Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Tribute 2010




This post is dedicated to all our military heroes -- especially those in my own family -- my dad, my brother, Michael, my sister, Susan, and my brother-in-law, Heinz. Thank you for your service!


Poem: "These Heroes All" by Kelly Kirkpatrick

Standing guard o'ver Heaven's bounds, to duty called by God,
Harkening when the trumpets sound Saint Michael's call aloud,
Is a holy, brave brigade of men and women bold,
Though their earthly life they've paid, o'er none has death a hold.
Heroes all, in virtue steeped, immune to evil's touch,
They now with angels vigil keep and still watch over us.
Partnered with Almighty God, alive for evermore,
Members of His Honor Squad and free on wings to soar.
Each fell in bloody battle hard that we might e'er live free,
Sacrificed on razored shards of cruel destiny.
Let not the banner they held proud, their caskets now which grace,
Lie in tatters as a shroud: forgotten, soiled, disgraced.
Raise it high and in their names join those who carry on,
Those still battling Satan's flames, their numbers few but strong.
Keep alive their legacy as they would wish it done,
Their sacrifice to keep us free uniting us as one.
Fight on for them, these heroes all, and with each setting sun,
Pray for those who still stand tall and from no evil run.
Remember as Taps softly plays and peaceful evening comes,
The price so many dearly paid, as many will to come.
Let we for whom they shed their blood e'er hold their memory dear,
Champion well their fight for good and keep them ever near,
Comfort those who brave their tears, protect their sacred cause,
In their darkest hours draw near and to their foes give pause.
Each time a comrade in their ranks is torn from earth's safe keep,
Pay full your debt of lasting thanks as for each loss they weep.
And for the soldiers left behind to carry bravely on,
Let us honor each in kind until the final down,
Until the fight in victory ends and they may finally rest,
To each your sworn support extend: these finest, bravest, best.


A Prayer for Memorial Day

Remember, Lord, the fallen

Who died in fields of war,

In flaming clouds,

in screaming crowds,

On streets that are no more,

That we today might waken

And greet this day in peace

With grateful prayer for those who bear

The storms that never cease.

Remember friends and strangers,

And those forgotten now,

Whose names are known to you alone,

Before whose love we bow

And ask that you surround them

With mercy’s endless light

That they may live,

and we forgive

The foe they went to fight.

Remember, Lord, the living,

Who bear the pain of loss-

A death she died who stood beside

Her Son upon the cross.

Remember all your children

The dead and those who weep,

And make us one beneath the sun

Where love will never sleep.

Text: 7686D; Genevieve Glen, OSB; © 2005, Abbey of St. Walburga, Virginia Dale, CO. Published by OCP Publications.

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Feast of The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary



Visitation
Mariotto Albertinelli
1503 - Oil on wood, 232 x 146 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Today is the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which recalls Mary's visit with her cousin Elizabeth. This event is also the second joyful mystery of the rosary -- the first being the Annunciation.

Elizabeth had been barren all her life, but in the Annunciation, Mary learned that her kinswoman was miraculously expecting a child in her old age. Upon hearing this good news, Mary fervently desired to share in Elizabeth's joy and serve her during the last part of her pregnancy. So she went "with haste" to visit Elizabeth and remained with her for three months.

Mary's first action after God had come to dwell in her was one of self-denying charity. She undertook a troublesome journey in order to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Thus, she proclaimed charity to be the virtue which above all Christ brought with Him from heaven. God made Mary's visit the occasion of a wonderful miracle. On her entrance into St. Elizabeth's dwelling, St. John Baptist was cleansed from sin in his mother's womb. Mary was the channel of this exceptional privilege of the cleansing away of sin in the case of the unborn child. As then, so now: Mary is the channel of all graces, and above all, of the restoration of the sinner to friendship with God. Mary's charity is not less present now than at the time of the Visitation. She is far more eager now than then to promote the happiness and console the sorrows of those who come to her for help.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Congregation of Saint John VOCATION WEEKEND


“Master, where do you dwell?”

“Come and See…”




Vocation Retreat with the Brothers of Saint John
June 11 – 13, 2010

… The Gospel according to Saint John is the source to which we must always return in order to live by the Paternity of St. John. It is a question of understanding what characterizes the grace proper to Saint John in order to live today by this same mystery for Jesus and for the Church.”

From the Charter of Charity
Community of Saint John


Spaces Limited:
Contact Fr. John-Therese, csj (Vocation Director)
Congregation of Saint John
11223 Legion Hall Rd.
Princeville, Illinois
frjtcreus@yahoo.com


For more information, see Community of St. John. U.S.A.

Video: Diversity is a dud!

Don't be fooled that diversity is a good thing. The word is being used to sneak in an agenda that is targeted at destroying Christian Civilization.

Fr. Barron: Being a Priest Today (Video)

Video: Norway best for Motherhood?

A special report on motherhood by 'Save the Children' analyzes the current situation of mothers worldwide.

Pope to visit Ukraine in 2012

In 2012, Ukranian Catholics will celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Lviv archdiocese and now plans are under way for the pope to be a part of that celebration.

Obama Admin May Have Illegally Spent $10 Million Promoting Abortion in Kenya

Does it ever end?  The Obama Administration has bombed again. Thank God we have Congressmen like Rep. Chris Smith to expose the corruption. LifeNews.Com has the story:

New information obtained by a member of Congress makes it appear the Obama administration has spent $10 million potentially illegally promoting a pro-abortion constitution in Kenya. Obama officials were thought to have spent $2 million but Rep. Chris Smith says that figure could exceed $10 million.

Lobbying for or against abortion is prohibited under a provision of federal law known as the Siljander Amendment annually included in the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Act.

The amendment reads, “None of the funds made available under this Act may be used to lobby for or against abortion,” and violations are subject to civil and criminal penalties under the Antideficiency Act, 31 U.S.C. § 1341."

Smith, the leading Republican on the House Africa and Global Health Subcommittee, and two other members of Congress have called for a probe into the Obama administration's spending in support of a campaign to get the pro-abortion constitution approved in Kenya in August.

The three sent a May 6 letter to the Inspectors General at the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development seeking a probe.

Today, Smith's office informed LifeNews.com that subsequent information uncovered by investigators has revealed that actual U.S. taxpayer expenditures in support of the pro-abortion constitution are estimated to exceed $10 million.


“This week I learned that U.S. taxpayer expenditures in support of the proposed constitution may exceed $10 million—five times the level we original suspected," Smith said. Read the entire story.

Eucharistic Adoration organized to repair the damage committed by clerical sex abuse

Young people from different nationalities who study in Rome will come together to pray for a solution and a stop to sex abuse committed by members of the clergy.

St. Augustine of Canterbury


Today is the optional memorial of St. Augustine of Canterbury, 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 forty 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.

Quote:

"God, in his promises to hear our prayers, is desirous to bestow Himself upon us; if you find anything better than Him, ask it; but if you ask anything beneath Him, you put an affront upon Him, and hurt yourself by preferring to Him a creature which He framed: Pray in the spirit and sentiment of love, in which the royal prophet said to Him, 'Thou, O Lord, are my portion.' Let others choose to themselves portions among creatures, for my part, You are my portion, You alone I have chosen for my whole inheritance."

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Baby Steps: 4D Ultrasound (Video)

American Life League presents amazing 4D ultrasound imagery featuring preborn babies from eight weeks to thirty-four weeks old. You'll see detailed pictures of babies as they roll, yawn, blink, spin, smile and stretch throughout their 16 stages of development. See www.babystepsdvd.com

Video: The Roman Cafeteria is closed!

  Are you a 'cafeteria' Catholic? If so, you just might find that the cafeteria is scaling back it hours and closing its doors.

Support Bishop Olmstead

American Life League President Judie Brown is mobilizing support both nationally and internationally for Phoenix, Arizona Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted as he is under attack for his adherence to Church teaching.

ALL launched a new web site that allows supporters around the world to sign a letter to be sent to Bishop Olmsted.


The controversy in Phoenix erupted after Sr. Margaret McBride, an administrator at St. Joseph’s Hospital authorized the killing of a preborn child in the Diocese of Phoenix thereby incurring automatic excommunication from the Catholic Church by virtue of Canon Law 1398.

Bishop Olmsted, an expert in canon law, confirmed that Sr. McBride had excommunicated herself by her actions. He has come under fire from pro-abortion proponents and even some Catholics for the move.

Text of the letter Brown in encouraging others to sign can be found at www.supportolmsted.com.
Your Excellency,

We are writing to assure you of our continued support and prayers as you persist in the battle with the culture of death in Phoenix.

We stand with you in the solidarity of the Catholic Faith and are truly grateful for your clear teaching on the dignity and personhood of every human being.

The secular news media and even many dissidents within the Catholic Church have positioned themselves to oppose your clear propagation of the Faith. We pray you take solace in the words of Our Lord in the Gospel of St. John (15:18) “If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you.”

We the undersigned stand with you at the service of the Gospel. Please be assured of our constant prayers on your behalf and on behalf of the souls — both born and preborn — in your care.

Sincerely yours in the Lord who IS Life!

Judie Brown,

President, American Life League
“Now is the time for all faithful Catholics to come to the defense of this steadfast shepherd,” added Brown.


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Pro-life Priest calls Marie Stopes Abortion Commercials in UK "heinous"



This week, Marie Stopes International, the largest abortion provider in England, launched a British TV ad campaign that encourages pregnant women to call a 24-hour helpline. The campaign uses the slogan "Are you late?"



HLI President Reverend Thomas J. Euteneuer today responded to news that Marie Stopes, the largest abortion provider in England and in much of the world, will be allowed to run commercials advertising abortion as a solution for women in crisis pregnancies.


"Pro-lifers have been saying this for decades -- these are abortion profiteers," said Rev. Euteneuer. "They literally have no shame. These profit-seeking commercials point out the lie that abortion is a 'choice' or an act of compassion. No, abortion is a grubby business, pure and simple."

"Marie Stopes shows us that the abortion industry targets women in their most vulnerable moments and offers them one solution--the killing of a baby," said Rev. Euteneuer. "These women need loving concern. They need to be shown true, life-affirming options, not a false way out that not only results in the death of the child, but in multiple health and emotional problems for the mother."

Several years ago an official of Marie Stopes caused a scandal by admitting in a public conference that their clinics perform illegal abortions in the Third World. "Whether they are aborting babies in the UK or in the poorest countries of the world they make profit off the killing of God's most precious children," said Rev. Euteneuer. "The sad part is that now they are given space on prime time for these heinous ads. We will be working with our friends in the UK to oppose this offense to life and dignity. This cannot go unanswered."

Obama Administration Refuses to Listen; Sign the Petition

Once again the Obama administration (the culture of death) refuses to listen to the American people, but insist on pushing their own radical political agenda. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President Obama, and Senator Carl Levin are pushing votes in Congress now to force open homosexuality on the military. They are moving forward before listening to military commanders. In doing so, they are failing to show respect for proper authority and are endangering our troops. These politicians are putting their own political agenda ahead of the well-being of our troops...

CNA has the story on the Zogby Poll commissioned by Family Research Council and what they are doing to “help keep our troops from being used to advance a radical political agenda":

A recent Zogby poll commissioned by the Family Research Council shows that by a margin of nearly three to one Americans think that military leaders should decide whether or not the “dont ask, don't tell” policy barring homosexuals from openly serving in the military should be repealed.

The poll conducted by the marketing group Zogby was published on May 17 and showed that 59 percent of Americans think that military leaders should be the primary decision makers on whether or not openly gay individuals should serve in the military, versus 23 percent who think the decision should be left to Congress. Eighteen percent of individuals polled responded that neither should decide or that they were unsure.

Family Research Council discussed the results of the poll as commentators weighed-in on the Obama administration's move last night to push new legislation that would overturn what is commonly known as the “don't ask, don't tell” policy.

After three lawmakers wrote to Peter Orszag, White House Budget Director, pushing for the new measure, the budget director responded on May 24 saying that the Obama administration “supports the proposed amendment.”

Although a main concern from critics of the move is that there is not enough time for the Pentagon to complete its review of how to implement the measure, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is expected to present the issue on the House floor later this week.

Tony Perkins, president of FRC, denounced the initiative in a conference call on Tuesday, saying “it appears very clearly that this is a move to use the military to advance a radical political agenda.”

Discussing the results of the Zogby poll, Perkins stated that “three to one, people believe that this (decision) should not be made by Congress but that military leaders those who lead our troops, not political appointees, not the Commander in Chief – but it should be those who serve day in and day out leading the men and women in uniform.”

Perkins added that there are many active duty military members who, although they cannot publicly speak out against the move without being “severely chastised,” would nevertheless “love the opportunity to testify.”

“But there have been no hearings held on this issue,” he noted, “and this will assure that there will not be and what information is collected is useless because this is nothing more that a political charade.”


Family Research Council has started a petition in response to the move for new legislation, urging voters to “help keep our troops from being used to advance a liberal political agenda.”

You can view the complete results of the Zogby poll here.

Sign the Petition.



Sign the Petition.

St. Philip Neri, 'The Humorous Saint'

Today is the memorial of one of my favorite saints. I love them all, but St. Philip Neri has a special place in my heart. He was on fire with love for the Lord and had wonderful way of converting people -- thorough his warm sense of humor and magnetic personality.

St. Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy on July 22, 1515. He was one of four children of the notary Francesco Neri. His mother died when he was very young, but a very capable and competent stepmother filled her place. Although they were related to Italian nobility, the family was quite poor. Philip was a cheerful and friendly boy, and was popular with all who knew him.

At eighteen, Philip was sent to the town of San Germano, where he lived with a childless relative who had a business there to train as an apprentice and heir. Philip had a strong aptitude for business. Soon after his arrival, Philip began speaking of his conversion, which dramatically changed his life. He left his relative’s home and set out for Rome, as he had a vision that he had a mission to fulfill there. He left without money or a specific plan, trusting in God’s providence.

In Rome, he found shelter in the home of Galeotto Caccia who offered him an attic and a few basic necessities in exchange for tutoring his two sons. During his first two years there, he lived as a recluse, spending time in prayer and eating small meals. Then, for the next three years, he studied philosophy and theology at the Sapienza and St. Augustine’s Monastery, where he was a brilliant student. Quite suddenly, he stopped taking classes, sold all his books and gave his money to the poor. Philip now set about on a new venture – to evangelize the people of Rome.

He started out in a very direct manner, making friends with people on street corners and in the public squares. His warm, friendly manner, his cheerfulness, and his wonderful sense of humor would catch the attention of passersby, and once caught, they found it difficult to escape. He had a magnetic personality and an appeal that drew others to him and held their interest. His usual question, “Well brothers, when shall we begin to do some good?” frequently brought a positive response. Without hesitation, he would take them with him to visit and care for the poor in the hospitals or to pray in the Seven Churches. His days were given up totally for others, but his nights were filled with solitude as he spent them either in a church porch or in the catacombs along the Appian Way.

During the Easter season of 1544, while praying in one of the grottos along the Appian Way, he received a vision of a globe of fire, which first entered his mouth and then his chest. He felt a dilation of the chest. He was filled with such strong divine love, that he fell to the ground, crying out in joy, “Enough, enough, Lord, I can bear no more!” When he stood up, he discovered a swelling over his heart, which gave him no pain.In the year 1548, when Philip had been carrying on his mission for ten years, he founded the Confraternity of the Most Holy Trinity – a group of laymen who met regularly for spiritual growth. He also popularized the devotion of the forty hours – exposing the Blessed Sacrament for forty hours, on three successive days, in honor of the forty hours Christ spent in the tomb. Philip had accomplished much by the time he was thirty-four, but his spiritual director felt he could be even more effective as a priest.

On May 23, 1551, he was ordained. He carried on his mission mainly through the confessional. He started hearing confessions before dawn and continued for hours, while men of women of all ages and social rank flocked to him. In his later years, Philip became weak and suffered from many illnesses, each of which was cured through prayer.

On the feast of Corpus Christi, May 25, 1595, Philip was in a radiantly happy mood. All day he had heard confessions and met with visitors. About midnight, he had a severe hemorrhage and the other priests were called to his bedside. They prayed over him and then he raised his hand in Benediction to bless them one last time. As he raised his hand, he passed to his eternal reward.

Six years later, he was beatified and Pope Gregory XV canonized him in 1622. He was known not only as “The Humorous Saint”, but also as the “Apostle of Rome.”

Quotes From St. Philip Neri

“Bear the cross and do not make the cross bear you.”

“There is no purgatory in this world. Nothing but heaven or hell.”

“Sufferings are a kind of paradise to him who suffers them with patience, while they are a hell to him who has no patience.”

“The greatness of our love for God may be tested by the desire we have of suffering for His sake.”

"Cheerfulness strengthens the heart and makes us persevere in a good life. Therefore the servant of God ought always to be in good spirits."

~ Excerpted from Gold in the Furnace, Jean M. Heimann, copyright 2004


Prayer to St. Philip Neri

Dear St Philip, be with us and guide us along the path which leads to God and to thee. Be to us a good father; make our priests blameless and beyond reproach or scandal; make our children obedient, our youth prudent and chaste, our old people cheerful and fervent, and build us up by thy powerful intercession, in faith, hope, charity and all virtues.

~ John Henry Cardinal Newman

Video: Step it up, Laity!

  Pope Benedict is calling on the laity to transform themselves AND the culture by becoming more involved in all aspects of society, including politics. Personal holiness and evangelization are two key messages of Pope Benedict's pontificate.

Catholic Church announces adult stem cell venture with Neostem

The Vatican issued a communique on Tuesday announcing a joint initiative with an international bio-pharmaceutical company to raise awareness and expand research of adult stem cell therapy.
Neostem Inc. and the Pontifical Council for Culture will combine the efforts of their respective foundations, the Stem for Life Foundation and STOQ (Science Theology and the Ontological Quest) Foundation, to advance research and explore the use of adult stem cells in regenerative medicine.
Fr. Tomasz Trafny from the Council for Culture remarked in a May 19 press release, "Considering the potential implication of scientific investigation, medical applicability and the cultural impact of research on adult stem cells, we view the collaboration with NeoStem as a critical effort."
"Through educational initiatives with NeoStem and sponsorship of scientific research programs involving cutting edge adult stem cell science which does not hurt human life, we come one step closer to a breakthrough that can relieve needless human suffering,” he said. Continued here.

Lessons from a Little Girl: How to develop a positive self image

 

H/T:  Jill Stanek

Illinois father of 5 ordained to priesthood following annulment

It's never too late to be a priest. 

A 57-year-old father of five whose marriage had been annulled was ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Belleville by Bishop Edward Braxton on May 22. A onetime lay employee of the diocesan education department, Father Dale Maxfield was appointed pastoral life coordinator of a parish. “It was at this time that his marriage began to fall apart and the life he had created as a husband and father,” according to the diocesan newspaper.

Read the story.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Envoy Institute


Help evangelize our culture, revitalize our Catholic identity, and keep a Catholic voice strong in the public square.

Please take a moment to check out Patrick Madrid’s Envoy Institute project.

Martyred monks film nabs second prize at Cannes festival

 Who says people aren't interested in religion in film? 

According to Kaye Muir of the Times Online:
"It is the most intensely passionate film at Cannes so far this year, and the fact that the passion is religious makes it no less moving. The early-morning audience wept yesterday in Of Gods and Men, Xavier Beauvois’s picture of the monks of the Atlas Mountains in Algeria, a beautifully told story of bravery and extraordinary understanding."

CNA shares the good news:

At the end the prestigious 12-day Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, a film on a group of French monks who were martyred in Africa during the 1990s won the event's second highest honor.

“Of Gods and Men,” a film by the French director Xavier Beauvois, centers around the true story of seven Cistercian monks who were taken hostage and murdered by Islamic fundamentalists in 1996. Though the monks were told to return to their native France, the group refused and chose to remain in the conflict-torn region of the Algerian mountains, knowing that they would be martyred.
On Sunday, the movie was awarded the “Grand Prix” honor, which is the festival's second highest prize.
Kate Muir, a film critic for the London-based Times Online, called the film the “most intensely passionate” one of the Cannes event, and according to her, during the movie's premier the “audience wept.”
In her May 19 review, Muir discussed Beauvois' depiction of the monks, who lived contemplative lives in the service of the poor in the Atlas Mountains. In the film, the seven men build strong friendships with their surrounding community and live in relative peace until conflict arises between the local government and extremist groups. Though the monks are advised by everyone involved to leave, each one decides to stay and is eventually held hostage and murdered by the fundamentalists.
“The deep humanity of the monks, their respect for Islam and their generosity towards their village neighbors make (up) the reason for our choice,” stated the festival jury who issued the award. “This movie of great artistic value benefits from a remarkable group of actors and follows the daily rhythm of work and liturgy.”

 ***

Of Gods and Men is a mystical, metaphysical and moving film. It tells us how the monks of Tibhirine have overcome their fear to remain loyal to their divine mission. How do you serve God which remaining men? Why are these monks both men and gods?

The film benefits from exceptional casting. All the actors are extraordinary. Michael Lonsdale is magnificent, Lambert Wilson is unbelievable, Jacques Herlin is deeply moving. There's a superb scene during which he laughs and cries at the same time, which demonstrates, without a doubt, the spirits.

Sorry this is all in French, but it will give you an idea of what the film is like. 

St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi

Today is the optional memorial of St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi.

Mary Magdalen of Pazzi, a highly gifted mystic, had made a vow of chastity at the age of ten. She entered the convent of the Discalced Carmelite nuns in Florence, because the practice of receiving holy Communion almost daily was observed there. For five years her only food was bread and water. She practiced the most austere penances and for long periods endured complete spiritual aridity. Her favorite phrase was: "Suffer, not die!" Her body has remained incorrupt to the present day; it is preserved in a glass coffin in the church of the Carmelite nuns at Florence.

Purity of soul and love of Christ are the chief virtues which the Church admires in St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi. These virtues matured her spiritually and enabled her to take as a motto, "Suffer, not die!" Purity and love are also the virtues which the Church today exhorts us to practice in imitation of the saint. We may never attain her high degree of holiness, but we can at least strive to suffer patiently out of love for Christ.

~ Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch.

Patron: Bodily ills; sexual temptation; sick people.

Quote: "Come Holy Spirit, Spirit of Truth. You are the reward of the saints, the comforter of souls, light in the darkness, riches to the poor, treasure to lovers, food for the hungry, comfort to those who are wandering, to sum up, you are the one in whom all treasures are contained."

~ St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi

Monday, May 24, 2010

Moving Documentary: Eleven On My Own

 Watch this moving documentary (it's only seven minutes long). Kristin, a Catholic homeschooling mother of 11 children, including a future priest, was deserted by her husband 15 years years ago. In three years, he has not given his family one dollar of child support, and now the family is being evicted from their home. This is the story of her day to day struggle.



 H/T: Leticia

A Great Awakening is taking place in the Church through the power of the Holy Spirit

 by Jean M. Heimann

Over the past year, I have felt that there has been a great awakening in the Church. More people are recognizing the divisions that are present in the Church and have a great desire to heal the wounds within. Michael Vorris  (The Vortex from Real Catholic TV) has been instrumental in pointing out the divisions and the reality of what is destroying the Church in the United States today. Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has pointed out that  “The greatest persecution of the Church doesn’t come from the enemies outside, but is born from sin inside the Church.” Before healing can occur, truth (as painful as it may be) is necessary. Truth precedes reconciliation. Once the problem has been defined, then the goals for determining a solution can be defined and implemented. When definition and acknowledgment of the problem has taken place, a plan to restore the bonds of unity can be developed. I believe that both Michael Vorris and our Holy Father have clearly defined the problems.

But what is essential in the restoration and healing process? Openness to the guidance of the Holy Spirit is necessary. In his homily at Pentecost our dear Holy Father told us: "A process of reunification begins among the different and divided parts of the human family". "People, often reduced to competing and conflicting individuals, having been touched by the Spirit of Christ, open themselves to the experience of communion, which can envelop them to the point that they form a new organism, a new entity: the Church. The effect of God's work is unity. Thus unity is the sign of recognition, the 'calling card' of the Church in the course of her universal history. Ever since the beginning, since the day of Pentecost, she has spoken all languages".

"The Church is never a prisoner of political, racial or cultural boundaries. She must not be confused with other States or with federations of States because hers is a different unity; it aspires to cross all human frontiers."

"From this, dear brothers and sisters derives a practical criterion of discernment for Christian life: when a person or a community close themselves inside their own way of thinking and acting, it is a sign they have distanced themselves from the Holy Spirit. Christians and particular Churches must always compare themselves, and seek harmony, with the one Catholic Church".

The very first step, then, in restoring that unity involves an interior examination of conscience. Contemplate the following questions during quiet time at home or better yet, during Eucharistic Adoration:

Are we allowing our daily actions and decisions to be influenced and guided by the Holy Spirit -- the Spirit of Truth and Love-- or are we clinging to our own comfortable and sinful ways of thinking and acting? Are we allowing the Holy Spirit to open our minds and hearts, to penetrate them, and to follow the truths preached by the Church?  Do we know what the Catholic Church actually teaches? Do we read and study the papal encyclicals, the Catholic Catechism, the Bible? Do we allow the Holy Spirit to transform our lives? What is motivating our daily actions-- our feelings, our politics, our desire to get ahead in the world -- or are we living out the truths of our faith?  In what concrete ways do we seek harmony with the Catholic Church? Do we pray and do penance for those who persecute the Church?

~ © May 2010 Jean M. Heimann

Quotations from Pope Benedict XVI via VIS News.

World Youth Day Madrid 2011 seeks 20,000 volunteers

US bishops: Catholic supporters of ‘profoundly flawed’ health care law wounded Catholic unity

 Some may criticize the U.S. Bishops as saying too little too late or not being vociferous enough, but I don't think we can lay the blame for this bill's passage on the Bishops. The CHA was openly defiant of the Bishop's stance regarding the passage of Obamacare. I don't know if they ever spoke directly to Sister Keehan of the Catholic Health Association -- who will be forever remembered as the key figure in passing this horrific pro-abortion bill, but I continue to wonder why she has not been removed from her position? 

And, yes, the actions of the Catholic Health Association have definitely wounded Catholic unity here in the U.S. Prayer and reparation are needed for their harmful actions.

Criticizing the Catholic Health Association for supporting “profoundly flawed” health care legislation, and responding to criticisms-- such as those lodged by Rep. Bart Stupak-- over the US bishops’ opposition to the March law, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a statement on May 21 defending the bishops’ actions in the weeks leading to the final vote on the issue. The statement was written by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities; Bishop William Murphy, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice, Peace and Human Development, and Bishop John Wester, chairman of the Committee on Migration.

“Reflecting decades of advocacy on behalf of universal access to health care, the bishops were clear in calling for health care reform as a moral imperative and urgent national priority,” the three bishops wrote. “We called for reform that would make health coverage affordable for the poor and needy, moving our society substantially toward the goal of universal coverage. We were equally clear in stating that this must be done in accord with the dignity of each and every human person, showing full respect for the life, health and conscience of all.” 

Read the entire article.

Saint of the Day: St. Vincent of Lerins, Monk and Writer




St. Vincent of Lerins (d.c.445) was a monk and writer. Born to a noble family of Gaul (modern France), he was probably the brother of St. Lupus of Troyes. Vincent initially served as a soldier but gave it up to become a monk on the island of Lerins off the southern French coast near Cannes. He was ordained there and in about 434 authored his famous work the Commonitorium. Written under the pseudonym Peregrinus, the Commonitorium offered a guide to orthodox teaching and included his famous maxim, the Vincentian Canon, by which he hoped to be able to differentiate between true and false tradition: quod ubique, quod semper, quod ab omnibus credituni est ("what has been believed everywhere, always, and by all"). He believed that the ultimate source of Christian truth was Holy Scripture and that the authority of the Church was to be invoked to guarantee the correct interpretation of Scripture.

Source: Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints.

Mary, Help of Christians

Today is the solemnity of Mary, Help of Christians, which was instituted in was instituted by Pope Pius VII.




Prayer to Mary, Help of Christians

Most Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christians,
how sweet it is to come to your feet
imploring your perpetual help.
If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children,
how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me?
Grant then to me, I implore you,
your perpetual help in all my necessities,
in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations.
I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering.
Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners.
Grant through your intercessions many vocations to the religious life.
Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians,
that having invoked you on earth we may love and eternally thank you in heaven.

~Saint John Bosco, Franciscan Tertiary and modern Apostle of young people (1815-1888)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pentecost: A Festival and My Special Anniversary


"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

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.

Five 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




Saturday, May 22, 2010

St. Josemaria Escriva on Love for Our Lady


"Love our Lady. And she will obtain abundant grace to help you conquer in your daily struggle. When you see the storm coming, if you seek safety in that firm refuge which is Mary, there will be no danger of your wavering or going down."

~ St. Josemaria Escriva

St. Rita of Cascia



Today is the optional memorial of Saint Rita of Cascia, religious.

St. Rita was born at Rocca Porena in the Diocese of Spoleto in 1386 to Antonio and Amata Lotti, who were quite advanced in years. Rita’s birth was an answer to their prayers. The family was well-known for their charity, which merited them the surname of "Peacemakers of Jesus Christ".

Rita brought much joy to her parents. She was a cheerful, amiable, pious and devout child who spent much of her time in prayer. At the age of twelve, she desired to consecrate herself to God in the religious state. Pious though her parents were, they refused her pleas, but instead gave her away in marriage, at the age of eighteen, to an ill-tempered young man who was the town watchman. The couple had two sons, who inherited their father's temperament.

After 18 years of marriage, Rita’s husband was murdered by an old enemy. Her sons swore vengeance on their father’s killers, but through Rita's intercessory prayers, they forgave the offenders. Both of her sons died shortly afterwards.

Rita's former desire to consecrate herself to God in the religious life returned. On three separate occasions, she asked to be admitted to the Augustinian Nuns, but her request was refused each time, and she returned home to Rocca Porrena.

One night, as Rita was praying, she heard someone call her name and a knock on the door. Miraculously she was instantly transported to the Augustinian monastery. Astonished at the miracle, the Nuns received Rita, and accepted her as one of their own.

St. Rita lived a very austere life and performed many severe penances. After hearing a homily on the Passion of Christ she returned to her cell; kneeling before her crucifix, she prayed: "Let me, my Jesus share in Thy suffering, at least of one of Thy thorns". Her prayer was answered. Suddenly one of the thorns detached itself from Christ’s crown of thorns and fastened itself on her forehead so deeply that she could not remove it. The wound became worse, and gangrene set in. Because of the foul odor emanating from the wound, she was denied the companionship of the other Sisters for fifteen years.

As St. Rita was dying, she requested a relative to bring her a rose from her old home at Rocca Porrena. Although it was not the season for roses, the relative went and found a rose in full bloom. For this reason roses are blessed in the Saint's honor. She died May 22, 1456, and both in life and after death has worked many miracles.

After St. Rita's death, her face became beautifully radiant, while the odor from her wound was as fragrant as that of the roses she loved so much. The sweet odor spread through the convent and into the church, where it has continued ever since. Her body has remained incorrupt to this day; the face is beautiful and well preserved.

When St. Rita died her cell was aglow with heavenly light, while the great bell of the monastery rang of itself. A relative with a paralyzed arm, upon touching her sacred remains, was cured. A carpenter, who had known the Saint, offered to make the coffin. Immediately, he recovered the use of his long stiffened hands.St. Rita of Cascia was the first woman to be canonized in the Great Jubilee at the beginning of the 20th century, on May 24, 1900.

Patronage

Rita is well-known as a patron of desperate, seemingly impossible causes and situations. She is also the patron saint of abuse victims, difficult marriages, infertility, impossible causes, parenthood, sterility, and widows.

Quote:

The saint of Cascia belongs to the great host of Christian women who "have had a significant impact on the life of the Church as well as of society" (Apostolic Letter Mulieris dignitatem, n. 27). Rita well interpreted the "feminine genius" by living it intensely in both physical and spiritual motherhood.

~ Pope John Paul II

Prayer to Saint Rita

Holy Patroness of those in need, Saint Rita, you were humble, pure and patient. Your pleadings with your divine Spouse are irresistible, so please obtain for me from our risen Jesus the request I make of you: {mention your petition}. Be kind to me for the greater glory of God, and I shall honor you and sing your praises forever. Glorious Saint Rita, you miraculously participated in the sorrowful passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Obtain for me now the grace to suffer with resignation the troubles of this life, and protect me in all my needs. Amen.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Pope asks Catholic politicians to be followers of the Church's teachings

Pope Benedict XVI met with participants of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, who are meeting to examine the theme Witnesses to Christ in the political community.

The pope took advantage of the gathering to ask the Catholic laity to participate in politics --an indirect way of reminding priests they should stay out of this area.


Video: Is Chivalry Dead?

This is shocking!

St. Eugene de Mazenod on the Blessed Virgin Mary


"We glorify God in the masterpiece of his power and love…it is the Son whom we honor in the person of his Mother."

~ St. Eugene de Mazenod

Video: Planned Parenthood introduces telemed abortions

 A controversy is brewing over how the RU-486 [abortion] pill is dispensed in Iowa after Planned Parenthood started using technology to allow doctors to hand out the pills using telemedicine.

Iowa is the only state in the country where Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is administering RU-486 pills using a remote camera and special pill dispenser to patients at rural clinics....


Video: The OTHER Deacon's Wife

 Michael Vorris from Real Catholic TV reports on a second deacon's wife. See The Deacon's Wife video for more information. Both videos deal with liturgical abuses.

St. Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions

Today is the Optional Memorial of St. Christopher Magallanes, priest and martyr, and his companions, martyrs.

Like Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro, S.J. (November 23), Cristobal and his twenty-four companion martyrs lived under a very anti-Catholic government in Mexico, one determined to weaken the Catholic faith of its people. Churches, schools and seminaries were closed; foreign clergy were expelled. Cristobal established a clandestine seminary at Totatiche, Jalisco. Magallanes and the other priests were forced to minister secretly to Catholics during the presidency of Plutarco Calles (1924-1928).

All of these martyrs except three were diocesan priests. David, Manuel and Salvador were laymen who died with their parish priest, Luis Batis. All of these martyrs belonged to the Cristero movement, pledging their allegiance to Christ and to the church that he established to spread the Good News in society—even if Mexico's leaders had made it a crime to receive baptism or celebrate the Mass.

These martyrs did not die as a single group but in eight Mexican states, with Jalisco and Zacatecas having the largest number. They were beatified in 1992 and canonized eight years later.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Phoenix meets its new Auxiliary Bishop-Elect

 At a press conference, Bishop Thomas Olmstead of the diocese of Phoenix presents Fr. Eduardo A. Nevares, a Texas priest appointed by the Holy Father to be the first Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix.

Charitable Event Launches New York Writers' Group

Huntington, NY-Catholic Writers of Long Island, which is poised to become the first local chapter of the Catholic Writers' Guild, will hold a full-day conference at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, 440 West Neck Road, Huntington, New York, on Saturday, June 19th, 2010 from 9:30-4:30pm, entitled, "The Word Made Flesh: A Day of Encouragement and Enrichment for Catholic Writers." Signed copies of good Catholic books, theater tickets, and other valuable prizes will be raffled off and proceeds will benefit Catholic Relief Services, which is a 501[c]3 organization. All are welcome, including nursing mothers with their babies.

The event's keynote speaker, Rick Hinshaw, editor of the Long Island Catholic, will receive the Catholic Writers' Guild's "Lily" award for Meritorious Achievement in Catholic Arts and Letters. Other speakers include: award-winning author and publisher, Josephine Nobisso; author and composer, Alexander J. Basile; retreat leader and host of "Among Women" podcast, Pat Gohn; and author and seminary rector, Msgr. Peter Vaccari. Msgr. Charles Fink, Director of Spiritual Formation for the seminary, will be the homilist.

The event emphasizes connectedness in the Body of Christ and supports professional networking via breaks with refreshments and a special bonus; early-birds will have bios and contact information listed in ¼-page sections in the program, an added value worth $15. Mass, Rosary, and buffet lunch included. Tickets before June 1st: $25 for adult early-birds and $17 for student early-birds. From June 1st-June 15th, tickets: $35 for adults and $25 for students. Meal head-count closes June 15th.

Register at: http://materetmagistramagazine.org/store/ and click on the "Catholic Writers of Long Island" link in the left sidebar under "Important Links." Add your 100-word [max] bio in the "comments" section, or mail check and typed bio to: mater et magistra, P.O. Box 251, Hamlin, PA 18427 and put "LI Writers" in notes section. To learn more, see Facebook page for "Catholic Writers of Long Island" or contact chapter president, Lisa Mladinich, at lisamladinich@optonline.net

St. Bernadine of Siena


St. Bernardine was born in 1380 in Tuscany. His parents died when he was seven years old and he was taken in by relatives who raised him as if he were their own.

As a youth, he possessed a strong love for the Blessed Virgin Mary and spoke to her as a child speaks to his mother. She kept him chaste and pure. He had a special devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and later wrote that the Immaculate Heart of Mary was "a fiery furnace of Holy Love."

While still a student at the University of Siena, he took charge of the hospital there when an epidemic killed most of the staff. Later he looked after a bedridden aunt until her death.

At the age of 22, he became a Franciscan. He was an energetic and popular preacher who spent years travelling on foot throughout Italy preaching to huge audiences. As a priest, he promoted peace among the warring Italian cities, and worked hard for the reform of the Franciscan order and for church unity. He encouraged devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus and is known for his use of the monogram IHS. Bernadine died on May 20, 1444, at the age of sixty-four in Aquila, Italy.

Bernadine was declared a saint in 1450, by Pope Nicholas V.

Patron:
advertisers; advertising; against hoarseness; communications; compulsive or uncontrolled gambling; gambling addicts; lungs; public relations; chest, respiratory, or lung problems; Aquila, Italy; diocese of San Bernardino, California; Italy

Quote: "Jesus, Name full of glory, grace, love and strength! You are the refuge of those who repent, our banner of warfare in this life, the medicine of souls, the comfort of those who morn, the delight of those who believe, the light of those who preach the true faith, the wages of those who toil, the healing of the sick. To You our devotion aspires; by You our prayers are received; we delight in contemplating You. O Name of Jesus, You are the glory of all the saints for eternity. Amen."

~ St. Bernardine of Siena

Prayer: Saint Bernardine of Siena, words were very important to you. You spent most of your life speaking the golden words of Jesus' mercy and his Holy Name. And you abhorred words that were shameful. Pray for us that we may always choose to speak Jesus' name with reverence and choose words of love over words of shame. Amen.

For more information:

Catholic Encyclopedia, by Paschal Robinson

Catholic Online, by Terry Matz

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Deacon's Wife

  The wife of a deacon recently gave a homily and you should hear what she preached. 

 INSTRUCTION : Redemptionis Sacramentum

U.S. Bishops Withdraw from Pro-Abortion, Homosexualist Civil Rights Coalition

 PTL! Our prayers have been answered on this! Thanks to all those who followed up on this by contacting the USCCB.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has pulled out of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition that lobbies against pro-life and pro-family legislation and boasts top pro-abortion and homosexualist groups among its members.

Go here for the story.

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Interested in going green? Then Protest the Pill June 5

Promote the Day American Life League is excited to launch Protest the Pill Day for the third year in a row on Saturday, June 5! We are also excited to see the number of groups who are co-sponsoring this year’s event: American Life League, Human Life International, Pro-Life Wisconsin, Pharmacists for Life International, Archdiocese of Mobile Respect Life, Jill Stanek, Pro-Life Unity, Operation Rescue, Generation Life/Brandi Swindell, Life Education Ministry and Movement for a Better America.

It’s not too late to be a co-sponsor! To be a co-sponsor simply means that you support the Pill Kills event and that your organization’s name will be included in promotional items. If your group is planning an actual event (prayer gathering, picket, etc.), ALL will help generate awareness of that activity by issuing media releases in your community. We would like you to establish a presence outside of Planned Parenthood, other abortion facilities or local pharmacies on June 5. Please contact us with the information at protests@all.org

You can begin advertising your local event now by downloading and printing the flyer at http://www.thepillkills.com/assets/PPD10Flyer.pdf. Include it in your next mailing and/or church bulletin, distribute it to other local pro-life groups and pregnancy help centers and post it on community bulletin boards.

Having a large coalition of pro-life groups sponsoring this event will bring greater awareness of the contraceptive mentality and our fight against it. Your group and your activities will be vital components in educating the public on the many dangers of the pill and its effects, not only on preborn children and women, but on our environment as well. Ending the use of the birth control pill will ultimately bring about recognition of every human person’s dignity and also help to end the scourge of abortion and Planned Parenthood.

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Kentucky lawsuit forces US court to ask: are bishops 'employees' of Vatican?

 Here's an important case for us to follow -- This suit raises critical questions of Church-State relations, including whether the Holy See should respond at all if the court should decide to proceed.

CWN reports: A lawsuit brought by sex-abuse victims is forcing a US federal court to examine a complex theological issue: the nature and scope of a Roman Pontiff's authority over individual diocesan bishops.

In order to include Pope Benedict as a defendant in the case, the plaintiffs must demonstrate that bishops who covered up evidence of sexual abuse-- in this case, the Archbishop of Louisville-- was acting as an agent of the Holy See.

William McMurry, the lawyer representing abuse victims, contends that it is evident the bishops work as employees of the Holy See, since the Pope has the power to appoint bishops, establish dioceses, and set universal Church policies. But the nature of authority in the Church, and the collegial exercise of apostolic power, do not fit so neatly into the ordinary models of corporate governance.

In an AP analysis of the case, two canon lawyers, Nicholas Cafardi and Edward Peters, note that civil courts have never previously attempted to resolve questions about papal and episcopal authority. Cafardi notes, too, that the identification of bishops as "employees" of the Vatican entails "a complete rewriting of Catholic theology."

The case has other implications for the Church. If bishops who are American citizens are classified as agents of the Vatican-- which is a sovereign international body-- then the case would lend strength to the old anti-Catholic claim that American Catholics may be regarded as subjects of a foreign power.

Even if the plaintiffs succeed in persuading the court to allow including the Holy See as a defendant, they still have the burden of demonstrating that the Vatican orchestrated a worldwide policy of protecting abusive priests from civil prosecution-- a contention that the attorney representing the Vatican in the Kentucky case has summarily rejected.

Catholic sister told bishop abortion was allowed by Church teaching

How can someone who is Catholic -- much less a Catholic sister who is a bride of Christ and has supposedly mastered the Catholic teachings of the faith -- believe such a heresy? This is shocking and very, very disappointing! I blogged about this earlier this week and felt very disgusted by this. As a crisis pregnancy counselor, I had heard that things like this happen in Catholic hospitals, but are rarely made public. I am happy this story is out and that Bishop Olmstead is speaking out against this "Catholic" Hospital's actions and is speaking the truth by telling those who were involved in this abortion that they are ex-communicated. I am also supportive of the bishop for removing her from this position and assigning her other duties.

Via CNA/EWTN News: - A religious sister who was on a Catholic hospital panel that approved a direct abortion has excommunicated herself, the Diocese of Phoenix said on Tuesday. According to the diocese, Sr. Margaret McBride told Bishop Olmsted that she believed performing an abortion in a specific case from 2009 "was a morally good and allowable act according to Church teaching."

Read the entire story here.

Related Information: Sister violated more than Catholic teaching in sanctioning abortion, ethicist says

Benedict XVI:" I ask you to join me in asking Our Lady of Fatima to continue to guide us"



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Phoenix Catholic doctors back Bishop Olmstead's stand on Catholic hospital abortion

Bravo to The Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix!

The Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix has issued a statement in support of Bishop Thomas Olmsted, who condemned an abortion that took place at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. Medical staff killed the unborn child after a hospital ethics committee deemed the abortion necessary to save the mother’s life.

“The Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix fully supports the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted with respect to matters of life of a mother pregnant with a child in her womb,” says Dr. William Brophy, the guild’s president. “An action which is in and of itself wrong, in that it lacks goodness as discerned by the light of human reason, is never justified by circumstances or intended end. Such is the case of abortion.”

~ Via CWN.

The USCCB part of coalition that backs Kagan for Supreme Court

 This news item from CWN will make your day (My comments in red):

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is a member of a coalition that is supporting the nomination of Elena Kagan to the United States Supreme Court.

“The President has nominated someone who is extremely well-qualified and who understands the lives of ordinary Americans. The daughter of a housing lawyer and school teacher, and herself a committed educator and public servant, Elena Kagan understands the effects of the courts' decisions on ordinary people,” said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “We believe she will uphold the Constitution and the law to provide equal justice and protect personal freedoms for everyone in America, not just a few.”

That is a totally ridiculous and outrageous statement. There is no way this ultra far left liberal will uphold the Constitution -- she will make mincemeat of it. Equal justice? Where is the equal justice for the innocent, voiceless unborn whose lives are snuffed out by the thousands daily?  Where is the equal justice for those students who were discriminated against by her at Harvard who were denied access to a military recruiter on campus during a time when our country was at war?  

Elena Kagan has zero experience.  She has never heard a single court case in her life. Elena Kagan is a pro-abort who has stated that tax-payer dollars should be used to fund abortion. Kagan has publicly criticized federal regulations that prohibited recipients of Title X family planning funds, from counseling women to get abortions and she helped  keep partial abortion legal by counseling President Clinton to support a phony ban on partial abortions sponsored by pro-abortion ex-Senator Tom Daschle. Kagan is also a member of the National Partnership for Women and Families (NPWF), a pro-abortion organization with strong ties to NARAL Pro-Choice America and Emily's List. The goal the NPWF is "to increase women's access to...reproductive health services and block attempts to limit reproductive rights...and to give every woman access to...abortion services..."


The USCCB is one of more than 200 organizations that belong to the coalition.

The USCCB needs to immediately leave this perverted organization and also needs to publicly speak out against Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court, encouraging Catholics to protest against this nomination. Her appointment could mean 30 more years of legalized abortion. With approximately 1.3 million abortions performed annually, 30 more years of abortion will cost us 39 million unborn lives.

To protest her nomination, go here to sign the petition.


Call your U.S. Senators  today and tell them you oppose Elena Kagan's nomination

    Contact Information for the USCCB:

    Bishop William Murphy, Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development
    Diocese of Rockville Centre
    50 North Park Ave. (PO Box 9023)
    Rockville Centre, NY 11571-9023
    Phone: 516-678-5800 ext. 400
    Fax: 516-764-3316
    E-mail: bishopsoffice@drvc.org

    Bishop Roger Morin, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development
    Diocese of Biloxi
    1790 Popps Ferry Rd.
    Biloxi, MS
    39532
    Phone: 228-702-2111
    Fax: 228-702-2178

    John Carr, Executive Director (Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development)
    3211 4th Street, N.E.
    Washington, D.C.
    20017-1194
    Phone: 202-541-3181
    E-mail: jcarr@usccb.org

    Ralph McCloud, Director (Catholic Campaign for Human Development)
    3211 4th Street, N.E.
    Washington, D.C.
    20017-1194
    Phone: 202-541-3367
    E-mail: rmccloud@usccb.org