Thursday, June 30, 2005

Using the "G" Word

Not so long ago when I worked in rural public elementary and high schools in Illinois, it was not unusual to hear an entire class pray out loud together. I even hung posters in my school - based office with God's name on them and always wore a religious medal or crucifix on a chain around my neck, as did many of the teachers and the other support personnel. It seems shocking to me in our culture today that even silent prayer or using the "G" word could cause such upheaval. This is the culture that claims to be so tolerant of religious differences and places such strong emphasis on diversity. When you think about it, the worst kind of intolerance there is in our society today is tolerance.

This article from WorldNet illustrates my point.

Student gets F grade for mentioning God
'He told me you might as well write about the Easter Bunny'


A college in southern California is now investigating the case of a student who says she was given an F for mentioning "God" against the expressed wishes of her atheist instructor.

Bethany Hauf, a freshman at Victor Valley Community College near San Bernadino, wrote the G-word 41 times in a paper titled "In God We Trust," examining the role of religion in government.

She included "God" despite being told not to by adjunct English instructor Michael Shefchik.

"He said it would offend others in class," Hauf, 34, told the Daily Press. "I didn't realize God was taboo." (More)

God, have mercy on us!

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

101 Inspirational Stories of the Priesthood

Sister Patricia Proctor's new book, 101 Inspirational Stories of the Priesthood is out. I received my signed copy today. I have only read a few stories so far, but I am convinced she has another best seller on her hands.
Catholic writers Tim Drake , Anne Costa, and Pete Vere all have stories in it, and be sure not to miss the short stories on pages 134 and 178 written by another famous author. Well, I guess we can't all be famous, but we can all share our witness with one another.
Pro-life Graphics

The Curt Jester has a couple of interesting pro-lfe graphics on his blog today.
Canada on Verge of Legalizing Same-Sex 'Marriage'

Final Approval of Passed Legislation Said to Be Only a Formality

(AgapePress) - Canada's pro-family community is vowing to continue the fight for traditional marriage in the wake of a Parliamentary vote on Tuesday night which approved homosexual "marriage."

The fight against the legalization of homosexual marriage has raged on for two years in Canada. But that came to an end last night when, by a vote of 158-133, the Canadian House of Commons approved same-sex marriage. The vote was three more than was needed to gain a majority vote. All that remains now is for the Canadian Senate to review the legislation, but that is largely considered a formality. Final approval of Bill C-38 would make Canada the third nation in the world to embrace same-sex marriage, joining Belgium and the Netherlands.

Prime Minister Paul Martin, a Roman Catholic, has declared that despite anyone's personal beliefs, all Canadians should be granted the same right to marriage. Conservatives had accused the prime minister of making a deal with pro-homosexual members of Parliament. The Globe & Mail newspaper reports that immediately following the vote, Martin "dashed out the door, wishing all a good summer." (more)

Who is this Paul Martin who claims to be a "Roman Catholic"? I am sorry, Paul, but you can't be Catholic and support gay marriage. Either you live by the ten commandments and the teachings of the Church or you don't. You're free to believe as you wish, but don't call yourself a "Roman Catholic" and condone a sinful life style, for you are neither a Roman Catholic nor a Christian if you support same-sex marriages.

According to information I obtained on the Wikipedia, same-sex marriage has proven to be a defining issue of Martin's mandate. Martin opposed same-sex marriage in the past but has changed his view over time. In the midst of various court rulings in 2003 and 2004 that allowed for the legalization of same-sex marriages in seven provinces and one territory, his government proposed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage across Canada. Many critics note that there were "more serious problems" with Canada's justice system to deal with and that Martin was only using the same-sex marriage to hide the sponsorship scandal and attack the Conservative Party. This man definitely needs our prayers. He sounds like some of our U.S. politicians.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Third Trip to Supreme Court for Pro-Life Activist Joe Scheidler

CHICAGO, June 28 /Christian Wire Service/ -- "Back to the Supreme Court for a third time! That in itself must be some sort of precedent," said Joseph M. Scheidler, National Director of the Chicago based Pro-Life Action League.

As the last action of its 2004 term, the U. S. Supreme Court granted Certiorari for the third time Tuesday in NOW v. Scheidler, the federal lawsuit brought by the National Organization for Women under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

The second round for this case ended in an 8-1 victory for Scheidler and the Pro-Life Action League, as well as pro-life activists throughout the country. That ruling issued February 26, 2003 contained clear and decisive language reversing the lower court's rulings that imposed a nationwide injunction and a judgment of $257,780 on the pro-life defendants.

In his 2003 Majority Opinion, Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote:Because all of the predicate acts supporting the jury's finding of a RICO violation must be reversed, the judgment that petitioners violated RICO must also be reversed.Without an underlying RICO violation, the District court's injunction must necessarily be vacated.

"I thought that was the end of it," said Scheidler. "But NOW and it's lawyers have a full bag of tricks -- and friends in the Seventh Circuit."

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals accepted NOW attorney Fay Clayton's theory that the Supreme Court may have overlooked four "predicate acts" and that the District Court should settle the matter of whether the pro-life defendants are still guilty of RICO violations and whether the nationwide injunction is still enforceable.

Briefing and oral arguments will be held over until the Fall 2005 Supreme Court session.
CAUSE OF BEATIFICATION OF JOHN PAUL II OPENS

VATICAN CITY, JUN 28, 2005 (VIS) - This afternoon, eve of the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles, in the St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome, the opening session will be held of the diocesan investigation into the life, virtues and fame of saintliness of Servant of God John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla).

On May 13, in the course of a meeting with the Roman clergy held in the same basilica, Benedict XVI announced the opening of the cause, waiving the normal waiting period of five years after the death of a Servant of God.

The diocesan tribunal of Rome is responsible for the first phase of the process (an analysis of the life and writings of the Servant of God, and the hearing of witnesses). If a positive verdict is forthcoming, the case will pass to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints where, following a fresh examination of the material, extraordinary favors that may be miracles will be studied with the help of doctors and experts. Following the certification of a miracle, the Pope could order beatification.

The official Internet site for the cause of beatification of John Paul II is:
www.JohnPaulIIBeatification.org . The postulator of the cause, Msgr. Slawomir Oder, explains that the site will soon "offer a space for giving testimony of grace received, ... personal encounters with John Paul II, and prayer meetings throughout the world in support of the cause of beatification."

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Louisiana nurse fired for refusal to administer “morning after” abortion pill

ADF attorneys file lawsuit for terminating nurse’s employment because she wished to obey her conscience

“The hospital’s refusal to make a reasonable accommodation for Ms. Lemly’s sincerely held religious beliefs and their termination of her full-time job is unlawful,” said ADF attorney Mike Johnson.

COVINGTON, La.—Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund have filed suit against St. Tammany Parish Hospital for terminating the employment of a nurse who refused to administer the “morning after” abortion pill. The suit argues that the hospital’s actions violate the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law.


The nurse, Toni Lemly, had informed hospital supervisory staff that she objected to administering the “morning after” abortion pill because of her sincerely held religious beliefs. St. Tammany Parish Hospital responded by firing her from her full-time position and reducing her to part-time status, working only three days a week. The demotion to part-time status caused a substantial reduction in her pay as well as loss of employee benefits.

“This case is about the protection and freedom of conscience,” said ADF attorney Mike Johnson. “The hospital’s refusal to make a reasonable accommodation for Ms. Lemly’s sincerely held religious beliefs and their termination of her full-time job is unlawful.”

Lemly had offered a number of reasonable suggestions to the hospital that would enable the facility to continue administering the “morning after” abortion pill while still allowing her to abstain from dispensing the pill herself. The hospital chose not to act on any of her suggestions.

“St. Tammany Parish Hospital should have reversed its course and complied with the law. Had they done so, this lawsuit would not be necessary,” Johnson said. “Ms. Lemly, a nurse of 23 years, loves her work, and she does not deserve to be discriminated against because of her religious beliefs. All that she asks of the hospital is to respect her freedom in choosing to not participate in the taking of a human life.”

The lawsuit, Lemly v. St. Tammany Parish Hospital District No. 1, was filed in the 22nd Judicial District. The petition can be read at www.telladf.org/UserDocs/LemlyPFD.pdf.

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The Susan Torres Fund

On May 7th, 2005, the day before Mothers' Day, Susan M. (Rollins) Torres -- a 26-year-old vaccine researcher at NIH; mother of a two-year-old son, Peter; graduate of the University of Dallas; and parishioner at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia collapsed. She was rushed to the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, where she has been diagnosed with stage four melanoma and is brain dead with no hope of recovery.

Susan was 17 weeks pregnant at the time and although the doctors have given her no hope of survival, they are fighting to keep her unborn child alive until at least July 11 where he or she will have a viable chance at life.

Her family is really starting to show signs of the strain this is causing; mentally, physically and financially. In an effort to escalate the awareness of their situation, and to help raise additional funds, friends of the Torres family have established The Susan M. Torres Fund to help defray the $1,500 a day ICU medical costs that insurance does not cover.

To learn how you can help Susan Torres, go to her website.

Monday, June 27, 2005

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND LOVE

Today, my husband, Bill, and I, and our family and friends celebrate a beautiful gift from God. On this 13th year commemorating our union as one in the sacrament of Matrimony, we thank God for the precious gift He has given us in one another.

June 27, 1992 was not the day that we realized the importance of this great gift. We were well-prepared for our marriage. We had attended all the marriage preparation meetings and had particpated in an Engaged Couple's Encounter Weekend. We were very much in love and our marriage was the answer to our prayers.

However, it was not until we had experienced many of the realities of married life that we began to realize how strong our love was for one another and learned to appreciate the powerful graces that the Lord had blessed us with through the reception of this holy sacrament. For, is only with the passage of time that one truly recognizes and begins to appreciate the great value of just how precious God's gifts are.

This was evident when we attended the 50th wedding anniversary of our good friends, Laverne and Bill, this past weekend. They have touched so many lives as a result of their union and the love they share for one another, which is rooted in the Lord.

I wish more people in the world were aware of the true meaning of Matrimony. Pope John Paul II wrote much about the love between a man and a woman and the sacredness of marital love.

Steve Kellmeyer, Christopher West, the Reverend Richard Hogan and many others have written about Pope John Paul II's theology of the body and marital love.

I believe that the following passage from Father Richard Hogan's John Paul II's New Vision of Human Sexuality, Marriage and Family Life, best sums up what the sacrament of Matrimony is all about.

The sign of the sacrament of Matrimony, the bride and the groom saying the vows to one another, obviously signifies a union and it causes a union in the depths of their souls. Christ unites the couple in Christian marriage and so at every wedding there are truly three present (in addition to the Church's representative): the bride, the groom, and Christ. The grace given in the sacrament of Matrimony empowers husbands and wives to love each other as Christ loves us. Even wounded by sin, human beings are still called to imitate the Blessed Trinity by forming a family. The sacrament creates a union between the spouses in Christ. Their two hearts are made one in Christ and so they are empowered to love authentically.

The union created by the celebration of the sacrament of Matrimony has the five characteristics of love. It is created through the choice of the two spouses which, in turn, is founded on the knowledge that they each have of their own dignity and that of their spouse. It is a choice to give themselves to each other in a permanent and life-giving relationship. In the questions put to the bride and groom before the actual vows, the priest (or deacon, bishop, or other representative of the Church) asks the couple, "Have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage?" Clearly, the bride and groom are giving themselves to one another. The couple is then asked, "Will you love and honor each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?" and finally, they are asked, "Will you accept children lovingly from God, and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?" (See The Rites of the Catholic Church, vol. 1, Rite of Marriage, no. 24.) Clearly, the spouses have a choice and they consent. Further, no one would consent to such promises without some knowledge of oneself and the intended partner. Further, the couple give themselves to one another. The couple promises permanence and also an openness to life. The five characteristics of love are clearly present in the vows.

Implicit in the promises of the bride and groom is the promise of fidelity to one another. Marriage, of its very nature, binds each partner exclusively to the other. During the celebration of the sacrament, the couple says to one another, "I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life." (See the Rites of the Catholic Church, vol. 1, Rite of Marriage, no. 25.) To be "true" to one another and to "honor" one another requires a fidelity to each other. Spouses clearly understand that in entering marriage, they are promising to be united exclusively with their marriage partner until death.

So, marital love involves a "totality, in which all the elements of the person enter." Marital love "aims at a deeply personal unity, a unity that, beyond union in one flesh, leads to forming one heart and soul; it demands indissolubility and faithfulness in definitive mutual giving; and it is open to fertility. (See FC 13.)" (See Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1643. See also, See John Paul II, The Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, Familiaris Consortio," no. 13.)


Of course, it is important to remember that marriage is a path to holiness, a vocation to which people are called by God as a way of living out their pilgrimage here on earth. Marriage exists as a means of sanctification, as all the sacraments do. Marriage is, therefore, a path to heaven, a way of coming to holiness for each member of the family. Marriage partners are to help each other (in other words, love each other) to come to the glory of heaven. "

Through the sacrament of Matrimony couples are to "help one another to attain holiness in their married life and in welcoming and educating their children. (See LG 11, para. 2; cf. LG 41.)" (See Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1641.)


THEME OF WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2006: "IN TRUTH IS PEACE"

VATICAN CITY, JUN 25, 2005 (VIS) - "In Truth is Peace" is the theme of the Message of the Holy Father Benedict XVI for the 39th World Day of Peace, to be held on January 1, 2006.

A communique announcing the theme recalls how the Pastoral Constitution "Gaudium et spes" affirms that humanity "cannot accomplish its task of building for all men everywhere a world more genuinely human unless each person devotes himself to the cause of peace with renewed vigor."

The communique goes on: "Peace is true because it responds to a desire inscribed by the Creator in all men's hearts. ... Human rights cry out to be enforced. ... When human activity does not respect the order of things (that natural 'grammar' about which Pope John Paul II spoke to the General Assembly of the United Nations on October 5, 1995), when it restricts human life and impedes its development, when it imposes intolerable sacrifices on peoples, then peace does not exist, because there is no respect for the truth of things."

The communique also highlights that "peace is the 'tranquillitas ordinis,' in other words the situation that allows the full extension of the truth of man. Man's thirst for truth as the fullness of being is translated into a desire for peace, for non-disorder, for true peace or the truth of peace.

"Real truth," the communique concludes, "is also peaceful. It reconciles, puts an end to isolation. The truth illuminates, makes it possible to discern the path of true human relationships, enables errors to be corrected, it brings reconciliation with oneself and with others, transparency in one's dealings and faith to one's word."

Friday, June 24, 2005


CWA Prayer/Action Alert


The Draft Plan Recommendations and Strategies for Building a Comprehensive Children’s Mental Health System in Illinois is on its way to the Governor’s desk for final approval. It's not too late to contact Governor Blagojevich to ask him not to approve this intrusive and costly plan to screen all Illinois children, ages 0 through 18 and beyond, as well as pregnant women, for their mental health.


As a former School Psychologist and teacher, I can say confidently that this is a complete waste of the tax payers' money. Why isn't this money being used instead for the basic educational needs that students have such as remedial reading or math programs where the funding has been drastically cut? Why isn't it being used for crisis pregnancy programs for pregnant women or for abstinence education? If the Governor is so concerned about mental health, why did he close down the only residential facility in central IL for those who actually do have serious mental health problems, shipping them off to other parts of the state, leaving others like them homeless, and hundreds of citizens jobless?

The plan can be viewed at www.ivpa.org , and Concerned Women for America of Illinois’ response during public comment time is posted on our website at http://states.cwfa.org/images/content/CMHP_Comments.pdf in addition to our comments at the 2004 public forum http://states.cwfa.org/images/content/Karen%20Hayes%20statement.pdf

CWA of Illinois favors complete repeal of the 2003 Children’s Mental Health Act that set this sanity screening plan in motion. Of special and immediate alarm, however, are the vague references to parental consent included in this plan. While we are thankful that our ongoing efforts to have a parental consent requirement appear to have been instrumental in adding these references, sadly, they are inadequate and can give Illinois parents a sense of false security.

CWA of Illinois believes active, written, informed parental consent is non-negotiable when state bureaucrats devise plans to screen the mental health of our children. The dangers of this plan far outweigh any bureaucratic inconvenience that this assurance may result in. Parents hold the authority to direct the health, education and welfare of their children because, above all others, they know and care about their children. They must not be denied making this important decision.

For example, Christian parents would believe that the mental health of their children has a biblical or spiritual dimension. State government cannot possibly be equipped to address those issues, and it is inappropriate for them to try. Furthermore, the homosexual issue is also a component of this plan. Will children be directed to get help to overcome their perceived homosexual tendencies/behaviors or will children be indoctrinated further into this destructive lifestyle? And what about the children who have been taught the Biblical position on homosexuality? Will they be coerced into seeing things the state's way? Strong connections between the groups driving this Plan and homosexual groups have been discovered. Stay tuned for more on this issue!

Pray and call Governor Blagojevich 's Deputy Chief of Social Services, Louanner Peters at 217-782-6830 and email the Governor at governor@state.il.us . An outpouring of both prayer and calls are needed to help parents protect our children. Please make this a priority prior to June 30th. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization.Concerned Women for America of Illinois P.O. Box 188 Palos Heights, IL 60463 Phone: (708) 371-7810 Fax (708) 371-7896 email: director@illinois.cwfa.org website: http://illinois.cwfa.org/
Birth of St. John the Baptist

John the Baptist is the only saint in the calendar who has two feasts to himself: one, in August, to celebrate his death, and one, in June, to celebrate his birth. And this is as it should be, for as Christ himself said, John was the greatest of the sons of men. The greatest, but also the most tragic. A prophet from before his birth, leaping in the womb to announce the coming of the incarnate God, his task was to proclaim the fulfilment of all prophecies – and thus his own obsolescence. And he did it: with unequalled courage he spread the news that he, the greatest of all men, was the least in the kingdom of heaven. His disciples, and the devil, would have preferred him to fight, to build his sect, to defeat this upstart whom he himself had baptized, to seize his place in history. But he did not – and so, rightly, he has his place, and he has glory in heaven.

We envy the great and the talented, and sometimes we think that they themselves are beyond envy. But when they come across someone with greater gifts, as one day most of them will, they will see for the first time what it means to feel like us. Let us pray that they, like John the Baptist, may pass that test.

Come, let us worship the Lamb of God, whom John showed us, rejoicing.

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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Prayer for John Paul II's Intercession
Published by Rome Diocese

The Diocese of Rome published the written prayer to implore favors through the intercession of the late Pope John Paul II.

Msgr. Monsignor Slawomir Oder, the postulator of the cause of his beatification shares this prayer with us.

Pope John Paul II's beatification process officially begins on June 28. Proof of a miracle through his intercession is required in the final phase of the beatification process. I have no doubt that such a miracle with soon be forthcoming. Let us pray for Pope John Paul II's intercession for an end to abortion, euthanasia, and for a renewal of the culture of life.

Here is the text of the prayer:

O Blessed Trinity, We thank you
for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II
and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care,
the glory of the cross of Christ,
and the splendor of the Holy Spirit, to shine through him.
Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy
and in the maternal intercession of Mary,
he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd,
and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure
of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with you.
Grant us, by his intercession,
and according to Your will, the graces we implore,
hoping that he will soon be numbered among your saints. Amen.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

First Book Published by Pope Emphasizes that the Fight against Legal Abortion Must Continue

In his first book published since his election as Pope, Benedict XVI rejects the suggestion that the Church has given up its fight for the right to life of the unborn, instead emphasizing that “There is no such thing as ‘small murders.’”

“Respect for every single life is an essential condition for anything worthy of being called social life,” he wrote, as reported by Reuters news. The book, The Europe of Benedict, in the Crisis of Cultures – only available in Italian – is a compilation of three sermons delivered between 1992 and April 2005 by the Pope while he was still Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

“Why don't we resign ourselves to the fact that we lost [the abortion] battle and dedicate our energies instead to projects where we can find greater social consensus?” Pope Benedict XVI asks rhetorically.

“Recognising the sacred nature of human life and its inviolability without any exceptions is not a small problem or something that can be considered part of the pluralism of opinions in modern society,” he answers.
The Holy Father also questions why modern society is repulsed by the thought of infanticide, “while becoming virtually insensitive to abortion. Maybe because in abortion you don't see the face of who will be condemned and never see the light,” he wrote.


By allowing state-sanctioned execution of the unborn, “you become blind to the right of life of another, the youngest and weakest who doesn't have a voice,” he wrote.

Pope Benedict also criticizes European lawmaker’s decision to exclude any mention of God from the new EU Constitution. “Europe has developed a culture that, in a manner unknown by humanity until now, excludes God from the public conscience,” he wrote.

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Quote of the Day

"I condemn no other man’s conscience: their conscience may save them, and mine must save me. We should remember, in all the controversies in which we engage, to treat our opponents as if they were acting in good faith, even if they seem to us to be acting out of spite or self-interest."

~ St. John Fisher

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Use of Terri Schiavo's Grave Marker a Reprehensible and Repugnant Act says Christian Defense Coalition

"The actions of Michael Schiavo are slap in the face to all disabled Americans." -- Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition

WASHINGTON, June 21 /Christian Wire Service/ -- At the burial site of Terri Schiavo's cremated remains, Michael Schiavo used a bronze grave marker to list Feb. 25, 1990, as the date his wife died. Feb. 25, 1990, is the date Terri Schindler Schiavo experienced a still unknown event that left her severely mentally disabled. Terri Schiavo actually died March 31, 2005, nearly two weeks after her feeding tube was removed by court order.
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AMA Passes Resolution Saying Pharmacists Should Be Required To Fill All Prescriptions or Provide Immediate Referrals

The American Medical Association's House of Delegates on Monday at its annual meeting in Chicago passed a resolution saying pharmacists should be required to fill all valid prescriptions or refer patients to another pharmacy or pharmacist immediately, the Chicago Tribune reports.

If a pharmacist has moral or religious objections to dispensing certain medications, such as emergency contraception, they should make an "immediate referral to an appropriate alternative dispensing pharmacy without interference," the resolution says. AMA's action also details the association's support for state and federal legislation that would require pharmacies to fill all prescriptions (Japsen, Chicago Tribune, 6/21).

The AMA resolution also includes a provision stating that the group might lobby for federal legislation that would allow physicians to dispense medication if there is no pharmacist available or willing to fill the prescription within a 30-mile radius, the AP/USA Today reports.

The resolution was prompted by the increasing number of pharmacists nationwide who have begun refusing to fill prescriptions for EC, which can prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of sexual intercourse, and other contraceptives (Tanner, AP/USA Today, 6/20). AMA member Peter Carmel, who is a New Jersey doctor, at a press briefing said the resolution is intended to apply "moral suasion" to the issue (Stern, Reuters, 6/21). More than 12 states are considering legislation about the issue (Chicago Tribune, 6/21).

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St Aloysius Gonzaga (1568 - 1591)

St Aloysius was the eldest son of a Mantuan nobleman, and was intended by his father to be a soldier. Aloysius, on the other hand, had determined to be a missionary, and even to die for his faith. He renounced his birthright in favor of his brother and at the age of 16 became a Jesuit novice in Rome, living the same life of severe austerity and penance that he had followed even when serving in the courts of dukes and princes. In 1591 an epidemic of plague broke out in Rome, and the Jesuits opened a hospital to care for the sick. Aloysius, still a novice, worked hard in the hospital until he himself caught the plague. He did not recover; but, his determination to die for the faith having been fulfilled, died at midnight on the 20th of June with the name of Jesus on his lips.
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Monday, June 20, 2005

Benedict XVI reminds faithful that Christian charity is nourished by participating in the Eucharist

Vatican City, Jun. 20, 2005 (CNA) - From his office window, Pope Benedict XVI reminded all the people gathered to hear him in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday that Christian charity and self-donation are nourished in the Eucharist.

During the recitation of the Angelus, the Pope reflected on the relation between Christian donation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist and underscored that “the loving attention of Christians towards those in difficulty and their commitment for a more solidary society are continually nourished by active and aware participation in the Eucharist", said the Holy Father. [More]
The Morning After Pill

There has been a lot of debate lately as to whether or not the Morning After Pill really is an abortifacient.

I leave it up the reader to make his/her own decision based upon the following information and whatever knowledge he/she already has. The following articles are from trusted, reliable sources and not from the secular media.

"The Best Kept (ugly little) Secret in America"
by David C. Reardon, Ph.D.

It is being promoted as the "best kept secret in America."

One might expect such hyperbole from the manufacturer, which has committed 30 million dollars to promoting this product. But when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is normally a regulatory agency, not a public relations firm, jumps into promoting a new drug, it's time for America to wake up. Either this is really great news . . . or . . . it is another attempt to manipulate the American people for the purposes of advancing the government's population control efforts. (Can you guess which of these two opinions I ascribe to?)

So what is the "best kept secret in America?" That high-dosage estrogen and progestin birth control pills can be taken in concentration, within 72 hours after "unprotected intercourse," to "prevent unwanted pregnancy."
How does it work? In short, either (1) not at all (in which case it was unnecessary, but women think it worked) or (2) by causing an abortion.


How does it work? In short, either (1) not at all (in which case it was unnecessary, but women think it worked) or (2) by causing an abortion.
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Pharmacists confirm morning-after pill causes chemical abortion

Washington DC, May. 04, 2005 (CNA) - Pharmacists for Life has issued a statement, confirming that the morning-after pill causes abortions and does not simply “prevent pregnancy” as some pharmaceutical companies claim.

Gynetics Inc. recently won government permission to advertize and sell "morning-after pills." The maker of the PREVEN kit based in Somerville, N.J., claims that these pills work to prevent pregnancy by acting before pregnancy occurs. [More]


Health-care Workers Must Not Dispense "Morning-after Pill"

As is commonly known, the so-called morning-after pill recently went on sale in Italian pharmacies. It is a well-known chemical product (of the hormonal type) which has frequently - even in the past week - been presented by many in the field and by the mass media as a mere contraceptive or, more precisely, as an "emergency contraceptive", which can be used within a short time after a presumably fertile act of sexual intercourse, should one wish to prevent the continuation of an unwanted pregnancy. The inevitable critical reactions of those who have raised serious doubts about how this product works, namely, that its action is not merely "contraceptive" but "abortifacient", have received the very hasty reply that such concerns appear unfounded, since the morning-after pill has an "anti-implantation" effect, thus implicitly suggesting a clear distinction between abortion and interception (preventing the implantation of the fertilized ovum, i.e., the embryo, in the uterine wall).

Considering that the use of this product concerns fundamental human goods and values, to the point of involving the origins of human life itself, the Pontifical Academy for Life feels the pressing duty and definite need to offer some clarifications and considerations on the subject, reaffirming moreover already well-known ethical positions supported by precise scientific data and reinforced by Catholic doctrine.

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1. The morning-after pill is a hormone-based preparation (it can contain oestrogens, oestrogen/progestogens or only progestogens) which, within and no later than 72 hours after a presumably fertile act of sexual intercourse, has a predominantly "anti-implantation" function, i.e., it prevents a possible fertilized ovum (which is a human embryo), by now in the blastocyst stage of its development (fifth to sixth day after fertilization), from being implanted in the uterine wall by a process of altering the wall itself.

The final result will thus be the expulsion and loss of this embryo.

Only if this pill were to be taken several days before the moment of ovulation could it sometimes act to prevent the latter (in this case it would function as a typical "contraceptive").

However, the woman who uses this kind of pill does so in the fear that she may be in her fertile period and therefore intends to cause the expulsion of a possible new conceptus; above all, it would be unrealistic to think that a woman, finding herself in the situation of wanting to use an emergency contraceptive, would be able to know exactly and opportunely her current state of fertility.

2. The decision to use the term "fertilized ovum" to indicate the earliest phases of embryonic development can in no way lead to an artificial value distinction between different moments in the development of the same human individual. In other words, if it can be useful, for reasons of scientific description, to distinguish with conventional terms (fertilized ovum, embryo, fetus, etc.) different moments in a single growth process, it can never be legitimate to decide arbitrarily that the human individual has greater or lesser value (with the resulting variation in the duty to protect it) according to its stage of development.

3. It is clear, therefore, that the proven "anti-implantation" action of the morning-after pill is really nothing other than a chemically induced abortion. It is neither intellectually consistent nor scientifically justifiable to say that we are not dealing with the same thing.

Moreover, it seems sufficiently clear that those who ask for or offer this pill are seeking the direct termination of a possible pregnancy already in progress, just as in the case of abortion. Pregnancy, in fact, begins with fertilization and not with the implantation of the blastocyst in the uterine wall, which is what is being implicitly suggested.

4. Consequently, from the ethical standpoint the same absolute unlawfulness of abortifacient procedures also applies to distributing, prescribing and taking the morning-after pill. All who, whether sharing the intention or not, directly co-operate with this procedure are also morally responsible for it.

5. A further consideration should be made regarding the use of the morning-after pill in relation to the application of Law 194/78, which in Italy regulates the conditions and procedures for the voluntary termination of pregnancy.

Saying that the pill is an "anti-implantation" product, instead of using the more transparent term "abortifacient", makes it possible to avoid all the obligatory procedures required by Law 194 in order to terminate a pregnancy (prior interview, verification of pregnancy, determination of growth stage, time for reflection, etc.), by practising a form of abortion that is completely hidden and cannot be recorded by any institution. All this seems, then, to be in direct contradiction to the correct application of Law 194, itself debatable.

6. In the end, since these procedures are becoming more widespread, we strongly urge everyone who works in this sector to make a firm objection of moral conscience, which will bear courageous and practical witness to the inalienable value of human life, especially in view of the new hidden forms of aggression against the weakest and most defenceless individuals, as is the case with a human embryo.

Vatican City, 31 October 2000.


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Morning After Pill or Morning Abortion Pill?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of "morning after pills" which may be taken up to 72 hours after sexual intercourse as a "safe" way to "avoid pregnancy." The FDA has also authorized such drugs to be labeled and sold in interstate commerce as "emergency contraception."

In fact, the FDA, which is supposed to protect consumers from drug fraud, has authorized such fraud by granting its permission to label drugs such as Preven, Planned Parenthood's Plan B, etc., as contraceptives.

These drugs achieve their primary anti-fertility effect by destroying a new and distinct human being -- with a unique genetic code different from the mother's and father's -- after the process of fertilization has taken place, but before the child has nestled into the mother's womb. [More]
Mel Gibson to Star in "Tree of Life"

Percept Picture Company has reportedly signed Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell to star in a $145 million movie called "Tree of Life."

The drama will be directed by Oscar-winner Terence Malik, whose credits include "Thin Red Line" and "Days of Heaven."

Some of the movie will be shot in India, but most of it will be made on other locations, according to the company.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Schindler Family's Statement on Medical Examiner's Report

This is a statement that has been released by the Schindler family regarding the medical examiner's autopsy report on Terri Schiavo.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., and SEMINOLE, Fl., June 16 /Christian Wire Service/ -- On June 15, 2005, the Pinellas County IME has released his report regarding Terri. We would like to thank the IME for his time and effort in making this report. We are not challenging the findings in his report, but we would like to make a few comments publicly. We do not intend to take questions afterwards.

First, the IME's report confirms Terri's physical condition and disability. We all knew Terri was seriously brain-injured before the IME report. This is nothing new. The IME's report also confirms that TERRI WAS NOT TERMINAL. THAT TERRI HAD NO LIVING WILL, THAT TERRI HAD A STRONG HEART, and THAT TERRI WAS BRUTALLY DEHYDRATED TO DEATH.

Second, our family would encourage the media to remember that this case was allegedly about "Terri's choice." There is absolutely no evidence that Terri wanted to die of dehydration, or that she believed that that the level of one's disability gives anyone the moral and legal right to end another's life.

Continue reading "Schindler Family's Statement on Medical Examiner's Report"
Books, Books, Books...

I just finished reading Steve Kellmeyer's powerful book Deception: Catholic Education in America and am formulating some ideas for a review. It may take another book to describe my thoughts on this one.
Tonight, I started on Michael D. O'Brien's Father Elijah An Apocalypse, which captured my attention immediately, and being nearly 600 pages in length, I pray that it remains interesting.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Father Frank Pavonne, Director of Priests for Life, has some wise words about the release of Terri Schiavo's autopsy. What would would we do without him? I consider him to be the modern day version of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

Atrophy of Compassion
Fr. Frank comments on Terri Schiavo autopsy

The autopsy of Terri Schiavo has been released to the public, bringing attention once again to this sad and tragic case, and reigniting so many of the debates surrounding her life and death. Does the autopsy shed any light on this tragedy? Does it change anything?

The autopsy, of course, is a medical document about Terri’s physical condition. It is filled with complicated medical terms and statistics. In and of itself, it tells us simply the details found upon examining Terri’s body. An autopsy is not a crystal ball either into the past or the future. Nor is it a moral evaluation of the worth of a human life.

The big temptation is to stretch the autopsy beyond its purposes, and somehow get it to do more than it can do. Some, indeed, wonder whether this autopsy was, from the beginning, a political tool worked out by the euthanasia advocates to advance their agenda regarding Terri. Whether or not that is the case, the autopsy will certainly be used by such advocates to further de-humanize Terri and rob her of her claim to care and protection.

But let’s presume that those who conducted this exam did so objectively and honestly. What, then, do we learn?


For one thing, the autopsy shows that all the media reports that so confidently asserted that Terri collapsed because of "an eating disorder" or "a heart attack" should not have been so confident. In short, the autopsy does not provide a basis for those claims, and leaves the cause of her initial collapse in 1990 a mystery.

Was Michael Schiavo at all responsible for her collapse? The autopsy does not answer that question. Perhaps Michael should.

What the exam does tell us, however, is that Terri died from dehydration. Of course, we knew that already. She wasn’t given any water the last two weeks of her life, and we know why. Michael, and those acting in concert with him, insisted on that and got the courts to enforce their wishes. We don’t know if Michael was responsible for Terri’s injury, but we do know he was responsible for her death.

The autopsy goes on to say that Terri’s brain was "profoundly atrophied," and only half the normal size. Fine. If that’s what the experts tell us, there is no problem believing them. But what does that mean, that she was only half-human, only half a person, or that she had only half the rights that the rest of us have? That is the conclusion that we must never accept. That is a conclusion that does not come from an autopsy, but from a callous disregard for human life.

Terri did not die from atrophy of the brain. She died from an atrophy of compassion. Too many people, starting with Michael, were unwilling to accept the fact that profoundly injured people require profound compassion and care. Even if this autopsy report showed that Terri was ten times more damaged than she was, our moral obligation to respect and protect her life would not change at all. We don’t have to pass a test to qualify for our human rights. An autopsy is a measure of physical damage, not of human rights.

The autopsy says Terri was blind. That is not the morally relevant point. The point is that we are blind…Blind all too often to the fact that even the disabled and the severely injured have the same dignity and worth as the rest of us, and show forth the image and glory of God, even in their brokenness.

The autopsy says that Terri was beyond repair or rehabilitation. But that does not mean we are supposed to throw her away, like we throw away a car that is beyond repair. Again, there is no problem accepting this medical conclusion. But morally speaking, our compassion is not beyond repair. We can build a society that respects and protects all our brothers and sisters, recognizing that their value does not come from how well they function, perform, or produce.

I will never forget my hours with Terri, both before and after her feeding tube was removed. She responded to me, and she responded to others who visited her. She laughed, she tried to speak, she returned her parents’ kisses, she followed us with her eyes, she closed her eyes when I prayed with her and opened them when we were finished. Medical examiners can offer their conclusions because of what they saw, but none of that changes what we saw. But both we and the medical examiners were looking in from the outside. Any honest medical expert will admit that there is so much about the human brain we still don’t know. What Terri experienced on the inside is a mystery that only she and God know.

The challenge at this moment is simply this. Whatever she experienced, to whatever extent she was damaged, and even if she were totally unresponsive, Terri was one of us. She was our sister, she was a child of God, she was fully in possession of her human rights, and nothing can ever justify what was done to her.

Terri Schiavo was murdered, because she was deprived of food and water. We’ve done the examination on her body. Maybe it’s time for an examination of our souls.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Mark Mallett -- Award - Winning Singer and Songwriter

I have just discovered Catholic singer/songwriter Mark Mallet and need to share the good news.

Mark's MINISTRY STATEMENT: "To re-evangelize the Catholic Church using 'new methods and new means', particularly contemporary music and a representation of the truths of our Faith through teaching and preaching in accordance with the Magisterium of the Church."

Listen to his music here.
Abortionist accused of eating fetuses
Kansas City clinic closed as grisly house of horrors

A Kansas City abortionist is out of business after investigators discovered a grisly house of horrors at his clinic – with fetuses kept in Styrofoam cups in his refrigerator and one employee accusing him of microwaving one and stirring it into his lunch. [more]


'Fetus eater' loses medical license
Commentary by Jill Stanek

It is so hard to find a good abortionist these days. Most seem to meet with one of three professional demises: imprisonment for sexual assault; medical license revocation for malpractice; or death, alone in their beds, while watching porn flicks after overdosing on heroin.

On June 11, it was career end No. 2 for abortionist Krishna Rajanna, proprietor of the now defunct Affordable Medical and Surgical Services in Kansas City, Kan.

Rajanna's was the poster abortion mill this past year during legislative debates on whether or not Kansas needs abortion clinic regulations. Rajanna has also been the focus of law enforcement investigations for almost two years.

Before that, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts fined Rajanna in both 2000 and 2001 for medical practice violations. Pictures within the mill taken by an informant in 2003, along with official police testimony, verify what can be described as nothing short of ghastly.

Yet it took until this past March for the BOHA to shut down Rajanna's chop shop, and until last week to permanently revoke his medical license. Old ladies with houses full of mangy cats are dealt with quicker than Rajanna was.

Rajanna first got noticed publicly in September 2003 when he called police to investigate alleged employee theft. Detective William Howard of the Kansas City Police Department responded, and was so appalled by what he and his partner found ("I thought I had heard and seen every vile, disgusting crime scene, but was in for a new shock when I started this investigation.") that he contacted the local district attorney plus three state agencies.

Topping the list of horrors was an employee's account that she and others witnessed Rajanna "microwave one of the aborted fetuses and stir it into his lunch," as Howard recalled earlier this year when testifying before a Kansas House committee.

Rajanna denied this, but the photos taken of his office and inside his refrigerator show that not only were the refrigerator and microwave close to Rajanna's desk, but he kept fetuses in styrofoam cups in that frig along with food and drink. The circumstantial evidence incriminates something simply too weird to make up.

Aside from the looks of the mill, which I'll get to next, Rajanna's personal appearance and behavior corroborated something amiss in a mind, the depravity of which I could not imagine.

"Dr. Rajanna lacked personal hygiene," testified Howard. "His hair was messy, hands dirty, and his clothing was wrinkled and stained. He put on old, used foot booties while we were there."

So Rajanna smelled and looked like a bum – typical pond scum abortionist.

As for Rajanna's accusation of employee robbery, the minutes elapsing between when he called the police and their arrival proved too taxing for his memory. Howard stated Rajanna "could not recall when these alleged thefts had occurred, nor was he organized enough to locate any documents to support his allegations." The cold blood coursing through Rajanna's veins must have impaired his brain function.

The doctor's appearance merely foreshadowed his clinic's appearance. Howard testified the clinic was dark, dingy, had poor lighting and smelled musty. There were dirty dishes in the break-room sink and on the table, trash everywhere, and roaches crawling on the countertops. Howard was afraid to sit down.

Howard noted there were no hazardous waste containers anywhere. (An employee later testified Rajanna took home all contaminated, medical and biohazard waste for residential trash pick-up.)

As for the "procedure room," Howard's partner spotted dried blood on the floor and said the room looked "nasty."

Two dishwashers located next to the staff toilet served as sterilizers, according to employee testimony. Photographs show the toilet was bloody and functioned as a human waste disposal in the literal sense. See for yourself.

The mill's back exit was blocked with biohazard trash, open drugs and a gas lawn mower, as these pictures show.

I could go on and tell you about the dead rodent in the hall – and more – but I'm frankly too sick.

I'm sick not just about the vileness of everything and everyone associated with abortion, but also by the mainstream media cover-up. Here's how the Associated Press portrayed this appalling abyss:

The Board of Healing Arts found that [Rajanna's] clinic appeared cluttered. It said some items were improperly kept in a utility room and in the freezer of a refrigerator that also contained food.

Aborted babies are "items." A human pigsty is "clutter."

As for Kansan legislators, they failed to override pro-abort Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' veto of the clinic regulations bill.

I'm so glad we're past the back-alley abortion days.

Jill Stanek fought to stop "live-birth abortion" after witnessing one as a registered nurse at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill. In 2002, President Bush asked Jill to attend his signing of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. In January 2003, World Magazine named Jill one of the 30 most prominent pro-life leaders of the past 30 years.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Rap Musician Nick Cannon's Pro-life Lyrics for 'Can I Live?'

"Can I Live"
(featuring Anthony Hamilton)
Talking]
Talking Ma
I know the Situation is Personal
But it something that has to be told
As I was making this beat
You was all I could think about you heard my voice
[Verse 1]
Yeah Just think Just Think
What if you could Just
Just blink your self away..
Just Just wait just pause for a second
Let me plead my case
It's the late 70's Huh
You Seventeen huh
And having me that will ruin everything huh
It's alot of angels waiting for their wings
You see me in your sleep so you cant kill your dreams
300 Dollars thats the price of living what?
Mommy I dont like this clinic
Hopefully you'll make the right decision
And dont go through with the Knife Decision
But it's hard to make the right move
When you in high school
How you have to work all day and take night school
Hopping off da bus when the rain is pouring
What you want morning sickness or the sickness of mourning
[Chorus]
I Will Always Be apart of you
Trust Your Soul Know it's always true
If I Could Talk I Would Say To You
CAN I LIVE
CAN I LIVE
I Will Always Be apart of you
Trust Your Soul Know it's always true
If I Could Talk I Would Say To You
CAN I LIVE
CAN I LIVE
[Verse 2]
I am a child of the king
Ain't no need to go fear me
And I see the flowing tears so know that you hear me
When I move in your womb that's me being scared
Cause who knows what my future holds
Yo the truth be told you ain't told a soul
Yo you ain't even showing I'm just 2 months old
Through your clothes try to hide me deny me
Went up 3 sizes
Your pride got you lying saying ain't nothing but a migraine
It ain't surprising you not trying to be in Wic food lines
Your friends will look at you funny but look at you mommy
That's a life inside you look at your tummy
What is becoming ma I am Oprah bound
You can tell he's a star from the Ultrasound
Our Sprits Connected Doors Open Now
Nothing But Love And Respect Thanks For Holding Me Down She Let Me Live...
[Chorus]
I Will Always Be apart of you
Trust Your Soul Know it's always true
If I Could Talk I Would Say To You
CAN I LIVE
CAN I LIVE
I Will Always Be apart of you
Trust Your Soul Know it's always true
If I Could Talk I Would Say To You
CAN I LIVE
CAN I LIVE
[Repeat 2]
[Nick Talking]
It's uplifting foreal yall
I ain't passing no judgement
Ain't making no decisions
I am just telling ya'll my story
My love life
I love my mother for giving me life
We all need to appreciate life
A strong woman that had to make a sacrifice
Thanks for listening
Thanks for listening
Mama thanks for listening
G.K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

On this day in 1936 G.K. Chesterton, writer and journalist, died. His writings – stories, essays, poems, books, journalism – are infused with an unequalled joy and love of truth.

In youth, he went through a crisis of nihilistic pessimism and it was his recovery from this that led him to God and ultimately to conversion. “The Devil made me a Catholic”, he said – meaning that it was the experience of evil and nothingness that convinced him of the goodness and sanity of the world and his Creator. His poem “The Ballade of a Suicide” celebrates the salvific value of ordinary things; his novel, “The Man who was Thursday”, narrates the fight for sanity in an insane world and ponders the paradox of God; and “Orthodoxy”, written long before he became a Catholic, highlights orthodoxy not as a dead and static thing but as the only possible point of equilibrium between crazy heresies any one of which would drive us mad.

He took part in all the major controversies of his age, and was a lifelong adversary and friend of socialists and atheists such as George Bernard Shaw. These controversies were conducted with passion but with unfailing charity: he never sought to defeat his opponents, only to defeat their ideas. He would never cheat to score a point: and his love for the people he fought against is something that all controversialists should imitate, however hard it may be. Read him, and pray for him.

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Favorite Quotations

"He is a [sane] man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head." - Tremendous Trifles, 1909

"Complaint always comes back in an echo from the ends of the world; but silence strengthens us." - The Father Brown Omnibus

"He is a very shallow critic who cannot see an eternal rebel in the heart of a conservative." - Varied Types

"Love means loving the unlovable - or it is no virtue at all." - Heretics, 1905

"The whole pleasure of marriage is that it is a perpetual crisis." - "David Copperfield," Chesterton on Dickens, 1911

"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people." - ILN, 7/16/10

"The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man." - Introduction to the Book of Job, 1907

"Truth is sacred; and if you tell the truth too often nobody will believe it." - ILN, 2/24/06

"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die." (Orthodoxy)

"Because our expression is imperfect we need friendship to fill up the imperfections." (Illustrated London News, June 6, 1931)

Monday, June 13, 2005

POWERFUL PRO-LIFE VIDEO

I am not a big rap music fan, but I did thoroughly enjoy this new video by movie/television/rap star Nick Cannon. You can view it here and then vote for it here. The featured song is "Can I live?" which also happens to be the title of the album.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Students to confront Arnold on abortion at scheduled meeting will discuss stance of Catholic politicians

A group of young people from across the nation will meet with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in Los Angeles today to discuss their concern about Roman Catholic politicians who support abortion rights.

"This is a dedicated group of individuals who want to talk to the governor about a basic Catholic teaching: You can't be both Catholic and pro-abortion," said Joe Starrs, director of American Life League's Crusade for the Defense of Our Catholic Church.

The American Life League, or ALL, is a Virginia-based Catholic group that has included Schwarzenegger in its "Deadly Dozen campaign," which identifies pro-choice Catholics in public office and encourages them to either recant their support or stop claiming to be Catholic.

The meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m., is part of ALL's Summer Crusade for Life, which includes two-month protest walks from San Diego to Sacramento and from Maine to Washington, D.C.

"As a Catholic in the public eye, Gov. Schwarzenegger has a tremendous opportunity to defend the sanctity of all human life," said Anne Kadera, a senior at the University of Kentucky participating in the event.

"It is our hope that he will see this truth and use his position to protect innocent babies in the womb," she said.

ALL previously asked Catholic Church leaders to bar Sen. John Kerry from receiving Communion because of his support for abortion rights.

During their time in Los Angeles, the young adults -- who come from the United States, Canada and Mexico -- plan to meet with other elected officials, speak at Catholic parishes and walk through the streets of the city and pray and counsel in front of 22 of the city's abortion clinics.
Launched in January 2003, the Crusade for the Defense of Our Catholic Church has conducted numerous ad campaigns, organized protests and mobilized Catholics across the country.

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American Family Association Activism Action Alert

Kraft Says It Proudly Supports The Gay Games Kraft Inc. is sponsoring the upcoming Gay Games in Chicago. Ask Kraft to withdraw its sponsorship. You need to read what Marc Firestone, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Kraft Foods Inc., said in refusing to cancel their sponsorship.

"Diversity is more than a word many people like to say. At Kraft we truly respect all kinds of differences. And diversity is not a selective concept. By definition, it's nothing if not inclusive. We respect diversity of ethnicity, gender, experience, background, personal style and yes, sexual orientation and gender identity. Recognizing, respecting and valuing these differences helps us be a more successful business and a workplace where all employees can realize their full potential."

The Gay Games can't get a much stronger commitment than that given by Kraft.

Kraft also owns Maxwell House, Post, Oscar Mayer and Nabisco brands, which account for almost 75% of the company's revenues.

AFA has acquired photos taken at the last Gay Games. This is the type activity Mr. Firestone says Kraft recognizes, respects and values. [More]

Please go to the AFA site to send a letter expressing your opinion on this today.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Quote for the Day

"I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything impossible to me?"

~ Jeremiah 32:27
New Study Finds Having More Children Protects Women From Cancer

A study published in the medical journal Twin Research and Genetics has found that women who have children have a reduced risk of developing certain types of cancer, and that the risk is further reduced with each pregnancy.

Researchers from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia studied medical data for more than 1.2 million Swedish women who had given birth between 1961 and 1996. Women who had more children had a lower risk of developing breast, uterine, ovarian, and colorectal cancers than women who had fewer children.

The authors noted that it appeared that "an increase in the hormones produced during pregnancy are protecting against cancer," but scientists have not figured out why. The study found that women who had children earlier in life had a lower rate of breast cancer than women who delayed pregnancy.

Other studies have also found that pregnancy and childbirth offer women protection against certain cancers. The authors of the new study said that doctors should be aware of the cancer risks so they can provide more frequent cancer screening for women with fewer or no children.

The study was initially designed to study cancer risks in women who had twins, since they are exposed to different hormone levels than women who have single pregnancies. While the researchers did find lower cancer rates among mothers of twins, it was not enough to be considered significant, they said.
Illinois Governor Sued for Forcing Pharmacies to Dispense Morning-After Pill

Today, Americans United for Life filed suit on behalf of pharmacy owner Luke Vander Bleek of Morrison, Illinois against Gov. Rod Blagojevich over his emergency rule issued April 1, 2005 requiring pharmacies to dispense contraceptives and abortifacient drugs such as the morning-after pill "without delay.

"The suit alleges in part that the Governor's emergency rule violates the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act by telling compelling pharmacy owners who do not want to carry drugs such as the morning-after pill that can cause abortions to act against its ethical and moral beliefs in dispensing such drugs.

The suit also challenges the ability of the Governor to require health care providers to violate their conscience or choose another career.AUL attorneys believe that if the Governor's rule is allowed to stand, the rights of conscience of all health care providers in the state are in jeopardy. More
Pope Benedict says traditional family must be defended, helped

Pope Benedict XVI turned his attention to the family in early June, encouraging church members to help couples in crisis and reaffirming church teaching that marriage between a man and a woman is the only legitimate basis for family life. [More]
Pope Condemns Gay Marriages As 'Anarchy'

Pope Benedict, in his first clear pronouncement on gay marriages since his election, on Monday condemned same-sex unions as fake and expressions of "anarchic freedom" that threatened the future of the family.
The Pope, who was elected in April, also condemned divorce, artificial birth control, trial marriages and free-style unions, saying all of these practices were dangerous for the family.


"Today's various forms of dissolution of marriage, free unions, trial marriages as well as the pseudo-matrimonies between people of the same sex are instead expressions of anarchic freedom which falsely tries to pass itself off as the true liberation of man," he said.

The Pope spoke to families at Rome's St. John's Cathedral on an issue that has become highly controversial around the world, particularly in Europe and the United States.

In April, parliament in traditionally Catholic Spain gave initial approval to a law legalizing gay marriage. It is widely expected to be approved by the Senate and to become law.

But just last week, California's Assembly killed off a bill that would have allowed gay marriage in the most populous U.S. state.

The Pope, who as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger headed the Vatican's doctrinal department for more than two decades, said "pseudo freedoms" such as gay marriages were based on what he called the "banalization of the human body" and of man himself.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Prayers for our Nation's Courts and Judges

Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries invites every Christian to say the following prayer that God may guide the President and Senate of the United States to place on the Federal Judiciary men and women who follow God's law.

Prayer for our Courts and Judges

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of our nation. You alone rule the world with justice, Yet you place in our hands the solemn duty of participating in the shaping of our government. I pray today for our President and Senators Who have the responsibility of placing judges on our courts. Please protect this process from all obstruction. Please send us men and women of wisdom, Who respect Your law of Life. Please send us judges with humility, Who seek Your truth and not their own opinions. Lord, give all of us the courage we need to do what is right And to serve you, the Judge of all, with fidelity. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!

Go to Priests for Life and make a commitment to join your brothers and sisters in Christ across this land to pray for our courts and judges.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Experts Say Schiavo Injuries Classic Signs of Strangulation

Strangulation is defined as a form of asphyxia, lack of oxygen, characterized by closure of the blood vessels and/or air passages as a result of external pressure on the neck.

It is indisputable that Terri Schindler-Schiavo sustained brain damage as the result of a suspicious incident at her Florida home which occurred sometime during the evening of Feb. 24, 1990 or the early morning hours of Feb. 25, 1990, which resulted in the deprivation of oxygen to her brain for four to six minutes.

The only other person present at the time she incurred the injuries was her husband, Michael Schiavo. According to family members and friends, there had been a pattern of domestic abuse in the relationship, possessiveness and anger allegedly demonstrated by Michael Schiavo. [More]

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Eucharistic Quotes

St. Ignatius, "Letter to the Romans", ca. 110 AD

"I have no taste for corruptible food nor for the pleasures of this life. I desire the bread of God (1), which is the Flesh of Jesus Christ, who was the seed of David; and for drink I desire His Blood, which is love incorruptible! "

(1) John 6:33 -- "For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven."

St. Ignatius, "Letter to the Philadelphians", ca. 110 AD

"Take care, then, to use one Eucharist, so that whatever you do, you do according to God: for there is one Flesh of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and one cup in the union of His Blood; one altar, as there is one bishop with the presbytery and my fellow servants, the deacons."

St. Justin the Martyr, "First Apology", ca. 148 AD

"We call this food Eucharist; and no one else is permitted to partake of it, except one who believes our teaching to be true and who has been washed in the washing which is for the remission of sins and for regeneration, and is thereby living as Christ has enjoined. For not as common bread nor common drink do we receive these; but since Jesus Christ our Savior was made incarnate by the word of God and had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so too, as we have been taught, the food which has been made into the Eucharist by the Eucharistic Prayer set down by Him, and by the change of which our blood and flesh is nourished, is both the Flesh and the Blood of that incarnated Jesus."

St. Irenaeus, " Against Heresies ", ca. 180 AD

" But what consistency is there in those who hold that the bread over which thanks have been given is the Body of their Lord, and the cup His Blood, if they do not acknowledge that He is the Son of the Creator of the world, that is, His Word, through whom the wood bears fruit, and the fountains gush forth, and the earth gives first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain on the ear (2) ....For as the bread from the earth, receiving the invocation of God, is no longer common bread but the Eucharist, consisting of two elements, earthly and heavenly, so also are our bodies, when they receive the Eucharist, are no longer corruptible but have the hope of resurrection into eternity."
..........." He has declared the cup, a part of creation, to be His own Blood, from which He causes our blood to flow; and the bread, a part of creation, He has established as His own Body, from which He gives increase to our bodies."


(2) Mark 4:28

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, "Catechetical Lectures", ca. 350 AD

"Let us, then, with full confidence, partake of the Body and Blood of Christ. For in the figure of bread His Body is given to you, and in the figure of wine His Blood is given to you, so that by partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ, you might become united in body and blood with Him. For thus do we become Christ-bearers. His Body and Blood being distributed through our members. And thus it is that we become, according to the blessed Peter, sharers of the divine nature (3). ....Do not, therefore, regard the Bread and the Wine as simply that; for they are, according to the Master's declaration, the Body and Blood of Christ. Even the senses suggest to you the other, let faith make you firm..... Having learned these things, and being fully convinced that the apparent Bread is not bread, even though it is sensible to the taste, but the Body of Christ; and that the apparent Wine is not wine, even though the taste would have it so,.... "

(3) 2 Pet. 1:4

St. Gregory of Nyssa, "Sermon on the Resurrection of Christ", ca. 382 AD

"He offered Himself for us, Victim and Sacrifice, and Priest as well, and "Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." (4) When did He do this? When He made His own Body food and His own Blood drink for His disciples; for this much is clear enough to anyone, that a sheep cannot be eaten by a man unless its being eaten be preceded by its being slaughtered. This giving of His own Body to His disciples for eating clearly indicates that the sacrifice of the Lamb has now been completed."

(4) John 1:29

St. John Chrysostom, " Homilies on the First Epistle to the Corinthians", ca. 392 AD

"The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not communion of the Blood of Christ? (5) Very trustworthily and awesomely does he say it. For what he is saying is this: "What is in the cup is that which flowed from His side, and we partake of it." ........"Because the bread is one, we, the many, are in one Body." (6) "Why do I say communion?" he says; "for we are that very Body." What is the Bread? The Body of Christ! What do they become who are partakers therein? The Body of Christ! Not many bodies, but one Body. "

(5) 1 Cor. 10:16

(6) 1 Cor. 10:17

St. Ambrose, "The Sacraments", ca. 390 AD

"You may perhaps say: "My bread is ordinary." But that bread is bread before the words of the Sacraments; where the consecration has entered in the bread becomes the flesh of Christ....... Before it be consecrated it is bread; but where the words of Christ come in, it is the Body of Christ. Finally, hear Him saying: "All of you take and eat of this; for this is My Body." (7)

(7) Luke 22:19
New International Blog Established

An international blog has been established by Italian and American bloggers. Presently, much of the site is under development - including it's actual banner (being developed by Italian bloggers). If you're interested, and you can embrace Freedom's Zone, you can sign up as a blog site to be included in the English or Italian aggregators, and it's blogroll (expected to include up to 500 blogs),and also apply for posting privileges.

Check out the details at the Freedom's Zone preliminary site. Today's second post is on Oriana Fallaci and her legal prognosis.

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