Thursday, May 29, 2008

World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow, Friday the 30th of May, is the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. The Vatican has published a beautiful letter encouraging all the faithful to take this day, and every day, as a time for prayer for our shepherds.

These men feed us the Bread of Life, endlessly hear our confessions, baptize and marry us, and stand vigil at our deathbeds, counsel us and teach us, and take all kinds of flak (visible and invisible) for our sakes. The vast majority of them stand firm in faithfulness to their calling for the sake of the Blood of the Lamb. They suffer much. They are “other Christs” for us. They are human, they have faults and weaknesses and sins, just like us. They are primary targets for the malice of the evil one.

They are far more than heroes. They are saints in the making, just as we all should be. Let’s never forget that in the hierarchical creation willed by the Holy Trinity, these men are a crucial link in the outpouring of divine graces upon each of our souls and upon the world. Hidden, small in their own eyes, carrying many crosses, they are greatly beloved in the eyes of the Lord.

Perhaps you would consider making copies of the letter reproduced below and giving it to priests and laypeople.

Several dozen priests subscribe to this newsletter. In the name of all of us whom you feed, dear fathers, thank you. May Jesus give you the deepest and eternal thanks.

In Him,

Michael O’Brien




Vatican Congregation for the Clergy

Theme for World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests May 30, 2008

by Cardinal Claudio Hummes



Reverend and dear Brothers in the Priesthood,

On the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus let us fix the eyes of our minds and hearts with a constant loving gaze on Christ, the one Savior of our lives and of the world. Focusing on Christ means focusing on that Face which every human being, consciously or not, seeks as a satisfying response to his own insuppressible thirst for happiness.

We have encountered this Face and on that day, at that moment, his Love so deeply wounded our hearts that we could no longer refrain from asking ceaselessly to be in his Presence. “In the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch” (Psalm 5).

The Sacred Liturgy leads us once again to contemplate the Mystery of the Incarnation of the Word, the origin and intimate reality of this company which is the Church: the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob revealed himself in Jesus Christ. “No one could see his Glory unless first healed by the humility of his flesh.... By dust you were blinded, and by dust you are healed: flesh, then, had wounded you, flesh heals you” (St. Augustine, Commentary on the Gospel according to John, Homily, 2, 16).

Only by looking again at the perfect and fascinating humanity of Jesus Christ -- alive and active now -- who revealed himself to us and still today bends down to each one of us with his special love of total predilection, can we can let him illumine and fill the abyss of need which is our humanity, certain of Hope encountered and sure of Mercy that embraces our limitations and teaches us to forgive what we ourselves do not even manage to discern. “Deep calls to deep at the thunder of your cataracts” (Psalm 42[41]).

On the occasion of the traditional World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests that is celebrated on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, I would like to recall the priority of prayer over action since it is on prayer that the effectiveness of action depends. The Church's mission largely depends on each person's personal relationship with the Lord Jesus and must therefore be nourished by prayer: “It is time to reaffirm the importance of prayer in the face of the activism and the growing secularism” (Benedict XVI, "Deus Caritas Est," No. 37). Let us not tire of drawing on his Mercy, of letting him look at and medicate the painful wounds of our sin, in order to marvel at the ever new miracle of our redeemed humanity.

Dear confreres, we are experts of God's Mercy within us and only by so being, his instruments in embracing wounded humanity in a way that is ever new. “Christ does not save us from our humanity, but through it; he does not save us from the world but came into the world so that through him the world might be saved (cf. John 3:17)” (Benedict XVI, Urbi et Orbi Message, Dec. 25, 2006). Finally, we are priests through the Sacrament of Orders, the highest Act of God's Mercy and, at the same time, of his special preference.

In the second place, with an unquenchable thirst and longing for Christ, the most authentic dimension of our Priesthood is mendicancy, simple and continuous prayer that is learned in silent orison. It has always characterized the life of Saints and should be asked for insistently. This awareness of our relationship with him is subjected to the purification of daily testing. Every day we realize again and again that not even we Ministers who act "in Persona Christi Capitis" are spared this drama. We cannot live a single moment in his Presence without a gentle longing to know him and to continue to adhere to him. Let us not give in to the temptation to see being priests as a burden, inevitable and impossible to delegate, henceforth assumed, which can perhaps be carried out “mechanically” with a structured and coherent pastoral program. Priesthood is the vocation, the path and the manner through which Christ saves us, has called us and is calling us now to! abide with him.

The one adequate measure, with regard to our Holy Vocation, is radicalism. This total dedication with awareness of our infidelity can only be brought into being as a renewed and prayerful decision which Christ subsequently implements, day after day. The actual gift of priestly celibacy must be accepted and lived in this dimension of radicalism and full configuration to Christ. Any other approach to the reality of the relationship with him risks becoming ideological.

Even the great mass of work that the contemporary conditions of the ministry sometimes impose on us, far from discouraging us must spur us to care with even greater attention for our priestly identity which has an incontrovertibly divine root. In this regard the particular conditions of the ministry themselves must impel us, with a logic opposed to that of the world, to “raise the tone” of our spiritual life, witnessing with greater conviction and effectiveness to our exclusive belonging to the Lord.

We are taught total dedication by the One who loved us first. “I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, ‘Here am I, here am I' to a nation that did not call on my name”. The place of totality par excellence is the Eucharist since, “in the Eucharist Jesus does not give us a ‘thing' but himself; he offers his own body and pours out his own blood” ("Sacramentum Caritatis," No. 7).

Let us be faithful, dear confreres, to the daily Celebration of the Most Holy Eucharist, not solely in order to fulfill a pastoral commitment or a requirement of the community entrusted to us but because of the absolute personal need we have of it, as of breathing, as of light for our life, as the one satisfactory reason for a complete priestly existence.

In his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Sacramentum Caritatis," the Holy Father reproposes to us forcefully St Augustine's affirmation: “no one eats that flesh without first adoring it; we should sin were we not to adore it” (St. Augustine, "Enarrationes in Psalmos," 98,9). We cannot live, we cannot look at the truth about ourselves without letting ourselves be looked at and generated by Christ in daily Eucharistic Adoration, and the “Stabat” of Mary, “Woman of the Eucharist”, beneath her Son's Cross, is the most significant example of contemplation and adoration of the divine Sacrifice that has been given to us.

Since the missionary spirit is intrinsic in the very nature of the Church, our mission is likewise innate in the priestly identity, which is why missionary urgency is a matter of self-awareness. Our priestly identity is edified and renewed day after day in “conversation” with Our Lord. An immediate consequence of our relationship with him, ever nourished in constant prayer, is the need to share it with all those around us. The holiness we ask for daily, in fact, cannot be conceived according to a sterile and abstract individual acceptance but is necessarily Christ's holiness, which is contagious for everyone: “Being in communion with Jesus Christ draws us into his ‘being for all'; it makes it our own way of being” (Benedict XVI, "Spe Salvi," No. 28).

Christ's “being for all” is realized for us in the Tria Munera by which we are clothed in the very nature of the Priesthood. These Munera which constitute the entirety of our Ministry, are not the place for alienation or, even worse, a mere functionalist reductionism of ourselves but rather are the truest expression of our belonging to Christ; they are the place of our relationship with him. The People which has been entrusted to us to be educated, sanctified and governed is not a reality that distracts us from “our life” but the Face of Christ that we contemplate daily, as the face of his beloved for the bridegroom and the Church his Bride for Christ. The People entrusted to us is the indispensable path for our holiness, in other words the path on which Christ manifests through us the Glory of the Father.

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea... those on the other hand who send to perdition an entire people... what should they suffer and what punishment should they receive?” (St. John Chrysostom, "De Sacerdotio," VI, 1.498). In the face of the awareness of such a serious task and such a great responsibility for our life and our salvation, in which faithfulness to Christ coincides with “obedience” to the needs dictated by the redemption of those souls, there is not even room to doubt the grace received. We can only ask to surrender as much as possible to his Love so that he will act through us, for either we let Christ save the world, acting in us, or we risk betraying the very nature of our vocation. The measure of dedication, dear confreres, is totality, again and anew. Yes, “five loaves an! d two fishes” are not many but they are all! God's Grace makes of all our littleness the Communion that satisfies the People. Elderly and sick priests who exercise the divine ministry daily, uniting themselves with Christ's Passion and offering their own priestly existence for the true good of the Church and the salvation of souls, share especially in this “total dedication”.

Lastly, the Holy Mother of God remains an indispensable foundation of the whole of priestly life. The relationship with her cannot be resolved in pious devotional practice but is nourished by ceaseless entrustment to the arms of the ever Virgin of the whole of our life, of our ministry in its entirety. Mary Most Holy also leads us, like John, to beneath the Cross of her Son and Our Lord in order to contemplate, with her, God's infinite Love: “He who for us is Life itself descended here and endured our death and slew it by the abundance of his Life” (St. Augustine, "Confessiones," IV, 12).

As a condition for our redemption, for the fulfillment of our humanity, for the Advent of the Incarnation of the Son, God the Father chose to await a Virgin's “Fiat” to an angel's announcement. Christ decided to entrust, so to speak, his own Life to the loving freedom of the Mother: “She conceived, brought forth, and nourished Christ, she presented him to the Father in the temple, shared her Son's sufferings as he died on the Cross. Thus, in a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity in the work of the Savior in restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason she is a mother to us in the order of grace” ("Lumen Gentium," No. 61).

Pope St Pius X said: “Every priestly vocation comes from the heart of God but passes through the heart of a mother”. This is true with regard to obvious biological motherhood but it is also true of the “birth” of every form of fidelity to the Vocation of Christ. We cannot do without a spiritual motherhood for our priestly life: let us entrust ourselves confidently to the prayer of the whole of Holy Mother Church, to the motherhood of the People, whose pastors we are but to whom are entrusted our custody and holiness; let us ask for this fundamental support.

Dear confreres, the urgent need for “a movement of prayer, placing 24-hour continuous Eucharistic adoration at the centre so that a prayer of adoration, thanksgiving, praise, petition and reparation will be raised to God, incessantly and from every corner of the earth, with the primary intention of awakening a sufficient number of holy vocations to the priestly state and, at the same time, spiritually uniting with a certain spiritual maternity -- at the level of the Mystical Body -- all those who have already been called to the ministerial priesthood and are ontologically conformed to the one High and Eternal Priest. This movement will offer better service to Christ and his brothers -- those who are at once ‘inside’ the Church and also ‘at the forefront’ of the Church, standing in Christ's stead (cf. "Pastores Dabo Vobis," No. 16), and representing him as head, shepherd and spouse of the Church” (Letter of the Congregation of the! Clergy, 8 December 2007).

A further form of spiritual motherhood has recently been outlined. It has always silently accompanied the chosen ranks of priests in the course of the Church's history. It is the concrete entrustment of our ministry to a specific face, to a consecrated soul who has been called by Christ and therefore chooses to offer herself, with the necessary suffering and the inevitable struggles of life, to intercede for our priestly existence, thereby dwelling in Christ's sweet presence. This motherhood, which embodies Mary's loving face, should be prayed for because God alone can bring it into being and sustain it. In this regard there are plenty of wonderful examples; only think of St Monica's beneficial tears for her son Augustine, for whom she wept “more than mothers weep when lamenting their dead children” (St. Augustine, "Confessions," III, 11).

Another fascinating example is that of Eliza Vaughan, who gave birth to 13 children and entrusted them to the Lord; six of her eight sons became priests and four of her five daughters became women religious. Since it is impossible to be true mendicants before Christ, marvelously concealed in the Eucharistic Mystery, without being able in practice to ask for the effective help and prayers of those whom he sets beside us, let us not be afraid to entrust ourselves to the motherhoods that the Spirit will certainly bring into being for us.

St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, aware of the extreme need of prayer for all priests, especially those who were lukewarm, wrote in a letter to her sister Céline, “Let us live for souls, let us be apostles, let us save above all the souls of priests.... Let us pray and suffer for them and on the last day Jesus will be grateful” (St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Letter 94).

Let us entrust ourselves to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Queen of Apostles, our sweetest Mother, let us look to Christ with her, ceaselessly striving to be totally, radically his; this is our identity!

Let us remember the words of the Holy Curé d’Ars, Patron of Parish Priests: “If I already had one foot in Heaven and I was told to return to the earth to work to convert sinners, I would gladly return. And if, to do this, it were necessary that I remain on earth until the end of the world, always rising at midnight and suffering as I suffer, I would consent with all my heart” (Brother Athanase, "Procès de l’Ordinaire," p. 883).

May the Lord guide and protect each and every one, especially the sick and those who are suffering the most, in the constant offering of our life for love.

Cardinal Cláudio Hummes
Prefect

Mauro Piacenza
Titular Archbishop of Victoriana
Secretary

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Call Gov. Schwarzenegger's Office to Vote Against Same-sex Marriage

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Was Obama mentored by Communist Party figure?

WorldNetDaily

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?pageId=65066 Friday, May 23, 2008

WorldNetDaily Exclusive

Obama mentored by Communist Party figure

Investigations show ties to radicals who shaped him, helped launch his political career

May 22, 2008

By Jerome R. Corsi


Barack Obama had extensive ties with extreme anti-American elements, including agents of the Moscow-controlled Communist Party USA, in Hawaii and Chicago, according to two new reports released yesterday in Washington, D.C., by two experienced internal security investigators.

Investigative journalist Cliff Kincaid and Herbert Romerstein, a former investigator with the U.S. House Committee on Un-American Activities, presented evidence Obama was mentored by Frank Marshall Davis, an African-American poet and journalist who was also a CPUSA member while Obama attended high school in Hawaii.

The authors, in a separate report, document Obama's ties to radicals in Chicago who helped launch his career.

In a paper entitled "Communism in Hawaii and the Obama Connection," the authors document that in 1948, Davis decided to move from Chicago to Honolulu at the suggestion of what they describe as two "secret CPUSA members," actor Paul Robeson and Harry Bridges, the head of the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen Union, or ILWU.

In Chicago, Davis had worked for the Chicago Star newspaper; in Honolulu, he was hired as a reporter for the Honolulu Record, both identified by Kincaid and Romerstein as "communist front newspapers."

In his autobiography, "Dreams from My Father," Obama discusses the influence a mentor identified in the book only as "Frank" had on his intellectual development.

Obama described Frank as a drinking companion of his grandfather, who had boasted of his association with African-American authors Richard Wright and Langston Hughes during the time Frank was a journalist in Chicago.

Romerstein, in addition to having served as investigator with the U.S. House Committee on Un-American Activities, served in the same capacity with the House Committee on Internal Security and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He was the head of the Office to Counter Soviet Disinformation for the U.S. Information Agency. Romerstein is also co-author of the influential book "The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors," which included extensive documentation of the communist activities of Roosevelt administration staffer Alger Hiss.

Kincaid is the founder and president of America's Survival Inc., an independent watchdog group that monitors the U.N. and international terrorism. He is also editor of Accuracy in Media's AIM Report.

Are you a member of the Communist Party?

Kincaid and Romerstein quote Kathryn Takara of the University of Hawaii, who wrote a dissertation on the life of Frank Marshall Davis, confirming Davis was a significant influence on Obama when the senator attended Punahou prep school in Hawaii from 1975 to 1979.

A transcript of a 1956 hearing before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee discovered by internal security affairs researcher and writer Max Friedman showed Davis took the Fifth Amendment when asked by the subcommittee if he was or had ever been a member of the Communist Party.

In the second report, "Communism in Chicago and the Obama Connection," Kincaid and Romerstein present evidence supporting their contention the SDS organization from which the Weather Underground organization and radicals Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dorhn came, received financial contributions from the CPUSA, which in turn receive its funding from Moscow.

Obama's run for the Illinois state Senate was launched by a fundraiser organized at Ayers' and Dorhn's Chicago home by Alice Palmer. Palmer had named Obama to succeed her in the state Senate in 1995, when she decided to run for a U.S. congressional seat.

Nine years before Palmer picked Obama to be her successor, she was the only African-American journalist to travel to the Soviet Union to attend the 27th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, according to an article Palmer wrote in the CPUSA newspaper, People's Daily World, June 19, 1986.

"There has been no explanation of why Ayers et al. played a role in launching Obama's political career," Kincaid wrote.

Kincaid and Romerstein present documentation that Tom Hayden, another major figure in the SDS, is today one of four principal initiators of the "Progressives for Obama" movement, which calls for ending the war in Iraq "as quickly as possible, not in five years."

According to Kincaid and Romerstein, U.S. Peace Council executive committee member Frank Chapman "blew the whistle on communist support for Obama's presidential bid and his real agenda" in a letter to the People's Weekly World after Obama's win in the Iowa Democratic Party caucuses.

"Obama's victory was more than a progressive move; it was a dialectical leap ushering in a qualitatively new era of struggle," Chapman wrote. "Marx once compared revolutionary struggle with the work of the mole, who sometimes burrows so far beneath the ground that he leaves no trace of his movement on the surface.

Kincaid and Romerstein wrote, "The clear implication of Chapman's letter is that Obama himself, or some of his Marxist supporters, are acting like moles in the political process. The suggestion is that something is being hidden from the public."

Saturday, May 24, 2008

"Three-fourths of the Folks who make up the [NY Times] Front Page are Gay"

Post-Christian America

WorldNetDaily

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?pageId=65070 Friday, May 23, 2008
LAW OF THE LAND


Pat Buchanan: Marriage ruling another streetlight on our 'darkening path to perdition'

Posted: May 22, 2008

By Patrick J. Buchanan

"A Victory for Equality and Justice," blared the headline above the editorial. "Momentous," "historic," "a major victory for civil rights," "a scrupulously fair ruling based on law, precedents and common sense."

This was the ecstatic reaction of the New York Times to the California Supreme Court's declaration that homosexuals have a right to marry and have their unions recognized as marriages.

Now, there may be hugging around the newsroom at the Times, where one senior writer said, a few years back, three-fourths of the folks who make up the front page are gay. But this is just another streetlight on America's darkening path to perdition as a society and republic.

To declare that homosexuals can marry is patently absurd. The very definition of marriage is the union of a man and woman, first and foremost, for the procreation of children.

To say two men who live together and engage in sex can be married renders the idea and ideal of marriage meaningless. The court may declare it, but it cannot redefine an institution that nature and nature's God have already defined. As they say in Texas, you can put lipstick and earrings on a pig, and call her Peggy Sue, but it's still a pig.


"What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder," Christ taught. Through the Old Testament and into the epistles of St. Paul, homosexual sodomy is an abomination leading to personal destruction and damnation, one of the five sins that cry out to heaven for vengeance. How, then, can four judges declare it to be integral to the sacrament of marriage?

Well, we don't believe all that rot, comes the reply.

Fine, but Christianity is the cornerstone of Western Civilization. Since the fall of Rome to our own time, nations have believed and acted on the belief that marriage and traditional families are the cinderblocks on which a society must be built. When these cinderblocks crumble, the society collapses. The truth has been born out in our own time.

With a third of all children born out of wedlock – 50 percent of all Hispanic kids, 70 percent of black kids – and half of all marriages ending in divorce, the social indicators have recorded explosions – in crime, violence, drug and alcohol abuse, dropout rates, gang membership, and jail and prison populations.

The correlation between prison inmates and broken homes, or homes never created, is absolute. What armies of social scientists with six-figure salaries today tell us, 12-year-olds knew 50 years ago.

Setting aside the risibility of the court's conduct, consider what it says about us as a democratic republic.
We are supposed to be a self-governing people. "Here, sir, the people rule." Elected representatives write our laws.

Yet, no Congress or state legislature ever voted to declare homosexual unions a marriage. The idea has everywhere been rejected. Wherever it has been on the ballot, same-sex marriage has been voted down. In the 13 states where it was on the ballot in 2004, it was defeated by 58 percent to 85 percent – the last figure rolled up in Mississippi, where black Christian pastors told their flocks to go out and vote down the abomination.

Californians have consistently expressed their opposition and voted against recognizing the idea of homosexual marriages and granting the benefits of married couples to same-sex unions. What is bigotry at the Times is common sense to most Americans.

Homosexual marriage is not in the California Constitution, or someone would have discovered it in 160 years. Where, then, did the state Supreme Court find this was a right?

Four of seven justices unearthed this right by consulting what Orwell called their "smelly little orthodoxies." They then decided to overturn the expressed will of the voters, declare their opinion law and order the state of California to begin recognizing homosexual unions as marriages. And they did it because they know the Times types will hail them as the newest Earl Warrens.

Not long ago, a governor of California would have laughed at the court and told the justices to go surfing, and ordered state officials not to issue the marriage licenses. The voters would have put the names of the four justices on the ballot in November and thrown them off the court, as they did Chief Justice Rose Bird a generation ago.

We used to have executives and legislators like that.

Thomas Jefferson came into office and declared the Alien and Sedition Acts null and void, released all editors from jail, and refused to prosecute any more or to enforce the law. Andrew Jackson said of the great chief justice: "John Marshall has made his decision. Now let him enforce it."

In 2004, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom handed out marriage licenses to thousands of homosexuals. Today, conservative mayors in California, if there are any, might engage in similar civil disobedience against this latest judicial usurpation of the legislative power that belongs to elected representatives and the people.

What's sauce for the goose, etc.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Obama: "Even Forcing Catholics and Evangelicals to Pay for Abortions"

If Elected, Barak Obama Would Become 'The Abortion President,' Even Forcing Catholics and Evangelicals to Pay for Abortions

WASHINGTON, May 22 /Christian Newswire/ -- Senator Obama's views on abortion would be the most radical and extremist of any President in history and are completely out of step with the opinions of mainstream America.

Some of Senator Obama's extremist abortion views are:


While a state senator in Illinois, Senator Obama opposed legislation which would prevent the killing of infants that survived late-term abortions.

Senator Obama opposed the ban on Partial-Birth abortions which the Supreme Court found to be Constitutional. The ban on this barbaric procedure is overwhelmingly supported by the majority of the American people.

He stated one of the first things he would like to do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act which would radically expand abortion rights.
Senator Obama recently said after speculating if one of his daughters became pregnant that, "...if they made a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."
Senator Obama would make Catholics and evangelicals pay for abortions through his health care plan.

Senator Obama talks about change yet he clings to tired abortion policies that the majority of Americans moved past years ago.

Over the next several weeks leading up to the Democratic National Convention, the Christian Defense Coalition intends to unveil a national campaign exposing Senator Obama's extremist abortion policies and begin to educate Catholics and evangelicals where he stands on the issue.

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, comments, "For all his talk on change and social justice, Senator Obama clings to and embraces archaic and radical pro-abortion policies that most Americans find appalling. Simply stated, if elected Senator Obama would be the most radical and extremist President in American history on the issue of abortion.

"While the majority of Americans are growing more and more uncomfortable with abortion rights, Senator Obama wants to radically expand them and even ask people of faith to pay for abortions. Senator Obama this is change we can live without.

"Over the next several weeks leading up to the Democratic National Convention, the Christian Defense Coalition plans to launch a national campaign exposing the extremist abortion policies of Senator Obama, and educating Catholic and evangelical voters how radical he is on the issue. Senator Obama's pro-abortion positions are out of step with the American people and stand in stark contrast to the teachings of historic Christianity and social justice."

For more information or interviews call:

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney at 202.547.1735 Cell: 540.538.4741


Christian Newswire

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Greatest Nation in History

God Bless America

The Greatest Nation in History

Richard Salbato 5-1-1008 (St. Joseph, the Worker)

I try to write only about the Faith of the Catholic Church and its relation to our daily lives: how we treat God, how we treat each other, are we doing the right thing in each and every action of our day. Over the years I have seen that people really want to do the right things but emotions get in the way of good thinking. I have also noted that people think they can know what God wants of them without any real learning; in-other-words, they do not want to learn or study. They think God will teach them directly through their own uneducated conscience.

This lack of knowledge has opened up the abuse of conscience by cult leaders, who do not see the balance between individual freedoms and the common good. Within the Church there is a war between those who want no laws against their self-created conscience and the written laws of God and the Church. The Church, on the other hand, teaches a good and proper balance between personal freedoms and the common good.

This brings me to the subject of this article: the obligations of Catholics to get involved in the politics of the nation they live in, and not just passively but actively. Before you can know that you are doing God’s will, you must know what God said to the world: the Bible and the teaching of the Church, even the early Church Fathers.

Likewise, before you can be active in the political world, you should know something about government and even the history of government. You should even know God’s ideas about government. For this reason I have written a great deal about governments and what both God and the Popes have written on this subject.

There are 75 documents by the magisterium on governments. I have done a 20 year study on the relationship of God and governments and the relationship of Catholics and government. You can find some of that study on my web site:

Pope Leo XIII on Governments , Government by the Popes , Government by Saint Thomas , Government by Jefferson , Government by Socrates, Plato, Aristotle , Government of Machiavelli , Government of the Bible

It was of interest to me why Saint Peter went to Rome and why all the first Popes remained in Rome even though they faced martyrdom. I wrote the answer to that question in a Newsletter a few years ago: `Why Did Peter Go To Rome?

I also studied the Constantine, the Great, because he liberated the Church from the persecutions of Rome. I found it interesting to note that although Constantine did great things for the Church, the Pope did not agree with all his actions. When Constantine outlawed all Pagan Gods and Paganism, the Pope disagreed with him, because it violated personal freedom of religion.

Now that brings me to the reason I am writing about America, instead of about faith and religion this time. We are headed for the greatest challenges to our faith over the next 8 years that we have ever faced in history and it is because we have not paid enough attention to our social obligations and its connection to our faith and even our beliefs. Pope Benedict XVI knows this and talks constantly about secularism and its dangers.

Not only have I studied governments but I have traveled the world over for the last 15 years, and have been in 38 countries on ever continent except Australia. What I have learned in all these countries will cause some anger amongst conspiracy theorists and American haters.

I have not only concluded that America is the greatest nation in the world, but that it is the greatest nation in the history of the world. To make these people even angrier, I think God thinks of America as the greatest nation in history.

Many Americans have different opinions about this, and everyone can point out what they do not like, and I hope to address these things. Some people think of America as having being founded by Masons, and other think of America as being founded by Protestants, but are these people looking at a very limited view of history?

Parts of the East Coast were colonized by people getting away from an English King, some were Protestants and many were Catholics getting away from persecution. The Central part of America was colonized by the French, from Louisiana up the Mississippi valley. The West was colonized by the Spanish from New Mexico to Washington. When we came together as a nation, we had learned what not to do by the oppression of the Kings, by the failure of the French Revolution, and even by the oppression of the aristocrats of Europe. We saw that power in the hands of the few was wrong. We saw that power in the hands of the majority was worse. Catholics, Protestants, and even Masons were there to create a government.

What they wanted to end was the oppression of the people by governments. They wanted the least amount of government possible, so that no one had any real power over the people. However, they knew that there had to be laws and some form of government to keep the social order. These laws had to be just and enforced. What they came up with was a government of checks and balances that put no power in any branch of government and limited the powers of the central government to basic things that state governments could not handle.

They put everything into a written document and called the new government a Constitutional Republic. What was new about this government was that the written law had more power than any of the different branches of the government. In fact, the written document had more power even than the majority of the people.

What makes the government of the Catholic Church so great is that we have written law, and the basics of that law cannot change. What makes America so great is the same thing. It is true that throughout history Bishops and Priests and people have abused and disobeyed the law of the Church but in the long run it keeps on working and never dies.

The same is true of America. When people corrupt or abuse the laws we have problems, but even with the worst kind of people, the law always brings us back to the center and in time the written law corrects the problems. Just in my life time we have had 5 Mason presidents, one communist, socialist presidents, a mentally incompetent president, 3 presidents who want a world government, and one who wants a unified government with Canada, America, and Mexico. But because of the check and balance system, none of these stupid people were able to destroy the basic system, that even protects us against bad presidents.

We have had corrupt Supreme Court Judges, that totally corrupted the written law that they swore to protect, by legalizing slavery, abortion, confiscation of land, restrictions on guns, and many other things that are contrary to the law they pledge to support. But as long as we hang on to this constitution, these abuses will be corrected.

The biggest abuse of the constitution is when we accepted Common English Law in our legal system, which corrupted the concept of fixed law under the constitution. This also has to be corrected, but I am confident that in time it will.

When I was a kid in school, we had to read the Constitution and Bill of Rights and understand them. I wonder how many of my readers today have ever read the Constitution, and among those who have, how many remember much of what it says?

I do not want here to repeat what our Constitution says, but I do want to say why it says what it does. A perfect government has to balance individual freedoms with the common good. It has to protect me from you and you from me, but not me from me. A perfect government is not feared by the people but the government has to fear the people. The Bill of Rights gave that power to the people and by giving them the right to bear arms it gave them the power to protect itself from that government.

It divided the central government into three different check and balance systems, who had some powers over the other branches of government and back and forth. It gave that central government limited power, and most of the power to the individual state governments. It created the greatest educational system in the world without being directly involved in the system.

Now this is important. The power of the Central Government (Washington D.C.) was limited two three things and three things only: National Defense (first and most important), Foreign Affairs (dealing with Foreign Governments) and Interstate Commerce (State Disputes).

The Federal Government has no constitutional right to be in the School business, nor the Medical business, nor the housing business, nor the labor business. In keeping with their three mandates above, they do have the right to regulate businesses, banks, and other companies that have business that crosses state lines. They do have the right to make tariffs or remove them because that deals with Foreign Affairs. They do have the right to build National Highways, Dams, electrical grids, and pipe lines because they deal with more than one state. International harbors and airports are within the Feds jurisdiction because of the same reasons.

State governments take care of local law and order, interstate roads, utilities, and state and local schools. They make zoning regulations and local business and labor regulations. State governments are supposed to take care of everything except for the three duties above.

This entire system was designed to give people the most peace, freedom and prosperity in the history of the world. However, with freedom comes corruption and often the government took too long to react with the regulations that prevented that corruption, but it was not the fault of the system.

In the early years large corporations took advantage of workers. Then unions formed to protect workers. Then the unions became corrupted and people had to be protected from unions. States sometimes violated the personal rights of people and the government at times was too slow to correct the abuse. One example of this was the “Right To Liberty” but some states bypassed that law by saying that black slaves were not humans. We had to fight a hard war to free the slaves and protect the Constitution but in the end the system worked. The difference between America and other slave countries is that we had it on our soil, whereas England, Portugal, Spain, etc. had their slavery on the soil of their colonized possessions. However, even our slavery was instigated by the English and Spanish, who wanted the cheap cotton from our southern states.

Today we have the same problem with “The Right to Life” in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, because Supreme Court Judges (who swear to protect the Constitution) ruled that babies in the womb are not humans. In the end the Constitution will prevail and that will be changed as all other abuses have slowly been corrected, because we have written law.

Because this government gave people the greatest freedom in history, people came here from all over the world, often without a dime in their pockets. This freedom not only produced the wealthiest nation in history but the greatest in science, in technology, in medicine and in education. This freedom produced the inventions of electricity, lighting, the auto industry, airplanes, jets, rockets, atomic power, atomic bombs, computers, telephones, television, radios, the internet, and space travel.

Freedom also brings some freedoms we are not proud of but should not change. We have the greatest freedom of speech and the press in the world. For that reason we have pornography, the KKK, Masonic Lodges, and a legal Communist party. This freedom is almost unconditional, so long as it does not force itself on others, advocate violence, cause violence or infringe on others freedoms.

All the problems we have today are because the government has violated one or more of the provisions of the Constitutions. Before the Federal Government got involved in the School System we were the best in the world, now we are the worst in the main countries, and that is because we took away completion and incentive.

Our medical care is the best in the world but government intervention has made it four times as expensive as it should be.

The housing mess we are in is because of Federal Changes to mortgage laws. In 1995 (under President Clinton) the Federal Government forced Banks and Mortgage Companies to accept Sup-prime mortgages or be fined.

The Oil Shortage is because of government’s interference in the free market, because the government does not allow them to drill for oil off shore, in the oil shale deposits or in Alaska. So these oil companies go to Brazil and Arab countries where they are allowed to drill.

Social Security should never have been a government program. All these things that the government should not be involved in have produced excessive taxes and taken away freedom. All are because the government violated the constitution and we, the people, were not watchful.

America’s Wars

There are some today that say we should not be involved in any foreign government’s problems. However, we always have done this when it was in our interest to do so.

President Monroe and his Secretary of State, John Quincy Adams, drew upon a foundation of American diplomatic ideals to write the Monroe Doctrine that told Europe to keep their hands off the new free American states in North and South America or we would come to their military defense and we did in the Mexican-American war.

We went to war in the First and Second World Wars to protect our European friends because it was in our interest to do so. We wrote and implemented the Marshal Plan to reconstruct Europe after the war and even paid for it.

We protected Europe from the threat of Communism with NATO treaties and placing large American armies on European soil for over 60 years and they are still there. We still have American armies in Korea protecting them and our interest in that region. We keep our enemy far from our shores.

We are the greatest nation in history because 98 countries have followed our system of freedom to have similar constitutional democracies, just in the last 100 years. We have protected the world from all the dictators of the last 100 years and continue to do so. Without American, China would have invaded Japan, Taiwan, Korea and PI by now. Only America prevents them from doing so. Russia would have taken over Europe except for America standing in their way.

People in America are worried about food and gas prices, but in England gas is $8.50 a gallon and the same throughout Europe. Food in Europe is twice as expensive is in America. If you compare one hour of wages with the cost of anything in America, then our country is the cheapest country to live in the world. Except for housing, which I have mentioned above, which is correcting now, we are the exception to the world. In most countries, food is from 25% to 65% of their income, but for us it is 5% of our income.

Yes, America is the greatest nation in the history of the world

When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building' by George Bush.

He answered by saying, 'Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.

You could have heard a pin drop.

Then there was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break one of the French engineers came back into the room saying 'Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done?

He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them?'

A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: 'Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 30,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck.. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?'

You could have heard a pin drop.

A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of Officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, 'whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English.' He then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?'

Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied 'Maybe it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German.'

You could have heard a pin drop.

A group of Americans, retired teachers, recently went to France on a tour. Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on. "You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously. "Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."

The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."

“Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in France!"

The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained. "Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in '44 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find any damn Frenchmen to show it to."

You could have heard a pin drop

Other than food, the largest export from the USA is American movies and music. From these movie and hip-hop music, foreigners develop ideas about America that are not true. What is true is that NATO has 2,000,000 troops but has no will or ability to come to our aid or even to protect themselves. As was true throughout history, most people want peace even if it means giving up freedom and justice.

American Catholics

American Catholics think that even as Catholics we are the worst in the world, but after being in all the major Catholic nations of the world, I think we are the best. We migrated here because of the Catholic persecution in England, Spain, France and even Italy. Hundreds of thousands of Catholics were martyred during the great migration of Catholics from all over Europe during the great Protestant revolt. Even Protestants came to get away from Government religions that they did not agree with.

Do you know – that the American Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to your Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars. Your Catholic graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%, all at a cost to you. To the rest of the Americans it's free.

The Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000 students. The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals, - not just Catholics - which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people in the United States today.

More Catholics go to Sunday Mass in America than the Catholics in Spain, France and Italy. Catholics in America are more educated in their faith than any place in the world. Is that good? No! But it is better than Europe. What then about the sex abuse? An amazing 1-1/2% of priests were involved in some sex in the last 30 years. But let us compare that to others.

Let me give you some figures that you as Catholics should know and remember. For example, 12% of the 300 Protestant clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse with a parishioner; 38% acknowledged other inappropriate sexual contact in a study by the United Methodist Church, 41.8 % of clergywomen reported unwanted sexual behavior; 17% of laywomen have been sexually harassed. Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found guilty of pedophilia. 10% of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia. This is not just a Catholic Problem.

If you go by percentages of population, we are a Catholic Nation and our percentage is growing year by year, now at 38% and the closest to us is 17%. We publish more Catholic Books than any other country in the world. We collect more money as a Church than any other country in the world, and we give more to the poor of the world than any other Catholic body in the world.

The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

We are also pledged to the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., is the pre-eminent Marian shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. Envisioned by its founder, Bishop Thomas J. Shahan (1857-1932), it became a part of the Catholic University of America, the first pontifical university in an English-speaking country since the Reformation – the Catholic Oxford.

Nothing with God happens by accident. On the same day, May 16, 1920 that Pope Benedict XV canonized the "Maid of Orleans," Joan of Arc, at St. Peter's in Vatican City, Archbishop Giovanni Vincenzo Bonzano blessed the site designated for the National Shrine and in the same ceremony blessed a statue of Joan of Arc.

celebrating simultaneously with solemn ecclesiastical ceremonies at Rome the official canonization of the Maid of Orleans and the opening of the national shrine, is not accidental.

Just as Joan of Arc (1412-1431) freed France from the English, so too, America was freed from England. Just as Joan of Arc, was told to protect France by military force, from foreign invasion, we keep our military strong not only to protect ourselves from invasion, but our friends and allies.

The Object of All War is Peace

The above statement might seem like an oxymoron, but it is not. Throughout history the object of every war was peace, even by the invading army. The concept is peace on my terms. An invading army might say, we can have peace if you give us all your land and become slaves to our people. To the Christians, the Romans said we can have peace if you worship our gods, our Cesar, and denounce your god. On the brighter side, America told Hitler, we can have peace if you stop invading our friends. America has never gone to war for what it could gain, but only to protect and to bring about peace in justice. Even the Church teaches that peace without justice is a fallacy. We teach liberty and justice for all, and therefore we cannot stand by and witness injustice and do nothing.

The greatest danger to America is not from Foreigners but from an ignorant American people.





About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

1. From bondage to spiritual faith; 2. From spiritual faith to great courage; 3. From courage to liberty; 4. From liberty to abundance; 5. From abundance to complacency; 6. From complacency to apathy; 7. From apathy to dependence; 8. From dependence back into bondage.'

Predestined

America is destined by God to save the world again, and this is the only possible way I can see for there to be a fulfillment of Our Lady of Fatima’s promise, that “in the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph and there will be a period of peace.” We dedicated our nation to Her, and She will not let us down as orphans.

But we must first protect America from those who want to destroy it from within. I believe we will now be voting for one Socialist, one Marxist, and one Patriot to be the next President of the United States of American and the Commander of the greatest army in history.

I want these candidates to say publicly, “I love America. God bless America.”

Richard Salbato

Note:

1. America, semantically is the name for all nations in north and south Americas, and the official name of America is the United States of America. However, as each nation in these continents have taken on names that do not include the word, America, we have come to be known as simply, America, and everyone, everywhere, thinks of us as simply, America.

Good Books:

1. Understanding America

2. America Alone

3. Hole in Our Soul

4. Pete Domenici’s Energy Bill

Domenici Unveils Plans to Increase American Energy Production
from the Office of Senator Pete V. Domenici

Thursday, May 1, 2008

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-- Legislation Seeks to Bring Lower Prices, Less Foreign Oil --

WASHINGTON – Saying American consumers who are shocked by escalating gasoline prices will demand Congress reassess its opposition to increasing energy production at home, U.S. Senator Pete Domenici today introduced legislation to dramatically increase domestic production of oil and natural gas.

Domenici backed by 19 cosponsors today introduced the American Energy Production Act of 2008 (S.2958), which is intended to help lower energy prices and make America less dependent on foreign sources of oil.

By expanding production offshore and in Alaska, the legislation will produce up to 24 billion barrels of oil—enough to keep America running for five years with no foreign imports. In addition, billions more barrels of fuel would be made available through development of oil shale and coal to liquids technology.

“For years now, I have been trying to develop more domestic production of oil and gas, and for years, with one exception in the Gulf of Mexico, I have been blocked for political reasons. Consumers are now paying the price for those years of obstruction,” Domenici said. “The American people are fed up and I think oil prices at $115 or more a barrel might prompt them to ask Congress to reconsider the prohibitions that keep us from producing our own energy resources.”

“The bill I’m introducing today will produce up to 24 billion barrels of oil through common sense measures to open up areas offshore and in Alaska for exploration. It will also allow us to develop billions more barrels of fuel through oil shale and coal to liquids technology. This measure will go a long way toward helping us break the cycle of dependence on foreign sources of oil,” he continued.

Domenici pointed out that had President Clinton not vetoed exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in 1995, when oil was $19 a barrel, America would currently be receiving over 1 million barrels a day from Alaska. The amount of oil in ANWR is enough to supply New Mexico for 222 years.

The American Energy Production Act will also lift the one-year moratorium on developing oil shale in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. Over 2 trillion barrels of oil shale currently exist in those states—three times as much oil as Saudi Arabia has in reserve.

The bill will allow petitions for leasing activities in the Atlantic and Pacific regions of the Outer Continental Shelf in order to tap into the 14 billion barrels of recoverable oil in those areas. Exploration will occur off the shore of a state if that state’s Governor petitions to have the moratorium on exploration lifted.

“Congress has spent billions to research and develop clean sources of energy. I’ve been a leader in those efforts and I will continue to be. However, we must face the fact that no matter what we do, America will still need oil, and without action, an increasingly large portion of that oil will come from unstable regions. With gas prices soaring higher and higher, we must produce more at home, and this bill allows us to do that in an environmentally responsible manner,” Domenici said.

Among the original co-sponsors of the bill are: Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Wayne Allard (R-Colo.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Robert Bennett (R-Utah), Kit Bond (R-Mo.), Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), John Thune (R-S.D.), George Voinovich (R-Ohio), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

Sunday, May 18, 2008

National Rosary Crusade to Save America and the World

It is certain that America is at the most crucial moment of her history. At this time we would do well to keep in mind the power of the Rosary and the message of Fatima. The Rosary is not merely a devotion. It is weapon of conversion, protection and love. Never has this weapon been more needed than it is today.

The Rosary has proven itself as a weapon of protection. Some of the battles in which victory was attributed to the Rosary are: The battle of Lepanto in 1571, which the Church commemorates on October 7th as the feast of the Holy Rosary; the battle of Vienna in 1683 and the battle of Belgrade in 1716. These battles were won against all odds by the power of the Rosary. In each instance Europe was saved from the forces of Mohammed.

In the 20th century we have witnessed many examples of Rosary victories. After WWII, the Allies partitioned Austria into four zones. The Russians were in control of the most important section; Moscow, interested in maintaining its control in Austria, garrisoned a very large number of troops there. It was then that a Franciscan priest, Fr. Petrus Pavlicek began a Rosary Crusade to save Austria. The Communists tried many times to take complete control but were not successful. In the meantime Fr. Petrus continued recruiting more members for the crusade. By April 1955 the crusade had 500,000 members. The Chancellor of Austria was summoned to Moscow, and was received on May 13th. He wrote: "Today, a day of Fatima, the Russians are still hardened. Pray to the Mother of God that she aid the Austrian people." It seemed all was lost, but it was at this moment that God intervened. In May 1955, there was a miracle, the Russians suddenly granted independence to Austria. During the thanksgiving ceremony in Vienna all the speeches attributed the victory to the Virgin of the Rosary.

In 1964 Brazil came under Communist control and it was quite probable that all of South America would fall. Fr. Patrick Peyton had been organizing the Family Rosary Crusade in Brazil and during that time more than 5.5 million people attended. Once again the Rosary was victorious. The civil and military chiefs of the liberators were almost unanimous in attributing the victory to Our Lady of the Rosary.

On April 25, 1974 the Communists came to power in Portugal. Four teachers launched a National Rosary Crusade and obtained pledges of a million Rosaries. In November of 1975, without bloodshed, the Communists relinquished their power. Those four teachers founded a new religious order known as Alianca de Santa Maria (the Alliance of Holy Mary), which continues to promote the Rosary, in Portugal and abroad.

In 1952 Bishop Fulton J. Sheen wrote The World’s First Love, a beautiful book about Our Lady. It includes a prophetic chapter titled “Mary and the Muslims” which is included with this letter. Bishop Sheen makes it very clear that it is no mere accident that the Blessed Mother, in the 20th century, should have revealed herself in the little village of Fatima, so that to all future generations she would be known as "Our Lady of Fatima". Fatima was the name of Mohammed’s daughter. Bishop Sheen believed that Our Lady of Fatima would convert the Muslims. We believe she is our only hope for the United States and the world.

The "culture of death" has gained significant control in our political affairs in recent years. It is obvious that we cannot overcome this evil on our own. Politically speaking we are in the minority. That should not discourage us because God always works with minorities. When victory comes, there will be no doubt that it is the result of the power of God, not the actions of men.

We are now engaged in a war against worldwide terrorism perpetrated by those who profess to be Muslims - disciples of Mohammed. The fact that our culture has surrendered so many of its core Christian values to the Culture of Death fuels their determination to convert or destroy us. For that reason, we must take up our most powerful weapon: the Rosary. It has saved us in the past and it can save us now. We must ask Mary for the grace to convert our enemies and ourselves. Our prayers and the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will help to establish the reign of Christ the King.

On November 9, 1976, Karol Cardinal Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) said: "We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the Anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel."

It is the time to launch a National Rosary Crusade to save America and the world. If you are moved to pledge one Rosary a day for the conversion of America and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, then you may register your pledge on this web site. If you have any questions you may e-mail us at: questions@nationalrosarycrusade.com or rosary4usa@yahoo.com. Please feel free to forward this to your family, friends and to any Catholic lists that you may have, by doing so you can help spread this message. With Our Lady’s help, we can bring about another great Rosary victory!

Amar A Dios,

National Rosary Crusade
1370 Trancas Street, Box 355
Napa, CA 94558-2912
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Do Obama's Catholic Backers Support Infanticide?

http://www.lifenews.com/nat3927.html

Barack Obama's Catholic Backers Dodging His Favoring Abortion, Infanticide

by Deal Hudson

May 13, 2008

LifeNews.com Note: Deal W. Hudson is the director of the Morley Institute for Church & Culture, and is the former publisher and editor of CRISIS Magazine, a Catholic monthly. He is the author of six books and his articles and comments have been published in many newspapers and magazines.

When Obama's Catholic supporters attacked Catholic League president Bill Donohue for his criticism of their candidate, they did not mention Obama's support for infanticide.

The question will inevitably arise for the distinguished group of Catholics supporting Obama as to how they can defend his preference for infanticide in cases where a child survives a botched abortion. The fury Obama's Catholics vented toward Donohue will only force them to face that question sooner than they may have expected.

It's clear to me how it will be answered: It won't. Obama's Catholics are already attempting to reframe the abortion issue in their favor. They will do everything they can to divert attention from the fact that their candidate is actually the most extreme pro-abortion advocate ever to be nominated by a political party for president of the United States.

The letter to Donohue reveals the arguments Obama's Catholics will use to evade the question of infanticide:

Vocal anti-abortion Catholics are partisan and divisive.Their letter states that the abortion issue is "one that is too often hijacked by partisan operatives who seek only to divide voters." This is perhaps the strangest argument, coming as it does from Catholics who have publicly endorsed a Democratic candidate for president. They are attempting to win voters for Obama, to convince Catholics to vote for a Democrat. That's a partisan act, dividing voters into those who vote for Obama and those who don't.
So why would they accuse pro-life Catholics of dividing voters? The only logical reason is that they assume Catholic voters should think as they do. Obama's Catholics see their camp as the true home for Catholic voters, and any Catholic who votes Republican is like the prodigal son who has strayed into a foreign land.

Republicans have done nothing to lower the number of abortions. The letter goes on to ask, "But what have nearly three decades of Republican promises to end abortion accomplished?" Last January the Guttmacher Institute reported that between 2000 and 2005 the number of abortions dropped 9 percent to their lowest level since 1975.

The downward trend in U.S. abortions has provided fodder for the fundraising letters of NARAL and Emily's List. Meanwhile, Obama's Catholics pretend Republicans have had nothing to do with this trend.

Obama's overall strengths outweigh his support for abortion and infanticide. The letter lists issues from the U.S. bishops' conference document "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship." These issues include health care, unjust war, racism, discrimination, torture, hunger, and immigration. The letter from Obama's Catholics states, "Across these issues Sen. Obama offers much to the well-formed Catholic conscience." This line contains the essence of what has come to be known as cafeteria Catholicism.

It's as if the Obama Catholics are hoping to serve large enough helpings of health care, immigration, and opposition to the Iraq War to fill the stomachs of Catholic voters so they won't notice that Senator Obama supports the "intrinsic evils" of infanticide and abortion.

Obama's policies on health care, poverty, and sex education will reduce abortion."Senator Obama has reached out to Americans on both sides of this issue and embraces practical proposals designed to reduce the number of abortions in this country." I wonder how many pro-lifers feel that Obama has reached out to them. Aside from that, why didn't the Obama Catholics make any note of Obama's 2007 speech to Planned Parenthood, promising that the first thing he would do as president would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act?

How can Obama's Catholics expect us to take their arguments seriously when their candidate goes out of his way to make a promise like that? They say that Obama "recognizes abortion represents a profound moral challenge," but the only challenge he appears to recognize is doing away with any federal or state restrictions on a woman's "freedom of choice."

What's going on here is obvious: Obama's policy agenda was set without any concern for lowering the number of abortions. His priorities were made clear when he spoke to NARAL and Planned Parenthood.

Moral equivalence exists between Republicans and Democrats on Catholic social teaching. Of all the arguments posed by Obama's Catholics, this is the most insidious. They write,
Like many other Americans, we have watched as many candidates brought to office on a so-called pro-life platform insisted on policies that have left the lives of millions more of our brothers and sisters at risk from war, uncontrolled pollution, deeper poverty, and growing economic equality.

There are two claims embedded in this rhetoric: First, Republican pro-life candidates are not truly pro-life across the board. Somehow, a member of Congress who, for example, promised to sign pro-life legislation-- and did -- is not really pro-life if he supported the Iraq War. We will be hearing much more of this in the months ahead.

In an attempt to create the impression of moral equivalence between the parties, a second claim is made that a huge imbalance exists between the single concern of a pro-life Republican and the multitude of concerns of a pro-abortion Democrat. Obama's Catholics talk as if a Republican never had a thought about healthcare, immigration, poverty, taxation, and so on.

There will be a moment in the 2008 campaign when Senator Obama will be asked about infanticide in front of a national television audience, but there is no answer he can give that will satisfy Catholic voters with a well-formed conscience. Obama's Catholics will not be able to respond either, because there is no answer -- and they know it.

Friday, May 16, 2008

"Find the Real. Seek with your Whole Hearts the True, the Beautiful, and the Good."

May, 2008

Dear friends,

This month, I would like to share a few thoughts on gratitude. In a time of struggle—which is the situation for all those who seek to follow Jesus wholeheartedly—it is easy to get endlessly distracted and anxious about “survival.” For Christians this can translate into survival for the sake of doing good in the world. The motive is good, but the anxiety is not. Indeed it is a symptom of a flaw in the root of one’s relationship with God as Father. In any event, that is the case with me. The past month, I have been hearing in prayer a gentle but persistent word: “All good things are given from above.”

And: “Patience.”

Yes, we must work on, often with little promise of success in worldly terms. If we do so, many interior qualities are strengthened, such as patience, perseverance, longsuffering—and even wisdom.

One can know this in the mind. But it is not so easy to integrate this knowledge with the deeper movements of the heart and soul. But how does the integration come? I am convinced that it comes only through persistent prayer combined with carrying the crosses that life presents to us—the normal daily ones and the extraordinary ones that are laid on our shoulders from time to time.

In one of my previous letters written a few years ago, I mentioned the many messages I receive from Catholic writers, artists, musicians, and other creative people who are struggling to survive, or are just beginning their labours for Christ and don’t know how to follow the Lord’s clear calling to the vocation of Christian art. I continue to receive such letters, in fact in greater numbers than ever. The dilemma facing these gifted people is practically universal and is also a symptom of the disease of the modern age, which offers so little room for them. The world is very ill and heavily drugged, and it no longer really understands the cost of creation. Or if it does understand, it has decided that the cost isn’t worth it.

The vocation of the Christian artist has always been a difficult one, and throughout our history it has tended to be produced mainly by people living in religious communities or by a very small number of lay people under the patronage of kings and the Church. But the modern era has seen a gradual, swiftly accelerating change in the nature of society itself, resulting in a warping of human consciousness that is largely hidden even from our own eyes. We have lost our hierarchy of values. We have lost our sense of proportion. We have lost our place in the continuity of time. We may know what went before us, but we so rarely have direct experience of what our ancestors knew “in the flesh.”

One aspect of this change can be seen in the field of visual art, which was once valued as a revelation that ennobled man, and has now become a commodity. Worse, the sacred arts, which were once considered to be a form of prayer that not only ennobled man but gave him a more profound awareness of his eternal value, are now all too often degraded to the level of “religious” decoration. The holiness of sacred signs has been displaced by illustration.

Within a single generation, our more or less Christian civilization (I am speaking about the affluent nations primarily) has become an apostate one. In terms of socio-cultural philosophy, its manifestations are varied: modernity, post-modernity, secularism, the new paganism, utilitarianism, neo-liberalism, neo-conservatism, anti-personalism, friendly neighborhood nihilism, automatism, et cetera, et cetera. It is a many-faced beast, but one thing certain is that it is indeed a beast. It devours countless human lives, morally and mortally. It ghettoizes the diverse resources of truly human cultures, displacing them with a profit-driven, homogenized world-culture that does not arise from the profound inner reservoirs of the human spirit, but is instead “created” and propagated by all the powers of machines, micro-technology, and invisible waves conveyed by satellites. The new culture is powerful, it is super-rich, it is relentless and omni-present.

Through the inventions of the camera, video, and the internet, it floods the world with visually stunning imagery that is made with little cost and time, and is free for the asking. One 30-second download and you can have an image on your screen as powerful as anything created by a Renaissance painter who spent years over a single image that he knew would be viewed with a kind of profound attention, a state of deep listening, deep seeing, by countless people for hundreds of years to come. But we—we have developed an appetite for dazzle and thrill, and lost our sense of wonder. We have a multitude of images imprinted in our brains, and few living icons in our hearts. Yes, the new imagery is phenomenal, viscerally powerful and emotionally rewarding. But even with images that have good content, it should be asked: how abiding are their effects? Do we find ourselves needing more and more and more of them? Do we need to keep increasing the dose in order to get the desired &! ldquo;high”? Does the e-image tell us that it is expanding our consciousness, even as it quietly and relentlessly replaces the hard, heroic labours which each of us must do to bring about our personal growth toward fully awake human consciousness? Does it offer us all this amazing abundance “for free”? Or is there a hidden cost?

We now live in a mental “zone” that was unknown to any people who came before us in the history of mankind. Ours is a psychological cosmos that feels infinitely promising, rich in human potential.

Let me digress with a personal story: A couple of years ago I found myself in New York City, where I was a guest at a cultural event of mega proportions. Uncomfortable in the opulent surroundings of the hotel where the event was to take place later in the evening, I went for a walk on one of the most glamorous streets in the world, Fifth Avenue. I wore a very nice suit that I had recently obtained at a used clothing center, and was also quite proud of my new shoes which I had bought for twenty-dollars. My tie I had borrowed from one of my sons. Thus dressed in heavy camouflage, I felt quite spiffy—a rare event for me. There was an hour to kill so I thought I would simply stroll along, soaking up Manhattan’s alien ambience. Most of the city’s business was over for the day, and I was surprised by how empty the streets were. The block I was on seemed deserted. As I passed a glittering office tower, a woman strode forth from its entrance, turned in the directio! n I was going, and proceeded along the sidewalk a few paces behind me. A micro-second of exposure had informed me much about her: twenty-eight years old, incredibly beautiful, tastefully jeweled, wearing a designer suit and high heels that probably cost more than my family car—a 1994 Buick van in need of surgery. She was carrying a large leather briefcase with gold initials engraved on it. “Probably a lawyer,” I mused to myself, “maybe an up-and-coming CEO.” Then I heard the clickety-clickety of her high heels approaching swiftly behind me on the left. “Eyes to the right, buddy,” I instructed myself, and obeyed. Then to my astonishment she was beside me, her arm inches from my arm. A cloud of elegant perfume enveloped me. My heart skipped a beat.

“I love you,” she breathed intensely, plaintively, deeply, most intimately. Stunned, mentally paralyzed, I quickened my pace from one befitting an elderly man to one preparing to break into a sprint. But she kept moving faster, gradually drawing ahead, and then as the gap between us widened, I spotted the cell-phone in her left hand, and the last thing I heard was, “I’ll pick up bread and milk on the way home, honey. I love you. Bye.” Click.

Click. Digression over.

Of course, the new technology can be helpful in the aftermath of car accidents, flat tires, as a remedy for poorly written grocery lists, and for locating missing children, but it also enables us to enjoy near-angelic powers. Tap a computer key and instantly you are watching virtual real-time events on the other side of the planet; tap another and you can download a magnificent photo and possess it as your own. Nearly everything about this culture proclaims efficiency and “creativity” but the impression is based on surface stimulation and volume of consumption. In fact, this way of life becomes ever more complicated, and most insidiously it narrows the spectrum of creative imagination. An overwhelming majority of its “cultural products” depends on electronic impulses. It is inaccessible to your hands. In the museums of old there used to be signs that said: Do not touch the works of art. Now, such signs are no longer needed. Extend your hand to ! touch the foot of a statue and a light beam detects your presence, an invisible alarm is triggered—bing-bing-bing-bing—and a voice from an unseen source says, “Do not touch the works of art.”

Visual images are primarily transmitted to you through your computer screen. Your music is almost entirely pumped into your mind by a pod inserted in your ear. You can, if you wish, store ten thousand songs in that peanut-sized object. Go walking or jogging with it, take a bath with it (warning, please do not submerge your head underwater), eat a meal with it (and take along your cell-phone too, in order not to miss anything), go to church with it (please, would everyone remember to turn off their cell-phones). You will never again feel alone. You will never again feel abandoned, disconnected, and woebegone for lack of pleasure stimulation. You will never again feel disturbed by silence. You are rich. As long as you keep replacing the batteries.

The new culture propagates itself as the broadest possible vision, and to the eyes and ears it can appear to be so, but it is like a river that has flooded its shores and spread out over fields and forests, consuming everything in its path, and in the end draining away into stagnant swamps, losing its true self. For a time we are convinced that it is a very big river—a sea really—and we forget that it is miles wide and an inch deep.

What is a good river? A good river flows swift and deep with life-giving water when it is contained and directed by strong embankments. If this analogy is applied to culture, we should understand that the “restraining” embankments are the very things that free us. The artist’s discipline and sacrifice, his investment of time and energy, his long discipleship of hand and eye, heart and soul, focus his energies, permit grace to work co-creatively with his nature, and in this way he brings forth new forms of beauty and truth into the world. His paintbrush is a tool that remains a tool—in other words, a servant; it does not turn him into its servant.

Techno-culture, on the other hand, gradually turns man into its tool. It reshapes his consciousness as he uses it. This is true of all tools, but there is something radically different in the effects of the new technology. Man’s very self-conception is being reshaped in such a way that, knowingly or unknowingly, he comes to think of himself as a mechanism—and then, if the habit is not broken, he begins to relate to other people as if they were mechanisms. Is real friendship possible in this condition? Authentic marriage? True commitment? Is any kind of love possible? Is he being trained to consume the sensations of love without investing the high and life-long cost of love, and then if the sensations no longer satisfy does he move on to another source? If his culture is all about consumption, why not in the end consume anything that his impulsive habits of consumption propose as comfort sources, including other human beings. The sources, after all, are limitless.! If your DVD player breaks down, trash it and buy a new one, so why not do the same with other things that fail to satisfy? There are always new ones to be had, more and more and more. Cheaper and cheaper and cheaper, and with better and better quality too!

A Japanese Catholic man once told me, “A room with a single beautiful thing in it is a beautiful room. A room with a hundred beautiful things in it is an ugly room.”

Where is our simplicity? Where are the good things of earth and heaven that we once respected, even reverenced? Are they lost to us forever? Can they be rediscovered? Are we able to recognize what we have lost? Do we realize that we have lost something? Do we know if we are bound by chains—soft to the touch but unyielding?

After thirty-eight years of making art, the world has changed and changed before my eyes. I am amazed by what has come to pass. Most of you were probably born after the great metamorphosis. It is your world, and I worry that you think it is a normal world. It is not. It very much is not.

If you forget everything I wrote here, please remember this:

Find the Real. Seek with your whole hearts the True, the Beautiful, and the Good.

Let us thank the Lord in times of abundance, and let us thank Him in times of deprivation.

May our Lord Jesus give you grace and peace in all fullness, and fruitfulness for eternity.

In Him,

Michael O’Brien

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Is the California Supreme Court’s Gay Fascism Evil?

By Fred Martinez

Before he died, Pope John Paul II said homosexual marriage and the gay agenda are part of "a new ideology of evil perhaps more insidious and hidden, which attempts to pit human rights against the family and against man."

The majority of the California Supreme Court stands for the "new ideology of evil,” which will lead America in stages to become a new Sodom and Gomorrah. As Justice Scalia said against Lawrence v. Texas, the so-called Texas sodomy case: “[It] effectively decrees the end of all moral legislation.”

The California Court’s ideology is in direct opposition to the Judeo-Christian God and His Ten Commandments.

The other world religions, even the straightforward atheists or sinners are not part of the "new ideology of evil.”

Deceptive anti-moral terrorists who are at enmity with God and His moral law are the ideologues. These fakes whose advertising jingle is “tolerance,” will not tolerate tradition morality.

They’re only tolerance is unborn baby killing which was the first stage and political foundation of left’s agenda.

The fight against God and His Ten Commandments, be it promoting abortion or homosexuality, is part of the liberal’s two headed agenda of pansexualism and a Nietzschean power grab under the pretense of “civil rights,” “psychology” and “science.”

This agenda will ultimately destroy our republic if we don’t realize who the real opponents are and their tactics.

As Professor Allan Bloom, author of The Closing of the American Mind said Nietzschean relativism "is the modern replacement for the inalienable natural rights that used to be the traditional ground for a free society."

The move away from objective truth leads to universal rights being replaced by Nietzschean totalitarianism. Bloom, for example, showed how the old civil rights movement "relied on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution." But the new Black Power movement (and he could have said all leftist movements) considered the Constitution "corrupt" and demanded a "black identity, not universal rights. Not rights but power counted."

If we don’t stop California Supreme Court’s Gay Fascism now, we will lose our inalienable natural rights and free society.

We must pray, write, vote and do what is in our power to stop the California Supreme Court’s Gay Fascism.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

"The Most Important Thing" to End the Abortion Agenda

By Fred Martinez

The Population Research Institute (PRI) has found that Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry are targeting Catholics as well as minorities especially the third world people here and globally according to Ginny Hitchcock, the West Coast Representative of Population Research Institute.

On a worldwide basis, with the encouragement of the conservative members of the US Congress, she said that Steve Mosher and PRI are carrying out wide-ranging field research among Catholic populations in the developing world.

PRI has found that the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s population control is frequently used to "subdue" Catholic populations at the expense of basic aid and economic development.

"We're building on our reputation and relationship with strong pro-life members of Congress, and Catholic leaders abroad, to support human rights and to defend the Catholic faith and the rights of Catholic families throughout the world," PRI President Mosher said.

"In 1997, we began working with the bishops' conference in Peru and with the U.S. Congress to provide first-hand evidence showing a connection between U.S. funding and coercive family planning programs in Peru. We've found the international pro-abortion movement is especially active against Catholics throughout Central and South America and Eastern Europe."

According to Mosher, Catholic women in the United States are also unique targets of the abortion industry. The PRI campaign tells women of their rights under federal law to petition for full information about the physical and psychological consequences of abortion before having the procedure done.

Women’s Right to Full Information Denied by Abortion Industry

"The failure to stop an abortion procedure on request, or even depriving women of their right to full information, can be construed as a denial of a woman's freedom of access to reproductive health," said Mosher.

"We're working with these attorneys to inform more and more Americans of their rights. It's time America does an 'about face' on the abortion industry. Women deserve genuine health and human rights, not violations so routinely committed by the abortion industry."

At the recent PRI Pro-life Conference in Santa Clara, California organized by Hitchcock, Dr. Chris Kahlenborn presented extensive scientific evidence that breast cancer is linked to abortion. The PRI position is that girls and women should be encouraged to sue their abortionist if they were not warned ahead of time of the health dangers of abortion.

Kahlenborn said. "As soon as there comes a woman who has breast cancer who has had an abortion and takes it to court, she‘s got a very strong case. The problem is a lot of young women, when they do get breast cancer, die from it so quickly – because it’s so aggressive when you’re young – they might not make it to court."
Seamless Garment “Pro-Lifers”

For this reason, Hitchcock disagrees with some “pro-lifers” that call suing abortionist an extremist tactic or who put killing of innocent human unborn babies on the same level as such issues as nuclear war or the death penalty. She said, “ The seamless garment has always bothered me...We see, for example, diocesan committees who think they are pro-life when they bring these other issues.”

When asked if the ideological divisions in the pro-life movement were reflected by attacks on her mentor and friend Fr. Paul Marx- a world leader of the pro-life movement- who founded Human Life International. She said that was a matter of ideology and in some cases direction.

“There were ideological splits, too. Fr. Marx was an all or nothing type of person and still is...There are a couple of [Catholic “pro-life“] groups that simply will not talk about contraception and others that will not mention homosexuality,” Hitchcock said, “ Many are afraid the bishops might clamp down on them. So what, we only live once.”

Steve Mosher is the Successor of Fr. Marx

She considers PRI’s Steve Mosher to be the successor of Fr. Marx in his “direction of global thinking.”

Mosher’s international work began in China when he was an agnostic. He saw the forced abortions and tried to get the attention of the liberal American leaders with no results. Finally, Fr. Marx asked him to speak at his conferences. He eventually became a Catholic and head of PRI.

His plan is to fight the culture of abortion on a global basis. In the 1960’s, the “population controller” such as Planned Parenthood first obtained funding from the federal government to promote sterilization, contraception and abortion around the world.

Mosher, according to Hitchcock, wants to do the reverse. To cut the funding of the global “population controllers” by documenting their human right abuses and reporting the evidence to all countries friendly to the culture of life and human rights.

An example of this plan at work is the $34 million that was recently stopped from going to China because of PRI’s investigation of its forced abortion policies using US money. President Bush and the congress looked at the information and sent their own fact finding teams to China, which confirmed the PRI documentation.

After PRI cuts the funding of the “population controllers” internationally, Mosher intends to go after the funding of Planned Parenthood in the US.

The Most Important Way to End the Abortion Agenda

Hitchcock considers this work important towards ending Planned Parenthood’s agenda, but she says this is not the “most important thing“.

She said, “The most important thing is what [the saintly founder of the shrine of Our Lady of Peace in Santa Clara, California] Fr. [John]Sweeny drilled into me. He said if you don’t pray don’t do it at all.”

Monday, May 12, 2008

Poll: Big Shift Among Practicing and Non-Practicing Catholics After Papal Visit -- More Likely to Vote, Better Understand Church Teaching

Poll: Big Shift Among Practicing and Non-Practicing Catholics After Papal Visit -- More Likely to Vote, Better Understand Church Teaching, and Say Trip Met or Exceeded Expectations

NEW HAVEN, Conn., May 9 /Christian Newswire/ -- New polling data released today by the Knights of Columbus shows that Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States in April produced a sharp jump in the proportion of American Catholics with a more positive view of the pope following his trip.

The information released today provides data specifically about Catholics, and is a companion to the analysis released last week about the views of Americans generally. The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion interviewed 1,013 adults nationwide, and the survey results issued today are from an over sample of an additional 502 Catholics nationwide, and are statistically significant at ±4.4%. All polling was done between April 22 and April 29, 2008, immediately following the pope's return to Rome.

Of particular interest are data showing much more positive views among both practicing and non- practicing Catholics. For example, the proportion of practicing Catholics describing Benedict positively as a spiritual leader went from 70% before the visit to 82% afterward, a 12% jump. Among non-practicing Catholics, the proportion went from 62% before the visit to 79% afterward, a 17% jump.

A majority of Catholics, 54%, said they were more in touch with their spiritual values as a result of the pope's visit, and 41% said they were more likely to vote in the November elections as a result. Sixty-four percent of Catholics said they better understand the Catholic Church's position on important issues as a result of the trip.

Among the other key findings:


88% of practicing Catholic, and 73% of non- practicing Catholics say the trip met or exceeded their expectations.
72% of Catholics have a more positive view of the Church as a result of the visit, including 82% of practicing Catholics and 56% of non-practicing Catholics.
81% of Catholics - practicing and non-practicing - have a positive view of Pope Benedict, compared to 63% before the visit.
72% have a more positive view of the Catholic Church, including 82% of practicing and 56% of non- practicing Catholics.
82% of American Catholics view Pope Benedict positively as a world leader

Also important, half (50%) say they are more likely to lead a moral life and make family a bigger part of their lives, while nearly 40% say they are more likely to become more active in their community or church.

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said that the poll results "show clearly that Pope Benedict has presented the Catholics of the United States with a tremendous opportunity. Americans are a religious people, and they responded very positively to the message of faith, hope and love that the Holy Father delivered throughout his visit. It is now up to all of us in the Catholic community to walk through the door he has opened for us, and work together to build a civilization of love."

The complete poll results for Catholics, and for American's generally, can be found here

Andrew T. Walther

Director of Media Relations
Knights of Columbus
One Columbus Plaza
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 752-4253 (office)
(203) 752-4400 (fax)
(203) 824-5412 (cellular)


Christian Newswire

Can McCain Beat Obama without a Pro-Life VP like Huckabee?

Both evangelicals and Catholics need a long time pro-life VP before they fully back McCain.

If he picks someone who is questionable on abortion like Romney, whom most long time pro-lifers distrust, he probably can't win.

Fred

McCain, Huckabee and the Evangelicals
By Robert D. Novak

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- John McCain, who has spent the last two months trying to consolidate right-wing support as the Republican candidate for president, has a problem of disputed dimensions with a vital component of the conservative coalition: the evangelicals. The biggest question is whether Mike Huckabee is part of the problem or the solution for McCain.

An element of the Christian community is not reconciled to McCain's candidacy but instead regards the prospective presidency of Barack Obama in the nature of a Biblical plague visited upon a sinful people. These militants look at former Baptist preacher Huckabee as "God's candidate" running for president in 2012. Whether they can be written off as merely a troublesome fringe group depends on Huckabee's course.

Huckabee's announced support of McCain is unequivocal, and he is regarded in the McCain camp as a friend and ally. But credible activists are spreading the word that Huckabee secretly allies himself with the bitter-end opposition. That hardly seems possible considering his public backing, but critics of Huckabee's 10 years as governor of Arkansas say he is all too capable of playing a double game.

McCain and Huckabee were friendly rivals in this year's Republican competition, sharing contempt for Mitt Romney. Indeed, McCain could not be where he is today had not Huckabee mobilized born-again voters to upset Romney in the Iowa caucuses. All efforts by Romney to overtake McCain in conservative Southern state primaries were stifled by Huckabee's success in those contests. Huckabee quickly endorsed McCain once he clinched the nomination. They bonded publicly in Little Rock, Ark., April 24 during McCain's recent tour.

Nevertheless, reports out of the evangelical community dispute Huckabee's support. One experienced, credible activist in Christian politics who would not let his name be used told me Huckabee in personal conversation with him embraced the concept that an Obama presidency might be what the American people deserve. That fits what has largely been a fringe position among evangelicals that the pain of an Obama presidency is in keeping with the Bible's prophecy.

According to this activist, at the heart of the let-Obama-win movement is longtime Virginia conservative leader Michael Farris -- the nation's leading home-school advocate, who is now chancellor of Patrick Henry College (in Purcellville, Va.) for home-schooled students. Best known politically as the losing Republican candidate for lieutenant governor of Virginia in 1993, Farris is regarded as one of the hardest-edged Christian politicians. He is reported in evangelical circles to promote the Biblical justification for an Obama plague-like presidency.

In conversations with me, Huckabee and Farris both denied advocating that an Obama presidency should be inflicted on the country. Huckabee was enthusiastic in his support for McCain, noting how well they had bonded during their primary competition.

Farris is another matter. A vigorous supporter of Huckabee for president, he has not endorsed McCain and may never do so (though he quickly adds he never would vote for Obama or Hillary Clinton). "I am concerned about what judges he (McCain) may name," Farris told me, "and the test will be who he selects for vice president." He made it clear that Huckabee would be his choice, and ruefully adds, "I understand he is not under consideration."

At McCain headquarters, there is no doubt expressed about Huckabee's loyalty. "I feel we haven't used him (Huckabee) enough," McCain campaign manger Rick Davis told me. McCain's strategists are more concerned that the libertarian Rep. Ron Paul has not abandoned his candidacy, keeps fighting for delegates and says he will not endorse McCain.

Even taking Huckabee's professions of support for McCain at face value, he is not leaving politics for the lecture circuit. He has formed the Huck PAC to back Republican candidates, his supporters have established a Website (Huck4America.com), and Huckabee backers are behind the Government Is Not God PAC to discourage McCain from naming Romney as his vice president.

Mike Huckabee has emerged from obscurity to become a major factor in American politics leading evangelical Christians. The McCain campaign counts on him to energize supporters who would rather wait for Huckabee 2012, not to encourage those dreams.
[http://www.townhall.com/columnists/RobertDNovak/2008/05/12/mccain,_huckabee_and_the_evangelicals]