Thursday, May 29, 2008

World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests

World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests
Dear Friends,

Tomorrow, Friday the 30th of May, is the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. The Vatican has published a beautiful letter encouraging all the faithful to take this day, and every day, as a time for prayer for our shepherds.

These men feed us the Bread of Life, endlessly hear our confessions, baptize and marry us, and stand vigil at our deathbeds, counsel us and teach us, and take all kinds of flak (visible and invisible) for our sakes. The vast majority of them stand firm in faithfulness to their calling for the sake of the Blood of the Lamb. They suffer much. They are “other Christs” for us. They are human, they have faults and weaknesses and sins, just like us. They are primary targets for the malice of the evil one.

They are far more than heroes. They are saints in the making, just as we all should be. Let’s never forget that in the hierarchical creation willed by the Holy Trinity, these men are a crucial link in the outpouring of divine graces upon each of our souls and upon the world. Hidden, small in their own eyes, carrying many crosses, they are greatly beloved in the eyes of the Lord.

Perhaps you would consider making copies of the letter reproduced below and giving it to priests and laypeople.

Several dozen priests subscribe to this newsletter. In the name of all of us whom you feed, dear fathers, thank you. May Jesus give you the deepest and eternal thanks.

In Him,

Michael O’Brien




Vatican Congregation for the Clergy

Theme for World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests May 30, 2008

by Cardinal Claudio Hummes



Reverend and dear Brothers in the Priesthood,

On the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus let us fix the eyes of our minds and hearts with a constant loving gaze on Christ, the one Savior of our lives and of the world. Focusing on Christ means focusing on that Face which every human being, consciously or not, seeks as a satisfying response to his own insuppressible thirst for happiness.

We have encountered this Face and on that day, at that moment, his Love so deeply wounded our hearts that we could no longer refrain from asking ceaselessly to be in his Presence. “In the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch” (Psalm 5).

The Sacred Liturgy leads us once again to contemplate the Mystery of the Incarnation of the Word, the origin and intimate reality of this company which is the Church: the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob revealed himself in Jesus Christ. “No one could see his Glory unless first healed by the humility of his flesh.... By dust you were blinded, and by dust you are healed: flesh, then, had wounded you, flesh heals you” (St. Augustine, Commentary on the Gospel according to John, Homily, 2, 16).

Only by looking again at the perfect and fascinating humanity of Jesus Christ -- alive and active now -- who revealed himself to us and still today bends down to each one of us with his special love of total predilection, can we can let him illumine and fill the abyss of need which is our humanity, certain of Hope encountered and sure of Mercy that embraces our limitations and teaches us to forgive what we ourselves do not even manage to discern. “Deep calls to deep at the thunder of your cataracts” (Psalm 42[41]).

On the occasion of the traditional World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests that is celebrated on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, I would like to recall the priority of prayer over action since it is on prayer that the effectiveness of action depends. The Church's mission largely depends on each person's personal relationship with the Lord Jesus and must therefore be nourished by prayer: “It is time to reaffirm the importance of prayer in the face of the activism and the growing secularism” (Benedict XVI, "Deus Caritas Est," No. 37). Let us not tire of drawing on his Mercy, of letting him look at and medicate the painful wounds of our sin, in order to marvel at the ever new miracle of our redeemed humanity.

Dear confreres, we are experts of God's Mercy within us and only by so being, his instruments in embracing wounded humanity in a way that is ever new. “Christ does not save us from our humanity, but through it; he does not save us from the world but came into the world so that through him the world might be saved (cf. John 3:17)” (Benedict XVI, Urbi et Orbi Message, Dec. 25, 2006). Finally, we are priests through the Sacrament of Orders, the highest Act of God's Mercy and, at the same time, of his special preference.

In the second place, with an unquenchable thirst and longing for Christ, the most authentic dimension of our Priesthood is mendicancy, simple and continuous prayer that is learned in silent orison. It has always characterized the life of Saints and should be asked for insistently. This awareness of our relationship with him is subjected to the purification of daily testing. Every day we realize again and again that not even we Ministers who act "in Persona Christi Capitis" are spared this drama. We cannot live a single moment in his Presence without a gentle longing to know him and to continue to adhere to him. Let us not give in to the temptation to see being priests as a burden, inevitable and impossible to delegate, henceforth assumed, which can perhaps be carried out “mechanically” with a structured and coherent pastoral program. Priesthood is the vocation, the path and the manner through which Christ saves us, has called us and is calling us now to! abide with him.

The one adequate measure, with regard to our Holy Vocation, is radicalism. This total dedication with awareness of our infidelity can only be brought into being as a renewed and prayerful decision which Christ subsequently implements, day after day. The actual gift of priestly celibacy must be accepted and lived in this dimension of radicalism and full configuration to Christ. Any other approach to the reality of the relationship with him risks becoming ideological.

Even the great mass of work that the contemporary conditions of the ministry sometimes impose on us, far from discouraging us must spur us to care with even greater attention for our priestly identity which has an incontrovertibly divine root. In this regard the particular conditions of the ministry themselves must impel us, with a logic opposed to that of the world, to “raise the tone” of our spiritual life, witnessing with greater conviction and effectiveness to our exclusive belonging to the Lord.

We are taught total dedication by the One who loved us first. “I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, ‘Here am I, here am I' to a nation that did not call on my name”. The place of totality par excellence is the Eucharist since, “in the Eucharist Jesus does not give us a ‘thing' but himself; he offers his own body and pours out his own blood” ("Sacramentum Caritatis," No. 7).

Let us be faithful, dear confreres, to the daily Celebration of the Most Holy Eucharist, not solely in order to fulfill a pastoral commitment or a requirement of the community entrusted to us but because of the absolute personal need we have of it, as of breathing, as of light for our life, as the one satisfactory reason for a complete priestly existence.

In his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Sacramentum Caritatis," the Holy Father reproposes to us forcefully St Augustine's affirmation: “no one eats that flesh without first adoring it; we should sin were we not to adore it” (St. Augustine, "Enarrationes in Psalmos," 98,9). We cannot live, we cannot look at the truth about ourselves without letting ourselves be looked at and generated by Christ in daily Eucharistic Adoration, and the “Stabat” of Mary, “Woman of the Eucharist”, beneath her Son's Cross, is the most significant example of contemplation and adoration of the divine Sacrifice that has been given to us.

Since the missionary spirit is intrinsic in the very nature of the Church, our mission is likewise innate in the priestly identity, which is why missionary urgency is a matter of self-awareness. Our priestly identity is edified and renewed day after day in “conversation” with Our Lord. An immediate consequence of our relationship with him, ever nourished in constant prayer, is the need to share it with all those around us. The holiness we ask for daily, in fact, cannot be conceived according to a sterile and abstract individual acceptance but is necessarily Christ's holiness, which is contagious for everyone: “Being in communion with Jesus Christ draws us into his ‘being for all'; it makes it our own way of being” (Benedict XVI, "Spe Salvi," No. 28).

Christ's “being for all” is realized for us in the Tria Munera by which we are clothed in the very nature of the Priesthood. These Munera which constitute the entirety of our Ministry, are not the place for alienation or, even worse, a mere functionalist reductionism of ourselves but rather are the truest expression of our belonging to Christ; they are the place of our relationship with him. The People which has been entrusted to us to be educated, sanctified and governed is not a reality that distracts us from “our life” but the Face of Christ that we contemplate daily, as the face of his beloved for the bridegroom and the Church his Bride for Christ. The People entrusted to us is the indispensable path for our holiness, in other words the path on which Christ manifests through us the Glory of the Father.

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea... those on the other hand who send to perdition an entire people... what should they suffer and what punishment should they receive?” (St. John Chrysostom, "De Sacerdotio," VI, 1.498). In the face of the awareness of such a serious task and such a great responsibility for our life and our salvation, in which faithfulness to Christ coincides with “obedience” to the needs dictated by the redemption of those souls, there is not even room to doubt the grace received. We can only ask to surrender as much as possible to his Love so that he will act through us, for either we let Christ save the world, acting in us, or we risk betraying the very nature of our vocation. The measure of dedication, dear confreres, is totality, again and anew. Yes, “five loaves an! d two fishes” are not many but they are all! God's Grace makes of all our littleness the Communion that satisfies the People. Elderly and sick priests who exercise the divine ministry daily, uniting themselves with Christ's Passion and offering their own priestly existence for the true good of the Church and the salvation of souls, share especially in this “total dedication”.

Lastly, the Holy Mother of God remains an indispensable foundation of the whole of priestly life. The relationship with her cannot be resolved in pious devotional practice but is nourished by ceaseless entrustment to the arms of the ever Virgin of the whole of our life, of our ministry in its entirety. Mary Most Holy also leads us, like John, to beneath the Cross of her Son and Our Lord in order to contemplate, with her, God's infinite Love: “He who for us is Life itself descended here and endured our death and slew it by the abundance of his Life” (St. Augustine, "Confessiones," IV, 12).

As a condition for our redemption, for the fulfillment of our humanity, for the Advent of the Incarnation of the Son, God the Father chose to await a Virgin's “Fiat” to an angel's announcement. Christ decided to entrust, so to speak, his own Life to the loving freedom of the Mother: “She conceived, brought forth, and nourished Christ, she presented him to the Father in the temple, shared her Son's sufferings as he died on the Cross. Thus, in a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity in the work of the Savior in restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason she is a mother to us in the order of grace” ("Lumen Gentium," No. 61).

Pope St Pius X said: “Every priestly vocation comes from the heart of God but passes through the heart of a mother”. This is true with regard to obvious biological motherhood but it is also true of the “birth” of every form of fidelity to the Vocation of Christ. We cannot do without a spiritual motherhood for our priestly life: let us entrust ourselves confidently to the prayer of the whole of Holy Mother Church, to the motherhood of the People, whose pastors we are but to whom are entrusted our custody and holiness; let us ask for this fundamental support.

Dear confreres, the urgent need for “a movement of prayer, placing 24-hour continuous Eucharistic adoration at the centre so that a prayer of adoration, thanksgiving, praise, petition and reparation will be raised to God, incessantly and from every corner of the earth, with the primary intention of awakening a sufficient number of holy vocations to the priestly state and, at the same time, spiritually uniting with a certain spiritual maternity -- at the level of the Mystical Body -- all those who have already been called to the ministerial priesthood and are ontologically conformed to the one High and Eternal Priest. This movement will offer better service to Christ and his brothers -- those who are at once ‘inside’ the Church and also ‘at the forefront’ of the Church, standing in Christ's stead (cf. "Pastores Dabo Vobis," No. 16), and representing him as head, shepherd and spouse of the Church” (Letter of the Congregation of the! Clergy, 8 December 2007).

A further form of spiritual motherhood has recently been outlined. It has always silently accompanied the chosen ranks of priests in the course of the Church's history. It is the concrete entrustment of our ministry to a specific face, to a consecrated soul who has been called by Christ and therefore chooses to offer herself, with the necessary suffering and the inevitable struggles of life, to intercede for our priestly existence, thereby dwelling in Christ's sweet presence. This motherhood, which embodies Mary's loving face, should be prayed for because God alone can bring it into being and sustain it. In this regard there are plenty of wonderful examples; only think of St Monica's beneficial tears for her son Augustine, for whom she wept “more than mothers weep when lamenting their dead children” (St. Augustine, "Confessions," III, 11).

Another fascinating example is that of Eliza Vaughan, who gave birth to 13 children and entrusted them to the Lord; six of her eight sons became priests and four of her five daughters became women religious. Since it is impossible to be true mendicants before Christ, marvelously concealed in the Eucharistic Mystery, without being able in practice to ask for the effective help and prayers of those whom he sets beside us, let us not be afraid to entrust ourselves to the motherhoods that the Spirit will certainly bring into being for us.

St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, aware of the extreme need of prayer for all priests, especially those who were lukewarm, wrote in a letter to her sister Céline, “Let us live for souls, let us be apostles, let us save above all the souls of priests.... Let us pray and suffer for them and on the last day Jesus will be grateful” (St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Letter 94).

Let us entrust ourselves to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Queen of Apostles, our sweetest Mother, let us look to Christ with her, ceaselessly striving to be totally, radically his; this is our identity!

Let us remember the words of the Holy Curé d’Ars, Patron of Parish Priests: “If I already had one foot in Heaven and I was told to return to the earth to work to convert sinners, I would gladly return. And if, to do this, it were necessary that I remain on earth until the end of the world, always rising at midnight and suffering as I suffer, I would consent with all my heart” (Brother Athanase, "Procès de l’Ordinaire," p. 883).

May the Lord guide and protect each and every one, especially the sick and those who are suffering the most, in the constant offering of our life for love.

Cardinal Cláudio Hummes
Prefect

Mauro Piacenza
Titular Archbishop of Victoriana
Secretary

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Call Gov. Schwarzenegger's Office to Vote Against Same-sex Marriage

Call Gov. Schwarzenegger's Office to Vote Against Same-sex Marriage

Friends, I just did it. It really did take 15 seconds from beginning to
end.

See below. It's very quick.
You get to vote!

Call Gov. Schwarzenegger' office to vote against California Supreme Court's
decision on same-sex marriage:

1. call 1-916-445-2841

2. press 1, 5, 1, 1 (You need not wait for explanations)

Fully automated and NOT limited to CALIFORNIA voters.
After you've done this send it on to all supporters you know.
It couldn't be easier to vote... please take 15 seconds right now to
do it!


dms

Was Obama Mentored by Communist Party Figure?

Was Obama Mentored by Communist Party Figure?
WorldNetDaily

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?pageId=65066 Friday, May 23, 2008

WorldNetDaily Exclusive

Obama mentored by Communist Party figure

Investigations show ties to radicals who shaped him, helped launch his political career

May 22, 2008

By Jerome R. Corsi


Barack Obama had extensive ties with extreme anti-American elements, including agents of the Moscow-controlled Communist Party USA, in Hawaii and Chicago, according to two new reports released yesterday in Washington, D.C., by two experienced internal security investigators.

Investigative journalist Cliff Kincaid and Herbert Romerstein, a former investigator with the U.S. House Committee on Un-American Activities, presented evidence Obama was mentored by Frank Marshall Davis, an African-American poet and journalist who was also a CPUSA member while Obama attended high school in Hawaii.

The authors, in a separate report, document Obama's ties to radicals in Chicago who helped launch his career.

In a paper entitled "Communism in Hawaii and the Obama Connection," the authors document that in 1948, Davis decided to move from Chicago to Honolulu at the suggestion of what they describe as two "secret CPUSA members," actor Paul Robeson and Harry Bridges, the head of the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen Union, or ILWU.

In Chicago, Davis had worked for the Chicago Star newspaper; in Honolulu, he was hired as a reporter for the Honolulu Record, both identified by Kincaid and Romerstein as "communist front newspapers."

In his autobiography, "Dreams from My Father," Obama discusses the influence a mentor identified in the book only as "Frank" had on his intellectual development.

Obama described Frank as a drinking companion of his grandfather, who had boasted of his association with African-American authors Richard Wright and Langston Hughes during the time Frank was a journalist in Chicago.

Romerstein, in addition to having served as investigator with the U.S. House Committee on Un-American Activities, served in the same capacity with the House Committee on Internal Security and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He was the head of the Office to Counter Soviet Disinformation for the U.S. Information Agency. Romerstein is also co-author of the influential book "The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors," which included extensive documentation of the communist activities of Roosevelt administration staffer Alger Hiss.

Kincaid is the founder and president of America's Survival Inc., an independent watchdog group that monitors the U.N. and international terrorism. He is also editor of Accuracy in Media's AIM Report.

Are you a member of the Communist Party?

Kincaid and Romerstein quote Kathryn Takara of the University of Hawaii, who wrote a dissertation on the life of Frank Marshall Davis, confirming Davis was a significant influence on Obama when the senator attended Punahou prep school in Hawaii from 1975 to 1979.

A transcript of a 1956 hearing before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee discovered by internal security affairs researcher and writer Max Friedman showed Davis took the Fifth Amendment when asked by the subcommittee if he was or had ever been a member of the Communist Party.

In the second report, "Communism in Chicago and the Obama Connection," Kincaid and Romerstein present evidence supporting their contention the SDS organization from which the Weather Underground organization and radicals Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dorhn came, received financial contributions from the CPUSA, which in turn receive its funding from Moscow.

Obama's run for the Illinois state Senate was launched by a fundraiser organized at Ayers' and Dorhn's Chicago home by Alice Palmer. Palmer had named Obama to succeed her in the state Senate in 1995, when she decided to run for a U.S. congressional seat.

Nine years before Palmer picked Obama to be her successor, she was the only African-American journalist to travel to the Soviet Union to attend the 27th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, according to an article Palmer wrote in the CPUSA newspaper, People's Daily World, June 19, 1986.

"There has been no explanation of why Ayers et al. played a role in launching Obama's political career," Kincaid wrote.

Kincaid and Romerstein present documentation that Tom Hayden, another major figure in the SDS, is today one of four principal initiators of the "Progressives for Obama" movement, which calls for ending the war in Iraq "as quickly as possible, not in five years."

According to Kincaid and Romerstein, U.S. Peace Council executive committee member Frank Chapman "blew the whistle on communist support for Obama's presidential bid and his real agenda" in a letter to the People's Weekly World after Obama's win in the Iowa Democratic Party caucuses.

"Obama's victory was more than a progressive move; it was a dialectical leap ushering in a qualitatively new era of struggle," Chapman wrote. "Marx once compared revolutionary struggle with the work of the mole, who sometimes burrows so far beneath the ground that he leaves no trace of his movement on the surface.

Kincaid and Romerstein wrote, "The clear implication of Chapman's letter is that Obama himself, or some of his Marxist supporters, are acting like moles in the political process. The suggestion is that something is being hidden from the public."

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Lobbying as a Moral Vice... and Immoral Hypocrisy

TomRoeser.com ::
Personal Asides: Lobbying as a Moral Vice... and Immoral Hypocrisy.

Posted: 22 May 2008 06:04 AM CDT



Lobbying as Moral Vice.

I first started as a lobbyist... for Quaker Oats... in 1964 and continued until retirement in 1991. The beautiful thing about that job was the first day I started the CEO asked me to tell them what the company should be lobbying for or against. I drew up a list which, surprisingly, squared with my conservative values... and theirs. First, the company should lobby against high price supports in the farm bill which would cut the cost of the grain they bought but also coincided with consumer interest.

Second, it should oppose creation of ever-more regulatory agencies. Third it should oppose an industry plan to allow creation of a eunuch so-called Consumer Protection Agency, the 38th such body designed to protect the consumers-but a CPA that would have very little power to protect consumers and would be toothless, so as to be a sop to public relations and the public misconception that we were progressive and make a hit with Ralph Nader. Some companies sign up for a tough regulatory bill in order to get good press and a salute from Naderites and then behind Nader's back reach out to conservative lawmakers and have them eviscerate the agency and pass it as a shell in name only.. For a company to acquiesce in creation of an impotent agency at a cost of $125 million just to make the world think we were progressive would be immoral.

Third, the company should take an even greater role in personal participation in politics by its executives including Democratic politics if the executives were partisan Democrats. But the overwhelming number of them were Republican-so across the company, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Rockford, Illinois to Pascagoula, Mississippi and throughout the 28 states we were engaged in, our managers would take the initiative to invite members of Congress from their districts to the plant, have lunch with the executives and share their views with them.

Fairly innocent beginning. Now I am amused that Sen. John McCain is ridding himself of anyone on his staff who has an interest in lobbying. How in the world can a presidential candidate understand the private sector unless he has access to lobbyists? I can understand why a staffer should not at the same time be a lobbyist... for he cannot serve two masters... but I tell you I am sickened by the rank hypocrisy of Barack Obama who raises his hands in holy horror about lobbyists. He ought to discover that David Axelrod has a unique shell company that is run under the aegis of a shill that lobbies extensively in Chicago using the contacts Axelrod has cultivated by electing candidates to office. Axelrod is now not just the image guru of the Obama campaign but the one who along with Michelle Obama, Valerie Jarrett and Obama himself runs things entirely. This Obama hypocrisy has got to stop.

Another duplicitous thing. Obama makes a big swoon about how he refuses to take PAC checks from corporations and other special interests. But he takes private checks from corporate executives who belong to the same corporations that have PACs. One reason I am so cynical about reformers is that when I ran a PAC I would hear from federal candidates all the time thusly:

"Tom, my friends are holding a fund-raiser next Monday at the Madison Hotel but I can't take PAC checks. Why not? Oh the damned reformers are howling and my opponent is watching me like a hawk. Can you do this for me? Can you get a guy who is ready to kick in to your PAC and tell him to hold off and give it individually to me instead? Make it payable to `Citizens for--.' Thanks old buddy and anytime you want to talk about legislation, give me a call. You know what I mean?."

I well remember the latter day reformer Ralph Metcalfe, the 1st district congressman who was also Democratic ward committeeman... who would announce that PACs and donations from corporate executives were not acceptable to him... but would call up and say this:

"Tom, my ward's Democratic committee of which I am committeeman as you well know, is holding a fund-raiser this Wednesday. You can give corporate money to it which can be used for the benefit of the Democratic party in the ward and the spending will go to organization which will help me almost as directly as giving it to me by check with the added benefit that you won't have to announce you're giving to Metcalfe and I won't have to say I'm getting it from Quaker Oats, you see what I mean? I hope you can make it and if you can we can talk about legislation, you know what I mean? "




Flashback: The Exacting, Careful Planning for the Breakout, My Date's Willingness... and a Roommate's Objection.

Posted: 22 May 2008 06:00 AM CDT



Fifty-plus years of memories written for my kids and grandchildren.

Making Sure Every Detail is Covered.

Determined to execute a daring slip... a breakout... to the world outside mid-week from the pre-Vatican II Saint John's (September, 1946) in order to take a raven-haired nurse-in-training, Mildred Murphy, to the movies, I resolved to make plans with utmost care. I couldn't imagine being expelled for such a venture (although given the discipline at the school this was not impossible) but suspension would be dreadful in that my parents back in Chicago would be informed. With luck (were I caught) I would be campus-ed but I resolved not to let that happen either. I called her on the phone from the phone booth in the monastery porter's office. The layman, an elderly garrulous layman named Ted the Porter, had to place the call for me as per custom-to the switchboard at the nurse's residence at Saint Cloud Hospital. He cupped his ears to hear so we had to speak in code.

I talking to the hospital switchboard at the hospital, looking at him: "My name is Roeser from Saint John's. There's a nurse there waiting for this call."

Nun at switchboard: "Yes, Mr. Roeser, she's been waiting for a while. Mildred Murphy. Mildred, a call for you! [To me] "She's a lovely girl. My favorite. Here, Mildred."

She: "Hi! Good to hear from you!"

Me: [Pause] Same here. The nun likes you, huh?

She: "We're old friends, aren't we Sister? Sister Camille. She wants me to become a nun, don't you, Sister?"

Sister Camille breaks in on our all: "Yes, indeed! She would make a lovely one!"

Me: "But I would be very sad!".

Much giggling and the nun hangs up.

Me: "About the event we discussed in our correspondence, what would you say to reading the page in the text under date of September 27?"

She: "What are you talking about? Oh, I get it. September 27 did you say? A week from Wednesday?"

Me: "Yes. The portion in the text that deals with 7 p.m."

She (chuckling softly): "Say, this code is brilliant of you. That's Chicago-style, isn't it? You say seven p. m. on the 27th? A week from Wednesday., right?

Me: : "Right."

She: "Perfect. Since you can't talk, I will. Come to the nurse's residence at Saint Cloud hospital. You know where it is? 1406 Sixth avenue north. I think you'll have to take a cab.

Me: "Yes, wait a minute. I'm copying it down."

She: "The nurse's residence is right next to the Emergency entrance. You'll find it. Go to the desk where Sister Camille here will be at the switchboard. Ask for her. If she's not and somebody else is, remember this: The rule is that only a member of the family can call on me on weeknights. Sister Camille here understands [more giggling] but not the others. Sister Camille will know you. If she's not here for some reason, tell the nun who is that you are a relative of the family, she will call me and I'll come down. Better yet-I'll be here when you come in. You know, this is really funny-the name Roeser is well known in Saint Cloud. You're not related to them, by chance?"

Me: "No."

She: "I meant to tell you at the dance as soon as you told me your name. There was a judge by that name so you won't have any trouble. They're well known in Stearns county. Gee, that's funny."

Me: "On your mother's side."

She: "Yes. How clever. We're related on my mother's side Okay, thanks for the call. You're being overheard, I imagine."

Me: "Very much so. Wait, what time do you have to be back there on that night?"

She: "Depends. If it's Sister Camille who I think it will be, there is no deadline since we're friends. With anyone else, it'll be 11 p.m. on the dot. But I'm sure it will be Sister Camille. Who's overhearing you there?"

Me: "Oh, I don't--."

She: "Must be Ted the Porter. My brother (Fr. Malachy Murphy, OSB) tells me about him. See you on the 27th. Looking forward to it. Should be fun. `Bye."

Me: "Wait-wait-wait!"

She: "Yes?"

Me: "The name you just mentioned."

She: "Who? My brother? Fr. Malachy? Are you worried he knows? Of course not, silly!! Don't you think I can keep a secret from him?



Me: "I hope so because if not, I'd be dead."

She: "Never fear, my dear. You're safe with me. Always. Just pray that Sister Camille will be on duty. I think she will so no worry. This is exciting!"

After hanging up, I paid the Porter for the call (25 cents) and said: "

Ted the Porter said: "Who died?

I said: "No one. Just a figure of speech."

On the way to my room, I was still concerned about her brother, Malachy Murphy, OSB. So on the way to my room, I saw the lineup of monks before the abbey church door, waiting for the Abbot to arrive to lead them to Compline. There was the Bull of the Woods. He noticed me and I nodded. Let him think I'm so religious I'm going to Compline. I decided to inspect Malachy Murphy, OSB so I slipped into a pew in the back. The entire community walked in with Abbot Alcuin, carrying the crosier with curved head in the form of the shepherd's staff. Toward the end of the line came the slight form of Malachy Murphy, pencil-thin, shy, singing with the rest of them, dark haired, brown eyes like his sister. The monks took their places in the two choir stalls across from each other. I stayed a while, then slipped out, thinking to myself: this is a dangerous-dangerous thing you're doing, all for a woman, Roeser. Foolhardy but it's too late now.

Planning the Breakout.

Philosophy... and I was a philosophy minor... took up a major part of the first year's academic regimen. I had ancient, properly Medieval old Ernie (Fr. Ernest Kilzer, OSB) for Logic-a wonderful break since many of the freshmen took it from Godfrey Diekmann, OSB who made it appear that the Church is an exhilarating, free-form, hugely inventive organism that cannot be tied down by the bureaucracy or machinations of men. For Ethics I had a layman, Emerson Hynes, father of nine, a disciple of Aristotle and Aquinas no holds barred, with no innovations, paradoxically a confidant of Eugene McCarthy who wound up as his legislative assistant and adviser in the Senate during the climactic `60s. For Aristotle's Politics, there was Fr. Oliver Kapsner, OSB, a man like Ernie who had spent his entire life translating brittle, yellowing, parchment documents from the original Greek for the abbey library. He had haunted eyes that made you believe he had seen everything with them and would be surprised at nothing more.

In Oliver's class as he extolled the wisdom of Aristotle, I scribbled the plan for the breakout on the 27th. As he went on, I took my mind off the breakout blueprint when he said how wise Aristotle was in contradistinction to Socrates in his view of young people. What Oliver said has stayed with me my entire life. Aristotle warned that young men are incapable of listening to lectures on political philosophy. Why? Because they are doubly disadvantaged: First, they are overflowing with enthusiasm for changing the world and, said the Philosopher, they are incapable of doing so because they know so little about it. Because of this, second, they fall for cerebral, utopian schemes that have them believe that things can be changed in short order. Which is why, Oliver said, Aristotle never imitated Socrates in speaking the philosophy of politics with the young. The young men Socrates talked to ended up endorsing tyranny over reality. I thought that one over for a long time. As I was young myself-18-it seemed Aristotle was right in refusing to talk politics with the young. We are naturally led to radical things.

Radical things like what I was planning: a breakout.

Breakdown of the Breakout.

The entire scheme was complicated. I would obligatorily go to dinner with the community at 6 on the 27th.

After this there would certainly be (1) gatherings of people in each other's rooms to hear the promos for the big fight. My roommate, Kenneth would have been informed of my plans some days earlier, and of course would be pledged to keep it quiet-not lie if asked for that would be too much to ask because it could get him campus-ed (along with me were I to be found out)--but he could certainly play along with the game, notwithstanding the fact that he had been so influenced by Dismas Clark's retreat that he was seriously thinking of entering the Benedictine Order. But he had a lot of time-he was 17. a year younger than I.

While my colleagues were gathered in one or another's room for the big fight, (2) I would move my freshly pressed suit down the hall to a colleague's room near the end of the corridor. (3)--then the pacing of the prefect, the Bull of the Woods (Fr. Adelard Thuente, OSB) while reading his breviary which contained prayers for the Office would begin. His squeaky shoes would signal the pacing. (4)-I would saunter down the hall in my regular school clothes, corduroy trousers, SJU shirt, sneakers and pop into the colleague's room where my freshly pressed suit was hanging. Under my sweater I would be wearing a white shirt with tie already in place.

(5) I would swiftly change in my colleague's room and wait for the squeaky shoes to pass as the Bull of the Woods passed by. If the Bull were to knock on my colleague's door and enter, seeing me in a suit, I would say I was just trying it on. He could doubt it but no proof and so all bets were off and I would have to go down to the Porter's office, place a call to her at the hospital and say all bets are off-sorry. But I doubted that would happen. (6) When the squeaky shoes passed, another colleague would stick his head in the door and say Adelard's back is to us and he is midway down the hall going the other way. With my own shoes in hand, I would then sprint like a deer in stocking feet to the opposite end of the hall and round the bend where I would not be observed. (6.). I would put on my shoes and gallivant down the stairs to the outside.

(7). Once outside, there would be a mile and a half walk to the highway leading to Saint Cloud. I could make that jogging in, what? twenty-five minutes or so? Maybe longer as I'm not in shape and I've never gauged the distance before. (8) I would flag cars-hitchhike-on Highway 52. Usually cars stop to pick up student hitchhikers. (9) I would get out in downtown Saint Cloud at the Saint Cloud Hotel where taxis are lined up. (10). I would take one to the Saint Cloud hospital, directly to the nurse's residence next to the Emergency Exit. (11) Pick up my lady love and we would take the cab to the Paramount theatre, part of the Saint Cloud hotel building where the feature movie would be playing-which unfortunately would be "Rustlers of Red Dog," starring Johnny Mack Brown, an ex-football player from the U of Alabama turned cowboy. But who cares? Just to be with her.

Continuing: (12) Hold her hand during the movie, maybe put my arm around her in the seat, her head on my shoulder as we watch Johnny Mack Brown. (13) Take her to Dan Marsh's drug store/restaurant and soda fountain where we would have either a hot fudge sundae (50 cents) or something else. (14) Take her back to the hospital in a cab. (15). Now this might or might not work. We get out of the cab and stroll around the grounds. (16). Who knows? We can stroll, possibly sit on a bench and relate to each other. (17). Then I take her to the door and (18) walk back to the center of town. (19). It's now quite late. I walk the ½ mile or so to the main part of town and go to the Greyhound bus depot to catch a bus for Collegeville Road. The last bus will have left for Collegeville Road at 10:30 p.m. If things go well, I will not arrive at the depot in time to catch the bus but will have to wait for the next bus to Collegeville Road which leaves at 2 a.m. (20). I walk the mile and a half back to the university, slip in the back door. The electricity will have been turned off since 10:30 p.m. so I would have to make my way upstairs in the dark to my room on 2nd floor Benet. (21). Do not disturb my roommate and go to bed, prepared to arise at 7:30 a.m. or so.

Terribly Cumbersome Process, but--.

The first task was to tell my roommate Kenneth. He was, 17, brilliant, precocious, a gifted scholar, in pre-Med but now thinking seriously of becoming a monk since the retreat. And he is not impressed with my plan..

"Let me tell you what I think," he says. "I think she is not worth the risk you are getting yourself in for. She could well be an Occasion of Sin."

That is absurd.

"Do you remember what Fr. Dismas said about dirty girls?"

What the hell are you talking about?

"Dismas said that he would tell the GIs the same thing he told us-- that if they had to date a dirty girl and couldn't get out of it, they should go up to her door, pull a rosary out of their pocket, ring the bell and when she answers hold the rosary in front of them and say, `I am here for our date, but I will not let you rob me of my virginity, dirty girl! A boy's virginity is his jewel! Remember that, dirty girl!'"

Don't you realize that he was talking to ex-GIs who are used to going out with Texas girls they would pick up in say El Paso or across the border in Juarez, Mexico or girls in San Diego or across the border in Tijuana, Mexico. This is a girl from Cold Spring, Minnesota who went to Catholic grade school, Catholic high school and is taking nurse's training at a Catholic hospital, whose very brother in a Benedictine monk!


"I'm not through. I don't know the girl but this I know-we are encouraged, to the extent that we go on dates, to date the girls from Saint Benedict College. Why do you think that is? Why don't the monks here say take out the girls who take nurse's training a Saint Cloud Hospital?"

I don't know.

"Because women who study to be nurses KNOW THE DETAILS OF THE ENTIRE MALE BODY! She probably has seen more male nudity than even you have-in labs, in textbooks where the anatomy is shown in detail, in making the rounds of the hospital. In bathing male patients. I have an aunt who is a nurse. They do autopsies of dead bodies including male ones. Each nurse has to be intimately familiar with the male physique as well as the female before she is accredited. Did you know that?

So?

"She knows your body-what makes it react."

This is the most nonsensical thing I ever heard.

"I'm not through. You told me about the night you met her-at the Coliseum dance hall where the old time band was playing. She came there with a man, did she not? She was dancing with that man when she saw that you didn't know how to dance Old Time. So what did she do? You told me. She left this guy in mid-dance and went over to you and right then and there without knowing you or you knowing her you two were partners all evening while her other guy was left to himself. I ask you: what kind of woman is that? Is that any example of loyalty? Is that behavior usual? A man here and another one there."

Kenneth, what I think was, she came there with a group of girls and some guys, not dating but in a group and she wanted to dance with me-what's the matter with that?

"I'm not finished. When it was time to go home, you wanted to take her home in a cab without hardly knowing her and she was willing to let you without hardly knowing you. But you couldn't afford the cab so she scooted over to the guy she came in with and left with him-but she could have gone home, back to the hospital, with you. Does that qualify for Dismas' description of a dirty girl... at least one of questionable morals-- or not?"

OF COURSE NOT!

"You know what you're getting in to? An Occasion of Sin. That you know about, don't you? Don't you remember Dismas' description of it. Don't interrupt me, I'm not done yet. Moreover she has a nun pal who allows her to break curfew. How many other times has she been out with men until all hours of the night-maybe until early morning? Mark me, nurses are worldly. More worldly than you or me. Also, she has a brother who is a Benedictine priest here you said. If anyone should know about the rules at Saint John's it should be her. How is it she is inviting you to break the rules? Why do you think she's doing this? She is not acceptable wife material, Roeser and you know it!"

I am not interested in getting married.

"Of course not. Not now. Nor is she, probably. All right. I won't interfere. But don't ask me to lie for you. If the Bull of the Woods comes in here on the 27th and asks where you are, I won't say you're in the library. I'll say I don't know. And when I say this, he will turn this place upside down to find you, I guarantee that."

That's the chance I am going to take. Your views of this entire thing, Kenneth, are grossly inflated. Occasion of Sin? There is no possibility that bad things can happen to me or to her either in the Paramount theatre where we will be watching Johnny Mack Brown or the Dan Marsh drug store where we will be eating or the Saint Cloud cab or on the grounds of the Saint Cloud Hospital.

"I told you I shall not interfere. But I am sorry that your carnality has returned-possibly never left--so soon after the retreat. That's all I will say about this issue but remember this. This could be the day you decide to become a kind of outlaw, violating the curfew rules here and other rules later."

With no vestige of guilt, I went to bed in the upper bunk, listened to the heavy bells toll the hours and reviewed the plans in my mind.

Kenneth was a 17-year-old wild, raving descendent of Savonarola of Florence who burned articles of art and ruined everyone's fun until he was burned at the stake and quite properly, too. The important thing is: . I had at last found a young woman who was interested in me and I would take the risk that she would be an accomplice in my flight from virtue. I was sure she would not be. And after all, would I be just putty in her hands? Then I fell asleep.

___________________________________-



Have I drawn this out too long? Well I haven't. As you will see when there's more-next.




You are subscribed to email updates from TomRoeser.com ::
To stop receiving these emails, you may unsubscribe now. Email Delivery powered by FeedBurner
Inbox too full? Subscribe to the feed version of TomRoeser.com :: in a feed reader.
If you prefer to unsubscribe via postal mail, write to: TomRoeser.com ::, c/o FeedBurner, 20 W Kinzie, 9th Floor, Chicago IL USA 60610

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Scientist: Real Global Warming Reduces "the Number of Hurricanes"

Scientist: Real Global Warming Reduces "the Number of Hurricanes"
Scientist Shifts View on Global Warming
By SETH BORENSTEIN,
AP
Posted: 2008-05-18 15:55:50
Filed Under: Science News
WASHINGTON (May 18) - Global warming isn't to blame for the recent jump in hurricanes in the Atlantic, concludes a study by a prominent federal scientist whose position has shifted on the subject.

Not only that, warmer temperatures will actually reduce the number of hurricanes in the Atlantic and those making landfall, research meteorologist Tom Knutson reported in a study released Sunday.


Photo Gallery

Vincent Laforet, Pool / Getty Images
Are There Benefits
To Global Warming?
1 of 10
Ever since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, hurricanes have often been seen as a symbol of global warming's wrath. However, a new study shows that warmer temperatures may actually reduce the number of Atlantic hurricanes. Click through the photos to see other positive effects of global warming.

In the past, Knutson has raised concerns about the effects of climate change on storms. His new paper has the potential to heat up a simmering debate among meteorologists about current and future effects of global warming in the Atlantic.

Ever since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, hurricanes have often been seen as a symbol of global warming's wrath. Many climate change experts have tied the rise of hurricanes in recent years to global warming and hotter waters that fuel them.

Another group of experts, those who study hurricanes and who are more often skeptical about global warming, say there is no link. They attribute the recent increase to a natural multi-decade cycle.

What makes this study different is Knutson, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fluid dynamics lab in Princeton, N.J.

He has warned about the harmful effects of climate change and has even complained in the past about being censored by the Bush administration on past studies on the dangers of global warming.

He said his new study, based on a computer model, argues "against the notion that we've already seen a really dramatic increase in Atlantic hurricane activity resulting from greenhouse warming."


Photo Gallery

John McConnico, AP
Effects of
Global Warming
1 of 18
A record amount of Greenland's ice sheet melted this summer -- 19 billion tons more than the previous high mark. And for the first time on record, the Northwest Passage was open to navigation.

The study, published online Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience, predicts that by the end of the century the number of hurricanes in the Atlantic will fall by 18 percent.

The number of hurricanes making landfall in the United States and its neighbors - anywhere east of Puerto Rico - will drop by 30 percent because of wind factors.

The biggest storms - those with winds of more than 110 mph - would only decrease in frequency by 8 percent. Tropical storms, those with winds between 39 and 73 mph, would decrease by 27 percent.

It's not all good news from Knutson's study, however. His computer model also forecasts that hurricanes and tropical storms will be wetter and fiercer. Rainfall within 30 miles of a hurricane should jump by 37 percent and wind strength should increase by about 2 percent, Knutson's study says.

And Knutson said this study significantly underestimates the increase in wind strength. Some other scientists criticized his computer model.

MIT hurricane meteorologist Kerry Emanuel, while praising Knutson as a scientist, called his conclusion "demonstrably wrong" based on a computer model that doesn't look properly at storms.


Photo Gallery

NASA
Historic Hurricanes
1 of 12
Hurricane Wilma in 2005 was the most intense hurricane ever. It measured 882 millibars, the lowest pressure on record. There were 27 named Atlantic storms that year, also a record.

Kevin Trenberth, a climate scientist, said Knutson's computer model is poor at assessing tropical weather and "fail to replicate storms with any kind of fidelity."

Trenberth, climate analysis chief at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., said it is not just the number of hurricanes "that matter, it is also the intensity, duration and size, and this study falls short on these issues."

Knutson acknowledges weaknesses in his computer model and said it primarily gives a coarse overview, not an accurate picture on individual storms and storm strength. He said the latest model doesn't produce storms surpassing 112 mph.

But NOAA hurricane meteorologist Chris Landsea, who wasn't part of this study, praised Knutson's work as "very consistent with what's being said all along."

"I think global warming is a big concern, but when it comes to hurricanes the evidence for changes is pretty darn tiny," Landsea said.

Hurricane season starts June 1 in the Atlantic and a Colorado State University forecast predicts about a 50 percent more active than normal storm season this year. NOAA puts out its own seasonal forecast on May 22.

In a normal year about 10 named storms form. Six become hurricanes and two become major hurricanes. On average, about five hurricanes hit the United States every three years.

Monday, May 19, 2008

California Supreme Court Foolishness Justifies Same Sex Marriages

California Supreme Court Foolishness Justifies Same Sex Marriages
UNION CITY, California, May 19 /Christian Newswire/ -- "Today the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of same sex marriages and in so doing turned its back on both the will of the people and clearly biblical teaching," said Walter Hoye, President and Founder of the Issues4Life Foundation.

Hoye says, "The only way Californians can reverse this outrageous decision is by passing the 'ProtectMarriage.com' initiative in November and put the definition of marriage in the California state constitution. This will ensure that no judge, politician or special interest group interferes with the will of the people."

Hoye goes on to say, "Currently 40% (percent) of children are born out of wedlock so it is clearly in the public interest to encourage people who engage in reproductive acts to marry since only those acts create new life without the staggering and tragic social consequences outside of marriage. By redefining and diluting the definition of marriage, the California Supreme Court has undermined the foundation of our society."

Hoye continues by saying, "Strong biblical marriages are part of the answer to the horrifying numbers surrounding abortion in the African-American community. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) fact sheet entitled "Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States" dated January 2008, Black abortions totaled 683,294 or accounted for 56% of all legal abortions in the United States in 2005."

This percentage equates to the following:

56,941-Black babies were aborted every month
13,140-Black babies were aborted every week
..1,871-Black babies were aborted every day
......78-Black babies were aborted every hour
.....1.3-Black babies were aborted every minute

Mr. Hoye concludes by challenging all Christian Leaders, (i.e., Pastors, Priest, Bishops, Rabbis, etc.), to install voter registration drives immediately, using these drives to inform the people of the clearly biblical definition of marriage between a single man and a single woman and the relationship between the impact of abortion in America and strong biblical marriages.


Christian Newswire
To: National Desk
Contact: Walter B. Hoye II, life@issues4life.org, 510-225-4055

Supreme Court Upholds Law Against Child Porn

Supreme Court Upholds Law Against Child Porn

WASHINGTON, May 19 /Christian Newswire/ -- "We have long held that obscene speech-sexually explicit material that violates fundamental notions of decency-is not protected by the First Amendment," begins the opinion handed down today by the Supreme Court in US v. Williams, a clear statement of law too often overlooked by our judiciary and law enforcement. In a 7-2 decision, the Court reversed the Eleventh Circuit opinion declaring the 2003 law unconstitutional and restored the much needed protections against the distribution of child pornography.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) applauds the decision by the Supreme Court to uphold a law that will protect families and punish those who traffic in child pornography.

Justice Scalia, who wrote the opinion of the Court, said, "Child pornography harms and debases the most defenseless of our citizens. Both the State and Federal Government have sought to suppress it for many years, only to find it proliferating though the new medium of the Internet."

"The Supreme Court got it exactly right," said Mario Diaz, CWA's Policy Director for Legal Issues. "Child pornography is a growing problem in our society and we must use every weapon at our disposal to fight against it. There is no violation of the First Amendment right to free speech here. After all, the material at issue is illegal child pornography. The mere possession of it is in violation of the law.

"It is clear the federal government has a compelling interest in protecting children, and this statute goes after individuals with a specific intent to pander the material. A law that protects children in such a significant way should not be struck down simply because there might be one person somewhere in Fantasyland that, given the right circumstances, might say it violates their free speech. That is nonsense and I'm glad the Justices saw through their mythical arguments."

Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America, said "Children who have been violated twice, by molestation and the recording of this crime, should not face the life-long fear of the pictures of their rape circulating for perverted men to gawk at. Child pornography is illegal and today the Supreme Court rightly upheld the law against distributing this illegal material."

Concerned Women for America is the nation's largest public policy women's organization.


Christian Newswire
To: National Desk
Contact: Natalie Bell, Media Coordinator, Concerned Women for America, 202-488-7000 ext. 126






Concerned Women for America




Forward this press release to another reporter or news producer



This email was sent to mrtnzfred@aol.com, by newsdesk@christiannewswire.com
Update Profile/Email Address | Instant removal with SafeUnsubscribe™ | Privacy Policy.

Christian Communication Network | 2020 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW | Washington | DC | 20006

Sunday, May 18, 2008

National Rosary Crusade to Save America and the World

It is certain that America is at the most crucial moment of her history. At this time we would do well to keep in mind the power of the Rosary and the message of Fatima. The Rosary is not merely a devotion. It is weapon of conversion, protection and love. Never has this weapon been more needed than it is today.

The Rosary has proven itself as a weapon of protection. Some of the battles in which victory was attributed to the Rosary are: The battle of Lepanto in 1571, which the Church commemorates on October 7th as the feast of the Holy Rosary; the battle of Vienna in 1683 and the battle of Belgrade in 1716. These battles were won against all odds by the power of the Rosary. In each instance Europe was saved from the forces of Mohammed.

In the 20th century we have witnessed many examples of Rosary victories. After WWII, the Allies partitioned Austria into four zones. The Russians were in control of the most important section; Moscow, interested in maintaining its control in Austria, garrisoned a very large number of troops there. It was then that a Franciscan priest, Fr. Petrus Pavlicek began a Rosary Crusade to save Austria. The Communists tried many times to take complete control but were not successful. In the meantime Fr. Petrus continued recruiting more members for the crusade. By April 1955 the crusade had 500,000 members. The Chancellor of Austria was summoned to Moscow, and was received on May 13th. He wrote: "Today, a day of Fatima, the Russians are still hardened. Pray to the Mother of God that she aid the Austrian people." It seemed all was lost, but it was at this moment that God intervened. In May 1955, there was a miracle, the Russians suddenly granted independence to Austria. During the thanksgiving ceremony in Vienna all the speeches attributed the victory to the Virgin of the Rosary.

In 1964 Brazil came under Communist control and it was quite probable that all of South America would fall. Fr. Patrick Peyton had been organizing the Family Rosary Crusade in Brazil and during that time more than 5.5 million people attended. Once again the Rosary was victorious. The civil and military chiefs of the liberators were almost unanimous in attributing the victory to Our Lady of the Rosary.

On April 25, 1974 the Communists came to power in Portugal. Four teachers launched a National Rosary Crusade and obtained pledges of a million Rosaries. In November of 1975, without bloodshed, the Communists relinquished their power. Those four teachers founded a new religious order known as Alianca de Santa Maria (the Alliance of Holy Mary), which continues to promote the Rosary, in Portugal and abroad.

In 1952 Bishop Fulton J. Sheen wrote The World’s First Love, a beautiful book about Our Lady. It includes a prophetic chapter titled “Mary and the Muslims” which is included with this letter. Bishop Sheen makes it very clear that it is no mere accident that the Blessed Mother, in the 20th century, should have revealed herself in the little village of Fatima, so that to all future generations she would be known as "Our Lady of Fatima". Fatima was the name of Mohammed’s daughter. Bishop Sheen believed that Our Lady of Fatima would convert the Muslims. We believe she is our only hope for the United States and the world.

The "culture of death" has gained significant control in our political affairs in recent years. It is obvious that we cannot overcome this evil on our own. Politically speaking we are in the minority. That should not discourage us because God always works with minorities. When victory comes, there will be no doubt that it is the result of the power of God, not the actions of men.

We are now engaged in a war against worldwide terrorism perpetrated by those who profess to be Muslims - disciples of Mohammed. The fact that our culture has surrendered so many of its core Christian values to the Culture of Death fuels their determination to convert or destroy us. For that reason, we must take up our most powerful weapon: the Rosary. It has saved us in the past and it can save us now. We must ask Mary for the grace to convert our enemies and ourselves. Our prayers and the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will help to establish the reign of Christ the King.

On November 9, 1976, Karol Cardinal Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) said: "We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the Anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel."

It is the time to launch a National Rosary Crusade to save America and the world. If you are moved to pledge one Rosary a day for the conversion of America and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, then you may register your pledge on this web site. If you have any questions you may e-mail us at: questions@nationalrosarycrusade.com or rosary4usa@yahoo.com. Please feel free to forward this to your family, friends and to any Catholic lists that you may have, by doing so you can help spread this message. With Our Lady’s help, we can bring about another great Rosary victory!

Amar A Dios,

National Rosary Crusade
1370 Trancas Street, Box 355
Napa, CA 94558-2912
[http://www.nationalrosarycrusade.com:7777/pls/hdb20/f?p=700:10:12988788650054274783]

"Jesus never Compromised Truth for Niceness"

Satan says: “Never Judge!”

By Richard Salbato

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own…" Matthew 7:1-3

This is the most quoted passage for people who believe we should all be nice and kind to all people’s opinions, beliefs, politics and life styles. Of course, Satan is a master of Scripture and used true Scripture to tempt Christ in the desert. This is because Satan likes to take things out of context to corrupt the meaning of it. When you take the entire bible in its simplicity, you will see what Christ really means in the passage above.

In Matthew 7 we see how we are not to judge. We are never to condemn anyone to Hell. Not even the Church ever pronounces anyone in Hell. We are also never to use a double-standard, judging one person by one set of standards and another, even ourselves, with different standards. This is hypocrisy. Taking the speck out of our brother’s eye is not condemned in itself. Hypocritical judgment is what Jesus condemns. We must judge ourselves in the same way we judge the actions of everyone.

The idea we are not to judge at all is a lie. We cannot judge a person’s state of soul or his motives, that is true. We are not to judge out of hypocrisy – a double standard. We are, however, to make proper judgments (borne out of love) to admonish a sinner in order to encourage him to repentance. That is the goal, to save the sinner’s soul, to lead him to repentance. How can we change what we do not judge.

We are to make judgments of behavior, attitudes, and ideas in order to protect our loved-ones and ourselves from danger. People who practice dangerous and sinful behaviors, or have dangerous attitudes and ideas, we are to avoid. We cannot avoid them until and unless a judgment has been made that such people are of the type the Bible tells us to avoid.

The idea we are not to judge is a doctrine of demons.

Satan would love us to avoid making judgments. If he can convince us of this, sin can abound without criticism, and we could continue in our sin without accountability. Then the philosophies of Satan can contaminate all of us with impunity unchecked and unchallenged.

St. Paul instructs us to judge:

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead,… preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching. For a time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.—2 Timothy 4:2-4

Who are these teachers Saint Paul is referring to, who turn people away from truth? Today, we find them in the philosophies of Humanism and Modernism, and infiltrated into the Catholic Churches.

In the modern world starting with the French Revolution, which preached liberty from faith and morals, even marriage, Modernism has the demonic philosophy that all ideas have equal value and no one should be challenged for holding a view that is contrary to human logic and reasoning.

When between 1910 and 1920 the Catholic Monarchies fell to secularism, even the bishops and priests started to cave into this idea of freedom of conscience even from the teachings of the Church on faith and morals. The one most responsible for introducing this false philosophy into the Church was the Catholic theologian, Jacques Maritain. This was about the same time as the rise of secularism and the republics in Europe, around 1920.

Maritain’s “Integral Humanism” was so eminently acceptable to prelates anxious to appease Caesar that it could not fail to be accepted.

Maritain explains that integral humanism “...is a universal fraternity of men of good will belonging to different religions or none (including even those who reject the idea of the Creator). It is within this fraternity that the Church should exercise a leavening influence without imposing itself and without demanding that it be recognized as the one true Church. The cement of this fraternity is the virtue of doing good, and understanding grounded in respect for human dignity.’

This idea of universal fraternity was neither original nor new, because as stated above, it was already advanced by the philosophers of the Revolutionaries of 1789. It is also the fraternity beloved of freemasonry and even of the Marxists.

Maritain said:

“Within this “universal fraternity”, the Church must be neither intransigent nor authoritarian. She must know how to make religion acceptable. And so that the truths of faith and morality may be acceptable, Christianity must be practical rather than dogmatic.’

Pope Pius XI fought against this humanism, whereas Pope Paul VI was an admirer of Jacques Maritain. It is from this admiration and influence that Paul VI leaned over backwards to see things in the anti-Christian world’s perspective and unhesitatingly accepted the terms of reference upon which Jacobins, Freemasons, Marxists - the enemies of the Church – had hitherto been insisting. He maintained the faith of Peter but made no preeminent place for Peter’s faith over other opinions.

As a result, Vatican II held to the faith of Peter, but the so-called “Spirit of Vatican II” corrupted truth and morals into just the opinion of each and every individual.

Never Condone Error

Error is never on the same level of dignity with Truth. But if we are not confronted in our error, how can we be motivated to move toward Truth? If we do not challenge error, we condone and tolerate it. What we condone and tolerate, we cannot change. We are especially to judge the teaching of teachers, publishers and leaders because if we don’t, then we allow sin and Satan to exploit the weak and ignorant and vulnerable with his lies.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states (No 1868): "… we have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them: by (among several actions on our part) not disclosing or not hindering them when we have an obligation to do so."

In other words, we become a part of the sin that we cooperate with even in our silence. We cannot "disclose" a sin without first assessing (yet another word for judging) that the sin is in fact there in the first place.

Who am I to judge? Well, I know I judge correctly only if my judgment is the echo of the Church. In other matters, I must rely on an educated logical mind because some things are self evident, like the very existence of a God.

In matters of faith and morals, we must submit our opinion to the Church because Christ gave the Church the authority to guard His Truth. The Church is the "pillar and bulwark [foundation] of truth" as St. Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 3:15.

One of the Spiritual Works of Mercy is to "Admonish the sinner." How can we admonish the sinner, if we do not first judge it to be a sin? We are not judging the person, but we are judging his actions to be sinful – not his motives, but his actions.

Truth cannot be compromised—even if it makes enemies of our relatives. Some people will not accept the truth and will hate those who preach it. Truth demands judgment. If we see sin or error, we must call it for what it is.

Be Nice

If all is equal there can be no value distinctions, only different but equal assertions that have equal validity. Insisting that we all be nice to each other does this. This "niceness," of course, is a mask for obfuscating the truth.

The word, "nice", in this context means a civility that demands "agreeable" demeanor even at the compromise of truth. It is better to be agreeable than it is to tell the truth. And with this value of agreeableness, error goes unchallenged and truth obfuscated.

Jesus is seen as a 60’s flower-child type person who is a mild mannered milquetoast, gentle as a lamb, always agreeable and never harsh. This image of Jesus is a demonic lie. It is a delusion. It is a delusion because the Scriptural evidence does not support this image as the "exclusive" way in which Jesus conducted himself, yet despite the clear record of Scripture, people insist upon the milquetoast image.

Not So Nice Scripture

Jesus never compromised truth for niceness and cordiality: Matthew 3, 7, 10,12, and 23 use words like division, swine, cast off, brood of vipers, hypocrite, etc.

In addition, His apostles preaching His teaching instructs us to not associate with those calling themselves Christian but living a life of sin (1 Corinthians 5). Scripture also tells us to avoid certain people who pretend to be religion but who deny its power (2 Timothy 3), to shun heretics and divisive people (Titus 3), and even to hand unrepentant sinners over to Satan (1 Corinthians 5).

All these things require judgments to be made. When confronted with the situation that warrants it, the teachings of Jesus fly in the face of niceness. The teachings of Christ step on toes.

Christ calls us to truth, even when it hurts.

To know that we are to judge and how we are to judge, we must look to other passages. In Titus 3:9-11 we read: "perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned." We don’t condemn him, he condemns himself, but we do judge him to be divisive beyond tolerance because we tried to admonish him (judge his behavior and warn him of his sin) twice but he would not repent.

1 Corinthians 5:9-13 Do not associate with people calling themselves Christians who are "guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robber—not even to eat with such a one."

Then Paul verse 12 "Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside."

St. Paul also tells us in 2 Timothy 3:1-9 that we are to avoid people who are "holding to a form of religion but denying the power of it" (e.g., liberals who strip our Church of its sacramental power). Others we are to avoid include those who are "Lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…". How do we avoid them if we do not judge their actions to be sinful.

And finally, St. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 5:1-5 that some people must be excommunicated—completely removed from fellowship and handed over to Satan. Paul specifically says, "I have already pronounced judgment in the name of the Lord Jesus on the man who has done such a thing… you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus."

Objective and fundamental truths are either true or they are not; they cannot be both true and untrue at the same time. Thus we must rely not upon our own understanding, but upon God who understands all: “Do not rely on your own insight [understanding]. Be not wise in your own eye." —Proverbs 3:5-7 “[God]; he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.—Job 37:24; 38:1-5a, 17-18; 38:33; 39:26

O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards the faith —1 Timothy 6:20-21

St. Paul declares:

For though we live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war, for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. … But we will not boast beyond limit, but will keep to the limits God has apportioned us…" 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, 13a

St. Paul teaches us:

For there are many insubordinate men, empty talker and deceivers…they must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for base gain what they have no right to teach... therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, instead of giving heed to Jewish myths or to commands of men who reject the truth.—Titus 1:13

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead,… preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching. For a time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.—2 Timothy 4:2-4 “
[http://www.unitypublishing.com/Moral/NeverJudge.htm]

Friday, May 16, 2008

"Find the Real. Seek with your Whole Hearts the True, the Beautiful, and the Good."

"Find the Real. Seek with your Whole Hearts the True, the Beautiful, and the Good."
May, 2008

Dear friends,

This month, I would like to share a few thoughts on gratitude. In a time of struggle—which is the situation for all those who seek to follow Jesus wholeheartedly—it is easy to get endlessly distracted and anxious about “survival.” For Christians this can translate into survival for the sake of doing good in the world. The motive is good, but the anxiety is not. Indeed it is a symptom of a flaw in the root of one’s relationship with God as Father. In any event, that is the case with me. The past month, I have been hearing in prayer a gentle but persistent word: “All good things are given from above.”

And: “Patience.”

Yes, we must work on, often with little promise of success in worldly terms. If we do so, many interior qualities are strengthened, such as patience, perseverance, longsuffering—and even wisdom.

One can know this in the mind. But it is not so easy to integrate this knowledge with the deeper movements of the heart and soul. But how does the integration come? I am convinced that it comes only through persistent prayer combined with carrying the crosses that life presents to us—the normal daily ones and the extraordinary ones that are laid on our shoulders from time to time.

In one of my previous letters written a few years ago, I mentioned the many messages I receive from Catholic writers, artists, musicians, and other creative people who are struggling to survive, or are just beginning their labours for Christ and don’t know how to follow the Lord’s clear calling to the vocation of Christian art. I continue to receive such letters, in fact in greater numbers than ever. The dilemma facing these gifted people is practically universal and is also a symptom of the disease of the modern age, which offers so little room for them. The world is very ill and heavily drugged, and it no longer really understands the cost of creation. Or if it does understand, it has decided that the cost isn’t worth it.

The vocation of the Christian artist has always been a difficult one, and throughout our history it has tended to be produced mainly by people living in religious communities or by a very small number of lay people under the patronage of kings and the Church. But the modern era has seen a gradual, swiftly accelerating change in the nature of society itself, resulting in a warping of human consciousness that is largely hidden even from our own eyes. We have lost our hierarchy of values. We have lost our sense of proportion. We have lost our place in the continuity of time. We may know what went before us, but we so rarely have direct experience of what our ancestors knew “in the flesh.”

One aspect of this change can be seen in the field of visual art, which was once valued as a revelation that ennobled man, and has now become a commodity. Worse, the sacred arts, which were once considered to be a form of prayer that not only ennobled man but gave him a more profound awareness of his eternal value, are now all too often degraded to the level of “religious” decoration. The holiness of sacred signs has been displaced by illustration.

Within a single generation, our more or less Christian civilization (I am speaking about the affluent nations primarily) has become an apostate one. In terms of socio-cultural philosophy, its manifestations are varied: modernity, post-modernity, secularism, the new paganism, utilitarianism, neo-liberalism, neo-conservatism, anti-personalism, friendly neighborhood nihilism, automatism, et cetera, et cetera. It is a many-faced beast, but one thing certain is that it is indeed a beast. It devours countless human lives, morally and mortally. It ghettoizes the diverse resources of truly human cultures, displacing them with a profit-driven, homogenized world-culture that does not arise from the profound inner reservoirs of the human spirit, but is instead “created” and propagated by all the powers of machines, micro-technology, and invisible waves conveyed by satellites. The new culture is powerful, it is super-rich, it is relentless and omni-present.

Through the inventions of the camera, video, and the internet, it floods the world with visually stunning imagery that is made with little cost and time, and is free for the asking. One 30-second download and you can have an image on your screen as powerful as anything created by a Renaissance painter who spent years over a single image that he knew would be viewed with a kind of profound attention, a state of deep listening, deep seeing, by countless people for hundreds of years to come. But we—we have developed an appetite for dazzle and thrill, and lost our sense of wonder. We have a multitude of images imprinted in our brains, and few living icons in our hearts. Yes, the new imagery is phenomenal, viscerally powerful and emotionally rewarding. But even with images that have good content, it should be asked: how abiding are their effects? Do we find ourselves needing more and more and more of them? Do we need to keep increasing the dose in order to get the desired &! ldquo;high”? Does the e-image tell us that it is expanding our consciousness, even as it quietly and relentlessly replaces the hard, heroic labours which each of us must do to bring about our personal growth toward fully awake human consciousness? Does it offer us all this amazing abundance “for free”? Or is there a hidden cost?

We now live in a mental “zone” that was unknown to any people who came before us in the history of mankind. Ours is a psychological cosmos that feels infinitely promising, rich in human potential.

Let me digress with a personal story: A couple of years ago I found myself in New York City, where I was a guest at a cultural event of mega proportions. Uncomfortable in the opulent surroundings of the hotel where the event was to take place later in the evening, I went for a walk on one of the most glamorous streets in the world, Fifth Avenue. I wore a very nice suit that I had recently obtained at a used clothing center, and was also quite proud of my new shoes which I had bought for twenty-dollars. My tie I had borrowed from one of my sons. Thus dressed in heavy camouflage, I felt quite spiffy—a rare event for me. There was an hour to kill so I thought I would simply stroll along, soaking up Manhattan’s alien ambience. Most of the city’s business was over for the day, and I was surprised by how empty the streets were. The block I was on seemed deserted. As I passed a glittering office tower, a woman strode forth from its entrance, turned in the directio! n I was going, and proceeded along the sidewalk a few paces behind me. A micro-second of exposure had informed me much about her: twenty-eight years old, incredibly beautiful, tastefully jeweled, wearing a designer suit and high heels that probably cost more than my family car—a 1994 Buick van in need of surgery. She was carrying a large leather briefcase with gold initials engraved on it. “Probably a lawyer,” I mused to myself, “maybe an up-and-coming CEO.” Then I heard the clickety-clickety of her high heels approaching swiftly behind me on the left. “Eyes to the right, buddy,” I instructed myself, and obeyed. Then to my astonishment she was beside me, her arm inches from my arm. A cloud of elegant perfume enveloped me. My heart skipped a beat.

“I love you,” she breathed intensely, plaintively, deeply, most intimately. Stunned, mentally paralyzed, I quickened my pace from one befitting an elderly man to one preparing to break into a sprint. But she kept moving faster, gradually drawing ahead, and then as the gap between us widened, I spotted the cell-phone in her left hand, and the last thing I heard was, “I’ll pick up bread and milk on the way home, honey. I love you. Bye.” Click.

Click. Digression over.

Of course, the new technology can be helpful in the aftermath of car accidents, flat tires, as a remedy for poorly written grocery lists, and for locating missing children, but it also enables us to enjoy near-angelic powers. Tap a computer key and instantly you are watching virtual real-time events on the other side of the planet; tap another and you can download a magnificent photo and possess it as your own. Nearly everything about this culture proclaims efficiency and “creativity” but the impression is based on surface stimulation and volume of consumption. In fact, this way of life becomes ever more complicated, and most insidiously it narrows the spectrum of creative imagination. An overwhelming majority of its “cultural products” depends on electronic impulses. It is inaccessible to your hands. In the museums of old there used to be signs that said: Do not touch the works of art. Now, such signs are no longer needed. Extend your hand to ! touch the foot of a statue and a light beam detects your presence, an invisible alarm is triggered—bing-bing-bing-bing—and a voice from an unseen source says, “Do not touch the works of art.”

Visual images are primarily transmitted to you through your computer screen. Your music is almost entirely pumped into your mind by a pod inserted in your ear. You can, if you wish, store ten thousand songs in that peanut-sized object. Go walking or jogging with it, take a bath with it (warning, please do not submerge your head underwater), eat a meal with it (and take along your cell-phone too, in order not to miss anything), go to church with it (please, would everyone remember to turn off their cell-phones). You will never again feel alone. You will never again feel abandoned, disconnected, and woebegone for lack of pleasure stimulation. You will never again feel disturbed by silence. You are rich. As long as you keep replacing the batteries.

The new culture propagates itself as the broadest possible vision, and to the eyes and ears it can appear to be so, but it is like a river that has flooded its shores and spread out over fields and forests, consuming everything in its path, and in the end draining away into stagnant swamps, losing its true self. For a time we are convinced that it is a very big river—a sea really—and we forget that it is miles wide and an inch deep.

What is a good river? A good river flows swift and deep with life-giving water when it is contained and directed by strong embankments. If this analogy is applied to culture, we should understand that the “restraining” embankments are the very things that free us. The artist’s discipline and sacrifice, his investment of time and energy, his long discipleship of hand and eye, heart and soul, focus his energies, permit grace to work co-creatively with his nature, and in this way he brings forth new forms of beauty and truth into the world. His paintbrush is a tool that remains a tool—in other words, a servant; it does not turn him into its servant.

Techno-culture, on the other hand, gradually turns man into its tool. It reshapes his consciousness as he uses it. This is true of all tools, but there is something radically different in the effects of the new technology. Man’s very self-conception is being reshaped in such a way that, knowingly or unknowingly, he comes to think of himself as a mechanism—and then, if the habit is not broken, he begins to relate to other people as if they were mechanisms. Is real friendship possible in this condition? Authentic marriage? True commitment? Is any kind of love possible? Is he being trained to consume the sensations of love without investing the high and life-long cost of love, and then if the sensations no longer satisfy does he move on to another source? If his culture is all about consumption, why not in the end consume anything that his impulsive habits of consumption propose as comfort sources, including other human beings. The sources, after all, are limitless.! If your DVD player breaks down, trash it and buy a new one, so why not do the same with other things that fail to satisfy? There are always new ones to be had, more and more and more. Cheaper and cheaper and cheaper, and with better and better quality too!

A Japanese Catholic man once told me, “A room with a single beautiful thing in it is a beautiful room. A room with a hundred beautiful things in it is an ugly room.”

Where is our simplicity? Where are the good things of earth and heaven that we once respected, even reverenced? Are they lost to us forever? Can they be rediscovered? Are we able to recognize what we have lost? Do we realize that we have lost something? Do we know if we are bound by chains—soft to the touch but unyielding?

After thirty-eight years of making art, the world has changed and changed before my eyes. I am amazed by what has come to pass. Most of you were probably born after the great metamorphosis. It is your world, and I worry that you think it is a normal world. It is not. It very much is not.

If you forget everything I wrote here, please remember this:

Find the Real. Seek with your whole hearts the True, the Beautiful, and the Good.

Let us thank the Lord in times of abundance, and let us thank Him in times of deprivation.

May our Lord Jesus give you grace and peace in all fullness, and fruitfulness for eternity.

In Him,

Michael O’Brien

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Is the California Supreme Court’s Gay Fascism Evil?

By Fred Martinez

Before he died, Pope John Paul II said homosexual marriage and the gay agenda are part of "a new ideology of evil perhaps more insidious and hidden, which attempts to pit human rights against the family and against man."

The majority of the California Supreme Court stands for the "new ideology of evil,” which will lead America in stages to become a new Sodom and Gomorrah. As Justice Scalia said against Lawrence v. Texas, the so-called Texas sodomy case: “[It] effectively decrees the end of all moral legislation.”

The California Court’s ideology is in direct opposition to the Judeo-Christian God and His Ten Commandments.

The other world religions, even the straightforward atheists or sinners are not part of the "new ideology of evil.”

Deceptive anti-moral terrorists who are at enmity with God and His moral law are the ideologues. These fakes whose advertising jingle is “tolerance,” will not tolerate tradition morality.

They’re only tolerance is unborn baby killing which was the first stage and political foundation of left’s agenda.

The fight against God and His Ten Commandments, be it promoting abortion or homosexuality, is part of the liberal’s two headed agenda of pansexualism and a Nietzschean power grab under the pretense of “civil rights,” “psychology” and “science.”

This agenda will ultimately destroy our republic if we don’t realize who the real opponents are and their tactics.

As Professor Allan Bloom, author of The Closing of the American Mind said Nietzschean relativism "is the modern replacement for the inalienable natural rights that used to be the traditional ground for a free society."

The move away from objective truth leads to universal rights being replaced by Nietzschean totalitarianism. Bloom, for example, showed how the old civil rights movement "relied on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution." But the new Black Power movement (and he could have said all leftist movements) considered the Constitution "corrupt" and demanded a "black identity, not universal rights. Not rights but power counted."

If we don’t stop California Supreme Court’s Gay Fascism now, we will lose our inalienable natural rights and free society.

We must pray, write, vote and do what is in our power to stop the California Supreme Court’s Gay Fascism.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

"The Most Important Thing" to End the Abortion Agenda

"The Most Important Thing" to End the Abortion Agenda
By Fred Martinez

The Population Research Institute (PRI) has found that Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry are targeting Catholics as well as minorities especially the third world people here and globally according to Ginny Hitchcock, the West Coast Representative of Population Research Institute.

On a worldwide basis, with the encouragement of the conservative members of the US Congress, she said that Steve Mosher and PRI are carrying out wide-ranging field research among Catholic populations in the developing world.

PRI has found that the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s population control is frequently used to "subdue" Catholic populations at the expense of basic aid and economic development.

"We're building on our reputation and relationship with strong pro-life members of Congress, and Catholic leaders abroad, to support human rights and to defend the Catholic faith and the rights of Catholic families throughout the world," PRI President Mosher said.

"In 1997, we began working with the bishops' conference in Peru and with the U.S. Congress to provide first-hand evidence showing a connection between U.S. funding and coercive family planning programs in Peru. We've found the international pro-abortion movement is especially active against Catholics throughout Central and South America and Eastern Europe."

According to Mosher, Catholic women in the United States are also unique targets of the abortion industry. The PRI campaign tells women of their rights under federal law to petition for full information about the physical and psychological consequences of abortion before having the procedure done.

Women’s Right to Full Information Denied by Abortion Industry

"The failure to stop an abortion procedure on request, or even depriving women of their right to full information, can be construed as a denial of a woman's freedom of access to reproductive health," said Mosher.

"We're working with these attorneys to inform more and more Americans of their rights. It's time America does an 'about face' on the abortion industry. Women deserve genuine health and human rights, not violations so routinely committed by the abortion industry."

At the recent PRI Pro-life Conference in Santa Clara, California organized by Hitchcock, Dr. Chris Kahlenborn presented extensive scientific evidence that breast cancer is linked to abortion. The PRI position is that girls and women should be encouraged to sue their abortionist if they were not warned ahead of time of the health dangers of abortion.

Kahlenborn said. "As soon as there comes a woman who has breast cancer who has had an abortion and takes it to court, she‘s got a very strong case. The problem is a lot of young women, when they do get breast cancer, die from it so quickly – because it’s so aggressive when you’re young – they might not make it to court."
Seamless Garment “Pro-Lifers”

For this reason, Hitchcock disagrees with some “pro-lifers” that call suing abortionist an extremist tactic or who put killing of innocent human unborn babies on the same level as such issues as nuclear war or the death penalty. She said, “ The seamless garment has always bothered me...We see, for example, diocesan committees who think they are pro-life when they bring these other issues.”

When asked if the ideological divisions in the pro-life movement were reflected by attacks on her mentor and friend Fr. Paul Marx- a world leader of the pro-life movement- who founded Human Life International. She said that was a matter of ideology and in some cases direction.

“There were ideological splits, too. Fr. Marx was an all or nothing type of person and still is...There are a couple of [Catholic “pro-life“] groups that simply will not talk about contraception and others that will not mention homosexuality,” Hitchcock said, “ Many are afraid the bishops might clamp down on them. So what, we only live once.”

Steve Mosher is the Successor of Fr. Marx

She considers PRI’s Steve Mosher to be the successor of Fr. Marx in his “direction of global thinking.”

Mosher’s international work began in China when he was an agnostic. He saw the forced abortions and tried to get the attention of the liberal American leaders with no results. Finally, Fr. Marx asked him to speak at his conferences. He eventually became a Catholic and head of PRI.

His plan is to fight the culture of abortion on a global basis. In the 1960’s, the “population controller” such as Planned Parenthood first obtained funding from the federal government to promote sterilization, contraception and abortion around the world.

Mosher, according to Hitchcock, wants to do the reverse. To cut the funding of the global “population controllers” by documenting their human right abuses and reporting the evidence to all countries friendly to the culture of life and human rights.

An example of this plan at work is the $34 million that was recently stopped from going to China because of PRI’s investigation of its forced abortion policies using US money. President Bush and the congress looked at the information and sent their own fact finding teams to China, which confirmed the PRI documentation.

After PRI cuts the funding of the “population controllers” internationally, Mosher intends to go after the funding of Planned Parenthood in the US.

The Most Important Way to End the Abortion Agenda

Hitchcock considers this work important towards ending Planned Parenthood’s agenda, but she says this is not the “most important thing“.

She said, “The most important thing is what [the saintly founder of the shrine of Our Lady of Peace in Santa Clara, California] Fr. [John]Sweeny drilled into me. He said if you don’t pray don’t do it at all.”

Monday, May 12, 2008

Source: Huckabee Tops McCain's Veep List

Source: Huckabee Tops McCain's Veep List

posted by Arkansas Jack

I would love this ticket. Would the Arkjournal Thugs like it? I doubt it, just another reason to love it.




--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and defeated contender for the GOP presidential nomination, is currently at the top of John McCain's short list for a running mate. At least that's the word from a top McCain fundraiser and longtime Republican moneyman who has spoken to McCain's inner circle. The fundraiser is less than thrilled with the idea of Huckabee as the vice presidential nominee, and many economic conservatives—turned off by the populist tone of Huckabee's campaign and his tax record as governor—are likely to share that marked lack of enthusiasm. But here is the logic of picking Huckabee:

1) He is a great campaigner and communicator who could both shore up support in the South among social conservatives (Huckabee is a former Baptist minister) and appeal to working-class voters in the critical "Big 10" states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio.

2) As any pollster knows, voters search for candidates who "care about people like me," and Huckabee would probably score a lot higher on that quality than millionaire investor Mitt Romney. Plus, given all the turmoil on Wall Street, 2008 would seem to be a bad year to pick a former investment banker for veep.

3) Economic conservatives and supply-siders may balk, but the threat of four years of Obamanomics and higher investment, income, and corporate taxes might be enough to keep them on board.

Let me add that a top Republican political strategist told me about a month ago that he also believed Huckabee to be the leading veep contender.

USA News
[http://arbananarepublic.blogspot.com/2008/05/source-huckabee-tops-mccains-veep-list.html]