"When abortion is hidden, abortion is tolerated" http://www.abortionNO.org

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Obama's Eligibility Case Finally Finds 'Standing'?

New suit claims unique state law enables CITIZENS to DEMAND PROOF!

Monday, December 29, 2008

American Society of Reproductive Medicine Statement Confirms the Pill Causes Abortion

By Ellen M. Rice

December 12, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Amidst an ongoing debate among prolife advocates about whether to classify the Pill as an abortifacient or a prophylactic, pro-abortion advocates have published an authoritative statement declaring that the Pill prevents implantation of embryos, thereby causing an abortion.

In a supplement to its November 2008 issue, top reproductive health journal Fertility and Sterility published the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) statement, “Hormonal contraception: recent advances and controversies.”

In a summary of the development of contraception in the United States the statement called oral contraceptives the “most widely used” reversible method. In the “wide variety” of oral contraceptives that are available, the “mechanisms of action” are the same, said the statement: “inhibition of ovulation, alteration in the cervical mucus, and/or modification of the endometrium, thus preventing implantation.”

Pro-life advocates who oppose abortion, but not contraception, have long considered the Pill as an ethical contraceptive option, as opposed to the IUD, which causes abortions by preventing implantation. However, the statement by the ASRM clearly indicates that the pill is medically classified as a drug that acts by “preventing implantation,” thereby causing the death of a fertilized embryo – a unique and living human being.

A large body of literature supports this statement, including articles from Fertility and Sterility. The most significant of these is a 1996 study by a group of OB/GYNs from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, that concluded that “impaired uterine receptivity” is “one mechanism by which OCs exert their contraceptive actions.”

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry CHRISTmas!

Pope's Christmas Greeting Says We Must "Protect the Human Being against Self-Destruction" of Sexual Aberration

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Duggars Welcome 18th baby!!!

Duggars welcome 18th baby!! by Jill Stanek (Click here to read article)

Friday, December 19, 2008

My Daughter, Mary Elizabeth, Sarah Palin & Post-Election Memories(scroll to bottom for explanation of photos)

Photos bottom to top (Click on photo for a closer view!):
My daughter Mary Elizabeth, holding, "Catholic Moms love McCain-Palin";
The wonderful group of Homeschooling moms and their children whom Mary and I had the privelage of "Raisin' McCain" with!; One of the moms, Megan, is the gifted and talented artist of all the colorful poster boards!;
A little girl named Sarah, who was dressed as Sarah Palin. When Sarah Palin came around to shake our hands, she said to little Sarah, "Wow, you look familiar! You remind me of me 40 years ago!";
Miraculously we went from having nosebleed seats to standing right behind the podium! When my little Mary yelled, "I love you Sarah Palin!" Sarah turned around, waved, and held the pose until my flash went off!
Thank You for sharing these wonderful memories with me.
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Advent!
God Bless!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Second Planned Parenthood Abortion Ctr Staffer Suspended After Rape Coverup

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Get Back Up

A Man with NO LIMBS expresses his happiness to be alive! This video will move you to tears!
Sincere Thanks to my dear friend Deb (A Little Bit of Rachel), who is living proof of God's infinite goodness!
Happy Advent to you all!!!!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Mississippi Memorial Uses 50 Million Pennies to Mark 50 Million Abortion Deaths

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 2, 2008

Jackson, MS (LifeNews.com) -- Ever wanted to know what 50 million pennies looks like? A group of pro-life advocates in Mississippi found out as they collected 50 million of the coins for a unique memorial to mark the deaths of unborn children since Roe v. Wade allowed unlimited abortions in 1973.

The Mississippi Baptist Convention put together this one-of-a-kind visual reminder of the number of babies who have died from abortions.

The group collected pennies from church congregations across the state and erected a large glass house to store all the pennies the size of a backyard storage shed.

Called the Memorial to the Missing, the penny-filled structure contains a plaque that encourages visitors to the Baptist convention's headquarters -- and the legislature across the street -- to respect life.

"We just needed something to memorialize and help people see the magnitude of abortion over the last several decades," Rev. Jimmy Porter, the director of the MBC's Christian Action Commission, told the Jackson Clarion Ledger.

Rev. Clarence Cooper was the president in 2006 when the memorial was first erected and he told the newspaper he thinks it has been "real effective" in making people think.

Convention spokesman William Perkins also told the Ledger that, "There are a number of stories we've heard about grandparents who walk by and saw it and read the plaque and dug in their pockets and put pennies in the memorial for grandchildren who have been aborted."

The memorial structure weighs 300,000 pounds and the pennies add up to $500,000.

The plaque reads:

"Before you is a collection of 50 million pennies! Each penny represents one child who has been aborted since the Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade in 1973. A penny like a baby seems to be so small and sometimes of very little worth, but when seen in a collection of 50 million it becomes enormous.

Each coin is a person, but in many cases it also represents the difficult process of decision-making, fear, and loneliness. While some speak of pro-choice, these babies had no choice. While some speak of a mother's right to control her own body, 50 million babies were not given their right to live.

Fifty million missing children represented by these pennies must be cause for us to stop, pray, consider what we are doing as a nation, ask God to forgive us, seek ways to help those who are struggling with the decision, and look to the Lord to restore each of us."

Related web sites:
Christian Action Commission - http://www3.christianaction.com

Friday, November 28, 2008

"We Want to Exterminate the Negro Population" ~ Margaret Sanger: Planned Parenthood's Racist Founder

A Real Man's Perspective on Sex, Pregnancy, Abortion & "Choice"

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Bishop Would Die to End Abortion

Interview: Bishop Expands on Why it would be a "Privelage to Die Tomorrow to Bring an End to Abortion" ~ Article from Priests For Life

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Going the Distance for Life!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

In Memory of Baby Ella Rose Cook July 17, 2008

Baby Ella was born on July 17, 2008. Four days earlier I had been admitted to the hospital as I spontaneously dilated and Ella's water sac had begun descending into the canal at just 21 weeks gestation. I was told by many to just "get it over with" and begin induction as Ella would not likely live. However, my wonderful husband and I would not choose certain death when I had the option to lie in the hospital in the trendelinberg position to ease the water sac back through the cervix. After 48 hours of doing so, there was no change in my condition. Ella was still exposed to infection as was myself, but we were not about to give up. Two more days went by and we hung onto the hope that something would change. However, the only thing that did was that Ella and I now had an infection and there was no way to turn back the clock for her. My wonderful doctor (who was the only medical professional who refused to give up on us) delivered the news on that Thursday around 12:40pm. It was no longer my duty to try to save Ella...if we wanted to see her alive, we would have to deliver her as soon as possible. With my family beside me, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl who was perfect in every way. My husband and I baptized her immediately and we witnessed her tiny body move and her delicate hand grasp the ring that her daddy tried to place on her fingers...she was so strong. And Ella began to suck on my finger as I brushed it against her tiny cheek. It was a beautiful experience that we enjoyed for 20 minutes until it was time for God to take her home. This video was played at her funeral and we want to share our baby with everyone we can...what a gift we had. Mommy and Daddy love you, Ella Rose! xoxoxoxoxo

*May God Bless Ella Rose up in heaven, and her mommy and daddy, for sharing their beautiful daughter with the world! She is proof that every life is precious, and a gift from God!
God Bless!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Italian Nuns Refuse to Kill Eluana Englaro!

By Hilary White, Rome CorrespondentMILAN, November 17, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
The nuns who run the hospice in which Eluana Englaro has been living for 14 years have refused to carry out the court order to remove her food and hydration tube. On Friday, the highest court of appeals of Italy upheld a previous court’s ruling that Eluana Englaro, the young disabled woman who has been in a state of diminished consciousness since being in a car accident in 1992, may be killed by the removal of her food and hydration tube.

In a letter published in yesterday’s Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian Bishops Conference, the Misericordine nuns of Lecco said, “Our hope, and that of many like us, is that the death by hunger and thirst of Eluana, and others in her condition, will not be carried out.”

“That is why, once again, we maintain our availability, today and into the future, to continue to serve Eluana. If there are those who consider her dead, let Eluana remain with us who feel she is alive. We don’t ask anything but the silence and the liberty to love and to devote ourselves to those who are weak, poor and little in return.”

At the same time, the Secretary of Welfare, Eugenia Roccella, said in a statement today that there is “no obligation” for government-funded health care facilities to implement the decision of the Court of Cassation that patients can be dehydrated to death.

Legal experts have said that it is possible under Italian law for the sisters to apply for permission from the courts to be appointed Eluana’s legal guardian. Monsignore Ignacio Barreiro, the head of the Rome office of Human Life International told LifeSiteNews.com that such a possibility could be a real glimmer of hope for saving Eluana’s life.

“It’s more than reasonable,” he said, “that someone who wants to keep the person alive should be appointed the guardian, rather than the person who’s ready to kill her. You don’t have to have a doctorate in theology to say that; it’s just common sense.”

Msgr. Barriero, who was an attorney before being ordained to the priesthood, added that it is a basic principle of law that “you cannot have a conflict of interest between the guardian and the person who is under guardianship. The purpose of a guardian is to look after the well being of the person.”

550 delegates of the Movement for Life, meeting in Montecatini for the 28th National Congress of the Centers for Aid to Life, have written to President Giorgio Napolitano to ask him to “enforce his highest moral authority” to allow Eluana Englaro “to continue to be cared for and loved by the Sisters of Lecco.”

Giulio Boscagli, Assessor to the Family and Solidarity in the region of Lombardy in which Eluana lives, agreed with the nuns, saying, “The ruling of the Court of Cassation seems to have lost sight of the reality” that Eluana is not dead but alive, although currently in a “seriously disabled condition.”

The desire of the nuns to care for Eluana as though she is “a daughter,” he said, “is the right path, the path taken by all those who daily take care of people who are in a vegetative state or very seriously disabled.” Boscagli pledged the “closeness and support” of the Regione Lombardia for the nuns.

At the same time, the decision of the Court of Cassation has alerted lawmakers to a legal loophole that could be used to sanction euthanasia. Justice Minister Angelino Alfano said that parliament must “fill the legislative vacuum in place” that has allowed the court to rule against Eluana.

Read related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:

Eluana Englaro to Die by Dehydration after Italian High Court Ruling

Support, In Word and Deed, the Dignity of Human Life

Column by Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, D.D.
Bishop of Fargo
Printed in the November 2008 issue of New Earth,
the Newspaper for the Diocese of Fargo

On Nov. 4, 2008, the United States witnessed an historic event in the election of the first African-American president. With his election as president we have seen our nation take great strides forward in the civil rights movement and the rights for all peoples regardless of race. I congratulate President-elect Barack Obama and assure him of my prayers and the prayers of the faithful of the Diocese of Fargo in the immense responsibilities that he will undertake as president. One of those prayers will be for the conversion of his heart and mind to recognize the dignity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death and the truth that no government has the right to legalize abortion.

In his acceptance speech on Nov. 4, President-elect Obama stated, “I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.” I pray that President-elect Obama will listen when it comes to the question of the unborn and not impose the intrinsic evil of abortion on the consciences of so many who know the truth that abortion is the destruction of a unique innocent human being. The President-elect in his voting record and his speeches has revealed that he is one of the strongest supporters of legalized abortion, as well as the “Freedom of Choice Act” (FOCA). In this he directly opposes the divine law of God concerning the dignity of each human life, and so he strongly disagrees with the position of the Catholic Church. On a purely political level, he even disagrees with the majority of Americans, who at least want some limits on abortion. The Church, and most especially bishops and priests, will need to make the teaching of the Church known to every Catholic.

The Catholic Church teaches throughout her history the truth of the dignity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death. This truth was recognized by our country until 1973 with the decision of Roe v. Wade. Today this truth is known even more clearly through reason and science. Every one of our lives began at the same moment: when an egg and sperm came together in our mother‟s womb, formed one cell, and began to divide. It is truly marvelous and beautiful when you observe the truth through the technology of modern science.

Throughout the last several months I have been surprised and saddened at how little some Catholics know and accept the teaching of the Church on the matter of abortion. As a bishop I have received mail from Catholics with diverse complaints. Some state that I haven‟t spoken forcefully enough and that it is my fault that the truth about abortion is not clearly taught in parishes. Others write and state that they are Catholic and pro-choice, and see themselves as faithful to Christ and the Church. Catholics need to promote the Gospel of Life and understand, as Pope Benedict XVI and his predecessors have made definitive and clear, that the question of the moral legality of abortion is non-negotiable. It is always and everywhere wrong, and this moral truth must be enshrined in law in every civil society.

I want to look at misunderstandings in Catholic teaching that I have encountered over the last several months. Most know that since theChurch names several intrinsic evils or disorders, and I urge all Catholics to study these. Certainly the most serious is the destruction of innocent human life, such as abortion (CCC 2270-72), euthanasia (CCC 2277), the intentional killing of non-combatants in war and genocide (CCC 2313). Catholics must come to understand that every intrinsic evil undermines the dignity of the human person as created in the image and likeness of God and must never be condoned or supported.

Another misunderstanding among some Catholics is that abortion is just one issue among many issues. They will say “I am not a one issue person.” It is true that all Catholics must be concerned about the just ordering of society, which means concern for the economy, immigration, the war in Iraq, health care, taxes, etc. All of these impact the dignity of the human person and the flourishing of society. Different prudential judgments may be made about how to prioritize and address these matters in light of the teaching of the Church. Nevertheless, there are fundamental rights that no civil society may take away. The fundamental right to life is essential to all other rights (CCC 2273). Therefore the right to life, from the moment of conception until natural death, is the first among all rights and the first issue that must be taken into consideration, acted upon and protected. The Bishops of the United States spoke of this in their 2007 document on faith and public life, “The direct and intentional destruction of innocent human life from the moment of conception until natural death is always wrong and is not just one issue among many” (Faithful Citizenship 28).

The Second Vatican Council taught, “For God, the Lord of life, has conferred on men the surpassing ministry of safeguarding life in a manner which is worthy of man. Therefore from the moment of its conception life must be guarded with the greatest care, while abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes” (Guadium et Spes 51). Our late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, in his encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, taught “Abortion and euthanasia are thus crimes which no human law can claim to legitimize. There is no obligation in conscience to obey such laws; instead there is a grave and clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection. …the apostolic preaching reminded Christians of their duty to obey legitimately constituted public authorities (cf. Rom 13:1-7; 1 Pet 2:13-14), but at the same time it firmly warned that „we must obey God rather than men‟ (Acts 5:29)…In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to ‘take part in a propaganda campaign in favour of such a law, or vote for it‟” (emphasis added, EV 73).
Catholics, regardless of their affiliation with a political party, must always support the dignity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death, and they must enact good laws which do so. Thus Catholics, be they judges, politicians, or voters, who support Roe v. Wade or “assisted suicide” by any type of legislation or candidate, place themselves outside of the law of God and the Church each time they vote in support of so-called abortion rights or rights to die. Each Catholic who is a member, works for or donates to a political party has the obligation to transform party platforms, to put forward candidates who respect life, and to avoid cooperation in advocating abortion through either platform policies or candidates who oppose life.

A grave misunderstanding concerns the relationship between the distinct missions of the Church and the State and what it means to live one‟s faith in the world. The Second Vatican Council lamented that “[the] split between the faith which many profess and their daily lives deserves to be counted among the more serious errors of our age” (GS 43). In many ways this dichotomy has increased regrettably in the past 40 years through the removal of religious and moral values from the public square. Indeed the mission of the Church and the task of the State are distinct, but they are never completely separate. The constitutional distinction between Church and State is found in the non-establishment of a state religion. However, this is not the denial of the entry of God or moral convictions into the public square.

The misinterpretation of the separation of Church and State as the denial of the entry of God or moral convictions into the public square reveals the reality that the religion predominately lived today is that of secular atheism, the denial of God, whether directly through the works of Richard Dawkins and modern academia, or more subtly through practical atheism, living day-to-day life as if God didn‟t exist. Some Catholics in the separation of their faith from decisions in the political order abandon God and embrace secular atheism. Secular atheism goes hand in hand with secular humanism, namely, the idea that man alone can order society and the common life of the human race and that God has no part in this order. Secular humanism can never flourish, because the moment society abandons God‟s law it also abandons humanity. Abandoning the truth is directly opposed both to our ideals as Christians and to the founding principles of our country as seen in the Declaration of Independence which acknowledges the “laws of nature‟s God” and “the Creator.”
President George Washington declared in his farewell speech in 1796, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them.” Our forefathers had no concept of a civil and democratic society separated from belief. They knew that such a society would either never survive or, if it survived, would seriously undermine the rights and true freedom of peoples, particularly the freedom to practice religion.

Every faithful Catholic has a responsibility to promote the teachings of the Church in the world and to live them out. The Second Vatican Council in Lumen Gentium reminded the laity that “…by their very vocation, [they] seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and by ordering them according to the plan of God….They are called there by God that by exercising their proper function and led by the spirit of the Gospel they may work for the sanctification of the world from within as a leaven” (LG 31). Being faithful to the call and mission given to us by God can never be limited to Sunday worship, but requires the surrender of our complete and entire lives. If we are faithful Catholics, everything we do will be influenced by our relationship with God, his truth, his love and his constant inspiration. If we withhold the beauty and truths about human life from our nation‟s laws, we diminish our society.

Over the next several months, Catholics will be called upon to witness to the preservation of the fundamental right to life from the moment of conception until natural death. As Pope John Paul II reminded Catholics in 1988, “ the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights -- for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture -- is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition of all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination . . . everyone has the mission and responsibility of acknowledging the personal dignity of every human being and of defending the right to life, some lay faithful are given particular title to this task: such as parents, teachers, health workers and the many who hold economic and political power” (Christifideles Laici 38). In his recent visit to the United States, Pope Benedict reminded us that “[Christian truths] alone can guarantee respect for the inalienable dignity and rights of each man, woman and child in our world—including the most defenseless of all human beings, the unborn child in the mother‟s womb” (Benedict XVI, Homily at Mass in Yankee Stadium, April 20, 2008).

Over the next several months and years I invite you to join me and continue to work diligently to promote the Gospel of Life. I encourage all of the clergy and laity of the Diocese of Fargo to work toward this goal and foundational truth. Regardless of which political party a Catholic belongs to, he or she must work tirelessly for life and the protection of the unborn child.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let each one of us give thanks to God for the gift of our own life, the gift of our Catholic faith, and the gift of our country. I give thanks to God for the blessing of being a bishop and for being able to serve the faithful of the Church of Fargo. My fervent prayer for this Thanksgiving is that every Catholic and every person of good will might come to know the truth of the dignity of human life from conception to natural death and support this truth both in word and deed.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Pro-lifers Defend 'Italy's Terri Schiavo' - Catholic Online

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Obama, Now That You Work for Me (A Letter to the President-Elect)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

This video is very powerful. It will move you to tears, and then to action.

Obama's 'Change' : Taking Taxpayer Dollars to Fund Abortion Around the World-by Executive Order

Obama to Enforce Taxpayer-Funded Embryo Research, Abortion Abroad by Executive Order

Friday, November 14, 2008

Cardinal O’Malley Laments President-Elect’s 'Deplorable' Abortion Record

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Catholic Bishops Urge Huge Anti-FOCA Campaign to Stop Abortion Expansion

Baltimore, MD(LifeNews.com) -- Meeting on the second day of their annual conference, the nation's Catholic bishops urged an aggressive campaign to oppose the pro-abortion bill expected to be the centerpiece of the Barack Obama administration. They also mentioned concerns about Catholic hospitals being forced to do abortions.

The FOCA bill, known as the Freedom of Choice Act, is the number one goal of abortion advocates, who feel emboldened by Obama's election.

It would not only make unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy a national law but it would overturn the laws in all 50 states designed to reduce abortions.

During the meeting, the bishops appeared united in their call for an aggressive campaign to defeat the measure in Congress or to take it to court if it becomes law.

Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco urged his colleagues to oppose FOCA "early and often, both with members of Congress and with the new administration."

At the end of the discussion, the bishops voted to authorize Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, the president of the national conference of bishops, to release another strong statement against the bill as the USCCB has done already.

The statement included talking points saying that the Catholic bishops were willing to work with Obama on common issues like the economy, immigration and health care, but ready to strenuously oppose any efforts to expand abortions further.

"The church is also resolute in opposing evil," and the bishops are "completely united and resolute in our teaching and defense of the unborn child from the moment of conception."

The bishops also expressed concern about FOCA because it could overturn protections for Catholic hospitals that don't want to do abortions.

Some of the bishops, during the discussion, went as far as saying the Catholic Church should be willing to close some health facilities rather them allow them to be subject to a mandate to do abortions from the Obama administration.

Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Chicago spoke up about the threats to Catholic health care under the bill.

"It could mean discontinuing obstetrics in our hospitals, and we may need to consider taking the drastic step of closing our Catholic hospitals entirely," Paprocki said. "It would not be sufficient to withdraw our sponsorship or to sell them to someone who would perform abortions. That would be a morally unacceptable cooperation in evil."

"I do not think I'm being alarmist in considering such drastic steps," he said. "We need to respond in a morally appropriate, responsible fashion."

During the campaign, Obama promised the bill [FOCA] would be the first he would sign as president. The FOCA measure would overturn state laws such as bans on taxpayer-funding of abortion, parental notification and consent, informed consent for women, and conscience protections for medical facilities and personnel.

Experts say FOCA could increase abortions as much as 125,000 per year.

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
November 11, 2008

"The Freedom of Choice Act(FOCA): The Danger We See at this Moment," STATEMENT by President of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Francis Cardinal George, OMI
President of the USCCB
Archbishop of Chicago

November 12, 2008

"If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labor; if the Lord does not watch over the city, in vain does the watchman keep vigil." (Psalm 127, vs. 1)

The Bishops of the Catholic Church in the United States welcome this moment of historic transition and look forward to working with President-elect Obama and the members of the new Congress for the common good of all. Because of the Church's history and the scope of her ministries in this country, we want to continue our work for economic justice and opportunity for all; our efforts to reform laws around immigration and the situation of the undocumented; our provision of better education and adequate health care for all, especially for women and children; our desire to safeguard religious freedom and foster peace at home and abroad. The Church is intent on doing good and will continue to cooperate gladly with the government and all others working for these goods.

The fundamental good is life itself, a gift from God and our parents. A good state protects the lives of all. Legal protection for those members of the human family waiting to be born in this country was removed when the Supreme Court decided Roe vs. Wade in 1973. This was bad law. The danger the Bishops see at this moment is that a bad court decision will be enshrined in bad legislation that is more radical than the 1973 Supreme Court decision itself.

In the last Congress, a Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) was introduced that would, if brought forward in the same form today, outlaw any "interference" in providing abortion at will. It would deprive the American people in all fifty states of the freedom they now have to enact modest restraints and regulations on the abortion industry. FOCA would coerce all Americans into subsidizing and promoting abortion with their tax dollars. It would counteract any and all sincere efforts by government and others of good will to reduce the number of abortions in our country.

Parental notification and informed consent precautions would be outlawed, as would be laws banning procedures such as partial-birth abortion and protecting infants born alive after a failed abortion. Abortion clinics would be deregulated. The Hyde Amendment restricting the federal funding of abortions would be abrogated. FOCA would have lethal consequences for prenatal human life.

FOCA would have an equally destructive effect on the freedom of conscience of doctors, nurses and health care workers whose personal convictions do not permit them to cooperate in the private killing of unborn children. It would threaten Catholic health care institutions and Catholic Charities. It would be an evil law that would further divide our country, and the Church should be intent on opposing evil.

On this issue, the legal protection of the unborn, the bishops are of one mind with Catholics and others of good will. They are also pastors who have listened to women whose lives have been diminished because they believed they had no choice but to abort a baby. Abortion is a medical procedure that kills, and the psychological and spiritual consequences are written in the sorrow and depression of many women and men. The bishops are single-minded because they are, first of all, single-hearted.

The recent election was principally decided out of concern for the economy, for the loss of jobs and homes and financial security for families, here and around the world. If the election is misinterpreted ideologically as a referendum on abortion, the unity desired by President-elect Obama and all Americans at this moment of crisis will be impossible to achieve. Abortion kills not only unborn children; it destroys constitutional order and the common good, which is assured only when the life of every human being is legally protected. Aggressively pro-abortion policies, legislation and executive orders will permanently alienate tens of millions of Americans, and would be seen by many as an attack on the free exercise of their religion.

This statement is written at the request and direction of all the Bishops, who also want to thank all those in politics who work with good will to protect the lives of the most vulnerable among us. Those in public life do so, sometimes, at the cost of great sacrifice to themselves and their families; and we are grateful. We express again our great desire to work with all those who cherish the common good of our nation. The common good is not the sum total of individual desires and interests; it is achieved in the working out of a common life based upon good reason and good will for all.

Our prayers accompany President-elect Obama and his family and those who are cooperating with him to assure a smooth transition in government. Many issues demand immediate attention on the part of our elected "watchman." (Psalm 127) May God bless him and our country.

Francis Cardinal George, OMI

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

"Conquer Evil with Weapons of Love," Fr. Frank responds to a THREAT-told he should LEAVE the U.S.A.

I received the following message on my blog ( www.priestsforlife.org/blog ) the day after the elections:

Urgent--to Fr. Frank. Says: November 5th, 2008 at 9:49 pm


I am predicting that there will be more anti-abortion terror because of this election. I AM ALSO PREDICTING THAT THIS TIME IT WILL BE ANSWERED IN KIND BY PRO-CHOICE COUNTERTERRORISTS, who will mount similar terrorist attacks against well-known right-to-lifers. FATHER FRANK will be a natural target for pro-choice counterterrorists.

I therefore advise you, Fr Frank, if you read that there has been another abortion-clinic shooting or bombing, get out of town immediately. Take a vacation abroad. Go visit the Vatican. If there is another act of anti-abortion terror, your life will not be safe in the USA.

Good luck.

Some other pro-life leaders received a similar message, and it has been reported to law enforcement.

Pro-abortion extremists call the pro-life movement “violent.” Yet it’s the most peaceful movement of social reform in our nation’s history. In fact, the most confrontational aspect of our movement, Operation Rescue, brought about over 70,000 arrests from 1987 to 1994, yet not a single one of them was for violent activity.

We also know that any time a movement is as big as ours, there will be a handful of people – disconnected from the movement – who embrace violence as a tactic. The same was true of the civil rights movement and the abolitionist movement.

But of no movement is it more true than the pro-abortion movement. It’s just that the public doesn’t know of their fanatical violence. It starts in the womb, of course – the very action they promote as a “right” is in fact violence. “Typically, the skull is brought out in fragments rather than as a unified piece,” abortionist Martin Haskell testified in court in 1999 regarding the legal “D and E” abortion procedure (Wisconsin, Case No. 98-C-0305-S).

And their violence extends beyond the womb. Just visit www.prochoiceviolence.com to see that our movement has been able to document 8519 acts of violence (and counting) by the other side. Pro-abortion fanatics have attacked pro-life demonstrators, have kidnapped women to force them to abort, have murdered born babies, and much more.

So for the visitor to my blog to send that message just reinforces the truth about the “abortion-rights” fanatics. Violence is their way of life.

But why blame Obama? Of course, he is the most pro-abortion person elected to the Presidency. Perhaps they’re thinking back to President Clinton, whose attempts to stop peaceful intervention coincided with the killing of some abortionists. Or perhaps they’re thinking of President Kennedy’s assertion, "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

But we already have a peaceful revolution – and not only is it possible, it’s growing! As long as I have anything to say about it, there won’t be any “anti-abortion terror.” Instead, there will be peaceful vigil, 24-hours a day, around abortion centers. That both stops abortions and stops the killing of abortionists.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

"Be Encouraged!" A Message of Hope from Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests For Life

Friday, November 7, 2008

Politics from a TRUE Catholic Perspective ~ A Post-Election Analysis

I woke up on Wednesday morning grieving the death of my country. I actually felt as though the country had lost its' soul. What has troubled me the most was seeing many nuns, priests, and well-informed Catholics with Obama buttons, bumper stickers,hats,'Catholics for Obama' yard signs,etc. This created confusion among Catholics, despite the valiant and most forceful vocal efforts of many wonderful Bishops across the nation who CLEARLY and ARTICULATELY reminded Catholics that we cannot vote for a pro-abortion candidate, period. It is against the teaching of the Catholic Church. What part of "Thou Shall Not Kill" don't people understand? The point is they chose to REJECT the teaching of the Catholic Church. After this experience, one thing remains abundantly clear: at least we know now where people stand.
This election afforded the opportunity to not only talk politics, but also, about morality. From my personal experience, conservative Catholics wanted to talk about both; liberal Catholics didn't want to talk about either.
Archbishop Charles Chaput points out in his book Render Unto Caesar,
"Limited government is also "under God" because the political realm must find, in its own perfect manner, ways to bring about as much justice, peace, and order as circumstances allow. To do this, the secular depends on virtues that it cannot generate from within itself. In this sense, Christianity must stand above and in tension with democracy while respecting the properly political. By forming people in virtues the world cannot, the Church provides a vital public service, especially in democracy."
Chaput reminds people about "The role the church has played throughout history in shaping the public square." He says, "For Catholics, politics--the pursuit of justice and the common good--is part of the history of salvation. No one is a minor actor in that drama. Each person is important."He quotes Paul Johnson in his classic, A History of Christianity, "It was the Christian spirit of mutual love and communal charity which most impressed pagans."
He points out American Social Scientist Rodney Stark's conclusions of how the Church conquered the Roman Empire in The Rise of Christianity, "Christianity did not grow because Constantine said it should, by celebrity conversion, opportunism or coercion, but because Christians practiced what the church preached. It was mainly by the force of her beliefs and teachings." Christians lived their faith as the most important factor in their daily choices and actions. And that active witness of faith had revolutionary consequences.
Obviously many Catholics freely chose to ignore and reject the teaching of the Catholic Church, no matter how clearly it was presented to them. The economy is what drove these catholics to leave their faith at the voting booth door.
It is what drove many Catholic Priests & nuns in prominent schools to falsely teach our young kids that it is ok to vote for Barack Obama.
Here is what St. Paul tells Timothy about "False Teaching and True Wealth" in Timothy Ch.6 v.3-10,
"Whoever teaches something different and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the religious teaching is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes. From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds, who are deprived of the truth, supposing religion to be a means of gain. Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it. If we have food and clothing we shall be content with that. Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all evils, and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith and have pierced themselves with many pains."
So how do we recover what we, as Catholics, have lost?
Phil Lawler, author and director of the Catholic Culture Project, referring to the Catholic vote, clearly concludes, "To repair the damage, we must recognize that the problem is not restricted to abortion, nor to defense-of-life issues. Indeed it is not, strictly speaking, a political problem. To restore the integrity of the Catholic vote, we must first restore the integrity of the Catholic faith, and rebuild the foundations of a Catholic culture."
"Ultimately," Chaput poignantly states, "I believe that all of us who call ourselves American and Catholic need to recover what it truly means to be "Catholic." We also need to find again the courage to be Catholic Christians first--not in opposition to our country, but to serve its best ideals."

I have mourned and grieved, and now, more than ever, I am ready to join the front lines and to put my faith into action.

In closing, I recall the book of Timothy 2:18,19:
"Through them may you fight a good fight by having faith and a good conscience. Some, by rejecting conscience, have made a shipwreck of their faith."

God Bless!

"There is still a God in Heaven!" ~ A Message from Fr. John Corapi, SOLT

The American people have now made it abundantly clear who they want to lead them, and the policies and practices that this president-elect has represented for some time, they can now claim as their own. Actions have consequences, and I am sure God has duly noted what our priorities are in the US of A. Economic matters would seem to take precedence over moral matters; money more important than life itself to most people (I guess they don’t consider almost 50,000,000 innocent children murdered by abortion part of life).
Now we shall see what the fruit of such a tree will be. I predict that we won’t have to wait long. In recent months we have seen “corrections” in the stock market, housing market, and banking industries. Now we’ll see if God orchestrates a “correction” in a country and a world that has demonstrated quite clearly that it prefers convenience and wealth to life itself.
Regardless of whatever happens next, remember there is still a God in Heaven and He loves you. He is infinitely merciful—and He is infinitely just as well.

God Bless You

Fr. John Corapi

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

"Take Courage, I have conquered the world!"

A few nights ago, I began to ponder the time in which Jesus was born, and the darkness of the world under Herod's rule. How Joseph must have felt when, "The angel of the Lord appeared and said, 'Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.' What must have been going through Mary's mind, as she fled, tired and heavy of heart, to an unfamiliar place while Herod killed millions of babies in his bloodthirsty search for the newborn King? A few nights ago, I could only imagine.
Tonight, as the world rejoices, my heart is filled with grief. As a mother raising a beautiful little girl in this world, I have come that much closer to understanding what Our Blessed Mother must have gone through.
Let us pray for the grace to get through these times by reflecting upon the words of Her Son, Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, Who said,
"Amen, Amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy." (Jn 16:20) "So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you."(Jn 16:22) "I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world." (Jn 16:33) "Blessed Be God!" ~ Georgia

Electing Obama “A Grave Mistake,” National Priest Leader Declares

“Americans have made a grave mistake in electing Barack Obama to the presidency,” Fr. Pavone wrote. “He said during the campaign that he does not know when a human being starts to have human rights. How can one govern from that starting point of ignorance? Governing is about protecting human rights; to do it successfully, you have to know where they come from, and when they begin. The President-elect has already failed that test miserably.”

Fr. Pavone sounds a note of defiant confidence, declaring that the pro-life movement is winning in the culture and that “a new chapter of the pro-life movement has just begun. …We will keep marching toward that pro-life America we seek, and won’t stop until we get there.”

Monday, November 3, 2008

DEAR MR OBAMA Sgt Joe Cook Iraq Veteran

Watch closely at the end of this 1:55 video, it may just bring you to tears!
God Bless America!

Friday, October 31, 2008

How Can Someone be a Catholic and yet Vote for Obama?

The following is an editorial that my daughter's grandmother sent to me from Maryland, Thank You, Dolly!
I am putting this on my blog for all those who have friends & family members who claim to be Catholic, but are voting for Obama, despite his records and affiliations. Despite the over 100 Bishops who have come together to emphasize that voting for a pro-choice, abortion on demand candidate is against our Catholic teaching. It boggles my mind to wonder HOW someone can even consider voting for man who has voted 4 times in favor of INFANTICIDE. How can someone vote for a man whose spiritual advisor is Jeremiah Wright, financial advisor is Tony Rezko, and who launched his political career from unrepented domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers. His inexperience, associations and record SHOULD be enough, but, sadly it is not. This editorial attempts to address these questions ~ that are just outright unanswerable ~ However, someday, they will have to answer to God. In the meantime, let's remind ourselves of what Jesus said while hanging on the Cross, "Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do." To those of us who are anxious because of these realities, He also says, "Be at peace and know that I AM GOD!"
God Bless! ~ Georgia

"I'm confused. What's with the "Catholics for Obama" signs that I see around the country? How can someone be Catholic and yet be for Sen. Barack Obama?
Has the Catholic Church changed its longstanding opposition to abortion? I think not. Many churches around the country display little crosses representing the number of abortions that are performed in America each day. And some Catholic church lawns prominently advertise the CareNet Pregnancy Center, an organization committed to providing alternatives to abortion. Not to mention San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the carpet recently about her comments on abortion. And Cardinal Edward Egan of New York went so far as to say that anyone who defends abortion should not be leading in a civilized democracy. So, obviously, the Catholic Church hasn't budged.
Maybe Sen. Obama has reversed his unqualified support for abortion. Unfortunately, the evidence suggests otherwise. In July 2007, Barack Obama vowed to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund: "The FIRST thing I'd do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act." This legislation, co-sponsored by Sen. Obama, would annihilate every single state law limiting or regulating abortion, including the federal ban on partial-birth abortion. He even voted against banning partial-birth abortion in October 2007. (**Also, he voted 4x against providing medical care to little babies who are born accidentally from a botched abortion. In other words, Barack Obama is Pro-INFANTICIDE!**Georgia Kijesky added this) On top of that, Sen. Obama's overall record has earned him 100 percent ratings from pro-abortion groups such as NARAL, Pro-Choice America, and the National Organization for Women. If he has changed his opinion on abortion, he hasn't told anyone.
Apparently neither the Catholic Church nor Sen. Obama has altered their stance on the abortion issue.
So how can some Catholics still be for Obama? Have they decided that the Catholic Church is wrong when it comes to abortion, but right on other matters? But if you disagree with the church on such a fundamental issue, why contiune to call yourself Catholic at all? Call yourself something else instead.
Maybe Catholics for Obama haven't actually thought out the issue enough from a Catholic (or even Biblical) perspective to grasp that God created our inmost being and knit us together in our mother's womb. And if God begins life at conception, it is cerainly not our place to destroy it out of convenience.
Maybe Catholics for Obama have decided that it doesn't really matter what they believe or how they vote at all, which betrays an even deeper disconnect between what they do in church on Sundays and how they live the rest of the week.
Or maybe they think that God simply doesn't care how they vote, or if He does, that He will overlook it on the day of Judgement. But if we will give an account then for every careless word we speak, surely we will give an account for how we voted.
Either way, it is a shame, because their votes could indeed have made a difference."
~ John Harris, Lexington Park, editorial from "The Enterprise"

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Archbishop Chaput on Douglas Kmiec's book,"Can a Catholic Support Him? Asking the Big Question about Barack Obama"

click here to read article in its entirety

Sunday, October 26, 2008

What Barack Obama Does NOT Want YOU to SEE or KNOW

This election is not about Democrat vs. Republican, Rich vs. Poor, or Black vs. White, it is about LIFE vs. DEATH

Friday, October 24, 2008

Obama Argued AGAINST the Supreme Court Decision Gonzales v. Carhart

Washington DC, Feb 28, 2008 / 06:15 am (CNA).- On Wednesday a full transcript of Democrat presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama’s July 2007 speech to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in which he vigorously defended legalized abortion became available.

In the July 17 speech, Obama attacked the Supreme Court decision that upheld the federal partial-birth abortion ban and the nomination of Supreme Court justices who favor overturning Roe v. Wade. In the speech the senator said, "There will always be people, many of goodwill, who do not share my view on the issue of choice. On this fundamental issue, I will not yield and Planned Parenthood will not yield."

Obama based his speech around the question, “What kind of America will our daughters grow up in?”

He specifically argued against the Supreme Court decision Gonzales v. Carhart, which upheld restrictions on partial-birth abortion.

“For the first time in Gonzales versus Carhart,” Obama said, “the Supreme Court held—upheld a federal ban on abortions with criminal penalties for doctors. For the first time, the Court’s endorsed an abortion restriction without an exception for women’s health. The decision presumed that the health of women is best protected by the Court—not by doctors and not by the woman herself. That presumption is wrong.”

He warned abortion supporters that the partial-birth abortion ban should not be construed as an isolated effort, saying it was wrong to presume the law was “not part of a concerted effort to roll back the hard-won rights of American women.”

Obama said the decision had encouraged an Alabama lawmaker to introduce a measure to ban all abortions. “With one more vacancy on the Court, we could be looking at a majority hostile to a woman’s fundamental right to choose for the first time since Roe versus Wade and that is what is at stake in this election,” Obama claimed.

The senator said he had a long tradition of support for legalized abortion, citing his efforts in the Illinois State Senate and his classes as a law professor. “I have worked on these issues for decades now,” he said. “I put Roe at the center of my lesson plan on reproductive freedom when I taught Constitutional Law. Not simply as a case about privacy but as part of the broader struggle for women’s equality.”

The dissent of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in Gonzales v. Carhart won praise from Obama while Justice Anthony Kennedy, who spoke for the majority, was held up for ridicule.

“The only thing more disturbing than the decision was the rationale of the majority. Without any hard evidence, Justice Kennedy proclaimed, ‘It is self-evident that a woman would regret her choice.’ He cited medical uncertainty about the need to protect the health of pregnant women. Even though the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists found no such uncertainty. Justice Kennedy knows many things, my understanding is he does not know how to be a doctor,” Obama said.

On the topic of judicial appointments, Obama reaffirmed his opposition to the confirmation of Supreme Court Justices Roberts and Alito, who are believed to be hostile to the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Obama also depicted his opponents as divisive, saying, “They want us to believe that there’s nothing that unites us as Americans—there’s only what divides us. They’ll seek out the narrowest and most divisive ground.”

Senator Obama said he was “absolutely convinced that culture wars are so nineties,” saying it was “time to turn the page.”

“We’re tired about arguing about the same ole’ stuff,” he continued. And I am convinced we can win that argument. If the argument is narrow, then oftentimes we lose.”

He said abortion advocates should emphasize their support for women to have the “same chances” as men.

Laura Echevarria, the political writer and former National Right to Life Committee spokeswoman who transcribed the July speech, criticized Obama’s remarks.

"Many Americans see Barack Obama as a kind and compassionate candidate," she said. "However, Mr. Obama's compassion does not extend to our most vulnerable members of society- -unborn children."

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Catholic Bishop Causes Stir: Don't Vote for Pro-Abortion Candidates, Period!

Scranton, PA (LifeNews.com) -- A Catholic bishop in Pennsylvania has perhaps gone further than any other Catholic leader in the nation with a new statement saying Catholics shouldn't vote for any candidate who is pro-abortion. The statement has implications for the presidential race with a clear contrast between the candidates.

Scranton Bishop Joseph F. Martino showed up unexpectedly at a parish forum in his diocese and said he was upset that the letter he authored saying not to vote for pro-abortion candidates wasn't a part of the discussion.

Martino surprised the audience by saying that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops doesn't go far enough in laying out Catholic policy vis-a-vis voting priorities.

The bishops have said, in their document “Faithful Citizenship” that "“a Catholic cannot vote for a candidate who takes a position in favor of an intrinsic evil, such as abortion" if the voter is intending to support abortion. It says pro-abortion candidates can only be supported for proportionate reasons -- something Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput has said doesn't exist.

Bishop Martino went further and took issue with the USCCB statement, which was handed out to everyone at the meeting, and complained no one received his letter.

“No USCCB document is relevant in this diocese,” said Martino. “The USCCB doesn't speak for me.”

“The only relevant document ... is my letter,” he said. “There is one teacher in this diocese, and these points are not debatable.”

The letter indicates that abortion is more important than any other political issue.

“Health care, education, economic security, immigration, and taxes are very important concerns. Neglect of any one of them has dire consequences as the recent financial crisis demonstrates," it says. "However, the solutions to problems in these areas do not usually involve a rejection of the sanctity of human life in the way that abortion does."

"National Right to Life reports that 48.5 million abortions have been performed since 1973. One would be too many. No war, no natural disaster, no illness or disability has claimed so great a price," it concludes. “No social issue has caused the death of 50 million people. This is madness, people."

After Bishop Martino's comments, most of the members of the audience gave him a standing ovation, but about one-fourth of the audience left afterwards.

by Steven Ertelt

LifeNews.com Editor

October 22, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

In His Own Words:Barack Obama expresses his opposition to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act

Division in Scranton, PA ~ an Interview based upon N.Y.Times article w/Archbishop Chaput

Monday, October 20, 2008

"What is at Stake," In His Own Words (53 seconds)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Roving Reporter #32: Norma McCorvey: Roe No More

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Jane Roe is Roe No More

Her name is Norma McCorvey. She likes to be called, "Miss Norma," and is unapologetically Roman Catholic. As the former "poster-girl" for abortion who, in the words of a friend, "jumped off the poster and into the arms of Christ," Norma truly began to live her life in 1995 when she became baptized and gave her life to God. She literally moved next door from the abortion clinic at which she was working to the national offices of the prominent pro-life organization, Operation Rescue. Shortly after her conversion in 1997, Miss Norma founded Roe No More Ministry to share with the world what she knows about "choice". She knows the truth of Roe v. Wade and the lie upon which it all started. She is now dedicated to reversing what she was a part of 35 years ago.

The Truth of Roe v. Wade

The Roe vs. Wade case took three years of trials to reach the United States Supreme Court. In the meantime, McCorvey had not aborted, but had given birth to the baby in question. In the case, she claimed that her pregnancy was the result of rape. She now claims that to have been untrue.

In the 1980s, McCorvey revealed herself to be the "Jane Roe" of the famous case, and that she had been the "pawn" of two young and ambitious lawyers (Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee) who were looking for a plaintiff with whom they could challenge the Texas state law prohibiting abortion.

About Roe No More Ministry

Although Miss Norma is Catholic, she prides herself in maintaining an unequivocally non-denominational ministry. She is a firm believer in the fact that as Christians, we need to come together and spread the Good News of life ecumenically as opposed to trying to convert each other.

Roe No More Ministry's primary service is through Miss Norma's public speaking. Since its' inception in 1997, she has traveled to three countries and over 40 states, sharing her story at rallies, with church congregations, civic organizations, politicians, university students and clergy.

Its' mission is to spread the truth that Roe v. Wade is not liberation for women, but was a case based on lies and deceit. Having worked inside abortion clinics, she knows, not only what really happens behind closed doors, but also what the women go through.

Central to Miss Norma's message is her unparalleled support of Crisis Pregnancy solutions. She recently commented that,
"instead of supporting organizations such as Planned Parenthood with taxpayer money, we should support local Crisis Pregnancy Centers who provide women with options other than killing their children...Women need to be fully informed...believe me, I've seen first-hand how inadequate the counseling by abortion providers really is."

In January, 1998, Miss Norma testified before a Senate Subcommittee stating:
"I saw procedure rooms where sanitation and hygiene were after-thoughts. I worked with a doctor that operated on women while he was barefoot...but the most terrible of all, I saw women who were emotionally and physically scarred by their visit to an abortion clinic. They often came asking us if it was a baby, and more often than not, they were lied to, and told, 'No, it was not a baby.'"

In the end, Miss Norma's message is about love and forgiveness. Ultimately, what is most unique about her and her mission is that she knows something far greater than herself. She knows God. And because of all of this, Jane Roe is, in fact, Roe No More.

Bishop Soto stuns National Homosexual Ministries Conference

(For the complete text of the Bishop's speech, see "It is Sinful," published on the Diocese of Sacramento's website, Sept. 26, 2008)
When two Catholics from Southern California learned that Sacramento Coadjutor Bishop Jaime Soto was to be the keynote speaker at the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries conference in Long Beach on Sept. 18, 2008 they decided to attend themselves to see and hear the talk in person. They say what they witnessed was a bishop who “courageously but gently” gave a clear presentation of Church teaching on sexuality.

After California Catholic Daily reported on Bishop Soto’s plans to attend and speak at the conference (“Birds of a feather?” Sept. 15, 2008), many readers expressed disapproval or worry over how to interpret the soon-to-be Bishop of Sacramento’s decision. Bishop Soto will take over the diocese from retiring Bishop William Weigand on Nov. 30. The National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries, based in Berkeley, is a network of local ministries that has the reputation of taking, at best, an ambiguous stance on the moral character of homosexuality and homosexual acts.

But there was nothing ambiguous about Bishop Soto’s remarks to the group. “Sexual relations between people of the same sex can be alluring for homosexuals, but it deviates from the true meaning of the act and distracts them from the true nature of love to which God has called us all,” Bishop Soto said. “For this reason, it is sinful. Married love is a beautiful, heroic expression of faithful, life-giving, life-creating love. It should not be accommodated and manipulated for those who would believe that they can and have a right to mimic its unique expression."

At least five members of the audience walked out during the bishop’s address. When he finished speaking, there was general silence -- with only a very small number applauding.

The chairman of the conference then announced that the bishop would answer questions at a reception that would be held in another room. That led to widespread expressions of disapproval from members of the audience, who said they wanted to be able to express their responses immediately. It was agreed that those who wanted to speak would line up. The bishop was told twice by the chairman that he was free to leave if he wanted -- or to stay and listen. Bishop Soto stayed and sat quietly listening to every response.

A series of about eight speakers came to the microphone to express their unhappiness with what the bishop had said -- and what they felt he had not said. One woman said, in essence, "We know what the Church says. What we wanted you to talk about is the value of our lived experience as lesbian women and gay men."

Two speakers -- one man and one woman -- thanked the bishop for his address and voiced their agreement with what he had to say.

While the audience members were responding to the bishop’s remarks, a board member of the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries came up to one of the tables in the room and said, "On behalf of the board, I apologize. We had no idea Bishop Soto was going to say what he said."

Risk It!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Are You an Open-Minded Free Thinker? If so, watch this!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sing A Little Louder

"I lived in Germany during the Nazi holocaust. I considered myself a Christian. I attended church since I was a boy. We had heard the stories of what was happening to the Jews, but like most people today in this country, we tried to distance ourselves from it. After all, what could we do to stop it? A railroad track ran behind our small church. Each Sunday morning we would hear the whistle from a distance and then the clacking of the wheels moving over the track. We became disturbed when one Sunday we noticed cries coming from the train as it passed by. We grimly realized that the train was carrying Jews. They were like cattle in those cars! Week after week that train whistle blew. We would dread to hear the sound of those old wheels because we knew that the Jews would begin to cry out to us as they passed our church. It was so terribly disturbing! We could do nothing to help these poor miserable people, yet their screams tormented us. We knew exactly what time that whistle would blow, and we decided that to keep from being so disturbed by the cries we would start singing our hymns. By the time the train came rumbling past our church, we were singing at the top of our voices. If some of the screams reached our ears, we would just sing a little louder until we couldn't hear them. Years have passed and no one talks about it much anymore, but I still hear that train whistle in my sleep. I can still hear them crying our for help. God forgive all of us who called ourselves Christians, yet did nothing.
Now, so many years later, I see it happening all over again in America. God forgive you as Americans for blocking out the screams of millions of your own children. The holocaust is hear. The response is the same as it was in my country--SILENCE!"

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Weight of One Issue

Wow! I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to finally be a part of the technologically advanced world of blogging! Most importantly, I am delighted to share my love for my Catholic faith and passion for the Pro-Life cause by spreading the good news of the Gospel of life.
I promise to provide factual and updated information on the latest news, events and issues that are relevent to Moms For Life, so together we can create a culture of life.
Thanks to the advice of my dear friend Deb, I decided to launch my new blog with my 1st official publication from my local newspaper, the Scranton-Times, on September 28, 2008:

"Recently, the New York Times published an article about one issue that is causing great division among Scranton voters, namely, abortion. Having been no stranger to the question, "How can you be a one-issue voter, "

I propose the following questions:

What if a politician were to vow to put an end to the health care crisis by making it possible for all Americans to receive affordable health care? What if he vowed to end the war in Iraq by bringing our troops home, using them to secure our borders? What if he vowed to put an end to the energy crisis by drilling here in our country, which would lower gas prices? What if he vowed to put an end to the economic crisis, lowering taxes, and creating more jobs? What if he vowed to create peaceful diplomacy throughout the world?

Now, consider this: What if this same politician vowed to legalize child pornography?

Clearly, one intrinsically evil issue far outweighs many other issues under debate."

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Obama's Pro-Abortion Record

"I Am Personally Responsible for over 75,000 Abortions"

*This video was made during the campaign to ban abortion in South Dakota. Bernard Nathanson repented of his ways and has became Catholic.*

100% of funds raised go directly to Pro-Life efforts
Randall Terry, founder Operation Rescue, addresses the assassination of George Tiller. Mr. Terry urges the pro-life movement to not surrender words and actions under the heavy opposition from child killers and the Obama administration.

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Not just a prayer book for teens...but for people of all ages! You will LOVE it! Order your copy TODAY!

Books for Children

  • Horton Hears a Who, by Dr. Seuss
  • The Weight of a Mass: A Tale of Faith, by Josephine Nobisso
  • The Princess and the Kiss, by Jennie Bishop
  • Angel in the Waters, by Regina Doman

More Recommended Reading

  • Abortion: Yes or No? by John L. Grady, M.D.
  • Changed ~ Making Sense of Your Own or a Loved One's Abortion Experience, by Michaelene Fredenburg
  • Ending Abortion Not Just Fighting It, by Fr. Frank A. Pavone, M.E.V.
  • Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), by Pope John Paul II
  • God Is Love, An Encyclical Letter of Pope Benedict XVI
  • Humane Vitae: A Challenge to Love, by Pope Paul VI
  • Is the Fetus Human? by Eric Pastuszek
  • Led by Faith, by Immaculee Ilibigiza
  • Left to Tell, by Immaculee Ilibigiza
  • Living the Gospel of Life ~ the pastoral statement issued by U.S. Catholic Bishops
  • Noise, by Teresa Tomeo
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hope for the World by Dan Lynch
  • Render Unto Caesar, by Charles J. Chaput
  • The Way to Love, by Anthony De Mello
  • Won By Love, by Norma McCorvey

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