’s fun!” Now, at this point in my life, theology was not in my ‘of interest’category. So I respectfully did not accept the invitation to go. Little did I know what was going to happen later on in life.

So, for 2 years I did not accept the invitation to attend CCD. And this continued and after a while, my friends just had quit asking me. Anyway, fast forward to my 8th or 9th grade year. One my teachers walked in during English class If I remember correctly, or maybe I was sent to give something to the vice principle of the school. Anyway, the principle of the elementary school was there, and I hear my teacher say, “Oh excuse me sister.”

I thought, “Sister? I doubt that they are related.” Then he explains to us that, he isn’t referring to the ‘sister’ as blood relation, but ‘sister’ as a nun. This was a shock to me, because for whatever reason, I had said that, “I am never talking to a priest or a nun.” The reason I even knew the words priest or nun was because, I saw the movie called The Sound of Music and Sister Act. I wasn’t taught anything Catholic, so the closest I came was by watching movies.

At this time to be honest, I didn’t even know there was such thing as the Catholic Church, but I did know that there is only 1 church. I should mention that, that nun was my 4th grade teacher who I love dearly as a teacher. So I thought, “Ok, I will make an exception for sisters, but I am still not going to be talking to priests.”

Fast forward and I had graduated from the school. 9th grade was as far as you could go until you had to switch out, so I did. I knew all of my friends were going to a school which they used the abbreviation for, which they called ABC. So, I went to ABC for the sign up process. I was accepted into the school. Summer goes by, or should I say was almost over, and they were having the open house. My mother, my dad, and I went to the open house.

As we were driving there my mother tells me, “Sandrita, Catholics do things a little differently than when you went to the Christian school.” And I thought, “Well, how different can it be?” Oh, I was about to see for myself how different. We walked inside the school and made our way to the gym.

The 1st thing that caught my attention was when I met Father (a priest) for the first time. Now, father was dressed to the nines, robe and everything. But, I was baffled a little bit. I saw father wear the little hat that the Jewish people wear. So I was thinking, “Am I attending a Catholic school or a Jewish one?” I now knew the word Catholic from my mother. Well, during the tour of the school, I learned that the school abbreviation is not ABC, but ACCHS (Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School).

Archbishop is one word, not two separate words. Fast forward again, and 10th grade has started. Next thing I knew something called a Mass was upon us. I never heard of such thing. So mass started, it was our 1 a month mass where the whole entire school attended.

It soon occurred to me this is the equivalent to the Christian service that I had attended. But attending mass was way different. I found so many things to be Jewish. But Jesus was front and center throughout. Whereas what I attended, I am sorry to say, was all about the pastor. So, this was refreshing to attend. I noticed the cross comes in 1st, incense, robes, priests…ECT. I would later discover that everything is indeed Biblical. As the 3 years go by, I was becoming head over heels for the mass.

That’s right; I was slowly converting to the Catholic Church. Everything about the Catholic faith just made sense: the Sacraments, the Mass, the History…everything. I have to say, that I am extremely grateful and thankful for my teachers in those 3 years. My friends also played a big part, because if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have gone to this Catholic school. I would be someplace else still looking for answers to the questions I had about Christianity.

I thank God for the Catholic Church that has answered all of those questions. For example: Where did the Bible come from? How come in the Old Testament, it is categorized into 4 main sections, and one of them is history, but no one seems to be teaching it? How come I never learned about what happened after the Bible? So on so forth.

My journey is kind of like the stages of a camp fire. It goes a little something like this: Beginning in my 10th grade year the spark had come. I call it the beginning of curiosity; my attention by God was captured.

In my 11 grade year, I became a smoldering ember that was beginning to smoke up. I call this the beginning of a relationship; God was teaching me how to pray. I made my first heartfelt prayer that year, and it still continues.

In my 12 grade year, that smoldering ember now had a small flame. I call this the beginning of being humbled; God used the history of His Church to knock me off my high horse. He knocked me off my horse called: Pride. I thought I knew everything, and that I didn’t need anyone. I learned that year, that I did need someone…His Church.

After graduation, the flame grew and until this day it hasn’t stopped growing. I have learned from the Church Fathers, I will give some examples:

1. St. Jerome
2. St. Ignatius of Loyola
3. St. Justin Martyr
4. St. Polycarp of Smyrna (who by the way was taught by St. John)

I have learned from people who are not only cradle Catholics, but also converts and reverts. Some of these people are:
1. Fr. Larry Richards
2. Dr. Scott Hahn
3. Steve Ray
4. Fr. Bill Casey (from the Fathers of Mercy)
5. Deacon Alex Jones

And of course, I thank everyone who has helped me along the way. I learned throughout my journey about Mercy and Forgiveness. I was witnessed to by my senior year theology teacher who is a permanent Deacon. When I needed spiritual guidance in my senior year, he listened. I should admit that I was reluctant at first, because like I had said in my early years, that I was never going to talk to a priest or anyone of that sort.

Well, like I have heard, “Never say never.” I experienced what Catholics experience in Confession; you feel about 1,000 pounds lighter; like a big chip has been lifted off of your shoulders. Towards the ending of my senior year of high school, I ended up asking the same deacon to baptize me. Actually, there is more to it than that… I must
confess that actually I was taking Communion without being baptized. I had been testing God about Communion and he had sent me a healthy guilt, which led me to asking him. I admit that I was jealous of Catholics, because I wanted the Eucharist. About 2 years later I went through R.C.I.A, and received all 3 Sacraments of Initiation. Thank God for His Church and the Sacraments! I love
being Catholic, and I wouldn’t leave it for anything! I hope you enjoyed my conversion story. God Bless † † † WE ARE ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC, and APOSTOLIC CHURCH!!

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*BEST OF DTB #130* The Catholic Defender: Hoax or is this real

Posted by John Benko - January 26th, 2012

Is this a hoax? I think that I will not be using Pepsi Products because of the following article from LifeNews.com. The title of the article, “Pepsi Shareholders Demand It Stop Using Aborted Fetal Cells”, as someone who has been a Pepsi consumer, I am demanding they stop using Aborted Fetal Cells! Here is the article:

Pepsi shareholders have filed a shareholder resolution with the Securities and Exchange Commission and PepsiCo demanding that the company has been contracting with a research firm that uses fetal cells from babies victimized by abortions to test and produce artificial flavor enhancers.

As recently as May, Pepsi ignored concerns and criticism from dozens of pro-life groups and tens of thousands of pro-life people who voiced their opposition to PepsiCo contracting with biotech company Senomyx even after it was found to be testing their food additives using fetal cells from abortions.

“The company’s key flavor programs focus on the discovery and development of savory, sweet and salt flavor ingredients that are intended to allow for the reduction of MSG, sugar and salt in food and beverage products,” the Senomyx web site says. “Using isolated human taste receptors, we created proprietary taste receptor-based assay systems that provide a biochemical or electronic readout when a flavor ingredient interacts with the receptor.”

Debi Vinnedge, of the pro-life group Children of God for Life, explained, “What they don’t tell the public is that they are using HEK 293 – human embryonic kidney cells taken from an electively aborted baby to produce those receptors. They could have easily chosen animal, insect, or other morally obtained human cells expressing the G protein for taste receptors.”

In August 2010, PepsiCo entered into a four-year agreement with Senomyx for the development of artificial high-potency sweeteners for PepsiCo beverages. Under the contract, PepsiCo is paying $30 million to Senomyx for the research and future royalties on PepsiCo products sold using Senomyx technology. When the prolife group wrote both companies requesting they use one of several non-objectionable, viable cell lines listed in their patents, Senomyx did not respond. PepsiCo did reply however and insisted that its use of the research from Senomyx would produce “great tasting, lower-calorie beverages.”

With the boycott from supportive pro-life groups, including LifeNews.com, not changing PepiCo’s mind and further letters going unanswered, Vinnedge told LifeNews today the time has come for a resolution form shareholders.

“Shareholders have a right to know the truth about what PepsiCo is doing with their hard-earned savings,” she said. “PepsiCo’s lack of consideration to the public’s moral sensibilities has only served to fuel the fire and threatens stock values, retirement pensions and investments.”

Vinnedge said the PepsiCo shareholder who filed the resolution requested that “the Board of Directors adopt a corporate policy that recognizes human rights and employs ethical standards which do not involve using the remains of aborted human beings in both private and collaborative research and development agreements.” She said she finds it ironic that PepsiCo’s own Code of Conduct boasts that they “deal with customers, suppliers, the public and our competitors in an ethical and appropriate manner.”

“There is nothing ethical or appropriate in the way they are exploiting the remains of an innocent aborted child,” noted Vinnedge.

Vinnedge said she has heard from many pro-life advocates upset by the information about Pepsi — including one 12-year-old Florida boy who learned of PepsiCo’s research from his mom’s prolife news reports and was upset enough to take action himself. At a recent 40 Days for Life event, he told attendees, “When I found out about this, I was sick to my stomach.

“I decided I wouldn’t let this happen so I came up with a way to boycott Pepsi products called United Schools for Life. This program will attempt to remove all Pepsi products from the schools in our diocese,” Gene, who hopes to educate others about what Pepsi is doing, said. Vinnedge was deeply moved by his initiative and courage.

“We hope that PepsiCo senior management gives serious consideration to what this boy has done,” she noted. “Even a child knows this is wrong. God bless him for standing up for the unborn who have no voice of their own!”

After contacting Pepsi with their concerns, the beverage and food products company responded via email to pro-life advocates with an unsigned form response from “Pepsi Consumer Relations.”

“Thank you for contacting us to share your sincere concerns,” the PepsiCo response says. “Please be assured that PepsiCo is committed to using only the highest ethical methods in all aspects of our research. This is something we take very seriously, and we hold ourselves and all of our research partners to the same high standards as the world’s leading research centers.”

The email continues: “With respect to the flavor discovery research with Senomyx, we utilize techniques that have been the gold standard for several decades by top universities, hospitals, U.S. government agencies, food and beverage companies, and essentially every pharmaceutical and biotech company in the world. Yet, there is some misinformation being circulated meant to distort what we’re doing and question our motives and those of other companies. This is unfortunate, and it is certainly not reflective of the work we are doing. We hope this information is helpful and reassuring. Thank you again for reaching out to us and allowing us to clarify the situation.”

In comments to LifeNews.com, Vinnedge says this is the latest example of PepsiCo avoiding or glossing over the criticism it receives.

“It seems that PepsiCo is simply not able to understand the concerns of consumers as they respond to their complaints with deceptive form letters,” she said.

“First, they tried to reassure the public their relationship with Senomyx was to produce “lower calorie great tasting beverages”. Then after our first press release March 29th, they tried to insinuate the reports were false and they were being accused of doing aborted fetal research,” Vinnedge explained. “Now, as the full boycott begins, they brush off using aborted fetal cell lines as an industry gold standard.”

“Well, we have a message for PepsiCo,” the pro-life advocate continued. “We who are pro-life have a “gold standard” too. And that means we defend the sanctity of all human life
including the remains of innocent aborted babies that PepsiCo is exploiting for profit.”

“If they want to boycott to end, they need to tell Senomyx to start using moral sources for their research and development or they will sever their contracts,” she concluded.

Senomyx boasts that it has over 800,000 unique flavors for foods, Vinnedge says, but cells expressing certain proteins produce a chemical signal when the flavors are introduced, which determines if they have achieved the proper flavor. The aborted fetal cells are not in the product itself.

Pro-life organizations are asking the public to boycott all Pepsi drink products and encourage consumers to contact Pepsi management requesting that they sever all ties with Senomyx. Consumers are also encouraged to contact Campbell Soup and thank them for responding to pro-life concerns.

Pro-life groups joining Children of God for Life in the boycott to date are: American Life League, Life Issues Institute, Concerned Women for America, Colorado Right to Life, American Right to Life, Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, ALL Arizona, Central Nebraskans for Life, Pro-Life Waco, Houston Coalition for Life, Mother and Unborn Baby Fox Valley, Womankind, Billboards for Life, Movement for a Better America, Defenders of the Unborn, Focus Pregnancy Help Center, Idaho Chooses Life, EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers of NY, Four Seasons for Life, CREDO, Life Choices, STOPP Dallas, CA Right To Life, Human Life Alliance, International Right to Life Federation, Operation Rescue, the National Black Pro-Life Union, Black Students for Life, and Pro-Life Nation. LifeNews.com has joined the boycott call as well.

ACTION: Contact these companies…

Jamie Caulfield, Sr. VP
PepsiCo, Inc.
700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
(914) 253-2000
Boycott PepsiAs the gals would sing “kick the can”, that is exactly what I plan to do!

Quick Update from “Children of God For Life: URGENT: ALL OKLAHOMA RESIDENTS: Contact your State Senator and tell them you want them to support Senator Shortey’s SB 1418.
Not sure who your State Senator is? Go to www.oksenate.gov Bottom right hand corner – enter your address, city, zip to find your State Senator (not to be confused with US Senate)

For Immediate Release: January 26, 2012

Oklahoma Senator correct – mainstream media wrong: Aborted fetal cells are used in development of flavor enhancers for food products.

(Largo, FL) An onslaught of articles reported by the mainstream media earlier this week ranged from utter disbelief to crass remarks denigrating Oklahoma Senator Ralph Shortey (R) over the bill he introduced banning food products developed using aborted fetal material in his state.

Unfortunately for the media, the good Senator is correct.

“This is perhaps the worst case of irresponsible reporting by the mainstream media that we have witnessed in this millennium,” stated Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director of Children of God for Life who first broke the story in March 2011. “A simple fact check would have revealed that Senator Shortey is correct about how some of our foods are being produced.”

The focus is on San Francisco based biotech company Senomyx, who states on their website that, “We created proprietary taste receptor-based assay systems that provide a biochemical or electronic readout when a flavor ingredient interacts with the receptor.”

What they don’t tell the public is that they are using HEK 293 (human embryonic kidney cells) taken from an electively aborted baby to produce those receptors.

As an example of just one of over 75 patents on file in which the aborted fetal cells are utilized, Senomyx states in US Patent number 7,297,543: “The invention provides a preferred mammalian cell lines, e.g., HEK-293 cells that stably express T1R2/T1R3 and G.sub..alpha.15 under inducible conditions. These cells are useful in cell-based assays for identifying compounds that elicit or modulate sweet taste.”

Senomyx has entered into agreements with food giants, PepsiCo, Nestles and Cadbury Adams LLC, a division of Kraft Foods in which the companies pay Senomyx for the research and development of the flavor enhancers and then continue to pay royalties on the products sold. Some of these companies already have products on the market in the US using Senomyx flavors, whereas PepsiCo’s products are still in the development stage.

Because of this, Children of God for Life began a massive worldwide boycott of PepsiCo beverages when they admitted that would be the focus of their Senomyx research collaboration.

“PepsiCo has the ability to request that Senomyx use one of the morally acceptable cell lines available,” noted Vinnedge. “Unlike Campbell Soup who listened to the public and severed ties with Senomyx, PepsiCo has referred to the research as the “gold standard” for the industry; they have openly misled the public and created a public relations nightmare for themselves!”

“We stand firmly and proudly behind Senator Shortey who had the courage to step forward and protect the people of his State who have a right to know about these products,” she added. “Shame on those in the mainstream media who never bothered to check the facts before they began assaulting his good name.”

Children of God for Life hope other states will join Oklahoma’s efforts as well.

The PepsiCo boycott has garnered the support of over 30 other US prolife organizations and has now extended to nearly a dozen foreign countries. A shareholder resolution filed late last year with the Security and Exchange Commission by a concerned stockholder would require that PepsiCo “adopt a corporate policy that recognizes human rights and employs ethical standards which do not involve using the remains of aborted human beings in both private and collaborative research and development agreements.”

PepsiCo attorneys responded with a 36 page plea to the SEC in an attempt to quash the information. Both sides are currently awaiting the SEC ruling.

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*BEST OF DTB #129* The Catholic Defender: The March for life

Posted by John Benko - January 26th, 2012

It was a great honor to be able to participate in the events covering the March for Life in Jefferson City Missouri.

This is our Second annual demonstration leading up to the Jefferson City Capital Building.

Dr. Gregory Thompson picked me up from the St. Louis Airport (Friday afternoon 3:10 P.M.) and from there we went to the Marian Convention where the Archbishop was going to say Mass.

We stayed there until about 1030 P.M after meeting one of Gregory’s friends and members of the Convention.

By the time we arrived home near Humansville it was about 4:00 A.M. It was a great weekend as I was able to visit with both my Brother and our Dad. This was an important leg of the trip.

I went to Mass in Stockton Missouri as was given an opportunity to speak with the Confirmation class. That is always a joy to meet young people on fire for Jesus Christ.

On Monday, it was back to work as there was much to do to prepare for the upcoming events.

It was arranged for me to speak with a young man who was having questions about the faith. This was a nine hour debate and I really enjoyed the opportunity. In the end, he was firm in his resolve to go to Mass.

The bulk of time preceding the rally for Life, was knocking out last minute details.

I was invited to participate with the local RCIA in Marshall Missouri, which was a great blessing.

This year’s keynote speaker for the rally was Ambassador Allen Keys. It was a great honor to have met him as he spoke at the Banquet and fundraiser the night before the March on the Capital Building.

I was seated at his table (deepertruth’s John Benko and I were co-chairs of this table) and had the chance to hear his political views. The following is what writer Carolyn Marshall wrote of Ambassador Keys:

Dr. Keyes’ opening words were sharp: “God is made known by His judgment, and His judgment is upon us!” (viz. 9/11) He asked by how much we need to reduce the number of abortions. . . and the answer is ZERO. But even if the number gets that low, we will still be judged, because our real goal is the salvation of people. He underscored that by saying, “The scourge of abortion will not have ended until we have turned this nation back to God. Judgment is coming; we must say yes to the AUTHORITY OF GOD.” He concluded with saying that we are endowed with certain inalienable rights which are given—not by our President, nor our Constitution, nor our courts—but by GOD.”

All of deepertruth was highly honored that Ambassador Keys appeared on our Friday evening radio show.

I totally surprized John with an imprompt interview which lead to one of our best shows of the year.

Later during this show, I was also honored to introduce Coach Dave Daubenmire. Coach is known for being challenged by the ACLU for praying with his football team.

He was also arrested for trying to bring a glass of water to Terri Schiavo, who was starved to death by the State of Florida. Coach flew to Florida to defend the life of Mrs. Schiavo whose husband wanted her to die.

You can hear the interview with Ambassador Keys and Coach Dave at www.deepertruthblog.com on the show entitled “Deeper Truth Friday Double Header”.

Carolyn Marshall writes of Coach Daubenmire: Coach Daubenmire remonstrated us for loving our lives too much; we are supposed to be the salt of the earth—not the sugar or the honey. We have too great a fear of “offending” while Jesus, our Master, was known as the Rock of Offense.

He further challenged us with Matthew 5:41 (If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles), telling us that we suffer from the “Joe Paterno Syndrome.” God calls us to go above and beyond what the law requires; we must do what is moral, not just what is legal.

Since abortion was made legal in this land, there have been 53 million abortions. But considering all the progeny that would have come from all those abortions, conservatively, we have lost 100 million Americans since the decision of Roe v. Wade.

He closed with a final challenge to live a “second mile” lifestyle, exemplifying Romans 1:16—“For I am not ashamed of the gospel.” I met Coach last year during the Rally for Life as I was a participating speaker.

There was a good crowd of people ranging between 400 to 600 people. The March was lead by the cross carried by a number of people. Ambassador Allen Keys helped led the March carrying the cross. There is a history between Dr. Keys and this cross. Dr. Gregory Thompson and Dr. Keys were both arrested at Notre Dame for standing up for unborn children. This cross led that procession as well.

Another highlight of the March for life was speaker Briget VanMeans, a spokeswoman for ThriVe St. Louis, a proponent for the ultra-sound van.

I was aware of this tool to fight abortion through my friend Eric Genuis, who came to our home in Copperas Cove Texas promoting this very thing.

It is said that between 90-93% of women who see an ultra-sound picture of their baby keep their child.

This is why the Pro-abortionist do not want laws passed to ensure that women see these pictures.

These vans are set up with a team who are qualified to conduct ultra-sound, chart and talk to anyone who are willing for options other than abortion.

Carolyn Marshall writes of Bridget VanMeans:

Bridget, whose single mother miraculously chose not to abort her, is the president of ThriVe St. Louis, which has a mobile ultra-sound van. She urged us to have the boldness which David had before Goliath, when he said in I Samuel 17, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine?” As David armed himself with 5 smooth stones, she urged us to have these 5 “stones:” 1. Be KIND. 2. Double down—whatever you’ve been doing for the unborn, do twice as much! 3. Believe God; the Spirit who revived Jesus from the dead is alive in you! 4. Double down in the Word. 5. Tell people about what’s going on in the pro-life movement. In fact, claim “We’re closing Planned Parenthood this year.”

Michael and Kathy Forck were important organizers of the Rally for Life. They are leaders for “40 Days For Life” in Central Missouri.

Gregory Thompson organized a gathering of people interested in deepertruth Apologetics so I was able to speak before a great group of on fire Catholics.

I had one final blessing before I flew off to Texas.

Kathy Forck and about 140 people marched seven times around the Columbia Missouri Planned Parenthood facility where they seek to bring in another abortionist to kill more children.

Let us continue our efforts to put a stop to this massive killing of human life. The following are some pictures that I took of the March For Life at Jefferson City Capital Building.

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*BEST OF DTB #127* Twinkie religion vs Meat and Potatoes

Posted by John Benko - January 19th, 2012

Before I get assailed for this article, let me just say that probably 50% of my friends are of the protestant tradition. They are, for the most part, very good people and I do not question the sincerity of most of them in desiring to do God’s will.

Nevertheless, I am not a protestant for a reason. Theological speaking, protestantism is twinkie religion.

Sure it appears wholesome and fulfilling to the eyes. It looks pure, golden and white, like heaven in plastic wrap. It is, undeniably sweet to the taste.

Why on earth would anyone not want to eat a twinkie? Why would anyone not want to be a Protestant?

The reason is very simple. Though the Twinkie is easier, and sweeter, and certainly costs you less, it cannot fill you up, warm you up and give you the nourishment you need, like steak and a baked potato or a hearty stew.

Sure, it takes a great deal more time to cut up the onions and the mushrooms and peppers, marinate the meat and peel the potatoes but do you want to eat fast or do you want to eat well?

What is true of food is certainly true of faith. You get out of it what you put into it. When you try to reduce the equation of Salvation to a few tortured Bible verses that you convince yourself offer a nearly effortless path to salvation, you are, in essence, downing a twinkie and calling it a day.

You are robbing yourself of the hearty spiritual nourishment you need by deliberately turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to all those giants who have gone before. Through scrupulous study of the scriptures, over centuries, they went down into the Bible’s deep water, while you are content to wade in the ankle-deep currents.

It is an astounding arrogance to assume that Ignatius, Polycarp, Justin Martyr, Thomas Aquinas, Augustine, Jerome, and all the other Fathers of the Church have no more to say than the average person picking his Bible off his night stand.

Put the Twinkies down and get to work peeling potatoes. Read what these early church goers actually believed and practiced. It is much deeper and heartier than you have been led to believe. It is worth the effort.

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*BEST OF DTB #125* Dad

Posted by John Benko - January 7th, 2012

It’s no secret to anyone that you and I had a troubled past. It’s also no secret that neither of us, despite all our desperate yearnings, can change that fact. However, I am here to tell you now that I am a better man because you loved me enough to fight for me. I know it wasn’t easy for you because I know it wasn’t easy for me.

A Father and a Son can yearn to love each other but they must first come to know each other and I didn’t know you Dad and you didn’t know me. We hurt each other because we couldn’t reach each other and we couldn’t reach each other because we didn’t know each other. You only saw me as someone who was needlessly obstinate and I only saw you as someone who was needlessly cruel. That could have remained forever our story, but it didn’t. It didn’t because you tried. You tried and you tried and you tried and I tried and I tried and I tried. Too many times our efforts were frustrated and the cost was far too much anguish and far too many tears.

You taught me some things, Dad, this you need to know. You taught me, first, that love can build bridges and love can bash down barriers. Second, you taught me to never, ever give up, now matter how badly life beats you down.

You didn’t teach me these things by saying them because I am quite certain I would not have listened. Talk is cheap and anyone can make a good speech. You taught me because you never ceased trying to help me, even when I reviled you. You did as much for my brothers. You taught me not to give up because you never gave up even as I watched you endure enough hardship to destroy any other man ten-fold.

In my life I have gone through things more horrible than I could ever have envisioned but I fought on. I fought on when I felt like dying. I fought forward when I could not see three feet in front of me. I fought forward when I did not even comprehend the strength that drove me forward. I know now that that power came from the hand of God and the example you showed me. Only now can I understand the hell you walked through from having to walk through it myself.

I am not whitewashing what we went through, Dad. We both treated each other in an unspeakable manner, at different times in our past. Yet, the gravity of our past transgressions only magnifies the depth and significance of our sorrow and forgiveness. Now, at last, through the many failures and disappointments, trials and regrets of my life can I understand the crushing effects of constant stress, the grinding oppression that is never-ending anxiety.

But know this, Dad, despite our many clashes and disagreements, you and Mom succeeded, at last, in teaching me the only things I believe you ever sought to teach. I mentioned two before. Let me add a few. You taught me that truth and honor and integrity are more precious than Gold and that the value of a man has nothing to do with how much money he has. You taught me that when the chips are down, though every one runs away, family is there. Despite all the grudges and all the squabbles, family is there.

Dad, I don’t have time to go through all of the regrets of my life. They are as numberless as the stars in the sky. You do not need them listed here. However, you do need to know that near the top is that wicked pride, that damnable unforgiveness that burned away so many years and kept us from reaching each other. Nonetheless, love won, after-all and nothing else matters.

At different times in my life, I have been drawn to rhetorical excess and wide swings of emotional outburst but know this Dad, it with a sincere heart and a sober mind that I just have to tell you that I love you and I always will.

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*BEST OF DTB #124* The Guardian Angel: Hell is Real

Posted by John Benko - January 3rd, 2012

The Urgency of Hell!!! We are in a battle for our souls and the souls of HIS children for eternity!!!

Did you get that exclamation, does it mean anything to you to know that there are people dying and going to hell as I write this. You can even say, “why can’t you just say something nice”, it is time for Christmas and New Years, we should celebrate.

I will say, please do celebrate, because if Jesus did not come, live, die, and rise from the dead, we would have no destination but Hell. So do celebrate HIS arrival, but also celebrate that someone loves you enough to tell you the Truth, Jesus Christ came on earth for one reason, to save souls from HELL.

We know that Jesus preached more on Hell than any other subject, thank you Jesus. You know the deceitful heart of man gravitates to those that preach Heaven and many will be lost. Jesus, you are God, you know that to meditate on HELL will produce many fruits of conversion.

To know this, why are so many Shepherds preaching to please the crowd, instead of preaching to please Christ. So many churches and Christian schools close because of a failure to bear witness to the Truth, and the leaders continue to be blinded to the philosophies of man, that they are smarter than God, and they have a way. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the Life, no one comes to the father, except through me.”

“My brethren, if any of you err from the truth, and one convert him: 20He must know that he who causes a sinner to be converted from the error of his way, shall save his soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins”. James 5:19,20

So if we are to follow Jesus, we must deny ourselves, pick up our Cross and be used by HIM to save souls from Hell. What greater thing can you give Jesus on HIS birthday and all year round, than HIS most prized possession, a soul.

What better gift can you give your loved ones than to alert them to the reality of Hell, which can start for eternity at any moment. What better gift can you give yourself than to be used to save a soul from Hell, and as it states in Phil. 2:12, “With fear and trembling work out your salvation.”

Indeed when you come to judgment, and Jesus asks you how many souls you have saved from Hell, what are you prepared to tell HIM? Will you say, “well Jesus, people don’t like that Hell talk, because it scares them, and I just want to be nice and for them to like me.”

I love each of you enough to warn you, Hell is for eternity, many go there daily. Hell is a place of extreme pain and despair. It is where each of us deserve to be for our sins, if we are not delivered by the mercy of God. If we are not reconciled with the Father with the blood of Jesus, our dwelling place will be Hell.

When should I preach Hell and to whom should I preach it? Preach it daily as a wonderful act of Charity to all that come into your path. “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord.” John 1:23

Without divine grace we can do nothing. Jesus said “Without Me, you can do nothing.” In 1 Cor. 12:3, Paul says, “And no one can say the Lord Jesus, but by the Holy Ghost.” With HIM all things are possible, so stop souls from going to Hell, seek their salvation at any price, as we ask the Lord, “Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me.” Psalm 51:2,3

St. Anthony Mary Claret had a great zeal for the salvation of souls, as he preached 25,000 sermons, wrote 144 books, found three religious orders, preached countless missions, and in six years as a bishop, confirmed over 300,000 and validated more that 9,000 marriages.

He stated, ”The Heart of Jesus has loved me, or else I would now be in Hell!” “It is of faith that Heaven exists for the good and Hell for the wicked. Faith teaches that the pains of Hell are eternal, and it also warns us that one single mortal sin suffices to condemn a soul forever because of the infinite malice by which it offends an infinite God. With these most positive principles in mind, how can I remain indifferent when I see the ease with which sins are committed, sins that occur as frequently as one takes a glass of water, sins and offenses that are perpetrated out of levity or diversion? How can I rest when so many are to be seen living continually in mortal sin and rushing in this blind manner to their eternal destruction? No indeed, I cannot rest, but must needs run and shout a warning to them. If I saw anyone about to fall into a pit or a fire, would I not run up to him and warn him, and do all in my power to help him from falling in? Why should I not do this much to keep sinners from falling into the pit and fires of Hell?
Why should there not be a warning of eternal fire to waken those who are drifting in the sleep of sin in such a way that when they open their eyes they will find themselves burning in the eternal flames of Hell?
Remember why Jesus came to earth, one reason, to save souls from Hell. So you and I know this, and we want to follow Jesus, but fail to do anything on this the most important point of Jesus’ coming to earth, because people might not like us, so what does this mean to us? In James 4:17 it states, “to know what to do and not do it, is a sin.” Please do not stand before the Lord with excuses on this issue, knowing that there are those in Hell because we failed to do or say anything.
One final thought, “for those that have been given much, much will be expected.” Note the following quote from St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, “We should constantly thank the Lord for having granted us the gift of the true faith, by associating us with the children of the Holy Catholic Church. How many are the infidels, heretics and schismatics who do not enjoy the happiness of the true faith! Earth is full of them and they are all lost!”

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*BEST OF DTB #123* The Catholic Defender: Tebow Time

Posted by John Benko - January 2nd, 2012

I have been a football fan since the middle 1960′s when the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers appeared in the first Super Bowl. From that time, I have been a die hard Kansas City Chief fan.

The 1969 season, the Chiefs would finally win the Super Bowl against the Minnisota Vikings, however, it has been a long drought since the Chief’s have gone to the big show. They have had years where they arguably were the best team in football only to lose in the playoffs.

To this point, they have not won a playoff game since the 1993 season. That is an amazing fact in itself, I have often thought that maybe the Chiefs should bring back Joe Montana out of retirement?

Because the Chief’s were my childhood team, I’ve always had a heart for them, but it has been a difficult road to follow the Chief’s with high expectation. While serving in Iraq in 2009, I was captivated by the Bret Farve story, the one time Green Bay Packer Quarterback who made a new home with the Minnisota Vikings.

This was an amazing story as the Vikings would come close to going to the Superbowl but finally losing to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC’s Championship game. If the vikings would have won this game, they would have gone to the Superbowl.

For me, this was an exciting season following Bret Farve’s success in winning games. I’ll point out that even though I was in Iraq doing missions and serving my Country, the NFL certainly gave us a great release from our daily duties and hazards.

On game day, we would stay up late or get up early to watch our favorite teams or join the Recreation Center to participate with other Soldiers cheering for our teams. Aside from my Faith, this would be a very important support for me. This certainly helped pass the time away from week to week, but it also gave us something to look forward to that was a little bit from home.

During this deployment, the Kansas City Chief’s were not a threat for the playoffs so I put my support for Bret Farve and the Minnisota Vikings. Now that I am back in the United States, and have been retired out of the Army, I still love my Chief’s, but they have not progressed in the playoff picture this year. Like the Bret Farve story, a new story has emerged that has captivated my boyhood love for football. This is the Tim Tebow Story.

I want to give a little foundation here before I move forward with Tim Tebow, my wife, Gigi, is from Alabama. Anyone who knows college football, Alabama has a great winning tradition and I adopted Alabama as my favorite team.

Well, the rival to my Alabama team is a conferance rival, the Florida Gators who competed with Alabama for the National Championships. Who was the quarteback for the Gators, Tim Tebow, who not noly won the national championship, but won the Heisman Trophy as well.

That was a great rivalry which we lost to Tim Tebow one year, and then finally Alabama won the next year. At this point, I didn’t know much about Tim Tebow’s background, but I respected him as a competitor. The only other thing I remeber about him is that he would have a scripture verse planted under his eyes where many players would darken to help them see better in the sun. I thought that was cool.

This past year, Tim Tebow captivated America with his inspiring play winning games in heroic fashion. He took a Denver Bronco team that was 1-4 and would lead them to win the AFC Western Conference Championship. During this great run, many pundants ranging from sports to comedy made fun of Tebow.

Saturday Night Live litterally Mocked Tebow’s faith and professed Athiest Bill Maher, a “comedian” attacked Tebow following a loss to the Buffalo Bills. Dispite all the criticisms and public scrutiny, the Denver Broncos won the AFC’s Western Division in a highly competitive race.

Denver stood no chance of being in the run without the 7 and 1 winning striek led by Tim Tebow. Being a strong Catholic, I was totally captivated by the story of Tim Tebow and after the Bronco’s beat Kansas City in Kansas City, that is when I jumped on the Tebow bandwagon.

One thing I think I should note is that despite all the publicity surrounding Tebow, he has handled this well keeping a humble heart giving respectful responses to his critics on and off the field. That is telling. The impact that Tebow is having off the field is amazing.

Today, 2 January 2012, Fox News reported the inspiring story of a young boy diagnosed with cancer who was given 6 months to live. This is a the story of a young boy captivated by Tim Tebow. He was pictured doing the famed Tim Tebow kneeling position giving thanks to God, when his story was picked up by Tim Tebow.

The young boy got the opportunity to meet Tebow this past weekend in Denver at the final seasonal game with guess who, my Kansas City Chief’s.

I found myself supporting Tebow in this game which was won by my Chief’s.

For the Chief’s it was a meaningless game, it was an opportunity for them to knock out Denver from the playoff’s.

They would have done so, but the Oakland Raiders lost to San Diego which gave the title to Denver despite their loss to Kansas City.

Denver won by virtue of tie breakers, three teams had the same won/loss record but Denver won the head to head games.

The Tim Tebow Story is a very inspiring story as the playoffs begin this next week.

The Pittsburg Steelers are coming to Denver and the winner moves forward in the playoffs and the loser stays home. It will be fun to see if “Tebow Time” will continue in the playoffs or if it ends Sunday. With all the publicity that has followed Tim Tebow, there is a very important point I need to raise. (Editors Update) Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos defeated the Pittsburg Steelers 29 to 23 in overtime. Tebow threw for 316 yards! Symbolic for John 3:16! Denver will play Next Saturday at New England.

Tebow is I believe real and sincere in his heart, he is showing great discipline in his faith and loyalty to Christ and his faith. That I admire in him and I am inspired by his not backing down to the secular media.

I also admire the Denver Broncos and their fans who have been captivated by the Tebow Time success. Watching the game, I am seeing the fans with signs ranging “we believe” among other positive support.

That is awesome, kind of reminds me when people use to place signs with John 3:16 seen with the fans. Those were some great video footages when watching the field goal attempt and the ball going through the goal posts and John 3:16 in the background in the midst of wild screaming fans.

This next point about Tim Tebow I need to raise because of the national publicity he has recieved. To people of faith, this transcends religious lines. For Catholics, I do have a caution about Tim Tebow that needs to be identified.

Because of the inspiration surrounding Tim Tebow, he has a growing surge of fans from all walks, me included. However, when you take a deeper look at his faith, there is some cause for concern. His Father, Bob Tebow, come from a Southern Baptist background.

He has no respect for Catholics supporting missionaries in the Philippines, he has an Orphanage there. That is in itself a good and noble thing, but they do not work with the Catholic Church in that region, but seek to overturn it.

The mission of Bob Tebow is to bring the people of the Philippines to Chirst. In this process, this includes converting Catholics. On College Campuses Bob Tebow was very much involved with “Campus Crusaders for Christ” which in itself is a good thing, but unfortunately, many included Catholics as a target to market after.

I myself while in college remember their approaching me and debating me on countless occassion when I was at College in the latter 1970′s. I didn’t know my Catholic Faith well then and I had to battle between the Catholic Faith and the faiths that they represented.

For a Catholic to be misinformed, they became easy pickings to these groups. I not only have dealt with this kind of pressure on a personal note, but in the Army, these groups focus on young recruits seeking to target Catholics. This is the kind of enviornment that Tim Tebow was raised.

The following is taken from Bob Tebows website, “Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association:

“The Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association has been serving in the Philippines since 1985 with five major priorities: Evangelism, Church Planting, Pastor Training, an Orphanage, and the Training of the Next Generation of Evangelists. It is the primary goal of BTEA to make the gospel of Jesus Christ available to every person in the world.

In 1998, BTEA began to implement a plan to preach the gospel in every barangay (village) in the Philippines. There are approximately 42,000 barangays in the Philippines and it is estimated that over 64% of them do not have a single evangelical church. In a country of over 92 million, the number of people who have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ is staggering. These statistics do not even take into account the dozens of ethnic tribal groups that have been living on obscure islands and in remote mountain villages for centuries. It is our goal to go to each and every barangay and give the people the opportunity to hear the gospel at least one time. In addition to preaching the gospel, we are endeavoring to plant indigenous churches with the new converts and train national pastors. It is a tremendous task that must be completed.”

When I see the potential good that Tim Tebow is doing along with his family roots, I can’t help but think that these children are former Catholics. First generation Catholics who have abandoned the Faith for this association. The challenge for Catholics is to remain steadfast in their faith and grow in their understanding. It is my hope that with Tim Tebow’s college experience, and now his Professional Football he has grown in respect for Catholic players on his team and in the football world. I sent him a question on this but have not recieved a response, but I am among thousands so that would be like finding a needle in a haystack.

As a Catholic, I most certainly can respect and admire Tim Tebow’s faith, his sincerity to follow and serve the Lord above all things, even football, wouldn’t his conversion to the Catholic Faith make big news! We have seen such conversions the past few years from Evangelical Protestants to the catholic Faith. In doing so, I have not seen anytime where they attack or condemn their Protestant upbringing, I hope that Tim Tebow will grow and mature in his faith recognizing that Catholics are indeed Christians, but more importantly, are the fullness and foundation of Christianity!

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