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Dec. 31, 2010 -- An NCR Editorial
Sister Keehan is The National Catholic Reporter's person of the year for 2010
"NCR has never named a person of the year, and we might not again in the future. However, as we sent our last print issue to press in the waning days of 2010, we felt the need to single out one American Catholic who showed extraordinary leadership and courage this last year."
Sister Keehan supported the pro abortion healh care bill in defiance of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,
She praised the choice of Berwick to head Medicare even though she knows that he is pro-rationing
On July 5th. 2010. She was pressured by the Knights of Malta to resign from a prestigious hospital board post.
On March 21, 2010 She applauded the House of Representatives and President Obama for enacting pro abortion health care reform legislation.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Olmsted, Keehan and Moral Authority
"The Catholic Health Association has once again found itself at odds with Church authority- this time, over Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted's decision to revoke the Catholic status of a hospital that admitted to serious ethics violations, including a highly-publicized abortion.
... In other words, what we have here is rot and decay, corruption and collusion. We have a Church in America that has become less about truth and more about Progressivism and Social Justice, both offsprings of the Marxist ideology condemned by every Pope since Pius IX.
Dec 29, 2010 -- courierpostonline.com
ACLU launches war on Catholic hospitals
Last Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to federal health officials urging the government to force Catholic hospitals in the United States to perform abortions in violation of their core moral commitment to protecting the lives of the unborn. They're counting on sympathetic Obama rationing czar Donald Berwick to dictate which religious principles hospital operators can and cannot follow.
The ACLU reiterated its call for a federal probe -- read: fishing expedition -- of Catholic hospitals nationwide that refuse to provide "emergency" contraception and abortions to women. In practice, of course, every request for abortion is an "emergency" to the left.
Dec 26, 2010 -- The New York Times
Obama enacts end-of-life plan that drew 'death panel' claims
Starting Jan. 1, government will pay docs to advise about late-life options
When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over “death panels,” Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul the health care system. But the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation, starting Jan. 1.
Under the new policy, outlined in a Medicare regulation, the government will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment.
Congressional supporters of the new policy, though pleased, have kept quiet. They fear provoking another furor like the one in 2009 when Republicans seized on the idea of end-of-life counseling to argue that the Democrats’ bill would allow the government to cut off care for the critically ill.
Voluntary counseling in theory! When Medicare pays for counseling, you can be assured that many elderly will be convinced that they should volunteer. And what about elderly with dementia?
The party of death is alive and well!
Dec 23, 2010 -- CNA/EWTN News -- Benjamin Mann, Staff Writer
Catholic Health Association defies Phoenix bishop over abortion case
The Catholic Health Association has once again found itself at odds with Church authority– this time, over Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted's decision to revoke the Catholic status of a hospital that admitted to serious ethics violations, including a highly-publicized abortion.
“Catholic Healthcare West and its system hospitals are valued members of the Catholic Health Association,” said that group's president, Sister Carol Keehan. Her remarks came less than 24 hours after the Bishop of Phoenix stripped one of those hospitals, St. Joseph's in Phoenix, of its Catholic affiliation.
The Bishop of Phoenix announced his decision on Dec. 21, after negotiations with St. Joseph's hospital, and its parent company Catholic Healthcare West, ended without an agreement. Their main dispute concerned a November 2009 incident, in which medical ethics advisers at St. Joseph's authorized an abortion for a pregnant woman who was seriously ill.
Sister Carol Keehan has a history of defending abortion and health care rationing.
She campaigned for Obama health care bill instead of demanding that pro-life amendments be added.
On June 8th, 2010 American Life League President Judie Brown called for Cardinal Francis George, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, to demand the removal of Sr. Carol Keehan from her position as head of the Catholic Health Association.
On July 5th. 2010 The Knights of Malta pressured Keehan to resign from a prestigious hospital board post.
On July 9, 2010 Catholic Health Association praises pro rationing Berwick's appointment to Medicare post.
We are still waiting for the Conference of Catholic Bishops to remove her and restore our faith in the organization.
Dec 23, 2010 -- CNA
Although the controversial immigration DREAM Act failed to pass through the Senate last week, the support that the bill garnered in the House was enough to make Archbishop Jose Gomez, chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration, “confident” that the legislation will succeed in the near future.
Despite the U.S. bishops endorsing the the DREAM Act – a bill that would grant citizenship to many children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents – the measure was defeated in the U.S. Senate on Dec. 18 after supporters failed to muster enough votes to block a filibuster.
What if you don't want to go to college or serve in the Armed Forces?
This act is seriously flawed. Many of the young aliens I have met or talked to have jobs. Some have managed to go to college. Only aliens that have gone to college would benefit from the Act without having tochange their life. The ones working would have to give up their job and go to college or join the armed forces. That is an unnecessary burden dreamed up by politicians.
Anyone brought here by their parents who has learned English and has no criminal record should be allowed to apply for permanent residency and eventual citizenship. There should be no exceptions, no penalties, no legal fees and no discrimination.
December 23, 2010 -- John-Henry Westen -- LifeSiteNews.com
Orthodox Rabbi predicts deadly fallout from permitting homosexuality in military
– In an interview with LifeSiteNews.com, noted Orthodox Rabbi Yehuda Levin has predicted the U.S. military will pay with “loss of life and limb” for the normalization of homosexual acts. This past weekend the U.S. Senate voted to repeal the 1993 law that forbids open homosexuals from serving in the U.S. military. President Obama signed the repeal into law today.
Rabbi Levin, head of Jews for Morality and spokesman for nearly 1000 Orthodox Rabbis across North America, said that the sanctioning of grave immorality removes God’s protection. “We are students of Biblical history,” he said. “We have seen time and time again in Biblical history when Jews and others have forsaken the path of morality that we have paid - society has paid - a bitter price in terms of losing God’s grace and protection. There have been natural disasters, there have been defeats in wars.”
December 22, 2010 -- Stephen Phelan
HLI Lauds Decision by Bishop Olmsted to Defend both Life and Catholic Identity
FRONT ROYAL, VA – Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro-Carámbula, interim president of Human Life International (HLI), today praised the decision of Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted to decree that Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) and its affiliate St. Joseph’s Hospital cannot be considered Catholic.
“The situation is indeed regrettable, and it is clear how difficult it has been for Bishop Olmsted,” said Monsignor Barreiro. “But this is what heroic, faithful leadership looks like. It does not take its cues from prevailing mores, but from the unchangeable teaching of the Church, which holds that every human person possesses not only life, but a dignity that demands our respect and defense, especially when he or she is most vulnerable.”
December 22, 2010 -- CNA/EWTN News
Archbishop John Hepworth of the Traditional Anglican Communion has said that about 1,000 Australians are expected to join the Catholic Church through a special jurisdiction created by Pope Benedict XVI.
Catholics, mainstream Anglicans and members of the breakaway Traditional Anglican Communion established a nine-member committee last week to oversee the transition by June 12, 2011.
December 22, 2010 --
HLI AMERICA MEDIA ALERT!
Dear HLI America Friends,
I am very grateful for the opportunity to support Bishop Olmsted on the ABC evening news with Diane Sawyer in his courageous decision to strip St. Joseph's Hospital of its Catholic identity for performing an abortion in his diocese.
Health care workers and patients alike should be able to trust that the word "Catholic" listed on an institution, especially a hospital, will comply with Catholic Church teaching, and this includes defending the most vulnerable: the unborn, the disabled, and the elderly. We hope all bishops will take a hard look at every Catholic hospital in their own dioceses and ensure that these hospitals are complying with Catholic teaching in all areas of fertility treatments, birth control and sterilization procedures, abortions, and end of life care.
Jenn Giroux, Executive Director, HLI America
Email received 12/22 -- article appeared on 12/23
December 21, 2010 -- CNA STAFF
New law will make Venezuela a dictatorship, warns archbishop
Archbishop Roberto Luckert of Coro, Venezuela said President Hugo Chavez's new law will turn the country into a "constitutional democratic dictatorship."
On Dec. 17, Venezuela's National Assembly approved President Chavez's request to rule by decree for 18 months. The additional power, the president argued, would help him address the damaging floods within the country.
The law comes just weeks before the new National Assembly, elected earlier this year, takes office.
During the elections on Sept. 26, Chavez's ruling party only won 95 of the 165 seats in the Assembly, which is not enough to maintain a majority. Although three Assembly members from other parties are expected to vote with the ruling party, with just 98 votes, Chavez would still fall short of a two-thirds majority needed to get his measures passed.
The new law gives Chavez the power to enact laws on land use, the military and police forces, transportation and public services. He will also have greater control over the treasury and the tax code, urban and rural development, international relations and the emergency response to the flooding.
"All of these laws or norms are part of the Cuban package and the Cuban advisors are trying to impose them on Venezuela," he said. "We are going down the same path as the Castro autocracy that has afflicted that poor country for 59 years," the archbishop warned.
December 21, 2010 -- By Michelle Andrews -- kaiserhealthnews
Some Policies Restrict Coverage By Limiting Visits To The Doctor
When examining your health benefits for the new year, you'll probably notice that your plan has eliminated lifetime and most annual dollar limits on coverage. That was mandated by the federal health-care overhaul. But for some consumers, coverage may still be restricted: Limits on the number of doctor visits or prescriptions or other services continue to be permitted and can stymie patients' efforts to get necessary care.
December 21, 2010 -- National Catholic Register
A series of articles about Phoenix and Bishop Olmsted:
What are the *True Facts* Regarding the Abortion-Approving Nun? -- 5/24
Catholic Abortion Hospital Smackdown: Part II -- 12/16
EXPOSED: Catholic Abortion Hospital's *Network*? -- 12/20
Bishop Strips Abortion Hospital of Catholic Status! 12/21
Abortion Hospital Decree & Pushback -- 12/22
Catholic Abortion Hospital Smackdown: Part II
December 21, 2010 -- CNA/EWTN -- Benjamin Mann
Phoenix bishop strips hospital of Catholic status over abortion, other ethics violations
Citing numerous and ongoing violations of Catholic teaching, including an instance of abortion, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix has declared that St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center can no longer call itself a Catholic institution.
The Bishop announced his decision in a press conference at diocesan headquarters Dec. 21. It follows months of negotiations with officials for St. Joseph’s and its parent company, Catholic Healthcare West.
Thank you Bishop Olmsted for defending our faith.
Pope Benedict XVI's address to the Roman Curia
By Pope Benedict XVI on Monday, 20 December 2010
Dear Cardinals, Brother Bishops and Priests, Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It gives me great pleasure to be here with you, dear Members of the College of Cardinals and Representatives of the Roman Curia and the Governatorato, for this traditional gathering. I extend a cordial greeting to each one of you, beginning with Cardinal Angelo Sodano, whom I thank for his sentiments of devotion and communion and for the warm good wishes that he expressed to me on behalf of all of you. Prope est jam Dominus, venite, adoremus! As one family let us contemplate the mystery of Emmanuel, God-with-us, as the Cardinal Dean has said. I gladly reciprocate his good wishes and I would like to thank all of you most sincerely, including the Papal Representatives all over the world, for the able and generous contribution that each of you makes to the Vicar of Christ and to the Church.
Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy Winter 2010
WHAT IS MARRIAGE?
Sherif Girgis, Princeton -- Robert George, Princeton -- Ryan T. Anderson, Notre Dame.
Real Marriage Is-And Is Only-The Union of Husband and Wife
As many people acknowledge, marriage involves: first, a comprehensive union of spouses; second, a special link to children; and third, norms of permanence, monogamy, and exclusivity. All three elements point to the conjugal understanding of marriage.
December 17, 2010 - www.koco.com
After Outcry, Feds Back Down; Banks Can Display Crosses
Second-In-Command Of Federal Reserve Calls Bank Late Thursday
PERKINS, Okla. -- The small-town bank in Oklahoma will be able to restore its Christian signs and symbols after all, thanks in part to public outcry against the Federal Reserve.
The president of Payne County Bank, Lynn Kinder, said he spoke with the second in command at the Federal Reserve late Thursday evening. Both sides agreed to work out the issue.
December 16, 2010 - www.koco.com
Feds Force Okla. Bank To Remove Crosses, Bible Verse
Federal Examiners Say Religious Decoration Inappropriate
PERKINS, Okla. -- A small-town bank in Oklahoma said the Federal Reserve won't let it keep religious signs and symbols on display.
Federal Reserve examiners come every four years to make sure banks are complying with a long list of regulations. The examiners came to Perkins last week. And the team from Kansas City deemed a Bible verse of the day, crosses on the teller's counter and buttons that say "Merry Christmas, God With Us." were inappropriate. The Bible verse of the day on the bank's Internet site also had to be taken down.
December 16, 2010 -- CanadaFreePress -- Alan Caruba
Did the Global Warming Hoax Die in Cancun?
If you want to know the core beliefs of those who gathered in Cancun, Mexico, for yet another Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) conference, you need look no further than the way one of its days began with a prayer to Ixchel, a Mayan Moon goddess.
The global warmists are essentially pagans for whom the worship of Gaia, an Earth goddess of Greek origin, symbolizes their rejection of the Judeo-Christian values embraced by Western civilization.
It is, by now, a cliché to call environmentalism a religion, but that does not reduce the truth of this observation.
December 16, 2010 -- Vatican - Zenit.org
Pope: Lack of Religious Freedom Is Unacceptable
Urges Peacemakers to Work for Liberty in God
Benedict XVI is stating that the lack of religious freedom in all manifestations is unacceptable. He is underlining this liberty as a necessity for building peace in the world.
The Pope stated this in a message released today for the 44th World Day of Peace. This day is observed every Jan. 1, which is also the Solemnity of the Mother of God. The theme for 2011 is "Religious Freedom, the Path to Peace."
"At present, Christians are the religious group which suffers most from persecution on account of its faith," the Pontiff noted.
December 16, 2010 -- courageouspriest.com
Bishop Olmsted: A Bishop With A Backbone!
“There Cannot Be A Tie In This Debate”
Women of Grace- Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix is planning to strip a local medical center of its Catholic status tomorrow if it does not meet his demands to guarantee compliance with Church teachings.
The Arizona Republic is reporting that Bishop Olmsted sent a letter on Nov. 22 to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, the same hospital where Sister Margaret McBride gave approval for an abortion to be performed on a woman allegedly suffering from pulmonary hypertension last year. In the letter, the bishop is demanding that the hospital comply with Catholic health-care rules, educate its medical staff on those rules, and acknowledge what is the correct Church position on the abortion that took place. If the hospital’s parent company, Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), does not agree to these demands by tomorrow, he will strip the facility of its Catholic status.
Your Excellency: Thank you for defending our Catholic faith.
December 8, 2010 -- courageouspriest.com
Cardinal Burke: "How Tragic" That Many Catholic Universities "Exemplify Secularism"
Boston, Mass (CNA)- The authentically Catholic university helps students resist "secularist dictatorship" by keeping Jesus Christ at the center of its mission and by exposing the moral bankruptcy of contemporary culture, Cardinal Raymond Burke said Dec. 4.
.... In a lengthy discussion of the nature of Catholic higher education, he said that a Catholic university faithful to its identity will help students give an account of their faith and help them resist "the secularist dictatorship which would exclude all religious discourse from the professions and from public life in general."
December 8, 2010 -- turtlebayandbeyond.org
Family planning as a development tool
Today at the UN, the Population Division hosted an expert panel on “Fertility, Reproductive Health and Development.”
Taking a de-populationist view, speakers pushed family planning as one of the most “cost-effective” approaches to development as lower fertility increases the female workforce, reduces child dependents and increases per capita income.
December 8, 2010 --
Our Lady of Good Help: "Worthy of belief"
Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/deaconsbench/2010/12/our-lady-of-good-help-worthy-of-belief.html#ixzz19dPX9oDhFor the first time ever, a Marian apparition in the United States has received formal approval.
Bishop David Ricken announced today that he officially approves the Marian apparitions at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion.
The announcement was made during a special Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion.
Reading from his decree, the Bishop stated, "I declare with moral certainty and in accord with the norms of the Church that the events, apparitions and locutions given to Adele Brise in October of 1859 do exhibit the substance of supernatural character, and I do hereby approve these apparitions as worthy of belief (although not obligatory) by the Christian faithful."
Today's declaration makes Our Lady of Good Help at Champion the first and only site in the United States of an approved apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
October 1859, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared on three occasions to Adele Brise, a young Belgian immigrant. Brise stated that a lady dressed in dazzling white appeared to her and claimed to be the "Queen of Heaven who prays for the conversion of sinners."
December 6, 2010 -- turtlebayandbeyond.org
Climate Change Solution: Pay for Children
Posted on | December 6, 2010 by Amanda Pawloski |
As the UN Climate Change conference in Cancun, Mexico continues, so does the barrage of economic and demographic suggested solutions. Just yesterday, Ted Turner and economist Brian O’Neill spoke at a luncheon covered by the Globe and Mail:
Mr. O’Neill’s study concluded that a rapidly rising global population is contributing to an acceleration of emission growth, and that widespread availability of family planning could reduce the amount of emissions reductions required in 2050 by as much as 30 per cent.
December 2, 2010 -- (C-FAM) -- Terrence McKeegan, J.D.
Pope Leads Worldwide Prayer Vigil for Unborn Life
Pope Benedict XVI led an unprecedented global prayer vigil for unborn life in Rome that was repeated in countries around the world. Ten thousand faithful jammed St. Peter’s Basilica including many children who were presented to the Holy Father.
In his remarks, the pope offered support to those working in the pro-life movement. “I wish to express my thanks to all who have taken up this invitation and those who are specifically dedicated to welcoming and safeguarding human life in different situations of fragility, especially in its early days and in its early stages,” he said.
November 24, 2010 -- CNA/EWTN News
Dioceses around the world joining Pope's 'unprecedented' pro-life vigil
Catholic bishops across the U.S. are urging all of the faithful to unite their prayers with Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday, Nov. 27, in an unprecedented worldwide vigil for unborn life.
The Pope will celebrate a special Vespers service that Saturday evening at St. Peter's Basilica, heralding the first Sunday of Advent. Pope Benedict has recommended that “parishes, religious communities, associations and movements” join him for evening prayer, in “churches throughout the world.”
USCCB Pro-Life Committee Chairman Statement --
Cardinal DiNardo calls for awareness, prayer, healing and action in defense of life
Worldwide ‘Vigil for All Nascent Human Life’ set for November 27
Lifenews: The call is not limited to Catholics as the Pope is asking that “all Diocesan Bishops (and their equivalent) of every particular church preside in analogous celebrations involving the faithful in their respective parishes, religious communities, associations and movements.”
November 22, 2010 -- Samantha Singson
UN Partners With NGOs to Push Abortion in Africa
ACCRA, GHANA, November 25 (C-FAM) Earlier this month, a UN office partnered with abortion heavyweights to push for widespread legal abortion at a conference in Ghana, Africa.
Conference participants insisted that access to “safe and legal abortion” is central to reducing maternal mortality, and attacked organized religion and restrictive laws as being obstacles to preventing maternal deaths.
November 22, 2010 -- catholickey.blogspot
Bishop Finn on the Pope’s New Book: Light of the World
It is somewhat amusing now to post Bishop Finn’s thoughts on Peter Seewald’s book-length interview of Pope Benedict XVI. He wrote it last week before heading to the USCCB meeting in Baltimore and then on to the consistory in Rome.
The plan was to put out Bishop Finn’s column in conjunction with the release of the book, but a small portion of the book was curiously released early, in a “palpably incompetent manner,” with predictable results.
What’s amusing is that Bishop Finn evidently read the whole book without being thrown by the passage that now defines its release; he doesn’t even mention it. What Bishop Finn does say is that God has given us “holy father, a wise and good shepherd,” who “wants people to understand the Church he loves.”
November 20, 2010 -- by CINDY WOODEN (CNS)
After receiving the red hat from the Pope at Mass today, it's official: Now they're Cardinal Burke and Cardinal Wuerl.
Pope Benedict XVI created 24 new cardinals, including two from the United States, and called them to be strong in spreading and defending the faith and promoting peace and tranquility within the Church.
Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington and Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, prefect of the Vatican’s supreme court, joined other new cardinals from 13 countries Nov. 20 in formally professing their Catholic faith and fidelity to the Pope.
November 19, 2010 -- USCCB
On Saturday, November 27th at St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate a “Vigil for All Nascent Human Life” coinciding with first vespers of the First Sunday of Advent. The Holy Father has also requested that “all Diocesan Bishops (and their equivalent) of every particular church preside in analogous celebrations involving the faithful in their respective parishes, religious communities, associations and movements.”
An outline for the Vigil was provided from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and the Pontifical Council for the Family. Given the importance of the Holy Father’s request, the USCCB Secretariat of Divine Worship and the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities have collaborated in developing Vigil prayer aids for dioceses and parishes.
November 19, 2010 -- LifeSiteNews -- Matthew Anderson
A dissident group of Catholic nuns has released a statement criticizing the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for reaffirming the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman while failing to address the problem of homosexual teen suicide.
In the statement released Tuesday, the National Coalition of American Nuns (NCAN) said that the bishops have acted like "blinded Pharisees" in reaffirming the Church’s teaching on marriage while having "failed to make a single statement regarding these tragic, preventable deaths."
"Not one bishop’s voice was raised to condemn a culture where youths are bullied for being who God created them to be and are sometimes pushed by society’s judgments to attempt suicide."
.....This statement is not the first time NCAN or any of its members have gone against the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. Last year, it became widely known that Sr. Donna Quinn, a coordinator for NCAN, was serving as a pro-abortion "escort" for the ACU Health Center in Hinsdale, Illinois. After her involvement with the ACU Health Center was revealed, Quinn was rebuked by her superiors in the Sinsinawa Dominicans for violating "her profession as a Dominican religious."
November 18, 2010 --
To Whom Shall We Go?
Let me share my latest Catholic New York column with you on Catholic elementary schools in the archdiocese. I look forward to seeing our beloved schools grow.
A brief excerpt:
"The archdiocese will always support our schools. This decision is not made so “the archdiocese can fill its coffers.” The money saved will be reinvested in our schools and other crying pastoral needs: youth ministry, Catholic Charities, pro-life, marriage and family, religious education, our seminary, new parishes—and expanded, stronger schools.
Our opinion: The Catholic education of our children is the most important investment we and the church can make.
Some of the other "crying pastoral needs" are very important and deserving of our contributions. But "Catholic" programs, such as the Catholic Campaign for Human Development should not get any funding while our parochial schools are in need.
November 16, 2010 -- ncregister.com
Archbishop Timothy Dolan Speaks
The new president of the U.S. bishops’ conference discusses the unexpected election result and the U.S. bishops’ conference’s mission.
New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was elected the new president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Tuesday, Nov. 16. The election of Archbishop Dolan broke from precedent that held that the vice president of the bishops’ conference, in this case Tucson Bishop Gerald Kicanas, would succeed the outgoing president, in this case Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, in a vote that would be more of a formality. Archbishop Dolan addressed questions from the media gathered there shortly after his election.
What would be your chief priorities as president of the conference, in the Church and society?
Candidly, I haven’t had time to think about it. Frankly, I was surprised by the election of the bishops. I have immense regard for my predecessor, Cardinal Francis George.
November 8, 2010 -- Matthew Archbold
Early Abortion Better than Late Abortions?
Last month, Princeton’s University Center for Human Values sponsored a discussion on the abortion debate. Austin Ruse wrote a scathing summary of the conference over at That Catholic Thing but I’m focused here on one point made by William Saletan of Slate Magazine who summed up a number of points he believed pro-lifers should learn from the conference.
NOTE: We did not have to go to Princeton to know that there is no room for compromise on abortion.
November 8, 2010 -- Associated Press
The Roman Catholic church says five Church of England bishops are converting to Catholicism following an invitation to disaffected Anglicans from Pope Benedict XVI.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales said Monday that bishops Andrew Burnham, Keith Newton, John Broadhurst, Edwin Barnes and David Silk have decided "to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church."
November 6, 2010 -- (CNA)
Archbishop Nienstedt -- I "Must Speak On Controversial Issues"
"I Was Ordained to Preach and to Teach the Full Spectrum of the Catholic Faith as it is Contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church."
Outlining his pastoral ministry, his work on immigration, and his prayerful opposition to abortion, the Archbishop of Minneapolis-St. Paul has said that he must speak on controversial issues. His remarks follow activist and media opposition to the Minnesota bishops’ campaign to educate Catholics about the nature of marriage.
November 4, 2010 -- LifeSiteNews
Canadians Worry about Vulnerable People if Euthanasia is Legalized
A year of public debate about legal euthanasia has left Canadians with concerns about how vulnerable people - those who are elderly, depressed, disabled or chronically ill - will fare if the law changes.
A new poll by Environics Research of 2,025 Canadians has found that although 59% said they support legal euthanasia, the number who “strongly support” it has declined by 3 points since last year. Support is highest in Quebec at 69%, down from 75% a year ago, and lowest in Manitoba and Saskatchewan at 49%.
However, subsequent questions about the effect on vulnerable populations reveal strong concerns about the practice. Almost two-thirds, 63%, are worried that elderly Canadians would feel pressure to accept euthanasia to reduce health care costs, up from 57% in 2009. Interestingly, Quebeckers, whose government recently completed public hearings on legal euthanasia, expressed the highest concern, 75%.
November 4, 2010 -- Terrence McKeegan, J.D.
UN Agency Promotes Sex Ed From Birth
Promoting sex education to the youngest of the young has drawn harsh criticism to a UN agency and its interpretation of age-appropriate education.
"It is never too early to start talking to children about sexual matters," according to guidelines issued by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
November 1, 2010 -- courageouspriest.com
Father Frank Pavone -- The Party Matters
Voters Should Know The Platform Of the Party In-Regards To Moral Issues Before Casting Their Vote
When deciding on the candidate for whom you cast your vote in an election, a number of moral principles have to be considered. As I have often written in the past, the position of the candidate him/herself on the most important issues is of key importance, because by putting that person in a position to vote on legislation, you help to move public policy either closer or farther away from the moral law.
But that very consideration also means that the positions of the party to which the candidate belongs also matter. By putting that candidate in office, you also help to put his/her party into power.
October 28, 2010 -- VATICAN CITY (VIS)
Brazil: Church Teaches Man his Dignity as Child of God
Prelates from the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (Northeast region 5) who have just complete their five- yearly "ad limina" visit were received this morning by the Holy Father.
"I wish to speak to you today", the Pope told them, "about how the Church's mission to serve as the leavening of human society through the Gospel teaches human beings their dignity as children of God, and their vocation to the unity of all mankind, whence derive the need for justice and social peace in accordance with divine wisdom".
October 25, 2010 -- Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro-Carámbula
The Totalitarianism Of Liberalism Cannot Change The Definition of Marriage
Marriage is a permanent, faithful union between a man and a woman. It is necessarily open to life, creating the proper setting not only for sexual union between spouses, but also for giving birth to, raising, and educating children. As such it is a natural institution and genesis of the family, the most basic element of any society. No matter how some may clamor that this natural view of marriage is somehow oppressive or restricting, they cannot change its basic biological, societal and spiritual character.
October 25, 2010 -- CNA:
CNA: Ohio billboard case on abortion funding in health care law advances
A federal judge ruled Oct. 26 that Rep. Steve Driehaus’ complaint against the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) may proceed. The congressman has asked the Ohio Elections Commission to decide whether the pro-life group’s ad charge that he voted for abortion funding was an illegal false statement.
Driehaus’ campaign plans to depose SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser, executive director Emily Buchanan, and former U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, a spokeswoman for the group.
October 25, 2010 -- CNSNews.com -- Fred Lucas
Obama Restores the ‘Creator’ to His Recitation of the Declaration of Independence
On the campaign trail for Democrats in recent days, President Barack Obama said the word “Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence, although he omitted the word in several earlier speeches this year. The addition of "Creator" came after press reports noted the omission in Obama's earlier speeches.
October 21, 2010 -- Dr. Robert Monahan -- Inside the Vatican
A powerful pro-life address by Archbishop Burke (soon to be Cardinal Burke)
On October 9 in Rome, Archbishop Raymond Burke addressed a pro-life prayer conference sponsored by Human Life International, based in Front Royal, Virginia, USA, with offices also in Rome. The address did not go completely unnoticed, but it also did not receive the worldwide notice it deserves. By publishing the text here, I hope to make the text better known. Burke here offers a type of "manifesto" for the Church's pro-life teaching and work in an increasingly secular, hedonistic and anti-life world.
October 17, 2010 -- catholicactionleague
Catholic Action League criticizes Caritas Christi for hosting Obama fundraiser
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized Doctor Ralph de la Torre, chief executive of Caritas Christi Health Care--the network of six Catholic hospitals affiliated with the Archdiocese of Boston--for hosting President Barack Obama at a political fundraiser in his Newton home. The event, held yesterday, reportedly raised $900,000 for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
The Catholic Action League called de la Torre's decision to host the affair "a stunning example of audacious hypocrisy."
NOTE: Ralph de la Torre is negotiating the transfer of Caritas Christi, owner of six Catholic hospitals, to for-profit Steward Health Care Systems.
QUESTION: How can a for-profit company run a hospital when a non-profit Catholic organization can't?
October 17, 2010 -- nrlc.orgm
National Right to Life Mourns the Death of Dr. Mildred F. Jefferson
WASHINGTON -- Today, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) joined with pro-lifers nationwide in mourning the death of former NRLC president Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson. A resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Jefferson was currently serving as an at-large director on the NRLC board of directors.
"The right-to-life movement has lost a champion and a pioneer. And we have lost a dear friend," said Darla St. Martin, NRLC co-executive Director. "Mildred Jefferson was a valued colleague in our fight for the most vulnerable members of our society and she will be greatly missed."
October 9, 2010 -- V. World-Prayer-Congress for Life
Catholic Orthodoxy; Antidote Against the Culture of Death
It is clear that we are presently experiencing a period of intense and critical struggle in the advancement
of the culture of life in the world. Many governments and international organizations openly and aggressively
follow a secularist, anti-life and anti-family agenda. Even though religious language may be used and the name
of God invoked, programs and policies are proposed for the people without respect for God and His Law, in the
words of the Venerable Pope John Paul II, -- As if God did not exist
text in pdf format
October 14, 2010 -- David A. Patten
Judge's Rebuke to Obamacare Opens Door to States' Lawsuit
Grass-roots conservatives and GOP leaders rejoiced Thursday following a federal judge's ruling that a multistate challenge to the constitutionality of Obamacare must be allowed to go forward.
The Obama administration had asked that the lawsuit be dismissed as groundless and tossed out of court. Thursday's rejection of those arguments sets up a Dec. 16 hearing on the merits of the case.
October 14, 2010 -- courageouspriest.com
"Father Frank Pavone: There Can Be No Truce On Abortion!"
Justice Demands That Human Life Be Defended!
Father Frank Pavone- It is dismaying to hear some pro-life politicians calling for a "truce" on social issues like abortion - possible White House contenders Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour among them. Their suggestion is that it's more important to do whatever is necessary to get elected than to worry about issues that appear to be intractable.
October 14, 2010 -- networkedblogs
Tony Blair to Debate Christopher Hitchens
Tony Blair and famed atheist Christopher Hitchens will take part in a debate in Toronto next month over whether “religion is a force for good in the world.” Blair, who served as prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007, was received into the Church six months after leaving office.
The party of death in New York City deems it is fine to promote abortion but wants to restrict life and adoption advertising:
October 12, 2010 -- WSJ -- Michael Howard Saul
Council Sets Abortion Fight
New Bill Would Set Strict Disclosure Requirements for Crisis-Pregnancy Centers
The City Council plans to unveil legislation Tuesday that would establish strict disclosure requirements for crisis-pregnancy centers, some of which, abortion-rights advocates charge, deceive women into believing they're full-serve reproductive health facilities by masking their antiabortion agenda.
.... Council Member Jessica Lappin, the bill's primary sponsor, said the legislation is imperative to protect women who go to crisis-pregnancy centers without realizing the operators' mission is to counsel against abortion.
Please help save lives.
Support Chris Slattery and his Expectant Mother Care-EMC FrontLine Pregnancy Centers
Beware who you contribute to:
October 12, 2010 -- Steven Ertelt -- LifeNews.com
Komen for the Cure Donated $730K to Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz in 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- October is the month for breast cancer awareness, but it's difficult for pro-life advocates to lend their support to one of the primary organizations involved in the fight against breast cancer because it has provided contributions to the Planned parenthood abortion business.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has long denied that abortion plays any role in elevating the risk for women of contracting the deadly disease.
That's despite a wealth of research over decades showing an average increased risk of about 40 percent for women having abortions compared to those who carry their pregnancy to term.
October 12, 2010 -- Claudia Assis, MarketWatch
Corn and other grains futures shot up Friday after a U.S. Department of Agriculture report pointed to the tightest supply and demand balance for corn in 14 years.
The Agriculture Department on Friday forecast a 2010-11 corn crop 3.8% smaller than government expectations just a month ago, as a hot Midwest summer preceded by floods in June takes its toll.
People are starving. We need Corn for food, NOT fuel!
October 8, 2010 -- Father Corapi
"Angels and Demons Are Fact Not Fiction"
Christians Need To Remember The Truth Of Their Existence!
There have been a number of television shows, movies and various articles on the subject of angels and the demonic in recent years. Most of this material is pure fiction, yet the part that is not fiction is an acknowledgment that they both exist.
As part of the Church’s catechesis on creation it is necessary to speak of both the angels and the devil, Satan, or the demonic. "The Apostles’ Creed professes that God is the ‘Creator of heaven and earth.’ The Nicene Creed makes it explicit that this profession includes ‘all that is, seen and unseen" (Catechism #325).
October 7, 2010 -- Tim Drake Thursday --
Obamacare Forces Sale of Catholic Hospital
Mercy Hospital in Scranton, Pa. was first opened by the Sisters of Mercy in 1917. Now, as a result of the Health Care Reform Bill, the Catholic hospital is being forced to sell. According to WNEP 16, the facility, and all other Mercy locations in the area are up for sale. That includes: Mercy Hospital in Scranton, Mercy Tyler Hospital in Tunkhannock, and Mercy Special Care Hospital in Nanticoke.
October 7, 2010 --
Religious Mutiny: Rebel Nuns Leading The Way For Dissent Against Bishops
Fr. Z Reveals That Bishops Are At War With The "Magisterium of Nuns!"
In the debate about Obamacare, many catholic women religious failed in their Catholic identity test. They rather chose to give cover to catholic pro-abortion democrats in Congress so that they could salve the consciences and vote in favor of legislation that would fund abortion. All this despite the admonishment and warning of the Catholic bishops of the United States.
October 7, 2010 -- PNCI
Victory on conscientious objection at Council of Europe
An attack against the right of conscientious objection was defeated today in the Council of Europe:
"The Assembly today emphasized the need to affirm the right of conscientious objection in lawful medical care. At the end of a debate on the subject during which the text presented by the Committee on Social Affairs was substantially amended, the adopted resolution states that "no person and no hospital or institution shall be coerced, held liable or discriminated against in any manner because of a refusal to perform, accommodate, assist or submit to an abortion."
October 7, 2010 -- (C-FAM) -- Seana Cranston, J.D.
Amnesty Demands Abortion Decriminalization in Latin America
A leading human rights group last week stepped up its promotion of abortion, targeting Latin America and particularly Nicaragua.
Amnesty International demanded that governments decriminalize abortion immediately in a statement released to coincide with the Sept. 28 “Day for the Decriminalization of Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean.”
Amnesty specifically targeted Chile, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, saying it is “disgraceful” these countries have laws criminalizing abortion in all circumstances.
October 6, 2010 -- By Paul Walsh & Maria Elena Baca -- Star Tribune
Homosexual Activists Disrupt Mass; Refused Communion
Archbishop Nienstedt Under Attack For Refusing The Eucharist To Obvious LGBT Protestors
.....The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which describes itself as the nation’s largest civil rights organization on behalf of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people, expressed outrage at Nienstedt’s actions.
Thank you Archbishop Nienstedt. We appreciate your defense of our faith.
October 6, 2010 --
from: Austin Ruse, President, C-FAM
I am happy to report that we have close to 100,000 signatures on our Youth Statement to the UN and the World! We have 44,000 signers of the Youth Statement and 49,000 of the adult statement!
I am writing to everyone in my address book, to all subscribers to the Friday Fax, and to all those who have signed the document already. WE NEED MORE SIGNATURES!
This document will make a huge splash when we present it to the United Nations in a few weeks. We need to show them that the document written by youth from International Planned Parenthood Federation DO NOT REPRESENT THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD!
Please sign and promote the Youth Statement
October 4, 2010 -- JewishWorldReview
Did you know that most people in Indonesia are Muslim? That American public school teachers can read from the Bible as an example of literature? That only Protestants traditionally teach that salvation comes through faith alone?
Chances are you did not.
A new survey being released today by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life suggests that large numbers of Americans know little about the world's major religions, including their own.
.....Nearly half of all Catholics surveyed did not know their church teaches that the bread and wine in Communion actually become the body and blood of Christ.
September 30, 2010 -- catholickey.blogspot
Are Democrats Trying to Kill Immigration Reform?
We know that the Republicans whose patron saint believed in a shining city where the doors were open to anyone with the will and heart to get here, have utterly abandoned that principle in fear of tea party rage. But recent legislative moves by the Democrats make it appear they have no intention of passing immigration reform, even as they seek to use it as a campaign issue.
..... So we now have two attempts at immigration reform proposals diverted by attaching planks from a secondary agenda. Whatever one thinks of that secondary agenda, attaching it to already controversial immigration reform proposals is a sure way to sink desperately needed reform.
Title should be: Democrats are Killing Immigration Reform for Political Gains.
September 30, 2010 -- Washington Post -- Rob Stein
Scientists overcome hurdles to stem cell alternatives
Scientists reported Thursday they had developed a technique that can quickly create safe alternatives to human embryonic stem cells, a major advance toward developing a less controversial approach for treating for a host of medical problems.
The researchers published a series of experiments showing they can use laboratory-made versions of naturally occurring biological signals to quickly convert ordinary skin cells into cells that appear virtually identical to embryonic stem cells. Moreover, the same strategy can then coax those cells to morph into specific tissues that would be a perfect match for transplantation into patients.
September 30, 2010 -- Catholic Online
Mount Calvary Episcopal Church will vote in October on full-communion with the Catholic Church
The Process which brought the whole parish to this historic moment began with a Vestry retreat in October 2007 where it was decided unanimously that Mount Calvary should explore the possibility of becoming part of the Roman Catholic Church. Since then the All Saints Sisters of the Poor were received into the Catholic Church and the Apostolic Constitution for Anglicans coming into full communion was promulgated.
In a letter to parishioners, the Reverend Jason Cantania, rector of Mount Calvary Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland, announced that the vestry of the parish had voted unanimously in favor of two resolutions. First, they have voted to leave The Episcopal Church (TEC) where they are a part of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, and, second, to become an Anglican Use parish in the Catholic Church through the new initiative from Rome - the Anglicorum Coetibus.
September 28, 2010 -- Bishop Thomas G. Doran
Our Devolving and Decaying Morally Relativistic Society
An old story has it that a priest/professor once mounted his pulpit to preach on suicide and he began: “Suicide is not only a mortal sin, but is very dangerous.” One could say with some justification the same thing about procured abortion; it is a mortal sin and is very dangerous. At least practicing Catholics know that it is sinful and many other Christians do as well.
In our devolving and decaying morally relativistic society, there are many people who regard the killing of a pre-born child as of no consequence whatever. What is hidden from the eyes of the unsuspecting, however, is that not only for its victims but also for its perpetrators and for societies that permit it, allow it and license it, it is extremely dangerous.
September 28, 2010 -- catholicnewsagency.com
Abortion, gay marriage contrary to natural order, says Mexican cardinal
Guadalajara, Mexico, Sep 28, 2010 / 02:52 am (CNA).- The Archbishop of Guadalajara, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, charged last week that the laws recently passed in Mexico City relaxing abortion restrictions, allowing same-sex marriage and adoption by homosexual couples are contrary to the natural order and to democracy.
September 28, 2010 -- ncregister.com
Feminist groups are exultant while pro-life groups lament the appointment of Michelle Bachelet as head of a new United Nations superagency for women.
Bachelet had been the Socialist president of Chile from 2006 until earlier this year.
"Bachelet is a leftist and feminist," said Joseph Meaney of Human Life International, a pro-life group that watches the United Nations closely. As president of Chile, she tried very hard to undermine the pro-life laws and constitution of her country. Now that she will be free to do what she wants at the U.N.
..... At least as newsworthy as the Bachelet appointment is the creation of the superagency itself by a July 2 vote of the U.N. General Assembly: Formed from four existing U.N. agencies and called U.N. Women for short, its formal title is the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
September 23, 2010 -- National Right to Life
National Right to Life commends House Republican "Pledge to America"
to repeal Obama health law and permanently bar federal funds for abortion
The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nationwide federation of right-to-life organizations, commended U.S. House Republican leaders for including critical pro-life priorities in the "Pledge to America" action plan that is being released today.
The "Pledge to America" outlines a plan of action that the Republican leaders say they will pursue if Republicans win majority control of the House in the November 2 general election. The action plan includes a pledge to repeal and replace the recently enacted Obama health care law. It also includes pledges to "establish a government-wide prohibition on taxpayer funding of abortion and subsidies for insurance coverage that includes abortion," and to "enact into law conscience protections for health care providers, including doctors, nurses, and hospitals."
September 23, 2010 -- reuters.com -- By Carey Gillam
Awaiting EPA decision on E15.
Ethanol industry leaders said on Thursday federal action is crucial to the industry's future, and they urged U.S. regulators and lawmakers to move forward with proposed increased blending levels as well as greater investment in broad biofuel infrastructure improvements.
... Buis and Green Plains Renewable Energy (GPRE.O) CEO Todd Becker said in a press conference that while they hoped to have a favorable ruling soon from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on raised blending levels for ethanol into gasoline, the industry needs continued federal support.
Currently, U.S. law provides a 45 cent per gallon tax credit to refiners who blend ethanol with gasoline, and imposes an import tariff as a deterrent to foreign competition.
It is wrong to use food and water for fuel while people are starving elsewhere in the world.
September 19, 2010 -- New York Times
Obama Aides Weigh Bid to Tie the G.O.P. to the Tea Party
President Obama’s political advisers, looking for ways to help Democrats and alter the course of the midterm elections in the final weeks, are considering a range of ideas, including national advertisements, to cast the Republican Party as all but taken over by Tea Party extremists, people involved in the discussion said.
September 17th, 2010 -- Posted by Burt Prelutsky
Is God an Appointed Position?
The only people I’ve ever heard of who got to wear their bathrobes to work were Hugh Hefner and America’s judges, and however you may feel about the man from Playboy, I’d venture that judges have created far more havoc for society.
At the time of Roe v. Wade, abortions were illegal in 30 states, but were permitted in 20 others in cases involving rape, incest or medical risk to the woman. In other words, they reflected the attitudes of the people who lived in different parts of this country. But in 1973, the Supreme Court distorted the Constitution in order to make abortions legal and readily available in every state. However you may feel about abortions, you should think twice before applauding seven people who weren’t elected legislating from the bench. Keep in mind that next time, these arrogant road-company Solomons may be goring your ox.
Sep 16, 2010 -- CNA/EWTN News
Pope calls UK back to Christian roots in light of 'aggressive' secularism
Benedict XVI has called the United Kingdom to draw from its "Christian foundation" as it addresses the challenges of the modern day. He expressed hope that society would continue to respect the traditional values and cultural expressions which are no longer valued or tolerated by "more aggressive forms of secularism."
Sep 16, 2010 -- Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D. & Nick Dunn
Abortion Groups Praise Newly Named Head of UN Women’s Agency
The appointment of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as Under Secretary General of UN Women has garnered praise from several abortion advocacy groups.
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, commonly known as UN Women, was established on July 2nd when the General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution that consolidated four UN bodies on women’s issues.
The creation of this super-agency for women’s issues is largely attributed to the lobbying efforts of the Global Campaign for Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR), a coalition of abortion proponents.
September 15, 2010
Thank you Marjorie Dannenfelser:
Today the Susan B. Anthony List congratulated endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte on her Republican primary victory in New Hampshire.
Tonight the Susan B. Anthony List celebrated endorsed Delaware U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's Republican primary victory over Rep. Mike Castle. The SBA List was the first national pro-life group to endorse O'Donnell this cycle.
Today, the Susan B. Anthony List announced the launch of a $150,000 independent expenditure campaign highlighting the pro-life leadership of Kelly Ayotte, endorsed Republican primary candidate for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire.
September 14th, 2010 -- Posted by Burt Prelutsky
Musings About Israel and Obama
I believe that eventually there will be peace in the Middle East. It will probably only take a few more of these “peace process” sessions before Israel cedes so much land to its enemies that it will simply disappear from the face of the earth.
Part of Israel’s problems is that it got suckered into calling some of its territory “settlements”. That was so dumb that it gave the lie to the long-held notion that we Jews are smart negotiators.
and when we loose Israel we will loose our Holy Land,
September 9, 2010
August 2011 marks the United Nations "International Year of Youth," a year, in theory, that exists to promote the full flourishing of youth and their participation in society. In reality, however, the "International Year of Youth" threatens to be a stage for “empowering youth” by rejecting traditional views on life, the family, and sexuality.
Advocates on the sexual left are pushing for the expansion and enforcement of youth’s “sexual and reproductive rights,” which means access to abortion and contraception, and the rejection of gender for youth. Those who hold these ideas will attempt to encode them into official UN conventions and policies, beginning with the statement issued from the World Youth Conference in Mexico this August.
Please protect our youth from the UN
Please sign and promote the youth statement
September 2, 2010
SBA list 'Life Speaking Out Campaign' calls for pro-life priority in GOP legislative blueprint
Dannenfelser: Real leaders multi-task. The strongly pro-life GOP leadership should be able to respond to the economic crisis and enact pro-life legislation.
Today, the Susan B. Anthony List announced the launch of its "Life Speaking Out Campaign" aimed at encouraging House GOP leadership to make protecting women and the unborn a priority in its legislative blueprint expected after Labor Day. The campaign includes a website for pro-life activists to lobby House GOP leadership (www.LifeSpeakingOut.com) and an encouraging letter to leadership signed by SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.
CONTACT: Kerry Brown at 703-470-1926 or firstname.lastname@example.org
September 2, 2010 -- Google News
New postage stamp honors Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa is being recognized for her humanitarian work with the issuance of a new U.S. postage stamp.
The 44-cent stamp showing a portrait of the Roman Catholic nun is being released at a ceremony Sunday at Washington's National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Mother Teresa won the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize for her half-century of work with the sick and destitute of India and other areas. She was declared an honorary U.S. citizen by a joint resolution of Congress in 1996.
September 1, 2010 -- Steven Ertelt -- LifeNews.com Editor
Governor Tim Pawlenty Tells Minnesota Agencies to Reject ObamaCare Funds
St. Paul, MN -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a potential 2012 presidential candidate against pro-abortion President Barack Obama, made a move on health care yesterday that some observers see as a potential move against Obama and an action that could endear him to Republicans looking for nominee.
....... The move will likely appeal to Republican voters as a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows 83 percent of GOP voters opposed the pro-abortion health care measure.
August 30, 2010 -- catholickey.blog
A Model for Reforming CCHD
The U.S. Catholic bishops are set to receive a review board’s report on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at their November meeting. The report may include recommendations for reform of the controversial program. The Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph has already implemented a reform of CCHD locally. A discussion of our reform is offered here as a possible model for the bishops’ deliberation. The author, Jude Huntz, is Director of our diocesan Human Rights Office.
Editor: Please note the following advice from Rome: Catholic charities shouldn't go secular, Vatican official warns
Also, we only donate to Catholic organization that make it clear to recipients that the aid is coming from the Catholic Church.
August 31, 2010 -- Catholic Online
Deacon Keith Fournier on A Catholicism of Resistance:
Archbishop Charles Chaput's Prophetic Voice
He warned of the rise of 'inhuman humanism' and called for a Catholicism of Resistance
There are prophetic addresses which can change human history. This is one of them. We need to heed Archbishop Chaput's call for a Catholicism of Resistance. "We live in a time when the Church is called to be a believing community of resistance. We need to call things by their true names. We need to fight the evils we see. And most importantly, we must not delude ourselves into thinking that by going along with the voices of secularism and de-Christianization we can somehow mitigate or change things. Only the Truth can set men free. We need to be apostles of Jesus Christ and the Truth he incarnates."
AUG. 28, 2010 (Zenit.org) -- SPISSKE PODHRADIE, Slovakia,
Archbishop Chaput on Liberty and Mission
"Events Suggest an Emerging, Systematic Discrimination"
Here is the text of an address Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver, Colorado, gave Tuesday in Slovakia. The address was titled "Living Within the Truth: Religious Liberty and Catholic Mission in the New Order of the World."
Aug. 27, 2010, -- Zenit.org
Denver Prelate Warns of "Systematic Discrimination"
Says Church in West Should Learn From Eastern Europeans
The Denver prelate made that affirmation in Slovakia, when he addressed Tuesday the first session of the 15th symposium for the Canon Law Association of Slovakia.
In his reflection on religious liberty and Catholic mission, the 65-year-old prelate cautioned: "Over the next several decades, Christianity will become a faith that can speak in the public square less and less freely. A society where faith is prevented from vigorous public expression is a society that has fashioned the state into an idol. And when the state becomes an idol, men and women become the sacrificial offering."
Aug. 27, 2010, -- Brian Saint-Paul --
Rev. Euteneuer Steps Down From HLI
The board of directors of Human Life International (HLI) has announced that after nearly 10 years of meritorious service to HLI as president, Reverend Thomas J Euteneuer has stepped down from his position after being asked by his Bishop to return to his Diocese in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The board thanks Fr. Euteneuer for his leadership, hard work and dedication in carrying on the legacy of Fr. Paul Marx. During his tenure Fr. Euteneuer traveled more than one million miles as a pro-life missionary to the world.
Aug. 26, 2010, -- Zenit.org
Funding Blocked for Embryonic Stem Cell Research
The U.S. bishops are welcoming a Monday decision from a federal district court judge that blocked Barack Obama's executive order to expand federal funding for research on embryonic stem cells.
In a statement Wednesday, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, welcomed the decision as a "victory for common sense and sound medical ethics."
August 25, 2010
The Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE)
FBI and the Department of Justice join pro abrtion groups for FACE act training.
Among the organisers and speakers:
National Center Women and Policing
Criminal Section Civil Rights Department of Justice
Civil Rights Unit FBI HQ
National Abortion Federation
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Aug. 23, 2010, -- Susan B. Anthony List
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli released a legal opinion that abortion clinics should be regulated by the state and held to the same health and safety standards as hospitals.
Similar regulations already exist in 27 states, but pro-abortion groups like the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) of Virginia have already started to attack this commonsense proposal designed to protect women.
Aug. 16, 2010, -- By Lisa Leff -- Associated Press
Court halts Calif. gay marriages pending appeal
A federal appeals court put same-sex weddings in California on hold indefinitely Monday while it considers the constitutionality of the state's gay marriage ban.
The decision, issued by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, trumped a lower court judge's order that would have allowed county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Wednesday.
Aug 16, 2010 -- CNA News
Chilean bishop urges defense of life in order to end 'culture of death'
While in Mexico attending an event organized by the Latin American Bishops’ Conference, Auxiliary Bishop Fernando Chomali of Santiago in Chile, who is an expert in bioethics, stressed the urgent need to defend life, marriage and the family, both in pastoral work and in the political world.
Aug 16, 2010 -- CNA/EWTN News
Vatican conference for Catholic press to examine how to cover controversy
The Pontifical Council for Social Communications (PCCS) has organized a conference to examine the role of the Catholic press in today's world. Among the themes to be addressed is the Catholic media response to controversy within the Church.
August 13, 2010 -- Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer -- President, Human Life International
Gay Marriage and the End of Christian Civilization
Back in the 90s when Fr. Paul Marx, founder of HLI, was asked his opinion about the efforts to legalize "same-sex unions" he commented in his usual forthright fashion, "When they do that," he said, "it's the end." He meant "the end" of the Christian civilization whose values used to form the basis of American common life. Fr. Marx, in a prophetic sense, saw rightly that a society cannot survive the perverse manipulation of the very structure of reality that God Himself has revealed to us, one very fundamental element of which is the institution of marriage. When we allow that to be changed-"It's the end."
August 11, 2010 -- catholicnewsagency
Poll finds Catholic identity of young Latinos decreasing
A recent poll found that, while the majority of Hispanics in the United States identify as Catholics and take morally conservative stances on controversial issues, a significant gap exists between the older and younger generations on the issues of religion and morality.
The poll of 1,500 Hispanics conducted by Univision and the Associated Press (AP) analyzes the cultural attitudes in America's Hispanic and Latino populations. The results of the poll were made public in articles in both English and Spanish.
The article in Spanish, published by Univision, focused on the fact that among Hispanics in the United States, 62 percent identify as Catholic, while 11 percent claimed no religious affiliation. Among that same demographic, 55 percent thought abortion should be illegal, while 39 percent thought that it should be legal. In regards to gay "marriage," 35 percent thought that it should not be allowed while 31 percent were in favor of legalizing it. Univision also reported that, though a majority of Hispanics are Catholic, they are less likely to practice the faith, with only 35 percent of those surveyed attending religious services weekly.
August 10, 2010 -- By David Agren -- Catholic News Service
Cardinal calls Mexican court decision on marriage 'aberrant judgment
Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City denounced a recent Mexican Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of a same-sex marriage law in the nation's capital as an "aberrant judgment."
The church "cannot stop calling evil, 'evil,'" he said in a statement read after his Aug. 8 homily in the city's Metropolitan Cathedral.
August 10, 2010 -- Deal W. Hudson -- Inside Catholic
Statement from Bishop Thomas Olmsted on the Prop 8 Court Decision
Marriage: a "hang up" or God’s plan?
This statement from Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix on the federal court decision striking down Prop 8 is the strongest I have seen from any prelate. It will be published at the diocesan web site later today.
The misguided decision of Judge Vaughn Walker, striking down as unconstitutional the California Marriage Law called Proposition 8, cannot be passed over in silence. On August 9, the Arizona Republic celebrated this decision in an editorial called “Marriage Ruling a Landmark on a Long Road.” Using a typical technique of pro-abortion and anti-marriage proponents, the Republic declared that the march toward homosexual marriage is inevitable: “If this generation of Americans doesn’t move forward, the next one will. Young people just do not share their parents’ hang ups about gay marriage.”
August .9, 2010 -- William Oddie -- Catholic Herald
Now we have real evidence - sexual abuse is not a 'Catholic problem'
But we still have a fight ahead: the media are out to get us
..... actually, according to Dr Thomas Plante of Stanford University and Santa Clara University, "available research suggests that approximately two to five per cent of priests have had a sexual experience with a minor" which "is lower than the general adult male population" - in which the percentage of those who have interfered with minors "is best estimated to be closer to eight per cent". In other words, children who have anything to do with priests are between 1.6 and four times LESS likely to be abused by them than by anyone else.
August 6, 2010 -- Patrick B. Craine -- (LifeSiteNews.com)
Pro-Life Groups Praise ‘Real Reform’ at Chicago CCHD
Pro-life groups are rallying behind the Chicago branch of the Catholic Campaign Human Development (CCHD), praising the organization for instituting real reform that they say should be taken as an example by CCHD nationwide.
CCHD, the U.S. bishops’ domestic anti-poverty program, has come under intense fire in the last year after reports that they have been funding numerous groups that promote abortion, contraception, same-sex “marriage” or other activities at odds with Catholic teaching.
August 06, 2010 -- Joseph Meaney, HLI's director of international coordination
Dollars and Deception in Kenya
The national referendum on Kenya's new constitution has been declared official with 67% of the vote. The previous Kenyan Constitution proclaimed the fact that human life begins at conception, and that all human life was worthy of being defended.
..... How did this happen? A large part of the blame can be placed upon the Obama administration, which spent over $23 million of US tax payer money to promote the new constitution.
August 05, 2010 -- James Vicini (Reuters)
The Senate on Thursday approved President Barack Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, his second appointment to the high court that decides abortion, death penalty and other contentious cases.
August 05, 2010 -- Adam Cassandra -- catholicnewsagency
Bipartisan Bill to Permanently End Taxpayer-Funded Abortions Introduced in House
A bipartisan bill meant to permanently prohibit taxpayer-funded abortions in every federal program has been introduced in the House, with over 150 original cosponsors, including 16 Democrats
August 05, 2010 -- Penny Starr -- catholicnewsagency
Alan Keyes: Under Obama ‘We Shall All Become Slaves on the Government’s Plantation’
Alan Keyes, a conservative activist and former diplomat, said Wednesday that President Barack Obama and liberals in Congress are promoting a dependence on government that mirrors slavery.
Keyes appeared with more than a dozen other black conservative leaders at a gathering in Washington to condemn accusations by the NAACP that the Tea Party movement has a racist faction. Keyes said real racism occurs when race is connected to ideology -- as was the case, he said, when Barack Obama was campaigning for president.
August 4, 2010 -- Associated Press -- Lisa Leff And Paul Elias
A federal judge overturned California's gay-marriage ban Wednesday in a landmark case that could eventually force the U.S. Supreme Court to confront the question of whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed.
The ruling by Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker touched off a celebration outside the courthouse. Gay couples waved rainbow and American flags and erupted with cheers in the city that has long been a magnet for gays.
..... The ruling "vindicates the rights of a minority of our citizens to be treated with decency and respect and equality in our system," said former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson, who delivered the closing argument at trial for opponents of the ban.
"vindicates the rights of a minority of our citizens"
Based on this decision any marriage can be ruled legal. Soon we may have marriages between minors or adults and minors.
August 4, 2010 -- catholicnewsagency
The Magnitude of Missouri's Rebuke
On the front page of Drudge this morning, the lead item blares in all-cap red "BLOW TO O: MO SAYS NO". But here in Missouri, you'd be hard pressed to find the tiny bullet point "Missouri sets up challenge to federal health care law" on the Kansas City Star's homepage. It gets less billing than their promo for the "Hottest people, places and trends" feature in Ink magazine. So is Missouri's rebuke to Obamacare a big deal or not?
Let's look at the numbers. Proposition C, which rejects the Constitutionally questionable federal health care insurance mandate, garnered 71.1 percent of the vote last night.
- The 667,680 people who voted for Prop. C outnumbered the combined number of people who voted for the winners of both the Democratic and Republican Senate primary races.
August 3, 2010 -- Jim Fair -- Regnumchristi Live
Update on authority and transparency
Last weekend, Archbishop De Paolis offered some clarifications and updates to the Legionaries that I expect many people will find of interest.
First, we all know that there will be revisions of the Legion’s constitutions. However, until this process is finished and approved by the extraordinary general chapter and the Holy See, the current constitutions remain in force, unless he makes a specific exception. In the same way, all the existing lines of authority remain in place and the superiors keep functioning according to the Legion’s constitutions.
Second, this year’s ordinations of new Legionary priests will go forward as scheduled on December 24 in Rome. We’re expecting a large class this year – perhaps the largest ever. Archbishop De Paolis also indicated that we will welcome those who continue to be called to join the congregation. Let us, therefore, pray for our transitional deacons – Archbishop Chaput will ordain three more in Cheshire this Saturday – and for all the candidates worldwide.
August 3, 2010 (CNA/EWTN News)
Archbishop Wuerl urges Knights of Columbus: 'Be not afraid' to promote New Evangelization
Most Reverend Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington D.C., encouraged the Knights of Columbus to promote the New Evangelization "in the midst of this much secularized world" as he delivered the homily today for the opening Mass of the 128th Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus in the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
August 3, 2009 -- Steven Ertelt -- LifeNews
The Associated Press is coming under criticism from pro-life advocates who say its recent wrap-up article on the health care debate is misleading.
AP writer Charles Babington wrote a "fact check" story attempting to make the case that abortion is not included in the health care bills and that President Barack Obama doesn't want it to be included.
August 2, 2010 (CNA/EWTN News)
US priest appointed as secretary of Vatican council for religious
Redemptorist Fr. Joseph William Tobin was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the new secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life on Monday.
He follows Archbishop Gianfranco Agostino Gardin of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in the position. The Vatican congregation for religious is headed by prefect Cardinal Franc Rode of the St. Vincent de Paul-founded Congregation of the Mission.
August 1, 2010 -- Rev. Michael Rodriguez --
Every Catholic must oppose certain things
I sincerely hope and pray that all El Paso Catholics will take to heart the precious and infallible teachings of Holy Mother Church in the moral sphere, particularly those most relevant to our city at this critical juncture.
Remember: Every single Catholic, out of fidelity to charity and truth, has the absolute duty to oppose (1) the murder of unborn babies, and (2) any and all government attempts to legalize homosexual unions.
Any Catholic who supports homosexual acts is, by definition, committing a mortal sin, and placing himself/herself outside of communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
July 28, 2010 -- (CNA)
Canadian Anglican Catholic group votes to unite with Rome
Vancouver, Canada, With "overwhelming support," a recent meeting of leaders in the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (ACCC) voted to unite with the Roman Catholic Church through the Apostolic Constitution created by Pope Benedict XVI.
The ACCC, part of the Continuing Anglican Movement, is made up of more than two dozen congregations. Its Eighth Provincial Synod and Thirteenth Diocesan Synod were held simultaneously at the Rosemary Heights Retreat Center in Surrey, British Columbia.
July 27, 2010 -- The Boston Globe Magazine/Letters
KEEP CARITAS CATHOLIC!
To the Editor: Like many secularized Catholics, Charles Pierce helped his career along by conforming to the dominant culture, and then boasted of his intellectual independence (WHAT I BELIEVE, 7/11/2010).
Pierce announced that he has become "an anti-Catholic Catholic." Of course he has. He works for a newspaper that has been criticizing the Catholic Church since the nineteen seventies, and which has never hired an orthodox Catholic to write on religious issues. If Pierce was a faithful, pro-life Catholic, he would not have a cover story, a byline, or a job at The Boston Globe Magazine.
C. J. Doyle Executive Director
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
July 24, 2010 -- (CNA)
Catholics United raising $500,000 to monitor "religious right," defend against pro-life groups
The pro-Obama group Catholics United has announced it is trying to raise $500,000 to support Democratic Congressional candidates who backed the health care legislation passed earlier this year. It aims to fund the monitoring of the activities of "the religious right" and to defend the candidates from campaigns by "Republican-affiliated" pro-life groups.
Beware: Pro abortion groups use "Catholic" in their name to deceieve true and faithful Catholics!
"Some of our worst enemies are pro abortion Catholics"
Jul 23, 2010 -- (CNA).-
UNICEF criticized for sponsoring promiscuous children's television program
Salvadoran columnist Julia Regina de Cardenal has denounced UNICEF for sponsoring a television program that promotes unethical behavior and promiscuity to children.
"Why are international organizations obsessed with investing such sums of money to pervert our children?" she asked in a column for the Salvadoran daily, Hoy. As an example, Cardenal pointed to the money spent on advertising during a television program that "promotes promiscuity, prostitution as a way of earning a living for young women, homosexuality and all forms of sexual disorder."
"The grim message to teens is that sex is a game that must be experienced in the search for pleasure, without any concern for the consequences of physical, psychological, mental, spiritual, social and cultural health," she warned.
Jul 23, 2010 -- (CNA).-
Venezuelan president aims to shut down Catholic television channel
Caracas, Venezuela, Jul 23, 2010 / 01:57 pm (CNA).- On the heels of an effort to review the country's accords with the Vatican, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela has now set his sights on the Catholic channel, Vale TV, which the Archdiocese of Caracas has operated since 1998.
Chavez has ordered the Minister of the Interior, Tareck El Aissami, to review the granting of Vale TV to the archdiocese by former President Rafael Caldera.
July 21, 2010 -- Elenor Schoen, Register Correspondent
Pharmacy Board Reverses Itself on Pharmacists’ Right of Conscience Case
In a stunning reversal, the Washington State Pharmacy Board has decided to allow pharmacists with conscientious objections to filling certain prescriptions to merely refer patients to other nearby pharmacies.
On July 7 Judge Ronald Leighton of the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington said that state attorneys had asked that the trial, due to start two weeks later, be postponed “to allow the Pharmacy Board time to complete its rulemaking processes” in rewriting the regulation in question.
July 15, 2010 -- (CNA/EWTN News).-
New Mexico cancels plan to cover elective abortion with federal funds
Press inquiries and pressure from pro-life groups appear to have caused a federally funded New Mexico health insurance program to drop elective abortion from its list of covered procedures.
The New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool (NMNIP), an effort of the Obama Administration's recent health care overhaul, was the subject of media inquiry and intense criticism by pro-life groups as it previously covered elective abortions using federal funds.
July 15, 2010 -- (CNS)
Cardinal praises HHS for reiterating abortion exclusion in health plans
The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities praised the Department of Health and Human Services July 15 for reaffirming that no federal funds will be provided to cover elective abortions under state-run health insurance plans. The statement came from Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston after HHS spokeswoman Jenny Backus said that "in Pennsylvania and in all other states, abortion will not be covered in the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan except in the cases of rape or incest, or where the life of the woman would be endangered."
We hope and pray that Jenny Backus is right.
July 15 (C-FAM) -- by Joan Frawley Desmond -- National Catholic Register
Sister Carol Keehan: 'I Don't Worry About Us Rationing'
Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity who is president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, holds up a pen June 13 at the 2010 CHA convention in Denver. The ceremonial pen was one of 20 used by U.S. President Obama to sign the health care reform bill into law.
Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, came under fire from some quarters when she vocally supported this year's congressional reform of the health-care delivery system.
Now Sister Carol, a member of the Daughters of Charity, is being criticized for her support of Dr. Donald Berwick, a professor at Harvard Medical School who received a recess appointment from President Obama to be administrator of the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
July 15 (C-FAM) -- By Terrence McKeegan, J.D.
Calls for Radical Autonomy for Youth Ahead of Mexico Conference
Two recently released documents prepared in anticipation of an upcoming youth conference make unprecedented claims for new “rights” for youth that experts say directly conflict with traditional norms and international law.
The draft declaration which will be considered by governmental participants at the World Youth Conference, to be held at the end of August in Leon, Mexico, calls for a “comprehensive development of young people that includes: a humanist education to face ethical challenges” and “sexuality education.” There is also a call to “guarantee the highest level of physical and mental health of the youth population taking into account diverse … gender contexts,” and for providing “universal access to reproductive health, including through family planning as a method of reducing maternal mortality in adolescent girls and young women.”
July 14, 2010 -- By Susan Jones -- (CNSNews.com)
Obama Administration Approves First Direct Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Through New High-Risk Insurance Pools
If you want proof that President Obama's Executive Order on taxpayer-funded abortion was a sham, look no further than Pennsylvania, says House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio)
JULY 14, 2010 (Zenit.org).- ROME,
Pope's Delegate to Legionaries: Let's Be Patient
Outlines Steps to Renewal, Recommends Gratitude for Vocation
Affirming Benedict XVI's affection for the Legion of Christ, the papal delegate assigned to govern the congregation has encouraged Legionaries to be patient as the constitutions are reviewed and an extraordinary general chapter is held.
Archbishop Velasio De Paolis of the Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo has been asked by the Pope to govern the congregation in his name "during the time necessary to complete the path of renewal."
Jul 13, 2010 -- By Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.
MDGs-as-human rights hammer
Ever wonder what will happen to the MDGs once they expire in 2015? If UN staff and human rights activists have their way, they will become a legally binding document, forcing sovereign states to deliver a host of economic, social and cultural "rights." This because the UN has adopted a "rights based approach" to development.
The European Parliament's directorate-general for external policies just issued a new document entitled "Current Debate on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Context of the Millennium Development Goals," essentially arguing that the MDGs-as-rights is a fait accompli.
What are MDGs
Jul 12, 2010 -- CNA)
Bishops of Mexico call on newly elected officials to work for peace
Imprimir Incrementar tamano de fuente Disminuir tamano de fuente
The secretary general's office of the Bishops' Conference of Mexico has called on the country's newly elected officials to not to rest until justice, peace, equity and fulfillment of life for all Mexicans is an indisputable and palpable fact.
Jul 9, 2010 -- Fox News
University of Illinois Instructor Fired Over Catholic Beliefs
URBANA, Ill. -- The University of Illinois has fired an adjunct professor who taught courses on Catholicism after a student accused the instructor of engaging in hate speech by saying he agrees with the church's teaching that homosexual sex is immoral.
The professor, Ken Howell of Champaign, said his firing violates his academic freedom. He also lost his job at an on-campus Catholic center.
Jul 9, 2010 -- Vatican City, (CNA/EWTN News).-
Archbishop De Paolis appointed as Pope's delegate to Legionaries
Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, C.S., as the of the Pontifical Delegate to the Legion of Christ. Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi told journalists Friday that "as soon as possible" he will personally meet with the Legion's superiors to discuss the scope of his role.
Jul 9, 2010 -- (CNA)
Catholic Health Association praises Berwick recess appointment to Medicare post.
The Catholic Health Association (CHA) has applauded President Obama’s recess appointment of Harvard pediatrician Dr. Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Sr. Carol Keehan, D.C., CHA’s president and chief executive officer, said Berwick is needed to work on the health care mandates created by the recent health care legislation. In a Wednesday CHA press release, she reported that CMS has not had a permanent administrator since 2006.
The same Catholic "num" who supported and applauded the Obama pro-abortion health carwe bill is now applauding the choice of a pro rationing director.
On June 8th, 2010 American Life League President Judie Brown called for Cardinal Francis George, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, to demand the removal of Sr. Carol Keehan from her position as head of the Catholic Health Association.
On July 5th. The Knights of Malta pressured Keehan to resign from a prestigious hospital board post.
Cardinal Francis George, please restore our faith in the Conference of Catholic Bishops and request her dismissal.
July 7, 2010 -- Zenit.org
Chávez Launches Attack Against Cardinal Urosa
Venezuelan President Asks Pope for Replacement
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is playing with fire, says the semi-official Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.
The newspaper reported this in reference to the insults the Venezuelan president leveled Monday against Cardinal Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino, the archbishop of Caracas, calling him a "troglodyte" for trying to "scare people about communism."
Jul. 07, 2010 -- Jerry Filteau -- NCR
10 dioceses quit bishops' antipoverty campaign
At least 10 U.S. bishops have decided within the past year to suspend or drop their annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in their dioceses, and another is withholding funds at least for now.
Bishop Bernard Hebda of Gaylord, Mich., said in June that he has decided to delay sending the diocese's annual donation to the campaign until a review of its grant practices is completed. The U.S. bishops' subcommittee on the campaign is currently reviewing funding practices and gave a preliminary report to the bishops' Administrative Committee in March.
July 6, 2010 -- John McCormack
Health Care Rationing Fan Don Berwick to Get Recess Appointment to Medicare/Medicaid Post
Tomorrow, President Obama will bypass the Senate and give Donald Berwick a recess appointment to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Republican Policy Committee points out that "Democrats never called a hearing on Dr. Berwick’s nomination."
July 7, 2010 -- Zenit.org
COMMENTARY: Eamonn Keane Reply to Groome on Fr. Drinan
This action by Bishop Myers (now Archbishop of Newark) illustrates that defending Catholic students from error must of necessity involve doing all in one's power to shield them from the influence of dissenters. The Jesuit authorities who run Boston College would do well to follow the example of Archbishop Myers.
July 4, 1776 - Thomas Jefferson:
Preamble to Declaration of Independence:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Please memorize and ponder these words.
We must defend the rights and principles our founding fathers fought for and established for us.
July 2, 2010 -- Standard Newswire
New York Times Tries to Tag Pope -- Again
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on today's front-page article on Pope Benedict XVI:
The purpose of this story is to do what the Times failed to do in March: blame the pope for the sexual abuse scandal. It failed again.
We are told that when Joseph Ratzinger (now the pope) was in charge of the Office of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he had authority over sex abuse cases, but never exercised it. It cites as evidence some old instructions dating back to 1922 that Australian Archbishop Philip Edward Wilson "stumbled across" when he was a student in the early 1990s. When he mentioned this 10 years ago at a Vatican meeting, "few people in the room had any idea what [he] was talking about." In other words, there is no proof that even Ratzinger knew of this alleged authority.
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Pro Choice = Pro Abortion
Please sign the SBA Petition to Stop Abortion Funding.
October 6, 2010
More Signatures Needed for UN Petition
Help protect our youth from the United Nations
Please sign and promote the youth statement
NGO Global Meeting
March of the Survivors
All the polls show that young people are more pro-life than adults. This offers great hope for the future as these youngsters become voters and decision makers. Share the pro-life message with a young person today. As one of the speakers says, "The pro-life movement is getting younger and younger." Praise be to God! The energy and zeal of these youngsters fills me with hope.
Gianna wasn't supposed to be here. Her frightened, 17-year-old mother went to an abortion clinic to end her baby's life.
But, miraculously, the procedure failed and sent Gianna's mother into labor; a few minutes later, a fragile baby girl made her way into the world. The remarkable story of Gianna's survival is both inspirational and unforgettable.