Woodridge, IL: Cyprus Cove World Youth Day Swim Party Benefit



Holy Trinity is again hosting a fundraising event at Cypress Cove Water Park for the pilgrims hoping to attend World Youth Day 2011.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday August 8th from 7 – 9. 

TICKETS: $12.00 in advance. $15.00 at the door. $40.00 per family.

Click here to read the (PDF) flyer 

The Abortion President on the National Health Care Bill


According to an email about the national health care bill that I recently received from Barack Obama, the ABORTION President:

“It’s time to fix our unsustainable insurance system and create a new foundation for health care security. That means guaranteeing your health care security and stability with eight basic consumer protections”

No discrimination for pre-existing conditions (editor’s note: Discrimination for ALL conditions!)
No exorbitant out-of-pocket expenses, deductibles or co-pays (editor’s note: Just exorbitant taxes at every level!)
No cost-sharing for preventive care (editor’s note: The taxpayers will foot the entire bill!)
No dropping of coverage if you become seriously ill (editors’ note: They’ll simply withhold or delay treatment and you’ll die!)
No gender discrimination (editors’ note: Except for abortion, where women are authorized to kill other women at a rate greater than 50%.)
No annual or lifetime caps on coverage
(editor’s note: If you’re too sick or too old, you get an aspirin and are then expected to die for your country!) 
Extended coverage for young adults (editor’s note: Code words for government funded abortion!)
Guaranteed insurance renewal so long as premiums are paid (editor’s note: Paid by whom and with what?)

Somebody ought to take some time to read the bill.

Obama obviously hasn’t!

China Sees 13 Million Abortions Annually, Most Done on Young Single Women

chinaBeijing, China (LifeNews.com) — China sees as many as 13 million abortions done on an annual basis, official state media are reporting today. The information is rare as the nation’s family planning agency, which endorses the country’s one-child policy that involves forced abortions, rarely releases such information to the public.

The China Daily newspaper said the abortions are mostly done on single women who do not know much about the use of contraception.

The number is likely higher as the total only includes abortions done in hospitals and does not include those abortions that occur in unregistered stand-alone centers.

The 13 million abortions annually also does not include the 10 million abortion drugs that are sold annually.

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Catholic Medical Association Statement on Health Care Reform


“While health-care reform is more important than ever, existing legislation in the House and Senate—combined with President Obama’s push for hasty action—could make our current, flawed system even worse,” said Catholic Medical Association representative R. Steven White, M.D., in a statement released on July 29, 2009. “Sound reform must be based on sound ethics and economics; but so far, the House and Senate bills meet neither standard.”

The CMA is particularly concerned about two significant ethical issues (1) respect for the conscience rights of health-care providers; and (2) a mandate to finance and provide abortion.

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Catholic Groups Questioned About Support for Pro-Abortion Health Care Bills

As currently written, both the House and Senate bills pave the way for taxpayer-funded abortions and insurance mandates on abortion.

Yet, Catholic Charities USA, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Catholic Health Association have banded together to promote the legislation.

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Love, hate, philosophy, politics and science

There are truths that are unpalatable for a variety of reasons, one being that truth exacts our humble assent. Intellectual talents feed our pride: we assume that we know better than anyone else. Most heresies and key errors were engendered by “geniuses” whose pride blinded them to the fact that they were fallible. How very few of them, when proven wrong, acknowledged their errors! To be blind is bad enough; to deny that one is blind is hopeless. Skepticism, relativism, subjectivism, empiricism, idealism — none was born on a farm. They are all manufactured in colleges and universities. Nietzsche denied God’s existence on the grounds that if God existed, it would be unbearable for Nietzsche not to be god. He “honestly” tells us, through Zarathustra, that he wants to be god, a god that suffers no rival.

Such “blindness” is most prevalent in the ethical sphere. The “canonization” of science in the modern world is easily explained by the fact that it does not “preach”: It gives us plain, blunt facts about the workings of the material universe, and leaves our consciences at peace. Science does not meddle with our “lifestyles.” Moreover, it gives us a feeling of power and greatness: the mind-boggling discoveries of the past fifty years nurture in us the illusion that we are masters of the universe.

The very “neutrality” of scientific knowledge is soothing and explains its popularity. Ethics, on the other hand, is “irksome.” It commands; it condemns. Modern man reasons that this approach might have had some validity for primitive people — and, of course, during the Dark Ages. But now man is “mature”; each of us is properly disposed to decide how we should live. It is no easy task to convince a thief that thievery is immoral: In his eyes, it is a fast way of re-establishing justice. The rich man is rich because he cheated the poor; ergo, it is legitimate to “unburden” the rich man of his “unjustly” acquired property. Or try to convince a lecherous man that he is living in sin. A typical response might be: Was it not God Himself who chose to link intense pleasure to certain activities? What could be wrong with enjoying these treasures rooted in our nature?

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Submitted by Don H.

Nurse forced to participate in abortion sues hospital

“Pro-life nurses shouldn’t be forced to assist in abortions against their beliefs,” Alliance Defense Fund Legal Counsel Matt Bowman told LifeNews.com.

“Requiring a devout, Catholic nurse to participate in a late-term abortion in order to remain employed is illegal, unethical, and violates her rights of conscience,” he added.

According to the lawsuit, the abortion was not classified as an emergency. Cases requiring immediate attention are classified as emergencies. However, in this abortion case the surgery did not need to take place for six hours, according to the ADF. The organization claims the hospital had plenty of time to find another nurse.

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Why Marriage Matters

In her article, “Why Marriage Matters,” Caitlin Flanagan provides a powerful, prudential defense of traditional marriage. Reflecting on the painfully public infidelities of Governor Sanford, Senator Ensign, and others, Flanagan laments the state of marriage in America and shows why its deterioration should concern us all.

She writes, “There is no other single force causing as much measurable hardship and misery in this country as the collapse of marriage.” That collapse “hurts children, it reduces mothers’ financial security, and it has landed with particular devastation on those who can bear it the least: the nation’s underclass.”

And Flanagan isn’t shy about showing how marriage benefits children. She writes, “On every single significant outcome related to short-term well-being and long-term success, children from intact, two-parent families outperform those from single-parent households.”

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Submitted by Doria2

Recent survey reveals what Muslims detest most about the West

Surveys of the world’s Muslims find that most Muslims support democracy and freedom. Indeed, many Muslims complain that they are ruled by Western-supported secular despots who deny people their right to self-government. Most Muslims also support scientific advancements and seek more prosperity through free markets and global trade. However one reads the Qur’an or the historical record of Islam, no one familiar with this data can call contemporary Muslims enemies of modernity.

At the same time, there are some anomalies. Esposito and Mogahed’s analysis shows that Muslims fear that “Islam is under attack” and that the West is leading that attack. In addition, while most Muslims don’t support theocracy, they do want religion to have an important role in shaping their private and public lives. Even Shari’ah, with its draconian provisions against theft and adultery, enjoys wide support among Muslims, at least in the domestic sphere.

To understand these seemingly contradictory currents, it’s helpful to distinguish between two types of liberalism…

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Submitted by Doria2

Note to Congress: Real freedom is the choosing of the good.

050514-F-7203T-005One should not be worried about whether one is free, but rather about what one does with that freedom. There is no virtue in being free; the virtue comes in the actions that stem from our freedom of choice. Real freedom is the choosing of the good.

-St. Augustine

Nun becomes top-selling Polish cookbook writer


Sister Anastazja had been cooking for the Jesuits for years when they got the idea to put some of her best recipes together in a brochure, said Father Bogdan Calka, a director at the Catholic publishing house WAM. That evolved into her first book, “103 Cakes of Sister Anastazja,” which was published in 2001 and became a surprise success. With 400,000 copies sold to date, it is her most popular book.

Later books include recipes for Polish classics: hearty casseroles, a cabbage-and-sausage stew called bigos, and golabki, or stuffed cabbage rolls. Her latest book, published this year, brings together 123 salad recipes.

Calka said profits from the books go to “good causes,” including Jesuit educational programs. He said negotiations are under way for translations to be published in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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( AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

“We have lost the sense of sin”


The sacrament of penance is like an oil change for the soul. It’s like moving the furniture of our souls and getting to the places that escape everyday cleaning. It is like periodically checking the garden of our souls for weeds that hamper our discipleship.

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Papal Encyclicals: Spotlighting a century of Catholic social teaching


For more than 100 years, Catholic social teaching has tried to help people face the world’s social, political and economic challenges with the power of the Gospel.

Pope Benedict XVI announced June 29 that he had signed his first formal contribution to the list of papal encyclical letters on social themes and that it was titled “Caritas in Veritate” (“Love in Truth”). Although dated June 29, the letter was released July 7.

The letter looks at modern problems in the field of promoting development, and the pope asked for prayers for “this latest contribution that the church offers humanity in its commitment for sustainable progress in full respect for human dignity and the real needs of all.”

Instead of focusing on theological beliefs, the social encyclicals written by most modern-day popes have tried to shape the way Christians and all people of good will can better serve the common good.

Each social encyclical was unique in that it sought to respond to the most pressing social realities at the time.

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Catholic Cemeteries head to temporarily oversee Burr Oak operations: judge

Day-to-day operation of the Burr Oak Cemetery has been wrested from the owners and turned over to the head of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Catholic Cemeteries.

During a Wednesday hearing, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Stuart Palmer OKd the appointment of Roman Szabelski, executive director of Catholic Cemeteries, to temporarily oversee the Alsip cemetery which is now a crime scene.

The move comes a week after four Burr Oak employees were arrested and accused of pocketing $300,000 by digging up old bodies, dumping them in a mass grave in the cemetery and reselling the old plots off the books.

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NEA General Counsel Complains of Attacks from “Right-Wing Bastards”

SAN DIEGO, California, July 9, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The general counsel for the National Education Association (NEA), America’s largest teacher’s union, complained last week of the “conservative and right-wing bastards” that are “after” the NEA.  At the same meeting, the NEA rejected a proposal that would have ceased their abortion advocacy, and went on record in support of same-sex “marriage.”

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Prenuptial Cohabiting Can Spoil Marriage

Couples who shack up before tying the knot are more likely to get divorced than their counterparts who don’t move in together until marriage, a new study suggests. 

Upwards of 70 percent of U.S. couples are cohabiting these days before marrying, the researchers estimate. The study, published in the February issue of the Journal of Family Psychology, indicates that such move-ins might not be wise.

And it’s not because you start to get on one another’s nerves. Rather, the researchers figure the shared abode could lead to marriage for all the wrong reasons.

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Victory for Illinois Parents and Children

Thomas More Society
Breaking News


Thomas More Society
for Illinois Parents!

7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Lifts Injunction on
Illinois Parental Notice Act!

Culmination of Four Years of Work
by Thomas More Society

July 14, 2009
Chicago, IL — Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dissolved the federal injunction against the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act. As a direct result of the court’s decision (Zbaraz v. Hartigan), Illinois parents will be entitled, for the first time since Roe v. Wade was decided, to notification before their minor daughters are taken for abortions.  The decision is the culmination of four years work by the Thomas More Society, particularly TMS Special Counsel Paul Linton, who devised the legal strategy which ultimately led to the lifting of the injunction.  
“This is an incredible victory for Illinois parents and their children,” said Peter Breen, Executive Director and Legal Counsel of the Thomas More Society.  “Parental involvement laws enjoy overwhelming public support.  These laws promote the integrity of the family and ensure that parents are consulted so that their children are not forced into an abortion decision.  A wealth of social science data indicates that parental involvement laws lead to lower pregnancy rates, out-of-wedlock births and abortions.”
The Parental Notice Act has been in legal limbo for more than ten years because of the Illinois Supreme Court’s refusal to issue the rules necessary to make the Act effective.  Since the passage of the Act in 1995, over 50,000 Illinois minors have obtained abortions, more than 4,000 of whom were 14 years old or younger, without any requirement to notify their parents beforehand.
Following Linton’s legal strategy, representatives of pro-life organizations met with DuPage County State’s Attorney Joseph Birkett in the spring of 2005 to ask him to petition the Illinois Supreme Court to adopt the rules required by the 1995 Act.  Birkett agreed and filed his petition in June 2006.  On September 7, 2006, the Thomas More Society, representing a range of interested organizations, filed a supplemental petition with the state supreme court.  Less than two weeks later, the Illinois Supreme Court, under the leadership of Chief Justice Bob Thomas, unanimously adopted Supreme Court Rule 303A. 
After various delays, Attorney General Lisa Madigan returned to federal court in March 2007 and petitioned Judge David Coar to lift the permanent injunction which had been issued eleven years earlier.  After Judge Coar denied the petition, the Thomas More Society intervened in the case on behalf of State’s Attorneys Stu Umholtz (Republican, Tazewell County) and Ed Deters (Democrat, Effingham County) to press an appeal against the injunction.
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About the Thomas More Society
The Thomas More Society Pro-Life Law Center is a public interest law firm in Chicago that counsels and defends those who work to protect innocent human life, defends those who proclaim faith-based values in our nation’s public square, and strives to protect the institution of marriage as a union of man and woman formed to beget, bear and nurture new human lives. For more information, please visit:

Ethnic Purity, Race Cleansing from the High Bench – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ethnic Purity, Race Cleansing from the High Bench.

Yesterday’s New York Times Magazine…abstemiously politically correct as it always has… features a full-dress syphocantic interview brimming with servile flattery with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by one Emily Bazelon, listed as “a founding editor of Double X, Slate’s new Web site for women and the Truman Capote fellow at Yale Law School.”

Yes, that’s right: the Truman Capote fellow at Yale Law School! It’s rather confounding when you wonder what possible legacy left by the deceased flaming gay libertine writer Capote would ever appertain to a law fellowship at Yale except that it might be what he willed as a postmortem put-on. Anyone holding the Truman Capote fellowship would have to live down the name of the legendarily bizarre perpetrator of the outrageous Masked Black and White Ball who died an inconsolable alcoholic and drug addict after his patron Babe Paley cut him adrift from New York’s east side society because he had been caught lisping outrageous lies about her sexual habits and those of ex-friends Jacqueline Kennedy and her sister Lee Radziwell. How about the Perez Hilton Chair for the Truman Capote Fellowship? Oh well, that’s decadent Ivy League education for you.

Reading the interview with Ginsburg you are almost droned to sleep with run-of-the-mill liberal pablum…quite unremarkable stuff…until you come to the question concerning Roe v. Wade and bewailing the clichéd tragedy of “the lack of Medicaid for abortions for poor women.” Ginsburg purred an entirely liberally palatable answer citing the ruling Harris v. McRae the 1980 ruling where the court upheld the Hyde amendment which forbade use of Medicaid for abortions…. but then stumbled into this horrifying Buchenwald-like palaver:

“Frankly I had thought at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in population that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion.”

At least Sanger feared the consequences of her Hitlerian approach. It never occurs to Ginsburg nor to Bazelon nor to the editor of The New York Times magazine. Or The New York Times itself.

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Answers to modern liberal critics of the Catholic Church were written long ago

How interesting that two of the best responses to Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s recent op-ed in Newsweek, “Without a Doubt: Why Barack Obama represents American Catholics better than the pope does” (July 9, 2009), were published nearly forty years ago. What to make of it? For starters, it indicates the simple truth expressed long ago by the author of Ecclesiastes: “Nothing is new under the sun” (Eccl. 1:9). It also highlights what might seem, at first glance, contradictory facts: the beliefs of Townsend and Co. are both dangerous and dull. Dangerous because they are false and destructive; dull because they are clichéd and intellectually empty.

Dr. Hitchcock’s book is both a helpful overview of the turmoil of the late Sixties and a measured, devastating critique of the flawed and, yes, heretical perspectives of progressives who sought and fought to remake the Church according to the latest leftist ideologies and fads. One of the primary themes, as the quotes above indicate, is how progressives, in employing an ecclesiology that is thoroughly secular in nature and horizontal in scope, attack and destroy the heart of Catholicism, which is a life-changing, supernaturally-transforming encounter with Jesus Christ, who is King of Kings and—oh, by the way—the giver of the keys of the Kingdom to a certain St. Peter and his successors.

Dr. von Hildebrand’s book, which is a companion of sorts to his earlier (and equally excellent) work, Trojan Horse in the City of God (Franciscan Herald Press, 1967), covers similar ground as Hitchcock’s book, but more through philosophical critique and theological reflection. Especially notable, regarding Townsend’s essay, are von Hildebrand’s chapters on authority and democracy, especially “Democratization of the Holy Church,” where he states, “The idea that one can make the Church more accessible to the spirit of the times by this ‘democratization,’ or that this ‘democratization’ represents an improvement, has sometimes a pernicious, sometimes a naive character—but it is always an illusion. One can call for the democratization of the holy Church only if one has lost all sense for the true nature of this sacred institution.”

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Seen on the web: On Obama, health care, social justice, abortion

I am still waiting to see how anyone brings the dead babies social justice.

The issue so many cannot understand and to which obviously Pope Benedict spent his time (and gave Obama homework) is that the issue of life comes first … for without life, who cares what health care a dead baby has?