Friday, March 31, 2006


National Group Questions Campaign Affiliations


By Laura Muir
KDLT-TV

March 30

Missionaries of the Eucharist, a pro-life group based in Washington DC, says Planned Parenthood is behind the new group. The South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families calls themselves a coalition of community leaders from all over South Dakota. Read the rest.

Indian Doctor Sentenced for Ultrasounds

"An Indian court sentenced a doctor to two years in prison for using ultrasound tests to determine the sex of fetuses, the first physician convicted for flouting a law designed to end an epidemic of parents aborting female fetuses, officials said Wednesday.

After the 2001 census revealed the toll of female abortions, women's rights groups launched a campaign to pressure authorities to act against doctors breaking the ultrasound law.

'In 12 years of the law being in force, this is the first time the government has taken action,' said Ranjana Kumari, an activist with the New Delhi-based Center for Social Research."

Read more here.

Pontiff Spells out Role of Politicians

So B16 made it clear, really clear. Politicians need to do three things: protect life, recognize the family, and establish freedom of education.

How much clearer can you get?

Read the article here.

And in another article: B16 made it very clear, "As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person."

Read that article here.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

North Korean defector says disabled newborns are killed

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has no people with physical disabilities because they are killed almost as soon as they are born, a physician who defected from the communist state said on Wednesday.

Ri Kwang-chol, who fled to the South last year, told a forum of rights activists that the practice of killing newborns was widespread but denied he himself took part in it.

"There are no people with physical defects in North Korea," Ri told members of the New Right Union, which groups local activists and North Korean refugees.

He said babies born with physical disabilities were killed in infancy in hospitals or in homes and were quickly buried.

The practice is encouraged by the state, Ri said, as a way of purifying the masses and eliminating people who might be considered "different."

The group urged the South Korean government to change course away from "silent diplomacy" and immediately begin taking action to pressure the North to improve its human rights record.

The South Korean government has refused to join international condemnation of human rights abuses in the North out of concern that such a move could rattle ties with Pyongyang, which considers any criticism of its human rights as deeply offensive.

"The government should stop trying to avoid upsetting Kim Jong-il," said another defector, Kim Young-sun, 67, referring to the North Korean leader. "It should try to upset Kim Jong-il," she said, adding it would be the best way to change the North.

Kim Young-sun is a survivor of the North's Yodok prison camp, notorious for its forced labor and life-sentences for people charged with conspiring against the Kim Jong-il leadership.

Mun Hyon-ok said women from her hometown in the northern region of North Korea bordering China were taken by a ring of human traffickers and probably ended up in China.

"And there are women who are selling themselves for a handful of rice," she told the forum.

North Korea has called itself a people's paradise and said criticism of its human rights was motivated by a goal of toppling the leadership of Kim Jong-il.

South Korea has come under fire from human rights groups and some countries for abstaining in votes on U.N. measures to condemn the North's human rights record.

Seoul has also avoided the subject in bilateral talks with the North. South Korean officials have said the best way to improve the situation is through quiet diplomacy and encouraging the North to improve its food situation and open up to the international community.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Papa B and the Holy Mass


It seems that the Papal Master of Ceremony can't get away with all the innovations he did with JPII.

Archbishop Piero Marini said rather candidly that JPII was not a liturgist, so he could get away with more. While Papa B is a expert of the Mass, so that cramps his style.

Praise God! No more naked ladies at Mass and more Gregorian Chant!!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


My pastor brought a Polish priest in for the Lented Mission. He is great. He mentioned in passing, that in May Pope John Paul II will be canonzied for sure. I am not sure what inside track he is on. Either way, I found the offical website for the cause of beatification:
http://www.vicariatusurbis.org/Beatificazione/HomePageen.asp

The secular world seems to be talking about it too.

The 2005 True Stella Awards Winners

WE ARE JUST TOO LITIGIOUS!...

#7: Bob Dougherty. A prankster smeared glue on the toilet seat at the Home Depot store in Louisville, Colo., causing Dougherty to stick to it when he sat down. "This is not Home Depot's fault," he proclaimed, yet the store graciously offered him $2,000 anyway. Dougherty complained the offer is "insulting" and filed suit demanding $3 million.

#6: Barbara Connors of Medfield, Mass. Connors was riding in a car driven by her 70-year-old(!) son-in-law when they crashed into the Connecticut River, and Connors sank with the car. Rescue divers arrived within minutes and got her out alive, but Connors suffered brain damage from her near-drowning. Sue the driver? Sure, we guess that's reasonable. But she also sued the brave rescue workers who risked their lives to save hers.

#5: Michelle Knepper of Vancouver, Wash. Knepper picked a doctor out of the phone book to do her liposuction, and went ahead with the procedure even though the doctor was only a dermatologist, not a plastic surgeon. After having complications, she complained she never would have chosen that doctor had she known he wasn't Board Certified in the procedure. (She relied on the phonebook listing over asking the doctor, or looking for a certificate on his wall?!) So she sued ...the phone company! She won $1.2 million plus $375,000 for her husband for "loss of spousal services and companionship."

#4: Rhonda Nichols. She says a wild bird "attacked" her outside a home improvement store in Fairview Heights, Ill., causing head injuries. That's right: outside the store. Yet Nichols still held the Lowe's store responsible for "allowing" wild birds to fly around free in the air. She never reported the incident to the store, but still sued for "at least" $100,000 in damages. In January 2006, the case was thrown out of court.

#3: Barnard Lorence of Stuart, Fla. Lorence managed to overdraw his own bank account. When the bank charged him a service fee for the overdraft, he filed suit over his "stress and pain" and loss of sleep over the fee. A few hundred thousand bucks, he says, will only amount to a "slap on the wrist", whereas the $2 million he's suing for is more like being "paddled". Kinky!

#2: Wanita "Renea" Young of Durango, Colo. Two neighborhood teens baked cookies for their neighbors as an anonymous gesture of good will, but Young got scared when she heard them on her front porch. They apologized, in writing, but Young sued them anyway for causing her distress, demanding $3,000. When she won(!!) $900, she crowed about it in the newspaper and on national TV. Now, she's shocked (shocked!) that everyone in town hates her for her spite, and is afraid she may have to move. But hey: she won.

And the winner of the 2005 True Stella Award: Christopher Roller of Burnsville, Minn. Roller is mystified by professional magicians, so he sued David Blaine and David Copperfield to demand they reveal their secrets to him -- or else pay him 10 percent of their lifelong earnings, which he figures amounts to $50 million for Copperfield and $2 million for Blaine. The basis for his suit: Roller claims that the magicians defy the laws of physics, and thus must be using "godly powers" -- and since Roller is god (according to him), they're "somehow" stealing that power from him.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

'G.O.D.' alleged at center of child porn chat room

A Tennessee man used the screen name G.O.D. to host an Internet chat room, where he scolded participants for using explicitly sexual language.

But his concern for decorum was only an attempt to keep investigators off his trail while he helped disseminate thousands of child pornography files, some showing children as young as 18 months being molested, prosecutors said.

[...]

Officials say the participants in the chat room transmitted live images of children being molested and swapped pictures of child pornography.

When Weller was not logged on as G.O.D., he used an alternate screen name, Devil666, to share more than 1,000 child porn files of his own, authorities said. He was among 27 people arrested in the U.S. and abroad in the case.

FULL STORY

Friday, March 17, 2006

RU 486 claims two more moms

What would happen if asprin directly killed at the rate of the abortion pill? Do you think it would be pulled? Why is it that the media and the feminist lobby want this pill that kills babies and women over the counter? Doesn't that seem counter-productive to the women's movement?

Read the story.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

courtesy of www.renewamerica.us in speaking of the 55 Democrats who hold their own conscience (or may I venture to say their lobby) to be the supreme lord.

SD Bishops Hail Ban

S.D. (CNS) -- Two Catholic bishops hailed South Dakota's new law banning nearly all abortions, but they also urged efforts to transform people's hearts and minds to reject abortion and build a culture that respects all life from the moment of conception to natural death. Read the rest.

Bishops Defend Christ


Washington DC, Mar. 13, 2006 (CNA) - The Da Vinci Code is “a museum of errors,” says Elizabeth Lev. The art history professor at Duquesne University’s Italian campus is only one of several experts who have contributed to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ new Web site, Jesus Decoded. Vist website. Read the rest of the article.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Statement on Responsibilities of Catholics in Public Life

March 10, 2006
Cardinal William H. Keeler - Chairman, USCCB Committee on Pro Life Activities

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick - Chairman, USCCB Task Force on Catholic Bishops and Catholic Politicians

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio - Chairman, USCCB Committee on Domestic Policy

A recent public statement by 55 Catholic and Democratic members of the House
of Representatives offers an opportunity to address several important points about the responsibilities of Catholics in public life. We welcome this and other efforts that seek to examine how Catholic legislators bring together their faith and their policy choices. As the Catholic bishops of the United States said in our June 2004 statement, "Catholics in Political Life":

"We need to do more to persuade all people that human life is precious and human dignity must be defended. This requires more effective dialogue and engagement with all public officials, especially Catholic public officials. We welcome conversation initiated by political leaders themselves."

Therefore, we welcome the Representatives' recognition that Catholics in public life must act seriously and responsibly on many important moral issues. Our faith has an integral unity that calls Catholics to defend human life and human dignity whenever they are threatened. A priority for the poor, the protection of family life, the pursuit of justice and the promotion of peace are fundamental priorities of the Catholic moral tradition which cannot be ignored or neglected. We encourage and will continue to work with those in both parties who seek to act on these essential principles in defense of the poor and vulnerable.

At the same time, we also need to reaffirm the Catholic Church's constant teaching that abortion is a grave violation of the most fundamental human right * the right to life that is inherent in all human beings, and that grounds every other right we possess. Pope John Paul II's apostolic exhortation on the vocation and mission of the laity, Christifideles Laici, which the Representatives' statement cites, declares:

"The inviolability of the person which is a reflection of the absolute inviolability of God fínds its primary and fundamental expression in the inviolability of human life. Above all, 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 for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination*. The human being is entitled to such rights, in every phase of development, from conception until natural death; and in every condition, whether healthy or sick, whole or handicapped, rich or poor" (# 38).

While it is always necessary to work to reduce the number of abortions by providing alternatives and help to vulnerable parents and children, Catholic teaching calls all Catholics to work actively to restrain, restrict and bring to an end the destruction of unborn human life.

As the Church carries out its central responsibility to teach clearly and help form consciences, and as Catholic legislators seek to act in accord with their own consciences, it is essential to remember that conscience must be consistent with fundamental moral principles. As members of the Church, all Catholics are obliged to shape our consciences in accord with the moral teaching of the Church.

As bishops, we too are bound by our own consciences to teach faithfully and to recommit ourselves to continued reflection and discussion on how Catholic faith and public service can work together to promote human life and dignity and advance the common good. Through dialogue, especially the irreplaceable dialogue between Catholic political leaders and their own bishops, we hope to promote a better understanding of how the Church's teaching on human life and dignity challenges us all.

Good work bishops!

The Wal-Mart Saga Continues

So, I e-mailed Wal-Mart complaining that they should take the Morning After Pill off their shelves, and this was their response:

Thank you for contacting us at Walmart.com. Your comments and concerns are very important to us as we strive to meet your needs.

Until recently, Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB pharmacies sold emergency contraception only in Illinois, where state law required us to do so.

In February, a ruling by the state Board of Pharmacy required all of our pharmacies in Massachusetts to stock and dispense the product.

Pressure to introduce similar requirements is building in Connecticut and New York, and we expect other states to follow suit.

In light of these developments, all Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB pharmacies will immediately begin carrying Plan B emergency contraception.

By Monday, March 20, all of our pharmacies should have received an initial stock.

The company is maintaining its conscientious objection policy, which is consistent with the tenets of the American Pharmaceutical Association. This policy, except where prohibited by law, allows any Wal-Mart or SAM'S CLUB pharmacy Associate who does not feel comfortable dispensing a prescription for certain medications [those which are not considered core to the practice of pharmacy], including Plan B emergency
contraception, to refer customers to another pharmacist or pharmacy as spelled out in our policy. We do require that these Associates fulfill their obligation to help customers by referring them to another pharmacy that stocks the product.

These decisions have been made after very careful consideration. We believe that we are doing what is best for the business, while respecting our individual associates.

Again, we thank you for your comments and / or questions regarding this issue.

Sincerely,

Denice
Customer Service at Walmart.com


They are an odd organization.

Great news from Massachusetts

Bishop McDonnell of Springfield, MA, has refused to give an award to a pro-abort. I got to meet this bishop last summer, and he is a nice old guy. It's great that he's had the fortitude to stick up for the truth. Read more here.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

The Pro-Life Directory You've Been Waiting for!

"...The connections are already there, they're just not all neatly arranged in an accessible online list for the world to see and share. That's what ProlifePages.com is for."

"Prolife America has long needed a mechanism that could help bring them together on the local and national level," said ProlifePages president, Steve Sanborn. "A great way to begin that process is by focusing on what we already do as consumers and product and service providers,.

Listed businesses pay a modest annual fee for local and national exposure to markets that Sanborn says are largely made up of prolife consumers.

ProlifePages offers pregnancy centers and other prolife charities different ways to work with the organization. The centers can help promote the site in ways that fit their programs and also raise funds.

Revenue generated by ProlifePages.com will be distributed via the ProlifePages Charitable Fund to prolife charities, particularly those that counsel expectant mothers, provide or wish to provide ultrasound
services and work with adoption.

Inquiries & correspondence
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Tragedy in Boston

So it has turned out that Massachusetts won't change its stance on homosexual couples adopting children, meaning that they favor it. After a long hard fight, the Archbishop of Boston has announced that Catholic Charities in the diocese will not support adoption anymore. This seems like a drastic move, but read below for more info to see why.

Catholic Charities stuns state, ends adoptions: Gay issue stirred move by agency

By Patricia Wen, Globe Staff March 11, 2006

In a stunning turn of events, Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley and leaders of Catholic Charities of Boston announced yesterday that the agency will end its adoption work, deciding to abandon its founding mission, rather than comply with state law requiring that gays be allowed to adopt children.
The Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, president of Catholic Charities of Boston, and Jeffrey Kaneb, chairman of the board, said that after much reflection and analysis, they could not reconcile church teaching that placement of children in gay homes is ''immoral" with Massachusetts law prohibiting discrimination against gays. ''This is a difficult and sad day for Catholic Charities," Hehir said. ''We have been doing adoptions for more than 100 years."
Catholic Charities of Boston began in 1903 as an adoption agency primarily serving Catholic children left by parents who died or abandoned them. Officials in government, social services, and gay-rights groups expressed disappointment about the decision. Catholic Charities is widely respected among adoption providers and has handled more adoptions of foster children than any other private agency in the state.
Harry Spence, the state's commissioner of social services, said he was ''deeply saddened" to hear of Catholic Charities' withdrawal.
Lee Swislow, executive director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates Defenders, said the outcome was ''very unfortunate."
Almost immediately after the announcement, Governor Mitt Romney, who was in Tennessee speaking to a Republican group, issued a statement saying he would file legislation to exempt religious organizations that provide adoption services from the state's antidiscrimination laws. ''I ask the Legislature to work with me on a bill that I will file to ensure that religious institutions are able to participate in the important work of adoption in a way that always respects and never forces them to compromise their firmly held beliefs," Romney said.
Lawmakers have said that Romney's bill has little chance of passage, and some Democrats derided it as a presidential election ploy by the governor. State officials and other adoption agencies were still absorbing the news yesterday, but said they would work to fill the gap left by Catholic Charities. The agency was especially adept at finding homes for so-called ''special needs" adoptions, which include children who are older or who have significant physical or emotional disabilities.
Catholic Charities, the social services arm of the archdiocese, will shut down its adoption operation June 30, Hehir said. Adoptions underway will be completed, he said. Hehir said he hoped the decision will end the tumult surrounding the gay adoption issue. The controversy began in October when the Globe reported that Catholic Charities had been quietly processing a small number of gay adoptions, despite Vatican statements condemning the practice. Over the last decades, the Globe reported, approximately 13 children had been placed by Catholic Charities in gay households, a fraction of the 720 children placed by the agency during that period. Agency officials said they had been permitting gay adoptions to comply with the state's antidiscrimination laws. But after the story was published, the state's four bishops announced they would appoint a panel to examine whether the practice should continue. In December, the Catholic Charities board, which is dominated by lay people, voted unanimously to continue gay adoptions. But, on Feb. 28, the four bishops announced a plan to seek an exemption from the antidiscrimination laws. Eight of the 42 board members quit in protest, saying the agency should welcome gays as adoptive parents. That day, Hehir and O'Malley met with Romney in his State House office to make their case for an exemption, but Romney said he lacked the authority to do so. Hehir and O'Malley left the State House feeling that nothing could be done soon for their cause. The bishops had considered launching a court challenge, but Hehir said he and O'Malley realized it would cost ''too much time and energy" -- without any certainty of victory. ''It became clear our options were narrow," Hehir said.
In recent weeks, Hehir said, he had become increasingly concerned that the struggle over gay adoption would detract from other important work done by Catholic Charities. Since its founding, the agency had branched out significantly, helping 200,000 people in about 130 programs, including food pantries, day-care services, immigration legal clinics, and substance abuse programs. Only $1.3 million, or less than 4 percent of total revenues, is dedicated to adoption work now, Hehir said. Some board members said another concern was the potential impact on financing. The United Way of Massachusetts Bay, which provided $1.2 million to Catholic Charities last year and is the largest private funder of the agency, planned to review its funding if the agency discriminated against gays and lesbians in its adoption work. By late last week, Hehir said, it became clear that the simplest approach would be to withdraw from adoption services altogether. He convened a meeting with the board yesterday morning, in which members voted unanimously to pull out. After that, Hehir said he visited two of the agency's offices in Boston and Lawrence to tell adoption staff that its services would be over by the end of the fiscal year. Currently, the agency has 15 full-time adoption workers who will need to find new jobs. He said workers were tearful, but understood the anguishing decision that Hehir faced. Board members of Catholic Charities said they were also deeply saddened by the news. Some members, however, expressed some relief that they no longer had to wrestle with the painful clash between gay rights and religious freedom. James Brett, a board member, said the withdrawal was approved ''with a heavy heart," but it is preferable to a protracted battle over an exemption. ''This is a better resolution," he said. ''It's more straightforward."
Despite the board's sentiment, the decision upset some Catholics yesterday. Some were angry at Catholic Charities for giving up the fight for an exemption on religious grounds. The bishops have said that a 2003 Vatican document says children are best raised by a mother and father and described gay adoptions as ''gravely immoral."
''It's a defeat for religious freedom," said C.J. Doyle, executive director of the Catholic Action League, a conservative Catholic advocacy group. ''Not only does the church and society suffer, but the church is allowing itself to be marginalized."

Saturday, March 11, 2006

parental notification laws result in decreased abortion-rate among minors

WEDNESDAY, March 8 (HealthDay News) -- Since January 2000, Texas state law has mandated that doctors notify the parents of any girl under the age of 18 seeking an abortion at least 48 hours before the procedure.

Similar laws, all hotly contested, exist in one form or another in 34 states.

Now, one of the most rigorously conducted studies to date on the issue of parental notification finds that the rate of teen abortions in Texas dropped by 11 percent among 15-year-olds, 20 percent among 16-year-olds, and 16 percent among 17-year-olds in the first two years after the bill was enacted.

GET THE STORY

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

They've sold out

because, after taking a strong stand for common sense and humanity, they have fallen into the pressure of the culture of death.

Wal-Mart will now sell kits to kill tiny babies.

If you would like to voice your complaints to Wal-Mart, please do so here. Feel free to give them as much info as possible.

Monday, March 06, 2006

AMEN !!!!

Culture Clash

Read about how the Health and Human Services Department's Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is seeking to promote monogomous and pure marriage. This is clashing head on with the folks who have been running our nations sex ed for the last 40 years, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). SIECUS maintains that teens cannot control themselves, should not be defined by their gender, condoms protect you from everything, and marriage is too high an ideal to ever attain.

As they say, the proof is in the pudding. SIECUS has been in our classrooms for the last several decades and STDs are the highest they have ever been, babies are being murdered by the millions, divorce is common place, and the laurndry list goes on...

Give 'em hell ACF!

Give 'em the one two punch

A friend and I were talking about the recent statements made by Cardinal Mahony about immigration. For one of the first times, we both surprisingly happy with his daringly bold statements. In fact, His Eminence told all of his priests in LA to break the law if it meant doing the right thing. Praise God! It seemed that all of our prayers for his renewal and increase in courage and conviction have paid off. Then my friend said, I bet there is a catch. I mean, who would disagree with that? I am sure it made a lot of neo-cons upset. At the same time, I bet he really made a lot of "liberals" happy.

Well, sure enough, both the LA Times and the NY Times are both singing Cardinal Mahony's praises. I hope that was not the intent of such courageous statements.

It would be great if he could make similar statements that would not be so popular.

Continue to pray for this prince of the Church and the souls entrusted to his care.

Friday, March 03, 2006

USCCB Pro-Life Office to Planned Parenthood: you're dumb!


Congratulations for Deirdre McQuade, a pro-life secretariat for the USCCB, for calling out Planned Parenthood for their blatant lies and propaganda.

Read the story here.

Commies put out hit on JPII

Italian newsources assert that the USSR put the hit on JPII in the 80's.

What were they affraid of?!

WHAT?!

THEY JUST COULDN'T HANDLE THIS!!

Why are you pro-life...

...because otherwise, this would happen - a lot:

"Police: Woman shot self to induce an abortion

SUFFOLK -- A Suffolk woman who lost her unborn baby after suffering a bullet wound to the abdomen was arrested yesterday and charged with shooting herself to "illegally induce an abortion."

Read more.

Unfortunately, they got one piece of evidence wrong. She should be charged for murder.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

If you ever doubted....


That President Bush is pro-abortion, read this article.

He opposses the bills in South Dakota, and presumably Mississippi, because they ban abortion. Apparently, he is in favor of murdering innocent children who happen to be convieved with deformities or by a crime of their father.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

100th Post is a Good One - More Abortions Likely to be Banned

So to honor the 100th post of this blog, I'd like to share some good news:

Mississippi advances bill to ban most abortions!


Following suit with South Dakota, another Democrat decided to stop attacking parts of abortion laws and just decided to attack almost the whole thing. Just like South Dakota, there will be the exception clause for the life of the mother, but again, that is really not an issue since that pratically never happens, and with the development of science, it won't be an issue long.

Let's pray that hearts begin to change. It's good that the law is reflecting a better understanding of the human person, but we still need to pray that people start to reflect a better understanding of the human person, through their thoughts, words, and actions.

Remember you are dust, and unto dust you shall return!

Pope: prepare for spiritual combat



Mar. 01 (CWNews.com) - Christians have a duty to "oppose evil with good, lies with the truth, and hatred with love," Pope Benedict XVI said in an Ash Wednesday homily. Read the Rest.

Articles in School Papers

Here are some articles written by Crusaders (and the related ones) in the University of Maryland school paper, the Diamondback:

The original article that Jess responded to (on emergency contraception),
Jess' article (third one down),
Yesterday's reply to Jess's article (by the head lady of PP in the DC area),

The original article that Pat responded to (on how tough abortion can be),
Pat's article

Chastity Article

Check out this article on chastity. I haven't read the whole thing, but it seems interesting.

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