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The BEST post on Liturgical abuse…EVAH!

28 February 2011

Liturgical Vigilantes


by Pat Archbold
Matt&PatArchboldBlog at NC Register.com
Sunday, February 27, 2011

When one thinks of notorious vigilantes, several names and personality types come to mind. Perhaps Charles Bronson or Dirty Harry, or maybe even the Dark Knight, Batman. But personally, I have yet to run into tragic costumed figure or a rogue cop who has just had enough.

But I have met a person who has had enough and can’t take it anymore, a person who has seen too much lawbreaking simply ignored by the competent authorities, a person who has finally decided to do something about it—to become a vigilante—Mrs. McGillicuddy. She sits in the third pew on the left.

As general rule, vigilantes are not born, they are made. Their steely resolve to right the wrong, forged in the fires of un-rectified lawlessness, transforms them into self appointed guardians of the good. They become—watchmen.

The Mrs. McGillicuddys of the world have had much to endure these last forty years. They sit in their pews and watch as liturgical experimentation and improvisation transform the holy mass into a vehicle of self expression for those who do not understand what it truly expresses. They sit and wonder, when will somebody do something about this? When? When they finally reach the reluctant conclusion of never, what follows results in either resignation or transformation.

Now a confession, I’m a Mrs. McGillicuddy. But I don’t want to be.

Some years ago, I bought a new house. In preparation for the move of my family, I excitedly went to mass at my soon-to-be parish home. I was floored. The holy Mass seemed almost unrecognizable. I actually checked the sign on the way out to make sure it said Roman Catholic, just in case I had accidentally wandered into some other strange denomination’s environs. No such luck, it said Catholic.

Folks, let me be clear here. There’s your run of the mill liturgical abuse and then there is this place. At my geographical parish, I imagine they must have traveled far and wide to discover each and every variation of liturgical abuse, only to bring all them home resulting in a synthesis of all liturgical abuse, a Noah’s Ark of liturgical abuse if you will. It was that day that I first transformed from mild-mannered Patrick into Mrs. McGillicuddy—Liturgical Watchman.

I resolved to call the diocese. I got the Director of Worship on the phone. I said, “I want to report some liturgical abuse.” I never knew this before, but you can actually hear eye-rolling over the phone. I am sometimes surprised that an epidemic of blindness does not plague diocesan liturgical directors, for all the eye-rolling they must do.

But I didn’t get angry or emotional. I simply recited the litany of liturgical abuses I witnessed. At first, the Director tried to defend this or that practice, but eventually the list was too overwhelming and specific for him to continue. Then his tone changed and the audible eye-rolling ceased. I knew then, I knew that he knew. His tone was not of a watchman, but that of the resigned.

He kindly told me that his brother lived in the same area and refused to go to that parish because it was so bad. You will be much happier if you join this other parish a few miles away, he told me.

We did, and we have been happy. But the question lingers, why should I have to?

In the years since, even at my happy parish, I had occasion to call my now former pastor due to an abuse that I could not ignore by a regularly visiting priest. (Ad libbing and impromptu ten-minute sermons during the Eucharistic prayers.) It happened time and time again. “This is wrong,” I thought. “Seriously wrong,” I have to say something.

I didn’t want to be that guy, but I had to be. I politely spoke to the priest in question after mass, but he just laughed at me. I don’t want to be that guy, truly. Why should I have to be? But I couldn’t let it go. So I called the rectory and left message after message. The pastor never called me back, not once.

Father John Zuhlsdorf regularly posts on his popular blog about the proper etiquette of reporting liturgical abuse, noting correctly that further bad behavior won’t help the situation. When reporting liturgical abuse, I advise following his very sage advice.

But, for me, it always comes back to this question. Why should I have to?

The rest of the story here…



Patrick Archbold and his brother, Matthew are co-owners of the popular Catholic Blog, CreativeMinorityReport. Pat and Matt also have a regular blog here at NCRegister.com.


Father Z Watch: A Catholic View from Across the Pond

26 February 2011

Here at AlwaysCatholic we tend to agree with Father Z when considering opinions about any of our Presidents’ from non-Americans. In this case, Dr. Oddie opines from a Catholic viewpoint and therefore “all is up for grabs” as far as we are concerned here at ACBlog.

We could have printed Dr. Oddie’s story directly from The Herald (It’s THAT good and we were sooo happy that someone has addressed the Anti-Catholic issue and Barack Obama) but we chose to run it from WDTPRS.com because of Father Z’s spot on observations.
Read on and see if Dr. Oddie and Father Z hit the bullseye on this topic. We think they did…


Catholic Herald (UK) – Wm. Oddie opines about Pres. Obama

Posted on 25 February 2011 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

From William Oddie of the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald comes this strong opinion piece about the President of the United States. I generally dismiss transatlantic views of any POTUS. This commentary, however, caught my attention because it concerns the President and the Catholic Church. He also quotes at length from Archbp. Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis, my native place.

My [Father Z] emphases and comments.

Why Barack Obama has to be seen as an enemy of the Catholic Church

We need to be alert: he is not without influence, even on this side of the pond

By William Oddie on Friday, 25 February 2011

Is Barack Obama the most anti-Catholic American president in living memory?

I don’t mean, of course, that he has openly attacked the Church (though it was noted that, at his inauguration as president, contrary to normal practice there was among the clergy invited to attend not one single Catholic, though he made a point of inviting the controversial — because openly and actively homosexual — Episcopalian (i.e. Anglican) bishop, Gene Robinson). [A good observation. And now Pres. Obama has directed his administration not to defend federal law regarding marriage. Interesting. No? Pres. Obama considers DOMA unconstitutional.]

What I mean, though, is that across the whole spectrum of contemporary moral issues, he is passionately committed to a series of views which run directly contrary to those of the Church. All this has caused at least one Catholic bishop (there are probably others) to call him anti-Catholic.

As a Senator, [which wasn’t all that long] he supported sex education, to be provided by Planned Parenthood, to children of five years old. He consistently voted for abortion, including partial birth abortion. He voted (twice) against Bills prohibiting public funding of abortions ; he voted in favour of expanding embryonic stem cell research; he voted against notifying parents of minors who had undergone out-of-state abortions; he voted for a proposal to vote $100,000,000 for the funding of sex-education and contraceptives (including abortifacients) for teenagers; he opposed the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act” on the Senate floor and in 2003 killed the bill in committee. [Consistent with what he did when still in Illinois.] This would have outlawed “live birth abortion,” where labor is induced and an infant is delivered prematurely and then allowed to die.

Continue reading at WDTPRS.com>>>


Archbishop Dolan, hello, are you there??? Hmmm… UPDATE ON NYC PRO-LIFE BILLBOARD

25 February 2011

Pro-Life NYC Billboard on Black Abortion Rate Taken Down

by Steven Ertelt | New York, NY | LifeNews.com | 2/24/11

Pro-abortion activists in New York City have forced the removal of a pro-life billboard that warned about the inordinately high abortion rates on African-American women and children.

The pro-life group Life Always paid for the billboard, to try to draw attention to the fact that abortions kill 300,000 black unborn children annually. In fact, new data put out by the CDC today indicates black babies are victims of abortions at a much higher rate than their white or Hispanic counterparts.

The billboard, located in SoHo, bears an image of a young black girl and says “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb.”

But the outdoor advertising company that sold the space to the pro-life group for the billboard said on Thursday that it would remove the image because the employees at the Mexican restaurant located on the bottom floor of the several story building bearing the ad were facing harassment over its pro-life message.

“It’s down, or at least it should be coming down soon,” Peter Costanza, the general manager for Lamar Advertising, told the New York Times. “Why did I take it down? Yesterday, somebody came into the restaurant harassing the waiters and waitresses. I don’t want any violence to happen around the buildings there.”

Yet, a woman answering the phone at Lupe’s East L.A. Kitchen could not verify to the Times that any harassment had been taking place.

Costanza said the decision to remove the billboard “wasn’t about politics” even though several black activists in the city spoke out against it.

The pro-life group told LifeNews.com it disagrees with Lamar’s decision to remove the billboard.

“Life Always strongly disagrees with Lamar Outdoor’s decision to remove the billboard in Soho, but the billboard’s message holds true, and truth has a place in the public square,” it said. “The intent of the board is to call attention to the tragedy and the truth that abortion is outpacing life in the black community.”

Pastor Stephen Broden, a member of the group’s board of directors, added: “The reaction to this billboard is centered on trauma; abortion is traumatic, it is the emotional and physical trauma that women face after abortion that necessitates access to post-abortive healing services.”

And Rev. Michel Faulkner of New York responded, “While this billboard causes a visceral reaction from many African Americans, it addresses a stubborn truth that 60 percent of black babies do not make it out of the womb. We must do something now.”

“Instead of challenging the design of the ad, we should ask why the message is true and how can we change the fact that the leading cause of death for African Americans is abortion,” Faulkner said.

Before the Lamar decision, Letitia James, a City Council member who represents parts of Brooklyn, was outraged by the pro-life billboard and worked with the pro-abortion, liberal activist group MoveOn to post a petition campaign against it. James had planned to hold a news conference with Al Sharpton on Friday at the billboard had Lamar not decided to take it down.

“The billboard was offensive, especially during Black History Month, and I had intended to hold a press conference Friday in front of the billboard to protest the message of racial profiling and against a woman”s right to choose,” Sharpton said Thursday.

Also, Women of Color Policy Network, a research and policy institute at New York University, wrote a letter to Costanza and told the newspaper he assured the group the billboard would be removed. And Joan Malin, the president of Planned Parenthood of New York City, applauded Lamar’s decision, saying the abortion business was “pleased that Lamar Advertising has heard the voices of thousands of New Yorkers.”

Meanwhile, the mother of the young girl who appears in the ad is upset that her daughter’s image is associated with it. Tricia Fraser said her daughter signed a contract to become a stock image model knowing that her image could be used in any number of campaigns with which she or her daughter might disagree.

“I would never endorse something like that,” the mother of 6-year-old Anissa Fraser told Fox television today.

Before Lamar’s decision, a representative of Life Always, Marissa Gabrysch, said: “There’s a grave disparity and just a huge disproportion that African-Americans represent 13 percent of the U.S. population yet represent 36 percent of abortions in the United States. African-Americans are claimed in abortions twice as frequently as they lose their lives to violent crimes, AIDS, cancer, heart disease and motor vehicle accidents combined.”

Life Always board member Pastor Stephen Broden told the Catholic News Agency: “During Black History Month, we celebrate our history, but our future is in jeopardy as a genocidal plot is carried out through abortion. We have seen the heartbreaking effects of opportunists who happen to be black abortionists perpetrating this atrocity; it’s not just babies who are in danger, it’s also their mothers, and our society at large.”

Rev. Derek McCoy, another Life Always board member, added: “This campaign highlights the tragedy that abortion is the number one killer since 1973 in the black community and the truth that we must confront in a city with a near 60 percent abortion rate for black women.”

The billboard is similar to a campaign Heroic Media ran in Jacksonville, Florida and Austin Texas last year, that Life Always took over in January.

The billboard follows a December city health department report showing 41 percent of pregnancies in New York City ended in abortion in 2009. Blacks had the highest number of abortions with 40,798, the report indicated. [Emphasis added by AlwaysCatholic editor]

ACTION: Contact Lamar advertising to protest its decision at http://www.lamar.com/Contact


EDITOR’S NOTE:

Okay, okay, so I expect Planned Parenthood to say and do stupid things. I certainly expect for the “Reverend” Al Sharpton to bring up racial profiling no matter what the case (racial profiling concerning abortions of black children by black mothers? ) Pretzel logic at it’s Sharpton finest… BUT…

I do not expect the Archbishop of NYC, Timothy Dolan to sit by quietly after his remarks concerning NYC abortion statistics back in January were publicized locally and nationally. I do not expect Archbishop Dolan to stop at those remarks, I expect him to respond to the billboard controversy…Why?

Archbishop Dolan was appointed to one of the top Archdioceses in the country. Some would say the the NYC Archdiocese is perhaps THE most important as a pulpit simply because NY is the Number one share in the TV/Radio media market. So why do I expect him (and his Secretary & Press Office) to be on top of this story? Archbishop Dolan doesn’t have the luxury of showing up smiling and performing for the media with his ebullient personality. He has the responsibility to uphold the supreme law of the Church which is to save souls.

Black children died in the womb between January 9 and February 23, 2011 and where was the Shepherd of his flock in NYC? Well, on January 9th he was here:

February 23, 2011, when the billboard made the news and February 24, 2011 when it was forced to be taken down by pro-abortion supporters, where was Archbishop Dolan? I don’t know do you? Maybe he was being interviewed on “Fox & Friends” again when he obviously forgot he was the President of United State Catholic Conference of Bishops. Remember, he IS a Roman Catholic priest not a layman who teaches a class on Comparative Religions. Take a look at this interview by the leader of our Bishops in America…


Now, I say again, WHERE WERE YOU ARCHBISHOP DOLAN? This is not a popularity contest and you are not a Page Six celebrity (Page Six for those who don;t know is the celebrity gossip column of the NY Post) ! Get over yourself, please and remember this…how many black babies died between your little presser on January 9th and yesterday, February 24th?

How would you know? The cameras weren’t there yesterday and neither were you.

Sofia Guerra,
Editor-AlwaysCatholic.com

[ Please go to this link at AlwaysCatholicBlog…“How do we solve a problem like Maria? (oops!) Dolan?” Still don’t want to tell you “I told you so…but I will soon enough, I am sure…sorry…]


Thank you to @AncientSoul, our site designer and blog contributor who put me on to Archbishop Dolan’s trail after she sent me this RealCatholicTV vid. I promised her we would do something about his remarks after we initially responded to his being elected as the President of the USCCB. I’m sorry it took so long, but a promise is a promise and I thank Mary for never missing a trick. You can find @AncientSoul at her blog, Battlebeads hot on the trail of all things NOT faithful to the Catholic Church.

Good job, Mary, thank you!



Going to the Movies, or Learning your Faith?

23 February 2011


The New Age Movement Is Incompatible with Sound Christian Doctrine and Practice

Posted on BattleBeadsBlog by @AncientSoul

Despite the secularism of our age – or perhaps, because of it – many people are rediscovering an interest in spirituality. One can go to almost any commercial bookstore and discover whole sections devoted to the theme.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski

Unfortunately, most of what sells as “spiritual reading,” usually classified under the heading of “New Age,” does not demand any more faith or belief than going to the movies. Not all that is marketed under the rubric “spirituality” is “chicken soup” for the Christian soul. Indeed, much of it, if consumed indiscriminately or unwarily, could prove poisonous to the life of faith. While New Age writings may seductively appeal to the legitimate longing of human nature, they are fundamentally opposed to Christian revelation.

Spirituality in our Catholic tradition is more than just narcissistic navel gazing. It is not a self-absorbed seeking after self-fulfillment found through esoteric teachings or practices. Christianity’s invitation is to look outwardly and beyond – to a “New Advent” of the God who calls us to a dialogue of love, a dialogue which invites us to conversion and submission to his will.
Authentic spirituality for the Christian is not so much about our search for God but God’s search for us. Spiritual life is a relationship with the Triune God entered into through our participation in Christ’s passion, death and resurrection through baptism and the living of a life of discipleship. This personal relationship with God grows through his free gift of grace and sheds light on our relationship to our fellow men and women and indeed on our relationship to the world.

Read more here…


Breaking News: Immoral, Unethical Behavior Rewarded Once Again!

23 February 2011

Great news: Chicago elects Rahm Emanuel mayor for life

Allah Pundit at HotAir.com
February 22, 2011

Per the Daley dynasty, Chitown seems to love ruthless, larger-than-life, politically hyperconnected Democrats as mayor. Based on that job description, maybe the only guy in America who could have beaten Rahm is Bill Clinton.

CNN says it’s all over, but the Tribune’s being scrupulously cautious at the moment:

With 81 percent of precincts counted, Emanuel had 54.9 percent to 24.5 percent for Gery Chico.

Emanuel is trying to score more than 50 percent to avoid a runoff election on April 5.

City Clerk Miguel del Valle had 9.4 percent and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun was at 8.7 percent…

Despite a tremendous amount of attention on the mayor’s race and a slew of hotly-contested aldermanic races, election officials say turnout could be as low as 40 percent. That’s far less than the 50 percent turnout officials were hoping for on Monday.

Last month, before he was temporarily thrown off the ballot by an appellate court ruling, he was polling at just 44 percent. A few days later, the Illinois Supreme Court handed him a 7-0 victory and all the triumphant free PR that comes with it. Tonight, not only will he avoid the runoff by clearing 50 percent, he might well clear 55. Fantastic.

Exit question: Am I mistaken or did Obama decline to campaign for Rahm in the mayoral race? For most presidents that would be a simple judgment call about not using the power of the office to meddle in local affairs, but of course we know by now that that’s no obstacle to The One.

Editor’s Note: Just before turning in tonite and before I started to pray I checked in once more to find this…Excuse me while I hit the call bell so the nurse can help me clean up the puke. Gross, right? Not nearly as gross as the thought of little Rahmie puffing out his Napoleonic little chest smiling wierdly and quite nastily attacking conservatives as he thanks his “Second City” buddies.
That’s right, Second City, Chicago… When do the citizens of this great American city stop voting for the dregs of society that are put up from the gutter to the ballot-box. Shame on you Chicagoans! Don’t any of you dare talk about NY or Jersey anymore… Look in that smutty mirror, Chicagoland!

Back to barfing!

Lord, forgive me… .”O my God I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee…” Oh, I so need to pray, actually before I commit these sins against charity! (yeah, that’s right says my Guardian Angel)


Hot Post from our @Lisa Graas: NYTimes Compares Muslim Brotherhood to Catholic Church (NO THEY DIDN'T)

22 February 2011

by Lisa Graas posted at NewsRealBlog
Posted on February 20 2011

This popular post was first published here on Feb. 5,2011.

Islamopologists at the New York Times clearly love to promote the false notion that Islam is exactly like Christianity, at least when they are boiled down to their basics. Often, the Catholic Church specifically is compared to Islam as if they are basically one and the same.

As we saw in Rachel Donadio’s article on the Cathedral of Córdoba, which she referred to (wrongly) as “The Great Mosque,” Islam is preferred to Catholicism even to the point of blatant lying. Now, we find the New York Times comparing even the Muslim Brotherhood, specifically, to Catholicism in an article that appears to be designed to set readers’ minds at ease about their having power in the Egyptian government.

Once again, it’s time to set the record straight.

Wise people around the world are coming to the understanding that it is very important that everyone clearly define his values, and that people of good will everywhere should join in working for those values that help to build just societies. So it is that Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, bravely took a stand last October against multiculturalism, a leftist doctrine that walks hand in hand with moral relativism.

Today she was joined by British Prime Minister David Cameron. Multiculturalism is clearly at the heart of the claim by Scott Shane in the New York Times that the Muslim Brotherhood is like Catholicism.

Please go here at NewsRealBlog for the rest of the story…


Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog LisaGraas.com since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.


Dr.Bernard Nathanson Dead at 84

21 February 2011

‘I am one of those who helped usher in this barbaric age.’ After putting thousands of unborn children to death, he became one of the great leaders of the pro-life movement.

National Catholic Register
by STEPHEN VINCENT
02/21/2011



NEW YORK
— Dr. Bernard N. Nathanson, an obstetrician who oversaw the performance of about 75,000 abortions before becoming a leading pro-life advocate and a convert to the Catholic faith, died at his home in New York Feb. 21 after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 84.

After performing his last abortion in 1979 and declaring himself to be pro-life, Nathanson produced the 1985 film The Silent Scream, which shows sonogram images of a child in the womb shrinking from an abortionist’s instruments, and the documentary film Eclipse of Reason, which displays and explains various abortion procedures in graphic detail. Both films had a significant impact on the abortion debate, solidified his credentials among pro-life advocates and earned him the scorn of his former pro-abortion friends and colleagues.

He also published a number of influential books, including Aborting America, written in 1979 with Richard Ostling, then a religion reporter for Time magazine, in which he exposed the deceptive and dishonest beginnings of the pro-abortion movement and undermined the argument that abortion is safe for women.

He often admitted that he and other abortion advocates in the 1960s lied about the number of women who died from illegal abortions at that time, inflating the figure from a few hundred to 10,000 to gain sympathy for their cause.

In his 1996 autobiography The Hand of God, he told the story of his journey from pro-abortion to pro-life, saying that viewing images from the new ultrasound technology in the 1970s convinced him of the humanity of the unborn baby. Outlining the enormous challenge of restoring a pro-life ethic, he wrote, “Abortion is now a monster so unimaginably gargantuan that even to think of stuffing it back into its cage … is ludicrous beyond words. Yet that is our charge — a herculean endeavor.”

He noted, regretfully, “I am one of those who helped usher in this barbaric age.”

His pro-life witness could not easily be dismissed as one-sided propaganda since Nathanson had enjoyed such a high standing among abortion supporters as a co-founder of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (now called NARAL ProChoice America), and as operator of what he called the nation’s busiest abortion business. The facility was opened in New York City after the state’s abortion laws were loosened in 1970 and abortion promoters realized that the high number of women seeking abortion could not all be admitted to a hospital for the procedure. A freestanding ambulatory clinic, in which abortion and recovery took about three hours, was an innovation devised by Nathanson and his colleagues.

Overall, Nathanson estimated, he presided over 60,000 abortions as director of the facility, instructed fellow practitioners in the performance of 15,000 other abortions, and personally performed about 5,000 abortions, including one on his own child conceived with a girlfriend in the 1960s.

Baptized Catholic

For more than a decade after he became pro-life, Nathanson described himself as a Jewish atheist, but in December of 1996 he was baptized a Catholic by Cardinal John O’Connor in a private Mass with a group of friends in New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He also received confirmation and first Communion from the cardinal.

About his baptism, he said, “I was in a real whirlpool of emotion, and then there was this healing, cooling water on me, and soft voices, and an inexpressible sense of peace. I had found a safe place.”

Among those concelebrating the Mass was Father C. John McCloskey, an Opus Dei priest who had instructed Nathanson in the faith over a number of years.

“He was a pro-life prophet,” Father McCloskey said in a recent Register interview. “He saw the whole culture of death coming, and knew that abortion was just the tip of the iceberg.”

Nathanson visited Father McCloskey periodically over the course of a decade, the priest said, and one day in 1994 announced that he wanted to become a Catholic. After his baptism, Father McCloskey said, “He practiced the faith, he frequented the sacraments, and spoke about his Catholicism unabashedly.”

Nathanson later said that he was drawn closer to God while viewing a massive Operation Rescue event, when hundreds sat down in front of a New York Planned Parenthood building, blocking traffic. The sight of so many pro-lifers selflessly sacrificing their selves and risking arrest made him realize that they must be answering a higher call, he explained.

In an epilogue to the second edition of The Hand of God, Father McCloskey called the book “one of the more important autobiographies of the twentieth century,” which documents “man’s inhumanity both to humanity and to his personal self, and the possibility of redemption.”

Another strong factor in his conversion was the book Pillar of Fire, by noted psychiatrist Dr. Karl Stern, who tells of his own journey from Judaism to the Catholic Church. Nathanson studied briefly under Stern in medical school, though at that time he did not know about Stern’s conversion. It was only years later, when Nathanson read Pillar of Fire that he learned off his former professor’s religious views.

Nathanson’s godmother for baptism was Joan Andrews Bell, who had served more than a year in jail for blocking the entrances to abortion businesses.

She said she spoke to Nathanson by phone in February 2011, when he only had the strength to speak a few sentences. “He said he was praying for us, and I told him we love him and pray for him, too,” she said.

“He will be remembered as a very strong advocate for the babies,” she continued. “One factor stood out, knowing him over the years, and that was that he had a deep pain for what he had done in terms of abortion. I remember there were periods he was fasting; he underwent huge amounts of fasting to make up for it.”

She said that he had “a deep and tender heart,” and that once he saw the truth about abortion, he was determined to stop it. “He was like St. Paul, who was a great persecutor of the Church, yet when he saw the light of Christ, he was perhaps the greatest apostle for the Gospel. Dr. Nathanson was like that after his conversion. He went all around the world talking about the babies and the evils of abortion. Being his godmother was such an amazing thing, to see him come to Christ.”

Nathanson was married and divorced three times before being married in the Church by Father McCloskey soon after becoming a Catholic. His wife, Christine, survives him, as does his grown son, Joseph, by an earlier union.

A Doctor’s Son

Bernard Nathanson was born in New York City July 31, 1926. His father was a highly accomplished obstetrician/gynecologist who taught in various prestigious medical schools. Nathanson grew up with his younger sister in a secular Jewish home. As he explained in his autobiography, his father sent him to Hebrew school yet would question and undermine the teachings of the rabbis.

He described his father as an excellent and ethical physician who was less than exemplary in his personal life. He was dominating and overbearing, and cheated on his wife. Nathanson wrote that his sister “lost her personality” under their father’s influence and committed suicide at age 49, an event that grieved his father so greatly that he never mentioned her in conversation afterward.

Nathanson followed in his father’s footsteps, attending McGill University Medical College in Montreal, where he had his first experience with abortion after he got his girlfriend pregnant. He used the money received in the mail from his father to pay for her abortion, at a time when the procedure was illegal. “It served as my introductory excursion into the satanic world of abortion,” he later wrote.

After graduating from medical school in 1949, he did his residency in Chicago and New York, at one time working in the same hospital as his father. In 1953 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served for a few years as an obstetrician/gynecologist.

After his military stint, he settled in New York and began building a thriving ob-gyn practice. While working with poor patients, he saw the scarring effects of illegal abortions on the women. He wrote, “Illegal abortion was in 1967 the number one killer of pregnant women.”

In New York, he got another girlfriend pregnant and decided to perform an abortion on her himself. About aborting his own child, he wrote in The Hand of God: “I swear to you that I had no feelings aside from the sense of accomplishment, the pride of expertise.”

He added, describing the abortionist’s mindset: “icy; conscienceless; remorselessly perverting his medical skills; defiling his ethical charge; and helping, nay seducing, with his clinical calm, his oh-so-comforting professionalism, women into the act that comes closest to self-slaughter.”

Busiest Abortion Business

While not giving up his ob-gyn practice, Nathanson became heavily involved in abortion in 1968 after meeting Larry Lader, a politically connected public relations master who was obsessed with overturning New York’s abortion laws. In looking for an easy target to attack for media attention, Nathanson said, they chose the Catholic Church, whose opposition to abortion they blamed for every botched illegal abortion they brought before the media.

Bolstered by a coalition of abortion doctors and a burgeoning feminist movement, New York’s lawmakers passed a bill to overturn the state’s century-old abortion restrictions, which was signed into law by Republican Gov. Nelson Rockefeller on July 1, 1970.

Soon Nathanson was the director of the new Center for Reproductive and Sexual Health (CRASH) in Manhattan, which he described as the “largest abortion clinic in the Western world,” with referrals from all along the Eastern seaboard and beyond.

Looking back on those years, he wrote, “I had a young son and a wife, but I was hardly ever at home. I bitterly regret those years, if for no other reason than that I failed to see my son grow up.”

As he became more publicly associated with abortion, he was treated as a “pariah” in legitimate medical circles and received fewer obstetrical referrals. For these reasons, he decided to leave the abortion facility at the end of 1972 and took the position as chief of obstetrics at St. Luke’s Hospital, where he kept doing abortions for what he considered “medically justified reasons.”

Yet the advent of ultrasound technology eventually convinced him that a true human being is killed in abortion, and he began to develop what he called the “vector theory of life.” By this he meant that from the time of conception, the unborn child has a self-directed force of life that, if not interrupted, will lead to the birth of a human baby. He knew this was not “potential life,” as the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade.

Writing in The Hand of God, Nathanson described a turning point in his thinking: “I believe the fertilized ovum (zygote) to be a new individual launched along an unimaginably busy vector of life that terminates when the vector finally moves its 180 degrees to the negative pole.”

The trajectory of this insight would lead him to his own 180-degree turn in thinking and eventually to work against legal abortion and the industry that promoted it.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Register correspondent Stephen Vincent writes from Wallingford, Connecticut.


Editor’s Note:

Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison. Requiescat in Pace, Dr. Nathanson.We will pray for the repose of his soul and ask all ProLifers to do the same…

“And one of those robbers who were hanged, blasphemed him, saying: If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering, rebuked him, saying: Neither dost thou fear God, seeing thou art condemned under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this man hath done no evil.  And he said to Jesus: Lord, remember me when thou shalt come into thy kingdom.  And Jesus said to him: Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with Me in paradise.” Luke 23: 39-43

Dr. Nathanson’s story is one of the most powerful because it is about redemption. It gives me hope everyday that one day I may reach Purgatory. Our Lord’s Divine Mercy is a gift for those of us who think we do not deserve it.

Eternal Rest grant unto him, O Lord and for all the babies who have been killed in the wombs of their mothers. May perpetual light shine upon them.


From FatherZ: WDTPRS Spiritual Bouquet for Pope Benedict for St. Joseph’s Day (19 March)

19 February 2011

Posted by Father John Zuhlsdorf at WDTPRS.com

Think of the great cares the Holy Father bears in his heavy mandate as Vicar of Christ. He has need of our prayers to help him be strong and to guard him from his enemies.

I propose to all readers here a Spiritual Bouquet for Pope Benedict with a ending date of 19 March, the Feast of St. Joseph, which is the Holy Father’s baptismal “name day”. Since we are beginning on 19 February we have about a month.

Will you participate?

If you are a blogger, will you direct people here for the during of the time?

You are able to check more than one of the options below. I THINK, I have it set so that you can participate once per day. (I hope so! I have never used that feature before.)

Many of these things also gain an indulgence under the usual conditions.

If some of the options don’t seem exact enough for what you have done, that’s okay. This isn’t a scientific poll. Just find the option that best describes what you did to participate.

Click below to go to FatherZ’s blog for:

WDTPRS SPIRITUAL BOUQUET FOR POPE BENEDICT XVI (ending 19 March – St. Joseph’s Day)

Please join us at ACBlog in this Spiritual Bouquet everyday at WDTPRS.com for our Holy Father!

An Open Letter to Gov Walker in WI: My Gov Chris Christie & why the Dems COULDNT shut us down in Joisey

19 February 2011

Oh, Governor Walker??? Just want to let you know what a terrific job you are doing in Wisconsin. Our Gov, Chris Christie probably thinks you’re cool also.

Imagine that? Governors who want Union members to contribute to their own pensions and health plans instead of us schlubs in the private sector working to support them…Hmmmm….

So, with that in mind, watch how Chris Christie handled the Dem threat to shut down our state government in Trenton.

Pretty funny, enjoy!!

Ok, so how great is my Gov? Notice folks, nobody from the DNC,Organizing for America, the Unions brass thugs (especially SEIU) or the White House DARED to come to NJ with the same crap they are pulling in Wisconsin.

When our supposed shutdown was threatened you didn’t hear a peep out of anyone except one teacher who got up and embarrassed herself at a town hall.

Take note, Governor Walker…why not invite our Gov for a pizza party at your residence? You just might get the street cred you need to get Obama’s boys off your back!

I’m just sayin’….


House Overwhelmingly Votes to Scrap Planned Parenthood Funding

19 February 2011

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 2/18/11

The House of Representatives today voted overwhelmingly to scrap funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business and ensure it can’t receive any federal funds through any departments or programs.

House members approved the Pence amendment on a 240-185 vote with 10 Democrats joining most Republicans to support de-funding the abortion business. Another 7 Republicans sided with almost all of the pro-abortion Democrats in the lower chamber in voting for the pro-abortion organization to receive taxpayer funds. (See below.)

Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana was the main sponsor of the amendment, which prevents federal funding of Planned Parenthood’s national organization and 102 named affiliates.

“This afternoon’s vote is a victory for taxpayers and a victory for life. By banning federal funding to Planned Parenthood, Congress has taken a stand for millions of Americans who believe their tax dollars should not be used to subsidize the largest abortion provider in America,” he said after the vote. “I commend my colleagues in both parties for taking a stand for taxpayers and a stand for life. I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to support this legislation and end federal funding of Planned Parenthood once and for all.”

The Pence Amendment does not affect the funding level for any federal program. Instead, it disqualifies PPFA and its named affiliates from receiving any type of federal funds. Though some Democrats claimed the amendment is unconstitutional, in a 2010 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejected a claim that a similar law, cutting off federal funds for the organization ACORN and its affiliates, violated the Constitution’s Bill of Attainder Clause

The fight to stop Planned Parenthood funding is not over as the amendment is part of a continuing resolution bill needed to fund the federal government and the funding apparatus still faces Senate action and likely conference committee action — which could ultimately leave the amendment out of the final draft of the bill that goes to pro-abortion President Barack Obama.

Matt Smith, the president of Catholic Advocate, applauded the vote in comments to LifeNews.com.

“We need to get government spending under control to get our economy back on track,” he said. :If there is one industry in this country that should never receive a tax-payer subsidy, it is Planned Parenthood. Thank you to Congressman Pence and the House of Representatives for listening to the voice of the American people who do not want their tax dollars supporting the abortion business.”

The vote followed a terse debate which has pro-life lawmakers pointing out abuses at Planned Parenthood and abortion advocates accusing pro-life lawmakers of hurting women.

Pence led the way in fighting for the amendment to ensure that none of the federal funds in any program or department would go to the abortion business, which does more than 324,000 abortions annually and receives more than $363 million in federal, state and local taxpayer funds.

“I believe that ending an innocent human life is morally wrong,” Pence told his colleagues. “I also believe it is morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to fund organizations that provide and promote abortion-like Planned Parenthood of America.”

Abortion advocates said if Planned Parenthood loses its place at the government trough that women would be hurt.

“Planned Parenthood has provided health services to one in five American women,”; Rep. Nita Lowey of New york said.

Rep. Barbara lee of California called the amendment a “war on women” and Rep. Jan Schakowsky said Planned Parenthood “saves money and saves lives” by the non-abortion health care it offers and “now it not the time to restrict women’s access to health care.”

And Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin went as far as implying that it is better to have an abortion than make a child be forced to live “eating Ramen noodles” and “mayonnaise sandwiches.”

But Pence talked about the myriad of ways in which Planned Parenthood has been proven to exploit women.

“The headlines and years of investigations speak for themselves," he said. “In 2002, Planned Parenthood was found civilly liable in Arizona for failure to report statutory rape. In 2008 it violated reporting laws in Indiana and California. In 2009 it instructed a girl in Tennessee to lie about her age so she could get an abortion without her parents’ knowledge. Recently in California, Washington, New Jersey, and New York, Planned Parenthood clinics have been accused of fraudulent accounting or overbilling practices. And last week, undercover videos showed Planned Parenthood employees apparently willing to aid human sex traffickers by coaching them on how to falsify documents and secure secret abortions for their underage prostitutes."

“As the father of two teenage daughters, there are not words strong enough to portray my contempt of this pattern of apparent fraud and abuse by Planned Parenthood,” he said.

Rep. Jean Schmidt of Ohio said the idea of sexual abuse and Planned Parenthood centers covering up cases is not a potential, and mentioned a case in her state.

“Should we be providing America’s largest abortion provider taxpayer funding so it can keep its lights on so it can provide family planning on one side and abortions on the other?” Schmidt asked.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, a pro-life Republican from Minnesota, defended the Pence amendment and talked about how Planned Parenthood uses govt money to build fancy abortion centers. She noted how it does more abortions than anyone else and complained that Planned Parenthood centers "focus on political activity" at its federal-funded centers.

She also said Planned Parenthood should lose its nonprofit tax status because it is a $1 billion corporation that no longer operates as a nonprofit organization.

Congressman Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania also spoke in favor of the amendment and brought up the horror of the Kermit Gosnell abortion business as an example of what happens in the abortion industry.

The American Center for Law and Justice is one of the many pro-life groups that heavily lobbied members of Congress before the vote to support the amendment.

“There’s no better place to begin the budget cutting process, than putting a stop to funding Planned Parenthood,” said Jay Sekulow, the group’s chief counsel, in comment to LifeNews.com. “;It’s stunning that Planned Parenthood receives more than $360 million dollars a year in federal taxpayer funds.”

“By receiving this windfall of federal funds, Planned Parenthood is able to free-up other resources enabling them to continue to promote and expand their pro-abortion agenda. The approval of the Pence Amendment in the House is long overdue and sends a strong message – American taxpayers are no longer willing to subsidize the nation’s largest abortion provider,” he said.

Catholic Vote added, “Taxpayers provide Planned Parenthood $363 million a year. That means one-third of Planned Parenthood’s annual budget comes from the hard working Americans – including you and me! If our tax money is paying for salaries, or rent or other expenses, that frees up their other money to be spent on abortion.”

“And abortion is what Planned Parenthood does. They are responsible for nearly one-quarter, or over 324,000, abortions in the United States every year. It’s an outrage that taxpayers have to support Planned Parenthood,” the group told LifeNews.com.

Voting Yes, or pro-life, on the amendment: 230 Republicans and 10 Democrats (Boren of OK, Costello of IL, Donnelly of IN, Lipinski of IL, McIntyre of NC, Peterson of MN, Rahall of WV, Reyes of TX, Ross of AR, and Shuler of NC)

Voting NO, or pro-abortion, on the amendment: 178 Democrats and 7 Republicans (Bass of NH, Biggert of IL, Bono Mack of CA, Dent of PA, Dold of IL, Frelinghuysen of NJ and Hanna of NY)

Voting Present: 1 Republican (Amash of MI)


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