Category Archives: Oregon Voters

Seizing the executioner’s sword — Gov. Kitzhaber does the right thing, death penalty unnecessary

Moratorium is right

Gov. John Kitzhaber has done the right thing in following his conscience. Haunted by acquiescence in two executions during the 1990s, the governor would not sign off on another and has called instead for a moratorium on the death penalty and statewide discussion on the practice.

That means convicted murder Gary Haugen will not receive a lethal injection as planned on Dec. 6. Haugen wants to die and he bears great guilt as opposed to the thousands of innocent unborn babies killed each year in our state; we want no part of either kind of death.

The Catholic Church taught that capital punishment was allowable as a last resort to protect society. But in Evangelium Vitae in 1995, Pope John Paul wrote that modern methods of incarceration have made the death penalty unnecessary in almost all cases.
Had we killed Haugen, we would have borne guilt of our own.

The United States, in allowing executions, is in dubious company. No other developed nation allows capital punishment, but those that do include Afghanistan, China, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Somalia and Zimbabwe.

Haugen was slated to die on Dec. 6, the feast of St. Nicholas. That would have been a poignant date, since it was St. Nicholas who in the 4th century saved three prisoners who were about to be beheaded by the ruler of Myra in Asia Minor. Nicholas, bishop of the region, waded through a crowd of watchers, seized the executioner’s sword and threw it to the ground.

We are glad to be part of a church still keeping an eye out for justice and we thank Gov. Kitzhaber for his action. We can only hope that he will remember this experience of exercising conscience when time comes for him to consider conscience rights for health workers who choose not to be associated with abortion and contraception.

Catholic teaching on the death penalty…

Catechism of the Catholic Church – 2267

Assuming that the guilty party’s identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor. If, however, non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people’s safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and more in conformity with the dignity of the human person. Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm – without definitely taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself – the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity “are very rare, if not practically non-existent.”  Catechism of the Catholic Church – 2267

SOURCE:  CATHOLIC SENTINEL

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RACING IN THE STREETS: Catastrophic Spending: Change You Can Believe In.

Stumping on behalf of Barack Obama during the 2008 Presidential contest, rocker Bruce Springsteen’s oft-heard plea to voters just before belting out his campaign anthem “The Rising” was, “I want my country back”. Well, we don’t know if the Boss got his country back or not, that’s up to him. But, what we do now know as this “Reign of Change” barrels on down the highway towards the 2012 election is this,”The Rising” was eerily prophetic… Which, might help explain why so many fans of “The Boss” used their “Cash For Clunkers” refund as down payments on one of these street racers…

EDITOR NOTE: The following article mentions the Tea Party and other Patriot groups organizing on the grass roots level for the upcoming 2012 election cycle. As a single-issue voter for life in defense of unborn children, I’ve been troubled recently by reported actions of Tea Party members preventing the pro-life message at Tea Party rallies. This site does not support nor advocate on behalf of any political party or candidate unwilling to defend the right to life… 

Catastrophic Spending: Change You Can Believe In.

Vic Biorseth, Thursday, April 28, 2011
http://www.Thinking-Catholic-Strategic-Center.com

We have contended in the past that much if not most of the economic problems America and the world are encountering may be purposely caused, by plan, involving multiple fraudulent, manufactured crises, and we have laid out our evidences. However, the economic situation is now beginning to get so precipitous that we might better focus on pure numbers, and leave motivations out of it altogether.

Let’s just look at what has happened, since January 2009 until today:

Item: January 2009 Today % Chg
Avg Retail Gasoline / gallon $1.83 $3.44 84%
Gold / troy oz $853.25 $1,369.50 60.5%
Corn, Yellow $3.56 $6.33 78.1%
Soybeans, No 1 $9.66 $13.75 42.3%
Sugar cane, raw $13.37 $35.39 164.7%
Unemployment, non-farm, overall 7.6% 9.4% 23.7%
Unemployment, blacks 12.6% 15.8% 15.8%
Number of Unemployed 11,616,000 14,485,000 24.7%
Federal Employees 2,779.000 2,840,000 2.2%
Median Household Income $50,112 49.777 -0.7%
Food stamp recipients 31,938,716 43,200,878 35.1%
Unemployment recipients 7,526,598 9,193.838 22.2%
Long-term unemployed 2,600,000 6,400,000 146.2%
Americans in poverty 39,800,000 43,600,000 9.5%
Failed banks 140 164 17.1%
US Dollar supply (M1) in billions 1,575.1 1,865.7 18.4%
Us Dollar supply (M2) in billions 8,310.9 8,852.3 6.5%
National debt in trillions $10.627 $14.052 32.2%

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When you put everything aside other than the raw numbers, you see that something absolutely must be done. Just considering debt alone, we have accumulated debt since January 2009 at a rate 27 times faster than our entire national history. Look less at the actual debt, which is bad enough on its own, but concentrate for a moment on the rate at which it is accelerating. If you were cruising along at 65 mpg and you were passed by a car going 27 times faster, that car would be doing about 7,555 mph.

To say this cannot be sustained is a radical understatement of the case. Of all the serious crises we face of various type – borders, unemployment, social, political, international, military, geo-political – this economic crisis is the one that is most likely to do us in as a nation.

The spending has got to be stopped.


At the grass-roots level, Tea Party and Patriot Group activities continue in recruiting volunteer citizen lobbyists in the local area. They are looking for people, perhaps retired, who can devote the time required to become a non-paid (and therefore non-registered) lobbyist, at the local and state levels. These volunteer lobbyists need to not only promote fiscal conservatism, but to find or identify, and promote and support citizen candidates for office, at all levels. The most important level, believe it or not, is the lowest. The local political arena is the seedbed, or the greenhouse, in which higher representatives are developed for higher office.

Organizers are looking to get citizens who will commit to camping out at town halls and attending all meetings; to getting familiar with office holders and contenders, and to getting the voice of conservatism heard. Large and small city halls, and the state house are all in need of knowledgeable citizens who are motivated enough to commit to this as if it were a job.

Most lobbyists, we have learned, are highly paid registered professional lobbyists, and a significant number of them are lovely young women. (I wonder why.) They get the attention of the holders of power, and they jealously hold it. They camp out at congressmen’s doors. But, we have learned, if you are not paid, you don’t have to register, and you can do the same thing, in a more decent and respectable way.

If you choose to do this, you will learn that the holders of power will tend to respect you and to listen to you in spite of all obstacles, because there is one thing they fear.

They fear the voters who you represent. The one thing they fear is political defeat.

Think about it.

CCHD’s new moral theologian?

Star rise, star fall…

According to the USCCB”s recent review and renewal pledge to reform the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, new structures will help assist CCHD in applying prohibitions on funding groups which act in conflict with Catholic social and moral teachings… A new staff position on CCHD mission and identity will be added, including an ongoing consulting relationship with a moral theologian, and a CCHD Review Board to advise the bishops and the CCHD…

NOTE: Recent reports say Nancy Pelosi, Girl Theologian, may well be available following November 2nd. 

HAPPY HOLLOWEEN…

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CCHD Update — Hundreds of parishioners petition bishop to withdraw support for 2010 Catholic Campaign for Human Development

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Here’s your backdrop headline to the stories below:

ACORN Is Very Much Alive; Funding Ban Dies This Week

There’s a New Catholic Citizens Statement on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

According to the report:

It appears that there are still questionable grantees; and, in fact, there has been strong criticism of the participation of members of the staff of the CCHD at the national offices of the USCCB and their membership in various controversial organizations and coalitions that work in opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church, promoting abortion and gay “marriage.” A full report [See the full report here] of the organizations receiving grants that are not in conformity with the teachings of the Church was sent to all of the bishops in the United States by REFORM CCHD NOW.

Bishops are scheduled to debate reform of the troubled program in November.

Catholic Citizens report:

All members of the USCCB have been asked to respond to a document – “The Review and Renewal of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.” Although it has gone through five successive drafts, there is still no agreement among the bishops. Supporters of the CCHD are fearful that the bishops may call for sweeping changes at their November meeting, and are asking their allies to contact the bishops and express their satisfaction with the document, thereby halting any attempt at reform.

Meanwhile, hundreds of parishioners from the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, are already urging  Bishop Loverde to withdraw his support of CCHD through a prayerful petitioning effort. I received this tonight…

Dear Editor,

Most devote Catholics would never knowingly support pro-abortion groups.

Yet on November 21st, many Catholics throughout the Arlington Diocese will unwittingly donate to organizations that promote abortion, homosexual marriage, and contraception.

That is because, despite the extensive publicity regarding CCHD’s funding of questionable groups, Bishop Paul S. Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington plans to go forward with the collection next month for CCHD.

Most people already know that CCHD gave millions of dollars to ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) before news of ACORN’s scandalous activities made national headlines. However, many people are not aware that CCHD continues to fund dozens of similar groups that promote abortion, contraception, homosexual marriage and other activities that are in direct conflict with Church teachings.

Hundreds of parishioners have already urged Bishop Loverde to withdraw his support of CCHD by signing the Prayerful Petition found at http://www.NoMoreCCHD.com We remain hopeful that Bishop Loverde will join other American bishops who have already withdrawn their support for CCHD.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey E. Knight

466 Long Mountain Road
Washington, VA 22747
(540)675-1440

The petition simply states:

We the undersigned parishioners of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, respectfully urge Bishop Paul S. Loverde to withdraw support for the 2010 National Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and, in lieu thereof, sponsor a collection for the more worthy needs and programs of our diocese.
I personally find this portion of the petition statement attractive, much needed, and worthy of exploration by the Bishop’s conference next month: 
[…in lieu thereof, (CCHD Collection)…] sponsor a collection for the more worthy needs and programs of our diocese.
That’s the ticket.
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Respect Life Sunday set for October 3

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Respect Life Sunday set for October 3

        Catholic parishes in western Oregon will celebrate Respect Life Sunday on October 3. That Sunday will mark the beginning of a month long observance of promoting respect for life from conception to natural death. The theme for this year is “The measure of love is to love without measure.” Archbishop John G. Vlazny will mark the occasion with a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday, October 3 at 11:00 am.

        The Respect Life Program was adopted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1972. It promotes the Church’s teaching on the value and dignity of human life to the Catholic community and to the wider community. It combines education, prayer, service and advocacy. The topics addressed this year include:

* the death penalty and Divine Mercy
* end of life care
* infertility treatments in line with church teaching
* sexual trafficking
* population control
* depression and suicide among youth
* the promise of pro-life youth

        At the request of Pope Benedict XVI, all bishops around the world will join with their parishioners in the Advent season to pray for respect of human life. Archbishop Vlazny will celebrate Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on December 5, 2010 at 11:00 am. The Mass will join with others around the globe to witness that we are a “people of life.”

Springsteen’s new 2010-12 campaign song

Labor Day Unemployment and the 2010-12 Election Cycle

So much for The Rising… 

I love “The Boss”, but unfortunately for Obama and his Dems, too many Americans need one…

Enjoy.

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Catholic Key Blog: Is Catholics in Alliance Kaput?

Beware of fake social justice organizations masquerading about as Catholics; especially around election time...

Good catch over on the Catholic Key Blog. Inactivity at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good site. And (Hail Mary full of grace…) their phone is disconnected… This Blog has also posted on or mentioned this phony Dem party front organ previously: 30 times. Hopefully, “for the common good”, they are out of biz. Click to read at CK or story below… 

Is Catholics in Alliance Kaput?

This blog has had at least a dozen posts on the background and doings of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good over the last couple years, but this may be the last (let’s hope). It appears they are out of business. Let’s consider the evidence:

They’ve had no blog posts since June 10.

They’ve made no tweets since May 12.

They haven’t posted to their own facebook page since May 12.

Their calendar page is blank.

Their staff bio page is blank.

Their media guy, John Gehring, is now working for Faith in Public Life.

But why rely on circumstantial evidence? I decided to just give them a call. The phone number has been disconnected.

I’ve long asserted that CACG was a campaign organization and not a non-partisan advocate of Catholic Social Teaching as many news outfits have gullibly or willfully maintained. With the president elected and health care passed, it looks, for now, like the campaign is over.