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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Archbishop Burke: USA Founded ON Faith in God

by Archbishop Raymond L. Burke
September 28, 2009 Note: Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke is the Archbishop Emeritus of Saint Louis and Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. This article is adapted from remarks he delivered at's 14th Annual Partnership Dinner, on September 18, 2009.
It is clear that we are experiencing today a period of intense and critical struggle in the advancement of the culture of life in our nation. The administration of our federal government openly and aggressively follows a secularist agenda. While it may employ religious language and even invoke the name of God, in fact, it proposes programs and policies for our people without respect for God and His Law.
In the words of the Servant of God Pope John Paul II, it proceeds "as if God did not exist" (Pope John Paul II, Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles laici, "On the Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World," 30 December 1988, no. 34).
At the same time, there is a lack of unity among those dedicated to advance a culture which respects fully the gift of human life and its origin in procreation, that is, in the cooperation of man and woman with God through the conjugal union and through education in the home which they have formed by marriage. Recent statements, occasioned by the Rites of Christian Burial accorded to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, have manifested profound disagreement and even harsh criticism among those who are publicly committed to the Gospel of Life.
As we share the same commitment to foster respect for human life and the integrity of marriage and the family, I wish to offer some fundamental reflections on how to advance the culture of life in our nation. The reflections are not comprehensive. It is my hope that, in some small way, they may help us both to address more effectively the Gospel of Life to the political leadership of our nation and to draw together in greater unity with all who are truly dedicated to promote the respect for human life and the integrity of the marital union and its fruit, family life.
Finally, by way of introduction, I have tried to relate these reflections to the Encyclical Letter Caritas in veritate, "On Integral Human Development in Charity and Truth," of Pope Benedict XVI, given on June 29th of this year. It seems to me that the development for which God has created man is achieved in the establishment of the culture of life. In the words of Pope Benedict XVI:
Hence charity and truth confront us with an altogether new and creative challenge, one that is certainly vast and complex. It is about broadening the scope of reason and making it capable of knowing and directing these powerful new forces [in the development of peoples], animating them within the perspective of that "civilization of love" whose seed God has planted in every people, in every culture (Pope Benedict XVI, Encyclical Letter Caritas in veritate, "On Integral Human Development in Charity and Truth," 29 June 2009, no. 33; hereafter, Caritas in veritate).
Our tireless promotion of the culture of life, in fact, responds to the deepest longing in every man, and in every society. It anticipates and prepares "a new heaven and a new earth," which Our Lord Jesus Christ will inaugurate at His Final Coming (Rv 21:1).
The Context
The context of my reflections is the truth that the struggle against the total secularization of our nation is, by no means, futile, that is, ultimately destined to failure. Notwithstanding the grave situation, in our nation, of the attack on innocent and defenseless human life and on the integrity of marriage as the union of man and woman in a bond of lifelong, faithful and procreative love, there remains a strong voice in defense of our littlest and most vulnerable brothers and sisters, without boundary or exception, and of the truth about the marital union as it was constituted by God at the Creation. The Christian voice, the voice of Christ, transmitted by the Apostles, remains strong in our nation. The voice of men and women of good will, men and women who recognize and obey the law of God written upon their hearts, remains strong in our nation.
Living outside of the United States of America, living in Europe, I can say, without hesitation, that many who recognize the human bankruptcy of a secularized culture are looking with hope to our nation, with hope that our people will claim anew the God-fearing and Christian foundations of our democracy. God has created us to choose life; God the Son Incarnate has won the victory of life for us, the victory over sin and everlasting death (cf. Dt 30:19; Jn 10:10). We, therefore, must never give up in the struggle to advance a culture founded on the choice of life, which God has written upon our hearts, and the victory of life, which Christ has won in our human nature. In fact, we witness every day the commitment of God-fearing Americans in advancing the cause of life and the family in their homes, in their local communities and in our nation.
With regard to the foundations of our democracy, it is sometimes said that, although the founders of our nation used religious language, their faith was not truly Christian in the sense that it was profoundly influenced by the secularist philosophy of the Enlightenment. In other words, if they believed in God, they understood God to be remote from man and the world, leaving man to his own designs, to his own making of himself and the world. In a particular way, the position that our country is not really founded on faith in God is said to be verified in the language of the Constitution of the United States of America, in which neither the name of God nor reference to His Law ever appear. Such a position is used to assert that the foundation of the union which is our nation does not rest ultimately upon the natural moral law but upon what a majority of the citizens wish at any given time, in accord with a rationalist and secularist philosophy.
Whatever may have been the philosophy of particular founders of our nation, it seems clear that the inspiration for the founding of the nation came from a declared faith in God and in the inalienable rights with which He has endowed man, as expressed in the Action of the Second Continental Congress, that is, The Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776. The Declaration of Independence makes it clear that government exists to safeguard the inalienable rights of man, which have their origin in God and are safeguarded by His Law. The representatives of our nation, at its beginning, concluded The Declaration of Independence with an appeal to "the Supreme Judge of the World" and, "with a firm reliance on the Protection of divine Providence," pledged their "Lives", their "Fortunes," and their "sacred Honor" to each other in support of everything which they had declared. The citizens of our nation, notwithstanding the persistent and strong influence of secularist philosophy, have consistently manifested belief in God and trust in His Providence, which faith and hope also have disposed them, as they disposed the founders of our nation, to give their lives to safeguard the God-given rights of "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." To deny the Christian foundation of the life of our nation is to deny our very history.
Articulating the context in which I place my reflections, I do not, in any way, deny the contribution which other religions and persons of good will have made to the life of our nation. To acknowledge the Christian faith which inspired the foundation of our nation and has sustained our nation is not a declaration of intolerance toward persons who are not Christians. It is, in fact, of the very nature of the Christian faith to love all men, without boundary or exception. The Golden Rule, taught to us by Our Lord Jesus, expresses the Christian embrace of all men, without boundary or exclusion (cf. Mt 7:12). For Christians, the acceptance of others who are not of the Christian faith is not a matter of tolerance, but of love which adheres to the truths of the faith while respecting the beliefs of those who are not Christian, as long as those beliefs are coherent with the natural moral law, that is, coherent with the respect for the "inalienable rights" with which God has endowed every man. Christian love does not have its foundation in blind tolerance of others and of what they think and say and do, but rather in the profound knowledge of others and their beliefs, and the honest acknowledgment of differences of belief, especially in what may compromise the life of the nation.
A second context of my remarks is the essential relationship of the respect for human life and the respect for the integrity of marriage and the family. The attack on the innocent and defenseless life of the unborn has its origin in an erroneous view of human sexuality, which attempts to eliminate, by mechanical or chemical means, the essentially procreative nature of the conjugal act. The error maintains that the artificially altered conjugal act retains its integrity. The claim is that the act remains unitive, even though the procreative nature of the act has been radically violated. In fact, it is not unitive, for one or both of the partners withholds an essential part of the gift which is the essence of the conjugal union. The so-called "contraceptive mentality" is essentially anti-life. Many forms of so-called contraception are, in fact, abortifacient, that is, they destroy, at its beginning, a life which has already been conceived.
The manipulation of the conjugal act, as Pope Paul VI prophetically observed, has led to many forms of violence to marriage and family life (Pope Paul VI, Encyclical Letter Humanae vitae, "On the Proper Regulation of the Propagation of Offspring," 25 July 1968, no. 17). Through the spread of the contraceptive mentality, especially among the young, human sexuality is no longer seen as the gift of God, which draws a man and a woman together, in a bond of lifelong and faithful love, crowned by the gift of new human life, but as a tool for personal gratification. Once sexual union is no longer seen to be, by its very nature, procreative, human sexuality is abused in ways that are profoundly harmful and even destructive of individuals and of society itself. One has only to think of the devastation which is daily wrought in our nation by the multi-million dollar industry of pornography. Essential to the advancement of the culture of life is the proclamation of the truth about the conjugal union, in its fullness, and the correction of the contraceptive thinking which fears life, which fears procreation.
It is instructive to note that Pope Benedict XVI, in his most recent encyclical letter on the Church's social doctrine, makes special reference to Pope Paul VI's Encyclical Letter Humanae vitae, underscoring its importance "for delineating the fully human meaning of the development that the Church proposes" (Caritas in veritate, no. 15). Pope Benedict XVI makes clear that the teaching in Humanae vitae was not simply a matter of "individual morality," declaring:
Humanae vitae indicates the strong links between life ethics and social ethics, ushering in a new area of magisterial teaching that has gradually been articulated in a series of documents, most recently John Paul II's Encyclical Evangelium vitae (Caritas in veritate, no. 15).
He reminds us of the essential part which a right understanding of our sexuality has in true human development. In treating the whole question of procreation, he underscores the critical nature of the right understanding of human sexuality, marriage and the family. He declares:
The Church, in her concern for man's authentic development, urges him to have full respect for human values in the exercise of his sexuality. It cannot be reduced merely to pleasure or entertainment, nor can sex education be reduced to technical instruction aimed solely at protecting the interested parties from possible disease or the "risk" of procreation. This would be to impoverish and disregard the deeper meaning of sexuality, a meaning which needs to be acknowledged and responsibly appropriated not only by individuals but also by the community (Caritas in veritate, no. 44).
The respect for the integrity of the conjugal act is essential to the context for the advancement of the culture of life. In the words of Pope Benedict XVI, it is necessary "once more to hold up to future generations the beauty of marriage and the family, and the fact that these institutions correspond to the deepest needs and dignity of the person" (Caritas in veritate, no. 44). Correspondingly, he notes that "States are called to enact policies promoting the centrality and integrity of the family founded on marriage between a man and a woman, the primary vital cell of society, and to assume responsibility for its economic and fiscal needs, while respecting its essentially relational character" (Caritas in veritate, no. 44).
Faith and Political Life
Regarding the faith and political life, there has developed in our nation the false notion that the Christian or any person of faith, in order to be a true American citizen, must bracket his faith life from his political life. According to such a notion, one ends up with Christians, for example, who claim personally to be faithful members of the Church and, therefore, to hold to the demands of the natural moral law, while they sustain and support the right to violate the moral law in its most fundamental tenets. We find self-professed Catholics, for example, who sustain and support the right of a woman to procure the death of the infant in her womb, or the right of two persons of the same sex to the recognition which the State gives to a man and a woman who have entered into marriage. It is not possible to be a practicing Catholic and to conduct oneself politically in this manner.
Such conduct is also not true to the founding principles of our nation and its government. While the clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution, which guarantees the free-exercise of religion, prohibits the imposition of purely confessional practices on the general population, it fosters the teaching and upholding of the moral law, common to all men, which is at the heart of every true religion. What kind of government would require that its citizens and political leaders act without reference to the fundamental requirements of the moral law?
While true religion teaches the natural moral law, the observance of the moral law is not a confessional practice. It is rather a response to what is inscribed in the depths of every human heart. Religious faith plainly articulates the natural moral law, enabling men of faith to recognize more readily what their own human nature and the nature of things demand of them, and to conform their lives to the truth which they recognize. For that reason, the founders of our nation acknowledged the importance of religious faith for the life of the nation. The free exercise clause, in fact, aims to protect the teaching and practice of religious faith for the sake of the common good. In his Encyclical Letter Caritas in veritate, Pope Benedict XVI reminds us:
The Christian religion and other religions can offer their contribution to development only if God has a place in the public realm, specifically in regard to its cultural, social, economic, and particularly its political dimensions. The Church's social doctrine came into being in order to claim "citizenship status" for the Christian religion. Denying the right to profess one's religion in public and the right to bring the truths of faith to bear upon public life has negative consequences for true development.... Reason always stands in need of being purified by faith: this also holds true for political reason, which must not consider itself omnipotent. For its part, religion always needs to be purified by reason in order to show its authentically human face. Any breach in this dialogue comes only at an enormous price to human development (Caritas in veritate, no. 56).
Presently, in our nation, the Christian faith has a critical responsibility to articulate clearly the natural moral law and its demands. Under the constant influence of a rationalist and secularist philosophy which makes man, instead of God, the ultimate measure of what is right and good, we have become confused about the most basic truths, for example, the inviolable dignity of innocent human life, from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death, and the integrity of marriage between one man and one woman as the first and irreplaceable cell of the life of society. If Christians fail to articulate and uphold the natural moral law, then they fail in the fundamental duty of patriotism, of loving their country by serving the common good. Pope Benedict XVI reminds us that the universal natural moral law "provides a sound basis for all cultural, religious and political dialogue, and it ensures that the multi-faceted pluralism of cultural diversity does not detach itself from the common quest for truth, goodness and God" (Caritas in veritate, no. 59). Referring to the fundamental moral defect of our culture, that is, "a conscience that can no longer distinguish what is human," Pope Benedict XVI declares: "God reveals man to himself; reason and faith work hand in hand to demonstrate to us what is good, provided we want to see it; the natural law, in which creative Reason shines forth, reveals our greatness, but also our wretchedness insofar as we fail to recognize the call to moral truth" (Caritas in veritate, no. 75).
Reality of Scandal
Recognizing the responsibility of Christians and of all men of good will to enunciate and uphold the natural moral law, we also recognize the scandal which is given when Christians fail to uphold the moral law in public life. When those who profess to be Christian, at the same time, favor and promote policies and laws which permit the destruction of innocent and defenseless human life, and which violate the integrity of marriage and the family, then citizens, in general, are confused and led into error about the basic tenets of the moral law. In our time, there is a great hesitation to speak about scandal, as if, in some way, it is only a phenomenon among persons of small or unenlightened mind, and, therefore, a tool of such persons to condemn others rashly and wrongly.
Certainly, there is such a thing as pharisaical scandal, that is, a malicious interpretation of the morally good or, at least, morally indifferent actions of another. The term comes from the supposed scandal which Our Lord Jesus caused to the Pharisees by, for instance, healing the man born blind on the Sabbath (cf. Jn 9:13-34).
But there is also true scandal, that is, the leading of others, by our words, actions and failures to act, into confusion and error, and, therefore, into sin. Our Lord was unequivocal in his condemnation of those who would confuse or lead others into sin by their actions. In teaching His disciples about temptations, He declared:
Temptations to sin are sure to come; but woe to him by whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung round his neck and he were cast into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin (Lk 17:1-2).
It is clear that Our Lord taught as a primary responsibility, with the gravest of consequences, the avoidance of scandal, namely, of any act or failure to act which could lead another into sin. Our Lord's words are nothing less than vehement.
To ignore the fact that Catholics in public life, for example, who persistently violate the moral law regarding the inviolability of innocent human life or the integrity of the marital union, lead many into confusion or even error regarding the most fundamental teachings of the moral law, in fact, contributes to the confusion and error, redounding to the gravest harm to our brothers and sisters, and, therefore, to the whole nation. The perennial discipline of the Church, for that reason among other reasons, has prohibited the giving of Holy Communion and the granting of a Church funeral to those who persist, after admonition, in the grave violation of the moral law (Code of Canon Law, cann. 915; and 1184, § 1, 3º).
It is said that these disciplines which the Church has consistently observed down the centuries presume to pass a judgment on the eternal salvation of a soul, which belongs to God alone, and, therefore, should be abandoned. On the contrary, these disciplines are not a judgment on the eternal salvation of the soul in question. They are simply the acknowledgment of an objective truth, namely, that the public actions of the soul are in violation of the moral law, to his own grave harm and to the grave harm of all who are confused or led into error by his actions. The Church confides every soul to the mercy of God, which is great beyond all our imagining, but that does not excuse her from proclaiming the truth of the moral law, also by applying her age-old disciplines, for the sake of the salvation of all.
When a person has publicly espoused and cooperated in gravely sinful acts, leading many into confusion and error about fundamental questions of respect for human life and the integrity of marriage and the family, his repentance of such actions must also be public. The person in question bears a heavy responsibility for the grave scandal which he has caused. The responsibility is especially heavy for political leaders. The repair of such scandal begins with the public acknowledgment of his own error and the public declaration of his adherence to the moral law. The soul which recognizes the gravity of what he has done will, in fact, understand immediately the need to make public reparation.
If there has always been the danger of giving scandal to others by public and seriously sinful actions or failures to act, that danger is heightened in our own time. Because of the confusion about the moral law, which is found in public discourse, in general, and is even embodied in laws and judicial pronouncements, the Christian is held to an even higher standard of clarity in enunciating and upholding the moral law. It is particularly insidious that our society which is so profoundly confused about the most basic goods also believes that scandal is a thing of the past. One sees the hand of the Father of Lies at work in the disregard for the situation of scandal or in the ridicule and even censure of those who experience scandal. Teaching about the relationship of human ecology to environmental ecology, Pope Benedict XVI underscores a contradiction in "the overall moral tenor of society," which leads us and especially our youth into serious confusion and error:
If there is a lack of respect for the right to life and to a natural death, if human conception, gestation and birth are made artificial, if human embryos are sacrificed to research, the conscience of society ends up losing the concept of human ecology and, along with it, that of environmental ecology. It is contradictory to insist that future generations respect the natural environment when our educational systems and laws do not help them to respect themselves. The book of nature is one and indivisible: it takes in not only the environment but also life, sexuality, marriage, the family, social relations: in a word, integral human development. Our duties towards the environment are linked to our duties towards the human person, considered in himself and in relation to others. It would be wrong to uphold one set of duties while trampling on the other (Caritas in veritate, no. 51).
One of the ironies of the present situation is that the person who experiences scandal at the gravely sinful public actions of a fellow Catholic is accused of a lack of charity and of causing division within the unity of the Church. In a society whose thinking is governed by the "tyranny of relativism" and in which political correctness and human respect are the ultimate criteria of what is to be done and what is to be avoided, the notion of leading someone into moral error makes little sense. What causes wonderment in such a society is the fact that someone fails to observe political correctness and, thereby, seems to be disruptive of the so-called peace of society. Lying or failing to tell the truth, however, is never a sign of charity. A unity which is not founded on the truth of the moral law is not the unity of the Church. The Church's unity is founded on speaking the truth with love. The person who experiences scandal at public actions of Catholics, which are gravely contrary to the moral law, not only does not destroy unity but invites the Church to repair what is clearly a serious breach in Her life. Were he not to experience scandal at the public support of attacks on human life and the family, his conscience would be uninformed or dulled about the most sacred realities.
Proportionalist Moral Reasoning
At the root of the confusion regarding the moral law is a form of distorted moral reasoning called proportionalism or consequentialism. The Servant of God Pope John Paul II addressed the error of proportionalist moral thinking in his Encyclical Letter Splendor veritatis. At root, the error places all moral issues on the same level, failing to distinguish between intrinsically evil acts, that is, acts which are always and everywhere wrong, and acts which may or may not be wrong, depending on the objective conditions required for the act to be morally right. It is also given to the confusion of ends and means, judging the goodness of an act by the end it achieves, without reference to the immorality of the means used to achieve the end. Pope Benedict XVI makes reference to the harm done in questions regarding technology, when ends and means are confused (cf. Caritas in veritate, no. 71). He also cautions us about the equivocal use of the term, ethics, in questions of development, observing:
Much in fact depends on the underlying system of morality. On this subject the Church's social doctrine can make a specific contribution, since it is based on man's creation "in the image of God" (Gen 1:27), a datum which gives rise to the inviolable dignity of the human person and the transcendent value of natural moral norms (Caritas in veritate, no. 45).
According to the proportionalist way of thinking, procured abortion, which is always and everywhere wrong, is placed on the same plane with acts of war which may or may not be wrong. A recent article in a Catholic journal of bioethics gives expression to the proportionalist way of thinking. The writer states that he voted for a particular candidate whom he knew was in favor of embryonic stem-cell research, which involves the deliberate destruction of a human life at its beginning, because he agreed with the candidate on other issues, namely "the war in Iraq, universal health care, the importance of diplomacy and dialogue, energy policy, concern for the environment, and global climate change" (W. Malcolm Byrnes, "Confessions of a 'Pro-life' Obama Supporter," The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, 9 [2009], 241). The candidate for whom he voted was also in favor of procured abortion, including partial-birth abortion, and so-called "same-sex marriage."
According to the proportionalist way of thinking, each of us has the right to choose what are the most important moral issues. Ultimately, it lacks any relationship to the objective truth of actions. It fails to realize that unless the fundamental moral goods are safeguarded, that is, human life and the sanctuary of marriage, other moral issues, while having an importance, lose their ultimate meaning. In such a way of thinking, for instance, one can accept a program of universal health care, even if it includes the compulsory provision of abortion and the rationing of health care to the benefit of those considered to be "productive," while providing for the hastening of death for the aged, the weak and those with special needs, that is, for those considered to be "unproductive," according to the reasoning of whoever has political power.
In this regard, I find the language of values to be less than adequate to our moral discourse. Although I know it is common to speak of moral values, we must remember that the language of values, which comes to us from the world of economics, usually expresses a relative assessment of worth. What is a value to me may not be a value to another. What is really at stake are objective goods, created by God and participating in His own goodness, like human life and the union of man and woman in marriage. They are good in themselves, no matter how I may view them. Only when I am able to view them as they are, according to God's plan, am I able to do what is right and good. Only then I find happiness in a right relationship with others and with the world.
Whatever the good intention of using the image of a seamless garment to talk about the moral issues regarding human life, it has become identified with the proportionalist way of thinking in which, for example, acts of war, the use of the death penalty, procured abortion, embryonic stem-cell research, and euthanasia are viewed as matters of equal moral weight. In other words, the image covers over the distinction between intrinsically evil acts and acts which are not evil in themselves but can become evil, if unjustly taken. The moral questions pertaining to the safeguarding and fostering of human life are all related to one another but they are not of the same weight. To use the image of the garment, they are not all of the same cloth. The use of the metaphor of the seamless garment, while it may have been intended to promote the culture of life, has, in fact, been used to justify the acceptance of acts essentially contrary to a culture of life for the sake of attaining some seeming good. Whatever good intention those who have developed the "seamless garment" argument may have had, it falsely places intrinsically evil acts, that is, acts which are always and everywhere morally wrong, on the same plane with acts which, according to prudent judgment, may not sufficiently safeguard human life.
In a similar way, the language of common ground is employed in the advancement of a proportionalist or consequentialist way of moral thinking. Common ground, rightly understood, is the ground of moral goodness. It is established by what is objectively good. If, on the contrary, it is understood to be the compromise of certain moral truths for the sake of harmony with those who deny a moral truth, for example, the intrinsic evil of procured abortion or euthanasia, then it is a betrayal of the good and can only lead to the harm of self and others, and of society itself.
Sometimes, we hear that we as Christians or as apostles of the Gospel of Life must be careful to get along in society, not to separate ourselves or to appear to be counter-cultural. One wonders how such language squares with the essence of the Gospel, that is, to be "a sign of contradiction" (cf. Lk 2:34). At the same time, one cannot help but think of what Christians getting along and being politically correct has meant in other nations whose leaders had embraced an agenda of death and the totalitarianism which advanced it.
In some way, our consciences have become dulled to the gravity of certain moral issues. When insistence on the elimination of legalized abortion in our nation is dismissed as a kind of "single-issue" approach, as the obsession of the "religious right," which fails to take account of a whole gamut of moral issues, then we have lost the sense of the horror of destroying a human life in the womb. In a similar way, when the denial of nutrition and hydration to the gravely ill is seen as a "single issue," then we have lost a sense of the horror of failing to give basic care to a brother or sister who has grown weak for whatever reason. It is not a question of a single issue but of what is fundamental to life itself and to society. I recall the words of the Servant of God Pope John Paul II:
The acceptance of abortion in the popular mind, in behavior and even in law itself, is a telling sign of an extremely dangerous crisis of the moral sense, which is becoming more and more incapable of distinguishing between good and evil, even when the fundamental right to life is at stake. Given such a grave situation, we need now more than ever to have the courage to look the truth in the eye and to call things by their proper name, without yielding to convenient compromises or to the temptation of self-deception (Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Evangelium vitae, "On the Good and Inviolability of Human Life," 25 March 1995, no. 58).
Common Good
Finally, in advancing the culture of life, we must be clear about the objective meaning of the common good. The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council described the common good as "the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily" (Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et spes, "On the Church in the Modern World," 7 December 1965, no. 26). The fulfillment of individuals and societies is not some subjective determination by those, for example, who are in power. It is the fulfillment which is written in the very nature of man, in nature itself. It is the fulfillment for which God has created us and our world, not the fulfillment which, at any given time, we may find attractive or useful. It is interesting to note that the English word, fulfillment, translates the Latin word, perfectio, that is, the perfection of the individual or group, according to man's proper nature and end. In The Declaration of Independence the objective fulfillment or perfection which the common good safeguards and promotes is described as "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
In advancing the culture of life, we must be clear about the objective nature of the common good and of the perfection which it makes possible. Not everyone who uses the term, common good, understands its true meaning. In a recent article, a well-known European Catholic theologian, commenting on the Commencement Address of President Barack Obama at Notre Dame University on May 17th of this year, declared:
In fact, the speech to the University of Notre Dame seems strewn with references taken from the Christian tradition. There is, for example, an expression which frequently returns, "common ground," which corresponds to a fundamental concept of the social teaching of the Church, that of the common good (Georges Cottier, O.P., "La politica, la morale e il peccato originale," 30Giorni, 2009, no. 5, p. 33).
The common good refers to an objective perfection which is not defined by common agreement among some of us. The common good is defined by creation itself as it has come from the hand of the Creator. Not only does the notion of common ground not correspond to the reality of the common good, it can well be antithetical to it (for instance, if there should be common agreement in society to accept as good for society what is, in reality, always and everywhere evil).
In the words of Pope Benedict XVI, the common good "is the good of 'all of us', made up of individuals, families and intermediate groups who together constitute society" (Caritas in veritate, no. 7). The common good corresponds "to the real needs of our neighbors"; it is an act of charity which each Christian is to exercise "in a manner corresponding to his vocation and according to the degree of influence he wields in the pólis" (Caritas in veritate, no. 7). Pope Benedict XVI consoles and urges us onward in seeking the common good:
God's love calls us to move beyond the limited and the ephemeral, it gives us the courage to continue seeking and working for the benefit of all, even if this cannot be achieved immediately and if what we are able to achieve, alongside political authorities and those working in the field of economics, is always less than we might wish. God gives us the strength to fight and to suffer for love of the common good, because he is our All, our greatest hope (Caritas in veritate, no. 78).
It is my hope that these few reflections will help us all to engage with new enthusiasm and new energy in the struggle to advance the culture of life in our nation. The struggle is fierce and the contrary forces are many and clever. But the victory has already been won, and the Victor never fails to accompany us in the struggle, for he is faithful to His promise to us: "[A]nd lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age" (Mt 28:20). We know that, if we speak the truth and live the truth, Who is Christ the Lord of heaven and earth, we will foster a culture of life in our nation, a culture in which "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" is safeguarded and fostered for all, without boundary or exception.
Let us confide ourselves and our nation to the prayers of the Mother of God, under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, so dear to our continent. Through her ceaseless maternal care, she will not fail to bring us and our nation to the truth, to her Divine Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. I conclude making my own the prayer with which Pope Benedict XVI concluded his latest Encyclical Letter:
May the Virgin Mary -- proclaimed Mother of the Church by Paul VI and honored by Christians as the Mirror of Justice and the Queen of Peace – protect us and obtain for us, through her heavenly intercession, the strength, hope and joy necessary to continue to dedicate ourselves with generosity to the task of bringing about "the development of the whole man and of all men" (Caritas in veritate, no. 79).

Memo to Congress: Stop Hyding


ObamaCare IS Taxing

Or as they said when Bush 41 raised taxes:
"it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck!"


Memo to Liberal Judges:

This is what you should base your rulings on, not what some wacko court in Europe thinks is the current PC way to look at things.
"The first and governing maxim in the interpretation of a statute is to discover the meaning of those who made it."
--James Wilson ( Signer of the American Declaration of Independence, signer of the U.S. Constitution, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, 1 of the original Justices), Of the Study of Law in the United States, 1790

Has the CCCB Left the Catholic Church?

Adding this to all the recent scandals involving Development & Peace, it looks like they have. & I thought the USCCB was bad. Heresy Hunter, you have my deepest sympathy!!!!! I knew things were pretty bad up there, but this is beyond words.
I think LSN is understating things a bit by saying it may strike some as a surprize. Scandal is more like it. By inviting him the CCCB has given ITS imprimatur to his dissent.

By Patrick B. Craine
CORNWALL, Ontario, September 28, 2009 ( - Dr. Richard Gaillardetz, professor of Catholic studies at the University of Toledo in Ohio, is scheduled to present a set of talks at the annual plenary assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) in Cornwall from October 19-23.
Marking the Year for Priests, Dr. Gaillardetz will speak to the bishops about the priesthood and the relationship of bishops to priests.
Gaillardetz may strike some as a surprising choice for the job, however, since he is an open dissenter from Church teaching, as SoCon or Bust blogger John Pacheco details in a thorough and well-documented post. Most notably, and perhaps ironically, given the topic of his address, Gaillardetz is, in fact, an advocate for women's ordination.
Gaillardetz, a member of the Obama campaign's National Catholic Advisory Council, dissents from fundamental doctrines of the Church, presenting contrary views on issues such as papal infallibility and the nature of revelation. According to a book review in a 2004 issue of This Rock magazine, in one of his books, Gaillardetz "deconstructs Catholic teaching on divine revelation and Church authority and ends up with a theology of revelation that, despite his claims to the contrary, legitimates 'cafeteria Catholicism.'"
Gaillardetz has gone so far as to say that an article of faith such as the resurrection of the body could become a 'tentative' teaching should it become controversial in the Church. "In the face of controversy, the determination of the authoritative status of any teaching not solemnly defined can only be pursued tentatively," he has written.
In 1996, Gaillardetz published an article in the journal Louvain Studies in reaction to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's 1995 response to objections made by theologians against Pope John Paul II's 1994 apostolic letter Ordinatio sacerdotalis, which reaffirmed the Church's teaching on the male priesthood.
In the article, he questions the infallibility of John Paul II's letter, relying on Canon 749.3, which states, "No doctrine is understood as defined infallibly unless this is manifestly evident." Despite John Paul II declaring this doctrine "definitively," Gaillardetz contends that the teaching does not satisfy the canon because it is not "clearly established."
Further, he has questioned the definitive status of Humanae vitae and in his book A Daring Promise: A Spirituality of Marriage, he advises those couples who struggle with the Church's teaching on contraception to follow their consciences. In one article he mentions a guide for confessors put out by the Vatican that contained "a disturbing reference ... that referred to the teaching on artificial contraception as 'definitive'."
LSN contacted both the CCCB and Dr. Gaillardetz for comment, but did not hear back by press time.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

PRAISE GOD!!!! Another 1 Bites the Dust

While the news isn't all good, the trend is a positive 1. We should be heartened & not let this give us an excuse to slacken in our efforts. Until life is protected from the beginning we must continue the battle to put an end to abortion.
By Patrick B. Craine
KIRKSVILLE, Missouri, September 23, 2009 ( - American Life League's Stop Planned Parenthood Project (STOPP) is celebrating the closure of another Planned Parenthood (PP) facility, this time in Kirksville, Missouri.
Tri-Rivers Planned Parenthood has announced that it will be closing its facility, which has stood for 38 years, as of November 14, 2009. They cite fewer clients and a lack of donations as reasons for the closure.
"According to our records this marks the 14th Planned Parenthood clinic to either close or announce its closing in 2009," stated STOPP national director Rita Diller in a press release Wednesday. Pointing to the lack of donations and clients, she said, "It just goes to prove that when people find out the truth about Planned Parenthood, they stop contributing and quit going."
American Life League reported in March that the number of PP facilities in the United States had dropped from 855 in 2007 to 844 in 2008. The number of local affiliates had dropped from 108 to 99. At the same time, PP is increasing its facilities that offer medical abortions, through the use of drugs such as Mifepristone (RU-486) and Methotrexate. These were up to 121 in 2008 from 108 in 2007.


Original Version of the Prayer to St. Michael by Pope Leo XIII (1886)

Sanctus Míchael Archángelus
Prínceps gloriosíssime caeléstis milítiae, sancte Míchael
Archángele, defénde nos in proelio advérsus príncipes et
potestátes, advérsus mundi rectóres tenebrárum harum,
contra spirituália nequítiae in caeléstibus.
Veni in auxílium hóminum, quos Deus ad imáginem
similitúdinis suae fecit, et a tyránnide diáboli emit prétio
Te custódem et patrónum sancta venerátur Ecclésia; tibi
trádidit Dóminus ánimas redemptórum in supérna
felicitáte locándas.
Deprecáre Deum pacis, ut cónterat Sátanam sub pédibus
nostris, ne ultra váleat captívos tenére hómines et Ecclésiae
Offer nostras preces in conspéctu Altíssimi, ut cito
antícipent nos misericórdiae Dómini, et apprehéndas
dracónem, serpéntem antíquum, qui est diábolus et
sátanas et ligátum mittas in abýssum, ut non sedúcat
ámplius gentes.

For those who can't speak Latin:

Glorious Prince of the Celestial Host, St. Michael
the Archangel, defend us in the conflict which we
have to sustain against principalities and powers,
against the rulers of the world of darkness, against
the spirits of wickedness in the high places (Eph
6:12). Come to the rescue of men whom God has
redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the
devil. It is thou whom Holy Church venerates as her
guardian and her protector; thou whom the Lord
has charged to conduct redeemed souls into heaven.
Pray therefore, the God of peace, to subdue Satan
beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men
captive nor do injury to the Church. Present our
prayers to the Most High, that without delay they
may draw His mercy down upon us. Seize "the
dragon, the ancient serpent, which is the devil and
Satan," bind him and cast him into the bottomless
pit..."that he may no longer seduce the nations"
(Rev 20:2-3).

Top: St. Michael in the Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy, Barcelona.
Bottom: St. Michael in the Cathedral of Brussels.

Makes Me Proud That He is a Fellow Iowa Boy

By Brent Baker September 29, 2009 - 01:41 ET

President Barack Obama “wants the country to fail,” legendary singer Andy Williams declared in flipping Rush Limbaugh's hope that Obama “fails” in his quest to enact left-wing policies, a remark which enraged liberals and the media for weeks. In an interview published in the October 3-9 edition of Radio Times magazine, the TV and radio program guide for the BBC which carries re-runs of Williams' 1960s NBC variety show, the 81-year-old Williams didn't hide his feelings about Obama: “Don't like him at all.”
London's Telegraph, in a September 28 article highlighted by the DrudgeReport, quoted from the interview which is not online. Williams starkly denounced Obama's world view:
I think he wants to create a socialist country. The people he associates with are very left-wing. One is registered as a communist. Obama is following Marxist theory. He's taken over the banks and the car industry. He wants the country to fail.
The “registered communist” is presumably a reference to Van Jones.
Politically, Williams is best-known as a friend of Robert and Ethel Kennedy who was at the Ambassador hotel when Kennedy was assassinated and sang Battle Hymn of the Republic at Kennedy's funeral.
Williams may pop up elsewhere in the media as he promotes an October 5 performance in London, a new season of the “Andy Williams All-Star Variety Show” at his “Moon River Theater” in Branson, Missouri (followed by his annual Christmas show) and the mid-October release of his new book, Moon River and Me: A Memoir.
Let's hope interviewers prompt him to elaborate on his evaluation of Obama.
—Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center

So, Madam Speaker, Does This Make Them Anti-American?????

"With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live as slaves."
--John Dickinson and Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of the Cause and Necessity of Taking up Arms, 1775

St. Michael, Defend Us in Battle

Feast of the Archangels: St. Michael
Fr. Frank Pavone

On September 29, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.
Michael led the faithful angels in the battle that broke out in heaven when Lucifer rebelled. The devil and his followers thought they could be like God by their own choice. But Michael, whose name means “Who is like God?”, represents the fact that it is only by God’s sovereign choice that we can be exalted to his throne.
The battle between pro-life and pro-choice is the same battle. They are wrong who think that the only thing that matters in the end is their own choice, or that such a choice determines right and wrong.Rather, it is God’s choice that matters, and when he chooses to create a little child, it is our duty to welcome and protect that precious gift.
–Fr. Frank

HLI's St. Michael the Archangel Prayer Campaign

by Joseph Meaney

I was struck by a passage in scripture showing St. Michael the Archangel defending children. The Old Testament Book of Daniel relates the following:
But at that time Michael shall rise up, the great prince, who standeth for the children of thy people: and a time shall come, such as never was from the time that nations began, even until that time. And at that time shall thy people be saved every one that shall be found written in the book. - Daniel 12:1
In what period of history have children, especially those waiting to be born, faced such tremendous threats to their lives? How is it possible that almost 2 billion children have been killed by surgical abortion worldwide since 1960 and the response of even pro-life people is so muted? Today there are countries like Russia where 52% of pregnancies end in abortion. Evil on this gigantic scale has to have a satanic origin, and St. Michael is the one who first defeated the Devil's plans.
Please join HLI in our prayer campaign to St. Michael the Archangel using the powerful prayer first given to the Church by Pope Leo XIII. The response so far has been extraordinary. We have had to print over 2.5 million prayer cards just to keep up with the requests from our website.
We made prayer cards in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, but a big surprise was the Arabic-speaking interest for this prayer invoking the intercession of the Prince of the Angels. So far, we have produced over 500,000 of the St. Michael prayer cards in Arabic. On a recent trip to Lebanon I was impressed at how easy it was to distribute thousands of these cards. Arab-Christians are the main recipients, but looking over the prayer I did not see anything that a pious Muslim could not pray with us.
Please join us in reciting this prayer and asking the Church to re-institute it after the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Many parishes and individuals already follow this traditional practice, but the Holy Father has not mandated the prayer after mass since 1965. Given the unprecedented attacks from the diabolical culture of death since then, HLI believes it is time for the Church to massively storm Heaven again and ask for St. Michael's aid in converting those most deeply involved in the sin of abortion.Sign our petition and order St. Michael prayer cards to help us distribute them ever more widely.
We have received the support of priests and bishops from around the world and in Rome for this campaign, but it is very important to mobilize the laity. The sensus fidelium, or belief and practice of faithful Catholics, has since the early centuries guided the Church, including calling for the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Mother. Millions of persons invoking St. Michael in our hour of pro-life need will be a powerful spiritual counter-attack against the slaughter of the innocents and the ruin of souls.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Sadly, This Is NOT The Exception the Abortion Industry Would Have You Believe

Gee, I thought this only happenned before Roe v Wade!!!! & never in a clinic that was set up to legally do them!!!!

This is what abortion supporters claim happenned back in the dark old days in back alleys. the truth is different. The huge majority of those abortions were done by licenced doctors, not people like this. A prime example of who the real abortionists were is found in Mario Puzo's novel "The Godfather". Jules Segal is a doctor who got caught doing illegalabortions & is now the Casino MD at a Corleone owned casino. At 1 point he is talking to a friend who will be doing surgury on Lucy Mancini. He bemoans the fact that abortion is illegal. He comments about how, if abortion was legal, talented doctors like him wouldn't have to do them any more 7 that they could be left to less talented hacks. OK, while Segal isn't a real person, like much in the book, Puzo based this on what was really going on back then.
Another interesting thing I came across is the story of The Jane Collective & Harvey Karman, inventor of Karman cannula, a flexible suction cannula used for early abortion. The Collective started because its founders noticed many illegal abortion providers were not doctors. Many, not most. GEE, isn't the claim that virtually all those abortions were done in back alleys by amateurs, not that many were not done by doctors?
The other irony is that in hooking up with Karman, they got involved with a person much like Bugarin. He presented himself as "Dr. Harvey Karman". The reality is that he was not a physician, & his PhD was from a non-existent university. (Bernard N. Nathanson, Aborting America, Life Cycle Books, 1979) He was convicted in 1956 of murder after heperformed a fatal abortion on a woman in a California motel room. But he is a pro-abortion hero & still has a cannula named after him. Is it any wonder that the truth is like what is reported below, not the myth Planned Parenthood (whom he worked with as well), NARAL & other abortion promoters push.
Another interesting fact is that the cannula named after him was initially promoted by abortion activists Carol Downer and Lorraine Rothman. They promoted a procedure called menstrual extraction in which the group suctioned out a member's menstrual material out on or about the time of the menstrual period; if she were pregnant, this would constitute a non-professional abortion. Women doing self-abortions!!! Wait a minute, isn't this 1 of the very things the abortion industry said was wrong before Roe v Wade?
Isn't it interesting that the more you look at the heroes of the pro-abortion gang, the more you find the truth to be totally different than the claims they put out there to advance their cause?

by Steven Ertelt Editor

San Diego, CA ( -- Two accomplices of Bertha Bugarin, who was convicted of doing illegal, unlicensed abortions at her abortion business in southern California, have been convicted as well. The abortion workers will have lighter sentences, but a pro-life group says the conclusion of the case is a good one.
That is because the abortion centers Bugarin ran, which preyed on Hispanic women, are now closed.
With the abortion practitioners her centers hired having their own legal problems, Bertha Pinedo Bugarin, 48, took it upon herself to do abortions. As reported in April, Bugarin was sentenced on a second set of charges that she did abortions without a medical license.
Now, according to the San Diego County District Attorney's office, Chula Vista abortion center workers Luz Catalina-Gomez and Paloma Yonna Solorzano-Rodriguez reached a sentencing agreement with San Diego Superior Court Judge Ted Wethers for probation and community service.
Catalina-Gomez was sentenced to 1 year of prison, a term that was stayed pending the completion of 350 hours of community service. She will also receive three years probation.
Solorzano-Rodriguez was sentenced to 1 year of prison, stayed pending the completion of 200 hours of community service. She also received three years probation.
Both women were ordered to have no contact with Bugarin, or her sister, Raquel, who also helped run the abortion business and has been convicted. They were also told never to seek employment in any medical field as a result of their participation in Bugarin's illegal abortions.
"Let this serve as an example to all the abortionists and clinic workers who are operating outside the law. This could be you," Operation Rescue president Troy Newman, whose group helped expose Bugarin, told on Friday.
"We urge those with knowledge of illegal abortion activity to come clean and report what they know to the authorities so they can avoid serious criminal charges," he continued.Bugarin was accused of putting more than a dozen patients at risk by doing abortions on them or giving them the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug without having medical training.
In February, facing charges in Los Angeles County, Bugarin pleaded no contest to seven felony counts in Los Angeles Superior Court and was sentenced to three years and four months in prison.
In April, she was sentenced in San Diego County on Friday to 6 years, 8 months on nine felony counts of doing abortions without a medical license. Judge Charles Gill ordered that Bugarin's sentence run concurrently with the previous sentence.
Of Bugarin, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said, "This criminal preyed on women in the Hispanic community and has now been held accountable. By passing herself off as a doctor, she put these women's lives in serious danger."For years, Operation Rescue exposed wrongdoing at the abortion chain. As a result, numerous abortion practitioners hired by Bugarin suffered license revocation and other severe discipline.
Her chain of six abortion clinics, known as Clinica Medica Para La Mujer De Hoy, has now closed.

"Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!"

Theological Question of the Day - 28 Sept 2009

This came up in my mind as a result of the fact that I had to suffer through "Anthem" being used as 1 of the songs*at Mass on Sunday.
Does suffering through the horribly theologically uber-deficient "Anthem" result in the person suffering through it with the proper disposition earning:
A) A partial indulgence
B) A plenary indulgence (under the usual conditions)
C) A get out of Purgatory free card?
& if the answer is C then if the person has to suffer more than once through the song, can he apply the additional cards to souls in purgatory?
Well? Anyone care to hazard a guess? Or at least your own opinion?
* I refuse to call it a hymn & I am only being charitable in calling it a song.

Non Capisco?????

Not only am I puzzled at Cardinal Schönborn's telling Bishop Luan not to go, I have to ask why Cardinal Schönborn didn't participate or send a personal representative himself. Cardinal Schönborn does have the right to do what he did. I applaud Bishop Laun for his willingness to obey that request. God will bless him for it.

Vienna Cardinal Forbids Famous Pro-Life Bishop to Attend Pro-Life Rally

By Hilary White VIENNA, September 22, 2009 ( - When pro-life demonstrators in Vienna marched to City Hall earlier this month to protest the hosting by the mayor of a celebration for a notorious local abortion facility, one prominent member of Austria's pro-life world was not present. Bishop Andreas Laun, an auxiliary of Salzburg, told marchers at a Mass prior to the event that he had been forbidden to attend the demonstration by the cardinal archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Schönborn.
Bishop Laun is one of the recipients of the Von Galen Award, an honor given by Human Life International "to a Catholic prelate who has been a voice of conscience for his society." He said at the Mass that preceded the rally, "Cardinal Schönborn has told me on the phone that he does not want that I participate in the demonstration. I replied to him, 'This topic can hardly be discussed on the phone,' and [thought] that I will not be able to convince him. Since Schönborn is the archbishop of Vienna, I have to respect his decision according to canon law."
Bishop Laun said he respected the cardinal's decision and added, "There is a blessing on all legitimate forms of obedience in the Church." He had been scheduled by rally organizers to speak at the demonstration and to lead prayers outside City Hall.
While Schönborn sent a letter to the city's Mayor, Michael Häupl, protesting the party marking the 30th anniversary of the abortion facility, pro-life leaders in Austria have accused him of trying to limit the numbers attending the demonstration, according to coverage by local Gloria TV.
Dr. Tom Ward, president of the National Association of Catholic Families (NACF) and a friend of Bishop Laun, told, "I have very great respect for Bishop Laun who has been consistently pro-life.
"I would be surprised if such a gentle, strong and balanced bishop as Laun would be intemperate in his speech. And Bishop Laun is terribly long suffering and uncompromising in the Austrian hierarchy, for his witness to the truth about life and marriage."
The rally was organized by a coalition of European pro-life groups including Human Life International, Tradition Family and Property, Doctors for Life, the Austrian political party Die Christen, Youth for Life and the Centre for Bioethical Reform (Europe). Rally organizers said they were "shocked" to hear that Bishop Laun had been asked not to attend.
In an email to LSN, organizers noted that Cardinal Schönborn did not offer any reason for Bishop Laun's absence or send a replacement, "a fact which caused much perplexity among the demonstrators." The rally carried on with about 500 pro-life people and 300 pro-abortion counter-demonstrators separated by crowd control barriers and about one hundred police officers. Eyewitnesses reported that the pro-abortion demonstrators hurled insults and blasphemies as well as water-filled condoms and eggs at the pro-life demonstrators and their billboards.
View a video of Bishop Laun's comments click here.
Read related coverage:
Austrian Bishops Blast Vienna Mayor for Abortion Anniversary Party at City Hall

You Might Be a Racist If. . . .

You might be a racist
If you think that a czar is unconstitutional
... you might be a racist!
If you are opposed to a government run health care system
... you might be a racist!
If you think that it is unAmerican to bow before the Saudi King
... you might be a racist!
If you think that the stimulus plan has been an utter failure
... you might be a racist!
If you think that this administration is driving the deficit up at alarming rates
... you might be a racist!
If you think that this is a nation based on Christian values
... you might be a racist!
If you think that communism and socialism are NOT the solution
... you might be a racist!
If you value the 1st Amendment, but think that the media is state-run
... you might be a racist!
If you are sick and tired of the race card being played
... you might be a racist!
If you are a racist according to the current liberal agenda
... you might just be an American!

H/T: Cartoon - In Case of Presidency in Flames...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Obama Administration Is Anti-Human

That is the only conclusion I can come to after reading these 2 World Net Daily Stories (FOLLOW LINK FOR COMPLETE STORY):
Obama science czar John Holdren stated in a college textbook that compulsory, government-mandated "green abortions" would be a constitutionally acceptable way to control population growth and prevent ecological disasters, including global warming, because a fetus was most likely not a "person" under the terms of the 14th Amendment.
Holdren further suggested government-mandated population control measures might be inflicted in the United States against welfare recipients, writing on page 840: "There has been considerable talk in some quarters at times of forcibly suppressing reproduction among welfare recipients (perhaps by requiring the use of contraceptives or even by involuntary sterilizations). This may sadly foreshadow what our society might do if the human predicament gets out of hand." (Parenthesis in original text.)
"A restriction on access to abortion turns women's reproductive capacities into something to be used by fetuses. ... Legal and social control of women's sexual and reproductive capacities has been a principal historical source of sexual inequality," Sunstein wrote in his 1993 book "The Partial Constitution."
In the book, obtained and reviewed by WND, Sunstein sets forth a radical new interpretation of the Constitution. In one chapter, titled "Pornography, abortion, surrogacy," Sunstein argued against restrictions on abortion and pornography.
"Restrictions on abortion, surrogacy and free availability of pornography are troublesome," he wrote.
"I do not mean to oppose equality to liberty. ... Liberty does not entail respect for all 'choices,'" he maintained.
Scary, isn't it. & this isn't the plot for a new horror movie either. these are the people Obama has picked to help him run the country. Or should I say destroy? Holdren is taking his sterilization cue from Margaret Sanger. Sunstein is basicly following the lead of those who supported slavery in how he views the unborn. & it is clear that he hates the Constitution as well as true liberty which entails responsibilty not license for evil which is what he is condoning.
Pray folks, we are rushing towards a precipice. & when we reach it, God will allow us to go over it. He will have no choice but to let us destroy ourselves. But, it is not too late to turn back. So, pray & repent. Pray for the conversion of Obama & those in his administration that condone these things that are pure examples of what the 'culture of death" is.

Are They Sure This Wasn't A Congressperson Looking for Another Committee Meeting?

Or Hillary trying to testify???

Pasco Planning Commission Says No To Planned Parenthood Near School

A month ago I posted about Planned Parenthood's attempt to open a clinic near a school in Pasco, WA. (The Story of Another Planned Parenthood Victim) The clinic would be located on West Court Street next to Mark Twain Elementary School. After several months of delay, the vote finally came up for a vote at the Pasco Planning Commission meeting. The final vote was 3-2 to recommend to the Pasco City Council that it deny the permit. This was in spite of a favorable recommendation by the Planning Commission staff.
The battle is not over yet as PP has announced they will appeal the decision to the Pasco City Council. But PP has been dealt a set back. & they know they aren't welcome in Pasco. The earliest it could come before the city council is 5 October 2009, but it may be at least November before anything is acted on.
An interesting fact that was mentioned on the Protect Our Pasco blog is that PP recently offered to place a 6-ft high brick wall separating the clinic (where abortions could potentially be performed) from the elementary school. IMHO that offer was merely PR to try & mute the opposition. PP wants to be near schools to help spread their poison. But for now, they have been given a major setback.
May God continue to bless the efforts of those fighting to keep PP out of Pasco. Pray that God will touch the hearts of the Council members so that they will uphold the Commissions decision.


& Now for Something Completely Different. . . .

H/T: Cavey @ Lair of the Catholic Cavemen (Not That This Has Anything To Do With Anything Important...)

Well, Technically the Videos Did Cause ACORN "extreme emotional distress"

But that is only because they got caught doing something they shouldn't, condoning something illegal. But doing things illegally is SOP (Standard Operating Proceedure) at ACORN. This lawsuit should be laughed out of court just on its face value. Sadly, I suspect ACORN will shop for a sympatheic judge thus prolonging the inevitable.
Actually, this isn't about harm done to ACORN. This is a heavy handed attempt to not only attack those who brought the truth to light, but to silence through fear anyone else who may try to investigate them. They are hoping that fear of a lawsuit will keep anyone else from lifting the rock ACORN hides under & shining the light on what they do.
& I will be willing to bet that somewhere on the sidelines Planned Parenthood is lurking & cheering them on while kicking themselves for not trying the same thing.

ACORN Sues Young Pro-Life Investigators $1M Each for Sting Operation
WaPo, AP, NYT forced to issue retractions of O'Keefe smears

By Kathleen Gilbert
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, September 25, 2009 ( - The liberal community-based organization ACORN, which was recently disgraced by a series of undercover videos showing illegal activity by the group's employees, is now suing the young pro-life duo who shot the videos.
Defendant James O'Keefe, 25, who is being sued together with 20-year-old investigative partner Hannah Giles, is known among the pro-life community for conducting sting operations against Planned Parenthood in conjunction with Live Action Films. In one such investigation, O'Keefe caught a Planned Parenthood employee accepting a donation earmarked for the abortion of a black child.
Earlier this month the pair published videos of their visits to ACORN offices in five different jurisdictions, dressed as a pimp and his underage girlfriend-prostitute seeking a loan. Employees in the videos coached the flamboyantly-dressed pair in their endeavor to open a secret brothel complete with El Salvadorean child prostitutes, and to launder the ill-gotten funds for the pimp's future congressional campaign.
Both Republican and conservative Democratic legislators immediately condemned the contents of the videos and called for the de-funding, once and for all, of the controversial ACORN. The liberal activist group has been dogged in recent years by accusations of wide scale voter fraud, and, more recently, has been accused of covering up nearly $1 million in embezzled funds by ACORN founder Wade Rathke's brother.
"It is evident that ACORN is incapable of using federal funds in a manner that is consistent with the law," said House Minority Leader John Boehner in response to the videos. "Simply put, ACORN should not receive another penny of American taxpayers' money." Boehner's office estimates ACORN has received more than $53 million directly from the federal government since 1994, and likely more indirectly through federal block grants.
Although ACORN first responded to the scandal by firing several of its employees, the group has turned to the offensive by suing O'Keefe and Giles as well as LLC for publishing the videos.
The lawsuit alleges that the pair violated Maryland's recording law, which requires consent from both parties, while videotaping employees at ACORN's Baltimore office. The suit also complains that the videos caused "extreme emotional distress" to the ACORN employees in the footage.
ACORN seeks $1,000,000 for itself, $500,000 for each individual plaintiff, as well as $1,000,000 in punitive damages against each defendant, and an injunction against further dissemination of the videos.
While O'Keefe and Giles left little room to suppose that both parties might have consented to the recordings, legal expert Ben Sheffner noted on his blog "Copyrights and Campaigns" that the suit is nonetheless likely to fail: Maryland precedent calls for the statute's enforcement only when plaintiffs have a "reasonable expectation of privacy" (REP).
"While the law in Maryland itself is scant, and the question is not entirely free of doubt, I think it unlikely that a Maryland court would find that ACORN and its employees had a REP in the circumstances here," wrote Sheffner.
Despite the group's attempts to save face in the wake of the footage, ACORN's once-tight relationship with the federal government continues to slip.
The Internal Revenue Service has become the latest agency to cut ties with ACORN, announcing it would expel the group from its volunteer tax assistance program. In addition, amendments stripping ACORN of its federal funding have passed in separate measures in both House and Senate. Almost immediately after the videos were published, the Census Bureau broke off its cooperation with the group.
ACORN was not the only group to respond aggressively to the videos: columnist Joel Mowbray notes that each of the "Big Three" news publications - the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Associated Press - were forced to issue retractions after publishing misleading and defamatory information about O'Keefe.
"One wonders if the MSM reporters with egg on their faces realize the irony: the 25-year-old, self-described 'skinny nerd' with scarce resources has outclassed deep pocketed media titans," wrote Mowbray. "Public trust in the mainstream is at an all-time low. Its reaction to the ACORN revelations and ham-handed attacks on O'Keefe will only accelerate the downward spiral."
See O'Keefe and Giles' ACORN Exposé Videos and Transcripts here.
See related coverage:
Pro-Life "Live Action" Investigator behind ACORN Sex-Racketeering Exposé
Planned Parenthood - Racist Donations Welcome We Abort Black Babies Undercover investigator calls for congressional examination of PP

It Doesn't Take a Psychic To Tell Us What Life Will Be Like Under Obama Care

(This is for entertainment purposes only. This blog does not condone using actual psychics or any type of fortune telling as it is contrary to God's law.)


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Proof That God Exists

Rush Limbaugh Does His Part to Save the Environment

(Now if was only the real Al Gore!!!! Just kidding! Sort of!)

A Shepherd Who Leads the Pro-Life Battle in His Diocese By Doing

Bishop himself commits to prayer hours with 40 Days for Life

FARGO, ND, September 25, 2009 ( - Bishop Samuel J. Aquila, the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo, joined pro-life advocates for an hour of prayer this morning at 11:00, in front of a local abortion facility. His time of prayer coincides with the 40 Days for Life campaign, which began Sept. 23 in more than 200 communities nationwide.
This is the third annual 40 Days for Life campaign to be held in North Dakota.
In addition to his own participation in the pro-life campaign, Bishop Aquila also recently sent a letter to all priests of his diocese, asking them to participate in the 40 Days for Life campaign. In a Sept. 23 letter to priests, he wrote:
"I will pray on the sidewalk in front of the abortion facility on Friday, September 25, at 11 a.m. and again on Respect Life Sunday when I lead a Eucharistic procession to the abortion facility, carrying our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament to the site of death for so many of his children.
"I ask that each of you schedule at least one hour of prayer outside the abortion facility during these 40 days. I realize this will require great sacrifice for some of you in terms of miles traveled and time away from other pastoral duties. Yet I am confident that much fruit will come from your time spent in conversation with God at the site of this modern day, legally protected holocaust. Please also encourage your parishioners to take up the cross of Christ for the most vulnerable among us."
His letter to priests continues, "Most especially in the 'Year for Priests' we too are called to sacrifice - to carry the cross of Christ. With Christ we stand in prayerful witness, in the cold, the rain, the snow, enduring the glances of hatred and the words of disgust from those who do not understand. In faithful hope we pray that some will come to understand, that hearts will be transformed, unborn babies will be saved from death and parents will escape the agony of later realizing that their choice ended the life of their child."
The 40 Days for Life campaign is a national ecumenical effort of prayer, fasting and peaceful prayer and presence outside abortion facilities. The North Dakota campaign includes 40 days of non-stop prayer on the sidewalk outside the Red River Womens Clinic at 512 1st Ave. N., Fargo.
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See the full Bishop's letter to priests here.

Broken Record Time: Once More, Why Do We Need to Waste Money on Immoral Embryonic Stem Cell Research?

There are several things I want you to notice as you read this:
1: This is another adult stem cell success story
2: Towards the end of the story a similar success using adult stem cells to rebuild a woman's windpipe is mentioned.
3: This is more proof that adult stem cells do work. 7 there is no concern about rejection since the cells come from the patient.
4: Note the comment by Professor Stephen Westaby about how the National Health System works over there. This is the system Obama is touting as an example of what we need to adopt. Yet the system is preventing people in the UK from getting treatment that could save their lives. Why? "The economics in the health service are the problem. So many patients could benefit that the costs would be substantial." Gee sounds like rationing to me. Or to put it another way, your life isn't worth the cost.
5: I am curious as to why Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director at the British Heart Foundation dismisses the results out of hand. Yes, there is need for more research, but that isn't what he is saying. Given what I have noted from a google search, the BHF is a supporter of embryonic stem cell research. remeber, the ESC research supporters claim that ESCs offer the only hope. This research shows how wrong they are. & the BHF is not happy that they have been proven wrong. So what do they do? They dismiss the results & say the old embryonic stem cell canard about how far off any real results are. & I am sure they will say this shows all the more the need for embryonic stem cell research as well.
6: For those who think I am reading too much into the BHF comments I present the proof that I am not. Notice what a spokesman for the Scottish Stem Cell Network said: "This represents exciting progress. It identifies a role for stem cells by taking them into the clinic in a controlled manner.This latest procedure is a positive one as we are trying to move forward to the clinical phases where stem cells can be put safely into patients." A totally different take on the same news, isn't it? The SSCN doesn't reject the results. They seem to think this is acceptable evidence. & the SSCN isn't an adult stem cell research center either, so they don't have an agenda in that area.

Dying patient saved with his own stem cells and mechanical heart

Published Date: 25 September 2009
A DYING heart patient has been saved after he was given an artificial heart and injected with his own stem cells, a British surgeon said yesterday.
The procedure – believed to be a world first – used stem cells in attempts to rebuild the damaged muscle in the heart.
Experts welcomed the development, but said more research was necessary before it could be more widely used.
Professor Stephen Westaby, based at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital, led the team that operated on Ioannis Manolopoulos in Thessaloniki, Greece, to fit him with the mechanical pump.
Mechanical hearts – also known as left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) – are currently used temporarily to support the failing hearts of people waiting for a transplant.
Currently, the devices are used on only a handful of patients in the UK each year.
Mr Westaby said that the use of the patient's own cells, extracted from his bone marrow, represented the first time the two treatments had ever been combined.
Mr Manolopoulos, who is recovering after the operation two weeks ago, said: "If things go well, I must go to church and pray because I feel very lucky to get this device and have the chance of a normal life."
He had been in hospital for four months after at least two heart attacks and other treatments had failed to improve his condition.
The mechanical device diverts blood away from the damaged pumping chamber to allow his heart to repair itself.
In many patients, the muscle heals so well that the pump can be removed later.Professor Christos Papakonstantinou, heart surgeon at the Ahepa University Hospital in Thessaloniki, said: "We hope the combination of stem cells and pumps will enable patients to enjoy life for many years."
Mr Westaby said that the NHS currently only funds a handful of operations every year to give pumps to transplant patients who are waiting for a donor heart.
He said: "I am very frustrated that all the work that I have done back home in the UK has to be translated into patient care in other countries.
"We have helped to develop implantation programmes in France, Greece and Japan. It's time we did it in the UK.
"The economics in the health service are the problem. So many patients could benefit that the costs would be substantial."
Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said that before any procedure could be offered on the NHS, there had to be good evidence to prove it was safe, effective and affordable.
"The stem cell aspect of the treatment carried out in Greece is not based on evidence," he said.
"Studies are under way to assess how and when stem cells may be used for heart repair, but there's still a long way to go.
"We urgently need a robust and controlled trial of permanent treatment with 'mechanical hearts' compared to conventional therapies for patients with severe heart failure."
A spokesman for the Scottish Stem Cell Network said: "This represents exciting progress.
"It identifies a role for stem cells by taking them into the clinic in a controlled manner.
"This latest procedure is a positive one as we are trying to move forward to the clinical phases where stem cells can be put safely into patients."
The spokesman said the operation was similar to a procedure carried out last year involving a transplant of a windpipe made with a female patient's stem cells extracted from her bone marrow. Headlines

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