Is Anybody There?

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says Yahweh Sabaoth" Zach 4:6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dio di Signore, nella Sua volontà è nostra pace!" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin 1759

Sunday, August 31, 2008

1 of My Favorite OT Readings

You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped;
you were too strong for me, and you triumphed.
All the day I am an object of laughter;
everyone mocks me.
Whenever I speak, I must cry out,
violence and outrage is my message;
the word of the LORD has brought me
derision and reproach all the day.
I say to myself, I will not mention him,
I will speak in his name no more.
But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart,
imprisoned in my bones;
I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it. Jeremiah 20: 7 - 9
I love Jeremiah's complete honesty with God. He lays it on the line & doesn't hold anything back. That is why he is my favorite prophet. There are times when I have felt exactly this way. This reading has given me the courage to be just as honest with God about my circumstances as he was. In fact there have been several times when these very words have become my prayer.

Presidential Trivia - VP Becoming Pres Edition

With the election coming up & a lot of discussion about various things in relation to the qualifications of the candidates, I decided to do an occasional bit on some aspect of the process.
Governor Palin's selection as McCain's running mate has brought up the question of presidential succession as well as its role as a stepping stone to the presidency.
In checking the list of Presidents of the United States I discovered that 14 of the 46 VPs went on to become president. The way they became President is what is interesting. 8 of the VPs became presidents as a result of the death of the president. Of the other 6 only 5 were elected of their own right. The last VP in this list became President as a result of the lone presidential resignation.
In case you haven't figured out who that last VP is, I am refering to Gerald Ford who became president as a result of Richard Nixon resigning due to the Watergate scandal. Ford is doubly unique due to the fact that he was the only VP who became president that wasn't elected to the office of VP. Because of the 25th Amendment he was the 1st person appointed to fill a vacancy in the office.
Of the 8 VPs who became President due to the death of their predecessor 4 came into office as a result of an assassination. The 8 VPs are (with the President they succeeded & the cause of death):
1. John Tyler - William Henry Harrison (common cold)
2. Millard Fillmore - Zachary Taylor (gastroenteritis)
3. Andrew Johnson - Abraham Lincoln (assassinated)
4. Chester Alan Arthur - James A. Garfield (assassinated)
5. Teddy Roosevelt - William McKinley (assassinated)
6. Calvin Coolidge - Warren G. Harding (food poisoning/apoplexy?)
7. Harry Truman - Franklin Delano Roosevelt (cerebral hemorrhage)
8. Lyndon Baynes Johnson - John Kennedy (assassinated)
The 5 VPs who were elected in their own right fit into 3 groups. The 1st group includes John Adams & Thomas Jefferson. John Adams was VP under George Washington & suceeded him as president. Jefferson was VP under Adams. This group is different because of the way the Constitutional process was set up at the time.
At that time, the VP was 1 of the candidates for president. They became the VP because they got the 2nd largest number of votes in the Electoral College. By the time John Adams was elected president, parties had developed. Adams did have a running mate for VP. But because of the way the Constitution was written the VP was technically a candidate for President. That is why Jefferson, who was the Democratic-Republican candidate for president, became VP, he beat out Adams running mate Thomas Pinckney. Then 4 years later when he was elected, it was actually by the House of Representatives due to his running mate, Aaron Burr, getting the same number of votes in the Electoral College as he did. The 12th Amendment (1804) changed it to the system we have today.
The other 3 VPs who became president fit into 2 groups. 2 of them were elected as successors to the president they were serving under. The 3rd was elected president 8 years after he left the office of VP.
Richard Nixon has an interesting place on the VP to president road. Obviously there is the Gerald Ford connection. He 1st ran in 1960 while serving under Ike. He lost to JFK. Then he was elected 8 years later by beating Hubert Humphrey, the sitting VP at the time. Nixon is the only VP to win after losing the 1st time he ran.
The other 2 VPs were elected to the presidency as successor to the president they served under. The 1st was Martin Van Buren who was elected in 1836 to suceed Andrew Jackson. It wasn't until 1988, 132 years later, when George H. W. Bush was elected to succeed Ronald Reagan that it happenned again.
1 VP, George Clinton, has an interesting story. He was VP under Jefferson. When Madison got the nomination by the Democratic-Republicans to succeed Jefferson in 1808, he again got the nod for VP. He didn't want to run for president but was nominated that same year by a wing of the Democratic-Republican party. He got 8 electoral college votes for president as well as being reelected VP. (He is only 1 of 2 VPs to be reelected to a 2nd term under a different president.)
9 other VPs ran for president. 1, Iowa's own Henry Wallace, was nominated by a different party (Progressive) than the 1 he served as VP for (Democratic). Of the other 8 that tried, 4 got their party's nomination (Gore, Mondale, HHH & Stevenson twice). None of them won. Given the view of the office of VP during the time that most of the 8 who became president due to a death, it is unlikely that most of them would have been nominated let alone elected.
So, it seems that the office of VP isn't as much of a stepping stone as it would seem to be.


A Bit About This Blog & It's Slightly Pazzo Author

Lately I've been seen a bit more activity on my blog, so I decided to reiterate a few things about this blog & what it is all about.
For those of you who haven't figured it out yet, I am a resident of the "state of DBQ" who is originally from Oelwein. I am proud of my Italian heritage. I am a Bond fan. My favorite president is John Adams & my favorite movie is 1776, hence the title of this blog. I also am a rail-fan. Among other things.
Obviously I am Catholic, Latin/Roman Rite. I deeply love my Church & Papa Benedetto. I feel that the Right to Life/Culture of Life issue is the prime issue of the day.
This blog has at its heart a deep faith in Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior. I believe the Catholic Church is the Church started by Jesus with Papa Benedetto as the successor of Peter.
Most of my posts focus on the Church & the Life issues. But I also do a bit with politics, esp as it applies to the Life issues. Politically I am a conservative, liberal (classic), moderate, libertarian. I also believe that a Christian has a moral responsibility to be an active aware citizen.
I also like to put a few fun things on here. In part that is to draw people to this blog who might not otherwise look at it. Hopefully they will then look at some of the other posts. Like St Paul, t some extent I try to be all things to all people to draw them to Christ.
So, you will see comments on political things like Pelosi's foot-in-mouth, a lot of Right to Life, a lot of discussion of tings in the Catholic Church, good & bad. I will talk about books (good solid faithbuilding/inspirational, some political, some economic. All hopefully to tie in with living out the teachings of the Catholic Church as found in the Catechism & Compendium of Social Doctrine. Not the moonbat CINO crowd's misrepresentations. & there will be just some fun books as well.) as my budget or the library allows. & then there will be the other things as I decide.
How do I decide what to post? That depends, sometimes it is planned & thought out. Other times it depends on the news, esp from Pro-Life groups or events involving the Catholic Church.
In the end, by everything I do, I hope to lift up Jesus.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Intercessory Prayer Committee for the Closing of the DBQ PP Clinic

Several times on Sunday Night Live on EWTN I have heard Fr. Benedict Groeschel CFR talk about forming a committee of saints to intercede for a need. As I was praying about the PP Clinic here in DBQ the idea came to me to do the same. I thought & prayed about who to put on the Heavenly Committee assigned with the task of interceding for the close of the DBQ Planned Parenthood Clinic. Here are my choices with a short explanation for the reasons why I chose each 1.
1. Mary under the title of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (chair) - Mary is depicted as pregnant in the image. Because of this she has become the protectoress of the unborn under this title.
2. San Giuesppe (co-chair) - This should be obvious given how he protected Jesus, esp from Herod's attempt to murder Him.
3. St. Gianna Beretta Molla - When diagnosed with an ovarian cyst she chose to risk her life rather than abort the child. She died a week after giving birth. She has become an unofficial patron of the Pro-Life movement.
4. Blessed Margaret of Castello - Little Margaret was born a blind, lame, deformed, hunchback midget. Her parents hid her away until she was 14. Then they abandoned her. Many Right to Life groups have adopted her as patron. Esp since it is obvious that had she lived in the later part of the 20th Century her parents would have aborted her because of her birth defects.
5. St. Gerard Majella - Patron saint of expectant mothers as well as my confirmation namesake.
6. St. Don Giovanni Bosco - Because of his work with youth.
7. Holy Innocents - Because of their martyrdom they have become a symbol of those children murdered by abortion as well as a group of Pro-Life patron saints.
8. Moses - In the Latin Church we don't usually celebrate the OT saints, but the Eastern Church does. Moses is included because of the fact he was spared from the decree of Pharaoh to kill all the newborn Hebrew boys.
9. St. Michael the Archangel - Because of his role leading the angelic hosts in battling Satan. Human Life International has a prayer campaign under his patronage.
10. St. Gabriel the Archangel - Because of his role as God's messenger to St. Mary & St. Zachary.
11. St. Raphael the Archangel - Patron of the DBQ Archdiocese & because of his role in bringing God's healing.
The next 2 are not saints or blessed yet, but they are on the way to being declared saints.
12. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Servant of God - From just over the river in the Peoria diocese. Wrote the Prayer of Spiritual Adoption of an Unborn Child in danger of abortion.
13. Venerable Samuel Mazzuchelli OP - DBQ's local saint in the making. 18th Century missionary who worked in the Tri-state area preaching the gospel.
With this powerful group of Heavenly intercessors joining in with all of us in the area who are already praying, PPs days in DBQ are definitely numbered. Praise God!!!!!

Which Group Has the Real Catholics in It. . . .

Catholics for McCain or Roman Catholics for Obama?
Ok, I know that this is a purely rhetorical question.
Given that RCs for the False Messiah is made up of CINOs only I think we know the answer.
I find it interesting that the Obamination gang calls themselves Roman Catholics. Does that mean that there are no Byzantine Catholics, Maronite Catholics, Syro-Malabar Catholics, Chaldean Catholics or members of the other Eastern Catholic Churches that support Obama? Or is it just MORE EVIDENCE that the CINOs are following in Pelosi's footsteps by showing their ignorance about the Catholic Faith?

40 Days for Life Announces the Fall 2008 Campaign Sites

40 Days for Life has announced its Fall 2008 Locations for the Fall 2008 prayer campiagn. The campaign will run from 24 September - 2 November 2008. This campaign includes 5 locations in Iowa. Since it didn't open before the time to sign up for the campaign, the newly opened DBQ clinic isn't officially included. But I will be praying for it to close as an unofficial part of the campaign. The 5 official Iowa locations are Bettendorf (closest to DBQ), Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Ft. Dodge & Sioux City.
So what it 40 Days for Life?
It is a focused pro-life effort that consists of:
40 days of prayer and fasting
40 days of peaceful vigil
40 days of community outreach
The campaign has received endorsements from many Pro-Life leaders as an effective way to battle abortion. Those who support the campaign include Norma McCorvey (Roe of Roe v Wade), Fr. Frank Pavone (Priests For Life), Fr. Thomas Euteneuer (Human Life International), Jim Sedlak (STOp Planned Parenthood) & Joe Scheidler (Pro-Life Action League).
The past campaigns have born much fruit. Here are some of the results:

Over 150,000 have joined together in an historic display of unity to pray and fast for an end to abortion
More than 35,000 people have taken to the streets, forming peaceful 40-day prayer vigils outside of Planned Parenthood centers and abortion facilities
Reports from around the country document that more than 500 lives have been spared from abortion — and those are just the ones we know about
Five abortion workers have quit their jobs and walked away from the abortion industry
Two Planned Parenthood facilities abruptly stopped performing abortions and another abortion facility completely shut down following a local 40 Days for Life
Hundreds of women and men have been spared from the tragic effects of abortion, including a lifetime of regrets
More than 300 news stories have been featured in newspapers, magazines, radio shows and TV programs from coast to coast
Many people with past abortion experiences have stepped forward to begin post-abortion healing and recovery

I will be participating again & I invite all of you to join in. If there is a specific campaign near you, sign up to join in praying before the clinic. I know I sound like a broken record sometimes, but without prayer we will never end the scourge that is abortion. Here is an excellent & powerful opportunity to do just that.


McCain Choses a Pro-Life Governor for Running Mate

Sometimes events overtake your plans. A few weeks ago Kansa Governor Kathleen Sebelius was making the news because of her Pro-abortion stand, her coziness with notorious abortionist George Tiller & being told by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas Archbishop Joseph Naumann that she could no longer receive communion.
At about the same time the, until now, little known governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin began making the Pro-life news reports. Why? Because she had chosen to give birth to a son, Trig Paxson Van Palin. Prenatal genetic testing had shown that the child had Down's Syndrome. Given that about 80% to 90% of those children diagnosed this way are aborted, that fact alone burnished her already strong Pro-Life credentials. At the time she had this to say: "Trig is beautiful and already adored by us. We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives. We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed." (Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Gives Birth to Down Baby Despite Abortion Pressure )
So, I began toying with a post that I planned on titling A Tale of 2 Governors. I wanted to do more research on Governor Palin, so I put it on hold. Meanwhile things began heating up in DBQ with PP coming in it got pushed even further to the back burner. There was some talk about Sibelius being selected as the VP for the Democratic ticket, but Biden was selected. Gov. Palin was mentioned as an outsider for the Republican nominee. Then over the last couple of days the word began going out that she was 1 of the top finalist. Finally on Friday, the rumors were proven true when it was announced that McCain would ask the convention to nominate her for VP.
While I regret not getting my 2 Govs written, I am not exactly too upset with how events have overtaken me in this instance.
So far, most of what I see about her when it comes to being Pro-Life looks good. She is a member of Feminists for Life. Here 2006 Governatorial Candadicy was supported by the Susan B. Anthony List. The 1 concern I do have is that a line from a 2006 article in the Anchorage Daily News says she is "Pro-Contraception". It gives no documentation or pro-what types, so I can't say she definitely is or isn't without more proof. (I'm praying that even if she was, she has since come to understand the truth about artificial contraception & changed her mind on supporting it.)
Despite this, when it comes to the "Life Issues" the McCain/Palin ticket & the Republican platform offer a clear contrast with the Obama/Biden ticket & the Democratic platform. (Given how PP & the Dems are so buddy buddy, the dropping of the word rare re: abortion in the platform was no surprize. I just wonder when they will drop the word safe since PP has, despite its coverups, shown that the abortions they do aren't any safer than the back street abortions used to be.) The Dems are clearly the party of the "culture of death". Our country is on the precipice. If we elect Obama & Co. we will head full steam into a chasm of total destruction of our country & culture. The Republican party may not be perfectly Pro-Life, but the platform is aimed in the right direction to help us walk away from this chasm. There is much in it to help build the "Culture of Life".
I also like what I see on most of Palin's other stands. She is a supporter of the 2nd Amendment. Her views on marriage are OK. She is not a rabid environmentalist. But, she isn't perfect in her free market views. She is clearly an outsider when it comes to the corruption in the Republican Party in Alaska. This alone is a huge plus.
& I still have some other concerns about McCain. I am still not 100% convinced he will appoint strict constructionist judges. As I said before, the result would be the overthrough of his baby, McCain-Feingold. There are several other Constitutional rights issues that I have. I wish he were better on them. But he isn't. Still, he is far better than Obama. But it is these issues where I have concerns that are also the concerns about him that a huge number of conservatives & libertarians have. His choice of a strong Pro-Life running mate will help ease the fears of the base that might otherwise have kept them from being active.
I also realize that no 1 person is going to be able to do all that needs to be done to create the "Culture of Life". Pro-Life Congressmen need to be elected. There needs to be ongoing education of the public with the truth about abortion, cloning, etc so that they will understand the need for true Pro-Life representatives. & finally, as I have said so many times, this all needs to begin with prayer, be undergirded with prayer & end with prayer.
This is definitely going to be an historic election. Either the 1st black president or the 1st woman VP will be elected. Except for the rabid, radical, moonbat, extremist feminazis, she will help in the area of the "woman's vote". (CAUTION: Diatribe ahead) Hopefully this election will get us past a whole bunch of things we should have been long past. I am sick & tired of "race" being a factor. We are all 1 race, HUMAN. We have different ethnic backgrounds, but that doesn't qualify or disqualify a person,. Skin color has nothing to do with ability & neither does gender. What I care about is who is more qualified, who best represents my views, who will be best to bring about the "Culture of Life". This is why, even though I would love to see someone of Italiano heritage in the White House, I will not blindly support an Italiano-American running for office. I could never vote for Mario Cuomo (or his son Andrew), Rudy Giuliani or Nancy Pelosi as long as they are Pro-Abortion. Pro-Life trumps ethnic pride every time. (Diatribe over)
It will be interesting to see how things play out. In some ways she is the liberal media's worst nightmare. The MSM & Dems will have a hard time claiming she is inexperienced. She has more executive experience than Obama so that could backfire. She is a proven reformer. & she is a woman. & there is where I think they will focus. I suspect that they will attack her as a traitor to women as she is Pro-Life not Pro-abortion. (Just like conservative blacks are called traitors & Uncle Toms.) They might throw in a little of her evironmental stands as well.
It is also interesting to see how things currently stand in the polls. Obama should be way ahead & have gotten a bounce from the convention. Yet, he isn't. In fact with all the coverage of Pelosi & the Bishops, he has probably been hurt more than helped this past week. Esp when it came to Obama's selection of a Pro-abortion Catholic (In Name Only) Joe Biden. In fact, since Roe v Wade not a single Democratic ticket with a pro-abortion CINO in either position has won (Ferarro, VP 1984; Kerry, Pres 2004) has won. (Dukakis as a pro-abort Greek Orthodox didn't fare any better.) I don't know if they think the 3rd time is the charm. I suspect it will be "Strike 3" instead.
Of course this all depends on how McCain & Palin handle things, esp after the convention next week. There is plenty of room for them to build on the Pelosi fiasco with Biden, esp if the Bishops are forced to keep the issue to the forefront. & with Pelosi, I suspect it will. THERE IS ALSO PLENTY OF ROOM FOR THEM TO STUMBLE.
There is much we still need to learn about Gov. Palin. Her strengths & her weaknesses will be the focus of media attention. The area of foreign policy is 1 that will get a lot of the attention. & her political enemies in Alaska will do their best to see that the worst gets out. Esp those Republicans she pissed off. Of course the fact that she was right to take them on because of their corruption will undermine a lot of their claims.
But for now, it seems like McCain has made the right choice for VP.

Friday, August 29, 2008

EveryBODY Wants to Be Italian

I'm not sure that this movie will turn out to be a great movie, or even a decent movie. But it does have 1 thing going for it, the truth about the fact that EveryBODY Wants to Be Italian!
While the trailer makes it look interesting, I have seen many a trailer that had all the decent scenes. The rest of the movie stunk. Until it convinces me that it is a decent movie, I'll stick with Breaking Away.
Note: Given the R-rating I suspect that there are a few things in here that it probably could have done without & still made a good movie. (Again, assuming it is a decent movie, which it may not be.)
I forgot to put the trailer up yesterday when I posted about this movie.. Here it is. Like I said, it looks like an interesting movie. Don't know when it is hitting the DBQ area. Mindframe Theaters in DBQ is the likely theater, but I don't see it listed as coming to either DBQ theater in the next couple of months.
(Trailer added 30 August 2008, 12:12AM)

Pope Nancy the Heretic

Archbishop Chaput Talks to Neil Cavuto About Pelosi

I suspect this issue isn't going to die down. Which is good. Esp if it keeps the fire to the Bishops' feet. They wouldn't do it on their own, God is putting them in a position where they will have no choice.

Well, Her Big Mouth Has Gotten Some Bishops to Actually Say Something

Sadly her bishop isn't 1 of them. The good news about her whole foot in mouth action is that it is finally getting a few bishops to speak out that have remained way too silent before now. Unfortunately, they still aren't taking the step that they should by enforcing Canon 915.

Meanwhile, & no surprize, San Francisco Archbishop Niederauer (her bishop) seems to be taking a cue from DBQ Archbishop & staying silent. According to a post on her blog, Julia Duin, assistant national editor/religion, The Washington Times reports that Niederauer "wants to write "a larger, more thoughtful look on the issue," his press people tell me. The date it will go up on the archdiocesan Web site Sept. 5." I suspect he is hoping it will blow over & he can get away with a wimpy statement that won't say anything. Otherwise how do you explain his silence. If so many other bishops could respond quickly, why hasn't he done so?

If Niederauer had said something by now, then maybe Pelosi would have been forced to retrack her error. Instead she has issued the following statement through her spokesman Brendan Daly: "Her views on when life begins were informed by the views of St. Augustine, who said, 'The law does not provide that the act [abortion] pertains to homicide, for there cannot yet be said to be a live soul in a body that lacks sensation.'" (Pelosi camp responds to archbishop's critique) Maybe she better pay a little more attention to what the bishops & a lot of theologians are saying rather than putting the foot deeper in her mouth.

"The Rev. Douglas Milewski, a Seton Hall University theologian who specializes in Augustine, said Pelosi seems to be confusing church teaching on abortion with the theological debate over when a fetus receives a soul.
"Saint Augustine wondered about the stages of human development before birth, how this related to the question of ensoulment and what it meant for life in the Kingdom of God," Milewski said.
Questions about ensoulment related to determining penalties under church law for early and later abortions, not deciding whether the procedure is permissible, according to the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
Augustine was "quite clear on the immorality of abortion as evil violence, destructive of the very fabric of human bonds and society," Milewski said." (Pelosi gets unwanted lesson in Catholic theology)

Here are some of the other recent statements by various bishops over the last few days.

Bishop David Zubik, Diocese of Pittsburgh posted a statement on the main page of the diocesan website. On it he said that Pelosi "stepped out of her political role and completely misrepresented the teaching of the Catholic Church in regard to abortion.She said that Church teaching condemning procured abortion is somehow new and therefore unsettled. She could not have been more wrong."

He went on to give a short summary of the Church's 2000 years of teaching on the subject. He concluded with this statement: "The teaching of the Church on abortion is settled. And as old as the Gospels."

Archbishop Donald Wuerl, Archdiocese of Washington, DC, put a statement up on the diocesan website. He retated the same things so many other bishops have said. The heart of the statement says: "We respect the right of elected officials such as Speaker Pelosi to address matters of public policy that are before them, but the interpretation of Catholic faith has rightfully been entrusted to the Catholic bishops. Given this responsibility to teach, it is important to make this correction for the record." OK a little wimpy & non-confrontational, but at least he spoke out.

After Pelosi's spokesman issued his statement, Archbishop Wuerl responded with the following: "“As the Catechism and early Church documents make clear, abortion is always an evil. That is an unchanging teaching. The question on when the soul enters the body was a philosophical question that grew out of a lack of scientific data at the time of St. Augustine. We have the data today which shows the embryo is human. There no longer is any discussion of whether the unborn is human and so the philosophical discussion of St. Augustine’s time is not relevant today.”" (Pelosi’s feud with archbishop escalates)

Edward Cardinal Egan, Archdiocese of New York, also issued a statement. His statement was a powerful slap on the wrist: "Like many other citizens of this nation, I was shocked to learn that the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States of America would make the kind of statements that were made to Mr. Tom Brokaw of NBC-TV on Sunday, August 24, 2008. What the Speaker had to say about theologians and their positions regarding abortion was not only misinformed; it was also, and especially, utterly incredible in this day and age.
We are blessed in the 21st century with crystal-clear photographs and action films of the living realities within their pregnant mothers. No one with the slightest measure of integrity or honor could fail to know what these marvelous beings manifestly, clearly, and obviously are, as they smile and wave into the world outside the womb. In simplest terms, they are human beings with an inalienable right to live, a right that the Speaker of the House of Representatives is bound to defend at all costs for the most basic of ethical reasons. They are not parts of their mothers, and what they are depends not at all upon the opinions of theologians of any faith. Anyone who dares to defend that they may be legitimately killed because another human being “chooses” to do so or for any other equally ridiculous reason should not be providing leadership in a civilized democracy worthy of the name." (emphasis mine)

Bishop Samuel Aquila, Diocese of Fargo, issued a short letter. In it he makes it clear she doesn't know what she is talking about: "As many of you are aware the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, made comments this past Sunday on "Meet the Press." Her comments on the subject of abortion and Catholic teaching were misinformed. By her statement in a public manner she has created confusion in regard to Catholic teaching. People of good will who have studied the present day Catholic teaching as given in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, John Paul II's Encyclical, The Gospel of Life, and have read the fathers of the Church, can easily recognize the flaws in her remarks on the teaching of the Church concerning when human life begins. The right to life from conception is the pre-eminent social justice and human rights issue of our time. As your bishop, I have the responsibility to present to you the authentic teaching of the Church, to correct the misinformation she has given, and finally to warn you that those who oppose the true teaching are not in good standing with the Church."

His concluding paragraph is a statement that succinctly states my feelings on the subject: "I pray that each one of us may continue to build a culture of life and that our nation may return to the truth that our forefathers recognized. A truth enshrined in the Declaration of Independence is that there are certain rights which are self-evident, bestowed by the Creator, and are inalienable. Those rights are “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Unless the right to life is guaranteed, the pursuit of liberty and happiness is severely frustrated."

Bishop Michael Sheridan, Diocese of Colorado Springs, issued a Statement Regarding The Evil of a Procured Abortion. He calls her statements "confusing". He goes on to say: "Speaker Pelosi’s outrageous attempt to present what she considers the teaching of the Catholic Church regarding abortion is simply wrong and should be disregarded by every faithful Catholic."

He next reminds us that: "All other rights are useless if one is denied the right to live. Our founding fathers recognized this they enumerated life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as unalienable human rights. They also recognized that these three rights are not equal in importance. Pursuing happiness means little is a slave. And freedom means nothing to someone who has been denied the right to life."

Later he says: "The teachings of the Church on abortion are consistent and unambiguous, and it is very disturbing to hear someone who claims to be a Catholic distort these teachings and sow seeds of confusion among the faithful by attempting to relativize the right to life."

His concluding statement might ring a littlt truer if the Bishops would actually enforce it. But, at least he did say it. "There can be no compromise on this issue. “Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2272). “Those who are excommunicated . . . and others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” (Code of Canon Law 915).
Those Catholics who take a public stance in opposition to this most fundamental moral teaching of the Church place themselves outside full communion with the Church, and they should not present themselves for the reception of Holy Communion.

Archbishop Jose Gomez & auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantu posted the USCCB statement on the Archdiocese of San Antonio website with the following preface: "We are taking this opportunity to call the attention of the faithful of the Archdiocese of San Antonio to a statement issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in response to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s misrepresentations of Church teaching on abortion. We agree whole heartedly with the statement issued by Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Bishop William E. Lori of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine. Below is the text of their response."

Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Center issued a statement that takes on bothe Pelosi & the Democratic platform. "My aim is not in any way to discredit anyone. Speaker Pelosi, however, objectively misstated the Catholic Church’s teaching and claimed as fact things that are not. I am sure she is a fine person and I know she is a woman of talent. The platform of the Democratic Party stands or falls on its own words, although it has eliminated the word “rare” as one of their goals about abortion and it continues to propagate the false idea that more contraception leads to fewer abortions. The fact is exactly the opposite, as Pope Paul VI correctly foresaw."

The Diocese of Tulsa has published the letter by Congressman John Sullivan & 9 other Congressmen that I mentioned in my post the other day. While not exactly a seperate statement by Bishop Edward J. Slattery, it clearly endorses what was said in the letter.

Of the 4 Iowa Dioceses, only the Des Moines Diocese has a link to the USCCB statement. I don't expect anything from Archbishop Hanus as that would hilight his silence on Planned Parenthood. I've done a random check of a few other diocese, a couple have a link to the USCCB statement, most don't have anything.

Many of these Bishops who have had the courage to speak up have put their statement on the main page of their diocesan website or at least withj a highly visible link. That is to be applauded. As I said earlier, the fact that so many Bishops have been able to come out quickly makes Niederauer's silence all the more suspect.
Nancy Pelosi has probably done more to hilite how far from authentic Catholic teaching the Democratic stands really are than anyone else. She has shot herself in the foot. There are a lot of CINOs that support what she said. To them, she is still a hero. But by forcing the Bishops to issue a statement, she has put them in a position where they will have to undercut a lot of wiggleroom that they would have prefered. They are going to have to come down stronger & clearer. & some may finally stand up & tell the Pro-Aborts "No Communion!"

Archbishop Hanus, Are You Paying Any Attention?????

According to the AP news report about 2500 people participated in the prayer vigil in front of a newly opened Planned Parenthood clinic in Stapleton, CO. (Given the MSM's tendancy to downplay anything Pro-life, I would be willing to bet the number was closer to 3000.) The vigil was organized by the Archdiocese of Denver. Archbishop Charles Chaput was joined by his auxiliary Bishop James Conley & Dr. Alveda King. After a rally in a nearby park the group marched arround the clinic. Some people prayed the Rosary & others prayed silently.
Here is the official text of Archbishop Chaput's address:

The future of a community, a people, a Church and a nation depends on the children who will inherit it. If we prevent our children from being born, we remove ourselves from the future. It's really that simple. No children, no future.
Here in America, and especially here tonight, we need to remember two basic truths.
Here's the first truth. Society has an obligation - and Christians have a Gospel duty -- to provide adequate and compassionate support for unwed and abandoned mothers; women facing unintended pregnancies; and women struggling with the aftermath of an abortion. It's not enough to talk about "prolife politics." The label "prolife" demands that we work to ensure social policies that will protect young woman and families, and help them generously in their need. In the Archdiocese of Denver we try very hard to do that through the Gabriel Project and other forms of outreach and support. But much more needs to be done. And we will cooperate with anyone of good will who wants to pursue that vital work.
Here's the second truth. Killing an unborn child is never the right answer to a woman's or society's problems. Acts of violence create a culture of violence -- and abortion is the most intimate form of violence there is. It wounds the woman, it kills the unborn child and it poisons the roots of justice and charity that bind us all into one human family.
Or to put it in the words of the great Protestant pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
"Destruction of the embryo in the mother's womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed on this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder."
Planned Parenthood is the largest single provider of abortion and family suppression services in the United States. This facility in this minority neighborhood should offend every African-American and Latino family, and all of us, because every child lost to abortion here subtracts one more life, one more universe of possibilities and talent, from the future of this community. Every time Planned Parenthood provides propaganda, pills or medical procedures to teens without parental permission, it undermines the Black and Latino family. The business of Planned Parenthood is the prevention of the future - and business is good, and very profitable, at the expense of this community.
I've been a great admirer of Dr. Alveda King for many years. She does the memory and legacy of her extraordinary uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, proud -- and it's a great blessing to be with her tonight. We're very grateful that she's willing to bring her message here to Denver at this critical moment in the life of our country. I'm also very grateful for the many African-American pastors who do such powerful work inspiring their congregations about the sacredness of human life, and anchoring their people in respect for the dignity of all life, from the unborn child to the elderly and poor. And I'm also delighted to greet my brother in the ministry, Bishop James Conley, who also joins us tonight despite his own demanding schedule.
Finally, I want to thank you all for being here tonight despite your many other obligations. The hope of our Denver community resides in all of you, and especially your unselfish love for children and commitment to the sanctity of human life. May God bless all of you and your families.
Meanwhile, here in DBQ Archbishop Hanus has yet to say a word about the recently opened PP Clinic in DBQ. While I would hope that he would start showing some leadership, I suspect he will continue to betray his vows he took when he was ordained a bishop. If Archbishop Chaput can find the time, surely Archbishop Hanus can find some time to pray in front of the DBQ clinic.
However, if there is anyone out there who is in the DBQ area & is interested in helping out with the prayerful protests in front of the DBQ Clinic you can contact:
Colleen Pasnik
Executive Assistant
Dubuque County Right to Life, Inc.
2205 Carter Rd.
Dubuque, IA 52001
They are trying to have at least 2 people out there every hour the Clinic is open. I was out there Wed afternoon (27 Aug). During the time I was there the response of those driving by was at least 10 to 1 positive. (yes many did just ignore us, but this is based on those who did.) So far, it also sounds like they have had very few people actually going in. During the hour I was there no one went in. So where is the big influx of those that supposedly needed their services?


Pill Goggles!!!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

This IS What It's All About -LIFE not death!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Archbishop Burke to Pro-Abortion "Catholics" in Name Only - THOU SHALT NOT RECEIVE COMMUNION!!!!

Washington, D.C. (25 August 2008) – American Life League congratulates Archbishop Raymond Burke, the newly appointed prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, for his clear and unequivocal teachings on the need to deny the Holy Eucharist to those who publicly support abortion.
Archbishop Burke, former archbishop of St. Louis, has made reverence for the Holy Eucharist a central theme of his role as a shepherd of souls.
"Archbishop Burke's great love and zeal for our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament compels him to send a clear message: Don't desecrate the Holy Eucharist by presenting yourself for Communion while persisting in your support of child murder," said Judie Brown, president of American Life League. "We are excited to see Archbishop Burke continuing to battle for the lives of innocent preborn children."
Archbishop Burke spoke to the Italian magazine Radici Christiane last week, specifically addressing the subject of "Catholic" pro-abortion politicians who "support abortion, which entails the taking of innocent and defenseless human lives."
"A person who commits sin in this way," he stated, "should be publicly admonished in such a way as to not receive Communion until he or she has reformed his life."
The archbishop then went on to explain that when ministers of Communion deny the sacrament to public officials who support abortion, "it is not with the intention of interfering in public life, but rather with the concern of the spiritual state of the politician or public official who, if Catholic, should follow the divine law in the public sphere as well."
"We thank Archbishop Burke for his clear teaching in regard to pro-abortion politicians who call themselves 'Catholic,'" said Brown. "It is our hope that more Catholic bishops will follow his lead and dispel the confusion and darkness of the culture of death in which we live. You cannot be Catholic and 'pro-choice.'"
American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to natural death. For more information or media inquiries, please contact Katie Walker at 540.659.4942.

Catholic News Agency: Catholics Who Support Abortion Should Not Receive Communion, Says Archbishop Burke (19 August 2008)
Spero News: Church Cracks Down on Pro-Choice Politicians (20 August 2008)
Catholic Online: The Holy Eucharist: A Right or a Gift (22 August 2008)
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Katie Walker
Director of Communication
American Life League
1179 Courthouse Road
Stafford, Virginia 22554

Novena for the 2008 Election

Priests for Life is once again calling us to prayer for the upcoming election:
Date: August 25, 2008 540-220-0095
Washington, DC – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, the largest Catholic organization devoted exclusively to ending abortion, announced a nine-week “Novena of Prayer” starting on Monday, September 1, to prepare for our national elections. The Novena concludes on Monday, November 3, the day before Election Day. The prayer, in English and Spanish, can be found at and is interdenominational. Priests for Life is asking pastors to promote it in their churches, and families to pray it together.
“The intentions of this prayer are that citizens participate in an active and informed way in the elections,” Fr. Pavone explained, “and that their voting choices are wise. Wisdom means that we see things from God’s perspective, put first things first, and discern what’s important and what’s not. One of the practical effects of such wisdom is that we realize that when the state fails to protect the right to life, it ceases to be a true democracy and instead becomes a tyrant state.”
Fr. Pavone also pointed out that wisdom in the elections means not only registering and voting, but getting others to register and vote, and taking advantage of such provisions as early voting in states that allow it. Priests for Life has established an election website at where one can find the voter registration deadlines and the early voting policies for each of the fifty states. Many other election-related resources, including a non-partisan voters’ guide for the Presidential race, are on that site.
Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit
On the website they have a prayer for us to pray for the 9 weeks:
I have posted & spoken out time & again about the importance of prayer in our battle against the evil that is abortion. God will answer our prayers & bless our efforts. & 1 day we will look back & see that He has won for us a mighty victory when abortion is no longer legal.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

What Catholic Church Does Nancy Pelosi Belong To?

It sure isn't the 1, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church founded by Jesus Christ & headed by Papa Benedetto.
Right now it is a toss up between Joe Biden (D-Del) & Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal) as to who should be declared the patron sinner of Catholics in Name Only (CINO). Maybe they should be declared co-patrons.
With the announcement by Obama of his selection of Sen Biden as his running mate those of us who are faithful Catholics have turned an eye to Biden's proofs in word & deed that he is anything but a Catholic. The other day I posted on this myself (Choice of Biden Shows What Obama Really Thinks of Faithful Catholics) My amico Cavey over at The Lair of the Catholic Caveman has started a campaign to contact Biden's Bishop (Joey Hairplugs To Bishop Saltarelli: Screw You). Bishop Saltarelli will be stepping down on 8 Sept when his successor, Bishop Malooly takes over. So it may not hurt to contact him as well. (
Meanwhile Speaker Pelosi appeared on NBC's Meet The Press this past weekend. She was asked about Obama's abortion/start of life comments by Tom Brokaw. Here is her response:
OK, I could tear this apart so easily, as could any real Catholic. & there are plenty of non-Catholics that know more than her about the real history of the Catholic Church teaching on abortion & when life begins.
While Rush Limbaugh, who is not Catholic, understandably misunderstood what Pelosi ment when she refered to the "doctors of the Church" he still got the basics right: "RUSH: You know, folks, this is just embarrassing. As I've often wondered, is she genuinely this uneducated, uninformed, silly, stupid, whatever -- and I've concluded there isn't a word to describe the status of her brain. The Catholic Church doesn't know? The Catholic Church hasn't stipulated? The "doctors" at the Catholic Church? You mean the pope goes and consults the doctors to find out when life begins? Really? The doctors have more to say than God-d? I mean, Nancy, cite anybody. Don't cite the Catholic Church. You're putting them in an untenable position. You're fixing it so every priest, no matter how wacko left the priest might be, cannot support you. Good grief, ladies and gentlemen! Life begins at conception. Where else can it begin? " (The Arrogance of Nancy Pelosi ) Rush, well maybe some wacko leftist priests might support her.
Rush ends his radio commentary on Monday with this: "But neither Cuomo nor Kerry nor any of the others has ever come along and spoken for the Catholic Church like Pelosi did yesterday on Meet the Depressed. That's the arrogance and hubris. I don't care whether she said the Catholic Church's doctors or doctrines, some people say she might have been saying "doctrines," doesn't matter. She was speaking for the Catholic Church, and that's brazen. This is going to come back to bite. The, quote, unquote, third most powerful woman in the United States of America telling the world what the Catholic Church's official position on life is, the church cannot let this stand. How they deal with it, we'll just have to wait and see." (emphasis mine)
Rush is right, the Catholic Church cannot let it stand. The normally lackadaisical USCCB has sprung into action by already responding. In fact, it has even put its response on the main page of their website. (If that doesn't show how bad Nancy's comments are, nothing will.) By authoring the response, Cardinal Rigali & Bishop Lori have once again leapt into the fray to correct a false representation of what the Church teaches. Here is what they had to say:
"In the course of a “Meet the Press” interview on abortion and other public issues on August 24, 2008, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi misrepresented the history and nature of the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church against abortion.
The Church has always taught that human life deserves respect from its very beginning and that procured abortion is a grave moral evil. In the Middle Ages, uninformed and inadequate theories about embryology led some theologians to speculate that specifically human life capable of receiving an immortal soul may not exist until a few weeks into pregnancy. While in canon law these theories led to a distinction in penalties between very early and later abortions, the Church’s moral teaching never justified or permitted abortion at any stage of development.
These mistaken biological theories became obsolete over 150 years ago when scientists discovered that a new human individual comes into being from the union of sperm and egg at fertilization. In keeping with this modern understanding, the Church has long taught that from the time of conception (fertilization), each member of the human species must be given the full respect due to a human person, beginning with respect for the fundamental right to life."
Meanwhile, in Denver Archbishop Chaput & Auxiliary Bishop Conley wasted no time in getting a statement out: “On the Separation of Sense and State: A Clarification for the People of the Church of Northern Colorado” & unlike the 1 on the USCCB website, they take the gloves off. (Somehow or other, I suspect the Dems gathered there to crown the false Messiah, Obama, bothered to read it.) I love the title, as do other bloggers. Sense: what the Church actually teaches, Nonsense: what Pelosi said. & unlike a certain DBQ Archbishop, these Bishops are being faithful to their call as shepherds of the flock.
The statement starts out: "Catholic public leaders inconvenienced by the abortion debate tend to take a hard line in talking about the "separation of Church and state." But their idea of separation often seems to work one way. In fact, some officials also seem comfortable in the role of theologian. And that warrants some interest, not as a "political" issue, but as a matter of accuracy and justice.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is a gifted public servant of strong convictions and many professional skills. Regrettably, knowledge of Catholic history and teaching does not seem to be one of them."
Let's see now, in the interview Pelosi said: "I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue that I have studied for a long time." The Denver Bishops response: "Ardent, practicing Catholic?, I DON'T THINK SO!!!!" In a few short paragraphs they show how far from the truth her claim to know what the Catholic Church teaches is.
Quoting from Jesuit John Connery's book, Abortion: The Development of the Roman Catholic Perspective (Loyola, 1977) they prove how little she has actually studied the issue: "The Christian tradition from the earliest days reveals a firm antiabortion attitude . . . The condemnation of abortion did not depend on and was not limited in any way by theories regarding the time of fetal animation. Even during the many centuries when Church penal and penitential practice was based on the theory of delayed animation, the condemnation of abortion was never affected by it. Whatever one would want to hold about the time of animation, or when the fetus became a human being in the strict sense of the term, abortion from the time of conception was considered wrong, and the time of animation was never looked on as a moral dividing line between permissible and impermissible abortion."
They go on to throw in a little Deitrich Bonhoeffer (Lutheran pastor executed by the Nazis during WW II): "Destruction of the embryo in the mother's womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed on this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder."
They go on to show her (as well as all the other CINOs gathered in Denver) what a true "ardent, practicing Catholic" who has seriously studied this issue will discover: " Ardent, practicing Catholics will quickly learn from the historical record that from apostolic times, the Christian tradition overwhelmingly held that abortion was grievously evil. In the absence of modern medical knowledge, some of the Early Fathers held that abortion was homicide; others that it was tantamount to homicide; and various scholars theorized about when and how the unborn child might be animated or "ensouled." But none diminished the unique evil of abortion as an attack on life itself, and the early Church closely associated abortion with infanticide. In short, from the beginning, the believing Christian community held that abortion was always, gravely wrong.
Of course, we now know with biological certainty exactly when human life begins. Thus, today's religious alibis for abortion and a so-called "right to choose" are nothing more than that - alibis that break radically with historic Christian and Catholic belief."
Here is where they lay it on the line, not only to Pelosi, but also Biden, Giuliani, & the rest of the pro-abortion CINO crowd.
"Abortion kills an unborn, developing human life. It is always gravely evil, and so are the evasions employed to justify it. Catholics who make excuses for it - whether they're famous or not - fool only themselves and abuse the fidelity of those Catholics who do sincerely seek to follow the Gospel and live their Catholic faith. The duty of the Church and other religious communities is moral witness."
& for those of you who say to the Church "Butt out!":
"The duty of the state and its officials is to serve the common good, which is always rooted in moral truth. A proper understanding of the "separation of Church and state" does not imply a separation of faith from political life. But of course, it's always important to know what our faith actually teaches."
Then there is Ed Morrissey over at HotAir. He uses the word that the Bishops imply to describe Pelosi, "liar". (Pelosi lies about Catholicism and abortion) Morrisey gives us the details of what the "Early Fathers" taught that Archbishop Chaput/Bishop Conley mentioned in their statement. He quotes from The Didache (c70-120 AD), Tertullian (210 AD) & St. Hippolytus (228 AD).
He goes on to say: "The Catholic catechism is extremely clear on the nature of its position on human life, and has been remarkably consistent on this point for almost 2,000 years, and it finds that position in the Old Testament. Human life begins at conception, not at birth, and not at some point consistent with Roe for convenience. In Psalm 51, David refers to his sinfulness beginning at the moment of conception, and sinfulness requires physical life and a soul to exist.
He then goes on to deal with the same gang of CINOs I refered to earlier: "Pelosi isn’t the only Catholic with a habit of self-deception or flat-out dishonest on this topic; Joe Biden also falls into this category. Douglas Kmiec shifted his support from Mitt Romney to Barack Obama, and as John McCormack points out at the Weekly Standard, he did so by claiming abortion to be one of many issues that Catholics must consider as part of their faith when voting. I addressed that thinking in an earlier post, but I’ll recap it by noting that the Church urges people to address “sinful” inequalities but does not demand any particular strategy for that purpose. It does, however, make abortion — even formal facilitation of abortion — an instantly excommunicating act.
Membership in the Catholic Church is voluntary. If people do not want to follow its doctrines, they should find another faith community that reflects their values — and at the least, they should learn what the Church teaches on abortion and life before mischaracterizing it on national television. Pelosi is either a fool or a liar, or perhaps both." (emphasis mine)
Also, on Monday, 10 Catholic members of the US House of Representatives (including Iowa's Steve King) issued a statement. They take her to task for mangling Catholic Church doctrine. "Unfortunately, your statement demonstrates a lack of understanding of Catholic teaching and belief regarding abortion." They tell her that her actions compel them to refute her error.
"From the Apostles of the first century to Pope John Paul the Great “the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law” (Catechism 2271).
Thus, your erroneous claim about the history of the Church’s opposition to abortion is false and denigrates our common Faith. For example, during the reign of Pope Innocent XI in 1679, the Church unequivocally stated it is an error for Catholics to believe fetuses do not have a soul; and confirmed the teaching that abortion constitutes homicide."
These Representatives show how much take their faith seriously: "To reduce the scandal and consternation caused amongst the faithful by your remarks, we necessarily write you to correct the public record and affirm the Church’s actual and historical teaching that defends the sanctity of human life." (Several Bishops could take a lesson from them.)
They end with this challenge:"We hope that you will rectify your errant claims and apologize for misrepresenting the Church’s doctrine and misleading fellow Catholics." It will be interesting to see if she does. But, I suspect she won't. & given his track record, I also suspect that Archbishop Niederauer of San Francisco (her Bishop) won't have much to say either. Even with how bad this makes him look.
Given how the Main Stream Media view on abortion lines up with Pelosi & the other CINOs, they will give her a pass. About all you will here from them is how dare the Bishops cross the line of seperation between church & state. & they won't bother to get out what the Catholic Church really teaches either (except to ridicule it). No surprize, as they have about as much sense & love of veracity as she does.
Mille grazie to Bishops Lori & Conley, Archbishop Chaput & Cardinal Rigali for their courageous leadership in speaking out.

Thank You ALL for Getting the News Out, Our Local Paper Sure Isn't

by Katie Walker
Released August 22, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. (22 August 2008) – Despite vandalism and intimidation attempts, American Life League Associate group, Dubuque County Right to Life, Inc. promised to keep up the fight against the nation's largest abortion chain. Previously, Dubuque was the largest city in Iowa without a Planned Parenthood.
Meanwhile, abortion activists celebrated the opening of a Planned Parenthood business offering reduced services in Dubuque, Iowa.
The Dubuque pro-life community was able to halt the opening of a Planned Parenthood in 1990, and is determined to protect the community against the abortion giant once again.
"Dubuque County Right to Life, Inc. and our friends will fight vigorously to educate the public about the misinformation campaign and truth of Planned Parenthood," said Steven Brody, executive director of Dubuque County Right to Life, "and will do everything in our power to continue to protect the rights of the unborn as well as the citizens of Dubuque."
Planned Parenthood of East Central Iowa says the business will distribute contraceptives (which can cause chemical abortions), sexually transmitted disease testing, and cancer screenings, not surgical or medical abortion.
"We've heard that before," said Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League and noted expert on Planned Parenthood. "This organization has a pattern of infiltrating the community by saying, 'But we don't do abortions!' Experience with this industry giant tells us it is only a matter of time. They work by wedging themselves quietly into the community and then simply adding 'services' like surgical abortions."
Brody agrees.
"Planned Parenthood will now introduce an abortion pipeline into Dubuque, not previously in place, will continue to separate parents from their children under the veil of secrecy, and not report cases of child and statutory rape as mandated by law," he said.
American Life League was co-founded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to natural death. For more information or media inquiries, please contact Katie Walker at 540.659.4942.
Planned Parenthood Opens in Dubuque (21 August 2008)
Telegraph Herald:
Planned Parenthood Foes Plan to Step Up Efforts (13 August 2008)
Telegraph Herald:
Catholics Urged to Take a Stand (12 August 2008)

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Obama, If It's Above Your Pay Grade, Then You're Not Qualified to Be President, Let Alone a U.S. Senator

I have been struggling with how to comment on Obama's comments at Saddleback about when life began. & I realize that several of the Pro-Life Leaders will have some excellent things to sathat I should reprint on my blog. They will say it much better than I. But I do have 1 thought about Obama's cop-out. How would he feel if someone had said the same thing about whether or not blacks were human back in the early 1800s? It is the same thing.
Anyhow, Fr. Pavone has some excellent thoughts showing how Obama is way off the mark in what he said, as well as his support for abortion in general.
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

We were recently treated to the remark by Barack Obama that the question of when a baby receives human rights was beyond his pay grade. At the public forum at Saddleback Church, he said: “… whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity … is above my pay grade.”
That, of course, is exactly what the Supreme Court said in Roe vs. Wade, the decision that legalized abortion in American throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Faced with a question it found too uncomfortable, the majority said the following:
“We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man's knowledge, is not in a position
to speculate as to the answer” [410 U.S. 113, 159].
So what are we to think of those who speak this way? Is it vice or virtue? Do they display a careful effort not to play God, or a cowardly unwillingness to assert the rights of their fellow human beings?
Some say that the government should not be involved in the personal, private decision of abortion. They don’t know how right they are. The government got “too involved” in the abortion decision when it legalized it. Despite its profession of ignorance about whether what is aborted is in fact a human life that has already begun, the Court nevertheless declared, “the word ‘person,’ as used in the Fourteenth Amendme
nt, does not include the unborn” [410 U.S. 113, 158]. What part of the pay grade of government is the right to define the boundaries of human rights or the limits of protection for the human family? Since when does the government get involved in deciding who qualifies for human rights?
Claiming ignorance about who has human rights is a frightening abandonment of responsibility. Some may think it’s an effort not to “play God,” but it is actually just the opposite: the claim to be God. We may claim not to decide, but in practice, we cannot escape deciding: either every human being will be protected, or we will start deciding whom to exclude.
This gives rise to two thoughts, one from common sense and one from Scripture. Common sense tells us that if someone is hunting and doesn’t know whether what’s moving behind the bush is a bear or a man, he should refrain from shooting until he is sure. Doubt, in other words, leads to an abundance of caution, not an abandonment of it.
Scripture, moreover, tells us that the man who committed the first murder claimed ignorance about the one he had killed. “Where is your brother?” God asked Cain. “I don’t know” was his answer. It was a lie, and it doesn’t allow either Cain or the Supreme Court or anyone else to escape their responsibility to protect their vulnerable brothers and sisters.
1 final thought: God told Cain that Abel's blood was crying out for justice. The same is true about the blood of the children murdered by abortion. Obama may not physically bear the "Mark of Cain", but he sure does so spiritually.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Planned Parentood's DBQ Location No Coincidence

What do I mean by that? Well if you look at the location of the newly opened PP clinic & where Dubuqe Power of Prayer, Inc. has its Adoration Chapel (75 W 17th St) you will see how close they are. I don't know if the local PP people did it intentionally. They may not be aware of where the Chapel is located. But Satan does & given he is behind the evil that is PP, he could very well have seen to it that he guided his servants to locate there.
But why there? Basically, PP is giving God an obcene gesture (your choice) by locating where it is. They are mocking God & telling Him they refuse to respect Him or the Divine & Natural Law He set up. 1 small problem, God will not be mocked.
Why God even allowed PP to enter DBQ despite the prayers & efforts of many Christians doesn't make sense to us. But He has to have a purpose we don't see yet. I see 1 possible bit of good coming out of it. Attention has been drawn to Birthright & The Clarity Clinic. Romans 8:28 in action.
As I said, their location is an attempt to mock God. This attitude is something I saw in many of the pro-abortion on-line comments on the TH website. They told God to butt out. We will not obey Your laws. We will not submit to Your will. WE will go our own way. We will be our own gods deciding what is good for us to do.
Sound familiar? It should. This is basicly the same attitude Lucifer had at the time of his fall. & the lie he sold to Adam & Eve. You don't have to listen to God, you can go your own way.
We all know the fruit of that, death. & it isn't any different today. PP causes the physical death of over 700 unborn children a day. & how many more due to chemical abortion we won't know this side of the Last Judgment. That doesn't count all the spiritual deaths they helped bring about.
As I said, despite their attempts to do so, in the end God will not be mocked. He allows evil to go on for a time, until it reaches a point where God has to withdraw His mercy. Then His justice allows them to reap what they have sown. The Bible shows plenty of examples of this. Time after time in the OT God called His people to return to Him. When they didn't, he let them pay the consequences. The same thing is seen in the NT. Annanias & Saphira is a prime example.
God calls us to honor & obey Him. He is to be praised, honored & adored. That is going on in the Adoration Chapel. It looks down from a bluff to where PP's office is. Symbolically, God is being lifted up & exalted by being where it is. & not only symbolicly, but actually in word & deed. Everyone who stops in there to pray before the Blessed Sacrament lifts up & exalts the name of God. In fact, God's name is being lifted up by the very presence of that chapel. God's grace is flowing out of that chapel to battle the evil that is PP. PP may think it has won by coming to DBQ. It may mock God for a season. But, in the end, PP's mocking of God's name will come to an end.

Archbishop Hanus, Your Scandalous Silence is Just Getting More & More Scandalous

From the Archdiocese of Denver Website:

Aug. 13, 2008 - Beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 25, 2008, Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will join Dr. Alveda C. King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for a peaceful prayer vigil near the new Planned Parenthood Clinic in Stapleton. The event will take place in Martin Luther King Park (E. 38th St.), just one block west of the clinic. Dr. King, Archbishop Chaput, and pastors from churches in the neighborhood.

A candlelight procession will follow the rally, proceeding from the park and around the perimeter of the Planned Parenthood Clinic.
Click here to download a flier. For more information, please call the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of Denver (303)715-3205.
On 8 November 2007 the Colorado Bishops Conference issued their Statement on construction of new Planned Parenthood center. The 1st signature was Archbishop Chaput's.
Meanwhile, here in the Archdiocese of DBQ nothing has been heard from Archbishop Hanus. He is still listed as MIA in the battle against the DBQ PP.
Archbishop Chaput has also weighed on on Sen. Biden. In a statement to the Associated Press he said that Biden "has admirable qualities to his public service. But his record of support for so-called abortion 'rights,' while mixed at times, is seriously wrong. I certainly presume his good will and integrity — and I presume that his integrity will lead him to refrain from presenting himself for Communion, if he supports a false 'right' to abortion." (Denver Archbishop Chaput: Biden should refrain from communion; "looks forward to speaking with him privately")
I suspect that Biden won't like what Archbishop Chaput has to say to him, assuming Biden has the courage to meet with the Archbishop.
Meanwhile, I would love to review Archbishop Chaput's new book "Render Unto Caeasar" about the role of faith in the public square. (Hint, Hint!)


Sunday, August 24, 2008

What Planned Parenthood Doesn't Want You to Know

The writings of Margaret Sanger are being made available by Life Dynamics on their website. You can now read several of her books that have been out of print & see her racist, eugenic views that she worked to accomplish through what was then called the American Birth Control League & is now Planned Parenthood. The League's early newsletters from 1919 to 1940 are also available. & you can see evidence of PP's own racist, eugenic roots as well.

It is interesting to look at the methods used by them back then & to see how little things have changed. The names have changed, the lies have been given a new coat of paint, but the aim is still the same.
This archive is an excellent addition to the tools out there for battling PP. They have the facts, the real facts abut PP's history. & the real facts are the 1 thing PP doesn't want out there.


Finally, A Statement About Planned Parenthood From the DBQ Chancery

Unfortunately it isn't from the Archbishop who still maintains his silence.

The statement was put out by DBQ Catholic Charities Office. It was printed in this weekend's Witness. Not on the front page, where it should have been, but on the opinion page.
So, as I start out, I wish to applaud Jim Yeast & staff for doing the right thing & speaking out. I wish it had been sooner but they did. & in the end that is what matters.
The article's title says it all: Planned Parenthood Is not good for Dubuque. Given the space limitations, it wisely doesn't attempt to cover all the reasons that PP is bad, rather it focuses on 1 key point, the difference in how PP & DBQ Catholic Charities handles a client who is dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. The reality is PP doesn't have the best interest of anyone but itself. As the article points out PP offers an instant quick fix. This is not a real solution, it is "a rush to judgment".
The article shows how Catholic Charities works with the client to make sure that the women makes "a healthy choice for herself and her child". As the article rightly point out, there are only 2 choices that meet this criterion "the birthmother raising the child herself or placing the child in a loving and caring adoptive family".
While I wish the article would have come on a little stronger in its call to speak out against PP, it does end with a challenge to do the right thing. "Let's stand up for our children and for Life."
(Added 24 August 2008 7:07 AM) I just opened the TH & found that they also printed the article in its entirely. In the last few days there have been letters from the DBQ office of Birthright & The Clarity Clinic in the paper. While I will keep praying & working for PP to close, I have seen 1 good thing come out of their arrival. It has provided publicity for these groups who are the ones who really care about the people involved in the unplanned pregnancy. Despite its claims of being non-profit, PP is out to make money from its racist, eugenicist programs, abortions are a huge part of that goal (ripping off us taxpayers is the other). PP may plan evil, but God will bring good out of it. (Romans 8:28)
Memo to Archbishop Hanus: This article doesn't let you off the hook. You still have the responsibility to personally speak out.

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