Rosary Beads Saved My Life, British Soldier Says

August 3, 2010

A British soldier says that rosary beads given to him by his mother saved his life after he stepped on a land mine while serving in Afghanistan.

He also claims that his grandfather was saved the exact same way, The Daily Mail reported Monday.  

Read the entire Fox article here

AUL Legal Team: Why the Executive Order Does Not Prevent Taxpayer Funded Abortion

March 22, 2010

(From AUL Blog)  The White House’s proposed executive order to “deal” with the abortion problems in the Senate health care reform bill reveals that the President will not even attempt to ensure that there is no federal funding for abortion or mandates for abortion coverage in the bill. (Read the rest here.)

Once Again, Adult Stem Cells Provide the Way

November 19, 2008

In the article below, the New York Times provides more proof that adult stems cells are the best solution for medical advancement (although they do not and probably will never condemn embryonic stem cell research).

Pioneering Stem Cell Surgery Announced

Proposition 8 Set to Pass in California

November 5, 2008

We may not have won the pro-life war we waged that ended with yesterday’ election of Barack Obama but we did win some important battles.  According to the London Telegraph, (I know, it’s ridiculous I have to go across the ocean to get news on this due to the bias of mainstream media) California’s Proposition 8 that would outlaw gay marriage is set to pass based upon early results and exit polls.  Click here for the full article.

NBC to ‘Gay’ Journalists: ‘Your Victories Are Our Victories’

August 27, 2008

by Brian Fitzpatrick, Senior Editor, Culture and Media Institute  

It’s spelled NLGJA, but they pronounce it “Negligee.”

The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) just held its annual convention here in Washington D.C., attracting hundreds of journalists – and ringing endorsements – from virtually every major publication and broadcaster in the news media.

In a full-page ad in the convention program, NBC Universal declared it is “proud to support NLGJA,” under the bold headline: “YOUR VICTORIES ARE OUR VICTORIES.”

After listening to speaker after speaker express hatred and contempt for political and religious conservatives while plotting how to advance the homosexual activist agenda through journalism, I’m left wondering whether Americans know the extent of the media’s bias on homosexual issues. Do they know that the news media have thrown themselves fully behind the gay rights movement? Every major news organization sponsored the convention, bought space in the program or had recruiting booths.

Hatred. NBC/National Journal reporter Matthew Berger said he experienced “reverse Stockholm syndrome” while on the campaign trail covering GOP religious conservative Mike Huckabee. “Stockholm syndrome” is what afflicts hostages who come to love their captors. If Berger’s feelings changed after traveling with the Huckabee campaign, they went in the opposite direction. He acknowledged how difficult it is for a journalist to do his job when you “hate” the people you’re covering. Berger said he was happy when he was transferred to the “gay-friendly” Rudolph Giuliani campaign.

Sending an outspoken activist like Berger, the former president of NLGJA’s Washington D.C. chapter, to cover the Huckabee campaign is like sending a hard-right activist to cover the Obama campaign. What was NBC thinking? Maybe they had no choice. Does NBC have anybody on staff who doesn’t hate religious conservatives?

Kerry Eleveld, news editor for a homosexual-themed magazine appropriately named The Advocate, described as “refreshing” Pastor Rick Warren’s questions to the presidential candidates at the Saddleback Church forum on August 16. However, she also got big laughs when she said she understood how others might find the pastor’s participation in the political process “nauseating.”

Discussing attitudes toward homosexuality, Los Angeles Times opinion pages editor Robin Rauzi revealed Big Media contempt for the rubes in Flyover Country: “We feel our readers are ahead of where they are in Kansas City.”

Political activism. During a sparsely attended (11 out of hundreds of conferees) session promoting objectivity in news coverage, a reporter from a Florida newspaper acknowledged his biases: the “public’s right to know,” and “equality.” By “equality,” he meant the homosexual activist political agenda. He revealed the tension that ought to have bedeviled every journalist at the conference: how to avoid ideological bias while covering the news.

On a partisan level, the conferees clearly leaned toward the Democrats. One speaker frankly admitted that the homosexual activist community generally expects most gays to be Democrats. Two panels touched on a partisan controversy raging in the homosexual community: James Kirchick, Assistant Editor of The New Republic, said gays are “shocked” and “up in arms” because the owner of “Manhunt,” a very popular same-sex “dating” site, contributes money to presumptive GOP presidential candidate John McCain.

Even Patrick Sammon, president of the organization for homosexuals in the GOP, the Log Cabin Republicans, stressed that his organization does not support social conservatives. Sammon called former Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Rick Santorum a “bigot.” Another journalist observed that “some people” in D.C. make it their business to “out” homosexual staffers of GOP congressmen with an “anti-gay agenda.”

A panel supposedly intended to foster accurate coverage of religion quickly turned into a political strategizing session aimed at “retaking Christianity” from conservatives. The moderator and organizer of the panel, furniture magnate Mitchell Gold, is the founder of Faith in America, a homosexual activist organization targeting the religious community.

Gold said, “The single biggest [obstacle] to gays having equal rights in the country is religion,” so “I set myself to learn about it.” One of the panelists, Ann Craig, director of Religion, Faith & Values for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), said, “We’re not getting anyplace until we begin conquering the debate” in the religious community.

How to do it? Panelist Jimmy Creech, the former United Methodist pastor defrocked in 1999 for conducting same-sex “marriages,” told the journalists to seek out “other voices” rather than quote the 700 Club’s Pat Robertson and Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson. According to Creech, conservative Christian leaders like Robertson and Dobson are “the most radical Christians in America today,” and represent “a very minority point of view.”

The sole journalist on the panel was David Waters, editor of the Washington Post/Newsweek “On Faith” blog. Waters urged reporters “not to go” to established leaders like Robertson and Dobson, contrasting them to “real people” in the pews.

Sponsorship. Who paid for this blend of journalism and activism? The NLGJA convention was underwritten by most of the biggest names in the news business. At the $25,000 level: the McClatchy Company. At the $15,000 level: CBS, CNN, Gannett Foundation, ESPN, and Hearst Newspapers. Kicking in $10,000 were NBC, Fox Business, Fox News, News Corporation, and The Washington Post. Good for $5,000 were ABC News and Bloomberg. Publisher and broadcaster Cox Enterprises bought the inside cover of the program, and CBS News “salutes NLGJA” on the back cover. Gannett (USA Today) “salutes” NLGJA in a full-page ad, as does The New York Times in a half-page ad. A.H. Belo Corporation (Dallas Morning News, Providence Journal) declares it is a “proud sponsor” in a full-page ad, while The Washington Post “congratulates” NLGJA in its full-page ad.

Recruiting. NLGJA members generally view themselves as members of an oppressed minority group, which suggests they’re likely to bring a political agenda to their journalism. The NLGJA convention doesn’t seem to be a likely place to find objective reporters. Nevertheless, most of the top organizations in journalism sent recruiters: The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, AP, NPR, Bloomberg, even conservative-leaning Fox. The poor Fox recruiter seemed lonely.

The political and ideological bias so readily apparent at the NLGJA convention reflects a glaring problem in the news industry as a whole. Reporting the news objectively is still a matter of professional pride to most journalists, but many also have bigger fish to fry.

Benedict-Appointed Bishop in Germany Censures Priest for Same-Sex Blessing

August 22, 2008

By Hilary White

LIMBURG, August 21, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com ) - The Catholic bishop of Limburg, Franz Peter Tebartz van Elst, has removed a priest from office after reports that the latter had “blessed” or “consecrated” the partnership of a pair of homosexual men. Fr. Peter Kollas, a dean of priests in the city of Wetzlar, participated in the “blessing” of the two men who had undertaken a civil “marriage” ceremony.

The event, Friday August 15, was also witnessed by a Protestant minister and about 150 guests, local news reports.

The bishop, appointed to the diocese of Limburg by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007, said that Catholics “have a duty to protest the legal recognition of homosexual partnerships.”

In a statement appearing on the diocese’s website, Bishop Tebartz-van Elst said he had removed Fr. Kollas as dean of priests to avoid further “damage” to the Church’s reputation.

The bishop met with Fr. Kollas, who said that he would promise to “omit” such blessings in future and said he had never done them before. In the near future, a new dean of priests will be chosen who has the “confidence of the bishop”. The statement comes after protests over the event, not only from Catholics, but also from evangelical Protestants in the area.

The bishop’s office said there is no hatred for homosexuals in the Church, and the Church does not tolerate unjust discrimination. But this cannot give way to legal acknowledgement to homosexual unions analogous to “marriage”

Neighborhoods Thrive Throughout America

August 21, 2008

By George Marlin   

In his new book, The Big Sort, journalist Bill Bishop analyzes a half century of demographic data and concludes that Americans, “have clustered in communities of sameness, among people of similar ways of life, beliefs, and in the end, politics.”

Bishop contends that modern transportation and technology have made it easier for people to migrate to municipal subdivisions that are populated by people who share their cultural and political views. He points to recent presidential election data to confirm his thesis: In the 2000 Bush-Gore race, 45.3 percent of voters lived in landslide counties “where one party won by 20 percent or more.” In the 2004 Bush v. Kerry, that margin increased to 48.3 percent. In competitive elections from 1948 through 1996, the average was 35 percent. Is this reason for worry? To judge from our history, no.

That Americans seek homogenous neighborhoods should come as no surprise to Catholics familiar with a basic principle of Catholic social thought — subsidiarity. Not so, however, for the author of The Big Sort. Bishop is shocked and appalled with his findings. In his judgment, the “clustering of like-minded America is tearing us apart.”

This political segregation, Bishop claims, has lead to “balkanized communities whose inhabitants find other Americans to be culturally incomprehensible. A growing intolerance for political differences that has made national consensus impossible; and politics so polarized that Congress is stymied and elections are no longer just contests over policies but bitter choices between ways of life.”

What Bishop doesn’t get is that elections are always about ways of life.

Historically, most Americans have cast their ballots according to cultural standards determined by their faith. The well-known political analyst, Michael Barone, holds that the person qua person makes a difference in the course of history, that actions based on cultural standards have had substantially greater impact on the political landscape than have economic factors: “The voting bases of the traditional Democratic and Republican parties were primarily cultural; both drew allegiances from Americans who saw them not as promoters of their economic status but as a protector of their way of life.”

By nature we are endowed with an appetite and inclination for social life. We enjoy the company of others with whom we want to share joys and sorrows, and naturally come together socially, educationally, politically and economically in communities.

This tendency helped transform the cities of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland, and Chicago into major urban centers where ethnic groups clustered together – and along the way found a place in national life.

After arriving on America’s shores in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, millions of Catholic immigrants turned not to government but to the neighborhood parish – for it was the parish that introduced them to a unified body of believers who could help and comfort them both spiritually and materially.

Due to the tremendous growth in non-English-speaking Catholic immigrants, local bishops implemented policies that permitted the establishment of national-ethnic parishes as opposed to the traditional policy of territorial parishes. Polish, Slovak, Italian, and German parishes sprouted up throughout America’s inner cities. This type of church brought together people of similar language and ethnic cultures. Parishioners were loyal to their local churches, and they identified and introduced themselves to others by simply announcing the names of their parishes.

These parishes provided vital services for immigrants trying to find their way in the new land. The parish school also provided an essential service for immigrant children. The teaching nuns, brothers, and priests taught discipline – both moral and physical. They taught benevolence, forgiveness, and atonement through the Catechism and by marching students to weekly confession. Parish schools instilled a moral compass in hundreds of thousands of first generation children.

The only right way to characterize this is as an instinctive practice of subsidiarity. Catholics were primarily attached to and protective of their neighborhood, of a turf that was often nothing more than a stretch of sidewalk or a tenement stoop.

The neighborhood served as a social harbor where one was accepted for what one was. In New York’s “Little Italy” for instance, relations were so tight that a given block would be inhabited by immigrants who were not just Italian, but often from the same town or village. These people struggled to secure a piece of land they could call their own.

Neighborhoods promoted loyalty. In the meeting places – candy stores, pubs, pool halls – people would stand up for one another. “It is easy to see in this mutuality of obligation,” writes sociologist Andrew Greeley, “a continuation in the urban environment of the old peasant loyalties of village and clan.”

The Catholic immigrant experience proved that homogenous neighborhoods can enhance American urban life – quite a contrast the 1960s big-government social engineers who, in the name of urban renewal, turned many of them into municipal deserts.

Bill Bishop should be celebrating, not lamenting, that so-called parochialism is spreading across America. It may mean that more Americans are becoming attached again to real communities instead of the virtual communities of the media, the universities, and the political demagogues. He should take a look at Michael Novak’s credo: “a politics based on family and neighborhood is far stronger socially and psychologically than a politics based on bureaucracy.”
 

George Marlin is the author of The American Catholic Voter: Two Hundred Years of Political Impact. (St. Augustine’s Press

Courtesy of The Catholic Thing

Sen. John McCain has ruled out pro-choice running mate, reports say

August 21, 2008

.- Contradicting earlier reports that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain was considering a running mate supportive of legalized abortion, new reports claim the candidate is no longer contemplating choosing pro-choice former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge.

Ridge, the first homeland security secretary, was believed to have been a leading contender for the Republican vice-presidential slot and was the only such one reported to favor abortion rights.

Citing sources at the Republican National Convention, Fox News reports that senior McCain advisers and aides say McCain “got the message” that such a choice would not help his presidential campaign.

The National Review magazine on Monday reported that McCain campaign staff has been contacting key state Republican officials around the U.S. to evaluate the prospects of placing an abortion rights supporter on the ticket.

National Review Editor Rich Lowry said a Ridge selection would not be a “big benefit” in securing victory in the key swing state of Pennsylvania and would upset conservatives “just at the moment they’re beginning to work up being excited about John McCain.”

Political commentator David Limbaugh on Tuesday claimed that a McCain-Ridge ticket would be “political suicide,” arguing that if McCain chooses a pro-abortion candidate he would “forfeit his moral authority and political advantage on this issue” and possibly would secure an election victory for Obama.

Health Minister: Safe-Injection Sites a “Surrender to a Culture of Disease and Death.”

August 21, 2008

By Tim Waggoner

Montreal, August 20, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - During Monday’s Canadian Medical Association annual meeting, federal Health Minister Tony Clement attacked those medical professionals who support facilities providing supervised injections of illegal drugs.
“I find the ethical considerations of supervised injections to be profoundly disturbing,” Mr. Clement said.
“The supervised injection site undercuts the ethic of medical practice and sets a debilitating example for all physicians and nurses, both present and future in Canada, who might begin to question whether it’s all right to allow someone to overdose under their care.
“Is it ethical for health-care professionals to support the distribution of drugs that are of unknown substance, or purity, or potency - drugs that cannot otherwise be legally prescribed? If this were done in a doctor’s office the provincial college [of physicians] would rightly be investigating,” he said.
Some doctors and activists argue that safe-injection sites curb the spread of HIV/AIDS by providing users with a clean environment and fresh needles, and actually aid addiction prevention by putting drug addicts in contact with professional health care workers.
Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett responded to Clement’s remarks, saying that most public health departments across Canada want safe-injection sites.
“We know that if people have a safe place that they can talk to people, that they eventually will come off drugs, they eventually will get help and that they don’t die,” Bennett said.
“This guy (Clement) is insulting physicians and the nurses that are working hard in the trenches of helping people get off drugs.”
Clement also called statements by the CMA advocating safe-injection sites “dangerously misleading” and said Vancouver’s injection facility Insite - the only such site in North America - represents a “slippery slope.”
“Already there are people saying injection sites are not enough, that government should give out heroin for free. Others are now calling for ‘inhalation rooms’ for people who smoke their drugs,” Mr. Clement said.
The health minister said Insite does not offer “health care for the living” but “palliative care for the dying. Insite offers no hope. It is a surrender to a culture of disease and death.”
Mr. Clement suggested that Insite’s $3-million budget would be better spent to help treat drug addictions and to provide more housing.
Following Tony Clement’s remarks, the Canada Family Action Coalition thanked the Health Minister for resisting pressures to support programs that aid people in using illegal drugs.
A CFAC press release addressed the Conservative Government’s appeal of the BC Supreme Court ruling that said certain Canadian drug laws were unconstitutional because they prevented places like Insight from operating.
“The appeal of the foolhardy court ruling for an ‘indefinite drug law exemption’ for Insite is a must. The government’s appeal and continued efforts to stop using tax money to keep addicts is the right, responsible, and compassionate approach,” said CFAC.
“It is unbelievable that any helping professional could support the idea of keeping addicts addicts. This is not ethical nor is it compassionate”, added Brian Rushfeldt , Executive Director of CFAC and a former addictions counselor.
“Don’t the addicts deserve an opportunity to become healthy and productive citizens ?”

Parents of St. Therese of Lisieux to be beatified in France

August 20, 2008

.- Today Pope Benedict XVI approved the rite of beatification for the parents of St. Theresa of Lisieux, Louis Martin and Marie Zelie Guerin.  They will be beatified on October 19 in Lisieux, France.

According to the Office of Liturgical Celebrations, the beatification ceremony of the parents of St. Therese, Doctor of the Church and Patron of Missions, will take place in the Basilica of St. Therese in Lisieux.

The Pontiff also approved the beatification of four Servants of God:

  • Vincenza Poloni Mary -  virgin and founder of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy, on Sunday, September 21 in Verona Italy.
  • Miguel Sopocko – priest and founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Merciful Jesus, on Sunday, Septmber 20, in Bialystok, Poland.
  • Francesco Pianzola, - priest and founder of the Missionary Sister of the Immaculate Queen of Peace, on Saturday, October 4, in Vigevano, Italy.
  • Giovanni Francesco Bonifacio - priest and martyr, also on Saturday, October 4 in Trieste, Italy.

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