Cardinal O’Malley blogs from the Vatican

Cardinal Sean O’Malley has posted an account of his first days at the Vatican for the farewell to Pope Benedicxt and the election of his successor. Along with meeting with the pope and cardinals, he was with a throng of people in St. Peter’s Square when the papal helicopter departed for Castello Gondolfo.

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Thanks to PatriotLedger.com

Follow Father Frank Pavone’s Blog at Priests for Life, for the latest campaign/election info.

Father Frank has some important pro-life work to do between now and the election and he may need your help.

From now until Election Day, Father Pavone will offer special commentary — including video clips from an online TV show he is developing — on his blog at www.FatherFranksBlog.com.

Posts in these days will focus on the elections in a way that will both inform and mobilize voters, and cut through a lot of the fog that accompanies political rhetoric.

“What we do on November 6, 2012, in large part will determine how much more bloodshed abortion will cause in this nation and in this world,” Father Pavone said. “I am not going to hesitate between now and the elections to be far more vocal than I have been in the past. If the Church can’t speak at a moment like this, the Church becomes completely irrelevant for this society.”

Priests for Life will also announce other opportunities for pre-election interaction with Fr. Frank and his team, and will hold a national webcast at 9 p.m. ET Nov. 7, the night after Election Day, to discuss the election results and formulate strategy appropriate for working with the incoming administration and Congress. More information will become available in the next few days.

Check in daily.

On-line atheist offers to convert … if you’re up to the task

From the writer’s blog (linked below):

Dear Catholic League,

This feedback form begins with the sentence:

Please give us any information regarding incidents of anti-Catholic bias.

Boy, do I have one for you: http://freethoughtblogs.com/wwjtd/2011/12/08/adopt-me-adopt-me/

I am a perfect target for your Adopt-an-Atheist program.  You want to convert the faithless?  You’d have to go pretty far to find someone like me.  I have an enormous bias against dumb-as-shit ideas, which pretty much makes me biased against Catholic ideas.  I think the cracker is just a cracker, a tasteless one at that, and I think anybody who thinks it becomes the blood of another human being is 1) insanely gullible and 2) pretty fucking sick for eating it.  I think anybody who believes a Canaanite Jew rose from the dead has a capacity for evaluating reality less than any five year-old who has managed to emancipate herself from belief in Santa Claus.  I also think anybody who gives money to an organization that enables and defends child rapists needs a serious recalibration of their moral compass (read: they’re a horrible human being).  I also think that, if the pantheon of hell truly exists, that the tallest pillars in it were constructed for people so aloof that they’ll contribute to an organization that shields pedophiles and then go out into the world and boast their moral superiority.

Clearly, I’m an excellent candidate for adoption.

You don’t have to contact any affiliates to adopt me, I’m happy to come right to you.  My email address is wwjtd21[at]gmail[dot]com.  Come adopt me.  Hell, I’ll even put your conversion attempts on a fairly well-read atheist blog for a bunch of other atheists to see.  Think of the potential for bringing people to Christ!  You’re welcome.

Great idea for a program.

JT Eberhard

Illinois mother of conjoined twins refuses to abort. Read her blog to find out why.

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More from retired Bishop Gracida on the latest developments in the Corapi case.

MY CHIEF COMPLAINT AGAINST BOTH THE CHANCERY OF THE DIOCESE OF CORPUS CHRISTI AND THE LEADERSHIP OF SOLT IS THAT THEY DID NOT HAVE THE GOOD OF THE CHURCH IN MIND WHEN THEY ACTED PRECIPITOUSLY TO  PUBLICLY SUSPEND FATHER CORAPI.

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A reflection by Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life


When a former abortionist and post-abortive woman, Carol Everett, was asked what turned her heart from death to life in Christ, she replied, “It was unconditional love” shown by a man who prayed daily for her in front of the facility where she worked.

He told Carol that “God had sent him” because there was someone in there that God wanted out. She left 27 days later and now serves as Christ’s ambassador to help others. We too have been sent by Christ as an ambassador to love unconditionally those God seeks to “get out” of their bondage and sin.

In his book, “Fishers of Men,” Dr. Sumner Wemp describes what it means to be an ambassador of Christ, the King of Kings:

  • God has chosen us (John 15:16)
  • We are sent into a world that is not our home (1 Peter 2:11)
  • Our walk must match our talk (1 Timothy 3:7)
  • We must abide in Him for daily instruction (John 15:5)
  • Know our purpose — to seek and to save that which is lost (Luke 19:10)
  • We are to reconcile others to God with His authority (Matthew 28:19-20)
  • Our service is to be grounded and rooted in love (Ephesians 3:17)

Pray that we each will walk worthy of the calling with which we were called!

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Dear Heavenly Father, we are humbled that you have called us and appointed us to be ambassadors of Christ in a world that is not our home. It is a calling much higher and grander than our finite minds can imagine.

We pray that your Holy Spirit will empower us to walk worthy of the calling. We pray that You unconditional love will flow through us onto those who desperately need Your saving grace. In the name of Christ who is worthy, Amen.

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Hello world!

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Welcome to my new Blog.

I currently spend a lot of time defending the Catholic faith in cyber space, fielding about 6,000 questions per year, on various faith “issues”.

To reach me, email your faith question(s) or comments to: Questions@AskMeAboutGod.Org

My personal background is in research, sales, marketing, and training … with specialties in the marine, aviation, manufacturing, and publishing fields.

When it was time for me to “shop around” for a life-long affiliation with an authentic and truly practical “faith-based organization” I began an extensive personal  research project in order to verify the claims and/or practical benefits of most every known religion on planet Earth.

While my preferences probably leaned towards some sort of Christianity, I no longer had any real allegiance to any particular group, tradition, or confession. Nothing was ruled out. Nothing “off limits”. 

Several years and a couple of computers later, I came to the irrovocable conclusion that the Catholic Church was precisely what it claimed to be, that it was was complete in all respects, with regard to source, authenticity, mission, scope, leadership, history, personal services and benefits (both temporal and spiritual), and that the Church backed it all up with a complete, logical, and correct “sacred deposit of faith” that was illuminated by a 2000 year tradition of some of the world’s finest theological scholarship, culminating in the current day “Catechism of the Catholic Church” … which isn’t perfect … but very close to it.

At the same time, I realized that the Catholic Church was suffering from some of the worst management that the world had likely ever seen … at least in the field of religion … as evidenced by the recent abuse scandals, the dearth of new priestly vocations, and by the wide variation in the quality and fidelity of Catholic catechesis and practices, throughout the United States.

The state of the traditional “Catholic” universities also appeared particularly dismal, with few if any of the well known schools providing what would pass for a truly Catholic curriculum anymore … while the numbers of Catholic primary and secondary schools … which were always known for high quality, efficiently priced education … were also fading fast.

Getting back to basics, what attracted me to Catholicism was the ability to trace virtually every existing practice or teaching back to the original source … and the hope that God would eventually be able to overcome whatever problems there were.

And while there have been lots of Catholics, over lots of generations, in lots and lots of different countries, all over the world, the simple fact is, EVERYTHING CATHOLIC regarding faith, morals, and dogma (at least, in concept) can be faithfully traced back to the New Testament of the Bible, to the original apostles, directly back to Jesus Christ, and/or to some highly significant Old Testament practice or principle.

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 All of which makes practical … rather than blind … FAITH the only necessity, for Catholics.

And speaking about practicality … the Catholic faith has a sacrament or a prayer for just about everyone, at any stage in life, for defeat, for triumph, for sickness, for health, for children or adults, family or friends, single or married, for life, and for death … with a particular emphasis on preparation for the imminent end of life. 

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During the course of my initial research, I amassed a huge volume (about 1 gigabyte) of carefully catalogued and organized Catholic resource materials … the best of the last 2000 years of Catholic scholarship and theology, plus some current day presentations that pull it all together into a “point and click simple” and ready to run package.

 If you would like a copy of my Catholic Resource CD, send me an email with a postal shipping address, and I’ll get one out to you right away. A limited supply of the CD’s are presently available for free.

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Blessings and Peace, to you and yours.

Doug Lawrence