Sunday, October 31, 2010
Some Very Ugly Statistics (& I DO Mean Ugly!!!!!)
2,562,490 “Hispanic or other”
This is only the number of abortions that are both “legal” & reported. The actual numbers may well be 20 to 30 per cent higher - or even more. This is because of the growing number of medical abortions using drugs like RU-486 & “morning after” abortifacients.
Not a pretty picture, is it?
The National (Non)Catholic Reporter - Promoting Satan's Agenda
An Abortion Survivor Tells Her Story
By Leah Sedelle Chapman Published October 26, 2010
This was pro-life speaker Melissa Ohden’s response to being referred to as a miracle child. Melissa survived a saline abortion.
When her mother was 19 she found herself pregnant. Her parents forced her to get an abortion and actually drove her to the clinic. Ohden’s mother received a saline abortion, where a solution was ejected into her uterus and meant to be released into the child’s lungs to cause them to burn up so that the child, unable to breathe, would die. This form of abortion typically takes three days, until finally the mother goes into forced labor to give birth to the now dead child. It took Ohden’s mother five days until her labor started. All believed that Ohden was born dead as planned; they even set her on a side table to focus their attention on her mother. Minutes after she was born, the nurses heard Ohden making grunting noises. She was later informed that this was her attempt at breathing. The nurses immediately tended to Ohden, saving her life. Saline abortions are no longer in practice because too many babies survived through them. After only 31 weeks in the womb, surviving a saline abortion, being born with jaundice, suffering from seizures and needing multiple blood transfusions, Ohden was adopted into a loving family, complete with an older sister the couple had also adopted. Today she suffers no damage from the attempted abortion.
So how do you tell your daughter that not only was she unwanted, but that her mother tried to kill her and throw her away, and even after that failed gave her away? In Ohden’s case, her adoptive older sister found herself in the same situation that Ohden’s mother had once been in: teenaged, pregnant and looking toward abortion as the answer. The difference in this case is that instead of her parents driving her to the clinic, they told her the story of Ohden’s birth. She told Ohden, who then confronted her parents about it.
“Some people say that my story saved my nephew’s life, but in my perspective he saved mine. I don’t know how my parents could have told me my story any other way.” Even though she had a supportive family, church and school, Ohden was still very upset about this new revelation. “I was embarrassed, and I didn’t want to talk about it.” When Ohden moved off to college she realized just how common abortion was. She soon moved back home and later transferred to another school. This is when she starting speaking out against abortion by telling her story.
People don’t want to face the guilt that accompanies abortion, but it can’t be avoided. “I can count on one hand how many people have told me that abortion was the best decision they ever made. You can’t even fathom the amount of people that tell me that they regret their abortion and wish that I was their child.” People have actually approached Ohden trying to prove that she was their daughter. “We would have conversations for a week maybe two or three, them trying to tell me that I was the same age as what their child would be. They try to replace me with the child they lost.” Ohden encounters many different kinds of people, with many different kinds of ideas about abortion. But Ohden, as a living testament to how much abortion hurts and to the fact that the baby being aborted is truly a living breathing child, gives people a vivid vision of what abortion is and what it can do to someone.
When Ohden felt comfortable she went in search of her biological parents and grandparents. She tried to find her mother but had no results. She contacted her father but received no response. She also contacted her mother’s parents, who did respond. However, they couldn’t pass on Ohden’s message of forgiveness to her mother because she had stopped speaking to them years earlier. At the time Ohden didn’t know why her mother had stopped talking to her parents, but she later learned that her mother blamed her parents for forcing the abortion on her, which resulted in the guilt that followed her through life.
Today Ohden continues to speak across the country against abortion. Her first public speech about her story since high school was on Capitol Hill. She has spoken with Feminists for Life, and recently returned from making a documentary in Australia where the laws involving abortions are some of the most liberal in the world, right next to the U.S.. She is tremendously grateful for the life she has been given and the story that she has to share. It seems odd that someone would be grateful for a story like that, but in Ohden’s words, “I can’t live my life without knowing this. A lot of survivors don’t share their story for whatever reason.” Ohden knew, when she first learned her story, that she would be asked to share it, but she also knew that it would be hard and at first she didn’t want to. But once she learned the impact that her story would have, she knew that there was no way she could avoid it.
If you would like to hear more from Melissa Ohden you can watch her on the 700 Club in November and in the soon to be released exclusive youtube videos from Australia, coming out in the next week.
Things Have To Be Pretty Bad When Even the Lefties Are Making Campaign Ads Like This. . . .
Pelosi - Queen of the Swamp
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Alveda King - Fixing America's Dream
America’s dream is broken. Abortion, broken marriages, high school drop outs, the failing economy, prison felons, and victims of HIV/AIDS are suffering and we need to pray for relief. We also need to vote for relief! In the upcoming election, we need to send men and women who understand that failed moral solutions lead to poverty of soul, spirit, body and pocketbook. Right now, as we communicate in cyberspace in this blog, African American leaders and lay people are pressing the White House to do something about the HIV/AIDS crisis that is adversely killing the African American community in seriously disproportionate numbers. Sound familiar? The same levels of pain and injury are occurring in all of the social categories that impact America. For instance, African Americans suffer from more abortions, divorce, high school dropout rates, incarceration levels and poverty rates.
On the HIV/AIDS front, The African American community reports that, “President Barack Obama commissioned the Office of National AIDS Policy to develop a National HIV/AIDS Strategy to fight the growing epidemic in America, but when it presented its vision in July, Black advocates noted swiftly that it was void of any policies or strategies that dealt with tackling the issue in a real way in their own communities, which are being decimated by AIDS on a daily basis.
In response, Pres. Obama’s administration gave the advocates a period of time, which expires this December, to develop and recommend methodologies, strategies, and policies they feel will meet the needs of their people. So on October 12, as part of the effort, several long-time HIV/AIDS activists and community leaders met with the people themselves at the African American Cultural Center (Us) to find out what they say should reflect a national policy on AIDS as it pertains to them.”
President Barack Obama commissioned the Office of National AIDS Policy to develop a National HIV/AIDS Strategy to fight the growing epidemic in America, but when it presented its vision in July, Black advocates noted swiftly that it was void of any policies or strategies that dealt with tackling the issue in a real way in their own communities, which are being decimated by AIDS on a daily basis…
The thing is, if our elected officials don’t find the courage to call things as they are and as they should be, we’ll keep floundering, and people, including babies in the womb, will continue to die, to get sick, to drop out of school and to be victims of poverty.
The social ills all have two things in common, they are killing people right now, and they can be healed by praying, God fearing people who will vote for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for ALL. Please think about this when you go to the polls next week.
The Video Planned Parenthood Heartland Doesn't Want You to See
Move Over Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees & Freddy Krueger, We've Found Something Even Scarier Than All of You Combined
But when you worship at the altar of Molech as they do, what else would you expect?
H/T: Thomas Peters (Planned Parenthood’s Costume Idea: “Dress like Birth Control!”)
Jason Jones on His Lost Fatherhood
Jason Jones is a friend of mine. I 1st met him when he came to DBQ to promote the movie Bella (he was 1 of the producers). While this is a sort version of his story, it does capture the hurt he went through. The emotional & psychological damage done to fathers by abortion is ignored & denied by the abortion industry even more than their denial of the damage done to the mothers who have the abortion. The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is working to change that.
Labels: Silent No More
Friday, October 29, 2010
Authentic Catholic Teaching or Muddying the Waters?
Or as she says to justify winking at sin "Ameliorating injustice and practicing the corporal works of mercy often involve contact with, and sometimes cooperation with, wrongdoers." Cooperating with wrongdoers is 1 thing, cooperating with wrong is another. But she is trying to make the 2 equally OK. There are times when it is OK to cooperate with wrongdoers. Helping a "wrongdoer" to rescue someone from a burning house for example. In that situation you are not condoning or even remotely cooperating in their wrongdoing. Helping to pass out condoms isn't ever acceptable. & you will notice she completely ignores the spiritual works of mercy, like calling the sinner to repentence. She calls them to continue in their sinful ways instead. She would love them into hell. I am sure that she would deny that it exists however & that we are all going to end up in Heaven. So, following her logic, the only evil are those actions she sees as injustice. & abortion clearly isn't at the top of her list. & maybe not even on it at all.
Someday she will have to answer to God for her cooperating in evil. Yes, by what she has written that is exactly what she is doing. She is helping people to continue killing thousands of unborn babies every day. She is helping people to break God's commandments with impunity. She is calling evil good. & she will have to answer for her part in building the "culture of death" as well as her open rebellion to the magisterial teachings of the Catholic Church. May God have mercy on her rather than give her the justice she deserves for the injustice against the unborn she is condoning.
Clarity or Murkiness?
Sadly, once again we see some Bishops muddying the waters rather than providing the clarity needed about what issues must guide our vote.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
If the Communists Invented Monopoly
Bonus points for those who can name the tune used for the closing credits.
H/T: Patrick Button (Funny Videos: Communist Monopoly & Barbara Boxer )
No This Is NOT a Scene From a Horror Movie, This Is Real Life
Aborted Babies Found in Michigan Dumpster
LANSING, Michigan, October 27, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Tighter legislation on the abortion industry is in the works after a local pro-life group revealed evidence of two abortion clinics having disposed aborted fetal remains with other bio-hazardous waste and medical documents in a dumpster.
According to Citizens for a Pro-Life Society (CPLS), the Michigan Attorney General and Saginaw County sheriffs concluded last Friday their 7-month investigation of two Womans Choice abortion clinics in Delta Township and Saginaw.
Back in February, local pro-life advocate Chris Veneklase confirmed suspicions that the Womans Choice abortion clinic in Delta Township was disposing bio-hazardous waste, and likely the corpses of aborted infants, along with the rest of the trash in its dumpster. Veneklase said he found the remains of 17 aborted unborn children in 17 bags marked with both the January dates of the abortions and the full names of the respective mothers. (WARNING: pictures can be found here, but are extremely graphic)
Dr. Monica Miller, CPLS President, also investigated the Womans Choice clinic in Saginaw with Veneklase and found the same practice. Besides fetal remains, the trash bags contained bloody or soiled canulas, gloves, gauze, and surgical sheets, along with used medicine vials and urine sample cups that had women’s names written down, including some first and last names.
However the AG concludes that there are no grounds under current Michigan law to prosecute the clinics, other than that they were not properly incorporated under state law. Because the facilities were not properly incorporated, state authorities say they lack the legal grounds to discipline anyone for the improper handling of medical records.
“It is incredibly frustrating that abortion clinics continue to get away with abominations. It’s bad enough that the unborn are murdered, but their bodies are literally treated like trash,” said Miller. “Patient records are thrown away, and still nothing ever seems to happen to those who have no respect for life or for women.”
However Michigan GOP State Reps. Rick Jones, Bob Jenetsky and Joe Haveman say they intend to submit legislation that would change the law.
"I'm shocked by this dumping of 17 babies into a trash dumpster in my district, and I was further appalled that this may be a legal act under Michigan law," said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. He called it “a sickening breach of human decency."
The proposed law, HB 5929, would require that abortion clinics cremate aborted infants or bury them if the mother requests it. Two other bills, HB 6428 and HB 6429 would make violations of the new law a felony punishable by up to three years in jail, a maximum $5,000 fine, or both.
"I am disgusted and saddened by the actions of this clinic," said Rep. Genetski. "Their utter disrespect for human life is abhorrent. I'm hopeful our bill package will put an end to atrocities such as this."
Miller says that CPLS intends to have a burial service for the 17 aborted infants as soon as the opportunity arises.
For more information and history of the case see the Citizens for a Pro-Life Society website (Warning: contains graphic images that can be very disturbing)
Lovely Lady Liberty is 124 Years Old Today
Labels: Statue of Liberty
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Cardinal Elect Burke to Catholic Voters - You CANNOT Vote for Pro-Abort/Pro-Choice Candidates
The Full-length 20 Oct 2010 Interview with Cardinal-elect Burke regarding his Pastoral Letter on Voting can be found at their website.
Source: New Catholic Cardinal: Catholics Can’t Vote for Pro-Abortion Candidates
Remember This the Next Time Planned Parenthood Says It Gives Out Scientificly Accurate Info
Providing scientific evidence that life begins at fertilization were pro-life groups LifeGuard, Durango Pregnancy Center, Bayfield Christian, and Master Plan Ministry.
Arguing to the contrary was Advocates for Choice, a student group sponsored by Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountain to “educate campus audiences.”
Well, I wouldn’t have believed the words that came out of the young turks from A4C unless I saw the video for myself.
But the same people who constantly – and erroneously – complain pro-lifers make the life debate into a religious one took the opposite tack this time, saying scientific debate was irrelevant and actually “illegitimate.”
I guess it’s no wonder. The few times they ventured into the scientific arena they showed themselves to be abysmally ignorant. A few highlights:
“Their researchers say the heart beats in 21 days. There’s people on our side and research that says the heart doesn’t beat until 24 weeks!”
“I mean I have a cold, so I have a virus in my body, and that’s also something little and living inside of me. But if I’m going to try to kill it I’m not gonna be like, ‘Oh no it was a virus thing I just killed a life.’ It’s not the same thing.”
“And again on the biological note, I just want to add really quickly that all of us women out there we shed fertilized egg pretty much every month.”
There was also this interesting dialogue:
A4C: Gender studies majors? Uh, is there a natural woman?
A4C: There is no such thing as “natural woman.”
Our side: I would put out there that probably most of you women do not have a Y chromosome. Ok? There is a natural woman.
A4C: Um, anyone who is born with an X and a Y chromosome is biologically female.
Here is the short version with several of the highlights…
And here is a longer version that begins with our side’s scientific evidence that life begins at fertilization and photos of fetal development alongside photos of abortions at those stages of development…
PP's Cecille Richards - Better Living For Us By Eliminating More of the Next Generation
Fewer People Mean Less Government Cost: Planned Parenthood President
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The president of Planned Parenthood has argued that the new federal health care reform ought to consider funding all contraception with taxpayer dollars because preventing new children leads to less government expense.
In an appearance on the Bill Press radio show, PP president Cecile Richards said that, although the costs of the federal health care bill already promise to skyrocket out of control, federal officials ought to consider covering birth control a priority because of the "cost savings" benefit of fewer children being born.
"I think it's important, Bill, to understand that unlike some other issues of cost, birth control is one of those issues that actually saves the government money," said Richards. "So an investment in covering birth control actually in the long run is a huge cost savings because women don't have children that they weren't planning on having and all the sort of attendant cost for unplanned pregnancy.
"So we actually feel that covering birth control is not only it's the right thing to do for women, it's good for women it's good for their health care, but it's frankly good public policy."
The remarks reflect sentiments aired by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when prompted to justify the contraceptive funding in last year's massive stimulus bill. The speaker explained that preventing births "will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government."
Richards also touted artificial birth control as "the most normative medical care that exists in America," calling the push for its universal availability a "no-brainer."
Planned Parenthood and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently launched a massive campaign, called "Birth Control Matters," to pressure the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that all prescription contraception is completely covered by health insurers under "preventive care."
Rita Diller, the national director of Stop Planned Parenthood International, indicated that the true reason for the abortion giant's campaign was not expanded contraceptive availability, but an expanded profit margin.
"In reality, birth control is already widely available to women and even young girls, on a sliding scale basis, so that those who cannot afford the dangerous steroidal pills can receive them at little or no cost," Diller told LifeSiteNews.com. Therefore, she said, covering all birth control as preventive care "will not increase its availability, but will dramatically increase Planned Parenthood’s profit margin, by not only requiring new private health plans to cover 100% of the cost, but also requiring state Medicaid programs to pay 100% of the cost for all Medicaid recipients."
Diller noted that, according to the testimony of former Planned Parenthood chief financial officer P. Victor Gonzalez, the organization purchases contraceptives "at rock bottom prices and resells it at up to 12 times its acquisition cost."
"If Medicaid is required to pay 100 percent of the price Planned Parenthood charges for prescription birth control, it will be laughing all the way to the bank, at our expense," she said.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has challenged Planned Parenthood's campaign, arguing that contraception and sterilization "prevent not a disease condition, but the healthy condition known as fertility." In addition, the bishops pointed out the possibly severe repercussions such a mandate would pose for conscientious health care providers, especially in the case of abortifacient "contraceptive" drugs such as ella and other emergency contraception.
See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:
Planned Parenthood Pushes for Universal Birth Control as Coalition Fights Abortifacient Ella 'Contraceptive'
USCCB Officials Urge HHS Not to Require Coverage of Contraception, Sterilization
Papa Benedetto - States Have Right to Defend Borders, Control Immigration
The pope made his comments in his message for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees, touching on a subject that has caused tensions between the church and governments in European countries, including France and Italy.
He said everyone had the right to leave home to seek better conditions of life in another country.
”At the same time, states have the right to regulate migration flows and to defend their own frontiers, always guaranteeing the respect due to the dignity of each and every human person,” he said.
He said immigrants had the duty to integrate into their host countries and respect their laws and national identities.
The challenge, he added, was to ”combine the welcome due to every human being, especially when in need, with a reckoning of what is necessary for both the local inhabitants and the new arrivals to live a dignified and peaceful life”.
Recently, there has been some semi-serious joking among a few of us as to whether the Pope & other Vatican officials are reading our blogs & then taking their lead from what we wrote. What I do want to say is, that what really matters for me is to read something Papa Benedetto or Cardinal-elect Burke wrote or said & know that what I wrote lines up with them. That is they key, I line up with them. It tells me that I am not going off on my own, but rather I am doing my best to study authentic Catholic teaching as well as uphold it.
Unlike Cardinal Mahony & Nancy Pelosi among others.
I do have to add that the whole message of Papa Benedetto's does include a few other things I pointed out but were ignored by the Times/Reuter's article. 1 of those points was about improving things in the countries the immigrants came from so there wouldn't be as much of a need to leave. Again, I am happy to see I got it right last April.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Remember - "Your momma....... Wears combat boots."
What ObamaCare Really Does to the Unborn - Help Kill More of Them
What Do Pelosi & The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Have In Common?
Monday, October 25, 2010
What God Made marriage to Truly Be
This fact, as we know, doesn't stop them from trying. Indeed, this attack has been underway for some time now, and is only increasing in its aggression. There are now several television shows (which we will not dignify by naming or linking to) that campaign feverishly for alternative views of marriage and family. Homosexual "marriage," polygamy, cohabitation, infidelity and divorce on a whim-all these and other attempted corruptions of natural marriage are featured not only as normal, but often as even preferable to the real thing.
Notice that every one of these corruptions has a different fundamental character than marriage: each one is based on mutual use, not mutual gift. Each has the self, not the other, as the primary source of motivation. None has true gift, fidelity and openness to life as desired ends.
Yet one in particular is poised to be elevated to the level of natural marriage in American law, and indeed has already been given sanction in several states by bypassing the will of the people: homosexual "marriage". These two words cannot meaningfully occur next to one another. Proponents of this offense to sanity would have us believe that marriage is only what the whims of society happen to hold today; it has no essential character. And anyone who says otherwise is being unjust, perhaps even hateful, and thus must be silenced.
This increasingly common theme is a perfect example of what the Catholic scholar Monsignor Michel Schooyans refers to as "The Totalitarian Trend of Liberalism." The last thing the proponents of homosexual unions are interested in is rational dialogue; they only care about getting their way and will use the state to enforce their corrupt views.
Their enablers in the mainstream media cannot report on the controversies around homosexual unions without presenting their limited view of the Church's position with a detached scorn, analogous to those who don biohazard suits to handle something that they really don't want to touch.
Amid this growing cacophony the Church continues to charitably speak out and defend these basic truths about the essential nature of natural marriage, basic truths that are necessary for the common good to be achieved.
A 2003 document from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith has a wonderful response to all those who seek to undermine natural marriage:
No ideology can erase from the human spirit the certainty that marriage exists solely between a man and a woman, who by mutual personal gift, proper and exclusive to themselves, tend toward the communion of their persons. In this way, they mutually perfect each other, in order to cooperate with God in the procreation and upbringing of new human lives.
Precisely. The same document gives direction to Catholic politicians who waver on the marriage issue in the face of ever increasing pressure to erase traditional marriage from among the natural institutions that still enjoy the protection of the state. I would encourage you to give careful consideration to this brief instruction, as it very concisely lays out not only a summary of the Church's understanding of sexuality and marriage, but the basic arguments against the confusion that we are force-fed every time we see the media treat the issue. The document's conclusion sums things up nicely:
The Church teaches that respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behavior or to legal recognition of homosexual unions. The common good requires that laws recognize, promote and protect marriage as the basis of the family, the primary unit of society. Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing them on the same level as marriage would mean not only the approval of deviant behavior, with the consequence of making it a model in present-day society, but would also obscure basic values which belong to the common inheritance of humanity.
In Spirit & Life the last several weeks we have been focusing on our political responsibility as Catholics and Christians to exercise our right to vote in a way that is consistent with our faith. Since the moral and social teaching of our Church stands far above the meager political options we face in the upcoming election, this is necessarily a non-partisan effort. Truth is like that: if there were a party of Truth we would have no objection whatsoever to declaring our partisanship. So we must carefully examine the positions on marriage held by those who are asking for our vote, and side with the truth.
We are partisans for Truth and the common good. We reject the distortions surrounding the topics of sexuality and marriage, and we gladly proclaim the truth, in season and out of season. And in this political season, we proclaim it all the louder, grateful for the teaching of the Faith that unites us in the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro-Carámbula
If This Is True then Why Hasn't the CCCB Repudiated The Winnepeg Statement?
(Canon 212 §3)
Labels: The Winnepeg Statement
Did You Know That Pope Paul VI Expected All Latin Rite Catholics to Know Plain Chant?
Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship
Issued on April 14, 1974.
Our congregation has prepared a booklet entitled, "Jubilate Deo," which contains a minimum selection of sacred chants. This was done in response to a desire which the Holy Father had frequently expressed, that all the faithful should know at least some Latin Gregorian chants, such as, for example, the "Gloria," the "Credo," the "Sanctus," and the "Agnus Dei."
It gives me great pleasure to send you a copy of it, as a personal gift from His Holiness, Pope Paul VI. May I take this opportunity of recommending to your pastoral solicitude this new initiative, whose purpose is to facilitate the observance of the recommendation of the Second Vatican Council" "...steps must be taken to ensure that the faithful are able to chant together in Latin those parts of the ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them.
In effect, when the faithful gather together for prayer they manifest at once the diversity of a people drawn "from every tribe, language and nation (Ap. 5:9) and its unity in faith and charity. Their diversity is manifested in the present multiplicity of liturgical languages and in the vernacular chants which, in the context of one shared faith, give expression to each people's religious sentiment in music drawn from its culture and traditions. On the other hand, their unity finds particularly apt and even sensible expression through the use of Latin Gregorian chant.
Down the centuries, Gregorian chant has accompanied liturgical celebrations in the Roman rite, has nourished men's faith and has fostered their piety, while in the process achieving an artistic perfection which the Church rightly considers a patrimony of inestimable value and which the Council recognized as "the chant especially suited to the Roman liturgy."
One of the objectives of the liturgical reform is to promote community singing in assemblies of the faithful, so that they might the better express the festive, communal and fraternal character of liturgical celebrations. In effect, "the liturgical action becomes more dignified when it is accompanied by chant, when each minister fulfills his own role and the faithful also take part.
Those who are charged with responsibility for the liturgical reform are particularly anxious to achieve this difficult objective. To that end, the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship appeals once again, as they have often done in the past, for the proper development of singing by the faithful.
When vernacular singing is concerned, the liturgical reform offers "a challenge to the creativity and the pastoral zeal of every local church." Poets and musicians are therefore to be encouraged to put their talents at the service of such a cause, so that a popular chant may emerge which is truly artistic, is worthy of the praise of God, of the liturgical action of which it forms part and of the faith which it expresses. The liturgical reform has opened up new perspectives for sacred music and for chant. "One hopes for a new flowering of the art of religious music in our time. Since the vernacular is admitted to worship in every country it ought not to be denied the beauty and the power of expression of religious music and appropriate chant.
At the same time, the liturgical reform does not and indeed cannot deny the past. Rather does it "preserve and foster it with the greatest care." It cultivates and transmits all that is in it of high religious, cultural and artistic worth and especially those elements which can express even externally the unity of believers.
This minimum repertoire of Gregorian chant has been prepared with that purpose in mind: to make it easier for Christians to achieve unity and spiritual harmony with their brothers and with the living traditions of the past. Hence it is that those who are trying to improve the quality of congregational singing cannot refuse to Gregorian chant the place which is due to it. And this becomes all the more imperative as we approach the Holy Year of 1975, during which the faithful of different languages, nations and origins, will find themselves side by side for the common celebration of the Lord.
Those who because of their special vocation in the Church need to have a deeper knowledge of sacred music ought to be particularly careful to observe a proper balance between popular chant and Gregorian chant. For this reason the Holy Father recommended that "Gregorian chant be preserved and be sung in monasteries, other religious houses and seminaries, as a special form of chanted prayer and as something of high cultural and pedagogic value."
Further, the study and the performance of Gregorian chant remain "because of its special characteristics, a very useful foundation for the cultivation of sacred music."
In presenting the Holy Father's gift to you, may I at the same time remind you of the desire which he has often expressed that the Conciliar constitution on the liturgy be increasingly better implemented. Would you therefore, in collaboration with the competent diocesan and national agencies for the liturgy, sacred music and catechetics, decide on the best ways of teaching the faithful the Latin chants of "Jubilate Deo" and of having them sing them, and also of promoting the preservation and execution of Gregorian chant in the communities mentioned above. You will thus be performing a new service for the Church in the domain of liturgical renewal.
The contents of this booklet may be reproduced free of charge. To help people understand these texts, one may add the normal vernacular translation.
a. The following is a translation of a letter which was sent to all bishops and heads of religious orders, together with a book of chants, "Jubilate Deo." The letter was published in Latin in the April 1974 issue of "Notitiae," (pages 123-126) and in French in "La Documentation Catholique," 2 June 1974. Our translation was made from the French (said by D.C. to be the original) by A. F.
1. See the Address of Pope Paul VI at general audience, 22 August, 1973;
Address of Pope Paul VI to the "Consociatio Internationalis Musicae Sacrae," 12 October 1973; Letter of Cardinal Jean Villot to the National Assembly of the Italian Association of St. Cecilia, 30 September, 1973.
2. Constitution on the Liturgy, no. 54.
3. Ibid., no. 116.
4. Instruction, "Musicam Sacram," no. 5.
5. Ibid., no. 54; Address of Pope Paul VI to members of the Italian Association of St. Cecilia, 23 September, 1972.
6. Address of Pope Paul VI to the "Consociatio Internationalis Musicae Sacrae," 12 October 1973.
7. Constitution on the Liturgy, no. 114.
8. Letter of Cardinal Jean Villot to the National Assembly of the Italian Association of St. Cecilia, 30 September, 1973.
9. Instruction, "Musicam Sacram," no. 52.
Margaret Sanger & Her Reproductive Revolution
Sunday, October 24, 2010
1st Texas, Now Ohio
Labels: Coercing Abortions