Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and the Padre Pio Connection

In his medical practice, C. Everett Koop was a pediatric surgeon who achieved international recognition for successfully separating conjoined twins and for advancing the field of pediatric surgery with new lifesaving procedures.

Of particular interest is the case of critically ill Veramarie Calandra, fifth child of Harry and Vera Calandra, who operated a small grocery store in Norristown, Pa. Veramarie was born in 1966, and suffered from a congenital kidney disease. Dr. Koop performed several surgeries on the infant’s severe urinary tract defects at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, finally removing her bladder and warning her parents that she could not live that way, and that the child was certain to die.

Mrs. Calandra had read of the miracles of Padre Pio, and in 1968—just a few weeks before the friar’s death—she was moved to travel with her seriously ill toddler to his monastery at San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy.

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Conclave 101: How a pope is elected

The written rules for the conclave, which have developed in reaction to the problems — political and moral — that have arisen throughout history, are “rigid and highly formal,” the bishop said.

For example, he said, Pope Paul VI’s rules excluded cardinals who were 80 years old or older on the day the conclave began. Blessed John Paul changed the rule to 80 years on the day the papacy became vacant. The change ensured cardinals did not choose a conclave start date specifically to include or exclude a cardinal close to the age of 80.

Under current rules, only cardinals who are under the age of 80 Feb. 28, the last day of Pope Benedict’s pontificate — can vote in the conclave. There were 117 cardinals eligible, but Feb. 21 Indonesian Cardinal Julius Darmaatmadja, the 78-year-old retired archbishop of Jakarta, announced he would not travel to Rome because of his health.

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Yale Professor On Recent Vatican Events: It is our Catholic Church. Nobody is leaving it.

The helpers at the soup kitchen are all volunteers; they would never expect to be remunerated. Not everyone is Catholic, but most are.

They are the parishioners who live around Yale and come in for Sunday Mass and collegiality. They are the Yale students who also work in the downtown evening soup kitchen, or in the men’s overflow night shelter. A number of them are going off to Guatemala in mid-March to help rebuild a village still hurting from the civil wars.

They welcome guest speakers and participate in theological discussion groups.

This is not a dead or decaying church. It is vibrant and pulsing, rejoicing also in the beauty of the services (especially the sung Masses) and the sheer intellectualism of the homilies.

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Bird of a feather, SoS John Kerry.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry continued his bumpy first out-of-the-country tour with an homage to the ugly Americans he represents. Speaking in Germany, he told students, “In America, you have a right to be stupid, if you want to be, and you have a right to be disconnected to somebody else if you want to be. And we tolerate that – we somehow make it through that.”

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Editor’s note: This from a guy stupid enough to have chin implant cosmetic surgery, just to make his jaw a bit bigger than Clutch Cargo’s. We ought to change Kerry’s title to Secretary of Stupid.

What do conservatives really think about Cardinal Mahoney?

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Editor’s note: If you watch the video, note the illicit and just plain wrong post-consecration decanting of the precious blood.

CM says:
February 27, 2013 at 11:20 am

Hi! I have lived in the LA Archdiocese all my life. Yes Mahoney is a “liberal”. Where should I start? He wrote and promulgated “Gather Faithfully Together”. A document that outlined his vision of the Mass and it’s meaning, the “appropriate” gestures, and the words to describe all the participants. It’s the first time I ever saw the word “presider”, which was, apparently supposed to apply to the priest celebrant. But most of us saw that he was trying to leave open the possibility of non-priests leading worship. It is THE document that got dear Mother Angelica of EWTN in so much hot water with Mahoney. She was right to criticize it.
Mahoney was an advocate of liturgical dancing.
He gave very short shrift to pro-life work, and no attention at all to NFP. Priests were discouraged to even talk about it, be ause he thought it would drive the faithful away.
He made sure the diocesan seminary was staffed with people of the same ilk. They made a point of discouraging young men who had a more traditional view of serving the Church. He opened the seminary up to women who wanted to study theology, etc.
He was known to be very harsh with priests who tried to disagree with his policies.
The books he wanted used for CCD were so watered down they were all but useless for learning the basics of the Faith.
He raised the age for Confirmation to 15 or 16, too long after puberty, and made it a two year program that is grindingly difficult for families to have to endure, not to mention tedious. The families I know went through it said a lot of the time was just filler, and they had to also, somehow, fit in a hundred “service hours” for the Church in already tight schedules.
He was a fan of moving tabernacles away from the center of the church so that the focus could be on Jesus “active” presence at the Mass. The tabernacle was a distraction.
He wanted as many parishes as possible to be renovated, at great expense, to fit his model of the Mass.
The Religious Education Conference became a showcase for all the “progressive” religious and lay theologians, teachers, etc. who could then come and poison our diocese with watered down teachings on Faith and morals.
He was soft on Dignity, the gay rights Catholic group. He allowed them a lot of freedom in the diocese, allowing them to have their own Masses in our parishes. He also encouraged a group that encourages families with same sex attracted children to meet and find acceptance of their children’s lifestyle.
And last, but not least, he built his own massive, horribly ugly cathedral down in LA. He couldn’t find the money to renovate to earthquake codes the historic St. Vibiana’s Cathderal, but the cost of this warehouse looking thing was a great waste of money. He actually had a campaign during the Mass years ago, inviting everyone to buy a paver that would go on the floor around the altar. And, no, your name was not going to be on it, but you could go out into the foyer, and look up in a computer exactly where your paver was to be located. Oh, and I almost forgot, a former well known head of Disney, who donated a ton of money to building the “cathedral”, a non catholic, and gay sympathiser ,etc., will be buried under the altar someday. Perfect.
We cannot wait for him to stop talking and writing. We have been praying for him for years. *Sigh*

“His Holiness Benedict XVI, Pope-Emeritus”

Giving an official word to one of the imminent post-papacy’s most-sought questions, at today’s transition briefing, the Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi finally confirmed that, upon his resignation Thursday evening, Papa Ratzi will be known as “His Holiness Benedict XVI, Pope-Emeritus,” and retain the signature clothing of the pontiff’s office.

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Bill O’Reilly: “Gov. Cuomo’s Abortion Plans Are ‘Barbaric.”

Conservative radio and TV host Bill O’Reilly has declared war on Gov. Cuomo over the governor’s push to strengthen the state’s abortion laws.

O’Reilly took to the airwaves twice last week to blast Cuomo as “barbaric.”

“Andrew Cuomo is barbaric. He’s just barbaric,” O’Reilly said during an appearance last Thursday on the Glenn Beck show. “And the fact that he says he’s Roman Catholic is just staggering. They want to legalize late-term abortion for any reason. You have a migraine headache, a hang nail, a panic attack.”

“It’s so barbaric that people should be rising up but you’re not going to see it because we’re too busy on our video games. We can’t pull ourselves away.”

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