Thursday, January 31, 2008

Dr Dobson was right: Steven Diller: Mission Accomplished

Dr. Dobson: 'A Lot of Things Happen in a Campaign'
by Jennifer Mesko, managing editor
He resisted pressure to back Giuliani, who was to drop out today.

Months ago, the mainstream media announced with confidence the presidential race would come down to Sen. Hillary Clinton and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Dr. James Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family Action, was pressured to support the pro-abortion Giuliani in order to defeat Clinton.

Not so fast, said Dr. Dobson.

"We have seen elections, that they're very dynamic, they're volatile, they change," he told conservative talk-show host Sean Hannity in October. "We're assuming that Hillary is going to win. A lot of things happen in a campaign. All kinds of changes can occur. Candidates can fall on their faces."

Dr. Dobson was right: By the end of the day today, both Giuliani and former Sen. John Edwards were out of the running.

Catholics against Rudy can celebrate a victory now.
Well done, Steve Dillard and crew!
Now, can we change to "STOP HILLARY"?

Abortion Changes You

Abortion changes you is a website which offers healing to post abortive families.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

FCC fines ABC $1.43 million for indecency

Great news! The Federal Communications Commission has fined ABC television stations $1.43 million for broadcasting indecent programming on "NYPD Blue." It was the second-largest indecency fine against a television broadcaster ever. The agency proposed a $27,500 fine against 52 ABC-owned and affiliate stations in the Central and Mountain time zones, which broadcast the episode before 10 p.m.-the cutoff for the FCC's authority to police the airwaves. The episode, shown Feb. 25, 2003, included a scene featuring a woman and a young boy. In the scene, the woman disrobes in a bathroom. Thanks to the more than 40,000 AFA supporters who filed complaints with the FCC. Would you please take a moment to send a "Thank You!" to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and the other commissioners?
Take Action!
Click here to send your letter now!

Planned Parenthood Wants Pro-life ads off the air

Planned Parenthood’s Golden Gate (PPGG) chapter is trying to force pro-life radio spots off the air.
Second Look Project, which operates under the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is running
radio ads with a strong pro-life message, including the sound of a preborn baby’s heartbeat at six months.
PPGG, the same chapter responsible for the offensive
“Mile High Club” television ads, began an e-mail campaign to have the radio spots in San Francisco taken off the air, claiming they spread “lies” and “gross inaccuracies.”
Carrie Gordon Earll, senior analyst for bioethics at Focus on the Family Action, said this is an aggressive assault by Planned Parenthood to silence the pro-life message.
“The Second Look Project's advertising campaign has obviously hit a nerve or it wouldn't be the target of such an attack,” she said. “When scientifically documented fetal development is considered a 'lie,' then facts no longer have a place in the abortion debate. We cannot allow that to happen."

HT Citizen Link

"Bella" producer discusses film's Canadian and Puerto Rican release

We're starting Canada the first week of March. The distributor is Maximum Films. We'll definitely be in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. We're still developing the rest of the Canadian distribution plan.
From there we are going international - Australia, South Africa, Israel, on Virgin America Airlines. All the Latin American flights will be showing Bella.We sold Benelux (film distributor) in Europe - in Spain and Italy.
We're starting Australia Feb. 21st. It's going to be the litmus test for the English speaking rest of the world. And then April 25 is a big day because that's Mexico and once we open Mexico then we're going to the rest of Latin America.
HT LifeSite News
So, my readers outside the USA, you FINALLY have an opportunity to see the film I've been talking about all year. Don't miss it!

The Rainbow over the March for Life

Americans of every age and walk of life were there. And you see plenty of young people – it even seemed like a youth rally. Priests and religious were also out in full force. It was as if they all came out of a sense of sacred duty.

It is an annual event that the pro-abortion movement dare not imitate; a massive groundswell that the liberal media dare not report.

The American Society for Tradition Family and Property said this on their website, and took this compelling photo of the rainbow which appeared after the March for Life in Washington last week. Read their full story of the March here.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Sign of Hope at the March for Life - 40 Days for Life

The Religion of Abortion

While 225,000 marched for life on Washington, getting ignored by the media, coverage was given to the travesty of three Protestant ministers and a rabbi 'blessing' a brand new abortion mill in upstate New York. Read the entire article here.
I remember marching with my diocese to a Planned Barrenhood killing center with our Bishop years ago, and feeling sick at heart to be greeted, from the other side of the forbidding black iron cemetery-like gates, by a female minister, and a Franciscan Friar(he was an Episcopalian from the Little Portion Friary). The abortionists know the power of the clergy, and how to harness it for their evil purposes. Fr Frank Pavone once said that while he was praying outside an abortion mill, someone ran out and yelled at him, "Stop interfering with our SACRAMENT!". The sacrifice of children was part of many pagan and satanic rituals, and we must be aware that abortion is a continuation of this evil ancient tradition. That is why Our Lady of Guadalupe, who overcame the Aztec religion's human sacrifice in Mexico is the perfect patroness of the unborn. This photo of the image of Our Lady was taken the day abortion was legalized in Mexico City and a baby-like light mysteriously appeared which cannot be explained.
UPDATE: Fr Tom Euteneuer(being greeted by a marcher as he awaits an interview with EWTN) has something powerful to say in this essay about the travesty in Schenectady, the March for Life and the death of Heath Ledger.
What I have always said about abortion as a demonic religion was on graphic display in NY as we were marching for life in DC. Two "ministers" came to do the blessing from a "reformed" church — their view of "reform" is obviously different than ours. The (male) reverend used the occasion to proudly announce a new doctrine to the three dozen devotees of sacred abortion: the right to privacy is endowed by God, he said. Now, we cannot even find the "right to privacy" in the US Constitution and yet this fellow makes a new religious right out of whole cloth. Don't ask the demonic religion for a good grounding in history or logic. The other abortion clergyman was a rabbi who blew the shofar as a way to show support for reproductive rights. Our friend Rabbi Yehuda Levin who blows the shofar most years at the March for Life will have a field day with that one.
The most absurd aspect of the blessing ceremony, however, was when the Rev. Larry Phillips of Schenectady's Emmanuel-Friedens Church led the congregation outside to lay hands on the brick and mortar and to declare that the killing center was "sacred ground." Ugh. The hierarchy (Planned Parenthood), the acolytes (clinic workers), the congregation (supporters) and the ministers were all at the abortion temple that day worshipping the god of abortion. And the demons were so pleased
HT Catholic Exchange

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Tiller the baby Killer is being brought to justice!

According to Life News, Infamous George Tiller the Baby Killer has to hand over his falsified abortion records. In Kansas, late term abortions are only allowed if carrying the child to term would result in serious, permanent impairment of a bodily function, according to Phil Kline, former Kansas Attorney General. Two doctors have to sign off on the abortion, for it to be legal.
In Tiller's world famous clinic, these rare conditions happen daily. One woman needed a late term abortion to attend a rock concert. Two doctors signed that outrageous lie!
Now, all these lies are about to meet the light of day. Pro-aborts had fought supeonas with concerns for the women's privacy, yet the same clinics who cite privacy concerns, regularly sell their clients personal information to abortion fundraisers.
Keep this in prayer, as the powers of darkness will surely battle the truth until the very last second!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

March for Life 2008

You Tube video of this year's March for Life.

American Papist has great coverage of the March for Life

Bloggers are pitching in to make the best of the non-existent media coverage of the March for Life. American Papist does an outstanding job here.

March for Life is spreading across the nation, and across the border

What if attending the March for Life isn't possible for you? If you live in San Francisco, you may attend the Walk for Life which drew a crowd of 25,000 in it's third year(see photo). Or the March for Life in Ottowa, Canada. Or Topeka, Kansas.
Or, you can start a March in your own town, like Myrna Shaneyfeld of Oregon did. Here's her story.

This is the 25th year the March has been held through the City of Grants Pass, for 5 years before the pro-life march was held at the local hospital. The crowds got to large for the area and the hospital had stopped doing first trimester abortions calling them D&C’s.

This is the coverage from the local newspaper the Grants Pass Daily Courier
Go to and scroll down to the bottom and click on Video coverage.

Also this is what one of the attendees had put together on his blog site from the March yesterday.
And then I am including some versions we have had on YouTube of our Marches and Marches we covered through our state one year.

Myrna Shaneyfelt
March co-ordinator
Jo. Co. Right to Life
Grants Pass, Or

March for Life Total : 225,000!

I remember times in the 1970's vwhen we were thrilled to have 80,000 marchers. And the great majority were youth under 30.
Well done!
Read the entire Life Site article on the March for Life.

Did Brokeback break Heath Ledger?

Young actors who play emotionally and morally difficult roles are not immune to painful reactions to these roles. Linda Blair, who played Regan, the possessed girl in "The Exorcist" went on to a series of disturbing roles, including the victim of a gang rape, and disappeared from the spotlight.
Is is possible that the emotional and moral dilmemma evoked by his role in "Brokeback Mountain" unearthed emotions which the young actor couldn't process? Watch this disturbing interview which Heath Ledger did after filming "Brokeback Mountain".
This is the elephant in the room which Hollywood doesn't want to discuss, since, as a whole, they have overcome their problems with homosexual behavior. They assume that the young Ledger had done the same.
Perhaps they were wrong.
HT Drudge Report

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Greatest Story Never Told

Since the Marches for Life I attended in the 1970's, I have been hurt by the obvious shunning of the March for Life by the American media, except EWTN of course. My friends tell me that even FOX News didn't cover the March this year. I remember seeing their cameras in years past, and thanking them.
There were Latin American, Polish and even Japanese camera crews. I did an interview on Presidential candidates which will be dubbed in Japanese! Now,i f this is news to Japan, WHY isn't it news here where it took place?!

March for Life 2008 Coverage is coming soon

Since you probably haven't seen any coverage of this huge grassroots event, unless you watch EWTN or listened to Laura Ingraham last night, I will be bringing lots of reports of the March in the next few days.

The March for Life has turned into a week long event, filling Washington DC with youth events, political discussions, and prayer, everywhere there were people praying for the end to the greatest injustice of our history; the murder of nearly 50 million innocent children in the womb since 1973. I went to as many events as I could in a little over 24 hours, and will document them here, so stay tuned. One of the points driven home repeatedly in the Blogs for Life Conference and elsewhere, was the importance of the alternate media; the blogs to get the word out to you, the people.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Prayer Vigil at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception tonight

After dinner with some pro-life friends, including Brother Augustine (more about him later) Gabbi and I found our way to the Basilica to pray the rosary with the faithful in the crypt church. I love being a Catholic at times like this the beauty of our prayers, the heartfelt pleas to Our Mother to save our nation from it's own sinfulness are incomparable.
So many wonderful young, holy religious are here; Franciscans, Benedictines, Dominicans, Sisters of Life and Friars of the Renewal. Reverent young faces enrapt in prayer are all around me, and the haunting melody of the choir of Ukrainian Catholics singing Compline was ringing in my ears as I left the Basilica at midnight. Catholics are at our best at times of crisis, when our country needs us we come to pray here in our home parish, with all our family.
Tomorrow we will bless the nations capitol, covering it with prayerful witness. Let our nation heed the cry of the innocents and stop the slaughter.
Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy on us!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

I will be in Washington DC on January 22, 2008

The National Memorial for the Preborn and Their Mothersand Fathers is now being held in the Senate Hart OfficeBuilding, room 902.
The Hart Bldg. is on 2nd Street NEin Washington, across the street from St. Joseph's.
The general public is asked to be seated by 8:15 AM inroom 902 Senate Hart Office Building. The service willbegin at 8:45 AM.
Metro to the Hart Building: Take the Red Line to UnionStation.
Walk out of Union Station and go left. Walk onthe sidewalk in front of the T. Marshall FederalJudiciary Building and take 2nd street up two blocks.
The Hart Senate Office Building is on the right side.
After this, Gabbi and I will attend Blogs for Life Conference at Family Research Council where we hope to meet Barbara Curtis, blogger extraordinaire over at Mommy Life and recent revert to the Faith.
then the March for Life up Constitution Avenue, and while others are lobbying their representatives, we'll look for some of our friends at the Hyatt Capitol Hill. We dont' bother visiting Hillary Clinton or Chuck Schumer's offices, as we know the supporters of aboriton hide away until we're gone, and I doubt if my Congressman Tim Bishop will be on hand to greet pro-lifers as his predecessors were. Such are the joys of being a New Yorker!
I expect to see a lot of young people, as reported in this article on the youthfulness of the pro-life movement. Note to Hill and Barak: we're here, we're young, and we're not going anywhere!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything

My review of this film for the family is up at Catholic Exchange.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Faith and Family Flicks

Thank God for those who use the media creatively to create family friendly alternatives .
Faith and Family Flicks is doing just that, giving families access to family friendly DVDs, for a rental fee of only $9.99 a month.
"It offers a lot of the documentary videos and saints videos so that we can rent them and see if we want to buy them," said Leslie. "Our first two films were a documentary on Mother Teresa and a Tom & Jerry cartoon." says a satisfied customer, who is happy her money won't be supporting a company that deals in immoral films.
HT Catholic Exchange

Thursday, January 17, 2008

US Abortion rate the lowest in 30 years

I know it's discouraging for pro-lifers that we are looking at the 35th anniversary of legalized abortion throughtout all nine months of pregnancy. However, many states have passed restrictions such are waiting periods, parental consent laws, informed consent laws and regulations on abortion mills that have begun to change the hearts and minds of Americans on the life issues, and it's beginning to show in the statistics of death.
Fewer deaths mean more babies and perhaps this is linked to the population boomlet I just posted about.
The abortion rate in the U.S. fell to a 30-year low in 2005, according to the Guttmacher Institute, an affiliate of Planned Parenthood. That year, 1.2 million preborn babies were killed, compared to a high of 1.6 million in 1990.
During the 1980s, one in three pregnant women chose abortion; today, it's one in five.
The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) said pro-life educational outreaches and legislative initiatives are to thank.

Read the full article here. HT Citizen Link

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Floridian Marriage Amendment needs your signature urgently

Floridians, stop shaking hands with Rudy, and sign the petition, Floridians to put a marriage protection amendment on the ballot next Novemeber. It needs 22,000 more signatures.

It's an entire weekend of pro-life activities in Washington

March for Life 2008 Conference and Activities Schedule
*There are numerous interesting and informative activities taking place before, during and after the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. has compiled information about as many of those events as possible, to enable those interested in attending the March to choose which events to attend.*
SATURDAY, JAN. 19th 4:00Rock for Life's Training & Activism Weekend 2008 begins.See for more details.
SUNDAY, JAN. 207:30am-9:45pmStudents for Life of America ConferenceTo be held at the Pryzbyla Center, Catholic University of America. See for more details.10:30am - 8:00pmRock for Life Training & Activism Weekend
See for more details.
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.March for Life Convention Session I*The Hyatt Regency, D.C.
See for more details.
MONDAY, JAN. 218 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Cardinal O'Connor Conference
See for more details. Speakers include Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of Knights of Columbus, Helen Alvare esq., of Catholic University of America, and others.
The Conference officially begins on Sunday Jan 20, with Mass at 7:00pm and a Luau for Life to follow.9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Rock for Life Training & Activism Weekend
See for more details.7 p.m.
Huge National Prayer Vigil for Life at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Starts with Mass attended by thousands of pro-lifers and several hundred clergy and religious.Following the Mass there will be prayers throughout the night until morning for those able to participate. - 4 p.m.March for Life Convention Sessions II + III*The Hyatt Regency, D.C.See for more details.
TUESDAY, JAN. 228:45 - 11a.m.Rally for Life and Youth Mass 2008
The Archdiocese of Washington is hosting a Rally for Life and Youth Mass on Tuesday, January 22, 8:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Verizon Center (former MCI Center), 601 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001.See <> for more details.8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Rock for Life Training & Activism WeekendSee for more details.
9:00 amLutherans for LifeWorship service at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Virginia.See for more details.
12 p.m.March for Life on Capitol Hill
4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.Silent No MoreSharing of testimonies on the steps of the Supreme Court.See for more details.
5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.International Culture of Life - Champions for Family Award Reception honouring Congressman Todd TiahrtPhoenix Park Hotel (above the Dubliner), 520 North Capitol Street, N.W.Other Special Guests: White House Commissioner Vellie Dietrich-Hall, President's Council for Asian Americans, His Excellency, Willy Gaa, Embassy of the Philippines, Congressman Trent Franks, Co-Chair Human Rights Caucus, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, Member Foreign Affairs Committee, Mrs. Maureen Flynn, International Prayer & Fasting Coalition, Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life, Al Santoli, Asian American Initiative, Bobby Schindler, Terri Schindler Schaivo Foundation, Mr. Michael Schwartz, Chief-of-Staff for Sen. Tom Coburn, M.D., Dr. Jack Willke, Life Issues Institute, Wendy Wright, Concerned Women for America
5:00pmLutherans for LifeCasual dinner and fellowship at Immanuel Lutheran Church.See for more details.6:00 pm
Rose DinnerHyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill400 New Jersey Aveue, NW,Washington D.C.6:00 p.m. Foyer, Social Hour - Pick up Tickets (order forms for tickets available on website at p.m. Opening prayer - Dinner Served* The March for Life convention costs $50 for all three sessions, or $25 for each session. Students are admitted for free if accompanied by an adult sponsor.------------------------------------------------------------------------PFLI PharmAid <>PO Box 1281Powell, OH 43065-1281 USA800-227-8359www.pfli.orgPFLI supports pharmacist rights of conscience NOT to be forced to dispense or counsel for chemicals which violate their sincerely held religious, moral or ethical beliefs. For more info see:

Is your state pro-life?

Americans United for Life has ranked the 50 states by how well life is defended here.
today released its fifth annual ranking of the most and least pro-life states based on laws in the states. For the third year in a row, Michigan topped the list, followed by Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Kansas. 2008 State Rankings
"These states have made great strides in protecting women and their children from the negative consequences of abortion," said Denise M. Burke, AUL's Vice President & Legal Director.While AUL's criteria covers each state's treatment of all life issues, the final ranking depends largely on each state's enactment of prudent and well-supported laws that fence in the abortion license granted by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 1973 decision, /Roe v. Wade/.
Among the laws that AUL looks for are informed consent, parental involvement for minors, abortion clinic regulations, and funding limitations on the use of public monies for abortion."Until all the pieces are in place to make the overruling of /Roe/ a realistic possibility and until the truth has replaced misinformation about abortion, " said Clarke D. Forsythe, AUL's President, "laws that put fences around the abortion license and highlight the negative impact of abortion on women are imperative. And those laws are being passed in the 50 states.
"The ranking also seeks to answer the question: Thirty-five years after /Roe/, are we making progress to restore a culture of life in America?"We are making progress, state by state and law by law. In states that have passed these types of laws, the abortion rates have declined by up to 20% over the past 10 years, " responds Burke. "Further, these laws highlight the significant dangers--physical, psychological, and relational--posed by abortion."
"Once the scope of the negative impact of abortion on women is fully understood, support for most or all abortions will erode and a renewed culture of life will be within our grasp," continued Burke.
Added Forsythe, "Women need to be much better informed about the medical risks of abortion, and these common-sense laws seek to do that. "
The least protective states according to AUL were Oregon, California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Vermont.
I live inNew York state #34. I'm surprised it's ranked so high, beating our neighbors in NJ and CT. Our state senators must be doing a better job than our infamous Senators (Clinton and Schumer) .

US Baby Boom

I knew all those baby movies; "Bella", "Waitress", "Juno" had to be for a reason. It seems that the birth rate in the USA is the highest it's been in years.
In 2006, the U.S. welcomed 4.3 million babies — the most in 45 years. Births were more common in almost every age, racial and ethnic group. Global data show the U.S. has a higher fertility rate — 2.1 — than every country in continental Europe, as well as Australia, Canada and Japan.
“This is very positive,” said Carrie Gordon Earll, senior analyst for bioethics at Focus on the Family Action. “To me, it says Americans are pro-child. And the fact that they continue to have children speaks to the resilience of the pro-life message.”
A larger population is the primary reason for the “baby boomlet,” but there also are more opportunities for mothers to work from home. It also is more common for American husbands to help with chores and child care than in other countries

HT Citizen link

40 Days for Life

40 Days for Life

Fr Frank Pavone gives his endorsement for Forty Days for Life which will take place this Lent at 59 cities around the nation. We can end abortion in our communities before it ends legally.

Looking for a good Catholic college?

The entire student body of Christendom College will be Marching for Life next Tuesday January 22, as Roe v Wade has a tragic 35th anniversary. What a wonderful example they are!

I have participated in the March for Life for approximately half of it's 34 years. One thing that has struck me in recent years is the number of enthusiastic, articulate pro-lifers under 30. For years, in the 1970's the sweet middle aged ladies on the bus to DC said, "how nice it is to see a young person on the bus!"

I stopped going during my self-centered phase in the 1980's and by the time I brought my daughters in the mid nineties, a tremendous change had taken place. I, in my thirties, was one of the older marchers. Thousands of college and high school kids were marching, and spending the entire night before the March in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception before the Blessed Sacrament, in prayer.

The pro-life movement isn't going away, it's growning. Most young people are more pro-life than their parents, because, as Fr. Pavone reminds us, it could have been them. They realize that Roe v Wade is personal, that they are survivors.
Here is there slogan on a t-shirt.

Hillary: "I'M a bigger abortion supporter, Obama!"

OK, you Catholics who see no problem voting Democrat this election. Your last excuse has just been taken away.
Hillary and Obama are in a schoolyard brawl over who is more enthusiastic about killing 1. 5 million Americans, (disproportionately minority)ever year.
Not that this is a surprise, but what happened to Bubba's line, "I want to make abortion safe. legal and rare"?
Sorry Hillary, according to pro-life nurse and activist Jill Stanek, in her column, Obama is the biggest pro-abort who ever ran for the Presidency. He'll get the Planned Parenthood award money.

cause of our joy: The ACOG has heard us: some progress made on pre-natal screening

cause of our joy: The ACOG has heard us: some progress made on pre-natal screening

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Why Catholics are attracted to Huckabee

This is my reaction to an outstanding article from Deacon Keith Fournier, which explains my reasons for supporting Huckabee. Read the entire article here.
Deacon Fournier explains how a Catholic left the Democratic Party.
"I was brought into the Republican Party by the positions and the appeal of Ronald Reagan. Most importantly, it was because Reagan heard the cry of the ones whom Mother Teresa called the “poorest of the poor”, children in the womb.
When my own Party decided to stop their ears to the cry of these children, as a concession to the new “liberals” who tout license as liberty, I began to question whether I could remain. Then, when they censored the last champion of both the poor and the working men and women in the Democratic Party, Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey, by not allowing him to even speak at their convention, I knew what I had to do."
My dear Irish Grandma, Democrat to the core, recognized this as well, as the Democratic Party became the Party of Death. She liked Reagan, whom she called, "Reegan" and almost voted for him in 1984, but a fall broke her hip, and she was in the hospital for the election, "I guess I wasn't supposed to vote for Reagan", she mused.
Deacon Fournier continues,
"Whether he takes the Republican nomination or not, Mike Huckabee may be the emerging leader of a new issue focused alliance of voters. These folks are not capable of being pigeon holed. They are quite capable of exercising their prudential judgment, placing the multitude of political, economic, social and policy issues which form the backdrop for this campaign, within a hierarchy of importance. These voters cannot be lumped under the assorted vacuous verbal political labels used by the media such as “religious right”, “conservative”, “right wing” or “neo-conservative”.
Oh, do not get me wrong, these folks also do not fit the contemporary American use of the word “liberal” either.
Huckabee uses a phrase,” Vertical politics” to explain his message and his direction. He speaks of calling Americans beyond the old horizontal labels to a higher ground and a better future."

I have enjoyed the discomfiture of pundits like Rush and Sean as they bemoan the lack of true conservatism in the Republican candidates. I have news for both of you, and for Laura Ingraham and Peggy Noonan; I am a Catholic first and a Conservative second. I mostly want to conserve the Ten Commandments as expressed in Catholic teaching. That includes Catholic social teaching. This often leaves me without a comfortable political home, and I love watching liberals think I'm pro-abortion when I work with the poor, and conservatives assume I'm pro-Iraq war because I'm pro-life. I try and ask where Jesus would stand on an issue, using the writings of the Holy Father as a guide. Both Benedict and John Paul have spoken out for us to help poor immigrants, and against the Iraq war. I'm in good company.

So, what party has my registration? I collected signatures before I could vote in high school for the Right to Life Party in New York State. That's where I felt at home for 25 years, till it lost the votes to keep it on the ballot. Now, my vote is up for grabs. I am a registered Conservative, as the Long Island Coalition for Life felt that the Conservative Party here was forgetting it's pro life roots, and asked me to register as a Conservative.
If abortion is outlawed someday, and traditional marriage protected, I could even vote for the party of my Irish Gran, and Italian Grandparents, all of whom where Democrats. committeemen. Don't think because legalized abortion got me to vote Republican so far, that you own me. I was ready to walk with Dr. James Dobson if Rudy Guiliani were nominated. I didn't see enough difference between him and Hillary or Obama as far as the Right to Life was concerned. As Fr Frank Pavone says, "If Osama Bin Laden were running, would you worry about his economic policy?" Anyone who justifies the terror of 1.5 million helpless babes torn limb from limb or burned by chemicals in their mother's womb, does not have the moral compass we need to lead us in this dangerous world.
Deacon Fournier puts it so beautifully,
"These voters place the dignity of every human person and the right to life from conception to natural death at the head of every concern."

"It is not a “single issue” for them but a framework through which the entire race must be seen. They argue that without the right to life there are no other rights and that persons must always take precedence. They will never accept the idea that a society should allow the killing of it’s young in the womb and, worse yet, celebrate it as a “right” when it is wrong. "

Exactly, Deacon Fournier, perhaps Catholics have to find a better political home, and Mike Huckabee is leading the way.

Long Islanders for Huckabee

Here I am with some of my homeschooling friends, and some new friends organizing our meetup group to cover Long Island for Mike Huckabee.
I admit it's a long shot, with this being allegedly Guiliani territory, but he was once considered unbeatable, and hasn't mangaged to break the top three in any of the primaries so far.
It's an open race, may God's favorite win!
I just happen to think that He might just prefer a man with a heart for traditional moral values of marriage and life.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Mitt Romney and Life Issues

THIS IS A GUEST POST by John Francis Borra, pro-life cartoonist
I found Mitt Romney's December 5th interview with Katie Couric particularly disappointing. I was aware of his pro-abortion past, of course, but understood he was a changed man. While I'm as skeptical as anyone when it comes to election-time conversions, I really wanted to give Romney the benefit of the doubt. After all, my favorite-- Sam Brownback-- had dropped out.

When pressed by Couric about his position on embryonic research, Romney's logic fell apart. He started out fine, maintaining that abortion is wrong and that life should not be created just to destroy it. But he continued by stating that parents in possession of "surplus" embryos-- those left over from in vitro reproductive efforts-- should be allowed to "donate" them for research.

So, according to Romney, it's not OK to kill a child conceived in vitro for destructive research. But it is OK to kill a child conceived in vitro for implantation; that's up to the parents. But killing a child in vivo (in the womb) is wrong; that's abortion and not up to the parents. But wait. What about those children conceived in vitro who were implanted, but are now considered "surplus" and marked for destruction in the crowded womb? Is their fate up to mom? Or do they finally rate consideration as something more than mere property? Perhaps we'll never find out; I imagine Romney is prepared to outrun the unlikely journalist inclined to pursue an answer.

Needless to say, Romney's position-- if you can call it that-- is not just poorly reasoned, but absurd. A confusion of relativism and utilitarianism, it depends on the circumstances of conception and the whim of parents. This is completely counter to authentic Christian teaching-- so clearly and often reiterated by Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI-- that human life is inherently sacred and that its creation must never be removed from the marital act, let alone industrialized.

The notion that human beings can be "surplus" and "donated" is right out of the antebellum South, Nazi Germany and, of course, our current culture of death. To accept such ideas is to reject the Judeo-Christian understanding of life, the world... everything.
("used with permission."

Semper veritas!

John Francis Borra, SFO

What Mike Huckabee's Victory in Iowa Means for Pro-Lifers

Steven W. Mosher
President of the Population Research Institute

Now that the Iowa caucuses are over, pro-lifers can breathe a sigh of relief. For their worst case scenario--that the nominees of both major parties would be pro-abortion--has probably been averted.
There was a time when it seemed that Rudy Giuliani, who is emphatically not pro-life, might be the Republican nominee. But his dismal showing in Iowa--he placed sixth--has probably taken him out of contention. His refusal to contest New Hampshire as well, where the latest polls show him in single digits, is another nail in his political coffin. His strategy now, if it can be called that, is to retreat to the sidelines in the hope that the other candidates fight each other to a standstill, and then to win big in Florida. But the Sunshine State's primary is still a month away, and Iowa winner Mike Huckabee has already pulled even with him in the polls there. The odds against Giuliani’s long-shot strategy succeeding are lengthening by the hour.
All of this is good news for pro-lifers. Simply put, it will be a disaster for the pro-life cause if Giuliani, or any Republican who is less than thoroughly pro-life, is nominated, and an even greater disaster if they are actually elected.
Here's why.
The bully pulpit of the presidency would fall into the hands of someone who is indifferent to the tragedy of abortion. Not only would a President Giuliani not speak out against the practice, as Bush currently does at the annual March for Life, he would actively promote the idea that it is not the proper role of government to protect the lives of innocent unborn children. As far as enforcement is concerned, the Born-Alive Infants' Protection Act would become a dead letter. And the likelihood of new legislation--banning sex-selective abortion, for example--would shrink to the vanishing point.
As bad as ceding the White House to someone of such sentiments would be, Giuliani's nomination would bring an even worse prospect into view, namely, that of losing the Republican party as the party of life. In this case, the pro-life movement would become a political orphan.
The Republican party, it should be recalled, was not always pro-life. It became so only with the nomination of Ronald Reagan, who pushed for a pro-life plank to be added to the party platform drafted and approved at the Republican convention of 1980. The nomination of Rudi Giuliani could very well see this same process unfold in reverse, if not immediately then at the next presidential election cycle in 2012.
Against these grim prospects, Giuliani offered the hope and the promise that he would nominate justices in the mold of John Roberts and Samuel Alito. Don't count on it. Previous presidents with far stronger convictions than Giuliani have found it difficult to keep such pledges. Witness the Harriet Myers debacle. Giuliani, whose moral compass points in the wrong direction in any case, and who will be surrounded by staffers who reflect and reinforce his indifference towards life will, in my view, find it impossible.

If Giuliani's defeat bodes well for pro-lifers, then so does Mike Huckabee's victory. For of the top four finishers, Huckabee is by far the most eloquent defender of human life. He speaks with heartfelt conviction, even passion, on the issue of the unborn. Moreover, he is the only one of the candidates to support the passage of a Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would once and for all ban all abortions throughout all fifty states. This is not mere rhetoric. As governor of Arkansas, he fought for--and won--the passage of just such an amendment.
This is not to say that I am endorsing Mike Huckabee. Nor is it to say that I doubt the pro-life convictions of John McCain and Fred Thompson--or even of Mitt Romney, a late convert to the pro-life cause--but only to point out that the other first-tier candidates have all had trouble actually explaining the grounds for their pro-life positions. Some have, truth be told, hardly tried.
Romney, of course, has the most to explain, since his record is littered with quotes like this one: "On a personal basis, I don't favor abortion. However, as governor of the commonwealth, I will protect a woman's right to choose under the laws of the country and the commonwealth. That's the same position I've had for many years." (Erik Arvidson, Lowell Sun, March 20, 2002)
Romney now says that America is ready to overturn Roe v. Wade and return to the states the authority to permit or prohibit abortions, as the case may be. But when pressed on his earlier views on abortion, he says simply that he was "wrong." This brief and curiously bloodless explanation begs the question for many pro-lifers, who wonder whether his change of heart was a matter of deep soul-searching, or mere political convenience.
McCain, on the other hand, has a perfect pro-life voting record in the Senate. He calls Roe v. Wade a bad decision, and says that he supports the rights of the unborn. But he is dogged by a statement he made in 1999 to the effect that "In the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe vs. Wade, which would then force X number of women in American to undergo illegal and dangerous operations."
The Senator now says that this statement was made in the context of the prior need to change the culture of America with regard to the abortion issue. Yet what are pro-lifers to conclude from even his defense than that he is unwilling to fight the abortion status quo. But what they want is a president who, like Ronald Reagan, is willing to use his moral authority to actively promote a culture of Life, not one who passively waits for a change in tide of public opinion.
Then there is Fred Thompson, whose early endorsement by the National Right to Life Committee surprised many pro-lifers. He, like Romney and McCain, has not always been pro-life, and even now would not ban all abortions. Consider this revealing exchange on Meet the Press:
Q: You said in 1994 as a Senate candidate, "I'm not willing to support laws that prohibit early-term abortions. I'm not suddenly upon election as a senator going to know when life begins. It comes down to whether you believe life begins at conception. I don't know in my own mind if that is the case so I don't feel the law ought to impose that standard on other people." So you yourself don't know when life begins?
A: No. I didn't know then.
Q: You know now?
A: My public position has always been the same. I've been 100% pro-life in every vote that I've ever cast.
Q: Do you believe that life begins at conception, so abortion is the taking of a human life?
A: Yes, I do.
Q: But you would allow abortion to be performed in states if chosen by states for people who think otherwise?
A: I do not think that you can have a law that cuts off an age group or something like that. It cannot change the way I feel about it morally, but legally and practically, I've got to recognize that fact. (Source: Meet the Press: 2007 "Meet the Candidates" series, Nov 4, 2007)
I often find Thompson's answers unintelligible. Here he confused me when he first admitted to having been publicly pro-choice, then a few seconds later claimed that his "public position has always been the same [100% pro-life]." What does come through clearly is that Thompson is not in favor of either a Human Life Amendment, or a law banning all abortions.
Many pro-lifers worry that, if these candidates are unable or unwilling to effectively defend the cause of Life now, when they are hotly contesting the pro-life vote, then they will be even less likely to do so as president, when they can pick and choose the topics they will address in speeches and at press conferences. The bully pulpit would be lost.
It is for this reason that I believe that--whoever the nominee ultimately is--Huckabee's Iowa victory is good for the pro-life cause. The governor's eloquence on the pro-life issue, as well as his willingness to lead on the question of a Human Life Amendment (instead of merely follow "public opinion"), will put pressure on the other candidates to be more openly pro-life as well. Babies can only benefit.
Steven Mosher is the President of PRI.

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"Barak Obama most pro-abortion candidate"

Terry Jeffrey says that "Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion presidential candidate ever." He recently held a press conference to re-affirm his pro-death committment. You can read the entire story here.
The African American community has already been decimated by abortion, losing their status as largest minority to Hispanics in the 2000 Census. This is in part, due to the high abortion rate among black women.
This is from the website Black
Although black women constitute only 6% of the population, they comprise 36% of the abortion industry’s clientele. The leading abortion providers have chosen to exploit blacks by locating 94% of their abortuaries in urban neighborhoods with high black populations.
This high rate of abortion has decimated the black family and destroyed black neighborhoods to the detriment of society at large.

(see graph)
It plays right into the hands of Planned Parenthood's founder, eugenics enthusiast, Margaret Sanger.
Read more in this post about Obama's extreme pro-abortion views, and how this plays into the hands of those who want to decimate the black population. Day Gardner has spoken out against Obama in this World Net Daily article. Day Gardner is president of the National Black Pro-Life Union, which helps to coordinate the efforts of black pro-life groups.
"Senator Obama doesn't care that abortion has obliterated the rights of more than 15 million black children since 1973," Gardner said in a statement. "He doesn't care that abortion is the No. 1 killer of African-Americans surpassing deaths caused by accidents, heart disease, stroke, crimes, HIV-AIDS and all other deaths – combined!"
This is a photo of Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, with Ku Klux Klan members. Both groups wanted to eliminate minority and immigrant populations,they just differed in the means they used.
WHY would the first viable African-American presidential candidate align himself with pro-aborts who are out to decimate his fellow African Americans?

HT Life News

New Yorkers need tickets to Papal masses in April

Hurry for tickets to see the Pope
Sunday, January 13th 2008, 4:00 AM
If you want to see the Pope, don't procrastinate.
The last day to request tickets to see Pope Benedict during his New York visit is Tuesday, according to the Archdiocese of New York.
The Pope will appear at a youth rally at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers on April 19 and at a Mass at Yankee Stadium the following day. Tickets are free.
Those who live in the archdiocese, which includes Manhattan, Staten Island and Westchester, can get tickets through their local parishes.
Those who live elsewhere must send their request, including name, address and date of birth, to their local bishop.
The archdiocese warned that any tickets for sale through Web sites or ticket brokers are fakes.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

My column on Amazing Catechists to offer resources for catechists

I am a columnist on a new website called Amazing Cathechists which is a free resource for all you out there you teach CCD or RCIA classes or homeschool your children in the faith. It's so new, that a few parts are still under construction, but pay us a visit and meet some talented catechists who offer their insights on a wide variety of topics.New columns will be added monthly, and we hope to offer a wealth of free resources for you to use with your students.There is no greater joy than passing on the faith, and I am priveleged to be a part of this exciting apostolate. Lisa Mlandinich, whose story, "Acting Up" is featured in this month's "Faith and Family"magazine is the webmistress and originator of Amazing Catechists. Her puppet scripts can be found at Catholic Puppet Show Ministry at Catholic

Review of the book, "Noise" by Teresa Tomeo

Parents: would you allow your child to learn a foreign language you don’t understand, make friends with strangers who speak that language, and invite them into your home to fraternize with your children unsupervised? “No way”, you say, but let’s be honest. Isn’t that what so many teens are doing when they listed to Ipods, download videos onto their cell phones, chat on MySpace, or play video games? Children are generally more techno-literate than their parents and as technology gets more and more complex and personalized, it becomes harder to protect our children from the noise of popular culture as it seeps into our lives. We need a handbook to help us fend off this thief of our children’s innocence. Teresa Tomeo, veteran TV and radio broadcaster, and host of the popular Catholic Connection radio show on Ave Maria Radio, has done just that in her book “Noise”.
“Noise” answers the question so often voiced by the Baby Boomers, “What happened to TV?” When I was growing up, “Andy Griffith” and “I Love Lucy” were shows watched by the entire family, and now sexually charged shows like, “Desperate Housewives” is the most popular with young girls aged 9-12. Kids spend as much time hooked up to some form of media as they do in school these days, so we’d better educate ourselves about what’s going on, before they’re lost to us, and the Faith.
This book, which is as engrossing as it is terrifying, begins with a thorough explanation of the origins of the problem of immorality in media, and how Teresa, who worked for over 20 years in secular media, came to see the problem for what it is. The latter part of the book is divided into sections by type of media, with chapters dedicated to TV, radio, computer games, internet, music, and advertising, and explains the immoral influence in each. She ends her book with a challenge to each of us to get involved in changing the media culture for Christ, full of concrete suggestions from how to overcome our children’s addiction to media, to how to get family-friendly coverage on their local news station.
Did you know that “The DaVinci Code” movie far outsold “The Passion of the Christ”? The situation is dire, but take heart, says Teresa. If you have felt that it was too late to stem the tide of the media’s pernicious influence, take heart, says Teresa, new forms of media (talk radio, alternative cable news, and the internet) offer some hope to the prevailing humanist agenda out there. You are seeing the result of my taking her suggestions to heart; I began this blog as an attempt to help Catholic parents navigate the treacherous waters of modern media.

Even those of us who work in the media, however, and think we know a thing or two will be able to learn from Teresa Tomeo’s exhaustive research, includes references to current statistics on media influence, and valuable resource section at the back of the book. I have read it twice, and learned new things each time to help my children use media wisely, to educate and inform our faith, not destroy it.
Make “Noise” a part of your armory against the ravages of pop culture on your children, and you might find yourself, like me, installing a second computer in the family den, next to the kids’ computer, for yourself.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Vouge touts the advantages of Partial Birth Abortion

New York, NY ( -- Vogue magazine is striking a pose in its January issue with an article glorifying a woman who had a partial-birth abortion and including a picture of her and her daughter wearing the latest fashions. Pro-life advocates complain the story makes the gruesome three-day-long abortion procedure seem fashionable.
In its story, "Private Lives," the magazine claims Greenwich Village New York resident Lot Campbell faced a complicated pregnancy and her doctors advised her to have the abortion.

HT Life News
Lot, Lot, that name rings a bell. . . oh yes, that's it, that's the character whom Abraham brought out of Sodom and Gomorrah before it was incinerated! Billy Graham once stated, "if the Lord doesn't destroy the US with fire, He owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology!"
See post by Christine in Catholic Media Review

A Few Words on the Election from a True Shepherd

Archbishop Chaput concludes in his discussion of the media's treatment of religion,
Religious faith, religious believers and religious leaders have always played a major role in informing American public debate, to the betterment of the whole community.
Ultimately, every voter has the duty to follow his or her own properly formed conscience. And we all have an obligation to respect the dignity of others. But the best way to be "faithful citizens" is to put our beliefs about God, moral character and common sense before every other loyalty. We have nothing to offer our political party or our nation if we agree to downplay our religious and moral convictions when we come to society's toughest issues. Today and always, we pursue our vocation as American citizens best by living our Catholic faith authentically first.

HT Catholic Exchange

Friday, January 11, 2008

Domers for Huckabee

Great news!
Catholics are seeing the light and are coming out for Huckabee, not only do we have our friends at Catholics for Huckabee, but Notre Dame alumni have formed Domers for Huckabee, referring I suppose to the impressive dome on the campus church. I have seen it in person, and it's magnificent, just like these alumni who represent their Catholic institution proudly.

March for Life: a tragic anniversary

Hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans are preparing to head to the nation's capitol to once again express their opposition to abortion in the national March for Life. This month, the nation will mark 35 years of unlimited abortion and tens of millions of unborn children and women killed and injured by them.
The march will be held on Tuesday, January 22, the anniversary date of the Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Blogs for Life

I'll be at Blogs for Life Conference at Family Research Council before the March for Life on January 22, 2008.

The list of speakers is impressive:
8:00--8:05 a.m. -- Welcome & Introduction
8:05 - 8:25 a.m. -- Star Parker
8:25 - 8:45 a.m.-- Peter Shinn
8:50 - 9:10 a.m. -- Eric Scheidler
9:10 - 9:20 a.m.-- Dawn Eden
9:20 - 9:40 a.m.-- Jill Stanek
9:40 - 9:50 a.m. -- Michaelene Fredenburg
9:50 - 10:10 a.m.-- Michael Illions
10:10 - 10:40 a.m.-- Americans United for Life
10:40 - 11:00 a.m.-- TBA
11:00 - 11:20 a.m. -- Hadley P. Arkes
11:20 - 11:30 a.m. -- Closing Remarks

See you there!

New Bill to de-fund Planned Parenthood

The infamous San Francisco branch of Planned Parenthood is at it again. In recent history they have used taxpayer dollars to produce television ads which mock Christianity and belittle families. These ads demonstrate which side is guilty of judging others and demonizing their opponents. The latest ads from Planned Parenthood Golden Gate are no different. This ad features an extremely effete and ostensibly homosexual man prancing up and down the aisles of an airplane making sure that the passengers have all the condoms and contraceptives they need, "cause we're all about choices."
See Dawn Eden's post about the offensive commercials.
Planned Parenthood receives millions of taxpayer dollars every year to advance an agenda that is anathema to social conservatives and this is how they decide to spend your money! We need to stop publicly subsidizing such partisan and ludicrous advertisements.

Thankfully, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN, 100% FRCA) is standing up for the American taxpaying family. Rep. Pence has introduced H.R. 4133 which will prohibit any organization that promotes or practices abortions from receiving federal funds, including Planned Parenthood.

HT Family Research Council

Bill which would de-fund Planned Parenthood

The infamous San Francisco branch of Planned Parenthood is at it again. In recent history they have used taxpayer dollars to produce television ads which mock Christianity and belittle families. These ads demonstrate which side is guilty of judging others and demonizing their opponents. The latest ads from Planned Parenthood Golden Gate are no different. This ad features an extremely effete and ostensibly homosexual man prancing up and down the aisles of an airplane making sure that the passengers have all the condoms and contraceptives they need, "cause we're all about choices."
Planned Parenthood receives millions of taxpayer dollars every year to advance an agenda that is anathema to social conservatives and this is how they decide to spend your money! We need to stop publicly subsidizing such partisan and ludicrous advertisements.

Thankfully, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN, 100% FRCA) is standing up for the American taxpaying family. Rep. Pence has introduced H.R. 4133 which will prohibit any organization that promotes or practices abortions from receiving federal funds, including Planned Parenthood.
HT Family Research Council

Huckabee is ahead in Michigan

If John McCain is the frontrunner, and Romney grew up in Michigan, with his father as governor there, then why is Huckabee leading in Michigan?
Read more here.
HT LifeNews

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

"The most pro-life candidate"

According to Pat Buchanan's campaign manager, Terry Jeffrey on EWTN, Mike Huckabee is the most pro-life candidate. He is seeking our support.

SO, Catholics, what are you waiting for?

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Hillary rally interuppted by 'cavemen'

Oh, the woes of Hillary! No kid glove treatment in New Hampshire, I see!
I once interrupted a New York rally in 2000 when she was running for Senate by bringing my two girls, and carrying a homemade banner which read, "Our Lady of Long Island, Pray for Us!" bearing an image of Our Lady, arms outstretched over the Island.
As I unrolled the banner, Hillary stumbled in her plastic covered speech # 55, glancing sideways at us, held back by the ropes wrapped around the invited guests, members of the press who didn't ask a single question, and adoring fans,who wanted her autograph.
Suddenly, three HUGE Secret Service people (one was a tall woman) surrounded me, and I joked about being dangerous with my girls. They smiled (this was pre 911). I started to get the locals agitated that they were being roped out of a public park, so the ropes were removed, and I was given 'access' to Hillary. I was allowed to stand along her path back to the van.
She walked past me all right, sideways to give me her back which was fortunate, because as she stepped away from the podium, 7 year old Gabbi, gasped, terrified, "Mom, she's coming to get us!" I looked up to see what she meant, and Hillary was indeed casting a menacing eye in our direction. So, as our dear Senator from New York entered the van, I was at the window reminding her of her speech where she claimed to be pro-child,
"Hillary you can't be pro-child and pro-abortion!!"
I knew her win in New York was a given, I just had to be a fly in the ointment. Things in the Presidential Election are far from certain however.
UPDATE: There is a growing supspicion that this whole snafu was staged, based upon the fact that those who yelled, "iron my shirt" were Hillary supporters, as observed on the bumper sticker on the car they used to leave the rally.

Pope to issue specific instructions to bishops on implementing Summorum Pontificum

Apparently, some bishops think they're dealing with a softie. Pope Benedict is not happy with the reaction of some bishops to Summorum Pontificum, so he's spelling out his intentions for the document. Isn't he a grand shepherd?
Implementation, however, has been uneven, with some bishops issuing rules that "practically annul or twist the intention of the Pope," Msgr. Albert Malcolm Ranjith, secretary of the Vatican's Congregation for the Divine Cult and Discipline of Sacraments, said recently, according to the Vatican's missionary news agency FIDES.
Such reactions amounted to a "crisis of obedience" toward the pontiff, he was quoted as saying, although he stressed that most bishops and other prelates had accepted the Pope's will "with the required sense of reverence and obedience."
Bertone, the Vatican's secretary of state, said the forthcoming instruction would lay out criteria for the Pope's document to be correctly applied, according to an interview published Thursday in the Italian religious affairs weekly Famiglia Cristiana. He gave no date for its publication.
He complained that reactions to the pontiff's document had been uneven.
"Some have even gone so far as to accuse the Pope of having reneged on Council teaching," Bertone was quoted as saying. "On the other hand, there are those who have interpreted the (document) as authorization to return exclusively to the pre-Council rite. Both positions are wrong, and are exaggerated episodes that don't correspond to the pope's intention."

HT The Canadian Press
I agree with the quote from Fr. Z in the article, there is a renewal of interest in the Latin Mass on Long Island, with young priests learning to say it for the first time, altar boys and schola members in training, as the faithful flock to the Traditional Mass. I don't see any danger of going back to this form entirely where I live, however.

Life Decisions International endorse Huckabee: NARAL worried

Washington, DC ( -- The heads of a pro-life organization that serves as a Planned Parenthood watchdog has endorsed Mike Huckabee for the Republican nomination for president. The endorsement of the two leaders of Life Decisions International comes one day before the second presidential battle in New Hampshire.
Doug Scott, the president of LDI told on Monday that he thinks Huckabee is the only candidate pro-life voters "can support with confidence."
He urged pro-life advocates to "join [him] in doing all they can to advance Mike Huckabee's campaign."

HT Life News
NARAL is working against Huckabee, which, in my book is an endorsement."Mike Huckabee's first place win in the Iowa caucuses is alarming for women," the group said in a copy of the email obtained.
"We must stop him before we face a presidential nominee who is arguably more anti-choice than even George W. Bush," the group adds. "NARAL ... needs your help ... to stop Huckabee’s momentum before the New Hampshire primary on January 8."
NARAL criticizes Huckabee for supporting a human life amendment to the constitution protecting unborn children from abortion. It worries such an amendment would also limit birth control, stem cell research and in-vitro fertilization.

Monday, January 07, 2008

My review of "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep"

Is up at MercatorNet. Go on over and enjoy a romp with the wee beastie. . . and bring the kids!

Blogs for life

Anyone out there going to the Blogs for Life Conference on Jan 22nd? I went last year and I'm trying to go again this year. It was amazing! SO many journalists wanted to see what pro-life bloggers were up to!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

St. Anselm is in the news

St Anselm College, which Danielle Bean and I attended,( she many years after me) has been hosting all the Presidential debates, and has the Fox News broadcast from a glass booth in front of the Administration Building.
Here's a photo of Mike Huckabee with students before the debate, and an article from the Manchester Union-Leader which used to irritate myliberal roomie while we watched the Presidential debates in Baroody Hall girls' dorm. I don't want to age myself, but Ronald Reagan was one of the candidates. . .

Blessed Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord

You can celebrate with the Holy Father by watching his mass on EWTN today.

Faithmouse has a logo for the Beijing Olympics

Dan is offering these images free to anyone, you just have to share a link. He said,
"Perhaps we can get this image on page one whenever anyone in the world searches for info on the 2008 Beijing Olympic games in China
Thanks again for helping to communicate to China the fact that the entire world is well aware of their regime of repression.
Go, team!"

The team strategy; link your site with the below listed sites to shoelace our links, giving the logo a greater relevance, and stronger keyword density on search engines like Google. I saw this with my post on Fr. Francis at EWTN, it appears right under the EWTN website itself when you Google EWTN.
Here are sites which are posting the Faithmouse Beijing Olympics Logo:
50 Days After
kaj la hundo iris kun ili. . .
Irish blogs IE
Lina Lamont Fan Club
Olympics in den Ketten
Beijing 2008: Olimpikoj en Cejoj
Free Republic Thread

Reflections on Elizabeth Ann Seton's Memorial

by John Francis Borra, SFO

Friday night, during a particularly beautiful liturgy, Fr. Gilmary, one of my Capuchin pastors, reflected on Elizabeth Ann Seton and her conversion from protestantism to the universal Faith. Three things in particular drew Elizabeth into the Church: the Real Presence, reverence for Mary and the Church's foundation by Christ. The Real Presence was of such overriding importance that she felt any religion denying it could hardly be called Christian. Indeed, when the very "source and summit" of Christianity is cut out, what is left? As Elizabeth herself might have wondered, can the hole that remains be Christian?

Elizabeth was especially impressed by Catholics she met while nursing her ailing husband in Italy; it was their example, their silent witness that attracted her. How different things are today, approaching the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. If only all Catholics of our age lived the Faith as humbly, as devoutly as the Italian friends of Elizabeth, how different our world would be. At roughly a quarter of today's US population, much more than political influence would be felt: our morality and spirituality would have led many more from the pother of revisionism and relativism and into the fullness of the Truth. Alas, the Catholics most prominent in American society are among the worst examples imaginable: the Bidens, Kennedys, Kerrys and Pelosis of our political establishment. They outdo the most notorious atheists in sheer effrontery. An atheist simply denies God's existence, but these self-styled Catholics hold onto Him, trotting Him out as needed when campaigning, then kicking Him in the teeth during legislative sessions. Of course, few, if any, of these politicians would be in office if not for Catholic voters who've fallen away themselves.

While America's legacy of contraception, abortion and euthanasia testifies to the ripple effect of sin, another legacy testifies to the ripple effect of grace. Because a handful of Italians selflessly lived the Faith handed down to them over the centuries from the Apostles, an American who'd been denied that Faith embraced it. And so it was that Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton, humbly enduring the hostility and ostracism of a thoroughly anti-Catholic society, spurred the catechesis of a young and needful nation. That Faith demands we continue her work.
John Francis Borra is a pro-life cartoonist whose cartoons I have posted here and here. He can be emailed at .