Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Moving to Kansas

Tonight, I will be signing off for awhile. I hope to return to blogging within a couple of weeks. The big move is happening. I will be moving from Illinois to Kansas. A native Illinoisan, I have lived in this state all my life -- for somewhere around half a century (Just call me Yoda.) This is a big change for me and I am looking forward to it.

I would love to hear from anyone out there who is from Kansas. I have recently met a few wonderful people from there and am feeling very good about this move. I do believe in my heart that it is the answer to prayer.

Goodbye for now. I shall return.

Terri Schiavo's family announces book plans

Terri Schiavo's parents and siblings are writing a book about the "end-of-life" case that divided the nation.

The not-yet titled memoir by parents Bob and Mary Schindler, brother Bobby Schindler and sister Suzanne Vitadamo will be published in March to coincide with the first anniversary of the death of the brain-damaged woman, whose feeding tube was removed after her husband, Michael Schiavo, won a court order to do so.

The Schindlers will donate profits from the book to a foundation they established when they were fighting to save Terri's life, Warner Books said. The foundation now is dedicated to protecting severely disabled people.

via Blogs for Terri

A Pro-life Meditation

Romans Chapter 12 -- The New Life in Christ

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-- this is your spiritual act of worship."
~ Romans 12: 1

As Christian pro-lifers, we live not according to the flesh or to carnal desires, but we keep our bodies pure and holy, as they are temples of the Holy Spirit. We dress modestly and respect our bodies. In doing so, we show the world that we value the virtue of chastity.

We offer up any physical or emotional pain we have for the redemption of mankind and the salvation of souls, knowing that in doing so, we are uniting our sufferings with those of our Divine Savior and are carrying out God's holy will.

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-- his good, pleasing and perfect will."

~ Romans 12: 2

The world's view of success differs from that of the Christian. The world views monetary gain, physical beauty, prowess, and perfection, power and prestige as the key to happiness. Such values can only lead to man's ultimate destruction. As Christian pro-lifers, we live in the world, but are not of the world. Whle those who live in the darkness, focus on living for today and getting all the gusto they can out of life, the pro-life Christian focuses on the larger picture. Our conduct is based on "holiness." God sets his standard based on immortality. We focus on the face of God and eternity, knowing that one day our deeds will come to light. God did not call us to be moral, but holy. Holiness means separation from the world, not conformity to it. We renew our minds by focusing on what God wants us to do, which He reveals to us through His Word.

If someone is in pain or suffering, we know that God has a purpose for that suffering. It is never compassion or love that motivates someone to end a human life -- it is selfishness. Yes, it is painful to see someone you love hurting, but God endows those he chooses to suffer in union with Him with abundant graces to transcend that pain and he blesses them with a loving, supportive Christian community to encourage them to persevere and to help ease their pain. Just because it is difficult or painful to us to watch them suffer is hardly an excuse for ending their life. The Lord instructs us, "Comfort, give comfort to my people..." He commands us to share in the sufferings of others. He gives us the graces to do so through prayers and the sacraments. If we are grounded in Him, there can be no trial that is too difficult to handle.

Pain is synonymous with purification and we all need to be purified and made holy before we can enter the Kingdom of God. If our great and glorious God came down from Heaven to became a tiny babe who would later suffer horrific torture and pain for our sins out of love for each one of us, how can we not endure the small sufferings He gives us each day of our lives to perfect us in holiness? This is our act of spiritual worship -- to follow boldy and humbly in His footsteps for love of Him and our brothers and sisters.

Father Killed Son to End Boy's "Hell"

LONDON, Ont. - Renowned Toronto physical fitness expert David Carmichael thought his 11-year-old son would be "better off in heaven" when he strangled him to end the "hell" of his brain seizures, a court heard on the opening day of his first-degree murder trial.
In a taped interview with police played in court yesterday, Carmichael admitted to killing Ian, who suffered from seizures that caused him to be developmentally delayed.

"I feel like I took him out of his misery," Carmichael told Det. Andy Whitford, adding neither his wife Elizabeth nor daughter Gillian ever suspected his intentions. "I thought he'd be better off in heaven."

In his opening remarks, defence lawyer Philip Campbell argued Carmichael isn't criminally responsible for the murder of his son "on the basis of mental disorder," and is not guilty of first-degree murder.
As the Crown called police witnesses to the stand, court heard that Carmichael, 47, was suffering from depression and was on the antidepressant Paxil when he drugged and strangled Ian for 20 minutes on July 31, 2004.

In videotaped interviews with Whitford in the days following his arrest, which were shown in court, Carmichael admitted to killing his son.
He said he did so to put an end to Ian's "hell," explaining the boy suffered from brain seizures that caused him to be developmentally delayed.
Carmichael believed that the left temporal lobe in his son's brain had atrophied and scarred because of the seizures, causing him to become increasingly violent and unpredictable.

He also asked Whitford if taking Paxil may have had an effect on his actions.

Court heard Carmichael, who admitted having suicidal thoughts, was first prescribed the drug in the summer of 2003. He stopped taking it in February 2004 and then resumed taking it in early July without his doctor's knowledge. He also chose to increase the daily dose from two 20-milligram pills to three.

In the video, Carmichael recalled a conversation he'd had with his son five days before his death. He said the pair discussed Ian's behaviour at camp that day, where he whipped volleyballs at younger children.

Carmichael said the boy broke down in tears, complaining that other kids made fun of him and said Ian told him that he sometimes wished he were dead.

The next day, Carmichael went to a drugstore and purchased a package of Sleep-Eze, which are over-the-counter sleeping pills. He returned home, cut open the gel capsules and emptied the liquid into a small container.
Three days later, Carmichael and his son left their North Toronto home for London, where they checked in at a Holiday Inn near Highway 401.
Carmichael told Ian, a competitive BMX bike rider, they were en route to nearby St. Thomas, which has an indoor bike park that Ian enjoyed.
After ordering room service, Carmichael mixed some of the Sleep-Eze with orange juice at around 10:15 p.m. and gave it to his unsuspecting son.

Ian drank the mixture and took valproic acid, a treatment used for childhood seizures. He had been prescribed the medication after suffering seizures in December 2003 and January 2004.

But rather than fall asleep, Ian began hallucinating and remained awake until about 2:30 a.m., court was told.

At about 2:40 a.m., Carmichael began strangling his son. He stopped at 3 a.m., only after he was certain Ian was dead.
Carmichael waited until 9 a.m. to call police, when he figured the day shift would have started, court was told.

As he waited for officers to arrive, he arranged on a coffee table all the items he thought would be necessary in the investigation: the bottle containing Sleep-Eze, a bottle of Minute Maid orange juice, a coffee cup from which Ian drank the mixture, his car keys, his wallet and a bottle of Paxil that had been prescribed to him a year earlier.

Seated in the prisoner's box yesterday, Carmichael cried as an audio recording of the 911 call he placed was played.

"Emotionally (Ian) was going through hell," Carmichael told the operator, with whom he remained on the line until police arrived. "My wife is going to be quite shocked at this."

In the courtroom, many of Carmichael's supporters, including his mother and brother, also appeared deeply affected by the audio and video clips that showed Ian pulling off impossible stunts with his BMX bike on a ramp in the weeks leading up to his death.

Outside, friends and family described Carmichael as a caring father who loved children. Carmichael, who is well known in Ontario as a physical activity and sports consultant, was a national project director for ParticipAction, a defunct federal program that encouraged children to get fit, and ran similar programs across Toronto.

At one point during the taped interview with Whitford, Carmichael said, "I'm a child advocate which is the irony in this. All the work I do is based on self-esteem," adding he couldn't help his own son's plummeting confidence.

However, Whitford told Carmichael that based on interviews with Carmichael's wife and other relatives, Ian didn't appear to be in the depths of misery that he described. Instead, they painted Ian as a boy who did struggle with some difficulties but was most often a happy, compassionate and non-violent child.

Whitford suggested that perhaps it was Carmichael himself who was incapable of dealing with his son's needs.

"There doesn't sound like there's any logic to this," the detective said, pointing out that many children have learning difficulties, adding that "being dumber than the other kids isn't a reason to die."

"A lot of it sounds like you were having the hard time dealing with your son," said Whitford.

"My son was living through hell and if my wife wasn't aware of it then I'm sorry," said Carmichael.

Lead investigator Sgt. Stephen Williams testified yesterday that a computer belonging to Carmichael was seized from his house with a search warrant. A scan of the hard drive showed that between March and June 2004 various websites had been visited including one on abnormalities of the left temporal lobe, brain disorders and Paxil and its various side effects.

The scan also showed that on July 28 someone visited web pages about life in prison, Corrections Canada, HIV/AIDS in prison, definition of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and infanticide. Never was there a search for the term "not criminally responsible."

If Carmichael is found guilty of first-degree murder he faces life in prison with no parole for 25 years. But if he is found not to be criminally
responsible the matter will go before the Ontario Review Board.

The trial, expected to last until week's end, is being heard by Superior Court Justice Helen Rady without a jury.

Joke for the Day

A Dominican, a Franciscan, and a Jesuit die at the same time. They are standing in line at the pearly gates. St. Peter takes the Franciscan in and shows him where he will live--a little brown hut. "Perfect!" the Franciscan exclaims. St. Peter gives the Dominican a little black and white house. "Wonderful," the Dominican says. Then St. Peter takes the Jesuit and a chorus of angels start to sing Alleluia and trumpets blare and heavenly hosts proclaim the entrance of the Jesuit to his abode--a mansion.

The Dominican and the Franciscan look at each other and very humbly ask St. Peter why the Jesuit lives in a mansion.

St Peter responded, "Well, you see, we've never had a Jesuit before."

What's Your Blogging Personality?

Your Blogging Type is Logical and Principled
You like to voice your well thought out opinions on your blog.And if someone doesn't like what you write, you really don't care! Serious and blunt, sometimes people take your blog the wrong way.But you're a true and loyal friend to those who truly get you.


Via Happy Catholic.

Civilizations Must Protect Human Dignity, Says Pope

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 28, 2005 - In a message to the first Meeting of Civilizations, being held in Turkey, Benedict XVI emphasized that the dignity of the person must be at the heart of every civilization.

In his message, the Holy Father invited the participants to promote "from the spiritual and cultural heritage of each one, the values that recognize the central character of the person and that promote understanding, respect and peace."

Adult Stem Cells Restore Feeling in Paraplegic

In an apparent major breakthrough, scientists in Korea report using umbilical cord blood stem cells to restore feeling and mobility to a spinal-cord injury patient.

The research, published in the peer-reviewed journal Cythotherapy, centered on a woman had been a paraplegic 19 years due to an accident.

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What Does An Abortion Look Like?

A few years ago, I began to ask myself this question. I had never had an abortion nor had I ever witnessed one and I was curious, so I checked out a video from the Family Resources Center which showed in graphic detail exactly what happened when someone had an abortion. The images touched me so deeply they became deeply embedded in my memory like a horrible nightmare. I expected them to be horrific, but I underestimated the impact they would have on me. Prior to viewing the video, I was solidly pro-life; after watching the video, I became pro-life to the core of my very being. For there is no way a normal human being can see such horrific images and not be deeply repelled and outraged by them. There are no words that can describe the shocking reality of abortion.

What does an abortion look like? Take a look for yourself. Share this with others. Only seeing such images can bring us to the kind of indignation needed to sustain the sacrifices that will be necessary to finally bring an end to this injustice.

THE RISKS OF CHOICE

Population controllers have long insisted that abortion is healthier for women than childbirth. A host of studies examining the effects of abortion, however, have proved otherwise. Women who have abortions often face increased physical and emotional problems, including substance abuse, mental disorders, impaired fertility, pregnancy loss, and breast cancer. This article will examine the various studies and what they say about the risks of abortion.

FATAL COMPLICATIONS

Even though most abortion-related deaths are not officially reported as such, legal abortion is reported to be the fifth leading cause of maternal death in the U.S. A 1997 government-funded study from Finland showed that women who abort are four times more likely to die within a year than women who give birth.* By extending their scope beyond the very narrow time frame that is examined by most post-abortion studies, the researchers were able to get a better look at how abortion truly affects women's lives. The results clearly showed that compared to women who carry to term, women who aborted in the year prior to their deaths were:- 60 percent more likely to die of natural causes,- 7 times more likely to commit suicide,- 4 times more likely to have fatal accidents, and- 14 times more likely to die from homicide.

SHORT-TERM COMPLICATIONS

Abortion has also been linked to a number of short and long-term physical problems. Immediate complications can include uterine perforation, infection, excessive bleeding, embolism, anesthesia complications, convulsions, hemorrhage, cervical injury, endotoxic shock, fever, vomiting, and Rh sensitization. Long-term problem include infertility, problems with future pregnancies, certain types of cancer, and lower overall general health. To read the complete article, go to http://www.afterabortion.info/PAR/V8/n3/abortionrisks.html.

The Two Doors

Julie Woodley as told to Matt Woodley

In July 1985, my husband and I paraded through the front doors of Methodist Hospital of St. Louis Park. We came to give birth to a beautiful baby girl, Bonnie Joy.

Six years prior to that, I had quietly slipped into Methodist Hospital through the back door, which is also known as Meadowbrook Women's Clinic. I was single, lonely, and frightened at that time in 1979 when I went to the clinic.


THE STORY OF TWO DOORS

When I entered through the front door of Methodist Hospital, they insisted that I ride in a wheelchair. The nurse called me "Mrs. Woodley," and wheeled me past a nursery brimming with living, breathing, crying babies. Babies carefully tended and wrapped in pink and blue blankets.

In stark contrast, I entered by the back door at Meadowbrook Women's Clinic. There was no wheelchair. I was given a number for identification and directed to a waiting room after I paid the bill. Anything baby-like was strictly forbidden.

Shortly after I entered by the front door my nurse strapped a monitor on my belly. Her relaxed eyes and gentle touch were her offerings as she assured me, "Don't worry, we don't take any chances with babies." For 20 hours three nurses took turns recording and analyzing a rapid little heartbeat. During prenatal classes I had learned that three weeks after conception, my baby's heart began to pump blood. Brain waves were present at eight weeks and at ten weeks. Bonnie Joy was closing her delicate eyelids, puckering her lips and responding to touch.

In 1979, behind the back door, the baby was treated as an intruder -- a formless, featureless blob -- and a dangerous one. The attitude was simple and single-minded: let's remove it.

Behind the front door, Jody, my nurse, summoned the doctor to my room to review my charts, papers, and printouts. His eyes didn't quite meet mine when he said that things weren't going according to plan. After 20 hours of labor, the baby was in distress and in a difficult position for delivery. "We need your permission to do an immediate C-section." The doctor sensed our fear and quickly added, "We have the resources to keep both of them safe." The entire staff worked with one thing on their minds: "A mother and baby are in distress; we need to save them."

Behind that back door, a mother and baby were also in distress, but no one came to save us. After the procedure was over I rested in bed at the clinic. A poster taped to the ceiling read in bold, stark letters, "If it weren't for Planned Parenthood where would you be today?" That poster nauseated me more than the abortion. Filled with anger and frustration, I began to weep. "You didn't help me," I thought. "You had the resources but you didn't protect me or my baby."

Today Bonnie Joy is 15 years old. Despite complications in delivery, my family, society, and Methodist Hospital found resources to save our baby. They spared no expense and employed cutting-edge technology to preserve the tiny life. That's what they do behind the front door.

Less than a thousand feet away, a few doors down and one wing over, tiny lives are quietly and matter-of-factly destroyed. That's what they do behind the back door.


THE THIRD DOOR

It took a third door to heal my back door wounds. Jesus said, "I am the Door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture."

Now I spend my life pointing confused young women to the true door of life and freedom Jesus Christ. By entering through this third door, we join a radically different community a fellowship committed to protecting the lives of both mother and baby.

~~~

Julie Woodley has an MA in counseling and is the founder of Restoring the Heart Ministries, which ministers to those struggling with the pain of abortion, sexual abuse, and other forms of damaging or self-destructive behavior. Find out more about Restoring the Heart Ministries by visiting their web site at http://www.rthm.cc. Article reprinted with permission.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

One Former Abortion Provider's Testimony

Carol Everett's descent into the abortion industry began after she aborted her third child in 1973, under pressure from her husband and doctor. After the abortion her life began to fall apart; she had an affair, started to drink and eventually left her husband.

With a psychiatrist's help she got her life together enough to go to work for a medical supply company, which led her into the abortion industry. Working for an abortionist showed her how much money can be made in the abortion business, so she decided to open her own clinics.

"I had made $150,000; was on target in 1983 to make $260,000; and when we opened our five clinics, I would have been taking home about a million dollars a year. I expected to make more than that after we were functioning. "

[The Entire Story]

Joke for the Day

A Bible study group was discussing the unforeseen possibility of their sudden death.

The leader of the discussion said, "We will all die some day, and none of us really know when, but if we did we would all do a better job of preparing ourselves for that inevitable event."

Everybody nodded their heads in agreement with this comment.

Then the leader said to the group, "What would you do if you knew you only had four weeks of life remaining before your death, and then the Great Judgment Day?"

A gentleman said, "I would go out into my community and minister the Gospel to those that have not yet accepted the Lord into their lives.

""Very good!" said the group leader, and all the group members agreed, that would be a very good thing to do.One lady spoke up and said enthusiastically, "I would dedicate all of my remaining time to serving God, my family, my church, and my fellow man with a greater conviction."

"That's wonderful!" the group leader commented, and all the group members agreed, that would be a very good thing to do.

But one gentleman in the back finally spoke up loudly and said, "I would go to my mother-in-law's house for the four weeks."

Everyone was puzzled by this answer, and the group leader ask, "Why your mother-in-law's home?"

Then the gentleman smiled sarcastically and said, "Because, that would make them the longest four weeks of my life!"

Monday, September 26, 2005

St. Vincent de Paul, Priest (1581 - 1660)


St. Vincent was born in Aquitaine and became a priest. He devoted his whole life to the service of the poor. He founded a congregation of priests for missionary work, groups of laymen to help paupers and galley-slaves, and, with St Louise de Marillac, the Sisters of Charity. He is the patron saint of hospital workers, charities, and volunteers.

A Meditation on the Poor

Even though the poor are often rough and unrefined, we must not judge them from external appearances nor from the mental gifts they seem to have received. On the contrary, if you consider the poor in the light of faith, then you will observe that they are taking the place of the Son of God who chose to be poor. Although in his passion he almost lost the appearance of a man and was considered a fool by the Gentiles and a stumbling block by the Jews, he showed them that his mission was to preach to the poor: "He sent me to preach the good news to the poor." We also ought to have this same spirit and imitate Christ's actions, that is, we must take care of the poor, console them, help them, support their cause.

Since Christ willed to be born poor, he chose for himself disciples who were poor. He made himself the servant of the poor and shared their poverty. He went so far as to say that he would consider every deed which either helps or harms the poor as done for or against himself. Since God surely loves the poor, he also loves those who love the poor. For when one person holds another dear, he also includes in his affection anyone who loves or serves the one he loves. That is why we hope that God will love us for the sake of the poor. So when we visit the poor and needy, we try to be understanding where they are concerned. We sympathize with them so fully that we can echo Paul's words: "I have become all things to all men." Therefore, we must try to be stirred by our neighbors' worries and distress.

It is our duty to prefer the service of the poor to everything else and to offer such service as quickly as possible. Charity is certainly greater than any rule. Moreover, all rules must lead to charity. With renewed devotion, then, we must serve the poor, especially outcasts and beggars. They have been given to us as our masters and patrons.

~ from the writings of St. Vincent de Paul

A Prayer for Those Suffering From Hurricanes


All powerful Father, God of mercy, look kindly on those who suffer due to hurricanes. Ease their burden and make their faith strong, that they may always have confidence and trust in your fatherly care. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen. Father of mercy, You always answer your people in their suffering. We thank You for your kindness and ask You to free us from evil, that we may serve You in happiness all our days. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Countdown to LifeChain Sunday



The International Life Chain is October 2, 2005, from 2:30 – 3:30 PM in each time zone across the U.S. and Canada. Prolifers in each city, town, and hamlet are urged to participate in what is also called “a national prayer chain,” held on city sidewalks.

Over 900 cities and towns will participate this year. See http://www.lifechain.net/ or http://www.nationallifechain.org/ for information about your city.

According to Life Chain organizers, the national pro-life witness saves preborn lives and changes receptive hearts. While standing for one hour in meditation and prayer, participants hold signs that include Abortion Kills Children, Jesus Forgives and Heals, Adoption the Loving Option, and I Regret My Abortion. Supplemental (plastic) yard signs are available through www.10-Commandments.com.

Individuals desiring to include their city or town in National Life Chain Sunday 2004 should contact the national Life Chain office (530-671-5500 or email NationalLifeChain@otnusa.com) and visit http://www.nationallifechain.org/ for the all-important Life Chain Manual. The materials and personal assistance needed are free of charge, and Life Chain organizers who begin late should hold their Life Chain on October 30 (the alternate date), rather than October 2. Either date is ideal for protecting precious unborn children and their mothers.

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Joke for the Day

A priest runs an advertisement in a local newspaper for a church bell ringer. The bell did not have a rope and was usually rung by swinging a mallet against it.

The next day a man with no arms stops the priest outside the church and asks him for the job.

The priest says, "My son, I'm sure you are a man who is up to many tasks from which others with your condition would shy away. But, I don't think a job as the church bell ringer is meant for you."

The man replies, "But father, at least give me a chance to show you that I can handle the job."

The father relents and he and the no-armed man climb the narrow steps way up to the top of the belfry. When they arrive, the no-armed man asks the father to stand aside. The no-armed man then backs up as far as he can. His heels off the edge of the belfry, and with tremendous force, he runs face first into the bell. The bell rings gloriously, people from all over the city come out of their houses to hear the wondrous sound emanating from the church.

The no-armed man's technique had a flaw however, because he bounced off the bell and fell out of the belfry onto the steps outside the church below. The priest rushes down to the steps of the church to see if he can provide any comfort to the unfortunate man.As he arrives a crowd has gathered around the body on the steps.

Then someone in the crowd asks, "Father, do you know this man?"

The priest replies, "Well, I don't know his name, but his face sure rings a bell!"

The next day a blind man shows up at the church door asking to replace the no-armed bell ringer. The priest says, "My son, how did you know that we needed a ringer for the bell?"

The man replies, "Because the man who died yesterday was my brother and I feel obligated to fill his spot in the belfry.

"That is very noble my son, but I wonder how you will see to hit the bell accurately and make it ring. But your ambition is large so let's go to the bell."

They climbed the steps together. At the top the priest hands the man the mallet and faces him toward the bell.

"Here you are my son. Give it a swing."

The man takes a deep breath, lifts the hammer slowly, turns his body and with a shocking force swings at the bell. Once again the bell rings but this time it was more glorious than before and people from all over the city came out of their houses and stopped their work to hear the wondrous sound emanating from the church.

"How was that, father?" the blind man smiled proudly.

"Just wonderful."

He set down the mallet, turned around and unknowingly walked off the edge of the bell tower falling to his death on the steps below.

The priest rushes down to the steps of the church to see if he can provide any comfort to this unfortunate man. As he arrives a crowd has gathered around the body on the steps.

Then someone in the crowd asks, "Father, do you know this man?

"The priest replies, "Well, once again I don't know his name, but he's a dead ringer for his brother."

Down Syndrome Teen Raped; Killed by Botched Abortion

Kristen Gilbert, a sweet, innocent young teenager with Down Synrome was first the victim of sexual assault and later the victim of a botched abortion. The complications of her "therapeutic abortion" resulted in her death. This is the kind of story that will break your heart and this is the reality of our sick world today and the money-hungry abortionists who will stop at nothing to kill innocent women and children. If you don't feel anything when you read of this woman's fate and if you aren't moved to become a pro-life activist after reading this, than you need an emergency injection of conscience and most likely a heart transplant as well.

Profile of the Killer

George R. Tiller of Wichita, Kansas is the abortionist's name and he needs our prayers for conversion today. George Tiller is America's most notorious abortionist. By his own count, he has performed over sixty-thousand abortions. (Listen to Tiller say this by clicking here.)

George Richard Tiller was born in Wichita, Kansas on August 8, 1941. He graduated from Wichita East High School in 1959. He went to the University of Kansas where he graduated with a degree in zoology in 1963. He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine where he graduated in 1967. He then had a medical internship in the Navy.

In 1970, George's parents, a sister, and a brother-in-law were killed when their small plane crashed near Yellowstone National Park.

After the crash, George returned to Wichita. He took up his father's medical practice and adopted his orphaned baby nephew.

Tiller told the Wichita Eagle that he performed his first abortions in 1974 at Wesley Medical Center. Around 1976, he started providing outpatient abortions at his clinic.

Even though he has done little besides abortion for many years, he still considers himself a "family practitioner" continuing in the footsteps of his late father. He maintains his membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians. He signs his name George R. Tiller, MD DABFP.
DABFP stands for "Diplomate American Board of Family Practice".

In 1984, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts took disciplinary action against Tiller because he abused alcohol and Demerol (a powerful narcotic painkiller.)

In 1993, Tiller was shot by a woman with a pistol. He underwent surgery and returned to work the next day.

Tiller advertises his late-term abortion services on his own website and on other abortion websites.

A Prayer for George R. Tiller

Lord, we come to You today and lift up the soul of George R. Tiller. He has killed and hurt many of your children, but we know that You are an all-powerful God, with a heart full of tender love, mercy, and forgiveness. George is stuck in the muck of the culture of death and needs to be drawn out of the darkness into the Light of your Love. He is shrouded in darkness, Lord, and needs to be rescued from the evil which seems to have overtaken him and consumed his very soul. Lord, take him by the hand and lead him to You. Embrace him and elevate him into Your likeness that he may gaze upon Your face and embrace a life of radiant purity and holiness. Transform him into a healer of men and a lover of life. I ask this in your precious name Jesus. Amen.

St. Cosmas and St. Damian, Martyrs (283)


Nothing is known of the lives of Saints Cosmas and Damien except that they suffered martyrdom in Syria during the persecution of Diocletian.
A church erected on the site of their burial place was enlarged by the emperor Justinian. Devotion to the two saints spread rapidly in both East and West. A famous basilica was erected in their honor in Constantinople. Their names were placed in the canon of the Mass, probably in the sixth century.

Legend says that they were twin brothers born in Arabia, who became skilled doctors. Known as the "moneyless" and the "silverless", they never accepted money for their services, but offered them in the spirit of charity. When the persecution under Diocletian broke out, their very prominence rendered them marked objects of persecution. Being apprehended by order of Lysias, governor of Cilicia, they were arrested, tortured, and beheaded in the year 283.

St. Cosmas and St. Damian are patron saints of medicine, doctors and pharmacists. In fine art they are usually depicted in lined robes, hoods or cylindrical physicians’ hats, carrying surgeons’ bags and instruments. They are represented by a box of ointment and medical emblems.

Novenas Galore

Yesterday the novena to St. Francis of Assisi started. Of course his feast day is October 4th. Several days ago I started my novena to St. Therese, the Little Flower, whose feast day is October 1st. I am still praying my novena to St. Joseph for the sale of our home. With the month of October appraoching, I will soon be starting a rosary novena. I usually do the 54 day rosary novena, but EWTN has a special rosary novena for the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, which I would like to start as well.

Oh, how I love novenas! Small and large miracles seem to accompany each one. I may not see my prayers answered immediately -- but they are always answered in God's most perfect time and in His most perfect way.

Friday, September 23, 2005

A Pro-life Prayer for Statesmen, Politicians, Judges, and Lawyers


This is a prayer that The Most Reverend Michael A. Saltarelli, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, has asked Catholics in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore to recite for local, state and federal politicians during October, a month traditionally designated as Respect Life Month.
I am going to begin praying it now for our pro-death politicians here in IL: Senator Dick Durbin, Senator Barack Obama, and Governor Rod Blagojevich. It is also a good prayer to recite for our Supreme Court Justices and other Judges.



Litany of St. Thomas More, Martyr and Patron Saint of Statesmen, Politicians and Lawyers

V. Lord, have mercy
R. Lord have mercy
V. Christ, have mercy
R. Christ have mercy
V. Lord, have mercy
R. Lord have mercy
V. Christ hear us
R. Christ, graciously hear us
V. St. Thomas More, Saint and Martyr,
R. Pray for us (Repeat after each invocation)

St. Thomas More, Patron of Statesmen, Politicians and Lawyers
St. Thomas More, Patron of Justices, Judges and Magistrates
St. Thomas More, Model of Integrity and Virtue in Public and Private Life
St. Thomas More, Servant of the Word of God and the Body and Blood of Christ
St. Thomas More, Model of Holiness in the Sacrament of Marriage
St. Thomas More, Teacher of his Children in the Catholic Faith
St. Thomas More, Defender of the Weak and the Poor
St. Thomas More, Promoter of Human Life and Dignity
V.Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world
R.Spare us O Lord
V.Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world
R.Graciously hear us O Lord
V.Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world
R.Have mercy on us

Let us pray: O Glorious St. Thomas More, Patron of Statesmen, Politicians, Judges and Lawyers, your life of prayer and penance and your zeal for justice, integrity and firm principle in public and family life led you to the path of martyrdom and sainthood. Intercede for our Statesmen, Politicians, Judges and Lawyers, that they may be courageous and effective in their defense and promotion of the sanctity of human life - the foundation of all other human rights. We ask this through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

Illinois launches stem-cell research institute without public approval

Chicago, Sep. 22, 2005 - Catholic News Service- Pro-life leaders in Illinois are outraged that Gov. Rod Blagojevich "thwarted the democratic process" and authorized the creation of a medical institute that would conduct embryonic stem-cell research.

This action makes Illinois the fourth state in the nation-after California, Connecticut and New Jersey-to establish a stem-cell research facility, but it’s the first to do so without input from the public, reported the Catholic Explorer.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich superseded the General Assembly July 12 by initiating an executive order to create the Illinois Regenerative Medicine Institute, which would conduct research involving all forms of stem cells, including from adults, umbilical cord blood and embryos. The institute is expected to open by December.

Taxpayers were told at a Chicago press conference that $10 million of public funds would be invested as a start-up cost for the institute. Details about ongoing funding, fiscal accountability and research methodology have not yet been disclosed.

Blagojevich reportedly justified his actions, saying: "Since the federal government has chosen to stall the medical advancements that will come with stem cell research, it is up to the states to take action."
"We feel in many ways that [the governor] betrayed his office" by superseding the process of the General Assembly, Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, told the Catholic Explorer.

The governor’s executive order has "signaled his disregard for the deeply-held beliefs of millions of Illinois citizens" and "thwarted the democratic process," said Gilligan.

Gilligan believes it would have been more fiscally prudent to invest money into adult stem-cell research, which has a proven record of success unlike embryonic stem-cell research.

Michelene Bajaklan, attorney for the Respect Life Office for the Archdiocese of Chicago, said the archdiocese is working with Catholic Conference of Illinois to see if there are legal grounds to challenge the order.

She pointed out that the issue of establishing an institute was debated in the spring, but it never came up for a vote.

In April, the Catholic bishops of Illinois issued a joint letter to lawmakers, indicating their disagreement with a proposal to establish a research facility that would include embryonic stem-cell research.

Fr. Tadeusz Pacholoczyk, director of education for the national Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, has frequently addressed the issue from the Catholic point of view, noting that Church teaching prohibits research that makes use of embryonic stem cells. The process of harvesting of these cells kills the embryo.


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This dictatorship of Rod Blagojevich's here in Illinois is getting pretty nauseating. He seems to be trying to get all the pro-death causes funded before the people of Illinois vote him out of office in the next election. Doesn't he realize that IL is located in the United States and we live under a democracy here? Doesn't he realize that as governor he is elected by the people to perform executive functions and not legalislative ones? Doesn't he know that in his role as governor he is to be the servant of the people and not the grim reaper? Honestly, I don't know what goes on in his brain and I won't even try to speculate, but I do know that his outward actions are evil, immoral, and destructive to human life. We must pray for the soul of this man.

St. Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968)


St. Pio is one of my favorite saints. Miracles occured everyday of his life. He appeared in two places at one time. He was able to communicate with others through mental telepathy. When he thought of them, they began to smell the scent of violets, which they associated with him. In the Confessional, he was able to tell people their sins in detail. Through the simple means of touch, he was able to heal others. He had an abundance of gifts that he used wisely to build up the body of Christ and to convert sinners.

He was born in the small village of Pietrelcina in southern Italy, and joined the Capuchin friars at the age of 16. He became a priest seven years later, and spent fifty years at the monastery of San Giovanni Rotondo, where he was very much sought after as a spiritual advisor, confessor, and intercessor. Padre Pio suffered many mysterious health problems, suffering from high fevers and, at one time, was thought to have tuberculosis.

While praying before a crucifix, Padre Pio received the stigmata at the age of 31 and bore the wounds of Christ for fifty years. He was the first priest ever to be so blessed.

Padre Pio's humility -- manifested through his constant devotion to the Eucharist -- was impressive. He would often remark, "I only want to be a friar who prays."

He entered Eternal Life on September 23, 1968 and was cannonized on June 16, 2002 by Pope John Paul II.

Padre Pio's Prayer After Holy Communion

Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You.
You know how easily I abandon You.
Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life, and without You, I am without fervor.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light, and without You, I am in darkness.
Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.
Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You.
Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much, and always be in Your company.
Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.
Stay with me, Lord, for as poor as my soul is, I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of love.
Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close, and life passes; death, judgment, eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You. It is getting late and death approaches, I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile!
Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all it’s dangers. I need You.
Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.
Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You, if not by communion, at least by grace and love.
Stay with me, Jesus, I do not ask for divine consolation, because I do not merit it, but the gift of Your Presence, oh yes, I ask this of You!
Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.
With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen

My Favorite Padre Pio Quotes:

"Pray, hope, and don't worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer."

"Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God's heart. You must speak to Jesus not only with your lips, but with your heart. In fact on certain occasions you should only speak to Him with your heart."

"Do you not see the Madonna always beside the tabernacle?"

"The longer the trial to which God subjects you, the greater the goodness in comforting you during the time of the trial and in the exaltation after the combat. "

"Keep close to the Catholic Church at all times, for the Church alone can give you true peace, since she alone possesses Jesus, the true Prince of Peace, in the Blessed Sacrament."

"Fear not because God is with you."

"Prayer is the oxygen of the soul."

"Who can assure us that we will be alive tomorrow? Let us listen to the voice of our conscience, to the voice of the royal prophet: "Today, if you hear God's voice, harden not your heart." Let us not put off from one moment to another (what we should do) because the (next moment) is not yet ours. "

"Oh, how precious time is! Blessed are those who know how to make good use of it. Oh, if only all could understand how precious time is, undoubtedly everyone would do his best to spend it in a praiseworthy manner!"

"The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self; there is no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection except at the price of pain."

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves John Roberts Supreme Court Bid

Praise the Lord!

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved John Roberts' bid to head the Supreme Court on a 13-5 vote, with all Republicans and three Democrats supporting his nomination. The full Senate will take up President Bush's first Supreme Court pick next week and Roberts is expected to be approved easily. Read full artcile at Lifenews.com

Darth Durbin -- So Aptly Dubbed By Jill Stanek

By Jill Stanek

Darth Vader was not always evil. He started out as one of the good guys, a Jedi knight who stood for right.

Darth's defection to the dark side wasn't abrupt – it was a process conceived by ambition, germinated by impatience, and fed by power.
The paradoxical problem with power is the appetite it attempts to sate is never sated. Those feeding on it want more, more, more. They eventually puff up into arrogant ogres.

Like U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

Many will be shocked to learn Durbin was ever pro-life, since he is so well known as a ruthless pro-abort, a key go-to guy to obstruct any pro-life measure brought forth, even the partial-birth abortion ban.
But National Right to Life has compiled the Durbin Abortion Papers, written evidence dating back to 1982 showing that this deadly man once had pro-life blood running through his veins, or so he said.

Only God knows, although Durbin doesn't face God in his hometown of Springfield, Ill., anymore, where as a still-professing Catholic he would be refused communion. Durbin now faces only the false god of tolerance in Chicago and D.C. Catholic churches, where priests think they are doing Durbin a favor by averting their eyes. Or perhaps he does them favors for zipping their lips?

But I digress.

When Durbin was running for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, he boasted to a prospective pro-life vote that he served for five years as master of ceremonies at the annual Roe v. Wade observance at the state capitol, served as master of ceremonies at Springfield Right-to-Life's annual banquet, opposed abortion-on-demand and didn't even believe the right to abortion was constitutional.

Durbin won. In 1983 Durbin wrote a constituent that he hoped for Roe v. Wade's overturn so "states would be allowed to regulate ... abortion."
In 1983, Durbin responded in a pro-life questionnaire that he opposed all abortions except to save the life of the mother.

With talk like that, one would think Durbin went on as congressman to vote pro-life every time. But from 1983 through 1988, Durbin compiled an 81 percent pro-life voting record. While good, it showed duplicity, and even then he earned the name Tricky Dicky among pro-lifers for crafting phony compromises to undercut pro-life policies.

Two events occurred in 1989 that shifted Durbin publicly to the dark side.
First, the Supreme Court decided in favor of Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, which effectively granted states increased authority to restrict abortion.

The Associated Press reported in 1996 this was "one political factor that Durbin says did play a role" in his becoming pro-abortion. The AP quoted Durbin from a 1990 Catholic Times article explaining the ruling "caused a lot of people I represent ... to ... bring up the abortion issue from a pro-choice viewpoint. It appears now that many people in this district were comfortable with Roe v. Wade."

In other words, Durbin perceived he had more pro-abortion than pro-life constituents.

It was odd then – no, a lie – that Durbin wrote a constituent in August 1989, "[N]otwithstanding the result in Webster, I continue to believe the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade should be reversed."

Second, Durbin made a bid in 1989 for vice chair of the House Democrat caucus, the No. 4 leadership position. But he lost – decisively.

Meanwhile, House comrade Dick Gephardt, who renounced his pro-life position in 1986, ascended to House Majority Leader that same year. In fact, most pro-life Democrats with aspirations defected during the 1980s, including Gore and Clinton.

And Durbin. Between 1989 and 1996, Durbin amassed an 84 percent pro-abortion voting record.

In 1996, he won his bid for U.S. Senate.

As senator, Durbin has maintained a 100 percent pro-abortion voting record, also utilizing his now renowned debating skills to aid and abet the abortion lobby.

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The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Here's a review of The Exorcism of Emily Rose -- the film everyone is talking about -- from Jeffery Overstreet at Looking Closer Journal. Curt at Northwestern Winds also presents some interesting insights. Hopefully, I will get a chance to see it this weekend if this pre- moving agenda doesn't take precedence.

What Kind of Elitist Are You?

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You speak eloquently and have seemingly read every
book ever published. You are a fountain of
endless (sometimes useless) knowledge, and
never fail to impress at a party.What people love: You can answer almost any
question people ask, and have thus been
nicknamed Jeeves.What people hate: You constantly correct their
grammar and insult their paperbacks.

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I was hoping I might surprise myself. Maybe next time.

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Pro-life Quote of the Day

"Every human being, even the infant in the mother's womb, has the right to life immediately from God, not from the parent or any human society or authority. Therefore, there is no man, no human authority, no science, no medical, eugenic, social, economic or moral "indication" that can show or give valid juridical title for direct deliberate disposition concerning an innocent human life-which is to say, a disposition that aims at its destruction either as an end in itself or as the means of attaining another end that is perhaps in no way illicit itself. Thus, for example, to save the life of the mother is a most noble end, but the direct killing of the child as a means to this end is not licit. "

~ Allocution to Italian midwives Pope Pius XII October 29, 1951

John Michael Talbot To Be Inducted in Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame Sept. 30th


World-renowned performer with Arkansas ties John Michael Talbot will be inducted into the Arkanasas Entertainers Hall of Fame in Pine Bluff, AR, September 30th.

He will be joined by Collin Raye, Lawrence Hamilton, Ed Bruce, Lefty Frizzell, Albert E. Brumley, John Weston and Jim Porter.

During the 2005 ceremony, the new inductees will join forty-five previous inductees including Glen Capbell, Charlie Rich, Conway Twitty, Billy Bob Thorton, Alan Ladd and John Grism to name just a few.

John Michael Talbot recently released his 48th album "Monk Rock". To learn more visit http://www.johnmichaeltalbot.com/.

Redbook & Glamour Mislead Women About Abortion-Cancer Link

Two leading women's magazines are misleading readers about the connection between abortion and breast cancer. Last month it was Glamour and this month it is Redbook. Redbook's October issue includes an interview with Marissa Weiss, M.D., founder of the cancer fundraising business, breastcancer.org. who states that "two recent research reviews
have found that abortion doesn't alter hormone levels in a way that could increase breast cancer risk, as some activists have claimed."

Prof. Joel Brind of Baruch College calls Weiss' statement "sheer nonsense" adding that scientists agree that a woman who has had an abortion is at greater risk for breast cancer.

It is both shocking and disgusting to see these popular women's magazines continue to publish lies from so-called "experts". By providing misinformation to the public, these "experts" continue to be directly responsible for contibuting to the cancer deaths of unsuspecting victims.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Open House

Today has been another busy day for me as we prepare for the big move. My friend and fellow Oblate Elias from St. Joseph Painting came to do some painting before the Open House this Sunday. He did an excellent job. Tommorow, Kevin will come to clean the carpets and, on Friday, Debbie will give the house a thorough cleaning. Next week will be spent packing and tying up loose ends here.

Please continue to join me in praying to St. Joseph for the sale of our home. Thank you.

Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist


Saint Matthew was born at Capernaum. He was working as a tax collector when Jesus called him to be one of the twelve apostles. He wrote his gospel in Hebrew. His gospel, with its familiar references to the messianic prophecies, throws light on the continuity between the covenants.

Today's gospel reading (Matthew 9:9-13)-- the story of the tax collector, Matthew, being called to follow Jesus, is one of the most popular episodes in the life of Jesus. Tax collectors were basically considered the scum of the earth and Jesus, who is viewed as a holy and devout Jew, approaches this outcast and beckons him, "Follow me." He then does something outrageous -- He sits down to a meal and eats with this lowly sinner, which shocks the Pharisees. When the Pharisees ask Jesus why He is doing such a ridiculous thing, He responds, "Those who are sick do not need a physician, but the sick do." This is the clincher here. Jesus tells us that His role on this earth is to heal the sick -- to aid the sinner -- by applying His healing balm. He is here for those who are most in need of His mercy. By eating with sinners and outcasts like Matthew, Jesus demonstrates God's mercy toward the sinner. God invites the sinner to come to the meal -- the banquet-- as He wants the sinner to abandon his evil ways and to follow after Him and to share in His bountiful graces. He does not shun the sinner as do the Pharisees, but He loves the sinner as His beloved child and wants him to be the recepient of His great love and mercy.

Jesus later says, "I desire mercy, not sacrifice." Does this mean He wants us to give up sacrifice? No, but He does want us to offer up our sacrifices with the right intention in our hearts. He wants us to offer up our sacrifices with the true intentions of obedience to Him and devotion for Him. Our sacrifice should consist in patterning our lives and our hearts after Him, not to simply make (empty) material offerings without the intention of living out the gospel message in our lives. At the time of Jesus, the people were unable to fully offer the sacrifice of obedience that Jesus required of them, so Christ enacted this mercy of God in eating with the sinners and by dying for our sins and rising for our justification.

God desires each of us to receive His endless mercy -- to share that mercy with us through His sacraments. Today, He is calling us to become holy by following after Him -- by first, sharing in His mercy through the reception of the sacraments -- particularly in the healing Sacrament of Reconcilliation and also in the sacrament which strenghtens and empowers our souls -- the Holy Eucharist so that we may reach out to sinners and share His unconditional and steadfast love and mercy with all of His children.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Meme

I have been tagged by Holy Fool.

Getting to know me...

Five things I plan to do before I die:

Who knows when I might die? It could be within the next five minutes, although I hope I have a little more time than that to prepare. Ok, here are some things I would like to do before the Lord takes me Home.

1. Enjoy each day and live it to the fullest, surrendering my heart to the Lord and his Holy Mother, giving them my best.

2. Learn the true meaning of love -- love those who are lovable and those who are not lovable, but do it for His sake and in union with Him.

3. Draw others closer to the Lord and the Blessed Virgin Mary -- to help them realize their authentic potential and to be all that they can be in the army of God.

4. To use all the gifts God has given me to the best of my ability to build up His Kingdom.

5. To be the best wife I can be to my husband Bill and to love him and support him in every way I can.

Five things I can do:

1. Write -- short stories, poems, essays, letters, fiction, non-fiction
2. Sing -- Second Soprano
3. Pray -- with perseverance
4. Love -- people and animals
5. Cook -- creatively, just about anything and everything

Five things I cannot do:

1. Swim
2. Ride a bicycle (I have always had poor balance and never learned.)
3. Solve complex mathematical equations in my head.
4. Fly an airplane
5. Play the piano

5 things that attract me to the opposite sex:

1. A Strong Catholic Spirituality
2. Intelligence
3. Sense of Humor
4. Compassion and kindness
5. The ability to love totally and completely


Five things I say most often:

1. "Praise the Lord!"
2. "You're a beautiful girl!" (to my cat, Jazzy)
3. "See you later, Billy Gator!" ( to my husband)
4. "You idiot!" (When I 'm driving and someone cuts in front of me -- not my most loving self at that time.)
5. "Get down, honey!" (when Jazzy jumps up and sits on top of my mouse -- the one attached to the computer.)

Five Celebrity Crushes:

1. Mel Gibson
2. Jim Caviezel
3. William Hurt
4. Paul Newman
5. Martin Sheen

Five People I want to do this:

1. Thirsty Scribe
2.. Southern Catholic Convert
3. Duc in Altum
4. wicatholicmusings
5. Part-time Pundit

Judge Allows Mom to Murder Baby

A federal magistrate judge on Monday authorized a crack dealer, Heather Natasha Marie Whitt, to be furloughed from jail to have an abortion. The approval of a medical furlough for an abortion may be the first of its kind in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. No one familiar with the federal court system here could recall such a motion. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton approved the medical furlough at the request of defense attorney Kevin C. Angel. Guyton has authorized Whitt to be freed at noon Thursday. She is to return to jail at 10 a.m. next Tuesday. "(Whitt) has scheduled a procedure to terminate the pregnancy."

Church offers morally acceptable options for infertile couples

WASHINGTON (CNS) At least 15 percent of U.S. women experience fertility-related problems sometime during their reproductive years. And Catholic women are no exception.

Although the growing field of assisted reproductive technology offers many options for those who have no moral qualms about in vitro fertilization or other methods that bring about reproduction outside the marital act, there may seem to be limited options for those who want to follow Catholic teaching. Not so, say staff members at the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction in Omaha, Neb., and its Center for NaPro Ethics. The institute's founder and director, Dr. Thomas W. Hilgers, has developed the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, a natural method of family planning and monitoring gynecological health, and a comprehensive system of women's health called natural procreative technology, or NaPro technology for short. Through its Omaha headquarters and more than 150 satellite offices in the U.S. and abroad, physicians and other practitioners of FertilityCare offer reproductive services and obstetric and gynecological medicine that conform to Catholic teaching on marriage and responsible parenthood.

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Aftermath of Katrina: Message from a Retired Preacher

To my friends and family:

What I have seen since Katrina:

The poor and the wealthy hurt by the storm Black, White, Hispanic, Oriental and Indian all hurt by the storm. Christian people giving, giving, giving. Churches going all out to minister in Jesus' name. Neighbors going door to door helping one another. Thugs and hoodlums going door to door looking for someone vunerable. Ice and water being fought over as police tried to keep the peace. People coming up from New Orleans taking over empty houses because shelters are full. Out of town volunteers coming with food and staying for now a week still serving it. The Churches all over this part of the country doing what Christians do in a crisis.

FEMA doing a wonderful job in getting help to us. The red Cross doing a great job in the shelters. The Salvation Army doing a great job in the community. Four Hundred crewman from everywhere bring back the power to our homes, churches and businesses. Lines at service stations a block to a mile long. National Guardsman patrolling the streets of Mccomb along with Kentucky policemen protecting us from the hoodlums and thugs from McComb, Pike County and New Orleans (the most dangerous city in the world before Katrina.). Drug dealers working outside shelters. Doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel working tirelessly, even sleeping in the hospital to do the job God called them to do.

WHAT I HAVE NOT SEEN:
The ACLU setting up a feeding line. People for the American Way helping in the shelters. The NAACP doing any work whatsoever. The American Atheist organization serving meals in the shelters. Jesse Jackson directing traffic at the gas stations.

I could go on but you get my message. Its the Christian people with love and compassion who do the work. The gripers in Congress should come on down and get in line to pass the water and the ice. Are you listening Hillary, Chuck, Teddy and all the sorry loafers we call Senators and Congressmen? They don't have a clue as to what this life is all about here on the gulf coast.

Boy I feel better now.
David A. Millican
Retired Preacher in McComb, MS

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St. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and the Korean Martyrs

Much of the earlier history of Christianity in Korea is marked with persecution. A group of lay people brought Christianity to Korea in the 17th century. Those persecuted to death for their faith were mostly lay persons, though among these men and women we have also bishops and priests. Fr. Andrew Kim of Taegon, the first Korean priest and pastor, and Paul Chong of Hasang, a lay apostle, -- today's saints -- were among them.

St. Andrew Kim Taegon traveled to China to become a priest. When he returned to Korea to minister to the Christian community there, he was arrested, tortured, and eventually beheaded. Paul Chong Hasang was a seminarian, aged 45. As a layman, he was one of the great founders of the Catholic Church in Korea. He was persecuted before he could be ordained.

Prayer

Almighty Father, You have created all nations and You are their salvation. In the land of Korea, Your call to the Catholic faith formed a people of adoption whose growth You nurtured by the blood of Saints Andrew, Paul, and their companions. Through their intercession, give us the strength to always remain faithful to Your commandments and to courageously and boldly proclaim the gospel message to all your people through our actions and our words. We ask this through in the precious name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Pope Approves Barring Homosexual Seminarians

Pope Benedict XVI has given his approval to a new Vatican policy document indicating that men with homosexual tendencies should not be ordained as Catholic priests.

The new document-- which was prepared by the Congregation for Catholic Education, in response to a request made by the late Pope John Paul II in 1994-- will be published soon. It will take the form of an "Instruction," signed by the prefect and secretary of the Congregation: Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski and Archbishop Michael Miller.

OUR LADY of LA SALETTE


On September 19, 1846, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, appeared to two young shepherds, Melanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud, on the heights of the mountain of La Salette in France. There she dictated to them a public message which she asked to make known to all Her people. To each of them, she privately confided a secret, concerning which she gave special directive.

Blessed Melanie Calvat was invested with the mission of founding a new religious Order, the Order of the Mother of God, which would associate under one single common rule more than one community, and would include the Apostles of the Latter Times announced by Saint Louis Mary de Montfort in his Prophetic Prayer.

Blessed Melanie was told by the Mother of God to make known her secret after the year 1858, and she published it herself in the face of great difficulties. It was important, and remains important, for the Church to be aware of its contents.

The Blessed Virgin announced that it was primarily the defections of the Church which will bring down on the world the exemplary chastisement:
“God is going to strike in an unprecedented manner. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! God is going to exhaust His wrath, and no one will be able to resist so many concerted woes... Many will abandon the faith, and the number of priests and religious who will dissociate themselves from the true religion will be great... Many religious institutes will lose the faith entirely and will cause the loss of many souls. The Church will pass through a frightful crisis... The Holy Father will suffer greatly. I will be with him to the end to receive his sacrifice... For a time God will not remember France or Italy because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is no longer known... [But the] prayers, penance and tears of the just will ascend to heaven, and the entire people of God will beg for pardon and mercy and will ask My assistance and My intercession. Then Jesus Christ, by an act of His justice and His great mercy toward the just [will intervene and] then there will be peace, the reconciliation of God with men... Charity will flourish everywhere.. The Gospel will be preached everywhere, and men will make great progress in the faith, because there will be unity among the workers of Jesus Christ and men will live in the fear of God.”

She foretells: “Rome will lose the faith and will become the seat of Antichrist.” To call Her children to combat for God in the days of darkness and sin, the Mother of God concludes:
“I address an urgent appeal to the earth: I summon the true disciples of God who lives and reigns in heaven; I summon the true imitators of Christ made man, the one true Saviour of men; I summon My children, My true devotees, those who have given themselves to Me so that I might lead them to My divine Son, those whom I carry, so to speak, in My arms, those who have lived according to My spirit; finally, I summon the Apostles of the Latter Times, the faithful disciples of Jesus Christ who have lived in scorn of the world and of themselves, in poverty and in humility, in contempt and in silence, in prayer and in mortification, in chastity and in union with God, in suffering and unknown to the world. It is time for them to arise and come forth to enlighten the earth.

“Go, and show yourselves as My cherished children; I am with you and in you, provided that your faith be the light that enlightens you in these days of woe. May your zeal cause you to be as famished for the glory and honor of Jesus Christ. Fight, children of light, you little number who see; for behold the time of times, the end of ends.”

Source: The Apparition of the Blessed Virgin on the Mountain of La Salette (Magnificat: St. Jovite, 1973).

Joke for the Day

Not so very long ago, an old German man was feeling guilty about something he had done, so he decided to go to Confession.

He said, "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I feel terrible because during World War II I hid a refugee in my attic."

The priest said, "But that's not a sin! I wouldn't feel bad about that if I were you!"

"But I made him agree to pay me 50 Marks for every week he stayed."

The priest said, "Well, I admit that certainly wasn't the most noble thing to do, charging the man to save his life -- but you did save his life, after all, and that is a good thing. Don't worry about it too much; God forgives."

The man said, "Oh thank you, Father, that eases my mind. I have only one more question to ask you -- Do I have to tell him the war is over?"

Novena to St. Joseph for Special Intention


Please join me in praying the following novena to St. Joseph for the sale of our home and the finding of a new home.

O good father Joseph! I beg you, by all your sufferings, sorrows and joys, to obtain for me what I ask.
(Here name your petition).
Obtain for all those who have asked my prayers, everything that is useful to them in the plan of God. Be near to me in my last moments, that I may eternally sing the praises of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Amen.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be)


St. Joseph, the head of the Holy Family and the guardian and provider for both Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary, is the patron saint of home buyers and sellers.

St. Teresa of Avila in the 16th century proved to be Joseph’s greatest champion, zealously promoting devotion to the great Saint Joseph. As a young woman, Teresa fell into a coma so profound that she was thought to be dead. She revived and credited her recovery to the intercession of St. Joseph.

Anything that St. Joseph asks of Jesus through our Blessed Mother, he receives, and asking for his powerful intercession has been a source of many miracles and has strengthened the faith of countless millions to our Savior.

St. Joseph, pray for us!

Friday, September 16, 2005

A Pro-life Meditation

From the First Reading for Today:

1 Tm 6:3-5

Beloved: Teach and urge these things. Whoever teaches something different and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the religious teaching is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes. From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions,and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds, who are deprived of the truth, supposing religion to be a means of gain.

Meditation

Those who seek the pleasures of this world and teach that happiness can only be found in hedonistic pleasures will only find heartbreak and misery. Those who tell these lies will suffer greatly -- both in this life and the next. The abortionist who kills the child for profit and says he is doing so out of compassion for the mother, the person who sodomizes for his own perverse pleasure and tells others it is "love", and the spouse who kills the one he promised to protect, to love, and cherish for all of their days, but says he loves his wife and is doing it for her own good all have one thing in common -- they are all liars. They are all products of the culture of death. They lie and begin to believe their lies. The evil one confuses them and it is soon difficult for them to discern the truth. They quickly lose their morals. Like a cancer, the deception spreads and begins to control their actions. They become corrupt, conceited, and confused, wanting to argue with others, but not having a leg to stand on. Those who are rooted in the truth can easily see through their lies. Because their perceptions of reality have become so distorted and twisted, envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, and friction become a routine part of their lives. They suffer miserably now here on earth, but their suffering for all eternity will be so much greater if we do not lead them to the truth.

Let us pray for those who cling to these lies -- that the Lord will remove the scales from their eyes that they may clearly gaze upon His face and find the truth there and that He will open their ears to His truth found in the Scriptures. Let us also ask the Lord to keep us ever faithful to Him and to protect us from all the cancerous lies and deception that are rampant in this culture of death. Let us keep our eyes fixed upon Jesus and our hearts rooted in Him.

"Through the bottomless mercy of our God, one born on high will visit us to give light to those who walk in darkness, who live in the shadow of death; to lead our feet in the path of peace."

~ from the Canticle for the Morning Prayer, Liturgy of the Hours

Annual Week of Prayer and Fasting for Culture of Life

A coalition of Catholic and Christian organizations worldwide is coordinating the 13th Annual International Week of Prayer and Fasting to promote a “Culture of Life,” in the words of the late Pope John Paul II. The organization began the campaign to promote life and family in the public sphere with a week of prayer and fasting and related events sponsored by churches and groups around the world.

Sponsored by a coalition of lay Catholic organizations, the annual Week of Prayer and Fasting urges people around the globe to pray and fast for 9 days from October 2-10, in “a united effort to end abortion and bring people and nations back to God.” According to the group’s media release, more than 60 countries have participated in the past, including Australia, Great Britain, the Philippines, Singapore, France, Ireland and Canada.

This year, in addition to prayer to counter abortion and euthanasia, the organization includes prayer intentions for the crucial confirmation hearings for two new US Supreme Court Justices, victims of Hurricane Katrina, the threat of global terrorism and major conflicts in the Middle East in its prayer intentions.

Maureen Flynn, the organization’s spokesman, says, “The threat of human cloning, assisted suicide, euthanasia, pornography, a pervasive drug culture, sexual slavery and anti-family agendas are among today’s accepted practices that are dehumanizing and degrading the dignity and integrity of life.”

An Oct. 8 prayer rally at Catholic University will feature several prominent speakers including Christopher West, Fr. Francis Mary Stone of EWTN, Sen. Rick Santorum and Dr. Alan Keyes. An Oct. 10 prayer vigil will feature Rev. Frank Pavone, the National Director of Priests for Life, Congressman Chris Smith - House Chairman for Pro-life causes, Dr . Theresa Burke - Rachel's Vineyard-founder, Christopher West - Author, Speaker on Theology of the Body, Rev. Stephen Valenta - Speaker, Retreat Master for Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresa's Order) and Author and Bud Macfarlane Sr.

Contact:Maureen Flynn, Phone : (703) 327 – 2277.Email: IWPF2005@aol.com

See the Washington Catholic Prayer and Fasting website http://www.internationalweekofprayerandfasting.org.

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Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows


The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady:

1. The prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:25-35)

2. The flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)

3. Loss of the Child Jesus for three days (Luke 2:41-50)

4. Mary meets Jesus on his way to Calvary (Luke 23:27-31; John 19:17)

5. Crucifixion and Death of Jesus (John 19:25-30)

6. The body of Jesus being taken from the Cross (Psalm 130; Luke 23:50-54; John 19:31-37)

7. The burial of Jesus (Isaiah 53:8; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42; Mark 15:40-47)


Prayer

O Mary, Mother of Sorrows, I beseech Thee, by the bitter agony thou didst endure at the foot of the Cross offer to the Eternal Father, in my name, thy Beloved Son, Jesus, all covered with Blood and Wounds, in satisfaction for my sins, for the needs of Holy Church, the conversion of sinners, the relief of the Souls in Purgatory and for the special grace I now implore. (Mention your request.)
Amen.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005


The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The feast of the Exaltation of the Cross sprang into existence at Rome at the end of the seventh century. On this feast day, we honor the Holy Cross by which Christ redeemed the world. The Cross -- because of what it represents -- is the most potent and universal symbol of the Christian faith. We revere the instrument by which Jesus Christ, Our Lord, saved us. Once an object of scorn, the cross has become our “glory”.

We, too, embrace the cross which he gives to us, because, as Christians, we are given the honor to share in His sufferings. If we stand up for Him in our beliefs, we can expect to be mocked, ridiculed, and persecuted for our beliefs. But, we can also expect that Jesus Christ will be there with us, in the midst our sufferings, sharing in our pain, and conquering the anguish, despair, and sorrow, replacing it with His peace, hope, and joy.

Father Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life, tells us “Jesus Christ was not crucified by the power of wicked men, but by the silence of good men.” Let us speak out boldly our Christian beliefs and never yield to the temptation to remain silent – especially when it comes to defending human life. Let us kneel at the foot of the cross and adore. Let us kneel at the foot of the cross and emulate Him whom we love. Let us kneel at the foot of the cross and surrender our hearts to the One who loves us.

Prayer

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Joke for the Day

An atheist was constantly resisting his Christian friends efforts to convert him and to get him believe in God, and be saved. One day the atheist was out in the woods when he was attacked and brought to the ground by a bear. As the bear towered over him, teeth bared, the atheist remembered his friends teachings. But he just could not call on God to save him. So he called out, “God, if you are there, change this bear in to a Christian”. For a moment the world went silent, all movement stopped, a bright light shone. Then the sounds of the forest start again. The atheist looks at the bear, the bear looks at the atheist, puts his paws together and says “Bless me, o Lord, for what I am about to receive ..."

Light Blogging

I have become involved in a very special project -- which is the answer to prayer -- and will be doing light blogging for the next few weeks.

Feast of St. John Chrysostom


When you are before the altar where Christ reposes, you ought no longer to think that you are amongst men; but believe that there are troops of angels and archangels standing by you, and trembling with respect before the sovereign Master of Heaven and earth. Therefore, when you are in church, be there in silence, fear, and veneration.

~
Saint John Chrysostom

Monday, September 12, 2005

The Durbin Abortion Papers

National Right to Life radio ad raises question:
How can Senator Durbin -- who as a congressman wanted Roe v. Wade overturned -- now "disqualify" John Roberts?

WASHINGTON (Sept. 12, 2005) -- A new broadcast ad sponsored by National Right to Life, launched today in eight cities in Illinois (13 radio stations), suggests that Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, a Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is being unfair in suggesting that Supreme Court nominee John Roberts might be disqualified if Roberts does not accept the legal theory of Roe v. Wade -- even though Durbin himself strongly advocated overturning Roe v. Wade when he was a member of the House of Representatives.

The script for the 60-second ad, titled "Disqualified -- by Durbin?," is reproduced at the bottom of this e-mail. An MP3 audio file of the ad can be played or downloaded at the NRLC website here.

The ad presents a dialogue between two fictional constituents, one of whom notes that Durbin has indicated that he may regard Roberts as disqualified from sitting on the Supreme Court if he will not endorse certain past Supreme Court decisions.

(In a July 24 interview with NBC News' Tim Russert, Durbin said that Roberts would be "disqualified" if he did not accept the Supreme Court's doctrine on the "right of privacy," and that "it would trouble me greatly" if he thought Roberts might allow state legislatures to restrict abortion.)

The second constituent points out that Durbin himself served as master of ceremonies for annual pro-life rallies for five years, endorsed legislation to allow abortion only to save a mother's life, and called for the overturning of Roe v. Wade as late as 1989 (after he had served in Congress for six years). The first constituent, incredulous, then asks, "Durbin now says that Roberts may be disqualified, because Durbin thinks Roberts might, possibly, agree with part of the position that Durbin himself used to strongly advocate?" In that case, Durbin "needs a refresher course in Fairness 101," she concludes.

NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson commented, "It is terribly unfair, if not brazenly hypocritical, for Durbin to suggest that a Supreme Court nominee might be disqualified for possibly agreeing with the legal position taken by the Congressman Durbin of 1989."

National Right to Life has created a special page on its website titled "The Durbin Abortion Papers," which includes scans (in PDF format) of a selection of letters and candidate questionnaires signed by Durbin, including one in which he boasted of serving as master of ceremonies at pro-life rallies at the Illinois State Capitol for five years, and another in which he pledged support for legislation to protect unborn children from abortion except to save the life of the mother. "The Durbin Abortion Papers" are here: http://www.nrlc.org/Judicial/Durbin/index.html

The page also links to a transcript of the July 24, 2005 interview of Durbin by NBC News' Tim Russert.

Johnson also noted that Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), the second-ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter about abortion in 1971 in which he said, " . . . it is my personal feeling that the legalization of abortion on demand is not in accordance with the value which our civilization places on human life. Wanted or unwanted, I believe that human life, even at its earliest stages, has certain rights which must be recognized -- the right to be born, the right to love, the right to grow old. . . .once life has begun, no matter at what stage of growth, it is my belief that termination should not be decided merely by desire. . . . When history looks back to this era it should recognize this generation as one which cared about human beings enough . . . to fulfill its responsibility to its children from the very moment of conception."

Moreover, Senator Joseph Biden (D-De.), the third-ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, voted in favor of a constitutional amendment to overturn Roe v. Wade (the Hatch Amendment) in 1982.

To read an earlier NRLC release about the relationship of the Roberts nomination to two upcoming abortion cases and to certain "media myths" about Roe v. Wade, click here. To read the NRLC release issued upon the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist, click here.

National Right to Life is the nation's major pro-life organization, with affiliates in all 50 states.

[The ad script follows]

"Disqualified -- by Durbin?"

WOMAN: I read here in the paper about the Senate holding hearings on the nominee to the Supreme Court. Our own senator, Dick Durbin, has suggested that the nominee may be disqualified if he does not support the legal theory of Roe v. Wade.

MAN: Oh yeah? Well, let me tell you, the guy sitting there in those hearings served for five years as MASTER OF CEREMONIES at the annual rallies at the State Capitol to protest Roe v. Wade!

In 1983, he indicated abortion should never be legal, except to save the mother's life. Six years later, he said, "I continue to believe the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade should be reversed."

WOMAN: (pleasantly) Really? I didn't KNOW that John Roberts had said all those things!

MAN: It wasn't ROBERTS who said them. It was DURBIN -- before he changed his position.

[very slight pause]

WOMAN: So you mean . . . Durbin now says that Roberts may be disqualified, because Durbin thinks Roberts might, possibly, agree with part of the position that Durbin himself used to strongly advocate?

MAN: Yep.

WOMAN: Sounds like Dick Durbin needs a refresher course in Fairness 101.

MAN: Call Senator Durbin at 202-224-2152 [in Springfield, 217-492-4062] -- urge him to give John Roberts a fair shake. This message brought to you by National Right to Life, http://www.nrlc.org/.

***To go to "The Durbin Abortion Papers," click here.
To go to the main index on Judicial Nominations, click here.
To go to the NRLC Home Page, click here

Roberts Hearings Begin With Sparring Over What Questions Chief Justice Nominee Must Answer

Senate Democrats and Republicans sparred over the appropriateness of questioning John Roberts about divisive issues as the Senate opened confirmation hearings Monday on President Bush's choice to be the nation's chief justice.

Democrats said the 50-year-old Roberts could shape the Supreme Court for a generation if confirmed to replace the late William H. Rehnquist and therefore all questions were fair game. Republicans advised Roberts to follow the example set by recent nominees to the high court and avoid responding to probing questions on controversial topics.

"Some have said that nominees who do not spill their guts about whatever a senator wants to know are hiding something from the American people," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. "Some compare a nominee's refusal to violate his judicial oath or abandon judicial ethics to taking the Fifth Amendment. These might be catchy sound bites, but they are patently false."

"Don't take the bait," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, in his prepared statement.

Democratic Sen. Russell Feingold of Wisconsin dismissed the notion that Republican calls for a dignified confirmation process barred senators from pursuing a line of questions of a lifetime appointee - especially one Feingold described as looking healthy. That last part drew a smile from Roberts.

"If by dignified they mean that tough questions are out of bounds, I must strongly disagree," Feingold said.

Added Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois: "Only your responses to our questions can convince us that the John Roberts of 2005 will be a truly impartial, open-minded chief justice."

Arlen Specter, R-Pa., chairman of the Judiciary Committee that conducted Monday's hearing, underscored the stakes for the Senate's vote on Roberts, an honors graduate from Harvard, a political appointee in two Republican administrations and a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for two years.

Roberts originally was chosen to succeed retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. But Rehnquist's death prompted the president to renominate him for chief justice, replacing the man he clerked for in 1980.

"Your prospective stewardship of the court, which could last until 2040 or longer ... would present a very unique opportunity for a new chief justice to rebuild the image of the court away from what many believe it has become as a super-legislature and bring consensus to the court," Specter said.

The journey began for Roberts in the ornate Russell Senate Caucus Room, where he quietly sat and watched as Specter gaveled the hearing to order. The day was devoted solely to opening statements - from the 17 men and one woman on the committee, the three senators chosen to introduce Roberts and from the nominee himself.

Roberts introduced members of his family: parents, siblings, his wife, Jane Sullivan Roberts, and his young children, Jack and Josie.

"You see she has a very tight grasp," Roberts said of his wife, who held the two children. An ebullient Jack Roberts had nearly upstaged his father when the president announced his nomination on July 19.

Democrats promised to use the days of hearings to question Roberts on abortion, civil rights, privacy, election rights, capital punishment, judicial activism and the powers of the presidency and Congress.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., said the Senate must determine whether Roberts "has demonstrated a commitment to the constitutional principles that have been so vital in advancing fairness, decency and equal opportunity in our society."

He added that the Senate was not a rubber stamp for the president's judicial choices and the hearings amounted to a job interview for the American people.

Republicans warned Roberts against responding to "litmus-test questions."

"Do exactly the same thing every nominee, Republican and Democrat alike, has done. Decline to answer any question you feel would compromise your ability to do your job. The vast majority of the Senate, I am convinced, will not punish you for doing so," Cornyn said.

Abortion and the 1973 Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade that legalized the procedure loomed large.

"Perhaps the Supreme Court's most notorious exercise of raw political power came in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, two 1973 cases which invented a constitutional right to abortion," Brownback said.

Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the only woman on the committee, said in her prepared statement that she planned to ask Roberts about "the constitutional right to privacy" as it deals with abortion rights.

"I am concerned by a trend on the court to limit this right and curtail women's autonomy," Feinstein said. "It would be very difficult for me to vote to confirm someone to the Supreme Court whom I knew would overturn Roe v. Wade."

How Roberts answers questions from the panel's 18 members about his record as a conservative lawyer in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations could affect the confirmation vote by the full Senate, expected before the end of September. The Supreme Court begins a new term Oct. 3.

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