If we are all sinners? Than how can we be saved?

Q: If we are all sinners? Than how can we be saved?

A: Sinners are saved by Jesus Christ, through his Church, which is the universal sacrament of salvation, for all.

Are we still born with “original sin” because of Adam, or did Jesus take that away?

Q: Are we still born with “original sin” because of Adam, or did Jesus take that away?

A: Death is the universal penalty for sin … original or other.

Since even newly conceived infants are subject to death, the answer should be obvious: We continue to be born with original sin.

Original sin remains a fact of our human condition, at least until Jesus comes again at the end of the age, and utterly destroys (not simply defeats) the forces of evil.

Of course, the Sacrament of Baptism effectively removes original sin, along with all other types of sin … making us adopted children of God, co-heirs with Jesus Christ, Temples of the Holy Spirit, citizens of Heaven, and members of the Church.

Unfortunately, our wounded human nature, along with our human propensity to sin, remains … which is why a lifetime of full, active, and charitable participation in all of the work, worship, sacraments, and devotions of the Church, is typically necessary to help prepare us for Heaven.


Fr. Corapi To Have Surgery Soon

Fr. Corapi To Have Surgery Soon


According to details revealed in last week’s internet teaching segment, Father Corapi has a parathyroid tumor and will be going back to the Mayo Clinic next week, for surgery. 


It’s a very rare tumor (6 men out of a million get it) which is NOT cancerous, about 98% of the time.


The good new is that they ruled out lymphoma, which is what they originally thought he had.  He also said for the past 7 months he was too sick to get out bed 70% of the time; intense exhaustion with flu like symptoms (a result of the excess calcium this type of tumor causes) in addition to osteoporosis.


Surgery is the only cure.


He talked in fairly great detail about his week of tests; including the anxiety for his family, about maybe “checking out”, i.e., having cancer, etc.


His favorite prayer is the Memorare, which is what he asked be prayed for him when he was first admitted to the Mayo Clinic.


Submitted by Nancy W.

Vatican Statement Regarding the Jewish People

Vatican Statement Regarding the Jewish People

April 4, 2008

Here follows the communique provided by the Press Office of the Holy See on the publication of the new “Oremus et pro Iudaeis” for the 1962 edition of the Roman Missal.

“Following the publication of the new Prayer for the Jews for the 1962 edition of the Roman Missal, some groups within the Jewish community have expressed disappointment that it is not in harmony with the official declarations and statements of the Holy See regarding the Jewish people and their faith which have marked the progress of friendly relations between the Jews and the Catholic Church over the last forty years”.

“The Holy See wishes to reassure that the new formulation of the Prayer, which modifies certain expressions of the 1962 Missal, in no way intends to indicate a change in the Catholic Church’s regard for the Jews which has evolved from the basis of the Second Vatican Council, particularly the Declaration Nostra Aetate. In fact, Pope Benedict XVI, in an audience with the Chief Rabbis of Israel on 15 September 2005, remarked that this document has proven to be a milestone on the road towards the reconciliation of Christians with the Jewish people. The continuation of the position found in Nostra Aetate is clearly shown by the fact that the prayer contained in the 1970 Missal continues to be in full use, and is the ordinary form of the prayer of Catholics”.

“In the context of other affirmations of the Council – on Sacred Scripture (Dei Verbum, 14) and on the Church (Lumen Gentium, 16) – Nostra Aetate presents the fundamental principles which have sustained and today continue to sustain the bonds of esteem, dialogue, love, solidarity and collaboration between Catholics and Jews. It is precisely while examining the mystery of the Church that Nostra Aetate recalls the unique bond with which the people of the New Testament is spiritually linked with the stock of Abraham and rejects every attitude of contempt or discrimination against Jews, firmly repudiating any kind of anti-Semitism”.

“The Holy See hopes that the explanations made in this statement will help to clarify any misunderstanding. It reiterates the unwavering desire that the concrete progress made in mutual understanding and the growth in esteem between Jews and Christians will continue to develop”.

As seen in the Catholic Exchange daily newletter.





April 2, 2008

Jay Leno apologized yesterday for asking actor Ryan Phillippe to give his “gayest look” during a recent show. The actor was quite uncomfortable with Leno’s quip and the late-night host came under fire by gay rights groups for his remarks.

Commenting today is Catholic League president Bill Donohue:

“We have a fat file on Leno’s anti-Catholic comments, and with the lone exception of his phone call to me apologizing for his Catholic-bashing rant on February 7, 1997, we haven’t heard a word from him regarding our many complaints. Just last July we issued a news release calling him to task for bashing priests and the pope six times in five weeks. And he was at it again on February 18 of this year, leading me to ask the show’s executive producer Debbie Vickers the following question: ‘It is not likely that all of Leno’s writers are bigots, so could you please identify the person who is obsessed with bashing the Catholic Church?’

“This is not the first time the show has shown that it has a conscience. On October 19, 2007, an anti-Semitic remark by Halle Berry was bleeped on air.

“So what conclusion are we to draw? The same one we’ve drawn before: Gays and Jews are protected classes in Hollywood, but Catholics are not. Looks like Hollywood needs an affirmative action plan to hire Catholics. In the event it happens, we recommend that they advertise, Only practicing Catholics need apply. We won’t get our hopes up, and in the meantime it is worth noting that Jay Leno’s duplicity is appalling.”

Contact Leno’s executive producer at Debbie.Vickers@nbc.com

From The Catholic League For Religious and Civil Rights

Old School Values


 Old School Values.

April 2, 2008

My old Catholic elementary school has been struggling, and that’s not good for anybody. St. Germaine School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will merge with another Catholic school because of declining enrollment at both schools. St. Germaine’s enrollment dropped from 172 students just six years ago to 86 this year.

Sister Dale McDonald, Director of Public Policy and Education Research at the National Catholic Educational Association, told me that declining enrollment is a national trend. Though there is some growth in the South and the West, Catholic schools are shutting down at the rate of more than 100 per year.

Why? Catholic families are having fewer children. Costs have gone up — health care, teacher salaries, liability insurance — driving tuitions up. And Catholic families aren’t as attached to their parishes as families were when I was a kid.

For more on the subject of modern Catholic schools, click here. 

Pro-choice or pro-abortion? What’s the Difference? – Illinois Right To Life

Supporters of Life:   My article below (Pro-choice or pro-abortion?) looks at the latest attempt to suggest there is a difference between the meaning of these terms.  (It can also be accessed at http://www.illinoisrighttolife.org/newsline.htm#2008040101.)  Please note time and location of coming events listed below, including:

  • witness at PP Express in Orland Park — 4/5/08   
  • IRLC/Birthright 38th Annual Benefit Dinner and “Bid for Life” Auction  (4/5/08) — last chance >> hurry!
  • Pro-Life / Pro-Family Coalition Annual Conference — 4/12/08  
  • Aid for Women Auxiliary Spring Luncheon — 4/19/08 

Get the details under “Events“.    We hope that you find this email service helpful.  IRLC does not have a specific schedule for these emails.  Your feedback is welcome.    If you find the work of IRLC helpful, we would very much appreciate your support.  You can make a donation by phone (312-422-9300) using your credit card, or by mail with either check or credit card.    Regards,   Bill Beckman Executive Director Illinois Right to Life Committee 65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 800 Chicago, IL 60601 312-422-9300 312-422-9303 (24 hr newsline) http://www.illinoisrighttolife.org/ http://us.f824.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=beckman@illinoisrighttolife.org      

  Pro-choice or pro-abortion?

Illinois Right to Life News for Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Pro-choice or pro-abortion?

A Robert Novak article published in the March 31st Chicago Sun-Times describes a Pennsylvania campaign event last weelend where Barack Obama answered a question about abortion by stating, “Nobody is pro-abortion.”  Novak points out how Obama, “After quickly explaining why ‘I am pro-choice,’ he adjourned the event.”

Other politicians have tried to use this same cover of “pro-choice” rather than “pro-abortion”.  Even though he did not make the statement on April 1st, it should have no more credibility than an April Fool’s joke because everyone knows that the term “pro-choice” means “pro-abortion”.  Historical evidence shows that pro-abortion strategists coined the term to remove the dreaded “abortion” word from the debate.

But Obama gave absolute evidence last weekend just how pro-abortion he really is.  While explaining his position about education to prevent HIV/AIDS, he stated, “But it should also include — it should also include other, you know, information about contraception because, look, I’ve got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old.  I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals.   But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.  I don’t want them punished with an STD at age 16, so it doesn’t make sense to not give them information.”

Is that a pro-abortion statement?  Since Obama views the baby as both a mistake and punishment, he obviously supports aborting it.  How much stronger statement can one make?  I cannot confirm whether this statement occurred earlier at the same event Novak reported on or at another one, but the two statements were both made last weekend. 

Even if one unwisely accepted the concept that someone could actually be pro-choice and not be pro-abortion, Obama has demonstrated that this distinction could not possibly apply to him.  He sees abortion as the solution for a mistake and a means to remove a punishment.  He ignores the humanity of the unborn child and thus devalues all human life by suggesting that abortion be available as just another form of birth control.  He would counsel his own daughter to abort his grandchild! 

Pray for Obama’s daughters that they be enlightened to avoid the serious mistake of abortion, far worse than having an inconvenient pregnancy.   Of course, if their parents were serious about teaching the value of chastity, rather than sending a mixed message of so-called safe sex, maybe the Obama daughters would see the value of respecting their sexuality and saving themselves for their husbands.


Events   ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-


Planned Parenthood Express is NOT welcome in Orland Park, Illinois

 Witness and Prayer Vigil

Saturday, April 5, 2008
10am to Noon  

(then May 3, 2008 10am-Noon)

Teenagers must be protected from
Planned Parenthood*

Please join us if you can, even if only for part of the time.

This prayer vigil will be held along the public sidewalk extending from 14470 LaGrange Road, Orland Park, IL  Parking is available at Orland Chateau, 14500 LaGrange Rd, but please park in back.

For more information, call Bill Beckman at 312-422-9300

* Contrary to their claims, Planned Parenthood’s birth control and sex education programs always lead to more unplanned pregnancies and more abortions, and that means more revenue for Planned Parenthood, already the largest abortion provider in the USA.

Speaking to Children about Abortion

Answering Common Objections to Graphic Pictures

Etiquette Tips for Pro-Aborts  (Dan Gura)

Illinois Right to Life Committee
and Birthright of Chicago

38th Annual Benefit Dinner
and “Bid for Life” Auction

Saturday, April 5, 2008
Cocktails 6:00pm (cash bar), 
Dinner 7:30pm

Drury Lane
100 Drury Lane,
Oak Brook Terrace, IL 

Use this Registration Form

For more information or to register, call  312-422-9300


Pro-Life / Pro-Family Coalition
Annual Conference

Saturday, April 12, 2008
Registration 8:30am, Sessions 9:00am, Banquet 12:30pm

to be held at:
Monument of Faith Church
2750 W. Columbus Ave, Chicago

The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Johnny M. Hunter, National Director of Life Education and Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.) whose topic will be “Good News for Bad Times”.

Dr. Pamela Smith OBGYN, and others, will be making presentations to the adults and youth.  The varied youth program will feature skits and lectures stressing the importance of abstinence.

Adults – Banquet and Conference $35;
Banquet tickets $25; Youth $15

 Information at: 773-734-6777 or DrAlicem@sbcglobal.net


Aid for Women Auxiliary
Spring Luncheon

Saturday, April 19, 2008

featuring William V. Blazek, Jr., SJ, MD, MA

at the Mid-America Club
(200 East Randolph – 80th Floor)

The presentation by this Chicago native, graduate of Marquette, decorated veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield, physician, research scholar in Clinical Bioethics and Jesuit in training will offer his unique perspective.  A raffle and silent auction will also take place. 

Luncheon tickets are available for $70.  Advance purchase is required. 

For information, contact Mary at 847/998-0456 or by email at mgeorge519@sbcglobal.net.  All proceeds will benefit the not-for-profit Aid for Women.

McDonald’s will aggressively promote the homosexual agenda

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McDonald’s CEO: Company will put full resources behind gay agenda.

McDonald’s has signed on to a nationwide effort to promote “gay” and “lesbian” business ventures.

According to McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner, McDonald’s will aggressively promote the homosexual agenda. In remarks on McDonald’s Web site concerning the company becoming a member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), Skinner wrote: “Being a socially responsible organization is a fundamental part of who we are. We have an obligation to use our size and resources to make a difference in the world … and we do.”

The company gave an undisclosed amount of money to the NGLCC in return for being recognized as a major promoter of the homosexual agenda. In return, NGLCC placed Richard Ellis, vice president of communications of McDonald’s USA, on the NGLCC Board of Directors.

Ellis was quoted as saying: “I’m thrilled to join the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce team and ready to get to work. I share the NGLCC’s passion for business growth and development within the LGBT community, and I look forward to playing a role in moving these important initiatives forward.”

McDonald’s refused to comment to World Net Daily on the placement of its executive on the board of the “gay” advocacy organization but did send an e-mail confirming the corporation’s support for the agenda of the homosexual business lobby.

“McDonald’s is indeed a Corporate Partner and Organizational Ally of NGLCC. Our vice president of U.S. communications, Richard Ellis, was recently elected to its board of directors,” said Heidi M. Barker, senior director of media relations for McDonald’s. NGLCC describes itself as promoting the LGBT community first and always, including same sex marriage.

NGLCC gives credit to sponsors such as McDonald’s for its financial and other support that helps in its work. “Through the commitment of our corporate partners, the NGLCC has been able to advance the ideas and causes of the LGBT business community,” the Chamber said.

Obama Declares He Doesn’t Want His Children “Punished with a Baby”


Obama Declares He Doesn’t Want His Children “Punished with a Baby”.

April 1, 2008

In a comment deemed insulting to single mothers and their children, presidential hopeful Barack Obama announced during a town hall meeting on Saturday that he did not want his children “punished with a baby.”

Following comments insisting that information on contraception be included alongside abstinence education, Obama stated, “I’ve got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. I don’t want them punished with an STD at the age of 16.”

On Monday, the Christian Defense Coalition issued a response criticizing Obama’s comments.

“Saying that single women could be ‘punished with a baby,’ is not only a slap in the face to every child born to a young mother, but it diminishes the great joy that children bring to their families regardless of the circumstances in which they were born.”

“In America, we should be working to help young babies that are born in challenging situations and offering assistance and hope to their mothers. We should not be condemning them by saying that somehow it has now become ‘punishment’ to have a child in this country,” stated Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition

Rev. Mahoney asked that Obama apologize for his Saturday comment and address “his anti-child and anti-compassion mind set.”

“What Senator Obama said and what he believes is clear – children are ‘miracles,’ but we have a problem when so many children are having children. As Senator Obama said on Saturday – and on many other occasions – parents have a responsibility to teach their children about values and morals to help make sure they are not treating sex casually,” Bill Burton, Obama’s national spokesman, told Christian Broadcast News.

Obama drew criticism in February for a statement that his biggest mistake as a Senator was his March 2005 vote for a Senate bill permitting Terri Shindler Schiavo’s parents and brother to make their case before federal courts to keep their brain-injured daughter alive via feeding tube.

“Is it so incredulous that a family had the ‘audacity of hope’ to believe its government would care about one profoundly disabled woman? It is a shame that Senator Obama, who claims to embody ‘hope,’ is crushing it for the families of people with profound disabilities.” Responded the Terri Shindler Schiavo Foundation.

This update courtesy of LifeSiteNews.com.

As seen in the Catholic Exchange Daily Newsletter.

Divine Mercy Sunday at National Shrine


Hi all,

Just got back from a weekend visit to the Divine Mercy Shrine.

Try to picture 12,000 people at an outdoor Mass.

It was mind boggling.

We recited a Rosary before Mass, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy right after (at 3PM).

Every shape, size, color, language, nation was represented.

Absolutely awesome!

If you ever get a chance, ya gotta give it a whirl.

I’ll be there again next year, God willing. I had you all in my prayers –


Click here for more details on this event:

For the Vatican, King Abdullah Matters More than 138 Muslim Scholars


For the Vatican, King Abdullah Matters More than 138 Muslim Scholars

ROMA, March 31, 2008 – The accusations directed against Benedict XVI for baptizing a convert from Islam, Magdi Cristiano Allam, at the Easter vigil – as reported in an article from http://www.chiesa three days ago – has elicited two responses, direct and indirect, from the Holy See.

The Holy See expressed its point of view in a direct way in “L’Osservatore Romano” for March 25-26, with a note by the newspaper’s director, Giovanni Maria Vian. And again with a statement on Vatican Radio, March 27, by its director, Fr Federico Lombardi.

But even more interesting are the indirect ways in which the Holy See rebutted the criticisms, during those same days.

For more click here: