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…
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My ‘Power Analysis’: This Democrat controlled Congress must go in 2010, followed by the president in 2012.
The closing lines of the FDIC press release says it all–
Home Valley Bank is the 103rd FDIC-insured institution to fail in the nation this year, and the second in Oregon.
Here’s the press release in full:
South Valley Bank & Trust, Klamath Falls, Oregon, Assumes All of the Deposits of Home Valley Bank, Cave Junction, Oregon
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 23, 2010
Office Phone: (202) 898-6992
Cell Phone: (703) 622-4790
Home Valley Bank, Cave Junction, Oregon, was closed today by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with South Valley Bank & Trust, Klamath Falls, Oregon, to assume all of the deposits of Home Valley Bank.
The five branches of Home Valley Bank will reopen on Monday as branches of South Valley Bank & Trust. Depositors of Home Valley Bank will automatically become depositors of South Valley Bank & Trust. Deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, so there is no need for customers to change their banking relationship in order to retain their deposit insurance coverage. Customers of Home Valley Bank should continue to use their existing branch until they receive notice from South Valley Bank & Trust that it has completed systems changes to allow other South Valley Bank & Trust branches to process their accounts as well.
This evening and over the weekend, depositors of Home Valley Bank can access their money by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards. Checks drawn on the bank will continue to be processed. Loan customers should continue to make their payments as usual.
As of March 31, 2010, Home Valley Bank had approximately $251.80 million in total assets and $229.6 million in total deposits. South Valley Bank & Trust will pay the FDIC a premium of 1.05 percent to assume all of the deposits of Home Valley Bank. In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, South Valley Bank & Trust agreed to purchase essentially all of the assets.
The FDIC and South Valley Bank & Trust entered into a loss-share transaction on $211.6 million of Home Valley Bank’s assets. South Valley Bank & Trust will share in the losses on the asset pools covered under the loss-share agreement. The loss-share transaction is projected to maximize returns on the assets covered by keeping them in the private sector. The transaction also is expected to minimize disruptions for loan customers. For more information on loss share, please visit: http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/lossshare/index.html.
Customers who have questions about today’s transaction can call the FDIC toll-free at 1-800-528-4893. The phone number will be operational this evening until 9:00 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time (PDT); on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., PDT; on Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m., PDT; and thereafter from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., PDT. Interested parties also can visit the FDIC’s Web site at http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/homevalleyor.html.
The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $37.1 million. Compared to other alternatives, South Valley Bank & Trust’s acquisition was the least costly resolution for the FDIC’s DIF. Home Valley Bank is the 103rd FDIC-insured institution to fail in the nation this year, and the second in Oregon. The last FDIC-insured institution closed in the state was Columbia River Bank, The Dalles, on January 22, 2010.
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Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to restore public confidence in the nation’s banking system. The FDIC insures deposits at the nation’s 7,932 banks and savings associations and it promotes the safety and soundness of these institutions by identifying, monitoring and addressing risks to which they are exposed. The FDIC receives no federal tax dollars – insured financial institutions fund its operations.
FDIC press releases and other information are available on the Internet at www.fdic.gov, by subscription electronically (go to www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html) and may also be obtained through the FDIC’s Public Information Center (877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200). PR-169-2010
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Healthcare Reform Vote Expected Imminently
Bishops Outraged at CHA’s Morally Flawed Statements
Catholic Health Association President, Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, representing Catholic hospitals, has incited vocal opposition from bishops across the country in response to her letter to Congress requesting passage of the Senate-passed healthcare reform bill that includes taxpayer funding for abortion. The Catholic hospitals’ outspoken support for this morally flawed bill is causing confusion among Catholics and may lead some to unwittingly ask their congressman to pass it when they would actually oppose it if they had the facts from the bishops and pro-life organizations. More importantly, the confusion is making it more difficult for pro-life Democrats to resist the pressure they are getting from the President and the Democratic leadership in the House.
It is more critical than ever to contact your member of Congress right away to let him or her know you oppose the Senate-passed healthcare bill with abortion funding. The bill is coming to a vote any day. See details below.
CHA has been joined in their support of the legislation by NETWORK (a Catholic social justice lobby) and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The sister’s letter is dishonest and contradicts the bishops. They say “despite false claims to the contrary, the Senate bill will not provide taxpayer funding for elective abortions.”
Catholics United, a progressive and partisan Catholic group, have created a TV ad in favor of the legislation saying it is “endorsed by pro-life advocates like the Catholic Health Association”. They plan to run the ads in the districts of swing voters.
VATICAN WEIGHS IN
Support by progressive Catholic organizations’ of this flawed healthcare reform bill is becoming so bizarre that the USCCB had to issue a correctional statement earlier today stating that NETWORK “grossly overstated whom they represent”. The letter had 55 individual signatories with some representing communities as small as three to five people. While this was a minute number of the 793 religious communities, NETWORK claimed to be speaking for all 59,000 American women religious.
The Vatican has even stepped with an article in the official Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano strongly supporting the U.S. bishops. It quoted Denver Archbishop Chaput: “. . . [the] long, unpleasant and too often dishonest the national health-care debate is now in its last days. Its most painful feature has been those ‘Catholic’ groups that by their eagerness for some kind of deal undercut the witness of the Catholic community and help advance a bad bill into a bad law.”
On a positive side, Mother Mary Quentin Sheridan of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, representing over 103 communities of religious women in the US, issued a statement saying, “Protection of life and freedom of conscience are central to morally responsible judgment. We join the bishops in seeking ethically sound legislation.”
The effort of some organization to undercut the position of the bishops is leading to confusion not only among Catholics, but among secular media and politicians who look to the Church’s position on moral issues. Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, KS, writes, “The Catholic Health Association’s position, in effect, provides cover for any member of the House who chooses to buckle under the pressure of the president and the Democratic leadership to accept government funding of abortion. They can now defend themselves by pointing out that Catholic health care leaders recommended they vote for the bill.”
US bishops have been more outspoken than ever, standing together to affirm life and asking all Catholics to do the same. (See Cardinal George’s press release – http://ccgaction.org/node/777.)
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver writes, “The Senate version of health-care reform currently being forced ahead by congressional leaders and the White House is a bad bill that will result in bad law. It does not deserve, nor does it have, the support of the Catholic bishops of our country. Nor does the American public want it. It does not meet minimum moral standards in at least three important areas: the exclusion of abortion funding and services; adequate conscience protections for healthcare professionals and institutions; and the inclusion of immigrants.”
We should be outraged that these groups are attempting to speak for Catholics across the country, misrepresenting the moral truth as expressed by the bishops, and affecting one of the most far-reaching pieces of social legislation in history.We must stand in solidarity with our bishops and in no uncertain terms state that Catholics oppose healthcare reform that permits federal funding of abortion.
CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN RIGHT WAY.
Ask him or her to vote “NO” on the Senate-passed healthcare bill that permits abortion funding.
Find your member of congress and his or her phone number here: http://contactingthecongress.org. You will be surprised by how easy it is to call and express your opinion. If you would like to send an email, go to the NCHLA website.
A list of friendly congressman who particularly need reinforcement and people who have voted for the healthcare bill before who may be persuadable can be found on the CCG website (http://ccgaction.org/node/779). Please forward this email to like-minded friends and family members who live in areas represented by the listed members. Ask them to join you in contacting their congressmen as well. Ask them to sign up for CCG emails so they can get the latest developments on this issue directly. Time is urgent.
We ask you to join us in prayer that this legislation will be defeated to protect all God’s children, particularly the most vulnerable among us. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord, through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn, patroness of the Americas, Star of the New Evangelization, and patroness of Catholics for the Common Good.
For the Common Good,
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Forward this email to friends and family members and ask them to join this network for the evangelization of culture.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston
EDITOR NOTE: I woke up to the following angry e-mail on this first Friday of Lent:
Since when has Cardinal O’Malley been concerned about Catholic politicians who support the killing of unborn children not being allowed to receive Communion? He even gave Ted Kennedy a saint’s send off, as he presided over his funeral services. Kennedy, a man who not only supported the killing of unborn children, but even while they were being born — the barbaric and excruciating painful partial-birth abortion.
If that wasn’t enough, you have Kennedy’s support of homosexuality. Two of the greatest sins in the Bible are killing and homosexuality and Kennedy supported both of them.
O’Malley wrote in a blog that he disagreed “in the strongest terms” with those who argued that Kennedy did not deserve a Catholic funeral, and he said such critics do “irreparable damage to the communion of the Church.”
No, O’Malley, it is YOU who have done irreparable damage to the communion of the Church. You claim that Canon Law is not clear in denying Communion to Catholic pro-abortion politicians.
I don’t know how it can be any clearer: Canon 915 of the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law states, in part: “Those…who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Communion.”
Is not supporting killing a grave sin? I guess not, to O’Malley.
Let’s simplify with some questions: On January 2, 1960, John F. Kennedy officially declared his intent to seek the Democratic nomination for Presidency of the United States of America; if at that time he declared to do so on a plank supporting homosexuality and the killing of unborn children, including those being born, would he have:
1. Won the Democratic nomination?
2. Become President?
3. Been allowed by his bishop to receive Holy Communion if found obstinate in promotion of such grave moral sin?
So, what has changed?
For Cardinal O’Malley to claim confusion in this matter is something akin to Moses retracing his steps back up Mt. Horeb in order to re-confirm with the All-Holy God on the religious and moral imperative to follow the 5th Commandment…
Geth·sem·a·ne (gěth-sěm’ə-nē) Meaning: Oil press.
A poem for the sleeping…
Down shadowy lanes, across strange streams
Bridged over by our broken dreams;
Behind the misty caps of years,
Beyond the great salt font of tears,
The garden lies. Strive as you may,
You cannot miss it on your way.
All paths that have been or shall be,
Pass somewhere through Gethsemane.
All those who journey, soon or late,
Must pass within the garden’s gate;
Must kneel alone in darkness there,
And battle with some fierce despair.
God pity those who cannot say,
“Not mine but thine,” who only pray,
“Let this cup pass,” and cannot see
The purpose of Gethsemane.
—Ella Wheeler Wilcox
This story from Peter J. Smith at Life Site News explains the holy anger on this first Good Friday of Lent…
WASHINGTON, DC, February 17, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The best way for the Church to ensure pro-abortion Catholic politicians do not receive Communion would be through a change in the Church’s Canon Law, or an official directive from the Pope himself, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston told LifeSiteNews.com.
LifeSiteNews.com caught up with O’Malley in Washington, DC last month, where he was among the concelebrating bishops for the Vigil Mass for Life at the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. LSN asked O’Malley what he considered the appropriate pastoral response to pro-abortion politicians receiving Communion.
“Well, I think that the only way that that solution [denying communion] should be invoked is if there were a large catechesis or if it was universal for the whole church,” the cardinal responded. “You can’t have people doing things in one parish and another, you would only divide the Church hopelessly.”
(To view the full LSN interview transcript with Cardinal O’Malley, click here)
For several years, the US Catholic Bishops have actively engaged the problem of how to correct the scandal of pro-abortion politicians receiving Holy Communion – but developed no consensus on a uniform pastoral approach. Many orthodox Catholics continue to protest against pro-abortion politicians presenting themselves to receive the Church’s holiest sacrament, yet the practice is widespread.
O’Malley said an official papal directive or change in Canon Law would be “the only way it is really going to work.”
“That would be helpful if they did it,” he continued. “But if it is not done – to make it look like it’s an individual bishop sparring with the people of particular parties is only going to divide the Church in a very terrible way. Then you’ll have some priest who will obey and others who won’t, other divisions of the Church, more scandal, and undermining the authority of the bishops.”
O’Malley revealed that he had been concerned about the issue for a long time, and asked Pope John Paul II for guidance when the pontiff was soliciting input from bishops for his pro-life encyclical Evangelium Vitae.
“I wrote to him and asked him to please give us very clear direction on how to deal with politicians who will be pro-abortion and will be Catholic,” related O’Malley.
“We have not had the kind of clear response that we need.”
However, it seems the Vatican has already attempted to give the US bishops guidance on how to deal with the issue, through a 2004 letter from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – now Pope Benedict XVI – entitled “Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion: General Principles.”
The memo states that, once persistently pro-abortion Catholic politicians had been warned by their respective bishops not to approach the altar, they “must” be denied Communion.
Unfortunately, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) never received the letter as Ratzinger intended. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, chairman of the USCCB task force on the issue, only referenced the document as an afterthought in his 12-page report to that committee.
Later – in what may have been a Vatican end-run around McCarrick – Ratzinger’s letter hit international headlines after being leaked to Roman media.
In the end, the US Bishops task force put out more generalized guidelines in the document “Catholics in Political Life,” which leaves the appropriate pastoral response towards pro-abortion politicians – including denial of Communion – to the prudential judgment of the individual bishop. Ratzinger would later affirm to the USCCB that the document was “very much in harmony” with his general principles.
(To view the full LSN interview transcript with Cardinal O’Malley, click here)
POEM CREDIT: LIVING SACRIFICE BLOG
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By The Orlando Truth
Hat Tip: Catholic Media Coalition
The political stakes in the upcoming Presidential election are enormous for our country. For all Christians, the most significant moral clash is between the platforms of the REPUBLICANS and the DEMOCRATS on the issue of abortion:
REPUBLICANS are staunchly pro-life. John McCain, the Republican Presidential candidate, has unequivocally announced that “human life begins at conception” and must be protected. His running mate, Sarah Palin, has forcefully demonstrated this same belief in raising her family of five children, most recently including her infant son born this past April with Down’s Syndrome. Despite her advance knowledge of his medical problem and the medical profession’s recommendation to abort the baby, she adamantly chose to bring him to term.
DEMOCRATS support abortion as a woman’s “right to choose” to murder her unborn child. Barack Obama, the Democrats’ Presidential candidate, is militantly “pro-choice,” to the extent of having once voted against a law requiring a doctor to save the life of a child that survived the abortion he had just performed, a living breathing child on the operating table in front of him. Consider the implications of that vote in the infanticide as carried out this past April in an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas. There the attending Licensed Practical Nurse, Tina Davis, gave this testimony about a botched procedure performed by circuit-rider Abortionist Shelley Sella:
“Ms. Davis gave us a very specific eye-witness account about the incident,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We were told that the baby was 35 weeks gestation at the time of the abortion. The baby came out and was moving. Sella looked up at Ms. Davis, then picked up a utensil and stabbed the baby in the left ribcage, twisting the utensil until the baby quit moving. At 35 weeks (over 8 months), there is no doubt about viability. This is murder in anybody’s book.”
The problem of abortion is overwhelming. Since the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973 making legal this moral evil, more than 50,000,000 (50 million) abortions have been performed in the United States alone. Consider the magnitude of that number. It is more than 16,000 times the 3,000 people killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. It is more than 8 times the 6,000,000 Jews killed by Adolf Hitler in the Holocaust of the 1940’s during the Second World War.
Obama is the most pro-abortion member of the Senate, with his straight A+ report card from the National Abortion Rights Action League and Planned Parenthood. He supports the late-term procedure known as partial-birth abortion to end the life of the baby even as it is exiting the birth canal. Michelle Obama signed fundraising letters pledging that, if elected, her husband would be “tireless” in keeping legal this “legitimate medical procedure.” Barack did not let his militants down. When the Supreme Court upheld the Congressional ban on this barbaric procedure, Barack denounced the court for denying “equal rights for women.”
Obama has stated in his book, Audacity of Hope, that he would erase the Judeo-Christian backdrop from America’s history in order to meld all religions as one, just as his atheist mother believed. Obama admitted in his recent interview with Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren that he did not agree with the Christian understanding that life begins at conception, because “it was above his pay grade.” His selection of Joseph Biden as his running mate compounded the problem. Biden, a self-described Catholic, is at odds with the highest levels of his Catholic Faith because he has supported Roe vs. Wade for many years.
Pope Benedict, during his April visit to Washington, D.C. spoke of the need to practice faith in public life: “Christians are easily tempted to conform themselves to the spirit of the age. We have seen this emerge in an acute way in the scandal given by Catholics who promote an alleged right to abortion.” And just this August, Archbishop Raymond Burke-the equivalent of Chief Justice of the Vatican’s Supreme Court-said Holy Communion should be refused to “a public official who knowingly and willingly supports actions which publicly promote procured abortion, which is the taking of an innocent, defenseless human life.”
Biden falsely claims that that the doctrine of the Catholic Church is broad enough to include those, like himself, who support abortion. Biden claims a personal opposition to abortion that he is unwilling to follow in his public life and thus falls into this category. He now faces the possibility not only of alienating Catholics, but also of being refused Communion on the campaign trail. As Carl Anderson, the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, the preeminent Catholic laymen’s fraternal organization, has stated, “The problem-for Catholics and evangelicals alike-is that a ticket whose politics appear to trump moral reasoning is not a compelling ticket. Catholics and evangelicals are looking for candidates who share their core values, not just pews or holy water.” In addition, Catholics, indeed, all people, need to understand that union with God means opposition to evil.
BISHOP WENSKI’S SUPPORT OF THE PRO-LIFE CAUSE
The Editors of The Orlando Truth wish to compliment Bishop Wenski and recognize his courage in coming to the defense of human life at all stages beginning from conception. Bishop Wenski issued the following Pastoral Letter which truly educates his flock in the eternal truths of the authentic Catholic Faith. Moreover, he was willing to back up his words with his action of personally attending the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota on September 3 to give the PRAYER INVOCATION for the evening and to provide his moral support for the pro-life cause. Keep up the good work, Bishop!
The highlights of his Pastoral Letter are presented below:
Faithful Citizenship: Abortion – September 2008
In late August, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, appeared on Meet the Press. In order to justify her support of abortion as a Catholic, she misrepresented the history and the nature of the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church on abortion. On behalf of all the bishops, Cardinal Rigali, chair of our committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop Lori, chair of our committee on Doctrine, issued a statement refuting Ms. Pelosi’s attempt to justify the unjustifiable. No one can legitimately argue that support for abortion can be reconciled with the moral teachings of the Church. In their statement, the bishops quote succinctly from the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Since the first century, the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 2271)
Last month, I too had to issue a clarification by means of a letter to the editor that appeared in the Orlando Sentinel on August 16th concerning an article in that same newspaper on August 13th that suggested that “Catholic leaders” viewed the Democratic Party Platform’s “abortion plank” in a positive light. In fact, many would argue that the plank this year was more extreme than the party’s previous endorsements of “reproductive rights.”
I wrote: “…(The bishops) are the ones who speak as the leaders of the Catholic Church in the United States-and not political operatives for one party or another who happen to be Catholic. In Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the bishops wrote that ‘opposing intrinsically evil acts has a special claim on our consciences and our actions…’ As we bishops wrote: ‘The direct and intentional destruction of innocent human life from the moment of conception until natural death is always wrong and is not just one issue among many. It must always be opposed.’ ”
Catholics in public life…must act seriously and responsibly on many important moral issues. Our faith has an integral unity that calls Catholics to defend human life and human dignity whenever they are threatened…Abortion is a grave violation of the most fundamental human right-the right to life that is inherent in all human beings, and that grounds every other right we possess.
As Pope John Paul II wrote in Christifideles Laici, “…(T)he common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights-for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture-is false and illusory if the right to life…is not defended with maximum determination…The human being is entitled to such rights, in every phase of development from conception until natural death; and in every condition, whether healthy or sick, whole or handicapped, rich or poor.” (#38)
Bishops do not endorse candidates or parties. We do not tell people for whom they should vote. We say that Catholics should vote their consciences-and public officials who are Catholic should always act in accord with their own consciences. But, we insist that one’s conscience must be consistent with fundamental moral principles. As members of the Church, all Catholics are obliged to shape our consciences in accord with the moral teaching of the Church. That so many Catholics in public life hold positions on human life-like Representative Pelosi and Senator Biden-not coherent with their Catholic faith and yet, at the same time, declare themselves to be “good Catholics,” is a scandal.
But the Democratic standard bearers-in reaction to the Sarah Palin nomination-are seemingly intent on making this election a referendum on defending abortion “rights.” If they do, a Catholic with a well formed conscience would be hard pressed to find any “serious” and “grave” reasons to justify voting for them.
The above Pastoral Letter from Bishop Wenski is totally consistent with the teaching of our Church’s Magisterium; namely, the requirement that our bishops teach doctrine in union with the Pope, as can be noted from the 2004 statement of Pope Benedict XVI (then Cardinal Ratzinger) to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops shown below:
“Not all moral issues have the same weight as abortion or euthanasia. For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the application of capital punishment or on the decision to wage war, he would not for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion. While the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse to capital punishment. There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia.
“As the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has stated regarding the participation of Catholics in political life: The lay Catholic’s duty to be morally coherent is one and indivisible. There cannot be two parallel lives: on the one hand, the so-called ‘spiritual life’ with its values and demands; and on the other, the so-called ‘secular life,’ that is, life in a family, at work, in social responsibilities, in the responsibilities of public life and in culture.”
Respect Life is the Most Fundamental Issue
The Catholic Church does not endorse particular candidates or political parties. However, it has a responsibility to help people form their consciences properly, particularly with regard to fundamental moral issues. The Pro-Life cause is not merely a single issue among competing issues of equal value, such as health care, the economy, foreign policy and immigration. The Pro-Life issue is the dominant issue above all others, because without the right to life, all other issues are meaningless. The following quotations should help to underscore that essential fact:
ABORTION-NOT A GLOBAL ETHICAL HERITAGE
“Some Catholic elected officials have adopted the argument that, while they personally oppose evils like abortion, they cannot force their religious views onto the wider society. This is seriously mistaken on several key counts. First, regarding abortion, the point when human life begins is not a religious belief but a scientific fact-a fact on which there is clear agreement even among leading abortion advocates. Second, the sanctity of human life is not merely Catholic doctrine but part of humanity’s global ethical heritage, and our nation’s founding principle. Finally, democracy is not served by silence. Most Americans would recognize the contradiction in the statement, ‘While I am personally opposed to slavery or racism or sexism I cannot force my personal view on the rest of society.’ Real pluralism depends on people of conviction struggling vigorously to advance their beliefs by every ethical and legal means at their disposal.” US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, 1998, n. 24
THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE
“It is impossible to advance human dignity by being ‘right’ on issues like poverty and immigration, but being wrong about the most fundamental issue of all-the right to life.” Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver
THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN LIFE
“We, the four Bishops of Massachusetts…wish to underscore the absolute centrality of the first issue, the protection of human life. Support and promotion of abortion by any candidate is always wrong and can never be justified. We will never cease to denounce abortion and euthanasia and teach all Catholics that to support those positions is to support death over life.” His Eminence, Bernard Cardinal Law, Most Reverend Thomas Dupre, Most Reverend Sean O’Malley, Most Reverend Daniel Reilly
ABORTION-A DECISIVE ISSUE
“Abortion is a decisive issue tied to the United States upcoming elections…Poverty can be dealt with progressively, but the death of a child is immediate.” Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, October 2000
ABORTION MUST TAKE PRECEDENCE
“Abortion is the issue this year and every year in every campaign…The taking of human life is so heinous, so horribly evil, and so absolutely opposite to the law of Almighty God that abortion must take precedence over every other issue. I repeat: It is the single most important issue confronting not only Catholics, but also the entire electorate.” Most Reverend James C. Timlin, D.D., Bishop of Scranton, 2000
ABORTION-AN INTRINSIC EVIL
“As Catholics we are not single-issue voters. A candidate’s position on a single issue is not sufficient to guarantee a voter’s support. Yet a candidate’s position on aissue that involves an intrinsic evil, such as support for legal abortion or the promotion of racism, may legitimately lead a voter to disqualify a candidate from receiving support.” US Catholic Bishops, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility, 2007
A WELL-FORMED CHRISTIAN CONSCIENCE
“It must be noted also that a well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law which contradicts the fundamental contents of faith and morals. The Christian faith is an integral unity, and thus it is incoherent to isolate some particular element to the detriment of the whole of Catholic doctrine.” Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
NOT JUST ANOTHER ISSUE
“The direct intentional destruction of innocent human life from the moment of conception until natural death is always wrong and is not just one issue among many. It must always be opposed.” US Catholic Bishops, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility, 2007
NOT A MATTER OF INDIVIDUAL CHOICE
“There are some things we must never do, as individuals or as a society, because they are always incompatible with love of God and neighbor. Such actions are so deeply flawed that they are always opposed to the authentic dignity of persons. These are called ‘intrinsically evil’ actions. They must always be rejected and opposed and must never be supported or condoned. A prime example is the intentional taking of innocent human life, as in abortion and euthanasia…It is a mistake with grave moral consequence to treat the destruction of human life merely as a matter of individual choice. A legal system that violates the basic right to life on the grounds of choice is fundamentally flawed.” US Catholic Bishops, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility, 2007
ABORTION-A CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE
“Senator Obama’s answer to the ills of society, including continued tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, is diametrically opposed to everything that African Americans truly believe and is anathema to the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We can talk about poverty; we can talk about incarceration. However, if we are not allowed to live, we will never encounter those issues. Every aborted baby is like a slave in the womb of his or her mother. The mother decides his or her fate.” Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
PRO-ABORTION-IS THIS WHAT OBAMA MEANS?
“When we do a suction curettage abortion, you know, roughly one of three things is going to happen during the abortion. One would be that the catheter, as it approaches the fetus, you know, tears it and kills it at that instant inside the uterus. The second would be that the fetus is small enough and the catheter is large enough that the fetus passes through the catheter and either dies in transit as it’s passing through the catheter or dies in the suction bottle after it’s actually all the way out.
“When you’re doing a dismemberment D&E, usually the last part to be removed is the skull itself and it’s floating free inside the uterine cavity…So it’s rather like a ping-pong ball floating around and the surgeon is using his forcep to reach up to try to grasp something that’s freely floating around and is quite large relative to the forcep we’re using. So typically there’re several misdirections, misattempts to grasp. Finally at some point either the instruments are managed to be placed around the skull or a nip is made out of some area of the skull that allows it to start to decompress. And then once that happens typically the skull is brought out in fragments rather than as a unified piece…” Sworn testimony given in US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Madison, WI, May 27, 1999, Case No. 98-C-0305-S), by Dr. Martin Haskell, an abortionist. He describes legal activity.
“PRO-CHOICE”-IS THIS WHAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY MEANS?
“He turned the baby around [in the womb] and brought it out feet first. That’s one of the worse things for the mother that you can do. I was helping the doctor hold the baby [to keep it in the birth canal]. The other nurse got the instrument [a large syringe with a large needle], handed it to the doctor, and he inserted it into the base of the skull. Then he pulled the baby out. Its little hands were grasping. When the baby quit grasping, then he delivered it. He used the syringe to suction out the brains. That’s more traumatic on the mother than if she had given a normal birth.” Witness testimony, March, 2002, Priests for Life website http://www.priestsforlife.org
SAME SEX MARRIAGE
Barack Obama continually indicates his agreement with Hillary Clinton’s scheme to revamp the family in line with the Democratic party’s unrelenting assault on the family and traditional marriage. Hillary Clinton’s life has long made a mockery of traditional family values. Her vision for families is, we might say, unconventional. Back when she was a student at Yale Law School, Hillary wrote in the Harvard Educational Review that “marriage, slavery, and the Indian reservation system” constitute dependency arrangements that must be abolished. Two decades later she wrote It Takes a Village, the socialist manifesto that justifies government intrusion into the most intimate aspects of our family life. Her later book Living History leans over backward to revamp any meaningful role for fathers, consistent with the principles of Wyndam Lewis, the European social philosopher, who once noted: “The male, the father, is in all these revolutions, the enemy. It is he who has been cast to represent authority. Therefore the break-up of the family must begin and end with the eclipse of the father principle.”
Amazingly, Obama claimed, in his March 3 speech at Hocking College, that Christ’s Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel justifies his support for legal recognition of same-sex unions. Furthermore he derided St. Paul’s epistle to the Romans (1:27), which clearly denounces homosexual sex as merely the opinion of an “obscure” disciple. Those comments perplexed Christians in his audience who could not see any logic to his statements, nor did Obama offer any. It is no surprise then that Obama, like Hillary, opposes the Federal Marriage Amendment that would define marriage as the monogamous union between a man and a woman, and advocates civil unions for same-sex partners that mirror true marriage in every essential respect.
On the other hand, John McCain and Sarah Palin are much more committed to the defense of traditional marriage in the cultural arena.
BISHOP WENSKI’S DEFENSE OF TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE
Here again Bishop Wenski has exhibited the courage to defend traditional marriage against the political onslaughts to eradicate it in favor of gender-neutral unions. The highlights of his July Pastoral Letter are presented below:
CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE – JULY 2008
To defend marriage as a monogamous union between one man and one woman is not bigotry.
The imposition by judicial fiat of same-sex marriage on the citizens of California has reminded us that society’s culture wars are far from over. This example of raw judicial activism should reinvigorate efforts to enshrine in state and federal constitutions the traditional legal understanding of marriage…Those who see “same-sex marriage” as progress towards a more “tolerant” society will-with characteristic intolerance-label their opponents as “intolerant,” “bigoted,” “homophobic” and so on. However, to defend marriage as a monogamous union between one man and one woman is not bigotry. Nor are the efforts of those who seek to enshrine in state or federal constitutions the “traditional” understanding of marriage intolerant.
…(I)n redefining the legal definition of marriage to include same-sex unions, the proponents of “gay marriage” are in effect imposing their views and lifestyle on the larger populace, and, once legal, the state’s coercive power will punish those who refuse to embrace gay marriages. For example, public officials-regardless of their views on the rightness or wrongness of homosexual acts-will be obliged to officiate at same-sex “weddings”; public schools will be required to teach their acceptability to children whether parents concur or not. Even First Amendment freedoms will not be protected from assault…
In the culture wars…two sides are fighting about the understanding of man and his relationship to truth and reality. One side-and today “gay marriage” is its poster child-holds that anyone can essentially create his or her own reality. This side holds for a radical autonomy by which truth is determined not by the nature of things, but by one’s own individual will. The other side holds men and women are not self-creators but creatures. Truth is not constructed, but received and thus must reflect the reality of things. Or, as the Book of Genesis says: “Male and female, He (God) created them.” (Gn 1:27).
The former’s position, like that of the secular Utopias of the 20th century, is a recipe for tyranny; the latter’s position promises a freedom that is only achievable through adherence to objective truth which we do not, and could never, invent. As I said, the stakes are high. Same-sex “marriage”-if allowed to prevail in law-will result in the devaluation of all marriages with terrible consequences to society. The common good demands that the understanding of marriage as a union between one man and one woman not be lost. We need a constitutional amendment protecting traditional marriage.
EVOLUTION OF OUR CULTURAL CRISIS
The roots of our current cultural crisis in this 21st century can be traced back to the French Revolution of 1789. That revolt was against the authority of the King and of the Catholic Church. Impassioned by the slogans of “LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY,” the French peasants protested against the doctrines of the Church. They became enamored of a universal spirituality or Deism (a vague God not involved in the affairs of the world similar to that found in Oprah Winfrey’s promotion of spiritual, new age, how-to books), devoid of a moral code and closely resembling the Paganism of the pre-Christian era. This amorphous spirituality gradually developed into the idea that all religions are the same, if in fact, there is any God at all. (In this connection, the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, recently released by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, reported that 79% of Catholics fail to understand the unique importance of their Faith and agree that “many religions can lead to eternal life.”) The guiding thinking behind this Enlightenment Philosophy (more accurately titled the Dying of the Light) was the progressive emphasis on secular, human, material values to the exclusion of religion, morality and, in particular, the Catholic Faith.
In the more modern era, our cultural crisis was impacted by the following major developments:
The liberal ideas underlying the Radicals’ world-view include:
Barack Obama’s “Change We Can Believe In” is simply socialism/communism-imposed by stratagem because Americans have never believed in Marxist economics. Saul Alinsky understood this, and his ghost is alive and well-and threatening to haunt the White House.
In this November election, let your conscience be your guide!
A “Stunning Record of Secrecy” and a vow of “Return to Transparency…”
There is a prescient irony associated with Barack Obama’s Apple pol ad released some time ago with that of Hillary Clinton’s ongoing campaign stop mantra: “I want to have a conversation together with the American people.” Really?
First the video…
As most of America now knows, Hillary Clinton wills to provide Universal Health Care for all Americans. But at what price? According to recently released documents obtained by Judicial Watch from the Clinton Presidential Library, there appears to be some areas of conversation that would be better left unsaid as far as the Clinton’s go. At least, until after the election in November.
Of course, were talking here about Hillary’s Taskforce on Health Care Reform during her husband’s administration. The newly released document’s come to us from what’s called the White House Health Care Interdepartmental Working Group.
According to Judicial Watch President Tim Fitton…,
“These documents paint a disturbing picture of how Hillary Clinton and the Clinton administration approached health care reform – secrecy, smears, and the misuse of government computers to track private and political information on citizens,”
I’ll let you be the judge according to the released documents here.
Now that the records are available will they be released?
As of January 31st Judicial Watch has received confirmation that, among others, all remaining records of interest concerning Hillary’s works, communications and documents from the taskforce she led are now available for release at the discretion of the former President. Up to now, however, Mr. Clinton has shown no interest in their release (although he says he’s for full-disclosure) and has himself created obstacles in releasing them previously. It seems a lid had been put on Hillary’s secret White House papers up to now by her husband: see here. But, now, Bill has the opportunity to lift that lid if he so desires. The question remains will he?
Experience, experience, experience…
Mrs. Clinton has cited her White House years as a prime example of her experience in leading us to believe that she is ready and able on “day one” to run this country. If she believes this and is truly sincere in her statement and willingness to return transparency to government, she can prove it by allowing the full release of all pertinent documents concerning her experiences, works and communications within her husband’s previous administration. If not, we are left with the reality of business as usual in Washington, D.C. Which, would go a long way to explaining Hillary’s current rapid crash in the polls…
Now, can you tell the difference between the first video and this last? Welcome to 2008.
For a full report on the now available secret White House Papers click here.