Fortnight for Freedom Issue #7: Why Fortnight for Freedom is necessary.

Under President Obama, religious freedom has been directly attacked when it has not been simply neglected or disregarded. This, after all, is the administration:

  • whose State Department has largely put on ice its statutory obligations under the International Religious Freedom Act;
  • in which we have heard the phrase “freedom of worship” increasingly supplant the broader “free exercise of religion”;
  • that opposes statutory conscience protections for chaplains and other personnel in the military in the wake of repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” while it also undermines the continued enforcement of the Defense of Marriage Act;
  • that has frozen out the USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services agency from federal contracting, despite its proven track record of success and efficiency in dealing with the scourge of human trafficking, because the Catholic agency will not refer victims for abortions or contraceptive services;
  • that has argued, with a straight face, that the First Amendment offers no shelter for religious institutions to enjoy a “ministerial exception” to federal employment statutes—and subsequently suffered a forceful 9-0 rejection of its view by the Supreme Court;
  • that promulgated the infamous Health and Human Services mandate for no-cost coverage of contraceptives, sterilization, and abortifacients under every employer health plan except those offered by the most narrowly defined “religious institutions”—a definition so narrow that 23 lawsuits have been filed against HHS on behalf of 56 plaintiffs, including Catholic dioceses, charities, health-care institutions, fraternal and missionary organizations, universities, and broadcasters, and some non-Catholic religious institutions as well.

The Obama administration, especially with its HHS mandate, poses the largest and most immediate threat to religious freedom in America today. But in the Easter week statement of their Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, titled “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” the bishops also notice other threats to which we should be alert.

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Billionaire Melinda Gates, along with Planned Parenthood and others, are meeting in London, where they plan to spend $6 billion to foist contraception on the poor women of the world.

Dear Friend,

In 15 days billionaire Melinda Gates is hosting a global summit meeting that will result in a massive new assault on the fertility of Christian women all over the world.

That’s right. A billionaire, along with monstrous groups like Planned Parenthood, are organizing a meeting of governments in London on July 11 where they will raise commitments of $6 billion per year to foist contraception on the poor women of the world.

Pro-lifers have tried desperately to get into this meeting but we are being shut out! They don’t want us anywhere near that meeting! They do not want to hear the voices of women who want their children and who are offended by such population control tactics.

But we will not be silenced!

First, I need you to go HERE and sign the Open Letter to Melinda Gates and send this email to all of your friends and family.

Second, we will deliver all of these signatures to the London conference in person. What’s more, we will personally deliver all of them to the Gates Foundation in Seattle!

Third, we will gather pro-lifers from around the world to join with us at the London conference. Even if we cannot get in, we will be there!

As of this writing, we have 15,000+ signatures from all over the world. We want at least 50,000 names!

PLEASE SIGN THIS LETTER HERE AND THEN SEND THIS EMAIL TO EVERYONE IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK!

Do I think we will change Melinda Gates’ mind? No, not a chance. But we will raise a loud voice in opposition. We will alert the world that this is happening. We will alert women in the developing world to watch out for this marauding band of population controllers!

But it starts with you!

Please go HERE and sign the OPEN LETTER TO MELINDA GATES AND THEN SEND THIS EMAIL TO EVERYONE!

Act now.

Sincerely,

Austin Ruse
President/C-FAM
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The story of the Reformation needs reforming

Protestant mythology achieved definitive form in a book that would shape the writing of Tudor history down to our own day. In 1679 Gilbert Burnet, a Scottish cleric, published the first volume of a massive History of the Reformation, an anti-Catholic narrative given scholarly credibility by the inclusion of dozens of documents gathered from public and private archives.

Burnet would be the chief propagandist for the “Glorious Revolution” which deposed James II and set the Protestant William of Orange on the throne. His history rammed home the message that Catholicism and Englishness were utterly incompatible: Catholicism was tyranny, Protestantism liberation. “They hate us,” he wrote, “because we dare to be freemen and Protestants.”

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President Obama betrayed progressive Catholics.

The fact is President Obama betrayed progressive Catholics who stuck their necks out for him. In his 2009 commencement address here, Obama pledged to “draft a sensible conscience clause” into laws and regulations put forward by his administration, and to respect the religious liberty of those who disagree with him on abortion. If he had kept that promise, there would be no lawsuit today.  Instead the president put pro-abortion politics ahead of his promise — and his actions united Catholics of all political persuasions in opposition to his actions.

The “accommodation” Obama announced in February was not an effort to reach a compromise.  It was a transparent effort to re-divide Catholics.  At first, it appeared to work. Jenkins initially called the accommodation a “welcome step toward recognizing the freedom of religious institutions” — a quote the White House immediately posted on its Web site. But Notre Dame quickly asked the White House to take down the quote and soon joined with others in filing suit to stop the mandate.

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Fortnight for Freedom Issue #6: President Obama thinks the majority of Catholics are just as confused about matters of religious faith as he is … and he is taking advantage of that apparent fact.

At Notre Dame, President Obama took this project in a novel direction. His unprecedented contribution was not to give new meaning to secularism, but to redefine the meaning and nature of faith, tout court.This new departure explains a great deal about his Administration’s narrow view of religious liberty as manifested, for example, in the HHS contraception, sterilization, and early abortion mandate. This important underpinning has been scarcely noticed.

The commencement address was full of musings about religious faith, and its tone and substance were remarkably faith-friendly. The president spoke winsomely of his own faith journey, and credited “the church folks” with whom he worked in Chicago as a community organizer with showing him the way to religious faith. Throughout his speech, Obama showed how the Christian tradition supplies him with a vocabulary for describing and understanding realities that he previously glimpsed without the eyes of faith.

The faith of which he spoke was not, however, the faith of our fathers. Therein lies the novelty of Obama’s initiative. He would protect the state from the church, not by privatizing faith, but by redefining it. In a bold and unprecedented challenge to the churches, Obama told believers, not what they believe, but what it means for them to believe it.

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Editor’s note: I attended the alternative commencement exercises at Notre Dame, along with the local bishop, Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, the Scheidlers of the Pro-Life Action League, and hundreds of other dedicated pro-lifers.

As we attempted to make reparation to God for the unholy mess that was rapidly unfolding on the campus of Our Lady’s university, Barack Obama, only a few hundred yards away, was loudly proclaiming cleverly crafted blasphemies … to the rapt and gleeful approval of the Notre Dame administration, board, faculty, staff, and graduating student body.

It was a shameful and decrepit affair, in spite of the beautiful weather and our good company. The event possessed many the earmarks of the biblical antichrist to come … something which was surely noted by many who witnessed there that day:

Let no man deceive you by any means: for unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition Who opposeth and is lifted up above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself as if he were God.

Remember you not that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now you know what withholdeth, that he may be revealed in his time.

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. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-12)

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Keyes: Impeach Obama.

During his public career, he has repeatedly expressed the view that the Constitution is outdated; that the ideas and concepts from which it is derived interfere with achieving the goals of his socialist ideology. When someone with these convictions abuses the power of the office he occupies in a way that plainly contravenes the Constitution’s provisions, it is both wise and prudentially necessary to assume that his motives are suspect; that he acts with hostile intention derived from his ideology to circumvent or destroy the Constitution, not to preserve or defend it. This is especially true when, as in the immigration matter we are discussing, there is no evidence of any urgent or immediate threat requiring suspension of the Constitution’s prescribed legislative prerogatives and procedures.

With this in mind, Obama’s suspension of law enforcement with respect to certain provisions of U.S. law re immigration ought immediately to produce a vote in favor of impeachment in the House of Representatives. Though his action amounts to granting a reprieve to individuals otherwise subject to deportation under the law, he applies that reprieve, as it were, out of the clear blue sky, in the entire absence of exigent circumstances that might justify urgent action in defense of the Constitution. This does not appear to be a necessary exercise of extraordinary Executive discretion justified by exculpatory circumstances. To all appearances, it is clearly a usurpatory exercise of legislative power, by which he purports to repeal an existing provision of law and substitutes for it another one, of his own making.

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Fortnight for Freedom Issue #5: Archbishop William Lori responds to those who would like to restrict freedom of religion.

Some of the strongest critics of the bishops’ position maintain that the Catholic church wishes to curtail the freedom of others. Since Catholic institutions do not exclusively serve Catholics, not providing support for contraception limits the freedom of those who do not subscribe to Catholic teachings about human sexuality. Underlying some of these criticisms is the point that the Catholic Church, with its all-male clergy and hierarchical structure, is an organization that doesn’t appreciate the full freedom of its members.

A response to some of these points was made by Baltimore Archbishop William Lori during a recent address as chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.

Lori called attention to what he characterizes as “strange inversions” in the public debate about the HHS mandate. Against the claim that the Catholic Church is attempting to encode its doctrine in law, Lori observed that the Catholic Church does not want “to force anybody to do anything.” Instead, the issue is government demanding uniformity and coercing religious employers to violate their own values.

While Lori did not address those who criticize the very structure of the Catholic Church, he argued that in the name of diversity and choice the government is effectively doing away with diversity and choice in the public sphere. Indeed, one of Lori’s central concerns is that HHS mandate relies on a very restrictive understanding of what it means to be a religious person -after all, people do not leave their religiosity behind when they leave their mosque or synagogue, church or temple.

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Celebrating the birthday of the Baptist

The birth of St. John the Baptist

by Doug Lawrence

The Catholic Church officially celebrates only three birthdays each year: the birth of Jesus Christ, the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the birth of Jesus’ cousin, St. John the Baptist.

Celebrating the birth of Jesus and Mary makes perfect sense, but why John the Baptist? I’ll let Jesus explain, in his own words:

And when the messengers of John were departed, he (Jesus) began to speak to the multitudes concerning John.

What went ye out into the desert to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went you out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Behold they that are in costly apparel and live delicately are in the houses of kings. But what went you out to see? A prophet?

Yea, I say to you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written: Behold I send my angel before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee. For I say to you: Amongst those that are born of men, there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist. But he that is the lesser in the kingdom of God is greater than he. (Luke 7:24-28)

Informative and inspiring video: The True Story of Saint Padre Pio

Father Benedict Groeschel leads a wide-ranging discussion on the life of St. Pio.

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Out of control homosexuals attack Catholic procession

The Christians rallied at St. Stephen’s Cathedral to conduct what they termed a ‘procession of prayerful atonement’ (“Sühnegebetzug”).  There was a processional crucifix, people praying the Rosary, and a priest in black cassock.  The atonement was for the homosexual rainbow parade Regenbogenparade”) taking place concurrently nearby.

The prayer procession was severely disrupted when the Christians were attacked by what amounted to a mob of screaming and chanting homosexual activists from the rainbow parade.  These had to be restrained by police, some of whom were special task force units, such as the WEGA, a special unit of the Austrian police in Vienna.  Canine units were also deployed, as well as a police unit equipped with shields and helmets.   One homosexual activist attacked the  prayer procession and tore up a sign which read: “Opposed to Homosexual Adoption for the Welfare of Children.”   This individual  was arrested by the police.

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Editor’s note: Much of this type of activity is demonic in nature. The disgusting video makes this startlingly clear.

Vatican gets Fox media adviser

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican has brought in the Fox News correspondent in Rome to help improve its communications strategy as it tries to cope with years of communications blunders and one of its most serious scandals in decades, officials said Saturday.

Greg Burke, 52, will leave Fox to become the senior communications adviser in the Vatican’s secretariat of state, the Vatican and Burke told The Associated Press.

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Catholics, Protestants rally in Oklahoma City for religious freedom.

A religious gathering punctuated by fiery speeches and standing ovations brought Catholics and Protestants together Saturday, united against a common enemy.

Rally for Religious Freedom speakers, including a Roman Catholic archbishop, a Pentecostal leader and a Southern Baptist pastor, said threats to religious liberty should trouble all people of faith.

The rally at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City was hosted by a group of Catholic laity called St. Peter’s Fellowship, and it drew about 3,200 people. Organizers said it was held in conjunction with the “Fortnight For Freedom,” a faith initiative born out of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ outrage over a U.S. Health and Human Services mandate that effectively requires faith-affiliated organizations to pay for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.

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Fortnight for Freedom Issue #4: New video smartly addresses Religious Liberty for Catholics.

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Coke and Pepsi lobbying for new law prohibiting pint-size, nanny mayors.

Just kidding folks … but why not?

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Deed restriction effectively thwarted opening of Planned Parenthood Michigan killing center.

“Planned Parenthood is now out the $733,151 it paid for the building, the $200,000 grant it lost and at least $100,000 in legal fees, as speculated by pro-life real estate agent Dave Theisen of Real Estate for Life,” Stanek wrote. “It was Theisen who originally discovered the deed restriction.

“Congratulations to Michigan pro-lifers for their hard work, which paid off in a major victory against Planned Parenthood and the saving of many lives,” she wrote.

Joining the fight against the Planned Parenthood plan was Central Oakland County Right to Life and several other groups, whose leaders organized pickets and demonstrations.

Also, some 11,000 petition signatures were gathered on a statement in opposition to the plan.

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Cohort of the late “Tiller the Killer” loses her Kansas medical license

In stripping Neuhaus of her license, the board accepted the findings of an administrative judge, who concluded in February that Neuhaus “seriously jeopardized” the care of her patients. The case against her involved mental health exams done in 2003 on 11 patients, ages 10 to 18. The judge said Neuhaus’ records didn’t contain enough information to show that she did thorough exams.

Neuhaus provided second opinions Tiller needed under Kansas law to perform some late-term abortions at his Wichita clinic. Until his death, Tiller was among a few U.S. physicians known to terminate pregnancies in their final weeks, and Neuhaus provided second opinions for him from 1999 to 2006.

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Vatican unveils logo, hymn and calendar for Year of Faith

The Vatican’s has unveiled the calendar, logo and official hymn for the Year of Faith, which begins with Mass on October 11 in St Peter’s Square.

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Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted has issued new advance medical directives to help Catholics better understand the Church’s teaching on end-of-life issues and to provide guidance to caregivers.

Dr. Frank Agnone, a Catholic internal medicine physician, has stood many times at the bedside of patients facing the end of their lives. He said the advance directives issued by the Phoenix Diocese are based on the magisterial teaching of the Church and will be a big help to the faithful.

“None of us is equipped to put something this profound and this insightful together about human nature and natural law as God would have us live it out in His plan for creation, redemption and our salvation,” Dr. Agnone said, “but the Magisterium of our Church has and it makes so much sense.”

Dr. Agnone said the time during which patients and their families face the end of life is sacred and shouldn’t be rushed.

“We want to create the most sacred environment in which to finish the journey,” Dr. Agnone said. “We don’t prolong death but we respect that there are still some final chapters, some final moments of this life that can be carefully observed.”

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“Ultra-left wing Jews and Catholics” have denigrated the Pope’s (Pius XII) reputation because he “typified the conservative, traditional Church”.

One of the most prominent Jewish defenders of Pope Pius XII’s actions during World War II said in a recent interview that “we’re definitely winning” the battle to restore the Pontiff’s reputation.

“Every time we do more research, we find a diamond,” said Gary Krupp of the Pave the Way Foundation. “It’s incredible, but there’s nothing on the other side, because there’s no documented foundation for any of their accusations.”

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Catholic schools have become inexpensive private schools for middle class people who have little or no interest in the Catholic faith.

We may have a few parish schools still plugging along, but are they Catholic? It seems that all we have left to us is the threadbare cousin. All our resources and energies go to maintaining the private school in the building next to the church. While the world is starving for Christ, we are giving them bingo and bratwurst, raffles and dinner dances, all to keep the school going.

“But,” I can hear you say, “this is our major form of evangelism!” Aren’t you paying attention? The few kids from our schools who go to church don’t go because the school has converted them. They go because they have parents dedicated enough to bring them every Sunday, even in summer. Even in soccer season. Those kids may end up Catholic, not because they went to our schools and religious education programs, but because their parents were the first and best of teachers.

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