Monthly Archives: June 2010

Catholic Bishops Tell Congress: Don't Turn Military Hospitals in Abortion Centers

30 June 2010

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 29, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The nation’s Catholic bishops have a message for members of Congress: don’t turn American taxpayer-funded military base hospitals into abortion centers. They are oppose language in a Senate bill that would overturn the ban on abortions at the approximately 250 military base hospitals.

Sen. Roland Burris attached an amendment to a bill in the Senate Armed Services Committee that received a 15-12 vote.

All Democrats supported it except for Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who joined all of the committee’s Republicans in opposition.

In a June 29 letter to members of the Senate, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, said authorizing abortions at military hospitals in this country and around the world is “misguided.”

He urged lawmakers to vote for an expected amendment that would remove the Burris language from the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 3454).

Cardinal DiNardo said it was disingenuous to suggest, as the amendment’s proponents have, that the amendment is “moderate” in requiring patients at military facilities to pay for their abortions.

“Which is a more direct governmental involvement in abortion: That the government reimburses someone else for having done an abortion, or that the government performs the abortion itself and accepts payment for doing so?” the Cardinal wrote.

He cited a 1989 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court saying that “the State need not commit any resources to facilitating abortions, even if it can turn a profit by doing so.”

Cardinal DiNardo also noted the longstanding nature of the current policy against providing abortions at military health facilities, which has been in place for 22 years with the exception of 1993-1995.

“During the brief period when these facilities were told to make abortions available, scarcely any military physician could be found in overseas facilities who was willing to perform abortions,” the Cardinal noted.   More



Young Wisconsin Catholics Cheer Bishop Morlino for Welcoming Orthodox Priests

25 June 2010

Bishop Morlino: One of the most outspoken advocates for unborn among the U.S. Catholic hierarchy

By Kathleen Gilbert

MADISON, Wisconsin, June 23, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Catholics in the diocese of Madison, WI are hitting back at negative media coverage of their bishop after he welcomed priests with the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest, a group renowned for their traditionalist liturgy and fidelity to orthodox Catholic teaching. Supporters note that, contrary to the picture painted by dissenting voices in the media, Morlino’s focus on orthodoxy is increasingly popular with Catholic youth – even in the liberal stronghold of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Madison Bishop Robert Morlino, one of the most outspoken advocates for the unborn among the U.S. Catholic hierarchy, has defended the priests against criticism that the move represented a “step backward” and that the priests’ approach is, in the words of one parishioner, “quite different than we have become accustomed to.” Morlino heard parishioners from St. Mary’s Parish in Platteville at an occasionally-heated meeting on Monday.

Despite media coverage focusing on dissenting voices, many were eager to voice support for their bishop – especially among pro-life Catholics.

Peggy Hamill, director of Pro-Life Wisconsin (PLW), indicated that Morlino’s fidelity to Catholic orthodoxy matched his reputation as “a man of integrity, and consistency.”

“Pro-life Wisconsin knows him to have a deep respect for the sacredness of human life which he expects his priests to reflect,” said Hamill. “Bishop Morlino’s selection of new priests for the diocese of Madison is simply consistent with his fostering appreciation for the sacred.”

PLW board member Greg Wagner agreed that “there’s lots of positive” in the diocese’s reaction to Morlino, despite the consistently negative news coverage.

Morlino has been subject to scathing criticism for his adherence to orthodox Catholicism in the past: he met with a strident outcry from liberal Catholics after sacking a pastoral associate who refused to recant her thesis questioning the masculinity of God as well as the authority of male Church hierarchy.

“There’s quite a bit of support here in the Madison diocese, it certainly isn’t all negative,” said Wagner.

In addition, Wagner pointed to the “just phenomenal” Catholic spiritual life at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s St. Paul University Catholic Center, saying that the “youth are getting behind Bishop Morlino.” More…

Thanks to Pewsitter.com for such an encouraging story in times of relentless attacks on the Faith and the Church.



Lasers uncover first icons of Sts. Peter and Paul

24 June 2010

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press Writer Nicole Winfield, Associated Press Writer – Tue Jun 22, 4:16 pm ET

A cameraman films a painting discovered with the earliest known icons of the Apostles Peter and Paul in a catacomb located under a modern office building in a residential neighborhood of Rome, Tuesday, June, 22, 2010. Restorers said Tuesday they had unearthed the 4th-century images using a new laser technique that allowed them to burn off centuries of white calcium deposits without damaging the dark colors of the original paintings underneath. The paintings adorn what is believed to be the tomb of a Roman noblewoman and represent some of the earliest evidence of devotion to the apostles in early Christianity. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)



ROME – Twenty-first century laser technology has opened a window into the early days of the Catholic Church, guiding researchers through the dank, musty catacombs beneath Rome to a startling find: the first known icons of the apostles Peter and Paul.

Vatican officials unveiled the paintings Tuesday, discovered along with the earliest known images of the apostles John and Andrew in an underground burial chamber beneath an office building on a busy street in a working-class Rome neighborhood.

The images, which date from the second half of the 4th century, were uncovered using a new laser technique that allows restorers to burn off centuries of thick white calcium carbonate deposits without damaging the brilliant dark colors of the paintings underneath.

The technique could revolutionize the way restoration work is carried out in the miles (kilometers) of catacombs that burrow under the Eternal City where early Christians buried their dead.

The icons were discovered on the ceiling of a tomb of an aristocratic Roman woman at the Santa Tecla catacomb, near where the remains of the apostle Paul are said to be buried. More…

Thanks to Pewsitter.com for the story…





EncouragePriests.org

20 June 2010

Interactive Website Coming Father’s Day, June 20, 2010

Here’s how we can help them.

EncouragePriests.org™ was established in 2010, by the non-profit Catholic media apostolate Catholics Come Home, Inc® (www.CatholicsComeHome.org), during the “Year for Priests” declared by Pope Benedict XVI. Our mission is to encourage priests, and promote priestly vocations through our love and prayers.

On Father’s Day (June 20, 2010), EncouragePriests.org™ will launch its interactive Web site (www.EncouragePriests.org) that will equip you in offering Spiritual bouquets as well as printable and e-greeting cards (Collar-Hollers? ) with kind words of gratitude to show your appreciation and love for our priests! Visitors will also have the opportunity to submit a one-minute video testimonial thanking their priest.

With your support, we also plan to develop beautiful television ads to uphold the priesthood and promote priestly vocations. In the meantime, please pray for our beloved seminarians, priests, bishops and our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI. We appreciate your prayers for the apostolic work of EncouragePriests.org™ and CatholicsComeHome.org®.

God bless our priests!

It seems like all of us have witnessed the kindness and dedication of a Catholic priest on numerous occasions, perhaps even daily. Maybe he humbly served at a funeral for someone in your family? Maybe, he helped prepare your son or daughter for marriage, and celebrated their Wedding Mass?

If we look further, we will witness the heroic and sacrificial lives of priests serving as Military Chaplains, ministering to the forgotten in nursing homes and hospitals, feeding the poorest of the poor, serving as a peacemaker during marriage counseling, and dedicating their lives to so many other works of mercy.

In our Catholic Church, the priest serves “in Persona Christi”, bringing us the saving grace of Jesus Christ through the sacramental waters of baptism; reconciling us to the Blessed Trinity in the confessional; and bringing us in full communion with Jesus – truly present in the Holy Eucharist during the celebration of every Mass.

Priests need encouragement.

How quick the world is to criticize priests, but Jesus calls us to pray for them to be great shepherds of their flocks. They are constantly on the front line of spiritual attacks from the secular media and un-churched people. Sometimes they are condemned by non-Catholics, who simply don’t understand the vocation of the Priesthood, that Jesus himself instituted on Holy Thursday.

Countless Catholic priests and bishops lead rewarding spirit-filled lives. Since they are human, they too can feel tired and lonely. Few of these servants receive our true gratitude and love. So many of these noble men of God could be uplifted by a simple prayer and a gentle word of appreciation from us!

Saint John Vianney, the Patron Saint of Parish Priests said: “If we were to fully realize what a priest is on earth, we would die: not of fright, but of love.” He goes on to say: “What use would be a house filled with gold, were there no one to open its door? The priest holds the key to the treasures of Heaven: it is he who opens the door.”

Click HERE to submit your written testimonial or video
to be included in the EncouragePriests.org website launch on
Father’s Day, June 20, 2010.

MORE…


Editor’s Note: Please support this site. EncouragePriests.org. At this time our priests need more support than ever. Ad majorem Dei gloriam, Sofia

Gov't Funded $1 Billion for Abortion and Advocacy via CreativeMinorityReport.com

17 June 2010

You know that the federal government doesn’t fund abortions? Well, explain this government report that shows how our federal government gave nearly $1 billion of taxpayer dollars to organizations that perform and/or advocate abortions over the past seven years, including $657.1 million just to Planned Parenthood.

Mark Hemingway reports on a GAO report that details spending from 2002-2009:

Over the seven year period studied in the report, Planned Parenthood received $657.1 million in tax dollars; Population Council received $284.3 million, the Guttmacher Institute received $12.7 million, Advocates for Youth received $8.7 million, and the International Planned Parenthood Federation received $3.9 million.

All in all, $966.7 million tax dollars went to encouraging a practice a plurality of Americans finds morally wrong.

You know what really kills me about this is knowing that we had a Republican President and a Republican congress for so many years and the massive funding stream of death continued unabated.

Defunding the death eaters should have made sense to social conservatives and fiscal conservatives yet it was never done. One has to ask “Why?”

And you want to know what the answer is – Republicans had the pro-life vote. We worked to get George W. Bush elected. They just needed to throw us a bone every once in a while. They didn’t care enough to actually stop the funding of abortion to pick a political fight.

I guess all we can do now is look ahead and now that we have these GAO numbers thanks to Congressman Mike Pence we must stay on this issue until Planned Parenthood is completely defunded.You know that tripe that the federal government doesn’t fund abortions? Well, explain this government report that shows how our federal government gave nearly $1 billion of taxpayer dollars to organizations that perform and/or advocate abortions over the past seven years, including $657.1 million just to Planned Parenthood.

iMark Hemingway reports on a GAO report that details spending from 2002-2009:

Over the seven year period studied in the report, Planned Parenthood received $657.1 million in tax dollars; Population Council received $284.3 million, the Guttmacher Institute received $12.7 million, Advocates for Youth received $8.7 million, and the International Planned Parenthood Federation received $3.9 million.

All in all, $966.7 million tax dollars went to encouraging a practice a plurality of Americans finds morally wrong.

You know what really kills me about this is knowing that we had a Republican President and a Republican congress for so many years and the massive funding stream of death continued unabated.

Defunding the death eaters should have made sense to social conservatives and fiscal conservatives yet it was never done. One has to ask “Why?”

And you want to know what the answer is – Republicans had the pro-life vote. We worked to get George W. Bush elected. They just needed to throw us a bone every once in a while. They didn’t care enough to actually stop the funding of abortion to pick a political fight.

I guess all we can do now is look ahead and now that we have these GAO numbers thanks to Congressman Mike Pence we must stay on this issue until Planned Parenthood is completely defunded. More…

Editor’s Note: The Brothers Archbold from CreativeMinorityReport.com usually reside at our Guest Blog spot, but this piece is so important we had to post it on the front page. Thanks to our colleagues at @CMReport for their relentless pursuit for Truth…Our vote for BEST Catholic Blog evah!! BTW, why aren’t you following them on Twitter? ;) AMDG, Sofia



Pope Warns World's Priests Against Heresy …

13 June 2010

By Hilary White

VATICAN CITY, June 11, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Sin, satanic influence and the toleration of heresy lie at the root of the priestly sexual abuse scandals, Pope Benedict XVI said today. Precisely because it is an institution erected by God to make himself sacramentally “present to all men and women,” the devil is interested in destroying the priesthood, he said.
Referring to the line in Psalm 22 (“Your rod and your staff – they comfort me”), Benedict became explicit about the need for the “rod” of discipline to correct errors in the Church.
“The Church too must use the shepherd’s rod,” he said, “the rod with which he protects the faith against those who falsify it, against currents which lead the flock astray.”
“Today we can see that it has nothing to do with love when conduct unworthy of the priestly life is tolerated. Nor does it have to do with love if heresy is allowed to spread and the faith twisted and chipped away, as if it were something that we ourselves had invented.”
Pope Benedict spoke today to 15,000 priests at the closing Mass of the Vatican’s Year for Priests at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
The priesthood, Pope Benedict said, is not “pleasing to the ‘enemy,'” (the devil).
“He would have rather preferred to see it disappear, so that God would ultimately be driven out of the world. And so it happened that, in this very year of joy for the sacrament of the priesthood, the sins of priests came to light – particularly the abuse of the little ones, in which the priesthood, whose task is to manifest God’s concern for our good, turns into its very opposite.”
With evident personal sadness, the pope again extended his apology to the victims of sexual abuse, saying, “We too insistently beg forgiveness from God and from the persons involved.”
This was followed by a promise to “do everything possible to ensure that such abuse will never occur again” by more scrutiny and better formation of those who apply for the priesthood. More…


Thanks to Pewsitter.com for yet another post! AMDG, Sofia





“Soul of American Warrior”

9 June 2010

Today’s spotlight is on Elizabeth Kilbride.

Betty as she’s know to her friends (yes, I get to call her Betty) came into my life awhile back when I heard her do a talk radio interview about the book she had written about called “Soul of American Warriors”. The book which I will describe later through a synopsis from the publisher was being touted not just for its’ content but for the ability to raise funds for the 3 Navy Seals who were accused of “abusing a terrorist insurgent” (oh, there’s a thought) and their subsequent legal defense. The Seals were acquitted much to the efforts of Betty and others that saw to the Seals getting the best possible legal defense. The cost of this defense is staggering and Betty and her publisher have decided to help with this great cause.
The press release form Betty’s publisher says it best
:

<Author & Publisher Rally Support Behind Three Navy SEAL’s.

Elizabeth Kilbride and Father’s Press Publishing announced they would donate $4 from the sale of Kilbride’s book “Soul of American Warrior” to the Navy SEAL’s Defense Fund.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LEE SUMMIT, MO – Kilbride’s donation is aimed at helping to offset the overwhelming legal fees associated with defending three U.S. Navy SEALs – SO2 Matthew McCabe, SO2 Jonathan Keefe and SO1 Julio Huertas – who have been charged with abuse of a terrorist insurgent.

“Matt McCabe and his fellow SEALs have the best possible legal representation. The best comes with a price tag,” Kilbride said firmly. Mike Smitley, owner of Father’s Press Publishing, said, “Having been to Iraq with our warriors, then writing about them, Kilbride knows their sacrifices first-hand, which is why she wanted to do more than just verbally give her support. We intend to help these SEALs by providing them with two strategic weapons to help them fight their battle — a book to help educate their fellow Americans and some funds to help in their defense.”

Ok so you see Betty is the real deal. Heart’s big as the moon, smart and originally from New York. Stuff Hollywood movies were made of once upon a time. the following information will bring you up to date witht he book and Betty. Please support this cause. If this isn’t important, than nothing is…

At the invitation of a Marine Corps general, who was impressed by her book on World War II, Elizabeth Kilbride accompanied a Marine unit to Iraq for five weeks in the spring of 2006. This is a memoir of that journey along with one to battlefields in Vietnam.

In her own words, “I went from the average DC resident to boom, being in a war zone—no basic training for me…. Each one of the Marines made me feel like I was a part of their unit—a unique opportunity for a writer to have.” But though treated “as if I were their sister,” the ride was not all honeymoon for Kilbride. She quickly learned that “Independent media…are treated as their considered second-class citizens, unless you are a big name reporter.” Nonetheless, this was a “defining moment” in her life that would not have been possible if she were a “big name reporter.” She learned that there’s another side to the story in Iraq that’s not being reported by the media, a story “of our Armed Forces who are performing such amazing acts of compassion to help others in our name.” Kilbride reports this story with deft insight and a passion for truth. Especially provocative is her accusation that politicians and reporters exploit the armed services for political and personal gain by focusing solely on bombings and terrorist attacks. Consequently, the American people are ignorant of the good things the warriors are accomplishing in Iraq. “The forgotten warriors of this war are the Marines of the Al Anbar Province. This is probably because they do not complain, and are rarely mentioned in the media, unless there have been casualties.” This is a gross injustice that Kilbride claims can only be rectified by drastic action. “It is very clear when you consider the evidence being presented to us that there needs to be a complete change on Capitol Hill in upcoming elections. Both House and Senate need to be cleared out completely.” The media must also be held accountable for promoting mistrust and lies about the armed forces. “While the media plays politics using our military as fodder in their reports during war, they are aiding the enemy. This is a form of treason, which is dangerous and deadly to those in uniform….the media can take credit for any casualties, both during Vietnam and in the war in Iraq.” Bold words indeed. But how is this change in political opinion to take place? That everyone read Soul of American Warriors? Though she might like this, Kilbride suggests that the answer can only come when every American experiences a “defining moment,” like she has had. One profound suggestion is that every American visit a battlefield, walk inside a bunker, and feel the horror of war still residing there. This gutsy book lacks the grammatical polish of mainstream journalism, but rightfully so, since this is a dispatch directly from the heart. This book is highly recommended for relatives and friends of service members being deployed to a war zone. Every library serving a U.S. military community should acquire it.

Review by Richard Barone, MWSA Reviewer (May 2010)

betty-2Author of SOUL OF AN AMERICAN WARRIOR: A Writer’s Journey Comes Full Circle Elizabeth Kilbride

Ms. Kilbride is a seasoned professional who has achieved multiple levels of success in Washington, DC. As a former consultant and lobbyist for the military and defense industry, she was instrumental in helping to determine and fulfill revenue requirements related to military and defense initiatives. Having grown up in a very strong New York military family, her passion and love for those who serve in uniform, lead her on a path to work closely with the United States Marine Corps, United States Army, United States Navy, and various veterans’ organizations throughout her career. Her expertise and extensive knowledge of the military gave her the advantage in leveraging government and private sector resources for programs to benefit those who serve in uniform, both on the streets at home and around the world.

Throughout her career, Ms. Kilbride has been instrumental in helping various military and veteran’s organizations bring about changes with respect to national defense, national security and veterans benefit issues. Because of her involvement in over 300 political campaigns, she gained the respect of both political parties in Washington, DC. Knowing the social, economic and political ramifications affecting our military forces, she was invited to speak before both Congressional and Veterans Affairs Committees in support of national defense and veterans benefits. Her background and passion gained her an invitation from the United States Marine Corps to join them as the first embedded media to deploy as a member of a unit as they entered Iraq. Ms. Kilbride currently resides in Northern Virginia.

Look, there are plenty of causes that call to our souls. If we do not realize that these men; and men and women just like them are not allowed to defend our freedoms and be protected while doing it, we are FINISHED as a nation. I ask that to please buy this book, tell your friends to buy it and help the cause. The book itself is extraordinary and you will have an insight into our military like you have never experienced.

Betty is now a good friend, someone who I feel called to know and as it goes with God, that’s all I need…

As Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen used to say,
God Love you!!

Sofia



Andrea Bocelli Tells a True Story About Abortion

7 June 2010

By Dave Andrusko

When the topic is abortion, there’s too often a lot of grim stuff to write about. But not this time. This is beautiful, poignant news.

A friend forwarded a You Tube entry that had been sent along to her. It is misleadingly labeled “Andrea Bocelli Tells a ‘Fairy Tale’ about Abortion.” In fact it is a true story–Andrea Bocelli’s own story.

My guess is that most of our readers are familiar with Bocelli, whose beautiful tenor voice is a gift from God. According to published accounts, he’d always had problems with his sight and eventually was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma. He lost his vision completely at age 12 following a blow to the head during a soccer game.

The video, which Bocelli filmed for a pro-life organization, begins with the 51-year-old Bocelli at the piano. He is speaking in Italian, with English subtitles. Thanks to my assistant, Regina Huber, for transcribing his comments.

So, for this occasion I want to tell you a little story. This is how the story goes: A young pregnant wife has been hospitalized for a simple attack of appendicitis. The doctors had to apply some ice on her stomach and when the treatments ended the doctors suggested that she abort the child. They told her it was the best solution because the baby would be born with some disability. But the young brave wife decided not to abort, and the child was born.

That woman was my mother, and I was the child. Maybe I’m partisan but I can say that it was the right choice.

And I hope this could encourage many mothers that sometime find themselves in difficult situations in those moments when life is complicated but want to save the life of their baby. ….

A lovely word of encouragement. For you, for me, and especially, perhaps, for a young woman at a very difficult time in her life.

You can watch the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QfKCGTfn3o


Editors note: Andrea Bocelli singing Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus: http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/s/Mozart+Ave+Verum+Corpus+K+618/2CC9rB Enough said…. Sofia Guerra

Thanks to Pewsitter.com for this magnificent story.



Father Z Watch: Hell's Bible…..

7 June 2010

Into the heart of darkness…

CATEGORY: My View — Fr. John Zuhlsdorf @ 8:08 pm

Editor’s Note: Father Zuhlsdorf, AlwaysCatholic.com couldn’t agree more with your assessment of the “old grey lady”. Satan always picks the “smart ones” doesn’t he?  Keep us posted as you always do on what the enemy in print is doing lately. St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle….God Love you, Sofia

Father John Zuhlsdorf can be found at his blog, WDTPRS.com among a thousand other things to which he lends his expertise.



TOLD YOU SO…. RANTING ON THIS FOR TWO YEARS NOW!!!

3 June 2010

Report: Almost 50 CCHD-funded organizations linked to activities opposed to Catholic teaching …

Almost 50 organizations funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development “remain involved in activities directly opposed to Catholic moral and social teachings,” according to a June 1 statement by Reform CCHD Now. The coalition announced that a detailed report documenting these activities has been mailed to every bishop and diocesan pro-life director in the United States.

“Good things have started to happen with the CCHD, and there appears to be momentum toward real reform,” said Robert Gasper, president of Bellarmine Veritas Ministry. “It has become clear that the problems can’t be solved merely by defunding individual groups that have been identified as opposing Church teaching. This is why we continue to respectfully call for a complete reform of the CCHD.”

Source(s): these links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

* Reports of CCHD Grantee Malfeasance Sent Directly to Bishops Ahead of Upcoming Meeting (Reform CCHD Now)
* American Life League Report on CCHD
* Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Editor’s Note: First, thanks to Pewsitter.com for a great job as usual! Now, THE RANT…

This has been going on for years in the Bishop’s Conference. They know it, they allowed it. They turned and looked away. For two years I have been researching this problem directly from the USCCB webpage itself!! The information on every organization that applies for money from CCHD can be found on the website with some digging. Then, the hard work is to track down what each organization supports. In two years I have found many more than 50…

When Acorn was busted for the scam that it is, the Bishops scurriedto disassociate themselves from Acorn just weeks before the big CCHD collection before Thanksgiving. They were worried that the innocent pewsitters wouldn’t keep giving to this debacle.

SHAME on the Bishops!! You knew you allowed it, you will answer for it!! This is a grievous scandal to the Roman Catholic Church in America.PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ONE PENNY TO THIS COLLECTION UNTIL EVERY SINGLE GROUP IS INVESTIGATED. Your money has been going to groups that support abortion and the pro-homosexual agenda and now the only way it will stop is if the collection basket for CCHD remains empty. Basta!

I ask for patience, Lord…

Sofia



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