Catholic Charities, Vincent De Paul Society Supporting Abortion-Providing Healthcare Plan, Says ALL

July 30, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC (MetroCatholic) -  Three of the top lay Catholic organizations have divorced themselves from Catholic teaching by supporting the Obama health-care plan, which would foster a culture of mandatory abortion coverage, contraceptive services, and permissive sex education, euthanasia and eugenics.

Catholic Charities USA, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Catholic Health Association are joining together to push the current version of the plan through Congress.

“There is no social justice in rationing charity,” said Judie Brown, president of American Life League. “Millions of taxpayers will be forced to subsidize abortion, contraception, euthanasia and bureaucratic denial of health care to the poorest of the poor.”

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Charities USA sent out an action alert asking members to contact their legislators immediately:

We must maintain momentum for health care reform efforts with calls and emails supporting health care reform immediately. … Your members of Congress need to hear from you that you support health care reform, and that the system needs to be reformed now.

The Catholic Health Association put together a YouTube video showing people displaying messages such as “I can’t wait for health-care reform” and “We can’t wait until the signing ceremony.”

“All these organizations claim to be faithful to Catholic social teaching - which unambiguously and passionately puts respect for human personhood at the core of all other social and charitable works,” Brown pointed out. “Yet these same organizations are undermining the very foundation they exist to protect and foster: the dignity of human persons and the sanctity of their right to life.”

American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to natural death

Navy Removes Restrictions on Navy Moms’ Religious Speech

July 30, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC (MetroCatholic) -  The Navy has announced new Community Guidelines, removing its restrictions on religious speech on its Navy for Moms website. This change is in response to a letter Liberty Counsel sent to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, demanding an end to religious discrimination and reinstatement of users’ free speech rights on the website. In its response letter to Liberty Counsel, Navy Admiral J. F. Kilkenny wrote, “I have instructed my staff to remove the current restrictions on religious and political debate. The goal of the revised guidelines is to allow for more open discussion without compromising the purpose of the website….”

NavyForMoms.com was set up by the United States Navy to provide support and a means of communication for mothers and other loved ones of current and potential sailors.

A group called “Christian Chat” was established on the Navy for Moms website. A website administrator informed the group that it could not use the name “Christian Chat.” The administrator said the group’s name had to be changed, because such blatantly religious speech is too divisive for a public forum. The Navy for Moms Community Guidelines had also been revised to prohibit the posting of religious discussions except for prayers offered for sailors. Those restrictions have now been removed, and the Christian Chat group is free to retain its name.

Avoiding controversy is not a valid reason for restricting speech in a public forum. These kinds of restrictions on private speakers using a government-sponsored forum are not required in order to avoid a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

In announcing the revised rules to its members, Rear Admiral Robin Braun said that “personal freedoms are extremely important to the Navy and my hope is that these updated Guidelines provide the best possible balance between the defense of those liberties and the integrity of the website.”

Mathew D. Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, commented: “We applaud the Navy for responding by removing restrictions on religious speech. To forbid ‘Christian Chat’ as a chat forum for Navy Moms, under the notion that the name is too divisive for a public forum, was absurd. About 90 percent of Americans profess belief in God, and the majority of them are Christian. Of all places, religious freedom must be respected in our armed services. To remove the word ‘Christian’ from a chat forum is like banning hot dogs in a baseball stadium. It is simply unthinkable.”

Creighton University Listed in Top College Publication

July 30, 2009

Omaha, NE (MetroCatholic) - Princeton Review, Inc., has listed Creighton University as one of the nation’s top 371 colleges and universities in its 2010 edition of the annual college guide published July 28.

The review features comments from more than 122,000 students and a two-page profile on each institution. Students say that Creighton “is a great Jesuit university focused on academics and creating well-rounded students.” One student said, “Students at Creighton learn to enjoy the process, rather than just the product.” “At Creighton students come first, and is as simple as that,” said a junior. Respondents noted that Creighton students are incredibly balanced in their work and play, and are “over-the-top involved with activities and community service while maintaining full academic loads.

Creighton’s 2009-2010 freshman class academic profile places the University in the top five for private Midwestern universities with enrollments of 4,000 or more and in the top 50 for private universities in the nation.

“Creighton exists for students and learning. We are pleased that students themselves are acknowledging our focus on providing students the complete package—academically, socially, culturally and spiritually,” said the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., Creighton University president.

Only about 15 percent of the more than 3,500 colleges and universities nationwide plus two Canadian colleges were chosen for the book.

July 30, 2009 - Daily Mass Readings

July 30, 2009

Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1
Ex 40:16-21, 34-38

And Moses did all that the Lord had commanded. So in the first month of the second year, the first day of the month, the tabernacle was set up. And Moses reared it up, and placed the boards and the sockets and the bars, and set up the pillars, And spread the roof over the tabernacle, putting over it a cover, as the Lord had commanded. And he put the testimony in the ark, thrusting bars underneath, and the oracle above. And when he had brought the ark into the tabernacle, he drew the veil before it to fulfil the commandment of the Lord.

The cloud covered the tabernacle of the testimony, and the glory of the Lord filled it. Neither could Moses go into the tabernacle of the covenant, the cloud covering all things, and the majesty of the Lord shining, for the cloud had covered all. If at any time the cloud removed from the tabernacle, the children of Israel went forward by their troops: If it hung over, they remained in the same place. For the cloud of the Lord hung over the tabernacle by day, and a fire by night, in the sight of all the children of Israel throughout all their mansions.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a, 11

R. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!
My soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord.
My heart and my flesh have rejoiced in the living God.
R. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!
For the sparrow hath found herself a house,
and the turtle a nest for herself where she may lay her young ones:
Thy altars, O Lord of hosts, my king and my God.
R. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house, O Lord:
they shall praise thee for ever and ever.
Blessed is the man whose help is from thee:
they shall go from virtue to virtue
R. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!
For better is one day in thy courts above thousands.
I have chosen to be an abject in the house of my God,
rather than to dwell in the tabernacles of sinners.
R. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!

Gospel
Mt 13:47-53

Jesus said to the disciples:
Again the kingdom of heaven is like to a net cast into the sea, and gathering together of all kinds of fishes. Which, when it was filled, they drew out, and sitting by the shore, they chose out the good into vessels, but the bad they cast forth. So shall it be at the end of the world. The angels shall go out, and shall separate the wicked from among the just. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Have ye understood all these things? They say to him: Yes. He said unto them: Therefore every scribe instructed in the kingdom of heaven, is like to a man that is a householder, who bringeth forth out of his treasure new things and old. And it came to pass: when Jesus had finished these parables, he passed from thence.

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The readings on this site are not official for the Mass of Roman Rite of the Catholic Church in the USA, but are from The Challoner Douay Rheims version of the Sacred Bible, a source free from copyright and entirely in the public domain.

The Challoner Douay Rheims version was prepared by Bishop Richard Challoner, about A.D. 1749-1752, by revising the original Douay Rheims version and by comparing it to the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible.

Official Readings of the Liturgy at – http://www.usccb.org/nab/today.

A Deliberate Life

July 29, 2009

-by Megan

Father stood at the pulpit, his black beard, more grayish than I remembered, twitching with amusement… his eyes twinkling. He is almost like a Santa Claus, I thought. Like the “dark Irish” version, though. And his twitching and twinkling is always much more than childish merriment. His humor has many more hints of sarcasm than any priest I have ever known. I believe it is his way of explaining the human condition. How wonderfully, fearfully, and… ironically we are made!

Besides, Father is very German.

:)

Last month we traveled out to the remote reaches of our home diocese, a place of would-be banishment for this well-beloved priest. Community life follows him everywhere, though. And I know he is not lonely. In fact, I am convinced he will not recognize us… sure that our absence and his ensuing busy-ness has blocked all memory of our friendship. (I am very happy to report that I was wrong…)

At this one point in the mass, the homily, (my favorite part when it comes to this particular priest) Father’s voice drops low and his profound humility and holiness shines through, obscuring his dry sense of humor. He is worried, he confesses. Worried. Why? Because this Sunday marks the beginning of the Year of the Priest. And he is worried that this time next year will find him wanting. That he will make no spiritual progress in this very important year… And he would hate that above all else.

So, he announces, he has a plan. If we’d turn to pages 3-6 in the bulletin? Yes, you heard me correctly. PageS. 3-6. Some things never change, I chuckle to myself, as we all dutifully turn to pages 3-6. What greets my eye is the schedule of one insanely busy man. Father has scheduled every hour of every day with Matins, Lauds, Confession, 2 Holy Hours with Exposition and Benediction, Mass and Compline. These will be a daily occurrence. And on Fridays and Saturdays, because, you know, a priest needs some time off~ he has added 3 HOURS of confession…

His schedule was a wake-up call to me.

I have no schedule, I thought to myself. Well… I corrected myself, I used to have a schedule. It was called “youngest daughter” (now she is 4). She dictated my days. Before her it was “middle daughter” (now age 6), and before her, “oldest daughter” (now 9)… you get the picture. My newborns decided my every move. Nap time meant no park, feeding time meant no dishes… my whole day was planned around nursing, eating and making meals, with the occasional load of laundry thrown in. It was crazy, and hectic, and I rarely had a moment to myself.

But now?

I get my kitchen chores done and I wander… between the computer and the laundry, or the home school room and the bathrooms… no real destinations, no real plans…while the children play and run around the house, lost in their games and battle scenes.

Before I know it, it’s noon and the kids need lunch.

And so I go through my days. I complete my chores, the kids play, and I putz around. It seems I have too much time for myself, too many projects I could be doing, and no real motivation for any of it. I am not living a deliberate life. My days are haphazard, unplanned and open-ended.

Yes, it is summer time. Our schedule needs to be more relaxed, I promised the kids this free time. But that in no way means that we have to move through our days like this… with no real goal or purpose. Father sees the wisdom in a deliberate life. He fears the end result of failing to live in this way.

And I am totally and utterly convicted.

Breaking into my thoughts, Father makes yet another earth-shattering announcement. He declares that he will now say the Novus Ordo Mass in Latin, ad orientem. And his eyes twinkle as he dares anyone to challenge his decision.

I looked at the floor, certain my jaw was still down there somewhere. In doing so, my husband caught my eye. He was ecstatic. And we both grinned.

After mass, Father rose from his outside chair and gave us big hugs, calling us by name, and laughing like we’ve just shared an inside joke. Like a shepherd knows his flock, so does this man.

I think we’ll be making the trek out to the country more often.

Megan is an independent contributor to MetroCatholic publications. She publishes the blog Life in a Nutshell under the Pseudonym “Nutmeg”. She describes herself as a “Catholic Mama who can be found most days with her hair in a bandana, bare feet on the floor, teaching her 5 little peanuts.”

Over 100,000 Letters Sent Urging Congress to Keep Abortion Out of Health Care

July 29, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC (MetroCatholic) -  Today the Susan B. Anthony List announced that pro-life activists nationwide have sent over 100,000 letters to Congress urging the exclusion of abortion from any national health care reform effort.
 
“As we approach the August recess, already tens of thousands of pro-life Americans have contacted Congress urging them to keep abortion out of health care,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Americans are urging Members of Congress to preserve the real common ground, our long-standing tradition of limiting taxpayer funds for abortion. This is exactly the type of policy the President has sought to achieve, one that stands the test of time, has popular support and appeals to members on both sides of the aisle. Yet both the House and Senate versions of health care reform legislation seek to undo this commonsense policy. Without language to explicitly exclude an abortion mandate, the legislation will result in Americans footing the bill for abortion on-demand in the largest expansion of government-backed abortion since Roe v. Wade.”
 
In an interview with CBS’ Katie Couric last week, President Obama said, “What I think is important, at this stage, is not trying to micromanage what benefits are covered. [. . .] As you know, I’m pro choice. But I think we also have a tradition of, in this town, historically, of not financing abortions as part of government funded health care.”
 
“Families are at the very heart of the health care issue,” said Dannenfelser. “And with pregnancy there are always two patients, mother and baby. We must establish a health care system that respects, protects and cherishes both. Congress should explicitly exclude an abortion mandate and preserve the common ground policies supported by the growing majority of pro-life Americans.”
 
To date this year, Susan B. Anthony List activists have sent nearly 400,000 letters urging Congress to keep taxpayer funds from supporting abortion on-demand, 112,000 of which called for the exclusion of abortion from health care. In a recent action alert, NARAL Pro-Choice America reported sending 12,500 letters to the Senate in support of an abortion mandate.
 
The Susan B. Anthony List is a member of the Stop the Abortion Mandate Coalition , a coalition of pro-life organizations dedicated to keeping the abortion mandate out of health care reform.
 
The Susan B. Anthony List is a nationwide network of Americans, over 162,000 residing in all 50 states, dedicated to mobilizing, advancing, and representing pro-life women in politics. Its connected Candidate Fund increases the percentage of pro-life women in the political process.
 
www.sba-list.org

Concerned Women for America: Senate Should Reject Chameleon Sotomayor

July 29, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC (MetroCatholic) - Today the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court for a full Senate vote.  Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) applauds the Senators who have announced they will oppose her nomination.

CWALAC President Wendy Wright said, “The Sonia Sotomayor we saw in the nomination hearings was a stark contrast to the Sonia Sotomayor of the previous 55 years.  Senators should not be fooled. The Judge Sotomayor that they will be voting on for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court is the one that existed prior to the hearings and the one that emerged immediately after in her written responses to questions.  Her chameleon-like performance at her hearings cannot erase a lifetime record of a judicial philosophy that allows for the re-interpretation of the Constitution according to her ‘wise’ and ’superior’ personal opinion.

“We are thankful to the Senators who have said they cannot in good conscience support Judge Sotomayor.  Senators like Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) have shown great character and a serious commitment to the Constitution in standing up for justice by voting against her nomination.”

Mario Diaz, Esq., CWALAC’s Policy Director for Legal Issues, said, “Before the hearings Judge Sotomayor proudly argued that her background, gender and race did and should play a role in her judicial opinions.  During the hearings her judicial philosophy suddenly became ‘fidelity to the law.’  Before the hearings she believed the Court of Appeals is where ‘policy is made.’  During the hearings she believed judges do not make law.  Before the hearings she believed a judge does a better job when he looks at international law.  During the hearings she emphatically said she would not look at international law in interpreting domestic law.  Even in written questions after the hearings she went back on her word again, saying that ‘in limited circumstances’ international law can help us decide ‘our own constitutional rights.’  Judge Sotomayor, simply put, cannot be trusted.  Any senator who supports her nomination is essentially gambling with our freedoms.”

Parental Rights Amendment Reaches 110 Co-Sponsors

July 29, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC (MetroCatholic) - A Constitutional Amendment to protect the parent-child relationship introduced by U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Michigan, has reached 110 co-sponsors in the House.

“More and more members of Congress are recognizing the threat from government and foreign interference into the parent-child relationship,” Hoekstra said. “I encourage my colleagues to support the initiative by co-sponsoring the Parents’ Rights Amendment.”

The Parental Rights Amendment (H.J.Res.42) would state explicitly in the U.S. Constitution that parents have a fundamental right to raise their children as they see fit, while protecting against abuse and neglect. Threats to the parent-child relationship include potential Senate ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child and the erosion of fundamental parental rights in our federal courts.

“Just about every member of Congress agrees with the legal principle that parents have the fundamental right to make decisions for the upbringing of their children,” said Michael Farris, J.D., president of Parentalrights.org. “Because of international law and shifting judicial philosophies, the right is being steadily undermined. We now have 110 members of Congress with the foresight to say that we need to protect this long-standing right before the erosion goes too far. We appreciate the leadership of Pete Hoekstra and the 109 other members of Congress who believe that it is important to secure the rights of American families for generations to come.”

More information on the Parental Rights Amendment can be viewed at http://www.parentalrights.org/.

Steve Ray and Fr. Roger Landry Will Be Interviewed On CatholicTV Talk Show

July 29, 2009

WATERTOWN, MA (MetroCatholic) - On July 31st, Steve Ray will be featured in an interview on the CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day”. Also featured on the show will be Fr. Roger Landry, a Harvard-educated priest who will discuss “Becoming a Real Man of God”. In his writings, Fr. Landry discusses masculinity and addresses the problems of same-sex marriage.

CatholicTV is a nationally-broadcasted television network headquartered near Boston. CatholicTV streams its broadcast simultaneously, 24 hours a day at www.CatholicTV.com  

Steve Ray, a.k.a. “Jerusalem Jones” was a Protestant for 37 years until he and his wife converted to the Catholic faith in 1994. Since then, Mr. Ray has produced numerous documentaries and programs promoting the Catholic faith. He has also conducted several successful conferences in conjunction with other Catholic converts. He is a regular guest on many radio and television programs. Mr. Ray has also written several books including “Crossing the Tiber: Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historic Church”. Mr. Ray hosts a program called “Defenders of the Faith” each week on CatholicTV. Click here to view the show schedule: http://www.catholictv.com/shows/default.aspx?seriesID=141  

The in-studio guest for “This is the Day” will be Fr. Roger Landry. Fr. Landry is the Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in New Bedford, MA. He studied biology at Harvard and also studied Theology and Bioethics at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Rome. On “This is the Day”, Fr. Landry will discuss “Becoming a Real Man of God”. In these writings, Fr. Landry touches on several hot topics. Speaking of the problems of same-sex marriage, Fr. Landry wrote that, “as the push for same-sex marriage becomes stronger, marriage is conceived as a potentially man-less or woman-less institution, one in which a husband or a wife is optional rather than required.”

This September, CatholicTV will air Fr. Landry’s television series on John Paul II’s teachings on the Theology of the Body.

These guests can be seen on Thursday, July 31st live at 10:30AM (EST) on CatholicTV where available (rebroadcast at 8PM). The show will also be streamed simultaneously at www.CatholicTV.com and will be available on the site’s archives starting Thursday night. All videos at the website are viewable in full-screen. Paste this URL into your browser in order to access the “This is the Day” video archives. http://www.CatholicTV.org/shows/default.aspx?seriesID=72  

About CatholicTV:
CatholicTV provides family-friendly, religious, news, and educational programming 24 hours daily. Founded over 50 years ago, CatholicTV is available in selected areas on cable in the United States and Canada, via Sky Angel and online via a live stream anytime, everywhere at the station’s web site www.CatholicTV.com. Father Robert Reed, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, is the Director of CatholicTV. Click here to paste this into your browser to find out how to watch CatholicTV where you live: http://www.CatholicTV.org/schedule/where-to-watch.aspx

THEME FOR THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2010

July 29, 2009

VATICAN CITY, 29 JUL 2009 (VIS) - “If you want to cultivate peace, protect the creation” is the theme chosen by Benedict XVI for his Message for the 43rd World Day of Peace, which will be celebrated on 1 January 2010.

“The theme”, says a communique made public today, “aims to raise awareness about the strong bond that exists in our globalised and interconnected world between protecting the creation and cultivating peace.

“This close and intimate tie”, the communique adds, “is further accentuated by the many problems concerning man’s natural environment, such as the use of resources, climate change, the application and use of biotechnology, and demographic growth. If the human family is unable to face these new challenges with a renewed sense of social justice and equity, and of international solidarity, we run the risk of sowing seeds of violence among peoples, and between current generations and those to come”.

The communique goes on: “Following the precious guidelines contained in paragraphs 48 to 51 of the Encyclical ‘Caritas in veritate’, the papal Massage will make it clear that the protection of the environment is a challenge for all humankind. It is shared and universal duty to respect a collective asset destined for everyone”.

The communique concludes by noting that “ecological questions must be faced, not just because of the dreadful prospects that environmental degradation presages; they must be translated, above all, into a strong motivation to cultivate peace”.

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