Justice Ginsburg talks legal technicalities while hundreds of thousands of babies continue to die

CHICAGO — One of the most liberal members of the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could be expected to give a rousing defense of Roe v. Wade in reflecting on the landmark vote 40 years after it established a nationwide right to abortion.

Instead, Ginsburg told an audience Saturday at the University of Chicago Law School that while she supports a woman’s right to choose, she feels the ruling by her predecessors on the court was too sweeping and gave abortion opponents a symbol to target. Ever since, she said, the momentum has been on the other side, with anger over Roe fueling a state-by-state campaign that has placed more restrictions on abortion.

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Matt C. Abbott: The Latin Mass and one priest’s ‘science fiction’

In a recent parish bulletin, Father Bill Conway, pastor of Divine Savior Parish in the Diocese of Joliet, Ill., wrote (excerpted and slightly edited; click here to see the bulletin):

It is worth one’s time to consider what some of the Church’s leading theologians at the Second Vatican Council thought and wrote concerning the Eucharist and liturgy. In recent years one hears some speaking of the role of the priest in the liturgy as acting in persona Christi (‘in the person of Christ’). My fear with such language is that it may have the effect of clericalizing the celebration of the Eucharist, making the assembly once again a passive observer….

While I respect the decision of the Holy Father to permit the extraordinary rite of the Tridentine Mass (please note ‘extraordinary’), my criticism of this form is that by the very manner of its celebration it renders the role of the laity to being little more than onlooker. In fact, it was precisely because of this that the Council Fathers in Sacrosanctum Concilium mandated the reform of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Mass: ‘In the restoration and promotion of the sacred liturgy, this full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else (#14).’

Phrases such as in persona Christi [and] ad orientem, I believe, run contrary not only to the spirit of Vatican II but to the very tradition of the Church. Jesus did not celebrate the Last Supper with His back to the apostles (ad orientem) but rather reclined at table with them….

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Editor’s note: Well, Father Conway … you have at least, one small victory. Few lay persons (prior to Vatican II) would have had the temerity to criticize any priest’s writings, in this way! So much for that weekly installment of “Deep Thoughts In Downers Grove”!

All criticisms aside, you can’t help loving John Paul II. I figure God does, too!

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by Doug Lawrence

Pope John Paul II may not have been perfect, but he accomplished more than most men, and he did it with style, grace, and love.

While nobody gets into Heaven due to style, there’s no doubt that Karol Wojtyla was indeed a man of abundant grace and love. Not to mention his courage, which … by the grace of God … helped to reshape and reform the modern world, for good.

Early in JPII’s papacy, during a visit to Chicago, his presence, along with that of many pilgrims, who came from all over to assist at Mass, literally transformed the “stormy, husky, brawling” town into something much more closely resembling what St. Augustine described as the mystical “City of God” … at least, for a while.

It was a glorious thing to experience, since on that great day, taxi cab drivers and hardened Chicago politicians alike, seemed to be genuinely affected. This is true. I was there. I saw it with my own eyes.

It was a little “slice” of Heaven … right here on Earth. They should make JPII a saint, just for that. Praise God!

October 5, 1979
An Estimated 1.2 Million Catholics
Gathered In Chicago’s Grant Park for Mass

God Bless our late Holy Father, John Paul II. God Bless Pope Benedict XVI. God Bless all of our bishops, priests, and religious. God Bless us all! (And please send us more men like Karol.)

Listen to JPII’s extraordinary homily. Watch the video.

EWTN viewers ticked off about dearth of Father Corapi programming

EWTN pulled Fr. Corapi’s programs following the priest’s announcement on Ash Wednesday that he has been publicly accused of drug abuse and sexual relationships with several women. Fr. Corapi has denied the allegations.

In the weeks since then, EWTN has come under intense criticism for its decision.

In his statement, Warsaw said that much of that criticism has been “shrill and uncharitable.” He said that many people have threatened to withhold donations and have made personal remarks attacking the network’s employees.

“When I see messages and web postings that malign the character and intentions of people who have served this mission for years, often at great personal sacrifice, I cannot allow those assertions to stand unanswered,” he said.

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Editor’s note: The nature and gravity of the unproven accusations against Father Corapi provide little justification for the arbitrarily cancellation of television programing that has served the Catholic faithful so well, for so long, and in so many ways.