Monday, March 31, 2008
He has a sister, Kristen, now 25 with Down sydnrome, and this influenced his decision to focus this topic. His entire family pitched in to help write the questionaire and send them out. He soon found himself in Washington DC testifying on his research before the Senate where Senators Brownback and Kennedy were introducing the Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act, or S 803, which was inspired by his research, which I posted on here.
Read the entire fascinating story here.
And please sign the National Down Syndrome Society petition to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to help improve the training of doctors when they advise women during this most vulnerable time, we need to lower the tragic abortion rate of children with Down syndrome from 90%.
We need the world to know the amazing potential these people have to enrich our world.
HT Pittsburgh Gazette
It happened as recently as the 1980s. The life expectancy of individuals with Down syndrome has doubled since then, not due to any great strides in research (none was being done till quite recently) but because the life-saving heart surgery required by up to half of this population was no longer considered a waste of time. If Hillary Clinton takes control of the health care system, this surgery may once again be considered wasteful.
Bobby Schindler recently released this report on the Catholic clergy's active participation to hasten Terri's dehydration/starvation death.
Schindler stated that his sister "was not dying, not attached to any type of machinery and was only being sustained by food and water via a feeding tube." He noted that Catholic teaching does not allow a person "regardless of any advanced directive or even the sworn testimony of another person" to refuse food and water with the intent to cause their own death or that of another.
Still, Fr. Gerard Murphy of the Diocese of St. Petersburgh, Florida actually helped Judge Greer make the decision to dehydrate and starve Terri to death. Fr. Murphy did not consult with any members of Terri's family and did not even visit Terri. Murphy did however consult with Michael Schiavo's attorney, George Felos, an assisted suicide/euthanasia activist, and testified on behalf of Michael Schiavo.
Bishop Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg refused to help the family stop the euthanasia death order and supported Father Murphy's seriously flawed position. The bishop eventually issued a confusing statement that was of no help to the situation and after that the Florida bishops supported Bishop Lynch's position.
What a shame that Bobby wasn't supported by his bishop.
As for John McCain, Dr. Dobson responded with a question of his own when Hannity said he had received assurances from the Arizona senator that he would keep the pro-life and pro-marriage planks in the GOP’s party platform.
“Did he give you a commitment about embryonic stem-cell research?” Dr. Dobson asked.
“We did not get that,” Hannity replied.
“But that's an important one for me,” Dr. Dobson explained. “And you can't really call yourself pro-life if you're in favor of killing those babies.”
Well said, Dr Dobson!
Sunday, March 30, 2008
I will be enjoying Divine Mercy Sunday with my family and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal today, and as soon as I file the article, I'll post the photos. Here's my post on our Divine Mercy Sunday celebration last year.
Does anyone want to venture a guess on the topic I'll be covering for the Register?
Friday, March 28, 2008
At Regensburg, Weigel said, the Pope gave the world a “vocabulary with which to deal with these problems,” which Weigel characterized as “the vocabulary of rationality and irrationality.”
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
"I realize what I am going up against but I will confront my fate with my head high, with my back straight and the interior strength of one who is certain about his faith," said Magdi Allam."
HT Yahoo News
What courage this man has! He knows he may have signed his own death warrant by converting to Catholicism, particularly in such a public manner. We should value our faith as much. Pope Benedict invoked the ire and threats of Osama Bin Laden before the baptism, and Fr. Jonathan Morris, spiritual advisor to Fox News, explains why Osama should fear the intellectual octaginarian.
"While Benedict sees rationality as the only suitable launching pad of all true faith, bin Laden sees it as the great obstacle to his manipulation of the masses. While Benedict sees faith and reason as mutually enriching sources of truth, bin Laden sees the former as incompatible with the later. And while Benedict claims God can never command us to do evil because the first universal moral dictate of reason —“do good and avoid evil”— reflects his loving voice, bin Laden on the other hand claims Allah can do whatever he pleases, evil included."
Fr. Morris says that young Muslims are starting to listen to the Holy Father's call to dialogue, thus sparking panic in the radical Islamists like Bin Laden. Who will they get to carry out suicide missions?
The more Muslims enter into dialogue with Catholics, the more I am convinced that Pope Benedict will bring down the radical Islamic establishment the way his predecessor brought down the Iron Curtain. Both seem inpenetrable at first glance, but the Iron Curtain proved fragile against strong spiritual leadership and prayerful people. Are we uniting behind Pope Benedict in prayer? We may accomplish more to secure world peace in the next five years that way, than the war in Iraq did in the last five. We fought Communism all over the world, lost thousands of lives, destroyed whole countries, over 40 years, and under Pope John Paul II, it folded in 11 years like the house of cards it was. I was in Poland on December 8, 1987, when thousands of Poles prayed for the end of Communism on Our Lady's feast day, under the coat of arms of Pope John Paul II. That very day, Gorbachev and Reagan were starting the process which led to peace.
These evil empires cannot stand against the power of prayer and courageous people like Lech Walensa and Christian Magdi Allam. Not to mention Our Lady, revered by Catholics and Muslims alike. The President of Colombia credited Our Lady with halting a war between his nation, Ecuador and Venezuela.
Monday, March 24, 2008
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Sunday, March 16, 2008
Today is the final day of this 40 Days for Lifecampaign.
Reports are pouring in from around the country about the amazing miracles God has accomplished in cities conducting 40 Days for Life. We will share a concise summary of these reports with you over the next few days. However, let's take a moment to look at the "bigpicture" of just SOME of the important pro-lifedevelopments that have occurred due to the power of prayer since this campaign began on February 6.
DURING THESE 40 DAYS...
1.) Ohio revoked the license of the facility operated by late-term abortionist Martin Haskell. Even though Haskell cut a deal with the state andthe clinic is still open, this fresh investigation of a notorious abortion operation has been a major sign of encouragement.
2.) Numerous states, including Georgia and Colorado, conducted courageous "personhood"legislative initiatives, recognizing the humanityof every person from the moment of conception.
3.) South Dakota kicked off a new effort to ban abortion, launching a petition drive to collect enough signatures to put the abortion ban on the ballot this November.
4.) Evidence of Planned Parenthood's racist agenda gained widespread media attention over the past few weeks, due to the undercover investigations conducted by a UCLA student magazine editor.
5.) In Kansas, an important hearing date was setto address the 107 criminal charges filed againstPlanned Parenthood by heroic District AttorneyPhill Kline.
6.) In Southfield, Michigan, an abortion center(where 40 Days for Life is being conducted) was exposed for callously disposing the dismembered bodies of aborted babies in a dumpster, an apparent violation of health and environmental regulations -- but more clearly, an indication of the abortion industry's disdain for human life. This shocking revelation made headlines across the Detroit area.
7.) In California, a lawsuit from a former Planned Parenthood Vice President came to light, accusingthe abortion organization of overbilling tax payersby $180 million, and identifying many troubling accounting irregularities at America's largest abortion chain.
8.) One day after 40 Days for Life broadcast thestory about Eileen Smith's daughter who was killed by an abortionist in Massachusetts, that abortionist lost his license, never to practice medicine again in any state.
9.) A multi-year legal battle against Planned Parenthood in Charlottesville, Virginia -- begun after the organization violated numerous zoning laws to open an abortion facility down the road from a local school -- culminated in a decisive court hearing on March 14 that could result in the closure of the abortion facility.
10.) While attorney general of New York, Eliot Spitzer launched a furious investigation of the state's pro-life pregnancy care centers --specifically targeting fall 40 Days for Life leader Chris Slattery -- threatening legal action against them, at the request of NARAL. Then as governor, Spitzer introduced a bill to loosen abortion restrictions and order religious medical centers to violate tenets of faith. But he was caught in a major scandal that forced him to resign in disgrace. The news that led to the end of his political career broke shortly before he was scheduled to speak to his supporters at a conference sponsored by Planned Parenthood --during these 40 days.
Is it mere coincidence that these developments all occurred during the 40 days when you -- and tens of thousands of other people -- were praying and fasting for an end to abortion?Perhaps......But I don't think so :-)
I believe that we are witnessing the beginning ofthe end of abortion, and for everything, God gets all the credit and the glory!
But this IS just a beginning.This work must continue until no more women cry and no more children die.
Today's devotional is by Father Frank Pavone, thenational director of Priests for Life...
DAY 40 INTENTION--------------------------------------------------
Let us keep our eyes fixed on the New Jerusalem,where death will be no more.--------------------------------------------------SCRIPTURE--------------------------------------------------
"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Therewill be no more death or mourning or crying orpain, for the old order of things has passedaway." He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!"-- Revelation 21:4-5
Every activity we undertake in defense of thesanctity of life is prophetic, inasmuch as itpoints to the day when "death will be no more."Every victory we have when an act of abortion isprevented is prophetic of that day when deathitself will be definitively conquered.Every triumph of grace in this world, wherebysomeone is brought to see the value of life andgiven the strength to welcome it, is a breakinginto our history of that definitive future inwhich the old order of things will have passed,and all things will be made new.As pro-life warriors, we must keep our eyes fixedon heaven, and our hearts secure in the hope thatthe day is coming when all evil will be conquered.It is the future that shapes the present; it isvictory that informs the battle; it is thedestination that determines the journey.Daily, we are called to reflect on heaven.When we weep, we are to think of the day whenevery tear will be wiped away.When we face the destructive power of death, weare to think of the day when death is swallowed upin victory.When we labor against abortion, we are to think ofthe day when we will have the rest and peace ofthe final triumph of life.Heaven is as real as earth, and its joys will beas real as our present sorrows.
Father, you are the God of hope. Your word fillsus with the vision of the world to come, whenevery tear will be wiped away, and death will be no more.Father, how we need that hope, how we are strengthened by that vision! Keep our hearts focused on heaven, and diligent in the labors of earth.As we struggle against the culture of death, root our souls in the assurance of victory. We pray through Christ our Lord
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all youhave done to make this monumental campaign such anamazing success.
Yours for Life,
National Campaign Director
40 Days for Life
Saturday, March 15, 2008
"Lastly, there are strong moral arguments for single-sex schooling. Perhaps there was a pre-industrial, pre-urban time in the village when mixed schooling was natural and socially appropriate. But we live in a different age. A large coeducational school in the modern city can be positively damaging for some children because parents lose all management of the incipient social life of their children. Parents are the primary educators and nobody else has the right to set the moral agenda in children’s upbringing, neither a peer group nor their teachers."
Friday, March 14, 2008
She has been put on the road to canonization by Pope Benedict XVI.
HT Catholic Culture
Thursday, March 13, 2008
HT Fr. Z's blog
U.S. Reps. Lee Terry, R-Neb., and Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., have co-signed a letter to the chairman and the ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, urging support for CBAE funding and current guidelines.
The president’s proposal coincides with a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing that one in four teen girls in the U.S. has a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
“With 3 million teen girls infected with STIs, safer sex in adolescents does not exist,” said Linda Klepacki, sexual health analyst for Focus on the Family Action. “For the current and future health of teens, we must teach them how to have strong relationships not based on sex.”
HT Citizen Link
I have four blogs nominated in different categories, and would appreciate your vote if one of them is your favorite.
1. Cause of Our Joy is nominated for Best Individual Blog, Best Overall Blog, Best Written Blog, and Most Spiritual Blog.
2. Causa Nostrae Laetitiae is nominated for Best Political Social Commentary, and Best Written Blog.
These are group blogs I contribute to:
3. Mount Carmel Catholic Bloggers is nominated for Best Group Blog
4. Catholic Media Review is nominated for Best Insider News, Most Informative/Insightful, and Best Group Blog.
This is a total of ten nominations, thank you for doing me the honor of reading and appreciating my writing.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
As a leading operator EMC FrontLine Pregnancy Centers in New York City with a dozen locations of women's help centers, Slattery defended against what he called "an unwarranted and intrusive investigative attack and witch hunt of life-saving help centers for women" by former Attorney General Eliot Spitzer in early 2002. After a bruising back and forth six week campaign against 24 different crisis pregnancy center sites that year, AG Spitzer was forced to withdraw his politically motivated subpoenas. According to Slattery, "Governor Spitzer has most recently proposed a new legislative bill in Albany called the "Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act" that declares that women have a "fundamental right" to abortion in New York State, including in the third trimester without restriction, which would allow non-physician abortions, and force religious hospitals including Catholic ones to actually perform abortions." "No health safeguards for women were included in the legislation," Slattery claimed."Although we cannot gloat for the personal failures of this man, and we pray for his sad family, anytime a major abortion leader in this country falls to his or her own vices it offers that person and our country a time of deep reflection on the true meaning and purpose of life," Slattery added.
I couldn't have said it better myself, Chris!
HT Christian Newswire
Here's another point of view from John Jalsevac of Life Site News:
Eliot Spitzer is the man who personally introduced legislation in New York that, if passed, would make New York the most liberal state in the country when it comes to abortion. The so-called Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act (RHPPA), seeks, amongst other measures, to make a positive "right" to abortion in New York law. Critics of the Act have also pointed out that it could easily be interpreted as forcing all hospitals and doctors to perform abortions, with no conscience exemption. In the past number of months, the governor has strongly pushed to have the legislation passed, citing the passing of the Act as a top priority.
In May of 2007 LifeSiteNews.com reported that Governor Spitzer had introduced legislation that would establish legal recognition for homosexual unions in the state. On April 27 he personally introduced legislation that would eliminate gender from the legal definition of marriage and make denying a marriage license to homosexual couples illegal. Mr. Spitzer had run his election campaign on a platform that included legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.
I keep hearing on the news that Spitzer was considered morally righteous. This is hogwash, pure and simple and is a sad commentary on those who call Spitzer a moral authority. He many have considered himself righteous, but how can a man who is ardently pursuing the above evil agenda be considered righteous? I don't know if Eliot Spitzer is a man of faith, but there is no true faith, Jewish, Christian or Muslim which approves gay marriage and the slaughter of the innocent. His corrupt agenda completely matched the corruption in his personal behavior, and I was not surprised at his activities, just surprised at how quickly they destroyed his powerful position. After all, Bill Clinton is poised to take the White House again, after the most scandal ridden administration in history. That Eliot Spitzer was considered a moral force is a sad commentary on the moral condition of the media. Lt Gov David Paterson is no bargain either, there was chatter on gay activist websites saying he may better serve the radical gay agenda since Spitzer was considered damaged goods and no longer had the confidence of the people. I'm still scratching my head at why Spitzer ever had a 70% approval rating. Just how morally depraved are the residents of New York State?
After the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District in Los Angeles ruled on February 28 that parents had to be credentialed teachers to educate their own children the statement from O'Connell is encouraging news for the homeschool community."O'Connell has it right," said Michael Farris, Chairman of HSLDA. "But the court decision must still be overturned before homeschool freedom can be restored in California."
HT Home School Legal Defense Association
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
HT Life Site News
Thank heavens, this destroys his presidential ambitions.
Oh, and when he resigns, which appears imminent, he may not be able to vote for Hillary at the Democratic Convention; he is a super delegate.
UPDATE: CBS NEWS Spitzer to resign tomorrow.
Read story here.
I have worked in many poor school districts and they NEED solidly academic, orthodox Catholic schools. The public schools are infested with gangs, drugs and moral degenerates, yes, I'm talking about the teachers. Catholic schools should be a beacon of hope to the poor, and if the Democrats really cared about the poor in New York State, they'd allow the subsidy of these schools which make a difference in the lives of poor children. Instead they bow to the teacher's unions who are afraid of the least bit of competition.
There's even a tuition tax credit bill in New York State called the Educational Tax Incentive Act (S3627/A6432) which would funnel funds to both private AND public school when a family decides to enroll their child in private school. According to Rick Hinshaw the editor of the Long Island Catholic:
"The bill allows parents to deduct tuition at nonpublic schools from their state taxable income. Those with incomes too low to pay taxes and who qualify for the state earned income credit could receive a tax credit of as much as $500. That would result in a rebate being paid to them.The amount of the tax deduction will vary according to income level and will increase over the next four years. For example, a family who earns less than $115,000 a year would receive a $2,500 deduction for 2007, which would increase to $5,000 in 2008, $7,500 in 2009, and $10,000 in 2010.Those with higher incomes would receive smaller deductions. For 2010, those earning $115,000 to $120,000 would receive an $8,750 deduction. The deduction would continue to drop $1,250 for every additional $5,000 of income up to those earning between $145,000 and $150,000, who would receive a $1,250 deduction."
But the Democratic controlled State Assembly most likely won't allow the bill to see the light of day, it's so beholden to the AFT(American Federation of Teachers).
I have spoken to a politically active teacher in New York City Schools, he campaigned tirelessly against liberal Bella Abzug because she once failed to support a teachers' strike. NEVER cross the teacher's union here in NYS! That's why a blue state like New York had Republican Alfonse D'Amato as US Senator. Until he criticized Hillary, that is. . .
And as for the Catholic schools, well no school in this expensive area can run without the cost effectiveness of teaching sisters. And there are very few sisters left. They left the convents in droves after the reforms of Vatican II, and the few that remained want apartments and important jobs. They don't want to be humble teachers for the children of the poor, they want to be principals and school administrators. Those that remained in the schools here on Long Island are involved in Reiki, the enneagram and labyrinths, all linked to the occult. What ever happened to the rosary, Eucharistic devotion and the saints? What are Catholic parents to do in this state?
THAT is why my girls and I will be leaving Long Island for these wonderful Catholic schools in Connecticut(see photo). My husband will have to commute work both in CT and LI, to help us live there, but for the proper education of our girls, any sacrifice is worth it.
We are losing the children of the poor to the corruption of the streets. The sisters of the Catholic Church used to be their champions. What a shame!
HT Fox News
Monday, March 10, 2008
Actually the planned meeting between Cardinal Egan and Gov Spitzer, scheduled for today was probably cancelled. It seems the Governor had more urgent matters to attend, however his discomfiture has had the salutory effect of shining the light of day onto the horrible RHAPP legislation. People all over the nation will learn the truth about Spitzer's abortion obsession, just in time for the Catholic Church to stand out for her valiant stand against it.
This is one of those times when I'm so proud to be a Catholic.
Looks like Spitzer's confession was a good first step towards his conversion.
Let's continue to pray that the horrible Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act RHAPP is defeated as a result. God works in mysterious ways!
View the video of Elliot Spitzer's confession here.
Someone suggested recently that we (especially New Yorkers) should pray, beginning today ( or whenever you read this) the very powerful novena to the Infant Jesus of Prague (usually a 9 HOUR emergency novena, but we're praying it over 9 DAYS instead) for the conversion of NYS Governor Spitzer and the defeat of his most dangerous abortion bill.
What Spitzer didn't realize is that the escort service was under investigation, so now that he's caught, he decided to apologize for "Not living up to my own moral standards" Fox News says he will may be indicted by the Southern District Court of NY. The liberal media may try to give him a pass on this, but he has touted himself as a corruption crusader here:
Mr. Spitzer gained national attention when he served as attorney general with his relentless pursuit of Wall Street wrongdoing. As attorney general, he also had prosecuted at least two prostitution rings as head of the state’s organized crime task force.
In one such case in 2004, Mr. Spitzer spoke with revulsion and anger after announcing the arrest of 16 people for operating a high-end prostitution ring out of Staten Island.
The NYS Assembly minority leader has called for Spitzer's resignation here.
James Tedisco, Republican leader of the State Assembly, said Spitzer “has disgraced his office and the entire state of New York. He should resign his office immediately.”
If we raise enough of an outcry, we may force him out of office and defeat RHAPP Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act.
HT NY Times
CITES HAGEE'S ROLE
It was reported over the weekend that Sen. John McCain denounced anti-Catholicism and explicitly mentioned Rev. John Hagee's role. McCain said that "I repudiate any comments that are made, including Pastor Hagee's, if they are anti-Catholic or offensive to Catholics."
Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented as follows:
"Sen. McCain has done the right thing and we salute him for doing so. As far as the Catholic League is concerned, this case is closed."
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Schedule in Albany
10:30am General Assembly, Lewis A. Swyer Theatre, The Egg
11:30-12:30PM Mass in the Convention Center, Edwin Cardinal Egan, main celebrant
Lunch, immediately following
1:00PM Lobbying in the Capitol and Legislative Office Buildings
Return late Afternoon
Enjoy my montage Beautiful Ireland in honor of St. Patrick.
"Every California child deserves a quality education and parents should have the right to decide what's best for their children," the governor said in a prepared statement. "Parents should not be penalized for acting in the best interests of their children's education."
Way to go, Governator!
James Dobson, founder of the Focus on the Family powerhouse Christian publisher, called it "an imperious assault on the rights of parents."
"How dare these judges have the audacity to label tens of thousands of parents criminals – the equivalent of drug dealers or pickpockets – because they want to raise and educate their children according to their deeply held values?" he said.
"The case before them involved one couple – the ruling should have been confined to that one couple, not used to punish an entire class of people, the vast majority of them religious conservatives," he said.
The California Teachers' Union applauds the ruling. What a surprise. They want 166,000 more kids under their control, bringing their state subsidies with them.
HT World Net Daily, Drudge Report
Saturday, March 08, 2008
He even admits sending his children to Catholic schools. Who knew?
HT Spirit Daily
MercatorNet: And what do you think African families can teach Western families?
Asitaki: First of all, unselfish love, then patience and finally, openness to life. I believe that it is important to remind European families that the family should not be a place to search for one’s own satisfaction. The greatest happiness is found when everyone works for the happiness of everyone else. Difficulties are natural and normal in life. It makes no sense to question the great commitments of life because difficulties crop up. One must learn how to be patient and wait for the hard times to pass. It is equally important to fight against egotism and the individualism by highlighting the happiness of remaining open to life, of accepting the children which are the true fruit of the authentic love of husband and wife.
Read the entire article from MercatorNet
Friday, March 07, 2008
This California pastor is advocating a full scale desertion of the public schools in California because of this:
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently signed into law SB 777, making it unlawful to criticize homosexual, bi-sexual, and transsexual teachers. Dr. Ron Gleason, director of the group California Exodus, says the bill goes even further. "Schools are not allowed to say 'mommy' and 'daddy' anymore," Gleason states. "Children will be taught that sexual orientation and gender are merely a matter of personal choice -- and they will be taught to find what is 'right' for them."
First Punch: force political correctness in public schools in California.
That propaganda and indoctrination were two of the cornerstones of Nazi education is no secret. Hitler's goal was National Socialism, a fascist state that would subdue the world. Learning his lessons from Soviet revolutionaries, he knew that only cloaked promises and misleading visions could win the support of the unsuspecting masses -- and build a compliant army of young radicals. That America's educational and political leaders would stoop to the same low standard has remained hidden from the general public. That their aim is global socialism with cradle-to-grave surveillance is angrily denied by the trained and trusted guardians of our children's minds.
If the sleeping public doesn't wake up and resist soon, it will surely be too late to stop the rising tide of deception that threatens to engulf our children. If so, God's people will once again have demonstrated the blinding consequences of spurning truth and loving lies.
What is wrong California's Catholic governor and his Catholic wife?
Haleigh was slated for euthansia, but her stepfather, her attacker fought to keep her alive, perhaps to avoid being charged for her murder. Now she may testify against him in court.
The dark lesson in this is: if you're going to kill a loved one, make sure they're dead before you call the ambulance. Not everyone is as lucky as Michael Sciavo.
HT LifeSite News
Thursday, March 06, 2008
DOS is sponsored by an activist homosexual group, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). DOS leads the students to believe that every person who identifies as a homosexual, bisexual or cross-dresser is a victim of ongoing, unrelenting harassment and hate. Students are taught that homosexuality is a worthy lifestyle, homosexuality has few or no risks, and individuals are born homosexual and cannot change. Those who oppose such teaching are characterized as ignorant and hateful bigots.
On October 23rd, over 1400 students nationwide participated in a Day of Pro-life Silent Solidarity... Many of them were persecuted for disrupting the school day. As a former secondary school teacher, I think a few less students talking would be a welcome change, and suspect political correctness is respsonsible for deciding which protests are sanctioned by public schools.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
"Something changed though when their children and grandchildren(of early 20th century Italian, Irish, Polish immigrants) entered into the American mainstream. Catholics were assimilated - or absorbed - into American culture resulting in an erosion of Catholic identity. The parish play a lesser role in their lives. The strong individualism of our culture undermines the sense of a "collective identity". And thus Americans become individual "consumers" of religion, picking their religious identity "a la carte" as it were. Churches are seen as merely voluntary organizations and affiliation or non affiliation a matter of personal taste or choice. The attraction of the Evangelical denominations with their emphasis on the therapeutic side of faith seems to bear this out."
Monisgnor Michael Mozia, a Moral Theologian on sabbatical from the seminary where he is a professor his native Nigeria, has written 8 books on this and similar subjects, which I will be reviewing in the next few months. He has been coming to the USA for summers since 1996 and has some keen insights into the spiritual decline of Catholicism in the USA. He says that, "The three biggest enemies of the faith are: materialism, secularism and consumerism".
We see ourselves a consumers who pick and choose which church makes us comfortable. Now, I certainly advocate choosing a parish wisely, however, others take this too far and choose the denomination which allows them to live with the least amount of sacrifice. And for too many, this is NOT the Catholic Church.
We also compartmentilize our lives, leaving religion for Sunday morning, if there's no soccer game, that is. We don't want Christ having more of our lives than necessary, we don't want to stand out as different, and risk rejection. And we don't let anything get in the way of our passionate pursuit of the almighty dollar.
May the Lord have mercy on Americans, to whom so much has been given, and who give so little in return!
Well, the Swedes have just completed a landmark longitudinal study on the effect of active fathers on the well being of children.
Note to Sweden: duh!
Let's hope this filters down to the Swedes in charge of this country!
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
I hope you take some time every day to pray for our priests. We will never know what a difficult time they have, and we owe them a great deal. We take time every night in our family rosary to pray for the Holy Father and all priests, and pray a special prayer for priests on Fridays when we have a rosary Holy Hour with the Apostolate for Family Consecration. Cardinal Arinze and the wonderful priests of the Apostolate give talks from the Catechism and help us to appreciate the gift of the priesthood. On Thursdays as my parish closes Euchartistic Adoration, we say a special prayer for priests and the three seminarians from our parish. Aren't we blessed?
Let's pray especially for those seminarians who are approaching ordination this spring.
Monday, March 03, 2008
"I don't think it [a same-sex union] should be called marriage, but I think that it is a legal right that they should have that is recognized by the state," said Obama. "If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans." ((Hear audio from WTAP-TV)) St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans condemns homosexual acts as unnatural and sinful.
Here he promises to dedicate his presidency to advancing the gay agenda.
I'm getting SO tired of this campaign, and we have so many months left!
HT Cyber News Service
Bill Donohue is trying to get a response from McCain who as yet hasn't spoken publicly about Pastor Hagee's endorsement. Bill Donohue says" Yesterday, CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson about my criticism of McCain. He asked, "Should John McCain repudiate and reject the comments, the support from John Hagee, just as Barack Obama has done that with the Rev. Louis Farrakhan?" Hutchinson responded by saying, "Well, I think there are two very different situations. John Hagee, Pastor Hagee, has done some very good things, particularly with regard to Israel and the support for Israel and denouncing terrorism in that area. And he has a very large congregation. His endorsement, I think, is for people who believe and work for him. And he does some good things." She then said McCain wouldn't support anti-Catholicism.
"Farrakhan has done some very good things, too. He has called upon young black men to steer clear of drugs and to support their families. Yet no one is citing his good work as a justification for his bigoted comments. The same rule should apply to Hagee. We hope McCain gives us something concrete the next time he speaks. "
Why should Farrakhan be called on the carpet for his bigoted remarks while Pastor Hagee gets a pass?
Send John McCain an email protesting this travesty.
I just came across this poem, written at the time of the Holocaust. I thought it so appropriate for the times we are living in, given the complete apathy of many Catholics and conservative minded people to the dangers rapidly approaching the family, especially that of the homeschool family:
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;I wasn't a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
I think the parallels are clear.
"My battle is not with Oprah – she has her guru (Tolle), and I have mine (Jesus). The real war is between those who espouse to be bearers of the truth, like Tolle and Jesus. And the question is: With contradicting truths, will we believe a mere man or one who claimed to be so much more? As C.S. Lewis, the great Oxford scholar and writer of the "Narnia" series who was once an avid atheist, wrote,
A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a good moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great moral teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."
HT World Net Daily
Chaldean Catholics, who recognize the authority of the Roman Catholic pontiff, are the largest group among Iraq's small Christian community.Pope Benedict XVI asked the church "to unite in fervent prayer so that reason and humanity prevail among the authors of the kidnapping, and that Msgr. Rahho is returned quickly to caring for his flock," according to wire reports.
Who are they: the educational establishment, made up of the teachers' unions, Planned Parenthood, gay activists and the like.
Even if you don't homeschool, you must fight for the freedom of parents to resist this forced indoctrination by the Culture of Death.
Here's what the father of the family, Philip Long has to say,
"We just don't want them teaching our children," he told WND. "They teach things that are totally contrary to what we believe. They put questions in our children's minds we don't feel they're ready for.
"When they are much more mature, they can deal with these issues, alternative lifestyles, and such, or whether they came from primordial slop. At the present time it's my job to teach them the correct way of thinking," he said.
"We're going to appeal. We have to. I don't want to put my children in a public school system that teaches ideologies I don't believe in," he said.
Spoken like a true protector and primary educator of his children.
Well done, Mr. Long!
Read the entire article here.
HT World Net Daily