Friday, December 19, 2008

NCReporter John Allen - Cardinal Avery Dulles

An unpublished interview with Avery Dulles

Meeting with Obama Team

Social justice groups meet with Obama team, Catholic bishops express doubt

More 'EarthSpirit Rising'

Xavier University Will Host ‘EarthSpirit Rising 2009’ Conference

Letter to Pastor Rick Warren from HLI's - Pres. Rev. Tom Euteuneuer

CONTACT: Stephen Phelan, 602-380-3464
December 19, 2008

HLI Challenges Pastor’s Participation
In Obama Inauguration

FRONT ROYAL, VA — The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, STL, president of Human Life International (HLI), today challenged Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA to reconsider his participation in the upcoming inaugural ceremonies for President-elect Barack Obama.

“We applaud Pastor Warren’s support of pro-life causes as well as his defense of traditional marriage,” said Father Euteneuer. “This is why we are concerned that his high-profile and explicitly Christian prayerful invocation at President-elect Obama’s inauguration may be perceived as an endorsement, even a blessing, of what will likely be the most anti-life administration in the history of this country.”

President-elect Obama has promised to sign into law the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), a massive assault on the dignity of life. He is also widely expected to reverse President George W. Bush’s executive order reinstating the Mexico City Policy, which prevents funding of international groups and programs that advocate abortion, as well as funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) which, among other assaults on life, has been demonstrated to support coercive “family planning” measures in China, including forced abortions and sterilizations.

“President-elect Obama has given every indication that he has no respect for the lives of the unborn, and whenever given the opportunity, has promised to enforce the most extreme demands of anti-life groups,” said Father Euteneuer. “This extremist agenda should not be seen to have the endorsement of pro-life leaders such as Pastor Warren.”

“I respect the personal relationship that Pastor Warren has with Mr. Obama,” said Father Euteneuer. “But such a public and explicitly Christian endorsement as this invocation is certainly confusing to those who know Mr. Obama’s record on life issues. We respectfully ask Pastor Warren to reconsider his participation in the inaugural ceremonies, given Mr. Obama’s extremist anti-life views.”

Vacationing in Hawaii

Obama heading to Hawaii for family vacation

Articles - Obama Controversy



Self-Publishing Information

In case you were wondering....Self-publishing a book: 25 things you need to know

Kathleen Parker's Latest

The Media's Double Standard on Resumes

Irony Alert: Kathleen Parker on Media's Palin/Kennedy Double Standard

Transplant News Item

Transplant surgeon acquitted in case involving potential organ donor's death

Will Smith's Newest Movie - "Seven Pounds" - A Review

Will Smith: Suicide, Career And Otherwise
""Seven Pounds" is just gruesome, a horrid misfire by a well intentioned actor who will definitely be able to bounce back. I hope."

Me Christmas too. (Movie tickets, in my neck of the woods, are too expensive for my budget anyway - $9.25 each - a pretty expensive night out with hubby)

Mary Ann Kreitzer's - Great Plan

Bishops Plan to Fight FOCA

The battle continues

Clinton, Murray vow reversal of Bush abortion rule

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The "O Antiphons"

More info here & here.

O Holy Night - I know this one doesn't come under the "O Antiphons" but it is one my favorite Christmas Carols. The verses touch my heart each time I hear it.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
'Til He appear'd and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn;

Dr. Orly Taitz, Esq. Lead Counsel in Keyes v. Obama - 2 Videos

A Good Read: Dick Morris & Eileen McGann's Column 12-15-08

"The result is that there will be constant deflationary pressure on oil prices, a vicious cycle that will impoverish all the right people."

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Recommendation of site: The Right Side of Life

The Right Side of thorough, organized, up-to-date (up-to-the min. too) and quite comprehensive...go there...bookmark it!

SEE tonight:Berg v. Obama: Application Refiled with Justice Kennedy

AOL in on the Obama Birth Certificate Controversy


And this one made me feel much better about the situation - read - Do not be discouraged: we need to fight on

Nativity News Round-up

Nativity attack was pointless (UK)

Benedict XVI Encourages Home Nativity Scenes

Pickup truck Nativity scene returns to Lafayette

Unusual Nativity Scenes in Spain

Obama New Top Wise Man In Nativity Scenes

Salina, Richfield decline to display nativity

Anglicans Add Hindu Snowmen, Chinese Dragon to Christmas Displays

Jesus figurine stolen from nativity scene in Paw Paw

Lawsuit Against Manitowoc County Nativity Scene

Ohio city's Jesus figure found hanging

Churches can track baby Jesus statutes

No, Virginia, Christmas isn’t being exterminated

Faith keeps seaside Nativity scene on shelf

GPS, hidden cameras watching over Baby Jesus

Foundation Threatens to Sue Wisconsin Rapids Over Nativity Display

Seasonal thefts

Prayer Need: Nativity Scene: Baby Jesus Taken

Baby Jesus swiped from Nativity near Independence Hall

Sorry, Baby Jesus. While You are with Your 'captors', I know You'll make and leave a mark on their hearts.

Catholic Health Association Welcomes the Naming of Tom Daschle & Jeanne Lambrew to Obama Cabinet

Catholic Health Association Statement on the Naming of Tom Daschle and Jeanne Lambrew to Health Leadership Positions in President-Elect Obama's Administration

The Catholic Health Association welcomes President-elect Barack Obama's official nomination today of former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle to be his secretary of Health and Human Services and the person to oversee a new White House Office of Health Reform. Also, we are pleased that Obama named Jeanne Lambrew to serve as deputy director of new White House Office of Health Reform.

We applaud the President-elect for choosing these two extraordinary and capable leaders who bring an enormous understanding of health care delivery issues and the need for meaningful reform for American families and businesses.

President-elect Obama has shown with today's announcements that he continues to understand that health care reform is a major domestic policy issue. At the same time, he remains true to his pre-election promises to achieve health care reform that provides affordable, accessible health care for all Americans while building on the existing health care system.

We share the vision that our country will only have a renewed and vibrant economy when we enact health reform designed to create and sustain a strong, healthy national community. The reforms should truly promote the nation's well-being and cover everyone with a reasonable, basic benefits package. To achieve this goal, the Catholic health ministry looks forward to working with the President-elect and with future HHS Secretary Daschle and Deputy Director Lambrew.


It seems to me we're doing double work here....does anybody else feel that way? If we'd just gotten the job done right the first time we wouldn't be in this position.

Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) - USCCB

Update: Reaction to Mexico-Playboy's Offensive Cover

Catholics Are Skeptical of Playboy’s Denial About Controversial ‘Virgin Mary’ Cover

Mexican Playboy Angers Catholic Officials

Good Info

Check out The Right Side of Life for further info on SCOTUS & Obama situations/cases- SCOTUS: Is It Really Over?

Prayer Need: Excommunication of 2 Priests

Catholic Church excommunicates 2 Mesa priests

Blessed Mother help your sons.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Vatican & Bio-ethics

Pope Benedict offers ethical evaluation of biomedical advances

Vatican condemns IVF in bio-ethics review

Vatican Issues Instruction on Bioethics

'Dignity of a person' reinforced in Vatican bioethics document

Obama on Social Issues

Change is Coming to the Nation's Abortion Laws

Obama will not moderate on social issues, commentator predicts

FOCA remains a threat, Russell Shaw warns

Spirit & Life ® Volume 03, Number 44 | Friday, December 12, 2008

Election III - Assault on Conscience and Reality

November 4th was not just a historic date in history because of the election of the nation's first black president; it also marked a new division that was established in our country between those who have consciences formed in the truth and those who don't. I have constantly spoken of the need to battle for America's very soul, but I am seeing that there is more at stake here: we are engaged in a battle to define reality, and the outcome of that battle undoubtedly determines the fate of souls.
As evidence of this fight for reality, a court in Montana last week arbitrarily decided that doctors in that state can help people kill themselves. This was defined as an extension of a fundamental human "right" of the man who brought the case. That esteemed court pontificated thus: "The Montana constitutional rights of individual privacy and human dignity, taken together, encompass the right of a competent terminally (ill) patient to die with dignity...Montanans generally mind their own business and do not wish to restrict other people in their freedoms unless the exercise of those freedoms interferes with other members of society." Well, that's exactly the point, isn't it? Now that assisted suicide is the law of the States of Oregon, Washington and Montana, will the elderly, the sick and the handicapped begin to have a duty to die as well? Ask Terri Schiavo if she was "free" to choose life.

When the courts, or the policy-makers, divorce reality from sanity, then "other people's freedoms" will indeed interfere with the life of others in society, particularly the most vulnerable. Gone are the days when we could just say that we have to tolerate another's right to choose his own personalized belief system - pretty soon we will be forced to choose between his alien belief system and ours, and the results will not be pretty. Haven't we noticed in recent weeks, since the election, that the forces of lawlessness are marching in a militant fashion? Washington State legalized physician-assisted suicide in the election and Montana follows suit weeks later. Three states said a resounding "No!" to gay marriage, and churches and pro-marriage organizations have been attacked sadistically by homosexual activists. We also just learned that President-elect Obama has fawningly invited a radical Gay and Lesbian group called the Decadence Festival to march in the Inaugural Parade. We elect two pro-abort branches of government and these proceed to choose the most extreme abortion advocates for key positions in the Administration while all the world's attention is fixated on their money and their bailouts.
The distortion of meaning and sanity in the public forum will not be alleviated in the Obama Administration; in fact, it will be intensified. Americans have handed the institutions of political and social power over to people who have proven track-records of activism on radical issues that will destroy lives and souls. These have been emboldened by what they have interpreted as a national mandate for their agenda. Only the forces of conscience based on objective moral truth and common sense will counter the unholy agendas that will be visited upon our nation as a result of this election. We, for our part, must batten down the moral and spiritual hatches to make sure that we evaluate all things with the Mind of Christ, and when in doubt, let's look to the enduring wisdom of the Christian Tradition and the official teachings or our Church for guidance. We will be fortified in our battle by these blessings from on high.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer,

Tony & Cherie Blair News

Blair explains Catholicism move

Tony Blair was a 'secret Catholic,' former aide says

Globalization Needs 'Values' to Succeed, Says Blair

Blair had fears about becoming Catholic

Blair feared 'palaver' over Catholicism conversion

Tony Blair and Belinda Stronach Join to Support Faiths Act Fellowship

Tony Blair Organizing World's Faiths to Stomp for Abortion Via UN Millenium Development Goals

Cherie Blair Denies Pro-Abortion Label at Angelicum Lecture

Cherie Blair defends pro-life credentials

'I don't have horns and a tail,' Cherie Blair tells Vatican college audience

"'I have been a practicing Catholic all my life and it would be rather strange if I didn't adhere to the teachings of the Church."


Then in a clear reference to her own views Mrs Blair added:'I am on the record as having had difficulties with accepting the current teaching of responsible parenthood.'

Mrs Blair also surprised Vatican observers by calling for more women in the Church and said:'There is no reason why half of all Curia (governing body of the Catholic Church) posts should not be filled by women.

'It seems an impossible dream.'

'She made it clear in her speech that she has problems with the Church's position on contraception and she recognised that and said that debate was needed.'

What is the difference between dissent and reasonable debate?

Update: Wrotnowski v. Bysiewicz: SCOTUS Denies Application for Stay/Injunction

Wrotnowski v. Bysiewicz: SCOTUS Denies Application for Stay/Injunction

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Prayer Need:Cardinal Dulles RIP 12-12-08

Cardinal Dulles dead at 90

The Very Model Of Lucidity

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Fr. Mitch Pacwa's Homily 12-11-08 - "Threshing Grain"


EU: Interesting & Revealing Meeting

Czech leader in shock after EU assault

PRAYER ALERT: Another TRY at it - Ireland & the EU!

Secret 'EU President' talks begin as Ireland agrees to vote again

EU: Ireland will vote again on treaty next year

EU seal deals on economy, climate packages

They're gonna work this one for real and much harder because of the 'global financial crisis' ! YEA RIGHT!

GET ready...BIG prayers are needed.

Our Lady of Knock, please intercede for Ireland.

Update: Mexico Playboy Apologizes

Nude Virgin Mary cover prompts Playboy apology

We'll continue to watch and pray!