Is Pat Quinn Illinois’ first openly homosexual governor?

Although the legislation says it would not force any religious denomination or minister to “solemnize any marriage,” Gilligan warned of “promises” made “two years ago when civil unions were passed, and now Catholic Charities has been kicked out of its mission of serving children in foster care.”

Even though the Church received assurances its social services would not be affected, within six months of the passage of civil unions in the state, Catholic Charities adoption services was barred from working with the state.

While Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has already pledged to sign the bill should it arrive on his desk, its fate in the House is unsure. Even though it too is controlled by Democrats who support the bill, it is expected to face tougher opposition in that chamber.

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A sad day for the late Bishop John Carroll and the first Catholic diocese of the United States of America

Md.’s top leaders cross Catholic hierarchy on gay marriage

Biographical Sketch of the Most Rev. John Carroll

Baltimore, the Senior See of the United States of America

They didn’t call it “The Baltimore Catechism” for nothin’

Illinois’ Pat Quinn nominated for title of worst governor in the nation

In a crowded field, Pat Quinn, Democrat Governor of Illinois, can now officially be proclaimed the worst governor in the United States.

He has been vying for the title ever since he took over from impeached and removed Governor Blagojevich, currently bound for a long stay in federal prison.  Since taking over from his felon predecessor, he has the following accomplishments to his discredit:

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Quinn’s latest hijinks

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour just one of many “secret” pro abortion Republicans

Haley Barbour, the conservative, pro-life governor of Mississippi, surprised and infuriated supporters of the state’s anti-abortion “personhood” initiative on Wednesday when he told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd that he might be voting against it. The Personhood USA campaign retaliated on Thursday by pointing out that Barbour took campaign contributions from Monsanto and Pfizer — pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the abortion pill.

“We thought it was really strange that he would oppose this measure, since we have the support of nearly every other politician in the state, both Democrat and Republican. So we did a little digging,” Jennifer Mason, spokesperson for Personhood USA, told HuffPost. “We discovered that he has received campaign contributions from the makers of the abortion pill as recently as 2007.”

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Editor’s note: This is the guy who was the chairman of the Republican Party for a number of years, and also the guy who urged Republicans to ignore social issues. There’s a lot more in the party, just like him.

Like father, like son: NY Governor Andrew Cuomo ignores Catholic teachings.

Cuomo professes to be a Catholic, yet ignores Catholic teaching that traditional marriage is a marriage between a man and a women.

We Catholics have had to endure the shame and offense of pedophilia priests. Now, here we are ashamed of our Catholic governor who advocates for same-sex marriage.

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Poor Andrew: Catholic New York Governor, publicly living in sin, “hurt by criticism”.

“I’d say he was hurt, on his own behalf and on behalf of Sandra,” said John Marino, a family friend and a past chairman of the state Democratic Party.

Mr. Cuomo declined through a spokesman to be interviewed for this article, and Mario Cuomo did not respond to a phone message left with his secretary. When Dr. Peters’s criticism received public attention last month, the governor said, “My religion is a private matter and not something that I discuss in the political arena.”

By most accounts, religion for Mr. Cuomo is not something to be discussed much in private, either. Unlike his father, who relishes a good theological debate and as governor was fond of quoting the French Jesuit philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin on the nature of evil, the younger Mr. Cuomo is said to be less verbal on the subject of the soul.

“He was always a good Catholic boy, but never what you might call overly religious,” said John Diorio, 73, a social studies and political science teacher at Archbishop Molloy whom Mr. Cuomo once described as one of the three most influential men in his life, after his father and President Bill Clinton, whom he served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

“Andrew was more of a personality, a jokester, an easy kid to have around,” Mr. Diorio said.

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Editor’s note: Public scandal is no joke.

Bishop Morlino of the Diocese of Madison, on the Wisconsin union standoff

… To the documents quoted by Archbishop Listecki I would also offer a quotation from the encyclical of Pope John Paul II, Laborem Exercens*, which gives us even more “food for thought” on this matter:

“Just efforts to secure the rights of workers who are united by the same profession should always take into account the limitations imposed by the general economic situation of the country. Union demands cannot be turned into a kind of group or class ‘egoism,’ although they can and should also aim at correcting — with a view to the common good of the whole of society — everything defective in the system of ownership of the means of production or in the way these are managed. Social and socioeconomic life is certainly like a system of ‘connected vessels,’ and every social activity directed towards safeguarding the rights of particular groups should adapt itself to this system.

“In this sense, union activity undoubtedly enters the field of politics, understood as prudent concern for the common good. However, the role of unions is not to ‘play politics’ in the sense that the expression is commonly understood today. Unions do not have the character of political parties struggling for power; they should not be subjected to the decision of political parties or have too close links with them. In fact, in such a situation they easily lose contact with their specific role, which is to secure the just rights of workers within the framework of the common good of the whole of society; instead they become an instrument used for other purposes.”

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*Click here to read Laborem Exercens on the Vatican website

A Vice-President For Abortion

May 26, 2008

 

A Vice-President For Abortion

By Robert Novak

                 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, whose Roman Catholic archdiocese covers northeast Kansas, on May 9 called on Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to stop taking Communion until she disowns her support for the “serious moral evil” of abortion. That put the church in conflict with a rising star of the Democratic Party, often described as a “moderate” and perhaps the leading prospect to become Barack Obama’s vice presidential running mate.
           
Naumann also took Sebelius to task for her veto April 21 of a bill, passed two to one by both houses of the Kansas Legislature, which would strengthen the state’s ban on late-term abortions by authorizing private lawsuits against providers. That followed by a year her veto of a bill requiring explicit medical reasons for a late abortion, which was preceded by vetoing other abortion legislation in 2006, 2005 and 2003.
Those positions are necessary for Democratic politicians to pass their party’s pro-choice litmus test, but Sebelius’ connection with abortion is more intimate. She is allied with the aggressive Kansas branch of Planned Parenthood in a bitter struggle with anti-abortion activist District Attorney Phill Kline. There is substantial evidence she has been involved in laundering abortion industry money for distribution to Kansas Democrats. Kansas is the fiercest state battleground for abortion wars, making Kathleen Sebelius the national pro-choice poster girl.
             
The Almanac of American Politics talks of a “moderate image” for Sebelius, daughter of former Ohio Gov. John Gilligan. She picked up substantial Republican support in an easy 2002 win for governor and, after naming a former Republican state chairman as her running mate, was re-elected in a 2006 landslide. Chosen this year to deliver the Democratic response to President Bush’s State of the Union Address, she told the nation, “In this time normally reserved for the partisan response, I hope to offer you something more: an American response.” She gave the impression of reaching out across party lines in what was widely regarded as an audition for vice president as a Democrat able to carry a heavily Republican state.
            
Behind that facade, Sebelius sits at the apex of a complicated Kansas financing system involving the famous abortion provider Dr. George Tiller of Wichita. She controls Bluestem Fund PAC, distributing money to Kansas Democratic candidates. Tiller, one of the few American doctors still performing late-term abortions, contributed $120,000 to the Democratic Governors Association in 2006, which has given $200,000 to Bluestem.
          
In 2006, Sebelius recruited Paul Morrison, then the Republican district attorney of Johnson County, to run as a Democrat against Republican Kline’s attempted re-election as attorney general. Morrison, financed by Tiller’s ProKanDo PAC, outspent Kline and swamped him at the polls. But Kline then replaced Morrison as district attorney and promptly filed 107 charges against Planned Parenthood, including alleged “unlawful late-term abortions.”
             
That triggered a ferocious continuing legal battle in which Sebelius appointees, both judicial and executive, have sabotaged Kline’s efforts, with the Kansas Supreme Court barring a key witness from testifying. The confrontation continues even though Morrison resigned after the revelation last December of a two-year illicit affair. District Judge Stephen Six, Sebelius’ new appointment as attorney general, has joined the lawsuit against Kline that had been led by Morrison.
                 
In her 2006 abortion veto statement, Sebelius declared: “My Catholic faith teaches me that life is sacred. Personally, I believe abortion is wrong.” Yet, a year later, Sebelius invited Tiller and his staff to a party at the governor’s mansion. She thanked Tiller for his generosity in financing her election and Morrison’s. In May 2007, Sebelius was featured at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Kansas City, Mo.
             
Obama, while asserting “nobody is pro-abortion,” has said that if his two daughters “make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.” Would Sebelius, as an avowed Catholic, change her running mate’s worldview that considers a baby to be a punishment? When Archbishop Naumann told the Kansas City Star this month that Sebelius must confess “scandalous behavior that has misled people into dangerous behavior,” the governor’s spokeswoman responded that “receiving Communion has not been a problem in the past for her.” An answer came from Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver, on his Website last week, by reproving “verbal gymnastics, good alibis and pious talk about ‘personal opposition’ to killing unborn children.”
           
Submitted by Fr. Gene Koprowski, Missionaries of the Evangelium Vitae (MEV)
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