Obama loves Bernardin. Tom Roeser explains why (and it’s not good).

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In refuting liberal Carol Marin’s ridiculous assertions, Tom Roeser also sets the record straight on the late Catholic Cardinal Joseph Bernardin’s liberal Democrat politics, numerous failings and scandals.

It’s something Catholics ought to know, especially in light of all the other nonsense that routinely passes for business as usual, in Barack Obama’s home town of Chicago, Illinois.  

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The Pope, President Obama, and the Little Green (Catholic) Book

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But will Barack Obama, the ABORTION President, actually read it?

Complete details of the July 10th Papal visit.

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POPE AND OBAMA’S VIEWS CONVERGING?

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July 9, 2009

POPE AND OBAMA’S VIEWS CONVERGING?

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on reports that the pope’s new encyclical, Charity in Truth, places the Holy Father to the left of President Barack Obama on some issues:

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good advises Catholics to “Suggest to your pastor that he give a homily highlighting the Pope’s reflections on social justice and the common good.” Notice what was excluded: the pope’s thoughts on the sanctity of human life, bioethics, the indiscriminate acceptance of all lifestyles, sexuality as a form of entertainment, the role of religion in the public square, etc. It is hardly surprising that left-wing Catholics do not want to highlight these issues, but the ironies run even deeper.

In his encyclical, the pope says that “respect for life” [his italics] is “an aspect which has acquired increasing prominence in recent time, obliging us to broaden our concept of poverty….” Are the pope’s new fans prepared to think of abortion as a poverty issue?

The best way to service the poor, according to the pope, is not to create bureaucratic monstrosities that cripple the dignity of the indigent. “By considering reciprocity as the heart of what it is to be a human being, [the principle of] subsidiarity is the most effective antidote against any form of all-encompassing welfare state.” Similarly, the pope admonishes us not to promote “paternalist social assistance that is demeaning to those in need.” In other words, the tried and failed, dependency-inducing welfare programs that mark the social policy prescriptions of the poverty industry are seen by the pope as a disaster. Not exactly what those who work for HHS want to hear.

Finally, when the pope slams greed and criticizes a market economy shorn of moral principles, he is hardly upsetting most of those who champion the rights of the unborn. But some stereotypes are hard to break.

Seen on the web: Don’t be fooled by the Obama’s administration’s Catholic rhetoric

Don’t be fooled by these “political catholics” who use their “catholicism”, when it fits thier agenda. Obama, BY HIS ACTIONS, not his empty rhetoric, is the most anti-catholic president this country has ever known.

Go to You Tube and look up “Obama’s Catholic Plan.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVN2MMuiedI

Furthermore, this is the same Pope (with an IQ of almost 200 and world renown theologian), who told us “Black Liberation Theology, i.e, Rev. Wright, is “DISGUISED MARXISM.”

Obama greatly benefits from poorly catechized American Catholics, and has big anti-catholic George Soros funded the “fake” Catholic groups.

Obama’s agenda re: American Catholicsm: DIVIDE AND CONQUER

Make no mistake that the goal of the Obama administration is to “UNDO” the “Big bad Catholic Church.”

Source: U.S. News and World Report

Life, Liberty and the Relentless Pursuit of… Pleasure

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By Nicoletta MacKenzie

When my siblings and I were young, we had no TV; my folks did not take us to the movies, and we loved spending time at home and with our young cousins. Were we rich or poor? We did not know nor did we ever think about it: The words meant absolutely nothing to us. We never went hungry or homeless. Our best times were spent on vacation, in grandpa’s cabin in the Alps, where walking through the woods every day to the spring, to get drinking and cooking water was a adventure, and taking a bath on the terrace, in a tub of water that had been warmed by the sun was fun. We shared the “laundry facility” (two huge, connecting outdoor tubs, fed by another spring), with the village’s milk cows, taking care that the tub with the suds was clean and filled with fresh water by dusk, when the cows returned from their pasture to drink, before heading to their stables to be milked. Grandpa told us old stories, mom and dad loved us. When the pantry was low, before payday, mom improvised. Ever had “hot homemade chocolate pudding” for dinner? Yum! No radio, no refrigerator, one naked light-bulb hanging from the middle of every ceiling, and a fireplace to keep us warm in the evenings. Now, that’s happiness!

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Serious problems with the recent USCCB document regarding Catholics and Jews

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Committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in a document jointly issued on June 18 by the Committee on Doctrine and Pastoral Practice and the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, has stepped in and attempted to correct some of the theological errors that have been created in the wake of the Catholic-Jewish dialogue.

Although it took the USCCB seven years to officially recognize the problems in Reflections, as the saying goes, it is better late than never. In 2002, except for a brief criticism by Rosalind Moss published by Catholic Answers, our apostolate was one of the few that had written a detailed and comprehensive critique of Reflections, titled Conversion of the Jews Not Necessary?1

In it we not only critiqued Reflections for its theological errors, we also showed some of the controversial history of the Catholic-Jewish dialogue, beginning with Jules Isaac’s books in the 1940s that appear to be the impetus for why the Catholic prelature had traveled down this dubious path in the first place.

Essentially, the past 40 years of Catholic-Jewish dialogue has resulted in little more than a constant temptation for Catholic prelates to water down or even contradict Catholic doctrine in the hopes of placating the Jews; the errors in the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults and the Reflections on Covenant and Missions being two of only a number of outstanding examples of this phenomena.

Hopefully, the prelature has finally recognized the dangers of going down this path, since, after having to make two major retractions in high profile ecclesiastical documents, its learning curve has been rather painful in the last year.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Signs Pro-Life Bill With Abortion Conscience Clause

Baton Rouge, LA (LifeNews.com) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill Tuesday that gives pro-life doctors and other medical professionals more conscience protections on abortion under state law.

The bill covers both public and private health care workers and allows them to opt out of involvement in abortions. The measure also allows withdrawal from participating in anti-life bioethics practices such as human cloning, euthanasia or embryonic stem cell research. The bill allows the medical workers to receive job protection and legal immunity from employer discrimination if they refused to participate in the practices.

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union opposed the conscience protection for doctors and health care workers claiming that it would somehow reduce access the medical services, even though that has not been the case in other states. Full story at LifeNews.com

PETA upset about Obama killing a fly, but not at all concerned about aborting human babies

Upon hearing of the compassion PETA has for the smallest of creatures I wondered what position they took on abortion.

After all, if this organization believes in the protection of the lives of flies surely they would be adamantly opposed to the killing of the unborn.

Hence, I immediately did a search on the Internet to find an answer to my question. I found out that PETA’s compassion for unborn human babies falls far short of its compassion for flies. Full story at LifeNews.com

Hilaire Bellock Catholic Internet Archive

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A website dedicated to Joseph Hilaire Pierre Rene Belloc (1870-1953). Numerous articles about the authentic Catholic faith, and about Belloc himself.

They don’t “make” them like this any more! 

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A Catechism of the Social Reign of Christ the King

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Part I: The The Social Reign of Christ the King

1. What are the principles that must govern human life, both individually and collectively in civil society?

There are limits that exist in the nature of things beyond which men have no authority or right to transgress, whether acting individually or collectively in the institutions of civil governance.

2. Who has revealed these principles and do they bind all men in all circumstances, including those of civil governance?

There are limits that have been revealed positively by God Himself in his Divine Revelation, that bind all men in all circumstances at all times, binding even the institutions of civil governance.

3. What is the nature of the concept of hierarchy in family and social life?

A divinely-instituted hierarchy exists in man’s most basic natural unit of association: the family. The father is the head of the family and governs his wife and children in accord with the binding precepts of the Divine positive law and the natural law. Children do not have the authority to disobey the legitimate commands of their parents. Parents do not have the authority to issue illegitimate and/or unjust commands.

4. How is this concept of authority demonstrated in the life of the Holy Family?

Our Lord Himself became Incarnate in Our Lady’s virginal and immaculate womb, subjecting Himself to the authority of His creatures, obeying his foster-father, Saint Joseph, as the head of the Holy Family, thus teaching us that all men everywhere must recognize an ultimate authority over them in their social relations, starting with the family.

5. What institution has been instituted by God Himself to transmit His teaching infallibly until the end of time.

Our Lord instituted the Catholic Church, founding it on the Rock of Peter, the Pope, to be the means by which His Deposit of Faith is safeguarded and transmitted until the end of time.

6. Must all men and all nations submit to the teaching authority of the Catholic Church?

Yes. The Catholic Church is the mater, mother, and magister, teacher, of all men in all nations at all times, whether or not men and nations recognize this to be the case.

7. Who has the authority to proclaim the truths of the Catholic Church?

The Pope and the bishops of the Church have the solemn obligation to proclaim nothing other than the fullness of the truths of the Faith for the good of the sanctification and salvation of men unto eternity and thus for whatever measure of common good in the temporal real, which the Church desires earnestly to promote, can be achieved in a world full of fallen men.

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Read the new Papal Encyclical: “Caritas in Veritate” (Charity in Truth)

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Click here to read “Charity in Truth”

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George Weigel commentary here

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How Jehovah’s Witnesses Operate

Compared to the Catholic Mass, my first impression of the meeting at the Kingdom Hall was that it was weird and pretty boring. I was neither expecting, nor comfortable with, the dry question-and-answer-style format. It reminded me too much of school. But in some ways, ironically, it seemed a lot better than the Catholic parish I had attended. The Traditional Latin Mass I had been raised with was far more outwardly impressive than the stripped-down JW “meeting,” but on the negative side, Catholics were aloof. At our Catholic parish, nobody went out of his or her way to greet me, or anyone else for that matter, and why should they have? I was just another kid attending Mass. The Jehovah’s Witnesses were anything but aloof. They smothered me with attention and acceptance.

Here I was welcomed by everyone, and I mean everyone. “Mrs. Jones,” the lady who brought me to the meeting, introduced me to all her friends and to any young person she spotted. (It seemed odd to hear people call her “sister.” She wasn’t a nun, just one of the members, but everyone here called each other “brother” or “sister.”)

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Pro-Life Walkers Halfway Through Nationwide Trek Across America

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Fort Morgan, CO (LifeNews.com) — Three groups of pro-life young people are now more than halfway through their nationwide trek across America to represent the pro-life perspective on abortion. Sponsored by the pro-life group Crossroads, the walkers are divided into three groups where they literally walk from the west coast to Washington, D.C.

Wearing shirts with the words “Pro-Life” in bold letters, the 18-30-year-old participants take the summer off to educate Americans and meet with pro-life people.

While other groups are taking different routes, one group is heading from San Francisco to Washington and recently stopped in Fort Morgan, on the eastern side of Colorado.

“The thing that’s shocked me the most is how pro-life America is,” Josh Spears, the leader of the group, told the local Times newspaper.

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The Problem With Toning Down the Rhetoric – And Why We Probably Won’t Do It

First of all, there’s history. No matter how earnestly these Catholic friends of mine insist that they oppose abortion, when I think about what they want us not to do, I am forced to conclude that they just don’t see the symmetry between the abortion issue and other moral tragedies in recent history, such as the Holocaust and racial segregation. Would my Catholic friends today not applaud those German, Austrian and Italian Catholics who risked their lives to speak out in the strongest terms against the racial policies of Hitler and Mussolini, even though in doing so they used language that their friends thought was counter-productive, divisive and spiteful?

And why can’t these friends of mine cast themselves in the role of American whites who, during the civil rights struggles of the 1960’s, urged those few outspoken Catholic priests, sisters, and laypeople who rode freedom buses and were arrested during sit-ins to tone down the rhetoric, because it was counter-productive and divisive?

Is it me, or is the outrage of these Catholic friends of mine over the recent murder of the abortionist George Tiller, and the blame they hurl at the “extreme rhetoric” of pro-lifers for his death, not analogous to the anger of those white Catholics in the 60’s who blamed civil rights activists for instigating the Watts and Detroit riots?

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What is a CINO?

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Q: What is a CINO?

A: CINO means Catholic In Name Only. Alternative meaning: Christian In Name Only. See above photo for examples. 

I will confine my explanation to Catholics, alone.

Real Catholics manifest their close, personal relationship with God by accepting all the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church, by the charitable service they typically and freely render to to their neighbors, in the name of Jesus Christ, and through their consistent and faithful participation in all of the work, worship, sacraments and devotions of the Catholic Church.

Real Catholics also typically engage in frequent prayer, while maintaining an ongoing regimen of Catholic studies, in order to keep the conscience fully informed.  

If  a real Catholic suspects he might have offended God or man, he promptly makes a good faith effort to mend his ways, and through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, gratefully receives God’s forgiveness and grace.

Real Catholics also take God at his Word, as it has been authoritatively and clearly explained through his one, holy,  Catholic, and apostolic Church, according to the will of God the Father, the promises of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit.  

CINO’s remain affiliated with the Church primarily for the personal and political benefits that go along with their membership. To A CINO, the Church is little more than a semi-private club.  

In order to justify their positions, CINO’s tend to rely on the flawed opinions of those who only appear to have moral authority, since any other course of action would require a modicum of personal disicpline and at least some allegiance to authentic Catholic Church teachings. 

CINO’s rely on their own malformed consciences to provide the necessary rationalization for whatever types of  lusts, perversions, and other abominations they might personally prefer. As a result, CINO’s typically claim to never sin … at least in a serious way … and hence … see no need for Confession or similar types of things.

CINO’s believe that “the Spirit of the 2nd Vatican Council”  pretty much did away with the need for priests and church hierarchy, dogmas and defined truths, sacraments and/or formal worship.

With CINO’s, conscience … not Christ … is King … and so long as a CINO manages to keep his conscience “in the dark” … just about anything is permissible … especially since CINO’s typically believe that the prospect of Judgment Day is only a cruel hoax … and that God … if he truly exists … is really just a big “cream puff” … who will tolerate just about anything.

Failed Catholic Archbishop Rembert Weakland’s memoirs are indeed pretty “weak”

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Poor, poor Rembert!

Unrepentant, narcicistic archbishop who secretly paid off his homosexual lover using $450,000.00 in church funds is still in denial. Shamelessly blames the Catholic church for his demise.

Weakland writes, “For starters, the church could make progress by ridding itself of arrogance, perfection, and omniscience.” (Editor’s note: But Rembert, that’s exactly what the church accomplished when you were finally forced to step down!)

View the embarrassingly sappy, “softball” article about him here and don’t forget to “read between the lines”.

For a detailed, real life account of the type of nasty work this “false shepherd” actually did, click here.

Mormons, Catholics … what’s the difference?

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Catholics learn from childhood that God is a Spirit – a being without a material body. In Jesus Christ, He was incarnated as a man. Nevertheless, the human nature of the Son was something that He took on; it was not part of His original nature. The Mormon view of God is vastly different. To begin with, the LDS God looks an awful lot like your neighbor: “The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22). Indeed, for the Mormon, God the Father is an exalted man, not an omnipresent Spirit:

“Latter-day Saints perceive the Father as an exalted Man in the most literal, anthropomorphic terms. They do not view the language of Genesis as allegorical; human beings are created in the form and image of a God who has a physical form and image (Genesis 1:26)” (Encyclopedia of Mormonism, “God”). In this way, God has arms, legs, flesh, passions – all things that we, his children, have ourselves.

But wait, there’s more. Not only is Heavenly Father a man, but he lives with his wife on a planet near the star Kolob (Abraham 3:2-3, 16). There, from a distance, he reigns over the earth. To say these beliefs are outside the mainstream of Christianity is like saying Hitler wasn’t a very observant Jew. So divergent is the Mormon theology of God from that of orthodox Christianity, that the two can hardly be said to be related. The controversy over whether or not Mormonism is Christian springs from this fact.

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Former abortion doctors speak candidly about the issue

“My switch to pro-life had nothing to do with religion,” he added. “Tiller was a church-going man, which doesn’t say a whole lot in this country, but one wonders why he never changed his mind based on the scientific evidence. That is where I changed my mind, based on fetoscopies and ultrasound studies.”

“Once we had ultrasound in place, we could study the fetus and see it was a member of our community. If you don’t do that, you’re just a creature of political ideology. In 1970, there were approximately 1,100 articles on the functioning of the fetus. By 1990, there were 22,000. The data piled up swiftly and opened a window into the womb…..”

Ron Fitzsimmons, executive director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, shocked the general public in 1997 when he admitted that the vast majority of partial-birth abortions were performed on healthy mothers and babies. Contrary to the assertion of abortion rights supporters that late-term abortion is performed for serious reasons, surveys of late abortion patients confirm that the vast majority occur because of delay in diagnosis of pregnancy. They are done for similar reasons as early abortions: relationship problems, young or old maternal age, education or financial concerns…..

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Dr. Nathanson’s personal confession

Kmiek finally gets his political payoff from Obama: Appointed U.S. Ambassador to Malta

kmiek“What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but suffers the loss of his soul?”

But Dougy … for Obama and Malta

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Cardinal Bernardin and the “Catholic Campaign For Human Development” gave Obama his start in Chicago

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“The president said he had fond memories of Cardinal Bernardin and that when he started his neighborhood project, they were funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development,” he said. “After the first question, from the National Catholic Reporter‘s Joe Feuerherd, the president jokingly asked, ‘Was there really [a controversy at Notre Dame]?’”

“The president spoke about how during Cardinal Bernardin’s time the U.S. bishops spoke about the nuclear freeze, the sanctuary movement, immigration, and the poor, but that later a decided change took place,” added Father Kearns. “He said that the responses to his administration mirror the tensions in the Church overall, but that Cardinal Bernardin was pro-life and never hesitated to make his views known, but he had a consistent ‘seamless garment’ approach that emphasized the other issues as well. The president said that that part of the Catholic tradition continues to inspire him. Those issues, he said, seemed to have gotten buried by the abortion debate.”

(Editor’s note: President Obama, having personally witnessed the weak and misguided leadership of the USCCB and particularly, the Chicago Archdiocese … which gave him large sums of money to promote non-Catholic and anti-Catholic activities … with absolutely no oversite and no strings attached … has absolutely no respect for the Catholic Church … since no other person, group, or church … and certainly no political party … would ever do anything that obscenely foolish and/or ridiculous.

It’s no wonder Obama still can’t figure out what happened at Notre Dame, or why. 

As faithful Catholics, it is our responsibility to keep the pressure on President Obama without respite, until he realizes that “the good old days” he enjoyed under Cardinal Bernadin are no more, and can never be again. 

This is not the time for dialogue. This is the time for action. Tens of millions of innocent lives have already been lost to abortion.The lives of millions more hang in the balance.

Mr. President, stop the killing! Then we can talk.) 

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