Responding to Your Questions for MORE!

To help keep the flow of our “dinner conversation,” and at the same time keep you updated with all the Grace Before Meals happenings, I’ll use this E-Blast to give you some great news. First, I’d like to give a response to questions I’ve received – either at the seminary, on the streets, and even in a few e-mails.

What do I think about the recent conversations regarding the HHS Mandate?”

(This is definitely deadly breakfast conversation. But we have to talk about it!)

(This is definitely deadly breakfast conversation.  But we have to talk about it!)

This has been a challenging time for people of faith – no matter what faith.  The ability to make a good decision about whether or not to support the government has been very muddled by confusing the issues.  The issues include

(1) the government’s infringement against the 1st Amendment Freedoms protecting people from government intrusion and impositions on how people of faith exercise this freedom.

(2) The government’s role in requiring private insurance companies or employers (who have to pay for these premiums) to administer abortions and abortion inducing contraceptives.

(3) the President’s speech during Notre Dame’s Commencement Address that says he will respect and honor those who disagree with abortion, in order to ensure that the government writes appropriate conscience clauses.

(4) The upholding of the Declaration of Independence, which protects life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

(5) And the need to consider whether or not mandated contraception is a “Right” protected by any constitutional or federal law?

(Statue of the Immaculate Conception, Mount St. Mary's University Chapel, dedicated in honor as the Patroness of America.)

(Statue of the Immaculate Conception, Mount St. Mary’s University Chapel, dedicated in honor as the Patroness of America.)

There are other issues, for sure.  Some wonder whether it’s appropriate to for the Church to have an influence on public policy?  Or whether or not contraception is a “good” or a “bad” thing in the first place.  And probably the most in depth question is, at least on a moral and spiritual level, “Why is the Church so against contraception in the first place?”

(Once this cute kid – my little cousin – was just a cluster of cells, just like the Easter Egg he's holding. It's a biological fact, life begins at conception. After all, those little cells are living!)

(Once this cute kid – my little cousin – was just a cluster of cells, just like the Easter Egg he’s holding. It’s a biological fact, life begins at conception.  After all, those little cells are living!)

Before this new HHS mandate becomes an official federal requirement, these issues have to at least be addressed.  But by making the contraceptive prescriptions and abortion demands a “mandate,” the President has completely cut off all conversation.

The Church wants to uphold the dignity and equality of women; however, it’s important to put the responsibility of bringing life into this world squarely on the responsibility of those involved – not just women – but also men.  It’s also imperative to see what a secular author had to say about the original “caution” Pope Paul VI offered in his encyclical “Humanae Vitae,” reminding us that God is pro-life.  Finally, the Church does respect the rights of women, which is why we want to protect them from falsely placing all their biological hope on a pill that does not protect them from unwanted pregnancy, diseases, and, above all, a broken heart.

But to put it all together in a way that hopefully inspires people’s hearts, minds, and imaginations, we have put together a little “Mini-flipping” video.

Fr. Leo gives the HHS Mandate the "finger(?)"

Go ahead. Watch it. “Like it.” Subscribe and pass it on to others to watch.

While we will never get full consensus in this matter, we can at least get the conversation started in a way that engages people’s spiritual sensibilities to protect God-given freedoms and rights.

(Pro-Life March 2012.)

(Pro-life March 2012.)

There is another question that has been on the hearts and minds of many people: “When will Fr. Leo have a ‘regular’ show on TV?”

(Since the Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, people have asked when our movement will have a "regular" TV Show.)

(Since the Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, people have asked when our movement will have a “regular” TV Show.)

Well, let’s get the burners ready, because the International Premier of Savoring our Faith will launch on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at 8:30 p.m., exclusively on EWTN.  So for those faithful foodies who are tired of watching reruns of dramatic cooking competitions, check your local listings for where you can find EWTN on your cable “dial,” or watch online at, to get new and exciting cooking segments peppered with plenty of inspiration.  It’s about time we bring back some meaning to our meals!

(On location with the "Savoring Our Faith" film crew!)

(On location with the “Savoring Our Faith” film crew!)

Let us pray

God we ask that You change the hearts and minds of people who need to see the bigger picture regarding the sanctity of life and the gift of human sexuality.  Give to us the Grace to love You and Your laws above all other laws – especially those that hurt humanity and separate us from a deeper understanding of the sacrifice required by love.  At the same time, Jesus, be merciful to us who are broken, week, and tempted.  Make Your people of faith more compassionate, so that our teachings show the world the truth as Good News.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Why do we celebrate the Gift of Life only during the Christmas season? We should welcome life and celebrate it every day of our own lives!) 

(Why do we celebrate the Gift of Life only during the Christmas season?  We should welcome life and celebrate it every day of our own lives!)

Let us know what you think about the mini-flipping video.  We know it’s edgy and will “shock” people at first, but we need to wake people up from the spiritual malaise caused by relativism!  Ask us questions you have about food, faith, family, and fun.  Your comments help us do even more to spread the good news and to bring people back to the table.  Post your comments below.

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MINIFLIPPING...nuff said.

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7 Responses to “From the Feedbag: Responding to Your Questions for MORE!”

  • I tend to not like edgy things (any more – getting old) but I LOVE this Miniflipping video! Fr. Leo, please continue!! We need you to be bold, but with charity… and God has graced you with gifts to be used. You are using them well, with much charity, and answering Blessed JPII’s call to evangelize through the media! May God be praised for your yes!!

    The best part of all was your analogy of the ring finger representing commitment – you bet, Fr. Leo, President Obama has broken just about every commitment he has made and we need to get this video, this concept into the hands of every friend we know who voted for him! Let us all pray for fortitude, and charity.

    Posted by April on February 23rd, 2012 at 1:05 am.
  • Father Leo,

    This “Mandate video” is now going viral and you framed the discussion with humor but with salient facts. Please continue to speak to the young of our Church who may not understand the import of what is happening. Our fundamental religious liberties are at stake and we are being presented with the choice of St. Thomas More.

    God bless you for your clarity and Witness!

    Pax tecum!

    Posted by Deo volente on February 23rd, 2012 at 12:32 pm.
  • Abortions are down in this country because of two things, contraception and the decamation of the young males of color by an injust system. As a victim of sexual abuse by a seminarian during my middle school years, I find it odd that these men/priests want to even get into the lives and bodies of women, when they have still not dealt with their own defiling of young boys and occasionally young girls. If Fr. Leo Patalinghug really cares about life, where is his creative video about his stance on the past and present sexual/spiritual destruction of young peoples’ lives by many of his colleagues and superiors? (Hmmm? Is “infantacide” (your term) a greater sin than toddler-cide, child-cide, adolacide (my new terms)?)

    Finally, since you are an employee of a tax exempt organization, many of us who end up paying extra taxes so you can have your freedom to pray, speak, and assemble, do you have any cute, creative videos on other issues of the day like:
    1. Health Care for all?
    2. One of Obama’s opponents says he doesn’t care about the poor.
    3. All of his Republican opponents are for the death penalty, do you place greater value on the life of the fertilized egg than that of a living person?

    Finally, finally, what kind of example is your use of the “finger” gesture for the youngsters of your church? Any kid over the age of 7 will read into what you are saying in this video. Is this the values of the man called Jesus? A truly creative person would not need to insinuate such vulgarity.


    Posted by Hmmm... on February 25th, 2012 at 9:33 am.
  • Are you sure you know what you are talking about? Have you researched and listened to the “other side” and get a fair and balanced perspective of the subject? Give this a try ….. open your heart, ears, eyes and mind and listen to the opinions of other those making their rightful claimss. STOP repeating the spin and spewing out comments because everything in and out of you is filled with hate and narrow-mindedness to what is actually happening around the globe. Why don’t you think for yourself and analyse the problem intelligently and unemotionally instead of taking for granted as truth the things you hear about of what is to your convenience. I respectfully ask you to consider making a commitment to get rid of all the hurt you’ve held onto and see things from another perspective. You will realize that letting go of the baggage in you will definitely free you and give you peace and tolerance and at the same time, give you strength to be the true you. Be bold and stand for what is the truth instead of pointing a finger at everything right, true Catholic or Christian. Educate yourself to knowing what you are talking about before you make opinions that are not even moderate. It’s Lent, the light is on for Confession in every Catholic church in the Archdioceses of Washington and Virginia from 6:30-8:00 pm every wednesday. Talk to a priest, don’t judge lest you be judged. May the Holy Spirit guide you and bless you from now on. Ask for enlightenment even for a simple thing as when is the right time to go to confession! You will be led.

    Posted by LOL on March 9th, 2012 at 12:33 pm.
  • Fr. Leo,
    I wanted to watch your video on the HHS mandate but I was “led” to another page which said “oops!”

    Posted by LOL on March 9th, 2012 at 12:39 pm.
  • I am the Adult Faith Formation Director for St Sylvester Church in Gulf Breeze Florida. I am interested in hosting Father P. at our church if the cost is not prohibitive. I’m looking at either during the Advent Season 2012 or Lent 2013. I think it would be refreshing to have Father come in with a different spin on these seasons. Can some help me with the cost and his availability?

    Posted by Angela Zangerle on March 13th, 2012 at 2:53 pm.
  • Fr. Where are your videos? my student loves them. I hope that promise still exist. we miss you!

    Posted by Jimmy on March 15th, 2012 at 1:36 am.

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