Monday, April 30, 2012

Be Somebody to Someone

More on that story about the Requiem Mass for the Unclaimed Deceased in Louisiana.
A prayer card with the words of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta detailed the key to never becoming one of the unclaimed: "One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody. Therefore go into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people."

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Weekend Read

The Religious Liberty and Social Justice Reader

Ryan vs Georgetown by George Weigel. Here's a snippet:
What Ryan has in fact done is to follow Benedict XVI and push the subsidiarity-solidarity debate forward, suggesting that there is a kind of moral and political space where solidarity — the moral imperative to live responsibly with and for others — and subsidiarity — the anti-totalitarian, pro-civil-society principle of Catholic social doctrine — intersect. At that broad intersection, there are no obvious answers to public-policy questions, and especially to budgetary questions. But there is prudential judgment: the weighing of risks and benefits; the calculus of probable consequences; the fitting of ends to appropriate means.
And here's Ryan again with Applying Our Enduring Truths to Our Defining Challenge.

And something to frighten you out of complacency this election...Karl Rove's First 2012 Electoral Map leans towards Obama.  

Friday, April 27, 2012

Kateri Tekakwitha and the First Amendment

She pre-dates the First Amendment but it is being used as a ploy to not grant funding to her shrine.

Officials from the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs have turned down a $750 tourism grant from Montgomery County to help pay for the canonization ceremony of Kateri Tekakwitha.
The county Board of Supervisors awarded the grant in February, one of several given to area agencies to promote tourism. County officials believe as many as 5,000 people will come to Auriesville for the ceremony conferring sainthood on Kateri, a member of the Mohawk tribe who was born in 1656 near present-day Auriesville. The ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 21 at the shrine.
The grant was part of $11,600 awarded to agencies throughout the county to promote tourism. As soon as the award to the shrine was announced, officials from the Washington D.C.-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State began contacting local officials and telling them the grant violated the First Amendment of the Constitution, which is widely interpreted to maintain the separation of church and state.

Read the whole thing here.  Blessed Kateri, First Native American Saint, pray for this country.

Hat tip to The Deacon's Bench.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Battle of Vanderbilt

Have you been following the fight for Religious Liberty over at Vanderbilt University?
Vanderbilt Catholic, now Vandy Catholic, will not comply with the new university policy. Good for them!

Now the story is going national:
A Catholic student group at Vanderbilt refused to comply, and moved off campus in protest. Eleven Protestant groups on campus joined the Catholics in dissent, but not in abandoning the campus. Twenty members of the Tennessee legislature fired a warning shot against Vanderbilt, in effect threatening to cut state funds to the private university.
Read the whole thing here.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Have you seen this video? Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR and the Newman Club of Newark, NJ tell it to you straight.

A Study in Contrast: Sisters

Exhibit A: The Anti-Life Sister

Exhibit B: The Pro-Life Sister

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Phil Donahue, remember him?

Too young? The Phil Donahue Show was Oprah before there was Oprah. Anyhow, hadn't seen that name around in a long while but it popped up in this interesting summary of Nuns Gone Wild: A Trip Down Memory Lane over at Fr. Z's blog.

Be sure to read this background history of the present LCWR issue and note how these nuns have been at the forefront of the Anti-Life Movement.
When you hear some of the radical nuns and their liberal journalist buddies griping about oppression, feigning not to understand what “the Vatican” is doing to them, hiding being words like “freedom” and “respect”, lying about the facts, keep the following list in mind.  Remember that the CDF and USCCB project of reform has been long in coming.
And if you can, show some support to the CMSWR (Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious).

Monday, April 23, 2012

Washington Post's Reporting Problem

Seems the Washington Post is always getting it wrong.  Newsbuster Tim Graham notes that the WaPo "gave the badly attended Earth Day Rally on Sunday a whitewash on the front page of the Metro section."

He goes on to compare WaPo's Earth Day coverage to this year's March for Life coverage in January.

So let's review: Earth Day organizers expected "tens of thousands" and drew 40. It received a large color photo (mother with child, avoid the "crowd" shot) and a front-page Metro story. In January, the March for Life turned out tens of thousands and it received two large color photos (one of an opponent) -- one of and a front-page Metro story (and avoided a crowd shot). Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton nudged this quote from Post local editor Vernon Loeb: “In retrospect I wish we had given readers a better sense of the overall magnitude of the march. . .it was far larger than 17,000.”


Now it is day.The sun is up.
Now is the time for all dogs to get up.
"Get up!"
It is day.Time to get going. 
Go, dogs. Go!    
                                                 - P.D. Eastman

Hurry or he'll catch you!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Weekend Read

Finished the Sunday paper? Now grab another cup of coffee and read Mother Agnes Mary Donovan's speech on Religious Liberty given at the 2012 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.
We prize our citizenship in this great land, and champion our nation’s founding heritage.  Yet with faith, we see the world and its events with a new, spiritual vision; and recognize that in these days we are drawn up (even against our will) in the primordial drama of the battle between good and evil.  
Whole thing here: A Spiritual Reflection on Religious Liberty and the Rights of Conscience .

Want to know more about the Sisters of Life, go check out their website here.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Calling All Canucks

No, this has nothing to do with the NHL play-offs. Something even greater for our friends up North.

Thursday, May 10th is MARCH FOR LIFE CANADA. Save the date.
Make that save the dates:  Candle light vigil, May 9th. Massive Pro-Life Youth Conference, May 11th.

More information at the nifty Campaign Life Coalition site. And here's a nice video...

Can't make it to Ottawa? See what else is going on in the Provinces.

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Real Issue with the LCWR

You've probably heard this story in the news ("Vatican Orders Crackdown on Nuns") and were wondering what it's all about.

It's about this: why are nuns who promote social justice silent on the most important social justice issue of our day, the problem of legalized abortion?

CDF*said that the documentation “reveals that, while there has been a great deal of work on the part of LCWR promoting issues of social justice in harmony with the Church’s social doctrine, it is silent on the right to life from conception to natural death, a question that is part of the lively public debate about abortion and euthanasia in the United States.

*CDF= Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Read the whole thing here.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Save the Date - June 8th

Mark your calendars: June 8th next Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally.

WHAT: The Next Rally for Religious Freedom
WHEN: June 8 at Noon Local Time
WHERE: Your Home Town!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Freedom and Religious Liberty

Thought experiment for the day: ever wonder what it's like to live in a country where individual freedom and religious liberty are not valued?

Reuters reports that Afghan schoolgirls were poisoned in an anti-education attack.

Since the 2001 toppling of the Taliban, which banned education for women and girls, females have returned to schools, especially in Kabul.
But periodic attacks still occur against girls, teachers and their school buildings, usually in the more conservative south and east of the country, from where the Taliban insurgency draws most support.
“We are 100 percent sure that the water they drunk inside their classes was poisoned."

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Cohabitation Effect

Meg Jay recently wrote about the Cohabitation Effect in the NYT. She says couples who cohabit before marriage are less satisfied with their marriages and more likely to divorce. Well, Humanae Vitae* could have told them that. Wait, it did. Why weren't they listening?

Cohabitation in the United States has increased by more than 1,500 percent in the past half century. In 1960, about 450,000 unmarried couples lived together. Now the number is more than 7.5 million. The majority of young adults in their 20s will live with a romantic partner at least once, and more than half of all marriages will be preceded by cohabitation. This shift has been attributed to the sexual revolution and the availability of birth control, and in our current economy, sharing the bills makes cohabiting appealing. But when you talk to people in their 20s, you also hear about something else: cohabitation as prophylaxis.
In a nationwide survey conducted in 2001 by the National Marriage Project, then at Rutgers and now at the University of Virginia, nearly half of 20-somethings agreed with the statement, “You would only marry someone if he or she agreed to live together with you first, so that you could find out whether you really get along.” About two-thirds said they believed that moving in together before marriage was a good way to avoid divorce.
But that belief is contradicted by experience. Couples who cohabit before marriage (and especially before an engagement or an otherwise clear commitment) tend to be less satisfied with their marriages — and more likely to divorce — than couples who do not. These negative outcomes are called the cohabitation effect. - Meg Jay

*Gosh, Paul VI wrote Humanae Vitae way back in the summer of 1968 (July 25th to be exact), just one year after the Summer of Love.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Individual vs the State

This is interesting. Bookworm Room writes that the Left's problem with Ann Romney is that she represents the triumph of the individual.
I am the counterweight to the state.  Therefore, I am dangerous.  I am subversive simply by existing.  My love for my children is a dominant force that works its way into their psyches and that trumps the state-run schools and the state complicit media world.  Some mothers, of course, are entirely in sync with schools and media.  They happily reinforce the statist message.  But those of us who don’t are a powerful anti-statist force and we must be challenged
Whole thing here.

Hat tip: Instapundit.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Weekend Reads

Grab a cup of coffee and stay awhile.

Roger L. Simon ponders Why Liberals are the New Squares.
 Liberals have become the New Squares, conventional and predictable to an almost unfathomable degree. Like the very reactionaries they excoriate, they are always thinking backwards, trying finally to get programs right that were first tried in 1932
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops statement on Religious Liberty: Our First, Most Cherished Liberty.
Freedom is not only for Americans, but we think of it as something of our special inheritance, fought for at a great price, and a heritage to be guarded now. We are stewards of this gift, not only for ourselves but for all nations and peoples who yearn to be free. 
Bishop Lynch remembers a great Cuban Patriot, Bishop Agustin Roman.
His public opposition to the Cuban government never reached the decibel level of the exile community who surrounded him, but they knew that in his heart he mourned the absence of religious freedom in Cuba and the ensuing poverty visited upon his beloved people. He was their bishop and they were his people. There are few priests about whom other priests do not have something sometimes unkind and uncharitable to say, but to a person, Miami’s priests acknowledged that Agustin Roman was an extraordinary example and witness to the priesthood of Jesus Christ.  
Something to read as you have another donut with your coffee.
Michelle's Mirror wonders just What the Fluke is Going On Around Here?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Never Worked A Day In Her Life

Seriously, this is the line of argument the Obama Administration is going to take?

Never mind "the women's vote" they have just solidified the male vote for Romney.

Men know just how hard mom works ....whether in or outside of the home. But don't ask us, take a look at the postings at Testosterhome: on the care and feeding of boys. 

Oh, and if you need to brush up take a look at this: On the Dignity and Vocation of Women.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Don't Cooperate!

Don't cooperate with the HHS Mandate, says Raymond Cardinal Burke. Cooperation with the HHS Mandate amounts to sin. Don't take our word for it, read the whole thing yourself.
This is correct. It is not only a matter of what we call “material cooperation” in the sense that the employer by giving this insurance benefit is materially providing for the contraception but it is also “formal cooperation” because he is knowingly and deliberately doing this, making this available to people. There is no way to justify it. It is simply wrong.”

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Obamacare - ACLU Link

In case you missed it last week. Bill Donohue of the Catholic League commented on the Obamacare-ACLU link:

On April 3, Catholic News Service published a story on an internal memo from the bishops on ObamaCare. Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on it today:
The more the bishops study this issue, the more resolved they are in opposing ObamaCare. At the heart of the bishops’ objections is the contrived and unjust way the Obama administration defines a religious organization; it grants an exemption only to what it deems is a religious entity. In point of fact, it is the ACLU that is really dictating to Catholics what passes as a religious institution.
Read it all here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The new improved Death Panels

New York Times reports today on ER rooms designed especially for the elderly. 
Ann Althouse muses on the new segregation in her blog today. Here's the post in full:

Because there's a class of persons who need different treatment.

There were no beeping machines or blinking lights or scurrying medical residents. A volunteer circulated among the patients like a flight attendant, making soothing conversation and offering reading glasses, Sudoku puzzles and hearing aids. Above them, an artificial sun shined through a skylight imprinted with a photographic rendering of a robin’s-egg-blue sky, puffy clouds and leafy trees.

Ms. Spielberger, who is in her 80s, was even getting into the spirit of the place, despite her unnerving condition. “It’s beautiful,” she said. “Everything here is wonderful.”
If you think that's beautiful, you should see the afterlife.

Or am I taking this the wrong way? The NYT is acting like this is sort of posh. But one look at the headline — "For the Elderly, Emergency Rooms of Their Own" — and my "Death Panels!" red flag went up. Let's make them very comfortable, let's palliate, but let's not save them. The heroic treatments are in that other emergency room, the one for the people who are still useful.

Excellent analysis. Hospice rooms not emergency rooms.
In related news, a new study finds Obamacare will add $340 billion to the deficit. Or is that number actually $530 billion?

    Monday, April 9, 2012

    Bright Monday

    Good news via Jill Stanek, a clinic with numerous health code violations and which committed two botched abortions in one day is now closing.

    The New Woman All Women abortion mill inBirminghamAlabama, has shown signs of cracking for some time.
    This is the clinic where I reported in January two botch abortions were committed in a single day, and where I reported in February it had posted a threatening sign against pro-lifers (“Use deadly force only if necessary”).
    Also in February Bryan Kemper reported the mill’s sole abortionist had quit.
    So the handwriting was on the wall when on Friday the  Alabama Department of Public Health announced the clinic would be giving up the ghost due to numerous health code violations.

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

    He is Risen!

    Christ is risen from the dead, 
    trampling down death by His death, 
    and gives life to those who were in the tomb.

    Friday, April 6, 2012

    Good Friday 2012

    Ah, Holy Jesus

    Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended, 
    That man to judge thee hath in hate pretended? 
    By foes derided, by thine own rejected, O most afflicted.
    Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee? 
    Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee. 
    Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee; I crucified thee.
    Lo, the good Shepherd for the sheep is offered; 
    The slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered; 
    For man's atonement, while he nothing heedeth, God interceedeth.
    For me, kind Jesus, was thine Incarnation, 
    Thy mortal sorrow, and they life's oblation; 
    Thy death of anguish and thy bitter Passion, For my salvation.
    Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee, 
    I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee, 
    Think on thy pity and thy love unswerving, Not my deserving.

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

    Obama and Catholics

    Obama war on the Church via the help of the Catholic Left.

    Obama needs Catholics—54% of whom voted for him in 2008—to come out for him again, especially in the post-industrial states of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Obama hopes to manipulate the Catholic population in 2012 the same way he once did in Chicago: by working with liberal Catholics to “community organize” the rest of the church, and the nation.
    Read all of Charles C. Johnson's report.

    Tuesday, April 3, 2012

    Asking an important question

    Leticia Velasquez asks if the Prenatal-testing mandate could lead to more abortions of babies with Down syndrome?

    Most of the attention on the Department of Health and Human Services recommendations for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has focused on the mandated insurance coverage of contraception. But the recommendation of the Institute of Medicine’s report on “Clinical Preventive Services for Women,” which was adopted in its entirety by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, contains another worrisome provision — that it fund prenatal testing — possibly leading to more abortions.

    “Buried in the IOM report is the recommendation for no-cost, well-woman visits; these visits include prenatal care — and thus prenatal testing for ‘genetic or developmental conditions,’” according to attorney and bioethicist Mark Leach in Public Discourse. “This prompts the question: How does prenatal testing prevent Down syndrome?”

    Monday, April 2, 2012

    Does this sound familiar?

    Cut spending by reducing the number of hospitalized patients.

    Pop Quiz
    Question: is that from Obamacare or the goal of a Nazi program to kill thousands of disabled people?