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So it’s illegal to sprinkle holy water around a den of iniquity now, eh?

Dear Pro-Life Friends and Media,

Please read the forwarded message below and watch this disturbing video of a 75-year-old Christian/Catholic elderly lady being arrested for sprinkling Holy Water on a public sidewalk outside the local abortion business in Huntsville, Alabama.

I have personally known Mrs. Joyce Fecteau since 2008 and have interviewed her on several occasions. She is a kind, compassionate lady who raised seven children of her own, and she has also spent most of her adult life reaching out to pregnant women in need in helping them to get the resources that they needed to choose Life! She has helped to save hundreds of preborn babies and women from the pain of abortion, and many of the women that she has helped have returned to the sidewalk of the abortion business months and even years later to personally thank her for her efforts there.
I am disheartened that anyone would interfere with Mrs. Fecteau’s beautiful ministry and wonderful efforts in helping women. Women deserve the resources and emotional support for the choice of Life! Neither abortion nor the “slavery of welfare” are Equal Opportunity for women in America. We must continue to reach out and help pregnant women in need to decrease the number of abortions nationwide and to build stronger women in America!

For Life and Liberty,

Kelly Manley
Founder and President
Huntsville Right to Life
HuntsvilleRightToLife.org

Shame on those who would arrest a Christian woman for sprinkling Holy Water
on the public sidewalk in front of an abortion clinic in Huntsville,
Alabama…..All Christians nationwide need to stand together in support of
this lady and her husband in opposition to this travesty. Our goal is 1,000
people from all over the country to stand with her at her trial at the
Huntsville Police building on February, 21st. A permit for use of the
parking lot is being requested. More You Tube videos will be released on
this issue in the next few days to include a 45 minute documentary at the
abortion clinic.

Justice demands we stand with this brave husband and wife for standing for
life in an uncompromising and loving way. For more information about this
event please contact Reverend James Henderson, at 256 3378 0826, or email
Emmanueljrh@bellsouth.net 

Madison Bsp. Morlino: Speaker Pelosi, Network, CHA, not called to lead the Catholic faithful — Harming the Church…

“The right to life comes from God, not the state…”

 

Bishop Morlino Comments

 

HAT TIP/FR. Z…

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Fr. John Corapi: The Pope’s New Encyclical-Caritas in Veritate

Fr. John Corapi
Fr. John Corapi

The Holy Father has recently released a much anticipated encyclical entitled Caritas in Veritate. In our most recent episode of Weekly Wisdom I share some initial impressions of this encyclical. I have frequently preached and taught on the indissoluble and absolute integrity of love and truth. There is no authentic charity without it being rooted in truth. If love is not in fact rooted in truth, then it is not authentic love. Charity in truth is the driving force behind the authentic development of every person, as the Holy Father points out.

The contemporary disintegration of societies and economies has at its root a failure or denial of this essential reality. When individuals fail or refuse to live charity in truth, then this is reflected in societies and economies. Love and truth are names for God. Jesus, the Lord (the God that is Love and Truth) is the Vine. We and all of society are the branches. If we refuse to live in Christ, then there is no life, either in societies or economies. This follows ultimately as surely as morning follows night.

1957-Dec-16The Holy Father points out the indispensable link between life ethics and social ethics. If a person or nation fails or refuses to respect the right to life, then it is folly to imagine that they will respect anyone or anything ultimately. If you don’t respect an individual’s right to life, how will you ever ultimately respect a worker’s right to work? You won’t.

We are on a collision course with social and economic chaos unless we begin to live charity in truth. This happens one person at a time. Make sure that you are one person that is living charity in truth.

God bless you,

Fr. John Corapi

H/T Fr. John Corapi Website

Fr. Corapi On Notre Dame: (Full Text) Statement On Behalf Of The Cardinal Newman Society

Fr. Corapi on Notre Dame…

Fr. John Corapi
Fr. John Corapi

 

NOTE: Father Corapi also prepared a video on behalf of the Cardinal Newman Society – You can view it on Father’s website and find more information and SIGN THE PETITION by clicking here.

It is my privilege to be able to deliver the following message on behalf of the Cardinal Newman Society:

As you know, the University of Notre Dame—an old and honored Catholic institution of higher learning in the United States—recently dishonored itself, and to some extent the entire Catholic world, by inviting President Barack Obama to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, and to deliver the commencement address on May 17th.

Mr. Obama will be the ninth U.S. president to be awarded an honorary degree by the University and the sixth to be the Commencement speaker. He is the first to be so honored, however, that has such an obviously public and pernicious anti-life, and anti-Catholic/Christian bias.

The Catholic Church has taught and does teach that every human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person—among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life (CCC 2270).

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 is gravely contrary to the moral law (CCC 2271). On more than one occasion Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa of Calcutta called it “murder.”

No president in history has been so damaging to the cause of respect for life than this one, and he’s only just begun. His constant and unwavering support for the right to choose the homicide of abortion is a matter of record—and not only abortion, but partial-birth abortion, infanticide, fetal stem cell research, and even removing the right of medical professionals to act in accordance with their conscience marks him as a singular enemy of essential elements of the Catholic Church’s moral teaching.

This man the University of Notre Dame invites to receive an honorary doctorate degree and deliver the commencement address? Whether intended or not, this sends a terrible message to the Catholic world and to the world at large. A picture is worth a thousand words. Which thousand words will be articulated to an already morally relativistic culture by the picture of Mr. Obama receiving such honors from a Catholic University? Metaphorically and morally it’s like shooting yourself in the foot. So Notre Dame limps on.

Many of you did what you could to prevent this travesty from actually happening, and at this moment barring a bolt of lightning or divine intervention, it looks like it will happen. We want to sincerely thank the more than 350,000 people that signed the petition of protest against Notre Dame’s obvious lack of good judgment in making a singularly public statement that not only dilutes the University’s Catholic credibility and identity, but undermines the authentically Catholic identity and credibility of the Church in this country.

Almost 70 bishops have likewise voiced their disapproval in no uncertain terms, thereby demonstrating their courage and strong pastoral leadership. We are very thankful to them as well.

This strong and courageous witness is truly a sign of hope. It needs to grow. Authentic Catholic identity has to be restored in our Catholic Universities and other institutions of learning. If it is restored, our nation will be restored. If it is not restored we shall have much to answer for in the moral unraveling of a great nation, and ultimately the loss of souls.

The Catholic Church and its educational institutions must return to a position of strong and uncompromising moral leadership, integrity, and credibility. If we stand for nothing we begin to fall for everything. If, indeed, we “choose prestige over principles and popularity over morality” then we become part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Pray for the University of Notre Dame, its president, its board of directors, and students. And pray for our bishops, for in the end the burden will rest on their shoulders to decide whether the University of Notre Dame, and others like it, are Catholic or not.

The battle is not over, my friends, it’s just now begun in earnest. So, fight the good fight, and run the race to the finish line, for in the end we have the certain knowledge that truth will triumph over lies, light over darkness, and good over evil.

God love you. God bless you. Good bye.

Fr. John Corapi

Father Corapi also prepared a video on behalf of the Cardinal Newman Society – You can view it on Father’s website and find more information and SIGN THE PETITION by clicking here.

 Click here to visit NotreDameScandal.com directly and SIGN THE PETITION

Vote for Real Hope and Change By Charles J. Chaput

Destruction of the embryo in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed on this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder.”

-Dietrich Bonhoeffe

As we head toward November, Catholics might profit from recalling a few simple facts. First, surrounding a bad social policy or party platform plank-for example, permissive abortion-with religious people doesn’t redeem the bad policy or plank. It merely compromises the religious people who try to excuse it. One of the more miraculous, or suspicious, side-effects of the 2004 election was the number of candidates in both political parties who suddenly began talking about their religious faith. There’s no doubt that many public officials, regardless of party, do take their religious beliefs very seriously and do try to live by them. That’s a good thing. So maybe this latest trend implies a new Great Awakening. Or maybe, as one of my skeptical friends says, “it’s just another charm offensive to get the shamans off their backs.” Time will tell. Words are important. Actions are more important. The religious choreography of a campaign doesn’t matter. The content of its ideas does. The religious vocabulary of a candidate doesn’t matter. The content of his record, plans, and promises does.

Second, there’s no way for Catholics to finesse their way around the abortion issue, and if we’re serious about being “Catholic,” we need to stop trying. No such thing as a “right” to kill an unborn child exists. And wriggling past that simple truth by redefining the unborn child as an unperson, a pre-human lump of cells, is the worst sort of Orwellian hypocrisy-especially for Christians. Abortion always involves the deliberate killing of an innocent human life, and it is always, inexcusably, grievously wrong. This fact in no way releases us from the duty to provide ample and compassionate support for unwed or abandoned mothers, women facing unwanted pregnancies, and women struggling with the aftermath of an abortion. But the inadequacy of that support demands that we work to improve it. It does not justify killing the child.

Obviously, we have other important issues facing us this fall: the economy, the war in Iraq, immigration justice. But we can’t build a healthy society while ignoring the routine and very profitable legalized homicide that goes on every day against America’s unborn children. The right to life is foundational. Every other right depends on it. Efforts to reduce abortions, or to create alternatives to abortion, or to foster an environment where more women will choose to keep their unborn child, can have great merit-but not if they serve to cover over or distract from the brutality and fundamental injustice of abortion itself. We should remember that one of the crucial things that set early Christians apart from the pagan culture around them was their rejection of abortion and infanticide. Yet for thirty-five years I’ve watched prominent “pro-choice” Catholics justify themselves with the kind of moral and verbal gymnastics that should qualify as an Olympic event. All they’ve really done is capitulate to Roe v. Wade.

Third and finally, national campaigns-of every political party-always run on the language of hope, change, and the American Dream. This makes sense. Our leaders should inspire us; they should stir our hearts and call us to live the ideals that make America great. But sometimes the answer to the realities we face is not “yes, we can,” but “no, we can’t.” No, we can’t spend money like hedonists and outrun our debts forever. No, we can’t ignore the poor of the Third World and expect to be loved abroad. No, we can’t allow the killing of roughly one million unborn children a year and then posture ourselves as a moral society. No, we can’t make wicked things right by spinning them in a clever way.

Robert D. Kaplan once wrote that “Americans can afford optimism partly because their institutions, including the Constitution, were conceived by men who thought tragically.” The American Founders, most of them Christians, had a hard and unsentimental understanding of the limits of human reason and virtue. The last thing we need in 2008 is the kind of bogus hope rooted in mystical good feeling.

The real world involves hard conflicts and intractable issues that can’t be talked away or smothered under evasive language. Plenty of very good Catholics inhabit both major political parties. It’s our job as Catholic citizens to press our parties and our political leaders to respect the sanctity of human life-all of it, from conception to grave-whether our leaders and party elites like us or not.

Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., is archbishop of Denver and author of Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life (August 2008, Doubleday).

Source: First Things Magazine

DEATH WISH! THE IMPENDING SUICIDE OF A ONCE GREAT NATION

A large number of endangered, unwanted, and unborn children held a town hall meeting on the 4th of July–alarmed at the brutal and untimely killing of millions of their brothers and sisters in recent years. That the murderous war waged on them had the full force and respectability of the law made their plight all the more terrifying.

Their complaint was humble and it was simple. They were not distressed by rising gas prices, or the deteriorating economy in general. They were not even frightened by the exponential increase of natural disasters. The threat of global warming or global terrorism did not greatly disturb them. They had become an endangered species, and little had been done to answer their terrified and silent screams from the womb. They decided that the barbaric treatment that they and their fellow unwanted unborn human beings have had to endure for perilous decades was unconscionable and unbearable. They cried out to their Creator for inspiration and protection, and then unanimously they put forth a declaration. It began as follows:

“When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT, THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, THAT THEY ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN UNALIENABLE RIGHTS, THAT AMONG THESE ARE LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS….”

THAT AMONG THESE IS LIFE; THAT AMONG THESE IS LIFE; THAT AMONG THESE IS LIFE!

The first and pre-eminent right is the right to life. This truth the Founding Fathers were sure of, and anyone with any common sense at all is equally sure of it. 232 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed the amount of common sense that seems to be operative in many spheres of influence-most notably the courts and the political arena–can easily be poured into a very small thimble.

The United States of America seems to have a death wish, and we have traveled far down the road to having that wish realized. When law divorces itself from common sense and spawns the illegitimate offspring of distortions of law, resulting in illegal laws-based neither on the natural law nor divine law–this undermines law itself, generating disdain for the law. Erosion of trust in the courts, or the system in general, is inevitable.

The genesis of the death wish is rooted in the fall of man that we see in the Book of Genesis. The substance of the fall is wrapped up in Lucifer’s pride, transferred to Adam and Eve-“You can be like gods, knowing good and evil.” The unholy, yet inevitable, consequence of that pride is disobedience-eating the forbidden fruit. The ultimate end is death, as God said it would be. That’s the way it was in the beginning. That’s the way it is now. That’s the way it will be until time breathes forth it’s last moment. The prototypical sin is pride, the pride that seeks to exalt the creature above the Creator: “I can be like God.” Then, subjectively and arbitrarily, man tries to assert himself, imagining that he knows what’s good and evil for himself without reference to God and God’s law. This was the fall of the angels and the fall of man. The attempt by creatures to usurp what is only the province of God. Only God knows what is good for His creation.

In recent years it took the form of a self-inflicted heart wound when some dissident Catholics rejected the teaching of the Church, a teaching that clearly held that artificial contraception is intrinsically evil. Then, as Pope Paul VI had warned, it metastasized into abortion. From abortion it degenerated even further into partial-birth abortion. It was then a short and easy step to infanticide.

The exclamation point at the end of the death wish is that now there is yet another candidate for the office of president of the United States who has in an extraordinary way done everything possible to breathe life into all of the barbaric elements of the death wish. He and his party make no apologies for their support of abortion, partial-birth abortion, and even infanticide. It’s hard to believe that we have degenerated to the point that we’ll murder a helpless baby should it escape the violence of an abortion and be born alive. Can a Catholic vote for such persons? We are told, “yes” for a “proportionate reason.” What, I might ask, is the proportionate reason so weighty as to excuse supporting those responsible for what is tantamount to genocide?

The judges and politicians that support such barbaric practices are truly guilty of genocide: genocide-the deliberate and systematic destruction of an ethnic, racial, religious, national, or social group. “What is the group so targeted?” you might ask. The group is unwanted, unborn children–tens of millions of them.

The Supreme Court justices that gave us Roe v. Wade will have to plead temporary insanity in the court of history. There will be no defense in the highest Court that is the judgment seat of almighty God if they do not repent of the incalculable evil they have wrought.

Yet, despite the life and death importance of this travesty of authentic law, there will be no serious discussion among political candidates, or anyone else. It is as if society has been bewitched, blind to the splendor of truth, deaf to the cries of the most innocent, most vulnerable, and most utterly helpless.

From artificial contraception to abortion to partial-birth abortion, then on to infanticide we march toward the abyss of oblivion, a society marked for death. Is it any wonder we can rationalize the killing of the elderly or the sick through euthanasia? The tragic murder of Terri Schiavo is a logical extension of a morally numb society’s mad march toward its own suicidal death. She wasn’t sick. She wasn’t dying. They murdered her, starved her to death–one of the cruelest forms of death. She was innocent, yet subjected to a most cruel and unusual punishment. Why? Because she was helpless? Because she was too much trouble, too hard to look at?

As Abraham Lincoln asserted, “If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” We are dying by suicide, moral and spiritual suicide, and the moral demise of a nation almost always precedes the ultimate demise of a nation.

Many of our leaders, political and legal, are reminiscent of the horrid witches in Act 1 Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” chanting shrilly to a morally sick public all too eager to be confirmed in their sins, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air.” Good is evil, and evil is good. The truth is a lie and lies are the truth, hover through the fog of moral relativism and the filthy air of a world gone mad with the madness of sin.

The words of the prophet thunder through the ages, ” Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness” (Isaiah 5:20). We have inverted the poles of the moral power grid. We have begun to call the negative pole the positive, and the positive the negative. This inversion of reality begets disaster:

The power fails, the lights go out, darkness falls-and indeed, if your light is darkness, how deep, how very deep will the darkness be! (cf. Mt 6:23).

This death wish has marched toward its logical and inexorable conclusion with little opposition from leaders–political, legal, or religious. The world knows the Catholic Church and any self-respecting and faithful Christian roundly reject abortion and all of the other nails in the coffin of contemporary society, but the defense of life hasbeen weak. Weak leadership, whether in society in general, or in the Church in particular, is punishment for sin. The Old Covenant has examples enough of the Chosen People being turned over to exile and their enemies because of infidelity. They lamented, “We have no priest, prophet, or king.” These were taken away because of infidelity.

In recent times large numbers of Catholics and other Christians rejected Pope Paul VI’s landmark and prophetic encyclical Humanae Vitae, on Human Life. A majority of the bishops of Canada did so publicly, formally, and in writing with their infamous Winnipeg Statement. The great Archbishop Fulton Sheen lamented bitterly in the 1970s that the prophetic Spirit of Christ had all but been extinguished in the contemporary Church.

Today there are many CEOs, all too few Apostles. Are we afraid of a fight? Do we fear rejection, misunderstanding, or derision? Are we cowed and intimidated by fallacious notions of the separation of Church and state? Could we be afraid of persecution? Could we be afraid of losing our tax-exempt status? Have we declared détente with evil?

The clock is ticking. Midnight is approaching. Time is running out for our nation, a nation that once was great, and could be great again if enough of us wake up and renounce this curse of a death wish. Will God turn his friends over to His enemies as He has done multiple times in the past? Will radical Islam overrun us? Will the planet cook? Will one too many natural disasters grind us into dust? Will we collapse economically? All of the above? Perhaps these are all merely effects of the underlying cause-a death wish that chokes the life out of us.

In the end it is likely that President Abraham Lincoln had it right: “Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.” Thus forgetting that we are one nation under God, we become a nation gone under (President Ronald Reagan). And, indeed, “If destruction be our lot we ourselves will be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”

May God grant us the grace to awake from this deadly moral slumber, renounce the death wish, and live like truly free men and women-in the glorious freedom of the children of God.

Rev John Corapi, SOLT-2008

www.fathercorapi.com

©2008 REV. JOHN A. CORAPI, SOLT, STD

 

Moratorium on Abortion: Letter to the United Nation Secretary General

Moratorium on abortion

Letter to the United Nation Secretary General

We publish here below the letter to the United Nation Secretary General that has been already supported by international personalities. Spread it through the English -speaking world and make people support it. Accessions could also be sent to moratoria@ilfoglio.it

Dear Dr Ban Ki-Moon – Secretary General of the United Nations
Dear Honourable Prime Ministers and Heads of State of the United Nations

Over the last 60 years, notable measures have been adopted and efforts made to strengthen the legal framework designed to ensure the ideals expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that was approved in Paris on 10 December 1948. Over the last thirty years, more than a billion abortions have been performed, at an average of roughly 50 million a year. According to the latest report by the United Nations Population Fund, in China, tens of millions of unborn children are in danger of being aborted – through incentives or coercion – in the name of family planning and national demographics. In India, millions of babies have been eliminated prior to birth over the last 20 years for sexist reasons. In Asia, the demographic balance is threatened by mass infanticide, which is taking on extraordinary proportions. In North Korea, the use of selective abortion is leading to a radical way of eliminating all forms of disability. In the western world, abortion has also become the tool of a new form of eugenics that is violating the rights of unborn children and equality among mankind. Originally, prenatal diagnosis was designed to help people prepare and care for their unborn children, but it is becoming a way a improving the human race and, in doing so, destroying the universalistic ideals that underlie the Universal Declaration of 1948.

We are calling on you to look at our request for a moratorium on public policies that encourage any form of unjustified or selective enslavement of a human being in the womb through the arbitrary use of the power to annihilate, which violates the right to birth and to motherhood. Article 3 of the Universal Declaration states that “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”. We are calling on the representatives of national governments to back a key amendment to this part of the declaration, by adding in, after the first comma, the words “from conception to natural death”. Indeed, the Universal Declaration refers to “equal and inalienable” human rights and solemnly proclaims the “inherent dignity…of all members of the human family” (Preamble). Science has shown us – and some of the major discoveries in the field of genetics come after the declaration – the irrefutable presence from the first stage of development of the human genetic pattern in the embryo, a pattern that is unique and unrepeatable. In 1984, the Warnock Commission in the UK determined that 14 days after conception an embryo is not only a human being, but also entitled to the right not to be used for experimental purposes.

Governments must preserve and protect these natural rights, which include “the right to inherit a genetic pattern which has not been artificially changed”.
The 1948 Declaration was the response by the free world and international law to the crimes against humanity that had been prosecuted at Nuremberg three years earlier. In 1948, in response to the eugenic practices of the Nazis, the World Medical Association adopted the Declaration of Geneva, which stated: “I will maintain the utmost respect for human life from its beginning”. Article 6 of the United Nations’ International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) sets out that “Every human being has the inherent right to life”. Today, selective abortion and selective in vitro engineering are the main ways in which eugenic, racial and sexual discrimination are perpetrated against human beings.

These are the same human being who are protected by article 6 of the United Nations charter of rights. Sixty years on from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights it is necessary to renew the primary basis of our humanitarian inspiration through an amendment to article 3. As such, we call on all governments to truly ensure the respect of the rights of people, including above all the right to life.

Yours faithfully


René Girard, anthropologist member of Académie française,
Lord David Alton, member of the House of Lords
Roger Scruton, British philosopher at Birbeck College
John Haldane, Philosphy professor at St. Andrews University
George Weigel, biographer of Karol Wojtyla and Joseph Ratzinger
Robert Spaemann, Philosophy professor emeritus at Universität of Munich
Sister Nirmala Joshi, General mother superior of Missionaries of Charity
Josephine Quintavalle, director of Comment on Reproductive Ethics
Paola Bonzi, Center for life help at Mangiagalli Clinic of Milan
Pierre Mertens, president of the International Federation for Spina Bifida, Jean-Marie Le Mené, president of Fondation Jérôme Lejeune
Alan Craig, president of British Christian Peoples Alliance
Richard John Neuhaus, chief editor of di First Things
Carlo Casini, president of Movimento per la vita Italy
Lucetta Scaraffia, professor of history at Università La Sapienza di Roma
Bobby Schindler, Terri Schiavo’s brother