Love and tolerance on 9/11: Florida pastor arrested hauling a trailer containing 2,998 kerosene-soaked Korans, a match and a gun.

MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida pastor was arrested Wednesday as he drove a pickup truck towing a large barbecue-style grill filled with kerosene-soaked Qurans to a park, where the pastor had said he was planning to burn 2,998 of the Muslim holy books— one for every victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Sheriff’s deputies in Polk County, Fla., arrested Pastor Terry Jones, 61, and his associate pastor,Marvin Sapp Jr., 44, each on a felony charge of unlawful conveyance of fuel. Jones had said he was heading to a nearby park in Mulberry to burn the Qurans on Wednesday, the 12th anniversary of the attacks. Sheriff’s officials said that Jones was also charged with unlawful open-carry of a firearm, a misdemeanor, and that Sapp faces a charge of having no valid registration for the trailer.

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Editor’s note: If Jones had simply painted the trailer kerosene blue and put a “flammable” sign on it, all of this could have been avoided. Now … what to do with 2,998 kerosene soaked Korans?

Archbishop Sartain’s full homily to the members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) on the feast of the Assumption.

Full text of Archbishop Sartain’s homily

Editor’s note – A relevant excerpt from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

1558 “Episcopal consecration confers, together with the office of sanctifying, also the offices of teaching and ruling. . . . In fact . . . by the imposition of hands and through the words of the consecration, the grace of the Holy Spirit is given, and a sacred character is impressed in such wise that bishops, in an eminent and visible manner, take the place of Christ himself, teacher, shepherd, and priest, and act as his representative (in Eius persona agant).”37 “By virtue, therefore, of the Holy Spirit who has been given to them, bishops have been constituted true and authentic teachers of the faith and have been made pontiffs and pastors.”38

1559 “One is constituted a member of the episcopal body in virtue of the sacramental consecration and by the hierarchical communion with the head and members of the college.”39 The character and collegial nature of the episcopal order are evidenced among other ways by the Church’s ancient practice which calls for several bishops to participate in the consecration of a new bishop.40 In our day, the lawful ordination of a bishop requires a special intervention of the Bishop of Rome, because he is the supreme visible bond of the communion of the particular Churches in the one Church and the guarantor of their freedom.

1560 As Christ’s vicar, each bishop has the pastoral care of the particular Church entrusted to him, but at the same time he bears collegially with all his brothers in the episcopacy the solicitude for all the Churches: “Though each bishop is the lawful pastor only of the portion of the flock entrusted to his care, as a legitimate successor of the apostles he is, by divine institution and precept, responsible with the other bishops for the apostolic mission of the Church.”41

1561 The above considerations explain why the Eucharist celebrated by the bishop has a quite special significance as an expression of the Church gathered around the altar, with the one who represents Christ, the Good Shepherd and Head of his Church, presiding.42

You might be a liberal Catholic Bishop if …

…your name is Robert Lynch and your Diocese is St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Editor’s note: The late Cardinal Bernardin would be proud of this man – who seems to equate one person being legally and licitly executed in Florida with the wanton and willful destruction of millions of innocent babies in the womb, killed by legal but illicit abortion.

Father Z comments: When heresy gives you (Archbishop) Sartain, make lemonade!

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Archbp. Sartain of Seattle was appointed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to keep his eyes on the doings of the sisters. (Ed: The notorious and often heretical Leadership Council of Women Religious – LCWR.)

One former LCWR president said its members are preparing for this year’s assembly with an “ominous feeling.”

“We’re going into this assembly knowing that there’s a cloud over our head and that we are being investigated and they are going to be monitoring us,” said Mercy Sr. Theresa Kane, who served as LCWR president from 1979 to 1980.

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Editor’s note: Archbishop J. Peter Sartain (pronounced “Sarten)”) is a fair man, a good bishop and an all-around nice fellow. The sisters should be pleased to have him in attendance – unless they again plan to blatantly and publicly spout heresy. That could turn out to be a problem – unless perhaps, our new Pope – who has already advised similar groups not to worry about such trivial matters – also decides to attend!

Johnny come lately Miami politician attempts to close inner city mission founded by Mother Teresa.

MIAMI | Storm clouds gathered as the City of Miami threatened to close the feeding program that the local Missionaries of Charity had been doing for three decades. But seemingly as fast as it loomed, the storm faded.

The order of sisters, founded by the late Mother Teresa, had been feeding hundreds of the homeless every week for more than three decades. But in late March, the city said the sisters lacked a permit.

This week — after a flurry of newspaper articles and TV news reports — the city backed down.

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Editor’s note: Just another example of government usurping the proper, charitable role of the church … and doing it poorly … at greater cost and with much wasted effort  … for all the wrong reasons.

Some Floridians don’t like the face of abortion shown in Randall Terry’s TV spots. Will they get the point about not voting for Barack Obama, the abortion president?

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Trumped up Obama administration case against pro-life woman thrown out of court.

“For the past 20 years, Susan Pine has counseled women about the tragedy of such a course of action. Pine never obstructs anyone and denied she ever obstructed any vehicle, as the DOJ claimed (although with no evidence),” Staver said. “Liberty Counsel, our sister organization, represented Ms. Pine in the case of Holder v. Pine at no cost and will continue to represent her if she needs further legal help.”

“Liberty Counsel Action will not stand by while the Attorney General seeks to intimidate Americans for their pro-life beliefs or for any other reason,” he continued. “When Eric Holder should be prosecuting terrorists, he is wasting time manufacturing baseless lawsuits against law-abiding, pro-life Americans and engaging in other politically-inspired campaigns against pro-liberty, pro-family citizens! Such actions by the Attorney General are abuses of power and examples of intolerably misplaced priorities.”

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The First Thanksgivings Were Catholic

The first two Thanksgivings in the present day United States were actually Catholic. The Pilgrims can only claim a third one, a correction I suggest should be made in school history books.

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It’s official: Head of Democratic Party is also head cheerleader for the Culture of Death.

The chair of the national Democratic party headlined a small rally in Florida yesterday for Planned Parenthood, in what is the latest event having Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz working with the abortion business.

Wasserman Schultz was named by pro-abortion President Barack Obama recently to take over as the head of the Democratic Party nationally and prepare for his re-election campaign next year. At the time of her appointment to the position, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards praised Wasserman Schultz as a “heroine” for her extensive abortion advocacy. The appointment made it clear Obama would not run from his lengthy pro-abortion record.

Now, Schultz is continuing that abortion advocacy, appearing in the event sponsored by Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast, a local abortion affiliate.

“Show your support for Planned Parenthood, and tell your elected officials that women’s health matters,” an announcement of the rally read, without mentioning abortion. “We’re so excited to co-sponsor a rally in Ft. Lauderdale during the August Congressional recess with all our wonderful coalition partners – and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman Ted Deutch, and Congressman Alcee Hastings in attendance. We’re going to turn downtown Ft. Lauderdale pink, and thank our elected officials who have defended women’s health care.”

Schultz tweeted about the rally afterwards — providing a picture and saying she was “with Rep. Red Deutch at the Planned Parenthood rally in south Florida. We are truly fighting for women’s lives. This is personal.”

“I joined my colleague Rep. Ted Deutch and others from the FL State Legislature at a rally with Planned Parenthood in South Florida tonight,” she added on her Facebook page. “This year, we’ve experienced some of the most severe attacks on women’s rights since Roe v. Wade. I was six years old when Roe v. Wade was handed down. And never in my life have I felt my constitutional rights as a woman were threatened like I do right now. The women who came before us faced tough times too, but they stayed with it – because they knew that it was up to them to ensure that they left us a better world. And now it’s our turn to carry the torch.”

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Dancing with the devil in Florida: Catholic Charities teaming up with Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller group is a nonprofit organization that currently advises on and manages more than $200 million in annual giving, according to its website. It is based in New York City and patterns itself after John D. Rockefeller Sr., who in 1891 began to professionally manage his philanthropy “as if it were a business.”

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The Rockefellers’ Support of Planned Parenthood

Rubio on WH press conference: Obama sounded more like a left-wing strong man than president of the United States.

Watching Obama brandish such talking points made Rubio wince. “Three years into his presidency, he is a failed president,” he says. “He just has not done a good job. Life in America today, by every measure, is worse than it was when he took over.”

“When does it start to get better?” Rubio asks. “When does the magic of this president start to happen?”

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Editor’s note: There’s nothing in the Obama administration’s Socialist “play book” to help them properly deal with economic issues. Left wing ideologues have always been loathe to admit such things, so they lash out at selected “victims” in the hope of deflecting attention from their own abject failures.

Investigative reporter: Ave Maria, Florida – not really a Catholic Town

Ave Maria is not God’s town. It’s not a Catholic Town. It’s Tom Monaghan’s little theocracy, a mini-state governed by a man who regards himself as divinely guided.

The official religion practiced and promoted here by Tom Managhan, Nick Healy and the Ave Maria University administration is not traditional Catholicism but rather a Pentecostal-Charismatic fundamentalism with all the eccentricities and characteristics and dangers of a full-blown cult. The “Praise and Worship” services, Novos Ordo guitar Masses and bizarre healing services held at the Quasi-Parish of Ave Maria Oratory (the “healing services” were eventually banned inside the Oratory by the local Bishop) are not merely a variant on Catholicism, but a different religion altogether with a different theology of grace and salvation.

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Democrats Harass Black Woman Legislator for Voting Pro-Life

Rep. Campbell said in an interview with Sunshine State News, “I was the victim of an altercation by my fellow state representative, Scott Randolph.  Several items were thrown in my face, foul language was used against me, and I was insulted and ridiculed in front of all my colleagues. I was called a ‘traitor’ and was told that I was going to be kicked out of office next year.”

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Women don’t need a reason to abort. It’s their body.

Bonnie Bernau kept it a secret most of her life. Only three friends knew the details.

This weekend, she let 25 strangers in on her secret.

Bernau, 60, was one of eight women who shared their experiences with abortion Saturday at the Civic Media Center.

The speakers spoke against the ideology that has recently driven state legislatures to consider 18 bills that would limit abortion rights.

They reasoned that cuts to education and a lack of jobs  make it more difficult to raise children, so they should be able to choose when they have children.

They also said they don’t need a reason; it’s their bodies.

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Editor’s note: Roughly translated: Life is tough, particularly for women … so women should be able to kill other people, at will.

Walt Disney World Gay Day: When diversity becomes depravity.

“Approximately 30,000 children will rush with their parents to the Magic Kingdom in Orlando on Saturday, June 4, only to be thrust into a crowd of approximately 15,000 people reveling about gay pride,” noted David Caton, the executive director of the conservative Florida Family Association, on Thursday.

Caton, who has led numerous protests targeting companies that advertise on television shows with questionable and mature content, urged that Disney, which is not sponsoring the event, restrict Gay Days activities to after-hours.

Why would Disney allow Gay Day to take place during regular operating hours at the expense of offending tens of thousands of unsuspecting guests when they require other special events to be held after normal operating hours?” demanded Caton. “Disney requires special events like Grad Night and Night of Joy to be held after the Magic Kingdom’s regular operating hours. Disney does this to avoid having a large group of likeminded people in the park at the same time with regular patrons who expect a normal day at the Magic Kingdom.”

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Florida Senator-elect Rubio a fallen away Catholic

I assumed until this morning that Marco Rubio, the pro-life new senator-elect from Florida, was a Catholic. That’s because I kept reading in articles that he was “a conservative Roman Catholic”. Then I came across this curious article from Politics Daily which (without apparently realising that it is doing so) reveals that he has abandoned the faith of his Cuban parents:

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Three part series claims to expose the church of Scientology from the inside

The leader of the Church of Scientology strode into the room with a boom box and an announcement: Time for a game of musical chairs.

David Miscavige had kept more than 30 members of his church’s executive staff cooped up for weeks in a small office building outside Los Angeles, not letting them leave except to grab a shower. They slept on the floor, their food carted in.

Their assignment was to develop strategic plans for the church. But the leader trashed their every idea and berated them as incompetents and enemies, of him and the church.

Prove your devotion, Miscavige told them, by winning at musical chairs. Everyone else — losers, all of you — will be banished to Scientology outposts around the world. If families are split up, too bad.

To the music of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody they played through the night, parading around a conference room in their Navy-style uniforms, grown men and women wrestling over chairs.

The next evening, early in 2004, Miscavige gathered the group and out of nowhere slapped a manager named Tom De Vocht, threw him to the ground and delivered more blows. De Vocht took the beating and the humiliation in silence — the way other executives always took the leader’s attacks.

This account comes from executives who for decades were key figures in Scientology’s powerful inner circle. Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder, the highest-ranking executives to leave the church, are speaking out for the first time.

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Another true Rosary story … and more

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Last week a much-loved priest, Mgr William Kerr, collapsed with a stroke while delivering a sermon in Tallahassee, Florida; he died in hospital. Matthew at the Holy Whapping, who was baptised by him, carries a transcription of his unfinished address (see below). It would have been deeply moving even if it had not been cut short in such sad circumstances.

Mgr Kerr had been speaking about his very first hospital assignment, ministering to a young burn victim dying from his injuries. Later, he was called on to perform an even more ghastly duty: in 1978, he was called out to the sorority house in Tallahassee where the young female victims of the serial killer Ted Bundy were lying dead or dying. Bettnet has the details:

Kerr got the call from the police in the middle of the night to rush out to the sorority house. When he arrived he was told that all but one of the girls in the house were dead or near death, killed by a serial killer who was later to be known to the world as Ted Bundy. After giving those last rites to the dying college girl, then-Fr Kerr was asked by the police on the scene to talk to the girl who survived unscathed. They wanted to know how she survived the brutal attacks, because Bundy had stopped right inside the door to her room, dropped his weapon, and left without touching her. But the girl would talk to no one but a priest.

When Fr Kerr approached the near-catatonic girl, she told him that her mother had made her promise before going off to college for the first time that she would pray the Rosary every night before bed for protection; even if she fell asleep praying the Rosary, which she had that night so that when Bundy came into her room with murder on his mind, the beads were still clutched in her hands.

Later, Bundy would tell Monsignor that when he entered the girl’s room, he just couldn’t go on, he dropped his weapon, and he fled. Such is the power of our Mother’s protective mantle.

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Submitted by Doria2, with thanks to Marie in Oklahoma

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Catholic Thanksgiving Tradition Predates the Pilgrim Celebration

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Catholic Thanksgiving Tradition Predates the Pilgrim Celebration

This history books will tell you that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the pilgrims in 1621. Not true.

An interesting bit of trivia is that the first American Thanksgiving was actually celebrated on September 8, 1565 in St. Augustine, Florida. The Native Americans and Spanish settlers held a feast and the Holy Mass was offered.

A second similar “Thanksgiving” celebration occurred on American soil on April 30, 1598 in Texas when Don Juan de Oñate declared a day of Thanksgiving to be commemorated by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

The Catholic origins of Thanksgiving don’t stop there. Squanto, the beloved hero of Thanksgiving, was the Native American man who mediated between the Puritan Pilgrims and the Native Americans. Squanto had been enslaved by the English but he was freed by Spanish Franciscans. Squanto thus received baptism and became a Catholic. So it was a baptized Catholic Native American who orchestrated what became known as Thanksgiving.

And, of course, let’s not forget (as the essay points out) that the word “Eucharist” means “Thanksgiving.”

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