Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Supreme Court rules against abortion clinics

(HT:Daniel at UK Students for Life)

from the Associated Press:

Justices rule anti-abortion protests may not be banned using extortion laws

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court dealt a setback Tuesday to abortion clinics in a two-decade-old legal fight over anti-abortion protests, ruling that federal extortion and racketeering laws cannot be used to ban demonstrations.

Anti-abortion groups brought the appeal after the 7th Circuit had asked a trial judge to determine whether a nationwide injunction could be supported by charges that protesters had made threats of violence absent a connection with robbery or extortion.

The 8-0 decision ends a case that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had kept alive despite a 2003 decision by the high court that lifted a nationwide injunction on anti-abortion groups led by Joseph Scheidler and others.

FULL STORY

READ COVERAGE FROM LIFESITE NEWS HERE.

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Quote from Joseph Scheidler on the SCOTUS decision:

“It’s going to open up the floodgates of activism. People have been afraid they would face the RICO and the huge triple damages. People are going to feel free to get involved now."

Pope to Terrorists:

"God, the Creator and Father of all, will be severe in his judgment of those who shed their brothers' blood invoking His name." Read the rest.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Bad News

This is kinda disgusting but, it seems that they've developed spray on birth control that seems to have become marketable within the last two or three weeks. Nasty. This can only be bad.

Read a short article.

Read a long article.

South Dakota Bill Passes

The bill to ban nearly all abortions passed in South Dakota.

All that needs to happen now is for the Governor to sign it into law, and abortion is almost completely illegal in South Dakota. The state is currently trying to set up a fund to finance the court battle that will likely ensue from Planned Parenthood (and most likely the ACLU - isn't that ironic - being that 1) they're probably not many African Americans in SD, and 2) the ACLU should be fighting abortion since the black population is one of its main targets). Pray for the success of this bill.

Read more.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Vatican to Islam: Practice what you preach


"If we tell our people they have no right to offend, we have to tell the others they have no right to destroy us," Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican's Secretary of State (prime minister), told journalists in Rome. Read the rest.

USCCB Secretariat: Pregnancy is not a disease!

Read the commentary on how morally bankrupt the FDA has become. It is about how RU-486 is 10 times more dangerous for women than surgical abortion, and just as dangerous for the baby [kills her every time], but the FDA turns a blind eye to that.

"Congressman Roscoe Bartlett and 79 co-sponsors are seeking action on H.R. 1079 (“Holly’s Law”), which would temporarily suspend RU-486 approval pending review of the FDA’s conduct in approving the drug. Please ask your representatives to support this life-saving measure."

In the second to last paragraph, Susan Wills, Assistant Director for Education of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, says that PREGNANCY IS NOT A DISEASE, RU486 HAS NO THERAPUTIC BENEFIT.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

South Dakota bill set to ban nearly all abortions

The South Dakota state Senate approved a bill to ban all abortions, except in the dire need to save the life of the mother. Being that with the progression of science, that is pretty much never going to happen, this bill will practically ban all abortions. It was sent to the state House today. Hopefully there will be a vote in the affirmative.

Just an interesting note. The main sponsor of the bill is a female Democrat. That seems to go against everything that the pro-choice says is true. So we'll see what this means for the future.

Read more here
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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Pro-Choice Catholicism is a Heresy

So says Bishop Vasa of Baker, OR.

Here is an excerpt from the article on LifeSiteNews.com:

"Robert Vasa, the Catholic bishop of the Oregon diocese of Baker, has written a letter to his diocesan newspaper clearly identifying the so-called 'pro-choice' position among Catholics as a 'heresy'. For decades, many Catholics have argued that 'primacy of conscience' allows them to dissent from basic Church teaching, including the right to life, and still consider themselves 'good Catholics.'

He said he does not seek to justify 'vigilante theology,' and that the word needs to be applied with care, 'but we do need strong words to combat erroneous and fallacious teaching.'

'There is a very strong word, which still exists in our Church, which most of us are too 'gentle' to use. The word is ‘heresy.''''


Here is a link to Bishop Vasa's speech.

Why the Pill is anti-Human


The West has a powerful tradition of not only making inventions, but also of making them work to its advantage, whether it’s gunpowder or airplanes, television sets or nuclear power.....

Read this insightful commentary on how the West has led the charge with advancing the world. That is, until the West invented the Pill, and we have been going down hill ever since.

Congratulations Cardinal O'Malley



The shepherd of the flock in Massachusetts has just been elevated to the title of Cardinal.
Congratulations Cardinal O'Malley! Read about the other 14 Cardinals named by Papa B.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

"The Morning-After Pill Conspiracy"

My friend sent me this an e-mail with this link today about "The Morning-After Pill Conspiracy." Totally crazy ideas sometimes do actually run through people's heads. I think we should have one of the Crusade Days actually concentrate on praying for everyone on the list. There are 1300 of them so it would be a great day of prayer and fasting. Enjoy the link if you really want to read it.

Three Cheers for Bishop Loverde!!

Seperation of Church and State?


The State of Massachusetts is forcing the Catholic Church to give children who are in the Catholic adoption agency over to homosexual and lesbian couples. Read the rest.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Good news at home though

The New York State mid level court has struck down gay "marriage," three times in one case (I believe that's how it went). Great news from such a rough state.

Sad News from Australia

Unfortunately, "Australian Leading Democrat on RU-486 – Some May Die But It’s Worth the Risk". What has the world come to? Read more here.

Pray for French Bishop

Friday, February 10, 2006

Wal-Mart will hopefully fight the good fight

This is from NARAL (pray for their conversion):

"Wal-Mart - the nation's largest retail pharmacy - has been denying millions of American women the opportunity to prevent unintended pregnancy. The store refuses to stock the "morning-after" pill, a back-up birth control option that prevents pregnancy after sex.

With your help, NARAL Pro-Choice America has been fighting this policy from every angle:

:: In the past year, our activists have generated 75,000 messages to Wal-Mart headquarters, asking the retail giant to reverse its policy.
:: Our affiliate, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, recently joined three women plaintiffs who announced a suit against Wal-Mart for not stocking the morning-after pill.
:: And just last week, we signed onto a letter with Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the National Organization for Women, the National Council of Women's Organizations, and WakeUpWalMart.com, urging Wal-Mart to change its policy (click here to read the statement http://prochoiceaction.org/ct/td17H951BmpI/).

Our efforts are starting to pay off. On Friday, a Wal-Mart spokesperson told the Associated Press, "Women's health is a high priority for Wal-Mart, so clearly there are broader considerations and we are giving this a lot of thought." [Associated Press, 2/3/06]

We have to continue to push Wal-Mart to end its discriminatory policy once and for all. Help us convince Wal-Mart that they can only make women's health a priority by stocking the morning-after pill."

This is their sample script for a telephone call:

"I ask that Wal-Mart reverse its policy on denying emergency contraception, also known as the "morning-after" pill, to women across the country. I hope you will reconsider your policy and make your customers' health - and rights - your top priority. Thank you.""

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Meet the new Nuncio


Archbishop Pietro Sambi now represents the Pope to the United States. Read the story.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Vernon Evans execution stayed


BALTIMORE, Md. (Catholic Online) – Within days after two U.S. cardinals and a bishop, the Vatican’s envoy to the United States and a U.S. bishops’ conference official appealed to Maryland’s governor to spare the life of a condemned inmate, the state’s high court issued a stay in the execution. Read rest.

Papa B and the TOB


Vatican City, Feb. 06, 2006 (CNA) - During Sunday’s weekly Angelus prayer, Pope Benedict told thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square that a true “culture of life” must be focused on care for others and defense of the weak--not hedonism and pleasure-seeking self-service. Read more.

It appears that he is picking up his pontificate where John Paul the Great picked up his. Praise God! Yet another affirmation we are on the right track.

Finally!!

coutner-protester at the West Cost Walk for Life

Madrid, Feb. 06, 2006 (CNA) - In his most recent pastoral letter, Archbishop Francisco Gil Hellin of Burgos said it was hypocritical to be shocked by the Iraq war and yet support legal abortion in Spain, where 85,000 unborn are killed each year. Read the rest.

Our experience certinally confirmed Archbishops concerns when we went to the anit-war rally in DC last fall. As Catholics, we all oppose war on general principal. It is never a good thing to kill people. Period. We also wanted to help people understand the war in the womb, which has killed more people since 1970 than all the wars of the world in all of human history- combined! So we had sings that said, "stop the war in the womb" "taxes for babies not bombs" and lastly [my favorite] "make love, not war". I really was not expecting as much hostility as we got. We stayed in one area as hundreds of people walked by. I do not remember one positive comment. We got plenty of choice fingers and the choicest of words. I was even told by a granda "F#$% YOU, BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE WILL!!" No lie, she must have been like 75.

In a strange twist of fate, I was walking and talking with a polite woman who disagreed fundamentally with my repsect for life position, but then a rabid person came up to us and started yelling and screaming in my face. The woman quietly stepped in and informed him that I have a right to my opinion and our differences should not be handelded with such anger. He left in his anger. Later in our conversation, the peaceful woman said that she was a former abortionist. It appeared that she had pain in her eyes, and a bit of amazement that I did not condemn her or start acting like the fellow we just encoutered.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Founder of NOW and NARAL dies

Feminist author, icon Betty Friedan dies at 85

WASHINGTON (AP) — Betty Friedan, whose manifesto The Feminine Mystique became a best seller in the 1960s and laid the groundwork for the modern feminist movement, died Saturday, her birthday. She was 85.

FULL STORY

Friday, February 03, 2006

Don't kill this one, Michael!


As Gudrun Schultz reported on Life Site News, “Michael Schiavo, who had his disabled wife Terri killed last March by refusing her food and water, was re-married last Saturday in the Roman Catholic Church of Espiritu Santo in Florida. Schiavo married Jodi Centonze. He had two children with her during the years he worked towards achieving Terri’s death.” Read the rest.

Foe Feminists vs. the Family




Read the great article by James Fitzpatrick about how many "feminists" are now coming right out and saying that real women do not have [at least more than one] children, and they certinaly don't raise them- that is the job of the state or the man. On the flip-side, Fitzpatrick said, is the dignifying and refreshing view of the woman that the Church, most notably John Paul the Great, has to offer. Let's spread that vision around- the world obviously needs it.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Papa B on Papa B


Here is a link to the Holy Father's commentary on his own Encylical.

One good thing about Wal-Mart


Praise God that they refuse to carry the lethal RU-486. As a result, they are being sued. Pray that the rights of Wal-Mart prevail.

At the same time, it seems that CVS boasts of the fact that they carry the abortion pill at all of its stores. I, for one, will not shop there again until it is woman and baby safe.

Read the story.

Groundhog Day is unconstitutional!


Separation of Church and State! We must outlaw Groundhog day!

Read the amusing and timely story from Catholic Exchange.

HOLY FATHER'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR FEBRUARY

VATICAN CITY, FEB 1, 2006 (VIS) - The Holy Father's general prayer intention for February is: "That the international community may be ever more aware of the urgent duty to bring an end to the trafficking in human beings."

His mission intention is: "That in the missions the lay faithful may recognize the need to serve their own country with greater commitment, also in its political and social life."

LINK

Albeit there's not a direct link to TOB, per se, I thought it a good thing to know. After all, the trafficking of human beings can only result from a very poor view of the human person.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Episcopals in DC "bless" same-sex unions



Washington DC, Jan. 31, 2006 (CNA) - The Episcopal Diocese of Washington voted to approve same-sex blessing ceremonies at its annual convention at the Washington National Cathedral Jan. 28. read it.

In a mixed blessing, this could mean that more traditionally minded Episcopals will come home to Rome. The prophecy of Hillair Belloc seems true that any heresy will turn into Unitarianism after about 500 years. After Unitarianism, they fizzle and fade. It seems that the Protestant churches that have been around that long, are pretty much doing just that.