Saturday, April 30, 2005

 

European council's "no" to euthanasia

This proves that not everyone on the planet thinks that legalized euthanasia is such a cool idea. Read the entire article at this link.

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 30, 2005 (Zenit) - The Vatican expressed agreement with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe's recent move to reject, by a large majority, a draft measure to legalize euthanasia. "It has been a positive sign," Bishop Elio Sgreccia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said on Vatican Radio. "It means that there are still forces in Europe that respect and want the life of the seriously ill patient respected, in the final stage." The vote Monday took place after a long debate during which 71 amendments were added. The text was ultimately rejected by a vote of 138 to 26, with five abstentions.

 

Speaking of Hillary Clinton

The school in New York that honored pro-death Hillary Clinton has lost its official recognition as a Catholic insitution. I'm sure that Ken Salazar would see this as the workings of the Antichrist, of course, and I have no doubt that this move by the New York Archdiocese will be roundly condemned by the liberal media. After all, doesn't being Catholic in America mean doing whatever feels good to you? I'm beginning to wonder whether American Catholics even realize that the Church has such things as beliefs and doctrines to which members must adhere.

I wonder if these so-called Catholics would recognize my right to be a professional basketball player despite the fact that I'm a middle-aged white woman whose last experience with a sport of any kind was watching the Super Bowl--after all, who cares that I don't know NBA rules, let alone follow them? Who cares that I'm a short white woman? Isn't that sexist of the NBA to not allow short middle-aged women to play? What right do they have to tell me that I can't play pro basketball just because I don't know the rules, hate the rules I do know, and am a short woman?

Or how about professional poker--I have never played poker in my life, but the rules don't concern me. I should be able to make them up as I go along, twist them to fit my lifestyle choice, shouldn't I? I think I could easily beat Ben Affleck if only I could play by my own rules, if only the Las Vegas casinos would recognize my inherent right to play the game the way I want it to be played, the way I wish it could be played. I'd feel ever so much better about myself...

From LifeSiteNews.com:

MANASSAS, VA, April 29, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Archdiocese of New York has determined that Marymount Manhattan College is no longer a Catholic institution. The college has been under protest by the Cardinal Newman Society for inviting pro-abortion Sen. Hillary Clinton to give its commencement address and receive an honorary degree on May 20.
This is the fourth time since the late Pope John Paul II issued Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution on Catholic universities, that a bishop has declared an historically Catholic college or university to be not Catholic. The three colleges previously declared no longer Catholic include Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and Nazareth College and Saint John Fisher College, both in Rochester, New York.

Friday, April 29, 2005

 

Putting your euros where your mouth is

A few days before his death, Pope John Paul II donated 25,000 euros (his own money) to the Gemma Project, a group in Italy that helps unwed pregnant women. Zenit ran this article about the Gemma Project, and it has been said that a "veritable city of babies" have been saved by the efforts of this one group.

 

Jewish group forms in defense of Christians

This seems timely considering that apparently some libs think that pro-lifers are the Antichrist. A Jewish group has formed in defense of embattled Christians.

A longtime columnist and author has birthed a new organization made up of Jews who are committed to battling anti-Christian bias and discrimination in the culture. Don Feder, a Boston Herald writer and syndicated columnist for 19 years, is president of Jews Against Anti-Christian Defamation, or JAACD. WorldNetDaily: Jewish group fights anti-Christian bias

 

The Antichrist?

Ken Salazar, a congressman here in Colorado and a self-styled Catholic, has claimed that Focus on the Family is "the Antichrist of America." Figures, somehow, that this would come from Colorado, the state I love but which is also where Patsy Ramsey probably got away with murder, where Kobe Bryant and his tramp got it on, where the Texas Seven fled to...the list goes on ;) Anyway, Salazar has run into trouble before--and believe me, Denver talk radio was abuzz with this "Antichrist" comment of his--and the previous trouble was with Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput, a truly outspoken defender of the Catholic faith.

Last year Salazar was rebuked publicly by Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput. He was selected to receive an award from a Catholic lawyers group. However, when the archdiocese learned that the pro-abortion 'Catholic' was to receive an award they pulled the auxiliary bishop who was to say Mass for the group's special award dinner, also telling them to move their ceremony from Church property. (see LifeSiteNews.com coverage: http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2004/dec/04122103.html )

In my humble opinion, if you deny the basic tenets of the Catholic faith--such as the belief that all life is sacred and should not be terminated at someone else's whim--then you are not a Catholic. You can say you are 'til the proverbial bovines do their proverbial thing, but the fact is--you are not a Catholic. Ken Salazar is not Catholic. John Kerry and Ted Kennedy are not Catholic. Again, for those people who believe abortion is not murder, that lesbians should be able to become married priests, that the slaughter of Terri Schindler was "peaceful" and that her so-called husband did the right thing--go ahead and start your own religion. We Catholics won't stop you ;) Just, please, let Ken Salazar be your archbishop? And Ted Kennedy could be a cardinal! And hey, while you're at it, why not make Teresa Heinz Kerry your pontiff?

Oh, as for the "Antichrist" thing--strikes me as funny that a man who will defend to the death a woman's "right" to murder her unborn children shouldn't be so quick to claim that a truly Christian group like Focus on the Family is the Antichrist. The whole "what would Jesus do" thing applies here, I think--and I somehow cannot see Jesus marching in a pro-abortion rally and screaming that decent groups like Focus are the antithesis of His belief system. Stupid thing to say, Salazar, truly stupid...

Thursday, April 28, 2005

 

Out of the woodwork

In case anyone was wondering how long it'd be before things came crawling out of the woodwork, here they come . Never mind that Ratzinger himself reopened several sex abuse cases. Never mind that any other entity on the planet would be allowed to try to deal with things in-house first, at least by the press if not by law. Never mind that hundreds of priests lost any dignity they'd ever had when accused by grown adults of abuse in those now-adults' childhoods.

I vividly remember the whole "Michelle Remembers" brouhaha of the 1970s, when every single child in America was Satanically abused. I vividly remember the whole "Daddy did it" brouhaha of the 1980s when every single child in America was raped by a family member. I vividly remember the whole "hypnosis made me remember it all" brouhaha of the 1990s when every single adult in America recalled repressed horrors while being treated by a hypnotherapist. And does anyone out there remember the alien abductions of the '40s and '50s? I'd be willing to bet that Benedict XVI remembers those times as well, and I'd be willing to bet that then-Cardinal Ratzinger was highly suspicious of the hundreds of abuse claims that were pouring in from everywhere in the 1990s. Given the fact that these claims were mainly made by adults who said the abuse had happened anywhere from 10 to 50 years in the past, I'd also be willing to say that perhaps then-Cardinal Ratzinger may have had good reason to doubt.

Yes, there are evil priests. There are also evil Methodists, evil Jehovah's Witnesses, evil Mormons, evil baggage handlers, evil stock clerks, evil bank managers. I am so sick of everybody blaming priests for everything bad that has ever happened. Seriously. The Church is not riddled with pedophiliac priests, no matter how badly gays want it to be. It just isn't. Some kids must have been abused by some priests at some point in time, yes, granted. Horrible. Evil. But you have to wonder, at some point, don't you, just why it's only the Catholic Church that ever snags front-page headlines with this stuff? If in doubt, if you think that only Catholic priests have ever abused anyone in the Christian sphere, if you think that only those nasty, perverted, unmarried Catholic priests are the perpetrators, CLICK HERE.

 

Spy at the Vatican

Apparently a priest was acting as a Communist spy during the 1980s at the Vatican. In other words, right at the time when John Paul II was doing his level best to bring down Communism itself (and succeeding beautifully...) The priest has now been sent back to Poland by the Vatican to face these extremely serious charges.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

 

Tony Blair

Ex-President Bill Clinton has endorsed Tony Blair's re-election bid. This quote comes from the Boston Herald: "If you do value the progress you are making in Britain. If you value the idea you can end world poverty, you have to vote for value,'' Clinton said, echoing Blair's Labour Party campaign slogan "If you value it, vote for it.''

 

Disturbing post--warning

From LifeSiteNews.com, linked in my sidebar and shown as a news ticker at the bottom of this page, comes this incredibly disturbing story. In other pro-life news, Sharon Osbourne has said that her own abortion was the worst thing she ever did.

ORLANDO, FL, April 25, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Angele, a single mother in her thirties with two children, thought that abortion was the answer to her circumstances. At almost 23 weeks gestation, she entered the EPOC Clinic in Orlando, Florida. Little did she realize that the next day she would give birth to a live, perfectly healthy boy whom she named Rowan. Cradling Rowan's moving body, her screams for help were ignored by abortion clinic workers while her son took his last breath. The clinic is known for late-term abortions and its well-known founder, Dr. James Pendergraft. A few years ago he served time in a federal prison regarding an alleged scheme to extort the city of Ocala, Florida by means of his other abortion clinic in that city.
Abortion Clinic Workers Refuse To Help Mother Screaming to Save Live Child

And this related story, also from LifeSiteNews.com:

PERTH, April 25, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The legal ramifications of abortion are reaching levels of absurdity that are becoming difficult to parody. With the advent of the bizarre notion of 'wrongful life' lawsuits has come the answer to the pro-lifers' rhetorical question, "What do you do if a hospital fails to kill your child?" In the case of Stacy Dow, a 20-year-old Scottish woman who gave birth to a healthy girl after trying to abort her and her twin, the answer is, 'sue.' Dow is suing Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust for 250,000 pounds because they failed to kill both of her unborn children.

Dow said she discovered she was pregnant with twins and, because she wanted to carry on with plans for nursing school, she went to the Perth Royal Infirmary for an abortion at six weeks gestation. The hospital tried to abort the children and told her it had been 'successful.' Later when Dow began to put on weight, she visited a doctor. "After 33 weeks I went to the GP and he told me I was pregnant. I thought he meant I had fallen pregnant again, and I couldn't believe it when I was told that it was one of the original pregnancies."

The surviving twin was born healthy and is now three years old. Dow is claiming, with perfect adherence to the abortion logic, that since her intention was to kill both children and the hospital failed to complete the operation, that Dow is now owed support for the surviving child.
Abortion Fails to Kill Both Twins - Mother Sues Hospital

 

Fasting from the media

In South Africa thousands of Christians, in a protest of those who use God's name in vain, are going to engage in a 30-day fast from all media except genuine news broadcasts and religious programming. You can find more info at http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/s05040130.htm

 

Now why am I not surprised?

Hillary Clinton should take a page from her husband's book and at least try to be seen reaching out to people of a different political bent than her own. She publicly stated that she wanted to find "common ground" with pro-life groups, but apparently that only meant that she wanted to find somewhere to bury them. She is now refusing absolutely to meet with coalitions of pro-life groups, and that really doesn't surprise me in the least. She, and those on the left like her, blow with the political winds--but they may want to remember that it was those pesky values and morals that lost them the last election. They may want to remember that Catholics voted mainly for George W. Bush--twice. Not everyone in this country likes the fact that millions of unborn children are slaughtered here annually, Hillary my dear... And just saying that you want to find common ground isn't necessarily going to fool all of us--some of us would like to see you walk your talk and actually have the courage to face pro-lifers and hear their side of the argument.

 

Libs devastated that new Pope is Catholic

This was just too good not to post. Bear in mind that most liberals would have you believe that John Kerry is Catholic, despite the fact that he consistently goes against Church teachings and the fact that many American Archbishops and priests have barred him from receiving Communion in their churches. For the entire article click here

Much to their amazement and consternation, liberals have discovered that the 265th Roman pontiff is rigid and doctrinaire -- not a happening dude. If that weren’t enough, he believes Catholicism is true, and other religions are in error to the extent that they deviate from it. Moreover, he rejects feminism, believes homosexual conduct is sinful and warns against what he terms the “dictatorship of relativism.”

In other words, the liberal establishment is forced to reluctantly conclude that Benedict XVI is – a Catholic. Something will have to be done about this.

While Catholics the world over rejoiced in the election of a new pope, over at the Vatican of liberal orthodoxy, eyebrows were raised and palms were getting moist. Coverage in The New York Times the day after the selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to succeed John Paul II reflected the paper’s concern.

In what passes for news coverage in the pages of the Times, Benedict was described as a “hard-line German theologian who served as John Paul II’s defender of the faith.” But the man known for his “doctrinal rigidity” even “went beyond John Paul’s conservative theology.”

“Pope Benedict’s well known stands,” the Times informed the faithful in the hushed tones of revelation, “include the assertion that Catholicism is ‘true’ and other religions are ‘deficient’; that the modern, secular world, especially in Europe, is spiritually weak; and that Catholicism is in competition with Islam. He has also strongly opposed homosexuality, women as priests and stem cell research.”

Monday, April 25, 2005

 

Setting the record straight on the new Pope

Just setting the record straight on the new Pope's involvement with the Hitler Youth. His family were not pro-Hitler, they were not pro-Nazi. Benedict's brother Georg has found himself in an uneviable position in the past few days--that of having to defend his brother against nasty charges of pro-Nazism. The Chicago Tribune has a lengthy article on this subject, but I'll just post a small bit here:

Joseph Ratzinger, 78, has written about his childhood during the rise of Adolf Hitler. He always acknowledged that in 1941, when the Nazis demanded membership, he joined a Hitler Youth group. Georg Ratzinger explained that he and Joseph, who realized early on that they wanted "a life at the altar," were raised in a home where Hitler was despised, in the pine-covered hills of Bavaria.

"My parents viewed him intensely as an enemy," Ratzinger said. "From the beginning, they saw him as an enemy. They thought he was anti-Catholic and anti-Christian, anti-religion." Their father was a police officer whose dislike of the policies of National Socialism spurred the family to move from village to village in southeast Germany. The family eventually settled in Traunstein, a Catholic stronghold near Munich.

The article also states that Joseph Ratzinger never fired a shot during the War, and continues:

Georg Ratzinger has allowed himself a few judgments this past news-filled week. "Anybody who writes such a thing [that Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, was a willing particpant in Hitler's regime] must need something to write," Ratzinger said, sighing about the most sensational headlines. "And anyone who writes that . . . doesn't understand the times as they were."

Read the entire article here: Yahoo! News - Pope's family saw Hitler as enemy

 

Canadian P.M. in hot water with Bono

Paul David Hewson, a.k.a. Bono, has been a driving force behind the effort to give aid to developing countries. He has met with world leaders urging either aid to be given to poorer countries, or debts to be forgiven them. And now the Canadian P.M. has landed himself in hot water with the outspoken Irishman. From Yahoo:

OTTAWA (AFP) - Irish rock star Bono has criticized embattled Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin for failing to honour a pledge on boosting aid to developing countries. The Irish singer, who has just started a North American tour with his band U2, said he was "disappointed" by the Canadian government's lack of action on development aid -- an issue on which is is an outspoken lobbyist. "I'm annoyed," Bono told CBC Radio in an interview late Saturday. "I'm bewildered, really. I'm disappointed," he said. "I can't believe that Paul Martin would want to hold up history," Bono said. "I'm going to be the biggest pain in his ass," Bono said, suggesting he will continue lobbying Martin over foreign aid. "We were looking for Canada to lead rather than be a laggard." Yahoo! News - Bono vows to be a pain for Canadian PM Martin

 

Pope plans visit to Poland

This is from Zenit, and I'm posting it in its entirety as it's so short. I hope that Benedict's plan to visit Poland comes to fruition--it would be both highly symbolic, and a sensitive tribute to the man who was one of his best friends.

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 24, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI expressed a desire to make a pastoral visit to Poland, a trip that could link his pontificate more closely with that of John Paul II. When greeting news reporters in an audience Saturday, the director of KAI, the Polish Catholic news agency, commented to the Pope: "Holiness, we hope to see you in Poland." "Yes, I too hope to see you in Poland," replied the new Pontiff. Benedict XVI has confirmed his plans to go to Cologne, Germany, for World Youth Day in mid-August. A trip within Italy, to Bari, is also possible on the occasion of the Italian National Eucharistic Congress, May 21-29. No confirmation of this trip has been made.Vatican observers speculate that a trip to Poland could take place before World Youth Day.

 

Benedict XVI will follow the will of God

This is from Zenit, and will no doubt really, really upset everyone who was convinced the new Pope might just start allowing married lesbian priests to perform Church-sanctioned abortions:

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 24, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI says the priorities for his pontificate are those of the will of God, not his own ideas. During a Mass today in St. Peter's Square to inaugurate his pontificate, the new Pope received the pallium and the Fisherman's Ring, symbols of his Petrine ministry. "At this moment there is no need for me to present a program of governance," the German-born Pontiff said in his homily to an audience of 400,000 people. "I was able to give an indication of what I see as my task in my message of Wednesday, April 20, and there will be other opportunities to do so." The message the Holy Father referred to was one he delivered to cardinals in the Sistine Chapel after the Mass he celebrated the day following his election as Pope. In that message, he committed himself to promote unity in the Church, unity with other Christian confessions, and unity within the human family, following the guidelines outlined by the Second Vatican Council.

 

10 reasons not to fire Ward Churchill

I received this from HawaiiReporter.com's Malia Zimmerman, and she got it from PirateBallerina (linked on the left):

Top 10 Reasons Churchill Should Not Be Fired
10. He makes all other Ethnic Studies professors look positively sane.
9. CU just wouldn't be the same respected and revered institution of higher learning without him.
8. He would have more time to write.
7. He would have more time to write.
6. If he were fired, dozens of anarcho-marxist chicken-hat-wearing vegan[s]...across the nation might do something rash.
5. Two words: Affirmative Action.
4. People in the burgeoning cottage industry of Churchill-loathing blogs would have to shut down and find productive jobs.
3. The US's plans to get out of North America and off the planet would be thrown into disarray.
2. News coverage of Jacko's trial would be uninterrupted.
1. Scholarship, integrity, and objective reasoning would have a chance of gaining acceptance in Ethnic Studies--and that would just be wrong.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

 

Pope Benedict XVI is installed


Pope Benedict greets crowd
Originally uploaded by Salena Moffat.
Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd after his installation Mass, Sunday, April 24, 2005. AP photo by Alessandra Tarantino.

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