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Pray for Pope Benedict: 82-year-old Supreme Pontiff lost balance on Sunday

At the end of some recent news accounts concerning the scientific analysis of St. Paul's bones, there appeared the following: "At the end of Sunday's service in the warm basilica, the 82-year-old Benedict lost his balance slightly as he slipped on a step on the altar, and was steadied by one of his assistants who was by his side." Pray for Pope Benedict XVI.

Note: Some prayers for the Pope may be found here.


Will you die today?

The recent passing of several celebrities underscores the fact that death can come for each of us at any moment, fame or fortune notwithstanding. Although (unfortunately) it is unfashionable to talk about our own inevitable deaths in today's age, it has long been the advice of saints that we should think often of death. This way we can prepare for it and, by the mercy of God, have what is known by faithful Catholics as a "happy death".

Since your death can come at any time, even without warning - possibly today - do yourself a favor by making some important preparations for your own happy death. On this note, we will include some resources herein that we hope may be of some assistance, along with some other important points to consider regarding death.

In any event, please don't put off your preparation for a happy death because you never know when your time may come. Remember that the state of your soul at death will affect your entire eternity - and that a single unrepented mortal sin at death is enough to condemn a soul: "It is of faith that Heaven exists for the good and Hell for the wicked. Faith teaches that the pains of Hell are eternal, and it also warns us that one single mortal sin suffices to condemn a soul forever because of the infinite malice by which it offends an infinite God." (St. Anthony Mary Claret)

Even if you are very busy, make the time now for this critical preparation. Don't put it off. Really, don't. Your eternal happiness may be at stake.

Some Resources (click link to view)

* Prayers For Final Perseverance / Happy Death

* Information on Suffering & Death (Topics include: Suffering Has Meaning, How to Suffer, When a Loved One is Suffering or Dying, and When a Loved One Has Died)

* Reflections on Death (a wealth of quotations from popes, saints, scripture, etc.)

* Information on the Sacrament of Extreme Unction / Anointing of the Sick

* Reflections on Judgement

* Topical Scripture: Death

Other items to consider (and discuss with your loved ones, as applicable):

* A priest should be called early - don't wait until there is "extreme" danger of death - "We should not wait until we are in extreme danger before we receive Extreme Unction, but if possible we should receive it while we have the use of our senses." (Baltimore Catechism) [more information]

* Ensure that the priest brings Viaticum to the dying [more information]

* A plenary indulgence may be available at the approach of death [more information]

* St. Joseph is patron saint of a happy death & a number of saints are invoked against sudden death [patron saints index]

* Develop a strong Marian devotion and ask the Blessed Virgin to be your advocate in death.

* Take some time to consider the controversy surrounding organ donation. It is well known that standards in the medical community may result in organs being removed before a person is actually dead - and that such organ harvesting necessarily causes the person's death and is therefore a violation of the 5th commandment. [Note: We have a short flier on organ donation (click here), but there are also invaluable references online which expose problems associated with organ donation and include astonishing admissions by the medical community (try using a major search engine for more information)]. Be sure to advise your loved ones of these facts.

* Instruct your loved ones in advance to call a priest even after your "apparent death", if necessary (e.g. if you have no heartbeat, no brainwaves, no breathing, etc.), since one cannot be certain that the soul has left the body until the body reaches a certain, irreversible state (i.e. putrefaction). [Note: If a priest does not wish to come after apparent death, he may be reminded of his obligation. Note that he may give the sacrament of Extreme Unction conditionally if he thinks someone is dead.] [more information]

* As applicable, instruct your loved ones that you want a traditional Requiem, as is your right, rather than be 'canonized' at a modern service [try here for info]

* Be sure your family knows to pray for you, have Masses said for you, etc. after your death. Especially value Mass at a privileged altar, Gregorian Masses (Trental), enrollments for perpetual Masses, and annual Masses on the anniversary of your death.

Also, to inspire the fear of God - the beginning of all Wisdom (Ps. 111:10, Prov. 9:10, etc.) - it is good to remember that few are saved...

"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few." (Our Lord Jesus Christ, Mt. 7:13-14)

"Many are invited, but few are chosen." (Our Lord Jesus Christ, Mt. 22:14)

"Someone asked [Jesus], 'Lord, will only a few people be saved?' He answered them, 'Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.'" (Lk. 13:23-24)

"For it is time for the judgment to begin with the household of God; if it begins with us, how will it end for those who fail to obey the gospel of God? 'And if the righteous one is barely saved, where will the godless and the sinner appear?'" (St. Peter, 1 Pt. 4:17-18)

"[M]any will be damned; few will be saved." (St. Benedict Joseph Labre)

"Taking into account the behavior of mankind, only a small part of the human race will be saved." (Sr. Lucy of Fatima)

"The number of the Elect is so small - so small - that were we to know how small it is, we should faint away with grief" (St. Louis Marie de Montfort)

"Attend to the words, for they have an especial force, many walk in the broad way few find the narrow way. For the broad way needs no search, and is not found, but presents itself readily; it is the way of all who go astray. Whereas the narrow way neither do all find, nor when they have found, do they straightway walk therein. Many, after they have found the way of truth, caught by the pleasures of the world, desert midway." (St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church)

Finally, don't forget the wonderful news that God is rich in mercy. To receive His mercy, repent sincerely. Do it now. "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Mt. 4:17) If you have an unconfessed mortal sin, get to confession asap. Do not delay. Remember...

"There is hope of mercy in time and in eternity; but there is confession in time only, and not in eternity. There is no confession of sins in any time except in this present life. By his own will each man is permitted and has throughout life the freedom to choose confession. But when we die we loose life and along with it the right to exercise our will. For then a law already set down unto rest or unto punishment sustains, in accord with its past exercise" (St. Hilary of Poitiers, Doctor of the Church)

Closing quotations...

"Since we are travelers and pilgrims in the world, let us ever ponder on the end of the road, that is of our life, for the end of our roadway is our home." (St. Columban)

"Life is short; death is certain; and the world to come is everlasting." (Cardinal Newman)

"Of all the things of life, a happy death is our principal concern. For if we attain that, it matters little if we lose all the rest. But if we do not attain that, nothing else is of any value." (Bl. Juniperro Serra)

"So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come." (Our Lord Jesus Christ, Mt. 24:44)

Additional Resources:

* Prayers for Deceased Persons

* Purgatory Information (Purgatory Release Project)

* Catholic Basics Section

* More Quotations (Reflections)

* More Scripture

* Dies Irae (Sequence)

* Share thoughts / tips regarding death: Catholic Life Section | Catholic Seniors Section

* More Resources - See A-Z index for 10,000+ topics


Holy Communion Under One Species

Once again, concern over the recent flu outbreak has prompted parishes to curtail offering Holy Communion to the laity under the species of wine. (Note: This refers to Communion practices at Novus Ordo Masses only - not to 'Tridentine' Latin Masses, which already bar this practice by default). Therefore, it seems a fitting time to remind visitors of some facts concerning Holy Communion...

* It is not necessary to receive Holy Communion under both species. As the Council of Trent states: "If any one saith that the precept of God or by necessity of salvation all and each of the faithful of Christ ought to receive both species of the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist: let him be anathema."

* Introduction of Communion under both species for lay persons in the 20th century began as a result of disobedience to the Pope. It has contributed to irreverence, desecration, and sacrilege. It has caused some Catholics to erroneously (and heretically) believe that it is necessary to Communicate under both species or that they receive Christ "more fully" if they receive Holy Communion under both species. It has also led to the widespread proliferation of 'Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion' (lay persons dispensing Holy Communion), a practice always condemned by the Church.

* Holy Communion under both species may be allowed only under certain conditions. And, even this limited toleration was extracted from the Holy See due to widespread disobedience on the part of certain of the faithful (e.g. liberals / modernists, feminists). Therefore, in many cases, it is an abuse.

* There are "numerous and weighty reasons" that the Church has adopted the practice of Communion under one species (click here for more information).

* There are serious concerns over widespread distribution of Holy Communion under the species of wine [e.g. danger of spillage & profanation, confusion of teaching regarding the Real Presence in one species (e.g. thinking Christ is not received fully and entirely under one species alone), sanitary issues, danger of infection / spread of disease, inability to tolerate species of wine, interference of species of wine with medication, etc.].

* Communion under both species may be seen as conforming to "Protestant sensibilities" - "Communion under both kinds is accepted as the Protestant symbol of true Bible Christianity in contrast to Romish corruptions." (Davies) [Note: While Protestants may receive bread & wine, theirs is simply that - bread and wine. They have no power of orders and cannot confect a valid Eucharist.]

* Communion under both species was not commanded by the Second Vatican Council.

* The faithful are never required to Communicate under both species - "The holy council, guided by the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of godliness (see Isa. 11:2), and following the custom and the judgment of the Church itself, teaches and declares that the laity and clerics who are not celebrating are not bound by any divine command to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist under both species. And faith leaves no possibility of doubting that Communion under one species is sufficient for salvation." (Council of Trent)

* Christ is contained fully and entirely under one species and is not received "more fully" under both species than under one species.

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A little less sensitivity, please!

Recent statements made by bishops have highlighted an increasingly serious problem in the Church - namely, overly "pastoral" actions of prelates. With this modern "sensitive" approach, it appears that the "most deadly sin" Church leaders fear committing is offending someone (not everyone mind you - it is well known that tradition-minded Catholics may be offended with impunity). Today's Church leaders don't want to offend Jews or Protestants or Muslims or adulterers or any other type of sinner, regardless of the precarious state of their soul.

Thankfully, such timidity was unknown to the Early Church Fathers whose writings bubble over with statements that would be condemned as "not pastoral" (possibly even "unChristian"!) by today's prelates. Never mind that many of these Church Fathers are canonized saints, and some were popes. They lived in an age of great faith - even if they were the persecuted minority - and feared not to speak openly concerning truths even if their actions might cost them their own lives under the most horrible torture imaginable.

We see clearly that Holy Scripture - even the New Testament - is also not brimming over with "pastoral sensitivity". For example, consider these passages...

"You brood of vipers!" (Jesus Christ, Mt. 3:7, Mt. 12:34, Lk. 3:7)

"You serpents, you brood of vipers, how can you flee from the judgment of Gehenna?" (Jesus Christ, Mt. 23:33)

"[Jesus] turned and said to Peter, 'Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.'" (Mt. 16:23)

"You belong to your father the devil and you willingly carry out your father's desires." (Jesus Christ, Jn. 8:44 )

"O stupid Galatians!" (St. Paul, Gal. 3:1)

" are filled with bitter gall and are in the bonds of iniquity." (St. Peter, Acts 8:23)

"But Saul, also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, 'You son of the devil, you enemy of all that is right, full of every sort of deceit and fraud." (Acts 13:9-10)

"After a first and second warning, break off contact with a heretic, realizing that such a person is perverted and sinful and stands self-condemned." (St. Paul, Ti. 3:10-11)

"Whoever sins belongs to the devil" (St. John, 1 Jn. 3:8)

"Would that those who are upsetting you might also castrate themselves!" (St. Paul, Gal. 5:12)

"If you are without discipline, in which all have shared, you are not sons but bastards." (St. Paul, Heb. 12:8)

So why do today's successors to the Apostles - who are filled with the Holy Spirit - feel they must "sugar coat" truths and almost apologize if that have to say anything even remotely "harsh"? Why do they feel they must bend over backwards to accommodate sinners rather than convert them? Should they not take a lesson from Holy Scripture, from the Church Fathers, and from the popes, bishops & saints of the past? It's souls - not feelings - that really count.

We must consider honestly that harsh correction is often medicine. What would one think of a doctor who refused to prescribe lifesaving medicine because it tasted bitter? Would he not be derelict in his duty and a causer of death? As St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church, says concerning weak fathers:

"And so it is just as if the father of a poor cold-blooded child (already, more delicate than it ought to be), should, although it is so feeble, give it cake and cold (drink) and whatever only pleases the child, and take no account of what might do it good; and then, being reproved by the physicians, should excuse himself by saying, 'What can I do? I cannot bear to see the child crying.' Thou poor, wretched creature, thou betrayer! for I cannot, call such a one a father: how much better were it for thee, by paining him for a short time, to restore him to health forever, than to make this short-lived pleasure the foundation of a lasting sorrow?"

In addition, such childish concern for feelings harms souls and plays to our pride-prone nature - both for those parties who don't want to do the offending ("I don't want to tell them that, they might not like me") and those they don't want to offend ("considering their mild comments, my actions can't be all that bad").

Likewise, we must always remember that we're part of the Church Militant, that we're engaged in a REAL, SERIOUS, and continual spiritual battle with the world, the flesh, and the devil, and that our entire eternity depends on how we do in this conflict. Even on the secular level, an army could not function well if its leaders were more concerned with soldiers' feelings than with the warfare they were supposed to be engaged in. How much chance do you think solders would stand against the enemies if their leaders failed to give them lifesaving instruction for fear of "hurting their feelings"? Similarly, how can we survive our spiritual warfare if our leaders fail to give us this necessary guidance?

Please, who cares about our overly sensitive feelings! The salvation of our souls is at stake. What good does it do us if our feelings are preserved "unharmed" but our souls are lost for all eternity?

Furthermore, in the modern "caricature" of true Christianity, sinners frequently remind us that we're not supposed to "judge" others (see Mt. 7:1), but they conveniently omit any reference to biblical instructions such as...

"admonish one another" (St. Paul, Col. 3:16, Rom. 15:14)

"admonish them sharply" (St. Paul, Ti. 1:13)

"admonishing everyone" (St. Paul, Col. 1:28)

"If your brother sins, rebuke him" (Jesus Christ, Lk. 17:3)

"Reprimand publicly those who do sin, so that the rest also will be afraid." (St. Paul, 1 Tm. 5:20)

"I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people, not at all referring to the immoral of this world or the greedy and robbers or idolaters; for you would then have to leave the world. But I now write to you not to associate with anyone named a brother, if he is immoral, greedy, an idolater, a slanderer, a drunkard, or a robber, not even to eat with such a person. For why should I be judging outsiders? Is it not your business to judge those within? God will judge those outside. 'Purge the evil person from your midst.'" (St. Paul, 1 Cor. 5:9-13)

While we're certainly not to judge hearts, we are necessarily called to judge actions. This is our duty as Christians. We must do so in order to survive. Even in the secular world, anarchy would reign if there were no judges, no juries, if everything were "left up to the individual".

Although prelates try to convince us we're enjoying a "Second Pentecost"+ since the Second Vatican Council, it is clear that the first Pentecost resulted in the Church leaders shedding their fear and standing firmly & unwaveringly for truth. In fact, St. Peter's first action at Pentecost was to call the Jews (who days previously had been in the true religion) to convert. Those who didn't listen to him did so at their peril (see Acts 2). At Pentecost, St. Peter was not silent. Our leaders today should not be silent either. We need to hear important truths for our own good, even if they are unpleasant.

Finally, if we are going to truly follow Christ, we must expect persecution and suffering, not a false peace. As Christ says...

"Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man 'against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one's enemies will be those of his household.'" (Jesus Christ, Mt. 10:34-36)

"If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, 'No slave is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you." (Jesus Christ, Jn. 15:18-20)

"Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law." (Jesus Christ, Lk. 12:51-53)

Please, dear bishops, if you really love us, get off the "comfy couch of pastoral sensitivity" and remind us continually of hard truths such as...

"Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." (St. Peter, 1 Pt. 5:8)

"Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned." (Jesus Christ, Jn. 15:6)

"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few." (Jesus Christ, Mt. 7:13-15)

"The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth." (Jesus Christ, Mt. 13:41-42)

"I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea, and all of them were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. All ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they drank from a spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was the Christ. Yet God was not pleased with most of them, for they were struck down in the desert. These things happened as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil things, as they did. And do not become idolaters, as some of them did, as it is written, 'The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel.' Let us not indulge in immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell within a single day. Let us not test Christ as some of them did, and suffered death by serpents. Do not grumble as some of them did, and suffered death by the destroyer. These things happened to them as an example, and they have been written down as a warning to us, upon whom the end of the ages has come. Therefore, whoever thinks he is standing secure should take care not to fall." (St. Paul, 1 Cor. 10:1-12)

Our souls are at stake.

+ This term "Second Pentecost" seems offensive enough on its face (Why would we need a "new" Pentecost? Is someone implying the Holy Spirit left the Church at some point? Does anyone dare assert that the destruction that the Church has suffered over the last 4 decades - unmistakably proven statistically by numerous indicators - was the work of the Holy Spirit? ), but it's made even more offensive by the actions (and non actions) of many prelates who claim we're in the midst of such an event yet act entirely contrary to how Scripture says the Church leaders behaved upon receiving the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

Was this topic is of interest? If so, you might also be interested in the following:

* Tough love in the New Testament

* User-Submitted Article: "10 Commandments" According to the Ignorant & Misguided - PC & False Christianity: A Scriptural Response

* Summary of Changes Since Vatican II: A Revolution in the Church?


Video to "Warm the Heart"

For those not able to attend either the Solemn Pontifical High Mass last Friday celebrated by Bishop Rifan in NY or the Solemn High Mass in CA on Saturday celebrating the 7th Anniversary of the Founding of the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem, you may be glad to know that video coverage may be found at the following locations (click link to view):

* Diocese of Rockville Centre Blog

* Una Voce San Bernardino Site


Year of Priests

The Year of Priests has begun as of Friday 6/19. This is a great time to show priests your appreciation, and especially to help them by being a good & faithful Catholic. Also, we must:

* Pray for them

* Respect them

* Obey them [of course obedience is necessarily limited to appropriate commands, and is not accorded to commands which violate faith or morals]

* Pray & work for vocations

As Scripture says:

"With all your soul, fear God, revere his priests. With all your strength, love your Creator, forsake not his ministers." (Sirach 7:29-30)

"Honor God and respect the priest" (Sirach 7:31)  

Note that Sunday, being Father's Day, provides a good opportunity to honor your priest with a special spiritual and/or material gift.

Some resources on this site you may find helpful include... (click link to view)

* Priests & Vocations Section

* Priests & Vocations Reflections [Quotes from Scripture, popes, saints, etc. on a variety of topics, including: celibacy, church hierarchy, duties & responsibilities of priests, clerical dress, good / bad priests, holiness, preaching, priests / priesthood, priests & the sacraments, vows, etc.]

* Prayers for Priests

* Priests & Vocations Facts

[Related Links: Pope issues letter to clergy for Year of Priests | Year of Priests Indulgences]


Rewarding lawbreakers

The president of the USCCB has called for "comprehensive immigration reform legislation". He claims "we do not approve or encourage the illegal entry of anyone into our country" but then seems to call for amnesty. Isn't amnesty essentially "approving and encouraging" those who have broken the law? Could someone please explain how it is possible to "not approve or encourage" breaking the law if you reward precisely those who do break the law? Even elementary school children are smart enough to know that rewards influence behavior. Our bishops don't know that? [Note: Previous story here] [6/18]

The Real Climate Change

Considering the recent "doom & gloom" report issued by the White House, it seems a good time to contemplate the "global warming" agenda. Not being a scientist with fancy credentials, these thoughts won't be lofty or technical, but more a probe of the impetus behind the movement and some of its unanswered questions.

To begin with, the report - authored by governmental agencies, universities & research institutions - says that global warming is...

* "unequivocal"

* happening now

* caused primarily by humans

* effecting the entire U.S.

* worsening

* already partially irreversible

* affected by choices made today

Grave predictions are associated with this report. For example...

* More floods, tornadoes & hurricanes

* "Significant" increase in heat related deaths

* Harm to crops

* "Extreme" heat waves

* More air pollution

* Increased occurrences of wildfires

* Water shortages

* Increase in insects

* Harm to the economy

Scary stuff. But, yet some things may nevertheless be found questionable with regard to the "climate change" movement. For example:

* If "global warming" is so certain and "unequivocal", why do thousands and thousands of scientists disagree?

* If "global warming" is true, why were scientists in the recent past concerned about "global cooling" - a supposed coming "ice age"?

* "How can they predict global warming 100 years into the future when they cannot predict the temperature accurately for next weekend?"

* How can they prove that "warming" isn't normal & cyclical? How do they counter critics' claims that the supposed warming is "moderate and not unprecedented"? That these are simply normal & natural climate cycles?

* How can they prove "warming" isn't caused by natural changes with respect to the sun as some suggest?

* How can they prove their "climate models" are accurate, especially in light of the deficiencies some say exist?

* If "global warming" was caused by humans, why might certain elements be traced back to periods of history in which it would have been impossible for people to have been the cause?

* If "global warming" was true, why have "propaganda pieces", such as Gore's movie, been shown to contain "substantial inaccuracies and false claims"?

* If "global warming" is getting worse, why was one recent year noted as the "coldest year of the decade"?

* Why have the alarmists "overlooked or downplayed" benefits that some "atmospheric changes" have supposedly brought?

* Have they concretely proven (not just alleged) that mere humans - who make up only a very small part of this planet - have caused such a catastrophic impact? ("In the absence of fire, could a lone fly heat up the entire Empire State Building?") And furthermore, have they even remotely considered the planet's - like the body's - remarkable ability to "heal" itself?

* How can they prove (not just allege) that human behavior is the driving force in "global warming"? Why do critics point to the insignificance of human factors in comparison with naturally occurring factors (e.g. volcanoes)?

* How do they counter critics' charges that their "cause & effect determinations are erroneous"?

* Are some supposed effects of "global warming" - e.g. erosion - really just normal occurrences that are to be expected? Didn't they occur many times in the past - long before humans could have been "responsible for global warming"?

* How can we trust their results as "scientific" when it would have been impossible for them to accurately compare temperatures over long periods of time? Remember that reliable measurements are available only for more recent years. They obviously must have based their findings on mere "estimations and calculations" - not actual empirical data. [And, even if changes could be reliably measured over the small span of the past 50 years, this wouldn't prove that observed variations are anomalies. Perhaps such variations have occurred repeatedly over past millenniums. Without reliable measurements for the past thousands of years, we couldn't know for certain.]


* Why does some significant evidence appear to contradict their theory?

* Why does the mainstream media fail to report evidence which is contrary to the alarmists' claims?

* Why is equal press time not given to those who reject the concept of "global warming"?

* Why are alarmists' claims given a good deal of attention when they are made but when they are disproved this fact is given little or no attention?

* How can we be absolutely certain that alarmists' claims are scientifically rather than politically motivated?

* Do we really believe government can "stop" climate change?

* How can they disprove critics' claims which speak of "faulty science", "lack of evidence", "untrue claims", "misrepresentations", "a hoax", "inaccuracies", "exaggerations", "lies"? Since they make the claim of "global warming", it seems the burden of proof must rest with them.

* Is it true that some dissenting research papers have been ignored? That certain "researchers" ignore opposition? That they gloss over findings which disagree with their already held positions? That "intimidation tactics" have been used? That dissenting scientists are "afraid" to speak out because they may lose research money or be ostracized by colleagues - or have their careers ruined?

* How do they counter charges that some have a financial interest in the outcome of supposedly "scientific" findings regarding "global warming"?

* Isn't it a bit convenient that such an extreme alarmist report has come out while legislation regarding "global warming" is stalled in congress? As one person said regarding the report, "One has to hope it will influence how people think about particular legislative proposals."

* How can we be assured that this is not simply "scare tactics & fear mongering"? Alarmists point to "catastrophic changes", "an enemy threatening public health", a "state of emergency" and say there is no time for delay. And there is, of course - conveniently - no time for debate.

Ultimately, what is most scary about this movement is the effect it will likely have upon us and on our freedoms. Don't we have very good reason to fear that this is an agenda to further tax & regulate people, take away freedoms, redistribute wealth, raise prices (especially for fuel), promote abortion and euthanasia, and gain power? Isn't this some very handy "artillery" to force people to make unwanted or harmful lifestyle changes (e.g. have fewer children; drive smaller, less safe cars)? Isn't this the perfect opportunity to advance the agendas of global government and depopulation? Haven't we seen over and over again how those in power provoke fear and then profit from it? Haven't we experienced many false alarms in the past - supposed "crises" that simply vanish away without coming true? Doesn't sad experience show us that we can't blindly trust alarmists and politicians, especially those who have agendas? Don't their actions already illustrate that the "fear mongering" will eventually lead policy-makers to discover new "environmental crimes" which could result in persons being fined, sent to jail, or even (in some countries) receiving the death penalty?

Isn't it already troubling that children are being indoctrinated into accepting "global warming" as an indisputable fact? Isn't it also unnerving that everywhere we go someone tries to brainwash us into acceptance of the "global warming dogma"? Isn't it bothersome that those who don't accept "the party line" on 'global warming' are likely to be ridiculed & ostracized?

Finally, even if global warming was actually true, could we safely trust politicians to "fix" this supposed problem if they hold anti-Christian values, if they are anti-life, and if they have no qualms about "taxing us into the poorhouse"?

Again, not being a scientist and thereby not able to evaluate the highly technical arguments on their merits one may simply consider what is readily observable. If nothing else, the above point to some serious "red flags" with regard to supposed "global warming". Besides, biblically speaking, isn't it fair to say that the end of the earth will be advanced by moral sins rather than "environmental sins"? Scripture doesn't speak of the end of the earth coming due to some "impersonal" crumbling of ecosystems but rather in relation to Christ's second coming. Obviously the real end of the world won't be preventable merely by adopting "green" policies.

Lastly, it is true that there is one climate change prevention effort that IS undisputedly worth our efforts. That is preventing THE real "global warming" that we may experience after death if our souls are not saved. And the threat of this "climate change" is undeniably real. Not only that, but it is eternal, unfixable, and is the direct result of each sufferer's own actions. It is incumbent upon each of us to do all we can to avoid this "global warming". Fortunately, preventing this dreaded "climate change" requires no scientists, politicians, regulations or taxes. [6/17]


The disgraced FL priest who defected to a heretical sect has reportedly "married" the 'divorced' woman he was having an affair with (of course he cannot be validly married to her if her husband is still alive and she was validly married to him). May God give them both the grace of true contrition. "God will not forgive us any sin, whether mortal or venial, unless we have true contrition for it." (Baltimore Catechism) [Note: Previous story here] [6/16]

Defeat for traditionalists?

The long-rumored transfer of Archbishop Ranjith has been formally announced. He will be succeeded by American Archbishop-elect Joseph Augustine DiNoia. Is this a really a defeat for traditionalists? Time will tell, but signs seem to indicate the opposite. For example:

* It is thought that Archbishop Ranjith may now be in line for a red hat, possibly as early as next year

* Archbishop-elect Joseph Augustine DiNoia has been quoted as saying: "The great danger is when the focus [of the liturgy] is on the celebrating community [instead of on God]" and "I think the liturgy should give us a sense of the heavenly liturgy; it's about God, not us"

Now that doesn't sound like a defeat for traditionalists, does it? [6/16]

"It's not about being Catholic"

Once again, we witness the sad results of Catholics' loss of the sensus Catholicus - this time in the dispute in Texas. Parishioners at the remote parish are unhappy because the diocese wants to demolish their hurricane-damaged church. They believe the building can be repaired and have taken the matter to (civil) court where a judge issued a restraining order on their behalf. In the meantime, rather than arrange appropriate accommodations, some parishioners took it upon themselves to schedule a Mass at a Methodist 'church'. Fortunately, the diocese apparently ordered the priest to stay away from the event (unfortunately, it is not clear if it was for the most essential reason - some claim it was "in retribution"). Sadly, the parishioners went ahead with their own priestless "service" at the aforementioned 'temple of heresy', a Methodist 'church', led by heretical "ministers".

Why these Catholics would voluntarily choose to adore God at a place erected solely for the purpose of heretical worship boggles the mind. We know that holy persons of the past would have chosen martyrdom rather than step foot on such unholy ground.

It seems even more evidence that decades of ecumenism have destroyed the sensus Catholicus. Don't these people realize that...?

* This 'temple of heresy' is a profane place that Catholics should not enter. It exists for the sole purpose of heretical "worship" by those in a false, man-made religion which is set up in opposition to the one true Church of Christ. Keep in mind that false religions deny the hierarchical nature of the Church, papal supremacy, papal infallibility, the Immaculate Conception, Christ's true Flesh and Blood in the Holy Eucharist, etc. They advocate false doctrines, reject and distort parts of the Bible & they may tolerate or promote sins such as contraception, euthanasia, abortion, divorce, etc.

* If there is a so-called 'altar' there, it would be a great offense to lay the Holy Eucharist on this unblessed & profane place used to conduct false worship.

* Despite numerous warnings in scripture, these people have willingly "opened their ears" to false clergy, listened to 'scripture' which was (presumably) from a corrupt - heretical - translation, and allowed themselves to be led in prayer by "wolves" (false preachers).

In the past, the penalty for such actions would have been excommunication: "None must either pray or sing psalms with heretics; and whomsoever shall communicate with those who are cut off from the Communion of the Church, whether clergymen or laic, let him be excommunicated." (Council of Carthage, 398 A.D.)

Even the Second Vatican Council has said "Common participation in worship (communicatio in sacris) which harms the unity of the Church or involves formal acceptance of error or the danger of aberration in the faith, of scandal and indifferentism, is forbidden by divine law."

These people apparently are somehow unaware - or don't care - that their actions are an offense to almighty God and cause scandal. They also appear to be contemptuous of the diocese (one story reads: "Parishioners vow to have the service if only to send a message of their displeasure to the archdiocese").

If only they would take a lesson from Scripture...

"After a first and second warning, break off contact with a heretic, realizing that such a person is perverted and sinful and stands self-condemned." (St. Paul, Ti. 3:10-11)

"If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him in your house or even greet him; for whoever greets him shares in his evil works." (St. John, 2 Jn. 1:10-11)

"Do not be yoked with those who are different, with unbelievers. For what partnership do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What accord has Christ with Beliar? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said: 'I will live with them and move among them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people. Therefore, come forth from them and be separate,' says the Lord, 'and touch nothing unclean; then I will receive you and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.'" (St. Paul, 2 Cor. 6:14-18)

A little history lesson might also be of assistance...

* St. John the Apostle wouldn't so much as remain in the same building (a secular edifice) with a heretic ["Everyone knows that John himself, the Apostle of love, who seems in his Gospel to have revealed the secrets of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and who never ceased to impress upon the memory of his disciples the new commandment 'to love one another', nevertheless strictly forbade any intercourse with those who professed a mutilated and corrupt form of Christ's teaching: 'If any man comes to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into the house, nor say to him, God speed you.' (2 John 1:10)" (Pope Pius XI, "Mortalium Animos", 1928 A.D.)

* A disciple of the St. John the Apostle referred to a heretic as "the first-born of Satan ["Irenaeus himself relates with regard to his master Polycarp {who was a disciple of St. John the Apostle}, how, when being asked by the heretic Marcion if he knew him, he replied: 'I know thee to be the first-born of Satan.' He also tells us that St. John {the Apostle} hearing that Cerinthus was in the same public edifice into which he had just entered, fled precipitately, for fear, as he said, that because of this enemy of truth the walls of the building would crumble down upon them all: 'so great,' remarks the bishop of Lyons, 'was the fear the apostles and their disciples had of communicating, even by word, with any one of those who altered truth.'" (Liturgical Year)]

* Another disciple of St. John the Apostle said those who listen to heretics will be dammed ["Do not err, my brethren: the corrupters of families will not inherit the kingdom of God. And if they who do these things according to the flesh suffer death, how much more if a man corrupt by evil teaching the faith of God, for the sake of which Jesus Christ was crucified? A man become so foul will depart into unquenchable fire; and so also will anyone who listens to him." (St. Ignatius of Antioch, a hearer of St. John the Apostle, c. 110 A.D.)]

* Throughout history, popes, councils, and numerous saints warned of the danger of associating with heretics. We know also that saints would give up their lives rather than partake part in 'worship' with heretics or enter heretical 'churches' - "temples of Satan". As St. Ephraem the Syrian, Doctor of the Church has said, "Fly from them and from their doctrines; do not go near them, for you know that whoever is found in a place where outrage has been offered to the king has to come into court to be questioned according to law. Even if he can prove he was not guilty he will be condemned for want of zeal. Do not sit with heretics nor associate with apostates."

Frankly, their use of this facility makes as much sense asking one's avowed mortal enemy to borrow his house to celebrate your birthday. These parishioners would probably know better than to do that, but somehow they didn't know better than to use such unholy ground to "worship" God? Do they actually think God is pleased that they have used this "temple of Satan" for "worship"? Will anyone tell these poor, misguided people to get to confession; that they have - objectively speaking - betrayed the Catholic faith, and God? As one participant in the "worship service" said, "This is not about being Catholic." At least there's one thing they got right.

Related Link: Does it Really Matter if I'm Catholic or Not? / No Salvation Outside the Church (The Importance of Being Catholic: Combating Religious Indifferentism)


It is frightening

Speculation is that the 'famous' FL priest who betrayed his vows and left the Church to join a heretical sect soon will 'marry' the 'divorced' woman. The reprehensible behavior displayed is obviously lamentable & scandalous, but it also presents an opportunity to pause for some serious thought.

For example:

* He will now be preaching in a false 'church' that espouses heresy - Will he change his doctrine? Was his doctrine Catholic in the first place? If so, how can this sect accept him unless he changes his theology? Does he not care that his sect is set up in opposition to Christ? "Do they actually think that Christ is with them in their gatherings, when they gather outside the Church of Christ?" (St. Cyprian of Carthage)

* Will he be effecting a valid (although illicit) consecration in their 'temples of heresy'? Although his sect does not have the powers of the priesthood (click here for decree on Anglican orders), his personal priestly powers still remain. Therefore, he can confect a valid Eucharist if he uses the proper form & matter and has the proper intention.

* Does this former teacher of Catholic souls somehow fail to realize that he cannot be validly married to this woman if her husband is still alive and she was validly married to him? (click here) Unless his formation was incredibly deficient, he would have to know this. Yet he intends to go through with this mock "marriage" anyhow? What does this say about his supposed 'faith'? How could a man with such apparently shallow faith have been made a priest?

* Given his sudden betrayal of the Catholic Church for a heretical sect, one may wonder if this former leader of Catholics ever adhered to the infallible Catholic doctrine regarding No Salvation Outside the Church (click here). And, if he failed to hold this doctrine, was he not already under the Church's anathema? [For example: Pope Pelagius II, c. 585 A.D.: "If anyone, however, either suggests or believes or presumes to teach contrary to this faith, let him know that he is condemned and also anathematized according to the opinion of the same Fathers... Consider (therefore) the fact that whoever has not been in the peace and unity of the Church, cannot have the Lord (Gal. 3:7)" And, Lateran Council, 649 A.D.: "If any one does not profess, in accordance with the holy Fathers, properly and truthfully all that has been handed down and taught publicly to the holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church of God, both by the same holy Fathers and the five approved universal councils, to the last detail in word and intention: let him be condemned."]

* How could a man who has been ordained a Catholic priest simply stop caring about the Church or the souls he was placed over? How could he so easily betray them? Worse yet, how could he so easily abandon Christ for whom he solemnly promised to serve? Shouldn't someone have noticed his shortcomings? Remember, if he hadn't been caught, he'd probably still be a priest cavorting with this woman. Sadly, before he was exposed, this priest laid his adulterous hands on the Holy Eucharist time and again.

* How can it be thought that he actually "loves" the woman with whom he is about to enter a mock sacrament to commit adultery? We know the punishment for those unrepentant of the mortal sin of adultery is eternal hellfire. How is that love? Also, does he not care about this woman's offspring? How could he be said to care about them if he is willing to betray God, espouse heresy, cause their mother to live in adultery...?

Also worthy of serious thought is the fact that this former Catholic shepherd appears entirely devoid of fear of the Lord. His list of public sins is mounting rapidly: breaking of vows, adultery, heresy...

As Scripture tells us:

"[Jesus said,] I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna; yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one." (Lk. 12-5)

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; prudent are all who live by it." (Ps. 111:10)

"Give honor to all, love the community, fear God, honor the king." (St. Peter, 1 Pt. 2:17)

"So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent, work out your salvation with fear and trembling." (St. Paul, Phil. 2:12)

Does this former Catholic shepherd not fear hell? Did he therefore also fail to inspire his former parishioners with a fear of hell? And this was a "good priest" a "model priest"? One worthy to be on television and radio?

As St. Augustine says, "If, then, the Lord inspired fear, and inspired it strongly, and doubled it by repeating the threat, I ask you, is it wrong of you to fear? I would not say that. Fear openly, there is nothing better for you than fear; there is nothing you ought to fear more."

Should not Catholics be extremely troubled that a Catholic priest has apparently no fear of the Lord?

In fact, this former Catholic shepherd's recent behavior gives reason to question his entire body of past teaching. Was it truly orthodox? Is this simply a case of his not practicing what he preached? If so, how could he have taught Catholic doctrine correctly yet suddenly go against this doctrine? Did he really hold Catholic doctrine to begin with? Did his Catholic faith really mean so little to him or does he see little difference between it and the heretical sect he has joined? Ether way, the answer is frightening. Remember he was a CATHOLIC PRIEST placed over CATHOLIC SOULS. And a "famous" Catholic priest at that.

Now that he seems to have no qualms about joining a false 'church' and "marrying" a divorced woman in a 'temple of heresy', we see he is clearly lacking in the sensus Catholicus. Therefore, how could he have been ordained in the first place? How could he have been made "famous" on Catholic radio and television? How did the deceived masses - or his superiors - not notice his lack of faith or sanctity? God help us.

Final note: Is it not ironic that he has chosen to abandon the Church for a sect traced to Henry VIII, another former Catholic whose libido led to his destruction?

[Note: Previous story here] [6/13]

Empty words?

It's hard to ignore the irony regarding a couple of recent news items. On one hand, there is the story "House Administration Committee unanimously approves engraving National Motto 'In God We Trust' inside new Capitol Visitor Center" while on the other hand we read: "House approves funding bill allowing Obama to promote abortion internationally". While the first story is welcome news, the other story apparently displays their lack of trust in God (Where do they think these aborted children come from? How can one claim have faith - "trust" - in God but dishonor His commandments?). Let us hope this engraving will not be mere empty words. Obviously it is great to engrave them on the walls, but it will be of no avail if they are not engraved upon hearts. [6/11]

Racist diseases?

We know that Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor believes test scores are biased when minorities don't do as well as white persons. We also know she thinks the death penalty is "racist" because she believes it is imposed on "too many" minorities relative to white persons. In her world, it seems that negative things automatically become racist (or "biased") if they disproportionately affect Hispanics.

Therefore, it seems reasonable to conclude the she might also find certain medical conditions racist since Hispanics may be at greater risk for them (possibly including: AIDS, cervical cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, earlier onset of cardiac risk factors and dementia, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.). Of course some of these conditions may be affected by personal choices, eating habits, and lack of proper medical care, etc., but we can be sure that Hispanic activists will lose no time in blaming white people also for these matters. It obviously is the fault of white persons if Hispanics choose to eat poorly, take drugs, have intimate relations outside of marriage or if they make poor medical decisions (even if it is because they are afraid to get "caught" since they are in the country illegally). Given the statistics, what else can we conclude but that the medical problems of Hispanics are racist? We can't blame them for their problems or expect them to take responsibility for their actions. No, the outcome isn't "fair" so it's racist. It must be. [6/11]

Can you imagine?

Recently, Congress unanimously approved a resolution condemning the killing of notorious late-term abortionist George Tiller. While we can't condone "vigilante justice", it's nevertheless a bit perplexing that of all the people killed each day of the year, Congress would single out this one man ("Tiller the baby killer") to pass a resolution over. Can you imagine the likelihood of a resolution being passed to condemn the killing of a heterosexual by a homosexual or the killing of a pro-lifer by a pro-abortionist? Or for that matter, will there be a similar resolution forthcoming condemning the killing of U.S. military personnel by a Muslim which occurred on U.S. soil on the very same day as Tiller was killed? Don't hold your breath. [story here] [6/11]

The Power of Language

[Advisory: News brief contains some graphic references]

Never having been waterboarded and therefore unable to speak from personal experience, it was particularly interesting to hear from one American who has undergone the procedure. This individual, Oliver North, has gone on record saying that...

* He has been waterboarded

* He waterboarded others

* "...none of us thought it was torture"

Obama, of course, refers to the technique as "torture", a word which brings revulsion to the minds of Americans. But might we now suspect another attempt by liberals to manipulate language to achieve desired results? For example: slaughter of the unborn becomes "evacuation of the uterus", pro-abortion becomes "pro-choice", murdering of the elderly becomes "mercy killing", and so on. So why not refer to "enhanced interrogation techniques" as "torture" since this single word will evoke the desired reaction?

This seems a fair conclusion, especially in consideration of the following...

* If this procedure was really torture, would we allow it to be used on our own innocent military personnel?

* If this procedure was really torture, would we allow our military personnel to use the procedure on other innocent military personnel?

* If this procedure was really torture, why don't those who have experienced it think it is torture?

Given these facts, it's hard not to conclude that the use of this term is just one more attempt to manipulate Americans using the power of language. It seems that the issue is not really about "torture" at all, but rather it is about the political agenda of liberals. This may be further evidenced by the musings of pro-lifers who have pointed out, "if Obama was genuinely concerned about torture why does he not care about - and even promotes - the torture undergone by the unborn in the womb...those helpless victims who can feel pain, who try to escape the instruments used to kill them...these helpless children who are routinely dismembered while still alive...?" Until Obama begins to show concern over the torture of innocent children in the womb, how can we believe he truly cares about torture? And finally, let's not forget that those innocent little ones tortured in the womb end up dead - unlike the criminals who are waterboarded.


Preposterous delusions or wishful thinking?

Notorious late term abortionist George Tiller, who was gunned down by a man with possible ties to extremist political groups, was eulogized this weekend as making heaven a "better, better place". The eulogizer actually told God to "get heaven ready" for "Mr. Enthusiasm" and said "Heaven will never be the same" with him there. In this eulogy, plainly devoid of fear of the Lord, surely there was no word on how this heretical, notorious abortionist, rife with blood of his helpless abortion victims, so speedily "made it into heaven" and no addressing of any of the following Scripture passages...

MK. 10:17,19: As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before [Jesus], and asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"... "[Jesus answered:] You know the commandments: 'You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.'"

Rv. 21:8: "But as for cowards, the unfaithful, the depraved, murderers, the unchaste, sorcerers, idol-worshipers, and deceivers of every sort, their lot is in the burning pool of fire and sulfur, which is the second death."

Rv. 22:12-15 :"Behold, I am coming soon. I bring with me the recompense I will give to each according to his deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." Blessed are they who wash their robes so as to have the right to the tree of life and enter the city through its gates. Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the unchaste, the murderers, the idol-worshipers, and all who love and practice deceit.

Although we certainly cannot condone "vigilante justice", we also cannot forget that Mr. Tiller barbarically killed many innocent babies - even right at the point of their birth. He is also suspected of lying regarding the age of unborn children so that he could "legally" kill them. Although the eulogizer apparently feels he can judge where Mr. Tiller ended up, faithful Catholics know this decision is left to God and God alone. Still though, even if some great miracle occurred in the last moment of his life where this mass-murderer genuinely repented and converted from heresy (Mr. Tiller was an 'usher' at his heretical 'church'), it seems one's imagination may be stretched beyond the limits regarding how this man's presence there would make heaven a "better, better place", not to mention the stretch of the imagination that would be required to believe that this man could possibly have escaped Purgatory so quickly, especially in light of quotations such as the following...

"According to the holy Doctors, for every mortal sin a man is obliged by God to seven years of penance in this world, or the equivalent in purgatory; the reason being that every mortal sin is an offense against the seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost." (St. Vincent Ferrer)

"[S]he will be in Purgatory until the end of the world." (Our Lady of Fatima to Sister Lucy, in response to whether or not Lucy's young friend was in heaven)

"[I]f you assign, on the average, as St. Frances of Rome says, seven years for the expiation of one mortal sin, remitted as to the guilt, who does not see that we arrive at an appalling duration [in Purgatory] and that the expiation may especially be prolonged for many years, and even for centuries? Years and centuries of torments!" (Fr. Schouppe)

Related Link: Does it Really Matter if I'm Catholic or Not? / No Salvation Outside the Church (The Importance of Being Catholic: Combating Religious Indifferentism)


Let's hold them accountable

Towards the end of April, Hilary Clinton made claims about botched abortions in Brazil (i.e. she claimed to have visited hospitals where "half" the women were "fighting for their lives against botched abortions"). When called to account for her comments, there was a failure to produce any evidence. Still she has yet to retract this statement.

On Wednesday, Nancy Pelosi claimed that Nancy Regan's support of embryonic stem cell research "has made a significant difference in the lives of many American people. It has saved lives. It has found cures." But the truth is that embryonic stem cell research - unlike adult stem cell research - "has not helped a single human being", it "has produced no cures or treatments, has led to the destruction of countless vulnerable human embryos". In other words, it has killed many human beings.

Concerned Americans should call on Pelosi to substantiate her claim with evidence. When she is unable to do so, she should be forced to publicly retract it, as should Clinton. It's time that those in power were held accountable for their false statements.

We should also remember that it is one thing to be simply in error and another thing entirely to deliberately lie. As Scripture says concerning heaven: "During the day its gates will never be shut, and there will be no night there. The treasure and wealth of the nations will be brought there, but nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who does abominable things or tells lies. Only those will enter whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life." (Rv. 21:25-27) Let's hope both women were merely mistaken. If so, they should be willing to repudiate their errors.

References: Nancy Pelosi Misleads on Embryonic Stem Cell Research at Reagan Statue Event | Secretary Clinton, Congressman Smith Spar on Abortion (4/09)


'Blind justice' & the 'quota queen'

Conservative commentator Patrick Buchanan has referred to Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, as a 'quota queen'. He claims that she is "all about" race-based justice. In support of his claim, he cites the following:

* She "headed up Accion Puertorriquena (at Princeton), which filed a complaint with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare demanding that her school hire Hispanic teachers"

* She "co-chaired a coalition of non-black minorities of color that demanded more Latino professors and administrators" at Yale

* She was "alarmed" when the use of quotas in university admissions was prohibited by the Supreme Court's 1978 decision in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke. In this case, the white Bakke was rejected admission by UC Davis' medical school even though he scored higher than "almost all" minority students who were admitted

* She has joined groups which "promote race and ethnic preferences, affirmative action and quotas for Hispanics" (e.g. the radical National Council of La Raza & the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund)

Buchanan claims that she is "a judge who, all her life, has believed in, preached and practiced race discrimination against white males". We know that she has put this into practice even in her own court decisions. For example, she decided that white firefighters should be denied promotions they had earned because they were white (apparently "few" minorities qualified for promotions based on the exams so she opted to disregard the exam results). We also know that she has stated publicly that "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." She has also given the indication that she is an "activist judge" who may take "personal feelings & experiences" into account instead of being a fair, impartial judge.

No matter what your race or gender, this should send a chill up your spine. Who really wants to live in a country where your gender or skin color are more important than truth & justice? Or when a judge's "feelings & experiences" are allowed to trump a fair and impartial assessment of the law? So much for the concepts of justice being 'blind' and 'equal justice for all'! Obama has chosen this divisive nominee who stands for race-based justice, reverse discrimination, and judicial activism. Elevating this woman (who, by the way, has a "terrible record of reversals") will be a signal that "diversity" is more important than law and skin color & gender are more important than justice. It will further destroy justice in this country by allowing 'lawmakers' to be disguised as judges. Call your senators & representatives and tell them to oppose this nomination. Demand that judges demonstrate that they are fair and impartial and don't render decisions based on "feelings" or personal agendas. [story here] [6/2]

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Sotomayor's record of reversals worsens: Supreme Court overturns earlier ruling - white firefighters were unfairly denied promotions due to race [6/29]

Under pressure from the British government, Protestant paramilitary organizations in Northern Ireland announce decommissioning of weapons; Previous conflicts in Catholic neighborhoods killed thousands [6/29]

Parishioners pledge $600K to keep historic Cleveland church open [6/29]

Despite warnings, SSPX proceeds with ordinations; SSPX leader calls bishops' remarks "verbal bullying" [6/29]

Health Secretary Sebelius "doesn't think" government health care will include rationing: Pro-lifers concerned that government health plan may lead to euthanasia & assisted-suicide, Critics say government health plan will raise taxes and will be a "massive takeover" of 16% of the economy [6/29]

Pelosi won't commit to giving the public a week to review final text of health-care bill before it is voted on, fails to respond to question regarding having CBO report on cost of final bill; Final bill "likely" to be over 1,000 pages long and "will include mandates and regulations that could permanently transform the U.S. health care system" [6/29]

Current draft of health care bill said to mandate nationwide taxpayer-funded abortion [6/29]

Nearly all House members surveyed hadn't read the entire 1,200 page climate bill before they voted on it [6/29]

Pro-abortion advocate attacks pro-life group's national headquarters; Vandal attempts to disable security system, punch group's president; Organization has received death threats since shooting of notorious abortionist; Group's president says local police "seemed apathetic" [6/29]

Parishioners in Chicago donate 15 pounds of gold for crowns for statues of Jesus and Mary [6/29]

Woman charged in connection with theft during Mass; Suspect alleged to have stolen from parishioners' purses while they knelt in the pew or went to receive Holy Communion [6/29]

S*domite agenda moves forward: Lawmakers in CA pushing bill for official day to honor deceased homosexual activist Harvey Milk; Bill would encourage public schools in CA to "conduct suitable commemorative exercises" annually on May 22 which would recognize "his accomplishments" and familiarize students "with the contributions he made" [6/29]

Pro-life legal group files papers to challenge court order requiring FDA to allow 'Plan B' drug to be sold to minors [6/29]

Prefect for the Congregation for the Clergy says "there is no room in the priestly ministry" for pedophiles; Says those guilty "must be punished both through civil and canon law" [6/29]

Tax hike alert: House passes "green bill" that conservative group estimates will cut GDP & cost thousands of $'s per family in carbon taxes [6/27]

Vatican newspaper stirs it up again: Recently deceased "pop music legend" who was not known for promoting Christian values is praised by L'Osservatore Romano [6/27]

U.S. bishops "enthusiastically" support climate change legislation that opponents say will result in "the largest tax increase in American history" and have only a "miniscule effect on the process of climate change" [Note: For previous news brief concerning the 'global warming' agenda, click here ("The Real Climate Change")] [6/27]

Ireland grants legal rights to s*domite couples [6/27]

Pro-life democrats send letter to Pelosi requesting House not advance health care bill that covers abortion [6/27]

Don't expect them to bother reading legal opinions of someone they support elevating to the U.S. Supreme Court! Senate Majority Leader says he has not read any of Sotomayor's legal opinions and says that "...if I'm fortunate...I won't have to read one of them" [6/27]

Another reason to homeschool: CA public school district sides with PP and votes to allow teenaged students to leave campus during the day for "confidential medical services" - e.g. abortion, contraception, rape treatment, drug abuse, mental health services, STD treatment - without parental notification or consent; More CA schools may follow suit [6/27]

Blog associated with Kansas City diocese says earlier story regarding Ark was "bad translating, hype" [6/27]

Italian magazine claims heated debates are occurring in the Vatican; Topics of debate said to include inter-religious dialogue, role of the Secretary of State, and the quick beatification of JP2 [6/26]

Doctor foresees "government takeover of medicine" with forced rationing of care, doctors abandoning practices; Claims government-run health care "will bode ill for doctors and medicine"; Says it's time to "take back medicine for patients" [6/26]

Don't expect them to read what they vote on! Health-care plan on fast track: Senate Majority Leader won't commit to giving a week for senators and public to review health-care reform bill [6/26]

Leader of Ethiopian Orthodox 'Church' announces plans to display what it claims is the Ark of the Covenant; Not clear if any proof of authenticity will be offered [6/26]

Paraguayan bishop identifies four areas of "filth" that need to be overcome by certain priests in the country [6/26]

New weekly TLM announced in Massachusetts [6/26]

Unlikely ally? ACLU files legal brief in support of Diocese of Bridgeport over 'lobbying' activities [6/26]

Promiscuity alert: FDA approves generic 'Plan B' drug; Pro-lifers point to more procured abortions coinciding with increased promoting of the 'morning-after' pill [6/26]

Obama begins push for amnesty for illegals despite governments citing the "growing number of illegals" as "a major strain on health care costs, crime and overcrowded schools" [6/26]

Pro-life demonstrator carrying image of aborted baby nearly run over by abortion advocate in CA; Second case of attempted vehicular assault in recent times [6/26]

Irish bishops' agency that provides counseling for married couples says conflicts over Internet activities are a "significant" and rising cause of marital strain [6/26]

More censorship at YouTube? Popular video-sharing site removes undercover video exposing Planned Parenthood [6/25]

Some vandalized statues at Catholic parishes undergoing repair; Still no leads on who perpetrated the "devastating act of vandalism" [6/25]

Korean police chief apologizes for police violence against priests [6/25]

In 2011, U.S. astronaut will again carry St. Therese relic into space [6/25]

Pro-abort group selling purple wrist bracelets with Tiller's "mantra" - "Trust Women" - to "honor his message and as a symbol" of pro-choice "values" and to "pay tribute" to the notorious abortionist's "legacy" [6/25]

Don't expect Obama to convert: White House press secretary gives unsolicited comment regarding Obama's upcoming meeting with Pope Benedict: "I can assure you...we're not joining a church in Italy" [6/25]

[Advisory: The following link contains graphic references to the partial-birth abortion procedure]

A bit of sanity: U.S. Court of appeals in VA upholds state's partial birth abortion ban; Concurring judge writes: "The fact is that we - civilized people - are retreating to the haven of our Constitution to justify dismembering a partly born child and crushing its skull. Surely centuries hence, people will look back on this gruesome practice done in the name of fundamental law by a society of high achievement. And they will shudder." [6/25]

Irish Prime Minister demands that religious orders reveal "extent of their assets" by mid-July; Government commission to evaluate orders' ability to provide additional compensation for abuse victims [6/25]

Senator Brownback declares opposition to Sotomayor nomination; Says she "believes the judiciary should take an activist role and make laws, instead of upholding the law" [6/25]

Excommunicated archbishop ordains another bishop in push for married priests [Refresher: Reasons for priestly celibacy] [6/25]

Eight statues destroyed by vandals at FL parish [6/24]

Women's group challenges "Komen for the Cure" foundation to public debate over abortion-breast cancer link; Group's leader says "Komen perpetuates the breast cancer epidemic by withholding the truth that abortion increases breast cancer risk"; Endocrinology professor says "donations to Komen may actually serve to cause more breast cancer, rather than to fight against it" [6/24]

S*domite agenda advanced: NC House passes legislation explicitly requiring school employees & students to report "harassing behavior" or a "hostile environment" motivated by "gender identity" [6/24]

GOP Senators criticize Sotomayor but observers say little can be done to defeat her nomination due to Democratic majority [6/24]

Vatican fundraiser? Vatican reportedly selling 200 "painstakingly accurate" replicas of Henry VIII's annulment plea for around $70K/ea. [6/24]

Children's films new target for 'LGBT' activists? Researchers say traditional relationship portrayals in children's films are "partially to blame for the pervasiveness of ... 'heteronormativity'" [6/24]

U.S. should take a lesson: Chilean government bans distribution of 'morning-after pill' [6/24]

Obama to meet with Pope on July 10 [6/23]

USCCB expresses "appreciation and support" for Bishop D'Arcy but does not issue condemnation of ND; Statement also omits mention of possible plan to revisit 2004 bishops' document [6/23]

Scandal apparently not a financial setback: Notre Dame reaches its fundraising goal of $1.5 billion two years ahead of schedule [6/23]

President of pro-life group claims Sotomayor is "worse on abortion" than retiring Justice Souter; Says that with Sotomayor on the court, "the unborn would be at greater risk than ever before" [6/23]

Restoration work on Pauline Chapel concludes; Pope to preside at chapel's inauguration [6/23]

Schools in Rome to install c*ndom vending machines; Cardinal decries the decision [6/23]

Pro-lifer's videos showing PP's abuse cover-up may result in loss of state funding for the major abortion provider [6/23]

Labor unions and & Catholic leaders sign accord in Catholic health care dispute [6/23]

Obama's plan to replace Council on Bioethics with new bioethics commission criticized as ploy to replace current Council members with "more liberal ones" [6/23]

Vatican investigator looks into alleged miracle attributed to former U.S. Army Chaplain, Father Emil Kapaun [6/22]

"Prominent" Brazilian priest murdered [6/22]

Bishop Murphy confronts Catholic politician over his support of "gay marriage": "...homosexual acts are not morally neutral. They are wrong and they are sinful", "Our teaching is unambiguous, faithful to the Lord and binding on all Catholics. No Catholic is free to ignore or disregard this teaching" [6/22]

Spanish Bishops' Conference exhorts Catholic legislators to vote against pro-abortion law [6/22]

Pope Benedict opens Year for Priests; Urges priests to strive for holiness [6/20]

Unbelievable: Diocesan website says it is "possible" that bishops may revisit 2004 statement which states that Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles; Says "we're in a continual process of thinking and discernment about our relationship with the political situation, which is constantly changing" [6/20]

Vatican condemns Church official's claim that beatification of Pope Pius XII is delayed due to Jewish pressure [6/20]

Pope said to be "losing patience" with Austrian bishops [6/20]

Huh? "The USCCB reaffirms what the Holy See has stated repeatedly...the Catholic Church does not proselytize the Jewish people" [6/20]

One of oldest adoption agencies in Britain to stop adoption efforts due to "gay rights" laws [6/20]

Blog contributor claims discrimination against tradition-minded priests; Says seminaries are in "panic" over number of seminarians demanding to be taught Traditional Latin Mass [Note Regarding Moderator Comment: We assume this may refer to the unfortunate, yet widespread occurrence of laity 'taking charge' of what should be priestly functions] [6/20]

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights warns Senate that 'hate crimes' legislation will do "a great deal of harm", calls "broad federalization of crime" a "menace to civil liberties"; Legislation allows accused persons to be tried twice for the same (alleged) offense [6/19]

SSPX ordaining priests in Minnesota despite controversy [6/19]

U.S. bishops debate, vote on changes to Novus Ordo Masses [6/19]

Controversial editor of Vatican newspaper says previous comment was made "on the fly" but "does not back away from the assessment" [6/18]

Pope issues letter to clergy for Year of Priests [6/18]

USCCB calls for "immigration reform"; Claims "we do not approve or encourage the illegal entry of anyone into our country" but seems to call for amnesty for illegals [6/18]

Obama appoints s*domite activist to Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools; Appointee is founder of organization "dedicated to promoting pro-homosexual clubs and curricula in public schools" who wants to "normalize homosexual behavior" and promote other perverted actions [Warning: Article covers offensive topic] [6/18]

Japanese news report says North Korea may fire missile towards Hawaii [6/18]

British couple's frozen embryo accidentally implanted in another woman who aborted the child; Gravely immoral IVF procedure routinely results in the death of the majority of embryos [6/18]

Two "key" U.S. bishops say they see no push for sanctions against Notre Dame [6/18]

PBS board bans new religious programming from affiliate stations [6/18]

Holy See Press Office: SSPX ordinations "remain illegitimate" [6/17]

"More concrete rumors" that Hitler planned to kidnap or kill Pope Pius XII [6/17]

Obama to spend your tax $ to extend benefits of federal employees to their s*domite "partners"; Some s*domite activists still displeased [6/17]

'Hate crimes' bill attached to unrelated bill on tourism; Senate is expected to approve legislation [see previous news brief] [6/17]

"Key personnel change" in Roman Curia: Archbishop Ranjith named Archbishop of Colombo, American Archbishop-elect Joseph Augustine DiNoia named secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship [6/16]

Pope to visit San Giovanni Rotondo on 6/21 [6/16]

Fellay says Pope will issue Ecclesia Dei restructuring motu proprio by 6/20; Warned that negotiations could be "jeopardized" if excommunications occur over SSPX ordinations [6/16]

Archdiocese of New Orleans seeking permission to redirect federal storm compensation funds to additional areas not hit by Hurricane Katrina; Parishioners "shocked" to learn of archdiocese's plans to divert funds from poor areas to suburban parishes [6/16]

Vatican implements firewall to ban employees from accessing social networking sites; Vatican calls it a "normal and prudent" measure; Some employees critical of the decision [6/16]

Shocking: Ten "Catholic" colleges found to promote internships at pro-abort, 'LGBT' advocacy organizations [6/16]

White House hoping to schedule meeting with Pope in July [6/16]

Priest & two seminarians killed in Mexico; Drug traffickers suspected [6/16]

Don't want to alienate Catholic voters: White House spokesman says the Holy See "is very important to our foreign policy priorities" [6/16]

Cathedral of Saint Paul in MN receives designation as national shrine [6/16]

Pro-lifers rally near Obama's address to AMA delegates: "Abortion is not health care" [6/15]

Papal encyclical on economics expected to be published "soon", possibly 6/29 [6/15]

Another freedom lost: City of San Francisco enacts mandatory recycling ordinance for all businesses and residences; San Franciscans must sort garbage into three bins or face fines [6/15]

Catholic parents of sextuplets ignored doctors' advice to abort some of the babies: First sextuplets in UK in over 25 years were conceived naturally after two years of trying [6/15]

Parish in FL defaced by graffiti [6/15]

NY stem cell board to pay women for harvested eggs with state funds; Member of ethics board says action is "unconscionable" and does not take into account health risks of the "risky and potentially dangerous" procedure; Calls it a "gross exploitation" of poor women [6/15]

S*domites converge on Rome calling for same-sex "marriage" [6/15]

Catholic bishops in Britain express "significant concerns" over proposed "equity bill"; Legislation could significantly harm religious freedom [6/15]

Pope meets with Austrian bishops; Church in Austria facing "severe problems" [6/15]

'Year of the Priest' begins on Friday 6/19; Dioceses plan special events to highlight year [Note: Click here for indulgence information] [6/15]

Female Hindu militant arrested over bombing of Catholic parish in Nepal [6/15]

Archbishop Burke: "We all have witnessed the compromise and, indeed, betrayal of the Catholic identity of Notre Dame University", "That the premiere Catholic university in the United States would give an honorary doctorate of law to one of the most aggressive pro-abortion politicians in our history is profoundly shocking"; Archbishop Burke was "happy" to ordain in the traditional form; He believes "fifth Marian dogma" is part of ordinary teaching of the Church [6/15]

[Note: Above article refers favorably to the alleged 'seer' of 'Our Lady of America'. Clearly we must leave approval of alleged apparitions in the hands of proper authorities in the Church. While this alleged apparition appears to have some ecclesiastical approval, faithful Catholics may nevertheless have concerns regarding trademarks and 'ownership' of images associated with this alleged apparition. (Click here for more on Marian apparitions)]

Director of Vatican Museums announces four-year long restoration of Bernini colonnade; Restoration will also include figures crowning the colonnade at the Vatican [6/15]

Former Catholic priest from Zambia excommunicated; Renegade priest entered into schism & advocated "optional celibacy" and "ordination of women" [Refresher: Reasons for priestly celibacy | Reasons for all-male priesthood] [6/13]

Catholic scholar "lashes out" at Archbishop Fisichella over prelate's supposed "justification" for abortion [6/13]

More evidence of Sotomayor's pro-abort stance: Additional briefs uncovered refer repeatedly to a "right to abortion"; Briefs authored while Sotomayor sat on board which "monitored all litigation undertaken by the fund's lawyers" [6/13]

Illinois appeals court rules that suspended priest cannot sue his accusers; Court says it would be "a violation of religious freedom" for a secular court to "pass judgment on the internal disciple of the Catholic Church" [6/13]

Excommunicated archbishop to ordain rebel priest "dedicated to ending the rule of priestly celibacy" to the episcopacy: Illicit action brings penalty of automatic excommunication [Refresher: Reasons for priestly celibacy] [6/13]

Speculation over the transfer of Archbishop Ranjith: Might he be sent away to receive a red hat? [6/13]

CNS in "open rebellion"?; Bishop's news organization criticized for "failure to consistently apply reliably Catholic editorial standards" [6/13]

Citing a "grave state of emergency", the SSPX plans to proceed with ordinations; Diocesan spokesman says ordinations could result in excommunications; No mention of recent talks between Vatican and Fellay [6/12]

More than twenty people, mostly children, become ill during Mass; Carbon monoxide poisoning initially suspected [6/12]

Motu Proprio expected soon combining Ecclesia Dei commission with CDF; Rumored transfer of Archbishop Ranjith may occur within a few days [6/12]

DOE employee appointed by Obama a homosexual activist who looks forward to day when "promoting homosexuality in schools will be seen in a positive light" [Warning: Article covers offensive topic] [6/12]

Boston archdiocese insists that hospitals will "remain faithful to Catholic moral teaching"; ALL president claims archdiocese's explanation is "absolutely not" acceptable [6/12]

NASA promotes homosexual activism with taxpayer dollars [Warning: Article covers offensive topic] [6/12]

House approves bill creating 'Office for Global Women's Issues' which "appears certain" to have promotion of abortion "as one of its top priorities" [6/12]

Catholic paraplegic's books said to have stopped four people from committing suicide [6/12]

New rules allow local authorities in Britain to enter homeschoolers' homes and interview children without parents present; Homeschoolers fear attack on rights of parents [6/12]

Buchanan addresses Sotomayor & affirmative action: Says "her academic career appears to have been a fraud from beginning to end, a testament to Ivy League corruption"; Sotomayor's summer reading for Princeton included children's classics & basic grammar books; Says the schools "cheated more deserving students of what they had worked a lifetime to achieve, for reasons of race, gender or ethnicity" [6/12]

Catholic organizations in Poland protest Madonna concert scheduled for Feast of the Assumption of Mary; Protester says singer's performances are anti-Christian & claims that concert scheduled on this feast day is a "distinct attempt to stir controversy" [Note: Link is to print version] [6/12]

Irish bishops release report on abuse: "This abuse represents a serious betrayal of the trust which was placed in the Church. For this we ask forgiveness. We are ashamed, humbled and repentant that our people strayed so far from their Christian ideals" [6/11]

Swiss guard who played "leading role" in protecting popes for over 40 years retires [6/11]

House Administration Committee unanimously approves engraving National Motto "In God We Trust" inside new Capitol Visitor Center [6/11]

Sotomayor says she is a "perfect affirmative action baby"; Says her admission to Ivy league schools would have been "highly questionable" without affirmative action; Blames her lower test scores on "cultural biases built into testing" [6/11]

WHO declares swine flu pandemic, raises warning to highest level although presently characterized as "moderate" in severity; First global flu epidemic in over 40 years [6/11]

House approves funding bill allowing Obama to promote abortion internationally [6/11]

Vietnamese government seizes Catholic Church properties, demolishes monasteries to build tourist resorts; Altar and statues discarded in garbage dump [6/11]

Republican senators send letter to Sotomayor requesting missing documentation; Senators also ask for clarification of her role with State of New York Mortgage Agency and Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund [6/11]

Archbishop Chaput gives "two thumbs up" to upcoming movie release starring Jim Caveziel [6/11]

Peruvian bishops send formal request to Canadian Catholic hierarchy to end funding for pro-abort group [6/11]

Archbishop criticizes Poltawska for publishing private correspondence with JPII; Calls publishing papal letters "a sign of narcissism"; Letter recipient claims that Pope "wanted" her to "give this testimony" [6/11]

Washington Times says Rush is wrong regarding Sotomayor abortion record: Points to Nominee's service on board that submitted at least six briefs "strongly" supporting abortion as well as White House assurances [6/11]

Tax dispute over reorganization could cost San Francisco Archdiocese millions; Critics wonder if tax inquiry could be "payback" for the Church's stand in favor of Prop 8 [6/10]

Irish abuse victims to hold silent march [6/10]

Pro-life advocate concerned that probe into killing of notorious abortionist may be politically motivated; Recent killings targeting U.S. military personnel on U.S. soil - including one killing by a Muslim jihadist on the same day - have not resulted in similar probes [6/10]

Judge issues temporary restraining order forbidding Archdiocese's demolition of TX parish; Parishioners claim hurricane-damaged building can be repaired [6/10]

Thomas More Law Center to appeal ruling of Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which upheld constitutionality of San Francisco Board of Supervisors resolution condemning Vatican directive to Catholic Charities to stop adopting children to sodomites; Chief counsel compares Board's actions to Nazi Germany policy [6/10]

New book defending Pope Pius XII to be presented by director of L'Osservatore Romano [6/10]

Pope to open Year for Priests on June 19 [6/9]

Oliver North tells interviewer "I've been waterboarded, I used to waterboard people", "none of us thought it was torture" [6/9]

NY Archbishop wants to raise the status of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral to a basilica [6/9]

Abortion clinic run by notorious slain abortionist to close permanently according to family's attorney; Although family will not be involved in other abortion centers, they expressed pride in "service and courage" of slain baby killer [6/9]

More evidence of pro-abort position: Brief apparently endorsed by Sotomayor refers to "an urgent concern that the Court clearly and unequivocally reaffirm Roe v. Wade" and speaks of a "right to abortion" [6/9]

One more notch in the armor of celibacy? Former heretical 'minister' ordained priest in Nebraska; New priest is married with four children [Refresher: Reasons for priestly celibacy] [6/9]

Archdiocese of Boston said to be reviewing Catholic healthcare organization's role in promoting abortions [6/9]

NY businessman pleads guilty to scam targeting Catholic investors [6/9]

Texas company markets at-home test to determine gender of unborn baby; Pro-lifers fear results may increase gender-selective abortions [6/9]

Pope Benedict to spend "period of rest" from 7/13-7/29 at Valle d'Aosta [6/8]

First step to socialized medicine? Obama calls for creation of government run national health insurance company; Unlike private companies, federal healthcare entity "would not have to be solvent" [6/8]

More evidence of pro-abortion stance found in Sotomayor's questionnaire; Supreme Court nominee thought to be "very liberal" since she once prefaced remarks with "No matter how liberal I am" [6/8]

Israel announces and then rescinds decision to seize Church funds [6/8]

Pope Benedict said to be "very visibly upset" over Irish abuse report [6/8]

Two sisters hit, one dies after being struck by car; Both members of Sisters of the Most Precious Blood in Missouri [6/8]

New NYC law allows abortion clinic workers to press harassment charges against "peaceful pro-lifers" [6/8]

Catholic mother in England who suffered mental breakdown is taking legal action after her son was placed under care of sodomite foster "parents" [6/8]

Third senator confirms Sotomayor will uphold Roe v. Wade [6/6]

Catholic apologetics organization sues IRS over alleged intimidation [6/6]

Two top leaders of Irish Church meet with Pope to discuss abuse report [6/6]

'New springtime' update: Although total number of U.S. Catholics increased over past year, percentage of Catholic population remains steady; Past year saw fewer marriages, confirmations, first Communions, baptisms, and conversions; Church also suffered net loss in number of parishes [6/6]

After Obama coverage controversy, Vatican newspaper publishes unsigned note saying it is "standing side by side" with U.S. bishops; Note appears in inside pages of newspaper while "a more prominent" story praises Obama's speech on Islam [6/6]

Catholic health-care agency wins government contract requiring them to provide abortion, contraception and sterilization coverage; Archdiocese has yet to answer for its involvement with this business [6/6]

Sotomayor has history of controversial racial & gender-based remarks; Nominee said to be "driven by a powerful ethnic pride and a belief that she has an obligation to lift up fellow people of color"; Says ethnicity and gender of judge "may and will make a difference in our judging"; Refers to "sister power" and says that "The Latina in me is an ember that blazes forever" [6/5]

One is seven released Gitmo detainees return to terrorism according to DOD report [6/5]

Another pro-abort senator confirms Sotomayor will support Roe v. Wade [6/5]

2009 Official Catholic Directory shows increase of about 1 million U.S. Catholics from previous year [6/5]

Justice Clarence Thomas' former clerk sends letter to Senate Judiciary Committee members; Claims Sotomayor's questionnaire is "incomplete and unreliable"; Accuses nominee of omitting "controversial material from her past" [6/5]

"Leading" pro-abort senator confirms Sotomayor will uphold Roe v. Wade after private meeting with nominee [6/4]

Department of Education reports near doubling in number of home-schooled students in last eight years [6/4]

Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals upholds constitutionality of San Francisco Board of Supervisors resolution which condemned Vatican directive to Catholic Charities to stop adopting children to sodomites [6/4]

Vatican concerned over danger of Confession being confused with "a psychiatrist's couch"; Priests to be issued handbook "instructing them to give their flocks a sharp reminder of what sin is all about"; Vatican official notes declining number of confessions and confusion over purpose of Confession [6/4]

Mainstream media and abortion advocates portray Tiller as "champion of women", fail to mention his botched abortions that killed and injured women: At time of death allegations against him may have resulted in his losing his medical license [6/4]

Archbishop of Granada warns that "a democracy without values ends up becoming a dictatorship"; Reminds that "'there is no task more urgent that to offer a perspective as God sees things,' because 'anything else would be to work for the enemy'" [6/4]

Religious orders in Ireland agree to increase contributions to fund for abuse victims [6/4]

Former press spokesman speculates that beatification of JPII could occur this year, denies that Pope's friendship with psychiatrist could have influenced his decisions; Process may still be delayed due to the refusal of two cardinals to testify, Cardinals Sodano & Sandri are reportedly "uneasy" over the speed of the beatification process [6/4]

ND has not sought leniency for pro-life protesters arrested on campus; Witnesses say pro-life protesters at ND arrested for 'criminal trespass' while pro-Obama demonstrators were allowed to "roam free" [6/4]

New Hampshire becomes sixth state to 'legalize' sodomite "marriages" [6/4]

Archbishop Baldelli appointed to head Apostolic Penitentiary; Replaces American Cardinal [6/3]

Pope grants Congregation for Clergy new faculties to more easily laicize certain dishonorable priests [6/3]

Deo Gratias: Newly ordained priest celebrates his first Mass in 'Extraordinary' Form [6/3]

Conservatives call on GOP to filibuster Obama's Supreme Court nomination [6/3]

Appalling: June 2009 declared "'LGBT' Pride Month" by Obama [Warning: Article covers offensive topic] [6/3]

Vatican Secret Archives to publish new edition of documents regarding Galileo case which will include 20 recently discovered items [6/3]

UK tribunal rules that Catholic adoption agency must assist with adoption to sodomites; Failure to do so may cause it to lose status as charity and cost it public funding; Agency may now be open to lawsuits from sodomites it rejected in the past [6/3]

U.S. government submits brief in defense of Mojave Desert cross memorializing WWI veterans; Argues case should be dismissed "because the plaintiff has not been personally injured or denied any rights by the presence of the cross but only claims to be offended by it" [6/3]

Obama said to be 'comfortable' with makeup of his 'faith-based advisory council', even though a member of the council repeatedly made statements against the Pope and the Catholic Church [6/3]

Suspect charged with first-degree murder in shooting of notorious abortionist; DA says evidence rules out the death penalty [6/3]

Italian news agency reports that Obama will meet Pope Benedict in July [6/2]

USCCB pro-life committee chairman denounces killing of notorious abortionist [6/2]

Personal correspondence of Pope JPII raises questions, delays beatification; Cardinal Sodano reportedly reluctant to testify, has reservations about accelerated process for beatification [6/2]

Diocese of Bridgeport seeks court order against state officials to protect First Amendment rights [6/2]

Amazing: Pepperdine professor claims some faithful Archbishops "were not taking a 'Catholic approach' to politicians who favor legalized abortion, particularly when they urged such politicians not to receive Holy Communion" [6/2]

[Reality check: "Can. 915 Those...who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin, are not to be admitted to Holy Communion." (1983 Code of Canon Law) & "Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord." (1 Cor. 11:27)]

Nevada lawmakers override Governor's veto: Sodomites & cohabitating couples to have same rights as married persons, discrimination against 'domestic partners' prohibited [6/2]

Cardinal Newman Society sending spiritual bouquets to support bishops who publicly opposed ND's Obama invite [6/2]

Attorney General orders U.S. Marshals to protect abortion providers after shooting of notorious abortionist [6/1]

Notorious late-term abortion provider shot dead at his 'church'; Suspect may be affiliated with extremist political groups [6/1]

Pope Benedict's prayer intentions for June [6/1]

Peruvian cardinal weighs in on ND: Says Obama is not "the most adequate person to receive recognition" from ND which "has been greatly confused for some years now"; Says: "...a university that has the title of 'Catholic' and then it turns out that it teaches what is contrary to the faith. This is a confusion or an abuse. I think the Church has the duty to call things by their name" [6/1]

She's Catholic? Friends of Supreme Court nominee say they "never heard her talk about her faith, and had no recollection of her ever going to Mass or belonging to a parish" [6/1]

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