Why did it take FOX News to blow ACORN’s evil deception? Instead the CCHD and the USCCB deliberately ignored the many Catholics that told them about this scandal for many years prior to this. Now that the USCCB/CCHD has been inconvenienced with bad public relations they finally cut them off. Well CCHD still funds many organizations that that are diametrically opposed to the central tenants of the Catholic Church. Here is a short list of what and who they fund:
- Funding Abortions.
- Funding Same-Sex Marriage Initiatives.
- Promoting Marxism.
- Promoting and Participating in Violence.
- Ties with Saul Alinsky, an anarchist and anti-American.
- Promotes and Funds Prostitution.
- Funds and Promotes Racism (La Raza).
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The basic difference between abortion and capital punishment (or the waging of armed force) is that the Church has firmly and explicitly taught that the former is an intrinsic evil: the direct taking of innocent human life to be opposed everywhere and at all times, while the moral worth of the latter two measures are contingent upon specific criteria and circumstance.
In the case of capital punishment, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s discussion of the fifth commandment, specifically the matter of “legitimate defense” (sections #2263-2267); on the matter of the waging of armed force, the Catholic tradition’s criteria for a “just war” (sections #2307-2317).
But is it not true that the Church has explicitly opposed contemporary instances of capital punishment or war? — If so, why have the Bishops not sought to impose similar restrictions on communion on those officials in public life favoring the use of capital punishment, or expressing their support of U.S. foreign policy in Iraq — a conflict on which both Pope John Paul II and even our present Pope (then-Cardinal Ratzinger) made their opposition known? Aren’t such figures not in open dissent and in a state of obstinate sin against the Church as well?
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Medical abortions — which involve delivering the dead baby at home — are promoted as cost-effective alternative to surgical abortions, which is especially appealing to financially fragile affiliates. Take, for example, the Springfield, Illinois, location.
In 2008, all of Planned Parenthood’s affiliates in Illinois consolidated into a single affiliate and pooled their resources. This enabled the Springfield clinic to offer medical abortions — something they were unable to do before, owing to lack of expertise. Steve Trombley, CEO of Chicago Planned Parenthood, stated that the organization “will provide medication abortions in Springfield, rather than surgical abortions, because the medication approach requires less space, expense and other resources” — while still fetching $400 in revenues for each abortion. Such changes are expected to enhance the financial viability of the consolidated affiliate: Planned Parenthood of Illinois posted annual revenues of $24 million and a net loss of $2.5 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2009, Trombley said.
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The local radio stations are already playing Christmas music and everyone is already talking about the “Christmas” season–but it’s not yet Christmas – this Sunday begins Advent, the season for preparing for Christmas.
So what is Advent and why is it important? Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. It has a quasi-penitential theme, and this can be a strong antidote against the consumerism of our nation and time.
I was recently wondering about the origins of Advent and its history. So I did a little research and came up with the Top Ten Things You Need to Know about Advent:
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