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!