Never before published sacramental records from St. Louis Cathedral paint a picture of church life before Louisiana was a state.

Saving the souls of the slaves:

The Archdiocese of New Orleans has done something historic, with a hi-tech twist. Centuries old records of slaves and free people of color in New Orleans are now available on its website.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond wanted this unveiling of years of work to be a tribute to the struggles of African-Americans on this first day of Black History Month.

“To read in a history book is one thing but to look at this and say ‘this is a person, a person that has a name and didn’t even have a surname.’ It says a great deal,” Aymond said.

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Editor’s note: People often criticize the Bible for portraying slavery, yet those same people fail to realize that the primary mission of Jesus Christ (and his universal Church) is to free mankind from eternal slavery to Satan, sin, and death.

Slavery is a terrible thing. In fact, the only thing worse than human slavery (which is at least, finite and temporary) is the eternal slavery of a supernatural kind, which was in-store for all of us, if Jesus Christ had not come and destroyed Satan’s power, re-opened the Gates of Heaven, and made the peace between man and God.

The Catholic Church has been in the business of savings souls … no matter whether those souls belonged to free men or to slaves … since the very beginning. And it also did whatever was in its power to bring an end to slavery, on this earth.

Perhaps the Archdiocese of New Orleans on-line registry will help put all those efforts in the proper perspective.

Surprise! Abortion Has Negative Impact on Economic Growth and Prosperity

Forget TARP and the Keynesian spending schemes promoted by the Obama Administration. A baby necessitates diapers, toys, food, books, clothing and more. Meeting those needs creates jobs in the manufacturing and service sectors. Children also create jobs in the medical and educational sectors.

When they grow up, babies supplement the labor force – promoting the “circle of life.” At a time when our nation relies on an influx of legal and illegal immigrants, it’s illogical to promote population control.

It’s also an issue of quality, and not just quantity.

As the late economist Julian Simon noted: “In the long run, the most important economic effect of population size and growth is the contribution of additional people to our stock of useful knowledge.”

Around 45 million potential members of the American labor force have already been obliterated by legalized abortion. How many could have kept our auto industry solvent? How many might have developed the cure to cancer or cold-fusion energy production?

And then there’s the Social Security and Medicare crises.

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Abortion … a common sense approach

The dirty little secret is that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was an arch racist who promoted abortion with the intent to reduce the number of minority births. She referred to blacks as, “…human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders,’ ‘spawning… human beings who never should have been born.”

I never understood why African Americans and other minorities didn’t rise up against abortion. As for a patriot’s viewpoint, our nation’s Declaration of Independence states that all of our rights come from our Creator. Among these are the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Because the creative process begins with the act of conception, every unborn child has the right to develop in the womb into the fullness of life, to enjoy liberty after birth, and to pursue happiness and fulfillment until their last day on earth.

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