Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
ACORN fires 2 who were probing embezzlement allegations
We continue to ask for the grace in being the best stewards of all HIS blessings and continue to pray for all Bishops and priests!
Commonweal: SC priest: Voted for Obama? No Eucharist for you…
Newsweek/Washington Post /Under God: Priest Calls Vote for Obama a Mortal Sin
Boston Globe: Priest: No Communion for Obama voters
Greenville Online: Priest advises penance for Obama vote
Please continue to pray for Fr. Newman and his parish.
In a November 7 letter recently made public, he wrote: “After much prayer, reflection and discernment, it is my conscience that compels me to do the right thing. I cannot recant my belief and public statements that support the ordination of women in our Church.”
Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome
Pray for Father Newman as he stands up for CHRIST in the HOLY EUCHARIST!
And continue to pray for all the bishops and all priests -NO MATTER what they're doing!
Fr. Z's Post.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Bias Crime on Door of Newman Catholic Center Undergoing Investigation
Angrier response to Prop. 8 steps up
Mormons Targeted for Role Supporting Prop 8
Prop. 8 protestors boycott businesses
YouTube - Proposition 8 protesters confront elderly woman in Palm Springs, California
Same-sex marriage backers hit Capitol, churches
Gay activists rally outside Mormon temple in NYC
Michigan liberals attack Lansing congregation in the middle of Sunday worship
O Mary, conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
'V/t' Rocco -Whispers in the Loggia for the USCCB Statement:
Cardinal Francis George OMI of Chicago, on the coming administration.
STATEMENT of the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
“If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labor; if the Lord does not watch over the city, in vain does the watchman keep vigil.” (Psalm 127, vs. 1)
The Bishops of the Catholic Church in the United States welcome this moment of historic transition and look forward to working with President-elect Obama and the members of the new Congress for the common good of all. Because of the Church’s history and the scope of her ministries in this country, we want to continue our work for economic justice and opportunity for all; our efforts to reform laws around immigration and the situation of the undocumented; our provision of better education and adequate health care for all, especially for women and children; our desire to safeguard religious freedom and foster peace at home and abroad. The Church is intent on doing good and will continue to cooperate gladly with the government and all others working for these goods.
The fundamental good is life itself, a gift from God and our parents. A good state protects the lives of all. Legal protection for those members of the human family waiting to be born in this country was removed when the Supreme Court decided Roe vs. Wade in 1973. This was bad law. The danger the Bishops see at this moment is that a bad court decision will be enshrined in bad legislation that is more radical than the 1973 Supreme Court decision itself.
In the last Congress, a Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) was introduced that would, if brought forward in the same form today, outlaw any “interference” in providing abortion at will. It would deprive the American people in all fifty states of the freedom they now have to enact modest restraints and regulations on the abortion industry. FOCA would coerce all Americans into subsidizing and promoting abortion with their tax dollars. It would counteract any and all sincere efforts by government and others of good will to reduce the number of abortions in our country.
Parental notification and informed consent precautions would be outlawed, as would be laws banning procedures such as partial-birth abortion and protecting infants born alive after a failed abortion. Abortion clinics would be deregulated. The Hyde Amendment restricting the federal funding of abortions would be abrogated. FOCA would have lethal consequences for prenatal human life.
FOCA would have an equally destructive effect on the freedom of conscience of doctors, nurses and health care workers whose personal convictions do not permit them to cooperate in the private killing of unborn children. It would threaten Catholic health care institutions and Catholic Charities. It would be an evil law that would further divide our country, and the Church should be intent on opposing evil.
On this issue, the legal protection of the unborn, the bishops are of one mind with Catholics and others of good will. They are also pastors who have listened to women whose lives have been diminished because they believed they had no choice but to abort a baby. Abortion is a medical procedure that kills, and the psychological and spiritual consequences are written in the sorrow and depression of many women and men. The bishops are single-minded because they are, first of all, single-hearted.
The recent election was principally decided out of concern for the economy, for the loss of jobs and homes and financial security for families, here and around the world. If the election is misinterpreted ideologically as a referendum on abortion, the unity desired by President-elect Obama and all Americans at this moment of crisis will be impossible to achieve.
Abortion kills not only unborn children; it destroys constitutional order and the common good, which is assured only when the life of every human being is legally protected. Aggressively pro-abortion policies, legislation and executive orders will permanently alienate tens of millions of Americans, and would be seen by many as an attack on the free exercise of their religion.
This statement is written at the request and direction of all the Bishops, who also want to thank all those in politics who work with good will to protect the lives of the most vulnerable among us. Those in public life do so, sometimes, at the cost of great sacrifice to themselves and their families; and we are grateful. We express again our great desire to work with all those who cherish the common good of our nation. The common good is not the sum total of individual desires and interests; it is achieved in the working out of a common life based upon good reason and good will for all.
Our prayers accompany President-elect Obama and his family and those who are cooperating with him to assure a smooth transition in government. Many issues demand immediate attention on the part of our elected “watchman.” (Psalm 127) May God bless him and our country.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
A Letter from Bishop John Ricard to Senator Joseph Biden (Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee)
Communion for Biden
Joe Biden's Catholic Bishop Won't Deny Communion Over Pro-Abortion Views
Biden’s bishop won’t ask him to refrain from receiving Holy Communion
British PM calls on US to reject protectionism
Bretton Woods II unlikely to emerge from G20 summit
Brown Warns Against Protectionism
Brown hails Obama as 'new hope'
PM urges Obama to lead global change
Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.
BLESSED MOTHER TAKE OVER SEND IN THE FATHER, SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, & SAINT JOSEPH!
The court will overturn Prop. 8
Prop. 8 supporters suffer harassment, assaults from homosexual activists
Same-sex marriage backers hit Capitol, churches
Op-Ed: Why Black Voters Didn't Fight Prop. 8
Proposition 8 stands, despite protests and court challenges
Schwarzenegger tells backers of gay marriage: Don't give up
See James Mary Evans' post too: Monsters in the Desert (Video): No on 8 protesters rough up little old lady carrying cross
Monday, November 10, 2008
You want the text of the speeches?
He's got them and other interesting items...check them all out (scroll down)
Here they are:
From Rome's "Messenger" - Archbishop Pietro Sambi Papal Nuncio to Washington
From the Chief - Cardinal Francis George OMI, Archbishop of Chicago
Keep praying! Pray for humility of heart and the humility of the docility of the Holy Spirit--PRAY BIG!
Please read this and pray strongly for a humility of heart and pray for humility in docility and obedience to the Holy Spirit.
This and the rosary our choicest weapons!
Bloggers have been reporting all weekend on the 'new initiatives' that Pres.-elect Obama has in store for the country.
'Change': The Future -notice how the pages have already been 'scrubbed'/contents removed....hmmmm....quite interesting. Dang. I didn't get screen shots....just thought they'd leave those pages up because of their egos. Oh well. They'll just scatter and continue to 'hide' or boast about their programs and we'll (bloggers) continue to monitor the situation.
Check out my post from last night- 'Service' and see Amercia Serves --the content has been changed as well!
GOD'S TRUTH will prevail!
A thank you to 'anonymous' for his/her 'veil tip'!
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Web faux pas: Plan leaked for 'civilian security force'?
Obama's compulsory service proposal becomes explicit
His Service Speech - "A New Era of Service" - July '08
'Service'-Helping All Americans Serve Their Country (pdf. download NOW)
Finally, we need to integrate service into education, so that young Americans are called upon and prepared to be active citizens.
Just as we teach math and writing, arts and athletics, we need to teach young Americans to take citizenship seriously. Study after study shows that students who serve do better in school, are more likely to go to college, and more likely to maintain that service as adults. So when I'm President, I will set a goal for all American middle and high school students to perform 50 hours of service a year, and for all college students to perform 100 hours of service a year. This means that by the time you graduate college, you'll have done 17 weeks of service.
We'll reach this goal in several ways. At the middle and high school level, we'll make federal assistance conditional on school districts developing service programs, and give schools resources to offer new service opportunities. At the community level, we'll develop public-private partnerships so students can serve more outside the classroom.
For college students, I have proposed an annual American Opportunity Tax Credit of $4,000. To receive this credit, we'll require 100 hours of public service. You invest in America, and America invests in you - that's how we're going to make sure that college is affordable for every single American, while preparing our nation to compete in the 21st century.
For our veterans, I was proud to be a strong and early supporter of Jim Webb's bipartisan GI Bill, so that today's vets have the same opportunity that my grandfather had under the GI Bill. To marshal their talents in building a new energy economy, I will launch an initiative to give our veterans the training they need to succeed in the Green Jobs of the future. It's time to end our energy dependence at home so our national security isn't held hostage to oil and gas from abroad.
And we will not leave out the nearly 2 million young Americans who are out of school and out of work. We'll enlist them in our Energy Corps, so that disadvantaged young people can find useful work, clean polluted areas, help weatherize homes, and gain skills in a growing industry. And we'll expand the YouthBuild Program, which puts young Americans to work building affordable housing in America's poorest communities, giving them valuable skills and a chance to complete a high school education. Because no one should be left out of the American story.
Now I know what the cynics will say. I've heard from them all my life.
These are the voices that will tell you - not just what you can't do - but what you won't do. Americans won't come together - our allegiance doesn't go beyond our political party, region, or congregation. Young Americans won't serve their country - they're too selfish, or too lazy. This is the soft sell of the status quo, the voice that tells you to settle because settling isn't that bad.
Campaign website- 'Service'
Obama and Biden will set a goal that all middle and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year. They will develop national guidelines for service- learning and will give schools better tools both to develop programs and to document student experience. Green Job Corps: Obama and Biden will create an energy-focused youth jobs program to provide disadvantaged youth with service opportunities weatherizing buildings and getting practical experience in fast-growing career fields.
"When you choose to serve -- whether it's your nation, your community or simply your neighborhood -- you are connected to that fundamental American ideal that we want life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness not just for ourselves, but for all Americans. That's why it's called the American dream."
The Obama Administration will call on Americans to serve in order to meet the nation’s challenges. President-Elect Obama will expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and will create a new Classroom Corps to help teachers in underserved schools, as well as a new Health Corps, Clean Energy Corps, and Veterans Corps.
Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by setting a goal that all middle school and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year and by developing a plan so that all college students who conduct 100 hours of community service receive a universal and fully refundable tax credit ensuring that the first $4,000 of their college education is completely free. Obama will encourage retiring Americans to serve by improving programs available for individuals over age 55, while at the same time promoting youth programs such as Youth Build and Head Start.