A Pro-Life Message from my pal, David

Hi everybody, we just returned from the 2010 Washington D.C. March for Life.

You wouldn’t know it from any national news coverage, but nearly 300,000 people (young people and older people like myself, as well as many families) prayed, marched, and made personal visits to the offices of our elected representatives.

I look forward to talking with you in person, but after you read this, PLEASE CLICK HERE to participate in the National Right to Life (NRLC) E-CAMPAIGN for Life.

There, you’ll be able to get “up to speed” on all the latest developments and be able to conveniently send emails to your elected representatives, at no cost.

I just took action on this issue and thought you might find it useful to see what I wrote:

“Dear Senator/Congressman:

Supporting the family is the primary way to ensure a bright future for America.

Illinois’ abortion rate is at a ten year high, with a 37% increase in abortions on minors, especially those younger than 14. This is totally unacceptable! I strongly urge you to oppose any health care legislation that does not contain explicit and comprehensive prohibitions against federal abortion subsidies and federal abortion mandates.

The language of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, approved by the House of Representatives on November 7, 2009, is absolutely necessary in any health care bill. Passage of any health care bill without the “Stupak-Pitts Amendment” will be political suicide.

I need to know YOUR position on this critically important issue.

Research indicates that encouraging minors to get involved in sex before adulthood is destructive to society, and if trends are allowed to continue, nearly 65% of Americans will soon have NO extended families.

Stop trying to use band-aids as the alternative for real cures. Abortion as a form of  birth control is an abuse and misuse of America’s most important natural resource: We, the People!

It is also a grave sin.”

I encourage you not to be silent as the majority was after 1973 Roe vs. Wade. Hey, I know you love your families…Right?  Then take another important step for their future.

And if our elected representatives don’t listen to us,
WE, THE PEOPLE, WILL REPLACE THEM, IN NOVEMBER!

May all Americans accept the blessings God sends, one baby at a time.

David S.

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23-year-old minor league outfielder retiring from baseball to become a Catholic priest

Grant Desme, a 23-year-old minor league outfielder in Oakland’s system, is retiring from baseball to follow a calling into the Catholic priesthood.

The story was first reported by Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi — perhaps appropriately with that first name of his — and this isn’t a case of a struggling player going through an early-life crisis. Desme was ranked the A’s eighth-best prospect by Baseball America after hitting .288 with 31 home runs and 89 RBIs in A ball in 2009 and he was just named MVP of the Arizona Fall League.

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Pro-life marchers flood D.C. in protest of legalized abortion. Most politicians leave town!

Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2010 / 03:21 pm (CNA).- Hundreds of thousands of people are gathered in the nation’s capital today to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and protest abortion in the annual March for Life. Gathering from all over the country, protesters of all ages first heard from prominent pro-life, political and religious leaders before beginning the march.

Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) was among the politicians who addressed the crowd on Friday, saying, “Thank you one and all for being an important part of the greatest human rights struggle on earth – the right to life movement. By the grace of God, we stand behind, with and unabashedly for both victims of abortion – women and children.”

The sheer number of people has caused a traffic advisory to be issued for the District. The volume of protesters has also allowed for two separate marches to take place. The first route will proceed East on Constitution Avenue to First Street, NE, then South on First Street, NE, to the United States Supreme Court where they will rally and then disband.

The second march route will proceed West on F Street to 10th Street, NW, south on 10th Street to Constitution Avenue, NW,  West on Constitution Avenue to 12th Street, NW, then South on 12th Street to the National Mall, where pro-life marchers will also rally and eventually disband.

CNA contacted the D.C Metropolitan Police Department for a crowd estimate but was told that due to disputes in the past between the city and protest organizers over the amount of people gathered, they have stopped giving estimates. However, police said that the march has progressed peacefully and without indecent thus far.

According to EWTN, 300,000 demonstrators are estimated to be taking part in the March for Life.

Article highlights doctrinal errors promoted by some high-profile Jewish Catholic converts

So we seem to have a dilemma here. If we are not careful about our definition of anti-Semitism,  we will end up calling the Catholic Church and the very word of God anti-Semitic. This is precisely the conclusion which Abe Foxman wishes to plant in your mind. Either that or, thanks to the undermining of Scripture fostered by liberal Catholic scholars who appeal to “historical criticism,” other Jews claim that the New Testament’s anti-Semitism did not originate with the four Evangelists and St. Paul but from second- or third-generation Christians who deliberately added anti-Semitic remarks to the Bible! Take your pick. Either way, the Church and the New Testament are made guilty of anti-Semitism.

In the end, if this war of words and labels is ever to subside and give place to genuine care and concern for each other’s welfare, it is imperative that all interested parties establish the proper definitions before any intellectual discourse takes place, the barriers of which no one should be allowed to cross. We need to come to a happy medium that, on the one hand, will not make Catholics fearful of pointing out worldwide Jewish opposition to Christianity, and, on the other hand, satisfy the Roy Schoemans of the world that neither Catholic doctrine nor Catholic people want to promote “anti-Semitism.” Of course, this is a very difficult task. How can we defend Christianity against Jews who so vociferously reject it without being cast, in some sense, as anti-Jewish? Is it possible to distinguish between Jewish ideological opposition to Christianity and Jewish political, financial and social power that is used to foster that opposition? I think this is the quintessential nature of “the Jewish problem” for the Catholic Church, and that it will never go away. Some have chosen to deal with it by appeasement; others by reproach; others by indifference. We can only hope that all sides will not go to the extreme in their respective approaches, but that each finds and maintains a happy medium of coexistence, as St. Augustine would have us, between the City of God and the City of Man.

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Twenty minutes worth of video that just might change your life!

Michael Voris from RealCatholicTV.com in a 4-part (roughly 20 minutes) expose of the world-wide environmental (green) global warming/climate change/junk science movement and how it has been inspired and co-opted by socialists and communists, with the active assistance of many well known religions.

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“Knowing”

The existence of God is a profound matter, and never something that should be treated perfunctorily. That “I believe God exists” and that “I know Him” are among the deepest things that a Christian can say, and are a confession of the grace of God. We have been given something that is consonant with purity of heart, and should thus confess it extreme humility.

More importantly, we should approach these profound mysteries with careful devotion and awe.

That there are those in our modern world who spurn God’s existence as absurd is tragic. But it should not be a cause for us to treat them as though they were idiots. More foolish are those who too easily assert God’s existence without the proper awe and humility that such a statement properly requires.

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Subsidiarity and Scott Brown

… many rightly are asking – if Scott Brown supports abortion, is CatholicVote happy that he was elected? Let me explain.

First, Senator-elect Scott Brown opposes using taxpayer funds for abortion, opposes partial-birth abortion, and supports other laws that would provide parents and women notice, counseling, and information prior to an abortion. But his opponent Martha Coakley was proudly 100% pro-abortion.

Scott Brown is certainly not an ideal candidate. After all, he supports Roe v. Wade! So the question must be asked — how should faithful Catholics, Christians, and dedicated activists that want to build a culture of life respond — how do we fit in?

Do you remember the ‘S’ word?

The ‘s’ word is subsidiarity. And Scott Brown’s win was a victory for subsidiarity – a key principle of Catholic social doctrine, and a foundational principle of American self-government.

The surge that propelled Scott Brown into office was largely a response to Congress’ overreach on health care. Americans of both political parties, and huge numbers of independents elected Scott Brown because of what he represents – a chance to stop the government first “reform” crusade. And because Scott Brown was elected, the health care ‘reform’ debacle may finally be stopped.

The Power of People

Subsidiarity simply means that issues ought to be solved by the smallest and least centralized competent authority. Families, charities, churches and local communities, and even states ought to be the primary instruments of political change — as opposed to a massive bureaucratic centralized federal government.

And thus, while Scott Brown is ultimately wrong about abortion, he is definitely right in urging us to think anew about the proper size and role of government in a free society. And for this reason, CatholicVote is happy he won.

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Obama’s First Year Report Card

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Undocumented Guests!

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How Religious Is Your State?

Which of the 50 states has the most religious population? Since there are many ways to define “religious,” there is no single
answer to this question. But to give a sense of how the states stack up, the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life
used polling data to rank them on four measures: the importance of religion in people’s lives, frequency of attendance at worship services, frequency of prayer and absolute certainty of belief in God. Mississippi stands out on all four, and several other Southern states also rank very high on the measures.

See how the states rank according to each of the four measures

360 Degree View of Destruction: Notre Dame Cathedral in Haiti

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Gospels, four icons, crosses and a relic of the True Cross are onboard the International Space Station

Moscow, Russia, Jan 20, 2010 / 12:11 am (CNA).- The Gospels, four icons, crosses and a relic of the True Cross have been taken aboard the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS), a Russian cosmonaut has reported. A photo taken by the station crew shows an icon and a crucifix floating in zero gravity in the ISS.

Writing on his blog at the website of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Cosmonaut Maksim Suraev responded to readers’ questions about religious symbols on the space station.

“We have four holy icons on the Russia segment. We also have the Gospels and a big cross,” he said, according to a blog entry translated by Russia Today in November 2009.

Russia Today reported that the Lord’s Divine Cross was given to A.N. Merminov, the head of Roscosmos, by the late Patriarch of Moscow Aleksy II. The cross was delivered to the station in 2006 by the crew of Soyuz TMA-8.

Suraev added that he has a reliquary cross in his cabin.

“A priest gave it to me at Baikanur before the launch. Father Job told me a piece of the original cross on which Jesus was crucified is contained in mine.”

He added that his cross was blessed in the major monastery of Sergiev Posad.

“It will be with me the whole expedition and will return with me to Earth,” the cosmonaut wrote.

Holy relics and other objects have been on previous spaceflights. U.S. astronaut Ronald Garan brought a relic of St. Therese of Lisieux with him on the space shuttle Discovery in 2008. He plans to bring another relic of the saint with him on a mission to the ISS in 2011.

Is Russia now more Christian than today’s United States?

A couple of weeks ago Barack Obama skipped Church on Christmas Day while the President of Russia, Dimitry Medvedev,  on January 6, 2010,  attended mid-night mass services celebrating the Russian Orthodox Christmas in grand splendor in the traditional Vigil liturgy in Saint Christ the Saviour Cathedral in the presence of 4,000 people, including Patriarch Kirill.  The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas following the old Julian calendar, which is 13 days “behind” the Gregorian calendar.
While Russian leaders were attending Church services, half way around the world in America, Chicago Tribune, writing about Obama’s troubles finding a Church for his family, said “But as his (Obama) fellow Christians around the world attended Christmas services on Wednesday and Thursday, the president-elect and his family remained sequestered at their vacation compound on the windward coast of Oahu. His lack of attendance at formal religious services showcased a dilemma faced by Obama, who is between churches and often expresses concern about bringing the disruption of his security detail into the lives of others.”  According to the same report President Barack Obama has not attended a public church service since before being elected.
So what you say? Well, today Russia is investing $100 million to rebuild Christian churches throughout the country. Money to rebuild theses churches is coming from Russian tax payers. This would be impossible in the US of course.   Imagine the US Media’s reaction if President Obama decided to  invest $100 million dollars of US tax payer dollars to rebuild Catholic Churches.   In the US there would be outrage yet Russia citizens are supportive of the investment.
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The Marriage Penalty in Health Care

Conservatives have been exchanging email for weeks about the shocking fact that Obama’s health care bill discriminates against marriage while financially favoring unmarried couples living together. This fact is finally getting national attention, at least in the Wall Street Journal and on Fox News.

Here is the cost in the House bill for an unmarried couple who each earn $25,000 a year (total: $50,000). When they both buy health insurance (which will be mandatory), the combined premiums they pay will be capped at $3,076 a year.

But if the couple gets married and has the same combined income of $50,000, they will pay annual premiums up to a cap of $5,160 a year. That means they have to fork over a marriage penalty of $2,084.

The marriage penalty is the result of the fact that government subsidies for buying health insurance are pegged to the federal poverty guidelines. Couples that remain unmarried are rewarded with a separate health care subsidy for each income.

When the Wall Street Journal reporter quizzed the Democratic authors of the health care bill, they made it clear that this differential was deliberate. The staffer justified the discriminatory treatment because “you have to decide what your goals are.”

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Thousands expected for March for Life events at National Shrine

Washington D.C., Jan 17, 2010 / 03:14 pm (CNA).- The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception expects more than 10,000 people to attend its liturgies, prayer services, rosaries, Holy Hours and confessions for Catholics participating in the upcoming March for Life. Events will take place Jan. 20-22, a press release from the National Shrine reports.

On Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston will be principal celebrant and homilist for the Vigil Mass for Life. The cardinal is the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

Following the Mass, from 10 p.m. to midnight there will be confessions, the National Rosary for Life and Night Prayer.

Holy Hours for Life will continue as part of the National Prayer Vigil from midnight to 6 a.m. The Closing Mass of the vigil will take place at 7:30 a.m. Its principal celebrant and homilist will be Archbishop for Military Services Timothy P. Broglio.

Both Masses will be broadcast live on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).

The National Shrine and the Catholic University of America will house overnight participants in the March for Life who come from across the United States.

The March for Life commemorates the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that ordered abortion to be legalized across the United States.

According to the National Shrine, participants “demonstrate their belief in the sanctity of human life in all its stages from conception to natural death.”

The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception’s website is http://www.nationalshrine.com.

Boxer admits Senate’s ‘abortion compromise’ nothing more than legislative sleight of hand

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, has admitted to a national news agency that the so-called abortion compromise in the U.S. Senate’s proposed healthcare bill will actually do nothing to stop federal funding of abortions and amounts to nothing more than a clever accounting trick.

Boxer, who played a prominent role in brokering the ‘compromise’ in behind-closed-doors meetings with Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Nebraska (who insisted on the abortion provision to obtain his yes vote), came under withering attacks from her longtime pro-abortion supporters following the inclusion of the Nelson provision.

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Why Catholic Churches Should be Tall

…I think a lofty church inspires because there is something sacramental about it. Everything in a gothic church points up. When you enter the heart lifts because the building lifts. The gothic structure of solid stone seems to be made instead of something lighter. The delicate tracery, the pointed arches, the finials and filigree transforms the stone and suddenly I am longing that my heart of stone might be re-made and transformed into a heart of fire and light.

Then as the pointed arches rise I see my hands placed together in prayer like little pointed arches themselves and I want to be a sacrament of stone and light. I want my heart to arch up to heaven and become a temple of the Holy Spirit–a dwelling of peace and beauty that speaks silently of grace and welcomes sinners home.

I look and see high stained glass windows, too far away for my mortal eyes to see the detail and to understand and I know that the joys of heaven are as beautiful and distant and complex and colored and mysterious as those high windows. Further down I can see some windows where saints are pictured and I want to be like that–a saint standing in eternal stillness radiant through with the light from beyond.

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Defending the New Roman Missal

When the English Missale Romanum appeared in 1970, it was clear we had been handed a paraphrase instead of a translation. As a young priest required to use these texts, I quickly determined that something needed to be done to return to the people of God what Father Ryan dubs “their baptismal birthright”—that is, an English liturgy that seeks to convey all the depth, truth and beauty of the original Latin. By 1992, I had assembled a team of scholars who produced an alternative translation of the Ordinary of the Mass and presented that effort to the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy in Washington, D.C., and the Congregation for Divine Worship in Rome. Hostility was the response from Washington—copies of our draft were gathered and destroyed at the bishops’ meeting—while Rome expressed a guarded interest in our project.

Ultimately, the Holy See came to the realization that many of the vernacular translations of the liturgy were problematic. (English was not the only example, just one of the more egregious.) In 2001 the Congregation for Divine Worship promulgated Liturgiam Authenticam setting forth a coherent philosophy of translation. The document called for revised translations in keeping with these norms and the establishment of an oversight committee, Vox Clara, to ensure the fidelity of future translations.

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Some Jews promoting Anti-Catholicism, prior to Pope’s synagogue visit

A high-profile stayaway Sunday is the president of Italy’s assembly of rabbis, Giuseppe Laras, who said Benedict had “weakened” ties between Catholics and Jews.

Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See will attend but remarked that “Catholic anti-Judaism still exists”.

Adding fuel to the fire, the head of the Roman Catholic Church on Friday urged Vatican doctrinal experts to speed rapprochement with a Catholic fraternity that includes a Holocaust-denying bishop, Richard Williamson.

Renzo Gattegna, who heads the Union of Communities of Italian Jews, said: “It cannot be denied that some decisions taken by the current pope in 2009 led to moments of tension and concern on the Jewish side.”

Gattegna listed the Pius XII and Williamson affairs as well as Benedict’s decision to rehabilitate the Latin version of the Catholic Church’s Good Friday mass, which contains a prayer for the conversion of the Jews.

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Editor’s note: Self-serving historical revisionists continue to cling to their purely fictional belief that Pope Pius XII, who was virtually held hostage in the Vatican during WWII, surrounded by occupying Nazi/Fascist forces, in constant personal danger, with only a handful of poorly armed Swiss guards at his disposal, should have somehow been able to save the Jews … something that the world powers of the time (Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, Charles DeGaulle, many others) were unable or unwilling to do.

This anti-Catholic, anti-Christian position has its’ roots in the liberal, secular, socialist/communist philosophies that are so common today throughout Europe and Israel. This is similar to President Barack Obama’s current political strategy, where truth is nothing more than what you say it is!

MLK Day – A day for us to celebrate the ethnic diversity of our Church

Here is why the Church should celebrate this day. A few months ago, a very close friend, who happens to be a priest, was visiting my school in Baltimore. My school is a historically African-American Catholic institution. Just before lunch, I took him into the school’s chapel and pointed out that for many years, the Saint Frances Academy Chapel was one of the few places in Maryland that Black Catholics could attend Mass without sitting in the back or in the balcony. It was one of the only places where they could sit close to the Eucharist during the consecration. This priest is approximately my age and we thanked God that neither of us as African-American Catholics had to ever experience such an indignity.

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