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Saturday, August 30, 2008
They are pretty amused that Hurricane Gustav may delay the Republican Convention. I guess they've forgotten what Katrina was like. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of New Orleans, who are still rebuilding after Katrina. I ask all the readers of this blog to keep the people of New Orleans in their thoughts and prayers. Hey DNC, This is NOT a joking matter. As of this posting, Hurricane Gustav is a category 4 hurricane, and mayor Ray Nagin has ordered New Orleans evacuated.
And Michael Moore also thinks it's pretty funny.
Admit it Howard..it's really about getting religious voters.
Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, made an unscheduled appearance on Thursday at the Faith in Action Forum at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. There he explained what motivated the Democratic Party to increase its displays of religiosity and to involve “people of faith.”
Referring to his own northeastern background as former Governor of Vermont, Dean said people from New England know “it’s hard to talk about religion.”
Though the party once acted as if “we mustn’t talk about religion,” he added: “I think we’ve made a lot of progress for the last couple of years… I am thrilled to be in a party that no longer cedes the faith community to the Republican Party.”
He said the idea that one is “called” to do something is “very powerful” among “people of faith,” explaining that people in the Democratic Party “don’t believe you have to change your values to cater to people of faith.” That's actually true...while the Dems are trying to win over Catholics and other Christians, they refuse to stop supporting abortion.
Friday, August 29, 2008
This morning Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska was selected by Sen. John McCain to serve as his vice presidential nominee. Palin brings with her several unique credentials, but one of the most notable is that she is a proud member of Feminists for Life, according to the group’s president Serrin Foster.
In an interview with CNA on Friday, Foster explained that her group normally doesn’t disclose its membership, but since Gov. Palin freely spoke about it to the Anchorage Daily News in August of 2006, she could confirm that Palin joined in 2006.
Sarah Palin also revealed in the same article that she has ‘adamantly supported’ the pro-life cause since ‘I first understood, as a child, the atrocity of abortion.’ If she, as a child, could recognize the "atrocity of abortion", why can't adult pro-aborts?
The National Abortion Rights Action League is spitting mad over McCain's pick of Sarah Palin as his running mate. The phrase "anti-choice" occurs eleven times in its heavy-breathing press release. Here's NARAL's Nancy Keenan:
"John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate proves just how rigid and extreme his administration would be when it comes to a woman's right to choose," Keenan said. "For 25 years, McCain has opposed a woman's right to choose, and we know that he will continue to push anti-choice policies in the White House. Hey Nancy...any mention of the baby's rights? Didn't think so.
Earlier Post With Video:
The board of the foundation of the Museion in the city of Bolzano voted to keep the work by the late German artist Martin Kippenberger, the museum said in a statement.
Earlier in August the pope had written a letter to Franz Pahl, the president of the Trentino-Alto Adige region that includes Bolzano, denouncing the sculpture.
story (and picture) here
( won't post the picture here)
To be honest, I hadn't thought of Sarah Palin for VP, but I'm so glad McCain did...she is an excellent choice! She was mentioned back in April, but I was expecting Pawlenty. Hillary supporters who feel dissed that Hillary wasn't Obama's VP now have a another choice.
My earlier post on Palin. She is very pro-life, and she resisted pressure to abort when she had a Down Syndrome baby.
A senior campaign official in the John McCain campaign confirmed to FOX News on Friday that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee will name Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Palin emerged earlier in the day as the hot name in the VP sweepstakes after reports circulated that two short-listers — Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty — were out of the running.
Pro-Life Groups: John McCain's Picking Sarah Palin Appeals to Catholics on
Barack Obama, whose campaign theme is "change we can believe in," promised Thursday to "spell out exactly what that change would mean."
But instead of dwelling on specifics, he laced the crowning speech of his long campaign with the type of rhetorical flourishes that Republicans mock and the attacks on John McCain that Democrats cheer. The country saw a candidate confident in his existing campaign formula: tie McCain tightly to President Bush, and remind voters why they are unhappy with the incumbent.
And here's the Real Obama:
Poor Oprah lost her eyelashes:
Oprah on Obama: 'I cried my eyelashes off'
Al Gore compared Obama to Lincoln LOL
And there were some surprises:
From Letterman's Top Ten
Top Ten Surprises in Barack Obama's Democratic National Convention Address
10. Delivered speech in a bright orange pantsuit
9. Wants to change October to "Barack-tober"
8. Most of speech was devoted to his Labor Day barbecue cole slaw recipe
7. Outlined plan for America, then took calls about the Broncos defense
6. Kept saying to John Kerry, "Hey, why the long face?" -- it's funny every time!
5. Twelve-and-a-half minutes of, "Testing-one-two"
4. Performed hilarious ventriloquist act with Dennis Kucinich on his lap
3. Promised to make Pluto a state
2. Plans to bring peace to Lo and Audrina on "The Hills"
1. Also pronounces "nuclear," "nucular"
Thursday, August 28, 2008
This is why I vote Republican.
As the Democratic Party officially nominated pro-abortion Senator Barack Obama for president and pro-abortion Senator Joe Biden for vice-president during the third day of their convention in Denver yesterday, the Republican Party Platform Committee, meeting in Minneapolis, adopted the strongest and most explicit support for life ever expressed by a major political party.
"We applaud the Republican Party, and especially the members of the platform committee representing grassroots pro-life Republicans across the country, for making such a strong and unequivocal stand supporting life at all stages," said National Right to Life Political Director Karen Cross from Minneapolis. "The work of the platform committee makes clear, in no uncertain terms, that the Republican Party is the pro-life party."
Congressman Dan Lipinski of Illinois says he finds it a challenge to be a pro-life Democrat when his party and its presidential candidate take an unequivocal pro-abortion position.
"It’s always a difficult issue for a pro-life Democrat, because the Democratic Party is not going to have a pro-life platform. It’s not going to happen," he told Christianity Today.
Lipinski told the magazine that pro-life Democrats have to work to bring pro-life people into the party to change it, because, with pro-abortion control, that's not going to happen from the inside out. I do see the need for more pro-lifers in the party, but I also believe the best way to transform a party is from the inside out.
Here's his reaction
Sen. Barack Obama's campaign organized its supporters Wednesday night to confront Tribune-owned WGN-AM in Chicago for having a critic of the Illinois Democrat on its air.
"WGN radio is giving right-wing hatchet man Stanley Kurtz a forum to air his baseless, fear-mongering terrorist smears," Obama's campaign wrote in an e-mail to supporters. "He's currently scheduled to spend a solid two-hour block from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. pushing lies, distortions, and manipulations about Barack and University of Illinois professor William Ayers."
The Catholic League fills us in:
The Democratic National Convention is awash in sexuality. On Monday, there was a “Sex, Politics and Cocktails” party hosted by Planned Parenthood that, naturally, passed out tons of condoms. It got a lot of competition from a Rolling Stone-Trojan Condoms bash that featured a “Condomvention” on sexual health; it was held right near their inflatable penis-shaped tent.
The pro-abortion contingency was represented by the presidents of NARAL and Planned Parenthood, both of whom spoke at the Convention. Emily’s List sponsored a select gathering of pro-abortion women and there were diversity parties everywhere for the LGBT crowd.
Many notables attended these events, though no one reportedly saw either Eliot Spitzer or John Edwards.
From Letterman's Top Ten:
10. Wanna form a more perfect union?
9. Something's rising and it's not the national debt
8. I'm stiffer than John Kerry
7. Let's go someplace and release our delegates
6. Care to join the wife and me for a little 'bipartisanship'?
5. I'll make you scream like Howard Dean
4. Now that's what I call a stimulus package
3. I'm gonna Barack your world
2. Wanna pretend we're Republicans and have gay bathroom sex?
1. Hi, I'm John Edwards
Pro-life Volunteer Allegedly Assaulted as Group Unfurls "World's Largest" Sign Overlooking Democratic Convention
On Tuesday American Right to Life made a world record attempt by erecting a 530-foot tall and 666-foot wide pro-life sign overlooking Denver, where the Democratic National Convention (DNC) is currently taking place.
One of the pro-life volunteers who helped erect the sign told LifeSiteNews today that in the process he was assaulted by a local man who was angered by the giant pro-life display. Why? Isn't it incredible how pro-aborts are so protective of abortion, like it's their right and duty to kill babies?
The message - claimed by American RTL to be the world's largest sign - initially appeared with three 160-foot tall, bright yellow letters, D-N-C, stacked on top of each other. After those letters appeared on Table Mountain, just west of Denver, American Right to Life unfurled the complete message: Destroys uNborn Children.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Led by Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput and a niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., some 3,000 people rallied in a Denver park Aug. 25 to alert Democratic National Convention delegates that abortion still is an issue in U.S. politics.
Only a few miles away earlier in the day, another group debated whether Democrats could coax Catholics and evangelical Christians to support candidates who want to keep abortion legal. The events provided a stark contrast on the abortion debate during the Aug. 25-28 convention in Denver.
Under threatening skies in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, in a primarily African-American and Hispanic area of northeast Denver, Alveda King joined Archbishop Chaput in a prayer vigil to condemn abortion.
Large Prayer Rally at Denver Planned Parenthood During Democratic Convention
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Sen. Bob Casey, Jr.’s speech last night at the Democratic National Convention:
“It was billed as the breakthrough moment: the Democratic National Convention, which prohibited Gov. Bob Casey, Sr. from making a pro-life speech at the 1992 Convention, allowed his son to speak last night on the subject. But what happened? Casey blew it: The best he could do was to offer the standard cliché about promoting the ‘common good’ by seeking ‘common ground.’ There is no common ground with abortion. We seek an end to all abortions.
"Birds of a feather..."
Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, (PPAF) addressed the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday evening, extolling Sen. Barack Obama as the “right choice” and naming him as only the second presidential candidate endorsed by the PPAF. She also attacked Sen. John McCain, for his alleged indifference to women’s health and his pledge to appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade. The more pro-aborts attack McCain, the more I will support him.
Richards, the daughter of former Texas Governor Ann Richards, claimed that Planned Parenthood health centers are the “leading providers of women’s health care in the country” and are visited by one in four women.
From Letterman's Top Ten
10. "Check it out -- Bill Clinton and John Edwards are hitting on the same woman"
9. "The decorations are made from 'John Kerry 2004' bumper stickers"
8. "I think the Chinese delegates are underage"
7. "No, Mr. President, you belong at the Republican convention"
6. "Senator Biden, do you think you'll shoot an old guy in the face?"
5. "Shut up! I'm trying to listen to Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle"
4. No number 4 -- writer at screening of "The House Bunny"
3. "Coming up next, a look at Democratic candidates' greatest concession speeches"
2. "Yes, at midnight they're going to tase Andy Dick"
1. "Hey, it's a giant Al Gore balloon! Oh, wait. That's Al Gore"
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Catholic public leaders inconvenienced by the abortion debate tend to take a hard line in talking about the "separation of Church and state." But their idea of separation often seems to work one way.
In Washington, Archbishop Donald Wuerl issued his own public statement, pointing out that the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has distorted the clear and constant teaching of the Church on the immorality of abortion. Pelosi, he observed, based his argument on "uninformed and inadequate theories about embryology" held by medieval theologians. That's right; Pelosi bases her case on the scientific-- not theological, scientific-- views of medieval teachers.
Next the US bishops' conference weighed in on the same issue, as did with a group of 10 Catholic congressmen. Their statements, too, presented Church teaching with admirable clarity.
PELOSI DENIES CATHOLICISM OPPOSES ABORTION
Several hundred Democratic National Convention delegates and observers gathered at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Caucus in Denver on Monday to discuss their political concerns and how to advance them. Focusing on the promotion of anti-discrimination laws and same-sex marriage, the delegates expressed a favorable attitude towards Sen. Barack Obama, and praised his support for many of their positions.
Billionaire Tim Gill tells DNC delegates his strategy to advance the homosexual cause
Caucus members and attending media received copies of an August 25 letter from Sen. Obama in which he praised the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) Caucus for “pushing our Party and our country to achieve equality for all Americans.”
Billionaire Tim Gill tells DNC delegates his strategy to advance the homosexual cause
Joe Eszterhas' latest book is a shocker, but not the kind that made him rich and famous.
The upcoming release from the man who penned dark thrillers such as Basic Instinct and Jagged Edge tells the story of his spiritual conversion and his newfound devotion to God and family.
In Crossbearer: A Memoir of Faith, to be published Sept. 2 by St. Martin's Press, Mr. Eszterhas describes how his life got turned around during the summer of 2001.
He and his second wife, Naomi, had just moved from Malibu to a suburb of Cleveland - where he had grown up; she was from nearby Mansfield. They felt Ohio would be a better, more wholesome place to raise their four boys (he had two grown children from his first marriage).
Mr. Eszterhas told The Blade that despite his mixed feelings over the church and the abuse scandal, the power of the Mass trumps his doubts and misgivings.
"The Eucharist and the presence of the body and blood of Christ is, in my mind, an overwhelming experience for me. I find that Communion for me is empowering. It's almost a feeling of a kind of high."
cross-posted on Catholic Media Review
It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. Luke 17:2
On yesterday’s NBC-TV show, “Meet the Press,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked to comment on when life begins. Here is what she said: “I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, (if you were an ardent practicing Catholic you would not support abortion..period). this is an issue that I have studied for a long time. And what I know is, over the centuries, the doctors of the Church have not been able to make that definition.” What a bunch of crap...the church very clearly states that life begins at conception.
When Tom Brokaw told her that the Catholic Church “feels very strongly” that life begins at conception, Pelosi said, “I understand. And this is like maybe 50 years or something like that. So again, over the history of the Church, this is an issue of controversy.”
and let me help you out here Nancy...from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which you claim to be a member of:
2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law:
2272 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. "A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae," "by the very commission of the offense," and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.
2322 From its CONCEPTION, the child has the right to life. Direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, is a "criminal" practice (GS 27 § 3), gravely contrary to the moral law. The Church imposes the canonical penalty of excommunication for this crime against human life.
2274 Since it must be treated from CONCEPTION as a person, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being.
2319 Every human life, from the moment of CONCEPTION until death, is sacred because the human person has been willed for its own sake in the image and likeness of the living and holy God.
Cardinal Egan joins criticism of Nancy Pelosi’s abortion remarks
The proposed Republican Party platform takes a starkly different approach to the issue of abortion compared with the platform language Democrats approved yesterday. While the Democratic Party promotes abortion without limits, the GOP retains its support for a Constitutional amendment against abortion.
A 112-page draft of the proposed platform became available to Republican Party members on Tuesday who comprise the platform committee.
That is about half the length of the current platform, which advocates a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution that would afford legal protection to unborn children throughout pregnancy.
Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, delivered a speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Denver on Monday afternoon, saying DNC delegates will nominate Sen. Barack Obama as the “next pro-choice president of the United States.” Warning supporters of abortion that “reproductive freedom is on the line,” and there are lives on the line with abortion, Nancy, she claimed a McCain presidency could endanger permissive abortion laws in the U.S.
Claiming the party is united behind the “core moral values” of supporting and defending “a woman’s right to choose safe, legal abortion,” she said the Democratic Party believes in doing more to prevent “unintended pregnancy” to reduce the need for abortion. She pressed for “honest, realistic sex education” while professing a shared stand in the “right to choose contraception.” She also said the party stands with women who choose adoption. Then why do pro-aborts try to make women feel that they have no alternative?
From Letterman's Top Ten:
10. Offer John McCain $1 million if he correctly guesses how many homes he owns
9. Every night, one lucky lady gets to go home with John Edwards
8. In honor of party mascot, serve assortment of delicious donkey and mule treats
7. Each delegate gets a kitty, superdelegates get a super kitty!
6. Special appearance by the exhumed remains of Lyndon Johnson
5. Call the Pepsi Center something crazy like the Bird's Nest or the Water Cube
4. Give John Kerry's crazy wife five minutes to say whatever she wants -- remember her?
3. Kick things off with a song from Dennis Kucinich
2. Five words: hot volleyball babes in bikinis
1. Try to squeeze Al Gore into the same suit he wore at the 2000 convention
What can you do about the election?
You can pray publicly and show Catholics, and others what, or rather who is at stake.
50 million Americans have been killed by abortion since Roe v Wade, and it's time for it to end.
40 Days for Life is coming to a city near you, just in time to pray for a Godly man to be elected President. Commit yourself to a certain time each week, so you can make a difference.
Monday, August 25, 2008
KUDO's to Archbishop Chaput!
As the Democratic Party begins its national convention, a leading Catholic bishop has some tough words for Democrats who used flowery language in the platform to direct attention away from its pro-abortion stance. The comments reveal why the party failed to invite Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver.
Chaput was not invited to officially participate in the convention despite serving as the leader of the largest religious denomination in the state.
The Democratic Party has put forward a platform that promotes unlimited abortions paid for at taxpayer expense.
And he is getting support:
The "Miss Sister 2008" contest will start in September on a blog run by the Rev. Antonio Rungi (translated version)and will give nuns from around the world a chance to showcase their work and their image.
"Nuns are a bit excluded, they are a bit marginalized in ecclesiastical life," Rungi told The Associated Press after Italian media carried reports of the idea. "This will be an occasion to make their contribution more visible."
Barack Obama named Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware as his vice presidential running mate early Saturday, balancing his ticket with a seasoned congressional veteran well-versed in foreign policy and defense issues.
Obama announced the pick on his Web site with a photo of the two men and an appeal for donations. A text message went out shortly afterward that said, “Barack has chosen Senator Joe Biden to be our VP nominee.”
Biden, 65, has twice sought the White House, and is a pro-abort Catholic with blue-collar roots, a generally liberal voting record and a reputation as a long-winded orator. This is just another slap in the face from Obama to faithful Catholics.
Joe Biden Makes It Easier for Catholics to Oppose Pro-Abortion Barack Obama
Biden on Obama ticket: a Catholic with mixed record on church issues
Despite losing among Catholics, Obama chooses pro-abortion vice president
“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” Joe Biden, January 2007
see what Biden says about Obama and McCain:
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Po is a panda who works in his father's noodle shop. He is a real fan of kung fu, especially the Furious Five -- Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey, who are being trained by Master Shifu. One day, because of a mishap, Po is designated as the legendary Dragon Master. No one...not the Five, or Master Shifu, or Po himself think he is ready to be the Dragon Master. Reluctantly, Master Shifu trains Po in Kung Fu. Then they find out that Tai Lung, a former student of Shifu, and a kung fu master, escaped from jail and guess who is called upon to stop him?
The only content warnings I have are a couple of crude bits of humor.
An entertaining movie with good animation.
Friday, August 22, 2008
The Catholic bishop of Limburg, Franz Peter Tebartz van Elst, has removed a priest (dissident) from office after reports that the latter had "blessed" or "consecrated" the partnership of a pair of homosexual men. Fr. Peter Kollas, a dean of priests in the city of Wetzlar, participated in the "blessing" of the two men who had undertaken a civil "marriage" ceremony.
The event, Friday August 15, was also witnessed by a Protestant minister and about 150 guests, local news reports.
The bishop, appointed to the diocese of Limburg by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007, said that Catholics "have a duty to protest the legal recognition of homosexual partnerships."
From the Catechism:
1660 The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament (cf. CIC, can. 1055 § 1; cf. GS 48 § 1).
There won't be much "livin' la vida loca" for Ricky Martin these days--he's now the father of twin boys.
The Latin superstar had the children via a surrogate mother, and the babies were born a few weeks ago, according to a statement from his representatives.
"The children, delivered via gestational surrogacy, are healthy and already under Ricky's full-time care," said the statement. "Ricky is elated to begin this new chapter in his life as a parent and will be spending the remainder of the year out of the public spotlight in order to spend time with his children."
Reuther, who teaches part time at Claremont Graduate University in California and writes a column for the National Catholic Reporter, a rag for dissenters. had been invited to hold the Monsignor John R. Portman Chair in Roman Catholic Theology at the University of San Diego (USD) for the academic year 2009-2010, the California Catholic Daily reports.
LifeSiteNews.com editor John-Henry Westen attacked the initial appointment in an interview.
“This is a woman who is in favor of abortion, in favor of contraception, homosexuality and women priests,” he said. “I mean how much more anti-Catholic can you get?” No. it doesn't get more anti-Catholic than that :)
Catholic University of San Diego Stands By Rejection of Pro-Choice Feminist for Theology Chair
Thursday, August 21, 2008
SPECIAL GROCERY LIST
Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store.
She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries.
She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work, they had seven children and they needed food.
John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store at once.
Visualizing the family needs, she said: 'Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as
soon as I can.'
John told her he could not give her credit, since she did not have a charge account at his store.
Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard the conversation between the two. The customer walked forward and told the grocer that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family.
The grocer said in a very reluctant voice, 'Do you have a grocery list?'
Louise replied, 'Yes sir.' 'O.K' he said, 'put your grocery list on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries.'
Louise, hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed.
The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed amazement when the scales went down and stayed down.
The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly, 'I can't believe it.'
The customer smiled and the grocer started putting the groceries on the other side of the scales. The scale did not balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on them until the scales would hold no more.
The grocer stood there in utter disgust. Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement.
It was not a grocery list, it was a prayer, which said:
'Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am leaving this in your hands.'
The grocer gave her the groceries that he had gathered and stood in stunned silence.
Louise thanked him and left the store.
The other customer handed a fifty-dollar bill to the grocer and said;
'It was worth every penny of it. Only God Knows how much a prayer weighs.'
A bunch of pro-abort lies. McCCain and Obama both need Catholic votes and the pro-aborts are helping Obama as much as possible.
A new poll released by a pro-abortion group claiming to be Catholic Probably aren't. contends Catholic voters are unconcerned with the pro-life teachings of the Church. The Catholics for Choice survey also claims Catholic voters say the pro-life views of Catholic leaders are unimportant to their voting decisions. Wrong...Although not enough Bishops have spoken on how Catholics should vote, I believe it does resonate with Catholic voters when they do. Maybe not all, but some or most.
The poll says Catholic voters are currently splitting their vote for president between pro-abortion candidate Barack Obama and John McCain, who opposes abortion.
That's not surprising, but other findings from the abortion advocacy group's survey are more startling for pro-life leaders.
About 70 percent of those polled say that the views of Catholic bishops are unimportant to them in deciding for whom to vote and a similarly large proportion, 73 percent, say they believe Catholic politicians are under no religious obligation to vote on issues the way the bishops recommend.
Gardner has talked before about how abortion businesses unfairly target minority communities and how black women have abortions at much higher rates than white women or Hispanics.
But Gardner says the last straw for her is the recent controversy surrounding Obama's votes in the Illinois legislature against bills that would have protected babies who survive botched abortions.
There's great news coming out of Beijing! You may be familiar with the story of Tasha Danvers-Smith. This athlete from the United Kingdom was one of Britain's best hopes for gold in the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics.
However, she became unexpectedly pregnant. The father of her baby was her coach-husband.
There was enormous pressure from the track and field community to abort her baby. A child, she was told, would destroy her Olympic dreams of gaining a medal.
Tasha and her husband, Darrell, chose life for their baby. As a result, Tasha was castigated in the media.
Fast forward to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
Tasha is once again competing against the best in the world in the 400 meter hurdles event. On August 20, 2008 she ran her personal best to claim the bronze medal.
With this tremendous victory, Tasha has demonstrated to women all over the world that they don't have to sacrifice their unborn children to fulfill their dreams.
Hallmark added the cards after California joined Massachusetts as the only U.S. states with legal gay marriage. A handful of other states have recognized same-sex civil unions.
The language inside the cards is neutral, with no mention of wedding or marriage, making them also suitable for a commitment ceremony. Hallmark says the move is a response to consumer demand, not any political pressure. Nonsense...The majority of states do not recognize gay "marriage", and the majority of people do not want gay marriage.
Lucia Otgongerel was born in Mongolia 30 years ago without hands or legs. She lived in a deep depression until 2002 when she converted to Catholicism and, as she explains, discovered “true joy.” Today she works in the capital city of Mongolia, Ulan Bator, as a teacher for seven children with special needs. If the pro-aborts had their way, she probably wouldn't be here today.
Now Lucia claims, “I could not live without my faith.” She overcomes the challenges of her physical condition though an intense life of prayer: including the daily Rosary, meditations and study of the Bible in the midst of her predominately Buddhist country.
In an interview granted to UCANews, Lucia explains that her daily work with seven disabled boys whose ages range from 15-19. Lucia teachers, despite not having hands: cooking, cleaning, reading and writing at the Faith Center, a small school run by St. Mary’s parish in Ulan Bator which opened last September.
cross-posted on Saints for All Times
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Catholic League president Bill Donohue speaks to the growing interest in Sen. Barack Obama’s abortion record:
“The pro-life community has been tracking Obama’s support for selective infanticide for quite a while, but only recently has there been a national discussion on this issue. On May 15, I said on ‘Fox and Friends’ that ‘There’s been a media cover-up on this [issue].’ But now the cat’s out of the bag.
“Last night on ‘Hannity and Colmes’ Bob Beckel tried to argue that neither Obama nor NARAL supports the selective killing of infants. Yet the bill that would offer protection to children who survived abortions is precisely what Obama opposed when he was in the Illinois state senate. As for NARAL, it initially opposed the bill when it was introduced in 2000 and then lied about it; in 2002, after it became clear that NARAL had no support from pro-abortion congressmen and senators, it changed its position.
Obama misrepresents ‘extreme’ record of opposing protections for born-alive infants, McCain campaign charges
Who needs a tabernacle, when you can use a mirror?
A Catholic priest in India, the founder of the Universal Solidarity Movement, has devised a new form of prayer: in a small room dominated by a large mirror. The faithful are asked to spend an hour gazing at the image of themselves, and discover the god within.
"I realized God within me, not in a church," reports one happy customer.
Father Varghese Alengaden, the mystic behind this breakthrough in spirituality, says that by staring at themselves, people come to realize that they are images of God. This promotes universal solidarity, he continues, because we realize that there is no difference between Christians and Hindus, etc. And he has a point, you know. If your prayer consists in staring at yourself, the particulars of your creed don't matter too much. Lex orandi and all that.
Yes ladies and gentlemen...it's the "me" church. Don't miss this...it's too funny!
In a unanimous ruling that could have wide-ranging effects on the free exercise of conscience and the progress of homosexual activism, the California Supreme Court on Monday ruled against two doctors who declined to artificially inseminate a lesbian because they strongly believe children should be raised by a mother and a father.
The two doctors, who are Christians, reportedly did not want to participate in an act that would deliberately exclude a father when Guadalupe Benitez and her partner, Joanne Clark, sought to receive artificial insemination.
Although the doctors paid for a referral to other fertility specialists without any objections to performing the procedure, Benitez sued both under California’s civil rights laws. What nonsense...her health was not in danger, and they did refer her to a doctor that would do the insemination for her. Why does she have to force these doctors to abandon their beliefs? Don't they have any rights?
The Christian Medical Association’s CEO Dr. David Stevens attacked the decision, saying in a press release:
“This case was never about discrimination against patients on the basis of sexual choices; it was about discrimination against healthcare professionals on the basis of their sincerely held ethical standards. The physicians in this case had determined to only provide in-vitro fertilization to married patients. That's hardly a novel or extreme ethical position.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
An 86-year-old nun from Cleveland who works for a Catholic anti-poverty lobbying group has been selected to deliver the closing prayers one night during the Democratic National Convention. "I think you have a different perspective when you've lived some history," says Catherine Pinkerton, a member of the Cleveland-based religious order Congregation of St. Joseph who once served as principal of the West Side secondary school it founded, St. Joseph Academy. Pinkerton says that she has never been an activist for either political party but that she admires Barack Obama's "vision of where we stand as a nation and where we stand among nations" and agreed to deliver the benediction at the request of his campaign.
This is the group she is affiliated with: Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good
On the other hand, look who they excluded:
My man McCain just saved his campaign, and avoided political suicide.
John McCain has confirmed that he will not be picking a running mate who takes a pro-abortion position and has ruled out former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, who media outlets promoted as a possibility. McCain aides told Republican Party officials of the decision and they confirmed it to Fox News.
The aides and officials indicated that McCain “got the message” from pro-life advocates that picking an abortion advocate like Ridge was non-negotiable and could cost him votes.
National Review editor Rich Lowry responded to the news and told Fox News that he saw no benefit for McCain by selecting Ridge as his running mate.
there has never been a more pro-abortion Presidential Candidate in US history.
KUDO's to Archbishop Burke. I am very glad that he got "promoted" to the Vatican.
The prefect of the Apostolic Signature, Archbishop Raymond Burke, said this week that Catholics, especially politicians who publically defend abortion, should not receive Communion, and that ministers of Communion should be responsibly charitable in denying it to them if they ask for it, “until they have reformed their lives.”
In an interview with the magazine, Radici Christiane, Archbishop Burke pointed out that there is often a lack of reverence at Mass when receiving Communion. “Receiving the Body and Blood of Christ unworthily is a sacrilege,” he warned. “If it is done deliberately in mortal sin it is a sacrilege.”
To illustrate his point, he referred to “public officials who, with knowledge and consent, uphold actions that are against the Divine and Eternal moral law. For example, if they support abortion, which entails the taking of innocent and defenseless human lives. A person who commits sin in this way should be publicly admonished in such a way as to not receive Communion until he or she has reformed his life,” the archbishop said.
Orlando bishop refutes article, reaffirms that the ‘destruction of innocent human life’ is always wrong.
Well, here's a news flash for the Dems: There is never a "need" for an abortion. Pro-lifers in the Democrat party need to support Democrats for Life, so that group will gain real influence and begin to transform the party from within to be truly pro-life.
Bishop of Orlando, Most Rev. Thomas Wenski has responded to an “inaccurate” article in the Orlando Sentinel which claims that Catholic and evangelical leaders “hailed new language for the Democratic Party's platform that calls for reducing abortion” to create “common ground” with Republican voters.
In the disputed article, “Evangelical: We Can Back Dems, Obama,” the Orlando Sentinel quoted one evangelical pastor, Rev. Joel Hunter, who praised the new wording. “From my perspective as a conservative evangelical, Barack Obama's campaign and the Democratic Party have taken a historic and courageous step toward empowering women for an expanded range of choices and saving babies' lives.”
Bishop Wenski wrote to the editor in a letter published on August 16 clarifying that Catholic leaders are not in agreement with Rev. Hunter’s position.story here
Monday, August 18, 2008
'Catholics for Choice’ to publish open letter to Pope criticizing Humanae Vitae
A group of Catholic dissenters plans to publish an open letter to Pope Benedict XVI in a major U.S. and a major Italian newspaper criticizing Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae on the fortieth anniversary of its promulgation, July 25. The group Catholics for Choice (CFC) claims that the encyclical’s teaching against contraception has been an “utter failure” that endangers women’s lives and leaves millions at risk of HIV. Wrong. abortion is a greater danger to women. And abstinence has been successful in reducing HIV. However, a major pro-life leader said the group’s accusations were hard to take seriously. They are laughable.