Friday, October 31, 2008
Father Corapi's life story is very inspirational. A life that's taken him from the high life of Hollywood, to sleeping on the street curb stoned out of his mind, to finally a life of dedication as a Catholic priest.
His election time message is from one who knows what he's talking about.
Please take the time to listen to his message. We tend to listen to the TV pundits and Hollywood celebrities more than listening to our Lord.
Fr. Corapi speaks a message of truth as our Catholic faith teaches. Those who are not catholic I encourage at this time to view these three 10 minute clips either altogether or piece-meal whenever you have time, before the elections.
It's a message for all.
Also EWTN will air Eleventh Hour Election Alert as a special on Nov. 3 at 5:30pm EST
and Nov. 4 at 11:00am EST - so let anybody you know who doesn't have a computer!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I read this and asked myself "how can people be so blind"?
I'm researching this now but I'll just put it out there for others to look into it as well.
AmP has the post ... followed by Gateway Pundit
"Loving your country shouldn't just mean watching fireworks on the 4th of July," he said. "Loving your country must mean accepting your responsibility to do your part to change it. If you do, your life will be richer, our country will be stronger."...
"We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set," he said Wednesday. "We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded."
Something so ambitious needs a catchy name, dontcha think? How about say ... Gestapo ... or .... Stasi .... or Committee for State Security (roughly translated Комитет государственной безопасности?) or something catchy ike that?
All joking aside, did you get that folks? Obama wants a federally controlled domestic police force funded the same as the military. Oh my ... Is it any wonder that gun sales are up in Florida?
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Below are a few TVGuide alternatives and a few “I’ll do that later” activities you might want to consider doing instead of wasting your time:
Animal Planet ----------- Pet Star (amazing tricks !)
E! -------------------------- Hope Floats (Movie of Hope & Change)
ESPN --------------------- NASCAR (what can I say)
Food Channel ------------ Barefoot Contessa (I don’t know why)
History -------------------- UFO Hunters
TBS ------------------------ Everybody Loves Obama..I mean Raymond
Things you put off:
Wash Car ----------- It will be dark out side …but what the heck
Pick up a few store items
1. Cat Litter
2. Toilet Paper
Remove ingrown toe nail (it will be more painful after the elections)
Before you swallow that rhetoric from someone who has no experience, maybe we need to remind ourselves of the blessings preserved by the man that holds the office of the President today.
Mr. Obama, you should thank Mr. Bush for allowing you the time you needed to practice your social activism and polish your speech delivery. You worked hard to get where you are now, but you didn't do it without the help of President Bush these past eight years, whether you want to admit it or not.
There are many out there that need to be reminded as well...
(resource: Hits the Nail on the Head) "The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source,
The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the president. In essence 2/3s of the citizenryjust ain't happy and want a change.
So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, ''What we are sounhappy about?''
Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day,7 days a week? Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning inthe summer and heating in the winter? Could it be that 95.4 percent ofthese unhappy folks have a job? Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?
Maybe it is the ability to drive from the Pacific Ocean to the AtlanticOcean without having to present identification papers as we move througheach state? Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we wouldfind along the way that can provide temporary shelter? I guess havingthousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is justnot good enough. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergencyworkers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopterto take you to the hospital.
Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home. You maybe upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group oftrained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family and your belongings. Orif, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar orprowler intrudes , an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vestwill come to defend you and your family against attack or loss. This all inthe backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping andpillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90 percent of teenagers owncell phones and computers.
How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world? Maybe that is what has 67percent of you folks unhappy.
Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S. , yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people inthe world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have , and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.
I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark daysafter 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks?
The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me? Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show?Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn't take alook around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad?
Think about it...... are you upset at the President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the "Media" told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day.
Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn't have to go.
They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ''general'' discharge, an ''other than honorable'' discharge or, worst case scenario, a''dishonorable'' discharge after a few days in the brig.
So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent ofAmericans? Say what you want but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds itleads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crashwith blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations.They offer what sells , and when criticized, try to defend their actions by"justifying" them in one way or another. Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn't kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it this way......Insane!
Stop buying the negativism you are fed everyday by the media. Shut off theTV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your birdcage. Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There isexponentially more good than bad.
We are among the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative."
"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding,severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, "Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"
Craig R. Smith
McCain has nothing to worry about when being compared to Bush.
When Obama Came For Them
by Matthew Archbold (Creative Minority Report)
When Obama came for the the executives making $250,000
I remained silent;
I did not earn $250,000.
When Obama came for the babies,
I remained silent;
I was not a baby...anymore.
When Obama came for conservative talk show hosts,
I did not speak out;
I didn't have a talk show.
When Obama came for the plumber,
I remained silent;
I was not a public figure.
When Obama came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Expect Obama to sign FOCA in the first 100 days (thanks AmP)
I often talk about the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), and how revealing it is that Obama has promised to sign it into law as "the first thing" he'd do as President. Fr. Thomas Berg explains FOCA:
Sponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Ca) in the Senate (S. 1173), and Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) in the House (HR 1964), FOCA is a piece of legislation designed “to prohibit, consistent with Roe v. Wade, the interference by the government with a woman's right to choose to bear a child or terminate a pregnancy, and for other purposes.”In fact, FOCA, if it became law, would go well beyond Roe, sweeping away all limits on abortion -- state and federal -- including restrictions on government funding of abortion and conscience protections for healthcare providers. We have no reason to believe Obama would hesitate to sign FOCA into law as soon as it were to passed by the 111th Congress -- a probable outcome in early 2009 if Democrats gain enough new seats in November.
... And I alert my readers that you can find an extremely useful FOCA fact sheet here and many other useful FOCA-related articles and materials here, courtesy of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life activities.
...go over to the FOCA fact sheet linked above...
You've got to be kidding!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Is Obama a Socialist? You be the Judge.
“If you look at the victories and failures of the civil rights movement and its litigation strategy in the court. I think where it succeeded was to invest formal rights in previously dispossessed people, so that now I would have the right to vote. I would now be able to sit at the lunch counter and order as long as I could pay for it I’d be o.k. But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society.
To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as its been interpreted and Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the Federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf, and that hasn’t shifted and one of the, I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court focused I think there was a tendancy to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change. In some ways we still suffer from that.”
Friday is the big trick-or-treat day! Hope your candy supply is ready.
Anyway, for some Halloween fun follow this link to some Trick-or-Treats
Just don't let the boss catch you.
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Faith - Life - Family - Marriage
These values are the cornerstone of our nation.
Render Unto Caesar What is Caesar's, and Render Unto God What is God's...
Visit their website: Value Voters
Friday, October 24, 2008
If you do not have any such doubt, have you any doubt that it is an innocent human being?
If you have no doubt about this either, have you any doubt that the authorities in a civilized society are duty-bound to protect this innocent human being if anyone were to wish to kill it?
If your answer to this last query is negative, that is, if you have no doubt that the authorities in a civilized society would be duty-bound to protect this innocent human being if someone were to wish to kill it, I would suggest—even insist—that there is not a lot more to be said about the issue of abortion in our society. It is wrong, and it cannot—must not—be tolerated.
... pay him a visit.
Link: Trubador ~ The Arbiter of Common Sense
A 20% switch toward McCain.
This good news, though the media, celebrities and the Democratic Party are already preparing for an election night extravaganza.
It seems that Catholics are taking a more 'informed conscience' look at the senator from Chicago.
Who is best to represent our Catholic values: Senator McCain leads Senator Obama among Catholic voters 48% to 39%.
Frankly, I don't know why there's even 39% for the senator from Chicago.
Stay awake Catholics... the thief in the night comes when least expectedl. (Thief as is stealing our catholic values away...)
A Huge Switch Among Catholics Toward McCain
The most accurate poll from the 2004 presidential election, the Investors Business Daily (IDB) poll, shows a phenomenal 20 point switch towards Senator McCain among Catholic voters . In the previous IDB tracking poll Senator Obama once held a commanding 11 point advantage among Catholic voters. In the latest tracking poll Senator McCain now has a nine (9) point lead among Catholic voters over Senator Obama. Senator McCain leads Senator Obama among Catholic voters 48% to 39%.
Speculation may be that the economic crisis has dissipated from the front pages as well as the Joe the Plumber drama that unveiled the redistributive policy of Senator Obama to America. But what I believe is the most influential aspect emanating from this interesting poll is that the recent spate of bishops coming out to in defense of the sanctity of life. Prelates such as Archbishop Chaput and Bishop Joseph Martino entering the national political arena and emphasizing that Catholics need to defend each person in all stages of life in addition to giving a correct interpretation of the USCCB’s Faithful Citizenship document. This may be the untold story of the election cycle thus far, Catholics understanding that the value of life trumpets all other issues.
The Catholic-Surge is working...
Apprarently, the rev. Barry Lynn (just what church he governes from I don't know) has found it offensive language in Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli homily.
The bishop wrote a column and centered it on abortion which made Mr. Lynn squirm in his seat.
... so what did he do?
"Hello, IRS? I'd like to report a Separation of Church and State violation."
It's more like a TRUTH violation. We Catholics are not allowed to address abortions issues during an election year.
Maybe if this were written and delivered by Rev. Wright at his Trinity church, it would have been okay.
Read the Story:
Bishop's column on Obama abortion polices prompts call fro IRS action
A New Jersey bishop’s newspaper column which criticized Sen. Barack Obama’s support for pro-abortion legislation has prompted the activist group Americans United for Separation of Church and State to request an Internal Revenue Service investigation. The group alleges that Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli violated regulations forbidding tax-exempt organizations from tying political issues to the candidates who support them.
In Bishop Serratelli’s October 23rd column, titled “A Politician’s Promise: No Right to Life! No Freedom!”, he examined the status of abortion law in America today, noting that most Americans now favor “some kind of a ban on abortion” and that the number of abortions is in decline.
“There is truly a deep sensitivity to life in the soul of America,” he continued, claiming the proposed Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) would “mortally wound this sensitivity.”
According to the bishop, the proposed federal FOCA bill would remove the rights of medical personnel and hospitals which have moral objections to performing abortions.
“Gone the freedom of conscience so essential for a civil society!” Bishop Serratelli predicted.
Here's the offending column ( offending to Mr. Lynn that is)
Bishop Serratelli: If Obama fulfills his promise, "the innocent and vulnerable will spill their blood"
Don't thinks this is the last of these kind of IRS reportings.
Canada comes to mind...
Animal-Human embryo research has been approved in a 355-129 vote.
The Island of Dr. Moreau lives!
AP has the post:
Britain Approves Animal-Human Embryos
... for you young'ns who don't know what The Island of Doctor Moreau is: READ THIS
Thursday, October 23, 2008
House Democrats Contemplate Abolishing 401(k) Tax Breaks.
Powerful House Democrats are eyeing proposals to overhaul the nation’s $3 trillion 401(k) system, including the elimination of most of the $80 billion in annual tax breaks that 401(k) investors receive.
House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-California, and Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Washington, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, are looking at redirecting those tax breaks to a new system of guaranteed retirement accounts to which all workers would be obliged to contribute.
A plan by Teresa Ghilarducci, professor of economic-policy analysis at the New School for Social Research in New York, contains elements that are being considered. She testified last week before Miller’s Education and Labor Committee on her proposal.
At that hearing, the director of the Congressional Budget Office, Peter Orszag, testified that some $2 trillion in retirement savings has been lost over the past 15 months.
Under Ghilarducci’s plan, all workers would receive a $600 annual inflation-adjusted subsidy from the U.S. government but would be required to invest 5 percent of their pay into a guaranteed retirement account administered by the Social Security Administration. The money in turn would be invested in special government bonds that would pay 3 percent a year, adjusted for inflation.
The current system of providing tax breaks on 401(k) contributions and earnings would be eliminated.
Biden Opposes Proposition 8
Democratic vice-presidential presidential candidate Joe Biden declared last year, “One of my avocations is theology.”
But as with the issue of abortion, the Catholic politician is earning failing grades regarding his comprehension of Church teachings about the nature of marriage.
Appearing Oct. 20 on lesbian comedienne Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show, Biden said “that if I lived in California, I would vote against Proposition 8.”
The Catholic League concisely summed up how Biden’s opposition to Proposition 8 — which would amend the California state constitution to define marriage as only between one man and one woman — contradicts the basic responsibilities of a Catholic politician.
“Proposition 8 is a civil initiative that would secure marriage as an institution that is exclusively between a man and a woman, and Joe Biden told Ellen DeGeneres that he is opposed to that measure,” Catholic League president Bill Donohue said in an Oct. 20 press release. “In other words, Biden did not tell the truth in his debate with Sarah Palin. He cannot logically be opposed to both gay marriage and Proposition 8, but that is exactly what he is trying to get away with. More important, Biden is openly defying both the pope and the bishops.
Bishops Call Fro Both/And Approach to life.
Some argue that we should not focus on policies that provide help for pregnant women, but just focus on the essential task of establishing legal protections for children in the womb. Others argue that providing lifeaffirming support for pregnant women should be our only focus and this should take the place of efforts to establish legal protections for unborn children. We want to be clear that neither argument is consistent with Catholic teaching. Our faith requires us to oppose abortion on demand and to provide help to mothers facing challenging pregnancies.
Recently, some have called on the Church to abandon most of this effort. They say we should accept Roe as a permanent fixture of constitutional law, stop trying to restore recognition for the unborn child’s human rights, and confine our public advocacy to efforts to “reduce abortions” through improved economic and social support for women and families.
The Catholic community is second to no one in providing and advocating for support for women and families facing problems during pregnancy. Catholic hospitals, charitable institutions, and thousands of pregnancy aid centers, provide life-saving care and compassionate alternatives to the violence of abortion.
Wow, another attempt by Atheists to spread their message, this time on the side of London's red buses.
Richard Dwkins has donated $9,000 toward the cause himself.
The sides of some of London's red buses will soon carry ads asserting there is "probably no God," as nonbelievers fight what they say is the preferential treatment given to religion in British society.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I thought about this reading as it relates to today's abortion issue. I'd plan on posting on it but Father Chas Canoy of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Ann Arbor, Michiagan beat me to the punch.
He does a better job than I could ever do:
“Render Unto Caesar”
Today’s Gospel that touches on the nature of civic responsibility is a fitting one as our country heads into voting booths in a couple of weeks. To understand the Gospel better we have to know a little bit about the groups involved. It begins with a group of Pharisees teaming up with a group of Herodians. These two groups do not like each other, they have opposite political views. It’s like a group of Democrats and Republicans teaming up to take out a third threat so that they can go back to the business of fighting for power between themselves. I guess the people in power back then didn’t like third parties either.
So, these two groups were trying to trap Jesus. They try to force him to take sides, so as to justify one of the groups taking action against him.. The Herodians favored Roman rule, and the Pharisees wanted independence. So they asked him, “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” If Jesus went against the tax, the Herodians would go after him on the basis of treason since the words might instigate a revolt on the tax the Jews were charged. But if Jesus spoke in favor of the tax, then the Pharisees would make him out to be a disloyal son of [Israel], favoring Roman tyranny over national independence. So what should Jesus do? First of all, he calls them out, letting them know that he knows what they are up to; “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites?” But then he actually takes them up on the question and asks for a Roman coin. He asks them whose image in on the coin, and they answer, “Caesar’s.” And so Jesus cleverly responds, “ ‘Then render unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God,’ When they heard it they marveled, and they left him and went away.” So Jesus evades their trap.
Now if only every American who rely on their freedom through the actions of these brave young men and women in uniform, would see the wisdom of our military war fighters.
Our Soldiers on the ground know when they see in a true leader. They know who they want as Commander In Chief if they are going to be sent off to war.
Army Times Poll on Presidential Race To All, In case you missed this week's issue of the Army Times here are the results of the Army Times' poll of Military personnel re:the election (in percent):
Overall 68 23
Army 68 23
Navy 69 24
Air Force 67 24
Marines 75 18
Retirees 72 20
White Non-Hispanic 76 17
Hispanic 63 27
Black/African-American 12 79 (Hmmmm..?)
Enlisted 67 24
Officers 70 22
Somehow I missed seeing this in the New York Times.
No contest in my opinion, I totally agree with Mr. Weigel. It's important to read both views only to recognize the the importance of the debate.
There is more and more confusion among Catholics today and there shouldn't be.
Catholic Teaching is clear abortion is an intrinsic evil. To support it formally or informally seems to be where the battlelines are being drawn.
The hope is that Obama's administration (if elected) will bring about less abortions. That's a big if in my book. Plus even if Obama's promises on health care, taxes, war do come true, he will still support pro-abortion laws.
Mr. Weigel points out these flaws quoting Archbishop Chaput's that Obama is the 'most pro-abortion candidated in over 35 years' (for exact wording please see privious post on Chaput).
Douglas Kmiec teams up with Nicholas Cafardi (Board of Trustee for University of Steubenville), M. Cathleen Kaveny (Senior Research Fellow and professor at University of Notre Dame), all professors of law and/or theology.
Here's the AP (American Papist) post:
Weigel fires back at Kmiec, Cafardi & Kaveny
and the Newsweeks articles:
Catholic Brief for Obama
Prof George Weigel
Prof Douglas Kmeic
Prof Nicholas Cafardi
Prof M. Cathleen Kaveny
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
It will be the middle class who will have to pay for this all. The numbers just don't add up.
The 5% rich who Obama says will pay for all this and more of his spending, don't pay taxes now, and the 40% who don't pay taxes, because of their income, well, they don't pay taxes either.
The middle class will be the mule for this burden. Don't kid yourselves.
I'm not willing to give up just yet... actually NOT EVER!
Let's fight the good-fight together.
Ethics and Public Policy Center has a dose of reality:
Something New Here
Radical? Check. Tied to ACORN? Check. Redistributionist? Check.
During his first campaign for the Illinois state senate in 1995-96, Barack Obama was a member of, and was endorsed by, the far-left New Party. Obama's New Party ties give the lie to his claim to be a post-partisan, post-ideological pragmatist. Particularly in Chicago, the New Party functioned as the electoral arm of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). So despite repeated attempts to distance himself from ACORN, Obama's New Party ties raise disturbing questions about his links to those proudly militant leftists. The media's near-total silence on this critical element of Obama's past is deeply irresponsible.
Still, we correct our ways and move on.
US bishops’ agency suspends ACORN funding
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has suspended funding of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) following reports of embezzlement, according to CCHD executive director Ralph McCloud. The CCHD has given over $7.3 million to ACORN projects in the past decade despite concerns raised over the years by the Wanderer Forum Foundation, the Capital Research Center, and others.
Thanks AP for your dedication.
On lying to American Catholics about Obama
I've reached that moment of feeling powerless to put out all the fires being started by pro-Obama "Catholics." Maybe if I received funding from George Soros like some of these "Catholic" groups do, I'd have the free time to take all of this on. But I don't.
I will, briefly, however, simply point out the many lies published on the "Catholics For Obama" website, specifically it's "Catholic Case for Obama." Just one example:
"Senator Obama and Senator John McCain hold indistinguishable positions on embryonic stem cell research"
False. Obama wishes to dramatically expand it, while McCain allows for the use of already-created embryos. This leads to very different results, as Robby George points out. CFO also makes the claim that recent technology is acceptable to Catholics. Some of it is - but that's not the kind that Obama supports. He wants to create and then kill (more) embryos. That doesn't stop CFO, however, from quoting an irrelevant statement by Cardinal Rigali. They use the same tactic in their other points: misquote, misrepresent, misapply (oh, and avoid). I sure hope they haven't deluded themselves into thinking they are being objective.
AP has the story:
Follow the money (pro-aborts --> "Catholic" organizations)
"Catholics United" and "Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good", first of all, don't deserve the name "Catholic."
I've written before about Catholics United, showing them to be a pro-democrat front group.
Archbishop Chaput has criticized both groups by name:
"[I think] the work of Democratic-friendly groups like Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, [has] done a disservice to the Church."
Yesterday, someone exposed where these two groups get their funding (formatting mine):
Catholic League president Bill Donohue exposes the nexus between George Soros and two left-wing Catholic groups, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United:
Monday, October 20, 2008
"The Homicides Involved in Abortion Are 'Little Murders'”
DENVER, Colorado, OCT. 17, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Here is the address Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver gave tonight at a dinner sponsored by ENDOW (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women). The talk is titled "Little Murders."
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I want to do three things with my time tonight. First, Terry asked me to talk a bit about my book, "Render Unto Caesar," and I’m happy to do that. Second, I want to talk about some of the lessons we can already draw from this year’s election. And third, I want to talk about the mission of ENDOW.
Before I do any of that though, I need to say what a friend of mine calls my “Litany to the IRS.” Here it is. I’m not here tonight to tell you how to vote. I don’t want to do that, I won’t do that, and I don’t use code language -- so you don’t need to spend any time looking for secret political endorsements.
I plan to speak candidly, but I can only do that if you remember that I’m here as an author and private citizen. I’m not speaking for the Holy See, or the American bishops, or any other bishop, or even officially for the Archdiocese of Denver. So the things I say tonight are my personal views, nothing more. I think they’re pretty solidly grounded in Catholic teaching and the heart of the Church, but it’s your task as Catholics and citizens to listen, evaluate and then act as you judge best.
As adults, each of us needs to form a strong Catholic conscience. Then we need to follow that conscience when we vote. And then we need to take responsibility for the consequences of the vote we cast. Nobody can do that for us. That’s why really knowing and living our Catholic faith is so important. It’s the only reliable guide we have for acting in the public square as disciples of Jesus Christ.
So let’s talk for a few minutes about "Render Unto Caesar." When people ask me about the book, the questions usually fall into three categories. Why did I write it? What does the book say? And what does the book mean for each of us as individual Catholics? This last question will be a good doorway into talking about the 2008 election, but let’s start at the beginning first. Why did I write this book, now?
Confused as they are, AP sets the record straight on Catholic Obama supporters 'coming out of the woodwork'.
Why is it that all these catholics have waited until now to come out for Obama?
It's not like he's new to the scene. Why the 11th-hour endorsement that serves to comfort Obama-leaning catholics that "people in high places agree with me", but does not allow time for a sustained debate about Obama's merits, or the merits of catholics voting for him.
It's called a pile-on, and the gates are apparently wide open.Over the very same weekend that catholics in the pew heard the famous "render unto Caesar" gospel passage, numerous Catholics have decided who they are giving their denarius to this November.
Lisa Sowle Cahill of Boston College criticizes the "partisanship" of American bishops in the National Catholic Reporter (I know - what a surprising venue for such views!):
"Abortion is a moral tragedy for Catholics and many Americans. But when the Catholic church is perceived to be cheerleaders for one political party a rich faith tradition is badly damaged and loses its prophetic voice. Bishops should correct Catholic politicians who misrepresent Catholic teaching on life and justice issues in public interviews."
Why is it impossible for some to see that the bishops aren't cheerleaders for one political party, they are cheerleaders for the unborn, who happen to be defended better by one party?! Why, when the vast majority of culprits who "misrepresent Catholic teaching on life and justice issues" are democrats, is it the bishops and republicans who are criticized for being partisan on this issue?
It's no big deal to me... however it's clear this morning that there are rewards for Mr. Powell's support.
An endorsement today = a place in the cabinet tomorrow.
CHANGE: sounds like politics as usual to me...
Obama: I Would Make Powell and Adviser in My adminstration
One day after the former secretary of state endorsed him, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says if elected, he would offer formal or informal role to Colin Powell.
... just hasn't been anything worthy to see. And let's face it at almost $10.00 a ticket, I don't feel like watching Chihuahua's on the big screen.
But this one, "Fireproof" looks pretty good.
It's time to make a date with the wife and make an evening of it.
Here's the website for more details: Fireproof
Archbishop Chaput: Obama "most committed" abortion-rights candidate from a major party in 35 years..
I'm trying to get my diocese to allow my parish to show the CatholicVote, 3:00 minute video and I'm getting nothing but road blocks. Now, I will respect the decision of my bishop but it's very frustrating.
Anyway, reading what the good bishop of Colorado has to say is very refreshing.
Archbishop criticizes Obama, Catholic allies
Denver Roman Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput labeled Barack Obama the "most committed" abortion-rights candidate from a major party in 35 years while accusing a Catholic Obama ally and other Democratic-friendly Catholic groups of doing a "disservice to the church."
Chaput, one of the nation's most politically outspoken Catholic prelates, delivered the remarks Friday night at a dinner of a Catholic women's group.
His comments were among the sharpest in a debate over abortion and Catholic political responsibility in a campaign in which Catholics represent a key swing vote.I love this extract:
"To suggest - as some Catholics do - that Senator Obama is this year's 'real' pro-life candidate requires a peculiar kind of self-hypnosis, or moral confusion, or worse," Chaput said according to his prepared remarks, titled "Little Murders."
And for you Kmiec fan's:
While applauding Kmiec's past record, Chaput said: "I think his activism for Senator Barack Obama, and the work of Democratic-friendly groups like Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, have done a disservice to the church, confused the natural priorities of Catholic social teaching, undermined the progress pro-lifers have made, and provided an excuse for some Catholics to abandon the abortion issue instead of fighting within their parties and at the ballot box to protect the unborn."
And there are those that would like to silence Archbishop Chaput from preaching the Gospel of Life.
Chris Korzen, executive director of Washington-based Catholics United, which has argued in direct mail and TV ads that taking the "pro-life" position means more than opposing abortion rights, criticized Chaput's statements.
"We are concerned that Archbishop Chaput's comments - even those made in his personal capacity - will have a chilling effect on this dialogue," Korzen said in a statement. "It is also profoundly unfortunate that Archbishop Chaput has chosen to make personal attacks on lay Catholics acting in good faith to promote Catholic values in the public square
Please read the good bishop's book. It's the best book you'll read as a Catholic or non-Catholic this year.
Instead of buying a lotto ticket (see previous post) by the book.
Render Unto Caesar
I must say for an economy that's on the brink and all those desparate, struggling people out there that are just making ends meat, Mr. Obama sure seems to be raking in the remainder of their life's savings.
150 million dollars, that's an unheard of amount in election time history.
(Mccain is limited to 87 million because of an early election promise)
I must say that's impressive by any means, however it reminds me of all those people who struggle everyday but still manage to buy up those Lotto tickets, hoping to strike it rich.
.... Hmmm, HOPE'n to strike it rich. There maybe some rational for their thought process.
After all 'Wealth-redistribution' sure does sound good to some ( ...it appears many). Like flies on an empty candy wrapper, I'm afraid that's all they'll find.
With all the bailout money's already pledged and future bailouts in the making (auto industry) and on top of that Mr. Bernanke's signaling to the House and Senate majority to put together a pork-barrel package, I mean stimulus package, well I don't think Mr. Barrack's promises will add up to much.
I HOPE their dreams of CHANGE do come true.
But then again, I pray that their odds are better than this weeks Lotto Ticket purchase.
Obama raises stunning $150 million in September
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama raised more than $150 million in September, a stunning and unprecedented eruption of political giving that has given him a wide spending advantage over rival John McCain.
The campaign released the figure on Sunday, one day before it must file a detailed report of its monthly finances with the Federal Election Commission.
Obama's money is fueling a vast campaign operation in an expanding field of competitive states. It also has underwritten a wave of both national and targeted video advertising unseen before in a presidential contest.
Campaign manager David Plouffe, in an e-mail to supporters Sunday morning, said the campaign had added 632,000 new donors in September, for a total of 3.1 million contributors to the campaign. He said the average donation was $86.
The Democratic National Committee, moments later, announced that it raised $49.9 million and had $27.5 million in the bank at the start of October. The party has been raising money through joint fundraising events with Obama and can use the money to assist his candidacy.
... like taking candy from a baby.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
This is a very sad story of someone... an 'ordinary Joe'... who asked a certain media darling Presidencial candidate a question on his economic plan for his administration.
The reward for his inquisitiveness?
Very simple. The media is scratching through every closet and trash can they can find to discredit the 'ordinary Joe.'
You think that 'ordinary Joe' would have left well enough alone by not taking the bait of the MSM to honor their invitations to come on their T.V. shows. So one could say he deserved it.
On the other hand one could say that the deer who freezes on the road when the headlight go on, deserves to get hit by the car.
In our 'ordinary Joe's case I don't believe all the dirt that is being published by the MSM is very necessary and really doesn't matter. He merely exposed what he sees as a flaw in Mr. Obama's economic plan.
Mainly, that Mr. Obama is taking away the American Dream. You can succeed as long as you don't succeed too much .
Think of it as a ladder where if one reaches a certain height the rungs are missing beyond a certain point.
$250,000 a year is well beyond my economic capacity but I don't want the government saying "Don't even think about reaching that limit... or else will take it away and give it to whomever we choose."
Anyway, I feel for "ordinary Joe" .... he got caught in the headlights.
It use to be in certain countries (still today) if you spoke out of turn or said something that offended someone, a car would pull up late at night and take you away, never to be heard of again.
Now we just send the MSM after you to splash your life on T.V. and news outlets for everyone to see.
HOLLAND, Ohio -- Joe the Plumber's story sprang a few leaks Thursday.
Turns out that the man who was held up by John McCain as the typical, hard-working American taxpayer isn't really a licensed plumber. And court documents show he owes nearly $1,200 in back taxes.
"Joe," whose name is Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, was cited repeatedly in Wednesday night's final presidential debate by McCain for questioning Barack Obama's tax policy.
Wurzelbacher instantly became a media celebrity, fielding calls during the debate and facing reporters outside his home near Toledo on Thursday morning for an impromptu nationally televised news conference.The burly, bald man acknowledged he doesn't have a plumber's license, but said he didn't need one because he works for someone else at a company that does residential work.
But Wurzelbacher still would need to be a licensed apprentice or journeyman to work in Toledo, and he's not, said David Golis, manager and residential building official for the Toledo Division of Building Inspection.
State and local records show Wurzelbacher has no license, although his employer does. Golis said there are no records of inspectors citing Wurzelbacher for unlicensed work in Toledo.
And then there was the matter of his taxes.
Also a write-up from a reporter who suppositly was present.
Here's the write-up: (liveleak.com)
By David Willey BBC News, Rome Previously unpublished details of an assassination attempt on the late Pope John Paul II in Portugal in 1982 have been revealed in a film based on the memoirs of the Pope's former private secretary.
In the film, due to be shown at the Vatican this week, the late Pope's aide Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz tells how a deranged priest drew blood when he tried More.. to kill John Paul with a bayonet during a religious ceremony at the Fatima shrine.
Cardinal Dziwisz served as John Paul's private secretary for nearly 40 years, including all his 27 years as Pope, and is the cardinal of Krakow in Poland.
I was covering the event for the BBC from Portugal at the time of the attack, and reported immediately from Lisbon the rumours that there had been another attempt on the Pope's life.
It came exactly a year after a Turkish gunman, Mehmet Ali Agca, had shot and wounded the pope in Saint Peter's Square in Rome.
But that same evening, the Vatican formally denied there had been another assassination attempt.
The following day, Portuguese television broadcast footage of the attack.
It was carried out by a mentally unbalanced Spanish priest who was arrested after being jumped on by the Pope's bodyguard, Archbishop Paul Marcinkus.
Archbishop Marcinkus laughed this off when I asked him what had happened.
"You can't always believe what you see on television," he told me.
The Pope continued his trip without disclosing his wound.
The priest who carried out the attack, Juan Maria Fernandez y Krohn, was later tried and sentenced to over six years' imprisonment for his crime. He was then expelled from Portugal.
The Vatican has always been secretive about the health of a reigning pope, although the huge increase in media interest in Vatican affairs as a result of the long reign and foreign travels of John Paul II - which lasted more than a quarter of a century - has led to slightly greater transparency than in previous centuries.
The assassination attempt by Ali Agca in May 1981, which led to many months of hospitalization for John Paul, took place in the full glare of international publicity.
The Pope was being driven through Saint Peter's Square in his Pope-mobile when he was shot.
Pope John Paul was rarely reticent about his subsequent health problems caused by the Turkish gunman, and once announced directly to the crowds in Saint Peter's Square that he was going into hospital for a check-up.
But the officials of the Vatican Press Office have always been excessively discreet about providing information about the pontiff's state of health.
Long decline During the reign of Pope Paul VI, the only information that used to be given to the media was that the Pope was in good health - until he was actually dying. The long, drawn-out decline in health and final illness of Pope John Paul II was evident to everyone.
During his final weeks, the Pope became unable to speak after a tracheotomy operation and struggled to say just a few words from the window of his private study overlooking Saint Peter's Square.
Security considerations in recent decades since the rise in terrorist threats against well-known international personalities also play a part in leading the Vatican Press Office to minimise the personal details it gives out about the pope's movements and his state of health.
Basically, the Vatican exercises strict control over news on practically everything that goes on inside the tiny city state.
When the commander of the Swiss Guard, the Pope's private army, was shot dead in 1998 inside his private Vatican apartment with his wife by a member of the Guard who then took his own life, very little information filtered out either at the time of the crime, or subsequently.
The Vatican's former official spokesman Joaquin Navarro Valls took pride, he once told me, in the fact that he believed about 80% of news about the Vatican published in the world's media came through his office.
Damage control, rather than public information, still seem to be the watchwords at the premises in the Via della Conciliazione just next to Saint Peter's Square, which houses the Vatican Press Office.
Here, accredited correspondents like myself have to swipe a personal identity card to gain admission and are subjected to strict rules about embargoes of papal speeches whose texts are issued in advance.
And enquiries about most subjects are usually answered with the Italian words "non risulta" - "we have no information".
Attack outside of Catholic Church...
This past Sunday, a parishioner at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Modesto, California was attacked while helping promote Proposition 8, which will define marriage as only between a man and a woman in California. According to promoters of the initiative, the assault is part of a “wave of violence” throughout the state.
Jose Nunez, 37, was waiting outside of St. Stanislaus for Mass to finish so he could distribute yard signs to Prop. 8 supporters when he was approached by an opponent of the initiative.
The unidentified man grabbed about 75 of the “Vote Yes on 8” signs and ran. Nunez then spotted the man trying to throw the signs over a wall and approached him.
When he got nearer, the man shouted, "What do you have against gays!" to which Nunez replied that he had nothing against gays.
When Nunez attempted to take the stolen signs from the assailant, the man punched him. The blow sent Nunez to the hospital, where he received 16 stitches for the wound below his left eye.
“Yes on 8” press secretary Chip White told CNA that the irony of the whole episode is that, the opponents of Prop. 8 “are the ones who are claiming to be tolerant and open-minded.”
I'll have to check other sources to see if this is true, but the story is interesting.
Attack on Pope kept secret.
An attack on the late Pope John Paul II in Portugal by a deranged Spanish priest in 1982 that wounded the pontiff was kept secret, according to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, his former secretary.
Cardinal Dziwisz, now Archbishop of Krakow, has made the disclosure in a documentary entitled "Testimony" to be shown at the Vatican tonight (Thursday) in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI.
The cardinal says the attack occcured on 12 May 1982 while the then Pope was visiting the Marian shrine at Fatima in Portugal to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for saving his life during an assassination attempt a year earlier, when he was shot in St Peter's Square by the Turkish right wing gunman Mehmet Ali Agca.
During the Fatima ceremony a right wing Spanish priest, Juan Fernandez Krohn, attacked the pontiff with a dagger. The priest was tackled by police and disarmed. The event was reported at the time but downplayed, and the fact that the Pope was injured was suppressed. "I can now reveal that the Holy Father was wounded" Cardinal Dziwisz says. "There was blood".
Now, keep in mind that these Catholic voters guide to not say "vote for...." and " don't vote for..."
They only serve the purpose of educating Catholics (non-catholics too) on the teachings of the church and how they relate to the social issues.
A quick round-up...
... of some things related to Catholics, voting, and life issues:
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
So goes the argument as pointed out by Amy over at Charlotte was Both.
I guess we that support Life just have to get over it and assume abortion is here to stay with it's killing of 4,000 lives a day.
Let's put the abortion issue aside this election and vote for our pocket books.
Amy as a few words to say:
So much, it’s making me sneeze.
One of the points that is frequently raised by those who say they are opposed to abortion but who nonetheless give their support, advice and endorsement to candidates who are unequivocally and proudly supportive of unrestricted access to abortion (phew)…
…goes something like this:
You know, the anti-abortion movement just has to get over its fixation with overturning Roe. Instead of obsessing about criminalization, the anti-abortion movement should take the energy it puts into politics and work to find ways to decrease the number of abortion and improve the lives of women, children and families.
Robert George on Obama’s Pro-Life Defenders
Anyway, AP has some video's up that tell us were Mr. Obama stands on Life issues.
....directly from Obama himself.
Obama On Abortion
Here's one poll you won't see on the MSM or the Obama cable network (Dishnetwork).
Shocking Poll on Abortion
The poll asked respondents to state which of six statements came closest to describing their opinion on abortion.
-- 8% of US residents chose option 1, that abortion should be available to a woman any time she wants one during her entire pregnancy;
-- 8% chose option 2, that abortion should be allowed only during the first 6 months of pregnancy;
-- 24% chose option 3, that abortion should be allowed only during the first 3 months of pregnancy;
-- 32% chose option 4, that abortion should be allowed only in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother;
-- 15% chose option 5, that abortion should be allowed only to save the life of the mother; and
-- 13% chose option 6, that abortion should never be permitted under any circumstance.
Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson is quoted as saying the results are "indicative of the fact that term 'pro-choice' - when applied broadly - needlessly polarizes the discussion of abortion and masks the fact that there is broad consensus among Americans that abortion should be significantly restricted.
"I've seen many polls skewed to ask the question whether people favor overturning Roe V Wade which garners unimpressive support. And the media uses that as a cudgel to call us extreme. But the thing is that people don't understand that overturning Roe v Wade would only allow the people to get to vote on abortion. People know that abortion is evil. I think much of the groundwork has been laid by the efforts of pro-lifers for decades. Now is the time to act. Now is the time to push.