Sunday, May 31, 2009

Today On Catholic Fire ~ Sunday, May 31, 2009

My Personal Reaction to Tiller's Murder - A candid account

Kansas Coalition for Life Unequivocally Condemns the Shooting of Abortionist George Tiller

Post - Abortive Christian Mom Comments on Tiller's Murder

Quote of the Day: Cardinal Bernadine on Abortion

A.L.L. Statement on George Tiller Killing

Susan B. Anthony List on Tiller's Murder

Tiller's Family Releases Statement


Video: Fr. Frank Pavone on Tiller's Murder

Pro-life Leaders Condemn Tiller's Murder

Kansans for Life Deplores the Murder of Dr. George Tiller

Operation Rescue Denounces the Killing of Abortionist Tiller

Breaking: Suspect Arrested in Tiller Murder

Breaking: Late -Term Abortionist Shot to Death

Happy Feast of Pentecost


Susan Boyle in Finale of Britain's Got Talent

My Personal Reaction to Tiller's Murder

I was finishing up a late breakfast when my husband turned on the TV, which was set on KAKE (our ABC channel here in Wichita) and called to me, "You've got to see this -- Tiller's been shot!"

I was astounded! I ran downstairs to our family room and just stared at the set.

We (Catholics both inside and outside of the diocese) had just recently finished a novena -- a nine day period of prayer and fasting -- for the closing of Tiller's abortion mill and I had a sense that something powerful would happen, but never in a million years did I expect anything like this. You see, I was hoping for his conversion. I believe in miracles and I expected that, with God's grace, Tiller would eventually come around, as have a number of other abortionists who have been deceived the culture of death.

I went to the Internet to learn that he was not only shot, but that he had been murdered. I have to humbly admit that my first reaction was one of relief: Thank God, no more babies will be killed! Thank God, no more women will be maimed, injured, or murdered by this man!

Then, I began to feel sorry for Tiller and his family. His life had been taken from him before he had a chance to repent for his sins and, by the grace of God, to turn his life around. For nearly four years that (his conversion) has been my daily prayer for George Tiller. As a prayer intercessor and a pro-lifer, I had spiritually "adopted" Tiller.

Did Tiller repent as he was dying? Did his life flash before his eyes and he told God that he was sorry for his sins?

This is something none of us will know (at least in this lifetime).

Earlier this evening I visited the Adoration chapel and prayed for Tiller, his family, and his murderer. I plan to continue to pray for the repose of his soul, for comfort and healing for his family, and for repentance for his murderer. I hope that others will do the same and that this isolated act of violence will not result in one group pointing fingers at the other. Those of us in the pro-life movement abhor violence (which is why we pray for an end to the violent act of abortion) and desire to resolve our differences through dialogue, prayer, and peaceful, legal means.

We must remember that if we want peace in this world we need to love one another as God loves each one of us.

Related Posts:


Nine Days of Prayer for the Closing of Tiller's Late-Term Abortion Mill

Summer of Tears: 77 Day Novena to Close Tillers Late-Term Abortion Mill

PRAY IN MAY EVENT TO STOP ABORTION AT TILLER'S IN PROGRESS

Abortionist Converted

Other Information:


CONFESSION OF AN EX-ABORTIONIST By Dr. Bernard Nathanson

Kansas Coalition for Life Unequivocally Condemns the Shooting of Abortionist George Tiller

Although at the time of this writing, it is not known who killed Abortionist Tiller, we do know for certain that this crime was NOT the work of any true proLife person. A true proLife person respects human life as a gift from God, and leaves all life and death decisions to God Himself.

This killing – if it is in any way connected to a genuine proLife group, has the potential to set back the proLife movement by 20 years or more.

The Kansas Coalition for Life asks all reporters and commentators to make a clear distinction between lawless thugs who act on their own accord, and the good proLife people who obey the law, seeking a change in abortion laws via peaceful means and the legislative process.

It is completely misleading, for the media to imply, in any way that this is the work of the proLife movement. We urge the media to report responsibly and truthfully in this regard.

KCFL would have much preferred that Abortionist Tiller follow the footsteps of Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a former abortionist who is now one of America’s most prominent and effective proLife leaders.

In 1993 Shelly Shannon, who had no connection whatsoever to any proLife organization, brought shame on all proLife groups by her stupid action, when she attempted to kill abortionist Tiller as he entered his abortion facility on East Kellogg Drive at Bleckley Street in Wichita.ller's death comes at a time when all recent polling data shows that the peaceful proLife message has the support of a majority of American voters. We hope this terrible news does not hurt the steady progress that the proLife movement has made by peaceful legal means over the years.

Post - Abortive Christian Mom Comments on Tiller's Murder

Via Motherhood in Real Time:

George Tiller aborted babies up until due date. He was notorious. But today he was murdered in his church. This is a tragedy. I hate abortion. I hate late term abortion. I wish it was outlawed but have agreed to spend my life encouraging dialogue. My calling is to communicate to people the reasons WHY we disagree with abortions. I believe his murder put our ability as pro lifers back to the 1970's where we were known as crazy lunatics. Go here to read the rest and watch the video.

Quote of the Day: Cardinal Bernadine on Abortion

“I don’t see how you can subscribe to the consistent ethic and then vote for someone who feels that abortion is a ‘basic right’ of the individual. I know that some people on the left, if I may use that label, have used the consistent ethic to give the impression that the abortion issue is not all that important anymore, that you should be against abortion in a general way but that there are more important issues, so don’t hold anybody’s feet to the fire just on abortion. That’s a misuse of the consistent ethic, and I deplore it.”

~ Cardinal Joseph Bernardin in a front-page interview in the June 12, 1988 National Catholic Register

For more information, read
Bernardin vs. Obama in the National Catholic Register.

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A.L.L. Statement on George Tiller Killing

The following is a statement from Shaun Kenney, executive director of American Life League, on the killing of abortionist George Tiller.

"Leaders within the pro-life movement often discuss justice in connection with our mission to end the tragedy of abortion. Today, Dr. George Tiller's life ended in an act defying those principles.

With genuine sorrow, we reflect on today's events in prayer. Justice for all human beings includes the lives of those with whom we fundamentally disagree as well as the victims of abortion. We firmly hope the perpetrators of this act are apprehended, that the facts be made known, and that justice according to the law is preserved and dispensed.

Today's actions were tragic, and serve as another reminder that all human life is sacred. Pro-lifers by our nature and commitment to human rights reject violence as a means of resistance. Our thoughts and prayers indeed extend to the Tiller family and the community at Reformation Lutheran Church.

~ Via Katie Walker at American Life League.

Susan B. Anthony List on Tiller's Murder

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser offered the following statement in response to the death of abortionist George Tiller:

"The Susan B. Anthony List condemns this anti-life act in the strongest of terms. The heart of the pro-life movement is one founded in love. Without this driving powerful center no justice can possibly be achieved. Authentic progress in women's rights has always encompassed the protection of human rights of every person across the board. The rights of one human being can never be honored by diminishing or ignoring the rights of another. This week as we gather for our annual June Tea event, themed Love Lets Live, we will lift up George Tiller's loved ones in prayer."

George Tiller was shot and killed by an unidentified assailant shortly after 10 a.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Wichita, Kansas this morning. The 67-year-old was one of the few U.S. physicians who still performed late-term abortions. He had previously survived a 1993 shooting outside his clinic. Law enforcement officials are searching for an unidentified assailant who fled in a powder-blue Ford Taurus.


~ Via Christian Newswire.

Tiller's Family Releases Statement

Dan Monnat and Lee Thompson, Dr. George Tiller’s attorneys, issued the following statement today at the request of Mrs. Jeanne Tiller, the Tiller’s four children and ten grandchildren:

“Today we mourn the loss of our husband, father and grandfather. Today’s event is an unspeakable tragedy for all of us and for George’s friends and patients. This is particularly heart wrenching because George was shot down in his house of worship, a place of peace.

We would like to express the family’s thanks for the many messages of sympathy from our friends and from all across the nation. We also want to thank the law enforcement officers who are investigating this crime.

Our loss is also a loss for the City of Wichita and women across America. George dedicated his life to providing women with high-quality heath care despite frequent threats and violence. We ask that he be remembered as a good husband, father and grandfather and a dedicated servant on behalf of the rights of women everywhere."

Via KAKE News.

Video: Fr. Frank Pavone on Tiller's Murder

Fr. Pavone makes some good points here. This statement is more expansive than the one on the previous post and offers pro-lifers some words of wisdom.

Pro-life Leaders Condemn Tiller Murder

Pro-life leader statements thus far:

Priests for Life : Fr. Frank Pavone

"I am saddened to hear of the killing of George Tiller this morning. At this point, we do not know the motives of this act, or who is behind it, whether an angry post-abortive man or woman, or a misguided activist, or an enemy within the abortion industry, or a political enemy frustrated with the way Tiller has escaped prosecution. We should not jump to conclusions or rush to judgment.

"But whatever the motives, we at Priests for Life continue to insist on a culture in which violence is never seen as the solution to any problem. Every life has to be protected, without regard to their age or views or actions."

~ Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life

Operation Rescue Troy Newman

"We are shocked at this morning's disturbing news that Mr. Tiller was gunned down. Operation Rescue has worked for years through peaceful, legal means, and through the proper channels to see him brought to justice. We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning. We pray for Mr. Tiller's family that they will find comfort and healing that can only be found in Jesus Christ."

Kansans For Life : Mary Kay Culp

Kansans for Life deplores the murder of Dr. George Tiller, and we wish to express our deep and sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

Our organization has a board of directors, and a 35 year history of bringing citizens together to achieve thoughtful education and legislation on the life issues here in Kansas.

We value life, completely deplore violence, and are shocked and very upset by what happened in Wichita today.

(from my email)

Randall Terry - founder of Operation Rescue

"George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller's killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder.

Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God. We must continue to expose them in our communities and peacefully protest them at their offices and homes, and yes, even their churches."


Breaking: Suspect Arrested in Tiller Murder

Via Wichita Eagle:

The suspect in this morning's fatal shooting of George Tiller is in custody, according to emergency dispatchers.

Authorities have yet to release more information about the arrest. Wichita police have scheduled a 4 p.m. news conference to discuss the case. MORE HERE

Previous Posts:

Breaking: Late - Term Abortionist Tiller Shot to Death

Kansans for Life Deplores the Murder of Dr. George Tiller

Operation Rescue Denounces The Killing of Abortionist Tiller

Operation Rescue Denounces The Killing of Abortionist Tiller

Wichita, KS - It has been learned today that George Tiller was shot and killed while entering his church on Sunday morning, May 31.

Operation Rescue releases the following statement attributable to Troy Newman, President:

We are shocked at this morning's disturbing news that Mr. Tiller was gunned down. Operation Rescue has worked for years through peaceful, legal means, and through the proper channels to see him brought to justice. We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning. We pray for Mr. Tiller's family that they will find comfort and healing that can only be found in Jesus Christ.

Kansans for Life Deplores the Murder of Dr. George Tiller

Statement by Mary Kay Culp, State Executive Director, Kansans for Life

Kansans for Life deplores the murder of Dr. George Tiller, and we wish to express our deep and sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

Our organization has a board of directors, and a 35 year history of bringing citizens together to achieve thoughtful education and legislation on the life issues here in Kansas.

We value life, completely deplore violence, and are shocked and very upset by what happened in Wichita today.

Breaking: Late - Term Abortionist Tiller Shot to Death

Via KAKE NEWS, Wichita, KS:

Multiple sources have now confirmed for KAKE News that abortion doctor George Tiller was shot and killed this morning at his church. Authorities were called to a shooting at Reformation Lutheran Church in the 7600 block of E. 13th Street at 10:03 this morning.

Sources close to the investigation and the controversial abortion doctor confirm that George Tiller was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after emergency crews arrived. Although Police Captain Brent Allred is not formally naming the victim of the shooting, he does classify the case as "high-profile" and that the victim has been the target of violence in the past.

The suspect fled the scene and authorities are still investigating. His car is described as a powder blue or light blue Taurus with a K-State vanity plate, license number 225 BAB. He is described as a white male in his 50's or 60's, 6'1," 220 lbs, wearing a white shirt and dark pants.
The car is licensed to Merriam, Kansas.

Several church goers have been taken to City Hall for interviews.

Earlier this year, Tiller was acquitted of 19 misdemeanor criminal charges that he did not follow state law when getting a second opinion on late-term abortions. A jury acquitted Tiller of those charges on March 27.

On August 19, 1993, Tiller was shot outside his East Wichita abortion clinic by pro-life activist Shelly Shannon. He was wounded in both arms, but made a full recovery. Shannon was eventually convicted.

Update: I just heard on KAKE News that a car has been stopped in Gardner City, KS which matches the description of the suspect's car. They believe it is one lone gunman.

More Stories


Vigil Planned For Dr. Tiller

Attorney: Tiller Was Serving as Usher When He Was Shot

Anti-Abortion Group Denounces Tiller Shooting

Happy Feast of Pentecost!


"When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning. I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you."

~ St. John 15:26-27.16:12-15

My Special Anniversary

Today is a special day of celebration for me, not only because it is Pentecost, but because it is the anniversary of my lifetime Oblature with the Community of St. John.

Four years ago today, I made my promises to the Lord with the Community, which I am so blessed to be a part of.

Today, I thank God for the outpouring of graces He gave me through the Holy Spirit, to do this. What a beautiful gift!

I didn't deserve this gift, but God, in His loving kindness, generously rewarded me. As I began to lose members of my own family through illness and death, He gave me a new family, whose hearts were so full of love.

I will be forever grateful for His gift to me.

For more information about the Community of St. John, please go to the following sites:

Community of St. John, USA


Biography of Father Marie - Dominique Philippe, OP, Founder of the Community of St. John

Children of Hope

The Community of St. John

Susan Boyle in Finale of Britain's Got Talent

Although she didn't win the competition, Susan Boyle is definitely a winner in my book! Boyle is expected to land a lucrative recording contract as a result of her global fame and impressive voice.



For more information, see the program's website.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

St. Joan of Arc

Today's saint is the valiant warrior Saint Joan of Arc, French national heroine, who was born in Domremy, France, 1412 and died in Rouen, France, 1431.

When she was about 13 years old, Joan began to hear the voices of Saints Michael the Archangel, Margaret of Antioch, and Catherine of Alexandria, urging her to free her country from the English. Joan’s visions told her to find the true king of France and help him reclaim his throne. She resisted for more than three years, but finally went to Charles VII in Chinon and told him of her visions. After overcoming opposition from churchmen and courtiers, she was given a small army with which she raised the siege of Orleans on May 8, 1429. Carrying a banner that read “Jesus, Mary”, she led the troops into battle.

She followed the famous campaign of the Loire during which the English were decisively beaten, and Charles was crowned at Rheims, on July 17, 1429.

When she was captured by the Burgundians during the defense of Compiegne, she was sold to the English for 10 thousand francs. She was then put on trial by an ecclesiastical court conducted by Cauchon, Bishop of Beauvais, a tool of the English. Although she astounded her judges by her answers, she was condemned to death as a heretic, and burned at the stake on May 30. In 1456, her case was re-tried, and Joan was acquitted (23 years too late). She was canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920.

St. Joan is the patroness of: France, imprisoned people, martyrs, prisoners, people ridiculed for their piety, rape victims, soldiers, Women's Army Corps, WAVES, and Women Appointed for Voluntary Emergency Service.

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“About Jesus Christ and the Church, I simply know they’re just one thing, and we shouldn’t complicate the matter.”

~ Joan of Arc, as recorded at her trial

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Novena to the Holy Spirit: Day 9

Friday, May 29, 2009

Stop Sotomayor Now! Obama's Own Words Reveal That She is Radically Pro-Abortion

Will Sotomayor rubberstamp Obama's radical abortion agenda? Operation Rescue says, based on Obama's own words, that she would not have been chosen if she did not share his abortion extremism. Contact your senator now and oppose Sotomayor for the Supreme Court! Catholic Troy Newman President of Operation Rescue shares the following:



Read more here.

Sontomayor's Catholicism

From NCReg:

Steven Waldman at Beliefnet reports: “Another White House official elaborated slightly, ‘Judge Sotomayor was raised as a Catholic and attends church for family celebrations and other important events.’”

What will her presence as the sixth Catholic (albeit a lapsed one) mean to the court?

Read more here.

Previous Posts:

Pro-abortion Groups Praise Sotomayor's Nomination to Supreme Court

Who is Sonia Sontomayor?

Planned Parenthood Endorses Sonia Sotomayor


Fr. Pavonne on Judge Sotomayor's Supreme Court Nomination

Obama Picks Radical Judge for Supreme Court

Your Future Car -- Compliments of Government Motors



H/T: Adrienne's Catholic Corner.

Kmiec / George Debate

American Papist shares the video and text from the Doug Kmiec / Robert George debate yesterday. I was able to listen to part of the debate before I left for Mass and I was quite impressed! Kmiec's words were a little shocking (I had never heard such distorted ideas and sentiments spoken aloud by a "Catholic" professor before this), while George, who was an eloquent speaker, did not mince words, but boldly proclaimed the truth and expressed Catholic beliefs about the sanctity of human life.

Jill Stanek has the full story on the Catholic University of America debate on her blog with photos. Professor Michael New shares his thoughts there:

The format could have been better. Essentially it did not allow for much dialogue between George and Kmiec, which was a bit disappointing....

That having been said, the best word to describe Doug Kmiec would be evasive. He tried to argue that other issues trumped sanctity of life issues when voting. He tried to make the case that the new stem cell regulations were part of a reasonable compromise. He said that denying holy communion to Catholic politicians who support legal abortion was counterproductive. Finally, he argued that science has not come to a consensus about the sanctity of human life. He was all over the place and on no issue was he particularly persuasive.

Interestingly, Kmiec did not spend much time talking about abortion trends. He briefly claimed (wrongly) that abortions increased during the presidency of the first President Bush. He briefly cited the decline in the abortion rate that occurred during the Clinton administration. But he gave credit to the strong economy. While this is partly true, he did not mention state level pro-life laws. At least he did not claim welfare spending caused the 1990s abortion decline.

Professor George, on the other hand succeeded in describing vivid contrasts between President Obama and the pro-life movement. Professor George described in great detail Obama's refusal to support incremental pro-life laws and his administration's efforts to fund abortion both in DC and in other countries. He also found it telling that while the Obama administration wants to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, they never express an interest in lowering the number of abortions. Overall the Obama administration does not think that fetal life is worthy of legal protection which makes finding common ground very difficult, if not impossible.

Overall, Professor George, was concise, hard hitting and made his points well throughout the course of the debate.

Wow! Kmiec needs to go back to school to learn the basics of his faith -- he needs to start with The Catholic Catechism for Dummies. That should be followed by an urgent and necessary visit to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Pro-abortion Groups Praise Sotomayor's Nomination to Supreme Court


As I shared in an earlier post, Sotomayer is receiving the approval of pro-abortion groups.

From CNA:

Several pro-abortion groups have issued reactions to President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court. While praising the choice, some groups avoided the abortion issue while one asked for reassurances about the nominee’s commitment to Roe v. Wade.

Nancy Northrup, President of the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), said Judge Sotomayor’s growing up in a single parent household with limited means should provide her with a perspective “sorely needed today as women’s reproductive rights remain under attack.” Northrup claimed that the pro-abortion rights Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade has been “increasingly in jeopardy” in law and in fact by a “severe shortage of abortion providers,” “onerous” state abortion restrictions, and a lack of funding. These factors, she said, make abortion “virtually unavailable” for many women.

“It is critical that any new Justice empathize with the true plight of women to not only recognize when those protections are being violated, but to take steps to safeguard them. We encourage the Senate Judiciary Committee to engage Judge Sotomayor and any future nominees to the Court on their commitment to the principles of Roe v. Wade,” Northrup added. Read the entire article here.

St.Bona of Pisa

Today's saint of the day is St. Bona of Pisa (1156 - 1207).

She was a mystic and visionary. Bona experienced visions from early childhood, in one of which she was blessed by Saint James the Greater. By the age 10 of ten she dedicated herself as an Augustinian tertiary. She regularly fasted from an early age, taking only bread and water three days a week.

At the age of 14, she made the first of her many journeys, travelling to see her father who was fighting in the Crusades near Jerusalem. On her way home, she was captured and imprisoned by Islamic pirates in the Mediterranean, but was rescued by her countrymen. She made pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela and to Spain nine times, leading groups of pilgrims each time. On her final pilgrimage, she became very ill, but was able to return to Pisa and died in her little room near the church of San Martino at the age of 51.

She is the patron saint of travellers, couriers, guides, pilgrims, flight attendants, and the city of Pisa.

Holy Spirit Novena Day 8

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Quote of the Day: Child Abuse vs. Abortion

“What happened in some schools cannot be compared with the millions of lives that have been destroyed by abortion. It (abortion) has legally destroyed 40 million human lives.”


~ Cardinal Antonio Canizares, Vatican prefect for the Congregation of the Divine Worship, comparing child abuse with abortion


Read the story from the Irish Times for more information.

Another Victory for Adult Stem Cells

Research using adult stem cells has saved the life of a Texas boy suffering from sickle cell anemia.

Research shows adult stem cells are now being used to treat well over 70 diseases and medical conditions, while research using embryonic stem cells -- which requires killing of a human embryo -- has produced zero results.

Barack's Big Bailout



The Obama administration is floating the notion of common ground with the pro-life community in order to reduce the number of abortions. Or so he says. But as a magician uses smoke and mirrors to confuse the audience, Obama is using speeches and misdirection to cover up what he is REALLY doing, which is to increase Planned Parenthood's funding so they can kill babies.

Who is Sonia Sotomayar?

Is She Catholic?


Here is Catholic League President Bill Donohue's reaction Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court:

When John Roberts was nominated to be on the high court, Senator Dick Durbin told CNN that he considered it fair game to probe Roberts about his Catholicism. Durbin released a glowing statement yesterday on Sotomayor that never mentioned her religion. When Roberts was questioned by Senator Arlen Specter and Senator Dianne Feinstein, they both asked him whether he agreed with President John F. Kennedy about separation of church and state. Neither even mentioned Sotomayor’s religion in their respective statements yesterday.

When Roberts was nominated, Dahlia Lithwick, legal analyst for Slate, said, “I wouldn’t underestimate the influence of his religion”; when Samuel Alito was nominated, Lithwick said that “People are very, very much talking about the fact that Alito would be the fifth Catholic on the Supreme Court if confirmed.” Yesterday, Lithwick posted a lengthy piece on Sotomayor that never mentioned her religion. When Roberts was nominated, NPR’s Nina Totenberg said that his wife was “a high officer of a pro-life organization. He’s got adopted children. I mean, he’s a conservative Catholic.” Yesterday, she simply mentioned that Sotomayor attended Catholic schools without ever raising it as an issue. When Roberts was nominated, journalist Adele Stan noted his religion and said, “Rome must be smiling.” Yesterday, in her positive assessment of Sotomayor, she never mentioned her religion.

What’s going on? Are liberal Catholics Catholic? Obviously not, at least according to liberals. After all, if Sotomayor were known as a practicing Catholic, those who fretted over Roberts and Alito would have called 911 by now. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, however, put their worst fears to rest yesterday when he said of the Puerto Rican jurist, “I believe she was raised Catholic.” If this is true, then the telling verb “raised” would explain why liberals like Sotomayor—she’s one of those Catholics they can trust. Let’s hope they’re wrong.

Is She Pro-life ? What are our pro-life leaders saying about her?

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser has this to say about Sontomayor:

“Women are best protected by the rule of law – and blind justice. Their rights are most endangered when personal preference, ideology or painful personal history inform judgment. Susan B. Anthony and her early feminist compatriots fought for a human rights standard sustained only through blind justice. When evidence of personal preference appears in any Supreme Court nominee’s judgment, it should give all women pause. Given what we know about Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s own judicial philosophy – including her support of policymaking from the bench – Americans should be concerned about the role of personal preference in her overall judicial philosophy.

When it comes to protecting all human life, one group is never served by undermining the rights of another. Women will never be served by ignoring the rights of unborn children. Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s record of support for judicial activism offers little comfort that she will be a friend to the unborn on the Supreme Court. As the Senate fulfills its Constitutional role to ‘advise and consent,’ Senators should ask the hard questions to thoroughly assess Sotomayor’s judicial temperament, and reaffirm the authentic feminist standard of blind justice for all.”

In a 2002 speech at Berkeley, Judge Sotomayor stated that she believes it is appropriate for a judge to consider their “experiences as women and people of color,” which she believes should “affect our decisions.” She went on to say in that same speech “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” She reiterated her commitment to that lawless judicial philosophy at Duke Law School in 2005 when she stated that the “Court of Appeals is where policy is made.”

Jill Stanek has this to say: "I have no doubt Sotomayor is a Roe v. Wade-loving pro-abort through and through."

Fr. Frank Pavone comments: “The fact that we know little of Judge Sotomayor’s positions on abortion means we need to find out soon. There are enough people in government, including the President, who are all too willing to let this holocaust continue. It’s time to put more people in government who will work to see this holocaust end.”

Fr. Victor Salomon, Director of Hispanic Outreach for Priests for Life, has said that the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor does not merit automatic support from Latinos; rather, Latinos and all Americans should carefully scrutinize her views on abortion.

“What would be the value of having a Latina Supreme Court justice who wants to uphold rulings that have taken the lives of millions of Latino children?” asked Fr. Salomón. “My fear is that this nomination may be great news to those who think it’s OK to abort babies at any time for any reason, but not for those of us who want to share the positive values of Latino culture.”

What are other Catholics saying?

Amy Proctor describes Sonia Sotomayer as: "A racist judge who legislates her version of morality from the bench."

Amy describes other problems with Sotomayer as: voting for racism, having a poor temperment ( inability to produce intelligent counterarguments) and a lack of command of legal details. Amy also links to problematic rulings.

Paul at Thoughts of a Regular Guy: "She supports racial discrimination against whites. Too, she's been described as a "bully" (anyone remember John Bolton's treatment?), and she thinks that the courts are where policy is made. She is clearly unsuited to be a judge in any court, and especially the Supreme Court."

Who has endorsed her?

We know that Planned Parenthood and NOW have both endorsed her. Dissident Catholic and rejected Obama candidate for Vatican ambassador Douglas Kmiec seems to like the Sotomayor pick.

Evan Wolfson, head of the National Freedom to Marry Organization comments: "In choosing Judge Sotomayor, the first Latino candidate for the Supreme Court, President Obama has made a strong and appealing nomination that should and will receive the support of those committed to equality for lesbians and gay men."

Based on the above information, I cannot support Sonia Sotomayar. Yes, Obama could have selected someone worse than her, but should we support her based on that information? Should we settle for less? I don't think so. The individual who is selected for a position on the Supreme Court should have impeccable credentials and Sonio Sotomayar is a far cry from that description.

MORE INFORMATION

Sonia Sotomayor 'La Raza Member'

Sotomayor:Fish Must Be Protected from Power Plants Regardless of Cost-Benefit

87% Expect Sotomayor Will Be Confirmed. 45% Say She Should Be

Interest groups already engaged in nominee battle

Sotomayar Ugly

Abortion Rights Groups Wary About Sonia Sotomayer's Views on Abortion


Obama Nominee to the Supreme Court: "A Latino Woman Judge is Better Than a White Male Judge

Battle Over Sotomayer Heats up

Saint of the Day: Blessed Margaret Pole


Margaret was born on August 14, 1473 at Farleigh Castle, Bath, Wiltshire, England, to George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence and Isabella Neville. Her father was a brother of both Kings Edward IV and Richard III of England. When she was about 20 years old, she married Sir Richard Pole and bore him five children.

Margaret was widowed, named countess of Salisbury, and appointed governess to Princess Mary, daughter of Hemy VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon, Spain. She opposed Henry’s mar­riage to Anne Boleyn, and the king exiled her from court, although he called her “the holiest woman in England.”

When her son, Cardinal Pole, denied Henry’s Act of Supremacy, the king imprisoned Margaret in the Tower of London for two years and then beheaded her on May 28. In 1538, her other two sons were executed. She was never given a legal trial. She was seventy when she was martyred. Margaret was beatified in 1886 by Pope Leo VIII.

For more information about Blessed Margaret Pole, see the Catholic Encyclopedia and the EWTN Library. For information suitable for children, see Holy Spirit Interactive.

Holy Spirit Novena Day 7

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Obama picks dissident Catholic, Sebelius Supporter for Vatican Ambassador

Te Deum Laudamos has the story here. Not surprising at all to me -- the bizarre picks continue.

Catholic New Media Awards

Catholic Fire has been nominated for several awards in the Catholic New Media Awards for 2009. Thank you so much, everyone, for your nominations. While I don't think that Catholic Fire fits a few of the categories, I appreciate all of the nominations. God bless you!

  • People's Choice Blog
  • Best Group Blog
  • Best Written Blog
  • Most Spiritual Blog
  • Most Informative Blog
  • Best New Blog
  • Best Social Networking Site
  • Best Overall Catholic Website

Out of the Mouths of Babes




The MacDonald family can tell us a thing or 2 about surviving abortion. The story begins in 1968, when Jenn MacDonald's mother attempted to abort her, but felt too guilty to finish the job. Jenn says...

Unmarried, still in high school, and alone she tried to abort me, but in 1968 abortion was still illegal. The "procedure" didn't work and she was supposed to return the next week to try again. Being raised Catholic, she "got the guilts" and didn't return. But for God's grace, I would have been thrown out with the trash. Read the rest at Jill's blog.

Recently 2 of Jenn's children submitted video entries for Lia Mills' Challenge to Pro-Life Youth Contest.

The video by Jenn's 7-year-old son is at the top of this post.

Jenn's 11-year-old daughter composed a song that she worked on for months...




H/T: Jill Stanek

Planned Parenthood Endorses Sonia Sotomayor

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, weighs in on Pres. Obama's selection of Sonia Sotomayor to replace retiring SCOTUS Justice David Souter:

"This historic nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court sends a strong signal that President Obama understands the importance of ensuring that our Supreme Court justices respect precedent while also protecting our civil liberties.

"Judge Sotomayor has vast experience in nearly every aspect of the law, having served as a big-city prosecutor and a corporate litigator, a federal trial judge on the U.S. District Court, and an appellate judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. What our nation needs from our Supreme Court justices is a deep understanding of the law, an appreciation of the impact of the court's decisions on everyday Americans, and a commitment to the protection of our individual liberties. Judge Sotomayor will bring this dedication and commitment with her to the bench.

"There is no doubt that Judge Sotomayor's story is an inspiration to all. Her nomination as the first Hispanic woman justice reminds us that, with hard work and commitment, all things are truly possible in America."

~ Via Hotline on Call.

Culture of Life Quote of the Day


“The direct taking of an innocent life can never be negotiated. ... Dialogue is important, but the question is fairly raised, 'May we negotiate about things that are intrinsic evils?' and I think the answer is no.”

~ Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese


For more information, read
Bishop Finn to Obama: No dialogue possible over 'irreconcilable' differences.

New Bishop for Minneapolis-St. Paul

The Catholics in Minneapolis and St. Paul received a gift from Pope Benedict today when the Vatican announced that the Pope has appointed Father Lee Piché as an auxiliary bishop for the more than 850,000 faithful in the area.

Bishop-elect Piché replaces the Most Reverend Richard E. Pates, who was installed as the Bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines in May of 2008. The bishop-elect’s ordination will be on June 29, the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, in St. Paul Cathedral.

"I am honored and humbled by the Holy Father’s confidence in me," Piché said of his appointment. "This is a great Archdiocese, with many blessed and talented individuals, parishes, and institutions, and with some significant challenges, too. I am grateful to God for calling me to serve in this way. Since receiving this news, I have been praying that God will strengthen me to be faithful in the ministry of bishop." Full story here.


More Information: Father Lee Piche Named Auxiliary Bishop at The Recovering Dissident Catholic .

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KS Governor Parkinson Rushes to Defend Planned Parenthood!

I received the following information from our esteemed pro-life Kansas State Senator Tim Huelskamp, following Governor Parkinson's veto of the bill to defund Planned Parenthood: (It was quite enlightening to me, as I have only lived in KS for about 3 1/2 years.)

Back after George Bush was first elected in 2000, Mark Parkinson rushed forward and campaigned to serve as chairman of the Kansas Republican Party. He was elected to that job and promised to represent faithfully the values of the Republican Party.

Less than two years later, Parkinson was still the Republican Chairman when Kathleen Sebelius was elected Governor of Kansas. And after only just another three years - Mark Parkinson was Governor Sebelius' running mate! So much for integrity...

Given this less-than-principled background, I guess it was too much to expect that Governor Parkinson would somehow stand up for simple, honest-to-goodness family values when it comes to the issue of defunding Planned Parenthood.

But it was still very disappointing to see Gov. Parkinson - once the head of the pro-life party in Kansas - veto my amendment to cut off taxpayer subsidies to Planned Parenthood.

And even more shocking was that instead of working to DEFUND Planned Parenthood - the Governor rushed to DEFEND Planned Parenthood.

Because of their great work he said -- abortion rates go down! Hmmm...guess he just wants to ignore that PP runs one of only 4 abortion clinics in the state.

And also his veto claim - PP won't use THESE funds for abortions - so it is okay to give them another $300,000 of your money. Somehow the Governor must want us to ignore that PP does 120 abortions for every ONE adoption referral...

Or his completely false claim that these monies are a federal entitlement - what part of federal GRANT doesn't he understand?!

Friend, as the parents of four adopted children - my wife and I are keenly aware of the shocking racist heritage of PP. Margaret Sanger and her sucessors firmly believed that our four children -- precisely because they are minorities - are better off dead than alive.

So my wife Angela and I are so disappointed in how close we came to defunding PP. But let me be clear on two points:

We won't give up on taking on Planned Parenthood. They continue to face more than 100 criminal charges in Kansas alone. And we have uncovered hundreds of failures to report sexual abuse of our young children...

And one other pledge. Unlike Governor Parkinson, I will never sell out the unborn child. Fighting for their lives is not just a political preference - it is a bedrock principle!!

But rest assured, taking on Planned Parenthood has put me at the top of their political hit list. They will stop at nothing to destroy my efforts to fight for what is right.

No other state legislator in the nation has engaged in the battle against Planned Parenthood like we have...and I thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

Let's continue to pray for and support
State Senator Tim Huelskamp and all our pro-life legislators who are working so hard to defend the sanctity of human life.

Another Connection Between Tiller and Obama

Operation Rescue reports that a late - term abortionist Tiller employee is honored by Obama at the White House:

Gold Star Mother Betty Pulliam, who lost a son in Viet Nam, now works to take the lives of other women's sons and daughters at George Tiller late-term abortion mill in Wichita, Kansas. Yesterday, she breakfasted with President Obama and was honored in our nation's capital as part of a Memorial Day observance.

This is yet another connection between Obama and late-term abortionist George Tiller. Obama's new Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, had close connections with Tiller. Pulliam was among those who were honored by Sebelius at a party held in Tiller's honor at the Kansas governor's mansion.

Pulliam, at 83, volunteers her time at Tiller's clinic on busy abortion days. She told the Wichita Eagle of her role as a Gold Star Mother, "You really don't want to belong to this club because in order to belong to this club, you have to lose a child. So nobody wants to belong to it."

"How ironic that Pulliam could make such a statement when she has dedicated a large portion of her life to insuring that other women lose their children to abortion. It is hypocrisy at best, and perhaps stems from some sick need to make sure that other women suffer as she has," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

"Abortion, by its very nature, devalues human life. Pulliam's work at Tiller's abortion clinic, which specializes in particularly heinous late-term abortions on healthy, viable babies, is a major contributor to that devaluation. On a day when our country honored those who willingly sacrificed the precious gift of life for the sake of others, Pulliam's work taking innocent lives through abortion dishonors their brave sacrifice."

How sick is this?

Novena to the Holy Spirit: Day 6

St. Augustine of Canterbury

St. Augustine was a Benedictine Monk who became the first Archbishop of Canterbury in the year 598.

Augustine was the prior of a monastery in Rome when Pope Gregory the Great chose him to lead a party of thirty monks to travel to south-eastern England to spread the Gospel there. They landed in 597, and were welcomed by the king of Kent, Ethelbert, who became a Christian along with many of his subjects.

Augustine went to Arles, in France, where he was consecrated archbishop of the English, and then returned to Canterbury to set up his see. The mission prospered, and he founded two more sees, at London and at Rochester in Kent.

Augustine died at Canterbury on May 26, 604 or 605.

St. Augustine has been called "Apostle of England" because of his missionary efforts. He is the patron of England.

For a more detailed biography, read my post here.


Saint Quote of the Day: St. Catherine of Siena



"We've Had Enough Of Exhortations To Be Silent! Cry Out With A Hundred Thousand Tongues. I See That The World Is Rotten Because Of Silence."

~ St. Catherine of Siena




H/T: Karen

Cost - Cutting Tips

# To save money at the cleaners and avoid ironing at home, buy only no-iron clothing.

# Stores often match competitors coupons or advertised specials. When shopping, bring along these ads and coupons and ask for the same deal.

# When shopping online, always check Google for a coupon for the site before checking out.

# Many businesses give affiliation or age discounts, so always ask.

# Try to negotiate everything, not just cars. Just ask the manager or the salesperson if there is something they can do about the pesky high price. Many times they’ll cut it.

# For nights when you don’t want to cook, but don’t want to spend money eating out, compromise with takeout. You’ll save money on tipping, you won’t be tempted with dessert and if the portion is large enough, save half for the next day’s meal.

# Many plumbing fixtures have a lifetime warranty. Call the manufacturer for free replacement parts when the fixture breaks.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Fr. Frank Pavone on Judge Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court Nomination

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, says he has just one question about Judge Sonia Sotomayor as she is nominated by President Obama for the Supreme Court: "Does justice include the right to tear the arms and legs off of babies, crush their skulls, and treat them as medical waste?"

"We all draw the line somewhere. An avowed racist or anti-Semite is not acceptable on the Supreme Court. Why should we give a pass to the violence of abortion?"

Well Said!

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented on the decision by the California Supreme Court upholding the resolution banning same-sex marriage in California:

"The shame of it all is that after the citizens of California said no to gay marriage last fall—the people always say no (the record is 30-0 in state ballot initiatives)—homosexual radicals sought to do an end-run around the democratic process and have unelected judges overrule the express will of the people. But the opponents of democracy, and common sense, lost today and that is how it should be. No one supports two men getting married save for white people who have spent too much time in the classroom."

Best Political Quote of the Day

"The appointment of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court is the clearest indication yet that President Obama's campaign promises to be a centrist and think in a bi-partisan way were mere rhetoric. Sotomayor comes from the far left and will likely leave us with something akin to the "Extreme Court" that could mark a major shift. The notion that appellate court decisions are to be interpreted by the "feelings" of the judge is a direct affront of the basic premise of our judicial system that is supposed to apply the law without personal emotion. If she is confirmed, then we need to take the blindfold off Lady Justice."

~ Mike Huckabee

World's Elite Make Population Control #1 Priority Against Backdrop of Underpopulation Threat

John Henry Westin's excellent commentary from Lifesite News:

Even though recent demographic study has revealed a great looming threat of demographic winter, the richest of the rich seem to believe that overpopulation is the top priority for their philanthropic endeavors. John Harlow writes today in The Times about a secret meeting of the global financial elite, convened by Microsoft mogul Bill Gates, at which attendees agreed that curbing the world's population should be their top priority.

In "Billionaire club in bid to curb overpopulation," Harlow recounts that a May 5 meeting took place in Manhattan that included "David Rockefeller Jr, the patriarch of America's wealthiest dynasty, Warren Buffett and George Soros, the financiers, Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, and the media moguls Ted Turner and Oprah Winfrey." Harlow notes that the general agreement that population control was a major priority came at Gates' instigation.

Gates' enthusiasm for population control comes as no surprise since he has himself admitted to being strongly influenced by the views of Thomas Malthus, the fear-mongering overpopulation guru of the late 18th century. He has also admitted that his father headed a local Planned Parenthood while he was growing up. (http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2003/may/03050902.html)

Of note, The Times reports that at the secret meeting, participants "discussed joining forces to overcome political and religious obstacles to change."

The group's priority certainly comes into conflict with Catholicism, as Pope Benedict has recently spoken of population growth as an asset rather than a deficit. In his message for World Day of Peace issued in December, Pope Benedict XVI deplored the "international campaigns afoot to reduce birth-rates, sometimes using methods that respect neither the dignity of the woman, nor the right of parents to choose responsibly how many children to have; graver still, these methods often fail to respect even the right to life." Read the full article here.

US bishops’ conference blasts NIH stem-cell guidelines

In response to the National Insitutes of Health’s request for public comment, Msgr. David J. Malloy, general secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has written an 11-page critique of the agency’s Health’s draft guidelines on embryonic stem-cell research. “The central fact of science relevant to this issue is the fact that the living human embryo at the blastocyst stage-- the being who will be destroyed to obtain embryonic stem cells for research funded under these Guidelines-- is a human being at a very early stage of his or her development,” he writes. “This consensus does not rely on a particular religious view, or a particular theory about ‘personhood.’ It is a basic human insight, a recognition that each one of us began life as an embryo and engaged in continuous development through the stages off fetus, infant, newborn, toddler, etc. to reach maturity.”

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Related Post: ACTION ALERT: Today is Last Day to Comment on Embryonic Stem Cell Research

ACTION ALERT: Today is Last Day to Comment on Embryonic Stem Cell Research

The public comment period on new draft guidelines for taxpayer-funded embryonic stem cell research (ESCr) comes to an end 11:00 p.m. E.S.T. tonight. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has launched a campaign urging pro-life Americans to voice opposition to the guidelines before the deadline passes. Learn more here.

REMEMBER:

Adult Stem Cell research has cured 73 diseases. Embryonic destructive stem cell research has cured NONE. Score: 73 - 0. Adult stem cell research helps save lives, while embryonic destructive research destroys lives at taxpayer's expense.

You can submit your comments by logging on to
http://nihoerextra.nih.gov/stem_cells/add.htm and filling out the official form there. Don't complain about it -- Do something about it!

Comments Deadline: 11:00pm EST on May 26, 2009.

http://nihoerextra.nih.gov/stem_cells/add.htm

Obama picks radical Judge Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court


President Barack Obama has settled on a new Supreme Court judge to replace retiring Justice David Souter, who had comprised the 5-4 pro-abortion majority on the high court. Obama selected New York federal appellate Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

Sotomayor will likely draw opposition from pro-life groups,
although her limited record on abortion may not be enough for strong opposition from Republican lawmakers or to earn her a filibuster in the Senate.

Go here for the full story.



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The initial reaction from pro-life groups on the nomination of appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace retiring pro-abortion Justice David Souter is one of opposition. Although she made the right decision in one abortion case, they say she will likely uphold Roe v. Wade, the 1973 abortion case.

The pro-life opposition centers on Sotomayor's comments from 2005 saying the courts are the place "where policy is made."




Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President & CEO of Americans United for Life, the leading pro-life legal and public policy organization, issued the following statement on the President announcing Judge Sotomayor as his SCOTUS nominee:

“For all the President’s talk of finding ‘common ground,’ this appointment completely contradicts that hollow promise. Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s judicial philosophy undermines common ground. She is a radical pick that divides America. She believes the role of the Court is to set policy which is exactly the philosophy that led to the Supreme Court turning into the National Abortion Control Board denying the American people to right to be heard on this critical issue. This appointment would provide a pedestal for an avowed judicial activist to impose her personal policy and beliefs onto others from the bench at a time when the Courts are at a crossroad and critical abortion regulations – supported by the vast majority of Americans – like partial-birth abortion and informed consent laws lie in the balance.”

Victory for California Voters: Supreme Court upholds Prop. 8

I am so happy to hear the good news! The battle continues -- onward Christian soldiers!

The California Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that Proposition 8, the successful California ballot measure which defined marriage to be between a man and a woman, is constitutional. It also decided that the some 18,000 homosexual “marriages” contracted in the state should remain valid in law.

By a vote of 6-1, the state Supreme Court justices ruled Proposition 8 was constitutional. The court unanimously ruled that existing “marriages” would stand. Proposition 8 was put forward as a response to the California Supreme Court’s May 2008 decision which by a vote of 4-3 overturned a state ban on such unions.

Read the entire article here.

Culture of Life Quote of the Day



“Abortion under any form is something to be completely rejected."

“Parents have rights over their children, and above all, great responsibilities. We cannot act in this manner, without listening to parents, without protecting the rights and responsibilities of their children. A 16 year-old girl can get an abortion, and what about the pain that her parents will experience for the rest of their lives?”

~ Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo, OFM, Archbishop of Seville (Spain)

For more information, read this article at CNA: Cardinal Amigo: Unborn child at 13 weeks is a human being