“Judas Goat” Doug Kmiec served his purpose. Now Obama administration can’t wait to dump him.

During the last presidential election, Doug Kmiec lured untold numbers of misinformed Catholics over to the Obama (pro-death) side. Obama promptly paid him off with the ambassadorial post to Malta. But now, with little chance of pulling off that trick again, it’s time for Kmiec to go. Besides … there’s only so many ambassadorships (political plums) available to hand out!

Kmiec had originally proposed that he depart on August 15, the feast of the Assumption. However, after President Obama accepted his resignation, the State Department asked him to leave two-and-a-half months earlier.

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Editor’s note: Kmiec should have known: “You lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas.”

Saint Thomas More would probably say, “Why Douglas, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world… but for a temporary appointment as Ambassador to Malta?”

Jesus would probably put it this way, “Behold thou art made whole: sin no more, lest some worse thing happen to you.” (John 5:14)

CatholicVote.org launches tribute site for Pope John Paul II Beatification

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Cardinal suspends Pfleger: ‘You are not able to pastor a Catholic parish’

Citing what he called threats from the Rev. Michael Pfleger to leave the church, Cardinal Francis George has removed the outspoken priest from St. Sabina parish and has suspended his “sacramental faculties as a priest.”

Pfleger had publicly feuded with the cardinal about possibly being reassigned to Leo High School, telling a radio show recently that he would look outside the Catholic church if offered no other choice.

“If that is truly your attitude, you have already left the Catholic Church and are therefore not able to pastor a Catholic parish,” George wrote in a letter dated today.

“A Catholic priest’s inner life is governed by his promises, motivated by faith and love, to live chastely as a celibate man and to obey his bishop,” the cardinal continued. “Breaking either promise destroys his vocation and wounds the Church.

“Many love and admire you because of your dedication to your people,” the cardinal wrote. “Now, however, I am asking you to take a few weeks to pray over your priestly commitments in order to come to mutual agreement on how you understand personally the obligations that make you a member of the Chicago presbyterate and of the Catholic Church.

“With this letter, your ministry as pastor of Saint Sabina Parish and your sacramental faculties as a priest of the Archdiocese are suspended.”

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Editor’s note: Congratulations to Cardinal George for his wise … albeit exceedingly overdue action … in regard to the recalcitrant Father Pfleger.

California leading the way in Catholic church desecration

Just a week after arson destroyed St. John Vianney Church in Hacienda Heights, another Catholic Church in California has become the victim of a crime – this time at St. Barbara Parish at historic Mission Santa Barbara.

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Editor’s note: Does anybody else think it’s queer that these things are happening in California?

Catholics do not hate persons who happen to be homosexual — but they condemn homosexuality as they condemn every other perversion or sin.

A truly Catholic criticism of pro-homosexualist policies in the state (and, sadly, Catholic dioceses) arises from a worldview opposed to reducing everything to personal preference. Catholics — at least, if they follow the Church — do not hate the persons who happen to be homosexual but they condemn homosexuality as they condemn every other perversion or sin.

Opposing the ideas and policies that promote the normalizing of homosexuality is, at its deepest level, a fight for the souls of homosexuals themselves and a defense of society in general from false ideas and destructive practices. It is a struggle to preserve the integrity of the human person. As such, it is not any kind of “phobia” but an act of love.

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Seen on the web: Father John Corapi Taught Me All I Know About Spiritual Warfare.

Posted by Eric F:

I think it is important to keep in mind that Fr. Corapi’s ministry represents a gifted theologian and speaker explaining Catholic teaching in a very orthodox manner. As such, he teaches and preaches the truths of Catholicism, not his own opinions or ideas. I once heard him say, “I’m here to teach what the Church teaches, so I am not saying anything new. If you ever hear me start teaching something new then head for the hills!”

In light of this, any sins he may have committed do not really have a bearing on the merits of his catechetical material. As Fr. Corapi often points out, the teachings of the Catholic Church are the teachings of Christ himself, and Christ, of course, is perfectly holy. Therefore, even if Fr. Corapi were guilty of some sort of mortal sin (and I do not believe these recent accusations are true), his catechetical material is still true and meritorious (just as his celebration of the Mass would be valid) because it ultimately comes from Christ. Of course, I also understand human nature, so I know that there will be those who will probably not embrace my line of reasoning and (unfortunately) will be dismissive of Fr. Corapi.

In terms of what Fr. Corapi is going through with these accusations and public scandal, the words of Jesus from the Beatitudes comes to mind:

“Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12, NAB)

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Archbishop says Catholic homes play major role in fostering vocations

In an interview with Catholic News Service while he was in Washington in March, Archbishop Carlson said the majority of newly ordained priests said they were influenced by the parish in their discernment for the priesthood.

According to results of a survey of members of the 2011 ordination class, released April 25, 66 percent of the respondents said it was their parish priest who encouraged them. Forty-two percent identified their mothers as having a major influence on their decision.

The annual national survey is conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University for the USCCB’s Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.

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Editor’s note: It would also be helpful if the Catholic hierarchy managed to get a handle on the abuse scandals, successfully overhauled the seminaries … instead of whitewashing them, and figured out a way to quit abusing good priests.

Read “Goodbye Good Men” by Michael Rose

Rockford, IL city council nixes ultrasound van parking permit. Mayor issues it, anyway.

(Rockford) — Rockford’s City Council voted down a plan to give an abortion protest group a special parking permit.

“It’s a sad day for all the citizens of Rockford,” says Kevin Rilott, of the Rockford Pro-Life Initiative.  “[That the] city council has turned it’s back on the children and mothers of this city.”

Aldermen voted 8 to 6 against the measure to support re-issuing a parking permit for the ultrasound vehicle, which the Rockford Pro Life Initiative pays for and has parked outside of an abortion clinic.

Even though aldermen did not approve a permit, Mayor Morrissey says one will still be issued.

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FactCheck.Org says Obama birth certificate is genuine, and he’s a U.S. citizen.

Breaking  News! Obama releases long form birth certificate

In June, the Obama campaign released a digitally scanned image of his birth certificate to quell speculative charges that he might not be a natural-born citizen. But the image prompted more blog-based skepticism about the document’s authenticity. And recently, author Jerome Corsi, whose book attacks Obama, said in a TV interview that the birth certificate the campaign has is “fake.”

We beg to differ. FactCheck.org staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate. We conclude that it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship. Claims that the document lacks a raised seal or a signature are false. We have posted high-resolution photographs of the document as “supporting documents” to this article. Our conclusion: Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said.

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Vial of blood to serve as relic for John Paul II beatification

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2011 / 07:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A vial of blood drawn from John Paul II will serve as a relic during the late pontiff’s upcoming beatification Mass in Rome on May 1.

The Vatican announced on April 26 that the relic will to be presented to Pope Benedict XVI and exposed for veneration during the Mass in St. Peter’s Square this coming Sunday. The vial will then be stored in a shrine by the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, along with other relics.

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The 7 Habits of People Who Place Radical Trust in God

I found it fascinating to see what common threads could be found in the lives of these incredible people who place so much trust in the Lord, and thought I’d share in case others find it inspiring as well.

1. They accept suffering

One of the most powerful things I’ve read in recent memory is Brother Yun’s story of being a persecuted pastor in China, as recounted in the book The Heavenly Man. After facing weeks of torture, including electrocution, starvation, beatings, and having needles shoved under his fingernails, he was thrown in a box that was four feet long, three feet wide, and four feet high, where he would stay indefinitely. The day after he was put in this mini cell, he felt prompted to pray for a Bible — a ridiculous idea, considering that many people were in prison at that very moment for being in possession of such contraband. Yet he prayed anyway. And, inexplicably, the guards threw a Bible into his cell the next morning. He writes:

I knelt down and wept, thanking the Lord for this great gift. I could scarcely believe my dream had come true! No prisoner was ever allowed to have a Bible or any Christian literature, yet, strangely, God provided a Bible for me! Through this incident the Lord showed me that regardless of men’s evil plans for me, he had not forgotten me and was in control of my life.

Now, the less saintly among us (cough-cough) might have reacted to that a little differently. Had I been tortured and thrown in a coffin-like cell, my reaction to receiving a Bible would have likely been more along the lines of, “Thanks for the Bible, Lord, but could we SEE ABOUT GETTING ME OUT OF THIS METAL BOX FIRST?!?!” I wouldn’t have even “counted” the Bible as an answered prayer since my main prayer — reducing my physical suffering — had gone unanswered.

Yet what I see over and over again in people like Brother Yun is that they have crystal clarity on the fact that suffering is not the worst evil — sin is. Yes, they would prefer not to suffer, and do sometimes pray for the relief of suffering. But they prioritize it lower than the rest of us do — they focus far more on not sinning than on not suffering. They have a laser focus on getting themselves and others to heaven. In Brother Yun’s case, he saw through that answered prayer that God was allowing him to grow spiritually and minister to his captors, so his circumstances of suffering in an uncomfortable cell became almost irrelevant to him.

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Myth #1 about the Crusades

Myth #1: The crusades represented an unprovoked attack by Western Christians on the Muslim world.

Nothing could be further from the truth, and even a cursory chronological review makes that clear. In a.d. 632, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Asia Minor, North Africa, Spain, France, Italy, and the islands of Sicily, Sardinia, and Corsica were all Christian territories. Inside the boundaries of the Roman Empire, which was still fully functional in the eastern Mediterranean, orthodox Christianity was the official, and overwhelmingly majority, religion. Outside those boundaries were other large Christian communities—not necessarily orthodox and Catholic, but still Christian. Most of the Christian population of Persia, for example, was Nestorian. Certainly there were many Christian communities in Arabia.

By a.d. 732, a century later, Christians had lost Egypt, Palestine, Syria, North Africa, Spain, most of Asia Minor, and southern France. Italy and her associated islands were under threat, and the islands would come under Muslim rule in the next century. The Christian communities of Arabia were entirely destroyed in or shortly after 633, when Jews and Christians alike were expelled from the peninsula.6 Those in Persia were under severe pressure. Two-thirds of the formerly Roman Christian world was now ruled by Muslims.

What had happened? Most people actually know the answer, if pressed—though for some reason they do not usually connect the answer with the crusades. The answer is the rise of Islam. Every one of the listed regions was taken, within the space of a hundred years, from Christian control by violence, in the course of military campaigns deliberately designed to expand Muslim territory at the expense of Islam’s neighbors. 

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Former atheist Lee Strobel’s Christian conversion based on facts

Presenting his case for Christ, former atheist Lee Strobel described how the evidence of Easter killed his faith in atheism in his essay published in The Wall Street Journal.

Over 30 ago Strobel – who was no stranger to investigating as the legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and an award-winning journalist – began his two-year search for evidence regarding the credibility of Christianity after his wife’s sudden conversion.

Recalling his first reaction to his wife’s newfound belief, Strobel stated in the WSJ how “it was the worst news [he could] get as an atheist.”

“Two words shot through my mind. The first was an expletive; the second was ‘divorce,’” the evangelist relayed.

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Catholic family man: “I don’t want to be number one. I just want to be involved.”

Butch Naumes insists that he leads a dull life.

But it soon becomes clear that a seemingly ordinary real estate agent can live in a great-hearted way.

“I’m pretty boring,” says Naumes, having just put his grandchildren down for a nap.

He and his wife of 35 years, Ellen, care for five young grandchildren, as well as their 27-year-old daughter, Megan, who is autistic.

Naumes, 62, volunteers in the community, and makes sacrifices and prays often. He’s a regular guy who works in the yard of his east Medford home and likes a happy hour on occasion. He loves his family and enjoys his buddies. He likes to golf but has not had time to hit the course in five years.

Naumes comes from a well-known Southern Oregon Catholic family. His forbears and relatives have been involved at Sacred Heart Parish, St. Mary School, and Providence Medford Medical Center. His grandfather worked in the local pear industry and his father ran a farm machinery business.

His father was a cradle Catholic and his mother a “pistol” who had told her future husband that she’d convert to Catholicism if he became a Republican. The deal went through and stuck.

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Philadelphia psychologist: “The 21 priests who were placed on administrative leave were thoroughly investigated and cleared of all charges. What’s sad is that instead of standing up for these priests and defending them, Cardinal Rigali simply handed them over to the investigator.”

“Many of the men who were placed on administrative leave were accused of boundary violations, not sexual abuse,” Kleponis added. “However, because they were lumped together with those who were accused of sexual abuse, the public automatically assumes that these men are also accused of sexual crimes.”

“These innocent men have had their reputations severely damaged. They have yet to be given the opportunity to speak out publicly to try to clear their names.”

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Patrick J. Buchanan: Syrian Christians likely to be biggest losers if govt. falls

The secular despot Saddam Hussein protected the Christians. But the U.S. liberation brought on their greatest calamity since the time of Christ. Scores of thousands of those Iraqi Christians fleeing terrorism and persecution after 2003 made their way to Syria, where they received sanctuary from President Bashar Assad.

Now, as the FT and Washington Post report, the Christians of Syria, whose forebears have lived there since the time of Christ, are facing a pogrom should the Damascus regime fall.

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Rep. Allen West to conservative women: We need you to come in and lock shields, and strengthen up the men who are going to the fight for you…

Here’s the statement West made to a group of conservative women that has people on the left riled up:

We need you to come in and lock shields, and strengthen up the men who are going to the fight for you. To let these other women know on the other side — these planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of these women that have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness — to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient. That’s what we need you to do. Because if you don’t, then the debt will continue to grow…deficits will continue to grow.

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Santorum: Obama and infanticide a legitimate campaign issue

One reason John McCain didn’t defeat Barack Obama in the last election cycle is because he didn’t stress Obama’s pro-abortion record, Republican potential presidential candidate Rick Santorum told conservative Iowans today.

“John McCain didn’t have the wisdom to bring this issue up before the American public,” Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, said during a lunchtime speech in Dyersville. “But this is who Barack Obama is.”

Santorum, who calls himself an authentic conservative because of his strict opposition to same-sex marriage and all abortions, today accused Obama of arguing in favor of infanticide – an issue that Santorum and other Republicans have brought up before.

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Just what does the Catholic Church teach with regard to the challenge presented by Islam?

Just what does the Catholic Church teach with regard to the challenge presented by Islam?

Putting the question like that, I am aware, points to the answer. Islam is a “challenge”, not quite a threat, but certainly something that needs to be faced, and absolutely not something that is going to go away if we only ignore it.

The documents of the Second Vatican Council, which never mentioned Communism by name, even at the height of the Cold War, did address Islam, though really only in passing. It seems to me that Gaudium et Spes is an optimistic document that assumes the march of the Enlightenment is unstoppable. That may seemed to have been the case back in 1965, but it certainly does not look like the case now. Large parts of the world seem to have turned their back on rationality. The Islamic world, which never, please note, experienced the Enlightenment, is not quietly falling into line with the post-Enlightenment world.

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“Deep” Background

JPII’s beatification … with an very unfortunate asterisk *

*Recent revelations of widespread abuse of children by priests and alleged attempts of a cover-up by senior clerics have prompted many church members to question the pace of John Paul’s progress towards sainthood.