Oops! Obama’s DNC Tribute to U.S. War Vets Featured Russian – Not U.S. Ships.

A United States Ship

On the last night of the Democratic National Convention, a retired Navy four-star took the stage to pay tribute to veterans. Behind him, on a giant screen, the image of four hulking warships reinforced his patriotic message.

But there was a big mistake in the stirring backdrop: those are Russian warships.

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Editor’s note: After the election, President Obama will have more flexibility.

Where’s the specifics from Obama and the Democrats?

The host acknowledged, “A different kind of convention speech from President Obama last night. More sober, a little more humble.” How anxious were the hosts of GMA to get off the subject of the President’s speech? The two hour program gave Obama a mere five minutes and 45 seconds.

On CBS This Morning, Nancy Cordes delicately explained, “[Obama] acknowledged that his vision of hope and change had been battered a bit by the vagaries of politics.”

She added, “But he didn’t necessarily lay out a roadmap for how he planned to achieve [energy or education] goals or how he would work with Congress more effectively in a second term.”

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Cardinal Dolan’s Pro-Life Prayer at the Republican Convention

The following is the pro-life prayer Timothy Cardinal Dolan prayed at the Republican convention last night, following the speech presidential nominee Mitt Romney gave. The prayer hit pro-life themes that are dear to the heart of the head of the Catholic bishops’ conference:

With firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, let us pray:

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Cardnal Dolan now invited to pray at BOTH conventions

(CNN)–-Cardinal Timothy Dolan has accepted an invitation to give the closing prayer at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, next week, which will also feature a nun in a speaking role.

Dolan, the archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, also will give the closing benediction at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Thursday.

When he accepted that invitation, Dolan said his appearance would be prayerful, not political, a sentiment reiterated by his spokesman in announcing his appearance at the DNC.

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Editor’s note: Now, all we need is a good speech at the RNC by a faithful, traditional Catholic nun or sister.

North Carolina Marriage Amendment just in time for Democrat’s National Convention

As pointed out by “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart on Wednesday, one group of people who will most certainly be visiting the state this summer are the Democrats–for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.,  in September.

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Seen on the web: from Dr. Robert Moynihan of “Inside the Vatican Magazine”


Six weeks ago, an important liturgical convention was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where Malcolm Ranjith, a thoughtful defender of the old rite, is archbishop. Here, an extraordinary talk delivered at the conference, by the German writer Martin Mosebach…

“Even the Church’s enemies recognized that her strength lay in her untimeliness — that is, not that she was old-fashioned, but that she and her liturgy were not completely identified with any particular period or culture; she always had one foot outside time in every period of history.” —Martin Mosebach, a leading German Catholic writer, reflecting on the Church’s liturgy in a conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in September.

“In this axis year, 1968, reform turned into revolution. It began with the liturgy. And here we can see liturgy’s central role in the Church: everything else, theology, the person of the priest, the hierarchical constitution of the Church, the everyday prayers of the faithful, the edifice of Catholic culture, missionary work, and ultimately even the core articles of faith, were intimately connected with the liturgy. With the liturgy they all stood or fell.“—Ibid.

“We should not allow ourselves to drown in pious routine but seek to rediscover the Church’s visible form, learn to love and defend it like a precious treasure that we thought had been lost.” —Ibid.

NEA General Counsel Complains of Attacks from “Right-Wing Bastards”

SAN DIEGO, California, July 9, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The general counsel for the National Education Association (NEA), America’s largest teacher’s union, complained last week of the “conservative and right-wing bastards” that are “after” the NEA.  At the same meeting, the NEA rejected a proposal that would have ceased their abortion advocacy, and went on record in support of same-sex “marriage.”

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Knights of Columbus convention delegates adopt resolutions challenging Catholic office-holders on abortion

                      
Knights of Columbus convention delegates adopt resolutions challenging Catholic office-holders on abortion, affirming marriage as union of one man and one woman.

           
Thursday, August 7, 2008
           
(Quebec City, Quebec) – Delegates to the annual international convention of the Knights of Columbus today adopted a resolution opposing “any governmental action or policy that promotes abortion, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, euthanasia, assisted suicide and other offenses against life.”

The delegates also challenged “our fellow Catholics who are elected officials to be true to the faith they claim to profess by acting bravely and publicly in defense of life, affirming with Pope Benedict XVI that ‘there can be no room for purely private religion.'”

 

In Annual Report, Supreme Knight Vows Fight for Life and Marriage
Declaring that “abortion is different. Abortion is the killing of the innocent on a massive scale,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson pledged the Knights of Columbus to continuing its pro-life efforts in a special way in this election year in the United States.

The resolution stated that the organization reaffirms its “commitment to building a culture of life by promoting policies that favor the family,” and reaffirmed the organization’s “long standing policy of not inviting to any Knights of Columbus event persons, especially public officials or candidates for public office, who do not support the legal protection of unborn children.”

The resolution on life issues follows by several days the opening convention address by Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, in which he called on Catholic voters to “stop accommodating pro-abortion politicians,” and encouraged them to “say ‘no’ to every candidate of every political party who supports abortion.”

Delegates also adopted a resolution calling for “legal and constitutional protection . . . for the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.”

The resolution declares that “marriage is a natural institution based on ancient human values that have evolved over time into a unique and deeply rooted social, legal and religious institution,” and that it “reflects the natural biological complementarity between man and woman which predates the state and which is woven into the social and religious fabric of every major culture and society.”

Fathers for Good Initiative
The Knights of Columbus is launching a new initiative at the 126th Supreme Convention, called Fathers for Good.  Its centerpiece is a new Web site, www.fathersforgood.org

Marriage between man and woman “provides the most favorable environment in which to protect the rights and the best interests of children,” the resolution stated.

Convention delegates adopted resolutions dealing with other public policy issues as well, including building a culture of life, religious liberty, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, decency on the Internet and in the media, Catholic education, and the Pledge of Allegiance. The texts of all the resolutions can be found at:

http://www.kofc.org/un/eb/en/convention_2008/resolutions/index.html

For complete coverage of convention events, go to the “Convention Central” web page at:

http://www.kofc.org/un/eb/en/convention_2008/index.html