Forty Days for Life: Banned by the Archbishop in Adelaide Australia!

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The Adelaide Archdiocese under Archbishop Philip Wilson, former President of the Australian Bishops Conference, is a strange, ultra-liberal place.

A place, apparently, where parishes are not even allowed to publicise pro-life activities such as the upcoming 40 Days for Life campaign, lest anyone be offended at being told that abortion is murder.

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France’s Surprising Resistance to Gay Marriage

In classic French fashion, a huge number of people went into the streets—descendre dans la rue being almost a formal political process in France. Numbers are always contested, but about 800,000 and perhaps as many as one million people—five times Napoleon’s figure—marched three different parade routes to the Eiffel Tower Sunday.

Five years ago, almost to the day, I wrote on this page about then-President Nicolas Sarkozy’s speech on the occasion of being installed as an honorary canon at St. John Lateran in Rome. He emphasized a theme he had written about several times earlier: The French are neglecting their heritage by ignoring France’s Christian past. Furthermore, he said, the Church should be more prominent publicly. French society needed what only it could bring.

French friends warned me that it would make no significant difference. In a way, they were right. But it’s no small matter when a president speaks of the public importance of religion in a country like France. And it’s no small matter when nearly a million French show up publicly to demand what, many assume, they never would today.

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“Because Obama supports abortion and infanticide, he will violate his oath of office the moment he puts his hand on the Bible.”

January 10, 13 (LifeSiteNews.com) – President Obama will be inaugurated for his second term in Washington D.C. on January 21, and two groups of pro-life activists have vowed to be there to “expose” the president’s extreme record on abortion.

Operation Rescue and Created Equal are co-sponsoring a protest that will see pro-life activists holding graphic abortion signs at two locations in the city. At the same time trucks plastered with pro-life billboards will drive through the streets of the city.

The billboards show a photo of an unborn baby aborted at 15 weeks accompanied by Bible verses reading either, “Rescue those being led away to death,” or “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

From 10:00am – 12:30PM, the protesters will be located at Union Station at the intersection of Delaware Ave NE and Columbus Circle NE. Then, from 1:30PM – 4:00PM, they will be at the US Navy Memorial Plaza, at 701 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC.

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Forty Days for Life has been busy lately…

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MADISON, WISCONSIN
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Elizabeth in Madison says it looks like Planned Parenthood is starting to get irritated. For one thing, a pregnancy help center has opened right across the street — and women are taking note.

Planned Parenthood even put up a sign that says “health center entrance” next to their driveway, suggesting that women were going to the pregnancy help center by mistake.

Planned Parenthood also called the police because one of the vigil participants, a disabled veteran, was sitting in a lawn chair in the public right-of-way. Elizabeth said it appeared that “the police were annoyed by the call and supportive of his right to be there. So praise God for the persecution!”

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DOWNERS GROVE, ILLINOIS
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“The unborn child is a human being, not a blob of tissue, and abortion is an act of violence.”

A group that opposes abortion is visiting local colleges this week.

Demonstrators are using some shocking images to get their point across, and that’s caused one school to ban the group from campus.

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Spanish atheists plan attacks on Catholics during Holy Week

During an interview on Madrid’s ELA Radio Atheists in Combat, a group representing a coalition of Spanish atheist groups made a public declaration of their intention to  “punish” the Catholic belief, and to “damage” the views of Catholics.

Atheists in Combat went on to praise the burning of churches in 1936, and expressed their intention to “welcome” the Pope “as he deserves”, during the announced visit to World Youth Day which is to be held in Madrid this summer.

Several militant groups in Spain are planning sacrilegious actions against Catholics during Holy Week with the intention of perpetrating ‘hurtful action against the innermost feelings of Christians, around the passion and crucifixion of Christ.

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Youth cheer Joe Scheidler and upset pro-abortion rally


On April 2, 2011, hundreds of pro-life advocates and more than two dozen leaders from all over the country gathered in downtown Chicago for an “Evening of Tribute” to honor Pro-life Action League founder and president, Joseph Scheidler. (www.joescheidlertribute.com)

It was on this occasion, that “pro-choice” abortion supporters in Chicago, organized a protest against Scheidler, who they claim, “works actively to eliminate access to reproductive healthcare and promotes the harassment of patients who enter family planning clinics for a variety of services.”

After hearing about the planned protest against Mr. Scheidler, the young organizers of the famed “Chicago Pro-Life Flash Mob”, once again, took to the streets in what proved to be a poignant reunion for both sides of the issue.

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Tom O’Toole with some suggestions for Cardinal George if the rainbow sash gays have the nerve to show up this Sunday.

If you read my last article on the George/Pfleger situation, you’d probably guess I’d advocate the Catholic Special Forces to take out the Rainbow Sash Movement before the Pentecost Mass even started. And, while I do like the idea of the CSF becoming the, shall we say, “personal ushers” of the RSM, I think the best way to solve this so-called “respectful dialogue” is to not only let the Sash-ers sit in on the service, but give them their own homosexual homily.

“Is God Gay?” could start out with Elton John’s (above) recent controversial quote, which George would consider in Thomistic fashion before rejecting.

Then, starting with Matthew 19, George would show that Jesus, far from advocating gay unions, not only upheld but strengthened the traditional definition of marriage and family, before proceeding to Romans Chapter 1 to show there was absolutely no wiggle room in Jesus’ teaching on this Sacrament, let alone the Fourth Commandment. Finally, George could compare the “senseless, faithless, heartless and ruthless-ness” (Romans 1:31) of those gay Romans who exchanged “the Truth of God for a lie” with the similar behavior of “the dragon and its angels” in Revelation who were cast out of heaven only to be thrown down to earth to become the “accuser of our brothers” and the “pursuer of the woman” there (Rev 12:4-13). Noting the identity of the one whom Christ called “the father of lies” (John 8:44)

George should conclude by saying, “Is God Gay? No, but I believe the devil is.”

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Homosexual activists plan to disrupt Masses on Pentecost Sunday

In 2004, Cardinal George instructed priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago to refuse Communion to wearers of the rainbow sash. “The policy of the U.S. Conference of Bishops is to not give Communion to those wearing the Rainbow Sash,” said the cardinal in his written instruction to archdiocesan priests.

A Jan. 15, 2005 letter written on his behalf by the secretary of Cardinal Francis Arinze, then prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, noted: “Rainbow Sash wearers are showing their opposition to Church teaching on a major issue of natural law and so disqualify themselves from being given Holy Communion.”

Just a few months ago, on Feb. 12, Cardinal George, in his capacity as president of the USCCB, issued a statement on New Ways Ministry, a group similar to the Rainbow Sash Movement, that describes itself as “Catholic” but challenges Church teaching on homosexuality. In his statement, the cardinal included “other groups that claim to be Catholic but deny central aspects of Church teaching.”

Said Cardinal George, “No one should be misled by the claim that New Ways Ministry provides an authentic interpretation of Catholic teaching and an authentic Catholic pastoral practice. Their claim to be Catholic only confuses the faithful regarding the authentic teaching and ministry of the Church with respect to persons with a homosexual inclination. Accordingly, I wish to make it clear that, like other groups that claim to be Catholic but deny central aspects of Church teaching, New Ways Ministry has no approval or recognition from the Catholic Church and that they cannot speak on behalf of the Catholic faithful in the United States.”

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Ft. Wayne/South Bend Bishop D’Arcy issues statement regarding demonstrations

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Concerning unseemly and unhelpful
demonstrations at Notre Dame

I urge all Catholics and others of good will to stay away from unseemly and unhelpful demonstrations against our nation’s president or Notre Dame or Father John I. Jenkins, CSC.

The Notre Dame community is well-equipped to supervise and support discussions and prayer within their own campus.

I had a positive meeting this week with Father Jenkins, and I expect further dialogue will continue. These are days of prayer and hope when we should turn to the Risen Christ for light and wisdom.

Let us all work towards a peaceful graduation experience for the class of 2009 at our beloved Notre Dame.

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