No more Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald: New study illustrates the drop-off of Irish in the U.S. Catholic Church.

The author of “American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us” has said that 60% of Catholic Mass goers under 30 in the United States are Latinos.

David Campbell said, “It’s an interesting story because having diverse ethnic groups within the Catholic Church — that’s nothing new. The Catholics have welcomed immigrants from around the world for generations. What’s new is that it used to be the Poles, the Lithuanians, the Italians and the Irish.”

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The most preposterous congressional district in the United States is located in (where else?) Chicago!

Here it is: The most ridiculous congressional district in the entire country. No, you’re not looking at two districts; IL-4 has two absurdly gerrymandered halves held together by a thin strip of land at its western edge that is nothing more than the median strip along Interstate Highway 294. The end result is a gerrymandered gerrymander, a complete mockery of what congressional representation is even supposed to be. As with AZ-2, the intention behind IL-4 was to create an ethnic enclave, in this case an Hispanic-majority district within an otherwise overwhelmingly non-Hispanic Chicago. Problem is, Chicago has two completely distinct and geographically separate Hispanic neighborhoods — one Puerto Rican, the other Mexican — but neither is large enough to constitute a district majority on its own. Solution? Lump all Hispanics together into a supposedly coherent cultural grouping, and then carefully draw a line surrounding every single Hispanic household in Chicago, linking the two distant neighborhoods by means of an uninhabited highway margin. Voila! One Hispanic congressperson, by design. And as a side-effect, the most preposterous congressional district in the United States.

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Catholic bishops fail to encourage the obvious – upholding immigration law.

For too long, American Catholics have been led to erroneously believe that “social justice,” a relatively new term in the Catholic lexicon, means liberal social policies on the part of the state are morally good. Quite often this means “doing good using someone else’s back” – the taxpayers.

It is the essence of socialism, which promotes the redistribution of wealth. This is politics. It must not be confused with charity either. Charity has an individual dimension. It is something a person does freely and is within the provenance of the church to encourage. It is why people, parishes, dioceses and other charitable organizations attend to people’s needs from their own purse.

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Brazil’s Pro-Life Movement Stops Abortion Legalization

Spirit & Life

Human Life International e-Newsletter 
Volume 03, Number 22 | Friday, May 30, 2008     

This week’s guest columnist is Mrs. Magaly Llaguno, the Executive Director of Human Life International’s Hispanic Division and a prolific author. She has worked for HLI for more than 25 years and has been instrumental in helping to “plant” the pro-life movement in virtually every part of Latin America.

Brazil’s Pro-Life Movement Stops Abortion Legalization
         
With great joy we received the news at Vida Humana Internacional, HLI’s Hispanic Division in Miami, that a piece of legislation (bill 1135/91) which would have legalized abortion on demand throughout Brazil, did not make it out of the Safety and Family Commission. This pro-life triumph was possible thanks to the very excellent pro-life movement that exists in Brazil and in particular to the efforts of Dr. Humberto Vieira, HLI’s national representative in that country. Dr. Vieira, who is founder and president of Providafamilia, has been involved with HLI for over 18 years. He has managed to create a magnificent pro-life network throughout Brazil that is well-organized and united.
              
The vote that stopped abortion legalization was a unanimous 33 to 0. The four pro-abortion legislators on the Commission left the session at the time of the vote, but two of them were substituted by other legislators who in turn voted for life! According to pro-life leaders, many parliamentarians were crying, embracing each other and rejoicing over this triumph. Now the bill will be voted on in the Commission of Constitution and Justice, where victory is expected. However, we ask for prayers for the ultimate defeat of this bill.
              
The strategy devised by Dr.Vieira and his great team was two-fold: One group lobbied the legislators and another one worked with the electoral grassroots of the parliamentarians. It was an historic vote for Brazil and the pro-aborts were surprised and in disarray! Dr. Maria das Dores Guimarães Dolly, a pro-life attorney from Sao Paolo, traveled to Brasilia every week to lobby the legislators. Needless to say, the support of the Brazilian Bishops Conference and of many of the individual bishops themselves was crucial. Brazil’s bishops have recently embarked on a pro-life educational campaign that will reach out to all parishes throughout the entire country.
               
Representatives Jose Aristodemo Pinotti and Cida Diogo initially said they would vote in favor of the abortion law but withdrew before the vote was taken. Pinotti is a medical doctor, and in the 70’s he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Rockefellers’ Population Council, an organization that is behind population control efforts throughout the world.[1] In the letter he wrote to a Brazilian pro-life leader, dated May 14, 2008, Pinotti claimed to be “against abortion” and only in favor of its “regulation.” Yet according to his curriculum vitae on the website of the Brazilian Chapter of the Jewish Medical Association, he is (or has been) a member of the board of directors of the International Projects Assistance Services (IPAS). IPAS is an American company based in Chapel Hill, NC that manufactures abortion equipment and promotes its legalization. [2] Pinotti is also a past president of the terrible abortion promoting organization called the “International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics” (FIGO, 1988-1991); Pinotti presided over its XII World Congress in 1988.
               
It would seem that there are some foreign anti-life organizations behind the efforts to legalize abortion in Brazil as is the case in other Hispanic countries. The main example of this type of international pressure is Nicaragua, where abortion was outlawed in 2006 and yet those pressures still continue. Nevertheless, in spite of whatever anti-life organizations and foundations may be behind the effort to legalize abortion in Brazil, the pro-life movement of that country is now a huge force to contend with.

 

 

 

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Robert Crown Center is a population control organization

From the Aurora Beacon News:

A well known health and sex education center that serves Chicago area students  plans on opening a satellite office in Aurora this summer to address what some say is a “real need” in the community.

The Hinsdale based Robert Crown Center for Health Education expects to start working with Aurora’s youths in June, according to Kathleen Burke, the center’s chief executive officer.

Now the organization is just waiting for the Aurora City Council’s approval of its lease in a near East Side building. 

The Robert Crown Center is a population control speciality center.

Coming to Aurora is a natural move to help curb the growing Hispanic population.  It is unfortunate, but the leaders of the Hispanic community will not speak out against abortion, parents rights and now … population control. 

Will Rep. Chapa Lavia speak out against the opening of the center?  I doubt it as she has supported abortion and is against parental rights.

Population control is the real goal of those who forced abortion on the American public.

There was a small booklet put out by Planned Parenthood back in the late sixties where it was plainly addressed.  If you wanted to control the population you had to legalize abortion. Contraceptives  alone would not bringabout the results they wanted.  Unfortunately I lost the booklet, but I remember that message very well.

Make your voices heard.  This is another case of overstepping parental rights and responsibilities.

By Joan S.

Submitted by Nancy W.