Pa. court reverses conviction of Catholic church official jailed in clergy abuse scandal

PHILADELPHIA –  A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled that a Roman Catholic church official was wrongly convicted for his handling of priest sex-abuse complaints.

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Writer claims Planned Parenthood knew about Gosnell house of horrors and still referred women there.

Planned Parenthood Southeast Pennsylvania president and CEO Dayle Steinberg admitted this week at a fundraiser that the abortion business knew of the problems at Gosnell’s Philadelphia abortion facility.

Apparently Planned Parenthood did not report it to the state health department or other state or local officials who could have done something about it. Instead, it appears the abortion giant left it up to women Gosnell injured or traumatized to make public officials aware of his House of Horrors.

“We would always encourage them to report it to the Department of Health,” Steinberg said of women who reported problems at Gosnell’s abortion clinic to Planned Parenthood staff.

Why would the nation’s biggest abortion chain not report the problems? Maybe because it referred women to Gosnell for abortions that were later in pregnancy than it would do.

Bingo.  And I should add many of these abortions were illegal to perform, according to Pennsylvania law (which states no abortions after 24 weeks).  Add Southeast PA Planned Parenthood to the growing list of groups, public officials, and advocates who all have a serious amount of dead baby blood on their hands.

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Survey says: “Why did you leave the Catholic Church”

Do you know someone who might want to share her thoughts with the church without being challenged? Here’s her chance. And she or he need not be from St. Andrew to have a say, Kelly said. She and Msgr. Michael Picard just want to know your thinking.

Take the on-line survey

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Eight PA Residents Join Missionaries of the Gospel of Life

YORK, PA — Peg Pritchard’s secret? The personal invitation.

Eight men and women made their promises as Missionaries of Evangelium Vitae (MEV) on Saturday at St. Joseph’s Church here. Last year, 13 made promises. Next year? Who knows, but people already have told Mrs. Pritchard they would like to be part of her next Life Cell.

“I guess the numbers are good,” said Mrs. Pritchard, who made her promise in 2008, along with her friend and Life Cell co-facilitator Vicki Crispo. “There is such a passion that we have, that I think people see it and know it and feel it. When people ask me about MEV, I say, ‘Maybe you should consider it. Just come and see.’ The personal invitation works very well.”

For the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life (“Evangelium Vitae”), a ministry of New York-based Priests for Life, clergy and laity devote 10 months to a year studying the 1995 encyclical written by Pope John Paul II and then commit the rest of their lives witnessing to the dignity and respect of all individuals, from conception to natural death, focusing in particular on the protection of the child in the womb.

“It’s pro-life spirituality. What we stress first and foremost is their relationship with the Lord,” Mrs. Pritchard said. “After they make their promises, He will direct them and they will discern what God is asking of them, and He will equip them for it.”

Some are moved to pray outside abortion clinics, others to work at pregnancy resource centers or to reach out to post-abortive men and women…some will begin Respect Life groups at their churches.

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Hero of flight 93 on 9-11 was devout Catholic, had a premonition

The widow of Flight 93 hero Thomas Burnett says her husband was a devout Catholic who had premonitions of the fate that met him and 44 others on the fateful day of September 11, 2001 — including a hunch his life would not be a long one and that his mission in life would somehow involve the White House.

It is now widely believed the hijacked plane, which crashed into a rural part of western Pennsylvania, was aimed at the White House, the CIA, or the U.S. Capitol before passengers led by Burnett overpowered the al Qaeda operatives.

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About that bishop who won’t let Michael Voris speak in his diocese…

First …
from the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania website …
the statement … (which is very short on specifics)
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The Diocese of Scranton has determined that Mr. Voris will not be allowed to speak in a Diocesan or parish facility. After these engagements were scheduled, the Diocese became aware of concerns about this individual’s views regarding other religious groups. In videos posted on the Internet, Mr. Voris makes comments that certainly can be interpreted as being insensitive to people of other faiths. The Catholic Church teaches us to respect all people, regardless of their faith tradition.

Although the Diocese shares Mr. Voris’ support of efforts to protect human life, his extreme positions on other faiths are not appropriate and therefore the Diocese cannot host him.

Editor’s note: I’ve been watching Mr. Voris’ daily videos for quite some time, and I’ve heard Mr. Voris speak in person, as well. The man speaks the truth, as very few others do, these days. It would be nice if the bishop would enlighten us as to exactly what he finds offensive. Perhaps the bishop’s former post as an ecumenical leader gives him some special insights, that he might care to share with the rest of us.

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Former Scranton bishop’s mysterious resignation

Matt C. Abbott’s latest column

Philadelphia Grand Jury: No one acted because “subject was the political football of abortion.”

Regulators ignored report after report of horrific conditions at a squalid abortion clinic, prosecutors said, leaving a trail of missed chances over the years to stop a doctor from performing illegal, late-term abortions that killed at least two patients and hundreds of newborns.

The officials’ failure to follow up on complaints against Dr. Kermit Gosnell came amid a “live and let die” political climate that effectively ended inspections of all abortion clinics in Pennsylvania, according to the grand jury that indicted Gosnell.

Gosnell, 69 — a family practice physician not certified to perform abortions– was arraigned Thursday on charges of murdering seven babies and one patient. The indictment against him detailed a gruesome litany of failures and refusals to uphold even the most basic public health guidelines.

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Editors note: This is the type of thing that happens when the “Culture of Death” is allowed to take over government and politics, under the guise of personal freedom and choice.

And this is only the “tip” of the iceberg! Similar types of poorly regulated, virtually uninspected “facilities” operate all around the country.

Watch how, in just a few days, this will drop off the “radar screen” and be ignored by the main stream media, while the finger pointing … and the cover up … begins!

This is a much bigger story … in every way … than the Tuscon shootings!

Pennsylvania Department of Health deliberately chose to skip enforcement of abortion mill health laws.

“We discovered that Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has deliberately chosen not to enforce laws that should afford patients at abortion clinics the same safeguards and assurances of quality health care as patients of other medical service providers,” the report says. “Even nail salons in Pennsylvania are monitored more closely for client safety.”

“The State Legislature has charged the Department of Health (DOH) with responsibility for writing and enforcing regulations to protect health and safety in abortion clinics as well as in hospitals and other health care facilities. Yet a significant difference exists between how DOH monitors abortion clinics and how it monitors facilities where other medical procedures are performed,” the report continues.

“Indeed, the department has shown an utter disregard both for the safety of women who seek treatment at abortion clinics and for the health of fetuses after they have become viable. State health officials have also shown a disregard for the laws the department is supposed to enforce. Most appalling of all, the Department of Health’s neglect of abortion patients’ safety and of Pennsylvania laws is clearly not inadvertent: It is by design,” the report indicates.

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Pennsylvania abortionist killed 7 babies with scissors

Gosnell “induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord,” Williams said.

Patients were subjected to squalid and barbaric conditions at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society, where Gosnell performed dozens of abortions a day, prosecutors said. He mostly worked overnight hours after his untrained staff administered drugs to induce labor during the day, they said.

Early last year, authorities went to investigate drug-related complaints at the clinic and stumbled on what Williams called a “house of horrors.”

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Obama administration quietly advancing abortion-expanding agenda through administrative decisions

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Obama administration has officially approved the first instance of taxpayer funded abortions under the new national government-run health care program. This is the kind of abortion funding the pro-life movement warned about when Congress considered the bill.

The Obama Administration will give Pennsylvania $160 million to set up a new “high-risk” insurance program under a provision of the federal health care legislation enacted in March.

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Pro Life Protesters Shine the Light of Truth On Pa. Senator Casey’s Pro Abortion Votes

By Amy Worden

INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU

The protesters said they were with Washington, D.C.-based Insurrecta Nex, the group formerly known as Operation Rescue. Outside the Capitol building they accused Casey of selling out his constituents and his Catholic faith for supporting the health care bill and appropriations bills that they contended make funds available for abortions overseas.

“He votes the pro-abortion agenda,” said Suzanne Doller of Carlisle. “He’s a disgrace to his church.”

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Editor’s note: These brave protesters  from Insurrecta Nex should be commended for an extraordinarily “gutsy”, well planned, disciplined, well-reasoned public plea for life. The Senator obviously had no defense against the truth, and these brave souls spoke out clearly and forcefully for the truth of  the Catholic faith, as well as the truth of the Natural Law.

It’s this kind of public discourse that makes shady politicians cringe, and we need much more of it, if we ever hope to destroy the Culture of Death.

If you want to fax a letter to EVERY U.S. SENATOR OR HOUSE MEMBER, here are the links:

http://overturnroe.com/obamacare/allreps.htm
http://overturnroe.com/obamacare/allsenate.htm

Nancy W. and the Kids Report on the Papal Visit to Washington

Hi All,                             AMDG

Thanks for putting Patty’s video on your web-site http://youtube.com/watch?v=8JZn0xMp3IM !

She’ll be so delighted. 

She is getting great feedback, especially from our poor neighbors!  Lord have mercy!  (I told them to ‘reply all’ with good comments)  LOL.

We had a great time giving witness to our love for our Holy Father and the Holy Catholic Church!  Praise the Lord!

We did not have tickets to the mass or the White House, nor did we try.  Just happy to be part of the crowd viewing from afar.   After watching the disrespect of the mass on TV, I am so happy we didn’t go.  (John Kerry receiving Holy Communion)  Lord have mercy!  It makes me so sad to see and VERY CONFUSING TO THE CHILDREN.

Wouldn’t it have been a terrific witness to have a Latin Mass for our Holy Father, as he loves Latin so much!!!  We could have shown the world the mass we had for 1,500 years before the fall of civilization in the 1960’s, hmmm.  We could have brought a little respect back to the mass for God in the Eucharist, for our Holy Father and reminded the world what respect is.  Maybe upon witnessing, hearts may have changed and respect may even have trickled down to respect for the unborn.   Boy, the Latin mass could have solved Cardinal Francis George’s problem about HOW to refuse pro-abort politicians Holy Communion as stated in the Canon Law.

When the pro-abort recipient kneels, the Priest walks past.  Easy!

Many people were gathering to enter the White House lawn when we arrived there Wed. at 6 AM. All of them had tickets.

We stood where the cannons were set up for the 21 gun salute, between the White House and the Washington Monument.

The Holy Father was 1/2 mile directly across the lawn from me!  So cool!  (If he looked accross the lawn to the cannons, he would have seen us in our yellow babushkas waiving them!

Anticipating his ride down Pennsylvania Ave., we hiked there to get a good spot.  On turning the corner, we were amazed to see thousands of people standing on both sides of the closed road.  A couple protesters with signs and megaphones telling us all we were going to hell for worshipping false idols were drowned out by 50 different little groups of Mexican Mariachi players.  Each little group had tambourines, guitars and singers singing Alleluia and even line dancers!  So festive!

As we walked along,  looking for a gap in the people to stand, we overheard three different people talking on their cell phones that they had never seen anything like it in Washington before!  Apparently the Holy Father finished his talk at the White House because scores of people in suites flooded the overcrowded sidewalks.

Protestants were passing out their, ‘Catholic Church is the Anti-Christ’ magazines.  I overheard the pagan say to read King James Bible.  I told him he wouldn’t have a bible if it weren’t for the Catholic Church.  He said that was not true.  I blessed him and left.

Soon, the motorcade began.  Ever so slowly, the white Pope mobile! Then, there he was, giving us his blessings!!!!  Speechless until I thought, I should scream, but when I did, it didn’t feel right.  I just cried.  It was beautiful.  Jacob took 10 pictures from on my shoulders, just got them back and they were still all pictures of the backs of peoples heads!    We drove to the next Papal site at the Basilica but hadn’t the energy to fight the overflowing crowds. 

We had been hoping to go into the Basilica to pray but it was closed.   The next day we took in the sites in the AM and went to the Catholic Univ. to catch Him en route to the Pope John Paul Center.  The area was strangely quiet. The set up was that He was going to drive inside the compound and only those with a tickets would get a chance to see him.  Apparently, most of the media and fanfare was already on route to NY.

We didn’t think we’d get a chance to see him and the protester now were disgusting.  A couple of the same protesters were there calling the church the  anti-Christ?  But the more offensive ones to me had posters calling the Priests and Brothers horrific names.

We started screaming, ‘We love our Priests’ as we walked passed them!    We chatted to some people, trying to convert the T-shirt salesmen, sort of thinking of leaving and disappointed that we could not get into the C.U. campus. Just then, we overheard a man say to a Mexican group next to us that some more people were being asked to enter to fill in the Catholic U. campus.  A woman had said we could enter with her group when a sweet young man asked me if I needed tickets.  There he handed me the tickets to enter in to see the Holy Father travel on the horse-shoe drive around the buildings in the Pope mobile again!!! 

There were a couple thousand people, I’d say.

We could not get to close to the edge, about 3-4 people deep.  All of a sudden, without warning, he came in the Pope mobile escorted by security!  He was about 15 feet away. Again, I had Jake on my shoulders.  We ran along with the mobile and it stopped just in front of us and He put the window down!  I yelled, “I love you!”  It was fantastic!

Even after being in the car for 30 hours with 10 movies and a broken DVD player,  Jake asked if we could go to New York to see him there too!  All the horrors of the long trip were instantly forgotten.

We got home early Saturday morning after visiting Emmetsburg yesterday.  My husband went with the children to confession Saturday morning!

God is good!   Too tired to write anymore.  Thanks for your prayers.

Love ~ Nancy

PS  There was a great video next to Patty’s on You-Tube that really captured the flavor of the day on Pen. Ave.  It was taken by fotojuan something.  You’ll see it to your right in the Pope video listings.

St. Benedict, pray for us.  

Full coverage of the Pope’s visit to America here