Thursday, May 10, 2007
Our Lady of Guadalupe pray for us and protect our Holy Father Benedict XVI!
Pope Benedict's mere utterance of the E-word, excommunication, when talking about Roman Catholic politicians who support abortion has caused a stir in the Church and could strengthen the hand of conservatives.
Our Holy Father BXVI really makes an impression. He apparently affects the medical community too! Whoa! Go Holy Father! Go!
My prayers continue for him as he travels - proclaiming HIS truth TO ALL!
‘We cannot keep silence. In a month’s time, there will be calls to tolerate homosexuality in the context of another attempt to organize a pride march on June 3’, Cardinal Pujats writes.
The cardinal has urged the Latvian government to stop what he calls ‘an action inspired from abroad, in which a handful of people with dubious morality tries to force the government to accept their perverted views’. ‘No international document on human rights views homosexuality as a sign of minority to be protected’, he stressed. Cardinal Pujats noted that if a gay parade was held in his country, it would be ‘a real attack on the national morality, religion and family values’, adding that people ‘will not watch it in silence’.
More than 70 men have used the 27-year-old provision to become Catholic priests in the U.S. Lowe, who is 68 and retired in 2002 after 32 years as an Episcopal priest in Newton, Mass., is the first in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Mahony said people should view the ordination as an exception and not an indication the church may change its requirements and bring in more married priests.
Many of the parishioners weren't listening. Worried about the shortage of priests, they viewed the ordination as a symbol.
"I think it's opening a door for married priests in the future," said Michelle Paschen of Camarillo. "And yes, I think priests should be married."
John Blankenship, 68, of Camarillo went further.
"I think it's great that we're moving forward," he said. "Hopefully that will eventually lead to women being priests."
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Pope Benedict XVI said Wednesday he supports excommunication for politicians who backed Mexico City's decision to legalize abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Church doctrine calls for automatic excommunication for anyone procuring an abortion. "It's nothing new, it's normal,'' Benedict said during an airborne news conference aboard the plane carrying him to Brazil on his first pilgrimage to Latin America.
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi later told reporters that the politicians who voted for abortion had automatically excommunicated themselves by their actions.
Mexican church officials have said that doctors and nurses who performed abortions as well as lawmakers who supported the legalization would be excommunicated. Church teaching also says any woman who get an abortion faces automatic excommunication, meaning the Vatican doesn't have to issue a formal excommunication order.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Scholar: Ordaining Women Is Disrespectful
Says Promotion of Female Priests Overemphasizes Masculinity
FEMALE RELIGIOUS: THE PRIORITY IS INTIMACY WITH CHRIST
"May your primary concern be to help your consoeurs to seek ... Christ and to put themselves generously at the service of the Gospel. Do not lose heart and dedicate every possible effort to the human, cultural and spiritual formation of the people entrusted to your care, that they may be capable of responding to modern cultural and social challenges. Be the first to set the example in shunning comforts, luxuries and convenience to accomplish your mission."
..."to share the wealth of your charisms with those who are committed to the one mission of the Church, which is to build the Kingdom. To this end, establish serene and cordial collaboration with priests, the lay faithful and especially families, in order to meet the suffering, needs, material poverty, and above all the spiritual poverty of so many of our contemporaries. Cultivate, moreover, sincere communion and close collaboration with bishops, who are primarily responsible for evangelization in the particular Churches."
Our Holy Father needs great prayer. Protect him Blessed Mother!
Immediate prayers are needed for this situation!
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has dismissed criticism from the country's Catholic bishops over his controversial rule as "nonsense" and warned that his government could start treating the clergy as political foes.
The REAL ID flow-chart to the right of this column is exceedingly informative! Use it!
Jim Harper will be testifying today before the Senate Judiciary Committee. SEE WEBCAST BLOCK (right side of press release info)
The Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee is filing comments on the REAL ID regulations. Comments close today (Tuesday). Instructions for commenting can be found here, and apparently, due to difficulties with the automatic comment system and with receiving faxes, DHS has opened an email address for receiving comments: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=DHS-2006-0030. Emails must have “DHS-2006-0030” in the subject: line.
Homeland Security's Own Privacy Panel Declines to Endorse License Rules
Yes, this really does say alot! THANK GOD!
While the committee's 12 final recommendations are mostly predictable (such as restricting what the ID can be used for and making sure that the machine-readable portion of any REAL ID should not be easily readable by unauthorized persons), the importance of Homeland Security's own advisory board explicitly saying it won't endorse Real ID as workable or appropriate shouldn't be underestimated.
We will remain prayerful and vigilant in protecting ourselves and our privacy!
Monday, May 07, 2007
Jim Harper Director Information Policy Studies CATO Institute Washington, DC
Dr. James Carafano Assistant Director, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies Senior Research Fellow
Douglas and Sarah Allison
Center for Foreign Policy Studies Heritage Foundation Washington, DC
Bruce Schneier Founder and Chief Technology Officer BT Counterpane Minneapolis, MN
Janice Kephart President 9/11 Security Solutions, LLC Alexandria, VA
"John Allen will be travelling on the papal plane, and will be posting reports on the trip to his Daily News and Updates column on NCRcafe.org."
And today he entrusts his trip to Brazil to Our Blessed Mother-BENEDICT XVI ENTRUSTS TO THE VIRGIN HIS TRIP TO BRAZIL in the month of May-her month!
The month of May "is for many Christian communities the Marian month par excellence. As such it has, over the course of the centuries, become one of the forms of devotion most dear to people and has always been adopted by pastors as an opportunity for preaching, catechesis and community prayer."
"Marian devotion underwent a profound renewal. And the month of May, which partly coincides with Easter time, is an appropriate moment to present the figure of Mary as the Mother who accompanied the community of disciples gathered in joint prayer while they awaited the Holy Spirit. This month, then, can be an occasion to return to the faith of the early Church and, together with Mary, to understand that today too our mission is to announce and bear witness with courage and joy to Christ, crucified and risen, the hope of humanity.
"To the Holy Virgin, Mother of the Church," the Pope added, "I wish to entrust the apostolic trip I will make to Brazil from May 9 to 14. Like my venerated predecessors Paul VI and John Paul II, I will preside at the opening of a General Conference of the Episcopate of Latin America and the Caribbean," the fifth such meeting "which will take place next Sunday at the great national shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, in the city of that name."
This, said the Pope, "is my first pastoral visit to Latin America and I am preparing myself spiritually to meet the ... subcontinent where almost half the world's Catholics live, many of them young. For this reason it has been called 'the continent of hope:' a hope that touches not only the Church, but all America and the word entire."
Pope Benedict called upon the faithful to pray to Mary Most Holy "for this apostolic pilgrimage and, in particular, for the Fifth General Conference of the Episcopate of Latin America and the Caribbean, so that all Christians of those regions may feel themselves as disciples and missionaries of Christ, Way, Truth and Life."
"There are many different challenges facing us at the present moment, that is why it is important for Christians to be formed to become a 'ferment' of goodness and a 'light' of sanctity in our world."
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with with confidence, I fly to you, O virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.
A Catholic school teacher fired after using in-vitro fertilization is taking her case to Wisconsin's Equal Rights Division. She joins a roster of others penalized by the Catholic school system for their reproductive activities and activism.