Tiller called “Champion” of pro-death women’s groups

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Abortion-rights groups such as the National Organization for Women said that “women across the country have lost a champion today. The cold-blooded murder of Dr. George Tiller … is a stark reminder that women’s bodies are still a battleground, and health-care professionals are on the front lines.”

The late Mother Teresa of Calcutta saw things from a very different point of view:

“America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts — a child — as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters”

And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners. Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign.” (Mother Teresa — “Notable and Quotable,” Wall Street Journal, 2/25/94, p. A14)

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“But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child – a direct killing of the innocent child – murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love, and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even his life to love us. So the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love – that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts. By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion. “

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“Please don’t kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted, and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child, and be loved by the child. From our children’s home in Calcutta alone, we have saved over 3,000 children from abortions. These children have brought such love and joy to their adopting parents, and have grown up so full of love and joy!”

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February 1997 – National Prayer Breakfast in Washington attended by the President and the First Lady. “What is taking place in America,” she said, “is a war against the child. And if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another.”

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“Any country that accepts abortion, is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what it wants.”

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“It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”

George Tiller, “High Priest of Late Term Abortions” gunned down inside Kansas church

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The man who is responsible for the gruesome abortion deaths of thousands of innocent babies, many of them extremely late term, was gunned down today by an unknown assailant, while attending services at his church.

Tiller enjoyed the unqualified support of pro-abortion Kansas Governor, now Obama administration HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius. Tiller was also a major donor to Sebelius’ political campaigns.

Various pro-life groups have strongly condemned the killing, stating that the pro-life movement is non-violent, and based on preserving human life and upholding the law, with charity to all … especially mass killers like George Tiller.

The fact that Tiller is known to have summarily killed and dismembered thousands of innocent pre-born babies for profit, gives no one the right to kill him. 

Father Pavone of Priests for Life issued the following statement:

“I am saddened to hear of the killing of George Tiller this morning. At this point, we do not know the motives of this act, or who is behind it, whether an angry post-abortive man or woman, or a misguided activist, or an enemy within the abortion industry, or a political enemy frustrated with the way Tiller has escaped prosecution. We should not jump to conclusions or rush to judgment. 

“But whatever the motives, we at Priests for Life continue to insist on a culture in which violence is never seen as the solution to any problem. Every life has to be protected, without regard to their age or views or actions.”

Barack Obama, the ABORTION President, had this to say:

“I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence.”

Randall Terry, a noted pro-life activist with a distinct penchant for “telling it like it is” said this:

“George Tiller was a mass murderer and we cannot stop saying that,” Terry said. “He was an evil man – his hands were covered with blood.”

Terry said he was now concerned that the Obama administration “will use Tiller’s killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions.”

Whatever the reasons behind all this, and without attempting to prematurely place blame on anyone … one thing’s for sure: The women of Wichita and their yet to be born sons and daughters, are much safer now than they were just a few short hours ago.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to George Tiller’s family and friends.

“Tiller the Killer” is dead. May God have mercy on his soul.

Note to President Obama: We completely agree that difficult issues such as abortion cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence.

Please take the necessary steps to put an immediate end to all abortions, which are indeed heinous acts of violence … while we “work to resolve our profound differences” about the issue.

Sotomayor reportedly only “minimally” Catholic

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There are indications that Judge Sotomayor is more like the majority of American Catholics: those who were raised in the faith and shaped by its values, but who do not attend Mass regularly and are not particularly active in religious life. Like many Americans, Judge Sotomayor may be what religion scholars call a “cultural Catholic” — a category that could say something about her political and social attitudes.

Interviews with more than a dozen of Judge Sotomayor’s friends from high school, college, law school and professional life said they had never heard her talk about her faith, and had no recollection of her ever going to Mass or belonging to a parish.

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Obama planning to have it “both ways” with Sotomayor nomination

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“Although historically, we have allowed Supreme Court Justices to serve as long as they breathe, have a beating heart, vibrant brain waves or voluntary muscle movement,” Obama said, “that doesn’t mean we’re doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. In any case, if during her hearings she starts to struggle and display pro-life tendencies, don’t expect me to jump in with any last-gasp attempts to rescue her.”
 
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Boys Town founder Fr. Flanagan warned Irish Church about abuse

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1946: Fr. Flanagan slammed Ireland’s reform schools as ‘a disgrace to the nation’

When he arrived back in America Fr. Flanagan said: “What you need over there is to have someone shake you loose from your smugness and satisfaction and set an example by punishing those who are guilty of cruelty, ignorance and neglect of their duties in high places . . . I wonder what God’s judgment will be with reference to those who hold the deposit of faith and who fail in their God-given stewardship of little children.”

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“Ora et labora et lege.” Work and study, but first of all pray.

manprayburstenhTHE PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

In the history and life of the Church, prayer has had and continues to have a prominent place, which becomes fully visible only to those who experience it personally, or directly study the historical documents about it.

This prayer is structured above all as liturgy, the public and communal prayer of the Church which, united with Jesus Christ, addresses God the Father in the Holy Spirit. Here emerges in all its poignancy the specifically Trinitarian character of Christian prayer, as participation and immersion in the relationship that Christ has with God the Father in the Holy Spirit’s bond of love. We are immersed, or raised up, in a life that is not ours as men, as creatures, but is the life of God, and the God to whom we turn in the liturgy is not a generic God, and not even properly the one and triune God, but God the Father of Jesus Christ, and in Christ, the Father of us all.

In Christian prayer, moreover, the public and communal dimension and the intimate personal dimension lead to one another and grow together: the “we” of the Church’s prayer accompanies a listening to that God who sees in secret, and whom we are called to encounter in the isolation of our room and in the secrecy of our heart (Mt. 6:5-6). Over the course of the centuries, this personal character of prayer has been expressed in many ways, often sublime, which remain a precious treasure, as the humble expressions of popular piety also remain precious.

Another major characteristic of Christian prayer concerns its “mystical” dimension. I am not referring only to the great mystics in whom the Church is exceptionally rich, but more radically to the specific character of Christian mysticism, as we are able to identify it already in the writings of the apostles Paul and John.

It is directly connected to what we have mentioned about the prayer of Jesus and his relationship with God the Father. The Johannine formula of the reciprocal “remaining in,” according to which the Father is in the Son and the Son in the Father, as believers are called to remain in the Father and in the Son, while the Father and the Son remain in them (John 17:21), expresses in an unparalleled manner that union with God which is the heart of all authentic mysticism.

Here, however, union with God follows the gift of himself that Christ  accomplished in history on the cross, and demands the ethical concreteness of practical love of one’s brethren: “If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us . . . Whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:12,20).

It is not, therefore, a mysticism that is closed in on itself. On the contrary, it has descended upon history and demands conversion, the transformation of life.

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Funeral Arrangements for Bishop Roger L. Kaffer

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Funeral Arrangements for Bishop Roger L. Kaffer:

The Cathedral of St. Raymond –

604 N Raynor Ave

Joliet, IL 60435-6099

Tuesday, June 2 – Visitation from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Holy Vespers Tuesday night at 7pm)

Wednesday, June 3 – Visitation from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 am

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BELOVED ROGER L. KAFFER, AUXILIARY BISHOP OF JOLIET

In your prayers, please remember Bishop Roger L. Kaffer who entered Eternal Life on Thursday, May 28, 2009.

Roger Louis Kaffer was born in Joliet on August 14, 1927, to Earl Louis Kaffer and Helen Ruth (McManus) Kaffer. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Raymond Parish and received his elementary education at the parish grade school. In 1945 he graduated from Joliet Township High School and then attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary. He studied at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein from which he received a Licentiate in Sacred Theology.

Roger Kaffer was ordained to the priesthood on May 1, 1954 at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet by Bishop Martin D. McNamara. His first assignment was as associate pastor at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Joliet. He served as a Notary at the Chancery until 1956. From 1956 to 1958, Father Kaffer studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he earned a Licentiate in Canon Law.

When he returned to the States in 1958, Father Kaffer was named Assistant Chancellor. After earning an M.Ed. from DePaul University in 1965, he was named founding rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Romeoville. From 1968 to 1974, he also served as a member of the Seminary Board.

Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox benefited from Father Kaffer’s educational leadership when he became its principal in 1970. It was his practice to visit every family who had a child enrolled in the school. His dedication to improving the school’s buildings and grounds was evidenced when he was seen driving a back hoe, laying bricks and doing general construction work. To this day, former students speak of his impact on their lives and his pastoral care for them and their families.

Father Kaffer served as weekend assistant at St. Bernard Parish in Joliet beginning in 1970 and at St. Joseph Parish in Joliet beginning in 1974. He obtained a Doctorate in Pastoral Ministry in 1984 from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary.

In January of 1985, Father Kaffer was appointed temporary administrator of the Cathedral and in February was named rector of the Cathedral.

On April 20, 1985, Father Kaffer was named Auxiliary Bishop to Bishop Joseph L. Imesch and Titular Bishop of Dusa in Northern Africa. Bishop Kaffer was ordained to the episcopacy by Bishop Imesch on June 26, 1985 at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet. He was appointed Vicar General and Vicar for Priests, positions he held until 2002. From 1986 to 1989, he served as Chair of the Second Synod of Joliet. In March of 2002, Bishop Kaffer was appointed Secretary for Education. In addition to his diocesan responsibilities, he was honored to be State Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus from 1993 to 2009.

Bishop Kaffer’s life was marked by dedication to prayer, an upbeat spirit, vibrancy, boundless energy, sincerity and an extraordinary willingness to serve. He gave life to what he said: “None of us is as smart as all of us,” and “If you think you can or if you think you can’t, you are probably right.”

Although retired in 2002, Bishop Kaffer lived out his Episcopal motto, Serve and Give, with great vigor. He often said that he wanted to devote his years in retirement to the sanctification of priests. Bishop Kaffer continued to give retreats to priests and bishops, to offer spiritual direction and to assist with Confirmations. He took great delight in the fact that with retirement he was no longer required to attend meetings.

Because of his belief that youth were not the future of the Church but the now of the Church, Bishop Kaffer participated in every celebration of World Youth Day, the last being in August of 2008, when with great difficulty he journeyed to Australia to be with the youth he so dearly loved.

On September 23, 2008, Bishop Kaffer moved to Our Lady of the Angels Retirement Home in Joliet where in October he suffered a mild heart attack and was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Bishop Kaffer remained at OLA until his death.

The body of Bishop Kaffer will lie in state at the Cathedral of St. Raymond, Joliet on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, June 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Solemn Vespers will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 3 at 11:00 a.m.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the “Bishop Roger L. Kaffer Fund for the Education of Seminarians of the Diocese of Joliet”, 425 Summit Street, Joliet, IL 60435 – or – Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home, 1201 Wyoming Avenue, Joliet, IL 60435.

http://www.dioceseofjoliet.org/