Sunday, January 27, 2008

Kathleen Willey Prays for Forgiveness for Bill and Hillary Clinton

Interview with Kathleen Willey about her new book as well as Hillary and Bill Clinton

By Fred Martinez

Question: There is overwhelming evidence that you and others bring out about the sexual abuse and sexual misuse of yourself, Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, Dolly Kaye Browning, Elizabeth Gracen, Monica Lewisnsky and others. Why are some liberal bloggers still claiming Bill Clinton is not a sexual predator?

Willey: Because it suits their agenda. Because of Clinton's stance on abortion, feminists have decided to make the best of it, meaning that Clinton's predatory behavior toward individual women just doesn't matter because other issues override it. Patricia Ireland, the former president of NOW, was quoted as saying, “ All of us knew he was a snake when we voted for him. Betty Friedan, considered the founder of modern feminism, said at some point, Who is Juanita Broaddrick? I've never heard of her I sincerely doubt that, but I sure don't doubt that Friedan said it.

Q: As for Clinton’s sexual assault on you, the same liberal bloggers bring up Independent Counsel Robert Ray and Julie Steele who claim that you aren’t credible. Why are the claims of Steele and Ray about you not credible?

Willey: Well, if I'm credible, then Clinton isn't. And if Bill Clinton's not credible on this point, then about what other things might he be lying? So these attacks are pretty self-explanatory. Bill Clinton, liberal icon, must be protected at all costs.

Q: In your book “Target” you said “I believe Clinton would have raped me that day, just as, I believe, he raped Juanita Broadrick.” Do you believe that Clinton didn’t just sexually assault you, but committed attempted rape?

Willey: There are many areas in which I don't agree with feminists of the Betty Friedan ilk, but I do agree that women have the right NOT to be harassed and handled if they choose not to be. And Bill Clinton did more than that to me. Whether he completed the act he originally had in mind isn't the primary thing. Violation takes many forms, and he committed that crime against me.

Q: In “Target” you said Hillary “was cursing an aide with a very foul mouth. Then she would see somebody who mattered and instantly pour it on, all sweetness.” According to psychologist Martha Stout sociopaths “show sham emotions, but underneath they are indifferent to others’ suffering. They live to dominate.” Do you think Hillary and Bill are sociopaths?

Willey: Well, I'm not a psychologist. A lot of descriptions have been bandied about regarding the Clintons' state of mind and endless sense of entitlement -- and the fact that they will stop at nothing to get what they want. To me, what's more important than how you describe these two, is how you describe the mess they helped to make of this country. I think about that every day. Why millions of voters have such short memories is a real mystery.

Q: You wrote this book “only to tell what I know about Hillary.” What the three things that you wish every voter had in their mind about Mrs. Clinton before they vote?

-That she is a serial liar and will say and do anything to get her way.
-That she has never held a real job that had any real responsibility in terms of keeping employees paid or struggling to keep the doors of a business open, so whatever experience” she touts is basically meaningless with regards to the struggling middle class.
-That she is likely to nominate a lawyer who has had his license suspended - Bill Clinton - to the Supreme Court, not to mention other judges of that liberal ilk, and that's something this country can ill afford.

Q: You quote Dick Morris saying “If you’re going to be a sexual predator, be pro-choice” reference to Bill Clinton. Why is abortion more important to feminists than protecting women from sexual predators?


Willey: Frankly, your guess on this one is as good as mine. I have always been confounded by the fact that prominent feminist groups do nothing to help women in Islamic countries who are being put to death for riding in a car with a guy who isn't a relative, for example, but then go out of their way to protest the war on terror that has had the effect of giving women more rights in Iraq and Afghanistan than they had previously. If that's not liberal hypocrisy on display, it's hard to tell what is.

Q: Boxer Mike Tyson went to prison for rape. Do you think Clinton should have gone to prison for any or all of the following crimes?
-Raping Juanita Broadrick
-Sexually assaulting you and other women
-Witness intimidation
-Obstruction of justice
-Perjury
-His guilty verdict of the federal misdemeanor of releasing your private letters

Willey: If it were up to me, he would have. People have been jailed in this country for doing a hell of a lot less.


Q: Ex-Clinton friend Dick Morris called Hillary’s army of private investigators Clinton’s Secret Police. Your book says that you and others believe that Hillary’s goons did the following:
-Intimidated witnesses
-“[W]oman after woman has been demonized by their [the Clinton’s] secret police” according to Dick Morris
-Threatened your children
-Threatened your friend’s children
-Took one of your cats and killed another
-Left an animal skull on your porch
-Said you were in danger
-Followed you
-Put numerous nails in your car wheels
-Hid under your deck in the middle of the night
-Did a Watergate-like break-in into your house in 2007 and took a manuscript of your book “Target”

If Hillary is elected President, do you think she is capable of even doing worst things?

Willey: Absolutely. There will be no stopping her then. The people who work at World Ahead, the company that published "Target," joke that they will have to move to an oil rig in the North Sea, or to Mars, because they have put out several books highly critical of Hillary. But it's not really a joke. She is capable of anything, and the power of the presidency will give her everything she needs to destroy her enemies and reward her friends - who are no friends of this country.

Q: David Schipper, chief investigative counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, recalled a priest came to see him after the impeachment who said he was an exorcist.

The priest said to him “There are satanic influences in the White House, and they all want you out of here.”

“Yes, Bill Clinton is a bad guy,” Schipper acknowledged.

“No, not him,” the priest said. “Her.”

Schipper in your book said he thinks Hillary “is evil.” What do you think?


Willey: I can't disagree with that analysis. If I could exorcise the Clintons from my life, I'd be happy to do so

Q: I’ve written for Newsmax and The Conservative Monitor, but most of my work has been for Catholic publications. What do you think we should pray for when we pray for Bill and Hillary? What should we pray for in our next president?

Willey: Well, forgiveness is always a good thing to pray for. To pray that they change their ways and work to help, not harm this country would be another, although God's going to have a tough time with these two.

As for the next president, I pray that whoever it is realizes that the future of this great nation is in jeopardy from foolish policies and foolish expenditures that are wreaking havoc on our future and that of our kids -- and that he (at this point, I'd say it's a he) does something about it.

Willey: Thank you, Fred.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

"The Strategy of Showing People Photos of the Gruesome Reality of Abortion is Working"

Regarding the following:

Besides Frances Kissling being Catholic, Kate Michelman, past president of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) was a Catholic, but left the church.
Amazing, two women who had much to do with women having their children killed -- both raised Catholic.

Respect God's Rights,

Frank Joseph MD

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Abortion Leaders Admit that Pro-Life Arguments are Convincing

Express concern about pictures of abortion shown to public

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

LOS ANGELES, January 24, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Two of the nation's most influential pro-abortion leaders have admitted publicly that the pro-life movement has convincing arguments that pro-abortion forces have no response to.

In an opinion piece published by the Los Angeles Times on January 22nd, Frances Kissling and Kate Michelman write that the phrase "culture of life", coined by Pope John Paul II, has had a significant impact.

"To some people, pro-choice values seem to have been unaffected by the desire to save the whales and the trees, to respect animal life and to end violence at all levels," they write.

"Pope John Paul II got that, and coined the term 'culture of life.' President Bush adopted it, and the slogan, as much as it pains us to admit it, moved some hearts and minds. Supporting abortion is tough to fit into this package."

The authors' also admit that the pro-life movement's focus on the unborn child and its attempts to limit access to abortion have worked, both politically and socially. They lament that "Twenty years ago, being pro-life was déclassé. Now it is a respectable point of view."

Significantly, they acknowledge that the strategy of showing people photos of the gruesome reality of abortion is working, despite the fact that it has been a matter of controversy among some pro-lifers. "In recent years, the antiabortion movement successfully put the nitty-gritty details of abortion procedures on public display, increasing the belief that abortion is serious business and that some societal involvement is appropriate. Those who are pro-choice have not convinced America that we support a public discussion of the moral dimensions of abortion," the authors write.

Such frank admissions of the power of pro-life arguments are significant, coming from two of the most important figures in the pro-abortion movement. Kate Michelman was the president of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), the original and most influential pro-abortion organization in the United States, with the possible exception of Planned Parenthood.

Frances Kissiling was for many years the leader of "Catholics for a Free Choice," an organization repudiated by the Catholic Church, that promotes abortion, sodomy, and fornication, and fights to eliminate the Vatican's observer status at the United Nations.



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Thursday, January 24, 2008

What do I do when I Suffer Prayerfully?

Prayer and Suffering
Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

Christianity is unique among the religions of the world in giving a rational and adequate explanation of suffering. In fact, it goes beyond giving a strong motive for suffering, this motive being the fact that God became man in the person of Jesus Christ. Those who love Christ are to love the whole Christ, the child of Bethlehem and the naked, condemned criminal on Calvary, the Christ in the manger and on the cross. Those who love God, therefore, on Christian terms, do not or should not run away from suffering. If anything, they expect it, and for nineteen centuries they have not been disappointed. In every age and in every stage of their passage through time, the experience of Christians has been a share in the experience of Christ which includes joy and peace, of course, but also and emphatically includes suffering.

Our focus in the present reflections, however, is more particular. We wish to look at two cardinal mysteries - the mystery of prayer and the mystery of suffering.




What Is Christian Suffering?
We begin by looking at what may seem plain enough on the surface, but is not as plain as many people think, namely, just what is suffering? If there is one thing that everybody experiences but few people define, it is suffering. As commonly understood suffering means the experience of pain. It may be due to a variety of causes. Every organ of the human body, every limb and joint, in fact, every cell is capable of greater or less, and at times, excruciating pain.
So great is the horror of bodily pain that annually billions of dollars in our country are spent by those who can afford it to avoid pain or lessen it. And every drugstore is a symbol of man's dread of pain and his desire to be relieved of bodily suffering. But there is pain not only in the body. It is not just our body that suffers, it is we.

There is pain in the human soul. To be rejected by those we love is pain. To be misunderstood and worse still to be misrepresented is pain. To be passed over when others are chosen or ignored when others are recognized and praised, or forgotten when others are remembered, is pain. To have strong desires, noble desires like union with God and a sense of His nearness, and not have these desires fulfilled, as the mystics tell us, is great pain. To make mistakes and as a consequence be embarrassed, or to do wrong, then have to live with the memory of our sins, is pain. So the litany of pain goes on and its experience is suffering.




The Sanctification of Suffering
But Christian suffering is not the mere experience of pain, nor even just the tolerance of pain. In the Christian philosophy of life suffering is to be sanctified and the sanctification of suffering is called sacrifice. It took me twenty years to reach that definition. I share it with you.
Every human being suffers, some more and others less, but all have to undergo pain. But sadly and most tragically, not everyone sanctifies their suffering to make it a sacrifice. And it is here that Christianity has so much to teach the world, in fact, so much to teach Christians. So we ask: How do we sanctify our sufferings such as they are and change them by divine alchemy into sacrifice? We do so through the mysterious power of prayer.

What do I do when I suffer prayerfully?

Now that is a new term, I suppose. When I suffer prayerfully I do many things but especially these:

First, I see that behind what I endure is not the person or the event or the mishap or even the mistake (as obvious as these may be). I acknowledge that the real active agent responsible for my suffering is the mysterious hand of God. When David on one dramatic occasion while on the road, was being insulted by a certain Shimei who cursed the king, called him a scoundrel and an usurper and began to throw stones at him, David's armed guard exclaimed. "Is this dead dog to curse my Lord, the King? Let me go over and cut off his head!" But David would not let him. "Let him curse," he replied. "If Yahweh said to him 'Curse David.' what right has anyone to say 'why have you done this?' Perhaps Yahweh will look on my misery and repay me with good for his curse today." David was inspired by Yahweh.

First, then, when I suffer prayerfully, I recognize that God is behind the suffering and I humble my head in faith. Second, when I suffer prayerfully, I trust that God has reasons for permitting what I endure and that in His own time and way, the experience now suffered will eventually somehow be a source of grace. What David did in the Old testament, Christ, the Son of David, not yet born, enabled him to do by anticipation because of the mystery and merit of the Cross. If ever we are tempted to doubt the value of suffering patiently, according to the will of God, we have only to look at the Crucifix. Talk about value in suffering! But the value derives not from physical or spiritual pain. It comes from the Infinite God who showed us - this is God teaching us - by His own passion and death how profitable prayerful suffering can be. The most important single lesson mankind has to learn is the meaning of suffering and its value. It took God to teach us. And He has to resort to the extreme expedient of becoming man and suffering Himself to prove to us that suffering is not meaningless: that it is the most meaningful and valuable experience in human life.

For reasons best known to the Almighty, once sin had entered the world, grace was to be obtained through the Cross, which really means, through the voluntary acceptance of God's will crossing mine. This voluntary acceptance on our part is what the Father required of His Son as the condition for opening the treasury of mercies. It is still the condition today for conferring these blessings on sinful mankind.




Suffering Elevates Prayer
No one who understands even the rudiments of Christianity should doubt that prayer is necessary for every believer if he wants to be saved. It is further well known that progress in virtue, and growth in holiness depends absolutely on fervent and frequent prayer. What is perhaps not so well known is that prayer has interior depths that are not exactly the same as having ecstasies or even going through what some of the great friends of God, as Francis of Assisi or Catherine of Sienna, received from the Lord. Those are depths, though I suppose more accurately, are heights of prayer.
We are talking about depths. These interior depths of prayer are not phenomena that some people mistakenly take to be God's special presence and evidence of the miraculous diffusion of His gifts. The depths of which I am speaking are those of the souls in love with Christ the Savior in prayer, when this prayer is joined with suffering willingly undergone or even willingly undertaken as evidence of a generous heart.




St Ignatius, My Father and Guide
There is a passage in the writings of St. Ignatius that I almost hesitate quoting for fear of having him misunderstood. The saints sometimes said strange things. But it is worth the risk in order to make clearer what I think is so much needed today to protect people from what I consider the heresy of instant mysticism. When all sorts of fads and gimmicks are being sold to the faithful as means of becoming "their oneness with the Absolute." I quote St. Ignatius:
"If God gives you an abundant harvest of trials, it is a sign of great holiness which He desires you to attain. Do you want to become a great saint? Ask God to send you many sufferings. The flame of Divine Love never rises higher than when fed with the wood of the Cross, which the infinite charity of the Savior used to finish His sacrifice. All the pleasures of the world are nothing compared with the sweetness found in the gall and vinegar offered to Jesus Christ. That is, hard and painful things endured for Jesus Christ and with Jesus Christ."

We may object that these are the sentiments of a great mystic who, as all mystics, spoke in symbolic terms and are not to be taken literally. Not so. They are the prosaic words of all those who believe that the most pleasing prayer to God is one that proceeds not only from the lips or even from the heart indeed, but one that is suffering in union with the heart of the innocent Lamb of God. Not all the faithful are called to the heights of this kind of prayer, although no Christian is exempt from his share in the life of the Master whose prayer to His Father was so elevated by the Cross.

Other things being equal, the more my prayer life is crucified, the more meritorious it becomes. The more what I say to God is combined with what I offer to God, the more pleased He will be. The more my petitions to the Lord are united with sacrifice willingly made, the more certainly what I ask for will be received.

There is such a thing as cheap prayer. I call that comfortable prayer. There is such a thing as dear prayer. I call that sacrificial prayer. I don't know where the idea came from that the essence of prayer is just praying and presto, we have satisfied our prayerful duties and can go on to other things. Not at all. Prayer is an ongoing enterprise and its continuance is especially a prolongation of what I say to God (which may not be much) with what I endure and suffer for God (which can be very much).




Peaceful Endurance through Prayer
We still have one more reflection on our general theme of prayer and suffering that should not be omitted: how to maintain one's peace of soul while undergoing whatever trial God may send us. This is no trivial question because for failure to answer it - either at all or at least satisfactorily - I am afraid that many otherwise good people do not grow to the spiritual stature that Providence intends for them, and certainly do not accomplish in their service for others all that they could.
What are we saying? We are asking ourselves a very special question. How can I live up to the sublime teaching of my faith and suffer as God wants me to without becoming anxious, worried and irritable in the process? Christ could not be plainer in telling me not to worry, but to be at peace. The problem is: how do you combine the two? How can I practice the one that is, carry the Cross: and maintain the other, that is, be at peace? I am afraid that sometimes God often tells us: "Well, if that's the way you feel about it, all right. All right, no more Cross, at least of that kind, for you. I can see you can't take it." The answer on how to combine the two is the prayer of sacrifice.

We begin by admitting, without deletion, that suffering means suffering and there is no disguising the fact. But there are two sides to every painful experience. There is objective pain and there is subjective reaction. The same objective source of pain, say a cut or wound in the body, an insult or humiliation in the soul, can produce only a mild reaction in one person and invoke a delirium of agony in another. Or even the same person, on one occasion is not much disturbed over the painful experience he has, and at other times, feels it excruciatingly or worries himself sick over some future suffering or convulsive fear. Our interest here is not to know how psychologically to cope with the trials of life so as not to suffer more than we should; it is rather to see how we can preserve ourselves in peace whenever God's hand touches us, or He asks us, as He does to carry our cross.

The method, we said, is through the prayer of sacrifice. What does this mean? It means that whenever any trial enters our life, no matter how small, we prayerfully place ourselves in God's presence and voluntarily accept the trial. Memorize that. We prayerfully place ourselves in God's presence and voluntarily accept the trial. I said, we should do this no matter how small the trial may be, and one index of how big we are or how grown-up spiritually, is the little things that can rock us. After all, most of our difficulties are not individually major problems and there is great wisdom in spelling them out and dealing with each one as it comes; one trial at a time. These trials can be humiliating small things taken separately but together they can become oppressively big.

A priest confrere of mine tells the story of a pilgrimage he once attended and how, during the pilgrimage, he shared his room with another man. The priest said, "Hardly had my partner gone to bed than he began to snore loudly, loud enough to waken the dead. At first I started to be impatient, then I applied the remedy: I willed to listen to the snoring and hear it clearly, tranquilly observed it and, a little later fell asleep. Waking up once during the night (the noise was terrific!), I used the same method again and returned to sleep."

There are in the lives of all of us countless sources of annoyance, all kinds of noise and distasteful persons, place and things. We can be opposed or oppressed but we should never be depressed by no-matter-what tribulation enters our lives. The way to retain our peaceful serenity is to promptly ask God for the grace to endure what cannot be changed or in His own time, to change what for the time being is to be endured. What God wants of us is a pure sacrifice unalloyed by our reluctance to suffer at His hands or made worse than His Providence intends. He will never give us more than we can bear. What He does not want is to have us spoil the opportunity for sacrifice by making an issue of what is, after all, the normal way He deals with those whom He calls His friends. This is God's way of embracing those that He loves. What God wants is that "we", by resigning ourselves to His gracious will, may do His will, which can sometimes be hard but always is to be done in peace. This is what Christ must have meant when He told us: "My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

Surely, serving God does mean carrying the yoke and the burden that He sends us. He wants us prayerfully to realize that they are His yoke and His burden that He places upon us, and let us be sure that is plenty and for that we have the grace. If we can keep this vision before us through life, we shall not, of course, be spared the Cross - that would be unthinkable - but we shall be at peace. Peace is the absence of conflict between wills, here between the will of God and ours. It is open to everyone who is willing to pray and live by His prayer: "Lord, not my will but Thine be done."

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"Suffering for Love of Christ and His Church"

by Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, D.D., J.C.D.
National Director of the Marian Catechist Apostolate

Originally published in the Tilma, Spring 2001

On December 30 of 2000, our inspired and beloved founder, Father John Anthony Hardon, S.J., was called home by God the Father. Father Hardon worked tirelessly to the end in carrying out the mission which God had entrusted into his hands at his religious profession and at his priestly ordination. I was privileged to visit with Father Hardon on December 16 and 17 of 2000, and was deeply edified by the faith with which he accepted the intense suffering of his last illness and by the dedication to the apostolate which he unfailingly expressed. His last words to me were: “Bishop, will you continue to work with me?” For Father Hardon, the work which God had given him was to be carried out with every ounce of his energy and at every moment of his life. Even at the end of his earthly days, Father Hardon was offering his suffering for the sake of the apostolate.

As we recall the memory of Father Hardon, let us ask God for the grace to imitate Father in our dedication to the apostolate of handing-on the Catholic faith and its practice to our brothers and sisters, especially the children and young people. Let us pray for the grace to “continue to work with” Father Hardon in the apostolate of catechesis.

Father Hardon frequently spoke about our need to be martyrs in a world which is without faith in God. Ours will more than likely be a “white martyrdom,” witness given by complete fidelity to Christ in our vocation in life and in our apostolate of catechist. While we may not be asked to shed our blood, our witness will cost us dearly in sacrifice and suffering for love of Christ and His Church.

As National Director, I underline the two irreplaceable foundations of the life of the Marian Catechist. The first is spiritual formation. The catechist cannot give what he or she does not have, namely a deep love of Christ. Only by a sound spiritual formation are we prepared to hand on the faith to others.

The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius are the first and most important step in the formation of the Marian Catechist. Once they have been made, they become the permanent measure by which the catechist strives to grow in the spiritual life.

The Holy Eucharist on Sunday and during the week (as often as possible) is the heart and soul of the spiritual life of the Marian Catechist, for the Holy Eucharist is communion with the true Body and Blood of Jesus Whom we serve. The daily morning offering, examination of conscience and regular Confession, devotion to our Blessed Mother (the daily Rosary and the Angelus at least twice a day), daily spiritual reading and meditation upon it, and the daily Way of the Cross are the principal spiritual practices which inspire and fortify the Marian Catechist.

Secondly, the catechist must have a deep knowledge of the Catholic faith, a sound doctrinal formation. The love of Christ and His Church, fostered by the spiritual life, naturally leads the catechist to desire an ever deeper understanding of the faith. The Basic Course and the Advanced Course of Father Hardon are the reliable means to achieve the appropriate formation in Christian doctrine. To them is added the study of the General Directory for Catechesis, with the help of the Commentary which I have developed with Father Hardon’s approval, to prepare the Marian Catechist adequately in the method of imparting the knowledge of the faith and its practice.

For ongoing doctrinal formation, Father Hardon has left us the Spiritual Masters Course course and several albums of audiocassettes available from Eternal Life of Bardstown, Kentucky. They include: The Blessed Sacrament, The Sacraments and the Marian Catechist, The Profession of the Roman Catholic Faith, Catholic Sexual Morality, The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, and Angels and Demons. Also, many written publications of Father Hardon are available through Eternal Life.

I close by expressing my deep joy at the dedication which you, who are in the various stages of formation as Marian Catechists, show to the apostolate of catechesis which is at the foundation of the life of the Church. I very much look forward to celebrating a day of prayer and of consecration (for those who have completed the spiritual and doctrinal formation) this year. Let us pray that it will be a powerful time of grace for Marian Catechists, so that we may serve the Church ever more faithfully and generously by teaching the faith and its practice.

Be assured of my prayers for you and for those whom you teach the faith. Please keep me in your prayers.


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Pope John Paul II "made the Strong Suggestion that the Recitation of the [Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel] be Instituted at Mass"

Saint Michael the archangel prayer , Pope John Paul II views on it
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Hi,
I was hoping you could help me with a problem I have, Im not sure were I heard it but I was told that the Pope has asked for us to pray the Saint Michael the arch angel prayer, I was hoping that our church would say the prayer after the rosary, and when asked, how do you know that he said this and were did I get my information, I really could not give them an answer. Do you know if this is indeed true and were I can get the information on more details to show the group.

Thank you and God bless you,

-- Xenia Gallo (xgallo22@aol.com), October 10, 1999

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Response to Saint Michael the archangel prayer , Pope John Paul 11 views on it
Here is an excerpt from a diocesan newpaper article written by Fr. William Saunders. Fr. Saunders is dean of the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College and pastor of Queen of Apostles Parish, both in Alexandria, Virginia: "For the greater part of this century, the faithful recited the prayer to St. Michael at the end of the Mass. Pope Leo XIII (d. 1903) had a prophetic vision of the coming century of sorrow and war. After celebrating Mass, the Holy Father was conferring with his cardinals. Suddenly, he fell to the floor. The cardinals immediately called for a doctor. No pulse was detected, and the Holy Father was feared dead. Just as suddenly, Pope Leo awoke and said, "What a horrible picture I was permitted to see!" In this vision, God gave Satan the choice of one century in which to do his worst work against the Church. The devil chose the twentieth century. So moved was the Holy Father from this vision that he composed the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel: 'St. 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 power given you by God, thrust into Hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who roam about the world seeking the ruin of souls.' Pope Leo ordered this prayer said at the conclusion of Mass in 1886. (When Pope Paul VI issued the new rite of the Mass in 1968, the prayer to St. Michael and reading of the "last gospel" at the end of the Mass were suppressed.) ...
"In the Spring of 1994, our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, urged the faithful to offer the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. He also made the strong suggestion that the recitation of the prayer be instituted at Mass once again. (Note that the Holy Father did not mandate the recitation of the prayer at Mass.) Clearly, the Holy Father was responding to the grave evils we see present in our world  the sins of abortion, euthanasia, terrorism, genocide, and the like. As we approach the millennium, Satan and the other fallen angels are doing their best to lead souls to Hell. We need the help of St. Michael! For this reason, many parishes have erected a shrine in St. Michaels honor or offer the prayer at the end of Mass ..."

-- J. F. Gecik (jgecik@desc.dla.mil), January 23, 2000.

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Compelling Evidence that Religious Experiences have a Nonmaterial Origin

Compelling Evidence that Religious Experiences have a Nonmaterial Origin

Do religious experiences come from God, or are they merely the random firing of neurons in the brain? Drawing on his research with Carmelite nuns, neuroscientist Mario Beauregard shows that genuine, life-changing spiritual events can be documented. He offers compelling evidence that religious experiences have a nonmaterial origin, making a convincing case that it is God who creates our spiritual experiences, not the brain. In his book The Spiritual Brain, Beauregard and co-author Denyse O'Leary explore recent attempts to locate a "God gene" or explain away mystic experiences as due to epilepsy or other pathologies. Beauregard claims such efforts are misguided and narrow-minded, resulting from a refusal to consider anything except a monistic materialist world-view rather than deriving from valid scientific thought. Beauregard explores the latest neurological research on mystic experiences and gets to their real source. You won’t want to miss this fascinating discussion!
Labels: Mario Beauregard, Maureen Caudill

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

From the National Review to White Hate Groups and Nazi's

Tuesday, January 15, 2008
White Hate Groups and Nazis Opposing Huckabee In Michigan

Ahh it appears many are against Mike Huckabee. From the National Review to White Hate Groups and Nazi's

It has not escaped my notice that the usual suspects are at it again. I am not going into it here but It does not surprise me that this is happening in Michigan because of the people involved.

Anyway several are spreading the message against Mike Huckabee. They are spreading the Huckabee is anti Catholic myths that have talked about before(Links at the bottom of the post). However they are operating against him on other issues. I sort of monitor hate groups as a hobby and their activity comes as no surprise. Huckabee is a threat to them and their hate on many levels

We see this organization the Romanian Vanguard News Agency has a link up. European Americans United another racist group sent out the same thing last night.

There is a lot more I might highlight later. The extremist from the Council of Conservative Citizens(these are the ole White Citizen Councils) to the racist radio of choice The Political Cesspool Show , and their allies at racist site Storm Front are all focused in Huckabee at the moment to try to defeat him.
[http://opinionatedcatholic.blogspot.com/2008/01/white-hate-groups-and-nazis-opposing.html]

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Epidemic Feared - 'Gays' May Spread Deadly Staph Infection to General Population

Epidemic Feared - 'Gays' May Spread Deadly Staph Infection to General Population

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 /Christian Newswire/ -- Reuters has reported that, "A drug-resistant strain of potentially deadly bacteria has moved beyond the borders of U.S. hospitals and is being transmitted among gay men during sex, researchers said on Monday.

"They said methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is beginning to appear outside hospitals in San Francisco, Boston, New York and Los Angeles."

"'Once this reaches the general population, it will be truly unstoppable,' said Binh Diep, a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco who led the study."

According to the study, at this point, homosexual men are 13 times more likely to contract the potentially deadly, drug-resistant strain of staph infection, but the fear is that, because the infection is spread via skin-to- skin contact, homosexual men may soon spread it to the general population.

Matt Barber, Policy Director for Cultural issues with Concerned Women for America (CWA), said, "The medical community has known for years that homosexual conduct, especially among males, creates a breeding ground for often deadly disease. In recent years we have seen a profound resurgence in cases of HIV/AIDS, syphilis, rectal gonorrhea and many other STDs among those who call themselves 'gay.'

"The human body is quite callous in how it handles mistreatment and the perversion of its natural functions. When two men mimic the act of heterosexual intercourse with one another, they create an environment, a biological counterfeit, wherein disease can thrive. Unnatural behaviors beget natural consequences.

"In recent years our culture has adopted a laissez faire attitude toward sexual deviancy. Television shows like Will and Grace glorify the homosexual lifestyle while our children are taught in schools that homosexuality is a perfectly healthy, alternative sexual 'orientation.' 'Stay out of our bedrooms!' we're often commanded by militant 'gay' activists.

"Well, now the dangerous and possibly deadly consequence of what occurs in those bedrooms is spilling over into the general population. It's not only frightening, it's infuriating.

"Citizens, especially parents, need to stand up and say, 'No More! We will no longer sit idly by while politically correct cultural elites endanger our children and larger communities through propagandist promotion of this demonstrably deadly lifestyle.'

"Why does it take a potentially deadly staph epidemic for people to acknowledge reality? Will that even do it? Enough is enough!" concluded Barber.

Concerned Women for America is the nation's largest public policy women's organization.


Christian Newswire

Monday, January 14, 2008

Help your Family Connect in the Kitchen?

New Year – New Beginnings!

If your family is feeling stressed, why not resolve to make a commitment to eat regular meals together? Research proves that children who eat with their parents five or more times a week are less likely to engage in risky behaviors. Coming together to prepare and share meals not only allows you to slow down and enjoy healthy food, it also helps you to build stronger relationships with the people you care about the most.

Looking for tips and recipes to help your family connect in the kitchen? Fr. Leo’s new book Grace Before Meals: Recipes for Family Life is full of the information you need to strengthen your bond.
[http://gracebeforemeals.com/index.html]

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Radical Assault Against Fatherhood

By Michael D. O'Brien


A longish post-script to my newsletter sent out a few days ago. I address this especially to my fellow fathers of families.



This morning I re-read an old Zenit news report that quoted from a talk given in the year 2000 by then-Cardinal Josef Ratzinger. It's about fatherhood and the radical assault against fatherhood in societies dominated by materialism. Cardinal Ratzinger refers to both overt tyrannies and to the subtler, potentially more dangerous new totalitarianism of the Western world, and identifies them with the realm of the "Beast of the Apocalypse."



He says that God himself "willed to manifest and describe himself as Father ... Human fatherhood gives us an anticipation of what He is. But when this fatherhood does not exist, when it is experienced only as a biological phenomenon, without its human and spiritual dimension, all statements about God the Father are empty. The crisis of fatherhood we are living today is an element, perhaps the most important, threatening man in his humanity. The dissolution of fatherhood and motherhood is linked to the dissolution of our being sons and daughters."



See the Zenit news report of this talk:

Cardinal Ratzinger-Fatherhood and Apocalypse

http://studiobrien.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=161&Itemid=76




I receive much mail from Catholic fathers of families, and over the years have had many conversations with other fathers closer to home and farther afield, all of whom speak about our common struggle in these times: how to bring our families through a complex, confused, and increasingly corrosive "culture of death" as John Paul II called it; the "dictatorship of moral relativism" as Benedict XVI calls it. We work hard, at enormous cost, to give life and then to nurture life as it grows toward eternity. Yet we live in an anti-life society that penalizes traditional families at every turn, and assaults the value and the innocence of our children on numerous levels well known to us all.



In the province where I live, more than 40,000 children are killed in the womb through abortion every year. Each death is funded by our provincial government's universal health care system. This same government has passed laws that demand complicated and expensive seating arrangements in motor vehicles, for the safety of children. I don't mean good old seat belts and baby chairs, I mean expensive apparatus. And, if you have more than five children, it gets really risky to go anywhere as a family, unless you purchase an expensive stretch vehicle and all the proper seats. If the police stop you, as they have done to some close friends of ours, it's a thousand dollar fine and points against your driver's license (with repeated points you will have your license confiscated). Of course, the police are protecting the lives of children, and who could fault them for it? Now, if the government would only shift their attention to the 40,000+ who also need protection, nurturing, and a ! personal future. Might I add that in a double-income, no-more-than-two-kids economy, traditional families can be sunk by such measures, which I suspect are a kind of bureaucratic over-compensation for the publicly approved, publicly funded killing of large numbers of its own people. As the blood of countless murdered children runs silently beneath the veneer of our society, we are told by the government, "See, we care about children!"



If you are financially comfortable, you can maneuver in such a society, go places together as a family (church, picnic, concert, dinner at grandma's). But if you live at the level where the greater majority of Catholic families live, below the "poverty line", with one income or less, and several children, then cruising unscathed through the culture of death becomes something of a daunting challenge.



The economy continues to inflate according to the now dominant model of family income: The majority of households in my country are double-wage families with two or less children. The cost of housing, food prices, clothing, in fact the cost of almost everything, rises and rises. Contraception, sterilization, and abortion are the foundation stones of this economy. So, too, is greed-profiteering, avaricious forms of speculation, and that old thing condemned by God... Usury. Yes, unfair interest, the backbone of our economy. I say unfair because more and more families must sink deeper and deeper into debt in order to survive, unless the main provider is a highly paid professional. They've got us coming and going, faster and faster and faster, while all the while genuine independence and a wholesome life seem to be ever more elusive. Unless, of course, you are one of the very small minority who have the financial means to circumnavigate it. Otherwise you either accept tha! t you and your family will experience unfair sufferings or you play by the new rules of the game.



Those who do not play by those deadly rules have many crosses to bear. These extra crosses are due to the sins and blindness of others. Too often, a conscious or subconscious rationalism has infected the thinking of contemporary man, even men of good will, and one could go so far as to say many a churchman as well. In their assessments of what is "reasonable" and possible for marriage in our times they have minimalized, or dismissed altogether, the factors of grace and the transforming power of sacrificial love. It's a temptation to get bitter about it. But we mustn't. The Cross is always unfair. Jesus's cross was the biggest unfairness of all time. But he bore it like a lamb and he turned it into a sign that confounded every device of the enemy.



Let us confound the enemy. Or more precisely, let Jesus living in us confound the enemy! Let us turn to the saving power of the Lord in a way we have not until now. Let's take this year 2008 as a time of daring and surprise. Instead of anger, discouragement, or bitterness, let us begin to do the impossible. Let us indeed do what rationalists cannot understand, that is, let us do the supra-rational thing, the eternal thing incarnated into the present moment.



I mean, begin to praise and thank God for each and every one of the trials he permits in your life. Then watch what He does. He works everything to the good for those who love him. Don't give up, keep on praising and thanking, and locked gates will open, unhealable wounds will heal, the kremlin walls of hopeless situations will crack and let in light. One crack at a time, one brick falling at a time, one victory at a time. One step at a time and only enough manna for one day at a time, just as it was for our forefathers in the desert.



Invoking Christ's aid, nourished by the universal Church, little by little we will see Him working everything to the good. We will see Him untie impossible knots and solve problems one by one, as we unite our small efforts with his grace. Gratitude, humility, patient endurance: in this way we will advance in the Great School of the Soul that is married life and family. For none of us will it be easy. In taking our first tentative steps of radical trust, we will grow stronger, and I think wiser, and then our strides will become longer and more sure. Trust grows the more we practice trusting. And with it love grows, and in the process the unexpected occurs, the "impossible" in the midst of the glorious "ordinary."



Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you considers

himself wise in this age, let him become a fool so as to

become wise. For the wisdom of the world is foolishness

in the eyes of God . . . . (1 Cor 3: 18-19)



Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And do not rely on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him

And He will make straight your paths... (Proverbs 3:5-6)



Christ's holy peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding, be with you.



Michael D. O'Brien

Friday, January 11, 2008

"Make Facts Wonders”

> An unsettling image says Chesterton, is the whole
> purpose of the imagination: “The function of
> imagination is not to make strange things settled,
> so much as to make settled things strange; not so
> much to make wonders facts as to make facts
> wonders.”
>
> The wonder begins with existence itself. Existence,
> he says, “has a value wholly inexpressible”. But
> the artist tries to express it. That is the duty of
> the artist: to express the inexpressible.
>
> Chesterton tries to get us to feel what he calls
> “the intoxication of existence” and the invaluable,
> incomparable gift of life. In a prophetic poem he
> wrote over a hundred years ago, a poem entitled “By
> the Babe Unborn”, he portrays a baby, lying in the
> dark womb, trying to imagine a world of blue skies
> and green grassy hills, which to him in the darkness
> is just a dream. But if he could actually attain
> it, and see such a world and live in it, his
> gratitude would be unending.
>
> They should not hear a word from me
> Of selfishness or scorn,
> If only I could find the door,
> If only I were born.
>
> Consequently, babies remind us to be in awe of the
> world. We should never stop being in awe of babies.
> As Chesterton says, each time a baby is born, it is
> as if a whole new world has been created, because
> the world is being seen for the first time by a new
> soul as if it were the first day of creation; inside
> that little head, there is a new system of stars,
> new grass, new cities, a new sea.
>
> A literary man who cannot see that a baby is
> marvelous could not see that anything was marvelous.
> He has certainly no earthly logical reason for
> regarding a movie vamp as marvelous. The movie vamp
> is only what happens to the baby when it goes wrong.
>
> We don’t recognize that babies are marvelous because
> we refuse to see basic, obvious things. Chesterton
> says that it is only the obvious things that are
> never seen, the things that we have been seeing all
> along without seeing them. And one of those obvious
> things is the strangely elusive thing called
> happiness. All the true things about happiness have
> been said and are always being said, and yet we have
> managed to ignore them.
>
> It is another example of us not knowing how to enjoy
> enjoyment. We put so much emphasis on the pursuit
> of happiness rather than on the happiness itself.
> All the things that we need to make us reasonably
> happy lie within our grasp. If we pause in our
> frantic pursuit of happiness, if we stop and try to
> picture happiness, it is something different from
> the fuss and frustration that fills our pursuit.
> Happiness is something simple and basic. And
> everyone knows this, if they would only stop and
> consider it. It is common sense.
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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Does Heaven Begin Now?

32. How intimate is the connection between Heaven and Earth?


The joy of Heaven does, because Christ is our joy, who tells us "I am with you always, even to the end of the world" (Matt. 28:20, Phillips). We do not now fully appreciate that joy, but it is here, because the very life of Heaven, the very life that flows from the Vine into the branches, is here. If it is not here in us now, it will not be there in us then.


If Heaven is not in us now, we will not be in Heaven forever. For Heaven is where God is. God determines where Heaven is; Heaven does not determine where God is. God contains Heaven; Heaven does not contain God. If God is in our souls now by faith, then the very life of Heaven is here in us now, in seed form. That is what Jesus came to preach about and to give, the focus of all his sermons: "the kingdom of Heaven." It is the "pearl of great price," the thing for which the whole world is far too small a price to pay. And it is free.


33. How do you get to Heaven?


This is the most important question anyone can ask. The answer has already been given: It is free. "Let him who is thirsty come, let him who desires take the water of life without price" (Rev. 22:17). Faith is the act of taking.


It sounds crazy, too good to be true. But it makes perfect sense. For God is love. Love gives gifts, gives itself. God gives himself, his own life, membership in his family. We are made "partakers of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4). For God is pure love, and pure love has no admixture of stinginess in it.



This was published in the Christianity Today book, Tough Questions Christians Ask. Peter Kreeft is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and the author of more than 40 books
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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Please Pray for Michael O'Brien

Please pray for Michael O'Brien. He is going through some difficult times. He is not just a great writer, but a good, maybe a saintly, man.

Fred

Greatest Writer since Tolkien

Michael O'Brien is the greatest writer since Tolkien.

His stories take you on a journey like a dream where you forget that you're in a dream. Only you feel the joy or sadness that is like real life reunion or heart break. The wisdom is experienced in his tales.

This is subcreation that equals Homer or Tolkien.

Fred


New novel by Michael D. O'Brien

The Island of the World


The Island of the World is the story of a child born in 1933 into the turbulent world of the Balkans and tracing his life into the third millennium. The central character is Josip Lasta, the son of an impoverished school teacher in a remote village high in the mountains of the Bosnian interior. As the novel begins, World War II is underway and the entire region of Yugoslavia is torn by conflicting factions: German and Italian occupying armies, and the rebel forces that resist them — the fascist Ustashe, Serb nationalist Chetniks, and Communist Partisans. As events gather momentum, hell breaks loose, and the young and the innocent are caught in the path of great evils. Their only remaining strength is their religious faith and their families.

For more than a century, the confused and highly inflammatory history of former Yugoslavia has been the subject of numerous books, many of them rife with revisionist history and propaganda. The peoples of the Balkans live on the border of three worlds: the Islamic, the Orthodox Slavic East, and Catholic Europe, and as such they stand in the path of major world conflicts that are not only geo-political but fundamentally spiritual. This novel cuts to the core question: how does a person retain his identity, indeed his humanity, in absolutely dehumanizing situations?

In the life of the central character, the author demonstrates that this will demand suffering and sacrifice, heroism and even holiness. When he is twelve years old, his entire world is destroyed, and so begins a lifelong Odyssey to find again the faith which the blows of evil have shattered. The plot takes the reader through Josip's youth, his young manhood, life under the Communist regime, hope and loss and unexpected blessings, the growth of his creative powers as a poet, and the ultimate test of his life. Ultimately this novel is about the crucifixion of a soul — and resurrection.

*

"You will not want to put this book down until you finish it, and you will continue to live in it even after you close its covers. This story will change you. It will make you a wiser, better person. Is there any greater, rarer success we can hope for in a mere book than that?"
— Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., Boston College. Author, The Philosophy of Tolkien

“It is difficult to know where to turn for noble enough analogies in speaking of this book. Michael O'Brien has achieved both a seriousness and a delicacy, that is not to be taken lightly. I wonder whether we are going to find Mr. O'Brien's name taking its place along with those of Mauriac and Bernanos before too long?”
— Thomas Howard, author, Dove Descending: A Journey into T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets

"There is a kind of historical novel that may appear less a work of conventional fiction than an acute recollection of intimate personal stories, gathered secretly and then, in contemplative solitude, softly woven together with prophetic insight. When such a weave is spun on the right writerly loom, underthreaded with prayer of a mystical intensity, something far more deeply discerning than typical historical fiction can result. Island of the World offers a rich but unsettling fabric, the lovely and the terrible together, evoking not only the social tragedy and horribly tested piety of 20thC Croatia, but the fragile beauty of holiness in a time of adversity anywhere."
— David Lyle Jeffrey, author, People of the Book

“Michael O'Brien has done it again. Penetrating, incisive, lyrical and startlingly clear and crisp, this is a novel that obliges readers to think, think and think again. Unlike so many of his literary contemporaries, the author has something to say that is not only new but is intensely important. Every writer, teacher, thinker and politician should be obliged to read Michael O’Brien. If they did so, the world would be a far better place.”
— Michael Coren, author, C. S Lewis: The Man Who Created Narnia

“In Michael O’Brien’s new novel we feel the mystery and theology palpitating on every page without ever feeling that the deeper meaning is obstructing the momentum of the plot. The genius of O’Brien is that he does not wear his theological heart on his sleeve but lets its pulse provide the unobtrusive rhythm to which the story dances. This is storytelling at its most sublime”
— Joseph Pearce, author, Literary Converts

“Michael O'Brien's novels always have haunting plots. St. Augustine wrote, ‘You touched me, and I burned for your peace.’ Something burning is found here. Young Josip is told that the Odyssey was written about a man who longed to return home. What is our home, in this island in the world? O’Brien’s words touch us deeply in this work, by lives that seek in their very living that peace for which those who were created to live first in this island of the world are finally destined. ‘In eternity we will know fully.’ Such are O'Brien's words, such are Augustine's words."
— James V. Schall, S.J., Georgetown University. Author, The Order of Things

“ ‘Who are you? Where have you come from? Where are you going?’ Such questions come to our souls with new intensity through this poetic, deep story of crucifixion and resurrection, the most beautiful novel of the last 20 years since Eugenio Corti's The Red Horse. In our journey with his main character, Josip Lasta, we move toward the heart's real home. As with Homer's Ulysses, as with Tolkien's Frodo, we carry our wounds, our losses, our beloved ones and encounter the only thing we truly seek and hope for: the eyes of the One who can heal our wounds, embrace our hearts, save our deepest loves.”
— Dr. Edoardo Rialti, Professor of Literature, Florence, Italy

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Is Jesus the only way?

Is Jesus the only way? (Or can good pagans, Hindus, et cetera get to Heaven too?)

The first part of the question is clear, and the answer is clear: Unless Jesus is the victim of grandiose self-delusion or deliberate, blasphemous lying, he is the only way, for he says exactly that (John 14:6). But the second part of the question is not clear. People who have never heard of Christ, and thus have neither consciously accepted him nor consciously rejected him, must also get to Heaven through Christ, for there is no other way. That much is clear from Christ's own words. But it is not clear what is going on in the unconscious depths of the souls of such people. Only God knows. Perhaps they know and love him in the obscure form of a deep, unconscious desire and love.


The game of heavenly population statistics is one that Christ discouraged his disciples from playing. When they asked him, "Are many saved?" he answered neither yes nor no but said, "Strive to enter in" (Luke 13:24). In other words, mind your own business, your own salvation, rather than speculating about others and statistics. God has not told us the answer to this question, for his own good reasons, just as he has not told us when the world will end, another question about which we love to speculate. I think that in both cases we can see the wisdom of not telling us. If we knew when the world would end, we would not be ready at all times for the thief who comes in the night, unexpectedly. If we knew that most were not saved, we would tend to despair; if we knew that most were saved, we would tend to presumption.


What we do know is that Christ the Savior is not only a 33-year-old, 6-foot-high Jewish man, but also the eternal God, the Logos that enlightens every individual (John 1:9). Thus everyone has a fair chance to accept him or reject him, whether implicitly (for all light of truth and goodness is from him) or explicitly. We are not saved by how explicit our knowledge is; we are saved by him. Faith is the glue that holds him fast (or, more accurately, the glue by which he holds us fast, for faith is also his gift).


This is a traditional, mainline Christian position, from the time of Justin Martyr and Clement of Alexandria to the time of C. S. Lewis. It is halfway between the liberal view that one can be saved in other ways than Christ (for example, by good intentions) and the frequent fundamentalist view that it takes an explicit knowledge of Christ to be saved.


The middle view does not detract from the infinite seriousness of missionary work, as the liberal view does. For if we do not know how many children will fall through a hole in the ice and drown, we feel just as much urgency in shouting warnings (and in putting our words into action) as we would if we knew exactly who would die and who would not.





This was published in the Christianity Today book, Tough Questions Christians Ask. Peter Kreeft is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and the author of more than 40 books

Monday, January 07, 2008

Huckabee is More Pro-life than McCain, Paul and "Ex-pro-abort" Romney

Catholics and Protestants Urged to Come Together to Back Huckabee

FRONT ROYAL, Va., Jan. 7 /Christian Newswire/ -- "Governor Mike Huckabee is the only candidate for President we can support with confidence," said Douglas R. Scott, Jr., president of Life Decisions International (LDI). "I urge my Protestant brothers and sisters to join me in doing all they can to advance Mike Huckabee's campaign."

"We need to back a candidate who has a consistent record of supporting traditional values," said Thomas C. Strobhar, chairman of LDI. "Mike Huckabee is that kind of candidate. I urge my Catholic brothers and sisters to join me in doing all they can to advance Mike Huckabee's campaign."

Scott commented on several other candidates:

"John McCain supports stem cell experimentation. When I served as executive director of Arizona Right to Life, I saw nothing that would make me believe he is even remotely concerned about life issues."

"Mitt Romney expects pro-family Americans to blindly accept his new-found convictions without healthy skepticism and a proven track record."

"Fred Thompson has given us no reason to believe he cares enough about family issues to warrant our support."

"Ron Paul believes abortion should be decided by the states, essentially making our nation 'half-slave and half-free'. This explains his mixed voting record in Congress."

"Rudy Giuliani supports virtually everything we oppose. His election would simply be a disaster."

"I believe it is the responsibility of every pro-life/pro- family American to support a candidate that wholeheartedly supports life--without apology and without compromise," Scott said. "While the only person I agree with on every issue is me, Mike Huckabee comes pretty close. And since his positions are faith-based, one can be sure he will not sell out the Pro-Life Movement the very lives of preborn children."

"Pro-lifers have been used and abused by too many candidates that claim to be pro-life only at opportune times," Strobhar said. "Mike Huckabee is not worried which way the political wind blows. He's the real deal."

"I am thrilled that there is a candidate I can enthusiastically endorse rather than holding my nose and supporting the 'lesser of two evils'," Scott said. "Mike Huckabee deeply and personally cares about these issues. He is the kind of candidate pro- family Democrats, Republicans and independents can support. The choice is clear; Mike Huckabee should be the next President of the United States."

Note: In compliance with federal law, LDI cannot and does not endorse candidates. This press release is for news purposes only and endorsements are done as individuals.

Life Decisions International (LDI) is dedicated to challenging the Culture of Death, concentrating on exposing and fighting the agenda of Planned Parenthood. LDI's chief project is a boycott of corporations that fund the abortion-committing giant. To learn more about Planned Parenthood, please visit: www.fightpp.org/show.cfm?page=wrong


Christian Newswire

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Homosexuality is a Grave Sin

Steve Mosher, head of the Population Research Institute (PRI), said that the media are "misrepresenting" and "exaggerating" the "pedophilia crisis" in the Catholic Church. According to him and other speakers at a recent PRI pro-life conference in Santa Clara, Calif., a major problem in the American Catholic Church, and specifically in the San Francisco Bay Area, is homosexuality. Mosher contended that the present Church crisis is not about pedophilia, but about homosexuality.

"Only a tiny fraction of the priesthood has ever been guilty of this kind of indiscretion [pedophilia]. The vast majority is engaging in homosexual acts with young men after the age of puberty. True pedophilia is very rare," Mosher said. "This is not pedophilia if it is past puberty. These are priests who are acting out on homosexual impulses and preying on adolescent young men. So you have to understand that is why the Vatican is saying homosexuals shouldn't be ordained into the priesthood."

The Vatican, according to Mosher, has always considered homosexuality to be a grave sin and therefore has said that men with that inclination should not to be allowed into the priesthood.

He said that the Church wants to protect young men who could become victims of homosexual predators. At the same time it also seeks to protect young men who might become predators by keeping them out of a role in which they could abuse their authority. He thinks these and other homosexuals need to be reached out to with the message of God's mercy.

"We need to reach out to people of homosexual inclination with the same message of the gospel that I was reached with when I was a sinner. I don't claim any moral superiority here. I think all grave sins are potentially fatal to the soul. I was reached by my wife and children," Mosher said, "but I think when you become a member of a subculture, it's very difficult to reach you. We need to reach people like that with a message that will not only save their soul, but, with the scourge of AIDs as well, save their lives."

Mosher related that this issue was of " particular concern" to him because he has a sister who, after a bad marriage, went to San Francisco and became part of the lesbian community. He said, "We are still praying for her today. So this is an issue that has touched our lives."

According to Dr. Stanley Monteith, M.D., an author and talk show host in Northern California, the "tragedy" is that a lot of people are "trapped" in this lifestyle with no hope of getting out.

"They are being told, 'You can't get out of this. You are born this way.' But the average homosexual needs to be told that God loves him. They can leave that lifestyle anytime they want because they weren't born that way," Monteith said. "It becomes a sexual addiction, but they can get out of the gay lifestyle. If they couldn't, then how did Ellen DeGeneres' partner just happen to leave her and marry a man? No one wants to point that out, because if she was born that way, why is she married now?"

The Catechism of the Catholic Church agrees with Monteith when it states in section 2357 that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered ... under no circumstances can they be approved." Nowhere in the Catechism is there the "political agenda" that presumes an "unchangeable" natural biological or genetic basis for acts it calls "intrinsically disordered."

"The argument over genetics is a curious one. If homosexuality is genetically inherited, then ... [i]dentical twins must be either both heterosexual or both homosexual, and we know this is not the case. It has been documented in cases of identical twins where only one was homosexual," Director of Family Life for the Diocese of Duluth, Minn., Dick Frost said. "Biologically, two men do not fit together to procreate, nor do two women. Biologically, it is impossible."

Moreover, Dr. Monteith said that there is a difference between being homosexual and being gay. When one is homosexual, there is a same-sex attraction; but when the term gay is used, one becomes part of a "political agenda." According to him, the pedophilia Church crisis is part of the media's political agenda to discredit the Catholic Church because of its stance on homosexuality and other moral issues.

"This is being exploited and media-driven to actually challenge the faith of Catholics," Monteith said. "My Protestant faith wasn't broken by Jimmy Swaggart and Jessie Jackson and other ministers who have betrayed their calling."

Dr. Alice von Hildebrand, Ph.D., an internationally known philosopher, agreed with the doctor. She said priests who have betrayed their calling wouldn't break the faith of Catholics. But she did give a stern message to the American bishops.

"He permitted Judas to betray Him. But He did rise on the third day and re-conquered. So the last word of the Catholic or Christian is Christ is risen and He will conquer," Hildebrand said to the bishops of the United States. "Go on your knees and pray and make sacrifices and ask God for the gift of faith for realizing in many ways you have failed your sheep."

When Steve Mosher was asked what message he would give the American bishops if he were given the opportunity, he said his message would be that "there is no priest shortage in the dioceses, which are led by bishops who preach the fullness of the truths of the Catholic faith.

"We have actually done studies in those dioceses where there is a willingness – a courageous willingness – to speak about the biblical/moral issues of our day. To speak about premarital sex and why it's wrong, to speak about the need to practice chastity both before and after marriage, to speak about the fact that homosexuality is a grave sin," Mosher said. "Those bishops who are preaching on this issue have no shortage of young men who are brought by the Holy Spirit to them, to join them in their teaching ministry."

Why won't we be bored in Heaven?

Why won't we be bored in Heaven?


I suspect this question subconsciously bothers most of us more than we like to admit. I can remember having something of a crisis of faith as a child: I thought I didn't want to go to Heaven since the popular pictures of it seemed pretty boring to me.


Freud, who occasionally comes up with nuggets of wisdom sandwiched between mountains of nonsense, says that everyone needs two things to make life worth living: love and work. The two are really one, for love is a work and work is a love. Love is a work, for it is something you do, not something you just feel or fall into. And work must be a love, for if not, it is threatening and boring. What love-work will we do in Heaven, then?


We will complete the very love-works we are meant to do on Earth. There are only six things that never get boring on Earth, six things that never come to an end: knowing and loving yourself, your neighbor, and God. Since persons are subjects and not objects, they are not exhaustible; they are like magic cows that give fresh milk forever.


The two great commandments that are our job description for life, in both this world and the next, express this plan: We must love God wholly and we must love our neighbor as ourself. And in order to love we must know, get to know, as endlessly as we love endlessly. This never gets boring, even on Earth: getting to know and love more and more someone we already know and love. It is our clue and our preparation for our eternal destiny of infinite fascination.

This was published in the Christianity Today book, Tough Questions Christians Ask. Peter Kreeft is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and the author of more than 40 books

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Friday, January 04, 2008

True Devotion or Idol Worship

Feast of Mary, Mother of God, Father Paul Weinberger, Pastor
St. William the Confessor Catholic Church, Greenville, Texas, January 1, 2008
http://www.semperficatholic.com/


When eight days were completed for His circumcision He was named Jesus, the Name given Him by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen

Yesterday I was listening to 910 AM Radio; you can listen to it during the day; after the sun goes down, forget it unless you have a computer. The man was telling a story that happened to a friend of his, who bought a house and moved into a new neighborhood.

As a new neighbor, he was taking things off the truck and he had a statue of St. Francis that he took to the back yard and placed in the garden. As he continued to unload the truck his neighbor came over and welcomed him. The neighbor identified himself as his next-door neighbor and a “bible Christian.” This neighbor asked the man moving in if he would do him a favor. The new neighbor agreed to do so. The man asked him,

“Would you please take away that idol you have in the back yard?”

The man moving in asked,

“ You mean St. Francis? St. Francis loved all God’s creation, the birds and the flowers etc.”

The neighbor was unmoved and insisted he move the statue. Wanting to be neighborly, the new neighbor said he would move the statue to a place where it would not be seen by his neighbor, the bible Christian.

Some weeks and months passed and as Christmas was approaching, the new neighbor heard the bible Christian making preparations next door. He was making a lot of preparations evidentially because an elaborate platform was produced and had a manger scene complete with donkey, ox, sheep, shepherds, the Three kings, a star and angels. It was very elaborate.

The new neighbor went over to the bible Christian and said,

“This is great; do you do this every year?”

The bible Christian said,

“Oh yes! I have been doing it for years!”

The new neighbor replied,

“Well, I really like your collection of idols!”

When it comes to speaking about the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is amazing how timid Catholics are, and regrettably ignorant of the teachings of the Church concerning Our Lady. Today is not the feast of New Year. The Chinese have a pagan feast called “The Chinese New Year”, but we don’t celebrate the New Year; we celebrate this Solemnity, Mary Mother of God. This Solemnity, Mary the Mother of God used to be the Feast of the Circumcision. You can see that in the last part of the Gospel today, mentioned is the eighth day along with the Circumcision of baby Jesus and that He was given His name; the name that the angel had given Him before He was conceived in the womb.

The Circumcision of Jesus is considered by some to be something we would like to forget, but it was a point of Jewish law and in fact, it still is. You may have sent or received Christmas cards of the Baby Jesus portrayed without a stitch of clothing. In fact, it has only been a recent addition to a crucifix to have a cloth placed around the waist of Jesus for the same reason. You see, you only have to go back as far as the Da Vinci Code when so many so-called non-Catholic Christians and Catholic Christians threw away good money to buy the book or go to the movie, and have their faith unduly tested by what are obvious lies and distortions about Jesus, His mother, and St. Mary Magdalene, just to name a few. How many Catholics participated in making Dan Brown richer? It is to their shame!

It was not long after the Birth of Christ, His Life, Death, and Resurrection, that people began to spread lies about Him. For example, that He really didn’t take flesh from the Blessed Virgin Mary, but rather He appeared to have flesh; kind of like a ghost. If you remember on Easter Sunday evening Jesus addressed His Disciples and Apostles, save St. Thomas, and He mentioned the wounds in His Glorified Body, the wounds of the nails and the wound in His side. Later He would remind them again that a ghost does not have flesh and blood.

The mark of the circumcision shows also that He has flesh and that He doesn’t appear to have flesh. Were He not in fleshed could He be nailed to the Cross later on? This is not a small detail that some would like to assign it, and what the Church teaches and has taught for centuries is that Jesus is True God and True Man. The Church has taught this over 2000 years from the beginning. You have to go no further than the Letter of St. Paul to the Colossians; just look at chapter two, it is not long. In chapter two you will hear these words,

In Christ the fullness of Deity (fullness of God, of Divinity) resides in bodily form. Yours is a share of this fullness of Him, Who is the Head of every principality and power.

How do you have a share? You have a share through Baptism! Christ is True God and True Man and not 50/50. He is 100% God, if you will, and 100% man.

“Well, how is that possible?”

It is called “The Mystery of the Incarnation”, which is what we celebrate at Christmas and this Feast of Mary the Mother of God helps us to understand another aspect of that Mystery. We can understand some things about the mystery but we can never understand it all. In fact, the bishops in Ecumenical Councils as early as 431 in Ephesus declared Mary to be the Mother of God. Again, we can hear our non-Catholic Christian friends saying to us,

“Tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk!”

It is like the bible Christian objecting to St. Francis. It is interesting that in the 1200s St. Francis is the one noted to have popularized the Manger scenes. Because people couldn’t go to the holy Land, in a sense the Holy Lady would come to them; a memorial to remember that birth in Bethlehem.

The fact that the Blessed Virgin Mary is called the Mother of God would make some people worry that Catholics have gone overboard. Again, listening to Catholic radio I heard Fr. Corapi say that if Mary is good enough for Jesus she is good enough for him. That statement kind of cuts right through all of that clicking of tongues.

“Tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk!”

It is amazing how when someone is clicking their tongue at us we roll up into the fetal position as Catholics and don’t defend the Blessed Virgin Mary or our faith. It is ignorance on our part. But you see... she is the Mother of Jesus and if you merely read St. Luke’s Gospel you find that it is by the Power of the Holy Spirit that she conceived. The Blessed Virgin Mary did not conceive Jesus the way it happened so often among the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses of the fables and myths. The gods would come down and wreak havoc many times, raping along the way and children were conceived. No, the Blessed Virgin Mary was not violated in any way but she consented to be the Mother of God. She consented to be the Mother of Jesus.

“But how can you call her the Mother of God?”

Jesus IS GOD! The Father of Jesus is God the Father; by the Power of the Holy Spirit, and if Mary is the Mother of Jesus she is the Mother of God. I don’t need a blackboard; it is very direct and yet, this Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God is an embarrassment to many Catholics.

St. Leo the Great wrote in the Office yesterday about every Christian through Baptism.

Quote:

Henceforth, he is reckoned to be of the stock, not of his earthly father but of Christ, who became Son of Man precisely that men could become sons of God. For unless in humility he had come down to us, none of us by our own merits could ever go up to Him.



That is very succinct, very direct, and very helpful to us.

Today is a day of resolutions. Resolutions for the New Year usually fail because too much is attempted all at once, so what I am about to promote is to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary in two apparently small and insignificant ways, but to honor Our Lady as Jesus no doubt honored His mother.

I have visited the Missionaries of Charity over the years; they are Blessed Mother Teresa’s sisters, who live among the poorest of the poor. They have nothing in their convent except the bear essentials. Can you imagine four women living in the same two-bedroom house with no mirror? They have no air-conditioning in the summer but they do have heating in the winter; they afford themselves no luxury. I have never been to the Missionaries of Charity when I did not see in front of the statue of Our Lady, a vase with at least one flower in it. They either get a flower from the garden or someone has given them flowers. The vase may hold the same flower from day to day but they change the water daily. The crystal vase is always there in front of the statue of Our Lady.

What mother does not accept flowers from her children with love and joy? I remember taking my mother some weeds that were blooming in the field next to our house. My mother said,

“Oh, uh, awe, thank you!”

Mothers understand that it is a gift from a child; perhaps it is imperfect but it is a gift so it cannot be refused. A flower in front of an image of Our Lady wouldn’t break your leg and it would be something very dear to Our Lady, and I promise you that it will be dear to her Son as well.

The second thing is kind of presumed by the first thing and it is that you have an image of Our Lady in your home and it is venerated, in a place of honor…maybe somewhere near the TV, the highest of honors, right?

Father is being facetious

I remember being taught something at one of the processions we had for Our Lady of Guadalupe. Over the years we have had these processions and at the end the people would come up to the image of Our lady of Guadalupe and with great tenderness would reach out to touch the folded hands of Our Lady. I noticed they were all touching the same place. I am sorry ladies; I am a man so it took me a while to figure out what they were doing, which was reaching up and attempting to hold the hand of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

So this is the other thing, the other “baby step” if you will. At least one time a day and without anyone else in the room if you so choose, reach up and tenderly touch the hands of Our Lady. No, it is not tag, and if you have boys make sure that the image is nailed down or tacked on the wall because it will end up on the floor. They will say they don’t know how that happened. I was a boy so I know how these things can happen.

We have to begin with baby steps. St. Louis de Montfort, who was much prized by both Pope John Paul II and Blessed Mother Teresa, wrote “True Devotion to Mary.” False devotion to Mary…I have not time for it! True devotion, YES! St. Louis de Montfort wrote in his True Devotion to Mary in paragraph 36,

Quote:

When the Holy Spirit, her spouse, finds Mary in a soul, he hastens there and enters fully into it. He gives himself generously to that soul according to the place it has given to his spouse. One of the main reasons why the Holy Spirit does not work striking wonders in souls is that he fails to find in them a sufficiently close union with his faithful and inseparable spouse.



These resolutions will serve us “now and at the hour of our death, Amen”, as we say in the Hail Mary.

When eight days were completed for His circumcision He was named Jesus, the Name given Him by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit

Amen

Announcement to the parishioners of St. William, the Confessor:

After offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on the Solemnity of the Mother of God, Fr. Paul recited, along with the congregation, the Prayer to St. Michael for an end to abortion, then moved to the lectern to make an announcement, which was as follows.

Today is January 1st and I need to make an apology to you but more importantly to Our Lady and Our Lord. On January 10th I will be finishing four years here as Pastor of St. William’s so I am speaking to my parishioners as Pastor. If you are a visitor, welcome! I mentioned in my homily, True Devotion to Mary and false devotion to Mary. I ask apology of you, Our Lady and her Son, Jesus Christ.

Over the last four years I have not spoken out, either by cowardice or sloth, often enough about the false devotion to our Lady under the title “Lady of Medjugorje”. There is no such person. I went once to visit a man, who was dying and as he was dying I gave him the Last Sacraments and then he asked me to bless his room. He had religious pictures around his room and there was a picture of this “thing”, which is called “Lady of Medjugorje.” It is not the Blessed Virgin Mary. I told the man I wouldn’t bless the room until he did something with that image.

The next day I arrived to bless the room and he had glued a picture of his dog over the other image. I said, “Well, that is very fitting.”

If you have statues or pictures of this image and you do not wish to discard them, bring them to me and I will see that they are destroyed. You know for a fact that I am not against statues. (Father turns and points to the statues around the Altar.) I think we can safely say that.

When I was assigned to my first parish as a young priest, just a half mile down the road there was a woman that said Our Lady was appearing on the bark of her tree. I never went down to see it until we were ordered to go by the bishop, Bishop Thomas Tschoepe. I went once and that was it; of course everyone else had to pay admission. In the background you could hear, “cha-ching cha-ching.”

I am telling you this because if you have any kind of devotion, book, statue, or anything connected with Our Lady of Medjugorje, she doesn’t exist. The bishop of that place has written about it extensively, the Bishop of Mostar, and so I am telling you as your Pastor to cease and desist if you have any of that. Perhaps you have done this through misguidance or perhaps I haven’t mentioned it enough. It has been very rare that I have done it, but I thought how fitting on this Feast Day, Feast of Mary the Mother of God, that True Devotion to Mary should only be promoted.

Please do not give me stories about how your rosary was silver and then turned to gold or even how so many miracles have happened by going and visiting there. Sure, God can write straight with a crooked line. Miracles happened at Auschwitz during World War II, but we don’t promote Auschwitz to be proliferated around the world.

Again, all of this is based on the fact that, as your Pastor…and I am only speaking to you, my parishioners, as your pastor I have to promote True Devotion to Mary and these false apparitions for my parishioners can lead you astray like that man, who was getting ready for death. I didn’t want him turning to a false apparition and being led astray.

To listen to the above sermon see below:



Feast of Mary, Mother of God and an Announcement

PLEASE LISTEN TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT AFTER THE PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL...The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, #495 Called in the Gospels "the Mother of Jesus," Mary is acclaimed by Elizabeth, at the prompting of the Spirit and even before the birth of her son, as "the mother of my Lord." In fact, the One whom she conceived as man by the Holy Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than the Father's eternal Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity. Hence the Church confesses that Mary is truly "Mother of God".




LISTEN

For those who have never read True Devotion to Mary by Saint Louis de Montfort, you can access it online free.

http://www.semperficatholic.com/





Editing Medjugorje Messages

Spirit Daily, Michael Brown’s Medjugorje web site posted a message board conversation where Medjugorje followers were arguing over the different English translations of the messages. It came to light that some alterations were made by the Medjugorje parish priests. Folks were upset.

http://www.medjugorje-online.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6293

By the time I had a chance to read the above, Michael Brown removed it and the message board. One follower claimed to be in contact with a Medjugorje insider, someone very close to the visionaries. This Insider told him or her that the last Medjugorje message really contained a phrase that said "Time is running out," while the official message said something totally different. Also, it claimed that Our Lady said "Thank you for responding to my call," three times, instead of once. There was also something about Our Lady being with us "a little longer," to comfort us through the holidays? None of these were in the published message. The poster said the Parish edited it. People got a little upset. Some attributed the huge difference to the difficulty in translating the message to English. Others remarked that, though translation is difficult, it was shocking that the original message and the published one were so "starkly" different, as one poster put it.

Then there was some back and forth discussion about contacting the visionaries and asking them to post on the board. One poster said that they would not be allowed to do so. The "time is running out" phrase spurred some discussion of the coming "great sign." One poster said she was planning to use the Sign as proof of God's existence to convert her Atheist friends. (It's sad that people are doing this. God will not prove His existence. If he did, there would be no faith).

The topic is back online, closed to responses this time. It's linked here:

http://www.medjugorje-online.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6293

Editing is not new. See: http://www.unitypublishing.com/newswire/compose.html

Emails:

Happy new year to you and to your loved ones!

Hi Rick, I have read your latest newsletter and believe is very good. On the last paragraph where you mentioned about the editing of the Medjugorje messages I can tell you that it is true. I have browse around through that site and you are right, they had a mess by having posted a different translation of the message you’ve mentioned.

Not only but if you go on that very site you will find that the administrator has deleted the version of the message given to him by his friend and changed it with the version from the parish. He explains that in the web site as well. But before changing the versions he had stated that his own version was the original one from the seer and that the parish had edited theirs but later he decided to keep the one from the parish rather than his version. (?) I wonder how many versions of those thousands of messages have had been edited to suit the Catholic eye of theologians?

They go to the extremes that one has posted a thread trying to fix the mess that this had created by giving a vague explanation of it in that site.

As I have been browsing these issue, another issue caught my eye in the same Medjugorje online forum site. A thread was made with a question regarding Vicka the seer having an interview on the internet which is said that she was told by the supposed apparition of Mary that unborn babies who are killed by abortion become angels in heaven. The issue got heated and a few intercepted this heresy and wrote against it. This made the administrator come into the thread and leave a disturbing argument. He agreed with what the seer was saying and he also noted that he did not know about the issue. Rather than confirming the teachings of the Church he let this one pass. But, there were more threads after his, and one of them really confronted this heresy by stating that it was absurd to accept the idea that the aborted babies became angels in heaven. A person also mentioned that issues like this are the issues that give ammunition to anti-Medjugorjeans to attack followers.

All of the sudden, the entire thread got deleted from the forum. (?) The administrator made a choice to delete it ,and I don’t really know why, but I think that it was the last comment in the above paragraph that made him/her do it, otherwise he would had done it before that comment because if it were to defend the Church from heresies such as that one, he would had deleted it or correct the heresy after the first post and he did not. In fact, he agreed with it.

It is amazing how many innocent people who go to that site are being indoctrinated the wrong way just to keep Medjugorje alive. This particular site hates Unity Publishing. They attack the authority of the bishops and especially Bishop Peric’s. It is filled with people who don’t like to question the truth ,so that they don’t find the real truth about Medjugorje. The site does not welcome people who speak the truth.

Best regards,

http://www.medjugorje.ws/en/articles/video/vicka-her-story/?page=11



Since believers so often claim the miracles and the conversions because of Medjugorje, I think the following answer is an EXCELLENT one! :>)

A Parish priest gives a sermon on the false devotion to Mary, so, talking about Medjugorje, he says:

"Please do not give me stories about how your rosary was silver and then turned to gold or even how so many miracles have happened by going and visiting there. Sure, God can write straight with a crooked line. Miracles happened at Auschwitz during World War II, but we don’t promote Auschwitz to be proliferated around the world."

We have to remember that one:>)

Hi, Rick,

Great article. You've inspired me to read True Devotion after I get done with St. Louis' The Secret of the Rosary.

In regards to the whole Medjuorje thing about aborted babies becoming angels.......I agree, its complete nonsense. Our Lady, I don't think, would EVER say something as ridiculous as that.



Wow - great stuff! I wish our Pastor would set the record straight like that. There is so much bad information floating around down here about Medjugorje (and Garabandal). Some of the most devout, holy people I know are caught up in it all.

And I just recently talked to a woman who told me about Luisa P. and the Divine Will. She is very convinced that it is all real and she has read many of the "volumes". I had never heard of it before, but it sounded strange to me, so I looked it up on your site and got the facts. Thank you. This poor woman is now suffering from severe depression.

Off the subject, I have a question for you. I have a rosary which I really treasure that my friend brought me from Fatima when she went there on pilgrimage. I have been saying the rosary just about every day for almost a year (?) now, and a few months ago through the grace of God, I got a very good understanding of how powerful a weapon the rosary is.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Romney Cover-up

John Haskins of the Parents Rights Coalition, in an e-mail release:

A growing list of conservative leaders are circulating a strong public warning about “the conservative establishment’s aggressive cover-up of the pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, pro-gay adoption policies” of Mitt Romney while governor of Massachusetts. The letter accuses Romney’s stable of prominent “conservative” leaders, lawyers and pundits of gross malpractice, ruthless ambition and dishonesty toward voters.

It calls on principled conservatives to firmly condemn the rent-a-conservative feeding frenzy on Mitt Romney’s money and the cover-up of his actions as governor — most of which he did while pretending he was forced to either by judges or non-existent laws.

Their letter details numerous stunning aspects of Romney’s record that are known to few Americans. These include:
- boosting funding for pro-homosexuality indoctrination of schoolchildren, and refusing to order his education officials to enforce parents’ legal right to protect their own children from unwanted indoctrination about homosexuality.
- falsely claiming Massachusetts law required Catholic adoption and foster care agency to give children to homosexual couples.
- personally issuing over 180 special same-sex marriage certificates purely at his own discretion, and claiming a law forced him.
- lying about the state constitution by pretending Massachusetts judges have legal authority to create “gay marriage” and using that deception to force officials to issue marriage licenses illegally modified without the legislature’s approval and perform the ceremonies, thus fulfilling a secret 2002 campaign promise to homosexual groups.
- claiming that a law somehow “forced’ him to sign a new law subsidizing abortions at $50 each with Planned Parenthood established as the fox guarding the henhouse.
- and many other actions in return for campaign promises Romney made to gay groups and the pro-abortion lobby.

“The entire record of Mitt Romney’s political career is that of a man whose Mormon background has no more influenced his zigzagging statements, positions and policies than Ted Kennedy’s or Hillary Clinton’s religion influences theirs,” said John Haskins, of the Parents’ Rights Coalition, who like the other signers from Massachusetts, regrets having voted for Romney four years ago. …..