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Sheep Circles and Sex Clubs: What’s an good Catholic to do? Blog News-Tuesday 01.29.08

Sheep Circles and Sex Clubs: What’s an good Catholic to do?

By now most of you have seen the mysterious “Sheep Circles” as reported by the Daily Mail last Friday. Notice that some of the sheep appear to be wandering away from the fold…Art imitating life, or, life imitating art? Turns out, that the mystery of the sheep might not be so mysterious after all. It seems, as the article relates, that the explanation is to be found in the manner in which the sheep were fed…sheepcircle_468x336.jpg

Which brings up the touchy subject of Catholic education at the University of Portland and the first ever “Sex Club” on this Catholic campus… Warning: Don’t be spooked by the odd coincidence that both stories appeared in the press on the same day…, nor, should you allow yourself to be too mystified by the loss of Catholic faith in America. Their just not being fed right is all…

Heads Up!

There is some new blog news to report… Josephine County (Oregon) Right To Life now has a blog, and I encourage all to visit and comment when you are able. Please e-mail your friends and all those committed to speaking up for the ‘silent minority’ in this country. There is a great number of pictures from last week’s march for life, and you can find the website by clicking here.

And for all of you who have (and still) loved John Paul II, I offer Servants of the Servant to you. An beautiful idea of gathering prayer and study groups together in honor of The Great… Pray for us.

Have the best day possible!!!

Where Pro-Abort Catholic Pols Confess:Blog News-Wednesday 01.23.08

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From the “that’s a hoot” category this comes to us from the folks across the pond: Where Pro-abort Catholic Politicians go to confess… 

On a more solemn note, this week was dedicated to the defense of the little ones. And many fine articles appeared in print. Cal Thomas presented the most scathing and articulate with his post found in the Washington Post ‘The Cost of Roe at 35’.

Along with this fine work, many (96) prominent Catholic’s responded this week to the ‘Catholic Call to Civility’ presented last November. You can read the response here on this site. And finally, Deal W. Hudson has a wonderful rundown on the West Coast Walk For Life. 

… an abortion is only horrible, but to deny life is satanic. Why then, I wonder, do priests and nuns remain unmarried? Why then are celibacy and self-control approved and exacted? What a priceless ideal for mothers to follow! To continue bearing children misshapen, deformed, hideous to the eyes, in the hope that Heaven may be filled! It’s a monstrous doctrine, abhorrent of every civilized instinct in us. – Margaret Sanger

Climate Change on Fratres TV: Pictures of the 35th Memorial Roe v. Wade Pro-Life March in Grants Pass, Oregon, 01.20.08

Last year was a protest in front of the Josephine County Courthouse. This year the march was back through town, and the turn-out was unexpectedly large. You can see pictures of the 35th Memorial Roe v. Wade Pro-Life march in Grants Pass, Oregon here on Fratres tv.

Huckabee is better choice than Fred Thompson for Catholic vote, says Bill May…

California Catholic Daily, 01.15.08

Prominent layman says Mike Huckabee better choice for Catholics than Fred Thompson

(Editor’s note: In the interest of fairness, California Catholic Daily is publishing the following submission from a reader. It has been edited for grammar, style and length.)

I am writing as Bill May. I am not getting involved in the presidential election because of my role in the non-partisan, issue-related organization Catholics for the Common Good.

But I can’t remain silent about the unanswered distortions about Mike Huckabee over Fred Thompson in the presidential race found in California Catholic Daily’s Jan.11 posting, “Keeping the coalition together is the key to success.” It was an article covering the California Pro-Life Council’s endorsement of Thompson for president. It was totally one-sided and misleading to Catholic voters. CCD is a great publication and provides a valuable service to Catholics. I can understand how things like this can slip through trying to meet tight deadlines.I don’t want to get into a fight with the California Pro-Life Council and National Right to Life, organizations for which I have a great deal of respect. But I think their endorsements of Fred Thompson reflect bad judgment and their attacks on Huckabee are indefensible and based on false assumptions.First, Fred Thompson wants to let the states decide on abortion and does not support the human life amendment. There are many parallels between slavery and abortion, and we can see how well leaving the slavery issue to the states turned out. How can he be the pro-life candidate?This question from the California Catholic Daily reporter to the Pro-Life Council’s Brian Johnston was based on a false and biased premise: “What about a new coalition on the Republican side coming together around a pro-life liberal like Mike Huckabee?” Liberal? Huckabee is not the liberal the Republican establishment says he is. This false premise is being repeated over and over.Moreover, the response to the question is equally misleading: “Highly, highly unlikely,” Johnston responded. “For one thing, he’s a preacher: he’ll be killed by the media — he’ll be more of a target than Pat Robertson.” There is a huge difference between Robertson and Huckabee. Robertson is a lifelong professional minister and Christian political leader – that is it. Huckabee is a secular political and civic leader and a former Lt. Governor and Governor (almost 11 years), with a distinguished record of secular leadership.While governor, Time Magazine ranked him as one of the top 5 in the country. His Democratic and Republican peers elected him chairman of the National Governors’ Association. In addition, Huckabee was chairman of the Education Commission of the States, president of the Council of State Governments, chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (37 states), and chairman of the Southern Governors Association. Would any of these things have happened if he were the religious nut the Republican establishment is making him out to be?Huckabee is the only candidate who has been an advocate for pro-life issues. He got five bills through the Democratic legislature in Arkansas: partial birth abortion, parental notification, women’s right to know, fetal pain and liberal hospital drop-off provisions for newborns.

It really annoys me to hear people call Huckabee liberal because he cares for the human person and has a sense of social responsibility. People mindlessly and irresponsibly throw out the right-wing code of “tax and spend” for people who are compassionate and practical. As governor, Huckabee cut taxes almost 100 times. He eliminated the capital gains tax on home sales, reduced them for individuals and businesses, eliminated taxes for those below the poverty line and indexed tax rates to avoid tax creep with inflation. He also was able to get enough people off welfare that the budget was reduced by 50%.

I think Brian is dead wrong re the Republican coalition. The folks in the boardroom are not going to like Huckabee because he is a Christian and a man of the people. I think Huckabee has an opportunity to reform and broaden the Republican Party. He could put the Reagan Democratic coalition back together and attract a lot of Catholic crossover votes. I don’t think Thompson has any chance. He has been so weak. He hasn’t demonstrated any passion for the office. I think Huckabee is the most electable of the field.

I think Huckabee is the “Catholic” candidate for 2008.

— Bill May

Looking Back And Pressing Forward For Christ: Reflections of an advocate for life in the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon

From his perch of absolute human torment, Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of Man listened to the men beneath his cross. “Save yourself,” they said. ‘Come down from the Cross!'” He did not until after all was accomplished: for their sakes…

In many ways today, this same scenario is being carried out in the lives of all those who have chosen to remain with Jesus on their cross. And they themselves hear the very same: ‘Come down from your cross.’ “Save yourself, but, leave us alone.”

This is particularly true of all men and women of goodwill in this age who carry the cross ofdec28_massacre_innocents1.jpg convincing the world concerning the grave sin of abortion. If one has spent time protesting outside of any abortion clinic, stood on a street corner with a sign, or simply marched for life–that one has known and experienced in some form derision. Yes, the words they sometimes hear are surely different, but, the meaning is the same, “Come down from your cross.” “leave us alone.” “This cross is senseless to us.”

And it is, presently.

Below I offer the reflections of a pro lifer found in the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon. I was attracted to her article not so much because of her complaints, (for there are always aches, pains, irritation and turmoil when one is carrying their cross) but, instead for the simple reason of her perserverance for the sake of love and life–and it is the same love of Christ Jesus hanging on the cross in whom she perserveres for the sake of life, for both know that in order for one to enter life the commandments must be kepted… On earth as it is in heaven.

From the beginning, the living Tradition of the Churchas shown by the Didache, the most ancient non-biblical Christian writing–categorically repeated the commandment “You shall not kill”: “There are two ways, a way of life and a way of death; there is a great difference between them… In accordance with the precept of the teaching: you shall not kill…you shall not put a child to death by abortion nor kill it once it is born…. The way of death is this: …they show no compassion for the poor, they do not suffer with the suffering, they do not acknowledge their Creator, they kill their children and by abortion cause God’s creatures to perish; they drive away the needy, oppress the suffering, they are advocates of the rich and unjust judges of the poor; they are filled with every sin. May you be able to stay ever apart, O children, from all these sins!” 

Evangelium Vitae, John Paul II 03.25.95.

Dear Advocates for Life,

As we look back on 2007 we thank the Dear Lord for giving us grace to persevere through many obstacles.  We remember:

  • how at the 2007 Session of the legislature the Catholics were poorly represented by Roger Martin the lobbyist who had voted to legalize abortion as a legislator in 1969. 
  • how the Catholic hospitals didn’t squawk at the thought of giving “Emergency Contraception” to women as matter of course if they said they were sexually assaulted, with no definition of “assault”.
  • how Our chancellor, Mary Jo Tully, is the on the Ethics Board at these hospitals didn’t submit testimony to fight for the life of children at the earliest stage.
  • how the Archdiocese of Portland didn’t fight for our right to vote on homosexual issues
  • how the Archdiocese has still not disclosed the letter from Bishop Vigneron from Oakland regarding the scandalous homosexual workshop at St. Philip Neri parish with Father Jim Schexnayder.
  • how the Justice and Peace Office has tens of thousands of dollars in her budget and the Respect Life Office has none.
  • how our battle against Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon participating churches and them allowing “masses” for Toni Tortorilla, the “first ordained woman” (impossible, VOCAL) in the Archdiocese and the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council still saying that we should be involved with this pro-abortion/pro-homosexual group of Churches.

GOOD NEWS – Our faith in Jesus Christ and His Church won many battles in this spiritual warfare. 

  • The embryonic stem cell/cloning bill lost by one vote.  Even though Oregon Catholic Conference didn’t lobby against this, Oregon Right to Life fought hard and had their conference speaker Father Tad Pacholczyk from the National Catholic Bioethics Center, stay two more days and change the course of this vote.
  • The two referenda petition drives for the right to vote on “Domestic Partnerships” and “sexual behavior/activity as a protected minority status” truly succeeded. Thousands of Catholics, Protestants from different backgrounds came together to gather 130,000 signatures, all voluntary, in a true ecumenical effort, and NO DEBT.
  • Sidenote — February 1st a judge will determine whether the “domestic partnerships” will be voted on without another signature drive…the signature drive to put “sexual activity/behavior” with no definition WILL go forward.  So….keep praying.
  • The Right to Life is still alive and well in the pews.  Even though this is not a top priority with the Archdiocese, the Life is Sacred conference coming up on January 26th at the Expo Center will have thousands of lovers of life gathering.  And the churches that have respect life offices are doing such good works to save lives.
  • We had a very successful Justice in Pieces series of workshops with Oregon Catholics understanding how dangerous to our souls the Saul Alinsky/Chicago/Portland connection is.  We are learning and acting on this education.  For a CD contact me and I’ll send it out….

This year is one where we will need more perseverance aka”; persisting in anything undertaken; maintaining a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly. ‘ 

We really need to persist in prayer for our Archdiocese. 

On a personal note, I was “dismissed” from a volunteer position, by the Archbishop,  with the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women as Church Commission Chairman.  I had been with these great ladies for almost five years and did the prayers for priests in the Sentinel each month for almost four years. 

I kept VOCAL separate from the ACCW in many ways….I respected this relationship and didn’t misuse it.  However, the Archbishop isn’t happy with me and there was mention of the Campaign for Human Development in the “dismissal” conversation by the president of ACCW and my problems with the CHD.

There were already problems for me with ACCW because, in my opinion, we were not respected for our opinions.  For example, our evaluation of the “Safe environments” programs that our children are subjected to. A four month ad hoc committee led all ladies to submit a letter to the Archbishop stating this was not appropriate for the children. He fell back on information by Sister Rita Rae Schneider, who was very psychological, but not maternally protective and dismissed our concerns.  Mom’s know best.  There just aren’t any in leadership in the Archdiocese that I can think of.

And remember when I was “escorted out” of the Pastoral Center when I mentioned a meeting with the School Superintendent, Bob Mizia, to discuss an opt out form that Cathy Shannon, the Safe Environments director said was not a parental option in all cases.   So…..let’s keep on our knees.  For me too please. 

Remember, we are having a Spring talk by Donna Steichen of “Ungodly Rage” fame.  She is just finishing up a new book.  We will have to raise funds, I would think lots, her fee is $1,500 and she needs travel expenses from California and a hotel.  This is a great opportunity and I will have all monies posted with donors initials on the VOCAL website www.vocalnews.org so you’ll know where we are and what we need.

I pray that you had a wonderful Christmas Season and Happy New Year.  It’s going to be a good one serving Jesus Christ and His Church.God Bless you and yours,
Carolyn
www.vocalnews.org

On Sunday April 24th 1994, Pope John Paul II recommended this prayer be used by all Catholics as a prayer for the Church when he said:

‘”May prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle we are told about in the Letter to the Ephesians: ‘Draw strength from the Lord and from His mighty power’ (Ephesians 6:10). The Book of Revelation refers to this same battle, recalling before our eyes the image of St. Michael the Archangel (Revelation 12:7). Pope Leo XIII certainly had a very vivid recollection of this scene when, at the end of the last century, he introduced a special prayer to St. Michael throughout the Church. Although this prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass, I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world.“‘

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host –
by the Divine Power of God –
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Blog News-Tuesday 01.08.08

…In the way of righteousness is life, and in the pathway thereof there is no death. (Prov. 12:28)…

THINGS HAVE CHANGED SINCE NOVEMBER OF ’07’

In November of last year the National Right to Life Committee endorsed Fred Thompson. At the time, Executive Director of NRLC David O’Steen  said that after pouring over voting records, checking the pro life positions of the candidates and considering electability they chose Thompson and felt that Thompson would benefit from the endorsement. He hasn’t.

As of today, Tuesday, January 8, 2008 Fred Thompson is posed to finish dead last behindfred_closeup.jpg Ron Paul by 9 points in the New Hampshire Primary today. And polls show him consistently far behind in all the upcoming primary states. Combining poor communication skills within debates and public perceptions of a lackadaisical approach towards his own candidacy, Fred Thompson is done.

A MATTER OF LIFE

In the most recent controversy over what does or does not constitute a true blue conservative and his or her right ordering of issues during this election, there remains for pro life/family forces the underlying principle which supercedes all issues–the human right to life… We are concerned with ending the worst holocaust in the history of humanity–the ongoing deaths of millions of innocent children in the womb–and we are committed to its defeat in our lifetime, period.

IT’S ABOUT JUDGE’S, STUPID…

Up to now, we haven’t heard much about it, but, this election for us is still about judges. As was true in the 2000 election, (and prior), we are in need of strict Originalist Judges who will interpret the Constitution properly, and thus, we are in need of a viable presidential candidate–capable of winning–who will nominate such Judge’s.

Among the remaining Republican candidate’s, Mike Huckabee has surprised us all by coming out of nowhere and appears to be gaining great support within the pro life community. Along with his refreshing populist bent that some economic conservatives fear and perhaps loathe, (with a view only towards the pocketbook), Mike Huckabee seems to be resonating among those 43% of voters who say social values will help determine their vote.

He has mine.

Look Here to study the remaining viable candidates positions on life.

As righteousness tendeth to life…(Prov. 11:19).

  Oregon Roe v. Wade Memorial Rallys

Reaching Oregon with the message of life!

Sunday, January 20, 2006

Oregon State Capitol

Salem, Oregon

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Oregon Right to Life

On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court handed down the Roe v. Wade decision which has resulted in the deaths of over 45 million unborn children.  

Speakers include:

Archbishop John Vlazny

Frank Rosenbloom, M.D., ORTL President

Pastor Doug Bailey, Salem First Free Methodist Church

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Events in other communities:

Coos County: Sunday, January 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce Information Block at Hwy. 101 and Broadway in downtown Coos Bay between Anderson and Commercial Avenues. For information, call 541-347-9280.

Curry County: Sunday, January 20.   Meet at 4 p.m. for a candlelight vigil in front of   the Curry County Courthouse in Gold Beach.   For information, call 541-247-2218.

Douglas County: Sunday, January 20.   Meet at 2 p.m. at the Mercy Medical Center statue in Roseburg.   Walk to 3 p.m. rally at First Conservative Baptist Church.   For information, call 541-673-4566.

Eugene:

Harney County: Monday, January 21. Prayer meeting at 8:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church. For information, call 541-573-2990.

Jackson County: Sunday, January 2o. Rally at 1:30 p.m. at the Jackson County Justice Building in Medford. For information, call 541-830-0679.

Josephine County: Sunday, January 20.   Rally from (meet at 12:30) 1 to 2:30 p.m. in front of Josephine County Courthouse at 6th and B streets in Grants Pass. For information, call 541-474-2091.

Klamath County: Monday, January 21. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the County Government Center in Klamath Falls. For information, call 541-850-2198.

Malheur County: Sunday, January 20. Memorial service at 7 p.m. at the Nazarene Church in Vale.   For information, call 541-473-3080.

Salem/Stayton: Monday, January 21. “Pray for one hour to end abortion” candlelight vigil from 6 to 7 p.m. at Planned Parenthood on Lancaster and Wolverine Streets in Salem. For information, call 503-769-5294.

The Art of Compassion

The Art of Compassion is a national emmy award winning story that my brother in Minnesota passed on to me, which, is a must see. Make sure you watch all 4 segments, and, don’t forget the kleenex…

Speaking of compassion…

Here’s a heads up for all pro life folk’s from Jackson County Right to Life:

Gayle Atteberry, Executive Director of Oregon Right to Life, is coming to Medford!p_gail.jpg

She will speak on Stem Cell Research and the many aspects of this  complicated and profound science. She will also discuss its implications on the Pro Life Community and speak about the political climate of the  2008 election and answer all of your questions.

 When: Monday Evening, October 8, 2007

Where: Fireside Room, First Baptist Church

Address: 649 Crater Lake Avenue, Medford.

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Please call Bryan Platt if you have any questions At: 821-4773

The Orate Fratres

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