What … no Obamawicz?

During the president’s visit to Poland earlier today, I couldn’t help wondering if he would be sharing a kielbasa with some of his heretofore unknown, Polish relatives.

Alas, it was not to be. Maybe next trip!

Chicago’s Riccardo Muti: “When I go to church and I hear four strums of a guitar or choruses of senseless, insipid words, I think it’s an insult.”

ANSA) – Vatican City – Italian conductor Riccardo Muti is backing Pope Benedict XVI’s drive to discourage guitar ”sing-songs” from Catholic masses.

”I can’t work out how come once upon a time there were Mozart and Bach and now we have little sing-songs. This is a lack of respect for people’s intelligence”.

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Alleged kiddie porn case in Kansas City. Priest attempts suicide. Bishop apologizes.

For the second time in a week, Bishop Robert Finn said Friday that he regretted not responding to warnings about a priest now accused of possessing child pornography.

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Full report: Today’s Chicago protest against Illinois Civil Unions Law

May 27, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — People on both sides of Illinois’ new civil union law took to the streets of downtown Chicago Friday in dueling protests.

The Americans for Life group protested the Illinois law on civil unions and kicked off a statewide petition drive to legally define marriage as being between one man and one woman. The rally started at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in the Loop.

“The civil unions bill has been shoved down our throat without the people having a chance to vote on it,” said Richard Walsh of Americans for Life.

“I am outraged that these people over here would desecrate a church run by Franciscans with their bigotry and their hatred this is not about holding up the sanctity of marriage,” said Rick Garcia. “It is against gay people pure and simple.”

“We are not shouting hate, we are praying for them,” said Tommie Romano. “And that’s what we do: we pray for them.”

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No tangible connection to Our Blessed Lord…

Michael Voris explains how 5 modernist errors continue to seriously wound the Catholic Church

From these five major flaws .. a whole panoply of other errors and corruption and filth have emerged.

The five major categories are:

1) False Liturgical Reform
2) False Ecumenism
3) False Social Justice
4) False Inclusivity and the newest kid on the block
5) False Earth Stewardship .. as in Climate Change.

These five areas have produced a world of woes and destruction of spirituality within the body of Christ.  They have deeply wounded the unity of the Church because they have taken the focus of Christ and our relationship to the Holy Trinity and replaced it with an inordinate focus on humanity.

Now one Vortex episode is way too short to treat each one of these areas in any meaningful manner.  Indeed scores of books have written about most of these areas of corruption .. but .. for our purposes here .. each one deserves a brief summary.

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Ronald Reagan’s 1964 speech still totally relevant today

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Notre Dame and new board member are either stupid … blatant liars … or both.

Talk about digging a hole for yourself. This is what the office of the President at Notre Dame is sending in response to people asking about why Roxanne Martino was invited to sit on their board:

Ms. Martino (along with her husband, Rocco) is a Notre Dame graduate, and she is fully supportive of Church teaching on the sanctity of life.

She has through the years contributed to organizations that provide a wide range of important services and support to women. She did not realize, however, that several of these organizations also take a pro-choice position.

This is not her personal position, and she will now review all of her contributions to ensure that she does not again inadvertently support these kinds of activities in the future.

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CUA’s Schneck and “Democrats for Life” not fooling anyone

“I think that it would be nice if all of our groups embraced the whole range of Catholic social teaching, especially as it relates to the dignity of the human person,” he said.


Editor’s note: “Democrats for Life” is a politically expedient organization designed only to sooth the consciences of liberal, pro-abort Catholics, while at the same time allowing the Democratic party to claim that not all democrats are in favor of slaughtering innocent babies, even though unrestricted abortion is absolutely fundamental to democrat ideology. Just ask Barack Obama, the abortion president.

Nice try professor, but you can’t fool the meter!

Feticide is recommended prior to the evacuation of the uterus to stop the fetal heart.

…every now and then, something particularly cold from the abortionist world will get in through the security fence.

The cool, clinical description in this Department of Health statistics report of stopping the “fetal heart” as a necessary preliminary to vacuuming out the child, was one of those for me today. I realise it’s becoming a tired analogy, but does this language not in fact rival for clarity that used by the Death Camp officials? The Nazis used euphemistic terms like “special treatment”.

The UK health department has dropped all pretense that they don’t know precisely what they are talking about.

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Advanced mathematics: Common denominator between Catholic students and Muslim teacher.

Khadija Ali, a Muslim,  is a math teacher at Holy Family Cathedral School.

In 2002, when she interviewed for the job at Holy Family, Ali came qualified. She had 26 years of experience, and had been nominated Teacher of the Year in her previous job, at John Muir Middle School in Los Angeles.

Principal Harlow says Ali was exactly what she was looking for.

But she also knew Sept. 11 was still fresh on the minds of every American, and that she had to consider the possibility that some parents wouldn’t like the idea of entrusting the best minds at the school to a Muslim teacher.

“I had some concerns,” Harlow says.

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Catholic Charities in Rockford quits adoption and foster care services due to IL civil unions law

“While we understand leaving this work will be very painful for our client families, employees, volunteers, donors and prayerful supporters, we can no longer contract with the state of Illinois whose laws would force us to participate in activity offensive to the moral teachings of the church — teachings which compel us to do this work in the first place,” said Frank Vonch, director of social services for the Diocese of Rockford, which includes Kane and McHenry counties.

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Some see home schooling as a threat to Catholic schools, while others recognize it as valid option

According to the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Christian Education (Gravissimum Educationis), parents are the primary educators of their children, and Catholic home-schoolers take that commitment seriously. For them, their homes are places where authentic Catholic education occurs, and many members of the clergy and hierarchy agree with them. Several dioceses explicitly recognize home schooling as a valid option for Catholic education.

But not all priests and bishops agree. At the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore in 1884, the bishops wrote that parents have an obligation to send their children to parochial schools, and some clergy members today say Catholic home-schoolers abrogate that responsibility.

The latest skirmish flared earlier this year when the Holy Family Homeschoolers Association invited Austin Bishop Joe Vásquez to celebrate a blessing Mass at the beginning of the next school year. The response came not from the bishop’s office but from the Catholic schools superintendent, Ned Vanders, who wrote:

“Bishop Vásquez received your invitation to celebrate a Eucharistic liturgy for the fall home-schooling blessing Mass.Bishop Vásquez believes Catholic education, and in particular Catholic school education, is an essential part of the life of the Diocese of Austin. As you know, Catholic schools are at the heart of the mission of the Church.“Bishop’s presence at the home-schooling Mass would convey a contradictory message equating the importance of Catholic school education with Catholic home schooling; therefore, Bishop Vásquez must respectfully decline the invitation.Sincerely in Christ,Ned F. Vanders, Ed.D.”

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The Council of Jerusalem and the Catholicity of the Early Church

In the first reading at Today’s Mass we have recounted for us the Council of Jerusalem which scholars generally date to around the Year 50 AD. It was a pivotal moment in the history of the Church since it would set forth an identity for the Church that was independent from the culture of Judaism per se, and it would open wide the door of inculturation to the Gentiles. This surely had significant impact upon evangelization in the early Church.

Catholic Ecclesiology is Evident here: in that we have reflected here a very Catholic model of the Church in terms of how a matter of significant pastoral practice and doctrine is properly dealt with. In effect what we see here is the same model the Catholic Church has continued to use right to our own time. What is evident here, and in all subsequent Ecumenical Councils, is a gathering of the Bishops presided over by the Pope which considers a matter and may even debate it. If necessary, the Pope resolves debates where consensus cannot be reached. Once a decision is reached, a letter is issued to whole Church and the decision is considered binding.

All these elements are seen here, though somewhat in seminal form. Let’s consider this First Council of the Church in Jerusalem of 50 AD, beginning first with the remote preparation:

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Victory for free speech in Dearborn-istan, Michigan

The U. S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that Sudanese Christian Pastor George Saieg has a free speech right to distribute religious literature on public sidewalks and evangelize Muslims during the Annual Arab International Festival held each year in Dearborn, Michigan.

For five years Saieg, who specifically ministers to Muslims, had been discussing his Christian faith and passing out literature on Dearborn’s sidewalks during the Festival without encountering any problems. Nevertheless, in 2009 police officials informed him he had to remain in a booth, prohibiting him from distributing his literature on the nearby sidewalks and public streets.


Pro-Life Catholics blamed for Republican loss in New York

Mike Long, chairman of the New York State Conservative Party, praises Corwin as “the second-most conservative legislator in Albany” — with ratings as high as 84% — but abortion was a problem for her.

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Democratic Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz who approves of the slaughter of 25 million American baby girls, calls GOP anti-women!

In an emotional assault on the Republicans, new Democratic Party Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz today called the GOP agenda “anti-women” and “a war on women” that will backfire on Republicans in the 2012 election and provide a cushion for President Obama’s re-election bid.

“It’s just so hard for me to grasp how they could be so anti-women as they are,” she said at a breakfast roundtable with reporters.


Editor’s note: Rep. Schultz obviously has much in common with a sergeant of the same name, on the old “Hogan’s Heroes” TV series. She sees nothing. She knows nothing. She is simply a product of her socialist, democrat ideology.

Pro abort Obama judicial nominee Goodwin Liu asks to be allowed to back out

Last week when Senate Democrats fell eight votes short of invoking cloture (ending debate) on the nomination of Goodwin Liu, it was only a matter of time before the 40-year-old Berkeley law professor would ask President Obama to withdraw his nomination. And that’s what he did, in a letter sent yesterday.

National Right to Life had urged senators to vote against cloture on Liu’s nomination to sit on the San Francisco-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Marshfield WI man charged with coming to Madison to kill abortion provider

A Marshfield man who drove to Madison to kill an abortion doctor faces federal charges after he was arrested Wednesday night when his gun went off in his motel room not far from the Planned Parenthood clinic that he planned to attack Thursday.

Ralph Lang, 63, told a Madison police officer at the Motel 6, 1754 Thierer Road, that he had a gun “to lay out abortionists because they are killing babies,” according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Lang said he planned on shooting the clinic’s doctor “right in the head,” according to the complaint. Asked if he planned to shoot just the doctor or nurses, too, Lang replied he wished he “could line them up all in a row, get a machine gun, and mow them all down,” the complaint said.


Editor’s note: Genuine pro-lifer’s are absolutely committed to ending abortion through non-violent action, while a few radical anti-abortion people appear to be much less concerned with the means by which they hope to attain that end.

There’s no room for any more violence in the nasty, obscenely bloody business of abortion, since around 50 million babies (along with a handful of abortionists) have already lost their lives, and 50 million American women have already been permanently scarred.

For the sake of all, it would be better to first, stop slaughtering innocent babies. Then we might be able to satisfactorily work out other necessary details, in peace.

Ugly Roman John Paul II statue turns out to actually be – surprise – Oprah!

Believe it … or maybe not!

Witnesses report that at the very moment Oprah Winfrey departed the Harpo Studios in Chicago, after her very last show, the controversial Roman statue (until now, thought to be of the late Pope John Paul II) began to vibrate and emit strange noises. Several seconds later, the bronze head of the statue burst open. The result can clearly be seen in the above photo.

Editor’s note: Only Oprah could make that ugly puddle of bronze look that good. If only it were true!

Catholic Church in Malta accused of conducting crusade against divorce, when the real ‘crusade’ is against the Church.

The divorce referendum campaign, now in its final stage, has been marked by misinformation, twisting of facts and half-truths.

It has, above all, been characterised by a veritable barrage of vituperation against the Church and the Catholic faith. The Church has been accused of conducting a crusade against the introduction of divorce in Malta, when in fact the ‘crusade’ has been carried out against the Church.

The Press in Malta has been dominated by anticlerical, ‘liberal’ and ‘progressive’ writers who have been harping for years about the ‘need’ of a divorce law for Malta. But in their writings on divorce they have shown an astonishing intolerance towards the Church.

If someone holds prayers for family unity, and if some priest dares make some comment against divorce, these are quickly labelled “corrupt practices”. When a parish priest put up a poster saying “God does not want divorce” it was billed as “outrageous”. Bishop Mario Grech’s forthright spelling out of the duty of Christians and how they should behave, and even the Bishops’ joint pastoral letter, issued last Saturday, have similarly provoked a storm of criticism and bile against the Church.

But when some priest or former priest seems to say something which sounds at variance with the teachings of the Church, something which these writers can use to their own ends – much as the devil does when quoting Scripture – then it does not matter at all that a priest has spoken about divorce.

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Editor’s note: Two scripture passages come to mind:

Psalms 81:8-12  Hear, O my people, and I will testify to thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken to me, there shall be no new god in thee: neither shalt thou adore a strange god. For I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. But my people heard not my voice: and Israel hearkened not to me. So I let them go according to the desires of their heart: they shall walk in their own inventions.

2Thessalonians 2:7-12 For the mystery of iniquity already worketh: only that he who now holdeth do hold, until he be taken out of the way. And then that wicked one shall be revealed: whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: him Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power and signs and lying wonders: And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish: because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying: That all may be judged who have not believed the truth but have consented to iniquity.