Monday, October 31, 2005

Alito's Mother: He is Opposed to Abortion

WASHINGTON -President Bush's new pick for the Supreme Court has a track record on abortion that suggests a shift toward more restrictions.

Although there are no guarantees that Samuel Alito would vote to overturn the court's landmark ruling ensuring a woman's right to abortion, he has sharply different views from the justice he was picked to replace, Sandra Day O'Connor.

If confirmed by the Senate, the judge immediately would find himself in a tie-breaking role in pending abortion cases, possibly in his first months on the bench.

The timing of his confirmation hearings is key, as the Supreme Court in the next few weeks takes up its first significant abortion case in five years.

Alito, a Catholic, is opposed to abortion, his 90-year-old mother forthrightly told reporters in New Jersey. As an appeals court judge, he held that states can require women seeking abortions to notify their spouses. The Supreme Court disagreed.

"If he thinks that's OK, there are certainly other restrictions that he's going to be OK with," said Neil Siegel, who teaches law at Duke University. "He'll make a decisive difference."
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Fidelis on Alito Nomination: “First Class”

WASHINGTON — Following President Bush’s nomination of 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to serve as Associate Justice for the United States Supreme Court, Fidelis President Joseph Cella released the following statement:

“Judge Alito is a first class nominee and his judicial philosophy appears to be one that reflects faithfulness to the Constitution and the rule of law. Judge Alito’s background and temperament make him particularly suited to serve as a Justice on the Supreme Court.

The depth and breadth of Judge Alito’s intellect and service to his country is exemplary. We are confident he will extend his record of judicial restraint and impartial leadership on the Supreme Court.

Judge Alito is a man of deep character, humility, and a congenial disposition that will serve him well during his confirmation hearings.

Judge Alito is likely to spark a robust debate about the Constitution and the proper role of a judge and the courts. We welcome this debate and believe it to be a healthy exercise for the country.

Given the likelihood of a vigorous debate, we remain steadfast in our insistence upon a fair and dignified process free of any attack on Judge Alito’s Catholic faith and personal beliefs.

Early attacks by left wing interest groups are particularly worrisome, and there are signs they are already placing heavy pressure on their allies in the Senate to stop at nothing to block this nomination.

Judge Alito exemplifies an American success story that we should all be proud of. We thank President Bush for selecting an outstanding nominee, and we are standing by his side as we help advance the nomination of Judge Alito.”

What is Fidelis?

Fidelis: (adj) faithful, loyal, true.

The name Fidelis, is widely recognized as a part of the United States Marines motto “Semper Fidelis” (always faithful). The family of Fidelis organizations chose this name because it represents the deepest aspirations of our combined work – to encourage and advance a spirit of faithfulness in American public life, in both the duties of citizens and in our commitments to religious faith.

Fidelis is a Catholic-based advocacy organization established to help elect pro-life, pro-family and pro-religious liberty candidates to public office, support the confirmation of judges, and promote and defend laws faithful to the Constitution in Congress and the Courts.

Fidelis is principally focused on protecting the right to life at every stage, upholding the time-honored institutions of marriage and family, and advancing the role of religious liberty in the renewal of American culture. These truths have united millions of Americans since the founding of our nation and continue to unite people of faith today.

In order to best address many of these issues, Fidelis is uniquely set up to participate in political campaigns, legislative initiatives, judicial confirmation battles, and public interest litigation. We believe this multi-prong strategy will effectively advance our mission in ways never done before.

Fidelis consists of four legal entities: Fidelis, Fidelis America, Fidelis Center for Law and Justice, and the Fidelis Media Fund. Each of these entities is organized to comply with all applicable laws governing our activities.

Religion in the Public Square

Our religious freedom was outlined first and foremost in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights – “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise therof.” For the past 50 years, rather than protecting religious liberty, activist groups such as the ACLU have succeeded in pushing the unfounded doctrine of a strict “separation of church and state” which requires the public square to be purged of all religious symbols and references, and the free speech of religious people and organizations to be curtailed.

As a result, people of faith and faith-based organizations have come under attack on many levels, epitomized recently when some political leaders argued that judges of faith are unqualified to serve in the courts.

Fidelis is committed to protecting the right to religious liberty for individuals by electing candidates to office, supporting the confirmation of judges, and promoting and defending Constitutionally-sound law through the Congress and the courts.

For more information, visit the website.

MY TOP TEN: Who are yours?

With the upcoming feast day of all Saints, I have been reflecting on those saints who have most impacted me in my life and want to extend my thanks to them for their continuing help and guidance as I travel on this earthly journey toward my final destination. As a small way of expressing my gratitude, I am making a list of my top ten favorite saints and a few of the virtues and the personality traits that I admire most in each of them.

1. St. John, the Evangelist - love for God and man
2. St. Therese of Lisieux - her simplicity, perseverance,love
3. St. Catherine of Siena - her spunk, obedience to God,love
4. St. Teresa Benedicta - intelligence,wisdom,courage,love
5. St. Gianna Molla - intelligence,unselfishness,love
6. St. Teresa of Avila - perseverance, determination,love
7. St. Pio of Pietrelcina - humility, obedience,love
8. St. Joseph - obedience to God, protective nature,love
9. St. Louis de Montfort-courage, stamina, obedience, love
10 St. John Vianney - humility, obedience, perseverance,love

All the saints had a wonderful sense of humor,of course, which helped them endure their trials, along with the special graces they were blessed with to carry their cross.

When the Saints Go Marching In

Oh when the saints go marching in,
Oh when the saints go marching in,
Oh Lord I want to be in that number,
Oh when the saints go marching in.
Oh when the sun refuses to shine,
Oh when the sun refuses to shine,
Oh Lord I want to be in that number,
When the sun refuses to shine.
Oh when the dead, in Christ shall rise,
Oh when the dead, in Christ shall rise,
Oh Lord I want to be in that number
When the dead, in Christ shall rise.

I had to get that out -- the song was playing in my head.

Who are your top ten?

Catholic Majority on the Supreme Court?

If Alito is confirmed, the Supreme Court would have 5 Catholic justices (Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy, & Alito). If these Catholics are truly living out the gospel message in their daily lives, as we are called by our faith to do, then abortion, euthansia, and all pro-death laws would cease to exist in this country as we know them today. God's law, and not man's law, would rule the land.

Who is Samuel Alito? He's my Kind of Judge.

Nicknamed "Scalito" for views resembling those of conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito Jr. is a favorite son of the political right. Appointed in 1990 by George H.W. Bush to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Alito has earned a reputation for intellectual rigor and polite but frequent dissent in a court that has been historically liberal. His mettle, as well as a personable demeanor and ties to former Republican administrations, has long had observers buzzing about his potential rise to the high court. "Sam Alito is in my mind the strongest candidate on the list," says Pepperdine law Prof. Douglas Kmiec. "I know them all . . . but I think Sam is a standout because he's a judge's judge. He approaches cases with impartiality and open-mindedness."

A New Jersey native, the 55-year-old Alito received a bachelor's degree from Princeton and graduated from Yale Law School. He worked in the solicitor general's office during the Reagan administration and was a U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey when George H.W. Bush nominated him to the Third Circuit. His 15 years on the bench have been marked by strong conservatism on a case-by-case basis that avoids sweeping opinions on constitutionality.

In 1997, Alito authored the majority opinion upholding a city's right to stage a holiday display that included a Nativity scene and a menorah because the city also included secular symbols and a banner emphasizing the importance of diversity. In Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Alito was the sole dissenter on the Third Circuit, which struck a Pennsylvania law that required women seeking abortions to consult their husbands. He argued that many of the potential reasons for an abortion, such as "economic constraints, future plans, or the husbands' previously expressed opposition . . . may be obviated by discussion prior to abortion." The case went on to the Supreme Court, which upheld the lower court's decision 6 to 3.

Alito's conservative stripes are equally evident in criminal law. Lawrence Lustberg, a New Jersey criminal defense lawyer who has known Alito since 1981 and tried cases before him on the Third Circuit, describes him as "an activist conservatist judge" who is tough on crime and narrowly construes prisoners' and criminals' rights. "He's very prosecutorial from the bench. He has looked to be creative in his conservatism, which is, I think, as much a Rehnquist as a Scalia trait," Lustberg says.

Some observers say that Alito cannot be easily pigeon-holed. In Saxe v. State College Area School District, Alito, writing for the panel, argued that the school does not have the right to punish students for vulgar language or harassment when it doesn't disrupt the school day. "Sam struck that down as a violation of free speech," Kmiec says. "That's not a conservative outcome."

Off the bench, friends and colleagues describe Alito as quiet and self-effacing with a wry sense of humor. He is a voracious reader with a particular love for biographies and history. With his wife, Martha, he has a son in college and a daughter in high school. "He's mild mannered and generous and family oriented," Lustberg says. "I don't agree with him on many issues, but I have the utmost respect for him. No one can question his intelligence or integrity."


Documentary: Clinton Responsible for the Death of Thousands

A documentary seven years in the making tying Bill Clinton to an Arkansas prison blood scandal that spread AIDS to thousands around the world and resulted in the death of thousands is set to screen in Hollywood next week – renewing controversy about the long-forgotten story.

This is a real life horror film that documents the crime of the century topped only by Hitler, Stalin, and Tito.

President Bush to Nominate Samuel Alito to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON -- President Bush, stung by the rejection of his first choice, will nominate Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, selecting a conservative federal judge to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, a moderate.

The choice, confirmed by two senior Republican officials, was likely to spark a political brawl. Unlike the nomination of Harriet Miers, which was derailed by Bush's conservative allies, Alito will face opposition from liberal Democrats.

Bush planned to announce the nomination at 8 a.m. EST.

The White House hopes the choice mends a rift in the Republican Party caused by his failed nomination of Miers, and puts his embattled presidency on a path to political recovery. Democrats already put the White House on notice that a conservative judge such as Alito would create problems.

So consistently conservative, Alito has been dubbed "Scalito" or "Scalia-lite" by some lawyers because his judicial philosophy invites comparisons to conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. But while Scalia is outspoken and is known to badger lawyers, Alito is polite, reserved and even-tempered.


Today, December 16, 2003, is an important day in the United States. After listening to numerous pro life doctors, bioethicists and leaders warn of the dangers of allowing the abortifacient pill "Plan B" to be sold over the counter, the U.S. advisory panel to the FDA voted to recommend allowing the "morning after" contraceptive pill to be sold without a prescription. The pill is intended for use by women within 72 hours after sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy.

It's incredulous how these US advisors for the FDA could have made such an evil decision after having listened to the good Judie Brown testify that "these high doses of artificial hormones can and do terminate the lives of human beings after their lives have begun at conception/fertilization; these pills are dangerous for women, particularly adolescent women, and the damage to family life would be severe. Emergency contraception is not contraception...the Food and Drug Administration has a moral and ethical responsibility to assure, to the best of its ability, the health and welfare of every member of the human family."

The USCCB read a statement before the advisory panel as well, saying that changing the abortion pill's status to an over-the-counter drug prevents any medical oversight that otherwise would be provided for by doctors and sends "the message that the drug is not medically or morally controversial." As the USCCB points out, such access, "may also increase risk-taking behavior and promiscuity," further endangering health and exposure to sexually transmitted diseases.

Illinois Leader's editorial team member Jill Stanek, testifying against the over-the-counter sale of these drugs said, "As a registered nurse, I have seen for myself the devastation when young girls who have been sexually abused by older men," Stanek said while waiting for her plane to take off on Monday. "If these drugs are made available over the counter, criminal rapists and sexual abusers will be able to cover their crimes and continue their behavior. This is the point I will be making at the hearing tomorrow."

Were these FDA appointed advisors not listening? How could they so easily refute the scientific and medical facts regarding this murderous, evil drug? Why were these truths so unintelligible to the FDA's advisory panel? It's because these Godless people, knowing well that what they do is wrong, still, perversely, reject these moral teaching (teachings that they have had written in their hearts since God created them in womb) and because the sinful will reject the moral teaching of Christ and His Church. Those who commit these sinful acts don't really think that what they do is good; they tell themselves that what they do is excused. Secular humanism.

Seeing things as God sees them, with the eyes of eternity, Pope John Paul II has said often: "This is the supremacy of the strong over the weak. If we continue to promote contraceptives, civilization will revert to barbarism."

Today reminds me of another time, not so long ago, of the horrific actions that our U.S. President Clinton committed just moments after the world famous speech that Mother Teresa gave before the President and US Congressmen, senators, State Heads and other dignitaries on February 3, 1994.

It was the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., held at the elegant Shorham Hotel. Although the participants were mainly Christians, the event is always inter-religious and open to adherents of all faiths. Hundreds of our government's brightest, sans pareil, were in attendance. This was a time in our nation when the culture of death was promoted by the highest levels of government.

By the grace of God my husband and I saw this hour long event live on CSpan. We will never forget the demeanor of that saintly, tiny, consecrated nun nor her memorable address that rocked an audience of powerful politicians. Mother Teresa, always so humble, so wise, graciously refused the invitation to sit on the dais with President Clinton and Hillary, VP Gore and his wife and with many other 'distinguished' politicians, where so-called 'honorary' seating is always reserved for the event's keynote speaker. Mother preferred to remain hidden behind the stage, without the benefit of having had anything to eat.

When they introduced Mother, then age 83, to come to the podium, she humbly approached from behind a large heavy curtain backdrop behind the dais. In her simple white linen sari trimmed in blue, which cost $l in India, this holy diminutive nun was barely visible to the several hundred in the audience over the top of the podium. I thought of the scripture verse: "For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." (Lk. 14:10a, 11)

Mother Teresa didn't care that in America it's not PC to criticize the President and VP about their policies of killing babies in their mother's wombs...she didn't care that she might shock the nation's leaders and take on the 'culture of death' in Washington, D.C..... she spoke as Jesus would expect any faithful follower to speak. "The greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion. Abortion never solves problems, it just leads to more abortion," the living saint said. For Mother Teresa, who devoted her life to the succor of the sick, the outcast, the lonely, the unwanted, earthly opinions meant nothing to her. She spoke without notes and pleaded for America to save the babies, not throw them away, "Please don't destroy the child; we will take the child." Her entire address is given below.

Many in this audience were caught up in the historic moment with sustained applause. They gave her three thunderous ovations. Mother Teresa dared to say what no one there dared to say. Most gave her three thunderous ovations, but, President Clinton and Vice President Gore & their wives did not. They just sat there, unresponsive, in stony silence. No American President and First Lady had ever been more vocally pro-abortion than Bill and Hillary. Our President and Vice President clearly resented Mother Teresa and hated even more her warning message. (A VHS copy of this event can be purchased from C-SPAN.)

Immediately following this incredibly powerful speech by Mother Teresa, Clinton takes the podium and spoke briefly, praised the founder of the Missionaries of Charity, but did not directly respond to her statements on abortion. Instead, he thanked her for her "moving words and, more importantly, for the lifetime of commitment" that he said she had "truly lived."

"If Christ said we would all be judged by how we treated the least of these -- the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the strangers, the imprisoned -- how can we meet that test in a town where we all spend so much time obsessed with ourselves and how we stand on the totem pole and how we look in the morning paper?" Clinton said. "It is important to reaffirm that in this nation where we have freedom of religion, we need not seek freedom from religion." Quoting from Professor Stephen Carter's book, "The Culture of Disbelief," the President stated that "we should all seek to know and to do God's will, even when we differ." What hypocrisy!

Here is something that few people know about, because only small mention of it was made anywhere in the World newspapers the next day. Incredulously, this is a factual account.

Clinton closed the meeting, and, get this, this terrible man then walked outside and crossed the street to the World Population Planning committee and signed a U.S. Presidential commitment to spend in the next year of l995, $500 million dollars of American taxpayers' money to International Planned Parenthood for abortion facilities in Third World countries, with the stipulation that if these third world countries did not accept these abortion facilities of Planned Parenthood into their nation's cities, the U.S. would withhold all monies promised to them to feed their hungry and clothe their poor. Incredible. Did Clinton not listen to the profound warnings, pleas and admonitions just minutes before from Saintly Mother Teresa? The Pope a day later exclaimed that Clinton and the United States was the 'most evil of all evil imperialisms in the world' and the Pope denounced Clinton's actions. Clinton, who said he wanted to be remembered most as "the abortion President" did exactly what he promised his Democratic party he would do and the world stood by and watched with barely a whimper, except for the Vatican's condemnation. Let us remember this when someone tells us they hope Hillary runs for President.

The comparison is too great not to be remembered. Today, December 16, 2003, great leaders in pro life movement gave factual testimony to the many reasons why the evil abortifacient "Morning After Pill" should not be allowed to be sold over the counter. Yet, within minutes, the FDA's advisory panel proclaims that they've OK'd the Pill to be sold over the counter. Were these government people not listening to the profound medical and scientific warnings and admonitions just minutes before? "If we continue to promote contraceptives, civilization will revert to barbarism," said John Paul II.

The greatest sin of the world, said Pius XII, is the "sin of the century." "The sin of the century," the Holy Father told a catechetical congress meeting in the United States in 1946, "is the loss of the sense of sin" (Pius XII, Radio Address to the United States Catechetical Congress held in Boston [26 Oct., 1946: AAS Discorsi e Radiomessaggi, VIII (1946), 288] ).

Mother Teresa died of a heart attack on September 5, l997, on the Feast of 'Mary, Queen of the Apostles.' At the time of Mother Teresa's death, the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity numbered 3,914 members and were established in 594 communities in 123 countries of the world. Today, those numbers have greatly increased. Mother was elevated to Beatification as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta by Pope John Paul II in Rome on World Mission Sunday, October 19, 2003.

~ Barbara Kralis

December 17, 2003

Moral Chaos at the University of Notre Dame

"The sins which lead most souls to hell are sins of the flesh!" ~ Blessed Jacinta Marto

During the week of October 10-14, students at the prominent Catholic University of Notre Dame faced another assault against traditional Catholic morality on campus: "National Coming Out Day." The weeklong event included shocking pro-homosexual activities under titles such as:

-- Speak Out! Sex and Gender at Notre Dame Rally
-- Come Out of Your Closet!
-- Library Exhibit: Famous LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trasgender] Individuals
-- The Process of Coming Out: A Panel Discussion
-- "Gay? Fine by Me," T-shirt Day

An email alert advertising pro-homosexual activities circulated by a Notre Dame graduate student on October 7, stating: "All campus Masses [on Sunday, October 9] will be dedicated to creating a more welcoming environment for ND GLBTQ [gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer] students. Homilies at Mass in residence halls and the Basilica will reflect this message, and prayer cards and rainbow ribbons will be distributed during all campus Masses."

The same email also invites students to watch a film called Ma Vie En Rose. A description of the movie talks about one of the characters: "Ludvic is a young boy who can't wait to grow up to be a woman."

Notre Dame's Graduate Student Union and Sociology Department sponsored perhaps the most revolting event. According to The Observer, a life-size orange closet draped with a rainbow curtain was placed on the quad in front of the South Dining Hall. Students on their way to lunch were given pink flyers and urged to support the homosexual agenda by literally coming out of this large closet.

This week's outrage comes on the heels of other troubling pro-homosexual events. On February 10, Notre Dame hosted its second annual "Queer Film Festival," where notorious dissident Catholic speakers freely voiced their scandalous opinions. At one session, pro-homosexual Sister Jeannine Grammick is reported to have told students: "I'm beginning to believe that the greatest sin for lesbian and gay people is to want to be straight." In 1999, Pope John Paul II permanently prohibited Sister Grammick from all and any pastoral work involving homosexuals. Causing grave scandal, she ignored the order from Rome and continues to contradict Church teaching.

Another featured guest speaker at the film festival was Terrence McNally, author of "Corpus Christi," a blasphemous play that portrays Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles as homosexuals, and which the American TFP protested in 1998. Unfortunately, that is not all. A few days after the "Queer Film Festival," amid widespread opposition, the lewd feminist play "V***** Monologues" was performed on campus with the support of three university departments.

Before this appalling scenario, Notre Dame's Catholic administrators are virtually silent, if not complacent. In fact, next year's "Queer Film Festival" was already approved by Notre Dame's board of directors: "Such films should be shown and discussions on them should be held on a university campus."

Faithful Catholics at Notre Dame are extremely frustrated. As student Christian Hoeffel put it: "One of the primary reasons I chose to attend Notre Dame was because of its deep Catholic roots. Seeing the university sponsor, and often promote, events like the "Queer Film Festival," "V***** Monologues," as well as a number of pro-gay speakers really shocks me, and makes me question whether or not the University of Notre Dame is in line with the Church's teachings as it claims to be."

The Most Reverend John M. D'Arcy, bishop of the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, opposed the deplorable "Queer Film Festival" in a statement:

"This presentation is an abuse of academic freedom. Pope John Paul II makes clear the place of academic freedom when he says it must always be linked to certain values central to a Catholic university.

"Freedom is always linked to truth. In this seminar, held at a Catholic university, there is no place given to the presentation of Catholic teaching on the matter of homosexuality. The rights of others are violated. What about the rights of the church to have its teachings properly presented? What about the rights of parents of those students at Notre Dame who find the content of this seminar offensive?"

Launching a prayerful protest

The mission of a Catholic University includes counseling students away from sin, providing them with insights to the necessity and beauty of the virtue of chastity that some may have never known. As Blessed Jacinta warned: "The sins which lead most souls to hell are sins of the flesh!"

That is why TFP Student Action is launching a peaceful and prayerful protest, asking the recently elected president of the University of Notre Dame, Fr. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., to uphold Catholic morality. The success of this protest depends largely on your prayers. Please pray for the end of homosexual sin and for the perseverance of Catholic students.

Contact: TFP Student Action PA, US
John Ritchie - Director of Student Action, 717-225-7147 x 229

The Top Seven Best-Selling Halloween Masks

WARNING: These are really scary.




TRICK OR TREAT -- How it all began

Begging at the door grew from an ancient English custom of knocking at doors to beg for a "soul cake" in return for which the beggars promised to pray for the dead of the household. Soul cakes, a form of shortbread — and sometimes quite fancy, with currants for eyes — became more important for the beggars than prayers for the dead, it is said.

Florence Berger tells in her Cooking for Christ a legend of a zealous cook who vowed she would invent soul cakes to remind them of eternity at every bite. So she cut a hole in the middle and dropped it in hot fat, and lo — a doughnut. Circle that it is, it suggests the never-ending of eternity. Truth or legend, it serves a good purpose at Halloween.

The refrains sung at the door varied from "a soul cake, a soul cake, have mercy on all Christian souls for a soul cake," to the later:

Soul, soul, an apple or two,
If you haven't an apple, a pear will do,
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for the Man Who made us all.

Here they had either run out of soul cakes or plain didn't care. Charades, pantomimes, and little dramas, popular remnants of the miracle and morality plays of the Middle Ages, commonly rehearsed the folk in the reality of life after death and the means to attain it. It is probably from these that the custom of masquerading on Halloween had its beginning.

Halloween and Its Christian Roots

When you think of Halloween, what comes to mind? For a lot of people, Halloween has become synonymous with candy, costumes, scary stuff, witches, ghosts and pumpkins. But do you know the Christian connection to the holiday?

The true origins of Halloween lie with the ancient Celtic tribes who lived in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany. For the Celts, November 1 marked the beginning of a new year and the coming of winter. The night before the new year, they celebrated the festival of Samhain, Lord of the Dead. During this festival, Celts believed the souls of the dead—including ghosts, goblins and witches—returned to mingle with the living. In order to scare away the evil spirits, people would wear masks and light bonfires.

When the Romans conquered the Celts, they added their own touches to the Samhain festival, such as making centerpieces out of apples and nuts for Pomona, the Roman goddess of the orchards. The Romans also bobbed for apples and drank cider—traditions which may sound familiar to you. But where does the Christian aspect of the holiday come into play? In 835, Pope Gregory IV moved the celebration for all the martyrs (later all saints) from May 13 to November 1. The night before became known as All Hallow’s Even or “holy evening.” Eventually the name was shortened to the current Halloween. On November 2, the Church celebrates All Souls Day.

The purpose of these feasts is to remember those who have died, whether they are officially recognized by the Church as saints or not. It is a celebration of the “communion of saints,” which reminds us that the Church is not bound by space or time.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that through the communion of saints “a perennial link of charity exists between the faithful who have already reached their heavenly home, those who are expiating their sins in purgatory and those who are still pilgrims on earth. Between them there is, too, an abundant exchange of all good things” (#1475).


Sunday, October 30, 2005

The Parent Trap -- Joke of the Day

A priest stood at the church door greeting the parishioners after Mass. "Good mornin', Mr. and Mrs. O'Riley. I married you ten years ago but still you have no children?

"Indeed you did, father. We've not been blessed. My husband and I have tried but we've not been successful", said Mrs. O'Riley.

Father replied: "I'm going to Rome for a few years sabbatical. I'll light a candle for you in the great cathedral at the Vatican. Perhaps the Holy Mother will look kindly on you and your husband."

Several years later, back at the church door, greeting parishioners, the priest meets Mrs. O'Riley:

"Mrs. O'Riley, did you ever have any children?"

"Indeed I did , Father," she said pointing to a family behind her. "We've had a set of triplets, a set of twins and two singles since we last saw you."

Father replied:
"Praise be the Holy Mother. She's blessed you. But I don't see Mr. O’Riley. Is he here?"

"No, Father, he's gone to Rome to blow out your darn candle.

Mel Gibson turns from Passion to Mayan Blood Rites

In his most recent film, The Passion of the Christ, the dialogue was in Aramaic and Latin. Now Mel Gibson has announced the dialogue in his new film will be an ancient dialect called Yucatec.

Apocalypto - a Greek word meaning 'new beginning' - concerns a Maya Indian family man who 'has to overcome tremendous odds to preserve what he values the most'. The action movie - directed, produced, funded and co-written by, but not starring Gibson - will employ relatively unknown actors along with hundreds of extras speaking the Mayan tongue of Yucatec.

The Maya are people of southern Mexico and northern Central America (Guatemala, Belize, western Honduras, and El Salvador) with some 3,000 years of history. The Maya were part of the Mesoamerican Pre-Columbian cultures. Contrary to popular myth, the Maya people never "disappeared." There are an estimated 6 million Maya people living in this area at the start of the 21st century. Some are quite integrated into the modern culture of the nations in which they reside, others continue a more traditional culturally distinct life, often speaking a Maya language.

Anthropologists used to contrast the "peaceful" Mayans with the bloodthirsty Aztecs of central Mexico. Although human sacrifice was not as important to the Mayans as to the Aztec, blood sacrifice played a major role in their religion. Individuals offered up their blood, but not necessarily their lives, to the gods through painful methods using sharp instruments such as sting-ray spines or performed ritualistic self mutilation. It is probable that people of all classes shed their blood during religious rites. The king's blood sacrifice was the most valuable and took place more frequently. The Mayans were warlike and raided their neighbors for land, citizens, and captives. Some captives were subjected to the double sacrifice where the victims heart was torn out for the sun and head cut off to pour blood out for the earth.

If the violence it is handled tastefully, as it was in The Passion of the Christ, I am sure this will be another blockbuster. After all, Mel is the "Master of the Action Flick".

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Pope Makes Pilgrimage to Shrine

Today Pope Benedict XVI made an unannounced pilgrimage to the Mother of the Graces of Mentorella shrine, about 30 miles from Rome. He celebrated Mass there in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The visit fell on the 27th anniversary of the first time Pope John Paul II prayed at the shrine as pope.

Pope John Paul II had prayed at the shrine just two days before his election on Oct. 16, 1978. He returned there on October 29, 1978 at the beginning of his pontificate and several times afterwards.

The Holy Father's message on October 29, 1978 was: "Prayer... is... the first task and almost the first announcement of the Pope, just as it is the first condition of his service in the Church and in the world."

"It should never be forgotten that prayer constitutes an essential part of Christian life, understood in its fullness and centrality. Indeed, prayer is an important part of our very humanity: It is "the first expression of man's inner truth, the first condition for authentic freedom of spirit."

Pope John Paul II's Ford Sells for $690,000

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A light blue 1975 Ford Escort GL once owned by Pope John Paul II sold for $690,000 Saturday to a Houston multimillionaire who said he plans to put it in a museum he wants to build in his hometown.

"To me, it's a piece of history," said John O'Quinn, 62, a Baptist who said he has a collection of about 600 vehicles. "What a great human being Pope John Paul was."

Built 30 years ago at a Ford plant in Cologne, Germany, the car sold Saturday in what auctioneer Dean Kruse said was original papal condition - no hubcaps, no air conditioning, no radio, but with several nicks and dents.

"The car will never be driven," said O'Quinn, who said that at least temporarily it will be warehoused with his other cars. "But hopefully, in my life, I'll be able to go back and touch this car and feel the pope's spirit."

O'Quinn, a personal injury lawyer who made a fortune in a multibillion dollar Texas tobacco settlement, outbid least seven other would-be buyers.

"I'm so glad it will be preserved and be in a major city in the U.S." he said.

The seller, Jim Rich, 41, of Sugar Grove, Ill., became emotional about giving up the car to pay bankruptcy debts to his father.

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The Atheist's Prayer

Our Nothing, which art Nowhere, give us this day our daily bread, and deliver us from:

Abbots and Abbesses, Acolytes, Amish, Anabaptists, Angels, Anglicans, Animists, Anthems, Anthropomorphists, Apocalypses, Appolinarianists, Archbishops, Archdeacons, Archimandrites, Augustinians, Ayatollahs, Bahaists, Baptists, Benedictines, Bibles, Bishops including Bishops of Rome, Blackfriars, Bonzes, Brahmism and Brahmists, Buddhism and Buddhists, Calvinists, Canon Laws, Canons, Canticles, Cargo Cultists, Carmelites, Carthusians, Catholics, Chaplains, Chorales, Christadelphians, Christian Scientists, Christmas, Carmelites, Choristers, Church Bell Ringers, Churches, Church Organists, Churchwardens, Cistercians, Commandments, Complines, Conclaves, Confucianism and Confucianists, Consistories, Copts, Credos, Creeds, Crucifers, Crusaders and Crusades, Cults, Curates, Curia, Deacons and Deaconesses, Deans, Decalogues, Dominicans, Doxologies, Dukhobors, Encyclicals, Epiphanies, Epistles, Evangelists, Exclusive Brethren, Existentialists, Exorcists, Franciscans, Friars, Fundamentalists, Gnostics, Gods and Goddesses, Gospels, Graces, Greyfriars, High Masses, Hindus and Hinduism, Holy Days, Holy Fathers, Holy Ghosts, Holy Joes, Holy Rollers, Holy Wars, Hymns, Imams, Inquisitions, Introits, Islam and Islamic Fundamentalists, Jacobins, Jains, Jehovah's Witnesses, (especially Jehovah's Witnesses!), Jesuits, Jihads, Judaism, Kingdom Halls, Korans, Kyrie Eleisons, Lamas, Lampadaries, Latter Day Saints, Lauds, Litanies, Liturgies, Lutherans, Masses, Matins, Medicine Men, Mennonites, Messiahs, Methodists, Metropolitans, Ministers, Moderators, Monotheists, Monsignors, Mosques, Moonies, Mormons, Moslems, Muezzins, Mystics, Nones, Novenae, Nuncios, Ordinands, Orisons, Padres, Pantheists, Papal Bulls, Parsees, Parsons, Pastors, Patriarchs, Pentecostalists, Plymouth Brethren, Polytheists, Pontifexes, Pontiffs, Popes, Prayers, Prebendaries, Precentors, Prelates, Presbyterians, Presbyters, Priests, Primates (non-animal), Primes, Priors, Proctors, Protestants, Psalms, Puritans, Quakers, Rabbis, Rastafarians, Rectors, Religious Tracts, Requiems, Responses, Rural Deans, Sacraments, Sacristans, Saint's Days, Saints, Salvationists, Satanists, Scientologists, Scriptures, Sects, Sermons, Seventh Day Adventists, Sextons, Sexts, Shakers, Shamen, Shia Moslems, Sidesmen, Sikhs and Sikhism, Sky Pilots, Sons (and possibly Daughters) of God, Suffragans, Sunday Schools, Sunni Moslems, Synagogues, Synods, Tabernacles, Taoists, Temples, Theocrats, Theologians, Theosophists, Theriomorphists, Tierces, Tithes, Tridentine Masses, Ultramontists, Unitarians, Ushers, Venerables, Vergers, Versicles, Vesters, Vicars and Vicars of Christ, Wee Frees, Wesleyans, Whitefriars, Witchdoctors, Zen Buddhists and Zen Buddhism, Zoroastrianists and Zoroastrianism.

P.S. Don't forget the bread!

- Anonymous writer

My Favorite Candidate for the Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, appointed by
G.H.W. Bush, 54 years old
Lots of recent buzz for Judge Williams, known best
in constitutional law circles for writing the
opinion that said the Miranda warnings are not
constitutional requirements. The Supreme Court
reversed her. If you can't beat em, join em!

New World Man presents: My favorite candidate for the Supreme Court
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On the basis of 12 questions, I came up with this result. I don't know much about this person other than she has a nice smile. Maybe that would be enough to qualify her for the position. The Anchoress has some interesting comments to make about this.

What is your favorite Halloween candy?

If you selected the third image, you are correct. Catholic Ragemonkey asked this question. Actually, it took less than five minutes for us to select the Halloween candy for the Trick or Treaters this year. We chose the same kind we do every year -- Reese's Peanut Butter Cups -- my husband Bill's favorite. That way we never have any left-overs.

However, if you do have too many Three Musketeers left over this year, here are some suggestions for what to do with it.

Three Musketeers has been my favorite since I was a child. They first came on the market in 1932 -- a year or two before I was born.

Pro-life Quote of the Day

"When the time comes, as it surely will, when we face that awesome moment, the final judgment, I've often thought, as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone standing before God -- and a terror will rip your soul like nothing you can imagine. But I really think that those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think there'll be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next world -- and they will plead for everyone who has been in this movement. They will say to God, 'Spare him, because he loved us!'"

~Congressman Henry Hyde

Friday, October 28, 2005

Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles

The name of St. Simon usually appears eleventh in the list of the apostles. The first cousin of Jesus, he was born at Cana and is surnamed "The Zealot." He preached in Egypt, Spain, and Lybia, leaving behind him the fertile hills of Galilee, where he had been engaged in the healthful cultivation of the vineyards and olive gardens. He later rejoined his brother, Saint Jude, in Persia, where they preached and died as martyrs together.

St. Jude, also called Thaddeus or "Courageous", is the author of the short epistle in the New Testament. He was the apostle who asked the Lord at the Last Supper why he had manifested himself only to the disciples and not to the whole world (John 14:22).

Sts. Simon and Jude left the comfort and safety of their secure environment to go out into the world and to preach the gospel, converting many hearts. As simple farmers, they appear to be the least likely candidates to be called to perform such a great task for the Lord. However, the Lord chooses the simple and and the weak and empowers them with grace to do the "impossible." Let us pray that we, too, will be obedient to the Lord in the little tasks He calls us to do each day so that we, too, can carry out His will in our lives and draw others to Him -- an accomplishment which would otherwise be impossible without our permission and acceptance of the gift His grace.


You revealed yourself to us through the preaching of your apostles Simon and Jude. Help us follow their example, to draw others to You through our actions today, as we perform our daily duties and endeavor to carry out your holy will in our lives. Amen.

Thursday, October 27, 2005


Call the White House now and let them know you want a Pro-Life person to be nominated for the Supreme Court.

Click here for White House contact information.

Remember to be nice.

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WASHINGTON, October 27, 2005 ( - Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination to the Supreme Court Thursday as a result of growing opposition to her selection. President Bush has "reluctantly" accepted her decision.

See the President's official statment on the withdrawal
President's Statement on Harriet Miers' Supreme Court Nomination Withdrawal

Miers Withdrawal letter

More to come.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Joke of the Day

RAY NAGIN, the mayor of New Orleans was asked about his position on Roe Vs Wade.

He said he didn't really care how people got out of the city.

~ via DJ Smith

Witty Quotes from Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

When I was growing up, I loved watching Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on TV and our whole family enjoyed his wonderful sense of humor. The following is just a small sampling of that.

"There are 200 million poor in the world who would gladly take the vow of poverty if they could eat, dress and have a home like I do."

It's like being a Knight of the Garter. It's an honor, but it doesn't hold up anything."

"An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support."

"Baloney is the unvarnished lie laid on so thick you hate it. Blarney is flattery laid on so thin you love it."

“Never measure your generosity by what you give, but rather by what you have left.”

"Love is a mutual self-giving which ends in self-recovery."

"Hearing nuns' confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn."

Fr. Antoine to Appear on EWTN's Life on the Rock

On Thursday, November 3rd, at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time, Fr. Francis Mary will be interviewing Fr. Antoine Thomas on EWTN's Life on the Rock. Fr. Antoine belongs to the Congregation of St. John, one of the fastest growing religious orders within the Catholic Church. I can say from first hand experience that Fr. Antoine is one of the most interesting and informative spiritual instructors I have ever known. This is a program you won't want to miss.

A Pro-life Treat

For a pro-life treat, check out "Believe whatever you want, just don't kill me" at Thirsty Scribe -- a personal meeting with Fr. Frank Pavone, Founder of Priests for Life.


VATICAN CITY, OCT 26, 2005 (VIS) - Today's general audience, held in St. Peter's Square, was attended by 50,000 people who heard the Pope speak on the subject of the Canticle from the Letter to the Philippians, "Christ, Servant of God."

Benedict XVI explained how the text contains "a double movement." The first highlights Christ's sacrifice "even to the humiliation of death on the Cross," the second "reveals Christ's paschal glory which, following death, reappears in the splendor of His divine majesty."

The Father "exalts" the Son, said the Pope, and such exaltation "is expressed not only by His enthronement at the right hand of God, but also by bestowing on Christ 'the name which is above every name,' ... the most exalted 'name,' that of 'Lord,' which belongs to God Himself."

"On the one hand, then, is the recognition of the universal lordship of Jesus Christ, Who receives homage from all creation, ... While on the other, is the acclamation of the faith, which declares Christ to exist in divine form, presenting Him as worthy of adoration."

"In this hymn," the Holy Father went on, "the reference to the scandal of the cross ... culminates with the event of the resurrection. The Son's sacrificial obedience is followed by the Father's glorifying response, echoed by the adoration of humanity and creation. ... The plan of salvation is totally fulfilled in the Son, and the faithful are invited - especially in the liturgy - to proclaim it and to reap its fruits."

"Let us seek to ensure that our thoughts and actions conform to Jesus' sentiments," the Pope then added in off-the-cuff remarks. "If we follow this path, if our thoughts and actions conform to the Lord, we live well and follow the correct path. The tenderness of God is a great consolation to us, but also a great daily responsibility."

At the end of the general audience, the Holy Father addressed a special greeting to a group of children from the "Citta di Speranza" (City of Hope) hospital in Padua, Italy. The structure came into being in 1994 with the dual aim of building a new department of pediatric onco-hematology, which was inaugurated two years later, and to support research into childhood cancer.

"As we heard during the catechesis," the Holy Father told the children, "the cross of Christ brings us to understand the true meaning of suffering and pain. Unite yourselves spiritually to the Crucified Christ, and abandon yourselves in the hands of Mary, constantly invoking her in the Rosary."

Benedict XVI concluded by recalling that October, the month dedicated to the Rosary, is drawing to a close. "I invite you to recite with devotion this prayer, so dear to Christian people. Let us pray for the many needs of the Church and the world, especially for people hit by earthquakes and by physical and environmental calamities."

Go White Sox!

As a St, Louis Cardinals fan, I was disappointed when the Cardinals dropped out of the World Series in the play-offs, but am now rooting for my dad's favorite team -- the Chicago White Sox. I am sure he's cheering them on from Heaven and probably has asked God to post some angels in the outfield. Raised just south of Chicago, I do feel some loyalty toward the "Irish Catholic" team and wish I could join the other Catholics in the area who have been cheering them on.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Which Book of the Bible Are You?

You are Psalms
You are Psalms.

Which book of the Bible are you?
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Via Confessions of a Hot Carmel Sundae.

Humor for the Day

This is too funny!

The Humorous Mysteries of the Rosary from The Sacred and the Profane

New Poll: Most Americans Oppose Abortion

A new poll conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University shows a majority of Americans say abortions should either always be illegal or that abortions should be allowed in only very rare circumstances. In summary, most Americans oppose most abortions.

The Pill: A human time bomb

‘Promises turned peril”

Freed from “bondage”!

“In 1963 a similar bomb [to the A bomb] was dropped on the US.”

“..the pharmaceutical companies deny any possibility of their Golden Goose..”

March 17th, 2000 - On the feast of St. Patrick, Thomas Wilson Ferebee, the bombardier who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in World War II, died at 81. Ferebee was 26 on Aug. 6, 1945, when the B-29 Enola Gay took off for Japan with the first nuclear weapon ever deployed. Ferebee once stated that he never felt guilty but was sorry the bomb killed so many.

America's bombing of Hiroshima and the blast at Nagasaki three days later left more than 100,000 dead and led to the end of the war.

In 1963, a similar bomb was dropped on the United States. It was an atomic time bomb. The atoms in this bomb were not split as in the bomb that fell twice in Japan but these atoms were joined by similar chemistry to come together and form a chemical entity now known as "the pill". It was dropped with much the same media hype and much the same response by Americans. "We are free, we have won the war!" The first war was with Japan. This war was with The Catholic Church! Now, finally, the church had been blasted into submission. Many of her subjects, lay and religious alike gleefully proclaimed that the church's centuries old teaching regarding Christian Marriage and Human Sexuality was now antiquated. The dawning of the new age of "antiovulants" would now set women free from the bondage of their sexuality, from the bondage of unwanted pregnancies.

To the surprise and dismay of many, the Church, battered and torn, led by the Holy Spirit, would emerge in the face of staunch opposition, much of it from within her own ranks, to proclaim in Humanae Vitae that artificial contraception was "always a grave evil." The two greatest events that occurred in the twentieth century, which would change the world forever, were the Second Vatican Council and the introduction of the birth control pill. Both events occurred within months of each other. The battle lines of good and evil were drawn.

Several decades since the dawning of the new age of enlightenment which the pill heralded and the intervention of the Holy Spirit in Vatican II, the wisdom of the Catholic Church is once again emerging as the true protector of mankind and especially of women and unborn children. The pill and its various cousins delivered in pharmaceutically elegant fashion such as inserts, patches, injections, etc. are turning up their deadly side effects much as occurred year after passing year with nuclear exposure. The atomic bomb killed instantly but for years to come, day after day it would continue its killing in ever so sinister a manner. The American pill manufacturers and their allies throughout the world have found willing multitudes to ingest the lies and "promises turned peril" called steroidal hormonal contraceptives which begin releasing their radiation from the first day of ingestion, insertion or injection. The clock begins ticking. In every case, when the casualties begin from the chemical "fall-in", the physicians, the pharmacists and most of all the pharmaceutical companies deny any possible implication of their "Golden Goose" - artificial hormonal contraceptives.

When I visited the Atomic Bomb museum in Nagasaki, in December of 1997, the similarity between the radiation sickness caused by nuclear exposure and that caused by artificial steroidal hormones used in contraceptives was striking. As one reads down the list of side effects listed in a pill insert and one walks through the halls of the Atomic Bomb museum, a parallel becomes immediately apparent.

A Uranium bomb was dropped at Hiroshima followed by a much more destructive Plutonium bomb at Nagasaki three days later. The time bombs (sic birth control pills) released in the United States were done the opposite way. The first bomb to drop was too strong and the gleeful victims, clamoring for relief from their fertility, were complaining excessively. With such a willing cadre of women anxious to try the newest hormonal experiment, everyone looked the other way while new dosages, new combinations, new protocol, (literally ad nauseam since that was the most common complaint encountered by women often causing them to discontinue the pill), as each pharmaceutical company tried to increase their bottom line by producing these extremely profitable chemicals. Each company lowered or changed the dosages, promising each time that the problems had been fixed, and each time similar or other problems arose. Every formulation since 1963, regardless of chemical content, has had two things in common. The unknown long term potential for disastrous results in the future was always present and every formulation altered the uterine lining. Every woman's uterus becomes much less receptive to implantation of any embryos that may be developing; thus the possibility of unknowingly aborting an unborn child is always present while women use these products for family planning.

Radiation sickness, the disease caused by excessive exposure to radioactive chemicals, normally manifests itself within a month or so, depending on the extent of exposure, by making a person feel sick. The sickness is most commonly nausea and listlessness. The most common complaint of women on birth control pills is that they feel sick after the second or third month. They are nauseated, listless and generally don't feel well.

Other effects of radiation sickness are headaches, nervousness, depression, insomnia, hair loss, changes in menstrual flow, decreased fertility and susceptibility to disease because of immune system damage that prevents proper healing. Women on birth control pills experience similar problems. These women have a much greater need for antibiotics and antifungal agents especially for vaginal yeast infections than women who don't take the pill.

When birth control pills were first introduced there were only a handful of STDs in existence. After three generations of ingestion of these internal nuclear reactors by women worldwide, there are well over a hundred now running rampant with no respect for age, culture or race.

What are the effects of radiation (sic birth control pills) on mankind? Our ignorance of this subject seems to be even greater today than when the dawn of the Atomic Age occurred. With radioactivity and birth control pills, there are many unanswered questions. The world has come to understand nuclear energy as a power no sensible person wishes to see unharnessed. Hormonal steroids are proliferated and randomly ingested with carelessness and an abandonment which runs counter to right reason. The physiological effects caused by radiation sickness and the side effects occurring in women on the pill are strikingly similar.

Quote from The Careless Atom - pg. 104:

"Effects of radiation are divided into two classes by most scientists - somatic effects and genetic effects. The first refers to the effects of radiation on an exposed person's body (soma); the other refers to the effects on his progeny. Both kinds of effects are believed to be due to the same causes - the disruption by radiation of a cell's basic self regulatory machinery."

he pill acts exactly the same. The pill disrupts the basic self-regulatory function of every cell in a woman's body. As in radiation exposure, whether this disruption eventually results in disease or in inherited malformation seems to depend simply on which of the body's cells is affected.

Because the cell is a complex of interdependent processes,disturbance of one process resonates through the entire system, causing a chain of tiny disturbances. Once radiation or the pill disturbs the complex living system of the human body, no one can predict the ultimate consequences.

Still more mysterious are two other similarities between the effects of radiation and the effects of the pill.

The first is the stimulating effect on plants of radiation as well as artificial female steroidal hormones. Almost immediately after the bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, everything turned green.

Quoting from Hiroshima, pg. 91: "Up through the wreckage of the city, in gutters, along the riverbanks, tangled among tiles and tin roofing, climbing on charred tree trunks - was a blanket of fresh, vivid, lush, optimistic green; the verdancy rose even from the foundations of ruined houses." Any pharmacist practicing for any length of time has been approached and asked whether he has any outdated birth control pills for use on plants. It seems as though the addition of birth control pills to a plant's diet makes many of them flourish and thrive as no other fertilizer can. The second is much more eerie and troublesome. It is the life-shortening effect.

Exposed to low doses of radiation over long periods of time, a wide range of animals and insects show no visible damage, except that their lives become shorter. Radiation has somehow accelerated the aging process. Very little is known about how radiation shortens lives, but it is generally held that it does so by speeding up the normal process of aging. Birth control pills cause "aging" of a woman's uterus. A general rule of thumb is that for every year a woman takes the pill, her uterus ages two years. Women, especially young women under the age of 25, taking the pill have a considerably higher rate of cancer, especially cervical cancer, than women who don't take the pill. Increased rates of vascular diseases, cancers, and diabetes all suggest that our self-radiation with birth control chemicals is causing an overall life shortening.

Fibromyalgia, a "new" disease identified in 1976, thirteen years after the pill was introduced, manifests itself by causing many "old-age" symptoms such as chronic pain, rheumatism, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome. Fibromyalgia occurs almost exclusively in women who have taken the pill. (US Pharmacist, December 1997)

A paraphrase of the concluding statement I made to the Japanese Health Ministry when I presented evidence to them as to why Japan should continue to ban the use of the pill for contraception seems appropriate here also.

Steroidal contraceptives are truly a time bomb. They were introduced into the U.S. and other countries in the 1960s. The fall out has been much more encompassing than any nuclear explosion. The pill was - and still is - promoted by the most trusted of institutions - medicine and government. Is this time bomb which has been the cause of so much human misery, various cancers, STDs and AIDS, along with the concomitant governmental expenditures necessary to address this plague, going to be allowed to continue?

I hope not!


1. Atomic Bombadier dies at 81. (17 March 2000). The Houma Courier, p 2A

2. Hersey, J. (1946) Hiroshima. New York; Alfred Knopf

3. Ibid, p. 108

4. Marshall, R. et al, (1991) Blessed Are the Barren, San Francisco, Ignatius Press, p. 313

5. Novick, S., (1969) The Careless Atom, Boston, Houghton-Mifflin Co,

p. 104

6. Ibid. p. 107

7. Rospond, R. et al, (1997) Fibromyalgia, U.S. Pharmacist, December, p. 41

“..the dawning of the new age of ‘anti-ovulants’ would now set women free from the bondage [sic] of their sexuality, from unwanted pregnancies..”

~Lloyd J DuPlantis Jr, PD
Beginnings: The Pharmacy Pro-Life News of Record
Volume XVI Issue 2 (114) Special Combined Issue

Fr. Frank Pavone: Blessing the Grave

I recently had the privilege of blessing the grave of Terri Schindler-Schiavo, who was murdered on March 31, 2005 by dehydration. Her grave is not far from the place where she died, and where people from around the world had gathered to protest and pray.

Those who visit the gravestone, however, will notice something highly unusual. While on most graves there is an inscription of two dates - when the person was born and when he or she died - on Terri's there are three. Here's exactly what the grave says:

Born December 3, 1963

Departed this Earth February 25, 1990

At Peace March 31, 2005

The whole world knows that she died on March 31, 2005. National and global media were present at the scene for days, covering every detail. Media were present again when I preached at her funeral mass. We know when she died.

But her gravestone has become a pulpit for the euthanasia movement. Those who killed her are now using her grave as a platform for their twisted ideology. What they are trying to say is that once her brain was injured in 1990 and she was no longer functioning like most of us, she wasn’t one of us anymore. She "departed this earth."

This is actually a variation on an ancient heresy, which says that we are really spirits inhabiting a body. Terri couldn't communicate normally. So, her "spirit" must have left her. The body was just a shell left behind. Those who believe she "departed this earth" in 1990 can therefore pretend it was
OK to kill her in 2005. After all, it wasn't really her. She was already gone.

This is heresy, because Christianity teaches that we are a unity of body and soul, not simply a soul "using" a body. The body matters. What we do to the body, we do to the person.

Moreover, the gravestone inscription is a deep insult to all who are disabled, and to all those who love and care for them. Should they be considered already dead, too? Are we just wasting our time caring for them? Euthanasia advocates would have us think so.

A recent news story about a disabled unborn child quoted one as saying,"There's no human life there." Isn't that the same idea? They think the baby has already "departed this earth," so they don't hesitate to abort the body.

As I blessed Terri's grave, I also prayed that God's people would be kept safe from this falsehood. And I recalled being in Terri's room the day she died. I remembered her face, dehydrated from not having had a drop of water in two weeks. I recalled seeing the flowers, inches away, on her night table. They were immersed in water. And as I left the grave, I gave a final glance to the vase of flowers that was standing by the stone.

[Note: Personal notes of condolence for Terri's family can be forwarded to, and Fr. Frank will deliver them.]

Monday, October 24, 2005

Pope's First Encyclical Due in December

Pope Benedict has written his first encyclical, which is expected to be published before the end of the year, deals with one's personal relationship with God.

The work is just under 50 pages long and is expected be published to coincide with the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8. according to a Vatican source.


New Study: Abortion More Than Doubles the Risk of Child Abuse

Now a new study by a post-abortion research institute and Bowling Green State University professors finds that women who have abortions are more likely to abuse their children.

Published in the medical journal Acta Paediatrica, the study found that women who have had abortions are 2.4 times more likely to physically abuse their children. Pro-life advocates say it proves the need for providing women with post-abortion counseling to help deal with the emotional trauma of the abortion.

Dean: Republicans should not have interfered in The Schiavo Case

Howard Dean -- well-known for his loud mouth, his idiotic, inane comments, and his far left immoral radical views is blaming Republicans for trying to save the life of an innocent woman. Dean has the nerve to talk about ethics here -- can you believe it? This is truly the most ridiculous news item of the day!

St. Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop (1807 - 1870)

Today is the feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret -- a favorite saint that my husband introduced me to several years ago when he gave a teaching on this amazing man of God. I don't think I have heard of any saint who was filled with so much zeal for his apostacy. He was a monk and a mystic who exerted an unusual amount of influence over the laity by obeying the call of God.

Born on Christmas eve, 1807, in the village of Sallent, in Catalonia, Spain, Anthony was a very pious child. In his youth, Anthony Claret excelled as a maker of cloth as a weaver in his father's textile factory. He then studied for the priesthood, desiring to be a Jesuit. Ill health prevented him from entering the Order, so he served as a secular priest. He busied himself preaching in rural areas, organizing conferences for clergy, and writing. Zeal for the salvation of souls spurred him on to preach an estimated 25,000 sermons, write 144 books, and preach countless missions. During his mission work, he accepted no money and walked everywhere -- from town to town through rugged terrain. He had but one pair of shoes, one set of clothes and a few books. He neither ate meat nor drank wine, and slept only 3 - 5 hours per night.

After one remarkable mission, Father Claret's bishop wrote: "this town has never seen the likes of this. Enemies are at peace. Scandals have been ended. Broken marriages are repaired. Restitutions have been made. No one can withstand the fire of his preaching, the kindness of his manner. Everyone, even the proudest, fall at his feet."

In 1848 he established a publishing house at Barcelona and in the following year, founded the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, or the "Claretians". Shortly thereafter, he was appointed Archbishop of Santiago in Cuba, where he worked for six years to organize and evangelize his diocese. During that time, he visited every parish in his diocese four times (Some of these had not seen a bishop in 60 years) and conducted missions in each one, plus confirmed those who had not been (300,000), and recitified the invalid marriages (9,000). He also founded another new congregation, the Sisters of Mary Immaculate, dedicated to the instruction of the young.

Miracles surrounded his work, and he possessed the gift of prophecy and the reading of hearts. He often saw Our Lord and Our Lady (to whom he was especially devoted), receiving from them instruction, encouragement, and prophecies. At the request of our Blessed Mother, he spread devotion to the Holy Rosary and was considered to be a latter day St. Dominic.

During a single day's visit to the city, he would preach to the local clergy, to several convents of nuns, and (in the evening)to the laity, besides hearing confessions much of the day. For his miracles and preaching, the Spainards called him another St. Vincent Ferrer.

Though he avoided politics, both political parties considered him to be Spain's most influential man. He was so hated by the revolutionaries that they tried to kill him no less than 14 times and were still searching for him as he lay dying, an old man in exile.

St. Anthony Mary Claret died in the Cistercian monastery at Fontfroide in southern France on October 24,1870 and was canonized in 1950.

Into his 35 years as a priest he packed 100 years of work.

Favorite Quote:

“A son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a man who is consumed with love and who sets on fire everything in his path. He is a man who unceasingly expends himself to light the fire of divine love in the world. Nothing stops him; he places his joy in privations, he undertakes all works for the glory of God; he embraces willingly every sacrifice, he is happy in the midst of calumnies; he exults in torments. He can think of but one thing — working, suffering, and seeking at all times the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls, to imitate Our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Recommended Reading:

The Autobiography of St. Anthony Mary Claret, TAN BOOKS And Publishers, INC. Rockford, IL, 1985.

The Life of St. Mary Anthony Claret, Fanchon Royer, TAN BOOKS AND PUBLISHERS INC., Rockford, IL, 1985.

Miracles of St. Anthony Mary Claret, Fr. Juan Echevarria, TAN BOOKS AND PUBLISHERS, INC., Rockford, IL

Diocese of Dallas: Miers has never been Catholic

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas reports, that contrary to mainstream media reports, Miers has never been a Catholic. The liberal media is constantly generating so much propaganda to get people turned off by anyone President Bush nominates that this isn't the least bit surprising to me.

Catholics Block Door to Church

It is both shocking and sad that this could happen to a Catholic Church. I have never heard of anything like this happening before.

The Queen of the Occult Returns to Her Roman Catholic Roots

This is quite a conversion story. I would like to see Ann Rice on The Journey Home to tell it in her own words. Newsweek calls it "the most startling public turnaround since Bob Dylan's 'Slow Train Coming' announced that he'd been born again."

Friday, October 21, 2005

What Random Object of Nature Are You?

You are like a Cloud. Caring, peaceful, dreaming
and sometimes bossy. You can be dissapointed
very easily sometimes but it won't happen to
you that often because you are a great person
and a great friend. People love your kindness
and calm appearance.

It sounds good, but I don't know about the bossy part ... hmm... let's just call it leadership or supervisory skills.

Ten Things it took me 50 years to learn

1) Never take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

2) There can be a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

3) You should never confuse your career with your life.

4) No matter what happens in life, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.

5) Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

6) Never lick a steak knife.

7) Take out the fortune before you eat the cookie.

8) The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.

9) Nobody can give me a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.

10) A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter is not a nice person.

--- Author Unknown


Father Alberto Hurtado was a Jesuit priest born in Viña del mar, Chile on January 22, 1901. He was beatified in 1994. His ministry was directed to the youth in St. Ignatius school and the Catholic University of Chile. He died on August 18th, 1952.

Maria Alicia Cabezas worked at Christ's Home, the sanctuary founded by Father Alberto. In July, 1990 she miraculously survived three serious hemorrahages through the intercession of Father Alberto Hurtado. This first miracle attributed to him was approved by the Holy See.

His story will be broadcast on EWTN on
Friday October 21, 2005 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Fr. Hurtado is one of five blesseds to be cannonized this coming Sunday, October 23. The other future saints are: Jozef Bilczewski, archbishop of Lviv of the Latins (1860 - 1923); Gaetano Catanoso, priest, founder of the Congregation of the Veronica Sisters of the Holy Countenance (1879 - 1963); Zygmunt Gorazdowski, priest, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph (1845 - 1920); and Felice da Nicosia, of the Friars Minor Capuchin (1715 - 1787).

Students Protesting Abortion

On October 25, 2005 students from around the country will remain silent, in solidarity with the over 4000 babies killed that day by surgical abortion. Students will wear a red arm band or red Duct Tape with the word life written on it to identify themselves as taking part in the day of solidarity. Students will also carry flyers that explain why they are remaining silent for the day. Go here for more information.

Abortion Hospital Paid $1 per Pound to Dump Dead Babies Bodies

PITTSBURGH, October 20, 2005 ( An ex-funeral director is facing charges for corpse abuse for failing to incinerate the corpses of 19 dead babies. Authorities, however, found the corpses of more than 300 babies, but because the remaining babies were either aborted, miscarried or stillborn, they are not considered persons.

Charges were laid only for those infants who were born alive but died shortly thereafter. Robert B. Winston Jr., 61, had a contract with Magee-Womens Hospital to cremate the remains at a rate of $1 per pound. The man’s lawyer said he failed to cremate the bodies, which were found in his garage, because he could not afford to.

Traditional Families are IN!

"In a recent poll on religion and the family conducted for RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research Inc., almost three quarters of all Americans agree that 'God's plan for marriage is one man, one woman, for life.'

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World Catholic population growing

Oct. 21 (FIDES/ - The world's Catholic population increased by over 15 million in 2003 (the last year for which full statistics are available), accordino to figures compiled by the Fides news service. The number of Catholics grew significantly on every continent but Europe, where it fell by 214,000.
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The fact that the world's catholic population is growing is good news -- the gospel of life and the Roe effect are increasing our numbers. Catholics are evangelizing and take the Word of God into the market place and both conversions and reversions are occuring.

However, the plight of our European brothers and sisters saddens me. I was once told that Pope John Paul II saw the Americas as the future of Catholicism, but I don't understand how Europe got into the shape they are in today. Many of our greatest saints are from France, Spain, and Italy. For years, I thought I would love to travel to the many shrines and apparition sites in Europe so as to attain the special graces that so many Europeans have easy access to -- surely Lourdes would be the perfect spot for both physical and spiritual healing.

This article from George Weigel is interesting, but somehow I still feel like I am missing a historical or philisophical explanation of how this happened. Can anyone recommend a book on this topic?

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Joke for the Day

A Catholic teacher had 40 students in one class. After leading her students into church for daily Mass, she noticed one of the boys acting up. She coughed, then cleared her throat. Finally, in exasperation, she hissed, “Neil!”

Immediately, all 40 students dropped to their knees.

The Culture of Life Foundation & Institute: Origins And Healing Of Homosexual Attractions & Behaviors

At the present time most Catholics have little to no understanding of the emotional causes of homosexual attractions and behavior nor of the powerful role that Catholic spirituality can play in the healing of this disorder. The reasons for this state of ignorance are numerous and include the scant literature available on the value of the Catholic Faith and sacraments in the resolution of homosexual attractions and acts; failure of traditional therapy to resolve homosexual behavior; views within the American Psychiatric and Psychological Associations that homosexuality is not a disorder; and the influence of powerful groups within the media and educational, social service, health and political fields. In addition, there are many factions within the Church herself that are opposed to and are attempting to undermine traditional Catholic moral doctrine on this issue.

The failure to understand the actual causes of homosexuality impacts those who counsel teenagers and adults with this disorder. Therapists regularly tell those seeking help that the Church’s teaching on homosexuality is insensitive to homosexuals, unscientific, and erroneous. They are advised to accept themselves as being created homosexual by God. Unfortunately, those giving such counsel usually have little awareness of the emotional conflicts leading to homosexual attractions nor of the healing power available with forgiveness and Catholic spirituality.

In my clinical experience over the past twenty years I have witnessed the resolution of the emotional pain which caused homosexual temptations and behavior in several hundred males and females. Their process of healing occurred, first, through insight-oriented psychotherapy to identify the origins of their conflicts and then through the use of forgiveness and Catholic spirituality. Such a treatment approach is similar in ways to the employment of spirituality in the treatment of substance abuse disorders. In fact, major breakthroughs were made in the management of addictive disorders only after a reliance on God was made the cornerstone of the treatment plan. Prior to that time, traditional psychotherapy alone resulted in minimal improvement. The use of Catholic spirituality in the treatment of homosexuality follows a similar pattern.

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Divine forgiveness is theme of papal audience

Vatican, Oct. 19 ( - Christians should see God not an as implacable sovereign but as a loving father, Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) said at his weekly public audience on October 19.

Speaking to about 40,000 people, as yet another large crowd gathered in St. Peter's square for the Wednesday audience, the Holy Father offered a meditation on Psalm 129, noting that it is "one of the best-known and most loved psalms of the Christian tradition."

This psalm, with its familiar phrase "out of the depths I cry to thee," illustrates the sinner's comprehension of his own iniquity, the Pope said. (Breaking from his prepared text, and looking up at the gray overcast skies above Rome, he commented that the weather seemed to be appropriate for penitential devotions.) But no matter how low a sinner might sink, God is prepared to welcome him back, the Pope continued.

In Psalm 129, the Pope said, the sinner recognizes God's immense mercy, as "the supplication of De Profundis, from the dark abyss of sin, reaches up to God's luminous horizon." It is God's mercy, rather than the fear of punishment, that should rouse awe in the believer, he said.

Pope Benedict concluded his remarks by citing the words of St. Ambrose: "Never lose hope in divine forgiveness, however great your sin."

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Fr. Benedict Groeschel UNITY Award Finalist

The United Catholic Music and Video Association has announced the finalists for this year's UNITY Awards. Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, founding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, (Bronx, NY) and EWTN television personality was named a finalist for his recording of the new Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, “The Rosary is a Luminous Place”, once again teaming up with the well-known, Catholic singer-songwriter Simonetta.

Fr. Groeschel’s previous award winning recording “The Rosary is a Place” is now considered complete with the addition of the new mysteries first suggested by Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter, Rosarium Virginus Mariae.

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Sts. John de Brebeuf, Issac Jogues, and the North American Martyrs -- Christian Models for Pro-life Activists

Eight French Jesuit missionaries came to North America in the 17th century, amidst the hardships of sickness and extreme poverty, to bring the Word of God to the native Indians. They endured many horrific tortures and death in order to accomplish what they had set out to do.

In 1625, St. John de Brebuf, at age 32, entered into the Huron tribe in the harsh frontier of Canada. John had tuberculosis, but the climate so agreed with him that the Hurons, surprised at his endurance, called him Echon, which meant load bearer. John was tortured and martyred in 1649. The Indians, hoping to gain the incredible strength he had, drank his blood.

St. Issac Jogues was sent to Canada in 1636, where he worked among the Mowhawks. He was taken captive by the Iroquois in 1642 and imprisoned for thirteen months, where he was kept as a slave and beaten by the women of the tribe. While in captivity, Father Jogues secretly taught and baptized the other captives and slaves of the tribe.

His greatest sorrow was the torture that cost him the use of his hands. The law of the Church is that whatever other infirmities a priest may have, he must retain the use of his hands in order to celebrate the Eucharist.

After more than a year with the Iroquois, he was rescued by Dutch settlers and returned to France. There he obtained a dispensation to continue as a priest, despite the injuries to his hands, and eagerly returned to the New World to resume his duties.

When he returned to Quebec, he was tortured, decapitated, and martyred by the Iroquois tribe.

In our society today, we seldom see red martyrs who shed their blood in order to preach the Word of God. However, there are many opportunities for white martyrdom -- to suffer persecution and ridicule -- from those we encounter on a daily basis for standing up for our beliefs and preaching the Gospel message. When we preach the message of life, we encounter resistance from a society that embraces a "culture of death" -- a society that promotes abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, same sex unions, and cloning. When we preach the gospel message, we are often attacked by those who believe the lies that promote a culture obsessed with materialism, egotism, and addictions.
When Christ's message is not preached, darkness, depression, and death prevail.

As pro-life Christians, we would need to follow the example of the North American martyrs, accepting all the graces and strength we receive through the power of prayer, the Holy Mass, and the sacraments, so that we, too, will overcome our human weaknesses, and boldly speak the truth, regardless of the consequences, so that all men will be freed from the darkness of death and come to know the Light of life -- the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

For two days now I have experienced a great desire to be a martyr and to endure all the torments the martyrs suffered.

Jesus, my Lord and savior, what can I give you in return for all the favors you have first conferred on me? I will take from your hand the cup of your sufferings and call on your name. I vow before your eternal Father and the Holy Spirit, before your most holy Mother and her most chaste spouse, before the angels, apostles and martyrs, before my blessed fathers Saint Ignatius and Saint Francis Xavier-in truth I vow to you, Jesus my savior, that as far as I have the strength I will never fail to accept the grace of martyrdom, if some day you in your infinite mercy should offer it to me, your most unworthy servant.

I bind myself in this way so that for the rest of my life I will have neither permission nor freedom to refuse opportunities of dying and shedding my blood for you, unless at a particular juncture I should consider it more suitable for your glory to act otherwise at that time. Further, I bind myself to this so that, on receiving the blow of death, I shall accept it from your hands with the fullest delight and joy of spirit. For this reason, my beloved Jesus, and because of the surging joy which moves me, here and now I offer my blood and body and life. May I die only for you, if you will grant me this grace, since you willingly died for me. Let me so live that you may grant me the gift of such a happy death. In this way, my God and savior, I will take from your hand the cup of your sufferings and call on your name: Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!

My God, it grieves me greatly that you are not known, that in this savage wilderness all have not been converted to you, that sin has not been driven from it. My God, even if all the brutal tortures which prisoners in this region must endure should fall on me, I offer myself most willingly to them and I alone shall suffer them all.

~The spiritual diaries of St John de Brebeuf

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Enjoy Your Halloween!

There has been quite a bit of blogging about Halloween lately -- Happy Catholic, The Anchoress, Minivan Mom have all written interesting posts, sharing their opinions, so I thought it was time to put in my two cents.

I enjoy Halloween -- the costumes, the popcorn balls, the taffy apples, the candy corn, little children coming to visit me in darling costumes, carving the jack-o-lantern, and watching old classic scary movies. This year my Catholic parish is having a Family Fun Night, where children of all ages dress up for an early Halloween party and parish fundraiser. My husband, Bill, who is 6'7" tall plans to go dressed as Gandalf from Lord of the Rings. I had planned to go as one of the following: Yoda, St. Francis of Assisi or St. Joan of Arc. Unable to find suitable costumes (I only sew buttons and hems.)for any of these characters, I decided to go as Eowyn. My costume isn't identical to hers, but it is regal-looking. Just trying it on made me laugh and feel a little silly -- something we all need to do every now and then.

Miers' Abortion Views Could Have Quick Impact on Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) - New revelations about Harriet Miers' views on abortion hint she would shift the Supreme Court away from abortion rights, more so than new Chief Justice John Roberts. The impact could be almost immediate.

If confirmed by the Senate, the 60-year-old who has never served as a judge would probably be thrust into a tie-breaking role on abortion cases - possibly in her first week. The court will consider reinstating a New Hampshire abortion law next month.

While her vote would not be enough to overturn Roe v. Wade, President Bush's pick would play a crucial role in deciding how far states and the federal government can go to restrict abortions.

"She will not disappoint the president early out of the box," said John Baker, a law professor at Louisiana State University.

Miers would replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the architect of a 1992 compromise that barred abortion restrictions that impose an "undue burden" on women. Because of O'Connor's influence, including her vote in a 5-4 decision in 2000 that limited state power to ban "partial-birth" abortions, the subject has become a focus of the fight over her replacement.

Conservative religious leaders contend they have received assurances that Miers opposes abortion, and information released Tuesday by senators showed that in 1989 Miers pledged support for a possible constitutional amendment that would ban abortions except when necessary to save the life of the mother.

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Harriet Miers: Proceed with Caution

Although today's article on Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers appears to be optomistic, I continue to have mixed feelings about her nomination. We still need more information on her. Concerned Women for America presents an extensive list of questions that need to be answered before pro-lifers can comfortably endorse her.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Most Ridiculous News Item of the Day: Madonna Moralizes and Judges Catholic Priests

According to the Drudge Report, Madonna --"the material girl" --believes"the beast is the modern world that we live in!" "The material world. The physical world. The world of illusion, that we think is real. We live for it, we're enslaved by it. And it will ultimately be our undoing," Madonna explains in her new documentary film.

She also states, "Most priests are gay."

I suppose strutting around on a stage half-naked belting out suggestive songs and designing a line of sexy clothes for children qualifies her as an expert on morals and spirituality. Or is it her many years of training in theology and philisophy that no one is yet aware of?

As for her statement about priests... hmm....I wonder how she knows that?
Do you suppose she conducted a scientific poll? I wonder how long it has been since she last spoke with a priest?