It will be a very eventful week in the nation’s capital – a week of tremendously sharp contrasts, as two opposing events occur at the beginning and end of the week.

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Tomorrow, at the beginning of the week, we will be observing the second inauguration of a President who has shown himself to be unflaggingly and aggressively pro-abortion {there are numerous examples of this, including his appearance at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser, indicating he supports their agenda}.

As is the custom for the office of President, he will spend the day with great fanfare.   Chauffeured around in limousines with endless press coverage and fine foods and wining and dining and speeches about how much he will do for the nation.

Contrast that with what will happen at the end of the week, on Thursday and Friday.  With almost no media publicity whatsoever, because of their self-imposed blackout, hundreds and hundreds of thousands of pro life people from around the nation will converge on Washington to observe with tremendous sorrow the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized the killing of children in the womb for virtually any reason at virtually any time in pregnancy.  To pray, to march, to witness.

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Editor’s note: Behold I set forth in your sight this day a blessing and a curse: A blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: A curse, if you obey not the commandments of the Lord your God, but revolt from the way which now I show you, and walk after strange gods which you know not.  (Deuteronomy 11:26-28)

Op-ed: We are Catholics and we oppose Referendum 74 to legalize same-sex marriage

The state of Washington already provides all of the same legal benefits to same-sex couples that are provided to married couples. The only matter in question with Referendum 74 is whether the word “marriage” also applies to couples that are composed of two members of the same sex, rather than only one woman and one man.

At the same time, it should be noted that there are currently 9,863 domestic partnerships in Washington, representing only 0.0029 percent of the entire state population.

Not only would Referendum 74 allow the state legislation changing the legal definition of marriage to go into effect, but it could directly affect the First Amendment rights of the U.S. Constitution: the freedoms of religion, conscience and free speech for those who, like us, have different values. We would be forced to accept a legal definition of marriage that signifies a genderless institution.

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Sex education as child abuse

Because of the sex education class given students last week, parent Curtis Pannkuk said, “Our daughter did not want to go back to school, she cried all the way to school today.”

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Editor’s note: This type of state mandated “sex education” not only robs little children of their innocence, but it is also a type of mental sexual assault … virtual child rape … if you will.

In principle and in application, it’s not that far removed from China’s government mandated one child policy … or Barack Obama’s ill-conceived HHS Abortion/Contraception Mandate.

Why do those who claim to advocate “choice” almost invariably attempt to enforce draconian, “one size fits all” programs on the innocent and the unsuspecting?

Shameless ideologues just can’t help it!

Doug stands up for Seattle’s Archbishop Peter J. Sartain in the fight for the defense of marriage

by Doug Lawrence

In reference to a recent article in The Seattle Times that was critical of Archbishop Peter Sartain’s petition campaign, I wrote: 

The Catholic Church first contended with the problem of rampant homosexual perversion and illicit lifestyles in ancient Rome, more than 1500 years ago.

That was nothing new then, and it’s nothing new, now.

What is new is Americans being urged by corrupt government officials to condone and affirm the homosexual lifestyle (and all that goes with it) as being something other than a sinful, intrinsically disordered form of human existence, that is hugely detrimental to ordinary society, and which takes a heavy toll on homosexuals, their families,and their friends … gay and straight, alike.

The Catholic Church officially and authoritatively teaches that persons with homosexual inclinations are no different than any other sinners, in that they are called to live a good Christian life, struggle to resist temptation, and should they fail … make a good, sacramental confession, and then, by the grace of God, make a fresh start … even if ultimate success may take a lifetime.

The government’s establishment of homosexual marriage and/or civil unions … or whatever anyone cares to call them … falsely attempts to normalize behavior which, in truth, is not and never will be normal … and makes permanent a decrepit spiritual condition which informed Catholics identify as “living in sin” … all in the name of unrestricted, government approved, gay sexual license, complete with a custom made, enhanced “Bill of Rights”.

I know Archbishop Sartain. And while I make no attempt to speak for him, I know that he harbors absolutely no ill will towards anyone … gay or straight. His mission is the teaching of God’s honest truth, for the ultimate salvation of souls. People ought to take time out to listen to him.

From the totality of scripture, as well as some 2,000 years of universal Catholic tradition, philosophy, and  superbly reasoned, systematic theology, it is absolutely clear that the Catholic Church cannot and will never affirm homosexual sexual acts as licit, good, or anything less than gravely sinful … simply because that is the truth … and no amount of politicking, ranting, or raving can ever change it.

Nor is God’s objective truth morally binding exclusively on Catholics, since the basic tenets and requirements of the Natural Law are essential moral principles that every human being shares, in common. One might as well similarly attempt to redefine the law of gravity!

Any Catholic who believes otherwise, as many posting here claim, would be well advised to promptly examine his/her conscience in the light of authoritative and complete Catholic teachings on the subject … since … come Judgment Day … willful ignorance is not likely to be accepted as a valid excuse.

God loves gay people and straight people alike, with a holy, inestimably powerful, pure and divine love that is beyond all human understanding … and from a purely practical standpoint, the only thing that can separate God from his people is grave, intentional, unrepentant sin.

In short, it is a serious sin for anyone, especially a Christian, to give their approval to a gravely sinful and morally scandalous lifestyle … homosexual or otherwise … no matter the reason or justification.

Informed Catholics understand this, but many others … especially it seems … those in government … do not.

And that is a real shame!

Niece Says God Missing from New MLK Memorial

The Rev. Alveda King says she appreciates the new King Memorial in the nation’s capital and Sunday’s dedication ceremony, but she was surprised to see no mention of God or Jesus Christ among the engraved quotes.

King says if she had been asked, she would have recommended scriptural passages from her uncle’s many sermons.

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First time the 222-year-old U.S. Constitution had been read in its entirety on the House floor.


Lawmakers took turns reciting each verse and article of the document. Republicans in charge of the chamber rattled it off with missionary zeal, as if in a school civics class. Democrats pitched in, but with seemingly less ardor.

Historians said it was the first time the 222-year-old governing document had been read in its entirety on the House floor.

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Bishop Sartain of Joliet, IL to become new Archbishop of Seattle, WA

In a move that’s as much masterstroke as surprise (at least, to many), the Pope has named J. Peter Sartain, 58, bishop of Joliet since 2006, as archbishop of Seattle.

Envisioned by many as an optimal choice to replace Cardinal Francis George in Chicago after the outgoing Bench-Chief reaches the retirement age in early 2012, the much-celebrated prelate instead succeeds Archbishop Alex Brunett, who passed the canonical age-limit in January 2009. Founded in 1850 and made an archdiocese in 1951, today’s Emerald City church encompasses all of Washington State west of the Cascades — some 25,000 square miles — and a Catholic population that, by the chancery numbers, stands in excess of 900,000.

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Kathleen Sebelius “Source of greatest embarrassment” – “Betrayed her Catholic faith”

sebeliussmall1As a Roman Catholic, Gov. Sebelius’ appointment is “the source of the greatest embarrassment because she has publicly and repeatedly betrayed her Catholic faith, in the most fundamental tenet of the moral law, that is, the law to safeguard and foster human life from the moment of its inception to the moment of natural death,” said Archbishop Burke.

“Her position on the question of procured abortion is the source of the greatest scandal to Catholics and to all who uphold the natural moral law,” he continued.

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Two Official Photo Galleries of the U.S. Papal Visit Released

Two Official Photo Galleries of the U.S. Papal Visit Released

Great pics of a great trip!

Gallery One – Washington DC

Gallery Two – New York

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    

Info here on the Pope’s Visit

Info here on the Pope’s Visit:

Nancy W. and the Kids Report from Washington, DC

Doria2’s Report from the Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium

New Video of the Papal Visit from Patty W. (Thanks Nancy!)

Busy Saturday In New York City for Pope Benedict XVI

Knights of Columbus To Provide Tribute For Pope’s New York Mass

Pope’s Early Arrival Uncommon at United Nations

Pope’s U.N. Address: Human Rights & Natural Law

Working To Bring Back Catholic Culture

Catholic Schools and Church Teachings

Miraculous Moments

Behind the Scenes: A Thrilling Day Covering the Pope.

Pope Meets and Prays With Victims

Doria2 Prepares for Papal Visit in New York City

Pope Praises U.S. Bishops’ ‘Efforts to Heal’ After Abuse Scandals

Pope Tells Bishops To Fight Secular Ideology

 

Pope Benedict XVI Arrives in America

Papal Trip – Dedicated Website

Frequently Asked Questions About the Papal Visit

Pope Getting Royal Treatment From White House 

U.S. Council of Catholic Bishop’s Official Site

From the Vatican

Bishop Peter J. Sartain of the Diocese of Joliet On the Papal Visit

April 17: Day of Prayer for Our Holy Father at Christ the King Church in Lombard

Catholic News Service

Official Archdiocese of New York Site

The Pope and Cardinal George

Catholic Places of Interest in DC and NY

Pope’s Prayer at Ground Zero Will Invoke God’s Peace for “Violent World”

The Washington Post

EWTN Televison Network Coverage

Special Roman Missal for Papal Visit and DC Mass – Pray Along on TV

New Yorkers Preparing for the Pope

Catholic League Welcomes Pope Benedict with Op-Ed Piece in the New York Times

In-Transit Pope Addresses U.S. Clergy Abuse Scandal

George Weigel On the Pope’s Visit

“Sermon On the Mound” – Papal Mass in Yankee Stadium

More About Pope Benedict XVI 

About the Papacy